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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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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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Guest Blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone – IT’S GROUP GIFT TIME FOR MEN

A Guest Blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone – IT’S GROUP GIFT TIME FOR MEN…

Ydea is a freebie clothing hunter’s paradise for both men and women.  Every month there are new group gifts for both sexes and the group is free to join.  Better yet, the previous group gifts stick around for awhile.  There are two whole walls full of outfits, one for men and one for women, that you can pick up for absolutely no charge at all.  Ydea’s new April gift, the Tropez shorts outfit, put me in a warm weather mood, so I ambled over to the Tiki bar to get a picture of it for you.  The outfit comes with a mesh overshirt, shorts with sculpty legs, and mesh sneakers.

1) YDEA April GG

And how about this little beauty?  I’m talking here about the outfit, not the car.  If you happen to own a white sports car you can find the perfect outfit for cruising around with the top down on the Ydea past group gift board.  The Grant outfit includes pants layer dress pants, black buckled sculpty shoes, and a blue mesh jacket with open collared shirt.
2) YDEA Grant GG

Another good place to find free men’s clothing is Resun.  Resun specialzes in outfits with a bit of a European fashion flair to them.  In addition to the regular group gift near the entrance, there are group freebies scattered among the regular-priced items (you just have to look for them) and there is a separate discount area with lower-priced older items.  The outfit I’m showing here is the Roby Group Gift (free to join) featuring traditional clothing layer leather pants and shirt with prim collar and cuffs.  I’m also wearing low black casual shoes from Gabriel (former hunt gift) and Gabriel’s Unisex Body Bag (free group gift, free to join).  The free body bag group gift also comes in cheetah and camouflage fabrics.

3) Resun Roby

In pictures 1 & 2 Geoffrey is also wearing:

Hair: Steve Darkbrown – A&A (not free)

Skin:  Filthy Vincent DT, Bald 04 (past group gift, not free)

Eyes: Dirty Little Secret (past group gift, not free)

Pose:  Rugged Male Poses, .oOo Studio (not free)

Sim:  Serendipity Lake
In picture 3 Geoffrey is also wearing:

Hair: Morrisey Darkbrown – A&A (no longer free)

Skin:  Elijah Tone 5//Beardy (Aeva/Heartsick) (free group gift/$0L to join)

Eyes: Amacci – Branch Brown Image Eyes

Pose:  Rugged Male Poses, .oOo Studio (not free)

Sim:  Gabriel


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Lazy Summer by the Ocean

I love the “dog days” of summer, when the evenings are warm, the days are shorter, and you know that fall is just around the corner. At least, in SL, that is. Where I live in RL, we typically don’t get a “summer”; it’s just more of the same fog and gloom, day after day after day… I seriously need to pick up one of those SAD lights, pronto! Anyway, Gavin dropped by with Duncan this afternoon, and we had a fun time out in my Persimmon Summer House by Lisp. You can still pick one up today (I hope!) in a variety of colors for 188L at Collabor88. The pink tub of foxgloves by the door is a free gift from La Galleria.

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Gavin is wearing Ocean, one of two men’s group gifts available at YDEA. The gift includes the mesh shirt, shorts, and “mandals.” He’s also wearing the “3th Year Anniversary” group gift hair from *Dura*, which comes in a great, big fatpack of colors. Care showed you how this hair looked on the ladies last month, but it works great for the guys, as well! He’s also wearing an earring and bracelet by AIDORU, which you can find as a MENstuff group gift over at the Lounge. As for me, I’m wearing Lazy Summer, a group gift by Prim & Pixel, which includes the knotted top, capri pants, and belt. There is a new gift out now, but you can still find this one and a BUNCH of past gifts on the back wall of the store. Oh, and this fun pose is a dollarbie by Seil Xpression on the Marketplace.

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My skin is Cecilia, the August group gift from .::WoW Skins::.. This one comes with and without cleavage, but did not come with appliers this time; however, I was able to use appliers from a previous gift in the milk color to match my mesh hands and feet. My hair is Nana, the latest group gift from Miss C, which also comes in a great, big fatpack of colors (I <3 fatpacks)! My necklace is an oldie, but a goodie, and has been shown here several times by various FF bloggers, but I still love it. You can pick up the Gold Heart Key in 3 sizes at the Energy Club.

I think Duncan is wondering why this post is taking me so long to blog… so I’d best get it finished! 8-O

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Gavin is wearing…

Skin – REDGRAVE Chris Tan (not free)

Shape – REDGRAVE Chris (not free)

Eyes – IKON Lucid Eyes Optimism (not free)

Hair – *Dura* The 3th Year Anniversary Hair (group gift / free to join)

Shirt, Shorts & Shoes – Ydea Ocean (group gift / free to join)

Earring & Bracelet – AIDORU Caution (MENstuff Lounge group gift / 50L to join)

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – .::WoW Skins::. Cecilia (group gift / 250L to join)

Eyes – IKON Ardent Eyes Clarity (not free)

Hair – Miss C Nana (group gift / 30L to join)

Eyelashes – *Redgrave* 6-Natural (not free)

Hands – Slink Avatar Enhancement Casual Hands (not free)

Mani/Pedi – Tori-Tastic Glitter Nails Appliers (not free)

Pants & Top – Prim & Pixel Lazy Summer (group gift / 250L to join)

Earrings – !Rebel Hope Designs Drop Loop Earrings Gold (past gift / no longer free)

Necklace – Maxi Gossamer Gold Heart Key (Energy Club group gift / free to join)

Feet – Slink Avatar Enhancement Mesh Feet (not free)

Shoes – Slink Ilena Sandals (not free)

Dog – Virtual Kennel Club Black Great Dane (not free)

Couples Pose by Seil Xpression (1L)

Seated Pose by aDORKable Poses (not free)


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Some Ydeas for the Start of Summer…

Hey Fab Freebers! Ydea has a new look for the guys. <Whispers> I hear the women’s is out today as well.  Ydea has put out a nice summer outfit, “Skipper” which features a red polo and rolled up jeans. If you don’t like getting sand between your toes, you can put on the flip flops that come with the outfit.  Perfect for relaxing on a warm summer day and all FREE if you’re an Ydea member, which is free to join.  A lot of the previous gifts are still available for members, too if you haven’t picked them up.
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I’m also featuring a new Akeruka group gift skin “Ares.”  It’s a very nice skin that is suitable for those of you that want a lighter complexion with darker hair. It is a steal at 1L for members, but you have to pay 250L to join… totally worth it!

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I tossed on the free Gothkross necklace for guys that you can get from the Aidoru gift vendor at Fab Free  HQ on The Wash sim.  Check it out!

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Cal’s Free Stuff:

Skin – “Ares” by Akeruka (1L for members/250L to join)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akeruka/163/135/23

Outfit – Ydea “Skipper” (Free for members/Free to join)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Urban%20justice/157/77/23

Necklace – Gothkross by Aidoru (Free at FFHQ Gift Vendor)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Wash/125/188/23

Cal’s Not-so-Free Stuff:

Hair – Liam “Espresso” by Truth ( Not Free)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Truth/155/22/35

Eyes –  Rain Tree by Poetic Colors (Not Free)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Strata/78/235/904


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Beach Incursion!

Hey Fab Freebers! I received some intel on a great gift grab over at Ydea and thought I’d share it with you guys!  In honor of Memorial Day, Ydea is giving the entire Desert Storm outfit away in honor of our troops to members (still free to join!)  The mesh leather vest is textured very well and includes a set of dog tags. The mesh camouflage shorts are also nicely done and the boots and gloves fit well enough for me to invade a nearby beachfront! Sorry.. the hat isn’t included. I had to steal that from someone’s closet on the way to the beach. So double-time over to Ydea and get yours today!

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Cal’s Free Stuff:

Outfit – Desert Storm by Ydea (Free for members/Free to join)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Urban%20justice/157/77/23

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

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Strata/78/235/904

Cal’s Not-so-Free Stuff:

Hair – Military Cap “Sexy Curly” by Argrace (not free)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/shin%20zushi/150/161/26

Skin – Johan Tan 3E by Belleza (not free)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Belleza/128/128/27


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A Bright Ydea

So there I was.. wandering around aimlessly through shops trying to recover from a day at the beach with Miss Tw… Love, when this Ydea went off in my head… mostly because I was standing in front of the guys May gift for Ydea group members. So I slowed my breathing down and wiped the sweat from my eyes so I could read the sign. It turned out to be a great outfit, featuring shirt, windbreaker, jeans, and sneakers!  The only thing missing is a .. well nothing is missing other than a place to romp around so I found one myself. The outfit is called “StreetBoy,” so naturally I went off-road at the beautiful  HumaNoiD sim to snap a pic of the outfit.  Get on over to Ydea and pick up this great outfit that is FREE for members. Going off-road is at your own risk :)

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Cal’s Free Stuff:

Outfit – Streetboy by Ydea (0L/Free to join)

Cal’s Not-So-Free-Stuff:

Hair – Drake by Truth

Skin – Johan Tan by Belleza

Eyes – Kaliedo Day by Ikon


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Dedicated to the Finer Things in Life

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Since it’s Saint Patrick’s Day Eve, I thought I’d head over to Dublin and look for a pub in which to celebrate. I’m feeling festive in my St. Patrick’s Day group gift from *Ydea* (free to join), which includes the mesh shirt, vest and tie, pants, and shoes. My skin is the Jacob group gift, which is still available at Belleza (250L to join), and my bracelet is a group gift from Chop Zuey (350L to join).

This looks like my kind of place. Sláinte!

(That’s Gaelic for “Cheers” or “To your health!”)

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Gavin is wearing…

Skin – -Belleza- Jacob Sunkissed (group gift / 0L / 250L to join)

Eyes – IKON Lucid Eyes Machine (not free)

Eyelashes – [: B!ASTA :] MICKEY B: Natural Lashes for Men (10L)

Hair – Mr. C James (not free)

Complete Outfit – *Ydea* St. Patrick’s Day Men’s Gift
(group gift / 0L / free to join)

Bracelet – Chop Zuey Kharma Earth Silver (group gift / 0L / 350L to join)

Glasses – [Steinwerk] Alphabeat (not free)

Pose – !bang homme 020-024 (75L / The Men’s Dept)

Location – Dublin


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A Jolie Fleur du Soir

Gavin is humoring me today while I “play pixie” again. :-)

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I wanted to show you this gorgeous petite dress, La Fleur du Soir, the current group gift at Kastle Rock Petites. The group is free to join, and the sim is simply lovely, so be sure to give it a wander. You can see a little peek of it behind us (please click to enlarge).

Gavin is wearing the latest group gift from *Ydea*, also free to join. Included are the mesh hoodie jacket, shirt and tie, jeans, and shoes. Gavin’s Rhett hair is a pre-opening, sneak peak from brand-new designer { Quandry }. You can pick it up at the preview price of 100L for a little while longer at {EPIC}. 5 colors are included in the box, all with a little, red tip in the front. Scarlett, a long braid, is also on preview for the ladies.

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What I really wanted to show you is this skin. Aeva // Heartsick is currently having a sale, with lots of skins available for 100L each. When I saw that they were previewing a couple of new petite skins, I was intrigued, and tried the demo. Jolie Petite comes in several different shades, and includes a red, rose outfit in the box. Now, I won’t lie to you; it’s a bit of a pain putting a new skin over your petite avatar. Nothing at all like putting a new skin on your “biggie.” But it’s not hard – read the directions! – and I think the results are definitely worth it! Have you ever seen lips like this on a petite before?

My earrings are not free, but they are on sale at !ELEMENTAL PETITE for 50L. They are texture change with silver/gold metals, and 4 different gems. My hair is a free group gift from “”D!va”” (free to join; 30,000 Members Gift), and I’ve sized it waaaaay down to fit. All the “”D!va”” hairs I’ve tried are resizeable, and can be made to fit petite avatars; be sure you take a copy first. This one includes flowers, which I’m not wearing, a “wig” with a couple of extra buns, and there’s even a dress in the box! :-)

UPDATED 2/20/13 12:37 PM SLT: Great news! The designer has put the 2 Jolie Petite skins back out for sale because so many people were asking for them! They are still for sale at 100L/per shade so hurry over and grab them. I just picked up the Black Rose version, and I can’t wait to try it. She will also be putting out a 10L petite skin at The Wash Cart Sale, which opened today and Love wrote about this morning. I haven’t seen it yet, so let me know what you think if you try it! :-)

UPDATED 2/18/2013 9:57 PM SLT: I’m sorry to report that the skin sale at Aeva // Heartsick has ended. :-( Hopefully the Jolie Petite skins will be available in the store soon.

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Serena is wearing…

Petite Avatar – < Yabusaka > Petite 2 (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Petites%20Kingdom/121/128/110

Skin – Aeva // Heartsick Jolie Petite Tone 2 (100L on sale)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Farley/61/228/27

Eyes – Al Vulo Petite Season (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ReMix%20Yo%20LIfe/178/160/1351

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

Dress – Kastle Rock Couture Le Fleur du Soir (group gift / 0L / free to join)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairyland/70/24/23

Earrings – !Elemental Petite Raquel Bolds (50L on sale)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/bono/221/224/24

Poses by Exposeur (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mint%20Tulip/50/55/23

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Gavin is wearing…

Skin – *Redgrave* Tyler Tan (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REDGRAVE%20Skins%20Fashion/94/178/21

Eyes – IKON Lucid Eyes Optimism (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hot/250/82/42

Eyelashes – [: B!ASTA :] MICKEY B: Natural Lashes for Men (10L)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Alanya%20Bay/168/108/2002

Hair – { Quandry } Rhett Valentine (100L on sale)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Psilocybin/215/192/728

Complete Outift – *Ydea* Valentine Gift (group gift / 0L / free to join)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/BEST%20OF%20ITALIAN/95/229/23

Pose by Oracul
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuso/229/229/239

Location – Kastle Enchanted
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairyland/70/24/23


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It’s Dirty Work… But Somebody’s Gotta Do It

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Serena decided that this would be a good day for me to go outside and clean up the yard, so here I am… stalling. For starters, the snow is starting to melt, and the ground is a sludgy mess. Plus, it looks like the dogs have left some “presents” around for me to clean up. So basically, it’s a mess out here. Thank goodness I have my new Wellies… at least, they were new when I put them on. Anyway, these awesome, mesh boots are the latest group gift from SF Design (100L to join), and come in clean as well as dirty versions. My clothes – pants, jacket, and hat – are the current group gift from Ydea (free to join). They come with a pair of shoes, but I didn’t want to get them all muddy out here.

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Can you believe I got this skin for 1L? That’s right – I picked up Mikael Warface Milk from P E A U on the Marketplace for 1L. And my eyes are a free, wearable demo of Insufferable Dastard mesh eyes; buy the box on the counter for 0L.

I guess I’ve stalled for long enough now. Off do do battle with the great outdoors!

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Gavin is wearing…

Skin – P E A U Mikael Warface Milk (1L / Marketplace)
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/P-P-E-A-U-Male-Skin-1-Offert-MIKAEL-WARFACE/4243961

Eyes – Insufferable Dastard Reflections Sunset (free / 0L)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Capistrano%20Beach/46/197/2107

Eyelashes – [: B!ASTA :] MICKEY B: Natural Lashes for Men (10L)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Alanya%20Bay/168/108/2002

Hairbase – *Redgrave* Tyler (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REDGRAVE%20Skins%20Fashion/97/162/21

Pants, Jacket, Hat – Ydea Karl (group gift / 0L / free to join)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/BEST%20OF%20ITALIAN/95/229/23

Boots – SF Design Rigged Wellingtons Dirty (group gift / 0L / 100L to join)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Penryn/72/98/36

Shovel & Pose – Magnifique Zombie Hunters (10L)
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Magnifique-Zombie-Hunters-Group-Pose/2930546

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