POE Again

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DRESS |Peace On Earth Hunt .PurpleMoon Creations.gown – mesh bodies (POE gift/free)

So many lovely gifts so little time to blog them!  This beautiful gown is another Peace On Earth Hunt prize that can be found at PurpleMoon Creations.  It comes in two versions: one normal, and one extra shiny with materials enabled.  This is a perfect dress for a formal New Year’s Eve party.

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The plunging back is definitely a show stopper.  Thanks PM for a gorgeous gift!


**Today’s hair is one of the many group gifts available at no.match Hair Store.  Though group gifts are free, there is a modest group join fee of 50L.  no.match also has hair and goatee gifts for male avatars.**


Year’s End Dash

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ONESIE |Peace On Earth Hunt .MOoH!.onesie – w/6 color HUD (POE gift/free)

Ringing in the New Year in Second Life can be a frantic time for freebie hunters.  With so many of our favorite holiday events ending on December 31st it’s no wonder you see avatars tearing through sims like Tasmanian Devils.

Onesie lovers will want to dash over to MOoh! to pickup this wonderful hunt gift.  The Carol onesie is sized for classic and mesh avatars, and comes with 6 fantastic color choices.  Since the annual Peace On Earth Hunt ends in two days, you’d better get a move on if you want to lounge in MOoh!’s cool onesie style.

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Here’s a closer look at the fabric choices.


**Today’s hair is one of the many group gifts available at no.match Hair Store.  Though group gifts are free, there is a modest group join fee of 50L.  no.match also has hair and goatee gifts for male avatars.**

Bubbly Anyone?

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HAIR |KoKoLoReS .Miri – rigged w/color & star HUDs (free)
JEWELRY1 |SL Marketplace .Izzie’s.snowman earrings – w/metal & pearl HUD (free)
JEWELRY2 |RealEvil Industries .Orbit necklace – w/metal & pearl HUD (GG/free)
DRESS |Beautiful Dirty Rich .Holidays Little Diva – color + tint HUD (GG/free)
SHOE |Patula’s House .Olimpia Heels – sole/metal accent HUD (GG/free)

Here’s a perfect little dress to welcome in the New Year.  The creative talent at Beautiful Dirty Rich (B.D.R.) packed together a fantastic set of 7 fabric, 6 fur, and 7 belt textures, plus a tint picker and a materials slider into one easy to use HUD.  The gift also includes a lovely fur trimmed hat not pictured.  Thanks B.D.R. for this stunning gift!

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Pop over to KoKoLoReS for this whimsical starry braid.  It comes with several hair color HUDs plus a separate HUD for the stars.  Best of all, it is a free holiday gift for all store visitors, no group join required.

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These delicate heels require a trip to Patula’s House.  Join their free group, then pop up to the first floor to raid Patula’s group gift wall.  If you love the sparkle of sequins you’re bound to leave happy.  Enjoy!

Casually Festive

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HAIR |Shop & Hop Event .bonbon.bonad – resizable fatpack w/bow HUD (free)
EYES |Shop & Hop Event .Cubic Cherry.Nemune mesh eyes – 8 colors+appliers (free)
JEWELRY1 |Shop & Hop Event .Vibing&Nova.Keira rings – bento (free)
JEWELRY2 |Shop & Hop Event .NamiiChu.twinkle earrings – gold/silver (free)
TOP |Hilly Haalan .Rina sweater – black&gray 5 standard + alpha + fitmesh (GG/free)
PANTS |Shop & Hop Event .Blueberry.250L credit – Jolene jeans flare for flat&high feet plus skinny jean mesh w/tie color HUD (250L/free w/credit)
SHOE |Shop & Hop Event .Mangula.Nina heels – fatpack color HUD/mesh feet (free)


** This body is almost free.  It is Altamura’s 2018 holiday gift body for the TeleportHub group.  Joining the TeleportHub group costs 10L, and entitles members to loads of free gifts year round..**

BODY |Altamura .Clodet – mesh body w/AO & alpha HUDs (TeleportHub GG/10L group join fee)


With over a hundred free gifts just waiting to be snatched up it’s no wonder I’m still shopping & hopping!  The Shop & Hop event definitely requires more than one visit to gather all the fantastic gifts offered.

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To add this tastefully sequined gray sweater to your wardrobe you’ll have to pry yourself away from Shop & Hop, and teleport to Hilly Haalan.  Join the store’s free group, then saunter over to the gift room to pick up this beauty.  It comes in black and gray, and can be worn by both classic and mesh avatars.  It adds just enough sparkle to keep the festive flow of the holidays twinkling though to the New Year.

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This lovely lady is my favorite Altamura gift body to date.  Clodet’s mostly oval jawline coupled with ultra glamorous eyelashes and the subtlest icy pink lips are simply stunning!  If you favor a light sallow skin color, Clodet is more than worth the 10 Linden group join fee for the TeleportHub.

Cubic Cherry’s Nemune mesh eyes look great on Clodet.  Nemune eyes come in 8 shades plus they have additional shadows and Omega applier HUDs.

Fans of pigtail hairstyles will love this fatpack from bonbon.  The style comes with an additional candy bow HUD (not pictured) that allows the wearer to show or hide the ribbons.  Until next time, shop happy!

Great Gifts!

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HAIR |NYNE .Cicil – rigged w/color picker HUD (GG/free)
OUTFIT |Shop & Hop Event .Blueberry.250L credit – Laura outfit in sky (250L/free w/credit)
SHOE |SL Marketplace .Duh!.engineer boots – wearable demo Tan (free)


** This body was completely free earlier this year during the WOH hunt.  It is now free for members of the Altamura group.  For the 2018 holiday season Altamura has reduced their group join fee to 25 Lindens.**

BODY |Amestate .Altamura.Emanuelle – mesh body w/AO & alpha HUDs (GG/25L temporary group join fee)
MAKEUP |Amestate .Altamura.Emanuelle lipstick – 4 colors (GG/25L temporary group join fee)


I have three little words to inspire you to get over to the Shop & Hop Event before it ends:  Blueberry store credit!  That’s 250 Lindens worth of a store credit to be exact.  It’s the perfect amount to add an item in your favorite Blueberry color to your wardrobe.

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This is Blueberry’s Laura outfit that comes boxed as two separates.  Separates are especially nice to have when dressing non Belleza/Maitreya/&Slink bodies.  Today’s model is wearing Emanuelle, a past WOH gift body from Altamura.  While dressing she found the dress sized for Maitreya fit the lower body best.  However, the cropped sweater sized for Slink fit her chest and shoulders best.  So, don’t be afraid to mix and match mesh clothing to get the best look on bodies not supported by your favorite designers.

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Zip over to NYNE to pickup this fun winter hairdo.  Simply join their free group to get the Cicil hair.  It comes with a nice color picker HUD, allowing for virtually unlimited colors.  Also, if you wander to the back of the store you’ll find several shelves of past gifts.

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Finish off this look with a wearable demo from Duh! found in the marketplace.  The boots can be resized, and positioned to achieve a perfect fit.  Happy shopping everyone!

Shop & Hop Your Heart Out!

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HAIR |Shop & Hop Event .Vanity Hair.Monaco – resizable w/4 color HUD (free)
EYES |SL Marketplace .NSS.Vermeer mesh eyes – wearable demo Amethyst (free)
JEWELRY1 |Shop & Hop Event .Elle Boutique.snowgirl necklace – w/HUD (free)
JEWELRY2 |Shop & Hop Event .Azoury.Sagesse set – earrings & hat (free)
ONESIE |Shop & Hop Event .Bakaboo.Fantasy jumpsuit – mesh & classic (free)
SHOE |Shop & Hop Event .Momento.chunky sandals – 2 colors (free)


HEAD |Altamura .12 Days of XMAS – Leila head Omega compatible (GG/25L to join)

With so many wonderful free events going on across the grid it’s easy to miss out on a load of excellent goodies.  I’ve been so focused on checking out advent calendars I almost missed a giant winter shopping event organized by the Lindens.

The Shop & Hop Event has 100 stores spread out over 5 sims:

And, as you may have guessed, each store has set out one completely free (no group join required) gift.  Shop & Hop runs through January 4, 2019.  So, gather your shopping bags together and shop happy!

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Here’s a closeup of a few of the Shop & Hop jewelry gifts and the gift from Vanity Hair.

Though it will cost you 25 Lindens to join the group, this is Altamura’s Leila (12 Days of Chrismas) group gift.  She is quite lovely as is (pictured above), however she’s also Omega compatible.  A quick visit to Omega Solutions to purchase the Omega Applier HUD for 99 Lindens will leave you with lovely bento rigged mesh head that only cost 124 Lindens total.

Leila, does not come with a HUD controller, but it’s not necessary.  Altamura supplies an easy to follow notecard with links for free eyes and free applier clearing HUDs that make changing skins a snap.

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Above is a picture of Leila wearing applier skins from 7 Deadly Skins.  I was a bit skeptical when I realized Leila didn’t come with a HUD interface of her own.  But, after working with her for literally no more than 10 minutes, I realized a HUD simply isn’t necessary.  And, in some ways it’s a lot easier adding your makeup without using a cumbersome HUD.

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Let’s finish off with a closeup of Momento’s Shop & Hop shoe gift.  Happy Christmas Eve everyone.  Enjoy!

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!

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.

 

Get Down & Dirty Baby

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AVATAR |BQ Design .Tina complete avatar – for classic avatars (GG/free)

I’m blaming this diversion from shiny happy holiday hoopla on BQ Design.  Their Tina Complete Avatar gift is too interesting to pass by.  On the surface, this looks like a classic avatar only gift.  As far as the tattoos, piercings, and clothing are concerned that is true.

However, the box is full of other items, shall I say unseen items, that make a trip to BQ Design worthwhile even if you have a completely modern mesh avatar.  Included in the gift box is an AO, a Hug & Kiss HUD, and a vagina (one color only) & its own operations HUD.  The ground sit and stand animations in the AO are nice enough you’ll probably want to incorporate them into your regular AO.

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Our model is wearing everything in the Tina avatar box except the included skin and shape.   In addition to the HUDS mentioned earlier, Tina comes with a smoking cigarette, face & ear (not shown) piercings, black hair and cap, a mesh mini skirt in standard sizes, system layer tops/stockings/panties, extra long fingernails, a full body tattoo, brown eyes, corresponding alphas, necklaces, and boots.

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The boots have built in socks.

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And, lots of fun little details like the dangling skull charms.  All-in-all this is a great gift well worth the free group join.   Thanks BQ Design for a walk on the wild side.

Lounging Around the Christmas Tree

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HAIR |LARA AC .Milly Hair – Black tones (GG/free)
OUTFIT |COCO Designs .Christmas gift – for mesh bodies (GG/free)

Here’s a quick little outfit from COCO Designs to keep you lounging around the Christmas tree in style.  The sweater, leggings, and slouch socks are boxed as a complete outfit perfect for quick changes.  The outfit is sized for mesh bodies, however due to its head to toe coverage classic avatars can easily wear it by wearing an upper and lower body alpha.

You’ll find today’s hairstyle at LARA AC along with several other free group gifts.  Simply join the store’s free group and leave with a new makeover.