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Use Your Illusion

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Happy Thursday, my lords and ladies! I can’t believe we’re at the end of July already; so many events I’ve not yet visited, and so little time left in the month! While I make like a whirling dervish and try to visit as many soon-to-be-closing events as possible, I want to invite everyone to a brand new shopping experience with plenty of time left in the current round (whew!) It’s called Illusion Point, and it’s a fantasy-themed event where some of the very best designers on the grid are showcasing their creations at fabulously discounted prices. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to sneak peek some of the items on offer, and just as excited to finally be creating my first fantasy-inspired look. I hope I did these wonderful designers justice, or off with my head! :)

Use Your Illusion
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Ever Afterr
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Aline – Porcelaine | FAD Fashion Event, through August 25th
Hair / Damselfly | Harvest – Dark Reds HUD | Past Event Gift
Eyes / Suicidal Unborn | Bastet Eyes – White | Group Gift
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
* Eyeshadow / Nova Bodyshop | Layla Eyeshadow – 012 | N21 Event, through August 10th
Lips / Pink Fuel | Lipstick – Dark Shine (Pink/Teeth) | Group Gift
* Facepaint / ARISE | Susa Facepaint – White Cyan (Soft) | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Jewels Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace

Style
* Jewelry / Modern Couture | Amore White Necklace & Tiara | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Gown / Les Encantades | Belona Gown (with Arm Guards & Shoulder Armor) – Golden Teal | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th

Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Kirin | Maki – Pose 2
Pic 2 / Chisa Creation | Winter 2012 Pack – # 09 | L$1 on SL Marketplace
Location / Ippos

My luminous gown, jewelry and facepaint are all Illusion Point exclusives, by Les Encantades, Modern Couture and ARISE, respectively. I just love the mix of softness and strength in the Belona Gown, which comes with optional arm guards and shoulder armor, so you can be a jewel-toned damsel one moment, and a glam goddess warrior the next! It comes in 8 colors and is available in standard sizes. The exquisite Amore Jewelry Set is so beautifully detailed, with glistening gold filigrees, a jewel here and there, and bevy of delicate roses. It may be found in 4 colors, each sold separately. And I’m enamored with the Susa Facepaint, which is both delicate and defining, and comes in 8 shades (tattoo layers only) with both soft and normal opacity styles.

I really like the strong, well-defined brows on my gorgeous Aline skin by DS’ELLES, which is exclusive to the FAD Fashion Event through August 25th. My nails, which I was delighted are perfectly matched to my gown, are by my go-to nail guru, Alaska Metro. And I have to say once more how rapt I am with the group gifts from Suicidal Unborn, particularly the three sets of eyes members can collect from the VIP room. The Bastet Eyes have a wonderfully animalistic, otherworldly quality to them that I thought suited my fantasy style perfectly.

Hope you’ve had a marvelous week, and be sure to sneak a visit to all the July events that are wrapping up today and tomorrow! If you need guidance, my SL Fashion Events Tracker is always there to help make your shopping a bit easier. Enjoy! ♥

Shaken, Not Stirred

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Sometimes you create a look and immediately a character springs to mind to go with it. Today, I feel like an effortlessly chic, yet devastatingly dangerous Bond villainess. One second I’m seducing 007, and the next I’m coiled like a serpent, ready to strike. And yet, through every twist and turn of my devious plan, my hair stays perfectly plaited and my lipstick is always flawless!

Calypso Cafe
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Shaken, Not Stirred
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Lola – Neva (Brun)
* Hair / Besom | Left to Jackson – Browns HUD | N21 Event, through August 10th
* Eyes / DS’ELLES | Prunelle Mesh Eyes – Green (Vert)
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Hayden – 007 (LeLutka, TMP, Kissers, Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam & Sweet Lip Appliers + Tattoo Layers) | N21 Event, through August 10th
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Tropics Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace

Style
* Jewelry / Salt & Pepper | Jungle Earrings, Bangle & Ring – Gold | Gacha Items at The Epiphany Event, through August 4th
* Bag / LEGENDAIRE | Lilly Bag (6 colors in HUD) | The Instruments Event, through August 7th
* Dress / RAYNE Couture | It Girl – Pink | Sneak Peek Event, through August 4th
Shoes / KC Couture | Rimini Sandals (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink Medium)

Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Signature Pose | Iwone Poses – 003
* Pic 2 / Signature Pose | Iwone Poses – 005
Location / Calypso Cafe

My dress is the fabulously slinky It Girl by RAYNE Couture, and may be found at the Sneak Peek event through August 4th. It comes in two other colors, and I favored this gorgeous reddish-pink print that makes me feel like a freshly ripened strawberry. Yummy! My perfect braid is by Besom and is the Left to Jackson style found at the current round of N21. Its sister style, Jackson, is also available sans the wide-brimmed hat. Another N21 item that I’m featuring is the gorgeous red pout of Nova Bodyshop‘s Hayden Lipsticks. They’re available in both system tattoo layers and a wide range of appliers; all of the details may be found in the credits above!

I rarely carry a bag in Second Life, and when I do, I really appreciate a style that looks functional (like one could actually stash their possessions inside), and that has a pose modifier that allows it to work properly with Animation Overiders. I’m thrilled to say that LEGENDAIRE‘s Lilly Bag offers both! 6 lovely colors may be selected from the HUD, and it may presently be found at The Instruments event. My glam gold accessories are all from the Jungle set by Salt & Pepper, and are yours for the collecting at the current round of The Epiphany. It’s a wonderfully unique gacha-themed event that allows you to trade in extra copies of your commons toward special exclusives. It’s a bit tricky to wrap your mind around the concept, but here’s a Flickr post that offers a wonderfully clear explanation of how it all works. You have until August 4th to experience The Epiphany!

I hope you’re all having a marvelous start to the week! I’m off to indulge in a little light murder and mayhem … I mean, get my nails done? Yes, much more likely story. Until next time! 💋

It’s a Beautiful Day

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One of the most beautiful, heartwarming, and distinctly unique things about Second Life is its residents’ desire to help those in need. It’s a profoundly moving way that the virtual world transcends its digital pixels and particles and moves into the First Life realm, with thousands upon thousands of RL dollars being donated to a number of worthy causes every year, generated from events like Relay For Life and the recently-concluded Hair Fair. But perhaps even more breathtaking is how Second Life members come together to take care of their own, as seen in the absolutely amazing number of designers who signed up for The Lexi Project, a collaborative fundraising event for Lexi Zelin, owner of AngelRed Couture.

Lexi has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and in this terribly trying time she is sorely in need of funds to assist in her medical bills and expenses. Lexi is just 28 years old, the mother of a beautiful little girl, and is well known in Second Life for her high quality, full permission mesh apparel. In her way, Lexi has offered a tremendous service to scores of Second Life merchants, offering them the means to open their own store and create their own brand through the use of her full-perm products.

The Lexi Project opened its doors on Sunday, July 26th with an extraordinary 350 stores participating, all of whom are showing a genuine outpouring of love, appreciation and care by providing 1 – 2 new items for purchase, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to benefit Lexi Zelin. For those who may prefer to donate directly, the event also features donation kiosks, and there is also a GoFundMe Cancer Treatment Fund page where donations are gratefully accepted in USD, as well as international currencies. And for a quick sneak peek at the kinds of offerings you’ll find at the event, the shirt I’m wearing in my look today is by More Than Ever for The Lexi Project.

Beautiful Day #1
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Ever Afterr
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / AlterEgo | Kensi – Honey (Long Night) | Group Gift
Hair / Fiore | Nia Hair – Daya | Gift from Hair Fair 2015
Eyes / Inkheart | Essential Eyes – Perseverance
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
* Eyeliner / Nova Bodyshop | Jada – 001 (LeLutka & TMP heads appliers and system tattoo layers) | N21 Event, through August 10th
Lips / Pink Fuel | Glossy Pout Lipstick – Love
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Classic Silver (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace

Style
* Earrings / Che Bella | Cutie Charm Earrings – Star (4 colors in the set, 5 designs available) | Cosmopolitan Event, through August 2nd
* Rings / Secret Love | Moon Princess Rings Set – Silver (4 metal colors, each sold separately. 10 gem colors in the HUD.) | Manga Fair, through August 9th
* Top / More Than Ever | Beautiful Day Tied Tank | The Lexi Project, through August 9th
* Pants / MMC | Abby Pants (Maitreya, Belleza, TMP & Omega appliers + system layers. 4 colors in HUD.) | Ross Fair, through August 5th
* Shoes / KC Couture | Miami Heels (for Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, TMP and Slink High)

Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Zomy Poses | Portrait Poses – #4
* Pic 2 / Zomy Poses | Hands Up Poses – #1
Location / Trancescending

Today’s post brought me back to the beautiful Trancescending, which I wrote about in June and I’ve always found to be a meditative and relaxing place to enjoy the beautiful scenery and seek a bit of serenity. I’ve paired More Than Ever‘s Beautiful Day top with sweetly charming earrings by Che Bella for the Cosmopolitan event, and the wonderfully intricate Moon Princess Rings by Secret Love for Manga Fair 2015. My beautifully detailed jeans, with their lovely lace cut-out design, are by MMC and may be found at the Ross Fair, and my sultry, fabulously flicked eyeliner is by Nova Bodyshop and is offered at the current round of N21.

It’s been an incredibly busy month, full up with a truly staggering number of events, sales, and new releases from Second Life’s designers. I’m sure many of us spent a king’s ransom this month on digital delights, but I hope there’s still room in your wallet and your heart to make a purchase or donation toward helping Lexi’s fight. Cancer has touched my family several times, as I’m sure it has many others, and any time we of the virtual world can rally to help someone overcome trials and tragedies in the real world, it’s a truly beautiful day. ♥

The Arrow Points to Fifty Linden Fridays!

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Hey sweetpeas! I’m typing like mad to get this published as soon as possible, as I’ve just learned that one of my wonderful designers has two fabulous Fifty Linden Fridays deals that you won’t want to miss! I’m also showing off one of my favorite free gifts from Hair Fair 2015, which ends this Sunday, as well as my latest foot fetish (you’ll see what I mean!) that’s available at a special launch price for a short time only. All the fancy details are below! ♥

Paper Arrow & FLF
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Saturdaze
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Essences | Kendra – Medium (Brunette) | Free Gift In-Store
Hair / Exile | Jill – Natural Fusion 1 HUD | Free Gift at Hair Fair 2015, through July 26th
Eyes / Inkheart | Essential Eyes – Perseverance (S)
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
* Eyeshadow / Nova Bodyshop | Layla Eyeshadow – 008 | N21 Event, through August 10th
Lips / Pink Fuel | Harley Lipstick – Cherry (Mouth)
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Diva Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace

Style
* Piercing / PUNCH | Antares Clip-On Septum – True Gold | Gacha Item at Oh My Gacha, through July 31st
* Jewelry / Secret Love | Geometric Necklace & Bangle (5 gem colors & 3 metals in HUD) | Group Gift
* Top / Paper Arrow | Cozy Tee – Pineapple | N21 Event, through August 10th
* Shorts / Paper Arrow | Beach Khakis – Dots with Bikini Add-On | Fifty Linden Fridays
* Feet / KC Couture | Diana Jewels (for Maitreya Mid & High, Belleza Mid & High, and Slink Mid & High)

Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Zomy Poses | Casual Poses – Casual #3 (Mirrored)
Location / The Vineyard at Checkmate

First up: get your buns over to Paper Arrow and snag these fabulous Beach Khaki shorts in the “Dots” print, which are available as a wonderful Fifty Linden Fridays deal, today only. And while you’re there, be sure to look for the gorgeous Chevron Necklace, which is available for L$50 today as well, in the gold tone. The necklace includes versions that are specially fitted for Maitreya and Belleza mesh bodies, and I can confirm that it fits absolutely beautifully. I’ll be showing it off in an upcoming post for sure, but I wanted to be sure to give the FLF heads-up!

Speaking of Paper Arrow, my sweet and summery Cozy Tee is their offering at the current round of N21, as well as my lovely, lustrous eyeshadow by Nova Bodyshop. And I’m wearing three different, absolutely marvelous free gifts in these pics: the gorgeous Kendra skin by Essences (free in-store, no group needed); the Geometric Jewelry Set by Secret Love, which includes a matching necklace, bangle and ring (free group join required); and the wonderful Jill hairstyle by Exile, found as a free gift in their booth at Hair Fair 2015, which closes on Sunday evening. Virtually every brand at the fair has gifts on offer, so if you haven’t gone yet, this is your very last chance!

Finally, I think I’ve been beset by some form of witchcraft or voodoo, because the other day I noticed a really lovely set of foot jewels on Flickr, and found myself lamenting that they were for Slink feet only. And then as if by magic, Klari of KC Couture released her gorgeous Diana Jewels just a day or two later. Witchcraft, I tell you! But whether it’s clever mind-reading or just wonderful happenstance, I’m in love with these jewels which are available for both mid and high versions of Maitreya, Belleza and Slink feet. And of course there are oodles of color options in the HUD to play with, so you can create any summery color combination that your heart (or toes) desire!

Juuuuust as I finished typing, another mad scramble of work dropped on my shoulders, so I’m off to the real world to finish up my Friday. Have a lovely weekend everyone, snag all the wonderful deals you can, and don’t forget that several major events are ending today through Sunday. Be sure to check my SL Fashion & Shopping Events Tracker for all the details! Mwah! 💋

Bewitched

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Do you remember the iconic scene from The Wizard of Oz, when the Wicked Witch of the West gets doused with water and begins melting? Well darlins, I’d risk some serious meltage right about now, because every bit of my being feels like it’s on fire! And not in the rad way, like I just beat the last boss in a video game with my skill and prowess, and “I’M ON FIYAH!” Alas, I mean it (almost) literally: my air conditioning has died and I’m sweating and sweltering something fierce in the high desert heat. As Ms. West might say: “What a world, what a world!”

Speaking of all things witchy and wizardy, this (Not-So) Wicked Witch of the (South)West is still delighting in the wonderful world of Harry Potter with fabulous finds from the Wizarding Faire, which makes its final bow on July 25th. I was enamored to see how beautiful and delicate some of the Faire-exclusive offerings are, which means that even casual HP fans or those who wish to display their fandom with more subtle effect have plenty of options to choose from. As the RL me is happily typing up this post bare as the day I was born, I thought it a perfect opportunity to do some close-up portraits without a stitch of clothing on. I hope you enjoy, and be sure to visit the Wizarding Faire before it closes for the year! And if you’re interested in Hogwarts-themed roleplay in Second Life, be sure to visit the Mischief Managed website! ♥

Bewitched
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Sia – Latte (with optional freckles)
* Hair / Blues | Hermione (without wand) | Wizarding Faire
* Eyes / DS’ELLES | Prunelle – Vert
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
* Eyeliner / Nova Bodyshop | Becca Eyeliner – 015 (LeLutka applier & tattoo layers) | FashionTropic, through July 30th
* Tattoo / White Widow | Insidious Tattoo | Wizarding Faire
* Nails / The Wicked Peach | Grimoire Nails (Maitreya, Belleza & Slink appliers) | Wizarding Faire

Style
* Left / Random Matter | Percival Necklace – Black | Wizarding Faire
* Right / NeverWish | Raven Crown | Wizarding Faire
* Right / Larkham & Co | Tautoculars – Silver | Wizarding Faire

Poses
* Left / Zomy Poses | Portrait Posepack – Portrait #2

Wizarding Faire - Ever Afterr
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Sia – Latte (with optional freckles)
* Hair / MaiOwn | Oblivious (S) | Wizarding Faire
* Eyes / DS’ELLES | Prunelle – Vert
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
Eyeshadow / alaskametro<3 | Cleo Eyeshadow (Slink, TMP, Omega appliers & tattoo layers) | SL Marketplace
* Tattoo / White Widow | Insidious Tattoo | Wizarding Faire
* Nails / The Wicked Peach | Grimoire Nails (Maitreya, Belleza & Slink appliers) | Wizarding Faire

Style
* Left / Cae | Always Necklace – Silver (3 metal colors in HUD) | Wizarding Faire
* Right / PURR | Deathly Set (Earrings & Ring) – Silver | Wizarding Faire
* Right / ForeverFamous | Elder Necklace – Ravenclaw | Wizarding Faire

Poses
* Left / Zomy Poses | Portrait Posepack – Portrait #2 Mirrored
* Right / Zomy Poses | Model Posepack – Model #6 Mirrored