The World Hunt Tour 2020! A Prize From Alli&Ali

I’ve got something a little different for you this week. It’s time for the World Tour 2020 Grid-wide Treasure Hunt Event, sponsored by Kastle Rock Couture Management and which you can read all about here. So if it’s already explained on its own site, why am I promoting it here?

Because, my darlings, one of the prizes is furnished by my favorite hair vendor, Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. The prize?

A&A Legacy Hair Variety Colors-pic

16 different colors, plus the bandana which comes in 10 colors as well. It also has a new texture,  which to my eyes make it seem almost as if it’s dreadlocks.

Legacy 1

Legacy 2

Legacy 3

Now, here’s the best part: the complete kit can be yours for 0nly L$3! No, that’s not a misprint: Three $Lindens for all these mix & match components!

So hurry your sweet little tushies over to the World Tour 2020 Grid-Wide Treasure Hunt Event and grab Legacy hair from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore! Now until April 22.


Aberdeen: A Unisex Style

It’s not every day that I get a male style to review,but when I tried it on I thought, “Why not? I’d definitely wear this style myself!”

A&A Aberdeen Hair Autumn Colors-pic

And there you have it: Aberdeen, the latest offering from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. Remember to wear your group tag and to buy it from the Action Wall, to get the group discount price of $125 for the 16 autumn colors.

Don’t like the autumn selection? Then move on to the variety color set for the same price:

A&A Aberdeen Hair Variety Colors-pic

It’s the same price. Notice the difference in the details of the styling? That’s because either set can be worn in one of four different ways. So really, you’re actually getting at total of 64 different style and color combinations in each set.

I doubt you’ll find that good a deal anywhere else in SL!

Aberdeen 1

Aberdeen 2

Aberdeen 3

Aberdeen, for men and women. Only from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

 

Audrey: Sheer Elegance

When Audrey Hepburn died, I said that the last trace of elegance had left Hollywood. However, Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore has brought that elegance back with a tribute to Ms. Hepburn entitled Audrey Hair.

A&A Audrey Hair All Colors-pic

Because I got my signals crossed, I’m posting this review and thee next one almost a week late, which means you won’t find them in the usual places in the store.

You can find Audrey on the first floor of updos, where all the updos are posted in alphabetic order. The complete set of all colors costs L$1200, with individual sets of 32 colors may be had for L$250 each.

Personally, I’m saving Audrey for special occasions, such as formal balls, of even while I’m sitting at home chillin’ on Netflix.

 

I Don’t Always Blog About Fashion

After all, I am a woman, with needs and desires of her own. And this is where I sometimes go to fulfill them.

Lesbian Teahouse

The Lesbian Teahouse is one such place. It’s always crowded, so it can take a long time for avi’s to fully rez, but it’s worth the wait. In fact, I once enjoyed a lovely relationship I had with someone I once met there. But that’s a story for another day.

Lesbian Loft

The Lesbian Loft is another spot I like to visit. Besides being a great place to meet other women, I’ve often had some very nice existential conversations there. See? It isn’t always about sex…just mostly.

And that brings us to the New Resident Help Area.

New Res Help

While this is primarily a place to learn about Second Life in general, it’s also another place to meet people. It’s in a G-rated sim, so you don’t have to worry about sex or drugs or rock ‘n roll. Well, maybe not the rock ‘n roll part. No swearing, either. It’s also where you can get many of your questions about the Firestorm Viewer answered.

Oh—not to mention the freebies! Be sure to grab the Garlic Necklace to ward off vampires! No, seriously! It will keep you from being approached by anyone playing the Bloodlines vampire simulation. Which I definitely do not play.

So that’s today’s update. I’ll be following up with more places to visit in my next post. Until then,

It’s Been a Couple of Weeks and I Think I Finally Got It!

Ash 5

It,” of course, is the latest upgrade to the Maitreya Lara body. the latest version of which is 5.0.2. In this post, I’m going to tell you everything I like about it, as well as what I don’t like about it.

What I Don’t Like About It

That’s easy: nothing. Absolutely nothing at all. So let’s move on, shall we?

What I Do Like About It

Wow! Where do I begin? Remember in previous versions how you had to add an alpha layer, then the body, then the arms and legs, etc. until you were finally wearing the complete body? That’s changed.

Now you add the alpha layer, and then the body. That’s it. You’re done. Everything else—clothes, tattoos, underwear, lingerie—all have their own layers. And unless you want to wear a tattoo, there’s no need to wear the layer, thus reducing your display weight.

Your skin tones are controlled through a new HUD, as are foot positions, fingernail settings, etc.

Another Something Great

Save sticks. No more worries about saving a particular outfit to, well, the Outfits folder. Find the Maitreya Mesh Body – Save Stick V5.0.1 (rez to rename) in the main Maitreya folder, drag it to the ground and edit the name to something easy to remember that has the name of whatever out fit you’re currently wearing, and take it back into your inventory.

Let’s say I’m wearing a yellow bikini. I’ll follow the steps above, renaming it “Yellow Bikini.” Then I’ll take it back into my inventory. The next step is to ADD it, then click on it:

Save Stick

(The arrow indicates the Save Stick.) Now all I have to do is click on the SAVE ALL button and wait for the process to complete. Then I’ll detach it, and it will return into my inventory.

The next time I want to wear that outfit again, I simply ADD the stick, touch it, and click the Load All button.

Best of all, the complete outfit only takes up a single prim (the Save Stick) in my inventory, as opposed to how many items in that outfit would take up the old way of saving it to the Outfits folder. Oh, and you can have as many save sticks as you need, since it’s copy-able.

Oops! Almost Forgot!

The Official Maitreya Lara Help Site

Recommended by Maitreya

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some shopping to do!

A New Look via A New Body

New Ash 1
New Lara Body, version 5.0. Aisling without glasses.

Well, not exactly a new  body. More of an update/upgrade of the existing one.

Maitreya has upgraded their Lara mesh body from Version 4.5 to Version 5, and it’s resulted in many changes. So many, in fact, that if you’re going to upgrade from 4.5, forget everything you know from that version; 5.o is radically different. Here’s what the official accompanying documentation says:

MAITREYA MESH BODY LARA

Thank you for choosing the Lara mesh body!

The Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara v5.0 is very versatile with many features to help you create your perfect version of “You”

To get the most from your new mesh body, it is highly recommended that you refer to the online documentation for the body.
You can find the documentation here
https://sl-maitreya.blogspot.com/p/lara-mesh-body-v5.html

Or in your Lara HUD, in the Misc. tab, just touch HELP/INFO then click the link in the popup menu.

In addition to the online documentation, we are available in world to answer your questions (Contact: Gryphon Ronas) or use the Maitreya Lara Friends group chat.

Love,
Maitreya
Gryphon, Marine, Beau, Onyx

Included in the Lara mesh body folder:

– Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara (Version Number)
– Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara (Version Number) Tattoo Layer
– Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara (Version Number) Underwear Layer
– Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara (Version Number) Clothing Layer
– Maitreya Mesh Body – HUD (Version Number)
– Maitreya Mesh Body – BoM Add-On Parts
– Maitreya Mesh Body – BoM Add-On Parts HUD
– Maitreya Mesh Body – Save Stick
– erratic / lara – panty / FATPACK (maitreya)
– erratic / lara – brassiere / FATPACK (maitreya)
– erratic / lara – lingerie set HUD
– Maitreya Mesh Body Lara – Tattoo Layers Skins Glam Affair
– Zaara : Chanchal Lingerie onyx – Maitreya appliers
– Zaara : Chanchal Lingerie System Layers onyx
– Maitreya Tip-Toe FeetShape
– Maitreya Mesh Body – Alpha


The whole idea behind separating the design into multiple layers is to cut down on complexity.

Again, let’s refer to the upgrade notes:

What is added to Lara in V5:

* Two new nipple shapes: hard nipples and puffy.

* Two new foot options: low (for kitten heels) and ballet.
* And the added the ability to have a different foot shape for left and right side.

* Optional HD nipples, highly detailed, ultra realistic textures in 30 skin tones. * 3 material presets on the HUD for the HD Nipples, that can be controlled with the new enhanced materials control sliders.

* 12 new (Glam Affair) skin tones, making a total of 22 skin presets.
* Tattoo (system) layers for the 22 skin tones, to wear in BoM mode.

* Three skin material preset buttons on the HUD
* Three control sliders for the materials settings: Glossiness, intensity and environment.
* The skin materials will also work in BoM mode!

* Bakes on Mesh (BoM) button on the Lara HUD
* BoM add-on parts HUD you can toggle the following parts:
– Breasts
– Nipples
– Bellybutton
– Pelvis
– Toe-Caps
* Layers are  separated from the body
* Ability to wear a tattoo on just one arm, hand or foot. 17 different parts on a layer to apply to.

* Rename-able Save Stick to replace save slots

* Alpha’s
– Additional alpha cuts added to wrists
– Additional alpha cuts added to ankles

* Advanced Functions button added to the Layers and the Skin tabs:
– Full Bright
– Glow
– Tinting options and a tint reset button
– Material control sliders

* A Misc tab added:
– Redeliver button added
– TP to Store button added
– Delete Scripts redesigned
– Reset to Default button added
– Help/Info button added (Online User Manual)

  • Kits
  • Ability to apply Materials without applying diffuse (applier kit)
  • Applier kit to allow for 3rd party HD Nipple Textures
  • Foot Shape Auto-Select option for shoe designers
  • Alpha Auto-Hide has been re-designed for improved performance and can now:
  • be altered by user, even in No Mod items
  • be deleted by user, even in No Mod items
  • Optional parameters added to layers kit:
  • Glossiness
  • Environment
  • Intensity
  • Transparency
  • Mask Mode
  • Applying and removing of textures when applier gets attached/detached (RLV friendly)

  • Updated Zaara texture (applier) lingerie and system layers for BoM are now also included

* Erratic (panties and bra) lingerie set

Changes V5.0.1:
– Applying a V1 Applier script: fingernail polish would hide the toe nails = Fixed
– Some V4 appliers did not apply to the hands and/or feet (this came from how their notecards were written) = Fixed
– Some older appliers did not apply correctly (bottom would vanish when applying the top and vice-versa) = Fixed
– Some Omega skins did not apply to the hands and/or feet = Fixed
– Neck would not re-appear after hiding all, on alpha hud page = Fixed

– HUD buttons have been made larger for better readability


Sounds confusing, I know! But here’s the only thing you truly need to know about this upgrade:

  1. Go to the Maitreya store
  2. Find the Redelivery Terminal
  3. Click on it for a redelivery
  4. Follow the instructions

That’s it! If you own the 4.5 version, you’ll be delivered the 5.0, so the upgrade won’t cost you anything.

I did the upgrade last night, and while parts of it were confusing (for example, there’s a separate HUD for adding or removing tattoos), I did manage to muddle through it eventually.

Ultimately, if you’re using the Maitreya Lara body, you definitely owe it to yourself to do the upgrade. As your mother used to tell you, “You’ll thank me for this when you’re older.

New Ash 2
New Aisling with glasses.