Ever since I got the Valentine’s Day dollarbie tanks and undies set from Nyte ‘n’ Day I have been meaning to go back and treat myself to new clothes. Everything there looks really good and I like the prices there because I am very strict about limiting my spending in SL.
I found this in the “New” section of the store and it came in several colors but of course I chose blue!
Nyte ‘n’ Day: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Couture%20Isle/119/252/22
Hair is from ETD, skin is from Dutch Touch, shoes are from Tricolore, manicure is made by Sin Skins but it was free at the L word sim and you can tint it, and pose is from Juicy.
Wow, lots of great hairstyle goodies came out over the past few days, plus I came across a really cute hair store called Candy House. Here’s a bunch of my favorites…
I love the hair at ETD because the styles there almost always fit my avi right away. If I ever need to edit ETD hair, it’s usually just some minor change like moving a prim ever so slightly so that it doesn’t cover up an ear. Upon visiting the newly remodeled store, I was immediately drawn to the romantic-looking Marisela hairstyle which you see pictured here.
Using my Armidi giftcard, I was also finally able to treat myself to the Roxy style that I’ve been wanting for a while now. ^^
Another hairstyle that I adored is the Berri2 by Truth. I didn’t buy it for my main avi because it didn’t quite look right on my shape, but my altie sure looks adorable in it. There were actually a bunch of new styles that just came out at Truth and the demos are free, so it’s definitely worth your while to take a look there.
While running around some random Japanese sims, I came across the adorably named Candy House, which is owned by the equally adorably named Marina Puff. Candy House has more of a cozy boutique feel to it, with roughly a dozen hairstyles. What’s great about Candy House is that you get all the available colors in just one package for just 120L, and as if that weren’t plenty of value for your money, some of the packages contain the hairstyle with different types of bangs… again in each color. Awesome stuff, really!
All right, instead of writing a whole lot more about the hairstyles I grabbed at Candy House, I shall simply let the pictures do the talking.
FYI — this Mocomoco style has texture change hair accessories on it. You simply click on each part to cycle through the textures. This hair is modifiable and so I plan on eventually loading some of my own patterned textures in it.
And oh my goodness… I am in love with this hair from BettiePage Voyager’s shop in Osaka. After seeing it on Natasha, I HAD to have this hair, even if it meant camping at the BP* lucky chair for it. (It’s not for sale and is offered only as a freebie from the chair.)
Okay, and now for a completely abrupt change in subject, (because quite frankly I am too tired at the moment to come up with some clever segue)… I have two cute chairs up for sale at my shop in Juicy (the sim formerly known as La Reina).
I went on a shopping binge last night at Armidi.
Okay, it wasn’t exactly “at” Armidi; I visited the sim to activate my giftcard but it was all Firefox browsing from there.
The Armidi blog recently announced that people could use their giftcards on MyGiftCard.ShopArmidi.com, a development I was very happy to hear about because I’ve been dying to use my giftcard for a while now. Okay, maybe not dying… but it felt urgent! :p The giftcard site is actually a foreshadowing of the official Armidi.com shopping site that they’re saying will come out in Spring 2008.
My initial experience with activating the gift card was a bit bumpy — visiting the website resulted in my receiving a message saying that my password had been lost (didn’t know I had one in the first place) and that I needed to visit the gift card kiosk in the Armidi sim to get assigned a new one. Okay, no problem. When I arrived there, however, the kiosk’s response was something along the line of, “You already have a password, please visit the website to retrieve it.” Like a person repeatedly hitting the crossing button at the sidewalk corner, I began to click the kiosk a bunch of times in annoyance and w00t! I eventually got my password.
ShopArmidi.com looks to be everything a shopping website ought to be — aesthetically pleasing, an intuitive layout, and it loads fast. You navigate from the landing page to the different departments (Beauty, Gisaci, Intimizzio, etc.), and each department has a series of pages that you can click through using the numbers listed at the bottom, as well as the Previous and Next page links.
Fatpack lovers will be happy to learn that they can now buy that dress or pair of jeans they’re so keen on in every color, and at a discount — a feature that is currently not available in the Armidi sim. These are not small discounts, either. Take a look at their cute Moccas boots, for example: the boots are 295L each and come in fifteen colors, so if you were to buy each one separately that’d run you 4425L. The “All Colours” option will let you grab all of them in one fell swoop for 2950L, which is a savings of 1475L. That’s like getting five of the boots for free. If you’re crazy enough about the shoes and don’t mind putting your inventory through that kind of abuse, then you should be happy with that feature. ^^
Another thing I loved about using the website was the delivery service. From the moment you hit Confirm, the speed with which your item is delivered in-world is impressive. The site’s FAQ says to expect delivery within ten seconds, although it may take as much as thirty to sixty seconds if there’s lag, etc. Honestly, I probably got all my stuff in five seconds or less; when I’d switch from Firefox to my SL client, the little blue delivery message in the upper right corner would already be waiting for me. Okay, this next point will probably seem like fluff to most people but I do love little touches like this… my items were delivered to me in a black sculpty shopping bag that gave me my purchases in a folder as soon as I rezzed them, and when I attached the shopping bags to my avatar’s hand, I saw a subtle hand-swinging animation. How cute is that?!
There are a couple of things I didn’t see on the site, however, that I do hope will surface in the official shopping website when it debuts later this year. For starters, navigating between the departments involves the extra step of heading back to the landing page. While this is not a major issue, it is mildly annoying and I would have preferred to see some kind of feature that let me skip straight from, say, Intimizzio to Elephant Outfitters instead of constantly going back to the main page. Another thing I wouldn’t mind seeing tweaked is the font color of the text for the page numbers and the names of the items. The font itself is already kind of on the small-ish side; the lightness of the font color makes it that much less legible. One more thing I want to see — and I’m sure they will offer this come later this year, I’d be shocked if it weren’t — is the ability to purchase things from them and have it delivered to another avatar as a gift.
Oh, there was one more thing that occurred, and the lightning-speed with which Armidi’s staff resolved it has cemented my position as a fan of theirs. I’d used up almost all of my giftcard’s funds and had 265L left — not quite enough to purchase the 295L Roxy hair that I wanted. There’s no way to refill your card or to pay the difference out of your own linden balance, you’re simply given an insufficient funds message. I sent an e-mail to Armidi’s support address, and I don’t quite remember how long it took but it felt like maybe only five minutes had passed before I was getting IM’d by London Armidi? Anyhow, that kind of speed impresses me a lot, especially when it’s coming from a merchant as big (and therefore quite busy) as these guys.
One more thing to note — according to the giftcard site, Armidi group members will get a chance to view the site shortly before the rest of the public will be able to use it come this Spring.