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Guest Blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone – OUT OF AFRICA

A Guest Blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone – OUT OF AFRICA…

A friend of mine teleported me over to Artizana Ethnic Couture’s mainstore recently because a couple of of the group Lucky Boards had some interesting men’s prizes on them.  Within a short amount of time (the boards change letters every 5 minutes) I got myself a couple of great outfits.  Artizana specializes in brightly colored African- and Carribean-style clothing for women, but has a small line of men’s clothing as well.  There are eight lucky boards (six of which currently have women’s clothing) and two MM boards, but you have to join the group to win from any of the boards.

Artizana Lucky Boards

One of the men’s Lucky Board prizes at Artizana is the mesh Nidolo XIII vested outfit in brown and tan which is a bit of a departure from Artizana’s usual ethnic specialty.  Nidolo can also be purchased like the single-colored one in this picture in any of several color schemes, and consists of a shirt, vest, and pants as three separate pieces so that you can mix and match the pieces with other things in your wardrobe.  You can also purchase either the “classic” or the “exotic” versions of the Nidolo Collection which gets you a mix and match texture change HUD giving you 16 options for the vest and pants and 20 options for the shirt and tie.  I took this picture outside the Artizana mainstore to show you the lovely garden there full of exotic flowers in case you’re looking for a good place to take some pictures for this month’s FabFree “May Flowers” photo challenge.

The picture on the right is the other Artizana men’s Lucky Board prize, the mesh Lakana II Bogolan Dashiki with matching pants and kufi cap.  Dashikis are amazingly comfortable and cool to wear during hot weather so I went over to the visually stunning KwaZulu Natal African region to take this picture.  While I was walking around looking for a place to take the picture I happened upon this little herd of elephants splashing in a pool of water.  If it looks like I’m glancing nervously to the side in this picture it’s because this cute little elephant’s mother was just off camera to the side trying to swat me away with her trunk.
Geoffrey is wearing:

Left:
Outfit – Nidolo XIII (mesh) – Artizana Ethnic Couture – (group lucky board/$100L group join fee)

Shoes – Duh! Men’s Dress Shoes (brown) – $25L

Hair – A&A Hair  – Morrissey (free voting present/0L)

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

Eyes –  Amacci – Branch Brown Image Eyes
Right:
Outfit – Lakana II (mesh) – Artizana Ethnic Couture  – (group lucky board/$100L group join fee)

Skin – Liam Tone 8 – Aeva/Heartsick

Eyes – Black eyes – [dirty.little.secret]


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Guest Blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone – YOU MEAN THERE ARE GIFTS FOR MEN TOO AT FABFREE HEADQUARTERS?

A Guest Blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone

You heard it here first, fellas.  Tucked away between all those super gifts for women from the FabFree designers at Headquarters are some great things for guys.  This is just a quick post to show you two of the men’s gifts you can pick up there, plus a great free group gift skin.

The skin I’m wearing in both pictures is Elijah (Tone 5//Beardy).  It’s one of eight skintones in a a free group gift for men from Aeva/Heartsick .  Included in the pack are the tones shown below, some of which come in both bearded and clean-shaven, plus the option to show the teeth as both a tatoo layer overlay or an alpha layer on the lips.  All of the skintones are bald so that you don’t have to worry about a hairbase peeking out from under your regular hair.
Aeva:Heartsick Elijah Skintones

First off at FabFree Headquarters is a mesh jacket and tee from GoodVibeZ.  There’s great pocket detailing on this jacket which gives you room for your car keys, cell phone, or any of the other stuff you need to carry around with you. The gift box gives you the choice of a plain tee or the patterned one shown here.  The hat and hair in the picture are from sf design do not come with the gift.  The baseball cap is not free, but the “hat hair” in several different hair colors is free at sf designs and is what you need for wearing hats when your regular hair just won’t fit inside.
GooDVibeZ Mens_001
Geoffrey is wearing:

Jacket with tee: GooDVibeZ – free at FabFree Headquarters [Main store SLURL] – free at FabFree Headquarters

sf designs hat hair – sf designs (free)

sf designs baseball hat – sf designs (not free)

Sim: Metropolis City

This next men’s Headquarters gift from is from FABOO.  This pair of Hawaiian print board shorts arrives just in time for the long warm weather beach season in Second Life.  You could wear then surfing, but frankly they work just as well for lying in a hammock.

Faboo_003

Geoffrey is wearing:

Hawaiian Board Shorts: FABOO [main store: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Prescott/160/214/2552] – free at  FabFree Headquarters

Sim:  Whimsy
Geoffrey is also wearing:

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

Eyes:  Amacci – Branch Brown Image Eyes

Poses: Rugged Male Poses, .oOo Studio

 

 


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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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Guest Blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone

A guest blog by Geoffrey Edwardstone…

RPH5 - #23

Here’s another men’s gift from the Runway Perfect Hunt #5.  Second Life is for letting us do things we never could in RL, so for those of us who never made a varsity team in any sport now we can at least look like we did.

This outfit is the RPH5 male gift from CHG Fashion.  It includes a tee (jacket layer) plus rigged mesh jeans with belt, hat, jacket (in both open and zipped looks), and sneakers  – a complete outfit for only $5L.  In case you’re wondering about the purple and gold colors, the jacket and hat are the team colors for a U.S. professional basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers, with the team logos and name carefully changed.  But despite the basketball symbolism, I’m showing it to you as a varsity football player (that’s the U.S. version of “football”) because I like the poses.

If you ladies want to color-coordinate with the varsity guy in your life, CHG has a female gift in the RPH5 too.  You’ll find the same outfit in the women’s prize along with a color coordinated mini-dress cheerleader outfit.  And, no, I’m not going to model the mini-dress for you.
Geoffrey is wearing:

Outfit – CHG Fashion – “Matt” mesh outfit (5L / RPH5)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Gladewater/181/164/22

Skin – Belleza  – Jacob SK with hair (free group gift / 0L / $300L to join)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Belleza/134/107/1494

Poses (including the football prop) -=Shea La Vie=- Are You Ready for Some Football poses (former hunt prize/currently $250L on MP)
Available on the MP: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Shea-La-Vie-Are-You-Ready-For-Some-Football-Ball/4570803

Sim – Juune (CFL Cowboys and Sweetheart Stadium)


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A Guest Blog By Geoffrey Edwardstone

A Guest Blog By Geoffrey Edwardstone…
RPH5-#27(69 Park Ave)

This is for all the Fab Free guys out there who think Menstuff and Make Him Over are the only hunts where men can find high quality, free or nearly free items.  Love, Xia and Xiu have been blogging The Runway Perfect Hunt #5 gifts.  Yes it’s true that most of the 51 stops on it have female gifts, but a couple of them have men’s prizes.  Today I’m showing you two gifts guys can pick up from RPH5, plus a couple of other freebies.

The Cayman outfit in sandstone is from 69 Park Ave GQ and features a jacket layer shirt, brown mesh pants, and dress shoes – a complete outfit for only $5L.  It’s a nice casual outfit for an evening out or at home with your lady.  And while you’re looking around the store for the gift be sure to check out the group gift. 69 Park Ave GQ gives out nice ones and they change frequently, so it’s well worth the small joining fee to get them.  The pose is one of five male poses offered by KaTink in the RPH5.
Geoffrey is wearing:

Outfit (including shoes) – 69 Park Ave GQ – Cayman Sandstone (5L / RPH5)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Business%20District%20Lima/186/205/23

Skin – Belleza  – Jacob SK (free group gift / 0L / $300L to join)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Belleza/134/107/1494

Hair – A&A Hair – Morrissey (free voting present/0L)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wonderland%20Beach/175/121/24

Pose – KaTink Male Poses (5L / RPH5)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Phoenix%20Determined/69/152/1002

Sim – Whimsy