Free Dove Friday: June 16, 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 an outfit from Lillou’s Designs.

Fast Facts On The Brand

  1. Lillou’s Designs
    • Shoes, clothing, and accessories
    • Sells products for men and women
    • Marketplace has over 1,000 items.

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Free Dove Friday: June 9, 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 casual set from Sweet E’s Designs and a necklace by TEMPESTUOUS.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. TEMPESTUOUS
    • Jewelry, accessories, and attire
    • Products for women
    • Marketplace store has over 50 items
  2. Sweet E’s Designs
    • Clothing
    • Products for women
    • Marketplace store has over 800 items

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Free Dove Friday: June 2, 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 KingbalStores, Apple May Designs, and Shoeddiction.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. KingbalStores
    • Shoes and clothing
    • Sells products for men and women
    • Marketplace has huge selection
  2. Apple May Designs
    • Skins, shapes, clothing, shoes, and accessories
    • Main store focuses on women
    • Marketplace store has more options for men
  3. Shoeddiction

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Mesh Crash Course: Selecting Hands & Feet

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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

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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

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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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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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Free Dove Friday: May 12, 2017

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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Fantasy Avatar: The Glaistig

Recent dark and fantasy events such as We Love RP, Memento.Mori, and The Dark Style Fair 4 have been grabbing the attention of alternative avatars all through Second Life. In celebration I designed an avatar loosely based on a mythical being from Scottish folklore. The Glaistig is represented in many different ways, but almost all of them share the theme of a woman/goat hybrid. With that in mind I created the creature for this post.

 

7 Deadly s{K}ins

The skin used for the Glaistig is Nove by 7 Deadly s{K}ins. Nove is found at The Dark Style Fair 4 (aka TDSF4), an event celebrating all things dark. She comes in two packs, both of which include omega appliers for the face and the body in five skin tones. The first package includes the fair tones Snow (shown here), Cotton Candy, Apricot, Sand, and Caramel. The second  includes the darker tones Walnut, Chestnut, Taupe, Cashew, and Pineapple. Each pack is on sale for L$699 at the fair.

To find 7 Deadly s{K}ins at TDSF4 simply port in, head West until you reach the pathway, then follow the pathway South. You’ll find 7DS in the last booth on the right.

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