Birthing a beauty – Birth’s new ‘Miller’ skin

Another morning quickie from me. (Never say no to one of those, my sartorial darlings; they start your day off with such a smile…) Although yeah, now you get to see how shamblingly ineloquent I am after only half a cup of tea and four hours of sleep, because WTF is with that post title, Skell?


Birth’s Miller  skin—currently out at The Mens Dept—is billed by its designer as the ‘pretty boy’ of the store’s collection, and lord is he that (if you put your mind to it). I’ve seen others take Miller to Birth’s usual gorgeous masculine limits, but I decided to take him to my  usual limits. So, pretty boy it is.

As with yesterday’s brief post, I’m short on pics and short on text, but do yourself a favour and pick up the demo of this one. It’s a stunner of a skin. Here I’m using applier brows by Identity Body Shop (I really love these; so fucking FIERCE) and—since the jacket juuuust needed a little something extra—the necklace from Obscure added the perfect finishing touch. Add on new hair from Dura (also at TMD) in their usual glossy shades—take note, other hair designers, of how alive  black can look when it’s not a bunch of solid matte clumps—and I’m ready for a nightclub and a few vodkas.

Well… maybe after I’ve had a nap first ;-)


Skin applier: Birth – Miller (tone 01 – Catwa)
Hair: Dura – B83 (fatpack 1)
Jacket: Kalback – Casual jacket (dark)
Necklace: Obscure – Necklace B
Piercings: RealEvil – Savage Ear Piercings
Brow appliers: Identity Body Shop – Thick Eyebrows
Cigarette: Hermony – Ultimate Cigarette
Eye appliers: Avi-Glam – Vivid Eyes* (pearl)
Head: Catwa – Victor (Bento)

* review copy

#red – Vendetta’s new ‘Pierre’ Catwa & LeLutka applier

Yes, I’m posting before 8am on a Monday morning. Gotta love those nights when insomnia hits!

Just a quick one today, my sartorial darlings, to alert all of you redheads out there that Vendetta has a new Catwa and LeLutka applier (called Pierre) out at the Bodyfy event. Natch, I had to slap it onto a few of Skell’s mesh heads, and—while it looked great on many of them—I really  loved it on Catwa’s Victor.

Vendetta’s older skins match to the default Signature body skins, but this new one matches to Clef de Peau’s Gen.2 body appliers (available at the CdP store). However, look out for Vendetta at Skin Fair when it rolls around, because creator Enzo will have body appliers of his own available there. I’ve seen some WiP previews and they’re looking bloody gorgeous.

I did say it was a quick one today, so not much of my usual ramble. Just a couple of pretty pics and a credits list before I shuffle off to the kitchen to make another cup of tea before dragging myself out to work ;-)


Skin applier: Vendetta – Pierre* (Tone 03 – Catwa & LeLutka)
Hair: VoltHair – Tom (red)
Jacket: Etham – Josh Blazer (black)
Eye appliers: Avi-Glam – Vivid Eyes* (Hazel)
Ears: L’Etre – Stretched Mesh Ears
Head: Catwa – Victor

*review copy

Lipstick cherry all over the lens

Wider, baby, smiling, you’ve just made a million.

(It’s the Tin Tin Out remix, naturally, my sartorial darlings. YouTube-y-ness at the end of the post, so you can chairdance alongside me.)

The things that a song will inspire, eh?

Ostensibly, this all began with a hunt for— No wait, this needs a humorous movie-like title: The Hunt for Red Octob… Lipstick. Because, well, this song, and the fact that the Lelutka Andrea Bento mesh head takes so beautifully  to lipstick. And boy did I find a lippy that I loved (among the… several that I now own) by Used Abused. And after that there was nothing left to do but glam it the hell up, right?

This suit by Meva is out at the current Men Only Monthly round, and it’s for Signature only. However, if you don’t wear the midriff straps, it will fit on the Slink body (and probably the Jake body, too). I went through a few applier tops until I found a combination from Sn@tch (one fishnet selection, plus the straps-only section of a bustier applier that I—you guessed it—bought only  for that straps section).

The bracers are old ones by Titzuki. No longer available, I snapped them up during the closeout sale before Titzuki rebranded as FAKEIKON. I love how the arm straps mirror the straps on the body. And then, if we pull out to the whole outfit, we can see something that I didn’t even realise I’d done until I was looking at the uploads on Flickr:

Fishnet matchy-matchy! Topped and tailed with the stuff, thanks to these boots (possibly no longer available) that I picked up a few years ago from Wicca’s Wardrobe. Yes, they’re female boots. Has that ever stopped me before? Nope. And even the pattern on those amazing Gaga-glam shades from Since 1975 looks kinda fishnet-ish. So I guess I achieved unconscious cohesiveness today. Gotta love the rare occasions when that happens.

Hair by Drot, from a beanie/hair package that (thankfully) also included the hair only, since I’m picky about beanies. Not many of them suit Skell.


Suit: Meva – Tadeo (Sig, but I got it to work on Slink)
Boots: Wicca’s Wardrobe: Cleora Boots (fishnet)
Bracers: Titzuki – Pitboy Bracers* (black steel)
Top applier #1: Sn@tch – The Fishnet Collection 2016 (Omega)
Top applier #2: Sn@tch – Cage Strappy Top (Omega; strap section only)
Glasses: Since 1975 – Glamblind Glasses (silver)
Lipstick applier: Used Abused – Lelutka Lips Red
Hair: Drot – XCamo Slouch/beanie Hair (hair only)
Skin applier: Tableau Vivant – Mort Vivant (Lelutka)
Ears: L’Etre – Olympe Mesh Ears
Head: Lelutka – Andrea (Bento)
Body: Slink – Physique Male

*no longer available

Go forth and dance, bitches!

I’m headed straight for the castle

Sick of all these people talking, sick of all this noise.
Tired of all these cameras flashing, sick of being poised.
And now my neck is open wide, begging for a fist around it.
Already choking on my pride, so there’s no use crying about it.

The second I spotted this Elizabethan-style ruff on a cam around the SaNaRae event it was one of those inhale-sharply-GOT-to-have-that  moments. But I had no idea that playing around with Windlight would give me images like the ones below.

It’s by ParxDesign, and I picked up the ‘classic pack’ which features white, blood red, and pitch black. I’m looking forward to what I can do with the others, but for now it was the white one that I immediately had ideas for. Initially they were as the above: pure white and glittery-wintery, but then… oh then  I started playing with Windlight…



The difference a Torley preset (okay, and a couple of filters; I’ll post an unedited shot at the end) can make, huh? I just love the chiaroscuro in these shots. It’s rare for me to fall head over heels with my own photography (I always see the flaws) but these? Yeah, I’m a little bit heart-thumpy over these *g*

The eyes are by ARTE, and they were initially what I knew  I’d be putting with this ruff, alongside the skin.

The ears are by L’Etre, who have rapidly become my go-to for pierced mesh ears. Simple to customise with a fantastic colour and tinting HUD.

Lastly, the hair is by Modulus and it’s out at the current (January) Man Cave, which ends in a couple of days, on 31st January.

Oh, and I promised you an un-edited pic with that Windlight. It’s Torley’s “Foggy – Southern Delite” setting, and it looks incredible (even without filters) on all-white looks:


Collar: ParxDesign – Elizabethan Collar (classic version)
Hair: Modulus – Tommy (monochromes)
Eye appliers: ARTE – Blessed (Catwa/Lelutka)
Makeup: Zibska – Vaclava (Lelutka/Catwa/Omega)
Ears: L’Etre – Olympe Mesh Ears
Skin applier: The Plastik & Trap – Atharne (Takara)
Head: Lelutka – Andrea (Bento)

Catwa ‘Victor’ Bento male mesh head

“Handsome and handsomer,” said Alice…

Well, actually, no she didn’t, but I do. Victor is Catwa’s latest male Bento mesh head release, and he’s probably the most gorgeous one yet. Also, I suspect—from the quick test that I gave him last night in order to get the pics for this post—he will be very versatile when it comes to potential androgyny. There’s something about that jawline and the nose that makes me think Victor could be quite a pretty boy if he really wanted to ;-)

This post is really just a quickie to showcase a few pics, but once I get inworld again later today I’ll throw some more skins and some slap onto him and see how he turns out.

For now, though, he’s pretty damn gorg in this Stray Dog skin, and with the new hair by VoltHair (at the current round of Man Cave). Oh, and those Catwa mocap animations…

“So, you doin’ anything tonight?”


Head: Catwa – Victor (Bento)
Skin applier: Stray Dog – Levi (tone 04)
Eye appliers: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes* (daylight)
Hair: VoltHair – Shaun (blacks)

*review copy

For further details about Catwa’s male Bento mesh heads—including a how-to guide for customising them—check out this post.

Lelutka ‘Andrea’ Bento male mesh head

A few weeks ago, my sartorial darlings, I wrote a long-arsed post for guys to help them get to grips with Catwa Bento mesh heads. Now, while I place myself firmly in the Catwa fanboy group, I’ll admit that—for some guys—the sheer stupefying range of options available on those heads can be bewildering and frustrating. (Case in point: that post was 4000 words long, and I only covered the basics.)

Luckily for those guys (and for the rest of us, for reasons I’ll go into shortly) Lelutka have finally released a male Bento mesh head, called ‘Andrea’, which this post is going to be a brief (and loving!) review of.

First up, the nitty-gritty. Andrea costs L$5000, like most Bento mesh heads. A free demo is available at the inworld store, which I highly recommend you try. You can also pick up some demo skins by Clef de Peau, Tableau Vivant, and Stray Dog at the Lelutka store, as well as some demo shapes. These will give you a rough idea of what the head is capable of looking like. The default skins are also by Tableau Vivant, of which you get 10 different colour options.

Andrea is compatible with Slink and Belleza bodies (it does not  work with the default SL system body), and on my Slink body I can honestly say that I’ve never  noticed a visible join mark at the neck. It also has built-in Omega compatibility. You can learn a lot more about the head by reading this post on the Lelutka blog, but I’m going to summarise the basics here.

First up, a quick look at the HUD’s various tabs, beginning with the essentials. This is the workhorse tab, where you’ll spend most of your time while customising your look:

Note on that tab you have two additional side-tabs (the black background ones) – Save Layer Slots, and Tint Layers. We’ll get to those shortly, but as you can see in this HUD screenshot, you have a generous amount of options for customising straight out of the box, from facial hair, hairbases, brows, skins, tattoos, and even makeup. And that default smokey makeup, my darlings, looks fuckin’ fabulous:

You’ll also note that the Essentials tab contains simple ‘clear’ buttons that will quickly remove anything you’ve added to your head.

The second tab contains moods and expressions which will animate your face (if you want them to). I usually don’t tend to have random Bento animations running on any head that I wear, because I don’t want some random woman to think that I’m giving her the come-on by winking at her and licking my lips O.o

You can also control various aspects of your eyes and mouth (states of opening and animation) in this tab.

Note the eye control at the bottom. I’ve found that I need to have them both at their lower setting in order to show fully in my eye opening. Whether I’ve just not discovered something that I should be doing as yet, or whether that’s a quirk of my shape, I’ve no idea. But it’s something to note.

Tab three contains the main eye and mouth controls, plus some eye applier presets. Since the head is Omega-enabled, you can also apply any Omega eyes to it, as well as Lelutka appliers.

Tab four is for personalising. If you have full-permission textures of your own (for example: a face or neck tattoo that you designed) you can drop them in here:

The final tab is all the main settings. Keep the auto-updates on, so you receive any updated versions of the head without needing to redeliver. And click that ‘Misc’ button every now and then for a free gift from Lelutka ;-)

Moving on to those two extra side tabs, we have the Save Presets tab. This allows you to save up to four particular appliers on each location for ease of re-application later on. Just click and hold on the slot while you’re wearing the applier, choose a colour, and it will save to that slot:

If you run out of save slots, there’s an additional Personal Library pack available for L$265 in the Lelutka store, which contains copiable individual HUDs each containing eight more slots. As well as that, the Personal Library also contains a copiable ‘full head look’ HUD, which is perfect for those of us who create outfits. Add all your appliers for a look, save it to the HUD, then save your outfit (including the HUD). If you then change the appliers on your head and want to re-wear that outfit, the HUD will re-attach and one click will have your entire head back to the look you set it to.

And, finally, we have the Tint Layers tab. This is nice and simple, with the layers listed along the top. What I especially love about this is that you can tint several layers all at once by selecting the ones you want to change (so, for example, you can tint your hairbase, brows, and facial hair all the same colour in one easy click). To input RGB, click in that central section (where you see the 0 0 0) and type in the RGB values in the text box that opens up.

Pros and cons

As with any Bento mesh head, Andrea has its pros and cons. I would always urge people to try multiple demos of skins and shapes and heads in different combinations, because a Bento mesh head is an expensive purchase. But these are the things that struck me in the couple of weeks since I’ve been wearing this head:


It’s so damn easy to use. You have a simple ‘clear’ button on each main applier section to get rid of whatever you’ve applied. It’s all there, without any worrying about upper and lower layers.

Omega appliers (if you hit the ‘A’ for ‘All’ button) will pop up a new window (pictured below) that names  the areas you can apply it to, rather than just offering ‘upper’ and ‘lower’. I’ve been using Omega appliers for ages, and I still  get annoyed when I take a stab at upper or lower and watch my eyebrows vanish.

It contains a very generous sample of starter appliers, including some great makeup.

It lends itself very well to androgynous looks, for guys who are into that kind of thing.

The neck blend (at least with Slink Physique Male body; I’ve not tried it yet with Belleza’s Jake body) is 99% perfect. You’ll only notice a small line there in extreme windlights.


The wingnut ears. Dear god, I’m sorry, but I hate  the ears! My RL ears don’t stick out like the handles of the F.A. Cup, and I don’t want my SL ears to, either! Luckily, you can hide them via the Essentials tab on the HUD, and wear ears by other creators. My own personal preference is for Swallow ears, but you may also want to try ears by Aitui (especially if you’re into gauges and stretched lobes). ETA: Also, check out L’Etre, who are fast becoming my new favourites for mesh ears.

The shimmer on the makeup layer applies to both eyes and  mouth. If you look at the images of Skell above, you can see that I’ve got a great slick eye gloss thing going on, but I also look like I’ve been snogging an open pot of Crisco. (Which, hey, worked for that look, but some guys ain’t gonna like it.) In short: I’d love it if Lelutka would split the eyes and lips into two sections.

The lips are a bit on the pouty side, which I believe is something of a thing with Lelutka heads. I don’t personally mind, since Skell could Blue Steel for Britain at the Olympics, but if you decide to demo the head, check to ensure you can edit the lips to your liking, from a profile view.

To sum up

Despite my two main quibbles (the ears and the single makeup layer) I’m really liking this head, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Lelutka brings to the male Bento mesh head market in the future. I’ll close this post with a few looks culled from my Flickr, of what I’ve done with the head thus far:

The all-over face shimmer is fantastic for creating a wet look. Get that mesh rain out, and your soaked-through shirts on, boys ;-)

Cheekbones for days

Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time

The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama
But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma
And then the world moves on, but one thing’s for sure
Maybe I got mine, but you’ll all get yours

Oh, look what you made me do.

Sometimes I come up against things in SL that make me retaliate by pushing the envelope even fucking more, and this week has been no exception. In fact, just 30 minutes before I started writing this post, I was the recipient of homophobic abuse in a large group chat. And you know what that brings on, right?


Okay, I had it all on anyway, but eh. How apropos, right?

Let us begin, my sartorial darlings, with the eyes in the pic above. (That is, if you can tear yourself away from my eye-scratchin’ fingernail. Sorry to say that polish is no longer available, but we’ll move onto accessories in a bit.)

The eyes are the Enchanted Eyes by Avi-Glam. I’m wearing the silvery-grey pair from Pack 3. These eyes come in Catwa, Lelutka, and Omega versions, and they also include a pair of mesh eyes and Avi-Glam’s own applier. Note that, with the Catwa and Lelutka HUDs you can change the colour of left and right eyes independently of each other. Here’s a quick screenshot of all three Catwa HUDs:

Moving onto the hair, and once again I’m having a [Bad Hair Day] (and honestly, I love the fact that all this glorious mussed hair comes from a store named exactly that!) with this style called Kalon. I’m using the reds HUDs here, both for the base colour and the tinting, but you can mix and match any HUDs from any colour packs that you buy.

And, volte-face, we have the Hairbase02, also from [BAD HAIR DAY]. This comes in tintable Catwa and Omega appliers as well as tintable tattoo layers, and you get three versions: one each with the cutout on left or right side, and one with it on both sides:

Yeah, I know you’re here for the bitch heels. You’re always  here for the bitch heels, aintcha? Revel, my darlings, for they are GLORIOUS and made just for boys.

They’re the simply-named Men Boots  by Cubura, who also have another pair of male-only heels in their Marketplace store. They come in fits for Adam, Slink, Signature, and TMP. You have no fucking idea  how happy I am to have these. And no, they’re not just black; they include a several-colour HUD, for those of you that aren’t Princes of Darkness, or whatever ;-)

Piercings by Cerberus Xing. These are old favourites, in single mesh pieces, so they’re a doddle to manually edit to fit. The harness is part of an outfit by Gabriel, and the shirt is from a rare (oh yes, I struck the jackpot on that one) gacha fatpack by Boys To The Bone. Not sure if it’s still available, since it was out at one of the main menswear events a few months ago.

And, of course, I needed fishnets and hotpants to finish this one off. Some tricksy fiddling with the Slink Physique body HUD let this one work. Fishnets from Sn@tch’s fabulous 2016 Omega applier collection on the tattoo layer, then my beloved Second Skin Leather Pants  Omega applier (also by Sn@tch) on the underwear layer, set to mask (otherwise the fishnets vanish thanks to SL’s good ol’ alpha glitch) and with the leg visibility clicked off, so only the ‘shorts’ section shows.

But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
I check it once, then I check it twice, oh!


Hair: [BAD HAIR DAY] – Kalon* (reds)
Eyes: Avi-Glam – Enchanted Eyes* (pack 3)
Shirt: Boys To The Bone – Tragic Gacha – Tee & Shirt (rare)
Pant appliers: Sn@tch – Second Skin Leather Pants (legs switched off with Slink HUD)
Pantyhose appliers: Sn@tch – The Fishnet Collection 2016
Boots: Cubura – Men Boots
Harness: Gabriel – Cross Harness
Ring: Swallow – Trust No One Ring
Piercings: Cerberus Xing – Deepforge Chains (silver)
Eyeshadow applier: Sn@tch – Morgana Gothic Eyeshadows
Lipstick applier: Shiny Stuffs – Catwa Essentials Applier Set
Brow applier: Odeco – Catwa/Omega Mens Eyebrow (shaved)
Skin applier: Tableau Vivant – Nyx (tone 4)
Head: Catwa – Daniel
Body: Slink Physique Male
Hands: Slink Dynamic Male
Nail appliers: Odd Eyed Cat – Claws Base Slink Appliers (no longer available)
Hairbase: [BAD HAIR DAY] – Hairbase2* (3)
Poses: Gingerfish
Set: Isuka – Back Alley Blue Backdrop

*review copy

Bite me, bitches

It’s a trip.
Imma flip, and flash right through the scene.
Can’t you see what I mean?

Sweet baby Jesus, I am wallowing  in goodies right now. Gorgeous hair and bitch boots, and I’m so giddy with it all I’m surrounding myself with fuckin’ rainbows O.o

See what I mean?

Anyway. *cough* HAIR!

Another new release from [BAD HAIR DAY] – just out today, in fact – this is the Kef  style. With each colour pack purchase you’ll get two HUDs: one for the main colour, and one for the highlights. There’s also a mirrored version if you want the long tendrils of hair to be the other way around. But oh my god, the fun comes when you mix different colour packs together. Each base colour and highlight HUD works with every other colour pack of the hair. Want to use the base HUD from the Gingers colour pack and the tint HUD from the Colors pack? Knock yourself out, because you can.

I used the black and whites base HUD and the colors tint HUD for this look.

While I’m focused on Skell’s phiz, the makeup is by Zibska – who is currently having a closeout sale to make way for new items, both inworld and on Marketplace. So if you want to pick up some L$50 bargains, make sure you check that out. The sale ends on August 31st.

Skell’s wearing one of my Zibska faves: the Herrick  eyeshadow, which comes in a 14-colour HUD for Omega, TMP, and LeLutka. The eyes are from my go-to these days for perfect peepers (oh fuck, somebody slap me; these boots have turned my damn head…) – Avi-Glam. The Lucent  eyes are shown here in the ocean shade, although my lighting does slightly detract from the gorgeous blend of colours in them.

Piercings by RealEvil, one of my current favourite designers in SL. These ones aren’t Bento-rigged, but since I rarely use face animations that doesn’t bother me. And, while I’m still experiencing a dearth of male Bento-rigged rings, these beauties by Absolut Vendetta at Vista Animations more than fit the bill for now. What I love about these is the HUD that—like the one RealEvil uses for their piercings—allows you to make individual parts visible or not. More customisation is always good!

Yes, I’m slowly working my way down to those boots. Patience, grasshopper ;-)

As soon as I saw this top by AGATA at the Hipster Mens Event (which, yes, I almost didn’t go to; that name kinda put me off, but it was well worth the visit) I all but jumped on it. Since I’m wearing applier pants under this mesh version, I had to set the applier layer on my Slink body to ‘mask’ for the pants, otherwise you’d have got more than an eyeful. And yes, I know I’m a spoilsport :p I also picked up the other (more solid, less-meshy) black version, which may make an appearance in another post at some point.

The sexeh fishnet gloves are Omega appliers by Sn@tch. And, since I’d picked out some colour in the hair, the makeup and glove details had to follow.

Okay. Okay.

Jesus tapdancing Christ on a cracker. Just L$250, full-perm, and unrigged. What the fuck  are you waiting for?! I swear, the materials on these boots are absolutely gobsmacking. The coloured reflections I’m getting in these images are all down to the lighting in the pose prop by Weekend Ruiner that I was using. Test ’em out with different projected lighting and windlights, because you’ll have so much fun  with these.

Here’s a studio shot with non-coloured lighting:

And if you try to tell me you don’t want those boots, my sartorial darlings, you know what you can do…


Go forth and shop!

Hair: [BAD HAIR DAY] – Kef* (main: B&W HUD – tints: Colors HUD)
Top: AGATA – Jan Top (mesh black male)
Boots: Meli Imako – MI Super High Heel Knee Boots (full perm)
Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes (ocean)
Pants appliers: Sn@tch – Second Skin Leather Pants
Makeup: Zibska – Herrick
Gloves: Sn@tch – Wasted Glory Gloves
Rings: Absolut Vendetta – Icarus Bento Rings (male)
Choker: Stray Dog – Choker
Piercings: RealEvil – Savage Face Piercings
Brow appliers: Odeco – Catwa/Omega Mens Eyebrow Shaved
Skin applier: Avenge – Matthew (peach)
Head: Catwa – Daniel
Body: Slink – Physique Male
Hands: Slink – Dynamic Male
Poses: (PDA)

*review copy

You spy with your regretful eyes

Bad hair day? Well yes, and no.

This, my sartorial darlings, is the new Noor  style by [Bad Hair Day], which will be released tomorrow. And by god, am I in love with the colour HUDs for this ‘do. Shown here is one colour from the Reds pack, but you actually get two HUDs, with three colour options in total: one HUD for the main part of the hair—which includes solid colours and roots—and one HUD for the accents, which includes a mixture of both.

And wait until I tell you that, if you fatpack this hairstyle or buy more than one colour pack… you can mix and match across all  the HUDs. Boy, did I have fun playing around with ’em ;-)

If you follow me on Flickr, you’ll notice that all of my protestations about mesh heads being something I’ll only wear when I feel like it, for certain looks have turned out to be, well… a load of bullshit XD I’ve had Catwa’s Daniel  and Shaheen  heads practically glued onto Skell’s bonce for the past few months, so I guess it’s time to say hey, welcome to what Skell looks like now. I’ve finally made my peace with mesh heads, and with all the options for customising Catwa’s heads I can still pile on the slap as much as I ever did.

Soon after getting my Slink hands I fell into the deep, dark, bottomless pit of BUY ALL THE NAIL APPLIERS. Now? I’ve found this little tunnel that’s led me into another pit: BUY ALL THE EYE APPLIERS!


My darlings, I am absolutely smitten  with Avi-Glam’s eyes. I’ve been fatpacking them ever since I discovered them, and I was thrilled to be accepted as a blogger for Avi-Glam. I’m kicking off with these stunning Vivid  eyes, shown here in the Natural shade. I’m a sucker for greens and blues, and when they come together in this lovely a combination I don’t even have to choose.

That’s one happy avatar, I can tell ya. Best of all? You can go heterochromic with these eyes. The HUD (shown below in fatpack form) gives you options to colour each eye individually, so you can be as Bowie as you please.

The eyes come with options for Catwa, LeLutka, and Omega, and a pair of mesh eyes are included for those who don’t have a mesh head. Those last ones work with the regular Avi-Glam HUD, which also allows you to resize and move the eyes around. Options for all; this pleases me!

The necklace is a gift for members of the L’Homme Magazine SL Readers Group, from RealEvil Industries. The group is free to join, and if you check out the 3rd anniversary issue of L’Homme  you’ll find links to seventeen fantastic gifts, so it’s worth the group slot.

I’ve been really loving CDC Creations’ facial hair appliers of late. This one is the #46 tintable one for Catwa heads. (And guys, if you’re having trouble tinting your Catwa facial hair, I’ll give you a tip: tint both the beard layer and  the lipstick layer, because if the hair goes close to your mouth (as in a ‘tache) that’s the layer it’ll be on.)

OK, let’s pull out, because Gild GILD GILD. My fucking god, have I spent a few quid at Gild’s store in recent weeks. This one-shouldered tank is one of many purchases that have shrunk my wallet, and it contains fits for Signature, Slink, and TMP.

Tattoo by DAPPA, with a bit of trickery thanks to the options on the Slink HUD. I still wish it were possible to have one hand tattooed and not the other, but I clicked on just the hands and the right arm for this. There are also tats on the chest, but those don’t show because I’ve not enabled that layer on the Slink HUD. All I needed was a bracelet set to cover the join of the tattoo on my left hand, and these from Swallow (another gift for L’Homme  readers!) fit the bill perfectly.

The jeans are by Gabriel for this month’s Mens Department. They have rolled cuffs, so they play nicely with boots, although… I don’t have a pic. Why? Um, well I was a derp and didn’t realise that the only full-length shot that I took didn’t show the tattoo applier on Skell’s right hand. So yeah; use your imagination, I guess? :p

Shopping time, my lovelies!


Hair: [Bad Hair Day] – Noor (reds)* – available August 13th
Eyes: Avi-Glam – Vivid Eyes (natural)*
Shirt: Gild – 1shoulder T-shirt (black)
Jeans: Gabriel – Color Rollup Jeans (black)
Necklace: RealEvil – L’Homme Primal Necklace (group gift)
Bracelets: Swallow – Swag Bracelet (group gift)
Tattoo applier: DAPPA – Future Tattoo
Facial hair applier: CDC Creations – Beard 46 Tintable V2 (Catwa)
Skin applier: Swallow – Martin
Makeup: Zibska – Noir Pack 05 (10)
Poses: Come Soon Poses, Katya Sessions for K&S
Head: Catwa – Daniel
Body: Slink – Physique Male
Hands: Slink – Dynamic Male

*review copy

Wolf Hour: Catwa’s new ‘Shaheen’ male Bento mesh head

No, my sartorial darlings, your eyes do not deceive you. Skell has gone ginger.


It won’t last, I promise ;-)

A few days ago, Catwa Clip released her third male Bento mesh head, called Shaheen. After ten minutes of playing with the demo and slapping as many applier skins as I could find on it (as well as trying different shapes) I splurged on it, because my God  is it versatile. People in the Catwa group have been sharing their images of Shaheen, and I’ve seen it go from being Middle-Eastern in appearance to Asian, to—in my case—celtic.

In short: if you’re looking for a Bento mesh head that will really  give you a lot of options for styling, I strongly suggest that you demo this one. This is how I styled it yesterday:

Hair Fair has, of course, just started. If you want access to all the demos without the lag, join the Hair Fair Demo group and check notices. (This group is free to join. You shouldn’t be charged any fees for joining any groups related to Hair Fair, so if you are  expected to pay a fee then you’re not trying to join the official group.) You can also find images of everything available at the fair on this post of the Hair Fair blog, which is sorted very clearly by region and location.

As a side-note before I begin talking about the hair I’m featuring here:

I want to say a big thank-you to the organisers of the Hair Fair event. They have pulled out all the stops to ensure the event is as simple to navigate and as lag-free as possible. Each region is sub-divided, and avatar visibility has been removed from adjoining parcels and regions. This means that you will only have to render those on the parcel you’re currently in.

Added to that, each section of stalls at the event has different-coloured shutters to help identify them (very handy if you check the blog, since each store’s region/shutter colour/location in the region is listed there). Also, the signs outside each store are named for that store, so if you have ‘show tooltips’ enabled you can hover your cursor over them and find out where you are if textures are slow to rez.

And, finally, direct teleporting is enabled (no godforsaken landing point to get choked up with avatars!) so if you grab from the blog the SLurl of the store you desperately want to visit, you’ll land right in front of that store.

OK, now I’ve got my profuse thanks out of the way, can we just sit and drool over this hair? Stealthic have brought three styles to Hair Fair this year, all of them female and Bento-rigged. I picked up demos for all three, and this one just screamed  ‘celtic prince’ at me. It’s utterly perfect for historical or fantasy roleplay looks and—as you can see—works just as well on men as it does on women. (Although do be aware, guys, that it will dig in a little between your shoulders if you’re using a male avatar base. In my opinion, this hair is more than worth that little inconvenience.)

An added bonus is the fact that you don’t need a hairbase with this hair, because it’s created with one included. (In fact, if you try to wear it over a hairbase applier, you’ll get alpha glitching, so remove the applier and appreciate the fact that you just don’t need it!) Oh, and it also comes with a styling HUD, which contains several different ways to wear the hair.

I just can’t stop looking at that profile. Seriously, the nose on this head is just killing me; it’s so perfect. Here, have some differently-styled shots. I’ll credit everything at the end of the post:

And here is a front-on view. I’m using my usual shape here:

And, well, just because ;-)

You can pick up the free demo of Shaheen at Catwa’s inworld store. Head inside the store and you’ll find it on the central pillar in the side room to your left. The full price of the head is L$5000. You’ll get store credit when purchasing, so if you buy anything  from Catwa, I recommend getting it from the inworld store rather than from Marketplace. Store credit racks up pretty quickly, and you’ll find some nice cheap extras that you can use it on once you’ve accrued enough, as well as some group gifts.

Credits (images 1 & 2)

Hair: Stealthic – Genesis (Bento Fitted) (reds HUD)
Vest: Gild – Long Vest with Knit Skull Scarf (black)
Pants: Gild – Colour Denim Pants (black)
Skin applier: Avenge – Matthew (peach)
Eye appliers: Avi-Glam – Elysian Eyes (olive)
Brow appliers: Odeco – Catwa/Omega Mens Eyebrow (shaved)
Head: Catwa – Shaheen
Body: Slink – Physique Male
Hands: Slink – Dynamic Male

Credits (image 3)

Skin applier: Tableau Vivant – Nyx (tone 4)
Hair: Stealthic – Reach
Hairbase: Stealthic – Male Hairbase
Eyes: Avi-Glam – Elysian Eyes (fjord)
Brows: Odeco – Catwa/Omega Men’s Eyebrow (shaved)
Shirt: Body Factory – Brad Shirt

Credits (image 4)

As image 3, but the clothing is as follows:

Jacket: ZED – Lace Up Steel Leather Hoodie Jacket