If you don’t know what to do, or perhaps more importantly, don’t know where to go in Second Life™, you can click the destinations button in your toolbar for some inspiration. I rather like the Editor’s pick section because it constantly changes and it has guided me to some quite exciting destinations. Alternatively you can check out the more extensive Destination Guide on the SL website.This is how I discovered the soothingly pretty Tulum Reserve sim.
This sim has everything… Oh that particular phrase makes me want to launch into a SNL Stefon bit. “This place has everything: ziplines, fish food, that fat Hawaiian guy that nobody invited, an old Pakistani woman that looks like a California raisin…” But seriously though, there is a lot to look at here. Lush jungles, pristine beaches and mysterious mangrove marshes await you in the beautifully landscaped Tulum Reserve. It is a residential sim, so some areas (private residences) are of-limits but you can grab yourself a piña colada and sunbathe by the pool at Ethan’s Casa Del Mar Beach Club anytime you like.
There’s no mentioning in the covenant that this is an LGBT friendly sim, so I just take that for granted. Nobody intervened when some serious heavy petting was going on for this shot, so I guess it was O.K. It helps that this is an adult sim, I suppose. There are several gorgeous spots with accommodating furniture for you and whomever you bring along.
To be honest, all this is just a bit of an excuse to show off my new beach ready outfit. The Noche Stringer Tank has a nice build-in function that lets you lift it and even take it off completely. The new Noche David Trunks pair up beautifully with the tank and I’m completing the pink theme with a pair of Semller Canvas Hi Tops.
In Stockholm, one should never make the mistake to think winter is over, just because it started thawing out a bit. Right now we’re getting a gentle dusting of snow again, which is rather cute like icing sugar on a cake and jack frost is nipping at my nose once more. I could really do with a change of scenery though and I have been day dreaming of beaches I’ve spent time on. I was never one for sunbathing, but there was a time in my life that I was an admin intern at a hospital in Margate and living in Broadstairs. I would often meet up with fellow Belgian expat interns at the pub and after some drinks, we would occasionally sit in the sand on the beach in the dark and just talk nonsense, like one does in one’s early twenties . I remember that as some of the best months of my life. Other beaches (and beach towns) that hold some significance in my life are Ostend (Belgium), Ballybunion (Ireland) and pretty much the whole coastline of Jersey (The Channel Isles). *Sigh* All about a century ago.
In Second Life™ there is a section of the destination guide dedicated to beaches, but the one I find myself at today isn’t in there. It’s Oost Harbor at the Oost-West sim. This is technically a gay sim, but I don’t think they kick you out for being straight. It’s also a lot less trashy than some of the other gay or LGBTQA+ sims. Did I get all the letters in there? Personally I’m going with “human”, though I’m not always sure that’s a good thing. It’s such a fekking cliché to say I don’t let my sexual orientation define me, right? Anyhoo, beaches. This is a kind pretty one, with things to look at and a town to wander into when you start heading away from the beach. It all rather makes me wonder what SL is like with VR goggles. I know it’s not really made for it, but I definitely would want to try it one day. Mind you, this place does have weekly parties at which people will be dancing naked and with those Physics Cocks swinging around, the chance of losing an eye is not entirely non-existing. You can’t say I haven’t warned you!
For this episode of Dabbling With Geralt, I won’t be using the Geralt mesh head. Instead, I’m combining the Signature Geralt mesh body with the Lelutka Luka mesh head, because I feel like I haven’t used that particular head enough since I bought it and I never even put a Lelutka head on the Geralt body before. It could be that you are reasonably new in Second Life™ and only just found out how you can greatly improve a standard avatar by going mesh and you just happened to stumble across Signature first and thought: “I guess this will do.” Getting the body and head of the same maker has a certain easy-peasy allure, but while some interesting looks can be made with it (see previous episodes of Dabbling With Geralt), I urge you to try some other heads before you commit to the all inclusive Geralt option. After all, we’re afforded the luxury of demos in SL, so there’s no need to dive in, head first, so to speak.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I do find the Signature Geralt mesh body rather suitable for a less muscular look. You can build him up if you like, but I went for one of the leanest looks I’ve created so far. This is turning into a blog post of firsts for me. What definitely isn’t a first for me though, is having a bit of a nag about the neck seam. It isn’t great with this body and head combination. I’ve been playing with the light while I was shooting these images and in certain windlight the neck seam was painfully obvious. Maybe a better result is possible with another skin. Perhaps this is a good excuse for some follow-up dabbling with Geralt.
Support for Geralt isn’t where you want it to be if you like your SL fashion and especially if you enjoy hanging out in your underpants. Apparently several clothing designers aren’t particularly happy with how you have to rig items to work with the Geralt body. There definitely are some big brands like Legal Insanity and Deadwool who have items for Geralt but on the other hand there are “Underwear Greats” such as Noche and Thirst, who have dropped the Signature size completely (even big brother Gianni!). For a brief period Thirst did support Geralt and I got a nice paneled bikini brief from their Januari 2019 Jocked set that hugs Geralt in all the right places. The particular colour scheme I chose for these briefs makes me think “dig the new suit Mrs Wheeler”, but that’s just because I happen to be re-watch Stranger Things.
I Coughed up the SL dough for the fatpack of the Deadwool Kojima Jeans some months ago and I feel like I haven’t worn these enough yet, so it’s good things they include the Geralt size. After putting those on I rummaged around in the shoe closet and found a pair of “Regiment” Boots by Rebellion, also in Geralt’s size. After that I thought it was time to go get something new to extend Geralt’s wardrobe and I went over to Man Cave. After a quick stroll around, avoiding those annoying barking dogs at the entrance, I got a lovely new cardigan by Legal Insanity which, wait for it… includes the Geralt size. That makes this an outfit completely fitted for Geralt. Support for this little fellah might be better than I thought.
When I first blogged about the Physics Cock, I thought it was great fun but lacking somewhat in texture quality. I appreciated all the bells and whistles, but still thought that the Aeros cocks were better looking. With the latest update to the 2.2 version however, the Physics Cock has blown that argument out of the steaming hot water.
Not only have the textures come along very nicely, the package comes with four different cock shapes so there’s bound to be something in there that truly catches your eye (or pokes it). The pubes remain a separate item that comes with this cock and that’s a good thing, as it gives you more freedom to manscape it a little. There are now more built-in animations than you can shake a fist at, but there is no fist-shaking animation, because you will be too happy with this cock to ever need to shake your fist at anything ever again… OK, that just became ultra cheesy!
There are even a few dances included, though if you just want your willy to bob along to the dance moves you already have, it can do that too. The physics cock can synch up with some AO’s, so it naturally flops along as you walk. It even has a built in AO with some good stands. Like a said before, it has bells and whistles, gizmos and gadgets, you want thingamabobs? It’s got twenty! But who cares, no big deal, we want more! Okay, calm down Ariel, you will get more! The people behind this cock, so to speak, seem to be very committed to keep developing their product, which makes a nice change compared to some other body(part) creators. Well done with this fellah, fellahs. Keep it cumming. Oh so many inn-u-endos, so little time!
My monthly styling sessions with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body seem to be yet another marker for just how fast time is going by, but only in hindsight. Moments can drag on while I’m still in the middle of them, but once they’re behind me, it feels like they were secretly fast-forwarding all along. Does anyone have a good trick for slowing down time on the weekend? Seriously though! No matter how fast the work week has gone bye, sometimes I feel I may as well not bother with the weekend. In the blink of an eye it goes from “yay, Friday evening” to “f*ck, it’s back to work tomorrow”. But of course that has nothing to do with poor David, so let’s just take a look at the new threads I’ve picked up for him this month.
Anyone with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body is well aware (painfully aware) that not many clothing designers have made anything for this body. You mostly have to make do with other sizes. One brand that keeps being helpful with that is Legal Insanity. They have a wide range of jeans and most of them come with the Enzo size, which is a reasonably good fit for David. I can even wear them shirtless, which definitely isn’t the case with many other jeans in various sizes. Finding a top to wear with these jeans was a bit of a struggle, because I wanted to leave some of the body visible. I went back right to my beginnings in Second Life and put on the Jomo Down Vest. Personally I think it hasn’t aged too badly. Sure, the new items are more detailed these days, but I was happy to see that the standard medium size wasn’t a bad fit. Apparently the maker no longer really believes in this product though, because it is nowhere to be seen at their sim. I guess the message here is: “never throw anything away.” That one of the colours of the NX-Nardcotix Gideon boots nicely matched this vest was a nice bit of luck.
Now lets look at something new from Ascend. They released the Bronson jacket with turtleneck add-on and trousers at the current round of TMD (runs till March 2nd). I’m wearing the complete outfit in the Gianni size. Basically only the hands are visible, so you can pretty much wear this with any mesh body. David also gets away with wearing the jacket without the sweater. Fun fact, the shirt and tie add-on for the Ascend cardigan I showed in my previous blog post for David, works with this jacket too. Such fun! Such fun! Oh, a double!
I may have mentioned it once or twice, but damn, it’s really been winter in Stockholm for these past three weeks or so. Finally I’ve had good reason to put on my long johns again. I even bought a new pair recently and they are really form fitting. It almost felt like I was putting on a pair of tights, which reminded me of a bit by comedian Michael McIntyre.
I wouldn’t say long johns are a fetish of mine, but I do enjoy how even the less tight ones gently cling to my legs and make me feel protected, supported even. I only need them for going outdoors, but I find myself wearing them instead of pyjama bottoms in the evening. Basically I like having an excuse for wearing them.
Of course we have some options in the long john department in Second Life™ too, though they may not always be called that. Take the ‘Mev Meggings’ by Noche for example. I guess meggings is a cooler more modern name for this item of clothing and it seems to suggest you can wear them outdoors, but they definitely remind me of those tight long johns I recently bought in real life. I can’t begin to imagine wearing those as leggings outdoors. They “read” a bit too much as a food order: “I’ll be having the tightly wrapped buns with the meat and two veg.” Thirst is keeping it simple and named their long johns, well, eehm… long johns. Go figure!
History wouldn’t be history if the origins of the name for this long underwear weren’t somewhat blurry. It might date back to a late-19-century heavyweight boxer who went by the name of John L. Sullivan. That’s the story according to John Smedley’s, a company with a 225-year heritage who claim to have created the garment. They still produce long johns today but I’m not quite sure if that means we should take their word for it or if it should make us even more suspicious. Anyhoo, whatever they’re called and why, they’ve been very welcome in my life this winter.
It was time once more to take a look at some ghosts of Second Life™ past, beat the moths out of old outfits and see how I could improve them by swapping out the dated items with more recent creations. Basically, it’s the whole “swapping her out for a younger model” thing, one so often sees with men in a midlife crises who then later in life go on to become president. Of course, alternatively you can also marry your considerably older high school teacher, but enough about politics. Let’s get on with the swap.
For the old outfit we’re going back to pre-bento heads, when I was using the TMP Deluxe mesh head which couldn’t be modified mutch. The body was of course the TMP Deluxe mesh body and both the jacked and sweatpants were by Etham. I think you can still get those items from Etham and wear them with the free edition of the Classic Meshbody. The sneakers were from the “Stranger Things” gacha at Semler.
For the updated outfit we head over to the Equal 10 event where Noche released their new Bomber Jacket. It will be there till March 5th and you’ll find the jacket at the Noche main store afterwards. That’s also where I got the Miguel Leather Joggers, which give the outfit just a bit more of an edge than any regular pair of sweatpants. Even if you have to count your lindens and can’t splash out on a fatpack, the single colour version of the bomber jacket still gives you 39 textures for the optional shirt that comes with it. I adore the kitty print. Look at it’s little face! For the shoes I have been lazy and just put on the Chase sneakers by Deadwool. I realise I use those a lot, but what can I say? They’re good, I got the fatpack and I’m getting my money’s worth out of them.
On the (retired) TMP Deluxe mesh head I usually went with one of TMP’s own skins, because there weren’t all that many other options anyway. When you purchased those skins back in the day, you got an applier for the head but it also came with a “system skin” or what we now might call a BOM skin. Sadly, when I try to apply this old skin to any mesh head, it doesn’t match up nicely. I don’t think Linden Labs intended us to return to our old skins anyway, when they developed Bakes On Mesh. So instead I went with a skin by Stray Dog I’ve been using a couple of times before, but it looks so different with red hair! I’ve used the skin without eyebrows and applied the HD brows that come with the head. The hair base, freckles and beard all are options that come with the Lelutka head too. I think they might be my current favourite mesh head creators. At L$3.990 there also a bit more affordable then some of the other brands, so I feel I’m getting top notch quality at a discount.
Well that was another successful wardrobe update. I’ll just leave you with the usual list of credits now.
Bakes On Mesh (BOM) has been around for a year and a half now, but some people still don’t really have much use for it. For a perpetual shape shifter such as myself, it has made creating a new look a bit easier. Before, when I wanted to try a new skin without losing an existing look, I had to copy my mesh body and/or head before I started applying the skin. Now I can simply wear a bom-enabled head and body and “add” the skin to my outfit and it will magically be baked on my mesh. It also makes it easier to create looks with extras such as freckles, body hair and tattoos. It’s important to remember that you should not wear an alpha layer that hides your system body, or your mesh parts will be red or invisible. At this stage, so many people have blogged about BOM, that I really don’t find it useful to go into full-on tutorial mode. You can learn all you need to know about it on the Second Life Community website. I’m only bringing it up because Birth re-added some skins to the list of products for their bloggers and I happened to grab one which now includes BOM layers.
And where does one go to show off some skin in Second Life™ whilst freezing off one’s cochones in Real Life (it doesn’t even deserve a trademark!)? Why the beach of course, deuh! And naturally one surrounds oneself with fit as f*ck men in tiny swim briefs which obviously display the fact that mother nature has been rather enthusiastic with her endowments. *honk honk!*
In Stock to the Holm winter took a little break, shortly lulling me into the false believe that it was going to be another mild one, only to come back with a vengeance. I’ve actually started wearing long johns again and those thick gray woolen socks that make all the difference to keep my feet warm. I took a glance at the long term weather forecast and it’s looking frosty for the next couple of weeks. To be honest, I’m kinda liking it. Especially those short but very sunny days and bright blue skies instead of the 50 shades of grey without the sex. Meanwhile in Second Life™ however, I need to show you a budgie smuggler. Go figure! Luckily there are plenty of slightly more tropical destinations in our virtual play world.
You’ve got Noche to “blame” for this photoshoot. They just released these Clint Swim Briefs at Fameshed. The fatpack is phenomenal with more texture options than you can wiggle a bulge at, as they say (who says that?) There are lots of solids and some cute patterns too and a wet effect that can be switch off. As usual the bulge size goes from zero to wowzers and these briefs are rigged for Belleza Jake and Legacy Meshbody.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to roll myself up in a blanket like a pig and watch the rest of an episode of Once Upon A Time before I hit the hay.
The previous episode of my Latex & Leather Fetish series hasn’t fully cooled down yet and already I’m back with something that goes squeak in the dark. Gentlemen, grab your talcum powder and prepare to squeeze into a scintillatingly shiny little number.
Actually, it’s more a case of strapping yourself in with the new Latex Ayo Jockstrap by Noche. It definitely inspired me to take an even more erotic approach than usual to the photoshoot at my imaginary Burlesque Boys Club backstage lounge. The fatpack gives you separate texture options for the crotch and straps and with a single texture version, you still get some options for the buckles. I definitely had fun putting together my outfit and colour-coordinating the harness, gloves, jockstrap and boots. That was almost as much fun as tweaking the poses and making everything “just so”.
I’m wearing the Latex Ayo Jockstrap, Latex Baxton Harness and Bill Essential Gloves all by Noche and all rigged for Belleza Jake and Legacy Meshbody. The gloves also include a Signature Gianni size. You can catch a glimpse of the Semller Platform Brit Boots and I thought the Biker Cap by Cox really finished off this outfit. I’m using the Belleza Jake mesh body with Catwa Victor mesh head. The skin is Stray Dog Erwin for Catwa + their body skin for the Belleza body in skin tone #4. My hair base is by Stealthic and my ears are by L’etrê. Oh, and I’m wearing mesh nipples by Noche, cause it’s all in the details.
The guy getting lovingly straddled is using the Legacy Meshbody, Lelutka Alain head, Clef de Peau Allan skin for Lelutka + their body skin for Legacy. The fact that The Physics Penis is rather posable definitely came in… “handy” for this shot.
Now for the boy on his knees. He’s wearing the Noche Latex Ayo Jockstrap too, on the Belleza Jake meshbody, with the Lelutka Andrea mesh head and Stray Dog Breno skin. The hair is Hysteria by Stealthic.
Set: Foxcity photo booth – Playroom, Apple Fall ‘Butt’ Planter, Forbidden Friday Beid Console (adjusted and not sure if that is available, it was gift), [Krescendo] Lewd Lounge – Toy Crate – Black (gacha)