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Coffee Contemplations

Coffee Contemplation

Summer Cabin Fever…

Who would have thought I’d be going stir crazy in my own house in the middle of summer?  I don’t count my numerous travels to appointments as relaxing outside time, but I am finding excuses to venture out just for a change of scenery. I’ve been enjoying my morning coffee on the deck with my Kindle in hand just to feel the sun on my face and hear the morning birds sing.  I’ve been taking evening walks at a local walking path, and even dragging walking the dog when I’m up to it. All these things give me a sense of normalcy.

Take a walk and shop….

I took a walk (virtually speaking) down to The Wash for the Cart Sale. There are many items on display for guys with nothing over 10L.  It officially doesn’t start until tomorrow, but most vendors have booths up and running.  I picked out and outfit from the selection of men’s clothing to choose from. I always make sure I stop at the Dark Water Designs cart for some inexpensive clothing pieces. This round of the Cart Sale has three different layered shirt prints and I chose the Palm Leaf Layered Shirt. I matched it with the Faded Tan Cargo Shorts, each just 10L. I also looked through the selection of shoes at Poeme. Although the fitted sneakers are for women, there are a few patterns that could be considered unisex and using the unrigged version, I made it easily fit my man sized feet. I chose the Happy Blue Canvas Chucks, also just 10L.

Rest and catch my breath…

After all that walking I needed to sit down. Lucky for me I was near the Park Place Home Decor cart and found a Bright Director’s Chair, another 10L find. This chair comes with many sits for both males and females. It also has animations for drinking coffee or wine and even provides the drinks. I’ll just sit here for a bit and watch the passersby while i catch my breath. I hope to see you down at The Wash Cart Sale that (offically) begins tomorrow and runs through July 5th.

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Carson is wearing…

Mesh Body: ADAM – Male Mesh Body
Mesh Head: Catwa – Daniel v2.16
Head Applier: Labyrinth – Tylar
Beard Applier: Nivaro – Jawline
Hair: no.match – No Cloud
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Evening
Shirt: Dark Water Designs – Palm Leaf Layered Shirt ($10L @ The Wash Cart Sale)
Shorts: Dark Water Designs – Faded Tan Cargo Shorts ($10L @ The Wash Cart Sale)
Shoes: {Poeme} Double Happy Blue Canvas Chucks ($10L @ The Wash Cart Sale)

Pose Prop: Park Place Home – Bright Director’s Chair ($10L @ The Wash Cart Sale)

Sim: The Wash

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Shoes and Unicorns

All About the Shoes
Happy Weekend Fab Free! I hope you’ve all been able to enjoy at least some of the weekend. My weekend has been good, and was made even better with two of my favorite things, shoes, and unicorns! Not to mention that they were both FREE group gifts for the month of June.

Sometimes all that really matters, are the shoes. This pretty pair of pastel blue heels with the ties at  the ankles are a FREE group gift by Empire available to all “Friendship: The Hangout” group members.  The shoes only come in the color shown, however there is a HUD that allows you to change the color of the sole, and the little metal accents. Friendship: The Hangout is a unique social gathering space where anyone can come to spend time with friends, and make new ones. The group is FREE to join. To get your FREE pair of Empire shoes, just join the group and click the blue “Group Gift” sign at Friendship: The Hangout.

Sizes Included: Maitreya, Slink (Physique, Hourglass), Belleza (Isis, Freya, Venus)

Now about those unicorns I mentioned. This cute little tire and pillows seat is the FREE June group gift at Chez Moi. The gift has 10 sit/lay poses. I absolutely adore the unicorn fabric on the center pillow, it’ll be too cute on my patio. The Chez Moi group is FREE to join. To get your copy, just head over to Chez Moi, join the group and click the gift vendor.

Here are the details, Enjoy!

Hair – +Spellbound+ Sweetsleep // Chapter I : Earth

Skin – Essences – Litzi – Medium01 – Currently @Tropical Summer

Head – CATWA HEAD Lilo Bento

Shoes – #EMPIRE – Jaborosa – [Friendship] – FREE Group Gift @Friendship: The Hangout 

Body/Hands/Feet – Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1

Seating w/PosesChez Moi – Unicorn Comfy Tire – FREE Group Gift/Group is FREE to Join 

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Dark Magick

Dark Magic

I’m stirring up a little magic in my roleplay today, courtesy of SLB 14! I visited the event and was thrilled to see that roleplayers were not left out of the free treats and gifts to be picked up.

Generosity…

I was amazed at the generosity of [Tia], the creator of the Grimoire Table you see in my photo above. It is the free gift you can buy for 0L if you visit the [Tia] booth at SLB 14. The table is all decked out with tons of detail, including lit candles and a rotating magical aura on the book on top. For all this detail it weighs in at a mere 5 prim. This is a must add to your inventory for roleplay furniture.

And my dress!

My dress is a free gift also. If you go to The White Armory, and head inside the main building, you will see that it also houses BlueMoon Enterprises, where you can pick up their latest free gift (the group is free to join), this Saoise Dress in Aqua. It comes in all the standard mesh sizes and includes a quality alpha so that you’ll be able to fit it to standard or mesh bodies either one. It’s perfect for some magical roleplay!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – [e] elikatira – Adaline
Dress – BlueMoon Enterprises – BMe Saoirse Key Hole Dress in Aqua (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)

And stuff…

Magic Table – Tia Booth at SLB14 – Grimoire Table (FREE at SLB 14)

Sim Location – Revenland Medieval Roleplay Sim

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Bath Time!

Bathtime

It’s bathtime! And all I have to do is slip out of my new dress and take some time to relax. But first I have to tell you where I got my new attire (it was completely free) and as well as where my bath set came from! You’ll have to hurry on the bath set, as it is a Hello Tuesday event special!

The Dress

Pick up my pretty in pink Emma dress as a free group gift from ViSion. The group is free to join, making this dress free as well. It has a hud to change the color of the zipper on the back to three different metal choices, as well as you can change the color of the trim on the dress to many different colors as well for lots of versatility. The dress comes in several mesh body sizes including:

  • Maitreya – Lara
  • Slink – Hourglass & Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, & Venus

Hello Tuesday!

I stopped by the Hello Tuesday event to look around and came across the stall for Black Jack. Inside they had a variety of gachas and I fell in love with the quaint little bathroom set.

I picked up the entire set (though not quite every piece is shown in my picture… I didn’t manage to get the sink, wall mirror, or toilet into the shot). At only 50L per spin, this set is a nice addition to your home, and the bathtub includes a nice bathing animation! It is extremely low prim, with each piece coming in at only 1 to 3 prims each! You might just want the entire set for your home.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – [e] elikatira – Marnie
Dress – ViSion – Dress Emma (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)

And stuff…

Bathtub – Black Jack – The Bathroom Gacha (50L per spin @ Hello Tuesday)
Towel rack – Black Jack – The Bathroom Gacha (50L per spin @ Hello Tuesday)
Towel Cabinet – Black Jack – The Bathroom Gacha (50L per spin @ Hello Tuesday)
Clothes Hamper – Black Jack – The Bathroom Gacha (50L per spin @ Hello Tuesday)
Bathroom Table – Black Jack – The Bathroom Gacha (50L per spin @ Hello Tuesday)
Standing Mirror – Black Jack – The Bathroom Gacha (50L per spin @ Hello Tuesday)
Bathroom Tray – Black Jack – The Bathroom Gacha (50L per spin @ Hello Tuesday)

Sim Location – Private Location

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My Summer Space

My Space
Hello Fab Free’rs!I don’t know about you, but I am definitely experiencing summer weather right now. It’s sunny and hot! About this time of year for the past few years I start hearing about creative ways people are creating personal space indoors and outdoors. The ladies especially seem to be getting in on this movement, I keep hearing terms like “She Shack” and “Woman Cave”.  Limited on both space and funds in real life, I decided to try this trend myself here in Second Life.

Fab Exclusives

Two of the items I picked up to create this little back porch oasis are Fab Free Exclusive group gifts. This means they are absolutely FREE! As a reminder, and for those who are new to Fab Free, the Fab Free group is always always always FREE to join. The first gift I picked up to get started on my little space is the lovely aqua blue wood background with the pretty climbing ivy plant shown in my photo. It is the FREE Fab Free exclusive gift from Cwtch.  The background lovely all on it’s own (my photo really doesn’t do it justice), still I liked it as the main “wall” for my little spot. Next I also picked up the current FREE Fab Free exclusive group gift from Storax Tree. That little kitty napping in her gilded hanging cage was just too cute to resist. Besides, even my quite spot needs a furry friend to keep me company. The open cage is usually quite a bit larger, but I sized it down using the built in touch menu.

Not all Dust Bunnies are Bad

Along with their recent FREE group gift, Dust Bunny released the cutest gacha set recently. The FREE group gift is the beautifully detailed diy rose tea set. This pretty little piece of decor would look lovely sitting on a table or counter. The Dust Bunny group is also FREE to join. In the name of sprucing up my quiet space, I also Dust Bunny’s new Woodland Dreams gacha while I picked up the group gift. The gacha is just 50 lindens per play, and there is a bonus gift awarded after 20 plays. I didn’t play that many times, so I can’t really comment on that gift, however you’ll find it pictured next to the gacha machine at Dust Bunny, then you can decide on your own if it’s worth the effort. I ended up with a good selection of the common furniture/decor items after just a handful of plays. The hanging macrame chair is probably my favorite of the group, there are around 20 female sit poses, and almost as many male sit poses in the chair. Of course picked one of the least feminine of all the female poses for this photo!

Here are the details, Enjoy!

Hair – Tableau Vivant \\ Starry Night \\ Updo – Ombre

Skin – Essences – Thea (Catwa & Omega) – Currently @Kustom 9

Head –  CATWA HEAD Lilo Bento

Kimono – Petite Mort– Hanako Dragon Kimono

Background/Divider – Cwtch. Climbing Ivy Backdrop FREE Fab Free Group Gift/Group is FREE to Join

Hanging Cage w/CatStorax Tree – Feline Hanging Bed Black Tux Ae – FREE Fab Free Group Gift/Group is FREE to Join

Rose Tea Set – dust bunny . diy rose tea . gift – FREE Group Gift/Group is FREE to Join

Dust Bunny Woodland Dreams Gacha Items – 50L per play

Body/Hands/Feet –  Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1

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Fab Free Designer Friday – 04/27/2017 – Aphrotdite Shop

Aphrodite Shop
I hope you’ve all enjoyed your Friday thus far. Today’s edition of Fab Free Designer Friday focuses on a whimsical shop called Aphrodite. This playful shop centers around cute furniture, seasonal items, decor, and landscaping materials. The Aphrodite Shop is nicely decorated and landscaped, so in addition to any shopping, it’s a pretty spot to look around. At the landing point is where you’ll find the wall of event and group affiliation information.
Aphrodite Gifts & Info
There are several gifts and offers on this wall, including the Fab Free Exclusive group gift. Serena showed the FREE box of valentines sweets gift for Fabulously Free in SL group members in her post “Home Alone.” To get your copy, don’t forget to wear your Fab Free group tag. As always, the Fab Free group is FREE to join.  Be sure to check out the other offers on this wall as well. Just across from the wall with gifts is where you’ll find the Aphrodite Shop gift cards, flickr, Facebook, and subscriber  kiosk. You can also join the in world group for just 99 lindens and be rewarded with occasional gifts, discounts, and exclusives. For a little instant gratification, join the Aphrodite Shop subscriber group and be instantly gifted a nice wooden drink cart for your home, no fees.  Between the decorative items, seasonal decor, landscaping, and furniture, it won’t be hard to find something you want or need for your personal space, or you can just bring your significant other or your best friend and enjoy the scenery.


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It’s a Line Up.

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It’s a line up!

These chairs are guilty… guilty I say! Guilty of being stylish, comfortable, and affordable! They must be held accountable! To my wallet! And then promptly delivered to my home!

Of course… first I had to find them. But that’s okay. They were all in one spot! The Artist Shed is participating in multiple Hunts this April and you can stock up on stylish chairs to meet your decorating needs.

First up, I found the Bad Egg Chair. It is a mere 2 prim when set down. There was also a Good Egg Chair somewhere in the store, but it eluded me. So it is not in the picture. I’m sure it was just as stylish as this sleek black Bad Egg Chair version. And it was only 1L for my hunting time at The Artist Shed.

For a rainy day…

I love this Raindrop Chair in blue. It too is a 1L hunt gift at The Artist Shed for April. This one is part of the April Showers Hunt. All that beautiful style is only 3 prim, 1L, and a little hunting time at the main-store.

Something more rustic.

If you need something for your cabin, or maybe for roleplay, consider hunting down the Reclaimed Barrel Bench for 1L as part of the Barrel Easter Hunt. It is only 3 prim, has a great rustic appeal, and would fit perfectly into many types of fantasy (or country) settings.

Something retro.

There seems to be something for everyone at The Artist Shed this month, proven by chair #4. This one is free, just spend a little time hunting it down and find the Spring has Sprung Chair. It has a bit of a retro feel with it’s old fashioned colors, attached blanket, and flowered styling. It is a mere 3 prim, just waiting for you to pick it up.

Happy seating!

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The Stuff…

Chair #1 – The Artist Shed – Bad Egg Chair (1L for the Evil Bunny 7 Hunt)
Chair #2 – The Artist Shed – Raindrop Chair (1L for the April Showers Hunt Gift)
Chair #3 – The Artist Shed – Reclaimed Barrel Bench (1L for the Barrel Easter Hunt)
Chair #4 – The Artist Shed – Spring has Sprung Chair (0L for the enMESHed into Spring Hunt)

Sim Location – Private

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Fab Free Designer Friday – 04/07/2017 – Satus Inc

Satus Inc
Hello Again Fab Free’rs, thanks for coming by. Today’s Fabulous Fab Free Designer Friday post is all about Satus Inc. If you’re not already familiar with Satus Inc, they have been in Second Life for a little while now and while they are probably best known for their furniture and gadgets, they also design mesh clothing. Truth be told there is a little bit of everything to be had at Satus Inc making it a shop with something for everyone. The landing point will put you in front of the latest group gifts.
Satus Inc Group Gifts
Each gift on this wall of gifts has a helpful hover text that tells you which group tag you need to claim your FREE gift.  The Satus Inc group has a minuscule join fee of 25 linden. Most of the items do appear to be for the ladies, however there are some fun gadgets and gifts for the men as well. Additionally there is a single Midnight Madness board. This is also where you’ll find the Satus Inc gift exclusively for Fab Free group members. The Fab Free group is always FREE to join. If you head up the stairs from this spot you’ll find the ladies clothing along with a few menswear items, and some furniture pieces.
Satus Inc Sales & Offers
On the main floor next to the stairs you’ll find the sales items and special offers at Satus Inc. Through the rest of the shop you’ll find mostly small builds, furniture with poses, and gadgets of all kinds. I would highly recommend taking a moment to stop by Satus Inc and check out all they have to offer. The group gifts alone would definitely be worth the effort.  Happy Shopping!


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It’s Always Sunny in Second Life

Sunny in SLHave Pool Will Travel 

Hello there Fab Free’rs! I don’t know about you, but I am so glad it’s the weekend. I plan to spend the whole weekend in this cute little inflatable pool. This fun Marketplace Freebie is wearable and animated, so you can lounge in the pool any time any place! The pool’s creator is June Trenkins of JT, and she thoughtfully included the beach ball, and butterfly in this animated item.  Get your copy of this fun FREE wading pool on the Marketplace.

Always Sunny

Good Day Sunshine

I suppose you could wear whatever you wanted or nothing at all if you’re so inclined to wade in the pool. I decided to take advantage of the most recent Fab Free Group Gift at Brandy’s Boutique and relax in style! This applier bikini includes classic system layers, and a flexy add on for the bikini top (not shown). You can pick up this FREE Fab Free exclusive gift by wearing your Fab Free group tag and heading over to Brandy’s Boutique. You’ll find the Fab Free gift vendor on the wall opposite the circulation desk. Pay the gift vendor 1 linden then you’ll be instantly refunded 1 linden and your gift will be delivered.

Appliers included:

  • Belleza
  • Lena
  • Maitreya
  • Slink
  • Omega

Show Some Skin

One of the best things about a bikini for a tattoo lover like myself is the ability to show off your tattoos! I picked up this beautiful full body tattoo on the Marketplace from a shop called Natti for just 50 lindens. The tattoo includes appliers and classic tattoo layers in 4 tones. These mandala/paisley type shapes and swirls always make me think of summer!

Appliers Included:

  • Maitreya
  • Omega

Summer Hair 

Earlier today Clawtooth put out this FREE gift for everyone as an April Fools gift, with no fooling. This cute swing bob hairstyle comes with the magic tones color change hud. There are several bright gorgeous colors to choose from. This FREE gift will be available through the end of the day on April 2, so don’t wait! There’s no need for any group tag, just pay the vendor $0 linden.

Here are the details, enjoy!

Hair – Clawtooth: Chic Bob (Magic Pack) – FREE Gift *Available Through April 2

Skin – Essences – Tori P02 (gacha)

Sunglasses – Zaara [Goa party] : 11 Retro sunglasses *silver-blue* – Past Gacha *Originally Shown Here

Head – CATWA HEAD Lilo Bento

BikiniBrandy’s Boutique – BB Motions Bikini – FREE Fab Free Group Gift 

Tattoos – -Natti- Eva Full Body Tattoo – 50L on the Marketplace

Body/Hands/Feet – Maitreya – Lara

Pool w/Animated Pose – JT – wearable pool – FREE on the Marketplace

*Pose by Le Poppycock (second photo)

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Vintage Living

Vintage Living

Vintage Carson…

The ladies on the blog like to call me vintage, so I’ll bow to their wishes and live a “vintage” life. And an easy way to furnish your Victorian home is follow the hunt path on the Steam XII Hunt. I was able to decorate my living space for FREE by just finding the hunt items. I was also lucky enough to find an outfit (or two) along the way. Find your way to Cutie Larks and the Endymion Outfit can be yours for FREE. Don’t worry ladies, there’s a female gift there for you also! I borrowed the shoes from the Columbiad Engineer Outfit from Sparrow by Design that I showed [HERE] to complete the look.

To the Moon…

But today’s post isn’t about the clothing. I want to show you some of the wonderful and unique items for your house (if you live in the 1890’s) that can be found for FREE on the Steam XII Hunt. The hunt prize at Simply Shelby is the Reclaimed Ash Bookcase – Jules Verne Edition. It’s a beautifully crafted shelving unit with all kinds of Verneian memorabilia mixed in. The Steamer Trunk Coffee Table can be found at Casa de Bebe. The trunk include sit poses and makes a great addition it your next expedition to the unknown. Head down to Wood Works to find the Hurricane Lamp and Table. The Red Velvet Victorian Chaise is the hunt prize from Park Place Home Decor. This chair comes with sits and standing poses and made my morning coffee too! Also included in that gift are Plans for Trip to the Moon. Now if  only had a rocket to get me there. I bet I can find one somewhere on the hunt…

Carson is wearing…

Outfit: Cutie Larks – Endymion Outfit (Steam XII Hunt $0L)
Shoes: Sparrow by Design – Columbiad Engineer Shoes (Steam XII Hunt $0L)
Mesh Body: ADAM – Male Mesh Body
Hair: no.match – No Cloud
Eyes: IKON  – Triumph Eyes – Evening

Decor…

Simply Shelby -Reclaimed Ash Bookcase – Jules Verne Edition  (Steam XII Hunt $0L)
Casa de Bebe – Steamer Trunk Coffee Table  (Steam XII Hunt $0L)
Wood Works – Hurricane Lamp & Table  (Steam XII Hunt $0L)
Park Place Home Decor – Red Velvet Victorian Chaise & Plans for Trip to the Moon (Steam XII Hunt $0L)

Sim: Private

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