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Mesh Body Comparisons

I began this post a while ago and have had the draft saved. Since I can’t type much, now seemed like a good time to finish it up.

I’ve wanted to do a mesh body comparison post for a while, but I was finally prompted by the recently updated SLink Physique body (the heads, hands and feet all have updates, too, if you missed them). Before this update I honestly didn’t feel the Physique flattered my curvier build. While I thought it looked lovely on my more slender friends, it just didn’t work for me. But that is over! The updated body works very nicely with my curves, as you will see below. I will say, however, it is a more athletic build than either Belleza’s Venus or Maitreya’s Lara bodies. So if that’s something that appeals to you, then Physique is the body for you.

It should be noted that, for the sake of this comparison post, I am wearing the same shape with all three bodies. I have shapes for each of the bodies that have been tweaked to meet my needs, but for this I wanted you to see the differences amongst the same shape. Click through to Flickr to see the comps bigger.

I wanted to show side-by-side comparisons that highlight the things I find most important in a mesh body: Thighs, butt, breasts and belly. This first comp shows off the breasts and belly nicely, as well as the thighs. My favorite thighs, belly and breasts are all on the Lara body. This is really just a matter of my preferring a softer build, over a more athletic one like the Physique offers. However, I feel that Physique is a close second, especially on the thighs and belly.

Body Comparison: Side View

Next, the rear view! I’d say that, for me and what I’m looking for, Lara and Physique tie here, while Venus is behind both (no pun intended).

Body Comparison: Butts!

Lara was also recently updated to have more alpha cuts, and like the updated Physique there are slots where you can save alpha cuts. This is really helpful, and has made me more inclined to wear a mesh body because, honestly, I am lazy and changing alpha cuts is tedious. Venus does not offer nearly as many alpha cuts, which can make it harder to fit clothes not made exclusively for it. However, there are a lot of stores offering clothes to fit the body, so if you prefer Venus just shop around to find designers making clothing for it. As for appliers, both Maitreya’s body and Belleza’s body will work with the Omega system, but Physique does not. Again, this isn’t too much of an issue since a lot of stores have appliers specifically for Physique, but it is worth noting. With the Maitreya body, though there are designers releasing clothing for it, the official developer kit hasn’t been released, so designers are, to an extent, guessing on fit… and sometimes this does show with inexact fits. Now, that being said I run into more issues than most because I also happen to wear a standard size large and my “fit mesh” shape is even curvier than my standard sizing shape. Theoretically with fitted mesh that shouldn’t make a difference, but in reality it does seem to. However, I haven’t had too many issues. Still, if you wear an unconventional shape you absolutely want to demo everything (really a good policy regardless).

Another thing worth noting is that if you wear a Belleza skin, you will definitely want to consider Venus, as Belleza does not offer appliers for any of the other mesh bodies. You’ll have to hand tint if you choose to go with a Belleza skin and a different designer’s body. Hopefully that’s something Belleza will change in the future. Speaking of skins, Maitreya partnered with Glam Affair, so their hud has all of the Glam skin tones preloaded, which is a definite perk if you’re inclined to mostly (or always) wear Glam Affair. I wear Glam skins more than any other skins, so I definitely do consider that a bonus. But I’m a skin addict, and I jump around and plenty of the skins I wear offer appliers for all three of these bodies. Physique includes a skin with purchase, which is also nice. With Physique, you do need to remember that the SLink hands and feet are sold separately. Venus and Lara both come with hands and feet. Lara’s hands have only one basic position, while Venus comes with a very nice, wide array of hand positions. However, both Venus and Lara will work with the SLink hands and feet (just be sure to use the XS size, regardless of your normal, non-mesh body size).

My advice to anyone who hasn’t picked a body yet is to grab demos and wear them for a while. Try all the alpha options with your favorite clothes and see how they work before buying, so you know you’ve made the right choice. For me, it’s all about Lara and Physique, in that order, while at this point I really only use Venus if I’m wearing a Belleza skin because tinting by hand is inexact, to say the least, and annoying.

I am slowly starting to wear the mesh bodies more often, but I’m definitely not a full-timer yet. I still find them to be a bit tedious and time consuming, though the ability to save alpha cut combos definitely helps. However, the lure of these bodies is how beautiful they are, unlike the standard avatar. So, it’s definitely something I see myself using more and more as time passes.

~Lucie

Credits
Physique Look:
Lara Hurley Skins: Elea – red – rose pale
Elua: Jaycee Hair – Redbrown pack
Lacuna: Mae Lingerie – Olive

Venus Look:
PXL: Aeryn – Natural – Makeup 01
Exile: Touch So Warm hair – reds
Lacuna: Mae Lingerie – Blue

Lara Look:
Glam Affair: Katra skin – America 01
Truth: Fynn hair (no headband version) – reds
Lacuna: Mae Lingerie – Sherbert

Other Credits:

Bauhause Movement: Zerkalo 11 – pic 1 (modified to fit my shape using the Animare hud)
Ploom: Bones – 4 (curvy) pic 2

Glam Affair: Olivine Skybox

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Enchantment

Enchantment is a fair tale lover’s dream event. This second edition features items inspired by the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and there are so many wonderful things to be had. In this post, I will feature a few of the goodies you can grab at this event!

First up, this stunning gown from Miamai. The gorgeous red gown (appropriately) has a hood, and I love the lining detail inside the hood.

Red's Solitude

I paired this gown with the lovely Essences skin Harper, which is at The Dressing Room Fusion’s current edition. This version of Harper includes blonde brow and no brow options. Because I really love the style of the brows on this skin, I’m wearing the blonde, which I think are dark enough to work for gingery and lighter brown shades, too. This pose is also available at Enchantment, from Infiniti Poses. The Better To See You pack comes with a hud for SLink nails, naturally in several shades of red. However, here I wearing Flair nail polish.

Hands

Next up, I’ve combined Enchantment items with some items from other fantasy themed events currently happening. My gorgeous wolf is from Enchantment, and is worn as an attachment that then walks with you. It’s available in multiple colors, but I was drawn to the white. My boots are from Half+Deer, also for Enchantment. They come in multiple color options, all of which include a hud so you can customize things like the soles and laces to better suit your needs. The dress is from Sweet Poison for the Fantasy Room, and comes with a hud that includes three color options – all for just L$70, I might add. I decided that after a hunt, I’d probably be grimy, so I took to Marketplace and found some dirt tattoos from BINA. I will caution, though. In the description for these tattoos they say they are “SLink friendly.” I mistakenly took that to mean they came with appliers for SLink hands and feet, but they do not. Despite what the description says, to me it looked weird without dirt on my hands, too. So I bought Adam N Eve’s dirt, sand and blood SLink tattoo appliers. They include a hud for the nails, which is pretty cool, too!

Searching our hearts for so long

This skin is Essences’ Song. I wanted a bare skin that felt as if it had a bit of… raw nobility. Honestly, I’ll admit it. I was going for a sort of grown up Arya Stark look. And yes, I know Arya’s not a redhead. It’s called creative license, people! My dreads are from Tableau Vivant, and they include versions for both men and women. The crown is by tea.s for We Love Roleplay.

No one can tell us we're wrong

Finally, I fell in love with this dress and cardigan from Beetlebones. They come in a variety of colors, but I went for the traditional red for the cardigan and a grey print for the dress. My boots are fri.day’s Enchantment offering, and they’re crazy cute. The pose is another from Infiniti Poses’ Enchantment collection, and my hair is a recent Exile release.

Nowhere to hide

Definitely be sure to stop by Enchantment before it ends at the end of the month! Not only are all of these goodies (and more) available exclusively at the event, the event design itself is stunning.

~Lucie

Credits:
Pics 1 & 2
Essences: Harper skin – Doux TDR Fusion
Wasabi Pills: Dylan hair – cinnamon
IKON: Promise eyes – Apex
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Miamai: Blanchette dress – red Enchantment
SLink: Mesh hands – Casual
Flair: SLink nailpolish applier – set 200
MaVie: Celestial pose 6 (pic 1)
Infiniti Poses: Better to see you 4 Enchantment
Rustica: SkyMoon Environment
Atelier Visconti: Aurora elven arches, bench and fountain set

Pics 3 & 4
Essences: Song skin – Doux
Tableau Vivant: Hill – Dreads series
IKON: Promise eyes – Brown
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Sweet Poison: Sasha tunic Fantasy Room
SLink: Mesh hands – casual
BINA: Dirt tattoo
AE: Dirt, sand & blood SLink applier tattoos for hands & nails
Half+Deer: Red’s Wolf Hunting Boots – Brown Enchantment
Alchemy: Ferris The Great Wolf – Snow Enchantment
tea.s: Her Reign crown – Silver We Love Roleplay!
Glam Affair: Chainedlinked necklace – black & silver
Hopscotch: The Huntress 1 – pose & props 2
Rustica: SkyMoon Environment

Pic 5
Glam Affair: Sylvia skin – America – Base E w/Cheeks 04, Eyes makeup 01, Lipstick 03 H, & Nose 02 Collabor88
Exile: Quiet Afterthought hair – Naturals
IKON: Promise eyes – Mahogany
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Beetlebones: Little Red Hoodie Sweater – red, Little Red Mini Dress – grey Enchantment
fri.day: Hunter boots – wolf Enchantment
Lacuna: Semi-opaque hipster tights – Storm
SLink: Mesh hands – casual
Cae: Into The Woods necklace Enchantment
tea.s: Little Red’s Basket – blue Enchantment
Infiniti Poses: Running Scared 3m Enchantment
Pilot – Garden Supplies, Garden Tools
A.D.D.Andel!: Garden Tool Shed-Aged Wood, Firewood Stack-Smalll
[DDD]: Wood Chopping Stump
Rustica: SkyMoon Environment
Botanical: Aspen trees

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Summerfest Last Call!

Summerfest is an awesome event that is nearly over. You have just a few short hours left to go grab some great goodies, including the oh-so-popular Ohmai pet otters (and otter avs) you may have been seeing all over Flickr. I’m just gonna shut up and post pics ’cause you need to hurry and get there NOW!

My adorable sunglasses are from Noodles for Summerfest. I shot this pic on the beach at the event, where the adorable otters are hanging out near the water’s edge. My outfit is from another event that ends this weekend, My Attic. It’s only L$95 for both the tank and the jeans and there are a bunch of great colors.

It's all about the otters

My skin is also from Summerfest. It’s Glam Affair’s Summer. I’ll have a better shot of that skin later in this post. But first, a quick closeup of my nails and the adorable Noodles charm bracelet from The Arcade.

Summer Vacation

Also from My Attic, this adorable dress from SySy’s. It comes in so many colors your head will spin and you’ll have a hard time choosing. My jewelry is from Handverk, also at My Attic, as is the hair from Exile and the nails for my SLink hands (from Flair). My adorable peep toe shoes are a SLink add on shoe for the medium feet from Ingenue at Collabor88.

Pretty In Peach

Okay, and here’s the closeup of Summer I promised. The freckles on the face are just so perfectly adorable.

Summer by Glam Affair

Be sure to go check out My Attic, The Arcade and Summerfest before they end this weekend! Start with Summerfest, since it ends tonight!

~Lucie

Credits
Look 1:
Skin: Glam Affair – Summer – Jamaica (Summerfest)
Hair: Truth – Joel – Reds04
Glasses: Noodles – Tegan Glasses – Tiffany Blue (Summerfest)
Bracelet: Noodles – Fairy Tale Bracelet Part II – Silver w/all charms (The Arcade)
Ring: Noodles – Royalty Crown Ring – Pink Plated VIP gift
Tank & Jeans: Lacuna – Ribbed Racer & Secret Garden Jeans (My Attic, sold together)
Feet & Hands: SLink flat feet, gesture (L) & flat (R) hands
Nails: Flair – Set 101 (My Attic)
Flip Flops: SLink – Aussie Thongs – Teal (add on for feet)
Poses: Aushka – Beca 10m (pic 1), Beca 3 (collage pics)

Look 2:
Skin: Glam Affair – Jamaica (Summerfest)
Hair: Exile – Live Every Moment – Dark Reds (My Attic)
Eyes: IKON – Ascension – Scoria
Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Fantasia
Jewelry: Handverk – Burst set – Coral (My Attic)
Dress: SySy’s – Escapade – Striped – Peach (My Attic)
Feet & Hands: SLink flat feet, gesture (L) & flat (R) hands
Nails: Flair – Set 107 (My Attic)
Shoes: Ingenue – Lydia – Tang (Collabor88)
Poses: Aushka – Adele 4m, Hopscotch – Standing Pretty 5 (Collage pic)