Otherworldly

Mirror, Mirror Once More

Second Life has finally launched mirrors, PBR terrain and 2K textures. I am excited about all of these improvements, but especially mirrors. As it happened, I was working on setting up for a video to show some of Dutchie’s latest releases when this news dropped and Firestorm quickly got out a beta version that supported these changes.  That made it very easy to slip in a brand new (not yet released) version of Dutchie’s vanity, updated to use true mirrors rather than the reflection probe work-around that became possible with the initial launch of PBR. So, you get a video of me preening in front of the mirror, with some bonus looks at the gorgeous use of PBR materials on these pieces. I also want to remind everyone of Hair Fair which runs until the 16th of June and where you can get the cool style-changing hair from No.Match that I am using in the video.

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Mistress in Waiting

The Luxe range from DICTATORSHOP brings class and elegance to your home or perhaps to an upscale club. The furnishings offer a chance to relax in style on smooth velvets accentuated by shiny metals. Here I have combined the Ladies Chaise with the Floor Lamp set (which includes a single lamp with a small integrated table and a double lamp) and opted for the Copper metal option and the Cinnamon colour for the fabric. There are, of course, several more metal and fabric options, as always accessed via the DICTATORSHOP logo on each piece of furniture.

The Ladies Chaise comes in three versions in regards to the animations: PG, Adult Vanilla and Adult Kink Femdom. I am using the latter here though sadly on my own, but the classic smoking pose is from the femdom menu.

The sparkly little outfit is the very sexy Jade dress and matching bolero from Salt & Pepper, out for L$75 until the end of today. The hair, too, is a time-limited deal; a new hairstyle from Exile called Estelle, out for Fifty Linden Fridays.

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My Fair Vanity

For Valentine’s Day, Dutchie sent out a lovely vanity for her subscribers. It features the usual well-selected animations and impeccable mesh and textures, as well as a bonus feature: mirrors using PBR. Now, the included notecard explains that using PBR for mirrors is still in its early stages and still has a lot of issues, but of the implementations I have tried, Dutchie’s is the best I have seen and it really does add something to the room to have a mirror. Because of this, I made a short video showing a couple of the animations and what the mirror effect looks like. Note, I misspoke a little in the video; there’s several (10, in fact) couple animations under the Kiss menu. And if you like the look of this vanity, there will be an adult version coming as well, with an option for subscribers to get a L$1000 rebate. I also did not explore the texture options for the vanity since it fit so well into the look of Dutchie’s Waterland house out of the box.

Also worn in the video is a new Truth Collective hair and a sexy new Petrichor release (just Petrichor, not a collaboration this time as I think I may have said in the video). For additional credits and links, look below the video.

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Mistress in Furs

NOTE: Updated text. The Mistress Chair is brand new, not just updated!

Dutchie has just released the femdom version of the Leather Tub Chair which features over 100 couple animations specific to this version and many of these are brand new, custom animations. The Mistress Chair also has Lovense compatibility, for extra immersion and fun if you own any Lovense sex toys. The latter function has also been added to the already existing maledom Master Chair.

To show off the chair, I decided to wear very little, foregoing the dress from the Vanerin set by Petrichor and Ersch and wearing only the fur accessories as well as the separate fur cuffs, both pieces available at Collabor88. That also shows plenty of the lovely Persephone skin by Nar Mattaru, here in Caramel, and I love how the Jaya hair by the Truth Collective (Truth and Wasabi in this case) frames the face.

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Autumn Abode

Out now at FaMESHed is the Waterland House from Dutchie, a 17th century wooden residence with an L-shaped and open floor plan. Based on the kind of architecture that the Dutch village of Broek in Waterland is known for, this house was originally a combined store and residence. This remodelled version has taken out the wall between the front and the back of the house, leaving it open and airy. Even so, there is a private room suitable as a bedroom or office on the ground floor. Additionally, there is an open attic, accessed via a beautiful iron spiral staircase (walkable and also with click to teleport), with plenty of space. A wooden house like this can be used in a variety of scenarios and suits many different furnishing styles. It has a footprint of about 17 by 17 meters and a land impact of 103 prims.

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Getting Dirty in the Shower

Dutchie‘s latest release, a stylish walk-in shower that should fit into most SL bathrooms, is versatile enough to get you both clean and dirty…at least if you pick up the Adult or Adult BDSM versions. ;) In the PG version, you’ll get and stay clean.

I made a video to talk about the shower, but if videos aren’t your thing, scroll down to get some of the basics here as well as some steamy photos.

As noted about, the shower comes in three versions, depending on how naughty you want to get. With the Adult and Adult BDSM version you also get a fascinating new feature: compatibility with the RL sex toys from Lovense. If you are not familiar with these, they are remove-controlled sex toys which can be linked up to various patterns of vibrations. For example, to specific patterns made for the adult animations available in the shower. If you are using SL to connect with a long-distance partner, this adds another level of realism to your interactions. Of course, you could just use one on your own as well. I have not tried it out myself, but it looks very straight-forward and the shower comes with detailed instructions.

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Soaking in Luxury

After a busy day, is there a better way of relaxing than in a warm bath? Dutchie‘s latest release lets you relax in a luxurious claw foot bathtub and includes all the additional amenities you might need—wine, for example!  I used the bathtub and the accompanying releases together with some beautiful bamboo arrangements from Kaerri, adding a touch of green lushness to the elegance of the furnishings. The bamboo is from a set called Shiburi which includes several different Japanese-inspired planters and they can be found at the Plaza event which runs for a few more days, until June 13th.

As for the beautiful bathtub and the accompanying releases, it is available at FaMESHed for June. The bathtub comes in a PG and an Adult version, which means you will likely see it again as I explore the Adult options. This post, however, highlights some of the solo PG animations.  There are 20 of those (the Adult has 10 additional mature solo animations), including some with auto-attaching props (using the AvSitter experience) such as a book, a wine glass and a razor.

The tub includes options for the sound (which is very soothing and realistic!) and for the colour of the tub itself and of the metal. The metal options are also available on the mirror (which is available as a wall-mounted and as a leaning version) and on the lamp, whereas the side table has colour options. Both the bath caddy and the side table can be rezzed out either with or without props and the props seen on them are also available as separate pieces for full versatility.

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Khara

When I was given the opportunity to show off the new Khara body from Inithium, that also proved an excellent reason for revisiting the Iron Bed from Dutchie (nsfw images in linked post) since both the body and the bed called for a video. In it, I demonstrate the animations in the “Friends” menu of the bed and give you a closer look at Khara, the Inithium hud and the contents of the Khara Starter Pack. You’ll find a couple of additional images as well as the credits below the video.

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Private Playtime

There’s a brand new release from Dutchie at FaMESHed and this is my favourite kind, a fabulous bed with plenty of naughty options. I’ve focused on those in this review, but rest assured that there are many other great animations as well if PG or plain Adult are your preferences rather than BDSM.

The Antique Iron Bed features a beautiful frame that definitely lends itself very well to tying someone up, which is what you will be able to do if you opt for the Maledom BDSM version of the bed. In total, this version has 210 couple animations, with 70 of them being specific to it. I found the animations using props particularly nice, such as the wax play (the candle even functions as a light source) and the feather teasing.  There are also many great choices among the other sex menus as well as the PG menus, such as some very sweet resting together animations and a sleeping animation where the bed rezzes the covers on top of you. Very cosy!  All versions of the bed are AVsitter experience enabled, so props will auto-attach, and the adult versions have automatic tilting for Aeros and the Physics Cock. The BDSM version also adds RLV options.

Of course, it isn’t just about the animations, even if they are very important! The bed is also beautifully made and offers 9 colour combinations for the blanket and spread and 3 metal options for the frame.  The style is a classic that will fit a variety of homes. And to help furnish your bedroom, there are a few additional items released alongside the bed: a lovely wooden chest, a lamp that comes in a floor version and a table version and some smaller decor items.

Below you’ll find eight images showing just a fraction of the animations. And yes, there’s NSFW content.

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The Love Spa

What better way (since I am not really a gamer) to test out my brand new computer than by doing a 4K video at 60 fps in Second Life? I thought I had a pretty decent setup, but it was getting on in years, and the new rig is something special. Everything is just so smooth and fast and once again I can run SL, Photoshop and a bunch of Chrome tabs all at once.

However, this is not a computer review! It is, in fact, a look at Dutchie’s latest release, the covered massage table which is available at the February round of FaMESHed.  I’ll start you off with the video, which shows the (SFW) massage animations, and below that you will find a few NSFW photos of some of the adult animations as well as some more details. Despite my best efforts, the video ended up age restricted by YouTube, there’s nothing naughty on display but it seems the algorithm saw enough naked pixels.  And just in case you don’t want to scroll down past the NSFW content, I’ll put some quick credits here. The hair I am wearing is Wasabi’s Amani, available at Anthem, and the lingerie is from alaskametro, a gift at the Valentine’s Shop & Hop.

The massage table comes in a PG and an Adult version, where the PG version has 50 massage animations and the Adult has that plus 80 adult animations. Each version also includes one with the self-rezzing modesty towels as well as one without. The table uses experiences for auto-attaching props and the adult animations are compatible with Aeros and the Physics Cock for automatic tilting. The matching spa sink with decor has three single animations and includes the decor as separate items as well.

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The Kitchen Helper

Happy new year and time to get used to writing 2023! I’ve had the usual lazy first day of the new year, which has involved a few hours (or so…) in front of the computer. Part of the time was spent setting up a medieval kitchen from Del-ka Aedilis and taking some photos of a bit of virtual cooking, which is about all the cooking I am up for right now after the holidays. I should probably stick to virtual food for a while as well. ;)

The kitchen set includes the hearth, a table setup for sausage making, a sideboard with a basket of vegetables and cutting boards and a simple stool. The set is rustic and nicely detailed, with a very authentic feel. The only animations are in the stool, which has a few basic sits. For the photos, I used animations from Dutchie’s New Amsterdam Kitchen. I would actually love to see a HUD with various simple roleplay animations, perhaps one you could expand with different animation sets. That would be great for matching with sets of furnitures and props that don’t come with their own animations.

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Stuck in Dutchie’s Closet

With the holidays coming up, one question is likely to crop up more than once—what am I going to wear? I think I have decided what I am wearing for Christmas IRL, but my virtual self is even more indecisive. Not to mention that she has a much, much bigger wardrobe in her overflowing inventory.

What better way to illustrate that well-filled wardrobe than with the latest release from Dutchie, the complete women’s walk-in closet (matching the complete men’s walk-in closet released earlier this year). This modular closet set includes 11 different closets, 3 that are closed and 8 that show different sets of clothing, shoes and bags. A colour-change menu offers the choice of 6 wood colours and if you are comfortable editing and tinting you can customize the clothing within the closets as well. Additionally, extra clothing and accessories are included in the full package (and available for purchase separately), for example the red and black dresses shown in the image. These pieces are perfect props for photos or for personalizing your living space in Second Life with a bit of stylish clutter.

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Just Chilling

The Popsicle hair from Wasabi for The Fifty is a style that says party to me. In this case, it turned out to be a pool party where someone forgot to change into more suitable attire before getting into the hot tub. The glass of wine might have something to do with that…

The dress is one of Salt & Pepper’s aquasense outfits and while it won’t react to non-SL water unless the water is scripted for that interaction, the HUD does allow you to set the clothing to wet or dry as you prefer. In this case, you can see how the soaked dress clings like a wet garment would.

The wood-fired hot tub comes from Dutchie and can be had either as a PG or Adult version. Both seat one or two people and include several animations with auto-attaching props like the wine glass.

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Hair Fair 2022

Six sims all dedicated to making you look as fabulous as possible can only mean one thing: Hair Fair is back. With all sales donating a part of the price to Wigs for Kids (and, in the case of bandanas from the Bandana Booths, that part is 100%) the event makes it easy for you to shop and donate at the same time. In addition to hair styles, the event offers hair addons, hairbases, beards, hair accessories and even some hair-themed props and poses. To make shopping easy, the layout of the booths make for very smooth browsing of all the stores. In fact, if you put up your draw distance high enough, you can stand at one point and cam shop the whole event. You’ll find all the links and previews on the official website, linked above.

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Pool Party

The latest furniture release from Dutchie is a cozy outdoor sofa set with enough space for 6 avatars if all 3 sections are used (for a smaller sofa, you could use just the middle section or put together the left and the right without the middle). To fit in with the rest of your decor, the sofa offers 4 wood options and 7 fabric colours. There is also a matching table with the same 4 wood options.

If you choose the PG version, the sofa comes with 10 solo animations and 10 cuddles. For the Adult versions, some 80 couple animations are added. Adult versions, you say? Yes, the sofa is available in FF, MF and MM, and you can get a set that allows you to mix and match different sections to cater to all your guests. To read more in detail about the various options, see the product page.

I placed my sofa set on the patio of Trompe Loeil’s Modern Villa, overlooking the pool. That gave me an excuse to slip into a bikini by Salt & Pepper and for Ran to be dressed for some casual lounging about. My hair is a new release from Wasabi, a very flattering style called Ash that you can get at Kustom 9.

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