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.

Our Classic New Year Fun is Back!

Surprisesale 2020 poster

There’s a new surprise hair sale in the Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore! There are 24 boxes of hair, and each holds 3 different hairstyles in 3 exclusive colors. 6 boxes are for men, and 18 for are for women.

You don’t have to be a maths genius to figure out that comes to a grand total of 72 different styles—which if listed here in all their details would probably put you to sleep. But here’s the thing: at only $L50 a box, why not take a chance? You already know that A&A makes the best hair in SL, so you’re not really risking anything.

I can guarantee that this is a sale like no other, and it only comes once a year, so don’t miss your chance!

But you’d better hurry, as the sale only lasts through the end of January!

The Holidays Are Here! And That Means Relay For Life

This year we’re celebrating the 9th Annual SL Christmas Expo, and as always, all proceeds are being donated to the American Cancer Society for use in the fight against childhood cancer.

Alli&Ali is right there with their special offer, Shiki.

A&A Shiki Hair All Colors-pic
Shiki: All Colors Display

It’s an elegant new style, admirably suited for wearing to any one of a number for RFL (Relay For Life) events going on now in SL.

But there’s a catch: it’s only available at the Expo, from December 5th through the 15th. And there are no discounts since 100% of the sales are being donated to RLF.

To find it, go to the 9th Annual SL Christmas Expo’s home page. Once there, click on SHOP THE EXPO and then Shopping Directory:

Shiki Menu
Where to go

That will bring up links to all the vendors in the Expo. Scroll down until you see Alli&Ali Designs, then click on the link to the right of it. This will take you to the shop, where you can buy Shiki, either in the full set of 256 colors for L$1200, or individual sets of 32 for L$250.

Shiki Front
Shiki, front view
Shiki Left
Shiki, left side view
Shiki 3
Shiki, right side view

Even if you’re not interested in Shiki, go to the store anyway: there are several other styles and items available and, like Shiki, all proceeds from your purchases go to the RFL and subsequently to the American Cancer Society.

And my personal wish is for you, dear reader, to have a safe and happy holiday season, regardless of your belief system. And if you don’t celebrate the holidays, have a safe and happy season ayway!

My New Tattoo!

My newest tattoo comes courtesy of Suicidal Thots and Cinnamon Cocaine, my newest vendor. They don’t have an in-world store yet, but you can find them on the SL Marketplace. Specifically, for this tattoo, right here.

I simply adore the Rose Goddess tattoo. It’s a beautiful design and quite colorful. It comes in four different designs, all variations on a theme.

There are HUDs for Maitreya, Slink, and Bellezza, as well as Omega. Each HUD offers you 4 different designs as well as 3 different layers to wear them on. Best of all, they also allow you to remove them, as well.

Did I mention there are also designs for your upper thighs as well? Sorry, but this girl’s a bit too shy to model them here!

A nice backless outfit sets the design off quite nicely:

It’s a bargain at only $L199! Get yours today!

Just in Time for Pride! A New Vendor

Auras and Stickers and Tattoos, Oh My!

If you’ll look at the column on the right side of the screen you’ll see that I’ve added a new vendor. Suicidal Thots and Cinnamon Cocaine specialize in tattoos, face stickers, and auras.

“And just what,” you may well ask, “Is an aura?”

You ever notice how some avis in SL have things like hearts or flowers following them wherever they go? Or maybe a wreath of flowers circling their heads? Well, those are auras, my friend.

And the first product I’m going to tell you about is their Pride Aura package.

This package contains a ton of goodies to help you celebrate Pride Month in style.

First, there’s a nice selection of orbiting crowns in various shapes.

Next we have the foot auras, which materialize around your feet and are in constant motion.

Finally, the Pride Aura, which orbits your body and constantly refreshes the display.

Sadly, I haven’t figure out how to capture motion within SL, and so these pictures are a poor demonstration of their appearance.

But just think: for the almost-giveaway price of a single Linden ($L1), you get a package you can use year after year to celebrate Pride Month.

I know I’ll be wearing it!

Marina is Also Short and Sassy

And That’s My Favorite Kind

Not only because I’m also short and sassy, but because I look best in shorter styles. Besides, as a busy journalist on the go, I don’t have a lot of time to waste  spend on caring for long hair.

What? You think it’s easy writing these posts? Between modeling each new style, taking pictures, editing them, and then writing each entry, I spend close to an hour every time. And I do it all out of my sense of public duty.

Well, that, and the fact that I love getting new hair every week!

Marina Hair, Variety Colors

See? Marina. Short and sassy. With its low display weight and affordable price, It’s right for just about any budget.

$L250 gets you the full set of 16 colors, or you can grab it in Blueberry completely free in front of the voting board.

An as always, if you wear your A&A group tag and buy the complete set from the New Releases Action Wall, 50% of your purchase price will be refunded upon purchase. So for this week only, that’s 16 colors for $L150! That should give you enough combinations to mix & match with any outfits you might ever wear.

 

 

Marina, this week’s latest special at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. Check it out!