If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else! Can I get an amen?
—RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race
My favourite reality TV show is RuPaul’s Drag Race! I never fail to miss a new episode. Currently I’m enjoying the very first season of the U.K. version of the show. I’m also a fan of the alternative, horror-themed drag TV show Dragula. I’m just so taken with the Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent demonstrated by the RPDR contestants (or, in the case of Dragula, the four tenets of Drag, Filth, Horror, and Glamour).
Given my hobby of designing complete avatar looks in Second Life, perhaps it’s not so surprising that I have written before on this blog about creating several drag queen avatar looks here, here, and here. (“Girl, you betta work!“, as RuPaul herself would say…)
So when I found out that the edgy fashion store Boys to the Bone had an October 2019 group gift of a black mesh ballgown with a plunging neckline, designed specifically for male avatars, I decided to build a complete look around it! The Morticia gown comes in three shades of black: light black, dark black, and shiny black. Here my drag queen avatar, MissDrag, is wearing the dark black gown:
The Morticia gown is sized to fit the Belleza Jake mesh body, and I had to fiddle a bit with the body sliders and alpha sections on my Altamura Romeo mesh body to make it work. I still had a bit of a problem at the back of the neckline, but the Nikki wig covers that area quite nicely!
This avatar is wearing:
Mesh Head and Body, Including Lipstick and Nailpolish: Romeo by Altamura (a past Valentine’s Day group gift; the Altamura group costs L$50 to join; you will have to buy and install the Omega system kit on the Romeo body to be able to apply the eye makeup below (it’s for sale for L$99 at this exact SLURL)
Dress: Morticia gown in dark black (group gift from Boys to the Bone; the BTTB group costs L$100 to join)
If you’re looking for some Japanese style, ranging from traditional to kawaii to edgy ultramodern, check out the Freebie “F” store. Most of the items on display are either freebies or dollarbies, but please check the price before you buy! Some items cost 20 or even 50 Linden dollars (although these are usually clearly marked). There is clothing available here for all genders of avatars, something for absolutely everyone!
I was quite taken with this oversize jacket with a Japanese kabuki mask print by Haori, which comes in eight different prints, all free:
In this picture, my drag queen avatar MissDrag is wearing:
Mesh Head and Body, Black Nailpolish, and Black Jeans Applier: Romeo by Altamura (Valentine’s Day group gift)
I still get an incredible amount of personal satisfaction from styling a really good-looking Second Life avatar for as few Linden dollars a possible. (Hey, don’t judge! We all have our little hobbies!)
My litmus test for how successfully I can pull together a female avatar look in Second Life is to take her to Frank’s Place Jazz Club and plunk her down at the bar next to the dancefloor. If I get random male avatars hitting on me within minutes, I know I have succeeded! 😉
So, today I present to you a look that, from the top of her head to the tips of her feet, is all freebies or cheapies, including the mesh body and the Omega skin applier! I was able to do all this for only L$150.
This avatar is wearing:
Mesh Head and Body: Juliet by Altamura (Valentine’s Day group gift; Omega compatible with the L$99 Omega System Kit; the Altamura group is L$50 to join)
Skin Applier: Mitsu by !OS! (L$1 gift from their Easter Egg hunt)
Hair: Amy in mink by Firelight Hair (from The Free Dove freebies store; the Free Dove group is free to join)
Mesh Eyes: Realistic eyes by Dossier (from the men’s section of the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil; no group required)
Dress: Stretch Tube Dress in berry red (free group gift from COCO Designs; group is free to join)
Jewelry: Valentina Special Edition necklace, earrings and bracelet by Lazuri (from The Free Dove freebies store; the Free Dove group is free to join)
Shoes: Jai classic pumps by Rowne (comes with a HUD with 15 colour choices; free group gift; group is free to join)
Time to take another alt from zero to hero(ine)! And time to update this popular blogpost on freebie shopping from last May. And this time, I beat my old record of 789 freebies in 10 stops! Yes, it can be done!!
This weekend, I wanted to see just how many high-quality freebies I could vacuum up in as few stops as possible, for a newbie (unisex) Second Life avatar. My only rule was to ignore any older system (non-mesh) clothing, any applier-based clothing, tattoos, classic avatar skins, shapes, and poses. My total budget was L$51, which was spent on full-body mesh avatars. Everything else was free!
My starting point was Altamura, where I picked up the free group gifts of the Juliet and Romeo mesh bodies, for only the L$50 group join fee for the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group! (More information here. You have to pay the vendors L$1 after you join the group, and your Linden dollar is automatically refunded.)
UPDATE Feb. 25th: It would appear that there was a miscommunication from Altamura about when this promotion would end. I was told Feb. 27th and I originally wrote that in this blogpost. However, today I learned from the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars discussion group that it actually ended at the end of the day yesterday, February 24th. Sorry if you missed this fabulous offer!
However, you still have many free and inexpensive options for mesh heads and bodies for male avatars and for female avatars (follow these links for more details).
SECOND UPDATE Feb. 25th: Due to the number of unhappy customers who believed they had until Feb. 27th and still wanted to pick up the Romeo and Juliet group gifts, Altamura has posted the following notice to their group late this afternoon:
Due to a miscommunication, Romeo & Juliet gift was removed. It WILL be back tomorrow until the 27th as was originally expected. So make SURE to bring yourself and friends along before they’re gone!!
After I visited Altamura, I hit only six more locations in Second Life:
Virtue (group is free to join): 46 group gifts (beautiful, modestly-designed women’s dresses, blouses and T-shirts)
Coco Designs (group is free to join): 47 group gifts (women’s clothing and shoes; note there are two separate Group Gift walls in the store)
!Soul (group is free to join): 114 group gifts (women’s hair, clothing and shoes)
Hilly Haalan (group is free to join): 68 group gifts (women’s clothing and shoes)
The Free Dove (group is free to join): 198 group gifts (men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, hair and jewelry)
The freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil (no group needed): a whopping 350 gifts (men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, hair and jewelry)
Female Avatar Looks
Here is look number 1 for my female avatar: everything my avatar is wearing, from top to bottom, except the mesh avatar itself, came from the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil.
Mesh avatar body: Juliet by Altamura
Hair: Leslie by Firelight (3rd floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
Dress: Irena by Prism (1st floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
Pumps: Classic nude pumps by Marquesse (3rd floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
Look number 2 is very Audrey Hepburn:
Mesh avatar body, lipstick and nails: Juliet by Altamura
Shoes: Classic black pumps by Marquesse (3rd floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
Rest of outfit: René black and white outfit by Giulia Design (1st floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
Here’s look number 3. all set for a night on the town! Everything is from The Free Dove except the avatar itself:
Mesh avatar body, lipstick and nails: Juliet by Altamura
Hair: Naomi braids by Firelight (from The Free Dove)
Dress: Donna dress by Stars (from The Free Dove)
Shoes: Animal Attraction Zebra shoes from Shoe-Ddiction (from The Free Dove)
Male Avatar Looks
Here is the first male avatar look, a casual sporty appearance:
Mesh avatar body (including beard applier): Romeo by Altamura
Mesh eyes: Realistic eyes by Dossier (comes with a HUD with 6 different eye colours; this fabulous unisex freebie I found tucked away on the 4th floor of the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil, at the Dossier display along with some sandals and boots)
When I started, the size of my inventory for this newbie avatar was 3,924 elements. When I finished, it had grown to 8,856 elements!
So, now you see how easy it is to fill your inventory with high-quality Second Life freebies without a lot of running around, or a lot of money! Happy shopping!!
UPDATE Feb. 26th:Scandalize has another one of their periodic free group join periods! You can join their group for free from Feb. 25th to Feb. 28th. If you join their group, you can pick up no less than 88 wonderful group gifts for female avatars:
So, take advantage of this opportunity to add even more high-quality women’s clothing, shoes and jewelry to your inventory!