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Guest Blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone – The Riches of the Silk Road

Another fabulous guest blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone, originally blogged [HERE]
Greetings from the Orient, all you deal-seekers.  The Silk Road Hunt (hunt website here) organized by Historical Hunts is running until June 30, and has some fabulous gifts that are completely free.  There are 102 stops on this hunt, each one having a male and female or a unisex free gift. The theme this year is “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves”, so you will find the gifts focusing on the Middle East and Arabia. No blog post can do justice to the many beautiful things you can find traveling the Silk Road this year, but let me give you a taste of what you will find.

This hunt is features many buildings, furniture and other decor items, but there are also a few clothing items.  First off let me show you a combination of two clothing gifts.  The Ali Baba headdress, vest, sword, and leather wrist cuffs in this picture come from Goddess Fantasies (#05 SRH5), while the pants and belt are the gift at Rag Dollz (#032 SRH5).  There are some pretty nice women’s clothing gifts at both of these stores too.

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Shown above:

Headress, vest, sword, wrist cuffs:  Goddess Fantasies – Ali Baba (#05 Silk Road Hunt 5 gift/free)

Pants, belt:  Rag Dollz – Thieves Quest (#032 SSRH5 gift/free)


Now let me pan back my camera a bit and show you the gorgeous building I’m standing in front of.  It’s the Ali Baba Tower, the Silk Road Hunt gift from Salome Designs (#09 SRH5).  It’s a gorgeous two story hexagonal Arabian-style building with a hanging fire pot and a balcony walkway around the second story inside.  And remember – it’s absolutely free!

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You can furnish your building with the room divider with plants, a chair and table from Hearth & Home (#012 SRH5) shown on the left below, or with the burl tables, dressing screen and plant stand, all gifts from An Lema (#018 SRH5) shown on the right.

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Shown above:

Ali Baba Tower: Salome Designs (#09 SRH5 gift/free)

Room Divider with plants, chair, table: Hearth & Home  (#012 SRH5 gift/free)

Secret of the Thieves Burl tables, Thieves Dressing Screen, Riches of Persia Plant Stand: An Lema (#018 SRH5 gift/free)


Another of the buildings available as gifts on the Silk Road Hunt is the  Arabian Temple found at Dragon Magick Wares (#020 SRH5).  It has lovely carved wood windows and the interior textures are amazing.

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You can see more of the interior of this building here because I’ve furnished it with the Scroll Floor Lamp, the gift from Kismet (#035 SRH5) and the Thieves Rest Bench, floor pillows, lamp, plant from Dreamscape Wedding Designs (#051 SRH5) in the top picture, and Salman’s Rug 4two from Sweet Sorrows (#041 SRH5).  This is mighty sweet decor whether your furnishing a Middle Eastern building or just a beachside house.

Shown above:

Arabian Temple: Dragon Magick Wares (#020 SRH5 gift/free)

Scroll Floor Lamp (3 sizes including table):  Kismet (#035 SRH5 gift/free)

Thieves Rest Bench, floor pillows, lamp, plant:  Dreamscape Wedding Designs (#051 SRH5 gift/free)

Salman’s Rug 4two (M/F/Cuddles):  Sweet Sorrows (#041 SRH5 gift/free)


 

There are quite a few fun gifts on this hunt as well.  Two of my favorites are the Relaxing Magic Carpet made by Potpourri Designs (#039 SRH5) and the Hide n’ Peek Jars, the hunt gift at Sheds n Shacks (#079 SRH5).  It may not be clear from the picture below, but the Relaxing Magic Carpet hovers up and down (but doesn’t actually fly and can’t be steered).  The Hide n’ Peek Jars allow three people to hide in or between the various jars in the set.  Very handy if you are one of the 40 thieves.

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Shown above:

Relaxing Magic Carpet (it hovers):  Potpourri Designs (#039 SRH5 gift/free)

Hide n’ Peek Jars (seats 3):  Sheds n Shacks (#079 SRH5 gift/free)


If all you want for your desert oasis is some water and an elegant spot to rest, you can’t beat the tile oasis with water pool from Pierre Ceriano (#022 SRH5).  After refreshing yourself at the pool, you can rest on the cushions that surround this lovely low table from Park Place Home Decor (#027 SRH5).  The cushions and table come with the plate and table lamp shown in the picture.

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Shown above:

Tile Oasis:  Pierre Ceriano (#022 SRH5 gift/free)

Low table with cushions, plate, lamp:  Park Place Home Decor (#027 SRH5 gift/free)


And for the more nomadically-minded you can find the blue and gold satin tent on the left in the picture below at Botanica (#093 SRH5), and the elaborate furnished tent with pillows on the right at ~XM~ Designs (#30 SRH5). Both come with elegant working lanterns.

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Shown above:

On the left: Blue gypsy tent – Botanica (#093 SRH5 gift/free)

On the left: Arabian tent - ~XM~ Designs (#30 SRH5 gift/free)


Finally, so that you don’t think there are just two men’s clothing gifts on the Silk Road Hunt, I must show you several of the many, many gifts available at stop #085, the Mountain Rose Shops.  This single stop on the main hunt offers a “mini hunt” among the several stores at that location, and you can pick up a total of nineteen prizes there.  Some are furnishings and buildings, and others are clothing.  Each of the clothing gifts includes men’s, boy’s, ladies, girls, and child versions.  As you’ll see from my pictures, the Mountain Rose Shops did not just limit themselves to an Arabian theme, but rather created clothing gifts from across the entire Silk Road route.  In several of these pictures I am wearing the red Ali shoes, the men’s hunt gift from Lindy Modern Shoes (#082).  But here are the clothing gifts from the Mountain Rose Shops:

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Shown above (all prizes from the mini-hunt at the Mountain Rose Shops):

#1  Arab Prince:  Mountain Rose Shops (19 gift minihunt)  (#085 SRH5 minihunt gift/free)

#2  Beggar:  Mountain Rose Shops (19 gift minihunt)  (#085 SRH5 minihunt gift/free)

#3:  Indian Prince – Mountain Rose Shops (19 gift minihunt)  (#085 SRH5 minihunt gift/free)

#4:  Mongolian Prince (with boots) – Mountain Rose Shops (19 gift minihunt)  (#085 SRH5 minihunt gift/free)

#5:  Venetian Nobleman – Mountain Rose Shops (19 gift minihunt)  (#085 SRH5 minihunt gift/free)

Shoes: Ali Red – Lindy Modern Shoes (#082 SRH5 gift/free)


Geoffrey is also wearing:

Skin:  Belleza – Shawn Deep Tan (group gift/$350L to join)

Eyes:  [dirty.little.secret] Black eyes (former group gift)


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FabFree Designer of The Day – 06/17/14 – PeKaS

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PeKaS Stephania (free / 0L / Midnight Mania Board) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CreditCards/54/207/3002

**Each day, here on the FabFree Blog, we will be featuring one of our Fabulously Free in SL inworld Designers. Photos are work of the designers.


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Sailor Girl

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How adorable is this full Sailor Girl Outift from *Ydea*?  It includes the mesh top and denim shorts as well as the sailor cap and laced boots too.  Best part?  This is a free group gift, and the group is free to join!

When you join the *Ydea* inworld group, you gain access to a whole room full of male and female group gifts.  I am sure there will be something to suit your style!

I also wanted to toss in… “Happy Father’s Day to all of you awesome Dads out there!!” xox xox  from all of us at FabFree!

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Love is wearing…

Skin – Al Vulo Celestial China Red Skin
Eyes – 
IKON  Ardent Eyes Skyfall
Hair – Ploom Flick
Hands by Slink
Outfit – *Ydea* Sailor Girl (free group gift / 0L / free to join)
Pose by Just a Pose
Sim – Black Basalt Beach

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The Three Fates

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I think it’s important to start out this post by saying how much I genuinely enjoy the fantasy aspects of Second Life. This is the one place in the world where you can genuinely be anything at all. Second Life is also the only place where you can change your complete appearance on a whim, and I find that infinitely fascinating. With this in mind, events like the Tales of Fantasy event tend to attract me like a magnet! I cannot wait to show you some of the incredible finds I picked up from this gacha style fair. Additionally, PixyStix has a uniquely beautiful skin (pictured below) out as a free group gift that lent its self just perfectly to my fantasy adventure. Not only is the skin beautifully done, it comes with just about every applier out there! I ended up with three variations of the same look using items from Tales of Fantasy, and I’ve dubbed the collective “The Three Fates”. I hope you love them as much as I do.

Here are the details, Enjoy!

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Because there are several items I want to tell you about, I want to start with these highly detailed accessories. The Medusa Headdresses from May’s Soul each come with color change HUDS to allow you to customize the jewels and metal accents. These headdresses come in a variety of colors. Additionally the Rare Medusa Shield also from May’s Soul comes with the same color change options and can be adjusted to match the coloring of any Medusa Headdress. The incredibly detailed gold bracers and hand jewelry are from Aisling and can be obtained in silver and black. The equally detailed black bracelets (shown in the third picture) and armlets are from The Forge and also can be obtained in gold and silver. Please remember these are Gacha items so there is no guarantee which colors you’ll get, and that’s half the fun, right?! Last but not least, I absolutely love these henna style hand tattoos from Sweet Poison. I think they are lovely and versatile enough to be worn even with non-fantasy outfits.

Headdress (shown in red, bronze, green) – $75L/play @Tales of Fantasy

Hair

  • (top left) – !lamb. Unbirthday Redux – Fatpack – Past Group Gift (Originally Blogged Here)
  • (top center) – !lamb. Craft Spells – Loveless Pack
  • (top right) – ^;^CaTwA^;^ Mesh Selena Hair

Skins

  • (top left) – Essences – Song *noisette* brown
  • (top center) – .Birdy. Blair skin ~Biscuit~ Gold Dust (Blond) RARE – Past Gacha Prize
  • (top right) – PixyStix – [PS] ::Iridia:: Sterling GG – FREE Group Gift/Group is FREE to Join

Eyes (all) – {S0NG} :: Mayday~ Grey Eye

Lashes (all) – – DAMNED – My Perfect Eyelashes <3$50L on the Marketplace

Lip Marking (top left) – .la petite morte. red stripe lips

Hand Jewels (bottom left) – .aisling. Eunice – Hands Gold – $50L/play @Tales of Fantasy

Mani (bottom left) – Nail Me! Slink Fingernails [Av Enhancement] Fun Fingers – $5L on the Marketplace

Bracers (bottom center) – .aisling. Eunice – Bracelets Gold – $50L/play @Tales of Fantasy

Hand Tattoo (bottom center) – Sweet Poison – Bloom Hands White – $50L/play @Tales of Fantasy

Mani (bottom center) – DiAna Slink Fingernails HUD – Glitter v2 – $1L on the Marketplace (Originally Shown Here)

Shield (bottom right) – May’s Soul – rare medusa shield – $75L/play @Tales of Fantasy

Armlet (bottom right) – [The Forge] Aphrodite’s Bracelet, Upper Arm Left (Black) – $75L/play @Tales of Fantasy

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Alright, so now for these amazing mesh dresses from Haste! Each dress is full mesh, and includes a HUD to customize not only the color of the metal cage-like corset, but the length of the skirt as well. That’s right, the same dress can be worn long or short. The dress can be obtained in several colors, with the white and black versions as Rare items. Good luck!

Dress (all, shown in Rare white, green, red) – [Haste] Deity – $75L/play @Tales of Fantasy

Mani (top right) – -{ZOZ}- Comfrey – Fingernail Hud Single – $37L/play @The Thrift Shop

Shoes (all, come with gold or silver accents) – NORMAL .ARISE. Bead Sandals / Brown – $75L/play @Tales of Fantasy

Feet (all) – Slink AvEnhance Feet Female Flat

Hands (all) – Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Gesture

Poses

  • (top left) – RACK Poses – #2 Persephone – $50L/play @Tales of Fantasy
  • (top right) – RACK Poses – #5 Aura – $50L/play @Tales of Fantasy
  • (bottom) – E.Ink – Laying Cute – FREE on the Marketplace

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Calle’s FabFree Photo Submission – June “Kraken”

Here my first attempt for the monthly photo challenge. I was still so caught up on learning everything after joining the FabFree team last month, that I totally missed doing a pic for the May Flowers theme *hangs head*. That’s ok though, because this months theme, Under the Sea, was so much fun to dress up for, that I’ve forgiven myself. So, onto my picture, or should I say pictures. I could not settle on one, so maybe you fabulous readers could help decide.

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Like Pru mentioned in her post HERE, there are so many choices for this Under The Sea theme, that I had a hard time choosing. I too decided to go with something a little different, and settled on the Taliesins Tails Little Kraken DeepSea Blue from the Marketplace . I love blue, in all it’s shades, so I was drawn to this beautiful creature like crazy, and for only L$50, it was a steal as well! I was lucky, and had the perfect blue skin in my inventory already, as well as the kinda creepy, kinda hypnotic blue eyes.  My luck continued when I visited the Little Bones shop and played the gacha for the Moon Child hair, and got the black and white pack on my first try! It has this gorgeous midnight blue tone in the hud, seriously, it was meant to be :) I love this look so much, that I have been wearing it for 2 days straight, even meeting a friend at a club where hard rock music was being played. Kraken are surprisingly good dancers!

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Well, until next time, I may, or may not still have tentacles…LOL. TTFN *waves, and waves, and waves, and….*


 

What is Calle wearing…

Outfit – Taliesins Tails Little Kraken DeepSea Blue 2014 (L$50 on Marketplace)

Hair – little bones. Moon Child – B&W (L$75 gacha)

Skin – [VoiD] Natalie Skin – Nude – Breeze  – Body 1 (closed)

Eyes – Skinthesis Eyes – Night Fathoms – Gravel (closed and rebranded to Folly)

Hands – SLink

Poses – GLITTERATI – Underwater (Marketplace)

Sim – Sunshine’s Cove and Mermaid’s Reef

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8-bits of Mesh goodness!

I have so many cool things for you in this post, that I am just going to get right into it!

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The other night, I was idly reading some group chatter, can’t remember for which group, and someone mentioned a store I had never heard of, *CASHMERE&KEANE*. They said it was closing out, and everything was on sale, with stuff for both men and women. While I hate hearing of stores closing, it does usually mean a great bargain for shoppers, and I was not disappointed! Everything in store is L$25, and if you love a retro vibe (especially the ’80’s), you need to head there before they close for good.  I picked up a few things, one of my favourites being this mesh, 1 piece, Zapo Jacket/Shirt combo in Orange. There are many colours available, but I just loved this colour, and I didn’t have an orange jacket already, so of course I had to get it! I also picked up these gorgeous SLink mid shoes, the Cassidy Heel, as a fatpack for L$25. Seriously, there are loads of colours, and that tassel is just too darn cute! Lastly, I picked up the Pyramid Watch(platinum), also for L$25. You actually get 2 watches, you get a plain version, and a rainbow version, which I am wearing. There are so many other great quality items, you really should hurry down there, even if you aren’t as thrilled with my choices, I would hate for you to miss out on this sale.

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While I was putting my outfit together, digging on the retro vibe, I realized that the leggings in the mesh [LG] Boutique-Call Me Maybe Outfit would totally work for my look. The outfit these leggings are from, are another one of the SLF&O’s free gifts that are available at LivGlam. I love getting full outfits from a store, but I love even more when I can wear those pieces with something else. The studs down the sides of my legs really have that matching retro vibe.

With this definite ’80’s vibe I had going on, I couldn’t believe my luck when I found the sim my main picture was taken on. If you are an 8-bit game fan, you have to go visit. They even have a fun little tutorial that awards you with a prize when you finish it! I had to show it all to you. Yes, that red troopa is me, 8-bit style! There are several different ‘worlds’ to explore here, so take your time and investigate everything! You never know what secret passage ways you will find.

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Okay lovelies, I am off for now, until next time…TTFN *waves*

 


What is Calle wearing… 

Jacket – *CASHMERE&KEANE*Zapo Jacket/female(orange)(L$25)

Leggings – [LG] Boutique-[Summer 13] Call Me Maybe Legging (free SLF&O group gift/free to join)

Shoes – *CASHMERE*Cassidy Heel(royal) (L$25)

Watch – *CASHMERE&KEANE*Pyramid Watch(platinum) (L$25)

Necklace – Pure Poison Luna Necklace (free group gift  / free to join) (shown HERE previously, by Love)

Eyeshadow – [mock] Temptalia Awaits Eyeshadow [Honey](past group gift/L$250 to join)

Mani and Pedi – Ma Vie. – Les Vernis – Diagonal French Rare (L$25 gacha)

Hair – TRUTH HAIR Sakura 1 Side [Colours / Blue Bears](L$50 @ current round of The Arcade)(shown HERE previously, by Love)

Earrings – Maxi Gossamer – Earrings – Late Night Hoops

SLink foot Tattoo – Letis  Tattoo : HUD Slink Feet : Butterflies Lilies : FEET (L$1/Marketplace)

Ring – :*:CPD:*: Necromantic Sugar Skull Ring (Blacklight)

Skin – [PF] Harley <Vanilla>

Eyes –  IKON Promise Eyes – Storm (ML)

Brows – Soiree – Sloane Brows #Ebony

Hands and Feet – SLink

Avatar in last picture – Avatar: “pixelated troopa (red)”(free for finishing the tutorial on the Electrobit City sim)

Sim – Electrobit City

 

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Pru’s June Fab Free Photo Challenge Submission “Selkie”

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I have to start this post off by telling you how hard it was to pick a single “look” to go with for this challenge. There are so many gorgeous avatar accessories and costumes for an “Under the Sea” theme, I just might make more than one entry!  That said, I ended up picking something that I felt was a bit different, and slightly based on one of my personal favorite bits of seafaring folklore. The legend of the Selkies is a largely Irish/Scottish fairy-tale but has roots in several cultures. The basis of this myth says that Selkies are seals that can shed their seal skin and shift into a human (both male and female) and often take human lover and even have families. However, the stories are usually tragic love stories because the Selkie will always long for the sea. Once in their human form, a Selkie will often stare longingly at the ocean and should he or she ever find their seal skin, may return to their seal form and their ocean home, abandoning their human mate.

Here are the details about what Pru is wearing, Enjoy!

Hair – ~Tableau Vivant~ Longfall Hair – DarkBrowns//Motherpearl&teal – The Arcade Gacha Prize $50L/Play

Skin – .::WoW Skins::. Love Tan – Past Group Gift (Originally Shown Here)

Mermaid Costume – Taliesins Tails Simply Selki set2 Dark – $50L on the Marketplace

Hands – Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Gesture

Pose – TALIESINS TAILS BASIC MER AO Basic swims v2 - FREE on the Marketplace

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All that shimmers is gold…

Hiya Fabbies!

So, one of our very own fabulous bloggers, Satu Winterwolf, has a super inexpensive and beautiful item in her shop!

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The $L10 version of the Patience gown from Heaven & Earth comes in a beautiful red and gold print and looks like it would be perfect for a night out, or even for RP! I’ve given it a bit of an RP look with a belt and jewelry set from Luas, and a head piece from Frogstar. I love the combo of the red and gold in the fabric, and the pattern is just gorgeous! If you get a chance to do a little shopping, the hair I have on is FREE right now for Milk Hair group members, and my skin is just $L75 from Lumae! The hair I have on was also shown by Flora [HERE] a few days ago!

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Skyler is wearing…

Skin – Lumae – Una – 2/cream – charcoal – $L75
Dress – Heaven & earth – Patience gown – red & gold – $L10
Hair – Milk Hair – Chatter box – $L0/free/group gift
Necklace/cuffs – Luas – Nubia jewelry
Head piece – Frogstar – Yasmin headwrap
Eyes – Folly – Soul eyes
Hands & Feet by Slink

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Maleficent eat your heart out!

Hello again. Did you miss me? Well, do I have some stunning items to show you this time, and best of all, you can get them in one place, the FabFree Headquarters. It  is such a great place to go when you are wanting to find some fabulous goodies, and I thought I would show off 2 current free gifts you can find there.

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The first is the gorgeous Maleficent-esqe mesh dress from ~:.:Three Graces Designs:.:~, called Once Bitten. It has a few different skirt options, as well as it comes with matching knee-high boots. The makeup I am wearing is included, as well as a cross necklace that I am not wearing. Seriously, I just love this dress, especially the sexy slit up the front of the skirt.

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As I sometimes enjoy choosing not so obviously matching accessories with the outfits I am wearing, the second free gift I have to show, worked out surprisingly well. It is the Lawan White DarkOpal Necklace and Earrings set, generously donated by Luminesse. The necklace especially, really holds its own against the Once Bitten gown, managing to compliment it while also being able to stand out all on its own. It would, as well, make a great statement piece when worn with a classic little black dress.

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So what are you waiting for? Get your little booties down to the FabFree Headquarters, and pick up these, plus many other generously donated gifts, from our FabFree designers!

 

Side note : Is anyone else out there as excited as I am for Maleficent? Sleeping Beauty was always my favourite fairy tale, and I was always secretly rooting for Maleficent! LOL.


 

What is Calle wearing…

Dress – ~:.:Three Graces Designs:.:~ Once Bitten (freeFabFree Headquarters)

Necklace and Earrings – Luminesse – Lawan White DarkOpal Set (freeFabFree Headquarters)

Skin – Lumae   ~ Una : 3 – Latte / Charcoal {Freckles} (past Lazy Sunday Item)(As of this evening, May 29th, this skin is still available in the store for L$70, but who knows how long it will be there)

Hair – [e]  Here – Black 04

Eyes –  IKON Promise Eyes – Storm (ML)

Hands – SLink

Ring – :*:CPD:*: Necromantic Sugar Skull Ring (Blacklight)

Sim – Vamp Playground

 

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Olives On My Toast

Snapshot_005Well this turned out to be an interesting night, running around in my undies and shooting toast!  One just never knows what Second Life will bring from one moment to the next!  I completed the Buttery Toast In-store hunt today and walked out, spending 5L and hauling in all of these fun toasty goodies!  The Buttery Toast Hunt runs until the end of May and there are 5 hidden toasts in the shop, priced at 1L each.  The prizes include the lingerie set, tights, glasses, nail appliers, and the toast shooter (THAT ACTUALLY SHOOTS TOAST!).  The To Be A Princess Necklace is a free group gift that you can obtain  by joining their inworld group (free to join).

The Bella Hair that was perfect for my outfit tonight is a free group gift at Olive.  The group is 250L to join and The Bella Hair comes in Pink, Pink Faded, Mint and Mint Faded shades!

Enjoy your evening!

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Love is wearing…

Skin – Al Vulo Berry
Eyes – IKON  Ardent Eyes Clarity
Hair – Olive The Bella Hair (free group gift / 0L / 250L to join)
Hands by Slink
Nail Appliers – Buttery Toast Toast Explosion Slink Finger Nail & Toenails Huds (1L / Buttery Toast Hunt)
Lingerie – Buttery Toast Toast Explosion Bra & Panties Set (1L / Buttery Toast Hunt)
Tights – Buttery Toast Toasty Tights (1L / Buttery Toast Hunt)
Necklace – Buttery Toast To Be A Princess (free group gift / 0L / free to join)
Glasses – Buttery Toast Toasty Glasses (1L / Buttery Toast Hunt)
Gun – Buttery Toast Colonel Toast’s Gun (1L / Buttery Toast Hunt)
Pose by Adorkable

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