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A little lace

A little lace

Hello Fab Fam. I hope your week is going just the way you want it to! I had a nifty little surprise today while wandering the Grid. I found a New-to-Me store called “Nilsy”. And in that store is a ton of great freebies and Group gifts.

Like this little number “Nilsy Gift”,  It was originally a gift for the Shopping Maniacs group ( a very nice group for shoppers) But I just clicked on the box and received it, no group needed. I’ve seen this build before but this one is certainly one of the best. The textures are beautiful and feminine and the lace detail is so nicely done. In fact when I finished the picture, I liked the whole outfit so much I saved it in my “Outfits” HUD. 

I have no idea how long this goodie has been available or when it will be changed out. So hurry over if you want to add it to your closet too!

Sizes Included

  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, Venus
  • Fitmesh
  • Maitreya
  • Ocacin
  • SLink – Hourglass, Physique
  • Tonic – Curvy, Fine
  • Voluptuous

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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 – Autumn Look
    • Hair – No_Match – No_Wonderland

    Dress – Nilsy – Nilsy Gift Dress – FREE/0L – Free Gift – No group needed

    Photo Location – Backdrop City

     


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MakeOver Monday part 4

Hello hello, Fab Free! It’s that time again… MakeOver Monday! And we’ve come so far! Two full avatars for exactly ZERO lindens. And I really had to grit my teeth a few times. I’m so weak when it comes to having that “perfect’ (To me anyway) look. I really fret over poor Alistar’s hair. And I’m still looking for something better for him. I swear, if I ever become a designer or builder… I will have good free stuff for the guys. But anyway…

Let’s jump in here. SO, we have bento bodies, Mesh heads, Animation Overrides, and hair. All we need now is clothes. I don’t want to dwell on the clothing part since that’s basically what we do here at the Blog everyday. But I do want to mention a few places, I’ve found very helpful.

First is R&R Swag and their “Rookie Alley” . This is a very nice selection of things for both male and female avatars under 30 days. This outfit is a bit of a mix and match from the Rookie Alley and the past group gifts.

Alistar’s second outfit is a second set of jeans from R&R Swag’s Rookie Alley and a group gift from Asteroidbox for the L’Homme group.  L’Homme is one of the hands down best groups to join if you are looking for male clothes and accessories. The group is free to join, the designers are top notch and you have three -ish months to pick the gifts up. I highly recommend it. 

Last is a current gift for one of our own FabFree Group designers – MaxMagic. They are offering this great Trekkie hoodie for both men and women. I do love geeky stuff!

Kerydwyn’s clothes are much easier to find, go figure. But I still want to show a few choices for our newbs. The first is from BoHo Soul one of our FabFree Group designers. This is the “Impish” outfit which comes with top, pants and shoes. Which is awesome because free good shoes are hard to find. 

The second outfit is from the Cozy Fest event. This event is a bonanza for free gifts from real quality designers. Plus, for new folks… it’s just about everything you can ask for. The group is free to join and each booth has a free gift! Kerydwyn is showing the ‘Maggs’ top from Apple Blossom and the ‘Natasha’ leggings from 1313 Mockingbird lane. These events are great places to “shop” for designers landmarks as well. If you like the gift or what you see in the booth… check out their main store. They may have a free group or other gifts there. Also,

The boots in the second picture are another totally free gift from Body Cult the Marketplace. Digging through the MP can be frustrating… but worth it.

 

Okay that’s it for today cause it’s late and I’m tired and cranky today. ;P  But I think we have covered some ground. Our new kids are looking like real stars on the Grid now.  Take a look at a side by side!

Wow! And remember we spent exactly… ZERO monies! 

SO… next week I will talk about housing and inventory. Or “Now I got clothes… where do I unpack ’em without putting on a free show?”

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Alistar ->

Mesh Body + head + skin – Altamura – TakeMYWay – Free at the eBento event until the 25th 

Hair – FireLight – Michael (Purchased with 250L gift card for new residents under 30 days)

Shirts –

Jeans + Shoes – R&R Swag – Past Free Group Gift + Free Rookie Alley

Kerydwyn ->

Ruth Body – LBD

Mesh Head – LeLutka Kaya (Free Christmas gift 2021) Remember you can pick up the “Leah” mesh head for free from Kalhene 

Hair – FireLight – past free group gift still available

Eyes – Ikon – Apex eyes – February group gift – Group is free to join

Pic #1 – BoHo Soul – Impish – Free gift for the FabFree Group

Pic #2 – CozyFest free gifts from Apple Blossom and 1313 Mockingbird Lane

Boots – Body Cult – knit Boots Cuffs – Free gift on the MarketPlace 

 

 


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Smitten Kitten

Smitten Kitten

Hey Fab Fam, happy weekend to us! If y’all remember in my past rambling, I really do love a good Hunt. And while I try to peruse as many as I can, sometimes a great hunt just slips under my radar. And that’s certainly what’s happened to me with the Harmony Hunt.  It’s a recurring hunt happening from the 15th to the 30th of each month! And yet … I missed it. Until today that is!  I just popped over to the Harmony Hunt Headquarters, joined the free group, grabbed the free HUD and away I went.

My first stop was at RD Style for this super cute little kitten of a dress. This is the “Kawaii Cat” dress and I was able to add it to my wardrobe for just 10L and a little hunting.  RD Style actually has three colors of this dress up for the 10L hunt. I was lucky enough to find the pink one right away. But the lavender and the baby blue ones are just as cute. Just remember, after the 30th, the Hunt is over until next month.

Sizes Included

  • Beleeza – Freya, Isis, Venus
  • eBody Reborn
  • Legacy + Perky
  • Maitreya

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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 – Autumn Look
    • Hair – Doux – Lucy

    Dress – RD Style – Kawaii Cat Dress – 10L as part of the Harmony Hunt

    Photo Location – Backdrop City

     


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Lasting

Lasting

Hey Fab Fam! I’m not going to blather at you today because it’s Tuesday and I just know you have 25L burning a hole in your pocket ready to grab a deal for 25L Tuesday! Right? Right! So let’s hit the details all speedy like!

Kitty Creations is one of the designers I always look forward to seeing on Tuesday. It never fails to be something cool! And today is no exception. This is “Tallis” in red. I love the details and the little tassel! Tallis comes in seven other colors if red isn’t your thing and each of them is just 25L

Sizes Inlcuded

  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, Venus
  • FitMesh – Medium
  • Maitreya
  • SLink – Hourglass, Physique
  • Tonic – Curvy, Fine

Gabe is wearing the “Andrea skirt”  (It’s NOT a skirt… it’s clearly a kilt. ~Gabriel) from Viki today. The skirt or kilt comes in the leather and black only for 25L Tuesday. It also comes in both male and female sizes. Perfect for your Celtic warrior.

Sizes Included

  • Belleza Jake
  • Singnature Gianni
  • SLink Male
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, Venus
  • Maitreya
  • SLink – Hourglass, Physique
  • Tonic – Curvy, Fine

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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

    Dress – Kitty Creations – Tallis – 25L as part of 25L Tuesdays

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    Gabriel is wearing

          • Mesh Head – LeLutka – Andrea
          • Mesh Body & Hands – Belleza – Jake
          • Skin –StrayDog – Breno for LeLutka Andrea, Tone 6
          • Hair – No_Match – No_Hint
          • Eyes – Ikon – Apex eyes in Forest – FREE/0L – Free group Gift – Group is free to join
          • Boots, Harness, Fur + Armbands – Black Larl – Reider set

            Kilt – Viki – Andrea – 25L as part of 25L Tuesday


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MakeOver Monday part 3

Hey Guys and Gals, it’s Monday so that means our next installment of “MakeOver Monday” is on the air. Or on the web… or whatever.  First I want to say a big THANKS to Karl Jacob who gave me the tip that Altamura had a new free avatar gift at the  eBento Event! I popped over and grabbed the male gift “TakeMYWay”. And I may have done a little happy dance when I saw it was BoM ready! Then I got it set up and I was SO much happier with this avatar. Right out of the box he is miles ahead of poor “Robert”. The shape is nicer and the face is so much less “I’m gonna cut you” angry. He also comes with his own skin and since he’s BoM ready I won’t have any trouble finding more skins and tattoos, etc. for him.  

But for every step forward…  Unfortunately, “TakeMYWay” does not come with a body HUD of any sort. So we are stuck using alpha layers for clothes. Which (in my opinion) is extremely inconvenient. So many mesh clothes don’t even come with alpha layers anymore. So there is that. It’s almost a deal breaker for me. Your mileage may vary. 

 

So, moving on. As you recall we were going to talk about hair today. Again, this was soooo much easier for Kerydwyn. But I found three styles for each of them but there are more out there.  Let’s look at the Ladies first. I also changed, Kerydwyn’s skin to show some of the basic BoM skins you already have in your inventory. Just look under the ‘Clothing’ folder. You’ll also find some hair there too. Some of it, is rather nice, especially the newer mesh avatar’s hair. 

Fist is Firelight. The group is free to join and they offer many gifts and several lucky chairs. The best thing is they offer a gift card for 250L to new avatars ( 30 days old or less ) and unlike some gift cards this one is enough to buy a regular hair completely. This is the “Monica” one of the past group gifts available. I’m showing the “Anna” skin from the Inventory too.

Next is “Leela” Hair from Analog Dog. When you hit the landing point, just walk to your left all the way to the ‘coast’ where you’ll see a big glowing ball. Click it and get a selection of free hair. I’m showing the “Kimberly” skin here once again, in your inventory.

Last we have “Tsarina” from A&A. This is the free group gift for the Fabulously Free Group. Of course, FabFree is free to join.

For Alistar, the selection was a bit more challenging. Free hair for the guys is few and far between but it is out there. Having said this, I think this is where I would get off the free ride and lay out some Lindens. The group for N0_Match is 50L and with that you get monthly gifts for BOTH men and women ( Usually a Unisex style) and you get access to literally dozens of past gifts with many many male styles. 50L is literally 0.21 cents USD… I can find that in the couch cushions… ( A note here… yes, it’s 21cents but the minimum amount you can buy is $2.50… so I’d have to check under my car seats too.)   If you’re set on free, do check out the mesh hair in your inventory. The ‘Brandon’, ‘Johnny’ and ‘Wyatt’ hairs aren’t bad.

So first here is “Mike” from Sintiklia. The Group is free to join and there are loads of Group Gifts to pick up. And don’t forget to check the ladies hair as well. Lots of styles are aimed at women but are more unisex.

Modulus’s “Cole”. You can get it on the MarketPlace or in-store and you get the entire Fatpack of colors. This is an extremely well made hair. And the fact that’s free is just icing on the cake.

Lastly is one of those hairs sold as a ladies style but I think it works as unisex. I found “yume” from ASO on the MarketPlace and there doesn’t appear to be an in-world store.  Again, this was the result of a “Free Hair” search on the MarketPlace.

 

Okay, that’s going to do it for today. I thought I’d get to Inventory control today but I’m thinking that actually needs it’s own post. SO until next week, my dears!

And remember, comments, ideas, opinions etc. are ALWAYS welcome! So let me know what you’re thinking!

Links ->

eBento Event – Altumura “TakeMYWay Full Avatar ( Open until the 25th )

Fire Light – 250L Gift Card for Avatars under 30 days + Free group with past gifts + Lucky chairs

Analog Dog – Free Gift Ball with several Hair styles

A&A – FabFree Designer with free gifts for our group 

Sintiklia – Free Group join and huge wall of past gifts

Modulus – Single free men’s hair

ASO – Free hair style “Yume” on the Marketplace

 


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Conjuring

conjuring_001

Hey Gang!

Just recently I was casting a spell (as I always do), and this photo was taken just before things went horribly wrong…  I mean, I was pretty oblivious (as usual!), and had no idea how powerful my conjuring spell really was!  Huh!  I guess I pack a wallop!

Enamored

I’ve discovered a wonderful “new to me” shop thanks to our own Ms. Julianna!  Honestly, I am enamored with most everything in the shop and to my delight discovered they have a discounted area with gorgeousness I can share with y’all on the blog.

This shop is called Oubliette and this adorbs dress I am wearing is from that area.  It was only 50L and I am so in love with it. (Y’all know I love pink but did you know I love anything celestial too?  IE Moons, stars, suns)  I felt so magical in it that I whipped out my spell book and well, started casting spells!  This dress fits:

  • Freya
  • Hourglass
  • Isis
  • Classic
  • Maitreya
  • Physique
  • TMP
  • Venus

Not sure what the …. person?  Behind me is wearing.  0.o

More soon!

Arielle is looking fabulous in…

Clothes

Dress– Oubliette Twilight Morgana Dress (50L in outlet area)
Necklace – ANE Jewelry Moon Short Rose Gold

Body 

Mesh Body – Maitreya  Lara
Mesh Head –Lelutka Nova EvoX
Skin – Enfer Sombre Madison Cream EvoX
Eyes – Lotus Generation Eyes
Hair– No.Match No Tenderness
Eyes – Jack Spoon Spice Makeup
Lips – –SU!– Morgan Lip Gloss .Ombre.

Extras

Lights– LuluB Mini Aura
Book – /VaeV\ ‘Haunted Tome’ Holdable Book
Backdrop – Synnergy Paranormal Backdrop


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.

 

 


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’