Bathing beauty.

Bathing wardrobe
[location: las islas]

The Back Story.
In RL, I don’t have a complete bathing suit wardrobe. I have no need of one. Even if I could, I don’t think I would live my life in a swimming suit.

Well, thank heaven for the dolly dress-up world of SL, because now I can just pretend to have a bathing beauty wardrobe without the expense and body image issues involved.

All images:

  • Skin: Al Vulo – Pollon Snuggle Milk – 0L (group gift)
  • Eyes: Hoot – Beachball Eyes – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Poses: Marukin – 0-1L (gifts and hunt items)

The Goods: Black Beauty.

  • Hair: Posh – Bitter in “midnight”
  • Makeup: La Malvada Mujer – Cinema Muto #1
  • Body/Bathing Suit: Coco – Sheer Bodysuit – 0L (group gift)
  • Shoes: Gabriel (GB) – Gladiator Sandals – group gift

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Big Red.

  • Hair: Sixty-Nine ([69])– Mia in “Dark Rouge” – 0L (group gift)
  • Hair base: Analog Dog – Hiar Base – 0L
  • Glasses: Blah – Nerdy Acid Glasses – 1L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Bikini Top: Sleeping Koala – Fruity Bikinis in “Kiwi” – 0L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Necklace: Deviant Girls (*dg*) – Little dg necklace – past gift
  • Ring: Baby Monkey – Solitaire Ring – 0L (group gift)
  • Shorts: The Secret Store – Summer Beach Shorts in “coral” – 0L (Season’s Hunt item)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Hi-Top Sneakers Colour Pack in “plaid” – 10L

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Almost Blue.

  • Hair: Plume – Exotica in “onyx” – 0L (Season’s Hunt item)
  • Sunglasses: Alphavillain – Baroque Shades – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Necklace: Gabriel (::GB::) – two-strand necklace – 0L (group gift) + Baby Monkey – Surfer Necklace – 0L (group gift)
  • Bracelet: Baby Monkey – Surfer Bracelet – 0L (group gift)
  • Vest: Sheep Door – Gunjo vest – 0L (Poupee Hunt item)
  • Bikini: Jill – Bikini Blue – 0L (group gift)
  • Shoes: Fir & MNA – Twine Shoes – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Mellow Yellow.

  • Hair w/Hat: Sixty-Nine ([69])– Eve Hat – 0L (group gift)
  • Hair base: Analog Dog – Hiar Base – 0L
  • Makeup: Squeek! – Checkers Face Tatt – 1L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Bikini: Waffle! – Polka Dot Bikini – 0L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Middy Leopard – 0L (group gift)

Dressing for low lag success.

Dressing for low lag success 1
Keeping the rendering costs low, and still feeling decent

The Back Story.

The hype around the Vanity Universe Skin Fair is intense, and that means everybody and her alt wants to get in. When you do manage to finally score a spot on the bus, you’ll get a warning notice to tone down your prims, scripts, AOs and gadgets that result in a high rendering cost. The higher the rendering cost — and the more people insisting on wearing their flowing locks, killer shoes, and I-have-to-pee animation overrides — the worse the lag will be. Chances are, you won’t even be able to see anything but shadows of gray. Take it all off, peeps.nekked2

That doesn’t mean you have to run around buck nekked like this gal did. In fact, with some basic clothes on, I had a rendering cost less than hers (100 on me vs 115 or so on her).

No, put’cher drawers on, darlings. I’m posting this to illustrate that it is possible to look kinda cute without lagging up the joint or otherwise looking like a total pinhead — at least cute enough for a high traffic area where no one is paying any attention to you, anyway, because they’re all getting ga-ga over skins.

“What are these ‘rendering costs’ she speaks of,” some of you less technologically inclined might be asking (and I’m pretty low-scale on the techie meter myself; there was a day when I didn’t know rendering costs from a hole in the ground).

The ARC (avatar rendering cost) is a point score, explains the Second Life wiki on the subject, showing how “costly” it is for a graphics card to render an avatar. You can think of it like this; the more junk you have on, the more energy it takes to render you. As the wiki explains, it’s not the last word on what makes a place laggy or not, but you can be sure that if everyone at the Skin Fair kept her (or his) point score to 150 or less, the lag wouldn’t be so awful.

It doesn’t take much to drive your cost up, either. Here’s a little outfit I put on with no hair, no AO, nuthin’. Wearing the prims that make for the flowy bits, my cost was driven up to 4,903.
Dressing for low lag success 4

Taking those flowy bits off and just wearing the piece like a little jumper, I went down to 100. That doesn’t look so bad, does it?

Dressing for low lag success 3
Cute at 100.

Dressing for low lag success 2
It’s so freeing.

The Goods.
  • Hair: Analog Dog – Hair Base tattoo – 0L
  • Skin: Tuli – Sayuri w/ freckles

Look #1:

  • Shirt: Willow~ – shirt from romper set – 0L (former hunt item)
  • Shorts: Coco – Denim Shorts – 0L (group gift)

Look #2 (not the naked chick):

  • Dress/romper: Snowpaws – Tangerine – 0L (former group gift)

Look #3:

  • Top: Icing – Angel Food Cake (part of outfit) – 0L (former lucky board)
  • Shorts: Hani – Myroom Pants – 0L

Look #4:

Let’s pretend we’re hard

The metaverse's a tough place. Keep it unreal.