Friday, April 28, 2017

Fantasy Faire 2017 - The Well

Fantasy Faire 2017 - At The Well

The Well was always there. Its sweet cool water was the source of life, and no inhabitant in Faireville had ever questioned the fact... until Lothoellan Flowerfields arrived. Nobody knew where she came from: one day she just walked into the marketplace, greeted the shoppers and vendors with a smile, then moved into a dilapidated cottage at the end of the lane leading to the pastures.
“How deep is the Well, exactly?” – Lothoellan asked the bystanders one day, while she was weighing a juicy apple in her hand at a stall in the market. Nobody knew the answer. Nobody ever tried to measure how deep The Well was, or find out how the water from it tasted.
Lothoellan laughed when she found out how ignorant the inhabitants of Faireville were. She quickly walked to The Well, dropped a small bronze coin into it, and waited for the splashing sound that meant the coin reached the water... only that there was no “splash”, not after a minute, not after five minutes, not even after an hour.
For many years thereafter the inhabitants of Faireville took turns in bringing food to the ragged beggar woman who never left the brim of The Well and was standing there day and night, leaning towards the depth, listening and murmuring, “Now how deep is this well, exactly...?”.

Hair: “Umbreon” in Light Blondes by Analog Dog – 375 L$ for a fatpack. The Blondes/Reds and Browns/Blacks fatpacks are both a RFL donation item, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t wear Queue Marlowe’s beautiful hairdo with the thick tresses during the Faire and thereafter! Queue’s shop is at The Hill, visit it, you won’t regret the trip.
Skin: “Opal” Black Brows by 7 Deadly S(K)ins – 299 L$. “Opal” is a beautiful pearly white skin that softly shimmers in the twilight... the ideal choice for the Fae Folk! You can choose from four packages with different eyebrow tones in the shop of Izara Zuta at San Mora, and they are also a RFL donation item, so again... your money is spent really well!
Tiara and bracelets: “Kira” by Bliensen + MaiTai – 399 L$ (tiara/crown), 150 L$ (bracelets). The “Kira” set is a delicate masterpiece... but which jewellery set created by Plurabelle Laszlo is not like this? You can buy these pretties at The Spirit Pool, and the bracelets are also a RFL donation item!
Dress: “Seasons Fae” Spring by Gypsy Wolf Creations – 275 L$. This pastel dress is so pretty that I would be quite happy to wear it in RL, too! In addition to being lovely it’s also a donation item, so visit Chaddul Ro quickly, and buy your own copy!
Wings: “Wings of Illusion” by Moondrops – 500 L$. This pair of softly fluttering jewel wings also has a HUD with several metal and wing colour options, a “must have” for the fashionable fae! You find Moondrops at Raven’s Perch, and you can be quite sure your money will be well spent because the wings are a RFL donation item.

Other items:
Ears: Simple Short Unisex Elf Ears by Mandala – 227 L$.
Head: Catwa Kimberly (shown with a lipstick included in the master HUD).
Body: Maitreya Lara (shown with a nail polish included in the master HUD).

The picture was taken at Luane’s Magical World, and I used one of the built-in animated poses of the “Blooming Spring” Fountain found there.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Why I Relay

It was what you feared. It was what everyone feared; a fear so strong that, for the most part it was easier to ignore than anyone would have believed possible... You saw the look, brushed it aside. You saw it again, lingering and desperate to look away. A shuffle of papers, a tapping of keys, a hand gently laid on an arm. Words were nothing more than noise. A nod of the head, something decided, as you nodded along, unaware of anything agreed to. A life divided, into the before, and now suddenly, the after. Standing, walking, a door opening, when had any of this happened? That look again, softly knowing as it passed on the single folded sheet of shiny paper, light as a feather, yet heavy as lead. "You know dear..." words filtered like marbles through the cushion of cacophonous silence. "There's a choice to make..."

Stand and fight. Stand and fight. Stand and fight. Stand and fight. Stand and fight. Stand and fight.

Or:
Accept and reflect. Accept and reflect. Accept and reflect. Accept and reflect. Accept and reflect.

Through the haze of disbelief, and the fog of terror, something solid started to materialize. An implacable force, a cold and strong resilience, as unbending and firm as steel. A warmth, as adamant as the chill, something more numerous than the grains of sand on the sore, millions of hands reaching out, consoling, holding, comforting and driving you on.

"No..." A smile curled lips not having expected to turn upwards again.
"Excuse me?" the softly caring shape replied, shuffling pamplets with nervous intensity.
"There's no choice to make. I will accept and reflect in the midst of this battle.
I will find fire and strength in the softness as well as the fight.
Warriors - Why I Relay
I am both. I will not lose myself forever in difficult times, but find another facet of my being. I will struggle, I will fight."
"We will fight." the hand from behind the desk rested on your own.
"We will fight." a murmur from the dull amorphous crowd in the waiting room.
"We will fight." a battle cry resonated throughout the building, the city, the world.

We will fight.
We are fighting. We are fighting right now. All around the world, those whose bodies turn against them, those who stand beside them, holding a hand, making a joke. Weeping silently for fear of pain and loss, at the unfairness of it all, at the world shattering potential for finality. Fighting. The scientists, nurses, doctors. Supporting and researching, caring and consoling, searching. Fighting. Individuals behind keyboards and monitors, logging on and spending an imaginary currency on pretty pixels, joining together around the globe to remember, celebrate and have fun. Fighting.

If you read this and feel something, know that support is out there for you. Know all of these people are fighting for you, and all those you care about. That it is ok to be soft, ok to scream and ok rail against the unfairness of this disease. If  you are too tired for the battle, find something beautiful and adore it. That's fighting, don't let anyone tell you any different. Let others pick up the increasingly powerful weapons we have, and fight for you. We will be here.

This is why I relay.

We will fight.

All items shown are sold at The Fantasy Faire to benefit RFL and the American Cancer Society.

The Armoured Warrior

Hair : *TKW* Elomo
Jewelled coronet :  Air_Mistletoe (Hair accessories) RFL silver_CM
Skin :  :[P]: & [TRAP]:// Koie Female Skin [FULL]:// RFL Hope
Eyes : Curious Kitties - Forgotten Doll - Eyes
Necklace : :[P]:- RFL Faerie Pendant [F]
Armour : Anachron - Andraste Armor - Sky
Shield :  [ContraptioN] Salvaged Anti-Riot Shield

Gilded Warrior

Hat: Mudrana Roleplay Set: Lilypod Hat [Click change Colour]
Hair:  /Wasabi Pills/ Raven (F) Mesh Hair
Tattoo:  :[ET]: Seelie Glow Gold
Collar :  Bliensen + MaiTai - Grasp - Collar - gold
Dress : ::B&C:: Genevieve Gown (Lara)
Nails : DP - Koffin Nails
Images taken in Fantasy Faire Sims San Mora, and The Hill

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fantasy Faire 2017 - The Butterfly Wrangler

Fantasy Faire 2017 - The Butterfly Wrangler

Other towns had rats and mice for vermin… the City of Purple Dawn had butterflies.
Each year, when the first buds started blossoming on the pink-and-blue Dreamcatcher Trees, the elderly and experienced inhabitants of the City of Purple Dawn pulled out their protective hats and veils from the wardrobe, because they knew the butterflies would swarm in very soon... and when the butterflies swarmed, they meant business.
When the situation became really desperate, and the inhabitants of the City of Purple Dawn could not leave their homes because there were butterflies everywhere, hanging from the trees, walking on the ground, fluttering in the air, the Council of the Wise knew it was time to call Her... Their saviour and benefactor, the Butterfly Wrangler.
There she came, a beautiful and calm woman, quietly humming a mysterious tone, a cage with a few captive butterflies in her hand. The sea of colourful insects parted before her; then their swirling dance slowly changed as they started following the Butterfly Wrangler, one lepidopteran after another, then dozens, then hundreds, then millions. 
The Butterfly Wrangler was leading them out of the City of Purple Dawn, her figure became small in the distance, surrounded by a dancing and vibrating cloud of colours... and the inhabitants of the City of Purple Dawn sighed, pulled out their brooms from the cupboard, and started cleaning up the streets after the invasion of the flying six-legged vermin.

Fantasy Faire items:
Gown: “Oriana” in Pink by Belle Epoque - 199 L$. Janire Van Belle (“Janire Coba”, if you want to look her up) is a smart and original creator, and also a great person with a quirky sense of humour and a big heart. I’m showing you “Oriana” in powder pink, a refined and delicate gown designed so well that you can almost feel the light touch of silk on your RL skin. You have six more colours to pick from, and it’s a true bargain as Janire has included versions for every major brand of mesh bodies, in addition to the standard one. The “Belle Epoque” shop is at Raven’s Perch.
Headdress (with flowers): “Sabine Headpiece” by Belle Epoque, a special hunt gift for the Fantasy Faire. If you want to own this beautiful flowery head ornament, you must complete The Quest! Please read the details on the FantasyFaire homepage.
Hair: “Raven” in Lunar Ombre by Wasabi Pills – 250 L$. “Raven” is one of the two new hairstyles designed by MissAllSunday Lemon for the Faire, and if you buy the “Lunar Ombre” pack you can be certain you have selected your colours well, as 100% of the proceedings goes to RFL. The Wasabi Pills shop is at The Rose.

Other items:
Head: Catwa “Kimberly”.
Body: Maitreya “Lara”.
Pose: “Subtle 5” by HelaMiyo – 300 L$. The collection of five delicate and expressive “Subtle” poses (plus their mirrors) is a Pose Fair 2017 exclusive by Miyoko Magic. The fair is open until the 29th of April, so you have a few more days to visit and buy this elegant set. It’s quackalicious, Miyoko! :-)
Metal crown and bracers: “Revenge” by Luas (modified) – 100 L$. Ainara Luas shares a shop with Janire at the Fantasy Faire, so you can pay her a visit, too, at Raven’s Perch.
Butterflies cage: part of the “Lady Butterfly” outfit by Sweet Lies Design – 99 L$.
Butterflies: part of an avatar created by Piedra Lubitsch for MetaBody II. As Meiló Minotaur and CapCat Ragu are currently rebuilding the MetaBody sim, I’m afraid the beautiful (and) free avatars are not available any more.

The picture was taken at “Dawn’s Promise”, built by Sharni Azalee and Marcus Inkpen – a beautiful, beautiful dream of a sim at this year’s Fantasy Faire.

The story (without the credits) was also blogged at the Fantasy Faire homepage.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fantasy Faire 2017

"What did you say?"
 "Hrrrrhhh..."
"No really, what did you say?"
"Oh, nothing. I'm just..."

Mona pushed off from the bridge, the softest whisper of wings on the air as she plummeted, rising again before touching the water, her wings setting up a steady beat as she sped toward Kit. Reaching the cliff edge, she chose not to land, swooping instead to a dead stop before her friend, unsteady only in that with each beat of her wings, she rose and fell several feet. These moods happened, she knew them well, and knew how to provoke Kit into shaking them off. The rise and fall was a tactic, an irritation supported in extreme cases by faces pulled and eyes crossed, all while staying just out of the reach of an outstretched arm.
 "You're just what?" Mona flopped over in the air, regarding Kit upside down as she dipped and rose. Not even a swipe as she came close. A frown gently creased her forehead, sure she wasn't being anywhere near as annoying as she was able, but still!

The cool breeze of a sigh wshing over her was all the response she received. "There you go again!" she grumbled, twisting in the air, the beat of her wings carrying her back out over the chasm. "Bloody sighing! That's all you've done all bloody day! Is it your damned ennui again?"
Kit finally moved, rising into the air herself. "If you ever let me express a damn thought without thinking you know what I'm going to say before my mouth even opens..."
Mona grinned, a single powerful sweep of her wings carrying her far out into the middle of the void. "Gotcha talking though didn't I? Not just..." she mimicked a long drawn out sigh, "Breathing at me." Following out into the open, Kit's wings beat, sending a ripple of turbulence strong enough to cause Mona to drop, laughing as she fell.
"Oooh the ennui..." Mona cried, dramatically holding a hand over her heart. "The ennui of it all!" "Idiot." Kit smiled, the emotion almost reaching her eyes. "Do you not even know what day it is?"

Mona looked back, blankly. "Tuesday?"
"Idiot." Kit repeated, humour finally glinting through. "For starters, it's Thursday. And to finish, How can you not know what day it is?"
Mona shrugged, then blinked. "No. No? No!"
Kit nodded, "Oh yes, it's snuck up on us this year. I mean, I knew it was coming... but I forgot just how much it takes. I just don't know if we can do it justice."
Mona looked around, noticing, apparently for the first time, that there was a chasm below them, behind them a bridge; the pressure of which, come to think of it, she could still feel against her spine, as though she had really rested against it. "Well..." she sighed, ignoring, or not noticing, the snort of laughter from Kit. "Well would you look at this?" Kit nodded, looking around properly herself. "Beautiful isnt it?" Mona just nodded, amazed. The two hovered, hands reaching out to clasp each other. Once again they had form, the spirits that entertained and comforted through the year could now act.
The world blossomed around them. They were so busy, always, but this was something else. Mona squeezed Kit's hand.
"We will do it justice. The people will come to see, to feel, to remember and to forget. The people will console and celebrate with us again. The people care."


Well my lovelies! It is indeed here again!!! THE FANTASY FAIRE!!!

Oh wow, last year I was so organised, I had holiday booked off from work to give me all the time I needed to prep, shop, photograph, shop, visit, shop, throw money at the Pawlice, take in the shows and shop again. This year, things are a little different. While I'm on 'holiday' I'm working all hours, and am actually really worried that I won't be able to do the Faire, or RL the justice they deserve! The SL mantra RL comes first is right, this is just such a cross over of worlds! You may have noticed I've not posted in a while, a really long while - I can't even promise to do better until I've finished my current course. But I can promise I miss it, and Relay for Life means so much to me.
ANYWAY...
Here's the scoops: More BEAUTIFUL SIMS than you can shake a good sized stick at, Amazing people, in an Incredible cause. Go. Be astounded. SHOP! Help to save lives.
All items below are sold to benefit Relay For Life, and the American Cancer Society - I will update tomorrow with prices where they are known.
For now, here's the Fairelands Junction - as beautiful as ever.

The demon Mona
Horns: [CX] Ikenga's Horns ( Gold )
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Raven
Wings: [SP] Ascendant Wings [M] Fallen 2.0 (Not RFL)
Eyes: c - Forgotten Doll
Skin: .:Soul:. Gen2 F - Ceredil - [SE D4] - TT-SB - NoBrow
Sleeves: [Gauze]&[Trap] Fuzz Gloves :Demon(spec)
Legs: [Gauze&Trap] Faun Legs - Short Demon

The angel Kit
Horns: [CX] Ikenga's Horns ( Gold )
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Raven
Wings: [SP] Ascendant Wings [M] Ascend 2.0 (Not RFL)
Eyes: Curious Kitties - Forgotten Doll
Skin: .:Soul:. Gen2 F - Ceredil - [SE FF2016] - TT-FB - Brow
Sleeves: [Gauze]&[Trap] Fuzz Gloves :Unicorn

Poses for both - Mythril : Her Grace
Legs: [Gauze&Trap] Faun Legs - Long:Unicorn

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fantasy Faire 2017 Sneak Peek - Faerie Queene

Fantasy Faire 2017 Sneak Peek - The Fairie Queene

She couldn’t understand how she ended up in the chilly winter forest. How could her own people ban her...? Or was it Chancellor Thornheart who plotted against her and some spineless courtiers just followed his lead? Queen Flutterwillow shivered. Whoever cursed her picked the harshest and cruellest one for a delicate Flower Fae... the dreaded “Expeliatis” that ejected her from her kingdom and transported her to this wilderness of ice and snow. Yet, after a second or two, Queen Flutterwillow stood up, grabbed her magic wand, and conjured a swarm of colourful butterflies from thin air. “They will keep me warm until I arrive...” – she thought, lifted the hem of her gossamer gown, and started marching along the forest path covered in snow, towards home.

Gown and wing: „Nature’s beautiful imperfection, Mulhalmoni” by Beyond Persuasion / Enrapturing Elegance Couture. If you want to be the belle of Fantasy Faire, I warmly recommend you the delicately embroidered, soft dress with the amazing neck detailing that looks like an ancient medallion with Sakura flowers captured under glass, and the wings made of pearls. This stunning gown comes with its own hairpiece, a lovely rose crown, that I’m not showing you here - please go and buy the „Mulhalmoni” set at the Faire if you are curious what it looks like! You will find Beyond Persuasion in the Falling Sands sim, and I am absolutely certain you won’t feel disappointed with your purchases!

“Sparkly Wand of Butterflies” by Talevin’s Designs. This apparently innocent and delicate wand can cast a spray of magic dust, also send your target several meters into the air, and even summon a jar full of butterflies that will trap your target! Talevin’s s shop is located in The Hill sim, go pay him a visit, it’s worth the walk!

Other items:
Skin: „Catalina” in Cream by Soul – 899 L$.
Ears: „Uni Ears” High Elf by Soul – 499 L$.
Eyes: “Royale Eyes” in Royal Purple by Adoness – Treasure Chest March 2017.
Eye makeup and lashes: „Venom Shadow” in Purple by Vengeful Threads – 99 L$. The „Venom Shadow” series is an exclusive product for the DarkSide2 Fashion Fair, open until 30th April.
Hair: „Charlotte” by Wasabi Pills – a previous 50 Lindens Friday item; now various colour packs are available in the shop for 250 L$
Bracelets: „Lumen” bracelets by LNS – what a pity LeNoirSoleil is gone...
Wreath: „Olivia” in Ice by Lode – gacha in the shop, 60 L$ per play.
Pose: „Favole 5” by HelaMiyo – 50 L$ for a single pose, or you may purchase the entire “Wrists Action” set with five different poses and their mirrors, for 300 L$.

The picture was taken in The Outer Garden.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Fantasy Faire 2017 Sneak Peek - The Priestess

Fantasy Faire 2017 Sneak Peek - The Priestess


The priestess Ashera Sylstina was ready for the evening ritual. She took a deep breath, closed her eyes, and gently bowed towards the setting Sun first, then towards the slowly raising Moon. She was truly grateful for the day that was ending… the Mermaids were happy and content in their deep cove beneath the Temple, the Crystal Fountain was quietly trickling, the Dragons of the Iron Mountains were happily chasing sheep in a faraway realm… Life was good. The priestess Ashera Sylstina touched her High Crown, and a pleasantly warm feeling rushed through her body. The Goddess, who once gifted the first Priestess with the artifact, was content, too. „All is well…” – she whispered, and slowly walked back to the Temple across the Crystal Bridge.

Yes, YES, the first sneak peeks for the Fantasy Faire are here!

Outfit: „Equinox” in Purple by EvelineInTheBox. The shop will be in the Mudrana sim.
Wings: „Fleurette Evony Wings” in Purple by Roped Passions. You'll find the shop in the Raven's Perch sim.

Other items:
Halo:  „Rye Halo” by Voluptas Virtualis (Aisling) – 250 L$, an exclusive „Black Fair” item available until 19th April.
Necklace: „Necro Nephilim” in Amethyst by Vengeful Threads – 99 L$, an exclusive „Suicide Dollz” item available until 27th April. This spectacular necklace comes with a colour change HUD in five different colours, so you can play with it at your heart’s content. :-)
Makeup: „Urbanesque Shadow” in Purple by Vengeful Threads 69 L$ an exclusive „The Thrift Shop” item available until 6th May. Again a bargain, as the package includes five different shades for Catwa heads and also system layers for „oldies” who still wear a traditional SL body.
Skin: „Catalina” in Cream by Soul – 899 L$.
Ears: „Uni Ears” High Elf by Soul – 499 L$.
Hair: „Charlotte” by Wasabi Pills – a previous 50 Lindens Friday item; now various colour packs are available in the shop for 250 L$
Eyes: „Night Dollie” Eyes in Dark Onyx by Skinthesis – not available any more.
Pose: „Wrists Action 5” by HelaMiyo – 50 L$ for a single pose, or you may purchase the entire “Wrists Action” set with five different poses and their mirrors, for 300 L$.

The picture was taken at Cerridwen’s Cauldron.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Valkyrie - Ember's Cauldron Shopping Event

Valkyrie


“Hlanhildur, Daughter of the Gods”. A warrior maiden, a divine being, whose noble duty is to select and bring her chosen heroes, killed in battle, to Valhalla. Yet, when she joined the group of Valkyrie apprentices, nobody told her openly about the race of the heroes she would accompany to the table of Odin. She just presumed they would be human. When Hlanhildur finished her Valkyrie training her first mission was to fly to a battlefield in darkest Dwarfheim, and bring back the soul of the bravest... bear, that fell while defending his homeland from the invading dwarves. Hlanhildur sighed. Today was the day of the great battle between the High Elves and Dragons... and she was not ordered to choose the soul of an Elven warrior.

The fantastic „Filling The Cauldron” fundraising event for Elicio Ember might be over, but please don’t forget that many creators still participate in the „Ember’s Cauldron” shopping event until 16th April, and they still offer beautiful donation items created in support of Elicio!
For more information read the blog entry by Charlie (Lerochelle Destiny), owner of .:Soul:. and promoter of the event.

Donation items:
Gown: „Red Fire Gown” by MacMoragh an Gabha – 200 L$. The picture doesn’t do justice to the long red-and-black gown and the flowing cape, an outfit worthy to a Valkyrie! Laird Fenn, the creator and owner of MacMoragh an Gabha is a seasoned warrior and a proud Scotsman… who might have ever thought that he can sew, too…? :-)
Horns: „Pernkern Herns” in Ember Coal by Soul – 299 L$. The pack includes four different styles, so if the burning coal is too dramatic for you, you can pick „Ash”, „Smoke” or „Steam”.

Other items:
Skin: „Catalina” in Cream by Soul – 899 L$. „Catalina” is a beautiful Generation 1 skin you cannot get bored with, and luckily it is still available in many natural and fantasy tones on the second floor of Charlie’s flagship shop.
Hair with headband: „Freya” in Blacks and Whites by Calico Ingmann – 250 L$ for an “All Colors” fatpack, which is a real bargain!
Tattoo: „Aralia” in Silver by Fallen Gods Inc. – an old gacha item currently unavailable, part of the “Birth of Lumina” series. Alia Baroque has temporarily retired the set as he is preparing an update with appliers, so there is hope these items will return to the FGInc shop at Selidor.
Eye makeup and lashes: „Venom Shadow” in Red by Vengeful Threads – 99 L$. The „Venom Shadow” series is an exclusive product for the DarkSide2 Fashion Fair, and it is a real bargain for 99 Las you get 13 :-) eyelid shades with long witchy black lashes for „Oldie” system heads like mine, and for „modern” Omega/Catwa heads as well. The DarkSide2 Fashion Fair is open until 30th April, so you still have a few days to pick up your Venom Shadow… or any other spectacular makeup set by Vengeful Threads.
Wings: „Devine Wings” by Death Row Designs – not available for the time being, as the DRD shop is being rebuilt.
Ears: „Uni Ears” High Elf by Soul – 499 L$.
Bracelets: „Dragonborn” in Silver by Alegria – a previous Fantasy Faire item not available any more.
Nails: “Long Prim Nails” in Black by Candy Nail – not available any more.
Sword: „Themis” by Ersch – a previous gacha item not available anymore; however, if you visit the shop, you can find many other gacha machines from earlier faires and events.
Eyes: „DragonEyes” in Fiery Vision by Sterling Artistry – 65 L$.
Pose: “Imago Anatopism 4” by Alpha Tribe and Mimesis Monday – gift from a previous installation.

The picture was taken at Memento Mori.