One of These Days, These Boots…

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HAIR |EscalateD .Paulina Duo – Ombre mini HUD (luckyboard/free)
| EYEWEAR |Rebellion .Aviator Sunglasses – resizer menu (GG/free)
| JEWERLY1 |Rebellion .Leather Cross bracelet – resizer menu (GG/free)
| JEWERLY2 |Rebellion .Iron Cross bracelet – resizer menu (GG/free)
| JEWERLY3 |Rebellion .Interlaced bracelet – resizer menu (GG/free)
| TOP |COCO DESIGNS .ScoopNeckCrop – 5 colors for mesh bodies  (GG/free)
| PANTS |Rebellion .Warfare shorts – 4 color HUD (luckyboard/free)
| SHOES |Okinawa New Year Festival .Gabriel.Geta boots – for mesh feet (GG/free)

If you’ve got stomping on your mind, then you’d better run over to Gabriel’s booth at the Okinawa New Year’s Festival because you probably don’t have long to pick these babies up.  The Geta boots are sized for Signature, Belleza, and Maitreya feet.  Another pair of unrigged boots is included in the box allowing resizing which easily makes these boots a unisex item.
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All of today’s accessories are group gifts at Rebellion.  Not only is the group free to join, but the store also hosts 10 fast moving lucky boards.
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Visit EscalateD’s lucky board area to pickup this fun hairstyle.  You’ll need to join EscalateD’s group to play the lucky boards.   Currently the group is free to join, but during non-free join periods the cost is 250 Lindens.  If you’re a fan of bold hairstyles this is definitely a group with a slot in your list.
The last stop to complete this outfit is COCO DESIGNS.  This classic scoop necked top is sized for mesh bodies.  Simply join COCO’s free group and leave the store happy.
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Here’s a closeup of the Geta boots.  They are wonderfully detailed, and perfect for getting your stomp on.  Shop happy!

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Big Hair Days

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HAIR |EscalateD .Asmara – essentials & style HUD (luckyboard/free)
DRESS |Seniha .Birdie Dress V2 – 2 styles for mesh bodies (GG/free)
SHOES |Mosquito’s Way  .Hannah – for mesh feet (GG/free)
When you want to go big and bold, EscalateD is the hair stylist with the most.  They specialize in wildly bright big hair.  Plus, EscalateD hosts 10 lucky boards and 3 midnight manias for their group, which happens to be free to join.
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Today’s dress is one of many group gifts currently available at Seniha.  Simply join the store’s free group to reap the rewards.
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Today’s last stop is Mosquito’s Way.  Go to the group gift area to make these lovely suede heels your own.  This store also hosts several lucky boards for their group members.  Join for free, collect past gifts, play the boards, and leave smiling.  Enjoy!

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Gotta Click Them All

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HAIR |PeaceOnEarth Hunt ..EscalateD.poppy hair – style&color HUDs (POE gift/free)
SKIN |Clef de Peau .Diana Skin – appliers only (GG/free)
TATTOO1 |PeaceOnEarth Hunt .Taox Tattoo.choose joy – full body (POE gift/free)
TATTOO2 |Speakeasy .consume – leg appliers (free)
OUTFIT |Queenz .Induce outfit – fatpack HUD for mesh bodies (GG/free)
JEWELRY1 |Swank .Chop Zuey.Parvati earrings – w/color HUD (free)
JEWELRY2 |SL Marketplace .!Cartouche!.Luxe necklace – w/status & RLV (free)
| SHOE |PeaceOnEarth Hunt .D.E. Boutique.poema heels – mesh feet (POE gift/free)
…or get calluses trying!
So many of those awesome Christmas gifts that have been hanging around the grid will vanish as the New Year descends upon us.   With partying to do in both worlds, I kind of wish I’d gotten a functional Tardis under my Christmas tree.
If you have not visited Swank yet, drop everything and teleport over.  Today is the last day of Swank’s Winter Festival, and there are a ton of great gifts to collect that don’t require a group join.
The Peace On Earth Hunt also ends today.  I know hunting at the last minute can be a pain, but these hints are helpful making the gifts not overly difficult to find.  Click the following link – POE Hints. Preview the gifts here:  POE prizes.
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I combined the upper body of Taox Tattoo’s Choose Joy, and the lower body of Speakeasy’s consume tattoo to achieve today’s look.
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Here’s a closeup of the skin and hair gifts.
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The color HUD packaged with these earrings gives two metal choices and several lovely stone colors.
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These unconventional heels are simply gorgeous and they come sized for Slink, Maitreya, and Belleza mesh feet.  Have fun scouring the grid for gifts.  Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

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Gather Around the Christmas Tree

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HAIR |.EscalateD. .Advent Calendar Day 19 – Caddie hair w/HUDs (GG/free)
HORNS |Cosmopolitan .Yokai.Christmas Spirit Horns (GG/free)
OUTFIT |Cosmopolitan .Kenny Rolands.gift – jeans/sweater mesh bodies (GG/free)
| SHOES |SL Marketplace .VaVaVoom.Xmas Bell Boots – for all avatars (free)
PROP |Cosmopolitan .Sequel.gift – sleigh of presents (GG/free)
Cosmopolitan Events is hosting an advent calendar December 15 – 25th.  On my first visit I missed the calendar completely.  Of course, the calendar is in plain sight, it’s simply not traditionally looking.
Upon entering the Cosmopolitan Room, the beautiful Christmas tree between the entrance doors is actually the advent calendar.  The Christmas stockings hanging on the tree are the calendar gifts.  Join Cosmopolitan’s free group to collect the gifts.  It’s that easy.
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Today’s hair is another advent gift from EscalateD.  The Caddie hair comes with a style and color HUD.  This is an especially nice hair with lots of different style combinations.  Best of all, EscalateD’s advent calendar allows for collecting all past gifts so it is not to late to get in on these wonderful styles.
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To finish off today’s look, simply open up the marketplace and these festive boots for 0 Lindens.  Happy shopping!

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Advent Me!

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BODY |London City .Altamura.Jenny – Mesh Avatar w/HUDs (free)
HAIR |.EscalateD. .Advent Calendar Day 17 – Malory hair w/HUDs (GG/free)
OUTFIT |Emerald Couture .Advent Gift – So Wrong It’s Wright outfit (free)
Advent calendars are fantastic, frustrating, and festive all at the same time.  I love getting daily gifts, hate when I miss a day, then squeal with merriment every time I cobble an outfit together.  What can I say?  It’s an advent thing.
Luckily for us, there are quite a few advent calendars out there that allow us to open up missed days with having to pay for the privilege.  The first one I visited  is at Emerald Couture (EC).  EC has two advent calendars.  One of which is free for all visitors, and allows the collecting of missed days.  That is where you’ll find today’s cocktail dress, heels (sized for Slink high feet), head piece, and jewelry (not shown).
EC’s free advent calendar is great for anyone with Slink compatible feet, classic avatars (required alphas always supplied), and lovers of older style flexi flounced gowns that have been remastered with appliers.  Thanks EC for thoughtfully including all avatars in the holiday fun!
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Hair lovers prepare to go into a box opening frenzy after you visit EscalateD.  Simply join EscalateD’s free to join group then get ready for a lot of clicking.  Their advent calendar also allows the picking up of past gifts.  Each hair comes with the winter color HUD, and many come with style HUDs too.  Seriously, try not to hyperventilate with all that silky goodness.  Thanks so much EscalateD for your generosity, a good free hair is hard to find.
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Here’s a closeup of the heels included in Emerald Couture’s outfit.  The vivid print would also pair nicely with many outfits – i.e. skinny jeans and an angora sweater.


Now for the free & not quite free (but well worth the buy-in price) share.
… is hands down the most generous mesh body designer on the grid! There are currently 6 completely free Altamura mesh body/head combo avatars available on the grid.  3 are male, and 3 are female.  Simply visit Altamura’s main store to get the landmarks to these completely free avatars.

While you’re at the main store you should seriously consider joining Altamura’s group.  The join fee has been reduced to 25 Lindens for their 12 Days of Christmas gift event.  Reducing a group join fee during a gift event is practically unheard of!  Most stores I frequent increase the join fees during gift giving periods.

As a group member you’ll be able to collect both the upcoming and the past gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas event.  Did I mention the free bento mesh heads in the event?

I’ve been hunting freebies for All Spiffed Up for almost 3 years now, and though my avatar wears a different (not free) body and head as her default look, working with the Altamura free bodies has slowly made me a huge fan of their work.  I’m only sorry I didn’t know about Altamura when I bought my body.

My point:  if you are a classic avatar that has no interest in changing your skin, or changing your look with makeup then I highly recommend choosing one of the free Altamura avatars that is available.  The alpha system included with the Altamura free body is infinitely better than the alpha system that came with my expensive (well over due for an update) other brand body.  And, Altamura bodies have Slink compatible feet!  Think of all the lovely free shoes you’ll be able to wear.

Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to transition into using a bento avatar.  Plus, if you join the group not only will you have access to loads of gifts throughout the year, but you’ll be supporting one of the most generous and helpful creators in Second Life.

 

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…and the Hunt Goes On

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Yep, we’re still sleuthing our way through the SL F&O Hunt list for goodies.  The good news is the hunt runs through November 25th, so you still have time to find everything then have a quick rest before the Christmas advent calendars start in earnest.
Today’s outfit is StormCrow Designs contribution to the hunt.  The gift box includes the sweater, jeans, and boots as separates.  The sweater comes with a nice color HUD.  All of the items are sized for Maitreya, Slink, and Belleza bodies.
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Big hair fans are going to love the BlueBell ponytail from .EscalateD.  It comes with color  HUDs that are just plain fun.  
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You can find the princess tattoo at Le’La Design.  Join the Lara Augusta Carnelian free shopping group and the tattoo is yours.  It’s boxed with Omega appliers, and also appliers for Maitreya, Slink, and Belleza bodies.  Plus, the tattoo layer is included for classic avatars.
 
Iona’s Style Card:
SKIN – 7 Deadly Skins Madonna – Omega applier w/3 skin tones (SL F&O group gift 0L/0L to join)
HAIR – .EscalateD. Hair BlueBell – rigged mesh w/color HUDs (SL F&O hunt gift 0L)
OUTFIT – StormCrow Design Gift Outfit – sweater/jeans/boots for Maitreya/Slink/Belleza (SL F&O hunt gift 0L)
TATTOO – Le’La Design Princess – tattoo layer + applers Omega/Slink/Maitreya/Belleza (Lara Augusta Carnelian group gift 0L/0L to join)

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