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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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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

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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

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Home & Garden Expo!

The annual Home & Garden Expo benefitting Relay For Life is officially open. There are a lot of goodies, spread out over 9 sims, so plan ahead and make use of the sim maps, which you can download here.

This is the new Darcy Cottage from Funky Junk, which is available at the HGE. The living room is adorable, with sunbeams coming through the windows (they can be removed, if desired). I am using Apple Falls RFL item, this beautiful wingback chair, in two of the 7 colors you get for just L$250. The Kiss & Hug sign is from Revival, and is also at the HGE.

Autumn Living

The HGE has allowed direct landmarks to the stores, which I think is a fabulous idea for such a large event. Below you’ll find the slurls for the stores featured in this post.

Apple Fall

Funky Junk

Revival

Be sure to stop by and check out this amazing event. It’s really quite epic, and if that’s not enough, it’s also for a great cause.

~Lucie

Credits
Funky Junk: Darcy Cottage Home & Garden Expo
Revival: Kiss & Hug sign Home & Garden Expo
Botanical: Aspen Trees (seen out the windows)
Apple Fall: Wingback chairs 1 & 5 Home & Garden Expo
Zigana: texture change rug
Dysfunctional Designs: Lil’ Pumpkin Candle, Single Pumpkin
Pilot: Crate Pumpkin Display
MishMish: Candle Lantern – Aqua

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Fashion For Life

Fashion For Life is winding down, and the event has already raised a tremendous amount of money for the American Cancer Society. You can check the current amount that’s been raised right here.

For this post, I’m featuring the gorgeous Shae gown from Miamai. Miamai is located on the Wander sim at Fashion For Life, which runs through June 21st. This is a 75% donation item, and it’s really stunning. I love how unique it is, and how detailed. The beautiful prop pose is from Infiniti’s gacha for the Tales Of Fantasy event, which runs through June 30th. My skin is Livy from Glam Affair for The Arcade. I’ve added some mascara tears to it, but don’t worry…I plan to show you a better look at this gorgeous face soon.

The Widow Weeps

The house I’m standing on is incredible, and I plan to show more pics of it in a coming post (I’m still decorating!). It’s Scarlet Creative’s offering for the current round of Collabor88, and here is the truly amazing, remarkable part… it’s just L$88. No, for real. I know, right? Incredible deal, definitely one not to miss. Though what I’m standing on is far more like a pergola, it made me think of a widow’s walk, and the rest of the picture was inspired from there… the dress has this old-fashioned feel I love, and the pose is one that, to me, captures both sorrow and also acceptance, in a truly beautiful and unique way.

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Livy Skin – Asia 06 D The Arcade
Exile: Pick Up Lines hair – Naturals
Infiniti: Had A Bad Day Emo Tears v1
IKON: Promise eyes – Moor
Miamai: Shae for FFL Fashion For Life
SLink: mesh hands – casual
Somnia: Simple polish for SLink nails – lights
Cae: Forever ring
Infiniti: Lakshmi 1 Tales Of Fantasy
Scarlet Creative: Atlantic Gazer Prefab Collabor88
Turnip’s Homes: Skydome w/sandy terrain add on

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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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Fantastical Adventures

If you enjoy role play or fantasy in SL, there are multiple events going on right now that you should definitely not miss! First, I want to point out Fantasy Faire because this RFL event is for a great cause (to raise money for cancer research), and it ends on Sunday! There are a LOT of sims to this event, but fortunately the organizers have created a great page on their website that will help make navigation a bit easier.

The dress I am wearing in the picture below is from Luminary. This is the RFL donation color, and the dress is named Annette. Augurer of Luminary wrote “Why I Relay” notecards and put them in each demo box. Each outfit she did has the name of someone close to her, someone who has battled cancer. These personal stories really tugged at my heart, and the dress I’m wearing was named in honor of her cousin who has twice beaten breast cancer. I think this story resonated with me because in the past three years my grandmother’s beaten not one, but two separate types of breast cancer (and also a third cancer, a rare form of lung cancer). I plan to share why I relay soon, but in the meantime, please be sure to check out this fabulous event. Luminary is located on the Hopes Horizon sim.

The beautiful table set is Senza from Pixel Mode for The Garden’s Tuscan inspired edition, which ends on the 10th.

Sustenance

Also, from The Garden is this beautiful wine platter from Ispachi. I figured you can never have too much wine, fruit and cheese! The hair you see in both of these pics is from Calico for We ❤ Role-Play.

Wine & Cheese

The Fantasy Collective’s current round has a pirate theme. It’s a lot of fun, and it gave me an excuse to go buy this awesome dress from Junbug. You’ll find the hair from Tableau Vivant at the event, as well as the table and the grog and gold (which came from the O.M.E.N/Moi collaboration item). The food is from Ginger Line’s Farmers’ Snacks set, which is available at We ❤ Role-Play. It's We Love Role-Play's first birthday, and if you've not been to this event you're definitely missing out!

At the pirate's table

~Lucie

Fashion Credits
Pic 1:
Glam Affair: Mokatana skin – The Diva (former FLF item)
IKON: Promise Eyes – Mahogany
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Calico: Rym hair – Ginger Reds We ❤ RP
Luminary: Annette dress – Purple Fantasy Faire 2014
SLink: Mesh hands – Casual & Relaxed
Marukin: gaze poses – the grey lady

Pic 2:
Lara Hurley Skins: Ivy – pale – sweet smokey eyes w/moles & brick lipstick tattoos
IKON: Promise eyes – Industrial
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Tableau Vivant: Drake hair – Fall The Fantasy collective
Junbug: Lady Leather – blue
SLink: Mesh hands – Flat & Casual
A:S:S: SLink nails – chipped matte
Letis: SLink hand tattoo – rosary
Rustica: Instant Pirate Kit – eye patch The Fantasy collective
Adorkable: Nippy pose – 10m

Decor Credits
Pic 1:
Dysfunctional Designs: Medieval Utility Building – Inn
Dysfunctional Designs: Quaint Tavern Hearth
Pixel Mode: Senza Tempo set (table, benches, tray w/wine and grapes, lights, rug) The Garden
ISPACHI: The Odyssey – Vineyard Platter The Garden

Pic 2:
Dysfunctional Designs: Medieval Utility Building – Inn
Frogstar: Salty Pirate Tavern table and stools – Dark The Fantasy collective
O.M.E.N: Grog and gold coins, mugs and pitcher The Fantasy collective
Ginger Line: Farmers’ Snacks We ❤ RP
POST: Humboldt candlestick – stump