Something New: Life Under the Waves

Well, boys and girls, I finally did it! I took my own advice on how to become a mermaid, and did just that! So rather than mere theory, I’m going to give you a step-by-step account of how I did it.

First Stop

My first stop was, of course, the Safe Waters Foundation. There, I grabbed a free diving suit and headed on over to the freebies pool.

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This is an excellent place for finding many of your start-up items as you begin your transformation to your undersea life. I would strongly urge you to check out the high-quality items donated by some of SL’s finest designers.

Next Stop

Next, I swam on over to Haven of Mermaids. You’d have to look long and hard to find a better “one-stop-shopping” mall for your merfolk needs. Billed as “Home and Haven for the Merfolk of Second Life.  A magical underwater world, with a community that welcomes Merfolk of all the tribes, and aquatic beings of all species.  Home to Deep Seas Mer Outfitters.” It’s a great place to start expanding on your basic freebie skins & tails.

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Finally, I was ready to get serious about just how I wanted to present myself to the various Mer communities. And that meant SHOPPING!

Oh, I did I forget to mention one of the best things about becoming a mermaid? It gives you an excuse to do some serious shopping. Even if you’re content with freebies, obtaining them in the first place means shopping!

A Word About Mesh

Mesh avatars—and therefore, mesh accessories for them—are difficult and time-consuming to make…which explains why everything relating to mesh is expensive. The same is true of mesh mermaid avatars and accessories. So for that reason alone I recommend that you use a classic avatar as your mermaid or merman representation.

And while you can find lots of quality classic avatars, my own choice was for the Mermaid Collection Mesh Emotion Blue, which set me back the whopping cost of one single $Linden ($L1). This set contains a classic avatar which has been specifically designed to fit most mermaid outfits.

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Back to Haven of Mermaids

This was my most expensive stop. But when you’re designing your appearance, do you really want to skimp on the details? Neither do I!

So I bought two items: DS (Deep Seas) Green Mermaid Skin, and Deep Seas Traditional Tail, also in green.

The traditional tails come with a Deep Seas Merfolk Animation Overrider (AO), which, while a basic AO, contains all the animations you need to get you started. Best of all, you can edit the AO to include whatever additional animations you like.

And the results speak for themselves

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Of course, this is the way I dress when I visit areas that frown upon nudity. The next photo is probably NSFW, but here’s the deal: I’m a mermaid—I have no need of clothes. Besides, if men—mermen or otherwise—can display their bare chests, why not women, too? After all, I live in a State (New York) where courts have ruled it’s perfectly legal.

So before we go any further, chase the kiddies away from your computer.

Ready? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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This is me in my Sunday finest—well, actually—my week-long finest!

Other Times, Other Places

Read about all things mermaid at: http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/

Please visit our web page at: http://www.goldmermaid.com/SWF/index.htm
Please visit our blog at: http://www.digitalmermaids.blogspot.com

Great site for SL help (and features SWF!!) http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/2014/06/2014-people-promo-fancis-deep-serving.html

And that’s it for today! Next: further resources for your undersea life.

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Guarachera

Guarachera is one of those lovely Spanish-sounding words that hints of long moonlit walks through the Alhambra, but (at least according to Google® Translate) doesn’t really mean anything. But hey! a girl can always dream, right?

And who knows? Maybe with this style you’ll be the stuff of his dreams!

The complete set as shown above sells for $L1500. But as they say in the television commercials, “BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!”

This week only, you can get Guarachera Hair in Butter Toffee for only $L50!

Even better, if you stop at the main desk at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore, you can get the same style in Russet (kid of a reddish-brown) absolutely free! Just wear your A&A group tag, and it’s yours!

Here are some other views—in red, of course!

 

 

Guarachera: The latest in curls from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore!

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Merfolk (Mermaids and Mermen)

Or, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Being a Mermaid or Merman Before You Even Knew You Wanted to Know It

Remember when I told you that in SL, you can be anything you want to be? Ever imagine living a life under the sea? Be honest—wasn’t that every little girl’s dream? Well, now you can become one for only $10 Lindens. Or, if you prefer, absolutely free.

Safe Waters Foundation

Head on over to the Safe Waters Foundation Headquarters (SWF). When you get there, turn around to see this:

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The arrows won’t be there; I added them for clarity. The shorter one points to the SWF group joiner. There is no cost to join.

The longer arrow points to the door you need to pass through to get to the goodies:

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Again, I added the arrows for clarity. They point to the Pearl, which you have to touch to receive the free outfit.

Unfortunately, if you’re using a mesh avatar like mine, it’s not that easy. All of these options are designed for classic (non-mesh) avatars (avis). And because mesh avis are complex and expensive, it follows that mesh accessories for mesh avis are also expensive.

Fear Not!

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The item shown above can be found on the SL Marketplace for only $L1! It comes with a standard body that you can use to replace your mesh body, so everything will work peachy-keen!

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This is my friend Jenny in that very same outfit.

Safe Waters Foundation Redux

You can find out more about the Safe Waters Foundation at its website, which also contains an events calendar as well as a long list of mer-related sites in Second Life.

Or you can check out their Digital Mermaids blog on Blogspot. The blog also has minutes of the most recent weekly meeting.

Now if you will excuse me, I have an octopus’s garden to explore!

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Just a Quickie…

Not, silly—not that kind! A new accessory from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

It’s the Cherry Blossom Hair Accessory, and you can pick one up right now for $L99. It has an extremely low display weight, and is designed to be worn with just about any A&A hair.

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I’m wearing mine with the Dolly hairstyle, and I love it!

Cherry Blossom Hair Accessory, available now at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

Grab yours today!

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Tsarina: My Latest Favorite Style

I’ve got a bone to pick with Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. It seems that every time I decide on a new favorite hairstyle, they come out with yet another new design that then becomes my new favorite style!

Tsarina is a perfect example of this phenomenon. In real life, my hair hangs about 6 inches below my shoulders; in SL, I prefer short styles. Nothing below my shoulders, but still feminine. Tsarina fulfills those requirements with 4 different styles.

The complete set sells for $L1500, but Tsarina Cool Light Brown is on sale this week for only $L50.

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Tsarina: my new favorite style from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. And don’t forget to check out these areas as well:

Keiko: Another Mesh Updo

Keiko is yet another offering from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore that’s worth a close look. And while the complete range of colors isn’t available as a single set, you can achieve the same effect by purchasing all five sets at $L250 per set. Or just buy the particular color range you prefer.

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And yes, as usual, I’m into the reds.

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Keiko’s an elegant style, subtly influenced by the flavors of the Far East. I’ve always wondered why we call it the Far East, when here in the U.S. one has to travel west to get there. Oh, well—I never did all that well in geography classes anyway.

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Keiko: the latest from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

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Updates and Bargains!

The latest offering from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore isn’t a new style at all. Rather it’s an update to ones you may already have. Or if you missed them the first time around, they’re on sale for a great price.

Why buy them again? Or even at all? The main reason to buy them again is that the display weights have been drastically reduced. In addition, the  quality has also been improved.

And if you’ve never bought them, you can buy them at drastically reduced prices: Must of these sold for $L1500 the set, and you can get them now for a limited time for $L499 each set.

Here are the choices:

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Other Specials

As always, be sure to check out the weekly specials at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore, and remember! That’s the only place you can purchase these specials!

Something New

If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know that I prefer red shades. They’re the ones I model here, and the ones I use in-world.

However, if there’s a style you’d like to see in another color, drop me a line, either here or in-world (AislingOConnor) and I’ll do my best to add a new post.

Meanwhile, I’ll be reviewing a couple of the styles featured above. If there’s one in particular you’d like to see, again drop me a line here or a notecard in-world and I’ll do my best to get right to it!

Until next time,

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