Regarding Donations and Fundraisers

I’m writing this mostly in response to some posts I’ve seen on Plurk about the Love Ulaa fundraiser I was involved in but it’s something that’s been on my mind for a while as negativity always seems to pop up when such events are held. Like I’ve said time and time again, one of the things I love about Second Life is that people come together to help each other out in awesome and amazing ways. The flipside to this is that there are some that treat that with suspicion and distaste – calling the recipient’s life into question and making those who contribute out to be gullible fools.

I wanted to reply on Plurk, but it’s a restrictive forum and I always end up getting wordier than I intend. So I’m posting this here and will link back where appropriate.

People who ask for help (or have fundraisers arranged for them, etc) are just that – people asking for, or seen to be in need of, help. They are not accountable to anyone – they are not registered charities who need to present their accounts or justify their causes. They are simply people who are brave enough to say, ‘do you know what, guys, things are really difficult for me right now.’

No one is obliged to give them anything and I know I don’t give anything I can’t afford.. my personal responsibilities have to come first. But what I do contribute, I do with a happy heart, whatever the ‘goal’ of the cause, if it’s something that resonates with me (and I have the luxury of deciding what that is.) I don’t mind if it’s something people consider ‘worthy’ or essential or just something that would make someone’s life better right now. And, if it’s the case where I’m buying an item whose proceeds happen to go to a cause – if it’s something I want anyway that’s no different from shopping regularly and I don’t ask store owners what they’re doing with the money – I don’t need to because it will be buying food, paying rent, replacing computer parts, taking holidays, shopping themselves etc.. normal stuff that people do. Shopping at or donating to fundraisers does not buy me a ticket to scrutinize that person’s life from then on – I’ve decided to give, the way in which the person in receipt of what I’ve given chooses to use it is up to them. Priorities or circumstances may change for all I know.

No one likes to think they might be duped, scammed, etc but I think that is mostly a case of hurt pride in feeling that we’ve allowed ourselves to be deceived. If it happens, isn’t it better to move on and remember that we wanted and were able to help and how good that feels? There are malicious scams preying on the vulnerable, of course there are, and they do need to be stopped but pointing the finger at anyone who dares to say ‘I need help’ is not the way to do that.

I don’t know for sure, obviously, but it doesn’t feel like the people who spread this negativity are people who decided to help Ulaa (or others) and are feeling disappointed.. I think they are people that feel a sense of jealousy – why not me, isn’t everyone’s life hard? Shouldn’t everyone be deserving of some help from time to time? The answer is yes, of course.. but unless we cultivate a climate in which people feel it’s ok to reach out to one another to give and receive help and love then that’s not going to happen.

If anyone disagrees with me that’s obviously your right – this is simply my opinion. I won’t be entering into a debate about it – I’ve said what I wanted and I have issues with depression that means conflict really takes its toll on me.. it was hard enough to write this. I do, however, wish you all well <3

Retro Nostalgia

Retro Nostalgia

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I have been having such a lovely time with MadPea‘s Rewind & Play collection for The Arcade. So many of these items bring back childhood memories for me and the extra little touches and features have really been making me giggle. Evey item is interactive so you truly can play with these adorable toys! It’s hard to pick favourites but the custom pictures in the ‘Wind & Watch‘ and the brilliantly rude ‘Crazy Jack‘ have made me laugh so hard!

I’m always blown away by everything MadPea produces – it’s why I jumped at the opportunity to become a dedicated blogger for them – but the quality of these items is honestly astounding – I get a such a sense of tactile-ness from them, as if I can almost really feel their textures.. I really recommend you check them out for yourselves!

Now please excuse me while I go wake up Jack again.. later!

<3

 

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Romper: ‘Farrah Jumper (Aqua)‘ – LolitaL$159
Skates: ‘Hi5! Roller Skates‘ – CandyStripes – past hunt prize, no longer available

Body
Hair: ‘Katniss V2 (Roots/GoldWheat)‘ – CaTwAL$99 – Marketplace Promo, 5-colour pack
Skin: ‘Alena Azure (Vanilla)‘ – Pink Fuel (@Free*Style) – L$50..
..Slink appliers sold separately at Pink Fuel’s Mainstore, L$100.
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (Deep True Grey)‘ – MayflyL$99
Eye Makeup: ‘Lenore (Gold/Purple)‘ – RubedoL$75 – 5-colour pack..
..past Lazy Sunday item, still out at time of post
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack
Lipstick (base): ‘Pastel (Sky)‘ – UtopiaHL$99 – 5-colour pack
Lipstick (top): ‘Candid Lip (Yellow Gold)‘ – Madrid Solo Cosmetics – this particular version is an old event freebie..
..but there’s lots more in store!
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Weather‘ – c.A. :: chocolate atelier – past event item, not currently in-store..
..5 texture options on HUD, mani/pedi both included
Shape: My usual

Decor
Skybox: ‘Attic Skybox (Maja)‘ – prim worXXL$199 – full perm
Plant: ‘Happa 02‘ – chronokitL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]
Boxes: ‘Cardboard Box‘ – DBy MeshL$0 – Freebie
Memory Boxes: ‘Pattern Trinket Boxes Set‘ – vespertineL$120
Rug: ‘Rug (Naturel)‘ – ZiganaL$50
Toys: ‘Rewind & Play‘ – MadPea (@The Arcade) – L$75 per play – Gacha*..
..various shown, scroll down to gacha key pic for more detail.

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Sitting 11′BehaviorBody Animations - L$60
Facial Expression: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight: ‘Nacon’s Sweet Dawn‘ (Firestorm viewer)

[*review copies – thanks MadPeas!]

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Running away from the circus..

Running away from the circus

enlarge meh!

Yay for the weekend! Although, the end of the month has just kinda crept up on me and I nearly forgot I wanted to show you some amazing items available at this month’s round of We Love Role-Play which is ending very soon!

This hat of yummy-texture-goodness is by sian and can be found in 5 individual colours or in a fatpack with 2 more, exclusive, colours. Check out the vendor pic here to see the others. I love blogging sian’s creations because they really help me to create more unusual outfits.. and I hope you like this one because I really enjoyed putting it together! The skirt, top and collar is from Eudora 3D and are also to be found at We Love Role-Play – available in sets of 6 colours or as a fatpack, vendor piccy here. Full credits and slurls further down.

Items at We Love Role-Play are discounted so, while they may be available in their respective mainstores soon, you might not find them at these prices again – so do take a good look around the event this weekend while you still can!

I also just want to quickly say that  The Fetish Circus, where I took this shot, is a truly incredible and beautifully crafted sim. I need to return to take some landscape shots (when I have more time for being patient with my graphic card limitations) but I highly recommend you take a look for yourselves – just be aware that it is adult land and you may see some naughtiness.

That’s me for the weekend – I hope you all have a lovely one!

<3

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Hat: ‘Starwatcher 3 (Black)‘ – Chariot (@We Love Role-Play) – L$180
Mask: ‘Mask of Tharna‘ – KRUXL$0 – Freebie (modded)
Outfit: ‘Carnivale (Red)‘ – Eudora 3D (@We Love Role-Play) – L$250
Gloves: ‘Foe Gloves (XXX)‘ – RazorL$249 – with texture HUD
Stockings: ‘Leather Stockings‘ – Revenge Store – not currently available
Shoes: ‘Stompers (Black/Red)‘ – DRDL$60

Body
Skin: ‘Jamie (Pale 01)‘ – EssencesL$0 – Freebie, 3 skin tones included..
..Slink appliers sold separately, L$100 each.
Eyes: ‘Woeful Eyes (Red Bloodshot)‘ – Brixley – this particular version is not currently available..
..but there are many other truly beautiful eyes at this store!
Cheeks: ‘Toy Soldier‘ – Laudanum LollipopsL$0 – Freebie, also includes key..
..you can find the gift box near the gachas.
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Fashionable Black‘ – By SnowL$1 – Dollarbie, 8 texture options on HUD..
..mani/pedi both included
Shape: My usual

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Morte 6‘ – PosESioNL$80

Location:
The Fetish Circus [adult]

Enchantress of Dragons

Enchantress of Dragons
La Metallique Fair opened on August 15th and I was lucky enough to cover the event for Seraphim – this always gives me an opportunity to really look in great detail at the items available at an event and I was particularly blown away by what is on offer here. Organised as a celebration of L’accessoires‘s second anniversary, the fair is packed full of fabulous jewelry, shoes, bags and other accessories on a metallic theme. I’m truly spoiled for choice as to what to blog and I do hope I have the chance to post more before the event closes, but I needed to show you some of the designs made by Alienbear Gupte because they are just breathtaking!

I love dragons – I particularly love Chinese dragons – so you can imagine the squee’ing echoing around my head when I saw these. The detail in each and every piece is incredible and photographs so beautifully – I had so much fun working on the pics that I had to tear myself away to actually blog them ( a raw shot is included further down so you can see a couple of items in their unedited glory.) A copy version of the dragon scale bracelets is a completely free gift for the duration of the event and a couple of the items are totally exclusive to the event and won’t be available later. There are more items in the fair stand than I’ve pictured, including a fantastic earring set that is a VIP group gift [L$100 to join] – I wasn’t able to get the group vendor to work for me but if you take the landmark to the member’s shop (once you’ve joined the group) you can pick it up there. Check out Alienbear’s Flickr for her vendor photos.

Alienbear’s Designs are not the only store to be offering items that will only be on sale at La Metallique Fair – so be sure to visit if you can and take a good look around – it really is a lovely event with a nice clean set up and has never been particularly laggy when I’ve stopped by. It’s open until September 8th so you still have a week and a bit.

These shoes can also be found at La Metallique Fair – I’m sorry you cannot see them in great detail but they are gorgeous and the whole 22769 stall is another must-see stall. The dress I’m wearing is by the always-yumtastic BOOM and I cannot believe how well it matches the jewelry.. I love it when that happens!

I also want to say a big thank you to the girls over at the wonderful FabFree blog for making me aware of this lovely dollarbie skin by INSITU! Follow this link to read Love Trill’s post and see her beautiful shots of all the included skin tones.

Finally, a word on a personal frustration – I know I can’t be the only blogger this happens to (please tell me I’m not!) but it seems like I’m always getting a shot I’m happy with, changing all my settings and getting out of the pose and/or editing it until I’m happy, and then realising I forgot to do something. In this case it’s my nails – I was going to change the length and use an applier. It’s certainly not something I’m going to attempt reshooting for (I shot these on ultra with EVERY FREAKING THING ENABLED and it’s so rare my computer will tolerate that I’m not going to push my luck!) still, these little things bug me.. maybe I need to write myself a checklist..

Hope you’re all having a fantastic week, thanks for reading!

<3

Enchantress of Dragons Closeup Collage

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Dress: ‘Hye Tube Dress (Amber)‘ – BOOML$295
Headpiece: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon Headpieces‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$1000
Necklace: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon Scale Necklace‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$300..
(..ONLY available for the duration of the event.)
Bracelet: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon scale Bracelet‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$0 – Freebie..
(..copy only version, transfer version is L$250.)
Ring-L: ‘MeiMei Dragon Ball Ring‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$500..
(..also includes Dragon bracelet, not shown.)
Ring-R: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragonhead Ring‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$500
Shoes: ‘Serenity Heels (Gold)‘ – 22769 (@La Metallique Fair) – L$185
(..for Medium Slink AvEnhance Feet only.)

Body
Hair: ‘Tsubasa (Midnight)‘ – ArgraceL$250 – 5-colour pack
Skin: ‘Nikole (Pearl)‘ – INSITUL$1 – Dollarbie..
(.. includes 4 skin tones and lots of appliers.)
Eyes: ‘Liquid Light Mesh Eye (Sea Green Shadow)‘ – MayflyL$99
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack (2 versions worn)
Lipstick: ‘Center Of Attention Lips (Fire Engine Red)‘ – GlamorizeL$22 – 20-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Medium)‘ – SlinkL$675
Shape: My usual

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Erte_two‘ – oOo StudioL$45 (hand positions modified with Animare)
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight (avi): ‘Starry Starry Night‘ by sian – available for download here..
(..seen best in raw closeup as the other photos have been edited.)

Wascally Wabbit

Wascally Wabbit
This month MadPea took part in the Bleeping Bunny Hunt which ended on the 15th (I know, I’m sorry).. but the great news is that the mini side-hunt that they ran as a sponsor is being left up until the end of the month so you still have time to have some fun and get your hands on the fab hunt prizes priced at just L$5 each. The Mini-Hunt will give you clues to different locations around The Green Mire – some objects will contain more clues (these are free to buy) and some will contain prizes such as the slippers and filthy-mouthed shoulder pet (modifiable so you can tone down the chat if you prefer!) pictured here. Find and click on the poster to receive your first clue and happy hunting!

Pretty much everything else I’m wearing is also by MadPea – you can find these other goodies and more free group gifts in the big hangar at the landing point. It’s always worth a good rummage around there, you never know what you might find! Also, if you’re in the mood for more puzzles (and haven’t yet completed it) see if you can solve The Green Mire Mystery which paves the way for the new hunt starting next month.. YAY!

Finally, a quick comment on the photo resolution – although things have been rezzing for me a whole lot better since I updated Firestorm, my computer seems to be having an off-day so I haven’t been able to make my photos as large and prettyful as I would like, but they are very honest – I’ve done a very little work on the exposure of the first photo and just cropped the close-up – such pretty skin!

See you soon! <3

Wascally Wabbit Closeup

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
T-shirt: ‘Bunch of Peas Tee (Green/Purple)‘ – MadPeaL$250 – 6-color pack..*
(.. or you can buy individually on the Marketplace for L$50)
Shorts: ‘Gamer Girl Shorts‘ – MadPeaL$120..*
(..or you can buy the complete Female Gamer set for L$150)
Slippers: ‘Bunny Slippers’ – MadPeaL$5 – Hunt Prize..
(..MadPeas Mini Hunt for the Bleeping Bunny, ends August 31st)
Shoulder Pet: ‘Mad Bleeping Shoulder Bunny’ – MadPeaL$5 – Hunt Prize..
(..MadPeas Mini Hunt for the Bleeping Bunny, ends August 31st)

Body
Hair: ‘NewPea Hair‘ – MadPeaL$0 – from the NewPea Female avatar, Group Gift [Free to Join]
Skin: ‘NewPea Essences‘ – MadPeaL$0 – from the NewPea Female avatar, Group Gift [Free to Join]
Eyes: ‘NewPea Eyes‘ – MadPeaL$0 – from the NewPea Female avatar, Group Gift [Free to Join]
Hands (closeup pic only): ‘AvEnhance Hands (Victory)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: My usual modded

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘HentekoPose11 (PeaceVer)‘ – NaturalL$10 – 5-pose pack
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight: ‘BrightSparkly’ by JuicyBomb

Location
The Green Mire

[*review copies – thanks MadPeas!]

LOTD ~ 08-19-14: One, Two, Three, Four, Five

081914LOTDI’ve had this incredibly cute hair from Pink Hustler sat in my inventory since I saw it in another blog (I wish I could remember which one so I could credit appropriately but I’m afraid it was months ago!) I was reminded of it as soon as I saw this adorable dress from BOOM at the Olive You fundraiser and couldn’t wait to put the two together. Olive You is full of brand new items from some amazing designers who are all giving 100% of the proceeds to help the owner of Olive raise some money towards court costs as her family fight to save their home, and it’s open until the end of the month.

A couple of other things I want to note – these beautiful eyes are from Langly and are only L$1 for a pack of 3 on the Marketplace, and the eye makeup by Angelica can currently only be found at The Gallery Gift Shop‘s Anniversary event which ends soon. Oh, yes, and the fish in the hair are animated (squee!)

Thank you for reading! <3

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Dress: ‘Maliit Dress (Swim)‘ – BOOM (@Olive You) – L$150 – 100% of proceeds donated
Shoes: ‘Halcyon Sandals (Orange)‘ – BOOML$275..
(..for Medium Slink AvEnhance Feet only)

Body
Hair: ‘70527 (Light Blond)‘ – Pink HustlerL$150 – 2-colour pack
Hairbase: ‘Hairbase Tattoo 2 (Pearl Platinum)‘ – AmacciL$0 – Fatpack, Free
Skin: ‘Sora (Vanilla) Sugoi‘ – Pink FuelL$300..
(..Slink appliers sold separately, L$100 each)
Freckles: ‘Freckle Face (Sunned)‘ – GlamorizeL$5 – 4 versions included
Eyes: ‘Eyes Pack #4 (Blue)‘ – LanglyL$1 – 3-color pack, Dollarbie
Eye Makeup: ‘Dot Love Eyeshadow (High)‘ – Angelica (@TGGS) – L$190 – 4-colour pack
Lip Gloss: ‘Your Lip Gloss #2 (Orange)‘ – AngelicaL$150 – 3-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nailpolish)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Medium)‘ – SlinkL$675 (wearing included basic nailpolish)

Pose
HentekoPose11 (Peace Ver)_5‘ – NaturalL$10 – 5-pose pack

When Snails Attack! (Kagami 2014)

I’ve waited to post about sian’s awesome items (more about these after the next pic) for this Japanese horror themed event because I wanted to be able to experience it fully for myself – and I’m so glad I have because it’s truly amazing! There is so much to see and do – I really took my time and spent a good few hours there (in sessions) but I still feel like I want to go back and do more. You land at the market area and from there you can pick up a HUD and instructions on how to play the game in which you follow and interact with an unfolding storyline.. a kind of puzzle adventure. The theme is horror but it’s creepy in parts rather than terrifying and I found the overall atmosphere interesting and endearing.. and the builds are beautifully done. It’s also completely free to play!

I’m seriously impressed with all aspects – it’s just so fun and engaging and with the main puzzle, hunt & mini games within the game, there is lots to see and do! I’ve posted a collage of some of the pics I took as a teaser – but I’m giving no spoilers about the rest of the experience.. I hope you all have chance to find out for yourselves. Kagami will be available until the end of the month so there is still plenty of time. SLURL here or read more on the official website.

As I mentioned earlier, the landing point is a market, and here you can shop for some truly original items designed especially for the event. sian very kindly sent me Chariot’s blog pack which contains a wealth of items based on the manga series Uzumaki.. I confess I haven’t read any of the manga, nor seen the film (though I now very much want to!) but the items are exceptional. I’ve always loved snails – there is just something about them that make me smile so, to me at least, the skullclamp, earrings and bracelet hit a sweet spot between creepy/sinister and cute (because ‘OMG there’s another snail.. squee!) – I appreciate you may feel somewhat differently if you don’t like snails but you still gotta appreciate the gorgeous textures and originality.. I particularly love the bracelets for the snail trails! For each main item you buy there are bonus snails – for decor and for your hand – and there is also a fatpack of all the ‘Spiral Obsession‘ items available at a very reasonable L$400.

Seeing as I’ve been enthusiastic with my editing of the photo I’ve included a raw shot after the credits.. and a shot of the items displayed on a rather interesting mannequin head I picked up on the Marketplace. Hopefully they give you a little more detail, but I also recommend taking a look at sian’s flickr as the photos there are always incredibly beautiful and you’ll also be able to see the table in its full glory.

I hope you take the opportunity to visit Kagami while it’s there and show some love to the creators and participating designers if you’re able because without them our little world would be a whole lot less interesting!

See you soon!

<3

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Skullclamp: ‘Spiral Obsession Skullclamp‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) – L$160*
Earrings: ‘Spiral Obsession Earrings‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) - L$160*
Dress: ‘Caelestis (Bronze & Gold)‘ – Occult & The Fallen (@We Love Role-Play) – L$420
Bracelets: ‘Spiral Obsession Snailtrail Bracelet‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) – L$160*
Snails: ‘Spiral Obsession – Hand Snail‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) – included with any main purchase..
(..attachment location modded)*

Body
Hair: ‘D802 (Amber)‘ – Tram (@Collabor88) - L$188 – 2-colour pack
Skin: ‘Coral (Jamaica, Lotus C)‘ – Glam Affair – past Fifty Linden Friday, not currently available..
(..Slink appliers sold separately, L$95)
Eyes: ‘Liquid Light Eyes (Desert Dawn Shadow)‘ – MayflyL$99
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack
Eye Makeup: ‘Magali (Olive)‘ – ZibskaL$250 – 11-color pack
Lip Gloss: ‘Your Lip Gloss #5 (Beige)‘ – AngelicaL$150 – 3-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: My usual modded

Decor
Snail: ‘Spiral Obsession – Deco Snail‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) – included with any main purchase*
Table: ‘Spiral Obsession – Table‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) – L$60
Head: ‘Female Mannequin Head (Shirley)‘ – Reflect DesignL$195

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘EEEK 1‘ – Hopscotch – past Subscriber Group Gift, not currently available
Windlight (avi): ‘Washed Out Sky‘ by sian – available for download here
Windlight (Kagami): region settings
Windlight (display): ‘Studio Light‘ (included in the Firestorm viewer)

Location
Kagami 2014 (collage pics only)

[*review copies – diolch yn fawr, sian!]

Spiral Obsession Display

snails!

When Snails Attack raw

click to enlarge

 

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