Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Gifts from the Valentine’s Shop and Hop Event

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This evening I wandered through the four-sim shopping mall set up for the Second Life Valentine’s Day Shop and Hop event, which runs from today, February 6th, through to February 23rd. Every one of the 80 stores participating has a free gift for visitors, of which I will show you some of my favourites.

Bumblebee

Bumblebee gives you these heart-patterned leggings, plus a L$300 credit for their store if you join their store group for free.

Trompe L’Oeil

Trompe L’Oeil offers you this stylish suede chair, with a variety of sitting animations.

Supernatural

The gift from Supernatural is this lovely Kyary necklace, which comes in gold or silver with a HUD to change the colour of the heart to six different colours: red, purple, pink, blue, black and white.

Son!a Edge

There are two delightful gifts from Son!a Edge, this gorgeous full-length pink Cannes ballgown and the Fairytale braclets, which come with a HUD with many options to change the metals, the gemstones, etc. The gown comes with a matching pink fur stole to complete the look.

Lapointe & Bastchild Swear

The gift from L&B Swear is this unisex charm bracelet.

G&D

G&D’s gift is this pair of Tisha shoes in red with gold or silver accents.

Gabrielle Hamelin

This pretty Spring Bliss dress is the present from Gabrielle Hamelin.

Lassitude & Ennui

The sexy Date Night Dress by Lassitude & Ennui comes in pink and red.

Addams

Addams has two versions of this crochet top as presents: the bright pink one is a free gift, and the light pink one is a group gift (you can join the Addams group for free).

Baiastice

Baiastice offers up this Valentine’s headpiece with a six-option HUD.

Pixicat

Pixicat’s gift is this cute tied top and matching shorts.

spectacledchic

This Hailey top and matching skirt has a 1970s feel to it!

Silvan Moon

The gift from Silvan Moon is this Ain’t Misbehavin’ pink 1920s flapper-style dress with optional beads. This dress also comes with a headband.

Altair

Altair offers a much-needed anti-Valentine’s-Day sentiment with this black sweatshirt.

Neve

This is the soft pink knit Love dress, the beautifully designed gift from Neve.

Miss Chelsea

The Mira top from Miss Chelsea comes in a trio of shades.

Ingenue

Ingenue offers the Tavi leggings in two shades of pink.

Faida

Faida offers a second dose of anti-Valentine’s sentiment with this “It’s not me, it’s you” crop top!

Aluetia

The gift from Aleutia is this pretty Eileen dress.

UC (United Colors)

UC offers this daring red Cupid dress with a semi-transparent lace skirt!

HolliPocket

HolliPocket offers up the daring Spring Fling minidress in mint green.

Valentina E

Valentina E’s gift is the Andi bodysuit in two different patterns.

Candy Kitten

Finally, we have the Valentine Badass Babygirl boots by Candy Kitten, in three different colours.

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Look Like a Million Dollars Without Spending a Penny on Formal Wear!

I have been home sick from work with a cold these past several days, and sleeping most of the day (hence the relative lack of blogging this week). Sorry guys, I am feeling under the weather! I’ll be back soon, I promise!


One of my tips for Second Life freebie fashionistas is that many ballrooms and clubs with a formal dress code will often offer free outfits for both women and men, as a courtesy for newbies who might not yet have some fancier clothes in their inventories.

Ballrooms tend to come and go with alarming regularity in Second Life, so if you do hear about a place that is offering free outfits, you might want to visit it as soon as possible, and save it in your inventory for when you need it! You never know when they might come in handy, for a wedding or some other formal event…

And remember, if you ever need a fancy outfit in a hurry, and you don’t have time to go shopping, among the newest set of starter avatars are the Gretchen and Leonard avatars, with a perfectly good women’s strapless ballgown and pearls and a men’s tuxedo:

These outfits should work very well with a mesh avatar, using the alpha HUD that came with your body to alpha out the sections of your body that poke through. If course, if you have a classic, system avatar, all you need are the alphas that come with these outfits and you’re all set.

I’ve already mentioned the free men’s and women’s formalwear at the new, upstart Frank’s Jazz Club in this blogpost. Here’s a look at the free black ballgown for the women, which is simple, classic and elegant:

Another ballroom which I heard about for the first time today which offers free outfits for men and women is the ApoTHEOSes Ballroom (yes, that’s how it spelled!) which you can find at this SLURL. If you search for and join the ApoTHEOSes Ballroom group (or just click the JOIN GROUP sign), which costs you nothing, then you can click on the two signs right at the entrance to pick up some lovely formalwear:

This men’s tuxedo is different from the freebies I have picked up at other Second Life ballrooms, in that it actually comes with a HUD to change the colour of the vest and bowtie to one of 20 different colours, and includes a separate red or white boutonnière to finish the look:

Yes, the shoes are included, and they are quite nicely detailed (they don’t show up well in this photo). Both the shoes and the tuxedo come in sizes to fit most popular male mesh bodies, such as Jake Belleza and Signature Gianni, and several other mesh bodies. This is a wardrobe staple for male avatars that you absolutely should not pass up!

The women’s Diana gown is also beautiful, coming in both various fitmesh sizes, as well as versions to fit Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, eBody, and other female mesh bodies. It looks great with or without the flexiprims and optional stomach brooch, is materials enabled, and shimmers in a truly lovely way that these pictures cannot capture:

(The black pearl earrings and necklace are not included; they were a long-ago freebie from Dark Mouse, a store that is no longer on the grid. The black pumps are part of a freebie four-pack from Marquesse for Slink feet, available on the third floor of the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil at this SLURL):

So, as you can see, you don’t need to spend a dime to look like a million bucks in Second Life!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: !SOUL

The !SOUL Store

!SOUL was a freebie store which suddenly disappeared from the grid, but lo and behold, I have just today discovered that they have now set up shop in a skybox high above the newbie orientation centre called New Resident Island (here’s the SLURL).

As before, everything in the store—women’s clothing and footwear, hairstyles, even some system skins!—is completely free. Freebie fashionistas rejoice!! You will have to join the !SOUL group for free to pick up these items, and there is a group join panel in the store:

Please keep in mind that all clothing items use standard sizing (XS, S, M, L and XL), and also note that some of the free shoes include the feet (although they do include a HUD to tint the skin to match the rest of your body, it is still a bit of a laborious process).

Below, my avatar is wearing the Lily hairstyle from !SOUL, plus the Delicate Satin Mesh Dress in white (in comes in several other colours and floral patterns) with the included Delicate Flat Ankle Mesh Boots (I just alpha’ed out the feet and they fit perfectly):

The Lily hair comes with 14 different HUDs with twelve colours each, for a total of 168 different shades!

Here my avatar is wearing the Mesh Gown Dress, which comes in seven patterns as shown in the picture below. The hairstyle is also by !SOUL, and is called Bellflowers.

Finally, we have the Mesh Long Pants and matching Mesh Frill Blouse, which comes in four different colours:

(The hair in this picture is Kelsa by Firelight Hair, a former Advent calendar gift, and the shoes are part of the freebie pack of Slink-compatible shoes available from Garbaggio on the SL Marketplace.)

Here’s the SLURL to !SOUL. Happy freebie shopping!

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Suna Designs

If you go to the Suna Designs store (SLURL) and join their group for free, you can pick up a free gift card worth L$500, good for anything in the store:

So, armed with the gift card, I went upstairs and spent it on two different colours of the beautiful Mia ballgown, at L$250 each. Here is the gold version:

This Mia gown comes in white, gold, silver, red, blue, and black, with silver or gold accents. It’s a stunner and best of all, it’s free!

UPDATE Jan. 20th, 2020: I checked this morning and the gift card offer is already gone! It was apparently just for the weekend. Sorry!