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The Great Escape

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Hello loves! I’ve been bone-deep tired the last few days, the kind of fatigue that I just can’t shake despite my best caffeine-and-cold-shower efforts. Like many of my kindred Second Life souls, I’ve some health troubles that shadow me and occasionally dull my spirits, but I do my best not to let them get the better of me. And it’s times like these that I melt more deeply into meditation, enjoying the rejuvenation that comes from a few minutes of pure relaxation. Many say that meditation can impart the feeling of flying or floating, and when I received these incredibly charming new poses from Kirin, that feeling of dreamy, floating repose is exactly what came to mind!

The Great Escape
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Look

Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / L’Etre | Jessica Skin – Pearl Tone | WearHouse Event, through August 28th
* Hair / Moon | Requiem Hair – Variety HUD | Uber Event, through August 23rd
Eyes / Avi-Glam | Specular Eyes – Albino | SL Marketplace
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No 02
* Eyeshadow / Zibska | Rona Eyeshadow – 11 (TMP appliers + system tattoo layers) | Mesh Body Addicts Fair, through August 21st
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Gemma Lipstick – 007 (LeLutka, TMP, Kissers, Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam & Sweet Lips appliers + system tattoo layers) | AnyBody Event, through August 31st

Style

* Jewelry / Secret Love | Anne Necklace (11 gems, 3 pearls and 4 metal colors in HUD) | Totally Top Shelf Event, through August 22nd
* Dress / Salt & Pepper | Hippie Dress (Long / Sunrise) with Hippie Deluxe Belt (Gold) | The Gacha Garden Event, through August 22nd

Poses & Destination

Poses / Kirin | My Sweet Cloud Poses – 7 | Kustom9 Event, through September 10th
Location / The Vineyard at Checkmate

Thanks to the bevy of summertime and fantasy-themed events on the grid, there have been many gorgeous mermaid pictures to enjoy on Flickr these last few weeks. So I put my own spin on the trend, imagining myself as an innocent human damsel who was kidnapped by a nefarious merman and held in his watery lair, only to escape when a low-floating cloud came by as I was sunning myself on the rocks. Hee hee! Hey, stranger things have happened!

The wonderful items in my look today may almost exclusively be found at events – 7 different ones, to be exact! – and since that’s a very auspicious number, I don’t feel the least bit guilty about making you travel the grid to pick up all the loveliness! All of the SLURLs and details may be found in the credits above, but I do want to give a special mention to the luscious Requiem hairstyle by Moon for the current round of Uber. It covers one eye and is terrifically sexy and sultry, with Moon’s trademark wonderful textures and color options.

I’m also really impressed with the lovely Hippie Dress & Belt by Salt & Pepper, part of a lovely gacha set that may be found at The Gacha Garden. The dress is available in both long and short versions, and the set includes a matching necklace, bracelet, earrings, belt, and a special “Seed of Inspiration” item that may be received after 20 consecutive plays. For more information about the event, be sure to visit The Gacha Garden website, and keep an eye on the calendar as this round wraps up on August 22nd!

Apple Blossoms

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Although there are still more than six weeks of summertime left, and the place I call home in First Life will be experiencing summer-like temperatures through October and beyond, I simply cannot resist a beautiful, autumnal apple orchard. It immediately brings back memories of my New York childhood, growing up in the land of the cidery, where sun-warmed apples could be eaten straight off the tree, and the smell of freshly-baked cinnamon donuts perfumed the air with their intoxicating delights.

Apple Blossoms
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Look

Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / Lumae | Fae 3 – Rosy Bare (Freck/GingBrow) | Mesh Body Addicts Fair, through August 21st
Hair / Moon | Common Burn – Variety HUD
Eyes / Inkheart | Emotional Eyes – Hope (S)
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
* Eyeliner / Nova Bodyshop | Becca Eyeliner – 002
Lips / Eyelure | Kiss Me – Peach

Style

* Headpiece / ERSCH | Flower Field Hair Accessory – Red
* Jewelry / ForeverFamous | Crystal Necklace (Lotus) – Gold | Mesh Body Addicts Fair, through August 21st
* Dress / Salt & Pepper | Lilian Dress & Bracelet | Shiny Shabby Event, through August 15th
* Shoes / Infliction | Affair Wedge (for Maitreya, Belleza & Slink High) – Faun | Mesh Body Addicts Fair, through August 21st

Poses & Destination

* Pose / Kirin | Keiko – Pose 1
Location / Nouveaux

I spied this gorgeous little apple tree patch while I was visiting the Nouveaux sim, and couldn’t resist using it as the setting for my picture today. I really adore when shopping-centric sim designers go the extra mile and beautifully landscape and decorate their sim; it truly adds something special to the experience!

I’m wearing the wonderfully feminine Lilian Dress and Bracelet Set by Salt & Pepper, which comes in 6 unique color/pattern pairings and may be found at Shiny Shabby through August 15th. And I’m continuing to be dazzled by the items on offer at the Mesh Body Addicts Fair, which includes my freckled-to-perfection Fae skin by Lumae, the delicate Crystal Lotus Necklace by ForeverFamous, and the fabulous Affair Wedges by Infliction, which come in 10 colors for Maitreya, Belleza and Slink High feet.

I’m having a lovely August so far; I hope you are as well! I’m continuing to add events to my Second Life Fashion Events Calendar, and as always if there’s an event you’d like to see added, please leave a comment on that page or drop a notecard on me in-world with all the details. And be sure to visit the new round of Colabor88 (if you can manage to get in!) as I’ve seen some of the previews and this 4th anniversary spectacular round is looking to be absolutely legendary. Enjoy! ♥

Jessica Rabbit v2.0

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When I was very young, the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit debuted and it seemed nigh impossible to escape references to it in pop culture. While I wasn’t wild about the movie (much of it went over my little ginger head), I was irresistibly drawn to Jessica Rabbit, and loved to sashay around the house singing “Why Don’t You Do Right”, her sumptuously sexy torch song.

I’ve always enjoyed the fantasy of cosplaying Jessica in real life one day, and when I tried on MMC‘s Diamond Body Suit with Moon‘s gorgeous Moonlight hair (a brand whose teeny L$100 group joining fee is a million percent worthwhile), I immediately got a glimpse of what a modern day Ms. Rabbit might look like!

Jessica Rabbit v2.0
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Want to give a special mention to the absolutely lovely group gift from Secret Love. It comes in three metals and offers oodles (yes, that’s an official term!) of color-change gem options. There are actually two necklaces set out as group gifts at the moment, and you should absolutely snatch them up. Not only because I said so, but because Secret Love’s designer, Faylinn Erin, is one of the warmest, friendliest and funniest people on the grid. True fact!

I’m really beginning to love the idea of one-piece outfits; they feel so easy and effortless! And there’s something distinctly Blanche Devereaux about an outfit that you can just “sling on and go” in its confident glamour. I imagine that Blanche fancied herself as a (slightly) more mature Jessica Rabbit, with her seduction and beguiling manner. I may have quite a while to go before I’m a Golden Girl, but I sure do feel like a glamorous chanteuse today!

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / PUMEC | Mira – Spring | Group Gift
Hair / Moon | Moonlight – Gingers HUD | Group Gift
Eyes / SU! | Nova Eyes – Grass | Group Gift
Eyelashes / Ri | Lashes – 03 | SL Marketplace
Eyeshadow / Pink Fuel | Shimmer Eyeshadow – Barely There | Past Group Gift
Lips / Fudge | Peach Icecream Lip Smudge | Free on SL Marketplace

Style
Necklace / Secret Love | Simple Elegance Necklace | Group Gift
* Outfit / MMC | Diamond Body Suit | SL Marketplace
Shoes / xbody | Athina Sandals | SL Marketplace

Poses
Addme. / Gift (201404) – Pose 5 / L$1 on SL Marketplace

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I’m sneaking in a last-minute edit to this post to delight over a number of amazing sales I recently learned about, because I love you and don’t want anyone to miss an opportunity to snag some incredible deals!

❖ 50% off everything at Trompe Loeil through June 24th
❖ 50% off ALL hair styles at Magika through June 30th
❖ Yardsale at The Cookie Jar featuring 13 home & garden designers offering at least 50% off + free gifts, through June 30th
❖ 50% off all items at A:S:S through June 30th
❖ 50% off the entire store at Third Eye through July 1st
❖ 50% off at the FATE and coldLogic mainstores through July 5th
❖ L$50 hair sale at TRUTH, with 80 more styles just added. End date is unknown, but hurry!