Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

A Frozen Christmas - The SL Christmas Expo 2015The fifth annual Second Life Christmas Expo will run from December 3 to 14, 2015 and is a mega event that raises funds for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).  100% of registration fees, sponsorship fees, kiosk donations, hunt, raffle, auction, and vendor donation items are paid to Relay For Life of Second Life.  Relay For Life of Second Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and is a virtual version of The Society’s signature real life fundraiser – Relay For Life.  You can find more information about RFL of SL here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/ .

The 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo will consist of both holiday and non holiday items from some of the best creators and designers in Second Life, spread across 8 sims!  The Expo will feature special events, including live performances, djs, skating parties, a Snowman Building Contest, Hunt For the Bells, Naughty Or Nice, a Christmas Tree Lot, holiday raffles and gotchas, and of course photos with Santa! The Holiday Of Hope Ball, for the 5th year running, will be held at the Christmas Expo.  And returning to the Christmas Expo as a special event this year is the Avi Choice Fashion Awards.

Whimsical Happenings Lopsi TreeSince there are so many activities happening within the Expo, I wanted to highlight a few in today’s post.  My dear friend, the jolly elf Earth Nirvana of Whimsical Happenings is participating in the Christmas Tree Lot with an exclusive festive and spirited upside-down garden pot tree complete with presents under the tree.  The Lopsi Tree is a modern, unique and whimsical approach to Christmas Tree!  100% of the proceeds of the sale is donated to Relay for Life of Second Life, check it out.

SL Xmas Expo- Oceane Make-up, ZOZ slink nails & Wreath RingAnother fun event at the Expo is the Hunt for the Bells ’15, a $10L hunt with 100% donated to The American Cancer Society.  This year there is a photo contest (12/5-12/15) for the Hunt for the Bells hunt, with a grand prize of $10,000L giftcard with other prizes for runners-up.  To enter you must use at least 10 hunt items, submit a NC listing the items to Earth Nirvana and send full perm picture to Leala Spire for voting & social media placement.  Please keep the picture PG & tasteful.  Good luck!  In my photos above I’m using Spyfalle Holiday Party Paper Lanterns in the windows from the Hunt for the Bells (hint: “let it go”).

SL Xmas Expo 2015- Sage Noel Sweater Dress & Oceane Make-upSo many creators have designed 100% RFL donation items including the Sage Nice or Naughty Sweater dress (pic #1 & 2) available for males & females.  Sage has also created the exclusive Noel Sweater Dress (pic #3) for 50% donation available in a variety of colors.  Gloria is wearing Oceane Body Designs Pretty 1 pack eye make-up and lip color also a 100% to RFL.  Finally, the Cookies for Santa green snowflake draped table  is from Outside the Box, with 50% donation to American Cancer Society.  The SL Christmas Expo offers daily live entertainment, tons of events, hunts, freebies, exclusives all for a great cause.  You have until December 14th to stop by and explore all the wonders of the season!

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Falling for Art in Hats!

Ghee Temptations (Full)Happy Weekend!  Art in Hats – Hats in Art 2015 charity event wraps up today, Saturday, November 14, 2015.  It’s your last chance to purchase amazing creations, hunt for 10 free hat gifts and donate to Team Diabetes of Second Life benefitting the American Diabetes Association.  Today’s schedule of events includes a closing ceremony with a concluding fashion show, live auction, public hat contest winners announcement and last chance shopping party with trivia and prizes, you don’t want to miss out!  At 4pm today the live auction kicks off and you will have the opportunity to bid on Sascha’s Designs Perpetual Black Hat, I blogged last Saturday and many more.  I had hoped to blog more hats and show you some of the freebie hats but my RL didn’t allow it, so be sure to pop over to the event and check out these wonderful designs.

Ghee Temptations (Closer)Today, I’m showcasing a tribute to autumn in Ghee’s Temptation fascinator, an orange maple leaf and green apple.  I paired the headpiece with Indented Reese copper silk wrap dress, Madrid Solo new November group gift Falling make-up and Scrub I sit and think to escape gold necklace to enhance autumnal glow.  Hope to see you at Art in Hats 2015 events later today!

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Emergence

Sascha Hat (Chairs)Happy November!  I hope you had a nice Halloween.  Today, I’m very excited to share with you the 3rd Annual Art in Hats – Hats in Art 2015 charity event benefitting Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association.  The mission of Team Diabetes is to raise awareness, tolerance and funds for diabetes research through the virtual reality game platform of Second Life.  The first fundraising event for Team Diabetes of SL, was the Fall Showcase in October that raised $28,009L.  The second event will be Art in Hats running from November 4th -14th with daily live entertainment performances, hat pin hunt, silent auction, fashion show and styling competition.  For a complete line up of hat designers, performance schedule, creators spotlights and more information, click here.

Sascha Hat (Crow)Art in Hats was founded by SL resident Quan Lavender in 2013 as a way for artists, designers, creators and photographers to express themselves and bring art to more people in Second Life.  In 2014, the event grew to include models and dancers with the addition of more than 100+ hats benefitting Feed A Smile charity {child organization of Live and Learn in Kenya International NGO}.

Sascha Hat (full)I have the great pleasure as one of the official blogger for Art in Hats – Hats in Art 2015 to present Perpetual Black Hat, the auction item from Sascha’s Designs.  Bursting baubles surround the black with metallic silver branch headpiece, paired with the (fashionably dead) Wicked Rose gown from the October’s Collabor88 highlighting the hard/soft edge of the fantasy styling.  Sascha’s Perpetual Black is a showstopper that can be worn with an elegant evening gown to a modern space-age vibe, so be sure to mark your calendars for the LIVE auction next Saturday, November 14th at 4pm SLT.  Bid high knowing 100% of the proceeds benefits Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official charity of The American Diabetes Association.

Taxi to Art in Hats – Hats in Art 2015 event please…

Style Card:

  • Hat: Sascha’s Designs, Perpetual Black Hat (@ Art in Hats 2015)
  • Dress: (fd), Wicked Rose Dress (Black & White)
  • Make-up: Zibska, Joss 02
  • Jewelry: Zibska, Bodil Earrings (Black & Silver) & Alcmene Cuff
  • Shoes: Hucci, Minerva Sandal (Midnight)
  • Set: 22769 ~ [bauwerk], Twilight Zone Pack & Scarlet Creative, Cube in a Cube Art

Art in Hats 2015

Sad conclusion…

This morning I’m sure you excepted to read the final conclusion to the August round of Flora’s Fashion Contest, but unfortunately I will no longer be covering that event.  It has come to my attention that the monthly styling contest is dishonest and I will not promote anything that could taint my reputation.  I am greatly sadden and very upset by the actions of the owner, Flora Raven.

This is the first time in my life (real life or second life) that I will not complete a job because of my ethical stand.  This decision could harm me grealty in the SL modeling world, however after much pondering, my readers need to know the truth, or at least my experience.

I am new to the modeling world and have very little experience.  I only enter contests for the fun and artistic expression.  I’m not motivated by money or fame.  When I entered and won the July round of FFc, I was very excited and proud of myself as a stylist on the grid.  The challenges were extremely difficult and the extra added pressure of time played its role.

Flora approached me during the contest about blogging for her.  At the time, I was concerned with conflict of interest, but Ms. Raven assured me that it wouldn’t be a problem.  After the three grueling days of styling and winning, Flora asked me a few days after the contest ended, if I would be the “official blogger” for FFc.  I was honored and wanted to expand the social media presence of FFc and my own blog.  Within two seconds of me agreeing to blog FFc, Flora asked if I “tipped FFc yet?”  This is completely embarrassing, but I had no idea what to say or do.  Her insistence and pushy behavior was bullying.  My modeling mentor was out-of-town and I had no one to ask for advice.  So, I gave Flora part of my winnings back.  I felt victimized. I never told anyone because it was so humiliating.  I hoped we could get past this and I could build my career in SL as a journalist.

Why am I telling you, my readers, this story now?  I was approached by two different people wanting to know if Flora asked me to return part of my winnings “as a tip.”  I was sure since the two people were not connected that this embarrassing incident was becoming gossip and my reputation was being soiled.  I wanted my readers to know the truth.  And, I don’t want this to happen to another unsuspecting person; model, stylist, designer or whoever.

As far as I know, all the judges, designers, sponsors, and the hostess are honest people.  At no time has anyone in the team treated the contestants or fellow team members in an unprofessional manner with the exception of Flora Raven.  On a personal level, Ms. Raven is constantly demeaning, rude and insulting to me.  Her actions are strictly self-motived.

To my readers and friends, I look forward to happier days.  I will always be truthful to you.  I will not be as trusting or foolish.  I will never promote unethical behavior.  I’m sorry I disappointed you because so many of you have styling abilities and a love for fashion.  I feel terrible that I led you down a dark alley.  I’m greatly sorry.

Flora’s Fashion Contest Round #1, Inspiration: Miami Beach

This morning top SL models competed in a timed styling contest. The theme was announced on the spot, incredible designs & styles from every contestant.  Read my article below for exciting details of the stylish contestants.

A big thank you to guest judge and sponsor Banba Muircastle, designer and owner of Bohemian Gypsy for my Market Gypsy outfit and the team member look.  Below is the Flora Fashion Team with guest judge, Ms. Muircastle.

Judges

I was so pleased to embrace my inner Boho chic while wearing Bohemian Gypsy’s Market Gypsy outfit today.  The Market Gypsy ensemble hearkens back to the flavor of the late 60’s early 70’s, in a multi-color patchwork mosaic two piece cotton voile.  Notice the triangle top with fringe and the high-low asymmetrical hem skirt, in vogue this season. Light & breezy, cool & easy, the Market Gypsy ensemble, includes lace-up boots and crimson beads, and offers a stylish updated Boho look for the modern women.

Gloria- Market Gypsy        Gloria- Market Gypsy 3:4

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1094969_224951647652499_1816878364_nToday kicked off another exciting round of Flora’s Fashion “Dress-Up Spree” Contest.  Wow, what a great turn out!  Ten talented ladies competed in the August timed contest with the inspiration, “A Day in Miami Beach.”  The models had 20 minute to style a beachwear look with two accessories items (excluding jewelry) using the color red in the overall look.  Everyone did a remarkable job!  The judges had a tough decision, but in the end they selected five lucky contestants to move on to the next round tomorrow, August 25, at 10am.

First selected was Ms. Oraclelight who sizzled in a red, white & blue zig-zag printed fringe bikini ready to catch some rays on the sun-drenched Miami beach.  Oraclelight is a modern Miami girl sporting her iPhone on hip, red tinted glasses, white & red bangles, while her dark windswept hair blows gently in the warm gulf breeze. Guest judge and sponsor, Ms. Banba Muircastle of Bohemian Gypsy commented, “…really love the fringe suit.”

Oraclelight 3:4                Oraclelight full

Second was the always cool under pressure Ms. Spirit Llewellyn who styled a dynamic floral print maxi ensemble in taupe, cherry & green perfect for her South Beach shopping spree on Collins Ave to pick up some finds at stores like Louis Vuitton and Armani Exchange.  The strapless draped top fell softly over the cherry low-slung suede belt.   Spirit accessorized with beaded necklace & bangles, a floppy straw hat, red shades, and matching cherry shoes.  Judge Ava Jhamin remarked, “I would shop with you any day.”

Spirit 3:4                  Spirit Full

Our third contestant moving forward is Ms. Joana Wingtips with her retro inspired red, white & blue beach babe fifties look.  Joana stepped right out of an Annette Funicello & Frankie Avalon movie set, compete with Americana tote bag chalked full of goodies, her cat-eye sunglasses and bandana head scarf complement her sailor inspired one-piece suit.  Judge Flora Raven said, “I love your sailor boy look with cat-eye glasses.”

Joana 3:4               Joana Full

Ms. Dementia Navarita was the fourth model to advance to the next round of the contest with her out-of the box interpretation of a burlesque red & black sequined corseted Miami beach look.  Dementia accessorized with red & gold bangles, clear tote beach bag, stiletto booties and sported shades on her head… a perfect look for the South Beach club scene.  Judge Darlene Snowbear stated, “I love the overall look you have, very sophisticated.”

Dementia 3:4            Dementia full

Last but not least is Ms. Zionp in a sexy black strapless bikini top with cover-up red wrap mini and light breezy off the shoulder cardigan.  Zionp sends smoke signals up with this fresh approach to Miami beach clubwear complete with hat, bag & shades. This girl is ready for a dip in the pool or an evening on town. Guest judge, Banba noted, “you look incredibly sexy and purrfect for a Miami night out.”

Zionp 3:4          Zionp full

Truly fun and fabulous styling by all the contestants (slide show below).  A big thank you to our guest judge and sponsor Banba Muircastle, designer and owner of Bohemian Gypsy. Thank you Banba, judges, audience, sponsors and the stylish contestants.  Stop by tomorrow, Sunday, August 25 at 10am as the 5 contestants are cut to 3!

It is sure to be nail biter!

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