Shop n Hop 2019

I have spent hours recording a post on this event, I shopped for 5.5 hours and got so many things the video ended up at 2 hours in length. I do not even know where to begin on that, but did not want to not put out the information now for people to get their own Shop n Hop excitement. Every booth has a gift, and every booth has reduced the prices of their items by a minimum of 20%. This is definitely the time to get your shop on.

Even more exciting is that with everything in most stores on a vending system, and the event being until the New Year you could totally start your gifting early or just make a list, check it twice and then go back to the event just prior to Christmas day and start sending gifts to everyone. A lot of items and gifts have a Christmas theme, but that does not by any means mean you cannot get your shop on even if it is not your particular holiday. I loved it, I loved it 5.5 hours worth and many hours of video of me on my posestand talking like a crazy person. I am so out of practice, but I will work something out, not even sure how long a video I can upload to YouTube.

The stores involved in this event are great, the range is wonderful and while there may be many things you already have, it could give you the moment to stock up for the alts, because they deserve some love too.

The Moles put in a great amount of work making it look as beautifully festive as possible, and the stores themselves did a lot to make you really feel it was the season and reason to be Jolly, so fa la la la la your awesome selves over to the event.

Aurelian Region
Gilded Region
Gleaming Region
Golden Region
Halcyon Region
Tinseled Region

Offlines to Email in Second Life

 

 

Baiastice & Video on Second Life Offlines to Email

Years ago, four in fact, I wanted to do a post discussing capping and the information on offlines to emails, and how nothing should actually be missing, if done correctly. There will be times when SL does something odd, or when you are logging in and someone IMs you and you may lag out or even crash and that would not be saved, but all in all my 13 years in Second Life, I have probably missed less than half a dozen things in all that time. Offlines to email are so much a part of my every day, I even check them when I am in world, because sometimes sim crossing glitches can cause an IM you are in to send part of it to email, weird but true.

I hope the video helps assure you of how SL does work with offlines and how you can be confident in knowing how or what is the best way to communicate with someone. Whether it be IM or notecard, the reality is, all get through it is just up to the receiver how they collect the information.

This tank dress with bra option and customisable sneakers are by Baiastice and at this round of c88 I love them so much, I even did a colour change part of the way through the post.

Equipment Used:

Photoshop

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Furniture in Background of image – Tarte & Soy (Whimsy’s home)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Slink Visage Redux Amelia Mesh Head – Bakes on Mesh Only – Slink

Physique Hourglass Bundle REDUX (bake on mesh compatible)  Slink

Visage Redux Ear Augment Long Point – Slink 

Extra Long Add on Nails Ballerina –  Slink 

Nails Appliers – Flair 

System/Bom Layers:

Body/Head

Erin Skin – League 

JuliaEarth Small Upward MixedColors – Simple Bloom

Ocean Sunset makeup palette – AlaskaMetro

Mesh Clothing:

Penny Tank Dress – Baiastice @ C88

RSX Sneakers – Baiastice @ C88

Hair:

Tease – Lamb

Accessories:

Dedicated 2 Collar – Cae

 

 

AlaskaMetro Bakes on Mesh and how to change layer order in Firestorm Appearance

I am still enjoying so much my foray into all things Bakes on Mesh, the other day Whimsy and I hit up AlaskaMetro, as we had been over a few weeks back but it was time to go all in and grab items that we did not already own. I have been mixing up different palettes and styles, layering things over the top of eachother, as Alaska does great stains and glosses and makeup that fits really well with other makeup. No need to think about where it should go on the head or the body, just wearing adding and a tip on how to change the stacking order of same same layers in the video.

Equipment Used:

Photoshop

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

lighted pallet wall (white) – Tarte

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Slink Visage Redux Amelia Mesh Head – Bakes on Mesh Only – Slink

Physique Hourglass Bundle REDUX (bake on mesh compatible)  Slink

Visage Redux Ear Augment Long Point – Slink

System/Bom Layers:

Body/Head

Elspeth Skin BoM – Ritual

JuliaEarth Small Upward MixedColors – Simple Bloom

Mesh Clothing:

Spring Set – Fashionably Dead

Hair:

Let me Down – Exile

Makeup Examples: Alaska Metro

Venus Eyeshadow
Outline Eyeshadow
Cairo Eyeshadow
Duochrome Eyeshadow
Lila Eyebrows
Bali Eyeshadow
Tightline Eyeliner
Fete Eyeshadow
Glitter Eyebrows
Soiree Eyeshadow
Fall Runway Makeup
Frosting Eyeshadow
Blossom Makeup Palette
OnFleek Makeup
Pumpkin Spice Makeup
Florence Eyeshadow
Daytime Makeup
Fatale Eyeshadow
Black Magic Makeup
Rose Gold Makeup
Astral Eyeshadow
Fall Essentials Makeup
Baby Goth Makeup
Rebel Makeup
Drama Queen Makeup
Royale Makeup
Ocean Sunset Makeup
Wytch Makeup
Whimsy Makeup
New Wave Makeup
Orchid Lipstick
Sakura Makeup
Noelle Makeup
L’Automne Eyeshadow
Bubblegum Lipgloss
Berry Kiss Lipstick
Fey Lipgloss
Coral Makeup
London Lipstick
Crimson Lipstick
Lipslick
Summer Beauty Book
Winter Beauty Book
Spring Beauty Book

Izzie’s Bakes on Mesh Updates

Izzie's Bakes on Mesh Updates

 Free BOM Updates
I have this story about Izzie Button, I am pretty sure I have put it in here before, and I can assure you it is one of my go-to stories when it comes to discussing content creators in Second Life. It happened in 2010 I had done a blog post including some of Izzie’s items, and I went on to say how I would have loved the item as separate layers, as it would make the item even more versatile. A couple of hours later I got an IM from Izzie she had gone and redone the item, packaged it, updated it and it was now an item that could be worn multiple ways. It will be always how I think of Izzie, going above and beyond for her customers, and seeing her big vibrant Hellos in plurk and her overall enthusiasm as a creator. So when I heard that she was already including Bakes on Mesh layers in her more recent releases in the past year or so, I was not shocked….but then to see that she is calling out to her customers to ask them what much older items they would like to see her update to Bakes on Mesh, I just smiled and thought, yes, that is exactly what I would expect. But then she went further. If you run, do not walk, over to Izzie’s she has started her updates and they are FREE for a limited time so that people that have previously purchased them can scoop them up and refresh their inventories.

I am showing each update on its own and then a shot of me combining them. I am wearing a much older system skin from Izzie’s and the pores update just gives it a brand new lease on life.  What I love most about this, is that while I am wearing Simone Head by Lelutka for the post, as the updates were for Lelutka and others, I was able to change over to the newer Slink Visage heads that are Bakes on Mesh and bento, and everything fit beautifully, so even if the items are not for your own, try the demos, see how things work, as Bakes on Mesh can be very universal in many cases.

 

Equipment Used:

Photoshop

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

lighted pallet wall (white) – Tarte

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Head – LeLutka

Physique Hourglass Bundle REDUX (bake on mesh compatible)  Slink

System/Bom Layers:

Body/Head

Geanna Skin, all updates listed in image above – Izzie’s 

Clothing:

Twinnie Jeggings – Izzie’s 

Mesh Clothing:

Nice PJ Top – Fashionably Dead

Hair:

D802 hair, G1224 hair – Tram

Whimsy Winx – Genesis – Blueberry


I have mentioned Whimsy Winx and her landscaping and decorating prowess many times recently and over the years, she tends to get really deep into a theme and then when done leaves it out usually on one of our platforms and then it vanishes, I often give up on waiting for her to blog them herself, and just take my own pictures letting you know it was her work. However, for the past few years, she has been decorating Genesis, the region where our stores reside with Adam n Eve. We have the best landlord in Sachi Vixen because she lets Whimsy go wild as it does add to the beauty of the location. I hope you will visit sometime the space should really be enjoyed, and maybe let Whimsy Winx know how much you enjoyed it because she is incredibly talented in doing these spaces :). I also feature the latest release by Blueberry the can’t relate set mixing the mesh with some system layers as bakes on mesh.

 

Equipment Used:

Photoshop

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Wearhouse Creepy Corridor 

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Slink Visage Redux Amelia Mesh Head – Bakes on Mesh Only – Slink

Physique Hourglass Bundle REDUX (bake on mesh compatible)  Slink

Visage Redux Ear Augment Long Point – Slink

System/Bom Layers:

Body/Head

Erin Skin – League 

JuliaEarth Small Upward MixedColors – Simple Bloom @ On9 (sold as Genus appliers with System BOM layers included)

Clothing

Cole Boatneck top – Whippet & Buck (n/a)

Denim Cutoff shorts – Tres Blah (n/a)

Mesh Clothing:

Can’t Relate Stockings, Boots, Cardigan – Blueberry

Hair:

Stacy –  Exile @ Belle Event

Belle Event – set up preview

I was able to get a sneak peek during set up of the upcoming Belle Event. The event has moved its opening date to the 20th of the month, so from this month onwards that will be its new start date. I was a bit too early, as people are still getting their items ready off location, but it gave me a chance to get a feel for the new – to me – build and grab a few early bird items.

You can find more information on Belle event on their website.

Equipment Used:

Photoshop

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Wearhouse Creepy Corridor 

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Slink Visage Redux Amelia Mesh Head – Bakes on Mesh Only – Slink

Physique Hourglass Bundle REDUX (bake on mesh compatible)  Slink

Visage Redux Ear Augment Long Point – Slink

System/Bom Layers:

Body/Head

Erin Skin – League 

Clothing

tank top – League 

Tempter Leggings – Flair

Hair:

Stacy –  Exile

Magika Hair 11 Years on

11 years later it was time for me to do a huge binge on some hair at one store, not that that is not something I do regularly at many stores, but having come across the older post the other day, it was fun to revisit the concept of the same store 11 years on.

 

Equipment Used:

Photoshop

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Wearhouse Creepy Corridor 

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Slink Visage Redux Amelia Mesh Head – Bakes on Mesh Only – Slink

Physique Hourglass Bundle REDUX (bake on mesh compatible)  Slink

Visage Redux Ear Augment Long Point – Slink

System/Bom Layers:

Body/Head

Taylor Skin – League 

Clothing

Grandad Vest, Side Gartered Stockings – League 

Denim Cutoff Shorts – Tres Blah

Hair:

All Hairstyles – Magika 

Accessories:

Ariel Rings – Blaxium

 

Bakes on Mesh – System Layer Alpha Creation and Local Textures

I have done a follow-up video as mentioned in a previous post, to help get a handle on how to create alpha layers, how to not have to pay to test them by using local textures. I hope it helps those that are going through their mesh in the hopes of really embracing the bakes on mesh options available.

I mentioned that it was not easy to find something that needed the alphas, just to reiterate the top is great, it was made to use alpha as needed, so it is just an example, if I could have whipped up some mesh myself I would have.

If you have any questions let me know :)

Equipment Used:

Photoshop

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Wearhouse Creepy Corridor 

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Slink Visage Redux Jacquie Mesh Head – Bakes on Mesh Only – Slink

Physique Hourglass Bundle REDUX (bake on mesh compatible)  Slink

System/Bom Layers:

Body/Head

Isla Skin – League 

Baby Hairs V2 – Izzie’s

Hair:

Ponytail – Beusy

Mesh Clothing:

Matilda Top – Addams 

Everything Old is NEW to someone

Everything old is New to someone

I have been saying this pretty much my whole time in Second Life and it is even truer now that Bakes on Mesh has gone live. Slink has just released their new Bento and Bakes on Mesh heads, as well as free updates for the owners of the previous Emma and Becky. This, of course, gave me even more of a reason to pull out the older system skins I still had and I have been waiting forever to wear my Lana skin by Glance. Glance is no longer open, but maybe Bakes on Mesh will bring her back to us.

I have added different brows and moles, and this divine lipstick is by Pink Fuel. The new Slink Visage heads are bakes on mesh only, but they created a lipgloss layer that is tintable and has gorgeous materials applied, and if you reduce the opacity completely you get to use that gloss over any system layer lipstick you may own, such as I did today.

Halloween is not really a big thing in Australia, the whole knocking on peoples doors for candy is just a huge no-no down here, and the only people that used to celebrate it were people wanting an excuse to dress up and have a party, it meant nothing and did nothing and we do not even really have a huge costume crop to choose from, so you often just see a whole slew of people running around in their old school uniforms. We have a smattering of decorations sold in stores, but generally speaking, it is something we see in movies and in TV shows.

The look was not planned to be a Halloweeny look, but it did kind of morph into one, and then I just ran with it. I had popped on the first COCO top in my inventory, and it was this gorgeous one, standard sizing with alpha included…when I wore Slink Physique Original everything fit me, now in Hourglass I just wore a different alpha and went up one size and perfect. The boots not old, they were at a recent Kustom 9 and just matched perfectly to the babydoll. I knew straight away what hair I wanted to wear, an older style by Exile and with the separate hat, it is just adorable. An old set of gloves by Blueberry rounded out the look and I then believed I did not have any Haunted or Scary backdrops to use.

Silly me of course I did and unpacked even though owned for over a year. This creepy corridor comes with materials or none, as well as a resizer built-in, it is so detailed and just perfect for this kind of picture, but from so many angles you could easily take a dozen unique pictures, a definite must-have backdrop.

There are so many events going on now with Halloween themes and I have not had a chance to visit them just yet, but it is early days in the month, but with so many years under my belt in SL, I do really like that I can make a current look with some older pieces and some things that I never have had a chance to use or wear before, you never know, that older item we show may just be the item you have been looking for and now you will know where to find it.

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Wearhouse Creepy Corridor 

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Slink Visage Redux Jacquie Mesh Head – Bakes on Mesh Only – Slink

Physique Hourglass Bundle REDUX (bake on mesh compatible)  Slink

System/Bom Layers:

Body/Head

Lana Skin – Glance (not available)

Satin Lipstick Dark – PinkFuel

Baby Hairs V2 – Izzie’s

Eyebrows + Moles – Custom

Hair:

Break the Rules – Exile

Clothes Mesh:

Puff Sleeve Blouse – COCO

Gloves Satin (gacha) – Blueberry

Shoes:

Victoria Boots – Pure Poison

Accessories:

Sarah Choker – Kuni

SL Blogger Network is Live!

SL Blogger Network Goes Live

I mentioned earlier this week that I was really excited about new things going on, and this is one of the bigger ones. Linden Lab have launched the SL Blogger Network, a curated feed that will allow any and all Second Life Bloggers to opt in with their website, and have the chance to be featured on SL Blogger Network. I took a screenshot of the first release of posts, featuring a heartwarming post by Kess Crystal, and an awesome post about a Library in the Second Life that I did not know about, but am really excited to hear about by Inara Pey. My own Bakes on Mesh post is also present.

What “I” Know/Think:

There will be a team of Lindens that will be managing the SL Blogger Network, looking for content that they feel will enrich our day, whether it be Fashion or Information, they are looking to share as much as possible with those wanting to get more knowledge day to day on the workings of the Second Life Grid. This is not a feed in the general sense of the word that opting in means that every post you do on your blog will hit it, it will be a selection of posts from those that do opt-in posted through. They have plans for potential ‘themed’ days, days that may be set to focus on a particular subject, such as tutorials, tips and tricks etc…or it could be a retro way back timey type of deal where they highlight the looks that were popular in a particular time in the past history of SL. This is the exciting part of a curated feed, because you may not have a current post posted, but something you worked hard on a year ago may catch someone on the team’s eye and fit right into what they want that day to be about.

In the past all feeds, or feed type sites that brought the community together were provided by residents themselves, such as ‘The Planet feed’ (RIP) , IheartSL – which to date is the longest-running , and others that came and went, because it is a lot of work.

This initiative by Linden Lab is not aimed at replacing those or discouraging others to create more, it is instead a showcase spotlight on what it is that Residents do within and outside of Second Life, that they feel really shares the community spirit. Blogging is something people do to connect with others, we do not tend to ever meet or get feedback on what we say and do, but it is a way of sharing our experiences, our knowledge with those that may seek it, and Linden Lab want to show those that are already here, and those yet to come how we as bloggers do that.

I am excited about all the changes that have been happening through Linden Lab and focusing on Second Lifes needs in the past 16 months, it has definitely felt like we have gained more overall in that time, than we have for many years prior. We have Lindens that are really focused on the residents needs more so than ever before, the changes to Marketplace to me are a huge indicator of that, and now this, acknowledging Bloggers and what they provide to the experience of Second Life is really great.

While some think that this is a new move, they have essentially been doing this in one way or another for a long time, through the pictures on the Second Life website, all credited that mean anyone googling could find them and their work, through the picture of the day, by adding your picture to the Second Life Flickr group you were opting in for that to be a consideration. This is just a bigger undertaking along those same lines. The featured posts will not only be available on the SL Blogger Network but also be incorporated into the Social Networks managed by the team, so everything will be as far-reaching as possible.

I myself bounced into Second Life today full of excitement and posted in the SL Bloggerati group so that any that may have missed the news could go get their applications in. I hope if you are a Blogger that you will do the same.

Official Press Release

The Second Life Blogger Network (SLBN) is a new community initiative that aims to promote high-quality, independent blog content to the Second Life community via high-visibility channels, such as official Second Life social media feeds. Selected blog posts will also appear on a new curated feed on the Second Life Community Pages.

Participation in this new promotional program is non-exclusive and free. Bloggers are encouraged to continue to also work with other community blogger networks (such as BVN) and inworld groups for the promotion and distribution of their original editorial content.

GUIDELINES:

Review the SLBN Terms & Conditions and Content Guidelines. This initiative does not aim to influence the editorial content of your independent blog, but we do have editorial and content standards for the text and image content of those posts that we will promote.

PARTICIPATE:

If you are a blogger and want to participate, fill out the submission form and consider adding the optional Second Life Blogger Network badge to your website.

Once you have opted-in, you are eligible to participate! Linden Lab staffers will then watch your blog for consideration for potential inclusion in the new curated Community News thread and social media channels. While not all of your new posts will be selected each day, the aim is to promote several posts weekly selected from the pool of participating bloggers.

For full details about this initiative, read the blog post HERE

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Oracul AO

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Chloe Mesh Head LeLutka

Physique Hourglass Bundle REDUX (bake on mesh compatible)  Slink

System/Bom Layers:

Body/Head

Tasha Skin (COMING SOON) – Adam n Eve

Editorial Eyeshadow 03 & 06, Lipstick 06. Beachday Freckles and Blush – AlaskaMetro

Baby Hairs V2 – Izzie’s

Moles – Custom

Clothing Layers

Avery Crochet Sweater, Ribbed tights – Sn@tch

Solid Bustier – Flair

Hair:

Juliet – Kuni

Clothes Mesh:

Sophia Jeans – Spirit @ Collabor88

Accessories:

Comfy Cozy Rings – Yummy