“Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are.” ~ Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


I am pretty excited. I just bought my first CSA share after attending a farmers’ open house at a local park. CSA means “Community Supported Agriculture,” and it means I just purchased a share of the crop a local farmer will be harvesting this year. Each week I will get something like a half bushel of a variety of produce (and eggs and other good stuff if I opt in) delivered to a home near me from a farm about an hour away. If you’re curious, you can click here to see a CSA box from another local farm being filled. I am excited because I have really enjoyed visiting farmers’ markets in my city and now it’s coming to me and I know I am helping support a local farming family. I will be challenged this summer and fall learning how to prepare some items I have not cooked with before—fennel, anyone? But I am taking to heart Alice Waters’ ideas about eating locally, eating in season and eating sustainably.

This darling patchwork dress from Ariadna Garrigus made me think about this again, though I signed up over a week ago and won’t see my first share until June. The beauty of her patchwork on this mesh skirt paired with a crocheted top made me think of homemade goodness and going back to the earth. She cinches it with a wide leather belt and the dress form comes in three other variations.


Aleida Rhode is offering this gorgeous skin at Skin Fair. In 7 tones with eyebrow variations and cleavage options. She also features 15 lipsticks in a variety of shades (not just pinks and reds) and all the appliers you would ever need. It’s Aleida’s typically high style, elegant approach to skin making.

A long braid, pulled up in back and bound in sections down its length is Mirja Mills’ newest offer. With wispy pieces slipping out in front, it’s romantic and sexy. With Mirja’s great HUD, especially the “natural” colors, it’s a great look for RP or every day wear.


“The things most worth wanting are not available everywhere all the time.” ~ Alice Waters

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * SUSANNAH * by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: Elysium – Taylor (light brow eyebr..) – mocha with Elysium – Taylor lips – soft red (mocha) by Aleida Rhode for Elysium, available at Skin Fair 2014 (Sim 3) *

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

Dress: ***ArisAris AA32 Patchwork Dress  Red by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Jewelry: MG – necklace and earrings – Tokyo Party Night by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Bracelets: MG – Bangles – La Cubelle – Combo Small2 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

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

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Autumn Nights Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

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

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

10 Reasons to Come to Fashion for Life: Reasons 5 and 6

5. ZOMG the GACHAS! Every item priced 10-100L! Skins, dresses, shoes, accessories! How can you beat that?!

Reason 5

I got all this stuff on the FFL sims. Every stinkin’ thing—the dollies from Beaumont Ryba, the deliciously sexy cheongsam from Azriel Demain, the amazing skin from Kira Paderborn, the gorgeous eyes from Lano Ling, my favorite little kitten heels from Vlinder Reitveld.

Every designer who participated HAD to provide at least 6 items and ALL proceeds from the gacha items go directly to the American Cancer Society. Also, all the gacha items are TRANSFERABLE, so if you get doubles, hand them off to your friends or alts. Better, yet shop and create your own stash of FFL exclusives to trade or give to friends on rez days, birthdays, and at the holidays. It’s win-win in a billion ways. (Get a full listing of gachas here.)

And remember Fashion for Life is win-win, contributing money to the American Cancer Society for cancer research. Many cancers are environmentally caused and are preventable, detectable and treatable. ACS provides education for prevention and detection with their international affiliates, heading off the disaster of cancer every day.

Reason 5

Come to the gacha. Find out why one blogger IM’d us to ask us to eject her because she was “stuck” at the gachas buying. All at Fashion for Life, going on NOW through March 22.

  • Hair: ***FFL Exclusive*** [e] Hye – Black 04 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: **FFL Gacha** Style by Kira – Willow Skin – Gatcha3 by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Eyes: **FFL Gacha** poetic colors – fashion for life – october wind (m) bright by Lano Ling for Poetic Colors, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim
  • Dress:  **FFL Gacha** FallnCheongsamDressPurple by Azriel Demain by Azriel Demain for FallnAngel Creations, Sim Sponsor of the Mapplethorpe sim at Fashion for Life
  • Dollies: **FFL Gacha** LittleGirl Pets 003 – Doll (Type E-5) – Vampire C and LittleGirl Pets 003 – Doll (Type BY)-White and LittleGirl Pets 003 – Doll (Type AE) – Korea by Beaumont Ryba for LittleGirl, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Shoes:  **FFL Gacha** Vlintuition Velvet Bag – Chinese Brocade Heels Lilac Blossom by Vlinder Reitveld for Vlintuition, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim

(And yes, I bought all the gacha items myself! And doubles! And entire sets. I HAD to have those Vlintuition shoes in every color!)



6. Pure dead-on sex appeal.

Reason 6

Pair this skin from Kira Paderborn with eyes from Ikon Innovia with silks from the goddess of silks, Solange Cerveau, with feet from Claire Messenger and you have a grand slam look that will knock the socks off your lover (or Master).

These designers know that supporting the American Cancer Society supports life, supports a quality of life for cancer patients and survivors, through difficult news and treatments, through the many uncertainties of encountering cancer.

Reason 6

Make yourself sexy at Fashion for Life—only open until March 22!

  • Hair: ***FFL Exclusive*** Amacci – Hair Sharon – Black Coal Tipped Blond by Carina Larsen for Amacci, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Skin: **FFL Gacha** Style by Kira – Willow Skin – Gatcha1by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Silks: ***FFL Exclusive*** *Solange!* Gypsy Harem Silk – BLUE (FFL 2011) by Solange Cerveau for Solange, FFL Store Sponsor on the Arbus sim
  • Feet: ***FFL Exclusive*** N-core FEET by Claire Messenger for N-Core, FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim