Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Advent Calendar Gifts for December 20th, 2020

Here’s my blogpost with links to four lists of Advent Calendars and 12 Days of Christmas Calendars, plus my “Top Ten” Calendars you should not miss in 2020!

Today’s gift from 7 Deadly S[k]ins is a fatpack of freckled skins, called Maze. These skins come in five skin tones (taupe, oak, walnut, pecan and coconut), in both Bakes on Mesh/system skins and Omega skin appliers. The store group costs L$1,000 to join, but it’s worth it. (Or, if you prefer, you can pick up all the previous days’ gifts for just L$25 each, using my daily Advent calendar blogposts as a guide.)

The Maze skin by 7 Deadly S[k]ins in taupe

The gift from Virtue is this lovely pastel blouse and long skirt (the Virtue group id free to join):

From Entice comes this grey sweater and matching skirt (the Entice group is free to join):

Today’s gift from Baby Monkey is this shawl collar sweater, shown here with the pants and slingback shoes that were previous days’ gifts from the same 12 Days of Christmas calendar. The calendar is free, and you do not need to join any group; you simply pay L$1 for each item and your Linden dollar is automatically refunded.

Today’s present from the Advent calendar at NYNE Hair is this girdled shirt dress (you don’t need to join any group to pick up this gift):

For your final stops, may I suggest a couple of stores where you don’t need to join any group at all? Just teleport in with the SLURLs provided here, and slap the boards to receive a random gift, every day from now until Christmas Day! Simple as pie.

Our first destination is Addams, where you can find this large sign at the entrance. Hit it and you’ll get an item of women’s apparel or footwear!

Next is the hair megastore Alli & Ali Designs, where there are two blue Advent calendar boards as shown here by the red arrows:

Just slap each of them, and you’ll receive two random gifts from Alli & Ali (or, if you’re really unlucky, the exact same gift twice!). The random gifts include several snow white women’s and men’s hairstyles and beards, and a L$500 gift card good for any of the over 900 hairstyles in the mainstore. So try your luck!

Happy freebie shopping!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Advent Calendar Gifts for December 8th, 2020

Here’s my blogpost with links to four lists of Advent Calendars and 12 Days of Christmas Calendars, plus my “Top Ten” Calendars you should not miss in 2020!

Today’s gift from Emerald Couture is the following outfit called Fausta, consisting of two separate pieces, the patterned top and the dark grey skirt (a wardrobe staple!). You need to join the Emerald Couture group to pick this up; the group is free to join.

You could choose to pair the skirt above with the Advent calendar gift from ROA Design, a turtleneck sweater which comes with 2 HUDs with a total of eight different colours and patterns (you do not need to join any group to slap this calendar):

Firelight Hair‘s Advent calendar present is the curly Gabrielle hairstyle, which comes with a 6-colour HUD as shown below (the Firelight group is free to join):

The gift from Virtue is this complete outfit, which includes the shoes! The Virtue group is free to join.

The generous gift from 7 Deadly S[k]ins is a set of Diem skins, which come in a package of seven Omega appliers in the following darker skin tones: cashew, chestnut, fudge, maple, pecan, taupe, and walnut. (The group join fee for 7 Deadly S[k]ins is L$1,000. As usual, there is also a men’s skin in today’s gift box.)

7 Deadly S[k]ins Diem skin in fudge (the darkest skin tone of the seven included in the package), shown here on the Altamura Juliet mesh full-body avatar

Alli & Ali Hair‘s Advent gift is this Terri hairstyle in snow white, seen here on my angel avatar. By the way, I am still looking for someone to whom I may bequeath this avatar via my will; if you are interested, please contact me! Just be aware that I plan to live a long and happy life; I figure I still have a good quarter-century left in me 😉

In the same package, there’s also a men’s hairstyle in snow white that would work quite well with older gentlemen, perhaps even a wizard? 😉 All you have to do is teleport into the store and slap one (or both!) of the blue signs shown here:

(And yes, this avatar is also available via my list of avatars for whom I am still seeking good second homes in the event of my death. More details and pictures of my wizard avatar can be found here. I am currently working with a lawyer to draw up my will, and if you are even remotely interested in inheriting one of these avatars, please contact me. Thanks, and I hope you don’t think this is too morbid; I am just trying to assert some control in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic, to lessen my anxiety! Please understand that doing this helps me find some peace of mind in these trying times.)

Finally, Essenz is offering you these beautiful burgundy Beirut pumps, which come with a HUD to select one of 4 different sole colours and four different metals for the chain. This is sure to add the perfect finishing touch to your seasonal partywear!

The pumps are only L$50 if you are not a member of the Essenz group, or pay the L$350 group join fee to pick up all of the Advent Calendar gifts from Essenz, plus a fatpack of the versatile Wales pumps.

Happy freebie shopping! Remember, these gifs are only available today, December 8th!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Advent Calendar Gifts for December 4th, 2020

Here’s my blogpost with links to four lists of Advent Calendars and 12 Days of Christmas Calendars, plus my “Top Ten” Calendars you should not miss in 2020!

Here are a few of today’s Advent calendar gifts that appealed to me. The following avatar is wearing three gifts:

  • today’s version of the Hope Bakes on Mesh skin from 7 Deadly S[k]ins, in sand;
  • the Gwyn hairstyle from Firelight Hair, which comes with a mini-HUD with three colours (blond, brown, and a red ombre); and
  • the Nola Berries dress from Virtue.

Here’s a better look at the dress, which comes with an optional bolero jacket:

The December 4th Advent calendar gift from Entice is this summery outfit (and yes, I do like it when Advent calendars don’t just give me Christmas and winter apparel):

Finally, today’s gift from Alli&Ali Hair is this Catherine hairstyle in white, shown here on my angel avatar:

Happy freebie shopping! Remember, all these gifts disappear at midnight Second Life/Pacific Time, so don’t wait!

Another Fifteen-Minute Second Life Avatar Makeover: Trump Baby!

Look, I realize that I am absolutely powerless to do anything about the malignant narcissist who is currently inhabiting the White House in the United States (and as a Canadian, I can’t even vote his incompetent ass out of office come November).

However, I still do have one potent tool at my disposal, and after 14 years in Second Life, I have become an expert at wielding it: styling a complete Second Life avatar look from head to toe! (Too bad I can’t make any money at it.)

And so, late last year, well and truly fed up with the antics of Donald Trump, I decided to use my skills to create a parody version of Twitler himself!

My inspiration for the following avatar look came from a six-metre-high inflatable balloon depicting Donald Trump as a snarling orange baby (grasping a cellphone from which he launches his tweets), which first was flown in London, during a memorable protest against Trump’s visit to the U.K. on July 13th, 2018 (the balloon is so iconic, it even has its own Wikipedia entry!):

The Trump baby blimp (source: BBC)

This was my Before look, an avatar with a Catwa Stanley head and a Signature Gianni body (who shall remain nameless since entering the Second Life Avatar Protection Program for his own safety after participating in this makeover!):

And here is my After look!

Trump Baby in action

This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head: the Stanley Bento mesh head by Catwa (L$5,000)

Mesh Body: the Gianni mesh body by Signature (L$4,000; the shape came with the Donald skin applier below)

Skin Applier: Donald by Session for the head, L$399, and a matching Omega applier for the body, L$299

Hair: Donald hair in ash blonde by Alli & Ali Hair (free on the SL Marketplace)

Animation Override: Bento Fat Boy AO by Voir (L$349)

Diaper: Tushiez diaper version 3.0 by the Imagination Factory (L$349 on the SL Marketplace; the diaper even makes crinkling noises as he walks!)

Animated Pacifier: Pa-w-cifier (Pawpers edition) by Little Space Kreations (free on the SL Marketplace); here’s a short video of it in action:

TOTAL COST FOR THIS AVATAR LOOK: L$9,748‬ (and WORTH. EVERY. GODDAMN. PENNY.)

Needless to day, I have taken this avatar for several spins around the grid, and he has already been banned from several sims (including a few adult ones!), and politely asked to leave a few others for overstaying his welcome. In fact, he attracts so much vitriol that I only pull him out for special occasions, like this blogpost!

So, what do you think? Should I rent him out for in-world protests, weddings, and bar mitzvahs? 😉 I could just have a booming business on my hands!