Friday, July 25, 2014

You Are Being Watched

One of the things that I love about The Men's Dept., besides the fact I think it is the premier event for male-friendly items, is that it forces me to leave my "pretty" box and play around with more androgynous looks. In RL I am not a particularly girly-girl though my one attempt in college to turn my hair into a mo-hawk resulted in my slick straight hair constantly falling limp on my shaved head.  (it was a wierd time) The current round of The Men's Dept. (TMD) ends on July 31st and it's definitely worth a visit.
Tableau Vivant has released a new unisex hair, Checker, for the event, A6D (After 6 Days), or MixMatch. It is a new concept brought to you by the folks that organized Euphoria's Limited Bazaar. Briefly, the themed event allows you to pick up exclusive, original items for 2 weeks either at the event or sometimes at the designer's main store. May of the items can be purchased at the event for a discount using a discount HUD.
The theme for this round is Chess. The hair includes 2 hairbases, a checker board pattern and another called "pawn", as well as a tintable hairbase.  Happy shopping!

Hair: Tableau Vivant: Checker w. pawn hairbase - available exclusively at A6D
Skin: Glam Affair: Cassia - Pink Rose (artic A)
Eyeshadow: La Malvada Mujer: Smoke on the Water (eyes only): available at The Cosmetic Fair
Brows: Buzz: Talia Eyebrow - light blond: available at The Cosmetic Fair
Hand Tattoo: Paperbag: Hamsa Hand Tattoo (slink applier): available at The Cosmetic Fair
Sweater: Etham: James Cardigan - Black: available at The Men's Dept.
Shorts: Ison Man - Denim Cut-off (teal): available at The Men's Dept.
Necklace: Zibska: Ivar: incl. both M/F versions as well as texture-change HUD w/ resizer: available at The Men's Dept.
Pose - I am sitting on 7 emporium's Cigarette Machine lol

Thursday, July 24, 2014

7.24.14: LOTD

Thou shall not whine about how busy RL is and how the weather is unseasonably cool, i.e. not like living in a swamp, that makes me want to get out the edger and tend to my yard and go to yardsales and rootbeer stands and the old Dairy Queen or fall asleep on the porch swing while reading a book.  Or spend time with my 17-year-old son who in a year will definitely not want to "hang" with his mom.  These are all verboten!

But on the SL side I love "stuff", and there is absolutely no shortage of crazy good work out there right now. I love shopping in SL to the point that often I just buy it and don't get around to opening boxes (which I hate) but instead virtually hold it all close to me and smile, sighing "mine...".  When I actually open the packages I find marvelous things and have great fun styling ol' Eden. It all started with Lelutka's marvelous Francine hair, recently released at Hair Fair 2014, which is loosely swept up and held together with a flower ornament (which is of course texture change).  I about died when I saw *LpD*s precious Serena set at The Chapter 4.  It took me probably 15 minutes to decide which look to get; the texture options are not just easy recolors of the same fabric but each uses strikingly different choices for 3 distinct looks. tea.s' Shark Bait Bag that was featured in June at Summerfest '14 is probably one of my most treasured possessions and I kept it fair and feminine with Glam Affair's Cassia - Pink Rose that was a complete steal last week for 50 Linden Fridays.  Good times!

Hair: Lelutka: Francine - Sweeden: new release for Hair Fair 2014
Outfit: *LpD*: Serena Top & Skirt Pink - Flowers: available at The Chapter 4
Skin: Glam Affair: Cassia - Pink Rose Arctic
Bag: tea.s: Shark Bait Bag - mint
Pose: Le Poppycock: from Afterglow A: available at The Chapter 4

Friday, July 18, 2014

7.18.2014: Getting my Feet Wet

Horrific real world events have nearly broken my heart so when I can tear myself away from the news, I decided to find a peaceful place to go to that I had not visited before.  So I picked Venice, which I assume right now is absolutely jammed packed with tourists.  I would gladly be one of them but I had Venice completely to myself, with clear water to boot!

Truth's latest release for women, Xantheanne, not only has a long name, but has a unique look thanks to the flattering braid in front.  It's long and lovely and maybe a bit mysterious.  Coquet has made the adorable Summer Fun dress for The Theme Park. It is a pretty little one shoulder number and is available in 5 bright colors for a bit of pop.  I jazzed it up a bit with pretty arm bracers from aisling for The Secret Affair.  This great gatcha contains very sparkling adornments with 3 rares, but I must say that even the commons are fantastic and include color change huds for a ton of options.

Be well <3

Hair: Truth: Xantheanne - New Release
Skin: Glam Affair: Casia - America 07 (w/ freckles
Dress: Coquet: Summer Fun Dress - Ocean: available @ The Theme Park
Arm Bracers: aisling: Tallulah Arm Bracers: available @ The Secret Affair
Pose: NanTra: from It's A Mod, Mod World set

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hair Fair 2014: !Ohmai

There is something about Anya Ohmai: she is magical. Her sister, Suetabulous, has the same trait and there is something about both of them that can touch the sweet spot in my often bitter SL heart.  I don't mean the term in the occult sense but this way:

mag·i·cal (majikÉ™l) - beautiful or delightful in such a way as to seem removed from everyday life. Synonyms: extraordinary, remarkable, exceptional, outstanding, incredible, phenomenal, unbelievable, amazing, astonishing, astounding, stunning, staggering, marvelous, magnificent, wonderful, sensational, breathtaking, miraculous.

That Anya has remarkable talent is obvious. But she has something beyond that. She creates objects that are innocent, sweet, funny and cute in a way that never panders.  Her 5 new hairstyles she has introduced at Hair Fair 2014 has taken her work to a whole new level.  She has gone a bit cuckoo :)
Birds are a predominant theme for all of !Ohmai's new releases.  Each one includes 2 versions: normal (but still freaking adorable) and another with at least one "tweeter companion" and is available in 6 color HUDs. The HUD also allows you to interchange between 14 colors for your "pet".  If the hair has a hat or band you can also change the colors of those with the HUD
I don't know what I was thinking sticking myself directly in front of Cory Edo's precious Rivershire Waterwheel cottage (probably how little sleep I've been getting), but I hope you will forgive my momentary lapse of perspective.  I've paired the hair with equally precious newer releases from around the grid.  If all this sweetness had calories I would break my office chair.
In order to help you in being fully prepared to immerse yourself in hair, the official Hair Fair 2014 blog has an updated post on how to easily navigate the event.  Previous posts on the blog include a list of stores by sim, a link to the inworld demo group and information about their charity partner, Wigs for Kids.
Thank you again, Anya, for making such lovely things!  They even make me smile :)

Photo 1
Hair: !Ohmai: Sopha: new release at Hair Fair 2014
Dress: M.birdie: Mari - Leaves - probably one of the most adorable dresses I've seen lately.  I used to LOVE one-pieces back in the day and so happy to see some again in mesh!
Photo 2
Hair: !Ohmai: Callia ("no friends" version): new release at Hair Fair 2014
Shirt: NuDoLu: Blouse romantique - Blanc maya : available at The Seasons Story
Skirt: NuDoLu: Jupe mignone ForgetMeNot : available at The Seasons Story
Photo 3:
Hair: !Ohmai: Newreem : new release at Hair Fair 2014
Shirt: M.birdie: _so_cool_T_Duck
Shorts: ::{u.f.o}:: Simple Cotton Shorts - red (June Collabor88)
Shoes: Milk Motion: Double Strapped Sandals - Pink Leather - available at The Men's Dept.
Photo 4:
Hair: !Ohmai: Sue (with nest): new release at Hair Fair 2014
Shirt: Apple May Designs:  BlueBell Top - Vintage
Skirt: Tee*fy: Marley Skirt - Spring (June Collabor88)
Photo 5:
Hair: !Ohmai: Eli: new release at Hair Fair 2014
Dress: ::{u.f.o}:: Say Something - denim check : available at The Seasons Story
Necklace: Mandala: Sagarmatha - Gold
In All Photos:
Skin: Glam Affair: Cassia - Arctic 06 (various brow versions) + Arctic appliers
Eyes: IKON: Sunrise Eyes - bleached blue
Hands/Feet: Slink
Poses: flowey: from the Raw Nostalgia set
House: Trompe Loeil: Rivershire Waterwheel: currently available at Collabo88
Pygmy Goats: Half-Deer:  Itty-Bitty Pygmy Goats (rez versions): Gacha @ The Season's Story
Tree Groupings: Studio Skye: Enchanted Woods v2 - 3 (trees)
Birch Tree: Deco
Grass: (iTuTu): Flowers&Plants-little white balls - ancient (may no longer be available)
Mailbox: Happy Mood

7/15/2014: RFL: Fiction for a Cure

Hi all! I wanted to alert you to a new and different event in SL.  Fiction for a Cure is a unique fundraiser that Benefits Relay for Life in SL.  The Relay for Life movement, which is 4 million people and 20+ countries strong, raises funds for and promotes awareness of cancer and it's effects worldwide. The Second Life holds many events throughout each year, like Fashion for Life, Home & Garden Expo, Fantasy Faire, etc. and now includes this new event.

This is not your typical shopping event. Instead of the usual product-based event, we are offering for auction real world items in the form of books, all autographed or autographed/personalized by the authors.  Many of the books are limited edition or rare, and our donation authors are among some of the beloved of authors of today.  You will find among them award-winners, New York Times Bestsellers and international bestsellers. Our list includes Diana Gabaldon, Dana Stabenow, Kevin J. Anderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Claudia Christian, Michael A. Stackpole, Stephen R. Donaldson, the late Aaron Allston, and many more.

Other features of the event include:

- a writing class, taught by the award-winning novelist, editor, graphic novelist, screen-writer, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, comics writer, and long-time Second Life resident Michael A. Stackpole.

-an intellectual property rights presentation written by Kat Alderson, and presented by Kat and Mike.

- readings

The event also offers a raffle with the opportunity to win a variety of packages, all of which are comprised of store credit or gift cards to a wide variety of recognizable SL merchants including: Exile hair, Pretense Poses, Exposuer Poses, Alouette, Park Place Home Decor, and Roawenwood, plus many more.  Each and every raffle ticket purchase will be rewarded with L$250 in store credit to Clutter for Builders.

To visit Fiction for a Cure teleport to the American Cancer Society region in SL.  To read more about the event and how you can participate visit the official Fiction for a Cure website!