On Top of the Roof, the Air is So Cold and So Calm…

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I scream into the night for you,
“Don’t make it true;
don’t jump!”
The lights will not guide you through.
They’re deceiving you.
Don’t jump!
Don’t let memories go
of me and you…
The world is down there out of view.
Please don’t jump…

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Fabulous Finds @ Fashion for Life!

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Fashion for Life (in support of Relay for Life of Second Life) runs until March 20, 2016. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. And just in case you’re curious, but haven’t been quite brave enough to hop a teleport, I’m going to give you a few awesome reasons to do so. Ready?

6. “All That Jaaaaaazz!”

The theme this year is “That’s Entertainment,” and you even if you don’t fancy yourself much of a shopaholic, you will probably find yourself entertained by some of the amazing builds this year. There’s a “Bladerunner”-themed sim, a David Bowie sim, a Beatles tribute sim. Fantasy fans, you can even explore a Viking sim, and stumble through the wardrobes in Narnia, too! (I couldn’t help myself…) Check out this awesome post from one of the talented FFL bloggers with some stunning pictures of this year’s sim builds!

5. “Because we’re living in a material world, and I am a material girl…”

Like to shop? Pick up your FFL teleport hud, and make sure your partner hasn’t hidden your purse! Fashion for Life features somewhere in the neighborhood of eighty designers with shops across multiple themed sims, offering everything from mesh formal and casual-wear to RP clothing and accessories for men and women. There’s something for everyone at Fashion for Life this year (and the handy teleport hud will help you figure out where to go to hunt down your favorite designers!) Don’t believe me? Check out some of these eye-catching photos from some of FFL’s officialbloggers!

If im from jealous sky, cannot choice im devil or angel....
Photo by Trinity Graves – Please follow link for more information.
Fashion for Life exclusive from Mirror Mirror
Photo by Selina Graycloud – Please follow link for more information.
-Shani- Stand & Deliver Victorian Rose FFL,[DBF] Kiara skin w Omega appliers ,Lavian&Co-BySage Faith Shoes @FFL 2016
Photo by Joys Cuuttita – Please follow link for more information.

4. “One way, or another, I’m gonna find ya, I’m gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha…”

Did I mention that there was a HUNT?!

Many designers participating in Fashion for Life this year have a hunt item available. The hunt item can be found in the store on sim. Just find the little black box, and treat yourself to a little bit of treasure from some of your favorite designers!

The hunt isn’t the only special event taking place. Some designers have also offered up special exclusive pieces for Fashion for Life’s silent auction and one-of-a-kind auction.

One-of-a-Kind Auction: March 19, 2016 @ 3pm SLT.

(For a preview of the items that will be offered during the one-of-a-kind auction, please see this post on the Fashion for Life blog.)

3. “I’m here for your entertainment!”

Fashion for Life isn’t all about the clothes. Each day during the event, there will be several events. Everything from fashion shows to dances to live performers! For a list of scheduled entertainers, please see the post on the official Fashion for Life blog here. For a list of scheduled events, please see the post on the official Fashion for life blog here.

2. “Sing it for the ones that you left behind…”

Perhaps one of the best things about Fashion for Life is WHY we do it. Cancer has affected many of us. Whether we have watched a love one fight the beast, or we have battled it ourselves, we know what kind of damage it can do.

That’s why items sold at Fashion for Life don’t give profit to any of the designers involved. Instead, that money goes directly to the American Cancer Society. That’s right, ladies and gents–it’s all for charity. Also, cancer sucks. It really, really sucks. Every dollar that we can put towards helping those who fight it and look for a cure is a dollar well-spent.

1. “And you, and you, and you… You’re gonna love me!”

There’s so much to do and so much to see during Fashion for Life this year. Beautiful sim builds, gorgeous  garments, and entertainers with energry! If you’re still curious about what you might be missing, check out the official Fashion for Life 2016 Guidebook.

Or check out the sims for yourself.

The Vikings Sim
The Bladerunner Sim
The Narnia Sim
The “Pin-Up City” Sim
The David Bowie Sim
The Moulin Rouge Sim

The Beatles Sim

Fashion for Life is HERE!

Fashion for Life is officially here! The event runs from March 6th to March 20th, and encompasses several sims and nearly eighty designers representing some of your favorite brands across the grid!

::Mirror Mirror:: is also participating this year, and I’ve got a surprise for you. I’ve gone PURPLE! Not only have I released the first casuals than any who follow my tiny brand will see in my collection, but everything available at ::Mirror Mirror:: on the David Bowie tribute sim is PURPLE. It’s Relay! When in Rome, right?

Here are the casuals available at the ::Mirror Mirror:: FFL location:

Also in the spirit of Relay season, every item available there is packed inside of a vendor, which means no matter what you pick up, every last Linden dollar will go straight to the American Cancer Society! Usually, I try not to pimp ::Mirror Mirror:: too much on this blog, but during FFL, I’ll be sharing as much as I can about some of the wonderful fashions you can find during the event.

::Mirror Mirror:: also has three special event items that are available. One is hidden at the store, and the other two are auction items. The items you see in this post are some of the very first casuals I’ve released, so I wanted to share them, too. Feel free to demo them on sim. There are six purple casuals in total.

 

Please stay tuned to this blog for more Fashion for Life 2016 news  and previews, and please feel free to contact me in-world or on Facebook (Novaleigh Freng) if you’d like me to share or otherwise promote your FFL blogs and items! I’d love to help! Above all else, please get out there and check out some of the amazing sims and be sure to hunt down your favorite designer and look for that familiar Relay for Life vendor. Every penny you put into these vendors goes to an amazing cause AND adds some fabulous pieces to your wardrobe! It’s a win no matter how you look at it. Let’s band together, paint SL purple, and kick cancer’s butt.

Check out ::Mirror Mirror:: and other awesome designers on the David Bowie tribute sim [here]. Follow the road to lead you on to the next themed sim, and your next fashion adventure in our fight against cancer!

I’m Dreamin’…

blog image 4Say “Hello!” to the Peace Gown from {POSH PIXELS}. This gown is available for FREE in their store during the 8th annual Peace on Earth hunt in SL. All YOU have to do is follow the hint and find it!

Okay, so, I’m dreaming of a lot of things this year, actually. But for the first time in perhaps the history of my time on this Earth, I’m actually dreamin’ of a white Christmas. I finally got moved into my new place, and I’m out of the evil aircast-of-doom for the most part, but here’s the problem…

The weather here in central Indiana is acting somewhat more like Spring time weather than ‘the first day of Winter’ weather. It’s killing my joints, it’s confusing the animals, and it’s marginally upsetting to some people who seem to actually want to come up north for the Winter. I think they’re crazy, but it does happen.

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Back view! There’s a cape on this gown and a subtle pattern on the fabric throughout. It lays beautifully. I feel like a winter super hero!

Anyway… For me? Well, the weather going back and forth has definitely been irritating the new uni-joint in my ankle. Other than that, though, I’m just too darn warm. It’s not quite too cold, but not quite warm enough for awesome things like the sleeveless gown I’m modeling in the above picture. This makes for a cranky Nova, but luckily, this also means I’m inside, hiding from the rain and working on a long overdue blog post!

I have fallen pretty behind in trying to get my moving done, get internet set back up, and keep up with the holidays, but I’m back, so I’m going to try to play catch up when I can!

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You know how every once in a while you find something kind of adorable on the marketplace? Well, these daisy hair accessories are probably my new favorite thing. I apologize in advance if you see them a lot, but I liked the color with the Peace dress and had to give them their own little plug…

Sorry. I keep detouring a bit. But anyway, if someone could send some snow our way–just a little bit, mind you–I’d be grateful, because this is the first time in months I haven’t been in a hotel or a hospital, and I’d really like to enjoy a bit of snow.

I never thought I’d say that…

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The room I’m in is actually a Peace on Earth hunt gift as well, from Dench Designs. Unfortunately, my photography here leaves much to be desired about this awesome room. (Yes… it’s literally it’s own little Christmas scene, complete with furniture, tree, fireplace, walls…)

Since I didn’t do it any justice this time around, I’ll be posting another blog post soon (probably tomorrow) giving you all of the fabulous details about it and some of the other amazing things available during SL’s 8th annual Peace on Earth hunt.

To those of you hunting and those of you who haven’t started yet, don’t worry! The hunt doesn’t come to a close until just after the new year. To those of you who, like me, are dreaming of a white Christmas this year, or at least some more tolerable weather…

Gimme a call. Maybe we can all do a rain (snow) dance or something.

In the meantime, if you want the nitty gritty from today’s post:

Shape – Mine
Skin – ^^Swallow^^ “Sabry” (Peach)
Hands – Slink AvEnhance Female Hands (R-Elegant, L-Bag)
Eyes – IKON “Sunrise” Eyes (Azure Light)
Cheeks – Madrid Solo “Period Designs – Hustle” (Blush, Moles, Freckles)
Lips – .:JUMO:. Designs “Prestige Lips” (Burgundy)
Hair – ~Tableau Vivant~ “Sherilyn” (Browns Pack)
Hair Accessory – }{:TainaFashion:}{ Daisy (Red)
Gown – {POSH PIXELS} “Peace Gown” – Peace on Earth 8 Hunt Gift
Scene – Dench Designs – Peace on Earth 8 Hunt Gift (more details/pics soon)
Poses – *PosESioN*

If Only Wishes Could Be Dreams…

So, I hate this new WordPress format. So much hate.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I have some pretty exciting news.

I already mentioned that I’m one of the newest members of Models Giving Back. Which I still can’t get over. I do a lot of charity work in my real life, so being involved with an agency with such a strong philanthropic base is just absolutely stellar. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Which brings me to my news. I will be blogging for the Peace on Earth hunt this year. It’s starting soon, so please stay tuned as I explore some of the awesome freebies from over 75 vendors across the grid. This hunt is in the spirit of giving, and it’s perfect for people from all walks of life, families, couples… I’m pretty sure there’s something for everyone. Here’s the thing, though. I am doubly excited not only because this is my first year blogging the hunt, but because this year, I’ll be participating in the hunt in more than one capacity.

Novaleigh… Blogger. Hunter. Designer.

Yep. That’s right, folks. I’ve officially lost my little mind. My little store, which hasn’t even officially OPENED yet, will be in the hunt this year.

I’ve been hoping to open my own little place for quite a while now, but life always seemed to get in the way, especially lately. A few weeks ago, I was upset that something else I’d been planning had been kinda snatched out from under me. When someone I used to call a friend shrugged it off and basically said, “Well, there are no original ideas in SL anymore, blah blah, no one ever knows when or if you’ll finish anything because of your health, etc, so why are you upset?”

At that point, I took a few weeks off and took a few steps back. Steps away from the people who were toxic in my life, and steps away from the things that were causing me stress. I did that, and I looked in the mirror and realized that somewhere along the way, I’d gotten a bit lost.

I’m back now, and on top of reevaluating my priorities, I’ve been working my butt off. Meet the ‘Noel’ Gown. This is what will be available to POE hunters who stop by ::Mirror Mirror:: during the hunt.

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Yes. That’s my store’s name. I was listening to a really old song… Well, not really old, but old. And I was thinking about how SL allows me to be whatever I want to be, and how modeling allows me to literally change my look from head-to-toe whenever I please, or whenever the challenge calls for it. SL is a place where so many things are possible. And that’s where I got the name. Love it or hate it, but it exists.

There’s several other gowns available. Right now, I’ve got a very small store, so every once in a while, I’m going to be switching gowns and nail sets out in favor of new designs, new themes, etc. The first set of gowns available in my store (with the exception of Noel) are all named after some very amazing friends I’ve made in SL that have really had an impact on my life. These are ladies who I love deeply. I even based the color schemes off of some of their favorite colors. I love you ladies. Y’all know who you are.

But.. I’m going to shut up now. I may be changing the formatting of how I do these blogs. Not today. Too tired. But want to make everything look pretty and uniform. We’ll see if I can get started on that in the next couple days.

Wish me luck?

Details:

Shape – Mine
Skin – ^^Swallow^^ Sabry (Peach)
Hands – Slink AvEnhance Hands (Elegant)
Eyes – IKON Sunrise Eyes (Azure Light)
Lashes – *MonCheri* Falsies Lashes
Face – Madrid Solo Period Designs (“Hustle” – Blush, Moles, Freckles)
Lips – Zibska Lurine Lips (01)
Hair – ::Exile:: Miu (Marone)
Gown – ::Mirror Mirror:: Noel Gown (POE Hunt Gift – details soon!)
Pose – *PosESioN* (Amour 10)

Blogging Tune. Because today I had one.

Rock Your Rack Preview – Don’t I Look Pretty in Pink?

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I have another Rock Your Rack preview for y’all today, and it’s PINK! Look at it! This is the “After Party” dress from Hidden Kitten. I’m going to be honest–prior to my involvement with Rock Your Rack this year, I’d never heard of this store. That’s one of the things that I truly love about blogging for fashion events in Second Life–no matter what your cup of tea, so to speak, you’re bound to find something new and exciting that you absolutely love, and I have to say I’ve found a hidden gem in Hidden Kitten.

Did you like my play on words there? Aren’t I clever?

So anyway, this morning I was suffering from fashion withdrawal, and when I woke up, I was excited to see that I had received a message from the wonderful Eleya Kenin with a blogger pack from Hidden Kitten. One of the best parts about receiving these preview items is actually opening them up–it’s a little bit like Christmas coming early, especially for those of us in Second Life who like to spend our lindens on fun and adorable new things.

I was absolutely delighted with this dress. The design is simple, but it’s pretty and it makes a statement. It’s also HUD controlled, with two color options for each “half” of the dress (I chose the lighter pink on the top and the darker on the bottom–you can make the dress one uniform color, but I wanted to showcase both of the color options in this post).

This is my first year being involved in Rock Your Rack as anything more than an excited event-goer. Ironically, I feel as though this event holds a more special place in my heart this time around, which makes me even more honored to have been chosen as a blogger for this event. Earlier this year, I found a lump, and I got scared. I have a BRCA1 gene mutation, and what that means is that in my lifetime, my risk of developing breast cancer is greatly increased. My risk is further increased because several members of my family have actually fought breast cancer. Everything came back fine, and the lump was nothing more than a weird fatty deposit, but I’ll be keeping a closer eye on things from now on, and I’ve even convinced my mother to do the same.

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The clutch here is not a coincidence. It’s the My Lil Trophy clutch, a RYR 2015 Hunt item available at Hidden Kitten, and it’s available in several lovely colors. The pink goes really well with the After Party dress, so I chose it.

Anyway, this year, when I heard that I had been chosen to blog for RYR, I was super excited. This year’s RYR is the third one, and it’s a fundraising event for the National Breast Cancer Foundation sponsored by Models Giving Back–a group I’ve heard lovely stories about and admired since I dove into the modeling world. Being involved in this event in any capacity is absolutely fabulous to me, and I can’t wait for everyone to be able to see some of the wonderful exclusive items available at this year’s event.

I just wanted to say that. I know I’ve shared a few previews this week, but I can’t remember if I mentioned WHY an event like this is something that you should check out. It’s not just the fabulous fashions and other awesome items to enhance your Second Life. It’s a chance to pimp the pink, save the tatas, and really be a part of something wonderful.

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Because everyone needs a back view, right?

This year’s RYR event starts on September 26th–that’s NINE (9) days away. I’ll be doing my best to bring you sneak peeks and updates as the event draws nearer and progresses. If you want to check it out but you don’t have a lot of free time, don’t dret! You have until October 11th to check everything out!

In the meantime, if you want the details on the fabulousness pictured above, check it out:

Shape – Mine
Skin – ^^Swallow^^ Joia (Peach 01)
Hair – ::Exile:: Hearts Don’t Break Even (Marone)
Hands – Slink AvEnhance Hands (Elegant)
Eyes – IKON Sunrise Eyes (Azure)
Eyeshadow – Zibska Anouska (08)
Cheeks – Madrid Solo Period Designs “Hustle” (Blush, Moles, and Freckles Only)
Lips – Zibska Lurine Lips (05)
Necklace – F I N E S M I T H Heartless Necklace (pink) ***Group Member Gift***
Dress – Hidden Kitten “After Party” *****Rock Your Rack exclusive–available 9.26-10.11*****
Clutch – Hidden Kitten “My Lil Trophy” (Pink) *****Rock Your Rack in-store Hunt Item*****
Poses – *PosESioN*

Oh Ghee!

So, instead of the usual couple of pictures of a pretty outfit, I wanted to share this video. It’s not the most amazing quality because my laptop hates me and SL likes to stage the occasional revolt, but this is a celebratory post. I have had a lot going on recently in both the dreaded real life and in Second Life. Some of these things have caused me to be a little…gun shy when it comes to new opportunities. So when I heard that Ghee, one of my favorite mesh fashion stores on the grid, was looking for models to do in-store work, I grabbed the application, I turned in my head shot, and then I spent a considerable amount of time trying to decide whether I thought I was good enough to work for someplace like Ghee.

And then I made it through to the live audition. There were several things going on that day, many of which I pushed to the back-burner for the opportunity to get to know some of the other wonderful ladies that were auditioning, and some of the wonderful ladies behind the amazing things at Ghee.

And now I can officially tell you that they are, in fact, awesome.

And I can also officially tell you that I am one of a handful of absolutely fabulous ladies chosen to be the first Ghee store models. Can I get an Amen? Learning that I had been chosen was a huge confidence booster for me after the last couple weeks. It also made my week. My month even. Because let’s be honest here–the only thing I really have to look forward to besides the work I do in SL right now is a nice long appointment which I’m sure will be full of tons of needles and a man in a white coat telling me that I have gained too much weight next week, and surgery on the first. Lots of suck in the future, and then there was this.

I am still excited.

And of course, in light of that awesomeness, I felt the need to blog. I’m a writer in real life, and when I’m feeling any particular combination of strong emotions, writing is what I default to. I have also stated multiple times in this blog that despite my journey into modeling, I am first and foremost a dancer.

Ghee’s Daisy Chain Summer hunt will be coming to a close soon, so I had to do something fabulous with some of the items that are available in the hunt. I think there’s 33 items available in total, all hidden throughout the store and the park. I took four of those items, slapped them on, and decided I was going to do something else that I like to do when I’m happy–BOOGIE.

The song I used here is a song by Natasha Bedingfield called “Wild Horses,” which was a bonus track hidden at the end of Natasha’s last track on her first album…which I purchased when I was very young into my teen years. That said, it’s been one of my favorites ever since, and I wanted to share this. I’m wearing the white capris from the Daisy Chain hunt, the patterned tank crop, the Keds (gods, I love the Keds), and although difficult to see in the video, I also used the Daisy Chain Summer Hunt’s Slink nail applier set–everything from the hunt can match everything else. It’s lots of fun to mix-and-match, but I kept it simple for this. If you’re interested in items from the hunt, they won’t be around much longer, so you should totally stop by the store, say “Hi!” to some of the new store models, and see how many daisies you can find…

Information about the hunt can be found at Ghee.