Hair Fair 2016

Hair Fair 2016

Exile – Captive Kiss | LeLutka – HF04 | Pr!tty – Ellie | Barberyumyum – Hair Gift

Let’s go to Hair Fair! This event raises money for Wigs for Kids, and you can shop with confidence cos all the items have some proceeds going to the charity. I have gone to Hair Fair since forever, and it is still one of my favorite events in SL. Hair Fair runs from the 16th – 31st, so you have plenty of time to shop your favorite brands and discover some new ones. I found tons of free hair gifts and hair accessories, so even if you don’t spend a lot of money, it’s still fun to go!

See you at Hair Fair!

Salad Days

Exile

I like hairstyles that includes hair flowers/flower crowns, cos they’re a perfect fit! Exile delivers two sweet new hairstyles with hair crowns included, they are available at Collabor88. I’m wearing Peaceful Easy Feeling in this post, it’s a shorter style but I like the change.

Exile

Exile texture HUDs (Blonde & Brown) – With beautiful hair textures like these, it’s really hard to pick a color to wear for the day!

Salad Days

I’ve rezzed all of my lil’ Tres Blah arcade items here to remind myself to find a place for them in my house. I jokingly told a friend that my sl home is a Tres Blah museum and now I’m running out of space. I can’t help that all the Tres Blah home decor items are usually my style. What is my style? Sweet & well-made.

What I’m Wearing:

LeLutka Mesh Head – Stella
Exile – Peaceful Easy Feeling (w/ Flower Crown)
Maitreya – Tank Top (White)
Maitreya – Biker Jeans #3
Ingenue – Oksana Heels (Pearl)

Traveling

Traveling

We <3 RP is back, and would you look at this awesome hat I’m wearing? This is  what I’ve always wanted in SL. This hat is from !Go, who’s been making items for WHRP for some time. The fabric is exquisite and there’s a hat-less version for the accompanying hair, too.

Traveling

More goodies: Jian’s Dryad Hideaway, and 22769’s Sacred Fountain set. Also, this lovely dress from Sweet Lies. All of these can be found at We <3 RP starting today! The event is now open until the end of the month, so go shop to your heart’s content and nab these items while they’re still discounted!

My days have been extremely peaceful and I’m looking forward to the weekend. I hope you are, too! Have  good one!

What I’m Wearing
Logo Alex Mesh Head
!gO! Antoinette – hair with hat – Blonde*
Sweet Lies – Gadea Fitmesh Dress Blue*

Furniture
22769 ~ [bauwerk] – The Sacred Fountain*
JIAN – Dryad Hideaway*

*available at We <3 RP

Formation

Formation

Did you know I’m a queen? No. Really. Let me explain.

Every Mardi Gras, the following Sunday is Super Sunday. At this time, Mardi Gras Indians come out to show off their costumes, which they painstakingly made over the course of a year, leading a tribe of people along with them to battle with others for superiority on the streets. The “battle” consists of song, dance, and the costumes themselves. It’s a dying tradition–which is why I’ve been trying to take up masking these past few years.

It used to be that Mardi Gras Indians created their costumes with whatever they could find. Sequins, beads, whatever they had. Over the years, costumes became more and more elaborate until it became a financial burden to create them. Feathers are going to cost you hundreds to make a proper costume now, beads another couple hundred. And everyone is always trying to outdo each other. This was a problem for me. How on earth could I even justify spending so much on plumage when I had bills, you know?

I figured I could replace the beads with clever painting (easy to do), but the feathers? That was a problem.

That changed with the help of some cosplayers, who showed me how to create faux feathers with spray paint and thick enough card stock. Thanks to them, I can carefully construct my cultural costume over the course of a year as tradition dictates.

Heads of tribes or Big Chiefs or Big Queens. Hm… Big Queen Cake. Do you think that’s a nice name?

GEMC Trawler at Half Hitch (Blake Sea)

Today I’m at Turnbuckle Island! I know Gogo was seaside recently too–this is also what I do on my spare time, I come to Turnbuckle, rez a ship, and sail on the Blake Sea. I just got this awesome trawler from GEMC, which is very fun to drive, so you’re welcome to come along whenever I’m sailing! I’m hoping to get a Bandit 60 soon.

What I’m Wearing
Exile – Bond Girl Friday
!gO! – Cosette corset and skirt*
Empty Pockets – Sunnies – Stay True

*available at We <3 RP.

Failure

Failure

“What failure? Where?” you ask, because the title of this post is certainly intriguing, isn’t it? There’s no failure in this picture. But ah, that’s where I’ve got you. It’s on my face. Look closer.

You probably recognize it–a style of skins I’ve attempted before. I released three in the past, plus one mesh head that didn’t sell too well. Would you like to know something else? There were seven more skin attempts I went through that never saw the light of day. I never showed anyone anything because I was afraid of people laughing at me.

I worked on this one after creating an amalgamation of my failure skins together, blending each face until a new one appeared from the combined Photoshop layers. I kept working on them, and then put them on several different mesh heads to see what spots on the face needed improvement and what didn’t. When I was done, I showed my friends. And many of them liked it! I was shocked because–all that failure. All that failure. What made the “no” finally turn into a “yes”?

Passing that threshold for a lot of people also means crossing a line of fear. You are not used to “yes”. You’re used to “no”, “stop”, “wait just a little longer”, which after a while you accept future notions of rejection and stop putting in so much effort. You accept yourself as less-than, you stop reaching so high. When a “yes” finally appears, it becomes you that is hesitant. What if you proceed only to find another “no” somewhere down the line? What if someone doesn’t like the idea of you doing well and tries to make that happen for you?

If you think I might be using the progress of creating a skin as a larger metaphor, you’re right. I might even be talking about another area of my life right now, a parallel story in rl that I may never tell you.

Life is full of secret skin failures. Each one held a lesson for me in what mistakes I made in the past. And I think it’s funny that by combining them, I created a skin that works. Maybe not everyone would like it, but certainly a lot more than in the past. And that’s a good enough starting point for me. I can build from there.

You can, too, with whatever you’re doing. Sort through those failures. Collate them and think about what lesson each one held. There’s a “yes” if you combine them. It’s all in the arrangement.

What I’m Wearing

Skin: My own! Coming soon.
Shirt/Vest/Pants: Azuchi – Archer set*
Neck/Collar: Peqe – Royal Neck*
Hair: Moon – Boa
Cloak: Peqe – Monster Vest (Black)
Scratches: Skinnery – Markings*
Pose – !bang

*available at We <3 Roleplay this month.

Song: Eduard Artemyev – “Siberiade” Theme
(which was later remixed into a popular version by PPK)

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