[#562] Maybe We’ll Find Better Days

I wish everyone was loved tonight
And somehow stop this endless fight
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days

Goo Goo Dolls, ♫Better Days

Decidedly I took some time to think about this year and the holidays and I wanted to do a blog that didn’t focus on the struggles I deal with specifically during this time of year. What I wanted to do was find something that had meaning and “Better Days” by the Goo Goo Dolls was my way of doing that. It’s not a Christmas song but applies to the holidays and is as applicable now as it was when it was released twelve (12) years ago.

Humankind sometimes fails to forget the little things like wanting the best for their fellow person (be it man or woman) and often times people can come off as snarky, unkind, or devoid of feeling. Yes we all have our own battles going on in our lives whether it be our own or those closest to us but more often then not we dismiss what other people are going through. The veteran who might have lost a limb, the person that lost their job and has to resort to living on the streets, or even the child that is in the hospital with a severe disease.

There are people out there that need help in many ways and not all of us can afford to donate money, those that can I applaud you greatly. For the rest of us who may not have that option we can donate our time and our ear or shoulder to a person that may just need five to ten minutes to talk about their day and to see that what they are saying isn’t meaningless.

Lately it has felt as if the world has become more bitter than I remember and I am not going to point a finger at this or that because that won’t solve anything. As the year comes closer to a close I hope that we all can start to prepare to be our best selves in 2019 and help even one person on that past to be their best self because the world can be a great place (I’ve seen how good it can be without rose colored glasses).

It’s something to think about and I hope that anyone who does happen to stumble upon this blog post takes it to heart because as the song says “Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days”.


There is still a few days left to shop the December round of The Men’s Department and after having made several trips there for things (and there may be one more stop before it closes up for the final time of 2018), I went back because I happened to get an awesome gift of credit to the Deadwool store. Fortunate for me the Deadwool vendors at TMD allow you to use giftcards/store credit so I was able to bring home with me the entire pack of the “Deserter Jacket”.

When I first saw this jacket at the beginning of the month I knew I had to have it but other things were a necessity before I was to even consider getting even one of the single colors but I was spared by receiving the gift card. There are three parts of the jacket that you can color change in the FATPACK with the included HUD.

One thing that I truly like best about this jacket is that it isn’t pristine and it has a worn look to it like it’s been with me for ages…suppose it could be considered “vintage” perhaps? Deadwool has once again made me a happy customer and has me waiting to see what the brand will put out next.

Deadwool Deserter Jacket FATPACK:

  • 100% original mesh
  • HUD changes 3 parts (Jacket, Lining, and shirt)
  • Many color choices to choose from
  • Shirt can be turned on or off
  • Fitted sizes for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt, Gianni) and SLink Physique mesh bodies.
  • Exclusively @ TMD until 12/30/18

The Man Cave event is currently going strong with a lot of great things to check out like the “Owen Hair” by Modulus. This mid-length side swept hair is definitely a style that I feel suits me well and I can also say it looks better on me in a color other than black as well. The way it flows down the side of the face without covering the eyes also is something I like as well (adding that I can wear it on either side of my face with mirrored versions).

One of my weaknesses I feel is talking about hair even though one of my brand partners is a hair store, I seem to let me photos do the talking for them more than I can type things down for all to see. My descriptions are probably not the best but it is something I’m working on and will continue to work on moving forward into next year.

To simplify things, I like this hair and I think many fellas out there will enjoy it as much as I do.

Modulus Owen Hair:

  • 100% original nex-gen alpha mesh
  • 5 color packs + integrated tinting in HUD
  • 40 color FATPACK also available
  • Exclusively @ Man Cave until 01/09/18

Even though I’ve finished my requirement this month for The Men Jail event I still have items I want to blog from it while it is still open (which is for another couple days). I really liked the idea of pairing the Deadwool jacket with the “Brush Wash” Jeans by CHEERNO because to me they really fit well in the fact that they both have a vintage and worn look. Ever since CHEERNO started making clothing again there has been a lot of items that I’ve enjoyed blogging and this once fits in that category.

I can’t say exactly why I like distressed jeans with fraying holes other than it reminds me a bit of the grunge rock era that was essential to my formative years. It’s where I discovered the music that would inspire me with writing and also the films and shows that would play a role along with several teachers in school to help mold me into who I am today.

At the event there are also plain and muddy versions of the jeans which I think are just as cool and well worth checking out if The Men Jail hasn’t been a part of a planned shopping excursion (because it should be).

CHEERNO Brush Wash Jeans [Pack]:

  • Original mesh
  • HUD contains 6 different distressed denim colors
  • Fitted sizes for Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until 12/28/18

The holiday beverage that is in my hand comes from the Anti-Event and is made by Flair ‘n’ Style. The “Creamy Christmas Drink” is the caffeinated beverage I needed to help me get through several long days and also the photo taking for this blog. It is holiday themed with a straw (I’ll say it’s paper and not plastic) as well as a candy cane which everyone knows (except those who do not like them) are delicious.

Included with the drink are both wearable and rezzable versions of the drink along with resize and texture HUDs, the former has 6 different types to choose from all with festive cup designs. I may be just a tad cute for the overall feel of what I have done with this scene but in a way it fits too because the protagonist walking down the street has clearly been out probably looking for last minute gifts or somewhere to donate (like the Salvation Army for example).

Flair ‘n’ Style Creamy Christmas Drink:

  • Original Mesh
  • Left and Right Holdable versions
  • Rezzable version for decor use included
  • Resize and Texture HUDs (6 different styles to choose from)
  • Exclusively @ Anti-Event until 01/07/18

Before I end this post I saved a one of the crucial parts of this scene for last. The “Dickens Street” Backdrop by Paparazzi is something that I felt really clicked with the idea and also the song choice that I made to correspond with the blog. The distressed clothing and walking past Ebeneezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley’s office which is famously from the literary classic “A Christmas Carol” felt right because perhaps maybe it was a future Tiny Tim walking by and remembering his childhood.

I love the detail of this build as it has a good feel to it and the built in lighting from the street lamps is just perfect (which I was hoping along with my chosen lighting would really make this scene magical). The backdrop was first a part of the Tannenbaum event which has since closed but luckily Drew puts out her items in her store after they’ve moved out of events. It’s certainly worth taking a look at to see what might inspire other photos or could be saved to do something with next year but either way it is an inspired piece.

At least for me it was.

I‘ve gone on long enough and there’s always work to be done so I’ll part for now with the style credits in my wake and feel good about what this post means personally and hope that it has meaning for others out there too.

Until our paths cross again down the road,

B


BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – Dickens Street

POSE: Ana Poses – Lajubljana

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Owen Hair @ Man CaveNEW
BEARD: DossiEr – ReppoC @ Man CaveNEW

JACKET: Deadwool – Deserter Jacket @ TMDNEW
JEANS: CHEERNO – JEANS Brush Wash [PACK] @ The Men JailNEW

BEVERAGE: Flair ‘n’ Style – Creamy Christmas Drink @ Anti-EventNEW

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[#560] You’re Not Alone

You’re not alone
There is more to this, I know
You can make it out
You will live to tell

You’re not alone
There is more to this, I know
You can make it out

Saosin, ♫You’re Not Alone

Many virtual bloggers are using holiday tunes as themes to coincide with their posts and while sometimes I do that (and likely will before it’s all said and done) I decided to take a trip in the music time machine about 12 years to a time when I was able to listen to an internet radio show by one of my friends out East on his College campus.

Those were good times and I walked away with a lot of good tunes and diverse music from the time; one of the bands that I recall hearing on the show was Saosin. The song just seemed one of those that was meant to help uplift and inspire people who might be down and at that time I really didn’t feel like I do some days now but it helped remind me now why I liked the song. I liked it so much that I did a lot of searching to find the CD it was from (it was a bit hard to find but luckily I managed to locate it at a resale shop which are just about extinct today).

“You’re Not Alone” taught me that you could be having a really crappy day, week, or maybe even possibly year but there’s going to be someone (and that someone may be from a place you’d least expect) that cares and will help you see the brighter side and knowing that waking up the next day is completely worth it.

Years have gone by and since lost contact with my friend but there is something invaluable about a friendship bonded by music and it may be that we ended up on different paths and made other valuable friends I for one am glad to have made his acquaintance and who knows maybe we’ll come across one another in cyberspace once again.


There is still time to shop the December round of FaMESHed and one of the good finds there is the “Simon Hat & Hair” by Modulus. The flat cap is a classic form of headwear that has been a part of fashion for many years (for longer then I’ve been around). Modulus has produced a well made and well textured cap along with some stray locks of hair flowing from the front which definitely caught my attention.

Modulus is certainly the hair store to go to for anyone that likes hair combined with hats of different types, as there have been a newsboy cap, some beanie releases as well as snapback caps in both front and backwards styles. These combined with regular releases that vary in length from short to long as well as newer styles with mirrored versions make Modulus one of THE places to get cutting edge hair styles now and for years to come.

Modulus Simon Hat & Hair:

  • 100% orginal nex-gen alpha mesh
  • 5 color packs + integrated color picker
  • HUD included that with 10 hat textures to choose from
  • Exclusively @ FaMESHed until 12/27/18

One thing that is for certain is with this being the time of year where clothing makers on the grid release jackets and coats the outside winter photo is a given. I am pretty sure that this year I’ve taken more than I have over the course of my blogging career but with many sims being seasonal it makes finding a different location to take pics at easy to do.

Native Urban now has in their store the “Hexagon Jacket” that I relate more to being a parka with how it is styled but I think how these things are classified is well above my level of awareness. I just know that this style is very comfortable in the real world and able to keep those pixels warm just as well. With the all colors pack at my disposal I was able to play around with the style until I decided on what you see in the above full scene portrait.

I am quite fond of the special winter sweater textures that come with the complete set of colors; it makes me feel a bit more festive which is probably something that might surprise those who know me well.

Native Urban Hexagon Jacket:

  • Original mesh construction
  • Single colors available with 19 shirt/sweater options
  • All Colors pack contains HUD with 8 custom faces with 19 colors
  • Signature Gianni compatible only
  • Available now at the Native Urban in-world location

Hermanni Laville is back with a vengeance after not only collaborating with Tonk Tomcat of TonkTastic but also releasing the “Eyes of the Beholder” last month at TMD (which he’s since updated with even more colors in the line). Now he’s getting back to doing one of the things besides clothing that I fondly remember him for before a bit of a break going off the grid.

The “Mario Facial Hair” is a CATWA branded set that has three different styles and comes with both a dark applier as well as a tintable one for those of us that desire to have facial hair that is more than just standard black. For the male aesthetic I definitely give this high marks considering I fancy myself is a connoisseur of virtual beards.

I’m not exactly sure what is in store for the Hermony brand but if these latest releases are any indication I look forward to what’s to come in 2019!

Lastly I want to encourage any and all to visit “Luane’s Magical World” which hosts the winter wonderland that I was parked at to take the photos for this blog post. It’s pretty nice to just walk around at and it’s honestly quite peaceful and for someone who very rarely gets around other than to shoot photos I definitely think others should see the joys of what I witness.

I likely have at least one more blog post in me before Christmas Eve or Christmas Day but when that’ll be posted is anyone’s guess but I’m going to try and get it worked on as soon as I possibly can because the idea I have requires me to do some scene building of my own and I am self admittedly a terrible decorator and or scene creator.

Onto the credits and another blog post in the books and I hope that I’ve left the blogosphere just a little bit better today then it was yesterday. Onto the next…

LOCATION: Luane’s Magical World

POSE: Ana Poses – New York

HAT & HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Simon Hat & Hair @ FaMESHedNEW
BEARD: Hermony – Mario Facial Hair / CATWA ✦ NEW

COAT: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Hexagon Jacket (All Colors)
GLOVES: NOCHE – West Gloves – Black
PANTS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Dean Chinos

[#456] Baby, I’m Perfect For You

But if you like causing trouble up in hotel rooms
And if you like having secret little rendezvous
If you like to do the things you know that we shouldn’t do
Then baby, I’m perfect

Perfect♫ – One Direction

Valentine’s Day has come and gone (as of this writing it’s been a week) but unfortunately I was not able to spend it with the one I love for circumstances which were not able to be controlled. So despite it being late, I wanted to do a photo shoot with her that not only I could use for this blog but to also collect for our memory scrapbook (a work in progress).

One of the best things is when we’re able to do these it takes really no effort at all and the creativity just seems to flow like a gentle stream. I have had the idea for this particular scene in my head (along with the chosen soundtrack) for a long time but not every piece of the puzzle was readily available until recently. I found two great backdrop/skyboxes and two different sets of poses that really set up a photo shoot that turned out great.

Sometimes songs tend to be catchy regardless of if they are in your favorite genres and this was definitely the case for the soundtrack to this blog post. One of the things that caught my attention was the part about hotel rooms. I thought it would be really interesting to have us running through a hallway of a hotel to get to a room where more than likely all sorts of no good would take place.

My vision became more of a reality when Paparrazi released their “Hotel Hallway” backdrop and I already had the Ana Poses “Let’s Just Escape” pose ready for whenever I could find the right hotel setting. I based my look also upon what a celebrity might look who is courting a young lady but also trying to get away from the limelight. Makes sense doesn’t it?


The hairstyle that I am wearing is a Valentine’s gift at the Shop Your Heart Out event put on by Linden Labs. This hair is a medium to long length and you get the entire FATPACK just for browsing around the event. There are 10 different color HUD packs in the product and I went with the Mix 2 HUD. The Shop Your Heart Out event is currently running until the 26th of February so there is still time to grab this up and a lot of the other great gifts from various stores.

FaMESHed was the destination where I picked up this really cool outfit from [Gild]. It is one whole outfit so you don’t have to worry about putting on separate clothes and comes in 3 other colors (Black, Blue, and Yellow). I like how they paired the suit jacket, shirt and tie with the jeans that has the pocket chain with it (which instantly caught my eye). The outfit is fitmesh and should fit just about all the current male mesh bodies with the right alpha cuts selected. There are more an more products from the [Gild] brand that have been getting my attention so I think I’ll have to continue keeping my out out for their releases.


For the second part of the blog which I would call the after (the hallway was the before of the story) what you see is the inside of the Hotel room which is from the “Room 214 Skybox+Backdrop” from Sayo. It’s really a well put together build and at some point I would like to shoot more parts of it but since I did not really need it for the image I had in my head I get to do it another time. Both the Paparazzi backdrop and this Skybox worked as a whole in a tremendous way; and if you haven’t been to Uber yet now is the time so you can take an up close look at this build for yourself before it closes on the 23rd of February.

Image Essentials created several different poses called “Sweet Nothings” with each one being released at a different destination. This is the third pose in the series which was given a main store release. I had a hard time deciding between pose 2 and pose 3 but I thought that three had the best angle coverage for what I wanted to do and would work best for me. It’s bento enabled so for those of you with bento bodies you’ll be able to benefit but for those of you without one (and at this time there are very few who do not) it will not work for you.


I wanted to give a little bit better look at the pocket chain on the pants of the [Gild] outfit with a close-up shot and also an up close look at the other side of the “Adam” hair by Exile. Honorable mention goes to {kokoia} for their “Gangsta” shoes which I’ve previously blogged in earlier blog posts or I would have given them an even better look as well. All of the things I pooled together made for a the process of posting this really effortless and a lot of fun.

Now I think it’s time to wrap this up for this one because I’ve got more projects to work on and perhaps some mischief to get into with the better half. See you around for the next one.

Onto the next conversation…

 


 

HAIR: Exile – Adam ✦ NEW @ Shop Your Heart Out𝔙𝔞𝔩𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔰 𝔊𝔦𝔣𝔱
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
FACE: ::LV: Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
BEARD: -Nivaro- Rugged ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

OUTFIT: [Gild] Double-Breast JK-Pants Set – Red ✦ NEW @ FaMESHed
SHOES: {kokoia} – Gangsta ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔶 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔤𝔤𝔢𝔡

BACKDROP: Paparazzi – Hotel Hallway – BLUEGREY
SKYBOX: SAYO – Room 214 Skybox + Backdrop ✦ NEW @ Uber

{#440} Whenever The Rain…

Whenever the rain is pouring on me
You’ll be shining in my memory
Wherever I go, you’re always with me
You’ll be shining in my galaxy

Galaxy♫ – Like A Storm

This post is definitely not as edgy as the last one but it is of a very serious nature. A lot of people around me have suffered personal losses and I myself have suffered some that have impacted me over the years which is why I am dedicating this particular blog entry to anyone out there who has or is currently dealing with a loss. It doesn’t have to be blood, it can be a close friend or even a furry member of the family. It all counts one way or another because it’s in our hearts and in our memories.


The idea for this shoot was meant to be simple and it didn’t have to contain items from new events or anything like that…I just wanted it to be me and whatever location spoke to me. Going through my thoughts about different places I’ve been, I looked to see if any of the Trace sims were still kicking around and found that the Fall Trace was still intact. I traveled there and roamed around for a bit when I found my spot and I feel that with the shots I’ve taken and some of the after magic thrown in, I really captured something emotional and fitting of the topic of the conversation.


Only two things in my look are new, the skin is a new and much overdo release from LV Designs (Thank you Lee!!!) and the hair is from my good brother Chucky Hollak of the Modulus brand. Putting them together with the rest of the look just gelled very well and I felt really good about the look and the location of this shoot. The turnout of the entire process is something that I’m in a bit of wonderment about. Things just click sometimes and I think because I wanted this to make even a small amount of impact. When you truly feel it deep in your bones that’s when some of your best work shines through.


You might have noticed that in the photos I’ve changed the wordmark, which is something I opted to do with the new year and also with some of the newer things I’ve been learning I wanted to refresh things up a bit. I’ve also done so with the headers of each of the different item categories in the style credits area. If I get enough of an inclination I may even freshen up the main site header (it’s been a thought I’ve entertained over the course of the last few days).

Time for me to wrap up this up and get you to the credits so that you can see how long it takes for your wallet to empty (just kidding!). I hope you find something you like in this blog entry and I’ll be back again soon with another look for you; it’s been my pleasure.

Onto the next conversation…

HAIR: Modulus – Jake Hair – BROWNS @ District20NEW

This short, messy hairstyle is one that you can use with a variety of different hairbase types and still look good. As with other hairs in the Modulus Alpha line it is available in 5 different colors packs with 5 colors in each pack or all together in one very affordable FATPACK. Lately I’ve been kinda of switching back and forth between all different styles of hair but for those of you out there who are not bloggers and are a fan of the short skater/surfer messy look this is definitely a hair that fit the bill.

HEAD: CATWA – Daniel
EYES: AG. Hope Eyes (Ocean)
FACE: ::LV:. Brennan ⚜ NEW

It’s been some time since a new skin has been released by LV Designs and I was luckily enough the first person to get my hands on it (and also was fortunate enough to even have it named after me…which is a very huge honor). This skin was created for the CATWA “Daniel” head (which is what it looks best on as I did try it on Victor). This is just the facial applier only but it is compatible with Stray Dog body applier (Tone 4). I’m used to wearing a lot lighter tones but being that this face looks very striking I may have to give this a good run for a while.

BEARD: -Nivaro- Rugged
BODY: Belleza – Jake

SHIRT: {COLD-ASH} TAYLOR Shirt (CLASSIC PACK)
PANTS: ::K:: Slim Fit Jeans Homme Medium
SHOES: FLI. – Black Canvas (Not Shown)
BRACELET: {Q-Essentials} Blackridge Bracelet @ The Men’s Jail ⚜ NEW (Coming 01/08)

Ana Poses – Ljubljana @ Shiny ShabbyNEW

While I’m not super familiar with Ana Poses, I do know they make really good ones that I’ve seen at events all over the grid. While I was at Shiny Shabby looking into another pose I found these male poses that I knew could be useful. There are 5 different poses (two of them being a kneel an a sitting pose). They are bento capable for those of you that do not have a body that is not bento compliant these poses will not likely be useful to you in the way they are intended.