[#658] You’re The One Who Holds The Stars

 

If you can hold the stars in place
You can hold my heart the same
Whenever I fall away
Whenever I start to break
So here I am, lifting up my heart
To the one who holds the stars

Skillet, ♫Stars (Film Version)♫

 

For the first time in the history of this blog I won’t be making one of my traditional Halloween posts, my last entry is probably to be considered my attempt at doing something for my favorite holiday. The past few months have brought about some struggles and challenges for me emotionally but the best thing for me is to figure out how to handle them my way and as much as I thought blogging would be one of them it just hasn’t been. In the time I’ve been mostly absent from creating posts and things I’ve just been trying to figure out what makes me happy and when I log in to take a photo and turn it into the blog I don’t consider it a chore like it was starting to become. I will probably slowly integrate being more regular but it’s potentially not going to happen til the first of the year (or so I hope). Bare with me those friends of this blog and of mine personally, your support has always helped carry me where I needed to be when I’ve needed it.

A lot of my past October posts were usually dark because it’s a spooky month and I revel in it but for this I just wanted to do something a bit more uplifting. I picked a song that has a good meaning behind it and can be viewed in many different ways and I found a backdrop that worked out perfectly to support my idea. Paparazzi’s “Starlit Staircase” is a beautiful backdrop that has a great ambience about it and was able to come across better than doing an outside night shot which often don’t turn out well for me.

My hair comes from the current round of Man Cave and is by lock&tuft. “Christopher” is a messy mid-length style that comes in many great tones which I chose a brown tone because my usual black would not have shown up well in the shadows of the dark staircase. It comes complete with hairbase for Catwa, Genus and LeLutka depending on what your preference in head choice is, you can tint it to match the color of your hair quite simply.

Session Skins is one of my favorite stores for skins and I’m happy to be wearing “Dante” for this post. This is the first time that I’ve worn one of their skins with Tone 03 in it and it is slightly more tanned then Tone 02 is but it’s still awesome. This one also caters to the more mature male avatar needs as it comes complete with eye wrinkles and forehead wrinkles then previous releases which is also very appealing because not everyone wants have their appearance be young (and that’s a plus because it shows depth).

Of course I also found myself wearing the flannel version of Deadwool’s “Hart Jacket” because Houndstooth. I felt like I needed that because it’s very much me and I’ve pretty much always styled myself the way I wanted to but when I start to get back on the horse it is going to be even more so how I operate. Focusing on trying to be more of a quality over quantity blogger and not completely burning myself out is what I’m working my way back to and I think I’ll get there even if it takes some time.

The last most important thing I want to impart is that you should take the time out of your day to tell someone what they mean to you even if it is just to say “you’re a cool person and glad to have you around” or “you make my life better just because you listen without question”. These are just the kind of things that may not seem like much but make a world full of difference. Give it a try and see how you feel afterwards and best of all it costs nothing.

 

We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.
Nikita Gill

 

POSE: SVP – Bamwen Pose Pack

BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – Starlit Staircase

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Christopher @ Man CaveNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Dante (Tone 03)

SUIT: Deadwool – Hart Suit (Flannel)

 

[#657] Something Wicked This Way Comes

Sit around for awhile until I’m old
I made them step into the cold
no one can stop what I’ve begun
cause something wicked this way comes

Tony Iommi (feat. Scooter Ward), ♫Something Wicked This Way Comes♫

 

I felt like I needed to at least get some kind of October creepiness in during the month even if it’s not on Halloween proper. There’s still a high chance I might make a post for it but I’m not going to say that I am and then if I don’t then I would be going against my word which is something I tend not to like to do.

At Collabor88, you can get one of two new hairstyles from lock&tuft both of which feature accompanying masks. I couldn’t resist wearing the male version named “Jack” because it looks pretty creepy in a spooky (and not to mention stylish) way. The hair and mask are separate each with their own HUD’s to change their appearance. Note though that for my photo I used the white hair and used the editing tools within the Firestorm viewer to make it more crimson to match my suit and make me even more of a devil. There is also a half version included without the huge tongue but I wanted to go for the gold because to me it just fit what I wanted to do a lot more.

I wouldn’t wait until the last day of the October round (which is Nov 7th) to pick this up because you could definitely use it as part of your Halloween getup.

Paparazzi has a really fun backdrop at Salem this year, which is one of the really cool events that runs during October (which even though I don’t like the weather change, I love October for a lot of other things like Halloween). The overall appearance makes this one of those photography aids that any lover of this genre particularly happy.

One of the best things about it is the built in lighting so that you don’t really have to do a whole lot during scene setup if you do not want to and with the right windlight would make for a great photo; I’m rather happy with the way this session turned out. Make sure you get to Salem before the 31st otherwise you’ll have to wait until it gets added to Paparazzi’s in-world store!

 

Evil people are those who knew they’re evil, but refused to do anything about it.
Jawe Querimit

 

POSE: FOXCITY – Just Psycho (Male)

BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – Gothic Castle @ SalemNEW

HAIR/MASK: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Jack @ Collabor88NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4

SUIT: Deadwool – Hart Suit

 

[#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

 

[#646] It’s All A Mystery

 

I thought I was smart, I thought I was right
I thought it better not to fight
I thought there was a virtue in always being cool

The Flaming Lips, ♫Fight Test♫

 

As I begin to write this I find myself thinking about the slight difference the scene for this blog as it relates to my previous body of work. I definitely tried to make sure that I got a bit more color involved as well as have shadows playing about my face as well. Throw in the expression on my face as a part of a candy bar hangs from my mouth.

The scene also begs to ask the question of what am I looking at that cannot be seen? Is it a person or is it one of the weird cats that hang out in the apartment doing something…or am I just in the throws of a natural high after playing the Starman arcade game and getting a personal high score? Those are but a few to contemplate as I encourage you to listen to the soundtrack for this post. It’s a pretty funky tune and also the first time that I’ve used The Flaming Lips for this blog.

Lately I’ve learned to adjust myself with taking more close-up photos which help with showing hairstyles such as “Ron” by Lock&Tuft. This style is similar to the Dallas hair (it’s less wispy at the top) and good for summer with a nice shaved back and sides to not only look good but be comfortable as well. In the real world I can’t really stand to have my hair very long (as I’ve gotten older it’s become more and more) but this type of style would certainly work for me.

Lock&Tuft – Ron

  • Original mesh
  • Resize menu upon click
  • 5 color packs to choose from
  • Fatpack option also available
  • Currently exclusive to the equal10 event until 07/05

I‘ve noticed that for a time (not as much recently) there was slight backlash over stores creating edible props like the “Twerx Bar” by Junk Food (which is fashioned after Twix obviously). These kinds of props I think are fun and I’m glad for stores like Junk Food to be able to bring us facsimile’s of some of the world’s most favorite stuff to eat whether it be chips or even alcoholic staples. Sure they closely resemble these brands but they are not copying exactly an intellectual property which would be against the TOS by Linden Labs. I’m not looking to spark a debate or get into some kind of verbal war with anyone who disagrees with my view because I believe that it helps enhance our scenes.

I’m also still very enamored by the “Tom” skin from Sessions Skins and I feel like it will be a long time (even after a new male face from them is released) that I change how I look for more than just a photo. This feels a lot like how I see my virtual self and I know I’ve seen a lot of people that have purchased it because of who the face is based on (Tom Ellis the actor who portrays the title character on the Netflix show, Lucifer). I have never really seen the show other than bits and pieces so it’s not me jumping on a bandwagon, I think he has a charming look to him and as a blogger and even for every day use, the style suits me.

As a final note, I really like the “Damage T” from BlankLine that is currently at TMD for another few days. Clothing that has the worn look (and not brand new off the rack) tends to excite me because it doesn’t look like I just got home from the store and put it on. It has character and things with character I’m very good with and also on the plus side getting the fatpack (which is a super huge value) gives you the added shorts for a complete outfit. Look for me to probably do a scene where you can see the whole thing probably in the near future.

Hopefully I’ll be getting on a more regular schedule again with blogging soon as there’s plenty of things I have ideas for just have to get there!

 

I’m the guy on the corner that is slightly peculiar but fun and funky.
Jidenna

 

GAME: Seven Emporium – Starman Arcade Machine

POSE: Animosity – Joey

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Ron @ equal10NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Tom (Tone 02)
BEARD: LeLutka – Lumber My Jack

CANDY: Junk Food – Twerx Bar (Mouth) @ equal10NEW
SHIRT: BlankLine – Damage T (Short Sleeves / FAT) @ TMDNEW

 

[#645] Wanted Dead Or Alive

 

And I walk these streets, a loaded six string on my back
I play for keeps, ’cause I might not make it back
I’ve been everywhere, and still I’m standing tall
I’ve seen a million faces and I’ve rocked them all

Bon Jovi, ♫Wanted (Dead Or Alive)♫

 

Short breaks after doing big events are always welcome and while it’s only been about four days since my final Vintage Fair post (I intended to stretch my blogging vacay to a week). I stopped early because of the newest hair by lock&tuft that inspired me to get out and shoot a scene that I consider a little different than my usual. I think it turned out really well otherwise I’d still be on vacation until I was able to set up a better picture.

I did however during my small hiatus stand in for Lucky for one his his most recent blogs (even though when I did a shout out to him not long ago it wasn’t what I had in mind haha).

Second Pride is an event put together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community as well as supporters. Many of the grids well known stores have items at this event to show how much the message of “love is love” means to them. One such item that is at the event is the “Jessie” hat/hair combination by lock&tuft. There were plenty of ideas that came to my head when this item was brought to my attention but I wanted to honor it in the most simple of ways and get as close as I could without being too obnoxious for detail purposes. I’m not huge into super duper close-ups which is hard to avoid when you want to show specific things which means I need to adapt and get better at it right?

The hat also comes separate if you decide to wear it with another l&t hairstyle or with just a hairbase too but I definitely enjoy the style with the long hair pulled up in the back with the long bangs hanging down from each side.

lock&tuft – Jessie Hat/Hair

  • Original mesh
  • 5 different color HUDs (individual HUD to recolor hat)
  • FatPack also available
  • Standalone hat included
  • Exclusive to Second Pride until 06/23

 

A true cowboy knows love, pain and shame but never cares about fame.
Unknown

 

LOCATION: Motorheadz Cafe

POSE/PROP: Kokolores Poses – Casual Smoking Pose Pack #1

HAT/HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Jessie @ Second Pride ✦ NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Tom (Tone 02)

SHIRT: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – COLSON Henley Shirt (Classic Pack)

 

[#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