Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Shop and Hop Christmas Mall Is Now Open!

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Every year, Second Life hosts a Christmas-time shopping extravaganza called the Shop and Hop. This year’s Shop and Hop runs from Dec. 17th, 2018 to Jan. 4th, 2019, so you have plenty of time to come in, shop the sales, and pick up some fabulous freebies!

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The sims are absolutely jam-packed, sim crossings are a nightmare, and the lag is HORRENDOUS (particularly in the Halcyon sim, where everybody and their dog is trying to get into the Blueberry shop, which is giving away a sweater dress fatpack and a L$250 gift card). But it’s still worth the wait and the hassle to get in! Or you can choose to wait until late December/early January when it’s less busy.

Here are pictures of some of the many freebies available at this year’s Shop and Hop! Every store in the 5-sim mall has at least one free gift for shoppers.

First up is a complete fantasy outfit with wings by Lune Bleue/Silvan Moon Designs, paired with Snowy hair by Limerance (which comes with or without snowflakes, in a complete fatpack of ombre tones):

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(If you find the skirt to be a little too over-the-top, you can detach it, and the resulting dress still looks great! The matching sleeves are a separate item too.)

Next is the Isa dress in olive, the gift from Valentina E, with the Rowne Jai classic pumps (which come in a fatpack of 15 different colours!) and the Era hairstyle by Analog Dog (another fatpack of colours, shown is just the dark browns HUD):

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Here’s a close-up of the hair (Analog Dog has particularly nicely textured flexiprim hairstyles):

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And here’s a close-up of the pumps, which could become a wardrobe staple:

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This is the Blueberry gift, a low-cut sweater dress, which comes in both a tight version and a looser version, with a dizzying choice of colours in the included HUD (and it even includes the panties!):

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Next up is a wonderfully detailed black maxi corset from Atreum, paired with a stylish Homberg hat by ICONIC:

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Finally, we have another three Shop and Hop gifts shown together in one look: the cheeky “Sorry, Santa” red dress by Envious, paired with the fun Orra hairstyle by Elikatira, plus these awesome Clelia platform shoes from Phedora, which come with a 22-colour HUD:

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You can even tint each of the inside, sole, base and front of the shoe separately!

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And that’s just a small sample of what you can pick up FOR FREE at the Shop and Hop! If you want to see even more of the freebies from this event, longtime Second Life blogger Chic Aeon presents a completely different selection of Shop and Hop gifts in the latest post on her blog, Chic at Phil’s Place.

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A Fifteen-Minute Vampire Makeover for Only L$150!

UPDATE Sept. 28th: For a current, up-to-date list of free or inexpensive options for mesh avatar heads and bodies for female Second Life avatars, please see this blogpost. For a current, up-to-date list of free options for free and inexpensive male mesh avatar heads and bodies, please see this blogpost

Vampire roleplay is a very popular pastime in Second Life, so today I decided to do a 15-minute makeover on a vampire avatar. Here’s the “Before” look, the now-familiar Iliana vampire avatar from SL’s Fantasy starter avatar collection:

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And here’s the “After” look (please click on each picture to see it in a larger size):

This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head, Vampire Teeth, and Facial AO: Maia Bento mesh head from Akeruka (this was a time-limited free group gift which is no longer available for free; the group join fee was L$150). More details here.

Mesh Body and Hands AO: Jenny Bento mesh body by Altamura (available for free at the Freebie Megastore at London City). I removed the included head to replace it with the Maia head. More details here.

Gown: Well of Souls gown by Silvan Moon Designs (free gift from the recent SL15B shopping event).

Shoes (Not Shown): Black flats by Garbaggio (part of the free sample pack for Slink feet; available on the SL Marketplace). Altamura mesh avatar bodies have Slink-compatible feet.

Jewelry: Daphne collar, earrings, and Bento ring by Beloved Jewelry (three free hunt items from the September Free Dove mini-hunt at the Beloved Jewelry mainstore). The included HUD gives a choice of 12 different metals and 33 different gemstones!

Body AO: Chubby Girl AO by [ImpEle] (free from the SL Marketplace). This is a nice, simple, calm AO with no crazy movements.

Hair: Que Bella in abyss black from Hairoin (a store which is unfortunately no longer in Second Life; I bought this many years ago and I forget what I paid for this)

TOTAL COST FOR THIS MAKEOVER (not including the hair): L$150 (the Akeruka group join fee)

Pictures taken in front of the blood fountain at the Necropolis Vamp Club.

Second Life Fashion: Miss Fisher Gown by Silvan Moon Designs at the 2018 Vintage Fair

The Second Life Vintage Fair runs from June 8th to June 24th, 2018, and Bee Dumpling and Solas NaGeala, the owners of Silvan Moon Designs (SL StoreSL MarketplaceFlickr), have created a beautiful 1920s style gown for the event, called Miss Fisher.

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The gown comes in six colours: green, blue, midnight, pink, purple, and teal. It comes with a fake fur boa in either white or black, in five different sizes.

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The Miss Fisher gown comes in sizes to fit the Maitreya Lara, Slink Physique, and Slink Hourglass female mesh avatar bodies, plus classic system avatars with an included alpha.

The Miss Fisher gowns are L$450 each, and they can only be found at the Vintage Fair as an exclusive. Here’s the SLURL to take you directly to the Silvan Moon Designs booth at the Vintage Fair.

Vanity Fair is wearing:

Gown and Fur Boa: Miss Fisher gown by Silvan Moon Designs (available at the Vintage Fair, June 18th to June 24th, 2018)

Hair: mahogany Lulu 3 hair by Sonatta Morales (L$100)

Gloves: Sweet Tea formal gloves essentials by Sweet Tea Couture (L$199)

Necklace: an old hunt gift from a store that is no longer in SL

Cigarette Holder: Vintage Vice cigarette holder by Maraschino (group gift; group is free to join)

Vanity is also wearing:

Second Life Fashion: New Golden Age Baroque Outfits for Women and Men from Silvan Moon Designs

Once again, the owners of Silvan Moon Designs (SL StoreSL MarketplaceFlickr), Bee Dumpling and Solas NaGealai, have outdone themselves with a beautiful Golden Age Baroque gown:

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Vanity Fair is wearing:

Gown: Golden Age Baroque gown (L$450 at Silvan Moon Designs)

Hair: Aria by D!va (free group gift; group is free to join; the roses are included and are colour-changeable, or can be turned off)

Jewelry: Antigone necklace and earrings in silver ice (no longer available in SL)

Shoes (not seen): Amy flats by KC Couture

Vanity is also wearing:

And Silvan Moon has not forgotten the men! There is also a Golden Age Baroque frockcoat outfit for them:

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This avatar is wearing:

Complete Outfit: Golden Age Baroque frock coat set with hat (L$450 at Silvan Moon Designs)

Mesh Head and Body: Max Altamura avatar (free from UniHispana Crea)

Hair: silver Casanova hair by Alli & Ali (free from the SL Marketplace)