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Thursday, July 19, 2012

2012 Hair Fair has begun!

Four beautiful sims, full of excellent designer shops... and all for a good cause!  All of the designers are donating at least some portion of their sales to the cause "Wigs for Kids." All of my favorite hair shops in one spot! *Squees*  The majority of the shops set up have gifts out of one kind or another.  Not all are hair, but all are excellent.  Just one more reason to love the Hair Fair!  Open from July 14th through the 29th, this annual event offers exclusive, one-time-only styles for everyone.  Read more here, then click over to the Hair Fair Blog and get more information!

I have only been to three of the four sims, and already have racked up quite a collection of gifts! (I fully intend to re-visit later, with more Linden dollars to spend!)  Some of my favorite shops are yet to be seen on the remaining sim, so you can bet I'm not going to miss that! 

The four sims are Water, Flower, Garden and Sand, and there are almost 100 designers offering up special hair items for charity.  Yes, there are even some for Petites!  Gifts are 0-1L$ and laid out for guests to find with ease.  Mesh, flexi, sculpted, hairbases and more... have a peek!

Two styles really seem to be the "Look" for the Fair this year.  One is the Bob.  Whether fringed, sideswept, or both, it's a classic look that has made a huge comeback this summer!  Above: Hair and Pale Peach Lipstick from esk-imo, bangle bracelets by pr!tty, pose and eyes by Amacci

Roller Derby girl~ wearing an outfit from +DV8+ and hair gift from Gauze (Wisp- Lapis)

Another great gift from Gauze - Komelia hair (an updo with a touch of wild), shown here with Amacci eyes and feather earring from pr!tty

 The second popular style that seems to be a favorite this year, is the simple but always elegant up-do.  Here is a lovely one from MaiMai, shown with one of the two colors of eyes given from Amacci.

Nearly all of the color collections have offered at least a set with "dipped" tips.  Here, the gift from ISON shows a perfect color duo for summer.

[INK] specializes in hair for men.  Yes, you heard me!  Men!  This one that they have given as a gift works well for either gender.

Back when my original pixels first began wandering the virtual world of Second Life, there was one hair store that was always suggested for great hair:  Calico.  CiC is at the Hair Fair to show that Calico still has it!  Shown here:  Kennedi.  There is a hair for the men in there too!

I'm not sure what I love more about ChiChickie!'s gift... the hair (Jia) or the adorable hair stick option that adorns it!

Battle Angel once again offers a whole set of hairs to choose from in their gift package, as well as on their walls.  Playing in the water above:  Iris in dark red.

One of my favorite stores, lamb, offered a complete color collection of their take on the fringed bob.  Shown here in Washed Out, with a pretty pose and bright eyes from Amacci.

Another long-time favorite is Analog Dog.  I love this wild, wavy look, perfect for the beach.  Eyes are from Amacci, and the outfit is part of the Hair Fair low lag setup you can find on any of the Hair Fair sims.  Now if we could just get people to actually wear them instead of script and prim-heavy outfits....

An adorable retro-modern style like "Swing" from Loovus Dzevavor (shown above in Godiva 3) just looks fitting for a vintage summer outfit and playing in the sea foam, doesn't it?

Leverocci gives their take on the fringed bob, here with Sylvia in Almost Black.

+LALA Moon+ has always been able to approach style with a bit of fun and whimsy.  No, that's not a pet on her head... it's Dachs Hund in a pretty brown.

Remember how I said not all gifts were hair?  Here is a goes-with-anything mini from IA (Dungaree Jeans Skirt).  Hair is from Diorsis Hair (Amber in Goldblond 1).

Magpie's gift is an up-do with a fringe and some playful wisps around the ears.  Shown here in the Foxes.

Another great outfit offered as a gift is from (Fashionably Dead).  Yes, it includes that really great necklace as well!  Hair is from Iren, another take on the fringed bob in several color-streaked choices, and the pose is from pr!tty.

One more softly swept up-do comes from Lollipopz.  Liana in light brown comes with a matching hair base.  Great for sunny days.  Eyes are from Amacci.

 Last but not least, what good is a Hair Fair if it doesn't include those of a more fantastic nature?  Here, tentacle hair and glowy, ethereal headpiece from Tekeli-Li.  (spinal tentacles also from this store, but not at the Hair Fair)  Of course, the makers do not disappoint, and include a note card giving the inspiration behind this style.

So far, the Hair Fair was completely worth it!  If you visit, I recommend grabbing those low-lag goodies at the entrance and putting them on right away.  This will help your visit, and every one else's go a lot smoother.  Keep an eye out for sim crossing signs, and maybe even discover a shop you've never heard of!

Friday, July 13, 2012

First Sim Feature: Dellhallow!

I recently got notice that an old friend of mine (old meaning long-time, not age!) has put her hand to sim design once again.  I was absolutely in love with the last RP sim that she did from the beauty of the sim to the love and thought put into the story.  When I heard that Kyra Reiter had done it again, I -HAD- to go see!

 "Dark Fantasy Roleplay. Hidden behind the beautiful scenery lies the dark truth. A history based on greed and written with the blood of the innocent. Which side will you take, in the never ending battle?"

Dellhallow is a thing of beauty.  The textures, the little details (the ivy on the old ruin arches is amazing), even the landing zone are all well done.  I had to snap some pics, and even managed to run into a couple of the soon-to-be RPers there!

 Dellhallow Landing Point/Information Center ~ a plethora of information about the background, rules, factions, races, admin and more!  No meter to pick up here; they use dice! This is your first stop at the sim.  Make sure to check out those statues!
 A unique way to make an entrance!  Climb down the ladder and choose where to go...
 Not ready to see the In-Character area yet?  Maybe you should check out the market and see if there are any supplies that you need!  OOC Market area in the sky... stalls available!

Ready to see the sim itself?  Opening for RP on the 17th...

 Dellhallow from afar... looks peaceful enough
 The Port Bay, complete with Watchman
 Beautifully landscaped... with a gorgeous sim surround too!
Mysterious, powerful, and a great icebreaker at dinner conversations:  the Liths!
 Peaceful countryside mill house, awaiting occupants
 The village by night...
 ...and by day.
 Everywhere you look in Dellhallow, beauty can be found.
 Many roles are welcome here to add to the story.  Want to fell trees, making a living off the woods?  Now is your chance!
 Warriors in the making need not royal chambers.
 Careful, there may be a roguish type hiding in the shadows as you pass through that gate....
 What sort of fantastic creature could inhabit a home such as this?  Perhaps you should visit the sim and see for yourself!
 Itching to try on that new Petite Av and put it to work?  There is a whole Petite village constructed for your magical, whimsical storyline to unfold in!
 Perhaps this tree is a symbol of growth in the wasted ruins... perhaps it was two lovers caught in an embrace by an angry nymph who cursed them to be forever entwined this way...
 Where some lay their heads on silken pillows, others find home in much simpler places.
 But of course... they, too, have to eat!
Ruins on the hill... but there must be more to this place than just the outdoors!  What of civilized folk?  Perhaps a school? Hmm...

 Well... there is this tavern... No?  Not exactly what you meant?  Ohh, right.  I think I know what you're looking for...

The entrance (after the hike up the forever-long stairs!) may seem foreboding, but true wisdom and knowledge are gained when we are able to swallow down our fears and trudge onward!
 A chamber for a Professor, perhaps?  The Library of Gilean welcomes knowledgeable and wise ones willing to share what they have learned.

 So many things to learn, so many things to teach.  Alchemy, healing, magic... that will do!

 Science:  We do what we must, because we can... (okay couldn't resist)

Beyond those who are entering, or perhaps sharing, their education, there are those of noble blood and leadership.  Below, a dizzying view from an upper balcony toward the throne room.

 Here, a meeting of minds with the possible Throne-holder Edgard, Lady Honore close to his side, and the Grandmaster of the Erebos Templars, Vargas....

Though... I'm not too sure that Grandmaster Vargas is too pleased with what he hears.  Time will tell!

And that, my dear friends, is the conclusion of this tour.  I hope you have enjoyed it, though I can honestly say that seeing it first-hand is a much more amazing experience!  Again, it opens for role play on July 17th, but there are activities going on ALL WEEK!  From the 15th to the 21st, there will be grand opening events, including hunts, prizes, meet and greets, parties and tours!  You can learn more about the rules, the story, and even decide on a character by clicking THIS LINK!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Free Furnishings from Homestuff!

Today:  Freebie goodness from Homestuff!  Most of what I found was in the "accessory" range, but there were some more complete sets, some furniture with multiple poses and even a complete deck set for an outdoor retreat.  If you're looking for some great stuff to put in your virtual home, why not take a peek here first?  Quality merchandise from well-known designers... and FREE!

 Shown in the image above:  King size sleigh bed from Hidden Treasures, umbrella lights from Babel & Co., bathroom shelf with built-in accessories and on/off light from MMGD, and Tulips in a Vase from Rhia's Creations
Above is the complete deck set from Piddler's Perch, with uniquely textured palm trees (complete with shadows), multi-pose deck chairs, removable props like the ice/drink bucket and tiki torches.

*Not all locations were available on SL Search for links.*

Saturday, July 7, 2012

More goodness from the SYSP, Collabor88 and other gifties!

{FG} has put out a female set and a male set for it's first month of SYSP (Structure Your Skin Project).  Cara Lyn is a petite form with two skin shades, copy/mod shape, brows and physics.  Very cute and not overly blown up on the cleavage!  The male skin set also comes in two shades, with body hair on the skins, copy/mod shape and brows.  No hair base for either of them, but that is easily solved thanks to the free hair base sets found around the grid.
 Cara Lyn shown in Tan, from Favourite Genes at the SYSP July showcase. Hair: FREE from Analog Dog. Pants: part of the Plastik dollarbie at the main entrance!
Ser James in tan shown with the 2nd anniversary gift from Dura.  Images for Ser James and Cara Lyn were taken at the Alphabet of Grace sim.

Also going on right now is the collection at Collabor88.  Here, designers of all sorts come together and offer everything from furniture, clothing, hair, accessories, skins and more... everything you need for your Second Life.  Each item is hugely discounted, and ends in an "8."  You might find items for 108 L$, 98 L$, etc.  I snagged a great skin with a series of brow shapes made exclusively for Collabor88 from Illusory Skins.  I had to use one of my own shapes, but it worked really well with it and didn't need any adjusting to make it work!  Only 88 L$!  Have a peek:

I am also super-excited about some upcoming hunts that start August 1st.  Make sure you keep an eye out because I'll be blogging those as well as some of the August SYSP items when they are released!