The shoes I am posting today are making me want to burst into song, the problem with that though is that the song is really not appropriate and Aussies will know exactly what I mean and may just snicker. They are the Ute shoes by Baiastice , and their high platform front brandished with a lovely bow make them both pretty and fierce at the same time.
Got Milk ? I have apparently, but that is something I will leave for the end.
Elymode is a fantastic store for beautiful clothing and provocative fashion. Elysium has upped that to dizzying heights now with the new addition of Implant Applications to some of her previous releases. If you have never tried add on breasts, well this is your opportunity to do so with beautiful clothing as the end goal. There are many out there, and at one time or another I think I have tried them all, the latest I have encountered are the Mused ones, and these are the ones that Elymode has designed her add ons around. The appliers for Mused though do work with many of the other implants so you are most likely going to find that if you already have breasts you are covered – pun pun pun.
Hair Fair 2012 is almost a month away, but as every year the month leading up to the event is full of activity. Not just the hair creators involved busily creating incredible styles that will be released, or any of the other behind the scenes things. It is the two big events that happen every year.
In 2008 we came up with the Hair Fair Photo Contest, it was originally an “Homage to Hair Creators” we did actually ask for not only a picture, but also we wanted to hear about how the wearers felt about the style, the creator and other things they would think of in writing…this was difficult for some due to language restrictions, so we changed it so that everyone would feel comfortable entering. Each year the entries have been wonderful and this years collection so far is great.
The theme is Freedom, and we felt that it would mean people could represent through their hair and images what that means to them. I for one feel that hair in SL gives us the freedom to be who we want to be, be as wild and creative or as demure and classically elegant as we choose, and that it can all change in seconds and create a whole new look. If you were to wear a basic black outfit, skirt or pants, top or dress it wouldn’t really matter, but something simple…then changed your hair, you would definitely see such different parts of you appear.
I hope you consider entering, you can enter up to 8 images, and they do not have to have fancy photoshop/gimp etc techniques or be all about new hair etc. The Prizes are incredible, we have so many generous contributors who have offered prizes, so the winners will get a selection from the prize pool, and then 7 runners up will get VIP Early Access to Hair Fair 2012. All the winners will be shown at Hair Fair on each sim, as we do every year, so you have until June 30th to get your entries in, and if you have any questions just contact Sasy Scarborough or Ashia Tomsen .
Prize Contributors :
Calico Ingmann Creations
Ploom Hair,Skin and Poses
Tameless Hair And Avatars
Tekeli-li! Dark Artistry
Urban Lutz Hair Creator
VR Foundry – VR Studio Posestand/Hud
WWinx Home & Garden
Now about Bandana Day
In 2007 two weeks before Hair Fair was about to start I IM’d Six Kennedy and told her about Bandana Day, an event held in Australia that raises money for children with Cancer. That they sell bandanas for people to wear on that day, and also many people shave their heads to raise money to donate as well… the stories you see about that are always so wonderful. I know of a guy that worked in a bar in Sydney who had really long hair and beard, and they challenged him to do it, and he said that he would only do it if they raised a certain amount of money, because if he was going to do so, then the kids sure as hell were going to benefit from it…it was beautiful to see those strands of hair fall to the floor, they ended up raising much more than what he had originally declared as the amount.
I had remembered that Elika of then ETD had once had a hair she sold for rfl that actually had a bandana on it, and knew that the look was exactly what was needed, so suggested to Six that she should ask her and so on. Well Six said it was a great idea and that I should take care of it, and that is how Bandana Day and Hair Fair became one. That first year I was so excited by how many people sent in bandanas to sell, and I actually stood at the table I had them set out at the whole time I was online, because it was just so amazing to be part of all that excitement. Since then we have had Bandanas on all the sims for Hair Fair , and little things have been added, such as now the bandana is sculpted – thanks to Damien Fate for creating it – and also we now ask that the people that create them include a notecard sharing why they are doing so – if they want to, and if there is a reason that is more personal to them – each year it takes me longer to set up than it should because the notecards make me cry, but it is always such an incredible part of Hair Fair as a whole.
People contact me leading up to it, and ask all sorts of questions, they arrange parties where they let their friends know to go and buy them and then come back for a big bash, they do their own fundraising at the events and then donate that money to Hair Fair for Wigs for Kids, and all of it is really amazing, and then when it is Bandana Day on the last day of Hair Fair – this year 29th July – where everyone takes off their hair to show they care, and wears them with pride, my heart swells looking at the feeds and seeing blog posts where bloggers are wearing their Bandanas they have purchased.
If you want a kit to create your own Bandana to be then sold to raise money for Wigs for Kids, the kit is available by IMing me – Sasy Scarborough – in world, even if you are unsure get one anyway and play with it, then if you are happy with the result all the info is in the kit. You can google and flickr search for past Bandanas and see all the great and fun looks people have achieved with their bandanas.
The reason we do everything we do for Hair Fair is to help Children through the Charity Wigs for Kids. You can see their mission, their history and all the great things they do on their website.
Every person knows what it is like to be a child, and the idea that through Hair Fair every year we can change even one child’s life in such a way as they do through Wigs for Kids, is enough incentive for all of us to do as much as we can. I hope everyone joins us this year, spreads the word and does all they can to help us raise funds for this Charity.
All of the participants are donating 15% of EVERY purchase at the event…so every purchase you make goes to helping a child.
The Hair Fair Demo Group will also be sending the hairstyles the day before the event opens to the public, so be sure to remember to join that, and spread the word so everyone can get to Hair Fair with their shopping lists ready.
So a week or so ago I got an IM from the lovely Cajsa Lilliehook of It’s Only Fashion. In the IM she asked me if I could join her and some other incredible bloggers that would be contributing to her exhibition space at this years SL9 Birthday Celebration.
I have mentioned previously that Chic Management is celebrating its 2nd Birthday at this time, with a wonderful event, that has booths that are so pretty and fun. If you look at it from a celebration prospective, you can convince yourself it is a three tiered cake of yummyness. The Chic2 celebration is on until late June so you still have plenty of time to attend.
A big Happy 2nd Birthday to Chic Management, who are celebrating with a big event Chic2 with many incredible designers, and the most adorable booths set up in a circular setting three levels high. While you are there you can also check out some lovely statements made by people about Chic Management and their relationships over the years.
More mesh delights today, with the big release from Maitreya.
IMPORTANT : before I start going on and on, I wanted to mention that the NEW items have a NEW Size added, there is now a S + option for those that are still small, but have larger breasts, so that you do not have to size up. So be sure to demo if you haven’t fit in the past.
I remember when mesh first came about a few people all wanted the elongated tube tops from Maitreya that were originally released in sculpts to be done in mesh. While that hasn’t happened, this is close enough. A definitely boho edge to the release, with these Cupio tops with the beautiful beaded halter ties strung on leather. I think the colours pack is so cute that the beading is more quirky and colourful for those. The tops look wonderful with the new flare jeans, so 70′s inspired and just beautiful, I am secretly jonesing for a pair with patches.
More summery goodness in the form of not only this beautiful mesh bikinis from Baiastice, but also this amazing mesh hammock by Cheeky Pea that is at Collabor88 right now until the 7th, so don’t miss out on the great price for this beautiful item.
The Lilith Hammock is really fun , not only does it have great singles poses, but also has a really nice swinging motion that is optional with a click. I do also really like that it comes without trees or posts, because then you can just add it to your own area, whether it be a veranda, or a set of palms etc, the choice is yours. the cushions are editable so you can re-position them if needed depending on the pose you use, and the settings for the poses come in a drop down menu that you can adjust so that your parts don’t go through the hammock or cushions. This is definitely a must have not only for great pic taking opportunities, but also for making the upcoming warmer months very relaxing.
Whimsy and I spent a luxurious day by the pool today. With the help of some lovely poses set within this magnificant swimming pool that is part of the Zuma Hills Mesh house from Trompe Loeil. This house as Whimsy says, is like a Barbie Dream Home, once she removed most of the pink – for the lovers of pink and purple though, there is still enough to keep you happy. I added the New Hampton Garden Mesh setting of wrought iron table and chairs to the pool area…this is an actual sneak peak at the upcoming Chic 2 Birthday event item from What Next. So many seating options for both men and women, but I did use my VR Hud Library to use a Maitreya sit pose, as I wanted to really focus on the swimsuit and feet in the picture.
The feet being because of the new ADD ON sandals called Ilena that SLink has just released to go with their rigged mesh bare feet. You just wear your feet first, and then add your sandals and you are ready for the beach, or any summery looking adventures. They are a beautiful sleek version of a gladiator sandal, and the thin leather straps are just lovely, and with them being rigged mesh, the feet and sandals move with your own foots movement…very cool for more realistic looks.
It is the second round of FaMESHed a monthly all Mesh event. The list of stores is a very broad range of Mesh creators, ranging in items from accessories to furnishings and clothing and hair in between. You can get more info HERE or just teleport over and shop lots.
One of the stores featured today is Fanatik, a few of you will know of Fanatik from Sticky Fingers, but it has now become one store under the Fanatik label, so the necklace I am wearing is an older release, with the newer Jumpsuit in black that is at FaMESHed – other colours in the mainstore. I am also wearing their biker earrings which are just glorious.
The skirt is from a new to me designer Nyu, their satin skirt is very nice, and it comes in an assortment of sizes, I am wearing size 2 so be sure to try on the demos available. The other new to me brand is HANDverk who made these wonderful leather and carnelian jewelry…the necklace is a stunning piece, and would make a beautiful addition to not only classy looks like this one, but also more formal looks.
Over the years I have easily spoken to hundreds of Fashion Bloggers, sometimes only for a few moments answering a question, and sometimes they don’t get away so easily. “One” of the things that stands out for me, from blogger to blogger, is whether they talk on their posts or not. It is interesting to me, why someone would choose to not communicate their thoughts on an item, or items, places, experiences etc…but rather just show a picture and credit the stores.
A few times I have just asked, more so because little hints as to why come through in the IM, and I am really asking for validation to my guess. The guess is 99% of the time that English is not their first language, and that they struggle sometimes with communicating even in IM. Often they apologise, and that really saddens me, because I am as much a guest in their country, as they are in mine – virtually speaking.
Lately though I have gone a step further than just asking – ok not exactly lately, I always have an opinion about something – but have urged and hopefully encouraged fellow Fashion Bloggers to blog in their native language, to share their experiences in Second Life, the things they learn, the tips and tricks they can advise on, that may just help others from their own country understand Second Life a little better.
“English speaking only” is not a rule, and if it was I would make up a language just to break it, because that would be disgraceful. The reason I started blogging was to share, to communicate what I was learning with others, because one random thing you say on a blog, could just completely change someones experiences here for the positive, and those that can share those bits of information in their native tongue, can spread that information so much further, helping not only the community of Second Life, but also the future residents.
I can only imagine how many people from all over the world have seen images of Second Life, and then only seen information on it in English, that may think it would be difficult for them to be here. Maybe at first it could be, until they find their way, I am not saying everything will be simple, but it can be made easier with a little help from those that have the tools to share via their blogs/websites and so on.
It can also help expand peoples Second Life experiences, and give people more information about events, and fundraising efforts that are part of the year all over the grid, if that information is not shared in as many languages as possible, then people are missing out on incredible experiences, as well as the chance to even participate in them.
English readers can translate blog posts done in other languages, as easily as right clicking their browser page and choosing that option, sometimes the translation is not great, but in a lot of cases easy enough to follow the gist of what is being communicated. I myself, want to see more bloggers speak in their native tongue, I want to see the ones that don’t say anything out of fear to do so, say as much as they want to. I want to show the world that Second Life is a second life for EVERYONE.
If you search languages in the Second Life Wiki there is a lot of random information, but also a page that unfortunately hasn’t been updated since 2009 that allows people to add their names under the languages that they speak.
I had a conversation with a Fashion Blogger two days ago, and it went exactly as I said up top…yesterday I logged in to an offline from her with a link. I was so happy, I have even read her blog post out to Mel, and grinned huge the whole time, because she shared, she wrote beautifully in her native language, and yes google made it a bit mixed up, but I understood what she was saying, I could read her passion in her words, and I am so happy and excited that she will continue to do this now. Ximena McAndrews posts often, and not all posts will always have words other than credits, but in only two days she has done posts where she does talk, and she LAUGHS and that was for me the most awesome part of all of it, she is sharing her joy…please share yours ♥