Men only Hunt 2021 – Episode 3

Another day, another look “sponsored” by this year’s Men Only Hunt. There used to be more than one of these a year, but I’d rather have fewer hunts with better quality items than an endless stream of junk I have to trash as soon as I’ve unpacked it, before it contaminates my inventory. Something I haven’t mentioned before is that this hunt comes with a hud that takes you from store to store. You can get it at the Men Only sim, which also hosts the Men Only Monthly event. You need to be in the group to be able to grab the hud. You don’t need to be in the group to be able to grab the hunt items though, so if you see that bird somewhere when you’re out and about, just grab it and put in in your pocket. Of course, that will inevitably mean that at some point someone will ask you if that is a bird in your pocket or if you are just happy to see them. Why can’t it be both?

Today I’m wearing the tucked Damon tank by Fake society, rolled hem jeans by Gabriel, Austin hair by The Mars and the Quon tattoo by Mister Razzor.

General credits (not related to Men Only Hunt)

  • Legacy Meshbody
  • Catwa HDPRO George mesh head
  • Birth Roman skin for Catwa HDPRO and their body skin for Legacy (comes with smooth and several body hair options
  • Avi-Glam Solstice eyes
  • Ralf shape
  • Versov Nardov sneakers (group gift and there’s no joining fee at the moment), no Legacy size included, but the Belleza size seems to work

Men Only Hunt 2021 – Episode 2

While in real life my laundry is going round and round in the washers downstairs in the well equipped laundry room, I felt inspired to put on a lazy Sunday morning outfit in Second Life™ in total contrast with reality. Mind you, in Sweden there’s this tendency to call Wednesdays “lillördag”, which means little Saturday. Yeah. Whatever. I worked all day, quite long too and now I’m doing laundry. So, no Sweden. NO! But in SL on the other hand, I can have a lazy Sunday morning in the middle of the week. Woohoo. And I can do it with some of the items I got from this year’s Men Only Hunt, which runs till the end of August.

Clearly I have slept in the skimpy Cubura Man Hunt undies and put on the Ascend Reed cardigan for a bit of comfort and warmth without being much bothered to actually get dressed, but of course the Volthair Gary hair is on fleek no matter what. My little breakfast was provided for my Mintae Midwest and the glasses by A&D are just for show… That reminds me of being in car with a friend many years ago. She was driving and after about 15 minutes, she says… I really should be wearing my glasses for this. She wasn’t so much bad ass, as more somewhat forgetful. What is bad ass on the other hand, is that “Heavenly Path” tattoo by Addicted to Ink.

General credits (not related to Men Only Hunt)

  • Legacy Meshbody
  • Catwa HDPRO George mesh head
  • Birth Roman skin for Catwa HDPRO and their body skin for Legacy (comes with smooth and several body hair options
  • Ralf shape

Men Only Hunt 2021 – Hunting with David

I’ve just finished the Men Only Hunt and as I’m unpacking everything, my first blog post about this hunt will focus on a look with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body, using some of the hunt items. The backdrop is by K&S, they bike is by 777 Motors and the pose is by Empowered. These three items are all in the Men Only Hunt as well as what I’m wearing in this shot.

Now for the hunt items I’m wearing: The S21 Jeans are by Cheerno. I’m wearing these in the Enzo size and I altered my shape to make them look right on David. The chain necklace is by Amias and rigged for Gianni, but it doesn’t cut into the body much. There is an unrigged version included, but as that doesn’t move with the neck, it tends to cut into the body more. The body chain is by Afterparty and is unrigged so in theory it works with any mesh body. Head over to Vegas Tattoo to find the Apache tattoo. Bom layers as well as appliers are included. You can use the Omega applier for David, but you will need to have the Omega relay for this body for that to work (available at NX-Nardcotix). The KobZache cap goest rather well with this shirtless quasi bad ass look, don’t you think? The simple pair of white sneakers by KC & Native Urban go well under those faded black jeans, though if you look really close you will see a gap were some ankle should be showing (you win some, you lose some). Personally I thought the earrings by Raon Hausen Beauty and bracelets by L’Emporio & PL were the bit of bling needed to finish the look off.

Body, head and skin

  • NX-Nardcotix David mesh body
  • Lelutka Guy mesh head
  • Birth Maverick skin for Lelutka and their Omega body skin applier (you’ll need the omega relay form NX-Nardcotix to be able to apply the skin)
  • Billy Beaverhausen Troy Shape for Lelutka Guy & NX-Nardcotix David (used it with a different skin for the Marketplace images + legs and butt were adjusted for the Cheerno jeans)

Putting the “short” in shorts – Episode 3

Yes, it is time again to look for and at shorts that make you wonder if perhaps there was a fabric shortage issue when they made those. If they’d be a skirt, people would make comments such as “nice skirt, but where’s the rest of it?”

I’ve further enriched my collection of short shorts with one of the newer creations by Thirst. The Dylan Dukes are a snug fit, have been made with a great eye for detail and have a built-in underwear waistband. As with most Thirst items, the fat pack is standard, so you can play around with texture combinations of the shorts and underwear. These shorts even come with optional hankies, which you can wear in the left or right back pocket and tint to fit your particular kink, if you are a connoisseur of the hanky code. Personally I wont be using those, because I’ll just end up sending out the wrong message and I’d be like “you want me to do WHAT?! How rude!”

The Diego shorts by Legal Insanity are an old favourite of mine and they can easily stand their ground among today’s creations. These aren’t quite as short as some of the other shorts in this blog series, but they still put a lot of thigh on display and are low riding enough to wear with the Noche James thong (size 0 bulge of course, so it doesn’t poke through the shorts), which is always a plus in my book. It’s a pity that this trick only works with the Legacy body though, but that’s become my body of choice these days anyway.

Credits

  • Thirst Dylan Dukes, rigged for Belleza Jake and Legacy Meshbody.
  • Legal Insanity Diego shorts, rigged for Davide, Enzo, Gianni, Geralt, Jake, Legacy and Slink.
  • Noche Wes tank, with built-in strip off feature and a shit load of texture options and some graphics (you can leave it blank if you want) in the fatpack. Currently at EQUAL10 until September 5th, at Noche’s main store when the event has ended. This tanks is rigged for Legacy Meshbody and Belleza Jake.
  • Noche Armani crop tank.
  • Noche James thong. Note that you can only wear this thong with the size 0 bulge under the Legal Insanity Diego shorts on the Legacy body. This “trick” doesn’t work for Belleza Jake.
  • Zoom Cezein glasses
  • Birth Freddie skin & their body skin for Legacy. The facial stubble is part of the skin
  • Lelutka Skyler mesh head 3.1
  • Legacy Meshbody
  • Modulus Bailey hair and Lewis hat and hair
  • Avi-Glam Solstice eyes (applied to mesh eyes that come with the head)
  • Billy Beaverhausen Fred shape for Lelutka Skyler and Legacy Meshbody
  • Noche mesh nipples
  • Location: Saphire’s Pearl Dreams

Virtual Beach Therapy 7

In Second Life™ the next beach is always just around the corner, or at the very least a quick transport away. Something tells me we’re still at leas a couple of centuries removed from that type of transportation in real life, so we have to create the illusion of a quick getaway in our minds, or alternatively, find beauty in the little things in real life. As this blog is about Second Life, I’ll stick with the illusion for now.

Sapphire’s Pearl Dreams is a picturesque coastal island town that seems both full off life and yet abandoned. All the little rezzed details come together to paint an intriguing story and the whole sim is just so darn cute, you’ll definitely want to wander all over the place and investigate every crook and nook. I particularly like the relaxing lounge music that’s streaming at this sim. I know many people have there SL viewer set up not to automatically stream, but for me it’s been a way to discover new streams and music all the time. Totally unrelated to this sim: I never knew how much German hip hop is being made until discovered the stream at the Backdrop City sim. I also never knew how much I disliked German hip hop but how after a while a kind love to hate it or hate to love it. I didn’t realise how conflicted I could feel about music. But let’s get back to Sapphire’s Pearl Dreams…

This is a moderate sim so you shouldn’t get down and dirty, but there are plenty of romantic spots you can lie back and have a cuddle. The rainbow flag isn’t officially waving at this place, but unless otherwise stated I always take that for granted. If straight people are allowed to rub their “lifestyle” in my face on a daily basis, I don’t see why same sex couples should refrein from public displays of affection. I don’t particularly enjoy being in a queue just behind a couple who can’t keep their hands of each other, but I don’t see my personal qualms as a valid reason for stopping people from living their life. But I am digressing again! It’s one of those days. Anyhoo, in short: this sim has some romantic spots for hanging out with your favourite person (or people) and no area is private here, so you can stick your nose in everywhere. It’s not hard to see how this sim made the Editor’s Picks list for Second Life™ destinations. I for one had a rather therapeutic experience putting my little photoshoot together.

Credits

  • Noche Victor Swim Suit, currently at Fameshed until August 27th and at Noche’s main store after that. The top and swim shorts are two separate pieces, but sold together. They are rigged for Belleza Jake and Legacy Meshbody and the fatpack comes with a very generous range of textures for the top, shorts and belt. Credits below are for the avatar in the yellow and white ensemble.
  • Birth Freddy skin & their body skin for Legacy. The facial stubble is part of the skin
  • Lelutka Skyler mesh head 3.1
  • Legacy Meshbody
  • Billy Beaverhausen Fred shape for Lelutka Skyler and Legacy Meshbody
  • Modulus Bailey hair

Real Life Inspiration

Sometimes skin creators in Second Life™ take inspiration from real life to create a pretty convincing look-alike avatar of a person who actually exists. I wonder if skins we don’t necessarily recognise are in fact also based on or inspired by real people. Maybe we’re all running around in SL looking like someone’s relative. Sooner or later, someone in a gasmask will ask you “are you my mommy” (that’s a Doctor Who reference that will be making a colourful stain on the wall over the heads of a lot of people, but oh well… philistines!) Birth created the Freddie skin for the Lelutka Skyler head and I immediately recognised which real life person they were emulating with this look. A Swedish football-playing and Calvin Klein underwear modelling blast from the past, Freddie Ljungberg.

If you want it to look like the poster you need to use the shape and brow shape that comes with this skin, which were made for the “dated” version of the Skyler head. You’ll find the dated version in the head’s package as a separate item that needs to be unpacked. The only thing that is “dated” about this version of the head is the rigging, in any other sense it’s up to date. Newer versions have been updated with more/different connection points to the SL bones, which means the head reacts differently to the sliders in the shape editor and shapes that look good with the dated version, will look quite weird with the updated head and visa versa.

I created my own shape for the updated Lelutka Skyler head and the Birth Freddie skin, without making any effort to make it look like Mr Ljungberg, but of course there was always going to be hint of Freddie in it. I gave him hair, which is a luxury the real life Freddie hasn’t had in quite some time now. There is something in the DNA of many blond Swedish men that makes them lose their hair quite early on, or at least that’s my best guess going by what I’m seeing in the streets of Stockholm. Now without any further ado, here are the full credits

  • Birth Freddie skin & their body skin for Legacy. The facial stubble is part of the skin
  • Lelutka Skyler mesh head 3.1
  • Legacy Meshbody
  • Modulus Bailey hair
  • Avi-Glam Solstice eyes (applied to mesh eyes that come with the head)
  • Billy Beaverhausen Fred shape for Lelutka Skyler and Legacy Meshbody
  • Noche mesh nipples
  • Noche Armani mesh crop top

Catwa HDPRO George Mesh Head

I finally coughed up the L$5900 for Catwa’s first and so far only male “HDPRO” mesh head. The catalyst for this purchase was a new skin by Birth made for this head specifically (I am on Birth’s blogger team) and of course I always like a new mesh head to play with, especially if it has all the latest bells and whistles. It’s interesting to see that Catwa’s price point is not being affected by the, in my opinion, steep competition of Lelutka, where you can pick up one of their new “Evox” mesh heads for just L$3990. But let us not discuss the tacky matter of price and take a closer look at George.

Combined with Legacy Meshbody, this head gives you pretty much the best you can hope for when it comes to an invisible neck seam. I looked at it in default and ultra graphic settings and different windlights, with the face light switched on and off and I had to look extremely close to be able to spot a neck seam. Another improvement I noticed right away are the ears. I rather disliked the ears on older Catwa mesh heads and almost always replaced them with separate mesh ears. The problem with those is that they never really match up perfectly with the skin on the head. There’s no more need for all that faff, because not only have the ears on this new mesh head been sculpted much more carefully, you can also turn them into pixy or elf ears and rotate them. Such fun! That is just one of the many features in the new hud for this mesh head. Speaking of the hud, it can be overwhelming but Catwa has created an extensive introduction video which talks you through it, albeit in a creepy robot voice. The head shown in the video is female, but the male mesh head has the same options as far as I can see. I’ll admit that I didn’t watch the whole video myself. I like to just push buttons and see what happens. Another thing I found interesting is that the mesh eyes are now built-in. I won’t pretend that I fully understood how I got there, but I was able to apply the Avi-Glam solstice eyes and make that interact with the built-in materials of the eyes, making them look more lively. I’ll figure it out more properly sooner or later, because all of this radom button-pushing is going to result in a mushroom cloud explosion (in my mind) one if these days.

Of course I put together a complete dressed look with this head, partly as an excuse to showcase the Will outfit again Noche released some months ago. I especially love the buckle in the back of the trousers and the leather suspenders. I know that Noche’s creator got his inspiration for this outfit from a Taylor Swift video and I haven’t been able to find the SL-equivalent of the exact kind of boots the man in this video is wearing with the outfit (without clashing with the trouser cuffs), but I rather like how the Ascend Harry Long Boots look with it.

Credits

  • Catwa HDPRO mesh head
  • Birth Roman skin for the Catwa HDPRO mesh head(s) + their skin for the Legacy mesh body (includes smooth and several hairy versions)
  • Legacy Meshbody
  • Avi-Glam Solstice eyes. Includes a Catwa applier that can be used with the built-in mesh eyes of the head. You need to play a little with the eye settings in the hud to create interaction between the Avi-Glam texture and the materials layers of the eyes and you also need to wear an alpha layer to hide system eyes.
  • Mister Razzor Felipe Facial Hair
  • Stealthic Hysteria hair and hairbase (purchased separately)
  • Billy Beaverhausen Ralf shape for Catwa George & Legacy Meshbody
  • Noche Will outfit (shirt, suspenders and trousers)
  • Ascend Harry Long Boots

Outfit inspiration

Sometimes the inspiration for a whole outfit starts with an accessory. There’s a scene in The Magicians in which Margo screams something along the lines of “I based my whole outfit on that f*cking bottle” when here emotions bottle breaks (which makes all her emotions rush back, so obviously the reaction is somewhat o.t.t.). I can’t remember the exact line as she tends to be pretty creative with swearwords, but the point is the magenta bottle was the inspiration for a whole outfit.

In the same way I’m letting myself be inspired by Noche’s newest accessory, a collar collection which is currently a gacha set at The Epiphany until August 12th. I went for a bitchin’ look (to quote yet another tv series, can you guess which one?) and had to drag an old Gacha set by Riot out of my wardrobe. I don’t wear that spiked leather jacket very often, but when I do, I make it count.

The Noche collar collection gacha is unrigged (meaning that you can stretch it to fit any (mesh) body) and comes in 16 versions: boy, boss, bottom bear, bitch, cunt, daddy, dom, papi, pup, verse, whore, slut, sub, top and without text. The rare item is an extensive hud with 26 colours for the collar and 7 metal options for th letters and buckle. As the Riot Rebel gacha set doesn’t exist in the Legacy size, the Noche collar has the added advantage of hiding the more visible neck seam on the Belleza Jake mesh body and Lelutka Evolution mesh head. You know what they say: if you can’t fix it, cover it (do “they” say that? really? who?)

Credits

  • Noche Collar Collection at The Epiphany until August 12th, check the Noche store at a later date
  • Riot Rebel gacha set (leather jacket with and without spikes, leather pants with the open zippers, torn tank top and belts)
  • Lelutka Evolution Alain mesh head
  • Belleza Jake mesh body
  • Stray Dog Hikaru skin for Lelutka + their body skin for Belleza (using BOM)
  • Exile Knox hair
  • Billy Beaverhausen Grant shape for Lelutka Alain and Belleza Jake
  • L&B Swear Ranger boots (unrigged)
  • CX Chained Deceit nose and earring with chain
  • Cult Player rings (includes different set for other hand and hud with three metal texture options for each ring)
  • Noche Noah jockstrap
  • Zoom Cezein Glasses

Virtual Beach Therapy 6

Today’s therapy session takes us to Krak Bak Caye at The Sim Quarterly. You haven’t got much time left to emerge yourself in the sights and sounds of this tropical installation by creator Elizabeth Jewell, inspired by the beautiful island of Belize. On July the 25th it will be going *poof*, as that is the nature of all installations at The Sim Quarterly. This sim offers plenty of typical experiences one would expect on a tropical island, such as boating, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, sunbathing, snoozing and snorkeling. The landing spot puts you at a place where you can take a short flight to either the Resort or the Main Street, but once you’re at either of those places it’s easy enough to wade through the shallow water to get to the other side.

I really enjoyed the explosion of colour at Main Street. Sure, it’s a bit of tourist trap and those typically don’t truly reflect what a place is really about, but I’m able to see it’s charm. It’s the hustle and bustle of people trying to make a living, flogging their nick-nacks, thingamabobs and delicious seafood. Of course this is Second Life, and one should be grateful that Main Street here isn’t actually too busy and lag free.

Another charming touch are the couple of cabins at the Resort where you can just relax and enjoy the cool breeze, enjoy the view or maybe have snooze on the bed. People too often say something crass like “I sleep when I’m dead”. Personally I rather enjoy drifting off to the land of fluffy pink clouds and dreams. I can only imagine what those dreams would be like in such a tropical setting. Make sure you’ve got sounds switched on when you visit Krak Bak Caye, as you don’t want to miss out on the relaxing sound of waves crashing on the beach, birds and even the occasional low hum of a plane flying over.

Credits

  • Akeruka Advanced M05 mesh head
  • Legacy Meshbody
  • Stray Dog Hikaru skin for Lelutka + their body skin for Legacy
  • Stray Dog Alexei add-on beard for Lelutka
  • Exile Knox hair and hairbase
  • Avi-Glam Solstice eyes, applied to the rigged eyes that come with the head (you’ll need the omega relay available from the Akeruka store)
  • Billy Beaverhausen Liu shape
  • Noche Stringer tank
  • Noche Auryn sarong, currently at the monthly Equal10 event until August 5th. Check at the Noche store after that.
  • Equal Caleb sandals

Akeruka Advanced M05 male mesh head

I recently created some looks with the Akeruka Advanced M09 mesh had. The sad news is that this was a group gift only and the M09 head will not become part of the range at Akeruka. The good news is that the creator has been quite a busy little bee and has put out plenty of Advanced mesh heads. A while ago I bought the M05 mesh head, when it was launched at half price. It’s worth joining the Akeruka group if you like their heads, because it will keep you up to date of all the launches and you’ll know when a new head is on offer at half price. If all this makes me sounds like an official (Blogotex) blogger for Akeruka, then you’re wrong. I started blogging about Akeruka way back when they were the first ones to have a bento male mesh head and I’ve witnessed the quality of their mesh heads grow to what it is today. The great thing about the Advanced range is that Akeruka has been given permission by Lelutka to use the same UV map as the Lelutka Evolution heads, so all those lovely skins that have been created for Lelutka, now also work for the Akeruka Advanced heads.

For the M05 mesh head I went with a more Asian look, though this could be someone of mixed heritage, half Chinese and half Caucasian. I don’t like to put a label on it. I used this same skin on other heads, ending up with a much subtler hint of Asian looks. Possibly the Akeruka Advanced M05 mesh heads lends itself better to work with Asian skins.

At L$3.900 the Akeruka Advanced heads are a big chunk cheaper than the Catwa mesh heads, but only marginally less expensive than the Lelutka Evolution mesh heads. As far as the look goes, I personally feel Akeruka now mostly matches the sophistication of these other two brands, but is still lagging behind with animation, but these are not a top priority for many people. I think I can know honestly say the choice will be mostly down to personal taste and no longer based on a difference in overal quality between brands or a lack of skin options, but that’s just my opinion. Go demo the hell out of all of them. That’s my advice.

Credits

  • Akeruka Advanced M05 mesh head
  • Legacy Meshbody
  • Stray Dog Hikaru skin for Lelutka + their body skin for Legacy
  • Stray Dog Alexei add-on beard for Lelutka
  • Exile Knox hair and hairbase
  • Avi-Glam Solstice eyes, applied to the rigged eyes that come with the head (you’ll need the omega relay available from the Akeruka store)
  • Billy Beaverhausen Liu shape
  • Noche Stringer tank and Kim mesh briefs