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Thursday, February 12, 2009

As you might have heard, there is a fundraising drive going on in SL to help the victims of the Australian BrushFires. These fires have devastated the country, wiping towns completely off the map, killing hundredes and leaving even more homeless. One of the great things about SL is our ability to come together and raise money for a cause, and this time is no different. There are donation boxes set up in various places across the grid, and several content creators have made special items for this event, with all proceeds going to the Austrailan Red Cross to help disaster victims. So to do my part, I thought I'd go out and snag a few of the items and show them to you here.

Shelly Toonie of Moonshine Designs has created a very special item called Victoria, a stunning little silver and black dress. I love the bell shaped skirt and ruffles. The corset lacing down both sides of the skirt gives it a unique look. Black prim bows adorn the waist while the top is simple, yet elegant with nice details here and there. It's quite the demure little dress, so of course I had to go in the direction of Gothic Lolita by pairing it with the MeriJayne II hair from ETD and an Ankh necklace from Caroline's. Demure, however, is one thing I'm really not, so I made this look a bit edgier with the addition of some piercings, the torn fishnet thigh high stockings from Street Magic, and the Basic Boots from WRONG.

As much fun as I had creating a look for this dress, I have to say that my favorite thing about it is the color and texture. It's a brilliant shade of silver, and the texture is simply gorgeous. Of course, versatility is key which is why I like dresses like this. You could go demure, Gothic Lolita, Vintage.

Dress it up or down any number of ways according to your own style. You'll probably have a lot of fun playing with the different looks you can create. It's well worth the 225L. And remember that all proceeds go to help the victims of the fires in Australia.

One of my favorite pose stores is Long Awkward Pose, and Dove Swanson has created a special item just for this fundraising drive. Safe From Below is a pretty little rainbow with clouds all around it. Each prim (four in total) has several different poses in it; some static and some animated. I threw it up in the sky above MDR and snapped a few pics. Since each prim has its own poses, you can put multiple people on this. It's definitely a fun prop to have for picture taking.

Moggs Oceanlane has a list running of all the creators offering special items and the various other events surrouding the drive on her blog, which you can find here. Online donations can be made to the Australian Red Cross here.

Oh, and speaking of great things to have in your photographic arsenal, (though its' not part of the fundraising drive), I took pictures two and four using the FilterCam HUD by MechanizedLife. This thing is really fantastic. You attach it to your HUD and get all these great filters to use for taking photos. I found it very simple to use with a drop down menu to choose the filters and a very thorough set of directions; you really should check it out. It has a ton of textures preloaded, but you can add your own as well. And, it comes with free updates so anytime new filters are added, you'll get them too. The FilterCam HUD adds that little extra something to your photos. You can get it at their store here or check out the website at

Photography by Arcadia Nightfire, MDR Photo Studio

Model Info:
Skin: Celestial Studios - Charmed Skin 20 (Glitter- Silver 2)
Eyes: Eye AC - darkturquoise
Hair: ETD - Merijyane II, Smoke
Tattoos: SN@TCH - Apnea Tattoos
Gloves: TheAbyss - Sorrow MarionetteDoll - Ripped Net Gloves
Stockings: Street Magic - Black Torn Fishnet Stockings
Boots: WRONG - Basic Boots, Black
Dress: Moonshine Designs - Victoria (Special Edition for the Australian Bushfire Relief Drive)
Jewelry: Inks & Kinks - Diamond Nostril Stud
Caroline's - Ankh Necklace (Silver)
Shit Luck - Crossing Lip Piercing Female
Face Light by Digit Darkes

Photo 1: Long Awkward Pose - Bolly9
Photos 2 & 3: Long Awkward Pose - Bolly2
Photo 4: Striking Poses - Maxim 0708 Marisa Miller Pose USA
Photos 5 & 6: Long Awkward Pose - Safe From Above

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