[#643] Groove Is In The Heart

 

DJ Soul was on a roll
I’ve been told he can’t be sold
He’s not vicious or malicious
Just de-lovely and delicious

Deee-Lite, ♫Groove Is In The Heart♫

 

From time to time I do blog posts that are intended to be goofy for the purpose of trying to balance out some of the emotion. I have no real reason why I don’t do it more often but I should but it seems like some of the songs I hear that drive feelings tend to win out over the more amusing stuff. I’ve got two pose sets and a decor item to share in what I’m considering to be a fairly simple and bare bones entry.

Taking pictures where I’m the focus is mainly what this blog is about but of course from time to time I have Brenna join me or my brother Lucky will sit in for a photo (thought it’s been a while dude!). This time I decided to do something super different and have my sister, Xandria and her guy Taka get in front of the lens. It was really nice of them to take the time to pose for me even if Xandria photobombed me with an animesh clown (don’t think I wasn’t going to out you!). But all the jokes aside it was a fun time and the results of the session were satisfactory.

Image Essentials has two new pose sets available at Vintage Fair, “Boogie Nights” and “Get Down” (see a theme there?) Trying to find attire that would have accurately fit these poses would have been difficult as the event itself didn’t have much in the way of hippie chic or 70’s wear. There are clubs that have theme nights which most people don’t dress to match it so that’s the idea I went with for this.

Each of these pose sets have five poses (each one with a mirrored version) depicting various groovy dance moves. Cycling through these gave me a chuckle because I can just imagine the actual dances in my head from different movies with some kind of funky backing track. As far as vintage goes, these poses hit the mark.

The sign you can see in the scene is Silence’s “Retro Arrow Sign”. I am using the “Dance” version in Red/Yellow (it also comes in Blue/Orange and Pink/Blue) as well as other sayings in these colors such as “Drink”, “Eat”, “Games” and “Live Music”. For anyone that has a club and wants a little vintage feel then this sign would add a little extra something to the decor.

 

Life I love you, all is groovy.
Paul Simon

 

POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Boogie Down @ Vintage FairNEW
POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Boogie Down @ Vintage FairNEW

SIGN: Silence – Retro Arrow Sign (Dance – Red/Yellow) @ Vintage FairNEW
BACKDROP: Salacity – Seamless Photo Backdrop Retro Yearbook

– Taka’s Style –

HAIR: Vango. – Owen
HEAD: LeLutka – Andrea
BODY: Signature – Gianni

JACKET: Gabriel – Spring Jacket Set
PANTS: Gabriel – Cotton Pants
BOOTS: Deadwool – Ulrich Boots

– Xandria’s Style –

HAIR: DOUX – Lisa @ ACCESS EventNEW
HEAD: CATWA – Catya
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

DRESS: Tres Blah – Aviva Dress
HEELS: REIGN – Emily Heels

 

Advertisements

[#642] Come On Let’s Go

 

Well, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, little sweetheart
Forever we can always be together
Come on, come on, let’s go again

Richie Valens, ♫Come On Let’s Go♫

 

While my coverage of Vintage Fair 2019 is starting to come closer to an end there’s still plenty of time to visit and shop the event. While you are there I encourage you to explore and look around because because the sim is well put together and it would be a disservice not to check it out even if you cannot find anything you’d want to purchase.

Brenna joins me for this photo and I give her credit for giving me the idea for the song being used to back the post. There were several different choices for it but they were not as vintage as her suggestion so I she gets the win on this. So thank you for giving me a hand with this you’re the best!

I’ve tried being as vintage as I can with these posts but settings are hard to come by when you need them so if they are not entirely time accurate I’m just going to have to be forgiven for it. I’m just trying to blog great products and make sure that the event and items get seen by as many people as I possibly can starting with the pose/prop from Secret Poses called “The Ride”.

This mesh vintage convertible prop comes with 5 built in poses (adjustable via menu). I really enjoy classic cars as there are many from past era’s that are fun to look at during car shows or also on restoration programs where they rebuild an old classic. These machines are pieces of history that should be preserved if at all possible because it helps us see how designs have changed over the years and the technology that exists now that did not when these beasts roamed the roads.

In addition to that I am wearing the “Ruth” glasses by eVe. These unisex glasses have a unique throwback style to them and if they have a name I honestly could not tell you but at least I’m being honest instead of trying to fake it through a description. A resize script within the glasses help with any adjustments that need to be made and they also come with a HUD containing 4 different elements that can be recolored including the frame, lenses and embellishments. These glasses are unisex so they can be worn by anyone who enjoys a unique pair of shades.

I‘m going to make a quick note that I’m glad that Brenna came up with the Ritchie Valens tune as I do enjoy hearing his music when it plays somewhere or I go to it on a youtube video/link. In the real world I remember my mother mentioning him and how the world reacted to the news of his passing along with Buddy Holly and Big Bopper.

I saw this played out on film in La Bamba and can’t imagine what it was like for not only his friends by his family as well as there was talent there that could have continued to make music and maybe eventually be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though it could also be said that it may never have happened and that it only became so special because he didn’t get to live a fulfilled life. Pretty sad to think about but with the music we were given, I’ll take it and be grateful for having heard it and experienced it.

 

I stick with a ’60s vintage aesthetic of letterman’s jackets, plain T-shirts, and good jeans.
G-Eazy

 

POSE/PROP: Secret Poses – The Ride @ Vintage Fair ✦ NEW

BACKDROP: Focus Poses – Guetto Backdrop

– My Style –

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Trevor
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Tom (Tone 02) @ Vintage Fair ✦ NEW

GLASSES: eVe – Ruth @ Vintage Fair ✦ NEW
SHIRT: Legal Insanity – Oliver Shirt
JEANS: Deadwool – Kojima Jeans
BOOTS: Deadwool – Desert Boots (Black)

– Brenna’s Style –

HAIR: DOUX – Tyrisha
HEAD: LeLutka – Aida
FACE: theSkinnery – Sonia
BODY: Maitreya – Lara 4.1

SHIRT: The Secret Store – Cindy Knotted Shirt
PANTS: The Secret Store – Bonnie Capri Pants

 

[#638] Leader Of The Pack

 

She was so small
As she kissed me goodbye,
Her tears were beginning to show
And as she drove away on that rainy night
I begged her to go slow
If she heard I’ll never know

Twisted Sister, ♫Leader Of The Pack♫

 

I‘ve been thinking (which is dangerous most times) that Vintage Fair is a celebration of past fashion, furniture, styles and appearance. When I began to put this scene together I came up with the theme song for the post very quickly. While the original recording itself is vintage I decided to go a little closer to a cover version of “Leader Of The Pack” that is in my time frame. Twisted Sister’s version is certainly a classic in its own right and truly how often do I have a glam rock/metal bands to support my blogs?

I based the scene on the “50’s Diner” backdrop from Hopscotch as well as adding my own personal Jukebox from Standby Inc. (who sadly I have found is no longer creating new items…RIP). The backdrop comes furnished with really cool details (table, condiments, napkin holder and neon sign just to name a few). I like the addition of the scenescape of a street outside the diner if you’re taking pics from the inside but it’s also nice that you can snap them from the outside looking in as well for a variety of ways to style your scene.

Completing the scene I am making use of the SVP “Bamwen (Male)” pose pack which includes a seated one that allowed me to seat myself on the edge of the booth, allowing me to assume the role of a pretty cool biker dude. After saying that last bit I gave myself a laugh but I’m going to keep it in instead of redacting it because it may make someone reading laugh too.

I’m also going to include the vendors for the backdrop for added features as well as the poses to show the rest of the pack that isn’t visible here. Other key items from the scene is the “Tom” skin by Sessions Skins, the “Kojima Jeans” by Deadwool, “Godfrey Hair” by Modulus and “The High Line Biker Jacket” by Tori Torricelli.

 

 

There’s something about America’s sweetheart and America’s bad boy. That juxtaposition is what everyone desires.
Machine Gun Kelly

 

POSE: SVP – Bamwen Pack (Male) @ Vintage FairNEW

BACKDROP: Hopscotch – Backdrop 50’s Diner @ Vintage FairNEW
JUKEBOX: Standby Inc. – Retro Jukebox (Dark Yellow) ✦ No Longer Available

HAIR: Modulus – Godfrey
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Tom (Tone 02) @ Vintage FairNEW

JACKET: Tori Torricelli – The High Line Biker Jacket
JEANS: Deadwool – Kojima Jeans
SHOES: SEMLLER – Canvas Low Tops

 

[#627] All Along The Watchtower

 

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants too

Jimi Hendrix Experience, ♫All Along The Watchtower♫

 

When I was thinking about songs that I felt would go with the visual of this blog I came up with a few of them but the one that stood out was “All Along The Watchtower”. Originally by Bob Dylan, it’s almost always associated with Jimi Hendrix who did a cover version of it a year after it was first recorded. I have nothing against Bob Dylan, the fact remains that I’ve already used some of his songs already and until today have never featured anything from Hendrix, who I have always felt was an amazing talent who left the world too soon. Perhaps maybe some of the best musicians who were gone much too soon could have continued blazing a path or could have fell off the face of the planet but it’s something we’ll never know as we cherish the things they gave us while they were here.

I chose to visit Ironwood Hills, which is a place I enjoy going to when I want to do some kind of post-apocalyptic scenes. Though with this I didn’t throw in any zombies or anything because I’ve done that and I wanted to make it more about anticipation instead of action. While I may not actually be on a watchtower in the scene, I am keeping an eye out with this pose set by Kirek Poses called the “Defense Pack” there are three different poses each with an accompanying rifle. To me the pose I picked really shows that I’m surveying the area but if need but would be ready to defend myself from whatever could be around the corner.

Kirek Poses – Defense Pose Pack

  • Bento static poses (poseball versions included)
  • 3 different poses
  • Rifle for each pose included
  • Pose Fair exclusive until 05/25/19

My wardrobe is a mixture of both old and new but I’m going to focus on the event specific things that have hit some events this month. My glasses are a part of a new gacha from BlankLine that have two different styles of glasses each with different frame colors to play for. Somehow I got lucky and was able to pull the RARE from the machine that includes a HUD that can change the lenses on it with emoji’s and things like that. I am going to have to see if I can get my hands on one of the commons I was looking for because after getting the the most sought after prize, I felt like I shouldn’t keep trying my luck.

I also have been hanging onto these for a bit since Anthem opened because I wanted to break them in for the right scene and they almost made it into the last one but I reserved them for a little longer. I’m talking about the “Kojima Jeans” from Deadwool, and this is I believe the first major jeans release for the store since the collab with Blueberry a few years ago; I may be wrong so if I am I’m sure someone will inform me. These are fantastic and great fitting with several features including three different leg bottom styles (Deep Cuffs, Rolled Up and Stacked) and for those interested in getting the FATPACK there is a cool belt loop chain included but for those of you who just want maybe one or two color choices you’re in luck as well because it is sold separately too.

The beard I picked up from LeLutka maybe a week or so ago has literally been one of my most favorite things ever and seemingly haven’t been able to take photos without it. I think this evening was the first time I went without it as I took Brenna to the big prom that was posted about on Facebook. I wanted to truly clean up well and did so by shaving my face so I looked fresh. I’m sure that by tomorrow the beard will be back or by the time I take the next photo but we will have to see.

 

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”
James Baldwin

 

LOCATION: Ironwood Hills

POSE: Kirek Poses – Defense Pack @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Modulus – Christian Hair
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01) @ A+ EventNEW
BEARD: LeLutka – Hip Hip Hooray Beard

GLASSES: BlankLine – Glasses Gacha 01 RARE @ TMDNEW
TANKTOP: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – TYLER Tank Top
JEANS: Deadwool – Kojima Jeans (Stack) @ AnthemNEW

 

[#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)

 

[#614] Happy

 

We’re so happy and everything is perfect.
The weather’s just so splendid.
Aren’t you just as happy as I am?

Stories Untold, ♫Happy♫

Music ties into a lot of things in my life as many of the artists and songs are as much of a soundtrack to it as they are to the blog posts I create here. Sometimes I discover new musicians through YouTube just by looking up the videos for songs that I already know as the algorithm suggests them as they are similar.

I’m not sure what I was looking for when I discovered the band Stories Untold but I decided to listen to their song “Happy” on a whim; I do not regret it for even a second and it’s this photo that is inspired by the song’s video so the idea is not necessarily mine but it is enough of a difference with the tools I have to work with in SL.

Before I get too far into my thoughts, the thing that drew me to this song is that I can empathize with it as do many people most likely. Sometimes feelings get overwhelming and can show up for a day or so or wind up becoming a cluster until it finally subsides and what is considered to be “feeling normal” or “like yourself” happens. After I heard this tune I realized that the songwriter totally gets it, totally understands that it’s not as easy as it seems to talk about things.

It could be hypocritical that at times I’ve expressed that talking to people when you feel a certain way can help but following your own advice is not as easy.

Blogging definitely helps in a way because I can sometimes just let some of it escape and there is a bit of relief from it which is one of the reasons why I still do it and to a degree still enjoy doing it as well. Giving myself an opportunity to create with the skills that I do have and I’m always trying to learn something new all the time, I guess it acts as a bit of a poor man’s therapy session.

In a related an unrelated note, the band I’ve put a bit of a spotlight on in this blog is playing their very last show in a few days which is a bit sad as well as after only two albums which both are really good (which is of course my opinion but I feel that fans of theirs agree). Things come into your life when they need to or you discover them at a time of need and I’m honestly grateful for it.

Now to focus on my look for this blog, which is mostly a mix of old and new Deadwool items with an added touch of a paper bag over my head much like “Bad Bag Bob” as he is known in the video. I did a look around the marketplace for paper bags worn on the head and the one I am wearing by Diabology was the closest I could find to the video. I probably could have just as easily just found a plan bag and just did a little post processing magic on it to make it look true to it but using creative license prevailed in the long run.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the first paragraph, my look is a mix of both old and new Deadwool and those that visit this blog on any kind of basis will know that I don’t talk about older items and that I feature new things such as the “Suede Jacket” that is currently a part of the equal10 lineup for about another week or so. The detail of the jacket is fantastic and the options for it knock it out of the park as far as things go, there is one slight thing that I would have done differently.

One thing that bothers me sometimes about clothes is that this jacket is structured with the arms stuck in a solitary position so if you wanted to use a specific pose it would not be very effect because it wouldn’t show any arm movement. Don’t let this deter you from potentially shopping for this item because aside from photography purposes, it’s definitely excellent fashion that deserves a spot in your wardrobe.

Deadwool – Suede Jacket

  • Original mesh
  • 10 different choices
  • FATPACK option available
  • Bonus content within FATPACK
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt and Gianni) as well as SLink Physique mesh bodies.
  • Currently exclusive to the Equal10 event until 04/05/19

Right now I am in between events and things so I will be putting together some looks with some of my brand partners to help with getting back on track after taking a couple days to just veg out and relax once Skin Fair ended. That was a really fun opportunity but also one I devoted lots of time and energy to thus requiring a little bit of extra down time.

This weekend will also be what I consider my official blogiversary as my first solo post ever which was under the banner of the former title of this blog was made in 2014. Five years is something I consider to be a long time especially when it comes to devoting myself to it as a serious thing (not just like a time passer or hobby which is also fun too).

I went from taking pics of me and everyone around me at the time (some of which are no longer around for whatever the reason may be). Most of my photography now is blog related and probably at some point I will scale back with the brands or events I blog for so I can take more photos that aren’t specifically for anything other than enjoyment. I am not at that point yet but the reality is that all things do eventually come to a stopping point.

Will it be another 5 years? That’s not something I can honestly even say because the platform I’m working with may or may not be here but truth is that the logic in it was the same back when I started so I am just taking things a step at a time and making sure that I don’t let it become a chore (as if that becomes the reality then it is time for me to move on).

I’d say possibly check back sometime this weekend to see if I’ve done a special post but I don’t want to make any promises that I cannot keep. Until then I hope you’ve been entertained and see you all again soon!

 

If I say I’m happy maybe one day you’ll see,
I hope maybe you’ll be, one day, happy

 

PAPERBAG: Diabology – Paper Bag – Happy
TANKTOP: Deadwool – Suede @ equal10 ✦ NEW
JEANS: Deadwool – Broberry Jeans (Revenge)

 

[#605] I Wanna Be Sedated

 

Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothin’ to do and nowhere to go
I wanna be sedated

The Ramones, ♫I Wanna Be Sedated♫

 

It is that time again guys and gals for makeovers galore all in part to Skin Fair 2019! A cornucopia of new mesh heads, skins, make-ups, shapes, tattoos and accessories galore all so that you can upgrade your existing look or completely give yourself a new one. Some of us would love for that to be as easy in the real world but it doesn’t work that way unfortunately which is why it is so much fun to be able to do it virtually through the Second Life platform.

Batten down the hatches and bare with me as this post is very information heavy with quite a few pictures . This is my second post for the event (the first was pre-opening) so I have visual maps of the layout for all of you to click on and get an idea where you want to go before you even land. Just keep in mind that the first day or so will be pretty traffic heavy so if you don’t get in right this minute these items will not be going anywhere.

The event lasts until the 24th of March which gives everyone plenty of time to do their thing.

Vendetta is participating in this years fair and I am familiar with them for some of their releases from The Men Jail as well as Hipster Men’s Event. “Adrian” is one of three exclusives and has been created for LeLutka branded heads (Andrea and Guy respectively). The tones as you will see in the chart that I am going to post below are more golden in nature (think various tans). The face is mature yet still youthful and can be given a beard treatment to look a bit older if desired.

A shape is included in the package but if you are first giving this brand a try, the body skins are sold separately at their in-world location which I will also provide a taxi for you in the style portion of the blog; if you are curious as to which tone that I am wearing I can tell you that I have on Tone 4.

Vendetta – Adrian Skin

  • Created for LeLutka brand heads
  • Shape included
  • 3 tones to choose from (04-05-06)
  • Body appliers sold separately
  • Exclusive to Skin Fair until 03/24/19

For someone who has an affinity for body ink, Skin Fair is going to be a treasure trove for me with many designers releasing tattoos as part of their exclusives or if they are only tat creators then all of their exclusives will be body modifications. Carol G., one of the fair’s proud sponsors has released this nifty (yes I’m old school so I can say stuff like that) tattoo called “Insight”.

It comes in two versions (Black+White and Color) with 4 different pigments (Dark to Light). Looking at this tattoo closely you’ll be able to make out some familiar icons from pop culture fame (Hint: look on the back!)  This is my first go round with Carol G. even though I am familiar with the name through various events but that is one of the great things about being a blogger for an event is that you can sample stores you may not have considered before.

I’ll definitely be keeping a closer eye on the releases from this store, highly impressed with this tattoo for sure. This is one I’d recommend so now you know!

Carol G. – Insight Tattoo

  • Applier HUDs for Belleza, Maitreya, Omega, Signature, SLink and TMP mesh bodies
  • Two versions (Black+White and Color / Sold separately)
  • 4 different pigments in HUD (Dark to light)
  • Exclusive to Skin Fair until 03/24/19

As promised, here are the Skin Fair 2019 sim maps so you can begin to plan your mad shopping sprees. Enjoy everything that Skin Fair has to offer and be sure to come back as well to see what I’ll be featuring next from the event!

Transitioning from Skin Fair to another event just opening today is The Men Jail, where I am wearing a hair from L&E called “Helton” in Black (Blonde and Brown packs are also available). Style wise I would say it reminds me a bit of a modern mohawk and that prompted me to go the punk rock route with my soundtrack choice for this blog (in start contrast to last blogs dabble into Country).

The Ramones were pioneers of the punk rock scene and have inspired many artists that have come after them and newer artists are being influenced by their music as I write this. To find a hair that reflects this type of music is something I feel is important to the overall theme of the blog entry.

Now that you are aware (which you probably already were anyway) that there are new events open (Collabor88 has also opened today as well but I don’t have anything to blog from that but it is a point of interest) there’s no excuse to why you can’t start off your weekend with a little retail therapy and become a brand new you or find a new outfit or accessories.

On that note I am going to turn you over to the much anticipated stylings of this blog entry and take a bit of a breath and gear up for the next exciting entry for me as I navigate through the wonders of Skin Fair and other events/items within my grasp. I can already assure you in the posts to come there will be some different things from me.

See you around the corner everyone!

 

I can’t control my fingers
I can’t control my toes
Oh no no no no no

 

POSE: WRONG – Static Male Poses – 24

BACKDROP: The Bearded Guy – Recesss Time – 2012 ✦ Gacha

HAIR: L&E – Helton (Blacks) @ The Men JailNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy ✦ NEW
SKIN: Vendetta – Adrian Skin (Tone 4) @ Skin FairNEW
TATTOO: Carol G. – Insight Tattoo @ Skin FairNEW

JEANS: Deadwool – Broberry Jeans (Washed Pitch)