The Lovely Ladybug (& More!)

One of Fashion Dazzle’s many participants this month is TRS Designs. The in world location has a little bit of everything for the ladies. Whether you’re looking for clothes, hair, or cute accessories you can find it there. The main store also hosts gacha, group gifts, and midnight mania. The Marketplace location has nearly 3,000 products for sale. The clothing comes in all styles from elegant to casual, gothic to preppy, and everything in between.

 


Aphrodite Dress (Ladybug)

This adorable dress is exclusive to Fashion Dazzle. This is probably the cutest dress I have in my entire inventory right now. The little antennae on the front really give it that playful look while still being elegant. You can change the look with layering as seen in the official advertisement below. Mix and matching leggings, jackets, and tight tops really change the feel of the dress. I love it so much! You can pick up the Aphrodite Dress in Ladybug at Fashion Dazzle for only L$100.
Note: Originally the post erroneously stated the dress was L$250. This has been fixed to show the correct price at $L100. Sorry for the confusion!

 

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The Black Fair Is Back! (Ft. Maureen)

It’s time for the Black Fair! Purchasable at the fair is the exclusive Maureen skin by 7 Deadly s{K}ins. Images in this post feature Maureen as she visits the RMS Titanic.

Black Fair

Formerly known as the Black Fashion Fair, Black Fair is an event focused on the color black. While designers may have multiple products the exclusive products must have black as the dominant color. Of course items like poses and skins get a little leeway with this policy. Dozens of designers of all types can be found at this event. Black Fair runs through April 21, 2017.

Maureen

Maureen is another lovely low makeup skin from 7DS. Purchased by skin tone (16 tones sold separately) she comes with 5 different color eyebrow options for  L$750. She was designed for LAQ, however comes in Omega appliers. This post shows her off on Catwa‘s Lona. One of my favorite parts about this skin is the single HUD. One click and you’ve applied your head and body, and yes she uses the new body skins! I also love that she comes with an option for red eyebrows. Gingers, rejoice!

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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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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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Fashion Dazzle April 2017 – Designing Trends For Spring

It’s April and that means for many of us Spring is almost here! Fashion Dazzle is celebrating with a Spring theme for this month.  Read on to see where the event is being held, how long it’s running, and which designers are participating.

 
Fashion Dazzle – Designing Trends For Spring

Browsing the event feels like walking through an indoor forest, it’s really pretty. Make sure to drop by, there are tons of exclusives and wonderful sales including shoes, furniture, jewelry, and more! Fashion Dazzle is running from April 1 – 26. Keep an eye out for posts showing off items for sale at Fashion Dazzle all month.

The designers below can be found at Fashion Dazzle this month.

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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.

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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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