Saturday at the Beach

Saturday at the Beach

I feel like I’ve been blogging things on my beach a lot, but this time of year, I spent a lot of time here!  When I saw the Starboard Hammock by Consignment and Kuro at the round of Collabor88 that opened yesterday, I knew that I absolutely had to have it.  Then I saw this new version of AP.PAREL‘s zip tank at The Thrift Shop 9.0, which opened today.  I’ve already blogged a couple of other versions of this tank from its initial store release (which was mostly spring-themed), but this new version may be my favorite.  The shorts are at this month’s The Men’s Department, and were created by Modulus.  They’re rigged for The Mesh Project’s body, so they fit perfectly.  I haven’t been able to find many shorts that fit the body as well as these.  Finally, the flip flops* are brand new from FATEstep.  As with all of the FATEstep shoes, the Wilde Sandals include a HUD that changes them to 60 different textures.  These include sandy options, which is perfect for the beach.  Finally, the sunglasses are new at Collabor88 from Sorgo and the necklace is available at The Thrift Shop 9.0 from B’LEAF.  Full credits are below!

Shirt | AP.PAREL Zip Tank – SOGO (at The Thrift Shop 9.0)
Shorts | Modulus Kenzo Shorts – Slate (at TMD)
Flip Flops | FATEstep Wilde Sandals* (NEW!)
Sunglasses | SORGO Rane / CARBON Limited (SG) (at Collabor88)
Necklace | B’LEAF Iv.Mi Necklace (Black) (at The Thrift Shop 9.0)
Bracelet | Mandala Billionaire _Genius (Brown/Leather/Complete)

Hair | Tableau Vivant Ors Hair (Naturals 1) (at TMD)
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose | Purple Poses Eric 06

Consignment/Kuro Starboard Hammock – Med (at Collabor88)

Remodeling Is Fun

Remodeling Is Fun

I’ve been thinking about re-doing my home in Second Life for a while, and thankfully I found a few things that were exactly what I needed to do it at Uber, which just opened yesterday.  First is the Chalkboard Bar by Trompe Loeil.  I bought the full pack that also includes the metal barstools in a variety of colors, and the neon bar signs.  To help me get some painting done, I also have the Makeover Ladder* from N4RS, which comes with the paint cans and drop cloth on the ground.  I’ve been spot testing those three colors of paint, and think I may go with the green to match the lighting on the Bar Fridge from [kunst] back there in the kitchen.  I also have a great piece of wall decor already in place that is available as a Relay For Life donation item at the Fantasy Faire – it’s the RFL Purple Neon Club Light* from De Baza.  On top of the bar fridge is another RFL donation item at the Fantasy Faire.  It’s called “A Faire Memory 2015″* and is from MacMoragh and Muse.

Shirt | AP.PAREL Zip Tank – Spring Stripe (NEW!)
Shorts | not so bad Noam Shorts (kaki)
Shoes | Dufaux TMP Flip Flops (Group Gift)
Necklace | The Forge Plaid Necklace, Neon2 (at Uber)
Bracelet | MANDALA Bracelet LUSTFUL (at TMD)

Hair | MINA Harry (materials) Dark Blond (at Liaison Collaborative)
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Face Paint | Fujiwara’s World Berserker Markies ~ Violet* (at Fantasy Faire)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose/Ladder | N4RS Makeover Ladder* (at Uber)

Trompe Loeil Chalkboard Bar Double (at Uber)
Trompe Loeil Metal Barstool Neon Yellow (at Uber)Kunst Barfridge Neon (at Uber)
Kunst Kunsteiner Cans x28 (at Uber) (inside fridge)
Kunst Champ bottles x15 (at Uber) (inside fridge)
MacMoragh and Muse A Faire Memory 2015* (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
De Baza RFL Purple Neon Club Light* (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
N4RS Makeover Ladder* (at Uber)
N4RS Makeover – Floor Sheet* (at Uber)
N4RS Makeover Paint – Neon Green* (at Uber)
N4RS Makeover Paint – Purple* (at Uber)
N4RS Makeover Paint – Orange* (at Uber)

Fantasy Faire Is Almost Here!

Why I RelayRelay For Life is something that I have been involved with in Second Life for many years now, on many different levels.  One of my favorite RFL events of the year is the Fantasy Faire, which opens tomorrow at 9 AM SLT!  I am proud and honored to be one of the official Fantasy Faire bloggers for this year.  Fantasy Faire has asked its bloggers to do a couple of blog challenges to help foster the community.  This post is Why I Relay.

I relay for many reasons, but the main one is that I can, while so may others can’t.  Like many of us, I’ve had people close to me who have heard the dreaded words telling them that they have cancer.  Some are still with us, but others are not.  One of my good Second Life friends was Madame Maracas.  We lost Maddie to cancer on September 8, 2010.  I have since set up a memorial park in her honor in-world, and enjoy going there to visit and see the photos of her.  I also have an aunt out in California who is currently beating the odds.  Six years ago, she was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer.  She is still with us, and actually I will get to see her and her husband next week.  I can’t wait to talk to her and see how she’s doing.

The Battlemage

The avatar that I am wearing is comprised almost entirely of items from this year’s Fantasy Faire, with many of them being Relay For Life donation items.  In addition, the gorgeous gazebo that I’m standing in is also new for the Faire, and was built by Sharni Azalee, who sponsored, designed, and built the Ichi-go Ichi-e sim at the Faire this year.  Full credits are below!  Since the Faire is not yet open, though, I’m not allowed to provide SLURLs to the sims.  I will go back through tomorrow once the sims open and add those.

Jacket | [Gauze] Alchemist Jacket * (at Fantasy Faire)
Pants | [Gauze] Alchemist Pants * (at Fantasy Faire)
Necklace | OtherSkin Aesculap Necklace Full * (at Fantasy Faire)
Pauldrons | [Gauze] Alchemist Pauldrons * (at Fantasy Faire)
Bracer | [Gauze] Alchemist Bracer Left * (at Fantasy Faire)
Boots | [Gauze] Alchemist Boots * (at Fantasy Faire)
Sword | Fallen Arms Forge For the Living * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Staff | [Gauze] Alchemist Staff – Power * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Daggers | The Dark Fae Dragon Dagger Bands Brown * (at Fantasy Faire)
Mount | White Oak Equines Silver Dapple Unicorn * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)

Hair | Wasabi Pills Jack – Licorice * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Body Hair | #TheMeshProject “Natural”
Ears | MANDALA Steking Ears Season 5

Pose | {Pose Maniacs} Kenzo 1

Gazebo/Globes | The Looking Glass Enchanted Gazebo * (at Fantasy Faire)
Trees | The Looking Glass Twinkle Trees * (at Fantasy Faire)
Kobold/Sign | The Dark Fae Fantasy Faire Kobold * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Ground | Fanatik Lofoten A Summer

O Captain

O Captain

For “The End” (which opens tomorrow), FATEplay has released this awesome clothing set – I’m wearing the jacket, pants, belt, and boots from the Max “Alt” set*.  As usual, the quality is exceptional and the pieces fit together extremely well.  I had way too much fun styling the outfit, and ended up with what looks and feels to me like a steampunk airship pirate captain.  The outfit also includes a shirt, but for this look I chose to go with just the jacket.  There is also a full version of the boots that includes texture changing options out from FATEstep at the same event, so you can match the boots to whatever you’re wearing.  The styling of this outfit includes amazing hair from Exile that is at the current round of Collabor88 and an eye patch from Body Factory that is a gift from them at The 100 Block.  The pose is a new one that is at Pose Fair now from Poseology.

For the first time in a long time, mainstream press has been publishing positive/neutral stories about Second Life lately, focused around the Remnants of Earth RP sim.  I stopped by to take this photo.  It seems like a very vibrant RP sim that could be worth a visit if that’s what you’re looking for!

Jacket | FATEplay Max Jacket – Alt (at The End)
Pants | FATEplay Max Pants – Alt* (at The End)
Belt | FATEplay Max Belt – Alt* (at The End)
Boots | FATEplay Max Boots – Alt* (at The End)
Necklace | AITUI Revolt Necklace 02
Eye Patch | Body Factory Brook Eye Patch (GIFT at The 100 Block)

Tattoo | .Doom. Raven Tattoo – Medium
Hair | Exile  Rise Above Greyscale (at Collabor88)
Beard | Unorthodox Vicious
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Ears | MANDALA Steking Ears Season 5

Pose | Poseology Zann 1 (at Pose Fair)

Location | Remnants of Earth

God of the Stadium (Digits Challenge)

God of the Stadium

Frequently, Strawberry Singh posts a Monday Meme/Challenge for other bloggers to participate in.  For the last couple of years, she has posted one asking people certain stats about their avatar.  This year, mesh bodies have come into much greater use on the Grid, so peoples’ numbers are quite different.  I myself just switched to a mesh body a few weeks ago, so I’m still tweaking, but I thought I’d still take part.  Strawberry asked a few questions related to our shapes, as well as what some of our sliders are.

1. Do you currently own a mesh body? If so, do you wear it all the time or just once in a while? If not, skip to the fourth question.
I do – The Mesh Project’s beta male body.  These days, I wear it about 95% of the time – I really only change out of it if I want to wear something that absolutely won’t fit it (short shorts are the worst culprit because of the body’s massive thighs).  I’m still getting used to the body, but I’m enjoying it quite a bit so far.

2. What is your preferred mesh body available on the market right now?
Guys really only have one option as far as premium-quality mesh bodies go – The Mesh Project’s beta body.  I wish we had more choices that were high-quality, but I’m sure they’ll come out eventually.

3. Have you changed your shape since you started wearing the body?
Yes, and since the body is still so new to me, I’m still tweaking my shape.  I’m sure that eventually I’ll get it all where I want it.

4. How do you feel about mesh bodies in general?
I think they’re great!  Having been in SL since mid-2004, I’ve seen so many things change, but the body mesh never had until just recently.  I’m  not a huge fan of the mesh heads that are out on the market, but the bodies are great.

5. What is one thing you would request from designers when it comes to mesh bodies?
I’d love to see more options for male bodies (Slink, I’m talking to you!).  The Mesh Project having a monopoly isn’t the best thing in the long-run in my opinion, but with every day that passes, it will be harder and harder for another male body to creator to come out with their product and gain good market share.

Most people put their slider numbers on the photo, but I didn’t want to do that, so here they are:
Height – 30Body Fat – 5
Head Size – 59
Torso Muscle – 51
Pectorals – 27
Arm Length – 50
Hand Size – 40
Torso Length – 88
Love Handles – 28
Belly Size – 0
Leg Muscle – 61
Leg Length – 76
Hip Width – 52
Butt Size – 50
Saddle Bags – 31

I decided to also post a couple of items from recent events because I’ve been out of town lately so I haven’t been able to blog much.  The hair that I’m wearing is from Damselfly at The Seasons Story, which is always one of my favorite events.  The necklace is new from Mandala at The Mens Dept.  The pose that I’m using (except for the arms, which are controlled by the soccer ball prop) is a great new one from Repose at Pose Fair – JUSTIN 3(*).  I also realized while taking this photo that even though I wear it all the time except when I’m in a fantasy avatar, this is the first photo I’ve posted on my blog that my “THRIVE” tattoo on my neck is visible in.  It’s an old one from AITUI, but I love it.

Necklace | MANDALA (Male)SHORT_Necklace LUSTFUL (at TMD)
Hair | Damselfly Rayburn Dark Blondes (at The Seasons Story)
Tattoo | AITUI Thrive [Fresh]
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Body Hair | #TheMeshProject “Natural”
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Main Pose | Repose M JUSTIN 3* (at Pose Fair)
Soccer Ball/Arm Pose | Millo Copperfield Soccer Ball – Censored (Marketplace Only)

Location | Jericho Hill Sports Complex

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter (low res)

When I saw this outfit at Menswear Fashion Week, I knew that I had found my Easter outfit for this year.  It’s just so cute!  Unfortunately, the shorts don’t fit the legs of The Mesh Project’s male body at all, so I’m back to the standard avatar for today!  I’m also wearing my favorite boots on the Grid, the Anthony boots by FATEstep*.  To my right is a gorgeous new seating area that Sway’s has out for Uber called the Edna Arbour*.  The cushions color change, and there’s a huge variety of poses inside the seating area itself.  To my left is an adorable statue that Ohmai put out at Creation.JP, as well as two of the goldfish that were created to fit in it.  This little corner of my sim is a place that I love, and these two things were just what I needed to make it perfect for spring.

Outfit | E-Clipse Jamil v4 (at MWFW)
Shoes/Socks | FATEstep Anthony Boots*
Necklace | Mandala Ero-Sensei Silver (Chain_Simple_Long)
Bracelet | Mandala Billionaire _Genius (Brown/Leather/Complete)
Glasses | [Steinwerk] Alphabeat Glasses

Hair | Tableau Vivant Victor – Basics
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Hands | Slink AvEnhancement Male Hands (Relaxed)
Body Hair | #TheMeshProject “Natural” (Light)
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose | Purple Poses Ethan 03

Seating | Sway’s [Edna] Arbour mossy* (at Uber)
Statue | !Ohmai A Boy & His Pet Fish Bronze (at Creation.JP)
Fish | !Ohmai Bloopie Goldfish (Sunrise) and (Sunset) (at Creation.JP)

Long Walks on the Beach

A Long Walk on the Beach

Menswear Fashion Week opened today, and I knew I was in trouble when I saw that the theme was Bali.  Half of my land stays as a huge beach the whole year, so I knew that I would see so many things there that I just had to have.  This outfit shows you a few of them.

First, the Barong sarong by Fallen Gods Inc and Faida in the “exotic purple” color is a Relay For Life donation item, so I knew I had to have it immediately.  The recent partnership between Fallen Gods and Faida has been amazing to see.  Tag’s “No Diggity” leather sandals are also a Relay For Life donation item , and come in both an unrigged version and a version that is rigged for Slink feet.  The Leather Cross Bracelet from V-Spot is also a Relay For Life donation item, and I think it looks fantastic.  The Shirtless Tshirt from INVICTUS on my shoulder adds a nice accent to the beach feel of the outfit.  The Ellie necklace from Velvet Elvis is so incredibly detailed, especially for being made of sculpties.  Finally, the Baat arm and leg tribal tattoos from Ghost’Ink cap off the look perfect.

From outside of Menswear Fashion Week, I added the bracelet from Mandala’s Fearless set from the current round of Uber that opened a few days ago, [SteinWerk]’s Bonnie & Clyde sunglasses, and Exile’s new hairstyle “Give Away Your Secrets”.  Spring may have just started, but Menswear Fashion Week has me feeling like it’s already summer!  Click the image above to see the full-resolution version on Flickr.

T-Shirt | INVICTUS Shirtless/Tshirt Simple Black (at MWFW)
Sarong | Fallen Gods Inc/Faida Barong Exotic Purple (Relay For Life donation item at MWFW)
Sandals | tag. sandal no diggity [leather] 1 (Relay For Life donation item at MWFW)
Necklace | Velvet Elvis ELLIE Necklace Silver strap (at MWFW)
Right Bracelet | V-Spot Leather Cross Bracelet (Relay For Life donation item at MWFW)
Left Bracelet | Mandala Fearless Jewelry Set GOLD (at Uber)

Glasses | [Steinwerk] Bonnie & Clyde Sunglasses
Hair | Exile Give Away Your Secrets (blonde pack)
Tattoos | Ghost’Ink Applier (TMP) :: Baat :: Tribal tattoo (at MWFW)
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose | ::WetCat:: “Maxx” 5