Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fantasy Faire 2010

Let the countdown begin. With only 3 weeks until the opening of this years Fantasy Faire - creators are busy designing new products specially for the Faire. With 8 sims packed with the top designers of SL, there is bound to be something for anyone.

Need an excuse to fight the lag and go shopping - The fight for a cure for Cancer. Come show your support and buy a Relay For Life product at the Fantasy Faire.

Most of you are probably wondering who is going to be there this year. Well hear it here first . There are only a few empty spots left but we envisage these to fill up soon.

The outfits you see below are from just a few of the designers that will be at the fair this year. (Outfits shown are not necessarily going to be on show at the faire but can be found in the main store.) The full list of designers showcasing their products can be found at the bottom of this post.

Harlequin Boots, Belt, Gloves, Neck Ruffle, Cap and Marotte from *~*Illusions*~*

Nathalie in Green from Evies Closet

Lysi from ~silentsparrow~

Fire Salamander Skin from Fallen Gods Inc.

Tied with a bow in Snowy White Ears & Tail, Starry Lip Rings Set, Starry Belly Ring, Pocket Cort Shorts {Black}, Starry Halter Tank {PURPLE} & Diamond Bow Buckle Collar from *Dreams*

Garfield Cute Cat complete outfit with Shoulder Odie, Tigger Cute Cat complete Outfit, Hello Kitty Cute Cat complete outfit & Pink Panther Cute Cat complete outfit and skin from `*~Zanzibar creationZ~*`

Andromeda Hair from Tekeli-li Dark Artistry & Briony Dress from Evies Closet

Archer Outfit in Tan from RIPPED

Just a teeny sample of the items you can expect to find at the faire.

A big thank you goes out to two of the designers participating in the Faire this year; Evangeline Miles - Owner/Designer of Evie's Closet & Sanura Snowpaw - Owner/Designer of *Dreams*. Thank you ladies for not only joining in such a great cause but for lending me your bodies and outfits to photograph.

Another thank you to Victoria Sabra for "trying not to have a fan-girly moment" and letting me use her as a model as well.

A HUGE thank you to all the designers that are putting their store in the Faire this year and helping us to raise funds for Relay for Life.

The Fantasy Faire is SL's largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts & performers. Join us for a week of commerce, special events, live music concerts & fundraising across 9 sims to benefit Relay for Life and the fight against cancer.

Proudly brought to you by
Friends Fighting Cancer
Strong! Together!

'Elvencourt' sim

'The Mer Market' sim

'Neko Industrial Park' sim

'Wings Wands Wonders' sim

'Via Obscurium' sim

'Dark Realms' sim

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Big Is Beautiful

As the title suggests, this blog post is about shapes. We are all unique and each have our own different idea of an ideal shape and size.

RL stereotypes us and labels us depending on what we wear or how curvy we are. SL gives us a chance to be something we are not in RL.

When I first joined SL, a few years back, my avatar was very much just like the RL me. I'm not ashamed of the way I look, but I am labelled as "voluptuous", "curvy", "full figured" and sometimes just plain "fat". I have curves. I have a bit of meat covering my bones. I'm just plain old average me. I would rather have this body than that of most of the top paying supermodels of the world.

And yet I was ridiculed even in SL as being "big". So just like most of the people I know - I followed the crowds and I made my avatar, what I thought, sexy. She had a nice perfect skin with no blemishes or scars. She looked like she needed a feed of a good cheeseburger or 10. She was attractive, or what SL classes as attractive. I followed the clothing trends, depending on what was big in the blogs. I "kept up with the Jones'".

Only recently have I started dressing just like me. Wearing the daggy jeans and tops and not caring if I'm colour co-ordinated or if I even have shoes on. I've started to regress back to the old me. And the best part - I really couldn't care if someone thinks my avatar is "fat".

I have hips, a belly, there is no defineable gap between the tops of my thighs, my boobs aren't exactly perky - but I'm me. I'm still the same person that has fun with my friends. I can still joke and carry on. Does it really matter if you can park a semi between my thighs, bounce a coin of my flat, taught stomach, fit into a child sized T Shirt or if my stomach overhangs my panty line and my boobs sag a little. What about if I were dressed as a unicorn or a dragon? It does not matter what my avatar looks like, I am still the same person.

I was having a conversation with a top "model" of SL recently who, I admire for not being afraid to speak her mind, came out and made the comment "OMG you're ass is huge". Now I was in my normal avatar at the time. For those of you that have seen my avatar or even pics on my blog. Is my ass 'huge'? So if my everyday avatar was classed as having a huge ass. I would hate to see what she said about the more realistic me avatar.

We are all individuals and the joys of SL is that most clothing prim attachments are mod or have resize scripts. So even though you would normally look in the window of a fashion shop and wish they made their clothes in your size - you don't need to worry about that now. Make it fit you. Don't make you fit the prim.

Be who you want to be. Be you. Don't just follow the crowds and become a neko if wearing furry ears and paws makes you feel funny. Don't wear pointy ears if you are conscious of people staring at them. Just be yourself.

I am.
This is me.
Curves and all.


Skin: Acorn Frex [Dark] Elf-Soot 2 from Curio
Hair: Haver, Cinnamon from .:[Tiny Bird]:.
Eyes: Kaleidoscope Dragonfly from Eponym
Underwear: Belle Red Satin from Blacklace
Shape: Made by myself
Poses Used: Fashion Blogger #5 and Female #1 from ~Sinsity~
Model #58, Model #74, Model #215 and Model #217 from SEmotion Studio

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I'm a comfort shopper. Some people are comfort eaters or smokers or drinkers when they are down. Me - I shop! And I'm so glad I did this time. Check out my awesome new buys.

I was on the hunt for a hoodie. A cute hoodie that wasn't "too girly" but wasn't "too masculine". Low and behold I end up buying a dress and a complete outfit including shoes and a hairstyle to match.

I TP'd to this cute little shop I have never heard of, **DP** yumyum. (is it wrong that my mind instantly went to the gutter?) This place is AWESOME with a capital everything! In such a small, quaint little setting this place manages to grab your attention with their attention to detail on their surroundings and decorations AS WELL AS their products. I had to do the walk around twice. Once just to check out the area and the second time to shop.

My first buy(s) is this neat little Autumn/Winter outfit - yes it is that time for me in my part of the world. The **DP**yumyum romantic sweater (navy colour shown) comes with 2 sleeve prim options - short, with no shirt underneath showing (above) and long with frilly shirt sleeves (below). It also has the same options for the collar - plain, high turtleneck collar (above) and plain, high turtleneck collar with frilly shirt collar underneath (below). There is also the option of a belt tie in the same colour as the shirt prim layers (below). The textures on these sweaters is very high quality. Slightly faded around the seams and with a worn look about it. It certainly made me feel all cozy and warm. [also available in black, red and green]

To accompany my new jumper I grabbed a new pair of jeans. My instant reaction was to purchase the standard blue or black jeans. But then I had a second thought and went for something different. The *yumyum jeans: set05 are a faded tan stone-wash colour. The best part - you get two lengths in the pack. You can choose to wear them as shorts - with the prim cuffs for an autmny feel (above). Alternatively wear the standard length ones for a more rugged up wintery feel (below). The long length jeans come with prim cuffs - wear the jeans without the cuffs and your boots fit right over the top. Wear the cuffs on your jeans and your slip on shoes peek nicely out from underneath. There's a multitude of ways to wear just these two simple items. I was going to leave it at that and put on a nice pair of plain black shoes to finish off my outfit so went for a peek into some of the little stores on the side of the building. A leisurely stroll to complete my shopping trip - Hello KAO!

Small store with only a few items on the shelves - the likes of bikini's, dresses a skin or two and my KAO Suede Fringe Boots. To die for! And a perfect addition to my outfit. There are four colours to choose from and like the bad person I am I forgot to write down the proper names for the other colours. I purchased the ash colour to match my jeans but there are black, brown and a grey as well. Just like my sweater and my jeans the boots had two options to choose from. Tall or Short. The tall coming up to just under knee (shown below) and the short being lower mid calf length (shown above).

After feeling slightly better for having done my comfort shop for the day I figured I was safe to wander a bit more to look at the furniture and accessories scattered around the place. They were crying out to me I tell you. "Rors, buy me...buyyy meeeeee". How could I resist?

My last two purchases were the **DP**yumyum rose petal dress (in black) and the *barberyumyum* 19 (in black) hair style. I could almost just walk around with no shoes on in these socks/stockings that come with the dress. They are soooo cute with one being a little slouched as it has slipped over the knee and scrunched up material around the ankles. The dress itself is simple yet stunning. This can easily be a casual daily dress or dressed up for evening wear. With little shoulder frills and simple flowing skirt layers - it's just perfect. Also available in many other colours - plain and two tone.

Finding a hair that fits around my ears can be a challenge at times. I find I either have to go for a long style and just have my ears "poke through" the length hanging down over them. Or I need to modify a fair deal to not be growing hair "inside" my ear. I modded one piece on this hair style. That's right....ONE! It's a bun style with the bun being a hair-bow perched nice and high. a simple straight fringe with flexy strands falling gently from the temples and the base of the neck.

I still haven't found my hoodie though.

The what's and where's:

Skin: Lovely: Racoon by Curio
Hair: *barberyumyum* 19 in black from **DP**yumyum
Ears: *~* Mystic Ears *~* Elfin/Natural from *~*Illusions*~*
Eyes: Basic Blue Deep from Eponym
Sweater: **DP**yumyum romantic sweater in Navy from **DP**yumyum
Jeans: *yumyum jeans: set05 from **DP**yumyum
Boots: Suede Fringe Boots in ash from KAO
Dress (incl socks): **DP**yumyum rose petal dress in black from **DP**yumyum
Poses used: Female Pose #1 from ~Sinsity~
Fashion Blogger #3 from ~Sinsity~
Strut your pose #1 from ~Sinsity~
Model Pose #224 from SEmotion Studio
Prim Skirt Stand #6 from Couverture
Diva Pose #11 from SD Designs
Shoes Pose #13 from *Luth* ((DSN Free Gift))
Attitude Model Pose #6 from Studio Sidhe