It’s no secret that, for what amounts to centuries in SL, the Maitreya Lara mesh body has maintained a competitive edge over the Slink Physique, because its proportions accommodate a wider variety of avatar shapes and because it’s a lot more convenient and cost-effective than the Physique. The HUD has always been easier to navigate, you only need to purchase one applier HUD for body, hands and feet, and, finally, the autohide/autoshow kit really makes a customer’s life easier and adds value to both the garment and the mesh body itself.
When I first joined Second Life, way back in 2006, I was one of the many people who earned their Lindens in SL’s then-flourishing sex trade – this is something I freely and readily admit. In the era of system layer clothing, prim shoes, and prim hair, many people who later went on to become major or minor SL fashionistas frequented establishments like the ones I was working at and inquired about our garments and accessories, from shoes to collars and from hair to clothing.
Then came the era of sculpties, with Stiletto Moody and N-Core ruling the roost w.r.t. heels, and then came rigged mesh. Although I had all but lost interest in SL’s sex trade, I still had friends in the scene and sometimes visited them at work. Problem is, I had already pretty much abandoned system layer clothing and switched to mesh. And many of those establishments had a guideline for escorts and patrons to not wear mesh garments, because some people “couldn’t see mesh” or were seriously lagged down by it. While the latter was true in crowded areas, the former I found ridiculous. Since you’re supposed to be running a current viewer that supports mesh, why are you telling me you “can’t see mesh”?
I guess one could say we girls are spoilt for choice when it comes to clothing, shoes, hairstyles, jewellery, and all sorts of accessories and trinkets in Second Life. Well, compared to what the guys have to make do with, I guess it’s true. There’s a wild variety of styles, mostly derived from Real Life (RL) fashion, available for us, and about three months’ worth of average Jane salaries is more than enough to stock a female avatar’s inventory to the hilt with hairstyles, clothes, shoes, lingerie, and so on.
However, it’s when you start looking at what is actually available that the wares on offer by SL vendors and content creators that you realise your options aren’t as many as you’d have liked. Today, I’ll talk about jewellery, and ankle and foot jewellery in particular.
Yes, I know: You can really hear the crickets in my blog, as the intervals between posts are now in the region of months. It’s true that I don’t blog anywhere near as often as I used to, as I have neither the time nor the willingness to give my SL blogging the effort I used to. I’m far too busy in RL and, truth be told, the things happening in RL make all the SL-related drama look like the bitching about First World Problems it really is.
I know this will offend a bunch of people, but when people are driven to suicide by the chronic unemployment to which they’ve been “sentenced” by the neoliberal psychopaths in charge, when people in our neighbourhoods become homeless overnight because the “bailout” programmes have made even renting a small apartment untenable, I really can’t be arsed to give much thought to the technicalities and intricacies of SL, Sansar, High Fidelity or whatever. Thus, until further notice, this blog shall remain a mere pastime for me, whenever I feel like blogging something.
OK, so I decided to update (once again) my look for this spring – and it’s been quite a bit since I last posted anything here. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m wearing:
- Body: Slink Physique
- Hands: Slink Casual
- Feet: Slink Deluxe
- Hair: Exile The Evening Lights (from the Collabor88 event)
- Skin: *League* Jen Suntan PinkChampagne
- Face Makeup: **NOYA**
- Eye Makeup: LAQ
- Eyes: IKON Perspective – Coffee (I can’t find them at their marketplace store anymore; perhaps you should try their in-world store)
- Ears: [Mandala] Simple Ears HUTUU
- Eyelashes: Lelutka 2011 (sculpted – no longer available)
- Dress: CandyDoll Serena Aqua (from the Collabor88 event)
- Shoes: CandyDoll Esme Aqua (from the Collabor88 event)
- Poses: Tulip by Diesel Works
And here‘s the album on Flickr!