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New: “Ingrid” tunic dress/top

"Ingrid" rigged mesh tunic top/dress

“Ingrid” is a retro boho chic look with soft dip-dyed fabric, billowing cutaway sleeves, and an embroidered collar detail. This rigged mesh tunic dress can also be worn layered over leggings or pants. “Ingrid” comes in 6 colours total, and each comes in 5 sizes for easy fitting. L$100 each.

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facebook gift: January 2014

“Ingrid” is also available free to facebook followers for a limited time, in an exclusive royal blue tone! Visit http://facebook.com/alaskametro and click “Special Promotions” to find out how to claim your freebie.

A note about pricing: I use high-quality mesh templates, fully retextured & with custom materials, for my rigged mesh items. These templates have minimum pricing guidelines that I must adhere to. I know many of you love my low prices – rest assured I’ve kept them as low as possible while still respecting the mesh creators’ license and hard work.

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Look of the Day: Unicorn Power

After at least 24 hours of obsessively hitting the teleport button, I managed to get into Collabor88 for the Unicorn-themed round. A handful of crashes later and I managed to collect the goodies I’ve been coveting. Soft pastels and feminine frills have never been my thing; instead I put together an edgier look. A dark unicorn if you will.

Look of the Day: Unicorn Power feat. Collabor88
Look of the Day: Unicorn Power feat. Collabor88

 

Get the look:

  • Exile “Windsong” hair (at Collabor88)
  • Slink Visage face, Slink Physique body, alaskametro<3 “Rose”/Raven v2 skin applier (upcoming)
  • Ibanez “Opalescent” eyes
  • Baiastice “Laurel” lace dress (at Collabor88)
  • Maxi Gossamer “Electra Unicorn Horn” necklace (at Collabor88)
  • Nylon Outfitters Slink Art Nails “Unicorns & Rainbows” – Pastel Galaxy (at Collabor88)
  • alaskametro<3 “Karma” leggings – Nebula
  • Hucci “Selawik” pumps – Gold (at Collabor88)

Stray observations:

  • This Baiastice lace dress fits Slink Physique perfectly if you go one size up. Not sure if it’s intentionally Slink fitted, but it’s wonderful to take a gamble on something meshy that has no alpha and have it fit right.
  • I really came to the event for just the Exile hair, but ended up spending a lot of L$ anyway. Oops.
  • Nylon’s Slink nail polish is some of the best I’ve seen. You should get all of it.
  • Maxi Gossamer is rapidly becoming my favourite virtual jewellery designer. Did you know you can buy some of her stuff in RL too?
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“Nikki” & “Karma” Omega Advanced appliers added: realistic shiny materials!

Karma space-themed leggings with materials applier

I’ve updated both the “Karma” space-themed leggings & the “Nikki” stirrup metallic leggings to include an Omega Advanced materials applier. This allows you to set (and tweak) lighting effects for the clothing on some materials-ready bodies.

The new appliers have been tested on Belleza Venus and Eve. Not all Omega-enabled meshes can support materials, but most can! (Full list here) I really love the effect and enjoy making things shiny for you. <3

“Nikki” – now available on the Marketplace

"Nikki" metallic stirrup leggings

Previously an anyBODY exclusive, the “Nikki” stirrup leggings have been updated with Omega Advanced materials and is now for sale on the Marketplace.

Buy “Nikki” and “Karma” on the Marketplace

 

If you’ve purchased either style of leggings and would like the update, please request a redelivery here. (For anyBODY/TheBigShow purchases, put “anyBODY” or “TheBigShow” as your order number and the month for the date. For review/comp copies, put “review” as the month & date. Thanks!)

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Happy holidays from alaskametro<3!

anyBODY event booth - tree with gifts, Round One

Look for the window tree at my anyBODY booth before December 31st, 2014, to grab ten free gifts! Most of these items will be exclusives and won’t be available again.

anyBODY event gifts for December Round One

TOP ROW:

“Frost” manicure & pedicure for Slink and the Omega System – pale blue sheer nail polish tipped with silver ombre glitter

“Bubbles” manicure & pedicure for Slink and the Omega System – black nail polish with silver and gold metallic dots

“Bette” satin lingerie for Classic avatars, Slink Physique, #themeshproject & the Omega System – retro high waisted satin shorts & thick banded bra with black lace trim. Top comes with and without straps.

“Champagne” manicure & pedicure for Slink and the Omega System – semi-sheer pale golden nail polish with a champagne coloured glitter ombre tip

MIDDLE ROW:

Red/gold “Glitter highlight” lipstick for #themeshproject heads & Classic avatars – a subtle shimmery lipstick

Emerald “Smokeshow” eyeshadow for #themeshproject heads & Classic avatars – smokey dark eyeshadow with emerald green shimmer

“Celebrate” manicure & pedicure for Slink and the Omega System – matte black nail polish with gold ombre glitter tip

BOTTOM ROW:

“Hollyday” manicure & pedicure for Slink and the Omega System – green nail polish with large green and red sparkles

Pink/purple “Glitter highlight” lipstick for #themeshproject heads & Classic avatars – light pink and mauve subtle shimmery lipstick

“Candy” manicure & pedicure for Slink and the Omega System – red and green glitter stripes on white nail polish

Visit the anyBODY booth to get your gifts!

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I heart my meshy bits.

I’ve been skeptical in the past of mesh bodies and mesh clothing in general (mostly due to the fitting issues in Second Life). Maybe it’s because I’m an uber-oldie (almost ten years!) and happy with my massive library of classic textured clothing & sculpt add-ons.

Now that people are adopting applier-based clothing for their mesh bodies, it’s breathed new life into creating avatar clothing for me. Things just look way better on a mesh body. As a designer, it’s nice to have my textures appear as I intended, without weird stretching around the boobs or stray polygons messing up the bum!

I own 4 mesh bodies now, and I love things about each of them. I don’t think any of them are “better” than the others; it really comes down to personal preference.

Mesh bodies: comparison

Above, I’ve worn my mesh bodies with the (December) facebook gift skin in Ivory/brunette, and the “Giselle” bikini in silver.

 

Get the facebook gift skin  (available for December 2014 only)

Get the bikini

 

#themeshproject

This mesh body/head/hands/feet combo is a collaborative effort between several high quality designers. The system is different from the others in that it uses an add-on HUD to access all your options for skin, clothing, makeup, etc. The body itself is a little thicker through the lower body than others I’ve tried, so I’m sure it looks great on curvier shapes as well as slender. I’ve heard mixed things about wearing Slink hands/feet with the body – some people say they’ve got it working, some say there’s a gap. I haven’t tried it yet.

The mesh heads are beautiful and high quality. They’re fairly exotic looking.

Mesh bodies: themeshproject

#themeshproject is one of the more expensive mesh bodies I’ve tried. The body comes with a lot of skintones. Third-party appliers also exist now for skins and clothing – they’re usually referred to as “installers”. The head comes blank with no skin, which I wish I knew before purchasing. Technically it’s still in beta so I’m sure the minor issues I’ve noticed (no nail polishes, no socks layer, etc.) will be resolved before the full release.

Slink

Slink Physique is probably the closest to the default Second Life avatar in terms of proportions. I’ve had the most success wearing mesh clothing with this body. The head and body are seamless with the Slink hands and feet, which is great because of allll the shoes out there for Slink feet. ;)

I love my Slink Visage head. She looks like my avatar’s face, so I do wear it fairly often.

Mesh body: Slink Physique

Slink Physique does not have any alpha sorting issues, unlike other mesh bodies. Yay! But, this is due to there being no transparency on the clothing or makeup. :( This means applier clothing and makeup has a hard edge to it that might not look as intended. (You win some, you lose some, I guess.)

Physique looks best on slender shapes. The Physique body and Visage heads both come with skins built in.

Belleza Venus

Venus had a recent update that improved the neck seam and Slink mesh hands/feet fitting. This body has a wonderful amount of detail and looks phenomenal naked.

Mesh body: Belleza Venus

Venus comes with a tonne of skins and a wide variety of hand shapes built in. The Slink feet fit pretty well for me, but I have issues making my Slink hands work. This is too bad, because the Belleza body’s hands and feet don’t use the default Second Life texture mapping. This makes it more work for skin designers to create skin appliers for Venus. (I’m still on the fence about doing it myself.)

Hopefully Belleza’s body will be back on the market soon!

Absolut Creations Eve

One of the newest mesh bodies on the market, Eve comes in “slim” and “pulpy” versions. (The “pulpy” is simply more curvy and looks good on plus size avatars.) I wear the slim version, and really like the narrow waistline and the level of detail. Eve can fit Slink mesh hands and feet.

Mesh body: Absolut Creations Eve

Eve comes with a skin (the different product names refer to the base skin that she starts off with.) I’m not a fan of the Eve head, but it’s currently a free add-on available in the store.


 

If you’re anything like me, you’ll try a mesh body and then be unable to deal with the usual SL avatar once you take it off!

No photos above were retouched, only cropped/resized. I am wearing the Slink mesh hands/feet with my Belleza Venus.

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