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Short and Sweet

Short and Sweet

Hey Fab Fam! I have a short and sweet post today. But that’s okay cause the cute dress I’m showing off is short and sweet too!

This is the ‘Nova Serene’ dress from Telsiope’s Couture and I was lucky enough to get it for free! I just popped over to the store and spotted the mix and match game board. It took about three or four tries and bam! I got it! There’s no group to join or anything. But you’ll want to join Telsiope’s Couture’s free Subscribe group because there’s always something pretty as the Subscriber’s Gift. So head over and try your luck too!

Sizes Inlcuded

  • Belleza Freya, Isis, Venus
  • Maitreya
  • SLink – Hourglass, Physique

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Juli’s Stylin’

    • Mesh Head – LeLutka (Spencer- w/ my own edited shape)
    • Mesh Body – Maitreya – Lara
    • Ears – Swallow – Crossover
    • Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes in Field and Passion
    • Freckles Applier – [pout!] – Freckles and Beauty Marks Set
    • Skin + Body Freckles – The Skinnery – Aimee + Peach Maitreya Applier
    • Makeup – AlaskaMetro – Fierce 
    • Hair – Doux – Dana
    • Bag – Past Tres Chic Group Gift – SoHo Leather Bag

    Dress – Telsiope’s Couture – Nova Serene – FREE/0L – Free from the Mix and Match Game Board – No group needed.

    Photo Location – Backdrop City


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In the houses of the old gods

In the houses of the old gods

Hilsener, FabFree!  Modern Norwegian may not be Old Norse but it sure sounds cool. And it fits right in with my Norse inspired mood today. Of course it’s 25L Tuesday too and there just happens to be two perfect additions to my Viking attire.

First, my dress. This is “Skadi” from Mansken. You get the bodice with the beautiful runic designs on it and the attached skirt which can be one of  six colors. This is going to be perfect for one of my RPs and I can’t wait to show it off!

Sizes Included

  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, Venus
  • Legacy
  • Maitreya
  • SLink – Hourglass, Physique

Next is my new necklace. The “Protection” necklace is from Angelicus. It comes sized for men but it’s easily resized to fit just about anyone. Angelicus has two other women specific necklaces for the sale as well.

As with all 25L Tuesday goodies, some designers leave them up for a bit and some disappear the second the clock strikes midnight tonight. So if you need to ‘go aviking’  hurry over!

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Juli’s Stylin’

    • Mesh Head – LeLutka (Spencer- w/ my own edited shape)
    • Mesh Body – Maitreya – Lara
    • Ears – Swallow – Crossover
    • Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes in Field and Passion
    • Freckles Applier – [pout!] – Freckles and Beauty Marks Set
    • Skin + Body Freckles – The Skinnery – Aimee + Peach Maitreya Applier
    • Makeup – AlaskaMetro – Fierce 
    • Hair – No_Match – No_Rust

    Dress – Mansken – Skadi Dress – 25L as part of 25L Tuesday

    Necklace – Angelicus – Protection Necklace – 25L as part of 25L Tuesday

  • Photo Location – Varsangen
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MakeOver Monday part 2

HeyHey Fab Free! It’s Monday so that means it’s more of “The Big Make Over”. Today I’m focusing on Alistar and our Fabulous Guys. I do want to note that all of these pictures are totally untouched and unedited.  This is goning to be a looong post so let’s not dither about and jump right in.

So, I I first said I was going to do a male make over avatar I had NO idea how much different it would be from doing the female. But dang, it’s so much more difficult and frustrating. With the girls, I had loads of choices of heads and bodies but the guys really don’t have that much in free choices. I almost threw in the towel and said I’d have to do a limited Lindens make over for the guys. And granted…. using Lindens would be much easier. But I wanted to do free. 

So, let’s remember where we started. This is the Second Life starter, “Greg” in his birthday suit. Not all together awful but certainly more ‘human-like’ than human. Why the designers for LL didn’t spend more time and care and artistry for the male population is beyond me.

And Greg close up.

 

I added this next pic because I wanted to show that the Greg skin is not horrible. In fact it’s not bad at all. It’s just the clunky shape that makes it bad.

 

The first and only free body I could find was the “Robert” body from Altamura located at the London City Freebie Center. The good and frankly, bad thing about Altamura is that the head comes attached to the body. While this means you don’t have to track down a mesh head. It also means you can’t use a different head if you already have one or find one you like better. Altamura does offer headless bodies and bodiless heads but only as paid items. The other quirk for the free Altamura bodies is they are not Omega or BoM friendly. With the return of BoM I find this rather frustrating. I can only assume that this is because these are all older versions.

This is the Robert right out of the box. Not my favorite look. He looks angry… like axe murderer angry.

“But me back in the box”

So knowing I couldn’t change the head I focused on the shape. A note here, I did change the shape of the body and head using the System sliders to suit my own taste, your mileage may vary.  However, I couldn’t get it just right. So I took to the MarketPlace for shapes. Where I found Sweet’s.  Several free shapes for Robert and others. Loads of 1Ls skins, some free hair, and even their own Bento Bom mesh body for just one Linden. I would have likely picked this based on the quality of their other products but I was set on absolutely free. There are several other Mesh Bento and BoM ready bodies on the Marketplace and the Grid that are under 10L each. And the minimum amount of Lindens you can buy is 2.50$ USD which will net you about 600L. So it’s not like you’d break the bank.

At any rate, I picked “Sweet’s Free! Shape for ROBERT by Altamura” and ran with it. I was able to adjust with the System sliders and got it pretty close to exactly what I wanted. The Sweet’s shape even came with mesh eyes. Alistar is getting closer!

Look’it them cheek bones!

One note, none of the free or 1L male bodies I found came with genitalia. Another drawback for the guys. You can find free male genitals on the Marketplace. However I can’t review them here as we are ‘family friendly’.

So, let’s talk briefly about AOs (Animation Overrides) for both the new kids. There are some basic AOs on the Marketplace for free and one, Bright’s Spunky Girl was the one I used for Julianna for a loong time. It’s basic but really all you need starting out. The female walk cycle is a bit exaggerated in the hip sway but not horrible. And at least the idle poses aren’t like a cat in heat.  It’s not on their MarketPlace, you can only grab it in world -> Here.

There are also two basic AOs (Among others) at Free Dove Listed as “AX oo2 Basically a Boy and Basically a Girl” that I tried. I found them… ok. I liked a lot of the stand animations and they worked well. I found the idles to be too restless and hyper. In fact, that was my issue with a ton of AOs free and paid. You can find all types for free and just need to try them to find one you like. Just pay attention… lots of free AOs are NOT bento rigged. Which means they work… but your hands are going to stick out stiffly and not move well.

Ultimately, I chose the AOs “Daily sLife Free Male Bento” and “Lucky Girl” from Tuty’s for both of our new kids. It’s got Bento right there in the name, the hands move well, the walks are not overly ‘cartoony’ and best the idles are smoothly animated and move from one stand to the next very realistically. This choice didn’t surprise me as I use Tuty AOs for both Juli and Gabe. 

SO there we have it for the new kids. We have Mesh Bento rigged bodies and Mesh heads, good skins and they walk less like ducks and more like Egyptians.  (2 internet point for you if you get the reference )

Next week… HAIR! Maybe some clothes and we’ll talk about how to set up your Inventory so it doesn’t catch fire.  

Also… if you have questions or comments, please let me hear ’em! There was a great question last week about making Lindens in world and I am still checking out my research on that and hope to have something to say about it next week.

 

Links for products

Altamura @ London City Freebie Center – Robert Mesh head and body 

Sweet’s – MarketPlace Shop for loads of freebies and dollarbies. Shapes, Hairs etc.

Free Dove – Charity shop with tons of free gifts for Male and Female Avatars. Some AOs, Hair, Clothes, Shoes, Skins, etc

Tuty’s – AOs, poses, etc. Two free AOs one for men and one for women.

 

 


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Day Dream Colors

Day Dream Colors

Maybe it’s because there is nearly a foot of snow covering the ground outside my real life window, but I’ve been all about the soft pastel colors here of late. Spring is usually more pastel for me but snow must bring on a softness, I guess. Anyway when I saw this lovely sea foam green sweater from Milky Way I had to have it and I’ve been wearing it all over the Grid today.

This is the Kiyomizu Winter Hunt Sweater from Milky Way for the … you guessed it.. Kiyomizu Winter 2021-2022 Hunt. I adore Milky Way’s designs. They all have a soft sweetness to them. While you’re at the shop, check out the huge wall of Group Gift Lucky Boards. The Group is free to join and there are some really nice prizes there. The Kiyomizu Winter 2021-2022 Hunt ends soon on January 10th. But the prize objects ( An adorable Ninja Cat) are very easy to find. In fact some of them aren’t hidden at all so you won’t have any trouble collecting as many as you might want.

Sizes Included

  • One size ( It fits my Maitreya perfectly)

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Juli’s Stylin’


The PINK Season is coming

The Pink Season is coming

Hey there, Fab Free! Can you believe the week is nearly over??? Another day and it’s the weekend already! I guess it’s a good thing but dang! Anyway, time and January is apparently going to speed by and before we know it it’ll be hearts and kisses and PINK everywhere. 

I guess I have some pink on the brain cause when I tried on this latest Fabulously Free Group Gift from MOoh I had to have the pink shirt instead of any of the other colors. So, this is the “Mariah” outfit and it’s the gift I’m talking about. You can pick it up for free when you wear your free FabFree Group tag and slap that board. Mariah comes with the jacket/shirt combo and the skirt as separates which is always nice. The denim part has a HUD for two colors: blue and black while the HUD has seven solid colors and five stripy colors for the shirt. I still am enjoying my Winter but this might have me thinking about Spring.

Sizes Included

  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, Venus
  • Classic Mesh – XXS – L
  • Legacy
  • Legacy Perky
  • Maitreya
  • SLink – Hourglass, Physique

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Juli’s Stylin’

    • Mesh Head – LeLutka (Spencer- w/ my own edited shape)
    • Mesh Body – Maitreya – Lara
    • Ears – Swallow – Crossover
    • Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes in Field and Passion
    • Freckles Applier – [pout!] – Freckles and Beauty Marks Set
    • Skin + Body Freckles – The Skinnery – Aimee + Peach Maitreya Applier
    • Makeup – AlaskaMetro – Fierce 
    • Hair  – Fabia – Siera
    • Sneakers – Encore – Heatwave Sneakers
    • Balloon Pose – Construct – Balloon Cluster

    Jacket + Top & Skirt – MOoh – Mariah Outfit – FREE/0L – Free gift for the FabFree group – Group is free to join

    Photo Location – Backdrop City

     


Sci Fi

Sci Fi

Hey Hey Fab Fam! I getting into my RP gear here today. I know I usually do Fantasy RP but I found this sweet Sci-Fi/Post Apocalypse get up so I’m mixing it up!

This the “Jada” outfit from Brii Underground and you can get it for free when you wear your Second Life Frees and Offers tag. I’m sure y’all know about SLF&O but for our Newbees, Second Life Frees and Offers is a free to join group that has gifts and goodies all over the Grid with tons of designers. Just slap the pic above the outfit and join up.  It can be a noisy group with all the alerts to deals and gifts but it’s worth it. It’s a great tool for finding all kinds of gifts.

Back to “Jada”. You will get the entire outfit (Minus the eye patch and floaty orb) in the box all for free. Boots, pants, cloves, earrings and collar, and the main corset. Plus a BoM makeup as well. (not shown) The pants and gloves have both BoM and an Omega and a SLink applier. Brii has got us covered!

Sizes Included

  • Belleza
  • Classic sizes – XS – XL
  • Fitmesh – XS – XL
  • Maitreya
  • SLink

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Juli’s Stylin’

    • Mesh Head – LeLutka (Spencer- w/ my own edited shape)
    • Mesh Body – Maitreya – Lara
    • Ears – Swallow – Crossover
    • Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes in Field and Passion
    • Freckles Applier – [pout!] – Freckles and Beauty Marks Set
    • Skin + Body Freckles – The Skinnery – Aimee + Peach Maitreya Applier
    • Makeup – AlaskaMetro – Fierce 
    • Hair  – Mina – Jett
    • Eye Patch – Zion Creations – Meta Eye
    • Orb – Petrichor – Andromyda Simple Galaxy Orb

    Complete Outfit – Brii Underground – Jada – FREE/0L – Free gift for the SLF&O – Group is free to join

    Photo Location – Backdrop City


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New Year a New You or It’s MakeOver Monday!

Hey there Fab Free. Did y’all know that back in November of last year 55,000 people were actively playing Second Life at one time? 55,000! Each time I log on, I see anywhere from 40 to 50,000 people on the Grid. That’s a LOT of people. I couldn’t find any hard numbers as to how many of that might be new accounts but at least some are to be certain. And I wondered… how hard is it to get started now days. Back in 2009 it wasn’t really hard to get started but it wasn’t terribly intuitive either. Happily, I had a couple of good friends who also played and they helped me out tremendously. In fact, they brought me to “this great place with a ton of freebies called FabFree”!

Then right on the heels of all this musing of time past, another dear friend started modifying a new Alt avatar for himself and asked for a bit of input since he was designing a female avatar. Plus he, hadn’t really ever gotten into the mesh bodies or head before. As we worked he suggested a cool idea: what if Fab Free had a couple of posts about starting totally new in Second Life from the ground up. Sort of a No0b to Knock out in a few easy steps and for FREE. 

So where are you going with all this, Juli? You may ask yourself. I’m glad you asked! I will be writing a series of posts taking us right from the beginning of starting an avatar and how you can start to fill your inventory and take the avatar from free beginning Linden Labs starter kit to a personalized maxed out Second Life Star.

So hang on… here we go!

FabFree meet Kerydwyn. I went ahead and started with a female avatar first simply because I am so much more familiar with female goods on the Grid. But I am also going to gender bend a bit here. So also meet Alistar.  Just… wow. Second Life… why do you hurt me when I love you so much?

You can see there is a huge difference between the starter male and female. At least the female avi isn’t… embarrassing.  It’s clear that way more effort has been put into the female side of things. Even the AO included with the starter girl was better. And yes, I hear you guys out there saying, “As usual.” Frustratingly, that trend has played out the entire time I was running around trying to find freebie starter items for poor Alistar.

So lets start with Kerydwyn. And bodies first. I knew I wanted a mesh body because of the bento rigging. Bento rigging basically adds more joints to the basic skeleton of the avatar so it can move more realistically. If you want to go dancing in SL… you want a bento rig. Some bodies are older and don’t have it so be careful to read the description of what you’re getting and try a demo if possible. But at 0L you can collect a bunch, try them out and pick your favorite.

I went with the Ruth body. It’s extremely basic in as far as mesh bodies go. The feet aren’t changeable so the body comes with three styles of detachable feet. But it’s a good starter mesh body. I also picked up the eBody curvy completely free on the Marketplace. It’s not Omega ready and it doesn’t have Bento rigged hands. But again, for free it’s not bad at all. The eBody full version is Omega ready and has all the bells and whistles… like finger nails… Since the body is not Omega ready, I couldn’t wear my skins that came with the starter avatar. But I found a skin color included that sorta matches. And though I searched… I couldn’t find an Omega System kit for the eBody. Even though it’s listed on the Omega website. 

On a personal note, I found the eBody Curvy to still be too bubble butt for my taste. Even though I used the slider controls to make it as small as possible. I also didn’t like the way the vaginal area was sculpted. But that would change with the skin worn or other appliers added. So you’re mileage may vary. 

Ruth Body on the left – eBody on the right – both with the “Leah” head from Kalhene.

I had already picked up the free Lelutka heads before Christmas, but I thought that might be kind of cheating. So I grabbed the lovely free head from Kalhene – “Leah”. I was also able to pick up a few free group[p gifts for later. And I will point you over to the list of Mesh bodies and heads right here on FabFree. 

I really like this head even though it’s rather basic. It does come with a small HUD for eyelash length, 24 colors for the lips, a glossiness meter, a blink switch and a switch to hide the eyelashes. It also has a switch to “hide” the lips but all it did was take off any color I had put on.

The other “bad” thing… I couldn’t just use the Leah shape for the head. It’s a full body shape. And no amount of sliders could make that booty look smaller. So I ended up wearing the full body shape that came with the eBody. But the original face shape that comes with Leah is so much prettier.  I may mess around with it more and see if I can slider it back.

Okay… so that’s it for today.  Next Monday we’ll take a look at this same process for poor suffering Alistar. And we’ll talk about AOs plus hair!

I hope someone out there reads this and says “Just what I needed!” If you have any questions, comments, corrections or raspberries, feel free to holler at me here on the blog!

 

 


Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Good evening FabFree! I hope the first day of 2022 has come and gone by with nothing but good stuff for you. Gabe and I started our 2022 much like we started 2021: with coffee first and nonsense after. ( Or during thanks to Dixie) So much happened in 2021… and 2020 , I know it’s left us with some hard feelings. But I made a promise to myself and my little family here. I will not lose hope for better things and try to be one of those better things for the people n my life.

So HAPPY NEW YEAR my FabFree Family! Gabe and I wish you all every blessing and every happiness in this year stretching out before us.

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Juli’s Stylin’

    • Mesh Head – LeLutka (Spencer- w/ my own edited shape)
    • Mesh Body – Maitreya – Lara
    • Ears – Swallow – Crossover
    • Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes in Field and Passion
    • Freckles Applier – [pout!] – Freckles and Beauty Marks Set
    • Skin + Body Freckles – The Skinnery – Aimee + Peach Maitreya Applier
    • Makeup – AlaskaMetro – Fierce 
    • Hair – Doux – Lucy

    Sweater and Top – BumbleBee – Rome Loose Sweater – FREE/0L – Bought w/ 250 Gift Card – Gift Card is the free gift @ 2021 Holiday Shop & Hop  

    Sizes Included

    • Belleza – Freya, Isis
    • Legacy
    • Maitreya
    • SLink – Hourglass, Physique

    Boots – BumbleBee – Rome Boots – FREE/0L – Bought w/ 250 Gift Card – Gift Card is the free gift @ 2021 Holiday Shop & Hop

    Sizes Included

    • Belleza
    • Legacy
    • Maitreya
    • SLink

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    Gabriel is wearing

Photo Location – In our kitchen


Shine Bight

Shine Bright

Hello hello, FabFree Fam! I guess I have gowns on the brain this week. Cause I keep finding such lovelies I just have to show them off. Maybe it’s the New Year’s Eve that is looming on the horizon. But who doesn’t love a stunning evening gown no matter the dat or night? And besides, I have a three in one free gift for us tonight!

This is the wonderful Free Gift Gown from GGVG, a new-to-me- designer. I was really taken with this lovely gown and then happy surprise… it’s free AND there are three versions of the gown in the box. One in the soft baby blue I’m wearing, one pink and one white. Wouldn’t this make a perfect wedding gown or bridesmaid gown? I can totally see walking down the aisle in this!

At this time, the gift is out and free to everyone, no group needed. But you may want to join the free GGVG group because the group gifts are awesome too. In fact, I grabbed one I was really in love with and I’ll be showing it off latter this week.

As with many specials and gifts, I have no idea how long it will be available. So if you want it.. go get it!

Juli is Wearing…

Clothes

Gown – GGVG – Gift Gown-Baby Blue – (Free Gift/No Group Join Required)

Body 

Mesh Head – LeLutka (Spencer- w/ my own edited shape)
Mesh Body – Maitreya – Lara
Ears – Swallow – Crossover
Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes in Field and Passion
Freckles Applier – [pout!] – Freckles and Beauty Marks Set
Skin + Body Freckles – The Skinnery – Aimee + Peach Maitreya Applier
Makeup – AlaskaMetro – Fierce 

Photo Location – Black Arts


Gold Stars

Gold Stars

Hey FabFree, we are on a roll tonight! I know I scrambling around trying to pick what to show cause so many things are still free but only till the 30th or the 31rst… So I picked a biggie!

I popped over to the always very generous Suna Designs and about fell out! Right now you can grab a 500L gift card… for FREE! I could hardly believe it! You can do so much for all that! I picked up this stunning black and gold gown and still have 300+ L to spend! Just join the FREE Suna Designs group and get to clickin’.

Sizes Included

  • Maitreya
  • SLink – Hourglass, Physique

Now I don’t know how long this card will be available so hurry hurry hurry!

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Juli’s Stylin’

  • Dress – Suna Designs – Mia Black and Gold – FREE/0L with the free 500L gift card (Normally 149)

    Photo Location – Black Arts

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    ation – Private SIM