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SL11B ~ Get Your Selfies

In the last article Press Tour, I covered the major landing points of SL11B. In this one I will show you the loads of gifts you can gather. However, if you want to know more about the Live performances going on you may look at the SL Community Blog.

Each individual exhibit has been asked to give out a gift. Which means, apart from the two Gift Centers:

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There are many more to grab. One such I mentioned about the Kitty Cats. Take the teleporter here.

This one is a special edition given to all residents irrespective one has joined the Kitty Cats group or not. It comes with a birthday cap and SL11B as its fur.

While grabbing all the gifts, I heard about the “Celebrating Your Second Life Snapshot Contest” going on. Here are the details for you to participate. It has a chance to win L$10,000 as a reward.

According to Doctor Gascoigne. the important person behind the whole celebration. “While our flicker group is filling up quickly with great photos, I am a little disappointed  to see the photos missing one important thing- YOU”. Which is absolutely true. Without “YOU”, the Second Life would not have existed. Nor would the celebrations be possible. So, go clicking your Selfies for SL11B. After all, its only one time that you are 11 years old. You can get the robot avatar in the picture above free at market place, here is the link.

 

What are the Contest Rule?

  • It starts on June 16th and ends on July 14th, 2014 at 10:00 am
  • You must be 18 years or older in real life.
  • You can submit only one photograph per day.
  • File format must be in gif, jpg, jpeg with a maximum size of 20 MB.
  • Entry participants must have active Second Life and Facebook account prior to their participation.
  • Snapshots cannot be submitted previously to any kind of promotion or exhibition or displayed publicaly through any means.
  • Read more, click here. These are the general Linden Lab rules, which one must know before they accept to participate.

 

How to Enter?

  • Take a Snapshot of Avatar Celebration and log in to the Official Second Life Facebook Page.
  • Like the page and look for a tab called Contest in the more section or click here.
  • Provide your name, Second Life avatar name or the Legacy name, your email address and upload the snapshot.
  • Upload in their Official Flicker Group too. https://www.flickr.com/groups/sl11b and rename the picture as “SL11B Selfies ~ Your name”

 

What are winner’s ruins?

The first prize wins L$10,000 which is approximately worth US$40.

The second prize wine L$5,000 which is approximately worth US$20.

The third prize wins L$3,000 which is approximately worth US$12.

 

Next in the series of SL11B, I will talk about Pod Tours, one of the newest attraction there.

 

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BURN2 SKIN BURN 2013

We just got the following press release from Burn 2:

BURN2 2013: CARGO CULT was a fantastic event, filled with the joy of Burning community and a fabulous Burn of the Man. But it’s NOT QUITE over til we have the SKIN BURN!

What is Skin Burn?

It’s bringing the community together again in a low­lag way to watch the Man Burn one more time. We attend in just our skins (system clothing optional). No scripts, no attachments, no HUDs, no AOs ­ just US! Wear creative colourful, glorious skins or just come as yourselves. Enjoy great tunes, an awesome Burn, and Burning with the community!

All this will happen on Saturday, the 9th of November at two times to accommodate most time zones: 9:00am SLT and 6:00pm SLT. The greeter area will be open for 2 hours before each Burn time. When you’ve de­scripted and detached, you will get a special group invite and the landmark to the Man Burn site. You can only access the playa if you are in that special group.
Please let us know when you have included us in your publications as we link back to online TV, magazine and blog posts at http://www.burn2.org/media_coverage and would love to include you! Just email communications@burn2.org a link to your content, and we will include it.

BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man

festival and community into the world of Second

Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man regional event, and the only virtual world event out of more than 100 real world Regional groups.
The BURN2 Team operates events year around, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall ­ a virtual echo of Burning Man itself.
We’d like to encourage you to use the following labels and hashtags when you write about the event: Burn2, #burn2 .

We will promote those tags to make it easier for people to find your content.
Want more information? Check out these resources:

Website: http://burn2.org

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/burn2/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/

BURN_two Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BURN2BURNERS

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Burn2.SL/

Regional Page: http://regionals.burningman.com/regionals/cyberspace/second­life/

Contact people: communications@burn2.org

Steering Committee: steering@burn2.org

BURNING MAN Regional Contact: secondlife@burningman.com

Hidden Gems of Second Life: Requiem

A glimpse of Requiem

A glimpse of Requiem

For this week’s Hidden Gems of Second Life, we will take a look at the cool sim of Requiem. I was told about Requiem from a good friend of mine, who goes here for 7Seas fishing.  The sim is big on 7Seas fishing and holds a daily event at 2:05 pm slt every day.  Requiem has not one, but FIVE ares to fish in, which you can find from their helpful teleporting signs as soon as you land.

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Spring Days 4: The Forests of Second Life

When sims on Second Life are born, they are one of two things a desert and a grassland island, Residents who love nature preserve their sims natural look from time to time, creative, amazing sims that are perfect for photography and relaxation.

 Second Life several amazing nature sims for you to visit.

Taiga

Tagia is a beautiful quiet peaceful forest found on the Tagia Awesome sim. Based on the Siberian taiga. The Stream Plays: 24/f smooth pop music.
Features: Beautiful Lake, an air ship to relax on, bike rides around the sim. Interactive relaxation spots, A cottage opened to visitors.Visitors can also go jet skiing on the lake as well as have a nice nature walk through the woods.

Garden Of Dreams

Garden of Dreams is a beautifully magical sim is lined with large trees., made to bring lovers together.
Stream playing: Romantic, classical , new age music.
Features: Interactive boards on landing spot for visitors to explore, such as vendors a store and teleport used to visit different parts of the sim.

 

A Forest close to our hearts is from the Isle of Dee, the forest is not only beautiful but is home to a race of beings called the Wylds, they aren’t too friendly about strangers wondering into their Forest. Nevertheless it’s a beautiful and peaceful place, well until you venture in there.

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A little friend from the Forests of Dee.

Happy Exploring.

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Spring Days 3: Irie Vibes

Feel the rhythm feel the beat over at Irie Vibes on the third day of Spring. This Caribbean themed club is for Reggae lovers all over the world.

You don’t always have to be on the dance floor to enjoy the music, vibes has a beautiful beach for you to relax on .

What? Is going to beach in Spring not a thing? Well it is in the Caribbean!

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Second Life Fashion: Que Bella for the Bigger Woman.

Second Life as a visual medium can be all about what you look like and does have a bit of an issue withuebella_002 body imagine. The virtual world is a place where you can be anything you want to, whether it’s a furry, a child avatar or even an 8 ’10 giant. It is hard to find clothes when you decide not to be within the “normal” shape and size. Child avatars do have stores that are made  for them, the same thing goes for furries, but what about humans that decide to be a bit more curvy than normal or taller. Que Bella, created by Issybella Quintessa, is one of a few stores found in Second Life that are aimed at the bigger more curvy female avatar. Their price ranges from around 50 – 120L$ so they are affordable. Continue reading

Man Week Begins! – Male From Scratch.

Hi Folks

As you might know it’s man week here at the Torch and my mission was to make a male avi from scratch and kit him out for 200 lindens.

To be honest I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it, because lets face it, although second life has come on in leaps and bounds as far as men’s fashion is concerned they are still pretty under represented, especially in the cheap or free area but despite that I think I managed to put together a guy that in my personal opinion is kind of handsome. So without further ado I bring you Shad! 7 foot something hunk of man.

URLS to follow.

So the first thing that needed to be done was to find a good base, that being shape and skin and the hunt brought me to FILTHY at the Place Alexandra sim. While perhaps most well known for some gorgeous female skins and shapes. She also does a great range of men’s too and the best news for people with a limited budget is that the creator Alexandra Barcelos has some of her older skins still available for the incredible bargain price of 99ls! And that gents includes shape, a range of skin tones and separate hair base. What more could you ask for?

Filthy – Sid skin & shape – 99ls – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Red%20Wing/24/198/32

The next stop was for eyes, This was a pretty easy choice for me to make because MAYFLY has some beautiful offerings in a variety of colours are all really realistic and cheap. But the best thing for the purpose of my mission is that they have a free pair. The London fog free eyes are a gorgeous piercing blue and you can choose if you want to wear the normal texture or wear them in a mesh version. They are stunning and definitely the kind of eyes a lady likes to get lost in.

Mayfly – London fog mesh eyes – 0ls – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noul/194/107/652

Onto clothes and my favourite subject shoes! For these I headed to Second Life marketplace and did a raid and in no time at all had come up with this, so sharp it could cut you suit from Savvy Avvy for just 50ls. I was surprised by the quality of this outfit, It’s detailed, smooth and perfectly textured, it’s a must have for any guy out there that wants a bit of elegant nonchalance, It can be worn in a number of ways, while I opted for the white open neck shirt, there is also a black open shirt and buttoned up versions with a tie too, so it’s perfect for a number of occasions.

Savvy Avvy – Business suit – 50ls – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/savvy-avvy-Business-class-mens-suit-set-ONLY-50-L-FOR-ONE-WEEK-ONLY/362071

The shoes from HOC apparel are also off the marketplace and were also 50ls.  They are seamlessly sculpted with an impeccable finish, They go perfectly with the suit and the ability to change the texture via menu makes them adaptable enough to go with your favourite jeans too. You are definitely walking away with a bargain.

HOC apparel  – leather loafers – 50ls – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/HOC-Apparel-Leather-Loafers/311559

Now suited and booted, last on the list was hair and I admit I was stumped on this. I mean I love hair but I had never really paid attention to mens, and seeing as I was down to the 1ls of my budget, I was stuck. I needed help and so I turned to my very stylish SL bro for advice and he pointed me in the direction of EXILE by Kavar Cleanslate, He does a wide selection of men’s hair and has a few free offerings too. I chose the Echo style because I like the rumpled, windswept look especially in contrast to the smooth style of the suit. It was the perfect finishing touch and brought it all together.

Exile – Echo hair – 0ls – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Covet/134/113/33

1ls left and while I could have come in under budget I splurged and spent it on an animation override. It was another surprise find on the marketplace.  The Vista animations basic male AO is a good starting point as far as animation overrides go, It really is basic with only a few stands and a walk, but you can add animations into it as you go along  and it can be turned into something unique to you.

Vistaanimation – Basic male AO – 1ls – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/VISTA-ANIMATIONS-BASIC-MALE-AO/298450

So that brings us to a close. 200ls dead on the nose and a complete avatar, with a little hunting and patience it can be done and with style. So get out there gents and shop your little hearts out.

Huge thanks again to the amazing Damion Theas for the picture.

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Having A Family in Second Life: Maternity Chic!

Hi all,

For my first post for the Torch, I thought I would do a little follow up on the family segment and bring you all some very cute maternity clothes that are perfect for the long, lazy days of summer, They will keep the mum to be cool and comfortable without emptying your wallet.

For the first offering I bring you a gorgeous little dress from Maddison Wexhome. It lovingly drapes over your bump in a cascade of chiffon, while the accompanying leggings hug your stomach and bring it all together in an outfit that reeks of cool, casual elegance. The floral detailing is so pretty and it takes the minimum of adjusting. Considering it can be worn in a couple of different ways it’s a total bargain at just 99ls.

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The second gem from Maddison Wexhome is a gorgeous little baby-doll top and white capri’s. With a slight boho vibe, it enhances your assets and baby bump in a way that is sexy yet not overt, The colours hint are fresh and relaxing, ideal for the summer days and again at 99ls what more could you want.

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There is a lot more on offer at this store, for both mums to be and the rest of you girlies out there. It’s cheap and great quality, I highly suggest you stop by and have a look for yourself.

The next store I have for you is PS expectations. I have to say I was spoilt for choice, there were so many outfits that were simply gorgeous and really reasonably priced but with difficulty I managed to narrow it down to just a few.

The first is a beautiful top called Tess, also in a flattering boho style, the hint of cleavage tantalises, while the baby-doll skims your curves in a celebration of colour, Teamed with the Capri-cious pants it is a great outfit that is perfect for relaxing or running round snapping up some more bargains. With the top at 99ls and theCapri’s at just 75ls it’s a must have.

Tess – chocolate cherry – 99ls

Capri-licious – 75ls

Now comes something slightly more daring, if you want to proudly show off your bump in a sexy yet understated way, this is the top for you. The diamante detailing lends some glitz and glamour that makes it ideal for the summer evenings, It can be teamed with jeans or a skirt, or as in the picture the oh so versatile capri-licious pants.

Robin in lake – 99ls

We have the days and the evening covered now, but what when it turns to those sultry summer nights? You want something that makes your partners temperature sky rocket while letting you remain cool and comfortable. The Allure outfit also from PS expectations fits the bill in every way. You can see it hints at everything yet doesn’t reveal too much, the lace detail across the bodice and sheer baby-doll will get your partners pulse racing and who knows it could spark a conversation about babies two and three.

Allure – 99ls

Definitely drop by this store I can guarantee you will find something you will love.

As with anything else in second life there is a plethora of choices out there, this is just a small selection. So don’t be afraid to explore or even ask in a maternity group for recommendations. I guarantee you that you will love it.

Happy bargain hunting and see you soon.

P.S Big thanks to Damion Theas for doing the pics and Abeni Fanshaw for modeling