Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Menswear Gifts from the MEN ONLY Shopping Event

The October round of the MEN ONLY shopping event in Second Life runs from Oct. 20th to Nov. 15th, 2021, and there are trick-or-treat pumpkins at all the vendor booths. While some of the pumpkins are tricks (no gifts), others have a free present for you if you click on them (you will first need to join the “MEN ONLY by Flair for Events” group; this group is free to join).

Here are four gifts for men which I quite liked, modeled by one of my male alts. First we have this complete men’s outfit from ALANTORI—shirt, black pants, and black loafers—which come with a HUD to change the shirt to one of ten colours. This dressy ensemble comes in sizes for Signature and Slink male mesh bodies, as well as a version for classic, system avatars (along with body alphas). Please note that this is the kind of outfit which should work well on other brands of mesh bodies (e.g. Belleza Jake or Altamura), provided you alpha out the body underneath it, using that body’s HUD.

This black Markus pullover from INSIGHT (with the added touch of a pair of sunglasses hanging from the neckline) comes in the following sizes: Belleza Jake, Signature Gianni, and Meshbody Legacy.

The gift from JUSTICE are these beautifully-detailed Reilly pants, which come with a HUD to change the metals on the buttons and the chain to any of 6 different metal textures. These casual brown pants come in sizes to fit Signature Gianni and Geralt; Belleza Jake; and Slink male mesh bodies.

There are (of course!) some Halloween-themed gifts at the October round of the MEN ONLY event, such as these fun and funky skull-adorned black combat boots from Lapointe & Bastchild:

Novata Second Life has released a 7-minute video highlighting a few more of the gifts you can pick up at the MEN ONLY shopping event:

Here’s your limo to the event. Happy freebie shopping!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Gifts from the First Anniversary of the Orsy Event

Have you joined the Steals, Deals & Freebies group yet? I will be posting EVEN MORE news and tips on finding fabulous freebies and bargains in Second Life than I post here on the blog! More information on this brand new SL group here.

The Orsy shopping event in Second Life (SLURL) is celebrating its first anniversary, and to celebrate, there are many free presents for you! Below, Vanity Fair models some of the gifts from various vendor booths.

I do apologize for taking pictures of some of these womenswear gifts while Vanity Fair was on her post stand; it’s just much quicker to work that way sometimes, and I wanted to get this blogpost out to all you freebie fashionistas as soon as possible! Thanks for bearing with me. 😉 Please note that all gifts are free unless otherwise indicated, and no gift costs more than L$1 each. (As far as I’m concerned, if you have to pay more than one Linden dollar for it, it’s not a gift!)

First up is this combination of two separate gifts. The black-and-white lace blouse (which has a sort of gothic vibe) is the gift from the KIB Designs booth, and the black leather pants are the present from the wackily-named VAKI KVAKI:

Next is another pairing, this time it’s a black top from Tori’s Stylez (the lace is optional), and the interesting black Ana pants with the side ruffles are from Flirt. (The Ana pants cost L$1.)

The gift from Ma’De is this shiny strapless minidress, perfect for your next club outing!

From ALANTORI comes this entire schoolgirl uniform from head to toe—the socks, shoes, and even the tintable hairstyle is included! I love the detail of the saggy white socks over the brown penny loafers. 🙂 There’s also a separate cardigan you can wear over the white shirt, which is not shown in this picture. (This gift costs L$1, but you can easily mix and match the pieces from this outfit to create many other looks!)

And check out this sexy black leather minidress from Anny’s Fashions, with the side chain detail! The package includes a pair of black pumps (not shown). This gift costs L$1 to purchase, but to me it’s a Linden dollar well spent!

Finally, as is customary for the Orsy Event, we have the generous gift from LaPerla: a free fatpack of this Ariela minidress (look for the vendor located high above the stairway between the first and second level, at one end of the event). The skirt is bit too short for my tastes, but it might be perfect for you!

The October round of the Orsy Event runs until October 21st, 2021. Here’s a handy four-minute YouTube video from Cat Pink SL showing you some of the other gifts you can snap up:

Happy freebie shopping!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: ALANTORI

ALANTORI is a Second Life store which sells men’s mesh bodies, men’s and women’s hair and skin, and some men’s clothing.

If you join the ALANTORI group for L$50, you can click on the Midnight Madness boards to pick up two different kinds of Bento, Bakes on Mesh-compatible male bodies: the beefy, muscular Rick body, and the slimmer, more toned David body.

How the boards work is as follows: once each board is hit 50 times, a copy of that particular mesh body is automatically sent to everyone who touched the board (it does not wait until midnight; neither does the count reset at midnight, like regular Midnight Madness boards).

There’s also a Bento, Bakes on Mesh male head called Marco, one of free three group gifts for men at ALANTORI, located just to the right of the Midnight Madness boards:

I had written about the ALANTORI Rick body before, but this new version now supports Bakes on Mesh skins, cosmetics, tattoos, hair bases, etc. Here’s what the Rick body looks like with the free Viktor head I had blogged earlier this week, wearing one of the dollarbie set of Bakes on Mesh skins from Sweet’s that I picked up on the SL Marketplace:

As you can see, this is quite a muscular body, particularly in the arms, shoulders, and chest! Now, unlike the David body (which we’ll talk about in a minute), the Rick body lacks fingernail and toenail attachments, which means that the Sweet’s skin I used here gives it a bit of an unfinished look. However, the body does come with a set of five full-body skin tattoos, which do add fingernail and toenail details:

(Same body as the previous picture, but wearing the included mid tone body skin tattoo)

However, you’re going to have to find head skin that matches the included body tattoos. because there will be a noticeable neck seam (which you can’t really see here, as my avatar is looking down). So your mileage may vary on this body.

Here’s what the David body looks like with the same Sweet’s skin and Victor head. Unlike the Rick body, David comes in five separate pieces: upper body, lower body, right hand fingernails, left hand fingernails, and toenails:

Both bodies come with an basic alpha sections HUD (and, of course, you can also wear the alphas that come with the clothing your purchase):

I have written about ALANTORI’s group gift of the Marco head before. Here is a closeup of the Marco head paired with the David body (again, wearing the Sweet’s skin). The Bakes on Mesh-compatible mesh eyes are included with the head. Looking good! (I did have to fiddle with the sliders for the eyes and eyebrows to get this look.)

For women, the L$50 membership in the ALANTORI group lets you pick up 18 different fatpacks of women’s hair, each with a HUD with 146 colour options! That works out to less than L$3 per hairstyle—which is quite a bargain!

Here is just one example, the long, luxurious Bella hairstyle, showing you the brown and black tomes in the colours HUD (you just click on the buttons at the bottom to see the other colour palettes):

So, whether you are male or female, your L$50 group membership certainly goes a long way at ALANTORI! I will be adding the Rick and David mesh bodies to my ever-expanding list of free and inexpensive mesh heads and bodies for male avatars.

Here’s your taxi to ALANTORI. Happy shopping!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: the Marco Bakes-on-Mesh Male Bento Mesh Head for Only L$50 from Alantori!

Unfortunately, it can be more difficult to find free and inexpensive options for mesh heads and bodies for male avatars than female avatars. In particular, cheap male mesh heads (both static and Bento) can be hard to come by.

However, I recently learned that if you join the Alantori group for L$50, among the many free group gifts you can pick up from their in-store gift wall is the Marco Bakes-on-Mesh compatible male Bento mesh head, as shown here by the red arrow (here’s the exact SLURL):

Here is what the Marco head looks like with the included shape, wearing a Bakes on Mesh skin called Brent from 7 Deadly Skins (part of a group gift I picked up last June):

All I had to do was play around with the eyebrow sliders to fix the shape and position of the eyebrows, and he’s all set to go!

Please keep in mind that you will still need to find a Bakes-on-Mesh compatible mesh body to finish your avatar look. (For this quick-and-dirty single head shot, I just used the classic system body.)

Here’s a blogpost on how to find free and inexpensive mesh bodies for male avatars, which includes information on a few Bakes-on-Mesh compatible models. I keep this updated as I find new items, so bookmark it and check back often!

Happy shopping!