UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Two Free L$1,000 Gift Cards!

Even though the Christmas/Advent season is now over, there are still a couple of stores that are being very generous with their group gifts to customers! Did you know that there are two stores in Second Life, where you can pick up a L$1,000 gift card as a free group gift—and that you can join their store groups for free? That’s free money, people!

The first store is one where I routinely ransacked their Advent calendar over the holidays, called Le Fashion Whore. Join the Le Fashion Whore group for free (there are 4 white group join panels shown in the picture below) and simply click on the gift-wrapped box on the small table indicated below with the red arrow, to get your free gift card:

The L$1,000 gift card attaches to the lower-right hand corner of your screen, and works with any store vendor. (If you wish, you can rezz the gift card to the ground on any land with rezz rights, and then it becomes transferable to another avatar!)

The gift card for Le Fashion Whore should enable you to pick up four regular-priced women’s outfits. It’s a super deal you should not pass up!

The second store to offer a L$1,000 gift card is Blossom, a store conveniently located right next door, which sells mostly women’s footwear and a few outfits.

I found it difficult to find the store group searching under Groups in Search (it’s spelled .::* BloSSoM *::., and I just hate it when stores do that), but luckily there is also a black-bordered, light-blue group join panel attached to the side of the reception desk (see below)!

Join the Blossom group (but make sure it’s the right one, there appear to be several called “Blossom”!) and then click on the opened gift box on the reception desk as shown by the red arrow:

The Blossom gift card should be enough for you to get at least four pair of regular-priced shoes (and even more, if you happen to pick some more inexpensively-priced items, as I did). And I assume that you can also rezz that gift card to make it transferable, as well.

Oh, and apparently both these gift cards are available until January 31st, 2020, so you’ve got the rest of this month to pick them up. The gift cards are not time limited, so you can use them anytime you like.

Happy shopping!


UPDATE Jan. 11th, 2020: I wanted to show you what you can get for your gift cards, putting together this delightful retro 1950s outfit!

The Betty dress from Le Fashion Whore comes with a HUD with twelve different patterns for both the top and skirt, plus twelve coordinating colours for the belt—very versatile! And the Minnie pumps from Blossom come in six different colours as shown. This entire outfit was free, using the two L$1,000 gift cards, and there’s much more to see and buy in both stores.

The Le Fashion Whore gift card is only available until Jan. 31st, 2020, and I assume the same is true for the Blossom one, so hurry down!

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Christmas Gifts from the Cosmopolitan Event (and Advent Gifts for December 17th)

Another December event which offers lots of gifts for freebie fashionistas is the current round of the biweekly Cosmopolitan shopping event, which runs from the 16th to the 28th of December. It’s only two weeks long, shorter than other events, so be sure not to miss it!

Just inside the entrance to the event is a huge Christmas tree, with stockings you click on to receive the presents. (You do have to join the Cosmopolitan group for free to pick up these gifts.)

Participating vendors are adding stockings to the tree every day between now and Christmas, so I would advise dropping by on Christmas Day and picking up everything at once.

If you insist on visiting every day, the layout of the stockings around the tree can be somewhat confusing compared to traditional Advent calendars, and you might land up collecting the same gifts multiple times. You might want to use this tip provided by SL blogger Chic Aeon: once you have clicked on a stocking and received its gift, right click on it, Select More from the pie menu, select More again, then select Derender, then Blacklist. You will no longer be able to see that stocking on return visits! (These are the instructions for the Firestorm viewer; I do not know what the equivalent is for the standard Second Life viewer.) This is a genius tip! Thanks, Chic!

Cat Pink SL has already posted a YouTube video with a look at a few of the early gifts from the Cosmopolitan Christmas tree, so I am not going to bother posting pictures of the presents here:


Today Vanity Fair is wearing two Advent calendar gifts for Dec. 17th:

  • The lovely Nola dress which comes with a separate black bolero jacket, from Virtue. The calendar requires you to join the Virtue group, which is free to join.
  • The Osaka shoes in riverside blue from Essenz. The shoes comes with a HUD to change the colour of the sole (4 colours), the metals (4 textures), and the flowers (26 colour options!). The calendar requires that you join the Essenz group for L$350, but I believe there is an option for non-group members to purchase each day’s gift for L$50.

Vanity Fair is also wearing:

Happy freebie hunting!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Gifts from the ACCESS Event

Yet another Second Life shopping event that offers dozens of free gifts is the December round of the ACCESS Event (SLURL), where just about every single booth has a blue-wrapped present for you!

There’s lots of gifts for men here, but today I am just going to show you some of the women’s presents (check out Cat Pink’s video at the end of this blogpost to see some of the men’s gifts). You will need to join the ACCESS Updates group for free to be able to pick up all the gifts.

Let’s start off with a fun one: these green Grinch socks from Rosary! They come in sizes to fit both flat and high feet:

Looking for a versatile Santa hat? LOB has you covered, with versions to fit both male and female heads. The included HUD gives you five different colours, including two different shades of red:

This pictures shows you three gifts: the Ilsa hair from Analog Dog (which comes in a fatpack as shown), the ApiBlossom Vancouver red silk top (which could double as a minidress), and the Dahlia set of jewelry by Supernatural:

Here’s a closer look at the Supernatural Dahlia earrings and two separate necklaces, which come in three metals: gold, silver, and rose gold. The set comes with two different HUDs to change the colour of the jewels:

Asteria offers the Maya top in a fatpack of ten colours:

The gift from Oushk is this ice-blue Imogen latex minidress:

Here Vanity models the cheerful Holiday Gift dress and the separate Holiday Gift waist bag, both presents from RINKA & AMPRENTA:

This is the Donna dress by Betrayal, daringly low-cut!

And here Vanity is wearing the shoulder-baring Holiday Gift sweater from Spirit:

Scandalize’s gift is the Bloom top and skirt, which come in plain as shown, and also in a satin version:

Seniha gives you the lace-trimmed Kristy dress in red, which comes in both a plain version as shown, and a patterned version:

The ACCESS gift from Black Opium is this Elise outfit in strawberry red (both the top and the skirt come in plain and patterned versions). The versatile red Loca Love Bag by Ryvolter comes in versions for your elbow (as shown), your shoulder, your hand—and even hanging from your index finger!

Now let’s look at shoes. First up are the Jordana leopard mules from Ohema:

Next are the Amanda golden peeptoe slingbacks by Gos (for some reason the texture on these took forever to rezz):

And finally we have the fun, chunky red Carmen heels by Enchanté:

The ACCESS Event runs from December 12th, 2019, to January 8th, 2020, so there’s plenty of time to come down and vacuum up all the freebies!


Cat Pink SL has just released a video showing you most of the male and female gifts, as well as a few free dances you can pick up at ACCESS:

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.