Coming Soon: Hair Fair 2015

Hair Fair 2015 Poster
Hair fair is about to land upon us and I have a few special things to tell you about!
Firstly, for all Hair Fair 2015 information please check the Hair Fair website. I don’t say this because I’m too tired to write it myself — although not entirely untrue —  instead, I’m writing it because if information changes I may not see it (time zones are not my friend). So for current information always check the Hair Fair 2015 website.
So is the information I’m providing here accurate? As of 10th July 2015, yes.
Moving on.
There is a Hair Fair demo group to lighten the lag load at the fair! Hair styles will be sent via the group by participating designers on the 10th of July!
That means the 11th for us in the Southern Hemisphere, which is getting really annoying. Can some brilliant Southern Hemisphere folks create some awesome stuff and let me know about it so I can blog in real time rather than having to continually wait until the rest of the world catches up? Cheers!
Anyway, you can join the Hair Fair Demo Group by copying this link into your local chat (in Second Life®). Link: secondlife:///app/group/2e30d166-f3e5-e2de-ff72-b3da2d06ded2/about
When does all this awesomeness actually begin?
Hair Fair opens 11th July closes on the 26th of July.
Why are we all so excited about Hair Fair?
Every transaction made at Hair Fair will donate a portion to Wigs for Kids, the charity of choice for Hair Fair 2015.
And lastly, Bandana Day is the 26th of July where we remove our hair to show we care.
All bandanas sold at Hair Fair have been created by residents all over SL and 100% of sales of those go to Wigs for Kids.
The bandanas are only available for sale during this event and get destroyed after it ends.
The bandanas will be transferrable so they make perfect gifts!
And that’s it!
Hair Fair 2015 is fast approaching so get yourself into the Hair Fair Demo Group, test out some awesomely fantastic hairs and then head on over to the fair to buy your favourites!
Don’t forget to have fun!!!
Image provided by Hair Fair 2015 organisers. 

Let’s Hunt: the Body Art Hunt

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From the 1st of July right up until the 31st of July the Body Art Hunt is taking place! I mentioned that here and that I will be blogging the event so you can expect a couple of blogs this month about the Body Art Hunt! By “a couple…” I mean about four.

The Body Art Hunt will include fun items like tattoos, piercings, eyes and nail polish as well as anything else that you can adorn your body with. For the full list of stores participating, plus the hints and sneaky peaks please click here!

Given my love of tattoos and piercings in real life it probably comes as no surprise that I sport a few body adornments in my virtual life too! And, of course, just like real life I am super fussy when it comes to what ink and piercings I want and have on my body. I know, I know, I need to stop being such a fussy.. err.. cat!

The Body Art Hunt is even more exciting because you get to see one of the “real” me’s; the rebellious heart who just doesn’t conform to any of the rules, other than Black is Black. This the me who stick her middle-finger up at too much authority. The free spirit who wanders the grid in search of more adornments, while turning to mush when a cat is near.

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With the formalities out of the way here are my favourite items from the hunt, at least so far:

Banana Banshee Carnival Eyes in Lady — the pack includes system eyes as well as mesh, which come in varying sizes. I’m wearing the medium size.
SongBird Laquer Lips and Simple Snakebite Piercing — the lipstick comes as a tattoo layer. I’m wearing the colour Green. The simple piercing is mesh and is simple, but totally up my ally!
Tenjin Fancy Flower Chest Tattoo  — the pack includes system and tattoo layers as well as a Maitreya applier and an Omega applier. The appliers have the choice of fresh or faded. I’m wearing fresh.

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I am so excited to participate in the hunt and find even more awesome things to show you!

Will you be participating in the hunt?


The Body Art Hunt banner was created by Evelyn Hartshon.

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara v3.4 — by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: Glam Affair Katra skin – Jamaica 09 — by Aida Ewing
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Nail Polish: Nylon Outfitters (NO) Celestial Nails — by Nylon Pinkney
Hair: Magika Hair Almonds – Pack 01 — by Sabina Gully (from the 50% Summer Sale June 22 – 30)
Tank: Tee*fy Kelly Knotted Tank Top – Nope — by Azure Electricteeth (from this round of C88 ends soon)
Pants: Maitreya Leather Legging – Black — by Onyx LeShelle
Sneakers: BALKANIK 2.0 Opium – Black — by ZlatanBLK Djannovic

Earrings: MG Voodoo Rocker – Cross — by Maxi Gossamer
Septum and Eyebrow piercings: [MANDALA] Okaki – Silver — by Kikunosuke Eel
Ring (right hand): MG Black Sun – Silver — by Maxi Gossamer
Rings (left hand): Cae Phases Rings — by Caelan Hancroft
Watch: [MANDALA] Billionaire – Smexy (Black) — by Kikunosuke Eel

oOo Studio Group Gift – Sexpot – one — by Olaenka Chesnokov


Holy Smokes Batman! It’s a Big Month of Awesome!

Raznay Decosta SL12B Welcome Area Second Life

Holy smokes Batman!

There is a lot happening — and about to happen — in Second Life® right now and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t equal parts terrified and excited!
Why terrified?! I hear you say sweetly.
Honestly, I don’t know how I’m going to manage everything time-wise because I may have just bitten off a little more than I can chew. Which is also terribly exciting as I get to see just what I can do! So here’s to the next few weeks of scrambling, swearing and sleep deprivation!

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Raznay Decosta SL12B Second Life Welcome Area

Anyway, let’s start with what’s happening right now; SL12B.
It’s been an amazing few days — the actual amount is beyond me to figure out right now — and it’s not over yet!
The activities, talks and rockin’ music festival — sponsored by the Lindens! —  won’t end until the 28th of June 2015.
That means you still have plenty of time to head over, have me say hello to you at the welcome area and maybe catch one of the Meet the Linden talks at the Dreamitarium!
For the full schedule and details please head to the SL12B website!
It also has SLurls… because SLurls are cool.

Raznay Decosta SL12B Second Life Impressive Exhibits

Honourable mention: while the events of SL12B will come to an end on the 28th of June, the sims will remain open for viewing until the 4th of July. You will have more than enough time to at least see part of what all the fuss has been about!!

Raznay Decosta SL12B Second Life

And before I forget — again — when you visit the SL12B sims be sure to click, touch and tickle everything you possibly can as nearly everything is interactive!
You bet I’m going to take a night off and run around clicking and sitting (because happy accident) and giggling and tickling everything I can see. Well, exhibit-wise. I might get in trouble if I start clicking people…

Moving on!

The 1st of July 2015 marks the beginning of the Body Art Hunt! A month-long sim-wide hunt that is focused entirely on all things body art and body enhancement!
I am super-duper-over-the-top excited about this one as I am one of the many bloggers who will be blogging the event! No, I can’t give away the locations of the prizes!


What I give away are some of the amazing stores who will be participating:
7 Deadly s{K}ins
Dark Passions – Koffin Nails
La Boheme
White Widow
For the full list — and the SLurls when they’re available — please click here.

There are quite a few stores on that list that I don’t know so I am really — really — excited to have my eyes opened to the wonders of new stores!
I hope to see you at the hunt!!

And last — hey, I told you there was a lot happening and about to happen! — but definitely not least is the Hair Fair!!! This year will be it’s 10th year, which is a huge achievement all on its own. Beginning on the 11th of July 2015 and running until the 26th of July 2015 it is going to be bursting with fantastic hair from even more fantastic designers!

I’m also one of the bloggers for Hair Fair! Squee
Now you can understand why I think I may have just taken on a little too much. Oh well, it’s heaps of fun anyway.

Hair Fair is actually all kinds of awesome. Not just because hair, but because the last day of the fair falls on Bandana Day, which we do actually have in the land of Aus! Although for those of us in Australia, National Bandana Day is an initiative by Canteen to raise awareness of kids with cancer. It’s usually held in late October.

Anyway, in the US Bandana Day was created to support Wigs for Kids!
Of course I had to do some research about Wigs for Kids since, you know, Australian and all.
I really liked reading this:

For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

So, Wigs for Kids is just as awesome as Canteen and I’m in a happy place because people doing nice things in the world is so freaking important! Can there be more of that already?!

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Why am I going into so much detail about the charity?
Because this is what the lovely team at Hair Fair said:

Every year since 2007 we have celebrated the last day of Hair Fair, with Bandana Day. This is the day we remove our hair to show we care, and wear the Bandanas that Residents have created for us to sell at this event. It is a wonderful tradition, and lets all Second Life Residents have the opportunity to contribute in some way to help Wigs for Kids. If you want to create a Bandana for Hair Fair 2015 you can contact Sasy Scarborough or Whimsy Winx for a Kit.

Read the entire post here. Yes, you really should.
If you’re creative, even just a little bit, and you have a little time to burn you should totally think about making a bandana so I can spend my last L$200 buying them all. Or as many as L$200 will get me!

That just about does it for the epic post packed to the rafters with so much awesome it’s leaking all over the internet! (I bet that gave you a weird mental picture!)
Are you looking forward to the Music Fest at SL12B?!
Or are you hanging out for the offerings at the Body Art Hunt and Hair Fair?!
Let me know in the comments!


Image 1
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara — by Onyx LeShelle
Head: LeLutka Mesh Head – STELLA — Thora Charron
Skin: Glam Affair (Lelutka Heads) Avril Applier – Jamaica FR — by Aida Ewing
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Ishya – variety — by Truth Hawks
Eyes: IKON VIP Group Gift – Field – March 2015 — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA] UNISEX STEKING_EARS_Season 5 — by Kikunosuke Eel
Necklace:[MANDALA] TEFUTEFU set_BLACK — by Kikunosuke Eel
T-shirt: Curtesy of Sanura Snowpaw who made the SL12B staff shirts!
Location: SL12B Welcome Area 
Pose: My AO

Image 2
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara — by Onyx LeShelle
Head: LeLutka Mesh Head – STELLA — Thora Charron
Skin: Glam Affair (Lelutka Heads) Avril Applier – Jamaica FR — by Aida Ewing
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Bexley – variety — by Truth Hawks
Eyes: IKON VIP Group Gift – Field – March 2015 — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA]Steking EARS(unisex) — by Kikunosuke Eel
T-shirt: Curtesy of Sanura Snowpaw who made the SL12B staff shirts!
Jeans: Maitreya Mesh Zipper Skinny Jeans – 1 — by Onyx LeShelle
Boots: Maitreya Stagioni Boots – Chestnut — by Onyx LeShelle
Watch: [MANDALA] Billionaire – Fashionista (white) — by Kikunosuke Eel
Ring: Zaara : Trusha rings – onyx — by Zaara Kohime
Location: SL12B Welcome Area 
Pose: My AO

Image 3 and 4
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara — by Onyx LeShelle
Head: LeLutka Mesh Head – STELLA — Thora Charron
Skin: Glam Affair (Lelutka Heads) Avril Applier – Jamaica FR — by Aida Ewing
Hair: little bones. Submerged – past Fifty Linden Friday — Nova Faerye
Eyes: IKON VIP Group Gift – Field – March 2015 — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA] UNISEX STEKING_EARS_Season 5 — by Kikunosuke Eel
Shirt: AMITOMO. Shirt+Sweatshirt tied around neck SET2 — by Woomi Latte
Jeans: Maitreya Mesh Zipper Skinny Jeans – 2 — by Onyx LeShelle
Shoes: REIGN. – Creeps- Violet — by  KenadeeCole Resident and illy Miami
Bracelet: [BREATHE] Ataraxy Bracelet-Pink – Group Gift — by daisa Admiral
Location image 3:  Impressive #15, Impressive @ SL12B
Location image 4: SL12B Electrify Roads, SL12B Electrify 
Poses: My AO

Image 5
Curtesy of the Stuff My Inventory Hunts Flickr group 

Image 6
Curtesy of Hair Fair – Bandana Kit 2015

Fangirl Edit #4: My Adventure with a Linden Home

Raznay Decosta SL12B Second Life 12th Birthday Celebrations Exhibit

As you may already be aware — I am slightly envious if you’re not — this week marks the 12th Anniversary of Second Life® being cool.
There are tonnes of celebrations going on over at the SL12B (Second Life® 12th Birthday) sims. If you haven’t done so already head over to their website and see the lineup of entertainment, if the exhibits alone don’t whet your appetite!
And remember, pretty much everything at SL12B is interactive. So touch, sit, click and tickle away while you’re there!

With all this birthday excitement — mine just so happens to be around the corner as well — I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on a recent-ish interaction I had with a most remarkably lovely Linden. By recent-ish I mean within the last month, I think.

One bright sunny day I logged into Second Life® expecting to bound around and be merry. I was changing my hair for the 1,876,339th time that day when I noticed my little linden home. I don’t usually pay an awful lot of attention to it as it’s pretty small and really only the four walls I sit in when I’m trying to write or focus on anything but shopping.
Anyway, I noticed the four walls and the floor and the ceiling and the outdoor area and I cringed. I’d had the same place for something like 4 years.

It needed to change.

Raznay Decosta Blithe Second Life

So I decide on my 1,876, 340th hair and click the little wall panel — conveniently located on the wall for my occasionally oblivious self — to access my Linden home settings.
Being a highly indecisive cat I thought I would go through all of the pre-fab (not even the right term, but ignorance is bliss) homes to find one I mostly like and then tweak the settings a little to my unique taste.

I click on the first design that I think I’ll like and then go back into my Firestorm viewer. I stomp around my bright cherry wood home while I “ummm” and “ahhh” about certain aspects of the changes.
Eventually — sometimes I do actually get to the point — I decide that I don’t like the way it looks and want to try a different style. Off I skip back to my browser to tweak me some more settings.

Insert tweaking here

And then I go back into Firestorm, just like I did the last time.
Only my house didn’t change. It’s still the bright cherry wood thing that’s starting to make my eyes water.

Back over to my browser. Click the new design and return to Firestorm.
Cherry red wood greets me.
Pick another design in the browser, head back to Firestorm.
Cherry red wood grins at me.
Refresh the browser.
Cherry red wood giggles at me.
Close browser tab, click wall panel in Second Life® again and pick another design.
Cherry red wood glaring at me suggestively.
Browser now has an error message.
Expletives expelled.

Naturally I thought I had done something wrong so I cleared my cache and rebooted the Second of Life. I tickled that wall panel like it was going to squeal — it didn’t, just for the record — then I closed my eyes and hoped for the best as I swiped across to my browser.
I clicked on another house design, I didn’t care anymore as long as it wouldn’t be that blasted red!

Cherry red wood actually had the audacity to groan at me.

More expletives.

Raznay Decosta Fangirl Edit Second Life Exposeur

Okay, so it’s not me. It’s not the browser (I changed from Safari to Chrome to Opera just in case) and I rebooted Second Life® so I was running out of options.
It was at this point I thought I should submit a support ticked with Linden Lab® since the last time I had to submit a ticket it took weeks to rectify and I wasn’t too keen on living in that decidedly lascivious cheery wood home for that long.

To my surprise, I got a response the next morning asking if I’d tried using the Second Life viewer. I actually refrained from rolling my eyes given it was a fair question and I hadn’t as yet tried that. So off I went and logged in with the standard viewer.

Side note: OMG how do people use that without all the pretty photo tools and the stuff and the cool things and hyperventilates

Anyway, I clicked on my beloved wall panel and off we went to my browser.
I held my breath.
And then the error message came up. Ugh. Pout. Expletives.

A few screen shots later and I’ve replied to the nice person — who wasn’t a Linden but was very friendly and polite even though I’m sure they were annoyed with another person who hadn’t tried the standard viewer first; oops!

The following morning I got another email, this time letting me know that my case had been escalated.
That’s three days with the cheeky cherry wood house. I took a few deep breaths and hid at VIRTUALVillage Media, or a sandbox. I may have even spent the money I was saving just so I had an excuse to not be home.

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One more morning rolls on in and I have another email. This time it’s from a Lovely Linden telling me that she’s reset the scripts in my home and asking me if I could please test that it works. She informed me she was able to change the settings, which let me get my hopes up that she’d changed it to something other than that gory cherry wood.

My hopes were dashed.

But I consoled myself in the knowledge that’s not what I was there for. I was on a mission of the highest importance and I needed to fulfil that mission before my sadness could take hold.

I clicked the wall panel, got whisked off to my browser and there I found a page with different house designs to choose from. It had been so long I thought it was just a delusion!
I held my breath to steady my shaking hands and clicked on a style.

I slowly made my way back to Second Life® where I was greeted with stone! And grey! And pale blonde wood!
I cheered with delight!
I sang the song of my people, which just so happened to be the theme song from Firefly; the Ballad of Serenity. It seemed incredibly fitting for some reason. If you don’t know it, hit play and decide for yourself:

I can safely say that my home is back to its beautiful self. I did indeed go back to the original design with my original tweaks. After all that excitement with the cherry wood I just couldn’t handle any more outrageous homes!

Thank you, Linden Labs® for fixing my little home!


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Location: SL12B Birthday celebrations Nanscapes, SL12B Impressive

Image two and four
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara — by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: Glam Affair – Katra Skin [ Jamaica ] 06 — by Aida Ewing
Hair: TRUTH Hair – Malibu – variety — by Truth Hawks
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Mesh Eyes – Ice — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Dress: Zaara : [Mesh] Ritika Maxi dress ocean — by Zaara Kohime
Jewellery: Zaara : [Mesh] Atiriya set amythest — by Zaara Kohime

Pose: Exposeur – March 2015 Gift – Singles – 3.15 Gift 4 — by RubyStarlight Writer

Location: Blithe

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Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara — by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: Glam Affair – Katra Skin [ Jamaica ] 01 — by Aida Ewing
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Harmony [Bun] – variety — by Truth Hawks
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Mesh Eyes – Ice — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA]Steking EARS(unisex) — by Kikunosuke Eel

Top: DRIFT Morning Tank [MESH] 15 Color HUD — by Kallisto Destiny
Jeans: Maitreya Zipper Skinny  Jeans – #1 — by Onyx LeShelle
Shoes: Ingenue :: Cecily Flats :: Bloom — by Betty Doyle

Necklace: [MANDALA] ONLIEST (unisex) Necklace set – all colours — by Kikunosuke Eel
Watch: [MANDALA] BILLIONAIRE SMEXY (Black) – Unisex — by Kikunosuke Eel
Ring: MG – Rings – Black Sun – SILVER — by Maxi Gossamer

Pose: Exposeur Girl At The Window [Wayward Hunt Gift] — by RubyStarlight Writer