Signature Dove’s June Events (Ft. BHB)

Fashion Dazzle is back with a wonderful new summer theme and The Free Dove is hosting another one of their popular mini hunts. It must be time for the June Signature Dove events! Let’s dive right in and see how you can welcome Summer with some wonderful sales and some freebies too!

BHB At The Beach

One of this month’s Fashion Dazzle sponsors is BHB. You can find products for both men and women at their in world store as well as their Marketplace. For Fashion Dazzle they’re showing off with an exclusive animated hut and swimwear for both genders.

The Beach Surf’s Up Lover’s Hut includes a variety of poses for friends, lovers, and singles. It fits the bill if you’re looking for a romantic sunset retreat, a fun party with friends, or a great beach spot to relax with a drink. A palm tree and surfboard rack are included, too! You can rez them as a unit or separately and adjust as needed for your own unique setting.

The set can be found exclusively at Fashion Dazzle for L$299.

 

 

Need cute swimsuits to hang out in? Don’t worry, BHB has you covered. You and your buddies can grab matching swimwear for L$79 each. Men’s and women’s suits are available in separate vendors. Simply navigate the vendors to select from various colors including beige, black, blue, bright green, clear, cream, dark blue, dark green, pink, purple,red (shown in this post), teal, white, and yellow.

Make sure to check out BHB’s booth at Fashion Dazzle starting tomorrow!


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Mesh Crash Course: Selecting Hands & Feet

Need more mesh help or info? Check out our full Mesh Crash Course.

Mesh hands and feet are a popular option for users with all types of avatars. For somebody who goes full mesh it’s a no brainer. Many system avatars also enjoy mesh hands or feet for various reasons including bento hand capability and a larger selection of shoes. If you have a mesh body it may have come with hands and feet already and generally those are the ones that will work the best for the body. That doesn’t mean you can’t mix and match with other brands if you so desire!

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.

Bento vs Standard Hands

As we already have a whole post devoted to this topic I’ll keep this section brief. Bento hands allow for individual finger movements and standard hands can only stay in one shape. Many people prefer bento so they can make peace signs, hold cigarettes, wiggle their fingers, and more. If these options aren’t important to you the standard mesh hands are also an option. Please note that while there are plenty of accessories for standard mesh hands the options for bento hands are increasing every day.

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Free Dove Friday: May 26, 2017

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

This week showcases a cute retro outfit (dress, scarf, sunglasses) from Caged Butterfly and shoes from Emerald Couture.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. Caged Butterfly
    • Clothing
    • Caters to men and women
    • Marketplace store has over 300 items
  2. Emerald Couture
    • Clothing
    • Serves men and women
    • Marketplace store has over 300 items

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Mesh Crash Course: Selecting A Body

Need more mesh help or info? Check out our full Mesh Crash Course.

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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Mesh Crash Course: Selecting A Head

Need more mesh help or info? Check out our full Mesh Crash Course.

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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Zane: My Basic Male

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 Friday: May 19, 2017

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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Under The Lights (ft Moreya by 7DS)

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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SECRETS: The Isis Necklace

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)

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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