Halloween must be the high days for role playing. Even those that don’t usually go for that kind of thing in Second Life™ may find themselves being part of a dark and bloody storyline around all hallows eve. For those of you into a bit of “playing doctor”, there’s a great new hospital gown by Noche.
If you’ve got a spot as a patient somewhere on a role-playing sim, you can easily wear this gown in it’s clean state. If however you’re getting into the Halloween spirit, you can get it covered with blood, mud or slime. I’m sure you can come up with your own storyline to explain it all. Personally I have been wandering around in derelict abandoned asylums, finding them strangely relaxing. I guess it takes all sorts to make SL go round (the twist).
It’s mid October and Halloween is EVERYWHERE in Second Life™. I plonked on a pumpkin head (currently a group gift at Birth) and went over to the Halloween Shop & Hop event to check out the many bargains. I came away from that with a new pair of leather trousers. From their I went on to All Hallows 2020 at Moochies to hang out with some fellow pumpkin heads.
This is just one of the many Halloween themed sims and I’m sure I don’t visit half as many of those than I should. Spooky mansions, deserted asylums, ghost towns, Second Life™ has got the lot and much more. One way to kill off this fun is to go look for a Halloween outfit that is too specific. Just go with the flow and have fun with it. If something about your outfit isn’t quite ride, just invent a narrative around it. Speaking of outfits, let’s wrap things up here with the usual list of credits so you can go “shop the look”, as they say in real life online stores.
As Second Life™ is mostly amusement for me, spending half a day tinkering with a space to make it look cozy, will look like a lazy day to anybody looking in from the outside (real) world. Meh, whatevs. Who asked you?! You do you boo. Que sera sera. Know what I mean. Like, seriously though, I can’t even… *looks at his cup of coffee with great suspicion* OMG, this ISN’T decaf!
Anyway, after all that faffing with virtual furniture, nick-nacks, tchotchkes and thingamabobs (I’ve got twenty, but who cares, no big deal… oh no, now I’m going to burst into song!) I set up a little sexy romantic scene which got slightly disturbed by that exhibitionistic dude across the street… Not that I’m complaining. Kitty cat just sleeps through all of it, as usual. Gawd, how I’d like to be a cat, providing I end up with loving parents… eeehm… owners. RIGHT! This is going nowhere, so off to the credits we go. I’ll give you a tour of the place some other day.
There was a time my dress sense in real life was much bolder than it is these days. I’ll probably die in a pair of jeans and a comfy hoodie and I’m okay with that. I mean, eventually. I’m not quite ready for a house to land on me just yet. At some point my usual attire will be deemed unsuitable for a man of my age. Actually, at 44 it probably already is, but I don’t hold with such absurd notions. You do you boo, and I’ll bloody very well do me. I might go back to wearing patterned shirts more often again. I’ve started dropping some weight since January and I’m still some way off from where I want to be with that, but I can start thinking about wearing cute patterns again. You know, stand out instead blend in? This is about the right time for a midlife crisis, right?
I particularly like small patterns in Autumn. Maybe it has something to do with how the leaves falling on the ground create their own random pattern. Sometimes it’s bold and chaotic, when the leaves are big and cover the full spectrum of autumn colours and sometimes the pattern is very subtle, with small leaves that are kinda just brown. In my mind, when a big old tree is losing a bunch of leaves all at once with a strong gust of wind, it is whispering to itself “it will all grow back, it will all grow back, don’t panic.” You thought that sound was the wind blowing through the leaves? No, it most definitely is the trees whispering to themselves. Occasionally you might even here an “ooh”, when they themselves appreciate the pattern their leaves have made on the ground. Right! I’ll just “leave” you with that thought.
If there’s one thing Second Life™ does really well, it’s Halloween. This virtual world really rezzes to the occasion (see what I did there?) when it comes to this particular yearly season of dark yet colourful but also macabre festivity. You can definitely let your freak flag fly any time of the year in SL, but from late September to early November that flag flies with a fierceness to behold. One could go as far as to call it Halloween Pride. I’m personally kicking things of with a Halloween styling session for the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body.
I knew I had a skin by 7 Deadly S[k]ins hanging around somewhere in the rather well organised folders of my inventory that was due for an airing. It is a pale skin with a cracked marble effect and it gave me an idea to create a kind of mysterious angel-like / fairy creature. He could be good, he could be bad. Maybe he’s just something in between? Two dimensional characters are boring anyway.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that a rather old but interesting pair of trousers with a wrap by Gabriel, actually works quite well for David in the TMP size. Boots are built-in with these trousers, which saves you the hassle of trying to find a pair of boots that will work without clashing. We want complex characters but simplicity and ease when it comes to getting dressed, right? Of course I could have dolled up even more, with a necklace, some leather cuffs perhaps? Maybe some studs and rings and bling in the ears? I kept this look clean and simple on purpose. This angel doesn’t go for all that fancy shit, okay. And on that quasi testy note, I’ll leave you to it and I’m flying outa here.
Here’s another one of those introductions in which I try to explain the title of this particular series of posts. The brand we’re supposed to be calling Meshbody, used to be known as TMP (short for the The Mesh Project). Some people refer to them as Legacy, but that is the name of the new body they came out with after stringing people along for years with a “beta” version of their original mesh body, which now still is available under the name “Classic”. It’s safe to say there’s a certain level of frustration among the Second Life™ residents with this brand. But damn it, I love their products. More recently Meshbody expanded their range with the Athletic body and we’re taking another look at that today.
A special point of attention on the agenda today is the mesh head I am using with the Athletic mesh body. It’s a Lelutka mesh head from their new Evolution line-up, named Luka. You’ll get a nice neck seam with the combination of this head and body, meaning that you need to be looking quite closely at the neck to notice a seam at all. One could say it’s seemingly seamless or so it seems.
When it comes to finding clothes for the Athletic Meshbody, not much has been made specifically for it yet, but I have a hunch that quite a lot of what has been rigged for the Legacy Meshbody will work. The moto here and indeed for most things in SL is: demo everything.
For the first very casual outfit on the left we are using the Armani Mesh Croptank and Miguel Joggers both by Noche, perfect for a lazy Sunday or indeed any lazy day at home or a quick jog in the park.
In the middle
On the right our guy is looking very dapper look in the Deadwool Hart jacket and trousers and Oxford shoes. All of these are worn in the Belleza size and of course the alpha hud is being used to hide all parts of the body that were poking through the suit.
And with this lovely juxtaposition of casual and smart I’ll leave you for now. I’m sure if you have a look around at the various monthly menswear events and try things in the Legacy size, you’ll find something to wear.
The previous post was all about making the most of the Signature Gianni mesh head. For this post, I went back to the Signature Event and bought the brand new Lelutka Connor mesh head. The Lelutka mesh heads continue to be priced at L$3990 until further notice. They used to be L$5000, but were discounted as a good will gesture when we first all started locking ourselves in and throwing away the key in attempt to say NO to our little friend Covid19. So here I am, up in my tower and I’ve let my hair grow long, but never (EVER!) has any prince charming attempted to climb up it. Old hags on the other hand… Anyhoo, let’s take a look at this Connor head.
As with all the Lelutka mesh heads in their newest Evolution range, Connor is meant to be used with BOM skins. In theory you can use an applier for the skin, but then you won’t be able to apply any extras. So that means no hair base, no eye brows, no freckles, no nothin’. It all has to be part of the skin you are using if you do take the applier route. That might be the choice you make when you like an old skin that hasn’t been updated to BOM yet and it happens to have all of the aforementioned extras baked in. If it’s an omega applier, you will also need to have the Omega relay for Lelutka heads. Seriously though, get on the BOM wagon already!
I’ve used the same skin as in the previous post, the Signature Davis skin to be more precise. The eyebrows, freckles and beard all come with the head. You can actually use the Connor head on the Signature body straight out of the box. The skins that come with the head have been made to blend into the neck and the seam isn’t too awful, considering you don’t have to cough up any extra dough for a skin. Seriously though, you need to stop eating dough, it’s bad for you.
If you need more help with the Lelutka Evolution heads than the somewhat anemic tidbit I’m offering here, you can sashay away to Lelutka’s website, because there’s plenty of information to pig out on there.
While I was at the Signature Event (ends on September 21st) I grabbed myself a new top by Noir. What’s better than a nice form-fitting sleeveless top? One with a hilarious print that makes people laugh out loud and a sexy harness-like detail. Once the event has ended, the Hikaru Harness Shirt should appear at the Noir main store, but why wait, right? We’ve got to spread the joy NOW people!
And with that it’s time for me to “head” out of here… See what I did there? I said head out of here and the main topic of this blog post was a head… How do you mean it doesn’t become funnier when I explain it?
A little less than a month ago we took a look at Signature Geralt. You could say I had a dabble with him and the results were interesting and kinda cute. Now it is time to turn our attention to his older brother Gianni. There is a Signature Event running till September 21st, so this is the perfect time for it. You can even purchase the Gianni body at the reduced price of L$2750 until September 17th. Sadly there is no discount on the Signature head and you’ll be paying the full L$4000, which I find a tad bit overboard.
Of course you can pop pretty much any male mesh head on the Gianni body, but the point about this particular series within my blog is to show different looks with the Gianni mesh head. I think many people will agree that there are more sophisticated heads available, but as I said the other day: vive la difference! Some people will like the “quirkiness” of this head and others are just lazy shoppers and simply bought their head and body from the same place before they realised you can get a head elsewhere. Go figure! So if you’re quirky or lazy, I’m here to show you some options within your mostly self-imposed limits. This time it’s extra convenient for the aforementioned lazy asses, because the skin I’m using is also from Signature.
The Davis skin was launched at some fair probably about a century ago. I’d hate to turn this into a Covid19 rant, but between our little corona friend and the constant elevated state of drama caused by He Who Must Not Be Named (Voldetrump!), time for me has become an increasingly blurry concept. Anyhoo, this skin was made for the Signature body and Lelutka Skyler head, but it’s not doing too badly with the Signature Gianni head either. I might do a follow-up blog post with a Lelutka mesh head on the Gianni body, if I can muster the strength. The Davis skin is L$900 and for that you get a head and body skin in 5 skin tones, each coming in a very athletic version (what I am using) and a more average version (still fit as f*ck). The Gianni head needs a bit of tender love and care to make the best of it, but I find that a beard, strong eyebrows, nice eyes and replacement mesh ears go a long way. Then there’s all the tinkering with the shape of course. I’ll put the shape for this look in my Marketplace store in case you like what you’re seeing but you haven’t got the strength to try and recreate it.
As for the event, now that Signature is trying to create some traction for their female body, naturally the Signature Event has become more mixed. It doesn’t mean that there would have been more male items if the female avatar stuff hadn’t been there though, it just means you need to do a bit more walking or panning your camera around. Personally I just didn’t feel like putting on any clothes today, so I’ll leave it at this for now.
Oh and before I forget, THE BLOGGIES have opened up their site for this year’s nominations. I’m not really all that bovvered, but the way the economy is going these days, it might be a good idea to try and build my brand anyway even if I’m not making any money of this blog right now. So if you think I should be nominated in any of the categories, go ahead and show me some love on The Bloggies nominations page.
It may seem like I can’t get enough of this Akeruka Advanced male mesh head and in case you were wondering if I’m being sponsored, I can assure you that I am not. Believe me. Believe me! *plays imaginary accordion*
I really like Catwa mesh heads and more than approve of the success Lelutka is having with their male mesh heads, but I have always had a soft spot for the less popular options. Leaving that soft spot out of the equation, the Akeruka Advanced mesh head is objectively more sophisticated than its predecessors. The fact that you can find some BOM skins that will work with it even though they have been made for Catwa mesh heads is a big plus.
This time I dug up the Vendetta Amir skin I got as a gift a little while ago. At least I think I got it as a gift, or was it a hunt? Or did I just buy it? It’s not as if I’m keeping careful track of my purchases. You haven’t lived Second Life™ if you never accidentally bought something you already owned. Anyhoo, this Amir skin is another great example of something that was made for Catwa heads but fits on the Akeruka Advanced head quite well.
For all the previous looks with this head I have been using the Belleza Jake mesh body, but for this one I switched to Legacy Meshbody and of course the head fits on it beautifully. What I like about the Vendetta body skin is that the abs are less defined compared to many other skins. I’m not saying this is better, I’m simply appreciation that it’s different. Vive la difference!
It was time to take another look at some of my older outfits and decide what needed to go and what could be used as the base for an update. Many of my old outfits are with the TMP Deluxe mesh body and head. Pretty as they are, that body and head are from the pre-bento era so there definitely is room for improvement there. As for t-shirt and jeans, obviously we all have those in are wardrobe, but there’s always space for new ones.
What I definitely appreciate is that there are more options for tucked-in shirts. Some, like for example the new Berry T-shirt by Noche, include a loose and tucked version, giving you the option to look very casual or a little sharper. Of course there’s no guarantee that this will work with any pair of jeans, but luckily Noche had enough common sense to make sure that the tucked in t-shirt works with their own Hayden Jeans. I’m sure there are other brands that do this and in some cases you’ll be able to tuck a shirt from one maker in the trousers of another. It takes some patience and plenty of demos to track those down, but what else are you going to do in SL?
That’s another look successfully updated, now I should be cold-hearted and give at least ten other outfits the axe.