FLASH! This Just In!

Maitreya Lara 5.3
Maitreya Lara 5.3 Body Kit

For the rest of this week, Maitreya Main Store is having a 50% off sale for everything in the store! Now’s your chance to get the latest Maitreya Lara Body Kit for half of the normal price, as well as clothing, accessories, etc. Only until December 6!

Judy, Judy, Judy!

A&A Judy Hair Autumn Colors-pic

Forgive the lame Cary Grant impersonation. It was too hard to resist. But if you like cute, short styles, then Judy is the perfect do for you.

This is a special color package, only available until 2nd December here for only 99L$.

As you can see, it doesn’t come in my favorite color (red), but I still like it. Maybe my tastes are expanding? Maturing?

Judy 01

Judy 02

Judy 03

The poster (above) shows the 16 colors that are included, but there’s a slight error: it says the HUD is for coloring. brightness, and resizing, but this style is rigged mesh; rigged mesh can’t be resized. But maybe I’m just picking nits.

Regardless, I think Judy is the perfect style to get me through until Christmas.

Remember, this is a special color package, only available until 2nd December here for only 99L$. So grab it while you can!

Joan: A Simple Name For A Simple Style

And sometimes the simple styles are the best. Case in point is this week’s offering from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore: Joan.

A&A Joan Hair All Colors-pic

Simple yet elegant, Joan is my kind of style: perfect for the office, but just run a brush through it to freshen it up and you’re all set for a night on the town.

Joan 1

 

Joan 2

 

Joan 3

 

The full set of all colors shown here is, as always, $L1200, but if you’re wearing your Alli&Ali group tag you’ll be refunded half of the purchase price, so it comes to $L600.

Individual color sets of 24 each can be had for $L125 with your group tag.

And also as always, permissions are COPY, MOD, NO TRANS.

Other Joan Specials:

Voting Booth: Ash (free)
Special Offer: Caramel $50L
Front Desk: Mahogany (free)

So hurry on over to Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore and grab your choice(s) of Joan today!

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.

Meet Raissa, a New Standard of Elegance

The new, classier styles coming out from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore make me glad that I’m a woman, and have so many fine elegant new styles to choose from.

Raissa is one of those styles. It’s a beautiful up-do, with a few stray tendrils that just beg your lover to undo your hair and set it floating free. The complete set, with all the colors you see above, is only $L1200. But as they say on television, “But wait! There’s more!”

As always, individual color sub-sets can be had for $L250, and you can find Raissa in Sahara free at the front desk.
Pearl is also on special for $50, and you can find it in Blackberry, free at the voting booth.

And also as always, I’m modelling Raissa in red:

 

 

Raissa, yet another fine style from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. And even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, why not pamper yourself with a new ‘do?