Pretty In Pink

Did you know that pink originally was the colour for baby boys? It was thought to be the stronger, more virale colour while light blue was dainty, frail and girly. I don’t know when it changed exactly, cause at this point I’m just quoting knowledge I’ve picked up by listening to QI while I’m working and not everything makes it to my memory core that way. I also remember that all babies were referred to as girls till the late 15th century and whenever a gender distinction needed to be made, male babies were called knave girls and female babies were gay girls. How utterly confusing!

The Holobomber Jacket by Thirst is a great piece for this pink outfit. It’s a jacket, so there’s a nod to the upcoming colder autumn weather, but being a transparent nylon bomber also makes it very playful. This jacket has been rigged for the Belleza Jake and Legacy mesh bodies and you’ll find it at the current round of EQUAL10 till October 5th. After that you can check out the Thirst main store. I’m wearing this jacket with the very skintight Alexander leggings by Noche and Retro Dunks by Vale Koer. Both these items come in very extensive fatpacks which naturally include pink options.

Items shown using the Belleza Jake body with the Catwa Victor head, Stray Dog Urie skin, Obscura hairstyle by Stealthic, Bristle beard by Birth, mesh ears by L’etrê and Solstice Eyes by Avi Glam.

Sprucing Up an Alt 2 (with some freebies)

Previously I turned my alt from slender redhead to a beefier dark man of very little mystery. Today I turned him blond and found him some freebies.

You’ll find these shorts with a shirt tied round your waist, these boots and many more items for free at Kauna. I already posted about this brand before, when they were about to close their store and were giving everything away. I thought that was the last of it, but it turns out that they still have a tiny store space with some vendors where you can get the whole collections neatly packaged and totally free. All it will cost you is a bit of unpacking and rearranging if you like to keep your inventory clean. No sizes for Belleza are included, but I’m managing well with the standard size for the shorts and TMP size for the boots.

Enjoy the Kauna treasure trove!

Sprucing up an alt

Remember the stranger in my bed from a couple of my recent blog posts? In truth, he’s not a stranger but an alt I created to occasionally add interest to a photo shoot. I find working with an alt easier than ordering other people around or worse still, having to listen to their suggestions. Who wants their hobby to be just like their real job? Anyway, my alt has been te same for a very long time, but today I thought I’d spruce him up a bit.

He’s a member of the Akeruka group and when Akeruka offered their Deluxe Head ‘Clay’ as a group gift a while ago, I made sure to get him one. With this alt I’m using the Belleza Jake body and the Akeruka head includes an applier for this body, so I could have left it at that with no extra cost and he would be looking pretty good. However, Stray Dog has a nice applier for the Akeruka Deluxe heads which works particularly well for Clay. The skin is named Jonatas and the Stray Dog applier for Belleza has freckles, body hair and tan line options, something that’s lacking from the Akeruka appliers. The playful “Bailey” hair by Modulus, Solstice eyes by Avi Glam and a beard applier by Volkstone finish the look. Keep in mind that if you want to add something to the head like the beard, you will need to get the Omega System Kit for this head.

Meanwhile Gallant have published their summer 2019 issue and there are some new gifts for the members of this magazine’s group. This harness is the current gift from Noche and the briefs are from the previous issue of the magazine but still available now. All in all this was a pretty cost-effective spruce-up.

Quench Your Thirst 16

O.K. people, it’s time to rip open another immaculately packaged pair of undies with my teeth and inspect the second item of the August JOCKD set by Thirst.

The Thirst Infinity Jock comes with 10 textures for the crotch (5 solids, 5 patterns) and 5 colours you can apply separately to the strap across your back and the two straps that support your butt cheeks to give them that extra perky look. In short: you can have a bit of fun mixing and matching. The jock is rezzed for the Belleza Jake and TMP Legacy mesh bodies and is sold together with the Lace Trunk as the JOCKD August set for L$600.

Item shown using the Belleza Jake body with the Catwa Victor head, Stray Dog ‘Urie’ skin, ‘Obscura’ hairstyle by Stealthic, ‘Bristle beard by Birth, mesh ears by L’etrê and Noche nipples. There’s a stranger in my bed, and it’s not even Friday yet! He’s also using the Belleza body, with the Lelutka ‘Andrea’ head, skin by Clef De Peau (bought at Lelutka) and ‘Narcotic’ hair by Stealthic. He’s nicked my Lace Trunk! Cheeky!

Inspiration – Episode 1

Belgium is a distinctive player in the world of comic books. Along with France, little not-so-old Belgium played a major role in the development of the European comics. Arguably the most famous one of them all is Tin Tin. Personally I grew up in the Flemish part of Belgium and my favourite comic was Suske & Wiske. In English they are known as Spike & Suzy, or Luke & Lucy or Willy & Wanda… How the hell did that happen? Anyway, I decided to use the boy of this duo as inspiration for a look, cause it’s fun and kinda easy and goodness knows, I need fun ‘n easy right now.

Luckily a pair of jeans with rolled up cuffs isn’t hard to find in SL. For this outfit I went with the Broberry jeans by Deadwool and a red polo by Cold Ash, who are really good at this kind of item. I think Suske (Spike, Luke, Willy… what’s in a name) is wearing some kind of boots, but I opted for the smart Nardov sneakers by Versov in dark brown. We’re going for “inspiration” here, not a carbon copy.

Recently the characters were revamped and Suske’s default outfit is now a red hoodie, skinny jeans and a flashy pair of trainers. Finding shoes that don’t clip with a pair of skinny jeans in SL is a bit of a challenge. Didn’t I say I was going to keep it simple? Oh well, in the end I settled on the Leo Jeans by Ascend which fit smoothly in the the Retro Dunks by Vale Koer. The hoodie is from Cold Ash and can be worn with or without the t-shirt, but I don’t think our hero is used to showing a lot of skin. It’s a rather wholesome comic book after all.

Speaking of skin, I have used one of the more obscure options. Stray Dog is of course very popular and they have a vaste back catalogue of skins, but not very many options for the Signature Gianni head. This is their Roman skin which, as you perhaps can see, does come as an applier for the Gianni head. I wanted to use this particular head for this little project, because I felt it suited Suske. The eyebrows on the skin were a bit too heavy for my liking, but Stray Dog always includes a no-brows version and I have applied the Identity Real Brows. Of course I’m going for a grown-up version here, as I’ve got no place for bloody teenagers in my life, so the Birth Bristle beard applier adds some years to the look in a good way. The muscle on the Signature Gianni body doesn’t doe a bad job at that either. The Stealthic Obscure hairstyle works a treat for this look and my trusty Avi Glam Solstice eyes are only to happy to make an appearance. All to hear you better with, I stuck on the Mandala Steking Season 5 mesh ears and that completed the look.

Now it’s bed time, maybe with a classic Suske & Wiske. I have collection of over a 100 of them all from my childhood and some later nostalgic purchases. *Sighs*… Simpler times.

Quench Your Thirst 15

For those of your with an insatiable thirst for a constant supply of new fancy underwear there’s reason to rejoice. Thirst has recently released their August JOCKED set.

As usual there are two brand new designs in the JOCKED set. With this Lace Trunk, Thirst really is crossing into the arena of what I’d call sexy lingerie. The trunk is rigged for the Belleza Jake and TMP Legacy mesh body and comes with 10-colour hud, so you can be virginal in white, smokey in black, sizzling in red and whatever adjective you wish to be in any of the other seven colours.
The other item in this set is called Infinity Jock and I’m looking forward to blogging that one of these days. Now I’m off to bed though… By myself, to get MUCH needed sleep.

Sweet dreams. TTFN.

Item shown on Belleza Jake with Stray Dog skin.

David @ MOM August/September

The current round of Men Only Monthly kicked off some days ago and it’s time to try my luck at this event to find something new to cover and/or adorn the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body. If you see anything you like, make sure to head over to MOM before September 15th. After that you’ll have to go check out the stores of the various mentioned brands to see if they’ve put the item up yet.

If you’re using David with a Catwa mesh head, you can treat yourself to a new skin by Birth at the current round of Men Only Monthly. It’s called Hugo and according to Birth this skin is somewhere between a rugged model and handsome Greco-Roman statue. Of course the final look strongly depends on which particular Catwa head you are using and your shape. The Birth omega applier is the only option I’m willing to use with this body at the moment. For the sake of full disclosure I should mention that I’m part of the bloggers team for Birth, but I genuinely prefer their skin on this body. I actually wanted to try something different this time, but nothing really appealed to me all that much.
Men Only Monthly is quite heavy on the tattoos this month, so I grabbed the very colourful Panther Tattoo by Dappa. If you can’t beat them, join them, right? It took a while to get sharp though, which I find somewhat worrying. One would not wish to be seen looking blurry, so after this spot of cheeky nude modelling I took it off again. At least in SL that doesn’t require painful laser treatments.

I have lost count of how often I’ve grabbed something from Aitui for David. Their loose, casual style is very forgiving for cases where one doesn’t have a size that’s been made specifically for one’s mesh body. – Why have I started using “one” so often… I should stop listening to all those documentaries about royals while I’m working. Something weird is happening on a subliminal level. – The Aitui Pulled Sweater at MOM comes in different versions and for those of you that don’t like prints on your apparel, there even is a plain gray one. You can try whatever size suits you best, but I’m using the TMP size with David. To keep things easy I’m wearing the sweater with the NX-Nardcotix Finlay Cargo trousers. The Nardov sneakers by Versov easily fit under these trousers, so you can pop of you feet and wear the Gianni size.

Coffee Break pose by Cordeaux

This outfit by MGmen’s is rather fun. I guess someone’s been taking notice of the French tuck. I like how this is very relaxed, yet quite smart. The ensemble looks light enough to wear it with the NX-Nardcotix Mecatl sandals an to be honest, I had trouble finding a pair of shoes that wasn’t clipping with the hem of the trousers. Sometimes you just have to take a hint and quote from the movie Babe and tell yourself: that’ll do pig, that’ll do. Oh, I think I can close on that now.

  • Mesh body: NX-Nardcotix David
  • Mesh head: Catwa Stanley
  • Birth Hugo applier for Catwa mesh heads (at MOM) and Birth Omega body applier (at main store)
  • Modulus Bailey hair
  • L’etrê basic mesh ears
  • Solstice eyes by Avi-Glam (includes mesh eyes and applier for Catwa mesh eyes)

Ex on the beach

The Exmachina Davide avatar has been taking a long nap in my closet. When I popped it on I got an updated 6.02 version. Fuck me if I know what’s changed this time. That’s an expression, not an invitation. It probably is going to be something small I hadn’t even noticed. For the previous look I created with this avatar I used the version with its own head. This time I chopped of the head cause I was in a murderous mood. When someone asks me how I’m doing, I sometimes answer with: “I started the day feeling suicidal, but it slowly shifted towards homicidal, which is better for MY personal health.” Turns out that joke is a bit of an acquired taste. Anyway let’s take a closer look.

This is a combination I hadn’t tried before. It’s the Exmachina headless body with the Vista Gerard mesh head. The skin for the head is Bennett by Birth and of course I’m using the Birth omega applier on the body. It’s not a 100% match as the toe nails look very funky, but you can fix that by applying one of the body’s own nail texture options, after you’ve applied the Birth skin. “What about the neck seam”, I hear your mumble. It’s not perfect, it’s not awful. It is what it is. Que sera sera. I’m somewhat jaded. Live with it or leave it.
Finding some nice swimwear for this body is hard. Here’s another case where the great brands like Thirst and Noche don’t bother with this body, so you’re stuck with more obscure brands. I guess the String Thong by RGDW isn’t a bad consolation price. The knots can be added separately, so we’ve got to give it some points for that.
If you like going around in your birthday suit, I recommend you take a look at the “Athletic” version of the body. You get this along with the normal one at no extra cost and it has a bigger booty. Great for those of you that like to have something to fall back on in hard times.

With previous versions of this body I have shown beachwear from a couple of high-end brands. It can’t hurt to give you a short recap of that here.

I got the hair at this years Hair Fair. You can read more about that in my previous blog post.

Hair Fair 2019

The yearly Hair Fair event just opened. The male symbols floating over various booths made it easy to quickly run through the event and check out all the hairstyles for male avatars.

I snatched up this ‘Daniel’ hairstyle by theMARS, a brand I wasn’t aware of yet. It’s playful, yet smart and can be worn with the side parting to the left or right. Isn’t it interesting how one of those two options will look wrong on some heads. I don’t know why and it most probably is just personal preference, but I have this immediate “nope!” feeling when I flip it over to the other side. Anywhoooo, nice to have the option.

Shown on the Akeruka Clay head with Stray Dog Jonatas skin, Real Brows by Identity and Luigi facial hair by Mister Razzor. Wearing the Heart Suit by Deadwool.

Don’t dilly dally and head over to the Hair Fair now, cause it ends on September 1st and I think the hairstyles on show here are exclusive for this event. Important to know is that a percentage of the proceeds goes to a “wigs for kids” charity.

Equal10 August 2019

Retail therapy isn’t really my thing, but my work days are long at the moment and an event like Equal10 is a quick and easy shopping trip with more or less an equal offer for male and female avatars and virtual homemakers alike. I wasn’t shopping to suit a particular mesh body this time and I was determined to make this shopping trip a relaxing one, like my life depended on it.

On these unplanned quick shopping trips it’s typical to go home with something nice and easy, like a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. The Thirst Basic Tee comes with a hud that’s pretty jam-packed with texture options. If you’re not feeling particularly cocky, chances are you’ll find another print that is more you, or you can keep it simple with a plain colour. Textures can be applied separately to the main part, sleeves and trim so you can mix and match to your heart’s content. The t-shirt is rigged for the Belleza Jake and TMP Legacy body.

The Vuk Vince Pants are rigged for Signature Gianni and Belleza Jake. There are six colours to chose from and each one includes a normal and a rolled up version. There’s just a hint of underwear but no colour options for that, which is a shame. The jeans are low riding, so be prepared to get cheeky if you decide to take of your shirt for a beach walk.

If you want to know more about the head, body, skin and hair I’m using, check out my previous post about L’Homme Magazine group gifts. The shoes I’m wearing in the first shot are the Kurtov sneakers by Versov. With that another bites the dust… or sand.