I do not know Brandy Maltas (Kalli Birman in Second Life®). However, I know a few things about her. Most urgently, I know she has cancer, a second recurrence of metastatic uterine cancer that has spread to her liver. Secondly, I know she must be a kind person because people care about her and are trying to help her. From the event information, I know she is a single mother of three who is trying to do her best to survive and make it through this battle so she can see her children grown. Lastly, I know that I hope people will support The Road Ahead, an event to support her struggle, before it closes on January 1st.
As an exclusive for the event, Mami Jewell has released a special amethyst color of her Electra dress. As you can see the dress can be worn different ways, all amethyst or black and amethyst, with all the billowing attachments or without them, with sleeves or without. Azul’s clothing is always versatile.
Here you can see it in all its exuberant glory, with flexi panels that add movement and grace.
Helen Mirren gave an interview earlier this month that shocked some and made me happy. She said that she wished she had told more people to “fuck off” and it is not the first time. She once said if she had a daughter, that would be one of the first phrases she would want to teach her. As Mirren explained, “Unfortunately, at least for my generation, growing up (we didn’t say that) and I love the fact that girls are so much more confident and outspoken than my generation were. We were sort of brought up to be polite and sometimes politeness, in certain circumstances, is not what’s required, you’ve got to have the courage to stand up for yourself occasionally when it’s needed.”
I think a lot of us need to say those words more often. We often do things we do not want to do out of social expectations and traditions that really require a good fuck off. Of course, sometimes there are obligations and job requirements that just don’t allow us to say that, but then we have Second Life® and if there is any place on the planet where we should be free to do as we please, it should be Second Life.
That’s why I never feel bad about wearing clothes as I please and not just as they come in the folder. Of course, I don’t feel that is really saying “fuck off” to the designer, instead it is just showing that they clothing is more versatile that first envisioned. Of course, in this case, I think wearing this dress differently than pictured in the vendor ad is intentional, otherwise, why would the designer make it so versatile.
Mami Jewell of AZUL probably designs more gowns than anyone for the Miss SL competitions. The Linette gown was designed for Miss Indonesia Mio Linette and it comes in twelve standard colors and two limited edition colors. When I walked in the gown the ebb and flow of the feathers at the bottom made me think of the gracefully flowing fins of a beta fish, so for fun I headed to Borinquin Zyn’s underwater tableau where there are underwater animations. Below the cut, you can see a video I made and see what I mean about this lovely gown.
For some reason, this feels cancer’s year. It has been wreaking havoc with too many lives. It will be a year in August since my sister’s diagnosis and double mastectomy and she is still not cleared to go back to work. Chemo laid waste to her immune system leaving her vulnerable to multiple bouts of pneumonia and a baker’s dozen of random diseases that I have never heard of – one so rare that it had never been seen in that hospital before. Then, just to make things interesting, they found three brain tumors during a scan. In the end, though, she has survived and hopes to be back to work soon.
My niece is struggling with her own cancer battle, driving 330 miles to the Mayo Clinic and back again once a week. There are closer clinics, but she has always been an adventurous sort and managed to acquire a rare and orphan form of cancer that can only be treated there. We had a scare with my one year old great nephew, but thankfully the tests came back negative a few days ago, but it has been a tense two weeks while we waited for results.
Friends in my first life ended their long struggles with terminal cancer in May and June. Meanwhile, here in Second Life, Amy left us in May and Melanie left us in July. This has not been a good year. But it’s only a little more than half over and perhaps it’s time to turn things around.
Here is one chance to do that. The Lexi Project is a fundraiser that starts on Sunday, July 26th, to help Lexi Zelin (AngelRED Couture) who was recently diagnosed with Stage III Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a rare lymphatic cancer, basically a cancer of the immune system, weakening a person’s ability to fight infection. The cancer has not spread to her bone marrow, so she has a fighting chance.
Lexi Zelin is adjusting her sails, but cancer is expensive and even more so when the pain keeps her from working. She explains all of this on her GoFundMe page.
Again and again, the Second Life community has come together to help each other in moments of need. This is her moment of need and our community will be there for her. Mami Jewell of Azul has released this special edition of her Abigail gown for sale at the Lexi Project fundraiser and 100% of the sales will go to help Lexi’s cancer struggle. In fact, all of the items at the event will donate 100% to Lexi. Depraved Nation is donating the land for this event. You can learn more about the Lexi Project on its Facebook page. There is even a Flickr Group for the event.
Whether cancer has been stomping through your life or not, I hope you will find some items that appeal to you at the event and help Lexi in her struggle to “adjust her sails.”
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Poses: Di’s Opera
Skin: Glam Affair Asia
Mesh Attachments: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN v1.1
Maitreya Mesh Body – Hands
Maitreya Mesh Body – HUD V3.4 Lara
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4
Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High
Appliers: Glam Affair Karin Asia
Lelutka Karin HUD
Maitreya Lara hud (nails)
Eyes: Aphotic Gloom – Aquilius Eyes (Hazel)
Hair: Miss C. – Alara_Red.4 @ Hair Fair
Clothing: -AZUL- Abigail ChainBelt(NonBright)
-AZUL- Abigail MeshDress S/LEXI PROJECT
Shoes: Slink Siren Stilettos Fuschia
Jewelry: (Kunglers Extra) Orquidea Alba Necklace and Earrings
I like this casual summer dress from AZUL as a gift for the Sou by Creation.jp Anniversary. It’s loose and casual and just right for this hot summer heat wave that is sucking the energy out of me.
I made a trip to LEA6 (Humanoid) to look around and found all sorts of fun to get up to.
Mami Jewell of Azul just released a beautiful limited edition outfit to elicit your inner fairy and feed your fantasies. It is called Pepeké and comes with a very revealing, short shift with wings, and butterflies and gossamer skirts. It is what dreams are made of, femininity, delicacy and romance.
On the other hand, you can drop the fantasy elements and wear it as a loose and very sexy summertime blouse over a pair of pants. I love mixing things up, not wearing things right out of the box, and though mesh makes that more complicated; it is still possible and still a lot of fun.
Perhaps because Second Life® is very much an intentional community, a self-selected universe of seekers, its people seem to have internalized John Donne’s extraordinary claim “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…” On April 25th, a bell tolled in Nepal. An earthquake and its aftershocks killed nearly 2000 people and fractured the infrastructure of the country. Because Second Life’s residents are “involved in mankind”, they responded quickly. Today a fundraiser opened to raise money to help feed the people of Nepal though the UN’s World Food Program. With another aftershock injuring over two thousand people just last night, the urgency of their need is compelling.
Join Hands, a new group formed to leverage the efforts of the SL community to respond to real world needs has organized the Fashion For Food (Join Hands for Nepal) event. There are many details about the event in Inara Pey’s great blog post complete with pictures from the event venue. With a bold and effective choice, the organizers chose to have the sim build reflect the damage of an earthquake and Inara Pey has several great picture of the venue.
Mami Jewell of Azul is one of those creators who often steps up to offer items to help. For Fashion for Food, she has released three different items. One is the short color block mini that is not in her usual formal style. I was happy to see it as it was perfect for DJ’ing last night. The black and teal combination and simple geometry inspired me to wear the lovely white, mint and yellow geometric nail polish from Nylon Outfitters for this month’s Collabor88 – and that led me to run with yellow for my accessories including these great shoes I got at the 21 Shoe event. I suppose it is cruel to show them since they were available for one day only – on the 21st. But I hope that inspires you to mark that date and remind yourself to check out the event. Participating stores offer two-for-one shoe exclusives for that day, but they are not available after the event.
Some big yellow earrings from Glam Affair and a lovely hair style from Exile help complete my outfit. This lovely skin from Glam Affair for Collabor88.
The World Food Program has three main goals under its Nepal earthquake response:
deliver food to survivors and those who need it most,
provide emergency operation assistance on a massive scale, and
help the humanitarian aid community with relief hub services.
Not everyone wants to contribute through events and would rather give their support directly in their first life. You can donate directly to the World Food Program Nepal relief here.
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Skin: Glam Affair – Luna skin – Asia Tone – 04 D Collabor88
Mesh Attachments:Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High V2.1
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – – Elegant1
Appliers: Nylon Outfitters Geometric Nails – Collabor88
Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes dark Green (med)
Hair: ::Exile::Miles to Nowhere Collabor88
Clothing: AZUL- 15Min of Fame MeshDress M/Jade for Join Hands For Nepal
Shoes: Glamistry : ASTER Heels
Jewelry: –Glam Affair- Victoria EarringsYellow
I like everything I wear for my blog, but every once in a while an outfit will strike a special chord and make me feel extraordinary. Azul’s Abigail for Black Fashion Fair is such a dress. With all the bare skin, it was critical that it fit perfectly since I could not use alphas to block any of the bodice in the mesh top, not with such exposure on the side. As you can see, the fit was perfect and I got a lot of compliments on it when I wore it for my set this morning.
Fashion For Change opened yesterday – a fundraising event to raise money for Womankind Worldwide, an organization working to challenge discrimination against women around the world and to increase women’s participation and voice in the policies that affect their lives. Fashion For Change runs from April 11th through the 25th and several of my favorite stores are participating including Azul. This dress is an exclusive for Fashion For Change and was created with options to change it up. Here I am wearing it without the overskirt.