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The Art of Avoiding the Mall

Crisp Air and a Cozy Sweater

Well hello there, Fabulouses!  I know it’s prime shopping season, and I really should be starting to gradually cross off items on my family members’ wish lists, but I decided to avoid the crowds at the mall the woods were calling us…. so Ripley and I headed for the grove of birch trees at the edge of the forest.  (True confession time…….this time of year where I am in RL, the snowbirds flock to the stores and I dread, dread, dread trying to park and deal with crowds of shoppers).

All Toasty Warm

Although the air was brisk, I was all cozily bundled up in my white woolen sweater, which is part of the latest free gift for members of Fabulously Free in SL from Ashmoot Fashion & Beauty.  Over-sized for a comfy fit, the thick yarn shielded me from the early winter wind.  This pullover features a ribbed waistline and soft, realistic folds in the texture.  Also part of the gift set, my rich burgandy mini skirt contrasts beautifully with the creamy hue of my top.  I love the touches of gold in the pattern sprinkled across the background.  Best of all, since the Fab Free group is completely free to join, I picked up this adorable outfit and still kept my holiday shopping budget fully intact!

What’s Included:

  • Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus
  • Classic (one size available but it includes the alpha layer for classic avatars)
  • Maitreya
  • Ebody
  • Slink Hourglass and Physique

I Know, I Know…

It’s just going to get more and more crowded out there the longer I wait to hit the stores.  I think I should follow Love’s example and do all my shopping online.  I do need to pick up the ingredients for Ripley Snacks in time to bake for the big holiday.  I plan to make a double batch so we can leave some out for Santa’s reindeer, too.  We’d better hop in the truck and get a move on!  Until my next post, happy shopping!

~ Kat (and Ripley)

Kat is wearing…

Mesh Body:  Maitreya Lara

Mesh Head:  Catwa Kathy (Bento)

Head Applier:  Glam Affair Tessa

Hair:  Truth Hair Elspeth (includes scarf)

Eyeliner:  SimplyScha Arabic Eyeliner

Eyes:  IKON Triumph Eyes in Coffee

Lipstick Applier:  Izzie’s Catwa Lipstick Applier (Aiko)

Outfit:  Ashmoot Fashion & Beauty A/W Coll Large Sweater and Skirt (free gift for members of Fabulously Free in SL – 0L/0L to join)

Pose:  an lar [poses]

Sim:  Private Location

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Please Come Home for Christmas

Haven't thought of a title yet

I’m just hangin’ out at the train station, waiting for my baby to arrive…

Ok, not really. But I am hanging out at the train station of the new Holiday Trace sim just because it’s so pretty and a great place to take photos. You really should pay it a visit, if only to enjoy a peaceful walk in the snow. 🙂

Yes, all this is free.

So, today I’m sharing this COMPLETE OUTFIT from Giulia Design.

The Renata outfit is a gift for members of the Maitreya Gifts, Sales & News in-world group (free to join). It comes with everything you see here: the sweater dress and scarf, tights, boots, and a handbag.

  • The dress and scarf are one piece and come in sizes XXS-L and Fitmesh with an alpha.
  • The tights come with appliers for Belleza, Maitreya, Slink, and Omega, as well as a clothing layer for classic avatars.
  • The boots come in XXS-L with an alpha, as well as for Slink feet (I’m wearing M with my Maitreya feet removed).
  • The handbag is one size, but you can modify the size with a right-click > edit > stretch.

The textures of this outfit are nicely done. I think the muted colors are a classy look for winter.

And I love handbags. 🙂

Ok… off to do more shopping. Or maybe I’ll just ride around on the train for a while.

*~*~*~*

Serena is wearing…

Head: LeLutka May
Skin Applier: Glam Affair Federika (featured @ Collabor88)
Eyeshadow: Izzie’s Glossy Eyeshadows (March Powder Pack for LeLutka)
Eyes Applier: A R T E Vivid Eyes (November Powder Pack for LeLutka)
Lipstick: Izzie’s All The Colors Matte Lipstick
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Imani
Body: Maitreya Lara
Nails: Hello Dave French Ready 2 (free gift – no group needed)
Complete Outfit: Giulia Design Renata (MGS&N group gift / free to join)
Pose by aDORKable Poses
Location: Holiday Trace

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My Heart Will Go On

Right Here Waiting...

Hello there, Fabulous Readers!  Since Ripley and I had such good luck with our last hunt (you can see my post {HERE}), we decided to hit the trail again.  We came away with this strappy beauty, which is a Sexy Christmas Hunt prize from Waffles.  In a rich shade of crimson, my Flame Crepe gown hugged all my curves and fell to ground level where it flared gracefully at my feet.   I felt so sleek and elegant in this frock!  It features a back that dips low, as well as a dramatic neckline, yet keeps you covered in all the right places.  The prize package, which costs only 1 little Linden dollar, includes versions for classic as well as mesh avatars.  To pick up this dress for yourself, journey over to Waffles, and search for the red phrase “sexy” somewhere in the store.

Sizes and Mesh Body Compatibility:

  • Mesh in XXS, XS, S, M, L
  • Freya
  • Hourglass
  • Isis
  • Maitreya
  • Physique
  • TMP
  • Venus

Until my next post, happy shopping hunting!

~ Kat (and Ripley)

Kat is wearing…

Mesh Body:  Maitreya Lara

Mesh Head:  Catwa Kathy (Bento)

Head Applier:  Glam Affair Tessa

Eyeliner:  Yokami Catwa Eyeliners [Catwa Applier]

Eyes:  IKON Triumph Eyes in Coffee

Lipstick Applier:  Izzie’s Catwa Lipstick Applier (Aiko)

Hair:  Truth Hair Zoya

Jewelry:  Cae Sorrow Collection

Dress:  Waffles Sexy Christmas Gown Flame Crepe (prize for The Sexy Christmas Hunt – 1L)

Heels:  KC Couture Cinzia Pumps (75L on the Marketplace)

Pose:  Apple Spice Poses

Sim:  Yorkshire

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Snow Flurries Under a PaperMoon

Let it Snow

Hello Fabulous Readers!  One of the hardest things to adjust to when I moved south in RL was a “snowless” holiday.  For the first few years, it just didn’t seem the same without cold weather and white flakes drifting down.  Now, I’m not sure how I would adjust to the bitter temperatures I grew up with, and the RL Ripley has never even seen snow.  Would he gaze up in wonder and dig like mad in the white stuff like his SL version does?  One of these days, we will have to make the trip up to the mountains to see.

We Go Together Like Winter and a Sweater

My adorable knitted dress and shrug are a free gift from PaperMoon Creations for their group members.  Since the group has a 0L join fee, I was able to scoop up this set completely for free!  I love the cheery combination of white and red.  You can pair the two pieces together as I have done in my snapshot, or wear them separately.  The dress features a high neckline, spaghetti shoulder straps and a white Nordic-style border below the waistline.  With a slightly faded hue, the texture in the frock is well done, and looks like real yarn.  The open weave of the shrug allowed the top of the dress to peek through, but also provided welcome warmth down my arms.  I didn’t try pairing it with other tops/dresses, but since it can be donned by itself, it could be added to your separates collection for added versatility.

Mesh Body Compatibility:

  • Hourglass
  • Maitreya
  • Physique

Eight other past free group gifts are still on the wall for members to scoop up, so if you haven’t visited PaperMoon Creations before, here’s a chance to add a whole collection of free outfits to your wardrobe.  Until my next post, happy shopping!

~ Kat (and Ripley)

Kat is wearing…

Mesh Body:  Maitreya Lara

Mesh Head:  Catwa Kathy (Bento)

Head Applier:  Glam Affair Beth

Eyeliner:  Yokami Cat Eyeliners [Catwa Applier]

Eyes:  IKON Triumph Eyes in Hazel

Lipstick Applier:  Izzie’s Catwa Lipstick Applier (Aiko)

Hair:  Wasabi Pills Dakota

Dress and Shrug:  PaperMoon Creations Knitted Dress and Top (free November gift for members of the PaperMoon Creations Group – 0L/0L to join)

Boots:  Bax Coen Designs Prestige 2 Boots Red Leather

Canine Companion:  JIAN Scruffy Shepherd (old gacha prize)

Pose:  aDORKable Poses (store closed)

Sim:  Pryde

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Sunglasses at Night

I wear my sunglasses at night
Hello Fabulous Readers!  I dusted off Ripley’s tracking harness and we hit the trail over at Brii Underground’s The School Girl Hunt.  With the pupster’s talented nose, we were able to ferret out all ten hunt prizes.  Tonight’s post features one of my favorites.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

Why Couldn’t My Old School Uniforms Look Like This?

Back in the day, when I attended high school, we had to wear uniforms, but they didn’t look anywhere near as cute as the Mijam School Style Complete Outfit that I’m wearing today.  With a chocolate shirt and brown and black plaid overalls, this outfit is downright adorable.  It features a narrow waistline that leads to a comfortably flared skirt, which ends at mid thigh level.  The designer even tucked coordinating stockings and heels into the package.  There’s also a jaunty beret, but I chose not to wear it in my photo.  As soon as I tried Mijam on, I fell in love with its deep, rich color scheme.  The best part?  This entire outfit cost me just two little lindens, a bit of search time, and a few Ripley snacks as a reward for you-know-who.  There is a hunt board near the front of the Brii Underground store that dispenses a hint note card to give you a boost if you get stuck, but honestly, the pupster and I were able to complete the entire hunt in just one evening.

Sizes and Mesh Body Compatibility:

  • Mesh in XS, S, M, L, XL
  • Alpha layer for classic avatars
  • Fit mesh in XS, S, M, L, XL
  • Belleza Freya, Isis, Venus
  • Maitreya
  • Slink Hourglass and Physique
  • Heels for Belleza, Maitreya, Slink, TMP
  • Stocking applier for Maitreya, Omega and Slink (also includes stockings on socks layer for classic avatars)
  • Omega Make Up Applier for Catwa Head (includes make up on tattoo layer for classic avatars)

If you like this outfit as much as I do, don’t delay in traveling to Brii Underground.  The School Girl Hunt runs through November 30th, so you only have a few days left.  Until my next post, happy shopping hunting!

~ Kat (and Ripley)

Kat is wearing…

Mesh Body:  Maitreya Lara

Mesh Head:  Catwa Kathy (Bento)

Head Applier:  Glam Affair Beth

Eyeliner:  Yokami Cat Eyeliners [Catwa Applier]

Eyes:  IKON Triumph Eyes in Coffee

Lipstick:  Izzie’s Catwa Lipstick Applier (Aiko)

Hair:  Truth Hair Farryn (available at Uber)

Outfit [includes socks and heels] :  Brii Underground Mijam School Style Complete Outfit (prize for The School Girl Hunt – 2L)

Bracelet:  Pixel Box Design Steampunk Doomsday (50L)

Pose [includes sunglasses]:  Reve Obscura Perspective Bento Pose (50L on the Marketplace)

Sim:  Felicite Isle

Song:  Sunglasses at Night by Corey Hart

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More S’mores!

S'mores

Happy Monday, fabulous readers!

I hope you’re having a much better day than I am. I went out to my car this morning and found it completely covered in snow! So now I’m giving Kat a call, and hoping she can pick me up so we can do some final Cyber Monday shopping. I’m happy to have these two cuties to keep me company while I wait.

But I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to keep my hands off those s’mores, though…

Sally Forth to Sallie

This gift is time-sensitive, so I wanted to pop in and share it with you as soon as I found it. New-to-me store Sallie is offering this snuggly, cable-knit sweater in black as a free group gift. It is actually a sweater dress, but I added a pair of jeans because it’s freezing out here. Oh, and it is sized for Maitreya mesh bodies.

The Sallie in-world group is free to join. The gift is ONLY available until November 30th, so don’t delay!

Can You Hear Me Now?

I got a free phone! Actually, it came with this pose from Shi.s Poses, but I think that still counts. The pose is for Bento-enabled hands, and there is also a similar pose for the guys. Both include the phone. 🙂

I hope Kat gets here before I eat all the s’mores. Ok, just one more…

*~*~*~*

Serena is wearing…

Head: LeLutka May
Skin Applier: Glam Affair Federika (featured @ Collabor88)
Hair: Magika Talk Like That (Last day for 50% off)
Body: Maitreya Lara
Sweater: Sallie Cable Knit Dress (group gift until 11/30 / free to join)
Jeans: Izzie’s Twinnie Jeggings
Boots: #Empire Laurel (featured @ Collabor88)
Pose: Shi.s Poses Woman #3 (group gift / 5L to join)
Location: [SL] Amsterdam

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A Shutterbug in a Winter Wonderland

Kodak moment

Hello Fabulous Readers!  Ripley and I visited The Mill for another dose of winter wonderland, and came across multiple kodak moments.  There aren’t too many things that would make me kneel in the snow (brrrr!) to snap a photo, but the gorgeous landscape, and Rip’s new pals decked in winter accessories are two of them.  Aren’t Rufus and Rex super cute?

Lilian and Naia Are Super Cute, Too!

There is something so classic in the combination of red and black, and I created this look today by combining three group gifts.  First, my off-the-shoulder, crimson sweater is a free gift from ::LiES:: Creations for members of the Maitreya Gifts, Sales & News group.  With ribbed knitting on the neck and hemline, and a realistic texture in the body of the sweater, this top is bright and cheerful.  Inside the gift package, you will find versions for classic as well as mesh avatars.  Since the MGS&N group is free to join, the Lilian pullover won’t cost you a single Linden dollar.

Sizes and Mesh Body Compatibility:

  • Mesh in XXS, XS, S, M, L
  • Alpha layer for classic avatars
  • Freya
  • Isis
  • Hourglass
  • Maitreya
  • Physique
  • TMP
  • Venus

Also a group gift, this time from Belle Epoque, my Naia pants come in black, blue, red, white and yellow, so it’s like getting four presents in one.  A free giftie for members of the Teleport Hub group, these trousers don’t come in different sizes, but they fit my Maitreya Lara body perfectly, closely hugging each and every curve.  Featuring a shimmering, satiny texture topped with well placed folds, Naia is sure to flatter your figure.  To add these slacks to your inventory, simply journey to the shop on the Wild Willows sim, activate the Teleport Hub group tag (10L join fee) and tap the vendor.  While you are there, you might want to scoop up the theatrical Venetian Mask which is a gift for Fab Free group members.

All Wrapped Up

To add a finishing touch, I applied a brilliant red manicure, which is a free gift from Hello Dave for members of Fabulously Free in SL.  You can get a better view of this fun polish in my close up below.  “Early Wrapping” features silver ribbons tied across a cherry red background, which is bound to put you in a festive mood!  This applier is compatible with Slink (v2 and above), Maitreya (just click the small nail polish bottles on the right side of the HUD), and Belleza, Vista and Empire (providing you have the appropriate Omega System Kit for the particular brand of hands).

Kodak Close Up

Well, that’s a wrap for this post (I couldn’t resist the pun).  Rip and I are off to explore some more of this wintery landscape.  Until my next post, happy shopping!

~ Kat (and Ripley)

Kat is wearing…

Mesh Body:  Maitreya Lara

Mesh Head:  Catwa Kathy (Bent0)

Head Applier:  Glam Affair Beth

Eyeliner:  SimplyScha Arabic Eyeliner (10L on the Marketplace)

Eyes:  IKON Triumph Eyes in Coffee

Lipstick Applier:  Izzie’s Catwa Lipstick Applier (Aiko)

Hair:  Truth Hair Natalie

Earrings:  Promagic Neha Earrings (old gacha prize)

Sweater:  LiES Creations Lilian Top (free gift for Maitreya Gifts, Sales & News Group – 0L/0L to join)

Pants:  Belle Epoque Naia Pants (free gift for the Teleport Hub Group – 0L/10L to join)

Boots:  KC Couture Arizona Cowgirl Ankle Boots

Manicure:  Hello Dave Early Wrapping (free gift for Fabulously Free in SL – 0L/0L to join)

Pose:  Reve Obscura Shutterbug BENTO Pose with Mesh Camera (50L on the Marketplace)

Sim:  The Mill

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A Quiet Moment With Idelisa

Solitude

Hello Fabulous Readers!  It was a day to pause and be thankful here in the US as we celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday.  After a dinner with family, the pupster and I spent a peaceful evening at the Kittens Cradle sim.  It’s really a wonderful place to explore!

Introducing…Idelisa

In my past couple of posts {HERE} and {HERE}, I’ve shown you some beautiful Lucky Board prizes available at .Lunaria.  While we were waiting for that elusive “K” to appear, I spotted a gorgeous long gown on the free Daily Prize Board and gave the vendor a tap.  I waited patiently, then as midnight rolled around, “Idelisa” was delivered to my inventory.  A long white, sleeveless gown, with golden trim, this lovely frock features a fitted bodice and a skirt which falls gracefully to floor level.  I really like the way the ivory fabric fades into sparkling golden tones at the hemline.  With sizes for classic avatars, as well as mesh bodies, this free frock will fit a majority of avatars.  The target for the daily prize is just 25, so teleport on over to the shop, invite your friends, and it’s a pretty good bet that the goal of 25 slaps will be met!

Sizes and Mesh Body Compatibility:

  • Fit mesh in XS, S, M, L, XL
  • Alpha layer for classic avatars
  • Freya
  • Hourglass
  • Isis
  • Maitreya
  • TMP
  • Physique
  • Venus

After our delicious turkey dinner, we sliced into that pumpkin pie I’ve been talking about and it was …. heavenly!  Thank goodness it turned out ok……I’ve been looking forward to it for days! 🙂  Maybe I should make pies more often, but then again, that was RL, not SL, so calories count.  Until my next post, happy shopping!

~ Kat (and Ripley – who enjoyed his Ripley snacks instead of pie)

Kat is wearing…

Mesh Body:  Maitreya Lara

Mesh Head:  Catwa Kathy (Bento)

Head Applier:  Glam Affair Beth

Eyeliner:  SimplyScha Arabic Eyeliner (10L on the Marketplace)

Eyes:  IKON Triumph Eyes in Coffee

Lipstick Applier:  Izzie’s Catwa Lipstick Applier (Aiko)

Hair:  Truth Hair Apple (with side whispy bangs from Truth Hair Bangs Collection)

Jewelry:  EarthStones Rainbow Necklace and Earrings

Dress:  .Lunaria. Idelisa (free Midnight Mania prize 0L)

Pose:  Le Poppycock

Sim:  Kittens Cradle

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As Luck Would Have It…

As Luck Would Have It

Hello Fabulouses!  Just a quick post to share a stunning free skirt I picked up as a lucky board prize at .Lunaria.  The Kaelyn maxi skirt falls in a slender line from your hips to about mid-shin length, where it flares as it sweeps the ground for freedom of movement.  Ivory white in color (the windlight setting I used made it look greenish for some reason, but it is white), it features circular adornments at the waistline, which add visual interest.  I really love the sleek, sophisticated look this outfit evokes!  Kaelyn comes in sizes for classic as well as mesh avatars.  To pick up a copy for yourself, simply teleport to the shop, switch to the Lunaria group tag (it’s completely free to join), and cross your fingers.  I was lucky enough to scoop this baby up during my first few minutes of waiting.

Sizes and Mesh Body Compatibility:

  • Mesh in S and M (I don’t see an L in my folder, but that could be a glitch in unloading the package)
  • Alpha Layer for classic avatars
  • Freya
  • Hourglass
  • Isis
  • Maitreya
  • Physique
  • Venus

About the Pie…

So, to give you an update:  while Ripley snoozed the afternoon away today, I *was* successful in creating a pie.  I have to admit, though, it took two tries to get a crust that rolled out large enough for the pie plate.  It smelled so delicious as the oven worked its magic.  We will see tomorrow how it tastes.  I’m hoping my luck holds out for a flavorful pie as well as it did for all my lucky board prizes in SL!  Until my next post, Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating, and happy shopping to all our Fabulous Readers!

~ Kat (and Ripley)

Kat is wearing…

Mesh Body:  Maitreya Lara

Mesh Head:  Catwa Kathy

Head Applier:  Glam Affair Beth

Eyeliner:  SimplyScha Arabic Eyeliner (10L on the Marketplace)

Eyes:  IKON Triumph Eyes in Coffee

Lipstick Applier:  Izzie’s Catwa Lipstick Applier (Aiko)

Hair:  Truth Hair Zoya (with whisps from Truth Hair Sugar and bangs from Truth Hair Bangs Collection)

Jewelry:  Cae Entwined Set

Wrap:  Meli Imako Evening Wrap

Top:  Just Because Lace Bustier in white

Skirt:  .Lunaria. Kaelyn (free Lucky Board Prize for members of the Lunaria group – 0L/0L to join)

Pose:  aDORKable Poses (store closed)

Sim:  Elvenshire Mystical Fae Forest

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If You Listen Carefully…

If You Listen Carefully, the Silence is Beautiful

… the silence is beautiful.  It’s been a long time since I was in a snowstorm, but I still remember the peace and tranquility after Mother Nature blanketed the world in white.  Sounds were muffled, and the landscape was so incredibly beautiful.  Nowadays, I need to get my snow fix on Second Life.  Tonight, the pupster and I traveled to Rayne and PetitChat for a dose of winter wonderland.  Isn’t the scene just lovely?

Feeling Lucky?

My sweet dress is a Lucky Board prize at Lunaria available to members of the Lunaria group.  Since the group is free to join, the only investment I had to make was a bit of time waiting for that magical “K” to appear on the board.  It took a couple of days of trying off and on, but this little number was well worth the wait!  With long sleeves, a charcoal colored bodice, a gray skirt, and cuffs, this frock kept me warm, but also offered stylish touches as well, such as the tree print on the bodice and pale embroidery on the cuffs and hemline.  I really like the more muted color scheme of this outfit.  With sizes for classic avatars as well as several mesh bodies, this free lucky board prize is sure to please.

Sizes and Mesh Compatibility:

  • Fit Mesh in XS, S, M, L, XL
  • Alpha Layer for Classic Avatars
  • Belleza
  • Maitreya
  • Slink

Well,  that’s a wrap for today.  Tomorrow, Ripley and I are going to hit the kitchen and snooze by the warm oven (Ripley – not me) and attempt to whip up a home made (from scratch) pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving Dinner dessert (me –  not Ripley).  We’ll see how THAT turns out.  I haven’t had the best of luck in the past with pie crusts.  Anyone know of a good bakery that will be open late on Wednesday, just in case?  Until my next post, happy shopping!

~ Kat (and Ripley)

Kat is wearing…

Mesh Body:  Maitreya Lara

Mesh Head:  Catwa Kathy (Bento)

Head Applier:  Glam Affair Alura

Eyeliner:  Izzie’s Catwa Eyeliner Applier

Eyes:  IKON Triumph Eyes in Coffee

Lipstick Applier:  Izzie’s Catwa Lipstick Applier (Aiko)

Hair (including scarf):  Wasabi Pills Aspen

Dress:  .Lunaria. Feena Dress (free Lucky Board prize for members of the Lunaria group – 0L/0L to join)

Boots:  Maitreya Stagioni Boots in Coal

Pose:  Overlow Poses

Sim:  Rayne and PetitChat

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