This is the simple but elegant Dress Gown Black, which comes with an optional flexiprim jacket:
Gown #2: Romantic
The romantic Niellys dress in a soft pink colour consists of an applier top and a matching mesh skirt with optional flexiprims:
Gown #3: Dramatic
And if you are looking to turn heads, look no further than this stunning mesh gown, the Dress Dreams Charms in red! This is truly a gown that makes a statement. Something with such a wide, sweeping skirt would be completely impractical in real life, but you can certainly rock this look at your next big function in Second Life!
This beautiful golden Nefert choker in the bottom picture is a free group gift from Poison Rouge at the current round of the Très Chic shopping event (you can join the Très Chic group for free). Note that this choker is also a simple but elegant fix if you happen to have an avatar with a slight skin tone mismatch between the head and body!
News of yet another pandemic season deal in Second Life: vintage clothing retailer Belle Epoque is hosting a Quarantine Hunt, with 40 fabulous prizes for only L$10 each! You are searching for a doctor’s stethoscope as shown in the image below:
So I thought I would have Vanity Fair model eight of the hunt prizes for you.
First up is the red Eleanor 1950s-style dress (prize #9):
Next is the retro Violeta dress (prize #21):
Here’s the Lola dress in blue (#10):
The soft pink Aiala summer dress has a lovely floral accent at the waist (#34):
The sexy Helena dress has horizontal slits running up both sides of the skirt (#6):
The Christie dress hearkens back to the 1920s (#38), and a matching hat with a blonde bob haircut is prize #39 (not shown here):
This lovely, extremely low-cut pink/blue ombre Candela ballgown is a keeper (#37):
I added the blue fur coat, which comes with a handy accessory that freezes the arms and hands as shown (#40):
All Belle Epoque clothing prizes are sized for the Maitreya Lara mesh body only, but there are numerous prizes of furniture and accessories for your home as well.
This is a fairly easy hunt; the stethoscopes are large and hard to miss, and you should be able to find all 40 within an hour. Here’s the SLURL to Belle Epoque. Happy hunting!
(“We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming…” If you are looking for my blogposts about the Wuhan coronavirus/2019-nCoV, please click here. I am taking a one-day mental-health break from covering the situation, but I expect to be back at it tomorrow.)
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 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 offers you this stylish suede chair, with a variety of sitting animations.
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.
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’s gift is this pair of Tisha shoes in red with gold or silver accents.
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 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 offers up this Valentine’s headpiece with a six-option HUD.
Pixicat’s gift is this cute tied top and matching shorts.
This Hailey top and matching skirt has a 1970s feel to it!
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 offers a much-needed anti-Valentine’s-Day sentiment with this black sweatshirt.
This is the soft pink knit Love dress, the beautifully designed gift from Neve.
The Mira top from Miss Chelsea comes in a trio of shades.
Ingenue offers the Tavi leggings in two shades of pink.
Faida offers a second dose of anti-Valentine’s sentiment with this “It’s not me, it’s you” crop top!
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 offers up the daring Spring Fling minidress in mint green.
Valentina E’s gift is the Andi bodysuit in two different patterns.
Finally, we have the Valentine Badass Babygirl boots by Candy Kitten, in three different colours.
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.
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!