Another Fundraiser II – Stellar

If you haven’t heard Second Life residents have come together again, creating skins and makeups for Another Fundraiser II. All items are $50L with 100% of proceeds benefiting Red Cross (for Japan). I am wearing the Hope skin by Lexi Morgan of Stellar. This eye makeup is so lovely, soft, and perfect for my outfit. I’m amazed by it. Lexi, seriously, this is delicate and beautiful. Click here for more information about Another Fundraiser II.

AFII Stellar
This outfit is a mix of LeLutka with Fishy Strawberry. I love how you can take the lower portion of a dress like this (which is awesome in it’s own right), and pair it with a top and it’s a new look. The ruching is beautiful and this shade of blue/grey is soft, making it a very lovely dress. The Careah top is sculpted in several pieces making fitting a dream if you need it at all, plus under layers to cover for show through when moving, and while being rezzed. I found there was no show through on this particular top, the construction was well done, and the cut and style perfect for sculpts. The shading is lovely, and it features a jeweled collar. I love how the colors all compliment each other.

Hair: LeLutka – Module- SoySauce
Lashes: LeLutka – 2011 lashes/curl
Eyes: Amacci – Real Eyes – Amber
Skin: Stellar – Hope Skin – AF2 – Dark Brow** [Another Fundraiser II]
**Worn with Stellar – Hope Skin Eyebrow Shaper (bald cap)
Top: LeLutka – Careah Top – Sahara
Skirt: Fishy Strawberry – Silk Gauze Dress – Dust
Manicure: Mandala – Takara Nail – Cream White
Bracelet: Mandala – Takara Bangle/Buddha – Cream White
Watch: Muse – Tank Watch – Powder Blue/Gold Face
Boots: LeLutka – Shavon Ankle Boot – Pearl
Poses: Glitterati
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Another Fundraiser II – Skins & Makeup

Another Fundraiser II

Another Fundraiser II is almost ready to open….for those wishing to still participate by making skins/makeup/tats, give us a shout, we can add you to group super fast.  For those who aren’t sure what Another Fundraiser II is about, we are asking residents to make skins mods, makeups etc either based on Eloh, MinaJunk, etc you name it, or work on your own if you happen to make skins.  Point is make skins, or makeups, all proceeds go to Red Cross for Japan. More details here.  I remember Another Fundraiser in 2008, how amazing it was to see people who hadn’t created before make things.  I’ve been enjoying checking out the skins and makeups that have been set up to date.   For more information on Another Fundraiser II click here.

Sneak Peek….

 

Sneak Peek - Another Fundraiser II

Teleport

Another Fundraiser II

Three years ago, Eloh Eliot of Another Shop caused a grid wise stir when she released full perm skins.  Her reasoning was simple…to see what would happen.  Lots happened!  Out of her generosity, many people had access to layered psd’s.  Psd is a file extension name for Photoshop, meaning there is more than one item inside the file, on a layer.  These layers were lashes, eye-makeup, lips, shading, highlighting, all the elements that come together to create a skin.  For many people this was the first time they were able to see the process.  It was an informative tool, as well as resource.

Seizing this opportunity, and hoping to cement the foundations for proper use of this gift, Another Fundraiser was born.  Second Life residents were encouraged to create modded/modified skins.  The response was overwhelming.  In just a few short day, there were tons of skins already set out awaiting the opening. Residents were consuming tutorials as fast as they could to participate.  Everyone contributed to their skill level at the time, and everyone learned something.  Over the years, people who attempted to make some new makeups for this event, have gone on to show their skills with more makeup, more heavily modded skins, and eventually a fully developed skin with no traces of the old Eloh they started out with. A fresh new skin, fully their own.  Eloh Eliot’s risk, paid off in many people ‘leveling up’.

It was  three years ago to the day, of the posting of the charity receipts for Another Fundraiser, that Mina Jun of MinaJunk offered her full perm skins to the grid for modification, to benefit Red Cross.   The grid has changed a lot in 3 years.  We now have tatoo layers, allowing avatars to swap out tattoos, and makeups.  Another Fundraiser II is back to help victims of the March 11th 2011 Earthquake, and Tsunami by asking residents to try their hand again at modding skins.

Please read for information about Another Fundraiser II.

A collection of various tutorials that might answer some questions about working in Photoshop/gimp with layered files.  You can do this, it’s easy, just play around, emulate some tutorials, and see what happens….trust me anything you do will be better than my old Another Fundraiser skin mods. ;P   Using Mina Jun’s skins, Eloh Eliot’s layers, and Sezmra Svarog’s template, I am sure you can put together something someone will like.  Give it a try!

Eloh Eliot’s Another Blog
Eloh Eliot’s Skin Files (Worth looking through the layers to see the work involved.)
Tutorials by Eloh Eliot
Vint Falken’s Tutorials
Facial Hair Tutorial
Link to various Second Life Skin Tutorials (youtube)

There is a lot of information out there for you, hunt for it.  I suggest using your search browser to find skin resources.  Please double-check copy rights, licensing, and distribution information before using.  Just cause it’s on the internet, doesn’t mean it’s free.

A Busy Week

Riddle Secret Linden

The grid has been a nightmare for me recently, textures take forever to rez, worn prims disappear, then when everything is just right and I try to take a photo, the prims go grey again.  Way too frustrating!

I finally was able to get some blogging done, this outfit comprises some new releases, some event clothing, and a charity item.  March 5 to March 26, Juicybomb is hosting Pure Juice, which features a number of designers.  I’m wearing from that event, The Secret Store’s Juicy Top, in Hot Pink.  It’s also available in Carmine, and French Pink.  Featuring a prim top, with cute black bow empire waist.  Also featured at Pure Juice is Riddle, who made these awesome leather pants, shown here in black, they are also available in brown. I love the texture of them, and they feature prim pant legs.  This is just a tiny sampling of what’s there, click here for a teleport to PureJuice.

My hair and necklace are recent releases from Maitreya, and Mood.  Lotte is a relaxed pony tail with color change ponytail band.  Mood’s Chrysalis necklace and earrings, come with a hud that lets you change the metal from the shade shown here to darker tones. Je Suis has had a sale going on, you might still be able to stop by and binge on jewelry.  I picked out my Magnifique bracelet, I bought the fatpack, which has a set of bangles, and each bangle, or all, can be color changed via hud.  Two stacks are included, preset to be worn on either wrist.

My bear is the Relief L$1000 – Teddy Bear, all proceeds from the sale of this bear go to the ‘Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief efforts of the American Red Cross’.  Click here to view the 2 styles of bear, one sitting, one wearable, available in various prices. For other ways to give inworld, check out the Pacific Crisis Fundraiser which starts March 16th, and Radar magazines Japan Relief Fund Event.

Hair: Maitreya – Lotte – Caramel
Lashes: Glow Studios – Like Natural
Eyes:  Amacci – Real Eyes – Summer
Skin: League – Amber – Br Suntan – PinkChampagne – Cleavage
Jewelry:  Mood – Chrysalis
Manicure: Mandala – Takara Nail – Metal White
Top:  The Secret Store – Juicy Top – Hot Pink  [PureJuice]
Bear:  Relief L$1000 – Teddy Bear
Bracelet: Je Suis – Magnifique – Bangles -All Colors
Pants:  Riddle – Leather Pants – Black  [PureJuice]
Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Allure – Black
Poses: Long Awkward Pose
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Tutorial – Lightening A Dark Photo

I initially did this for the Second Life Stock Images group, after Sasy told me my photos were kinda dark.  I freely admit this, as I like darker photos.  Probably cause I am prone to migraines, and sensitive to light.  Unfortunately I live in tropical Florida, when my favorite weather is anything foggy, and overcast, and preferably without the sun.  So I made what I think will be an easy to follow beginners tutorial for how to lighten a photo effectively without ruining it.  This isn’t rocket science, its way super easy.  I have included at the end, where to look for these settings in Photoshop, Picasa, and Gimp.

Photoshop, Picasa, and Gimp are three of the most used photo-editing software programs being used by Second Life residents currently I bet.  If you are unfamiliar with these you probably don’t have Photoshop.  It costs more than your average software, so if you’re interested and know you will use it, I recommend it.  For those looking for an alternative to Photoshop, with the bells and whistles without the price, Gimp is your software.  It’s FREE!  It’s very close to the layout of Photoshop, so you can even watch Photoshop tutorials, and then go into Gimp and hunt around until you find the settings to emulate the tutorial.  It has the layers you need to work with Second Life templates for skin, and clothing creation.  Picasa is a well-known program for photo editing.  I haven’t played around with it much, as I have had Photoshop, and Illustrator for years.

Downloads:
Photoshop (free 30 day trial)
Gimp (free)
Picasa (free)

I am going to insert a cut on my blog here. The tutorial is just a photo with examples of effects/settings, and then where to find them in each of the programs.  It’s a very large photo, and I don’t want it to mess up the feeds Virtually Dressed are syndicated on.  So click-through for more if you don’t see it.  Check it out very large on the Second Life Stock Images group on Flickrs discussion.  Or 😀 Scroll down.

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Another Spring Day

2 looks, and a skin.

Mimikri Full 1

I started out wearing the dress from Look #1, while out shopping with Sasy of SasyPants, and Newdoll, of Scantily Clad (NEW!). The look centers around the Emily dress from Mimikri which is a fun pattern, and I love the colors in the Beige variation.  What I loved was how fun Emily could be to mix and match with.  This is where designers need a heads up, if they are not already including all parts on all layers!  This dress featured the top on the shirt layer, and the undershirt layer.  The bottom of the dress glitch bottom is on the pants layer prim and resembles the bottom of a bodysuit or leotard, WHICH I LOVED.  However, it doesn’t come on the underwear layer too helping make it more wearable for shorts, pants, and skirts.  Bummer, cause its adorable.  But I was able to mix it up with this high-waisted skirt from Emery, YAY!  I love to mix and match, it’s a challenge for me.   I get so busy inworld, that click and wear outfits pre-assembled from designers could easily become my mainstay, yet I love the uniqueness of mixing it up.  This hair from Lamb, is the bomb!  Totally Bombshell!  Love it.

Look #1
Hair: Lamb – Honey – Twix
Lashes: Glow Studios – Like Natural [The Dressing Room]
Eyes:  Amacci – Real Eyes – Summer
Skin: DeeTaleZ – Bastienne – Tan – No.7b
Makeup: DeeTaleZ – Add One – Eye Makeup No. 1
Dress: Mimikri – Emily – Beige
Necklace: Mon Tissu – Antique Filligree Hear Chain – Group Gift
Manicure: Mandala – Takara Nail – Brown
Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Moxie (Over the knee/with prim sock option)
Poses: Glitterati
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Mimikri Full 2

Look #2
Skirt: Emery – Skirt Highwaisted HH

DeeTaleZ Bastienne Full

DeeTaleZ just released Bastienne, a lovely skin, with a variety of makeups, add ons such as eyeliner, eyeshadow, bust enhancer, and teeth!  Grab some demo, and see how you like it on you.  I am all giggles over the cute dimples on my lower back, and the my hips.  Love it.  Good Cleavage.  I also have to say if you are a fan of teeth, this skin is made well for wearing with them. This  smexy lingerie set is from Ooh LaLa! and it is tres oh la la!   Shown here I am wearing:
Lashes: Glow Studios – Like Natural [The Dressing Room]
Skin: DeeTaleZ – Bastienne – Tan – No.7b
Makeup: DeeTaleZ – Add One – Eye Makeup No. 1
Lingerie:  Ooh LaLa! – Veronica Bows Set (bra/knickers) Cream
Shoes:  LeLutka – Pow Shoes – Black

Spring Day Out

Spring Day Full

Spring is here, and for a day out shopping with Sasy, I put together this outfit.   I love the colors in the Cypa Boots from enkythings, and found my Mood Cuff bracelet in emerald was a match!  I love this look, very dressy, yet casual without being too casual.  This cap jacket is lovely from DeLa and comes with a sleeveless option.

Hair: Elikatira – Lasting 2 – Blonde 2
Lashes: Glow Studios – Like Natural [The Dressing Room]
Eyes:  Amacci – Real Eyes – Moon
Skin: LeLutka – Gem/Hush – Makeup7/DBrows
Makeup: LeLutka – Gem Lipstick – Floss
Earrings: Mandala – Monica Earrings – Pink
Jacket: DeLa – Leta – Black
Shirt: Maitreya – Bodysuit – Green
Skirt: Zaara – Larin Skirt – Ivory
Manicure: Page 3 – Rings & Nails
Bracelet:  Mood – Sorella Cuff  *G* – Emerald
Boots: enkythings – Cypa – Black NightBlossom
Poses: Marukin
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry