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Serena’s Tips for New Residents: Joining a Group

We were all new SL residents, once upon a time. Perhaps it was many years ago, or possibly even yesterday. If you’re lucky, you have a friend to mentor you and help you find your way. If you’re not lucky, you have to figure it all out for yourself. I fell into the latter category, and let me tell you, the learning curve was steep. Even after a couple of decades of programming experience, it still took me time – and several books! – to figure things out. So now I try to help out new residents whenever I can, and this will be the first in what I hope will be a series of Tips for New Residents.

I was chatting with a new resident a few days ago, telling her that she really should go to a particular store and pick up the latest group gift. Unfortunately, she didn’t know what I was talking about. Seems she did most of her shopping on the Marketplace, and had never been to an in-world store to join a group. We’re always talking about “group gifts” here at FabFree, and it occurred to me that there may be new readers out there who also don’t know how to join a group. Sooo… let me explain! (For you “old-timers” who already know this, please feel free to skip ahead to find out what I’m wearing.) 😉


Since I’m wearing the latest group gift skin from HUIT, I decided to head over to their store to show you how YOU can pick it up too.

Step 1: Go to the in-world store of your choice. Locate the “group joiner.” These typically have the store logo on it or somewhere nearby, and the word JOIN. Left-click on the JOIN button.


Step 2: After you click the button, you will probably get a pop-up notice to open your chat window (that’s the place where you talk to other residents). The chat button is located at the bottom left of your screen, unless you moved it (sorry, I cut mine off in this picture). Click the hyperlink, which probably has the group name, or says “click this link” or something similar. A box like this one will pop up. If the group is free to join, it will say “free” next to the “Join Now” button. If there is a join fee, you will see it on the bottom right where it says “Cost to join” (if you choose to join a group that is not free, you will need to confirm in another pop-up that it is ok to pay the join fee). This group is free to join, and has a cost of 0L. Click the “Join Now” button. You should get a notice in the chat window stating that you have been added to the group.


Step 3: You should now be wearing your new group tag. You can see mine right over my head, next to my little birdie friend. With your tag on, head over to the group gift vendor and left-click the vendor to get your gift. VOILA! Your gift should appear in your inventory, either in a folder (probably with the store name) or in your Objects folder. 😀


Ok, now for what I’m wearing. 🙂 You already know by now that the skin I’m in is the free group gift skin from [HUIT]. I’m also wearing the Kiana outfit from {Liv-Glam}, which includes the mesh jacket and jeans, and tank, and is on sale for 49L for Secret Wednesday. I love these “skullie” boots from ::Duh!::, which I managed to pick up for free in their lucky chair. And my Berry Slushie blue hair is a free gift from a new-to-me store called [Raspberry]. You get the full “Aristocrat Pack” of Chai Anxiety, full of a whole lotta fun (and regular) colors. Enjoy!

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – [HUIT] Group Gift Skin 2012/09 (group gift / 0L / free to join)

Eyes – IKON Ardent Eyes Clarity (not free)

Eyelashes – *Redgrave* 6-Natural (not free)

Hair – [Raspberry] Chai Anxiety (free gift / 0L)

Nails – Izzie’s Metal Stripe Nails (not free)

Complete Outfit – {LIV-Glam} Kiana (49L / Secret Wednesday)

Jewelry – Maxi Gossamer Jewelled Skull and Heart (not free)

Boots – ::Duh!:: Skullish Spike Boots (0L / Lucky Chair)

Poses by aDORKable and Glitterati (not free)

Location – [HUIT] in-world store

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Not Quite Live from HOLLYWOOD: More Goodies!

Oh my goodness, the paparazzi is out in full force today at .the event HOLLYWOOD! The sim was so full that I couldn’t even TP in to take photos or get exact SLurls. Ah well, you’ll just have to wander around and pick up all the great swag bags until you find exactly what you’re looking for. 😉

Let me first say that the designers at .the event. HOLLYWOOD have been so generous. When Love told me to go over and take a look, I thought there would only be a few designers with swag bags. But nooo, almost every store has something wonderful for you, for FREE! And with 80 designers to choose from, your virtual arms are going to be very full! So let me show you a few goodies that I picked up yesterday…


I loved this Ballerina Aurora Dress by Snowpaws as soon as I tried it on. It’s part ballet tutu + part sexy corset, and the flexi skirt moves so gracefully. Plus, it’s purple, my favorite color. 😀 I added these sparkly Mesh Glitter Heels in silver by *Epic*.


Snowpaws was also thinking of our jewelry needs, and included these dangly, purple Felin Parvant Earrings in the box with the Aurora dress. I couldn’t resist adding this silver and purple ring from FINESMITH, which I picked up yesterday at The Spring Fling Hunt (more about that in a future post). The skin I’m in today is a free gift from [HUIT] at The Skin Fair, and it comes with and without cleavage. My Angelina Eyes are from MULHOLLAND’s swag bag, and my hair is Kate by Miss. C. It does not come with a hairbase, so like Love, I also paired it with a hairbase from >TRUTH<.

Many thanks to the wonderful, generous designers at .the event. HOLLYWOOD!

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – [HUIT] Skin Fair 2013 Gift (free / 0L / available @ The Skin Fair)

Eyes – MULHOLLAND Angelina Eyes (free / 0L)

Eyelashes – *Redgrave* 19-Diva (not free)

Hair – Miss C Kate (free / 0L)

Hairbase – >TRUTH< (free / 0L)

Nails – Izzie’s Long Metallic Nails (not free)

Dress/Earrings – Snowpaws Ballerina Aurora Dress (free / 0L)

Ring – FINESMITH Maziar Ring (free / 0L / SFH)

Shoes – *Epic* Mesh Glitter Heels (free / 0L)

Poses – aDORKable (not free)

Location – Hollywood Sim (NOT .the event.)


Happy Easter!

Snapshot_006J StyleZ has designed a very cute mesh spring dress called Niamh for  the Spring Is Near Acid Lily Simwide Hunt.  The adorable daffodil printed dress is just what I needed for this weekend and you can find it hidden in a lady bug hunt icon at Acid Lily  (5L).

I found the Easter Basket shown on marketplace in the !gO! store for just 1L.  I may have to take some little chickies out and make room for some Cadbury’s Easter Cream Eggs (mmm those are my favourite Easter candy craving!), but it is pretty cute with the dress!  I’m curious now…  What’s your “Easter Candy Poison”?

The skin I am in today is a free gift from HUIT in celebration of the opening of there new R2 location.  It comes with cleavage and no cleavage option and there is no need to join a group – just go visit the shop and pick it up!

Happy Easter to all of our Fabulous Readers, however you decide to celebrate this sweet spring long weekend!


Love is wearing…

Skin – HUIT R2 Gift (free / 0L) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/R2%20Core/8/107/32

Eyes – IKON Ardent Eyes – Sage (Featured @ The Boutique) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Nest/195/218/21

Eyelashes – *FTL* S02 Kirei (not free) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kusanagi/222/22/2322

Hair – Truth Tenille  – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Truth%20Hair/114/34/27

Dress – J StyleZ Niamh  (5L / SINH) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ai%20Atoll/173/83/1500

Basket – !gO! Easter Basket (1L / Marketplace) – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/gO-Easter-basket-2011/2170456

Pose by Glitterati – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Glitterati/95/161/21

Let your *Soulglitter*

I have a fantastic deal to tell you about.  If you purchase any item from *Soulglitter* on Marketplace you will receive a mesh Tunic dress of your choice for free!

All you have to do to get the dress FOR FREE:

1) Go to the item you bought from *Soulglitter* on Marketplace


2) Click the button: Write a review and rate the item

3) Leave the designer (Auroris Resident) a notecard with the dress and size you would like.

Awesome deal, right?  The best part is most *Soulglitter* items are priced under L$10 and some are even free, so you wont break your budget trying to buy the first item.

The other amazing deal I have to tell you about is the skin I am wearing.  I showed the Pimp My Hunters hunt gift from HUIT yesterday.  There also is a group gift available in store!  The 2012/09 skin is a free gift for HUIT members AND the HUIT group is free to join!!!

Happy Shopping!


*Soulglitter: Tunic Dress (L$0)

*Garden of Eve: Jewelry (Not Free)

*J’s: Western Boots (Past Group Gift)

*Soulglitter: Peyton’s Eyes (L$0)

*HUIT: 2012/09 Skin (Group – L$0)

*Amacci: Ayana Hair (Now Release/Not Free)

*Glitterati: Poses (L$0 – L$50)


Pimp My HUIT

Kunglers has a really nice mesh dress that will be great for any occasion.  The dress is available free for Kunglers VIP group members.  There is a L$50 fee to join the Kunglers group.  I paired the dress with free black enamel Ribbon high heels from +9.  I was absolutely ecstatic about the beautiful skin.  I’ve been keeping an eye on HUIT since I first fell in love with the skins at the Skin Showcase this summer.  This skin is a gift from HUIT for the Pimp My Hunters hunt.  The Neyti hair is a gift from MINA Hair for My Second Box.  The hair includes a fatpack of colors that will match any style.  My Second Box has a L$300 enrollment fee every month.  Each month five amazing gifts are sent for My Second Box group members only.


*Kunglers: Black & White Mesh Dress (Group/Fee – L$0)

*+9: Ribbon High Heels (L$0)

*MOLiCHiNO: Delirium Clutch (Past Group Gift)

*HUIT: Skin (PMH – L$0)

*MINA Hair: Neyti Hair (My Second Box/Fee – L$0)

*Glitterati: Poses (L$0 – L$50)


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We’re all just Paperdolls

Paper.Doll has reopened it’s store and to celebrate there is a small store wide hunt.  This is am extremely easy hunt for 4 shopping bags.  In the bags you will find the mesh hot pink Perry dress, a cherry Tshirt undies set, the mini hot pink Dalia dress, and mesh strapless rosebud sundress.

The beautiful Luce Della Notte Scura necklace and earrings are a WTG gift at Santorini Island.  Be sure to check out the surrounding stores because many have gifts.  The Summer Girl tote bag is a free gift at Les Petits Details.

The Zoe skin from HUIT is only L$55 at fi*Fridays for the fifty five linden Friday even.  This skin is a limited time offer so HURRY!  I absolutely love the new Ingrid hair from MINA Hair.  This hair is available for only L$95 in every color at My Attic at The Deck from August 21st – 31st.  The hair includes a texture hud to change the headband color.

The pictures were taken at Las Arenas Rosadas.


*Paper.Doll: All Clothing (Hunt – L$0)

*HOC Industries: Happy Flats (L$150)

*WTG: Luce Della Notte Scura Jewelry Set (L$0)

*Les Petits Details: Summer Girl Bag (L$0)

*Poetic Colors: Caramel Pearl Eyes (L$0)

*MINA Hair: Ingrid Hair (L$95)

*HUIT : Zoe Skin (L$55)

*Glitterati: Poses (L$0 – L$50)



Take Flight with your Reasonable Desires

Reasonable Desires is celebrating 6 years in SL with a tantalizing hunt!  There are 14 gifts hidden in and outside the store.  The gifts contain an array of bikinis, lingerie, and costumes.  One of the costumes includes the ultra sexy Top Flight Pilot costume!  I had to take a detour to the Undine State airbase to fly a few jets.

The bikinis come in Contagion green, Isotope yellow, and Incinerate Red.  If you like a softer look you will love the Livia bra and pantie sets.  These lingerie sets come in petal pink, red dahlia, and purple iris.

The hunt also includes the Selena Teddy in Leopard, Cracked, Tiger, Zebra, and Snakeskin patterns.

For the pink lovers, the It’s Pink! teddy, panties, and garter set can be found in the #5 Bday hunt prize.

The sexy classic bunny outfit is one of the costumes in the hunt.  Imagine greeting your lover in that!  The Area86 skin is a gift from HUIT at the Area86 hunt.  This is an extremely hard hunt, but well worth it!  I had to derender nearly the entire sim to find the hunt items.


*Reasonable Desires: Lingerie (Hunt – L$0)

*Duh!: Classic Pumps (L$25)

*Poetic Colors: Caramel Pearl Eyes (L$0)

*Truth: Gianna Hair (Not Free)

*HUIT: Area86 Skin (Hunt – L$0)

*Glitterati: Poses (L$0 – L$50)


Huit @ Skin Showcase

Skin Addiction Showcase opened today and is filled with lots of goodies.  The event is very refreshing and open, with trails and paths that lead to fantastic skins.  One store featured at Skin Showcase is HUIT.  I have never heard of HUIT and was thrilled to find a group gift skin (shown above).  The Skin Addiction tag must be activated to receive the group gift skin.  The beautiful Alice skins are a featured skin from HUIT at the event.  I have fallen in love with the subtle girl next door quality of these skins.


*Jane: Intrinsic Tank (L$0)

*sf design: Grey Chinos (L$0)

*Maitreya: Flip-Flops (Not Free)

*MIEL:  CHUM bracelet (SOM – L$0)

*HUIT: Alice Skin (Group – L$0)

*D!va: Maya Hair (Group – L$0)

*Glitterati: Poses (L$0 – L$50)