For a Little Less – Episode 4

This blog post easily could have been in the “What’s Eating TMP” series, as I will be using the Classic body from Meshbody, which mostly is a bento version of the old TMP Deluxe body with an updated hud. More important though, it is FREE again! You need to join The Shops! group of course, which is free (the group’s profile should pop up in your SL viewer when you click the link). You also need to go to the correct place to grab the body. There’s more information on Meshbody’s special StayHomeSL page. Now of course we need to look at what we can do with this body and for what kind of money.

My go-to place for affordable not totally outdated male mesh heads is Akeruka. Since their Deluxe heads came out, the price of AK New Gen heads has dropped dramatically to L$799, which is great for a fully animated mesh head. However, there are some issues with using this head on the Classic body.

I am using the Aron bento mesh head and while it comes with an applier for the TMP body I am not able to install this applier in the hud for the Classic body, possibly because it was made for the old styling hud. Thankfully you also get system skins with this head and the Classic body is BOM compatible.

So you just wear one of the 10 skin tones and apply the matching tone on the head. Make sure you are not wearing the alpha layer for the body and click on Apply BOM in the body’s hud. Other issues are the weird bulge in the neck seen from some angles, the often visible neck seam and the extremely displaced toe shadows. In the end it’s up to the individual to decide which flaws they can live with for the price they are willing to pay.

Complete credits for this look: Classic Meshbody for free (or L$1, I wasn’t paying attention to see if I got that one L$ back), Akeruka Aron head for L$799 (includes the hair base and facial hair used for this look), Modulus Cole hair gift, Inkheart Doll Eyes Brown Sugar L$1, Noche Christian Trunks Lust L$199. The head comes with a shape, but I created the Flynn shape for this look (L$20).
Total L$1020.

Until further notice the entire Kauna clothing range is still available for free and you definitely can put together some nice outfits for the Classic body with items from that range. I won’t go into details of what I’m wearing here. Just grab all the stuff and have fun unpacking and trying things on. Versov have the Jumpov sneakers as a group gift and there’s no fee to join, so there’s another versatile item for your growing free wardrobe. All in all there isn’t much holding you back looking not too bad for +/- L$1000. I think I’ll do another “For a Little Less” post soon using the Classic Meshbody. Till then I’ll bid you farewell, stay safe and wash your fucking hands.

Castor Cottage – Episode 5

A long long time ago on a sim far far away I was renting the rather spacious Chilmark House by Brook Hill Living. I named it Castor Cottage and spent a lot time decorating it in an eclectic but mostly classic style. In this fourth episode of the series about Castor Cottage I’ll take you upstairs… Now now, keep your mind out of the gutter!

Apple Fall Oxford wingback chair and antique coffee table. Floorplan coastal sideboard. Jian green cheek conure habitat. Frame for Apple Fall botanical study with replaced artwork by Kris Knight.

First let’s take a quick look at the upstairs landing. It is huge! This can easily be used as another reception room. I won’t list all the items I used in this space, but as you can see I had a cozy seating corner perfect for a tête-à-tête with Mrs so-and-so, eagerly catching up on the latest village gossip. A simple dresser offered some much needed storage space as well as something to display various knick-knacks on. I even appeared to have a bird cage back then. How the times have changed.

LAQ Bedset. Digs Dempsey dresser. The painting and carpet texture are borrowed from a little place called the internet.

The master bedroom is ridiculously spacious, especially as there is another small room that can easily function as dresser, so you don’t need to bother with a wardrobe in this room. The vaulted ceiling is very high and a forest wallpaper works very well here. The LAQ bedset comes complete with the night stands with the lamps and other bits and pieces. The land impact of the bed is only 6, which I find quite impressive for something with so much detail.

Merak Cozy Loveseat. Jian Chameleon Habitat. Frame for Apple Fall botanical study with replaced artwork by Kevin Peterson.
Bella Set gacha crate with books and cushions by Bee Designs. The pajama onesie is a group gift at Noche, rigged for Signature Gianni and Belleza jake.

It seems absurdly luxurious to me to have anything else to rest on other than your bed in your bedroom, but this space has a lot of corners to fill. I suppose one might want to retire to the privacy of ones room for a little nap without messing up the sheets. Obviously it also makes for a nice and quiet reading spot. The base for the terrarium with the chameleon isn’t the original, but I don’t know where that table comes from. The sculpture is something a friend made. The rug is by Hazeel, but doesn’t seem to be available anywhere.

Apple Fall Fullwood sofa and Travel drawers (gacha). I don’t know where I got the frame but the art is by Van Gogh. Brocante bauble lamp. LODE Decor Hyacinth. Dust Bunny round end table and Lavender tin. Fancy Decor Printemps mirror.

There’s even enough space in this room for comfortable couch. OK, at this point it’s just rich people showing off, right? Meanwhile the rest of us are living in a shoe box. See, I’m never quite sure if SL lets you live the fantasy or just points out to you what you most likely will never have in RL… But let’s keep it cheerful. (bah! billionaires!)

Looking at the frame in edit mode, I can tell it’s by Anhelo but I can’t find it there. The art is by Michael Breyette. The chest of drawers, a.k.a. bomb chest is by N4RS .

And finally there this little corner, big enough for a heavy chest of drawers and some tasteful art. Next we’ll head into the ensuite bathroom, but I’ll leave that for another episode. Bye bye now. BYE! Stop filming. Get the hell out of my house!

What’s Eating TMP 19 (Legacy)

At this point it is strange to keep referring to TMP when I’m talking about the Legacy body, as the creators no longer seem to be using that name anywhere. Maybe that’s part of their effort to start with a clean slate, though of course they still have they Classic body, which basically is an updated TMP Deluxe body. With the somewhat strange evolution of this brand, it’s no wonder that I and many others have asked the question “What’s eating TMP?”

At the latest Skin Fair, which has ended now of course, the Legacy body was teaming up with Lelutka, stating that it’s the best body to use with the new Lelutka Evolution mesh head Skyler. I wonder if this means that TMP, or should I say Legacy (or are they calling themselves simply “Meshbody” now, or is it The Shops?) isn’t planning on creating their own mesh heads anytime soon. I grabbed the Lelutka head at Skin Fair because it was discounted and parked it in my inventory till now. The good news is that the price of Lelutka heads has temporarily been reduced from L$5,000 to L$3,990 as part of the #StayHomeSL campaign until further notice.

While the Lelutka Skyler head does work with older skin appliers, it doesn’t seem to support an omega hair base or any omega appliers other than skins. For that reason I went completely BOM. I’m using a Stray Dog skin which was made especially for this head and of course the Stray Dog skin for the Legacy body, which was recently updated with BOM layers. The only alpha layer I’m wearing is the one that hides system eyes, because I prefer to use the rigged eyes that come with the body.
Skyler has his own great beard options. As far as I can tell, the beard is a skin tight mesh layer perfectly fitted to the face, which creates a slightly more 3D appearance than a classic beard applier.
When it comes to the neck seam, there are always circumstances where a certain type of Windlight makes the neck seam more obvious, but overall I think the Lelutka Evolution mesh head and Legacy body is indeed the best combination for a least obvious neck seam. Most of the time it looked pretty damn perfect to me.
Remember to wear the head that has “SL” in its name. Apparently of the two versions in the box, that is the one made for the Legacy body. Actually, to be correct, there are four versions of the head in the box. The SL version and the “other one” and each come with bento or static ears. I was wearing the one with bento ears the other day and wanted to put on bunny ears and my human ears moved to the top of my head with the bunny ears. So in this case the head with the static ears would have saved me from this weirdness.

When the Legacy body first was launched, I wasn’t sure if the designers were going to jump on this and start making clothes for it right away. For all the bitching that’s been going on about TMP over the years, I must say that designer support for the body has been surprisingly good. There are still plenty of brands that don’t have a size for it, but the wardrobe for the Legacy body is expanding nicely.
The sexy Angel open shirt by Noche goes great with the beautifully detailed Wrynn denims by Legal Insanity. The Noche Anthony boots colour coordinate well with this outfit that looks fresh in the city, but wouldn’t be out of place in the countryside either. And with that I’m going to head out for a walk… In full hockey gear, including the stick. That should warn people to keep the hell out of my way… or to play a game of street hockey? Cancel that. I’ll just go outside naked.

Credits

  • Lelutka Evolution Skyler mesh head
  • Legacy mesh body
  • Stray Dog Lorenzo skin for Lelutka + body applier for Legacy, both come with BOM layers
  • Billy Beaverhausen “Luke” shape for Lelutka Skyler & Legacy
  • Avi Glam solstice eyes, applied to the rigged Lelutka eyes.
  • Modulus Bailey hair
  • Noche mesh nipples
  • Noche Andre boxer briefs and Brendon tank

Shopping for David April 2020

Here’s another one for the underdog that is the NX-Nardcotix David. Let’s kick it off with two top tips. One: the Birth Omega body applier is banging on this body. Two: when it comes to wearing jeans or other kinds of trousers shirtless, quite often the Enzo or Aesthetic size (same thing) works best.

For the first outfit however I’m wearing all items in the Gianni size. You can get the Integrated Tactical Shirt by Wazzer Works at the current round of TMD till the end of April. The Integrated Tactical Pants and Waz Duty Boots are available from Wazzer Works’ Markeplace store.

Let’s also take a closer look at the new Dagger applier by Birth for Catwa mesh heads. This handsome s.o.b. goes well with David’s athletic physique. Then again, a garbage bag would go well with that physique. With a nicely furrowed brow, Dagger has that focused smoldering look that’ll make you weak in the knees, although that might just be osteoporosis. It’s also worth mentioning I always like the beard options that come with most Birth skins (I guess not the female skins).

The new Leny denims by Not So Bad, currently at TMD till the end of April, is an example of a pair of jeans that fits best in the Enzo size if you want to wear them shirtless. What’s extra fun in this case, is that the tank top that comes with the NX-Nardcotix Darrel underwear set fits nicely in these jeans without clashing. That’s a rarity! You may want to adjust your shape, as a high muscle percentage on your legs will make them look extra puffy in these jeans and with a big butt there will be more of gap at the back. With the NX-Narcotix Mecatle sandals this makes a nice early summer outfit. Which reminds me, why is that when in autumn the temperature drops to 10° C (50° F) people start wearing winter coats but as soon as it reaches 10° C at the start of spring, they start going out in a t-shirt, freezing their nipples off but to proud to admit it? I’ll let you think on that while I leave you with the credits. Ciao!

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Therapeutic

To say there is something for everybody in Second Life™ would be an exaggeration. In fact, whenever that cliché expression is being used, it’s an exaggeration. Personally I came here for the sex and I stayed for the styling. It’s a friendly virtual environment to experiment with both those aspects of life and a few more. I can’t tell you how many hours I have spent looking for just the right piece of furniture while constantly trying to keep that balance between creating an interesting visual and still being able to move around. Working with a limited prim allowance has been fun too, at times. Challenging, but fun. These day most of my attention goes to constantly putting together new looks for my avatar, even more so now that I have ventured into selling shapes on Marketplace. I think that for many of us, all this tinkering with virtual homes and avatars is a way to step away from real life for a while and get lost in another world. It’s more emerging than watching a movie or reading a book and I personally find it highly therapeutic.

Poses by Cordeaux

For this look I’m using one of Birth’s newer skins, Evan. It was launched at The Skin Fair, which I mostly missed. Luckily it wasn’t an exclusive for that fair and Evan is now available at the Birth main store. As I’m partial to some freckles, I like how they’re actually part of this skin. They help to give Evan a youthful appearance without turning him into a teenager. In this case I’m using the BOM skin on the Catwa Daniel mesh head, combined with the Birth body applier for Belleza, because I don’t have the Birth BOM skin for that body yet. It just goes to show that BOM just has given us more options while leaving the door open for appliers.

I urge you all to take a couple of deep breaths and start tinkering away on your avatar or homes and give other social media a wide berth for a couple of hours a day at least. Alternatively I suggest watching Miranda (a UK sitcom made for BBC) and knitting.

Credits

  • Catwa Daniel bento mesh head
  • Belleza Jake mesh body
  • Birth Evan applier or BOM skin for Catwa. This skin includes options for eyebrows, facial hair and hair base. Body applier available separately at Birth.
  • No Shirt Sherlock Vermeer eyes, light brown. I’m using the system eyes here. To do that I added the rigged Catwa eyes that come with the Daniel head and pushed the BOM button in the HUD for this head (you find it in the Skin/Ears tab) and then the eyes magically appear.
  • Billy Beaverhausen Tom Shape for Catwa Daniel mesh head and Belleza Jake mesh body
  • Dura U95 hair
  • L’etrê Basic Mesh Ears
  • Thirst JOCK July 2019 Jersey Brief

A Signature Look VI

Truth be told, this started out as another session of dabbling with Geralt, but after some Marketplace browsing I changed my mind and switched over to Signature Gianni. We’re now at version 5.0 for the body and 2.7 for the head. My intention was to use a BOM skin but I couldn’t find anything I liked more than the Vaughn applier by Hermony I found on Marketplace. It works with the standard Signature skin tones, so you only buy a face applier. The neck seam is noticeable, especially on the back of the neck, but not a deal breaker for me. I’ve actually had a couple of occasions where the light was just right and I couldn’t see it at all. Note: the box for the Gianni body includes a “new neck” version, but this is to work with the new Lelutka Evolution heads (only “Skyler” at this point)

Poses by Cordeaux

I further embellished the skin with Modulus body hair and the Vaughn skin comes with its own freckle option for the face. There’s also a bloody nose option included, but seeing how tensions are already running high enough these days, let’s NOT pretend we’ve just been involved in an impromptu bit of fisticuffs.

Finding clothing for Gianni hardly is an issue. There are some creators that don’t cater for it, but in general this body is very well supported. I made a quick trip to the current round of the monthly Man Cave event (on till April 11th) and grabbed a pair of Kalback jeans like a man on a mission. Next I dove in my inventory and unearthed the Lenox Explorer Vest, daringly worn without a shirt. I say daringly because momentarily the Stockholm weather is doing that thing where it is almost spring one minute and then it fekking starts snowing the next. My footwear probably isn’t perfect for these conditions either, but the Versov Kurtov sneakers look good with this outfit. This is SL where fashion always trumps function. Meanwhile I think I’ll stick with a scarf and woolly hat for a wee bit longer in real life. Mind you, while I’m working from home there’s something nice about having an excuse / reason to sit at my laptop swaddled in a blanket. I haven’t succumbed to PJ days yet thought. It’s important to maintain a certain level of normalcy… Also, there’s always going to be that one wanker who insists everyone puts on their web cam in a conference call. Damn it! Just when I wast starting to enjoy not having to see those faces! Anyhoo, I guess you’re here for the deets, so without further ado…

Another Fairy Day – Episode 6

In for a penny, in for a pound I always say (sometimes with a nudge nudge wink wink). My previous blog post also was focused on a fairy look, but who the hell can blame someone for wanting to fly away from reality right now. Is there anything left we shouldn’t worry about? But NO, I’m not giving in to the doom and bloody gloom. I’ll soldier on. I won’t keep calm and carry on though. No, this needs more of a battle cry approach if you ask me. It’s either “We Are Sparta!” or “Scooby dooby dooooo!” The jury is still out on that one. Anyhoo, let’s take a look at this fairy.

I finally took a step away from the beautiful feathered wings and went for something more insect like this time. Other things that are different from previous fairy is the skin, hair, ears, eyes, shape and a couple of accessories.

Another fairy day – Episode 5

Since past Tuesday I’ve started working from home and it’s weird. This is the longest I’ve been away from the office since September because I’ve been working a lot of weekends. Connecting to the product information management system means accessing the network via a VPN and it. is. slow. There are several other little annoying aspects to this home office situation, but on the upside it’s a bit easier to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep now that I’ve cut out the daily commute. Anyhoo, I thought I’d put together a quick fairy / angel, so I can spread my wings and metaphorically fly out of here.

Credits

  • Catwa Travis bento mesh head
  • Belleza Jake mesh body
  • Birth Cason applier for Catwa. This skin includes options for eyebrows, facial hair and hair base and is currently available @ Uber till March 22nd, check the Birth main store after. You will also find the Birth body applier for Belleza at their store.
  • Birth Glimmer Eyes with Bewitched textures @ Uber till March 22nd, check the Birth main store after.
  • Stealthic Hysteria hair
  • Mandala Season 5 Steking ears
  • Blueberry Icon Bento Angel Wings
  • Noche Tyler Loin Cloth
  • Backdrop is a group gift at Minimal

Something New In The Willy Department 6

The creator of the Physics Cock “The P” must have realised things were looking a bit bare. Personally I was using pubic hair from another maker, but now The P has its very own bit of bush. It’s a separate mesh add-on which reacts to the show/hide button on the hud for the cock, so you can have everything neatly tucked away in the blink of an eye. There are a couple of different “styles” and to tint the pubes you right-click and choose edit and then go into the tab for textures. Yes I know I’m teaching you pros to suck eggs, but there’s always the chance that a newbie is reading this. Welcome to SL. It’s all a bit bewildering but such fun!

Flip back to a previous blog post about “The P” Physics Cock for more information or just go grab a demo.

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Shopping for David March 2020

Time for another styling exercise with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body, my favourite enfant terrible which has been getting very little support from creators. Let’s see what’s been cooking.

We’re going to start things off with some ink. This is the new Yokai tattoo by Dappa at the current round of TMD (till March 29th, check out the Dappa main store after that). This tattoo continues onto the neck, so it includes appliers for Catwa and Lelutka as well as an Omega applier. Obviously you’ll also find the old-school tattoo system layers in the box as well, as those are totally in vogue again thanks to BOM. At the moment there is no new BOM version of the NX-Nardcotix body yet, but maybe some 3rd party BOM installer solutions can do the trick. Personally I’m sticking with appliers with this body for now.
The underpants are part of the the NX-Nardcotix Darrel underwear set which includes a tank top.

I’ve put my trust in Legal Insanity again and picked up their Bruce Written Denims, which work nicely for David in the Enzo size, after some shape adjustments. I usually reduce the leg muscle, saddlebags and butt size and slightly increase the hip width. I’ll include this special Legal Insanity version of my shape when I list it on Marketplace.
While I got the Dappa tattoo at TMD, I also spotted a bomber jacket by Kai that showed potential. I’m wearing it in the Gianni size and switched the Legal Insanity jeans to the Gianni size as well to avoid glitching. You may want to play with your shape again, as the jacked unrealistically billows a little in the back if your butt is too big. If only we could adjust our real life shapes this easily to fit into a pair of jeans, instead of having to search for the perfect pair! Oh well, que sera fat-ass sera. If you’ve missed this round of TMD, check out the Kai main store and you’re bound to find the Noiz bomber jacket there.
In both shots I’m wearing the L&B Swear Old School Low Tops in Gianni size. While I often get single-colour items, when it comes to shoes I do like to splash out on fatpacks, because it makes them much more versatile to combine with a ton of outfits.

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