Welcome to Wednesday! Can you believe half the week has flown by already? It will soon be the weekend, hurrah! Today we have a really cute set by [CIRCA], it is called “It’s In The Stars” gacha set, and you can go play this gacha at the Oh My Gacha! Event, which is on right now until January 26th, so make sure to head over there before the event ends. This is a really cute set, and is exclusive at this event, so don’t miss out – go grab yours today!
To pick up these group gifts, you will need to have your Fabulously Free in SL inworld group tag activated (It’s free to join!). To join the group, copy and past the following link into local chat in your SL viewer and click the link in local chat – secondlife:///app/group/020fa7af-444d-f54f-01e2-557ec06315fd/about
There are three ways to keep an eye on our growing list of free group gifts:
Click the Group Gifts Listing Button at the top right hand side of the blog.
The 2016 Gold Stars Judging Panel has now convened. All three judges [Me, Myself and I] have reviewed a countless number of blogs, for an almost unaccountable number of hours over the past year.
This year’s list may be a bit shorter than usual, as one of our Panel members was felled by First Life this summer and was away for three months. And when one of us goes down, we all fall apart. So, for the many blogs reviewed during the remaining nine months, the following are our choices for outstanding blog-related work in 2016:
** MOLLYWOLLIDOODLE RESIDENT– a Gold Star for a great Blogger Name: MOLLYWOLLIDOODLE
** WICCA MERLIN– a Gold Star for Model/Blogger. The Model — It is hard to have a good body balance when your legs are super long; however, Wicca manages to always look perfectly balanced from any camera shot angle. The Blogger — Wicca’s blog is refreshingly different. The text she includes with each post shows that she is much more than a fashion plate with a style card. Wicca Merlin stands out from the crowd, as a model and as a blogger.
** HIKARU ENIMO – a 24K Gold Star for Photography in Blogging [for the second year in a row]. Every time you think you have seen his best work, Hikaru raises the bar and tops himself again and again. [HIKARU ENIMO – Male Fashionista]
** ANOUK ANNA [ANOUK A.] – a Gold Star for Photography in Blogging. Her studies in black and white, shadow and light, create a blog site that is a virtual cornucopia of visual delights. Favorite of the Judging Panel: CONTEMPORARY DANCE
** NEKOTTO RESIDENT – a Gold Star for an across-the-board, unanimous, we-love-your-pictures blog [Nekotto].
** With the increased popularity of micro-mini blogs such as Plurk and Tumblr, photography in blogging has become so important that, ofttimes, it eclipses the content of the blog itself. Quoting the Ultimate Blogger, STRAWBERRY SINGH, “When it comes to fashion blogs, I rarely read what’s written and really only get drawn into the post if the picture stands out to me.”
Blog photos need not necessarily be perfect, but something in the photos should elicit an “oh, wow!” type of response. The “wow!” is the benchmark for blogger photos. And in the WOW! category for 2016:
** KAI WIRSING – a Gold Star in the newly-created Phascinating Photography category; Kai’s blog photos never fail to fascinate and intrigue.
** TAMARY9 RESIDENT [xxx tamary] – a Gold Star for an appealing photo blog. The soft quality of her photos conveys a warmth of spirit, giving us an insight into the person behind the blog; even the title of her blog site suggests softness: Marshmallow Day
** GABRIELLA MARSHDEVIL – a cute-as-a-button Gold Star for a blogging style that mimics her avatar look — oh-so-sweet and adorable. [Cinderella Fashionista] “I focus on kawaii/doll style … every pic is made with love.”
** VOLUPTURAPTOR PERL – a Chameleon Gold Star for versatility to the one who blogs as IGotDressed; subject, style and composition of this blog are always changing, and never stale.
** ALISA PERNE [Alisa26 Resident] – a Gold Star for good blog coverage of designer releases and events, especially fantasy and role-play. The blend of descriptive text and top-quality photos makes Sweet and Sinful Styles a blog to follow in 2017.
** PARADOX MESSMER – a Gold Star for his tribute to David Bowie: ZIGGY REALLY SANG. “… there’s a little Bowie in all of us, if we just dare to be true to our real selves and let it come out.”
** MERICAT IRELAND [ReadMeri] – A you-go-girl Gold Star for WINNING THE RACE: “If life is a race and I’m in it alone, am I winning?” Having been in Second Life since early 2008, Meri likes “to share her thoughts and infinite wisdom with anyone who is daft enough to read it.”
** ROMAN GODDE – a you-go-guy Gold Star for TOP 5 WAYS TO GET OUT OF HOUSEWORK, a handy reference guide for the times a man is unable to “… stick to the manly things like hanging a picture or setting up any electronic item in the house ….”
** BLISS WINDLOW [aka Aria E. Appleford] – a Gold Star for EVERYONE IS SOMEONES IMAGINARY FRIEND. A totally original blogger, “they” are one of a kind, with an unique viewpoint on First Life and Second Life.
** A GIANT GOLD STAR each, for two bloggers who actually blog information, who provide text to read and information to absorb, about Second Life and other virtual worlds — how to find, how to fix, what to look for, what to ignore.
– ** NALATES URRIAH – Nalates’ Things & Stuff – Nalates has been know to [figuratively] descend into the belly of the beast to dig up the latest and best inside information to help us navigate through the maze of virtual worlds. “In general I write posts because I like to write and think some of the information will help out friends.”
– ** INARA PEY – Living in a Modem World – If you are looking for information on the best in Second Life [who, what, when, where, why and how], this is the blog to follow. The blog is, as described in Inara’s own words, a “collection of writings on virtual worlds … a mix of news, reviews, commentary and opinion ….”
** WENDZ TEMPEST – a thank-you Gold Star for her thoughts on the spirit of blogging and bloggers: YOUR BLOG IS YOUR BABY. “… a blogger’s responsibility foremost is to his or her own blog…. Your blog is your baby. Not your Flickr, not your Facebook, not your Twitter, your B-L-O-G.”
“At its core, [my blog] is a representation of all that I hold near and dear to my heart. And you, fair reader, fellow lurker, and friendly scroller, you are always welcomed.”
And with those kind words, we close up 2016.
Best wishes for the new year, Bloggers and Readers, and Lovers of Virtual Worlds.
INVITATION LEA20 LAST INSTALLATION IN THE SURREAL CUBE
Join for the last time Art Blue at LEA20 before he gets lost in time and space. Say goodbye to Art at 12:30 PM PDT before the concert of DD Deceptions Digital starts at 1:00 PM PDT and the last installment opens: a flight for 15 space rackers to the Surreal Cube. After you arrive there do a spiral walk up to the Stars created by JulietteSurrealDreaming.
Listen to the intro of BE GREEDY which starts on voice at 12.32 PM PDT. The music stream will be active from 12.15 PM on channel http://220.127.116.11:17036/ where Art will play some of his favorite songs and say to each guest a personal word.
Don´t be late as the play BE GREEDY has two parts. Part one happens in voice stream from 12:32 until 12:50 PM and then it blends to the second part: A time travel where you need to set your graphic on ULTRA – otherwise you will not see the GREEDY LIGHT and not get what Victor Vasarely says meeting Art in 1986 in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Then Juliette will pilot the audience to her Stair Ways to the Sky installation inside the Surreal Cube and DD will start the concert made for this day.
Ghee takes part in the winter extravaganza being hosted by Kultivate Magazine, featuring an art show and beautiful designs sold to help raise funds for their signature charity.
Team Diabetes of Second Life is proud to present for the second year in a row, the 2016 Winter Showcase and Art Show! This event will take place from December 8 to December 18 and will include ten days of live djs, performers, tribute concerts, 2 hunts, photos with Santa, ince skating, ice fishing, fundraising and more! The sim will open at 4 am slt on December 8!
*NEW* Arisaris/B&W – Gara68 Dainty Gown Venus *ON9* [includes hud with 4 color options] Damselfly Hair – Zizi *HAIROLOGY* Zibska – Morana Collar *WINTER SOLSTICE* [20 colors for main, accents, orbit & drops. Part of a set that include headpiece (not shown)]
Got something you want me to review? How about a sim you want to show off? Tutorials? Send me a message with requests, or if you’re a store wanting something showcased, send me a message inworld to CassandraMiddles Resident. I normally review monthly events, FLF, Luxebox, and occasionally do full hauls of stores I really love. I also love showing off beautiful sims, and sometimes sing. I also post almost daily on my flickr and tumblr, when not doing vlogs, and would love to see your stuff as well! -CassandraMiddles Resident