Writing from Destin, Florida:
Copyright 2015 by Gidge Uriza.
Gidge Uriza sums it up rather nicely in her article at Its Only Fashion, which I link to for today’s big reblog. Hair Fair every year gives us a chance to stock up on wigs for our already ready-to-explode Inventories, and I’m on of the thousands of avatars who loves to go there, fight the crowds when needed, and purchase what strikes my fancy. But, if I could get in world today, I’d try to remember to take off my hair and wear some kind of bandanna — because Hair Fair every year is also to support and remember the kids who don’t have the beauty, luxury — or necessity — of hair in even Real Life.
Wigs for Kids exists for the purpose of supplying hair to children who, for various medical reasons, have little or no hair. We as adults feel it when we have a “bad hair day,” and those of us who have undergone chemotherapy know how embarrassed we feel when we start having to cover our heads as the tufts of hair are falling out. Children feel it even more, though; they’re at a stage of development where image is so much more important, where teasing can be cuttingly cruel, or where they just want to look like the others around them. We remember these little ones on the final day of every Hair Fair by wearing a bandanna instead of the “hair” we normally sport.
Wigs for Kids helps these children reclaim their self-esteem. But it ain’t cheap, not by a long shot. The mission page at WfK tells us that each wig is custom designed, handmade from human hair, and the average cost is $1,800. That’s U. S. dollars, people, not lindens. You can gather from this that the organization needs all the help it can get, but in two different forms, not just one.
The obvious one is what Hair Fair is for. If you haven’t been there yet, today is your last chance for the year; go find something that makes you look ravishing when you aren’t wearing your bandanna — you did get one of those, too, right? They’re available in every Fair sim in a special shop, for donations of 50 or 100 lindens, chump change. But buy some wigs for Second Life, and help by your purchase to buy some wigs for the kids. Large numbers of the vendors will dedicate at least a percentage to Wigs for Kids from every purchase, and some of the designers sign over all their sales from the vendors during this fortnight to the cause. Be generous, please. And, if you somehow miss Hair Fair, or just decide not to go (silly girls and boys!), go to their site and give a direct donation.
But another way to help is to donate hair. That’s a roger, RL hair. Like I said above, the kids’ wigs are 100% human hair, no synthetics. You have to get the hair somewhere. The Web site also has an aid to finding a salon that will help harvest tails of hair from donors — a minimum of 12 straight inches; pull curly hair straight to be sure — for sending in to the organization. You can find the details here. My own family has done this in the past when we’ve had the length, and hope to again in the future.
It’s not a hairy thing to help out here; indeed, the good work here can only grow in length. (Sorry, that’s the best I can do writing fast here. Any road, please help out. And remember Hair Fair next year as well!)
Writing from Destin, Florida —
The family is off on its annual outing in Destin. I took along an Ethernet cable this time so I might be able to get in world on my laptop, but I can’t seem to get a connection; so I’ll be reblogging things without too much in the way of photos until about Tuesday or Wednesday next week. I always try to bring you the best, though, so stay tuned to this blog!
First up is a piece from Gidge Uriza at Its Only Fashion. She reminds us there’s only a few more days left to this year’s Hair Fair, so you’d better get in while you have a chance to stock up at the Grid’s Home of Hair and Heart this year. Remember that many of your purchases will be at least split with Wigs for Kids to help that group supply wigs for children who have lost their hair for various medical reasons. This charity is almost as popular as the various Relay for Life functions, and is often well-stocked with Residents for the first few days. Now’s the time to work your way around, before it sinks beneath the waves for another year!
Gidge is wearing in her photos one of the hairstyles available at the Fair, from Olive, along with a dress from this month’s Collabor88 which, if you are interested in it, you should be sure to pick up the demo on first! Gidge mentions what she is wearing is fitted to the Belleza mesh body, so don’t spend more than a linden to be sure that you can wear what you want. See photos at Gidge’s article.
Writing from Altamonte Springs, Fla.:
Many of the blogs that I follow send me updates by E-mail, which I try to keep up with on the road — with a little success. Fortunately, I caught Gidge Uriza’s article for It’s Only Fashion today. She has suggestions for casual Style on a beer budget. Take a look at what she’s wearing in this article — the entire thing, from top to shoes, came in one package for L$195!
You’ll find a different sort of article right now at It’s Only Fashion. Written by Cajsa Lilliehook, it’s entitled “Can’t Orkney firbkkk phone”, and it’s about something that Linden Lab could do to increase user satisfaction and attract new people — instead of mega-events and various things, why not try emphasizing the ways the people connect with each other? The proof of Cajsa’s thesis derives from the title, which is the last line plurked by our friend Gidge Uriza as she was going under for some surgery today. As you’ll see in Cajsa’s article, she and Gidge connected via shared experiences in Second Life, and later extended that connection to the real world as well. Gidge was there, figuratively, for Cajsa when she was undergoing some serious medical problems a few years ago, and now Cajsa is there for Gidge.
I hope you’ll stop by and read. I hope this especially if you are someone from the Lab; you might want to consider recommending this to your public relations department (grin). Get well soon, Gidge!
I agree with Cajsa in her article here; anyone who doesn’t admit to mistakes in their photography in world, especially fashion photography, is either impossibly perfect, or they aren’t going over their work very well. It’s all a learning curve, one that all of us, including myself, are still traveling. But Cajsa suggests ways here that you can shorten the curve’s slope, at least in part.
via It’s Only Fashion
I hope you’ll join me in wishing a speedy recovery for my friend Cajsa Lilliehook of It’s Only Fashion, who went into the hospital for an operation. You can get a little more information by reading the article below from her blog partner and even closer friend, Gidge Uriza, but most of all you’ll get a sense of how close a true friendship can develop between people who are, seemingly, no closer related than a computer screen and modem connection. Follow the link on through, please, and read for yourself.
(Current information is that Cajsa came out of surgery in the minimum time and is in recovery. Let’s hope and pray for the best results!)
via It’s Only Fashion
Some of my favorite blog articles are based around poetry or song lyrics. I’ve done a few of these myself — indeed, I’ve composed at least one poem explicitly for a recent photo shoot.
This kind of artistic synthesis — not to mention perhaps a synergy — is popular with several SL fashion blog writers. Cajsa Lilliehook and Gidge Uriza of It’s Only Fashion use it often, as in the following….
via It’s Only Fashion