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Friday, February 15, 2019

Avi Makeover Resources – A Fun Adventure - Seersha Heart Reporting...

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”
― Dorothy Parker

Creating your appearance in SL can be a daunting task.  You can use the default LL avis, “classics” [16 possible avis], “fantasy” [18 possible avis] or one of the “new” [8 possible avis].  The “New” line of default avis features four different kinds of theme, a male and a female for each theme.  There is the 70s theme with a man that looks like a 70’s porn star and an African American woman with an afro.  There is a grunge duo, the man carrying a guitar and the woman without accessories. The grey age woman in a gown and a man in a tuxedo holding a rose.  The most popular is the duo I call the “dog” duo as each has a pet dog. The woman is smartly dressed in a pencil skirt and jacket thrown on her shoulders, her pooch in a purse.  Unfortunately, her hair and hat are one piece. The man sports a man bun and carries a pet bulldog. The woman also carries a tablet, the man a well-worn briefcase. If you look at the default system avis, you see how the desires of the SL residents has changed over the years.  Making that “look” that is your own signature appearance in SL, is for many both art and religion.
In a world where you can look as you wish, crafting an appearance is a task many take very seriously.  The perfect body, the perfect hair, all of it is within your grasp. The only limits are money and time.  There is a plethora of SL businesses for aiding those who want to work with their appearance. There are services where you pay a fee and they walk you through each step of the process.  There are what I would call makeover “assists” groups where one or more avi attribute can be updating using the service. And there are also people in SL who will help you quite well if you only ask them.  Using a service is helpful as you control the pace and the areas you work with on your avi.

Would you like to update your avi or perhaps you want to go back to the drawing board and create a completely new look?  Do you have any ideas of what you hope to achieve with your avi? The second piece of advice I will share is it is a good idea to take some time to look at photos of avis on Pinterest, Flickr or the general internet.  With time and a few photos, you will have a good experience with a makeover consultant.  For this story I used a male and a female avi for partial updates. I created a new avi, Honey19966 aka “Abeille”, for a complete makeover from default to fitted Mesh, possibly Bento.  Her pictures are featured with this article. My goal for Abeille, make her into all over Bento/Mesh, light/fair skin and curvy figure.  The more you know about what you hope to achieve, the easier it is for the makeover staff to assist you.
Some of the areas you may consider are the obvious one such as making a classic avi into a mesh avi.  Many SL residents do not know the difference between fitted Mesh and Bento. Bento was the big 2017 innovation for avis.  Bento brings bones to the avis and many animations that weren’t possible before. Bento allows hands to be animated as well as new facial expressions beyond the built-in expressions.  Fortunately, there are many demos available to see which form what you are wanting to wear. The makeover agency consultants are experts on the bits and the pieces of creating your avi. The makeover agencies also consult on style and clothing; one agency also consults on landscaping and furnishings.  If you are happy with your avi’s “look” you may want to consult with one of these agencies for information on where to buy the items, you want to achieve the look you want your avi to become for you. I spent three weeks visiting the makeover business locations, spending time with consultants and updating avis.
I began with locations that offer only partial avi make over items such as hair, skin or other separate items.  Edward Vintner, E & S Avatar Makeovers,  has a workshop platform appealing to the self starter make over avi.  His group isn’t there to assist, though he has some thoughtful comments, shapes and skins available.  A very popular stop is Kira Rinkitink ‘s The Makeover Room.  This is a group that offers monthly skins and avi accessories.  For the person happy with their avi look who wants to stay on the cutting edge of fashion, The Makeover Room is a good choice.  Visiting their building I was charmed to see lovely displays and reasonable pricing. It gives the member monthly items to review in an ever changing avi appearance arena.  Though the Makeover Room doesn’t officially offer make over services, many in the group itself are knowledgeable and very helpful.
The all over makeover businesses I visited were Niki Cole Consulting, The Makeover Agency, Cam on Me and Munch-Skins-Appliers & Makeover for Maitreya.    Munch is exclusively Maitreya and comprehensive.  Pricing is similar, the agencies offer a base makeover package, an enhanced package and do other items on an ‘as requested’ basis.  Cam on Me’s Piper has a lot of experience with Bento heads. I realize we all are very picky with our heads as central to our “look” in SL.  If you do not have a mesh head because you do not want to alter your face, I learned two valuable pieces of information. First, fitted Mesh can create a look closer to the classic looks than Bento as Bento is more detailed.  The second is, you can’t go mesh and keep the same exact face. You can get a very similar look and the Mesh face will be more detailed. Niki, of Niki Cole Consulting, is a fashionista with extensive experience in SL as a blogger, stylist and fashion editor.  The Makeover Agency’s Sarabeths has been profiled by some of the most popular SL blogs; Wagner James’ New World Notes and Strawberry Singh’s ‘Virtual World Explorer”. Are there other makeover agencies? Yes, there are both agencies and individuals offering the service.  I am highlighting these agencies as they have a reference. I advise checking into the agency you want to work with for others who have experienced their services.
There is no shortage of opinions on how best to do a makeover whether partial or all over.  Munch-Skins-Appliers & Makeover’s Donna Rickena’s notecard includes very specific HUDs she recommends which also happen to be the most popular ones in world.  Her makeover business extends to outfits as well as a social aspect. She had a beach club [adult] where friends and clients can meet to show off those great looking avis.

For the avi I created, Abeille, I worked with The Makeover Agency’s ever patient Loly for her body.  We spent time on what kind of body I wanted and the options I hoped to have with the new mesh. Fitted Mesh and Bento bodies vary greatly in price these days.  You may purchase a complete mesh body including head for under 3000L or you can pay over 5000L plus for the body and an additional 5000L plus for the head. Some creators offer free mesh heads or other important accessories.  If you want to truly be satisfied with your end result, regardless of who assists you, have a good idea of what you are willing to spend. This budget can then be carved up for the various areas of spending. This is where I found makeover agency staff most helpful.  The know the prices and can easily give you a very close estimate on the look you hope to achieve for your avi. Without exception, the fitted mesh or bento body is the high-ticket item. Before I began working with Loly, I changed up my avi’s clothing to the Boho look I wanted and purchased some of my favorite creator’s hair.  I confess to a real weakness for hair with subtle animations such as a breeze or water droplets. That accomplished I met Loly to body shop. We spent time collecting demos and discussing features of each of the bodies. She was very knowledgeable in how creators set their prices. For example, a maitreya body is both popular and provides many options for clothing and appliers.  Some of the less expensive bodies are more difficult to clothe or to use with appliers. In working with a consultant, I saved money I might have spent buying items that didn’t meet my goals.

Many of you probably recall when Mesh was introduced and the pre-Mesh world.  It is not a place I can ever go back to know that I have seen and created mesh avis.  The amount products available now is staggering. Fortunately, Loly had some ideas from the information I gave her on which bodies would most likely achieve the look I was interested in for Abeille.  This process is much more time consuming that I realized before beginning the journey. The time is needed because the consultant can’t read your mind. Also, I revised my appearance goals as I moved along in the process.
How do you pick the agency for your needs?  Gather a list of agencies from this article or from SL search as we all know things in SL change all the time.  Visit their location and collect NCs. I highly recommend working with the agency you have the best feel or chemistry with when you initially chat.  This process involves time you will spend with this person and can be fun or awkward. I have experienced both in my research. Make sure you can meet with your consultant [compare time zones] and that you speak the same language.  One thing I found that all the consultants shared was a great deal of patience. The individuals providing this service enjoy what they are doing for you. Sit back, be honest about your money and your desires for your look and enjoy the ride.

E & S Avatar Makeovers
We specialize in avatar makeovers to help you create a realistic and appealing look to enhance your SL experience. Contact Skye Gravois or Edward Vintner. Enjoy!”

The Makeover Room
Entice, The Makeover Room, Shady Ladies ,Albino Peacock,The Guest List, Arte, DexterGG, Salty, Appletini,SLF&O, Firelight, Verve, Corrupted Gacha”

Niki Cole Consulting
“Need a hot body? A gorgeous face? Help with mesh and style? You're at the right place!
Makeover Mesh Body Head Fashion Beauty Male Female Catwa Lelutka Maitreya Gianni Signature Cosmectic Belleza Genus Style Slink Shopping Relooking”

The Makeover Agency
 is specialized in makeover, image consulting and interior designing. Follow this group to have weekly notices about all the hit trends {HOME} and {STYLE}”

Cam On Me
Makeover Services, Bento shapes for Catwa, Lelutka, Genus, Laq, Vista, Maitreya, Hourglass. Asian shapes. Elf shapes. Be different, be pretty and classy.”


Monday, December 3, 2018

Getting A Head In Life Pandora Drezelan reporting

Okay, the last time that I wrote I had been checking out the Mesh situation in Second Life. I sampled a few demos and decided on the Maitreya Lara and Belleza Venus bodies.
I am currently wearing the Maitreya Lara body.
I liked both … it’s good to have a back up plan I guess.

The time had come for me to make a choice regarding my system head and this is where the problem started.
I really liked my system face … I mean like REALLY but I hated my actual system head. It didn’t look good with my new Mesh body no matter what I did.
I tried Mesh hair and Tattoo layer makeup I even bought a choker to hide the neck seam however there was no denying the way that I looked to ME.
Shopping wasn’t as much fun anymore. Everywhere I went I saw I lot of amazing makeup that I couldn’t wear unless I had a Mesh head.
This is only my opinion but unless you are really lucky then most system heads do not look good on a Mesh body. While the Mesh body is smooth wearing a system head with it doesn’t match up and may appear to have harsher edges.
I have always been a fan of LAQ. I’ve worn their skins for as long as I have been in SL. Two of my favourites were Lacie and Tasha so I decided to go back to where I started in the beginning and I purchased every demo that I could find.
I had five heads to demo. Sandy, Nyx, Leia, Neve and Poppy as well as skins and make up and the demo HUD.
I made a Project Folder for my demos and now the fun begins.
I demo’d everything to death for over two weeks and after many early mornings and sleepless nights Poppy won as my head of choice.
Then I TP’d back to LAQ
and bought EVERYTHING on my check list and straight back home again to get it all sorted. I had already tweaked Poppy’s head to look the way I wanted her to look. Now it was time for the final touches.
I made a folder for all of her body parts and named it Pandora’s Poppy. I made copies as well because I just make copies of everything. It drives me crazy that my inventory is so organised but I like it that way.
Now Pandora’s Poppy is complete. If you haven’t converted over to Mesh and you want to  then remember to demo EVERYTHING.
Make all the changes that you want on the demos. You can always take a break and start again later.
Converting from Classic to Mesh is your choice. It’s your Second Life not someone else’s so you decide.
I knew that giving up the face that I had known for eight plus years in SL would not be easy.
I was about to take on a whole new look and it would be worth it.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


While some are in search of the perfect body, others are just evolving into the era of Second Life mesh body. So with that in mind, we'll talk a little about the bodies that most women are wearing, which may help you in your choice!

Maitreya, certainly is the most popular body of Second Life. This is an Omega compatible body which opens up a world of skin, tattoo and clothing options. You will find in the stores many offers of items for this body. The alpha layers have excellent cuts, which makes it easy to wear different styles of clothing.
There are also many gifts being offered for this body, which is great for anyone who wants to save some lindens. This body is also compatible with Slink feet.
Bento's hands were included in the new version which comes with Bento & Non-Bento hand options. The Hud is friendly and has also been updated to include additional nail options and 14 hand holds for Bento hands.
Cost – 2750L
Includes –Fitmesh Body, 2 sets of hands (bento/non bento), HUD, pair of feet with three heights, 1 Fitmesh and 1 applier pair of underwear with HUD.

Slink Physique & Hourglass
If you are looking for an athletic build body, Slink is the ideal body for you. This is a very shapely body and much sought after by those who already own Slink hands and feet. If you like big breasts and a more curvy body, prefer the Hourglass option. This body is Omega compatible and you will find plenty of applier and fitmesh clothing available.
Cost – 1250L
Includes –Fitmesh body, Applier with underwear (3 colours), fitmesh dress.

Belleza – Freya, Isis & Venus
This body is really very beautiful to look at. It comes in 3 different versions that can be purchased together or separately. This body is compatible with Omega and Slink hands and feet. The bodies offer 3 chest option (natural / perky / push-up) plus knitted nipples that you can turn on / off.
Cost & Inclusions – Three options for purchase - all include HUD, 3 feet heights &fitmesh lingerie & shoes.
Purchase 1 of the 3 bodies in a ‘lite’ version for 1,799L: Which contains all 4 feet options, but only 1 hand option and 1 layer (tattoo), 1 breast option (natural) & the new HUD system.
Purchase 1 of the 3 bodies in a ‘full’ version for 2,499L: Which contains all 4 feet options, all 16 hand options & all 3 layers with the new HUD system.
Purchase a Fatpack of all 3 bodies for 4,499L: Which contains all the lite versions and all the full versions for each body.

The Mesh Project
TMP is a beautiful body with elegant and natural curves. The breasts have a beautiful shape and you can adjust to the size you prefer while maintaining the perfect shape. This body comes with a variety of skin tones to choose from. This body provides a free version, very useful so that you can enjoy the product, before buying. The fitmesh items sold by TheBoutique have a perfect fit and great textures.
Cost & Inclusions
Free: 0 L
(Includes: hand Poses, Feet, Skins)
Starter 1000 L (Includes: hand Poses, Feet, Skins,clothing & tattoo compatibility)
Basic: 2.500 L (Includes: hand Poses, Feet, Skins, clothing & tattoo compatibility, Alpha Hud, clothing layer, tattoo layer)
Deluxe: 5.000 L (Includes: hand Poses, Feet, Skins, clothing & tattoo compatibility, Alpha Hud, clothing layers (2), tattoo layers (2), 5 heights feet).

Eve Slim and Pulpy
Eve is an Omega compatible body, which means you will find many furs and clothes in the stores to apply. You can purchase two types of Slim or Pulpy body or purchase the complete package. The breasts can be adjusted to a smaller or larger size maintaining the perfect shape. This body comes with a powerful HUD system with ability to color all aspects of the body, including nails, using RGB panel. There are many fitmesh garments available for this body and the designer regularly releases fitmesh clothing for this body in store.
Cost – 1690L (for starter pack – includes one body, slim or pulpy version) or 3000L for full pack (includes Slim and Pulpy body)
Includes – Starter pack – 1 Fitmesh body, HUD. Full Pack – 2 Fitmesh Bodies (Slim and Pulpy), Shoes, Dress, Underwear, HUD with 3 skins, shape). All bodies include hands/feet.

Do not forget to get DEMO before you buy!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

TO MESH OR NOT TO MESH- Dean Lawson Reporting...

Maitreya Mesh Lanai  vs. Standard Primmed Lanai

The pros and cons of getting a mesh avatar 
As someone who enjoys the virtual world with a basic shape and skin avatar (also known as a primmed avatar ) I’ve always wondered why my fellow Second Life Residents would spend their lindens on expensive mesh avatars. Are there benefits to using mesh that I don’t know about? Is the choice to go mesh purely aesthetic? To mesh or not to mesh? That is the question, here are some of the answers I received from the good people at Builder’s Brewery.
Ryo Ichikawa (bartimaeus.brandenburg) wrote: “I love using mesh ava… they look very elegant, but customizability can be a bit of a pain… and most are expressionless... "
Trixie Seomun replied : "i personally think it is a waste of everyones time. . . they take longer to load . . you have to purchase specific clothing that works with THAT spefic mesh body,  and i just dont see the upside to  them."
Evie Moriguchi concurred : "In Trixie's defense, some of the bodies are kind of "bloated" there have been a few where it takes a few minutes for the full body to rez … I'm more of a fan of hybridding.  I really wish there was a system that broke the body into limbs or fitted attachments when huge parts of the body are going to be invisible anyway"
Ryo Ichikawa (bartimaeus.brandenburg) added : "Well, some of the issues with mesh is blatant IP violation. Some people upload my little pony or Halo avas. Beyond that, I don't care how heavy my vanity ava can be to anyone's computer. I'll flaunt it 'cuz I've gots it."
Josie Edwardstone (tess.edwardstone) asserted : "i like the mesh  its more detailed … i see some for for as high 6 k and up"
Kyrese Okami (kkay1991) explained : "the pricing to mesh is high becuz it takes longer and more time to create"
Eressëa (eressea.karsin) stated : "Until Bento releases, an avatar's head is not animatable. It's a ball on the end of a stick. After Bento, we'll see…"
Trixie Seomun added : "oh another reason i didnt want to git a mesh body was because of all of the clothing i already had that i would not be able to use"
Sex Goddess Daisy Jolie
In a private conversation with SEX GODDESS DAISY JOLIE (daisy.stoneshield), Daisy replied : "I was sceptical about using a mesh avi because when you first purchase one sometimes they are confusing ... but they are more life like than the primmed ones that makes me like them … on the primed avi's the feet are hideous then when you purchase slink feet which are cute you get this line that never goes away so spend way to many lindens on trying to buy jewelry to cover the lines up but with the mesh avi I have it comes with feet and hands so those lines no longer exist"

In another private conversation Issabella (issabellabeauclerc) stated : "i have the maitreya and the slink … the slink is cheaper but for a first time mesh body not the easiest … i also know a little about the tmp … maitreya is the easiest to use ... i spent over 10k for my slink i dont use ... the slink hud is a nightmare for a beginner … what i suggest to my friends is the maitreya with a sl cat skin cause it has appliers for alot of the mesh bodies"

In a conversation with Sizzelle, the SL Artist replied : “ I’ve grown attached to my avatar’s appearance and with mesh clothes the body doesn’t really matter. However for images that feature "nude" subjects I use the mesh project body." 
Othella the Editor of MAGE Magazine elaborated : "We use both mesh and system avatars for our magazine images and machinima videos. Mesh is very good for close ups while basic avatars tend to distort as you zoom in to the face. For non human avatars such as Aldo the Alien, Yayo the Minotaur and Mez the Werewolf, we use mesh. For human avatars we create mesh hybrids. The down side is that there are seams around body parts where the mesh connects like the wrists and ankles but we cover this up with bracelets, anklets, collars or I “airbrush" out the seams in the editing process ... I also found full permission hands and feet which are used by the MAGE models. The hands cost 50 lindens and the feet were free… Based on my own experience mesh furniture, props and clothes create less lag than objects made with prims."
So it seems the choice to adopt a MESH lifestyle is a debate over aesthetics, affordability and performance that remains undecided. But why not decide for yourself? The Mesh Project offers a free mesh body and both Maitreya and Slink offer demos at their main stores. For those of you who have experience with mesh, I invite you to leave your comments.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Power Dressing for Ladies in Second Life - Lacy Muircastle reporting

I was browsing through my flickr when up popped a picture posted by none other that the doyenne of fashion herself Mimi Juneau of Mimi's Choice.  The pic is of a stunning suit by Swaffette Firefly of SF Designs and is just one of her latest offerings.  This prompted me to write this piece on power dressing for the ladies of SL.

I mean really, how could I not, You all should know just how hot you too could look ....

Power dressing need not leave you looking like a 1980s throwback. There are plenty of ways to dress like a powerful sexy modern woman without having to resort to shoulder pads and ill-fitting suit sets. Power dressing is all about exuding confidence in the clothes you’re in, looking sexy at the same time.

Adding a blazer to your outfit is one of the easiest tips for modern power dressing. A well fitted blazer will instantly smarten up your outfit. For a corporate look team a tailored blazer with cigarette pants and patent pumps. Right now the trend is for matching suit sets which is lucky for us as it just screams power dressing. A classic tip for power dressing is to wear well fitting, tailored clothing.

You don’t have to stick to fitted, tailored clothes all the time. Another way to work some power dressing magic into your wardrobe is with luxurious textures. Textures like silk and cashmere are perfect for modern power dressing.

by Avaway
When you’re choosing jewellery for your outfit, keep it classy and elegant. You want pieces that are stylish but not too trend-based or overpowering. Keep jewellery simple and avoid anything too costume-y. Chunky man-style watches are a stylish option if you want a bolder piece of jewellery that is still fairly classic.

Black and grey colours are pretty standard for power dressing, but experiment with colour where you can. Right now we’re seeing a lot of designers embracing boldly coloured matching suit sets. If the occasion allows for it, try wearing a brightly coloured outfit. Red, yellow, orange, blue – take your pick! Alternatively, try adding some colour in the form of accessories like your shoes or a bag.  Either way, a strong dose of colour will give off powerful vibes.

by Maitreya
Shoes can say a lot about a person. When it comes to power dressing, a pair of heels is an instant confidence booster. In most cases, you can’t go wrong with a basic black pair of pumps. Choose ones in a patent finish with a more pointed toe for a bit of extra oomph. If you’re in a more creative setting, experiment with different shoe styles that best fit your personality.

When it comes to modern power dressing, you’ve got to wear what you love.  Being confident in your looks is a major part of oozing confidence and power. It’s all about owning your outfit and your look.