Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Gifts from the 2019 Shop and Hop Event

Whew! I am utterly exhausted.

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!

Lunar

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.

Evani

The gift from Evani is this cropped snowflake sweater, with a tintable lace detail.

Dead Dollz

The sexy Bebe minidress comes with a HUD to change the colour of the tiny gemstones that adorn it.

Tres Blah

Tres Blah’s gift is a cozy scarf with a 26-colour HUD—a winter wardrobe staple!

Rebel Gal

The present from Rebel Gal is this Fluffy Fox sweater!

Limerence

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

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).

Mossu

The Mossu snowflake leggings come in blue as shown, and also in pink.

Ella

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!

Eliavah

The Eliavah gift is the Amaranthine blouse shown here.

Toksik

The gift from Toksik is the so-called Mellow dress (?!) in fuchsia. Not exactly what I would call mellow!

Supernatural

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.

Sintiklia

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!)

Seniha

This is the Noah dress by Seniha, with a red flannel design.

Kaithleen’s

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).

Baiastice

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.

Vanity Hair

This is the Spanker hairstyle by Vanity Hair, which comes with the colour options shown on the included HUD.

Valentina E.

The gift from Valentina E. is the lovely Gia dress in robin’s egg blue.

Tachinni

This red plaid Bianca top is the present from Tachinni.

Aphorism

Aphorism’s gift is this long winter scarf, which comes in sizes to fit both male and female avatars.

RIOT

RIOT offers these Priya black leggings with a reindeer pattern.

PinkRayne

The gift from PinkRayne is this green Hanna jumper.

EVIE

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.

Neve

This lovely sweater and laced tartan skirt are the gifts from Neve. They do include HUDs with several different colour options.

Pixicat

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!).

Elikatira

The long Foster hairstyle comes in a fatpack of colours, with 16 colour options for the hairpins.

Just Because

The Quincy snowflake leggings come in midnight blue.

Lomomo

This beautifully detailed Oriane dress is the present from Lomomo. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Addams

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.

Garbaggio

The gift from Garbaggio is a Christmas version of their classic June pumps.

MINA

The Milena hairstyle comes in a fatpack of colours as shown.

No Match

The No Punch hairstyle comes in three versions: with red, gold, or green hair bows.

Belle Epoque

This warm Caroline fur coat is the gift from Belle Epoque.

RAMA

The Seymour sequin gown comes in 14 different jewel tones.

Vanilla Bae

The Yves dress comes in three ombre tones, and in three versions (PG as shown, adult, and shoulder off).

ViSion

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!

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Gimme Gacha Gifts

One of Ryan’s eight rules for freebie hunting in Second Life is: visit the monthly fashion and gacha events. You never know what freebies you can pick up!

Today, my main SL avatar, Vanity Fair, just felt like exploring the grid in her lovely new blue lingerie, stockings with garters, and sapphire jewelry—because why the hell not? (Hey, usually Vanity’s in a full-blown ballgown. If you think about it, traipsing around Second Life in a ballgown is just as ridiculous as it is in your underwear!)

The November round of the Gacha Garden is now upon us. Many of the vendor booths have a free gift (you do need to join the Gimme Gacha group for free in order to pick up these gifts).

The Analog Dog booth has a very generous gift, a full fatpack of Mali hair. Analog Dog tends to specialize in long, wavy or curly hair, and this free hairstyle is no exception. Here it is in fully pulled-back mode:

There’s a styling section on the included colour HUDs (nine HUDs in total: blacks, dark blondes, dark browns, dark reds, light blondes, light browns, light reds, mix, and splash), which gives you a few hairstyle options, to make it even more versatile:

Wow, now Vanity really has that fresh-from-the-boudoir look! 😉 In addition to the Mali hair, she is wearing:

Vanity Fair is also wearing:

Here are a couple of other gifts at the November round of the Gacha Garden I wanted to show you, the Agata over-the-shoulder ponytail hair by Limerence and the Sophia dress by Sorumin:

This avatar is also wearing:

  • Mesh Head: Giselle Bento head by Altamura (no longer available for free; this was an Altamura gift from Christmas 2017 at the eBENTO event, and you had to join the Altamura group for L$50 to get it).
  • Mesh Body: Jenny Bento body by Altamura (this was a free gift from the 2017 Women Only Hunt, and on this version, you can remove the head and replace it with any other mesh head, as I did here. Note that the Jenny free mesh body is now available at the Freebie Megastore at London City (more information here), but you cannot remove the head on the newer free version.
  • Shoes: the free Sonnet pumps available at the Hilly Haalan freebie store
  • Animation Override: Chubby Girl AO by [ImpEle] (free from the SL Marketplace). This is a nice, simple, calm, free AO with no crazy movements. 

TOTAL COST OF THE SECOND AVATAR LOOK: Only L$50! (the group join fee for Altamura)

Here’s your taxi to the Gacha Garden. Remember, there are new freebies put out every month, so come back often. Happy freebie shopping!

Updated: The Perfect Jessica Rabbit Outfit in Second Life

I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.

—Jessica Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

My regular blog readers already know that one of my favourite pastimes in Second Life is to pull together an entire avatar look based on a theme, from head to toe. Sometimes, I will even take older classic avatar looks I had created many years ago, and give them a completely modern, mesh-body makeover. Some recent examples are this nun, a vampire, an elf angel, Mary Poppins, even Santa Claus! It gives me a creative outlet, and I find my quirky little hobby deeply satisfying.

In December 2017 I wrote on this blog:

Some avatars lasted only a couple of days before I deleted them; others have been with me since the very beginning of my adventures in Second Life. Witches and wizards and wolves, pirates and painters, sergeants and satyrs, barbarians and ballerinas, harlequins and hippies, gladiators and geishas… my hobby has given me endless hours of pleasure and escape. Some were exclusively for role-play purposes; others were just a means to live inside somebody else’s skin for an hour while strolling the grid. Others were created specifically to evoke reactions from passers-by. I could be whatever I wanted, and I was: an angel, a fairy, a goth girl, Elvis, Queen Elizabeth the First, Lady Gaga, Santa Claus, a supermodel, a hobo, a spaceman, a Na’vi from the movie Avatar, a medieval minstrel.

Sometimes, a single article of clothing in Second Life will send me off on a wild goose chase across the grid, to search out and find individual items and use them to pull together an entire outfit. And today, my starting point was this free Jessica Rabbit dress from COCO Designs!

Jessica Rabbit, of course, is the wife of the title character in the popular 1988 cartoon movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, which is one of my favourite movies. (What can I say? I’m a kid at heart.)

So I decided to build a whole look for my main avatar (and Second Life supermodel 😉 ) Vanity Fair avatar based on that dress!

It was so such fun to play with the body adjustment sliders on my Maitreya Lara body to see how close I get it to resemble Jessica Rabbit’s curvy figure! I think I came pretty close, although I couldn’t make her waist any smaller, without making the entire avatar look too thin overall. Please note that this is not Vanity’s usual shape; normally she has much more realistic proportions. Remember, I was going for a cartoon look here.

And I was very pleased with the results!

Vanity Fair is wearing:

  • Dress: Jessica Rabbit gown (free group gift by COCO Designs; the group is free to join)
  • Gloves: Formal gloves applier by my friend Jasmine Moonflower Gardner of Sweet Tea Couture (L$199 for an eight-colour HUD); Unfortunately, this particular gloves applier does not come in purple like Jessica Rabbit wore in the movie, but fuchsia is close enough, and it looks great too!
  • Shoes: Gigi pumps in crimson by Garbaggio (my favourite shoe!)
  • Hair: Jessica hair by Catwa (Rainbow pack 1, available on the SL Marketplace for L$360)

Vanity Fair is also wearing:

  • the Kimberly Catwa Bento mesh head
  • the Maitreya Lara mesh body
  • Daria skin by The Skinnery (which has a red brows option to match the Jessica hairstyle; normally Vanity wears brown)
  • and my favourite forest green Darcey eyes by Suicidal Unborn

UPDATE Oct. 15th: I noticed after I took the pictures I posted above that Jasmine Moonflower Gardner does indeed sell a purple pair and a lilac pair of Bento mesh formal gloves at her store Sweet Tea Couture for L$199 for each single colour. The mesh gloves have an auto-hide for Maitreya so you don’t need to alpha anything out! You could also use the free group gift of purple gloves from COCO Designs’ gift wall, but those gloves do not support Bento hands, and you will have to alpha out your hands completely if you decide to use those instead. Lots of options here!

Here’s another shot taken at Sweet Tea Couture, next to the mesh gloves display. I am wearing the lilac gloves (the purple ones looked a little too dark):

In my opinion, Jasmine makes the best gloves on the grid, whether they be mesh or appliers! She also sells some seriously cute stockings, socks, shoes and dresses. Be sure to check out her store! She just recently returned to Second Life after an absence due to her job, and she has a number of brand new items for sale. The texture work is superb! Everything is very high quality and I recommend Sweet Tea Couture highly.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Hair Fair 2019 Freebies and Dollarbies

Is your avatar in need of a new hairdo, but low on Linden dollars? Fear not, the annual Second Life Hair Fair has arrived! This year’s Hair Fair just opened today and runs until Sept. 1st, 2019, and Vanity Fair has braved the crowds and lag to pick up all the gifts to show you. All are either freebies or dollarbies!

First up is my favourite hairstyle from the Hair Fair, called Hurrah by Ade, which comes in a fatpack of colours (there’s also a free pair of sunglasses you can pick up):

Short, simple, perfect!

Next up is Castle by EscalateD, which comes in a rainbow multicolour pack:

Not exactly to my taste, but you might like it!

Now we have No Penny by no.match Hair, where you get one HUD with a fatpack of colours and a second HUD to change the texture on the hairband:

And here is Jay by EMO-tions, a beaded braided hairstyle which comes with a monotone HUD in various shades of white, grey, and black:

You might prefer this soft, romantic hairstyle by Astrology called Pearl, which comes in a full fatpack of colours:

This is different: an animated hairstyle called GoodyHair by {red} Mint which just comes in this one colour combination:

Here we have Easton by KoKoLoRes, which comes in a fatpack of colours:

This one is called Midnight by Mello & Moth, which also comes in a fatpack of colours:

Tameless has this hairstyle called Wendy, which comes in a fatpack of colours:

The long, wispy Safire hairstyle by Sintiklia comes with a “colours and pastels roots” fatpack, which is not really my thing, so I just tinted the default white hair using the included tinter HUD:

Vera is a nice, casual short hairstyle by Exile. Again, it comes in a fatpack of colours:

Tram, which always has such fun and interesting styles, is offering Hagiiro in two colours: pink (shown) and lilac.

And finally (whew!), we have Anyalia by enVOGUE, which comes in various bright colours (one HUD darker shades, one HUD lighter shades). Here I picked a vibrant shade of red from the darker HUD:

The Hair Fair is always a popular event, so you might just want to wait until later in August or Sept. 1st to pay a visit. As you can see, there are some lovely gifts this year—and lots of hair colour fatpacks, which is lovely to see! Thank you to all the vendors who put out such especially nice gifts this year! Last year’s Hair Fair were gifts were, uhmmm, let’s just say they were a rather mixed bag and leave it at that

If you want a completely different presentation of the Hair Fair gifts, Roodvosje Rosse of the blog GO DUTCH has pictures showing you several of the colour options for most of the hairstyles for both men and women (including a few I didn’t show you in this blogpost).

Vanity Fair is also wearing:

By the way, the cute children’s cereal box top I am wearing in all these pictures is a free gift from Gato. Just click on the store’s subscriber box near the entrance, and it will be delivered automatically to your inventory! It comes in one size, for Maitreya Lara mesh bodies only (which means it should also work for Altamura mesh bodies as well).

Happy shopping!