The Nap

The Nap

“I count it as a certainty that in paradise, everyone naps.” ~ Tom Hodgkinson

The Nap

Paradise sounds good to me if it includes lazy afternoons on a sun-dappled lanai on a beach. Sway Dench has created the lovely hut and Balinese parasol I show here with the sitting cushions for a lovely beach scene, now available at Liaison Collective.

The Nap

With Zlyskritek’s ruffled bikini, I am enjoying the sun (including sunscreen) and taking a much needed rest from all the hustle and bustle of June in SL. I took a trip over to the Thrift Shop, where I found this bikini and the cute purple watch I wear, though really, on vacation, should I be wearing a watch at all? Senzati0n Domenitzo’s darling sandals, which she has at Fashion for Life, are an almost naked alternative to common flip flops and show off my pedicure from Zozicon nicely (which is another exclusive at Fashion for Life).

The Nap

My skin is Aida Ewing’s fresh face for Collabor88, which I am loving with a blue shadow I accidentally left on from Chandra Masala (a beautiful serendipity). My hair is Mina Nakamura’s newest for Chapter Four, a casually pulled back feminine look with her special textures and texture-change HUD, perfect for a relaxing summer… and a nap.

The Nap

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.” ~ Charles M. Schulz

Hair: MINA Hair – Ilse (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Chapter Four *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Summer skin – America 02 F by Aida Ewing for –Glam Affair-, available at Collabor88 *

Makeup: Jalwa – Meenakshi Makeup – Blue by Chandra Masala for Jalwa *

Eyes: pearl – bog wood – medium medium by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Bikini: Kaithleen’s Beach Ruffled Mini Skirt – Purple and Kaithleen’s Beach Ruffled Top – Purple by Zlyskritek for Kaithleen’s, available at The Thrift Shop *

Watch: AURORA – Mesh Ladies Gold Watch – Lilac and Tribal by X for AURORA, available at The Thrift Shop *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Flat Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: -{ZOZ}- Love Polish – (Slink) Fingernail and Toenail Huds by Zozicon for ZOZ, sponsor for FFL Promenade at Fashion for Life *

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Essenz – Tampa (Fatpack) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, sponsor of FFL Trek  at Fashion for Life *

Beachy stuff: Sway’s [Pantai] Beach Hut – detailed, Sway’s [Pantai] balinese parasol . blue, Sway’s [Pantai] floor cushion B, and Sway’s [Pantai] floor cushion A by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at the Liaison Collaborative *

Thank you, Mikalis, for lending me some sand.

Why I Do Fashion for Life

Why I Do Fashion for Life

Today I offer up shots of my favorite spots on the Fashion for Life sims and an explanation of my involvement in the hopes you, my dear readers, become involved too.

Why I Do Fashion for Life

This year my involvement in Fashion for Life has been from an assistance angle. I stepped aside early in the process for RL reasons. I have not been a decision-maker for FFL this year. I didn’t choose the format, work on the website, or otherwise do PR. I handed over the general format I had developed and offered some suggestions to Cajsa Lilliehook and let her do her magic with Grace Loudon.

Why I Do Fashion for Life

I did do some background functions, like registering the designers’ payments, approving photos in Flickr, setting the SLurls—mostly tedious crap that necessarily has to be done to get to the real goal. It’s work I was familiar with—I had done it before. Sometimes you step in and do the dishes because someone else made the meal. Nevertheless, it took time and work, and I offered it freely because of my commitment to RFL in SL.

Why I Do Fashion for Life

I am not committed to this work because I have a personal intimate experience with cancer. I have no tragic story to tell about cancer. My parents are both alive and in good health. My husband and son are well. No one in my immediate family has cancer. And with the grace of God and better habits, we never will.

Why I Do Fashion for Life

This is why: cancer research has guided us how to adjust our lifestyles to increase our avoidance of cancer. We wear sunscreen religiously, we don’t smoke, we eat more fruits and vegetables (especially me), we get mammograms, pap smears, and colonoscopies on schedule, we exercise more regularly, we don’t drink a lot of alcohol, and we try to give ourselves over to a positive outlook on life that embraces life but doesn’t naively deny our own personal impact on our chances of having cancer.

Why I Do Fashion for Life

I can not emphasize enough that the research that has been done over the past 100 years into the etiology of cancer has been what has decreased our chances of suffering from cancer. In fact, millions of people are saved every year simply by the information available to us now about cancer-preventative habits. And that information comes from the research done by those who receive extensive grants from organizations like the American Cancer Society.

Why I Do Fashion for Life

So when I put time into RFL or I donate a sponsorship (as I did) or I purchase an item at Fashion for Life (which I did many times—darn gachas), I am investing in my own future. By giving a small donation to the American Cancer Society, I am helping slowly whack away at the many complex elements that contribute to the variety of cancers that exist. It’s that simple.

Why I Do Fashion for Life

If you think you don’t have a personal stake in Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society, think about it as I do and donate a little bit while having a little fun at Fashion for Life. Enjoy the beautiful sims and fashion, buy some items that kick some money to RFL, drop a few linden in the kiosks. Make an investment in your own future.

Why I Do Fashion for Life

Photos top to bottom:

FFL Excursion by Barnesworth Anubis

FFL Meander by Grace Loudon

FFL Parade by Pluto Fairey

FFL Perambulate by Éclair Martinek

FFL Trek by Troy Vogel

FFL Amble by Bianca Bender

FFL Promenade by Rathmeous Dagger

FFL Voyage by Jara Lowell

FFL Wander by Grace Loudon and Rathmeous Dagger

FFL Journey by TotalLunar Eclipse

Why I Do Fashion for Life

Dappled

Dappled

I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

~ William Butler Yeats

Dappled

Fashion for Life doesn’t just have modern dress, you can also find romantic pieces. That’s the thing with FFL—all designers willing to make the donation to have a store are accepted. This way, it’s a group effort by anyone willing to give to Relay for Life and American Cancer Society without exclusivity. So a beautiful old-fashioned dress like this one, which has been made by Bodza Mubble. She has combined a great mesh corset with system pieces and flexi to create this lovely look for fantasy or role play. I gamboled about in the parks at FFL Voyage, enjoying Jara Lowell’s lovely build.

Dappled

My skin is Aida Ewing’s new gorgeous work for Collabor88 with lovely brows, expressive eyes and of course, the gorgeous lips she always has. My hair is Mirja Mills’ contribution for Fashion for Life, which is a great piece for casual wear or RP, and it works great with the pretty headdress from Bodza that comes with the dress.

I want to note that Mirja is a sim sponsor for FFL with a huge donation, and she filled a ridiculous number of RFL vendors with her hair without a peep of complaint or confusion, each one kicking back a portion to RFL. She has always been enthusiastic and supportive of Fashion for Life, and for this, I am so grateful personally. I have If nothing else, buy a hair from her at Fashion for Life because her stuff is awesome and so is she!

Dappled

The golden apples of the sun.

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * RENEE* by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:., sim sponsor for FFL Journey at Fashion for Life *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Summer skin – America 04 F by Aida Ewing for –Glam Affair-, available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – evergreen by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley *

Dress: *LI* FFL Traveller of Past Times by Bodza Mubble for Living Imagination, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Amble *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 216 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Trek *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Leaving on a Jet Plane

So kiss me and smile for me,
tell me that you’ll wait for me,
hold me like you’ll never let me go.

~ “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver

Leaving on a Jet Plane

The sims at Fashion for Life are all about travel, so of course some of the designers jumped in. Nancoix Urquan chipped in to the theme with a set of poses complete with a suitcase prop that has texture change. Of course, everyone is taking photos on Troy Vogel’s sim with this set because it’s so perfect. Troy built the sim despite a personal RL move, and I love him and his bears to pieces for his generous contribution to Fashion for Life.

Sysy Chapman has always been a big supporter of Fashion for Life as well, and she is offering this great dress in several version with a portion of each sale going to Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. With her great bright textures and sexy silhouettes, she makes my travelling girl look fresh and sexy. With little espadrilles from Freya Olivieri and jewelry from JuneMonteiro and Moonsoul, I have Fashion for Life covered.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Don’t you hate the women who come off the plane looking fresh and rested, not a crumple in their clothes, not harried or tired? That would not be me. I would be the one posing on the tarmac and missing my connection regardless of how great I look. My skin from Inka Mexicola gives me that tan traveled look with a high-fashion makeup for glamorous traveling. Add this great feathered hair from Alice Demonia, which she is offering at the Thrift Shop, half off (in price, not style) with a great HUD for texture changes. I’ll catch the next flight out.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

‘Cause I’m leaving on a jet plane,
don’t know when I’ll be back again.
Oh, babe, I hate to go
.

Hair: *Alice Project* Kimberly [M] – Basics by Alice Demonia for Alice Project, available at The Thrift Shop *

Skin: Essences – Athena TDRF *moka* brown by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at The Dressing Room Fusion *

Eyes:  [Brixley] Spring Eyes – darkest brown by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley *

Dress: SYSY’s Wanderette – Aqua Coral by Sysy Chapman for Sysy’s, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Trek

Jewelry: .:JUMO:. Ikenna Bangle Color Agate and .:JUMO:. Ikenna Necklace Color Agate by JuneMonteiro for .:JUMO:., available at Fashion for Life on FFL Promenade *

Bracelet: Opal*Kalan Green Bracelet [1] by Moonsoul for Opal Jewelry, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Meander *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 216 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Trek *

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: *MC* (Slink Mid) Rosa Espadrilles #Mint by Freya Olivieri for Mon Cheri, sponsor of FFL Voyage at Fashion for Life *

Poses: {NanTra} Jet Set (includes suitcase for poses) by Nancoix Urquan for {NanTra} Poses, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Voyage *

Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go!

Everything must go on every floor
Markdowns you’ve never seen before
Everything that isn’t bolted down is up on the block and open for offer
We need to travel light on this journey
And we won’t need all these things where we’re going

~ “Everything Must Go” by BNLX

Everything Must Go!

Fashion for Life is on and EVERYTHING MUST GO! Get down there NOW for great fashions and skins and jewelry and shoes and hair! Not sure the hard sell is going to work but let me try a little soft sell with this gorgeous outfit from Dainie Fraina. I have been a too-secret fan of Dainie’s—I really love her clothing, which is tinged with African and in this case, Indian influences. Her HUD is easy to use for texture change on this outfit and allows separate changes to the top, skirt and hair flower. I love the beat of the djemba every time a change is made. A portion of every sale is donated to Relay for Life.

Freya Olivieri is one of the sim sponsors and she has always been a strong supporter of Fashion for Life. She is offering several pieces with 50% donation to the American Cancer Society on top of her generous donation to be a sim sponsor. The gorgeous earrings I wear are just the tip of the iceberg as far as the beautiful pieces Freya is offering, and her pieces are top notch, from the design of the mesh to the textures to interface and scripts.

Everything Must Go!

I wimped out and put on one of my favorite newer skins, Ria, from Shyla Diggs. I just dig Shyla’s makeups and the way it fits my shape. Belleza skins never seem to go out of style. My hair is Queue Marlowe’s very newest, a flexi ponytail on a mesh head piece. And of course, it comes with Queue’s handy texture change HUD and great textures!

Everything Must Go!

And who knows what bounties wait where we’re going….

Hair: AD – ever – dark browns by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: -Belleza- Ria Med 3 Br by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for –Belleza *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – darkest brown by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley *

Dress: Artizana – Lakshmi Mesh Sari by Dainie Fraina for Artizana Ethnic Couture, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Excursion *

Earrings: *MC* Gypsy Beads L #Salmon by Freya Olivieri for Mon Cheri, sponsor of FFL Voyage at Fashion for Life *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails and Toenails Applier Slink A/E – set 217 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Trek *

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: ANE Strappy Heels Red by Anemysk Karu for ANE, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Amble *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo *

Martha My Dear

Martha My Dear

Martha my dear
Though I spend my days in conversation
Please remember me
Martha my love don’t forget me
Martha my dear

~ “Martha My Dear” by the Beatles

Martha My Dear

This cheerful Beatles’ tune popped up and made a perfect title for this beauty, who I have named Martha. Fashion for Life opens today, featuring the work of over 150 designers, with donations from a portion of every single sale going to RFL. Because of RFL SL’s rules, the designers were required to load their items into individual vendors, one at a time, so you had better shop til you drop to make it worth their while. (It’s open two weeks. Take a sim a night or day and you’ll have seen everything and been able to explore these gorgeous sims too.)

The sims are, as I have mentioned, gorgeous. I took today’s photos on Pluto Fairey’s beautiful sim, which is sponsored in part by LeeZu Baxter. And check out the dress LeeZu is offering as her exclusive. Available in eight combinations, this down-right sexy dress with its bold graphic print will put you ahead of the crowd, especially with this amazing silhouette on a proprietary mesh piece. LeeZu has filled the store with items, all in the RFL vendors, so buy buy buy! (And make sure you click the flowers—there is a dance pose in them. I will be spending any time at FFL dancing in these flowers.)

Martha My Dear

My goal was to be top to bottom FFL content and I managed it. Start at the top with hair from Shylah Honey and Tommy Fairplay. With their great texture change HUD I was able to get this great two-colored look that matches my dress. My skin comes from LadyLuy and includes a ton of makeup options including blush. My eyes are from a set being sold by Marisela Bouchard, who generously paid for two shops so she could sell skins and clothing. My jewelry is offered as the exclusives by Sebastian Dionysus and Plurabelle Laszlo (who is also offering some darling shoes that I somehow have to get into the blog). Sasy Scarborough leapt in at the last minute to grab a store and is offering some darling nails, one of which is just great colors (no decoration), which is great for many outfits. My shoes are from Senzati0n Domenitzo, who is now creating for Slink feet (yay!) and is sponsoring another sim. And my elegant poses are a set that AnneMarit Jarvinen is offering in her shop.

Martha My Dear

Hold your head up you silly girl
Look what you’ve done
When you find yourself in the thick of it
Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Zendaya by Shylah Honey for:::Damselfly Hair::, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Wander *

Skin: Skin Aimi  Milk with Eyeliner Louis Vuitton, Gloss, and Blush Warm Red by Ladyluy for Center Ville Maison, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Perambulate *

Eyes: Silk Dreams Eyes – Dark Brown by Marisela Bouchard for Silk Dreams, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Journey

Dress: Bon Bon Longdress <mesh,rigged,materials> /cream by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!, sponsor of FFL Parade for Fashion for Life *

Necklace and Bracelet: Crystal Ice Necklace C Black and Crystal Ice Bracelet R Black by Sebastian Dionysus for Designs by Sebastian, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Trek

Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Yasemine – Necklace by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Wander *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant  Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1  Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 217 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Trek *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Essenz – Detroit (Fatpack) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, sponsor of FFL Trek  at Fashion for Life *

Poses: KaTink – Chanel Runway Fat Pack 1-15 by Annemarit Jarvinen for KaTink, available on FFL Promenade at Fashion for Life *

Taken on FFL Parade, built by Pluto Fairey

Hometown

Hometown

When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed but your childhood. ~ Sam Ewing

Hometown

Fashion for Life opens tomorrow and of course, it’s a scramble to get things done in the background. I have been so pleasantly surprised and entranced by the sims that I have not been of much help. Walking around going “ooh” and “aah” is not productive. Bianca Bender built this sim for Fashion for Life and it’s absolutely amazing with the Western vistas and the great retro feel of the cars and the buildings. It’s a perfect vision of a hometown in the Western US with a main street and cars parked in lots and along the streets.

Ariadna Garrigus is offering this lovely dress at Fashion for Life with a portion of the proceeds going to RFL. With pretty flowers on the skirt and around the waist, she has created a girlish dress that has a touch of sexy with its sleeveless cut and feminine silhouette. Shoes from Lonlysoule, which she is offering at the Thrift Shop (opening June 8), make the look a little more sophisticated—like a city girl come home to visit.

Hometown

JuneMonteiro is generously offering proceeds from this gorgeous skin to RFL at Fashion for Life. With several lipstick and makeup options and appliers, this skin is beautifully rendered and creates a sexy sophisticated look. My tousled hair is Mina Nakamura’s exclusive for Fashion for Life, a wondrous flow of sexy locks, this shown with materials (which is why you see some lightening in the strands).

Hometown

“Everybody that went away suffered a broken heart. ‘I’m coming back some day,’ they all wrote. But never did. The old life was too small to fit anymore.” ~ Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

Hair: MINA Hair – Femke (marerials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Fashion for Life, which opens TOMORROW

Skin: .:JUMO:. Leona Skin Honey Brown Brows with .:JUMO:. Leona Lips Guarana by JuneMonteiro for .:JUMO:., available at Fashion for Life, which opens TOMORROW

Eyes: [Buzz] Ardent Eyes – Angel by Eleri Catlyn for Buzzeri, available at Kustom 9 *

Dress: ***ArisAris AA42 Other Epochs Black dress by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris, available at Fashion for Life, which opens TOMORROW *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant S Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – French Manicure – Pastels Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: .ARISE. Rumba Heels / Black (silver) by lonlysoule for .ARISE., available at the Thrift Shop, which opens June 8

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo *