[#654] My Best Habit’s Letting You Down

 

As a single tear falls to the ground
For the people that we are not now
If you’re not you you’re everyone else
Who are you, who are you now?
Burned our teenage years down to the ground
Oh the hand on the clock’s wearing out
If you’re not you you’re everyone else
Who are you, who are you?

The Maine, ♫My Best Habit♫

 

I found myself just kinda chilling and listening to music and I reached an idea while listening to one of the songs on the most recent iPod playlists I made. Yes I have an iPod (it’s one of the Classic ones so when it bytes the dust then essentially I’m outta luck…get what I did there?) I know everyone seems to be using Spotify or some other thing but I’m just happy with the things I know and with an iPod I don’t have to dink around with having to have a certain amount of data or whatever for my phone or tablet etc.

So as it stands I’ll stay in my somewhat cross between tech savvy and Luddite and that’s just fine with me.

For this blog entry I put together a nice batch of things to complete the scene that is one for the ladies this time out. That’s just the way the inspiration took me because with the song I chose to carry it through, it had more of a female vibe to it even if the band that performs it has a male vocalist if that makes sense? I think with just the upbeat nature of it I could just throw on some pink or purple tones and just get right into it.

Paparazzi just dropped two new different backdrop styles at equal10 that are just asking for people to give them a look. The “Starlit Staircase” that you can see here was the mood I wanted and also the purple version fit the color scheme that I wanted to work with as well. All it took was a some messing around with windlights and I had one of the easiest photo sessions that I can think of in a long time.

Hair Fair for 2019 is a mere few days away and this is one of the events that I’m always excited for to see the different styles and choices from all the big creators as well as new ones that become popular names. If you make it into Hair Fair then you definitely aren’t doing too bad and that is my take on it really.

This is why I’m really proud to say that my son Elijah (aka Alyx Banks) of Lock&Tuft has four new releases coming out at this years event. I’m featuring one of them and I will be adding the taxi to the credits as soon as it officially opens and know what sim it will be located on but until then you get to take a look at “Beau” which is a pulled up bun type style. The styles for all the of the hairs are inspired by characters that are a part of a web series called “Critical Role” which is where professional voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons. It’s not something I’ve heard of but being that I’m old school and loved D&D it’s something I might have to check it out.

Uber still has around a week left and while I’m not necessarily a fan of styling myself in anything with long sleeves during the summer months here in the US, in some places the evening time can be a bit cool so with that line of thinking I highly suggest that the ladies check out the “Gemma” jacket from Swear by L&B. I really like the frond type laces on the sides of the jacket and also the back (not shown). I am always pretty amazed by the amount of color styles in the full HUDs that L&B does and this does not disappoint either. Along with options for Light, Medium and Dark color choices the crop top also has some graphic options as well as solid colors as well so you can represent your style the best way possible.

The jacket is compatible with the following mesh bodies: Belleza (Freya/Isis), Maitreya and SLink (Hourglass/Physique). For anyone who may have the legacy body the only thing I can suggest is that you grab a demo and see if it will work for you but definitely don’t buy it without doing that first.

This is the second time that I have given a female skin by my people at Session Skins a shot and while I definitely would eventually like to add Genus to my lady style portfolio I am still pretty happy with LeLutka’s Korina and LAQ’s Noelle heads so maybe down the road still I will give it a shot but not in the near future. With that said, the “Gemma” skin that was a part of last month’s Dubai event (now available in the official store). I like the look of it and the applier HUD gives several different options such as moles and freckles, along with 6 different lipstick styles. You’re also able to choose if you want to use the brows the skin comes with or to use some from your favorite brands as well.

One thing that I personally would love to see for the LeLutka heads is lighter tones like some of the Genus head skins have, that’s just a personal preference of course but I don’t really mind Tone 01 either. I think think that more options would give the discerning consumer a way to choose what best works for them (this would also count for the men’s side of things too).

I thought it was really cool that several of these items came with the name Gemma, which is my daughter’s name and while I don’t get to talk to her or see her often these days I still think about her and can’t wait for the next time we’re able to catch up. Life just kinda happens and it’s funny the way it operates really but…having great memories are what helps us I think.

 

Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.
W.B. Yeats

 

POSE: Chat Noir – Pose 1703

BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – Starlit Staircase @ equal10NEW

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Beau @ Hair Fair 2019 / Coming 08/17/19NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Korina v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Gemma (Tone 01)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

JACKET / TOP: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Gemma Jacket (FATPACK) @ UberNEW
PANTS: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Kayla Pants (FATPACK)

 

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[#651] Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon

 

But if they get their chance they’ll end it for sure
Surely would
Baby I’ve done all I could
Now it’s up to you…

Urge Overkill, ♫Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon♫

 

Pulp Fiction has to be one of the top 10 movies on my list of faves of all time along with such classics as Fight Club and Scent Of A Woman (which tells you my taste is all over the board). With my warped sense of humor the movie is absolutely quotable although I suggest not to show it to younger viewers or some of the things they’ll take away from it will undoubtedly get them and or you in trouble. As it was when this film came out I was a teenager and I’m sure that my parents were dreading that I’d be quoting Samuel L. Jackson all day, every day. Suffice to say I managed not to let my lips get me in trouble but these days when I’m able to quote something from the movie I go for it.

How this all ties in is that Amitie Poses released a gacha machine earlier this year that had poses related to different movie posters or moments from movies from such films as Rocky, From Dusk Til Dawn, A Star Is Born (2018) and of course Pulp Fiction. I knew that I really wanted to try to recreate in my vision the classic poster with Uma Thurma laying on her stomach smoking a cigarette.

With the help of the “Gwen” hair by lock&tuft which I thought was super incredibly close to the hairstyle she had on the film. It was an easy choice to throw on and then I just needed to put together the outfit which would prove to be more of a challenge. The exact matches being that I am still figuring my way around the different female clothing stores were going to be tough but I think that since this was not going to be absolutely 100% accurate which is certainly alright with me.

I caught wind of “Davia Tank” on sale at the newly re-opened Epoch store which had the appearance of the idea that I was looking for and it was solid black much like the poster. Not only did I find something that worked but I caught it on a sale too! Right now they have a hunt going on with really low priced prize items (10L!!!) with special guest items from Reign and Modulus! For any of the ladies reading at the moment or guys that want to take their girls shopping check the credits at the end of the post for a taxi; you just never know what kind of exciting deals you might find.

Several days before I buckled down to do the photo session I wasn’t sure what I should do for pants because everything I had seen were too long and I was being stubborn and did not want to compromise. I did remember that L&B had a pair of pants that were at the Uber before this most recent round called the “Lyla” and one of the features were they were not only long pants but also boasted a Capri version which was what I was trying to find so I added them to my wardrobe and with a half dozen different shots I managed to compile them into the finished photo I’m featuring here.

lock&tuft – Gwen (FatPack)

  • Original Mesh
  • Resizable by clicking on hair for menu
  • 5 color packs to choose from
  • Fatpack option also available
  • Available now in the lock&tuft store

L&B Swear – Kayla Pants (FatPack)

  • Original Mesh
  • Compatible with Belleza (Freya and Isis), Maitreya (Lara) and SLink (Hourglass and Physique)
  • Regular and Capri length options
  • FatPack Hud contains Solid (Lights, Mediums and Darks) and Flower Print design choices
  • Available right now at Lapointe & Bastchild in-world location

 

Because you are a character doesn’t meant the you have character.
The Wolf, “Pulp Fiction”

 

POSE & PROPS: Amitie Poses – Pulp Fiction ✦ Gacha

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Gwen
HEAD: LeLutka – Korina v3.3
SKIN: Spicy Body Shop – Nicole / Milky
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

TOP: Epoch – Davia Tank – Black
PANTS: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Kayla Pants (FATPACK)
HEELS: Blueberry – Love Bite #26 (Black) ✦ Gacha

 

[#637] Hey Look Ma, I Made It!

 

Hey look Ma, I made it
Everything’s comin’ up aces, aces
And if it’s a dream, don’t wake me, don’t wake me
I said hey look Ma, I made it

Panic! At The Disco, ♫Hey Look Ma, I Made It♫

 

Now that we’ve arrived at the official opening of the Vintage Fair some of you may have already been able to visit and check out the many high quality stores and products that can be found there. Another thing that I can add is that the sim is spectacular and amazingly done; I can’t say enough about it. The one thing I will say is that this week during VF I’ll be writing a little less than normal because it takes a bit more out of me when the posts require more so for those who enjoy the thoughts I have don’t worry they aren’t going away entirely.

I’m going to make a quick note that the skin I am wearing on this blog designated “Tom” from Session Skins is going to be my favorite for a long time to come; I definitely feel that the look I’ve got going on here is the most I have felt like myself in a great while so definitely great work by Angi on this. Totally gets a two thumbs up and five stars from me.

Also taking part at the fair is [BMS] who have the “Marble Sculpture Fountain // Table” and normally I’m not a decor guy but I really thought that this water fountain which has actual running water motion and sounds makes it about as realistic as you can get and a for all of you that are all about your decor, this would make a cool addition to your home.

Session Skins – Tom (Tone 02)

  • Two different facial maps
  • Brow and No Brow option
  • Eyebrow scar option
  • Mole option
  • Darke Eyes (Guyliner) option
  • Exclusive currently at Vintage Fair ’19 until June 16th

[BMS] Marble Sculpture Fountain // Table

  • Original mesh
  • Highly details
  • Running water & sound effects for realism factor
  • Exclusive to Vintage Fair ’19 through June 16th

To give myself more of an added look I styled my hair with the “Dallas” hair by Lock&Tuft. To me it has that vintage look and appeal and a style that many people likely work before my time even (and I’ve been around for a while). Teaming it up with a good hairbase (Stealthic) and I was all sorts of handsome and as strange as it is to admit it…I admired myself for a few moments before I started getting to work.

Topping it off are the two items from Lapointe & Bastchild. Being a part of this brands blogger team has been one of the best things to happen blogging wise in the last 6-8 months. I’ve found that when I put together looks with their items it all clicks fairly easily for me. TMD is lucky to have on its shelves the “Gage 3pc Check Suit” which is an updated version of Gage but with checkered patterns that screamed out vintage to me. When I put it on and found the right pattern I was in the immortal words of Ric Flair “stylin’ and profilin'”.

There is nothing that compliments a suit better than a great pair of oxfords which for me come in the form of the “Edge Oxford Dress Shoes”. To go with the suit pattern I chose, I actually picked a brown leather which is something I rarely ever do because I’m just solely all about black as it’s my base color.

Both of these products are super customizable and well worth investing in if you’re a fan of patterned suits (which is a great alternative to the usual basic colors but not that there’s anything wrong with those).

Lapointe & Bastchild – Gage 3pc Check Suit (FATPACK)

  • Original mesh
  • Closed and open jacket styles
  • Pants have a belt/no belt option
  • HUD contains 9 jacket, waistcoat and slack patterns and 7 shirt options
  • HUD also has 5 tie, 6 pocket square and 5 belt metal/7 leather options
  • Compatible with Classic Avatars, Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt & Gianni) and SLink Physique
  • Exclusive to The Men’s Department (TMD) through June 30th

Lapointe & Bastchild – Edge Oxford Dress Shoes (FATPACK)

  • Original mesh
  • HUD has 13 shoe leather colors, 5 lace colors and 19 sock color options
  • Compatible with Classic Avatars (Fit and Unrigged), Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt & Gianni) and SLink Physique
  • Available right now at Lapointe & Bastchild

As I promised, once I received the final landmarks and maps for Vintage Fair I would post them not only in my initial VF blog but also in what would be this entry. Also in this information I’ll be giving you the Demo area landmarks as well for you to be able to check out things easier as well.

Pertinent Vintage Fair 2019 Info:

 

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.
Colin R. Davis

 

POSE: HCXII – Borgore 1-5

CHAIR: Trompe Loeil – Paxton Chair
TABLE: ARIA – Aidan Silhouette Side Table
FOUNTAIN: BMS – Marble Sculpture Fountain // Table @ Vintage FairNEW

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Dallas @ City Lights EventNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Tom (Tone 02) @ Vintage FairNEW

SUIT: Lapointe & Bastchild (Store / MP) – Gage 3pc Check Suit @ TMDNEW
SHOES: Lapointe & Bastchild (Store / MP) – Edge Oxford Dress Shoes

 

[#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