Second Life Hop and Shop Winter 2019 Highlights

With my brand missing from the event this round (hence no leisurely gathering of goodies :D) Sami took the lead and battled the hoards as the sims opened. Actually since she was watching the map she could see the first one that DID open (five minutes early) and headed there. Smart gal. (She is much older than I, LOL -- but I am pretty smart too.)

She made it through two very laggy -- even when flying -- regions to get logged out in the third. So here are reports on Gilded and Golden.  Another post will be upcoming but it may be after the traffic clears a bit.  As always dress lightly or in full alpha, derender everyone in your vicinity and CLICK CAREFULLY.

Most gifts are in official boxes this year which makes things easier for everyone.  There are some new shops in the mix as well as old favorites. In these two sims Sami didn't find much for the guys so that isn't a good sign for the Y chromosome group.

Here are some highlights.

Up top.

And from {le fil casse}the  Macy Dress

Lunar - Nini Top (Maitreya) - Pink Mix :3

EVANI - ANITA sweater

PrettyDeceased Scherry set

Candy Kitten Forever Yours Dress with multi texture hud

In the home and garden arena we give you:

Madras HotNut set

.peaches. Festival of Lights Menorah - 1LI (deco with flame)

Advent Day 13

And today's Advent super stars are:

Scandalize's Anna set in gold. This included jacket, bandeau, jacket with bandeau and leggings (plain and ombre).  A sporty outfit that can work in many seasons.

[NYNE] Hair 'Daliah with mini color hud.

Oeekaboo's Deer cushion with hold at the eBento event.

altamura and Lybra were missing today's gifts so far.

SLURL's are here:

12 Days - eBento and more

The twelve day calendars have started. Along with altamura which Sami and I are both a part of already (paid group) we will be covering the eBento Event gifts (free group).  Now to be honest we haven't found too many things to our liking in years past, but today's gifts were super nice --- so a great start and we hope there will be more to share! 

Each day gives more than one gift and in today's (the 12th) pack there were so oh so cute Christmas trees in a very inventive style.  Very good LODs, these could go outside as well as inside. Imma gonna pick me up some :D.

Also a very nice back tattoo, some black drop earrings and --- if you don't have one already, a snowman.

Sami went over this morning and didn't find the calendar days which in times past were in the sky and in order. Well; things have changed. But a second trip proved rewarding.   So look for big signs around the path of the event -- and you will want to cam and teleport (quickest) to get to the spot of the day. Numbers are NOT in order :D.

In the 12 days camp, Day 12 (they come out later in the day but stay so no real need to hurry) from altamura is a 500 gift card. Pretty nice!  There are also specials at the eBento event. Not sure if the gift card works there, but you might check.

Sami did the rounds of the 12 Day calendars this eve and I have updated the list of our "favs".   A new place which offers gifts for both men and women as well as (according to their poster) home and garden items (as in plants perhaps?) is Darkwater Designs and Dark Knight Decor.  

This is the gals gift for day one. A similar outfit is out for men.

Advent calendar and twelve day list is here:

A Golden Holiday

There is something about gold amid snow. Maybe it glitters more brightly with the extra luminescence of reflected sunlight.   Now there are plenty of color and styling choices in the new  Baiastice Shena set at Collabor88, but this specialty gold is my favorite. 

These lovely earrings are on a promotional special. So pretty and big enough to make a statement.    Find the moonlight earrings at the  Bliensen + MaiTai booth at We Love Roleplay.

Hair: no.match   -- No Meaning

Pose by: LAP

Advent Day 12

Good news! LYBRA is back and you can pick up four "new" items from the Advent star.   One is this darling lacy maroon number!

Another fun LYBRA gift that will sure to please some gals is a brightly texture bed.  Also available a dressing table chair and a heart shaped pink fur rug. 

Entice has a really pretty but so barely there that it likely wasn't safe for work - hence no photo -- swimsuit.  So if you are a brave gal, you definitely want to head on over there today.

Those are our hot Advent picks of the day. WellMade's item won't be out until after 7 AM SLT. 

altamura's gifts began last evening. This is a pay group with gifts for both male and female avatars; most are based around use with the altamura avatars (this from previous years).  The first gifts are BOM undies. Since neither of us are using a BOM viewer, those of you interested will have a surprise!

SLURL list is here:

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Show Offs

I am not about to let Sami have ALL the fun!

These flamingos SO made me smile. Find them at the Liaison Collaborative at the  Bliensen + MaiTai booth.  Two land impact each at this size.

GREAT holiday boots -- and free from MOSQUITO'S WAY.  Group gift.

Outfit?  Baiasitce at Collabor88. More on that very soon.

Pose by: RP [nla]

Advent Day 10

Booooooots.  With a vast color change hud. Oh my!  From the random gift tree at Scandalize (pay group) hence they come.  Great fit.

From Entice the Bad Girls outfit in maroon.

From Yasum a carton of Unicorn Milk (a blue version is also in the pack).

Sway's has a very pretty holiday decor piece that just didn't blend with the rest of the photo props :D.

The very pretty rug from Pomegranate.

From Meva (pay group) Fleur Earring - Red Gold

Lybra's board hasn't been updated in two days but hopefully eventually. WellMade and 7 Deadly S[k]ins were not ready in the early morn.

SLURLs here:

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Very Merry Vanity

Amidst Advent gathering, sales, shopping and waiting for those new Linden Homes to appear (looking like Patch's remark about "thousands" wasn't a joke), there are plenty of events to visit.

While neither Sami or I were all that thrilled with the newish black venue look at Vanity, the shopping was easy. As a bonus most every booth has a present. There are lots of very nice poses (some couples), makeup and tattoos and the usual suspects. Along there way there are a few wearables. Here are some highlights.

Up top:  Candy Kitten Alex dress, an all in one outfit with tied shirt topper. VERY CUTE!!!  So far this is Sami's favorite gift of the year -- and she DOES look smashing!

Peekaboo - Xmas Ball Holding which calls a hold pose. Use with any P3 pose. A bonus, this comes color change abilities for the ball!

A beautifully made summer tank dress from AVALE, Gina -- perfect for those living "down under" and of course anyone hanging out on the beach this holiday season. Lovely detailing.

Look At Me. Cristal : Shoes - red  with chunky heals for all that walking during shopping expeditions!

A fun and youthful mini or tank, the *Diamond dress  from Little Diamond has some cute extras in the trim area.

The Amisar  Heidi.Dress.OMBRE (also is solid black) makes more of a New Year's statement  -- in my book anyway.  Definitely sophisticated.

And last but CERTAINLY not least, we have a big set of mix and match (all black with white themed) from Scandalize -- the Khaila collection.

And you don't want to miss out on this darling snowman from Your Dreams.

Poses by: LAP

Advent Day 9

Some missing  gifts today in the early hours; apparently there are several that are not automatic :D.  So be sure and stop by later in the day.

The train set from Simply Shelby gets LANDSCAPING.  This is very nice with excellent LODs, low land impact and the parts can be moved around as you like. This whole scene is 15li.   I am going to run over and pick this up for sure. When I arrived I notice that the whole scene is on display. You can buy any missing pieces for $10 and see what is coming (a reindeer for one thing and a huge tree).  Fun.

From Sway's there is a cute notice board with places for photos. The center of the mesh is way far away from the board, so watch that when you place it. Very cute!

And "just" out from WellMade a fun holiday strapless mini dress.

The skin tone for the gals at 7 Deadly S[k]ins  is snow and there is what looks to be an interesting male skin (no photo) newer and in a dark tone with beards. That's all Sami can tell from the listing :D.

Later:   I found a friend who had been waiting for a darker skin.  This is definitely the best looking  items for males so far.  Pass the word.   There is with beard, two day shadow, different eyebrows, freckles, red hair, and a big series of hairy body options. 

Strappy maroon heels from Entice.

SLURLs here:

Poses by: Vain [nla]

Snow Shadows

Yasum*Lara*Gamila-Moccasins* in many colors. Parts change separately via hud.  Cosmopolitan

[Rezz Room] Wood Home (current round The Arcade)

Pose by: LAP [nla]

Advent at Scandalize

With so VERY much going on this month we were bound to miss something (OK a few somethings).  Looking through group messages, Sami found that Scandalize had an Advent Tree. Well GEE!!! 

Already a member in long standing she hopped over and found today's gift.  This is probably one of the best clothings groups around -- especially if you like past gifts still available and lucky boards that change often.   It is a paid group so we probably won't be showing a lot from there, but it would be very remiss NOT to mention.

More great gathering tips coming tomorrow --

EDIT: This is my SECOND edit. Another Scandalized member found that EACH gift under the tree is a separate gift and that you can click on each one any day.  It IS very laggy there as you might imagine so easy to see how the confusion happened.  Sorry for the misinformation!

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Advent Day 8

It's been fun seeing all the train cars from Simply Shelby. Today's gift is an add-on with the same theme.

And from WellMade, a very pretty faux fur jacket with color change hud. Jacket and belt can be changed individually in the colors red, white and black. A great winter basic.

SLURLs are here:

Pose by: Vain [nla]

Advent Day 7

A super Advent day for decor plus a cute little dress (or tunic).

Yasum*Boho-Coffee-Table* (books and table can unlink)
LYBRA. Feary Lights (Light) (also a dark version)
Pomegranate - Edinburgh Pillow - Snowflake 3 - Allspice
Entice - We are Young Dress - Holiday

WellMade's gift not out yet
7 Deadly S[k]ins tone of the day = FUDGE

SLURL's are here:

Pose by: LAP

Room with a View

No doubt in my mind that the best part of the Trompe Loeil  Skylar Cliffside Cottage is the expansive view. The roomy two story open plan build is nestled in friendly gray stone rocks. And you have the option of an easy to inclue snow add on.    Find it at FaMESHed.

The Frost dining set goes perfectly with this modern abode. Table with optional runner, chairs, rug and a really fantastic but difficult to photograph low sideboard  are impressively crafted by Cain Maven  and weigh in at 1 land impact each.  Decor items (not shown) add to the holiday cheer but are high land impact. Find THE SET at the Kaerri booth at  Cosmopolitan.

The Trompe Loeil - Yasmine Noel Branch Ornamented Long is part of a big gift pack available at FaMESHed.   The Trompe Loeil - DIY Project Tree (part of this years Acade Holiday Gacha) is also a perfect companion.

Apple Fall Pumpkin Place Setting and Apple Fall Brass Candlesticks can be found with gift style pricing at the main shop as well as a mirror sim. Join the group for an extra discount.   After five days it is somewhat easier to get into one of the biggest sales I have ever seen (even houses are almost free).

If you have chosen snow for the season Fundati has a set of barren trees draped in whiteness. Find them at Cosmopolitan.

Advent Day 6

Clothing takes the lead on day six of advent in a welcome break from red and green.

From Entice, two finely detailed bra tops that fit nicely under jackets and sweaters. One is a holiday print in neutrals, the other a pretty gold.

From WellMade, a cable knit sweater dress in three colors - black, red and green via hud. Buttons can be any of the three hues also for mix and match fun.

From Lybra some cutely detailed holiday stockings in beige and tans.

Yasum has a gorgeous if primmy locomotive with car, but it is LOD 4 so won't work for us. If you are a LOD4 user then be sure and check that out.

7 Deadly S[k]ins is featuring one face in many colors with many add-ons and today's tone is pineapple. BOM and Omega are included in the pack. The gifts for guys include new, remade and older skins -- a different one each day.

Peony has one of my favorite pillows so far; dusty pink and very feminine.

 SLURLs are here:

Poses by: LA{ [nla]

The New Linden Victorians

The Hardy

Thanks to a few photos from Patch, the SSP crew (Super Secret Project) "knew" that the new Linden Home theme would be Victorian.  Not too much gingerbread, so a Southern Country Victorian look.  And indeed there are new weeping willow trees amidst some gorgeous new plants.

The grounds at the display sim are lush with flora and parks areas add a sense of community.  Note that if the sim is full (35 as I update this) you will end up far away and in the water.  HMMMMM. 

Four styles are displayed on the beautifully landscaped sim.  Obviously not a typical Bellissera area to be, there is certainly ambiance and beauty.

I found the Hardy (top photo) to be the easiest to navigate (even with view resets) but all the styles would be fun to decorate -- one of the top activities in Belli.

Here are the other models.

The Shelley

The Doyle

The Verne

The new homes have interior walls that can be changed for color.  I don't see a big need for add-ons with these models; they are well appointed as is. So some flowers in the yard and lots of prims for decorating inside.   

A great job from the Moles!  

Advent Day 5

An excellent day on the Advent trail.

Entice - Summer Baby
[NYNE] Moon Collar - red Black
Pomegranate- Rosy Holiday Softs Pillow-Joy Dove Multi Trim (Hi)
LYBRA. (Day 4) Paper Christmas Tree  (NO PERMISSIONS)
Sway's [Advent 2019] Roll Up Window Blind - Wide . Snowflakes

Yasum's calendar wasn't working this early morn.
Wellmade's not out yet.
Simply Shelby - another train car, this with presents

SLURL's here:

Pose by: LAP [nla]

Advent Day 4

This cute dress is from LYBRA and is the "day 3" gift. Their calendar is manual and seems to be set at non-SL time :D.   Several mesh body fits are included in the pack.

The snowman train car is the fourth in this fun decor set from Simply Shelby.

A cute holiday (dusty blue) chair is the gift from Sway's and a very pretty dark pink pillow with wreath the gift from Pomegranate.  WellMade's gift was not available at the time of this posting.

[Update: WellMade's cute dress is now out.

SLURLS are here:

A Change of Seasons

It's getting chilly out there. Time for jackets and turtlenecks -- but of course, with style.

From Baiastice at FaMESHed the Didri Trech Set which has an extensive hud that lets you use your new Trench in oh so many ways.

And a pretty pairing to keep you in ladylike mode, the new KUNGLERS  Delilah necklace available at Cosmopolitan.


Photo taken here:

Pose by: Eternal Dream

A Festive FaMESHed

Tis both anniversary and holiday event at FaMESHed, recently overhauled into a snowy white wonderland of shopping. The sim is much more enticing and wandering the larger area is reminiscent of times past.  The downside to the new larger build is that "I" at least couldn't see all the items offered even though I cranked up my draw distance as well as my LOD settings; this from one of the two camming sims. So I will be returning when the traffic slows down some.

 I did however pick up a bountiful array of great gifts. Some are featured in this post, other in the future.

Top photo:

Scandalize  Nairi.bralette  and dress (two separate items) with color change belt.
 {Limerence} Nata hair - one of my favorite free hairs in awhile. A limited color pallet.

neve skirt - crisp
neve top - shadows
e.marie // Button Pin - Nice (Naughty is in the set too)

Vinyl - HellerShanks Sweater Dress with panties

JustBECAUSE ChristmasDeer Sweater
Bombshell Adriana Shorts Red

Don't miss the shoes from Essenz and Garbaggio

Some very nice home and garden items too (posting in the future).

MINIMAL - Fameshed Exclusive Gift Backdrop

Poses by: SEMotion, KoKOLowReS