A friend of mine called out for help on Skype: “I cannot get body hair on the Belleza. I HAVE read the instructions. There is something I’m missing. HELP!” I have to be honest and say that often I really don’t feel like being helpful. It comes down to having too much of this kind of thing to deal with in my day job. Yet, I was mildly intrigued and of course there’s that massive ego-stroking experience of being able to figure something out someone else has been struggling with. On top of that the Modulus Body Hair Set 1 is only $L200 and tintable versions are included.
The first thing that’s important to know, is that you will need to get the Omega Applier System for the Belleza body, which you can pick up for $L199 at their store. You unpack it, add The Omega System Installer to your outfit, click it and remove it. Your Belleza body is now ready to receive Omega appliers.
Next you can unpack and wear the hair you want to use. The package includes light and heavy hair in both black and tintable versions. When I first tried to apply it, only one leg got covered and I had nothing on the pelvic area. That gives a new meaning to male pattern baldness. I quite SL for a bit to have my dinner and when I came back on, I had more success. I used the icons of the applier that look like a shirt and trousers.
It is quite normal at this stage for the hair to appear as a solid white or coloured layer on your body. To fix this you need to go into the Belleza body hud and take a look at the Layers tab. You will notice the body hair has been applied to the clothing layers. You could of course have used the underwear or tattoo layers, depending on which layers you were already using for something else. To the left of the brush icons you will either see a blender or mask icon. Toggle this to make the body hair visible. You can then tint the hair by clicking on the colour sample next to the brush and picking a colour in the lower half of the hud. You can fine tune the colour with the up and down arrows for the RGB values.
The result is quite subtle, even if you go for the heavy version. Personally I think it’s just enough to want to stroke it but not to the point where I’ll start singing to myself “monkey monkey monkey man” (that’s a reference to a John Mulaney show, check him out some time). I definitely like the tintable option so my rug matches the drapes. And on that interior decoration reference, I’ll leave you with the rest of the details.
For those that like to indulge in seasonal darkness, Flair for Events has just the event for you with The Dark Style Fair. It’s one of those cases where both the products on offer and the sim design are perfectly enjoyable. Of course there is a lot more for female avatars then for little old futtocking cod-dangle sporting me, but I didn’t experience my visit as a complete waste of precious SL time.
Gild has their Crotch Trousers, X-Tshirt and Hooded Snood at this event. I think the trousers (which include the boots) are from their existing range and the X-Tshirt and snood are new.
Some of the participants are offering discounted items like for example a bird skull necklace by Rebellion. There is also a mini hunt (look for the pumpkins on a gift box) in which I found skull and horn and cross earrings (wearing one of each). There are some decor items in this fair (and the mini hunt) as well, so all in all there’s something for everyone. Well isn’t that just the nicest cliché and a clear sign I need to wrap things up.
Long workdays are bleeding into each other and everything is starting to look the same. I do get some relief from it all by watching things on a tablet while I’m commuting. This has become my main way of watching “TV” . The thing I enjoyed most lately was The Dark Crystal series, a prequel to the 80’s movie of the same title. The closest I can get to the magical world of Gelflings and Skeksis is popping on a pair of wings and flying around a bit on a pretty sim like Tagus Enchanted Forest.
I may have been a little undressed in just the Clasp Bikini from the September JOCKD underwear set by Thirst, but I think the clasp gives it that little special detail I want for a fairy look. Another nice detail is the Mary Jems collar by FakeIcon, currently at Fameshed till October 27th. It’s nice to have a bit of ethereal bling to augment that fairy feeling. I’ll leave you here with the full list of credits and fly the chandelier swinging f*ck out of here.
Stress levels at work are reaching dizzying heights as my partly self-imposed deadline is coming very near and the possibility of making it is unsure. I’m ever hopeful and stubborn as hell, but I sure could do with a bit of underwear therapy. Luckily Thirst has just the thing with their September JOCKD set.
One of the two items in this month’s JOCKD set is the very snug Long Trunk. You can wear this as underwear, but it doesn’t look that different from cycling shorts. Throw on a tank top and it’s basically sportswear. I however, don’t have the energy to think outside my skybox at the moment.
The other item in this JOCKD set is a very sexy bikini brief with a clasp on the side which I think I’ll be using for a fairy look one of these days. Both items are rigged for the Belleza Jake and TMP Legacy mesh bodies.
Every now and again I like to remind myself that I’m in a shitload of groups by running through the list and visiting various stores to see if they have a group gift I haven’t picked up yet. This inspired another episode of “For a Little Less”.
This time I decided not to go to an event to find something new to wear with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body. Instead I raided my closet for wearable items and sincerely attempted to mostly show items I hadn’t already used to blog about this mesh body,
I have noticed that for jeans, trousers and some shorts the Aesthetic size is often a good fit for the NX-Nardcotic David body. Take for example the Legal Insanity Clay shorts. You can wear these shorts shirtless and as there’s a shirt wrapped around your waist (part of the shorts), that makes perfect sense. Alternatively you can wear them with the tank top from the NX-Nardcotix Darrel underwear set, which makes sense too. You can’t go wrong with the NX-Nardcotix Mecatle sandals with this kind of outfit. All in all this is a sensible outfit, as long as I forget that we’re heading towards autumn where I live. But hey, this is SL. We make our own weather.
Though Clef De Peau shamefully discontinued supporting the David size, they did make a sexy jumpsuit in the past that included this size. I don’t feel guilty at all to return to the NX-Nardcotix Mecatle sandals with this jumpsuit.
And this concludes my wardrobe raiding sessions with David for now. There might be more episodes of this kind of thing, depending on how much I feel like shopping or recycling.
We all know… Or most of us know Thirst from their ever growing range of men’s underwear in all it’s glorious sexiness. Okay, I AM sponsored by them, and by that I mean I have access to their newest products so I can blog about them without actually paying for them, but I have also been growing more fond of the brand as time has gone by and find it very easy to write positively about it… So the underwear IS glorious, but now Thirst has created a pair of jeans that’s not too shabby either.
Thirst did a nice job with the Basix Jeans, which they’ll be launching at Mancave on September 17th (event usually runs till 11th of next month). The belt loops and folds in the fabric are nicely worked out and those of you that are a fan of the bubble butt, won’t be disappointed with how your ass looks in these jeans. They’re rigged for Belleza Jake and TMP Legacy mesh bodies and can be bought as separates or a fatpack.
Obviously the Thirst Crop Tee goes well with any pair of jeans and the Versov Nardove sneakers fatpack will most probably have exactly the colour options you were looking for… Or not? How am I supposed to know what you’re after?
Here’s another example of a perfectly serviceable mesh head from a previous generation that’s now available at the friendly price of L$799.
This is the Akeruka Mike Bento Head 2.6. Of course the quality of the Akeruka mesh heads has come on with leaps and bounds upon the launch of their Deluxe range and you can even finds some very good skins for them these days. However, at L$799 the older heads are pretty good value for money. I have to admit that I had trouble finding a current skin that works with this head, so I’m sticking with the original Mike skin. Luckily body skin appliers are included and the Omega applier looks acceptable on the Belleza Jake mesh body I’m using here. The nipples are a bit misaligned, but with the combination of this head and body, I’m seeing less of the bulging effect I noticed with the Akeruka Aron head on the Signature Gianni body.
Upon further inspection the rest of the Akeruka skin appears to look pretty fine on the Belleza body and it’s a bonus that you don’t need to fork out any extra money for a different skin if you like this one.
Now for some clothing. The bomber jacket in this outfit can be coloured however you like and part of the entire Kauna range you can now pick up for free at their small store. The Zion leggings by Matova go well with this jacket and you hardly ever can go wrong with the Vale Koer Retro Dunks, cause with the fatpack you can colour them in so many ways, helping you to really coordinate the hell out of your outfit.
If you want top notch in SL, you’ll often have to cough up the dough, especially if you want the most current version. Sometimes, however, you may find something that is older but still serviceable and at a much loser cost. A good example are the Akeruka New Gen heads for L$799, including an animation hud.
This is the Akeruka Aron head with the Stray Dog Jonatas skin. This skin was made for the Akeruka Deluxe heads, but the alignment with the New Gen Aron head isn’t too bad either. I combined the head with the Signature Gianni body and noticed a slight bulging at the neck seam and in some windlights there is a noticeable colour difference, but at this price I think people are willing to make some compromises. The look is finished with a nice hairdo like Bailey by Modulus, an omega Birth Trimmed Beard applier by (you will need an omega relay for Akeruka heads to be able to apply this beard) and Avi Glam eyes.
Speaking of bargains, the fatpack for the Noche Taylor Jockstrap I’m wearing is L$999. It contains 4 bulge sizes (including size 0), is rezzed for Signature Gianni and Belleza Jake and has a hud with 24 colours which can be combined. Not a bad price for such an extensive fatpack.
For my previous two fun sessions with the Niramyth Aesthetic avatar I used its own head. Now it’s time to mix things up again, shout “off with his head” and quickly transplant the Catwa Victor head onto the body while the nerve endings are still open (too graphic?)
It’s probably always going to be a disappointment to me that there are no skins available for the Aesthetic body apart from its own range. On the other hand, it is easy to tint the standard skin and match it to whatever skin you are using on a Catwa head, although it gets a bit tricky with a white hair base. I need to stalk some people who have done that successfully and see if I can figure out how they did it. Meanwhile I don’t mind that combination of dark and blond. I’ll happily admit that my blog doesn’t go in too much detail when it comes to making these combination, but I did elaborate on it slightly more in Pleasing Aesthetic – Episode 1. The skin I’m using is Hugo by Birth and somehow it reminds me a little bit of Gus Kenworthy. Does anyone agree?
Meanwhile I discovered Quite, a brand with just a few items but they’re sexy and all come in the Aesthetic size. I was vaguely aware of them already, but they made another bleep on my radar with their newest speedo. It comes in various sizes and I splashed out on the mega pack which has a ridiculous number of texture options. You can even be naughty and make it see through or “accidentally” drop it down to your knees. Various bulge shapes are included for your comfort.
There are no tricks to the Ryan Shorts they’re just pleasantly bulgy and come in a bunch of colours.
The Sexy Briefs don’t do anything special either, other than clearly line out your penis. Some would say that’s more than enough.