Exmachina Davide Full Bento Avatar 2.1

The ‘Davide’ mesh body by Exmachina (one could be forgiven to think it’s by Egoism) has been updated yet again, but there aren’t any new features this time around, just a couple of bug fixes, which is always a good thing. It’s worth mentioning that since the previous update a headless version of the avatar is included which you should be able to combine with most mesh heads according to the change log, but I must be missing a trick or something because I personally have not been able to manage it without a neck seam or gap that’s noticeable from a distance. NO mister director, I am NOT ready for my close-up!

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So I will be sticking to the full avatar and I like using a skin from 7 Deadly S[k]ins with this avatar, like the Gav skin in the caramel tone. Another bit of good news is that Legal Insanity recently released a pair of jeans shorts and a tank top that includes an Exmachina size. Hopefully some more creators will follow this example. This body could really do with some very nice undies or swimwear.

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L’Homme Magazine Group Gifts May 2018

This time I was determined not to wait till the last moment to go find the L’Homme Magazine readers group gifts and I gathered them all as soon as they were available after the release of the new fabulous issue of the magazine. Of course time did get away from me after that and here we are already rapidly nearing the end of May before I finally was ready to hit the publish button. There is something for everyone… Well okay, maybe not for orcs, princesses or Lilliputians, bur for almost everyone else there is something. These are a few of my favourite things.

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First up is a deliciously wildly patterned suit from Bakaboo. You can try combining the top with a more simple pair of trousers, or go all out and wear the trousers that come with it for a dizzying effect. Browsing my existing footwear options, I settled on the Tripple Monk shoes from Ascend to wear with this suit.

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The cowboy hat and long hair from no.match are great for creating a rugged sultry sexy cowboy look. I used it as excuse to walk around shirtless, showing off the NX-Nardcotix David Mesh body with the Clef De Peau applier, combined with a Catwa Stanley head. If you’re looking for a new pair of jeans, the new ones from Ascend currently shown in the May round of TMD are a very nice choice. I love the texturing on these jeans and you can wear them with or without the belt.

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Stray Dog was a bit quick to remove their previous gift, about two weeks before the release of the new issue of L’Homme Magazine, but it’s nice to see they’re donating a group gift again for the current issue. The Zack skin in Buttermilk tone has very light eyebrows, perfect for achieving a Scandinavian look and comes with some options like lipstick marks, bruises on the neck (from wearing a choker) and freckles. The applier only works with Catwa mesh heads and you will have to purchase the matching body applier if you don’t have it yet. Stray Dog has appliers for the Signature and Belleza mesh bodies which all automatically come with body hair, freckles and tan line options. In this example I’m using the Belleza body with the Catwa Stanley head, my own shape and the ‘Haunting’ hairstyle by Stealthic.

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You can drastically change your look with this same skin by using the version without brows and applying a pair of brows from the main hud for your Catwa head or any other brows of your choice and slapping on the ‘Rock of Ages’ facial hair, which is the L’Homme Magazine group gift from Mister Razzor Barbershop. To complete this bad boy look I used the ‘Obscura’ hairstyle from Stealthic is a nice choice for this bad boy look.

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The last gift I wanted to show is this ‘vest’ by Meva. One could be forgiven to call this a harness and I don’t really have anything in my wardrobe that goes with it, so yes I am naked apart from the vest. This item wouldn’t look out of place in certain club scenes or roll play areas and Meva probably has trousers that combine well with it. Mostly I just wanted to show because it hot.

There are several more gifts and you’ll find the full list in the L’Homme Magazine May issue. To get landmarks to the participating stores, you can leaf through the magazine at your leisure till you come across an advert or spread for one of them and click on the store’s logo. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of shopping inspiration for both your avi and your home along the way.

 

 

 

Taking David to TMD May 2018

It was high time to dedicate another shopping trip to the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body. First I took a look at Fameshed, but the current round doesn’t seem to have much menswear, so I turned my attention to this month’s TMD, which looked quite promising with more clothing and less tattoos and poses this time, or maybe that’s just my first impression and as we know, anecdotal evidence is not undeniable proof (do we?). Trying everything on sure was a rocky road, but I managed to enrich David’s wardrobe with some nice pieces.

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I think most of us like it when we can come away from one of these sales events with some items from different creators that can be combined easily. Etham‘s newest jacket goes nicely with the chinos from TonkTastic, provided you choose colours that don’t clash of course. I didn’t have to rummage around in my virtual closet too long to find a pair of shoes that works with these chinos. As they are quite wide at the bottom, I think you will have plenty of shoe options. I went with the NX-Nardcotix Jude Ankle boots, available from their main store where you will also find the body. The cordovan of the leather goes well with the muted red of the jacket and the style of these boots slightly pushes the outfit more towards a smart casual look.

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With a tweak here and there, I was able to squeeze my shapely pixel butt into the TonkTastic chinos and wear them topless. Go barefoot or wear something light on your feet like the NX-Nardcotix Metalic sandals and you’re all set for a solitary reflective stroll along the beach, with the soothing sound of crashing waves and the occasional seagull going “mine”. The classic size of the chinos seems to work best with this body

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Clef De Peau keeps extending their clothing line and are showing a jacket at TMD this time, though you could be forgiven for storing this in your folder with sweaters. An NX size is included, so no worries there and if you’re looking for something to wear with it, the NX-Nardcotix Finlay cargo pants and Deadwool Chase sneakers are a safe choice. Use the Signature size for the Chase sneakers and just blank out your feet and your aunt Margaret is married to a geezer named Robert, i.e. Bob’s your uncle.

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The set from MGmen’s isn’t a perfect fit for David. You’ll get away with wearing the sweat pants topless quite easily once you make some minor changes to your shape, but the top is more problematic around the neck. You need to use the standard size and depending on your personal shape you may have to bring down your muscle mass, neck thickness and overall body thickness a lot to make it work at all, let alone get it perfect. The bright side of this story is that the top and bottom are sold separately and it looks good with Gabriel‘s roll down boots.

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For the track suit from Vexiin I could pretty much repeat what I wrote about the MGmen’s set, but I had to reduce my muscle mass even more to make the cuffs fit my arms and then the t-shirt was still clipping on my neck, which you don’t see in the picture because I got lucky with my pose. On a bright note, you get a hud with some colour choices for the boxer briefs, which is nice cause you do see a lot of them.

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Last but not least, I’m showing a ridiculously well textured pair of jeans and walking boots from Cold Ash. I recommend wearing the TMP size and of course playing with your shape till it works. Go ahead and be generous with that slider for your butt size! I’m sure I could find a shirt to got with these jeans, but why would I?

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It’s Kinky Time 3

Time flies when you’re throwing clocks at people and as the deity of your personal choice closes a door, they open a window into the exciting, quasi seedy yet rather classy underbelly of Second Life at the Kinky Event. This event usually starts at the 28th of the month and lasts till the 19th of the next month. In other words, you have until May 19th to check out the current round and as we’re long past the feverish first couple of days, the lag wont be biting too hard now… Unless you want it to.

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I don’t like the repeating group invites that pop up on my screen as soon as I set foot in the dimly lit exhibition hall, but I do like what they’ve done with the place. The little scene you’re greeted with at the entrance of the hall lets you know straight away what kind of place this is. These items aren’t for sale at the event, but you can get them at the Krescendo main store.

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Apart from skins, tattoos and some home decor (with adult animations of course), Kinky is mostly geared towards female avatars… Or male ones buying gifts for their SL girlfriend(s), which means they’re mostly buying it for themselves.

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There usually is that one male item that makes the visit totally worth it. This time it’s the Wrestling Singlet by Noche. It comes with a style hud so you can wear it both on and off the shoulders. You also get a text hud, in case you want something written on your butt. It would have been great if this had included an option to write your own text, but I guess I can live with for example “yummy” and I can of course just leave it blank. If you treat yourself to the fatpack, you’ll get 15 texture options, which you can apply individually to the main fabric and trim. Last but not least there is the choice between a modest and more pronounced bulge.

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  • Signature Gianni mesh body and head
  • Stray Dog Owen skin. This skin is not available at the store, but take a look at their Roman skin, there’s a Signature version for it.
  • Tableau Vivant Dagon hair
  • Vale Koer V3 trainers group gift

 

Dabbling with Geralt III

For this episode of Dabbling with Geralt I experimented with the ‘Kaye’ omega applier from 7 Deadly S[k]ins and I am pleased to say that everything is where it’s supposed to be. There is no awkward nipple slip or unsightly toe shadows, so well done 7DS!

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The eyebrows and facial hair are part of the skin, which has the advantage that you don’t need to apply anything extra, but the disadvantage that you’re stuck with them. A soul patch is not for everyone, even less so when you’ve heard someone call it a flavor saver. Just to be clear, personally I do like it (the soul patch, not the alternative name).

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It’s nice to see that clothing for Geralt is starting to appear at stores and events. Legal Insanity has a nice pair of baggy jeans shorts at Men Only Monthly till 15th April and at their main store soon after. A while ago I found a cute funny tank top from 7 Mad Ravens at an event, which is available at their store now. Signature’s own flip flops for Geralt go very nicely with this outfit and you’ll find those easily enough when you go take a look at the body and head at their store.

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7 Deadly S(k)ins May group gift

It looks like 7 Deadly S(k)ins is doing a throw back to the “system avatar” with their male group gift this month. For those of us who are fully converted mesh freaks, going back to basic might seem inconceivable, but for anybody new to SL, this gift will make a nice upgrade from the rather bleak standard avatars.

A decent system skin for your head can also be a good thing to have if you pick up the 500 L$ TMP Deluxe mesh body. You can find out more about that quasi controversial choice  in my “What’s Eating TMP” blog series.

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There are a couple of options to match your mesh body to the system head. Both the Signature and TMP body for example, have a neck tattoo to help create a softer seam rather than a sharp line. Another alternative is to get an Omega or TMP applier that matches the system skin. Both are available at 7DS and I’m using the Caramel TMP applier in this image to match the ‘Brent’ group gift skin.

  • 7DS group join fee is L$ 225
  • The TMP Deluxe mesh body is L$ 500, including some skin options in 36 skin tones. No. 19 works nicely with 7DS Brent on your system head. Don’t forget to wear the No. 19 neck fader from TMP! It’s not a perfect match and looks a bit strange at the front of the neck, but there’s virtually no visible seam on the back of the neck.
  • If you go for the TMP applier from 7DS, make sure you get the skin tone that matches the group gift skin. You can get either Caramel or Stone and they are L$ 450 each.
  • The hair is from Tram, the jeans shorts are from Legal Insanity.

New Port House II

Patrik Schumacher, top architect and ‘provocateur’ who thinks that all public spaces should be privatized and social housing should be eliminated, recently claimed that millenials are never home and have no need for a living room so they could be perfectly happy in a 25 m² studio. Of course, if that space is being used very cleverly and the materials are nice, it wouldn’t have to be a bad thing. Thankfully space is not that much of an issue in Second Life and most of us can enjoy the fantasy of decorating a spacious home. A while ago I had fun furnishing and decorating the downstairs of a two-bedroom Roost New Port House for a friend and this is the second in a series of blog posts I’ll be dedicating to it.

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The main reception room in this home is so spacious it easily houses a living room with an extensive library and a kitchen diner with plenty of space to move around in and entertain. Some new bookcases have popped up on the grid lately, but I still like the somewhat older World of Wood library, complete with books and several wood textures to choose from. You also get an empty version, in case you want to use your own books or desperately need to display all those gacha collectibles you’ve been hording (you know who you are). I mentioned some of the items in this shot in my previous post about this house, but it’s worth mentioning that the chandelier and globe are both from Fancy Decor. Now, let’s zoom in…

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In real life I have never had the opportunity to do that thing that posh people do. You know, they put this table behind a sofa and put fancy stuff on it and books and thingamabobs (I’ve got twenty… seriously Billy? A Little Mermaid reference? se-rious-ly?). In this house I could easily fit two large sofa’s with a table behind each of them. On the closest table in this image I had space for a lamp, books with a shiny trinket, a magazine tray and some kind of horn all by Fancy Decor. I filled the gaps with a pair of looking glasses from Apple Fall and roses from Ariskea, which I put in a different vase. Finally, the table itself is from Loft.

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Of course there’s nothing wrong with taking it a bit easy and getting a full living room suite with all your seating options covered in one shopping trip, but personally I enjoy mixing and matching. This cream sofa is from N4RS and I re-textured the cushions for that personal touch. The gray sofa is from Digs and has several more textures to choose from. You’ll find the comfy chair and coffee table at Lisp Bazaar and some of the bits and bobs such as the orchid, lamp, boxes and magazines are from Fancy Decor. The tray with candles ad a diffuser is from Lisp Bazaar and the white irises can be found at Apple Fall. A potted bromeliad from Dust Bunny adds a subtle hint of bright colour while the books with mini cactuses from Loft add a bit of prickly character to the scene. Oh and the rug is just one of my own little creations.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for the next episode in this series, in which I’ll be showing the kitchen diner and possibly the hallway.

 

What’s Eating TMP 6

(whispers) We’re here at TMP’s flagship store ‘The Shops’ and it looks like the sale that was supposed to be ‘temporary’ is still on after two months. Their Facebook page appears to be dead in the water and who knows when this ship will be going under, but meanwhile you can look pretty good for 1500 L$ here and now. Okay, in all honesty for that money you’ll be a bold Ken doll, but at least you’ll be a pretty one.

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When it comes to paler skins, TMP has always been one of my favorite options. Here I’m using the No. 3 ‘Axel’ skin, with baked in stubble, eyebrow appliers from Aeros (they’re free, if you can find them), ‘Vermeers’ mesh eyes from NSS, the nonchalantly tousled   ‘B&G81’ hair from Dura and a minimum of fabric to cover up the naughty bits in the shape of a metallic thong from Noche.

If you like the look of this body but really prefer a more pliable head, you can easily combine it with some of the currently available bento mesh heads. In a previous post I showed a combination of the TMP body with the Akeruka Aron mesh head, using a skin from 7 Deadly S[k]ins, as they carry both the Omega applier you’ll need for that head as well as appliers for the TMP body. In case you’re still a bit new to SL and this is making your head spin, don’t worry, you’ll get used to it. Although, if your mesh head is on backwards, you probably are having a serious technical melt down and you should call 0118 999 881 999 119 7253.

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This time I wanted to combine the TMP body with the Catwa Stanley head, because somehow I had never gotten around to that before. I already had an amazing applier for the body from Aeros (1000 L$) so I went over to their main store to take a look at their Catwa appliers. The skin tone naming system at Aeros is a bit quirky. For their TMP body appliers they use names such as ‘breve’ and ‘tequila’ while the Catwa appliers mix these names with numbers for newer skin tones. Not all the Catwa appliers come in a skin tone that will match up with the TMP body and naturally you will have to chose appliers with the same name. I settled on the rather sexy ‘Brox‘ in the tequila tone (500 L$). This skin includes eyebrows but they are not “baked” in, so you can easily apply another pair. As for body hair, the TMP appliers are available in a shaved or hairy version. There aren’t many 3rd party body hair appliers available for TMP and they tend to go fuzzy quite often, so having hair that’s baked into the skin is a good option. The look is finished off with ‘Season 5 Steking’ mesh ears from Mandala, the ‘Reach’ hair from Stealthic and the ‘Essential Jockstrap’ from Noche.

Remember that all of the boutique clothing at The Shops is for free at the moment and there still are plenty of creators that include a TMP size in their new items, though some have dropped it. Of course the big question remains: what’s eating TMP? Is their any future in it? Who knows!?

Taking David to MOM April/May 2018

So here we are again at another round of Men Only Monthly, eager to get our hot little pixels hands on the latest thing for male avatars the Second Life creative collective has to offer. The haul looked sufficiently promising to turn this into one of my styling exercises with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body. I found MOM to be particularly laggy on my visit, but my shopping method is: get in, cam around, grab all demos, get out, try everything on at a quiet place and then go back to buy the things I want. Oh, and avoid bumping into bodacious big busted blondes at all cost! But now without any further ado, here’s look numero uno.

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It’s always nice to be able to combine two items from the same event, like the Boho Boy coat from Aitui and the Adam chinos from Etham. You will find that the chinos work nicely with David, if you use the TMP size and adjust your shape a little. I picked up the colour accent of the coat with my dark turquoise NX-Nardcotix Jude ankle boots, which you can get at their main store. I really like the wood toggles and reinforced button holes on the coat, but I do wish it would flair out a little bit less. It’s also worth noting that depending on your personal shape, you may have to increase your muscle mass to stop your clavicles from poking through the fabric.

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The Etham chinos work quite well on their own with this mesh body and as they’re rolled up, they are perfect for an idyllic quasi stylish stroll along the beach either barefoot or wearing the NX-Nardcotix sandals.

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The Invictus jeans and tank top kinda almost work. I wasn’t successful at making the jeans work on their own so they don’t seem to be a good option for a shirtless look and with certain moves my shoulders ever so slightly go through my, eeehm, I want to say “bra straps.” While we’re on the subject of boobs, depending on your shape, you may have to squash the puppies down a bit if you don’t want to completely bust out of this tank. If you wouldn’t have to alpha out your pelvis to make this combo work, you would see the tiniest sliver of skin between the tank and the jeans, as we do have to alpha out that part of the body, there is a mostly unnoticeable small gap of nothingness. If I wanted to be very strict, I would say that these items do not work for this body, but the great texturing, folds and drape of both the tank and jeans put me in a forgiving mood. The boxing gloves are a nice optional detail too, though I’m not much of fighter. I happened to have some blue sneakers from Invictus that go well with this look. You’ll find these at their main store. Invictus is showing high top sneakers at MOM which seems to suggest that these will go well with the jeans, but I wasn’t able to make those work.

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The Outlier overalls or dungarees, whatever you prefer to call them, are another example of something that doesn’t fit perfectly but makes up for it with nice texturing and a whole lot of sexiness, after all what good is having a slamming bod if it’s going to be covered up most of the time? There were only two versions included in the package, one rigged for the Belleza body and another one that’s fitmesh. I tested the Belleza version on the Jake body and the rigging of that one isn’t really anything to write home about either.
I think it’s going to be really difficult to find shoes to  wear with these dungarees, because they go very low over the foot and are not wide enough at the bottom to cover the top of most shoes, nor are they narrow enough to snugly fit into boots. If I wear the dungarees barefoot, they clip on the bridge of my feet. Interestingly, this is also the case on the Belleza body, so lets not put all the blame on David’s big manly feet shall we.

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FE Style had a long sleeved shirt with a text print at the previous round of MOM and I guess things are heating up for them, so they more or less repeated this shirt with short sleeves this time and some new prints in the same style. The list of available sizes is long and it thankfully includes an NX-Nardcotix version. In real life I’d keep this kind of shirt for hanging out at home on lazy Sundays, wearing nothing more with it than underpants. I’m more of a boxer briefs guy, the home brand briefs of NX-Nardcotix will do very nicely, very nicely indeed for this wild resident.

That’s it for now beavers! Five outfits from one trip to MOM is not a bad haul, if you’re willing to consider that last one an outfit that is… In SL? Of course that’s an outfit!

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L’Homme Magazine group gifts February issue

L’Homme Magazine’s latest issue already dates from February, so I thought I’d better do a mad-dash-group-gift-tour before the May issue comes out. The good thing about these gifts is that not all contributors remove them once a new issue of the magazines comes out. Some even keep offering their older gifts alongside the new one. Nevertheless, I still felt the urge to hurry up.

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‘The Look Of The Owl’ tattoo from Altamura, shown here on the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body with Nivaro skin, is not the best tattoo I’ve ever seen in SL, but not the worst either. I don’t really use tattoos, so I’m always going to be a bit ‘meh’ about them. Sure you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, but nobody said anything about not looking a gift owl in the eyes.

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This is the ‘Jasper’ hair from Bad Hair Day shown on the Signature Gianni head with Stray Dog ‘Owen’ skin. I’m so used to Stealthic hair, I find it hard to go back to any hairstyle with less realistic roots. I do like the idea of the two colour huds that come with this hairstyle, letting you choose the base and highlights independently.

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‘Chained Deceit’ from [CX] made me wonder if there is a word for an earring that’s connected to a nose ring with a chain and apparently it’s simply called a nose chain. This isn’t really my style, but it’s well made and it was very nice of [CX] to include left and right versions in onyx, gold and silver. For this shot and the next three I switched over to the Dagon hairstyle from Tableau Vivant. I have less issues with the roots of this hair, as it’s a floppy combed forward style.

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I’m all laced up with nowhere to go in this harness and briefs from Gabriel. If I’m not mistaken their Christmas gift was the same briefs in red and it sure is awfully nice of Gabriel to contribute to my ever growing SL underwear collection. You can wear these with the Aestehtic, Belleza and Signature mesh body.

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This layered shirt from Bakaboo made me look quite bulky so I had to tone down my shape to avoid thigh-sized upper arms. I commend this creator for being daring and bold with their patterns. Compared to some of their other creations, this sweater is rather demure. Another positive is the long list of included sizes: Adam, Aesthetic, Belleza, David, Gianni, Slink, TMP and Fitmesh.

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I was delighted to see that the Erwin skin from Stray Dog is one of the L’Homme Magazine gifts for this issue. Of course you still have to buy the matching No. 4 “Buttermilk” applier for your Signature or Belleza body, so it’s a gift that comes with some strings attached, though nobody forces you to buy anything. I always enjoy trying on a new face, especially when it looks this darn lovable on the Catwa Stanley head, even more so with the Reach hairstyle from Stealthic. I was in a modest mood today, so I thought I’d avoid the free willy extravaganza and wear the Classic Boxers from Noche which manage to be both wholesome and sexy at once. My eyes are from No Shirt Sherlock and as I’m still not a fan of the ears that come with mesh heads, I’m wearing my trusty Season 5 Steking mesh ears from Mandala.

That’s it for now beavers. There actually are a few more gifts which I haven’t shown yet, but you can find the complete list underneath the editor’s letter in L’Homme Magazine. The new issue will be out in May, so we don’t have to wait long for a fresh batch of goodies and lots of pages with interesting creative ideas and drool-worthy imagery.