The truth about events… [NSFW] – Mesh Body Addicts

Group of event related 3D words. Part of a series.

This is an interesting post from Daria over at Mesh Body Addicts.

Some of the pics are NSFW, so be careful before you click over to the full post.

I have to say, as someone who has frequented many of these shopping events, I’ve become much more selective about where I shop.

I do sometimes get early access to events through my blogging group, which is fabulous, because the lag is generally pretty low.

My computer is fairly high-end, however, so I don’t experience many of the issues mentioned here.

I do agree with the issue of people who seem to get into an event and then just ‘park’ there.  I’ve also often wondered why most events are ‘full’ at 35-40 avatars, when I’ve been to many shows where there are double that amount of people.

When I shop, I do try to be a polite shopper – I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, I don’t wear a lot of attachments (soo many people walking around with pets attached – very annoying), and I often don’t even wear my mesh body.

I confess, I don’t demo a lot of things.  I can’t think of something I’ve bought that I couldn’t make work.  I know there have probably been a couple of things, but it’s few and far between for me.

I look at the event catalogues (or on Seraphim) to see what I might want before I go to the event, so I can get in, buy, and leave.

If there’s nothing I really want, then I’ve saved myself a trip, a lot of hassle, and probably a lot of L$. 😛

I haven’t event tried to get into Collabor88 yet, and I’m still seeing notices all over that people can’t get in.

I’d much rather shop an event like Mix, where you get a HUD with LM’s to all the stores and you’re not fighting every fashionista in SL to get in. :-/

The post is an interesting read – make sure you read through the comments as well. 🙂

Source: The truth about events… [NSFW] – Mesh Body Addicts

Windlight Winter Art Show and Winter Showcase Opens Tomorrow!

WINDLIGHT WINTER ART SHOW & WINTER SHOWCASE POSTERTomorrow marks the opening of a terrific event – the first annual Windlight Winter Art Show and Winter Showcase.

The event will benefit Team Diabetes of SL.  Opening on December 7 and running through December 14, the event will include live DJs, tribute concerts, art exhibitions, contests, shopping, a hunt, performers, a gingerbread building contest and more!

The art show is sponsored and produced by Windlight Magazine and Windlight Art gallery.  Included in the show are artists and photographers, including Bryn Oh, Cica Ghost, Skip Staheli, Wicca Merlin, Sparkie Cyberstar, Inara Pey, and many others.

WL Expo 1The sim is wonderfully decorated for winter, including a cute little carousel.  The shopping area is an adorable little village, complete with a flying Santa and his sleigh.

Wl Expo Mall

There are some fabulous items being offered for sale, and each merchant has designated an item where 100% of the sales will go to Team Diabetes of SL.  I will share some of the amazing items in following posts.

Merchants offering wares include Tayren’s Fantasy Fashions, Wicca’s Wardrobe, Zuri Rayna Jewelry, The House of Avro, Park Place Home Decor, Meshopotamia, and many others.

There’s plenty to do and see as you wander around and see all the fabulous art.  You might even stumble onto a snowman or two. 😀

WL Expo 2

In addition to all the other fun events, there will be a fashion show on December 13, produced by Solaris, and featuring the following brands:  Azul, JUMO, Sascha’s Designs, Lyrical B!zarre, Sonatta Morales, Spyralle, Miss Darcy, and Chop Zuey.

For additional information, and to find a calendar with the events listed, visit the Team Diabetes of SL website.

Windlight Winter Art Show & Winter Showcase | Team Diabetes of Second Life

This looks like an amazing and fun event!

Tons of fabulous artists and photographers from SL, lots of terrific merchants, and some great activities.

I’ve never seen a gingerbread house building contest before – it sounds fun!

Source: Windlight Winter Art Show & Winter Showcase | Team Diabetes of Second Life

It’s August!

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It’s only the 2nd of the month, and I am already behind. 😦

So many wonderful events opened on the 1st, but I was sidelined by a ginormous migraine.

(If you’ve never had a migraine, lucky you!  If  you have had one, you have my sympathies.)

I did manage to sneak in some quick shopping stops – FaMESHed, The Gacha Garden, and the new Mesh Body Addicts Fair, just to name a few.

I also hopped around to a few mainstores for the August round of Mix.

Izzie’s put out some new mesh eyelashes I’m dying to try – I can’t ever seem to find ones that fit just right.

Essenz (my favorite shoemaker) had several new things out, so of course I had to pick up some new shoes.

A girl can never have too many shoes, right? 😀

I also spent some time yesterday getting ready for a performance today.

An old friend opened a new theater and asked if I would dance in the opening show.

Of course I said yes!

So excuse me while I rush off, because I have a ton of stuff that needs done before I get busy with the performance.

Enjoy your Sunday, folks!

Where Do You Shop?

EventsI’ve been reading with interest a new series of blog posts from Auryn Beorn regarding resources for new merchants.

She’s only written a couple of posts so far, but I’m finding it fascinating reading.

After reading her latest article, I was scanning through recent blog posts in my reader.

I saw yet another notice of a store moving to Marketplace only.

It got me to wondering – is Marketplace replacing mainstores in SL?

I know that cost is almost certainly a factor, given the price of land/rentals.

It also seems that events (where there are lots of different merchants in one location) are much more popular than mainstore shopping.

There have been a few events that have attempted to get shoppers back in stores (The Mix, currently running its July round, is one of them).

However, the general consensus from what I’ve read in various places (forums, social media networks, etc.) seems to be that events work and mainstores are just a money drain.

I am a little surprised by this, but clearly I am in the minority.

Given that the most popular complaint about SL besides land cost is lag, I don’t understand why shopping at a large event where the lag is generally horrible is preferable to shopping at a mainstore.

Some of the more popular events (like Uber, Collabor88, FaMESHed, etc.) are so jam-packed that it’s often several days before I can even get in.

When I first heard about Mix, I thought it was a great idea.

I loved the thought of not having to fight horrible crowds and laggy conditions just to do a bit of shopping (especially considering that sometimes I don’t even make a purchase at the event).

Plus, I had the ability to look around the store and see other items the creator had for sale.

If I like one item, I’ll probably like two or three.

I use Marketplace quite a bit, but generally only when I am looking for something specific – like a certain costume for a routine, or a certain accessory, etc.

Which isn’t always that easy (or successful), given the horrible search functions on Marketplace.

So, I thought I’d do a quick survey and see if I’m (as usual) standing over in left field by myself. 🙂

Where do you prefer to shop and why?

Please share the poll – the more responses the better!

Tuesday Tidbits

tidbit-tuesdayI’m finding it hard to get back in the groove after the long holiday weekend.

I’d hoped that after school was out I’d have more time in SL.

But alas, summer sports are already encroaching upon my time, so I may not be able to post as often as I’d like.

When I do get a bit of free time today, I will be spending some L$, I’m sure –

⇒  The new round of Uber is open, with a theme of ‘Spice.’

Judging from the pics I’ve seen so far, everything looks exotic and beautiful and right up my alley. 😛

⇒  There has been an update to the Black Dragon viewer and there are some interesting changes made to the snapshot preview.

I will be downloading it and trying it out – my computer graphics card doesn’t groan nearly as much with Black Dragon, for some reason.

⇒  New World Notes reported that Oculus and USC are working together to capture your RL expression and put it on your avatar.

I’m not a fan.

I don’t ever see wearing these gigantic headsets becoming a popular trend.

I jump back and forth from RL to SL way to often for wearing a rig that ridiculous which I would have to put on/take off 10 times a day.

Also, I don’t want my RL expression captured for SL.

Just – no.

⇒  I was glad to find out that I’m not the only one who doesn’t find Flickr intuitive to use.

Kate Bergdorf has some of the same questions I do.

⇒   If you’re an SL blogger, the [SL] Blogger Support site has reworked their layout and is now available for blogger registration once again.

That’s all for this quick Tuesday Tidbits.

Have a great day, folks!

Shopping Break

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For the last few weeks, I’ve not really had any enthusiasm about dancing.

I’m not sure why, but I just haven’t felt inspired, I suppose.

So while I wait for inspiration to strike, I’ve been busily shopping all over the grid.

My pocketbook and shoes are plum wore out, but I picked up some amazing things I’ll be showing you.

I’ve already shared a few things I got from the Pose Fair, but I still have poses to unpack and use (yay!).

I went to Kustom9 and picked up some to-die-for shoes, visited the Season’s Story, checked out The Liason Collaborative, and wrapped it all up by doing the TAG! Gacha Event.


I wasn’t planning on doing the TAG! Gacha this time, but the theme is ‘Side Show’ and well, who can resist amazing circus-themed items?

Not me, that’s for sure!

I still have a few events on my list that I want to visit, but I need to spend some time organizing what I’ve already picked up – and deleting some stuff to make room for it all.

So I’m going to give my poor, tired feet a break and prop them up while I sort.

If you need a break too, head on over to MJ’s Burlesque for their encore performance at 2pm SLT today.

I caught the show on Friday, and it was amazing!

Also, I’m changing up the LOTD posts a bit.

I have a TON of things I’ve collected to use in routines that I never use.

So I will be doing a bit more decorating, setting a scene.

And hopefully, penning a few short lines of a story to go with the picture.

Enjoy your Sunday!

So Much Going On!

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There is sooo much going on today!

I’m dancing in the Michael Bublé tribute show at Frank’s Elite today at 12pm SLT.

Then the ‘Christmas ExtravaDanza!’ is having another performance 1pm.

Fusion Dance Crew is having their Christmas show at 2pm.

The Polar Express is doing another fundraiser for Toys for Tots at 3pm.

The Waterfront Theater is also doing a performance of ‘The Full Monty’ at 3pm.

Then catch La Oro’s show at 5pm.

Dance Xcetera! is doing a show at 7pm, as is Moulin Rouge.

So a completely full day of dance shows, not to mention all the advent gifties you can collect right now!


Better drink some Red Bull or some coffee before you head out!

Happy Dancing!!