Look of the Day – 10.11

Hey guys! I’ve been sporting this look for a few days around the grid, so I figured it was good enough to be featured as a Look of the Day! I got the dress from Ricielli’s latest hunt. I saw someone on FB say the hunt ended the 13th, so I wanted to make sure you had time to go down and check out the items.

 

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I wish this particular dress came in fitted mesh, but it is for standard sizes. There is another dress that I really liked (#4 to be specific), but it doesn’t fit me as well as my regular body. When I first tried on the dress, I told my friend that I looked like I should work in a spa (it kinda does look like a uniform, stylish though). So I decided to jazz it up by paring it with an edgy hairstyle and some cool accessories. I don’t think you can see the bangles that I’m wearing that well, so I’ll show the picture from marketplace.

 

 

Styling Credits

Hair: [e] Elodie
Skin: Glam Affair – Luna skin – Jamaica
Earrings: Finesmith Ayelet earrings (not sure if they have them anymore)
Dress: R.icielli – HLIN Mesh Dress / Black
Shoes: {Livalle} Marissa -High Platform Heels- Noir
Rings: **RE** Raven Rings SLC
Bangles: Chop Zuey

Pose: !bang poses

What a bargain at Livalle for 50L Friday!

Hello, my name is Monica Querrien, and I love high heel shoes. And because I pretty much live in my high heels, I thought it was imperative to let you know about the BARGAIN that is at Livalle today. Marissa in 4 colors…only 50L. AND, if your feet start to hurt because you’ve been running around all day in your heels, you can slip on a pair of flup-flops and carry on. The flup-flops also come with the special pack of Marissa shoes.

Styling Credits

Hair: Magika – Almonds
Shoes: {Livalle} Marissa -High Platform Heels- Navy (50L today!)
Dress: ISON – occult dress -Maitreya- (midnight) (from C88’s September round – ends soon)
Skin: -Glam Affair – Luna skin – Jamaica
Pose: Thirty Loop Animations (old 21 Shoe gift)
Rug: Stockholm & Lima: Princess Suite Fur Rug (yes I borrowed the rug from Bunny ^^ )

Heartbreak and reconnaissance

I have to be out by noon tomorrow
Said my tall, dark, and handsome lover.
I should had known heartbreak would be soon to follow
When I found those lace panties under the bed cover
I cried because my heart was full of sorrow
My psyche in shambles, my insides hollow.
Blacklace Lingerie

Went to my loft and had a look at his file
Found out that his indiscretion had been for weeks
With his profile picture wearing nothing but a smile
What did he see in them – they were nothing but freaks and geeks?
I opened my window and threw out his laptop computer
Smoking my cigarette, it looks like it’s time for a new suitor.

But there is no way that I’m leaving without a fight
Will go to the house and pick up all of my things
Might even practice a few of my bat swings.
But after I’m done, the place will be worse than a bomb site.

Styling Credits
Skin: Glam Affair – Luna skin – Jamaica 02
Hair: .: fiore :. SIMONA Hair
Lingerie: Blacklace – Lavine Black (Omega applier for Maitreya Lara) (at the Vintage and Cool Fair)
Shoes: {Livalle} Marissa -High Platform Heels- Noir (at the Festival of Sin II)
Rings: RealEvil Industries Raven Rings SLC
Cigarette & Ashtray: .:Hermony:. / Ultimate Cigarette
Chocolate (in mouth): Mingle Chocolate
Chocolate Box: HND Designs – Box of Chocolates
Ripped Photos & Lighter: Plethora (The Breakup set) (at the Festival of Sin II)
Bed w/ laptops: Aria

Are you in the Mix?

Hey guys! Are you in the Mix? If not, you should check out this new monthly event. The first round started on July 1st, but since we are about mid-month now, I thought I would remind (or inform) you about an event that brings traffic back to mainstores.


Hair: Besom~Petal (Mix item)
Hat: Ghee Summer Hat (old fair gift)
Skin:Glam Affair – Alice – SummerParty – Jamaica 01 
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes  – Nymph
Necklace:  {Indyra} Alexandria Necklace
Outfit: GizzA – Meimei Dress [Floral] 
Bag: *{Junbug}* Cute Coin Purse Blue (recolored)
Shoes: {Livalle} Ganymede -Slingback Wedges (pink)

Mix has a hud that will help you go from store to store, and it also tells you who is participating at a glance. You can get the hud from marketplace, or maybe you have received one already from a participating store.

mix1

As you can see, there are three categories – Sale, New, and Exclusive. Besom has come out with this new hair this month called Petal, and it is available now at the store. Make sure you make a note of the sale and exclusive items, for the item itself may not be there at all at the end of the month.

One critique I have heard about the hud is that it has many scripts and takes up significant memory at “87 scripts. 5.56MB memory.” I can confirm the 87 scripts, and it dropped my FPS from 75 to 13. It made my friend crash repeatedly. So to play it safe, I would just go to Eloquence or Seraphim and grab the links from there. The coordinators for this event should look into this, for this is a significant issue.

The great thing about this event is that hopefully it will show designers that they should create for their main stores as well as numerous events. Sometimes the instant gratification of earning a quick Linden is a strong pull, but what happens if events shut down? Or, if you want to have a sale at your store, but haven’t gotten around to setting out old event items? Even if the demand is not there at the stores at this time,  you should always take care of your homebase because you own it.

So, are YOU in the Mix? You still have time ! ^^

21 Shoe Event – June Round (48 hours!)

Hey everyone – welcome to the June round of 21 Shoe! This round is special because this is the first time that these deals will be available for 48 hours! So if you overslept or couldn’t make it on today, you still have another day ^^

This month’s group gift is from Klepsydra- exclusive stockings in system layer and several mesh body appliers.

 

Klepsydra  stockings - 21 Shoe June group gift

We have some new shoe designers on board, and some designers were not able to make it for this round. A couple of suggestions to the new designers:

1. Always have demos for your shoes. You are promoting your shoes to a broader audience who may not be familiar to your brand.

2. Labeling your ad to reflect which mesh bodies or feet can wear your items is a major plus. Sometimes people want to be able to tell at a glance whether a shoe suits them or not before trying on a demo.

Most of the shoes are “Exclusive” this round. This means they will only be available for this event, which ends in less than 48 hours. Look here and go to the stores now! ^^

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21 Shoe Event – May Round

Hello shoe lovers – welcome to another round of 21 Shoe! Last month I had promised to keep you updated on whether the group will give out gifts for being a member of the group. And they did! Last week we received the following:

“Ahoy shoe lovers. For this round of 21Shoe we have an exclusive set of 12 fashion poses with mirrors courtesy of Thirty Loop Animations. The included 21Shoe Simple Pose Stand will whisper you instructions when you stand on it. Thank you for your fashionthusiasm and support!

Because of this stand, I was able to take this lovely shot – and it seems to be pretty popular on Flickr so far ^^

 This month it’s clear that Slink and Maitreya dominate as being the most popular shoe type. I think only one designer had just Slink. The Mesh Project has some shoes as well. After some feedback that I heard in a group last month, I have decided to list whether the shoe is exclusive, new, etc. This will help others who didn’t get a chance to get the shoes today figure out which shoes are still available. Most of the shoes ARE exclusive however, so that means you only have ONE day to get them!

 

21 Shoe - May Round - Second Life

 Bliensen + MaiTai  New

Slink High| Maitreya| TMP| Belleza (non-rigged)
Demo  | 329 L

21 Shoe - May Round - Second Life
Essenz Exclusive

Slink Flat | Maitreya
Demo  | 280 L

21 Shoe - May Round - Second Life
G & D Exclusive

Maitreya | Slink High | TMP
Demo (but doesn’t seem to be clickable at this time)| 300 L

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8 Things I Hate about Second Life Shopping Events

As some of you may know, I’m getting back into the routine of things after I had to leave SL for a time. I’ve been checking out various shopping events, and I have noticed something. At about every other event I’ve been to, people stand right at the landing point. At one event people were on voice chatting. If I did not have “Fly” enabled, it would have had been hard for me to “land” onto the sim. When I asked some people about this phenomenon, they basically said, “Oh this is becoming a thing at events…to be seen”. Really now? I don’t know about you guys, but I go to shopping events to shop, not to be seen.


Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Shiny hair – Naturals II
Skin: Glam Affair – Cleo – Jamaica  +  CLEO – lipstick – 20 
Jacket & Shirt: GizzA – Spiked Leather Jacket [Ice Peach] (at On9)
Pants: coldLogic pants – tibbs.plum
Shoes: {Livalle} Europa -Slingback Platform Wedges- Sunset (for Wayward Hunt)
Shades: * S O R G O – Alcaz / GOLD
Pose: Corpus
Location: Mayfair

What bothers me about shopping events?

1. People standing at the landing point

Now, I’m reasonable. Sometimes you get caught up in trying to rez where you are walking before you take those couple of steps away from the landing point. Other times, your computer might freeze, and you are unable to do anything – never mind trying to move out of the way. But if people are carrying out a conversation right in the landing point, there should be people there to give them a bit of… incentive to get out of the way. Again – I’m reasonable, because this is not always possible. But there was one event where someone appeared to be away at the landing point. I went there before I went to sleep for the night, and went back in the morning. The person was still there.

2. No flying

There is an event out now that is simwide, and yet people are unable to fly around it. When I saw that, I tp’ed right out. This event does not seem to have any event website coverage, and I really don’t feel like reading a ton of blogs just to see what is being offered at this event. If your design requires that people do not fly around to see what is being offered, then perhaps you need to reconsider your layout. There has been only a few events that I’ve been to where not being able to fly did not make a negative impact on event. If you require privacy in the upper (or lower) regions of the sim, then maybe take the event someplace else? Make it smaller? I don’t know, but in 2015, this should not be an issue.

3. No coverage on products sold

Let’s face it – the reason why so many people are participating in events nowadays is because of cross-promotion. Merchants have even stopped making regular releases in their stores because they make more at events (even though this is not such a good idea). If the event does not make arrangements to showcase what is being featured, then why go to the event?

Within 6 months after I came on Second Life, I had learned how to look on feeds and individual blog sites to find out who had blogged the hunt items for Hunt XYZ. With major coverage sites such as Seraphim and Eloquence, there should be no reason why in 2015 an event doesn’t have pictures of the items that are exclusive to the event. The easiest way to do this is to have the stores in the event submit a vendor picture that clearly shows what is being sold, and to remind them that the better the picture looks, the more likely people will want to come check it out. But don’t go too far and change the product completely…

4. Lag due to excessive sim decorations

This is a hard one, and now that I have my new computer, I understand better why some event coordinators do this. Depending on your graphics card, you may be able to handle lots of high rez/high scripted items without your computer slowing down or crashing. So sometimes, people get carried away in the visionary aspect of the event, and not think that the average person in SL may not have a $2,000+ computer to render everything in an ideal fashion. There have been times where I get early access to an event, and it’s laggy with less than 10 avatars on the sim. I think all events should be optimized to handle large crowds in a reasonable fashion.

A good way to see if lag is due to your computer unable to handle a lot of objects or if the sim is at fault is to check the sim’s time dilation. This can be found under Statistics.

According to Second Life’s wiki,

“Time dilation is a method the server uses to cope with simulator lag. Physics and script generated lag can result in time dilation. Time dilation slows script time & execution. When time dilation is zero script execution halts.”

How does this affect you? The lower the number is, the slower you will move on that sim. If the time dilation on the sim is 0.5, you will move at half the speed you are normally accustomed to.

At the place where I work, some potential renters complained that the sim was laggy. I personally didn’t really feel it, but when I checked the time dilation, it was 0.7-0.8, which indicated that the sim was not that great (it should be at least 0.9, if not closer to 0.99). It turned out that there were griefer objects on the sim that had excessive scripts, which lagged the sim.

5. Unable to find items due to the event’s choice of layout

A while back, I went to an event which had no maps of the sim and where the stores were located, and no fly was enabled. After a while I gave up in frustration because I could not find anything. I think it’s crucial that the event should be set up in a way where people can find stores with relative ease. There shouldn’t be “dead spots” where if a person doesn’t turn just so, he or she completely miss like 5 stores. If you are going to do that, at least enable fly so that shoppers have a chance.

6. Changing the price (upselling)

When it comes to brand recognition, price of the products sold in a business is one of several components involved. For instance, many of us know that a pair of jeans in Old Navy, The Gap, and Banana Republic will be at different price points, just based on the name alone. If a pair of Old Navy pants was suddenly marked up to the same price as Banana Republic, people would not buy them, and would probably feel like they were being ripped off. But in order to feel like this, you would have to already be familiar with their brand. The same applies in Second Life.

Let’s say Store Y sells dresses that normally go for $L300 at their main store. At Event Z, the dress is being sold for L$450. The dress doesn’t seem to have substantial detail that would warrant a significant price change. A few months later, you go check out Store Y to see what’s new, and the L$450 dress is now $L300. Raising the price on something doesn’t automatically mean it has more quality.

Another scenario: Store X will sell a dress for L$70 at Discount event A, $L140 at Event B, and $L250 at Event C in a 6-week period. Where do you go to buy the dress? Or rather, where would you rather buy the dress, and how would you feel if you paid top Linden at an event for something that was cheaper last month at another event?
To me, this sort of practice devalues your item – what is it really worth? For those who say “Whatever people are willing to pay”, just give consumers a choice at which price point they want to pay, and see the true answer.

7. Similar items

Everyone has the right to look at real life trends in fashion and come up with ideas for Second Life creation. But when too many people get inspired by the same trend, it can get repetitive. Especially when the designers are being featured in events within the same period of time.

For instance, let’s say the hot trend right now in hair are ponytails. Stores A-E all debut their version of the side ponytail. All of them look great, and people might have their preferences due to quality and/or brand loyalty. Imagine if all of these stores were at the same – no, let’s say they were at different events within the same month. If you were looking for a center part ponytail, or a low ponytail, you may be out of luck if none of the designers did any additional releases at their main stores.

Now let’s say if three of these stores were at the same event. The average shopper may not realize that all of these stores had new ponytails for this particular month. But when they are all side by side, it would be hard not to notice. Sometimes people may go, “Hey! Store B copied store A’s design!” And thus, drama peruses.

8. Too many events!

I think it’s safe to say that everyone is feeling burnt out with the amount of events there are in Second Life. When the owner of Seraphim has to make this sort of announcement…

“Wow you guys, there are a TON TON TON of events coming in June, July and August. Just a general announcement…if you want Seraphim coverage and/or advertising during this time, please apply now. The creativity is super exciting, but it’s going to be so, so busy!! If you have an event or want advertising, please fill out the appropriate form on this page: Contact

…it pretty much says it all, don’t you think?

What are some of the things that annoy you at events? Feel free to leave a comment below!

21 Shoe Event – April Round

Hello everyone, and welcome to this round of 21 Shoe! It feels good to be back, but I think I will need to take this new computer back to the shop for them to look at it. It keeps restarting at random, and I can’t identify the cause of it :/

What has changed since the last round that I covered? There is a group fee of 150 L, which I find odd. I mean sure, it’s great that we can gain access to get great deals on shoes, but items only come out once a month. It’s rough to hold on to a group for 27-30 days with no activity. However, I hear we are going to have a gift in a few days so maybe there will be incentives for people to stay in the group? I will keep you posted.

I see that there is a good variety of shoes for the various brands of mesh bodies – Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, and even The Mesh Project. I love the pastel colors for the spring season as well. Remember that these shoes (at this price) is only available for one day only! Some shoes may not be available after today, so keep an eye out for shoes that say “exclusive” ^^

 

 Bliensen + MaiTai  - April's 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

 Bliensen + MaiTai

Demo| Slink Mid | Maitreya | TMP | Belleza | 329L

 Eclectica at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Eclectica

Demo| Slink High| 250L

Essenz at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Essenz

No Demo| Slink High| Maitreya | 280 L

Glamistry at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Glamistry

Demo| Slink High| Maitreya| Belleza |297 L

Ingenue at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Ingenue

Demo| Slink Mid | Maitreya | Belleza | 295 L

KC Couture at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life
KC Couture

Demo| Slink High| Maitreya | TMP | Belleza |300 L

 Kokoia at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Kokoia

Demo| Slink High| Maitreya | TMP | Belleza |199 L

Livalle at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

Livalle

Demo| Slink Mid | Maitreya |  Belleza |299 L

MV at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

MV

Demo | Slink High | 300 L

MyADDICTION at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

MyADDICTION

Demo| Slink Mid | Maitreya | 250 L

N-Core at 21 Shoe Event in Second Life

N-Core Design

Demo| Slink High| Maitreya | TMP | Belleza |N-core Xtreme Feet | 395 L

YS&YS at 21 Shoe Event in Second LIfe

YS & YS

Demo | Slink High | Maitreya | 350 L

Temporarily Out of Commission

Update 4/18/15: I am happy to report that I finally have a working computer, and am back on SL. Once I get settled, I will be back to giving you awesome posts! Thanks for your patience ^^

Update 04/13/15: I now have my new computer, but unfortunately my monitor is not picking up a signal from the computer. After a lot of effort it was decided that I needed a new monitor that has a HDMI input because my graphics card doesn’t do VGA that well. Won’t be able to do that until the weekend. 

Update 03/30/15: After talking to Dell about my cancelled order (they had cancelled and I had no idea why), it looks like they do not have the power supply that I need for the computer. I am exploring my options and hope to have a resolution within the next week or so. It will be my break from classes, so I will have more time to address this issue. What a bummer :/

Update 03/23/15: I am waiting for Dell to ship to me the power supply that I need for my computer. After I get it, the Dell technician is supposed to come to install it. I opted to do it this way because I wanted to make sure it was done correctly, and I didn’t want to take my tower outside in the snow (at the time). It honestly does not feel like it has been a month without my computer, but as we all know time flies (and flies even faster in Second Life). Stay tuned for more updates!

 

Hey guys – I have some news for you all. On Saturday evening my computer was unable to be turned on. I suspect it has to do with the computer’s motherboard after some research and talking to one of my friends who is savvy with computers. While I work on getting that fixed I will not be able to update this blog. Hopefully I will be back sooner than later, but you never know with these things. In the meantime, why don’t you check out some of the other bloggers on my blogroll? If you do, tell them that I sent ya over ^^

Happy shopping everyone! 

 

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