LOGO celebrated their Second Life™ anniversary not long ago and generously offered a male and female mesh head for free. Due to the overwhelming number of people who missed their chance to get the Chelsea or Chase head and messaged LOGO after their anniversary event had ended , they decided to continue offering these heads for free to group members for the next couple of weeks. This is mentioned in a group notice from November 11th, so I think there still should be about a week left at least to go grab that head. There is no joining fee for this group, so what a perfect reason for me to put together another episode of my “For a Little Less” series.
It totally made sense to use the free Classic Meshbody with this head to keep the cost down as much as possible. I actually have some Stray Dog skins for LOGO heads in my inventory, because they more or less came in handy to use on certain other mesh heads. However, these skins are appliers and I don’t have the BOM version for them. If I want to apply these skins to the free LOGO Chase mesh head, I have to purchase LOGO’s customisation hud, which costs around L$990 and that rather defeats the purpose of this blog post. Luckily both the Classic Meshbody and Chase mesh head can be used with BOM skins. I have explained in a previous blog post how to activate BOM on the Classic Meshbody. For the LOGO head, BOM is activated as standard. So remember, just put on the head and don’t wear an alpha layer and whatever “system skin”, a.k.a. BOM skin you are wearing will automatically “bake” on your mesh (aaaah, so that’s what BOM stands for!).
Now let’s talk about skins. At LOGO you can pick up a skin pack for the Chase head that includes the body skin in 5 skin tones for L$299. I decided not to take that route and instead used a Stray Dog skin that was made for Catwa mesh heads and appears to be fitting acceptably well on the LOGO head. Sure, if you wanted to nitpick, you could say that the shadows could ever so slightly be better aligned, but let’s not forget we’re working with a free head here. The neck seam isn’t too bad, but does become more visible in some windlights. The head comes with it’s own mesh eyes, but I find them a bit plane and again I would have to purchase that customisation hud to change the texture. Instead I used my favourite Avi-Glam mesh eyes, which fit nicely in the sockets and that is something that doesn’t work equally well with all mesh heads, so I shall count this as a minor victory.
I shall end this blog post with the usual list of credits, this time with all the current prices, which is something I only do for these budget friendly blog posts.
The November issue of L’Homme Magazine has been out for a couple of weeks now and I made the rounds to pick up most of the gifts. You’ll find the list of creators with a gift for the L’Homme Magazine readers group on page 24 and landmarks to the various stores can be found on advert pages dedicated to the creators throughout the magazine. Yes, I’m forcing you to leaf through the magazine. Simply putting all the landmarks in this blog post would be rude to the creators of L’Homme Magazine.
There are a couple of nice home decor items among the gifts this time, namely a console with just a hint of kinkyness from Forbidden Fridays and a kind of cow/bull seat from Missing Melody that’s just too much fun. To be fair, it doesn’t include the post I’m using, but I simply couldn’t resist going gangnam style.
Other gifts included are a flat cap by L’Emporio & PL, Robbie skin for Lelutka Evolution mesh heads by Vendetta (you will need to purchase the matching skin for your body if you don’t have it already), Tiago facial hair by Mister Razzor, cross piercing by Val’More, Chuck necklace by Midna, Shadow tattoo by PanDEMONium ink, Berserker bracelet by RealEvil Industries, Arhat bracelet by Codex and rings by Kartel.
There are some more gifts, but I couldn’t make them work with the aesthetic of this shot. At some locations you’ll even find some previous gifts, which is always great for anyone who’s new to L’Homme Magazine. I’m quite chuffed with some of these goodies myself and hey, it’s nice to get some early Christmas presents, innit? Enjoy the shopping trip to all the locations!
I had a chance to work on another shape I had for the Lelutka Skyler 1.1 mesh head and found out that for the other Lelutka heads I have in my inventory, I will not have to adjust the shapes I made for them because the Luka and Connor head were both version 2.0 when I purchased them and were already what Lelutka is calling “boundless” (less restrictions on what you can change with the shape sliders). I hope I didn’t lose you somewhere along the previous sentence, but this left just one look to adjust. Awh, and I was looking forward to this being a tedious little project. Anyhoo, this is what my Luke shape looks like now on Skyler 2.5. Not much different from what he looked like before.
And indeed, he’s in his birthday suit. Live with it! He appears to be quite comfortable with it.
OK, so I know I’m not exactly in “Breaking News” theratory with this. The only scoop I’m having is a big scoop of artisanal vanilla ice cream on a generous slice of warm apple pie (in my mind). I saw some questions pop up in the Lelutka group chat and that is how I found out that their Evolution Line mesh heads have been updated. I think the female mesh heads got the update first, so naturally I ignored it for a bit. Oh that sounds bad. I mean, I patiently sat back and waited till the male heads got their update too.
The rigging has changed which allows for easier fine tuning of your desired shape. A “small” issue with this, is, that if you had a shape you rather liked on the previous version of a Lelutka Evolution Line mesh head, you will have to do some work to get it back where it was. Alternatively, you can unpack the “dated” version that comes with the update. Apparently this has been updated for everything but the new rigging, so you should look the same as you did. Personally, I will be updating the few shapes I have in Marketplace for these heads. Isn’t fun(ny) how Second Life™ just spontaneously throws little projects at you like that.
And here he is, fully updated, looking slightly different and I kinda like this new version more. I find him kinda cuter somehow. I also added the HD beard that comes with the Skyler head, on top of the stubble that’s part of the skin I’ve used. Maybe that’s why? Who knows why we find certain things more attractive anyway. I’ve got nothing more to say about this, so I’ll just leave you with the credits.
I was wondering whether I should make this an episode in the What’s Eating TMP series or maybe even put this up as a “For a Little Less” post, but in the end I decided to let the Akeruka Advanced male mesh head take the lead again. I am using the free version of the Classic Meshbody and the Advanced mesh head is still only L$2000, so it definitely is one of my more affordable looks. I don’t know when Akeruka plans to raise that price, so if you like what you’re seeing here and you haven’t got that head yet, you better not dilly dally, get a wriggle on and woosh over to the Akeruka Store.
It looks like it has become really challenging to find something new that includes the Classic Meshbody size, so I stopped looking for this and I got the new Cole Shawl Sweater by Tori Torricelli at the current round of the TMD event (ends November 30th). This sweater doesn’t include a size for the Classic Meshbody, but I’m making the Legacy size work. The sweater’s auto alpha does most of the heavy lifting and I just had to click a few more alpha cuts in the hud that comes with the body to hide some bits of skin that were poking through.
For members of their group, Tori Torricelli also have a nice leather wrist band as a gift at TMD. Several sizes are included as well as an unrigged version. I’m wearing the Boyberry jeans by Deadwool, as these are an old reliable go-to option for the TMP body… Oh, I’m sorry, I meant Classic Meshbody (*whishpers: but it’s TMP though). Another fun thing about these jeans, is that you can get away with wearing Noche’s Metalic Thong with them, as this is one of the older Noche items that comes in the TMP size. Fair warning: don’t expect underwear that was made for the Legacy body to work with the Classic body. After a bit of rummaging around in my inventory, I found a nice pair of shoes by Versov and would you believe it, not only do the Jumpov sneakers come in the TMP size, they’re actually a group gift and there’s no joining fee.
We’re about a week into November and unless you have been living under a rock somewhere (was it nice, did you make it like real cosy and stuff?) I don’t need to tell you that the political climate has been pretty hot lately. As for the actual climate, you can deny the existence of climate change till the cows come home, but when I look at average temperatures now, it is increasingly harder to deny that November is much milder than it used to be when I first arrived in Stockholm many moons ago. Speaking of cows, farming cattle for dairy and meat consumption plays a role in this too, unless of course you don’t believe that either. The year is 2020 and for many of you the truth is what you make it, rather than a (scientific) consensus based on facts. Oh well. Best not get to political hey, as that may scare away some precious readers. But as the brilliant Catherine Tate’s teenage girl character would say: “Am I bovvered though?” Look that up, maybe you’ll have a laugh. Goodness knows we all need one.
Instead of flirting with the freezing point, the temperature in Stockholm today is a balmy 11° C and it’s even sunny with not much wind to speak off (the trees I can see from my living room aren’t moving). It kinda makes you wonder why the hell I’m sitting here typing this? That’s because I’m a vampire, I don’t go out on sunny days cause people will be blinded by my sparkly glowing skin. Oh how delightful! It’s a Twilight reference. Let’s hope there are some 16-year old girls around.
OK, so I will be wearing a jacket when I go outside, but I hear that in little old Belgium they’re having as much as 16° C and I’d definitely go out in that just wearing a sweater. That finally (finally!) brings us to the lovely new Joel sweater Noche currently has at the Equal10 event. Noche is a sponsor of mine, so you can be sceptical about any fawning I’m about to do over this item, but I’ll leave it up to you to make up your own mind. For me this is one of the best form-fitting sweaters I have owned in Second Life™. This sweater doesn’t make my chest look weird like some others do and I love the very slight billowing and folds of fabric just above the bottom trim. It’s definitely one of the more realistic looking sweaters in SL at the moment. There, that’s my fawning over and done with.
I went through several pairs of jeans and you can of course easily wear this sweater with the Noche Hayden jeans, which leaves no gap. Personally I was charmed by the little gap you get when you wear this sweater with the Deadwool Kojima jeans. This created an irresistible opportunity for flashing just a bit of thong. Oh, Naughty! That’s going to cause some zooming in of cams, I’m sure. Oh SL, so many perverts, so little time.
Right! Time to go show off this look now. Cheerio.
A long long time ago, a century at least, on a sim far far away (on another planet) I was renting the quite roomy Chilmark House by Brook Hill Living. I named it Castor Cottage and spent a lot time decorating it in an eclectic quasi classic style. In this episode of the series about Castor Cottage I’ll take to one of the two bathrooms. Yes, I had two. The madness of it all! Two bathrooms in Second Life™, meanwhile in real life if I want to take a bath, I have to put my feet against the wall while I’m watching something on the iPad that’s resting on the toilet seat. Ah, the good life.
The walls of the Chilmark House have “baked”shadows and you can easily just apply a colour to them, but instead I went pretty wild with Delft blue tiles in this bathroom. Ro!Act Designs calls these Arabian Blue tiles though. I guess we have a different frame of (cultural) reference.
For my bathroom suite I went with a classic: the bathroom cabinet sink and clawfoot bathtub by LAQ Decor. They haven’t put out anything new in ages and while I find their existing items just a little bit lacking in refinement, I felt this particular style was very suitable for the classic interior I was going for in this house. It’s also great that the cabinet sink has all those details on it and still is only 4 prims. The curtains and table for the bath are items you can temporarily rez and derez with the menu, so you can make your bathing experience more luxurious or just basic and if you’re in a bit of a hurry, you can easily turn the bath into a shower. Why am I talking about this bathroom as if it’s a real thing? It’s like I’m in a house-sharing situation and someone else just has spent a full hour in the bathroom and now I have 5 minutes left to spruce up before I leave for a hot date or something. I don’t even DO roleplay!
I stuck with LAQ Decor for my toilet (oh yes, you really need one for roleplay) and found the nice rustic Apothecary Cabinet at Apple Fall, which I filled with goodies also from Apple fall (bath brushes in a jar, bath bombs, lotions) and Loft & Aria (towels and the cake stand with soaps). The Nutmeg vintage laundry container was the perfect item to fill that empty corner with. To be honest, there still was plenty of space in this bathroom for more furniture. I could have had a sofa in here, but wouldn’t that just get damp and mouldy? I have zero experience with spacious bathrooms in real life. I’ve only ever seen a sofa in a bathroom in pictures and that has always been my thought… mould.
Right, this just leaves the spare room to show in some future blog post, when I dive back in the past… Sounds like the plot of a movie. Right! Where did I park that DeLorian?
PS: The avatar I used here was using the old TMP Deluxe body, which you now can get for free as the Classic Meshbody. The head and skin were also by TMP and are no longer available. The hair is by Stealthic and the towel is by Noche.
Oh be still my beating heart! *Grabs chest as if in pain* Oh by dicky ticker (in French accent… yes I am quoting Allo Allo, no I don’t expect you to know that show and no, I don’t really care). After a successful foray into other kinds of menswear items for the past few launches, Noche is now returning to the core business with a new pair of briefs at the current round of Fameshed until the 27th November or thereabouts. After that you’ll find them at the Noche main store.
The Kim Mesh Briefs have been rigged for Belleza Jake and Legacy Meshbody and include three bulge sizes. Now we have at least two reason to think and/or say: phoar, look at the mesh on that one.
Ever since I lost my large loft some months ago, I have been tinkering with the interior of the Apple Fall Paris Loft, now only available as a re-sale gacha on Marketplace. The nice thing about a small space like this, is that you can easily make it look rather lived-in. The prims you get with a 1024 sqm. plot of land, will go a long way with this. There’s only one usable space and two doors that lead to nothing, but in your mind one of those doors can lead to a bathroom. Think of it: you have a bathroom, but you don’t need to use any prims on it. Let that sink in. Yes, it only exists in your mind, but then again everything in Second Life™ only exists on a server and isn’t that just a digital mind that isn’t even capable of creative thought? Don’t get me started on things that only exist in the minds of the failed stand-up comedians who serve as political opinion people on Fox News. We shall not get political! You shall not pass!!! Wow, that was a bit random. Anyhoo, you can bet on it that bathroom in your head is going to be bloody fantastic!
Obviously you have to be open to the loft lifestyle in this kind of space, meaning that a living room and bedroom will always flow into each other. I’ll make an attempt to list many of the items I’ve used, but I’ll probably run out of steam a bit, so some of the smaller stuff will be left off. You’re always free to ask for it in the comments.
There are a lot of Apple Fall items in here. From their West Village Mona Office collection there is the desk, chair and lamp. I’ve put their Reclaimed Corbel Shelf above the desk and all the books you see on it are from Apple Fall as well. Then there is the Mercantile Bookshelf, the Noel Cabinet in red, Travel Drawers (those are from the same retired gacha as the loft), Pallet Bed, Wooden Trunk and the Full Wood Sofa. The small bookshelf on the right and the frame of the painting with the violinist are also retired gache items from Apple Fall. Again, if you do a search on Apple Fall frame or book shelf, you’ll find these in Marketplace. The actual painting is something I grabbed from the internet. It’s The Violinist by Finnish artist Pekka Halonen and I’ve seen it in
From Fancy Decor I got the Grandfather clock and the rug under the desk as well as the one under the bed.
The Aria Oakley Dining Table and Chairs are perfect for the limited space I had here for a dining area. It makes it feel like a little café now, with some eatable goodies from What Next. Stop licking the screen. Stop it! You’re disgusting.
For such a small loft, that is a rather well equipped kitchen, don’t you think? I just thought it was a very logical choice for that wall and the Catia Kitchen by Consignment feels classic enough to look at home in this loft. To keep warm I have a lovely little wood burner by Lisp.
That’s about it. If you wonder about any of the items I haven’t mentioned, just drop something in the comments. Preferably a comment. Oh, I’m the redhead wearing the Thirst Union Suit and the other guy is wearing the Noche Pajama Onesie (a gift).
As the last post I published with the Akeruka Advanced male mesh head already dates from more than a month ago, I wanted to check what the price is for this rather splendid mesh head and I was pleasantly surprised that it’s still just L$2000 (25 October 2020). That’s a bargain! Add to this affordable price the fact that with this head you can easily get away with using some BOM skins that were made for other heads and I got myself a perfect excuse to create another look with it.
This time I rummaged around in my considerable stash of Birth skins and settled on Evan for Catwa mesh heads. I am using the BOM version of course, because I could be clicking on that Catwa applier button till the cows come home (to my one-bedroom flat on the outskirts of Stockholm? Cows? Whatdaföck?) that skin isn’t going to apply to that head. I’m using the Akeruka Advanced head with the Legacy Meshbody and of course the head fits on it beautifully. Naturally you’ll find a skin for this body at Birth as well. It’s also worth noting that last time I did something with this head, I was using a full beard and someone suggested I’d do just a moustache next time. So there you see, sometimes I actually listen and take things aboard. All aboard the crazy train! Choo-choo!. *Shouts at shrink*: HOW DO YOU MEAN I’M “HYPER”?!
Even if you’re not really all that fond of costumes but like to join in on the Halloween fun on some level, you can look for some items with a holiday theme, like something with skulls or pumpkins, or both. Orange is always a good colour, probably because of the pumpkins and also the changing leaves. Mind you, there are some years in my area that we don’t really get that splendid autumn colour pallet at all. You’ll be like “oh look there are some yellow leaves, next there will be orange…” Nope. BROWN! The best word to describe the month of November is brown or possibly fifty shades of gray without the sex. Still, they’ll be putting up some more fairy lights in trees soon. We like fairy lights, don’t we. Yes we do.