Saturday, December 26, 2009 0 comments

First 5 Styles!

Quick Note about Style Names:
I am a big fan of American history, government, and politics, and in particular of the women who helped shape the U.S. as I know it. So, I am naming all of my hair-styles after notable women in U.S. History, starting with all of our first ladies. Now, I'm not going to try to replicate the actual styles these First Ladies wore, since most of them, especially the early ones, wore styles which now a days... well, lets just say they're not very much "in." However, I am going to try to give a little biographical and interesting and/or funny info on each woman I'm naming a style after. So, I'll start with Martha:

First, of course, is Martha Washington. This is my very first hair build. It's a long hair with straight cut front bangs. The longer parts are sculpties, the bangs are prims, and it also has flexi locks for some nice movement.

Hair: RezIpsa Loc, Martha, 8pm
Skin: Vive9, Grace v2, Light
Top: Cupcakes, Stripey Dress Gift

Martha Washington
June 2, 1791 - March 2, 1822. First Lady from April 30, 1789-March 4, 1797. Hubby: George Washington. Although the title was not coined until after her death, she is considered to be the first First Lady of the United States. She was actually 27 when she married George Washington, since he was her second husband, the first having died a few years earlier. Her and Washington actually had no children, but did raise Martha's children from an earlier marriage. Martha's first husband was very wealthy and left her and their children with a large estate. When she married George they used much of her wealth to acquire land.

Next is Abigail Adams. She is definitely one of my faves. Since I made this style around Christmas time I decided to make it a Holiday gift. Once the Holidays are over I'm going to make a non-Holiday version; so the same style, minus the bells and stars in the back, and I'll make the bow color change via script.

Hair: RezIpsa Loc, Abigail-Holiday, 11pm
Skin: Curio, ::GP:: Elf - Petal, Dark
Top: Truth, Martini Dress
Jewelry: PERTURB/ation, Noel Set

Abigail Adams
Nov. 11, 1744 - Oct. 28, 1818. First Lady from March 4, 1797 - March 4, 1801. Hubby: John Adams. She is remembered most for her many letters with her husband during his time at the Continental Congress. He often sought her advice on many matters and their letters are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics. The letters provide an invaluable eyewitness account of the Revolutionary War as well as an excellent source of commentary of the politics of the day.

Technically, next would be Martha Jefferson. However, I'm skipping her because having two Martha's so close is confusing, and she actually was never a first lady since she died many years before Jefferson became President. So, next is Dolley Madison! This is a more playful style with a short stubby pony tail and straight cut front bangs.

Hair: RezIpsa Loc, Dolley, 1pm
Skin: Imagen, (IS) Mira, Este
Top: RezIpsa Loc, Stay Classy
Jewelry: Noir Lolita, Dog Tag
Dolley Madison
May 20, 1768 - July 12, 1849. First Lady from March 4, 1809 - March 3, 1817. Hubby: James Madison. She occasionally acted as First lady during the Jefferson administration before Madison took office since he was a widower. During the War of 1812, Dolley's role as First Lady was tested when British troops invaded D.C. in August, 1814. Courageously, she stayed behind (even after many state officials, including her own body guard, had left) until vital state documents, silver, and most notably, the famous portrait of George Washinton were removed safely by wagon. Her and James returned three days later to find the White House burned down.

This is the most formal of my first batch of styles, which is fitting as Elizabeth Monroe was a very elegant First Lady. The pearls that adorn the bun are a series of micro-beads. Before I made this style I knew what micro's were, but had no idea how to make them. Then I stumbled upon the best tutorial given by LeeZu, which you should totally check out!

Hair: RezIpsa Loc, Elizabeth, 6am
Skin: Cupcakes, Daydream, Honey
Top: Meriken Co., Peony Green Sweater
Jewelry: Fairy Tail, Ribbon Sphere
Elizabeth Monroe
June 30, 1768(1768-06-30-September 23, 1830. First lady from March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1825. Hubby: James Monroe. In 1794, Elizabeth Monroe accompanied her husband to France when President Washington appointed him United States Minister. Arriving in Paris in the midst of the French Revolution, she took a dramatic part in saving Lafayette's wife, imprisoned and expecting death on the guillotine. With only her servants in her carriage, the American Minister's wife went to the prison and asked to see Madame Lafayette. Soon after this hint of American interest, the prisoner was set free. The Monroes became very popular in France, where the diplomat's lady received the affectionate name of la belle Americaine.

Finally, the long pony-tailed Louisa, which comes with a color change bow. Each prim is separately scripted. At first this was because I have no idea how to make all of them change by clicking just one prim (if anyone out there can clue me in drop me a line!). However, I kind of like the this since you can change each piece to get a desired look.

Hair: RezIpsa Loc, Louisa, 12pm
Skin: Heartsick, Serenity, Illusion, Dark Shines
Top: Cupcakes, Ruffly Corset Dress, Fushia
Jewelry: Fairy Tail, September Gift
Louisa Adams
February 12, 1775-May 15, 1852. Frist lady from March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829. Hubby: John Quincy Adams. She was often sickly and depressed. Not the least of the causes of her misery was the White House itself. She found it too large, cold, and isolated. She found the condition of the house to be so deplorable that she opened it up for what may have been among the first regular public tours just to prove that she and the President were not living in great luxury as was charged. She did have one moment of gusto when, riding from Russia to Paris she was surrounded by hostile Napoleonic troops who called for her death, assuming she was Russian. Louisa had her servants whisper that she was Napoleon's sister traveling incognito, and in perfect French stepped out of the carriage to rally the troops to salutes to Napoleon. She also began reading the letters of her mother-in-law Abigail Adams and believed they should be published as an inspiration to all American women. The concept of "women's rights" and equality became one of her biggest passions.

Hair Colors and Pricing

I started my venture into hair-making by creating a texture template. My very favorite hairs in SL are those that create a series of highlights and lowlights in as naturally possible a way, and for me this means that the texture doesn't go straight up and down, and that the lighter and darker areas aren't just vertical chunks like a bad highlighting job. So, I did my best to add a natural "wave" to the texture itself.

Next came picking colors! This was by far one of the most fun things to do. Some of the colors are definitely inspired by some of my favorite bloggers and hairs I've had in SL. Once I picked out my colors I needed to come up with how to name them. Naming them the generic red, blond, and brunette wasn't nearly fun enough for me, and I feel that a lot of hair designers already used food-names (chocolate, strawberry, carrot), so I didn't want to do that either. It was actually my girlfriend in RL, peeking over my shoulder while I worked on picking colors, that came up with the brilliant idea of giving them times of day! Here's what I came up with:

After Hours Pack
This was for sure the most fun pack to pick colors for. I rarely wear funky colors like these in world, but for the longest time I was obsessed with the old Magika hot pink hair texture; to the point where I actually dyed a chunk of my RL hair just about the same hot pink color as my 4am texture. Also, since my first batch of hairs came out right during the Holidays the green was fun to work with too.

Morning Pack
The morning pack was also really fun to work on because I've (not-so-secretly to those who know me in RL) always wanted to have red hair (my hair in RL is a dark brown, a pretty brown don't get me wrong, but how amazingly sexy is red hair!). Anywho, I tried to offer a wide range of reds in this pack, from deep auburn to very light strawberry blonde. The deepest shade of red in this pack is inspired by Ana Letutia, whose blog I've followed pretty much since I started SL and I really appreciate for its amazing style sense, super useful SL tips, and really cool/interesting interviews. Go Ana!

Noon Time Pack
Blondes always have more fun! Right? Making this pack was actually a bit of a challenge as lighter colors, in my opinion at least, always tend to show errors in the underlying texture. It's like the RL equivalent of super slinky/tight dress fabrics that make you look out of shape no matter how skinny you are (you know what I mean gals!). However, after some tweaking, I think these actually came out pretty good! My favorite is the 10am, which I tried to make a kind of dirty-blonde. The very platinum noon time, 12pm color is inspired by Gogo and her super sexyblog... I swear I've never seen anyone wear platinum blonde better than her!

Afternoon Pack
At first I actually thought I wasn't going to make this pack... but once I finished it I was so super happy I did. The colors in this pack are what I could call "cool browns" since they all have a tint of ashiness to them that gives them that RL mousey look. The change in shade from one color to the next is a bit subtle, so of any of my packs, if I ever get the time to revisit any of them that might be something I work on a bit more, but for now I love them as they are.

Evening Pack
This pack is what I would call the "warm browns," since they have more of a reddish tinge to them than the Afternoon Pack. The darkest of the pack, 8pm, was actually inspired by my own RL hair, so naturally I love that one the best. Of all of my packs I think this one might be the most versatile since there is such a wide range in shading from 5pm-8pm... kind of like in RL! Hee hee.

Night Time Pack
Last but not least is the Night Time Pack which is, appropriately enough, by black hair pack. In this pack the 10pm is what I would call a more natural black, while the 11pm is more of a snow-white black that reminds me more of hair that's been dyed to be jet-black. Lastly, the midgnight, 12am color is a deep blue-black to add that extra bit of edge to the pack.

Pricing Info:
Lastly, some pricing information: Each one of the packs is going to be $250Ls. The 24-hour pack will be $1000Ls, so if you get that you'll be getting all 6 packs for the price of 4!


About Store Name:
* RezIpsa Loc * is my own play on words on the legal phrase: Res Ipsa Loquitur. I changed the Res to Rez as my own little SL/law joke, and replaced Loquitur with Loc both because Loquitur is just too long and complicated, and because Loc goes with my hair-making better. To check out the store in world, here's your taxi.
Res Ipsa Loquitur: (rays ip-s<> loh-kw<>-t<>r). Latin for “the thing speaks for itself.” Torts. The doctrine providing that, in some circumstances, the mere fact of an accident's occurrence raises an inference of negligence so as to establish a prima facie case. — Often shortened to res ipsa. Blacks Law Dictionary, 8th Edition, 2004.

A Bit About Me
I started playing Second Life as a creative escape when I began law school. If any of you have been through 1L, or know someone who has, you know how all consuming and bubble-like it can become. So, for me, SL was a way to escape both the bubble-like and incredibly over-logical world that was both law school in particular and the legal field in general. Also, after reading cases and statutes all day, its really nice to be able to flex my creative muscles and SL offers me, and all other creators, the space and drive to do just that.

About Style Names
I am a big fan of American history, government, and politics, and in particular of the women who helped shape the U.S. as I know it. So, I am naming all of my hair-styles after notable women in U.S. History, starting with all of the First Ladies. Now, I'm not going to try to replicate the actual styles these First Ladies wore, since most of them, especially the early ones, wore styles which now a days... well, lets just say they're not very much "in." However, as I get to the more recent ones, and as I get better at hair making, I might try to replicate some of them.

I am also going to try to include a bit of biographical and interesting or funny information about the woman whom I'm naming the style after when I post up new styles in the blog. Hopefully it will be interesting and will even help me learn new fun things about some of these awesome gals!

About Prices:
Lastly, some pricing information: Each one of the packs is going to be $250Ls. The 24-hour pack will be $1000Ls, so if you get that you'll be getting all 6 packs for the price of 4!

About Freebies:
I've always lived off of freebies in SL and saved my lindens for those extra special splurges on things I really do like. Therefore, while I do hope some of my hair styles are those things that you really like and want to splurge a little on, I will always try to have at least one freebie or dollarbie up in the store for all you stylish freebie huntersI

Thank you very much for showing some interest in my creative designs and in my blog. Hopefully I can keep this up and keep bringing you better and better products as my skills grow.

~ RezIpsa Luckstone

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