Informational Series

Mesh Crash Course: Selecting A Body

Posted By Asia Ristow

Mesh bodies have become extremely popular in Second Life. They offer more realistic curves and higher levels of modification than the classic system avatar bodies. With so many mesh bodies to chose from you may need a hand narrowing it down. Not to worry! Today’s post covers what to look for when researching and demoing potential mesh body purchases.

Main Considerations

As always you must remember that what is right for others may not be right for you. It comes down to your own needs and preferences. There are a few things to consider when demoing (yes, you should be using demos) and narrowing the options for your personal taste.

Proportions

Some people love fairly realistic avatar bodies. Others love giant booties and chests. Some love small, petite bodies, and still others want to be child sized or feral animals. All of these are possible but work best with different bodies. While many bodies allow for a level of customization there is only so far you can go. Altering shapes too drastically can result in issues with clipping and jagged edges. You’ll want to ensure the body you select will support your own vision. Keep in mind you may have to get separate products (such as third party breasts) for some of the more extreme looks.

For the initial browsing of what body types you may like I highly recommend Mesh Body Addicts. You can browse by gender and quickly get an idea of what style you may prefer. If you’re looking for a child or very petite body you may not find what you’re looking for there. ToddleeDoo is a very popular brand for toddler avatars and UTILIZATOR‘s Kemono is a well loved petite body that works well for anime avatars or petite humans/furries.

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Informational Series

Mesh Crash Course: Selecting A Head

Posted By Asia Ristow

Mesh heads are extremely popular due to their smooth, seamless look in comparison to system heads. Whether you’re looking for your first mesh head or your fifth there are a few basics that can help ensure you pick the perfect one for you.

Main Considerations

Of course what is right for others may not be right for you. It always comes down to your own needs and preferences. There are a few things to consider when demoing (yes, you should be using demos) and narrowing down the options for your personal taste.

Bento vs Static?

One of your biggest choices is if you’d like a bento or static head. I won’t get in too deep as we’ve already covered this, however it’s still important to touch on. The main difference between bento and static heads is the shape customization. Bento heads respond to the shape sliders so you can get various looks with the same head. Static heads don’t respond to the sliders and always have the same shape even if you alter sliders.

Alpha Options

Many people like to use different eyes, ears, or teeth instead of the standards that may come with a purchase. If you’re one of those people (or may be in the future) you’ll want to ensure your head will allow for it. If the head comes with those components you’ll want to make sure they are either equipped separately or can be hidden. Otherwise you will likely run into clipping issues and a weird mix of double features.

If you’re not sure why anyone would want to use something aside from the standards take a peek at this list. I’d hate for you to pick a head that didn’t let you hide ears than decide you wanted to be an elf in a few weeks!

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Informational Products

Zane: My Basic Male

Posted By Asia Ristow

I’ve had quite a few people ask about my male avatar, Zane, and how I made his base look. I wanted something that looked nice and was easy to customize. With a little research and a lot of demos he became the handsome man he is today. This post is just a quick explanation of the products used for his base look.

Slink

When I made Zane the most commonly used body type for men was Slink‘s Physique. The popularity of the body makes it easier to find compatible products which can be a bit annoying for male avatars. Slink’s body is Omega compatible which makes finding skins, tattoos, and applier clothing a breeze. The alpha layers make it easy to wear various mesh clothing too. For a more in depth review of the Slink Physique Body for men check out the Mesh Body Addicts Review.

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Free Dove Freebies Products Series

Free Dove Friday: May 19, 2017

Posted By Asia Ristow

Since discovering The Free Dove, I’ve decided to showcase one look a week with items from the store. Happy Free Dove Friday!

This week showcases looks from VERO MODERO and Duh!!

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. VERO MODERO
    • Focuses mostly on clothing
    • Store has products for both genders
    • Marketplace store has nearly 900 items.
  2. Duh!
    • Shoes and accessories
    • Main store has mostly women’s items,
    • Marketplace store has more men’s items.
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7 Deadly s{K}ins Events Products

Under The Lights (ft Moreya by 7DS)

Posted By Asia Ristow

Moreya

I’m an absolute sucker for bold, thick, dark eyeliner. I’ve always loved the edgier looks and the Moreya skin is really doing it for me. With the right mix of shape, hair, and attire she can look like a gothic goddess, a scene queen, a punk princess, or a traditional casual lady. Moreya is created for LeLutka’s Simone and comes in a pack of six tones: Cotton Candy, Sand, Marshmellow, Caramel, Pineapple, and Cashew. The pack can be purchased at Applique for L$699.

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Events Products

SECRETS: The Isis Necklace

Posted By Asia Ristow

One of my favorite items for mix & matching outfits is a good quality necklace. It can be the finishing touch to a fancy dress or bring jeans and a tank to a new level. Colors HUDs make accessories even more versatile. No matter what you’re wearing you can make sure products with a good customization HUD can work with the look.

The Isis Necklace from SECRETS is absolutely perfect on all these levels.  The necklace is available in three metals: silver, black, and gold. Each metal is purchased separately and comes with a HUD to color the gemstones. Gemstones can be eight different colors as seen below.

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The Nevaeh Collection (from Virtue)

Posted By Asia Ristow

Virtue‘s Nevaeh dress is at Fashion Dazzle this month. Each of the four available of the patterns are really cute and show a different personality of Spring.

My second favorite, the red polka dot pattern, reminds me of the ladybugs that always invaded my home each Spring while I was growing up.

The brown with dots makes me think of the wet earth the seasonal showers bring forth.

The blue dotted dress is a beautiful reminder of the warm open skies that come after the rains.

My personal favorite, however, is the white floral design. It feels just perfect for bringing in a warm, breezy Spring day just like the flowers that spring up from the storms.

The Nevaeh Dresses come in 5 standard sizes. Every color shown here is available at Fashion Dazzle for L$155 each. Pics of each are found below.

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Free Dove Products Series

Free Dove Friday: May 12, 2017

Posted By Asia Ristow

Since discovering The Free Dove, I’ve decided to showcase one look a week with items from the store. Welcome to the fourteenth installment of Free Dove Friday!

This week showcases a dress by DE.Boutique and jewelry by Dellybeams.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. DE.Boutique
    • Clothing and shoes
    • Caters to women
    • Marketplace store has over 50 items
  2. Dellybeams
    • Jewelry section in part of a larger home goods store.
    • Serves women
    • Marketplace store has nearly 300 pieces of jewelry and over 1,000 items total.
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FurtaCor’s Versatile Julia Dress

Posted By Asia Ristow

FurtaCor is known for their quality products and colorful HUDs allowing users to get tons of use out of just one purchase. The Julia Dress is no exception. The low top and open back are great for showing off tattoos or layering with other decorative appliers. The Julia HUD has different color options for the collar (23), tie (8), and the dress (23) giving you access to over 4,000 different combinations.

 

The versatility of this piece combined with the low cost makes it perfect for avatars who would love to have multiple looks on a budget. You can see three different color combinations in the pics section below, but that’s really just a small sampling of your overall options. If you add in the Mix & Match potential of layering, shoes, and jewelry suddenly the possibilities become endless.

Julia comes in five standard fitmesh sizes as well as Belleza, Slink, and Maitreya sizes. It is exclusive to Fashion Dazzle this month and costs only L$125. Also for sale at the FurtaCor booth is the Dorah set (shorts, top, & sneakers) for L$150, the Loise set (blouse, jeans, shoes, and bag) for L$199, and the Charlie heels for L$125.

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Avatar Inspiration Events Products

Just Another Day On The Airship (ft. Gidget’s Style)

Posted By Asia Ristow

Gidget’s Style has designed a beautiful dress for Fashion Dazzle this month. I love the way the gold and black give it a steampunk feel. While it works great for that type of style it can also be used as a period piece, or even as a modern fashion piece. The silver accents in the skirt have a personality of their own too. I love when I can choose to accessorize with gold and silver instead of one or the other.

The dress comes in 5 standard sizes for both mesh and fitmesh. To use it with my Maitreya body I did have to adjust my shape slightly to account for the way Maitreya’a alpha sections are. Make sure to demo, as I always recommend, to ensure the dress will be a good fit for you.

You can purchase Alice for only L$149 until Fashion Dazzle ends May 25. In addition to Alice you’ll also find the Dolly mesh dress by Gidget’s Style on sale for the same price.

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