With 30 minutes to go on the PhotoContest, I was looking for something that spoke to how I felt about this last week.
I started out with these Parachute Shorts from Barefoot Apparel (Thanks, Ryan) and Kith Decuir pointed me to this navy “parka” as a great top. The necklace is one that I stumbled on and I love the simplicity of it.
The trunks called for a water scene and I found this float on the Entertainment sim. I’m feeling at once relieved and let down. It’s been a wonderful week working with a great group of people toward a really worthwhile goal and I don’t want it to end. At the same time, it’s been a lot of work and I’m feeling really good about the way things have worked out here.
Thanks to everybody who helped and who donated. Thanks to all of you, we’re that much closer to finding a cure.
The 2009 Clothing Fair has a few more hours to run. The deadline looms at 8pm SLT today (the 22nd) and every linden counts in the Race for the Cure.
The designers, organizers, builders, and entertainers are all grateful for your support but this isn’t the time to let up. I’m doing my part, making one last pass through the sims — buying up the last-chance deals but you all need to take advantage of these last (mostly lag-free) hours to get in some shopping. I’ve just picked up a terrific new Styles of Edo black suit and another bit of jewelry myself. I see a great new photo op coming before the Photocontest ends at 6pm and the party starts!
And you all still have time! Get out to The 2009 Clothing Fair now. Take advantage of some wonderful bargains, admire the great build, and help the Relay Raiders in their race for the cure.
No self-respecting pirate would be caught without a treasure and this Pirate Themed Festival is no exception. We’re in the final couple of days now but there’s still time to find the treasures hidden around the various regions.
This, Me Hearties, is what yer lookin’ fer:
Every one of them is in plain sight. None are hidden in anything. None are in shops. None are on roofs. Some require you to look in different places. One Hint: turn around occasionally and look behind you.
Keeping with the idea that every linden counts in our race to find the cure, each chest will cost you 10L. In case you don’t think these treasures are worth 10L of your precious horde, Bucko, here’s the list of what I found in each and every one! (I beg humble pardon in advance if I’ve messed up the name of the outfit or made some horribly gauche faux pas in designer/outfit name.)
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 1 – Ripped Pirate Necklace
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 2 – Ripped Key Kilt
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 3 – Dagger Heart Rope Necklace (Dark Depressions)
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 4 – (nova) RFL sakura Tee & Tights
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 5 – Castaway Sarong and Bikini
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 6 – Awesome Designs Lily Dress
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 7 – Solstice Silks
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 8 – Calibre – Pink top/skirt
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 9 – Fetish gifts from Couture by Cat (Barbarella and Passiflora)
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 10 – Dark Matter L$250 Gift Voucher
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 11 – Silk & Satyr Wish Upon a Cure
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 12 – ::: B@R ::: Lutenant Navy Lady
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 13 – DeLa – Pirate Tattoo
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 14 – Ripped – Pirate Headband & Belt
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 15 – Ayaka top&skirt purple
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 16 – ~Blacklace~ Enticement LE
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 17 – Isis silks (pink) – Eye Catcher
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 18 – Flower Fae Peach
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 19 – To-a-T ~ RFL-2009 Commemorative Jolly Roger Fob Watch
Clothing Fair Treasure Chest 20 – Evie’s Closet Hair Pin
As you’re wandering the islands seekin’ yer not-buried treasures, remember to peek into the shops once in a while. The 2009 Clothing Fair is almost over, and when it fades off into the mist like some Peg-Legged Brigadoon, your chance to take advantage of these great deals will be gone forever.
Remember, too, that it’s for a great cause.
Now, get off the blogs and go look for treasure!!
It’s not too late to get in on the action at the Clothing Fair. In addition to all the great clothes and the opportunity to help find the cure, there’s also a photo contest. Here are the rules from the notecard:
Category name: RFL exclusive style (both categories: Male and Female)
Goal: Mix and Match the exclusive items available from the RFL-kiosks during RFL Clothing Fair to create a composite style.
Each Item must be purchased from the fair.
The look must include items from at least 3 different designers.
The person must add on the description of the photo the reference of store name and item name for each RFL-item that comprise the final look, so other people can buy them if they wish have the same look.
Mix and Match
Prizes will be given to the Best Male and Best Female COMPOSITE. This event is sponsored by the designers of the fair and photoLIfe. Each winner will recieve a brand new photoLIfe Studio plus a wonderful gift bag from the designers.
Just some basic rules to remember…1. all photos must be PG rated…absolutely NO nudity…2. May be post processed. We want your best work … .3. Focus of the photo must be a of RFL outfits purchased at the fair…4. No more then three entries per person…5.Have fun!
Upload your entry to http://www.flickr.com/groups/slclothingfair09photocontest/
Contest Runs from 10am slt March 16, 2009 till 6pm slt March 22, 2009 . Winners will be announced at Party at 6pm-8pm slt on March 23 on the Entertainment sim at the Fair.
I’m so into this. I probably won’t win, but I’ve had a ball finding pieces to put together and I’m not done yet. I can submit up to three!
Here’s a sample of one of the outfits I’m working on. I don’t know if I like it well enough to submit yet. I’m trying to remember if I’ve seen anything else on a RFL vendor that I can put on with this.
Maybe the To-A-Tee Watch? Hatpins Steamer Hat? Hmm..
Anyway, when I’m ready to submit it, I just need to add it to the group listed in the note and I’ll be in the running for that shnazzy PhotoLife studio.
We’re in the final days now, folks, but the weekend’s upon us and there’s still plenty of time to get down to the fair, find some great deals, have a lot of fun, and – oh yea – help cure cancer.
Halfway thru the week already and I’ve only managed to visit about 2/3rd of the region. Gah. I don’t know where I’m gonna find the time to visit the rest of this place, but you’ve still got time to check out the silent auction! I’ve mentioned it a few times already but here are the details.
Seven of SL’s hottest designer have contributed one-of-a-kind gowns to the Relay For Life Silent Auction. Each gown represents one of the sins and all proceeds will go toward helping to fight cancer.
I don’t normally go around in circles where unique, one-of-a-kind designer gowns are even available. To find seven of them in one place is amazing to me. And these are amazing gowns, each one representing hours – if not days – of work on the part of very talented people and brought to the Relay for Life.
RFyre’s entry is Wrath. It’s being auctioned complete with skin and hair and it’s a gorgeous gown.
Wiccan Sojourner from Bewitched has contributed Vanity and it even comes with a scripted mirror. Hey, don’t be so judgemental. Everybody needs a reflective moment.
Moxie Polano of Haute Couture has given us Sloth. I’d write more, but I’m too lazy.
Lapointe & BastChild Designs contributed Lust in passionate red. Given the amount of lust I’ve expended over the Lapointe & BastChilde designs, this seems an appropriate choice.
Avarice (Greed) is a great group project from Lemania Indigo, Endra Graves and Lestat Reuven. This silent auction item even comes with the chair. That seems pretty generous to me.
Nicki Ree contributed a paen to Gluttony in this gorgeous gown inspired by Greek mythology. The gown itself is named Adephagia and it’s gorgeous.
Last, and hardly least, SF Design adds a touch of green for Envy with this wonderful creation by Swaffette Firefly. Yea. Envy is right. I almost wish I could wear it myself.
Bidding is easy. Go to the venue, click on the vendor, and pick “Place Bid” from the popup menu. Each vendor has a note card with more information about who made it, what’s in it, and even some personal messages from the designers.
These little photo snaps of the vendors and the paintings that inspired the designs really don’t do them justice. You really need to go see them at The Mediterranean Sea.
Remember! All contributions go toward finding a cure for something more deadly than sin.
It’s the beginning of Day 3 and I’m lost. I’ve seen sp much great stuff my brain topped off about 50 things ago. Anything new just displaces something that’s there already and I’m trying to find ways to keep track of it all.
I don’t have enough money to get everything I want right now, and I wanna keep track of the shops, designers, and outfits so I can get them later.
I’m grabbing landmarks from the shops, but renaming them in my inventory so the thing I’m interested in is in the name along with RFL and the shop.
As an example: I just saw this really nice Morning Coat at Rebel Hope Designs but I can’t afford it right now. It wasn’t on the purple vendor so I know it’ll be around later. I grabbed a store landmark and it reads:
! Rebel Hope Designs-RH Engel J, Monarch Bay (213, 83, 27)
This is great but I’m missing two pieces of information. I renamed it to:
RFL Morning Coat : Rebel Hope Designs
Now all my RFL scavenged LMs get sorted together in my inventory and I know what the heck it was I looking at so when I go to hunt it down I don’t get to the front of the shop and think, “Buh?”
As I’m walking around, I come across stuff that I think might be cool to write about or ideas that I’d like to hold on to. Ya, that lasts until the next — Oh Look! Shiny!
I opened a Notepad document on my desktop and I’m keeping notes as I go. It takes a little disciplline, but it’s something to do while I’m waiting for the rez. By jotting down the stuff as I go, maybe I’ll be able to figure out what I did after I get done and can keep the trains of thought from becoming derailed.
TP to Caspian Sea
Great morning coat at Rebel Hope
Bought that Marinesta *[MST] 062 Riri Parka NAVY SLCF
Nevar just sent out a notice about the Photo Contest – I should write a story about that
To-A-Tee – the pocket watch that’s supposed to be in a Treasure chest somewhere
Remember to do a story on the Treasure Hunt
How to type all this stuff!
Right click, grab properties, copy in-world, paste in Notepad.
Ok, these probably seemed obvious to the old hands here, but I’m not really used to documenting my in-world activities. This is working for me at the moment tho and I hope to avoid the issues I ran into yesterday when I had a picture of a shop and couldn’t remember which one it was and had to spend 20 minutes flying around trying to find it again so I could write about it.
What about you old hands at this? Any tips or tricks to share?
Some of the frenetic first blush has passed, and the issues with lag are being addressed as quickly as possible as the organizers struggle to get the kinks out of what might be the Grid’s Largest Mall.
Lots of people are blogging about the clothes, but today I want to talk about the shops themselves. The builders did a great job of creating just the right touch of variety and uniformity to create the backdrop in front of which our little passion play can play out. There are about 5 or 6 basic shapes arranged on the paths and each merchant appears to have some leeway as to how they implement the Pirate theme.
The other day on my preview run, I noticed this cute little diorama in the middle of a shop.
I really liked the way Couture by Cat used the ship’s ribs as part of the side wall. It was the first time I really noticed how far the merchants were getting into the decorating.
Today I got a little tired as I wandered the venue so I grabbed a quick nap in this handy store-mounted hammock in Devilish Cupcake’s shop.
Yes, those are the same red parachute shorts from Barefoot Apparel. They’re low lag and fit perfectly in the beachy theme of the regions.
Refreshed I managed to stumble onward and around the corner I found On a Lark with their pirate themed extravaganza.
All these decorations are a lot of fun, but the merchants are also competing for a great prize package from SL-Newspaper.com which involves three months of sponsorship for advertising space to promote their products. Over the course of the week, staffers from SL-Newspaper.com will be wandering the sims and judging each shop based on a set of five criteria including how well the decor fits the theme and how attractive it is to shoppers.
This group has really gone all out to coordinate a wide variety of efforts so that everybody who participates can have a lot of fun in a good cause, and maybe win some valuable prizes along the way. From the Seven Deadly Sins Silent Auction, to the Photo Contest, to the Treasure Hunt — and I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff — kudos rightfully go to the Relay Raiders for a great “fleet action.”
I’m still looking for my photo-contest outfit. I haven’t found it yet, but maybe around the next bend …
I was wondering what I’d write about today, the grand opening day of the SL Clothing Fair 2009. I got there a few minutes after the official whistle blew at 10AM SLT and the place was already a mob scene. According to the conference organizers there were 310 people across the 9 regions within 15 minutes of opening.
What’s the story today?
This is the story.
Thank you to everybody who’s come in, who plans to come in, and who has donated so much time and effort to this.
It took me over 2 hours just to shop through ONE of the islands. I don’t know if things will lighten up or not as night falls across Europe and spreads to North America, but there are some things you can do to help and to make your own experience less lag-tastic.
Unload your prims. Don’t wear jewelry, belts, or big honking boots. Keep your prim count low and you’ll slide through the crowd more easily.
Flexi. Don’t. Hair is a killer. Tails a no-no. Flexi gowns? Please, Maude, no.
Draw range. Pull it in to 64M and walk around.
It’s a beach, so wear a swimsuit, or simple clothes. There are a few people wandering around in black, white, or red (un-detailed) skin. No nips, no bits, no problems. This is a good place to bring out that Silver Surfer Avatar you’ve been hording.
Just leave the board home.
Shopping. Yes. Oh, my, yes. I’m broke but I’m getting more Lindens ASAP and I’m heading back!
Remember we’re having fun but fun with a purpose.
Together we can help find a cure.
I’m finding some of the other bloggers out here that are also writin’ up a storm. I’ll add them as I run across them.
Here’s one from Maelynn Cattaneo from Look what the cat brought in: Please Just Act Smart
Here’s another from Kith Decuir at Pretty Little Things: Relay For Life: Shop and Donate! (I think I saw Kith at Sprawl earlier in the day today!)
This is gonna be Big! Really Big.
Today at noon marked the official preview for the Relay For Life SL Clothing Fair 2009 and I hied my hiney to the islands to get my first official look at what might be the biggest event I’ve ever seen in SL. Nine islands. Eight dedicated to shopping! One that’s just for fun and set up so that the large scale events won’t keep the serious people from doing what they need to do. Shop!
I had to start by climbing to the top of the lighthouse just to see what I could see. I saw a ton!
Like Seven Deadly Sins!
Is it a coincidence that there are seven seas, and seven of SL’s top designers each contributing a unique gown to this terrific Seven Deadly Sins Silent Auction? I don’t think so. If I’m understanding this correctly, the gowns are unique and will be sold only at this auction. Just like that Scottish guy! There can be only one!
And that’s not all that’s happening over the course of the week!
There’s tons of shopping!
How about some fashion shows?
Check. How about four of them in various times to accommodate different time zones around the globe.
And, of course, there’s shopping.
How about a photo contest?
This is actually the second photo contest! You need to buy three things (at least) at the Fair and create a look around them. Keep good notes about where you got them in case you inspire somebody else to follow in your footprints. The details are on these signs and you can find them pretty much anywhere you teleport to. First prize is a PhotoLife Studio and there’s no entry fee so why not?
Then, did I mention the shopping?
Oh, yea. I probably did.
Then there are the people. Walking around I found designers frantically putting the final touches on their shops, tidying up to get ready for the big opening tomorrow at 10am SLT. People like Kit Maitland of CKS Designs.
Every shop is required to have at least one RFL vendor – the purple bordered ones. Take a look at the RFL vendors in that snap. And that’s not all of them that Kit had up in her shop. I asked if she had any message to pass to people and she said, “Just that everyone has done such marvelous job this year setting up the fair…and I hope people come out and enjoy all their hard work and really help us raise a lot of lindens for the ACS!!”
And around the corner I found this guy standing on a taxi.
That’s Dave Casanova, CEO of DCNY Clothing Co and he was arranging for his models over the coming week. He’d climbed up there to test the poses on the cab and then forgot to step down before being buried by an IM avalanche.
And walking around I saw several of the organizers including Nevar Lobo who stood still while I took his picture.
In spite of some last minute RL complications, he and the rest of the organizing committee was sweeping the area making sure that it would be ready for everybody to arrive on Monday.
And while this is going to be a lot of fun, let’s not forget that the cause is deadly serious.
All the shopping, pirates, contests, and effort have gone toward joining us all together to raise money for the American Cancer Society. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already lost somebody you love to cancer. In my case, it was my father. The American Cancer Society is one of the key agencies that’s helping to finance the elusive cure.
As you’re having fun this week, and you see one of those purple vendors? Remember.
You’re not just buying a dress, or a swim suit, or a piece of jewelry. You’re helping to save a life.
Oh, ya. This is gonna be BIG!