Second Life Creator Spotlight: Three More Historical and Fantasy Outfits from Silvan Moon Designs

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Bee Dumpling and Solas NaGealai, the owners of Silvan Moon Designs, do such amazing work that I wanted to once again showcase three of their most recent releases. Silvan Moon Designs (SLURL to their in-world storeSL MarketplaceFlickr) specializes in historical, fantasy, and role play outfits, consistently beautiful and detailed virtual dresses, gowns, and outfits that I have enjoyed over many years!

Afternoon Tea Gown

The Afternoon Tea gown set comes in the Maitreya Lara size only (although you should be able to make it work with other brands of mesh bodies by using the alpha sections on their HUDs). This delightful period gown comes in six different colours:

  • Blooming (light blue and white)
  • Brew (monochrome gray and white)
  • Jam (a deep violet and white)
  • Matcha (a lovely green and white)
  • Merlot (deep red and white)
  • Oolong (a darker blue and white)

Here Vanity Fair is wearing the Oolong version of this wonderful, evocative Victorian gown:

The detail on this gown is wonderful, both front and back!

These Afternoon Tea gown pictures were taken at the Mieville Doyle sim

The Afternoon Tea gown is available at the Silvan Moon Designs main store (exact SLURL), for L$400 per colour.

Daughter of Olaf Tunic Set

This wonderful outfit is available for sale at the Silvan Moon Designs booth at the Viking Saga round of the Enchantment shopping event in Second Life (here’s the exact SLURL of the booth at the event).

The Daughter of Olaf tunic set consists of four separate pieces which you can mix and match to a certain extent (wearing the shirt just with the girdle, with the maille, or both; wearing the outfit with or without leggings). The four pieces are:

  • a long shirt that could double as a dress;
  • a maille armour layer to wear overtop of the dress;
  • a girdle with an elven tree design to wear overtop the maille;
  • system layer/Bakes on Mesh leggings (note: no Omega or Maitreya appliers).

The Daughter of Olaf outfit comes in eight different colours: aqua, black, blue, brown, olive, purple, rose, and white:

Picture from the Silvan Moon Design booth showing the eight different colours available

The outfit shown below is the brown one (the black staff, black leggings and elven boots are not part of the original outfit):

This picture of the Daughter of Olaf outfit was taken in the Lord of the Rings — Middle Earth Roleplay sim.

The Daughter of Olaf outfit costs only L$400 per colour, or you can buy the entire fatpack of eight colours for L$3,000.

The Virgin Queen Gown

Now this is a gown fit for a queen (virgin or otherwise 😉 )! The outfit consists of three parts: the main gown, separate ruffled Elizabethan collar and puffed sleeves, and the final touch of separate gold-and-pearl attachments to accentuate the breast and waist. The Virgin Queen gown set comes in six jewel-tone colours: amethyst, emerald, onyx, ruby, sapphire, and turquoise. Shown below is ruby:

These Virgin Queen gown pictures were taken at Lundy historical roleplay sim, where it’s always 1589!

The Virgin Queen gown is available at the We Love Roleplay shopping event (here’s the exact SLURL of the Sylvan Moon Designs booth), where you can buy this sumptuous, bejeweled gown for only L$360 for each colour. And if you simply cannot make up your mind, why not splurge and buy the entire fatpack of six colours for only L$2,100?

Such a gown demands an appropriate animation override, and I can highly recommend the Southern Belle and Woman in Ballgown AO from Tuty Bento and Mocap Animations store (available in-world at this SLURL or via the SL Marketplace for L$650). It’s the perfect AO for full-skirted ballgowns such as this Elizabethan masterpiece!

Or, if you prefer, you can purchase a Shoulder Overrider HUD which works with your existing AO, just lifting your arms higher so they don’t poke through the voluminous skirt! The Shoulder Overrider is available on the SL Marketplace for only L$299 from Ethik Nacon and it was originally intended for fatter avatars so their hands don’t disappear into their bodies, but it also works great for gowns with wide, full skirts or oriental gowns with long, full sleeves that you want to show off!

Why not pick up a Silvan Moon Designs garment for your next adventure in Second Life?

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A Custom Steampunk Look for Only Seven Linden Dollars!

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Bray’s Place Blues Club and social community is celebrating its third anniversary on February 21st, 2021, and the theme is steampunk, that is, a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology.

Steampunk clothing features a style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction. So yesterday evening, I began to rummage through Vanity Fair’s overflowing inventory of over 236,000 items collected over 13 years, to find something suitable to wear to this event!

Most of the steampunk outfits I had were of the old system-layers-and-flexiprims variety, but I wanted a more modern, mesh outfit. I was so pleased with what I came up with (and how I did it so inexpensively), that I wanted to share my results with you!

Vanity Fair is wearing:

  • Hat, Hair, and Monocle: Mono by EMO-tions (I picked this up for free from their group gifts area sometime last year or the year before, I believe, and while I could not find this gift again at their new store location, I was able to find it on the SL Marketplace for only L$5 for a complete fatpack of colours; there are options for you to wear just the hair, just the hat, or just the wonderful steampunk monocle, the hair with the hat only, or the hair with the monocle only.)
  • Steampunk Necklace: I picked this up as a freebie years ago from a store called Newtique, but I’m afraid it’s no longer available! Any steampunk necklace should work well with this outfit, I think.
  • Peplum Jacket: Now, this part gets somewhat complicated, so please pay attention! This jacket is based on the steampunk peplum jacket by Meli Imako; this is the full-perms version (L$150 on the SL Marketplace), which you can texture and colour it as you please! You can also pick up one of 41 different full-perms textures for this jacket for only L$1 each from Amazing Creations on the SL Marketplace. Please note that in the original version of this blogpost, I had mistakenly assumed that the Amazing Creations Marketplace listings were for the complete jacket, and not just the textures! So be careful to check what you are buying. To add even more to the confusion, at the Amazing Creations discount sales wall you can buy outfits containing various pre-textured versions of this peplum jacket for only L$2 each, if you join the Amazing Creations group for free. So I suggest that you buy the Meli Imako jacket only if you really want to customize it; otherwise, head to the discount wall at the Amazing Creations store in Second Life (here’s the exact SLURL; please save the SLURL to your inventory, then right click on it, select Show on Map, and just follow the red arrow to find it). Got all that? Whew! Nobody said being a freebie fashionista was always going to be easy!
  • Long Skirt: This delightful boho skirt, with a triangular floral inset at the bottom hem, is a free group gift from a tiny, obscure little store called all…About on the Second Life grid (here’s the SLURL, just click the Join Group sign to join the group for free, then click on the gift panel as shown in the picture below.)

MY TOTAL COST FOR THIS ENTIRE STEAMPUNK LOOK: Only 7 Linden dollars! (If you choose the Meli Imako full-perms version of the jacket, the cost goes up to a still-reasonable L$155.) So, as you can see, you don’t need to break the bank to get a polished steampunk look, suitable for wandering around the Caledon or New Babbage sims!

If green is not your colour, there are eight other versions of this long skirt for sale for only L$90 each in the all…About store (and, at the time of this writing, the brown skirt is on a Super Sales Weekend promotion for only L$50!).


Please don’t forget to come to the steampunk-themed 3rd birthday party at Bray’s Place on Sunday, February 21st, 2021, with a wide variety of deejays and live musical performers happening all day between noon and midnight Second Life Time/Pacific Time. In 14 years of traversing the grid, I have rarely come across as warm and welcoming a community as I have at Bray’s Place! And you’re cordially invited to join us as we celebrate three years of great music and amazing community! If you don’t have a suitable steampunk outfit, please do come anyway, but please note that there is a “clean and classy” dress code in place. Bray’s is also LGBTQ and furry friendly!

We’d love to have you join us. Mark your calendars!


Vanity Fair is also wearing:

Pictures taken at the all…About store and at the Lappock Rock Lighthouse in the Vernian Sea at New Babbage.

Valentine’s Day in Second Life: Free Gifts, Hunts, and One Billion Rising

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Bleah.

This picture perfectly illustrates my mood today, stuck in my apartment due to a combination of bitterly cold Winnipeg winter weather (it’s -25°C/-13°F, or -33°C/-27°F with the wind chill), and a province-wide pandemic lockdown. On a day meant to celebrate lovers and love, I am feeling alone and isolated, cranky and depressed.

So it’s time to for me to escape real life by retreating to Second Life! The following are some random notes from my travels, of free gifts and Valentine’s Day hunts, plus a visit to the One Billion Rising event taking place today. Enjoy!


First, please don’t forget to visit the Second Life Valentine’s Shop and Hop event before they close on February 17th, 2021, and snap up all the fabulous freebies (here’s a blogpost with my picks of the best gifts). One example of the many wonderful free gifts you can pick up is this shimmering, lilac Athena ballgown by Son!a Edge:

Such an outfit demands a place to wear it, so I trotted out an alt wearing this lovely ballgown to Frank’s Jazz club, which was a predictable sea of red for Valentine’s Day (including what appeared to be one man who appeared to be dancing stark naked, but I assume that this was because his clothes failed to load in my Firestorm viewer!)

Anyway, I wasn’t really in the mood for syrupy love songs today, so instead I decided to go hunting for Valentine’s gifts. Baby Monkey’s proprietor, Pixieplumb Flanagan, posted the following heartfelt notice to her store group:

I know it’s not the easiest time right now, but I hope these colourful and funky heart print mules help a smidge. 4 colour options xxxxx

The cost of join the Baby Monkey group is a very reasonable L$20, so this is a bargain! Here’s the SLURL to the location of the group gifts wall at the Baby Monkey store (save the SLURL to your inventory, then right click on it and select Show on Map, then follow the red arrow from the central spawn point).

Also, if you visit Suna Design, and join their store group for free, you can pick up a free L$500 gift card, good for anything in the store!

You can use the L$500 gift card to pick up two different versions of the beautiful materials-enabled Mia ballgown shown here!

The gorgeous Mia ballgown can be yours for free with the L$500 gift card from Suna Design

The Poème womenswear store is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a hunt, with 14 prizes for only L$15 each. The pink hearts are large and fairly easy to find!

Here are three of the hunt prizes: a flirty sweater, leggings, and red combat boots (the sweater and leggings come in two patterns each):

Here, I paired one of the Valentine’s Hunt prizes, the Ruffle Me Up dress, with a L$1 prize in the My Funny Valentine Hunt at Poème (the hunt hint is: “Are these 2 heads looking at me!?”). The cute red-and-pink-with-hearts design umbrella is resizable, and comes with a high-priority Bento hold pose (there’s a second version to rezz as home decor if you wish).


At the Orsy shopping event in Second Life, you can pick up the following men’s and women’s outfits for only one Linden dollar! The package is called L’Amour, by La Perla, and you can find it high up on the wall, halfway up the stairs at the south end of the shopping event (here’s the exact SLURL). The women’s gift is a red bodycon dress with matching reel heels in sizes: Maitreya Lara; Belleza Venus, Isis, and Freya; Slink Physique, and Legacy (note that the jewelry shown is not included).

The men’s gift is a men’s dressy outfit (shirt with bowtie and vest, pants and shoes) in sizes: Belleza Jake, Signature Gianni, Slink, and Legacy.

If you like the look of these, La Perla also has a Love Set, consisting of men’s and women’s outfits, on the SL Marketplace for only L$1.


In addition to Valentine’s Day, February 14th also marks the date of the One Billion Rising event in Second Life, when men and women in Second Life join people across the world to protest violence against women, in a show of unity and strength. The Second Life event features a four-region stage where 200 people can come together to dance, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry, a stage for dance performances, informational exhibits, and free gifts.

A couple of the art installations at One Billion Rising
The main performance stage at One Billion Rising

You can pick up free T-shirts for both men and women at the four landing spots for the One Billion Rising event in Second Life:

For more information about One Billion Rising in Second Life, and a schedule of events at their main stage, please visit their website.

Upcoming Events at Bray’s Place in Second Life

As many of you know, I have made Bray’s Place my home community in Second Life, even going so far as to give up one of my Linden Homes and moving into a lovely house on the Bray’s Place sim (and you can, too; just check the Bray’s Place website listing of available plots of land for your next home).

In fourteen years of hopping from grid to grid and club to club in Second Life, I have rarely encountered as warm and friendly a welcome as I have at Bray’s Place! This place is very special to me, especially in the middle of a bitterly cold Winnipeg winter and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

I wanted to promote three special events which are taking place at Bray’s Place over the next week. I cordially invite you to come party with us!

First up is Valentine’s Day, when Bray’s Place celebrates Love and Friendship Day. Come join the special line-up of talented deejays and performers, If you are alone on February 14th, we’d like to extend a special welcome to have you join us, too!


Two days later, Bray’s Place celebrates Mardi Gras! Dig out those Mardi Gras beads, and your finest feathered costume, and join us as we celebrate Fat Tuesday, which is what Mardi Gras means in French, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual Lenten sacrifices and fasting of the Lenten season.


Finally, Bray’s Place Blues club is celebrating its third birthday on Sunday, February 21st, 2021! The theme is steampunk, so pull out your best steampunk/Victorian wear!


To find Bray’s Place, just do a keyword search for “Bray’s” under the Places tab in search. For more information about Bray’s Place (including a list of available rental properties), please check out their website. And tell’em Ryan sent you! 😉