One of my favorite parts of Hair Fair is Bandana Day. This is done on the last day of Hair Fair, where people are encouraged to lose their hair and don a bandana. The SL community works together to make fabulous bandanas, each of which cost 50L and are for sale on the Hair Fair sims in the Bandana Booths. These bandanas help raise more money for Wigs For Kids, and on top of that are a great way to show solidarity with those who have lost their hair, whether due to medical treatment for an illness, or illness itself. For me, this particular charity is especially emotional because it is to help children. Children fill the world with hope, and hope is its own kind of magic.
There are such a wide variety of styles, ranging from quirky to adorably sweet to glam. The bandana I chose was created by Anya Ohmai, and she shared her personal story via a NC that comes with the bandana. I am not going to share her story here. You need to go buy it, and read about it yourselves! It’s powerful and touching, and it really moved me. I bought this bandana because it was so unique, and so elegant. I thought… who says losing one’s hair means you have to give up on being graceful and sophisticated?! When I saw this Ray Of Light dress SAKIDE has for the Black Market, I knew it was a perfect match to the bandana. Not only did it enchant me with a unique style (and a hud to change dress colors!), but the name of it is one full of hope, and that seemed perfect!
My skin is from Glam Affair, and is another of the Lulu skins available at Collabor88 this round. It’s so dramatic and elegant, and I thought the pale tone worked nicely with the black dress and dramatic bandana. Oh, and aren’t my elephant earrings cute? They are from HandVerk for The Boutique. I love elephants!
Tomorrow an event called Love Donna Flora opens. This event is a fundraiser for Squinternet Larnia, the owner of Donna Flora. I do not know Squinternet, and I will be completely honest and say that I don’t own anything from her store, either. So why blog this event? When I read about it, it broke my heart… but at the same time it made me feel grateful that this stranger I do not know, who is going through something none of us should have to face, was surrounded by so much love and support in the SL community. But it’s also personal… you see, when I was about 10 my beloved great aunt finally went to the doctor about a lump she’d discovered in her breast about 18 months earlier. She’d been too scared to face it, and was living in denial. Then she broke her ankle doing something that never should’ve caused a break in the bone. During that visit, she finally came clean about the lump. It turned out that what began as breast cancer had metastasized into bone cancer. Four years later, after many surgeries, chemo treatments and being a guinea pig for a doctor that exploited her in her vulnerable state, she lost her fight. Squinternet’s story made me remember my Aunt Dorothy’s story… and I so badly want for Squinternet to get a much happier ending. It doesn’t matter that we’ve never met. I am cheering for her. So, here I am… and this is why I wanted to blog for this event, and to do my small part to help spread the word.
These pics combine items from both Love Donna Flora and Hair Fair. It seemed appropriate to unite these two great causes in one look. The beautiful dress I am wearing is from Miamai for LDF, and it comes in a variety of stunning colors. My hair is one of Clawtooth’s Hair Fair releases. I loved the casual elegance of this hair. It felt like it would be very versatile! The pose is from Pretense, and is another item you can snag at Love Donna Flora.
The skin I’m wearing is Katya. Katya new from Glam Affair, and is available at The Boutique. Few people know this, but Katya was my nickname in high school. My best friend Laura and I had nicknames for each other. She was Skye and I was Katya. I still love the name, and it makes me miss her (she’s an “off the grid” type)! She’d approve of this look, I think.
Hair Fair runs through July 28th (that day is Bandana Day, so go grab yours today in preparation), and I will have more from there tomorrow (or maybe later today). Love Donna Flora opens tomorrow and runs through August 11th, so be sure to check out both of these events while you can. You get to shop and help people at the same time, and really… does shopping get much better than when you know it’s supporting a good cause?
Skin: Glam Affair – Lulu – Europa 03 B (Collabor88)
Bandana: Ohmai! by Anya Ohmai for Hair Fair 2013
Eyes: IKON – Destiny – Walnut
Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Mysteria
Earrings: HandVerk – Enamel Elephant earrings – khaki (The Boutique)
Dress: SAKIDE – Ray of Light Dress
Hands: SLink – Flat
Nails: Flair – for SLink hands – Set 113
Shoes: Gos Boutique – Grace – Bronze
Poses: Ma Vie – Wicked Game 2 (pic 1), Embody – Handoff 2 (pic 2)
Skin: Glam Affair – Katya – America 03 D (The Boutique)
Hair: Clawtooth – Tootsie – Strawberry Cream (Hair Fair)
Eyes: IKON – Vanity – Field
Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Fantasia
Dress: Miamai – Guilia – Meadows (Love Donna Flora)
Shoes: Gos Boutique – Lauren d’Orsay – Truffle Collection (The Boutique)
Pose: Pretense – Charm 5 (Love Donna Flora)