Maitreya Bento Hands – Lara 4.0 Is Live!

Last night Maitreya released Lara 4.0, the much anticipated bento update for the popular body. Most of my groups, even the ones not related to Maitreya, were filled with excited chatter about the new Maitreya bento hands. So many people tried to get to the store upon release that the sim had to be closed to the public for at least a few hours. The sim is open again, however it’s bustling with activity so you may have trouble getting in. No need to fear, if you already have Lara you don’t have to go to the sim to get your update!

Getting Your New Body

If you already own Lara you’ll most likely already have your update waiting for you when you log in. If this isn’t the case simply remove and reattach your current Lara body. This should trigger a redelivery. If this doesn’t work go to the Maitreya Store and use the redelivery terminal. Please bear in mind that this is a new update and things may be a little slow the first few days.

If you don’t own Lara you’ll have to purchase her. You can do this by visiting the store in world. Make sure to demo if you haven’t already, she’s a big and important purchase! At the time of this post she cost $L2750 and includes the body, classic and bento hands, feet, 5 shapes, and two bra/panty sets.

Maitreya Lara 4.0 Updates

Let’s start with the officially announced updates, shall we? Straight from Maitreya’s Update Card:

  • The hands are now rigged to the bento skeleton, allowing for finger movement. The classic hands are also still included in the package.
  • There are 14 hand poses added to the HUD (Skins & Options page), which can be used in combination with all your model poses and AOs.
  • There are 2 new nail shapes added: Stiletto nails and Almond nails, and the option for no nails (if you want to wear Maitreya compatible mesh nails made by other stores).
  • The skin textures have been adjusted to fit the new bento hands.

Digging Deeper

This update is primarily about the hands with small adjustments to the included skins and the HUD to further benefit the new Maitreya bento hands. As with the other bento hands the Maitreya hands are compatible with third party bento poses and AOs. Maitreya’s hands do not come with default idle animations.

Maitreya Bento Hands

Keep reading for more in depth information, comparisons with other bento hands, and more pictures!

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Who Needs Mesh? Meet Magna

While many of us use fully mesh avatars some people do prefer the look (and price!) of the classic avatars, otherwise known as system avatars. Some people do a mix of both, utilizing a system head with a mesh body, mesh hands with the system body, or other combinations. Today check out this system skin Magna by 7 Deadly s{K}ins.

Magna At Designer’s Circle

Designer’s Circle is a constantly rotating event. Each session runs for two weeks before taking a small break and opening anew with fresh products. It’s a wonderful place to get quality poses, clothing, skins, and more for low prices. The current Designer’s Circle ends on April 15.

7DS brought Magna to the event this round, further proving that even though mesh is popular there is still demand for systems skins. Magna comes in Cotton Candy, Sand, Apricot, Taupe, and Cashew. Each skin tone can be purchased for L$199 and includes four versions: with brows and freckles, with brows and no freckles, with freckles and no brows, and no brows no freckles. Also included is the matching skin tone’s Omega applier for mesh bodies. Please note the applier is only for bodies. The face is available only for system heads, not mesh heads. If you’re interested make sure to pick her up at Designer’s Circle before the 15th!

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The Free Dove April 2017 Mini Hunts

Every month The Free Dove hosts mini hunts from three different designers. This month’s hunts include products from D!Vine Style, Glitter | Glitter Poses, and Sweet E’s Designs. Read on to learn what to hunt for and see some of your prizes. There have been a few changes this month. Products will be hidden at The Free Dove as well as at the designer’s main store location. You’ll also have to wear your group tag for The Free Dove to participate.

The Free Dove – April Mini Hunts

April brings us three new mini hunts at The Free Dove. As usual we have three mini hunts, each from a different designer.

  1. D!Vine Style
    • We get 10 clothing products from this hunt.
    • Items are for women.
  2. Glitter | Glitter Poses
    • This hunt gives us 10 products.
    • Poses and clothing for women can be found.
  3. Sweet E’s Designs
    • A total of 6 items are up for grabs.
    • This hunt focuses on women’s clothing.

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Free Dove Friday: March 31, 2017

Since discovering The Free Dove, I’ve decided to showcase one look a week with items from the store. Welcome to the eighth installment of Free Dove Friday! Make sure to check the bottom of the post for all the awesome pics.

This week showcases products by Sn@tch, Avi-Glam, and Ishara Shop.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. Sn@tch
    • Hair, clothes, accessories, shoes, you name it they have it.
    • Caters mostly to women.
    • Marketplace has nearly 2,000 items (including selections for men).
  2. Avi-Glam
    • Clothes, skins, eyes, and complete avatars.
    • Products for men and women.
    • Marketplace has over 600 items!
  3. Ishara Shop
    • Clothing and accessories
    • Serves both men and women
    • Marketplace  has over 2,000 items.

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Yes, You SHOULD Be Using Demos!

If you’re a regular to the blog you know I’m a firm proponent of demoing products before purchase. I’ve had people ask if and why demos in Second Life are really important. People have also told me that they don’t want to spend the extra time demoing a product they already know they’ll like. Demos are very important, even if you’re absolutely in love with the item! Today I’ll cover what to look for when demoing so you can learn why you should never skip the demo step if it’s available.

What’s A Demo?

Demos are inexpensive (usually free or 1 linden dollar) versions of products made for you to test out before making a final purchase. Think of demos as trying on new clothes or shoes before you buy them. You wouldn’t want to make a big purchase just to find that the jacket doesn’t fit and can’t be returned, would you? In addition to being inexpensive, demos also tend to have something missing or added so you don’t use it instead of the final product. This may be weird/missing textures, extra shapes, or even a timed product that can’t be used after a period of time passes. You wouldn’t want to wear a demo out to the party you’re heading to later. The entire point of the demo is to ensure the product is what you need before making the purchase.

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Georgie At Suicide DollZ

Suicide DollZ is a biweekly event catering to the dark, sexy, and sometimes naughty side of Second Life. The current run ends tomorrow, March 30, so make sure to head on over while you still can! Featured at this event is the 7DS skin Georgie, who you’ll see in this post.

Meet Georgie

Georgie is a beautiful skin that goes light on the makeup, yet still has just enough to ensure you look beautiful. She’s perfect for avatars who want to wear other makeups without worrying about clashing with the skin. She comes in six of 7 Deadly s{K}ins‘ tones: Cotton Candy, Apricot, Sand, Caramel, Taupe, and Pineapple. Each purchase (L$599)  includes all six tones with omega appliers for the face and body as well as Slink hand/feet appliers. She was designed for Catwa heads, however she can be used with any Omega compatible head. (Not sure about Omega? Learn more in our appliers guide!) The demo can be found alongside the skin at the Suicide DollZ event.

Free Dress & Jewelry

The outfit worn in today’s post can be picked up for free! The choker is a free group gift at the LeLutka store. It comes with a color changing HUD to ensure it matches your outfit. The earrings are made by Sn@tch and can be found as a free gift at Designer’s Circle. The dress is from Posh Pixels and can also be found as a gift from Designer’s Circle.

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Free Dove Friday: March 24, 2017

Since discovering The Free Dove, I’ve decided to showcase one look a week with items from the store. Welcome to the seventh installment of Free Dove Friday! Make sure to check the bottom of the post for all the awesome pics.

This week showcases products by KajU, Vavien Stylish, and Duh!.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. KajU
    • Clothing, accessories, poses, gacha, and group gifts
    • Main store caters to men and women
    • Marketplace has over 100 items.
  2. Vavien Stylish
    • Clothing, accessories, group gifts
    • Main store has products for men and women
    • Marketplace has over 100 items.
  3. Duh!
    • Shoes and accessories
    • Main store has mostly women’s items,
    • Marketplace store  has more men’s items.

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Delaney at Natural Falls V

Our avatars can do so much more than look nice. They can convey emotion or be used to provoke an emotional response. They can be the main focus or a part of a bigger scene. Honestly they can do anything you want them to do. For many they are an extension of ourselves. Today you’ll get the see Delaney’s visit to Natural Falls V.

Delaney

This gorgeous skin can be found at the 7 Deadly s{K}ins booth at Ultra until April 15. She was designed for LeLutka’s Simone bento head (seen in the credits section), though in this post you see her on Catwa’s Lona. I think she looks absolutely lovely on both. She can be purchased with LeLutka or Omega appliers. No matter which you select you’ll receive 7 skin tones and omega body appliers to match.


Natural Falls VSecond Life Landscape Fair Flooded Ruins Natural Falls V

Located at Domain West, Natural Falls V is a gorgeous location perfect for photographs and exploration. While it’s not your standard thought of beauty (flooded ruins containing an amusement park, warehouses, and more) it’s still absolutely stunning. I was surprised at just how many unique poses there were with various backdrops and props. I encourage you to go exploring and see what fun you can find!

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Fantasy Avatar & Charity: For Dryads & Ember

While today is another fantasy avatar post, it’s actually doubling as a charity event awareness post. Read on for some super fun Dryad photos, information about the products used, and to learn how you can help a Second Life user in need.

Meet Elicio Ember

Elicio Ember has been playing Second Life since 2008. His location Cerridwen’s Cauldron has both beautifully scenic areas as well as a wonderful shopping selection. Last month tragedy struck his family causing him to put Second Life on hold, including pulling out of the Fantasy Faire. Below I have included excerpts from Elicio Ember’s Facebook. Please feel free to read his entire post and the update for more in depth information.

My father had a stroke yesterday…There is no clear prognosis yet but things are serious and some kind of neural damage is confirmed.

Public health security in Mexico is insufficient and often of very low quality. My father has no health protection whatsover. Its a russian rullete. People can be treated well and recover. People die waiting to be treated (or) die by malpractice. So we took him to a private hospital before risking a long wait.

I have 5 sisters, but not even between all of us we will be able to pay for the hospital charges without severly straining all our economies, not even considering all the expenses of rehab and care that will follow if…well. If he makes it. Which might be actually more terryifing than if he does not as its yet uncertain what the rehab possibilites are.

Elicio Ember

 

Continue reading to learn how to help Elicio and make your own Dryad

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7 Deadly s{K}ins: Meet Mali

A few days ago you saw the new skin “Wednesday” as well as all new body skins by 7 Deadly s{K}ins. Today it’s time to tell you about some in store deals and show off the other Skin Fair exclusive: Mali!

Deadly Deals

Before we show off Mali I want to tell you about some awesome opportunities at the 7 Deadly s{K}ins store.

  1. In celebration of the new body skins you’ll find the old body skins are now 50% off.
  2. This month’s group gift is a $L400 gift card usable on any Caspervendor in store.
    • Make sure to join the in world group for your gift card and monthly gifts.
    • The old body skins are Caspervendors, so you can use your gift card on them.
  3. As always you can save money with Midnight Mania, Mini Mania, RIOT Vendors, and Lucky Chairs.
  4. Looking for an in world job? 7 Deadly s{K}ins is hiring.
    • You get L$250 per week, gift cards, and free skins.
    • If you like helping people in store and working with a fun staff check it out.
      • Interested in applying? Head to the Info Board (to the right after entering the women’s building).

It’s Mali Time!

She’s here and all for LeLutka! Mali includes a bento and brow shape (not shown) for LeLutka Simone. She comes in four facial types: regulair, beautymarks, mildly freckled, and heavily freckled.  Each facial type is sold separately and comes with a pack of 4 skin tones. There are 16 total skin tones available. Please note that the body skin is sold separately. You can purchase Mali exclusively at Skin Fair for $L650.

Below you can see the four facial types and the skin tones Cashew (New!), Snow, Fudge, and Apricot.

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