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Sitting Pretty

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Hunting for Frosting.

I made a couple stops along the trail of the Frosting Hunt and found a couple of gems to share with you. My first stop was Prism, where I picked up my outfit. It includes this excellent pair of suede pants and the lovely off the shoulder pink sweater. Each piece is separate and comes in all the standard mesh sizes with a good alpha layer. For just 1L and a little hunting time to find the snowflake, this gem of an outfit can be yours.

Sitting pretty.

I also stopped by Kitty Creations because I was in need of a furniture pick-me-up. The Frosting Hunt prize there is this lovely braided rug as well as this nicely patterned black ottoman which includes quite a few very nice unisex sits. The rug is copiable, but the ottoman is no copy. However for only 1L, if you want more than one of this gorgeous ottoman, it won’t break the bank to hunt down the snowflake and buy more than one copy of this Frosting Hunt prize at Kitty Creations.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Pia
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Truth – Essena
Lipstick – Avenge – Mat Lipstick applier for Catwa – pinky
Outfit – Prism – Janessa by Journey (1L for the Frosting Hunt)
Shoes – E-Clipse – Oxford Brown Common Shoes

The Stuff…

Ottoman & Rug – Kitty Creations – Sadie Dubratt – Casual Ottoman & Multi-colored Braided Rug (1L for the Frosting Hunt)

Sim Location – Private

Astrids Signature


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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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Nefarious Plans

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Even villains have day jobs.

Neckwarmer Man blew my cover… again. So the earmuffs are gone. But thankfully KoKoLoRes Hair has out a new group gift for January, which means I have a new hairdo. Just call me “Spike.” That old moniker just wasn’t me. And I think I like the name Dillon too… after the hair… as my other Alias. Got to have a lot of aliases when your in the business of crime. Crime and coffee that is. And I’ll be serving up your coffee at the local coffee and tea bar here at Tanya’s.

The shirt off the rack.

They say you have to blend in. Look normal. Especially if you’re running the day shift at a coffee bar when Neckwarmer man is hot on your trail. So I stopped by MOoh! and picked up the latest FabFree Gift. I didn’t even have to steal it, as it was already FREE. Can you believe that? They just leave this stuff lying around. It even came in four colors, fitmesh, and sizes for Maitreya and Slink bodies.

On the lookout…

I know that guy will never give up… wait… did that customer just take an extra creamer for his coffee? See! There are worse villains than me! At least I serve the coffee hot while I plot my nefarious plans. Okay, semi-hot. I don’t want the customers getting spoiled.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier – (99L @ Kustom9)
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – KoKoLoReS Hair – Dillon VIP gift Jan 2017 (Free Group Gift/0L/250L)
Sweater – MOoH! – Sasha Sweater zigzag (FabFree Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join) first seen blogged here by Love.
Pants – Coco – Wide Leg Jeans _ Mid

Sim Location – Tanya’s Coffee Shop & Bar

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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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Chic Leather Fit for a Princess

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There’s something about leather.

I could go on and on about leather jackets. There’s something about them. Even a good faux leather jacket is fine by me. I love the feel and the smell of them and the way they fit the body. And when I saw that I could get a gold one FREE from Chic Princess, you better believe I was down for it! All I needed was a free group space (the group is FREE to join) and the gift was mine in all its glorious leather goldness!

Sizes you say?

This one is versatile, you’ll be getting:

  • Fitmesh XS – XL with an appropriate alpha
  • Maitreya
  • Belleza Venus
  • Slink – Physique

Don’t miss out on your chance to slip into luxury! Grab up this FREE group gift today!

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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 – Forgot
Jacket – Chic Princess – Grace Leather Jacket (Free group gift/0L/Free to Join Group) – note: you’ll pay the vendor 1L and you’ll 1L will be immediately refunded to you.
Leggings – Purplemoon Creations – Amor Leggings in Black

Sim Location – Kekeland

Astrids Signature


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Gray Day

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I want to show you a quick gift before it’s no longer available!

Are you doing your advents?

I have an advent to add to your list of must stop trips! If you are a member of Meva, this generous creator has set out an Advent too! One gift each day, just stop by and pick it up! The group join fee is 100L, but you’ll be getting a gift each day for stopping by!

I teleported to the Meva this morning and picked up this beautiful gray turtleneck sweater with its lush velvety texture as my gift! It only came in one size, but it fit my Maitreya body perfectly. So I believe it is a Maitreya fit. You could probably get it to fit other mesh bodies or a standard body with some fiddling.

Happy Advent Hunting!

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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 – Magika – Listen
Sweater – Meva – Flausch Pullover Grey (FREE/0L/Day 12 Advent/Group is 100L to Join)
Jeans – Maitreya – Mesh Flare Jeans

Sim Location – Private

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Winter Memories

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Memories.

I learned how to drive on an ancient stick shift truck much like the one in this picture. At least that’s how it seems in the mind’s eye of my inner child. It had a wooden bed and holes in the floor board and I was 15 1/2 and it was winter and I was certain I would not survive the cold as there was no heat in that thing. Yet somehow I managed to grow a fondness for those first experiences. So when I put together my ensemble, I had to capture a picture in front of this pick-up at Rosemoor Sim to share with you.

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The shirt.

I picked up my holiday shirt (it’s an applier T-shirt, and I adore applier shirts as they fit any body shape) for FREE from House of Ruby. The Advent Calendar Hunt is on right now, and House of Ruby is participating. Just hunt down the little candle and this gift is yours for 0L.  You’ll get appliers for Maitreya, Slink, and Omega.

I needed a scarf!

It was cold outside! But I found a free scarf! If you haven’t stopped by Prism to pick up the advent gifts there, don’t despair. It’s not too late. You can only pick up one gift per day, but you can choose any day (as long as it’s already passed). So in other words if you go today, you could choose any ONE of days 1 through 7. So if you like my scarf you can wear your FREE Prism group tag today and choose day 2 to pick it up! It’s rigged mesh, so it will fit and flow with your body!

One more thing to top it off!

Don’t forget about the Alice Project Advent Calendar! Every day a FREE to all gift hair is being set out, but if you are a member of the VIP group (it is 750 to join) you also get an additional gift. 750 seems steep until you realize you’ll be getting an extra 24 hairs and since Alice Project does these gift projects rather frequently, stay in the group and you’ll be set for the next time they hand out extra gifts to VIP members (which seems to be pretty often in my experience).

I’m wearing Jenn from a couple of days ago. Unlike the daily FREE gifts, the VIP gifts are available to VIP members throughout the advent season, so if you miss a day, you can still pick it up later, as long as you get there by the 24th.

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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 – Alice Project – Jenn (Free Advent VIP Group Gift/0L/750L to Join Group)
Lipstick – Avenge – Mat Lipstick applier for Catwa – red
Scarf – Prism Designs – Woven Scarv by Jezzixa – (Free Advent Day 2, Group Required, Free to Join Group)
Shirt – House of Ruby – Holiday Unisex T-shirt (Free for The Advent Calendar Hunt)
Jeans – Maitreya – Mesh Flare Jeans
Shoes – Pure Poison – Abby Ankle Boots

Sim Location – Rosemoor

Astrids Signature


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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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Ready for Cold Weather

In the Mood

Our Fabulous Designers have been fabulously generous, and I’m here showing off another FabFree Group gift today… this time from The Man Cave.

What you get.

Are you ready for fall? This FREE gift will have you warm and cozy and thinking fall and winter weather. It’s a terrific sweater in a warm burgundy color with an attached scarf, all one piece for easy fitting. It comes in all the standard sizes with its own alpha for standard avatars. You can also pick up the FREE gift in a Slink fit as well.

How to pick it up.

To get this fabulous gift, be sure you are a member of the Fabulously Free in SL group. Just copy and paste secondlife:///app/group/020fa7af-444d-f54f-01e2-557ec06315fd/about into local chat and join the group for FREE.

Then teleport over to The Man Cave where you can pick up your gift. You’ll need to pay the vendor 1L, but your 1L will be immediately refunded to you, making this great gift absolutely FREE.

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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)
Shirt – The Man Cave – Negan Sweater Classic Fall A (Free FabFree Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join) *pay vendor 1L and 1L will be immediately refunded
Pants  – Rispetto Designs – Bruce Rolled Mesh Jeans – Dust Worn Jeans
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Paramour

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Paisley Day

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Time to fill out your inventory.

The Menstuff Hunt runs through November, and promises, as usual, to fill our manly inventories with lots of essential goodies. My first stop was Brocade Tiger, where I picked up this shirt and tie combo that I admit, won me over immediately. I like the unique Paisley design and was especially happy when I noted on the hunt website that it is an exclusive gift for the hunt. The gift is FREE, meaning it will only cost you a bit of hunting time. Once you find that iconic blue t-shirt, just buy the item for 0L.

The tie is an optional affair.

Put a tie on. Or don’t. Versatility is always nice when it comes to clothing options. And when you can find a quality gift that gives you that extra “oomf” in the versatility department, you know you’ve come across a winner. I especially love items that are unique. This gift from Brocade Tiger comes in all the standard sizes and includes its own alpha. In addition, the shirt and tie are separate, so the tie is optional. The shirt has a nicely detailed button down front, so it looks just as good without the mesh tie as it does with it. I think you’ll agree that this is a gift worthy of your Second Life closet.

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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 – Brocade Tiger – Webshow Slim Dress Shirt with Mens Open Neck Shirt Tie (0L for the Menstuff Hunt)
Pants – GothiCatz – Kai
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Branagh’s Jazz – Romantic Jazz Club

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