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Winter Memories

Trucking

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.

Trucking 2

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

Pool Shark

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

Astrids Signature


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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

Astrids Signature_Loki


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Paisley Day

Paisley Day

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

Astrids Signature_Loki


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October In November

October in November

October in November!

It’s not too late to pick up some of the outstanding October group gifts that creators made available to us if you haven’t already put them into your inventory. Prism for Men has this “Jeremy” outfit as their FREE October group gift still out. The group is FREE to join. The classic shirt and slacks design comes in all the standard mesh sizes with their own alphas.

More Choice!

This is one outfit that won’t let you down. It includes a color change hud that gives you lots of versatility. Included in the package is a hud to change colors for both the shirt and the slacks.

  • Color Options for the Shirt – Gold, Blue, White, and Black
  • Color Options for the Slacks – Rose, Gold, Blue, and White

Past Group Gifts Still Out!

There are also still several past group gifts out for you to pick up. You can preview what a couple of those gifts look like here:

  • Urban (August Group Gift) – blogged by Julianna
  • Time and Again (September Group Gift) – blogged by Loki

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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)
Outfit – Prism for Men – Group Gift October 2016 Jeremy Outfit (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)
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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Baubles! and Stripes

Shaded

I’m always thrilled when EvelineInTheBox sets out a new group gift, and I was not disappointed with the latest giftie. This pretty shirt with its upward dipped front, rivets at the neckline, and colorful stripes is not only fun, but also beautiful. It comes in all the standard mesh sizes as well as fitmesh sizes for a multitude of mesh bodies, including: Maitreya, Hourglass and Physique, Freya, Isis, and Venus. It fits like a dream and since the group is FREE to join, the gift is completely FREE as well.

I paired this boho reminiscent style shirt with a pair of earrings that I felt had the same feel. I picked up the Baubles! gift earrings FREE as a group gift as well. This group is also FREE to join. There were two other gifts setting out for you to enjoy… another pair of earrings as well as a pretty necklace.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Hands and Feet – Slink
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Viktoria in Asia
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – [e] elikatira – Chantal
Earrings – Baubles! – Zene Earrings Box (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)
Shirt – EvelineInTheBox – Janele (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)
Pants – !gO! – Pocket Pants Girl in Denim Blue

Sim Location – Honeycomb

Astrids Signature


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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


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Fallen Leaves

Fallen Leaves

The Men Only Hunt 8 has begun and gentlemen the Month of October is definitely our month. This hunt is already looking fantastic. I made my first stop at American Bazaar and was pleased to come away with this FREE Native Sweater with attached scarf. It’s perfect for the season of change and changing leaves. Just find the beer icon and buy it for 0L and this sweater in all the standard men’s mesh sizes as well as a special Slink size is yours.

Happy Hunting and Happy Fall!

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Loki is wearing…

Hands – 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 & Scarf – American Bazaar – Native Sweater with Scarf (0L for the Men Only Hunt)
Pants  – Rispetto Designs – Bruce Rolled Mesh Jeans in Dust
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Venta Silurum

Astrids Signature_Loki


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Easy To Warm Up To

Flamable

It’s getting colder and with the chill air moving in, I was pleased to score some men’s outerwear FREE that was a hot, hot deal. If you stop by Tori’s Stylez, you too can pick up the Tod Denim Hoodie Jacket in Black.

This is a mesh coat in all the standard sizes, which also includes a good alpha layer as well as a bonus system layer tank top if you want to use it (shown in the picture above as well). You’ll need to don your SL Frees & Offers Group tag to snag the gift, but the group is FREE to join, making this an item for your inventory that won’t cost you a single Linden. That is a deal easy to warm up to.

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Loki is wearing…

Hands – 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)
Jacket & Shirt – Tori’s Stylez – Mens Tod Denim Hoodie Jacket Black (Free SL Frees & Offers Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)
Pants  – RedgraveHeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut
Shoes – GothiCatz [380] Shoes – Outlander Boots in Black

Sim Location – Venta Silurum

Astrids Signature_Loki