.evolve. for TOSL 2nd Birthday Hunt

I really like this cute bag from .evolve., and it’s one of the fabulous hunt gifts for the TOSL 2nd Birthday. It’s mesh, and comes in a rigged and non-rigged version. It also includes an animation that moves your hand onto the strap. I don’t usually carry bags in SL (I don’t even like to carry them in RL much) but for those of you who like the look of a bag to accessorize and outfit- this is definitely a good one.

See this link for more hunt info, this link for a list of participating stores, and this link for hints! Keep hunting, everyone, and don’t forget you have until July 15th! If you want to see some of the other items I’ve shared from the hunt, you can find them in my previous posts on the right hand side of the page.

Top: Artilleri- darla top
Shorts: Mon Tissu- Cuffed Denim Shorts
Bag: .evolve.- hodgepodge.satchel (TOSL Hunt)
Necklace: Mon Tissu- Floral Disc Pendant
Feet: Slink Womens Natural Barefeet (Mesh Rigged)
Nails: Sexy Mamas- Sculpted Prim Nails
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyes: MONS- Shocking Eyes
Hair: Wasabi Pills- Alice
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Shape: Mine
Pose: !bang
Location: The Pixel Bean

[SAKIDE] & D.Luxx for TOSL Hunt

More hunt items, everyone!! This great Bathing suit from [SAKIDE] comes in a bunch of colors, and the little ties and ruffles are so perfect. D.Luxx also put out these super fun beach ball poses. There are 3 male poses, 3 female poses, and one super cute couples pose. All of the singles poses are in wearable beach balls. Let me show you one of them!

See this link for more hunt info, this link for a list of participating stores, and this link for hints! The hunt runs until July 15, so grab your friends and stock up on great free stuff (and look around at the stores while you’re at it- I’m sure you’ll find some stuff you can’t live your SL without). You can also go back to my last few posts to see some of the other items I’ve shared from the hunt!

Bathing Suit: [SAKIDE]- Lasting Stripes Swimsuit (TOSL Hunt)
Feet: Slink Womens Natural Barefeet (Mesh Rigged)
Nails: Sexy Mamas- Sculpted Prim Nails
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyes: MONS- Shocking Eyes
Hair: [elikatira]- Locked
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Shape: Mine
Beach ball with pose: D.Luxx Poses- Summer Time (TOSL Hunt)
Location: Artilleri

Alexohol for TOSL Hunt

Guys, this TOSL 2nd Birthday Hunt seriously has some cute things. Please tell me you’re hunting. Grab a hunt buddy and go get some of this great stuff! Here is a fun ruffly mesh dress from Alexohol!

See this link for more hunt info, this link for a list of participating stores, and this link for hints! The hunt runs allll the way until July 15, so you really have no excuse for missing it. You can also go back to my last few posts to see some of the other items I’ve shared from the hunt!

Dress: Alexohol- Shagger Dress (TOSL Hunt)
Shoes: fri.day- Dream.Booties
Nails: Sexy Mamas- Sculpted Prim Nails
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyes: MONS- Shocking Eyes
Hair: Truth- Cynthia (NEW)
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Shape: Mine
Pose: Juxtapose (TOSL Hunt)

Bounce This Poses for TOSL Hunt

The Taste of Second Life 2nd Birthday Hunt is under way! This pose from Bounce this poses is absolutely adorable. It’s called Beach Stroll. I don’t know about you, but as soon as I got my hands on this pose, I just couldn’t wait to lure.. err, invite someone to the beach!

The hunt will run until July 15, so make sure you and ALL of your friends are out there searching! Have fun!

Here are some useful links:

TOSL Hunt information

List of participating stores

Hints!

Oh, and let me digress for a moment. Fri.day came out with this cute mesh tank top for Fifty Linden Friday, and that makes me SO SO EXCITED! Fri.day has always been one of my favorite stores, because of the quality and class and simplicity of their items, and I am SO happy to see new things starting to come out again. Even though FLF is past, you should still hop over to Fri.day and demo this cute tank.

Top: Fri.day- Friday.Tank (Fifty Lindern Friday 6.15.12)
Shorts: Mon Tissu- Cuffed Denim Shorts
Feet: Slink Womens Natural Barefeet (Mesh Rigged)
Nails: Sexy Mamas- Sculpted Prim Nails
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyes: MONS- Shocking Eyes
Hair: Burley- Zia II
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Shape: Mine
Pose: Bounce This Poses (TOSL Hunt)
Location: Crossing Currents

Male Model: liquidh3ll Carter
(if you want credits on what he is wearing, you should totally bug him inworld)

TOSL 2nd Bday Hunt & The Return of FLF!

I have so much exciting news for you!

First of all, today is the first day of the Taste of Second Life 2nd Birthday Hunt! I told you a bit about it yesterday, and I have more info for you today! Your hunt starts here, and you’re looking for this hunt item: 

Here is a list of participating stores and a list of hints! The hunt starts today and it goes through July 15. If you’d like to see more preview items or need more information, you can check out the TOSL blog!

OK, so the next thing I want to tell you about is the return of Fifty Linden Fridays! Every Friday, a group of creators will put out one item priced at 50L. These are some FABULOUS and well-known stores, and an absolutely amazing deal. There are some mixed reactions to the return of this event, but I have to say I could not be happier. While some people view it as a devaluing of quality items in Second Life, I feel like it is a great way for newcomers or people who tend to spend less in SL to get a little taste of some very high quality items. Back in the day, FLF is part of what got me to actually start shopping more because I would go to a store to grab the 50L item and see about 20 other things I wanted. So, kudos to OMGWTF Barbecue for bringing this back. I am really excited!

Ok, are you sick of my ramblings? I will show you some stuff now. I have marked in the credits which event each item is from.

If you want to see the whole list of items that are out for FLF, this post on SeraphimSL has photos and slurls for every item. So great!

Top: Cracked Mirror- My Graphic Tank (TOSL Bday Hunt)
Shorts: Mon Tissu- Cuffed Denim Shorts
Boots: DECO- MESH Jumpboots (Fifty Linden Friday)
Nails: Sexy Mamas- Sculpted Prim Nails
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyes: MONS- Shocking Eyes
Hair: Wasabi Pills- Alice Mesh Hair (Fifty Linden Friday)
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Shapes: Mine
Wall Decal: Wall Candy- Rock N Roll (TOSL Bday Hunt)
Pose: Juxtapose (TOSL Bday Hunt)

Taste of Second Life 2nd Birthday Hunt!

Have you ever heard of Taste of Second Life? It’s a weekly event where a group of designers put an item out at their store for half price for one weekend. These are some really awesome designers and the deals are fantastic- no item is priced over 250L! Please take a moment to check out the TOSL Blog or visit the TOSL center and learn a bit more.

Ok, all read up? Now- TOSL is almost two years old. This means a BIRTHDAY PARTYYY!! YAY! This year, like last, they are having a hunt to celebrate. You can see the list of participating designers here. As you may have noticed, there are some pretty awesome stores! The hunt is running from June 15 through July 15. That means you and all of your friends and relatives and acquaintances and enemies and … everyone you’ve ever bumped into at a safe hub have plenty of time to hunt and pick up every single high quality item! Wanna see a couple of things you may find during your travels?

Now, this dress from Sleeping Koala isn’t my usual style, but the mesh fits SO WELL. Paired with this cute little scarf from Izzie’s, it’s a fun look. I feel like I should be in the country somewhere. Where are my cowboy boots? Oh, well. Bare feet in the country never hurt anyone, right? Oh, also, this pose is part of a pack from Juxtapose that is hidden for you to find and grab. Just wait till you see what else I have to show you… stay tuned over the next few days!

Dress: [Sleeping Koala]- Denim Flower Zipper Dress (TOSL Bday Hunt)
Scarf: Izzie’s- Little Silk Scarf (TOSL Bday Hunt)
Nails: Sexy Mamas- Sculpted Prim Nails
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyes: MONS- Shocking Eyes
Hair: [elikatira]- Away
Feet: Slink Womens Natural Barefeet (Mesh Rigged)
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Shapes: Mine
Pose: Juxtapose (TOSL Bday Hunt)

On Mesh

Sometimes I feel like everyone is completely bought in to mesh, but then I leave my immediate circle. There is still a lot of misinformation and apprehension about mesh. Ask anyone, and I’m sure they’ll have an opinion about it. I have had some very interesting conversations on the topic, so I decided to do a blog post to tell you how I came to my own stance on mesh.

Last winter, when I came back to Second Life after my almost-year-long hiatus, I started asking my friends what was new in SL. The biggest new thing I kept hearing about was mesh.  Everyone told me how cool it was, and that it moves with your avatar, and that it’s so much better than prims and sculpts, and they just couldn’t say enough good things about mesh! Honestly, I wasn’t sold. First off, I had to download a new viewer to even SEE mesh, and even then it was hit or miss. Sometimes people would appear to simply be missing sections of their bodies (due to them wearing alphas, but their mesh not showing up for me). I went and tried a few mesh things on, and none of it really fit me. There was always something sticking out here or there or some gap or… ugh! It was frustrating.  I learned that rigged mesh is actually attached to the skeleton of our avatar, so it stretches according to the “structure” of our avatars, like width or height. What makes fitting tricky is the “fat” content of our avatars.  I am no expert, but as I understand it, the clothing is rigged at a certain distance from the skeleton to create curves and whatnot. The problem is, everyone was rigging these clothes to certain shapes, but no one knew what these shapes were.

I was told that in order to fit mesh, I would have to change my avatar shape. I was definitely apprehensive about that. First of all, I made my own shape, and I put a lot of work into it. I had spent a lot of time perfecting my shape. My shape is my own, not store-bought. I actually carried it over from my original avatar, and I’ve since modified it to continue to have the exact look I want. After almost 5 years of tweaking, I really didn’t want to lose my uniqueness.  Secondly, change what? Do I have to have giant boobs or be super thin or… like, what do I even change? I didn’t see the point of making all of these changes to fit mesh. Why go through so much effort for some clothes!?  I liked my system clothes and I was used to sculpts.

Even though it seemed sort of complicated, I decided to keep an open mind about it. This was mostly because so many of the new mesh releases I was seeing were absolutely gorgeous and I was starting to feel really sad that I didn’t own them.  For every good looking mesh item, though, there seemed to be a not-so-great one.  Mesh was still really hit or miss in my eyes, and I wasn’t ready to make a commitment to changing my shape for every single thing I bought.

I continued to talk to my friends about mesh and the reasons I wasn’t wearing it. I actually really wanted to wear mesh, but the uncertainty about how exactly to mod my shape and still be “me” is what most made me shy away. During one of these conversations, I was told about a new system called Standard Sizing that a few designers came out with. Through some research, they had figured out a few averages for avatar shapes and would now be making clothing according to these averages.  Their system allowed people to modify their shape just once, and then fit into all clothing made by these designers.

I found the Standard Sizing package here on the Marketplace and read the notecard. It answers these questions:

- What is Standard Sizing?
- What is the purpose of Standard Sizing?
- How do you know the Standard-Sized shapes are accurate?
- Where are female XL and XXL?
- Won’t we look like a bunch of clones if we’re all using the same 5 shapes?
- Where can I get these shapes and how much do they cost?
- What if my own personal avatar size doesn’t match one of the Standard Sizes?
- I am a creator. How do I make use of the Standard-Sized shapes, and how do I let my customers know I am using Standard Sizing?
- How do I let my customers know what Standard Sizing is?
- I create and sell shapes. Can I use the Standard-Sized shapes as a base for shapes that I sell?

It also gives you the 8 relevant slider numbers that will allow you to fit into every size from XXS to L. The package was recently updated to include male measurements as well.

I took the plunge and modified my shape (I even blogged my new shape). I chose to go with Standard Size XS because it was closest to my own shape. I did have to make my boobs and butt bigger, but a lot of the other numbers were within 5 of my original numbers anyway. I have since enjoyed wearing mesh very much. I still wear system clothes, and I still wear sculpts. I even wear a few non-standard items and slightly mod my shape to fit them. I have realized that what really makes my avatar unique isn’t those 8 particular numbers. For me, the clothes I choose say more about my style than my avatar’s breast size. I can still change every slider that pertains to bone structure. There are 5 standard sizes to choose from, and they will look different on every person depending on how they choose to move all the other sliders available.

I will show you how the different standard sizes look on my avatar, so you can see that Standard Sizing is not about enforcing some model shape or stick figure look (which is an argument I hear very often). My height is set to 25, and the only numbers I changed from photo to photo are the 8 that pertain to standard sizing. (Click image to view larger.)

Can I get really mooshy and cliché here for a minute?  I understand that our avatar is how we choose to represent ourselves in Second Life, and therefore we get attached to the way they look. We also tend to judge other avatars based on appearance. I am quite guilty of this myself. Let’s all take a second to remember what ACTUALLY makes each avatar unique, though. Behind every little pixel Barbie or Ken or Skipper is a real person with a real heart and a real mind and a real story. I hope that no matter what side of the mesh or Standard Sizing (or any other) argument you fall on, you (and I) continue remember that and treat each other like people, not pixels. <3

Photo credits:

Top: coldLogic top- flynn
Jeans: JANE- sweet n low jeans
Nails: Sexy Mamas- Sculpted Prim Nails
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyes: MONS- Shocking Eyes
Hair: [elikatira]- Away
Feet: Slink Womens Natural Barefeet (Mesh Rigged)
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Shapes: Mine
All Poses: (pda)

If you want more information about keeping your own shape while still fitting mesh, Luna Jubilee did a fantastic tutorial on fitting mesh here. Strawberry Singh also recently posted some links in one of her recent blog posts that are relevant to the next new thing being discussed in mesh, called a mesh deformer. As I understand it, this is something that will make it possible for mesh to fit any shape. It is still in very early testing stages, but it is a very interesting development. Just like all things in SL, mesh is just going to get better as more smart and creative people develop new fantastic ways to make it work for everyone!

Sn@tch at CHIC²

Hey guys! Look at this fun bathing suit I grabbed from Sn@tch at CHIC²! I am a big fan of the vintage look, and the prim bows just take it to a whole new level of cute! There are a bunch of fab colors available. This great hair from The Alice Project went just right with the look! Her styles are so different than other designers, and really well done.

I played around with dodge and burn for the first time on this photo. I found a tutorial here on how to use dodge and burn without damaging the original photo. I’m definitely not a master at this technique by any means, but it’s fun to see the additional depth that can be added. I will keep playing around with it and hopefully getting better!

Bathing Suit: Sn@tch- Bettie Swimsuit (CHIC²)
Nails: Sexy Mamas- Sculpted Prim Nails
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyes: MONS- Shocking Eyes
Eyeliner: [a.e.meth]- cat eyeliner
Hair: Alice Project- Bonnie
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Shape: Mine
Pose: Juxtapose
Photo Location: Crossing Currents

New e! Releases

Hey y’all (read in Paula Deen voice)! Eclectic Apparel has come out with some cute new releases that I’d like to share with you!

First is this track suit that is available at CHIC² (comes in white or black main with multiple stripe/number color options):

^The hair is also at CHIC², and is the newest release from Wasabi Pills.

These shorts are available at faMESHed this month (also available in multiple colors):

And last but not least, are these fun sports bras. They’re available at the mainstore and come in a bunch of different colors and patterns!

Happy shopping, friends! (credits after break) Continue reading

Mesh Around Hunt, etc.

Hey! By now, I know a lot of you are unboxing and trying on all of your Mesh Around Hunt goodies! If you haven’t started this hunt yet, GET ON IT! You have until the 15th. If you’re still on the hunt, keep your eyes peeled for the blue “M” at Jinx’d, cuz this top is inside!

I cannot show you that photo without also mentioning these amazing jeans from Jane. They are just… like butter. I fatpacked them. They fit perfectly. I wasn’t totally sold on mesh jeans in the beginning, but these jeans have completely changed my mind. Mesh just keeps getting better, and Jane is incredibly talented at it. Her creations are always wonderful.

This hair deserves a huge mention as well. Wasabi Pills released this hair especially for CHIC², CHIC Management’s second birthday event. There’s also a ponytail version that Wasabi Pills has out for Zombie Popcorn. The braids framing the face in both versions are just adorable.

Top: Jinx’d Inc- Mesh Drawstring Tube (Mesh Around Hunt item)
Pants: Jane- sweet n low jeans (NEW)
Feet: Slink- Womens Natural Barefeet (Mesh Rigged)
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyes: MONS- Shocking Eyes
Eyeliner: [a.e.meth]- cat eyeliner
Hair: Wasabi Pills- Anais 2 (CHIC²)
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Shape: Mine
Pose: !bang