[#672] When The Music Plays

 

And when the music plays
And when the words are
Touched with sorrow
When the music plays
I hear the sound
I had to follow
Once upon a time

Your Wildest Dreams, ♫The Moody Blues♫

 

Quite a bit of time has past since my last entry (at least close to a month by my count). The holidays came and went and as many I know tend to say I “survived” them but one of the things that I thought I would end up getting back to after the new year was creating more posts. I think though the best way to go about it is to post when I feel like I have something valuable to take a photo of. Though sometimes it will be just to make sure that I am able to keep up with deadlines (not the end of the world for me personally as I am usually good about it even at last minute). What I’m also finding out is that pushing myself to reach a certain amount of posts in such a time frame really throws me in a space in my head that tends to trail off where I don’t have the desire to take photos.

2020 is going to be a year full of taking photos that are not just posting for deadlines though. They are going to be taken when I want to take them and that gives me the best chance to really enjoy doing it. Also I have to tell myself too that it is okay for me to have other interests and things that I like to do that aren’t necessarily in-world.  Happiness is all that you make it, right?

On the topic of Bakes On Mesh (BOM), I will have to say that I’m still getting used to it. Most of the stores I favor haven’t explored it much yet other than Session Skins. The appliers that have been released have only been for female avatars but since I am able to blog both genders (still surprised at how much I’ve grown to like the challenge), I am putting it to as good of use as I can.

Sage is the skin that I’m currently wearing in Tone 00b. One of the things I also like with the new releases from Session is that they offer two different body types to their body skins. Adding the full figured option is something that’s been desired by ladies for a long time and allows for curvier shapes to look great too. Mole options are also provided by way of tattoo layers and that helps for everyone to think less about how to get their favorite makeups on without sacrificing something because they apply to the same layers (it’s a thing of the past now).

Lapointe & Bastchild’s most recent women’s in-store release is the Bianca Sweater. This bare shoulder look comes with lots of options via an affordable Fatpack and like all of those released by the store, they have extra options you cannot get by purchasing single colors; it’s an incentive that is practical. There are 36 regular colors along with 8 special winter themed colors. This would definitely be one of my picks for essential cold weather apparel.

The sweater is compatible with Belleza (Freya and Isis), Maitreya (Lara) and SLink Hourglass mesh bodies (all version have built in alpha hiding).

Honorable mention for this post includes the Papparazi “Opinion” backdrop as well as Truth’s “Eternity” Hair Fatpack that is currently available to VIP group members. I am not entirely sure for how long it will be there for but I would certainly check it out for any member of the group. That’s what members paid to be a part of so why not take advantage? Every color you could think of and two different styles with mirrored versions is great and would love to see other stores do something similar (especially male ones so us guys have more options as well).

I certainly hope everyone had an excellent finish to 2019 and I’ll certainly be back again soon to share more of the things I love from my favorite stores. Be well until then!

 

Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Oscar Wilde

 

BACKDROP: Paparazzi – Opinion

POSE: SAPA – Pose 66 @ AnthemNEW

HAIR: Truth – Eternity (Fatpack) ✦ VIP Gift
HEAD: Genus Project – Classic Face W001
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Sage Fullbody (Tone 00b)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

SWEATER: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Bianca Sweater (Fatpack)

 

[#671] Please Come Home

 

Snow’s coming down
Watching it fall
Watching the people around
Baby, please come home

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), ♫Dustin Kensrue♫

 

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve so I thought I’d do a little blog post because I’ll be spending time with family and not sure exactly how much time I’ll have online or want to spend online. Eventually I’ll run out of songs to use each year because I’m pretty picky but until then I’m going to use ones that I really like, as is this version of this song as performed by Dustin Kensrue (of the band Thrice). The holiday this year is definitely a lot different for me then in years past but I can also hope for next year to be better than this one.

I finally managed to get a good shot of the “Bad Santa” hat by lock&tuft just in time for the holiday. It should be in the store now as Tannenbaum ended a few days ago but I can take a big breath to know that I finally ended up with something that I’m satisfied with as far as angles go. There’s a lot of features of the hat/hair combo that would have taken a lot of pics personally as a rule I haven’t been doing more than one pic per post unless it is largely story based. In the box it comes with two HUDs that are for the hat and then for the hair respectively. The hat itself has 3 different parts that can be changed (the fur at the base and ball, the main part of the hat and then for the patch that has some rather funny sayings such as “Merry Christmas ya filthy animal” ala Home Alone 2). The HUD to color the hair speaks for itself and also has a built in hairbase applier for Catwa, LeLutka and Omega (depending on your preference).

This post isn’t meant to be word heavy as they can sometimes get so I’m going to end it by wishing everyone out their a very happy holiday and a Merry Christmas (or for those who have other festivities to enjoy those as well as in the end it’s all relative). To my fellow bloggers/photographers I wish you all the creativity and good tidings in the world as all of us have our own unique way of telling stories through the photos we blog (or post). To those close to me (you all know who you are), you are the gifts that give continually throughout the year and whether we speak every day or even just now and then on account of busy schedules there is a place in my heart where you reside.

Now that all the sentiments have been spoken, who has the egg nog?

 

Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most
Ruth Carter Stapleton

 

POSE: Chat Noir – 1753 Pose Pack

HAIR/HAT: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Bad Santa

SWEATER: Lenox – Wool Sweater (Fatpack)

 

[#670] Crash

 

Crash you’re going down without a sound
And I’ll pass you up before I explode
Breaking until I’ll see it through
You won’t keep me down when I crash through you

Crash, ♫Decypher Down♫

 

With this being potentially the last Pose Fair post I do before the event ends (of course I’d like to try and do more but things are getting busier), I wanted to try something different and of course branch out from doing a post that is showing my face. In fact that makes it two entries straight so potentially that’s a personal record. Another thing is that virtually setting up a shot where I’m attempting to ski (but failing) which is something I’ve never done in reality for several reasons. One being that I’m definitely not coordinated enough and secondly it would definitely make my anxiety level creep to an uncomfortable level due to being up so far and having to make it down a hill of unknown length.

Then there are of course trees and no matter how hard I would try there’s no doubt I would find one.

Hopscotch Poses have released over the years some really fun things in the form of gachas (at events like The Arcade) and poses like “Down The Slope” which of course is a part of the winter round of Pose Fair. I love the variety of poses that are a part of this pack as well as the fact that you get the ski’s and poles (or sticks if you are from another part of the world). The poses seem to be in a sequence of being upright to making a descent down the slope into eventual chaos and ending up flat on your face as I am in my pic. Of course I don’t think it helps that I wasn’t properly dressed for the occasion with dress shoes and pants but they look good so pfft.

There are 5 poses within the set and as mentioned above comes with the included props. Ski lessons are NOT included!

 

If you’re not falling, you’re not learning.
Unknown

 

Photo Taken @ Silent Night Resort

POSE: Hopscotch – Down The Slope @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas (Variety)

PARKA: Lenox – Parka (Fatpack)
PANTS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Alessio Trousers (FATPACK)
SHOES: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Monk Buckle Shoes (FATPACK) @ TMDNEW

 

[#669] When I’m Sixty Four

 

Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine forevermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty four?

The Beatles, ♫When I’m Sixty Four♫

 

Sometimes when I can’t sleep I come up with ideas for things that are not my usual type of photo. I’ve been told that I tend to take a lot of similar kind of shots with similar angles all the time (usually front facing) and I can’t argue with that. Another thing that I spent a lot of time doing before I needed to step away from blogging is that I was so focused on getting likes and wanting to be one of those people that everyone talks about that I didn’t really think about the bigger picture and how it was really putting a strain on me as well as others in my life. Upon my return, I’ve changed some things and continue to work on improving in others but it’s a long process sometimes to climb uphill. Having fun and doing what I want and need to do for myself artistically is steps above having the prestige of blogging for “brand x” or the disappointment of not getting chosen.

I still have stores that I blog for that I love and that enjoy what I have to offer and that is what fills my heart. 2020 is fast approaching and I’ve already begun to figure out what it means for me creatively. Finding what makes me happy is one of those things and it’s not some thing that will be figured out overnight (and very well may even take the next year but why rush?)

Cold-Ash released new footwear this month to be the addition to last months “Raphael Shirt” and “Alessio Trousers”. With such a classy and formidable style as the “Monk Buckle Shoes” provide, they are a fashion trend that’s been around for ages and caters to the formal male. Of course these shoes look great with the aforementioned trousers but I’d be bold enough to say that I think they could go with a nice pair of jeans as well without losing the sophistication. Throw that in with a blazer and a t-shirt and you have a casual outfit that makes a handsome devil out of a man.

A feature I like about this pair of footwear is that for the owners of the Alessio Trousers that also wear the belt, a version with the colors of the shoes is included (this applies to the FATPACK version for sure but not 100% sure about single colors). There are two versions of the shoe as well (with and without a sock top that has it’s own HUD with 15 colors); the main shoe itself offers 11 leather choices with 2 metals for the buckle. The Monk Buckle Shoes are compatible with Belleza (Jake 2.0), Signature (Gianni) and an Unrigged version.

Grab these up at The Men’s Department before the 31st of December otherwise they’ll be put out in the store sometime thereafter in the new year.

Lastly I incorporated the awesome cat by Rezz Room from the “Gacha Grouchy Cat Set” that was a part of Equal10 back in August. I would have blogged one of the kitties from this set sooner but plans change and of course things happen. I love that the creator(s) behind the store made a really cool version of my favorite cat (I’ve made it known quite often in other blogs) and an idea came right to me when I was sifting through my virtual closet several days ago. I found a way of showing off the great pair of footwear and sharing the spotlight with the grouchy one (though we all know it’s really grumpy but y’know red tape type stuff so shhsh).

I thought to myself why not play on words the fact that human years and cat years are completely different. I’m not looking for an argument with the fact that Grumpy passed at the age of 7, which falls short of 64 cat years but had this lovable feline lived to 12 human years (which we would all would have loved) then it would have made for absolute perfection. Let’s just all agree that it’s a cute moment that inspires fun and a happy memory of a celebrity that brought so much joy to many by looking miserable (but not actually being it).

 

Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.
Jim Davis

 

CAT: Rezz Room – Grouchy Cat Grumbling

PANTS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Alessio Trousers (FATPACK)
SHOES: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Monk Buckle Shoes (FATPACK) @ TMDNEW

 

[#668] Sparks

 

But I promise you this
I’ll always look out for you
Yeah that’s what I’ll do

Sparks, ♫Coldplay♫

 

My mind sometimes is filled with so much information that I don’t always remember if I’ve been to a location for a photo. This is the case with The Four Seasons sim, which is where this particular photo took place. I have been to most of the places that I know of or browsed through guides so lucky for me that I was having a conversation with Brenna and told me to check this place out. It’s a really great place not only for pics but also to explore and you can join the group at a small cost ($50L is all) to be able to rezz props.

I think when it has come to creating winter and holiday themed photos, I am getting better at it then I have been in previous years. Ideas are not always tucked away and can happen on the spot much like how this arrangement happened. I had the look and pose I wanted but the last bit that I needed was how I was going to implement the right surroundings; as I wandered around I found a tree clearing with a snow sculpture of a dog made of snow.

Who can say no to a cute snow doggo? Apparently not even me.

Elephante Poses has been around a long time as far as Second Life grid standards apply (even so much as taking a break for a while). I really thought that when I saw the ad vendor for the “Shine” set that it was very manageable to make it work. The set has 6 different poses that activate when you attach the sparkler to yourself. The vibe I was feeling when I was working on the environmental part of the scene was evening time so that I could use a facelight (the only time that I personally feel is acceptable) to have that illuminating feel from the sparkler.

The lighting along with a little of depth of field thrown in set the stage for what I consider an intimate setting. If I hadn’t already picked the song I wanted to use to play off of the situation in the scene, the second choice would have been “Silent Night” which also would have made sense. The logic of it is that it would have had that Christmas movie feeling to it where either a single person or a choir would sing (usually with candles) and it would visually be immaculate.

There’s absolutely no regrets with how this turned out though and it gives me the opportunity to use that song for another blog entry either this year or in the future.

 

Every moment contains a spark of eternity.
Elie Wiesel

 

Photo taken @ The Four Seasons

POSE: Elephante Poses – Shine @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Olive – The Nin
HEAD: Genus Project – Classic Face W001
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Yvette (Tone 01)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

OUTFIT: Insomnia Angel – Houndstooth Ouji Lolita RARE ✦ Gacha

 

[#667] Kissing Under The Mistletoe

 

You know the stars are shining just for you
Let’s take a walk and we can follow the moon
Until we reach the place we could stay
Maybe kiss a bit and dream away

Kissing Under The Mistletoe, ♫Loving Caliber (feat. Emmi)♫

 

After a small break with that last entry, I’m back at it again with more goodness from the Pose Fair; I couldn’t begin to tell you how much I enjoy doing photos with Brenna. This time we’ve come together to show everyone the “Kiss Me” pose from Space Cadet. It works well because we are both fans of this brand and when I see them at an event like Pose Fair I gravitate towards it and I make sure that I put together a scene as quick as possible. This sweet pose is included with the mistletoe prop so that anyone can get in on the fun.

It also seems that Brenna also has most of the new items in her look then I do but of course I’ve previously blogged the skin I’m wearing as well as the hat/hair (that I’ve not found a good angle to capture yet still but bare with me, I’m trying!) She’s wearing hair and a skin from the Doux/L’etre gacha from The Arcade (and was also kind enough to hook me up with some spares for one of my previous entries). There’s also the “Dove Sweater” by Miss Chelsea that has two exclusive designs at the Anthem event for just $99L through the course of the event so ladies if you haven’t taken a look at that it’s worth doing.

Admittedly this probably wasn’t the greatest scene setup that I’ve ever used in one of my photos but I wanted to focus on the pose and the closeness of Brenna and I. This time of year is not that easy for me and probably even more so now without getting into detail but the best way to put it is that being with those you care about helps with some of that and I’m all for those moments…and besides I don’t think we’ve ever done a photo before where we’re kissing with mistletoe.

I wouldn’t be opposed to more of them in the future.

 

Mistletoe. I surmount all obstacles.
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers

 

POSE: Space Cadet – Kiss Me @ Pose FairNEW

BACKDROP: FOXCITY – Photo Booth – Old Station

My Look

HAIR: lock&tuft – Bad Santa @ TannenbaumNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4
SKIN: Stray Dog – Jeffrey (Tone 03) @ TMDNEW

SWEATER: Tonktastic & Hermony – Crewneck Sweater
PANTS: ::K:: – Soft Cargo Pants Homme – Tan
SHOES: Kokoia – Sniper – Black

Brenna’s Look

HAIR: DOUX – Snowflake Queen @ The Arcade Gacha EventNEW
HEAD: Genus Project – Baby Face W002
SKIN: L’Etre – Snow Skin @ The Arcade Gacha EventNEW
BODY: Belleza – Freya

SWEATER: Miss Chelsea – Dove Sweater (Xmas Red) @ AnthemNEW
JEANS: Tres Blah – Paige Jeans @ Collabor88NEW

 

[#666] Monsters

 

‘Cause my monsters are real, and they’re trained how to kill
And there’s no coming back and they just laugh at how I feel
And these monsters can fly, and they’ll never say die
And there’s no going back, if I get trapped I’ll never heal
Yeah, my monsters are real

Shinedown, ♫Monsters♫

 

Thought I would just take a one small break between posting wintery posts for Pose Fair and sneak in a little something different. I felt like it would be a good time to do what likely a lot of people are doing and posting Negan pics because of the Stray Dog “Jeffery” skin that was released at TMD this month. It’s a fantastic likeness of the man who first came into our homes as the Patriarch of the Winchester boys of Supernatural. After many different films and being cast as the psychotic sociopath that wields a bat on The Walking Dead, the virtual world is getting a facsimile that is pretty darn close to the real thing.

Jeffrey has several options built into it’s HUD including a clean shaven face as well as his post apocalyptic beard. There are also two different styles of eyebrow types built into the applier along with a no brows version as well. A lot of skins by Stray Dog that have been released pay tribute to great actors and each one has definitely been a hit (I can’t see how they couldn’t be!)

I definitely chose the right styling for this blog post as a while back Cold-Ash released a version of Negan’s jacket so pairing that with my new favorite pair of jeans by Lapointe & Bastchild’s Swear imprint has brought the charming yet evil as sin character to life virtually as I took to the Bartertown sim. Also I went back and dabbled with the Black Dragon viewer after updating it to the latest version (and also putting in the settings I had that were wiped out). I think that it’s going to take me a lot of messing with this before I end up using it for photography permanently instead of Firestorm.

I’m also wearing the “Bad Santa” hat/hair combination from Lock&Tuft (available now at Tannenbaum) but I plan to do more posts with it so that I get a better angle of it but it’s definitely tougher to do as I’ve done a couple of photos with it including this one and I haven’t captured it well in any angle that I’ve tried but I’m going to keep trying until I’ve got it 100%. Certain hair styles make it harder to capture well, especially with the addition of the Santa Hat because of it’s curvature.

 

Be careful in the company of monsters that you don’t become one.
Cindy Gerard, Take No Prisoners

 

Photo taken @ Bartertown

POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Batter Up

BAT: Inkside – Barbed Wire Baseball Bat

HAIR: lock&tuft – Bad Santa @ TannenbaumNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4
SKIN: Stray Dog – Jeffrey (Tone 03) @ TMDNEW

JACKET: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) Survivor Jacket
PANTS: L&B Swear (Store / MP) Havoc Jeans (FATPACK)