Scarlett: The Name Of One Of My Favorite Colors

Scarlett, from Ali & Alli. She’s almost as pretty as me!

A new release in the Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. Scarlett comes in 10 separate color packs at $L250 each, and the whole set for $L1200.

BUT! (And there’s always a but!) Group members get half price refunded when wearing the title and buying the hairstyle from our “Action Wall,” so you can actually get the entire set for $L600! This is something new and will continue for the future: we offer this for all our new releases in the week they come out.

You can find the included green single color as a gift this week in the Mainstore, below the hairstyles voting board.

It’s also available as a gift in Black Pink at the front desk, or in Fire for $L50, under the Special Offers board, located to the right of the front desk.

I really, really like Scarlett!

 

Any way you look at it, it’s a winner!

 

Thick, luxuriant curls always turn me on!

So you see? You really have no excuse for not adding Scarlett to your inventory! And if you do manage to come up with an excuse, I’ll just quote what Rhett said to Scarlett at the end of Gone With The Wind: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

Scarlett, now from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Switching From a Classic to a Mesh Body

More and more folks in Second Life are switching their Classic avatar bodies for newer mesh bodies. It’s an excellent choice, as the new bodies look and move more realistically than the older ones. But the new ones come with drawbacks of their own., probably the greatest of which is their expense.

One of the most popular mesh kits is Lara, from Maitreya. The body kit will run you $L2750, which as of this writing is about $12.50 in US dollars. That’s before buying any clothes, but fortunately, Maitreya has a free dress kit and three pairs of shoes to go with it. In addition, the body itself comes with matching bra and panties.

When I (Aisling) switched from a classic avatar to Lara, I budgeted $L5,000 for the body, a new wardrobe, and a few other incidentals, such as a new Animation Override (AO).

But not everyone is in a position to spend that much money, much less all at once. So I’m going to show you a way you can save on expenses ahead of making the change.

Enter The Free Dove

And I mean to enter it both literally and figuratively. THE FREE DOVE FASHION  (www.thefreedove.com) is SL’s oldest (13+ years) and most popular site for free, high-quality fashions for men and women. It features clothes and accessories for both classic and mesh avatars, and their inventory is constantly changing.

How do they do this? Palomma Casanova, the owner and operator of The Free Dove, invites SL’s top designers to provide free samples of their works. This accomplishes two things: it allows you, the customer, to acquire a decent wardrobe while giving the designers free publicity for their goods and services. And to be fair, when I’m in the market for new clothes, I always check out the vendors who have kindly provided me with the free goods before I check anywhere else.

Meet Heather Wilkenson

Heather is a new account I created to show you what all this means. Right now she’s wearing a classic-style body, which I plan to upgrade to a mesh (Lara) sometime in the next few weeks. She’s wearing an outfit from The Free Dove; specifically, (SP) Winter Day -caramel-. This is an outfit specifically designed for classic bodies. But she’s also acquired several mesh outfits in anticipation of the upgrade since they might not be available by then.

More importantly, a few of the outfits she likes are for both classic and mesh avatars. So she can wear them now, and still be able to wear them after she switches to Lara (or any other mesh avatar).

Summing Up

Like everything else in SL, going with a mesh avatar or staying with a classic shape is a purely personal choice, which depends on many factors—primarily your budget. But I hope I’ve given you some options to explore while you decide.

Oh, You Poor Dears!

Sometimes I find myself feeling sorry for men in Second Life. And to be honest, in real life, too. You’re far too restricted in what’s acceptable for you to wear and how to look.

In the song “My Conviction,” from the musical “Hair,” a character sings this:

“I would just like to say that it is my conviction
That longer hair and other flamboyant affectations
Of appearance are nothing more
Than the male’s emergence from his drab camouflage
Into the gaudy plumage
Which is the birthright of his sex.

There is a peculiar notion that elegant plumage
And fine feathers are not proper for the male
When actually
That is the way things are
In most species.”
–Galt Mac Dermot / Gerome Ragni / James Rado

Fortunately for you guys, the crew at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore have got your backs!

Andrew is a new style for men, but to be honest, I like it as a unisexual style—it looks just as good on me as it does on the model in the picture above. And I’m sure that a few of my dyke girlfriends will like it, too!

 

 

And you’ll love the price: $L250 for all 16 colors. And as they say on television, “But wait! There’s more!”

You can get it in Sand Blonde for free at the front desk, and in Coffee for free at the voting booth.

Okay, guys: never let it be said that I con’t keep my eyes open for you!

 

How to Change Appearances in Public…

… Without Getting Naked

If you have a place of your own in SL—rent, own, or otherwise—this isn’t a problem, since you can teleport (TP) back home in order to be shielded from prying eyes. And if you’re buying clothes, the shop you’re in probably has dressing rooms you can use.

But if you can’t afford a place of your own, changing outfits in public without getting naked can be a challenge. Of course, you can always TP to an adult-rated area that allows nudity and change there.

But what if you don’t frequent adult areas? Let’s face it: despite rumors to the contrary, not everyone in SL is there for sex. I know, I know…it’s hard to believe—but it’s true.

Let’s Hear It For Outfits!

Regardless of the viewer you use—the official SL viewer, or Firestorm—there is a folder in your Inventory called Outfits or My Outfits. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s for, I’m going to explain it right now.

Once you’re achieved an appearance for your avatar that you like, you can save every detail that goes into making it: shape, skin, eyes, makeup, tattoos,  hair, eyes, clothing—in short, everything that goes into making up your avatar.

In the SL viewer, right-click on your avatar, then select Edit My Outfit—> Save As—> (give it a unique name)—> OK.

in Firestorm, right-click, them select-–> Appearance—> Edit Outfit—> Save As  (give it a unique name)—> OK.

What you’ve done is create a new folder under the Outfits folder in your inventory. Inside that folder are links to every item that makes up that outfit. When you want to change your appearance, all you have to to is open your Inventory, Open the My Outfits folder, then right-click on the particular outfit you want to wear and select Replace Current Outfit.

Your current appearance will be replaced with the new one you’ve chosen. Best of all, even though you may appear naked briefly on your monitor, no one else will see you that way: it will be as if you merely changed your appearance in the blink of an eye.

Voilà! Problem solved!

ASTRID: A Shorter Style

Yesterday I talked briefly about long hair. Today Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore has a new short style for you.

Unlike my real life, where my hair hangs below my boobs, in SL I prefer shorter styles. And Astrid is my latest favorite. It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

With its incredibly low display weight (it comes in at a mere 963!), it not only loads quickly but also contributes only negligibly to any possible lag.

 

The complete set, with all 8 subsets, sells for $L1500 which, if you can’t decide on a single color, is the way to go.

Subsets containing each individual color group go for $L250–still a bargain so far as I’m concerned.

And a single color–Dark Hazel–is yours for only $L50.

Astrid, for those of us who prefer a shorter style, on sale now at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

And don’t forget you can also buy A&A’s products in the SL Marketplace.

Thirteen is an Interesting Name for a Hair Style, Right?

Looking for a nice formal hair style for a formal dinner or dance? Look no further than Alli & Ali’s Thirteen, available in a wide variety of colors to suit your needs.

The complete set as shown here sells for $L1500, but as always, the individual color packs are available for separate purchase for $L250 each.

And do you see the hair pin? You can change its color via the included HUD*.

 

 

 

Thirteen, now available at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

(*HUD: Heads-Up Display)

Trissae: New from Alli & Ali

Carefree and wind-blown That’s how I’d describe Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore’s latest offering, Trissae. It comes with all the colors you see here, and can be configured in one of four styles.

The complete set sells for $L1500, but you can purchase any one of the 8 different color packs for $L250 each.

 

 

Trissae, selling now at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.