So Christmas day came and went and I wasn’t really bothered with it. As a child I used to buy into the magic of it all. Not that Santa ever paid a visit, because growing up in Belgium, I got presents from St Nicolas on December 5th. I think it was mostly because there would be something good on the telly which could be enjoyed by the whole family and we’d eat festive food. Some of it quite quirky, like hot chocolate and a mountain of pastries (a.k.a. danish) for dinner on Christmas eve. Maybe my family was (is) just weird.
Anyway, I spent Christmas day not doing much for most of it, just hanging out at home in sweatpants and an old t-shirt, binge-watching Supernatural (I’m only getting into that show now). Then near the evening I all of a sudden decided I should get some work-work done and I made the trip to the office, where I propped up my ipad to stream some episodes of Escape To The Chateau while I tinkered with product images for some hours. On my way there I grabbed something to eat from a Newsagent’s (they actually don’t have any newspapers or magazines anymore, it’s just food!) and when the guy at the till saw the tattered stated of my old re-usable linnen carrier bag, he spontaneously gave me a new one for Christmas… Dear diary, are people starting to take pity one me?
Just like last year, there’s a veritable treasure trove of gifts at the Man Cave event which started on December 17th and will run till January 11th. Due to their beer bottle Christmas tree with all the gifts underneath it, the event is a little bit busier than usual at the end of its first week. So make yourself small, lower your graphics settings, activate your Man Cave group tag and go grab those cans… The cans underneath the tree! Let go of that lady’s bosom you pervert!
From Rebellion we get a bullet necklace. Personally I think it would be a good idea to have a bullet with your name on it, cause you know how they say that there’s a bullet with your name on it out there? Well if you had it on you, you’d always know where it was and you wouldn’t have to worry about it… but I Digress. In case your Christmas becomes somewhat apocalyptic or you had one too many Brussel sprouts, BAMSE has you covered with a gas mask.
Luckily Thirst has a more positive outlook and hopes you’ll have time to lounge around in your pj’s (rigged for Belleza Jake only). Now that’s what I call winning at Christmas.
SL photography enthusiasts will be happy with the neon launderette backdrop by Bearded Guy. It comes with various neon signs you can either add to this backdrop or use as decor in your home. Those of you with a bit of building experience probably will be able to slot in the whole room in a building. Meanwhile, the balloons and confetti clearly indicate a party is going on here, so I’m gonna bust a move while I’m washing my shirt.
You can have yourself an ice cream float party thanks to Krescendo, providing you rez out more than one of course.
More good news for photography enthusiasts: Motiv8 has a nice couples pose under the tree… No, the pose isn’t under a tree… Frak this is confusing.
It’s easy to loose track of time when you’re tinkering with all these gifts, so the watch by Midna is a very practical gift.
If colourful tattoos are your thing, you can definitely go all out with the Tatsuo tattoo by Mister Razzor.
Moonstone gives us another timepiece, lest we should forget time is fleeting and waits for no man.
Apart from a descent pair of shoes, you’ve got yourself a whole outfit with the Val’More beret, Mossu winter jacket and Clef De Peau loose jogger pants in stylish herringbone fabric. The jacket and pants are both rigged for various mesh bodies. Even the pose is a ManCave gift by IDK.
Now we’re back to decor items with this promising looking barrel by Bondi. While we’re at it, let’s stick with the booze theme and take a look at the wine gift by Serenity Style. The party doesn’t stop there people, cause we got ourselves a lovely tasty wine and snacks tray by Heart Homes.
There are some items among the gifts that are rigged for Signature Gianni only and coincidentally they’re all in line with the frak-this-winter philosophy, so I switched to my favourite Gianni look and headed for the nearest tropical beach.
So what do we get? A pair of baggy shorts by Narcissus, a cute pair of swimming trunks with a subtle snowflake patter by Matova and an even cuter tank top by Oxe (I love that print!)
FYI: Up to the point where I switched to Gianni, I was using the look I created yesterday.
That’s it people, here’s were I wrap up. There are MORE gifts at Man Cave and the fact that I left some out doesn’t necessary say something about those gifts, it’s more a reflection on me running out of steam. This has been a lot of unpacking, picture snapping and yap-yapping.
Merry Christmas (it’s official now)
It’s not often that we get a chance to grab a Catwa mesh head at a reduced price. Right now, on December 23, 24 and 25 you can get the Travis head at half price, so that’s L$2,500 instead of the usual hefty L$5,000.
I’m used to the Catwa Stanley and Victor head, but I’m happy to add Travis to my collection at this reduced price. I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly is different with this one, but as always with Catwa Bento heads, Travis reacts very well to the shape sliders, making it easy to create a unique look, especially when combined with one of the many skin options available for Catwa heads.
Catwa Travis head shown with Stray Dog Erwin skin (brows, no-brows versions included with or without freckles), Stealthic Narcotic hair and Stealthic hair base, L’etrê Basic Mesh Ears (because I really don’t like Catwa’s original ears), Moncho eyes by Madame Noir, Belleza body, Legal Insanity Dirk jeans.
The backdrop is a group gift at Minimal.
One of the reasons why I seem to have less freebies and group gifts to show this year, is my ever growing demand for quality over quantity another reason has been my more limited time in SL. Without any further ado, here are some of the better items from various ongoing events.
For those of you that like a festive glass of bubbly, there’s a golden champagne bottle and flutes at Miminal today. This is an advent calendar gift which you need to collect today (December 23th), but as from tomorrow you can purchase it at a bargain price. It’s good to know that the land impact is ridiculously high, so it’s not suitable for those of you that are painfully counting prims.
Chez Moi has a plate of very tasty Christmas tree cakes waiting for you at SL’s Shop & Hop event until January 6th. These cakes look like something I would very much enjoy in real life. A feast to the eyes and taste buds alike.
The MadPea Christmas Adventure Calendar has A Christmas Movie trivia game hiding behind one of its doors. It’s a nice prop as well as a playable game.
At Shop & Hop I also grabbed the leggings by Riot with a cute reindeer pattern, rigged for Jake, Gianni and Legacy. It reminds me that I should go back to Shop & Hop soon to see if perhaps I can do some more bargain shopping. Trying to find a specific store at the event can be a pain though. It’s best to approach it philosophically… For some of you that’ll mean medicated.
I’m not going to mention the other items in this shot, cause it’s all about that ass… I mean those leggings. #Freudianslip. It was all mentioned in a previous blog post anyway… Well alright so that means I can copy paste it here. You’ve got me!
Ho ho ho!
Gachas are like Marmite, you either love them or hate them… Except that whenever people use this expression, they simply don’t realise that the haters and lovers just happen to have the loudest voices. In between their are a lot of people who just can’t be bothered to join the shouting contest. So gachas, I can taken them or leave them. As far as gacha events in SL go, I think Epiphany probably “rules”… whatever that means. If you want to know more about the event in general, head over to the Epiphany website.
I would have liked to have seen a couple of gifts and just a bit more content for male avatars at this round of Epiphany, but the Thirst City Winter Vibes set is a clear winner for me. The peacoat is a rare item, as is the beige version of the chelsea boots, so you may have to go a bit gacha-mad to get those items or just have a big stroke of luck (hehehe big stroke hehehe). I very much enjoy the mix of distressed jeans with a sharp looking coat. The smart messenger bag is a great finishing touch for this look and makes it seem like I’ve got somewhere important to go. Everything is rigged for Jake and Legacy, materials enabled and auto-hide scripted.
Items are shown on the Legacy mesh body with the Victor mesh head by Catwa. The skin is by Stray Dog and the hair is “Adrian” by Modulus. I’m wearing Basic mesh ears by L’etrê and a beard applier by Birth.
The backdrop is the wonderfully detailed Soho building by Minimal and I quickly stuffed some items in the shallow rooms for a touch of reality… Why does it look like my neighbour is taunting me cause he has the rest of the year off and can have lazy-pyjama-mornings while I still have to go off to work? Not fair! Like I said, a touch of reality.
I assume the City Winter Vibes set will show up at the Thirst main store eventually once this round of Epiphany has ended.
Finally I made some time to play catch up with the MadPea Christmas Adventure Calendar. The plot is thickening and the collection of usable gifts is growing, though I’ll be hard pressed to find use for a Christmas dress and bauble earrings aren’t really my thing either. I’m yet to come across a prize that discriminates against female avatars in favour of the male ones. Oh well, such is the way the ginger bread cookie crumbles in SL. Let’s look at some of the prizes.
The wooden board with a typical Christmas message is by Serenity Style and the triangles with stars are by Chez Moi. These triangles do well in a sleek modern interior and have a much lower land impact (2 li) than pretty much any traditional Christmas tree. The hanging baubles by Moss&Mink are the perfect item for those of you that were waiting to see something a bit more dainty from this calendar, while the chocolate holiday peppermint cake by The Half Moon Market is bound to get you salivating.
There’s only a few more days to go and then I can start solving the puzzle part of the MadPea Christmas Adventure Calendar and grab another 24 prizes. Now I’m going to grab some sleep and hopefully NOT dream of my day job. Seriously, it’s ridiculous. I regularly find myself repeating some of the more boring aspects of my job in my dreams. Come on brain, surely you can come up with something more creative? Oh, but don’t give me those nightmares in which my mom’s life comes to a violent end, cause what the frack is up with that?!
One of the newer Christmas traditions is the Ugly Christmas Sweater day, in some countries it has even become a semi official national event. In some cases it’s even attached to a charity.
If you want to join in with the naff ugly sweater vibe in SL, you’ll find the Thirst Ugly Sweater at the current round of Equal 10 till January 5th. The sweater is rigged for the Belleza Jake and Legacy mesh bodies and apart from eight Christmas themed textures, you also get eight plain colours so you can keep wearing it without looking like a crazy cat lady.
Sweater shown on the Belleza body with the Lelutka Guy mesh head (freckles and stubble included), Birth Ripley skin, Stealthic Psycho hair, IDTTY “Real” eyebrows and Moncho eyes by Madame Noir,
Jeans by Thirst.
Ho Ho Bah Humbug Ho
For this episode of my holiday season series, I went to Linden Lab’s Shop & Hop event in the hope of finding something discounted to wear for the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body. The event started on Friday 13th so the lag is still freakishly bad at this point, but you have until January 6th to visit it. In the Firestorm viewer you can always click on “World” and “Show Friends only”. That should take the edge of the lag, though you may spontaneously start singing All By Myself.
I really liked the Karl body warmer by Aphorism as soon as I spotted it. My fear was that their would be clipping round the neck and/or the wrists, but thankfully the Signature size works very well for David. The single colour version comes with lots of options for the sweater and shirt, so even if you’re being frugal by not getting the fatpack, you can still mix up your look.
I also found a nice pair of boots by L&B at Shop & Hop and I love the socks on those. Sadly the jeans L&B had on offer don’t work well with these boots. I raided my wardrobe till I found the Ascend Mikol jeans. You definitely need something to cover up the waistband, as they don’t work well for David. However, the Mikol jeans include a boot cut version that is extremely tapered at the bottom so they easily fit in boots. I guess this is one of those outfits where everything comes together nicely in the end, but as soon as you take of one piece the whole thing falls apart. I refer you to a previous blog post about David if you are looking for a pair of jeans by L&B that can be worn shirtless.
Etham is often a safe choice for David and I was happy to see them at Shop & Hop. The fatpack of the Mark jacket is a real bargain and it goes well with NX-Nardcotix own Finlay cargos and Gideon boots, two items you can of course easily wear with David without having to faff with the body shape.
While I was checking if Ascend hadn’t moved, I remembered that they still have an old group gift that’s a pair of comfy Christmas-themed sweatpants. It takes some shape modifying to fit into these, but I did a whole blog post just on sweats for David in the past that should be helpful.
There are also some decor gifts from Shop & Hop featured in this shot: the two books with the candle, the vase with the branches, the bench with the blanket, the mittens hanging above me and the piece of toffee cake. Have fun figuring out who’s giving a way what, cause I can’t be bothered at this point. I’m in my sweatpants!
You’ll see that there are plenty of gifts to be found at Shop & Hop and some may pop up in other episodes of Partridge In A Pear Tree. For now though I’ll just leave you with some key credits.
Ho Ho (yes I’m pointing at you) Ho!
I’ve treated myself to the MadPea Christmas Adventure Calendar. It’s and advent calendar, hunt and game all in one. Now I just need to find some time… make some time… Do something time-related to get good use out of this purchase. It’s only L$500 and you can play it until January 6th will full access to all 48 prizes.
Kinda fun, though not a perfect fit for me is the wearable Snowman Sled by Boomerang from the MadPea calendar. As I opened the little calendar doors for several days in a row, I also read the “case files” for the murder mystery. MadPea puts a lot of time and effort in creating a compelling story and I’m curious to see how this one is going to end.
I found a spot for some of the other prizes from the MadPea calendar I’ve collected so far: the toy train that comes in the box with the calendar, the festive frame with ornaments by Krescendo and the wooden sphere with fairy lights on a pedestal by F&M.
Done with the MadPea calendar for the day, I once more headed to Fameshed, this time to pick up the gift from Trompe Loeil. The milk can with a christmassy arrangement and the sculptured reindeer head are just two examples of what you’ll find among the stash of goodies they’re giving away for Christmas.
The onesie I’m wearing is by Noche and though it’s far from new and it’s been a group gift for a while now, a couple of the texture choices are very seasonal, which makes it worth mentioning again.
That’s it for now. I have to go catch my forty winks… After I’ve looked up why it’s forty. It’s so specific. *plays Batman tune* To the Google cave!
Items are shown on the Belleza body with the Lelutka Guy mesh head (freckles and stubble included), Birth Ripley skin, Stealthic Narcotic hair, IDTTY “Real” eyebrows and Moncho eyes by Madame Noir. I’m sitting on the N4RS Famous chairs and my Jian kitten is having a little stretch.
Oh it’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s all about friends and family bla bla bla… Show me the presents!
I mentioned in the previous episode that the Riot gift at Fameshed wasn’t working, but I went back and was able to pick it up now and decided that the best thing to go with that saucy sweater was the new pair of ‘Charlie’ jeans Riot currently has at Fameshed. Hey, you’ve gotta let the money roll a little too, cause that what makes SL go round. Speaking of things going round, it’s a good thing we don’t have to worry about our circulation in SL cause these jeans are tight! Nay, they are f*kin toit! They’re also tricky to find a fitting pair of shoes for. Oh the clipping, the clipping that I have seen! In the end I settled on the Milicov sneakers by Versov.
We’re going to stay with Riot for a bit longer and head over to their store where you can grab a festive free Christmas edition of their Syrio leggings as a group gift. The Riot sweater at Fameshed also includes a green version which mixes things up nicely with the red stripes of the leggings. You can head over to Argrace to pick up their Santa hat group gift (hair included) to complete this very Christmassy outfit.