Putting the “short” in shorts – Episode 5

The latest addition to my wardrobe may leave little to the imagination, but it sure is stimulating mine. The new Hudson shorts by Noche, released at the current round of Fameshed (ends April 27), got me wondering yet again at which point shorts become briefs. Maybe it’s more about the fabric than the cut? People definitely have some strong sexist ideas of how long men’s shorts should be. Fair enough, in real life many men will be missing the amply shaped firm buttocks and muscular legs to pull of the look, but surely in Second Life™ we’re merely showing our appreciation for the hours of work that have gone into creating a fabulous looking mesh body by putting as much as possible of it on display as often we can, without breaking sim maturity level rules of course. And as for real life, surely the Shorts Nazi can find something more useful to do with their lives.

Credits

  • Noche Hudson Shorts (go to Fameshed if you read this before or on April 27th)
  • Legacy mesh body
  • The black avatar is using body skin by Birth, the white avatar is using body skin by Vendetta. You can get a clearer view of the black avatar in my previous block post about virtual beach therapy. The tattooed hunk is more visible in a blog post I did round Christmas. Which makes me think: holy forking shirt balls, it’s almost Easter already. Aaaaaah! What’s happing with time? Oh look, I waited until the credits to have a panic attack. That’s helpful. NOT. Does this count as an Easter egg?
  • Dappa Forme tattoo
  • Milk Motion Mykonos street

Virtual Beach Therapy – Episode 9

Here’s another one for you Second Live™ beach bums. Today we are visiting Le Paradis at Ambiance Hideaway. This tropical island is a perfect romantic hideaway offering one spacious main beach and a couple of small more secluded beaches along the coastline. One might almost go as far as to call it a sanctuary. They definitely got the tropical feeling right at this sim, as the paths you can wander along are seemed with lush vegetation and large trees, creating what one might call a controlled jungle. Speaking of controle, should you find that you’re getting the romantic feels and are overwhelmed by a sudden need to give into the passion, then I’m happy to report that this is an adult sim and LGBTQ-friendly.

I especially like the huts you’ll find dotted around the sim, with the sheer curtains romantically blowing in the wind and a terras overlooking one of the lakes. You should also keep an eye out for some really exciting wildlife, ranging from colourful parrots to majestic elephants. So while I wander around a bit more and take in the sights, I’ll leave you with the credits of my beach outfit and then I’ll be hitting the sack in real life, in an attempt to get those optimal 8 hours of sleep before the rat race I call a job starts again tomorrow morning. *sigh* Why can’t it be two days of work and five days off?

Credits

  • Lelutka Luka mesh head
  • Legacy mesh body
  • Birth Jordan skin for Lelutka Evox mesh heads and their body skin for Legacy. Birth skins now include a neck fade so you in theory can wear them with body skins from any other store. If Meshbody would have included the BOM versions of their standard skins with the Legacy body, I would have liked making that combination, but unfortunately the standard Legacy skins only come as an applier.
  • Billy Beaverhausen Montero shape for Lelutka Luka & Legacy (also suitable for Belleza Jake)
  • Camo Makko dreads
  • Avi-Glam Erudite eyes
  • Noche Sarong. With a click you can make it more see-through/wet and with a second click it disappears, a third click brings it back.
  • Noche James thong, you can wear it underneath the sarong up to bulge size 2 and you can push the front and back to the side, leaving you exposed. The bulge has recently been tweaked and looks more “defined” now.
  • Noche Stringer tank top. This too has some tricks in it. Click it to wear it lifted, as shown in my images. Click it again to take it off.
  • Legal Insanity River bracelets, at the current round of Fameshed until April 27, check the Legal Insanity main store after that. I love all the colour options on this one. It makes it such a great accessory to match your outfit. I hope I’ll find a necklace in this style some time.
  • EQUAL Caleb Sandals (teleport to the older products)

Virtual Beach Therapy – Episode 8

Today my search for sun, sea and relaxation took me to Angel’s Palms. Inspired by the beaches of the west coast, this sim offers plenty of spots to chill, a coffee shop, perfect waves for surfing and for those of you looking for a place to settle down there are some houses and apartments for rent, though nothing appeared obviously available at the moment. I often wish I could project these Second Life™ beaches on the walls of my apartment for a more immersive experience. Having windows to real life in the middle of those SL landscapes would be really trippy though. It reminds of an SL friend who sometimes wasn’t sure whether he’d left SL on or a window open when he was hearing birds. That reminds me that I should mention I rather enjoyed the stream at Angel’s Palms. It’s that kind of non intrusive background noise that goes well with the other noises at the sim. At least my headset does take me some way to an immersive experience. Nothing having to hear my upstairs neighbours’ elephantine stumping is a blessing in itself.

Angel’s Palms looks deceptively simple, but I’m sure some quality time went into putting this well balanced and beautifully landscaped sim together. Maybe it could do with just a few more spots to chill, seeing how that is how they promote it. Under promise and over deliver, that’s what I always say. And with that, I’ll leave you to it and deliver the credits.

Credits

  • Lelutka Alain mesh head.
  • Meshbody Legacy.
  • Stray Dog Hikaru for Lelutka Evo + their body skin for the Legacy body. Using BOM layers for all, like one does these day. Make sure you switch from EvoX to Evo in the hud of your Lelutka head if you put on this Stray Dog skin and it’s all over the place, though I’m sure this tip is just for the rookies.
  • Billy Beaverhausen Grant shape, originally made for Belleza, but used with Legacy here.
  • Modulus Lewis hat and hair.
  • Noche Mesh nipples
  • Noche Armani mesh crop tank.
  • Legal Insanity Diego denim shorts.
  • Noche James thong. You need to use bulge size 0 for this combination with the shorts to work and it tends to work best with the Legacy body, with Belleza the thong doesn’t fit as nicely under the shorts.
  • Noche mesh stockings at the monthly Equal10 event until April 5th, check Noche’s main store after that date.
  • Semller folded cavas boots, floral edition
  • Noir Chuck bracelets

Another Fairy Day – Episode 13

First things first: Noche’s Toga is part of the 60 L$ Happy Weekend sales this weekend, so if you’re looking for something high-end for that Roman themed keg frat party, get yourself over to the Noche store before the weekend ends. Most of the time the sale is extended until Monday, but don’t take that as a given. Of course, if you’re reading this on Tuesday, all you can do is cry and be miserable… Or just buy the lovely toga at full price.

Personally I rather like this Toga as something to wear when I’m in fairy mode, because I find it the perfect mix of timeless elegance and sexiness with a hint of frivolity that really suits the fairy. It comes with its own simple underwear, but you can also fit the Noche’s (Metallic) James Thong underneath (with the size 0 bulge). Let’s face it, there are always going to be those who’ll cam under your skirt so if you can’t go commando because your willy would be poking out, you might as wel where a flash of colour underneath that toga. Is it the most fairy-like thing one can wear? Probably not, but Second Life™ quite often is about finding a happy compromise. Of course those of you with a cynical disposition will tell me that there is no such thing as a happy compromise, because when two parties make compromises upon striking a deal, neither party truly gets what they want. To that I say: suck it up and live with it!

Credits

  • Noche Toga and Roman Accessories (arm cuffs)
  • EQUAL Caleb Sandals (teleport to the older products)
  • PFC Fae wings
  • Redhead
    • Catwa Victor mesh head
    • Belleza Jake mesh body
    • Stray Dog Erwin skin for Catwa + their body skin for Belleza
    • Stealthic Hysteria hair
    • Avi-Glam Borealis eyes (applied on rigged eyes that come with Catwa head)
    • Mandala Steking Ears Season 5
    • Billy Beaverhausen Billy shape for Catwa Victor and Belleza Jake
  • Brunette
    • Lelutka Alain mesh head
    • Meshbody Legacy body
    • Clef De Peau Allan skin for Lelutka + theri body skin for Legacy
    • Stealthic Reach hair
    • Billy Beaverhausen Grant shape for Lelutka Alain and Belleza Jake (used with Legacy body for this blog post)
  • Compulsion Elven House Main
  • Anc Flottante Puppy standing and laying
  • DRD Deer Chandelabra (possibly not available at the DRD store, but I saw it in Marketplace)
  • Location: Lost Unicorn. I think it may have disappeared for a bit, because the description in the destination guide mentions “Lost Unicorn is back and better than ever”. It’s nice to see that Second Life™ is alive and kicking, with old favorite sims still getting the occasional facelift.

Pleasing Aesthetic – Episode 9

Right! Time to drag that musclebound Niramyth Aesthetic body out of the closet once more and create a look with it. First things first, there’s a pretty good basic tutorial available from Niramyth to help you get started with the Aesthetic body (and head). I will be combining the Aesthetic body with a Lelutka mesh head this time, which is a first for me.

When you use the Aesthetic body with its own mesh head, you just plonk it on and you’re done. Using this body with another mesh head takes just a little extra effort. After you have applied the medium or light skin that comes with Aesthetic Enzo (see basic tutorial), you need to unpack the “Bento HeadBlender for Medium & Light” and add the appropriate version. As I am using the medium skin on the Aesthetic body and I have a dark hairbase on my Lelutka mesh head , the best option for me is “HeadBlender_Medium-Skin_(BENTO) – Black_Hair”. You can then use the Color & Alpha HUD to tint the body and achieve a closer skin tone match with your mesh head. The use of the Color HUD is also covered in the basic tutorial. Obviously you will have to create or purchase a shape that works for both the Lelutka mesh head and the Aesthetic body. I’ve created my own and you’ll find the link to it in the credits, once I’ve gotten round to putting up in Marketplace. Right! After all that, I had to go shopping and get myself some new threads for this particular body.

If you’re looking for original sexy and perhaps just slightly kinky attire for the Aesthetic body, then Guilty is a good place to start at. Make sure that whatever you purchase, is displaying the Aesthetic logo or that size won’t be included. It’s wise to always get a demo first of course. For those of you with a strong preference for leather and something strappy, the “Cruising” singlet should peak your interest. I personally found the idea of this singlet on the muscular Aesthetic body irresistible and I’m not even that much into this body, but hey, in for a penny, in for a pound. Right? This could so easily have been an episode of my series on leather and latex fetish wear.

If you’re heading for the beach and need something to show a modicum of modesty, you can find the tiny pair of “Karin” bikini briefs at Imagine Moda. I had a look around at this store and found that most, if not all of their items support the Aesthetic body, so it’s definitely worth a visit.

Right, now lets end things with a “propper” outfit. You can’t go far wrong with a hoodie and jeans. I didn’t go shopping for these, instead I just rummaged around in my inventory, looking for items that included the Aesthetic size, or the Enzo version as it is often referred to in the item names. I settled on a pair of ripped jeans by Invictus, a colourful hoodie by TonkTastic and the L&B Swear low top sneakers.

Credits

  • Niramyth Aesthetic mesh body
  • Lelutka Luka mesh head
  • Birth Ozias skin for Lelutka Evo mesh heads. As I’m using this skin as a BOM layer, I’m using the alpha layer that comes with the head that hides the body and system eyes. Sadly, there is no matching skin available for the Aesthetic body, so that is why we use the head blender and tint the body to match the face, as mentioned above.
  • Billy Beaverhausen Dominique shape
  • Camo Makko dreads
  • Avi-Glam Erudite eyes (applies on the mesh heads that come with the Lelutka head)
  • Guilty Cruiser leather singlet
  • Imagine Moda Karin bikini briefs
  • Invictus ripped jeans
  • TonkTastic Zip Hoodie
  • Lapointe & Bastchild Swear Low Top Sneakers

Locker Room Talk

The Urban Dictionary defines locker room talk as “Any manner of conversation that polite society dictates be held privately – with small groups of like-minded, similarly gendered peers – due to its sexually charged language, situations or innuendos.” These days I’ve personally occasionally had the feeling that any talk about the possible outbreak of a (nuclear) third world war should be confined to that kind of space as well. I know, I know! Burying my head in the sand won’t stop it either, but it’s like being out on a nice hike somewhere in the stunning countryside, enjoying the beautiful vistas and then making an unfortunate fall and breaking your leg. The quality of that walk would have been severely diminished if you would have known all along that you were going to break your leg. Constantly being consciously aware of a broken leg being just around the corner, wouldn’t exactly improve the ramble either. Imagine trying to enjoy that outdoor experience with a couple of friends who find it necessary to share their views and expertise on just how you are most likely about to break your leg, based on what they saw on the news last night. Sometimes you can’t even stop yourself from joining in! You’ll be like: “yeah, I think the leg has lost its senses,” and you hate yourself for it! Sometimes I just need everybody to shut up.

Luckily I have Second Life™ to lose myself in for a couple of hours now and again. I can have wholesome fun making some changes to the interiors of my homes or can let a new jockstrap inspire me to create another one of my titillating “Batting For The Other Team” scenes. In those moments, there is no such thing as the real world and I believe we all need this kind of relieve from reality now and again. Someone knew what they were doing when they invented the concept of “entertainment.” That must have been how cavemen drawings started out. Luckily we are a bit more spoiled for options these days. I met a woman from Lithuania this week and she said that one of her fears was that everything would go back to the communist regime she grew up in. “We had one sausage, one kind of milk…” Both my childish sense of humor and my horror at the depravity of it all kinda stopped me from listening beyond “one sausage”. Some say choice is an illusion, but I for one rather like that illusion. I tend to take issue with things that are forced upon me, certainly a sausage. Anyhoo, speaking of choices, I’ll leave you with the credits now so you can go pick and chose for yourself.

Credits

  • Noche Wade jockstrap out at Fameshed now until March 27th and of course at their main store ones this round of Fameshed has ended.
  • Baseball outfit: Noche Robinson pants and socks, Tylie Ruth shirt (you can purchase this shirt at Noche as well), Modulus Lewis hat & hair, Semller Two-Plat sneakers.
  • Blond avatar: Lelutka Logan mesh head, Meshbody Legacy, Birth Rai skin for Lelutka EvoX mesh heads and their body skin for Legacy, hairbase and beard included with mesh head, Avi-Glam Borealis eyes (applied to mesh eyes that come with head), Billy Beaverhausen Frank shape.
  • If you want details on any of the other avatars, let me know in the comments here on in Flickr.

Trying to chill

Last Friday I got hit with the “what’s the use” blues at work, sometime around noon. I got through the rest of the day by putting myself on autopilote and just getting on with things. I just find it so depressing that we haven’t even come to the end of a global pandemic crisis yet and already some power-hungry Russian twat feels the need to invade the neighbouring country and now we all have to wonder if that’s where it will stop. I was glad to see Friday evening finally arrive and thanked The Powers That Be (in this case South Korean TV producers and the Belgian TV Channel VTM) for a new round of The Masked Singer.

Ironically we’ve been blessed with a couple of gloriously crisp but very sunny winter days in Stockholm this weekend. I say ironically, because an overcast sky would have been a better fit for the sense of doom and gloom that’s hanging over my head these days. Between the sunshine, looking at Stockholm’s architecture like I’m a tourist, some quiet knitting at a coffee place and enough entertainment to keep my mind of things, I managed to more or less charge the batteries for another week of putting out fiers, solving problems and maybe actually getting some work done. Obviously I still get some joy out of my Second Life™ too, or I wouldn’t bother with this blog. I don’t know how save we’d be as digitalised versions of our selves in a virtual world, but sometimes the thought/dream of that possibility seems very alluring… Wait, isn’t that basically The Matrix? So what’s going to be, the red pill or the blue pill?

Credits

  • All items worn are by Noche: Xavior Knit Sleeves, Oliver Crop Vest, Morgan Underwear and Athletic Socks.
  • Legacy mesh body
  • Lelutka Luka mesh head
  • Birth Ozias skin for Lelutka mesh heads + their skin for the Legacy mesh body
  • Stray Dog ADD ON Renato Hair Base
  • Rebellion Savant Specs
  • Billy Beaverhausen Kedar shape (originally made for Meshbody Athletic)
  • Fancy Decor Carter Fireplace Fatpack
  • Floorplan Pile of Books (includes the pillow with several animations)
  • Petrichor Masse Planter
  • Eli Baily Smith Wardrobe
  • Jian Kitten Collection Static (Inquisitive) (the sleeping Corgi is an old group grift and no longer available)
  • Kunst Makbook V

Latex & Leather Fetish 8

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted something for the Latex & Leather Fetish series, but I found the Xavior Latex Sleeves by Noche, currently out at EQUAL10 (ends March 5th), particularly inspiring.

There are burlesque theatres in Second Life™ but I’m not sure if any of them offer opportunities for male dancers, but for my photoshoots I do occasionally revisit my concept of a backstage lounge where the boys make themselves at home in between Shows. If you want to find a burlesque club with (mostly) female dancers, I suggest you take a look in the SL Destination Guide to see what’s on offer. I think it’s best we let the boys enjoy some time off now, because it looks like something is blossoming there… A more adult version of the image is available on my Patreon page.

Credits

  • Noche Xavior Latex Sleeves, currently at EQUAL10 until March 5th and at Noche’s main store after that. The sleeves are rigged for Belleza Jake and Meshbody Legacy & Athletic.
  • Noche Latex Tom Thong, comes with four bulge sizes and is rigged for Gianni, Jake and Legacy.
  • Noche Cross Pasties, suitable for Belleza Jake and Meshbody Legacy & Athletic.
  • Riot Shae Thigh High Boots – Latex, rigged for several female bodies and also for Adam, Belleza Jake, Male Slink and Signature Gianni.
  • Fakeicon Mary Gems Collar – Gold, the only male body this is rigged for is Belleza Jake.
  • Belleza Jake mesh body (both).
  • Redhead:
    • Exile Nox hair and hairbase.
    • Stray Dog Hikaru skin for Lelutka + their body skin for Belleza Jake.
    • Beard, brows and freckles come with the head.
  • Brunette:
    • Stealthic Reach hair and hair base.
    • Clef De Peau Allan skin for Lelutka (brows and freckles included) + their body skin for Belleza.
    • Hair base and beard come with the mesh head.
    • Billy Beaverhausen Grant shape.
  • Foxcity Lipstick Lounge (adjusted).
  • Abedul Lamp Man (can’t find landmark for this at the moment).
  • Apple Fall: Empire Coffee Table (you’ll find it in the Outlet area and it was free when I last checked), Argentinian Malbec (that’s the wine, in case your not a connoisseur) and whine glasses (both freebies), Naught Things Tray.
  • Ariskea: Hybrid Roses – Cherry and Peonies Gift Box. I couldn’t find these two particular items at the store currently, but the store is well worth a visit if your into a romantic style.
  • Jian Kitten Pillow.

Valentine Shop & Hop

If with my previous post Valentine’s Day was rapidly approaching, with this post it is getting near to the point where it will start banging at your door, insisting to be let in. I of course will meet it with my sincerest grumpy cat impression and tell it NO! But that doesn’t mean I can’t go to the Second Life™ Shop & Hop event, because who doesn’t love a bargain? That’s some kind of love too, right? You’ve gotta hurry to still catch this event though, it ends on February 15th.

One example is the Blague set by Fancy Decor. You can get the fatpack at a 50% discount, which will get you the bed, end table, lamp, rug, bench and artwork at a steal. As always the Shop & Hop event is held at a number of sims, all stitched together to appear as one large festive shopping mall. You’ll find the Fancy Decor booth at the Poppy sim.

I also came across the very flashy sequin briefs by Cheerno and grabbed the with a 30% discount. These briefs are rigged for Jake, Legacy and Enzo and you’ll find the Cheerno booth at the Lupine sim. Don’t forget that there are also loads of gifts at the Valentine Shop & Hop. Unfortunately for those of use with male avatars, most of the gifts are for female avatars and in SL it isn’t a case of being brave enough to be “none binary” in your choice of clothing, because female clothing simply doesn’t fit on a male avatar. Truth be told, real life me ain’t gonna look good in a little black dress either. Anyhoo, I’m digressing again. The see through “Black Heart” shirt is a gift by Reinvent and you’ll find their booth right next to the one for Cheerno at the Lupine sim.

I’ve made some adult extra steamy bathroom threesome scenes to go with this post. Head over to my Patreon page to see them and show your support of my blog by becoming a Patron.

Credits (referring to the group shot)

  • Mesh bodies: Belleza Jake (left), Meshbody Legacy (right and middle).
  • Mesh heads: Lelutka Logan (left and middle), Lelutka Luka.
  • Skins: Stray Dog Mark for Lelutka EvoX (left), Vendetta Phillip for Lelutka EvoX (middle), Birth Ozias for Lelutka Evo (obviously this can be worn on EvoX heads, just click the Evo button in the Lelutka HUD). All face skins are combined with the matching body skins from the same creators.
  • Hair: Stealthic Hysteria (left), Vango Neil (middle, group gift), Stray Dog ADD ON Renato Hairbase (right).
  • Beards all come with the head.
  • Tattoos: Fewness Tumb Tattoo and BadWolf face tattoo for EvoX heads (left), Dappa Forme tattoo (middle).
  • Noche Zedd Onesie at Fameshed until February 27th, check Noche’s main store at any later date. The onesie is rigged for Belleza Jake and Meshbody Legacy & Athletic.
  • Noche Tommy Towel. The version shown in the bedroom scene is a prop, but there’s a wrap-around wearable version for Belleza, Gianni and Legacy.
  • Shapes: all three are my own shapes, the one on the right is named Luka and currently is the only one of these three that’s available for purchase.
  • If you fancy the Fancy Decor Blague bedroom set (or just some items from it), you will still find it at their main store after the Valentines Shop & Hop.
  • The same goes for the sequence briefs, you’ll find those at the Cheerno / Nexus store. I couldn’t find them their yet today, so maybe they used the event to launch this product and it will be up at their store soon. If not, then at least they have plenty of other briefs to choose from.

Another “holiday” is getting near

It feels like only yesterday we were counting down the seconds to let in the new year with high hopes for something better than what we’ve been experiencing the past two years, but in fact already more than a month has passed and we’re fast approaching one of those holidays that isn’t even an official holiday (seriously, we need more public holidays!) but from a commercial point of view it’s a really big thing.

Let’s face it, you’re going to be smacked in the face with heart motives, candy and flowers (often red roses) in shop window whether you appreciate it or not. Personally I think the idea behind Valentine’s Day isn’t too bad. I mean sure, you should show appreciation for your loved ones on any given day without feeling the social pressure to do so and I’m not too sure about that whole anonymous Valentine thing. There’s a fine line between a secret admirer and a stalker. But on the other hand, it can also be the perfect day to finally let someone know how you feel about them. Obviously you may get rejected, but at least then you (hopefully) can move one. What I definitely don’t appreciate about this day, is the assumption that anyone who hasn’t got a special something, must feel at least a little bit miserable on Valentine’s. Nope! Personally I don’t really care. It is what it is. You’re getting a box of chocolates from your honey, I’ll just get my own. And with that I’ll just leave you with the credits, so you can also get your own new onesie.

Credits

  • Noche Zedd Onesie at Fameshed until February 27th, check Noche’s main store at any later date. The onesie comes in sizes for Beleza Jake and the Legacy as well as Athletic mesh body. That last one should be considered as “experimental”, but I’m using the Athletic body for this post and it fit perfectly.
  • Black avatar:
    • Lelutka Luka mesh head
    • Athletic mesh body
    • Birth Ozias skin for Lelutka mesh heads (this is not a Lelutka EvoX skin, so make sure to switch to Evo in the hud that comes with your Lelutka head) + Birth’s matching body skin for the Legacy mesh body
    • Stray Dog Add On Renato hair base (again, this is Evo, not EvoX)
    • Avi Glam Solstice eyes applied to the mesh eyes that come with the head
    • Beard comes with the head
    • Billy Beaverhausen Kedar shape
  • White avatar:
    • Lelutka Logan mesh head
    • Legacy mesh body
    • Vendetta Phillip skin for Lelutka EvoX mesh head + their matching body skin for Legacy
    • Vango Neil hair (group gift)
    • Beard and hair base come with head
  • Foxcity Photobooth – The Book Nook
  • All books and the coral specimen are by Apple Fall
  • Gold coffee bean (group gift) and the wooden box with painted lid are by Fancy Decor
  • Exotic plants/button fern by Vespertine
  • Jian Kitten Pillow