Bandana Day 2015

Hair Fair 2015 closes tonight, at 11:59 pm SLT. Today is Bandana Day. If you haven’t gone to Hair Fair yet, or you didn’t get a bandana for Bandana Day, definitely consider going and grabbing one. They’re only L$50 each, they’re 100% donation items and there are a lot of cool options. Mine is from L+N and it’s called Liberty. It came with the torch (my SL sister Isley Oodles made me the stone tablet prop, and my husband made me the pose; neither are for sale anywhere) and I thought it was a really neat idea. Both from a creative perspective, but also because it felt like an empowering thing to me. I think of how we put so much value on hair, particularly on women’s hair, and really why? It’s just another form of idealized beauty. Not that I don’t have fun with hair in SL, because of course I do… and it would definitely be traumatic for me if I ever lost my RL hair because I love it. But at the end of the day, part of that is just another aspect of what we’re conditioned to be used to, what we’re conditioned to find attractive. And that’s all very interesting to me from a sociological/anthropological standpoint. But enough geeking out.

The bottom line here is… Wigs For Kids is a fabulous charity helping children who’ve lost their hair due to illness or medical treatments. Whether those kids choose bandanas or wigs, this charity helps empower them and give them a chance to have something they’ve not chosen to lose. So go buy a bandana, and wear it for the rest of the day! It’s only a few hours!

Freedom

The necklace and earrings I have on are from Cae, for the brand new monthly fantasy event Illusion Point. My gorgeous skin is the newest face from Glam Affair, Fiona, available at Uber. These stunning eyes are from Buzzeri’s new release at N21. Here’s a closer look.

Fiona & Sebastian

~Lucie

Credits

Glam Affair: Fiona skin – Jamaica 03 Uber
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Buzzeri: Duo eyes – Spirit N21
L+N: Liberty bandana & torch for Hair Fair 2015
Blueberry: Kayden dress – mint
SLink: Mesh hands – mouse & splayed
Wicked Peach: Summer Basics nails
Pixel Mode: Marcus skybox w/Manhattan surround

Treasure Hunters!

Wizarding Faire ends in mere hours. This is the final day, but I couldn’t resist showing a few last goodies! This adorable dress is from The Little Bat, and it comes in various colors that represent the various houses of Hogwarts. I’m wearing the Gryffindor (or “lion”) colors. Anya Ohmai outdid herself with the creation of these adorable nifflers. Nifflers, as you may recall from The Goblet Of Fire, are adorable little treasure hunters that Hagrid introduces his students to during Care Of Magical Creatures. As you can see, there are many different options, both for rezzing and holding (there’s a second pose for holding not pictured here), and they come in a variety of colors. They are truly adorable, even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan (though that idea makes me sad, lol). My shoes are a new release from fri.day, available at Shiny Shabby. My hair is from Wasabi Pills, for the current (and soon to close) round of FaMESHed.

Treasure Hunters
I also promised in this post to show you the inside of the adorable little build Larkham & Co. did for Wizarding Faire. The stained glass windows are so lovely. The fireplace is empty, and I thought it a perfect place to rezz the floating candles available in The Little Bat’s Wizarding Decor gacha. These actually move, by the way! Also available at Wizarding Faire is this incredibly cool clock from EDYN. It’s based on the Weasley Family clock in the books. Like that clock, you can feature family members on this one! It has a hud and easy instructions, and it’s just SO COOL. So go check that out, along with all the other goodies at Wizarding Faire, before the magic comes to an end later tonight!

Watching the clock

~Lucie

Credits

Pic 1

Essences: Aribeth – pale 2 w/lipstick 5 (sold separately)

Maitreya: Lara mesh body

Buzzeri: Moka eyes – chocolate

Wasabi Pills: Whitney hair – Cinnamon FaMESHed

PXL: Funny glasses – Turtle – RARE (these were available at Candy Fair and may not yet be in the mainstore)

The Little Bat: House dress – Lion Wizarding Faire 2015

fri.day: Susie Q shoes – coal Shiny Shabby

!Ohmai Emporium: Nifflers (all colors and all stances pictured, except Hug A)

Turnip’s: Sky environment w/fall texture add on

Jian: Ash tree

Trompe Loleil: Rivershire Waterwheel

Infiniti: Sweet pose 01

Pic 2

Larkham & Co.: Little Wizard Cottage Wizarding Faire 2015

The Little Bat: Wizarding Decor Gacha – floating candles, detention table Wizarding Faire 2015

EDYN: Wizarding family clock Wizarding Faire 2015

KittyCatS breedable cat (my beloved Meowzers)

Luscious Freya

I was really excited when Belleza updated their Venus mesh body and included two new versions. Isis and Freya are the new builds. Freya is my absolute favorite. The curves are gorgeous and for anyone looking for a fuller figure in SL, this is a must-try. I’m particularly in love with the legs on this body. It is important to note, however, that Freya will require clothing made specifically for it. Your standard size large (what I wear on the rare occasions I’m not in a mesh body) will not fit on Freya. Fear not, though, as designers are already beginning to make clothes that fit Freya’s unique proportions. I don’t know all of the stores making them, but I do know both Blueberry and Foxes are. Definitely be sure to try demos, to make sure the item in question has a version for this body!

In the pic below, I’m wearing a rather sultry dress that’s a recent release from Blueberry!

Baby I'll change, my mind

I’m also wearing one of LeLutka’s new release for Hair Fair 2015. This event is winding down… it ends on July 26th (which is also Bandana Day). Remember, Hair Fair is a charity event, raising funds for Wigs For Kids! The gorgeous skin I have on is PXL for Wayward Carnival. My beautiful necklace, based on Hermione’s Time Turner in The Prisoner of Azkaban, is from Cae for Wizarding Faire 2015. This event is also coming to an end this weekend; July 25th is the final day. Oh, and my eyes are Buzzeri’s new release for the new Epiphany gacha event.

Reverse

A few final notes about the new Belleza bodies… they include an updated hud, with a lot more alpha cuts, a (very) improved fit around the neck, alpha save slots and some really cool features that, to be honest, I’m still learning! You can read more about the update on Belleza’s site. Please note that this post is NSFW!

~Lucie

Credits
PXL: Shara Carnival skin – Natural – Makeup 02 Wayward Carnival
Belleza: Freya mesh body
Buzzeri: Cora eyes – Chocolate The Epiphany
LeLutka: Dakota hair – reds Hair Fair 2015
Cae: Reverse necklace Wizarding Faire 2015
Blueberry: Sophia dress – black (Belleza fantasy version)
Reign: Couture pumps – black
Ploom: B.Y.O.B. pose 06 (curvy)
Location: Blithe Tavern

The Third Eye

Tableau Vivant released this awesome hair with a built in hat for Hair Fair 2015. For those of you who aren’t hat lovers, there’s also a version available without the hat. But the hat makes me think of Maria Von Trapp or something. It’s so dramatic and huge and awesome. I decided to pair it with these seriously cool eyes from Chop Shop available at Wizarding Faire 2015. They include a third eye, which is optional but so neat! It moves! There’s also a version with gold metal, but as I prefer silver, that’s what can be seen below. I usually prefer very realistic eyes, and these are a bit more dreamy, more doll-like. But I think they’re gorgeous, and I feel really cute wearing them. Especially in this skin, Aribeth, which is a recent release from Essences.

There’s a big sale at Essences for the rest of the month, and while Aribeth is not part of that sale, plenty of other gorgeous skins are! So if you need a new skin, definitely check out that sale before it ends. The nail applier I am wearing on my Maitreya body is also available at Wizarding Faire, from The Wicked Peach. It’s an applier called Grimoire, featuring house colors and I’m wearing scarlet because I’m a Gryffindor.

Does this hat make my third eye look big?

The little cottage behind me is from Larkham & Co. and can also be found at Wizarding Faire. It’s really adorable, with a cute single room on the ground level and stairs that lead to an upstairs room. I plan to do another post that will show more of this cottage in the coming week, so stay tuned. My dress is an older release from coldLogic, but I wanted to point it out anyway because it is materials enabled and it downright shimmers in the right lighting (with the proper graphics settings). Materials are definitely a cool addition to the SL world. One final Hair Fair note! You can find a list of all participating stores, by sim, on this post on the Hair Fair blog! It will help you navigate this huge (four sims!) event. And remember, all sales help the great charity Wigs For Kids.

~Lucie

Credits

Essences: Aribeth – pale 2 w/lipstick 5 (sold separately)

Maitreya: Lara mesh body

Chop Shop: Third Eye – green Wizarding Faire 2015

Tableau Vivant: Scarlett hair – hat version w/ribbon add on – Reds Hair Fair 2015 coldLogic: Amos dress – midnight

Izzie’s: Hands & Head pose 09 mirrored

Larkham & Co.: Little Wizard Cottage Wizarding Faire 2015

The Wicked Peach: Grimoire Nail Appliers Wizarding Faire 2015

Chasing comets

I immediately fell in love with FATEplay’s latest release for Wizarding Faire 2015. How can you not love a working broom and a quidditch uniform if you’re a Harry Potter fan?! The uniforms are sold with a broom, but the broom is also available for sale separately. So if for some reason you just want the broom, that’s an option! I took my quidditch uniformed self to Blithe and flew around, looking for a great place to take a picture in the sky. When I saw the comets, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Out of bounds, chasing comets

Know what’s really cool about this broom? Damien Fate, owner and creator of FATE Designs, said that when he updates this broom it will be compatible with the quidditch game played at Mischief Managed. If you’re not familiar with Mischief Managed, that’s the role-play sim where Wizarding Faire 2015 is held. I am fascinated by role-play, but the reality is, I lack the patience for it. I want to just get up and cross a room, not type out that I’m crossing the room. But if role-play is your thing and you love Harry Potter, definitely check out Mischief Managed. If, like me, it’s just not something you can do, fear not! Mischief Managed opens the castle doors to the Wizarding World every Monday with OOC (that’s “out of character”) Mondays! There are important guidelines to follow, and you can learn more about that on this page. But it’s really pretty cool that even non-RPers like myself can visit this lush, gorgeous, incredibly detailed sim for fun and photo ops.

And don’t miss out on Wizarding Faire, which is now open and full of Harry Potter universe greatness!

~Lucie

Credits
Olive: Fleur Hair – Reds Wizarding Faire 2015
FATEplay: Wright uniform & broom – Lion, Wizarding Faire 2015

Location: Blithe

Coming soon to a Fair(e) near you!

There are two events opening this weekend. One is Hair Fair, which celebrates it’s 10th AMAZING year of raising money for Wigs For Kids, with every transaction donating all or part of the proceeds (signs will tell you how much) to this fabulous charity. Ten years, guys. How incredibly awesome is that ? Hair Fair opens July 11th at 12 am SLT (give or take a few minutes). If you are anxious to demo without lag, or just get a head start on making your wish list, you can join the demo group to save all the demo goodness! I highly recommend that, as it helps speed things along and it’s just fun! It’s a great way to discover new stores, too.

Copy and paste the following into local chat and click the link to join the demo group: secondlife:///app/group/2e30d166-f3e5-e2de-ff72-b3da2d06ded2/about

You can find out more about Hair Fair, and get maps and slurls (once open) on the Hair Fair blog.

To learn more about Wigs For Kids, visit their website. Also, while at Hair Fair 2015, be sure to grab one of the amazing bandanas created for Bandana Day. Bandana Day is July 26th (also the final day of Hair Fair 2015), and for this day we honor the courage and strength of kids (and adults) fighting conditions that result in hair loss by donning a bandana. Bandana Day bandanas are created by SL residents and 100% of the proceeds go to Wigs For Kids. There are a lot of amazing, creative options (I can’t wait to show you the one I picked!), and they’re only L$50 a piece and for a great cause.

I was grabbed by my best friend Charisma for a pic for her own blog post, so I took advantage of the opportunity to do one of my own. I am wearing one of Exile’s Hair Fair releases and CJ is wearing one of Elikatira’s. We’re also both wearing necklaces by Cae that will be available starting July 12th at this year’s Wizarding Faire. This event was one of my favorites ever when it debuted in 2013, so I’m truly thrilled it’s coming back. In fact, it inspired me to start reading the books again! And we’re both wearing outfits you can find at the current Rustic themed edition of Uber.

Summer Friends

It’s going to be a jam-packed weekend of awesome with both of these amazing events opening, so be sure you don’t miss out!

~Lucie

Fashion Credits
On Charisma:

Glam Affair: Katra skin – Jamaica 02
Maitreya: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara
Buzzeri: Lillian Eyes – Midnight
Elikatira: Brooklyn – Browns Hair Fair 2015
Cae: Reverse Necklace Wizarding Faire 2015
Junbug: Sweety Slip – Summer Uber

On Me:

Skin: Glam Affair: Yolandi skin – America 03 Uber
Maitreya: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara
Buzzeri: Moka Eyes – Hazel
Exile: In The Shade – reds Hair Fair 2015
Cae: Always Necklace Wizarding Faire 2015
Blueberry: Knotted Tops w/Bra – Purple Uber
Bueno: Summer Skirt – Floral Rose Uber

Rack Poses: Sugar & Spice slightly modified using Animare

Decor Credits

Barnesworth Anubis: Hamptons Cottage
Pixel Mode: The Backyard Garden Pool
Happy Mood: Sweet Garden Grass06 – mix(warm colors), Sweet Garden Grass02 – gold, Colored Bush – green
Botanical: Mesh Fir Trees
Organica: Mesh Tulips – greenland, fidelio, Princess Irene
Studio Skye: Land Forms Building Kit, Lush & Grassy Textures, Sand Dunes Building Kit

Princess Elia of Kittendom

I wanted to show this beautiful set Cheeky Pea did for The Conquest, and I decided instead of shooting a pic of me, I’d take one with of one my cats! Who, by pure coincidence, shares her name (Elia) with a Game of Thrones character. I wasn’t thinking of that character when I named this kitten. I was thinking of olives, actually. But never mind that and my weird naming practices. The point is, with her little crown and GoT name, she was the perfect choice to sit on this throne bench. The bench is texture change, and I chose purple for the cushions on the headboard because it’s my favorite color… and of course, the color of royalty.

Princess Elia Of Kittendom

The Conquest is only open a couple more days (it closes July 10th) so do be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet!

~Lucie

Credits
Cheeky Pea: Direwolf Chest Seat, Direwolf Fan Metal Art The Conquest
Dysfunctional Designs: Medieval Utility Building – Live-in Shop
KittyCatS breedable cat