RIGHT! It’s time to inject some Christmas content into this blog. After a couple of fruitless tries with the usual “the sim is full” message, I finally managed to get to the current round of Fameshed. I expect things won’t be calming down so quickly at this event this time around, because there’s a bunch of gifts up for grabs and this understandably causes even more traffic than usual to this already popular event.
Most of the gifts are for female avatars, which was to be expected, as that is the usual focus at Fameshed. Don’t despair though, because there are a few goodies for home makers and a couple of wearable items for guys too. Personally I was charmed by the free (faux) fur lined socks by Gild. What a clever way to encourage people to buy an item. I’m sure I would have found something else to wear with the socks, but that little Gild Santa suit was literally made to go with them and quasi irresistible for those of use who like naughty Santas, frisky elves and everything in between.
If it wasn’t such a cliche, I’d say it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but so many people started decorating early this year as an antidote against the general feeling of dread hanging over us, that it’s been looking like Christmas for at least half a month already, which means there’s a good chance half us will be quasi bored with it by Christmas Eve. Oh well, it’s a good chance to get some practice for the grumpy old man schtick. I’ll be turning 45 at the beginning of next year, so I need to start training now if I ever want to become a full-fledged difficult old person. I’ll leave you with that thought and the credits.
Just a quick one to point out that the Physics Cock is getting better and better with every version. Animations have been added and there’s been a big improvement in the textures, with the option to stick with the previous textures if that’s what you liked, which is nice of them not to force upon you, so to speak. I particularly like how the hud has it’s own dance animations to which the penis is of course perfectly synchronised. Yeah baby, swing that meat to the beat! (yes, I’m proud of that phrase, thank you).
Again, the pull down option on Noches new Noah jockstrap (at Fameshed till December 27th) comes in very handy to set the mood as I continue my shenanigans in this steamy locker room scene.
Credits: Legacy Meshbody, Stray Dog Jay BOM skin (for Catwa mesh heads) + matching body skin (skin tone #4), Akeruka Advanced mesh head, Modulus Lewis hat & hair, Stealthic Haunting hair, Stealthic hair base, Noche Noah jockstrap and Athletic socks, my Connor shape and of course The Physics Cock
Paparazzi Old School Locker Room backdrop, N4RS shower (adult MM), Thirst Activ gym bag (it was an Epiphany gacha exclusive), BAMSE baseball bat Slugger “Candy” (gacha, not available at there tiny store, but plenty of surplus gachas on Marketplace), David Heather shoe set and the baseball caps you can see in the locker (gacha).
My birthday and Christmas have come at once with the very sporty Noah jockstrap by Noche, which is currently being launched into the Second Life™ hotness-stratosphere at Fameshed. Actually, my birthday is rather soon after New Year’s day and I sometimes wonder if that is the main reason why I care so very little for it. I’ve even managed to forget about it once or twice, when I wasn’t particularly keeping an eye on the calendar. Anyhoo, let’s take a closer look at this jockstrap.
The fat pack allows you to play around with different colour combinations for the crotch, trim, straps and waistband, which for me personally means hours of fun colour-coordinating my underwear, knee-high socks, sneakers and crop top for that cheeky (gay) clubbing look. Of course, I wouldn’t be caught dead at such a place in real life. Or maybe I would haunt it, because it would be good fun ghost-pinching all those perky bums. My idea of a night out these days is finding a coffee place that’s open quite late, ordering a latte with a “morrotsmufin” (that’s Swedish for carrot muffin, one of the few things I’ll always say in Swedish when I order in Swenglish because it’s a fun word) and installing myself in a comfortable seat with my knitting and something playing on the iPad that doesn’t require too much concentration. However, I think that doing things you don’t do in real life IS the raison d’être for Second Life™. What would be the use if it’s exactly like you real life?
Some other things worth mentioning about the the Noah jockstrap is that it’s rigged for Belleza Jake and Legacy Meshbody, comes in four bulge sizes and has some fun wearing options, ideal for those of us who like to indulge in more adult shenanigans in SL. I also appreciate the different design options for the Noche logo and that you can leave the logo off altogether when a more neutral look is required. My only critique, and this goes for most underwear in SL, is that it would be more realistic if the waistband would go straight across the top of the butt cheeks rather then follow the curves. But hey, I often think that if Second Life™ becomes too realistic, I’d never leave.
Blonde: Legacy Meshbody, Stray Dog Jay BOM skin (for Catwa mesh heads) + matching body skin (skin tone #4), Akeruka Advanced mesh head, Modulus Lewis hat & hair, Stealthic Haunting hair, Stealthic hair base, Noche Armani mesh crop top, Noah jockstrap and Athletic socks, my Connor shape
Paparazzi Old School Locker Room backdrop, N4RS shower (adult MM), Thirst Activ gym bag (it was an Epiphany gacha exclusive), BAMSE baseball bat Slugger “Candy” (gacha, not available at there tiny store, but plenty of surplus gachas on Marketplace), David Heather shoe set (gacha)… Oh gachas gachas gachas, how addictive you are!
Take a peek at what the guys were previously wearing in this locker room setup in my blog post about a Noche and Tylie colaboration.
For the past couple of posts I have been leaning more towards winter wear, with just a hint of thong. To stay with that range of menswear, I put on an old outfit that had “coat” in its name and gave it a bit of an update.
For the old outfit on the left I was using the TMP Deluxe mesh body and head, Etham Ryan Peacoat, Jomo Crude Mad jeans and David Heather Fred sneakers. For the new outfit I’m using the Legacy Meshbody with the Akeruka Clay mesh head and I’m wearing the Admiral peacoat by Deadwool. This isn’t a recent release, but it’s so well made that it can stand its ground against items that are being made right now and I really like the details on it. With the scarf, which you can hide if you want, it also looks a bit more suitable for the many snowy sims that are in vogue at the moment. I’ve had my eye on this coat since I started working on an update of this look, but waited till there was a sale on at Deadwool. Hey, we’re living in economically uncertain times, so don’t you look at me like I’m some cheapo basic bitch. While I was at it, I treated myself to the fatpack of Deadwool’s Kojima jeans, so there!
This wardrobe update also got me playing with a shape for the Akeruka Clay mesh head, which is one of their Deluxe range mesh heads. I have created multiple looks with the newer Akeruka Advanced mesh head, but the Deluxe range isn’t too shabby either. These heads are a bit limited on the animations front, but not lacking in good looks. I particularly like Clay with the Jonatas skin from Stray Dog. If you use this head with the Legacy Meshbody, you’ll get a pretty good neck seam result, which is always a plus. Even the free Classic Meshbody (of the same makers) isn’t a bad option.
Well folks, it was inevitable. After the previous blog post with the NX-Nardcotix mesh body in which I made a brave attempt to appear fabulously twinkylicious, I have to come back down to earth and conserve some energy by behaving slightly more age appropriate, a.k.a. having a lazy day. To be clear, I only mean this in the sense that trying to keep up with a younger crowd, can be physically exhausting. Personally I have nothing against mutton dressing as lamb. I do draw the line at wolves putting on sheeps’ clothing though.
A cozy sweater/cardigan and a pair of sweatpants is all you need to make a big success out of that lazy day. Spend it in bed with your favourite pet (animal or human) and just catch up on some sleep or binge on an epic Netflix marathon. Some light reading might be on the menu. Just keep it nice and unscheduled. The feeling of not having to do anything is one of life’s biggest luxuries.
You might not even manage to put on a pair of sweatpants, but just underpants and the above mentioned sweater works to, while you’re humming that Bruno Mars tune. Oh no, now I have given myself an earworm! Credits! Time for credits! Maybe that’ll wash it out.
I’m back to wearing something that goes squeak in the dark. The kind of garment that requires a generous dose of talcum powder to squeeze into. It’s so form-fitting that, even though I’m fully covered, it leaves very little to the imagination. Funnily enough, this kind of garment in Second Life™ will often find its way into the wardrobe of those that enjoy rollplay, where having an imagination is a must. Wasn’t Britney Spears wearing a red version of this kind of suite… on Mars?
Of course that latex thong singlet remains an absolute show stopper too. We find ourselves yet again at the backstage boudoir of a controversial Burlesque Boys club where our boys are getting up to some shenanigans in between acts. It will all end in heartache I tell you! But let’s leave them to it and take a peek at the credits
LOGO celebrated their Second Life™ anniversary not long ago and generously offered a male and female mesh head for free. Due to the overwhelming number of people who missed their chance to get the Chelsea or Chase head and messaged LOGO after their anniversary event had ended , they decided to continue offering these heads for free to group members for the next couple of weeks. This is mentioned in a group notice from November 11th, so I think there still should be about a week left at least to go grab that head. There is no joining fee for this group, so what a perfect reason for me to put together another episode of my “For a Little Less” series.
It totally made sense to use the free Classic Meshbody with this head to keep the cost down as much as possible. I actually have some Stray Dog skins for LOGO heads in my inventory, because they more or less came in handy to use on certain other mesh heads. However, these skins are appliers and I don’t have the BOM version for them. If I want to apply these skins to the free LOGO Chase mesh head, I have to purchase LOGO’s customisation hud, which costs around L$990 and that rather defeats the purpose of this blog post. Luckily both the Classic Meshbody and Chase mesh head can be used with BOM skins. I have explained in a previous blog post how to activate BOM on the Classic Meshbody. For the LOGO head, BOM is activated as standard. So remember, just put on the head and don’t wear an alpha layer and whatever “system skin”, a.k.a. BOM skin you are wearing will automatically “bake” on your mesh (aaaah, so that’s what BOM stands for!).
Now let’s talk about skins. At LOGO you can pick up a skin pack for the Chase head that includes the body skin in 5 skin tones for L$299. I decided not to take that route and instead used a Stray Dog skin that was made for Catwa mesh heads and appears to be fitting acceptably well on the LOGO head. Sure, if you wanted to nitpick, you could say that the shadows could ever so slightly be better aligned, but let’s not forget we’re working with a free head here. The neck seam isn’t too bad, but does become more visible in some windlights. The head comes with it’s own mesh eyes, but I find them a bit plane and again I would have to purchase that customisation hud to change the texture. Instead I used my favourite Avi-Glam mesh eyes, which fit nicely in the sockets and that is something that doesn’t work equally well with all mesh heads, so I shall count this as a minor victory.
I shall end this blog post with the usual list of credits, this time with all the current prices, which is something I only do for these budget friendly blog posts.
The November issue of L’Homme Magazine has been out for a couple of weeks now and I made the rounds to pick up most of the gifts. You’ll find the list of creators with a gift for the L’Homme Magazine readers group on page 24 and landmarks to the various stores can be found on advert pages dedicated to the creators throughout the magazine. Yes, I’m forcing you to leaf through the magazine. Simply putting all the landmarks in this blog post would be rude to the creators of L’Homme Magazine.
There are a couple of nice home decor items among the gifts this time, namely a console with just a hint of kinkyness from Forbidden Fridays and a kind of cow/bull seat from Missing Melody that’s just too much fun. To be fair, it doesn’t include the post I’m using, but I simply couldn’t resist going gangnam style.
Other gifts included are a flat cap by L’Emporio & PL, Robbie skin for Lelutka Evolution mesh heads by Vendetta (you will need to purchase the matching skin for your body if you don’t have it already), Tiago facial hair by Mister Razzor, cross piercing by Val’More, Chuck necklace by Midna, Shadow tattoo by PanDEMONium ink, Berserker bracelet by RealEvil Industries, Arhat bracelet by Codex and rings by Kartel.
There are some more gifts, but I couldn’t make them work with the aesthetic of this shot. At some locations you’ll even find some previous gifts, which is always great for anyone who’s new to L’Homme Magazine. I’m quite chuffed with some of these goodies myself and hey, it’s nice to get some early Christmas presents, innit? Enjoy the shopping trip to all the locations!
I had a chance to work on another shape I had for the Lelutka Skyler 1.1 mesh head and found out that for the other Lelutka heads I have in my inventory, I will not have to adjust the shapes I made for them because the Luka and Connor head were both version 2.0 when I purchased them and were already what Lelutka is calling “boundless” (less restrictions on what you can change with the shape sliders). I hope I didn’t lose you somewhere along the previous sentence, but this left just one look to adjust. Awh, and I was looking forward to this being a tedious little project. Anyhoo, this is what my Luke shape looks like now on Skyler 2.5. Not much different from what he looked like before.
And indeed, he’s in his birthday suit. Live with it! He appears to be quite comfortable with it.