Second Life Fashion: Sophia Dresses by Virtue at the Crazy Fashion Shopping Event

The latest round of the Crazy Fashion shopping event is now on in Second Life, and Abiela of Virtue has created a line of classy Sophia dresses! They come in six colours: Blossom (pink floral with a geomeric pattern background), Blue, Flora (red floral on white), Noir (black floral), Oro (gold geometric pattern), and Purple. Each is available for L$195 as an exclusive design at the Crazy Fashion event.

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Here’s a SLURL to take you to the Crazy Fashion shopping event.

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Second Life Fashion: Miss Fisher Gown by Silvan Moon Designs at the 2018 Vintage Fair

The Second Life Vintage Fair runs from June 8th to June 24th, 2018, and Bee Dumpling and Solas NaGeala, the owners of Silvan Moon Designs (SL StoreSL MarketplaceFlickr), have created a beautiful 1920s style gown for the event, called Miss Fisher.

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The gown comes in six colours: green, blue, midnight, pink, purple, and teal. It comes with a fake fur boa in either white or black, in five different sizes.

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The Miss Fisher gown comes in sizes to fit the Maitreya Lara, Slink Physique, and Slink Hourglass female mesh avatar bodies, plus classic system avatars with an included alpha.

The Miss Fisher gowns are L$450 each, and they can only be found at the Vintage Fair as an exclusive. Here’s the SLURL to take you directly to the Silvan Moon Designs booth at the Vintage Fair.

Vanity Fair is wearing:

Gown and Fur Boa: Miss Fisher gown by Silvan Moon Designs (available at the Vintage Fair, June 18th to June 24th, 2018)

Hair: mahogany Lulu 3 hair by Sonatta Morales (L$100)

Gloves: Sweet Tea formal gloves essentials by Sweet Tea Couture (L$199)

Necklace: an old hunt gift from a store that is no longer in SL

Cigarette Holder: Vintage Vice cigarette holder by Maraschino (group gift; group is free to join)

Vanity is also wearing:

Second Life Fashion: Mariah Dresses by Virtue

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The Mariah line of dresses by Abiela of Virtue feature a beautiful silhouette with a boat neckline, a three-quarter sleeve, and a full, flouncy skirt! The design comes in red rose (seen above), pink floral, blue stripe, red stripe, and black stripe:

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Each version of the Mariah dress is available at the Virtue store for only L$190 each.

(All pictures were taken at Luane’s World sim.)

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Hair from Lamb

Here’s another store that has 5 free group gift hairstyles for female avatars. There is no cost to join the Lamb group, and right at the entrance to the store is a display with five free hairstyles:

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Here’s one of the hairstyles, called Fate:

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Get the Maia Bento Mesh Head from Akeruka For Only L$150!

As I have reported in the past on this blog:

Over the past year, Akeruka has had four different dollarbie Bento mesh heads—two female, and two male—as group gifts for members of the [AK] Heads, News & Support group; the group join fee was L$150, so that works out to 38.5 Linden dollars per head, an amazing deal! So you might want to join this group, in case they decide to offer other dollarbie deals on Bento mesh heads.

Well, Akeruka has just announced a new anniversary group gift to members of their group: a fully-adjustable, fully-featured Bento mesh head for female avatars, called Maia! It is available for FREE if you join the [AK] Heads, News & Support group. You pay the vendor panel L$1, and it automatically refunds your Linden dollar.

The fee to join this group is only L$150, so you get a beautiful Bento mesh head for only L$150 total, which has the same level of features of other Bento mesh heads which retail for as much as L$5,000! This is an absolutely outstanding deal, and one you should take advantage of, especially if you were sitting on the fence about upgrading your avatar to a Bento mesh head because of the high cost of other brands such as Catwa and Lelutka.

And, if you were lucky enough to be able to pick up all 5 dollarbie heads offered as Akeruka group gifts (the 4 previous offers and now this current offer), then your cost per Bento mesh head works out to only L$31 each! That’s AMAZING!

Here’s a picture of what Maia looks like (taken from the Akeruka Faceboook group):

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You do not have to pay extra for body skin appliers! The package includes a full set of skin appliers for Maitreya, Belleza, and Slink mesh bodies to match the ten included skintones of the Maia head. There are also Omega appliers for use with any Omega-compatible mesh avatar body.

The head comes with a HUD which controls the skin tones (10 included), the hairbase and eyebrows (white, blonde, red, brown and black), eyelashes, eyeshadows, and lipsticks, plus blush and freckles layers. There’s also an animations HUD and a teeth HUD, which includes vampire teeth among other options! Here’s a look at the animations HUD, which features 12 full face motion capture (mocap) animations, plus another 18 available expressions:

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New to this Akeruka mesh head are mesh eyes, which are also controlled on the HUD:

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Obviously, the Akeruka sim is very crowded. Rather than trying over and over again to get into a packed sim when it is over its avatar capacity, purchase the Get Me In Teleport Hammer for free from the SL Marketplace. This handy tool allows you to automate your teleport requests, so you can go do something else while it keeps trying to get your avatar into a crowded sim! You’ll be alerted with a special sound when you finally arrive at your destination.

Here’s the SLURL to the Akeruka store. Go and get this head, you will not be disappointed! Here are two completely different looks I was able to get with this head:

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Happy shopping! 🙂

UPDATE 5:21 p.m.: There is a known issue with the Belleza skin appliers included in the Maia head package. They work with older Belleza bodies, but they do not seem to work with the latest version 5.0 of the Belleza mesh avatar bodies (the update with the Bento hands). The work-around is to use the Belleza Omega relay and the Omega appliers, which do work correctly. That is what I did in the last picture and I was very satisfied with the result!

UPDATE 7:43 p.m.: I just learned from the group chat for the [AK] Heads, News & Support group that this group gift will be available until June 15th, so you’ve got a bit of time to get down there to pick it up. After that, it will be available for its regular price of L$4,999. Thank you for the information, SlackGirl and Czarina Beth!

UPDATE June 2nd: I have discovered that, like the last couple of times when Akeruka offered a group gift female mesh head, that they will also be offering a male group gift mesh head right after that! The male group gift head will be a group gift starting on June 16th, and the offer will last for a two week period as well. So join that group now! Thanks for letting me know, Tay Moon!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A Free 56-Texture Fur Coat from The Shops

I picked up this freebie tip from the Second Life freebie blog All Spiffy: did you know that you can pick up a long, luxurious, cruelty-free fur coat that comes in 56 different beautiful textures, for ZERO Lindens?

Of course, there’s a catch. You are going to have to attach and detach a couple of confusing-to-use HUDs and do a lot (and I mean, a LOT) of clicking. If you’re up for it, then let’s get started!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Yes, I know that this is clothing designed for The Mesh Project mesh avatar bodies. You do NOT need The Mesh Body avatar body to take advantage of this freebie! As the All Spiffy blogger ArnieK noted, this is a coat, and it doesn’t have to fit perfectly, it just has to fit! I wear a Maitreya Lara mesh avatar body and all I had to do is alpha out my arms using the Maitreya HUD in order to wear this coat and look good in it! The texturing is beautifully done, as you can see…

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WARNING: I absolutely do NOT recommend you buy the L$500 mesh avatar body sold by The Mesh Project. I have already blogged about three other, better options for freebie/dollarbie mesh avatar bodies for female avatars:

  1. There is the free Valentina mesh head and body package available at the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil. Altamura also frequently has great deals and sales on their mesh avatar bodies (twice they have offered mesh head and body sets for only L$300 this year alone!), so join their group for L$50 and keep your eyes peeled.
  2. There are dollarbie versions of the eBody Classic and eBody Curvy mesh avatar bodies for female avatars also available at the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil.
  3. I recently wrote about how to pick up a very nice free Afrodite mesh female avatar body from the LUCYSHOES/LUCYBODY store.

You save that L$500 and put it towards clothes and shoes! Although you can get hundreds of those for nothing or next-to-nothing in Second Life, too

O.K., you ready for an adventure?

First, teleport to this location. When you arrive, you will automatically receive a free folder of HUDs. Accept this folder:

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Then, find The Shops! HUD in your inventory (it’s in the folder you just accepted) and add it to your avatar. You can’t get anything for free unless you use this stupid HUD, which is a real pain in the ass, as you will see!

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Once you have added the HUD, click on the large X to close the welcoming message:

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Then, look around you for the words GUYS / GIRLS somewhere on the white walls of the place you teleported into, and click on the word GIRLS:

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Then, when you land in the new spot, look for a round sign which has a white shopping bag with the words The Boutique on it (you might have to cam around a bit to find it), and click on that sign:

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FINALLY, look for and click on the large words Shop… Clothing (you might have to hunt around to find that, too):

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When you do that (and if you already have The Shops! HUD attached), you should see the following on your screen. Use the left and right arrow keys to browse the clothing available:

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Hit the right arrow a couple of times to find the fur coat, and click on it:

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No, you cannot buy a fatpack! First you have to buy, or “unlock” the fur coat base mesh. You will receive the item in a new folder in your inventory. Now, you are presented with a panel of the first 16 of the 56 beautiful textures available for that fur coat. Then, you actually have to click on each texture, then click the BUY button, to buy each one individually! Each time you do, you will hear a “chi-ching” sound when you purchase each texture for your fur coat.

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Now, to actually WEAR the damn fur coat, you have to detach The Shops! HUD and attach the StyleMode HUD (it’s located in the same folder in your inventory where you got The Shops! HUD from).

Put on the fur coat, and now click as follows to select a coat texture, and then a lining texture, for your purchased fur coat using the StyleMode HUD:

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(See what I mean? You have to work to earn this fur coat, girl!)

Honestly, I’m not sure that a beautiful free fur coat is worth all this hassle. I suggest you make separate copies of the fur coat and texture each one differently. You never know when The Mesh Project will shut down their servers which the StyleMode HUD uses. When/if that happens, it doesn’t matter how many different textures you bought, you’re stuck with whatever the texture for your fur coat happens to be when the server shuts down. Caveat emptor!

And, for the love of God, do not buy The Mesh Project mesh avatar body or anything from the company. Don’t reward such an awful shopping system. Just go get the freebies you think you can make work with whatever mesh avatar body you already own (like this gorgeous fur coat), and leave it at that. While there are many other clothes available using The Shops! HUD, quite honestly, you’ll have to endlessly fuss with the alpha cuts on your mesh avatar body’s HUD to get them to work, and even then, they’ll probably look terrible. (I also tried to wear the knee-high boots from the footwear section of The Shops!, but they looked absolutely terrible on my avatar, even with the lower legs and feet alpha’ed out.)

Here I paired a black version of the fur coat with a black minidress from Erratic, free jewelry by Chop Zuey from The Free Dove (this set is unfortunately no longer available) and Calyssa black boots (a former group gift from N-Core):

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Ricielli Hunt Prizes

Two or three times a year, Ricielli offers its shoppers a hunt for very easy-to-find objects in its store. Each hunt prize is either women’s clothing or footwear from the Ricielli collection. These are all uniformly well-designed, beautiful mesh items. You pay only L$15 for each hunt prize you find.

If you go to the Ricielli main store, you can still take part in their Easter hunt. But thanks to Cat Pink and her YouTube channel, I discovered a tucked-away place on the Ricielli sim where you can pick up all the previous hunt prizes, still for L$15 each!

Here’s the SLURL to the location for all the past hunt gifts. Each hunt prize collection has a sign which tells you what is in each package before you buy it:

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L$15 each is an absolute steal for such well-designed clothing and shoes! Here Vanity Fair is wearing the green Gigi blazer and undershirt combo with black leather leggings, which are both Halloween 2017 hunt prizes:

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Total cost for this outfit (not including shoes) is only L$30!