The Springtalicious Cart Sale Event is here!

The Wash is at it again with this year’s Cart Sale event! For this time around, the theme is “Springtalicious”. Most items are priced at 10L, and merchants have one item at 50L. There are many bargains, so make sure you make The Wash one of your shopping priorities this weekend. The Cart Sale started on March 29th, and ends on April 12th. For more information, you can check out their website.

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Merry Christmas!

Hey guys! I just wanted to make a quick post to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas – I hope you all had fun today 🙂 There are a number of holidays this time of year, so I never understood why some get offended if one decides to say “Happy Holidays!” instead. It’s all meant to wish people well, so let’s all just have fun!

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LaVian brings fashionistas together

Hey guys! I hope you have been checking out the SL13B celebrations! Most of the events are over, but there are plenty of things to see. You can check here, here,  and here to see where you can go.

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to see the owner of LaVian, Samantha S Jones, speak at the SL13B Auditorium with the hostess Saffia Widdershins. It was interesting to learn that Samantha went from participating in culinary arts in real life to becoming a designer on a virtual platform. My friend Khitt also was in attendance, and we both enjoyed the opportunity to hear from a prominent SL designer. The audience was even treated with a  mini fashion show, and a gift bag of items from the Spring 2016 collection.

What was coincidental about this was that two weeks ago, Khitt and I had taken pictures with us wearing LaVian dresses. Since I am slow, it took me a while to edit the photo. But now I see I was just waiting for the right opportunity ^^

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I Got Your Number

…but do you have mine? That’s the real question – ha! 

Another event I would like to share with you is the 30/31 event. According to the website, “This event is designed to promote 2D, 3D, and decorative arts and to introduce people to the amazing artists of Second life! The goal is to bring people to you!”

Chop Zuey is one of the creators that is participating in this event. “I Got Your Number” is a necklace and earring set that is stylish, yet playful to wear for any fashionista.
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Ghee brings Nikita to The Instruments

Even though I have yet to see snow in my neck of the RL woods, it’s definitely winter! Sometimes we may feel not as glamorous due to all of the bulky clothes that we have to wear. But Ghee has a solution for that – get glammed with Nikita!

Besides the Nikita dress, you can complete the ensemble with a matching fur shawl and hat. You can also get fur booties (for Slink feet) to go along with the dress – we wouldn’t want your feet to get cold now do we?

There are 6 different colors to the Nikita dress, and at first you may not be able to see the colors, depending on what windlight you are using. They are all lovely winter shades. I am wearing Amethyst Ice. Currently, you can get Nikita at The Instruments until January 6th. If you miss out, you can always check back at the main store later to pick it up.

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The Boho Couture Fair ends soon

The fourth Boho Culture Fair ends on November 2nd. So if you haven’t been yet, now would be a good time to check it out. I think many are focused on celebrating Halloween ^^

Today I am wearing Ghee‘s clothing, which can be found at the Boho Couture Fair.
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I normally don’t wear green, but since the Foxy Lady Madylin skirt had green flowers, I decided to wear green tights as well. Ghee has a variety of colors, all at their main store. Make sure you demo so you can decide the best way to wear Ghee according to your tastes.

 

Styling Credits

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Electra
Skin: -Glam Affair – Luna skin – Jamaica
Shirt: Ghee Marsala Madylin Blouse  (@ the Boho Couture Fair)
Skirt: Ghee Foxy Lady Madylin Skirt (@ the Boho Couture Fair)
Tights: Ghee FW15 Artichoke Cable Knit Tights 
Boots: Ghee Dark Natural Suede Rose Boots (@ the Boho Couture Fair)
Necklace: EarthStones Ti’ana Necklace – Onyx
Pose: Manifeste
Location: The Cyprian Garden

Ghee at The Instruments – August Round

Hey guys! Today I want to show you what’s new at The Instruments for the August round. Ghee has  the Artisan dress in Artichoke, Aubergine, Carbon, Cerulean, Marsala, and Persimmon. I decided to team up with my friend Amity to showcase this outfit. We work at TEOM Magazine together, and she was recently accepted as a Ghee model ^^

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The Artisan comes with a wide belt, with the metal colors gold, silver, or tarnished. The Artisan boots comes in several colors via HUD, and can be worn with a variety of outfits. The boots are for Slink High feet only. This outfit is a just a preview for what’s in store for Ghee’s Fall line.

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I wanted to wear Cerulean, but Amity chose it first 😛 So my next color of choice was Aubergine. It was fun choosing a location, and then how to pose so we would look lovely together. If you want to see Amity’s credits, you can check out her blog here.

Styling Credits

Skin: -Glam Affair – Luna skin – Jamaica 02
Hair: booN ARK554 hair chocolate
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Nymph
Dress: Ghee Artisan Dress – Aubergine (@ The Instruments)
Boots: Ghee Artisan Boots (@ The Instruments)
Earrings: Chop Zuey – Heart & Soul Earrings
Pose: Manifeste
Location: Bisque Shores

Hot and humid days can be fun

Have you ever been outside when it’s hot and humid outside? It can be pretty down right disgusting – you can cut the humidity with a knife sometimes. And I have noticed for the past several years, places of business have cut down on the amount of air conditioning that they use. Even on mass transportation they have cut down, which to me is not a good idea when hundreds of people use it daily.

 


I decided to head down to Ghee because they have a new VIP gift out. Since it was nice (and humid) outside, I decided to take a picture near the fountain that is located near the store. Then, I felt some wetness on my arm. Don’t tell me it’s about to rain….and I don’t have an umbrella 😦
The rain did provide some relief to the heat, but I still wasn’t satisfied. Figuring that I would be wet anyway, I decided to stick arms and face into the water. Don’t worry about me – Bea and Warm assured me that the water is clean…I won’t drink from it just in case *winks*

 


Ghee has a few older group gifts at the store. Last time they had a group gift, I wore this lovely dress out to the beach. So you may want to stop by just in case you missed out on some of the gifts ^^

 


July style credits

Skin: Glam Affair – Alice – SummerParty – Jamaica 01 G
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Nymph
Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Marnie
Outfit: Ghee Floral Embroidered Denim Sleeveless Shirt & Rolled
embroidered cuff Jeans
(group gift)

Shoes: Ghee Brown Thong Sandal (also in group gift)
Jewelry: EarthStones Knotty Beads
Pose: Corpus
Location: Outside Ghee mainstore

June style credits

Hair: *Soonsiki!Bossy (Girls)
Dress: Ghee VIP Summer Swirl Halter Maxi Dress (group gift)
Bracelets: Chop Zuey – Colour My World Bracelets
Necklace: MG – Necklace – Summer LadyBird – Blue
Sunglasses: Izzie‘s – Oversized Sunglasses (brown lenses)
Rings: Izzie‘s – Midi Rings gold
Pose: Manifeste
Location: Baja Norte

The influence of Flickr on Second Life Blogging

As I stand here watching my friend cook her pasta from [Life2], I think about what I have to blog about next. Earlier today I followed at least 100 more people on Flickr, and faved a lot of photos that I liked. I do this every so often, but lately I feel that if I don’t do this, then it will have an adverse effect on promoting my blog. As anyone with a blog knows, being active on Flickr has become vital to getting desired blogger spots in Second Life stores and events. What does it mean to be active?


Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Shiny hair – Naturals II
Skin: Glam Affair – Cleo – Jamaica
Dress: DRIFT Sexy Lil Dress -Oriental Set w/HUD
Pose: Manifeste
Kitchen: LAQ Decor
Location: Giano Estates

Once, being active simply meant if you had a Flickr account. Lately, it means having at least 500 views and the number of faves to go along with them. A good ratio to aim for is to have at least 1 fave for every 10 views. As for 500 views, I personally feel like this is a lot to obtain for someone who is not used to hardcore promotion on Flickr, or doesn’t have many active Flickr users following them. Morgie has written a terrific guideline to help all of us who are struggling to get the push that we need to qualify for the latest requirement for SL bloggers.

Why do I say latest requirement? As I pointed out in Sophee’s post on the relevance of SL blogs with the emphasis on Flickr as of late, everyone is always looking for ways to promote their items or their events.

I think the emphasis on Flickr photos will favor those who tend to be better at photo composition and post-processing than those who are not. In addition, I think those who set aside time to place their photos in many groups and follow many active people (in the hopes that they will return the favor) will also be favored. For people who use Flickr to simply host their photos, it may be harder to get the views. This may cause stress to bloggers because they will ask themselves any of these questions:

1. If I don’t make artsy photos, does that make me a bad blogger?
2. If people don’t view/fave my photos, does that make me less of a blogger?
3. Am I only as good as my views or faves in the eyes of designers/event coordinators?
4. In order to be a good blogger, do I also have to be a good photographer?

Do you see how these questions (and their answers) focus on only one aspect of what goes into a blog?

What I think bloggers need to understand is this: Your blog is not only your personal space, but it’s also your personal brand. The people who are asking all of these requirements don’t necessarily care about your brand – it’s about what you can do for them to help get their message out there. You have to position yourself so when the next big trend to promoting for an event/store comes around, that it won’t be such a drastic change for you.

With regard with Flickr, every blogger should already be on Flickr, posting pics, following people, and have a list of favorite photos. I will even go as far as saying that your blog should have a link to your Flickr somehow. So now, with the latest trend focusing on Flickr, it is just a matter of building on what you have already started.

Still can’t meet those requirements?

What’s the worst thing that will happen if you don’t get accepted to a bloggers’ group? That you won’t be able to blog their items? Sure you can. It may mean that you will have to pay for it if you are styling an outfit, but most want to see how you use their products before applying to their group.

As bloggers, we will always look for ways to promote our blog. This may or may not be influenced by current trends in promotion. But always remember why you started blogging in the first place, and try not to let some people’s preferences for promotion dictate your entire blogging experience.