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Last Day to Squeegee

Finally, more than one item will rez clearly for me – and just in time!

Today is the last day of Operation Squeegee.  If you haven’t gotten there yet, you should go; if you have, maybe a trip back would be a good idea!  Not only can you find a lot of cute things to support a good cause, you also find a lot of things to make you stop and think about just how devastating this oil spill is to the gulf-coast and its animals.

Operation Squeegee

You can’t help but think about how much there is still to be done when you look at these builds created by Yelena Istmal.  We can sit on top of the issue, but there are so many things that have to try to swim through it, but just get stuck in it.

Operation Squeegee - Sysy's and Noctis

With ability, comes responsibility, and I’m amazed at how responsible the residents of Second Life are toward other people and other things that need their help.

Style Notes:
All of the items found exclusively at Operation Squeegee are denoted in teal.  Please use this link to reach the Operation Squeegee event.
Slurls to the creator’s maintstores can be found on this blog’s SL Locations page.

Scuba Top/Shorts: Sysy’s – Scuba top/shorts
Scuba Flippers: Hopscotch
Bikini: Sysy’s – Squeegee Bikini (Multicolors)

Skin (Scuba Outfit): ATOMIC – Baily Sunset 2 (Cream)
Skin (Floataway): Pink Fuel (HarajukuBox Skin Fair) – Ember Gyaru (Sea)
Hair (Scuba Outfit): TRUTH – Drew (Jupiter)
Hair (Floataway): – Michelle.2 (Scornfull Red)
Eyes (all pics): UmedamaHolic – Moist Eye (Sunrise)

Float/Pose: Noctis – Floataway
Barels: Noctis – RIP Offshore Drilling

*Noctis can be found primarily on xstreet.


Squeegee Those Animals Clean

So, you’ve all already been over to the Operation Squeegee area already, right?  Right?

If not, you really should go. Not only is it a well laid out event with beautifully put together decoration, but it is also for a good cause: to assist the National Wildlife Federation in their efforts to rescue the animals affected by the BP oil spill on the gulf coast. The idea is to help them help the wildlife in the area now, not later, which is often where wildlife falls on the priority list in situations like this.

Take a look at what the organizers have set up:

Operation Squeegee Operation Squeegee

To be honest, I’m not a tree-hugging environmentalist type, and I think that BP is in the media enough that they will be held accountable for what happened, but I don’t know whether or not their action will be taken fast enough to do what is needed for the wildlife affected. Their priority is still trying to get the mess under control, and that is important. What else is important is that other people step in and help where they can to do the things that can’t or aren’t being done right now. That’s what crisis management is all about – doing what you can to help the situation, not just talking about responsibility and pointing fingers.
In that vein, the organizers of this event and generous designers have put together open mic nights, storytelling, djs and games on Ctrl+Shift+H from today (July 1st) through July 15th. Take a look at the Operation Squeegee website to see the active calendar.

Operation Squeegee Operation Squeegee

I’ve had problems with my clothes rezzing clearly, but today seems better. Once I am able to get some pics of what the designers have to offered, I’ll put them up here.

Can’t get you out of my head…RFL (2)

Ever have one of those days when you just can’t get the reason why something is important out of your mind? Even more than usual and not just the overall goal, but the personal reasons why it means something to you? That’s been the past few days for me and Relay for Life, which is why I started taking pictures of the four RFL outfits available from Evie’s Closet that are available in the front of the main store in special vendors. Two of the outfits were posted earlier (Elizabeth and Muse II).

The other two items, Avery and Fable, which each have multiple ways they can be worn.  As I’ve said before, versatility is very important as far as I’m concerned – and not just how parts of a set can be worn with different items.  We all know how to do that, but I really like seeing different options within the same outfit for the same reason I don’t mind seeing a few of the same thing from different blogs on the feeds – I love seeing how the same thing can be made to look strikingly different with just a few alterations.

Avery is shown with all of the included options for the outfit: a ballet skirt, a babydoll skirt, and wings.I feel like a Spring fairy in this outfit, and I love the way it fits.  As with all of Evangeline Miles’ creations, the quality and detail of these designs are phenomenal – especially the flowers on the Avery top attachment and shoes.  My rule of thumb is: if it’s from Evie’s Closet and has flowers included, it needs to be in my inventory.

I love the depth of color in the Fable outfit.  Fable comes with the long skirt and ballet skirts shown, as well as a lingerie option (not shown).  The name was the first thing that attracted me to Fable (because the pictures hadn’t rezzed yet and I was mousing over things to try to see what I needed to get a better look at), and I love how appropriate it is to the outfit.  It looks like something straight out of a storybook, and feels much the same when wandering about in the dress in-world.  I like to add wings to the ballet skirt version a lot of the time for an impromptu fairy outfit, or a key attachment to the back for a wind-up doll look. (I’ll be putting those on Flickr soon.)


Relay for Life – Now In-Store!

The outfits in these next couple of posts are from Evie’s Closet, designed by Evangeline Miles – one of my absolutely favorite creators in Second Life, and a very nice person as well (from my brief interactions with her). Four of her Relay for Life (RFL) items that were part of either the Clothing Fair or the Fantasy Faire (or both) originally, and are now available in special RFL kiosks in the front of her main store.

One of the things that I like about the outfits from Evie’s Closet is that the work often speaks for itself, unless I just can’t help myself. On the left is Elizabeth, and on the right is Muse II.  Okay… I can’t help myself.  (You’re welcome to skip my ramblings if you like, the style notes are at the bottom.)


Fantasy Faire 2010: Not Over Yet!

The Fantasy Faire ends tonight, but there is still time to go over now and check out the fantastic designers and all that they have available!

For instance… I picked up this beautiful outfit from Evie’s Closet, which is on the Elvencourt sim.  This the the Ariel outfit in Rainbow, which can be found in her Relay for Life vendor!

While upstairs in Evie’s Closet, I noticed she had her Faery outfit available in the special edition that was out for Spring.  This is a special edition available until it isn’t any longer (unfortunately, I don’t have the notecard on exactly how long it will be available).

Go check out Elvencourt and all the 8 other awesome sims of the Fantasy Faire while it’s still going on!
More info can be found at the main sim and at the Fantasy Faire blog.

Style Notes:

Outfit 1
Outfit: *Evie’s Closet* – Ariel (RFL Rainbow)
Skin: Belleza – Alyson (Pale)
Hair: Truth – Drew (Jupiter)

Outfit 2
Outfit: *Evie’s Closet* – Faery (Special Edition – Spring)
Skin: ATOMIC – Faith Royalty (Cream)
Hair: Tiny Bird – Ciao Bella (Ginger)

Poses: (pda), Diesel Works, SPIRIT

Fantasy Faire 2010: Fairy Unique Designs!

I’m very excited to be blogging this particular post because, today, I have done something I was never able to do before in SL.  I built something recognizable!

Happyholly Grigges of Fairy Unique Designs graciously let me try out her textures that are in her Relay for Life vendors, which can currently be found at the teleport point for the Via Obscurium sim. Hurry over because today is the last day!

So, what did I build?  A flower garden!!!! (Humor me, this is very exciting.)

You can even tell what it is that I built.  I was so excited, I had to sit down and enjoy my new garden for a bit.

I think I will need to expand my garden soon.  Maybe turn it into a full-time bunny home.

Being the complete amateur builder that I am, my little garden demonstrates only some of the textures available from Fairy Unique Designs.  In each pack you get several color variations of her textures (as in the case of the fence and gate), or several different textures of similar items (as is the case with the flowers), so that you can be as creative as you like.

Here’s what you see:

Garden Fence and Gate: Fairy Unique Designs – Fantasy Fairy Garden Fence Texture Pack (R)
Flowers: Fairy Unique Designs – Purple Flowers Set 1 Texture Pack (R)

On Me:
Hair: – Tatum (Passionate Red)
Skin: [ATOMIC] – Baily Autumn 2 (Cream)
Shirt: Apple May Designs – All His Top (Green)

Poses: – Model Pose 14 (ao version); Posies (ground sit)

Ariel, Diana, Natasha, Glimmer and Phillys: Relay for Life

Hello.  My name is Daybreak, and I’m an addict.

My addiction isn’t just to shopping, but to several specific types of items – especially beautiful gowns.  I can’t help it!  I love the way a well-made gown looks, the way it moves when you’re walking or dancing; something about putting on the right gown makes you feel beautiful/powerful/elegant – the adjective depends on the dress, really.

One of my favorite ways to feed my addiction is with creations by Kouse Singh of Kouse’s Sanctum.  At the moment, she is participating in the Fantasy Faire and can be found on the Via Obscurium sim, as well as in the auction on the central sim.  Seven of her gowns are in Relay for Life vendors (in her special RFL colors) – 5 of which I have to show you!

In order of appearance: Ariel, Diana, Natasha, Phillys and Glimmer!

There are two things that make gowns from Kouse’s Sanctum stand out in my mind: details and versatility.  Versatility is the key to every staple in a girl’s wardrobe, after all. Each gown that Ms. Singh creates is perfectly detailed from the hems to the prims, while maintaining a classic style that is as appropriate for a black-tie affair as it is for roleplaying.


Fantasy Faire: Atea Avatars

So, remember when we talked about you heading over to the Fantasy Faire?

You wrote it down while I waited?

Awesome, we’re on the same page!  So, while I’m sure that you’ve combed the Faire for everything it has to offer and already made fantastic donations to Relay for Life, I thought I would show you two things that can be found on the Via Obscurium sim from Atea Avatars.

On the left is the Mysti Summer Faery, on the right is the Marama Female Drow (Summer Edition).

Before I had the opportunity to try on these avatars, I didn’t have much experience with having a full avatar in one package.  I had seen the option, but hadn’t seen many that were not specifically for fantasy characters and that wasn’t what I was looking for at the time.  However, now having had the opportunity to try on the creations of Atea Aeon, I have a much better appreciation for having everything together in one cohesive package.


Fantasy Faire 2010

(Originally uploaded by Ember Farina, used with permission.)

The Fantasy Faire 2010 just opened to the general SL population, and if it isn’t on your must-do list, put it on there!

Go on… I’ll wait…

I was able to get an early look at the event, which benefits Relay for Life, and (for all of us shopaholics) the creators there are fantastic!  Even if fantasy isn’t your usual shopping genre, you should check it out – there is definitely something for everyone in the 9 sims. (I’ll be showing more of what the Faire has to offer a little later.)

If shopping isn’t your thing, the sims themselves are worth the trip.  Each sim build is an excellent representation of the assigned theme, and definitely worth waiting for everything to rez so you get the full picture.  While you’re doing that, I suggest using your camera to look down on the Faire as a whole.  To me, it looks like a big (albeit square) wheel – a shape that makes it easier to move from one sim to the next and not miss anything.

Did I mention that there are also events going on during the Faire?  Live music, auctions are going to be going on all week.

For more information on events, which creators are on which sim, and any other details you might want to know – check out the official website of Fantasy Faire 2010.

For the Love of McQueen Part 3

A few more things in the For the Love of McQueen tribute. Today we have a little bit of everything from wardrobe outfitters, Casa del Shai and Indyra Originals. Each piece is uniquely inspiring, and I had a great time taking all of the pictures.

Regardless of whether you’re dealing with RL or SL, sometimes fashion just speaks to you. Although in SL, it is more likely that fashion might pop up an IM, I was thinking of a more metaphorical speaking. Sometimes it’s as simple as making you smile, sometimes it’s knowing that by putting something on, you (or your avatar) become part of a work of art. In the case of all three designers, they have offered pieces of art and I can’t help but feel the excitement of knowing you’re wearing something special.

Wardrobe outfitters (Aurelia Scarpulla) brings an ethereal element to their Tousled par Tous outfit that is hard to capture in any life. I love the flowers mixed in with the tulle-esque shoulder piece, and the contrast with the simply elegant bodice. When I first put it on, I stared at it for what felt like ages – it was everything I had hoped it would be from the picture I had beforehand. And then I started taking pictures! 🙂

This piece by Casa del Shai (Shai Delacroix) reminds me of something from a modern art gallery. Anyone who knows me in RL knows that I have little love for abstract modern art, but I think I have found a way to change that – just make sure that what I see is like this! To be honest, I was hesitant of the pod-gown, but once I got it on (and found the right hair!), I couldn’t stop looking at it. The detail is incredible, as with all of the pieces in this event, and it definitely evoked a pod – all cocooned in couture.

Indyra Originals (Indyra Seigo) gives us our rock and roll. I will have to remember to take a picture of the back of this outfit because it has an awesome skull on the back of the pink – perfect detail! I can’t say enough about the Sakura du Mort and how incredible it is. Inspired by the cherry blossom, you can see this most literally in the detail of the neckline and the leggings. More abstractly, you can see it in the shape of the outfit, especially the skirt and collar – it’s incredible.

Enough waxing not so poetically about these outfits. I know it sounds like I am saying the same thing about all of them, but (as you can see) they are all very different; however, what makes them the same (and what makes us all the same) is that everything is unique and fabulous! (more…)