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Fantasy Faire Prep Week: Day 1

Looking way better than I feel!

Looking way better than I feel!

 

For the last two years the event that has stolen my heart in Second Life has been Fantasy Faire. The immersive and gorgeous sims each ranging with their own fantasy theme. The exclusive products. The quality designers, events, and activities. Its enough to put stars in ones eyes for the entire eight day span of the Faire.

This time last year I was visiting the faire wondering what it would be like to be one of those many Fantasy Faire designers, and how awesome it would be to take part in such an amazing event. Well, now I’m here doing it and I’m going to share with you the ups and downs, stress and joy, of being a designer in such a huge event.

This week I’m going to do a special event where I’ll be blogging each day right up until the start of the Faire. Keep in mind that the Faire is, for lack of a better phrase, pretty much under NDA until the Early Access Bloggers have their way with it on the 19th. Word has it that the Fantasy Faire sims that are online are sooo secret that they merely have giant pink lawn flamingos in them. IE: They’re not even up and running yet.

So where am I? What am I doing? I am pulling out my hair strand by strand and stressing until I’m blue in the face. As a FF designer, I have deadlines, and I’ve had these deadlines since March. But as some of you may know, inspiration is a fickle thing. In many ways its like a cat. It comes and goes when it pleases, demands to be fed at five am in the morning when you’re dreaming peacefully, and occasionally asks to be let out so that it may run rampant on a blank SL canvas. It can disappear for days at a time and sleep for any amount of God given hours in a day. Or at least, this seems to be how mine works and like a cat, I seem to be most creative in the wee hours of the morning. I’m neglecting to mention the frazzled and disturbing image of myself, eyes blood shot and caffeine hung over after “inspiration” has had its way with me and smoked a cat nip joint.

Here it is, the last week, the final deadline, and I feel as if I’m only now getting started. Of course, this hasn’t been for lack of trying. All procrastination aside, I spent countless wasted hours trying desperately to come up with ideas as for what I wanted to do for the faire. The first thing I managed to come up with was reawakening an old idea and presenting the food trays. Luckily, it seems as if it’ll work.

Item one down. Yet, that never seems like enough. Bringing one item to the faire, even if its technically three versions? NOPE. Not enough. Now we’re back to square one all over again.

So what do you do when you’re out of inspiration and struggling like a mad woman?

You learn something new. What did I decide to learn? Poses. Why? Because I needed to create a holding pose for my trays. Safe to say, that’s been accomplished. …And then some. It occurred to me in the midsts of my pose creation that I should do more.

And more was done. In a grand total of ten hours I have successfully taught myself how to create poses, and Sei tells me I’m not half bad at it. So outside of the many flop poses I made, I now have two sets of five poses ready for the faire along with one three person pose and one couples pose. Though I haven’t decided entirely if those will accompany us to the faire. I’m debating.

The entire ten hours that I put forth into learning poses and doing all the pictures for them was spent without break (excluding getting food) and I Livestreamed the whole event. Its nice though, that through designing for an event like this I have found a new hobby. I Find that I actually quite fancy creating poses. They’re fun, and new!

I think all of that took place yesterday. I was up for 24+ hours, and at that point time just seems to blur together. I was also hyped on three different energy drinks and equivalently brought on the amusing stupid to go with it on the stream.

What’s going on today? My favorite word. Re cooperation. Recovery. Rest. Today’s drink diet consists of WATER and only water as I try and purge my system and rest. Because what happens tomorrow? The same thing that happened yesterday and this will most likely be my pattern right up until the Faire.

This is how I design.

Welcome to Fantasy Faire Prep week.

Poses so far:

Exclusive Fantasy Faire three friend pose!

Exclusive Fantasy Faire three friend pose!

Miqo'te inspired Poses

Miqo’te inspired Poses

Magical poses for magical stuff!

Magical poses for magical stuff!

 

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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Coming Soon, Events, New Releases

 

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❥ School Days

Get your School Girl on!

Get your School Girl on!

Some days, when it rains or I’m feeling ill, I’ll shut myself in for the day and just curl up with lots of comfy pillows and blankets and veg out to some guilty pleasure school anime.  Welcome to the Otaku Heaven post to end all Ink blog posts.

One of my favorite things in Second Life since last year has been the introduction of mesh school girl outfits from Edelweiss. Especially their winter collection! If you follow my flickr, you’ve no doubt caught me shamelessly sporting my school coat and muffler on countless occasions  But alas, the time of flower blooming and allergies is just around the corner! Now that its time to shed those winter coats what options to school girls have?

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Thanks to Edelweiss you’ve got LOTS to work with. This Spring I decided to go with their Sailor School Girl line because, wow, the options for it seem to be ENDLESS. Originally this is the only school girl outfit that hadn’t caught my eye when it released.

I must have been insane. Either that or very very naive to all the features it boasts. Most likely the latter. Any way, the initial outfit boasts a armload of colors for the shopper to choose from. In this case, pink once more because it has been my favorite color ever since December.

Here’s what the original Sailor School Girl outfit comes with:

*Edelweiss* School-Line Sailor Body (Summer/Summer Simple/Spring)
*Edelweiss* School-Line Sailor Collar (in White and your chosen color)
*Edelweiss* School-Line Sailor Dickey (for the not so low cut tops)
*Edelweiss* School-Line Sailor Knot (For tying your tie!)

You will have to purchase the skirts separately at Edelweiss, but the good news about that is that the skirts are inter-changeable with -any- of their School Girl Mesh outfits. So if you purchased them for the winter line, you’re already set.

Now the thing that I find so amazing about this set is all the add-ons. Currently I own a Blazer and a Cardigan for this set for colder days. Both of which I am featuring. The Blazer was used in the initial cover photo for this blog and the Cardigan was used in the winter pic to display all of the options for this amazing set. Beyond that Edelweiss also boasts an amazing assortment of ties and bows for you to wear! They come in multiple colors as well.

Winter, Spring, and Summer options for the Edelweiss Sailor Uniform.

Winter, Spring, and Summer options for the Edelweiss Sailor Uniform.

Outside of Edelweiss the clothing in this post is very simple. There is, however, one item I wanted to touch on. The shoes I’m wearing are from Monso, from the gatcha that I mentioned in the St. Patrick’s day post. They are my favorite pair of shoes EVER. You have no idea how hard it is for me not to blog them in every blog post I create! Yet, I saved them specially for this post because they work so perfectly with my Uniforms.

Sheep Flats from Monso in pink.

Sheep Flats from Monso in pink.

I don’t know if any of you have worn School Uniforms in real life, but one of the key things I found when wearing mine was the lack of customization. Personally, these days I’m grateful for it because it forced me to get very creative with my accessories. As such, these shoes really feel like they tie a special part of that into Second Life.

Well, that’s all for this go around! Hope everyone’s doing well! Don’t let the allergies get you too badly! Spring is just around the corner. =P

Clothing:

❥ *Edelweiss* School-Line Sailor Outfits
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mont%20Saint%20Michel/81/36/21

❥ [monso] My Fancy Flat Shoes – Sheep (Pink) {Gatcha!}

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sweet%20Isle/114/114/1452
Body:

❥ Eyes: Dead Apples

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Earl%20Island/28/39/902

❥ Eye Lashes: Gaeline Cosmetics: Fantasia Mesh Eyelashes
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Gaeline-Cosmetics-Fantasia-Mesh-Eyelashes-just-sublimate-your-eyes/3376232

❥ Face Stripes c( Two Cats ) Miqo’te Stripes (Not for Sale)

❥ Lip Gloss & Eye Liner: Izzies!
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/40543

❥ Skin: Ingkeu’s Custom Modification (Not For Sale)

❥ Hair: Ingkeu’s Custom
(Mix of two Wasabi Pills hair and one Magika hair)
Accessories:

❥ {Lemon Tea} – Big Wireframe Glasses (White)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Treasure%20Island/158/21/22

❥ c( Two Cats ) Neko Bell Bow Collar
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Treasure%20Island/158/21/22

❥ Neko Tail: {Lemon Tea} Somali Tail
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Treasure%20Island/158/21/22

❥ Neko Ears: Mutation Industries: Cat Person
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Mutation-Industries-Neko-Cat-Person-Parts-White/999484

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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Costume, Fashion, Shopping

 

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❥ Icecream

Get Inked #2 with extras

February was when I saw it coming. I sat staring out the warm sun lit window of my little beach shack and saw the hurricane looming in the distance. Whore Couture, Collabor88, The Arcade, and more!? They were all heading my way in one blogging hurricane fiasco waiting to happen.

Where do I start? Which one do I blog first? But the Arcade has so many pretty things!! I want to blog them all!!! …And I still might. But this, this is a good start. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to blog. There were so many wonderful items that I really just wanted to put everything into one big room, take a picture of myself in a pile of them and call it good.

Yet, that wouldn’t have done them justice. I’ll say this much, I started seeing adverts for the latest Arcade Event (March) back in February, and I was already excited then. You have no idea how many amazing items all of those creators have put out… that is unless you’ve been.

Is it scary that I lost five thousand Lindens to Gatchas in under thirty minutes of my first being there? I think so. Was it worth it? Absolutely. I will savour my Gatcha addiction for months to come with the excellence of these items.

So lets start as square one. Food. Its my deadly weakness. Nommables… cute food decorations… I’m screwed. I -have- to have them at that point. So when Tee*fy released their Gatcha line up for sweets and sweet makers galore I was sold! I don’t think I put more money into a machine than this one. I LOVE cake pops, and… well just about everything they had. One of the items that stood out the most to me though, was their Beverage Dispenser. The Fruit Punch one is adorable! I also have yet to get the lemonade one. It will be a gift that I must get for Sei, being the owner of Lemon Tea and all.

The Sugar Battalion also won me over with their line up of cute decorative cupcakes shaped like tiny deer, goats/sheep, or rabbits. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a picture of this go around. However, you can see them if you visit The Arcade. ( Now pictured below. )

Assorted Arcade Gatcha Items around my bed.

Assorted Arcade Gatcha Items around my bed.

Below I’m going to feature some more items from The Arcade that I (unfortunately) won’t have the chance to blog if I’m going to do everything that I want to this month.

Featured: .: Standby Inc. -  Bento boxes and Fruit Punch Drink Dispenser from Tee*fy

Featured: .: Standby Inc. – Bento boxes and Fruit Punch Drink Dispenser from Tee*fy

{sa} Make Love Not War Art

{sa} Make Love Not War Art

-tb- Tea Time - Cupcakes

-tb- Tea Time – Cupcakes

Intrigue Co. - Plushie Pals: Circus!

Intrigue Co. – Plushie Pals: Circus!

.: Standby Inc. - Sunrise Shelf & Assorted Coffees

.: Standby Inc. – Sunrise Shelf & Assorted Coffees

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I’m feeling long winded this go around, but lets get to the outfit. I wanted to use my Cake Pops Bouquet from Tee*fy and realized that it would be the base for my outfit this go around. So, to sweeten the mood, I selected a delectable little outfit from *ICING* that seemed to fit both the pops, and the skates at the same time. Hooray for 50s retro style car hops! It was the absolute perrrfect occasion! *ICING*’s Carhop Cutie outfit comes in multiple colors to suit your preference. Mine just happened to be, as usual, a nice light pink.

Tee*fy Cake Pops Bouquet & Sweets Charm Bracelet

Tee*fy Cake Pops Bouquet & Sweets Charm Bracelet

So here comes the bargain part of the outfit. Pulling the look together I decided I needed a few sweet based accessories. Believe ir or not I was able to gather not only the charm bracelet, but the charm necklace as well for under 20L. It was a steal (especially after my Arcade losses!) and they’re flat out adorable!

Sweets Charm Necklace and c( Two Cats ) Neko Bell Collar (Coming Soon!)

Sweets Charm Necklace and c( Two Cats ) Neko Bell Collar (Coming Soon!)

And finally, what car hop waits on cars with out a shiny new pair of skates? We can thank the Arcade again for these babies as The Secret Store released these beauties in a menagerie of colors! I promise you there’s a pair to fit any look, but these were my must haves of that gatcha. This was an Arcade month of pink!

Skates from the Secret Store!

Skates from the Secret Store!

I’ll be blogging the rest of the look below, so if there was something that I didn’t mention, and you’re curious, the answers will be there!!

Clothing:
 *ICING* Carhop Cutie – Pink
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/ICING-Carhop-Cutie-Pink/1786892
 Izzie’s – Sheer Tights (Basics)
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Izzies-Sheer-Tights-Basics/4083876
 The Secret Store – Vintage Roller Skates – Candy
The Arcade: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Country%20Club/128/128/2

Body:
❥ Eyes: {D.A} Sinistre – Cloudy Blue/Saturated Forest Green
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Earl%20Island/28/39/902
❥ Eye Lashes: Gaeline Cosmetics: Fantasia Mesh Eyelashes
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Gaeline-Cosmetics-Fantasia-Mesh-Eyelashes-just-sublimate-your-eyes/3376232
❥ Face Stripes c( Two Cats ) Miqo’te Stripes (Not for Sale)
❥ Lip Gloss & Eye Liner: Izzies!
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/40543
❥ Skin: Ingkeu’s Custom Modification (Not For Sale)
❥ Hair: Ingkeu’s Custom (Mix of two Wasabi Pills hair and one Magika hair)

Accessories

 *MM* Yummy Charm Jewelry Set
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/MM-Yummy-Charm-Jewelry-Set/4067925
 Tee*fy Cake Pops bouquet
The Arcade: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Country%20Club/128/128/2
 c( Two Cats ) Neko Bell Bow Collar (coming soon)
❥ Neko Tail: {Lemon Tea} Somali Tail
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Treasure%20Island/158/21/22
❥ Neko Ears: Mutation Industries: Cat Person
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Mutation-Industries-Neko-Cat-Person-Parts-White/999484

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❥ Meet me in the Red Room

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An Introduction:

I’ve spent a lot of time debating as to whether or not  I would ever start a blog.  It has its ups and downs I’m sure.  I’ve seen a lot of them on Flickr.  People stealing photos, posting them as their own on other websites… People copy botting shapes, and selling them on the Marketplace…  Heck, I’ve seen bloggers get their identities stolen.

So why Blog?  Passion.  Passion for creativity, for shopping, for expression.  Have you ever felt like you needed to express something so grand you would explode if you didn’t? That’s why.

My short amount of time on Flickr has given me enough of an eye opener to fore-see some of the issues I may encounter in the future.  Yet, I think its time I’m finally ready to toughen up and put my foot out the door.

So here goes nothing.

Are you ready to Get Inked?

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I stayed up late last night with the intentions of stopping by both Whore Couture and the Arcade, but wound up getting so snugglely with my Hubby that I wound up passing out before both had opened!

So, rolling groggily out of bed this morning I stumbled over to my computer and embraced my sleep ridden stupor just long enough to get logged in and over to Whore Couture.  The wait to get into the sim is long, but definitely worth it as there is an abundance of amazing products over there this year!

Today I decided to blog a few of my personal favorites from the fair.  One of which being the reason I slipped over there.  Dead Apples by Soleil Reid recently released her “Three Dimensional Eye Shadows” at the fair and when I first saw them on Flickr I knew they would be a must have for my inventory.  Its safe to say that they did not disappoint.  Paired with my favorite set of eyeliners from Izzie Button they were to die for!  I’ve featured them above.

The second item that really stole my fancy was from The Sugar Garden. Oh my goodness I am so in love with the lingerie sets that were released that I bought them in three different colors.  Red, Black, and White are typically my signature colors since they work so nicely with my white hair so those were the three I chose to purchase.  I blogged just one though.  My favorite color, red.

I mixed and matched the set with a few other items I had prior to the fair to make my own unique look.  I have a rule in Second Life, and that is never to wear an entire outfit. What I mean by this is, I always mix and match my apparel, which hopefully should make this blog rather interesting.

Its hard to find a pair of -good- white stockings.  For a while I spent months looking for the best pair, spending a ton of L on expensive sets, when finally the purrrfect pair found me.  Naturally, they had to be a part of a $10L lingerie pack I found on the Marketplace.  The store they’re from is really quite impressive as they boast a handful of quality clothing for incredibly cheap prices making Etiquette Lingerie an amazing stop for some sexy apparel.

So! To complete the look I added my favorite pair of heels.  Why are they my favorite? Because they were an absolute bargain.  To start with, their base shade is pure white with very nice shading.  How does this help the wearer? If you tint them you can get them to match ANY outfit out there.  Why were they a bargain?  They were only $99L.

So there you have it. Sexy apparel for a good price with a unique touch of mix matching to top it off.

Who’s ready for that product roll? ^_~

Clothing:

♛ Bra & Panties: .tsg. Baby Doll Bustiere (Red)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Emporium/76/34/417

Non-Rigged Mesh High Heels: Kakia Designs White Mesh Heels

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Kakia-Designs-White-Mesh-High-Heels/3784572

 Stockings: Etiquette: Bianca Cloud (White)

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Etiquette-Bianca-Cloud-White/202984

Body:

Eye Shadows: {D.A} 3Dimensional Eyeshadows (Chocolate/Peach) 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Earl%20Island/28/39/902

Eyes: {D.A} Sinistre – Cloudy Blue/Saturated Forest Green

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Earl%20Island/28/39/902

Eye Lashes:  Gaeline Cosmetics: Fantasia Mesh Eyelashes

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Gaeline-Cosmetics-Fantasia-Mesh-Eyelashes-just-sublimate-your-eyes/3376232

Face Stripes c( Two Cats ) Miqo’te Stripes (Not for Sale)

Lip Gloss & Eye Liner: Izzies!

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/40543

Skin: Ingkeu’s Custom Modification (Not For Sale)

Hair:  Ingkeu’s Custom (Mix of two Wasabi Pills hair and one Magika hair)

Accessories:

Neko Tail: {Lemon Tea} Somali Tail

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Treasure%20Island/158/21/22

Neko Ears: Mutation Industries: Cat Person

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Mutation-Industries-Neko-Cat-Person-Parts-White/999484

Inspirational Mediums:

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Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Events, Fashion, Shopping

 

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