Dia de los Muertos – LOTD #225

LOTD 225
Her arms moved slowly;

she felt the pressure building.

Then it exploded.



Hair: No Match – No Promise

Skin: Laqroki – Martina – Mocha

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph Eyes – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet: Slink Elegant, Slink High

Makeup:  Ezura Xue – Dia de los Muertos Face+Neck Tattoo

Costume (includes headpiece, corset, shoulder candles, panties, skirts, chest skeleton): Boudoir – Moria Couture

Earrings: Indyra – Briolette Drop – Noir

Bracelets: Etham – Leather Cuff Bracelets

Garter: Apple May – Witchcraft Leg Garter

Shoes: Rebel Hope – Elvia Mesh Heels – Black

Pose: Abranimations


Zombie: Boudoir – Dead Zombie

Headstones:  DDD – Classic Grave Markers

Pentagram: Paper Moon – Devil Trap Decal


I should start calling these ‘Look of the Week’ posts instead of LOTD posts. -.-

It’s gotten crazy busy for me, but in a good way.

Since today is Halloween, I wanted to get this pic posted, even if it’s almost over. 😛

This is a costume I wore for a performance at the Main Event Show Lounge for our Halloween show.

I love Boudoir, but a lot of their items do not ‘dance’ well.

Luckily for me, this one did, because I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. 😀

Since this was purely a ‘fun’ pic for me, I have edited it in Photoshop.

I’ve added the green sparkles, as well as some of the spooky green highlights.

I am constantly amazed at the flexibility of Photoshop and how much fun I have playing around with different options and features.

I have several programs that will add effects for me in one-click, but I get much more enjoyment from playing around myself and seeing what cool effects I can make.

It’s been a quiet evening here, not one trick-or-treater at all.

I hope you are all enjoying your Halloween.

Me, I’m ready for fall, Thanksgiving, and turkey. 😛


Top 5 Animation Stores

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A week or so ago I asked readers to vote for their favorite animation store.

As a dancer, I think I’ve shopped at pretty much every animation store in SL. 😀

I collect poses, because you never know which one will be the perfect one to use in a routine, and AO stores can be a treasure trove for transition animations.

I try to keep a (somewhat) updated spreadsheet of some of the dance/pose stores I frequent here.

The spreadsheet has the more current information, because many of the store blogs are not updated frequently.

Poses and AO’s aside, I wanted to stick with dance animation stores.

I have my own personal favorites, of course, but I wanted to see what stores others liked.


There was a 3-way tie for 3, 4, and 5.

Akeyo, Henmations, and Humanoid all tied with 9% of the votes.

I actually thought Humanoid would score higher, because their animations are very popular with club dancers.

Akeyo is more of an AO store, but they do have a nice selection of dance animations.

(Side note: If you are going to purchase animations, I highly suggest buying copy versions.  All too often SL will ‘eat’ inventory and then you are just out of luck – and $L.)

Henmations used to be one of my favorite stores, but it has been quite some time since they put out new dances.

However, they do have a bulk discount, so if you use their ‘shopping cart’ HUD, you can get a discount on your purchase, depending on how much you spend.

Coming in at #2 (18%) was perennial favorite A&M Mocap.

A&M has long had some of the best mocap dance animations in SL.

They have a huge selection of various styles of dance, including couples dances and chair/pole dances.

A&M also puts out ‘fad’ dances, like the Cupid Shuffle, Gangnam Style, and the like.

They do put out new dances, but not nearly as often as I want.

Also, dances at A&M are a bit pricier than other dance stores – a copy version of a dance generally runs around $400L.

The #1 dance animation store, with 54% of the votes, was . . .


Personally, I love Abranimations.

They have a pretty large selection of dances, and they are very reasonably priced.

Single copy dances at Abranimations generally cost around $150L.

They are also one of the only dance stores to put out new content on a fairly regular basis.

One of the other nice things at Abranimations is that when you buy dances in packs, you receive ‘mirrored’ versions of the dances.

These are very nice to use when doing a routine where you have multiple dancers.

If you are looking for inexpensive dances, Abranimations offers a ‘Daily Dance Special’ where one of the dances in the store is available for a day at only $45L.

A pretty good deal if you’re short on L$!


I wasn’t really surprised that Abranimations  was the #1 choice – they are inexpensive, good quality, and fairly regularly put out new stuff.

That said, I have to wonder what’s going on with dance makers.

As I said above, I keep a spreadsheet of animation stores that I try to keep updated, both for my own benefit and yours. 😀

After spending a couple of hours tp’ing around SL a few days ago, I found that none of the dance makers have put out any new dances.

It’s been months since Abranimations or A&M put out anything, and more like years since there has been anything new from places like Sine Wave or Animazoo.

What gives?

Have we finally hit the wall for new dance animations?

Are dance makers waiting to see what happens with Project Sansar?

Or am I just missing out on new stores/dances?

Abranimations Advent Gift Day 18

The advent gift for today form Abranimations is dances!


So hurry on over and pick them up before the day is over.  😀

Dance News Quickie

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Just a quick post to let you know that Vista has released some new dances – Shaki and Beyon dances (inspired by Shakira and Beyonce).  So head over and check them out!

Don’t forget that many stores are running advent calendars during the holiday season, including Abranimations.  Maybe we’ll get lucky and one of the gifts will be some free dances!


New Stuff!

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Image Source: xelerus.de

There hasn’t been a lot of new dance releases lately, so I’m happy to report on a couple of them. 🙂

Abranimations has released a new ‘Slow Burlesque’ series of dances.  HUMANOID has released a new set of ‘Kim’ dances – labeled as ‘dark, sexy’ dances.  Be sure to stop by both places and check them out.

On the non-dance animation front, oOo Poses has released two new sets of poses – ‘Avenger,’ a set inspired by cemetery sculptures, and ‘Henrietta,’ 5 poses designed for a bit of fun in-motion movements.  Check out a preview of them here if you’re interested.  These are part of FiftyLindenFriday, so hurry on over!


Abranimations Dances

Abranimations announced the following on their FB page:

Hi Everyone, I have placed a vendor at the landing HUB in our main store that randomly select a single dance from our collection each day and applies a 70% discount to it so for that day it is only 45L ! Each day it will pick a different dance.

This is the SLURL http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Animations/74/68/30

Today’s dance is the ‘Nerdy Dance.’  Be sure to stop by and check it out – discounted dances are always appreciated!!

New Dances

Abranimations has released new ‘At a Concert’ dances for those who are listening to music at clubs.  The older ‘listening’ dances have been price-reduced.  One new dance free this weekend only!