Quench Your Thirst 8

I’ve already exposed you to one of the items in the April edition of the JOCKD underwear set by Thirst. Now it’s time to roll out the exercise mat and indulge in some more underwear yoga to take a closer look at the other item in the set.

The Thirst Clip Jock is definitely sporty looking but there is also something slightly kinky about those well executed clips. I can imagine slowly releasing each clip, one by one in the final stage of a striptease. The jock is rigged for Signature Gianni and Belleza Jake and it includes 6 textures (+2 exclusive textures for those that pre-ordered).

Jock shown on the Signature Gianni body with Akeruka Leon head. The skin is “Jonatas” by Stray Dog. The hair is by Modulus and ears are by Mandala.

Taking David to TMD April 2019

Where my shopping trips dedicated to the NX-Nardcotic David mesh body are concerned, a lot of times I end up going to the Men Only Monthly event. This time I thought I’d give The Men’s Department event a go. The viable clothing options for this body at the event weren’t an embarrassment of riches, but there were a couple of eye catching items that looked promising.

Take for example the leather jacket by Ascend. Okay, so the Belleza size is a tighter fit but I can’t quite make it work, so I had to go with the Signature size which is a bit loose around the neck, but it’s just so forking cool! Hey, why can’t I say “forking”? What the fork!… Yes I have been watching The Good Place.

Anywhooo, it comes with a t-shirt and tank top built-in, or you can just wear it on your bare skin. The tank top is quite long and you may have to try on several pairs of jeans or trousers before you find a pair that works with it. There are also several options for putting text on the back and adorning the jacket with patches.

We’re jumping from one fun piece of men’s attire to another with a new pair of jeans by Tori Torricelli. I felt compelled to purchase the fatpack, because it comes with some fun prints and a chain. With all the pairs of jeans available in SL, you can’t blame me for wanting something with some more bells and whistles. You’ll find that the Enzo size is the best fit for David and if you feel it makes your legs too bulky, you can play with your shape a bit to reduce them. In any case it’s always a joy to find a pair of trousers that fits snugly without having to make serious alterations to your shape. (sneakers by Semller)

If your sim isn’t quite ready for full-on spring yet (it actually started freezing again during day time where I live in rl), you’ll enjoy Etham’s new coat. I’m pairing it with cargo pants and boots from NX-Nardcotix, which are my go-to pieces if I want to keep things really easy.

Perhaps you prefer to imagine the days have gotten a bit warmer and you can get away with a hoodie. TonkTastic has a new one at TMD with options for items you can wear underneath, which you have to purchase separately. The crew neck sweater option is the only one that worked for David and I’m wearing everything in the Signature size. Unfortunately going shirtless with this hoodie is not an option for David. The hoodie comes with a small animation hud that allows you to put your hands in the pockets, which is a nice touch.

The April 2019 round of TMD ends on April 28th. Missed it? Go take a look at the main stores for the brands covered in this blog post: Ascend, Tori Torricelli, Etham and TonkTastic.

Quench Your Thirst 7

The April edition of JOCKD has landed in our inventories! Those of you that were smart enough to pre-order it at Thirst will receive their two brand new underwear items with a couple of extra exclusive textures. If you didn’t do that, you can still buy April’s JOCKD at the Thirst store starting from April 12th. While you’re there you may want to pre-order the May edition… And thus we live from one new set of underpants to the next.

One of the two items in the set is this “Peep Brief”. It manages to be reasonably wholesome and deviously naughty all at once. It comes in 6 textures (+2 exclusives) and is rigged for Belleza Jake and Signature Gianni.

Brief shown on the Belleza Jake body with the Catwa Victor head, Zhao skin by Stray Dog, Obscura hair by Stealthic and Basic mesh ears are by L’etrê.
I’ll take a closer look at the second item in the April Jocked set soon, but for now it’s “namaste”.

What’s Eating TMP 13

About a month ago we witnessed a light update of the TMP mesh bodies. They now come with bento hands and a sharp price increase from 500 to 1950 L$. Nothing new has been happening over at their store since then, as far as I can tell. I think it will be too much to hope for to see bento versions of their mesh heads pop up at the store. Nevertheless I still like taking the body out for a spin and enjoy plunking another mesh head on it for a pleasant styling exercise.

This time around I headed over to Bold & Beauty for a skin, because I recently found out that they have a TMP body applier and I rather fancy their charmingly youthful range of Catwa head appliers. For 350 L$ you get their applier for the TMP body in all the available skin tones. A Bold & Beauty applier for a Catwa head will set you back 960 L$ per skin tone. Add 5000 L$ to that for the Stanley Catwa bento mesh head, 299 L$ for L’etrê basic mesh ears, 250 L$ for the Vango Matt hair and 350 L$ for the Avi Glam Solstice eyes and you are looking at a total of 9159 L$. Designer support for TMP has been declining, especially in the underwear department, but you still get some nice older pieces like the Boxer Briefs by Noche with bulge options from flat-fronted to eye-watering. There is a slight displacement of the nipples with the Bold & Beauty skin, which is something you can easily fix by adding mesh nipples like the ones by Noche.

One of the brands that keep including a TMP size in their newest releases is Not So Bad. I rather fancy the Charly jeans with all it’s texture options for the belt and boxers. Also new is their Matys jacket, a very well made timeless item, with a bunch of texture options for the t-shirt. Unfortunately it glitches with the belt on the Charly jeans, but I recently got a new pair of ripped jeans by Invictus at the Men Only Month Event (ends on April 15th, check Invictus main store after event) and they too continue to include a TMP size for now. The shoes are the Chase sneakers by Deadwool (slightly clipping with the Charly jeans).

PS: TMP sent out the following group notice (a rarity!): ”
It looks like something big is happening! Bulldozers, cranes and construction crew have been spotted. I sense something fresh and new in the air!
PSST! “The Shops” region is going under renovation and a new era will begin! Grab your bento body update (free!) during this LAST weekend before the store goes offline for a permanent re-launch!
The legacy is just beginning!”

Eeehm, a legacy is something you leave behind after your done or dead.

It’s Always a Good Time to Be Gallant

…But now it’s an extra good time to join the Gallant Magazine group. There currently is no joining fee and there are some gifts with the newest issue of the magazine which will come in handy for those of you that were looking into expanding their underwear collection. The spring issue of Gallant is bursting with inspiration and style and a joy to flip through. On page 41 you’ll find the landmarks to the stores that have a gift for the Gallant group. Remember to wear your group tag. If you’re not a member yet, you will see a join sign for this group at each of the stores, or you can do a search on “Gallant Magazine” in SL, click on the group info button and then the join group button. Enjoy!

Gifts by Matova, Noche and Thirst

The gifts are shown on the Belleza Jake body with the Catwa Victor head, Arthur skin by Stray Dog and Modulus Bailey hair. The mesh ears are by L’etrê. Add-on nipples By Noche were used for extra perkiness. Poses are by Cordeaux.

PS: It turns out that the “Arthur” skin by Stray Dog was a hunt item from 2017 and isn’t available at the store. I guess the silver lining is that it’s good to know Stray Dog does contribute to a hunt once in a blue moon. I couldn’t remember how I got it, so I did a google search… Turns out there’s a famous stray dog named Arthur. Go figure.

City Walks

In my previous post I already discussed the Aries Bomber Jacket by Thirst, which you currently can get at the Zodiac Event until April 10th 2019.

One of the 20 included texture options is a rather Swedish looking yellow and blue combination. In search of a matching pair of sneakers I found my way to the Versov flag store which is located on a photogenic urban Parisian sim, complete with a sexy jazz stream. I got myself a fatpack of the Versov Nardov sneakers. With it’s 20 available colours which can be applied to 4 areas of the sneakers, it was easy to make something that matches the bomber jacket. I love it when things work out this easily.

If you’ve missed the Zodiac event, you can get the bomber jacket at the Thirst flag store after the event. The outfit is shown on the Belleza Jake body with the Catwa Victor head, Arthur skin by Stray Dog and Modulus Bailey hair. The mesh ears are by L’etrê. You’ll find the jeans at Riot. Perhaps you’ll need to find yourself a shoehorn somewhere, cause those jeans cling to the Belleza buttocks like nobody’s business. I’ll leave you all to ponder on that fun little detail and bid you adieu for now mes amis.

What’s Your Star Sign

… and other cheesy pick-up lines. I’m not a big fan of astrology, but Thirst has a great new bomber jacket at the Zodiac event, so I thought it was worth checking it out. There isn’t much there in terms of clothing. I think The Thirst jacket was the only male clothing item there. Apart from that there were some very nice home decor and furniture items and I enjoyed my short shopping excursion among the celestial bodies.

Pose by Cordeaux

The jacket is rigged for Signature Gianni and Belleza Jake and includes 20 texture options, five of which feature Aries zodiac sign.
This round of the Zodia event ends on April 10th 2019. If you’ve missed it, you can get the bomber jacket at the Thirst flag store after the event.
After all that I’m definitely starting to believe that spring is in the air, though my iPad did just warn me that it’s freezing.

Shown on the Belleza Jake body with the Catwa Victor head , Arthur skin by Stray Dog and Modulus Bailey hair. The mesh ears are by L’etrê. You’ll find the shorts at Riot and sneakers at Semller.

Castor Cottage – Episode 3

In the first episode of my tour of the house I named Castor Cottage we took a look at the outdoor surroundings and entered via the very spacious entrance hall. As a matter of fact, this room was so spacious it easily took up a second episode. This time I’m taking you into the cosy kitchen diner.

The Plantation Kitchen from Apple Fall looks very at home in this house. The stove and fridge are both from Apple Fall as well. There is no island with this kitchen, but the Shabby Island Kitchen from Chez Moi goes nicely with it and it includes a cook book on a stand with a bowl of eggs. Of course a kitchen in SL needs some bits and pieces to make it come to life. Let me list those to the best of my ability, till I run out of patience. Unfortunately I’m working from pictures only, as I no longer use this house because the sim owner took a break from SL.

From Apple Fall we see the Sourbread Loaf in Tin, Gourds in Vintage Bowl, Enamel Teapot and Daffodils Jug. The shelves and some of the items on them are from YS & YS. There are also some items from Dutchie, like the pot with utensils, the drying rack with plates and the cups near the coffee machine. The pendant lamp was stretched a bit, so it will look different when you see the original from Brook Hill Living. The kitchen machine is a gacha from 22769 and the coffee machine is a rare gacha item from [kunst]. That’ll have to do for this part of the room. Now let’s take a look at the dining room side.

The Theory Barley Twist Side Board houses cakes from Apple Fall and What Next. The candied apples are from Dust Bunny and for those that prefer something a bit more savoury, there’s the TA Cheese Table. The plaster candle sticks, bowl with pears and wine bottles with opener are all group gifts from Apple Fall. The golden frame originally has an abstract painting in it, named Jansen Painting and is by Fancy Decor. I swapped out the painting by a Van Gogh.

Of course the Forest Dining Set by ~BAZAR~ is the most important feature of this room. It comes with all the bits and pieces you can see on the table, the chandelier and more. Against the furthest wall you see a china cabinet by Apple Fall and to the side a slightly more worn shelf by Pew Pew with an eclectic collection of earthenware and china.

After that sumptuous dinner, those linnen napkins will need to be washed. A door leads from the kitchen straight into a laundry room. Naturally this isn’t the most generous space in the house, but it’s large enough for the laundry cabinet and washer/dryer from Roost. I found folded clothes at Fanatik and the basket with rolled up towels was a group gift at Shutter Field at some point.

For some extra authenticity you can get an ironing board at What Next. The board on the wall with the coat hangers is part of a laundry corner by Sari-Sari. I ripped out the board only because the rest was too rustic to got with all the mod cons in this house. The wall lamp is by Revival and also part of a set (with a chair).

The house is from Brook Hill Living and it’s named The Chilmark House and has a land impact of 362, so it’s not quite lightweight, nor is it for the fainthearted. You need to enjoy a home decorating project to complete this one, or alternatively of course you can just throw some stuff in it… The horror!

Taking David to Men Only Monthly March / April 2019

Welcome to another shopping excursion with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body. When I was about halfway through the current round of the Men Only Monthly event, I realised that this was not going to be an extremely successful trip. There seemed to be a lot of things that weren’t clothing and a number of empty stalls. In the end I only got three items, but that’s enough to create some looks, with a little help from my inventory.

In some parts of Europe it’s already warm enough to swap out the coats for a warm top, like this turtle neck sweater by FE Style. The Signature size appears to work just fine. After a bit of rummaging in my wardrobe I found the NX-Nardcotix Finley cargo pants to go with it.

Aitui has been consistently useful for David. This jacket and hoodie works well with the body in the TMP size, but you may want to play with your shape a little to make it ook less bulky. If your butt is pleasantly shapely when your naked, it’s going to make the jacket tent in the back, so you’re better off adjusting that and saving it as a shape to wear with Aitui tops in this style. Again the NX-Nardcotix Finley cargo pants are a good match with this top, together with the NX-Nardcotix Jude ankle boots.

And now it’s time for the almost mandatory shirtless jeans look. Invictus has a new pair of ripped jeans at MOM that work reasonably well with David in the Aesthetic size. It took some shape editing, but I got there in the end. The skin behind the ripped sections of the jeans is built-in and there’s a hud so you can match your skin tone. The cap and rope belt are accessories you attach separately or leave off if they get in the way. From my inventory I got a pair of sneakers by Semller.

This round of the Men Only Monthly event ends on April 15th. Missed it? Don’t worry, you’ll find most , if not all of these items a the main store for each brand. Here’a handy list of landmarks along with the rest of the credits, cause I’m feeling extra helpful today.

Exmachina Davide 5.05

The updates of the Exmachina Davide full avatar have been falling from the virtual heavens in quick succession. I didn’t even get around blogging about version 5.04. When I first looked at version 5.05 however, there was something wrong with the mouth. The change log mentions that there has been a full mesh rebuild of the avatar to eliminate gaps and it looked as if they sewed shut it’s mouth in the proces. Though Halloween is far behind us (or far ahead), it made me think of the Billy character in Hocus Pocus…

So I left it for a bit, thinking that someone else would notify the creator or that perhaps they’ll notice it themselves. Sure enough, today I got a notification that I could go get a redelivery to fix the issue.

I still don’t feel super confident about applying a hair base AND a beard on the original head that is part of this avatar. It more or less worked out this time, but it still glitches every now and again, so I prefer to go for a longer hair style that doesn’t need a hair base, like Dura B&G83. The chin doesn’t look right to me without facial hair, so I applied the Bristle Beard by Birth. I clicked on “makeup” in the applier, because it gives you the option to place the beard on the layer of your choice. Layer 1 appears to be the most stable option. Don’t forget that you will need to get the Omega System Kit and install it before you will be able to use omega appliers. You’ll find that at the Exmachina store. The eyes that come with the avatar aren’t my cup of rich Earl Grey either, so I’m using mesh eyes from Avi Glam instead. The skin is one of the four standard skin tones for this body and the shape is my own work, though the package does include a shape. I wish someone would make him a nice pair of briefs that didn’t have that sideways worn semi erection going on, but that is the compromise I make for wearing something of good quality like the Thor briefs by Legal Insanity with this body.

The body also includes headless versions and it looks like the neck seam has improved from previous releases. I’m using the Catwa Victor head and Birth Benjamin skin and I remember that in previous versions the neck seam was jagged, but now it’s actually almost invisible, though of course as always windlight does play a part in this. The Omega body applier from Birth is not a perfect match for this body as there are some misaligned shadows, but the imperfections aren’t too conspicuous. It’s probably the best fitting skin for this body at the moment, apart from its original skin. The nails look gnarly, but you can correct that by choosing one of the standard nail textures from the body’s hud, after you have applied the Birth skin.
I like using 3rd party add-on mesh ears on Catwa mesh heads, like the L’Etrê basic mesh ears. You’ll find the Reach hair style at Stealthic and the eyes are the basic rigged eyes for this Catwa head with an applier from Avi Glam. The Hawaii swim trunks are by Legal Insanity.

Another thing that is worth mentioning is that you get a version with a bigger bum together with the standard butt version. When I applied the Omega skin to the standard version, a part of the right leg didn’t take the skin. The big butt version however had no such issue. I’ve dropped a notecard on Exmachina, so they’ll probably fix it soon.