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Gold in the Air of Summer

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I read a passage once by an author who said that following a particularly stressful time in her life, she painted the colors of her home in the warmest, cheeriest colors she could find. In that way, it was like being surrounded by happiness and love. Although I’m woefully inept at Second Life decorating, I believe that fashion can be just as uplifting. So after an exhaustively busy week, I sought two things: the serenity of ocean waves, and the warm hug of vibrant, summery colors. And because the virtual world is made of magic, in just a few clicks I’d found both!

Gold in the Air of Summer
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Baja Cove
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Yony Skin – Neva (Blond) | The Black Dot Project, through August 4th
* Hair / Besom | Hair Fair Style 005 – Blondes HUD | Hair Fair 2015, through July 26th
Eyes / Inkheart | Emotional Eyes – Hope
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
Lips / Pink Fuel | Shine Lipstick – Pink Light (Teeth) | Group Gift
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Tropics Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace
Tattoo / Infected | Dragon Tattoo (Maitreya, Slink, TMP & Omega Appliers)

Style
* Piercing / Secret Love | Septum Ring (HUD with 4 metals & 10 gem colors)
* Necklace / Secret Love | Summer Zest Necklace | Olala Fashion Event, through July 20th
* Dress / db Dollz | Mandala Dress – Color 2 | SL Vogue, through August 4th

Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Signature Pose | Shawna Pack – Pose 004
* Pic 2 / Kirin | Fun at the Beach – Beach Ball & Pose 1 | The Seasons Story, through July 30th
Location / Baja Cove

I’m flirting with a different set-up for my posts, putting the style details immediately beneath the pictures so those who just want a quick reference for what I’m wearing can find the information easily. And for those kind souls who graciously read my stories and rambles, you’ll just have to do a wee bit of scrolling to get to them. Let me know what you think! I’m always open to ideas for how to improve my blog to both benefit the designers I’m showcasing, as well as to appeal to visitors. Comments are warmly welcomed!

My dress is by db Dollz and is available in five vibrant, colorful flavors at the SL Vogue event. My other wonderful event-exclusives include DS’ELLES gorgeous Yony skin at The Black Dot Project, and the positively juicy and perfectly-named Summer Zest Necklace by Secret Love at the Olala Fashion Event, which ends on Monday. I’m also wearing my favorite Besom hairstyle from this year’s Hair Fair, which is still going in full swing and still very, very packed full of shoppers! I think I’m finally going to make a go of it this weekend and try to get in; wish me luck! And if you’re there as well, don’t be surprised if I’m invisible save my nametag, as I’ll probably be using the full-body alpha trick I mentioned in my previous Hair Fair post. Gotta minimize that lag!

I also want to mention my delightfully summery, event-exclusive pose pack by Kirin, which comes with 14 beach balls (7 each in multi-color and pink varieties), and 7 unique holding poses. The set can be found at The Seasons Story, which has a gorgeous underwater build that must be seen to be believed! Much love to the wonderful Alaska Metro, who recently updated all of her nail packs to support Maitreya nails (/me jumps for joy) while still pricing them at the amazingly low L$25 apiece on the SL Marketplace. And I can’t get enough of the beautifully colorful Dragon Tattoo by Infected. It’s sometimes tricky to find tattoos that are truly sleeves-only without designs that envelope the torso or chest as well, and these are just perfect in my eyes!

Finally, the pose in my top-most pic is by Signature Pose and it’s part of the Shawna pack that features 5 poses specifically designed for kneeling glamorously in the ocean waves. My goodness, do I adore summertime in Second Life! I hope you all have a wonderful, restful, relaxing weekend. See you again very soon! ♥

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

Fair Mermaiden

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Hey lovelies! Want to hear something that will boggle your mind? At this very moment, there are at least 62 Second Life fashion events in full swing on the grid, and that’s only the ones I’m aware of. Chances are, there may be even more! And with three of the most hotly anticipated events opening very soon (Hair Fair 2015, The Seasons Story, and the Wizarding Faire), I hope your virtual wallet is still hanging on for dear life. But you know I love tempting you, so you’ll get no relief from me! I’ve got a whole array of new, event-exclusive goodies to share. C’mon, dive in! The water’s fine, and it’s high tide for shopping!

Fair Mermaiden
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At the Sex Sells Gacha Fair, CNZ brings you a gacha filled with mermaid loveliness, including six different tails, a shell bra, and poses to match. Every mermaiden needs a luxurious head of hair, so I can think of none more perfect than the Check Yes style from Besom, found at this month’s round of FaMESHed. It comes in two styles: the longer, sleeker version I’m wearing here, and the slightly shorter, more voluminous version 2.

My dreamy, luminous eyes are by UMEBOSHI and are exclusive to The Seasons Story, which opens on July 10th. (You’ll have to be a wee bit patient on that one, but I promise it will be worth the wait!) And I’m mad about my gorgeous diamond septum piercing by PUNCH, which may be found at the current round of Suicide Dollz. It comes with several metal choices (plus with an optional add-on HUD for even more varieties), as well as lots of beautiful gem tones.

Booty and the Beach
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I’ve dared to go bare with my teeny bikini from Sachi, which comes in gold and holographic varieties on system layers or Omega applier for my meshy mavens. My skin and lipstick are both group gifts from Pumec and Pink Fuel, respectively, and I highly recommend picking up both! For one last event exclusive, get your buns over to My Slink Obsession and snag the pose packs from Signature Pose. I had incorrectly assumed that this event solely catered to the Slink body/hand/feet crowd, but it’s also a wonderful place to find mesh clothing, poses, cosmetics, and more. You may even find shoes that come with versions for Maitreya and Belleza bodies as well. Love the versatility!

These pics took way, way too long to get (someone kindly spank me if I spend another hour fiddling with windlights), so I’m off to dreamland, where my mind will probably get lost in some kind of SL Event Inception. If you see me wandering around a shopping area in a hazy daze, give me a pinch and wake me up out of my reverie! ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / PUMEC / Milana – Summer | Group Gift
* Hair / Besom / Check Yes (Vers. 1) – Fade Dye HUD | FaMESHed, through July 27th
* Eyes / UMEBOSHI / Glimmer Eyes – Mermaids (Reef) | The Seasons Story, July 10th – July 31st
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper & Lower | SL Marketplace or in-world
Lips / Pink Fuel / Shine Lipstick – Pink (Dark) | Group Gift

Style
* Piercing / PUNCH / Diamond Septum Clicker + Earth Add-On / Suicide Dollz, through July 17th
* Outfit / Sachi / Silk Gold Thong (Omega Applier or system layers)
* Tail / CNZ / Mermaid Tail – Blue / Gacha Item at Sex Sells Gacha Fair, through July 18th

Poses
* Pose 1 / CNZ / Mermaid Swim (Rare) / Gacha Item at Sex Sells Gacha Fair, through July 18th
* Pose 2 / Signature Pose / Ade – Pose 005 / My Slink Obsession Event, through July 22nd

Location
Floridays

Blue Belle

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Happy Independence Day to all of my lovely American friends! And for those who live outside of the USA, happy 4th of July anyway because it’s Saturday and that’s always a time to celebrate! Unless you’re one of those fancy Australian peeps who lives in the future, where it’s Sunday already. In that case, I really wish you’d get around to divining my lottery numbers so I can afford to buy out the delicious sales and events going on this month!

Speaking of which, an amazing number of brands are having special sales this weekend (some extend through the end of July; dates are included below). This is by no means all of the holiday sales, but these are all the ones I had bookmarked, spied on Flickr, or received as notecards in-world. Don’t blame me if you’re absolutely broke by Monday!

Ariskea – 50% off everything, through July 15th
Black Tulip – 50% off pose sets, couples & groups; through July 5th
BYRNE – 50% off everything, through July 5th
ColdLogic & Fate – 50% off everything, through July 5th
Dark Passions & Koffin Nails – 40% off (excluding gachas and discounts), through July 17th
Du Jour – 50% off everything, through July 11th
Fetch – 50% off everything, through July 31st
Heydra – 40% off everything and free VIP group join, through July 5th
HollyHood – 50% off everything, through July 29th
LOULOU&CO – 50% off everything, through July 13th
mpc. – 50% off all accessories, through July 5th
Nantra – 50% off all pose sets, through July 5th
Petite Mort – 30% to 50% off everything, ends July 6th
Pin Me Down – 50% off everything (including gachas), through July 5th
Rowne – 50% off flash sale, end date unknown
Salt & Pepper – 50% off everything, through July 5th
YumYums – closing sale ($L25 and up), through July 31st

Blue Belle
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I may be missing the red and white from my look today, but I’ve definitely got the blue covered! This lush, chic dress is by db Dollz and is exclusive to The Showroom event through July 11th. It comes in six colors, and I was head-over-heels for the rich, sapphire blue tone. Blue is my favorite color, and I just don’t wear it often enough in-world, which is an inexcusable crime! The soft ruching is a lovely detail, and I have to adore a dress that can easily be dressed up or down, and is both sexy and chic. All of the rawrs! ♥

My sweet accessory is another event exclusive: the Ribbons & Pearls necklace by Secret Love may be found at the FAD Fashion Event through July 25th. As always with Faylinn’s lovely designs, you have several metal, ribbon and gem colors in the HUD to choose from. My eyes and nails are two free Marketplace finds from TSM and By Snow, and I love the pops of purple to compliment the blues. I’m sure with that, my lavender-loving friend Holly will insist that I’m once again attempting to be an enabler, but my only response to that is: “What do you mean attempting?” /me grins cheekily

Blue Belle
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My prop is by Something New Poses n’ Props, and is specifically designed to show off shoes, which I just love! I’m using a built-in pose in my 1st pic, and the pose in my 2nd pic is by Signature Pose and is exclusive to the My Slink Obsession event, which kicks off on July 5th. Between all the ongoing and upcoming fashion events, and the weekend and month-long sales, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to offset a frenetic holiday with a heapin’ dose of retail therapy!

One final thing to sneak in: today is the final day to check out the unique, creative, dazzling builds at the Second Life Community Celebration sims. If you need some guidance on the not-to-be-missed exhibits, please visit my SL12B Event Roundup, the official SL12B website, or the Flickr photo pool for inspiration! Me, I’m off to collapse into bed and get a nice rest before the day’s festivities. Have a wonderful weekend, one and all! ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Belleza | Eva – SK FLF | Fifty Linden Fridays (Past)
Hair / Magika | Dots – HUD 03
Eyes / TSM | Crystal Eyes – Purple | Free on SL Marketplace
Lashes / ACD | Eye Lashes 4 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Arte | Cat Eyes Eyeliner – Long | SL Marketplace
Lips / alaskametro<3 | Light Lipgloss – Blush | SL Marketplace
Nails / By Snow | Maitreya Crystalline Nail Applier | Free on SL Marketplace
Tattoo / Seventy-5 | Full Floral Tattoo for Maitreya | SL Marketplace

Style
* Necklace / Secret Love | Ribbons and Pearls Necklace | FAD Fashion Event, through July 25th
* Dress / db Dollz | Scarllet Dress – Blue | The Showroom Event, through July 11th
Shoes / Fri. | Veronica Platforms – Black

Poses
* Pose 1 / Something New Poses n’ Props | Stairway to Shoes – Prop & Pose #1
* Pose 2 / Signature Pose | Ade – Pose 002 | My Slink Obsession Event, through July 22nd