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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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Last Days of November

Last Days of November

A Special Anniversary.

Glitterati is celebrating its 8th anniversary, and as a gift to loyal group members, Sapphire Teebrook has set out a special 8th Anniversary gown as a group gift. As a group member, I picked up the group gift (there are lots of past group gifts still out) and donned it before setting out to do a little exploring.

The gown was an easy fit, coming in a variety of sizes that will fit just about any body, including:

  • Standard sizes XS – SL
  • Fitmesh
  • Maitreya
  • TMP
  • Slink – Hourglass and Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, and Venus

A Jaunt by the Water.

Most of the trees have lost their leaves where I live, and I was enchanted when I stumbled across this little sim called “Yasmina.” I stopped by a stone gazebo where I had a perfect view of small fishing boats and the autumn trees and was able to catch a picture with a tree that happened to match my dress. As a child, I used to fish in boats on family ponds, very similar to the boats you see in this picture, so the little stop at this sim was a pleasant one for me.

Last Days of November 2

A few final touches.

I always appreciate a few final touches, and though this dress doesn’t need much to dress it up, I thought that a few little things added some class to it.

I picked up a FREE tester lipstick off of the Marketplace by alaskametro in a warm brown color called Cashew. Free testers are a great way to add to your make up palate without breaking your budget, and if you like the results, you can always buy the full version (in fact, I recommend you do, as it’s a great way to support the creator). This tester included a system layer for system heads, as well as huds for Lelutka, Loudmouth, Omega, TMP, and Slink.

And bracelets too.

I also nabbed a pair of matching wooden wrist cuffs. One of my favorite jewelry stores is no longer on the grid, but you can still pick up items off Marketplace from ECCO jewelry. I happened to find that ECCO had a promo for these beautiful wooden wrist cuffs on the Marketplace for just 10L and I couldn’t resist. I felt they suited my autumnal mood… and were a nice finishing touch to a beautiful morning.

Happy travels to you all. Be sure to stop by Yasmina. It’s a beautiful sim for visiting or photography!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Hands and Feet – Slink
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Viktoria in Asia
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Magika – Meadow
Lipstick – alaskametro – “Creme Brown” lipstick – Cashew TESTER (FREE on the Marketplace)
Bracelets – ECCO – Wrist Cuffs in Wood (10L on the Marketplace)
Dress – Glitterati – 8th Anniversary Gift (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is 100L to Join)
Shoes – Pure Poison – Mara Sandals

Sim Location – Yasmina

Astrids Signature

 


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Opening Doors

Doors

The Doors.

Astrid got this crazy idea that we are going to be adventuring… and Kathryn helped her out with a link to this Flickr Group where you can look at pictures of various sims. It’s required to post the slurl in the description, so you can be sure to find the destination if you want to check it out for yourself. One of the photos caught my eye, and I landed on Baja Bay.

The original photo had been of a beach house with seaguls…. but I ended up gravitating toward a set of doors on the beach. I’m reminded of a song by The Doors called “Land Ho.”

“Grandma loved a sailor, who sailed the frozen sea
Grandpa was that whaler and he took me on his knee
He said: “Son, I’m going crazy from livin’ on the land
Got to find my shipmates and walk on foreign sands”

Maybe that’s just the thing. I’ve been a little cooped up lately and I’m ready to open doors. These four got me as excited is Astrid about what lay ahead.

I haven’t forgotten the Freebies!

Every sailor needs a north star to guide their ship by… and as Astrid mentioned in her post [HERE], it was highly likely that I might be sharing the men’s gift from KiB Designs with you. The group is FREE to join and you can pick up this T-shirt FREE with your group tag.

The gift package from KiB Designs is actually a “family” package and includes this black T-shirt with the star print on it for everyone in the family… Mom, Dad, and kiddo. I’m wearing it in the male version. It comes in all the standard sizes with its own alpha layer. Ladies if you like it, you can pick it up FREE as well.

I’m off to wander the beach… the waves are still crashing and I think I see a few seashells. I feel the wanderlust creeping up on me. “Singing songs of shady sisters and old time liberty. Songs of love and songs of death and songs to set men free.” (The Doors)

Happy Wandering.

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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)
Shirt – KiB Designs – Group Gift 1 Male, Family T-Shirt (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Pants  – RedgraveHeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Baja Bay

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A Little Whimsy

Whimsy

The Teleport Hub

Yesterday I was cleaning out my inventory… and with it, lots of notecards. I came across one that was a bit old, and wondered if the gift that was listed at More Than Ever was still available. It looked whimsical, flowery, pretty… and with all the cold weather posts… like something that would really cheer me up!

So I took a chance and teleported over to More Than Ever to take a peek and found that the gift was still out. This Hepburn Rose Dress in Plum is a Teleport Hub gift. You join the Teleport Hub for just 10L and you can get gifts from stores all over the grid! Just check the notices to see what’s available. For just 10 tiny linden, it’s well worth the small join fee.

The dress…

I picked up my dress and brought it home to unpack it, and instantly fell in love. It has a glittery purple top, a wide belted waist, and a skirt that is opaque at the hips, but leads down into a glittery flowered swirl of transparent prettiness. It’s whimsical and lovely and made me think of sunshine and spring.

It was also versatile and included a variety of sizes:

  • Fitmesh XS – XL
  • Maitreya
  • Belleza
  • Slink

Time for a little exploring.

I don’t always take time to share the sims I visit with you, but this dress made me want to visit something fanciful, so I took to the destination guide to try to find something to suit my mood.

I clicked on “Photogenic Spots” and Astralia popped up. A couple of lines from the description say that Astrialia is “an astral surreal landscape for photographers and art lovers.” And that while, “Nothing was in place according to logic and common sense, everything was in order according to the soul.”

I took a look around after the landscape rezzed in, and found myself spending far more time than it took to just take my picture. It’s a sim worth visiting if you find yourself with a little spare time and feeling a little introspective. I’ve gone back today to finish writing this post (I took my picture yesterday), just so I could see the sim as I sit here to tap out my words to you.

It made me think I need to expand my horizons a bit as far as photographs go. I think sometimes we stick with the familiar and don’t explore enough. I’m ready to branch out a bit… I hope you don’t mind, dear FabFree readers.

I want to take you on an adventure… don’t worry. Freebies will be the breadcrumbs that lead the way😉

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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 – [e] elikatira – Gia
Dress – More Than Ever – Hepburn Rose Dress in Plum (Free Group Gift/0L/10L to Join Group)
Shoes – Pure Poison – Mara Sandals

Sim Location – Astralia

Astrids Signature


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Feeling Cozy

Bundled Up

Ready Colder Weather?

I think I’m feeling the bite of colder weather where I am. I actually had to turn the heat on this week! And all this cold has sent me hunting for warmer deals… like this FREE cozy sweater from Kib Designs. Kib is FREE to Join the group and the current group gift is a pair of cozy sweaters in all the standard mesh sizes. (I’m showing you the purple, but there is also a darling maroon color).

Past Group Gifts too!

These sweaters will warm you up and have you ready to adventure to snowy regions for sure! What’s more is there were several FREE past group gifts still up at Kib. Including at least one that caught my eye for gentleman… I’ll be letting Loki know in case he want’s to give you the details.

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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 – [e] elikatira – Rue
Sweater – KiB Designs – Anna Pullover (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Pants – Coco – Wide Leg Jeans _ Mid

Sim Location – Hermoupolis Lake in Paris Land

Astrids Signature


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New Fabulously Free in SL Group Gift: Lil Tease Creations

Lil Tease Creations has a special holiday tree gift and giftable boxes for all of the members of the Fabulously Free in SL inworld group so be sure to stop in and pick up your copy!

Thank you Trinity Graves!!

Lil Tease Creations – Added 11/24/16

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How to grab your gift!

To pick up these group gifts, you will need to have your Fabulously Free in SL inworld group tag activated (It’s free to join!).  To join the group, copy and past the following link into local chat in your SL viewer and click the link in local chat – secondlife:///app/group/020fa7af-444d-f54f-01e2-557ec06315fd/about

There are three ways to keep an eye on our growing list of free group gifts:

  1. Click the Group Gifts Listing Button at the top right hand side of the blog.
  2. Watch for the inworld group notices.
  3. Visit our inworld Fabulously Free in SL Info Hub and click the listing on the sign by the party table.


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I Sing the Body Electric

I Sing the Body Electric

Gaps in the wardrobe.

Gaps? But Sheidey what are you talking about? Some Second Life inventories are possibly related to literal black holes! In all seriousness, though I took a good long look at the theoretical mass (and mess!) that is my inventory and realized that I didn’t have very many options when it came to pants. Needing a quick fix and seeing as throwing away my dresses and skirts were out of the question, I decided to hit some sales. In my previous post {HERE} I mentioned a store called Wertina and not only do they sell some great shoes, but they also have a good variety of clothing items in stock as well. Pictured is the Biker pants in black that are simply a study in fitted leather and look great at any angle. The leather studs that go down on either side of the pants are a great feature just like the distressed leather detailing around the knees. The Biker pants come in five standard mesh sizes (XS-L) with an alpha layer included and cost just 15L because of the closing down sale that Wertina is holding. Pop down to the store to browse! With everything marked down to 5L-35L, you might just find something to fill up the gaps in your wardrobe too.  The closing sale at Wertina ends on the 31st of December.

More metallic goodness!

Now that I have a perfect pair of pants, I was determined to find some fitting footwear for it. Luckily enough Enertia is offering up the Kehlani heels as a free group gift and the metallic sheen to the straps and body of these shoes was exactly what I was looking for. Personally, I feel that the edgy style of these heels paired off nicely with the outfit, but if metallics aren’t your cup of tea there’s also a Hud included in the gift package with five other color options. What’s more, you’ll be getting sizing for Slink, Maitreya, and Belleza feet as well. Add the Kehalni heels into your shoe collection today by joining the Toxxic Designs Studios group for free.

It’s a hair affair!

Hairology has been a hot topic here with the ladies of FabFree and rightly so as the 1st Anniversary of the event is filled with awesome goodies from top quality designers. I found the final touch to my outfit there in the form of a dollarbie hair gift from Vanity Hair. Buns have such a bad rep for being uptight but this beautifully textured updo is simply elegant. Natural colors isn’t something that I’d usually go for when hairstyles are concerned but this gift and it’s Hud that contains four rich tones to choose from certainly inspired me to give the ‘naturals’ a chance. While there is no alpha layer provided, there’s a nifty resizer in the hud which makes fitting hassle free and the hairdo itself has copy permissions enabled so that you can make duplicates for backup. This round of Hairology closes at the end of the month so don’t miss out!

For more coverage on the gifts at Hairology check out these posts:

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 In plain sight.

While slapping the Midnight Mania boards at WoW Skins the other day I ran into (literally, thanks lag) this free gift in the games room. This very generous gift contains the classic Soraya skin in the tan tone with both cleavage/no cleavage options as well as appliers for Phat Azz, Slink Hands and Feet, Ghetto Booty and Lolas Tango. You’ll also receive a brow base and shape but my favorite aspect of this skin aside from the fact that it’s totally free are the two freckles tattoo layer that comes included in the package as well. My very first skin in SL was freckled as well so it was good to come back to the look after a while away.

Speaking of going back to old looks, I’ve gone back to blue-grey eyes as well after experimenting with different colored peepers. The aptly named Athena eyes are a free gift from Mesange and not only will you be receiving system eyes but mesh ones as well with Genesis and Omega Huds. I feel wiser already for snapping up this gift and maybe I’ll be sticking to this pair for a while.

And that’s a wrap. I’d like to wish a happy and safe Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it. Have fun out there dear readers. Till next time!

 

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On Sheidey…

Skin- WoW Skins Soraya (0L/No group required)
Hair – Vanity Hair Hairology Anniversary Dollarby (1L @ Hairology)
Eyes – Mesange Athena (0L/No group required)
Tattoo – Carol G Hennah (Past Group Gift)
Top –sYs Cozy Scarf
Pants – Wertina Biker Pants (15L/Wertina Closing Sale)
Shoes – Enertia Kehlani Heels (0L/Group Gift/No join fee required)
Feet –Slink High

Pose: Le Poppycock

Sim: Private location

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Feeling Blue

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Good evening Fabulouses!  I nearly logged off and went to bed, but then I remembered I wanted to tell you about a couple of sweet deals I found recently and they are fairly time sensitive, so I’m back… half asleep to give you the news!

It’s Black Friday even in Second Life!

There are stores all over the grid participating in sales with huge price slashings.  TRUTH Hair is no exception!  From November 25-28th you will find all of the hair packs in the front room at the Truth mainstore priced at 75L.  Fatpacks are 500L.  Inworld VIPs have early access on the 24th🙂

I picked up a few colour packs that I didn’t have already, including the hairstyle called Focus that I am wearing tonight.  Some of them are actually very recent releases!

60L Sale At [Satus Inc.]

For just a couple more days, at [Satus Inc.] you can find the Button Skirt and High Neck Sweater shown on my avatar for just 60L.  I am wearing blue, but a few different colours are available.

Available sizing:

  • Mesh XXS – L + Alpha Layer
  • Maitreya
  • Belleza
  • Slink
  • TMP

Boots, boots boots!

Last but certainly not least…  Let me tell you about these fabulous boots!!  At N-Core when you join their inworld group (100L fee), you can pick up the Calyssa Boots that come with a 28 colour fatpack HUD.

Calyssa is compatible with:

  • Maitreya
  • Belleza
  • Slink
  • TMP
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Love is wearing…

Mesh Body – Maitreya Lara
Mesh Head – Catwa Candy
Head Applier – Bold & Beauty  Kristina
Eyes – IKON Triumph Eyes Dusk
Hair – TRUTH Hair Focus (75L / Black Friday Sale)
Dress – [Satus Inc.] Button Skirt & High Neck Sweater (60L / Sale!)
Boots – N-Core Calyssa Fatpack (free group gift / 0L / 100L to join)
Pose by Le Poppycock
Sim – Everwinter

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Pour Some Sugar On Me

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Hi there Fabulous Readers! I just don’t even believe it… I have barely gotten over the excitement about the first TRUTH Hair group gift that came out a couple weeks back (First shown [HERE] by Kathryn and is still available for pick up instore), and now in celebration of 4500 group members, Truth Hawks has sent out another fatpack of hair in the notices!  This group is 265L to join, but currently you can pick up both gifts in full fatpacks… so that’s a killer deal in my opinion!

Sugar is her name…

Sugar is her name, and a loose top bun updo with a variety of bang and whispy attachments is her game!  The versatility of these short/long whisps will be especially handy in this sweater/jacket/scart season so that you can find the right pieces that don’t interfere with your outfit!

Where to find it:

According to the Truth Customer Service Rep, Padma Scorpio… “Gifts will expire in notices after 14 days and then will be available in the main store for a total duration of 1 month after which they will no longer be available.” (this message was found in group notices as well)

Side note about the pose used:

I have used Raindale ‘s Tree Swing Spring Gift Pose that you can pick up for 1L at the Raindale shop!  No need to join a group – just go grab it for a linden😉.  It comes with a few different natural swing sitting poses, adjustment and swing option.

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Love is wearing…

Mesh Body – Maitreya Lara
Mesh Head – Catwa Candy
Head Applier – League Ella
Eyes – IKON Triumph Eyes Dusk
Hair –  TRUTH Sugar (free group gift / 0L / 265L to join)
Outfit – Aphorism Lore Collection (featured @ Whimsical)
Pose – Raindale Tree Swing Spring Gift (1L)
Sim – Raindale

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What’s Normal Anyway?

What's Normal Anyway?

I’m still unpacking gifts!

I’m still unpacking gifts from the Anniversary Round of Hairology… and I’m loving all of them. I really wanted to share this one from Pr!tty called Kyla with you. It comes in an essentials pack and is a 1L gift currently at Hairology until November 3oth.

This pretty mesh hair is a pretty side-sweep and it’s hard to go wrong with that. The essential color hud includes several natural colors, a couple of ombres, and a couple of wilder colors like pink. It didn’t have my usual grey-scales, but I settled for this light blonde ombre, and was very happy with the look.

Baby got a new top on!

Elegance Boutique is great about giving out regular group gifts, and I love that the group is FREE to join, making their gifts totally FREE. You just need a spare group space to pick them up. Right now you can pick up this Mely shirt as their current group gift. I chose one of the cheeky prints to wear for my picture, but there are some more traditional choices on the color change hud that is included with the top.

What you get with the top…

  • Sizes: Maitreya, Hourglass, and Physique
  • Textures: Red, Pink floral, Pink, Navy Stripes, Black, Black Cat Meow, Brown Whisker Cat, Normal People Scare Me (shown), and White Cat Meow

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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 – Pr!tty – Kyla in Essentials (1L @ Hairology Anniversary Round) – until November 30th
Shirt – Elegance Boutique – T-shirt “Mely” Group Gift with Hud 9 Colors (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Shorts – Blueberry – Cossy – Denim Ripped Shorts – Dark Blue

Sim Location – Gates of Melancholy

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