There is so much happening in Second Life right now that it’s sometimes overwhelming. Consider this single post which features a casual outfit at a local coffee shop. But underneath, out of site, there a lot happening. Here are the bullet points.
- Monthly Events Collabor88 and Hairology
- Quarterly Event The Arcade
- Annual Events Shoetopia and Skin Fair
- The New Realism: Slink Dynamic Hands with idle animations and poses
- The New Realism: New Facial Expressions for Lelutka Bento Heads
So at The Arcade, PLAAKA and RH Design House both released coffee houses. I loved the reclaimed factory with the crumbling walls a lot but loved the table and chairs from RH Design House. There’s no rule I can’t mix and match so I did. The coffee house is on the plaza where the bench and music clock from RH Design House add a wonderful atmosphere.
Shoetopia is opening in just a few days, on the 25th. I got a sneak peak and so very much love the build. It is built in an H, so if you go up one side of each part of the H and down the other, you won’t miss a single fabulous store. There’s a real diversity of styles from this casual flat from ANE to funky platforms, sexy boots and dangerous stilettos. There are even men’s shoes which is the real sign that organizers did serious outreach and efforts for diversity.
My outfit pairs a top from Stories & Co that comes with HUDs for plain colors or graphic prints. There is also a “flat” option for those who don’t want to be as well-endowed as most SL clothing is designed. I like to see the ‘flat’ options as it provides recognition and inclusion of gender nonconforming avatars. The jeans from Aphorism has patches with a HUD that lets you pick all the different patch fabrics. I also am wearing a scar from one of Zaara’s elegant ethnic outfits she released this month. The top, jeans, and my scarf are all available at Collabor88.
I am wearing a loose pony tail from EMO-tions. Here you can get a closer look at the Zaara scarf. The fabric print is lovely. My skin is from PXL Creations, AVA, a Lelutka applier skin and released at Skin Fair. The eye shadow is from the Blossom makeup applier that AlaskaMetro released for Skin Fair.
Lelutka has released three sets of expressions. They are more subtle and cheekier than the original expressions. They are a lot of fun. With the set of expressions, you can get a HUD with the poses. It’s independent of the mesh head, working on the avatar bones, so it should work with any mesh head. However, the big win is the Injector. You wear your mesh head, add the injector, and it injects the poses into your mesh head HUD…this means you can have all your poses in the original hud, so you don’t have to be putting on and taking off HUDS.
So…now I need to go unpack some shoes.
Clothing: !APHORISM! Ana Patched Jeans Fatpack – Maitreya @ Collabor88
Zaara : Deepika scarf (maitreya) *mint floral @ Collabor88
Stories&Co. Baby Tee – Fatpack Maitreya @ Collabor88
Shoes: ANE Rand Sneakers (slink) Cherry @ Shoetopia
Skin: PXL Creations Ava @ Skin Fair
Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * JANNE * @ Hairology
Poses: oOo Studio @ Shoetopia
Appliers: alaskametro<3 “Blossom” makeup palette – Lelutka appliers @ Skin Fair
[PXL] Ava NAT ~ for Lelutka Heads
Eyes: [PXL] REFLEX Eyes (M) ~ GreenGold
Mesh Attachments: .LeLutka.Head.Chloe 2.6
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Deluxe V1.2.5
Slink Hands – Dynamic – Female L (anims) V1.1
HUDS: .LeLutka.Chloe.HUD 2.6
AnyPose Expression HUD v1.0 – Wear Me
Slink Ankle Lock
All @ The Arcade
RH Design House Cafe in the Park: Cafe Table, Chairs (Red, Yellow, Red), Sign, Park Bench, Counter, Music Clock
PLAAKA Coffee Factory,
tarte balloon lights