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“Smart Casual”

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I found this cozy little spot for dining and listening to music — a cafe of sorts with live music and it’s all set over the sea. If you decide to visit just take a hop over to Isolotto di Garda. It’s got a ton of comfy chairs and a sort of nautical style and it’s all enclosed with glass so that you can see the docks and gulls in the harbor not far off.

The dress code is “smart casual” so I had to dig up something appropriate. I decided to hunt something down instead.

More Women’s Stuff!

The Women’s Stuff Hunt never disappoints me, and this time I took a hop to Tori’s Stylez and hunted down that little red t-shirt to pick up the gift there. The creator generously had the gift for the hunt set to 0L so my floral top with it’s tie front and uniquely styled sleeves was totally free!

It comes in the following sizes:

  • Standard Mesh XXS – Large + a Curvy
  • TMP
  • Maitreya – Lara
  • Slink – Hourglass & Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, & Venus

Revisiting Redeux.

To add a finishing touch to my outfit, I revisited the Redeux Event. You have until April 21st to pick up all of the many free gifts set out for you by the generous creators. I picked up this free necklace by On a Lark at their booth. It comes with a color change hud that changes the color of each little stone for lots of combinations, allowing me to get the necklace to match my shirt just perfectly!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara (bento update)
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Magika – Quote
Necklace – On a Lark – Ginger Necklace w/ Color Change Hud (Free Gift at Redeux)
Shirt – Tori’s Stylez – Lilly – SE – Floral Top (0L for the Women’s Stuff Hunt)
Skirt – Bueno – Denim Skirts – Midnight

Sim Location – Isolotto di Garda

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A Cool Blue Breeze

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Beautiful in blue.

Entice has a pretty free group gift out called “Wake Me Up” that you’ll want to wake up and go get. This texture change asymmetrical dress is classy and pretty and perfect for any occasion.

Your texture change colors include: 2 different floral prints, 1 polka dot print, 7 solid prints.

All the sizes!

  • Classic Mesh Sizes XXS – L
  • Fitmesh XXS – L
  • Maitreya – Lara
  • Slink
  • Belleza

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An Easter Hunt.

Zuri is hosting an Easter Hunt through the month of April. There are 3 eggs to find and they are just 10L each (or they are free if you are a member of the Zuri Jewelry group). One egg contains the beautiful necklace you see me wearing. One contains my earrings, and one contains my bracelet (upper picture). For just 30L you can have the entire set. It’s a steal for your Easter basket!

Blowing in the wind.

I think there was a breeze in the air at the Garden of Absentia where I took my picture… or maybe it was just this beautiful free to all gift that I picked up from Exile hair. Right now if you hurry over to Exile, there is a gift out for both guys and gals. This is “Gina” for the gals. It is a free gift and comes in a full fatpack of colors. Hurry, you won’t want to miss this beautiful style!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Exile – Gina (Free to all Gift)
Necklace – Zuri Jewelry – Orchid Necklace – Boulder Sapphire/Black Sterling (10L for the Easter Egg Hunt OR free with group membership – group membership is 299L)
Earrings – Zuri Jewelry – Orchid Earrings – Boulder Sapphire/Black Sterling (10L for the Easter Egg Hunt OR free with group membership – group membership is 299L)
Bracelet – Zuri Jewelry – Orchid Bracelet – Boulder Sapphire/Black Diamond (10L for the Easter Egg Hunt OR free with group membership – group membership is 299L)
Dress – Entice – Wake Me Up Dress Fatpack – (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)

Sim Location – Garden of Absentia

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A Touch of Lace

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Something lacy.

We’re well into March and the days of green and shamrocks, but I was visiting Graffitiwear and the subscriber gift really caught my eye. It is this pretty pink lacy dress that I just really had to have. And all you have to do is click the subscriber and this dress is yours free! I love that it is an applier dress (I do love applier clothing) and I really like the mesh skirt panel that adds a nice dimension to it.

What comes in the box:

  • System Layers for standard avatar bodies
  • Applier for TMP, Omega, Slink, and Wowmeh
  • Rigged mesh skirt panel in standard sizes XXS – L

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A little sparkle.

I also stopped by Chop Zuey just to see if there was anything new. There is a pretty “Heart Brillante'” gift out that fit with my new dress just perfectly. I picked up the necklace and ring both as the free group gift (the group is 350L to join but the gifts are always generous and plentiful). I love the sparkle and they resize easily too. There is a set of matching earrings out as well and those are free to all if you want to pick those up.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – [e] elikatira – Youth
Necklace & Ring – Chop Zuey – Heart Brillante’ Necklace & Ring (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is 350 to Join)
Dress – Graffitiwear – Peppermind Babe Dress (Free/0L/March 2017 Subscriber Gift)

Sim Location – Summer Trace

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Stood Up

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Stood up.

He said we had a date, and I was all decked out. Dressed to the nines. Fit to kill. You know how it goes. You find just the gown at ALB that can’t be passed up, especially since it’s free. I opted out of the full skirt and kept it simple, going only for the slinky white part with the draping back and the low cut neckline and then I waited at the door but he never showed up. It’s a good thing the dress didn’t cost me anything… or I might have more in the way of revenge than just petty aggravation on my mind.

Of course if you have an upcoming date, you can get this dress too… and it comes in all the right sizes: fitmesh XS – XL as well as Maitreya, Slink, Belleza, and TMP.

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Pairing things up.

I had a flair for dramatics. (So does he… I’m sure he’ll have some excuse.) So I added this jewelry from Lazuri to my dress. It’s the current group gift out. I’m showing you the necklace and cuff bracelets, but there were also rings and earrings too. They are even color change, with a choice of silver or gold metal and an ability to change the color of the pearls as well. Lazuri frequently sets out large sets of color change gifts, so though the group fee is 250L, it means a lot of jewelry for your group fee.

I wonder if he’ll show up late to pay the ticket for the bottle of wine I ordered…

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Pia Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Truth – Guiliana
Jewelry – Lazuri – Prana Necklace and Prana Cuff Bracelets (Free Group gift/0L/Group is 250L to Join)
Dress & Shoes – ALB – Shani gown NYEve & heels (Free group gift/0L/Free to Join Group)

Sim Location – Flux Sur Mer

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A Silver Vision

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Fishing for my own silver.

I saw that Love was fishing for silver and got silver envy. In her post here she showed you one of the great gifts you can currently get from Sn@tch if you go 7 Seas fishing with your fishing pole for the New Years Grab Bag (hurry you still have a little bit of time, but not much). And it got me hankering for some silver of my own!

It all started with bubbles.

It all started with some bubbles. Actually #bubbles the store. I saw their advertisement for their January group gift and really fell in love with the unique split front top. The group is free to join, making the gift free as well. It is in a lovely grey shade with black crochet detailing along the split seam.

Sizes it comes in:

  • Fitmesh XS – XL
  • Maitreya
  • Slink
  • Belleza

Shoes too!

I also snagged a deal on some silver shoes for just 1L at Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes… and I love that these shoes are so versatile because not only do they fit slink feet, but the package includes shoes to fit regular system feet and Maitreya feet as well. So I didn’t have to worry about fit at all! My silver shoes are part of the Frosting Hunt. You have until January 31st to pick them up, but why wait? For just 1L and a little hunting time, these flats are the silver lining you’ve been waiting for!

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The final touch.

Finesmith is no longer in-world, sadly. But you can still get many of the beautiful creations on the marketplace. I was doing some marketplace hunting and came across a lovely necklace for just 10L that I couldn’t pass up. This Vision necklace pictured above is by Finesmith jewelry and with its beautiful details and shine (but not bling) is a wonderful final touch to any outfit – casual or formal. It’s well worth the 10L.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Pia Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – [e] elikatira – Katharine
Necklace – Finesmith – Vision Necklace in Silver (10L on the Marketplace)
Shirt – #bubbles – January Group Gift (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)
Jeans – E-Clipse – Dorothy Jeans Rigid Indigo
Shoes – Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes – Fara Silver (1L for the Frosting Hunt) – ends January 31st

Sim Location – Flux Sur Mer

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Snowflakes Are Falling

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Snowflakes are falling.

I found a gift I had to show off to you. Snowflake stockings! These pretty stockings are a FREE Peace on Earth hunt gift from House of Ruby and I just fell in love with the pretty snowflake pattern on the back of the blue stockings. They have a pretty lace trim up around the thigh. For your hunting time, you’ll get appliers for Maitreya, Slink, and Omega to suit all your mesh body needs. I took a picture of the back because these babies were too cute not to show off.

A Stop by the Cart Wash!

The back of my dress is just as pretty and is a 10L find at the Winter Cart Wash Sale. I picked up the Eve dress by Aleutia which comes with a texture change hud allowing you to choose between 5 colors for just 10 little linden. That’s a lot of dress for your money. Warning… the dress is a bit sheer. It’s lacy and pretty but if you’re modest, you might want to invest in a pair of panties or a bra to wear under it.

Sizes it comes in: Maitreya, Slink – Hourglass & Physique, TMP.

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To finish off the look.

Chop Zuey has started their 12 Days of Christmas Advent and you don’t want to miss out! There is a member only gift area (one for men and one for women) and a free to all gift area. So three gifts will be set out each day: one group gift for men and one for women and one free to all gift. The group fee is 350L to join, but you’ll be getting a lot of gifts for your join fee, and the creator is generous throughout the year too!

I picked up this texture change Fleur Delique set on Day 5 at Chop Zuey (it was a ladies group gift). Don’t worry, if you miss a day, you can still pick up past days, so if you like this jewelry set go down and pick it up. It came with a texture change hud that allowed for a myriad of color changes for each part of the necklace for so many different options. This one is well worth picking up!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Barbara Applier – formerly at Kustom9
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – [e] elikatira – Libby
Jewelry – Chop Zuey – Fleur Delique Texture Change Set (Day 5 on the Advent Calendar/Group Required/350 to Join the Group)
Dress – Aleutia – Eve Fatpack (10L at the Cart Wash Sale / Direct TP)
Stockings – House of Ruby – Snowflake Stockings for Her (0L for Peace on Earth Hunt)

Sim Location – Private

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Put a Star On for Me

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Getting ready for the Holiday.

I’m getting ready to wrap presents but I wrapped myself up first in this pretty T-shirt gift from Belle Epoque! It only came in one size, but it fit my Maitreya body perfectly, so I’m fairly sure that is the size it is meant for. It also came with a texture change hud with 6 different holiday choices for the front. My favorite was the blue shirt with the Christmas tree on the front. But you may like one of the other designs! This group gift is FREE and the group is FREE to join! You won’t have to spend a single linden!

Stopping by the Cart Wash Sale.

You’ve already seen lots of 10L goodies from the Winter Cart Wash Sale blogged by our talented bloggers! I picked up a pretty star choker by The Little Bat. The one in blue matched my t-shirt and was just perfect for the occasion. For just 10L you get a package that includes 6 colors: gold, silver, red, black, blue, and green.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Barbara Applier – lips colored with Catwa hud
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Magika – Calm
Choker – The Little Bat – Star Choker in Blue (10L at the Cart Wash Sale/Direct TP)
Shirt – Belle Epoque – Christmas Tee (Free group gift/0L/Free to Join group)
Pants – Coco – Wide Leg Jeans _ Mid

Sim Location – Winter Trace

Astrids Signature


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Entice Me, Baby. I’m the Real Thing.

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The Cart Sale has begun!

As Love mentioned here, the biannual Cart Wash Sale began yesterday, and that means fabulous 10L and under goodies for shoppers like you and me!

Entice me, Baby!

I stopped by the Entice Cart and right away I fell in love with the “Get Busy Dress” in red. It comes with a hud with three texture options (all various red versions) and standard mesh sizes with an excellent alpha layer. There is an optional chain belt which I chose to don for my picture so you could see it. It is separate, however, so you can wear the dress without it.

The finishing details!

This dress from the Entice Cart is pretty all on its own, but a few finishing details never hurt anyone right? Especially if they are classy and well made! My gorgeous red pearl set from Real Evil Industries is an older gift but it is so well made you would never know it. It is FREE from the Marketplace. Just drop it into your Marketplace Cart and you are well on your way to enjoying the spoils!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Pia – lips and cheeks colored with Catwa Head hud
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Exile – Where We Belong
Necklace & Bracelets – Real Evil Industries – Christmas Pearls Set (0L on the Marketplace) – first blogged here.
Dress – Entice – Get Busy Dress – Red (10L @ the Cart Wash Sale/Direct TP)
Shoes – Pure Poison – Mara Sandals

Sim Location – Kekeland

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Remembering Pool Halls

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It’s been a while.

It’s been a while since I played pool. I miss those days. There isn’t a pool hall in my little town, and I’d have to drive a long distance to find one now. The atmosphere has changed as well. Pool tables are something you find only in bars where I live. When I was in college you could go to pool halls just to play pool, and they were places that were fairly neutral and welcome to all sorts of people.

I found Warehouse 999 and it made me remember a bit of the old days of pool halls. It’s a club that caters to both military (and non military) music lovers, with a pool table in the background. There’s a lot of quaint memorabilia up and if you like the blues, stop by for a listen.

Grabbing the right outfit.

FA Creations has out a great free December group gift… this Yuki outfit. The jacket includes a texture change hud with 6 possible choices and the outfit is made for both standard or mesh bodies. You’ll get the pants as well as the top and jacket as separates.

In the gift you’ll get sizes to fit:

  • Standard mesh sizes XS – XL
  • Fitmesh Sizes XS – XL
  • Maitreya
  • Slink
  • TMP
  • Belleza

Top it off.

I needed a finishing touch and found just what I was looking for in the Women Only Hunt 2. I picked up this free mesh rigged metal choker in gold at Secrets. This choker is pretty special in that it doesn’t clip. The mesh rigging lets it move with your neck so there is no issue of it cutting out the side of your neck with your avatar’s ao. I really like that. Plus its really stylish. Perfect for playing pool.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Barbara Applier (featured at Kustom9)
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – [e] elikatira – Cassidy
Lipstick – Avenge – Mat Lipstick applier for Catwa – pinky
Necklace – Secrets – Metal Choker for WOH2 (0L for Women Only Hunt 2)
Dress – FA Creations – Yuki Outfit with Texture Change Hud (Free group gift/0L/Free to Join Group)

Sim Location – Warehouse 999

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Simply Pretty

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A Free Dress.

EvelineInTheBox has out another FREE group gift and as usual it is beautiful. You’ll want to pick up this FREE group gift (the group is FREE to join) before it’s no longer available.

This stunner of a dress comes in a multitude of sizes compatible with all kinds of mesh body types, including:

  • Maitreya
  • eBody
  • Tonic – Fine and Curvy
  • Slink – Hourglass and Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, and Venus

A Free Accessory.

Bens Boutique has out a FREE accessory that won’t let you down. This scarf/necklace is a beautiful little piece that you can add to your wardrobe and includes a color change hud that offers so much variety you won’t know what to do!

You can change the left and right side of the scarf respectively with 27 color choices each, and there are also 4 metal colors for the center latch. Like the dress in the picture above, this is a completely FREE gift. You just need a free group space.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Hands and Feet – Slink
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Pia in America 01
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Magika – Itch
Scarf/Necklace – Bens Boutique – Hulya Scarf Hud Driven (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Scarf/Necklace – EvelineInTheBox – Zaida Groupgift (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)

Sim Location – Gates of Melancholy

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