I was having a chat with the lovely Faylinn Erin, who creates beautiful treasures and trinkets for her brand Secret Love, and I mentioned that I was so impressed with how organized she is with all her current and upcoming event participation. She started telling me how she keeps track of everything, and then dazzled me with a screenshot of a Google doc, and it was like a light bulb went off in my head. Spreadsheets! This was so totally up my alley.
Up until the last week or so, I’ve attended very few events in Second Life. Partially because of budgetary constraints (which, let’s be honest, have at least partially flown out the window!) and also because I find them to be somewhat overwhelming. I mean that in the best possible way; it’s amazing to be in a single space where so many talented designers are represented. It’s kind of like visiting a shopping mall where the majority of stores are brands whom you absolutely love and would gladly buy out their entire stock if your wallet would abide. Also, events in Second Life happen with such frequency, keeping up with the often coinciding schedules can be dizzying!
So thanks to the extraordinarily hardworking gals at SeraphimSL.com and EloquenceSL.com, and Faylinn’s wonderful inspiration, I put together a pretty thorough spreadsheet for myself of upcoming events. Here, have a peek!
That’s 24 events ending just within the next 12 days. Amazing!
I fiddled around a bit with the layout, and decided that the End Date column was the most vital, so I could quickly see when an event ends, or its current round closes. I also decided to include SLURLs, since I’m noteably forgetful when it comes to snagging landmarks, and having them at the ready in the spreadsheet will make crediting event items properly much speedier as well. Organization! And c’mon, spreadsheets at least a little bit geeky, so how can I resist?
My idea is to update it a few times a week as current events close and new ones are announced. When an ongoing event, like The Black Dot Project for example, closes to prepare for the next round, I can just delete the Starts and Ends dates. When I re-sort the spreadsheet by the Ends column, that line will just drop to the bottom of the spreadsheet until new dates are filled in.
So, fashionistias and event enthusiasts: how do you keep track of all the virtual world happenings? If you have a different system, or suggestions for other websites, groups, Flickr pools, or similar that help to aggregate all the info, I’d absolutely love to find out about them. Please share in the comments! ♥
And speaking of events …
This look is dedicated to my sweet friend Holly, who lovingly claimed that I’m a fashion enabler, to which I brilliantly replied something akin to “Nuh uh, not EVEN!” and then proceeded to choose a look filled with group gifts, limited time event items, and her favorite color. So I think we can all agree that she’s totally mistaken with her assessment. Silly Holly! ;)
First things first though: I’m wildly, madly, head over buns in love with this gorgeous skin from AlterEgo and it’s available in-world as a completely free group gift! Love the soft dapple of freckles, the perfectly shaped lips, the brows, the skintone, everything. There are also two more gift skins to snag when you join, as well as some awesome L$1 lippies.
I’m also super impressed with the applier work by db Dollz. The lace inlays on the Hot Pants are so beautiful, and the stitching detail on the Basic Top is perfection. Both are exclusive to The Black Dot Project, and the mesh denim shirt can be found at the Ross Fair. Cross-event outfit assemblage! Yeah, I’m a rebel like that.
Before I scoot, I must sneak in a special swoon of love over Alaska Metro‘s gorgeous nail designs. She has lots of unique packs available in her Marketplace store, and they’re only $L25 apiece for 25 designs – effectively L$1 per nail color. Phenomenal deal! And my jewelry set is the second beautiful group gift that’s currently out at Secret Love. These were marked as June gifts, so they may not be available come July. Get your hot buns over there and pick them up!
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / AlterEgo | Lydia v2 – Honey (Hipsta Plz) | Group Gift
Hair / Truth | Ursula – Blondes04 | L$50 Sale in-world
Eyes / SU! | Tender Eyes (Mesh) | Group Gift
Lashes / ACD | Eye Lashes 2 | SL Marketplace
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Gloss – Glossy Lips | SL Marketplace
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Nail Polish – Tropics Silver | SL Marketplace
Jewelry / Secret Love | Chained Drops Necklace & Earrings | Group Gift
* Shirt / db Dollz | Open Denim Shirt – Black | Ross Fair Event, through July 6th
* Crop Top / db Dollz | Basic Top – Black | The Black Dot Project Event, through July 4th
* Pants / db Dollz | Hot Pants – Purple | The Black Dot Project Event, through July 4th
Shoes / KC Couture | Vixie Heels – Black | SL Marketplace or in-world
+Half-Deer+, Eternal Dream