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)

Feeling Naughty? Chastity is for You!

And while her name is Chastity, she’s anything but chaste. In fact, I’m not even going to model her.

Pasties or not, I’m not posting pictures of me half-naked on the Internet for every Tom, Dick, and Harry to drool over.

Having said that, I will admit that if I were a dancer or other entertainer in SL, this would be my outfit of choice—with or without the pasties.

It’s designed by .:TBO:. The Beautiful Ones for mesh avatars, and is available for $L199. You can find it exclusively at The XXX Exclusives December event, from December 13 until January 3.

So if you’re feeling a wee bit naughty this season, grab your very own copy, before it’s too late!

 

Lola: Immortalized in Music

There are two wildly different songs about Lola, the latest offering from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

The first is from the old musical, Damn Yankees: “Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.”

And if you’re of my generation, Lola will always mean The Kinks’ classic: “I met her in a club down in old Soho where they drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola. L-O-L-A Lola.”

 

 

 

 

This Lola refers to neither. Rather it’s another long flowing style from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore, and it’s available at the usual price of $L1500 for the complete set of all colors.

Individual sets are available, too: Ombre colors ($L250), Unicorn colors ($L250), Blonde colors ($L250).

I’ve been wearing (and modeling) A&A creations for over a year, and I find them to be among the finest creations of any kind in all of SL. I have a couple of Alt accounts I use for other purposes, and one of the first things I did when I created them was to buy hair styles from the Mainstore. For my money, they’re the best value around.

And don’t forget their other locations:

Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore

Alli&Ali Designs Classic

Website

Facebook

SL Marketplace

 

Brrr! Baby, It’s COLD Outside!

Or at least it was in Second Life when I took the picture of me wearing Carol, an exclusive, limited-time offer from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. But wait! There’s a catch, but it’s a good one: you can only buy the complete set, and that will run you $L1500.

But it’s all for a good cause: 100% of the proceeds are going to Relay For Life. And it’s only available until 9th December. So you’d better run, not walk, to Silver Bells and grab your copy.

As always, I’m modeling it in my favorite color, with the ski cap in green. You can change the cap color with the included HUD, and even make it invisible, if that’s what you prefer.

And since winter’s coming on, it’s time for this girl to shop for some winter clothes!

Back In Real Life

It was 59° F/15° C in Rochester, NY, today, and that was a welcome break from the chilling temperatures and 6 inches of snow we had last week. I sure was glad I bought a nice warm winter coat a few weeks ago!

Anyway, that’s all for today!