Man Cave 3rd Anniversary 2020

While I was putting the finishing touches on the blog post about the 2020 anniversary round of Access, an invite to the current round of Man Cave popped up and I saw that they also were celebrating a birthday. I had mixed feelings about this. I dreaded another long session of unpacking and trying on stuff, but I also had high hopes for the quality of the gifts at this event. I remember some pretty good Christmas gifts from Man Cave, so let’s see if they live up to my expectations this time around.

I’m kicking things off with a skin by Stray Dog. The name of this skin is confusing because the folders say it’s Sven but the content says it’s Drake. He looks more like a Sven to me, but maybe that’s because of the platinum blond hair I’ve used. In any case you get this skin in 4 light skin tones to be used with a Catwa mesh head and if you haven’t got the matching body skin yet, you can grab it at Stray Dog for L$490. I rather like the cute “Pacho” outfit by Meva (rigged for Jake and Gianni). You can wear the top or bottom separately and I combined this with Aqua Boots by Grailed, that I got from the anniversary gifts at Access. The Medallon glasses by Guilty don’t come with a hud, but coincidentally they go well with the colour scheme of this outfit. With so much skin on display, this was the right opportunity to show off the “Hidden Inside” tattoo by IDTTY and the outfit is further embellished with the “Chuck” necklace by Midna, a leather cuff by Zoom and the Mexico bracelet by Clef De Peau. I do love being able to put together a whole look with mostly gifts. Even the Cole hair is a gift at Modulus. As for the purchased items, I’m using the Catwa Travis mesh head, Belleza Jake mesh body, L’etre Basic mesh ears, Avi Glam Solstice eyes and Stealthic hair base. The “Dope” pose by Wrong that I’m using here is also one of the gifts.

If you’re looking for an underwear & socks look, then Man Cave has you scantily covered. The Jose briefs by Flow are rigged for Jake, Geralt and Gianni. They’re nothing fancy but a good standard item to have in your underpants drawer. From Semller there are two huds for their Basic Collection socks. You get the huds at Man Cave and pick up the free socks (rigged for Jake, Gianni, Legacy and Slink) at the Semller main store. Facial hair goes very well with the laissez faire attitude of this “outfit” and the beard base by Magnificent does just the trick. No Man Cave event would be complete without some items for your actual man cave. The Adan Bath Stool by Serenity Style is a welcome addition to my home spa, while the rug from Bee Design’s Lake Cabin Decor is perfect for just lying down on the floor on a hot summer’s eve and letting the floor fan by SLAM cool you right down. It’s worth noting that the rug doesn’t have animations in it, but I’m using a pose by MOTIV8 which happens to be another gift at Man Cave. Oh yes, I’m milking it. I’m milking it good! I mean the event, I’m milking the event!

There definitely is good mix of underwear, swimwear and shorts in this haul of gifts. While I’m looking very cheerful in the Cubura Isaac shorts (for Jake, Legacy, Gianni and V-tech), my friend’s Carter swim shorts by Fashionatic (for Jake and Gianni) have a distinct retro feel about them. If you want to know more about his look, you should check out my blog post about the Access event.

If you like things a little bit more casual but actually dressed, you might enjoy the Allan beanie by Exalted, worn with the moss green Kaua t-shirt by Chuck’s (rigged for Geralt, Gianni, Jake and Legacy) and the Tommy pants by LOB (Jake, Gianni and Legacy). You don’t even have to go anywhere else to find shoes, because the Merana sneakers by Moonstone (Gianni, Jake and Slink) are a Man Cave gift as well.

This was by no means the full collection of gifts at Man Cave and I’m not even showing everything I liked from this haul of goodies. Sure, some items didn’t quite cut mustard with me, but others simply didn’t make it into the blog post because I didn’t want to while away all of the gloriously sunny hours behind my laptop and hey, it’s good to leave a few surprises. Have fun snatching up all those freebies. Remember that this round of Man Cave ends on July 11th.

Cheerio!

Access Event 2nd Anniversary round

Access is one of the many monthly shopping events in Second Life™. It’s skewed towards female avatars as usual, but it has a fair number of items for the guys and a couple of pieces for those of you who like to play house in SL. If you want to get a better idea of what’s on offer before heading over to the sim, you can check out their shopping guide. The event runs from the 12th of the month until the 8th of the next month. I tried getting there earlier, but I couldn’t get to the sim because it was constantly full. That probably has a lot to do with the anniversary round and all the gifts, which is what I’ll be concentrating on with this blog post. To grab these gifts you need to be in the Access Updates group, which is free to join.

This is the first time I visited Access and I was pleasantly surprised. I thought there were going to be far less items for male avatars, but it’s not bad at all. The layout of the event confused me for a second, but when I zoomed out it all made more sense. Most of the male avatar items are in the central area, but a few pop up in the outer circle too.

Alright alright alright, let’s look at the first three gifts. I’m cutting down on coffee in real life, but I’m sure this lovely coffee cup by Cinoe will not impact my blood pressure, in the same way that Second Life™ gave new meaning to the expression “empty calories”. I was chuffed when I first unpacked the beautifully constructed gold studio lamp by Bondi, but a bit miffed by the absence of a light script. I added my own invisible globe with a directional light to make it more useful. It now throws a light on my bed… bow chicka wow wow. If you have a house in a rural setting, you will appreciate the milk can planter by Rezz Room. I recently traded in my old Linden Home for one of the new Bellisseria homes and this planter looks quite welcoming on the small porch by the front door.

The interior decorating fun continues with the Pitaya geometric floor lamp. Yet again, there was no light script in this lamp, so no way to turn it on and off. You’ll have to help yourself with that. The Minimal bed by Wrong is a pretty impressive modern four poster that comes in gold and silver. It’s PG only, so there will be no rumpy de pumpy going on here. Those of you who were hoping for some small items to decorate the home, may be charmed by the little Granada Shelf bij Krescendo. There’s a version with a photo (you can swap out the image in edit mode) and an empty one, which I used for the Leaf Plant by BH9.

You know that saying “if you can’t say anything nice, say nothing at all”? There definitely were some items among these gifts that ever so slightly pissed me off but I won’t be naming names. The very least you should get right is the rigging. Actually, the overall quality of the product should be representative of your brand. Giving away something that doesn’t fit the avatars it was made for does absolutely nothing for customer relations. RIGHT! Now that I have gotten that tiny little rant out of the way, let’s look at some items for male avatars from the Access gift pile.

Location Oost Harbor at Oost West – (Adult gay sim)

There’s the Miguel skin by Not Found in four skin tones. It’s for Lelutka mesh heads, but it’s an applier without bom layers so it’s not ideal for the Skyler head, but it does look great on Guy. As usual with these skin gifts, the body applier isn’t included so you’ll have to hop over to Not Found to pick it up at the friendly price of L$345 per skin tone, which includes various versions with and without defined abs. Heck you can even go a bit chubby with this one, which is rather unique in SL. I’m wearing Jude sunglasses by Ohemo, the Simple Wrist Watch by Gutchi, a shirt over my shoulder by Invictus, Arie joggers by VUK (rigged for Signature and Legacy), Aqua Boots by Grailed and the Fawn tattoo by Dappa. All these items are gifts from Access. It’s rare that you can put together a whole coherent look with just gifts. I’m using the Lelutka Guy mesh head, Legacy mesh body and Modulus Cole hair (a gift at their store).

If you fancy a day at the beach, then Access has you covered with the gift by Varsity. Their Yves trunk is suitable for Gianni, Jake and Legacy and you can get it in any colour you want, as long as it’s black. After your swim you may want to throw on a shirt, which you can do if you grabbed the Tropical Shirt by LOB. There even are some posing gifts at Access, like the dive by Diversion and a thoughtful looking pose with a pair of shades in your hands by WetCat… I guess I’m wondering where I left my flip flops, cause I saw a sign that said “no shirt, no shoes, not service”. Do flip flops even count as shoes? So many existential questions!

There’s more beautiful skin fun with Trey by Stray Dog. You get it in three dark skin tones suitable for Catwa mesh heads (applier and bom layers). At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the matching body skin is not included, so you need to gallop along to Stray Dog to pick one up for L$490. The Zeke Dreads by Camo are also a gift at Access. If you’re planning to making a day out of it, you may want to take the Robert bag by Exalted. I’m using the Catwa Victor head and Legacy mesh body.

That was it for now. There are more gifts and just because I left something out, it doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. What it mean is, that I ran out of steam. Choo ch… See, my choo choo no go no more. So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu. Till the next time ya’ll climb aboard the Beaverhausen Express.

CLEARING OUT THE WARDROBE – EPISODE 3

A few more old outfits have been rather unceremoniously retired while one made the cut for a minimal update. Akeruka Mike was the first male bento mesh head I ever purchased. I tried a lot with it, but in the end it’s always going to look best with its own skin because all of the other skins I tried on Mike give him eye bags and dark circles, not to mention a serious case of resting bitch face. There are skins for the newer Akeruka heads, but these too look weird on Mike.

Anyhoo, I shouldn’t overthink this. I’m just slightly revamping an old look, not trying to re-invent it. Using the browless skin with a set of different brows and adding a five o’clock shadow (or whatever time of day you call this) goes some way to personalise this head. As it’s a bento head, playing with the shape makes a difference too. The neck seam is far from perfect and often not even perfect from far. The biggest upside is that this animated bento mesh head is on Marketplace for just L$799. Now let’s finish this with the usual list of bits and bobs.

Noche @ EQUAL 10 June 2020

Cordeaux couples pose Mango

Noche released their newest pair of leggings, the Mev Meggings at EQUAL10. It was a good excuse to go check out the rest of the event. This round of EQUAL10 started on June 10th and will end on July 5th. The edge has gone off the lag by now, which would have been ideal for a serious shopping spree. Had I been in a spending mood, I could have ended up with quite the haul. I showed remarkable restraint however and only grabbed the Eastwood bed by Wrong, because I could feel in my bones it was going to look great in the Skye Warehouse Loft.

Credits Billy (right)

Credits Wyatt (left)

L’Homme Magazine May 2020 Gifts

One of my favourite Second Life™ related publications is L’Homme Magazine. It’s bursting with beautiful inspirational layouts giving you lots of ideas of what you can do with your avatar and home. On top of that this magazine teams up with some creators for a bunch of nice gifts. In some cases the gifts will disappear as a new issues is published, but some creators leave them up for much longer. Let’s take a look at some of the goodies you can get your greedy little mits on right now.

For the L’Homme Magazine Readers Group members, Bakaboo has a sharp black and white shirt, rigged for Jake, Gianni and standard size. You get a basic pair of trousers with it, but I prefer wearing it with leather leggings.
Next we’re zipping over to Dope + Mercy for their Resist Hook Bracelet. Obviously that’s something you’ll be wearing with short sleeves or a tank top.
Dura is a regular among the L’Homme Magazine gifts, often with a single-colour hairdo in a funky tint. That probably doesn’t work for everyone, but I can turn it into a blue fairy moment in a bibbidi bobbidi boo.

The Midna Chuck Bracelets is a set of three well crafted individual bracelets with a colour change hud with lots of options.
More bracelets! This one by RealEvil Industries helps you to release your inner bad boy, which does however not give you any excuse to be an asshole and then say something stupid like “boys will be boys”.
The last L’Homme Magazine gift I’m showing is the Clem skin for Lelutka mesh heads by Vendetta. This is the head skin only in their No. 2 skintone, so if you don’t have Vendetta body skins yet, you’ll have to pick one up for L$490 at their store while you’re getting the gift. The skin comes with a shape, but I preferred using one of my own shapes.

As I’ve been using a mix of heads and bodies, I’m skipping the other credits this time. It’s all about the gifts this time. Have fun collecting them all.

Latex & Leather Fetish

Fetish: Noun. A form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, item of clothing, part of the body, etc.
Personally I don’t seem to have one. I like a nice derrière, but that’s about it. Second Life™ probably caters more for fetishes than real life or at the very least, makes it easier to enjoy the fetish experience with much less fuss. Years ago a friend told me about a hook-up he had with a guy from a dating site, who was into latex. When this guy arrived at his flat, he disappeared into the bathroom for what seemed like ages and when he came out he was dressed top to toe in latex. My friend left the sexual details out of this conversation (thank god!), but did tell me that when he went into his bathroom after the guy had left, the floor was covered in talcum powder. I guess that’s what people with a latex fetish have in common with little old ladies.
Anyhoo, I have a couple of items in the shiny squeaky material in my inventory, so let’s take a look.

You may not be welcome everywhere in this outfit, but it’s bound to turn some heads.
Noche: Latex Crop Tee, Latex Tom Thong and Bill Essential Gloves.
Riot: Shae Thigh High Boots. I’m not sure if the red and white ombré version is in one of the fatpacks, I got this from a Christmas hunt a couple of years ago. There’s no shoe base included and you really need one with the male Belleza body. I suggest you borrow one from another pair of shoes and edit it. I have heel and platform height at 55.

Leather is a far less controversial material, though with the rise of veganism it’s slightly more frowned upon these days. This is SL though and no animals were harmed or killed for the productions of these leather items. If it helps, you can always imagine it’s high quality pleather.

This spiky leather outfit is only marginally more respectable than the latex extravaganza, but you shouldn’t get kicked out of “moderate” or “safe” sims with this. While the leather legging don’t leave an awful lot to the imagination, nobody can accuse your ass of hanging out.
Riot: Rebel Spiked Leather Jacket (from a gacha set)
Noche: Leather Leggings
L&B: Swear Havoc Ops Boots

Well that’s it for this fetish-focused blog post. In the first half of August there will be another round of the Fetish Fair in SL. I’m curious to see if there will be much there for male avatars. I’ll let you ponder on that as I sashay away. *squeak squeak squeak* oh that chafes!

Credits

Clearing Out The Wardrobe – Episode 2

The look shown in the previous episode of Clearing Out The Wardrobe was no longer achievable, but today’s blast from the past can be recreated.

The Akeruka Keiji head doesn’t really have skin options. You can try omega skin appliers on it, if you have the Akeruka Omega relay, but I never found a skin that worked really well with this head. The best sales argument for this head is that it’s fully animated and only L$799. This head comes with body appliers to match the head and the omega applier doesn’t look too bad on the Signature Gianni mesh body, but not exactly perfect. All bitching aside, I think it’s still a kind of cute look. I’ve updated the outfit with the latest version of the Gianni body and saved it for occasional use. I’m down to exactly 400 outfits now. This clearing out project is going to take a while.

Credits

  • Keiji Bento Head Vers. 2.6 + animation hud
  • Signature Gianni mesh body
  • Stealthic Hysteria hair
  • Avi Glam Solstice mesh eyes
  • Mandala Steking season 5 mesh ears
  • Birth Bristle beard applier (you need the Akeruka Omega Relay to apply this beard, look for the sign that says “Omega Applier System” at the Akeruka store)
  • Noche Tom Thong, worn with the size 0 bulge so it doesn’t show through the overalls
  • Yasum “New York” Dunga’s.
  • Vale Koer V3 trainers (group gift)

Clearing Out The Wardrobe – Episode 1

My 4th SL birthday is fast approaching and it’s time to clear out the list of 400+ outfits. Many will be retired, but I’m also going to slightly spruce up some old favourites. By the time I’ll be ready to click the Publish button it’s going to be past midnight for me, which officially makes this a Throwback Thursday. The first old look I’m returning to is the original TMP Deluxe mesh body and mesh head with TMP’s own “Bleu” skin.

Bleu definitely was my favourite TMP skin, but I wasn’t alone in that. This was the pre-bento time, and while you could do a lot with the body shape, there wasn’t much you could do about the shape of the head. You could adjust the overall size and make it longer or shorter, but that pretty much was it. Running into yourself was very common in those days. I have been wondering if TMP, now called Meshbody, will ever make their own bento mesh heads, but maybe the clue is in the new name.

The baggy trousers and studded sneakers by TMP haven’t aged too badly, but unfortunately these items are no longer available. The “shoulder harness” top by Gild is still available and is rigged for Signature, Slink and TMP, which means it probably works with the Classic Meshbody as well. There are some subtle differences between the original TMP Deluxe and the current free Classic Meshbody, but the creators took care to make sure most existing clothes would still work with it. The open vest by Gabriel could be a bit trickier to use with the Classic Meshbody. This vest is from one of the many gacha sets at Gabriel (L$75 a spin) and you can try a demo first to make sure that anything you manage to get out of those one-armed bandits will work for you. The Metallic Thong by Noche should still fit well. I always loved how I got away with wearing this thong with (very) low baggy trousers, because includes a flat-fronted “size 0” version so your bulge won’t poke through your trousers. Try it with a pair of low jeans, it’s just so damn Cheeky!

The Cole hair is a gift at Modulus and I’m using the Avi Glam Solstice mesh eyes. If you want an idea of what you can do “on a shoestring” with the Classic Meshbody, check out episode 4 of my “For a Little Less” series.

Menstuff Hunt June 2020

Once upon a time I made it my mission to show almost every single item in a hunt, but times have changed. Life is just too short for that kind of dedication. These days I only want to mention the few items I might actually wear occasionally and those that aren’t too bad for an acceptable budget-friendly look. I worked my way through the stores of the Menstuff Hunt June 2020 and here’s the stuff I wanted to show.

  • A cute “Shark Attack” tank by American Bully, obviously not suitable for the fainthearted among you who tut and roll their eyes at a bit of nipple exposure. (Rigged for Aesthetic, Jake, Geralt, Gianni, Slink and TMP)
  • The Horr Cousy shorts aren’t too bad. It’s a full perm mesh item that has been around for some time in SL. The drawstring detail is its most redeeming feature. (Rigged for Adam, Aesthetic, Jake, Gianni, Slink and TMP)
  • The Rebellion Ellison sandals definitely are among the very well executed items in this hunt. (Riggid for Geralt, Gianni, Jake and unrigged)

If you don’t care about colour coordinating, you have yourself an outfit with these three items. I DO CARE, so… NOPE! But let’s see what else tickled my fancy just enough to stop me from kicking it to the curb.

  • For those colder days you can grab yourself the Zak sweater at Aphorism. (Rigged for Gianni, Jake, Legacy and Slink)
  • I’m a bit on the fence about the Ohemo Doir sunglasses, but I think they might work with a casual yet sharp or maybe even slightly extravagant suit, like something from David Heather.
  • The D2T jeans are an ok basic to have in your wardrobe if you don’t plan on spending much (time or money) in SL. There are tons of better pairs of jeans out there, but they don’t grow on trees. (rigged for Adam, Aesthetic, Jake, Gianni, Slink and TMP)
  • I’m not exactly in love with the Montego Bay set by Swank & Co or the Jaakko outfit by Dot BE, but if you’re using the free Classic Meshbody, then you could do worse as far as free summer outfits are concerned.(Rigged for Aesthetic, Gianni, Slink and TMP)
  • The Regkoh tank from FE Style is very much bog standard, but again it’s an item that comes in the TMP size so you can wear it with the free Classic Meshbody. (Rigged for Adam, Aesthetic, Belleza, NX-Nardcotix, Gianni, Slink and TMP)

That’s pretty much all I wanted to show from this hunt. The details for the redhead look can be found in my previous blog post and the brown haired boy is a blast from the past when the Classic Meshbody was still called the TMP Deluxe mesh body. I have an old blog post about that too, though I’m not sure if it’s possible to recreate that exact look now.

60L Happy Weekend @ Noche

Once upon a time I was a tiny little bit rude in the Fifty Linden Fridays chat group and got my self booted out of it. I made the remark that it’s a bit unfair for creators that have both male and female items in their range to only offer a 50 linden bargain for the female audience. Someone (the group moderator, I’m not sure) said that maybe if I spent more money in SL, the creators would be more generous in return. I responded with: “What the acrobatic chandelier swinging fuck would you know about MY spending in SL?!” I got the virtual boot up the toches and that was the end of it. Of course one doesn’t really need to be in that group to see what deals there are on and it’s not the only weekly bargain hunt on the grid. We now also have 60L Happy Weekend. The current one ends on Sunday June 7th at midnight SL time.

If you like latex, you’re in luck with Noche’s 60L bargain at this Happy Weekend. Their Latex Crop Tee is materials enabled and fit for Signature Gianni, Belleza Jake, and Legacy (m). It includes a texture HUD with 24 textures for main and accent sections. Single packs are 60L, and the fatpack is 449 till the end of this Happy Weekend. If you really like latex, you should check out the Latex Tom Thong. Mmmmm shiny.

Credits

  • Catwa Victor bento mesh head
  • Legacy mesh body
  • Stray Dog Erwin skin for Catwa mesh heads + skin for the Legacy mesh body (BOM & appliers)
  • IDTTY Subtle Eyebrows
  • Avi Glam Solstice eyes (applied to the eyes that come with the head)
  • Birth Bristle beard applier
  • Modulus Adrian hair
  • Stealthic hair base
  • Noche Latex Crop Tee and Latex Tom Thong
  • The Forge Phonics Headphones