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A Stroll Through the 2013 RFL Christmas Expo – Part 4

As I continued to walk the cobbled streets of the Peace sim at the 2013 RFLChristmas Expo, I was again struck by the number of great stores occupying this space.  Many are well known to me, such as Evie’s Closet and Aphrodite Shop.  Oh, and in case you don’t know about Aphrodite, they have the nicest café at their in-world location, very family/kid friendly.  Do check it out. Nice way to spend some time with your SL children.

I decided to begin today by visiting some merchants not so well known to me.  DG Designs offers clothing and jewelry.  The RFL vendors included two candy-ribboned formal gowns, and I liked the swing dresses on another wall.  I wasn’t sure if they are mesh or not, but I believe they are.

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My actual favorite in the store was the Gatcha machine, offering some really cute holiday pendants.  I played the game and got three fun ones to wear this season, and a duplicate to give to my sister. I may go back for more. DG Designs is also participating in the Expo Bell Hunt and has a Naughty/Nice gift for you to click. Continue reading

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A Stroll through the 2013 RFL Christmas Expo – Part Two

This was another splendid day for strolling at the 2013 Christmas Expo Sims, benefitting Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society.  You could almost feel the crispness of the chilled air and hear the rustling of the last autumn leaves, clinging for life to the ice covered tree branches.  The Victorian setting was, and continues to be, perfect for walking along, peaking into windows that almost frost with your breath, then slipping inside for warmth and some pleasant shopping experiences. Today I visited the Hope sim, starting with the anchor store and sim sponsor, LivGlam.  Glam is so appropriate for this venue.  The Expo shop for LivGlam is stylish and overflowing with product.  So packed, in fact, that I had to step gingerly to avoid bumping into things, but it was worth the visit.  Beautiful items to chose from, including the dress that was offered in the Relay vendors….Breath Again.  Superbly continental.

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As I mentioned in my earlier article, proceeds from all items sold in the Relay vendors go directly to the American Cancer Society for their continued research and aiding individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families.  Thank you so much for your generosity LivGlam. Just a door down from LivGlam I found Libby’s Holiday Store.  The shop featured many bright and cheery Christmas themed craft items, most with a sparkling hue.  Libby’s has a fantasy feel to it, because of the shimmer she paints with.  No drab colors here.  Even the balloons sparkle.  In fact, one of Libby’s RFL vendors contains balloons with a hugable teddy  bear and the other has a sled pulled by the jolly old elf himself.  So, if you like your decorations with sparkle, make a point to visit this shop. Continue reading

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A Stroll through the 2013 RFL Christmas Expo — Part One

With the immensity of Relay for Life’s Christmas Expo, how in the world can you choose what to write about?  I’m at a loss for the answer, so I just decided to let fate make the choices for me as I randomly strolled around, checking out the stores.

First of all, major cudos to ALL of the shops, merchants and service providers who donated their time and products to make this winter fund raising event such a success.  Relay for Life continues to support the American Cancer Society’s research efforts to fight cancer, find a cure and make life better for those battling the disease.

There are four sims which comprise the Expo shopping area, done in the style of a Victorian Village.  Just walking through the sims is a treat.  The buildings were designed and made by Cassie Eldemar, who stepped in to solely complete the assignment when her co-builder had to leave due to family issues.  The facades look so real and give the village a look which makes you want to search your inventory for those Victorian clothes you’ve stored away.  Add twinkling lights and snow covered landscape and you have a perfect holiday shopping setting, not to mention photo ops galore.

Each sim is sponsored by a premier merchant, which serves as the anchor store.  I visited the JOY sim first, sponsored by Black Tulip.  Black Tulip was known to me from various grid hunts I’ve engaged in.  I found lots of fun items of an instructional and building nature inside the store.  In addition to sponsoring the sim, Black Tulip participated further by placing vendors inside their store, with sale proceeds of these items going directly to the ACS.  The vendor item I liked was a neat Snow Globe, available either finished or a base that you could use to create your own.

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I walked next door into a store called Potomac, which I was not familiar with.  I was delighted to find many really cute crafty items.  I’m a RL quilt lover, and the red Christmas cutie available in the RFL vendor will be going home with me.  Also offered in vendors was a bird house and candle arrangement. Continue reading

It’s Time to Hunt for the Bells!!

The 2013 Relay for Life of Second Life’s Christmas Expo has many fun and exciting activities this year. One fun activity is the Hunt for the Bells Hunt. Below is the official press release for this great event:

2013 CHRISTMAS EXPO HUNT FOR THE BELLS

 

DATES: December 5 to 15 (10am slt)

WEBSITE:  http://slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com/expo-entertainment/hunt-for-the-bells/

The bells are ringing across the Christmas Expo and it is time to find them! TP into any of the Christmas Expo sims and start hunting for gold bells, which are hidden in some of your favorite merchant shops!

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Things to Do in Second Life – Week of June 2, 2013

Check out some of the fun and exciting things to do and see in Second Life this week:

Music & Festivals:

Berry Festival, 4th Edition! After the great success of the Berry Party on 2010, 2011 and 2012, HullaBaloo presents the Berry Festival 2013, from May 20th through June 23rd. This event is hosted and supported by SL Kids Community, and it’s absolutely family friendly. For more information, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/16W6KQb.

Glastonbury Pop Festival:  Throughout June, London City celebrates the Glastonbury Pop Festival with performances from the many popular bands and acts who’ve appeared in London City this past year with a month-long tribute to the world of pop music, complete with contests and prizes. For more details, visit http://mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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Things to Do in Second Life – Week of May 26, 2013

Check out some of the fun and exciting things to do and see in Second Life this week:

Fundraisers:

World Goth Fair: The World Goth Fair is an annual Second Life event, officially sanctioned by the folks at World Goth Day to benefit the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. The event runs from May 15th through the 31st and features a massive amount of vendors, musicians and two huge areas to explore. For more information, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/12sy0pG.

2013Relay for Life: for team registration and more information, please see the official websites:

http://rflofsl.intuitwebsites.com/

https://www.facebook.com/rflofsl

Home & Garden Expo 2013: The annual Home & Garden Expo returns, and it’s the most exciting expo so far! With over 100 exhibitors of stylish home products, 30 exhibitors of breedables, raffles, auctions, 11 sims and a full entertainment schedule, make sure come help Relay For Life. Everything opens at noon on May 24th, visit http://bit.ly/18c4A3Y for more information.

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Things to Do in Second Life – Week of May 19, 2013

Check out some of the fun and exciting things to do and see in Second Life this week:

Fashion & Shopping:

The 100 Block: Depraved Nation is hosting their 3rd fashion fair in the month of May. In addition to the Sales Venue, come see live DJs, musical performers, even a photo contest with prize package giveaways. The 100 Block will feature 100 stores and 16 sponsors creating a new, exclusive item specially for the event. What’s better than 116 brands offering new & exclusive items? Each exclusive will be priced at 50% off the normal selling price! For more information, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/10u9IaP.

Egoisme Milano: Visit the new Egoisme Milano for a real Italian shopping experience! Browse the stores for fashion, skins and free gifts or sit with friends and listen to music under the glass-domed roof. This mesh build is a wonderful place to take photographs and even hosts art galleries and live events. Live the dolce vita, at Egoisme Milano.

We Love Roleplay: We Love Roleplay is a monthly shopping event that seeks to promote creators who offer high quality, roleplay-centric content. Featuring over 40 unique and awesome vendors, We Love Roleplay is your place for some of the coolest stuff around. For more information, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/13ZZLGx.

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6th Annual Home & Garden Expo Starts Next Week!

The 6th annual Home & Garden Expo, an official Relay for Life of Second Life fundraising event, is scheduled to kick off next week. This event brings together over 100 home, landscaping, garden, and interior design creators in Second Life for 10 days of exhibits and fun!

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Things to Do in Second Life – Week of May 12, 2013

Check out some of the fun and exciting things to do and see in Second Life this week:

Art, Photography, & Exhibitions:

Future Worlds:  Come to the Art India Gallery as two artists show their visions of a possible future. Future Worlds features The Lab by JadeYu Fhang and Mind Melter by Thoth Jantzen. Take the teleport at the landing spot and prepare yourself for something amazing.

The Nine Art Planets: The Art Planets is an art installation to give visitors nine different emotional feelings, reflected through subconscious minds. Inspired by a variety of immersive artists, this is one installation you don’t want to miss.

Virtually Real: The most exciting experiences in virtual reality are not so much the ones that totally alter the viewer’s perspective of what’s real as the ones that are able to expand, augment and enlarge the real. It is in its relationship with the real, rather than attempting to substitute itself for the real, that the most original use of virtual reality is found. This is Virtually Real.

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Things to Do in Second Life – Week of May 5, 2013

Check out some of the fun and exciting things to do and see in Second Life this week:

Art, Photography, & Exhibitions:

The Nine Art Planets: The Art Planets is an art installation to give visitors nine different emotional feelings, reflected through subconscious minds. Inspired by a variety of immersive artists, this is one installation you don’t want to miss.

Virtually Real: The most exciting experiences in virtual reality are not so much the ones that totally alter the viewer’s perspective of what’s real as the ones that are able to expand, augment and enlarge the real. It is in its relationship with the real, rather than attempting to substitute itself for the real, that the most original use of virtual reality is found. This is Virtually Real.

Wall of Fear: A strong and high wall awaits visitors at LEA 19: The Wall of Fear. Wall of Fear suggests the possibility of greater understanding, so face your fears and watch the surprising results and insights form. The Wall of Fear is brought to you by your first grade English teacher, Amalgamated Bank and Perdue Chicken.

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