Friday, July 31, 2009
I will be away on holidays for the next two weeks (will be back on the 18th) so even if I am able to log on SL a bit, there probably be no blogging for me... But our whole amazing team will be there to keep you posted on amazing freebies and cheapies!
See you soon
So we all know what it's like, you join Second Life and you're faced with a selection of avatars to start with, and I'm sure we can all agree that they're not... well, the cream of the crop!
So this is Bay (Bai meaning 100 in Chinese) She only has 100l in her pocket to make herself look lovely, and this is what this blog is all about, making your self look fantastic with little or no money!
Skins, Shapes and Eyes
The key thing to do is to get a good skin and a good shape, the majority of good skin shops have freebies and so aren’t too difficult to get hold of, shapes are a different matter but some free skins DO come with a good shape!
(From left to right)
Rockberry – Megan A tan – LuckyBoard (0l)
Rockberry – Megan A Natural (Freckles) – LuckyBoard (0l)
Rockberry – Cinderella Hunt Item (0l)
Pleiades @ The Gnubie Store (0l)
Frick – PurpleShadow V2 (0l)
Frick – PurpleShadow and Shape (0l)
Frick – Pink Glammy (0l)
Frick – Fireworks (0l)
Eyes are the window to the soul and so a cute pair are worth splashing out on!Eyes: Intense brown/aqua – Sin Skins @ PixelDolls (10l)
Cheap hair can be found anywhere but sometimes cheap and good quality can be difficult to find. ETD and Philotic Energy have a 1l discount section with seemingly every colour under the sun available for 1l.
Well I couldn’t have her wandering about in bare feet now could I?
The Night Life
Evening wear, club wear, an evening stroll with a special someone…. Violet and Black are the colours of the night!
1: Random Fashions @ The Gnubie Store - Very Skinny Jeans (1l)
PixelDolls - Atlantis Jacket (10l)
2: Rebel Hope @ The Gnubie Store - Freebie Short Lace Dress (0l)
3: Very Skinny Jeans
Sweet Dreams @ PixelDolls - Open Halter Purple (10l)
4: Sweet Dreams @ PixelDolls - lace black (10l)
You didn’t think we’d forgotten about summer? Summer wear is essential in a world where it’s summer all year round! If you're either looking sexy, avoiding being seen in huge shades or jogging on the beach, you always need to look super awesome!
Picture 1: BowerBird - Bauhaus Pendant (20l)
BowerBird - Retro Zoo shades (20l)
SDB – Summer Dress (0l)
Picture 2: BowerBird - Retro Zoo shades
Shampoo - Drop Dress Orange (1l)
Picture 3: PixelDolls – Bikini (10l)
Nala – Sunglasses (0l)
Picture 4: Nala - Sunglasses
Nyte 'n' Day @ The Gnubie Store - Ice Cream Outfit (0l)
After looking sexy all night and cool out in the sun, you just want to kick back and relax with friends, shopping, watching a movie and just looking plain cute!
Picture 1: Honey Soul - Rising Star (0l)
Picture 2: Chikka Design (0l)
Picture 3: artilleri @ The Gnubie Store - Jennae dress in pink (1l)
Picture 4: FD @ The Gnubie Store- Chu (0l)
Very Skinny Jeans
If you just want to look really, really bizarre!
PixelDolls - Snake Charmer (10l)
(Items not show AO and Face light (0l) at Rockberry)
Thanks for reading, Have a brilliant Summer!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Next is Raven Gown in Summer Blue, which has been sent out to Mystic Sky group members as we celebrated the 300th member joining us.
The next two gowns are Aria Swansong's creations, the very same Aria who is behind Aria's Dream. And good thing, they are to get in the lucky chair ! New gifties sound good right ?!
The Llyra gown in pink is simply a miracle and if you remember right the Llyra in Summer Sea was this month group gift ! And the FaerieMeadow is an adorable gown, and its Apricot color, just makes you wan to eat some !
Also note two hairtsyles shown in these pictures.. The very long one in the top picture is Lola, from Analog Dog, and great news, Queue Marlowe, the talented designer of Analog's hair is holding a sale. All items in the sale section are down to 20L and a good amount of other styles have seen their prices reduced!
The other hairstyle to notice is Natalie, the latest release by Kouse's Sanctum. You must also get the accessories specially made to match this style, and delicately crafted by Kouse for you!
And with those last words for you... Meh is going to bed ! Enjoy !
Saturday, July 25, 2009
So I wanna post something a lil different today for anyone who doesn't have the notecard or doesn't know just what changing light settings can do. First, here's Caliah's website with her settings. The great thing is that with the newest viewers, if you use Windlight you don't need an attachment facelight. So, when you TP into someplace crowded, your brilliant glow won't blind everyone nearby and interfere with local lighting. This is good!
The other interesting thing, that I learned a while back thanks to a note sent out by Dick from WoE, is the prim-tinting issue. It's explained on the site above but I'm going to show you the difference and how to (usually) fix it.
This is the same default, with a standard facelight. Face looks good, but what about all those shadows? You know, those ones that move every time you do and make the unlit parts of your av look all funked up?
This is using the recommended settings from above website. And NO facelight! Now, I probably should have been outdoors to show this off the best, but look at the difference in the skin between the 1st pic and the 3rd. And the attached skirt blends so much better!
OK, if you have clothes that were maybe made before Viewer 1.22, or by someone not using these settings, when you DO change your lighting they could look mismatched or off-color. That's cause with the old viewers, creators had to tint attachments gray. With Windlight and/or the settings above, the gray causes that mis-matching.
If your skirt, belt or other attachment is modify (and hopefully it is!) you can fix this yourself really easily. Just right-click the attachment and Edit, then click the Texture tab. (You might need to "edit linked parts" if there's a lot of pieces and only one or two don't match, like with a belt that has buckles or whatever. Or if the attachment has alpha textures, like the lace on the one I'm wearing. Don't select the lace!) If the Color box is gray, just click it, select white, save it and poof! Your skirt now matches the rest of the outfit! This also works in reverse btw, if you're NOT running Windlight and nobody told your skirt this factoid. Just edit the skirt and change the white to light gray.
After I found out about all that, I played with the environment settings. There's a lot of presets and a zillion ways to make your own. I'm still learning, and I hope this helped someone else! =)
Stuff I'm wearing:
Outfit- Djunk Candy Skull, 0L! EVERYthing is free there, even the awesome skyboxes!
Hair: Artilleri "Rita" Pink Blonde
Skin: Sin Skins 10L sale!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Pose shown : (left to right) Demi pose _ Diesel BeanBag _ Dyna pose
.. but Diesel Works is having a sale and you had to know this ... didn't you ? But this sale is for group members only, so if you've not been worshipping Diesel before (what were you doing ???) it's now time to join the group ! How will this work ? Easy !
Step 1: Join Diesel Works. There is a fee of 125L to join the group, but this is *so* worth it. Why ? Because Rogan is generous. And when Rogan does a gift it's way more than a 125L. Plus.. if you want immediate results, if you go shopping at the sale, you'll save way more than a 125L so awesomess on both sides!
Step 2: WEAR YOUR TAG. If you do not wear your tag you'll not get the refund of 40% of the price. Yes.. I did say 40% like in 40% off. But I also said *wear your tag*.
Step 3: Go and be the pose addict we all know you are... just like meh actually.. but heh.
One last detail though, but it's as well written in big red letters once you get at Diesel Works.. the sale is for all single pose pack, EXCEPT the modelling stool. Now go grab the goodies..
Pose shown : From Ballerina pack.
Have you noticed the hair? It's new from 69! And if you are not a member of their group, well, first shame on you because it's an amazing hair shop (plus enrollment was free until July 1st and I can't believe you missed it *grins*) and second, you will have to wait 2 more days to be able to get to the shop and take a look at the different new hairstyles that have just been released...
Oh and what about the shoes? These lovely flats were made by my friend Shayariel (yes! yes! the one from the blog!) and you can find them at a very reasonable price (I think around 50l$) at her shop in Avilion Vale.
As for the skin, you may have already recognised the touch of Aryanna, from GDS, and yes it's one of the new Keikos...
(I'll add the missing slurls tomorrow morning SL won't let me back in)
She is holding a retiring sale on the Elven Queen gown to give it a brand new look and new prims parts. So as long as it lasts (couple of days starting today), go and get yours for the small price of 100L.
This dress holds for me a very special value for I'm absolutely in love with celtic related things, and this dress had caught my heart on first sight. We had a few disagreement together too.. specially with adjusting the belt, back in that time when moving and adjusting a prim was for me a great deal of concentration *chuckles*
No more waiting, and don't forget to thank Kouse if she's around.
Sweet Little Dahl, I mean Doux Petit Dahl, (sorry I have the bad habit of translating french into english lol...) is having a hunt!!
Here's what the notecard says:
The slurl provided here will take you to the first cube, from there you can find two on LEVEL ONE of Subtle Creek Shopping Mall, and then there's the two that will be chillin on LEVEL TWO of the mall.
**Just something fun to do, they aren't hidden as if it were my secret stash or anything, obvious enough to find pretty quickly and tricky enough to make it fun : ]
Happy mini hunting loves<3
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Naturally I had to find the perfect spot for a picture, and I think you will agree, the first rays of dawn at Avilion Drum Circle is the perfect place for this little Faerie Fae! Avilion is a lovely land full of fun and beauty, perfect for a visit with the Faerie Fae and Elves, or a quiet afternoon among the falls.
Gown and Hat from *la*, not free, but watch group for contests and fun specials
On the good news too, Kouse opened a flickr account for Kouse's Sanctum so show us your pretty dresses here. So as you guessed it by now, the theme for this contest is "Magic".
From Kouse's note:
You can interpret it any way you like, be it fancy spells, romance, fairytales, anything you feel has a magical element.
Guidelines: Any SL resident may enter this contest with a maximum of three entries given the following circumstances are present:
i) They submit a photographic entry for the contest to ‘Kouse Singh’
ii) The entry demonstrates a product from Kouse’s Sanctum worn on it’s model, either gown, jewellery, or a combination of both.
iii) Images must be given full permission for display purposes.
iv) Images may be raw screenshots or may be edited using image manipulation programs such as PhotoShop, Paint.net, Paint Shop Pro, and so forth.
v) Entries must have a title, preferably followed by the creator’s name. If name or title is not present, one will be made for you.
Too happy of having a good reason to mess on Photoshop, I dragged Rosemarie home to shoot pictures and here is a little test picture we did. You will be most happy to learn a few other details about this contest too.
There will be two categories of entries: 1) Digitally Manipulated Images and 2) Screenshots. So if you are not too found of programs such as Photoshop, Gimp or whatever you can use.. you will be able to take part without feeling put at a disadvantage. You can enter the contest any time untill August 19th for judging will begin on August 20th and winner's names will be then announced via notice in Kouse's Sanctum group, on Kouse's Sanctum blog and other fashion blogs as well (We will of course do it :p).
Now about the goodies... and you better sit before reading this.
-A custom gown designed to your specifications and named after you.
-A special Kouse’s Sanctum shopping spree…choose any 25 items from the store you like!
-A gold trophy commemorating your victory.
-A special unreleased jewellery set (that may be released at a later date).
-A Kouse’s Sanctum shopping spree in which you can choose any 10 items you like.
-A silver trophy commemorating your victory.
-A special jewellery set (this will be a different set from the first place, and may also be released at a later date).
-A Kouse’s Sanctum shopping spree in which you can choose any 5 items you like.
-A bronze trophy commemorating your victory.
-A special jewellery set (unique from both first and second place winners)
The number of runner up prizes will be determined by the overall number of entries. 50 entries will mean 5 runner ups, 70 will mean 7, and so forth.
-A Kouse’s Sanctum shopping spree in which you may choose and 3 items you like.
All participants will receive a special prize for their efforts, the Mayah Tiara, which is currently not for sale.
The first 15 entrants will also receive a special unreleased colouration of the ‘Tempest’ gown!
That's all for now.. First, breathe in, breathe out... and then have fun with this contest. Keep in mind this is for fun, and try your best to honor Kouse's creations. Also make sure to send pictures full perms as they will be also displayed on the flickr. If any info is needed, make a NOTECARD (no IM or she'll never get it) to Kouse Singh.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
And then I started talking around about Caverna Obscura, how nice it is, how detailled are the items..
Shown above: (left) Pirate Girl Outfit [Hair: TM Caress Red Burgundy]
Shown above: (left) Melee Sorceress [Hair: ETD Alexandra Crimson] (middle) Dream Thief Red [Hair: AD Monday Brown Sugar - Ears: Caverna Obscura Fairie Ears with flowers - Lashes: Amacci Prim Lashes Pearl II] (right) Nightfire Fairie [Hair: Gurl6 Fidelity Strawberry]
Shown above: (left) Rites of Autumn [Hair: Damselfly Collyn Ruby Twilight Cool - Shoes: Flower Heels by Caverna Obscura] (right) Dryad Leaf Outfit [Hair on Mag: Tekeli-li Dryad - on Sua ETD Bonita]
Wonderful designs will you tell me? I do agree.. so show the talented Elvina Ewing some love.. Go to her shop and buy her some of her creations !
Friday, July 17, 2009
This outfit is called Storm and comes with nothing less than 31 pieces for endless mix and match possibilities and as many looks as your mind can think of.
The set includes the boots, the cloak, a hood and mask (not shown here) and the details are just incredibly stunning. The corset with laces both in front and back, the skirt (to be worn open or closed), the sleeves and gloves.. all this together creates the perfect look for the ladies who want to fight and still look feminine at wish.
Just one advice on this... if you're a lady and a roleplayer in medieval themed sims.. you better go get your "Storm" now !
First is PixelDolls last group gift... a delicious silver bikini to be worn tied or untied as you wish. To be noted as well the tintable option so color won't be a problem here ! We can get a nice tan with the color of the day. And for the total sea-look .. I hope you grabbed Tekeli-li gift at Hair Fair !
Last but not the least... A piece of Candy group gift is sooo cute... I wish I would get the same in RL for this summer, as the weather seems not to be tired of being so hot. Mwuah.. thanks designers for the gifts !