[#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

 

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[#636] Suck My Kiss

 

Hit me you can’t hurt me suck my kiss
Kiss me please pervert me stick with this
Is she gonna curtsey?
Give to me sweet sacred bliss
That mouth was made to…

Red Holt Chili Peppers, ♫Suck My Kiss♫

 

So as I was putting this together I started thinking about how much my avi looked like Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This of course prompted me to look through their music catalogue for a tune that I could rock to while doing what it is that I do. Being that this is a Vintage Fair post I went back in time to choose a track that I consider exactly that…vintage.

Sure the event is themed pre-80’s but the items that I’m blogging have that feel and the setting does also in a way; besides if I’m emulating Flea in some capacity he has a very old school vibe about him and has remained so mostly through the years. Remember that time he was in “Point Break”? Yeah that’s pretty vintage as well so it’s all relative really.

The post I do for the event are probably the most grueling as far as blogging goes but I have to say they really are a lot of fun and I enjoy them. The challenge that I get from seeing what I can match with what is like a puzzle, which is something I’ve always enjoyed in some form or another.

Poses featuring instruments of any kind always grab my attention and that’s why I picked out the “Guitarhero” pose by WHATEVER as the first one that I blog from the fair. There are 5 different poses to choose from and a vintage Beatlesque guitar prop to help bring it to life. Being a fan of the old Guitar Hero game series it was cool that I kind of in a roundabout way bring this all together as this blog’s soundtrack is featured in the 3rd volume of the game as a co-op unlockable song (there’s my flashing my pop culture video game nerd knowledge on you all!)

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the guitar will have to be rezzed or edited to get the poses to work together so being proficient at it will come in handy. The guitar mesh is a cool design but the only regret that I have is that the creator didn’t make a version of each to fit the poses as not everyone is great with manipulating the axis points and getting the axis right for the best fit.

If I were to rate this item using a stars system I would give it a 4 to 4.5 out of 5 as I really like the thought behind the poses, I’m only taking away slight points for the fact that guitars for each pose were not included. Everything was nicely done and for those who love doing music themed pics this would easily make your photo rock (bad pun alert!)

A lot of cool musicians have tattoos…even pretend virtual ones right? So another new item from Vintage Fair is INker’s “Liburna Tattoo) that I have the medium opacity applied. Tattoos are not something I’m all that great at describing especially considering a lot of the ones you see are not themed and have many different kinds of phrasing and iconography so I’m going to let the close-up pic speak for itself.

One thing I can say regarding the tattoo is that it does have a backpiece with a vintage ship and that to me makes it vintage as many tattoos from the past did.

WHATEVER – Guitarhero Pose/Prop Set

  • Bento static poses
  • 5 different poses in set
  • Mesh guitar prop included
  • Exclusive to Vintage Fair starting June 7th

INKer – Liburna Tattoo

  • HUD includes Dark, Light and Medium appliers
  • Compatible with Belleza, Maitreya, Omega and SLink
  • Separate HUD for Signature bodies
  • Exclusive to Vintage Fair beginning June 7th

 

 

Now that I’ve already dropped two different Vintage Fair posts out before opening, I’m looking forward to when it actually officially opens so that everyone who has come by the site with interest in the items blogged can get them for themselves. Don’t worry though it will come soon enough and I will be adding the map to my first coverage post as well as the post I do when the map is released.

For the people who are big into fashion, decor and accessories of the past then this event is the best place for it and the only one where you’ll find a selection of the best stores involved. I’m probably going to say it a lot during my coverage but what’s old is new again with this event and it’s a lot of fun to revisit these things.

 

We believed anything worth doing was worth over-doing
Steven Tyler

 

POSE: Whatever – Guitarhero @ Vintage Fair (Coming Soon) ✦ NEW

HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Axel (Tone 02) @ equal10NEW
TATTOO: INKer – Liburna Tattoo @ Vintage Fair (Coming Soon) ✦ NEW

SHORTS: RIOT – Joseph Cargo Pants

 

[#634] Pictured Within

 

Kith and kin – pictured within
Lose and win – pictured within

Jon Lord, ♫Pictured Within♫

 

When I discovered the news that Grumpy Cat, one of the internet’s most memed felines had passed away a sadness overcame me. Usually it is sad when a notable name passes away such as a musician or an actor/actress leaves the world but this one seemed to carry a bit of weight for me. Grumpy Cat was what I jokingly called my “spirit animal” and made it cool to be grumpy (even though done in a playful way. The memes created by fans and officially by the Grumpy Cat brand itself were usually always hilarious if not even savage at times.

I did this post as a tribute and to honor one of my favorite things over the past 7 years that’s entertained me and countless others. The news has been out for several weeks now but I wanted to make sure that when I did something that it looked and felt right to me and I’m pretty content with the outcome. So with that I say thank you Tardar Sauce (aka Grumpy Cat) for giving the world a reason to laugh even thought it was awful.

In blogging news, I’ve become the newest member to the Session Skins blogger team. I’ve been a fan of the store for quite a while and have blogged them quite a lot in the past and they saw something in me to bring me aboard which brings me a lot of joy. I can creatively find ways to feature both men’s and women’s products (which I’ve become more confident in doing now).

For the first of many posts to feature Session Skins I started with “Axel” which is specific to the LeLutka Guy mesh head. The detail on these skins is fantastic and each new release seems to come with unique options that really make them stand out from other skin creators. This release has the beard already a part of it which will make enthusiasts of facial hair like myself happy; it also has an option for an eyebrow scar as well as a cheek mole which both can be added and removed at the user’s desire.

For a better look at the options I’ve provided a look at the applier HUD

Session Skins – Axel

  • One tone available (Tone 02)
  • Body appliers sold separately (found at main store)
  • No brow option
  • Eyebrow scar and cheek mole option also in HUD
  • Exclusively at equal10 until 06/05/19

Later in the week I’ll be starting coverage for the 2019 edition of the Vintage Fair; it’ll be the first time blogging this event for Pale Girl Productions. After blogging the Skin Fair in January and feeling that for me it was successful I’m particularly looking forward to seeing what kind of things I can do for this event. I’ve shopped at it for the past several years and always found things I liked and blogged which I know will happen again now that I’m an official participant.

I have managed to make it through this tribute post so I am hoping that the next post I do will be something that isn’t sad (at least I would prefer it not be). Though I can’t say if it will or won’t be dark in tone as I do enjoy venturing down that path more often then I do taking photos in a sunny happy happy setting (it’s just the way I am). Maybe sometime this week I’ll do a couples setting with Brenna because that’d be fun as well.

Lots of possibilities for what appears next which is the way I like it.

 

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.
José N. Harris

 

POSE: DAE – DYLN

HAIR: Stealthic – Rebellion
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Axel (Tone 02) @ equal10NEW

SHIRT: Lenox – Men’s Tshirt Colors

 

[#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

 

[#632] Bring Me Back To Life

 

But I must be weak
If you couldn’t tell, I couldn’t breathe
Bring me back to life now
Bring me back to peace
Give me back the sun now
Can you give it back to me?

The Dangerous Summer, ♫Bring Me Back To Life♫

 

As I’m sitting here typing this the weather is insanely beautiful and I’ve got the window open and it’s pretty calm and peaceful. I feel the photo that I did yesterday reflects the mood of right this minute but the weather has been nice over the weekend so far with only a small bit of rain so I can’t complain about that. This is probably the unofficial kickoff to me posting lots of warm weather photos because there’s no reason why I or anyone else would take photos with jackets or parkas (clothing of that type is done for at least 4 or 5 months).

Today’s the last day of Pose Fair and like many of my fellow event bloggers, I encourage you if you haven’t been there to take a quick look to see if there’s something you might need for blogging or photography purposes. HB Poses released a great surfboard prop and pose set at the event that I felt should get some coverage especially with the mood that I’m in.

My photo was also inspired by the music video for the song I picked as the soundtrack as it features surfing to a degree as well as my look may have also caught some of the vibes from the surfer in the video as well. I wasn’t looking to directly take from it as that’s never my intention when it comes to things that inspire me but I did want to pay a little tribute at least.

HB Poses – Summer Is Coming (Male)

  • Bento static poses
  • 5 poses inside mesh surfboard prop
  • Poses adjustable by clicking surfboard
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair which ends tonight (05/25)

Man Cave is the place to go if you want to check out this slick hairstyle by lock&tuft. Now whenever my son Eli (aka Alyx Banks) releases a new hair that has references to members of the family (in this case my brother/his uncle Lucky) it takes precedence for me to blog as soon as I possibly can. Not that other styles are not as good but it just makes it super exciting.

I have to say that it has a surfer look to it and that is why setting it is a the centerpiece of the look was important to me; I even styled it as a light/bleached blonde tone that works with the windlight I chose to make sure it didn’t completely get washed out.

The wetsuit I have on is a part of a gacha from RIOT that I found as a bargain (when you have placed yourself on a budget it helps keep the cost done). The blue in the wetsuit (which is referred to as glacier) works with the scene as well and more so than any of the other colors in the set. Plus I figured going with a shade of blue in a surfing pose worked best.

lock&tuft – Lucky

  • Original mesh
  • Resize on click
  • 5 colors packs (or complete FatPack)
  • Exclusive to Man Cave until 06/11/19

Now I can look forward to more blogs with no shirts, short sleeves or tanktops as well as shorts that I can visit beaches and parks to photograph at. This is literally my favorite time of the year so I’m going to make use of it and pull out some of my favorite songs for warm weather that haven’t found their way onto the blog as soundtracks already.

That only leads me to make a small plea to the content creators on the grid. Now you can start making hair and clothing to reflect the change of seasons (at least I hope you take it into consideration!)  I’m really looking forward to seeing what I come up with now that the weather doesn’t suck and my mood has improved exponentially.

 

“There are a million ways to surf, and as long as you’re smiling you’re doing it right.”
Unknown

 

POSE: HB Poses – Summer Is Coming (Male) @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: lock&tuft – Lucky @ Man CaveNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01)

Wetsuit: RIOT – Surf’s Up / Wetsuit – Glacier ✦ Gacha

 

[#631] The Rains of Castamere

 

And so he spoke, and so he spoke
That lord of Castamere
But now the rains weep o’er his hall
With no one there to hear
Yes, now the rains weep o’er his hall
And not a soul to hear

Ramin Dijwadi feat. The National, ♫The Rains of Castamere♫

 

Tomorrow marks the end of an era as HBO will air it’s finale Episode of “Game of Thrones”. Many of my friends and colleagues were huge fans of the show and tried for a long time for me to watch it but at the time I was engrossed in something else. It wasn’t til very recently that I broke down at the behest of my Brenna and also Lucky that I told them I would make sure to catch up so that I could watch the final episode the night it aired. I’m very close to achieving that goal and have been consumed by it; watching it feverishly. Now knowing what everyone else knows that are fans of this show…that it is epic.

Everyone has a favorite character whether it be Dany or Jon (who are probably the main two that people are fans of) but the one person that’s stood out to me with great writing and even better acting by Peter Dinklage, is Tyrion Lannister. The character comes from a house full of really bad people and while he’s not necessarily clean himself, he’s proven to me at least that he has the most heart and he thinks very hard before he acts. The world he comes from looks down on him for being a dwarf and with everything set against him has come along way from where he started.

I’m not sure how the story will end which is the fun and scary part about any show so I will be waiting along with everyone else to see exactly how it all plays out.

I was certainly worried about how well poses would work after shaping myself like a dwarf but luckily with the cool “DYLN” pose set by DAE, which is available right now at Pose Fair, it all worked out very nicely. DAE is a store that can be filed under the stores that I’m not as familiar with but I have heard of them before, I just have never really utilized them until now. With covering all the different stores for my coverage of the Fair, I usually try to choose several that are not sponsors or stores I see in every day conversations.

The actual pose from the set that I chose looked and felt to me like something Tyrion himself might do on the show and wouldn’t essentially be breaking character as essentially when we do scenes that are homages to something we try to keep it as true to the source as possible. When the idea came to me I was pretty excited.

DAE – DYLN Pose Set

  • Bento static poses
  • 6 poses to choose from
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair until 05/25/19

Image Essentials provided the backdrop that makes up 3/4 of the scene outside of the torches from Aisling and myself. While it is harder to show features of something like a prop, I can give you the pertinent info that is necessary. It’s an original mesh item that can be resized by a menu that comes up when clicked in case you want to make it monstrous.

That brings me to what I’m wearing and it’s definitely a mix of things and much like the last post I did (even though it was female items) it’s comprised of mostly gacha items and one new event item which happened to coincide nicely as far as timing went to do this post. Many creators lately have been doing items that were inspired by the show and even the Enchantment event is fully dedicated with their current round currently titled “The Iron Throne”.

Hotdog has made the tunic I am wearing that is a part of Enchantment; it’s called the “Casterly Rock Tunic” and it’s very nice. There are two versions to it (I bought the leather version as it suited me better than the noble version). It comes with a HUD that allows you to change the outer part of the tunic as well as the inside part as well. It’s not fitted for a specific body so with the right alpha cuts it should work with the main bodies currently out there (save for maybe Aesthetic but for those of you guys with that at least check the demo!)

The pants and boots come from the “Fire and Ice” gacha set by RIOT which was a part of The Epiphany April round. It is likely now in their main store and has sizes for both Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni). The entire set for the males is truly super cool and for fans of the show it’s very accurate with touches that any enthusiast will notice.

There have been a lot of photos I’ve seen that have been GoT themed and many of them are awesome, I hope that those of you who do see this post will think that I captured the essence of it. One thing I know is that it was a lot of fun putting together and will likely do more themed from the show even after it ends as I have a lot of making up for that as well.

Just because the show is ending doesn’t mean a fans love for it will.

 

“I drink and I know things”
Tyrion Lannister

 

POSE: DAE – DYLN @ Pose FairNEW

BACKDROP: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Dark Gateway
TORCHES: Aisling – Torch

HAIR: elua – Mose
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01)
BEARD: LeLutka – Hip Hip Hooray Beard

TUNIC: HotDog – Casterly Rock Tunic @ EnchantmentNEW
PANTS: RIOT – Fire & Ice Set / Burlap Pants – Cocoa ✦ Gacha Prize
BOOTS: RIOT – Fire & Ice Set / Leather Boots – Cocoa ✦ Gacha Prize