Why we are in Fashion for Life

Dear Readers–

As many of you might know, I have been leading the organization of Fashion for Life for the past three months, and honestly, it’s been a lot of work and stress. Nevertheless, I think it will be worth it.

I decided to take this on for a few reasons: First, I personally know Nevar Lobo and Amethyst Starostin, and I know they were straining under the weight of the RFL Clothing Fair. They truly needed to take care of things for themselves in their “real lives” and when they dropped out, I didn’t want to see all their hard work and the momentum that the RFL Clothing Fair had gained go to waste.

Second, I knew Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society had a top-notch reputation in SL, and I knew that my personal standards for how charitable donations would be collected were in place. I feel very strongly about this. I know SL can be a great place to raise funds, but I think oftentimes it is done poorly. The RFL in SL has the structures in place and a professional representative in world to make sure it’s done right.

Most important, however, was that I knew the cause was a truly worthy one and one that people across the grid from around the world could engage with, regardless of politics or religion, regardless of class or gender. Cancer touches many lives and is something, we have discovered, can truly be combated with research and knowledge, technology and development.

The funds raised during the Fashion for Life will be contributed directly to the American Cancer Society to go towards prevention, support, lobbying and research. And these funds’ positive effect can be seen: When my grandmother had a cancerous tumor in the 80s, her diagnosis was bleak and her treatment painful. I see how much tings have improved now when my dear friend Raven’s father beats breast cancer after chemotherapy without substantial nausea, when my friend Nadya gets effective lung cancer treatment from radiation, when my neighbor Lynne goes into remission from a rare and generally deadly form of blood cancer after treatment–and all of them retain a quality of life much better than my grandmother had.

This is much more than a virtual fashion event–it’s a fund raiser that has makes a tiny little dent in a very big problem. It was worth it to me. I hope it’s worth it to you to join us and enjoy the beautiful and hard-made creations of over 190 designers and 8 builders.

Harper

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One of our missions for Fashion for Life is to have fun, but underneath all the fun is a very serious thing. We are making money for the American Cancer Society because so many people are touched by the effects of cancer around the world. Turn to anyone you know and they will tell you of someone they loved or knew that was lost to cancer.

Many of the designers participating in Fashion for Life are doing so for very personal reasons. A few have been gracious enough to share their stories…

Why we are in Fashion for Life

Five years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time, ten years after my first battle with the disease. Thanks to breakthrough cancer research, the biotherapy drug Herceptin had just been approved for general use after successful clinical trials, and my cancer was treatable with Herceptin. I am still in remission, thanks to this drug. My sister-in-law and a dear friend are both cancer free after Herceptin therapy also. We are the “miracle sisters.” In 2009 I was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma which was treated successfully with surgery. Sarcoma strikes especially hard at children, and most are not as lucky as I was. Cancer research saves lives. I want to help. That is why it is so important to me to be part of Fashion for Life.

~ Kerryth Tarantal

Why we do Fashion for Life

My father is treating cancer now. He became large intestine cancer the year before last. The cancer is serious. And, he underwent a difficult operation lasting for several hours. Afterwards, he was treating anti-cancer drug. Cancer seemed to have cured last year. However, cancer relapsed several months later. He came to have to fight against cancer again. I want to help my father. Therefore, I wanted always to participate in this “”Fashion of the life”.

~ Saya Littlething

Why we do Fashion for Life

Cancer has touched a lot of lives in my family…from my Grandfather who died of pancreatic cancer to my Father’s colon cancer and my Mother’s recurring bouts with skin and corneal cancer, we’ve experienced the devastation from every angle. Several years ago I had a lump in my breast and I was terrified. Only in my early 30s, I thought I wouldn’t have to worry about anything like this for a very long time. I was so wrong. I did my research and found out how many women AND men get cancer at a very young age. The numbers were mind blowing. I was so fortunate and it turned out to be a small treatable issue, but it’s affected me so much. It’s so important to spread the word about early detection and help to raise funds to combat and finally some day cure this incredibly devastating disease. It’s important for me to do my small part. If everybody does we can change things.

~ Ivey Deschanel

Why we do Fashion for Life

I lost four family members to cancer including my father and my maternal grandmother.  I am grateful for the opportunity  to be a part of Fashion for Life so that I can help to support those working on a cure for cancer to help keep other families from facing the losses my own family has faced.

Adrianna Marquez

Fashion for Life, March 12-22 is SL’s biggest fashion fair on 9 sims hosted by the American Cancer Society and SL’s Relay for Life. Proceeds from all donated items and sponsorships go 100% to the American Cancer Society.

Photo 1:

  • Hair: [e] Mood – Blonde 03 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: -Glam Affair- Mary Light – E/Bl/A 05 by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Dress: *FFL EXCLUSIVE* Spyralle Enruffled – Hope by Kerryth Tarantal for Spyralle, FFL Store Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim

Photo 2:

  • Hair: ::DBS::Mona-black by DBS Heart for Bishwear, FFL Store Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim
  • Skin: I ALEIDA I Inga SUNKISS – make up 3 by Aleida Rhode for Aleida, VIP Sponsor and FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim
  • Dress: *FFL EXCLUSIVE* ::Schoen:: IbizaMoon (LoversNight) ladies by Saya Littlething for ::Schoen::, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Shoes: N-core ILLUSION XtremeHeel II Black by Claire Messenger for N-Core, FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim

Photo 3:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:.  * CANDY * / black-blue by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: :::Sn@tch Plush Skin (Tone 3-Hope)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim
  • Top::::Sn@tch Fling Cropped Top (Purple)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim
  • Pants: :::Sn@tch Tapestry Pants (Purple)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim
  • Gloves: :::Sn@tch Wrist Warmer (Eggplant Leather)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim

Photo 4:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * AGNES * /brown by Mirja Mills by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: Adam n Eve Skin – Jasmine t3 Natural by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve, FFL Store Sponsoron the Ansel Adams sim
  • Outfit: [A&k] Dahlia by Adrianna Marquez for A&k Designs, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Jewelry: Ear Candy ~ Bottlecap Set in Burnished Copper by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy, FFL Store Sponsor on the Arbus sim
  • Boots: Ear Candy ~ Brown Belted Sweater Boot by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy, FFL Store Sponsoron the Arbus sim

Azul at Fashion for Life

Evening wear in SL is a big deal. Lots of women and men want to come into SL and live out their fantasy and dream of being wealthy, well-dressed, and elegant. Mami Jewell understands this too well and caters to the well-dressed set with her beautifully textured dresses.

Azul at Fashion for Life

Mami’s offerings at Azul range from the drop dead sexy to elegant to dramatic. She has mastered the high-cut leg to perfection, making elegant sexy with a mere slit up the fabric of the skirt.

Azul at Fashion for Life

Mami has also mastered the prim, using sculpties and flexis with ease, allowing her design to dictate the prims rather than the reverse. Her texturing is unparalleled with shadows running over the prims and into the system pieces seamlessly, creating the perfect fantasy of beautiful couture.

Azul at Fashion for Life

Mami has generously contributed to Fashion for Life in the past with her designs. This year she has continued her generosity with a VIP Sponsorship. She knows the money she has donated and the money from her donated creations goes 100% to the American Cancer Society.

Azul at Fashion for Life

See what Mami is offering this year at the Fashion for Life, March 12-22, SL’s biggest fashion fair on 9 sims hosted by the American Cancer Society and SL’s Relay for Life.

 

Photo 1:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * WINDBLOWN* /naturals by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Skin: *Glance Skins – Natasha – 05 by Joakim Asbrink for *Glance Skins, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: -AZUL- Linda –Amethyst by Mami Jewell for –AZUL-, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Necklace: ZC : Balini Necklace *amethyst amber* by Zaara Kohime for {Zaara}, FFL Store Sponsor

 

Photo 2:

  • Hair: [e] Lasting 2 – Red 08 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: -Glam Affair- Castalia Skin – Natural 02 by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: -AZUL- Milonga 3333rd ANV –Rosario by Mami Jewell for –AZUL-, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Shoes: N-core PRELUDE XtremeHeel Red by Claire Messenger for N-Core, FFL Store Sponsor

 

Photo 3:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * ZOE * / black by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Skin: Shapes by Kira – Tomoko Skin 01E Tone A by Kira Paderborn by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: -AZUL- Mila/Black by Mami Jewell for –AZUL-, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Boots: [Gos] Curvaceous Boot by Gospel Voom for [Gos], FFL Store Sponsor

 

Photo 4:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * ISABELLE * /deepbrown by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Skin: (AMD) Ava – Tan – Lustrous *Night Sky* by Apple May for Apple May Designs, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: -AZUL-Melinda/exclusive for RFL ClothingFair2010 by Mami Jewell for –AZUL-, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Jewelry: Eclectica Victoriana in jade (including necklace, choker, earrings, bracelet, and ring) by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Shoes: I ALEIDA I Malene pumps – pistacie by Aleida Rhode for Aleida, VIP Sponsor and FFL Store Sponsor

Born to Be Wild

There is something so sexy and exciting about animal prints.

Born to Be Wild

For her fall line, Anyusha Lilienthal has combined snakeskin, leopard print and zebra print with lace and leather for a whole themed line. This cute dress with a handkerchief hem looks like she has sawn panels of zebra skin in pieces to create a skirt under the snakeskin bodice. Sexy and simple, it’s graced by a stylish neck scarf.

Born to Be Wild

I show it with a new skin from Dragos Janus. His line of skins are more pronounced, very bold with bright makeups and strong features. I have thought about why such stronger make ups might be preferred by some residents, and I can only conclude that on smaller monitors, they are simply more distinguishable.

Born to Be Wild

The shoes are the very fashionable bootie/high heel combos that are so stylish now, made by Claire Messenger. I am seeing boots with the peep toe in magazines for the fall and wondering why anyone would bundle themselves up just to expose their toes, but in SL it makes all sorts of sense—you wanna show off your prim toes. Add to that the sexy way the material wraps around the ankle and the brilliant color-change heels (I chose red just for pop).

Born to Be Wild

Wild thing, you make my heart sing:

Hair: =TEKUTEKU= Marbles(black) by momo Foulon for =TEKUTEKU=

Skin: [eStyle Exquisite]  Venice X3 – fair 24 by Dragos Janus for eXquisite *

Dress: Ibizarre Zebra Dress by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre *

Nails: Armidi – (True Enhance) Painted Nails – Cherry III by Nicole David for Armidi

Shoes: N-core CHERIE XtremeHeel “Black pattent” BOXED by Claire Messenger for N-core

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works *

Shimmer

I have been in SL long enough that friends can go quiet and wander off to do their thing and later IM to “catch up.” I love catching up. An old friend IM’d me, gave me the rundown on his SL, and came up with the great title for this blog. Thanks, Tristan ;)

Shimmer

And shimmer this dress does. The Dressing Room offering from AvaGardner Kungler, this beautiful piece is done in her typical elegant style. You can FEEL the silkiness of this dress, see the shimmer of the light playing on it. It’s a simple dress, rendered very nicely. I pair it with shoes from N-Core, a delicious pair being sold at the Shoe Fair this week. (Yes, I did a LOT of shopping!)

Shimmer

I am showing it with the group gift skin from Tuli Asturias for the Audrey series. You will be seeing more of that in the coming days. It is, as with all of Tuli’s work, absolutely gorgeous (and perfectly suited to me *ahem*). I mean, look at the makeup. *sigh*

Shimmer

Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.

Hair: ((JUNWAVE))YUKO*D-BROWN* by LGM Jun for ((JUNWAVE))

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 4/br) :: VIP group exclusive by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Dress: (Kunglers) TDRB – Silk dress by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai – Vintage Earring by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen + MaiTai

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Natural* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Shoes: N-core TRESOR XtremeHeel “Brown” by Claire Messenger for N-core, and available at this year’s Shoe Fair

Let’s Party!

When this drops on to my blog, the ball will be dropping on my personal Time Square. My head may be dropping on the pillow but more likely, my fingers will be dropping on to my keyboard. I really think 2010 is going to be wonderful. I just FEEL it.

Let's Party

Well, if you’re gonna do it, do it right. (Now, let me explain this pose—first on that posestand and when I jumped on, it showed everything I was wearing so I decided to take a shot.)

Let's Party

Since we are talking about partying, and probably in some hot and heavy dance place, I need to make sure I am not overdressed. These capris from Babette Ultsch combined with this ultra sexy top from paeoti Pomeray do it. Babette, who is one of the queens of clubwear in SL it seems, made these capris rather smartly, combining sculpties with a photosourced texture.

paeoti Pomeray is all about the sexy and this top hits it. She takes a step beyond letting it all hang out to pretty and sexy all at once. With its shirred sleeves and bared midriff, this lovely piece can go from dance floor to bedroom in a flash.

Let's Party

Finally, the hair. This long beautiful style is one of Mirja Mills’ newest. She has been making hair for the RP and alternative set for a while. With its lovely wispy tendrils, uber long ponytail, and wicked hair clip, this one is for partying (especially with those flexis moving all over).

Let's Party

Welcome to a new decade!

Hair: POISON ponytail/plum by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (sunkissed/br) F.Y.L.O. pink by Tuli Asturias  for Tuli *

Top: Paeoti_Shades of Gray Set by paeoti Pomeray for Nymphetamine *

Capris: *KL* Ruffled Capris Satin Black by Babette Ultsch for Kittie’s Lair

Shoes: N-core ILLUSION XtremeHeel II BOXED Black by Claire Messenger for N-Core

New Year’s Eve

Ah, the promise of a new year. The promise of a new decade! I have a good good feeling about things. My horoscope says things are getting better, the stock market is going up, and even Tateru Nino almost sounded positive.

New Year's Eve

I searched for a dress that would start my year off right—I wanted something that would take me from this decade to the next in style and quality. I spent a fair amount of time looking and finally found the answer with Digit Darkes. Known for her fantastic textures and great silhouettes, Digit brings it all together in this dress. From the absolutely perfect system pieces to the perfectly assembled skirt, the rich color and textures, the beautiful whispy underskirt, the stunning diamonds along the shoulder strap—this is one of Digit’s finest pieces. Which means it’s probably one of the best on the grid.

New Year's Eve

I show with it a new hair from Truth Hawks, who persists in cranking them out, giving the women (and occasionally men) of the grid what they need.

The skin is a lovely Belle from Tuli Asturius. The glow from this skin perfectly compliments the dress.

New Year's Eve

I am wearing a ring from Abraxxa Anatine, given to me for Christmas. I am not quite sure if Abraxxa wears a loupe when she makes these pieces—the prims are tiny and exquisite. Having worked with tiny prims a couple times myself, I can tell you quite positively that this is painstaking work.

New Year's Eve

Finally the shoes. These lovely sandals come coutesy of Claire Messenger and are one of several new pieces at N-Core (I had a little shopping spree). These beauties come in 20 different colors with a variety of nail shades, gem shades, and a newer hud. I still found adjusting the foot color more difficult than other shoes, but I managed. And for the price-to-sexiness ratio, I can deal.

New Year's Eve

Ring it in with me!

Hair: >TRUTH< Lillian – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) F.Y.L.O. copper by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: Digit Darkes-Andreas Dress-Copper (V) by Digit Darkes for Digit Darkes

Ring: EarthStones Hera Diamond Cocktail Ring – Bloom by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones

Earrings: {JUNK} Diamond and Pearl Earrings by Koge Cleaver for {JUNK}

Shoes: N-core SOUL XtremeHeel II “Chocolat” by Claire Messenger for N-Core