[#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

 

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[#496] Can We Get Out Of Here?

So do you want to turn it around?
And do you want to show me how?
You are a kaleidoscope
You are a kaleidoscope

CHRVCHES, ♫Get Out

Once again I find myself going outside of my normal and the more I think about it the more I am starting to get comfortable with creating blog entries with my normal self not being the main focus and allowing Brena to come to the forefront and allow me to tackle that part of my creative side. The preparation is a little bit different for doing things with her as the “star” of the photo because it takes more time setting up and putting an outfit together but I find it fun.

Lately I’ve been also thinking about other ways to be a bit more organized when it comes to blogging items that are from brands that are partners of this blog. There are certain items I feel that I’m not the best at describing so I’ve thought of ways to get the information about them to any potential readers and by looking at some of what my peers might do but doing it more in a TCK flavor.

Starting soon enough I’ll be using feature points (bullets) to let people know more about the product as well as what I personally think about it so that there’s factual information that is easy to read as well as my personal thoughts or reasons for why I’m wearing it as I feel it is one of the best ways to move forward and not only help myself but to visitors who read the site (and I am aware of several who do and I thank you for continually returning).

Getting back to this post in particular and using TCK’s female extraordinaire, Brena, I’ve learned that you can definitely find new places to shop as well as items that are gifts or are very low price and for those of you who have never visited it, I think you should check out the FabFree In SL blog. I’m not affiliated with them (nor have I ever met any of the site authors) but they have been around long enough (before I even started blogging) to bring news about what gifts are out there or sales are happening. Excellent site and it’s helped me tremendously as I don’t have nearly as much depth in Brena’s closet as I do for Brennan. On occasion they do have posts for men’s items too so definitely worth a glance.

I‘ve been a blogger for Image Essentials for a good while now, I’ve at least made it through two cycles and I’m grateful for the opportunities to blog for the brand. The owner and blogger manager are people I’d vouch for in a heartbeat and they’ve given me opportunities to go outside of the box as I’d been told more than once that I needed a little bit of freshness (and being stubborn as I am, I took this advice to heart without being combative). One way I can display some of their poses that would not work as greatly for me will work excellently for Brena and that’s what I did here.

They’ve recently released a set called “Heat” at the Jersey Shore Fair and it was really fun and hard to decide what to use in the photo. Maybe I’ll try out this features idea sooner than later and give you a bit more information on these poses, what do ya say? Well I’m doing it anyway so join me for the ride. The Jersey Shore Fair lasts until the 30th of June so plenty of time for a trip to the event and see these poses for yourself.

  • Bento enabled poses
  • 10 poses included (5+5 mirrors)

Brena is also wearing one of the latest eye packs from Go&See that are newly available at the anyBODY event. The eyes are called Cosmo and honestly I really enjoy the creativity that goes into these eyes. I decided it didn’t hurt to have a head from most of the major brands so I recently went to CATWA to get her one of her very first Bento enabled heads because not only do the Go&See skins look really good on the one I purchased but I’m also able to use their eyes and that gives me so much to work with. Here are just a few features for the “Cosmo” eyes:

  • 10 different iris colors
  • CATWA only appliers
  • Can be worn by any gender (unisex)

The anyBODY event also runs to the end of the month so if you find yourself out shopping here’s another destination for you to take a look at but just so you are aware it is mostly a female oriented event so there’s probably not too much a fella would be interested in other than maybe getting a gift for someone which there’s nothing wrong with in my mind.

As I was looking over the FabFree blog that I mentioned earlier, there are a fair amount of really good items that are group gifts (not all groups have a fee but some do and the price varies but with some of the gifts being offered it’s well worth it). I found the “Lora” dress which is a group gift of the MH Unique store to which there is no cost to join and there are plenty of other group gifts as well for you to take a peek at. What really caught my eye is how colorful it is and it wowed me even more while I was taking photos; the various colors in it just popped out at me with the type of light that I used when I set the scene up.

While I have quite a few items that were involved with this blog such as makeup and shoes and hair (which was part of the VIP group for TRUTH, the group costs 350L but so darn worth it for you gals that are hair enthusiasts) that I think I would lose anyone reading if I went any further into detailing my look. The items are not new releases but of course you’ll have a ride to them in the credits down below if you want to investigate further and I always say that if something appeals to you it doesn’t hurt to at least check it out.

That about wraps it up for this blog post but as I start to get more comfortable with using feature points they’ll certainly be better and more entertaining in some way. So until our paths cross again,

onto the next conversation…


HAIR: TRUTH – Jacica (April VIP Gift)
HEAD: CATWA – Lona v3.2
FACE: Lara Hurley – Christy (Pale)
EYES: Go&See (Store / MP) – Cosmo ✦ NEW @ AnyBODY (06/0706/30)
EYESHADOW: Veechi – Spring Cut Crease
LIPSTICK: Spirit – Gift Lipstick ✦ Group Gift
BODY: Maitreya – Lara V4.1 ✦ Previously Blogged

DRESS: MH Unique – Lora ✦ Group Gift
STOCKINGS: Luxuria – Jacqueline Lace Thigh Highs
SHOES: Ricielli – Velma High Heels

BACKDROP: Rama – #selfie Downtown Walk

POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Heat ✦ NEW @ Jersey Shore Fair (06/0906/30)