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The Winter Fae

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“Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping…” ~ from Sounds of Silence

This winter fae skin makes me think of dark winter nights despite her white features, blue lips, and the white tears that come from white shadowed eyes. She is a beauty bathed in light, tormented by the dark nights of winter.

And she’s all yours for…

free. As part of the Women Only Hunt, provided by Avada, you can have the beautiful Winter Fae Skin for yourself free. Included in this beautiful gift are multiple head and body appliers.

Winter Fae Head Appliers:

  • Catwa
  • Omega

Winter Fae Body Appliers:

  • Maitreya
  • Omega
  • Belleza
  • Physique

More winter hunting…

I was with my hunting partner again, and he led me to Juno Artistic Tattoo, and we both agreed that the free POE hunt gift there was perfect for this skin. Go figure… I’m wearing ink in another post! But this beautiful snowflake, stars, and blue twinkle light studded tattoo is a perfect winter compliment to the Winter Fae skin and adds just a touch of color to the otherwise white canvas of this lush skin.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara V4.1
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head & Skin Applier – Avada – Winter Fae (Free Women Only Hunt Gift)
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – KoKoLoReS – Lilbeth
Tattoo – Juna Artistic Tattoo – Sneh Tattoo Women (Free POE Hunt Gift)
Shirt – Glam Affair – Lace Mini Top Cotton – past gift, no longer available

Sim Location – Pagan’s Winter Wonderland

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Ready for Rain

Ready for Rain

It’s Sunday instead of Friday, but I am bringing you Friday news! And I’m ready for a little rain to wash away the weekend blues. Sometimes rain is refreshing you know? 🙂

First… this is a head to toe look. So HURRY over to Elikatira, where you will find that their Fifty Linden Friday offering of hair that I’m wearing in the picture above in essential colors is still out. For just 50L this pretty mesh hair is yours! But hurry! I’m not sure how much more time you have before the offer will disappear!

My jumpsuit is courtesy of FineRain Creations, and is their contribution to the Women’s Stuff Hunt. Stop by the main-store and for 1L and a little hunting time, this outfit in all the standard mesh sizes in this pretty yellow gold color is yours! It fits and flows beautifully and comes with a great alpha layer for standard bodies.

Last, but not least, I found a pair of shoes I loved at Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes. These too are a 1L Hunt gift. These are the store’s offering for the Addicted to Applier’s Hunt. Just hunt down the icon and buy it for 1L. You’ll get these stunning black alligator heels to fit Slink, Maitreya, and TMP feet!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body, Hands, and Feet – Maitreya – Lara
Head – LeLutka – Simone w/ base Glam Affair skin color Asia (included) used
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – [e] elikatira – Qiana (50L for Fifty Linden Friday – Hurry! This may not be out much longer!)
Outfit – FineRain Creations – FineRain Lena Jumpsuit in Yellow (1L for the Women’s Stuff Hunt)
Shoes – Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes – Kym Alligator (1L for the Addicted to Appliers Hunt)

Pose by GlamRus

Sim Location – West of the Rain

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Sunrise

Sunrise

It will be back to school soon in my neck of the woods and lots of people are gearing up for that time of year. I wanted to enjoy some last minute beach time before it became “hitting the books” time. So I checked out the Pool Party Hunt to see what I could find and struck gold (or in this case black and white!) with this amazing one piece suit from Lady Dragon’s Design.

This retro look one piece suit is part the creator’s 1L offering as the hunt prize and comes in all the standard sizes, as well as Maitreya and Slink. (While you are there, be sure to pick up the Women’s Stuff Hunt gift which is also out for only 1L — you’ll get a gorgeous full outfit that includes slink shoes!).

Speaking of “Back to School” — be thinking of all those cool Back to School photos you’ll want to enter into the Back to School FabFree Photo Challenge! Details were posted by our lovely Julianna [here].

Have a great day!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body, Hands, and Feet – Maitreya – Lara
Head – LeLutka – Simone w/ base Glam Affair skin color Asia (included) used
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Iconic – Coco
Swimsuit – Lady Dragon’s Design – (PP) One Piece Swimwear (1L gift for the Pool Party Hunt)

Pose by GlamRus

Sim Location – Baja Sands

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Foxboro

Foxboro

Horr Menswear is participating in a rather nifty hunt… the Body of Evidence Hunt. This hunt has lots of excellent items for both men and women and I liked the look of the polo shirt offering that Horr Menswear is giving as their 1L contribution.

The Foxboro polo comes in all the standard mesh sizes in the color shown in the picture above and includes an alpha layer for standard avatars. For 1L and a little hunting time, this is a classic look well worth picking up.

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Loki is wearing…

Hands – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Vanity Eyes – Parchment
Hair – Mina – Harry
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Tattoo – .Reckless. – Guerrero (faded)
Shirt  – HORR Menswear – BOE Foxboro Polo Deluxe (1L for the Body of Evidence Hunt)
Pants  – RedgraveHeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Arts & Letters Literary Salon

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Dream a Summer Dream

Dream a Summer Dream

Sometimes we need to recharge… take a moment to close our eyes and dream. I found the perfect sim for it if you like art and books. You might want to stop by the Arts and Literary Salon where there is book discussions and art displays for you to enjoy.

I took the chance to put together a dreamy summer look while I enjoyed one of the blankets under a charming little tree I found. My look is courtesy of Wicca’s Wardrobe this morning.

First, I picked up the 1L Women’s Stuff Hunt gift that Wicca’s Wardrobe is generously contributing to this hunt as a prize. It is this lovely strawberry dress in all the standard sizes as well as fitmesh, Freya, Isis, Venus, Maitreya, Hourglass, Physique, and TMP. The box also includes two texture patterns of the dress, so you get not only the dress I am showing, but one additional pattern. And only 1L for all of this strawberry goodness!

I was pleased to discover that the August group gift at Wicca’s Wardrobe was a sexy pair of boots that matched the dress quite nicely. These over the knee dragon boots come in standard mesh as well as slink fits. To get them to fit my Maitreya body, I simply removed my feet. They are highly detailed, and there is a male version of the boots out for group members as well. If you are not already a member, the group fee is 50L, but you get access to many past group gifts as well as these fantastic boots, making it well worth your join fee.

I’m off for a nap and a dream. Enjoy your day!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body, Hands, and Feet – Maitreya – Lara
Head – LeLutka – Simone w/ base Glam Affair skin color Asia (included) used
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Magika – Summer
Dress – Wicca’s Wardrobe – Belle Dress in Strawberry II (1L for the Women’s Stuff Hunt)
Shoes – Wicca’s Wardrobe – Montana Boots (Female) Black Dragon (Free group gift/0L/Group is 50L to Join)

Pose by GlamRus

Sim Location – Arts & Letters Literary Salon

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Master & Mistress of Ceremonies

Master and Mistress of Ceremonies

It’s not Halloween yet, but that is no excuse to avoid good cosplay! Or just good Gothic fun. Loki and I did a little hunting and came up good with a couple of outfits you won’t want to miss out on.

You’re seeing us in Roped Passion’s matching gift for Ladies and Men for the Carnival of Souls Hunt. Just 1L will get you this is the Mistress and Master of Ceremonies outfits. Both come in all the standard mesh sizes and with a good alpha layer (P.S. if you picked up the outfit earlier before the alpha layer was out, you can pick up the alpha layer for free in a box at the front of the store now!).

The lady’s outfit includes this gorgeously detailed corset with roses and skulls, a pair of panties, a bra, and a necklace. You will also get a top hat (not shown).

The men’s outfit is an exquisite suit that comes in one piece for easy fitting and wear. You’ll need your own shoes, but a plain black pair will do nicely.

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Love tipped me off on a gift I didn’t want to miss out on, and if you are a LeLutka mesh head wearer, you may want to pick this one up too. The Laura Hurley group is FREE to join, and if you stop by the main-store you can pick up this beautiful LeLutka head applier called “Jojo” for FREE as the current group gift. I fell in love with the beautiful skin tone, the beauty mark on the left side near the mouth/chin and the deep wine colored lips. Since I wear a Maitreya body, I was able to find an applier nearby for 200L and I was set for that one cost, head to toe!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body, Hands, and Feet – Maitreya – Lara
Head – LeLutka – Simone
Skin & Head Applier – Laura Hurley – Jojo LeLutka Applier (FREE Group Gift/0L/FREE to Join Group)
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Exile – Out of the Ruins
Outfit – Roped Passion’s – Mistress of Ceremonies (1L for the Carnival of Souls Hunt)

 

Loki is wearing…

Hands – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Vanity Eyes – Parchment
Hair – Mina – Harry
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Tattoo – .Reckless. – Guerrero (faded)
Outfit  – Roped Passion’s – Master of Ceremonies (1L for the Carnival of Souls Hunt)

 

Sim Location – The Bizarre House

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Scrabble

Scrabble

This 1L hunt gift from The Man Cave was just what I needed to spell “classic look” and I took that to heart for a break and a game of Scrabble. You’ll find this gift as part of the Fall of Man Back to School Hunt. When you land, give the area a bit of time to rezz (you’ll find yourself at a landing point) and head to The Man Cave store to look for the Book that is the 1L Prize.

Inside the box you’ll find two different packages, though each contains the Jayke outfit (both this classically styled shirt with the matching pants). The shirt comes in a tucked-in or un-tucked version and the pants fit nicely with boots or dress flats. One box will contain a mesh outfit with alphas for a standard system avatar, the other will contain the same mesh outfit to fit a variety of mesh bodies, including: Adam, Aesthetic, Slink, and TMP.

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Loki is wearing…

Hands – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Vanity Eyes – Parchment
Hair – Mina – Harry
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Tattoo – .Reckless. – Guerrero (faded)
Outfit  – The Man Cave – Jayke Outfit (1L for the Fall of Man Back to School Hunt)
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Follow Your Bliss

Astrids Signature_Loki

 


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Water Color

I found an art installment that was perfect for my mood today… or rather… it helped me find the mood I wanted to be in. I needed something carefree and pretty and uplifting… all of which are things that this WaterColor Wander sim and the beautiful FREE gifts I found for you today will inspire 🙂

WaterColor

EvelineInTheBox is offering a new FREE group gift (the group is FREE to join) that is happy and a bit reminiscent of the flower child era. This Kaley group gift dress comes in all the standard mesh sizes as well as Maitreya, Belleza, and Slink. The black trim is nice touch and I found the perfect jewelry to go with it!

WaterColor 2

Ecco is back and in a new main-store location! And this SL Frees & Offers group gift for August is a welcome back gift (there is also a new VIP group gift out that is wonderful too!) and is yours FREE with your SLF&O tag (which is FREE to join). You get both the necklace and the earrings and the box contains three metal choices: black (shown) as well as silver and gold (not shown). I loved the pairing of this fun set with my flowery dress!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Hands and Feet – Slink
Head – LeLutka – Simone w/ base Glam Affair skin color Asia (included) used
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Eyeshadow – alaskametro<3 – “Chloe” glitter eyeshadow Funfetti TESTER (FREE/0L on the Marketplace)
Hair – [e] elikatira – Jordyn
Jewelry – .:ECCO:. – Loops Necklace and Earrings in Black (box also includes gold and silver) – (FREE SL Frees & Offers Group Gift/0L/Group is FREE to Join)
Dress – [EvelineInTheBox] Kaley Groupgift (FREE Group Gift/0L/Group is FREE to Join)
Shoes – Pure Poison – Leila Spumps – Black

Pose by Belle Epoque

Sim Location – A Watercolour Wander

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By Walden Pond

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” — Henry David Thoreau

By Walden Pond

There is a Walden Pond Sim remake in Second Life now and I decided to visit it, I recommend you take a look if you haven’t gone yet. There is something deeply healing about the woods and nature in times when we need to reconnect with ourselves and disconnect with the things that make us feel less whole.

I picked out a pretty floral inspired group gift to make my visit with — the July group gift from Morea Style. It is a full “kit and kaboodle” gift with jewelry included. You’ll get the applier jeans and shirt with appliers for just about every mesh body out there (including some I hadn’t heard of), with some pretty flexi touches to make the top and jeans cuffs. The only thing the outfit lacks is shoes but I have you covered there as well. (Don’t worry 🙂 ).

The Morea Style group is a one time fee of 150L but there is a beautiful monthly group gift to make it worth joining. If you hurry, you can pick up the July gift now, and you’ll be set to pick up the August gift when it comes out at the turn of the month.

By Walden Pond 2

Pure Poison is offering a new FREE group gacha gift. You need to wear your FREE Group tag and then you’ll get one spin on the group gacha for a chance at a pair of shoes. You’ll find shoes to fit Slink, Maitreya, or TMP in the box. I landed a pair in silver. If you like the shoes enough to want more, you can play the “non gift” gacha for just 50L per spin.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Hands and Feet – Slink
Head – CATWA head Annie
Skin and Head Applier – Lumae – Eirtae – T7- Nutmeg // Bare with Freckles
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Coffee
Hair – Magika – Calm
Outfit – Morea Style – Group Gift – Trich (FREE Group Gift/0L/Group is 150L to Join)
Shoes – Pure Poison – Lavinia Sandals (FREE Group Gift/0L/Group is FREE to Join)

Pose by Belle Epoque

Sim Location – Walden Pond

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The Lady in Red

Lady in Red

There’s a fresh FREE lucky board at Entice (no group required) that is just yummy! This Rain Over Me in Gradient dress (with a 3 color hud for red, blue, or purple as your color choices) is yours with a bit of luck if your letter comes up. Don’t fret though… it’s right next to several other lucky letter boards, a FREE Group Midnight Mania board, a no group required FREE midnight Mania board, and other group gifts … all FREE. So you’re bound to find things to keep you busy while you wait for your letter!

This dress in standard fitmesh sizes as well as Maitreya, Belleza, and Slink fits, and includes an alpha layer for standard mesh bodies as well. You’re bound to find your fit!

The Moda board locked down the other day too, delivering me a pair of Cayla Wedges in red… woot! These matched my new Entice dress in its red color so well, that I couldn’t help remind you of this awesome FREE Midnight mania board. It locks down at 400 slaps and the pair of shoes changes out daily… so it’s worth smacking to lock down… just go slap it!

** Quick note to clarify: Since my Moda shoes are from a couple of days ago, today’s style and color will be different. As I explained in the paragraph above, the style and/or color available changes daily! This is just a reminder of this great free offer 🙂

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Hands and Feet – Slink
Head – CATWA head Annie
Skin and Head Applier – Lumae – Eirtae – T7- Nutmeg // Bare with Freckles
Lipstick – [Avenge] – Lovely Gloss applier for Catwa – red
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Coffee
Hair – Truth – Angie
Dress – Entice – Rain Over Me – Gradient (FREE Lucky Letter Board/0L/No Group Required)
Shoes – [MODA] – Cayla Wedge Platforms & Hud – Red (FREE Midnight Mania Board/0L/No Group Required)

Pose by Lorien

Sim Location – Bella Bistro – Romantic Restaurant since 2009

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