One of the reasons I created this blog was to celebrate the people that make Second Life what it is today. When I first got into it, I was awed and amazed at the creativity of the community. Their creativity can, in turn, spur my own; be it through writing or photography, and especially roleplay and immersion into my Second Life. A friend recently introduced me to a designer who’s having trouble getting her creations out, and I’ll tell you, it’s not at all for lack of quality. The marketplace can be a difficult to navigate at best and is not really friendly towards new designers trying to break in. I found Christiane of Rejuve’s Raggs to be a dear, sweet lady, and after some discussion, she decided that she would offer a promo price on one of her new creations to introduce folks to her work. Therefore, I am modeling for you her “Strappy Wrap Dress” which is available in the marketplace for 100 lindens. I will also add the good news that almost everything else I am wearing can be obtained for FREE.
The silky soft periwinkle hugs every curve with realistic draping and folds in the fabric. The high front slit edged in iridescent sequins adds a sexy drama to a classic wrap dress. The dress comes in several sizes, there’s fitmesh (not standard sizing) XS-SL, as well as Slink Physique, Maitreya, and Belleza Venus. There’s an extra detail which I am super excited for! Christiane has included an omega layer that serves as a fantastic glitch foil. I didn’t have to use my alpha at all! I wish all designers would do this! I often try to make my own out of layers I have that may match, but it’s never as good as this. Of course, some extremely positioned animations may still have a bit of peek-a-boo, but hey that’s all mesh, can’t fault the designer.
I’ll also offer my opinion on the rest of her marketplace store. At first glance, I thought the prices may be a tad high. However, that’s me, cheapo Missy. But on second glance, once I really looked at what all was included in each outfit I changed my mind. There are several pieces in some, different skirt types for the same outfit, accessories like shoes and jewelry, so that when Missy Math comes into play, after all, there’s no law that says you can only use an item with a single outfit, I find that per item most fall under the 100L threshold.
And Another Amazing Lady
So, I decided it was time, I officially adopted The Little Black Dress. That’s how I phrased it anyway when I asked in a round-about way to be an official blogger. I just love Peony, and find so many uses for her items, that it’s a natural fit for me. That bit of official blog news out of the way, I’m once again using her group gift of modifiable glasses. This time, via select face, I applied a free iridescent texture that I found on google, and then set the “bumpiness” to shiny, and the “shininess” (specular setting) to medium. I am thoroughly loving having these! I can endlessly customize them to compliment my outfits! I do pay 10L when I upload a texture, but I also have many on hand already, and of course, it’s always free to simply change the color. However, the absolute beauty of it is that to get this gift, and the 8 others currently up for members, you don’t have to pay a cent, as The Little Black Dress group is FREE to join!
The Midwinter Fair
The 7th Midwinter Fair is a short little event, only lasting 6 days, it ends on the 18th. Several designers have come together and are offering winter and roleplay offerings. Every stall has a gift, and there are several designers involved, so there are a bunch of gifts! I was really digging this necklace that I picked up for FREE at the Bite & Claw stall. I love how the “Celestis Necklace” slides perfectly in between my cleavage, and the natural elements in the design.
Also, Sweet Revolutions has offered this stunning tree behind me as their FREE gift. The ” ~*SR*~ Winters Hollow ~ Lights of Elune cm” is animated as well as lighted with bright swirling blue bubbles that circle the tree. I totally adore this tree, it calls to my sparkle, whimsy, and creativity.
Gimme More Gacha Guardians!
I just love Gimme Gacha Events, even if I do end up pulling too many gachas! I’ll have more to show you from the Gacha Guardians Event hopefully in my next post as well, so you’ll have time to budget for it before the end of the month! Great gacha pulls aside (I did win 2 rares!) Nearly every designer has also set out a gift. My side swept hairdo is the gift set out by Pr!tty The Kyla hair comes in rigged and unrigged with ALL of the color HUDs. I opted for a fade from the greyscale HUD for this look.
The stunning bubbles behind me are made by Puke Rainbow. There are 3 colors of the “Nebula bubbles”, pink, purple, and blue. At only 1 land impact, each has a choice between 2 rotating animations. They are 100% original mesh and resizable. I was simply delighted when I opened the box and saw them, I am going to have soo much fun with these! These beautiful bubbles are also a FREE gift at the Gacha Guards. To get these, the hair, and all the other gifts at the event, you need to be in the Gimme Gacha group which is FREE to join!
Surprise, Surprise, More from The Free Dove
Digging into THE BEST GIFT EVER, formally known as the Dulce Secrets 2017 Free Dove Collection, I’ve layered 4 makeup tattoos for this look. I started with the “::DS:: Fresh Purple Eyeshadow”, then put the “::DS:: Mystical Lilac Makeup” over that. On my cheeks I applied “::DS:: Rosy Glow Blush” and rounded out the look with the “::DS:: Pouty Pink Lips”. I’m wearing the usual basics as well, the Plume Mesh Eyelashes from ATIA, and the eyeliner and eyelashes (on tattoo layer) from Blacklace Beauty. And all of this is on top of my always used skin from The Free Dove, Avi-Glam’s “AG. Anna Skin (exclusive for Free Dove).
My sparkly fun bracelet and earrings are from the “Wild Whimsy Texture Change Set” that is one of Chop Zuey’s gifts in The Free Dove. I have to tell you, I use this set ALOT. I finally figured out that I needed to save the HUD open in each outfit I use it in so that I can immediately set the colors to what is needed to match my outfit. There’s also a stunning necklace in the box. I’ve included the vendor ad so you can check out the HUD on this baby, as well as see the necklace. The top 2 rows in the HUD are for the large gems, and the bottom 2 for the smaller ones, and of course, the gold and silver bars are to set the metal.
You’ll need The Free Dove tag to snag the gifts, but the group is FREE to join as always!
Can’t Forget the Shoes!
This is not my first time modeling one of KC Couture’s many group gifts. These strappy heels come with a 40 color HUD that lets you customize 6 different areas of the shoe, as well as a choice of 5 metals for the chain. The “KC Hedy Heels” are rigged for Slink high, Maitreya, Belleza, TMP Ouch, and Eve. Also included is the “KC Ankle Pose Helper” which is something I always use to fix those animations that make us appear as if we have overly flexible, or disjointed feet!
I’ll again mention the benefits of joining the KC Couture group, which is one I joined by the recommendation of a friend. The cost is a mere 25 lindens. There are 9 group gifts, 2 lucky boards, and a very active mini-mania board to slap for the chance at a 50 linden gift card. You’ll also receive notice of all the sales and events that the store is running. There’s nearly always a promo running for 99 lindens, and if you slap the mini-mania board often enough, you can snag them for 49.
Clothes & Accessories
Shoes: KC Couture “KC Hedy Heels” -group gift/group 25L to join
Ring: Beloved Jewelry ” “Texture Change Gem Dome Ring” -60L (sale)
Body & Makeup
Body: Violet Studios “Tudoto Mesh Body”- 2,000L
Hands: Violet Studios – “Fusion 2 – Bento Hands Version 2.0″ 200 lindens
Skin: Avi-Glam “AG. Anna Skin (T1, black eyebrows, cleavage)” @ The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.
Eyelashes: ATIA’s “Plume” in Swag Bag –FREE!
Eyelashes and Eyeliner tattoo: Blacklace Beauty “Eyelashes and liner 1” – 99L (fatpack)
Eyeshadow: Dulce Secrets “::DS:: Fresh Purple Eyeshadow”, & “::DS:: Mystical Lilac Makeup” in the box “Dulce Secrets 2017 Free Dove Collection @ The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.
Blush: Dulce Secrets: “::DS:: Rosy Glow Blush” in the box “Dulce Secrets 2017 Free Dove Collection @ The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.
Lips: Dulce Secrets: “::DS:: Pouty Pink Lips” in the box “Dulce Secrets 2017 Free Dove Collection @ The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.
Glasses: The Little Black Dress “*LBD* Color change glasses” -Group gift/group FREE to join
Props and Landscaping
Bubbles: Puke Rainbow “Nebula Bubbles” Gift at Gacha Guardians Event/Gimme Gacha group FREE to join
Crystal Ground Cover: Lillith’s Den “Crystal Patch” –
past Redux gift
Sim: Scene from $60 lindens Plus Rentals