[#655] I Love Rocky Road

 

They tell me ice cream junkies are all the same
All the soda jerkers know my name
When their supply is gone
Then I’ll be movin’ on

“Weird” Al Yankovic, ♫I Love Rocky Road♫

 

It’s Sunday and it has been a bit since my last post and while I was thinking of something to do I remembered that there was a fun little build by Salacity called “Zesty’s Dairy Bar” which is my first post for the brand since becoming part of their team. I thought it could be fun to do an ice cream themed photo but I didn’t have any single male ice cream photos and after a quick search upon the Marketplace I added “#Profile 5” from FRIMON Store which at one time was linked to an event and some other stuff. My idea was starting to look better and better.

With the scene and pose now in place all that needed to be done was the put my look together and get shooting. It’s been a long time since LV Designs has done a skin based on an actor from pop culture TV. One of the coolest I’ve seen was the Kit skin that was based on Game of Throne’s star, Kit Harrington. The latest in what I would personally call the star line is based off of Dacre Montgomery who is one of the actors on Stranger Things. I know I’ll catch flack for admitting to not having seen this but it’s on my list so cool those jets folks! It probably won’t win me any points to note that he has also played the role of Jason in the rebooted Power Rangers movie (which I thought was getting a sequel that all but seems dead now…oh well). The skin comes in two tones Pearl and Buttermilk (works with Stray Dog Tones 02 and 04 respectively). I thought it was kind of humorous because I think that his character also works in an Ice Cream Parlor or something so that’s a bit more humor added in along with “Weird” Al’s parody of Joan Jet’s “I Love Rock N Roll”. You can find this skin at The Men Jail until the 28th of August so still a few days to take a look and grab it if you want.

Lapointe & Bastchild have done it once again and have taken one of my favorite products and given it some new breath. Graphic tees are pretty much life as far as I concerned and even in the virtual world I can have some fun wearing the newly updated for 2019 “Santa Cruz T-Shirt Collection”. They’ve did some fine tuning for some of the male bodies as well as added some fun new designs to it. The shirt is compatible with Aesthetic, Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt/Gianni) and SLink Physique and can be found at the their main location which as always there’s a taxi for below.

A new event is also going to be on the horizon from Pale Girl Productions called “Ark” and I wanted to mention it now to make sure the name gets into people’s minds. If you like events like Skin Fair, Vintage Fair, Curves, and The Trunk Show then you might want to give “Ark” a chance as well. It’s going to feature some of the best designers on the grid and maybe some that are just waiting to show you what they are capable of. The theme revolves around animal themed items such as skins, clothing, furniture and accessories for the avatar. Since this is the first time the event is running I am unsure of what to expect but I like the idea of the challenge it poses so it’ll be exciting.

I will be making a post on it once the press packet is released and I’ll pass that on through the site so keep those eyes peeled ladies and gents!

 

POSE: FRIMON Store (MP) – #Profile 5

BUILDING: Salacity (Store / MP) – Zesty’s Dairy Bar

HAIR: Vango. – Keith
HEAD: CATWA – Stanley 3.2
SKIN: LV Designs – Dean Skin (Pearl/Tone 02) @ The Men JailNEW

SHIRT: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Santa Cruz T-Shirt Collection ✦ UPDATED
SHORTS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – HURST Cargo Shorts

 

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[#654] My Best Habit’s Letting You Down

 

As a single tear falls to the ground
For the people that we are not now
If you’re not you you’re everyone else
Who are you, who are you now?
Burned our teenage years down to the ground
Oh the hand on the clock’s wearing out
If you’re not you you’re everyone else
Who are you, who are you?

The Maine, ♫My Best Habit♫

 

I found myself just kinda chilling and listening to music and I reached an idea while listening to one of the songs on the most recent iPod playlists I made. Yes I have an iPod (it’s one of the Classic ones so when it bytes the dust then essentially I’m outta luck…get what I did there?) I know everyone seems to be using Spotify or some other thing but I’m just happy with the things I know and with an iPod I don’t have to dink around with having to have a certain amount of data or whatever for my phone or tablet etc.

So as it stands I’ll stay in my somewhat cross between tech savvy and Luddite and that’s just fine with me.

For this blog entry I put together a nice batch of things to complete the scene that is one for the ladies this time out. That’s just the way the inspiration took me because with the song I chose to carry it through, it had more of a female vibe to it even if the band that performs it has a male vocalist if that makes sense? I think with just the upbeat nature of it I could just throw on some pink or purple tones and just get right into it.

Paparazzi just dropped two new different backdrop styles at equal10 that are just asking for people to give them a look. The “Starlit Staircase” that you can see here was the mood I wanted and also the purple version fit the color scheme that I wanted to work with as well. All it took was a some messing around with windlights and I had one of the easiest photo sessions that I can think of in a long time.

Hair Fair for 2019 is a mere few days away and this is one of the events that I’m always excited for to see the different styles and choices from all the big creators as well as new ones that become popular names. If you make it into Hair Fair then you definitely aren’t doing too bad and that is my take on it really.

This is why I’m really proud to say that my son Elijah (aka Alyx Banks) of Lock&Tuft has four new releases coming out at this years event. I’m featuring one of them and I will be adding the taxi to the credits as soon as it officially opens and know what sim it will be located on but until then you get to take a look at “Beau” which is a pulled up bun type style. The styles for all the of the hairs are inspired by characters that are a part of a web series called “Critical Role” which is where professional voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons. It’s not something I’ve heard of but being that I’m old school and loved D&D it’s something I might have to check it out.

Uber still has around a week left and while I’m not necessarily a fan of styling myself in anything with long sleeves during the summer months here in the US, in some places the evening time can be a bit cool so with that line of thinking I highly suggest that the ladies check out the “Gemma” jacket from Swear by L&B. I really like the frond type laces on the sides of the jacket and also the back (not shown). I am always pretty amazed by the amount of color styles in the full HUDs that L&B does and this does not disappoint either. Along with options for Light, Medium and Dark color choices the crop top also has some graphic options as well as solid colors as well so you can represent your style the best way possible.

The jacket is compatible with the following mesh bodies: Belleza (Freya/Isis), Maitreya and SLink (Hourglass/Physique). For anyone who may have the legacy body the only thing I can suggest is that you grab a demo and see if it will work for you but definitely don’t buy it without doing that first.

This is the second time that I have given a female skin by my people at Session Skins a shot and while I definitely would eventually like to add Genus to my lady style portfolio I am still pretty happy with LeLutka’s Korina and LAQ’s Noelle heads so maybe down the road still I will give it a shot but not in the near future. With that said, the “Gemma” skin that was a part of last month’s Dubai event (now available in the official store). I like the look of it and the applier HUD gives several different options such as moles and freckles, along with 6 different lipstick styles. You’re also able to choose if you want to use the brows the skin comes with or to use some from your favorite brands as well.

One thing that I personally would love to see for the LeLutka heads is lighter tones like some of the Genus head skins have, that’s just a personal preference of course but I don’t really mind Tone 01 either. I think think that more options would give the discerning consumer a way to choose what best works for them (this would also count for the men’s side of things too).

I thought it was really cool that several of these items came with the name Gemma, which is my daughter’s name and while I don’t get to talk to her or see her often these days I still think about her and can’t wait for the next time we’re able to catch up. Life just kinda happens and it’s funny the way it operates really but…having great memories are what helps us I think.

 

Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.
W.B. Yeats

 

POSE: Chat Noir – Pose 1703

BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – Starlit Staircase @ equal10NEW

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Beau @ Hair Fair 2019 / Coming 08/17/19NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Korina v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Gemma (Tone 01)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

JACKET / TOP: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Gemma Jacket (FATPACK) @ UberNEW
PANTS: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Kayla Pants (FATPACK)

 

[#617] Cause It’s Taking My Life Away

 

They reach beside
A leech to find
I dreamed of this so long
This used to feel so strong

Default, ♫(Taking My) Life Away♫

 

For the last couple days I felt like I was in a very small creative block (or hole). I had an outfit (which I changed a little bit from the original plan) but no real idea what kind of scenery I wanted but I had a bit of a resurgence and took a few things I had not used yet and combined it with some new things and the results were actually as good as I hoped they’d be.

Default (the band) has always been high on my list of Canadian musicians that I’ve enjoyed listening to since as long as I can remember. One of the memories I have as a late teenager (yeah I hate putting a date on myself but can’t properly tell a story without it), going to see the band at a summer festival before they had truly made it big nationally. One of the things that I enjoy is being able to say that I’ve been a fan of a band before they hit big. It’s a small brag of course but it’s kinda cool to discover stuff before the majority (there are several bands I can say this about that are very popular currently).

The formation of the idea of this blog kinda has been circling in my brain long before this (I just didn’t know how I wanted to implement it). Tucking ideas away for a rainy day is something I do often and that way when a pose set or a backdrop comes out that fits the mold then I take advantage of what there is to work with. The Men Jail is set to open next week and Lush Poses is releasing two new pose sets and the one I am using for this scene is called “Shinedown” which is also the name of a band that I love so this just makes this that much better for me.

“Shinedown” is a set of 6 poses to which some of them have mirrors but the gist of these poses is that they are laying poses (most of which are from a face down position with one being a face up pose). I think that it played into the part of the song that speaks of dreaming as I found a really cool and colorful bed by Kei Spot from the Zodiac event to contrast the color of my clothing which I’ll get into here in a moment.

The last few months I’ve seen the poses that Lush Poses creates have impressed me and I’ve been able to hammer out some nice photos using them this one included. My advice would be to look them up on Flickr or visit The Men Jail when it opens on April 08th and find out yourself just what I’m talking about.

LUSH Poses – Shinedown Pose Set

  • Bento poses (requires bento enabled viewer)
  • 6 different poses (some with mirror versions)
  • Fatpack includes Static, single poseballs and a pose stand
  • Exclusive to The Men Jail starting on 04/08/19

Lapointe & Bastchild (more specifically it’s SWEAR label) has a “henley” that many of you probably already have but if you don’t then I might have added something to your shopping list for this weekend. The attention that this store gives to its items as far as HUDs with many colors to choose from giving many options to pair with just about any color pants or denim jeans.

I know that I’ll be able to pair it with just about anything because it fits really great which is also another reason why L&B is one of my favorite stores. While now I am a blogger for them but going along with what I’ve said concerning Default, I’ve been a fan of there’s for a long time (years to be exact). The interactions I’ve had with both owners as well as their customer service over the time is everything a store should be, they treat their customers right.

For my outfit I paired the shirt with the latest pair of jeans from TORI TORRICELLI named the “Atlas Jeans”. While I am predominantly a blogger now that is on a budget, being in the group I was able to get a discount on the FATPACK before the April round of TMD even begins (which is where it will be at starting later today 04/05).

Going with a shade of blue for the shirt and the purple into an acid washed style of the jeans was just the right contrast to set the scene with the Kei Spot bed. Everything came together nicely and I’m really proud of the results of this scene/photo.

L&B SWEAR – Henley

  • Original mesh
  • HUD contains 28 different colors to choose from
  • Fitted for Aesthetic, Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt + Gianni) and SLink Physique mesh bodies
  • Get it now at the L&B SWEAR mainstore!

TORI TORRICELLI – Atlas Jeans (Fatpack)

  • Original Mesh
  • Belt-Chain Add-On Included
  • HUD contains 30 denim color options, 5 chain add-on metal colors and 6 graphic prints
  • Fitted for Aesthetic (Enzo), Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and SLink Physique mesh bodies
  • Coming to The Men’s Department on 04/05/19

One last piece that I utilized that is not a new product but as a lock&tuft blogger I am going to give it some love because I myself love this hair. The “Ruined” hair has a bit of age on it but it still stands up to the test of time and there are not as many colors in the pack as their are in current hair products but there are still many staple colors that make it worthwhile.

This hair also comes with a blindfold which is not show here but it is meant for the kink crowd (as there are some rather naughty words printed on said blindfold). I like this hair because it’s a longer hair that’s just the right length and doesn’t cover my face for the type of shot I wanted to take here. I’m all for older releases of hairs and I’ve had this hair for a good while, obviously long before I began to blog for the store.

lock&tuft – Ruined Hair (FatPack)

  • Original mesh
  • 60 different hairs (3 different HUDs)
  • Blindfold version included
  • HUD for Blindfold contains 4 different sayings (8 colors per saying)
  • Grab it right now at the lock&tuft mainstore!

On that note I think I have covered all the things I wanted to cover and hope that a few people find this post useful and even potentially check out some of what I’ve blogged here. Blogging the items I enjoy is very much worthwhile and I believe in them or why would I blog them? So much great things out there right now events wise.

I’ll get to what I can so that you stay apprised of what’s out there in the virtual world. Until the next time I will catch you on the flipside!

 

Deep down it hides

 

POSE: LUSH Poses – Shinedown @ The Men JailNEW

BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – Towerblock Room
BED: Kei Spot – Love Bed @ ZodiacNEW

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Ruined
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Stray Dog – Mario
BEARD: F u o e y – Ryan Beard @ Kinky EventNEW

SHIRT: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Henley
JEANS: TORI TORRICELLI – Atlas Jeans @ TMDNEW

 

[#601] Woke Up This Morning

Wives, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers
Don’t you wish you didn’t function, don’t you wish you didn’t think beyond the next paycheck
And the next little drink?
Well, you do, so make up your mind to go on ’cause when you woke up this morning
Everything you had was gone, everything you had was gone

Alabama 3, ♫Woke Up This Morning♫

When it comes to old timey mafia films or television I’m a casual fan but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy them less than the hardcore passionate ones. I’ll admit that I’ve really not seen much of if any of the Sopranos even though I’m sure that once I get around to seeing it that I’d enjoy it a lot as all indications are it has great acting and a compelling story.

My scene today is a tribute to the many mobster themed sources of entertainment over the years including but not limited to The Godfather series, Goodfellas, Scarface and many more that would take forever to list. Perhaps though for the aficionado’s will see the call out to The Godfather with the cat sitting on my lap and my bro Lucky sitting across from me as if he’s there to ask for a favor.

I didn’t want to completely recreate the scene exactly as I wanted to put my own touches on it so that it could stand on it’s own and not be considered a “rip-off” of sorts; I am confident that this photo will appeal to many but also if not I know I had fun with it. I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank Brenna for helping set up the scene with me based on ideas I had given her.

Having a bad memory sometimes leads to me repeating things and if I do then I apologize profusely. One of the newest stores that I am proudly a part of is Lapointe & Bastchild and for the first time I am blogging their work and being that as a blogger I am nervous because they have been one of my favorite designers over the years. Making sure that I get it right when it comes to featuring their clothing and accessories is important to me so here I go at my very first attempt as part of their team.

Most of the time I’m usually wearing black suits or tuxedos so when I found out that L&B released a specifically white rendition of their “Marc Tuxedo” I jumped at the chance to make it my mafia “Don” attire. As with their other suits and tuxes it’s very well made and fits perfectly. The suit is highly customizable with different variations of white (like the cream colored version that I’m wearing) as well as options for changing the color of the shirt, bow tie and pocket square. You can also make the pocket square invisible if they are not your thing.

If you’re a guy that’s looking for a tux that isn’t your traditional black then a visit to Lapointe & Bastchild is in order to give the “Marc Tuxedo Basic White” edition a try; if you do make the purchase, you should also consider the “Edge Oxford” shoes to compliment them for a complete look.

Lapointe & Bastchild – Marc Tuxedo Basic White Edition

  • Original mesh
  • HUD includes options to change jacket, shirt, bow tie, pocket square and pants
  • Many different style combinations to choose from
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Fitted Classic, Signature (Gianni) and SLink Physique mesh bodies

Admittedly I’m not a decor blogger by default but with all the work that Brenna did helping to construct this scene so at the end of this blog you’ll find the decor credits as well as both the styles for myself and Lucky to make this a very thorough blog post. I’d also like to thank Andraus Thor who is the creator for THOR, a decor and accessories store for assisting me with a feline problem. You were a big help in facilitating my kitty addiction so thank you very much.

On this note with all the info that there is to give to you I am going to wrap up this blog post and start to begin preparation for my turn as a blogger for Skin Fair, which officially opens to the public in a weeks time. I am very excited about this and look forward to helping out hopefully not only both my fellow gentleman but also the gals as well.

It’s the weekend so I hope everyone has a chance to relax and take it easy; I’ll be back again with more from the virtual landscape so keep your eyes peeled until next time!

But you’re one in a million, you’ve got that shotgun shine
Born under a bad sign with a blue moon in your eyes

MY STYLE

HAIR: Deadwool – Slicked Back Hair
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy ✦ NEW
SKIN: Stray Dog – Mario (Tone 2) ✦ NEW

TUXEDO: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Marc Tuxedo Basic White

LUCKY’S STYLE

HAIR: Lock&Tuft (Store / MP) – Frank v1
HEAD: CATWA – Victor v3.2
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Oscar (T4)
EARS: MANDALA – Steking Ears (Season 5)
BEARD: Magnificent – Victor Hipster Stache & Beard Medium – Night
BODY: SLink – Physique Male Mesh Body v2.06

JACKET: Deadwool – Hart Jacket (Flannel)
SHIRT: Deadwool – Pinned Add-On (From Original Hart Suit)
PANTS: Deadwool – Hart Trousers (Flannel)

DECOR

SKYBOX: Trompe Loeil – Knoxlane Cottage
DESK: EPIA – The Big Boss Desk Set
CHAIR: EPIA – The Big Boss Desk Set
BOOKCASE: EPIA – The Big Boss Desk Set
LAMP: EPIA – The Big Boss Desk Set
NEWSPAPER: Vespertine – Newspaper
CIGAR BOX: BAMSE – The Boss – Cigar Box ✦ Gacha
GUN: BAMSE – The Boss – Pistol ✦ Gacha
ASHTRAY: Nutmeg – Dandy Astray Bronze ✦ Gacha
WHISKEY: Apple Fall – Whiskey Decanter
GLASS: Kunst – Bourbon Glass #1
BOOKS: Cheeky Pea – Vetur Falkland Books
CAT: THOR – Licking Gray Cat
TABLE: David Heather – Gun Table ✦ Gacha

 

[#576] Dangerous Night

What a dangerous night to fall in love
Don’t know why we still hide what we’ve become
Do you want to cross the line?
We’re running out of time
A dangerous night to fall in love

Thirty Seconds To Mars, ♫Dangerous Night

Unlike previous rounds of Pose Fair, I was able to add myself to be able to blog couples poses from the romantic category. Brenna has been a blessing in disguise with her willingness to help me bring the poses of wonderful creators to life with the visions I pull from my head. As much as I consider myself a male blogger and this a male blog overall, this has become almost somewhat of an all purpose place for me to be creative with things that catch my attention.

During the process of taking the photos for this post, I only chose one out of the few I took because to me it was the epitome of what I saw in my head. After completely a few minor adjustments, I showed it to Brenna and she absolutely loved how it turned out and as such is going to end up as a portrait in our home. I can honestly say that means something to me that we can chronicle things like this and remember them as they are affixed to a wall.

Hazeel is one of the stores participating at Pose Fair that I’m unfamiliar but from their releases this round they are on my radar and I will surely be looking out for more of what they do. Their “Enticing” pose has what I would say is a touch of elegance with the chair prop and the way the poses give the idea of a couple that are super classy.

I like that it differs from other couple’s poses that are super up close and lovey (which there is nothing wrong with); it gives a different perspective of how two people can be close with each other without intimacy just a longing look. I find it also wonderful that the included chair prop went well with at least one part of the house that we could photograph.

Hazeel – Enticing Pose & Prop

  • Bento enabled pose (bento viewer required)
  • Mesh chair prop included (with poses inside)
  • Poseballs for both male and female props also included
  • Static poses for male and female included
  • Exclusively @ Pose Fair until 01/31/19

For my look I took things that I previously blogged that I really liked (the “Leo hair” from Modulus and the “Grayson Roll-Up Trousers” from Cold-Ash) and paired it with a shirt/vest combination by Tori Toricelli that I picked up at the December round of the Man Cave. I planned it use it for another photo down the line but I changed my mind at the last minute and used it for this shot; it’s also possible that I can maybe use it then too if enough time passes.

While I stuck to going with older items, Brenna is the new items champion as she brings to her look a bunch of items from Collabor88 including the “Julie” hair from Exile and the “Fancy Blazer and Pants” separates by Pixicat. I really loved the style of the outfit she has on because of how classy the picture is and the ad for the pose shows the female with a dress on. Brenna seems to be a lot better at going outside of traditional ideas then I am but I’m certainly working at it and what I can say now is that will be sooner than later.

On that note I am going to move onto the credits phase of the post due to the fact that the pose and prop set are the only truly new items featured in this post besides Brenna’s items. This also gives me the ability to publish this post and get to work on whatever happens to be next, I’ll probably throw in another entry that’s just me before I get to the other blog post that I also shot with Brenna recently.

Many thanks to anyone who put up with what I consider my ramblings. Whether I know it or not, I do this more than just for me and also because it brings a lot of enjoyment even when it seems like the post is somewhat of a downer (we all have our moments and that is how this thing called life works). Until the next time keep the conversations going!

Warmest regards,

B


POSE: Hazeel – Enticing @ Pose FairNEW

:: What I’m Wearing ::

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Leo Hair
BEARD: f u o e y (MP) – Ricardo Beard

SHIRT: Tori Toricelli – Manhattan Shirt & Vest // Black Star
PANTS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) GRAYSON Roll Up Trousers
SHOES: L&B Swear – Edge Oxford Dress Shoes (Black)

:: What Brenna’s Wearing ::

HAIR: Exile – Julie @ Collabor88NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Aida
FACE: Glam Affair – Nimoe
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.2

SHIRT: Pixicat – Classy Blazer @ Collabor88NEW
PANTS: Pixicat – Classy Pants @ Collabor88NEW
SHOES: REIGN – Break-up Pumps