If It’s Friday…

…It Must Be a New Hair Review!

Chris is the latest offering from Alli&Ali. It’s a masculine style, but it also looks god on women. Here’s how it looks on me:

Chris 1

Chris 2

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Chris comes in several colors:

Chris Hair

It’s a bargain at $L250, but if you buy it now, you’ll get a refund of half the price, so it’s only $L125. I’m not sure how long the sale will last, so get it now! And while you’re at it, check out the sale on red hair styles as well.

My friend Ellie bought Chris, and she wears it in black:

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Of course, Ellie loves all things dark and gothic, and she says she loves Chris.

As always, you can’t go wrong with Alli&Ali for all your hairstyle needs.

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The Transformation of Ellie B

Or, How To Get Your Skin to Match Your Maitreya Lara Avatar

Lara, the current Maitreya avatar, comes with a HUD that, among other things, allows you to match Lara’s skin to the head and face of your base avatar. I’m assuming that once you’ve bought your Lara, you don’t have enough $Lindens left over to buy a mesh head. This post will show you how to achieve a perfect match between your body and your face.

Maitreya HUD

The Maitreya HUD controls many aspects of your appearance, including skin tones. If you can’t get an exact match using one of the presets, you can fiddle around with the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness controls. But even then, you may not be able to achieve a perfect match. HINT: That’s what the NECK FIX ON/OFF button is for. It blends your skin and base avatar colors for a closer match.

Ellie 3

This is not, however, what I recommend.

Enter Glam Affair & Tableau Vivant

Glam Affair & Tableau Vivant is a site where you can find the perfect match for your skins. I discovered them through the Maitreya Lara Friends group, and checked them out. I purchased a set, and lo and behold, they were an exact match!

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SL Daylight Sun Setting is rather harsh, but even in the harsh light you can compare this image with the one above.

Try Glam Affair & Tableau Vivant. I think you’ll be pleased with the results!

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Katniss is Another New Style

My latest style discovery from Alli&Ali is Katniss. It’s another braided style, but it’s a little more formal than Jodie. I like to wear it when I’m dressed for an evening on the town with my beau.

Katniss 1

As you can see, it has a slight erotic dishabille touch to it. And while I’m wearing one of the many red shades, it comes in a wide variety of colors:

A&A Katniss Hair All Colors-pic

Katniss is available in all of the colors shown, and each color has its own HUD so you can select the exact shade you want! The set sells for $250L, which as of this writing, is about USD $1.00—a very reasonable price for the set.

Here are a couple more views of this style:

Katniss 2

Katniss 3

Coming up next:

Finding the exact skin shade to match your Maitreya Lara avatar.

Until then,

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My New Favorite Hair!

From time to time I’ll be writing about new hair styles from Alli&Ali, my favorite hair vendor. I like their designs for several reasons:

  • They’re realistic
  • Most styles are low-prim
  • They can be resized too fit your avatar perfectly
  • Their prices are extremely reasonable. In fact, you can find a lot of them on the Second Life Marketplace for $1L (one Linden).

This week, I’m wearing A&A Jodie Hair Red Colors. It’s a pig-tail style, and it suits my personality:

Jodie 1

Jodie 2

Don’t like this particular shade? No worries! It comes with a HUD (heads-up display) that allows you to pick the shade you like:

Jodie HUD

Once you’ve resized the hair (if necessary) and selected your color, you can delete the scripts. WARNING: as with all styles from Alli&Ali, be sure to make a backup copy before customizing your hair!

Another nice feature of Alli&Ali is that many styles come with a hair-fitting alpha:


This is not included for all styles, because most can be resized to fit your head exactly.
It helps to cover head parts poking through the hair.
This may be useful if you use a rigged mesh hair.
If there is no alpha included and you still want one, come visit the mainstore and get one from the box on the info desk.

DISCLAIMER: As an approved Alli&Ali blogger, I received the entire Jodie range of colors to review for this blog.


Building the Perfect Beast

(Thanks to Don Henley for the title)

So far, all of our talk about avatar appearance and customization have been confined to your human avatar. But what if you’d rather not be human? What if you’d rather be an animal? Can you do that in Second Life?

As a matter of fact, your avatar can become an animal as easily as you became a human. You can be anything from a gentle bunny to a ferocious werewolf to a roaring dragon and anything in between. Just as with you human avatar, if you can imagine it, you can be it.

Meet Julie Blaze

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Julie’s just your average SL avatar…most of the time, that is. But sometimes—particularly when the moon is full—she becomes someone, or rather, something, entirely different.

Julie 2On these occasions, Julie becomes Cheetah-Woman.
Now she is “nature, red in tooth and claw.”
(Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam A. H. H., 1850.)

Actually, she’s not really all that fierce—except maybe on the dance floor! You see, Julie is a “furry;” a non-human, animal-like avatar. How many furries are there in SL? It’s hard to tell, but consider this: there are hundreds thousands of groups with the words furry or furries in their names.

So no, you don’t have to be a human all the time—or even at all.

As my dear departed mother was ever fond of saying, “’Everyone to his own taste,’ said the farmer as he kissed the cow.”

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