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Fab Free Designer Friday – 12/02/2016 – Crys Secret Garden

Crys Secret Garden ExteriorHello Fab Free’rs, it’s that time of the week again when we get to talk about one of our Fabulous designers. This week’s pick is Crys Secret Garden. I have to tell you, as lovely as I think my photo turned out, it doesn’t do the Crys Secret Garden shop justice. My poor little laptop just cannot keep up these days! That said, the grounds surrounding the store, and even the shop its self are delightful to explore. Crys Secret Garden is the type of shop you’ll want to take a moment to wander through. There are lots of fun little spots to enjoy, even a little fishing pond! Not to mention just about everything can be purchased so you can create equally whimsical environments of your own.
Crys GiftsThe Crys Secret Garden shop has much of what the name suggests it might. There are lots of landscaping, garden, and decor type items. Additionally you’ll find several opportunities to receive FREE gifts and purchase inexpensive items. At the entrance there are trails leading you to some of the specials and event items so you don’t accidentally miss them. Once you’re inside there’s a cutely decorated information corner to the right where you’ll find the subscriber, group joiner, and information boards. I noticed the shop is participating in a holiday hunt! Right now Crys Secret Garden also has a group gift up, a Midnight Mania Board (no group needed), our Fabulous Fab Free exclusive group gift, and another FREE gift I’ve not seen anywhere else. Above the Crys Secret Garden group gift you’ll see a board that asks how you found the shop. Click the sign, then type your answer in open chat and you’ll instantly be sent a FREE gift. The Crys Secret Garden group is FREE to join. Also, don’t forget to wear your Fab Free group tag pick up the Fab Free group exclusive gift was previously blogged by Astrid here. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your space, or just want to hang out and explore, I highly suggest you take a moment and check out Crys Secret Garden.


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“Snowed In” for the December FabFree Photo Challenge Begins!

"Snowed In" FabFree's December Photo Challenge

THE CHALLENGE BEGINS TODAY!

It’s time to fall into fun with ANOTHER PHOTO CHALLENGE!

Take a look at the rules and then get those shots into the FabFree Photo Challenge Flickr Pool  from December 1st until December 31st.

Our winner and a runner up will be chosen as soon after as possible. Make sure that you have “FabFree Photo Challenge” somewhere in the title of each picture and at least one absolutely FREE item in your picture. Then, please be sure to credit the FREE item or items so we can include your shot in the contest.

WHAT’S THE THEME?

The theme of our December FabFree Photo Challenge is “Snowed In.” Use your creativity and think of indoor scenes or outdoor scenes that could represent what you would do on a December day if you were “Snowed In!”

WHO’S THE SPONSOR?

This round of the photo challenge is being hosted by House of Ruby who is generously providing the prizes! Be sure to support the creator this month and check out the store! If you win, you’ll get be getting a voucher to spend there!

Remember, House of Ruby provides quality intimate apparel for both men and women, so fellas, don’t be shy about getting your photos in the contest as well!

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Prize for the winner: Voucher to spend on item of your choice from House of Ruby

Prize for the runner up: Voucher to spend on item of your choice from House of Ruby

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Here’s how it works:
1. Create a photo inworld based on the theme that is posted here at FabFree.
2. Upload your photo to the FabFree Photo Challenge Flickr Pool by the challenge end date
3. PLEASE Be sure to include “FabFree Photo Challenge” somewhere in the title or we can’t add it to the pool!
4. Leave a comment on the challenge post with a link to your flickr photo (and blog post if you wish).
5. On December 1st, ( or as close as possible) the winners will be chosen and will be featured on the blog as “The FabFree Photo Challenge Champions”.

Rules:
1. Your photo must contain at least one absolutely free item. Please put the free item’s name and Designer’s or Shop’s name in the comments section of your photo.

Like this -> “Free thingy” by A Talented Second Life Creator or A Cool Second Life Store.

2. Your photo must have “FabFree Photo Challenge” somewhere in the title.

3. Please keep your photos family friendly (eg. no naughty bits displayed, no graphic violence, nothing you wouldn’t see in a PG rated movie).
4. You may enter as many times as you like.
5. Most of all – have fun, and don’t be afraid to enter. Everyone from all photography levels is welcome to participate.

Good Luck!


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Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold!

Living in an Igloo

The Menstuff Hunt is coming to an end.

I didn’t want to get left out in the cold when it came to getting in on the goods with the Menstuff Hunt… after all, the hunt ends November 30th, but somehow I ended up sitting on ice in a simful of penguins. I blame Astrid’s sense of direction. At least the penguins are friendly and the view of the Northern Lights is spectacular. Come to think of it… I don’t have that much to complain about after all. The trip up here was actually worth it. The sim is called Lovea and this little icy haven is outside of a small art studio. It’s well worth visiting to snap a few photos.

I needed igloo appropriate clothes.

I figure this red vest is igloo appropriate right? It’s also a FREE Menstuff Hunt gift from Birth and includes three different undershirt options. The shirt and vest are mesh and come separate so you can pick which shirt you will pair with the red vest. You get three choices of shirt: black, grey (pictured), and white. It comes in all the standard sizes and has its own alpha layer.

Living in an Igloo 2

It’ll put hair on ya.

I remember various relatives telling me when I was growing up that different foods or activities would “put hair on my chest.” Thankfully it doesn’t work that way… but finding the iconic blue Menstuff Hunt shirt at Nivaro will put hair on your face!

Find the FREE gift there and you’ll be getting a fatpack of their Natural and Eldorado beards.

The package includes system layers of:

  • The El Dorado  in both hard and soft in black, blonde, brown, red, and white/tintable
  • The Natural (shown) in both hard and soft in black, blonde, brown, red, and white/tintable

I think I’ll try to find a warmer locale for my next traveling venture… but we’ll see what Astrid has in mind. Till then, I have reading to do. Have a great afternoon!

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Loki is wearing…

Hands, and Feet – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – DuraSL13B Gift in Milky Platinum hairbase
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Tattoo – .Reckless. – Guerrero (faded)
Tattoo – Nivaro – 3rd Gen Beard – El Dorado and Natural (0L for the Menstuff Hunt) – hurry, ends Nov 30th!
Shirt – Birth – Fall 16 Mstuff Hunt Shirt and Waistcoat (0L for the Menstuff Hunt) – hurry, ends Nov 30th!
Pants  – GothiCatz – Kai
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Lovea

Astrids Signature_Loki


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Fab Free Designer Friday on a Saturday – 11/26/2016 – Eclectic Stars

Eclectic Stars FFDFHello Fab Free’rs! It’s been a long few days and I sincerely hope you will all forgive this late edition of Fab Free Designer Friday. I blame Thanksgiving! That said, the lateness of this post does not at all reflect the level of Fabulous of this week’s shop Eclectic Stars. The word eclectic sincerely suits this shop. Though small, the store offers a wide range of mostly women’s clothing and furniture; all of which are delightfully geeky!

Eclectic Stars has been part of the Second Life world since 2013. The shop’s creator Jadziyah describes herself as both cheeky and geeky, and I believe her. You’ll find both attributes in her playful creations. The clothing appears to be mostly casual mesh women’s clothing. The clothes are often brightly colored, and there are a lot of hilariously nerdy graphic tees with references to pop culture, gaming, and everything in between. You’ll find the clothing to the left, along with a few tattoos and some gachas. On the right side of the store as you enter is where you’ll find some whimsical furniture and decor. It’s in this section of the Eclectic Stars shop that it becomes unmistakably obvious the creator is a gamer! You’ll see what I mean when you visit Eclectic Stars yourself.
Eclectic Stars FFDFAlong with all the geeky goodness, there are a few opportunities for FREEbies that I spotted while I was exploring the Eclectic Stars shop. There is a current group gift located behind the front desk just as you enter the store. The Eclectic Stars group is FREE to join. You’ll find the group joiner above the group gift vendor. Pictured above, the group gift is a puny tshirt that would make any geek proud! Also don’t forget to wear your Fabulously Free in SL group tag and pick up the Fab Free exclusive gift while you’re there, assuming you haven’t already. Julianna blogged the super cute Fab Free group gift dress in her post here. The Fab Free group gift at Eclectic Stars is just inside the store and to the right. You can’t miss it!


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Don’t Say a Word

Don't Say a Word

“Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird don’t sing,
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama’s gonna buy you a looking glass.”

Feeling Introspective…

When I saw the group gift from Le Morte, I knew I had to have it. The join fee is 50L but I wanted the mouth tape gift of “Silence” as it spoke to me on so many levels. I’m a person who speaks out after all. And the idea of representing silence seemed important. Because I really don’t think we should remain silent when issues are important to us. I won’t get into politics or issues here, but I’ll offer a heartfelt plea to all of you… speak out. Don’t remain silent when something is important to you. I am pretty sure the saying goes that you’ll regret the things you didn’t do, more than the things you did do. That’s sort of the idea I’m going on here.

Hairology is still going on!

On a lighter note, the Hairology Anniversary celebration is still going strong, and you can still pick up lots of FREE and 1L gifts of beautiful hair until November 30th, when the event ends. I picked up my beautiful hair from Iconic called “Michelle” as a FREE gift from Hairology. It came with a fatpack hud of colors. There are lots of other gifts to be had at this event so it is a not-to-be-missed one! Mark it down and teleport in!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Hands and Feet – Slink
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Pia in America 01
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Iconic – Michelle (FREE Gift @ Hairology Anniversary) thru Nov 30th
Mouth Tape – Le Morte – Silence (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is 50L to Join)

 

Astrids Signature


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Fab Free Designer Friday – 11/18/2016 – Luziefee

Luziefee ExteriorHappy Friday Fab Free! Today’s Designer Friday post is all about Luziefee. The Luziefee brand was established in Second Life in 2011. It’s hard to believe it’s only been 5 years, it seems like the brand has been around much longer than that. It’s amazing how time works so differently in Second Life! In these Fab Free Designer Friday posts, I don’t always include a photo of the shop’s exterior, but I thought the storefront and surrounding area was so unique with the big cruise liner, that I couldn’t help sharing it with you. At Luziefee you’ll find women’s clothing, in mostly casual fashionable mesh styles, with some formal wear as well. There are also shoes, and a few fun accessories to be had. The range of style is such that just about anyone could shop at Luziefee and find something that suited their personal style. There are also many opportunities for gifts and inexpensive items.
LuziefeeThe best way to get some free swag at Luziefee is to join the in world group. There is a one time join fee of 150 lindens to join the Luzifee store group, however there are tons of FREE and inexpensive group gifts. As you enter the store you’ll be met with a half wall of the most recent group gifts which are FREE to all group members. Just wear the group tag. Also, the stacked vendors to the right of the wall are all group only vendors that allow you to purchase previous group gifts for just 10 lindens each. In the same area as the group gifts, you’ll find information about event items, and upcoming hunts. For some no fee FREE group swag, wear your Fabulously Free in SL group tag and head over to the Fab Free gift vendor. You’ll find it on the wall next to the entrance along with a group gift for Second Life Frees & Offers. Sheidey has blogged the Luziefee gift for Fab Free members in her post here. Needless to say, it’s definitely worth your while to take the time to check out Luziefee, assuming you haven’t already!


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Simply Pretty

Simple Things

A Free Dress.

EvelineInTheBox has out another FREE group gift and as usual it is beautiful. You’ll want to pick up this FREE group gift (the group is FREE to join) before it’s no longer available.

This stunner of a dress comes in a multitude of sizes compatible with all kinds of mesh body types, including:

  • Maitreya
  • eBody
  • Tonic – Fine and Curvy
  • Slink – Hourglass and Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, and Venus

A Free Accessory.

Bens Boutique has out a FREE accessory that won’t let you down. This scarf/necklace is a beautiful little piece that you can add to your wardrobe and includes a color change hud that offers so much variety you won’t know what to do!

You can change the left and right side of the scarf respectively with 27 color choices each, and there are also 4 metal colors for the center latch. Like the dress in the picture above, this is a completely FREE gift. You just need a free group space.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Hands and Feet – Slink
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Pia in America 01
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Magika – Itch
Scarf/Necklace – Bens Boutique – Hulya Scarf Hud Driven (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Scarf/Necklace – EvelineInTheBox – Zaida Groupgift (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)

Sim Location – Gates of Melancholy

Astrids Signature


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Fab Free Designer Friday – 11/11/2016 – Pretty Kitty Design

Pretty Kitty DesignWelcome Fab Free’rs! It’s that time of the week again where we get to talk about one of our Fabulous Fab Free Designers. This Friday’s featured designer is Pretty Kitty Design. You will not want to miss the colorful experience that is Pretty Kitty Design.  At Pretty Kitty Design you’ll mostly find a wide variety of formal and casual ladies mesh clothing, with a few men’s items sprinkled in. There are also a few seasonal decor items, KittyCats items, and additional clothing items upstairs. Throughout the Pretty Kitty Design store there are several opportunities to score fantastic freebies. On the desk pictured above you’ll see several of the FREE group gifts available, including the Fab Free exclusive group gift which was previously blogged here. The Fab Free group is of course always FREE to join, and you’ll be glad to know the Pretty Kitty Design group is FREE to join as well.
Lucky Letter BoardsBehind the desk near the landing point at Pretty Kitty Design shoppers will find several gacha machines, and two Lucky Letter Boards. There’s a group only board, and a FREE for everyone board. Both Lucky Letter Boards seem to have rotating gifts, so the gift changes when the letter does. Also, you can even get a gift just for being in the Pretty Kitty Design store! There is a random gift giver in the store that will randomly send a gift to customers while they shop.
ARCTIC Tech Info 2One of the most unique things about Pretty Kitty Design is the inclusion of ARCTIC Technology.  The above photo is of the demo area for ARCTIC Technology located to the right of the circulation desk at Pretty Kitty Design. ARCTIC Technology is a creative alternative way to color customize your Pretty Kitty Design items. The in-world demo area shown goes into great detail about how the ARCTIC Technology works, and will even let you physically see the system in action without having to purchase anything. Needless to say, there are tons of reasons to stop by Pretty Kitty Design and check everything out!


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Infected Zombie Hunter

Infected Zombie HunterI found my Halloween costume, and just in time too! It seems like zombies and zombie hunters are everywhere this year, and for good reason. Like the vampires of years past, zombies have taken over television and movies in a big way. That said, when I saw this wicked bloody tank top from COCO, my mind instantly went to zombie land. Thankfully, Second Life is awash with creativity, and I was able to find most of what I needed to put this look together without letting go of too many lindens.

I mentioned the tank top as the centerpiece that inspired this “Infected Zombie Hunter” look. It’s one of several FREE group gifts available at COCO. Before I go into detail about the top, when going to the COCO store to add this to your wardrobe, be mindful of which section you’re shopping in. The COCO store is huge, and there are sections dedicated to their doll avatars as well as regular avatars. You’ll find a version of this top in both sections, so don’t get fooled like I did. Make sure you’re in the section with ladies clothing and not doll clothes. LOL That little bit of information out of the way, once you’re in the right place you’ll find a full wall of group gifts with a group joiner near by. The COCO group is FREE to join. Once you’re wearing your COCO group tag, all the gifts are FREE as well, just click the vendors. This bloody tank top gift is fully mesh, and comes in several body fit sizes, and standard mesh sizes.Infected Zombie Hunter CloseAnyone who knows me knows it would be completely out of character for me to go all gore and no glam, even on Halloween. I needed to be a little bloody but still wanted to keep it pretty, Izzie’s had just the thing. These bloody eyes and lips are from an applier package I found by Izzie’s for FREE on the Marketplace. The listing says it’s a limited time Halloween gift, so I’d imagine after today (Oct. 31st) the price will go up. These delicate blood drips can be applied either to the eyes, the lips, or both in 3 shades of red. This FREE set includes appliers for as well as classic system layers. I’m really thrilled with the end result, so don’t miss out on this fun bit of gore by Izzie’s while you can still get it at this fantastic freebie.

Speaking of the Marketplace, I also stumbled across this set of bloody eyes by Inkheart. These mesh eyes were just too perfect to pass up, especially since they are just 1 linden. These “vampire” eyes come in 3 mesh sizes, along with matching system layers. I think they would be spook-tacular with any ghoulish costume!

Continuing on with the idea of being glamorous at all times, this manicure from ZOZ was the perfect finishing touch. Who says a Zombie Hunter can’t have perfectly polished claws?! This particular shade of glossy red is part of the Fab Free exclusive group gift at ZOZ. Just wear your Fab Free tag and click the vendor on the circulation desk at the ZOZ main store, and you’ll be sent your FREE gift. The set has also been featured in one of Katherine’s beautiful posts, and of course in the Fab Free Group Gift Listing by Love.  The Fab Free Group Gift List shows the full set of fall colors that are included in this gorgeous nail polish gift.

Happy Halloween Fab Free!! Here are the details.

Hair little bones. Suffragette – Ombre&Roots

Skin/Head Applier – Essences – Hope (Freakshow Carnivale special) – Currently @Freakshow Carnivale 

Head – CATWA HEAD Gwen

Eyes – * Inkheart * – Blood Eyes – Vampire – 1L on the Marketplace

Bloody Eyes/Mouth – Izzie’s – Bloody Tears & Lips (Halloween Limited Time Gift) – FREE on the Marketplace

Bat w/Pose – [Since1975] – Bat’sGacha – Jackson – Past Gacha *Not Currently in the Store

Tank Top – *COCO*_Gift_BloodyTankTop – FREE Group Gift/Group is FREE to Join 

Manicure – {ZOZ} Faded Winter Polish (Fat) – FREE Fab Free Group Gift/Fab Free Group is FREE to Join 

Tattoos – ~silentsparrow~ Spooky Tattoos – Past Fifty Linden Friday

Body/Hands – Maitreya – Lara

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Fab Free Designer Friday – 10/28/2016 – Rowena’s Designs

Happy Friday Fab Free! It’s that time of the week again where we get to introduce one of our many Fabulous Fab Free designers. This week I have the pleasure of introducing Rowena’s Designs! We don’t always get the chance to really talk about the awesome designers that generously participate in Fab Free, so I hope you’ve all been enjoying these Friday posts. Not only is it a great way to learn a little about each shop and what they offer, it’s our way of showing our appreciation for each designer. The Fab Free community just wouldn’t be the same without them.
RD Gifts 1Rowena Springflower of Rowena’s Designs has often generously participated in Fab Free events and the Fab Free group over the last few years, and we are delighted that they continue to do so. Her store has grown immensely in it’s relatively short time in Second Life.  Rowena’s Designs offers women’s mesh clothing that is as beautiful as it is affordable. The clothing style is what I would call modern, with enough variety that there is bound to be something for everyone. You’ll find shoes, casual, and formal attire, also most outfits will include a color change hud for added versatility. Additionally there is a wealth of opportunities to score FREE and or very inexpensive clothing. Rowena’s Designs has current store group gifts available at the back of the store. Simply head to the left and strait back from the store entrance. The “Designs by Rowena” group is FREE to join and will keep you informed about gifts, events, and new releases. You’ll see group gift boards, as well as Lucky boards, Mini Mania, and Midnight Mania boards right away.
RD Gifts 2Once you’re in the area, turn to your left and you’ll see more opportunities for gifts, including the fantastic Fab Free group gift exclusive which was previously blogged here by Love Trill. In this same area of the Rowena’s Desgins section of the store, you’ll also find some inexpensive outfits next to a couple of Riot boards. I’m not positive how low the Riot boards will take the price, but it would be fun to find out! So take a moment, bring your friends, and check out Rowena’s Designs. Pack your wardrobe with beautiful clothes by Rowena Springflower. Oh! I can’t believe I almost forgot, once you’ve joined the Designs by Rowena group, you’ll want to head upstairs and check out the several past group gifts that are still available. Happy Shopping Fab Free!