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I’m in love.

It’s an ongoing affair, I guess, and very healthy… I swear. I’m not breaking up any homes or obsessing constantly. I’m not starving myself or driving slowly past the house at 2 AM to make sure you’re at home or anything. None of that. No, I’m currently in the middle of a very deep, very satisfying, very passionate love affair with Second Life.

It started pretty much instantly too, call it love at first sight. Oh, sure there are imperfections, just like all the best loves, but what it comes down to is potential. I’m in love with the potential of things, and specifically that thing we call Second Life.

However you choose to define it, you get out what you put in, and I’m always happy to see something gorgeous shared with the rest of us. Even better, I’m ecstatic when there’s a deeper meaning to it, when the potential of our favorite metaverse is recognized and used. It’s how I feel about Leezu Baxter’s Revolution Pan dress.

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The organization began in 1980 with one wish to a little 7-year-old boy with leukemia.  His dream was to become a police offer, and through the amazing efforts of others they made his dream come true.  He was sworn in as the first honorary patrolman in Arizona’s Department of Safety.  Little Chris enjoyed a helicopter ride, a custom made police uniform, and a set of motorcycle wings for passing the motorcycle proficiency test.  Sadly Chris passed away on May 3, 1980 but his legacy lives on by inspiring others to grant wishes that provide hope, strength, and joy to children and their families.

I personally have had the pleasure of working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in real life.  The network of volunteers and their dedication is remarkable.  The organization has grown tremendously over the last 28 years all thanks to many generous donations.  Please join your fellow SL™ residents as they come together to raise money and awareness for this wonderful cause.

All are invited to the SL™ Celebrity Auction to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation®.  It will be held this Sunday, December 28th from 1pm until 5pm in the Patch Thibaud Auditorium.  21 Celebrities will be auctioned off for a wonderful cause. 

Read more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Browse the SL™ Celebrity Auction Catalog

I know this post is not about fashion, but forget the fabulous Christmas outfits, the big diners, the glamour parties and the surprising presents for a while. Christmas is on the way and time to spend some of your time to take a little care of people who will need it in these days.

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A lot of children have to stay in the hospital during Christmas instead of being home with their family. You can make these days a little nicer for them by sending a message, let your imagination run free, your message will help to offer some comfort and hope for these children and will put a smile on their face.

How? It is very simple…

The “Fondation Réunica Prévoyance”  in association with “L’enfant@l’hopital” have set up a Christmas Message Tree. Take a taxi to this tree, simply click on the card to write the message you want to deliver to a child (in French or English – don’t forget to mention your country).

The “L’enfant@l’hopital” will  collect these message and will take care of delivering the supporting messages to children in various hospitals in France.

Don’t forget to have a look at the drawings of the children too. These cartoons are part of a competition. In January you can visit this place again to vote on your favorite cartoon.

Merry Christmas!

Have you seen the movie “Out of Africa” with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford? Do you know who Karen Blixen is? Maybe yes, maybe no – I will tell you anyway: Karen Blixen is a Danish writer who spent almost 17 years of her life in Kenya and her book “Out of Africa” has been produced as film in Hollywood and has won Oscar awards.

When I saw the new releases from Casa del Shai: Birdwatcher safari suit and Sambia swimsuit, I suddenly knew what I would like blog about. I have a very good reason to do that, since I am Danish myself and I’ve lived in Africa for more than 4 years, I have visited the house of Karen and I took the train from Nairobi to Mombasa – exactly the same route as Karen’s in 1914, when she arrived in Mombasa’s habour and entered Africa for the first time.

The Birdwatcher safari suit is so comfortable and the texture awesome. The are 2 version of pants – one is long, suitable for the nights, when mosquitos are a plaque and the shorts version is very good for the hot African sun. Together with the suit, I recommend Maitreya Female desert boots in green or even in beige – forget about high heels when you are on a safari.

The swimsuit is beautifully layered and textured, you will look sophisticated with this on a safari when it’s time to cool down near a waterhole – aww… beware of the crocodiles…

And did you know that there is a wonderful sim called “Africa” in Second Life? If not, then please take a look —> Africa. There is a whole area with African animals, waterfalls, waterholes, birds and an awesome beach. When you arrive, you will see signboards in the center with information on how you can help children in Africa, events and much more. “Africa” arrange live music concert regularly and from the center you can teleport to the upper level, which is filled with a huge gallery with exhibitions of photography, sculpties and paintings from RL artists. From every purchase of each artwork, 50 % of the sales go to charity and keeping up the sim. I have also some of my photos there, do not hestitate to take a look.

In-world location for the infocenter —-> Africa, for the exhibitions —–> Africa and for the live music performances —–> Africa

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 The final day of EFA Fashion Week rakes in another L$ 64,000 for Pink Ribbon – the actual is L$ 64,483 bring the grand total to L$ 354,564!! Guests arrived in quite large numbers until it was practically impossible to move because of the lag. In alphabetical order each model came out, introdced themselves and their skills before bidding commenced. It was admittedly challenging to sell people, but things were soon in full swing and people such as Cadence Juran of Crescendo Corporation and Celebrity Trollop of Second Style Magazine who collected over L$ 25,000 between them needed no assistance at all. The audience comprised our main sponsors Limer Fredriksson and Ansor Horenbeek or [hoorenbeek] Quality clothing as well as business magnate Maximilian March of Max March Industries. All the models did exceptioally well and we heard some pretty touching and interesting stories for why they had chosen to take part in a fund raiser of this sort. It was truly and enjoyable and great event and the money raised was just confirmation of that.

The Ewing Fashion Agency would like to thank all who came, participated and supported us. You have helped us make this what it is – thank you!

Event Pictures

Event pictures by Tillie Ariantho

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Another successful EFA Fashion Week event takes the donation box total up to L$ 290 081. That is 290% of our original goal. The evening started with a few glitches – including a fatal crash by the host – that would be me. I came back and did not rezz properly, but the show went on with gusto – in full ruth glorlyfor thr next 20 minutes, including missing shoe base until the system started responding again, but that was short-lived. The auction nearly stopped when no one could effect any more payments – server side errors, stake requests and all sorts. We had also gone way past the two hour time slot, but the heat was on, the atmostphere was thick with competition (mostly) friendly and the crowd wanted more. So at the final item – which happened to be Indyra Seigo’s simple three piece pant, top and jacket combo called the Armada, the crowd fought tooth and nail in good charitable spirit to bring the total donation for that item alone to L$ 21251!! There were othr high-earners – totally incredible. I could not type fast enough as the bids poured in. We had so much fun, but I dread to think of the number of people who will be cupping their faces in their hands tomorrow wandering “what the hell was I thinking” just before uploading the linden. The total raised is made up of the L$ 122k we raised from teh charity auction, plus the the approximate figure of L$ 115k raised by the Cafe Society and the L$ 52 raised solely by the placement of boxes.

Pink Ribbon we have done you proud. I cannot wait until the model auction tomorrow.

After four amazing days of fashion and glamour featuring the collections of eight talented Second Life designers, we have reached the sixth day of EFA Fashion Week in association with Second Style Magazine and sponsored by [hoorenbeek] Quality Clothing for men. The sixth day is the charity auction. The aim of the charity auction is to raise awareness and funds for Pink Ribbon – the breast cancer charity that supports women that have been affected by breast cancer and educates others about being “breast aware”. 

In 2007, approximately 240,510 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among women and approximately 40,460 women are expected to die from breast cancer.  Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women – source: The Cancer Org.

The target goal is L$ 100,000, of which we have already raised over 50% just by the placement of boxes by members of the Pink Ribbon Support Network that we created a seven days ago. The EFA Pink Ribbon Support Network is made up of various residents and business owners, who have generously agreed to house a collection box. To all of you thank you so very much – without you, this would have been challenging, if not impossible.

The EFA Fashion Week Charity Auction has received generous donation by the various residents and businesses listed below: 

Thanks also go to Tigerlily Koi & Haedon Quine of Calla Hair who are supporting EFA Fashion Week by giving gift certficates to every person who donates L$ 200 to the collection box located at their store. Thanks also goes to members of the Cafe Society, which is a group of residents from FashConCafe and Fashion Emergency who will be throwing a parallel charity auction at the SS Galaxy as part of their inauguration event.

Tonight will be successful if you guys show up and bid and show your support for a good cause. The rest depends on you.

The Ewing Fashion Agency would like to thank all of those who have mde this possible, including Second Style Magazine who have supported this from the beginning and [hoorenbeek] Quality Clothing for men.

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