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Fab Advice – Edition #13

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QUESTION #1:  What is your succession for best environment setting that its bright but doesnt alter my feet skin.  Atm i am using firestorm and the problem is with mesh shoes/feet. Even tho im using the hud for skin much the skin doesnt look same in all the places ( only shoes it doesnt effect my slink hands ).  I have to have environments setting – Default – midday to see the skin same everywhere but  this setting its 2 dark for me.

Love Says: The first thing I would address is… Are you using a face or body light?  Those can effect how your skin matches up with prim add-ons. If you have a face or body light, my suggestion is to take it off.  Also check to see if the environment you are standing in has any extra lighting that may interfere.  All the lighting you’ll ever need is in your windlight settings!  My personal favourite for day to day is Brees Appleblossom because it is really bright and takes away most of the shading.  Everything I need to see is crisp and clear, and everything matches on my screen, at least.  For photography, I am no help.  I use a wide range of settings for pictures, and will flip through them endlessly for an hour before I decide on the right one!

Serena Says:  For just wandering around SL, I use a custom windlight I call No Shadows, which removes all the ugly shadows and let’s me see everything better. It doesn’t always display skin colors well, so I never use it for photographs. For good skin color, I recommend Annan Adored Optimal Skin. I use this one a lot for skin photos.

Pru Says:  I would suggest just trying a few settings out. One thing about computer screens is that things look a little different from one screen to the next. I personally like to use Clawl a lot. I feel like it makes a big difference. A friend of  mine however prefers Annan Adored Optimal Skin. I hope that helps! 🙂

Skyler Says:  I use CALWL or nam’s optimal skin & prim as my WL setting when I need things to match. You can also try playing with the day slider at the bottom of the quick preferences box, it will move the sun around and help with the darkness, although on midday the sun is directly overhead, and the slider doesn’t do too much. Also, make sure you have your shaders enabled, as that effects the way the slink hands and feet look, and the way they match up.

Xiu Says:  I use Firestorm also, but without knowing how you actually have your preference set up…it is difficult to advise you as to what windlight is best for skin.  There are several wonderful windlights in the Firestorm Viewer that show skin and clothing beautifully…but it starts with how you set up your graphics preferences.  From what you have mentioned, it sounds like you may need to enable a few things in your graphics preferences before you choose which windlight you want to use.  On the menu at the top of your screen choose “avatar”, then in the drop box choose “preferences”.  Once you have the preferences box open go to “graphics”, in the graphics box, under the “general” tab, I keep my Performance slider set halfway between mid and high on the slider.  Make sure under the “shaders” you have all boxes ticked except for “advanced lighting model” (I only use that when I am taking high rez photos…it uses a lot of your system resources and can create a lot of lag for you).  You especially want to make sure you have the “Atmospheric” and “Basic” shaders boxes ticked…this is usually where people encounter issues with their skin not matching with their “add on” feet, hands and shoes.  If you don’t have the shaders enabled…it can make the add-on items not look as blended as they should.  Once you have checked to make sure you have all those boxes ticked…make sure you hit the “apply” button at the bottom of the graphics box and then hit the ok button.  If you forget to do this…your graphics will revert to the previous settings you had before you made the changes.  Now, as to my favorite windlights…for skin…I like StrawberrySingh.com Closeups ( I usually have this on most of the time)…I also like Anan Adored Optimal Skin no shadows and Nam’s Optimal skin and Prim.  To keep the windlights from changing every time you teleport, you can go back to you preferences and under the “Firestorm” tab…go to “Windlight” and un-tick the box that says “Automatically change environment to use region/parcel settings”.  Once you do this, make sure you hit the apply button at the bottom of the preferences panel and then hit ok.  Now your chosen windlight setting should stay the same no matter where you teleport to.  You can also quickly change your windlight settings under the “quick preferences” button on the bottom menu bar…located all the way over in the corner to YOUR right…it has the Firestorm symbol on it.  Click it and you sill see that you can change your windlights from that box…just make sure you un-tick the “Use Region Windlight” box first. Hope this helps ❤

 

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QUESTION #2: I’m curious how much you photo shop your pictures to make them look so pretty.  Sometimes I pick up gifts I see on your blog and then they don’t look as good to me as they do in the picture. Thank you.

Love Says:  I don’t even own photoshop!  I use a free online program called Picmonkey to crop, add my name, and very small lighting adjustments if they are required.  On occasion I might touch up a harsh line or add a little focus blur to feature a particular item, but the free version of Picmonkey doesn’t allow for much lol.  I think it might be  a fun hobby to d/l photoshop and play around with some photos adding those cute little sun spots and bits of stray hair etc, and I may in the future for fun but on FabFree, I think it’s more important to show the items as they are presented inworld.  If an item looks way different on me than it does on you, there could be a zillion factors, but I am guessing that the difference is probably lighting.  When you get dressed, not only do you need to find a hot outfit, but you also need to pick out a windlight that allows you to see it in it’s best “light” 😉  Hope that helps.

Serena Says:  I’ll admit that I do a bit of Photoshopping, but how much I do depends on a) what I’m showing, and b) how much time I have. I really hate the jagged body lines that SL photos always seem to have, especially on non-mesh body parts, so I always smooth those out, no matter what. If I’m showing a skin, I don’t alter its appearance except maybe to fix an ugly shadow or a tile line that wound up in the middle of my face. I don’t ‘shop the clothes I’m showing. I think a lot of times windlight has something to do with how an avatar looks, so you might try playing with your windlight settings to see what looks best.

Pru Says:  I really only use photoshop for cropping, and combining multiple photos into one when it comes to my FabFree photos. I do not alter the appearance of the items at all. Once in a while I like to get creative with lighting and backgrounds, but then I also try to include a “plain” photo as well in those instances. One thing I will say is that windlight settings can make a huge difference in how things look. I always adjust my windlight sky settings before taking pictures.

Skyler Says: The only photoshop I do to my photos is resizing and adding my little sig at the bottom. Once in a great while, I’ll have to fix a bit of hair or something silly like that, but it’s not often, and it never effects the look of the featured products. All of my photos are taken inworld with either Niran’s viewer, or the most updated firestorm, both with the graphics set as high as they will go. Your graphics setting can have a huge effect on how things look!

Xiu Says:  Great question…one I ask myself every time I buy clothing in First Life that I see modeled in a magazine.  In all seriousness…I mention the magazine comparison because it is valid.  Keep in mind that what you are seeing on our posts is hours of styling, setting up windlight and lighting, choosing a complimentary location, and poses that show off the clothing. Then there are also other factors such as skin, shape, hair and the angles at which we shoot our photos.  98% of what you see in my posts comes from everything I do BEFORE I even snap one photo.  I have CS6 but do not even have it loaded t my desk top or even set up. I actually know very little about CS6; it intimidates me lol.  I’m a lazy post process person…I’d rather put all my energy into setting up a shot and then all I do is crop, resize and adjust the contrast to make sure the lighting in the photo is balanced.  Always DEMO everything you can before buying it…it is the only way to tell if it is going to look good on YOU…our photos are only there to show a “sample” of what the item is.

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Fab Advice – Edition #8

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QUESTION #1:  Fitted mesh http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Fitted-Mesh-Is-Here/ba-p/2461687

1.  can you give us an update as to the release date?
2.  how will fitted mesh new products affect fabfree and its promo efforts?

Love Says:  Fitted Mesh has apparently already been released within SL.  I have not yet personally had any experience with it, but I am looking forward to giving it a whirl!  How fitted mesh will effect FabFree will depend on the designers that offer gifts or under 75L items, so I can’t say yet for sure how it will impact Fabfree.  For those of you wondering right now what “Fitted Mesh” is…  Linden Labs has made this video:

Serena Says:  1.  Linden Labs announce on February 10, 2014 that fitted mesh is already available in the main Second Life viewer. You can see a video about this here: http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Fitted-Mesh-Is-Here/ba-p/2461687. Firestorm and other third-party viewers will probably be adding Fitted Mesh shortly, but I have not seen any release dates.
2. I really don’t think fitted mesh is going to affect how we blog here at FabFree. If a designer offers a free/cheap item that happens to be fitted mesh, one of us will probably show it!

Pru Says: I think fitted mesh will be a positive experience for everyone, and for FabFree! Just as when Sculpts and then Mesh first became available, designers were just as excited and eager to show off their new work. So if things go as they have in the past, I would think there would be a lot of fantastic new gifts and promotions to look forward to.

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QUESTION #2:  As a resident who loves formal dancing in-world, where is the best place to look for free, or inexpensive formalwear and accessories?

Love Says:  There are a ton of different places to find free or inexpensive formalwear in SL, and I see below that Serena and Pru have listed off several stores that have free or inexpensive formalwear.  I have another store yet to add, and that is Paris Metro.  Paris Metro is constantly giving out free gowns either as gifts for events, or hunt items.  As for free or inexpensive accessories…  I would try Virtual Impressions and Lazuri for jewelry as well as The Marketplace.

Serena Says:  Glitterati by Sapphire offers a new dress each month for group members (50L to join). The dress is not always formal, but you can pick up lots of older group gifts that are formal. Sascha’s Designs also offers a monthly group gift, which is almost always a formal gown (100L to join). PurpleMoon Creations also frequently offers group gifts of formal gowns, so I would check that group out, as well (50L to join). Also, I believe I heard a while back that Frank’s Place Jazz Club gave out free gowns, but I’m not sure if that’s still the case.

Pru Says:   I’ll admit I really didn’t have an answer for this question at first, but I wanted to find an answer. I did some hunting and came across a shop called QQ Fashion that sells formal gowns and shoes. I noticed that shop did have at least 2 lucky chairs and a Midnight Mania board! Secondly, I also found a shop called Augusta Creation that has several group gifts that include formal gowns. The group is free to join. Below are the surls to both shops. I hope that helps!

QQ Fashion http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dahlinks/96/57/23

Augusta Creation http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bao/77/32/25

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Fab Advice – Edition #7

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QUESTION #1:  I am blogger too and I like to know how you find sim locations to take your pictures.  I can never find such pretty areas as you do.

Love Says:  Thank you for your question.  I love taking inworld shots and visiting new locations, and I find that the best place for me to find good photo locations is to look on The Second Life Destination Guide.  I also make a note of sims that are pretty that I stumble upon throughout my shopping journeys.

Pru Says: Honestly, I am really bad about finding places! lol Sometimes I set up scenery myself. Once in a while I stumble across cool places and take a picture. I’m actually really interested in what the others have to say!

QUESTION #2:  I was wondering if there happen to be any followers that are Toddledoos or have kids that are toddledoos, and can offer some of your favorite places for someone kinda new to the kid scene.
thank you 🙂

Love Says:  I apoligize that we didn’t have any bloggers step up with an answer for this question, however I am going to post your question up here, so that our readers are able to weigh in with their answers via comment.  I hope someone can help!

QUESTION #3: I have heard many residents call SL a game.  Do you consider it a game, and if so – what are the goals?  I am curious because I enjoy SL but I think it is more an outlet for chat than a game.

Love Says:  Second Life classifies it as a “3D Virtual Community” on their website, although I suppose Second Life is different for everyone.  All residents come for their own personal reasons and it is up to them whether they choose to make it a game or not.  I personally feel it is more of an “alternate world” than a game.  In “my” world, the goal is an escape, relaxation, creation, and socialization.  If this is a game,  I am miserably failing because the only numbers I see for XP are lindens and mine only ever disappear lmao.

Pru Says:  My personal experience is that I also considered it a game, a strange social game. I am really not sure what I thought the goals were. Maybe just character development, or learning and exploring. I was still learning and figuring things out. However, that was before I got really involved in it. Now I see it like you said as more of a social and  creative outlet.

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Fab Advice – Edition #6

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QUESTION #1:  Hello there! I first want to say how much I love the blog and how great and helpful it is in keeping up to date on affordable fashion and how it introduces new stores for me to shop at.

Ok, my question. I currently own a store in SL and it has steadily grown to the point where I need a little assistance. I was wondering if any of you had experience in how you seek a store manager? What avenues can a store owner take to hire someone that would help with the day to day running of the store as well as help with the business side of things while I, as the creator, can focus more on creation? Is there a certain way to go about things? Is there any advice on how to protect yourself from scammers? Are you expected to pay them a certain amount or a percentage of profits? This is all so new to me so I have no idea on how to approach this. Thank you so much for making the feature available on your blog.

Love Says:  Congratulations on the growth of your inworld store!  I am afraid I don’t have any experience running a shop here in SL, or any experience finding store managers, but I will say that I have seen several ads from store owners seeking management on Flickr, Facebook and Plurk.  Good luck finding the help you require, and make sure you hire someone you trust.

Serena Says:   Thank you for the kind words about the FF blog! We’re always thrilled to hear that readers like what we’re showing! 🙂

As for your question, I have never, nor do I currently, have a store in SL. I would imagine that you could put an ad out, perhaps on Flickr or your store blog, if you have one. Perhaps even in your group notices. People do read those, and one of your customers may be looking for a job. But as with most relationships in SL, you don’t quite know what, or who, you’re getting, so you need to be extra cautious. If you don’t have a RL family member or friend who plays SL, just be careful, and give responsibilities out as trust is earned. I’ve heard a few stories recently of designers/store owners getting burned by assistants who turned out to be less than trustworthy, so do be careful!

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QUESTION #2:  My problem is mesh. I have two avis for quite different activities, with quite different shapes, but neither has ever been able to wear 99% of mesh outfits. I also like clingy dresses and skirts. I’m not overweight in RL; nor do I wish to appear overweight in SL, however fashionable that might be. All the fashion designers and bloggers emphasize mesh. Where can I go to find tasteful outfits that actually fit? Ones that don’t leave obvious “invisible woman” voids if someone happens to look sideways at my boobs or, God forbid, perve up my skirt? I know from talking with friends no one particularly likes mesh. Even LL admits there’s a serious problem with it that they’re working on. Any advice? (And no, I don’t intend to customize my shape for every outfit. I have better ways to spend my time.)

Love Says:  I love the addition of mesh to Second Life, but…  you are right – it does have it’s glitches.  I think mesh is like anything else, and will be perfected with time (or scrapped when something better comes along lol).  There are still plenty of designers making non-mesh creations – you just need to find one that fits your particular style.

Serena Says:  For the time being, if you want mesh to look good, you need to wear one of the “standard” mesh sizes. I wear a standard mesh shape for mesh, and when I’m not wearing mesh, I might wear a shape that’s more curvy, or whatever looks best in the clothing. However… fitted mesh is coming! This type of mesh is supposed to fit to whatever your shape or size may be. I say “supposed to” because they’re still working the bugs out of it. But I think it shows promise for the future of mesh design. You can find out more about fitted mesh here: http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Fitted-Mesh-Is-Here/ba-p/2461687.

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QUESTION #3:  Where did Renee Lowenheart go?  I haven’t seen her posts in well over a year (maybe two?) and while I am very happy with how Love Trill is running FabulouslyFree, I am just curious of her absence since there was no formal farewell.

Love Says:  Renee Lowenhart left us mid December 2012.  She planned a vacation, and did not return.  After months of her missing, and us worrying, I was finally in contact with her in April 2013 via email thanks to a mutual friend.  At that time, she claimed she was having computer problems, but she planned to return as soon as she could.  I have not heard from her since then, but I sure hope she is doing well, and I still hope that one day she will come back to us here at FabFree!

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Fab Advice – Edition #5

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QUESTION #1:  I have another question that involves MESH items, as I am still fairly new to it all.  Since my avatar is oddly shaped, I find great difficulty in wearing the clothes that are available. But what Mesh items I -do- indulge in are body parts and hair. Now.. I purchase my hair from a very well known provider, and I’ve noticed that with the long hair, it doesn’t fall properly on her shoulders. Instead it hovers right above her breast. Now, I know that Mesh items cannot be resized at all, but, is there a way that I can make this hair sit more realistically on my girl WITHOUT modding her shape more than I should?  Thank you!

Love Says:  I have noticed that some hair makers have started adding a “big boobs” (of course they are all calling it something different) option in their packs.  While this doesn’t help with the ones we have all previously purchased, it is good news for the future 🙂

Serena Says:  My understanding is that mesh cannot be modded, period. So other than changing your shape, I don’t know of any other way to make the hair fit better. If you don’t want to do that, then you might find that flexi hair better meets your needs.

Pru Says:  You might look in the package the hair came with and make sure there isn’t a second copy of the hair. Some designers include a hair that rests higher for those who wear prim/mesh breasts. Otherwise, in my experience, you unfortunately can’t really adjust where or how a mesh item sits on your avatar.

Satu Says:  Outside of modding your shape I don’t have much in the way of suggestions. I always have to make slight tweaks to my shape for almost every different mesh outfit. I think the extra wiggle room on the hairs is to allow for them to be worn with mesh clothes, and avatars with a larger bust.. Not everyone fits into the small and extra small category. As with people, beautiful avis come in all shapes and sizes.

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QUESTION #2:  What Fabulous advice can you give on managing groups? There are so many great group gifts, but only 42 coveted spaces. I’ve been hovering at 41 groups, and wish I could join more.

Love Says:  *Sighs*  I wish there was a way to get more groups, but what it all comes down to is prioritizing which groups you need to keep.  I am constantly rotating.  I wish we could have 100!  Are you listening Linden Labs????  We need more group space! 😉

Serena Says:  Gosh, this is one I’m sure we’d all like to know the secret to! My 42 groups have been full since shortly after I learned to shop in SL, and most are either blogger groups that I need to stay in, or groups that I have paid to join. I *try* to keep at least 1 or 2 spots open so I can go in and out of groups to pick up gifts to show. I will say that if you’ve been in a “pay” group for a long time, and you no longer find it worth your while to be a member, you might need to make the difficult decision to leave, especially if there is another group that might be more beneficial to your needs. It’s tough, I know… and I sure do wish LL would up the groups limit!

Pru Says:  As much as I frown upon “group-hoping” or joining and leaving groups that are free to join, as a blogger I find I am forced to do that often. One thing I have found myself doing is leaving “family/friend” groups that are inactive. For a long time I stayed part of some of those type groups for sentimental reasons. I finally decided that if the group hadn’t been active in 6+ months, I left it. Unless of course, the group is required for your home space or something.

Satu Says: I am also always riding right at the limit on groups myself. Sometimes I have to seriously prioritize which groups I really want to stay in, and which I don’t. Obviously I almost always keep groups I have paid a lot of lindens to be in, especially if they are for a store I really like. Other groups such as those related to work and my land groups also take priority. The last small handful of groups I find myself constantly juggling, especially to get items to show in my blog posts.

I wish Linden Labs would allow us to have a lot more group spaces than what we do, but we do have many more than when I first began here years ago. I think an even 100 groups would be great, but the limit isn’t likely to go up unless enough residents unite behind the cause of having it raised like they have done successfully in the past. As this virtual world grows and expands it is only logical that the needs and interests of the players will also, groups are a natural extension of that.

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QUESTION #3: Hello! First of all, let me tell you I love FabFree – I check your blog multiple times a day (blush)!  I know some SL residents are against it, but I have decided to ask something about this subject anyway. My partner and I want to get a baby in SL, and we want the pregnancy to be as realistic as possible. Do you have any product recommendations? Tummy talkers, prim babies, anything! Thanks in advance 🙂

Love Says:  I am afraid I don’t have any SL baby advice to offer, but I wanted to thank you for your compliments and thank you for reading.

Serena Says:  Thank you for the kind words about the FF blog! I’m very glad that you enjoy reading it. 🙂 Ok, about your baby… I always tell people that your SL should be what YOU want it to be. If you and your partner want a baby, then have a baby, and don’t worry about what other people think. Having only had a baby in RL, I can’t really recommend any maternity or baby products for you. The only SL babies I have seen are the Zooby Babies, which you can learn more about at http://www.zoobys.com/babies/. I also found an interesting article at http://thetorchslguide.com/2012/06/03/having-a-family-in-second-life-the-babies, and a guide book (free!) at https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Having-a-Baby-in-Second-Life-Guidebook/1550151. Both are at least a year or so old, so be sure you check for updated information. Good luck to you both!

Satu Says:   A lot of people either seem to love prim babies or hate them. I will admit that before our RL son was born, my Partner (also rl hubby) and I got a set of twin prim baby girls. Their names are Luna and Matilda. I think it’s natural to want to be part of a family in SL as much as it is in the real world.

There are wonderful makers of prim babies in world, it’s great to do research on them to know exactly what type of baby you’d like to have, because they can be expensive to purchase. Some can even be “adopted” used after being given up by people who have decided to no longer keep them, and purchased from re-sellers for a greatly reduced price, but be careful if you go this route that they are being sold by a reputable business and are not copybotted versions. You can always check this by examining the baby in edit mode and checking the name of the maker against the full priced version. (Always report any copybotted items to the original maker so they can be removed from the grid)

Tummy talkers are something I would never suggest, as I and a lot of other people find them a little un-nerving. If you are going for realism I don’t think tummy talkers are the way to go, my belly surely never uttered a single syllable. There are wonderful makers of pregnancy shapes out there, but if you would like to keep your own shape, pregnancy shapes are very easy to do yourself by slowly increasing your belly size.

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Fab Advice – Edition #4

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Question #1:  How long is too long to wait for your SL partner to return?  My SL partner vanished into the night 7 months ago, and I am just not sure if she will return.  Do I de-partner and move on now, or do I wait?

Love Says:  Unfortunately I have heard of this happening all too often :(.   It’s so easy to just “disappear” from your relationships and commitments here in SL.  Some pick up and move back to RL, or alt up and start a new slife when the goings get tough.  I don’t think there is a set time limit for “giving up” on someone, whether it is in RL or SL.  If it has been 7 months in SL that your partner has been completely absent, I would suggest that you put your needs and feelings first, because your partner surely isn’t.  If you are ready to move on, I say go for it – and good luck to you 😉

ps.  I’m not sure I could trust a partner again after they ditched me for 7 months, even if they did return with some awesome sauce excuse.

Serena Says: 7 months is a long time to wait, both in RL and SL. While it’s possible that something happened to her in RL (injured, sick, etc.), it is also possible that she turned herself into an alt and is shacking up with someone else. Either way, after such a long time, I think it’s safe to assume that she’s not coming back. You gave her the benefit of the doubt and waited a fair amount of time, but if I were you, I wouldn’t wait any longer.

Care Says:  I think it depends what type of partnership this was…. for someone to disappear for 7 months without you knowing what is going on and expect you to “wait” would be asking a bit much.  But like with any relationship it really depends on how YOU feel about the relationship and if this is something you want to do.

Pru Says:  I think if you’ve made efforts to contact said partner, and still haven’t heard anything, it’s probably safe to un-partner that person. In my opinion it has been a reasonable amount of time, especially considering how “fast” time seems to move in Second Life. This is YOUR Second Life, and if you’re no longer content to wait, don’t.

Satu Says:  My only “Real” partner in all this time is my real life husband Julian, who I actually met here in Second Life three years ago.

People move on in, or from Second Life for many different reasons, but a gap of that long with no word, would not make me confident that that person had intentions of continuing the relationship. I feel that moving on would not only be reasonable, but purely understandable. If this person does happen to return at some time in the future, then explain what you were feeling and why you felt the need to move on, and renew your friendship from there if you still wish to.

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Question #2:  From time to time on your blog I see 7Seas Fishing Prizes posted.  How does one fish in SecondLife and is there a listing of all of the places to fish?  Is there a cost?

Love Says: 7Seas has a website with all of the information you request!  The link can be found here -> http://www.7seasfishing.com/.  I have the casual rod which I believe was 100L, and have used it over and over for the Sn@tch Fishing prizes which are switched out once every couple of weeks.  You can even purchase a demo rod for 1L if you aren’t sure it’s for you!

Care Says:  Well, usually whenever there is a 7Seas post you will find a 7Seas Vendor at the location mentioned. You can always try out the whole “fishing” thing with the pole they have for sale there that is free.  I think it gives you like 5 “attempts” at learning fishing with it.  You’d have to read the notecard it comes with to get the full details.  I picked up the my fishing pole and bait on the Marketplace

7Seas Fishing Game: Pro Fishing Rod Pack https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/7Seas-Fishing-Game-Pro-Fishing-Rod-Pack/209237

7Seas Fishing Game: Bulk Bait Bucket https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/7Seas-Fishing-Game-Bulk-Bait-Bucket/4058485

Satu Says:  7Seas fishing poles can be bought in many different places, and usually a vendor will be available for use wherever fishing is being offered. The only cost would be buying your pole, and keeping yourself stocked on bait, which isn’t horribly expensive.  Usually fishing events are advertised through groups and blogs, but beyond that I am not quite sure, as they are not something I often participate in.

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Question #3:  First of all: Thank you for the blog!  I read it daily.  The issue I’d like to address is Manicures/Pedicures.  Recently, it seems most gifts are for Slink hands/feet with no option for those of us who don’t wish to purchase these items.  Designers make clothing with “appliers” for huge breasts and big backsides.  Would it not be possible for nail designers to offer the same option?  Thank you for reading.

Love Says:  Thank you for your compliments and also for reading!  Hmmm  yes, this is a good question.  I remember before the mesh hands and Slink appliers that there were a couple of options for nails…  Prim or tattoo.  I imagine some of those are still around in shops or marketplace.  I bet if you contacted Mocksoup Graves from MOCK Cosmetics, she may be able to help you.

Serena Says:  If I understand your question correctly, you’re saying that you don’t wish to purchase the Slink hands/feet, but would still like to use some of the mani/pedi gifts. What you can do is purchase the Slink nails for regular avatar hands and wear those instead. They’re kind of like the “old” prim nails, except you can use nail appliers on them. As for pedicures, unless you are wearing shoes with feet in them, I don’t know of any way to change nail color except to wear the Slink feet.

Care Says:  I think I would just do a search on the Marketplace for “Nails” and then narrow the search price wise..  (Done here )
I know Shock Factory does alot of nail gifts that aren’t “appliers.

Pru Says:  First, just a quick thanks for the compliments to the blog! Generally speaking I do think that a lot of times gifts cater to what is popular at the moment, and as you mentioned SLink hands and feet are very popular in SL right now. As a former content creator myself, I know sometimes designers get focused on the various projects and events they are working on. I would suggest maybe sending a note-card to a favorite Second Life “manicurist” to see if they would consider making some of their products for regular hands and feet rather than only as SLink appliers. I hope that answered your question.

Satu Says: I can understand your frustration with “prim parts” as I do not wear any of them myself. Even if many clothing makers make their outfits wearable without the breasts, it has been very frustrating to see many of the shoe makers begin to make shoes for only the mesh feet.. It would be great if they would give us the option of purchasing a similar product for regular feet as well. What one designer may not offer another will. Customers always have the power to vote with their “feet” so to speak.

I personally prefer not to wear a lot of attachments so they are not my area of expertise. Many of them contain a lot of scripts, and I try to be mindful to wear as few scripted items as possible when I am able, to be considerate of those who  may not be playing from high performance computers.

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