We fell so hard that
Stars formed in our name
We were too young to care
Truth or Dare
Sooner or later it came to an end
In a world full of hate, be a light
When you do somebody wrong, make it right
Don’t hide in the dark, you were born to shine
In a world full of hate, be a light
Thomas Rhett, ♫Be A Light♫
The past 6 months have been pretty crazy to say the least. The world has been going through a lot and I’m fairly certain that no one needs a recap. I haven’t been as creative as I once was and that’s just kind of the road that I’m on right now when it comes to blogging and creating art in Second Life. Now and again I’ll hear a song that I want to share and create a picture with and this post is a great example of that. Thomas Rhett’s “Be A Light” is a prime example of something good in this world that we all need right now. As always I embed the video for the songs I choose in my posts so if you’d kindly check it out when you get to that part of the blog or even skip to it right way, that would be something I sincerely appreciate.
The way I lay out my blogs now is a lot different then how I used to do them. I think for time and just wanting to get things out quicker that the way I have been doing them suits me just fine. I am still happy to be a part of some great blogger teams and I try to do them proud as I work to get back to a better routine where my head sparks more creativity. They’ve been awesome to me and I thank them for that more than words can even express.
One of the latest releases from lock&tuft is the “Rhett” hair and the name alone is what inspired me to use the song that I chose as the theme for this blog entry. Not just because it is a good song (which it is in my estimation). The hair has 32 colors to choose from and also includes a Bakes On Mesh hairbase to go along with it. It has been created with LeLUTKA Evo head owners in mind but I managed to make it work with the CATWA Stanley head so it should work with most heads with some slight adjustments.
Session Skins latest male release “Cooper” is in their brand new store for all of you guys to try. Intended for use with the CATWA Stanley head (may work well with other CATWA heads but that would be require some experimentation). The package comes with appliers for the skin as well as Bakes On Mesh head layers in several options. The options are Brow, Hair, Hair No Brow and No Brow. I’m wearing Tone 02 but it is also available in Tone 03 as well if you prefer a little darker (tanned) skin.
In a race that you can’t win, slow it down
Yeah, you only get one go around
‘Cause the finish line is six feet in the ground
In a race you can’t win, just slow it down
POSE: Chat Noir – Pose 1002 (3b)
SHIRT: TONKTASTIC / HERMONY – Cotton Tee
Don’t play with me
I’m not your toy
Oh can’t you see
I am not your Gameboy
Freezepop, ♫I’m Not Your Gameboy♫
One of the things I’ve been passionate about for as long as I can remember is video games. In a recent discussion, I had with a friend I rattled off just about every gaming system I’ve owned since I was small. That all started with the Atari and even though games back then were nothing like they are now, they still offered hours of enjoyment to not only myself but to my family members.
As time went on things improved from the graphics and sound but to the way they were played. Until the late 80’s everything had to be played connected to a television and while that is still very much the case now, gamers would get a taste of something different: Handheld Gaming Systems. The Gameboy was like one of the single greatest things of its time when it was released and as one of those kids that owned one. I was in cloud nine.
One of my favorite games that I enjoyed playing more than anything was Tetris, which as far as puzzle games go, is still one of my all-time favorites. This was before Jewel Quest and Candy Crush which for anyone that is a fan of those games should find some version of Tetris and give it a try. I would stay up trying to beat whatever high score that was previously made the time before and on school nights I would have to be sneaky with a flashlight. Maybe that is where I started to become a night owl?
Lock&Tuft has released a virtual version of the original Gameboy and have called it, POCKETGIRL. It comes with a small handful of poses and a HUD with a dozen or so colors that allow you to personalize it in a way that best fits you. I chose the OG style because that’s what I most relate to and am fond of.
This release can be found at their in-world store so for game buffs or just someone that is into nostalgia or pop culture. I encourage you to go and take a look because it can make picture-taking become a lot more fun.
I don’t have Spy Hunter
Galaga or Burger Time
Don’t look here for Frogger
Dig-dug ain’t no friend of mine
Don’t ask me, you’ll cross the line
Fine, fresh, fierce
We got it on lock
West Coast represent
Now put your hands up
Katy Perry, ♫California Gurls♫
It’s been quite a while from the last entry I posted but to be honest I haven’t really felt all that creative even with the time in isolation that I’ve had. Though I sparked enough to motivate me with one of the recent Session Skins releases named Ciara. I paired it with a new hairbase release by EMO-Tions that came out for the newest round of Cosmopolitan (an anniversary round at that!)
What better way put a smile on faces then a barely dressed woman in a pool in warm weather? It hasn’t quite reached where I am yet but we’ve had some pretty wonderful days over the last week or so; I’m crossing my fingers that there are more of those and less of the rainy ones that have been showing up. With that I feel more of the designers are going to be creating and releasing shorts and tank tops for the guys and more bathing suits/bikinis for the women and that will be great fun to take pictures of. Seeing a new release of a sweater or long coat around this time always bums me out because I’m longing for the warm weather and know that in reality that type of clothing would be just way too hot.
You could travel the world
But nothing comes close
To the golden coast
Once you party with us
You’ll be falling in love
POSE: Elephante Poses – Kitty
BIKINI: Salt & Pepper – Wet 12 Bikini Black Flower ✦ GACHA
Down the black hole
Hope is shallow
Tell me where were you?
Time can be so
Cold and hollow
Tell me where were you?
Flight Paths, ♫Shallow♫
Greetings! It’s been a while since my last entry and I hope everyone out there is doing well and staying safe in whatever part of the world they are at. I’ve finally found some inspiration with the newest release from Cold-Ash. The BLAISE Tee is at this current round of The Men’s Department. Be sure to also check its companion release, the LARKHAM Jeans.
I’ve also included a fun prop from lock&tuft: a nifty walkie talkie that has several hand/arm positions to choose from. I really like things like this (always have) because it helps makes scenes come together.
Another day fades out of time
Into nothing, pay you no mind
In outer space so paralyzed
It’s not too late
Open your eye
WALKIE TALKIE: lock&tuft – Walkie Talkie
I just want to freeze
I can give you more than what you are
Now I see you standing all alone
I never thought the world would turn to stone
Yungblud (feat. Halsey), ♫11 Minutes♫
Today is the last day of Skin Fair and if you haven’t been there then I don’t know what you’re waiting for. I thought that it would be fun to give you one more look of the LeLUTKA “Skyler” head. I definitely have had to get used to the way this is set up because it’s predominantly BOM based which I’m still not quite versed on. The HUD is also something that I’m sure many are still getting used to and all of the functions that it contains. There is nothing wrong with playing with things until you get everything the way you want it so just keep at it.
Stray Dog has released three new skins for the event. I am wearing Lorenzo in Tone 02 which the wear options include BOM layers and a LeLUTKA applier HUD. Options include brow and no brows, freckles and also frown brows with and without freckles. Plenty of ways to create your look with this face so enjoy playing around with it!
You’re eleven minutes away and I have missed you all day
You’re eleven minutes away, so why aren’t you here?
SHIRT: Spill The Tee – Alcohol Collection – May Contain @ Men Only Monthly ✦ NEW
There’s blood on the gun
That’s in your hand
And the murder in front of you
Send out the wolves
The King is dead
Little pills taking over
Cold, ♫Wicked World♫
I couldn’t resist blogging the Finer Threads “Romeo” skin that is currently at the Skin Fair. It reminds me of a certain boy king *cough* Joffrey *cough* and the world rejoiced when he finally got what was coming to him. I sorta created my own vision for that which I think turned out well and was extremely fun to do. I also thought the Barinnn bruises from “Ladybird” fit with an old item from Clemmm (that is now retired sadly). Being inspired by shows tend to make my photos work a lot better so I may do more of that in the future.
Living in a wicked world
We’re living in a wicked world
There’s no way you will escape
No one ever gets away
HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: LeLUTKA – Guy 3.4
SKIN: Finer Threads – Romeo (001) @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW
BRUISES: Ladybird – Barinn @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW
NOSEBLEED: Clemmm – Nosebleed Prototype ✦ No Longer Available
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0
Oh, baby, you’re a haunted house
Better find another superstition
We’re gonna stay in love somehow
‘Cause, baby, you’re a haunted house now
Gerard Way, ♫Baby You’re A Haunted House♫
We’re in the last weekend (two days and counting) of Skin Fair. There are a lot of fun skins, shapes, make-ups and accessories still waiting for you if you haven’t made your run yet. Now is the chance as the crowds should be pretty quiet today yet but tomorrow it may be busy as it is the last day of being open and there will be a race to the finish to get those last minute makeover items.
After some thought I wanted to make mention that the pose I used in this photo shoot is by Image Essentials. Recently the store that I was once a proud blogger for closed it’s doors for good. It was a sad moment learning about it but I understand the reasons behind why it was done and I have nothing but love and respect for Kay Weston. I also wanted to say thank you to her for being one of the first few brands to have faith in me when not a lot of brands were picking me up. You gave me a lot of reason to keep striving and wanting to create better images and you will forever have my gratitude.
So thank you very much from deep down. I wish you the nothing but the best for the future.
And your heart will stay forever
When your last remains are few
In the dark we dance together
And I’d like to be waiting with you
SKELETON: Remarkble Oblivion – Dead Astaire / RARE ✦ Gacha
POSE: Image Essentials – Get Down ✦ Store Closed
HAIR: Tableau Vivant – Add-Ons Collection (Pigtail Buns)
HEAD: Genus Project – Baby Face W001
SKIN: Little Devil – Jade (Pale) @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW
LIPS: La Malvada Mujer – Atropo Lips @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v5.0
DRESS: Friday – Wednesday Dress
A 100 bad days made
A 100 good stories
A 100 good stories make me
Interesting at parties
AJR, ♫100 Bad Days♫
Even after Pose Fair and Skin Fair end (there are only a few days left for each through the end of today) I will still have a lot of material to work with for posts in the foreseeable future. There’s just so much to dive into that it can easily make your head spin. Looking from the viewpoint of a consumer going to these two particular events (or any events really) it makes me think of the gif (or meme) where Fry has a handful of cash and the caption says “Shut up and take my money!” That’s what comes to mind because there are so many wonderful things to explore not just for the bloggers or Second Life photographers but also just every day things (such as building a new look for your avatar).
Boo’d Up has several different pose offerings for Pose Fair but I took a liking to the Aesthete pose pack. It contains five different bento static poses (which this cross-legged one is by far my favorite). Inside the pack there is also single poseballs for each pose if you choose not to use it in your own stand or you have rezz rights to the location you are taking photos at.
I’ve been wearing a lot of short hair styles in pictures lately so I thought it might be time to switch it up. Lock&Tuft released the “Ackerman” hair a while back but I finally found a way to put it to use in a look. This style also comes with a hat (the name of the type escapes me as I’m writing this) which you can wear as part of the hair or solo without the hair if desired. There is a HUD to accompany the hat with 6 different texture styles and the HUD for the hair itself boasts 66 different colors (from solids to hombres).
For my skin I am wearing the Richard skin from Lure. It’s made for CATWA brand heads and is suggested to be worn with Victor for the best look. Bakes On Mesh layers as well as an applier HUD are the ways you can wear this but keep in mind that the body appliers/BOM layers are sold separately. When I first put this on I felt like the face reminded me of someone. Perhaps a video game character at first but then I started to think about it more and thought it reminded me more of the vocalist from Shinedown, Brent Smith. The face has very distinguishing features and has a more mature look which those who are fans of this type will really clamor for it.
It also felt appropriate that I used the Vice X #Adored Sleep Depo Shadows. They give a great example of a tired look which seems fitting for the look of the skin that I have on too. This set of 9 color variants (in two styles) are Bakes On Mesh layers only and optimized for CATWA branded heads. It’s possible that they may work with other BOM capable heads but I haven’t tried them so it would be something to try at your own risk.
When all is going wrong
And you’re scared as hell
Watcha gonna do
Who you gonna tell
Photo taken @ The Dirty Grind
POSE: Boo’d Up – Aesthete @ Pose Fair ✦ NEW
HAIR: lock&tuft – Ackerman
HEAD: CATWA – Victor 4.5
SKIN: Lure – Richard (Ash) @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW
EYE CIRCLES: Vice X #Adored – Sleep Depo Shadows – Plain – Purple/Dark @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0
Stay with me
I hear them call the tide
Take me in
I see the last divide
Hopelessly, I leave this all behind
And I am paralyzed
Breaking Benjamin (feat. Scooter Ward), ♫Far Away♫
Pose Fair and Skin Fair have been really fun this year and even though they kind of happened at the same time it’s been a really awesome experience. It’s allowed me to start to unlock my creative potential again. Not all of it has been as awesome as I wanted but the fact that it is starting to come back is enough for me. Being able to find ways to combine them in posts has been helpful too so that I don’t get too far behind at least. Though putting things together with the situations going on in the world has been slightly difficult but nothing too hindering.
It makes me super happy that Session Skins is a part of Skin Fair again this year and with three different skins (2 female faces for Catwa and one male for LeLUTKA). Roman is the one that I am wearing for LeLUTKA with the Guy head. I did a test with the new Skyler head but the shape that comes included just did not work for him. It’s an excellent skin with a lot of options and is available in two different tones (02 and 03). Some of the options include with brows, with beard, no brows and no brows with beard. The brow and body shaper are included but the body skins are for sale at the main store and are separate.
To fit the theme of this post I just had to use the Fire Collection eyes by Gloom. They are nicely detailed and come in 6 different iris colors and two different pupil sizes (small and medium). They can be bought in a single pack option or in a FATPACK with all 6 colors and as far as what they work for? You can get them as BOM layers, CATWA, Genus Project, LeLUTKA brand heads as well as anything using Omega. Don’t forget classic mesh eyeballs as well.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve worn any tattoos and for a while I was wearing them quite a bit. The phase for me just slowly faded away but I am glad to be wearing the Endless Pain Tattoos “Ash” full sleeve. It comes in only one opacity which I would say is a combination of worn/faded. Ways to wear this are of course BOM layers and also have HUDs for Belleza, CATWA, Maitreya, Omega compatible mesh, Signature and SLink Physique bodies.
For the Pose Fair side of things I am featuring a store that I’ve seen around but they are essentially new to me. This is the very reason I love this event because it gets me acquainted with some of the pose creators and their stores that I might not have known before. Kuddlemuddle has several pose packs up for sale but I took interest in the “Fifties Series: Gentleman Style” pose pack which has 5 different poses that work well with any kind of wardrobe you could put together. I think that this would definitely go great with wearing a suit (which gives me ideas for another time). There are several versions in the pack with different priorities so you can play around with that if you so desire.
When the broken fall alive
Let the light take me too
When the waters turn to fire
Heaven, please let me through
Far away, far away
Sorrow has left me here
Far away, far away
Let the light take me in
POSE: Kuddlemuddle – Fifties Series: Gentleman Style @ Pose Fair ✦ NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4
SKIN: Session Skins – Roman (Tone 02) @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW
EYES: Gloom – Flame Collection @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0
TATTOO: Endless Pain Tattoos – Ash @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW
JEANS: Lapointe & Bastchild – Havoc Jeans