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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! 💋

32 Flavors & Then Some

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Sweaty summertime greetings, my loves! As I’m sitting here still A/C-less in the 100°F+ heat, all of my thoughts keep running to cold, creamy, delicious frozen treats. So when I spied Label Motion‘s Yummy Ice Cream in my inventory, I just couldn’t resist adding it to my look today. I visited the always-dazzling Just Another Tequila Sunrise for a beautiful afternoon stroll, and I thought the autumnal colors matched perfectly with my “bohemian country” inspired look.

32 Flavors & Then Some
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Sundae Stroll
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Glam Affair | Amberly v2 – Summer Girl (America)
* Hair / Besom | Country Girl Hair & Hat | Shiny Shabby Event, through August 15th
Eyes / Inkheart | Expansive Eyes – Green (S)
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Lip Gloss – Pink & Daisy Lips (Layered) | SL Marketplace

Style
* Piercing / PUNCH | Clip-On Septum Ring – Polaris (True Gold) | Gacha Item at Oh My Gacha, through July 31st
* Necklace / Cae | Seeker’s Quest Necklace (3 metal colors in HUD) | Wizarding Faire, through July 25th
* Outfit / BLOKC | Fringe Top & Shorts (3 colors in HUD) | Mesh Avenue Event, through July 31st
* Shoes / KC Couture | Noa Wedges (for Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, TMP and Slink High)

Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Signature Pose | Iwone Poses – 005
* Pic 2 / Signature Pose | Iwone Poses – 001
Prop / Label Motion | Yummy Ice Cream – Cloud Flavor | Subscriber Gift
Location / Just Another Tequila Sunrise

I’ve one more treat to show you from the Wizarding Faire, which ends this coming Saturday, so you must fly if you’ve not yet enjoyed the magical wonders of it all! My necklace is by Cae and is a beautifully delicate representation of the Quidditch Snitch, with three different metal colors in the HUD. Equally as delicate and lovely is my septum ring by PUNCH, which is exclusive to the Oh My Gacha event through July 31st. And I’m a little bit obsessed with my shoes, the Noa Wedges by KC Couture. They’re just so stylish and perfect for a glam, summertime stroll! As always with Klari’s shoes, these come with lots of color options in the HUD, including different bases and the ability to colorize the straps and sole individually.

Feeling so much love for the Country Girl hair by Besom, which comes with a beautifully-textured hat with 3 different colors in the HUD. It’s a Shiny Shabby exclusive, available now through August 15th. I really enjoy the soft shininess of Besom’s hair textures, which play beautifully with windlights to create all sorts of lovely highlights. My outfit is by BLOKC and may be found at the Mesh Avenue event, with 3 unique and summery colors/patterns in the HUD. I really adored this red print; it reminded me of a favorite bandanna that I used to tie around my hair in the ’90s during my perma-flannel grunge phase. Those were the days!

Speaking of bandannas, if you haven’t visited the Hair Fair yet, you only have until Sunday to do so! And if you happen to be there on the 26th, be sure to observe the official Bandanna Day, the day “we remove our hair to show we care”. There are booths set up on every Hair Fair sim where you may purchase special, resident-created bandannas with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Wigs for Kids organization. See the official Hair Fair website for all the details!

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.

The Sweetest Thing

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Hiya, sweeties! This will be a quick post, as I’m a grumpy goose after fighting with my PC and Internet connection all night to get photos taken. Alas, I only captured the one but I hope it will suffice to show off these super charming items from Che Bella that may be found as gacha prizes at the Candy Fair, which is ongoing through July 17th!

The Sweetest Thing
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Props
* Che Bella / Sweet Dinette Set | Gacha Items at Candy Fair, through July 17th
Sweet Dinette – Ice Cream, Sweet Dinette Chair – Violet

* Che Bella / Travelling Confectionist Set | Gacha Items at Candy Fair, through July 17th
RARE Carriage Yellow, Display Case Violet, Shelf Mint
Sweet Pops, Chocolates 1 & 2, Candy Sticks, Ice Cream Float 1, Lollipops

Speaking of gachas, I’m thrilled to be blogging for MadPea, who have put together a Collector’s Event launching this weekend that will be offering both vintage MadPea memorabilia, as well as the opportunity to buy, sell and trade items with gacha collectors from all over the grid. Event visitors will also have the chance to snag a coveted “Golden Ticket” which will offer free, early access to the next MadPea game, The Collection. The MadPea Collector’s Market will be open from Friday, July 10th through Sunday, July 19th!

This truly is the ultimate event weekend, as these highly anticipated shopping faires, festivals, and events are ALL beginning within the next few days:

Indie Teepee: Friday, July 10th – 24th
The Seasons Story: Friday, July 10th – 31st
Oh My Gacha: Friday, July 10th – 31st
Hair Fair 2015: Saturday, July 11th – 26th
Wizarding Faire 2015: Sunday, July 12th – 25th

Please click to find a continuously-updated schedule with SLURLs: SL Fashion & Shopping Events

Exhausted yet? I know I surely am! I think it’s fair to say (or perhaps it’s “hair” to say) that Hair Fair 2015 is going to be one of the most jammed packed events of the year, and for good reason! An incredible wealth of hair brands will be represented at the event, many offering free hairstyles and/or accessories as gifts to event goers. But the generous free gifts aren’t even the best part:
every purchase made at the Hair Fair will donate a portion of proceeds to Wigs For Kids, a wonderful charity that creates wigs and hair replacement options for children who have lost their hair due to any number of medical issues.

There will even be an official “Bandana Day” on July 26th where participants are encouraged to remove their hair and purchase special, resident-created bandanas, with 100% of all bandana sales benefiting Wigs For Kids. Find out more at the official Hair Fair 2015 website, and don’t forget that you can gain access to hair demos from the comfort of your own virtual home by joining the Hair Fair Demos group in-world. Just paste this group address into your viewer’s Local Chat box to join: secondlife:///app/group/2e30d166-f3e5-e2de-ff72-b3da2d06ded2/about. Demo hairs are due to be sent out on July 10th, so prepare to be dazzled with an amazing selection of event-exclusive hairstyles!

Sheesh, even my “short” posts are wordy! :) So that’s enough from me; credits for my sugar-sweet, candy inspired look are below. I’m off to rest up before the weekend’s Eventstravaganza. Hope you’ve all had a brilliant week so far!

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / AlterEgo | Janae – Honey (Sweetness) | Oh My Gacha Event, July 10th – 31st
Hair / No.Match | No Tears – Bubblegum | Group Gift
Eyes / InkHeart | Doll Eyes – Green Love
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper & Lower
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02

Style
* Crown / Secret Love | Princess Crown
* Piercing / Secret Love | Septum Ring
* Top / CNZ | Lulu Minidress – Pink | To Be Outsider Event, through July 31st
* Pants / MMC | Candy Pants – Pink (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, TMP & Omega Appliers + System Layers)
Shoes / Fri. | Opal Heels – Antique (Maitreya)