[#524] Only The Strong Survive

It’s mine
It’s pure and…
As decent as I can make myself inside
We all know only strong survive

FLAW, ♫Only The Strong

For a very long time I have used music as a coping mechanism, as a soundtrack to not only this blog but also my life. That is one of the reasons why I have never strayed away from using anything other than music to bring inspiration, awareness and sometimes calm to the storms within my head. With my post today I’m using a song which has helped fuel me in dark times as a reminder that if you can remain strong in moments of struggle that you can rise back up and overcome anything.

I thought it would be a good idea to dig it up with having a bit of a creative block as of late and recall that I’ve been in that spot before and I found a way out of it. Strength is not only something that is physical but emotional as well and with my scene in this blog it is showing more of a physical strength it is still very much a mental one as well.

The Men Jail has an item by the store, Bent, which came around at a good time for me use it for the scene. The “#punchingbag” prop comes with poses built inside so you can either display yourself boxing, using your legs to kick, standing beside the bag after a sparring session and a couples pose added in for you to bring a friend or significant other along for the fun.

BENT #punchingbag Prop/Pose features:

  • 100% original mesh
  • 4 poses included (adjustable by clicking)
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until September 28th

It’s not often that I share information about a shape I am using as most of the time they are ones that I’ve had made or that I’ve adjusted from one that I have purchased but I couldn’t pass up the “Jeremy” shape by Go&See. I really like how this looks and am also wearing a previously blogged skin “Theo” which is also by Go&See but I am using the summer tone and that is something I’ve not done previously.

The shape has a handsome yet rugged face and gives the appearance of “I may be good to look at but don’t test me”. That probably didn’t make a ton of sense but I thought it sounded good as I was writing it and chose not to go back and reword it.

Go&See Jeremy Shape features:

  • Included style card (to give best look as intended)
  • Shape works best with Signature bodies
  • Eyebrow shaper also included
  • Exclusively @ Men Only Monthly until October 15th

Modulus’ latest release at the Man Cave event has made it’s way onto my head for this look. “Ryan” is a shorter length hair that can be worn to show it being combed to either the left or right side and that is one of the latest features of the brand’s hair products and that earns a 5 stars from me. I sometimes never know which angle is going to be the best when I’m setting up a photo so having that option to be able to make the product look good as well as the composition.

Modulus Ryan hair features:

  • 100% original “next gen” alpha hair mesh
  • Mirrored left and right versions
  • 5 color HUDs + integrated color tinting
  • 40 standard colors to choose from
  • FATPACK also available for purchase
  • Exclusively @ Man Cave until October 9th

My footwear is one of the newest releases by Native Urban dubbed the “Custom Sneakers” and that very applicable with the purchase of the FATPACK. For anyone that isn’t familiar with the Native Urban brand their top notch footwear has a HUD in the “All Colors” pack that allows you to break down the colors for just about every section of the shoe so that you can style it in a way that fits best.

With the amount of colors provided and faces that can be color changed it’s easy to say that you could go a long time without ever having to wear the same exact shoe style. I myself like things that can be changed to give it longer longevity as well to make it just about brand new every time you put it on. This is one of the many reasons to choose Native Urban for your sneaker fix.

Native Urban Custom Sneaker features:

  • 100% original mesh
  • 12 customizable shoe parts (All Colors Pack)
  • 22 different colors (All Colors Pack)
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) male bodies
  • Exclusively for sale @ TMD until September 30th

As I wrap this up, I hope that anyone who manages to view and read this and relates to the beginning of the post knows that even though it is cliche to say that things get better in time…they truly do even if it seems to happen more than once in a lifetime. Strength can be found in many ways either through family, friends, a random meeting and by determination and will.

It also never hurts to show compassion and kindness because even if it isn’t show outwardly most of us are fighting some kind of battle. Until the next time our paths cross, onto the next conversation.


HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) Ryan Hair @ Man CaveNEW
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Go&See (Store / MP) – Theo (Summer) ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged
SHAPE: Go&See (Store / MP) – Jeremy @ M.O.MNEW

PANTS: Chuck Size – Jordan Slim – FATPACK
SHOES: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Custom Sneakers (All Colors) @ TMDNEW

PUNCHING BAG: BENT – #punchingbag @ The Men JailNEW
SKYBOX: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – Forgotten Rooms

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[#522] One More Day

 

For one more day, (They can’t take this away, it’s far from over)
I’m not afraid to fall (We can’t stay in a place we don’t belong)
For one more day, (They can’t take this away, it’s far from over)
We try to save it all

10 Years, ♫One More Day

Sometimes blogging much like regular writing can cause blocks in creativity and for the last week I’ve been experiencing just that. Trying to find the right products and the ideas to go with them has been troubling and it’s something I am not fond of but it does happen.

With a week removed from the opening of The Men Jail, I finally found some inspiration in the form of the “Duct Tape Gag” by Short Leash. While it has a lot more functions than I will possibly ever use it for (it has built in RLV which I will sheepishly admit that even after being around the grid for as long as I have…do not know the slightest clue about what it does). The tape itself was my way to relay some of the words from “One More Day” by 10 Years, which serves as the soundtrack for this post.

This is the first time that I’ve encountered any kind out mouth tape that wasn’t an applier so I really thought it was creative and worthy of getting a feature on the blog; while it may not be for everyone it is a fun component to add to photos and even role-playing situations for anyone who might be holding someone hostage (not something I encourage just to make it known).

Short Leash Dirt Tape Gag // Silver features:

  • 100% mesh
  • Included HUD includes phrases to put on tape
  • Resizable via HUD or by object editing
  • Normal and RLV enabled versions included
  • Black and Pink versions also available
  • FATPACK version with all three colors available
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until September 30th

Not long ago I blogged one of the two hairs from Modulus at The Men’s Department and I’m finishing that event up by showing you the other offering at the event named “Zander”. This side combed hair is not super long in length and does a good job of keeping the eyes free from being covered and that is something I prefer from hairs of a longer nature.

Keeping up with the trend of offering mirrored versions of the hair, “Zander” definitely gets a thumbs up from me; I even chose a color from the vibrants HUD for a change of pace and really enjoy how it looks. So much that I’ll re-visit it again in the near future with another current release.

Modulus Zander Hair features:

  • 100% original alpha mesh
  • Integrated color picker HUD
  • 40 different pre-existing hair colors (5 different HUDs)
  • Sold separately or as a FATPACK
  • Left and right sided hair versions
  • Exclusively @ TMD through Sep. 30th

Go&See has been releasing quite a few eyes lately and I am certainly trying to stay on top of it but as I mentioned at the beginning of the post it’s been difficult for me because of the bit of a creative block that I’ve been going through. One thing that I haven’t done in four years of blogging has been giving myself the chance to take a break. It sounds silly that I should just allow myself that but in the back of my head I would feel as if I am letting the brands that associate themselves with me down and these small little interruptions never last long; another reason would be that if I stopped completely for a period of time I am too afraid that I would not return to it even though it is a passion and love of mine.

This latest release “Pose” is a part of the current crop of items that are a part of this months round of PocketShop. If you are are unfamiliar with this it is a HUD based shopping experience that takes place monthly much like events but a catalog is posted on their website and also through the HUD which you can purchase for free via there in-world HQ or by going to their marketplace store. The items that are featured are also shown in the HUD so that you know exactly what you are purchasing and buying is easy and can be done one of two ways: purchasing credits or allowing the HUD to use funds from your account. It is extremely safe and something I’d recommend as it is a very nice alternative to trying to get into an event right away on opening day. This can be done from the comfort of your home, skybox, platform etc…

Go&See Pose Eyes features:

  • 100% mesh eyes (for classic avatars)
  • Applier HUDs for CATWA and Genus Project
  • 10 styles to choose from
  • Exclusively sold through PocketShop until October 4th

The backdrop I am using comes from Paparazzi, it was originally from a previous round of Cosmopolitan and should now be in stores. The “Neon Hall” is very nicely constructed and has several points of illumination (which you can play with if you desire, which is a nice added option). At first I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use this backdrop but with the right ambiance it fit what I needed. However, my initial idea was to search for a location but nothing solid came to mind and after a bit of research I chose to go this route and I’m satisfied with the results and the mood I achieved with the “story” photo.

I‘ve also decided to give my Gerald head another go with the latest skin release by Clef de Peau called “Hamilton”. I finally feel that with this skin I don’t look like I could be Russian (which there is nothing wrong with but not the aesthetic I am looking for). The skin was released not only for Vista but there is a CATWA version as well for anyone who is a CATWA purist and there are many out there who have not once strayed away from them (personally I like to try new things just to see if they can perform better than what I currently have).

As I put a wrap on this post I realize that I probably do not share more about what drives the ideas behind these posts and hopefully I can get better at doing that. The fact that my brain can be complicated at times is an understatement and being able to completely divulge everything going on in my head is tough for me. There may be more to it and there may be nothing to it (yes that’s cryptic and I have been told I am good at that also).

I would like to believe that my motivation for the inspiration of this post is not only from the song that provides the soundtrack but also the thought that sometimes all of us as humans tend to keep to ourselves and push things down. The more silent we are about them the more they grow into something that isn’t always beneficial to our overall well-being. Just talking to someone and knowing that they are there goes a long way and oddly enough sometimes living day to day is the best way to cope with situations around us.

The interwebs are a powerful tool that if used properly can bring us all together or tear us apart and I personally opt to see everyone united and it’s hard but not completely hopeless. Just a thought or two thrown in here at the end, but check out the credits as I hope you’ve seen something interesting. Until the next time our paths cross, onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) Zander Hair @ TMDNEW
HEAD: Vista Animations – Gerard ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Go&See (Store / MP) – Pose Eyes @ PocketShopNEW
FACE: Clef de Peau – Hamilton (Tone 2) @ Equal10NEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: ExalteD – Tshirt Ripped v2 FATPACK
SHORTS: Legal Insanity – Miles Shorts – Black

MOUTH TAPE: Short Leash – Silence! Duct Tape Gag // Silver @ The Men JailNEW
BACKDROP: Paparazzi – Neon Hall (Whte)

POSE: FOXCITY – Silhouette FatPack

[#521] If It’s The Same For You, I’ll Just Hang

And we always say, it would be good to go away, someday
But if there’s nothing there to make things change
If it’s the same for you I’ll just hang

Matchbox Twenty, ♫Hang

In my previous post I spoke about how I didn’t have a soundtrack to back the post until after I had finished taking the photos and getting everything ready. This post is quite different because I had the soundtrack and idea before I even started to put the scene together so it was an easier session from start to finish; it’s also great that I get to feature one of my newest brands to join up with These Conversations Kill.

Kokoro Poses is now a part of the brands that I have the privilege and honor to blog for. I have some experience with their work from events such as Pose Fair and also The Men Jail to name a few. They have been around a while which is great because they are established and are known to be good at what they do (which is making poses of course). The last few poses before I became a blogger for them also prompted me to apply and I hope that I can do them justice.

Backtracking a little bit here and going back to how soundtracks relate to how I put together my scenes for blogs is usually pretty simple, I take the mood of a song or simply something in their lyrics and apply it to the photo that I’m taking and fashion the atmosphere to fit as best as possible. Also finding settings that might match the overall tone helps too but doesn’t always happen as bloggers have to make do with what we have access to.

Asuma is the latest pose pack from Kokoro Poses that depects smoking actions and while I’m not telling everyone to pick up a cigarette or voluntarily smoke (as I do not in the real world) but I really like the mood that these poses produce. There is a verse in the song I’m using that talks about smoking a cigarette outside and staying until it is gone and not only is that being considerate I feel but also that it opens up more of a dialogue for contemplating something heavy. The cigarette is kind of a crutch to help alleviate a crisis.

Kokoro Poses Asuma Pose Pack features:

  • Bento enabled poses (proper viewer required to use)
  • 6 poses (including mirrors)
  • Poses 1 and 6 available only to the FATPACK
  • Mesh cigarette included for each pose and mirror
  • Exclusively @ Hipster Men’s Event until Sep. 16th!

A few days ago FaMESHed opened it’s doors back up for another round and for fans of Modulus there is extra reasons to be excited about this round with two different new hairstyles available to be purchased at the event. I am wearing “Julian” which is a short, wispy style (and sometimes my descriptions for hair styles aren’t the best so you’ll have to excuse me.) I chose this because I wanted to make sure that there wasn’t any strands of hair covering my face as you’ll see for my alternate photo close-up of the eyes I am wearing.

Modulus makes it easy to find a hairstyle that works with any kind of look you are going for or mood you are in with varieties of length to choose from; I highly doubt there is anyone who hasn’t bought a hair from this store but if not there are many events you can find them in and there is bound to be something for you so I recommend them highly.

Modulus Julian FATPACK features:

  • 100% original mesh alpha hair
  • 40 hair colors to choose from (5 color HUDs)
  • Left and Right hair choices
  • Integrated color picker within HUD for added customization

The Men Jail is also back for a fresh new round of goodies for the fellas to take a look at and over the last few rounds I have enjoyed being able to blog the facial hairs made by the store, Purfect. Most of them are mesh constructs but this round they have a beard applier which after I added to my face I really liked how it looked and gave me a more mature appearance (as opposed to without it).

Beards are definitely one of my favorite things to put into my looks because I always feel strange when I take photos without one that is unless I’m wearing some kind of face paint or makeup. Everyone has their own thoughts about their appearance and I’m one of those people who tends to not go without some kind of facial hair whether it be stubble or a full blown mountain man beard.

Purfect Beard 022 FATPACK features:

  • Catwa, LeLutka and Omega applier HUDs
  • 3 different styles to choose from
  • 6 different hair colors
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail from Sep 08th to the 28th

Cold-Ash is one of my favorite clothing stores on the grid and has been since they first came on the scene several years ago; to me they are to casual as what Deadwool are for dress clothes. That is a high compliment I feel because both brands respectively kill it with their products and whenever something new from Cold-Ash comes out I really go crazy in my mind with excitement to try and find the right situation to be able to blog it.

The “ELLIOT” short sleeve shirt is an untucked button down shirt with the first few buttons opened for added effect and even more sex appeal. I feel like anyone who wears this will definitely get some added attention. It pairs perfectly with the “Okauchee” pants from Lenox. This outfit as I’ve put it together was meant to be super casual and not super dressy.

Segueing right into the “Okauchee” pants from Lenox which was a smooth transition I have to admit, these slacks (or pants however you wish to go with that) are slightly rolled up at the bottom so you could wear ankle (or desert) boots or do what I did and show off your socks and oxfords (which are also by Lenox fyi). This outfit is a nice break from t-shirts and jeans or shorts that I’ve been wearing a lot because I do tend to wear those things a lot.

Here’s some details about the Cold-Ash and Lenox items!

Cold-Ash ELLIOT short sleeved shirt features:

  • 100% original mesh
  • 6 colors sold individually
  • 12 colors changeable via HUD (6 colors FATPACK bonus)
  • Fitted sizes for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt & Gianni), SLink Physique and TMP mesh bodies
  • Exclusively @ TMD until September 30th

Lenox Okauchee Pants FATPACK features:

  • 100% original mesh
  • 11 fabric colors changeable via HUD
  • Fitted sizes for Aesthetic, Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Geralt & Gianni) male bodies
  • Exclusively @ Uber until the 22nd of September!

For this post I decided to do a bit of a test with a secondary photo with a full outfit shot. With the help of green screening (which I do not use often) and a nice background pattern, I am also showing a close-up of one of the latest eye releases from Go&See. “Ares” is a really detailed set and there and all of the options that it comes with are all very cool.

When it comes to eyes there really isn’t much to say or describe other than that I recommend them very highly and many of the Go&See eye products are good for rpg’s and also for every day use.

Go&See Ares Eyes features:

  • Appliers for CATWA and Genus Project eyes
  • Mesh eyes included
  • 10 styles to choose from
  • Exclusively @ Men Only Monthly until Sep. 15th

That about does it for this blog entry but I finally was able to share my exciting news about landing a new brand partner and featuring them for the first time as a blogger. I also was able to include some of my other favorite brands that I blog for as well together to create a look that I am truly pleased with as that is how it should be.

More to come from my favorite events and brands so be sure to check back to see what I’m up to as you never know what you’ll find on these pages. Time to go enjoy the rest of this weekend and begin staging my next idea. Until our paths cross again, onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) Julian Hair ✦ NEW @FaMESHed (09/0109/27)
HEAD: CATWA – Victor ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Go&See (Store / MP) – Ares Eyes ✦ NEW @ M.O.M (08/2009/15)
FACE: Not Found – James (Tone 2) ✦ Previously Blogged
BEARD: Purfect – Beard 022 ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (09/0809/28)
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – ELLIOT Short Sleeve Shirt ✦ NEW @ TMD (09/0509/30)
PANTS: Lenox – Okauchee Pants FatPack ✦ NEW @ Uber (08/2509/22)
SHOES: Lenox – Oxford Shoes FATPACK ✦ Previously Blogged

POSE: Kokoro Poses (Store / MP) Asuma FATPACK ✦ NEW @ Hipster Men’s Event (08/2309/16)

[#517] Hold On!

I am torn in two…
Hold on, hold on, we’re barely alive
I am faded through…
Hold on, hold on, the fallen arise
I will fight this world for you
And let the dawn of love survive
Broken, I crawl back to life

Breaking Benjamin, ♫Torn In Two

Finding a good spot to set up a scene/photograph for a blogger is one of the most important things for the style of blogger that I feel that I am. Many bloggers tend to use green screen along with backgrounds they create themselves or find a royalty free photo. The way I prefer to do things is finding a location in-world that fits my mood or if nothing seems to fit then I look for the right backdrop but they have to fit or it tends to be a long day or evening depending on when my setup begins.

My friend, Yosh Shi (Merlin on Facebook) owns and runs not only a great retreat area but also have just started a new nightclub project. He was kind enough to let me poke around during non operating hours to see if something would click for me. The atmosphere is best described at least in my mind as a mixture of steampunk and gothic elements. It truly felt inviting to me as I arrived at the landing point which is a long dock that leads to the club. I changed my lighting to what the sim calls for and it is overcast to match the rain that surrounds you.

I don’t want to spoil the experience for you if you do happen to visit so I shall abstain from giving you any further details about the layout but I will say that after looking around the setting by the fireplace caught my attention and the work was about to begin.

The Men Jail is about to wrap up for the August round but I wanted to get one more product in that I thought was rather cool. For the event, Gild released a tanktop with circular cuts in its design which I think is perfect for the the rave/club scene. Posh (which is the name of the club where my photos were taken) tend to have a lot of rave type parties which as of yet I have unfortunately been able to attend due to the time of day they normally occur but I will make it to one of them soon.

Those who are looking for something unique in men’s clothing then I’d certainly give this a closer look.

Gild Zebra Cut Tank features:

  • 100% original mesh
  • 5 different colors to choose from
  • Fitted sizes for both Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni)
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until August 28th

The Man Cave is in it’s second week and Modulus has a new hair which I am wearing for this photo. “Marcus” is a a near mid length hair that is combed to the side and the reason I liked it for this particular look is that it didn’t cover my eyes or any of the other facial things that I wanted to feature in the blog (which I will get to shortly). All the things that fans of Modulus come to expect are all here with an added surprise that I was not anticipating when I opened up the package.

For the first time (at least to my knowledge) there are combed versions for both sides of the head so that way if you have a personal preference you can choice without being conflicted. I love this and I hope they continue to do this for future releases even though it could potentially be a lot more work; I don’t know how mesh things are made. For the first time I also used the blond pack with the integrated color picker and I really love how it turned out.

With that said though I do hope they continue to bring things like this to the table to even further cement their brand as a top hair brand.

Modulus Marcus Hair features:

  • 100% original mesh
  • 40 colors (five HUDs with Fatpack available)
  • Integrated color picker in every HUD
  • Left and right versions included
  • Exclusively @ Man Cave until Sep. 09th

Go&See recently released an add-on at the Blush event but before I could finish my editing and write this blog it sadly ended but the great part is that it will become a release to the store (and or marketplace). The “wasted” eyebags are meant to display a hard night of partying but for those of you who do not have the type of lifestyle (and I’m one of them usually) they could also be used to show how someone is burning the candle at both ends. I think in the case of me being in a club that it fits more of the partying context.

Outside of skins and eyes, Go&See provides add-ons like the eyebags as well as make-ups and lashes. These kinds of products help add to the realism of not only of our photos but also our avatars as well and I’d like to see more interesting things like this in future releases.

That is what’s new to me so I am going to wrap this up so I can get you to the credits; I would like to thank Yosh Shi for allowing me to take these photos at Posh and if you are in the mood to check it out I will leave you a taxi to give it a look yourself and visit there to find out when upcoming events are happening there. It is a really cool place and very different from most clubs that I’ve encountered and I say that truthfully in a good way.

Hope you’ll check back in with the blog soon I have some exciting news to reveal in my next post but until our paths cross again, onto the next conversation…

Photo taken @ Posh Nightclub


HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Marcus Hair ✦ NEW @ Man Cave (08/1509/09)
HEAD: Vista Animations – Gerard ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Clef de Peau – Wouter (Tone 1) ✦ Previously Blogged
EYE BAGS: Go&See (Store / MP) – Wasted Eyebags
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

TOP: Gild – Zebra Cut Tank ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (08/0808/28)

POSE: WRONG & The Owl – Static Male Poses #7

[#510] Seeing Red AGAIN!

So lay down, the threat is real,
When his sight goes red again.
Seeing red again,
Seeing red again

Chevelle, ♫The Red

For the longest time I’ve waited for just the right circumstances to do a scene with “The Red” by Chevelle as the soundtrack and that time is finally here. Most of the time some of the ideas I’ve come up with don’t see the page for quite a long time because all the pieces in my head didn’t connect. Last night though I finally set the scene and am super happy with the results.

This is likely my final post for coverage of the July round of Pose Fair so I hope that I am going out in style. The “Male Model Series 02 Collection” from West End Poses was clearly a good choice to end with as the pose that I picked from the set to feature definitely helped define the edginess of the scene that I was creating with the help of an Alt.Rock song that 16 years old but still holds up today (maybe even better than some of the current music out there but that’s just personal opinion).

West End Poses Male Model Series 02 Collection features:

  • 5 male static bento enabled poses
  • 4 mirrored alternates (poses 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  • Available @ Pose Fair until July 31st (Ending soon so don’t wait!)

Stray Dog skins are probably in my top five when it comes to that genre on the grid but for a while there just hasn’t been a release that I felt worked for me but I was able to happily return to them with their “Kaike” release that is brand new for the Kinky event’s July/August round. Now this is an event I don’t really shop much at because it’s very much a female oriented and more of an “adult” event and I tend to shy away from that circle. Regardless of the type of event if there’s something I can use I will shop because that’s what I do (I feel like I am a pro at it sometimes).

I didn’t have to adjust my shape all that much which was the nice thing about this as well because I’m not the best at it when it comes down to it. A friend of mine recently helped put one together for me so that I felt more like “me” in a sense and that I wasn’t just bouncing around from shape to shape (and often times skin to skin). I tend to like having a specific look for one brand of head so that when I need to switch for whatever type of scene/look I’m going for that I’ll not have to work too hard to accomplish my goal.

Stray Dog Kaike Skin features:

  • CATWA skin applier
  • Brow and Browless version HUDs
  • HUD includes freckle and kiss marks options
  • Currently @ Kinky until August 19th!

Another major piece for my look are the “Sparkle #2” eyes from Go&See, and while this is not one of the most recent releases I have previously featured the first set of this series in one of my other posts and the fact that there was an iris color that fit exactly what I needed for the look was the reason why I had to go in the direction I did. When it comes to super unique eyes for fantasy type photos it is a must to give this brand a look because I can almost guarantee there will be something useful in their lineup and not just for eyes…there are tons of female products like makeups and lashes that can help boost a look. My only wish is that perhaps an omega applier for the eyes will be added in the future. Not everyone owns a CATWA head, fortunately I do (and several at that) but for those that do not they are missing out on a really great product.

Go&See Sparkle #2 features:

  • CATWA applier HUD only
  • 10 styles of iris to choose from
  • Ready to buy at the Go&See Flagship store

There is also the little gem that is my backdrop that I’ve had tucked away in my inventory for some time that is a limited edition from FOXCITY, and sadly it is no longer available (as most of their limited items go before you can even blink so if you can even get a hold of them consider yourself lucky). The “Linear” backdrop along with using good lighting (via LUMIPro which has recently updated to its 2018 version) I was able to create a very intense red ambiance. The lights on the backdrop can be changed but with the red I didn’t have to look any further.

I did a bit of manscaping to my face and am in the process of regrowing the old whiskers so until then I am wearing the “Simple Stubble” by Modulus which as the name implies is a good little bit of bristles but not overly abundant. The package does include several versions (light and thick) and there is an Omega applier HUD to slap it on your face. It only comes in black but most people on the grid are either black or brown haired so this works well in that instance.

For a while I haven’t really found much that screams at me at Men Only Monthly and my wallet is likely happy but usually I do find things there but I hit a skid along the last month or so. The skid has ended in the form of the “Erick” hair from Vango and with the lighting and angles it doesn’t give the best representation of this long hair pulled back into a tail but I can offer up that it is a really nice style and for those of you who might have the past release at Men Only Monthly named Aaron (the long, neck length style) as it can be used in conjunction for when you want to wear your hair pulled back. It’s a great way to cross the products together style wise.

Vango Erick Hair Naturals features:

  • Naturals HUD includes 6 different tones
  • Two different variations of style included
  • Available now @ Men Only Monthly until 08/15!

My final product to talk about is the “Tom Sweater” in black by Rekt. This grunge inspired sweater has little holes at the bottom of various sizes and I feel it helps as well to emphasize the grunge type look that I have going in this scene. Going from the last two posts that were more of a reflective mourning of sorts this dials it up and hits with some straight up aggression and anger. That’s one of the things about this blog is you never know what emotion is going to be presented from one post to the next.

The sweater is only for the Signature body and only comes in black which eliminates the need for me to go through features as I feel that all the bases have been covered on it. When there are more than at least two things to point out is when I will highlight those things to help those of you who are potential consumers make an informed choice as to whether you might like go take a closer look.

You can get this item at the most recent round of ULTRA until the 11th of August so plenty of time left to take the taxi down below in the style credits but why wait?

That’s all I have for this entry but there’s always more kicking around in my head so it shouldn’t be long before there’s a new blog post on these pages. Last post I spoke of the Vista Animation’s “Gerard” male head nearing its transition from beta to final and I can happily update you that it has now been released in full form and I’ll be working to getting a steady look for it to be able to give you my thoughts on it so check on back soon or follow the page on Twitter or Facebook to get the latest updates on when new blogs are posted!

Until the next time our paths cross, onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Vango – Erick (Naturals) ✦ NEW @ Men Only Monthly (07/20 – 8/15)
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Go&See (Store / MP) – Sparkle #2
FACE: Stray Dog – KAIKE – TONE 02 ✦ NEW @ Kinky (07/28 – 08/19)
BEARD: Modulus (Store / MP) – Simple Stubble ✦ NEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

SWEATER: Rekt – Tom Sweater Black ✦ NEW @ Ultra (07/15 – 08/11)
PANTS: Mirage: NA – Saudade (FATPACK) ✦ Previously BloggedNo Longer Available

BACKDROP: FOXCITY – Linear (Limited) ✦ No Longer Available

POSE: West End Poses – Male Model Series 02 Collection ✦ NEW @ Pose Fair (07/01 – 07/31)

[#506] It Finally Happened!

Are they trying to tell you something?
You’re missing that one final screw
You’re simply not in the pink my dear
To be honest you haven’t got a clue

Queen, ♫I’m Going Slightly Mad

After my last blog I thought it was time to do a little more outside of the box and do a strictly female blog with a bit of fun and humor; with that said instead of my usual chicanery dressing up as my favorite clown, I decided to switch it up and go the route of his favorite partner in crime. That’s right, Brena is dressed up as the “Maid of Mischief”, Harley Quinn.

My love for comics runs deep and every now and then I like to do my best within some of the restrictions and over the last year or so there have been some really good facsimile products that can be put together to make any girl look like the “Cupid of Crime” and the most recent version (which I am giving an homage to) Margo Robbie’s portrayal in SUICIDE SQUAD (and I recall making a reference to the film in my last post).

It just so happens that I am able to cover The Seasons Story summer round via the “Nana” skin by Go&See. I really think that these skins are rather cute and because Brena enjoys being pale most times their skin tones are perfect for the type of pics I take with her in them. I paired this with the “Harley Q” make-up that was a previous release (I believe from last year) but it is perfect to go along with a new skin by the brand.

There is also a skin that was made during the same time the make-up was released but I chose to go with something recent when I was putting the look together despite the fact it’s also a very good skin.

Go&See Nana Skin features:

  • Applier HUDs for Catwa, Genus Project, and Omega
  • 5 brow options: Brows with Freckles, No brows, White brows, Light Brows and Dark brows (Catwa / Omega)
  • 3 brow options: No brows, White brows and Dark brows (Genus Project)
  • Omega Skin appliers in 6 tones: Albi, Goth, Pale, Summer, Tan, Dark Tan and Tropic (Included in Fatpack Only)

While you can only see the top portion of the outfit, Blueberry & Grixdale put together a Gacha for one of the rounds of The Epiphany (I believe but don’t quote me on it exactly) with various color versions of Harl’s outfit but the RARE’s (including the jacket and panties) are the most screen authentic. For anyone who wants to do Cosplay in the virtual world as Harley this is one of the best ways to do it.

This is definitely not a super long blog post and I’m sure long time readers will be a bit happy about that so I’m going to forward you to the credits and start brainstorming for the next scene. I thank anyone who stumbles upon this post or any of the others because sharing the creativity I feel that I have is very rewarding.

Until our paths cross again, onto the next conversation…

Photo taken @ Mopire City


HAIR: Little Bones – Harley – Harley Quinn RAREGacha
HEAD: CATWA – Lona v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Go&See (Store / MP) – Nana ✦ NEW @ The Seasons Story (07/10 – 07/31)
MAKEUP: Go&See (Store / MP) – Harley Q – Make-up
BODY: Maitreya – Lara V4.1 ✦ Previously Blogged
TATTOO: AniMesh (MP) – Harley Quinn Full Body Tattoo

CHOKER: Little Bones – Puddin Choker – White ✦ Gacha
BRACELETS: Little Bones – Puddin Cuffs – Gold ✦ Gacha
TOP: Blueberry & Grixdale – Madcap Tattered Top – Jester RAREGacha

BOOTH: DRD – Advice Booth – Booth ✦ Group Gift
BAT: Nian Design (MP) 077 – Harley Quinn’s Baseball Bat SUICIDE SQUAD

[#500] It’s Where My Demons Hide

They say it’s what you make
I say it’s up to fate
It’s woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I can’t escape this now
Unless you show me how

Imagine Dragons, ♫Demons

In less than a week, America will be celebrating Independence Day and there will be celebrations and fireworks all over but today myself and this blog are celebrating something else entirely. The milestone 500th entry on these pages has finally been set and there were many times that I never thought that I could make it this far and that I would run out of ideas or I would never improve but through perseverance combined with determination and hard work here I am.

Blogging as many of my colleagues can tell you can be a lot of work and tons of effort to get the right style, angle, windlight setting and combine it sometimes with a few light touch ups in their favorite photo manipulation software to bring what you see on website blogs and also Flickr itself. It can prove to be exhausting at times as well but when you finally see the results of your work live and see it receive any kind of positive reception no matter how big or small it is, the feeling of accomplishment washes away any of the doubt you might have had during the process.

For me blogging is a lot like therapy (I’ve referred to it as cheap therapy at times) because it sometimes help deal with issues I’ve personally experienced or the hurt of someone close to me when they’ve needed my shoulder. To be able to come up with scenes to create visual digital art can be difficult as well or might come easy to you depending on the situation; it also can help bring a little light into what seem like dark times and struggles.

Before I get on with the technical stuff I want to thank a lot of people and I’m pretty sure that they all know who they are so I don’t have to single them out. They are the ones that have supported me through the beginning stages of this blog when my skills were not nearly what they are today or what they can be tomorrow. Also those who have come along the way to give input and lend support during the course of this 4 year journey that will continue on until I see it no longer viable. Friends and family have also made this easier with their support and encouraging me to never give up on something I love so dearly.

To the brands and events past and present that have given me the opportunity to showcase their items when others wouldn’t even look at me sideways, I thank you for the opportunity because it’s your products that fuel my passion to create and make the best digital photos in a virtual world. Our loyalty to one another is something that I will never forget.

Lastly to anyone who has ever viewed this site whether it be on purpose or by accident but took away something when they closed it out, I appreciate you as well because knowing that what I do has been viewed and occasionally commented on shows that besides the love I have for it, it not all for nothing. Keep coming back and I will do my best to help you find great clothing, accessories, poses, and now and again furniture.

This dream is very much alive for me and has plenty of fuel to burn for a long time to come.

Go&See is a brand that I find has a wide variety of unique products from skins to makeup and also eyes which is what I’ve got here in this post for you to see. “Equa” is the very most recent release by the brand that I find to be very cool. Now I hope that I’ve done them justice in the close up photo that I took because one of my weaknesses that I feel like I need to work on is getting better close up shots to get a good view of the eyes. I recommend them for those of you that like to do horror or sci-fi role-playing. You could just as well wear them for normal every day if you want as well and you would certainly stand out in the crowd.

Go&See – Equa Eyes

  • Catwa Eyes Only
  • 10 different iris colors
  • Available @ Shiny Shabby until July 15th

It is not often enough that I’m able to pair two different products by the same brand but for this look I was able to merge two different items by Gild. Originally I picked up the BadHeat Jacket during the Ironwood Hills “Paranoia” event but did not have the right idea to make it useful and as brought in some newer items like their “Mods Slim Pants” at Hipster Men’s Event, I came up with the idea you are seeing on this page. Gild is a store with unique clothing and when I see something from the brand that I like I enjoy using it in my wardrobe.

Gild – BadHeat Jacket

  • Black (wearing) or Brown Jacket (Sold Separately)
  • Plain or Bloody Version Included
  • Sizes included: Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni)
  • Resizable neck chain also included

Gild – Mods Slim Pants with Side Gore Boots

  • Studded belt included
  • Side Gore boots included
  • 5 colors to choose from (sold separately)
  • Fatpack option available
  • Sizes for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and SLink Physique
  • Currently @ Hipster Men’s Event until July 16th

Rarely do I ever venture away from Modulus when it comes to wearing hair but for this photo I had to deviate from my norm because I just didn’t have the right feeling. I came across the latest hair from Vango named “Aaron” and it is a long style that reminds me of one my favorite actors, Brandon Lee, who was only around for a short time. This hair spoke to me (not literally of course) and was instantly a part of my vision for this look and I knew it might be a style that I would go back to when it suited my needs for a long hairstyle of that sort.

Vango – Aaron

  • Two Different Styles Included
  • 5 color packs available
  • Naturals pack and Fatpack options
  • Currently @ Men Only Monthly until July 15th

As I close out this 500th post I feel that it is like a chapter of this blog is ending and turning over to the next 500 posts to come. I think with all the new advents in the virtual world who knows what kind of great things I’ll be able to share with the world and I look forward to doing it. Take each day a step at a time and never take more than one step because who knows what could be missed.

I hope everyone has a safe 4th of July and I know I’ll be posting again by or before then but thought I’d get it out of the way early. Until our paths cross again,

onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Vango – Aaron ✦ NEW @ M.O.M. (06/2007/15)
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ Previously Blogged
EYEBROWS: Patane – Manly Brow FATPACK ✦ NEW @ Hipster Men’s Event (06/2307/16)
EYES: Go&See (Store / MP) – Equa ✦ NEW @ Shiny Shabby (06/2007/15)
FACE: LV Designs (MP) – Brennan Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

JACKET: Gild – BadHeat Jacket with Chain Loop – Black
PANTS: Gild – Mods Slim Pants with Sidegore Boots (Red) ✦ NEW @ Hipster Men’s Event (06/2307/16)

POSE: WRONG – BENTO Static Male Poses – 25 ✦ Previously Blogged