Astronomy 101

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Is it just me, or do those planets look curiously similar to pressed powder eyeshadow?  I have a sneaking suspicion our Iona is deviating from the lesson plan.

Musing aside, we’ve got a few nice finds to brighten up your Monday. So let’s get down to business.

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Team All Spiffed Up discovered Safira this weekend.  Safira is a wonderful store run by generous owners.  Safira’s group gift wall is loaded with great items all of which are free

Iona chose to model Safira’s Noa dress.  Noa comes with a 6 color HUD sized for Slink Physique.  If you wear a different mesh body, don’t worry as long as you have a detailed alpha system you’ll be fine.  Iona wears Maitreya’s Lara body, and with a little trial and error on the leg alphas she was able to get the perfect fit.

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Look at the lovely shading in this eyeshadow!  It’s one of 12 great colorways featured in the Paulie gift set in Zibska’s marketplace store.  The set is packaged with mesh appliers for Catwa, Lelutka, and Omega systems.  Best of all, it’s free!

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Under the Paulie eyeshadow applier is the Blair skin from 7 Deadly s[K]ins (7DS) Blair was recently a Midnight Mania gift.  Though you won’t be able to pickup Blair today, you can slap both of the free Midnight Mania boards located on the wall behind the main desk.

After you click the Midnight Manias pan left and check out the gift boxes. 7DS supports several shopping groups with nice gifts.

Crowning it all off is Summer, another great Lucky Board gift from Olive Hair.  This gift features the blondes HUD, has a streaks option, and comes with rigged and unrigged models.

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These yummy espadrilles are still available at C&S.  They are sized for Slink/Maitreya feet, and come with a 40 color HUD that allows for overall color changes or separate colored laces.  You’ll find these beauties on the second floor.

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This fun 3D solar system picture is the September group gift at MUSU.  It also comes boxed with a smaller solar system compact.  The compact so strongly resembles holiday makeup sets purchased at a cosmetic counter that our poor Iona simply could not believe it wasn’t an actual applier gift.  She kept unpacking the original box thinking an applier set would be delivered.  Needless to say, that didn’t happen because this wonderfully quirky gift is a DECOR item only.

Iona’s Style Card:

HAIR – Olive Summer Hair – Blondes + Streaks HUD (lucky board/0L)

SKIN – 7 Deadly s[K]ins Blair Skin – in cotton candy (Midnight Mania/0L)

DRESS – Safira Noa dress – fits Slink Physique, 6 color HUD (group gift 0L/0L to join)

MAKEUP – Zibska Paulie gift – Catwa/Lelutka/Omega appliers 12 shade HUD@ SL Marketplace (0L)

ART –MUSU Solar Gift – 2 decor items (group gift 0L/0L to join)

SHOE – C&S Joy Sandals – Mesh feet, 40 shade HUD (group gift 0L/0L to join)

It’s Five O’clock Somewhere

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…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.

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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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Completing today’s ensemble is a pair of beautifully detailed heels from Pure Poison. I can easily see these becoming a new favorite.
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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)

I’m So Scared

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I love Halloween in Second Life!  So many spooky sims, so many cool Hunts, so many awesome prizes, it makes me dizzy just thinking about it.  Imagine Scrat from Ice Age morphed into a freebie obsessed avatar, that is the kind of frenzied mindset this ghoulish bounty creates.

Hunts, oh how I love to hate them.  Who doesn’t love finding a hidden object? The operative word here is FINDING.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a “gotta have it or I’m gonna die” hunt item blogged, and found myself at the sim utterly frustrated finding every hidden object except the one I went there for. Such is the nature of hunting.

Have no fear dear readers both hunt items in this post are quite easy to find.  You’ll leave the hunting grounds lighthearted sporting a ghoulish grin.  So let’s take a closer look at what Iona is wearing.

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The Skyler Hoodie from Ollies Follies along with lots of other goodies can be found at the Timeless Textures Halloween Event. This event is definitely worth a flyby.

The Half’N’Half sweats can be found at the Etchaflesh Halloween Hunt. This is a storewide hunt using a fill card format. Simply pick up & wear the free hunt hud. Find the 12 hunt objects to fill the hud. Then toddle over to the prize kiosk in front of Etchaflesh and select your prize. You can go back once a day to repeat and redeem through October 31st.

Let’s not forget a closeup on Iona’s face.  She is wearing a sexy little beauty marked skin that shouldn’t be missed.

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Iona’s Style Card:

SKIN – !SOUL Milky Skin + Optional Apppliers – group gift (0L/0L to join)

SHIRT – Ollies Follies Skyler Hoodie – Halloween @ Timeless Textures (0L)

PANTS – Etchaflesh Halloween Hunt Half N Half Sweats – color hud + bow options (0L)

SHOES – Vlad Blackburns Pony Tread Heels – black + hue (0.302, 0.784,0.996)
@ SL Marketplace (0L)

Location:

Haunted Hallows Garden of Whimsy Expansion

 

 

Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch

…with their Chihuahuas!
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Hello Everyone and welcome to the third installment of All Spiffed Up.  It has taken a bit longer to prepare this post than I expected.  As always I like to challenge myself to create scenes filled with only free items.  I ran headlong into trouble when I fixated on a restaurant theme.  It was the food that caused all my troubles!  Finding free food, not 1L food, is not the easiest task.  In the end I settled on low cost full perm food items.

Once I moved past the food snafu, the rest of the scene fell into place. This scene is packed with freebies.  So let’s get to it!

Meet Cindy the ringleader of Club Chihuahua.  Cindy is free from head to toe literally.
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Her skin and camisole top are group gifts from AlterEgo & Enertia. At the time of this post AlterEgo’s group was free to join.

The Aaisling Sunkissed skin is an exceptionally nice feature rich gift. Included in the package are: head appliers for Loudmouth, Omegahead, & Tmp; 3 Sunkissed skin options; a skin applier hud that covers almost all of the major mesh bodies and can apply the skin to Slink, Belleza, & Maitreya feet; physics; 5 eyebrow shapers; 2 shapes; an eyelash remover.

As with the skin, the Nikki Cami also comes sized to fit Freya, Hourglass, Maitreya, Physique, Venus, and Isis mesh bodies.  There are 6 color options available in a no-nonsense hud.  All in all, these are two wonderful gifts. Thank you AlterEgo & Enertia!

Before I move on to the style cards, I’d be remiss if I forgot to introduce our impromptu model Gabby.
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You know how Second Life is, VERY social. I always find working in Second Life to be something akin to making the bed when my cat is in the room. It’s a wacky romp filled with distractions! Partway through the photo shoot Gabby decided the sidelines were not for her, she wanted in on the fun. I took one look at her, shook my head, and uttered: “If you want in, you need to wear at least 3 free items, you’ve got 5 minutes!” Surprisingly, Gabby pulled it off in 4.  Cheers to the lady with the fastest clicking fingers in town.

The first thing Gabby did was change her hair to a free one found in the inventory library. For those of us who joined Second Life before the introduction of mesh hair, clothing, bodies, etc… when we think library we think JUNK-forget about it!  This cute flip suggests it’s time to change our ways. The Library is definitely worth a peruse in your spare time. Thanks for the tip Gabby.

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Gabby’s Style Card:

HAIR – Linden Labs Middle Part Bob – Blonde @ Your SL Inventory (0L)
…PATH: Inventory/Library/Accessories/Hair Design Options (Colors & Styles)/Middle Part Bob (blonde)

EYES – Poetic Colors Pearl Eyes – Clear Pond – large medium Past Gift (0L to join group)

DRESS – °E.A° glamour°  Dress – Bow Mesh @ SL Marketplace (0L)

BRACELET – Do Lubitsch Watch Eternity – color change @ SL Marketplace (0L)

HANDBAG – Tuty’s Free Mesh Pet Carrier – Color Changing Hud @ SL Marketplace (0L)
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Cindy’s Style Card:

HAIR – FABIA Rima – Natural Color Hud (group gift 0L/0L to join)

SKIN – AlterEgo & Enertia Aaisling – Sunkissed A (group gift 0L/0L to join)

MAKEUP – [XCW] 2nd Gift– Eyeshadow Pink, Orange @ SL Marketplace (0L)

MAKEUP – Langly Promo Gift Eyeliner – Eyeliner #2 @ SL Marketplace (0L)

SHAPE – Glam and Free by Sybil Shape – Rhianne Shape @ SL Marketplace (0L)

EYES – Avi-Glam Destiny Eyes – Grey – medium @ SL Marketplace (0L)

EYELASHES – Chemistry Eyelashes – long @ SL Marketplace (0L)

TATTOO – ISUKA *GIFT* – Illuminati @ SL Marketplace (0L)

JEWELRY – Hudson’s Past Group Gift (group gift 0L/0L to join)

SHIRT – AlterEgo & Enertia Nikki Cami – Color Hud (group gift 0L/0L to join)

SKIRT – :::Valeur Store::: Mesh Mini Jeans – large @ SL Marketplace (0L) SHOES – Mirus free gift – Midnight Heels (group gift 0L/0L to join)

SHOES – Mirus Midnight Heels – for mesh feet (group gift 0L/0L to join)

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Props:

TABLE – ~The Dreamer Creations~ Retro Camping Table – color menu @ SL Marketplace (0L)
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CHAIRS – Galmot  Ancient Chair – style Louis XVI @ SL Marketplace (0L)
8 Land Impact Each

LAMP – VSPACE PROJECT by Van Loopen Lamp Halo multi @ SL Marketplace (0L)
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PLANT  STAND – Ya’s Dream Creations Potted Daffodil+ForgetMeNot @ SL Marketplace (0L)
3 Land Impact per plant, 1 Land Impact Ladder

PLANT – Mesh Plants Potted Leafy Plants – Full Perms @ SL Marketplace (0L)
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PLANT – Mesh Plants Small Bush Bonus Pot – Full Perms @ SL Marketplace (0L)
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PLANT – Dreamland Designs White Primrose Flower Pot @ SL Marketplace (0L)
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PLANT – Jade’s Home&Garden Water Can with pink plant @ SL Marketplace (0L)
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…and for the final listing I present a special FREE gift from All Spiffed Up & Mr M’s Creations to all of my blog readers.

Mr M’s Creations graciously donated the The Artist Easel used in this photo shoot.  It is a wonderful 100% mesh,  1 Land Impact,  Copy/Mod sign.  After a bit of banter back and forth we agreed that it would be great to offer an exclusive All Spiffed Up gift to my readers. I had assembled  a series of cute Chihuahua images that never made it into this post. The light bulb went on and presto, a fun freebie was born.

The All Spiffed Up Version of the Easel includes the original Copy/Mod Artist Easel, and the 4 static Chihuahua easels pictured above plus a 5th animated easel not shown.  So, gather your Chihuahua loving buddies and head to Mr. M’s Creations to get your gift!

BLOG GIFT – Mr M’s Creations for All Spiffed Up – Artist Easel + exclusive Chihuahuas
(group gift 0L/0L to join)

“Lucy in the Sky”

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It’s official, the first weekend of Fall arrived. ‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice lattes, fall color, and gourds galore.  I had envisioned a blustery scene featuring an auburn haired avi clad in a boyfriend sweater walking her faithful greyhound in Central Park.

…and then I opened the Ricielli Cosmopolitan Room Birthday Gift!  Whoosh, out went all thoughts of Autumn and in rushed Spring.  Pink always has that effect on me, so it’s no wonder that Ricielli’s sleek pink mini dress hijacked today’s post. Of course a dress alone does not a post make.

Last week I picked up the Daria Avatar from The Free Dove, plucked two makeup layers out of the box, and promptly forgot about all the other goodies included.  Today I thought, let’s see what got skipped.  Lucy, featured in this post, is essentially the Daria Avatar.

This is a fantastic freebie generously donated by You Got the Look by Darla.  The package includes two skin variations, a shape, 8 makeup applications, eyelashes, and Maitreya skin appliers.  Need I say more?  Hit the teleports!

Before I post the style card, I’d like to draw your attention to Lucy’s furry friend Cosmo the Magical Hamster.  He is a copy/mod free shoulder pet I found on marketplace.  I originally intended to enlarge him and use him in the photo shoot.  Poor Cosmo’s scenes got cut, but his horns grabbed my attention.  I was able to detach them from him, and resize them for Lucy.  Voila!  Instant cool horns.  Thanks Cosmo for the inspiration.

Lucy’s Style Card:

HAIR – LeLutka OOPS color demo – Powder *5 color sets worth a pickup* (0L)

SKIN – You Got the Look Daria Light Skin – Black Eyebrows @ The Free Dove (0L)

MAKEUP – You Got the Look Daria Avatar– Evening Eyes @ Free Dove (0L)

MAKEUP – You Got the Look Daria Avatar– Smiles Lip Color @ Free Dove (0L)

MAKEUP – :*BABY*:  Starry Night Blush @ Baby Princess Kids – SL Marketplace (0L)

SHAPE – You Got the Look Daria Avatar– Daria Shape @ The Free Dove (0L)

EYES – Poetic Colors Summer Sky Eyes – Beach Night – large medium (0L)

TATTOO – ::Para Designs::  Sleeping Ponies Freebie @ ::Para Designs:: – SL Marketplace (0L)

TATTOO – !!:: Wicked Tattoos ::ii  Pride Tattoo Freebie @ SL Marketplace (0L)

DRESS – Ricielli Audra Dress Gift @The Cosmopolitan Room (0L)

HORNS – Vlad Blackburn Cosmo the Magical Hamster @ SL Marketplace (0L)

RING – Arduenn Schwartzman Free Full-Perm Ring Pop @ SL Marketplace (0L)

SHOES – Vlad Blackburn Strapped Colorable Stiletto w/feet @ SL Marketplace (0L)

Props

CHAIR – HPMD Bubble Chair – Lucky Chair Gift 6 styles & poses @ HPMD (0L)

 

“Star Light, Star Bright”

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Welcome to All Spiffed Up!  A blog dedicated to creating fashionable avatars in Second Life (SL) for FREE.  Many of the old timers that helped me make my debut would say free is simply not possible in SL.  Like many, I joined SL without a single Linden in my virtual pocket.  And, just like everyone else that came before me I spent hours trying on every scrap of clothing in the default inventory.  My avatar would have cried out at the unfairness of it all if only I could have figured out how to make her do anything other than run into walls and fall into ditches. Oh the joys of being a NOOB.

Luckily, I had friends that took me shopping.  I was gifted a great hair, and a lovely Gothic outfit of my choosing then promptly told to go buy myself an AO, a high quality skin, a shape, eyes, and “for goodness sake a decent pair of shoes!”  Apparently my Freebie Dungeon clunky prim boots were wholly unacceptable.

So I took their advice, set out on a whirlwind shopping trip, spent approximately $25 USD and ended up with a good looking, smooth moving avatar.  Of course that initial expenditure was just the tip of the iceberg.

Am I complaining? No.  Have I, over my five years in SL, learned how to dress my avatar for free?  ABSOLUTELY!  So, without further ado let’s get down to business.

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A great free gown is hard to find.  Or is it?  This lovely magenta gown is to die for and free, free, free.  I’m only sorry I didn’t think to get a closeup of my avi’s derriere.   The texturing is so detailed that you can see a faint panty line under the shimmering satin.  It is almost embarrassing how often I find myself looking at that panty line.

Moving on… the Drew gown in magenta for The Free Dove comes in 5 standard sizes with alphas.  Included in the box but not shown is a pair of black gloves with an Omega applier. PurpleMoon Creations really outdid themselves with this gown.

Iona’s Style Card:

HAIR – Tameless Beatrice – Naturals Roots @ The Free Dove (0L)

SKIN – Avi-Glam Anna Skin T1 – Black Eyebrows – Cleavage @ The Free Dove (0L)

MAKEUP – You Got the Look Daria Avatar – Day Eye Makeup & Blush @ Free Dove (0L)

EYES – Avi-Glam September Eyes – L @ The Free Dove (0L)

NECKLACE – Zyn Multi Hued Gem Necklace – Hematita @ Zyn – SL Marketplace (0L)

FUR – Gizza September Gift [Female] Boa Fur @ Gizza (0L)

GOWN – PurpleMoon Drew Gown in Magenta @ The Free Dove (0L)

SHOES – Loordes of London Vermallion Slingbacks @ The Free Dove (0L)