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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

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Why I Relay

Trigger warning: I discuss cancer fairly bluntly in this post, and I just wanted to provide a sort of proceed with caution for anyone that may find this a difficult or painful topic. ~L.

I walked around the blogger preview for Fantasy Faire waiting for a phone call. I’d had a suspicious mole biopsied ten days earlier. That morning, around 10 am, I finally heard the words, “the biopsy was negative. It’s not cancer.” I heard those words as I was browsing Fantasy Faire, and it just struck me how it could’ve gone the other way.

Cancer runs rampant in my family. I know the odds are it will be me someday. I am vigilant and watchful, but I refuse to let it take over my life. There’s too much joy, beauty and love to be found, to be experienced. But I’m one of the lucky ones. Right now I just have to watch.

Watcher

I know so many amazing, strong, smart, fiery people who have been down this road. I relay for them. The following is just the short list, but there are so many others, both SL and RL for whom I relay.

My great-grandfather died from leukemia, without even knowing he was sick until he developed pneumonia. He was diagnosed while in the hospital. He never returned home. I relay for him.

My (paternal) grandmother fought a seemingly endless battle against bladder cancer. She went in and out of remission about 10 times over a period of 15 years. She finally beat it, only to have had her kidneys utterly destroyed by the radiation treatments, and to have permanent nerve damage that made it difficult for her to walk. I relay for her.

My (maternal) grandmother has fought not one, not two, but three distinct types of cancer in just the past few years alone. Two different breast cancers and a rare form of lung cancer. She had part of her lung removed. She’s had two rounds of chemo. Years ago, she had pre-cancerous growths in her colon, and had to have over 3 feet of it removed. She’s also had pre-cancerous skin growths. I relay for her.

My grandmother’s sister, my great-aunt, had breast cancer in the 1980s. She felt the lump, but was terrified and paralyzed by fear. She waited too long to seek treatment, and the breast cancer spread to her bones. She saw doctor after doctor and was used as a guinea pig in various “studies” by less-than-honest “physicians.” It ultimately cost her her life, and a very painful death. I relay for her.

My great-grandmother lived to be 88. One weekend in late September 2000, she was gently scolded by my grandmother (her daughter-in-law and next door neighbor) for hanging her laundry out on the clothesline (instead of using the dryer). “Oh, but it’s such a lovely autumn day and it won’t stay this warm much longer,” she argued. Less than a week later we found out she had pancreatic cancer. She died the day before Halloween, but she was actually oddly fortunate. Pancreatic cancer is known to be rapidly progressive, but also often horribly painful, and she had very little pain. She felt she’d had a good life. She was happy, and able to die at home, as she wanted. I relay for her.

My grandfather had bladder cancer. They caught it early, and he had six weeks of chemo. It went into full remission. I relay for him.

My childhood friend, at the age of 36, found out he had leukemia. He’d felt rundown for a few weeks, and thought he had the flu. It was quite a surprise to find himself rush admitted to the hospital for blood transfusions and chemo. He has two young children. He’s now in remission. I relay for him.

My mother had pre-cancerous cells in her cervix. They probably would’ve remained undiscovered until it had turned into cancer, if not for the fact she’d gotten pregnant with my sister. Nearly 23 years later, thanks to the laser surgery to remove the cells, she’s still cancer free. However, with both her aunt and mother developing breast cancer, she is awaiting her own genetic test to find out if she’s a carrier. She’s already been a warrior for my grandmother, taking her to all of her many doctors’ appointments and chemo treatments, and always helping to get the answers needed when perhaps my grandmother wouldn’t have otherwise pushed (and without she might not today be in remission from three different cancers). I relay for her.

My father-in-law died from complications caused by chemo treatments he was undergoing for a very rare form of leukemia. I relay for him.

I’ve had to get lab work done once every three to four months for the past two years due to chronic, idiopathic leukocytosis (unexplained, long-term, high white blood cell count). I’ve had genetic testing done to see if I am a carrier for the genetic marker for leukemia (I am thankfully not). I know, though, that if any of these results come back over a certain mark, I will be going back to the oncologist to be evaluated for treatment. I know that every four months or so, I will wait, anxiously, for results that will probably be okay. But maybe not. I try to not dwell on it, but I’d be lying to not admit this… I also relay for myself.

I relay for every person who didn’t get to hear the words “you don’t have cancer.” I relay knowing someday it could very well be me, or my husband, or my mom… or my sister or any one of my friends of family members.

I relay for the hope that someday no one will have to even wonder or worry about whether or not they have cancer.

I relay because I care. Because it’s personal. Because it’s one, simple, tiny thing I can do to potentially help millions.

Guardian of the Light

If you want to relay, too… stop by Fantasy Faire 2014 and check out the magic. With eleven sims in this event, there’s truly something for everyone. And even if you find absolutely nothing you want to buy, you will see donation kiosks all over the sims. Just drop some Lindens in one. Any amount adds to the donation total. Even if it’s just one single L. You can even purchase a RL Fantasy Faire pendant, in a wide variety of colors and materials, here. How cool is that?!? You can also donate online!

Cancer touches so many of our lives. I don’t think I’ve ever met a single person who hasn’t been affected, either directly, or indirectly, by cancer. To me, that makes the RFL events personal for all of us. So my question now is… will you relay, too? To learn about why some other bloggers relay, visit the Why I Relay challenge page and check out the comments.

Start your journey here. Fairelands Junction For a full list of slurls and stores, visit Fantasy Faire’s excellent website. But hurry… this amazing event ends tomorrow, May 11th.

~Lucie

Credits
The Skinnery: Ming skin – honey w/lip gloss, blush and matte lips 3 layers
Truth: Lagertha hair – reds
IKON: Promise eyes – Passion
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Sax Shepherd Designs: Devi Jewels – Durga – Bright Pearls – Bindi Fantasy Faire Hopes Horizon Sim
22769 Casual Couture: Elven wood gear – purple Fantasy Faire Hopes Horizon Sim
SLink: Mesh hands – fist & relaxed, Mesh feet – natural
SLink: Ilena sandals (for SLink feet) – brown
Noodles: Anyaiel Staff Lantern Silver Ultra Rare Fantasy Gacha Carnival
Ploom: Regal 3 pose – curvy (left arm position modified by holding the staff, which has a hold anim built in)

Shot on location at the Fairelands Junction.

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Bandana Day & Love Donna Flora

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!

Defiant Grace

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!

Glam Affair Lulu & Ohmai bandana

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.

Miamai for 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.

Hope

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?

~Lucie

Credits
Look 1:
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)

Look 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)

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Home & Garden Expo 2

Hello out there… I have another set of pics of things I picked up at the Home & Garden Expo. This time I am featuring two of my favorite SL stores… Cheeky Pea & Funky Junk.

Funky Junk had out this adorable outdoor set called Sweet Summer as one of the charity items. I snagged it right away. Hey, a good cause means less shopping guilt, right? And… good cause and all. To be honest, my grandmother is undergoing chemo right now for a rare form of lung cancer, so helping the RFL events financially or through blogging makes me feel like I’m doing something. This set is just so adorable, and it screamed “bikini time!” So, I threw on one of my Cool Beans “Bean-Kinis” and got posing. Alas, Cool Beans has closed, but Anyalia Pearl is working on a new store called Spright, so keep your eyes out for more adorableness from the oh-so-adorable Anya. She has a crazy cute dress out at Culture Shock that you’ve likely seen because everyone and their mommas’ been blogging it! And soon I will be, too. 😀 Now… less babbling, more pictures.

Funky Junk H & G Expo

Funky Junk H & G Expo

Cheeky Pea has a ton of cuteness out at the H & G Expo… I wish I had room for big houses because there are so many cute ones, from Cheeky Pea to Funky Junk and many, many others. However, I only have a small sky platform over our store, so I have to work with that space. But I did pick up this adorable Fairfield desk set! It just seemed perfect for sitting down at as I work on my blog!

Cheeky Pea H & G Expo

I have more things to blog… but I’ve been under the weather, so it’s been slow going. However, you will get to see my 52 Weeks of Color post tomorrow or later today… and I’m doing Harlow Heslop’s Golden Peen blog challenge. Yeah, it’s what it sounds like. Sorta. 😛

~Lucie

Credits:

Pics 1 & 2

Skin: Izzie’s – Dailyn – Sunkissed

Lips: Izzie’s – Rust

Eyeshadow: Izzie’s – Dailyn – Lime

Hair: Elikatira – Melody – Red 09 (tinted)

Furniture: Funky Junk Sweet Summer Set

Bikini: Cool Beans – Bean-Kini – Orange stripe (not available anymore)

Flip Flops:  Maitreya – Lucid

Pic 3

Skin: Izzie’s – Dailyn – Sunkissed

Hair: Truth – Evelyn – Sangria

Nails: RezIpsa Loc – Sparkly – Diamond

Top: Tres Blah – V-Neck tee – White

Jeans: Tres Blah – JuJu – Paint Splatters

Flip Flops: Maitreya – Lucid