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?

Amelia Is My Kind of Style

Long, flowing, and with hair clips! A new release from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore:

What I like most about it is that I have long hair myself in RL, and I generally tie it back. And Amelia comes complete with hair clips, so I can do the same in SL. They’re colorable, too, via the included HUD:

The only way I could like it even better would be if I could change the color of the clips individually, rather than as a pair. That would reflect more accurately my hectic RL.

But never you mind! This style is destined to be part of my regular collection!

 

 

Amelia follows the usual A&A price schedule: $L1500 for the complete collection of 8 color sets, or $L250 for each of the individual sets. The HUD is included, and it has the usual low display weight.

If you’re looking for a nice feminine style with several display options, you can’t go wrong with Amelia, from the Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

 

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)