[#686] 100 Bad Days

 

Maybe
A 100 bad days made
A 100 good stories
A 100 good stories make me
Interesting at parties

AJR, ♫100 Bad Days♫

 

Even after Pose Fair and Skin Fair end (there are only a few days left for each through the end of today) I will still have a lot of material to work with for posts in the foreseeable future. There’s just so much to dive into that it can easily make your head spin. Looking from the viewpoint of a consumer going to these two particular events (or any events really) it makes me think of the gif (or meme) where Fry has a handful of cash and the caption says “Shut up and take my money!” That’s what comes to mind because there are so many wonderful things to explore not just for the bloggers or Second Life photographers but also just every day things (such as building a new look for your avatar).

Boo’d Up has several different pose offerings for Pose Fair but I took a liking to the Aesthete pose pack. It contains five different bento static poses (which this cross-legged one is by far my favorite). Inside the pack there is also single poseballs for each pose if you choose not to use it in your own stand or you have rezz rights to the location you are taking photos at.

I’ve been wearing a lot of short hair styles in pictures lately so I thought it might be time to switch it up. Lock&Tuft released the “Ackerman” hair a while back but I finally found a way to put it to use in a look. This style also comes with a hat (the name of the type escapes me as I’m writing this) which you can wear as part of the hair or solo without the hair if desired. There is a HUD to accompany the hat with 6 different texture styles and the HUD for the hair itself boasts 66 different colors (from solids to hombres).

For my skin I am wearing the Richard skin from Lure. It’s made for CATWA brand heads and is suggested to be worn with Victor for the best look. Bakes On Mesh layers as well as an applier HUD are the ways you can wear this but keep in mind that the body appliers/BOM layers are sold separately. When I first put this on I felt like the face reminded me of someone. Perhaps a video game character at first but then I started to think about it more and thought it reminded me more of the vocalist from Shinedown, Brent Smith. The face has very distinguishing features and has a more mature look which those who are fans of this type will really clamor for it.

It also felt appropriate that I used the Vice X #Adored Sleep Depo Shadows. They give a great example of a tired look which seems fitting for the look of the skin that I have on too. This set of 9 color variants (in two styles) are Bakes On Mesh layers only and optimized for CATWA branded heads. It’s possible that they may work with other BOM capable heads but I haven’t tried them so it would be something to try at your own risk.

 

When all is going wrong
And you’re scared as hell
Watcha gonna do
Who you gonna tell

 

Photo taken @ The Dirty Grind

POSE: Boo’d Up – Aesthete @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: lock&tuft – Ackerman
HEAD: CATWA – Victor 4.5
SKIN: Lure – Richard (Ash) @ Skin FairNEW
EYE CIRCLES: Vice X #Adored – Sleep Depo Shadows – Plain – Purple/Dark @ Skin FairNEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0

HOODIE: Hermony / TonkTastic – Hoodie
JEANS: Deadwool – Kojima Jeans
BOOTS: Cold-Ash – Woodcreek Boots

 

[#680] Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up?

 

Don’t leave here with hope
Don’t leave here alone
Don’t be like you were
Don’t be like you are now

The Dangerous Summer, ♫Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up♫

 

Skin Fair 2020 is now officially open and is brought to us all by Pale Girl Productions and Taox Tattoo. Sponsors for the event include such stores as: Signature Body, CATWA, LeLUTKA, LOGO, Akeruka and Genus Project. It boasts the best in all things bento heads, body shapes, makeup and accessories, tattoos but most importantly SKINS! I am going to be bringing a lot of diverse poses from this event for the next two weeks so I hope that all of you enjoy this ride with me and that after visiting you are inspired to take a trip to shop.

There are two sims packed full of goods that you can choose from that house some of the best stores on the grid. You will find names like Stray Dog, Clef de Peau, The Skinnery, Deetalez and many more. If you are feeling like your avatar needs a little tweak or a major overhaul this is the place to fill that need.

One of the most sought after items at the event are the new LeLUTKA heads (Skyler and Lake) and today I’m featuring the Skyler head with its base skin which works with the body appliers from Clef de Peau. The new “Evolution” heads have been designed to be used mainly as a Bakes On Mesh product but keep in mind you can still use appliers (so there’s no freaking out involved). Unlike previous incarnations of LeLUTKA heads these new versions have materials add on layers that help your avatar look younger or older or even have tear stained or rain covered faces. There are a lot of animations right out of the gate on the HUD and different ways to manipulate expressions. I think that it is one of the most innovative setups that I have seen out of a head and it’s possible to say that for the male version of me this handsome devil will be sticking around as my more permanent look for the foreseeable future.

Also available now is the EY19B Full Moon Eyes pack for the Ultimate Eyes by GA.EG. This 9 color iris pack is materials enabled and once you install it into the Ultimate Eyes HUD you can choose whether or not they animate. It’s a really cool thing if you’ve never experienced this product. Eyes tend to be hard to capture in main shots so I’ve made sure to give you a good look at them and also a closer look at the Skyler head as well.

Let’s also not forget that Pose Fair is still going strong in it’s first full week of being open. The pose back I’m using is also a breathing animation one by SINCHI called “Norman”. The thing I find with breathing poses is that they are very subtle and without really being able to take a gif or video it is hard to show. Though it is pretty easy go imagine that it looks a lot like simulated breathing. Inside the pack there are 4 different poses to use and are usable in tons of different pose situations so don’t let the fact they have breathing animations deter you. You can also plop them into an AO as well for those non spastic stands.

Before I wrap this all up, I want to leave for you the location of both the North and South sims of Skin Fair along with a map to help guide you to find the stores that you want to shop quickly without having to wander around aimlessly in such a big space. It’s easy to get lost as I did a quick walk through and didn’t use the map and I was turned around pretty quickly. This tells you not to be like me! Have fun and if you don’t get in right on the first or second day just keep trying because it’s always the busiest when it first opens.


North Sim | South Sim

 

Where were you when the sky opened up?
Is that when we died?
Is that when we learned to survive?
Watch me as I cut through my relationships
I hold onto love
Then I leave on my own again

 

POSE: SINCHI – Norman Breathing Pack @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: LeLutka – Skyler @ Skin FairNEW
EYES: GA.EG – EY19B Full Moon Pack @ Skin FairNEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0

SWEATER: Cold-Ash – Finch V-Neck Sweater
JEANS: Cold-Ash – Holloway Ripped Jeans

 

[674] Letters To You

 

I’m writing again these letters to you aren’t much, I know
But I’m not sleeping and you’re not here
The thought stops my heart

Letters To You, ♫Finch♫

 

Session Skins recently released a new skin just for Catwa called Rocco in Tone 02. It’s designed specifically for the Stanley head which is what I’m using but it’s entirely possible that it would look just as good with other heads from the same brand. Rocco comes packaged with a Catwa applier HUD that offers a clean face, beard and no brow versions; there is also Bakes On Mesh for those who have been bitten by that bug. There are quite a few pros and cons about it that I haven’t completely bought in but as I keep saying, I’m not ruling out using it.

Hopefully creators don’t stop using HUD based appliers in the future in favor of completely adopting to this revamped feature.

The Men’s Department is in full swing with their February round and the latest clothing merchandise from Cold-Ash will be sure to make the girls swoon and break some hearts. The Finch V-neck Sweater is multi-functional in that you can wear it as it is (as you can see in my photo) or make use of the shirt and tie add-on. If you want formal or casual it truly is the best of both worlds.

For potential owners of the Fatpack this is what you will get: The standalone version and also the shirt with tie version as well as a HUD that contains 12 sweater colors, 18 shirt options and 12 tie options. Finch is compatible with Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies.

 

Your flaws are perfect for the heart that’s meant to love you.
Trent Shelton

 

HAIRBASE: Labyrinth – Buzzcut Hairbase
FACE: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Rocco (Tone 2)

SWEATER: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Finch V-Neck Sweater @ TMDNEW

 

[#670] Crash

 

Crash you’re going down without a sound
And I’ll pass you up before I explode
Breaking until I’ll see it through
You won’t keep me down when I crash through you

Crash, ♫Decypher Down♫

 

With this being potentially the last Pose Fair post I do before the event ends (of course I’d like to try and do more but things are getting busier), I wanted to try something different and of course branch out from doing a post that is showing my face. In fact that makes it two entries straight so potentially that’s a personal record. Another thing is that virtually setting up a shot where I’m attempting to ski (but failing) which is something I’ve never done in reality for several reasons. One being that I’m definitely not coordinated enough and secondly it would definitely make my anxiety level creep to an uncomfortable level due to being up so far and having to make it down a hill of unknown length.

Then there are of course trees and no matter how hard I would try there’s no doubt I would find one.

Hopscotch Poses have released over the years some really fun things in the form of gachas (at events like The Arcade) and poses like “Down The Slope” which of course is a part of the winter round of Pose Fair. I love the variety of poses that are a part of this pack as well as the fact that you get the ski’s and poles (or sticks if you are from another part of the world). The poses seem to be in a sequence of being upright to making a descent down the slope into eventual chaos and ending up flat on your face as I am in my pic. Of course I don’t think it helps that I wasn’t properly dressed for the occasion with dress shoes and pants but they look good so pfft.

There are 5 poses within the set and as mentioned above comes with the included props. Ski lessons are NOT included!

 

If you’re not falling, you’re not learning.
Unknown

 

Photo Taken @ Silent Night Resort

POSE: Hopscotch – Down The Slope @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas (Variety)

PARKA: Lenox – Parka (Fatpack)
PANTS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Alessio Trousers (FATPACK)
SHOES: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Monk Buckle Shoes (FATPACK) @ TMDNEW

 

[#669] When I’m Sixty Four

 

Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine forevermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty four?

The Beatles, ♫When I’m Sixty Four♫

 

Sometimes when I can’t sleep I come up with ideas for things that are not my usual type of photo. I’ve been told that I tend to take a lot of similar kind of shots with similar angles all the time (usually front facing) and I can’t argue with that. Another thing that I spent a lot of time doing before I needed to step away from blogging is that I was so focused on getting likes and wanting to be one of those people that everyone talks about that I didn’t really think about the bigger picture and how it was really putting a strain on me as well as others in my life. Upon my return, I’ve changed some things and continue to work on improving in others but it’s a long process sometimes to climb uphill. Having fun and doing what I want and need to do for myself artistically is steps above having the prestige of blogging for “brand x” or the disappointment of not getting chosen.

I still have stores that I blog for that I love and that enjoy what I have to offer and that is what fills my heart. 2020 is fast approaching and I’ve already begun to figure out what it means for me creatively. Finding what makes me happy is one of those things and it’s not some thing that will be figured out overnight (and very well may even take the next year but why rush?)

Cold-Ash released new footwear this month to be the addition to last months “Raphael Shirt” and “Alessio Trousers”. With such a classy and formidable style as the “Monk Buckle Shoes” provide, they are a fashion trend that’s been around for ages and caters to the formal male. Of course these shoes look great with the aforementioned trousers but I’d be bold enough to say that I think they could go with a nice pair of jeans as well without losing the sophistication. Throw that in with a blazer and a t-shirt and you have a casual outfit that makes a handsome devil out of a man.

A feature I like about this pair of footwear is that for the owners of the Alessio Trousers that also wear the belt, a version with the colors of the shoes is included (this applies to the FATPACK version for sure but not 100% sure about single colors). There are two versions of the shoe as well (with and without a sock top that has it’s own HUD with 15 colors); the main shoe itself offers 11 leather choices with 2 metals for the buckle. The Monk Buckle Shoes are compatible with Belleza (Jake 2.0), Signature (Gianni) and an Unrigged version.

Grab these up at The Men’s Department before the 31st of December otherwise they’ll be put out in the store sometime thereafter in the new year.

Lastly I incorporated the awesome cat by Rezz Room from the “Gacha Grouchy Cat Set” that was a part of Equal10 back in August. I would have blogged one of the kitties from this set sooner but plans change and of course things happen. I love that the creator(s) behind the store made a really cool version of my favorite cat (I’ve made it known quite often in other blogs) and an idea came right to me when I was sifting through my virtual closet several days ago. I found a way of showing off the great pair of footwear and sharing the spotlight with the grouchy one (though we all know it’s really grumpy but y’know red tape type stuff so shhsh).

I thought to myself why not play on words the fact that human years and cat years are completely different. I’m not looking for an argument with the fact that Grumpy passed at the age of 7, which falls short of 64 cat years but had this lovable feline lived to 12 human years (which we would all would have loved) then it would have made for absolute perfection. Let’s just all agree that it’s a cute moment that inspires fun and a happy memory of a celebrity that brought so much joy to many by looking miserable (but not actually being it).

 

Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.
Jim Davis

 

CAT: Rezz Room – Grouchy Cat Grumbling

PANTS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Alessio Trousers (FATPACK)
SHOES: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Monk Buckle Shoes (FATPACK) @ TMDNEW

 

[#666] Monsters

 

‘Cause my monsters are real, and they’re trained how to kill
And there’s no coming back and they just laugh at how I feel
And these monsters can fly, and they’ll never say die
And there’s no going back, if I get trapped I’ll never heal
Yeah, my monsters are real

Shinedown, ♫Monsters♫

 

Thought I would just take a one small break between posting wintery posts for Pose Fair and sneak in a little something different. I felt like it would be a good time to do what likely a lot of people are doing and posting Negan pics because of the Stray Dog “Jeffery” skin that was released at TMD this month. It’s a fantastic likeness of the man who first came into our homes as the Patriarch of the Winchester boys of Supernatural. After many different films and being cast as the psychotic sociopath that wields a bat on The Walking Dead, the virtual world is getting a facsimile that is pretty darn close to the real thing.

Jeffrey has several options built into it’s HUD including a clean shaven face as well as his post apocalyptic beard. There are also two different styles of eyebrow types built into the applier along with a no brows version as well. A lot of skins by Stray Dog that have been released pay tribute to great actors and each one has definitely been a hit (I can’t see how they couldn’t be!)

I definitely chose the right styling for this blog post as a while back Cold-Ash released a version of Negan’s jacket so pairing that with my new favorite pair of jeans by Lapointe & Bastchild’s Swear imprint has brought the charming yet evil as sin character to life virtually as I took to the Bartertown sim. Also I went back and dabbled with the Black Dragon viewer after updating it to the latest version (and also putting in the settings I had that were wiped out). I think that it’s going to take me a lot of messing with this before I end up using it for photography permanently instead of Firestorm.

I’m also wearing the “Bad Santa” hat/hair combination from Lock&Tuft (available now at Tannenbaum) but I plan to do more posts with it so that I get a better angle of it but it’s definitely tougher to do as I’ve done a couple of photos with it including this one and I haven’t captured it well in any angle that I’ve tried but I’m going to keep trying until I’ve got it 100%. Certain hair styles make it harder to capture well, especially with the addition of the Santa Hat because of it’s curvature.

 

Be careful in the company of monsters that you don’t become one.
Cindy Gerard, Take No Prisoners

 

Photo taken @ Bartertown

POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Batter Up

BAT: Inkside – Barbed Wire Baseball Bat

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

JACKET: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) Survivor Jacket
PANTS: L&B Swear (Store / MP) Havoc Jeans (FATPACK)

 

[#662] Messing With My Head

 

When you said it was real, guess I really did believe you
Did you fake how you feel when we parked down by the river that night? That night?
That night when we fogged up the windows in your best friend’s car
‘Cause we couldn’t leave the windows down in December

Good Things Fall Apart, ♫Illenium (feat. Jon Bellion)♫

When I was brainstorming for this post I was trying to think of what I wanted to pair it with song wise. Right now I feel it’s too early personally to start using Holiday/Christmas songs even though I’ve seen other photographers and bloggers use them in their work. So what I’ve decided to do (and hopefully I will stick with this) is to take a song that I have in my Rock Band library. Sure I’m guessing there are some that will read this and ask themselves “Wait that’s still around?” The answer is yes, it’s still around and I still enjoy it even if I’m only partaking in two of the instruments out of the four available to currently play with the Rock Band 4/Rock Band Rivals configuration.

“Good Things Fall Apart” is one of the more recent additions to the game as downloadable content and after hearing it on the radio, I couldn’t get it out of my head so I waited for the right time to use it. The fact that it makes a reference to the month of December was another significant part of choosing it. With the look, pose and now inspiration set I descended upon The Bay, a sim I’d not been to in ages and it also has a winter look for it which coincides with the theme for Pose Fair.

Speaking of Pose Fair, I have watched SVP Poses go from a relative unknown to thriving very highly within the posing community. I know a little bit about Sony V, the owner and creator for the store as a fellow member of the LumiPRO group. It’s nice to see other photographers (or bloggers) get into doing things outside of that and as I said in the previous post without poses the prospect of photography (and blogging) would be vastly different.

The Prox Pack contains 5 bento poses that is a mix of upright standing and slight leaning poses with both hands doing a sort of a double pointing gesture. This set can be yours when the winter edition of Pose Fair starts this weekend on the 7th of December.

Cold-Ash made a double release last month at TMD that I didn’t get back in time for but I am making up for that now. The “Raphael Shirt” and “Alessio Trousers” appeal to my formal nature (which seems I cater to more than usual lately). The shirt itself has two versions of it that give you the option to have it buttoned up with a tie as you can see in my photo and also a version without the tie that is partially unbuttoned. I would imagine that kind of styling might get noticed a bit more. Raphael also has a high and low waist variation (of which the latter can be used with the Alessio trousers.) The FATPACK HUD boasts 10 colors for the shirt and 32 different tie options

With two different cuff options and an included belt option, the Alessio trousers are the perfect compliment to the Raphael shirt or just about any dress shirt you may have in your virtual closet. The FATPACK has 15 fabric colors for the pant and 6 for the belt leather (if you decide to wear the belt of course). My attire might not entirely match the scenery of the photo but I’ve told myself more or less that I wasn’t outside long enough to get cold.

Both these articles of clothing are compatible with both Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) mesh body types.

 

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Anne Bradstreet

 

Photo taken @ The Bay

POSE: SVP – Prox Pack @ Pose Fair (12/07) ✦ NEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas (Variety)
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Tom (Tone 02)

SHIRT & TIE: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Raphael Shirt
TROUSERS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Alessio Trousers
SHOES: Deadwool – Oxford Shoes