[#656] I Want To See You Shine

 

I wanna see you shine
I wanna see you go for the win
I wanna see you move
I wanna see you love your life again
For you

Cold, ♫Shine♫

 

I know that it has been a long while since I last posted but without going into really any detail, I’ll say that it was not something I planned on. From this point forward I’m going to just take things a day at a time and hopefully really get my appetite for creation back but it’s not something I can promise. Even just posting this today has had a little bit of struggle to it.

I wanted to at least see if I could bring myself to even post something and show a little love to Native Urban and Session Skins in the process and I hope I have not failed them as they’ve given me a wonderful opportunity to be able to showcase their work; even with me not cranking out things every day or every other day I am going to make sure that if there is any inspiration that comes I’ll make sure it shows up here and that it is the best it possibly can be.

Do I still love blogging? The answer is simply yes but sometimes life has a way of placing roadblocks up that deter you but eventually you get passed them and find a new normal…I’m not sure when I’ll find that new normal but I’m not going to force that either so anyone out there that’s shown me love and stuck with me since day one you have my loyalty always.

I’m going to encourage you to listen to the song that I’ve accompanied with this blog because it’s very meaningful and very beautiful and has helped pull a little bit of the magic I’ve lost out. Hope to see everyone again soon but until then look after yourselves and those you care about surrounding you.

 

POSE/BACKDROP: Salacity (Store / MP) – Window Seat Backdrop

HAT/HAIR: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Snapback Cap and Hair
HEAD: LAQ – Noelle
SKIN: LAQ – Ines (Tone 1.0)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

TOP: Vinyl – Locked Out Tee / Black
LEGGINGS: Sn@tch – Hwasa Random Leggings
SHOES: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Reflection Sneakers (All Colors)

 

[#653] Right Left Wrong

 

And I don’t even know where I’m going to
But I don’t want any motherfucking part of you
I’ve been waiting for this moment for way too long
I don’t know where I’m going but I just keep moving on

Three Days Grace, ♫Right Left Wrong♫

 

Posts have been few and far between lately but there’s several reasons for that but if anyone is concerned that I’ve retired from blogging, I can say with absolutely certainty that is not the case. My focus has shifted a little bit to a few things that are not virtual related but I still enjoy doing this but will not allow it to consume me like it has in the past and that’s just the way it is. I have excellent brands that have given me an opportunity and I will keep trying to shine for them but I’m not necessarily looking for anything else on top of that or that has requirements that I’m not a fan of.

So to those stores that have shown their loyalty, I love you guys for letting me be myself and for having relaxed requirements so that the people that blog for you don’t lose their minds.

Native Urban has a new Henley style shirt that is available at the Anthem event this month. It’s compatible with Signature (Gianni) only…sorry all other fitted bodies (though I’m sure that the Legacy body owners will at least try the demo to see if they can get it to work). A cool feature about this is that in the package there is an untucked version for use with jeans or pants but it also has extra versions that work with previously released Native Urban products (Deck Shorts, Rolled Jeans / Pants and the Wezol Joggers).

The FATPACK HUD boasts 12 different colors with 4 different faces that can be colored and even the buttons have 4 different choices too! Single colors are available as well for shoppers that are only interested in maybe a certain color choice. To make things easy I did pair the shirt up with the Rolled Jeans and they fit together like a glove (as they are supposed to!)

I also decided before I take some photos of other new Session Skin items (one male and one female) that I’d wear “Simon” for one more go in case it takes a while for me to wear it again. They have such a great variety of them that I tend to be torn with which face to wear but it does help that I have them kind of categorized by mood so that helps me distribute as evenly as possible. Simon can now be found at the Session Skins store after having it’s run at eBento.

Also making an appearance in this blog that I’d like to mention is the “Fade To Black” backdrop by Paparazzi. It’s part of a Gacha that was from the June round of The Arcade and the entire set is pretty cool but I know sometimes those machines can be pesky so I wouldn’t say to anyone to seek out the entire set but at least take a ride over to Paparazzi’s store and play a few times just to have something interesting and cool to use in a scene.

 

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
Lyndon B. Johnson

 

POSE: Chat Noir – 1002 ✦ Group Gift

BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – Fade To Black 13 ✦ Gacha

HAIR: Stealthic – Rebellion
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Simon (Tone 02)

SHIRT: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Cercle Tee @ AnthemNEW
SHORTS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Rolled Jeans
SHOES: Equal – Regan Sneakers (FATPACK)

 

[#650] Summertime

 

The temperature’s about 88
Hop in the water plug just for old times sake
Break to ya crib change your clothes once more
Cause you’re invited to a barbecue that’s starting at 4

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, ♫Summertime♫

 

Two days in a row with new posts…that is kind of a record for me lately as I haven’t really done that since I was massively focused on Vintage Fair. The rest has been good though and I didn’t really write about it in the last entry but I’ve wanted to try and get a handle on doing quality posts as opposed to slinging out as many as I can without any thought of quality. I’ve sold myself short in the past at times and I owe it to the brands I am promoting and to myself to not do that so if any of the stores that sponsor me have ever felt the quality of my work was less than it should be I sincerely apologize.

Putting that aside, this post contains a double dose of Native Urban from current events to share that completely fit the summer vibe that I’ve brought with the addition to a classic by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith for the younger crowd). The Menorquina Flats are cool sandals for the men who like the idea of sandals but don’t like the kind that put a wedge between your big toe and the toe next to it (I believe those are called tongs). A lot of different options here (with the all colors pack) so I could probably not wear sneakers the rest of the summer and not have the same color style unless I chose to.

The “Deck Shorts” are super casual and are something I’d wear just relaxing around the house or meeting up with my people for get togethers like cookouts. Just like the flats there are a good amount of choices both in single form and also the all colors option. I like how the two items go together and it was good timing by Native Urban to release them how they did. There is also a female version for Menorquina as well that are more like wedges so everyone can be pleased with warm weather footwear.

I realize too that sometimes praising the FATPACKS of an item by any brand might seem overbearing and not everyone can do them. I get it believe me I do but this way at least I can show some of the options that might make it worthwhile but it is certainly a matter of choice of what anyone chooses to purchase once they go from this blog to a store or event.

With as warm as it’s been in the real world I chose to go shirtless as whenever there’s a picnic or cookout there’s always someone at them not wearing one so for this pic I’m that guy. Adding to the cool factor, I dug into my closet and found my “RetroNerd Shades” by Paparazzi which I love big time and wanted to pop them on my face to complete the summer vibe.

Native Urban – Menorquinas

  • Original Mesh
  • Compatible with Signature (Gianni)
  • HUD contains 19 colors for 7 customizable parts
  • Get them now at Uber until the 22nd of July

Native Urban – Deck Shorts

  • Original Mesh
  • Compatible with Signature (Gianni)
  • HUD contains 8 colors with 6 customizable parts
  • Get them at the Anthem event until July 30th

 

Summer has always been my favorite season. I feel happier
Zooey Deschanel

 

POSE: M-1 Art Poses – Casual Lean

HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Tom (Tone 02)

GLASSES: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – RetroNerd Shades
SHORTS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Deck Shorts / All Colors @ AnthemNEW
SANDALS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Menorquina (Men) / All Colors @ UberNEW

 

[#644] Radio, Someone Still Loves You

 

We watch the shows, we watch the stars
On videos for hours and hours
We hardly need to use our ears
How music changes through the years

Queen, ♫Radio Ga Ga♫

 

The time has come for me to say goodbye to Vintage Fair 2019 but there is still time for everyone reading to take a taxi to the event and shop til you drop. I had a lot of good times and fun with this event; it gave me opportunities to do different things that I might not have before. I was able to use a lot of different tools (male items, female items, decor and poses) to complete my journey.

For this last VF entry, I chose to do one more female post complete with an outfit, hair and poses and a new pair of kicks. I haven’t really written quite as much about the photos with all the work that’s gone into this event but once I start getting on a normal blogging routine it could. I picked the song “Radio Ga Ga” because the pose set has a boombox (which many people including me had growing up). While many people cling to their Spotify, I still tend to listen to the radio when out and about and often find new artists to look into later on when I’m behind the keyboard again. This song can clearly be considered vintage and even inspired the girl we’ve come to know as “Lady Gaga” from which her name is derived from.

Boombox” is one of three exclusives from Lush Poses that instantly caught my attention. The only thing I needed to see was that it had a boombox radio in it and I was game. Many 80’s and 90’s films boasted them as props (does the movie “Say Anything” ring a bell?) Each pose has a designated prop which I mentioned that one of the previous pose sets I used for VF didn’t have that and wished it had.

I set the scene on top of an apartment building where I could see going to after a long day with maybe a cold drink and a boombox to just chill and listen to tunes. That is the kind of scenario I would be down for because I’m usually the most relaxed when I have some of my favorite songs within earshot.

My hairstyle is by KMH Hair and is designated as “F112” and can only be described by me as a shag type haircut like you might see in something like “Hairspray”. I definitely went in different direction with my look this time but I think overall it doesn’t look bad at all and I’m pleased with it.

For my outfit, I can only describe this as like an old school gym uniform as I remember some of them were styled like this when I was pretty young. They may not have had as much cleavage as this does but the shorts were styled very similar. Meowhi did an excellent job with the “Summer Daze Collection” which comes in not only the black version I’m wearing but also blue, green, pink, purple and red to allow shoppers a choice or two.

Lush Poses – Boombox Prop/Pose Pack

  • Bento Static Poses
  • 6 poses each with mesh boombox pose
  • Static, Poseball and Pose Stand options
  • Exclusive to Vintage Fair through today 06/16

KMH – F112 Hair (Fatpack)

  • Original Mesh (unrigged)
  • Naturals HUD contains 39 colors
  • Colors HUD contains 42 colors
  • Color Picker HUD also included
  • Exclusive to Vintage Fair through today 06/16

Meowhi – Summer Daze Collections (Fatpack)

  • Original mesh
  • Comes in Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple and Red
  • Compatible with Maitreya (Lara) only
  • Exclusive to Vintage Fair through today 06/16

Uber is the place where you can get these snazzy kicks I’m wearing by Native Urban. The “Luke Sneakers” are what I call a casual running style somewhat akin to probably K-Swiss or maybe even Sketchers. With the help of the Fatpack I tried my best at making them more of a “Pride Month” themed style of sneaker but I think there are a few colors I’m missing but I gave it a try at least.

This is my way of at least spreading some love to all of my family and friends that also are celebrating. If everyone were to spread more love and compassion in the world than hate, anger and jealousy we’d be in a much better place. Positivity goes a lot farther than negativity ever will and I don’t think I need to say much other than that in those regards.

Native Urban – Luke Sneakers (FatPack)

  • Original mesh
  • Fatpack HUD contains 16 colors for 15 customizable parts
  • Compatible with Maitreya (Hi and Low) and Signature (Gianni)
  • Exclusive to Uber until 06/23

 

Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.
Amelia Barr

 

POSE: Lush Poses – Boombox @ Vintage FairNEW

HAIR: KMH Hair – F112 (FatPack) @ Vintage FairNEW
HEAD: LAQ – Noelle
FACE: LAQ – Ines
BODY: Maitreya – Lara 4.1

OUTFIT: Meowhi – Summer Daze Collection (Black) @ Vintage FairNEW
SHOES: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Luke Sneakers @ Uber ✦ NEW

 

[#633] Day Drinkin’

 

Girl there’s just something bout nothin’ to do
We could turn a happy hour right into two
Three or four if you want… It’d be a shame if we don’t

Parmalee, ♫Day Drinkin’♫

 

Life’s been pretty good lately and while it may have cut into the time I take to blog these days I consider it an even trade. This way I don’t end up getting burned out or think that it is a chore, which I think happened somewhere along the way at the beginning of the year. I was doing a lot of things and became overwhelmed to the point where I wasn’t enjoying anything. Thankfully with some help from great people around me it was able to turn around and yes I’m not doing as much as I used to but I think what does go up on the site will have the same passion as I’ve always had.

One thing that I’ve mentioned before (at least I’m fairly certain of) is that I have contoured the brands and events that I’m paired with. I’ve made sure that they are not only a good fit but won’t require that I kill myself trying to keep up with deadlines and goals, which I believe is what happened which ended up getting myself in two deep of water at one point and I am a fairly competent swimmer…but sometimes even the best can drown.

The focus of this entry is something I don’t do often enough which is creating a scene that focuses on something other than my entire body or even my face. I always thought that is what blogging was…to always show your face in photos but it’s honestly not. Given the opportunity to wear the “Voom Sneakers” from Native Urban and the “Lawrence Cargo Shorts” from Noir, I wanted to make the best of it with a close-up shot.

The “Voom Sneakers” have what I’d consider both a classic and modern appeal. What draws me to them is that they are similar in style to a shoe brand that stars with an “A” and ends with “S” but has touches that make it unique to Native Urban. This store excels when it comes to footwear in terms of not only style but also with the ability to customize just about every part of the shoe (for All Colors pack owners).

It’s shorts season and I am a fan of cargo shorts for the simple fact is the amount of pockets most styles have. Noir does an excellent job with the “Lawrence Cargo Shorts” and which has some nice features including boxers with the option to hide or show them. The two main side pockets have some bonuses with a wallet complete with chain attachment and the right has a pack of cigarettes. Truthfully I love the wallet with the chain and even if I’m not a smoker the pack of cigs is a nice touch and adds an extra bit of cool factor.

I can also freely admit that the pattern being worn (Tartan 2) was purchased by mistake as I was trying to get a different version but I still really like this style as well so I’m considering it a happy accident!

Native Urban – Voom Sneakers (All Colors)

  • Original Mesh
  • 15 colors with 10 Customizable Parts
  • Compatible with Belleza (Jake), Maitreya (Lara – Hi and Low), Signature (Gianni) and Unrigged
  • Can be found exclusively @ Anthem until 05/30/19

Another thing I’m going to admit to is that the song I picked to accompany this blog was one that I heard in a commercial for alcoholic iced tea…which I find pretty amusing but the fact that Parmalee is a band I’m familiar with (before their country music days) made it worth using regardless of how I came across it.

Figured it would be an amusing story to share all the same; if I’m laughing at it there’s probably someone who will read it that will get a kick out of it too. As you can see I also did an alternate shot which at any other time would have been the primary one for the blog but because I didn’t want to detract from the shoes and shorts I am throwing it in as an added bonus (as well as because I had fun taking photos.

I feel it is also acceptable to do some “Day Drinkin'” when you’re just having a chillax moment on the pool deck of your house as I’m doing. Of course it is worth noting that I condone responsible activity when it comes to consuming adult beverages to help make things clear! I’m not one of those buzzkill kind of people just as long as things are done safely and won’t cause harm to others which means party on but do it reasonably!

 

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
Winston Churchill

 

HAIR: Modulus – Xavier Hair
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01)
BEARD: Clef de Peau – Beard v 30 (Blonde)

SHORTS: Noir – Lawrence Cargo Shorts (Tartan 2) ✦ Recent Release
SHOES: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Voom Sneakers @ AnthemNEW

 

[#625] We Only Come Out At Night

 

We only come out at night, we only come out at night
The days are much too bright
We only come out at night

Smashing Pumpkins, ♫We Only Come Out At Night♫

 

Let the Pose Fair madness begin! My last post for the month of April featured but one of the many great pose items from the fair and I’m starting (It’s gonna be) May with another. Tomorrow the fair will open to the general public and everyone will be wanting to get in on all the fun and creativity that can be had.

The hardest part once again is that I didn’t have a soundtrack for this post before I took my photo and that lends sometimes to going through tons of different things that I personally own as well as scouring YouTube for possibilities and I narrowed it down to about three but I’m going to keep the ones I didn’t use to myself because they will potentially be used in other future posts.

Salacity’s contribution that I found to be really cool is a window backdrop complete with curtains, ledge and a surround which can be changed between three different scenes (midnight, stormy and sunrise) and I did try them all as I was initially setting up my shot but much like the song I chose, I went with midnight. In reality I tend to be a night owl and as such most of my creativity happens during the hours that most people are asleep. I paired it with the male pose set that is meant to be a companion of the backdrop; there is also a female version and as a whole I really think all of these releases could inspire a lot of great photos.

Salacity – Window Seat Backdrop

  • Original Mesh
  • 3 different backrounds (midnight, stormy, sunset)
  • Compatible with Window Seat Female and Male pose sets
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair starting 05/04/19

Salacity – Window Seat Male Poses

  • Bento Poses
  • 5 different poses (mirrors included)
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair starting 05/04/19

A new event just started today called Anthem and one of the proprietors of it is Mikel Monk who is also associated with The Men’s Department, one of my all time favorite events since the beginning of such things to exist. I felt like I couldn’t go wrong trying to get in there during the middle of the night (even if it might get me a talking to). From what I did see, there are lots of great items and a few of which came home with me so you’ll likely see them this month unless I forget and then it’s a tragedy.

The event also marks a new release by my longtime brand partner, Cold-Ash, who is proudly bringing to consumers the “TANNER Open Hoodie”. When the notice came in of the new item and I saw what it was, I am not going to lie I became really excited. Spring and the beginning of Fall are probably my second favorite times of year outside of summer weather wise. I can go out and not have a clunky winter jacket on and normally am wearing a hoodie of some sort (I own many of them rl).

The Fatpack of Tanner comes with two options for the hoodie (with or without shirt option) and I should have been a bit bolder and gone without the shirt but at the same time I didn’t feel the photo deemed for that. There are plenty of basic color choices between both the hoodie itself and shirt to make a lot of different combinations and I think that will be enough of a selling point in itself because if there are a lot of people out there like myself, I am a fan of choice and to have many is by far the best option.

Cold-Ash – TANNER Open Hoodie (FatPack)

  • Original Mesh
  • HUD Contains 15 hoodie colors & 9 shirt colors
  • 2 versions (With or Without Shirt)
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies
  • Exclusively at Anthem until 05/30/19

Finalizing my wardrobe are two items from Native Urban (one of which a current release, the other a previous release that I really have wanted to wear). The “Guetta Snkrs” are currently at Access for another few days so for anyone who really likes a good classic hi-top shoe should check this out ASAP but do not worry if you can’t make it to the event, they’ll be placed in the store shortly after it ends. The amount of colors and faces you can change are everything I mentioned earlier in my writing. Styling for this shoe is almost infinite and I could wear it just about every day with a different color scheme and never have the same one unless I wanted to.

Going with a casual look as I am wearing a hoodie, I went with the “Wezol Joggers”. I knew that doing it this way would make it easier for me to wear the hi-tops without clipping and it worked well with what I am wearing on the upper part of my body. My goal is that if I can make something work without having to make slight edits (because I want to ensure the integrity of the item remains intact) and can achieve it then I’m a happy guy.

Native Urban – Guetta Snkrs (All Colors)

  • Original Mesh
  • HUD includes 25 colors with 11 customizable parts
  • Unisex Item
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Maitreya (Lara) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies
  • Exclusive to the Access event until 05/07/19

During the course of this month I’ll be covering Pose Fair obviously and be throwing in bits and pieces of events that I’ve gone to and shopped. I’m looking forward to the kinds of things that will come from this as I recall mentioning that poses are one of the most important things to a photographer. They help tell the stories sometimes more than the decor or clothing we have on and around us.

I also want to give a thank you to everyone behind The Men’s Jail event from the owners, to the blogger manager as well as all the designers I’ve had the pleasure of featuring during my time as part of the event. It was invaluable to me and hopefully once I’m able to have more time we’ll be able to work together again.

 

“It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.”
Stephen King

 

POSE: Salacity – Window Seat Male Poses @ Pose FairNEW

BACKDROP: Salacity – Window Seat Backdrop @ Pose FairNEW

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

HOODIE: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – TANNER Open Hoodie (Fatpack) @ AnthemNEW
JOGGERS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Wezol Joggers
SNEAKERS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Guetta Sneakers @ Access EventNEW

 

[#620] Be Alright

Equal10 recently opened their April round and it’s definitely a good place to find some cool clothes and accessories for both men and women. Modulus has a new hair there that I was rather excited about getting my hands on as it is based off of a movie character that I am a huge fan of. There was definitely no way that I was going to let this one get away from my styling.

“Wick” is inspired from the character of John Wick (portrayed by Keanu Reeves in 3 different installments of which the 3rd has not been released). This is the first time that Chucky Hollak has tried his had at having a style which a completely parted middle and I think it’s fantastic when pairing it with a great hairbase. Of course I’m mostly a fan of black hair coloring but I can see myself trying out different tones with this hair.

Much like the last blog, my wardrobe consists of items already in my closet but the recent release collab between Tonktastic and Hermony is still really fresh. I experimented by wearing it without either version of the hood to see if it would work and to me I consider it a success and adds even more versatility to an already great article of clothing.

I also have to mention the new “James” skin by The Skinnery that my drinking buddy Mike is wearing. It’s a CATWA only applier and is intended for the Daniel head but he’s rolling with Victor and it still looks good to me. I think though that I’d be interested in seeing what it might look like without the beard (which is how the skin comes) but regardless it’s a good look.

By now it’s likely been noticed that I haven’t done much in the way of features in the last few posts but don’t worry, it’s not something I’m going to do away with because I feel like that is one of the things that combined with my thoughts on what I’m blogging gives this site it’s uniqueness. I have just not put together any scenes with items from sponsored stores or events but there will be more soon, I promise.

On that note, I’m going to turn this over to the credits so if anyone has some free time they can take a shopping break if there’s something here they like. Until the next time we meet I’ll catch you on the flip!

 

POSE (Me): Chat Noir – Pose 1757
POSE (Mike): Chat Noir – Pose 1768

BUILDING: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Pub RARE ✦ Gacha
BAR: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Pub Bar RARE ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Gin Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Whiskey Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Vodka Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer India Pale Ale Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Brandy Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Creme De Menthe ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Strong Ale Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Red Wine Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer White Wine Bottle ✦ Gacha
BEER: 220ml – Chronos Beer

My Style

HAIR: Modulus – Wick Hair @ Equal10NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Stray Dog – Mario (Tone 02)
BEARD: Mister Razzor – Vic Facial Hair

JACKET: Tontastic + Heromony – Hoodie
JEANS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Rollup Jeans @ TMDNEW

Mike’s Style

HAIR: Stealthic – Narcotic
HEAD: CATWA – Victor v3.2
SKIN: The Skinnery – James (Tone 02) @ TMD
BODY: Belleza – Jake v1.0

SHIRT/VEST: Kalback – Denim Jacket M2 (Dark)
JEANS: Legal Insanity – Butch (Black)