Change

I am a creature of habit, so change is never easy for me.

I’ve had enough upheaval in the last few weeks to last me for the next couple of years. :-/

A week or so ago, I lost 1/3 of my inventory in the Great Inventory Debacle of 2016.  I did send a ticket to LL, and they attempted a fix, but alas, my precious inventory items disappeared into the aether.  😦

I’ve been spending my time since then trying to replace what I could, but was forced to accept that 1) I couldn’t replace everything, and 2) I probably didn’t absolutely need most of what I lost.  Are there things I wish I still had?  Yes.

However, sitting around whining about it wasn’t going to change anything, so I set about working on my next routine.  And since my inventory is so depleted, it only makes sense to do some power shopping to replace it all, right?  😀

While I was shopping, an old friend dropped into my IM box and we started chatting.  She’s always giving me crap about being too skinny, so she took it upon herself to ‘update’ my shape for me.

I’m not used to the new shape quite yet, but I am pleased with some of the photos I took wearing the new shape.

Like this one:

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A tad more risqué than I normally put on my blog, but hey, it’s my blog, right?  😛

Diawa didn’t make me shorter, which I appreciated.  I am short in RL, so I like being tall in SL. 😀

LOTD 273

The shape is much curvier than I am used to, especially the thighs.  I’ve worn the shape for a while, trying to get used to it.  I will definitely be trying it out during some of my performances, so I’ll see how it goes.

In the meantime, me and my thighs are going to do some more shopping!! ;-D

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Skin

SL SkinAfter buying the Maitreya body and playing around with it, my only real concern was that my everyday skin does not have any appliers for it.

I have been wearing a Laqroki skin for as long as I can remember.

I had one skin for a while and then decided I wanted something in a darker skin shade.

I’ve bought other skins over the years, but they just never seemed like ‘me’.

Since Glam Affair was the default skin for the Maitreya body, I went and purchased a skin from them.

But it just didn’t look like me. 😦

So I thought I’d compare some of my skins and see what the differences are.

I took a baseline pic wearing my Laq (mocha tone) skin.

Laq SkinI took off everything except a pair of earrings. 😀

The only real complaint I have about the skin is the mouth.

I always end up with a weird flat area on either side of the bottom lip.

Other than that, I’ve been pretty happy in general with the skin.

It has 10 different makeups and so I have a nice selection of options.

When I went shopping for new skins, it was a bit of sticker shock.

These days, one skin is the same price as what I paid for my entire pack.

Another stumbling block for me has been finding a skin that is close to my current tone.

Everything now seems to run to the (extremely) pale side.

I have a bunch of WoW Skins I’ve collected from various events, so I tried some of them on.

The skins were listed as tan, dark tan, and bronze, so I thought they would be close to my current skin tone.

Wow Greta TanNot so.

This is the tan version of Greta.

Not exactly tan, in my book.

And I’m getting weird shadows all over.

The lips do seem a bit nice than Laq, though.

Maybe dark tan will be better.

Wow Greta Dark TanWell, it’s a little better.

Still not close to my current skin tone.

And still getting weird shadows around my eyes and out from the nose.

I do like the little beauty mark.

Cute, but still not ‘me.’

So I thought I’d try the ‘bronze’ tone.

Wow Greta BronzeHmmmm.

Seems bronze is not darker than dark tan.

Huh.

And still with the weird shadows.

Just FYI, I did not move, change camera position, or do anything to these photos, other than crop and resize.

So, it doesn’t appear that WoW Skins is ‘me’ either.

Since I have the Maitreya body, I went to Glam Affair and tried their skins.

I must say, their skins run to the pale side as well.

GA Asia GiftSince I was finding the new skins so pricey, I went looking to see what I already had.

I found a GA skin in the Asia tone that I picked up somewhere.

Too pale.

Weird shadows out from the nose again.

But loving the lips!!!

After much searching through the various skin tones of GA, I decided that the India tone would be the closest to my current skin.

GA Amberly IndiaMy timing was good, and I managed to pick up the Amberly skin during a FLF sale.

Only $50L for 10 skins, which was a complete steal!

I won’t use the Asia tone ones, but the India tone is close to my current one.

Again, loving the lips.

But I don’t get why the weird shadows coming out from the nose.

I also picked up a Margot skin from GA.

GA Margot IndiaI like the Margot skin a lot.

Just a nice, clean look to it.

I love the brows here.

And though it’s not as dark as I would like, it’s close enough for me to live with it.

Since GA skin appliers are included with the Maitreya body, it seemed like a no-brainer.

Easy skin matching.

Oh, I could try and use the RGB picker to match my Laq skin, but it never seems to look exactly right.

Before I bought the Maitreya body, I was seriously considering the Belleza one.

I might still get it.

I have some Belleza skins, so I pulled them out to see what they looked like.

Belleze Mya PaleAgain, some of them are very pale.

I love, love, love the cat eye makeup on this skin.

And the lips are pretty damn good too.

But still the weird shadows out from the nose.

Or am I just seeing things?

Nice, but too pale for me.

Belleza MimiMimi is slightly darker, but not enough.

A nice, clean fresh look.

But the mouth seems somehow ‘off.’

Weird shadows.

Again.

Well, maybe the Belleza mocha will be closer to ‘me.’

Belleza Shyla MochaI asked for darker, didn’t I?

Maybe this is just a tad too dark.

Sigh.

Well, it’s at least closer.

So I know have a decent option if I decide to get the Belleza body.

And going back and looking over all these skins, it’s amazing to me how much of a difference just changing skins can make.

What skin is your ‘everyday’ skin?

What skin makers do you love?

Scared of Change

Some people like change, other people have to be forced into it, kicking and screaming.

For me, it depends on what the change is.

I’ve run across an article about scale in Second Life several times in the last few weeks.  It’s an article on a blog called The Digital Pasture.  The initial article was about the fallacy that land is expensive in Second Life.  Read the post here and draw your own conclusions. (I don’t own land in SL, so I wasn’t that interested in that aspect of the post.)

When I read through the post, I was interested to read about a related post dealing with the issue of scale in SL.  That post talks about how scale is ‘off’ in SL.  According to the post, the starting height for new avatars is over 6 feet.  Not the average height in RL for males or females, to be sure.  There are a few sims (like Jo Yardley’s 1920’s Berlin sim) that are built to a realistic scale.  I was interested in the idea for a number of reasons.

With the (hopefully) soon-to-be available options like Oculus Rift, I think scale will become more important.  It won’t seem very realistic if all the buildings around you have doors and windows that appear 300 feet tall!  If building to scale also lets you conserve on prims/LI, that’s always a good thing.  Who wouldn’t like to have more prims/LI?

I was also interested to read about how the default camera setting can cause issues.  It’s not something I had even really thought about before.  So I decided to change my camera settings and see how (or if) they affected my time in SL.  I changed the settings following the directions in the post (using the centered view).  After about a week of use, I am very happy with the new camera settings.  I am better able to navigate my way around (something I needed when completing The Lost Mine hunt!) and I am not constantly pulling my camera down to see around me more clearly.

I am contemplating changing the size/scale of my avatar.  I have previously resisted attempts to change my shape too much.  😛   After all, your avatar is ‘you’ in many ways, and it can be very difficult to make changes.  Part of the appeal of SL (and other virtual worlds) is that you can be whoever/whatever you want.

Change can be scary.