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,

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.

OMG! I’m Getting OLD!!!

In a lot of ways I try to keep my Second Life persona as close to my real-life self as possible. The other day I went to the eye doctor for my annual diabetes eye exam, and the results showed that I needed glasses! Not having the best insurance in the world (who does?), I chose a simple, plain pair.

Glasses

Nothing fancy, as you can see.

But they do take some getting used to.

I keep setting them down and forgetting where I put them. And if you’re a glasses wearer you know the frustration of setting down your glasses, forgetting where you left them, then being unable to find them again because you need the damn things to see!

Now I know what my daddy used to go through when he’d take off his glasses and put them on top of his head (so he’d know where they were) and ten minutes later he’d be asking my mother, “Nancy, have you seen my glasses?”

Is this what Roger Daltrey had in mind when he sang, “Hope I die before I get old”?

Glasses 2

Oh, well. I guess it’s time to see if Dorothy Parker knew what she was talking about when she wrote, “Men don’t make passes / At girls who wear glasses.”

We’ll see how it goes!

 

A New Friend Who Loves to Travel

Well, here I am again playing catch-up. It’s been a while, but you know how it is: real life sometimes rears its ugly head. Anyway, this is my new friend Eileen Brennan (eileenbrennan in-world). She’s new to SL and hopes to explore all it has to offer, and to write about her adventures for publication.

Eileen in Dress

Her new blog can be found on WordPress. Check it out if you’re interested.


I’ve been pretty bad about updating the blog, and I haven’t checked out any new hair styles lately. But I hope to be all caught up by the middle of the week. Until then,

What’s Happening in Second Life?

Let’s face it: there is so much going on in SL that it’s almost impossible to keep track of it all. So how do you know what’s happening that might interest you?

Obviously, if it’s an event that one of your groups has planned, you’ve probably received a message about it—unless you’ve opted out of Group Messages. In that case, I don’t know what to tell you, since you’re obviously not interested, leaving me to ask why you even belong to that group in the first place.

But let’s assume that you’re receiving regular group notices but want to spread your wings a little, and see what other folks are doing. If this is you, then have I got news for you!

Log out of your SL viewer and fire up your web browser. Look at the top left corner of your screen, which should look something like this:

Click on Events to bring up this screen:

(Click on the image for a larger view)

This won’t bring up my Events Calendar, but rather your own. Now you can see the events open to you. The information includes the date, time, and location, so there’s no excuse for missing out on any of the fun SL has to offer.

So the next time you’re bored, or just looking for something new to do, just check your Events Calendar!

 

 

 

Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa!

Okay, I’m guilty. I confess. I review a lot of hairstyles from Alli & Ali. I get them—for free—from the Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. But that’s not why I review them. Well, at least it’s not the only reason.

I’ve been using their products for almost as long as I’ve been in Second Life. I find their selection to be wonderful, their prices reasonable (especially when you factor in their new products discounts), and I love the low display weights.

I do have an Alt, and for her, I buy—at current prices—A&A products. I really like them that much.

Anyway, you deserved to know my connection to my vendors.

That being said, my next posts will review April 19th’s releases.

Until then,

If All You Want is a Head…

Omega Systems Appliers

If All You Want is a Head

You don’t need to buy a body. The Mayreal bento head kit comes with a body. I use a Maitreya Lara mesh body simply because it’s a more realistic look.

All Mayreal heads come with a perfectly serviceable body, as well as a decent selection of skins that have been designed to match the head.

If you’re like me and would like a broader range of skins and makeup to be available, then it’s definitely worth buying an Omega Solutions applier kit for the Mayreal head. And you’ll also want to grab the Omega generic router.

But there’s a secret: the applier kits cost $L149 on the SL Marketplace, but only cost $L99 in-world at the Omega Solutions store. Oddly enough, the generic router sells for $L1 in-world but is free in the Marketplace. Either, you’ll need them both.

Do you use another brand of Bento head? No worries—Omega is sure to have the kit you need.

Which Comes First?

The body or the head? I’ve discussed this with several people in SL and they all agree: if you can afford only one, go with the head first. This will give you time to save up your Lindens ($L) until you can afford the mesh body of your choice.

I chose the Mayreal head because of the low cost; a Catwa head, in comparison, will cost 4 figures in $L.

Still Not Sure?

Mayreal heads, like most other mesh products, can be difficult to fine-tune to get the exact look you want. If you’re interested in the Omega system, you can check it out before you buy anything on their web site.

DISCLAIMER: I receive no consideration for this review from either Mayreal or Omega Systems. I am reviewing the products merely because I use them and have found them to be decent products.