Where I’ve Been

Where I've Been

I hate those blogs that start out with “I know I haven’t blogged in a week but I have been busy cleaning my sock drawer and solving world hunger.” Well, I have been doing neither. I have been working on Fashion for Life. If you don’t know about this or don’t know I have been working on FFL, well.. where have YOU been?

Where I've Been

I have been shopping as much as anyone. I walk to place a kiosk and something catches my eye and soon enough I am right clicking everything in sight. (The gachas are particularly captivating to my chagrin and the pain of my inventory.) Mami Jewell is offering this absolutely gorgeous dress as one of her Fashion for Life donations, and I have to say, I was mesmerized. From the deep pink color highlighted with glittering edges to the beautiful sprays of flowers at the shoulder, waist and hip. Come to Fashion for Life to get this dress with 100% of proceeds going to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society!

Where I've Been

I donned one of Pompeja Rossini’s gorgeous Fashion for Life exclusive skins to wear with this dress. I was entranced by its glamorous look and beautiful make ups. My eyes are a pair generously offered in a set from Audrey Lamede. She has donated almost ALL the content in her store for Relay for Life, and it’s a win to get these gorgeous eyes. My hair is a gorgeous updo from Tabata Jewell, another great win for Fashion for Life.

Where I've Been

Beautiful and fighting cancer too!

Hair: Vanity Hair:Romance-Vainille Highlights by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair on the DreamSeeker Zeit sim

Skin: LaVie Meimei #5 by Pompeja Rossini for LaVie on the DreamSeeker Czas sim

Eyes: .ID. FFL / Blue by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard on the DreamSeeker Aika sim

Dress: -AZUL-(FFL2012) Michela(MVW2012/Miss USA) by Mami Jewell for –Azul- on the DreamSeeker Its Time sim

Photos taken on the DreamSeeker Vrijeme sim.

I Dig Egypt

I Dig Egypt

The Accessory Fair to benefit Relay for Life opened this weekend with an elaborate scene straight out of Indiana Jones. Between the catacombs and the mummies everywhere, it has the feel of a movie-set fantasy—you can feel the sand under your feet and marvel at the artistry around you amidst a “dig.” (Though an archaeologist her salt would not let you step one foot in a real dig.)

But let’s face it—that’s not really Egypt. The real Egypt is a much more exciting and interesting place. It’s the home of a 21st-century revolution—the same kind of youth-initiated revolution we saw in the US and Europe in the 60s, at the fall of the Berlin wall in the late 80s, and in Tiananmen Square in the 90s. The revolution is spreading across the area, and we should be excited for them—they are finding self-government and throwing off the shackles of post-colonial corruption and dictatorship.

I Dig Egypt

A Muslim woman in Egypt won’t be wearing skimpy clothes with cats-eye eyeliner–that’s Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in a movie from the 60s. Your average young woman in Egypt is probably wearing a hijab (which I don’t show here) and a modest but pretty outfit, consisting of a tunic and slacks. This ensemble, from Syngen Sohmers, is a perfect example (and should be because she’s Egyptian). The beauty of fabrics and fashion is not lost on this outfit—the fabric is richly textured with gold accents. Women in Egypt are just as interested in how they look—they just don’t want to show a lot of skin.

I Dig Egypt

It’s the perfect chance to show the beautiful face on the newest skin from Diarmuid Miklos, which is coming out next weekend. With its subtle tones and beautiful makeups (a lot of them running in the pinks, though you can’t see it in this skin), this is bound to be a new smash for Diarmiud. He includes with this set a sculpty ponytail, perfect if you want to keep arc low and fashion high. Mocksoup Graves’ makeups suit his faces really well, and I wear a little tint on my lips from her.

I am also thrilled with Reghan Straaf’s offerings at the Accessory Fair, specifically a set with an “Egyptian theme.” They are truly a treasure to be found in their “Dig.” Reghan has been making beautiful hats forever but now she’s turned her sights to jewelry and I am blown away. I love these malachite earrings with their excellent stone and gold textures. And the bracelet is .. well charming. Each little charm represents a sign of ancient Egyptian culture and while they seem cliched, they are still powerful symbols for the Egyptians who believe in their country, their culture and their future.

I Dig Egypt

“You are not a realist unless you believe in miracles.” ~ Anwar Sadat

Skin with Hair: ISPACHI Skin [ AUDREY ] Ebony ~ Hair/Nude with ISPACHI Hair [ AUDREY ] 4 by Diarmiud Miklos for ISPACHI *

Makeup: M.O.C.K Cosmetics Dark Mallow Lip Creme(Lipcolor only) by Mocksoup Graves for M.O.C.K Cosmetics*

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Ensemble with bangles: –Sakinah– Rasha Outfit Lt Green by Syngen Sohmers for –-Sakinah– *

Earrings: {H} Egyptian Malachite Earring by Reghan Straaf for Hatpins, available at the Accessory Fair *

Bracelet: Hatpins Charm Bracelet – Egyptian Trinkets by Reghan Straaf for Hatpins, available at the Accessory Fair *

Shoes: (TokiD) gladiator sandals (brown) by Maya Levane for TokiD

I Think Pink

“The very pink of perfection.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith

I Think Pink

Saya Littlething, the creator of Schoen, decided to contribute to Fashion for Life because her father is being treated for cancer of the large intestine. Recently, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan affected her family as well as they live near the epicenter.

Saya continued to support Fashion for Life because cancer was her main concern and the main thing touching her life, earthquake and tsunami notwithstanding. Despite the trouble in her country, she persisted with Fashion for Life, and she has continued to do so by offering this cute jacket as a donation item in her store with all proceeds going directly to the American Cancer Society. Her shop is full of cute items, many of them considerably well crafted and great for casual wear for men and women.

I Think Pink

I wear with shoes from Renee Harvy, another FFL offering at her store and skin from Monicuzza Babenco, recently offered at The Dressing Room. My pants are from Anessa Stine, model and now designer, who has taken the DCNY label under her wing and is filling the store with new creations weekly.

Finally, my hair is from the always friendly chiaki Xue, who partnered up with mappy Handrick of ARAI to make this cute style. I saw it on a man the other day and it wasn’t bad, but I sure like it for a girl, especially with its color change hat.

 

I Think Pink

Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude! ~ Miley Cyrus

Hair (with hat): Dura x ARAI Curl(Black) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: *YS & YS* Amber – Rainbow for Tdr by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Eggplant Deep (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Jacket: ***FFL Exclusive*** ::Schoen:: Froh (Pink) by Saya Littlething for ::Schoen:: *

Pants: DCNY_Zip Pocket Pants_Black by Anessa Stine for DCNY *

Shoes: ***FFL Exclusive*** ::Duh!:: Floral Linen Flats Silver by Renee Harvy for ::Duh!:: *

Seeing Stars

Sexy club wear is just not my thing in SL but for many folks in SL, it is the only way to dress—short skirts, thigh highs, teeny tiny tops.

Seeing Stars

Mascha Boa has recently returned to SL and she has brought her unique vision of clubwear back to her many adoring customers. A mix of teeny tiny, leather, and domme with elements of fantasy, such as the star sparkled texture of this outfit. Mascha is generously offering this outfit and several others in donation vendors at her store to benefit the American Cancer Society. She committed to raising 50,000L for Fashion for Life—help her out.

Seeing Stars

I wear a skin from Minnu Palen with this outfit with a bold red lipstick. My intense glittering eyes are from Ikon Innovia, and my great red fantasy hair is a new one from Mirja Mills, who is cranking out amazing new hair week after week.

Seeing Stars

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. ~ W. Clement Stone

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * ZARA* / darkred by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions *

Skin: [LeLutka]-LOLA_stan-makeup2(D Brows) with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_German Red by Minnu Palen for LeLutka

Outfit (with boots): ***FFL Exclusive*** ! Jetaime Sexy Leather Outfit *Starnite* – black & white by Mascha Boa for Jetaime *

Spring Forward

We have already had the time change where I live and it’s been a great boon to my spirits. It’s great to have daylight last into the dinner hour again.

Spring Forward

SarahTheRed Aurbierre is selling this fresh and lovely dress as a Fashion for Life exclusive in her store. Click on the vendor, buy it, and all proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society. I can’t help but gush over this dress, which is light in its texture and movement and provides a simple canvas for dressing up in many different ways.

Spring Forward

That’s why accessorizing is so important. AvaGardner Kungler’s beautiful jewelry set with its exquisite beads and textures pops on a simple background. Lara Hurley’s beautiful skin provides a richness to this look with its deep tone, smooth texture and nuanced highlights. Lara doesn’t overdo it, which makes this skin elegant and understated. Elikapeka Tiramisu’s ponytail with the face-framing short bangs, is a pretty top to this look.

Spring Forward

The ultimate accessory are the shoes, of course, which can make or break you. Nardya Rousselot’s lovely new sandals (in gold!), complete this look stylishly. With a delicate little ankle buckle and some of the prettiest toes on the grid, these can go from a more casual look like this to something really dressy in a snap.

Spring Forward

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”  ~Robin Williams

Hair: [e] Glory – Black 07 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Skin: Lara Hurley-Ava green hairbase/Dark by Lara Hurley for Lara Hurley Skin

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Clover Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: ***FFL Exclusive*** Vanitas Vesture – Languid Party Dress – Spring by SarahTheRed Aurbierre for Vanitas Vesture *

Jewelry: (Kunglers Extra) Marajoara – nature by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix MANA Edith Gold by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *

House of RFyre at Fashion for Life

Dear Readers:

As most of you may or may not know, I have worked for Raven Pennyfeather for over three years in SL. She is a personal friend as well as an employer. I rarely blog her work in my own blog because I am so familiar with it I feel I can’t speak about it coherently or “objectively.” I have seen the inside of this sausage factory, and I have to tell you, each piece is made with pure love and goodness and joy by Raven. There is no other way to say it. She puts her heart into her creations; they are her vision and her art and she wants so greatly to share this beauty and fun with others in SL.

She has been preoccupied with new vistas in RL so she has not been in SL as much. However we speak on the phone frequently, and she has been supportive and enthusiastic about Fashion for Life. She also didn’t want to see Nevar’s and Ame’s hard work be lost so she was glad when I took it on but she has not been thrilled with not having me available to her. She will be glad when I am back at RFyre (as will I).

I am very emotional about Raven; she has been as dear a friend to me, in RL as in SL, as anyone for the past 3+ years. I couldn’t possibly fit into the blog here or on the Fashion for Life website (where I really should not get mushy and personal), how I feel. So this blog is entirely poorly written, clumsy, and not nearly good enough for what she and her work deserve.

~ Harper

As Fashion for Life closes, we have to give thanks to one of our sim sponsors, for many things. Raven Pennyfeather has always supported the RFL Clothing Fair and Fashion for Life. She made friends with Nevar and Amethyst and has had them to dinner in her RL home several times, supporting their work because she knew it was important and they were her friends. However, two years ago, Raven’s father was diagnosed with breast cancer, rare but not unknown in men. While she ran her business, House of RFyre, she ran from her house to his weekly to assist him (100 miles away), logging on from his home after she had taken him to his chemo treatments, to check her business and design. Raven had always supported RFL, but once his diagnosis came, it became even more important to her. Her donation for being a sim sponsor was entirely selfless—she wanted to put RFyre’s name on this important cause as a personal endorsement, especially as she has seen her father go into remission.

Raven’s support of Fashion for Life has been long-standing, first with Nevar and Ame and now with the new coleads, Harper and Syngen. In fact, Raven sacrificed her assistant, Harper, to FFL and has suffered (supposedly) with Harper so preoccupied. Thank you, Raven, for giving me the time and room to do this.

RFyre at Fashion for Life

It is a great honor to have Raven Pennyfeather be one of the sim sponsors at Fashion for Life. Her generous heart imbues all her work and her dark romantic nature translates to the vision for her work. Consider this couture offering from Raven with its leather jacket on top over a swirling translucent ethereal black skirt and topped with a smart top hat with lace veil. Raven never makes a minimal outfit—she truly wants to give her customers her best and all she can with each ensemble.

RFyre at Fashion for Life

One of Raven’s newer offerings is the Hearts on Fyre series, including this evening gown. Inspired by the designs of Ed Harvy, Raven made her own clothing “tattoo” motifs and carried them to this gown and to more casual sets for men and women. Her colors are rich and luxe.

RFyre at Fashion for Life

Raven has always aimed to fulfill her male customer’s needs as well. In this she has a very romantic vision as well. Her men are dressed in the finest materials—leather, satin, wool, lace. The handsome tux above from her Wintertide series can take a man from ballroom to personal Interview with the Vampire. The more formal Eduoard below with its shorter cut and tails and chained closure and romantic bow tie, can take a man to the most formal affair.

RFyre at Fashion for Life

One last day for Fashion for Life. Today. Get here NOW to get some of these beautiful items and many many more before they disappear and this whole beautiful please is gone!

Photo 1:

  • Hair: [e] Early – Black 04 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: -Glam Affair- Mary Light – E/D/A 05 by aida Ewing by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Eyes: ***FFL Exclusive*** FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Blue  (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: ***FFL Donation*** ! RFyre For the Love Of… Tribute Ensemble by Raven Pennyfeather for House of RFyre, Sim Sponsor for the Stieglitz sim at Fashion for Life
  • Boots: ***FFL Exclusive*** .:L&B:. “Orleans” B&W Lace Boot set by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life

Photo 2:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * WINDBLOWN* /deepblack by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: LaVie Enya Fancy Thrill normal (H) by Pompeja Rossini for LaVie, FFL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Steel Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: ! RFyre Hearts On Fyre Couture Gown for Women by Raven Pennyfeather for House of RFyre, Sim Sponsor for the Stieglitz sim at Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: ***FFL Exclusive*** Osakki // FFL Osaka Red Heels  by Kaysha Piers for Osakki, FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim

Photo 3:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * MARC * /black with shaved head base MARC 1 by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: Antoine Medium Normal Goatee3 – Bald by Ramses Meredith for Egoisme, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Shape: Distinctive Shapes By Gil – Lance Shape by Gil Warwillow, TBA
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Brown (L) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Outfit: !RFyre Mens Wintertide Tux Mens Black (P) by Raven Pennyfeather for House of RFyre, Sim Sponsor for the Stieglitz sim at Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: .:L&B:. “Couture ” Croc Ankle Boot Set :Black by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life

Photo 4:

  • Hair: .::MADesigns Hair::. ~ AKAMI ~ SB I by Maddox Dupont for KMadd Enterprises, Sim Sponsor for the Helmut Newton sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: LaVie Savon Shaved Tan by Pompeja Rossini for LaVie, FFL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Shape: Distinctive Shapes By Gil – Terry Shape by Gil Warwillow, TBA
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Clover Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Outfit: RFyre Edouard Mens Tux Brocade Black by Raven Pennyfeather for House of RFyre, Sim Sponsor for the Stieglitz sim at Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: .:L&B:. “Couture ” Croc Ankle Boot Set :Black by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life

P.S. In a totally unrelated-to-the-dignity-of-Raven-Pennyfeather addendum, I have publicly stated that I will run through the sims of FFL naked AND blog as a chicken on this very blog IF FFL reaches 4.75 million. Thousands of people wishing for laughter at my expense will thank you if you help us get there!

10 Reasons to Come to Fashion for Life: Reasons 9 and 10

9. Lapointe & Bastchild want you to.

Swear Chinese Coin  2011 RFL mens

OK, so that’s kind of pushing a point but they have done everything they can to induce you to come, including several new pieces for incredibly low prices. (The above men’s also comes for women.)

Swear Rosary  2011 FFL Hope Rosary

This ring comes in silver too. If you were thinking of getting engaged on a budget, this is the way to do it!

Eros 2011 gift trans version gold FFL

morbid green ffl

Enjoy some savings and help the American Cancer Society at the same time. The American Cancer Society helps people in disaster-stricken areas, helping people find care and medication during times of crisis with their already-established network of doctors and caregivers and active Relay for Life groups. Donated money doesn’t sit in ships in docks or accounts waiting for action—it goes to work immediately helping those cancer patients with need.

Donate to the ACS at Fashion for Life, going on NOW through March 22.

Find Lapointe and Bastchild on the Irving Penn sim

10. It’s the right thing to do.

FFL Square 2days

The truth is this: someone in your life, someone you know, will die of cancer. Period.

The chances of someone you know dying of an airplane crash, a civil war, a natural disaster, etc, are much much lower. And since cancer is primarily caused by environmental factors and since cancer is very often preventable, it makes sense to support an organization that targets the causes and prevention of the number two killer in the world—the American Cancer Society.

That is why Fashion for Life exists. It goes beyond being a “fund raiser” to being a community-organized, community-run community event. The emphasis on community is very important because Fashion for Life does not exist solely to make money for ACS; it exists to give tangible proof to cancer survivors and patients IN SL that their fellow residents care. It provides solace for many who have lost loved ones to cancer and provides a community for many who need support, much as the greater SL Relay for Life does. This is what makes it so right.

So if you are considering who you want to throw your support behind, consider throwing it to your friends and loved ones via shopping at Fashion for Life. It’s a great set-up—beautiful sims, great shopping, fund-raising going where you know it will do a lot of good for now and for the future.