I think I’ve mentioned before on these pages how much blogging has changed in general since I started all those years ago. These days there’s far more emphasis on designers seeking out a select few bloggers to actively promote their wares, rather than bloggers approaching them directly. The latter still happens, but I guess these days it’s a bit passe. The general consensus is understood to be that you find out who’s looking for bloggers, and you see if you meet their criteria. If you do meet their requirements then job’s a carrot and you apply and hope/pray/sacrifice to the Gods that you’re accepted. Now there’s nothing wrong with this approach, but it does have flaws. For example, designers can have certain criteria that some bloggers find very difficult to attain. A recent example of this was DEAD DOLLZ. Now, I’m a huge fan of the brand but I didn’t stand a cat in hell’s chance of being accepted as a blogger for them. Nor did a lot of other people, cue tantrums and snark and cries of “It’s not fair!” Perhaps it isn’t, but here’s the thing, if you make something and you’re going to give it away for free then I think it’s your right to choose who blogs it. Suck it up Buttercup, move along and if you like something THEN BUY IT! Yes, I know it seems to be the same bloggers who get the goodies every time; well, look at their work and you’ll see the reasons why they’ve been chosen. It sucks not to be selected, I get that. After all my time in-world I still apply for events and I don’t qualify for many more, but I never give up. (It comes down to this; blog for yourself, for enjoyment above all else, and anything else that comes along is a bonus!)
Anyway, I went to THE BLACK FASHION FAIR 2016 this morning after a considerable lie-in (boy, I needed that!. ) I rezzed in-world and zoomed over to the event and I was generally very impressed by the quality of the wares on display. I was also very pleased by the layout of the place; it’s easy to navigate and makes shopping very accessible. There’s a lot of lacey numbers on display, along with plenty of tops and short slinky dresses. I spotted some gorgeous gowns too, and some great jewellery. (You’ll also find quite a few quality freebies, including a set of three poses from PURPLE POSES that you mustn’t forget to pick up. PURPLE POSES are a great pose brand and I do like their work, so anything free from them is a proper treat!)
Anyway, going back to my intro I picked up this cracking dress with suspenders by DEAD DOLLZ at the event and I think it’s a bit of a corker. It’s called ‘Jude’, and is made for my Maitreya body so fits perfectly. The HUD that comes with it allows for a few texture change options along with metal and fabric colours for the suspenders, and three different stocking styles. I’ve teamed it with a hairstyle that will be available at TRES CHIC. It’s by BEUSY, and it’s called ‘Lolita’. This is a prime example of my trying something that I wasn’t too sure about and it working utterly perfectly. I love the plait across the crown and the tendrils that frame the face. It’s also very easy to resize too, which helps!
Of course, I’m still wearing my ‘Lucie’ skin that I blogged yesterday, along with DEESSES eyeshadow to emphasise my peepers, which are from BUZZ at THE EPIPHANY. It takes a lot to get me out of my IKON eyeballs, but this brand is a close favourite of mine, and I luckily dropped a rare on my first try! I’m also sporting a few freebies in this shot. First of all these earrings and my black manicure are all gifts from THE BLACK FASHION FAIR 2016, along with an aforementioned pose by PURPLE POSES. Last but not least my location is actually a prop that I won in a Gacha at TRES CHIC from L’etre.
Here’s your shopping list! Happy Saturday!
EYE MAKE-UP: DEESSES ‘Fierce’ Eyeshadow set (Catwa)
SHOES: REIGN ‘Onyx Heels’ (Maitreya High)