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    Designer Showcase May 5 ~ 25


    It's getting hot out there! Thank goodness for that cute little summer top from KiB Designs*! It comes in 12 shades of two prints and will go with any of your jeans, shorts, or casual summer skirts. 
    I paired it with lace inset Hippie Jeans from American Bizaar that I got at Designer Showcase a few years ago. The good news for you, if you missed them, is they're available now on MP. However, there is a cute set from [AB] at this month's Designer Showcase.


    The Polished Seaglass Jewelry * from Ghee coordinates beautifully with the tops and can be tweeked with the hud to expand the color choices.
    Hair ~ Sintiklia Paula
    Head ~ Catwa HDPRO Queen
    Body ~ Maitreya Lara 5.3
    Skin ~ 7 Deadly S[k]ins Pamela
    Outfit ~ KiB Designs Rosella Top* / Hippie Jeans from [AB] on MP 
    Jewelry ~ Ghee Polished Seaglass Jewelry * 

    * Featured items are available @ Designer Showcase till the 25th of the month

    LINKS / FEEDS
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    Photos ~ Taken in the Seventh Valley region of Fantasy Faire. The Quest, "Language of the Birds", will continue till May 12.
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    FF 2021 One Last Look


    Part of the magic of Fantasy Faire is that it is fleeting. Fantasy Faire 2021 will disappear into the mysts May 9. UPDATE: The Faire will remain open for shopping till May 12! Till then I will be spending as much time as I possibly can exploring and enjoying the magic and beauty of the Faire, but this will be my final blog about it. 
    Day to day blogging resposibilities have begun to knock on my windows and it's time for me to get back to what passes for reality in SL.

    The Organizers, Quest planners, Merchants, Performers, Bloggers, Cataloger Compilers and Support People have done an absolutely amazing job of creating 21 fully integrated worlds with a single goal: to raise donations for Relay for Life to keep funding cancer research and care throughout the world. 

    • Circe* Top, Bottom, Skirt & Belt from [QE] Designs  
    • Star Scatter Pastel Rainbow Tattoo* from Even~Tide 
    • Long-suffering dance partner just being his usual amazing self. He didn't even have to dress up for this picture because he's always that magical! 
    • Shown on board the Fairechylde  
    I want to thank everyone who worked to bring this year's Faire to life. Whether on the front lines or working behind the scenes, it takes a
    ton of thought, sweat and time to put together something this complex and I can tell you from working behind the scenes for the last four years, the folks who bring you Fantasy Faire are some of the most generous and just plain fun people I've ever known!
     
    The pictures here are just a few of the looks I wore as I explored and partied throughout the Fairelands. Thank you to the marvelous folks who made their creations available for blogging!

    Used in all pictures:
    Head ~ Catwa HDPRO Queen 1.4
    Body ~ Maitreya Lara 5.3
    Skin ~ 7 Deadly S[k]ins (5 different skins for 5 pictures - have fun shopping!)

    Fantasy Faire 2021 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 22 to Sunday May 9, treat yourself to shopping, dance and theater performances, DJ parties, auctions, questing, our Literary Festival, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

    * Featured items are linked to Fantasy Faire shops. Others links are to regular inworld stores or MP.
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    FF 2021 Something for the Guys

    Whether you're looking for Medieval mail, Oriental outfits, Sci-fi spacesuits or Something Seriously Strange, you will find it @ Fantasy Faire.

    The nice folks at Fantasy Faire have worked hard not only to encourage the merchants to include fantasy items for male bodies, but to make it easier to find them. Check Shopping for Men on the Fantasy Faire website.

    William here. Stealing the blog from Aznana and showing just a few of the items that appealed most to me:
    • Elvish Ears w piercings* from SolEtLu can be colored and tattooed
    • Gambeson* from Hotdog 
    • Kalari Vos BOM Skin* and Galinne Eyes* from Petrichor & Trap 
    • Nefarious Wings* and Avarice Tail* from Aii & Ego are animated and scripted to pick up the color of BOM skins and tattoos

    • Django Troll* avatar from BeSpoke includes Bento head, shape, BOM skin, beard, tusks and hair with lots of tintable tattoos to personalize it
    • Njord Viking Tunic* and Runar Boots* from //R3D//. Tunic and pants are a one piece with color hud options
    Defaults on all pictures ~
    Hair ~ No Match 
    Head & Body ~ Altamura
    Skin ~ unless otherwise noted, 7 Deadly S[k]ins Odin 

    Fantasy Faire 2021 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 22 to Sunday May 9, treat yourself to shopping, dance and theater performances, DJ parties, auctions, questing, our Literary Festival, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

    * Featured items are linked to Fantasy Faire shops. Others links are to regular inworld stores or MP.
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    FF 2021 One Thousand Paper Cranes


    Ling Xiao Long, the home of this year's Literacy Festival at Fantasy Faire, is a magical world of paper and ink with spashes of bright red. 

    Hua Long Dian Jing, is a Chinese proverb meaning “painting a dragon, dotting its eyes.” The proverb comes from a story about an artist who painted a dragon who came to life as soon as the eyes have been dotted. The design of this region brings this proverb to reality, manifesting strokes of ink brush into a 3D world.


    The Literacy Festival brings the world of story, poetry and film to life in Second Life with a variety of presentations and writing experiences throughout the Faire.

    • Wearing a wonderfully complex Kimono and Obi from Sakka's Studio *. The Kimono, undergarment and a couple of different Obis can be customized with color and texture huds. The shoes are the only thing simple about this look. They're nicely made straw Zoris for use with a flat foot

    Hair ~ Arata Hair Gift and Bangs 
    Hair bowSakka's Studio not rigged * 
    Head ~ Catwa Lona 4.5
    Body ~ Maitreya Lara 5.3
    Skin ~ 7 Deadly S[k]ins Kim
    Outfit
    Sakka's Studio Kimono * 
    ShoesSakka's Studio Zori * 

    Fantasy Faire 2021 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 22 to Sunday May 9, treat yourself to shopping, dance and theater performances, DJ parties, auctions, questing, our Literary Festival, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

    * Featured items are linked to Fantasy Faire shops. Others links are to regular inworld stores or MP.
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    FF 2021 Scrimshaw Warrens


    Imagine if you will, a frozen land with many secrets. Besides the shops hidden away in the ice caves along the path, Scrimshaw Warrens is the home of tabletop gaming for Fantasy Faire 2021


    If you ever played Dungeons & Dragons or any of the myriad of tabletop adventure games that followed it, this may spark memories. If you never played D&D or the myriad of games that followed, come take a class or watch a game to see what it's all about. Some of the groups continue their adventures throughout the year meeting in chatrooms or getting together in SL.


    You may see strange and wonderous beings lurking along the paths as you travel through this cold and vaguely disturbing region.  I've been haunting the cliffs wearing looks compiled from shops throughout Fantasay Faire. 


    I love the way the wings and tail from Aii pick up BOM skin and tattoo textures to blend perfectly with the body. Any tattoos you wear will appear in some manner on the wings. Above, the wings have picked up the feather patterns from the Aii Avian Ibrida tattoos in my bodysuit. Below, they show the runes from my leg tattoo. All Aii products come with color and texture huds to further personalize them.

    • Wearing the full Aii Bellatrix Suit which includes Neck, Pauldrons, Sleeves, Suit, Legs and Shoes to be worn separately or together. You will find all the Aii and Aii & Ego products shown here in the Fantasy Faire shop on Valhalla 
    • Face tattoos on top two pictures are Shieldmaiden * from Endless Pain Tatttoos. The tat in the bottom pic isn't available @ Fantasy Faire. 
    • Necklace is a COMMON gacha from Oblivious*  

    Hair ~ Doe Miria
    Head ~ LeLutka Avalon 3.0
    Body ~ Maitreya Lara 5.3
    Skin ~ 7 Deadly S[k]ins Peppermint 
    Outfit ~ Aii Bellatrix Suit [Legacy, Legacy perky, Maitreya] * 
                Aii & Ego Nefarious Wings [S-XXL Bento BoM] * 
                Avarice Tail [Bento BoM]* 
    Jewelry ~ Oblivious Solem Gehenna Key *
    Tattoos ~ Aii Avian Ibrida * / Endless Pain Face Shieldmaiden* / Ghost'Ink Valkyrie Tattoo blue

    Fantasy Faire 2021 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 22 to Sunday May 9, treat yourself to shopping, dance and theater performances, DJ parties, auctions, questing, our Literary Festival, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

    * Featured items are linked to Fantasy Faire shops. Others links are to regular inworld stores or MP.
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    FF 2021 The Quest!


    One of the most popular activities at Fantasy Faire is the Quest
    This event within an event takes questors all over Fantasy Faire in search of information and items to aid the Bard Queen in her battle against the UnWeaver. 
    This year's chapter is called The Language of the Birds.


    William and I are modeling this year's EXCLUSIVE outfits created by Bee Dumpling and Solas Enchantment from Silvan Moon Designs. Terra Volitant made the helper birds we have on our shoulder. You need to purchase a hud in order to do the Quest, but if you are successful in completing it, you will receive goods that far exceed the cost of the hud!


    Purchase of the Hud is a 100% donation to Relay for Life. Both outfits are included with the Deluxe Quest Hud for a donation of L$350; a Quest Hud without the outfits is available for a donation of L$250 at any of the FF 2021 regional landing points. . 

    Hers
    Hair ~ KMH F162 Bangs, F163 Hair * 
    Head ~ Lelutka EvoX Avalon 3.0
    Body ~ Maitreya Lara 5.3
    Skin ~ 7 Deadly S[k]ins Anemone Oak
    Outfit ~ Silvan Moon Designs FF 2021 Traveler's Set Dress, BoM leggings, separate Boots  [Classic, Maitreya, Slink] * 

    His 
    Hair ~ Argrace Gaku (no longer available)
    Head & Body ~ Altamura Max full body Bento mesh
    Skin ~ 7 Deadly S[k]ins Brent Stone
    Outfit ~ Silvan Moon Designs FF 2021 Traveler's Set one piece jerkin and leggings with separate boots [classic sizes, fitmesh] * 

    Fantasy Faire 2021 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 22 to Sunday May 9, treat yourself to shopping, dance and theater performances, DJ parties, auctions, questing, our Literary Festival, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

    * Featured items are linked to Fantasy Faire shops. Others links are to regular inworld stores or MP.



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    FF 2021 Tempest Bay and Cerulean Bombora


    Sunday I visited the unassuming seaport town of Tempest Bay and its extention, Cerulean Bombora, in the Fairelands. 


    It seemed a quiet place. There may be a few pirate flags flying and a cannon or two conveniently placed around the town, but generally speaking, the shopkeepers and residents mind their own business and try to keep a low profile. 


    The dock was rockin' Sunday at a party held in conjunction with the RFL One Team. Corwyn Allen's music tended to be folksy and nautical and the assembled listeners loved it!


    I found my outfit @ [QE] Designs in Tempest Bay. This outfit is available in dark and light texture huds. I couldn't decide which I liked best, so I got both. Look for the RFL vendors throughout Fantasy Faire. The merchants donate 50 - 100% of the sales from items in these vendors to Relay for Life.



    Hair ~ Opale Dalila / Doe Miria Candy
    Head ~ LeLutka EvoX Avalon 3.0
    Body ~ Maitreya Lara 5.3
    Skin ~ 7 Deadly S[k]ins Anemone
    Outfit ~ [QE] Designs Sofina Dress & Panties in dark and light [10 textures each] * 
    Jewelry ~ Bliensen + MaiTai Fisk silver * 
    Tattoo ~ Juna Lilak Tattoo light *
    StaffPetrichor Tsubome Staff *



    Fantasy Faire 2021 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 22 to Sunday May 9, treat yourself to shopping, dance and theater performances, DJ parties, auctions, questing, our Literary Festival, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

    * Featured items are linked to Fantasy Faire shops. Others links are to regular inworld stores or MP.
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    FF 2021 The Fairechylde and The Dark Awakening Region


    One of the most popular destinations in Fantasy Faire is the Fairechylde, the huge party ship. 
    At one time it was a literal airship carried by a dragon that moved from place to place around the Fairelands. Part of the fun of attending a party aboard the old Fairechylde was trying to locate it. You knew you were a real Fairelander if you could find the ship and fly aboard without incident. That became less of a challenge a few years ago when the Fairechylde was docked in one location. 


    The Fairechylde in the Dark Awakening has been given a new look and a much larger dance floor. Small ships have been added to starboard and port for even more dance area.  When I attended Tamlorn Carterhaugh Wood's / RFL One Team Ball on Friday night, there was plenty of space on the main deck for 6 couples to do formal court dances with room for regular couples' dances and singles. 


    After the Ball, I ran down the path wearing my ball gown like some fairytale princess. I wasn't trying to get home before midnight; I was headed to the banks of gachas that are another feature of the region. 
    [You can see the gachas along the path to the left in the picture above.] 


    The pictures here were taken between a couple displays of gachas. The flute is a gacha prize from Harshlands * 


    Fantasy Faire 2021 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 22 to Sunday May 9, treat yourself to shopping, dance and theater performances, DJ parties, auctions, questing, our Literary Festival, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

    Hair ~ Firelight Princess *
    Head ~ Catwa HDPO Queen 
    Body ~ Maitreya Lara 5.3
    Skin ~ ND/MD Lyn Rose #2 * with added lipstick and eye shadow
    Outfit ~ Poet's Heart Hanne* 
    Earrings ~ Rise Designs Antares * 
    Tattoo ~ Nefekalum Eostre Pink * 
    Acios Gaia Halo Claire de Lune *

    * Links on featured items are to Fantasy Faire shops. Other links are to regular inworld stores or MP.
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    FF 2021 The Entertainment Region of Paer Thura


    Friday morning found me sitting on a floating flower in Paer Thura chatting with other excited audience members as time approched for a choreographed introduction to some of the principal Scandinavian Goddesses. 


    Presented by the Night Theater on a stage build to represent Yggdrasil, the show was called Yggi.


    Director, DJ and Dancer, Aelva, and her troupe presented 45 minutes of wonderful dances, beautiful costumes, great scenery and a little bit of literary information between the scenes.


    I couldn't have asked for a better start to my day at Fantasy Faire! With a name like "Shieldmaiden", I may be a little biased, but I thought it was pretty close to perfect. 


    Yggi will be performed again on Thursday @ 12 SLT.  Calendar of Events 


    Celebrating its thirteenth year, Fantasy Faire 2021 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 22 to Sunday May 9, treat yourself to shopping, dance and theater performances, DJ parties, auctions, questing, our Literary Festival, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.
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    Welcome Home, Fairelanders!


    ...was the common greeting as Fantasy Faire 2021 appeared out of the mists and the portals opened to the public. 
    Indeed, for many of the merchants, support folks and Fantasy Faire Fans, it did seem like a homecoming, but home has changed! 
    With 21 new regions, there will be lots to explore over the next few weeks. 
    Fantasy Faire runs from April 22 ~ May 9.


    While folks were pouring into the Junction on their way to adventures, a lot of those who had been running around in a frenzy putting finishing touches on the magic were partying on the Fairechylde, which has had a complete makeover and has even more room. After working so hard to get things ready, it was time to celebrate!


    Fantasy Faire is the biggest yearly event in SL and is a major contributor to the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.This picture shows the amazing Zander Green DJing the first official party for this year's Faire. 
    The time was 12:01 pm slt, one minute after the Faire opened to the public. The L$ amount on the sign shows how much the merchants and support staff had donated even before the portals opened. 
    • MAIN PAGE of Fantasy Faire 2021 website
    • SHOPPING GUIDE (showing 2 examples from the RFL Kiosks in each store.) 50 - 100% of the L$ raised in each RFL sale goes directly to the American Cancer Society
    • CALENDAR 
    The Fantasy Faire website will give you all the info you might need in order to enjoy the Faire. The links above will get you to that page so that you can go from there.
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    Fantasy Faire 2021 April 22 – May 9, 2021


    Like a delightful fairytale, the regions of Fantasy Faire 2021 will be rising from the mists @ NOON April 22. There will be 21 regions this year: fifteen shopping regions and six special regions, bringing the final count to twenty-one. 21 for 2021!

    Allow yourself lots of time to visit the Faire; you definitely can't see everything in a day... or even in several days because there are constant activities and things change from day to day. This isn't one of those events that you can run through in an hour. Plan to join the group so that you will hear about the activities that appeal to you the most and enjoy the experience!

    Throughout the Faire you will see Kiosks marked Relay for Life. This is how you can easily donate to the American Cancer Society. Each of the merchants also has special items in American Cancer Society vendors with 50-100% of the proceeds going to Relay for Life. 

    You're welcome to come in your fantasy garb and unusual avatars. 
    Expect to see all sorts of characters and creatures from every imaginable source. Just remember, like any large SL event, keep your scripts as low as possible by leaving unnecessary huds and accessories at home. 

    Prepare to embrace the Lag. We have a special name for her. She is Baba Laga, a rather grumpy being, who plots to ruin your fun, so plan wisely and embrace her warmly.  She may be so surprised by your friendliness and consideration for others she leaves you alone. Most importantly, HAVE A GOOD TIME!

    Click HERE to visit the official website and learn all about SL's biggest party-for-a-worthy-cause. Check the Calendar to see who's singing, dancing, or doing a play, study the Region Descriptions to plan your day and GET INVOLVED.

    Hair ~ KMH Hair F163 *
    Head ~ Catwa HDPRO Queen 1.4
    Body ~ Maitreya Lara 5.3
    Skin ~ 7 Deadly Skins Corali Oak
    Outfit ~ Mishmash Fusion Tressa Dress & Collar worn as a top *
    Shoes ~ Amisar Asia Boots (possibly available from Whimsy)
    Tattoo ~ Endless Pain Tattoos Morrigan *
    Jewelry ~ Broken Princess Leaf Earrings 

    * Featured items are available @ Fantasy Faire shops. Others links are to regular inworld stores or MP.
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    Sometimes all it takes is a cup of coffee

    Having one of those days? Feel like nothing is going your way? Stop what you're doing. Take 10 minutes to enjoy your favorite coffee in that special mug, breathe deeply and smile. Smile even if you don't feel like doing it. 


    Smiling releases endorphins, which helps a person feel happier and more positive. 
    A Scientific American study found that facial expressions, such as smiling, can improve one's mood and increase positive thoughts. So, the next time you're feeling a little down, lose the RBF and try smiling – it might make you feel better!


    Feeling a bit brighter with attitude improved by changing to the pink. 
    (Two cups of coffee in a limited edition mug didn't hurt either!)

    • EXCLUSIVE Jacket from Le'La* comes with 20 hud-driven colors
    • Plaid Leggings with belt EXCLUSIVE from AviMoi* in 7 tartan textures available individually or in a fatpack
    • Boots from Lindy* sold separately in 6 colors
    • Jewelry EXCLUSIVE from Moondance* in 2 collections or a fatpack
    • Coffee mug from Pixelancer **
    • Motorcycle from Rook **


    Hair
    ~ [NYNE] Crayon
    Head ~ Catwa HDPRO Queen 1.4
    Body ~ Maitreya Lara 5.3
    Skin ~ 7 Deadly S[k]ins Falcon
    Outfit ~ Le'La Andora Jacket /.::AviMoi::. Tartan Skinny Leggings green /pink * 
    Shoes ~ Lindy Jelynn grey  * 
    Jewelry
    MoonDance Boutique Esme the Warmth of Benevolence * 
    Coffee Mug ~ Pixelancer **
    Motorcycle ~ Rook Twizted **


    * Featured items are available @ Designer Showcase till the 25th of the month
    LINKS / FEEDS
    • Flickr
    • FB&DG

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    When Second Life Becomes First Life


    Those sheltering at home have discovered what many long-time SL residents already knew: SL contacts with friends can be every bit as rich and important as the face to face ones. 
    I'm celebrating my 12th rezday by... what else?... hanging out in SL!

    • Giulia Design * made my sexy shirt dress. Available in 14 colors, it can be worn as is for a super sexy mini or over leggings as a top. 
    • Nails from Livia * are something I could never manage in RL. My real nails are shorter than short and never polished, so I enjoy being over the top with SL nails like these.
    • Find these and many other great looks @ Designer Showcase for April. 

    Hair ~ Truth Eternity GG
    Head ~ Catwa HDPRO Queen 1.4
    Body ~ Maitreya Lara 5.3
    Skin ~ 7 Deadly S[k]ins Gunora
    Outfit ~ GIULIADESIGN Dorothy *  
    Nails ~ Livia Xtra Stiletto Nails *  
    Jewelry ~ Broken Princess Regal Set

    * Featured items are available @ Designer Showcase till the 25th of the month
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    You can never find a phone booth when you need one


    Remember when phone booths were a common sight in the city? You closed the door and got a temporary respite from the noise and confusion around you. 
    People generally respected your privacy and there was an operator to help you. 


    Cell phones are handy, but there was something to be said for those classic phone booths! I wonder where Superman changes his clothes now?

    • Sexy outfit from Wild *. The asymetric top and skinny leggings are available in 8 textures each from shiny metallic to velvety to sequined  
    • EXCLUSIVE Jewelry from MoonDance Boutique * . Necklace, earrings, rings and bracelet shown. 3 collections available with unique metal/gem colors
    • Shoes from Lindy * each color sold seperately
    • My nails are Mani Pedi, of course! 

    Hair
    ~ Mina Celeste
    Head ~ Catwa Lona 4.5 
    Body ~ Maitreya Lara 5.3
    Skin ~ 7 Deadly S[k]ins Noelani BOM
    Outfit ~ Wild Fashion Farrah [Altamura, Belleza, EBody, Legacy, Legacy Perky, Maitreya, Maitreya Petite, Signature, Starmesh, Tonic] *
    Shoes ~ Lindy Izett Red Patent [Belleza, Maitreya, Slink] *  

    Jewelry ~ MoonDance Boutique Esme the Warmth of Benevolence. Jewelry is not bento rigged *
    Nails ~ Mani Pedi Vegas Neon Lights

    Phone Booth ~ 8F8 Empty Spaces Not Empty Any More RARE
    Poses ~ Indigo Anya

    * Featured items are available @ Designer Showcase till the 25th of the month

    LINKS / FEEDS
    • Flickr
    • FB&DG

    Photos ~ black kite (Go Fly a Kite) photography and sales region