[#575] I’m On Top Of The World

I’ve been waiting to smile,
Been holding it in for a while,
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child

Imagine Dragons, ♫On Top Of The World

Wow…that’s the word that would best describe the first two weeks of this year so far. I could try to explain it in greater detail but I feel like I would likely get close to novella type proportions by describing everything that’s gone on. The fact is that I have been really getting back something I thought might have been lost somewhere along the way last year; it just needed a jump start.

Part of this resurgence is my constant work with items from Pose Fair. Many of the items have given me a lot of ideas and I have some for things I haven’t blogged yet but hope to get to now that I fulfilled the main things that have been asked of me. Killing it would be the best way to say in regards to the fair and I feel like a kid in a candy store. I love having brands with clothing as partners but I think in ways I really get inspired most by poses so it makes sense that I am inspired so much by this event.

The other part is the support and encouragement I’ve received from Brenna, Lucky and several others that are a part of my little tribe. I know the people with which I can count on and I know that if I ask for their advice that I would get a straight answer without any bs responses that would cater to what I wanted to hear and that’s something anyone would want out of their people.

I also earned a new brand partner which as soon as there is a new item to blog I will talk about it more and truthfully I am still pinching myself believing that it actually happened but it shows me that hard work pays off even when you least expect it to which is why I chose “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons as my soundtrack for this blog entry. It is my current state of mind and also there is a line in it about paying dues and as a blogger I know I pay them all the time without ever really wanting anything in return.

The hairstyle I have on is the latest release at TMD by Modulus, which is of course a favorite brand (not just saying it because I blog for them but I do consider the teams I am apart of favorites as well as being passionate about them). “Miles” is a short style that has a few little strands of hair that run along the eyebrow region.

Out of the latest release that Modulus has made I figured this worked best as my pixels are parked on top of the fictional version of the CN Tower, aka Bad Unicorns “Tower 6”. To be completely honest though the real me would never be that brave to try and find a way to just chill on top of a huge place like that without a parachute mainly because I’m deathly afraid of heights; it’s a good thing nothing happens if you accidentally fall off something tall in Second Life.

Landing is not impactful nor will it cause permanent damage to you.

Modulus – Miles Hair

  • 100% original “nex-gen” alpha mesh
  • 5 color HUD packs + integrated tinting on the HUD
  • 40 color FATPACK is also available
  • Left or right mirrored versions
  • Exclusively @ TMD until 01/30/19

For The Men Jail I have two items in my style to share and I will start with the “Isis Eyes” by Madame Noir. I have to say that this are definitely more for fantasy looks but I like them so much I really didn’t care (as I don’t really do those kinds of photos although I should). Each color has a metallic feel to it which works great with many lighting sources to pull out their intensity.

The jacket I have on is from Kaju, I wore a sweater from this store in the blog that featured me doing insane sledding. This item is called the “Eric Jacket” and is an open styled jacket with a shirt that has 6 different colors for each part in the FATPACK version. Kaju in the last few rounds of TMJ have put out some great items that I have been excited about showing off and I hope this trend continues. I hope that readers of this blog check this store out and give them some love and support because I definitely feel they deserve it.

Madame Noir – Isis Eyes

  • Mesh eyeballs with HUD included in pack
  • Applier HUDs for both CATWA and LeLutka
  • 13 different iris styles to choose from
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until 01/28/19

Kaju – Eric Jacket

  • Original Mesh
  • Single styles for sale
  • FATPACK includes HUD with 6 color choices (for Jacket and Shirt)
  • Fitted for Signature Gianni Only
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until 01/28/19

Sometimes with events I get introduced to stores that I may have never heard of before or know very little about. To me that is akin to listening to the radio or going on YouTube to watch videos and finding new music to listen to that I am likely to become a fan of. So for this round of Pose Fair I have been introduced to a store called POSIES, which I have the honor of blogging their “Men Mood Sits” pose pack.

Sitting poses are tricky sometimes because I always feel like if I use them with a piece of furniture that already has poses, it is somewhat like false advertising because if someone chooses to go look for the furniture in the photo and tests out the poses while not finding the pose that I used it can be very disappointing I imagine. Being that there is not any poses in the tower, I am able to use this set without feeling guilty or leading someone astray.

One of the best things I like about this set is that it offers mirror poses (some sides photograph better just like in real life) and also has versions for short and tall avatars. That truly is an amazing thing that I think could be considered by pose creators in the future as not everyone is the same height on the grid (there are short avatars; some that are mid sized like myself and then there are some that could give the Jolly Green Giant a run for his money).

POSIES – Men Mood Sit Pose Pack

  • Bento enabled poses (bento viewer required)
  • 10 poses in all
  • Short, Tall and Mirror variations included
  • Exclusively @ Pose Fair until 01/31/19

I hope the positivity of this pose carries on to anyone reading this because good things can happen when you least expect them too. This is definitely something that I hope I don’t come down from and that all of the inspiration, support and encouragement that I receive from those closest to me and also the blogger community when it applies can be given back in any way I possibly can.

Perhaps on social media finding another blogger’s posting and sharing it with a kind word sometime during this week is a challenge I issue to myself and to those visiting and reading this post. Appreciation can go a long way and how fair it goes is up to everyone. On that note, I am finishing this one up and going to figure out what’s next.

Keep the conversations going and have some fun browsing and shopping all the latest events! Until next time…

B


POSE: POSIES – Men Mood Sit Pose Pack @ Pose FairNEW

TOWER: Bad Unicorn – Tower 6

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Miles @ TMDNEW
EYES: Madame Noir – Isis Eyes @ The Men JailNEW

JACKET: Kaju – Eric Jacket @ The Men JailNEW
JEANS: CHEERNO – JEANS Brush Wash
SHOES: FLi. – Fliverse Low (Black)

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[#565] Dreams

I want more impossible to ignore,
Impossible to ignore.
And they’ll come true, impossible not to do,
Impossible not to do.

The Cranberries., ♫Dreams♫

2019 is here!

I haven’t been this excited for the turning of the year than I have in a long time but that is because there are so many good things orbiting around my world. When I’ve made statements such as this before I’ve often felt that I’ve jinxed myself because things take a turn in the opposite direction but not anymore because it’s not meant to this time and this year will be a thriving one for my family and for the pages of this blog.

One of the things that I started to do in the later parts of 2018 is focus on one or two products within my photos (sometimes three if required); doing so has allowed for me to ramble less or be able to make the writing I’m doing more meaningful. When I drag on my focus wanes and then when I read back I’m disappointed regardless of someone telling me they enjoyed it.

So moving forward I fully intend to work on making this a better place for the male (and female) residents of Second Life to find quality items that will further enrich their experience in the day to day as well as in their creative photography.

For those who have stuck by me since the very beginning when this space was known as “The Saints of Fashion{ation}, it is greatly appreciated and it is with that purpose in mind to keep you informed as well as bring others new to this page something different that is not seen in other places.

Let’s get this kicked off shall we?

There are still a few days left of the Anti-Event and I wanted to share this fun little item from KAJU that is just one of the prizes you can win from the “JevJev” gacha. I’m not entirely sure what that means but I can say is that it is a pillow in the pattern of a duck which has several different colors and forms depending on the prize.

“Jeev Jeev Pillow – Yellow FAT PACK” is the prize that I am using for this blog and it is a pillow that comes in two versions one that you can have on your arm (as you can see) and one that can be placed on the floor to catch some z’s. I chose to take a nap standing up with the pillow wrapped around my arm but keep in mind that AO’s interfere with the use of this item so make sure to turn them off when wearing it.

This particular gacha has three tiers of prizes which start with the commons that consist of the Jeev Jeev pillows (Floor and On Arm versions) in Black, White, and Yellow separately. The next tier up is the RARE three color FAT PACKS with both pillows inside and the last tier is the ULTRA RARE PACK which contains all of the pillows in each color along with a version called “Pillow Fighter” that you can swat people around with.

Doesn’t that sound like fun?

I imagine I would annoy the crap out of everyone by whacking them with a duck like pillow so maybe that’s not the best thing for me to have and also a good thing that it wasn’t a part of the blogger pack for the event, however, I think for anyone that plays the machine and wins it will have a ton of fun and that’s what helps make SL a better place. Have fun, don’t stress, and just keep the company of those who better your life.

Considering that the pillow is the only new item that is a part of my look it’s made this blog a lot easier to write and get me to the point where I can consider it finished and a done deal. Now to just leave the credits so everyone knows where to go to find all the items you can find on my person. I also want to say how much I really love the BATTLESCARS recent windlights which range from the decor ones (which are very helpful), to the premium ones that are well worth the price of purchase that include the STARS and ILLINOIS sets.

One last thing I want to say before I sign off on this post is that I chose The Cranberries song “Dreams” for a few reasons. One of which is because I never truly did a tribute to Delores O’Riordan when she passed away last year. Their music was a part of the era that I’ve said many times helped me navigate through my teenage years and while at the time I likely didn’t appreciate it as much, as I have gotten older the fonder I get for a lot of the artists from back then. Her voice was unique and soothing when it needed be and raw at other times in songs such as “Zombie”.

Many of the artists I hold dear from that time have moved on in one form or another but the imprint they’ve left upon those of us who were there and to those who are now discovering them now that can empathize with what the message is. Voices like Dolores’ and Chris Cornell’s are likely not to be discovered for a long time and maybe not even my lifetime.

Also this song speaks to me on an emotional level because I feel what’s being sung, I have found something magical in my life and I sound like a scratched record but its really true. I have someone at my side that motivates and picks me up when I’m running low and she’s my dream that I am forever grateful for being able to have this opportunity.

Ok so enough of that sentimental stuff now because I’ve reached the end of the road on this blog but there’s plenty more in store with this being the start of what I hope is a creative year. If anyone has a suggestion for a song for me to try and put my creative styling to just hit the about section on this site and send me something (or by visiting any one of my social media spaces).

Until our paths once again cross,

B


PILLOW: KAJU – Jev Jev Gacha (JeevJeev On Arm) RARE @ Anti-EventNEW

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Owen Hair @ Man Cave ✦ NEW
BEARD: Hermony – Mario Facial Hair

SHIRT: L&B Swear – October 18 Group Gift

[#554] White Winter Hymnal

To keep their little heads from falling in the snow, and I turned ’round and there you go
And, Michael, you would fall and turn the white snow red as strawberries in the summertime

Fleet Foxes, ♫White Winter Hymnal

When on a roll the best thing to do is not to question things and just keep it going and so I am posting my second straight seasonal winter photo but this time I am not alone. I brought my wife along for the ride to watch me do crazy dumb stuff and hopefully not kill myself (which includes sledding off of a hill). We visited the wonderful location of Mesmeric Cove which is a seasonal sim run by two of our good friends, Yoshi and Duckie. I was already in the winter mindset and also had some fun things from The Men Jail that I thought I would feature so let me get started on that.

Kaju will be releasing the “Magnus Sweater” this weekend as part of the event and for anyone that is a fan of bulky, warm, sweaters this is the perfect thing. It has that cozy feel to it and is definitely something that would keep the body warm on a cold day (providing you have another shirt on underneath because trusting cold weather is not a smart choice).

There are plenty of options to choose from included in the FATPACK and this is sure to brighten the day of anyone who might happen to be an ugly sweater enthusiast as there are some really fun designs that can be purchased together or separate.

Kaju Magnus Sweater FATPACK features:

  • Original mesh
  • HUD with 10 changeable sweater designs
  • Fitted sizes for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt, Gianni) and TMP male bodies
  • Coming to The Men Jail event on December 8th

Playing outside is usually a past time for kids but I can’t help myself with the “Sleddin Around” prop and pose set by Urban Mind Poses. This is the same store that made the Rhapsody Poses that I blogged from last months TMJ event and really liked and this set isn’t any different. It’s a lot of fun with a great set of poses and mesh sled that allows for fun winter photos like what I did in this blog post.

I’m fairly certain that after hopping that cliff my wife thinks I’m surely done for but most of the time I tend to land the right way which will allow me to have fun and blog another day haha!

Urban Mind Poses Sleddin Around Prop and Pose features:

  • Mesh sled prop
  • Sled prop contains 6 poses that can be adjusted via script
  • Poses included individually in pack as well
  • Coming to The Men Jail event December 8th

The last part of my haul for The Men Jail as it relates to this post are the “Drama Set” eyes by GLOOM. This is my first experience with the brand and while it is sometimes difficult to blog things such as eyes I hope that the closeup I captured helps you see that these eyes are pretty cool. One of the toughest things about eyes is making the choice of what color iris to wear and since this is a winter photo I ended up going with grey, it just seemed fitting to me.

These eyes are really detailed and they have to be seen for themselves honestly as I’m not even sure that I’m capable of capturing them but I certainly tried my best and I can say that with assurance.

GLOOM Drama Set Eyes features:

  • HUD includes 13 different iris colors
  • Applier HUDs available for CATWA, Genus Project, and LeLutka heads
  • Coming to The Men Jail event December 8th

That is just a little taste of what is in store for those who come to visit The Men Jail event which starts tomorrow. There are plenty more goodies from it that I’m excited to show over the course of the event in upcoming blog posts. I hope it motivates readers to take a look at what is available because I truly think there’s something for everyone at this event.

I’ve spent a bit too much time now with the this entry and the last outside so once again I’m going to get a warm beverage and spend time by the fire with my favorite person and start planning on what to do next as I search for the next conversation. Hope everyone has a great start to their weekend!


LOCATION: Mesmeric Cove

POSE & PROP: Urban Mind Poses – Sleddin Around @ The Men JailNEW
POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Polished ✦ Previously Blogged

What I’m Wearing

HEAD: CATWA – Daniel v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Gloom – Drama Set @ The Men JailNEW
FACE: Session Skins – Ian Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
BEARD: f u o e y (MP) – Ricardo Beard ✦ NEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

SWEATER: Kaju – Magnus Sweater @ The Men JailNEW
JEANS: ::K:: – Slim Fit Jeans (Bleach)

What She’s Wearing

HAIR: TRUTH – Teila (Dec VIP Gift) ✦ NEW
HEAD: CATWA – Lona
FACE: Glam Affair – Jenny
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

JACKET: Neve – Mine Houndstooth @ The Liason CollaborativeNEW
LEGGINGS: Blueberry – Julia Leggings ✦ NEW
BOOTS: Blueberry – Frank Boots (Ankle)