Posted by: Phoenix | August 25, 2010

And we close another successful year

So another Shoe Fair has come and gone, and though I absolutely love putting it on every year, I also love when it ends and I can start thinking about what I’ll improve for the following one.  As it happens with every year’s fair, I could not, COULD NOT, put this on without help from some awesome people.

We made our goal of L$1 million Lindens, and that buys approximately 3600 pairs of shoes (according to the last time I looked at the exchange rates) for needy people in disaster-struck areas around the globe.

Delora Starbrook – The builder who puts up with me year after year, and does it with very few bitches and moans at me for the stuff I ask her to change at the last minute.  You are so awesome and talented and I am so thankful you are around and in my life.

Anastasia Trefusis – Thank you for signing up to be my Co-bitch in charge.  You kept saying you had no idea what you were doing, but you did a fabulous job, and think…next year you won’t be able to say that!  I’m so glad I started getting to know you, and I look forward to all sorts of Dork St. fun!

Alysha Rennahan – Gawd, I don’t know how I managed last year without you.  But now that you’re back, there’s no way I’m letting you get away ever again.  Thank you for everything you did for the fair.  You started off as the designer liaison, but quickly evolved into my right-hand (Ana being the left-hand).

Soles4Souls – Thank you for being so involved with our little fundraiser!  I’ve never experienced that before.  Last year, I couldn’t get the retired US Marine to even understand what I was talking about, and it was great that you took so much interest in our little grassroots campaign.

Our four Sim sponsors – SLink’s Siddean Munro, N-Core’s nuria Augupfel, Gos Custom Footwear’s Gospel Voom and R2 Fashion’s rei2 Aya.  You made it possible this year to have the Shoe Fair and each of you elevated the standards a bit more.  See you next year😉

Designers of the Shoes – You people rock so hard and even though I know very little about the technical aspects of what you do, I admire and respect you all so much.  I am so grateful that I get to be even marginally involved with you during the fair.  Even those of you who couldn’t participate this year due to various RL reasons, thank you for being a part of why I still love SL so much after nearly four years.

The designers and creative people with haybales & gatcha machines – I totally screwed up and you guys made it happen. Thank you for your contributions and your good-hearted, generous spirits.

Alicia Chenaux, Anessa Stine & Tymmerie Thorne – You three did a kick-ass job on the official blog, I can’t even describe what amazing bloggers you all are.  I hope to shanghai you again next year😀

All of the bloggers who blogged the event – You all did such amazing posts, I’m in awe and I kinda want to quit blogging since I’m such a goober anyhow.  Thank you for all of your posts.  Next year enter your posts into the blogger contests!😛

Trace Osterham – For translating our notecards into Japanese for the designers who are more comfortable with that, and translating requests and IM’s back and forth.  Thank you, it was so great to have you, and a bonus that you were also in the fair and could explain what my ramblings meant to others!

Luna Jubilee (ShopaholicFeed.com), Kalia Mieklejohn (Chic Critique), Kesseret Steeplechase (metavirtual.us & SCD), Sasy Scarborough (What’s New SL), Carissa Crimson (Fashion Feed of SL), and Gorgeous Yongho (I Heart SL) – for syndicating our blog and offering us ad space on your feeds.  Thank you.

Nyte Caligari – For being the ideas person behind me, and being soooooo supportive and full of sunshine and rainbows.  Squish your fayace!

Khali Laguna – Thank you for organizing the Hillbilly Hoedown.  It was a great fun time!

Payten Harrop – Thank you for DJing the party all for the charity.  Your time was very much appreciated!

The Flickr/Blogger contest entrants – Thank you for some truly amazing pics!  It was hard to pick a winner, and I hope next year it’s even harder!

Plurkers – For being so supportive and yay’ing us every time we posted our current donation totals, and not ever letting me know you were absolutely sick of hearing about the damn shoe fair!

Matthew Anthony – For fixing the scripts we’ve been using for the past three years, and for making them in the first place!

Syngen Sohmers – Thank you for helping with the build.  You did a great job with Delora!

The two anonymous donors who took us from L$900,000 to a cool L$1M, for the first time ever!  If I could, I’d shout your names out, but I know you don’t want that.  So instead, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.❤

If I’ve forgotten you, it’s not because you don’t matter but because I’m an idiot who forgets things.  I appreciate everyone who makes this fair possible, because if it was left solely up to me, it probably wouldn’t have ever happened.  Next year is going to be even better.

Posted by: Anastasia Trefusis | August 22, 2010

Aaaaaaannnd the Winners are…

As I posted before, we had 2 contests running for the 2010 Shoe Fair.  We know there were far more blogs about the Shoe Fair this year, but unfortunately, there were not a lot of bloggers entering their entries into the pool to be considered for the contests.  So…next year, maybe?😉

The general flickr contest was open to everyone with a simple mandate: Best Flickr Photo that features shoes. With this photo titled Escape, Jule Lemondrop is the winner!  Congratulations, Jule, and thank you so much for your lovely entry.

Jule has won the following prizes donated by our very generous sponsors:

Shoe Fly Shoes – L$10,000 Gift Card
Gos Custom Footwear – L$2,500 Gift Card
Eshi Otawara – Aria Pompadour (Rouge Full Ensemble)
Drakke – L$1,000 Gift Card
House of Hucci – L$1,000 Gift Card
Evie’s Closet – L$1,000 Gift Card
Mer-Elf Creations – L$500 Gift Card
Ingenue – Fatpack of shoes, winner’s choice
G-Field – Choose any 5 pairs of shoes
Kalnins – Choose a pair of shoes
Lassitude & Ennui – Dandy men’s shoes
Courtisane – Pair of Shoes (Your choice)
Mentine – Tight Knee Boots (choose a colour)
Hoorenbeek – Samoa – Beige/Brown
24 Shoo Shoes – Choose a pair of shoes
Scribble – Glass Slippers (choose a colour)
Estetica – Choose any 10-pack of poses
Mechanized Life – FilterCam

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Next up was the Blogger contest in which we had three winners, one in each of three categories:
For Best Overall Shoe Fair Coverage the winner was Liliana Barrs of Undefined Thingies.  Congratulations Lilie, and thanks for doing such an amazing job!

Liliana won a great prize package too:

Shoe Fly Shoes – L$5,000 Gift Card
Gos Custom Footwear – L$2,500 Gift Card
Drakke – L$1,000 Gift Card
House of Hucci – L$1,000 Gift Card
Evie’s Closet – L$500 Gift Card
Mer-Elf Creations – L$500 Gift Card
Kalnins – Choose your pair of shoes
Lassitude & Ennui – Dandy men’s shoes
Hoorenbeek – Chelsea Boots (black)
A-BOMB – Ingrid Boots
Ingenue – Choose a fatpack of shoes
Scribble – Ballet wraps (choose your colour)
Estetica – Choose any 10 pack of poses
Mechanized Life – FilterCam

For Best Image in the Blogger contest, the winner is Flower Ducatillon of SLupergirls.

As the winner of the Best Blogger Photo, Flower won prizes as follows:

Shoe Fly Shoes – L$5,000 Gift Card
Gos Custom Footwear – L$2,500 Gift Card
Drakke – L$1,000 Gift Card
House of Hucci – L$1,000 Gift Card
Evie’s Closet – L$1,000 Gift Card
Mer-Elf Creations – L$500 Gift Card
G-Field – Choose any 5 pairs of shoe
Kalnins – Choose your pair of shoes
Lassitude & Ennui – Dandy men’s shoes
Hoorenbeek – Chelsea Boots (chocolate)
A-BOMB – Gidge Shoes – Leopard
Mentine – Ankle Boots (choose your colour)
Scribble – Ballet wraps (choose your colour)
Estetica – Choose any 10 pack of poses
Mechanized Life – FilterCam

Last, but not least, the winner for Best Designer Feature was Fayne Khandr of Élan for her feature of Gos Custom Footwear, Put me on a Pedestal.

As the winner of this contest, Fayne wins prizes as such:

Shoe Fly Shoes – L$5,000 Gift Card
Gos Custom Footwear – L$2,500 Gift Card
Drakke – L$1,000 Gift Card
House of Hucci – L$1,000 Gift Card
Evie’s Closet – L$500 Gift Card
Mer-Elf Creations – L$500 Gift Card
Kalnins – Choose your pair of shoes
Lassitude & Ennui – Dandy men’s shoes
Hoorenbeek – Biker Boots (used beige)
A-BOMB – Khitten Shoes v1 Leather thick heel
Ingenue – Choose a fatpack of shoes
Scribble – Ballet wraps (choose your colour)
Estetica – Choose any 10 pack of poses
Mechanized Life – FilterCam

Congratulations to all of our winners! Remember to enter next year and you too could be taking away some incredible prize packages!

Posted by: Anessa Stine | August 20, 2010

Episode 19: Here Khitty Khitty…

The Khitten Shoes, which come in a few different variations, and a collection of brightly colored pumps. More great styles like these, are what you will find if you pay A-BOMB a visit.

Visit A-BOMB at Shoe Fair, HERE.

For complete styling notes on the above look, please visit On Your Toes Blog.

Posted by: Anessa Stine | August 20, 2010

Episode 18: The Bomb

Some fun styles and a bunch of bright juicy color are what you will find over at A-BOMB at Shoe Fair. The Gidge are clog-like heels with a sweet shiny texture and buckle, a nice casual Summer style.

Visit A-BOMB at Shoe Fair, HERE.

For complete styling notes on the above look, please visit On Your Toes Blog.

Posted by: Anessa Stine | August 20, 2010

Episode 17: All the Pretty Petals

Feminine details, like the sweet petal decoration on the front of these Lovely Petals Pumps from Cherry (House of London), make these a pair that is hard to resist. Cherry by London Dailey is one of the newer booths, well, new to me, at Shoe Fair 2010. If you are looking for something new and special I recommend you pay Cherry a visit.

Visit Cherry at Shoe Fair, HERE.

For complete styling notes on the above look, please visit On Your Toes Blog.

Posted by: Anessa Stine | August 18, 2010

Episode 16: Undercover Honey

Love the texture on the new Mole Shoes from Miel. This heeled sandal wraps around the top of the foot, and has open toe detail for some extra style. The shoe comes in several rich jewel and earthy shades, all trimmed with shiny black piping on a black sole.

Visit Miel at Shoe Fair, HERE.

For complete styling notes on the above look, please visit On Your Toes Blog.

Posted by: Anastasia Trefusis | August 18, 2010

Shoe Fair Contests! Enter now to win amazing prizes!

We are into the second and final week of 2010 Shoe Fair of SL and tons of money has been raised for our charity Soles4Souls.

There are 2 contests this year, and time is running out to enter! First up is the Flickr Image contest. Enter your Second Life image featuring shoes for a chance to win an amazing prize package! (see below for full details)  Any Second Life resident can enter, and the rules are pretty simple. Enter by adding your image to the group, with your full avatar name in the description.

Second is the Blogger’s contest we are running. This is something I thought up as a way of rewarding bloggers for blogging the Shoe Fair, and for doing it well. There are 3 different categories to win, Best Image, Best Shoe Fair Designer Feature, and Best Overall Fair Coverage.
Enter by uploading the main image (or the one you want to be in the running for best image) with your name and blog url in the description.

Please note: do not enter the same image in the general flickr contest and the blogger contest please.

All contest entries must be uploaded to the group by 12 midnight this Friday. Winners will be announced at the Shoe Fair Hoe-down Saturday August 21.

Check out the amazing list of prizes!  Thank you so much to all of our prize sponsors for your generosity!

Flickr Contest Prizes

Shoe Fly Shoes – L$10,000 Gift Card
Gos Custom Footwear – L$2,500 Gift Card
Aria Pompadour (Rouge Full Ensemble) by Eshi Otawara
!Drakke! – L$1,000 Gift Card
House of Hucci – L$1,000 Gift Card
Evie’s Closet – L$1,000 Gift Card
*Mer-Elf Creations* – L$500 Gift Card
Ingenue – Choose a fatpack of shoes
*G Field*  – Choose any 5 pairs of shoe
Kalnins – Choose your pair of shoes
lassitude & ennui – Dandy men’s shoes
.*Courtisane*. –
Mentine Tight Knee Boots (choose your colour)
[hoorenbeek] Samoa – Beige/Brown
24 Shoo Shoes – Choose your pair of shoes
Scribble – Glass Slippers choose your colour
Estetica – Choose any 10 pack of poses
Mechanized Life – FilterCam

Blogger Contest Prizes

Best Image

Shoe Fly Shoes – L$5,000 Gift Card
Gos Custom Footwear – L$2,500 Gift Card
!Drakke! – L$1,000 Gift Card
House of Hucci – L$1,000 Gift Card
Evie’s Closet – L$1,000 Gift Card
*Mer-Elf Creations* – L$500 Gift Card
*G Field*  – Choose any 5 pairs of shoe
Kalnins – Choose your pair of shoes
lassitude & ennui – Dandy men’s shoes
[hoorenbeek] – Chelsea Boots (chocolate)
A-BOMB – Gidge Shoes – Leopard
Mentine – Ankle Boots (choose your colour)
Scribble – Ballet wraps (choose your colour)
Estetica – Choose any 10 pack of poses
Mechanized Life – FilterCam

Best Overall Fair Coverage

Shoe Fly Shoes – L$5,000 Gift Card
Gos Custom Footwear – L$2,500 Gift Card
!Drakke! – L$1,000 Gift Card
House of Hucci – L$1,000 Gift Card
Evie’s Closet – L$500 Gift Card
*Mer-Elf Creations* – L$500 Gift Card
Kalnins – Choose your pair of shoes
lassitude & ennui – Dandy men’s shoes
[hoorenbeek] – Chelsea Boots (black)
A-BOMB – Ingrid Boots
Ingenue – Choose a fatpack of shoes
Scribble – Ballet wraps (choose your colour)
Estetica – Choose any 10 pack of poses
Mechanized Life – FilterCam

Best Designer Feature Post

Shoe Fly Shoes – L$5,000 Gift Card
Gos Custom Footwear – L$2,500 Gift Card
!Drakke! – L$1,000 Gift Card
House of Hucci – L$1,000 Gift Card
Evie’s Closet – L$500 Gift Card
*Mer-Elf Creations* – L$500 Gift Card
Kalnins – Choose your pair of shoes
lassitude & ennui – Dandy men’s shoes
[hoorenbeek] – Biker Boots (used beige)
A-BOMB – Khitten Shoes v1 Leather thick heel
Ingenue – Choose a fatpack of shoes
Scribble – Ballet wraps (choose your colour)
Estetica – Choose any 10 pack of poses
Mechanized Life – FilterCam

My sincerest apologies to CodeBastard Redgrave, of Mechanized Life.  When I was making up this list of prizes I inadvertently missed the FilterCams that she offered to provide.

Posted by: Anessa Stine | August 17, 2010

Episode 15: Rawrrr!

Nothing gets my heart racing quite like a hot animal print heel, and at Shoe Fair 2010, Nuria Augapfel has a special edition CHERIE shoe in sexy zebra print, that did just that. N-core has a reputation for creating some hot styles, be sure and check out her booth at the Fair for these and more!

Visit N-core at Shoe Fair, HERE.

For complete styling notes on the above look, please visit On Your Toes Blog.

Posted by: tymmerie | August 17, 2010

Action Shoe News: Shoe Fair Not Actually in Kansas!

I am here at the Ruthenium sim of the Shoe Fair, where this reporter is slowly running out of country themed outfits to go with the build.

Meantime, Gatcha is still going strong at this event. Gatchas are fun gumball-style vendors that dispense random items to collect and, if they are transfer, trade with your friends. If you haven’t picked up the set you want, you still have time — as the shoe fair continues through the weekend. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from these Gatchas goes to the Soles4Souls charity.

At each landing spot of the fair, there are Gatcha machines here with clothing, jewelry, poses and more. The Glitterati Gatcha is right behind me and is a good example of the treasures to be found.

In addition, with the initial crush of visitors easing, lag is low and shopping is easy!

Reporting for Action Shoe News, I’m Tymmerie Thorne.

[Gos] Platform Pumps – Red/Black

Thanks, Jim.

I am at the Shoe Fair where witnesses have been reported seeing the elusive and rare creature known as the Shoe Fly. The sightings were concentrated in one small area of the fair: the Shoe Fly Shoes vendor stall.

I am standing here with one of the creatures, 19-hour old Sabrina Shoefly.

Thanks for talking to us. What brings you to the 2010 Shoe Fair?

“Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.”

I see and you’re right, Soles4Souls is a great charity to be raising money for.

“Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!”

Three pairs at a time? That must really add up.

“Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.”

LOL! Yes! Helping a wonderful cause is a great excuse to buy more!

Entomologists (and fashionistas) recommend that if you encounter a Shoe Fly, you move slowly so that you do not startle it and buy a lots and lots of shoes.

Reporting for Action Shoe News, I’m Tymmerie Thorne.  Back to you in the studio, Jim!

Boots: [ hoorenbeek ] Cowgirl Boots – Beige

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