Quite often the monthly search to find something new to wear with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body starts on Marketplace. I enter NX-Nardcotix in the search field, hit the search button and filter on Apparel and Men’s. While there aren’t many new items being made for this body, if any, occasionally I do come across a full perm items that’s been given a nice new texture. As we’re through the first half of September now, I wasn’t surprised to find a sweater with a bunch of textures in autumn colours and halloween patterns.
I downplayed the Halloween theme for now, choosing a simple muted red and gray striped version of the October Sweater by Love Fashion. It goes well with the Lewis denims by Legal Insanity. These fit David in the Signature size (which I’m wearing) or the Enzo size, if you’re willing to play with your shape a bit. The shape editing sliders you need are leg muscle, saddlebags, butt size and belly size. These jeans are torn and sadly you can’t wear them without the patches that come with them, because you need to alpha out your legs. On the bright side, you can get a textures add-on pack for these patches and make them match your outfit. The Ulrich boots and socks by Deadwool look like they’ve seen a lot of action keeping my feet warm on long autumn walks through cities and parks.
Once back home I stripped off that sweater to show of the Dear Devil tattoo by Taox Tattoo and also show that the Lewis denims can be worn shirtless with David, if you are willing to adjust your shape as mentioned before. While I was at it, I continued stripping to show you the back of the tattoo, call it a day and take a nap with the cat.
After a yet another week of everybody at work needing a piece of me, I have to tell myself to relax and take it easy. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a physically lazy weekend, but I mindfully need to tell my brain to slow down. I swear I’ve got an overactive hamster in an exercise wheel in my head and often I’m having a hard time trying to make the little bugger slow the hell down.
Let’s face it, Second Life™ isn’t always the most relaxing environment. Between its learning curve and sometimes insane lag it can easily become a world of frustration. In my little swanky cabin up in the sky however, the lag isn’t too bad and there’s not much of a learning curve when one is just hanging out in one’s pants. Throw in some welcome company and a couple of very cute kittens and you’ve got yourself a bit of virtual relaxation heaven. Not much more to say about that now.
It is no secret at all that I like my virtual underwear. Hell, if this would be a secret it would be the very definition of the world’s worst kept secret. As Second Life™ is a place where a lot of people like to live out fantasies which real life might not let them get around to, much of the undergarments in SL are of the daring kind. I wear the butt floss quite often when upper garments will allow me to show it off and I sure like the buttock-lift of a good jockstrap, but every now and again I like to wear something a bit more, dare I say it, normal. Enter the newest creation by Noche, the Devlin briefs.
It’s rather refreshing to see a pair of well executed y-briefs in SL. It’s the kind of (fresh) underwear youre mother wants you to wear just in case you get hit by a car and they have to undress you in hospital. Oh the shame you would bring upon the family if you were caught wearing something slutty in such a situation! The fatpack of these briefs comes with 26 colour options which can be applied to the main fabric, trim and waistband separately and there are 30 designs for the print on the waistband.
I’ve been playing some more with the look for the Lelutka Connor EVO X mesh head I put together for my previous blog post. The shape was tweaked just slightly and because the eyebrows are much more visible with this hairdo, I also edited the brow shape. Then I dived in the folder with extras for this head and applied the freckles. Last but not least I slapped on the HD beard that belongs to this head and went for one of the scruffier options. The changes are subtle, yet the overall effect is pleasingly different from the previous look. I’m calling this shape & look Brent and it will be in Marketplace some time this week. The real life job has been rather demanding lately so I’m not putting unnecessary stress on myself in Second Life™.
When it comes to always keeping up with the latest developments in Second Life, I will freely admit that I’m not the best blogger. I’m far from the first to mention that Lelutka have updated their existing “EVO” heads to “EVO X”. How lovely is that! Free updates for all! It had me a little bit worried though. When Lelutka updated the rigging for some of their existing heads a while ago, all the shapes I had made for these heads ended up looking wonky (good word!) and I had to edit them all. So now I wondered if perhaps the suggested skins for these shapes would be all over the place.
Thankfully Lelutka have given us the option to switch between EVO and EVO X with a simple click on the hud, so we can keep using the classic skins or splash out on one of the new EVO X skins, which are popping up all over the place. I won’t have to review my shapes again. Which is a good thing, because in real life when I’m done with a brochure or catalogue in one language, it usually means I have to repeat the darn thing in at least eight other languages. Talk about a glitch in the matrix!
The skin I’m using here is Hendrix by Birth. It’s Birth’s first skin for a male Lelutka EVO X mesh head and while they used the Lelutka Eon head to show it, I went for the Connor head myself. This is one of the mesh heads that was updated from EVO to EVO X and I felt like I haven’t done enough with this head. The skin is very fresh faced and I deliberately left off any extras like facial hair, to show it as it is. I think that when I do the photoshoot for this shape, I might add some extras though. You get quite a lot with the Lelutka EVO X heads, it seems a shame to let it go to waste.
In my opinion this fresh-face male model-ish cocky twunk needed an outfit to match. I realise that visible thong with jeans has become somewhat of a go-to thing, but I think it’s because it’s not a given that you can combine any kind of underwear with any pair of jeans in Second Life™. It’s all a bit of a hit or miss thing and when it works with the Legacy mesh body, you often can’t achieve the same effect with Belleza Jake. It has something to do with the dev kit for these bodies. Underwear designers have to push their items inside the Legacy body ever so slightly while they’re working on it in their 3D software so it becomes a skintight fit in SL. Other clothing doesn’t have to be such a tight fit, which means that there is a bit of room to fit something underneath it. For the Jake body everything is a tighter fit, so there’s no wiggle room for underpants. The strings on the Noche Alan thong cut into the belt on the Legal Insanity Lewis denims, but I’m not too bothered about that. The Wes tank is also by Noche and whyle it’s teasingly lifted now, you can lower it so only a tiny titillating gap is left between the tank and jeans.
Another day, another look “sponsored” by this year’s Men Only Hunt. There used to be more than one of these a year, but I’d rather have fewer hunts with better quality items than an endless stream of junk I have to trash as soon as I’ve unpacked it, before it contaminates my inventory. Something I haven’t mentioned before is that this hunt comes with a hud that takes you from store to store. You can get it at the Men Only sim, which also hosts the Men Only Monthly event. You need to be in the group to be able to grab the hud. You don’t need to be in the group to be able to grab the hunt items though, so if you see that bird somewhere when you’re out and about, just grab it and put in in your pocket. Of course, that will inevitably mean that at some point someone will ask you if that is a bird in your pocket or if you are just happy to see them. Why can’t it be both?
General credits (not related to Men Only Hunt)
While in real life my laundry is going round and round in the washers downstairs in the well equipped laundry room, I felt inspired to put on a lazy Sunday morning outfit in Second Life™ in total contrast with reality. Mind you, in Sweden there’s this tendency to call Wednesdays “lillördag”, which means little Saturday. Yeah. Whatever. I worked all day, quite long too and now I’m doing laundry. So, no Sweden. NO! But in SL on the other hand, I can have a lazy Sunday morning in the middle of the week. Woohoo. And I can do it with some of the items I got from this year’s Men Only Hunt, which runs till the end of August.
Clearly I have slept in the skimpy Cubura Man Hunt undies and put on the Ascend Reed cardigan for a bit of comfort and warmth without being much bothered to actually get dressed, but of course the Volthair Gary hair is on fleek no matter what. My little breakfast was provided for my Mintae Midwest and the glasses by A&D are just for show… That reminds me of being in car with a friend many years ago. She was driving and after about 15 minutes, she says… I really should be wearing my glasses for this. She wasn’t so much bad ass, as more somewhat forgetful. What is bad ass on the other hand, is that “Heavenly Path” tattoo by Addicted to Ink.
General credits (not related to Men Only Hunt)
I’ve just finished the Men Only Hunt and as I’m unpacking everything, my first blog post about this hunt will focus on a look with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body, using some of the hunt items. The backdrop is by K&S, they bike is by 777 Motors and the pose is by Empowered. These three items are all in the Men Only Hunt as well as what I’m wearing in this shot.
Now for the hunt items I’m wearing: The S21 Jeans are by Cheerno. I’m wearing these in the Enzo size and I altered my shape to make them look right on David. The chain necklace is by Amias and rigged for Gianni, but it doesn’t cut into the body much. There is an unrigged version included, but as that doesn’t move with the neck, it tends to cut into the body more. The body chain is by Afterparty and is unrigged so in theory it works with any mesh body. Head over to Vegas Tattoo to find the Apache tattoo. Bom layers as well as appliers are included. You can use the Omega applier for David, but you will need to have the Omega relay for this body for that to work (available at NX-Nardcotix). The KobZache cap goest rather well with this shirtless quasi bad ass look, don’t you think? The simple pair of white sneakers by KC & Native Urban go well under those faded black jeans, though if you look really close you will see a gap were some ankle should be showing (you win some, you lose some). Personally I thought the earrings by Raon Hausen Beauty and bracelets by L’Emporio & PL were the bit of bling needed to finish the look off.
Body, head and skin
Yes, it is time again to look for and at shorts that make you wonder if perhaps there was a fabric shortage issue when they made those. If they’d be a skirt, people would make comments such as “nice skirt, but where’s the rest of it?”
I’ve further enriched my collection of short shorts with one of the newer creations by Thirst. The Dylan Dukes are a snug fit, have been made with a great eye for detail and have a built-in underwear waistband. As with most Thirst items, the fat pack is standard, so you can play around with texture combinations of the shorts and underwear. These shorts even come with optional hankies, which you can wear in the left or right back pocket and tint to fit your particular kink, if you are a connoisseur of the hanky code. Personally I wont be using those, because I’ll just end up sending out the wrong message and I’d be like “you want me to do WHAT?! How rude!”
The Diego shorts by Legal Insanity are an old favourite of mine and they can easily stand their ground among today’s creations. These aren’t quite as short as some of the other shorts in this blog series, but they still put a lot of thigh on display and are low riding enough to wear with the Noche James thong (size 0 bulge of course, so it doesn’t poke through the shorts), which is always a plus in my book. It’s a pity that this trick only works with the Legacy body though, but that’s become my body of choice these days anyway.