I went out today to shop around the Live Laugh Love Family Fair. It’s a charity event raising money for Autism Speaks, something near and dear to my heart as two of my best friends have autistic children.
As you would expect from a family fair, there’s much to buy for kid avatars, things to put in a family home, and poses made specifically for families. It’s all unbelievably adorable.
I don’t really do the immersive family thing in SL. I consider Ulaa my “sister” and have even taken on two more “sisters” in the past month [Hi Rylan and Willis!], and of course I have my husband, but that’s about as far as it has gone for me. Last year when I started thinking about family stuff, I didn’t have the time or energy to do anything. Now…well, I’d be lying if I said that going to that fair and knowing some of the families I know on plurk doesn’t make me think about it. But I don’t feel like I have the ability to cultivate that kind of bond with anyone at the moment. I’d hate to just get bored with a kid av, you know? Or be like, hey, I know I’m supposed to be your mom and stuff, but can you like…not be in my house? How crappy would THAT be?! LOL!!
Anyway, the fair is for a good cause, so I suggest going out there even if you’re not particularly family oriented because there are things like wall decals and other little cute items for sale. 🙂
So a few nights ago, Rainey Manx-Innovia [partner to Ikon Innovia, one of the better eyemakers in SL] asked if she could do my photo for IKON eyes, to stick on the wall and stuff. Naturally I said yes, because 1, I love IKON eyes, and 2, I’m fucking vain and love photos of myself. She did an amazing job on the photo! I’m using it as my profile pic now. Rainey told me that the picture would be their in the Fashion For Life store, and I thought it would just be a little picture on the side or something, maybe with some of the other girls that had their pics done, too.
So tonight I went to FFL [early blogger access for the WIN!!!] and I thought, “Oh, hey. I should go see my pic.” Nothing prepared me for this!
BIGGER THAN LIFE!!! WOOT!!
Fashion For Life opens tomorrow, and IKON is on the Dreamseeker Zeit sim. There are SO MANY DESIGNERS out there too. I’m about to run back and start looking around again. I saw some great stuff and gacha machines too!
It’s almost here! It’s almost May 28th! May 28th means everything that I’ve signed on to do in SL will be finished, and I can go back to just hanging out and having fun. Heck, maybe I can even feel right about going and playing Rift for hours again. I don’t know how creators do it. I don’t like feeling like I HAVE to do something in SL.
But May 28th is coming. I’m not – NOT – signing up to blog any more events for a few months. I would never never give up blogging for the Shoe Fair, and of course RFL is an extremely worthy cause, but I think we have been oversaturated with charity events this year, don’t you? I know bad stuff has been happening, but goodness. Charity events are not the new black. When I hear creators say they haven’t made a real sale in ages because people only buy their charity item, you have to wonder if it’s all worth it. It’s good to give to charity, of course, but not at the expense of your own livelihood. I don’t know of many people who could say “Oh sure, take my entire paycheck and give it to the Red Cross” in the real world. I think in June, creators should go back to designing just for their own stores. Charity begins at home, and some creators need to work to keep that home standing.
I’ve been asked about it, but I have no idea if we’ll do another Big Bad Blogger Challenge this summer. Although I have enjoyed it the past few years, I don’t know if I want to do it again. I think a lot of bloggers in SL have changed. It’s more about fashion and charity events than just “This is what I’m doing while hanging out in Second Life.” And that’s not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong. But it does make the challenge a little more difficult. We’ll see. If I choose not to run it and someone else wants to do one similar, don’t take the name please. :-p
Rylan and Sixx got married last week. It was truly a lovely and touching ceremony and I was so glad to have been there.
I guess I should get back to taking some shoe pictures.
You know, I love being a fashion blogger. I really do. I try really really hard to showcase items in the best possible way and I hope against hope that the people that I blog like it. I mean, I’ve got some creator friends. I know some of them groan when certain bloggers do their stuff. Not to say that they’re any less appreciative of the publicity, but of course they’d rather their items be shown off in a nice picture. Because of this, I work really hard to get a nice shot. I am by no means the best photographer in SL. Not. At. All. I seem to be at least on average with people, so that works for me!
But I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have the BEST fashion sense. I know what looks WRONG. I watch fashion shows, I read magazines, and I have eyes. I can tell you right away if colors are clashing or if something just looks off. However, when it comes to putting together my own outfits, it can take me a long time! I save pretty much all the outfits I make for the blog so I can have something to easily throw on. It’s not uncommon for me to stay in the same outfit for 2 days after I’ve blogged it simply because I don’t know what else to put on. I know. Worse fashionista ever. :-p
Last night while the grid was rushing over to the Pacific Crisis Fundraiser, I decided to go check out Fashion For Life. Oh man, what gorgeous items are there! I found myself in a sim with the most amazing Asian inspired clothing, big fluffy doll dresses, kimono, just…oh my god. It was incredible. I didn’t buy any of the dresses because I’m trying really hard to only get things that I know I will wear since my inventory is SUCH a mess, but oh…I was tempted.
I did buy stuff, though. I picked up hair, I picked up boots, I picked up jewelery and a statue. I was putting things on as I was shopping [I like to wear new things right away.] and when I came home to put my statue out, I laughed, because my outfit was just rockin’.
This is the kind of outfit I end up wearing when I’m alone. Complete with the carrot riding bunny that flies around me in a circle.
At least it’s all for a good cause. Right? Right??
I stopped over at the Thanksgiving Community Food Market earlier tonight. There’s some cute stuff there to buy, like this bag I’m carrying from Duboo. I don’t know if more people are going to set up or not, but maybe?
The money raised goes to the World Food Programme, which is pretty cool. So go do some shopping for a good cause and get some really cute stuff.
I’ve been pretty cranky most of the evening, so it’s definitely time to put myself to bed.
I started the Halloween Hunt For Autism today!
This hunt is one of the very very very few that I will endorse in SL because it means so much to me. With two of my best friends having autistic children, and knowing so many others with autistic children, it just means a lot to me. It’s a hunt that you do have to pay $50L to participate in, but that money goes to Autism Speaks, so it’s for a good cause. You have to hold that bag to collect your treats! I haven’t finished yet, and I haven’t unpacked the treats I’ve gotten so far, but I think there’s some great stuff in there. Go over to the starting point and pay the big pumpkin $50L to get your bag. And I’d never tell…but your first prize might MAAAAAYBE be around that fireplace I’m standing near. If you get stuck on any other prize, or just want to find your favorite stores, check out this page on the hunt website for hints and SLurls.
I feel pretty icky tonight [my allergies are working overtime and my throat is sore sore sore], so I think it’s time for bed.
I was planning a blog post about how the decorating of my new house is coming along and I even had a cute picture to show. But then I went to check out Wear Gray and I had my first fangirl moment in probably well over a year when Elikapeka Tiramisu landed right next to me.
I snapped the picture and then ran like hell.
I used to get a lot more giddy about meeting creators in world. Logically, I knew they were most likely sitting in their underpants eating Cheetos in front of the computer as they created pretties. But still, it meant quite a bit to me because only going off of what they created, I had a certain amount of respect and awe for them. Then Plurk came along and I got to really know creators and it was more like, “Oh right. You’re the one who just threw an emo fit/talked about your bowel movement/told us you tripped up the stairs/got hysterical because someone said they didn’t like your item/just announced your love for Edward Cullen.” /end fangirl.
[Speaking of the dreaded Cullen, I was at the grocery store today and this woman who was about 45 years old was wearing shortie shorts and a tank top that said “I’m in love with a vampire.” The word ‘vampire’ was stretched over one of her spare tires. I’m pretty sure that Edward would have looked at her in that emotastic way, and said, “Oh honey no.”]
So, you know, it’s been a while since I’ve fangirled. Creators and bloggers are just like me. We just have different skills. I write. They draw or build. We’re probably ALL in our underpants at some point. It all works out, you know? I was a little taken aback by feeling like I was a noob in SL again when Elika landed next to me and my first thought was, “HOLY SHIT.” I couldn’t even say hi, which is RIDICULOUS as I’ve talked to her a bit on plurk before.
All I can say is, at least I didn’t start pointing and squealing.
Speaking of Wear Gray, I’m DJing from 8pm-10pm SLT tomorrow [Sunday the 12th]. I’d LOVE to see you guys out there! I’m donating 100% of my tips to the Wear Gray donation box, so come out and have some fun and support a great cause! 🙂
Just a quick one before I run to bed. Project Donate opened tonight and you guys MUST go. Many of SL’s most awesome designers are out there, and with many many of them donating 100% of the proceeds of their items to UNICEF. It’s amazing and you can keep up with what’s going on over there on the Project Donate blog.
There’s a lot going on, y’all!!
TODAY AT 1PM SLT!!!!!! The Shoe Expo fashion show!!!! My adorable Sophia is walking in it, and I think she might be a little nervous, so please come out and sit with me so we can cheer her on AND see some pretty shoes!!
Speaking of the Shoe Expo, there is a RAFFLE going on!! You have until tomorrow to buy your ticket and OMG YOU GUYS. The prizes for the winner? SO GOOD. You can see the list here on the blog but sponsors were still being added last night, so this list is in no way complete. Let me tell you just a few of the prizes if you don’t have time to go to the page. A fatpack of choice from Phoenix Rising AND the opportunity to be a model on one of the vendors, which means a very professional photo from Skyhawke Sodwind. The unfurnished Wisteria house and a $5000L gift card from The Loft. A $2000L gift card from Musashi-Do. A fatpack of the Long Boots from J’s. A $2500L gift card from MechanizedLife, so you can get that FilterCam I’ve been using a lot lately! Three fatpacks of Tiny Bird hair. And so much more!!
What do you have to do? Go to the Shoe Expo and look for the GREEN ornaments. They look like this:
Pay $1000L and buy your ticket! The more tickets you buy, the better your chances of winning, and of course all the money goes to Toys For Tots. With over $50,000L worth of prizes, it’s a fabulous deal and you’re helping out a really awesome charity.
And in my last little bit of spam, don’t forget that my island is hosting the SL Bloggers Meet-Up for December! The party will be on the 13th at 12pm SLT. If you are a designer who would like to offer a prize or two for us to give away during the party, please contact me or the SL Blogger Event Coordinator, Tymmerie Thorne. In the past we’ve gotten anything from gift cards to various stores to just fun things like backpacks and other accessories. It’s always a lot of fun! 🙂
I need to start figuring out what to wear to the fashion show, so that’s all the spam I’ve got for you at the moment! 🙂
I meant to blog about this yesterday but never got a chance to. This weekend is Kickin’ It 4 The Cure, a weekend long fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. If you’re interested in supporting a very worthy cause, here’s a list of events for this weekend. I’m starting with the one for tonight that you can still get to. I’m sorry I don’t have all the SLurls. I tried.
Friday, June 19th
Go Bald 4 The Cure – 6pm slt – 8pm slt Jayce at Club Touch at Nspire Mall
Leave your hair at home and come party & make a donation 4 a cure for juvenile diabetes. The sexiest bald head male and female walk away with prizes from our sponsors Savonna Dinova of Dinova Designs and Aalionna Destiny of Millions Media
Saturday, June 20th
Reppin 4 The Cure – 6pm slt – 8pm slt DJ Barack in Diamond City
Make a pledge of 1000Ls or more and bring your clique, your coast, your family, your club i.e biker or chess..etc, or your soro or frat. The hardest reppin group in the buidling will walk away with prizes from our sponsors Daunte Disel of Spoiled Rotten and Savonna Dinova of Dinova Designs .
Bid 4 The Cure – 8pm slt – 10pm slt DJ Shan at Las Vegas City at Sin City
Ladies have you ever just wanted the sexiest men in SL to put on as little as possible or even get naked for you. Well, here is your chance! Tip the men ladies to get him to bare it all for you & then bid on the one you want to spend the evening with. Sponsored by Shaft Jackson of Shaftvision DVDs and Deetalz.
Sunday, June 21st Dj Buttaz at Cruiz’s Cotton Club
Dance 4 The Cure – 8pm slt – 10pm slt
Make a pledge of 1000Ls or more & put on your best semi formal to formal gear & get your dance on at the Father/Daughter & Mother/Son dance. Parents bring those kids out and have a good time dancing and listening to the hottest tunes in SL.
All proceeds raised during these events will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation & proof of the donation will be provided to all sponsors and all parties participating in these events upon request.
As most of you know, my good friend Noelyci Ingmann has Type 1 diabetes, and he did a really excellent radio interview yesterday as the kick off for Kickin It 4 The Cure. If you’d like to show your support this weekend and you don’t have much to spare, think about going to his store, Ingmann Design and picking up one of his insulin pumps for just $1L. I’ll be wearing mine this weekend!