We’re about halfway in the current round of the Men Only Monthly event and it is high time to go an another shopping expedition with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body, before the event closes on 20th November. As usual I’m making a mix of what I bought at the event and what I have in my wardrobe. Now let’s jump straight into it without any further dillydallying.
The first item from MOM I wanted to show is this hoodie by Hevo. The single colour version includes a hud with some colours for the print on the sleeves and the untucked shirt, also giving you the option to remove these two details. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to pair this hoodie with, but after trying on some trousers and failing because of clipping issues, I finally settled on the Mikol jeans by Ascend. For footwear I went with bright red NX-Nardcotix Gideon boots, as these include a cut version that fits under the jeans easily and just happen to compliment the overall colour coordination of the outfit.
Next up is another hoodie, from Hypnotik this time. Possibly I would not have bought this one, if it weren’t for the fact that Hypnotik is also showing a pair of short sarouel pants to got with it. Strangely they only included a belt for the Belleza size and David needs to wear the Signature size to make the outfit work, so there’s no belt for him. I like how the hoodie is just a little bit too short, so we can see a seductive bit of skin. It would be perfectly acceptable to wear sneakers with this kind of outfit, but I went for the Regiment boots by Rebellion, also shown at MOM. They create more of a contrast, like wearing army boots with a wedding dress… Now there’s an idea for an outfit!
Invictus made it very easy to put together my next outfit, with the coat, jeans and boots they have at MOM. Obviously you blank out most of your body when you’re wearing the coat, as always is the case with these hands-in-pockets situations, but the Aesthetic size of the jeans and belt fits quite well if you want to go shirtless, especially if you like a more solid physique.
FE Style is one of a few designers that include an NX-Nardcotix size in their garments. This shirt / sweater is one of those typical simple items you can wear to look effortlessly sharp and casual at the same time, if you wear it with a nice pair of chinos, like the ones from Cold Ash. The Jude ankle boots by NX-Nardcotix stay nicely in that sharp casual range to make this an acceptable dress-down Friday outfit, though of course as this is SL, nobody would look twice if you showed up naked at the job.
Finishing off my MOM line-up is this bomber jacket and t-shirt by Aitui, in their typical baggy style. I advise wearing the Signature size, as this seems to be the least sensitive one. You may have to do some shape adjusting or turn a blind eye to seeing a small gap in the neck area from some angles. The cargo pants and ankle boots both are from NX-Nardcotix to keep things simple but also because they’re a good match with the jacket.
Do you remember that first time when as a male avatar you got naked and discovered you weren’t quite complete? Oh the horror! The smoothness of it all! There are some free willies flopping around on the grid, but none of them look really nice and that’s just a euphemism for saying they’re diseased. This seems to be an area in SL that appears somewhat underdeveloped, so to speak. You really need to fork out the dough to get yourself a pounder. Birth has become a new player in this field with their “Mr Smooth” bento cock and it deserves a closer look.
It comes with separate pubes and a range of sizes going from extra small to freakishly large. As this is a bento piece, it of course has a bunch of built-in animations (24), like some serious throbbing and thrusting actions and smooth transitions from fully erect to charmingly flaccid.
Users of Birth skins will particularly appreciate how this penis matches their body skin tones. You will also find a tinting option among the settings, so you can match this cock with any skin. The available tattoos are a nice touch as well and the competitive price of 850 L$ makes this a worthy option among the existing range of nether region appendages.
Have fun people, but don’t go sticking your “nose” in anywhere it doesn’t belong.
For about a week now I have been teleporting all over the grid in search of colourful monsters. Why on earth for? Because once again MadPea has organised a Halloween hunt in their familiar style. Each monster gives you a number of points and eventually you will have enough points so you can trade them in for prizes. You can get these prizes for your greedy little self but if you are in a particularly philanthropic mood, you can also buy them as a gift for a friend. The basic hud can be bought for 100 L$, but there is also a 500 L$ deluxe version which comes with a bit of extra kit. Even if you decide to go for the basic hud, you can still grab a weapon from the gacha set that was created for this hud at 75 L$ per pop.
Some of the monsters will give you a key instead of points. With these keys you can unlock direct prizes from 10 contributors. It could be a good strategy to collect those first, especially if you are starting late on this hunt. You need three keys for each contributor to be able to unlock their prize. You can find out who they are by clicking on the M in the Monster Hunt hud.
The prizes are of a high standard and it’s not extremely difficult to collect enough points so you can grab some of the larger ones, provided you don’t wait until the last day to start hunting. You have until 3th November to get involved, so head over to Madpea’s specially created dungeon to get started. You can also find out more about the hunt by visiting the Madpea website.
PS: see my previous blog post to find out about the T-shirt and leggings I’m wearing.
Noche has released a Halloween version of their Kenny t-shirt as a group gift. It comes in two versions and 3 textures. You can teasingly pull it up stop showing off your fracking abs and pull that shirt down. This t-shirt works with Signature Gianni and Belleza Jake. You can find the gift at the Noche store and of course you need to be a group member, but there is no joining free. The leggings are also a Noche item you can purchase at their store and the sneakers are a group gift from Vale Koer.
Last year Noche surprised us with a Halloween version of their jockstrap for the Signature Gianni, TMP and Belleza Jake mesh bodies. You can still get this jock on Marketplace and 300 L$ for a well made jockstrap that comes with 8 textures is almost a bargain, especially as you also get 4 bulge sizes for that price.
Go forth and be sexy spooky!
It occurred to me that I hadn’t done any dabbling with the Signature Geralt mesh body and head in a while. Sure, I’ve been frolicking, gallivanting and getting into shenanigans with it, but I hadn’t restyled it in a while. Rather than search for a new skin, I went through my inventory with a fine tooth comb and soon found that I hadn’t tried the Uriel skin by Stray Dog on the Geralt head yet.
The Stray Dog body applier that matches the Uriel skin lines up very well with Geralt, in spite of having been made for Gianni. Originally the Uriel head applier was made for the Logo mesh head and I would agree if you told me that the skin doesn’t line up perfectly with the Geralt head. The shadows under the nose don’t look quite right and the lips seem just a little bit off, but overall I’d say this is a handsome sun of a gun. That’s a strange expression! Is he a bullet? Yeah baby, a love bullet! He’s a lover not a fighter! “So how did he get that scar then?”, I hear you ask. Oh that’s a pair of eyebrows with a slash from VYC. Obviously it’s a childhood scar cause clearly he was a bit of a rascal, hence the playful freckles, which are part of the skin but you don’t have to apply them. The scruffy beard is one of four standard options that come with the head and ads tons of non-toxic masculinity. For hair I went with Stealthic and the eyes are by NewClan. As always, the shape is my own creation. The boxers by Exalted are one of the few underwear options you have for this body and I’m keeping my fingers crossed some other creators will pick up Geralt soon.
Now let’s see if we can get our charming chap some new threads.
The Tactical trousers and t-shirt by Wazzer Works are great for a sharp sporty look. I picked this set up at the October Signature event, which just ended. Hopefully Wazzer will have it in their Marketplace store soon, because sadly I couldn’t find an in world store for them. The new Pryda sneakers by Native Urban compliment this outfit nicely. The great thing about all these items is that they come in a Geralt size, so you can put them on without any fuss whatsoever.
The Nicolas blazer and shirt from Ascend is one of their more recent creations and also comes in a Geralt size. The Ascend Mikel jeans don’t come in a Geralt size, but the slim fit Gianni size seems to be doing alright with Geralt, if you wear the jeans with this blazer. Again the Native Urban Pryda sneakers are doing the trick with this outfit.
While Signature Geralt obvious doesn’t have the same level of support as the Gianni body, it does look like new items are being released for it all the time so the future is looking bright… Meanwhile the world is going to hell in a hand basket, but there isn’t much we can do about that. Let’s just try to enjoy (second) life and seek out bright spots in the darkness.
As mentioned in my previous post, the current round of TMD is up and running till the end of the month. It turned out to be quite a good one for the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body, so much so that I decided to split up the items in two blog posts. So without any further ado, here’s episode number two.
MGmen’s is seasonally on point with this faux fur lined jacket. I noticed that with some moves of my avatar, the t-shirt broke up a tiny bit where it meets up with the fur collar, but not enough to be a serious deal breaker. The fur lining and t-shirts are extras you have to buy separately, which I find a bit stingy. The trousers are also part of this MGmen’s set at TMD. Either the Signature or standard size seemed like the best option to use with David. To complete the outfit I grabbed my trusty Deadwool Chase sneakers.
It turns out that I mostly got jackets and coats from TMD, but of course that is in keeping with the season. This cardigan and hoodie from Sleepy Eddy looks effortlessly stylish and warm enough to brave the chilly mornings and evening. I’ve paired it with the Vexiin ripped jeans and Lenox boots, both also available at TMD. My knees will get a bit chilly though.
Taking these outdoors snapshots while the real world sunshine is poring into my living room feels like slapping mother nature in the face, so this is where I’m wrapping things up and getting out of here.
The current round of The Mens Dept. started on 5th October and will last till the end of the month. I don’t keep count of the percentage of clothing items versus tattoos, skins, hair, poses etc. but I do feel that this round seems to be offering more fashion. I’m writing this intro before having tried anything on, but I’m hopeful there will be enough here to dress the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body. Before we start dressing him though, let’s take a closer look at a skin you can also find at this month’s TMD.
The Benjamin skin by Birth for Catwa mesh heads is manly and fresh-faced with a hint of cheekiness. I’m showing the No. 3 skin tone on the Catwa Stanley head, but I’m confident it will look good on most, if not all Catwa heads. Birth skins always come with several options for the brows, hair base and beard. You can of course also apply the naked skin and use your own favorites. Matching body appliers are available specifically for Signature Gianni and Belleza Jake but Birth also have a generic Omega applier that works really well with David. Covering up the family jewels this time are the NX-Nardcotix briefs, which you naturally can find at the same place where you get the body.
As is my habit, I’m wearing the Season 5 Steking ears by Mandala, because I like the way these are sculpted a lot more than the original Catwa ears, even if matching the skin tone is a real pain.
The new skin put me in the mood for a new hairdo as well and I was drawn to the Nial hair by Modulos also present at TMD this month. A long messy fringe always has been a turn on for me, especially in SL.
First up on the list of clothing items I have found at TMD for David is this snazzy jacket with an open shirt and a casual tie from ::K::. It’s not a perfect fit, as you can see from the bit of clipping at the wrist, but it just goes so well with this boyish slightly rebellious look, I couldn’t resist it. I’m not sure which one works best, the Jake or Gianni size, but in the end that will also depend on your personal shape. I like the NX-Nardcotix Finlay cargo pants and Jude ankle boots with this jacket.
A pair of ripped jeans and sturdy walking boots are a great match. I was able to make the jeans by Vexiin work for David with some shape remodeling. The Gianni size is probably your best option. There is a version with and one without a belt and you’ll find a hud in the package with some options for the belt and underpants. The boots are from Lenox and fit well under the jeans if you use the Jake size, which is interesting, seeing how I’m wearing Gianni size jeans. The message here is: always try everything!
Of course a leather jacket goes well with ripped jeans too. Etham has released one at TMD that fits nicely on David in the TMP size and it comes with a hud offering 12 shirt colours and 5 metal options.
Blankline wants you to keep warm this autumn when you go out for an evening walk in this turtle neck sweater and shirt which is easy to put on, as it covers up most of your body and comes with a hud that offers three colour choices for the sweater.
The coat from Hotdog & Contraption inspired me to be a bit more daring with the bottom half of the outfit and I went for the Alexander leggings by Noche. Currently these are available a the Kinky Event until 19th October and afterwards they’ll pop up at Noche’s main store. Don’t get your hopes up too much though, you will not be able to wear these leggings topless. The fit is much too tight to be able to make them work with a body they weren’t specifically made for, but don’t they look cray cray in a good way when combined with this coat? Another thing that’s worth mentioning is that I had to pull in my chin to be able to wear that turtle neck. You can wear the coat with or without the fur collar and you get a bunch of texture and colour options that will have you mixing and matching till the cows come home and remind you to … moooooh, milk me motha-fuckah!
I think there is more at TMD this month I can work with, but I’m taking a break here and am keeping a little something for another day.
The title of The Psycho Pumpkin hunt arguably makes little sense, but the list with hints and slurls very nicely indicates whether an item is female, male, both genders or unisex. I wasn’t in the mood for rezzing things and trying to create a scene with an odd mix of bits and bops from this hunt, so I limited myself to the wearable items instead. Perhaps it’s the early unset of a winter depression?
This sweatshirt or long sleeved t-shirt from Horr menswear is quite dull but not entirely without merit for those of us that actually like to keep it basic. It includes standard sizes and versions for the Adam, Aesthetic, David, Gianni, Jake, Slink and TMP mesh bodies.
Waffles calls this a scrubs set, so this means I’m dressed for working at a hospital… A mental institution more likely with these loud colours. I imagine it would be the kind of place where if you aren’t mad going it, by the time they let you out you’ll be positively bonkers. But at least it’s not dull, right? This set includes standard sizes and versions for the Adam, Aesthetic, David, Gianni, Jake, Slink and TMP mesh bodies.
To top it off I have this scary hat from Storax Tree. Now I personally don’t have anything to go with it, but I’m sure there’s plenty of daft old ducks among you who will have just the thing in their inventory.
If you’re wondering where I took these snapshots, head over to MadPea’s Mad World and have a owl… eehm, I mean a hoot.
It’s that time of year again where we’re all officially allowed to get our freak on, known as the Halloween season. In most countries in Europe Halloween has only been gaining momentum in the last 10 years or so and it is by no means as big as in the USA. Is it anywhere bigger than in SL though? Many sims are going all out and the options to transform your avi from mundane to magical are manifold. The October group gift at 7 Deadly S[k]ins is a good example of that. The Halloween version of the Brett skin comes in a very pale tone with a hint of death… And in this case that’s a good thing.
The gift includes several versions of the skin with beards and a cracked marble effect. 7 Deadly S[k]ins uses omega appliers, so in theory this skin will work for any mesh body and head that’s omega compatible, but it might not work as well for all of them. I’m showing the skin on the Catwa Stanley head and Belleza Jake body and I only have a small niggle. My finger and toe nails didn’t get textured when I applied the skin and the flesh colour of my nail bed looked very strange against the pale skin. The Belleza body doesn’t have a nail option that is light enough to match the skin, so I decided to tint them black. Problem solved.
The ‘stuff Groups presents The Fall In-SIM Hunt, covering five groups: Menstuff, Womenstuff, Homestuff, Kidstuff, and Posestuff. There’s a bunch of prizes in each group and most of the stores on the land are participating in this festive event. Here and there you’ll find a wooden floor sign with a deadly thin looking fellah (a.k.a. skeleton) standing next to it. Click on one of these signs and you’ll get a list of participating store names, hints and other info. Some prizes are 0 L$, others are 1 L$. That’s all I can tell you about this hunt, but let’s take a closer look at some of the items from the Menstuff collection.
I’m not exactly blown away by the loungers from LooLoo & Platypus, but I’m pleasantly charmed by the silly itsy bitsy spider pattern on them. I guess these could be my lazy Sunday silly pants for the Halloween season. They come in classic sizes as well as versions for the Signature Gianni, Belleza Jake, Adam, Slink, Aesthetic and TMP mesh bodies.
Boyberry gets in the Halloween spirit with this cropped t-shirt. I’m not sure if this makes me a trick or a treat, but I do know this is going to be too flimsy to be wearing on those spooky autumn sims. This top works with the Aesthetic, Signature Gianni, Belleza Jake and Slink mesh bodies.
Elle’s t-shirt is using that same funny little spider pattern as the loungers, or something similar in another colour anyway. It comes in standard sizes and versions for the Aesthetic, Signature Giannia & Geralt, Belleza Jake, Slink and TMP mesh bodies.
I love the print on this sleeveless hoodie from Emberotic. Comes in standard sizes and versions for the Aesthetic, Signature Giannia & Geralt, Belleza Jake, Slink and TMP mesh bodies.
This pretty much sums up the pieces I was interested in. Everything was shown on the Signature Gianni body and head with Stray Dog Owen skin and Tableau Vivant Dagon hair (we’re still waiting for them to reopen their men’s hair department). Jeans are from Riot (white and blue) and Signature (black).
Building on the work I have done with the latest version of the Exmachina Davide full avatar, I’m continuing the series with a post about suit options for this body. In theory it shouldn’t be too difficult to find suits for any mesh body, because obviously most of the body will be covered, which means you can make good use of the alpha cuts. However, in some cases there will be issues with the shirt collar and cuffs and in other cases you simply will not like what the suit does to your shape. But before you start stuffing your face with chocolate muffins and crying your bitter tears of disappointment in your cup of sweet mint tea because (boohoohoo) nothing fits, let’s look at what Beaver pulled from his wardrobe. Ever so helpful, I’ve put the sizes I’ve been using between brackets, so you don’t have to worry your pretty little head over that.
Left: (Signature Gianni size) Let’s start things off light and breezy with this Summer Suit by Gabriel. Sure, it’s autumn where I am, but it’s spring down under and there are plenty of eternal summers in SL, so shut up already. The Monk Shoes by Ascend are a nice fit with this suit.
Middle: (Signature Gianni size) For the more flamboyant gents among you, there’s the elaborately embroidered Valentine Jacket with matching trousers and Triple Monk Shoes all by Ascend. The jacket is also available in plain colours, for those of you that aren’t into embroidery.
Right: (TMP size) You’ll find a sexy casual option in the Marc Jacket, combined with the Jack Cargo Pants and Harry Long Boots all by Ascend.
Left: (fitmesh) The Peak suit from Deadwool and their Dandy shoes and socks have been around for a while, but they’re still dapper as f*ck and so damn sharp you’ll be cutting right through the masses strutting your stuff. Several versions are available, so even if the classic green tartan isn’t your cup of earl grey, your bound to find one that hits your sweet spot. The shirt, tie, pocket handkerchief, belt and socks all have huds with a bunch of texture options.
Middle: (Signature Gianni size) Brand new from Deadwool is the double breasted Hart suit. This one is so sharp, it’s probably illegal! The one button that’s left undone does leave a hint of casualness and that’s cool. The Oxford shoes are also one of Deadwool’s more recent creations and fit perfectly under the trousers so you can just blank out pretty much everything apart from your hands, neck and head. Now I did notice a tiny little bit of pesky clipping in the neck area and I increased my neck size to 75 which solved the issue
Right: (Standard Sizing) This is Deadwool’s aptly named Dandy suit. It’s an old school standard size item and I’m wearing the small size. I wouldn’t call it a perfect fit and I wish this suit existed in a fitmesh size, but I love the look of this suit with its extensive colour options for the tie, handkerchief and shirt. Just to be clear, there are no clipping issues, but I feel my arms look too skinny in the small size and the medium size makes me too bulky for my liking.
Left: (TMP size) Etham’s Josh blazer and Adam chinos work very well together as a casual suit. For shoes I chose the Deadwool chase sneakers, wearing the resizable version.
Middle: (top Fitmesh, bottom TMP size) Take Kalback’s casual blazer and wear it with Cold Ash Dean Chinos and you’ve got yourself a smart but playful casual Friday outfit.
Right: (Signature size) The Gabriel blazer by Not So Bad comes with a nice selection of texture options in the hud for the shirt. With the matching suit pants you have some choices for the belt as well, so you can coordinate it with your shoes. The blazer made my ass arrive 5 minutes later at the party than the rest of my body, but that was soon solved with some careful shape editing.
Speaking of shapes, I should mention that it’s good practice to click the “Save As” button in the shape editing window as soon as you have changed one setting, that way you prevent accidentally overwriting the original skin you may have been working on for a while. Alternatively you can make a copy of the shape in your inventory first.
The Kinky Event started yesterday and I decided to bite the rubber bullet and brave the luscious lag. In a way, lag is a rather kinky thing, when you think about it. You’re moving in slow motion through a mass of people and as clothing tends to rez later that mesh bodies, your getting slapped in the face by wobbly boobs and wibbly butts. I don’t know if it’s the habit at this event to have a DJ on the opening day, but that’s what was going on. The tunes were hot, the venue was packed and the DJ was funny in an unintentional way. Boots were overflowing with skimpy skirts, kinky knickers and other such accouterments.
There’s also a small assortment of furniture and decor items, like for example this rather sexy Empress Chair by Dollmart, though to be quite honest with you, I find it lacking in animations. It’s a great talking point for your interior space, but that just means more blah blah and less boom boom.
When it comes to menswear at this event, there’s only one item. The Alexander leggings by Noche are well worth the visit though, in my opinion. The fatpack has no less than 37 texture options which can be applied separately to the waistband and main fabric. There are 32 plain colours and 5 stylish patterns. I particularly like the Louis Vuitton inspired pattern, though for the life of me, I don’t understand why anybody would spend that much real life money on a handbag. For some people that’s their budget for a used car! But let’s not get lost in a socioeconomic debate and instead take a closer look at some of those texture choices.
This snazzy flowered version should get some die hard fashionistas an elevated heart rate. Then again it might just be the caffeine. Put that skinny vanilla latte down biaaatch!
The leggings have been rigged for the Signature Gianni and Belleza Jake bodies and there are three bulge sizes, ranging from a timid size 0 to a more heat-packing size 2.
All are shown here on the Belleza Jake body with the Catwa Stanley head, Birth Axel skin, Vango Bobby hair and L’Etre gem pierced ears. The briefs worn while seductively posing on the Empress chair are from Noche as well.
Right! Time for a (cold) shower and some real life fresh air now! *sashays away*