[#626] At The Car Wash

 

Working at the car wash
Working at the car wash, yeah
Come on and sing it with me, car wash
Sing it with the feeling now, car wash yeah

Rose Royce, ♫Car Wash♫

 

Even if the weather hasn’t been as cooperative as I’d like, I know that I can jump to the virtual world and enjoy throwing together a scene with summer vibes. Pretty soon around the corner all the guys will be in shorts and tank tops and the girls will be in their bikini’s at the beach so what’s better than having a bit of fun with a car wash?

You can find just about everything that could be thought of at Pose Fair much like the “Get Wet 02” couples pose by CuCa Designs and “East Side Parking Lot Backdrop” from IlluZion. CuCa Designs released several different compatible pose sets to go with the backdrop for the event. Summer fun can be easily kicked off with any of the sets but I really thought this pose that Brenna and I are using was a lot of fun.

I probably look not very enthusiastic about getting sprayed with water but we had a lot of fun so that’s what matters isn’t it?

CuCa Designs – Get Wet 02

  • Bento static couples pose
  • Adjustable by built in script
  • Mesh hose rezzes upon use by both avatars
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair until 05/25/19

IlluZion – East Side Parking Lot Backdrop (Wet)

  • Original Mesh Build
  • Dry version also available
  • Car can be color changed via click (many colors to choose from)
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair until 05/25/19

Man Cave is still open until this weekend which gives all you guys time to give it a look and one of the cool things you’ll find their is a new ‘do by lock&tuft called “David”. It’s a short length that is just long enough to have a few splayed wisps which is a change from the longer styles I had been wearing in several of my last couple posts.

A lot of the time I don’t step out of my usual color comfort zone but I am this time by choosing a more golden blonde tone that I was easily able to match my beard with. It’s not a requirement mind you but I generally at least like my hair and beard to look similar (Eyebrows are a bit tougher to get exactly right so those stayed as they were).

lock&tuft – David

  • Original Mesh
  • Resize script built into hair
  • 5 color HUDS with dozens of colors
  • Man Cave Exclusive until 05/11/19

Some notes for the rest of the non feature specific items for this blog that are new include the new Longline Tanktop by Tonktastic that I grabbed while I was at the Anthem event. Finding excellent fitting and stylish clothing from this store is like a snap and I really like the praying skeleton design with the stars (it also doesn’t hurt that it’s in monotone colors which is kinda my thing). For those of you who picked up the recent hoodie collab with Hermony, there is a really affordable add-on with the longline tanktop so you can add your shirts to the HUD for even more wear-ability.

A new pair of low top sneakers from Semller have also hit the shelves of The Men’s Department, I didn’t necessarily have these in my budget but I made an acception to get the full package because of all the different options it had and the amount of faces that could be recolored by the included HUD. One of my fave options about them is that you can wear them with the laces out or tucked in which helps with various styles of jeans. This is definitely something I’d like to see more designers doing because I have not seen much of it (and if there are a lot of products out there of that type then I am likely very blind! Haha)

Brenna has a few new things as well which I’m sure the ladies might like to hear about. For those that are members of TRUTH’s VIP group there are two new VIP styles one of which is on the wall in the store and the other is in the group itself as an attachment for a limited amount of time. “Horizon” is the limited time hair that you can get in the group notices and is a full pack with every color and different style variations in the hair. For those not in their group there is a minimal fee to it but for the amount of perks you get it’s well worth it and you can trust me on it.

The bikini Brenna is wearing is new to FaMESHed this month by Baiastice. The Aura Bikini is definitely hot enough to melt asphalt and maybe I’m not really supposed to say that but I truly don’t care as I appreciate the detail and the features that this item has. Each color/pattern variation has a dry or wet sheer version in the package so it definitely works either way for a day at the beach or even the car wash.

I always enjoy taking photos with Brenna as they are always a lot of fun; they also turn out well too!

 

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”
Helen Keller

POSE: CuCa Designs – Get Wet 02 @ Pose FairNEW

BACKDROP: illuZion – East Side Parking Lot Backdrop (Wet) @ Pose FairNEW

My Style

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – David @ Man CaveNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01) @ A+ EventNEW
BEARD: LeLutka – Hip Hip Hooray Beard

TANKTOP: Tonktastic – Sleeveless Longline / Praying Black @ AnthemNEW
JEANS: Tonktastic – Tapered Pants / Denim Contrast
SHOES: SEMLLER – Canvas Low Tops (FatPack) @ TMDNEW

Brenna’s Style

HAIR: Truth – Horizon (VIP Gift) ✦ NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – AIda
SKIN: TheSkinnery – Michele
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

BIKINI: Baiastice – Aura Bikini @ FaMESHedNEW

 

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[#618] Chase You Down Until You Love Me

 

Real good, We’re dancing in the studio
Snap, snap, to that shit on the radio
Don’t stop, for anyone
We’re plastic but we still have fun

Lady Gaga, ♫Paparazzi♫

 

Now that I’m blogging items for female avatars now and again I find that coming up with creative things hasn’t been harder nor has it been easier. I am finding out that I do come up with some pretty good ideas that I might never would have blogged on my own before this time so I will take it as I can get it. I love to create visual stories to songs and sometimes it’s not always the stuff I listen to all the time or every day.

It allows me to even include genre’s that I might not have considered in the past as well. Honestly I’ve never had anything against Lady Gaga prior to her turn in the remake of “A Star Is Born” in which the music is fantastic and truly shows her talents outside of the theatrics and shock value we’ve all known from her with her strange dresses and music videos.

From the moment I saw the Versov “Rodeo Drive” backdrop an idea jumped into my head right away. I had some photags from a gacha that I played last year at some point and also a great pose set from one of my sponsors, Image Essentials called “Holiday Shopping” and yeah it’s not really anywhere near the holidays right now but when you love shopping any day can be a holiday so that’s what I’m going with.

This set has eight different poses each with their own set of shopping bags for each hand so that you can show off how boss you are when you are out on a shopping spree. This set has been around for a while and I didn’t get a chance to blog it when it was new but thankfully I was able to do so now and also bring attention to it to maybe a new set of people who missed it when it was brand new.

Image Essentials – Holiday Shopping Pose Pack

  • Bento enabled poses (bento viewer required)
  • mesh bags (left and right hands) for each pose
  • 8 total poses (static and pose HUD included)
  • Available for sale now at Image Essentials

So I’ve checked off the Versov backdrop and because there’s not much to say about it’s features other than the fact that is a well made mesh facsimile of what Rodeo Drive looks like with the street full of shops with trees and benches. For bloggers and photographers alike it is about as realistic as can be with perfect textures so if you’re interested in taking photos of yourself browsing stores or shopping like I’ve done this is a great way to do it.

Putting that aside, I have two articles of clothing I’d like to share from Native Urban that I was able to combine together to make one solid outfit and it also works since it is more of a outwear thing and because it could be considered a post-dated photo from the holidays with the shopping pose set.

I’ll start at the top and work my way down of course because it’s the easiest way to do it for me. The “Melo Jacket” is a cool jacket with hoodie add-on that was originally only supposed to be a male release but at the last moment Native Urban was able to update it with a fit for Maitreya so I chose to wear both of the new releases for the body because to me they looked great together. The amount of customization in the All Colors pack makes it so easy to come up with just about any combination you can think of with the colors provided.

With the weather starting to get warmer though I’m glad I quick snuck this one in before the bug to wear more shorts and t-shirts.

Jeans are a staple in every wardrobe and it could be said that you can never have enough jeans (I’ve said this before) and it is true. There are so many types that you can fit a style to whatever you are wearing and not even feel any pressure about how you look. The “Rollup Jeans” are a denim version of “The Rollup Pants” which were a previous release not too long ago. There is a good selection of denim colors that I’ll go into when I list the features and it is practical that if you’re interested in more than one color that the All Colors option will put that styling power into your virtual hands.

Native Urban – Melo Jacket (All Colors)

  • Original mesh
  • Jacket and Hood Add-On
  • 17 colors with 12 changeable faces
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and Maitreya (Lara)
  • Currently exclusive to Uber until 04/22/19

Native Urban – Rollup Jeans (All Colors)

  • Original mesh
  • 9 colors with 4 color changeable parts
  • Belt and Underwear HUD (for single packs)
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and Maitreya (Lara)
  • Currently exclusive to TMD until 04/28/19

I hope that you’ve all enjoyed the great items I’ve featured in this post, I try to bring some of what I think are the best things about Fashion and Shopping on the Second Life grid to anyone who might visit this website. I try to stay as informative as I can and that way you can take that knowledge with you and use it however you like.

On that note I shall bid you a fond farewell for this time and see you all again on the flipside!

 

Baby you’ll be famous
Chase you down until you love me
Papa-paparazzi

 

POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Holiday Shopping

BACKDROP: Versov – Rodeo Drive Fullscene @ FaMESHedNEW

HAIR: Lamb – Wolf (ROYGBIV Pack) ✦ Gacha
HEAD: LeLutka – KORINA v3.3
SKIN: Glam Affair – Mimi – Basic Line ✦ Previous FLF
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

GLASSES: Anachron – Round Frame Glasses (Top Bar Gold) ✦ Gacha
JACKET: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Melo Jacket @ UberNEW
JEANS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Rolled Jeans @ TMDNEW
SHOES: Gos – Low Tops ✦ Gacha

 

 

[#597] In The Garage

I’ve got an electric guitar
I play my stupid songs
I write these stupid words
And I love every one
Waiting there for me
Yes I do, I do

Weezer, ♫In The Garage

My apologies to those that might check the site for new content but this last week has been a bit hectic for me but it’s not for bad reasons at all. Usually I am not much for talking about things outside of my photos or certain themes but this is worth talking about in my mind. Our family has been looking to expand and that can often be scary in some instances but in mine and Brenna’s case it’s been pretty awesome.

Alyx (who we also call Elijah) has been a part of our lives for about a week now and sometimes I find it hard to connect with people but this young man is nearly a mirror of me in the fact that we both enjoy graphic work, movies and a whole bunch of other pop culture stuff that makes this seem much like fate (which not everyone believes in). I am not gonna get too much into things right now but I’m enjoying getting to spend time with and even get creative with him.

So what do two nerds that are creative do when they have a little free time? Well they get together and set up a photograph and I get to share my blog process with someone that is interested in it…definitely a win/win in my book.

Alyx introduced me to a new location called Midnight Glory which I would say is a photography sim with a lot of different mechanics to it to allow photo takers and bloggers to roam around and find an interesting spot within the design and being new to it, I told him to find a spot he really liked and it just happened that he has a good eye and it worked to my advantage. The area he found (a garage full of nerd stuff) prompted me to come up with the soundtrack to the post right away.

“In The Garage” has been a jam (I almost could say an anthem) for me for over 20 years and has lots of nerdy and geeky elements in both the verses and chorus. Making references to X-Men comic book characters to even members of the band kiss…but what really hit home is the opening verse talking about a “Dungeon Master’s Guide” which is what Dungeons and Dragons players have used for decades to tell stories of wizards, warriors, and mythic creatures. I was one of those who at the time when it wasn’t such the in thing to do got together with my friends on weekends (and once in a great while on a school night) and we’d have a blast rolling dice and trying to get through a story.

Continuing on with the theme of nerd power, my hair style is an homage to one of the best survival horror games of all time, “Resident Evil 2” which was re-released not long ago as an updated version which current generation graphics. Modulus released the “Leon Hair” at the beginning of the month at the FaMESHed event to commemorate and immortalize it in our virtual leg of the world.

I really like how the hair is parted and sweeps over the eyes without directly falling over them; I also have to say that it really excited me to see this because it was definitely a game I spent a lot of time on back when it was first released. Leon S. Kennedy was a character I grew very fond of and thought of as being a hero and relatable.

Modulus – Leon Hair

  • Original “Nex-Gen” Alpha Mesh
  • 5 Tone Color Pack HUDs + Integrated Tinting
  • 40 Color FATPACK also for sale
  • Left and Right mirrored versions included
  • Exclusive to FaMESHed until 02/25/19

After putting my look together (I didn’t take the photo for this blog right away so I’ve been wearing it for a bit), I was told that I was wearing a Canadian Tuxedo (again). This is not something I consider an issue as virtually I consider myself equals parts Irish and equals part Canadian so wearing this type of attire is my birthright right?

Cold-Ash’s newest release the “FLYNN Denim Jacket” is a major reason why I would suggest a shopping trip to The Men’s Department. I didn’t realize how much this jacket fit in with my overall theme until probably just now because these kind of jackets while still fashionable now were a big thing back in the 90’s which my mindset has been in during this entire blog process.

One of the features I like best about this jacket is that you do have the option to wear it with a built-in hooded sweatshirt or with a regular shirt; to me that makes it worth it just in that respect. Outside of the FATPACK, the event has 6 denim versions to purchase but if you want the best deal and all the options to change the color of the hoodie or shirt you are wearing with it, getting the whole shebang as they say is well worth it.

Cold-Ash – FLYNN Denim Jacket

  • Original Mesh
  • 3 Variations (Jacket Solo, Jacket with Hoodie or Jacket with Shirt)
  • 6 Denim Choices (+1 Fatpack Exclusive)
  • 8 Hoodie Colors
  • 8 Shirt Colors
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni)
  • Exclusive to The Men’s Department until 02/28/19

Alyx is wearing the latest hair from lock&tuft called “no joke” that is currently available at Shiny Shabby; Alyx is the creator and own of the brand as well. It’s not often that I have conversations with anyone that in turn inspire products that are brought to life within very little time as this hair has. We got to talking about hair styles and I had thrown out the idea for this style and he was willing to give it a shot; it is now at one of the big monthly shopping events for everyone to enjoy.

I will also be wearing this hair myself in an upcoming post but the idea will take some time to put together but I promise that it will be quite a bit of fun.

The quality of the hair is top notch and I can say this without bias as I’ve blogged the brand before these recent events and the color options and how things fit are definitely another reason to shop this store as there are many styles not just for men but also for women as well as unisex styles that will worth both ways. Longer messy styles are definitely in my wheelhouse of interest and I think Alyx’s overall look that he’s put together is pretty dang rad as well if I say so myself (and I do!)

lock&tuft – No Joke

  • Original unrigged mesh
  • Resizeable upon click
  • 5 color packs to choose from
  • FATPACK also available
  • Exclusive to Shiny Shabby until 03/16/19

On that note I feel like there are a lot of credits that have gone into this blog and getting through them to make sure that I’ve crossed my t’s and dottied my i’s is definitely going to take a moment which makes it that time to get this blog ready to post and start getting ready for the next one as I have been rather lethargic this week when it’s come to posting; the month is short enough as it is and I’ve still got some important things I want to share.

I want to say a big thank you to Alyx for joining me on this ride and we had a very good time. This was definitely the beginning of quite a few collaborations in the future if this is any indication because I enjoy working with others when ideas come to mind and with those I have worked with it has been nothing but great times and memories.

So long for now and enjoy the rest of the weekend!


LOCATION: Midnight Glory

POSE: RK Poses – Guys’ Time

MY STYLE

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) Leon Hair @ FaMESHedNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy ✦ NEW
BEARD: Birth – Full Beard

JACKET: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – FLYNN Denim Jacket @ TMDNEW
JEANS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – HOLLOWAY Ripped Jeans
SHOES: Native Urban (Store / MP) Sobek Sneakers @ TMDNEW

ALYX’S STYLE

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – No Joke @ Shiny ShabbyNEW
HEAD: CATWA – Stanley v3.2
SKIN: Stray Dog – Nate (Tone 01)
BEARD: Magnificent – Faded Hipster Stache & Beard – Sun
BODY Signature – Gianni v4.6

SHIRT: Bonobo By Sallie – Today’s Basic Sweater
PANTS: flow – Cose Laces Pants

[#591] Two Is Better Than One

I remember what you wore on the first day
You came into my life and I thought hey
You know, this could be something

Boys Like Girls (feat. Taylor Swift), ♫Two Is Better Than One

In just a couple days Pose Fair will grace all of us photographers with a little something called the “Valentine Pop-Up” round. For one week all of you that enjoy taking photos that specialize in love and couples will be greeted with new items from all the brands you know and love and of course the store you may have not been introduced to.

The concept of Valentine’s Day varies from person to person. There are the people who are all about it and inundate their special someone with chocolate, candy and flowers while on the other end there are those who despise the thought of relationships because of negative experiences. I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum in my life and honestly I prefer to be somewhere right in the middle leaning towards glorifying it.

In the previous years of being a blogger I was not much for blogging couples poses because there wasn’t much of an opportunity to do it nor was I in a relationship where the person I was with had the interest to do it or didn’t have the time. My excuse for it was that I considered myself just a male blogger even though I did want to branch out to do other things when I had access to them. It’s been much easier with having Brenna in my life because she’s willing to help me when I need to in whatever way that I ask but I try not to overdo my requests. We did a lot of work for the January edition of Pose Fair and I can’t thank her enough for that.

With the Valentine’s Pop Up starting I wanted to do something a little different and I found that in the Space Cadet “Anyone Else” pose. It’s not your typical romantic pose and added a fun element to the mix. The element of surprise wrapped up in a game of “guess who” all rolled into one still makes for what I consider a sweet and special moment.

Space Cadet is a store that I’ve kept my eye on since my introduction to them in January. I really loved the “Teen Spirit” pose set and the very second I saw the promotional ad for this pose I had to make sure that I blogged it. I really can’t say enough good things about the poses I have experience with and even scrolling Jane’s (Space Cadet’s owner) Flickr feed there are many other poses that I wouldn’t mind looking into. As much as I love stores that have name recognition, I also like to show appreciation for other stores who work just as hard but are newer to the grid.

Space Cadet – Anyone Else Couples Pose

  • Bento couples pose
  • Unlinked poses that can be edited to adjust height
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair’s Valentines Pop Up round starting Feb. 07th

The Men Jail is also about to open up for its February round and I’m stoked to be showing you my newest facial hair by REBIRTH. The “Jekyll” beard is essentially a combination of a few different styles wrapped up into one. The style I consider it to be most like is what quite a few people (myself included) call the “Lemmy” named after Motorhead vocalist, the last Lemmy Kilmister. I think that the pose softens the look a little because without my eyes being covered I have an angry disposition but I know that I’m definitely not mad.

The beard comes in two parts so you can leave off the sideburns and rock a “Fu Manchu” and it may not be good to associate with Hulk Hogan these days but he’s the most notable person in pop culture that I can think of who has this type of facial hair. The beard also is accompanied by an omega applier to fill in spots on the face and give a small goatee to add extra flair.

REBIRTH – Jekyll Beard

  • Original mesh
  • 4 different colors to choose from (sold separately)
  • Omega applier for fill in areas of facial hair
  • Coming to The Men Jail Feb. 8th!

The A+ Event still has just over a week to go before it’s inaugural round ends and there’s still time to shop and while there, gentleman, you can take a look at Modulus’ “Don Hair” at the event. It’s a slicked back short style that is best used with a hairbase with shaved sides to give it the best look. When I had long enough hair (I keep it very short these days in the real world) I would often have my hair combed back this way with a little product because of my annoyance of hair being in my face.

Unlike a lot of the styles Modulus has released lately this does not feature any mirrored versions as it does not call for it. It’s a great style that works well for guys who may not favor longer styles.

Modulus – Don Hair

  • Original “Nex-Gen” Alpha Mesh
  • 5 hair tone packs with integrated color tinting HUDs
  • 40 tone FATPACK also for sale
  • Exclusive to the A+ Event until 02/16/19

Brenna did a little bit of shopping herself at FaMESHed and came home with the top she has on that is made by VIbing and is named “Neesi”. On her trip she also stopped by Magika and picked up their newest hair release “Thea”. That hair suits her very well and looks great on her but I’ll be considered biased all things considered but it’s just the honest truth.

My outfit (what is viewable in the photo) is all items from my closet and not new or an event exclusive. I really love the collabs that Hermony and Tonktastic do and I am still pretty much in cold weather mode and will be until the season starts to change where Brenna and I live. I don’t see that happening anytime in the foreseeable future which tells me a lot of long sleeved outfits or jackets as part of my style and that’s alright too.

It’s been a few days since my last post so I’m going to wrap this up and leave all of you with both our stylings and possibly make it a shopping date. We go on them sometimes so I know that it is a thing for couples to do when new and exciting items hit events and stores.

It has been wonderful sharing with you as always and I’ll be back again with more fun things so sit tight until then and keep your eyes peeled here. Be kind, be amazing and be yourself…that’s all that you can do!

Kindest regards,

Brennan


POSE: Space Cadet – Anyone Else @ Pose Fair Valentine Pop UpNEW

MY STYLE

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Don @ A+ EventNEW
BEARD: Rebirth – Beard Jekyll (Greyscale) @ The Men JailNEW

SWEATER: Tonktastic + Hermony – Crewneck Sweater

BRENNA’S STYLE

HAIR: Magika – Thea ✦ NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Aida
SKIN: Glam Affair – Nimoe
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.2

SHIRT: Vibing – Neesi @ FaMESHedNEW
JEANS: Blueberry – Tali
SHOES: REIGN – Arianna Sneakers

[#590] Falling Inside The Black

You were my source of strength
I’ve traded everything
That I love for this one thing
(Stranded in the offering)
Don’t leave me here like this
Can’t hear me scream from the abyss
And now I wish for you my desire

Skillet, ♫Falling Inside The Black

It’s not very often that I shoot photos that lack a background but I made an exception for the idea that became the idea for this blog. The concept has been swirling in my head for more than a year but I just didn’t have the right things to make it happen until the last week or two and I’ll break it down as I write this.

Before I get any further I want to talk about the song that became the soundtrack for this blog. “Falling Inside The Black” was the first song I remember hearing by the band Skillet and yes they have a funny name but the music they make easily could fuel the soundtracks of many people lives (mine included). The song was used in a video I had watched on YouTube and little did I know that it would spider through many things over the years.

Some time passed after I first heard it and then I started hanging out with Lucky (our friendship goes well beyond the virtual world) and we bonded over music as it is both a passion of ours and we happen to like most of the similar things. He reintroduced me into Skillet and I had remembered them from the video I had seen a while back and it was just meant to be that I started listening to them more and became a solid fan of theirs almost as if I had been right from the start.

I take a lot of care when I use their songs as a part of ideas for blogs because I want to get it right and not be a disservice of what their music means to me. To this day I have seen them about a half dozen times going to festivals with Lucky and even to other shows they have been a part of as it has become sort of a tradition for us.

Music has the power to do many things. It has the power to lift us when we are down, it also can heal wounds in our hearts and minds and it can also help us cement lifelong friendships and bonds. Skillet is one of those for me and as I said they may have a name that makes people scratch their head but when I introduce them to some of what I like about them it seems as if it catches on and increases the fanbase.

As much as I love the events and stores that I blog for, when I have downtime from both I like showcasing items that likely might not find their way onto the blog because they don’t fit with the items I have chosen. So with that in mind I’m going to start out with the body paint that suits this idea perfectly and is reminiscent to a certain anti-hero from the comics world.

MooLoo Body Art’s “Starry Eye Body Paint” reminds me of symbiosis and the way that I’m using it in this particular blog is to show how the darkness is beginning to take over and in time could possibly control everything that I do if I choose not to fight it. The way this paint is used in application is very clever and I think I am very fortunate to be a blogger for MooLoo Body Art and that this was created for me to stretch out my creative legs.

MooLoo Body Art – Starry Eye Body Paint

  • Omega Face/Neck Applier
  • Body Applier for Belleza (M/F), Omega, Signature and SLink (M/F) mesh bodies
  • Available at the MooLoo Body Art’s store and marketplace

There is nothing more rewarding then when you miss an item at an event by a day and the store finally puts it out for sale. This is the case with the “Vulture Talons” from Contraption. I had seen them in a photo and had a major desire to own them but when I tried to go to the event (Equal10 in this case) it had already ended the previous day. Sometimes I’m not known for my patience and every few days I would check back with no sign of them in sight. It was then that I felt it was best to not do this to myself because it would just be a disappointment so I waited an even longer time before I went back and the next time I did they were finally there and I snatched them up fast and went to my platform to put them on.

Contraption makes really neat things and I have been a fan of theirs as far back as their first music machines at the Arcade so many years ago. They also make masks and other steampunk and gothic type products and these talons are one of them. The box contains these hand accessories that are fitted for the widely popular mesh bodies and also with a HUD to change different areas of the metal with an array of colors. I went with silver and black for this photo because it was meant to be in a dark setting as I played with darkness.

It adds to the appearance that I am giving in to the darkest reaches of my soul.

One of the things I like about the virtual world is that I can purchase and wear things that I may not wear in my real life for a multitude of reasons. Arm warmers are one such thing that I have never owned but at many times would have liked to own and the newly released ones by Gild at FaMESHed added something to this look as well in combination with the talons. Putting them on the same arm allowed me to keep my left arm bare and to be able to stay in the shadows as it is not in the forefront of the pose.

Black was the easiest choice for me (because I couldn’t see buying the fatpack and wearing the other colors) taking into consideration everything I was doing in this photo. For those of you that are interested they come fitted for Belleza (Jake) and both Signature bodies (Geralt+Gianni) mesh bodies; I of course am wearing Gianni and the fit is great. I recommend these for those who are just fashionisto’s or going to be doing weather related photos as they will add that extra something.

It’s that time for me so on that note I am going to turn over to the credits so you guys can go get some shopping in (for those of you who will be busy tomorrow for the big football game). This blog was a joy for me even with it being a bit on the darker side as it gave me the opportunity to try some things that I wanted to experiment with as far as lighting; it came out to my expectation which is any artists wish.

Until we’re all back here for another conversation, I wish everyone well and to show one another compassion and kindness. Fans of good rock should click the link up at the top and give Skillet a try and if you do maybe leave a comment because I do read them.

Best wishes,

Brennan


POSE: Chat Noir – 1003 GG Pose Set ✦ Group Gift

HAIR: Burley – Ivar
EYES: Hermony – Eyes of The Beholder
PAINT: MooLoo Body Art (Store / MP) – Starry Eye Body Paint

TALONS: Contraption – Vulture Talons
ARMWARMER: Gild – Arm Warmers (Black) @ FaMESHedNEW

[#567] Jitterbug

Something ain’t right
My best friend told me what you did last night
Left me sleepin’ in my bed
I was dreaming, but I should have been with you instead.

WHAM!, ♫Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

There’s nothing like something upbeat on a Friday to start the weekend and what better to bring it in than a little tune from the early 80’s? Many of the people that are in my circle are younger than me and while maybe they’ve heard this song most of them were not even born yet when this track first showed up in 1984..heck I myself was pretty young as well.

WHAM! was to me the precursor to artists such as New Kids On The Block and thus gave birth to the Backstreet Boys, NSync who artists like One Direction and BTS have derived from. It’s that chain that started a formula so many years ago that while back then was cheesy and a bit embarrassing it got people to dance and have a good time which is what I’m hoping this post inspires people on the grid to do tonight or sometime this weekend because why not?

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to blog a Paparazzi item while it was actually new at an event with conflicting schedules making it hard (while it seems like an excuse and I don’t like making them it is the absolute truth), I finally was able to catch up to one that is currently apart of the most recent round of Cosmopolitan. The “J-POP STAGE BACKGROUND” is exactly what I needed to pair with the soundtrack to this post because it is colorful, has great lighting and also has smoke you can add to your scene to give it a concert like appearance.

This backdrop along with me once again using the UrbanMind Poses “Rhapsody” pose set helped in really making this scene come together and more concert like with use of the right light settings and with the help of LumiPRO ’18.

Paparazzi J-POP STAGE BACKGROUND:

  • Original mesh
  • Built In Lighting (also modifiable through edit mode)
  • Additional smoke particles included
  • Blue or Pink stages available
  • Exclusively @ Cosmopolitan until 01/12/19

Over the years many pop culture icons (including musicians) were known for wearing headbands so I thought this was a great addition to my look as it was also a part of the “Christians Hair” by Modulus. It’s also been a while since I had a color other than your standard natural hairs so I chose to give my locks a bit of color for a change and I really love how it looks and how the lights play well with it.

The bandana part of the hair has 6 different patterns in the included HUD that are mostly island inspired (or you could even say Hawaiian to be more precise) but there is a classic pattern that you see a lot with the kind you can get in a store and the one I am wearing reminded me of a throwback vibe so picking it was simple and effective.

Modulus Christian Hair:

  • 100% Original Nex-Gen Alpha Mesh
  • Resize via script in hair
  • 6 bandana patterns changeable via included HUD
  • 5 color packs + integrated tinting
  • 40 Color FATPACK also available
  • Exclusively @ FaMESHed until 01/27/19

Backdrop…✓, Pose…✓, Sweet Hair…✓ so that only leaves me with the outfit! The unique style of Bakaboo was the easy choice for picking out my wardrobe for this blog post. Many of their fashions could be worn on a runway or they could be worn by someone in the music industry during a concert and the “Dahriel” Shirt and Pants were my first pick.

There are two versions of this outfit but sadly I couldn’t find a way to make the animated version work for me to be able to capture a video of it to add onto this post because I think it would have been epic to show just how cool it was but the beat moves on and the non-animated version works just as effectively to get my visual goal across. Plus I get to show a little bit of skin and not overdue it as I’m trying to work on changing my stance on that a little this year.

This set was only done in a monochromatic tone set and I can only wonder how it would have turned out with various different color patterns (which could have made for some great looks also) but I can say that the ability to change the main body of the shirt as well as the sleeves offer up a lot of different mix and match scenarios.

Bakaboo Dahriel Pants and Shirt (Non-Animated):

  • Original mesh
  • Main Body + Sleeve patterns can be changed via HUD
  • Pattern HUD also included with pants
  • Animated version also available
  • Fitted sizes for Aesthetic, Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni), SLink Physiqe and TMP mesh bodies
  • Exclusively @ Ant-Event until 01/07/19

Last blog post my brother Paul was wearing the “Devin Skin” from Clef de Peau and I decided to go see if it was there still and it was so I grabbed it and went and picked up the updated LeLutka “Andrea” head and am showing it from a different perspective as he is wearing it for CATWA. I really like it but the downside was the included shape for Andrea is not modifiable like the one for CATWA is which kept me from being my normal size and height. It’s not a huge deal to me because afterall it is a gift and a good one at that.

I may just have to contact them to see if they could provide a modifiable one to be able to remedy things.

My coverage for Anti-Event has concluded and I feel like I did a lot in a short time which sometimes can be crazy but it was definitely a challenge but with 3 days left for the January round that gives anyone that comes across this blog to possibly find something new to check out or to even give the event a closer look as well.

January is now officially about to pick up for me with The Men Jail as well as my return to Pose Fair for 2019 begin with coverage. From the previews that I’ve already taken a look at from both events I can already tell that it will be a lot of fun as well as a challenge to see just how much I can pack into this month combined with my non-event brands that have new items coming out at events throughout the month.

Alas though it is time for me to take a bow for the moment to recharge the batteries and celebrate the end of the week by treating myself to whatever goodies I can find due to grocery day (one of the best days to be bad I have to say). Until my next post I wish for all to be well and enjoy your time on the grid and perhaps our paths may cross!

B


POSE: UrbanMind Poses – Rhapsody (Rock You)

BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – K-POP Stage Backdrop (Blue) @ CosmopolitanNEW

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Christian Hair @ FaMESHedNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Andrea v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Devin (Tone TMX) ✦ Christmas Group Gift

SHIRT: Bakaboo (Store / MP) – Dahriel Shirt (Non-Animated) @ Anti-EventNEW
PANTS: Bakaboo (Store / MP) – Dahriel Pants (Non-Animated) @ Anti-EventNEW

[#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