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The Dragon’s Brother

The Dragon's Brother

Good afternoon, FabFree Readers. I know it’s rather late in the day to be posting a 25L Tuesday special since Tuesday is on limited time now. However, I had to get the word out. Viki, a smashing designer for both men and women has this full men’s set , “Jadon” for 25L Tuesday.

While I was at Viki’s main shop, I also found an unadvertised sale on a great pair of boots. Just the thing needed to finish up the outfit. The ‘Kane’ boots were only 10L for the pair. I foresee using these quit a lot as they are very well made and stylish.

We men do sometimes get overlooked when it comes to specials and sales. Or it’s another set of sweats or a baseball cap. But this is perfect for those of us who RP or prefer to live in a somewhat different era. As with many of the participants in these day long sales, this deal will be gone after midnight. So hurry along.

Sizes Included for both outfit and boots

  • Belleza Jake
  • Signature
  • SLink Male

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Gabriel is wearing

        • Mesh Head – LeLutka – Andrea
        • Mesh Body & Hands – Belleza – Jake
        • Skin –StrayDog – Breno for LeLutka Andrea, Tone 6
        • Eyes –Avi Glam – Lucent Eyes in Pine
        • Exile – Knox
        • Glasses – Since 1975 – Slimglass Glasses
        • Pose + dragon – egosumaii – Fierce Dragon Brothers Gacha 
      • Tunic + Pants – Viki – Jadon Set – 25L as part of 25L TuesdayBoots – Viki – Kane Boots – 10L special

        Photo Location – Fellowship Falls


Cold Spring

Cold Spring

Good morning, Fab Free Readers. The calendar may tell me it’s Spring but it’s still rather cold here in the real world. 25 degrees this evening and that’s before our chance of snow this coming weekend. While the shops and designers are bringing out the bathing suits and shorts, I still want something warm I’m afraid.

In deference to that, I have found a very nice new coat, scarf and sweater from a new-to-me designer – R3VOLT. The shop doesn’t appear to have an in-world store any longer but their Marketplace store is up and running.  This is the “Sterling” coat but really it’s the entire top in one piece. That’s coat, scarf and sweater.  There is also a HUD to change all three plus the pocket square to any one of fifteen color/pattern choices. All this for a low 10L price makes for an easy bundled up ensemble indeed.

Sizes Included

  • Classic Mesh – XS – XL (Alpha layer included)

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Gabriel is wearing

      • Mesh Head – LeLutka – Andrea
      • Mesh Body & Hands – Belleza – Jake
      • Skin –StrayDog – Breno for LeLutka Andrea, Tone 6
      • Eyes –Avi Glam – Lucent Eyes in Pine
      • Exile – Knox
      • Glasses – Since 1975 – Slimglass Glasses 

Coat + Scarf + Sweater – R3VOLT – Sterling Coat – 10L on the Marketplace

Photo Location – Backdrop City


Matching Support for Ukraine

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There is no monopoly on common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology, regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too

Russians – Sting

Hey gang!

Just popping in to show you what I found for Cray and I to show our support of Ukraine (the stories just break my heart).

Really as the Sting song Russians says “There’s no such thing as a winnable war”, which every time there is a warlike conflict, that line pops right into my head.  Back when I was a teenager and this song was first released, I never thought that so many years later it would become relevant again.  Sting has another song entitled “History will Teach us Nothing“, another line that pops into my head all too often.

It’s all just leaders and their egos.  If we could all remember and embrace that we are all the same on the inside, perhaps there would be no more wars.  But then I am an idealist, and most leaders are not.  It makes me so sad that when the leaders of countries are fighting, the ones who pay the price every single time are the people who are unfortunate just to be living in the country and who are basically innocent in the conflict.

But that’s just how this little idealist sees it.  I know it is a lot more complex than that (isn’t it?), but the complexity still does not make it the right thing to do.  War has never solved a problem, except to reduce the population and gosh hasn’t the pandemic done enough of that lately?!  The moment we are on the brink of returning to normal, someone’s gotta start killing people another way.  Sigh.

My mom got me involved in penpalling when I was 11, and my first two penpals were Japanese.  Over many many MANY decades I wrote and made friends all over the world (including Russia and Ukraine!) and not a single one was very different from me.  The cultures are different, yes, but inside we are all so much the same.  Same worries, fears, hopes, dreams…  Same wanting to be understood and accepted for who we are.

They say world peace and understanding begins in a small circle of people, like family and friends.  Perhaps if we all just put some love and understanding out to someone we know who needs it, or whom we have *not* been peaceful and understanding to in the past, perhaps those little bits of energy can begin to shift the energy on this entire planet and help more people find peace and start to heal.

Just my thoughts, but I came here for freebies/dollarbies so please forgive my long-winded-ness.

I wanted to find something both Cray and I could wear to show our Ukraine support and I found a matching set on market.  Thanks to Angel’s Jewelry who has this set available on market for both genders for only 1L.  You get a full outfit for the girls (shirt, bodysuit and skirt) and a matching tee for the guys.  The mens wasn’t transfer so I had to send a second set to Cray as a gift.  These fit as follows:

Mens:

  • Jake
  • Signature
  • Slink
  • Legacy

Womens:

  • Maitreya
  • Isis
  • Freya
  • Hourglass
  • Legacy

I also found this cute hair bow from Sugarplum Boutique on market for free!

Anyhoo this was longer than I meant it to be.  Sending lots of peace and love to our planet! ❤

Arielle  (& Cray!) is are looking fabulous in…

Arielle:

Clothes

Dress- AJ _ OUTFIT duo STOP the WAR UCRAINA flag_ body mesh FATPACK (1L on market)
Hair Bow –
[SB] Ukraine Hair Bow (free via market)
Boots – Mooh! Allesia Boots

Body 

Mesh Body – Maitreya  Lara
Mesh Head –Lelutka EvoX AVALON 3.1
Skin – Enfer Sombre Madison
Eyes – Lelutka EvoX 3.1
Hair– Wasabi Shari
Lips – Midoa – Meia Blue Lipstick BOM Evox

Cray:

Clothes

Shirt- AJ _ OUTFIT duo STOP the WAR UCRAINA flag_ body mesh FATPACK (1L on market)
Pants – unknown

Body 

Mesh Body –Belleza Jake
Mesh Head –Lelutka Kane
Skin – Stray Dog Tatsuo
Eyes – Lelutka EvoX 3.1
Hair– Sintiklia Chang Wook
Glasses – Solar Eyewear Arae


Dreamy Night Out

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Hey fabbies!

Weekend is a time for a nice night out with your very favorite person!  You want to dress up, look cute for each other and go someplace romantic.

But!

You are short on lindens!  *gasp!*

Not to worry mates, I’ve gotcha covered!

Now let’s get both of you dressed up and ready to go!  Heading to marketplace once again (want to go out, no time to search the grid!)…

For the ladies, I’ve got this gorgeous red gown from XTC for the bahgain price of only 39L!  It fits:

  • Maitreya
  • Freya
  • Venus
  • Isis
  • Hourglass
  • Physique
  • Classic (Includes Alpha)

You will look *stunning for your date!

Now guys, let’s get you suited up (no pun intended!).

Cray is looking so handsome in his marketplace find from Electric Feel.  This is a complete outfit for only 50L.  It fits:

  • Signature
  • Belleza
  • Slink
  • Aesthetic
  • Adam
  • Nardcotix
  • TMP

So if you can scrape up 89L, you can go out dressed to the 9’s!  (What does that mean anyway?  Anyone know??)

Arielle  (& Cray!) is are looking fabulous in…

Arielle:

Clothes

Dress- XTC Promise Gown (39L on market)
Necklace – Cray

Body 

Mesh Body – Maitreya  Lara
Mesh Head –Lelutka EvoX AVALON 3.1
Skin – Lelutka EvoX AVALON 3.1
Eyes – Lelutka EvoX 3.1
Hair– DOUX – Rehab Hairstyle

Cray:

Clothes

Outfit – Electric Feel EF*-* 3.3 Suit Black (50L on market)

Body 

Mesh Body –Belleza Jake
Mesh Head –Lelutka Kane
Skin – Stray Dog Tatsuo
Eyes – Lelutka EvoX 3.1
Hair– Sirena Kevin
Glasses – Solar Eyewear Arae


Market Finds for the Girls *and* the Guys!

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Hey gang,

So, I was inspired by my partner Cray’s ability to find dealios on marketplace and I went and found myself something to match!  Proving that there are cute things to be found on market for *everyone*.

For the guys, Cray found this awesome 10L outfit by ALB.  He’s rather conservative style wise (unlike me  lol), so I was very impressed by the colorful scarf which really spoke to my bohemian sense of style.  It’s a full outfit (pants, shirt, jacket, scarf) and fits:

  • FitMesh
  • Classic
  • Belleza Jake
  • Slink Male
  • Gamit Ocacin
  • Signature Gianni
  • Adin Bento
  • Onupup)

Now my punk-ish outfit, which I love, is on market for only 50L by Misako, it too is a full outfit (suspender pants, sweatshirt and hat).  The sweatshirt comes with a HUD giving you several choices of 80’s films (I chose Indy!) and the pants come in blue and black as well.  This outfit fits:

  • Maitreya
  • Physique
  • Hourglass
  • Isis
  • Venus
  • Freya

Anyhoo, there is so much going on in the grid right now, so let me wrap this up and grab more stuff to show you.

 

Arielle  (& Cray!) is are looking fabulous in…

Arielle:

Clothes

Outfit – [MISAKO] Dress T-shirt and Jeans Fan Movies (50L on market)

Body 

Mesh Body – Maitreya  Lara
Mesh Head –Lelutka EvoX AVALON 3.1
Skin – Lelutka EvoX AVALON 3.1
Eyes – Lelutka EvoX 3.1
Hair– Ayashi Arya

Cray:

Clothes

Outfit – ALB LOGAN outfit D/G (10L on market)

Body 

Mesh Body –Belleza Jake
Mesh Head –Lelutka Kane
Skin – Stray Dog Tatsuo
Eyes – Lelutka EvoX 3.1
Hair– Sirena Kevin
Glasses – Solar Eyewear Arae


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I said find it, find it, go on and take it if you love it

I said find it, find it, go on and take it if you love it

Good afternoon, Fab Readers. Julianna has been so busy building the “New Kids”, I’ve had to step in to help her find men’s wear on Grid. One of my old favorite designers has opened a new “shop” and I was thrilled to tell her and now the blog readers about it. (And to get Alistar some proper clothing.)

Gabriel has opened a new little shop next door to the main shop called “Free Bees”. And as you might guess all the items inside are 100% free. To everyone, no group needed. I had to stop from grabbing everything in one wild frenzy. But then I thought, “It’s free… why not?” 

Like this “Slim Pants Suit” in black and white. But this striking suit isn’t the only one. There are three black and white styles in the box. As well as the three designs on just the shirt and jacket and the three designs on a complete set… plus the complete set with both shorter and longer pants. Everything you need all for zero lindens.

Of course, Gabriel still has the large 50% off section and the 1L section in the main store. So you could literally fill your closet for a handful of lindens. And look smashing doing it.

Sizes Included

  • one size + full alpha

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Gabriel is wearing

    • Mesh Head – LeLutka – Andrea
    • Mesh Body & Hands – Belleza – Jake
    • Skin –StrayDog – Breno for LeLutka Andrea, Tone 6
    • Eyes –Avi Glam – Lucent Eyes in Pine
    • Exile – Knox
    • Glasses – Since 1975 – Slimglass Glasses 

Suit – Gabriel – Slim Pants Suit – Free/0L – Free in the “Free Bees” Shop

Photo Location – Backdrop City


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my mother told me son let it be

my mother told me son let it be

Good evening, Fab Readers.  Finding good quality men’s wear and accessories here on the Grid is often a trial and can be very frustrating. Honestly, I think if I have to see one more hoodie… Never mind, I digress. When the morass of “not affordable” or “mundane” men’s wear gets me down, I retreat to my stand by favorites. Places with quality work and generous groups. One such place is R&R Swag. They can always be counted on for excellent group gifts and other affordable options. Plus, the designers are rather charming and very friendly.

I found recently that the prizes on the Lucky Chairs in the main store have been updated and I was delighted to see that my initial had popped up as well. I didn’t hesitate to grab this full outfit ; The Blade Biker Outfit. The complete outfit includes the jacket, with and without the tee shirt, the jeans and the boots. All impeccably built and perfect for casual days or nights. The outfit is designer exclusively for the Signature Gianni but I found it looked just as smashing on my Belleza Jake. As Julianna would say, “Your mileage may vary.” Even if this look doesn’t suit you, R&R Swag has many other past group gifts available as well as other outfits loaded into the Lucky Chairs. The Group is free to join as well.

Sizes Included

  • Signature Gianni

Jacket + Tee + Jeans + boots – R&R Swag – Blade Biker Outfit – FREE/0L – Free Lucky Chair Prize – Group is free to join

Photo Location – Backdrop City

 


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Asher

Asher

Hello and Happy Friday, FabFree. As I am sure you are aware, the weekend is upon us and I for one am quite glad to see it’s arrival. Not only does the weekend bring some well deserved rest and relaxation, it brings a slew of sales and events with it. And the men haven’t been excluded today.

For example, Finer Threads is participating in the Happy Weekend Sale and are offering this refreshing change from the morass of sweats and snapbacks. This is the “Asher” suit in black and it was a mere 60L as part of the sale. The set is all one piece however you as receive a HUD to change the color of the suit jacket and inner shirt.  I found a bit of mixing and matching fit me well today with shades of black and blue. The Asher comes in several other colors all for the same 60L price if the black doesn’t suit your taste. And since the sale is a “Weekend” offering, I imagine that Asher will go back to the rack for it’s regular price on Sunday evening. So make some haste if you want to pick it up for this special sale.

Sizes Included

  • Belleza Jake
  • Legacy
  • Signature Gianni

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Gabriel is wearing


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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.

 

 


We can dance

We can dance

Hello, my FabFree Dears! As I said Monday, this month is all Christmas all the time! And now I’m dragging Gabriel into it. But dang, doesn’t he look good in that suit? Nothing like a handsome man in a handsome suit. (He’s rolling his eyes at me)   At any rate, Gabe and I stopped over at R&R Swag and found this gorgeous set of his and hers Group Gifts. Both gifts include shoes and the ladies stunning gown includes the complete jewelry set as well. Now, we’re both ready for the Holiday Parties to get rolling.

R&R Swag is one of those awesome designers you can always count on for loads of past group gifts, lucky chairs and both men’s and ladies current gifts. Plus, the group is free to join. And of course, the quality is excellent. What more could you ask for?  Now go grab these and get all spiffied up!

Ladies Sizes Included

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

Men’s Sizes Included

  • Belleza Jake
  • Signature – Gianni
  • SLink Male

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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 – Fall Beauty Book
    • Hair – Truth – Eternity

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    Gabriel is wearing

      • Mesh Head – LeLutka – Andrea
      • Mesh Body & Hands – Belleza – Jake
      • Skin –StrayDog – Breno for LeLutka Andrea, Tone 6
      • Eyes –Avi Glam – Lucent Eyes in Pine
      • Hair – Exile – Knox
      • Glasses – Since 1975 – Slimglass Glasses 
    • Dress + Shoes + Jewelry – R&R Swag – Mademoiselle – FREE/0L – Free gift for the R&R Swag Group – Group is free to join

      Suit + Shoes – R&R Swag – Monsieur – FREE/0L – Free gift for the R&R Swag Group – Group is free to join

      Photo Location – Black Arts