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A Little Light Reading

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Light reading…

I had time to grab a newspaper at the bus stop today to catch the latest headlines. There’s always something interesting in there, even if it’s only the latest sales advertisements. Speaking of which, I ran across advertisements for two group gifts that you won’t want to miss out on.

Everyone needs…

… one more little black dress. And right now Tiar is offering a beautiful black dress as a FabFree group gift for the ladies that is a stunner. It’s free and all you need to do to pick it up is wear your FabFree group tag and go to Tiar, then teleport to the MM section of the store where you’ll find the free dress.

Sizes available: Standard Mesh Sizes XS – XL, Maitreya, Slink, & Belleza.

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The perfect pair…

… of shoes is waiting for you at Kokoia. Kokoia is gifting group members a free pair of shoes (the group is free to join, at least for now). There are also several past group gifts still out. I’m wearing the heels in navy with my dress (the navy was so dark it looks black on), but you also get a beige color in the box as well.

These shoes come in sizes to fit Maitreya, Slink, Belleza, The Mesh Project, and Eve mesh feet. So you’re sure to find your fit. I’m including a copy of the vendor advertisement below so you can get a better view of them as well as see the second color!

Belice Gift :: Woman Shoes :: Two Colors

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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 – Truth – Ebony
Dress – Tiar – Ellys Black Dress (FabFree Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)
Shoes – kokoia – Belice Gift (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)

Sim Location – Port Babbage

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Winding Down

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I like to wind down in the afternoons with tea. I like fancy teas… like Jade Citrus Mint, or Hibiscus Rose, or even and Earl Grey now and then. I took some time to wind down this afternoon after hunting down some deals to share with you.

April is winding down…

… and with it we will be seeing the last week or so of the Women’s Stuff Hunt. Now is the time to get all those treats from the amazing creators who have set out gifts for us. I stopped by GAALL and picked up this mini dress for just 1L. It has a unique draped front and comes with a color change hud (though I opted to show you the black). You get 8 colors in total in the texture change hud.

Sizes included:

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

Loving Friday!

Today is Friday, and besides being the start of the weekend, I’m also loving that it’s Fifty Linden Friday. I picked up a pair of heels at Pure Poison that you won’t want to miss out on. These Ralu Sandals have a glittery finish and come with a color change hud for 7 texture choices for the main part of the shoe, plus additional texture options for the heel, straps, and toe. All this for just 50L! But hurry, it’s today only!

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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 – Truth – Nathalia
Necklace – Empyrean Forge – Reverie Necklace – Silver
Dress – GAALL – Eva Outfit (1L for the Women’s Stuff Hunt)
Shoes – Pure Poison – Ralu Sandals (50L for Fifty Linden Friday)

Sim Location – Port Babbage

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Stopping for a Cuppa

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Always a hot… hunt.

The Women’s Stuff Hunt is one of my favorite hunts. I always love surfing through my inventory after a few stops along the trail. I happened to pick a stop – Mimi’s Choice to be exact – and head home to unpack and was thrilled with the beautiful form fitting flowery gown I unpacked.

This dress nice enough for a date night out, but casual enough for coffee at a cafe. It’s sure to be perfect for any occasion, and it includes all the popular sizes such as:

  • Standard mesh sizes XS – XL
  • Maitreya, Slink, and Belleza

Shoes make a match.

If you hurry, the [MUSE] and NSP Florals March group gift is still out. It’s a lovely gift well worth picking up. You surely must have noticed my gorgeous shoes! These hipster wedges fit Slink, Maitreya, and Belleza Feet, and include a color change hud with 6 different colors to match your outfits. Hurry! With March being over, I’m not sure how much longer this gift will be out to pick 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 – Exile – Scribbled Hearts
Dress – Mimi’s Choice – Sascha’s Designs – Cien Beige Dress (0L for the Women’s Stuff Hunt)
Shoes – NSP Florals [MUSE] – Hipster Wedge (Free group gift/0L/Group is 125L to Join)

Sim Location – Il Nido Cafe & Wine Bar “The Nest”

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Tweed and Scott Randolph

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Filling up my cart…

It’s the first day of the Springtacious Cart Wash Sale and I was super excited to start filling up my own cart of goodies! I stopped by and I was quickly drawn to the Roped Passion’s display where I picked up an outfit that I fell in love with. For just 10L per piece, it was worth every penny!

Pictured above:

You see me wearing the Kuleana Tweed Top and Slacks by Roped Passion’s in the picture above. They each come separate for just 10L each and each are available in purple, brown, or black (pictured) for a bit of mix and match if you like. Your tiny 10L sum gets you all the standard sizes, a quality alpha layer, plus all the major mesh body sizes as well.

Also on the cart… SHOES!

So the shoes on the Roped Passion’s cart are actually for men. They are made to fit classic, Adam, Signature, Mesh Project, and Slink men’s feet. I found however that by hiding my Maitreya feet and adjusting the shoes a little (they are unrigged mesh), they matched my Kuleana outfit fantastically, and fit my avatar just fine. I kind of left them a touch big, but that’s because I didn’t really edit them down as much as I could (or probably should) have. If you make a copy of these (for back up) and use the edit feature to size them down, I’m sure you can get a perfect fit.

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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 – Brielle
Top – Roped Passion’s – Kuleana Tweed Top (10L @ the Cart Wash Sale)
Pants – Roped Passion’s – Kuleana Tweed Slacks (10L @ the Cart Wash Sale)
Shoes – Roped Passion’s – Scott Randolphs Shoes Unrigged in Black (10L @ the Cart Wash Sale)

Sim Location – Idle Rogue

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Creepy Steamy

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Feeling Creepy?

Or are you feeling Steamy? I think this look is a cross between dark burlesque and creepy steampunk and I really like it. I managed to put it together for free with some pieces from various gifts that you can grab up if you hurry. All the offers expire in the next three days (March 31st). So don’t wait.

First up, grab my burlesque corset from BYRNE as the free March Subscribo gift. You’ll get both a copper (shown) and purple (not shown) color in your gift box. It comes in all the standard mesh sizes plus you’ll also get popular mesh body sizes for Maitreya, Slink, and Belleza. While you are at BYRNE, be sure to pick up the free group gift (the group is free to join). It was really nice as well.

Steam on!

I paired my new corset with a pair of outstanding Steampunk boots from the Steam XII Hunt. These boots were free as part of the hunt, and I found them with just a bit of searching at Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes. They are unrigged mesh, and made to fit standard bodies as well as all the major mesh body types. I got them to fit my Maitreya body perfectly just by hiding my feet! The detailing on them of the gears, straps, and buckles is amazing, and they matched the Corset just perfectly.

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Carnival touches…

I really liked the lucky dip this week at PA Designe and couldn’t help but try my chances at it. Luckily I landed the scull nose chain and earring. It’s all one piece for easy fitting. When I attached it, I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t require any editing at all to get it to fit to my Catwa Head. This item is completely free if you are lucky on your dip in the bucket. Take a chance on this skull inspired jewelry piece!

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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 – Karee
Nosering/earring – PA Designe – Scull Nose Ear Chain and Earing (Free Lucky Dip – this week only)
Corset – BYRNE – Amanda Burlesque (Free March Subscribo Gift)
Pants – Purplemoon Creations – Moxie Leggings in Black
Boots – Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes – Sonya Red Boots Female (0L for the Steam XII Hunt)

Sim Location – Port Babbage

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March On!

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March on!

We are marching into the last week of March, and I have my gold shoes that I found at the end of the rainbow… or to be more specific, I found them as part of the Glam or Grunge Hunt at Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes. For just 1L and a little hunting time for the icon, you can pick these pretty gold pumps up.

For your 1 little Linden, you’ll get heels to fit Slink, Maitreya, and TMP feet all in one package for that tiny little sum. It’s well worth the trip to the Lindy Modern & Retro. Plus while you are there, pick up the other hunt gifts. There are many out! One is free, and the rest are all 1L as well. You can stock up on your shoe wardrobe!

A touch of green…

I needed a dress for my new dress shoes, so I picked up the pretty green dress from Ass Kicking Angels. It is the free FabFree group gift out for March! It includes both this lovely dress as well as the matching necklace (which has a pretty clover attached to it).

You’ll get the following sizes:

  • Standard classic avatar
  • eBody
  • Maitreya – Lara
  • Slink – Hourglass & Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, & Venus

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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 – Katharine
Dress and Necklace – Ass Kicking Angels – Candy Mint Dress (FabFree Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)
Shoes – Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes – Kym GoldPat (1L for the Glam or Grunge Hunt)

Sim Location – Idle Rogue

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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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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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The Lady in Red

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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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Summer Romance

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It’s a beautiful Saturday and I have lots of goodies for you! My pretty look made me think of summer romance… flowers and picnics… and it all began with the new FREE group gift from *COCO* Clothes. The group is FREE to join so the pale pink scoop neck Tee shirt with 3quarter sleeves you see me wearing is yours for 0L. It comes in mesh fits for classic avatars, as well as Maitreya and Slink fits.

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I got a notice this morning that one of my favorite hair designers was offering a new VIP Group Gift. If you are a member of the Mina Hair VIP group, you can pick up the Juliet hair for women in essential colors FREE as a group gift right now at the main store. If you need the group tag, it will cost 200L to join, but Mina Hair offers monthly gifts — one for the ladies and one for the gents. And they are always as generous and lovely as this one.

I wanted some jewelry to add to the neckline of my outfit so I stopped by .:ECCO:. because I’d heard that there were new lucky letter boards to try. There are, in fact, three new lucky letter boards! Two are FREE to all, and one is VIP exclusive only. To use the VIP lucky letter board you have to wear your .:ECCO:. group tag (which is 200L), but your fee is well worth it as you get access to monthly group gifts as well as a large number of past group gifts as well.

While I was visiting, my letter came up on the VIP board, and I picked up this Thalia Choker with color change hud. It has a black thong and you can change the beads to 8 possible color choices for mix and match delight!

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While I was at .:ECCO:. I noticed that there were two other gifties that were a perfect match for the summer romance feel of my outfit… and these were completely FREE. If you don your FabFree group tag (the group is FREE to join) you can pick up a gift of these Tipped Floral Flats as a gift courtesy of .:ECCO:. In the box, you’ll find pairs to fit Maitreya, Slink, and Belleza feet.

I also picked up this FREE Floral Satchel by donning my SL Frees & Offers Group tag. This pretty floral bag is the FREE gift from .:ECCO:. as part of that group and added a nice final touch to my outfit.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body, Hands, and Feet – Maitreya – Lara
Skin – Deesses Boutique: Cynda *Limited* – Eiskaffe (070)
Freckles – no.match – no.match_ face spots
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Coffee
Eyeliner & Lashes – Oceane – Eyeliner 2 & Alluring Mesh Lashes
Hair – MINA Hair – Juliet – Essentials (0L/FREE Group Gift/Group is 200L to Join)
Necklace – .:ECCO:. – Thalia Chocker (0L/FREE Group Lucky Letter Board/Group is 200L to Join)
Shirt – COCO – Gift U-NeckTee (PalePink) (0L/FREE Group Gift/FREE to Join Group)
Jeans – COCO – Wide Leg Jeans
Shoes – .:ECCO:. – Tipped Floral Flats (0L/FREE FabFREE Group Gift/FREE to Join Group)
Bag – .:ECCO:. – Floral Satchel with multiple poses (0L/FREE SL Frees & Offers Group Gift/FREE to Join Group)

Pose by Lorien

Sim Location – The Mill

Astrids Signature