[#457] It’s Not Too Late

For the first time in years
There’s a light up ahead
It’s calling
(It’s pulling me closer)
Reborn within
Now I’m shedding my skin
It’s falling
(The weight off my shoulders)

β™«Change Tomorrowβ™« – Like A Storm

One of the hardest things sometimes is after you’ve got all of your wardrobe put together and are committed to doing a photo shoot, you cannot find a suitable backdrop or location to get the job done. Thankfully after I put my look together I was wandering around with my Parents to different sales across the grid when I landed at the Fairmage sim, which is home to Dark Magic Poses.

It has a really nicely built town setting so I did a little walk through and found a spot that I liked and started to go to work. The pictures themselves turned out well and did a bit of touching up to certain things (but not too much of course). The next step would be to come up with a soundtrack as I didn’t really have any favorites that stuck out in my mind at the time (which is not usual at this stage of a blog shoot).


Music is something I consider to be central to this blog and as I was trying to figure out my identity as a blogger and what I wanted to do, I re-branded the blog after the first year of being active (nearly going on 4 very soon). I chose lyrics to a song that is personally a part of me to be the title of the blog. So naturally through the process of blogging (shooting and editing) I’m always listening to music because to me it is not a distraction; it often helps me in the creative process.

I have playlists at random and a song came on that to me can be thought provoking. Usually I have a limit to how long between blog posts I will use a certain artist and I knew that I had featured a song by the band, Like A Storm towards the beginning of the year. I feel like enough time has passed between that post and this one to be able to use another song.

For me personally I feel like a majority of people want to change something (whether it be the entire world, or a person that might be troubled). In order to really do that I believe it all starts with yourself and it doesn’t have to be a major change. Even the littlest thing can make a difference for you and the cause and effect will trickle and reach others. It is something that anyone who might be reading can think about and apply. It doesn’t cost money and if the change is positive it won’t hurt anyone.


Winter on the grid is slowly starting to fade as many locations are starting to do their spring prep (which is something I’m happy about) but there is still a bit of cold and snowy going on at Fairmage so it worked out well that my outfit is comprised of outdoor apparel. I really loved how this outfit came together and it’s a bit dressy but I often don’t wear stuff that makes me look sophisticated (shirts and jeans usually fill my closet).

Native Urban came out with this really awesome coat/sweater combination that originally was released at the Cosmopolitan event (unfortunately it ended on the 24th just before I could publish this). I purchased the AC (All Colors or FATPACK as it were) and am really happy about the choice that comes with it. 7 different color fabrics for the coat to choose from and 11 different sweater options (as well as the ability to show or hide the sweater). You can also change the buttons (3 options of those to pick from) and I’m wearing it for the Belleza body but also offered in the package are sizes for Signature (Gianni) and SLink.

Gloves are something that are hit and miss now with mesh bodies and you have to really be careful to make sure they fit right. Gabriel has a set of fingerless gloves which debuted at last month’s Uber event which again I was unable to get this look together before the next round. That is why it’s great that these brands bring their event items into the store afterwards for the shoppers that missed the event for whatever reason. The gloves come in three colors (Black, Dark Gray and Gray) and fit the Belleza and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies.

I’ve noticed lately that I have been picking up a lot of the newest releases from the [Gild] brand. I don’t really have a specific reason for it other than I think that the quality of the products are what catches my eye and the style fits the kind of things I like to wear. The “Standard Fit Pants” were a part of the Hipster Men’s Event from January and have a really good look when combined with the Native Urban coat and the A&D “Firenze” dress shoes that I am wearing. The pants come in Black, Blue, Gray, Green, Pink and Yellow which can be purchased separately as well as in a FATPACK and have sizing for Belleza, Signature (Gianni) and SLink male bodies. Personally these pants work really well for any dress up situation and even some casual wear occasions as well.


The Men’s Jail round for January is soon coming to a close but before it does I think you need to run (not walk) to the event to take a look at the “Brody” hair from Modulus. I’m not sure who Chucky Hollak patterned this one after (possibly Adrien Brody) but I’m usually pretty good with figuring out what this hair mastermind patterns his creations after.

25 colors in all (spread out into 5 different color packs) that can be purchased individually or via FATPACK for a better bargain if you tend to wear more than one color hair type. This hair is a shorter left side swept hair with closely cropped back and sides and looks its best when paired with the Jai hairbase which is also from the Modulus brand and can be found in their store!

The pose you see in the very first photo is from the “Boss” pose set from Go&See, there are 4 different pose types (and you also get in the package two different priority types for whatever your needs are. They are available right now at the Go& See store along with other pose sets, AO Animations, Eyes, and also Skins which is what the brand began with before branching out.

Time for me to wrap this up so I can get back to work on bringing the next look to you from various events across the grid perhaps mixed in with some favorites from my closet. You just never know what you’ll find here on These Conversations Kill.

Onto the next conversation…

Photos taken @ Fairmage

 


 

HAIR: Modulus – Brody Hair – BROWNS ✦ NEW @ The Men’s Jail
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
FACE: ::LV: Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
BEARD: -Nivaro- Rugged ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

COAT: -NU- Rotterdam Coat AC
GLOVES: ::GB:: Fingeless Gloves / Dark Gray
PANTS: [Gild] Standard Fit Pants (Black)
SHOES: A&D Clothing – Firenze – FatPack ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

Go&See * Boss * Bento Pose Pack

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[#456] Baby, I’m Perfect For You

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

β™«Perfectβ™« – One Direction

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

Onto the next conversation…

 


 

HAIR: Exile – Adam ✦ NEW @ Shop Your Heart Out✦ π”™π”žπ”©π”’π”«π”±π”¦π”«π”’π”° π”Šπ”¦π”£π”±
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
FACE: ::LV: Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
BEARD: -Nivaro- Rugged ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

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

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

[#393] I’ve Created My Own Prison

A lion roars in the darkness
Only he holds the key
To free me from my burdens
and grant me life eternally

My Own Prison” – Creed β™«Listenβ™«

After all the fun I had with the last entry and being goofy/nerdy, I am back doing my regular thing for this current post. I caught a new location to shoot at and found a nice little spot that fit an idea I have had for some time. Featuring items from the Hipster Men’s Event as well as the newly stocked SaNaRae, there is plenty to get you ready to run out the door and shop til you drop.

I normally do not do photos with as dark of backgrounds as this but when I was playing around I thought the shadows with the use of LUMIPro just made the mood exactly the way I wanted it. I feel the finished effect with post-processing turned out nearly as good as I had pictured in my head.

Sometimes I feel that I am a broken record when I encourage those reading to grab Demo’s but it’s definitely something that I think people should do so that they do not waste their hard earned money on something they will grow to dislike or that does not fit as they might think it should. I am going to leave you with the full credits on what was involved in these photos and hope to see you back again for my next adventure. Until then as always, stay stylish fellas!

⊰HAIR⊱ Dura – B&G79-MIX A

A remnant from the July round of The Men’s Dept, this latest release from Dura put them back on my radar for hair. Not every style they put out is right for how I feel about my look but this reminds me a little of the 90’s which is a bit part of me in the real world. This hair has several different HUDs for the various shades but also available are two MIX HUDs with combos of each of the other tones. Kind of like two mini FatPacks in a sense.

⊰HEAD⊱ CATWA – Shaheen (Bento)
⊰EYES⊱ Go&See *Night*

A previous release at Men Only Monthly, these CATWA eye appliers are really great for doing darker photography as they capture what eyes look like being in the dark or being out at night. There are 10 different eye tones to choose from in one complete HUD. These could easily be used for your role-playing needs as well.

⊰FACE⊱ ::LV:. Nathan – Pearl/02 β™― Marketplace
⊰BEARD⊱ Y-U: BRYAN “BRN” β™― NEW

There’s no surprise that I like facial hair as a part of my look. It has been something that has always been a part of my look in both worlds for as long as I can remember because it suits me better in my estimation. With a HUD for Omega enabled heads as well as tattoo layers for standard avi’s, there are 6 different tones from your typical hair colors to some nontraditional looks (Wild and Ice). If you are looking for a beard that is very kept and styled this is worth taking a look at.

⊰BODY⊱ Belleza – Jake
⊰TATTOO⊱ BODY MOD – Black Roses Tattoo @ SaNaRae β™― NEW

If not for the great sim build alone, heading to SaNaRae is a trip on your shopping list you should make time for. With great items such as this tattoo, which had me with the roses on the upper chest. BODY MOD certainly has my eye as well though I don’t really feature tattoos as often as I’d like. This could be more of a reason to in the future.

⊰PANTS⊱ [Gild] Tight Sarrouel Sweat Pants – White @ Hipster Mens Event β™― NEW

A return trip to the Hipster Men’s Event landed me these excellent jogging/sweat pants. They are just the right bit of casual and comfort but also look cool to wear out of the house. They include sizes for the preferred male bodies including the latest, Belleza “Jake”.

⊰SANDALS⊱ {kokoia} Alessio
⊰RING⊱ BJEWLA – BDay FR Ring β™― Free Gift

After seeing an ad for this item as well as being someone who likes jewelry, rings especially, I found myself taking a trip to check it out. I will warn you though that you land on the ground of where the store is so as long as you are not afraid of heights or get airsick, you’ll have to fly up to the store to retrieve your prize. For me it was extremely worth it in the longΒ  run. It’s a great bento ring and is a very good quality gift from a store that is just starting to get going on the grid.

Photo Taken @ The Good Life


Imitiation – Miguel (2)

[#348] All Hell Can’t Stop Us Now

It has to start somewhere
It has to start sometime
What better place than here?
What better time than now?

Guerilla Radio” –Β  Rage Against The MachineΒ  β™«Listenβ™«

It’s now on to entry #3 in These Conversations Kill’s coverage of Skin Fair. This time not only is there a skin but also some ink for those of you who love using your skin as an art canvas.

I’ll start though with the very top of the body and work my way down, seems like the best way to break things down.

At The Crossroads event there is a new release by hair creator “tram”. You can purchase the G0220 style with three different HUD packs to choose from. I thought this style went best with the look I was going for as it seems to fit the different asian trends I’ve noticed lately. A longer pulled back style with some curls left in the front and a small little tail in the back. I really like it along with the textures and I have a feeling that it may have some use in future works.

This is also the third release from MESANGE from their exclusives for the We ❀ RP event. The “Tikal Eyes” have 15 different options for you and for those of you with Omega enabled eyes a HUD to change them as well as the standard mesh versions. Each eye has different iris/pupil sizes for you to stylize yourself.

Modulus’ “Jae-Sun” skin is the second I’ve featured of the three exclusives from Skin Fair. I chose to stick with the included shape and hairbase for this one because it was the best fit for what I was going for. I also chose to use the full eyebrow/beard combination as well for a little more rugged looking assassin. Gives a bit more of an “edge” if you get my drift.

The trend for tattoos on the grid these days seems to lean towards using different images and kind of mashing them up to create a theme. Personally I’m not sure that I understand it but it does tend to make for some cool looking ink and that’s what I feel Dappa has done here. “The Alchemist” grabbed my attention the moment I saw the advertisement. From the image of the knight on the left pectoral to the King Arthur type theme, it was just something I had to have. Provided in the package are the standard tattoo layers and then HUDS for various body types with fresh and faded opacity levels. It’s a must have tattoo and a high favorite of mine in all of the ones I’ve seen offered lately.

Today is the final day of the February/March round of the Signature Event. I’m happy that I got this in even if it is at the 11th hour of sorts but I had to feature the Gabriel bento enabled gloves. There are two versions for sale but I went with the regular version. As much as the version with the ring on the finger called to me, I thought this was best for the idea I was running with.

I have at least one more item to show you before the current round of Men Only Monthly ends on the 15th to restock for the March/April round that begins on the 20th. [Gild] who was once a part of Gabriel has struck out on their own and is off to a good start with some of the items I’ve seen from their brand so far. I’m wearing the “Soft leather easy pants” in the checkered version. I thought that I would do something different since it’s way too easy to just wear a pair of black leather pants and with this being offered it was a refreshing change of pace. Sizes included in the package are for Gianni, SLink Physique, and TMP body style. Sadly there are no standard or fitmesh sizes for this product.

For the backdrop and pose, I’d like to give honorable mention to both MINIMAL and Q-Poses. They helped make this head easier in creating. I picked up the “Illusion Background” from Uber and “The Warrior” pose set was originally available at Cosmopolitan but you can currently pick it up at their main location or at the current round of 2nd Level.

Time for me to get to the next adventure but I hope you like what you’ve seen and head out to these locations for these great items or for items that peak your interests. Until the next time, stay stylish fellas!


⊰HAIR⊱ tram G0220 hair / HUD-A β™― β˜†NEWβ˜† @ The Crossroads
⊰HEAD⊱ CATWA – Daniel (Bento)
⊰EYES⊱ MESANGE – Tikal β™― β˜†NEWβ˜† @ We ❀ RP
⊰FACE⊱ Modulus – Jae-Sun Skin β™― β˜†NEWβ˜† @ Skin Fair 2017
⊰BODY⊱ [SIGNATURE] Gianni – Body – v3.1
⊰TATTOO⊱ DAPPA – The Alchemist Tattoo. β™― β˜†NEWβ˜† @ Skin Fair 2017

⊰PANTS⊱ [Gild] Soft Leather Easy Pants – Checker β™― β˜†NEWβ˜† @ M.O.M (Feb/Mar)
⊰SHOES⊱ [AK] – Summer Spike – Black

⊰GLOVES⊱ ::GB:: BENT Leather Cuff Glove β™― β˜†NEWβ˜† @ Signature Event (Feb/Mar)

⊰BACKDROP⊱ MINIMAL – Illusion Backgrounds (4) β™― β˜†NEWβ˜† @ Uber


{QP} – The Warrior (Includes Katana Prop)

[#344] I’ll Follow You Down

… down to where forever lies
Without a doubt I’m on your side
There’s no where else that I would rather be
I’m not about to compromise
Give you up to say goodbye
I’ll guide you through the deep
To keep you close to me

I’ll Follow You” –Β  ShinedownΒ  β™«Listenβ™«

After a small little hiatus, I’m back with another look for you with new items from The Crossroads and The Chapter Four. I’ve also got a bento pose from Image Essentials that I enlisted the help of my friendly assistant, Bianca to help me with. She is wearing a new item from Creators Collection Box. Let’s get into the details everyone!

Go&See is back with a new skin available at the recently opened March round of The Crossroads. That’s right, the “Markus” skin is now available in both Pale and Tan tones. The package includes appliers for just about every body type so you shouldn’t have any issues pairing it up with your body setup. Also there’s a shape included that helps make the facial features look their best but you could also modify it yourself if you want to tweak it even further to your specifications.

With March just getting underway, The Chapter Four is also back for two weeks of retail spanning from clothing, gacha machines and more. MESANGE has released their “Cassandra Eyes” which feature 15 different tones and it comes with regular mesh eyes and also a HUD for Omega applier enabled eyes for those who have them. After much thought, the owner and creator, Jadis Ashland, has chosen to stop making appliers for Genesis Lab eyes as there is a major difference between the original mesh head eyes and the ones that are found in the bento version heads.

As I previously stated my assisant, Bianca, is wearing a cool baseball jersey/jeans combination from *KOPI* that is available presently at the Creators Collection Box event until March 18th. It comes in standard sizes but easily works with many of the mesh bodies with alphas enabled.

There are plenty more exciting things coming up around the horizon with The Men’s Department just opening and Skin Fair 2017 just about to begin not to mention some things from the already opened rounds of the Signature Event and also Men Only Monthly so stay tuned for those. I look forward to presenting great looks for you all.

Until the next time, stay stylish fellas!


BRENNAN
⊰HAIR⊱ [BURLEY] Troy – Sampler
⊰HEAD⊱ CATWA – Daniel (Bento)
⊰EYES⊱ MESANGE – Cassandra Eyes β™― β˜†NEWβ˜† @ The Chapter Four
⊰FACE⊱ Go&See * Markus * Pale β™― β˜†NEWβ˜† @ The Crossroads
⊰HANDS⊱ -VA- BENTO PROHANDS SIGNATURE GIANNI V2.1BETA
⊰BODY⊱ [SIGNATURE] Gianni – Body – v3.1

⊰SHIRT⊱ [Phunk] Mens Baseball Shirt β™― Marketplace
⊰JEANS⊱ [Gild] Cropped Pants β™― SwagBag (Feb/Final)
⊰SHOES⊱ [VALE KOER] THE VASIFORMS


BIANCA
⊰HAIR⊱ Lamb. Loomer – Pastel Pack✝
⊰HEAD⊱ LeLutka – Chloe
⊰EYES⊱ Clemmm – Human Eyes (Green)
⊰FACE⊱ Lara Hurley – Cindy (Milky)
⊰HANDS⊱ -VA- BENTO PROHANDS FEM-V.2BETA
⊰BODY⊱ Maitreya – Lara v3.5

⊰OUTFIT⊱ *KOPI*Β  Baseball Shirts – Red β™― β˜†NEWβ˜† @ Creators Collection Box
⊰SHOES⊱ Maitreya Low Sneakers – 017

✝ Gacha Prize

Photo taken @ Nouvelle’s Adventures


IE – Valentine Heart