Tsarina: My Latest Favorite Style

I’ve got a bone to pick with Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. It seems that every time I decide on a new favorite hairstyle, they come out with yet another new design that then becomes my new favorite style!

Tsarina is a perfect example of this phenomenon. In real life, my hair hangs about 6 inches below my shoulders; in SL, I prefer short styles. Nothing below my shoulders, but still feminine. Tsarina fulfills those requirements with 4 different styles.

The complete set sells for $L1500, but Tsarina Cool Light Brown is on sale this week for only $L50.

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Tsarina: my new favorite style from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. And don’t forget to check out these areas as well:

Keiko: Another Mesh Updo

Keiko is yet another offering from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore that’s worth a close look. And while the complete range of colors isn’t available as a single set, you can achieve the same effect by purchasing all five sets at $L250 per set. Or just buy the particular color range you prefer.

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And yes, as usual, I’m into the reds.

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Keiko’s an elegant style, subtly influenced by the flavors of the Far East. I’ve always wondered why we call it the Far East, when here in the U.S. one has to travel west to get there. Oh, well—I never did all that well in geography classes anyway.

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Keiko: the latest from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

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Updates and Bargains!

The latest offering from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore isn’t a new style at all. Rather it’s an update to ones you may already have. Or if you missed them the first time around, they’re on sale for a great price.

Why buy them again? Or even at all? The main reason to buy them again is that the display weights have been drastically reduced. In addition, the  quality has also been improved.

And if you’ve never bought them, you can buy them at drastically reduced prices: Must of these sold for $L1500 the set, and you can get them now for a limited time for $L499 each set.

Here are the choices:

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Other Specials

As always, be sure to check out the weekly specials at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore, and remember! That’s the only place you can purchase these specials!

Something New

If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know that I prefer red shades. They’re the ones I model here, and the ones I use in-world.

However, if there’s a style you’d like to see in another color, drop me a line, either here or in-world (AislingOConnor) and I’ll do my best to add a new post.

Meanwhile, I’ll be reviewing a couple of the styles featured above. If there’s one in particular you’d like to see, again drop me a line here or a notecard in-world and I’ll do my best to get right to it!

Until next time,

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Too Hot to Handle!

No, sillies, not ME! The TEMPERATURE!

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We just beat our old record (set in 1906) by 2°—and it might even reach 100° later this week. So whatever is a girl supposed to do?

A lot of people have gone to local creeks and rivers to cool off, but that doesn’t suit me. As W. C. Fields once said of water, “I never touch the stuff. Fish f*ck in it.” And last night, I even had to shut down my computer because it was overheating.

Today I’ve moved my work downstairs, right outside the office/den—where the air conditioner has made things more bearable. I even skipped my morning cup of tea: who wants to drink hot anything on a day like this? Meanwhile—W. C. Fields notwithstanding—I’ve got a  bottle of water chilling in the freezer. For me, the biggest danger in this heat is dehydration, so I’m drinking much more than usual.

I took a shower, but now I’m just as wet with sweat as I was before the shower. I know: TMI!

The City of Rochester is keeping several public buildings open so people can seek shelter from the heat in the air conditioned office spaces, but I have no way of getting to any of them.

So I’m just going to alternate between writing and sitting in front of our air conditioner until the heat breaks.

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Dolly: Just for Fun!

hen it comes to Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore, “The Hits Just Keep Comin’” (as they used to say on AM top 40 radio). This week’s featured style is Dolly, and it’s one of my favorite updos. Read on to discover why.

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I don’t know why Alli&Ali never feature a red in their pictures, but as they say, beggars (and reviewers) can’t be choosers. Still, Dolly is a cute name for a cute style.

Naturally, however, I’m wearing it in red. I like it because it has just the right amount of erotic dishabille. It’s a perfectly fine style to wear in public: it’s an attractive style, yet it also hints at possible pleasures to come in private.

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And here’s what’s even better: if you go to the Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore, it’s the gift of the week (in light blonde), or you can buy it in hazel for $L50. The complete set, which comes in all the colors shown above, is priced at $L1500.

I Can’t Overstate How Much I Like Alli&Ali

And not just because I get free styles to review, either. Before I started blogging for them, they were always my go-to vendor for hair and other fashion accessories. In fact, I will go on record right here and state that I believe they have the best hair in all of SL.

Besides the main store, you can also find them at Alli&Ali Designs Classic, in the SL Marketplace, on their website, and on Facebook. But keep in mind that if you want the gifts and discounts, you can only get them at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

Until next time,

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Further Thoughts on Avatar Appearance

Sometimes it’s not what you do but what you don’t do that can make a big difference in how you look to other people.

Avatar Complexity

Take, for instance, your avatar complexity. This is a figure that’s determined by what you’re wearing: shape, skin, hair, clothes, attachments, etc. In short, everything that makes up who you are. This is a bare-bones description; for further details, see the SL Wiki page covering the subject.

Let’s put it this way: the more complex your avatar, the longer it will take for other folks to see you. You will always appear as your self on your own screen, but it will take you longer to appear properly to others on their screens.

You can’t go wrong by keeping your complexity value as low as possible.

Facelights

This is one of by biggest pet peeves. I admit it: I hate them. The idea behind a facelights is to highlight your facial features in dim ambient (natural) lighting, which sounds like a Clever Idea©, but is really a Bad Thing©.

In the first place, many sim designers put a lot of thought and effort in creating a particular atmosphere for their location. So why would you think that your appearance should override their design decisions? Because that’s exactly what your facelight is doing. By showing up with a glowing face, you’re destroying the ambience for everyone there.

Besides, unless you’re hosting a haunted house around Halloween, do you walk around in real life with a light shining in your face?

‘Nuff said.

HUDS, Collars, & Miscellaneous Items

Most of my own hairstyles come with a HUD (heads-up display) to control the color, size, brightness, etc. But once I’ve made my choice, I detach the HUD. This is true for just about every other attachment I wear. HUDs often have a heavy script weight, and adversely affect your complexity.

The same goes with other wearable objects. Again, for more details, see the Wiki page.

Scripts

While scripts don’t affect your complexity, they can contribute to how many resources you consume in any given sim. That’s why a lot of sims or parcels have billboards that display how many scripts you’re wearing. The higher the number, the more resources you’re consuming, which results on everything operating more slowly for everyone around you.

Simply put, keep your scripts to a minimum. It reduces lag. The rest of us will appreciate it, and you’ll be less likely to be ejected by the sim owner.

Finally

If I see you in a sim and your avatar complexity renders you as a solid color, you can be sure that I will Block and Derender you. If you’re going to be that unthinking or uncaring about other people, I want to have nothing to do with you.

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