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Are you ready for Bakes on Mesh?

When Bakes on Mesh went live six months ago, I thought it would change the way we wore skins and phase out appliers completely. This did not happen. In fact, I recently learned that with BoM (just a fancy name for system layers that we’ve had since the beginning of SL), it’s not possible to have high-resolution appliers. LeLutka responded by launching a new BoM-ready mesh head with brand new HD applier zones, thus continuing your dependency on appliers forever. Genus followed by delivering a BoM script to customers and encouraging the continued use of appliers. Did BoM make things easier for anyone? No.

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I see lots of SL residents and friends saying that they won’t use BoM, or they don’t understand BoM. Even though the concept is simple, the way mesh head brands have merged appliers with BoM created chaos. I think it would be easier if brands broke their mesh heads out into 3 products: Mesh Head w/ Appliers Only (what we had), Mesh Head with Just BoM (one mesh, removing all the “onion layers”), and Mesh Head with a Combination of BoM & Appliers (the direction we’re headed in). Something for everyone. Does this create more work for designers? Absolutely.

I said I would only go BoM when my skin was available, and that day came with the latest Pink Fuel Gaia release. I had to give up my EEP Viewer to use the latest official SL viewer. The new Gaia and Maia skins from Pink Fuel are system layers, so if you don’t currently have a BoM-activated Genus mesh head, you can’t wear this skin. This skin is made for Genus, and will not fit any other brands. Of course, you can try, but the result would not be pretty.

Pink Fuel, Bakes on Mesh

From left to right: The basic Pink Fuel Gaia system skin in Peach tone | w/ added eyeshadow & lip gloss system layers (included with skin package) | with Applier eyeliner, and applier HD lipgloss | Vampy System tattoo makeups w/ applier HD lipgloss

I’ve played around with a combination of wearing only system layers makeups, only appliers makeups, and a combination of both. BoM is still new and kind of confusing, but once you get it and use it correctly, your customization options are endless. I’m having fun incorporating bits of my old makeup brand, cheLLe, into my current look.

Pink Fuel, Bakes on Mesh

Are you ready to try BoM? Get this Limited Edition Be Mine 2020 (Genus BoM skin) from Pink Fuel for just $50L!

Are you using BoM? Do you find it easy or challenging? Let me know in the comments!

What I’m Wearing:

  • Truth – Destiny
  • Pixicat – Ruffle Dress (FlowerYellow)
  • M.Birdie – Merry Look (Earrings) A2
  • Pink Fuel – Gaia (Genus) Peach Skin

New Mesh Head; LeLutka Erin

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Take a deep breath. Bakes on Mesh arrived on the grid 6 months ago, so you’ve either had a chance to play around with it or you’ve completely ignored it – until now. Go back and read the Bakes on Mesh tutorial part I, by Aemeth and part II by me. Then ignore everything you’ve learned because LeLutka is doing it differently than the existing workaround.

LeLutka just released two new mesh heads, Erin and Nova, featuring a brand new HUD with tons of cool new customization features and new high-definition applier layers, so most of your existing appliers will not work. I don’t really want to get into all of the changes, but from my brief glance at the heads, I foresee massive confusion on the grid.

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Pumec | Lisa Skin

Pumec - Lisa Skin

I’m back on the SL ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT PROJECT (EEP) viewer! If any of the developers are reading this, I don’t like the sun and moon sphere. I want sliders back! I also want the drop-down menu for Windlights back, so I can easily scroll through all of my EEP settings without right clicking to apply every single time. Also, why are my appliers appearing shaded? It’s very noticeable on the “onion skin layer” of the lips. I can’t get any of my lipstick colors to appear the way they did before EEP, without pointing the sun directly AT my face.

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Academy

Academy

This Chu-ing Academy top is a little boxy around the shoulders, but I got the entire outfit on Marketplace for less than $100L. It’s a cute enough style, even if Chu-ing can be a hit or miss brand. I never buy any outfits with built-in hands (so weird!), and Chu-ing is one of several brands that tends to do it.

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SLB16 Beach

SLB16 Beach

Hello from the SLB16 beach area! I love the terraforming here at this beach, it’s a heart-shaped beach made by combining 6 sims. When I first landed here, I thought these were a preview of the new linden beach homes, got excited, then discovered that it’s not. These beach houses are made by Trompe Loeil and rezzed by Naughty Mole (love the name!).

SLB16 Beach

2019 is the year of softer and better hairlines. I was not a fan of hair bases, cos the textures never lined up right. I am a fan of built in hairlines on the hair itself. Yes! Let’s never go back to hair bases!

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Decorating Linden Home | Cheeky Pea, What Next

Decorating Linden Home

Hello virtual neighbors! I have decided to decorate the inside of my Linden home. At first I had planned on using all of the prims outside, for landscaping and exterior decor, but after seeing other residents using their 351 prims wisely, I realized that I wasn’t being efficient. I am still using nearly 200 prims outside, but as I decorate the rooms in my home, I will remove landscaping and replace high-prim items with lower prim ones.

Every home needs a nice living room, it’s usually the first thing people see. I love the Vida Sofa Set from Cheeky Pea. The set includes a texture HUD to change the colors of the sofa & pillows (8 presets), so it would work with lots of interior styles. The entire set is only 46 land impact! (Does anyone know the difference between li and prims?) I aim to use only 50 prims for each room, so I can decorate all the rooms in my home. I added a planter and a few knick-knacks on the shelf, and this room is complete.

Decorating Linden Home
Low-prim living, at it’s finest!
Decorating Linden Home
Everything here is 21 li!

For my foyer area, I am using the Bailey Lounge Chairs, Side Table & Decor set from What Next. Everything includes texture-change options; this set is so versatile! What Next is my go-to home decor brand, it has really sweet styles with nice textures.

My decorating skills are quite low in SL. I don’t like clutter, and I also can’t remember all the things that are in my inventory. This however, works out perfectly in a Linden home. For the sake of being able to rez things quickly, let’s not overload our homes!

After I arranged my decor, I had to do a fresh re-install of Second Life cos my textures kept refreshing constantly. It was a nightmare! I know my computer is quite old (if I tell you how old it is, you will be shocked – hint: it’s almost as old as my blog), but I can usually rez just fine on private sims. I blame my neighbors for this! Being on a shared public sim is difficult, especially with everyone trying to decorate their homes to the brim.

After I did my re-install of Second Life, things were a little better. I decided NOT to adjust the debug settings. Back in the day, it was recommended to adjust rendervolumelodfactor and some other things, to get mesh to render correctly and not be a blob. I’ve been thinking about it, and we have come a long way since the early mesh days. Creators need to optimize their stuff, cos most SL residents don’t even know about the Advanced menu. If I have to adjust debug settings for your things to render correctly, then I do not want them. So my SL experience going forward, will just be whatever the default settings are.

Decorating Linden Home

I just found this outfit from The Secret Store in my inventory, that’s how much of a wreck my inventory is right now. I love it! The reason I’m wearing this teal color is cos my new sofa also comes in this exact shade!! If you ever wanted to match your furniture, here’s your chance.

What I’m Wearing:

  • Pink Fuel – Kiera (Biscuit) for LeLutka
  • Truth – Surrender
  • The Secret Store – Fiona Belted Skirt, Samantha Blazer
  • Ingenue – Anna Heels

Long Vacation

Long Vacation

It’s madness how much I spent to win every piece of the Long Vacation gacha set. I’ve been shifting from retro-style to 80s-style in SL. I don’t remember when I started wearing Amitomo or buying cute little builds from Haikei, but I’m so glad these two brands exist in SL. I desperately needed new brands in my SLife, so I’m glad to have found a handful of cute stores with consistent releases to inspire me.

Long Vacation

Have you seen the delicious new animation add-on from LeLutka? Lol Bee Bop and Wooly Mammoth are two more food-centric animations to keep you satisfied. I’m thinking maybe LeLutka should release a teeth brushing animation next, that would be so cute!

Are there animations that you want for mesh heads? Let me know in the comments!

Long Vacation

What I’m Wearing:

Truth – Livia
Amitomo – Rainbow Rhapsody
Ingenue – Corazon Sandals
LeLutka – Lol Bee Bop
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Amitomo & Haikei – Long Vacation decor

Seaside

Seaside

Hello from the seaside! I love this gorgeous Jaya Top from Teefy (available at Uber). Available in soft pastel colors and vibrant prints, this top also includes HUDs to change the ruffle colors on the sleeves and bottom ruffle, or turn them off entirely. I like this option a lot, since it makes the top easier to pair with an assortment of pants and skirts.

Seaside

What I’m Wearing:

Truth – Bloom
Teefy – Jaya Top (Spring), Brenna Skirt (Creme)
Ingenue – Sabina Heels

Paradiso

Paradiso

This whole look is giving me San Junipero 80’s vibes! The Merry Look gacha set from M.birdie is an 80s dream combining pinks and blues together! I am wearing the TopB paired with SkirtB. I wish I could “turn off” the attached hand bag on the top, or even better, if it came with 2 versions.

Paradiso

Haven you seen this dreamy Paradiso skybox & decor gacha from Haikei? I could decorate my entire sim with builds from this brand, but some of them are skyboxes. I prefer real homes with doors and porches, but brands take shortcuts and create skyboxes so they don’t have to build the exterior. There’s no rule in SL that you can’t rez a HOUSE in the sky, I do it all the time. Leave a comment down below if you want real houses!

Paradiso

What I’m Wearing:

Truth Hair – Delaney
M.Birdie – Merry Look (Earring, Shoes, Skirt B2, Top B1)
alaskametro – Spring Fling Nail Art
Pink Fuel – Diamond Shine (Nudes)
Pink Fuel – Sugar Rush (Eyeshadow)

Breath of Spring

Breath of Spring

Spring is coming! I am at The Secret Garden, it’s a gorgeous garden full of flowers and springtime loveliness. Unfortunately, it is inside of a sky dome so there is no natural lighting, so I couldn’t get any shadows in my photos.

Breath of Spring

I’m really drawn to traditional clothing around the world, so when I saw this Breath of Spring dress from CHU-ING at The Arcade, I kept playing until I won it. I normally don’t go for clothing gachas, but this dress is so cute! The dress includes a color-change HUD so I can wear it more than once.

I am also wearing the new Polly hairstyle from Truth. I love these side-swept bangs, they’re the perfect length so they don’t clash with my lashes. The hairstyle also pairs well with the Breath of Spring hair pin from CHU-ING.

Breath of Spring

What I’m Wearing:

Truth – Polly
ANE Jewelry – Twiggy DROP Earrings
CHU-ING – Breath of Spring White Rare, Shoes Rare, Hair Pin Pink

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