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Guest Blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone – The Group Gift Approach to Getting an All-Occasion Men’s Wardrobe

A guest blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone, originally blogged [HERE]

Although men’s clothing and special offers are not nearly as common as they are for women in SL, you can get yourself outfitted nicely for almost any occasion if you are a member of the right store groups.  I’ve got three group gifts to show you that will allow you to go from casual everyday all the way to formal, and they won’t cost you a Linden.

First off, let me show you the May group gift from Ydea – it’s still available on Ydea’s giant wall of past gifts and the group is free to join.  This tee and pair of shorts is for fans of the U.S. television show “The Walking Dead,” but you don’t have to have zombie skin in order to wear it.  The outfit includes the mesh t-shirt, mesh shorts, and a very versatile pair of casual boots that could be worn with lots of different outfits.

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Geoffrey is wearing:

Shirt, pants, boots: “Walking Fan” outfit by Ydea (May group gift/free to join/free)

Hair:   Makenna in Coffee by A&A Designs

Eyes:  Deep Sky Eyes in Sapphire by Mayfly

Skin: Buck in Bronze by Filthy

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For slightly more dressy occasions you can stop by Gizza Creations which recently put out it’s June group gift.  Like Ydea, Gizza keeps its old group gifts available for quite some time after new ones are put out, so you can expect to be able to pick this one up even if you don’t get there today.  This outfit features a blue jacket layer polo shirt with sculpted rolled sleeves and color, and mesh denim jeans with belt included.  My shoes are formal slip-ons, the June group gift at sf design.  There’s a small group joining fee, but certainly worth it for the steady stream of group gifts and the discounts on new items offered at sf design.  I don’t know how far into July these shoes will be available free to group members, so hurry on over to get them soon if you’re interested.

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Geoffrey is wearing:

Shirt, jeans: June Gift from Gizza Creations (group gift/free to join/free)

Shoes: Black formal slip-ons from sf design (group gift,/$100L to join/free)

Hair: Joe in Coffee by A&A Designs (free voting present)

Eyes:  Deep Sky Eyes in Sapphire by Mayfly

Skin: Buck in Bronze by Filthy

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And finally, for those occasions when only formal wear will do, try the Prestigious tuxedo in midnight blue by 69 Park Ave., which is available through July 3 as the group gift.  This formal tuxedo outfit can be worn in several ways.  I’m showing it here with a vest and short flexi bottom to the jacket.  The shirt-layer vest can be removed so that you can wear just the formal shirt under the jacket.  In addition, there is a jacket collar that includes a long white formal scarf, and there is a long flexi jacket bottom that is lined in white satin for very formal occasions.  All of these possibilities give you lots of style options.

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And there you have it – a range of wardrobe basics you can get for free from group gifts.  Enjoy!

Geoffrey is wearing:

Tuxedo with shirt, vest, and various style options: Prestigious Outfit from 69 Park Ave., (group gift/$69 to join/free)

Shoes: Black formal slip-ons from sf design (group gift,/$100L to join/free)

Hair: Joe in Coffee by A&A Designs (free voting present)

Eyes:  Deep Sky Eyes in Sapphire by Mayfly

Skin: Buck in Bronze by Filthy

Sim:  It All Begins with a Smile


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Hello June!

Happy Monday! Where did our weekend go? I know that I spent mine running all over the grid picking up some stunning group gifts and being the lucky soul I sometimes am, MM prizes. It’s the start of June and there are gifts & hunts galore! Hunts were previously blogged here.

One of the great FabFree designers is Gizza. I joined this group a few months ago & have gotten many very elegant outfits from the designer, Giz Seorn. All of the previous group Gifts are available at the plaza outside the main store.

Gizza June 2014 GG

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I adore the eye makeup & lip color that came with this lovely skin. I tend to gravitate towards the tan skins (that could be because I was a former beach bum in RL). These shoes are absolutely fabulous and as you can see they can be worn with many different colors. The chains are an extra touch by the designer.
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Dress – Gizza – Ruffle Dress [Women - June Gift] (Free Group Gift/$0L to join)

Earrings – Two Sisters Treasures – Large Gold Hoop Earrings – $10

Hair – Alli & Ali – Shirley-Anne Hair Fire – MM Prize

Skin – [Pumec] – Mila – Summer- Free gift on 5/30/14

Make up – Java Fashion Designs – Lordiva Eyeliner & tatoo Lashes-$10L

Shoes – Shoenique Designs – Heart Rainbow Strappy Stiletto – $10L

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Popping In With Flowers!

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Hey Fabulouses! Sorry I have been a bit MIA on the blog lately! I have been very busy working with Fabulous Designers getting set up at our FabFree Headquarters that is almoooost ready to open officially!  XiuLan Quan has spent hours and hours placing buildings and planting flowers and trees and it’s really starting to shape up!  I think you all will love the new look… and it should be all set up within just a few days!  I am taking a little break from set up to show you what I’m wearing today ;)

The adorable floral dress I have on today is a The Perfect Runway Hunt prize from GIZZA!  All you need to do is locate that little black and white runway hunt icon, pay it 5L and this dress is yours too!  You can find the sweet Aileen Necklace I have accessorized my outfit with at Pure Poison as a new group gift (still free to join!).  Make sure you check inside the shop too – they have just released this very sexy pair of wedge Magda Sandals that I LOVE!  There is even a special group discount on one of the colours if you act fast!

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If you are drooling over this hair, you’ll be excited to know it’s just 188L per colour pack at the new round of Collabor88!  It’s Truth Hair’s new release April, and it includes the colour change hair clip!

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Love is wearing…

Skin – PXL Creations Jade
Eyes – 
IKON Ardent Eyes Sage
Hair – TRUTH HAIR April (new release – 188L @ Collabor88!)
Hands & Feet by Slink
Dress – GIZZA Floral Mini Dress (5L / TRPH)
Shoes – Pure Poison Magda Sandals (new release!)
Necklace – Pure Poison Aileen Necklace (free group gift / 0L / free to join)
Poses by Glitterati
Sim – The Trace

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Pink and Prickly…

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Hello my Fabulous Friends…

Who says silver can’t mix with gold…. When I picked up these two group gifts from FINESMITH I was wondering what on earth could I pair them with… A Sweet Valentine look maybe?  Well, I ended up finding this gorgeous new release from GizzA and I’ll admit I forked over some lindens, but so worth the look I can’t say I mind very much. Who says that you can’t be sweet, sexy and a bit of a challenge to touch for your Valentine? Check out all the credits and links below…

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—-[ C R E D I T S ]—-

necklace/earrings: -[ FINESMITH ]- Love is always a good thing (FREE) (Finesmith group costs L$300 to join but they do give gifts constantly… They stay on my “keepers” group list. )

ring: -[ FINESMITH ]- RITA PORCELAN RING (FREE) (same as above *grins* )

nail appliers: -[~*By Snow*~ ]-  Holiday Manicures (FREE) (This is part of a package for the subscribers that Snow sent out.  Hit the subscriber thingie at her store. )

skin: -[ Al Vulo ]- snowhite* (L$ 70) (Former TDRF item, no longer available.)

The finger nails: [SLINK] Slink Enhancement Fingernails (for default hands) (L$ 150)

hair: -[ (Chemistry) ]- Harlie – HUD.2 (L$ 250)

outfit: -[ GizzA ]- Self-Defense [Pink] (L$ 350) (Includes the shirt, with all the studs, the shorts with studs, and the boots. along with corset, all rigged mesh. )

*big hugs*…………..till next time………….care <3

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I’m no Toy Soldier…

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Good day my Fabulous Friends!!

Today I was all over the place…. I had picked up my armband as a group gift from epia, and that led me to think military, but I didnt want to do the standard, I wanted something a bit…. different … I scooted to ContraptioN where I found this awesome hat, and then was like… what to wear on my body *laughs* GizzA offered a great pair of boots in their January Gift (the whole outfit is really great, but not quite the look I was going for) so I ended up wandering around the store and saw this great jacket.  I paid the fee and was happy with my purchase even more when I saw the HUD and that I was getting four colors in one (WIN!!) Trying to keep myself from spending anymore monies, I checked out the marketplace for a skirt that would go nicely with my look… After trying on about 20 or so freebie mesh skirts, I ended up buying this full perm dollarbie skirt from Demi’s Starshine marketplace store. I saw these Madrid Solo eyes when I picked up some gifts over at the WOMENstuff Lounge.

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o-o-o-o[ C R E D I T S ]o-o-o-o

hat: -[ ContraptioN ]-  Play’s Shako (FREE) (This Contraption group is free to join. )

boots: -[ GizzA ]- GizzA – New Year Gift [Women] (FREE) (These boots are actually part of a large gift that Gizza is giving away for their January gift to their group members.  The GIZZA group is free to join and they keep ALL their group gifts up, so happy collecting <3 )

eyes: -[ Madrid Solo ]- Mesh Eyes-Realm- Green Special Gift (FREE) (This is one of the gifts at the WOMENstuff Lounge. You need to be a member of the WOMENstuff group, This group costs L$50 to join. Tons of free gifts go along with this tag.. This is one group I never leave.. )

skirt: -[ Demi's Starshine ]- Full Perm Rigged Mesh  Cindy Skirt (L$1) (This is a full perm MP item.  I tried really hard to find a free one that worked with the rest of my outfit.. This worked out well as I could adjust the color and it looked cute with the poses.  I found it on the Marketplace @ https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/g-i-f-t-Demis-StarshineFull-Perm-Rigged-Mesh-Cindy-Skirt/4771515. )

arm band: -[ (epia) ]- Symbol Armband GROUPGIFT (FREE) ( Epia is a free group to join. )

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front hair bangs: -[ boON ]- *booN hairpieces GURA21 all colors pack (L$ 10) (I am wearing the blonde. You can find this on the right side wall in the store.  Towards the back.  boON is on the left of the landing point. )

skin: -[ ESSENCES ]- Essences – FLF – Olyvia skin *lait* brunette only! (L$ 50) (I picked this up today (1/28) )

hairbase: -[ *booN ]- center part A hairbase all colors pack (L$ 100)

hair: -[ *booN ]- *booN KBO906 hair gold/blonde/sandy (L$ 280) (This hair worked for me because I wanted a hair that would fit Under the hats…. )

jacket: -[ GizzA ]- Dropped Collar Jacket [Solid] (L$280) (This jacket comes with a hud so you can change the shirt color as well as the jacket color. I picked up this jacket at their main store, but you can also find it on the Marketplace @ https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/GizzA-Dropped-Collar-Jacket-Solid/5525075 )

Poses: -[ Exposeur Poses & Animations ]- Single Special 10, 28 & 23

Have a great night!!  *big hugs*…………..till next time………….care <3

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Cold November Rain

Snapshot_004 Hi Fabulouses!  I have some great group gifts to share with you today :)  I originally started this post to tell you all about the wonderful new items up in the new round of the Acid Lily Gallery, which  boasts a whopping six free group gifts for you to pick up while you are shopping, but I’m going to start by telling you about this sweet dress I am wearing.  You can find this little black dolly at Gizza as a free group gift (free to join too!), along with a year’s worth of previous gifts for both men and women!  It is a non-mesh design and beautifully textured.

Now… onto the Acid Lily goodies :)  I am not displaying all six of the group gifts today, but they are all super cute and you should check them out while you are down there.  The Stand For Love Tatt across my chest is a free group gift sponsored by elska.  You can also find the November Rain (they have raindrops all down the back and an umbrella at the ankles) Tights as a free group gift by Cannibelle.  They even include slink appliers!  Another item from this round of Acid Lily I am wearing today is a pair of the Bokeh Victory Earrings which are available in a few metal variations at 70L per pair.

These Laced & Strapped Black Leather Ankle Boots btw,  can be found in the Blackburns Marketplace Store, priced at 0L.  These may have been shown before – as the Blackburns MP store is a great go-to for fabulously free footwear!

TTFN!

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Love is wearing…

Skin – Al Vulo Astrea* 60s Chic  (70L @ TDRF) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Imogen/193/146/27

Eyes – IKON Ardent Eyes Platinum (not free) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hot/227/92/39

Hair – Truth Sassy2 (not free) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Truth/158/27/34

Tattoo – elska Stand For Love Tattoo (free group gift / 0L / free to join) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ai%20Atoll/104/52/23

Dress – Gizza October Group Gift Women (free group gift / 0L / free to join) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GizzA%20Creations/132/113/72

Boots – Blackburns Laced & Strapped Black Leather Heels (free / 0L / marketplace) – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Laced-Strapped-Black-Leather-Heels/2108175

Tights – Cannibelle Acid Lily Gift November Rain Tights (free group gift / 0L / free to join) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ai%20Atoll/104/52/23

Earrings – Bokeh Victory Earrings (70L per pair @ Acid Lily) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ai%20Atoll/104/52/23

Pose – Starry Heaven Arisa 5pk Poses (70L @ Acid Lily) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ai%20Atoll/104/52/23

Sim – Hazardous – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Misali/157/195/54

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Flora

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Hair: Exile – Crazy in love
Lingerie: Gizza – Burlesque Corset
Shoes: N-Core – Cuore pink floral (group gift)

I have some very pretty gifts for you girlies today. If an overload of pink is your thing that is ;)

First up, Swallow has this gorgeous skin out as a group gift. She’s called Jahaira and she has beautiful pink lips and elegant beauty marks. The skin comes with multiple brow colours too so you don’t have to worry about the brows not matching your roots! The group is free to join and Swallow puts out new gifties regularly so be sure to keep an eye out. Also from Swallow is my floral headdress, it’s not free but it’s just too pretty not to show off!

My shoes are also a free group gift from N-core. Anyone who has ever met me will know I am absolutely crazy about florals, so when I saw these shoes I knew I had to have them. The group costs 50L$ to join but I think it’s definitely worth it. Every N-Core gift I’ve ever received has always been fantastic quality.

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Skin: Swallow – Jahaira (Group gift)
Wreath: Swallow – Agape
Jewelry: Clever & Cool – Forever set (10L$)

Finally, my necklace and earrings are just 10L$ on the marketplace by Clever & Cool. The marketplace is always my go-to for last minute accessories at a cheap price and it never disappoints.

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Suffering from (in)Somnia

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The Wash Cart sale is on once again and do you know what that means? Well it means your wallet is going to appreciate you a little more because everything at the sale is 10L$ or less.

Yes, you heard right. 10L$ or less.

So without further delay, I bring to you Somnia’s goodies from the sale! These two pretty peach and yellow dresses are both 10L$ at Somnia’s cart, and the adorable pink outfit below has been set out for you as a free gift! There are more things you can grab at Somnia’s cart, including some  cool t-shirts, shorts and bikinis!

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Since the cart sale is happening right on Fabfree HQ‘s doorstep, why not pop in and say hi while you’re at it? You’ll be able to nab a few more freebies as well!

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The free

Dress 1: Somnia – Celestial lace (10L$)

Dress 2: Somnia – Bohemian Diamond (10L$)

Outfit: Somnia – Heart flutter (Free)

Leggings: Bunni Designs – Dot leggings (10L$)

The not-so-free

Skin: Hello Rabbit – Hyori Rosette (No longer available)

Hair: Exile – Just a reason (Arcade)

Collar: Gizza – Electra beige collar (Arcade)

Necklace: Sleepy Eddy – Pocket Watch necklace (Arcade)

Poses: Quintessescia – Pose vivian (Pure sales room)


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Wow, It’s Been 3 Years Already!

Snapshot_001It may be Gizza’s 3rd Anniversary, but no need to send gifts!  They have gifts for YOU!  When you join the free inworld group at Gizza, you not only gain access to the brand new 3rd Anniversary Gift, but months worth of previous group gifts as well.  The gift for women is the gorgeous partial mesh gown I am displaying today and it includes the necklace.  There is also a men’s gift available – which is a matchy matchy suit – Perfect for an evening out of dancing.

Snapshot_003The skin I am in today is the latest group gift for September at WoW Skins called Allegra.  This gift includes a cleavage and non cleavage skin, and a brow base.  This would make for a gorgeous every day skin that would allow for easy makeup layering.  The group is 250L to join, but when you do you can snag tons of gift, and have access to the midnight mania board and lucky boards too.

 I’ll be back with more free goodies soon!  Hope you all enjoyed your weekend :)
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Love is wearing…

Skin – WoW Skins Allegra (free group gift / 0L / 250L to join) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Infinity%20Club/246/58/22

Eyes – IKON Ardent Eyes Pewter (not free) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hot/227/92/39

Hair – D!va Diva2 Fatpack (free group gift / 0L / free to join) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CalanDiva/148/157/25

Dress & Jewelry – Gizza 3rd Anniversary Group Gift [FEMALE] (free group gift / 0L / free to join) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GizzA%20Creations/132/113/72

Poses by Glitterati – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/22385

Sim – Hazardous, Misali  – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Misali/198/193/53


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Hair Fair 2013: Bandana Day is July 28th!

Bandana Day at FabFree

The last day of Hair Fair 2013 is drawing near, and with that comes Bandana Day, the day we remove our hair to show we care, and instead wear the bandanas we have purchased at Hair Fair. There are bandana booths on all four sims, and each purchase of 50L is donated to Wigs for Kids. The community of Second Life all come together each year to create these lovely bandanas; there are so many really beautiful ones this year, all created around the wonderful mesh bandana that Mel Vanbeeck created for us.

Many thanks to the bloggers of Fab Free who joined me to show their support for this worthy cause. They are not only fabulous bloggers with a terrific fashion sense, but also really nice people. (Unfortunately Clar was ill and unable to join us for the photo, but she was with us in spirit!) :-D

I hope you will stop by a bandana booth and show your support, too!

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Caresia is wearing…

Bandana: . a i s l i n g . Bandana Day /Wolf/ (50L)

Arm Warmers: [hate this] apparel – elbow socks – plain (1L)

Shirt: Fashioncentric Group Gift from 1 Hundred. (FREE)

Leggings: Fashioncentric Group Gift from House of Elliot (FREE)

Skin/Eyes: [ Al Vulo! ][ Lavinia ] – [ Natural Fairy TDR ] (70L) (This cycle of the Dressing Room – FUSION)

Necklace/Earrings: LaNoir Soleil DesignsBOHO set (74L)

Boots: .:Enelya’s Creations:. Ciara Boots (100L)

Skirt: HOC IndustriesPleated Skirt (Mesh) (175L)

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Love is wearing…

Skin – PXL Creations Jade (new release / not free)

Eyes – IKON Vanity Eyes Gray (not free)

Dress – Hucci Rouen Dress (free / 0L / subscribo gift for current members)

Bandana - !ohmai: Hair Fair 2013 Bandana by Anya Ohmai (50L / featured @ Hair Fair 2013)

Earrings – Wertina Caro Earrings (1L)

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Cal is wearing…

Skin – Belleza Johan (not free)

Eyes – Rain Tree by Poetic Colors (Free for members/Free to join)

Outfit – Gizza June Group Gift (free group gift / 0L / free to join)

Bandana – Animated Shark Bandana 2013 by L+N Signature Design (50L / featured @ Hair Fair 2013)

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Glam Affair Cleo America (not free)

Eyes – IKON Ardent Eyes Clarity (not free)

Bandana – SYSY’s Flowers Rose (50L / featured @ Hair Fair 2013)

Dress – AUSHKA&CO Pinkish Mesh Dress (10L)

Earrings – Chop Zuey Candy Kisses (free gift)

Necklace, Bracelet – Chop Zuey Candy Kisses (group gift / 350L to join)

Shoes – Hucci Nasik Sandals (88L / featured @ Collabor88)

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Pose – Glitterati Poses Pimping (not free)

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