Partridge in a Pear Tree – Episode 31

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I find the venue for the Second Life™ Shop & Hop Events a little bit bewildering. I could easily get lost in it without ever knowing if I have seen it all. One way to lower my fomo is to approach this event in sections. Thankfully SL has a page with separate landmarks for each section. Basically, each section is a sim and you can wander from sim to sim without using these landmarks of course, but that’s what trips me up. For me it was easier to make a tour of each sim and then hop to the next one on the list, to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. This event will run until January 2nd, so we have a bit of time to take it nice and easy.

I found the Swear Lapointe Bastchild booth this time around on the Tinseled sim and treated myself to fatpacks of their Watchdog Jeans and Pilot Roll Sleeve shirt. For me there is just something so damn sexy about a simple, well executed, realistic looking outfit in SL. Rolled up sleeves are not exactly suitable for winterwonderland situations, but you can always make an outfit with the jeans and a coat and then when you pop in a cozy café, you can switch to the shirt, to add a bit of realisme to your SL experience. There’s also a free version of the shirt available with a seasonal pattern.

Once I was on a roll, I was zipping through the Shop & Hop event like nobody’s business, picking up gifts left and right, but also taking a moment to enjoy all the festive decorations. After all, if one is invited for Christmas dinner, one would be amiss not to compliment ones hostess with the mostest on her fabulous centerpieces. But back to the gifts now.

Here you see the Frozen Backdrop by Irresistible, Winterstump with lamp and animated rabbit by W&Co., Santa Paws Lil Reindeer by Backbone and Neatly Folded Blankets by Half-Deer. The black hoodie I’m wearing is also S&H gift by AB, but to be honest I’m not familiar with the brand and can’t remember what their booth looked like. The hoodie came in handy for something logical the wear in this snowy backdrop though.

Credits (for anything not mentioned yet above)

  • Lelutka Logan Mesh Head. This is currently a gift as part of the 12 Days of Christmas action. You won’t find this at Lelutka’s main sim, you’ll have to visit one of these three temporary sims and hope you can get in: Lelutka Gift Sim 1Lelutka Gift Sim 2Lelutka Gifts Sim 3. Head over to one of these sims before or on Christmas Eve to make sure you can grab this amazing gift. (Update: ooops! I’d forgotten that I recently purchased the Devon head. The free head is called Logan and is more clearly featured in my next blog… Hey, rather an “oops” from me than from your anaesthetist, right?)
  • The skin I’m wearing with this head is Marc by Stray Dog for Lelutka EvoX mesh heads and is also part of the 12 Days of Christmas gifts.
  • The deep brown eyes are by Avi-Glam, they’re called Nice Eyes and they too are one of the 12 Days of Christmas gifts. The image in this blog post links to a larger version in Flickr, so you’ll be able to see them more clearly when you zoom in.
  • My hair is Reach by Stealthic. It’s been around for several years but it was very well made when it was first launched and has stood the test of time. I would like to see some more productivity from Stealthic, because so far I like most of the male hair styles they have created, but there aren’t that many of them.
  • The shape I’m using is something I’ve been working on and I may tinker with it a bit more before I put it in my Marketplace store.
  • The checkered sweatpants are by Noche and the perfect thing for a lazy Christmas… Or you can make it a sexy Christmas, as they have a built-in strippable function. I guess in that case the knitted gloves by Noche would come off too.
  • Noche Ethan Apron worn with Noche Max underwear underneath it by the sexy barista in the first image

Right, and now I’m off to my sofa to watch and episode of An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates. I’ve always loved grand houses and castles, ever since I was a wee lad. I even spent some holidays in a somewhat dilapidated castle in Belgium in my youth. It was one of those youth holiday camp situations. I never went for the other kids. For me it was always all about the castle. Even back then I liked to touch doors and walls and imagine all the lives they had witnessed. I hope I’ll be wandering around in some great British estate in my dreams tonight.

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