Fantasy Avatar: The Demoness

Not all Second Life avatars have to be human. In fact, non human avatars are a common sight in Second Life. Today I’ll be showing you a beautiful demoness. The best part about making many fantasy humanoids is that they can build off the human base you may already be using!
Shoutout to hhhnnnnnggggggg for inspiring this post! The redditor commented on a post about Second Life Avatar Questions and mentioned he or she had purchased a set of bento demon wings. That in addition to a short conversation about fantasy avatars gave me the little push to start showing off some non human characters.

Get the Demoness Look

Since most players likely have the basics they enjoy using (such as a body, feet, hands, head) I haven’t included those in this section. I used mostly products that I already had, however a few new purchases were made. If you’d like to copy the style completely you can find full credits at the bottom of the post. Feel free to click any image for a larger version to check out the detail.

Wings and Tail- EVolved creatures

A second life demoness shows off her wings and tail by evolved creations

EVolved creatures creates bento fantasy enhancements for avatars. At the time of this posting the current selection is small, but each item is versatile, great quality, and beautiful. They currently offer the following products:

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Free Dove Friday: February 17, 2017

Since discovering The Free Dove, I’ve decided to showcase one look a week with items from the store. Welcome to the second installment of Free Dove Friday!

This week showcases products by alaskametro and 1 Hundred.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. alaskametro
    • Clothes, shoes, makeup, nail polish, skins, you name it, alaskametro has it.
    • Focused on products for women.
    • Larger selection at the Marketplace Store.
  2. 1 Hundred.
    • Offers a diverse collection of clothing for women.
    • Has a group gift section.
    • More to find at the Marketplace Store.

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Free Dove Friday: February 10, 2017

Since discovering The Free Dove, I’ve decided to showcase one look a week with items from the store. Welcome to the first installment of Free Dove Friday!

This week showcases products by Duh!, Apple May Designs, and KingbalStores.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. Duh!
    • Shoes and accessories
    • Main store has mostly women’s items,
    • Marketplace store  has more men’s items.
  2. Apple May Designs
    • Skins, shapes, clothing, shoes, and accessories
    • Main store focuses on women
    • Marketplace store has more options for men
  3. KingbalStores
    • Shoes and clothing
    • Sells products for men and women
    • Marketplace store has huge selection

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Spotlight on Graffitiwear

If you’re anything like me you love finding diverse, high quality, and unique outfits for your avatar. After all, how you dress is a huge part of how others in Second Life see you. Thankfully Graffitiwear has a wonderful selection of products to make you stand out.

 


Shopping Graffitiwear

Founded in 2009 by Chalice Piers, Graffitiwear has been offering high quality clothes in world and on the Marketplace for longer than some players have even been around. Visiting the in world store has the added benefits of Lucky Letter Boards, Midnight Mania, Discount Roulette, and Gifts for group members as well as a Lucky Dip available to anyone. Whether you need cute casual wear, sexy lingerie, a dress for the night out, or makeup and accessories to finish your look, you’ll find it here.


A female Second Life avatar shows off her black tank top by Graffitiwear. It says Love written in fire on the bottom of the shirt.
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Double Sweater Set

This double sweater set may very well be my favorite top right now.  It comes in three themes: Dark Love, Playful Love, and Rose Love. The fatpack includes all the themes for a total of 12 tank tops and 9 sweaters to go over them. This makes 108 different tank and sweater combinations! If it’s too warm for the sweater you can totally rock the tank top itself. The value doesn’t stop at variety, check out the quality in the image to the left. I encourage you to view the full image so you can see just how much love and hard work went into the texture of these pieces.

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“Ooh la la Paris Love!” at Fashion Dazzle

Every month Fashion Dazzle runs a themed sales event. For February 2017 we get to shop with a flair for Paris! This month’s products range in price from 90L$ to 1500L$, though you can find two tops for 10L$ each! Read on for sneak peeks and a full list of participants.

 

Sneak Peeks

You’re here for the sneakin’, aren’t you? Well I won’t make you wait! As always, the images can be clicked for full view so you can check out the details on these beautiful outfits. Items available at the event are listed in bold.

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The Free Dove’s February 2017 Mini Hunts!

Looking for a free makeover? Look no further! The Free Dove is hosting three mini hunts featuring the works of Cero Style, alaskametro, and Marquesse. Read on for more details!

February Hunts at The Free Dove

Each designer has a small section showing you the item you’re looking for in the store. Each section also shows at least one item you can get from the designer.  The object you’re hunting for can be found to the left of the brand’s name. The designers’ products used in the photos will be listed under the images in each section. As always, full photo credits can be found at the bottom of the post and each image can be clicked for full view.

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The Basics Of Second Life Hunts

Note: While the images in this blog post are from 2017, the content has been reviewed and updated for 2020.

Hunting in Second Life may conjure up the image of virtual big game shooting experiences. While that probably exists on grid, it’s not what we’re talking about today; we’re focusing on shopping events! Second Life hunts are a fun way to collect items for both your avatar and your home. Here are the very basics of hunting events in Second Life.

What Exactly Is A Second Life Hunt?

Imagine if a scavenger hunt, hide and seek, and some Second Life goodies were all shaken up together. The result? A Second Life hunt! You’re given a place to start looking and then you scour the area for the product. Usually the product is boxed in a themed shape such as a little coin, apple, or animal. Once you find the product you activate it (usually by touching or paying) to receive the gift and a hint about the next item to find. Most hunts only run for a set amount of time, so make sure to check the dates before you start!

Hunts can be free or they may have a charge. They may hide all the items in one sim or in locations all over the grid. Each and every hunt is different and appeals to different people. One person may enjoy a smaller hunt with items that aren’t too hard to find while another may prefer spending hours looking for many tricky items.

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The Free Dove

Note: While the images in this blog post are from 2017, the content has been reviewed and updated for 2020.

Since 2005 The Free Dove has been helping players make their Second Life avatars absolutely gorgeous. The store is filled with clothes, shoes, hair, accessories, and more so everyone can look stylish. The cost? Absolutely nothing. That’s right, nearly everything at The Free Dove is completely free of charge.

Shopping At The Free Dove

A Second Life woman shows off her purchases from The Free Dove

Located in beautiful Gallii, The Free Dove caters to new players and veterans alike. The store itself has easy to see guides on everything from basic etiquette to unpacking your purchases. While the place is extremely newbie friendly, veteran players don’t want to pass up the chance to visit. Even though there is no cost for the majority of items at the store, the products at The Free Dove are generally good quality. The owner, Palomma Casanova, handpicks all the designers to ensure everything meets her standards. The second floor hosts a few Gacha machines and low cost vendors, though the majority of the products are on the free first floor. Whether you’re just starting your inventory or you’re rounding out your collection, The Free Dove has something for you.

You WILL need to join The Free Dove’s group to get any of the items.

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Vista Bento Hands For Ladies – Final Version!

Update: Slink’s Dynamic Hands have been released! Check out the release post for a comparison between Slink’s bento hands and Vista’s bento hands.


Vista Animations has been letting us play with their beta bento hands for a few months now. Today they’ve released their final update for the beta version. This update addresses various customer concerns as well as a bundle of quality of life improvements. Keep reading for the official video and to see what’s new with your Vista bento hands. Not sure what I’m talking about? Check out my posts on Project Bento and bento hands.



VISTA BENTO PROHANDS V1 FINAL (FEMALE) posted by Vistanimations

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Bento Hands vs Static Mesh – What’s Right For You?

Note: Bento hands now come standard with most bodies. I’ve reviewed this post to ensure it is still accurate for 2020, however your body most likely already has bento hands included.

Maitreya's original nonbento hand.
Static Maitreya (2017)

Static Mesh Hands

We’re all used to the static mesh hands by now.  They can look nice, however they are stuck in a neutral position. Originally static hands came standard with the body you purchase, but they are almost entirely phased out on modern avatars. Some static hands come with a HUD to allow the user to change various details on the hands. This may include things like skin tone, nail style and color, or tattoos/markings such as freckles. Until recently Second Life hands were little more than an extension of the body.

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