[#631] The Rains of Castamere

 

And so he spoke, and so he spoke
That lord of Castamere
But now the rains weep o’er his hall
With no one there to hear
Yes, now the rains weep o’er his hall
And not a soul to hear

Ramin Dijwadi feat. The National, ♫The Rains of Castamere♫

 

Tomorrow marks the end of an era as HBO will air it’s finale Episode of “Game of Thrones”. Many of my friends and colleagues were huge fans of the show and tried for a long time for me to watch it but at the time I was engrossed in something else. It wasn’t til very recently that I broke down at the behest of my Brenna and also Lucky that I told them I would make sure to catch up so that I could watch the final episode the night it aired. I’m very close to achieving that goal and have been consumed by it; watching it feverishly. Now knowing what everyone else knows that are fans of this show…that it is epic.

Everyone has a favorite character whether it be Dany or Jon (who are probably the main two that people are fans of) but the one person that’s stood out to me with great writing and even better acting by Peter Dinklage, is Tyrion Lannister. The character comes from a house full of really bad people and while he’s not necessarily clean himself, he’s proven to me at least that he has the most heart and he thinks very hard before he acts. The world he comes from looks down on him for being a dwarf and with everything set against him has come along way from where he started.

I’m not sure how the story will end which is the fun and scary part about any show so I will be waiting along with everyone else to see exactly how it all plays out.

I was certainly worried about how well poses would work after shaping myself like a dwarf but luckily with the cool “DYLN” pose set by DAE, which is available right now at Pose Fair, it all worked out very nicely. DAE is a store that can be filed under the stores that I’m not as familiar with but I have heard of them before, I just have never really utilized them until now. With covering all the different stores for my coverage of the Fair, I usually try to choose several that are not sponsors or stores I see in every day conversations.

The actual pose from the set that I chose looked and felt to me like something Tyrion himself might do on the show and wouldn’t essentially be breaking character as essentially when we do scenes that are homages to something we try to keep it as true to the source as possible. When the idea came to me I was pretty excited.

DAE – DYLN Pose Set

  • Bento static poses
  • 6 poses to choose from
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair until 05/25/19

Image Essentials provided the backdrop that makes up 3/4 of the scene outside of the torches from Aisling and myself. While it is harder to show features of something like a prop, I can give you the pertinent info that is necessary. It’s an original mesh item that can be resized by a menu that comes up when clicked in case you want to make it monstrous.

That brings me to what I’m wearing and it’s definitely a mix of things and much like the last post I did (even though it was female items) it’s comprised of mostly gacha items and one new event item which happened to coincide nicely as far as timing went to do this post. Many creators lately have been doing items that were inspired by the show and even the Enchantment event is fully dedicated with their current round currently titled “The Iron Throne”.

Hotdog has made the tunic I am wearing that is a part of Enchantment; it’s called the “Casterly Rock Tunic” and it’s very nice. There are two versions to it (I bought the leather version as it suited me better than the noble version). It comes with a HUD that allows you to change the outer part of the tunic as well as the inside part as well. It’s not fitted for a specific body so with the right alpha cuts it should work with the main bodies currently out there (save for maybe Aesthetic but for those of you guys with that at least check the demo!)

The pants and boots come from the “Fire and Ice” gacha set by RIOT which was a part of The Epiphany April round. It is likely now in their main store and has sizes for both Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni). The entire set for the males is truly super cool and for fans of the show it’s very accurate with touches that any enthusiast will notice.

There have been a lot of photos I’ve seen that have been GoT themed and many of them are awesome, I hope that those of you who do see this post will think that I captured the essence of it. One thing I know is that it was a lot of fun putting together and will likely do more themed from the show even after it ends as I have a lot of making up for that as well.

Just because the show is ending doesn’t mean a fans love for it will.

 

“I drink and I know things”
Tyrion Lannister

 

POSE: DAE – DYLN @ Pose FairNEW

BACKDROP: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Dark Gateway
TORCHES: Aisling – Torch

HAIR: elua – Mose
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01)
BEARD: LeLutka – Hip Hip Hooray Beard

TUNIC: HotDog – Casterly Rock Tunic @ EnchantmentNEW
PANTS: RIOT – Fire & Ice Set / Burlap Pants – Cocoa ✦ Gacha Prize
BOOTS: RIOT – Fire & Ice Set / Leather Boots – Cocoa ✦ Gacha Prize

 

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[#615] We’ll Carry On!

 

Do or die, you’ll never make me
Because the world will never take my heart
Go and try, you’ll never break me
We want it all, we wanna play this part
I won’t explain or say I’m sorry
I’m unashamed, I’m gonna show my scar
Give a cheer for all the broken
Listen here, because it’s who we are
I’m just a man, I’m not a hero
Just a boy, who had to sing this song
I’m just a man, I’m not a hero
I
Don’t
Care!

My Chemical Romance, ♫Welcome To The Black Parade♫

 

It’s the end of March and coincidentally it is also the anniversary of when I posted “When The Saints Come Marching In” on “The Saints Of Fashion{ation}” blog 5 years ago. After 100 posts I felt that my creativity and identity began to mold and change into something else and in turn spawned the site that you are viewing now. It was a branding change I thought would best be done early because once I really took off (though I still feel that I haven’t) that it would be harder to do.

Befitting as it is, to choose a song that has so many different meanings to me…it could easily be said that like My Chemical Romance, this site could be considered emo. It’s not a term I’m in love with as it almost feels derogatory in context to describe music and musicians that express what they feel in a much deeper manner. As a blogger sometimes my scenes can be deeply personal or come from a source close to me (of which I’d never disclose). “The Black Parade” album definitely had an impact on not only me as a young adult but many in their mid to late teens.

It’s relatable in an unconventional way.

For longer than I can remember I’ve wanted to do a scene inspired by “Welcome To The Black Parade” as it’s a song I feel evokes a lot of emotion. The thing that was holding me back was that the style of clothing I wanted to make this work had not been available. My vision was to make this as accurate as possible but deep down I knew that I wouldn’t find clothing that was accurate to the band’s. The closest thing at the time was the dress by CUREMORE and this almost became a blog entry that was done as a female feature but ultimately I wanted to be myself in it as well in the worst way.

Then surprisingly the other day I was browsing Flickr and saw the “Military Tailcoat” by HotDog, which had not been released at the time but was coming to latest round of NEO Japan. The event opened yesterday and I didn’t walk, I ran to the event (metaphorically speaking) and it was the first thing I bought. The event has a lot of great items but this was the one thing I truly needed to finally put my look together and be able to create a visual for it.

My brother Lucky had a set on his land that he put together for anyone to use, so I jumped at the opportunity. I’m going to say that at first when I started taking pictures I was not happy with the results I was getting and sadly almost gave up on the idea. I’m not a big fan of doing re-shoots but I was determined not to let this go so to make this work I added the hearse and changed up the poses from what I had originally; I also tweaked the lighting and some settings in Black Dragon to get where I wanted to be.

Also you’ll notice there are two people in this blog but there actually aren’t, both of them are me and to preserve the magic of the photo I’m not going to divulge the way in which I was able to get this to work. Working this how I did really made the photo special and possibly one of my favorites of my most recent work. There are other things that I probably could have done with it but I’m satisfied with these results so I am not going to give any further thought to it.

If you like the look of HotDog’s “Military Tailcoat” I would definitely implore you to visit NEO Japan and see all the outstanding stores and products available. You certainly will not regret it and I can also tell you that you’ll see more from the event on this blog before the end of the event.

HotDog – Military Tailcoat

  • Original mesh
  • 6 color changeable parts via HUD
  • Fits most major mesh bodies (Female version included)
  • Exclusive to NEO Japan until 04/21/19

Closing out this entry, I’m still very much in disbelief that 5 years has gone by and I am still doing this crazy thing. Blogging is a great outlet and a fantastic release to help deal with emotional things at times to also challenge myself creatively to see what I can do with the various parts and pieces provided to me by the Second Life grid and community. Like everything it’s had it’s ups and downs and has also chronicled different times in my life and looking at it now I know that all of it continues to shape who I am as a person.

If there is anyone out there who has been a reader since the beginning that I’ve not spoken to, you have my sincere gratitude. Over time I’ve said this and it’s worth repeating again that while I am the founder and author of this blog, when I hear from friends or family and even the random message or like on social media it validates what I do here. This blog also serves the owners of the stores I blog for or the events that I am a part of as well as those I just love to show my appreciation for.

On that note, it’s time for me to get this posted up and begin working on the next photo so I can start getting back into a routine. I’ve been a little lax as of late since the Skin Fair but that’s going to change (I hope). Anyhow hope everyone’s had a great weekend and until I’m back with some fun new (and not so new sometimes) items I’ll catch you on the flipside!

 

On and on we carry through the fears
Disappointed faces of your peers
Take a look at me cause I could not care at all

 

POSE: Everglow – Majorette #1

HEARSE: Kalopsia – Hearse

My Look #1

HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Stray Dog – Mario

HAT: BALACLAVA – Shako Hat ✦ Retired Item
COAT: Hotdog – Military Tailcoat @ NEO JapanNEW
PANTS: Hotdog – Baxter Suit Trousers

My Look #2

HAIR: Elua – Stella (Blacks Pack)
HEAD: LeLutka – KORINA v3.3
SKIN: MILA – Aida Skin (LeLutka) (Sugar)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

HAT/DRESS: CUREMORE – Black Parade Dress (Noir)
KNEE SOCKS: Luxuria – Spring Summer 19 Semi Sheer Knee Socks
BOOTS: Vale Koer – Rainy Day Boots

 

[#551] Somebody To Love

I get down (down) on my knees (knees)
And I start to pray (praise the Lord)
‘Til the tears run down from my eyes
Lord, somebody, somebody (please)
Can anybody find me somebody to love?

Queen, ♫Somebody To Love

Normally I do not rush to get posts done because I’m pretty good about things but life has been a bit hectic for me lately so I’m hustling to get this out with today being the last active day for the November round of The Men Jail. This was a pretty good round and I found myself having trouble picking things to blog and putting together ideas but I was inspired by a pose and prop set called “Rhapsody” by Urban Mind inspired by the legendary frontman of Queen, Freddy Mercury.

It was only fitting that I chose a song by Queen as the soundtrack to the post as being the fan of music as I am, this band has in many ways inspired a lot of the other musicians that I listen to as well today. They made some of the songs that will live on forever in our hearts and minds and with a unique a voice as anyone, Freddy is in a special class of vocalist which very few are a part of.

The pose set comes with two hand held microphones for some of the poses and a mic with a stand for the rest of the poses. It was really a great thought to use the “Classic Stage” by Spot On to show myself belting out one of Queen’s most awesome songs. I probably did an encore more than likely after I finished because their catalogue is so vast it would be terrible not to.

Urban Mind Rhapsody Pose & Prop Set features:

  • Bento enabled poses (Bento viewer needed to use properly)
  • 3 mesh microphones (two hand-held and one with stand)
  • 6 different poses inspired by Freddy Mercury
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until November 28th (Hurry!)

I intended for this post to be a short one and besides the microphone I wanted to make sure I blogged the “Slender Suspenders Outfit” by HotDog. To me it is a unique type of outfit that you don’t really see all that often and has a vintage type feel to it which I thought paired up well with vintage rock. The outfit is kind of like a mini fatpack because you can use the 3 included HUDs to change the suspenders, shirt, and also the pants which I bought in the “Tartan” design as I love that kind of pattern.

With this outfit it was hard to choose what color combinations I wanted so I took several shots with different colors and thought what I chose worked best with the background and lighting. HotDog definitely gets props for coming up with a cool outfit concept as well as giving several different style types (there are two others besides the Tartan one) all with HUDs giving the ability to change the look a bunch of different ways.

HotDog Slender Suspenders Outfit (Tartan) features:

  • Original mesh
  • Includes Suspenders, Shirt and Pants
  • 3 HUDs included for each piece to change colors
  • Fits Belleza, Signature, and SLink Physique male bodies

November is only a few days away from being done for 2018 and December will come in with all new products from great events that I visit, am a part of, or my brand partners are involved in. I can’t wait to pair up things new and recent as I’ve been trying to do the last month or two and it seems like it has worked out for me.

After doing this post I certainly want to go see the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” but probably will not get a chance to until it makes its way onto blu-ray but that is okay as well because then I can just enjoy it at home at my own leisure with a bowl of popcorn and a beverage of my choosing. Sometimes that is the best way to go with the price of going to the movies being more and more all the time.

That’s all I have for this posting but check back again for more exciting fashion and accessories from the grid; it’s been a pleasure but I’m off in search of the next conversation.


HAIR: Deadwool – Slicked Back Hair ✦ Previously Blogged
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Session Skins – Ian Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

OUTFIT: HotDog – Slender Suspenders Outfit (Tartan) @ TMDNEW

STAGE: Spot On – Classic Stage @ BoardwalkNEW

POSE: Urban Mind – Somebody2luv @ The Men JailNEW

[#525] Enter Sandman

Exit light
Enter night
Take my hand
We’re off to Never—, Neverland

Metallica, ♫Enter Sandman

September is about to give way to October and I thought that I would get a head start on my October festivities and take some items that I’ve gathered up; as I was putting my idea together I realized that I really didn’t have a song to use as a soundtrack to back it up. It wasn’t difficult as I came up with it quite quickly and went to an old classic that I knew I had never used before on the blog (as I have a longstanding unspoken rule not to repeat a song I’ve used even if I’ve become better as an artist since I first used it).

Enter Sandman is an essential song in the Metallica catalogue and the self titled album (or also known as The Black Album) came out at a time when I was really starting to get really involved in enjoying music and realizing how it connects us to all the parts of our life in different phases: good, bad or ugly). The backdrop I am using from Saintstreet is called “Dreams” so I thought I would play upon that with a more of a nightmarish feel. The look I put together is something I’d consider not to want to come across in any type of situation.

The Men Jail’s September round is just about to end in a few days so I wanted to get at least one more item in before they lock up to restock for October. For this post I have the “Frank HB + Harness” by i.mesh and I’m not into the bondage scene but felt adding this to my look would be freaky, would you agree? So the harness also comes with a shaved hairbase that stands out with what appears to be scarring.

I feel like this could be used several different ways (not only just for people that are into fetishes) and this is what I can tell you about the product to help you find out if it is right for you.

i.mesh Frank HB and Harness features:

  • 2 different harness versions included
  • HUD included to change leather strap and metal options of harness
  • Hairbase HUDS for Akeruka, CATWA and Omega
  • Exclusively available until Septmber 28th @ The Men Jail

When it comes to gacha events most people know the usual. There’s the crown jewel in the Arcade which has been going strong for 6 years and then there is The Epiphany which has been around for a couple as well and most recently I’ve become slightly acquainted with Lootbox. I’m still learning about the event so the next time I blog something from the event I’ll have more info about it.

ANTINATURAL has a set at the event called “Mad Malice” which is loosely based upon Alice In Wonderland with a very amped up gore factor. The “Unlost Arms” that I am featuring from the “NIGHTMARE” RARE pack are very creepy claw handed decaying arms. I thought the arms were perfect for the idea that I was building and managed to get a hold of this this via resale. It’s not only great that you get these creepy arms but it also comes with a prop and a skybox which makes it a super value if you can get it for pull price.

There is also a DAYDREAM RARE which you can take both of the skybox items and use them to create a “through the looking glass” type effect which I have not seen pictures of yet but I bet it is very cool. Products like this are what make being able to have the Halloween spirit all year round possible and that will get a thumbs up from me every time.

ANTINATURAL NIGHTMARE LOOTBOX features:

  • Part of Mad Malice gatcha machine
  • 3 items included: Liddell’s Nightmare (Skybox), Misfortune Teller (Bloody) and Unlost Arms
  • Unlost Arms come with color changing HUD (fitted for Signature Gianni only)
  • Exclusively @ Lootbox until October 19th

On October 1st the fun begins when the Pose Fair returns for it’s final round of the year and I’m getting a head start with a pose set from HotDog. This store has been on my radar for a bit as I’ve been to their store location (which they share with another unique store, Clemm). I hadn’t quite picked up any poses from the store because I didn’t have any ideas for them yet but I know when I do I’ll be back to stock up. Not only do they make poses but they also make other interesting items such as gothic attire and insane looking mesh heads.

The “Conceited” set fit perfectly with the overall theme of this blog and it also helped me get a head start on Pose Fair which I can tell you is going to be great. There is an even bigger variety of pose creators at this round as the event organizers have increased the size of the land for the event. I assure you that there are going to be a lot of goodies for the lover of poses and those photographers out there. When this event opens on the 1st you are going to want to get in on the action.

HotDog Conceited Pose Pack:

  • Bento enabled poses (bento viewer required to use properly)
  • 10 different poses to choose from
  • Exclusively @ Pose Fair starting October 1st

It took me a lot longer to write this than I anticipated but I wanted to make sure the information was as accurate as possible and it just so happens that the Baseball season is getting close to it’s regular season conclusion and the pennant races are very interesting and have me enthralled so I’ve also been keeping my head in that as well.

I have another post in the works that could possible see light of day tomorrow depending on if things come together the way I’d like them to. Looking for a location at the moment and I think I’m going to revisit New Amsterdam (providing that it is still active and I hope it is). There’s more Pose Fair goodies as the event is about to begin next week Monday (that’s good timing I’d say!)

For those of you who are still getting that last little bit of summer lingering, I’m right there with you trying to get as much of it as possible. Until our paths may cross again, onto the next conversation…


HEAD: CATWA – Victor v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Not Found – James T1 ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

HARNESS: i.mesh – Frank HB + Harness @ The Men JailNEW
CLAWS: ANTINATURAL – Unlost Arm (Gacha) @ LOOTBOXNEW
PANTS: Gild – Mod Slim Pants (Black) ✦ Previously Blogged

SKYBOX: Saintstreet – Dream Backdrop @ Dubai EventNEW

POSE: Hotdog – Conceited Poses @ Pose Fair (Oct 1st) ✦ NEW