Today was a Monday full of surprises. Some pleasant, some that brought me a massive pile of more work that needs doing. When the real world gets me down, I always find solace in the awesome freebies I find inworld!
It’s time for a new group gift at Hilly Haalan! There’s always something new and exciting here, and the latest gift – this bodycon dress and cute heart shaped purse (and also a pair of shoes in the box!) is just what the doctor ordered after a busy Monday. The dress has a bit of a holographic sheen to it in certain light settings too, which is pretty fun. The Hilly Haalan group is freeto join, and there are lots of really nice gifts to pick up. You’ll find this one right at the landing point.
Never let the Mondays get you down!
Aline is Wearing…
Dress and Bag – Hilly Haalan Perline (Free Group Gift/Group is Free to Join) Earrings – LaGyo Ines
Hey there Fab Free. Did y’all know that back in November of last year 55,000 people were actively playing Second Life at one time? 55,000! Each time I log on, I see anywhere from 40 to 50,000 people on the Grid. That’s a LOT of people. I couldn’t find any hard numbers as to how many of that might be new accounts but at least some are to be certain. And I wondered… how hard is it to get started now days. Back in 2009 it wasn’t really hard to get started but it wasn’t terribly intuitive either. Happily, I had a couple of good friends who also played and they helped me out tremendously. In fact, they brought me to “this great place with a ton of freebies called FabFree”!
Then right on the heels of all this musing of time past, another dear friend started modifying a new Alt avatar for himself and asked for a bit of input since he was designing a female avatar. Plus he, hadn’t really ever gotten into the mesh bodies or head before. As we worked he suggested a cool idea: what if Fab Free had a couple of posts about starting totally new in Second Life from the ground up. Sort of a No0b to Knock out in a few easy steps and for FREE.
So where are you going with all this, Juli? You may ask yourself. I’m glad you asked! I will be writing a series of posts taking us right from the beginning of starting an avatar and how you can start to fill your inventory and take the avatar from free beginning Linden Labs starter kit to a personalized maxed out Second Life Star.
So hang on… here we go!
FabFree meet Kerydwyn. I went ahead and started with a female avatar first simply because I am so much more familiar with female goods on the Grid. But I am also going to gender bend a bit here. So also meet Alistar. Just… wow. Second Life… why do you hurt me when I love you so much?
You can see there is a huge difference between the starter male and female. At least the female avi isn’t… embarrassing. It’s clear that way more effort has been put into the female side of things. Even the AO included with the starter girl was better. And yes, I hear you guys out there saying, “As usual.” Frustratingly, that trend has played out the entire time I was running around trying to find freebie starter items for poor Alistar.
So lets start with Kerydwyn. And bodies first. I knew I wanted a mesh body because of the bento rigging. Bento rigging basically adds more joints to the basic skeleton of the avatar so it can move more realistically. If you want to go dancing in SL… you want a bento rig. Some bodies are older and don’t have it so be careful to read the description of what you’re getting and try a demo if possible. But at 0L you can collect a bunch, try them out and pick your favorite.
I went with the Ruth body. It’s extremely basic in as far as mesh bodies go. The feet aren’t changeable so the body comes with three styles of detachable feet. But it’s a good starter mesh body. I also picked up the eBody curvy completely free on the Marketplace. It’s not Omega ready and it doesn’t have Bento rigged hands. But again, for free it’s not bad at all. The eBody full version is Omega ready and has all the bells and whistles… like finger nails… Since the body is not Omega ready, I couldn’t wear my skins that came with the starter avatar. But I found a skin color included that sorta matches. And though I searched… I couldn’t find an Omega System kit for the eBody. Even though it’s listed on the Omega website.
On a personal note, I found the eBody Curvy to still be too bubble butt for my taste. Even though I used the slider controls to make it as small as possible. I also didn’t like the way the vaginal area was sculpted. But that would change with the skin worn or other appliers added. So you’re mileage may vary.
Ruth Body on the left – eBody on the right – both with the “Leah” head from Kalhene.
I had already picked up the free Lelutka heads before Christmas, but I thought that might be kind of cheating. So I grabbed the lovely free head from Kalhene – “Leah”. I was also able to pick up a few free group[p gifts for later. And I will point you over to the list of Mesh bodies and heads right here on FabFree.
I really like this head even though it’s rather basic. It does come with a small HUD for eyelash length, 24 colors for the lips, a glossiness meter, a blink switch and a switch to hide the eyelashes. It also has a switch to “hide” the lips but all it did was take off any color I had put on.
The other “bad” thing… I couldn’t just use the Leah shape for the head. It’s a full body shape. And no amount of sliders could make that booty look smaller. So I ended up wearing the full body shape that came with the eBody. But the original face shape that comes with Leah is so much prettier. I may mess around with it more and see if I can slider it back.
Okay… so that’s it for today. Next Monday we’ll take a look at this same process for poor suffering Alistar. And we’ll talk about AOs plus hair!
I hope someone out there reads this and says “Just what I needed!” If you have any questions, comments, corrections or raspberries, feel free to holler at me here on the blog!
Hiya, don’t know about you all, but I am a major list maker. Lists for what I am going to post, lists for grocery’s, lists for what I am cooking for food for the coming week, and the daddy list of all is…..
The Never-Ending To-Do Lists
The endless list of things to do, cleaning, laundry, shopping, you name it, I might just have a list for it LOL. There are post-a-notes all over my tv that I use as my monitor, there are stacks of small legal pads with lists. Jacx is more high tech it seems, putting all those lists on a tablet 🙂 So while sitting at the local coffee shop, pondering her to-do list, Jacx is modeling a sweet lucky board find from Reed. The freeReed Grace lucky board comes in red only, with a cleavage-baring long-sleeved striped top, & a solid color a-line skirt, both trimmed with bright white. Cute yet subtly sexy, a great find for your SL closet. To have this cutie for your own, head on over to Reed, join the free group, wait for your lucky letter. What could be easier? Paired with the lovely Reed Grace, is Phedora Eve Heels (sized for Belleza, Kupra, Legacy, Maitreya) with a generous 20 color hud that changes both the base of the shoe and the bow at the back. At the time of this posting, the Eve Heels were sale priced for 60L Happy Weekend Sale.
That’s a wrap for today. See you all soon 🙂
Jacx Is Modeling
Dress – Reed Grace Outfit Red (Free/Lucky Board/Group Required/Group Join Free) Shoes – Phedora Eve Heels 60L Happy Weekend Sale
Mesh Body – Maitreya Lara Mesh Head – LeLukta Avalon Evo X Head Head Skin – Not Found Toffee BOM Body Skin – Not Found Toffee BOM Hair – Lamb Rosemary Tattoo – Carol G Smile Tattoo, Heart Backside. Flowers Leg Tattoo, Bridah Foot Tattoo, Tattoo – HORL Faith Tattoo, Arm Orn Tattoo, Do It With Love Tattoo, Triangle Flower Tattoo, Underline Boob Tattoo Tattoo – Letis Tattoo Salabhas Lower Back Modesty Cover – iPeench Lace Modesty Cover Set, Marketplace Ears – Swallow Charm Ears Eyeshadow – Alaskametro Dara BOM EVO X #04 Shown By Aline Here. Eyeliner Cazimi Essence Subtle Eyeliner BOM EVO X Lipstick – Alaskametro Earthtones Lip Applier Evo X Rings – Ysoral Luxe Wedding Ring Sabine Rings2 – Vibing Corina Rings, Destiny Rings Nails – Alme Mesh Stiletto Nails Love Addams Glossy Jewelry LaGyo Purity Set (Free/Lucky Board/Group Required/Group Join Free)