Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A Tale of Two Frank’s

A rather amusing situation has developed in the wake of Frank’s Entertainment Group closing down most of their Second Life venues: two dueling Frank’s Jazz Clubs have arisen!

Frank’s Jazz Club (The Upstart)

The new club, which is variously called Frank’s Jazz Club, the New Frank’s Place, the Sinatra Jazz Club, and the Frank S Jazz Club, depending on which sign you’re looking at and which landmark you pick up, is the new kid on the block, obviously hoping to lure Frank’s previous clientele. (I’m quite sure that Frank’s original owner, Nanceee Sinatra, is rather ticked off about this development, but there’s not much that she can do about it. I rather doubt she trademarked the name Frank’s.)

The music mix is much the same as Nancee’s original Frank’s, but I note that you can make song requests for the DJ to play using various signs placed around the venue, which is a suitably large and impressive space, tastefully decorated for Christmas.

And I do see many familiar faces from Frank’s here already! Which just goes to show that the concept was a good one. It was very smart of someone to step immediately into the void left when Frank’s closed.

Even better, there are gifts of free formalwear for both men and women at the entrance! What more could a freebie fashionista ask for?

Here my avatar is wearing the free black ballgown, which is quite lovely and has sizes to fit most classic system and mesh bodies (this is the version for Maitreya Lara, which fits this Altamura Juliet mesh body perfectly):

She is also wearing:

TOTAL COST FOR THIS ENTIRE FORMAL OUTFIT: FREE!


Frank’s Elite Jazz Club (The Original)

On the other hand, there is Frank’s Elite Jazz Club, which is under new ownership after the previous sim owner stepped in to save it when Frank’s Entertainment Group was going to shut it down. It is a members-only club with a rather steep membership fee of L$1,000 (I had joined when the group fee was only L$500), but they sometimes have events which are open to everybody.

I must confess that I do have a soft spot for this venue, which is beautifully decorated for the holiday season:

One of things I do like about Frank’s Elite Jazz Club is the variety of talented live performers. I also appreciate the fact that the exclusivity of the club tends to attract a higher class of clientele (I did get rather sick and tired of being hit on all the time at Frank’s original club; being a drop-dead gorgeous female avatar does have its disadvantages 😉 ).

Vanity Fair is wearing her standard go-to ballgown, the Au Revoir red silk gown by Snowpaws—simple, beautiful, effortlessly elegant.

To go with the ballgown, I am also wearing:

  • Antigone gold and ruby earrings (a long-ago free gift from Kouse’s Sanctum, a store which has now closed)
  • Gigi crimson pumps by Garbaggio (not shown; my favourite shoe store!)
  • And a gold wedding band by Su Xue (as a warning signal to keep the male pestering to a minimum 😉 ).

Vanity is also wearing:

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Presents From the December FaMESHed Event (Plus a Few Advent Calendar Gifts)

The December round of the FaMESHed Event in Second Life is upon us, and once again, most of the vendor booths have beautiful Christmas gifts for us! There is some really lovely stuff, both for your avatar and for your home. You do have to join the FaMESHed group for free to pick up all the presents.

Here Vanity Fair is wearing two gifts from vendors at FaMESHed: the Christmas Deer sweater from Just Because and the Hanna red heels by Phedora. (The blue leggings were part of the Dec. 4th Advent calendar gift from Appliqué Chic, and are still available today for free, but they will be L$10 after today):

The red Joy throw pillow and the neon Santa hat on the wall behind Vanity are also gifts from FaMESHED, by Fancy Decor and EQUAL respectively.

Now we have the Merry plaid blue zipper skirt (part of the same Dec. 4th Appliqué Chic Advent calendar gift as the leggings in the previous picture), plus a lovely cropped sweater, the FaMESHed gift from Giz Seorn:

Here we pair the red cable knit mohair sweater by COCO Designs with the sexy red thigh-high Cate boots by Garbaggio (my favourite shoe store!):

Next we have the Shayla robe in green from Ricielli, which comes in both closed and open versions (obviously, I’m not going to show you the open one!):

The Scandalize gift is the Nairi dress in black with a separate black lace bralette:

The gift from Neve is this lovely outfit consisting of two separate pieces, the top and the matching skirt:

This is the Jane sweater by RIOT (which comes in green as shown and also in red), paired with the Adriana red glitter shorts by Bombshell. (The RIOT gift box also includes Jasper sweaters for the men.)

Next up is the Scarlett bra and panties, the gift from Belle Epoque, shown with the Punta Cana shoes by Essenz, which comes with a HUD to change the colour of the shoes themselves (3 options: grey, blue, and red), the sole (4 options), and the tie around the ankle (18 options):

Here’s a closeup on the shoes, which like everything Essenz sells, is wonderfully crafted, with much attention paid to details!

Finally we have the Cindy dress in mint green by Kaithleen’s, paired with the Dec. 5th Advent calendar gift from Essenz, the sand-coloured Honolulu shoes:

Here’s a closeup of the Honolulu shoes, which are bit too frou-frou for my taste, but they might be perfect for you!

You do need to join the Essenz group for L$350 to pick up their daily Advent calendar gifts, but all are beautifully crafted footwear, and I think that L$350 for 24 quality pairs of shoes and boots is a bargain.

The hair used in all these pictures is the Dec. 5th Advent calendar gift from Firelight Hair, a curly hairstyle called Melvena (you will have to join the Firelight group for free to use this calendar). The hair comes with a 3-colour HUD to change it to brown, black, or red:

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Polar Bear Hunt at Scandalize, Beyond, and LSR Moda

From now until Nov. 30th, 2019, there is a polar bear hunt at three stores in Second Life, which requires you to join each store group (for free) to pick up the hunt prizes:

  • Scandalize
  • Beyond
  • LSR Moda

As Scandalize normally charges you L$100 to join their group (and I assume the other groups do as well), this is your golden opportunity to join for free, and pick up lots of free gifts!

Here are just a few of the dozens of polar bear hunt prizes from Scandalize. This is the Sherry top and skirt in white:

Here is the Deryne top matched with the Dexi leggings with built-in heels:

Next up is the Amberle dress in purple:

Vanity looks sharp in this peppy pink Kya romper!

The Amande set in aqua consists of a top and matching skirt and belt:

Here Vanity is wearing the Aurora top and shorts in gold:

The Caiti jumpsuit features bare shoulders and extensive lacing:

Here are the Lydia top and shorts in pink:

The Anashara outfit in aqua consists of a jumpsuit with a separate chain belt, and a matching jacket:

Now this is the Erikeha outfit, consisting of three separate pieces: top, shorts, and tied shirt:

The Christy romper in orange has lovely lace detailing:

Here I pair two hunt prizes: the Kleine lilac top and the matching Kleine ruffled skirt:

Here Vanity models the Senuna leggings and top in green:

And finally we have the Scarlett gown in black (which also comes in a shiny version and the ombre version shown here):

And keep in mind that this is just one of the three participating stores! So get out there, join those store groups while they are free, and look for the polar bears; they are all quite easy to find! (Note that the polar bears in the LSR Moda store are smaller and harder to find.)

Don’t forget, after you join the Scandalize group, to pick up all the group gifts on their group gift wall! Scandalize has the biggest selection of group gifts of any store on the grid, so be sure and take advantage of their generosity! Remember, the hunt ends tomorrow, Nov. 30th!


UPDATE 7:13 p.m.: I sent out Coupon Clip to pick up all the freebies at Beyond and LSR Moda, and model them for you!

Beyond

Here’s the Abigail bodysuit by Beyond, which comes in black and ombre as shown, as well as a crop top to fit over it:

Next up is the Kenya minidress, in magenta (plain as shown, patterned as shown, or plastic):

Here is the Lucy minidress in a lilac colour (plain as shown or plastic):

The Naomi skirt and matching top come in plain yellow as shown, a patterned version, and a plastic version:

Finally we have the Shyla red lingerie:

LSR Moda

Coupon is wearing the red Christabel bodysuit here:

This is the Iriana top and shorts (a second hunt prize is the same outfit in red):

The Shakia skirt and top come in plain pink, or patterned as shown:

Here is the Nalani gown, which comes in both plain brown and a brown floral pattern as shown here:

And finally we have the Nancy lingerie in pink:

These are just some of the many prizes available for free. I counted and there are almost 70 gifts in total between all three stores! So drop whatever you’re doing, and come on down and do some hunting, before they all disappear on December 1st!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Sonatta Morales

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I don’t usually bother writing up a Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies blogpost for just one item, but I am making an exception for this beautiful ballgown:

Sonatta Morales is a women’s clothing store which specializes in fashion from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. This gown is the free group gift by Sonatta Morales to celebrate their 11th anniversary, and the group is free to join!

This avatar is wearing:

  • Mesh Head and Body: Altamura Estephania (a former free hunt gift from Altamura; no longer available for free)
  • Gown: Eleven gown by Sonatta Morales (free group gift; group is free to join)
  • Jewelry: Arthuriana gold pearls necklace and earrings (a former free Advent calendar gift from JUMO)
  • Shoes (Not Shown): nude flats (part of a free sample pack of Slink-compatible shoes from Garbaggio, available on the SL Marketplace; Altamura mesh bodies have Slink-compatible feet)
  • Hair: the hair is the Pulled Back Bun (black) from the Library / Accessories / Hair Design Options / Pulled Back Bun folder in your existing Second Lofe inventory—free, adjustable, tintable, uncomplicated.
  • Animation Override: Tuty’s Southern Belle & Woman in Ballgown Bento AO—hands down, the very best AO for ballgowns with voluminous skirts! I have not yet found another one that can compare to it. You can buy it from Tuty’s store in-world or from the SL Marketplace for L$650.

TOTAL COST FOR THIS AVATAR: L$650 (for the animation override)

Picture taken at the bar on the closing night at Bogart’s club.