Second Life Bakes on Mesh: Halloween Carmen Miranda!

You know, I should just rename this blog the Second Life Bakes on Mesh blog (talk about a sub-niche of a blogging niche!). I am just having so much fun experimenting with Bakes on Mesh, and I wanted to share my latest creation with you!

Carmen Miranda was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was known for her signature fruit-hat outfits in her movies:

Today I wanted to show you my Halloween goth version of Carmen Miranda!

This entire outfit, including the hat, bracelet, necklace, and earrings, were hunt prizes from a long-ago hunt by a store called Comme Il Faut (which sadly no longer exists). This is a system-layer-and-prims outfit, worn on a combination of an Akeruka Cleo mesh head and an Altamura Juliet mesh body. (Both were free group gifts earlier this year.)

If you have a recent Akeruka Bento mesh head like Cleo, you can hit the redelivery terminal in the lobby of the Akeruka store to get an updated version, which includes a separate Bakes on Mesh head in the package.

Altamura has released a relay for use with Bakes on Mesh (it’s available to Altamura group members for free at this exact SLURL; the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group costs L$50 to join). You do have to buy and install the Omega system kit on the Juliet body before you can use the Bakes on Mesh relay (it’s for sale for L$99 at this exact SLURL).

The skin I am using on this avatar is by Atmoic Bambi, and is called Noori Noir. Unfortunately, the store is also no longer on the grid. This is an older system skin, so the area around the fingernails doesn’t quite match the Altamura mesh nails. I found that my earlier solution, the free finger and foot fixes available from League which I mentioned in this earlier blogpost, didn’t work for grey skin. To fix the area around the fingernails to match this deathly grey pallor exactly, I used nail covers by SmitCoStudios, which you can edit and tint any colour you wish (they are available for L$25 on the SL Marketplace).

The eyes are part of the Cleo mesh head package (you will need to add the included eye alpha to use them with the Bakes on Mesh body). And yes, they come in red to match my outfit!

But the best part of this whole outfit? It comes with skull maracas and an animation to use them!

So I plan to wear this wonderful outfit when I venture out to various Halloween events this year!