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Divided

Divided

Good afternoon, FabFree Readers.  Though it may be afternoon at least in my part of the Grid… I am getting ready for the weekend nights. And the 50L Fridays sale is setting me up just perfectly. If you are unaware of this every Friday sale, you can see all the details here.

Let’s start at the top with the top. This is the ‘Tobias’ tank from Butterscotch and it’s the 50L special today. It only comes in the black but, if you wait till tomorrow you can pick one up in blue for the Saturday Sale. I prefer the darker colors so I don’t need to wait around. 

Sizes Included

  • Belleza Jake
    Signature Gianni
    Legacy

 My new slacks are also just 50L today from one of my favorite designers: AsteroidBox.  These are the ‘Jordan’ pants and they come in a Unisex pack to include ladies sizes. Each leg can be colored separately to make your own style stand out. The metal zippers color can also be changed. 

Sizes Included

  • Belleza Jake  + Freya
  • Legacy Male + Female
  • Maitreya

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Gabriel is wearing


Black Heart

Black Heart

Good evening, Fab Readers. If you ever wonder what the bloggers here on ‘the Fab’ go through for you… wonder no more. I have braved the Valentines Day Shop & Hop for you.  I may be seeing pink and my ears ringing with love songs for days. But there was men’s wear to be had… so I prevailed. 😉

I found a very unusual shirt as the free gift for Reinvent and ended up rather liking it. This is the “Black Heart long sleeve” and yes… it’s sheer. Good thing I was at the gym earlier. The heart shape on the chest reads “Black Black Heart” and it may accurately describe how a lot of people feel about this holiday. The shirt is very well made and the details are spot on. Be sure to stick around and check out the Reinvent booth… there are some very nice things for sale.

The Valentines Day Shop & Hop runs until Feb. 15th so don’t delay.

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.

 

 


Rock me like a wagon wheel

Rock me like a wagon wheel

Good Morning, Fabulously Free Readers. As you must know, today is Tuesday and that means that the 25L Tuesday sale is in effect. I do look forward to this sale because there is usually something there for the men. And today is no exception.

Munereia has supplied us with a stellar bargain today with their ‘Devon” set. You will receive both the shirt and the jeans for one 25L price tag. The shirt comes with twenty colors to choose from in both the plain color or the western pattern I’m wearing. Juli has a thing for cowboys, so one does what one must. The jeans also come with a HUD to pick one of fifteen colors in both a ripped up version and a plain.

Sizes Included

  • Belleza Jake
  • Signature Gianni
  • 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 – FREE/0L – Free gift for the L’Homme Group – Group is free to Join

Shirt + Jeans – Munereia – Devon – 25L for the 25L Tuesday Sale

Photo Location – Evergarden


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On the Hunt

On the Hunt

Good evening, FabFree Readers. This is a good tie to be a ‘Man about The Grid’. There are plenty of hunts, Gachas and events going on right now to make one feel almost spoiled by choice.  In fact, the Men Only Hunt is so large this round that I’m still unpacking all of the gifts! While there are still quite a few items I personally don’t… appreciate… (Juli insists I be nice) I cast no judgment on the tastes of others. As Juli says, “You do you, boo.” Which is an eccentric way of saying this hunt has something for everyone. That said, my complete outfit including the new hair style is all 100% free and up for grabs on The Men Only Hunt.

First is the “Reed” cardigan and shirt set from Ascend. The thick comfortable sweater comes in the shown shades of blue but a HUD will give you six colors of shirts and ties to choose from. The shirt and tie themselves can be turned off if you prefer to wear just the cardigan. They, however are not wearable by themselves. 

Sizes Included

  • Belleza Jake
  • Legacy – Athletic, Legacy
  • Siganature – Gianni

The jeans are from Cheerno and are also a hunt gift. The ‘S21 Jeans’ are waiting for you to find. They are well made and are a solid addition to my wardrobe. 

Sizes Included

  • Aesthetic – Enzo
  • Belleza Jake
  • Legancy
  • Signature Gianni

Last but not least is my new hair style from Volt Hair. This is a New-to-Me designer that I am happy to have ‘discovered’. Volt does both men’s and ladies hair and has an extensive collection of both. I found the hair to be very well designed and easy to wear. The hair is unrigged and comes with a resizer. Plus, you will receive the entire fatpack in this prize.

A quick note on the Hunt. While you are not required to get the HUD with all of the SLurls loaded, I did find it makes the hunt much easier. There isn’t a page with the hints or the SLurls available online. You will need to join the Hunt’s group but that is free as well.  The pick up for the HUD is here.

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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
  • Glasses – Linden Labs – Student glasses – Free in your Inventory

Hair – Volt Hair – Gary – FREE/0L – Free prize for the Men Only Hunt

Cardigan set – Ascend – Reed set – FREE/0L – Free prize for the Men only Hunt

Jeans – Cheerno – S21 Jeans – FREE/0L – Free prize for the Men Only Hunt

Photo Location – The Path to Buchhaim


Wasted beats

Wasted beats

Lions sit in solemn lines
Drinking gin and dropping lines

Wasting beats in this heart of mine
Until the morning comes around

~ “Sinners” by Barns Courtney

Good afternoon, FabFree readers. Today I am happy to wish the amazing L’Homme eMagazine a very happy 7th anniversary. If you haven’t become aware of this publication, I urge you to discover it. The photography is beyond compare and always inspires. If you want to keep up with the cutting edge men’s designers… this is the place for you.

Each issue includes new completely free gifts for the members of the free readers group. In fact, over the next few days, I will be showing a few of the best gifts here on our blog. The first and certainly one of the best gifts available is the “Theo Suit” from AsteroidBox. I can’t thank this designer enough for the spectacular gift. The suit is marvelously styled with a modern edge. The faint print of the skeleton bones on the fabric gives it an almost menacing look while being so sleek. Yes, I guess you can say I like this suit!

To join the L’Homme group simply click the sign above any of the gifts and join up for free. Then help yourself to an array of gifts fit for the discerning gentleman.

Sizes Included

  • Belleza Jake
  • Legacy
  • Signature Gianni

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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 – Linden Labs – Student glasses – Free in your Inventory

Full Suit – AsteroidBox – Theo Suit – FREE/0L – Free gift for the L’Homme Group – Group is free to join

Photo Location – Private SIM


Free Day

Free Day

Good afternoon, FabFree Readers. After all the excitement of the past few weeks, I was more than happy to take a day off for some free time. Just a casual wander around the lake with no agenda but to throw the ball… again.  

My free day was only made better by some free gifts perfect for relaxing from BoHo Soul. This is the “Fit” set in blue and it’s the current free gift for the Fabulously Free Group. Simply wear your tag and pick up this complete outfit. You get the graphic tee, the shorts and the flipflops. There is also a ladies gift available as well.

Sizes Included

  • Belleza Jake
  • Classic Mesh – S – L
  • Legacy Male
  • Signature Gianni
  • 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 – Linden Labs – Student glasses – Free in your Inventory
  • Dixi – Jian – Playful Pibbles Gacha

Tee + Shorts + Flipflops – BoHo Soul – Fit set – FREE/0L – Free gift for the FabFree Group – Group is free to join

Photo Location – ImagoLand


What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

Hello again, FabFree. As I am sure you may have seen, we have had several new designers join our growing ranks of Fabulous Designers for the FabFree Group. It’s always exciting to welcome new talent and when one such new designers has gifts for the men… it’s doubly exciting.

Which brings us to Dreams. While Dreams is not exclusively male clothing it does a very nice selection of well made items. Simply head upstairs to the men’s department and browse.  Their Group is free to join as well and there are group gifts for both men and women.  The “Uriel” shirt I’m sporting today is the gift for the FabFree Group so it’s yours for the asking once you join up. Which is, of course… free.  Be aware, the vender will ask for 1L and immediately refund it. Uriel comes with a HUD for six colors and while the store logo is embroidered on the chest… it’s subtle and not distracting.  I highly recommend taking a moment to explore this newest FabFree designer.

Sizes Included

  • Aesthetic
  • Belleza Jake
  • Exmachina
  • Legacy
  • Nardcotix
  • Signature – Geralt, Gianni
  • SLink

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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 – Linden Labs – Student glasses – Free in your Inventory
  • Trousers – Butterscotch – Liam Jeans
  • Saxon – Teeglepet Hanoverian
  • Tack – Cheval d’Or – Alici Set
  • Coat – Cinnamon – Jasmine Chestnut

Top – Dreams – Uriel – FREE/0L – Free gift for the FabFree Group – The Group is free to join

Photo Location – Private


Wearin’ O The Green

Wearin' O The Green

‘Afternoon, FabFree. I hope you are all getting around and picking up the plentiful pries from the FabFree St. Paddy’s Day Hunt. Today is the last day to do so! But it’s worth the rush! I had to pack a couple of designers into my post today because I don’t want to miss a thing.

First up is the complete outfit from Nuts Inc. The “Jim set” comes in two prize boxes, one with the sweater and one with the jeans and sneakers, each for just 3L. The delightful Ms. Lea Supermarine did tell me that she was generously going to leave the prizes out for a day or two longer to make sure everyone had a chance to pick them up. Thanks, Lea! And you don’t want to miss this set. Just the jeans are a solid build that I can see wearing quite a bit of year round. And the sneakers go with several things in my casual closet.

Next are the two short sleeved tees from Redangel. This was a new to me designer and I’m rather pleased to have “discovered” them. Take a turn around the shop when you go pick up these tees. I particularly like the ‘sanitized’ one.

Lastly, is my new wall decor from Earthworkx. The “Lucky Tiles” are meant for St. Pat’s day but I like them enough to keep them up year round. Juli and I play a lot of Scrabble and I usually win. Elves can’t spell… 😉

Don’t forget… today is your last day to grab these prizes and get lucky!

Sizes Included – Nuts Inc

  • Aesthetic
  • Belleza Jake
  • EXM Davide
  • Legacy
  • Narc David
  • Signature
  • SLink Male

Sizes Included – Redangel

  • Adam
  • Aesthetic
  • Belleza Jake
  • Class Mesh – XS – Xl
  • David
  • Signature Gianni
  • SLink Male
  • TMP

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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 – Male Student Glasses – Free in your Linden Labs Clothing Inventory

Complete outfit – Nuts Inc – Jim – 3L prize for the FabFree St. Paddy’s Day Hunt

Single Tees – Redangel – “Lucks Given” = “Sanitized” – 5L each prizes for the FabFree St.Paddy’s Day Hunt

Decor – Earthworx – LuckyTile – FREE/0L – Free prize for the FabFree St.Paddy’s Day Hunt


Tuesday Break

Tuesday Break

In the midst of some very nice ladies RPG wear and somewhat naughty Club wear… 25L Tuesday has a little something for the men of Second Life. Munereia has supplied a very casual… Sunday afternoon look for the men today.  ‘Satra’ is a complete outfit with both the pants and the two-in-one top and comes with two HUDs to change the color of the inner shirt, the outer cardigan and the pants. The HUDs each contain twenty colors to choose from. The colors are very washed out and faded adding to the comfortable look.

25L Tuesday requires no group to pick up the special sales and you can easily see what’s included at their website. 

Sizes Included

  • Adin
  • Belleza Jake
  • Fitmesh
  • Signature – Gianni
  • SLink Male
  • Ocacin
  • Onupup

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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
  • Pose – Wetcat – Blow Smoke
  • Glasses – Linden Labs – Student glasses – Free in your Inventory 

Top + Pants – Munereia – Satra – 25L for the 25L Tuesday Sale

Photo Location – Backdrop Central