Hair Fair 2018 – VIP Early Access RAFFLE – starts 3rd September

There are 9 days left!

Hair Fair Second Life

Hair Fair 2018 - Raffle Promo Poster

Prize: The two winners each day will win Early Access entry to Hair Fair 2018 for themselves and one friend. Prizes cannot be traded, so you and your friend must be available on 21st September 2018. There will be 10 drawings, and the tickets will be emptied each time, so come back every day to keep trying until you win!

Over the years in the lead up to Hair Fair, we ran a photography contest to win prizes and the most coveted early access to Hair Fair. This year we decided to bring everyone back into Second Life itself. The plan is to get people amped up and excited for Hair Fair by visiting different Hair stores all over the grid, and entering the first Hair Fair VIP Early Access Raffle.

Hair Fair 2018 - Raffle Ticket Machine Picture

To enter is a two-teleport process:

  1. teleport to one of the stores listed below click the ticket dispenser (as…

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Through My Own Eyes

At this moment, I am having a hard time seeing the screen to type. Sadly, that is not an unusual occurrence for me these days; but in this case, it is because of the tears blurring my vision. Tears because I am finally writing this post.

I know I just kind of disappeared several months ago. I apologise to my readers for not giving notice; I owed you all an explanation and I want to do that now.

I have a condition called Macular Degeneration. It is not uncommon but it can be devastating nonetheless. It causes a blurring and darkening in the centre of my vision that affects my ability to see things clearly. It also affects my depth perception. It has no cure; I will never regain full vision. All I can do is try to slow down its advance. My right eye is much worse than my left, but my vision in both eyes is slowly deteriorating. I can still see to work, but anything that depends on depth perception is increasingly difficult. This, sadly, includes photography in Second Life.

For over five years, blogging was my passion. Staging a scene, styling my avatar, selecting a pose, finding just the right goddamn angle and Windlight setting all were challenges that I embraced. And I was pretty OK at it. I met many wonderful and talented people, forged friendships and family through it and just had a good time. But as my condition worsened, I found it harder and harder to find the joy. It became a chore and a source of stress and distress. In January I made the decision to resign from blogging for groups and creators as I didn’t feel I could adequately give them the coverage they deserved. My plan was to just blog whenever I felt inspired. But I found that removing the deadlines didn’t eradicate the stress; I simply wasn’t good enough anymore to meet my own standards. So…I just walked away.

During the course of blogging, I developed several Windlight settings. I mainly used these for portrait photography, but a few of them are kind of pretty but some of them are rather stark and bright. I hadn’t really realised, but I think I was trying to bring a bit more lightness into my world. At any rate, I have uploaded these to MediaFire and you are welcome to download them and use them, if you would like. You can find them here: Peep’s Windlight Settings . If you need help installing them, there is a good post on the Second Life Forum that explains how to do it.

I still log into Second Life on occasion, but I feel lost without having a photo to shoot, a blog post to prepare, a room to style. I am trying to find my way again in Second Life – I still love the creativity of this virtual world and I haven’t been able to give up on it. So, if you see a half-blind avatar wandering around but still looking somewhat stylish, stop and say hello. I still want to see you through my own eyes.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
Dress: Salt & Pepper S&P Gabriella Lara flower by xxSaltandPepperxx
Necklace: *PROMAGIC* Laxmi-Necklace-RoseGold by Promagic
Hair: Lamb. Dream by Lamb Bellic
Mesh head: .LeLutka.Head.May 3.0 by JadenArt
Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle
Mesh head applier: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* for LeLutka Heads *Shannyn* EASTERN by Steffi Villota (available at Uber through August 22)
Mesh body applier: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* for Maitreya Mesh Body “Freckles” EASTERN by Steffi Villota
Eyeshadow: alaskametro<3 “Duochrome” eyeshadow – Lelutka by Alaska Metropolitan (available at The Mesh Body Addicts Fair August 2018)
Lipstick: alaskametro<3 “Whimsy” makeup palette – Lelutka HUD by Alaska Metropolitan (available at The Mesh Body Addicts Fair August 2018)
Pose: IMAGE ESSENTIALS IE – Soft Caress 3 mirror by kay Weston
Windlight setting: Boho Teal2 (PeepS)

Will The Real Sas(s)y Pants Please Stand Up?

Yesterday when I logged into Second Life and found the adorable crew top and joggers pants from neve, I pretty much squealed all girly-like. Not only are they impeccably made (I swear, I can feel the softness of the fabric and nod my head at how the folds and wrinkles are just perfectly natural), I am a sucker for yellow and pink. Although the pants come in solid colours as well, I just adore the label down the leg.

And, of course, when I put on this pair, I had to IM Sasy Scarborough to show them off. She turned up her virtual nose in mock disdain, at which I scoffed; we all know she is the original Sasy Pants; it says so right there on her blog!

While I couldn’t convince her to pull on her own pair, she decided, instead, to photobomb me. Funny story, that…

The plan was, when I was ready, I would have her come over and physically photobomb my picture. However, the SL gods had other plans in store for me. When I tried to put on shoes, my foot position wouldn’t change. Then I took off my outfit to try another colour and the alphas on my mesh body got stuck. So, I relogged. When I came back in, I was an orange cloud. And I wasn’t rezzing. I tried the trick of TP’ing, and boom! Disconnected from Second Life. I managed to get back in, and I was still a cloud. So, I tried the other trick of changing into a saved outfit that consists of totally different EVERYTHING I was wearing, including my mesh body and head, all alphas and even my brow base. It worked….sorta. I could now see myself and I was wearing the totally different outfit – on top of the original one. I tried removing the original outfit by its folder, and nope. Not happening. So I relogged again. Same result. I took off the second body/outfit/stuff and finally, I was visible again. I even managed to get dressed back into my glorious sassy pants outfit and tried putting together my set. And of course, nothing would rez. Or if it did, it would move around on my platform spontaneously. All the while I am carrying on an conversation via IM with my sis, Rwah, because of course, I can’t TP to her place to see what she was working on. Just one of those typical days in Second Life.

By this time, a couple of hours (or so) had gone by. I decided to give up for the day and IM’d Sasy to apologise. But being the most efficient stalker photobomber on the grid, she had prepped a photo of herself…already cut out (!) and passed it over to me.

So today, I finally got a chance to get back into a normal SL and do my shoot. Because I’m not great at adding stuff into my pics in Photoshop, I plopped Sasy on a prim and stuck her in the window and finally….I finished.

I had to laugh when I finished. When I am doing H&G credits, I delete items as I credit them so that I don’t forget anything (and also end up with a tidy platform). After I was done, I cammed out and there was Sasy, peering over my shoulder. I literally jumped in my chair and then giggled like a little kid. Who would be scared by the Sas(s)iest Pantsed girl in the world?

(Sasy, if you see this and you have credits available, I would LOVE to know what you’re wearing, you sassy, sexy little stalker, you! And thank you for your patience, your awesome PS skills AND just being generically amazing ♥)

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
*Top: neve top – crew Lara by coldLogic (available at The Liaison Collaborative January 7-30)
*Pants: neve pant – joggers Lara by coldLogic (available at The Liaison Collaborative January 7-30)
Shoes: .Mutresse. Gugutka Boots for Maitreya Lara (flat feet) by Eeky Cioc (available at Collabor88 January 2018)
Hair: [monso] My Hair – Ann by Morphine Janick
*Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Lona v2.12 by Catwa Clip
Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx Leshelle
*Mesh head applier: [ session ] Phoebe Tone02 (Catwa applier) by Anj4 (available at The Liaison Collaborative January 7-30)
Mesh body applier: [ session ] Maitreya Body Applier Tone02 v2.3
Eyebrows:
.:JUMO:. Britani Eyebrows – CATWA Heads by JumoFashion

*Mat: Yoga Mat Mandala (Adult) CHEZ MOI by Nanda Marjeta (available at The Liaison Collaborative January 7-30)
*Incense holder: Lily Pad Incense Holder CHEZ MOI by Nanda Marjeta (available at The Liaison Collaborative January 7-30)
*Game: Yokai – Playtime – Handheld game console 1 RARE by Olikato (gacha prize at The Liaison Collaborative January 7-30)
*Drink bottle: Yokai – Playtime – Energy drink (mint) by Olikato (gacha prize at The Liaison Collaborative January 7-30)
*Tamagotchi: Yokai – Playtime – Tamagotchi rainbow bear (pink) by Olikato (gacha prize at The Liaison Collaborative January 7-30) *NOTE: all items from Yokai are wearables; creative license used in making two of them display items.
*Blocks: Raindale – Dreamsleigh blocks – let’s play by KeiraLans (gacha prize at The Liaison Collaborative January 7-30)
*Table: Kuro – William side table by Luana Dawg (available at District 20 through January 19)
*Cupcakes: Kuro – Theresa breakfast *cupcakes* by Luana Dawg (available at SaNaRae through January 18)
*Lemon tree: Kuro – Theresa breakfast *lemon tree* by Luana Dawg (available at SaNaRae through January 18)
Lamp: Soy. Stainedglass Table Lamp [Pink] by Soyoy (available at Collabor88 January 2018)
Chair: (Milk Motion) velvet armchair – bloom pink by Marie Lauridsen (available at Collabor88 January 2018)
Papers: *paper moon* *pm* Creator Burnout – Overdrive Gacha Inspo Pile by sohma Dix (gacha prize at The Gacha Guardians January 2018)
Coffee cup: *paper moon* *pm* Creator Burnout – Not Yet Burnt Out Cup (Dots) by sohma Dix (gacha prize at The Gacha Guardians January 2018)
Sitting cat: darkendStare. cocoa kitties [chibi] drinking by itsinthestairs (gacha prize at The Gacha Guardians January 2018)
Standing cat: darkendStare. cocoa kitties [grey] spill by itsinthestairs (gacha prize at The Gacha Guardians January 2018)
Flowers: -Garden- by anc “poppy”{soft pink} field 1prim by aki69 (available at Collabor88 January 2018)
Boshes: Studio Skye Alligator Apple Bush by Alex Bader
Trees: Studio Skye Enchanted Woods v2 by Alex Bader
Build: Scarlet Creative Jardiniere Cottage by Charlotte Bartlett (available at Collabor88 January 2018)

*Pose: CORPUS – Ballet 01 by Diconay Boa