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On a Beach of Weathered Sand

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The real world me (or as my friend Shae delightfully puts it, my “meaty self”) used to work in the cosmetics industry, and in online forums dedicated to beauty, a lot of fun and funny acronyms exist. Being someone who loves fiercely adores alteration, one acronym in particular caught my fancy and describes me perfectly: PPP, or Pale Porcelain Princess. Alright, not so much the “princess” bit, but Pale and Porcelain? Absolutely! This means that whilst living in a part of the country that enjoys eight or so months of summer-like weather, I’m able to stand very little sun and heat before I start burning and swooning. But in Second Life? Bring on the brilliant beaches and sweet, summery sunshine!

On a Beach of Weathered Sand
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On a Beach of Weathered Sand
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / AlterEgo | Lydia v2 – Honey (Hipsta Plz) | Group Gift
Hair / Elikatira | Kara – Essentials HUD | Free Gift at Hair Fair 2015, through July 26th
Eyes / Suicidal Unborn | Nova Eyes – Deep Blue | Group Gift
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
* Eyeliner / Nova Bodyshop | Sagan Liner – 003 (LeLutka, TMP appliers & system tattoos) | AnyBody Event, through July 31st
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Lizzy Lipstick – 001 (Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam, Sweet Lips, LeLutka, TMP appliers & system tattoos) | AnyBody Event, through July 31st

Style
* Necklace / Secret Love | Rosette Necklace | Aristo Event, through July 24th
* Outfit / MMC | Summer Jumpsuit (Maitreya, Belleza, TMP, Slink, Lena, Eve, Omega Appliers & System Layers) | Ross Fair, through August 5th
* Shoes / KC Couture | Laura Heels (for Maitreya, Slink High & Belleza)

Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Zomy Poses | Casual Posepack – Casual #3 (Mirrored)
* Pic 2 / DS’ELLES | Stand Pose Beach – Pose 2 | The Black Dot Project, through August 4th
Location / Black Basalt Beach

Exciting news! I finally made it over to Hair Fair 2015, and while I went in a full-body alpha layer to help mitigate lag, it probably wasn’t even necessary as I found it to be a remarkably smooth browsing experience with little difficulty despite the heavy crowds. I was able to snag a wonderful bevy of free gifts, and was elated to see that Elikatira – the brand who has the honor of being my first ever SL hair purchase, some 8 or 9 years ago – was offering three hairstyles in her gift box. So much joy! The Kara style, with its perfect bow headband, is gorgeous and comes with the Essentials HUD which offers a wonderful variety of hair colors to choose from. Hair Fair is on through July 26th, and the crowds should thin considerably this week, so don’t miss out!

I’m wearing the wonderfully retro-inspired Summer Jumpsuit by MMC, which comes in four color combinations and offers appliers for every body under the sun, as well as system layers. If you’re ever looking for applier clothing that will suit multiple mesh bodies in your collection, MMC has all the options covered brilliantly! My necklace is by the always-wonderful Secret Love, and offers a HUD with 7 petal colors, 3 metals and 2 pearl hues. Matching earrings are included in the set, and it’s an exclusive at the new Aristo event, which ends on July 24th.

I wanted a strong red lip and perfectly flicked cat eyes for my look, and Nova Bodyshop met the challenge brilliantly! Both the Sagan Eyeliner and Lizzy Lipstick may be found at the current round of AnyBody, and I’ve listed the various appliers that these cosmetics come with to my credits above. While I still use system tattoo layers myself, I hope this information will be helpful to those with mesh heads and/or mouths!

Last but surely not least, I’m thrilled to be blogging for KC Couture, one of my very favorite shoe brands on the grid. Klari’s designs are wonderfully affordable and always offer lots of options in their HUDs, and many of her designs are compatible with Maitreya, Slink and Belleza feet. My Laura Heels are deliciously vampy, with peep toes, buckle and zipper detailing, and a wide range of color and metal options in the HUD.

In my last beach-inspired look I was all sweetness and cheer, but this time around I found the perfect setting in Black Basalt Beach, a location I discovered on Flickr that has a wonderfully rustic, weathered look to it. It’s still every bit as beautiful as the more pristine Baja Cove, but the bits of driftwood and overgrowth gives it a different feel that I really enjoy. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy your Sunday, I highly recommend a visit! ♥

Flight of the Raven

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Be you wizard, or witch, or a muggle too, have I got a mischievous treat for you: Wizarding Faire 2015 is here! Celebrating all things whimsical, wild and wonderful about the world of Harry Potter, the Wizarding Faire will dazzle you through July 25th with magic, mystery and merriment. And one thing’s for sure: you can “expecto” that this annual faire will be full to the brim with event-exclusives that are not to be missed!

Mischief Managed!
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Reading the Harry Potter books, I always resonated the most with the ideals of the Ravenclaw House, which valued wit, wisdom and intellect in its students. I suppose that’s a kind way of saying that it was decidedly the nerdy house, and that suits me just fine. As a “nerd”, I was endlessly curious about the world and fascinated with learning. As a “geek”, I became deeply passionate about things like music, gaming and metaphysics. One common thread that connects most nerds and geeks, their interests aside, is a level of intensity and focus. And that can be both tremendously beneficial, as well as cause for strife.

My lovely fellow SL blogger Leesee at Time and Lace wrote a thought-provoking post the other day sharing her frustrations as a Second Life fashion blogger, and both the original post and its ripples have sparked some really interesting and engaging conversation. As someone who’s been reading SL related blogs for years longer than I’ve been writing one, I’ve seen both the subtle and dramatic shifts that its taken, and I feel that we’re presently in a time where the relationship between designers and bloggers is wonderfully symbiotic and mutually-respectful. Usually. There are always outliers and those (from either side) who would make untoward demands or have unrealistic expectations. But by and large, there’s an appreciation there that grew organically over time and is wonderful to see.

Being an “official” or “dedicated” blogger for any brand or event will bring with it both benefits and requirements. That’s where my Ravenclaw tendencies begin to kick in and I feel surges of high motivation and passion, but with their shady counterparts of stress and overwhelment tagging along for the ride. On Monday, I slept for a significant portion of the day simply because I was exhausted from existing on 4 hours of sleep a night. It’s no one’s fault but my own: I take far too much time to compose photos, write posts, and all that goes with it. But therein lies the rub: I do it because I genuinely, passionately enjoy it. So how do you strike the right balance?

Flight of the Raven
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Sometimes I wish I could fly away from real life for a while and immerse myself fully in the virtual world. Dr. Phil featured a Second Life related segment on his show this week, in an episode about a young man who’s addicted to gaming and is experiencing the effect of real life deteriorating because of it. I didn’t see the episode, but I appreciate that it was emphasized that the games are not the issue, but rather the abuse of them. In like kind, there are those who would cheekily say that they’re “addicted” to Second Life, but in most cases it’s meant in a light-hearted way to express how much the virtual world means to them. I’ve been back in SL for less than three months and am absolutely rapt with the inspiration and motivation I’ve found there. I’ve made new friends, experienced new things, found new hobbies, and reinvigorated my creativity. It has been as a spark to a dormant flame; a wand-lighting charm when I needed it most.

Second Life, events like the Wizarding Faire, and the amazing creators whose designs I have the honor of blogging, have enriched my 1st life just as they’ve reignited my 2nd one. This blog has become so much more, been so much more meaningful to me, than I ever expected. Thank you all for taking this ride with me, and thank you to those who share your own journeys and passions in your own Second Life blogs. I could, and often do, spend hours reading your words, enjoying your photography, and marveling over your creativity.

So although it’s been a stressful week, and real life happenstances have gotten in the way of virtual world adventures, and I dearly wish that I had a Time Turner which would grant me many more hours in the day … I know that it all will pass. For in the wise words of one Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / AlterEgo | Janae Honey – Smokin’ | Gacha Item at Oh My Gacha, through July 31st
* Hair / Blues | Luna (without wand) – Naturals 1 HUD | Wizarding Faire
* Eyes / UMEBOSHI | Glimmer Eyes – Mermaids (Chasm) | The Seasons Story, through July 31st
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Viola Lipstick – 004 | FashionTropic Event, through July 30th
* Tattoo / White Widow | Insidious Tattoo | Wizarding Faire
* Nails / Dark Passions | House Pride (Maitreya & Slink appliers) | Wizarding Faire

Style
* Glasses / PURR | Hipster Harry’s – Onyx (Rare) | Gacha Item at Wizarding Faire
* Piercing (Nose) / PUNCH | Clip-On Septum – Mira | Gacha Item at Oh My Gacha, through July 31st
* Piercing (Lip) / PUNCH | Dolphin Bites Piercing
* Necklace 1 / Nerdology | Owl Messenger Necklace – Gold | Wizarding Faire
* Necklace 2 / ForeverFamous | Time Turner (Book) – Gold | Wizarding Faire
* Ring / Nerdology | Seeker’s Dream Ring – House Pride | Wizarding Faire
* Dress / The Little Bat | House Dress – Eagle | Wizarding Faire
Shoes / KC Couture | Mina Heels for Maitreya Lara

Set, Props & Poses
* Set / Larkham & Co | Little Wizard Cottage | Wizarding Faire
* Pic 1 / KRAVE & Strike It | Fantasy Wand – Nokturn Brown + Pose | Gacha Item at Wizarding Faire
* Pic 2 / The Pose Shop | Nimblus2000 + Wand – Pose 6 | Wizarding Faire

The Wizarding Faire is open July 12th – 25th. Please visit the Mischief Managed website for more information about the sim and roleplay.

Sword of Light and Shadow

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One of the things I most adore about Second Life blogging is when I select something from my inventory – whether its a wardrobe piece, an accessory, a pair of shoes, even a pose – and it immediately inspires an entire look. I had intended to go in a completely different direction today, but when I put on the gorgeous Crown of Swords by ERSCH, my prior ideas vanished completely. And the especial pleasure becomes peeking through your inventory folders to find just the right items to go with your inspiration touchstone. Given that I don’t (yet!) have too many fantasy-flavored items in my wardrobe, I went for a modern queenly vibe. I think it pulled together quite well!

Sword of Light and Shadow
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My skin is in the new porcelaine skin tone from DS’ELLES, and I love how it gives me the an ethereal look without being too pale (always a tricky balance to strike). It may be found in the main store, as can my LeLutka hair, which is a free group gift available in 8 lovely hues. The LeLutka group is still completely free to join, and last I checked there were still at least six group gifts to grab in their hair store, and all of them really lovely!

My necklace is the perfectly regal Pearl Droplets by Secret Love, which also comes with matching earrings and a trio of pearl colors and metal tones in the HUD. And I really adore the shape of the Grecia Dress by BLOKC, which has the loveliest draped detailing and is absolutely perfect in this soft, blush hue. Several other colors are also available, and it’s wonderfully affordable at only L$75. And as I was double-checking the price for this post, I noticed that the gold version of this dress is currently set as a free promo on the SL Marketplace. Don’t miss out!

Queen for a Day
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For event exclusives, I’m delighted to bring you several lovely cosmetics by Nova Bodyshop, all which may be found at the AnyBody event through July 31st. Noctea’s designs generously include system tattoo layers, as well as appliers for Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam, Sweet Lips, LeLutka and TMP. My poses are by Signature Pose, and the one in the photo above is exclusive to the My Slink Obsession event, ongoing through July 22nd.

I hope you’re all having a brilliant and beautiful weekend! I’ve finally finished trying on all the Hair Fair demos, and I even got to sneak into a few swiftly-ending events yesterday. Which reminds me: if you haven’t visited Summerfest yet, today is your last chance! (And oh my goodness, there are some gorgeous event exclusives there that made my cry mightily into my rapidly-dwindling Linden balance!) Also, Wizarding Faire 2015 has opened today, and I’m delighted to be bringing you some amazing faire finds this coming week. So restock those virtual wallets, and see you again soon! ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Mathilde – Porcelaine
Hair / LeLutka | Vent Hair – Praline | Group Gift
Eyes / Inkheart | Expansive Eyes – Green (S)
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
* Eyeliner / Nova Bodyshop | Sagan – 001 | AnyBody Event, through July 31st
* Eyeshadow / Nova Bodyshop | Lynn – 009 | AnyBody Event, through July 31st
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Lizzy – 007 | AnyBody Event, through July 31st

Style
* Crown / ERSCH | Crown of Swords – Bronze
* Necklace / Secret Love | Pearl Droplets Necklace
* Dress / BLOKC | Draped Grecia Dress – Blush
Shoes / KC Couture | Brazilia – Maitreya

Poses
* Signature Pose / Aron Poses – 002
* Signature Pose / Nicki Poses – 003 | My Slink Obsession, through July 22nd

Location
Wanderstill