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!

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Halloween Hunts!

October is a busy time in Second Life, with many Halloween-themed hunts and events. It’s a great time to pick up some free and inexpensive items for your wardrobe!

Let’s start with a casual outfit with a couple of Halloween hunt freebies:

The T-shirt (which comes in a wide variety of sizes to fit both male and female avatars) is one of two free gifts hidden away in the truly maddening Halloween maze at Haunted Frolic, stop number 48 on SL’s Top Haunted Places Tour and Hunt.

And the sneakers are a free hunt gift too! The web chuck sneakers are a gift hidden at the Petite Mort/Oubliette booth at the Trick or Treat Lane event, running from now until Nov. 1st:

There’s also a Halloween Hunt going on at Brii Underground Wear, with ten easy-to-find pumpkins, each containing a different Halloween outfit. Here’s one of those ten prizes:

The Mary Salem outfit includes this elegant black strapless gown and the matching wrap, as well as some gothic cameo jewelry and a top hat, both of which I did not include in this picture. As you can see, this beautiful formal black gown can be used for more than just Halloween parties! Find pumpkin #2 at Brii and it’s yours for just L$6!


The last freebie isn’t a Halloween hunt gift, but it is free. This lovely strapless satin cocktail dress comes in black and pink, with an optional black or pink ribbon at the neck, and it is a free gift from C!L Boutique to mark October as Pink Ribbon Month for breast cancer awareness. You don’t need to join any group to pick it up; just teleport to this SLURL and click on the panel on the wall:

Happy hunting and shopping!

Sinespace: A Guided Hallowe’en Tour

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Waiting for the tour to start

Today DixieChick led a small group of us on a tour of several Hallowe’en-themed regions in Sinespace. I had had no idea there were so many spooky regions to visit! (All pictures in this blogpost were taken using the in-client Snapshot feature.)

Our first stop was Gothika, a goth club where they hold dances a couple of nights a week:

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Very atmospheric!

Our next stop was Castello, the Castle of Agostino, a wonderful medieval castle. The detail in the furnishings and tapestries is incredible:

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Next up was Sudin, a sprawling rainy urban night-time region which I had blogged about before:

Today’s Pick of the Day is from Sinespace, it’s a sci-fi urban region called Sudin, created by Adam Frisby. Much like Sansar’s 2077 experience by C3rb3rus, it reminds me of the movie Blade Runner. There’s a suitably ominous, pulsating, futuristic soundtrack.

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The glittering effect of the rain on the dark streets is quite realistic!

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Next was Siden Asylum, a creepy abandoned asylum, created by Sooden Ren. You definitely could use a flashlight to explore this dark place!

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Next was another asylum, Salvador Asylum, this one not so abandoned:

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(One complaint I do have about the otherwise excellent Snapshot feature in Sinespace, is that there does not appear to be an option to remove your avatar from the photo! At least in Sansar, you can move your camera away from your avatar to get a different sort of shot. Sinespace needs to add this feature!)

Flooded is a game region, where your goal is to avoid being hit by a green beam from the many alien spaceships in the sky:

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Next stop on the tour was TOXIC, an electronic music experience (here’s the website):

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(Sinespace definitely has better particle effects right now than Sansar does; the dumpster fires are very realistic-looking!)

Apocalyptika was our final stop on the tour. a day-time post-apocalyptic urban scene, overgrown with vegetation:

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Thank you to DixieChick for leading the tour!

Sansar Atlas Hopping, Hallowe’en Edition!

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Halloween on the Bayou

Today we visited the following spooky experiences in Sansar for Episode 61 of Atlas Hopping: