[#624] Daydream Believer

 

Oh, I could hide ‘neath the wings
Of the bluebird as she sings
The six o’clock alarm would never ring
But it rings and I rise
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes
My shavin’ razor’s cold and it stings

The Monkees, ♫Daydream Believer♫

 

End of the month time and there’s some exciting things on the horizon for me as May brings in not only the start of much nicer weather (I hope) but also the next incarnation of Pose Fair. With all of the previews I have seen of the things that will be for sale there, I know that a lot of photography enthusiasts and bloggers are going to be chomping at the bit to get their hands on things.

Not knowing where to begin I decide to start with a gacha pose set from Navajo called “Let’s Shave”. The set has 8 poses all together with two being couples poses but there are times when I’m featuring gacha items I pick one of the commons but this time I decided to change it up by displaying the single RARE pose that comes with sink and razor props.

I’ve never really done a shaving scene before and it’s about time to do so; it was fun setting it up and it ended up inspiring me to change up the setting of my own bathroom though most of it didn’t get caught in the photo itself. The shoot ended up being productive on several fronts and I like keeping my mind occupied because if it isn’t then it tends to cause trouble for me. *insert chuckle here*

After I finished taking photos and a little touching up/cropping I thought to myself I have no idea what I wanted to use for the soundtrack so the rest of my evening was spent figuring that out. I finally chose the classic “Daydream Believer” by The Monkees as I enjoy them (yeah most younger people are probably thinking wtf but give it a try it isn’t going to hurt). The song has a reference to shaving which ties everything together mostly so there we go.

Navajo – Let’s Shave Gacha (RARE)

  • Bento capable poses (Bento viewer needed)
  • 8 poses in set (6 commons, 1 RARE and 1 ULTRA RARE)
  • Some poses come with electric shave or straight razor
  • Towel accessory in some poses
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair starting May 04th, 2019

I‘m looking forward to the creativity that will be brought about with Pose Fair as more than anything I’ve began to consider myself more of a artistic blogger that specializes mostly in fashion but it’s poses that really help bring my ideas to life. I’m not sure if there’s a way to describe that but if there is and anyone out there has an idea of what it’s called then feel free to let me know.

This round I’m going to try and balance the singles male poses with couples poses and possibly throw in some single female things too when I’ve met my requirements to spread out my portfolio as well as manage to pair some of the items from stores I blog. 2019 has been about branching out and so far I am not sure that I’ve fulfilled that as much as I’ve liked to but still plenty of time to catch up to that.

 

“How do you smuggle daydreams into reality”
David Mitchell

 

POSE/PROPS: Navajo – Let’s Shave RARE @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Vango – Keith
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.2
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01) @ A+ EventNEW
BEARD: Magnificent – Guy Bento Stache & Beard – Night

BOXERS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Cole Boxer Shorts

 

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[#623] I See Nothing But Crows

 

And we’re not here to start a war
We’re torn and tired and thrown away
But if hollow behavior grows I see nothing but crows

Keith Wallen, ♫Crows♫

 

Soon I’ll be starting blog posts with poses from Pose Fair (which starts May 4th) and to get myself in tune with that I’ve been just kind of loosening my photo skills up by shooting some fun shots that I’ve wanted to do with poses that I’ve seen floating around various media that I’ve seen. It also helps that this entry finds itself accompanied by a perfect soundtrack.

It might be weird but I am a fan of the corvidae family (Crows, Ravens etc) and have been probably been since even before the movie “The Crow” came out in 1994. It probably started somewhere in my younger years because I was a fan of Edgar Allen Poe and many people thought I was strange because I was such a young kid and was into gothic type things before it was even cool to do it.

When it comes to that I honestly don’t care if people think I’m odd, strange or dark. It’ something that’s resonated me and nothing will change that ever… so as far as the song I’ve chosen for this post, “Crows” by Keith Wallen it fits in coordination with the pose and prop from p.o.s.e called “Weird”. Funny how these things are interwoven aren’t they?

Essentially this pose was created with a female avatar in mind but I’ve been one of those “break the ceiling” type people and make things work for me and I really loved the idea of the pose and all I had to do was adjust the props to work with my avatar and that wasn’t difficult. The best part is that two of the crow props are animated so they flap their wings as if they are actually flying.

If I happened to be a vlogger I would have been able to capture that but it’s not something that I’m all that good at so regular type pictures is all you get here until I can make videos work for me in the future.

One of the first things that’s probably noticeable about this photo is that it’s done in black and white. This was a challenge that was prompted some time ago between my brother Lucky and Stef as we intended to challenge one another each month with a specific challenge but with things getting a little hectic lately it was sidetracked a little. I can say though that I’m the first one to do it (as far as I’m aware so technically shots fired and all!)

L&B Swear updated one of their older products to include Geralt and Jake 2.0 sizing along with adjusting some of the graphic options in their “Classic” shirt and I’m all for it. I really enjoyed the shirt when it first came out and to see that it’s been updated makes me smile as it breathes further life into a favorite item. In a sense it’s like that favorite shirt of yours that you love and have washed so many times that it’s starting to show it’s wear and tear being found in a drawer brand new again.

Anyone that’s previously purchased it can hit the re-delivery terminal at Lapointe & Bastchild’s store and for those of you who missed out on it the first time? Not sure what you’re waiting for other than to get to the end of this so you can take the taxi to the store and add it to your wardrobe.

Netherwood has been a place of inspiration for some of my shoots for a couple years now; some of my favorites were taken there and even though it’s had moments where it looked like it would fall someone stepped up to make sure that it didn’t fall away like so many great photographic sims have in the past. I visit it semi-regularly and had planned to return again soon when I had the right pose for the area right near the entrance.

There is crumbled building there which I thought worked perfectly for my shot to add to the overall mood with pose and the fact I was taking it in black and white (one of the cool features of Black Dragon allows to take photos without having to post process a b+w effect). Now that I’ve taken my first truly monochromatic photo and used it officially as a blog I may do it again sometime down the road where it makes sense.

 

“Crows will signify carnage, but vultures will feast.”
Anthony T. Hincks

 

LOCATION: Netherwood

POSE/PROPS: p.o.s.e. – weird

HAIR: Vango – Aaron
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.2
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01) @ A+ EventNEW
BEARD: Magnificent – Guy Bento Stache & Beard – Night

SHIRT: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – “Classic” T-Shirt – Graphics Edition ✦ UPDATED

 

[#622] First Date

In the car I just can’t wait,
to pick you up on our very first date
Is it cool if I hold your hand?
Is it wrong if I think it’s lame to dance?

Blink-182, ♫First Date♫

 

I took a few days over the long weekend (for those of you who celebrated Easter I hope it was an enjoyable for you) to evaluate a few things concerning this site and the last entry I wasn’t overly thrilled with my lighting and angles. There’s only one true way to erase the negative thoughts you have about something (other than deleting it) and that’s getting back at it and making the next thing you do better in your mind. If you do not like it then there’s no reason anyone else should either because it probably shows.

Over the weekend I had a function that I got all fancy for but unfortunately it wasn’t what I had expected it to be (which is why I’m not going to mention it by name). I am happy that I had the opportunity to spend time with some great people afterward while looking super sharp. After the evening ended and I started to unwind for the night the idea came to me to take the opportunity of dressing up for a photo.

It also happened that Foxcity put their “Meet You There” backdrop up for the Saturday Sale as it was an item I’ve wanted for a while and not being able to beat the price it helped cement an idea I had in place for a while. It’s quite a romantic gesture to arrive to pick up a date with a flower (of course my choice is a rose as it is my personal favorite and one in which you cannot go wrong). The “Julian” pose set from Animosity comes with 6 different poses and two different rose props to distribute between the poses. Combining these two items together brought my idea to near completion.

Even though it’s not a new event or store release, I wanted to properly give credit to the tuxedo I have on. For years Lapointe & Bastchild have been innovators in formalwear (even before such creators as Deadwool) and the “Marc Bowtie Tuxdeo Premium Edition” really gave me this feeling that I looked really handsome and well put together which is something I needed so I’m glad I took the opportunity to put this on and go out into the (virtual) world.

L&B Marc Bowtie Tuxedo Premium Edition

  • Original Mesh
  • HUD allows customization to Jacket, Shirt and Pocket Square
  • Separate HUD for Pants and Belt
  • Many colors included (including black lapel and stripes down pants)
  • Open and Closed Jacket Types also included.
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake 1.0), Signature (Gianni), SLink Physique mesh avatars and Classic Sizes

Over the last few days I also contemplated on the best way to write the exits to my blogs as I’ve always considered it to be my weakest point (and I am fairly sure I mentioned it before as well). Saying things like catching people on the flip is probably a tad dated and honestly doesn’t feel like a good fit for me anyway so I think that trying to work out catchy phrases and sayings will be out for the time being.

I am also considering making some cosmetic changes to the old place as well but I haven’t decided what I want to do with it yet. I’ve had similar themes since I began blogging and possibly exploring other options may be an idea to tinker with to see if it works out better while making sure it is as easy to navigate as this version is because one thing I know for a fact is if people find it hard to get the information they are looking for they close out and don’t bother coming back in most cases.

The joy of taking photos and blogging is not something I’ve lost completely but it’s dimmed a little bit but now it’s time to return back to those days. I know that I can and while it may take some time and effort, I know that this place can exist again.

 

All things are difficult before they are easy.
Thomas Fuller

 

POSE: Animosity – Julian

BACKDROP: FOXCITY – Meet You There

HAIR: Vango – Bradley
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.2
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Bruno (Tone 01) @ equal10NEW
BEARD: Magnificent – Guy Bento Stache & Beard – Night

TUXEDO: Lapointe & Bastchild (Store / MP) – Marc Bowtie Tuxedo Premium Edition

 

 

[#621] Porn Star Dancing

 

She wraps those hands around that pole
She licks those lips and off we go
She takes it off nice and slow
Cuz that’s porn star dancin’

My Darkest Days (feat. Ludacris, Chad Kroeger and Zakk Wylde), ♫Porn Star Dancing♫

 

It’s been a few since I last did a post (5 days to be exact) but I’ve been taking time to think about a lot of things; this blog being one of them. I think that if I’m going to continue to do things here that I’m going to need to change some of the ways I do them, which is what I’ve taken a small break to figure out. At the top of the list I’ve been going through the list of partnerships that I have and I know that some of them will be trimmed because right now I’m just not at the right place to give everyone the attention they deserve and or they just do not fit my plan going forward.

There are also some things that I’ve made a commitment to events wise but I do not want to be someone who says they will do something and then doesn’t. I will make good on this and finish out the remaining things that I’ve signed up for but after that it will depend on where I am at before I make any further plans or apply for things.

With that off of my chest, today’s entry is another group shot between myself, Brenna, Lucky and Stef with most of us potentially blogging our versions of the scene. At the time of writing this Stef has posted her view of the scene which came out really nicely (in fact I feel it’s the best so far) and I’m sure Lucky’s will come soon as well. I’m not 100% sure that Brenna did anything with this shoot but I’ve linked everyone’s websites so you can click on their names to check out what they all have going.

The soundtrack to this blog was one that I wanted to cover for a while (consider it a bucket list item for blogging) although I’m going to admit that I’m not very confident with how my version turned out. The scene as it was in front of me was much better in person than I feel it came out in finality but I’m probably more critical of myself than anyone.

I’m going to leave it at that for now but definitely check out the links to everyone’s sites and even look them up on Flickr and follow them (as well as fave their great work).

 

But I know a place where there’s always a show
The dollar decides how far you can go

 

POSE: WRONG – Bento Sit Static Poses – 56 (W56-3)

BACKDROP: Anxiety – Puddin

HAIR: Modulus – Troy Hair
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.2
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Bruno (Tone 01) @ equal10NEW

SHIRT: Deadwool – Lorenzo Shirt
PANTS: Deadwool – Tweed Trousers (Anthracite)

 

[#620] Be Alright

Equal10 recently opened their April round and it’s definitely a good place to find some cool clothes and accessories for both men and women. Modulus has a new hair there that I was rather excited about getting my hands on as it is based off of a movie character that I am a huge fan of. There was definitely no way that I was going to let this one get away from my styling.

“Wick” is inspired from the character of John Wick (portrayed by Keanu Reeves in 3 different installments of which the 3rd has not been released). This is the first time that Chucky Hollak has tried his had at having a style which a completely parted middle and I think it’s fantastic when pairing it with a great hairbase. Of course I’m mostly a fan of black hair coloring but I can see myself trying out different tones with this hair.

Much like the last blog, my wardrobe consists of items already in my closet but the recent release collab between Tonktastic and Hermony is still really fresh. I experimented by wearing it without either version of the hood to see if it would work and to me I consider it a success and adds even more versatility to an already great article of clothing.

I also have to mention the new “James” skin by The Skinnery that my drinking buddy Mike is wearing. It’s a CATWA only applier and is intended for the Daniel head but he’s rolling with Victor and it still looks good to me. I think though that I’d be interested in seeing what it might look like without the beard (which is how the skin comes) but regardless it’s a good look.

By now it’s likely been noticed that I haven’t done much in the way of features in the last few posts but don’t worry, it’s not something I’m going to do away with because I feel like that is one of the things that combined with my thoughts on what I’m blogging gives this site it’s uniqueness. I have just not put together any scenes with items from sponsored stores or events but there will be more soon, I promise.

On that note, I’m going to turn this over to the credits so if anyone has some free time they can take a shopping break if there’s something here they like. Until the next time we meet I’ll catch you on the flip!

 

POSE (Me): Chat Noir – Pose 1757
POSE (Mike): Chat Noir – Pose 1768

BUILDING: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Pub RARE ✦ Gacha
BAR: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Pub Bar RARE ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Gin Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Whiskey Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Vodka Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer India Pale Ale Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Brandy Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Creme De Menthe ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Strong Ale Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Red Wine Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer White Wine Bottle ✦ Gacha
BEER: 220ml – Chronos Beer

My Style

HAIR: Modulus – Wick Hair @ Equal10NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Stray Dog – Mario (Tone 02)
BEARD: Mister Razzor – Vic Facial Hair

JACKET: Tontastic + Heromony – Hoodie
JEANS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Rollup Jeans @ TMDNEW

Mike’s Style

HAIR: Stealthic – Narcotic
HEAD: CATWA – Victor v3.2
SKIN: The Skinnery – James (Tone 02) @ TMD
BODY: Belleza – Jake v1.0

SHIRT/VEST: Kalback – Denim Jacket M2 (Dark)
JEANS: Legal Insanity – Butch (Black)

[#619] Take Me Away

 

This time all I want is you
There is no one else
Who can take your place
I’ve seen enough and it’s never enough
It keeps leaving me needing you

Lifehouse, ♫Take Me Away♫

 

As I am writing this it is Friday (depending on when it gets finished it still might be or more than likely will be Saturday) and I did this little collab with Brenna, my brother Lucky, and Stef Giano (the latter two are also both excellent bloggers so click their name to get more about them!) For me this is almost a throwback photo for me as I started my journey in the virtual world as a virtual teenager. Brenna and I both attended the same school, which is where we met and the rest is just history.

When we were all discussing what kind of photo we wanted to do (several more ideas were brainstormed which may see the light of day sometime in the future) and Lucky came across the ad for the “Did You Miss Class Today?” gacha set from K&S Poses. It’s definitely something I consider to be an interesting set complete with a RARE skybox that has the chalkboard, desks and a bunch of strewn papers around. I gave Lucky and I the opportunity to play a jock and cool kid and the gals got to be school girl’s to create what I think is an great scene.

Lucky himself has already posted his version of it in the blog titled, “Love The Dumb Things We Do When We’re Young” and I am pretty sure that Stef is working on her own version of it as well but at this moment I’m unsure if mine will see the light before hers but we’ll see right?

Most of my look is compromised of things I already had laying around accept for the “Bradley” hair by Vango from Men Only Monthly. It’s more of a shorter style but I thought it worked as most of the jocks when I was in high school for real wore that type of hairstyle so it definitely fits the overall feel of what I was trying to accomplish with my part of this photo.

This may have been a team project but it didn’t mean that I wasn’t going to do a little bit of something on my own and get an angle with just Brenna and I closer up so that it could go in a special portfolio that I keep of all the pictures we take together. There may not be a lot of them so far but it continues to grow and I know that there will be even more as time goes on and the best ones get brought in world and put into photo frames and placed on the wall as should all pictures that hold special meaning.

My intentions for this blog is for it not to be super long considering that there aren’t any sponsored items in the post and overall this was mean to be just something fun to do between the four of us. That is one of the things that I’m going to try and focus on more during event down times which for me right now is mostly until the next big one in May which is the annual Pose Fair with Vintage Fair happening shortly after that so I’m going to enjoy a bit of a breather now before the heat turns up.

On that note I’m going to turn this over to the credits and give a big shout out one more time to Brenna, Lucky and Stef for all making this a super fun thing to do and I look forward to more of them to come. Most of my blog writing is more of an editorial style so this was kind of a different stretch and may not even be half as entertaining but this time I’m letting the visuals do the work more than the words.

To those of you who have awesome weekends planned I hope you enjoy them and I’ll be back again soon to give you more fashion to feast your eyes on (with hopefully some fun mixed in). Catch you all on the flip peeps!

 

Don’t give up on me yet, don’t forget who I am
I know I’m not there yet, but don’t let me stay here alone

 

POSES & BACKDROP: K&S Poses – Did You Miss Class Today ✦ Gacha

HAIR: Vango – Bradley @ Men Only Monthly ✦ NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Stray Dog – Mario (Tone 02)

JACKET: ExalteD – Ethan College Jacket
JEANS: Wazzer Works – Ultimatum Jeans – Dark Blue

 

[#618] Chase You Down Until You Love Me

 

Real good, We’re dancing in the studio
Snap, snap, to that shit on the radio
Don’t stop, for anyone
We’re plastic but we still have fun

Lady Gaga, ♫Paparazzi♫

 

Now that I’m blogging items for female avatars now and again I find that coming up with creative things hasn’t been harder nor has it been easier. I am finding out that I do come up with some pretty good ideas that I might never would have blogged on my own before this time so I will take it as I can get it. I love to create visual stories to songs and sometimes it’s not always the stuff I listen to all the time or every day.

It allows me to even include genre’s that I might not have considered in the past as well. Honestly I’ve never had anything against Lady Gaga prior to her turn in the remake of “A Star Is Born” in which the music is fantastic and truly shows her talents outside of the theatrics and shock value we’ve all known from her with her strange dresses and music videos.

From the moment I saw the Versov “Rodeo Drive” backdrop an idea jumped into my head right away. I had some photags from a gacha that I played last year at some point and also a great pose set from one of my sponsors, Image Essentials called “Holiday Shopping” and yeah it’s not really anywhere near the holidays right now but when you love shopping any day can be a holiday so that’s what I’m going with.

This set has eight different poses each with their own set of shopping bags for each hand so that you can show off how boss you are when you are out on a shopping spree. This set has been around for a while and I didn’t get a chance to blog it when it was new but thankfully I was able to do so now and also bring attention to it to maybe a new set of people who missed it when it was brand new.

Image Essentials – Holiday Shopping Pose Pack

  • Bento enabled poses (bento viewer required)
  • mesh bags (left and right hands) for each pose
  • 8 total poses (static and pose HUD included)
  • Available for sale now at Image Essentials

So I’ve checked off the Versov backdrop and because there’s not much to say about it’s features other than the fact that is a well made mesh facsimile of what Rodeo Drive looks like with the street full of shops with trees and benches. For bloggers and photographers alike it is about as realistic as can be with perfect textures so if you’re interested in taking photos of yourself browsing stores or shopping like I’ve done this is a great way to do it.

Putting that aside, I have two articles of clothing I’d like to share from Native Urban that I was able to combine together to make one solid outfit and it also works since it is more of a outwear thing and because it could be considered a post-dated photo from the holidays with the shopping pose set.

I’ll start at the top and work my way down of course because it’s the easiest way to do it for me. The “Melo Jacket” is a cool jacket with hoodie add-on that was originally only supposed to be a male release but at the last moment Native Urban was able to update it with a fit for Maitreya so I chose to wear both of the new releases for the body because to me they looked great together. The amount of customization in the All Colors pack makes it so easy to come up with just about any combination you can think of with the colors provided.

With the weather starting to get warmer though I’m glad I quick snuck this one in before the bug to wear more shorts and t-shirts.

Jeans are a staple in every wardrobe and it could be said that you can never have enough jeans (I’ve said this before) and it is true. There are so many types that you can fit a style to whatever you are wearing and not even feel any pressure about how you look. The “Rollup Jeans” are a denim version of “The Rollup Pants” which were a previous release not too long ago. There is a good selection of denim colors that I’ll go into when I list the features and it is practical that if you’re interested in more than one color that the All Colors option will put that styling power into your virtual hands.

Native Urban – Melo Jacket (All Colors)

  • Original mesh
  • Jacket and Hood Add-On
  • 17 colors with 12 changeable faces
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and Maitreya (Lara)
  • Currently exclusive to Uber until 04/22/19

Native Urban – Rollup Jeans (All Colors)

  • Original mesh
  • 9 colors with 4 color changeable parts
  • Belt and Underwear HUD (for single packs)
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and Maitreya (Lara)
  • Currently exclusive to TMD until 04/28/19

I hope that you’ve all enjoyed the great items I’ve featured in this post, I try to bring some of what I think are the best things about Fashion and Shopping on the Second Life grid to anyone who might visit this website. I try to stay as informative as I can and that way you can take that knowledge with you and use it however you like.

On that note I shall bid you a fond farewell for this time and see you all again on the flipside!

 

Baby you’ll be famous
Chase you down until you love me
Papa-paparazzi

 

POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Holiday Shopping

BACKDROP: Versov – Rodeo Drive Fullscene @ FaMESHedNEW

HAIR: Lamb – Wolf (ROYGBIV Pack) ✦ Gacha
HEAD: LeLutka – KORINA v3.3
SKIN: Glam Affair – Mimi – Basic Line ✦ Previous FLF
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

GLASSES: Anachron – Round Frame Glasses (Top Bar Gold) ✦ Gacha
JACKET: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Melo Jacket @ UberNEW
JEANS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Rolled Jeans @ TMDNEW
SHOES: Gos – Low Tops ✦ Gacha