Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Advent Calendar Gifts for December 6th, 2020

Here’s my blogpost with links to four lists of Advent Calendars and 12 Days of Christmas Calendars, plus my “Top Ten” Calendars you should not miss in 2020!

(I’m sorry this is a bit late today; I had a bad bout of insomnia last night, and I slept in until just after noon today as a result, so I am running late!)

I think today’s Advent calendar haul is the best yet!

Today’s gift from the advent calendar at Justice is this rough-stitched, dark brown festive shirt (the Justice group is free to join):

Firelight Hair is offering up this long hairstyle, with a mini-HUD with three fantasy fae (sometimes called “unicorn”) colours! It’s not exactly to my personal taste, but it might be perfect for you! (The Firelight group is free to join.)

Next up is the Sandra Bakes on Mesh skin in the sandy skin tone, the gift from Wow Skins (the Wow group costs L$199 to join):

And the gift from 7 Deadly S[k}ins is the Hope skin in snow, one of their palest skin tones! I quite like this one, so I will be wearing this skin on the rest of my travels around the grid today. It looks lovely on the recent free Chelsea head from LOGO, and it includes an Omega lipstick applier, if you find the lips too pale! There’s also a male skin in the package. (Please note that during December, the 7 Deadly S[k]ins group costs L$1,000 to join, but you do get gifts every day of December!)

Now, let’s take a look at some more apparel and footwear gifts. Today’s Advent calendar gift from Essenz are these fun and funky, golden yellow Pompei boots (L$50 for non-members, or pay the L$350 group join fee to pick up all of the Advent Calendar gifts from Essenz, plus a fatpack of the versatile Wales pumps):

The Love Story dress in violet is the Advent calendar gift from Entice (the Entice group is free to join):

Virtue‘s present today is the Kamala Christmas outfit, consisting of two pieces: a green sweater and a high-waisted, long red skirt (the Virtue group is free to join):

Moonstar’s gift is this Noella red maxi-dress (the Moonstar Advent calendar is free; you do not need to join any group).

The Advent calendar gift from Celestina’s Weddings is this truly stunning gold-and-pink Locu ballgown (the Celestina’s group is free to join):

Here’s a closeup of the bodice of the Locu gown…such beautiful detail!

And finally, something for the men…the free gift from the Advent Calendar at the Mishmash Fusion store is this Candy Cane tuxedo, which comes in sizes to fit Belleza Jake, Signature Gianni, Slink, and Meshbody Legacy male mesh bodies (you do not need to join any group to pick up this gift). The red dress shoes are included!

Happy freebie shopping!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Frees in SL Store

The Frees in SL store

0L$改めLow price Fashion In Second Life is a little-known-about Japanese blog, which sometimes lists freebies that I don’t find on any other SL freebie blogs, and they tipped me off to a freebie store that I hadn’t visited before: the Frees in SL store (SLURL). You do need to join the Frees in SL group to pick up the freebies here (there’s a group join panel on the front desk as you walk in; the group is free).

There are freebies here from a number of SL content creators, which I have not seem before at other freebie stores (and trust, sweetheart; Auntie Ryan has been to them all and ransacked them thoroughly 😉 ), including these outfits for men and women from YDEA:

There’s also some clothing with clever slogans from La Mort Designer and Bottoms Up (the tank top was an instant must-get!):

The tank top on the left says “When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping”; the COVID-19 black dress on the right warns “6 feet distance or under, it’s your choice” 😉 unfortunately, the vendor panel on the right appears to be broken at the moment, but I have sent a notecard to the owner, so hopefully it will be fixed soon!

On the second floor, there are camping chairs where you can sit for 15 or 20 minutes and win free women’s apparel, as well as lucky boards with clothing for both mesh and classic avatars:

So, I will be adding this new (well, new to me, anyways) freebie store to my constantly-updated blogpost, Ryan’s All-In-One Guide to Freebies in Second Life.

Happy freebie shopping!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The MIIX Tequila Hunt

Time to snatch up some completely free bedroom wear for both men and women!

The monthly MIIX shopping event always has a free hunt of items made by FurtaCor (you do need to join the Hype Events News and Offers group for free to pick up these prizes). This time around, in the Tequila Hunt, you are looking for doughnuts hidden all around the event. Look up and down, hunt all over, check all the vendor booths!

Here’s what some of the female prizes look like in the Tequila Hunt. The lacy lingerie and the bathrobe are separate hunt prizes, which come in four colours each: red, blue, purple, and black. The women’s slippers come in versions for Maitreya, Belleza, and Slink mesh feet, in pink, red, white, and black.

The lingerie and robe come in sizes to fit the following brands of female mesh bodies: Maitreya Lara, Belleza Freya, Belleza Isis, Slink Hourglass, and Classic/TMP by Meshbody. Of course, the Kalhene Anya and Lucybody Atenea mesh bodies are 99% Maitreya Lara-compatible, so this outfit will work on them as well (wear the Maitreya slippers with Anya and the Slink ones with Atenea). And if you have a free or paid-for Altamura mesh body, you will be very pleased to know that, despite the panties not fitting perfectly at the back, the robe covers that area completely, so yes, you can wear this outfit with an Altamura body, too!

The MIIX Tequila Hunt lingerie and bathrobe shown on an Altamura mesh avatar

Here’s what a few of the men’s hunt prizes look like. The towel and coffee mug both come with Bento poses (I tested them on a female avatar, but they appear to be sized for male avatars). The “kisses” boxer shorts come in five colours: white, black, blue, red and turquoise. The male slippers are unrigged, and come in two versions: white and black as shown, or red and green. (There’s also a system/Bakes on Mesh tattoo if you want red lipstick kisses all over your body, too 😉 )

The boxer shorts come in sizes to fit the following popular brands of male mesh bodies: Belleza Jake, Signature Gianni, Signature Geralt, Slink, and the Meshbody Legacy body.

Here’s your taxi to the MIIX Event. Happy freebie hunting!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Fitch’s Freebies for Men

I’m still in a very foul mood from yesterday’s Facebook announcement, so I decided to distract myself by escaping into Second Life for a little while today, which tends to be my preferred way of dealing (or, perhaps more accurately, not dealing) with messy, painful, dumpster-fire reality these days.

I was once again enjoying the blues at Bray’s Place (my new favourite hangout in Second Life), when an avatar beside me rezzed out a wearable lawn chair (complete with a big bowl of popcorn!) and sat down to catch the next set, munching merrily away.

Of course, that was my cue to do a quick right-click/inspect to find out where I could get this wonderful wearable chair, which led me down the SL rabbit hole to Fitch’s, a spot with literally dozens of freebies, which I had never been to before! (Even after 14 years, I am still amazed at the places I find that I never knew existed on the grid.)

Now, I do know that a great many men (and particularly, straight men) seem to really hate going shopping, both in real life and in Second Life, and appear to be quite content with a very limited avatar wardrobe. Fitch’s is a dream come true for these men: one place where you can pick up all your basic clothing needs in one stop, and best of all, it’s all free! This place is a hidden gem.

Fitch’s offers freebies for both classic, system male avatars as well as for newer mesh avatars, and most of the mesh clothing includes HUDs with an extensive variety of colours and patterns to choose from. If you hate going shopping, well, this is the place for you, guys! Ten minutes and you’re done, tops! (Although I would still recommend visits to a few other freebie stores to augment your look.)

But first, that lawn chair. Among the many freebies available at Fitch’s is this Drama Watching Chair, which you wear as an attachment. Simply turn off your avatar’s AO and you’re sitting back, scarfing down popcorn from a huge bowl, intently watching whatever Second Life drama is going down! It’s the absolutely perfect accessory! Of course, this chair works for female as well as male avatars. Fitch’s is worth a visit just to pick up this wonderful freebie, alone.

The Drama Watching Chair (popcorn included!)

But there’s so much more! If you are rocking a classic, system avatar, you will find a full selection of complete (nude) male starter avatars, each complete with hair, eyes, skin, shape—even a penis! You can mix and match them to your heart’s content, to create your own unique look!

And tucked away in one corner of Fitch’s Freebies, there are many free men’s outfits! On the left are panels, each with a basic capsule wardrobe to fit eleven different brands of men’s mesh bodies. Among these bodies is Altamura, which is a real find because it can be hard to find high-quality, free men’s clothing to fit male Altamura mesh bodies (this clothing will work with both the free and paid-for versions). There are also similar capsule wardrobe packages specifically designed for Slink, Signature Gianni and Geralt, Belleza, TMP/Classic, Aesthetic, EXMACHINA*, Adam, Mado, and NX-Nardcotix male mesh bodies. Something for everyone!

The Fitch Altamura capsule wardrobe jeans and sweater (shown here on the freebie Altamura Robert mesh body; the sandals are a free group gift from VERSOV, a free-to-join group)

To the right are even more men’s mesh outfits, just click the big orange button! Most of these come in standard sizing, but a few items also have mesh body fits as well. Be sure to unpack all twelve mesh outfits to check them out (there’s even a handy rezz spot nearby, just for unpacking boxes).

Lots of menswear freebies!

All of the clothing at Fitch’s appears to be original items, created by Fitch himself, which you won’t find at other freebie stores in Second Life.

The Jason jeans and Andrew shirt come in a truly mind-boggling fatpack of colours and patterns—and you can even tint various parts of the shirt and pants separately! (I am also wearing the same Jason jeans and Andrew shirt, but in much more subdued colours, in the first and third pictures in this blogpost.)

A look at the extensive HUDs for the Jason jeans and Andrew shirt

Here’s another look, an unzipped hoodie and the Chicago jeans, both of which come in a fatpack of colours and patterns. You can tint five different parts of the jeans separately using the included, interactive HUD:

The HUDs for the unzipped hoodie and the Chicago jeans: lots of options

Below are three more looks from the bounty at Fitch’s. First up are the Boston cargo shorts, paired with the Bryan T-shirt (again, both come with a HUD with a wide variety of colours, patterns, and slogans to choose from):

The Bryan T-shirt and Boston cargo shorts come in full fatpacks

Need a formal tuxedo for that special evening out? Fitch has you covered there, too! The black dress shoes are included in this outfit. Looking sharp for zero Lindens!

Fitch’s free men’s tuxedo

Finally, my favourite outfit is the Blues Brother suit, with comes complete with shoes, fedora, and sunglasses!

“We’re on a mission from God”

Here’s your taxi to Fitch’s Freebies! Happy freebie shopping! (Please note that this is an adult-rated, gay sim. No child avatars are allowed.)

*I have tested the EXMACHINA clothing on the new EXMACHINA Evolve mesh body, and it does not fit. The clothing should work with older EXMACHINA bodies, though.