It's Five O'clock Somewhere

It's Five O'clock Somewhere
…is that a pineapple margarita?  Could be, but then again it could be a painkiller, a calypso sun, a screwdriver, maybe even a lemon sour. Oh so many delicious concoctions, so little time.
Bar hopping in Second Life(SL) has its perks. Sit your avatar at a bar and most likely you’ll be given your choice of FREE delectable beverages to imbibe. Of course, you’ll have to accept the items first, then pop into your inventory, locate the drinks, select one and then add it to your attire. Yes, drinking is a process, but once mastered your avatar will never be parched again!
…and don’t forget the added bonus: once those drinks have been accepted they are yours to keep and/or share FREE & CLEAR.
Iona Full Body
Now that our thirst has been quenched, let’s discuss today’s freebies.
Pictured above we have a wonderful group gift from M&M.  It’s a mesh peek-a-boo spiked variation of the little black dress.  The dress comes in standard mesh sizes.  If you wear a mesh body you will most likely have to alter your shape a bit to wear the dress properly.  All of the cut work makes using mesh body alphas impossible.
This was my first visit to M&M.  I was impressed by M&M’s generosity.  Not only is their group free to join, but they have a wall filled with past group gifts that are also free.  I’ll definitely include several of these items in future posts, so stay tuned.
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Normally at this point I’d simply present a style card. Some gifts simply demand more than a simple one line blurb. Today’s hair is one such gift!
On a recent visit to enVogue I easily spotted 3 free gifts. There are 2 versions of the Elissa Hair. The subscriber gift is Elissa Ombre pictured above & below. enVogue’s group gift is Elissa Diversity (not blogged).
Each version comes with 4 choices: fitted, fitted (materials), rigged, rigged (materials). The included hud offers a total of 32 color variations.  Though some of the colors may look similar, each option is subtly different.  This is an exquisite gift that truly showcases the artistry of enVogue’s designers.  It is also the kind of gift that turns a freebie grabber into a paying customer.  Awesome job enVogue!
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Ombre2 enVogue
Completing today’s ensemble is a pair of beautifully detailed heels from Pure Poison. I can easily see these becoming a new favorite.
Pure Poison
Iona’s Style Card:
HAIR – enVogue Elissa Rigged (materials) – Color Hud (subscriber gift 0L)
DRESS – M&M Neska Dress – Color Hud (group gift 0L/0L to join)
SHOES – PurePoison Lavinia Sandals – Nude (group gotcha 0L/0L to join)
HANDSOME COMPANION – MrMikeyUk – SL Singer & Builder (priceless)

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Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos
Happy November!
Today, November 2nd is All Souls Day, the third and final day of the Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. It is a time when families honor their departed loved ones by visiting their graves and making offerings of food and flowers.
In keeping with tradition I decided to grab Iona and head over to Lapointe & Bastchild’s Gothic Sim.Dia de los Muertos2
I discovered Lapointe’s Gothic Sim over five years ago.  With zero lindens in my pocket and a penchant for all things Gothic it is not surprising that I found my way to Gothic Free Designs nestled in the corner of the square.
F.Y.I. Gothic Free Designs is still there filled with tons of FREE older style clothing for both male & female avatars.  If you are a fan of flexi skirts, simply hate mesh bodies and clothing, or have an alt you refuse to spend a single linden on, then the store is definitely worth a visit.
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Ultimately what draws me back to Lapointe & Bastchild’s Gothic Stores every year is the decor. The stores circle the perimeter of an inner square that features eight focal points hosting some of the nicest Day of the Dead decorations I’ve seen in Second Life.  The Sugar Skull tree below is spectacular in person.
New Trails Sugar Skull Tree
Display Lapointe& Bastchild
Though I enjoy taking my photo shoots on location in Second Life, ultimately I prefer working in a studio with customized backdrops and lighting galore.  I freely admit I like not having to force a camera angle to exclude shop fronts, or spend extra time in PhotoShop editing out undesirable elements.
That said, after years of admiring these lovely sugar skulls I finally right clicked them to find the creator.  I got lucky, creator Vitrail Illios has a store in the Marketplace called New TrailsThe New Trails – Calaveras / Skulls Set costs L350 @ SL Marketplace.
Okay, I know what you are thinking: “Hey that’s not free.”  You’re right it’s not.  However, it is well worth the price.  The set includes more than 25 various skulls, the candles, the wall/branch/skulls arrangement from the first two photos, and some color changing plants. All of the items are copy/mod.
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…and now without further ado
Iona’s Style Card:
HAIR – Truth Hair Jayla Group Gift – Color Hud (group gift 0L/0L to join)
SHIRT – Livid Sugar Skull Tank – Timeless Treasures Halloween Hunt (0L)
*note: gift no longer available*
**follow Livid on Facebook to track hunts & events they participate in
PANTS – Etchaflesh Halloween Hunt Striped Capris – Color Hud (0L)
*note: gift no longer available*
**follow Etchaflesh on Facebook to keep up with their recent offerings
SHOES – *Serendipity* Payton Chucks – Female @ The Free Dove (0L)
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