“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” ~ John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
The grid is being inundated with events at the beginning of the month again. Not only do you have the opening of the Arcade, but also the Summer Fashion Festival and several other things going on. The number of complaints of people who can’t seem to figure out why they can’t get into the Arcade goes up exponentially during those first few days. (I am guessing it’s because you and 2000 other people are trying to get in at the same time maybe…?) Despite Umberto’s best efforts, you simply can not jam 200 avatars on a sim, all complaining in chat about lag, sorting through their inventory, trying on demos, and pumping linden into one vendor, trying to get the one piggy that they must have out of 50 choices and occupying the sim for hours at a time while they go afk to do laundry or call their mom. Life is too short to keep trying the first day and frustrate yourself, even second life. Really.
Flit off instead to the Summer Fashion Festival. I went last year and discovered a number of new designers, including Ariadna Garrigus, the organizer of the event, whose work I had not seen before. Each vendor is obliged to offer an exclusive item AND a gift, and there are plenty of lovely things to choose from. Take this dress from Moreno Forwzy (how do you pronounce that?) who is offering this lovely butterfly dress with butterfly sleeves and a ruffle near the bottom. I have not seen this silhouette before so I am guessing it’s an original mesh (though I could be wrong). If so, it’s well done with a darling texture. Ariadne is offering the shoes as a gift with blossoms on the strap and a simple skin matching HUD. And my background screen, from Hanstrid Inshan, is another gift you can get your hands on.
My necklace fortuitously landed on in my hands carried by a rabble of butterflies and their wings. AvaGardner Kungler has always been inspired by nature, and she brings it to us with this lovely set that comes in three metals and three colors.
I am not telling you to forgo the Arcade–it goes on all month. Wait until the diehards clear the sim and you can enjoy your shopping or wait for the numerous yard sales for trading that pop up to find the less rare pieces you really want. Tricky Boucher is offering a gorgeous set of skins this month, and you really can’t go wrong with anyone you get. The one I show is not a rare but has the rare beauty Tricky always offers.
Mina Nakamura is offering this lovely mesh ‘do at the Numberology event, which also opens tomorrow. That is another alternative for shopping this weekend. I saw a number of great designers would be there.
“Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres
Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Blossom (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *
Jewelry: (Kunglers Extra) Gaia – Bronze necklace and (Kunglers Extra) Gaia – Bronze ring by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *