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!

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Davide and Sascha EXMACHINA Full-Body Male Mesh Avatars Are 50% Off!

You might remember that I recently raved about the Sascha special edition of the Davide version 6.0 EXMACHINA male mesh head and body package that I bought for just L$2,900—a real bargain compared to other male mesh head and body combinations.

Well, guess what? I discovered today that EXMACHINA is having a 50% off sale, both in their in-world store (here’s the SLURL) and on their SL Marketplace store:

So both the original Davide full-body avatar and the Sascha special edition of the Davide full-body avatar are only L$1,500 each! Now that I have had mine for a while, and tried out all the options, I can recommend this body very highly. And if you want just the body (no head), that is just L$800! It’s a stupendous deal.

I have no idea how long this half-price sale will last, so don’t wait! Here’s a few pictures of my Sascha avatar:

Even better? The entire outfit I am wearing today—right down to the socks and shoes—is free from the Kauna menswear store (SLURL). This grass green plaid jacket and pants, the sage green dress shirt, and the black socks and Oxford dress shoes are just some of many free wardrobe items you’ll receive when you click on all the vendor panels in the tiny Kauna store! There are literally dozens of high-quality menswear items, mostly formal wear and suits, but other men’s clothing, too! It’s the best deal in menswear on the grid!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A Free Zombie Outfit!

Time for another men’s Halloween outfit! And the best part is, the entire outfit, including the skin, is completely free! The mesh avatar I am using is the Altamura Romeo full-body mesh avatar, which requires a couple of additions to support Bakes on Mesh:

  • A Bakes on Mesh relay for Altamura mesh bodies (which is available for free to Altamura group members at this exact SLURL in the store; please note that this relay only works with full versions of Altamura bodies, including the Romeo body which was a Valentine’s Day group gift earlier this year)
  • You do have to buy and install the Omega system kit on the body before you can use the Altamura Bakes on Mesh relay (it’s for sale for L$99 at this exact SLURL)

Both the entire zombie outfit (including the bloody socks and brogue shoes) and the zombie skin are available for free from the Kauna menswear store (SLURL). Their Designer Zombie suit is just one of many free outfits you get when you click on this vendor panel in their store (be sure to click on the other panels too; everything is free here and there are literally dozens and dozens of menswear items, mostly formal wear and suits, but other men’s clothing, too):

This avatar is wearing:

  • Mesh Head and Body: Romeo mesh body by Altamura (a former Valentine’s Day group gift; Omega-compatible; more details here; the Altamura group costs L$50 to join and the Omega system kit for Altamura mesh bodies is L$99, which is required in order to be able wear a system skin on it)
  • System Skin: Zombie skin by Kauna (part of the Designer Zombie Suit package; I turned off the mesh fingernails on the Altamura Romeo body using the included HUD)
  • Hair: Zombie Ian hair from your existing Second Life inventory, under Library / Initial Outfits / Zombie Ian (Mesh)
  • Eyes: Zombie eyes by Insufferable Dastard (an old hunt gift; this store is no longer on the grid)
  • Outfit: Designer Zombie Suit from Kauna (the suit comes in navy or grey, with a blue or white shirt, plus socks and shoes, and there’s even a bloody handkerchief for your jacket pocket!)
  • Animation Override: Zombie AO by -RC- Cluster (also available for L$100 on the SL Marketplace; it even includes some guts for you to carry!)

TOTAL COST FOR THIS AVATAR: Only L$249!

Pictures taken at the ZOMBIE LAND (R) U.S. sim and the Kauna store.

P.S. If you have a male avatar and you haven’t visited the Kauna store yet, what are you waiting for? All the menswear is high quality and it’s all free! It’s easily one of the best deals in Second Life for men’s clothing.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A Free Halloween Outfit for Men!

I realize that, in my extensive coverage of Second Life Halloween outfits, I have been focusing on costumes for female avatars. So here is a completely free Halloween outfit I put together using gifts from three different stores, just for men!

This avatar is wearing:

  • Mesh Head (Not Shown): Catwa Daniel
  • Mesh Body: Belleza Jake
  • Skeleton Sweater and Pants: Dark Bones by Punk JUSTUS (free prize in their Pumpkin Hunt; all the other pumpkins have prizes for women only)
  • Sneakers: Jumpov sneakers by VERSOV (free group gift; group is free to join; the sneakers comes in a wide variety of sizes to fit most male and female mesh bodies, and a HUD to change the colour of every part of the shoe separately)
  • Halloween Bag Mask: Free group gift from amias (free group gift; group is free to join; the mask comes in rigged sizes to fit Maitreya Lara, Belleza jake, and Signature Gianni mesh bodies, and an unrigged, resizable version)

TOTAL COST OF THIS HALLOWEEN COSTUME: Free!

Pictures taken at Punk JUSTUS.