Art in Landscape – Beautiful Sims for You to Explore

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I post something I call “Sim Sunday” every once in a while.  Sadly, I haven’t been able to post many of these sim exploration posts lately.  This little post should catch me up a bit though!

These first two images are from a sim called Embryo.  I found the sim after stumbling upon the Flickr feed of Joe Balbozar.  He posts great images of SL exploration and then gives you the link for the sim in each image’s credits.  I really appreciate that he’s kind enough to do that!

This second sim is called “Not Everything is Plain Black & White.”  It’s by Fuschia Nightfire and includes some lovely works of art, interesting landscapes, and even a dance floor surrounded by a night sea of swirling constellations!  It would make a great sim to explore with someone you love.

I’ll try to post more exploration posts as time allows.  SL is full of so many beautiful places that we can all share ^^


Alternative Realities

I’ve been in an alternative avatar sort of mood lately!  There are so many awesome avatars we can become in SL and it seems like a shame to not show you one now and again.  This particular avatar is called the Android GlaDOS AVATAR and I received it as a group gift from the brand [PIXELS] (paid membership required).

The full AV does come with an entire outfit that is very cute, but I wanted to customize mine a bit.  I dressed mine in this awesome cyber outfit by sYs.  This brand has some of my favorite sci fi themed outfits and accessories.  It’s worth a look for any fan of futuristic fashion!

As for the boots, they’re by Slink and I absolutely adore them!  They have such a great shape and add a sexy vibe to any outfit I wear them with.


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Petite Avatars in Action

I’m pretty much in love with my petite avatar by Fallen Gods Inc.  I received a couple of questions about how it moves so I put together this little video to demonstrate.  I’m still learning how to use Camtasia Studio so the video is a bit shaky at times, but I hope it is useful in showing you the similarities between my Petite avatar and Cora’s full-sized avatar beside me.


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Believing in Magic

For the past twelve or so hours I have been going crazy over these adorable, mesh, petite avatars by Fallen Gods Inc (see images below).  They are absolutely fantastic and everything I would want in a mini avatar that is realistically proportioned and well textured!  I loved them so much, in fact, that two of my best friends and I got together to tell the tale of a wandering girl who finds two very unexpected prisoners while out in the forest ^^

…But I’ll let the pictures tell you the story.  I’ll use my words to tell you about the avatars themselves!  First off, they’re quite tiny as you can see in the images.  Cora used her full size avatar so we could have a size comparison that was visually interesting.  Cora is about average in height for an SL female.  When Mhyja and I first picked up our avatars (thanks for the gift, Mhyj!) we weren’t sure if many things in our inventory would fit.  At $L1,500 per avatar set some people may get a little nervous.  After all, we want an avatar that we can customize.  Well, I have GREAT news!  You can indeed use many of the items in your inventory just so long as they can be modified and sized down.

If you’re obsessed with hair (Mhyja and I both are) you’ll probably want something custom on your little characters.  Mhyja and I both found different brands that seem to be working for us.  I used a beautiful style from booN that I tinted to two different colors (buy platinum and then go color crazy) and Mhyja decided upon a sexy style by Exile.  If you’re not in the mood to resize anything, Wasabi Pills did team up with Fallen Gods Inc to make an adorable mesh mini style that fits your petite right out of the box. It’s priced very reasonably.  Mhyja and I both picked it up and it is indeed very cute.

If you get one of these little avatars, start looking for prim attachments in your inventory.  I used this sexy flower bikini by Severed Garden.  The avatars come with both PG and anatomically correct bodies so you can just use the PG version, like I did, if you want to hide your naughty bits.  Speaking of which, the black bodysuit Mhyja is wearing is by Fallen Gods Inc and comes with the Petite Dracos set.  On my computer, the bodysuit vanished when I had my graphics on ultra with shadows.  It may just be me but I’m giving you a heads up in case you run into it too.  If you do, just take two identical images of your avatar, one with shadows on and one off.  Layer the images in Photoshop and then you can just use a layer mask or simple selection and cut to remedy the issue.  There may be a way to fix it in the viewer too but I’m not sure (Phoenix Firestorm).  If you know a way, please leave me a comment.  I love to hear tips ^^

A note on wings: both Mhyja and I aren’t using the wings that came with our avatars.  The wings that are included in the petites packs are beautiful but Mhyja wanted to use her custom demon attire that she’s been building for BunnyStar and I’ve been dying to use these JOMO wings ever since I bought them a couple months ago.  It’s amazing how much you can customize these little ladies!    We even added prim eyes and eyelashes!

If you’re thinking about purchasing a set, I recommend it for sure!  I already own both the Crystals pack and the Elves pack.  They’re a great addition to any SL avatar lover’s collection and a creative challenge for any fashionista.  Go out there and live big in a tiny package! ^^

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From Day to Night – One Character – Casual to Formal

I first got the idea to put together a “day to night” wardrobe transformation when I began walking around in this incredibly cute, aqua and black mesh dress by Aura (shown on left).  Right now, you can pick it up at COLLABOR88 for well under what the dress is truly worth.  It fit my avatar very well and was made even more fun by the addition of this adorable, pink belt by  It never hurts to personalize a look with your own unique touch ^^

For the day look I tried to imagine what I’d want to wear while out shopping with my girlfriends.  I wanted the styling to be flirty and full of energy so I accented my sassy mesh dress with pops of pink.  For a final touch I added these fabulous new shoes by N-core.  The “Coquette Spikes” shoes were love at first sight for me!

When it came to decor for the entire set, I knew I wanted something young, modern, and full of vibrant color!  The first image shows you the entire set I built.  It isn’t two different sets but instead one large set built to “fade” from the day look to the night look.  To get my avatar wearing both of her unique looks but in one image, I just shot the set twice from the exact same camera angle.  Then, it’s as simple as layering the two images in Photoshop.  To get the exact angle I used the Furware Peek HUD.  It’s an awesome tool to have in your inventory!

I wanted the evening ensemble to compliment the character’s style all while looking like she’s about to go on a romantic date.  It was important to me that I didn’t compromise her individuality so I purchased her hair from the same creator.  Action creates some wicked styles that really appeal to alternative fashionistas.  I will say, however, that the brand doesn’t allow you to modify the hair manually so make sure you try a demo.  If you can’t get Action hair to fit with the resizer, you’ll need to make shape modifications.

The ability to experiment with your avatar’s style and identity is one of the reasons why I love Second Life so much.  I’m so thankful for all of the talented designers out there who put their heart and soul into their creations.  We have a wonderful, magical world here in SL and I hope my posts have been helping many of you find products and places that perhaps you hadn’t seen before.  I wish you all the best of luck in discovering your personal styles, joys, and passions here within our second world!

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