Thursday, May 4, 2017
Fantasy Faire: Dawn's Promise
Dawn's Promise comes on you like spring - at first gradually and then all in a rush. It is studded with brightly shaded sitting areas that somehow blend into the pinky misty backdrop while still giving the scene an air of play. Everywhere you look is a new spot for delight, some other living thing breathing alongside you. The path is meandering but easy to follow, going between buildings and over bridges with reckless abandon. Everything is slightly worn and slightly off-center - roofs have beams exposed and tiles missing, plaster has worn off to show the brick underneath, and the textures are rough, as if painted by watercolors. I love when creators take the extra step of making things worn; in Second Life it's often easier to make things perfect and uniform, so the extra effort to add cracks and breaks are striking. Little details are tucked into those irregular areas, like a ghost haunting the attic of one store under the watchful eyes of a crow, or a bathtub full of flowers spilling out into the landscape. Off to the edges, small gathering areas float on stone islands - offering privacy and beauty all in one.
I'm wearing a gorgeous gown from John Dee's Emporium (Dawn’s Promise) with some great shaping along the front and a lot of layers. It also has a rounded ruff along the back, which means it's time to break out the updos! This ones' color is fantastic, a rich purple that goes pink under the right light, and decorated with gold letters across the front of the underskirt. It comes in standard sizes with an alpha layer for legacy mesh, and is well rigged - for example, the shoulders remain smooth even while I posed with my arms over my head. It came with the front half of my headdress with the attached veil but not the triangular shape underneath (that belongs to the second headpiece I'm wearing - see below!). Veils are notoriously difficult with hair, but I found this a very easy fit with enough ballooning to allow for bangs below while remaining close enough to still act like a veil across my eyes. I would have wanted the veil just on it's own; getting it as a bonus to a new gown was a real treat.
Speaking of second headpiece, the triangular form over my brow and higher row of uneven gold bars belongs to a headdress AiShA (Dawn’s Promise) is selling for the Faire. It's a smooth fronted headdress with curving sides which fits decently over a close updo and would fit best over a bare head or henin. Rising up behind like a corona are irregular gold rays making a high silhouette. It comes in silver and gold and can be resized via a touch menu.
I am also showing off another necklace from Bliensen + MaiTai (The Spirit Pool), this time a curling necklace with seed like dangles accented with tiny cabochons. It comes in black, gold, and silver, and I really love the open effect and dangling edges - it makes it a unique and interesting accent. This and more are available very briefly at the Fantasy Faire, so go and check them out!
Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Hair: Doe, Nikki
Ears: .:Soul:., Uni Ears
Crown 1: John Dee's Emporium, ABRAXAS Gown Headpiece (Fantasy Faire)
Crown 2: AiShA, Be Light! (Fantasy Faire)
Eyes: .:Soul:., Oculos
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Ears: .:Soul:., Uni
Lipstick 1: Bamboo, Jane Lips 3
Lipstick 2: Mock, Opal Lipcolor Persian
Body 2: Slink, Hands
Wings: Illusions, Apsara
Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai, Dryade (Fantasy Faire)
Clothing: John Dee's Emporium, ABRAXAS Gown (Fantasy Faire)
Location: Fantasy Faire, Dawn's Promise
Windlight Settings: Sim Default
Water Settings: Sim Default
Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping