This day started off very lazily for me and I praise my lucky stars that at least his is one of the luxuries I do have in my life. I opened my bedroom window, but left the curtains drawn, letting in just enough fresh air and soft light to gently wake me up. Then I hopped back in bed and watch a couple of episodes of The Durrells, which is like a mix of travelling in my mind and being a “friend of the family”. The series is based on The Corfu Trilogy, a series of autobiographical books penned by environmentalist Gerald Durrell. I found out that he was the founder of the zoo on the island of Jersey in the English Channel, I place I have holidayed at myself many years ago. I even visited that zoo! This connection, however small it may be, instantly got me more emotionally invested in this series. So after spending some time on the island of Corfu (in my mind) I decided that my Second Life™ experience to day had to be beachy, in a attempt to keep that sunny mood going, even if it just on the surface.
I would have loved a Corfu inspired sim, but I didn’t want to spend too much time trying to find something perfect. It’s not like I was going to find the Durrells waiting there for me. In SL I feel most attracted to sims that are somewhat explorable. Salt Water is a rugged, tropical island that climbs slowly from a western bay up to high plateaus and with its lush vegetation, interesting ruins and some romantic spots, this island definitely has that explorable factor.
It wouldn’t be much of a virtual beach therapy if there weren’t some nice beaches to hang out at. While Salt Water isn’t very beachy, you’ll find several small sandy beaches for hanging out with friends or that special someone (or that not so special someone, but you just don’t want to be alone right now). All in all Salt Water is a rather pleasurable experience.
We’re halfway through of what’s seen as the international Pride month, though truth be told, many countries around the world are heaving their pride parades and other LGBTQ+ themed events at different times of the year. Here in Stockholm for example, we have our pride week at the start of August. So it is perhaps not such a big surprise that one of my gay friends asked me why June is the pride month. I had to point him towards the Stonewall Riots, which were inspirational to European gay rights activists. Mind you, news was slower those days, things didn’t go viral and people had to read about it in the newspaper, which slowed down their responses. While the knowledge that something big was going on across the pond will have been helpful, it’s a bit of stretch to say that the Stonewall riots inspired an international movement which in time turned June into the international pride month. It’s probably more a case of the rest of the world taking over a bit of US culture and there’s nothing wrong with that, as far as I’m concerned. If you want to learn more about gay rights activists in Europe, you may want to check the Netflix documentary “Hating Peter Tatchell”.
Now let’s take a look at some outfits you can wear in Second Life™ to rez to the Pride occasion. For myself it starts with the Pride set from Noche. You can go all out with their Alan Thong, Baxton Harness and Athletic Socks, each available in the classic pride rainbow flag pattern as well as some of the other LGTBQ+ flags that have popped up over the years. Finish this look off and cover yourself up just a little bit more (for goodness sake, stop being so thirsty!) by putting on the pride cape, which you can pick up as a free group gift at Noche.
One of my favourite “tricks” in SL is to put on underwear under a pair of low rising jeans. It usually only works with the Legacy mesh body and you have to try some combinations till you find something that works. Noche’s Alan thong just about fits under the Legal Insanity Lewis jeans, though the ends of the straps cut into the waistline a little bit (you win some, you lose some, que sera sera, let it go, let it gooooo). On the upside, you get a nice little hint of that rainbow thong under the sexy jeans and with the Noche Hawk crop top from the pride set, it makes a very cute outfit.
Both avatars are using the Legacy mesh body and the tattoo is “Hidden Inside” by IDTTY.
Picture is shot at Oost-West Village.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about how the skin creation at Birth has picked up again, after they had been concentrating on some other things. Of course I’m not saying that my positive take on this development has in any way spurred them on to release yet another skin for the Lelutke EvoX mesh heads, but that is exactly what they did.
The Birth Beck skin comes with options for the eyebrows (browless, black, brown, blonde and red) and is available in 6 skin tones. Take a look at Birth’s poster to see what the Beck skin looks like on the Lelutka Eon mesh head when you use the shape that comes with the skin.
Constantly putting together new looks for my avatar is my raison d’être in Second Life™ (that’s posh, i.e. French, for “reason for being”), so naturally I wasn’t going to be content to simply blog the look Birth is suggesting, however charming it may be. I am using the Lelutka Noa mesh head and created a new shape for it.
While the Beck skin comes as a clean-shaven version only, the Lelutka mesh head comes with some nice facial hair options. Usually I go for a stubble or a full beard, but I was rather charmed by this moustache and soul patch. This look is giving me Errol Flynn vibes. It’s a modular facial hair option, consisting of four layers, so you could simply leave it at the light base stubble if you want.
Meanwhile, in real life, I’m escaping to fantasy to. More specifically to Outlander. I put that series on the backburner for a while, but picked it up again recently and now I’m working my way through at steady pace of at least two episodes a day and a couple more for good measure on weekends. We’ll se what weather this weekend will bring before I start committing to a Netflix goal.
It was yet again time to make like Maleficent and free my magnificent wings from their restraints and fly, fly, FLY. This time my fairy day out took me to Fellowship Falls, ann Elven and Tolkien-inspired destination where all free folk are welcome. You can rez a free horse or stroll through the enchanting eternal autumn forest, taking in the stunning scenery of waterfalls, animals, and mountains, and make your way to Rivendell. Also, explore The Labyrinth of Light, an underground maze of lights that leads to a Fantasy Forest.
And with the new Florian crop top by Noche I got from the Witchcraft and Wizardry event, didn’t feel out of place at all. It goes well with the Hudson shorts Noche released a while ago or if you like it easy sleazy breezy, you can combine it with Noche’s Tyler loin cloth. Obviously there are plenty of other brands and garments to choose from, but I like combining Noche items, because it makes it easier to colour match my outfit. Hey, you can be a slut, but at least be a well turned out slut, right? I’ll leave you with that bit of wisdom and the credits.
You do not talk about Fight Club. Oh, and on Wednesdays we wear jockstraps. Wait! I think I’m mixing up my cultural references here. Truth be told, I’ve never watched Fight Club. I do remember that iconic image of a shirtless, very lean Brad Pitt with a gang of people behind him. Surely putting everyone in a jockstrap would have been an improvement on that, no? Or maybe that would have been more suitable for a gay porn spoof version. I wonder what that would be called. Fist Club? Let me know in the comments if you can come up with other titles.
The other reference I worked into the rules, is of course from Mean Girls, a 2004 teen comedy that has gained “cult classic” status over the years. “On Wednesdays we wear pink” was one the rules of the clique of popular girls at the American highschool that is the setting for this movie. I think the expression now can be used ironically as a comment whenever someone has forgotten a basic rule. Of course, if they’ve never seen the movie, you’re in for a somewhat awkward moment. Then again, telling someone they’ve forgotten about a rule, is hardly a comfortable experiencing anyway. Of course all this was just another way to let you know that Noche has a new jockstrap out at the current round of Fameshed. So go on, head over there and fetch it… “Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen. It’s not going to happen.”
Credits (for “main character”)
For quite some time the skin creators at Birth took a bit of a break from making faces and instead concentrated on creating things that sparkle, wiggle, jiggle and possibly go bump in the night. Meanwhile the competition was concentrating on creating new skins all the time, especially for the Lelutka Evox mesh heads, which keep on growing in popularity and possibly have taken over the No. 1 spot of best-selling mesh heads in Second Live™. That’s a hunch, not a verified fact. Let me know in the comments if you have official sales numbers. Since December Birth have kicked their skin creation activities into gear again and have released four new skins for EvoX mesh heads. I’ve picked up their newest Drew skin and had fun making it my own.
As always, this Birth skin comes with its own shape for a particular mesh head. Birth is suggesting the Lelutka Eon head for this skin, so naturally that’s what they made the shape for. If you want to look (almost) exactly like the poster for the Drew skin, then of course you need to use this head and Birth’s shape along with the skin. As I said, I made my own, so I’m using the Lelutka Devon head and created a new shape for this look. Yes, he’s smirking. Wouldn’t you, if you looked like that?
“Clearing out the wardrobe” is my blog series in which I randomly pick an old outfit from my much too long list and swap out anything that is too outdated with something more recent. For this episode I stumbled across the TMP Deluxe mesh body wearing the very low rise Paolo Jeans by Not So Bad. Back then these jeans were one of the very few options I had that could be worn with a pair of briefs. Truth be told, the jeans weren’t perfectly rigged for TMP, even though they did include a TMP size. As the legs needed to show partly through the rips, I couldn’t take full advantage of the body’s alpha hud and the inner thigh kept glitching through the jeans as I walked. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.
For the new look I switched to the Legacy mesh body and a Lelutka mesh head, currently a very popular combination. The newer option for ripped low rise jeans we are looking at is far less extreme than the old one, but the Casual Jeans by Kalback come with a pair of briefs which can be left off or replaced by something like the Tom thong by Noche (bulge size 0), which is the point of this particular exercise. I have searched Marketplace thoroughly and went to several stores and was not able to find high quality, extremely low rising, loose fitting ripped jeans anywhere. At this point I should also warn you that often it’s only possible to visibly wear a thong under a pair of jeans with the Legacy mesh body. For some reason it doesn’t always work with for example the Belleza Jake body.
It’s fun to save different versions of a look by removing some items, allowing me to easily slip into something a little bit more comfortable with the click of a button, when I come home from some Second Life™ exploring. Speaking of exploring, I made a last-minute visite to the Legacy Spring Fair because I spotted a nice pair of sleazy low rise jeans with a built-in jockstrap in someone’s Flickr stream and saw that it was available at this particular fair. Oy vey! It is a massive fair. I applaud the organisers for creating a elaborately decorated and landscaped sim, but it definitely wasn’t very well suit for a quick look around. I think I’ll leave grabbing those jeans for when their up at the creator’s store. It’s always good to have something to look forward too.
I thought I’d (ab)use this last day of the holy Easter weekend to sneak in another blog post featuring leather and/or latex items. After all, if Jesus is coming I should look busy.
Of course, as with so many of our Christian holidays, Easter was deftly pasted over an existing pagan festival and apparently that’s where we get the bunny from. In English-speaking countries Easter takes its name from a pagan goddess from Anglo-Saxon England. Eostre was a goddess of spring or renewal and her feast is attached to the vernal equinox, the day on which day and night are of equal length. In Germany the festival is called Ostern, and the goddess is called Ostara. Rabbits and hares are associated with fertility and new life and were symbols linked to the goddess Eostre. In my home country Belgium and several other countries, Easter bells fly over and drop eggs. I haven’t got a clue where that idea comes from, nor do I want to research it right now. Ain’t nothing sexy about some winged bells, now bunnies on the other hand…
If you’ve been doing any kind of Easer egg hunting in Second Life™, chances are you’ve picked up at least one pair of bunny ears. If you want a pair in latex, you should head over to Cheerno/Nexus and look for the wall with group gifts. There you’ll find both bunny ears options as shown above and there’s no group joining fee, so you’ve go no excuse for not getting your Easter kink on.
While I often don’t pay much attention to the opinion of people who try to tell me what I should or shouldn’t watch on TV, which books I should absolutely read and I have a low grade loathing for lists of 100 places I should visit before I die, when it comes to Second life™ I often use the Editor’s Picks in the destination guide as a source of inspiration for visiting sims I haven’t been to yet. Today’s destination is La Petite Provence.
You land at a charming small provincial market town that simply demands to be explored. It made me think I should start buying fruit and veg from the market myself in real life, but I probably won’t because I’m addicted to convenience and it takes too much effort to go to different places to do my groceries while I can easily get everything from one big supermarket. Oh well, it’s still fun to inspect the virtual goods in SL though.
You can climb up to a house on the hill for some quality lounging by the pool or in any of the inviting rooms of this sprawling mansion. Should the night turn chilly, as it often does during spring in this part of the world when the sky has been absolutely cloudless all day, you can curl up on a sofa by an open fireplace, read a good book and forget about life for a bit. That’s what I would do probably. I’ve been meaning to read The Cider House Rules again, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Before I’ll leave you with the credits for my outfit, I need to mention that from the landing spot a La Petite Provence you can also teleport to different scenes in the skies like a snow chalet (oh, no more snow for me, thanks!), magical caves and outer space. I think I need to visit that magical cave some time when I’m in fairy mode.
The latest addition to my wardrobe may leave little to the imagination, but it sure is stimulating mine. The new Hudson shorts by Noche, released at the current round of Fameshed (ends April 27), got me wondering yet again at which point shorts become briefs. Maybe it’s more about the fabric than the cut? People definitely have some strong sexist ideas of how long men’s shorts should be. Fair enough, in real life many men will be missing the amply shaped firm buttocks and muscular legs to pull of the look, but surely in Second Life™ we’re merely showing our appreciation for the hours of work that have gone into creating a fabulous looking mesh body by putting as much as possible of it on display as often we can, without breaking sim maturity level rules of course. And as for real life, surely the Shorts Nazi can find something more useful to do with their lives.