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A Summer Hideaway

Summer Hideaway

Happy weekend, fabulous readers! I was too lazy to even get my virtual self dressed today, so I thought I would share a few home and garden freebies instead.

Shelter Me

First off is this lovely Garden Shelter, which is a group gift from KraftWork. It’s a dark wood on the inside, and it looks like it was carved into a rock on the backside. The whole thing clocks in at just 9 LI. The 3 lights on the back wall are included.

Next is the cozy bench. DMG set out this Outdoor Seating as their June group gift. At 5 LI, it includes animations for singles as well as cuddles.

The pretty planters you see here are the latest group gift from Shutter Field. The Tuscan Planters come in a tall version (on the left) and a short version (on the right). Both are 2 LI each.

Because They Were There

I wasn’t looking for them, but I managed to pick up a few extra gifts while I was out:

  • See the little bird on the arm of the Outdoor Seating (if not, you can click the photo to make it bigger). He’s a Spring Blue Jay and can be found as a free gift at La Galleria. This cutie is just 1 LI and has an “intermittent sound script” with touch for on/off. Note: there are quite a few other gifts at this store, so be sure to take a look around.
  • The Plaster Candles on the table are a free gift at Apple Fall. They are 2 LI and you can turn the flame on and off with a touch.
  • Last but not least are the Macarons in a Box on the table. These are also a free gift at Apple Fall and are just 1 LI. Aline showed them in her post HERE, but they might not have been a free gift at the time. Be sure to grab them NOW while they’re free!

Enjoy!

❤ Serena

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Decor Items…

KraftWork Garden Shelter (group gift / 25L to join)
BLUE SKY Peacock Mirror
DMG Outdoor Seating (group gift / free to join)
Fashionably Dead Cat – 12 Curious (50L in-store gacha)
La Galleria Spring Blue Jay (free gift / 0L)
Shutter Field Tuscan Planters (group gift / 20L to join)
[CIRCA] “Luna Bay” Terra Ocean Pot Birds of Paradise Planter
[CIRCA] “Luna Bay” Terra Rust Pot Hibiscus Yellow Planter
REDGRAVE Jonas Rug
Hive Summer’s Rattan Chair
Vespertine Donovan Table Dark
Apple Fall Design Books
Apple Fall Plaster Candles (free gift / 0L)
Apple Fall Macarons in Box (free gift / 0L) Previously blogged by Aline


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Tending Bar

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Tending Bar

Speaking of 80’s Rock bands… while Aline and Love were have a conversation about Whitesnake videos, I was tending bar at Thames River Valley, and 80’s music just happened to be on the radio. Coincidence huh? I like the 80’s bands, reminds me of my childhood. Yeah, I’m old.

Old but…

… feeling Fabulous… in my FabFree gift from House of Ruby. If you haven’t picked it up yet, stop by the main-store and nab this great applier shirt free for Fabfree group members. It’s applier only (Omega and Slink) and fits like a glove. It comes in this great turquoise color fit for any occasion. As always, FabFree group gifts won’t cost you a single linden.

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Another great shirt…

Same store, but another great shirt. While I was at House of Ruby, I noticed the wall of gifts currently out for both men and women and clicked the Double T-shirt in Black for men. It didn’t require a group space at all. I just had to subscribe to information and the gift was sent to me free. A win-win in my book. Two shirts great shirts for one stop for the day. This one is also an applier shirt in Omega and Slink appliers.

Another set of bracelets.

I showed you the free Chop Zuey Castory bracelets in blue in my post [here]. But I happen to be a member of the Chop Zuey group and had also picked them up in black and so put them on for this post. They are a great look I think! The Chop Zuey group has a one-time fee of 350 linden, but the creator puts out frequent and generous men’s and women’s gifts, making it well worth the fee if you stay in the group.

Have a great Easter!

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Loki is wearing…

Body, Hands, and Feet – Belleza – Jake
Head & Eyes – Lelutka – Andrea
Head & Body Applier – Clef de Peau – Brock T7
Hair – DuraSL13B Gift in Milky Platinum
Piercings – [CerberusXing] – Blade Set Gold
Bracelets – Chop Zuey – Castory Drake Brcs Blk (Free Group Gift/Group is 350 to Join)
Shirt 1 – House of Ruby – Blizzard Top for Him (Free FabFree Group Gift/Group is Free to Join)
Shirt 2 – House of Ruby – Dpib;e T-Shirt Gift for Him (Free Subscriber Gift)
Jeans  – Redgrave – Heavy Used Jeans

Sim Location – Thames River Valley

Astrids Signature


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Pinball

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Remember when Pinball was all the rage? Maybe not if you’re young, it might just be “retro” to you. But I remember when Pinball was a big deal and scoring the new high score was THE THING.

Speaking of scoring

I scored a new shirt at Etham that you won’t want to miss out on. This great group gift is free with your free group join. Just don the group tag and pick up the gift. It includes a color change hud for the shirt as well. You can pick one of 12 colors for the shirt, and one of 5 colors for the zipper.

The shirt comes in the following sizes:

  • Belleza
  • Signature
  • Slink
  • TMP

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Loki is wearing…

Body, Hands, and Feet – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – DuraSL13B Gift in Milky Platinum
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Head & Neck Tattoos – Bolson – Saito
Arm Sleeve Tattoos – Endless Pain Tattoos – Tiamat
Leg Tattoo – .Identity. Body Shop – Remember Pain
Shirt  – Etham – AJ Long Sleeve Tee All Colors (Free Group Gift/Group is Free to Join)
Jeans  – Redgrave – Heavy Used Jeans
Boots  – [380] – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Chestnut Valley

Astrids Signature


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Throwback Thursday: I’ve Lost My Head!

Throwback Thursday

Going Old School

I’m not wearing my mesh head today, and I’m feeling like a bit of a “throwback.” 😉

But it’s all for a good reason: Glam Affair is having a retirement sale on their older system skins, Angelica, Cleo, Katra, and Rosa. Full-line system skins have been marked down from 999L to 399L for single makeups, and fatpacks are just 1200L per skin tone.

Also on sale are Nyam Nyam mouth appliers, Slink Visage appliers, and special edition/event system skins, which are only 100L each!

So if you’re not a mesh head wearer – and many residents are not – this is a great time to pick up some lovely system skins from Glam Affair. The sale will run until mid-April so don’t delay! (Note: mesh body appliers are not part of the sale.)

On to the Free Stuff!

As Love mentioned, Designer Circle is celebrating its 6th anniversary and 150th round this month. Many of the participating designers have set out some fantastic gifts, all of which are free or just 1L, with no group join required.

One of those gifts is this pretty Tule and Leather Dress from Posh Pixels. I really like the detailed texturing (I think it’s materials-enabled?)! The dress comes with a 6-color texture-change HUD, and in the following sizes:

  • Standard mesh XXS-L with alpha layer
  • Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus
  • Maitreya Lara
  • Slink Physique and Hourglass
  • The Mesh Project

Top to Toe

My cute booties are by Fri.day for the current round of The Arcade, and they can be yours for a 50L pull of the gacha machine. They are available in 8 colors (including 2 rares) and are sized for Maitreya and Slink feet. I love how the lacy detail on the toes matches my lacy skirt!

Last but not least… I never feel “complete” without a handbag, so I decided to pop over to what used to be my go-to accessory store: Duh! The store had moved since I was last there, and much of the older inventory is gone. But you can still pick up some great shoes and accessories at a very reasonable price. The Falling Leaves Clutch is only 25L, which is a great deal just for one color, but… you also get blue, brown, and red in the box – woohoo! ❤

 

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Serena is wearing…

Skin: Glam Affair Angelica V.2
Teeth: [PXL] OpenMouth Pro Teeth v2.0
Eyelashes: REDGRAVE Daily
Body: Maitreya Lara
Hair: Analog Dog Trouble Clef
Earrings: Maxi Gossamer Angelika
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer Pearl Necklaces
Bangles: Maxi Gossamer Damasc
Hands: Slink Dynamic Hands
Dress: Posh Pixels Tule and Leather Dress (free gift @ Designer Circle)
Clutch: Duh! Falling Leaves Clutch Black (25L)
Shoes: Fri.day Lana Booties Coal RARE (50L gacha @ The Arcade)
Pose by aDORKable Poses
Location: Ashemi

 

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The Barber Shop

Barber Shop

A new Sweater.

Byrne has out this great new FREE sweater as their group gift (the group is FREE to join) and you can pick it up before heading off for more winter travels. The gift package includes all the standard sizes, a good quality alpha, and the men’s sweater in black or gold. It’s quite stylish. And style was what was what seemed appropriate as I traveled to “The Village” for my afternoon jaunt.

It was snowing.

It was snowing so I ducked into a little barber shop. It got me remembering that first haircut we all invariably get as children — you know the one… where you cry and your mother takes a picture of the entire traumatic event? It seems, though, that haircuts or at least hairstyles seem to be milestones for changes in our lives.

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” – Coco Chanel.

The importance of a haircut.

I ran across this quote on google while exploring this little barbershop and it made me reflect a moment, because I have to think that the quote (if Coco Chanel did indeed say it) doesn’t only apply to women. A lot of men get life changing haircuts as well.

Many important milestones come with trips to the salon or at least personal stylings —  such as dances or weddings… and I’m sure the fellas (not just the ladies) get shimmied up with a fresh haircut too. In some cultures the cutting of hair is deeply spiritual, so I took this picture of myself at this quaint little Barber Shop in my brand new Freebies (and I’ve got one more to tell you about) and thought about the changes that are in store for Astrid and I as the new year approaches. We will certainly have some stories to tell you.

The Beaded Bracelet

Did you catch the fancy new bracelet I was sporting? That’s courtesy of Cold Ash, and is their November L’Homme Magazine reader’s gift. The L’Homme Magazine group is Free to join and you can pick up many free gifts from many stores across the grid, including this free bracelet which comes in a left or right version as well as a standard or TMP version. It is black with a couple of brown beads on it to make it extra versatile. And it’s a nice touch to a classic outfit. Every gentleman needs a little extra now and then.

I won’t be getting my hair cut today. But I enjoyed my wander around this shop. There are changes in store for Astrid and I in real life. All good stuff. And we’re excited about sharing our adventures here… and there… with all of you.

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Loki is wearing…

Body, Hands, and Feet – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – DuraSL13B Gift in Milky Platinum hairbase
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Tattoo – .Reckless. – Guerrero (faded)
Bracelet – Cold Ash – Mens Mokane Bracelet (Free L’Homme group gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Sweater – Byrne – Nan Mens Sweater (Free group gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Pants  – RedgraveHeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – The Village & Bar Deco

Astrids Signature_Loki


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Opening Doors

Doors

The Doors.

Astrid got this crazy idea that we are going to be adventuring… and Kathryn helped her out with a link to this Flickr Group where you can look at pictures of various sims. It’s required to post the slurl in the description, so you can be sure to find the destination if you want to check it out for yourself. One of the photos caught my eye, and I landed on Baja Bay.

The original photo had been of a beach house with seaguls…. but I ended up gravitating toward a set of doors on the beach. I’m reminded of a song by The Doors called “Land Ho.”

“Grandma loved a sailor, who sailed the frozen sea
Grandpa was that whaler and he took me on his knee
He said: “Son, I’m going crazy from livin’ on the land
Got to find my shipmates and walk on foreign sands”

Maybe that’s just the thing. I’ve been a little cooped up lately and I’m ready to open doors. These four got me as excited is Astrid about what lay ahead.

I haven’t forgotten the Freebies!

Every sailor needs a north star to guide their ship by… and as Astrid mentioned in her post [HERE], it was highly likely that I might be sharing the men’s gift from KiB Designs with you. The group is FREE to join and you can pick up this T-shirt FREE with your group tag.

The gift package from KiB Designs is actually a “family” package and includes this black T-shirt with the star print on it for everyone in the family… Mom, Dad, and kiddo. I’m wearing it in the male version. It comes in all the standard sizes with its own alpha layer. Ladies if you like it, you can pick it up FREE as well.

I’m off to wander the beach… the waves are still crashing and I think I see a few seashells. I feel the wanderlust creeping up on me. “Singing songs of shady sisters and old time liberty. Songs of love and songs of death and songs to set men free.” (The Doors)

Happy Wandering.

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Loki is wearing…

Body, Hands, and Feet – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – DuraSL13B Gift in Milky Platinum hairbase
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Tattoo – .Reckless. – Guerrero (faded)
Shirt – KiB Designs – Group Gift 1 Male, Family T-Shirt (Free Group Gift/0L/Free to Join Group)
Pants  – RedgraveHeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Baja Bay

Astrids Signature_Loki


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Tip Your Hat to Style

Tip Your Hat to Style

I really have to tip my hat to the creators who are participating in the Menstuff Hunt. The prizes this round are outstanding as usual. I ran across a new-to-me designer – Hot Fuss – and was pleased to come away with two items – not only the hunt gift, but also a lucky letter chair gift.

The Hat.

If you stop by Hot Fuss, you’ll be able to pick up this men’s fedora as part of their contribution to the Menstuff Hunt. It’s an excellent design in a fedora style and yours for only 1L and a little hunting time. It’s sure to add class and style to most any outfit. I didn’t have any trouble adjusting it to fit my head, and it looked great over the top of my usual hairbase.

The Sweater.

While I was at Hot Fuss, I noticed they had out two lucky letter chairs. No group is required for either and they are completely FREE. One is for the ladies, but the other is for us menfolk. My letter came up while I was hunting down my hat and I was able to pick up this Tristan sweater in all the standard mesh sizes. It even includes a color change hud with three color choices. I’m showing you the fawn color, as that matched the hat, but it also included a really nice navy and a coal shades all in this traditional diamond print.

The cut, flow, and fit of the mesh shirt is excellent, and it would be well worth checking to see if your letter would come up. The chair was on a short timer, so your wait might not be too long.

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The Necklace.

It never hurts to add a final touch to a classic outfit. I made a stop by etham to see what they had as their Menstuff Hunt prize and was pleased to discover a finely crafted Chainmail Cross as the gift. It is a FREE gift. Just find the iconic blue t-shirt and pay 0L and it is yours to add to your inventory.

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Loki is wearing…

Hands, and Feet – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – DuraSL13B Gift in Milky Platinum hairbase
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Tattoo – .Reckless. – Guerrero (faded)
Necklace – etham – Chainmail Cross Necklace (0L for the Menstuff Hunt)
Hat – Hot Fuss – “Indy” Fedora (1L for the Menstuff Hunt)
Shirt – Hot Fuss – Tristan Sweater with color change hud (FREE Lucky Letter Chair/No group needed)
Pants  – RedgraveHeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Paramour

Astrids Signature_Loki


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Inside My Skull

Inside My Skull (Shirt)

Gotta Love Events…

Kathryn pointed me toward the Boho Culture Fair, and said that there were gifts to be had. These events are always a fantastic place to pick up gifts, but sometimes it can be hard to find items for us menfolk at them. I was pleasantly surprised when she pointed me in the direction of the Trashed booth, which had out a gift for both women AND men.

You’re Not the Costume Type?

Personally I love the Fall season as well as Halloween, but dressing up in a costume is just not on my agenda. So when I saw the 1L gift from Trashed for men, I was really thrilled. Trashed has out this skull decorated shirt. It is one piece mesh but has the appearance of being a long sleeve white t-shirt with a short sleeve black t-shirt overlay. The great thing about it is that it you’ll be able to wear it after Halloween too, since it could easily pass as “Biker” or “Gothic” with no problem.

Don’t Miss Out!

You’ll want to pick up this gift from Trashed (it comes in all the standard mesh sizes and includes it’s own alpha layer) before November 4th. That’s when the Boho Culture Fair ends. While you’re there, be sure to check out the other booths, there are lots of gifts and goodies to be had from many outstanding designers!

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Loki is wearing…

Hands, and Feet – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – DuraSL13B Gift in Milky Platinum
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Tattoo – .Reckless. – Guerrero (faded)
Shirt – Trashed – Roxidus _ White (1L @ The Boho Culture Fair)
Pants  – RedgraveHeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Woodbury Falls

Astrids Signature_Loki

 


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Never Too Tired

Never Too Tired

The Men Only Hunt has proven lucrative this month, with lots of amazing gifts for us menfolk to fill out our inventories. I opted for a new hairstyle today, which I picked up from Speakeasy. This FREE gift, is courtesy of the creator as part of the hunt. Just search for the beer and buy it for 0L. It includes two side-swept mesh styles, and huds for a full fatpack of colors. It’s well worth hunting down.

I’m never too tired for a good deal, so I also swung by It’s Gau and picked up the FREE men’s group gift from the back of the store. Join the group FREE and this tattoo you see me wearing is yours FREE. It comes in a system layer as well as appliers for TMP and Signature mesh bodies.

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Loki is wearing…

Hands – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hairbase – Dura – *01 Milky Platinum
Hair – { Speakeasy } – Tristan Hair (0L for the Men Only Hunt)
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Tattoo – *It’s Gau* – Eros Tattoo (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)
Pants  – RedgraveHeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Radio Geko

Astrids Signature_Loki

 

 


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Fall Ready

Fall Ready

With fall in full swing, I decided to update my fall wardrobe with some clothes for cooler weather… as well as go pumpkin patch hunting. I think I found both the perfect pumpkin as well as the perfect sweater.

My sweater is completely FREE courtesy of Breath and the Men Only Hunt. Just head over to Breath and hunt down that iconic beer symbol and buy it for 0L. It comes with it’s own alpha layer if you’re still using a system body. The sweater is one piece with hand warmers included and comes in all the standard mesh sizes for fitting.

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Loki is wearing…

Hands and Feet – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – DuraSL13B Gift in Milky Platinum
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Tattoo – .Reckless. – Guerrero (faded)
Sweater  – Breath – arm Warmer + shirt (0L for the Men Only Hunt)
Pants  – RedgraveHeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut

Sim Location – Honeycomb

Astrids Signature_Loki