6th Annual Home & Garden Expo for Relay For Life

One of the events in SL I look forward to with much eagerness and anticipation each year is the Home & Garden Expo. This years event is well underway, having began last Friday, and will continue thru this Sunday, June 2. There is so much to see and do at the Expo, it’d be best to head on over ASAP and check it out. I know that’s what I’ll be doing as soon as I log in after having had to be away with RL since last week!

Home Expo 2013 Logo

You do not have to be a land or home owner to enjoy the Home & Garden Expo. You can find classes to take to get you started in building, breedable vendors to help you find a pet to share love with and of course, you can wander and dream of living in these beautiful homes in RL! There is even a hunt if you are a hunt lover like me! There is sure to be something for everyone there.

A Spring Afternoon

Two Moon Gardens is a shop that is new to me, and am sure I’ll be visiting their mainstore soon after seeing their beautiful set up at Expo. Their offering for RFL is this beautiful Cherry Blossom Garden scene. It is modable too, which is a plus for me, as I can slide bits around to fit my land space just right. Organica, a long time favorite of mine, has some gorgeous tulips specially colored in purple and orange for RFL, you wont want to miss these either. I’ve scattered a few around the bench that comes with this set from Two Moon, which incidently, comes well stocked with couples and singles poses.

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I’ve included a map which should help you get around, as well as some important links. Prepare for lag, always a good idea for any event, it will make your experience much more enjoyable. Allow plenty of time, and do not delay, as you just may find yourself spending a lot more time then you anticipated at the Expo. Have fun, enjoy the scenery, get some new things, and help a great cause, you can’t go wrong! I am sure I will be spending the bulk of my SL time there over the last days, I do hope to see you there!

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Credits and Other Important Stuff :

Cherry Blossom Place – Two Moon Gardens, by Bunnie Badger (Two Moon Gardens @ Expo)
Mesh Tulips (RFL) – Organica, by Aki Shichiroji (Organica @ Expo)

Skin – Tuli – Eva – Petal , with Deviant Misfit Lips, by Tuli Asturias
Dress – PurpleMoon – Blair, by Poulet Koenkamp (Hunt Gift – Grand Opening of Invictus Estates)
Hair – Truth – Tenille – Night, by Truth Hawks
Shoes – Redgrave – Doro, by Emilia Redgrave
Nails – Bamboo Nails – Drow, by RubyRedRusset
Ring – Earthstones – Ever After Bridal – Gold, by Abraxxa Anatine
Eyes – IKON – Vanity Eyes – Denim (former group gift)
Lashes – Maitreya – Mesh V.I.P. Gift, by Onyx LeShelle

Home & Garden Expo 2012 – Run, Don’t Walk!

It’s one of my favorite times of year in SL, a time when (just like I do in RL) I get so excited by all the pretty new houses and gardens and just wish I could move in to all of them. It’s Home & Garden Expo time! Sadly, this event is much much too short, for as big as it is, and for as much as there is to see and do, there is just never enough time. Tomorrow, the 28th, will be the last day for this years Expo, so drop what you are doing now, and run, don’t walk, there. I’d originally planned to do several postings, with the theme of “moving in” to builds so compelling I’d no choice but to just…move in. As usual, my hopes were much larger and more extravagant then I could pull off, and stuff happened, and I missed a few days, and then I managed to spend a day or two taking many many pics for putting into some posts. RL plans were to visit family for an extended holiday week, so I tuned up the ol laptop so I could blog while away, saved my pics to a jump drive, and we hit the highway for the big city. I guess its time I get with the times, as I should have saved the pics to a cloud or some such, as it turns out, the drive was corrupt, and I am miles away from my PC, and…my pics of the lovely Expo!!! I apologize to all the builders and designers at Expo, for I am unable to show any pics of their amazing and captivating creations this year. Everyone must take my word for it, and trust that it is worth the time, and the inevitable lag, to go spend some time (and Lindens) at this years Expo. I also suggest you peek back at earlier postings on this blog, Jeni’s got some beautiful pics of Expo to give you some temptation and encouragement.

I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Home & Garden Expo benefits RFL, and that many of the best designers have special items out for their donation items, but I’ll tell you again. I don’t know how many there are for sure, but there are 14 sims full of them. At this late date, I’d suggest you quickly check the Sim Listing page and pick your favorites and head on over. Turn your graphic settings down low, de-script yourself, dress comfortably, grab your beverage of choice and get power shopping now. Expo ends tomorrow, so seriously, Run! Don’t Walk! Run! Immediately! I’ll be back home in a few days, so keep an eye on my flickr and I’ll get a few of my favorite pics posted there.

Some of the places Catty moved into during Expo week, in no particular order:
Dutchies, Rustica, Insight Designs, L2 Studio, What Next, Sway’s, Windowshopping with Neva Crystall, New Trails, Organica, HomeKraft, Tether’s End, Funky Junk, Thistle, Abiss, Weather! or Not?, Trompe Loleil, Barnesworth Anubis, Hanaya, Interior Addiction, Cheeky Pea, Second Spaces, Mudhoney, Clutter, reBourne, Alchemy Immortalis, True North, Leezu, KittyCats and sooooo many more that I didn’t get time to look at. Make notes, as I did, and make sure to visit the main stores after the Expo.

Have a great holiday if you’re in the US, and a great day if you’re not, and see you at these shops, or others, soon! Say hi if you see me out and about, you just might find yourself in a future blog post!!

Links you’ll need for Expo

Home & Garden Expo Official Blog – You’ll find maps, and much more here
DreamSeeker Estates – Expo Underwriters – That means without them, nothing. These people are amazing, they do so much for us all. See them for all your land needs.
Sim Maps and Listings – You’ll need this for power shopping.
Preview Pics of Exclusive Donation items you will want to get while you can.
RFL Official Site – More amazing people doing amazing things.
RFL of SL Blog (Includes a listing of events happening)

Make a Fool of Brain Tumors

Wear Gray For a Day is an event in SL in it’s 3rd year, started by Sanura Snowpaw, to raise funds and awareness for brain tumors. Designers from all over the grid have come together, with items to purchase for your donation, you can read more about it at Wear Gray’s official blog.

Make a Fool of Brain Tumors

Weather! or not, a store of much funness, helps set the mood with their donation items at Wear Gray. !WorN? has a Jester Chair in gray tones, and in the gacha machine, exclusively for the event, Jester Hats in five different colors! Both are mesh, and oh so fun! The Chair comes witih 9 animated sits, all much fun for photoing or sitting and such. Hurry over and get yours now, show brain tumors just what we think of them!

Atomic in Any Weather

Atomic is a favorite shop, and I always delight when they release the Grace skin in special editions. Unfortunately, the one I’m wearing isn’t available anymore, but there is good news! There is a new version of Grace at The Dressing Room Blue now, Grace – Spring in Buff, and you should hurry on over and get it, it’s only there for another week or so. I love it too and I”m sure it’ll be seen in future blog posts.

Jester Chair and Hats – Weather! or not – Wear Gray For A Day Event – Now through April 22, 2012

Skin – Atomic – Grace – Buff – Electric (TDR Blue – No longer be available, but Grace – Buff – Spring is available)
Hair – Elikatira – Daffodil – Black 04
Top – Maitreya – Bodysuit de la Ruche – White
Pants – Zaara – Ishaya Velour Slacks – Black
Boots – Gos – Desire Ankle Boot – Black (Mesh)
Eyes – Poetic Colors – Night Rain
Poses – Included in Chair

It’s Time to FFL! It’s Time for a Cure! It’s Time to make Harper Fly!!!

Time is running down fast, much much faster then we realize as I have piles of pics yet to process for posting, and so much shopping yet to do!! Shops I haven’t even had time to get to yet during Fashion For Life 2012 and there are only a few frantic hours left now. Time is running out for so many who are struggling to beat cancer, or waiting to hear news if they have it or not. The day before FFL 2012 began, I lost a beloved aunt to a long battle with breast cancer that had ravaged her body over the years. We’d planned to visit her this summer in Texas, we thought we had time, cancer proved us wrong. Just today, I learned my MiniMe’s best friends mother (a lady that we’ve lived next door to Sam’s whole life, who had a growth in her abdomen found, and immediately removed, during a routine exam just last week) is now being sent on to another hospital for further surgery because there is evidence of cancer. It’s time NOW to get over to FFL and help find a cure. Money from your purchases can still help researchers find a cure before another year passes, before we add even more stories of how this dreaded disease has touched our lives.

FFL 2012 Review - Agnes Finney

There just hasn’t been enough time to show all the things I’d hoped to show, to shop as much as I’d wanted to shop, to linger thru the sims making sure I don’t miss anything. There just isn’t enough time, not with so many goodies and so many great designs this year!! Here are just a couple more of my favorites. I love the flirty fun Buttefly dress from Agnes Finney, it gave me such a happy, made me anxious for summer and flowers and birds and of course, butterflies.

FFL 2012 Review - Zaara MockGacha2

Zaara, always, always a favorite designer I can blindly buy from and know I’ll be thrilled, has the Shyla blouse in lilac, and an exclusive FFL item (the Sanya Blouse in porcelain) up for offering, and both are must haves for every spring and summer wardrobe this year. Mock has some beautiful eye shadows in a donation Gacha that you’ll want to collect, and here are two of my favorites thrown on with one of my top Go To skins for a fresh new look.

FFL 2012 Review - Zaara MockGacha

Erratic, another fave store of much cuteness and sexiness offers up a few goodies too, the Katy Bustier in brown is a must have, sure to be worn again and again staple. I just love the zipper and the studs…paired with yet another Mock Gacha Shadow, I’m ready for dancing!

FFL 2012 Review - Erratic Mock

Nyte N Day, a fave of many over the years, is still churning out lovely and sexy clothing and has not disappointed with this years FFL items. The Crush shirt in Purple is perfect for spring afternoons out shopping and visiting. There were more faves, from Nyte n Day and so many others, but time just goes oh so fast.

FFL 2012 Review - Nyte N Day

With the clock winding down on FFL 2012, our brilliant and beautiful Harper has promised to fly around the FFL grids as a winged pig!!! at closing time if the goal of 5,250,000L is reached. I think we shoppers are up for the challenge. Let’s go shopping and get Harper flying!!!!

FFL 2012 Map – with color legend by category, as well as vendor list by sim.
FFL 2012 Hunt List – Stores with extra goodies priced from 10L – 100L
FFL 2012 Blog – more info on the event, sponsors, vendors, other blogs, and much more important info.
Dream Seeker Estates – who we all thank for underwriting the sims for FFL 2012.

Fashion For Life Items:
Pic 1
Dress – My Precious Fashion House – Agnes Romantic Butterfly – Pink – (DreamSeeker Volta)

Pic 2
Top – Zaara – Shyla Blouse – Lilac – (DreamSeeker Aika)
Make Up – Mock – Dalek Copper eShadow – Gacha Prize (DreamSeeker Zeit)

Pic 3
Top – Zaara – Sanya Blouse – Porcelain – (DreamSeeker Aika)
Make Up – Mock – Stormcage eShadow – Gacha Prize (DreamSeeker Zeit)

Pic 4
Top – Erratic – Katy Bustier – Brown (DreamSeeker Zeit)

Pic 5
Top – Nyte N Day – Crush Shirt – Purple – (DreamSeeker Tijd)

Other Yummy Stuff:
Skin – (Pic 1) Adam n Eve – Amaris – Fraiche, (Pic 2-5) Adam n Eve – Natalie – Natural – Bare
Hair – Truth – Valerie – Night
Pants – (Pic 2-4) Zaara – Classic Jeans – White, (Pic 5) Zaara – Ishaya Velour Slacks – Black
Boots – Gos – Desire Ankle Boot – Black (Mesh)
Eyes – Poetic Colors – Night Rain
Poses – DeePosed, Photobox by oOo

It’s Still Time!

Yes, it is still time!!! Time for shopping, time for relay, time for a cure!! One of the many brilliant things about Second Life, is how we, as residents, shoppers, designers, artists, shoppers, party-goers, creators and shoppers, can use our love of SL to benefit “real” world causes. FFL 2012 offers 10 sims filled with all of this and more, just visit and hang around awhile and you can’t help but feel the vibes penetrating the pixels everywhere.

FFL 2012 Review - Sakide Heartsick Full

I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of goodies to be found, not knowing where to start, so much to enjoy. For a start today, a few of the things I’ve found myself enjoying this week. I was delighted by the purple tone skin, complete with ears!!, found as a gacha prize from Heartsick. The dotty blush, with a touch of pink shadow, are an extra from Mynerva that seemed to just belong with this skin. The white dress, a donation item from Sakide, shows it off nicely I think, I love it’s flowy, lacy touches.

FFL 2012 Review - Sakide Heartsick

A favorite thing about events like FFL is finding vendors and places we maybe didn’t shop at before, one for me being Lapointe & Bastchild. I so love this black S’Wear Drift Jacket they have up as a donation item so much, I”m sure it’ll be worn many times, with dresses, and jeans too. and L&B is sure to be a regular stop on my future shopping trips. I’ve also been enjoying the Amy skins from Hush, a must have for all skin lovers.

FFL 2012 Review - Sakide L&B Hush

Another fun skin is the Katsucide Sandra Cendre line from Acide – they come in three monochrome tones, and a variety of lip and eye make up options to suit any skin lover. I’ve enjoyed playing with them, they’ll work for so many different themes, I chose a fun flirty look with the sneaky peeky black Aphrodite dress from SYSY’s. So much shopping, so little time! There is so much more to be found, but for now, real life calls me off to my MiniMe’s first show choir state competition, but I’ll be sure to save some energy for more FFL’ing later! See you soon!

FFL 2012 Review - Katsucide SySy

FFL 2012 Map – with color legend by category, as well as vendor list by sim.
FFL 2012 Hunt List – Stores with extra goodies priced from 10L – 100L
FFL 2012 Blog – more info on the event, sponsors, vendors, other blogs, and much more important info.
Dream Seeker Estates – who we all thank for underwriting the sims for FFL 2012.

Fashion For Life Items –
Pic 1 & 2
Skin and Ears – Heartsick – Skin – Myth – Mystic – FFL, Dropped Elf Ears & Elf Ears – Mystic – Gacha Item (DreamSeeker Epoque – Gacha Prize)
Dress – Sakide – Lovely Light Gown for FFL – Lowcut – (DreamSeeker Aika)

Pic 3
Skin – Hush – Amy – SultrySage – Sugar (DreamSeeker Zeit)
Dress – Sakide – Lovely Light Gown for FFL – Lowcut – (DreamSeeker Aika)
Jacket – Lapointe & Bastchild – S’Wear Drift Jacket (DreamSeeker Aika)

Pic 4
Skin – Katsucide (Acide) – Sandra Cendre – Ombree (DreamSeeker Vrijeme)
Dress – SYSY’s – Aphrodite – Black – Donation Item (DreamSeeker Tijd)

Other Yummy Stuff:
Hair – Truth – Andrea – Night, (Pic4) Evelyn – Night
(Pic2) Make Up – Mynerva – GG Dotty Blush
Shoes – GField – Alex Strap Shoes – Patent Black
Eyes – Poetic Colors – Night Rain
Poses – Glitterati, aDORKable

It’s Time It’s Time!!

It’s time! It’s time once again, for one of SL’s best, must attend events…..it’s time for Fashion for Life!!! Fashion for Life is a 10 day long event to raise money for Relay for Life, a group that aids in funding the American Cancer Society, thru the sale of fashion items in Second Life that have been lovingly created by over 200 designers.

FFL 2012 It's Time

10 beautiful sims, designed just for FFL and underwritten graciously by Dream Seeker Estates, will be filled by 4 donation items, or 3 donation items and 1 gacha, per designer, as well as entertainment, gachas, a hunt, a raffle and other exciting stuff you wont want to miss. 100% of the sales of these items will go directly to Relay for Life, funding research for a cure.

Fashion for Life 2012 sim map

“It’s Time” is the theme for the 2012 Fashion for Life, and it is indeed time you’ll want to spend exploring, shopping, socializing, enjoying the builds and giving generously to this event that has become a tradition in Second Life, and kick’s off the annual Relay for Life events within SL for the year. If you love the thrill and excitement of the first hours of an event, thr rush of trying to get to all your favorite designers stores first, you’ve got a bit of time yet to get yourself ready. As with all SL events of this manner, don’t forget to prepare your AV and your ‘puter by getting everything in Power Shopping Mode in whatever way works best for your system. Syngen Sohmers and Harper Beresford did a great post in 2011 offereing tips which are good to do to prepare for events, and every day SL’ing too.

FFL 2012 Review 1

A couple of the items I was privileged to preview is the beautiful “Shirley Rose” dress from Morea Style, and the graceful Hygeia (Hygeia was the Greek Goddess of Good Health – so perfect for FFL) skin from MyDear Skins. I felt both push me to the pose stand for some first pictures of goodies we’ll find at FFL 2012. I can hardly wait to get back to the pose stand and show you more, and of course, to shop and hang out at FFL 2012! I sure hope to see you there!

Fashion For Life Items – Opens 12Noon SLT March 10 – March 20, 2012 (Link not yet available)
Skin – MyDear – Hygeia Skin- Pale 4
Make Up – MyDear – Hygeia Lipstick 1
Dress – Morea Style – Shirley Rose (Donation Item)

Other Yummy Stuff:
Hair – Truth – Tammy – Night
Eyes – Poetic Colors – Molten Chocolate
Poses – Diesel Works, Glitterati

Get Ready to go Back to Black

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Wondering what to do and where to shop over the next weeks? Have no fear! Keira Seerose and her Chic Management Team have once again worked their magic and are about to open up yet another great event full of yummies for your shopping pleasure. Back to Black opens Saturday, February 11, 2012 and runs thru the 29th, thats over two weeks of shopping! The Back to Black event raises awareness of mental health issues, something that affects us all, one way or another. Each of the many participating designers have created a new, and sometimes exclusive item inspired by words of hope and courage. Read more about designers involved, as well as the event, at the Back to Black info page.

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There is sure to be something for everyone at Back to Black, here is just a peek at a few of my favorites. Take a moment now to plan your shopping, clean your inventories to make room for new stuffs, and fill those caffeine containers. Don’t forget to get your favorite viewer ready too, to enjoy the event with as little lag as possible. And now I’m off to take more photos…see you at Back to Black very soon!!!

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Back to Black Items: (Opens Feb 11, 4PM, thru Feb 29, 2012)
Photo One
Sweater – Diapop – Every gal needs a comfy, soft sweater
Hat – Hatpins – Back to Black – Hope Poorboy Hat
Poses – Aushka & Co
Skybox & Furniture – Designer Prims – Comfort is Home
Bag (on Sofa)- Je Suis – L’espoir Bag
Photo Two & Three
Top – Izzie’s – Peace Top – Grey (Leisure Outfit)
Pants – Izzie’s – Sweat Pants – Black (Leisure Outfit)
Tattoo – CoLLisions – I Am Strong
Pose Pillows – BagLady Designs – Imagine, Writing

Other Yummy Stuff:
Skin – Adam n Eve – Natalie – Natural – Nude
Hair – Truth – Evelyn – Night
Shoes – UBU – PornStar Slip-ons Checkers – old hunt gift
Eyes – Poetic Colors – Night Rain