Free Dove Friday: April 21, 2017

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

This week showcases looks from TentatioN and Sn@tch!

Fast Facts On The Brand

  1. TentatioN
    • Casual clothing, formal clothing, and shoes.
    • Offers products for men and women.
    • Marketplace has over 1,000 items.
  2. 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).

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Free Dove Friday: April 14, 2017

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

This week showcases a tattoo by Le’La Design and a cute Gothic bralet by Ishara Shop.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. Le’La Design
    • Clothing, shoes, tattoos, and accessories
    • Caters to women
    • Over 300 items on the Marketplace.
  2. Ishara Shop
    • Clothing and accessories
    • Serves both men and women
    • Marketplace has over 2,000 items.

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Free Dove Friday: April 7, 2017

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

This week showcases a fun beach look from ILLI.

Fast Facts On The Brand

  1. ILLI 
    • Offers clothing, shoes, and accessories.
    • Has a selection for both men and women.
    • Their Marketplace location has over 200 products!

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Inspired By: Harley Quinn

Have you ever wanted to dress up like somebody but not completely copy their look? That’s what the Inspired By series is all about! Unlike our other series this one will be spread out over time with new looks coming as a surprise every now and again. Feel free to use these short posts for a little inspiration of your own, whether it’s mix & matching some of the products used here or doing something completely new!

Harley Quinn

This well known character has been portrayed countless ways since her introduction in the early 1990s. Today’s look is based off of Margot Robbie’s portrayal in the film Suicide Squad.

Key Products

These are the items used that make the avatar stand out as Harley even though she’s not a direct copy.

  • Lil’ Monster Dress and Legwraps
  • Rotten Heart Face Tattoo with Eye Shadow

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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.

Read moreFree Dove Friday: March 31, 2017

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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Appliers: How Do They Work?

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Appliers are one of the most commonly used items for mesh bodies. I see a lot of users asking questions about Second Life appliers or being confused as to what appliers can offer them. Today I’ll go over what they are, how to use them, and why you may want them.

Second Life Appliers: The Basics

Think of appliers like classic avatar clothing for mesh avatars. The applier itself is an object (usually a HUD) that applies a texture to mesh body parts. Some of the more common textures are skins, clothes, and makeup. Tattoos, beards, and scars are also textures that can be used via applier, as well as anything else you would want on your mesh body. To understand appliers you first must know about layers.

Layers

Layers allow multiple textures to be worn at once. Lower layers are hidden by higher layers. You’ll find the skin almost always applies automatically to the lowest layer. Most commonly you’ll have three other layers to select from when using non skin appliers.

Think of your real body and clothing for a moment. Your skin is one layer, any tattoos you may have are on a layer above it, your underwear is another layer above, and your regular clothing is the layer on top. Your tattoos hide what’s on the skin under them. Underwear hides any tattoos under it and your pants hide your underwear. It’s exactly the same on your avatar. Here is a breakdown of the most common layers:

  1. Skin
    • Skin appliers almost always automatically apply to this layer.
      • As such layers usually aren’t even listed as an option for users.
    • Covers the body parts as the lowest layer.
      • Anything else applied will be seen on top of the skin.
  2. Tattoo
    • This is applied directly over the skin, but under the Underwear and Clothing layers.
      • This means it’ll show on top of the skin but anything on the Underwear or Clothing layers will cover it up.
    • Popular for not only tattoos but also makeup, beards, scars, blood, bruises, and anything else that would be visible over the skin but covered by clothing.
  3. Underwear
    • Applied over the Tattoo layer but under the Clothing layer.
      • Just like in real life this will cover your skin and anything that’s directly on your skin via the Tattoo layer.
    • This doesn’t only have to be used for bras, boxers, and panties.
      • Want to wear a long sleeved shirt under a crop top? Apply the long sleeved shirt on the Underwear layer and the crop top on the Clothing layer.
  4. Clothing
    • The Clothing layer is the top layer.
      • As such it will cover anything on other layers since they are below it.
    • Want to get creative? Use Tattoos as decoration on clothes!
      • Instead of placing a Tattoo on the Tattoo layer, consider placing it on the Clothing layer with the shirt or pants on the Underwear layer.
      • This will show the Tattoo over the clothing and it may look like a neat design. Then again it may not. Play around!

With the basic knowledge of how layers work you’re able to experiment and play with different ideas. Give the tattoo on clothing and the layered shirts a shot!

What’s That Have To Do With Appliers?

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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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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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Free Dove Friday: March 17, 2017

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

This week showcases looks by PiNK CHERRY, Prism, smesh, and Loordes Of London.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. PiNK CHERRY
    • In world store focuses on clothing and accessories.
    • Caters mostly to women.
    • Marketplace store has over 70 items.
  2. Prism

    • The in world store has various clothing and accessory options as well as Gacha.
    • Focuses on products for women.
    • Over 800 products at the Marketplace store.
  3. smesh
    • Large in world location offers Gacha, group gifts, and more.
    • Mostly women’s products.
    • Marketplace store offers 200+ items.
  4. Loordes Of London
    • In world store has a large selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories.
    • Apparel is focused on women.
    • Over 2000 options in the Marketplace store.

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