Old School

Turn of the previous century old, that is:

:F@C: [Fiction & Chaos] offered up this Clock maker's hat and hair as part of the Steampunk hunt. Was blogged here a couple of weeks back but it's fun enough to show again and the Steampunk hunt is over at the end of the month.

Via group gift (and available as a dollarbie from her shop) comes Erwan from Dany French Touch. Dany continues to give her group members fun and unique styles to play with, and she is now back (and much more suitably) in her own shop at New Toulouse Bayou (part of the Toulouse group of France-New Orleans/Creole influenced sims) Shirt, Vest and pants and a belt that comes both with and without your own copy of Le Monde. (And yes ladies, there are always gifts for you too.)

She also passed her members the slightly more formal Albin this morning: Lace collar and cravat, pearl brocaded waistcoat, white starched shirt and cuffs, black trousers.

Dany's Group costs $50L to join. but most of her gifts are later released as dollarbies, so there's no real way to lose here. (The way her group works has changed: Erwan is currently for sale in shop for $150L, Albin is a dollarbie. All the more reason to join the group. )

The boots here are (Shiny Things) Old Boots (for men) - hard black (not free).

The tattoo is the current *Connors* group gift (Mandara Art003 Tattoo) and the skin is The Librarian from iNflict (not free).

And while Not Strictly Old School, it kind of fits the vaguely Victorian theme to the theme. Hell Raise is currently in the lucky Chair for men at +Calamity+.

Hell Raiser has a closed vest and full skirt/coat bottom that (deliberately) never quite settles, plenty of chains and metal, A top hat to give you that punkish feel and dark nose-riding sunglasses that remind me of nothing so much as Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More" video (albeit without the cake and dormouse.

The tattoos are part of the outfit as is the long muzzle loader worn on the hip. It's as much fancy as funky.

The hat and the belts are resizer controlled, so the whole thing can be a little script heavy. Once you've got them fitting the way you want, you may want to delete those scripts. The skin Kyr has on here has a scalp patch, but otherwise you'll need hair (unless you like the bald look.)

Relay For Life Clothing Fair 2010

I, admittedly, did not hit Clothing Fair looking for freebies; they are there -- check Brocade Tiger on CF New Dehli, Sartoria on CF Milan, Peeps at CF Rio deJaneiro for starters. I took a virtual pocket for money and an eye toward spending it all on a good cause, because that's what Clothing Fair is really about, raising money for the American Cancer Society- Relay for Life and it's International affiliates, and raising awareness about how much cancer in all it's forms, lethal and non-lethal affects pretty much everyone at one time or another.

My own RL family feels like it's seen a disproportionate amount of it; my mother died from breast cancer, my aunt (my mother's sister), my own sister, a male first cousin and myself have all been treated for breast cancer, and another male cousin -- close to me in age -- also died from cancer a little over a year ago. So, guys, if you think prostate cancer is the only biggee you have to worry about due to all the television and pharma ads covering it and treatments for it -- think again.

Stop by CF Paris where Rfyre has a display and read Raven's note about her father, who is also fighting it. Breast cancer in men is on the rise and it's treatable for the most part but it entirely depends on early detection for the amazing survival rate they are starting to see.

I'll end my PSA here, but when you visit Clothing Fair (and you
should!) remember why it's there and help out if you can - $5L or $5000L, you don't have to buy something to donate and you won't find a better cause to toss it at. The impact of the RFL effort in-world isn't insignificant.

If you are inclined, here are some examples of what you can get from the actual donation vendors in various shops, other creators are donating a portion of all sales to the effort so, really, you can get some great clothes and give to a good cause all at the same time.

What I found in the RFL kiosks:

Top Left: Brocade Tiger Sugar Babe suit $250L. Not new but still period classy and fun.

Center Right: Rfyre Leon Men's Tux Check Black $500L - elegant wear at a seriously nice price.

Left: The Black Canary's aptly named "Promise" for men at $400L, designed especially for Clothing Fair.

Peeps Fashion (CF Milan) had both a free gifts (above left: Peeps casual v-neck sweater brown ) and a special
$100L sale on everything including fatpacks (Below Left: Peeps casual turtleneck fatpack with jeans - this is burgundy,) portions of which would also be going to RFL. Marcy Wilson offered her usual reasonably priced ($200L for The Rock in Tan, above) men's fashion in her vendors, cause she is awesome like that.

Sartoria (upper right) has been offering men tastes of their specialized suits since I first rezzed and their Positano suit in white is no exception. It's a solid piece of business casual wear, and a good chance to see what the designer can do.

The link above brings you to the central plaza of the 9-sim extravaganza that is clothing fair. The music a is usually good, there are special events going on constantly -- remember to prim down, remove any scripts you don't need (which is most of them), and be prepared for some lag unless you go seriously early in the morning. The sims are rarely empty but the kind of middling times between international time zones -- say 3 a.m to 6 a.m. US East coast time (3 hours earlier than SL time) seem to have the least amount of activity.

You're gonna have to do some walking to find the men's stuff -- but that's what this is about. Even if you aren't on a Relay for Life Team -- that's what this benefit is about, taking the extra step, for those people who can't do it for themselves.

Goth Revisited - +Calamity+

When Nik went hunting for Goth clothing a while back, he obviously didn't look hard enough. +Calamity+ was a tip from a friend, and a pretty fantastic one at that. Heavy on the monochrome but with hints of red here and there and not relying too heavily on the skull sculpties but on the weight of heavy fabrics and metal accents. Seriously well put together outfits, themed and packaged in a way that makes you think there's a story behind every one of them.

There are three outfits and a tattoo in the men's section, all for $1L, and a lucky chair (see left: Mr. No is one prize, complete as seen without the boots) that had me standing there for a good hour to get the three or four outfits it's loaded with. And they are all men's outfits. The ladies have their own lucky chair and discounts.

And, if you are willing to part with a few lindens, the discount wall has some nice grabs for $130-$150L too. given that most of the rest of the offerings at Calamity run in the $300-500L range, you could do a helluva lot worse. (Right is Big Gun at $130L).

There's not a lot of layering, but, there are multiple wear options: with or without kilts and undershirts, an assortment of buckles, chains and belts with each outfit. Textures run the range from mesh to leather to dark brocade-like fabrics.

Left to right at $1L each: Dark Entries, Telegram Sam, The Passenger (with wings). Click for larger views.

So, if you are looking to expand your gothic repertoire, or, you are just looking to start one, you might want to visit +Calamity+ and see if Ariel and Candy, the creative minds behind the line, don't strike the right note for you.

Grab it before Midnight.

Hoorenbeek extended their offer through tonight. Go get the goods!

I had things outside SL to do this weekend and almost missed this, so go fast. Hoorenbeek is offering up these very nice Olive slacks, high and low rise, multiple belt options. And for the ladies these extremely detailed cowboy boots -- which, gentlemen, you can wear (or most of you) if you size them up as high as they can go, wear your own favorite boot bases (I used the one from May creations Biker boots,) tweak the invisiprim and turn off the heel click. Or you can buy them from Hoorenbeck for the special price of $200L but only this weekend.

The shirt is this months freebie, Fair Isles vest, from SF Design, without the vest. The suspenders are from Robbish and are not free ($149L) but are actually the best I've found in SL so far.

So go. Most of these deals will be gone like Cinderella's pumpkin at midnight tonight.


The Steampunk Hunt is back and it's as whacky-weird-fun as it was last time. There's plenty of gear-busting, lots of mechanical toys, a dash of whimsy and of course, steam. But there's also so cool looks if you like your Victorian with a little rust and punk, so, here's a couple of examples of what the well-dressed Steampunk elf is wearing these days:

#41 Ali Couture: (Left) Steampunk unisex Jacket (collar tails makes the difference) in a rich sable brown, big buttons, frocked front and flares at the cuffs that move nicely.

#34 + ezura +: (Right) Steam Male Gift Outfit. A nice mellower brown, full cuffs collar and tails, to compliment the dark pants, vest and formal white shirt of the set.

Boots: Gothic Dreams - Broken Heart Boots (from the Broken Hearts Hunt. Check the store for availability.)

#28 .:Fiction & Chaos:.: The Clock Maker-Hat and hair. Clockpiece trimmings and a monocle too that can be worn up or down. The mouth candy is also from F&C, from their Tainted Heart hunt offering -- all of it done with the style, flair and fun Nix and Nicholi are known for.

#58 LNL Square: Offers another complete outfit down to the boots. The O-55 Steampunk outfit lives up to its name with a goggle festooned top hat that lets off the steam between your ears and a trailing scarf on the back to keep that condensation off your neck. Full Jacket and tails, all fancy fabric and fun textures with the added bonus of a watch and steampunk pistol just in case anyone thought you weren't serious in your pursuit of the perfect steam-driven dream.

The boots are foot only and meant to be worn with the pants (As the upper calf section, but there's no reason they couldn't be tucked into something else. They are actually kind of fun that way. (And not nearly as split toed as they look in the picture -- odd lighting. ) Male and female versions of this are on offer as well, in the same gift box.

It's 129 participating creators...you can do that in a couple of hours with your steam-powered attire.

Spring Sales & Hunts & Things....

Rfyre's $10L retirement sale - doesn't happen very often and take a closer look at some of the women's things:

Left: Rfyre - Trammel in black (bronze also available) two shirt types: open laced and solid. Belted pants. ($10L)

Necklace: [PRETURB/ation] [P/a] Group gift - Periapsis: copper & turquoise, large links, heavy turquoise ovals with accents. (free)

Bracelet (left arm): [
P/a] Uranus - men's bracelet - silver, copper, leather and turquoise (not free)

Bracelet (
right arm): ::Gabriel:: crest bracelet black (not free - group only)

Right: Rfyre
Chromatique black (women's). The men's Chromatique is also on sale but I like the shirt on the women's better. Since they are both $10L, for $20L you can get a nice mix and match including the fringed top boots. Keyhole open neck, chain-mail like pants and trim. Knee high boots laced and fringed.
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Left: Rfyre Stripes pants (women's but with no actual buttons or zipper, it hardly matters) brilliant color, modifiable for boots or wear as is with the flare.

The top is part of the Vinyl cowboy set from A:S:S. Not free, but the whole set is $150 and including two sets of leather pants - one full legged style and, as well as a chaps version, multiple layer versions and ways to mix and match, accenting buckles at throat. arm and thigh. There's a bulge for the pants and laces there too. If you'd pay $30-50L for individual pieces you like, this gives you a lot of options for not a lot of lindens.

Necklace: Sable Rose from the Ostara Hunt. Double pendant with a pentagram and triple sun cartouche on a leather cord.

Speaking of A:S:S (we were, weren't we?) Photos is also having a sale. Not that he needs to; his stuff is pretty damn reasonable. But, if you do want a new pair of leather pants, you can pick these up for $30L and the suspenders for $80L (not part of the sale) to go with the awesome Lady Gaga t-shirt F2H is giving away this month. (just in case you missed the free leather pants F2H was giving away last month.)

And just a heads up: I'm going to be doing a post on stripper wear soon. Dancing/Hosting/DJing at the many many clubs in SL is one of the most common ways to earn lindens for those of us on a budget and probably the question I get asked most about in world (where, how, what do you need, is it difficult, etc.) . I don't host and I couldn't DJ to save my life, but dancing I can do. (funny how much better a dancer I am in SL ~grins~), If I can tap one of my female dancer friends to help, I'll try to make it for both sexes, but my own resources are pretty much limited to the guys. If you've ever been interested and have questions, getting them into the comments here before I post would let me answer them when I do post on it -- probably in the next week or so.

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