[#701] Not Dead Yet

 

No, I’m not dead yet
I’m losing myself to the darkness in my head
Suffocating
Getting hard to breathe, everything is caving in
I won’t let it
I keep weighing me down but this isn’t how it ends
I’d regret it
No, I’m not dead yet

Fame On Fire, ♫Not Dead Yet♫

 

Just a couple more days left for the September round of Pose Fair. I encourage everyone that hasn’t been there for some reason or another to take a look at the multitude of excellent pose creators participating in this event. There are too many good ones that I wouldn’t want to take away from any of them by only listing a few. That would just be discourteous.

In the scene I’ve photographed today I’m using a pose from the “In My Head” set by XTC Poses. It’s a set of sitting poses that for me is great because I tend to want to do more poses where I’m sitting but usually never find the right one and I give up way too easily. This particular set really caught my eye so it all just came down to which pose would win out and be the one I used.

While I’m not much for decor, I found myself really liking the “TimeRoomSet” by Kazza that is available for a really inexpensive price for Happy Weekend. It is also something worth checking out too for anyone who might be looking for some furniture that looks great. There is not much to say about my look other than most of it is comprised of some of my favorites like my hair by Stealthic and my clothing by Cold-Ash. The only other new item besides the pose is the “Seth” skin by Stray Dog which can be found at this month’s TMD (The Men’s Department).

 

BACKDROP: CuCa Designs – Moving Day
FURNITURE: KAZZA – TimeRoomSet (Happy Weekend Exclusive)

POSE: XTC Poses – In My Head @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: LeLutka – Skyler 2.0
SKIN: Stray Dog – Seth (Tone 02) @ TMDNEW

SHIRT: Cold-Ash – Blaise Tee
JEANS: Cold-Ash – Larkham Jeans

 

[#699] Not Tired Of You

 

I want to feel a change
I don’t mind if it hurts
You take away the pain
You’re the only thing that’s pure

The Exies, ♫Tired Of You♫

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve had the pleasure of taking a photograph with guests posing for me so I thought it was time to change that. Thankfully the timing was right that I was able to snag my brother Lucky and his lady, Aria, at their home for what I feel turned out to be a really great photo. Both Lucky and Aria both are photographers as well so for them to do this for me is a big deal.

Lucky for the last few months has been spinning tunes at The Burrow Co. every other Saturdays (his next gig is this weekend on the 12th). Sometimes he’s got themes going and did a memorable tribute to Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park) on the 18th of July. I was there in attendance and there were lots of people there for that. Overall it was a great experience. If you enjoy Rock music and sometimes a few surprises thrown in between then you definitely need to go check him out.

Aria when she’s not taking photos is a phenomenal landscaper and decorator. I’ve seen first hand what she is capable of and I cannot express how good of an eye she has for it. Being someone that has very little patience for this type of thing, I respect anyone who devotes their time into creating awe-inspiring lands for her clients.

The couples pose I’ve chosen comes from a fairly new pose pose store called “PosaRosa”. I myself like to show love to some of the new kids on the block when it comes to poses so that with the light shining on them people get to know them better. I feel with the photo I took of Lucky and Aria, it made for a really sweet fall type moment. Those looking for couples poses should take a look at “Support Me!” at the PosaRosa booth at Pose Fair which runs until the 21st of September.

Also be sure to check out Lucky’s blog here and also Aria’s blog here for more great photos and fashions.

 

POSE: PosaRosa – Support Me! @ Pose FairNEW

Style Credits: Lucky

HAIR: Stealthic – Baron
HEAD: LeLutka – Skyler 2.0
EARS: Swallow – Pyramid Ears
SKIN: Stray Dog – Nathan (Tone 04 / BOM)
BEARD: Magnificent – Ducky Skunk
BEARD LAYER: Volkstone – Rey Facial Hair // 004 Tintable (BOM)
BODY: Legacy – Mesh Body (m) (1.2)
TATTOO: IDTTY Body Shop – Secret Fate
TATTOO: IDTTY Body Shop – Lonely Road

TOP: Cold-Ash – Blaise Tee
JEANS: Native Urban – Borealis Jeans
SHOES: Vale Koer – Verygood Sneakers

Style Credits: Aria

HAIR: DOUX – Olga @ Equal10NEW

TOP: Tres Blah – Slouch Tee @ Collabor88NEW
LEGGINGS: Osmia – Kristen Leggings @ Equal10NEW
BOOTS: Miss Chelsea – Hazel Boots @ AnthemNEW

 

[#692] I’m Not Your Gameboy

 

Don’t play with me
I’m not your toy
Oh can’t you see
I am not your Gameboy

Freezepop, ♫I’m Not Your Gameboy♫

 

One of the things I’ve been passionate about for as long as I can remember is video games. In a recent discussion, I had with a friend I rattled off just about every gaming system I’ve owned since I was small. That all started with the Atari and even though games back then were nothing like they are now, they still offered hours of enjoyment to not only myself but to my family members.

As time went on things improved from the graphics and sound but to the way they were played. Until the late 80’s everything had to be played connected to a television and while that is still very much the case now, gamers would get a taste of something different: Handheld Gaming Systems. The Gameboy was like one of the single greatest things of its time when it was released and as one of those kids that owned one. I was in cloud nine.

One of my favorite games that I enjoyed playing more than anything was Tetris, which as far as puzzle games go, is still one of my all-time favorites. This was before Jewel Quest and Candy Crush which for anyone that is a fan of those games should find some version of Tetris and give it a try. I would stay up trying to beat whatever high score that was previously made the time before and on school nights I would have to be sneaky with a flashlight. Maybe that is where I started to become a night owl?

Lock&Tuft has released a virtual version of the original Gameboy and have called it, POCKETGIRL. It comes with a small handful of poses and a HUD with a dozen or so colors that allow you to personalize it in a way that best fits you. I chose the OG style because that’s what I most relate to and am fond of.

This release can be found at their in-world store so for game buffs or just someone that is into nostalgia or pop culture. I encourage you to go and take a look because it can make picture-taking become a lot more fun.

 

I don’t have Spy Hunter
Galaga or Burger Time
Don’t look here for Frogger
Dig-dug ain’t no friend of mine
Don’t ask me, you’ll cross the line
PORTABLE GAME: lock&tuft – POCKETGIRL
HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: LeLUTKA – Guy 3.4
SKIN: Stray Dog – Jeffrey (Tone 03)
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0
SHIRT: Cold-Ash – BLAISE Tee / FATPACK

[#690] Where Were You?

 

Down the black hole
Hope is shallow
Tell me where were you?
Time can be so
Cold and hollow
Tell me where were you?

Flight Paths, ♫Shallow♫

 

Greetings! It’s been a while since my last entry and I hope everyone out there is doing well and staying safe in whatever part of the world they are at. I’ve finally found some inspiration with the newest release from Cold-Ash. The BLAISE Tee is at this current round of The Men’s Department. Be sure to also check its companion release, the LARKHAM Jeans.

I’ve also included a fun prop from lock&tuft: a nifty walkie talkie that has several hand/arm positions to choose from. I really like things like this (always have) because it helps makes scenes come together.

 

Another day fades out of time
Into nothing, pay you no mind
In outer space so paralyzed
It’s not too late
Open your eye

 

WALKIE TALKIE: lock&tuft – Walkie Talkie

HAIR: Stealthic – Narcotic
HEAD: LeLUTKA – Guy 3.4
SKIN: Session Skins – Roman (Tone 02)
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0

SHIRT: Cold-Ash – BLAISE Tee / FATPACK @ TMDNEW

 

[#689] 11 Minutes

 

I just want to freeze
I can give you more than what you are
Now I see you standing all alone
I never thought the world would turn to stone

Yungblud (feat. Halsey), ♫11 Minutes♫

 

Today is the last day of Skin Fair and if you haven’t been there then I don’t know what you’re waiting for. I thought that it would be fun to give you one more look of the LeLUTKA “Skyler” head. I definitely have had to get used to the way this is set up because it’s predominantly BOM based which I’m still not quite versed on. The HUD is also something that I’m sure many are still getting used to and all of the functions that it contains. There is nothing wrong with playing with things until you get everything the way you want it so just keep at it.

Stray Dog has released three new skins for the event. I am wearing Lorenzo in Tone 02 which the wear options include BOM layers and a LeLUTKA applier HUD. Options include brow and no brows, freckles and also frown brows with and without freckles. Plenty of ways to create your look with this face so enjoy playing around with it!

 

You’re eleven minutes away and I have missed you all day
You’re eleven minutes away, so why aren’t you here?

 

HAIR: Dura – U97
HEAD: LeLUTKA – Skyler v1.1 @ Skin FairNEW
SKIN: Stray Dog – Lorenzo (Tone 02) @ Skin FairNEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0

SHIRT: Spill The Tee – Alcohol Collection – May Contain @ Men Only MonthlyNEW

 

[#688] Living In A Wicked World

 

There’s blood on the gun
That’s in your hand
And the murder in front of you
Send out the wolves
The King is dead
Little pills taking over

Cold, ♫Wicked World♫

 

I couldn’t resist blogging the Finer Threads “Romeo” skin that is currently at the Skin Fair. It reminds me of a certain boy king *cough* Joffrey *cough* and the world rejoiced when he finally got what was coming to him. I sorta created my own vision for that which I think turned out well and was extremely fun to do. I also thought the Barinnn bruises from “Ladybird” fit with an old item from Clemmm (that is now retired sadly). Being inspired by shows tend to make my photos work a lot better so I may do more of that in the future.

 

Living in a wicked world
We’re living in a wicked world
There’s no way you will escape
No one ever gets away

 

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: LeLUTKA – Guy 3.4
SKIN: Finer Threads – Romeo (001) @ Skin FairNEW
BRUISES: Ladybird – Barinn @ Skin FairNEW
NOSEBLEED: Clemmm – Nosebleed Prototype ✦ No Longer Available
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0

CROWN: Remarkable Oblivion – Midas Crown ✦ Gacha
TUNIC: HotDog – Castely Rock Tunic

 

[#685] When The Waters Turn To Fire

 

Stay with me
I hear them call the tide
Take me in
I see the last divide
Hopelessly, I leave this all behind
And I am paralyzed

Breaking Benjamin (feat. Scooter Ward), ♫Far Away♫

 

Pose Fair and Skin Fair have been really fun this year and even though they kind of happened at the same time it’s been a really awesome experience. It’s allowed me to start to unlock my creative potential again. Not all of it has been as awesome as I wanted but the fact that it is starting to come back is enough for me. Being able to find ways to combine them in posts has been helpful too so that I don’t get too far behind at least. Though putting things together with the situations going on in the world has been slightly difficult but nothing too hindering.

It makes me super happy that Session Skins is a part of Skin Fair again this year and with three different skins (2 female faces for Catwa and one male for LeLUTKA). Roman is the one that I am wearing for LeLUTKA with the Guy head. I did a test with the new Skyler head but the shape that comes included just did not work for him. It’s an excellent skin with a lot of options and is available in two different tones (02 and 03). Some of the options include with brows, with beard, no brows and no brows with beard. The brow and body shaper are included but the body skins are for sale at the main store and are separate.

To fit the theme of this post I just had to use the Fire Collection eyes by Gloom. They are nicely detailed and come in 6 different iris colors and two different pupil sizes (small and medium). They can be bought in a single pack option or in a FATPACK with all 6 colors and as far as what they work for? You can get them as BOM layers, CATWA, Genus Project, LeLUTKA brand heads as well as anything using Omega. Don’t forget classic mesh eyeballs as well.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve worn any tattoos and for a while I was wearing them quite a bit. The phase for me just slowly faded away but I am glad to be wearing the Endless Pain Tattoos “Ash” full sleeve. It comes in only one opacity which I would say is a combination of worn/faded. Ways to wear this are of course BOM layers and also have HUDs for Belleza, CATWA, Maitreya, Omega compatible mesh, Signature and SLink Physique bodies.

For the Pose Fair side of things I am featuring a store that I’ve seen around but they are essentially new to me. This is the very reason I love this event because it gets me acquainted with some of the pose creators and their stores that I might not have known before. Kuddlemuddle has several pose packs up for sale but I took interest in the “Fifties Series: Gentleman Style” pose pack which has 5 different poses that work well with any kind of wardrobe you could put together. I think that this would definitely go great with wearing a suit (which gives me ideas for another time). There are several versions in the pack with different priorities so you can play around with that if you so desire.

 

When the broken fall alive
Let the light take me too
When the waters turn to fire
Heaven, please let me through
Far away, far away
Sorrow has left me here
Far away, far away
Let the light take me in

 

POSE: Kuddlemuddle – Fifties Series: Gentleman Style @ Pose FairNEW

HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4
SKIN: Session Skins – Roman (Tone 02) @ Skin FairNEW
EYES: Gloom – Flame Collection @ Skin FairNEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0
TATTOO: Endless Pain Tattoos – Ash @ Skin FairNEW

JEANS: Lapointe & Bastchild – Havoc Jeans

 

[#684] Original Me

 

I’m so sick of me, wake up and hate to breathe
And I pride myself in that, so dramatic, I’ll admit
I’m so typical, my life ain’t difficult
But I’m so caught up in it, just a lowlife, I’ll admit
I’m self-critical, a try-hard original
Oh, I pride myself on that, such a loser, I’ll admit

Yungblud (feat. Dan Reynolds), ♫Original Me♫

 

I‘ve been having a lot of fun playing around with different looks and things (both male and female) for the Skin Fair. I think that this event really brings out some of my happier blogging moments so I cannot say enough that it means a lot to me to be a part of the team. I’m not going to go into a long drawn out dialog about what’s going on in the world (because that is all you see anywhere). I will just say that since just about everywhere now has been advised to keep social distance that hopefully I’ll find a little extra time to belt out a few more posts because I have a lot of looks that I’m hoping to share.

We’ve been encouraged to have two different items as a part of our looks and I’ve gone one better and have used three. This is probably one of the only time during the course of the event that I’ll be doing this unless there may be another shape that suits the look I’m going for. Most of the time though I just throw things together and if they work I’ll snap the photo and if it doesn’t then I’ll mess around until I do find something that is to my liking (and I try not to use the same combinations that I might see in someone else’s work if it can be helped.

Vendetta Skins has three different offerings at Skin Fair and in this post I am showcasing the David skin for LeLutka, best used on the “Guy” head (which is what I personally think it looks best on). The skin comes in 4 different tones (1-4 of which I have on Tone 02) with brow and browless face types. It comes in both Bakes on Mesh tattoo layers as well as an applier HUD. The body skins are sold separately if you don’t already have other faces by Vendetta.

Lush has a face tattoo for sale that I happened to find intriguing. This is not something I would do in real life but I know more and more it’s become a trend (especially in the rap genre of music). It reminds me of Lil Peep’s face tattoos in a way and it could be what inspired this tattoo into existence. I can also tell you that this tattoo is unisex and comes packaged with BOM layers and applier HUDs for both CATWA and Omega Enabled mesh heads. Honestly it helped to complete my skater look more than I could have anticipated.

Shapes are one of the hardest things to really review (personally speaking). I do, however, like how that “Jedden” shape by The Natives works with the Vendetta skin and the LeLutka head. One other bonus is that the store went above and beyond by making a distinct frame for not only the Belleza (Jake) body but also both (Geralt and Gianni) by Signature. As much as I wish that other shape stores would do that to differentiate from the types these bodies have but it is something that gets a little extra thumbs up from me.

Skateboarding is not something I ever managed to take up in the real world as a younger man (I was a walking accident waiting to happen). At least through virtual photography I can pretend any time I wish that I am zipping through the streets or on the sidewalks of whatever sim I am on with the help of the “Pro Skater Pack 1” by Space Cadet. I have found that while the store tends to create for female avatars there is enough wiggle room that poses can be used by the guys as well. This set includes 5 different poses each with an attachable mesh skateboard (one for every pose).

The Pose Fair and Skin Fair events will be both ending by the end of next week so this is a kind reminder that you have time still to get all of the items that I’ve already posted about and all of the ones that I’ll be featuring in upcoming posts this week. Do yourself a favor and if you have the time to come by and look around and pick up something from either or both, you’ll be more than glad you did.

 

And I ask myself, when my time will come
Will I run away, will I run away?

 

POSE: Space Cadet – Pro Skater 1 @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Yuth – Jason (Blk)
HEAD: LeLUTKA – Guy v3.4
FACE: Vendetta – David (Tone 02) @ Skin FairNEW
TATTOO: Lush – Nightbreed @ Skin FairNEW
BODY: Signature – Geralt v1.5
SHAPE: The Natives – Jedden @ Skin FairNEW

ARMWARMERS: Gild – Armwarmers (Black)
PANTS: Legal Insanity – Chester Vinyl Baggy Pants (Black)
SHOES: Lapointe & Bastchild – Old School Low Tops

 

[#680] Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up?

 

Don’t leave here with hope
Don’t leave here alone
Don’t be like you were
Don’t be like you are now

The Dangerous Summer, ♫Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up♫

 

Skin Fair 2020 is now officially open and is brought to us all by Pale Girl Productions and Taox Tattoo. Sponsors for the event include such stores as: Signature Body, CATWA, LeLUTKA, LOGO, Akeruka and Genus Project. It boasts the best in all things bento heads, body shapes, makeup and accessories, tattoos but most importantly SKINS! I am going to be bringing a lot of diverse poses from this event for the next two weeks so I hope that all of you enjoy this ride with me and that after visiting you are inspired to take a trip to shop.

There are two sims packed full of goods that you can choose from that house some of the best stores on the grid. You will find names like Stray Dog, Clef de Peau, The Skinnery, Deetalez and many more. If you are feeling like your avatar needs a little tweak or a major overhaul this is the place to fill that need.

One of the most sought after items at the event are the new LeLUTKA heads (Skyler and Lake) and today I’m featuring the Skyler head with its base skin which works with the body appliers from Clef de Peau. The new “Evolution” heads have been designed to be used mainly as a Bakes On Mesh product but keep in mind you can still use appliers (so there’s no freaking out involved). Unlike previous incarnations of LeLUTKA heads these new versions have materials add on layers that help your avatar look younger or older or even have tear stained or rain covered faces. There are a lot of animations right out of the gate on the HUD and different ways to manipulate expressions. I think that it is one of the most innovative setups that I have seen out of a head and it’s possible to say that for the male version of me this handsome devil will be sticking around as my more permanent look for the foreseeable future.

Also available now is the EY19B Full Moon Eyes pack for the Ultimate Eyes by GA.EG. This 9 color iris pack is materials enabled and once you install it into the Ultimate Eyes HUD you can choose whether or not they animate. It’s a really cool thing if you’ve never experienced this product. Eyes tend to be hard to capture in main shots so I’ve made sure to give you a good look at them and also a closer look at the Skyler head as well.

Let’s also not forget that Pose Fair is still going strong in it’s first full week of being open. The pose back I’m using is also a breathing animation one by SINCHI called “Norman”. The thing I find with breathing poses is that they are very subtle and without really being able to take a gif or video it is hard to show. Though it is pretty easy go imagine that it looks a lot like simulated breathing. Inside the pack there are 4 different poses to use and are usable in tons of different pose situations so don’t let the fact they have breathing animations deter you. You can also plop them into an AO as well for those non spastic stands.

Before I wrap this all up, I want to leave for you the location of both the North and South sims of Skin Fair along with a map to help guide you to find the stores that you want to shop quickly without having to wander around aimlessly in such a big space. It’s easy to get lost as I did a quick walk through and didn’t use the map and I was turned around pretty quickly. This tells you not to be like me! Have fun and if you don’t get in right on the first or second day just keep trying because it’s always the busiest when it first opens.


North Sim | South Sim

 

Where were you when the sky opened up?
Is that when we died?
Is that when we learned to survive?
Watch me as I cut through my relationships
I hold onto love
Then I leave on my own again

 

POSE: SINCHI – Norman Breathing Pack @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: LeLutka – Skyler @ Skin FairNEW
EYES: GA.EG – EY19B Full Moon Pack @ Skin FairNEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0

SWEATER: Cold-Ash – Finch V-Neck Sweater
JEANS: Cold-Ash – Holloway Ripped Jeans

 

[#679] The Cat’s In The Cradle

 

So much like a man I just had to say,
“Son, I’m proud of you. Can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
“What I’d really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?”

Cats In The Cradle, ♫Ugly Kid Joe♫

 

My journey through the Pose Fair has been a fun one so far and we’re almost a full week in with all of the wonderful things you can get at the event. For this post I’ve selected two of the packs from a relatively new (to me) store named Beras. I’ve seen their poses in different weekend sales and things and really liked the looks of them so when the opportunity presented itself to blog them I did. Keep in mind that these poses have breathing animations so they are not 100% static poses. At this time I don’t have the capability to show the breathing part to you but these are not only good for picture taking but you can put them in a standing AO and give off the appearance of being a living, breathing human.

Both the Trevor and Bob Breathing Pose Packs contain 4 poses each (Trevor has an alternate pose in his pack). I really like these poses and sometimes breathing ones are a challenge to capture well but I think in this instance it worked out great.

For one of the looks I am wearing items from Skin Fair but I’m going to go into a more detailed blog for that later on today. There’s a lot of photo taking and writing going on which is definitely keeping me very busy. If some of my entries are a little short it works out for me writing less and for you the reader to read less haha!

 

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Benjamin Franklin

 

POSE: Beras – Trevor Breathing AO Pose Pack @ Pose FairNEW
POSE: Beras – Bob Breathing AO Pose Pack @ Pose FairNEW

Look 1 (Left)

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: CATWA – Victor
SKIN: Stray Dog – Joaquin (Tone 03)
BEARD: Mister Razzor – Negan
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0

SUIT: L&B – Business Suit Edge
SHOES: L&B – Edge Oxford Dress Shoes

Look 2 (Right)

HAIR: Stealthic – Hysteria
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy
SKIN: Vendetta – Vendetta (T2) @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW (Coming Soon)
BODY: Signature – Geralt v1.5

SHIRT: L&B (Store / MP) – Santa Cruz Tee
SHORTS: L&B (Store / MP) – Havoc Jeans
SHOES: L&B (Store / MP) – Old School Low Tops