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Getting Ready

Getting Ready

Anya Ohmai has returned with an exciting new brand: James&Dew, a collaboration with her real-life husband. If you’ve been part of the Second Life community for a while, you’ll undoubtedly recognize Anya as a talented and beloved creator, celebrated for her high-quality creations and fantastic tutorials. The arrival of James&Dew in Second Life has generated much enthusiasm, as it promises the same exceptional quality we’ve come to expect from Anya.

A must-have from Hair Fair is the James&Dew AuraTwirl Hair Styling Device. This set is complete with a stylish decorative case, a versatile styling wand, and HUDs that allow you to customize the wand’s attachments, poses, and colors to suit your avatar’s needs. After all, even avatars need to look their best!

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Miss Bridgerton

Miss Bridgerton
Photo taken at Bright Diamonds Oasis (a region designed by Sparkely Sugar)

I’ve been fashionably late to the Bridgerton viewing party. Typically, my taste in historical dramas veers towards the darker, more intense ones, like The Tudors, where beheadings are surprisingly frequent. However, at the insistence of my friend Sparkle, I gave Bridgerton a try, and found myself falling in love with the scenes and fashion. It’s a delightful swirl of pastel dreams and romance.

Currently, I’m embracing my inner Miss Bridgerton in Second Life, fantasizing about a chance encounter with Duke Hastings. Sporting the Breeze hairstyle from Truth, straight from Hair Fair, and adorned with the charming Kaori Mini Hat by Sparkle Skye, also a Hair Fair gem, I’m fully immersed in this whimsical world. Bridgerton-inspired gowns have been my go-to this month, particularly the Jane Regency Gown from Just Because, allowing me to live out this Regency fantasy to the fullest.

Miss Bridgerton
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Target in Second Life?

Target in Second Life?

Joy is discovering a Target lookalike in Second Life, aptly named Bullseye! Picture this: walking in, grabbing a basket, and immersing yourself in an authentic Target experience in Second Life. It’s strikingly realistic, mirroring the brick-and-mortar store we all know and love.

Imagine the thrill if Second Life boasted department stores where you could actually browse and purchase clothing on the spot? There’s something delightful about stores that truly resemble stores. Remember the days when hair shops were designed like actual salons? That added touch of realism was incredibly fun.

Target in Second Life?
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Magic

Magic
Photo taken at Aurelias

Head over to Altair! This limited edition Morgana Dress, available for only L$99 during K9 Weekend, is a must-have. It’s available for LaraX, so I rushed to buy it. I adore short frilly dresses, and the holographic texture on this one is simply stunning.

SEmotion Libellune creates the most charming holdable animated animals. This Tiny Kitten is absolutely adorable! It is offered in a gacha style, but if you manage to obtain the rare HUD, you can use the animations and accessories with any of the common kittens as well.

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LeLutka Mesh Head 4.0 Update

LeLutka Mesh Head 4.0 Update
LeLutka Mesh Head – Avalon | Ubon | Billie

It’s raining updates! LeLutka just updated lots of their mesh heads to version 4.0. You can see the full list on their Flickr page and get your free update! I wrote a blog post about Billie 4.0 when it came out in March, so check that out if you want to see what’s new.

Besides some minor HUD updates, the most exciting thing is the addition of another HD lips layer. Now, you can mix and match lipsticks and glosses!

LeLutka Mesh Head 4.0 Update

If you like making shapes and editing faces as much as I do, this is like Christmas. I’ve updated my Avalon and Ubon faces to 4.0, and while I was at it, I tweaked my shape a bit too. Here you can see how each mesh head is very similar yet slightly different. The great thing about LeLutka heads is that even if you’re using the very first EvoX release, Avalon, or a newer one like Billie, they all have the same features.

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Tropical Vacation

Tropical Vacation

Hello from Badu-Fiji! You can take a virtual vacation in Second Life to anywhere, it’s just a teleport away. When I landed at here, I was instantly greeted with a lei gift. I’ve been in a tropical mood since I bought this Tropical Vibe decor set from Movement. I intended to share a link to this product from Flickr, but, it seems the brand’s account has vanished.

Since I started blogging in 2007, I’ve primarily used Flickr as my platform of choice to connect with Second Life residents and brands. Flickr stands out to many users due to its comprehensive set of features suitable for photo hosting combined with its social networking capabilities. However, there has been a worrying trend where several Second Life community members have experienced bans from Flickr. Such bans are often linked to violations of Flickr’s policy, which prohibits commercial activities on free accounts and the uploading of content deemed moderate or restricted.

Rather than upgrading to a paid Pro account, many affected users opt to start over on alternative platforms. These alternatives may initially be free, but like Flickr, they often introduce fees after reaching certain usage thresholds. Thus, migrating does not fully escape the issues related to costs.

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Second Life Community Roundtable with Oberwolf Linden and Grumpity Linden

Second Life is hosting a Community Roundtable on May 20th, allowing residents to engage directly with top executives like Executive Chairman Oberwolf Linden and Senior VP Grumpity Linden. Submit your questions in advance via the anonymous form.

When: May 20th, from 9:30 AM SLT to 11:00 AM SLT

Where:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Linden Estate Services4/237/19/27
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Linden Estate Services2/26/229/28

Learn more on the Second Life blog.

Enchanted Dreams

Enchanted Dreams

Hello from Spakle Enchanted! A visit to Sparkle’s region feels like stepping directly into her dream, bathed in shades of enchanting purple—her favorite color. Today, I’m embracing her inspiration by adding purple touches to my outfit.

Despite common beliefs, my preferred color isn’t pink, but rather white. I often opt for white because it complements everything, allowing for colorful accents. The Boho Lace Dress from Fashionably Dress in White is perfect as it includes three additional shades of beige, offering versatility; sometimes, pure white is too stark, and a softened eggshell hue feels more natural.

The fabric of this dress, along with its high yet tasteful side split, is definitely my style. If you follow Second Life updates, you may know the upcoming Child Avatar policy for avatars that appear under 18—this doesn’t relate to the user’s actual age, but the avatar’s appearance. Under these new rules, you couldn’t wear something as revealing as this dress. The “modesty layer” is imminent! [See more on this on Inara Pey’s blog]

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Magic Shop

Magic Shop

I’m currently embracing my Victorian era aesthetic. The Rejoice dress by Toksik is absolutely stunning! I’m on the lookout for more intricate outfits in Second Life that offer built-in layers and customizable options, as casual wear has become quite mundane. My avatar resides in the Victorian town of Aurelias, and to blend in, I chose a color palette of navy, black, and a touch of baby blue for my outfit. I opted for the fatpack of this outfit, so expect to see me in various shades of pastels and whites in the future.

I was genuinely upset when Toksik closed their Flickr account. I have a preference for following all my favorite brands on a single platform, and Flickr is it. I’m reluctant to follow brands on other social platforms like Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram as they don’t serve my purpose for brand engagement or building a shopping list. Flickr is crucial for connecting with brands, especially for someone like me who blogs about their outfits, promoting them in the process. It would be beneficial for Toksik to consider returning to Flickr, as numerous brands that have left tend to return upon realizing the adverse impact on their customer base. Flickr maintains a robust presence within the Second Life community, notably among bloggers and photographers who help drive sales.

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Second Life’s Child Avatar Policy: Enforceable or Overreach?

For as long as I can recall, Second Life has maintained a stance against ageplay. Now, with the introduction of a new Child Avatar policy, it seems the platform is reacting to a broader issue simmering within its virtual realms. However, there’s a sense that the policy doesn’t fully address the root of the problem.

Let’s clarify from the outset – we’re not discussing actual children here. It’s evident that the number of users under 18 in Second Life is relatively low, and the fraction that comprises actual children is even smaller. The question arises: Should Linden Lab assume responsibility for monitoring the real-life guardianship of its users’ children?

Turning back to the policy itself, personally, I’ve only created one toddler avatar in all my time in Second Life. Honestly, I don’t think Second Life is concerned about my diminutive, two feet tall avatar. The real target here appears to be avatars that blur the lines, those youthful teenage avatars clad in provocative attire and engaging in adult activities.

One might argue that simply prohibiting users under 18 from accessing Adult regions would suffice. However, the new policy, set to mandate a modesty layer on all “child avatars” by June 30, 2024, suggests otherwise. But what exactly constitutes a “child avatar”? According to American law, anyone under 18 is a child. So, if your avatar leans toward the younger side, could you find yourself in hot water?

In anticipation of these changes, I’ve begun reaching out to skin designers to inquire about updates for previously released products. Frankly, it strikes me as unnecessary for toddler/child skins to include private parts at all – they should have been excluded from the get-go. While my Bebe skin appears to be a blur with no discernible private parts, I’d feel more at ease if the designer updated it with painted-on underwear, just to be safe.

As Second Life rolls out these changes, one can’t help but wonder if they have the resources to effectively enforce them. Undoubtedly, a surge of abuse reports is on the horizon, whether valid or not. It’s clear that Second Life doesn’t wish to outright ban child avatars – family roleplay is a cornerstone of the community. From Zooby babies to pint-sized avatars, residents have been creating child avatars for years. My mini Gogo, for instance, is so cute.

So, here’s a plea to region designers: Please don’t ban “child avatars” on sight. Remember, most of us are well over 18, and child avatars are permitted on Moderate regions too. They’re only restricted from Adult regions, and if you opt to embody a child avatar, simply steer clear of those areas.

As I reflect on Second Life’s new child avatar policy, I find myself questioning its true effectiveness in ensuring children’s safety. While I appreciate the intention to create a secure environment, I can’t help but wonder about the practical implementation of the policy. Is it genuinely focused on protecting children, or is it more about managing Linden Lab’s image and legal liabilities? It’s a nuanced topic that deserves deeper exploration. If you share my curiosity or have concerns you’d like to discuss directly with Second Life, consider joining the first Community Roundtable with Second Life Leadership on May 20. It’s a chance to engage in constructive dialogue and seek clarification on any lingering doubts or questions.

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