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Yesterday I received a message from Moonshine Allerhand, the co-owner and designer for four different Second Life stores:
We know most of you will stay at home, so I want to gift all my loyal subscribers with L$300 store credit. You can choose your favorite store (Gaall, Vaxer, Sweet Temptations or Chic & Shoes).
You can get the credit only once (March 21-25th) and it will be available for you to use until the end of the month (March 31st).
At each store, there is a large sign advertising the free credit:
Just click on the sign, and on the blue pop-up window that appears, select which one of the four stores for which you want the L$300 credit:
(You might want to visit each of the four store using the SLURLs posted above before you click the Free Credit sign and choose the store; each store has different merchandise.)
Once you have received your credit, just click on the vendor for the item you want (in this example, the Edna sweater and skirt set from Sweet Temptations), In the blue pop-up window, click on the Store Credit button:
You will then be asked to confirm that you want to use your allocated store credit, and the item is delivered to you!
The Edna sweater and skirt set from Sweet Temptations comes in a size specifically to fit Altamura mesh bodies (which this avatar is wearing), as well as Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, and Tonic mesh bodies. The included HUD gives you ten colour and pattern options.
If course, you all realize that I have completely broken my promise not to blog over the holidays, don’t you? Oh well. In for a penny, in for a pound.
My favourite SL freebies vlogger, Cat Pink SL, has just published an end-of-year rundown of various stores offering free group gifts:
Among those stores is Asteria (here’s the SLURL), which has a free group join. Just click the sign outside the store:
The group gifts section is very conveniently located right next to the sign, outside the store:
This is an extremely generous selection of group gifts! You can get up to eight different versions of each of the outfits. However, you should know that these are mostly older items, which come in the five standard mesh sizes (instead of models to fit Maitreya, Belleza, and Slink bodies). Also, in a couple of cases, the outfits consist of system layers, prims, and mesh components. So your mileage on these deals may vary. I found I had to fiddle around a good bit to get some items to fit my Maitreya Lara body, and in some cases I just gave up in frustration.
Please be sure to check both the front and the back of each of the group gift displays, as they show different group gifts, and don’t forget to use your camera carefully, so as not to miss any gifts because of those pesky transparency overlapping issues that can happen in Second Life—the outfits you are clicking on can appear and disappear behind the grass!
Here Vanity Fair shows off some of the Asteria group gifts. First up is the Agnes belted turtleneck dress, which comes in four different colours: beige as shown, mint, black, blue, and claret. (Tucked away to the side of the Agnes outfit display are matching boots, but unfortunately they didn’t fit my Maitreya Lara mesh avatar, and I could not resize them.)
Next Vanity models the Lily top (which comes in seven different colours) and the Lily miniskirt (which comes in six different colours, including lace and leather versions):
Here is the midriff-baring Sophia blouse in claret red, matched with the low-cut Sophia pants in black. The blouse comes in seven other colours (beige, floral pink, yellow, black, maroon, blue and white, and the pants in six other colours (claret, yellow, black-and-white, floral pink, maroon, and blue), so you can mix and match to your heart’s content:
This very pretty pink patterned shirt is part of the Wild Bedrosian outfit, which also includes shorts, and comes in pink as shown, and also powder, black, and blue. I had absolutely no luck fitting the standard-sizes shorts to my Maitreya Lara body, however (you might have better luck with your own mesh body).
In total, I picked up well over a hundred different free articles of clothing in one stop! So come on down to Asteria and vacuum up some fabulous, fashionable freebies! Thanks to the store for being so generous!
Yet another Second Life shopping event that offers dozens of free gifts is the December round of the ACCESS Event (SLURL), where just about every single booth has a blue-wrapped present for you!
There’s lots of gifts for men here, but today I am just going to show you some of the women’s presents (check out Cat Pink’s video at the end of this blogpost to see some of the men’s gifts). You will need to join the ACCESS Updates group for free to be able to pick up all the gifts.
Let’s start off with a fun one: these green Grinch socks from Rosary! They come in sizes to fit both flat and high feet:
Looking for a versatile Santa hat? LOB has you covered, with versions to fit both male and female heads. The included HUD gives you five different colours, including two different shades of red:
This pictures shows you three gifts: the Ilsa hair from Analog Dog (which comes in a fatpack as shown), the ApiBlossom Vancouver red silk top (which could double as a minidress), and the Dahlia set of jewelry by Supernatural:
Here’s a closer look at the Supernatural Dahlia earrings and two separate necklaces, which come in three metals: gold, silver, and rose gold. The set comes with two different HUDs to change the colour of the jewels:
Asteria offers the Maya top in a fatpack of ten colours:
The gift from Oushk is this ice-blue Imogen latex minidress:
Here Vanity models the cheerful Holiday Gift dress and the separate Holiday Gift waist bag, both presents from RINKA & AMPRENTA:
This is the Donna dress by Betrayal, daringly low-cut!
And here Vanity is wearing the shoulder-baring Holiday Gift sweater from Spirit:
Scandalize’s gift is the Bloom top and skirt, which come in plain as shown, and also in a satin version:
Seniha gives you the lace-trimmed Kristy dress in red, which comes in both a plain version as shown, and a patterned version:
The ACCESS gift from Black Opium is this Elise outfit in strawberry red (both the top and the skirt come in plain and patterned versions). The versatile red Loca Love Bag by Ryvolter comes in versions for your elbow (as shown), your shoulder, your hand—and even hanging from your index finger!
Now let’s look at shoes. First up are the Jordana leopard mules from Ohema:
Next are the Amanda golden peeptoe slingbacks by Gos (for some reason the texture on these took forever to rezz):
And finally we have the fun, chunky red Carmen heels by Enchanté:
The ACCESS Event runs from December 12th, 2019, to January 8th, 2020, so there’s plenty of time to come down and vacuum up all the freebies!
Cat Pink SL has just released a video showing you most of the male and female gifts, as well as a few free dances you can pick up at ACCESS:
Well into the wee hours of the morning, I braved the crowds and lag to traverse all six sims of this year’s Winter Shop and Hop in Second Life, which runs from now until Jan. 6th, 2020. Here’s a pro tip: wait until late December or the first week of January to visit, when it is less busy.
I thought that you might appreciate having an early look at the many lovely gifts offered by some of the 120 merchants participating in this annual shopping event. Please forgive the standard pose and lighting used in all these pictures, but I had to keep this documenting process somewhat regimented, in order to get through all 120+ presents without losing my sanity!
The gift from Lunar is in two parts: the Nini pink ombre top and shirt (the Shop and Hop gift), and the matching leggings (a free group gift; the Lunar group is free to join). There is also a pair of shorts.
The gift from Evani is this cropped snowflake sweater, with a tintable lace detail.
The sexy Bebe minidress comes with a HUD to change the colour of the tiny gemstones that adorn it.
Tres Blah’s gift is a cozy scarf with a 26-colour HUD—a winter wardrobe staple!
The present from Rebel Gal is this Fluffy Fox sweater!
The Nerika hairstyle comes in ten shades, plus the HUD offers a tint option to adjust your hair to any colour imaginable.
Le Fil Casse
The Macy minidress comes in a light blue snowflake design.
Gaia offers this red long-sleeved crop top, which comes with a HUD to add various sayings in black or white lettering to the neck portion (I turned it off to take this picture).
The Mossu snowflake leggings come in blue as shown, and also in pink.
Ella offers not just one but three gifts! This is the Rouxe outfit in red:
Here is the Doune top and skirt in black:
Finally we have the daring metallic Roxy dress!
The Eliavah gift is the Amaranthine blouse shown here.
The gift from Toksik is the so-called Mellow dress (?!) in fuchsia. Not exactly what I would call mellow!
The gift from Supernatural is this set of three necklaces, which you can wear together or separately, in gold or in silver. The Karina set comes with four different HUDs to change the colour of the gemstones.
The Amelia hairstyle comes with the colours and tint options as shown. (One of my pet peeves is text on a HUD that is way too small to read!)
This is the Noah dress by Seniha, with a red flannel design.
Here’s the Joyful dress in rose, the gift from Kaithleen’s womenswear store.
Silvan Moon Designs
This delightful Blessed Yule gown is the gift from Silvan Moon Designs (the holly around the neckline is a separate piece and can be removed).
You’ll turn heads at your next Christmas party in this sparkling Miria ballgown from Baiastice! It comes in red as shown and also in gold.
This is the Spanker hairstyle by Vanity Hair, which comes with the colour options shown on the included HUD.
The gift from Valentina E. is the lovely Gia dress in robin’s egg blue.
This red plaid Bianca top is the present from Tachinni.
Aphorism’s gift is this long winter scarf, which comes in sizes to fit both male and female avatars.
RIOT offers these Priya black leggings with a reindeer pattern.
The gift from PinkRayne is this green Hanna jumper.
EVIE’s present is a black glitter top, with a HUD to control the colour of the glitter effect.
Lapointe & Bastchild
The gift from L&B is this Swear Zoe dress, which comes in both green and red versions.
This lovely sweater and laced tartan skirt are the gifts from Neve. They do include HUDs with several different colour options.
This red satin dress is the gift from Pixicat (white fur trim at the top and bottom is an optional addition to turn this into a Santa dress!).
The long Foster hairstyle comes in a fatpack of colours, with 16 colour options for the hairpins.
The Quincy snowflake leggings come in midnight blue.
This beautifully detailed Oriane dress is the present from Lomomo. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Addams is giving away L$300 in store credit, plus two fatpacks of their Maisie Chelsea boots: one with the regular sole as shown, and one with a high sole.
The gift from Garbaggio is a Christmas version of their classic June pumps.
The Milena hairstyle comes in a fatpack of colours as shown.
The No Punch hairstyle comes in three versions: with red, gold, or green hair bows.
This warm Caroline fur coat is the gift from Belle Epoque.
The Seymour sequin gown comes in 14 different jewel tones.
The Yves dress comes in three ombre tones, and in three versions (PG as shown, adult, and shoulder off).
ViSion offers a L$300 gift card for their store, plus this top and panties set, which comes in red as shown or in white.
There’s tons more gifts which I have not shown you: jewelry, menswear, housewares, items for your home and garden, etc. Be sure to watch Naria Panthar’s 2019 Shop and Hop unboxing video below, to see everything I neglected to show you here!
Naria’s video is an hour and half long, but I guarantee you that you would spend at least twice as long if you went to every store at the Shop and Hop yourself, then took everything home and unpacked it all! So take careful notes on what gifts you want, and which sim they are on, and save yourself some time when you do decide to visit the event. Thanks, Naria!