Haruka Shape By Monzhi For Project FUR Japan

Project FUR Japan opens it’s doors to the public today (April 2, 2011) at 9PM SLT. There are a tons of nice things to see there, but for once I am going to do a little self promotion. This is the Haruka shape I made for the event, as a preview of the store I hope to open some times in the not so distant future – Monzhi. There is a demo available for free, so you can check it out before you buy. It costs L$ 150 and 100% of the proceeds go to charity.You can find it in the purple section, just take the path between the purple and green sections.

Project FUR Japan is raising money to donate to Japan Earthquake Animal and Rescue (JEARS) which is a combination of 3 no-kill shelter groups which have come together to help all those animals displaced and injured by the earthquakes.

To find out more about Project FUR Japan, you can check out the blog: http://projectfurjapan.wordpress.com/

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Preview Of GLANCE Front Row

You might have heard about the upcoming event called “GLANCE Front Row” but not know much about it. From April 1, 2011 at 12PM SLT until April 30, 2011 at 12PM SLT, GLANCE International Agency will be producing a grid-wide event where 50 of Second Life’s creative designers will showcase their work in different fields: fashion, shapes, skins poses, and accessories. The goal is to raise money for the Relay For Life with exclusive items.

I am wearing a dress and shape that will be part of the event, as well as using one of the available poses.

I don’t normally wear shapes other than my own, but Savoir Faire Shapes has lovely, realistic shapes and this one called Neva called to me. It has curves in all the right places and the face is so cute! The dress is by Son!a; and comes in both a lavender and pink version (includes a pair of black pantyhose with each). Everyone knows I love pink, so of course I had to wear that one. I feel ready for a night out on the town in it – gonna hit up some clubs and fist pump until the AM! I used one of the poses from BENT! which are available for the event, and this was the first time I had used one of their poses. All of them have fun names and aren’t your typical photo poses at all.

Here’s a closer look at the face on the Neva shape, and at some of the details on the dress. Wow I haven’t been this busty in a while…makes me want to shake them around!

If you’d like to learn more about the GLANCE Front Row event, you can check out their website: http://frontrow.glance-international.com/

Credits:

Hair: Truth, Roxana Streaked – Chestnut
Skin: Belleza, Erika Tan group gift (former group gift)
Eyelash tattoo: Iris’ Eyelash Tattoo
Dress: Son!a, Juma mini dress pink (for GFR11)
Bangles: je suis…, magnifique::bangles
Shoes: N-core, “Group Gift” SENSE XtremeHeel (group gift in store)
Shape: Savoir Faire Shapes, Neva (for GFR11)
Poses: Glitterati, 004 and BENT!, Front Row – simply GFR11 – Waking spectrum (for GFR11)

Skinthesis Grand Opening

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Yesterday, I received some sample skins from a new skin store called Skinthesis by Can Sutter. “Skinthesis is is a hot new skin and shape store that specializes in hybrid hand-painted, photosourced skins to cover every fashionista’s wardrobe need! We’re so excited to launch our first line of female skins – Mindi – in 6 beautiful tones that range in shades from vampire to Africa Amercan,  and a variety of makeups!” I took a look at the Mindi line, and they really come with a variety of interesting and fun make-up choices. So I put them on in my usual skin demo-ing attire, underwear, and went to town inspecting them from head to toe.

From left to right I’m wearing: Tan – Moderne, Dark – Berry Me and Pale – Vixen.

Dark is the darkest tone, Tan is somewhere in the middle and Pale is the second lightest. The very lightest could be described as “vampire white”. It was too close to the background white.

Moving from the face to the torsoe I noticed some strange shading, so off came the bra to get a better look. I covered up a little in editing for modesty’s sake.

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You can see that there is very heavy shading under the breasts, way too heavy for my tastes, but my breasts are generally covered and I barely noticed it with my top on. Under the breasts there was another issue for me, the ribcage being highlighted in such a way. It jumps out at you even more with the darker skins. I also feel the collar bone is a little dark but is something I can live with.

I’ll put the full-body pics in thumbnails so you can take a look at everything if you wish. I think there’s a bit of a seam issue or something on the back – not sure about what is going on there since I don’t make skins myself.

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I think, overall, it is a solid effort for a first line of skins. It’s not easy to do at all. Skinthesis also offers a number of female shapes, but I like to see how a skin looks on the shape I wear everyday – perhaps with a slight modification for the mouth. Good news, I didn’t have to change my shape at all to like the way the face looked on me.

Price breakdown is as follows:

Demos = Free
Shapes = 399L
Skin Singles = 999L
6-pack = 1600L
8-pk (mix & match orders) = 2000L
15-pack = 3000L

Also for the grand opening, Skinthesis is offering a special Valentines skin in the lucky chair, all 6 tones of skins will be in there, so you might win yourself the whole lot! They will only be available until February 21, 2009. Also currently in store is an 80’s inspried line called “Totally 80’s” with very pink make-up, it reminds me of the 80’s cartoon character “Jem” whom I love.

I suppose what I’m saying here is, as like with any product there are positives and negatives. An avatar who is fully dressed majority of the time would not even notice the things I did. The makeup offeres great variety and is reason enough to try the demo yourself. However this is a first line and there is definitely room for improvement. I think a lighter hand with the highlighting and shading would really benefit this skin and help propell it into competing with the biggest names.

Self Promotion

Yep, so I’m using my blog to plug myself for a moment. I recently relaunched my shape store (formally called BODMOD by Kalia) as The Pink Giraffe. The name is my really my logo which I thought up kind of randomly one day. So, with my old store disappearing off the map without warning, I moved to the Retail Therapy sim. In all truth, I opened it a bit prematurely, but with what happened, I took a leap and opened. I have 10 shapes out at the moment, several of them new. I’m also working on a line of accessories, but that won’t be out for a few more weeks. Continue reading