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Sand & Sea Expo

I wanted to tell you about a fun event happening this weekend called the Sand & Sea Expo. There are a lot of awesome items available related to fun in the summer sun, and there’s also a Beachcomber event that allows you the chance to win free prizes! You’re looking for purple shells. Hit them wen you find ’em and see if you’re a winner!

I think my favorite thing about this event is that the organizers are using teleport boards! When you tp into the event, just look for these boards. They are also scattered throughout the event, making it much easier to get around. I really wish more events would do this, though I think I understand the rationale behind a fixed landing point. However, it’s often frustrating when an event is laggy due to the inevitable crowds, and I think it would be beneficial for events, especially shorter ones like this, if they did a teleport board instead.

Sand & Sea Expo

There are so many great exhibitors at this event, and it’s a lot of fun to wander around. There are two sims, including an underwater area. But my poor deprived avatar lives in the sky… on a landlocked platform, just like how in RL I live in a landlocked state. So, what’s a girl to do? Well, with some help from the Lisp Serenity Springs hot tub set, and a comfy beach blanket and umbrella from set from What Next, I created my own improvised beach well inland (and upland?)! To keep away unwanted visitors, I donned my ANA Sharkfin headband.

Landlocked

After basking in the sun lazily for a while, I had a need to cool off! While my “pool” can be a hot tub, I didn’t need to turn on the heat on this hot summer day, so I just hopped on in. But not alone. No, I took my adorable shoulder “pet” from KittyCatS… he wants to surf, but first his eye caught something off in the distance, so we’re looking at it. Probably a relative of mine. It’s hard training cats that birds aren’t prey, lemme tell you. My adorable bikini is from Callie Cline… I loved the cut of the bottom especially, and this teal color was perfect to get me in the faux beachy mood!

Look!

Speaking of Callie Cline & KittyCatS, be sure you stop by their space at the Sand & Sea Expo. It’s so freakin’ cute I could barely stand it. Here are a few raw shots I took while there. I only cropped these, so otherwise what you see is what you get.

basking

Hula Cats

With so many great vendors, you’ll wish this event was going to be around longer! But it ends on May 5th, so hurry up and head on over before it’s nothing more than a memory of days at the beach!

Beach Entrance

Underwater Entrance

~Lucie

Credits
Skin: Al Vulo – Arya – Black – Milk
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Gloria – Rouge (tinted)
Eyes: IKON – Lucid – Light Brown
Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Fantasia
Bikini: Callie Cline – Wrap Bikini – Water*
Feet: Gos Boutique – Arched
Shoulder Pet: KittyCatS – Surf Cat! – Pandie Ebony & Ivory*
Headband: ANA – Sharkfin Headband*
Beach blanket: What Next – Reserved Beach Towel & Parasol set*
Hot Tub: Lisp – Serenity Springs hot tub set*
Bike decor: What Next – Boardwalk Bicycle Rezzer – Girl Bike Decor*
Platform: Inverse – Sky Platform

*Denotes items available at the Sand & Sea Expo

Events

Hair Fair!!!

(I wanted to edit this post because Seraphim did such amazing coverage of this event, and it will help you in your shopping! Check out their post here!)

The Hair Fair opens tomorrow!!! The event runs through July 29th, so you’ll have plenty of time to go and grab all sorts of goodies. This is a charity event and proceeds go to Wigs For Kids. This fabulous organization helps benefit children who have lost their hair due to various medical conditions, as well as cancer treatments.

In this post, I want to share some of the awesome Hair Fair 2012 gifts you can find at the event. Later, I’ll be doing posts featuring some of the hair I bought. Freebies are great, and I am very thankful to the designers who worked hard to provide some fabulous gifts… but please also buy some hair, if you can. This charity really deserves some love!

For the sake of both saving time and showing the freebies in fairly true form, I did very little editing on these pics beyond cropping and some smudging of harsh edges. However, before I show you the freebies… here’s a look at the “low lag” freebie outfit provided by DCNY for the event. There are two top options and two pant options. You also get a selection of hairbases from Exile, however I chose to buy this utterly adorable bandana made by Callie Cline of KittyCatS. It was all of $L50, but that money goes to Wigs For Kids and every penny counts. It’s a great way to go low lag and still be stylish, and tons of designers and bloggers (not me, lol) created bandanas you can buy. Mine is the Bengal Sorrel, which is one of several from KittyCatS!

And a close up of the adorable bandana… also, read more about the Bandana Day project here.

Okay, now humor me for a moment while we address lag. They’ve taken some remarkable measures to help reduce lag, the details of which are on the blog. However, any crowded SL event will have lag. You can do your part to help lower the lag by removing scripted objects and wearing a low lag outfit. If you don’t like the official Hair Fair one, create one of your own! I have a default “low lag” look saved in my outfits folder, just for occasions like this one. Furthermore, despite my blogger vanity, I don’t give a rat’s ass about walking around bald or without my AO. I’d rather do my part to help lower lag! My “official” low lag outfit is featured in the other pics. Oh, also… I’m wearing Maitreya flip flops in my pics, but my default low lag look has no shoes or prim feet at all. I’ve seen some people debating on forums or Plurk about this issue, and frankly, it’s just plain silly. If you’re so vain you can’t handle waddling like a newb to help lower lag, skip crowded events. Especially when they are for charity! Okay, off my soapbox now. Which means… FREEBIE TIME!

First up… Hinako had a cute Hair Fair gift in Mocha. I added the Red Mint heart pin mouthie that they had out as a gift. I think this hair would be especially cute on a kid avie. It’s also has a scripted resizer in it, which came in handy because my head is apparently rather huge.

Next… Clawtooth had out a cute style called Cosmic Love in Dusty Black. I like this hair, but I will warn any avs with bigger boobs that it’s likely to go inside you. My boobs are about a 46, with gravity pretty low for mesh, and it still went inside me in most poses. But… it’s free and cute, so really, who can complain?

Milana had out a very cute style, with several color options, as a gift. This shade is called ginger and the hair is called Mel.

At ChiChickie I found a cute freebie, but what stood out especially was the adorable Zen hairpin that came with it. It’s a separate attachment, so you can use it for other hair, too. Also, this hair came with a hud so you get a lot of color choices.

if you’re into dreadlocks, be sure you stop by Discord Designs. They have an awesome mesh hair gift, as you can see below, and you get several color choices and hairbases, too. There’s also more than one style in their freebie bag. This is Jada in Deep Red.

Colors has out a free gift in a ton of, well… colors. I went with the dark brown. This one is really cute, and was one of my favorites.

I had a lot of “wow, I didn’t know that store made hair” while I was walking the sims (which, btw… they did an AMAZING job of laying this event out and it’s SO easy to navigate). Mons was one of those stores! But this freebie, Mare, from there is utterly adorable and comes in multiple colors. I’m wearing the red.

The Most Creative freebie award goes, hands down, to Nashuru, with their Botanical Pigtails gift. This “hair” is so clever, and though I can’t think of a reason I’d ever need it, I also know I will never delete it… because it’s well done, quirky and the second I delete it, I’ll have some reason to want it!

Finally… the Best Hair Fair freebie award goes to Alice Project. Tessa is mesh, and comes in two versions – with and without bangs. It also comes with a mini version of her Nova Hud. You get a great selection of natural colors, and well. It’s just so freakin’ cute. I’m wearing the version with bangs, and I made a dirty joke about this earlier to my friend Nimil, but uhm. Yeah. Anyway. Here’s the pic!

At any rate, if you only make a point to find one freebie at the event, this is definitely the one to find in my opinion!

That is all from me for now. Credits for everything else in the pics can be found down yonder!

~Lucie

Credits
Skin: Izzie’s – Estella – Sunkissed
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Deep Hazel
Top: Atomic – Kawaii T for A Limited – Hot Mess (short)
Flip Flops: Maitreya – Lucid
Nails: RezIpsa Loc – Sparkly – Diamond
Poses: Embody – Lust 5 & Rapunzel 2