Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: 1950s Retro Outfit

Take a look at this 1950s inspired outfit I was able to put together for next to nothing!

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This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head and Lipstick: Giselle Bento head by Altamura (no longer available for free; this was an Altamura gift from last Christmas at the eBENTO event, and you had to join the Altamura group for L$50 to get it)

Mesh Body: Jenny Bento body by Altamura (no longer available for free; this was a gift last Christmas from the Women Only Hunt)

Hair: Hair Ball by Vanity Hair (free from the SL 15th Anniversary Shopping Event)

Earrings: Dark Mouse Vintage 50’s pearl stud clip (old free gift; no longer available)

Dress and Flower: Rizzo Dress by Giulia Design (free from the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil)

Shoes: Dahlia Mary Janes by Poppy (free group gift; unfortunately, this store seems to have closed)

TOTAL COST OF THIS AVATAR: L$50 (Altamura group join fee)

Pictures were all taken at the 1950s and 1960s Time Portal zone by Jo Yardley.

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Scandalize

From June 22nd to June 24th Scandalize has removed the L$100 group join fee for their group, as part of their 2nd-anniversary celebrations. Why is this a big deal? Because when you now join the Scandalize group for FREE, you can pick up no less than 88 great group gifts!

Here’s a link to the group: secondlife:///app/group/c6b27443-12c9-083f-efd2-d56dfaf2ec3a/inspect (copy and paste this into the chat window of your Second Life viewer). Or just search for “Scandalize” under the Groups tab in Search.

The group gifts wall is located on the wall behind the main reception desk:

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There are 77 gifts on that wall, and when you turn around, there are another 11 free group gifts of jewelry on the counter! (There are actually 13 vendors, but two don’t work.)

So, if you haven’t joined yet, because you are short of Lindens, now is your chance!

Second Life Fashion: Sophia Dresses by Virtue at the Crazy Fashion Shopping Event

The latest round of the Crazy Fashion shopping event is now on in Second Life, and Abiela of Virtue has created a line of classy Sophia dresses! They come in six colours: Blossom (pink floral with a geomeric pattern background), Blue, Flora (red floral on white), Noir (black floral), Oro (gold geometric pattern), and Purple. Each is available for L$195 as an exclusive design at the Crazy Fashion event.

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Here’s a SLURL to take you to the Crazy Fashion shopping event.

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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: Mariah Dresses by Virtue

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The Mariah line of dresses by Abiela of Virtue feature a beautiful silhouette with a boat neckline, a three-quarter sleeve, and a full, flouncy skirt! The design comes in red rose (seen above), pink floral, blue stripe, red stripe, and black stripe:

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Each version of the Mariah dress is available at the Virtue store for only L$190 each.

(All pictures were taken at Luane’s World sim.)

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A Free 56-Texture Fur Coat from The Shops

I picked up this freebie tip from the Second Life freebie blog All Spiffy: did you know that you can pick up a long, luxurious, cruelty-free fur coat that comes in 56 different beautiful textures, for ZERO Lindens?

Of course, there’s a catch. You are going to have to attach and detach a couple of confusing-to-use HUDs and do a lot (and I mean, a LOT) of clicking. If you’re up for it, then let’s get started!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Yes, I know that this is clothing designed for The Mesh Project mesh avatar bodies. You do NOT need The Mesh Body avatar body to take advantage of this freebie! As the All Spiffy blogger ArnieK noted, this is a coat, and it doesn’t have to fit perfectly, it just has to fit! I wear a Maitreya Lara mesh avatar body and all I had to do is alpha out my arms using the Maitreya HUD in order to wear this coat and look good in it! The texturing is beautifully done, as you can see…

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WARNING: I absolutely do NOT recommend you buy the L$500 mesh avatar body sold by The Mesh Project. I have already blogged about three other, better options for freebie/dollarbie mesh avatar bodies for female avatars:

  1. There is the free Valentina mesh head and body package available at the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil. Altamura also frequently has great deals and sales on their mesh avatar bodies (twice they have offered mesh head and body sets for only L$300 this year alone!), so join their group for L$50 and keep your eyes peeled.
  2. There are dollarbie versions of the eBody Classic and eBody Curvy mesh avatar bodies for female avatars also available at the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil.
  3. I recently wrote about how to pick up a very nice free Afrodite mesh female avatar body from the LUCYSHOES/LUCYBODY store.

You save that L$500 and put it towards clothes and shoes! Although you can get hundreds of those for nothing or next-to-nothing in Second Life, too

O.K., you ready for an adventure?

First, teleport to this location. When you arrive, you will automatically receive a free folder of HUDs. Accept this folder:

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Then, find The Shops! HUD in your inventory (it’s in the folder you just accepted) and add it to your avatar. You can’t get anything for free unless you use this stupid HUD, which is a real pain in the ass, as you will see!

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Once you have added the HUD, click on the large X to close the welcoming message:

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Then, look around you for the words GUYS / GIRLS somewhere on the white walls of the place you teleported into, and click on the word GIRLS:

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Then, when you land in the new spot, look for a round sign which has a white shopping bag with the words The Boutique on it (you might have to cam around a bit to find it), and click on that sign:

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FINALLY, look for and click on the large words Shop… Clothing (you might have to hunt around to find that, too):

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When you do that (and if you already have The Shops! HUD attached), you should see the following on your screen. Use the left and right arrow keys to browse the clothing available:

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Hit the right arrow a couple of times to find the fur coat, and click on it:

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No, you cannot buy a fatpack! First you have to buy, or “unlock” the fur coat base mesh. You will receive the item in a new folder in your inventory. Now, you are presented with a panel of the first 16 of the 56 beautiful textures available for that fur coat. Then, you actually have to click on each texture, then click the BUY button, to buy each one individually! Each time you do, you will hear a “chi-ching” sound when you purchase each texture for your fur coat.

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Now, to actually WEAR the damn fur coat, you have to detach The Shops! HUD and attach the StyleMode HUD (it’s located in the same folder in your inventory where you got The Shops! HUD from).

Put on the fur coat, and now click as follows to select a coat texture, and then a lining texture, for your purchased fur coat using the StyleMode HUD:

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(See what I mean? You have to work to earn this fur coat, girl!)

Honestly, I’m not sure that a beautiful free fur coat is worth all this hassle. I suggest you make separate copies of the fur coat and texture each one differently. You never know when The Mesh Project will shut down their servers which the StyleMode HUD uses. When/if that happens, it doesn’t matter how many different textures you bought, you’re stuck with whatever the texture for your fur coat happens to be when the server shuts down. Caveat emptor!

And, for the love of God, do not buy The Mesh Project mesh avatar body or anything from the company. Don’t reward such an awful shopping system. Just go get the freebies you think you can make work with whatever mesh avatar body you already own (like this gorgeous fur coat), and leave it at that. While there are many other clothes available using The Shops! HUD, quite honestly, you’ll have to endlessly fuss with the alpha cuts on your mesh avatar body’s HUD to get them to work, and even then, they’ll probably look terrible. (I also tried to wear the knee-high boots from the footwear section of The Shops!, but they looked absolutely terrible on my avatar, even with the lower legs and feet alpha’ed out.)

Here I paired a black version of the fur coat with a black minidress from Erratic, free jewelry by Chop Zuey from The Free Dove (this set is unfortunately no longer available) and Calyssa black boots (a former group gift from N-Core):

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Ricielli Hunt Prizes

Two or three times a year, Ricielli offers its shoppers a hunt for very easy-to-find objects in its store. Each hunt prize is either women’s clothing or footwear from the Ricielli collection. These are all uniformly well-designed, beautiful mesh items. You pay only L$15 for each hunt prize you find.

If you go to the Ricielli main store, you can still take part in their Easter hunt. But thanks to Cat Pink and her YouTube channel, I discovered a tucked-away place on the Ricielli sim where you can pick up all the previous hunt prizes, still for L$15 each!

Here’s the SLURL to the location for all the past hunt gifts. Each hunt prize collection has a sign which tells you what is in each package before you buy it:

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L$15 each is an absolute steal for such well-designed clothing and shoes! Here Vanity Fair is wearing the green Gigi blazer and undershirt combo with black leather leggings, which are both Halloween 2017 hunt prizes:

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Total cost for this outfit (not including shoes) is only L$30!