Sometimes the inspiration for a whole outfit starts with an accessory. There’s a scene in The Magicians in which Margo screams something along the lines of “I based my whole outfit on that f*cking bottle” when here emotions bottle breaks (which makes all her emotions rush back, so obviously the reaction is somewhat o.t.t.). I can’t remember the exact line as she tends to be pretty creative with swearwords, but the point is the magenta bottle was the inspiration for a whole outfit.
In the same way I’m letting myself be inspired by Noche’s newest accessory, a collar collection which is currently a gacha set at The Epiphany until August 12th. I went for a bitchin’ look (to quote yet another tv series, can you guess which one?) and had to drag an old Gacha set by Riot out of my wardrobe. I don’t wear that spiked leather jacket very often, but when I do, I make it count.
The Noche collar collection gacha is unrigged (meaning that you can stretch it to fit any (mesh) body) and comes in 16 versions: boy, boss, bottom bear, bitch, cunt, daddy, dom, papi, pup, verse, whore, slut, sub, top and without text. The rare item is an extensive hud with 26 colours for the collar and 7 metal options for th letters and buckle. As the Riot Rebel gacha set doesn’t exist in the Legacy size, the Noche collar has the added advantage of hiding the more visible neck seam on the Belleza Jake mesh body and Lelutka Evolution mesh head. You know what they say: if you can’t fix it, cover it (do “they” say that? really? who?)
Today’s therapy session takes us to Krak Bak Caye at The Sim Quarterly. You haven’t got much time left to emerge yourself in the sights and sounds of this tropical installation by creator Elizabeth Jewell, inspired by the beautiful island of Belize. On July the 25th it will be going *poof*, as that is the nature of all installations at The Sim Quarterly. This sim offers plenty of typical experiences one would expect on a tropical island, such as boating, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, sunbathing, snoozing and snorkeling. The landing spot puts you at a place where you can take a short flight to either the Resort or the Main Street, but once you’re at either of those places it’s easy enough to wade through the shallow water to get to the other side.
I really enjoyed the explosion of colour at Main Street. Sure, it’s a bit of tourist trap and those typically don’t truly reflect what a place is really about, but I’m able to see it’s charm. It’s the hustle and bustle of people trying to make a living, flogging their nick-nacks, thingamabobs and delicious seafood. Of course this is Second Life, and one should be grateful that Main Street here isn’t actually too busy and lag free.
Another charming touch are the couple of cabins at the Resort where you can just relax and enjoy the cool breeze, enjoy the view or maybe have snooze on the bed. People too often say something crass like “I sleep when I’m dead”. Personally I rather enjoy drifting off to the land of fluffy pink clouds and dreams. I can only imagine what those dreams would be like in such a tropical setting. Make sure you’ve got sounds switched on when you visit Krak Bak Caye, as you don’t want to miss out on the relaxing sound of waves crashing on the beach, birds and even the occasional low hum of a plane flying over.
I recently created some looks with the Akeruka Advanced M09 mesh had. The sad news is that this was a group gift only and the M09 head will not become part of the range at Akeruka. The good news is that the creator has been quite a busy little bee and has put out plenty of Advanced mesh heads. A while ago I bought the M05 mesh head, when it was launched at half price. It’s worth joining the Akeruka group if you like their heads, because it will keep you up to date of all the launches and you’ll know when a new head is on offer at half price. If all this makes me sounds like an official (Blogotex) blogger for Akeruka, then you’re wrong. I started blogging about Akeruka way back when they were the first ones to have a bento male mesh head and I’ve witnessed the quality of their mesh heads grow to what it is today. The great thing about the Advanced range is that Akeruka has been given permission by Lelutka to use the same UV map as the Lelutka Evolution heads, so all those lovely skins that have been created for Lelutka, now also work for the Akeruka Advanced heads.
For the M05 mesh head I went with a more Asian look, though this could be someone of mixed heritage, half Chinese and half Caucasian. I don’t like to put a label on it. I used this same skin on other heads, ending up with a much subtler hint of Asian looks. Possibly the Akeruka Advanced M05 mesh heads lends itself better to work with Asian skins.
At L$3.900 the Akeruka Advanced heads are a big chunk cheaper than the Catwa mesh heads, but only marginally less expensive than the Lelutka Evolution mesh heads. As far as the look goes, I personally feel Akeruka now mostly matches the sophistication of these other two brands, but is still lagging behind with animation, but these are not a top priority for many people. I think I can know honestly say the choice will be mostly down to personal taste and no longer based on a difference in overal quality between brands or a lack of skin options, but that’s just my opinion. Go demo the hell out of all of them. That’s my advice.
I found the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body lying around in his underpants humming Bruno Mars’ Lazy Song and I realised that it was time to do some sort of styling exercise with him again. I had to nip that behaviour in the bud. It starts out as a seemingly harmless lazy bum day, but before you know it, you’ll find him in some storage box getting up to no good with other stark naked avatars like a bunch of slutty discarded Barbie dolls. Not under my roof!
So I went to the current round of Man Cave (runs till August 11th) to look for a bottom piece in the Aesthetic / Enzo size, because when it comes to jeans, trousers and some shorts, that size often works well for the David mesh body (I may have mentioned that once or twice or a hundred times before). The Tom shorts by Imagine Moda are just what this hot Swedish summer is calling for. It’s always a plus when something can be combined with the NX-Nardcotix Darrel tank top, which thankfully is the case with these shorts. For some reason I was desperate to wear the Deadwool Espadrilles with this outfit. Sadly, these of course do not come in David’s size, none of the available sizes are a viable substitute and there is no non-rigged version included (I guess that’s gone out of style). Then I remembered that the NX-Nardcotix body has a setting, allowing you to use it with Slink feet and I actually had a pair of those in my inventory (hardly any millage on them, the previous owner was a little old lady, they’ve been in storage most of the time, you know the story). Anyhoo, I popped on the feet, toggled the setting in the HUD and hey pesto (I know it’s presto, but my magician has a lisp), I could wear the espadrilles… and I had an ugly seam on my legs. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. C’est la vie. Que sera sera. Add your own cliché here. At least I put a look together.
For this episode of Virtual Beach Therapy I didn’t discover a new beach, instead I stuck with the familiar Oost Beach, which is part of the Oost West Estate for gay men. It’s not one of those places where a big old pussy alert goes off as soon as a female avatar lands at the sim. Your female friends are welcome to visit, they just can’t rent a place… Because we don’t want you to rub your heterosexual lifestyle in our faces, deuh! Only kidding! Or am I?
Anyhoo, what’s different this time, is that I got wet wet wet. I found an applicator that works with Legacy Meshbody that makes my skin look wet. It’s the Soaked Shine 3D by This Is Wrong, which goes on the 3rd layer of the body. Once applied, you can easily toggle it on and off with a button in the body’s hud. The wet hair I’m using is by Argrace and it’s called Enju but is no longer available. Instead they now have the Natsume hair, which you can see on my elegantly carried friend. The head I’m using is the Akeruka Advanced M09 mesh head which is currently a group gift until July 15th and after that it will NOT be at the store, so depending on when you’re reading this: hurry or oh well, better luck next time. This head has a wet look option built-in, just like all the other Akeruka Adavanced mesh heads. What’s also helping with this soaked look, is the new Auryn sarong by Noche. Click on the sarong once and it goes from dry to wet, click on it again and it goes off. You can wear the Clint swim briefs and other (Noche) briefs underneath it, as long as you stick with the #2 bulge size. If you’re packing a bigger gun, it’s going to poke through. If you want to go commando and be anatomically correct underneath the sarong, you may have to shift your package backwards quite a bit, cause the thing is going to poke through the sarong willy-nilly and that’s just not a good look.
If you recently got yourself the Noche Jack Singlet, you will have noticed that the box included a looser fitting version, so you could wear a skintight top underneath it. Now Noche has launched the Jack crop vest to do just that, at the current round of Fameshed, which runs until July 27th.
Of course you can wear this with anything you like. I’ll probably show it off with the singlet at some point, but for now I headed over to Fameshed to get myself a spunky bottom to go with this daring top, so to speak. I quickly came across the new Lewis denims by Legal Insanity and decided to splash out on the megapack, because it’s the only one that included the funky embroidered and painted jeans. With Legacy Meshbody I’m yet again getting away with fitting a Noche thong underneath these denims and the funny thing about that is, while you’re actually a little bit more covered up, in a way it’s more tittilating than having butt cleavage.
I used the Akeruka Advanced M09 mesh head again, which is a group gift until July 15th and will NOT be available at the Akeruka store after that. The skin is the same one as in my previous blog post, but I’ve used another beard and mesh hair instead of just a hair base. Just a few simple changes can make big difference in SL.
Once upon a time, Akeruka gave away mesh heads at a more regular interval. It looked like most mesh heads they launched were free for a short while for group members, until they made you pay for it. Maybe that marketing strategy didn’t really work out. Now they’ve dialed it back to just one freebie a year. I think it might be to celebrate their anniversary, but that’s not clearly stated in the group notice. You do need to be in their group to be able to snatch up the head (oh, that sounds like a job at a guillotine) and the joining fee is L$ 150, but that still makes it a great bargain. Speaking of bargains, do keep an eye out for new launches at Akeruka, as the heads are often rolling at half price for the first three days or so. Basically I’m saying: join that group!
This Akeruka M09 mesh head is limited and by that I don’t mean that you can’t do much with it. Far from it! Now that all Akeruka mesh heads come with a version that uses the Lelutka UV map, you can pretty much use any skin that has been made for Lelutka Evolution mesh heads and there are tons of those available. For female heads, Lelutka has taken it a step further with the EvoX mesh heads. Whenever they launch a male EvoX mesh head and someone makes a skin for it, this will not work with the Akeruka Advanced mesh head, but that definitely doesn’t stop you from creating some really smashing good looks right here and now. The head is limited in the sense that you can only get it NOW! It’s a group gift until July 15th and after that it is Gone With The Wind, and frankly darling, you will give a damn.
If you thought the gifts at the current anniversary round of Access were good, you’ll be even more pleased with the goodies Man Cave has for you to celebrate their Birthday. Isn’t funny though, in Second Life™ people give YOU gifts for THEIR birthday. Well, I suppose some real life stores do that as well. Unpacking everything and taking a look at each item kept me busy for a good while. Putting together things to create a look was yet another way to mercilessly kill some time.
For my first look the black and yellow striped Bruno trunk by Varsity made me think of the Dalton Brothers in the Lucky Luke comics, so I decided to go for a “fantasy jail ” look with other bits and pieces from the gifts. The collar is by Alantori. It says “bitch”, but several other options are included, such ass bad ass and good boy. There are quite some thing going on with my mesh head. I’m wearing a zebra striped hair base by GA.EG, a scar with the name “you are missing this one” by The White Crow, and “Martin” facial hair by Not Found. All of these are Man Cave gifts of course. Wings donated their ON1111 hair (white, grey and black only) and we got earrings from Andore and PosESioN (wearing just one of each). Finally the look is finished off with arm bands (or an arm harness, as the creator calls it) bij Fujico. This jail uniform doesn’t seem in accordance with regulations at all and our boy clearly has trouble raining in his… enthusiasm.
If you prefer to venture out slightly more dressed, then the Man Cave anniversary gifts have got you covered too. Why not wear a beanie by Kalback in the middle of a little heatwave (actually temperatures just dropped about 10° C from one day to the next here, so maybe not that crazy). If you wear it with the Gym tank top by Millo Copperfield and the Osman shorts by Imagine Moda, you’ll look summery enough. Flip flops by Invictus is the kind of footwear you want with this outfit and the L&B Swear Jett Coin necklace makes the perfect accessory. Not soo much into shorts? Maybe the Street Samurai pants by Gutchi are something for you and you can wear them with the Summer tank by Thirst. With this outfit the sporty Diamond sneakers by Crimen were the best option among the gifts. You never need to feel lonely when you’ve got the Libellune Chameleon by SEmotion and when you’re carrying the covered surf board by Flow, you always look ready to catch some waves, with or without your chameleon buddy clinging to your arm. The only kind of surfing I’m doing in RL involves WIFI and deleting my browser history… Oh I said that out loud!
There are way more gifts at Man Cave, but this is all I’m going to show you for now. You have until July 11th to go snatch then all up. You need to be in the Man Cave group, but there is no joining fee. Note that I’ve been using the Legacy Meshbody for this post. There are items among the gifts that don’t include a size for this body. For more information on the heads, bodies and skins I used in this blog post, check out this previous sunny little post.
Here’s a funny thing! Not funny as in “OMG I can’t breath rolling-on-the-floor laughing-out-loud”, but funny as in: “oh, that’s interesting” with a bemused smile. So only a few days ago, or was it a week already, because *exclamative* time is so *exclamative* illusive… Anyhoo, I did a little post on the evolution of items in Second Life™, using some (wrestling) singlets by Noche as an example. Now Noche has added proof to my pudding (cause if the proof is IN the pudding then surely someone must add it first?) by remastering their Hawk Crop Tee.
The textures are updated to match the quality Noche gives us presently and it is a very nice improvement. Of course ever since I saw the first Borat movie (so long ago!) I can hardly use the words “very nice” without adding “how much?” in a funny accent. Well, this crop tee is currently part of the Happy Weekend deals, so it’s available now at 60L for single packs and 449L for a fatpack until July 21st. That’s right, Happy Weekend includes Mondays in Second Life™… If only that could catch on in flipping real life!
Of course if you’ve already purchased this item, you can hit the redelivery terminal at the Noche store to get the update for free. Note that this item used to come in the Gianni size, but as Noche has dropped this body, this size is no longer included. You get the Belleza Jake and Legacy Meshbody sizes now. Well, nuff said about that. Let them boys get on with their cuddle. ‘t Is Pride Month, innit?
Tip: if you’ve ever bought one of my shapes, keep an eye out for the name of this shape (or do a search on it, you’ll find the search function at the bottom of the blog). I recycle my shapes all the time, using them with different skins and hair to create a new look. This means that while you’re already getting a note card with the shape that tells you where you can go buy everything, you’re actually getting a lot more for your money if you follow my blog.
I was banging on David’s bedroom door, shouting at him to get out of bed because he was going to miss the best part of the day. “The early bird catches the worm,” I told him. “I’m not a bird,” he muttered. “Go on, we’ll go shopping,” I offered. “Ha, the never have anything in my sizes anyway,” he responded. He is right of course, very few clothing creators have ever bothered with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body, but there just happens to be a 50% sale on at Tori Torricelli this weekend, so at the very least it was worth checking out.
Of course the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body, just like any other mesh body that is worth mentioning, comes with so-called alpha cut options in it’s HUD. If you’re kinda new to Second Life™ and don’t know what this means, basically it’s a part of the HUD that shows you a representation of the mesh body, cut into many small areas you can click so they become invisible. This is extremely handy when you find that bits of your body ar poking through an item of clothing. It won’t help you every single time, because when you’re wearing something like an open shirt, you’ll find that it won’t let you hide parts of the body that are problematic without also hiding parts that should remain visible if you don’t want a Death Becomes Her “I can see right through you!” situation.
From the sale at Tori Torricelli I got the Manhattan Shirt & Vest and the Tribeca Jeans, which comes together as a tried and tested smart casual outfit, all worn in the Gianni size on David. The label on the back of the jeans may poke through the bottom of the vest a tiny bit if your bum happens to be far from tiny, so some mild shape editing may be appropriate. In other a words: tighten that ass!
You can very easily dress that outfit down by getting rid of the shirt, tie and vest and popping on the Tori Torricelli cardigan, which is like a posher version of a hoodie. There are more discounted items at Tori that will work with David and I’m sure I’ve used the brand before, so I urge you to simply try things. Don’t get your hopes up too much when it comes to tank tops, because those are usually a disaster for David (drama queen!). Some shorts and trousers may work better in the Enzo/Aesthetic size if you intend to wear them shirtless. That’s it for now. I’m fresh out of tips. You’ll have to come back when the new batch is done baking.