Sunday, April 28, 2013

Another Day of Magic

Yes, there is a special reason for this blog title, and it is related to Fantasy Faire. The organizers have decided to allow one more day for everyone to come and buy the fine wares there! That means it ends on April 29th. Now before anyone gets all kinds of crazy and breaks their piggy banks, please be aware of two things: 1) Some merchants may have missed the notice so try not to freak out if a couple of shops vanish a day ahead of the new deadline. 2) Because of time zones, some merchants may still pack up their stores early on Monday since not everyone understands how to follow Second Life time. They could also want to clean up ahead of schedule due to real life time constraints so please be understanding regardless of the situation. Remember this event has been going on for over a week. Procrastinators, consider yourselves warned!

Now that you can breathe a bit easier with an extra shopping day, let's get on with my final post for Fantasy Faire. It is with a sad heart that I post this since the faire is always fun and exciting. I will definitely miss the gorgeous sims as they are my favorite part of the faire. I also feel terrible not being able to blog everything given to me, but I will try harder next year if I get more time!

Living the FantaSea has a lovely new mer tail called Carpe Oceanus. It's got warrior appeal in purple chainmail with a leather halter top. A shoulder guard and gauntlet protect your right arm while a dagger is strapped to your left one. It also comes with a mermaid AO so you can get swimming right away.

If you prefer something you can wear as a human, then there is the Synjari outfit from Paper Moon. The bohemian print in pastel tones is ideal for spring. It comes with beautiful rings in shiny opal colors. I styled it with the Pulsing Heart earrings from The Golden Thorn, and the Ginko mask from Falconrose. The earrings glow brightly in the light while the mask frames the face in soft fabric and is embellished with pearls and silver ginko leaves. I also used the Erika hair from Wasabi Pills and Musa poses as seen in the previous post. This picture was taken in the extravagant Lotus Valley Dream sim, which showcases the ethereal beauty of Asia.

Remember you only have a couple days left so hurry before these items and the gorgeous sims vanish into the mists once again!

Magnificat: Living the FantaSea, Musa, Wasabi Pills
Lotus Valley Dream: Falconrose
The DragonSpire: The Golden Thorn
Titan's Hollow: Paper Moon

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wonders of the Heart

We all deal with pain and loss in our own way. Some handle it negatively while others do their best to power through life's struggles. When I see some of the stories and photos that the Fantasy Faire merchants have revealed regarding their personal connections with cancer, it touches my heart. What truly moves me though is seeing how each person has selflessly contributed their talents in the name of finding a cure for this disease. With each post I am reminded just how compassionate people are despite some of the things they have been through. To each of you who have put so much work into all of this for Fantasy Faire...thank you.

Ok enough mush, let's get on with more Relay for Life items! After all, you probably want to know what's available there, right? And since it is for cancer research, you can feel a little less guilty about going broke because it's all for a great cause. I have several things to showcase this time so get out your pen and paper or just bookmark this page as a reference.

First up is the Pea Mermaid outfit from TempT. Peacock feathers fan out from all directions in a colorful display against the deep turquoise tail. I am wearing it with the Arkasia skin and the top of the Vandariel outfit from The Plastik, which complement the rich tones of this outfit beautifully. Also the fabulous Sunburst hair is from Emo-tions and comes with the lovely circlet attached. The pose and orb came from Living the FantaSea.

Next up we have another gorgeous gown from Evie's Closet called Kie. The strapless wonder features a sweetheart neckline and an ethereal skirt with flowers cascading down. I styled it with the Wasabi Pills Erika hair for a regal touch. The Sharon eyeshadow and Celtic nails came from Musa. The Gown pose used in the full body shot is also from Musa. I accessorized my ensemble with the RFL Magic Staff from Yabusaka, which comes full perm for building purposes. One other thing to note is that the sim I took these pictures in is called Magnificat and it is breathtaking so visit there to take wonderful pictures before the faire ends on April 28.

In order to make shopping easier, I'll provide links to each of the sims for all of the merchants mentioned.

Magnificat: Evie's Closet, Wasabi Pills, Living the FantaSea, Musa, Yabusaka
Evensong Woods: Emo-tions, The Plastik

Monday, April 22, 2013

Creatures Big and Small...

It's only been a couple of days since Fantasy Faire opened and already over 3 million lindens have been raised for cancer research! I am so proud to be part of a team that has worked this hard for a cause that is personal for many of us.

As I mentioned in my last post, there are MANY things to blog about for Fantasy Faire. Today I am presenting a couple more RFL items available there.

The first is the Peyrton avatar from Wilds of Organica, whose booth is located in the Dragonspire sim, an awe-inspiring cave filled with glowing gems. This avatar is a hybrid of an impala and an eagle and looks pretty spectacular in flight. It comes with an AO that has custom animations and gestures. I photographed Peyrton in the sim called Evensong Woods, a wintery forest with shops set up on wooden bridges.

The next item is a new mesh petite avatar called Virtue from Skinthesis. There are special makeup editions for sale at RFL so be sure to check them out! Also there are some new wings called Maple Fae Wings, which are seen here, and available in both big and petite sizes so fairies of all shapes can enjoy their flights in style. The booth for Skinthesis is located in the Magnificat sim. (Side note: The outfit is a new release from Evie's Closet, located in the same sim at Fantasy Faire.)

Thank you again for reading and please do support Fantasy Faire and Relay for Life by attending this great event and making donations!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Taking Flight Into Fantasy Faire

That's right, Fantasy Faire has returned for its 5th year to once again bring us magic and love in support of Relay for Life. If you have never been to Fantasy Faire before, this is definitely the year to go! This year boasts a hearty 10 sims, each with its own special enchantment that will charm visitors of all realms. Although the main attractions usually appeal more to roleplayers, there is plenty of room for all to enjoy this spectacular event. Even if shopping isn't your forte, the sims are a photographer's dream come true so it's still worth a look.

I will showcase various RFL items available from some of the many merchants there. I highly encourage you visit every sim to take in all the wonder this event has to offer. To give you a taste of what's there, I took a few photos in a couple of the lands.

Evie's Closet has quite a plethora of offerings this year. One of her recent releases called Dyisi has been recolored into a passionate red to symbolize the undying heart of all those who continue to battle cancer. It is an ideal outfit for anyone who is a satyr since the hot pants are hoof-friendly. If you prefer a more human appearance, never fear because there are also a pair of matching boots to complete the look. This photo was taken in Crimson Fields, a dark fantasy sim awash in a blanket of red flowers with ominous rock towers overlooking everything.

Another creation from Evie's Closet called Flora, caters to the smallest avatars ever to grace the grid, petites. In particular, the one shown here is called Puff and features a dandelion fluff for the skirt. The pretty pixie look is completed with a headband of sweet dandelion blooms. This is another photo taken on location in the sim called Lumenaria, a colorful town with a picturesque park and festive decor hanging from the shops. (Side note: The wings pictured came from another outfit called Eden. They are NOT included with Flora.)

Also making a splash this year is FateWEAR with Rochon. This is a well-crafted gown with a celtic belt buckle and bell sleeves. Pair it with tights for a modest look or go for a truly medieval vibe by forgoing undergarments altogether. (I do not recommend flaunting the panty-free style if you roleplay in a pg sim. You could possibly make fairies blush with your unexpected exposure.)

Evie's Closet is located on the Magnificat sim and FateWEAR is in Titan's Hollow. By the way, the pathway in Titan's Hollow is transparent so if you do buy Rochon, remember my warning about going commando.

I'll post more pics of more RFL items throughout the week Fantasy Faire is open. It closes on April 28th so don't procrastinate!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spring Fling

Spring is believed to be the season of renewal. It's a time to revamp your style, career or even your love life. What I love most about spring is how it inspires one to reunite with nature, at least in Second Life. In real life, I suffer from allergies so the stereotypical romance of blossoms in the park are nothing short of a nightmare for my sinuses. Thankfully in a virtual environment, one can enjoy a quiet bike ride without sneezing her head off.

Nothing makes me happier than fishing through my inventory to break out all my fun toys that make SL more enjoyable. I had been eyeing the bicycles from what next for the longest time and when a sale on them popped up months ago; I bought one immediately. I love the animations and ease of travel. I also love that it is a wearable vehicle so I can ride it in no-rez sims. There are various styles but I chose the Camden because it suits my personality best, especially with a bottle of wine and baguette in the basket. A picnic in the park after a refreshing bike ride is my idea of a perfect spring day. All I need is a good book or maybe even some live music playing and life couldn't be any better.

Tank: Tee*fy
Necklace and flats: Ingenue
Shades: artilleri
Bracelet: Boom
Earrings: Yummy
Hat: Glam Affair (old L'accessories item, unavailable)
Bicycle: what next

Friday, April 5, 2013

Torn Over Tara

Ever find something so gorgeous that you find yourself unable to process a simple thought? That is exactly what happened when I received samples of the new Spring/Summer collection from House of Torn. Her clothes compliment fuller shapes for a sensuous feeling that celebrates figures that are not stick thin. I'm modeling the Tara dress, which is a duo-toned minidress with a strapless sweetheart neckline and hip-flattering peplum. This is only a taste of what she has to offer and it's available now at AVENUE for their Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week.

Also, if the dazzling hat and jewelry catch your eye, they are new releases called Maniko and Shameless from Finesmith Jewelry. The Shameless earrings come as separates but consider buying the full set complete with a beaded necklace/choker combo and bracelet included.

Dress: House of TORN
Hat and Jewelry: Finesmith Jewelry
Nails: je suis
Makeup: Lush by Coco
Hairbase: Miamai (comes with the Kirge hair; not sold separately)
Lashes: Maxi Gossamer
Poses: Manifeste