The final hours of Fantasy Faire 2016!

Fantasy Faire 2016 is coming to an end today, so if you haven’t been yet, hurry! Today I’ll give you a quick tour of the final five of the fourteen total sims.

First up is OtherWorld, sponsored by Cerridwen’s Cauldron. This sim is the home of the Literary Festival.

OtherWorld sponsored by Cerridwen's Cauldron

Next, Sapphire Mirror Lake, which is the arts and entertainment venue. On this sim, you’ll find two art galleries. One is below the water, so be sure to dive in to explore! Read more about it here.

Sapphire Mirror Lake - Arts and Entertainment Sim

Serenity is next on the tour. This sim is so lovely, with all the steps down to the water (or up from it, if you prefer). Here’s a list of stores you’ll find on Serenity, which is sponsored by The NeoVictoria Project.

Serenity Sponsored by the NeoVictoria Project

Tinker’s Hollow made me think of a place where Santa’s elves might vacation in the off season when they’re not needed at the North Pole! Sponsored (appropriately) by Epic Toy Factory, you’ll find the list of stores featured here.

Tinker's Hollow Sponsored By Epic Toy Factory

And last, but certainly not least, is Twilight Illusion, sponsored by Merchants of Dreams. Here’s the complete list of stores on Twilight Illusion.

Twilight Illusion sponsored by Merchants of Dreams

As I was sitting here writing this, my mom called to tell me that someone I used to babysit for who is only 27, with two little children of her own, has colon cancer. And this is just another reminder to me of how vitally important these Relay For Life events are. Because no one should have to live with this. This poor young woman lost her father to cancer several years back. She has a toddler and an infant. It’s just heartbreaking. She’s undergoing treatment, and we’re not sure what her prognosis is, but no one should go through this. And far, far too many people do. So it was yet another very sad reminder of why I relay. 😦

~Lucie

Fantastical scenes

If you haven’t yet visited Fantasy Faire 2016 you have through tomorrow to do so. As I said in my first post, this event is enormous. It’s comprised of 14 sims. I showed you four in the last post. Today I am going to show you another five, and I will finish them off with another five tomorrow.

Echtra, sponsored by The Lost Unicorn Gallery, is dark, mysterious and just gorgeous. Look at the materials work in this picture. They were just stunning, and I knew I had to capture that. Please note that while there IS rain on the sim, it didn’t photograph well for me on any of the WL settings I wanted. So I added the rain you see below as an after effect. Here you’ll find a complete list of the stores located on Echtra.

Echtra sponsored by The Lost Unicorn Gallery

Next on the tour is The Golden Delta. Sponsored by Fallen Gods Inc. this desert sim conjures up images of Ancient Egypt. I particularly fell in love with the water (I am a bit obsessed with Linden water, I must admit… probably from years of sky dwelling). When I visited The Golden Delta, I couldn’t help but think of how critical water is in a desert climate, how life and civilizations spring up around those precious resources. Check out the list of stores featured on this stunning sim here.

The Golden Delta sponsored by Fallen Gods Inc

I probably ought to have posted Fairelands Junction in my first blog about the event. But to be honest, I wasn’t happy with the pictures I’d taken, so I wanted to go back and reshoot. I finally found one I liked. I wanted to show off the portals to the sims, because I love how through each portal you see a glimpse of what that sim looks like. While you can teleport directly to any of the sims, I highly recommend a visit to the Fairelands Junction, just because it’s such a unique gateway to the entire event. This critical sim was sponsored by Roawenwood, and you can read more about it here.

Fairelands Junction sponsored by Roawenwood

Lucentia, with its stunning, gigantic crystal was one of my favorite places. Maybe it just made me think of my own name.😛 But for whatever reason, I loved the drama of this sim, which is sponsored by The Looking Glass. Here’s the list of stores you’ll find located on Lucentia.

Lucentia sponsored by The Looking Glass

Malfience is the sim at the heart of The Fairelands Quest. This is an interactive quest for Fairelands visitors, and you can learn more about it here and here. I found this sweet old woman in her cottage, and we had a lovely chat about life before Belfience became Malfience over tea (okay, not really but I’m pretending here). I’d encourage you to hurry over to do this quest. Maybe you can help this kind woman!

Malfience The Fairelands Quest The Tale of Exiles

That’s all for now! I’ll post pics of the final five sims in the event tomorrow (or possibly later tonight)!

~Lucie

Fantasy Faire 2016

Fantasy Faire 2016 is open and runs through May 5th. This event supports Relay For Life, which if you’re not familiar helps to raise money for cancer research. But it’s also a celebration of those who’ve been through cancer and lived to share their stories and a time to remember those whose battles could not be won with our still far too limited treatment options. Fantasy Faire features so many fabulous designers, with products for sale to help raise funds, and those creators have, as usual, outdone themselves with both their talent and generosity in giving to this great cause.

But the stars of Fantasy Faire each year are the amazing builds. This year there are fourteen sims in total. FOURTEEN. It’s crazy! There are ten shopping sims, an entertainment sim, a literary sim, a sim that commemorates and celebrates those lost and, of course, The Fairelands Junction, which is your portal to all of the other sims.

I took pics on all sims, and my goal is to share all fourteen pics with you. I have four to share right now.

First, sponsored by Arcadia, is Blackmoor. Blackmoor is dramatic and darkly mysterious and beautiful. I’ll be blogging a bit more of what I’m wearing in a future post, but my rain boots and umbrella are both Decoy and available at The Epiphany, as is the dress from Luas. If you click here to go to the official Fantasy Faire blog, you can see a completely list of stores you’ll find on Blackmoor.

Blackmoor Sponsored by Arcadia

Breeze, sponsored by Solarium, is colorful and really, really cute. It has a feel of being something out of a children’s book (at least to me). Here’s a link to the list of stores to be found on Breeze.

Breeze sponsored by Solarium

Sponsored by KittyCatS, I think Bright Haven is the sim where I’d most like to live! The cheerful, bright little cottages and the beautiful waterfront just makes it so quaint and charming. Here you’ll find the list of stores located on Bright Haven.

Bright Haven sponsored by KittyCatS

And finally, for today, Dangarnon. Sponsored by Death Row Designs, this darkly beautiful sim speaks (to me) of a bygone era. Click here for a complete list of stores on Dangarnon.

Dangarnon sponsored by Death Row Designs

For all of the information you’ll need to navigate this large event, I highly recommend going through the official Fantasy Faire website. And if you’re not into fantasy, but still want to help the cause, you will find plenty of donation kiosks throughout the sims to do just that!

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
MINA / !APHORISM! – Kate hair 02 The Epiphany
Luas: Folk dress – beige RARE The Epiphany
Decoy: Frolicking foes boots & umbrella – Purple The Epiphany

Seaside Brunch

I love the beautiful outdoor brunch set that Nefarious Inventions did for The Epiphany, and I knew I’d have to use it as soon as I saw it. It’s such an adorable set, and the detail on every piece of it is gorgeous. And I mean, it has pancakes. Anything with pancakes is an automatic win in my world.

I decided to add in one of Jian’s Silly Shibes, also from The Epiphany. This is the rare, with the balloons. It’s animated (the puppy changes positions, and even yawns and stretches, as he’s doing in my pic) and the balloons have multiple color palettes to choose from. I used the Purples! The serving cart seen in this set up is the Exclusive from Nefarious Inventions. Remember that Exclusives won’t be available ever again after the event ends, so be sure to check which ones you want!

Seaside Brunch

If you haven’t been to The Epiphany yet, be sure to check it out before it closes on May 5th! If you need inspiration for your must-haves list, check out the official shopping guide.

~Lucie

Credits:
(From The Epiphany)
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.fireplace RARE
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.pergola RARE
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.chair.floral.pillow
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.juice.decanters
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.table.floral
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.place.setting.floral
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.mini.quiche
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.mini.pancakes
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.serving.cart.exclusive
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.water.dispenser
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.creme.brulee
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.kiwi.tart
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.ladyfingers
[n.i] brunchtime.regrets.cheesecake
JIAN :: Silly Shibes – Floaty Pup RARE
(Other decor)
Jian – Ash Tree (Large)
Little Branch Bouton d’or Lavender{Rounded-Field}
[we’re CLOSED] grass field green 01 – random
Studio Skye Land Forms Snake Small
Terrain textures also by Studio Skye

Ascension

Hi! So it’s been a while. First I was busy blogging Pose Fair over at Hottie Cooterati’s site and then I traveled back east to visit family. And naturally my husband and I both got sick. Grr. But anyway, I’m back and The Epiphany just opened, so I have things to talk about and share!

Unless you’re living under a mesh rock, by now I’m sure you’ve seen the stunning Oakley set Blueberry did for The Epiphany, but I have to show it to you again because it’s so beautiful, sexy and just overall well done. Plus, it was fun being an angel! I’m wearing hair by Alice Project, which is also at the event, along with the gorgeous sandals from Reign.

Ascension

Also from The Epiphany are my eyes by Buzzeri. I’m wearing the Rainbow here, which are one of three rare colors. But all of the colors are stunning. I also wanted to show the exclusive tiara from Blueberry up close. In case you’re new to The Epiphany, all of the participating designers have an exclusive item which you can get by cashing in your extra gacha items. You can read more about the process here. I’m also wearing White Widow’s exclusive, the band tattoo around my leg. The rest of my tattoos are also from White Widow, in their regular machine.

Doubt

Unrelated to The Epiphany, I’m also in love with the Karin mesh head from LeLutka. I’m wearing it with Lara Hurley’s Iza applier, and I have to say I feel like this combo is the closest I’ve come to my standard avatar face. I enjoy the mesh heads, and I don’t mind looking very different. But it’s kind of cool to have finally found a combo that feels like “me” the way this does.

More soon, from The Epiphany and beyond! In the meantime, here is the shopping guide, and below are the slurls!

The Epiphany – Main Sim

The Epiphany – Off Sim Shopping

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Karin mesh head
Lara Hurley: Iza applier – Rose Pale
Alice Project: Sparrow hair basics – glitter & streaks hud
Buzzeri: Glacier eyes – Rainbow (Rare) The Epiphany
Blueberry: Oakley #6 chain panties – white, #14 bra – white, #20 body chain – silver, #25 arm chain – silver, Rare #3 Wings – silver The Epiphany
White Widow: Charade tattoos Arms – white, leg band – white (EXCLUSIVE) The Epiphany
Reign: #8 Laced Thigh High Gladiator Sandals – Silver
Infiniti: Stairway To Heaven prop w/poses

24 Months Of Collabor88

Collabor88 has been my favorite event ever since it opened. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of events that I love and adore, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say Collab stole my heart long ago. I don’t think there’s been a single round I haven’t shopped. So when I heard about the blogger search, I agonized over what to do, how to define my entry. I knew I wanted to only feature items from this and past rounds of the event, but that wasn’t enough. Finally, it came to me this past week. I went to the Collabor88 catalog and went back as far as the galleries go, which turns out to be March of 2014. I determined I was going to incorporate at least one item from every single round since.

I went through every single catalog and found items in my inventory from that round to work with, starting with the build by Dust Bunny and working from there. Aside from my mesh body (Maitreya’s Lara) and my mesh head (Catwa’s Annie), everything in the scene below – including my nail appliers and eyes – came from one of the past 24 rounds of Collabor88. I will credit by round below the pics, starting with the most recent round and ending in March 2014. Aside from my earrings, I owned all of these items prior to this month’s Espionage themed round. My earrings are from a round that was in the summer and everything I owned for it was out of place for the scene. Including my poor but adorable bubble blowing crab.

Collabor88 Blogger Search 2016

Close up, to show off the gorgeous necklace by Maxi Gossamer, the stunning Catwa applier from The Skinnery and the lovely mesh eyes from Atomic, all of which are available at the current round!

Collabor88 Blogger Search 2016

And the little details… nail appliers by Atomic and a ring by Yummy.

Little Details

Good luck to all who’ve entered!

~Lucie

February 2016: Espionage
The Skinnery: Maddie applier for Catwa – Milk
Atomic: Espionage eyes – Denim Blue
Maxi Gossamer: Mata Hari Mesmer necklace – High
Pixicat: Femme Fatale Dress – Glitter
half-deer & Le Poppycock: *Kitty Galore* Cat I (rez)

January 2016: Holographic
Dust Bunny: Sleepless Attic Skybox
What Next: S Storage Box -Metallics 2

December 2015: Nordic Winter
Second Spaces: Nordic Winter Lounge totally faux fur rug

November 2015: Autumn Blues
What Next: Vermont Hot Chocolate Tray – Autumn Blue
Half-Deer: Cozy Cat (if I fits, I sits) – Choco Point

October 2015: Burtonesque
tarte: Handmade Chandelier

September 2015: Muted Coven
Atomic: Witchcraft nails 2 – applier for Maitreya
Yummy: True Fate ring – Silver purple

August 2015: Daydream
{anc} flottante puppy. cream . standA / withCollar
{anc} flottante puppy. cream . layA / withCollar

July 2015: Under The Sea
Lark: Cambria Basket – E.) Simple

June 2015: Summer Punch
Maxi Gossamer: Amalfi Summer Nights earrings

May 2015: Into The Light
MishMish: My Desk Mailbox w/letters (Sky)

April 2015: Pretty In Punk
MishMish: Punky Skunk – Perfume

March 2015: Moonless Night
fri.day: Audrey Pumps – coal

February 2015: My Love
Consignment & Floorplan: Branch Light

January 2015: OMG! Unicorns!
Floorplan: Unicorn Silhouette Frame

December 2014: Snow Day
Consignment & Floorplan: The Librocubicularist’s Library – Blue
Second Spaces: snow day table – white
Second Spaces: snow day books – messy stack

November 2014: Modern Alchemist
Lark – Elemental Bookcase (5)

October 2014: Spoopy Motel
Floorplan: lantern clock – purple

September 2014: Miami Electric
Tableau Vivant: Upshaw w/side bangs – Autumn hud

August 2014: Odyssey
Apple Fall: Charlotte’s Pears

July 2014: Safari Chic
tarte: elephant plush (rez)

June 2014: To The Lighthouse
tarte: repurposed shipwheel (steel)
marukin: [light] garden beauty pose

May 2014: Turntables & Milkshakes
Mish Mish: Poodle in a cushion – Cream

April 2014: Watercolors In Bloom
Intrigue Co.: Framed Watercolor Painting (Blue): Cat

March 2014: Back To Business
Half-Deer: Silk and Pearls Chair – Cream

The Forgotten Princess

This is a story blog. Credits and details will follow the story. Warning, it’s a bit of a sad tale.

In a legend about a far away land called Lucica, there was a beautiful queen who had ruled her kingdom peacefully with grace and dignity for more than two decades. Queen Justina had lost her husband ten years prior, and their daughter, Mairwen was about to come of age and suitors had begun to seek her hand in marriage. A widowed king from a neighboring kingdom desperately wanted to marry the beautiful Mairwen. Mairwen, however, was determined to marry for love, not convenience. She did not like King Amon, and did not wish to be his Queen. Beyond this, as her mother’s only heir, she wanted to remain in her own kingdom, and King Amon would have taken her to his kingdom to become the stepmother for his young daughter Amme. The shallow young Amme did not like Mairwen, as she was jealous of her would-be stepmother’s beauty, and she did all she could to poison her father’s heart against Mairwen.

But Mairwen paid little attention to Amon or Amee, for Mairwen’s rebellious heart had fallen in love with a commoner named Xander. Xander’s parents had died when he was just 13, leaving him the head of house for his five younger siblings. Xander rose to the challenge, becoming a blacksmith’s apprentice while raising his brothers and sisters. When he and Mairwen met, it was immediately obvious they shared a mutual attraction, but not one based on appearances. No, Mairwen admired the young man who was raising his siblings. She felt his strength of character would someday make him a wonderful king. Xander admired Mairwen’s kindness towards everyone, regardless of their class or status in Lucica. She treated him no differently than anyone else, and while he saw her outer beauty, it was the inner beauty that found him falling in love with the Princess he dared not believe he could ever call his wife. But Mairwen’s mind – and heart – was set on Xander, and she begged Justina for a special exception to the law that stated she must marry royalty. Justina made no promises, but she loved her daughter dearly, and trusted her instincts. She agreed to meet young Xander, and saw in him what her fiery daughter did, and agreed to the union.

Mairwen and Xander’s wedding day arrived, and in the castle by the sea, dawn arrived with a gentle drizzle that faded to reveal the most beautiful rainbow. Justina told Mairwen this was a sign of great fortune, and evidence that her union would be blessed. She did not wish to ruin her daughter’s wedding day with sorrowful news, but she had been told just the day before that her remaining time was counted in mere months. She trusted Xander to care for her daughter, and she knew Mairwen’s good nature and powerful desire to do what was right would leave Lucica in good hands. The wedding was beautiful, with hundreds of white doves released as Xander and Mairwen shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

Unbeknownst to all, King Amon was not prepared to let Mairwen go so easily. Despite his daughter’s protests, he was determined to have her as his. But then Princess Amme heard that Mairwen was to marry a commoner, and knowing her father’s disgust and disregard for common folk, brought this news to him gleefully, for she believed it would finally free her father of his obsession. Amme judged wrong, however. It merely enraged Amon, while fueling his obsession with the beautiful Princess Mairwen.

Amon turned to a dark sorceress to exact revenge on Mairwen and her kingdom. Endora was delighted to help, but her assistance came at a steep price. Amon must sacrifice his only child, and give her to the evil Endora. Amon did not hesitate, and sent his daughter Amme to Endora. Amme was spoiled and selfish, but she also loved her father and his betrayal brought her to tears… the first genuine tears she’d ever cried in her short life. Endora knew this would happen, and bottled the tears carefully. She then locked Amme in a dark dungeon, forcing the child to live out her days without sunlight, food or fresh water. Amme died of loneliness and heartbreak a mere month after her father’s guards had delivered her to the clutches of the evil witch.

Meanwhile, Endora bided her time. She waited for Justina’s illness to worsen, and then cursed the kingdom of Lucica with an outbreak of a sickness the likes of which no one had before seen, using a potion concocted with the tears of Princess Amme. The apothecaries were helpless to find a treatment, let alone a cure. Before long, the illness spread to the castle, though oddly neither Princess Mairwen or her new Prince became ill. But the cursed affliction hit the already weakened Justina, and she was in agonizing pain. Mairwen sat beside her mother, wiping her brow of the fever’s sweat and whispering quiet words of comfort. She told her mother of the blessed news she’d just received. Mairwen was with child. Justina smiled weakly at this news, then took her final breath.

Mairwen’s grief was overwhelming, but she thought of Xander, of how at such a young age he had to take over as both mother and father and sole provider for his five siblings (all of whom now resided in the castle). She knew Lucica and her people needed her strength, so with great sorrow she announced the death of her mother and it was decreed her coronation should take place the next morning. She dressed in the beautiful green gown that her mother had worn on her own coronation day. The gown glittered in the sunlight, shimmering like the waves crashing on the rocks beyond the castle walls.

The Forgotten Princess

Endora did not understand why her spell didn’t work on Xander or Mairwen. Her magic had never failed before, and though the people of Lucica struggled in vain to fight against the magical illness, Endora’s anger flared. In a furious fit of rage, she used her power to break the tower off the castle just as the crowds were to celebrate Mairwen’s coronation. She forced the tower far out to sea, well beyond the reach of the best of the kingdom’s small naval fleet. But the power required for this spell left Endora weak, and Xander forced the devious King Amon to reveal the source of both his wife’s banishment and the kingdom’s horrible affliction. He sought Endora out at great peril and, using the silver, fire forged blade that had belonged to Mairwen’s father King Edmund, Xander stabbed the evil sorceress through her heart. Immediately, the illness afflicting the people of Lucica vanished, and though many lives had been lost, those still suffering were returned to good health.

But nothing could bring back his fair Mairwen. Xander searched for her himself, for years. His military captains searched. But Mairwen’s turret was nowhere to be found. Mairwen could not understand what had happened, and though she believed Xander would never leave her or their unborn child to die, she could no longer fight the feelings of abandonment after months of isolation. She gave birth alone, to a baby boy she called Edmund Xander, in honor of her father and husband. She wrapped the babe in the train of her gown, and knowing she could not possibly hope to keep him alive, called upon sea birds to take him back to Lucica with a note attached, written in her own blood, that simply read, please care for our son… all my love, Mairwen. As the birds carried her child away to safety, she cried out in pain and sorrow; a princess lost to the sea.

Abandoned

Despite her certainty that she’d been forgotten and abandoned, her people did not forget her. Xander raised Prince Edmund, until their son was old enough to be crowned King, and Edmund ruled with the same wisdom and kindness as his grandmother before him. Mairwen’s bravery and strength became a legend passed down through generations, and she became the patron saint to sailors, and Lucica was renamed Mairwen in her memory. But the poor princess could never know how beloved she was, how mourned. She died alone in her turret, a year to the day after being forced from her home by the evil Endora’s violent ire.

Still, it is said that even today, thousands of years later, sailors hear her cries of anguish as they sail past the turret in the sea. Yet the townsfolk of Mairwen live peacefully, and their flag, which features two white doves flying over a beautiful rainbow, waves in the gentle sea breezes over the town square.

The End.

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This entire post and story was born of inspiration that struck when I saw the incredible Kimbra gown Just Because released for Uber. Uber’s theme this round is Etheral and I love it. My LeLutka applier is from Glam Affair and my hair is Truth’s release, both also from Uber. My gorgeous engagement/wedding ring combo is Cherish by Cae. As always, it includes a hud with multiple metal options, gem options and band options.

I also happened to buy this incredible prop from Exposeur. If you haven’t heard, Exposeur has an amazing sale going on, designed to raise fund to help RubyStarlight Writer’s ill kitties. You can see her Flickr post about that here. Suffice it to say, Ruby’s cats are dealing with medical issues, and she is trying to raise funds to help get them the care they need. Any pet owner knows this is the worst nightmare… fear for the life and health of your beloved baby. So please, if you’re able to, go buy out Ruby’s store. This incredible prop set – along with many others – can currently be bought for just L$100, and they’re so detailed and well worth the money, plus you’ll be helping Chloe and Brookie, too. All regular poses and gachas are also on sale.

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Stella mesh head
Glam Affair: Helena applier for LeLutka – Asia Uber
Izzie’s: Tears for LeLutka heads
Truth: Polilla hair – reds Uber
Atomic: Espionage eyes – Denim Blue Collabor88
Just Because: Kimbra gown Uber
Cae: Cherish ring
Exposeur: Fairytale Tower