Free Dove Freebies Products Series

Free Dove Friday: April 7, 2017

Posted By Asia Ristow

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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Informational Products

Maitreya Bento Hands – Lara 4.0 Is Live!

Posted By Asia Ristow

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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7 Deadly s{K}ins Events Products

Who Needs Mesh? Meet Magna

Posted By Asia Ristow

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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Events Free Dove Freebies Products

The Free Dove April 2017 Mini Hunts

Posted By Asia Ristow

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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Events

Fashion Dazzle April 2017 – Designing Trends For Spring

Posted By Asia Ristow

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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Avatar Inspiration Series

Inspired By: Harley Quinn

Posted By Asia Ristow

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 Freebies Products Series

Free Dove Friday: March 31, 2017

Posted By Asia Ristow

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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Informational Products Series

Yes, You SHOULD Be Using Demos!

Posted By Asia Ristow

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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7 Deadly s{K}ins Events Products

Georgie At Suicide DollZ

Posted By Asia Ristow

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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Informational Series

Appliers: How Do They Work?

Posted By Asia Ristow

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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