[#655] I Love Rocky Road

 

They tell me ice cream junkies are all the same
All the soda jerkers know my name
When their supply is gone
Then I’ll be movin’ on

“Weird” Al Yankovic, ♫I Love Rocky Road♫

 

It’s Sunday and it has been a bit since my last post and while I was thinking of something to do I remembered that there was a fun little build by Salacity called “Zesty’s Dairy Bar” which is my first post for the brand since becoming part of their team. I thought it could be fun to do an ice cream themed photo but I didn’t have any single male ice cream photos and after a quick search upon the Marketplace I added “#Profile 5” from FRIMON Store which at one time was linked to an event and some other stuff. My idea was starting to look better and better.

With the scene and pose now in place all that needed to be done was the put my look together and get shooting. It’s been a long time since LV Designs has done a skin based on an actor from pop culture TV. One of the coolest I’ve seen was the Kit skin that was based on Game of Throne’s star, Kit Harrington. The latest in what I would personally call the star line is based off of Dacre Montgomery who is one of the actors on Stranger Things. I know I’ll catch flack for admitting to not having seen this but it’s on my list so cool those jets folks! It probably won’t win me any points to note that he has also played the role of Jason in the rebooted Power Rangers movie (which I thought was getting a sequel that all but seems dead now…oh well). The skin comes in two tones Pearl and Buttermilk (works with Stray Dog Tones 02 and 04 respectively). I thought it was kind of humorous because I think that his character also works in an Ice Cream Parlor or something so that’s a bit more humor added in along with “Weird” Al’s parody of Joan Jet’s “I Love Rock N Roll”. You can find this skin at The Men Jail until the 28th of August so still a few days to take a look and grab it if you want.

Lapointe & Bastchild have done it once again and have taken one of my favorite products and given it some new breath. Graphic tees are pretty much life as far as I concerned and even in the virtual world I can have some fun wearing the newly updated for 2019 “Santa Cruz T-Shirt Collection”. They’ve did some fine tuning for some of the male bodies as well as added some fun new designs to it. The shirt is compatible with Aesthetic, Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt/Gianni) and SLink Physique and can be found at the their main location which as always there’s a taxi for below.

A new event is also going to be on the horizon from Pale Girl Productions called “Ark” and I wanted to mention it now to make sure the name gets into people’s minds. If you like events like Skin Fair, Vintage Fair, Curves, and The Trunk Show then you might want to give “Ark” a chance as well. It’s going to feature some of the best designers on the grid and maybe some that are just waiting to show you what they are capable of. The theme revolves around animal themed items such as skins, clothing, furniture and accessories for the avatar. Since this is the first time the event is running I am unsure of what to expect but I like the idea of the challenge it poses so it’ll be exciting.

I will be making a post on it once the press packet is released and I’ll pass that on through the site so keep those eyes peeled ladies and gents!

 

POSE: FRIMON Store (MP) – #Profile 5

BUILDING: Salacity (Store / MP) – Zesty’s Dairy Bar

HAIR: Vango. – Keith
HEAD: CATWA – Stanley 3.2
SKIN: LV Designs – Dean Skin (Pearl/Tone 02) @ The Men JailNEW

SHIRT: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Santa Cruz T-Shirt Collection ✦ UPDATED
SHORTS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – HURST Cargo Shorts

 

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[#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)

 

[#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