[#667] Kissing Under The Mistletoe

 

You know the stars are shining just for you
Let’s take a walk and we can follow the moon
Until we reach the place we could stay
Maybe kiss a bit and dream away

Kissing Under The Mistletoe, ♫Loving Caliber (feat. Emmi)♫

 

After a small break with that last entry, I’m back at it again with more goodness from the Pose Fair; I couldn’t begin to tell you how much I enjoy doing photos with Brenna. This time we’ve come together to show everyone the “Kiss Me” pose from Space Cadet. It works well because we are both fans of this brand and when I see them at an event like Pose Fair I gravitate towards it and I make sure that I put together a scene as quick as possible. This sweet pose is included with the mistletoe prop so that anyone can get in on the fun.

It also seems that Brenna also has most of the new items in her look then I do but of course I’ve previously blogged the skin I’m wearing as well as the hat/hair (that I’ve not found a good angle to capture yet still but bare with me, I’m trying!) She’s wearing hair and a skin from the Doux/L’etre gacha from The Arcade (and was also kind enough to hook me up with some spares for one of my previous entries). There’s also the “Dove Sweater” by Miss Chelsea that has two exclusive designs at the Anthem event for just $99L through the course of the event so ladies if you haven’t taken a look at that it’s worth doing.

Admittedly this probably wasn’t the greatest scene setup that I’ve ever used in one of my photos but I wanted to focus on the pose and the closeness of Brenna and I. This time of year is not that easy for me and probably even more so now without getting into detail but the best way to put it is that being with those you care about helps with some of that and I’m all for those moments…and besides I don’t think we’ve ever done a photo before where we’re kissing with mistletoe.

I wouldn’t be opposed to more of them in the future.

 

Mistletoe. I surmount all obstacles.
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers

 

POSE: Space Cadet – Kiss Me @ Pose FairNEW

BACKDROP: FOXCITY – Photo Booth – Old Station

My Look

HAIR: lock&tuft – Bad Santa @ TannenbaumNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4
SKIN: Stray Dog – Jeffrey (Tone 03) @ TMDNEW

SWEATER: Tonktastic & Hermony – Crewneck Sweater
PANTS: ::K:: – Soft Cargo Pants Homme – Tan
SHOES: Kokoia – Sniper – Black

Brenna’s Look

HAIR: DOUX – Snowflake Queen @ The Arcade Gacha EventNEW
HEAD: Genus Project – Baby Face W002
SKIN: L’Etre – Snow Skin @ The Arcade Gacha EventNEW
BODY: Belleza – Freya

SWEATER: Miss Chelsea – Dove Sweater (Xmas Red) @ AnthemNEW
JEANS: Tres Blah – Paige Jeans @ Collabor88NEW

 

[#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)

[#533] Love Bites

Love bites, love bleeds
It’s bringin’ me to my knees
Love lives, love dies
It’s no surprise

Def Leppard, ♫Love Bites

For the last couple years in October and sometimes other months too (but more importantly October) I do a scene where I am a vampire. These are some of my favorite works because of how much I enjoy the lore of vampires. The best part about it is each story or world that is created with them in it has different sets of rules in which a vampire lives and the worst part is in some they sparkle (sorry Twilight fans).

There is likely not a vampire movie or show that I haven’t seen (yes even Twilight sadly) and if I haven’t seen it then I make sure that I do just so that I can see how things are represented. I might even consider myself a vampire snob when it comes to how they are portrayed and what traits they have where it comes to things like garlic, holy water etc…

At the Pose Fair this year, Extra has 4 different pose sets (Two single and two couples) that are a part of a series called “Love Bites”. It is for that reason I chose to theme my scene around the classic song of the same name by 80’s/90’s legends Def Leppard. Before I start sidetracking the four sets are named “Come Into The Night”, “Dark Desires” (which is featured in this blog), “Do Not Disturb” and “Midnight Snack”. These poses are really creative and for any fan of vampires like me any one of these sets will really get your undead juices flowing.

Extra Dark Desires Pose features:

  • Bento enabled pose (Bento viewere required for proper use)
  • Includes coffin prop
  • Exclusive @ Pose Fair until October 31st (Halloween!)

One of my favorite vampire novels of all time is “Interview With The Vampire” and while the film adaptation was slightly over the top (and I mean that Tom Cruise and his ruffled shirt was). I thought that since SpectacledChic released a facsimile of his shirt from the movie and have named it “Lestat” after one of the two main characters in the book/film.

It was hard to decide what color to choose as there is the original white from the film but the red and black colors were very inviting but I decided to stick with the cannon and honor the film this way. I like how my look came together and it wasn’t what I originally put together and I will get to that in a moment but first some details about this shirt.

SpectacledChic Lestat Blouse features:

  • 100% original mesh
  • 6 colors to choose from
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) male bodies
  • Exclusively @ Salem until October 31st! (Halloween!)

As I wrote about a moment ago my original look was slightly different than what you see now. The funny story behind it is that I ran out to an event to look at something that I thought might make my look better when out of the corner of my eye I saw a gentleman with almost the same exact look as I did (minus skin and maybe pants/shoes) and I liked the shirt too much to change that I decided to go with a different hair because at least that I knew that I didn’t have the look of someone else.

It is a good thing that recently Taketomi Club (which is a combination of both the Burley and Taketomi brands) released a new male hair called “Dorian” and if you are not familiar with the Taketomi Club I am more then happy to explain. There is a group fee to join (originally it was free but due to demand and many other factors the policy changed) but being a member of this group allows you to go to the Club room on the Designer Drive sim and there are Fatpacks of hair from each brand released at random with a starting price of 50 Lindens a pack and after two weeks the price goes up to 450 which is still a good bargain if you miss a release during it’s initial window.

With “Dorian” you get the entire color range and there are so many color HUDs to work with it’s mind blowing and you also get a styler HUD which allows you to choose which side you want your hair combed to. I felt this was too good of a deal to pass up and tell everyone about that might not know or may have forgotten about it.

Burley Dorian Hair FatPack features:

  • 100% original mesh (materials and regular version)
  • Multistyler HUD
  • 15 color HUDs included (240 colors total WOW!)
  • Available now for a limited time for 50L @ Taketomi Club

Before I wrap all this up I want to give a few honorable mentions for things that I’m not featuring due to being previous releases that are older than a month or stuff I’ve had for a while and just haven’t blogged. I’ll start with the CATWA Add-On teeth which helped make becoming a vampire for this photo much easier (and also made me look cooler) as well as the Le Form “Bloody Drops” applier which I found on the Marketplace (which is a lot of time a crap shoot trying to find exactly what you want).

This was a lot of fun for me to be able to play in the world of the creatures of the night and I likely will not do so again until next year (maybe make it a tradition like some of the others I have with the blog site?) Time for me to get back to the brainstorm board and figure out what’s next on my list of “to do’s”. Until our paths cross again, be well and treat others as you yourself want to be treated.

As for me it’s on to the next conversation…


HAIR: BURLEY – DORIAN ✦ NEW (Taketomi Club)
HEAD: CATWA – Victor v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Not Found – James T1 ✦ Previously Blogged
TEETH: CATWA – Teeth Add-on (E)
BLOOD: Le Form (MP) – Bloody Drops
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: SpectacledChic – Lestat Blouse (White) @ SalemNEW
PANTS: Deadwool – Tweed Trousers (Black) ✦ Previously Blogged
SHOES: Deadwool – Oxford Shoes (FatPack) ✦ Previously Blogged

POSE: Extra – Dark Desires @ Pose FairNEW

[#531] I’ll Carry You

But you gotta hold on
You gotta be strong
Right here with me if it all goes wrong
To keep you from harm
Away in my arms
Steer you away from the storm

David Cook, ♫Carry You

For some people Autumn has arrived and for others it is approaching (there is a bit of a latent summer happening in my part of the woods). I thought that I might take one of the poses that is a part of Pose Fair and put it to good use as I visited Netherwood once again. I wasn’t sure if the wonderful sim was going to be around much longer so I did not want to waste another moment going there and getting this really intimate moment photographed.

Ardent Poses has several couples poses as a part of Pose Fair and they are all equally wonderful but I chose “Don’t Let Go” because it gelled with the soundtrack I chose for this blog post. Maybe I’m not exactly carrying but I am holding my lady close so that must count for something right? Plus I feel my main visual shot has elements from the song in it as well.

Ardent Poses Don’t Let Go features:

  • 2 person bento pose (bento viewer required to use properly)
  • Two different versions included
  • Exclusively @ Pose Fair until October 31st

RKKN (a project from Keon Xenga of RK Poses Fame) has released a really great three-piece outfit at the September round of the Man Cave but as the event is now gearing up for October, I still wanted to wear this and knew this was the right setting to go with. I like the casual look of the shirt and how it tucks in nicely into the jeans along with the added waist shirt (one of my favorite accessories back in the grunge era).

I had to choose the colors that I thought suited me best because as much as I wanted to go crazy and get all the colors from each set, being a blogger on a budget made it not in the cards but the outfit I put together is not only me but I something I feel looks good on me and also in this photo.

One of the events I like because of the cultural aspect of it and also that fact that it has such cool things for sale, NEO Japan is something that everyone should check out even if you do it just to browse (but I can almost guarantee that you’ll leave with at least one thing); I’m also excited that Modulus the official hair of These Conversations Kill has a new release at the event.

“Ray” is an ear length hair with a small little spacing in the off center part of the forehead which with the provided mirroring hairs you can choose from left or right where you want the slight part to go. I decided to wear browns for this photo because it fit the autumn sort of feel of the scene because black did not feel right and blonde would get lost and possibly washed out.

All in all another solid effort on the part of Modulus to keep their hair game on point (as people say these days).

Modulus Ray Hair features:

  • 100% original Alpha Nex-Gen mesh
  • 5 different color HUDS with built in color picker for added customization
  • 40 color FATPACK also available
  • Exclusively @ NEO Japan until October 21st

Sometimes I run a bit long with my words if there’s a lot of featured items but with there only being two in this blog entry it will be an easy one to wrap up. If you get the chance to take a trip to Netherwood to explore I definitely implore you to do so as it is one of my favorite locations that I’ve shot plenty of scenes at during one point or another and with the scare of it possibly having shut down recently you never want to risk missing out on something wonderful.

Below is a taxi to Netherwood and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and without any further hesitation here is the style credits. Until our paths cross once more, onto the next conversation…

Photo taken @ Netherwood


POSE: Ardent Poses – Don’t Let Go @ Pose FairNEW

:: What I’m wearing ::

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Ray Hair @ NEO JapanNEW
HEAD: CATWA – Victor v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Not Found – James T1 ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: RKKN – Remi’s Shirt (Beige)
WAIST SHIRT: RKKN – Remi’s Waist Shirt (Plaid A4)
JEANS: RKKN – Remi’s Pants (Dark Grey)
SHOES: RKKN – Streetwear Sneakers

:: What She’s wearing ::

HAIR: TRUTH – Makena

SHIRT: ISON – Yso Tied Shirt
PANTS: ISON – Livie Jeans

[#500] It’s Where My Demons Hide

They say it’s what you make
I say it’s up to fate
It’s woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I can’t escape this now
Unless you show me how

Imagine Dragons, ♫Demons

In less than a week, America will be celebrating Independence Day and there will be celebrations and fireworks all over but today myself and this blog are celebrating something else entirely. The milestone 500th entry on these pages has finally been set and there were many times that I never thought that I could make it this far and that I would run out of ideas or I would never improve but through perseverance combined with determination and hard work here I am.

Blogging as many of my colleagues can tell you can be a lot of work and tons of effort to get the right style, angle, windlight setting and combine it sometimes with a few light touch ups in their favorite photo manipulation software to bring what you see on website blogs and also Flickr itself. It can prove to be exhausting at times as well but when you finally see the results of your work live and see it receive any kind of positive reception no matter how big or small it is, the feeling of accomplishment washes away any of the doubt you might have had during the process.

For me blogging is a lot like therapy (I’ve referred to it as cheap therapy at times) because it sometimes help deal with issues I’ve personally experienced or the hurt of someone close to me when they’ve needed my shoulder. To be able to come up with scenes to create visual digital art can be difficult as well or might come easy to you depending on the situation; it also can help bring a little light into what seem like dark times and struggles.

Before I get on with the technical stuff I want to thank a lot of people and I’m pretty sure that they all know who they are so I don’t have to single them out. They are the ones that have supported me through the beginning stages of this blog when my skills were not nearly what they are today or what they can be tomorrow. Also those who have come along the way to give input and lend support during the course of this 4 year journey that will continue on until I see it no longer viable. Friends and family have also made this easier with their support and encouraging me to never give up on something I love so dearly.

To the brands and events past and present that have given me the opportunity to showcase their items when others wouldn’t even look at me sideways, I thank you for the opportunity because it’s your products that fuel my passion to create and make the best digital photos in a virtual world. Our loyalty to one another is something that I will never forget.

Lastly to anyone who has ever viewed this site whether it be on purpose or by accident but took away something when they closed it out, I appreciate you as well because knowing that what I do has been viewed and occasionally commented on shows that besides the love I have for it, it not all for nothing. Keep coming back and I will do my best to help you find great clothing, accessories, poses, and now and again furniture.

This dream is very much alive for me and has plenty of fuel to burn for a long time to come.

Go&See is a brand that I find has a wide variety of unique products from skins to makeup and also eyes which is what I’ve got here in this post for you to see. “Equa” is the very most recent release by the brand that I find to be very cool. Now I hope that I’ve done them justice in the close up photo that I took because one of my weaknesses that I feel like I need to work on is getting better close up shots to get a good view of the eyes. I recommend them for those of you that like to do horror or sci-fi role-playing. You could just as well wear them for normal every day if you want as well and you would certainly stand out in the crowd.

Go&See – Equa Eyes

  • Catwa Eyes Only
  • 10 different iris colors
  • Available @ Shiny Shabby until July 15th

It is not often enough that I’m able to pair two different products by the same brand but for this look I was able to merge two different items by Gild. Originally I picked up the BadHeat Jacket during the Ironwood Hills “Paranoia” event but did not have the right idea to make it useful and as brought in some newer items like their “Mods Slim Pants” at Hipster Men’s Event, I came up with the idea you are seeing on this page. Gild is a store with unique clothing and when I see something from the brand that I like I enjoy using it in my wardrobe.

Gild – BadHeat Jacket

  • Black (wearing) or Brown Jacket (Sold Separately)
  • Plain or Bloody Version Included
  • Sizes included: Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni)
  • Resizable neck chain also included

Gild – Mods Slim Pants with Side Gore Boots

  • Studded belt included
  • Side Gore boots included
  • 5 colors to choose from (sold separately)
  • Fatpack option available
  • Sizes for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and SLink Physique
  • Currently @ Hipster Men’s Event until July 16th

Rarely do I ever venture away from Modulus when it comes to wearing hair but for this photo I had to deviate from my norm because I just didn’t have the right feeling. I came across the latest hair from Vango named “Aaron” and it is a long style that reminds me of one my favorite actors, Brandon Lee, who was only around for a short time. This hair spoke to me (not literally of course) and was instantly a part of my vision for this look and I knew it might be a style that I would go back to when it suited my needs for a long hairstyle of that sort.

Vango – Aaron

  • Two Different Styles Included
  • 5 color packs available
  • Naturals pack and Fatpack options
  • Currently @ Men Only Monthly until July 15th

As I close out this 500th post I feel that it is like a chapter of this blog is ending and turning over to the next 500 posts to come. I think with all the new advents in the virtual world who knows what kind of great things I’ll be able to share with the world and I look forward to doing it. Take each day a step at a time and never take more than one step because who knows what could be missed.

I hope everyone has a safe 4th of July and I know I’ll be posting again by or before then but thought I’d get it out of the way early. Until our paths cross again,

onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Vango – Aaron ✦ NEW @ M.O.M. (06/2007/15)
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ Previously Blogged
EYEBROWS: Patane – Manly Brow FATPACK ✦ NEW @ Hipster Men’s Event (06/2307/16)
EYES: Go&See (Store / MP) – Equa ✦ NEW @ Shiny Shabby (06/2007/15)
FACE: LV Designs (MP) – Brennan Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged

JACKET: Gild – BadHeat Jacket with Chain Loop – Black
PANTS: Gild – Mods Slim Pants with Sidegore Boots (Red) ✦ NEW @ Hipster Men’s Event (06/2307/16)

POSE: WRONG – BENTO Static Male Poses – 25 ✦ Previously Blogged

[#499] Last Train Home

Life’s so strange
Time won’t change
The world slips by, unafraid
And she never cared much anyway
Life’s so strange

Blink-182, ♫Last Train Home

With The Men Jail event about to close the doors for the current June round, I thought I would sneak one more little post in because I really liked the pose set from Lush Poses. Personally I’m not a cigar person or even smoke in real life but I’ve always thought it was interesting and there’s no harm in it when it’s just your pixels. I thought to myself why not go for it and use this set while the idea was floating around in my head.

LUSH Poses – Cigar Collection

  • Mesh Cigar Included
  • 6 different poses (Cigars dedicated for each pose)
  • Pose Stand included

The Men Jail event is open until the 28th of June so time is running out to visit and find some quality products.

Currently the World Cup is going on and for all the Futbol nuts out there a trip to the Ultra event might be a necessity. ExalteD has released a jersey with so many options it just blows my mind and I definitely think that anyone that enjoys sports gear in-world will want this. I love wearing jerseys for just about any sport there is that I can get my hands on regardless of how much of a fan I am because if it looks cool to me then I’m wearing it. Here’s a bit of a breakdown for the item.

ExalteD – Soccer Tshirt

  • Fatpack with two separate HUDs (One for colors, one for details)
  • Flags representing all countries involved in the World Cup 2018
  • Fits Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies

There’s two weeks left to visit the Ultra event which gives you until the 10th of July to take a trip there and discover what’s new with the June/July round.

A short while ago I featured a Modulus hair that included a backwards snapback hat and not long after that release, Modulus also came out with a front facing version with big of shag peaking out from under the brim. I really wanted to find a cool way to incorporate it and once I came across the Soccer shirt from ExalteD it became clear that it would definitely work in an outfit. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be a soccer hooligan with the cigar (but since I’m smoking on a train which is a no-no in the real world I guess I’m showing my rebellious side). To my knowledge this the last release that only had 25 colors total as now currently most if not all contain 40.

Modulus – Calvin Snapback

  • 25 colors (5 different hair packs)
  • Blonds, Browns, Monochromes, Reds & Variants
  • Fatpack option available
  • Integrated tinting with each HUD for event more customization
  • 6 different designs for snapback (changeable through hair HUD)

As I close out this blog entry I also want to give an honorable mention to a few other items that were a part of my look. The eyebrows that you see are the “Manly Eyebrows” from Patane which I picked up at the latest round of Hipster Men’s Event and also the “Blake” shorts in Dark Blue from Legal Insanity which are available at their mainstore.

The vision I had for this post was considerably different but due to the fact that I could not find a location that fit I was able to come up with an acceptable compromise. The Ashbury Cove sim has a really cool train depot right at the landing spot and I knew that I could make it work and I intend to go back to spend more time exploring there when I get an extra moment between commitments. The train car itself is really super detailed and blew me away and well worth checking out.

The next time there’s an entry it will be a milestone, the 500th blog entry and for me I knew that eventually it would come but it seems like time has just flew by over the past 4 years and I still love doing this as a creative outlet, hobby, and cheap therapy session. The ride is certainly far from over and until our paths cross again,

onto the next conversation…

Photo taken @ Ashbury Cove


HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Calvin Snapback
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ Previously Blogged
EYEBROWS: Patane – Manly Brow FATPACK ✦ NEW @ Hipster Men’s Event (06/2307/16)
FACE: LV Designs (MP) – Brennan Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BEARD: Purfect – Mesh Beard A 012 (Fatpack) ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (06/08 06/28)
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: ExalteD – Soccer Tshirt ✦ NEW @ Ultra (06/1507/10)
SHORTS: Legal Insanity – Blake Dark Blue Baggy Shorts

POSE: Lush Poses – Cigar Collection ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (06/0806/28)