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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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The Barber Shop

Barber Shop

A new Sweater.

Byrne has out this great new FREE sweater as their group gift (the group is FREE to join) and you can pick it up before heading off for more winter travels. The gift package includes all the standard sizes, a good quality alpha, and the men’s sweater in black or gold. It’s quite stylish. And style was what was what seemed appropriate as I traveled to “The Village” for my afternoon jaunt.

It was snowing.

It was snowing so I ducked into a little barber shop. It got me remembering that first haircut we all invariably get as children — you know the one… where you cry and your mother takes a picture of the entire traumatic event? It seems, though, that haircuts or at least hairstyles seem to be milestones for changes in our lives.

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” – Coco Chanel.

The importance of a haircut.

I ran across this quote on google while exploring this little barbershop and it made me reflect a moment, because I have to think that the quote (if Coco Chanel did indeed say it) doesn’t only apply to women. A lot of men get life changing haircuts as well.

Many important milestones come with trips to the salon or at least personal stylings —  such as dances or weddings… and I’m sure the fellas (not just the ladies) get shimmied up with a fresh haircut too. In some cultures the cutting of hair is deeply spiritual, so I took this picture of myself at this quaint little Barber Shop in my brand new Freebies (and I’ve got one more to tell you about) and thought about the changes that are in store for Astrid and I as the new year approaches. We will certainly have some stories to tell you.

The Beaded Bracelet

Did you catch the fancy new bracelet I was sporting? That’s courtesy of Cold Ash, and is their November L’Homme Magazine reader’s gift. The L’Homme Magazine group is Free to join and you can pick up many free gifts from many stores across the grid, including this free bracelet which comes in a left or right version as well as a standard or TMP version. It is black with a couple of brown beads on it to make it extra versatile. And it’s a nice touch to a classic outfit. Every gentleman needs a little extra now and then.

I won’t be getting my hair cut today. But I enjoyed my wander around this shop. There are changes in store for Astrid and I in real life. All good stuff. And we’re excited about sharing our adventures here… and there… with all of you.

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Loki is wearing…

Body, 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)
Bracelet – Cold Ash – Mens Mokane Bracelet (Free L’Homme group gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Sweater – Byrne – Nan Mens Sweater (Free group gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Pants  – RedgraveHeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – The Village & Bar Deco

Astrids Signature_Loki


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Massage Therapy

Rose Marine & POLO PAUL- Mesh Yoga Pants and Rio Sandals -free gift

Getting the kinks worked out…

Writing these posts are hard work… Teleporting all over the place to find great freebie finds for all of you can leave me sore and tense. Good thing my latest find was perfect for that afternoon massage. At Rose Marine & Polo Paul I found the Mesh Yoga Pants and Rio Sandals for FREE! No group join, just click the gift and receive. It’s that simple. The yoga pants come in the standard sizes XS-XL, and the sandals are great for just hanging around your skybox or estate.

Towel me more…

Also included with this gift is a mesh towel with AO and mesh nerd glasses. I prefer to call them my Superman shades.🙂

Carson is wearing…

Rose Marine & Polo Paul – Mesh Yoga Pants and Rio Sandals  FREE GIFT $0L

Body – ADAM – Male Mesh Body

Hair – Lelutka – Seth  N/A (circa 2010)

Sim:  Top Secret Undisclosed Location

 

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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!

[House of Ruby] Logo UPDATED

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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Dreaming of Peace on Earth

ALB POE9 Hunt

Showing Goodwill to Men

The Peace on Earth 9 Hunt is starting and it has already shown goodwill to this man! I found the Aurelio Outfit and Boots at ALB Dream Designs. This FREE hunt outfit includes mesh pants and floral shirt with vest in XS-XL and a jacket (shown below) in the same sizes. Also included are a pair of standard boots and a pair of slink boots (worn). Included but not shown are two ivy caps (this hair does NOT do head wear.) The POE9 Hunt runs from December 1st – 31st. And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

 

ALB POE9 Jacket

Carson is wearing …

ALB Dream Designs Aurelio Outfit & Boots    $0L Peace on Earth 9 Hunt

Skin – Belleza –  Shawn N/A (circa 2010)

Hair – Lelutka – Seth  N/A (circa 2010)

Sim:   Academy of Industry

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Lush

Lush

Just too lush…

Ages ago, a friend of mine teleported me to a sim called Elysion. Membership was required to visit, and he paid the fee of 650 Linden and we walked around a bit, but I didn’t get to do much exploring. I never left the group because of the fee, but I hadn’t been back to the sim because of my busy schedule, despite its promise of a lush adult atmosphere. (Don’t worry, I promise this is a PG-13 post😉 )

Fantasy cream?

I had just finished up a few stops along the trail of the Fantasy Cream Hunt and had come up with a prize that I was aching to show off. I had found this gorgeous not-quite-necklace — but definitely a come hither neckline apparel showpiece — by EvelineInTheBox which is their prize for the Hunt for just 1L if you find the little cup of cream. The gold interwoven chains are each connected by tiny red beads, and the entire thing is resizable for the perfect fit. I knew that if I could find the perfect dress… I’d be ready to explore that mysterious oasis I now consider Elysion.

Woman with the red dress on.

It turned out that I found what I was looking for at The Beautiful Ones. Right now you can pick up the Sarah group gift there one of two ways. It is out as a FREE group gift (just pay the vendor 1L and your 1L will be immediately refunded to you). The group join fee is a mere 25 Linden. OR if you don’t have a lot of group space, you can pick up this beautiful applier dress with rigged mesh skirt panels for just 10L (no group space required).

Appliers included: System Layers, Omega and TMP

The Sarah dress also comes with a color change hud with 6 color choices. I’m showing you the dress in red (it matched those lovely and delicate red beads on my neck piece I was telling you about), but with 6 color choices, this is a dress that is versatile.

All decked out.

Now that I was all decked out, it was time to make my visit. I found Elysion prepared for winter… and while there were visitors scattered here and there, no one stopped to disturb me. I wandered the paths and eventually ended up upon the terrace of a stone cottage where I took my picture overlooking the pines next to a sheer curtain. Don’t worry, the fireplace is not too far away… I’ll warm up in time to be off to find more freebies.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Barbara Applier (featured at Kustom9)
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – [e] elikatira – Cassidy
Lipstick – Avenge – Mat Lipstick applier for Catwa – red
Necklace – EvelineInTheBox – Ringed Choker (1L for the Fantasy Cream Hunt)
Dress – The Beautiful Ones – Sarah dress w/appliers (Free Group Gift/0L/25L to Join Group) OR 10L

Sim Location – Elysion

Astrids Signature


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Everything Has Its Wonders

Hazardous

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in therein to be content.” – Helen Keller.

Another dark exploration?

On my last sim hop in my post [Here] I explored a dark cafe. I failed to mention that while I was there snapping my pictures, there was a hospitable couple also there who chatted amicably with me — Mr. and Mrs. S.

The gentleman, Mr. S., asked to take my photo. I said sure. Later, to my surprise, a notice popped up in my Flickr feed that I had been tagged in a photo, and in case you are interested, the result of the mysterious Mr. S.’s photo can be found [Here]. I think it’s a rather flattering shot.

I was doing some skimming for group gifts and I came across an advertisement for em@il’s applier leggings. The style caught my eye and I wanted to put a look together. And long story short… I wanted something dark, because something in me was longing for the wonders of the darkness. Not in a negative way, but in the way one longs for silence before a band plays beautiful music. That’s how I ended up at Hazardous. (The sim you see in this post’s pictures.) It’s really a fabulous place to visit… but I don’t want to give away the secrets. You really must go there for yourself.

What do the leggings that inspired the look include?

The leggings are a FREE group gift from em@ail (the group is FREE to join) and there are quite a few very pretty past group gifts still out at em@il for you to check out while you are there picking up this one.

What you’ll be getting in the package: appliers for system bodies, Maitreya, Slink, Omega, TMP, Eve, Brazilia, Belleza, and KL. That’s a lot of versatility! You’re sure to find an applier for you!

Hazardous 2

Dangerous measures…

A girl has to have dangerous hair to go with dangerous curves (like those great leggings gave me). So when I saw the gift out at Sintiklia I made a beeline. Of course you better hurry too. Right now there are two ways to pick up this gift.

Want the Free to all hair?

If you want the Colors and Pastels version of this hair, you can pick it up as a free to all gift, no group required. Just pay 0L and it is yours. This is a limited time offer, and I hear that it will be gone by the time the week is out. Be sure to teleport to the shop and nab this one up from Sintiklia right away.

Want the fatpack?

You’ve got a little longer on this offer. If you join the group (the fee is 100L) you can pick up the fatpack (110 colors tint pack) … that’s a lot of hair… you can pick this hair up as a group gift. Keep in mind that it is a 4 in 1 hair. You get the rigged mesh back with 4 different bang options. It is also unisex. I’m including the vendor advertisement below to give you a better idea of what you are getting with this really terrific deal.

But put a bow on it.

I finished up my look with something a little softer. After all… I originally reminded you all that there is “wonder in darkness.” So I picked up the FREE group gift (the group is FREE to join) at Baubles. This pretty pair of bow earrings that you can see in my close-up picture above is a nice touch to any outfit and comes with a color change hud with 4 metal options. Danger not included.

Until our next adventure! See you then.

Hair Freeze 4 in 1 group gift+free limited

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Hands and Feet – Slink
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Barbara Applier (featured at Kustom9)
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Sintiklia – Hair Freeze in Colors & Pastels (FREE to all gift – limited time only – hurry) – there is also a fatpack available as a group gift/group fee to join is 100L
Earrings – Baubles! by Phe – BowEarrings Box includes hud with 4 metal colors (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Tanktop – Beautiful Dirty Rich – Halter Top Pack (1L on the Marketplace) – blogged [Here] by Love
Jacket – Foxes – Free Love – Leather Jacket – Mural – Wolf
Pants – em@il – Crossing Leggings (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Shoes – Pure Poison – Mara Sandals

Sim Location – Hazardous

Astrids Signature


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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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Darkness Dreaming

Darkness Dreaming

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared dream to before.” – Edgar Allan Poe

Exploring Again.

Flickr had me off again… in several directions this time… to two different destinations. One was to a new-to-me store called Brii Underground and the other was to Furillen.

I’ve been to Furillen before but it’s been a while, and it seems to have been rebuilt and changed, and I ended up in a cafe that had a sort of ominous feel to it that I couldn’t resist. It made me think of Edgar Allan Poe, murder mysteries, and dark dreams. I grabbed a cup of coffee off the counter and peered into the darkness and I was glad my new outfit had a pair of thigh high boots, because somehow I was certain that in a place like this cafe at Furillen, the floor was probably none too clean.

Free outfit… boots included.

Remember I mentioned being thankful for boots? Yes, they were included in this stunner of a FREE outfit. It will only cost you a group space as the group is FREE to join. I happened across a picture in the FabFree Flickr Pool (not of this outfit) but of a green coat that I really liked… and I thought I would go pick it up. So I teleported over to Brii Underground. I was too late to get that gift, but this autumn dress ensemble was out instead.

What you get:

  • The dress: sizes XXS – L
  • Mesh Latex Boots: sizes XXS – L
  • All the needed Alpha layers (if you have a system body)
  • Sunglasses
  • Maitreya & Omega appliers for pantyhose and gloves
  • Omega Appliers for Make up (not shown)
  • Optional lighting for materials

I’ll see you on the next stop… wherever we end up. Happy traveling!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body, Hands, and Feet – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Barbara Applier in Asia 01 (featured at Kustom9)
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Wasabi Pills – Simone
Lipstick – Avenge – Lovely Gloss applier for Catwa – magenta
Outfit – Brii Underground – Kirochka Autumn Style Complete Outfit with Boots (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Boots – Love my Thigh High Latex boots? They are included with the outfit I’m wearing! FREE

Sim Location – Furillen

Astrids Signature


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Back Against the Wall

Prism

The Work Week Cometh

I thought I’d get one more post in before the work week begins (and very little time to blog). I joined the group for FREE at Prism for Men and scored the Jeremy Outfit as the group gift. Astrid previously posted it here. This mesh outfit includes the shirt and pants with accompanying alphas AND a HUD to change each to four different colors. (4 pants x 4 shirts = 16 different outfit combinations).

Last Minute Hunting

There is still time left to find items in the Fall ’16 MenStuff Hunt. All items on this hunt are $0L – $1L.  I found the Men’s Classic Checkerboard Sneakers at Kingbal Stores for FREE all it just took a little searching. I also found some poses from Pics & Poses for FREE. I really need to update my collection.

Like an Anchor Around My Neck

Also on the MenStuff Hunt, I found this FREE Gold Anchor Necklace at ELYSIUM. The necklace also come in silver if gold isn’t your thing. It’s off to work, I’ll post when I can.

 

It’s good to be back!

 

ELYSIUM Gold Anchor Necklace

Carson is wearing…

Outfit: Prism for Men Jeremy Outfit Group Gift  $0L/$0 L to join

Shoes: Kingbal Stores    Mens Classic Checkerboard Sneakers    MenStuff Hunt $0L

Accessories: ELYSIUM   Gold Anchor Necklace MenStuff Hunt $0L

Skin – Belleza –  Shawn N/A (circa 2010)

Hair – Lelutka – Seth  N/A (circa 2010)

Poses:  Pics & Poses    MenStuff Hunt $0L

Sim:  Top Secret Undisclosed Location

 

CarsonCaibentag