[#656] I Want To See You Shine

 

I wanna see you shine
I wanna see you go for the win
I wanna see you move
I wanna see you love your life again
For you

Cold, ♫Shine♫

 

I know that it has been a long while since I last posted but without going into really any detail, I’ll say that it was not something I planned on. From this point forward I’m going to just take things a day at a time and hopefully really get my appetite for creation back but it’s not something I can promise. Even just posting this today has had a little bit of struggle to it.

I wanted to at least see if I could bring myself to even post something and show a little love to Native Urban and Session Skins in the process and I hope I have not failed them as they’ve given me a wonderful opportunity to be able to showcase their work; even with me not cranking out things every day or every other day I am going to make sure that if there is any inspiration that comes I’ll make sure it shows up here and that it is the best it possibly can be.

Do I still love blogging? The answer is simply yes but sometimes life has a way of placing roadblocks up that deter you but eventually you get passed them and find a new normal…I’m not sure when I’ll find that new normal but I’m not going to force that either so anyone out there that’s shown me love and stuck with me since day one you have my loyalty always.

I’m going to encourage you to listen to the song that I’ve accompanied with this blog because it’s very meaningful and very beautiful and has helped pull a little bit of the magic I’ve lost out. Hope to see everyone again soon but until then look after yourselves and those you care about surrounding you.

 

POSE/BACKDROP: Salacity (Store / MP) – Window Seat Backdrop

HAT/HAIR: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Snapback Cap and Hair
HEAD: LAQ – Noelle
SKIN: LAQ – Ines (Tone 1.0)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

TOP: Vinyl – Locked Out Tee / Black
LEGGINGS: Sn@tch – Hwasa Random Leggings
SHOES: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Reflection Sneakers (All Colors)

 

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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)

 

[#649] Lollipop

 

Crazy way he thrills me
Tell you why
Just like a lightning from the sky
He loves to kiss me till I can’t see straight
Gee, my lollipop is great

Bobby Vee, ♫Lollipop♫

 

It’s been about a week since my last post, which I didn’t intend for it to go that long but with Independence Day and some other real life goings on this was the first chance I’ve had to get back into it. Summer tends to be a lighter schedule as far as blogging which works pretty well with my more relaxed approach to it lately.

This is my first attempt at blogging a female skin from Session Skins and I decided to do something with a tinge of humor which was made possible by the pose set I chose from Image Essentials. As a candy enthusiast, I tend to enjoy treats like suckers because they aren’t just gone in one fell swoop and you can take your time enjoying them. From Blow Pops (always being careful not to swallow the gum) to Dum-Dum Pops which were always a staple at the barber shop when I was you to Tootsie Roll Pops which definitely take more than three licks Mr. Owl! I’m sure I could have blogged this regularly but I’m able to get creative by doing it as it is intended.

Sprinkle in a classic vintage song which would have probably worked pretty great with Vintage Fair last month but the idea didn’t come until just the last few days (funny how that works sometimes). I think though that this post kicked up some more inspiration for some other cool ideas that I’m looking to try out in the next few posts as I showcase some of the latest from brand partners like Session Skins as well as Native Urban and Lock&Tuft.

Session Skins – Misty (Tone 01)

  • LeLutka Head Applier
  • Dark, Light and Dark Red Brow Options
  • No Brow Option
  • Freckled Versions of Each Brow Type
  • Available now at the Session Skins store

Image Essentials – My Lil’ Sucker Pose Set

  • Original Bento Static Poses (Bento Viewer Required)
  • 5 poses (each with mirrors) in set
  • Left and Right mesh sucker prop included
  • Available now at Image Essentials Poses

 

Then there’s that ‘You’re only as old as you feel’ business, which is true to a point, but you can’t be Shirley Temple on the Good Ship Lollipop forever. Sooner or later, dammit, you’re old.
Joan Crawford

 

POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – My Lil Sucker

HAIR: ELIKATIRA – Misha
HEAD: LeLutka – Korina v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Misty (Tone 01)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

TOP: Bueno – Mia Top (Caffeine Black)
JEANS: Bueno – Cuff Jeans (Acid)

 

[#644] Radio, Someone Still Loves You

 

We watch the shows, we watch the stars
On videos for hours and hours
We hardly need to use our ears
How music changes through the years

Queen, ♫Radio Ga Ga♫

 

The time has come for me to say goodbye to Vintage Fair 2019 but there is still time for everyone reading to take a taxi to the event and shop til you drop. I had a lot of good times and fun with this event; it gave me opportunities to do different things that I might not have before. I was able to use a lot of different tools (male items, female items, decor and poses) to complete my journey.

For this last VF entry, I chose to do one more female post complete with an outfit, hair and poses and a new pair of kicks. I haven’t really written quite as much about the photos with all the work that’s gone into this event but once I start getting on a normal blogging routine it could. I picked the song “Radio Ga Ga” because the pose set has a boombox (which many people including me had growing up). While many people cling to their Spotify, I still tend to listen to the radio when out and about and often find new artists to look into later on when I’m behind the keyboard again. This song can clearly be considered vintage and even inspired the girl we’ve come to know as “Lady Gaga” from which her name is derived from.

Boombox” is one of three exclusives from Lush Poses that instantly caught my attention. The only thing I needed to see was that it had a boombox radio in it and I was game. Many 80’s and 90’s films boasted them as props (does the movie “Say Anything” ring a bell?) Each pose has a designated prop which I mentioned that one of the previous pose sets I used for VF didn’t have that and wished it had.

I set the scene on top of an apartment building where I could see going to after a long day with maybe a cold drink and a boombox to just chill and listen to tunes. That is the kind of scenario I would be down for because I’m usually the most relaxed when I have some of my favorite songs within earshot.

My hairstyle is by KMH Hair and is designated as “F112” and can only be described by me as a shag type haircut like you might see in something like “Hairspray”. I definitely went in different direction with my look this time but I think overall it doesn’t look bad at all and I’m pleased with it.

For my outfit, I can only describe this as like an old school gym uniform as I remember some of them were styled like this when I was pretty young. They may not have had as much cleavage as this does but the shorts were styled very similar. Meowhi did an excellent job with the “Summer Daze Collection” which comes in not only the black version I’m wearing but also blue, green, pink, purple and red to allow shoppers a choice or two.

Lush Poses – Boombox Prop/Pose Pack

  • Bento Static Poses
  • 6 poses each with mesh boombox pose
  • Static, Poseball and Pose Stand options
  • Exclusive to Vintage Fair through today 06/16

KMH – F112 Hair (Fatpack)

  • Original Mesh (unrigged)
  • Naturals HUD contains 39 colors
  • Colors HUD contains 42 colors
  • Color Picker HUD also included
  • Exclusive to Vintage Fair through today 06/16

Meowhi – Summer Daze Collections (Fatpack)

  • Original mesh
  • Comes in Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple and Red
  • Compatible with Maitreya (Lara) only
  • Exclusive to Vintage Fair through today 06/16

Uber is the place where you can get these snazzy kicks I’m wearing by Native Urban. The “Luke Sneakers” are what I call a casual running style somewhat akin to probably K-Swiss or maybe even Sketchers. With the help of the Fatpack I tried my best at making them more of a “Pride Month” themed style of sneaker but I think there are a few colors I’m missing but I gave it a try at least.

This is my way of at least spreading some love to all of my family and friends that also are celebrating. If everyone were to spread more love and compassion in the world than hate, anger and jealousy we’d be in a much better place. Positivity goes a lot farther than negativity ever will and I don’t think I need to say much other than that in those regards.

Native Urban – Luke Sneakers (FatPack)

  • Original mesh
  • Fatpack HUD contains 16 colors for 15 customizable parts
  • Compatible with Maitreya (Hi and Low) and Signature (Gianni)
  • Exclusive to Uber until 06/23

 

Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.
Amelia Barr

 

POSE: Lush Poses – Boombox @ Vintage FairNEW

HAIR: KMH Hair – F112 (FatPack) @ Vintage FairNEW
HEAD: LAQ – Noelle
FACE: LAQ – Ines
BODY: Maitreya – Lara 4.1

OUTFIT: Meowhi – Summer Daze Collection (Black) @ Vintage FairNEW
SHOES: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Luke Sneakers @ Uber ✦ NEW

 

[#643] Groove Is In The Heart

 

DJ Soul was on a roll
I’ve been told he can’t be sold
He’s not vicious or malicious
Just de-lovely and delicious

Deee-Lite, ♫Groove Is In The Heart♫

 

From time to time I do blog posts that are intended to be goofy for the purpose of trying to balance out some of the emotion. I have no real reason why I don’t do it more often but I should but it seems like some of the songs I hear that drive feelings tend to win out over the more amusing stuff. I’ve got two pose sets and a decor item to share in what I’m considering to be a fairly simple and bare bones entry.

Taking pictures where I’m the focus is mainly what this blog is about but of course from time to time I have Brenna join me or my brother Lucky will sit in for a photo (thought it’s been a while dude!). This time I decided to do something super different and have my sister, Xandria and her guy Taka get in front of the lens. It was really nice of them to take the time to pose for me even if Xandria photobombed me with an animesh clown (don’t think I wasn’t going to out you!). But all the jokes aside it was a fun time and the results of the session were satisfactory.

Image Essentials has two new pose sets available at Vintage Fair, “Boogie Nights” and “Get Down” (see a theme there?) Trying to find attire that would have accurately fit these poses would have been difficult as the event itself didn’t have much in the way of hippie chic or 70’s wear. There are clubs that have theme nights which most people don’t dress to match it so that’s the idea I went with for this.

Each of these pose sets have five poses (each one with a mirrored version) depicting various groovy dance moves. Cycling through these gave me a chuckle because I can just imagine the actual dances in my head from different movies with some kind of funky backing track. As far as vintage goes, these poses hit the mark.

The sign you can see in the scene is Silence’s “Retro Arrow Sign”. I am using the “Dance” version in Red/Yellow (it also comes in Blue/Orange and Pink/Blue) as well as other sayings in these colors such as “Drink”, “Eat”, “Games” and “Live Music”. For anyone that has a club and wants a little vintage feel then this sign would add a little extra something to the decor.

 

Life I love you, all is groovy.
Paul Simon

 

POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Boogie Down @ Vintage FairNEW
POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Boogie Down @ Vintage FairNEW

SIGN: Silence – Retro Arrow Sign (Dance – Red/Yellow) @ Vintage FairNEW
BACKDROP: Salacity – Seamless Photo Backdrop Retro Yearbook

– Taka’s Style –

HAIR: Vango. – Owen
HEAD: LeLutka – Andrea
BODY: Signature – Gianni

JACKET: Gabriel – Spring Jacket Set
PANTS: Gabriel – Cotton Pants
BOOTS: Deadwool – Ulrich Boots

– Xandria’s Style –

HAIR: DOUX – Lisa @ ACCESS EventNEW
HEAD: CATWA – Catya
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

DRESS: Tres Blah – Aviva Dress
HEELS: REIGN – Emily Heels

 

[#642] Come On Let’s Go

 

Well, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, little sweetheart
Forever we can always be together
Come on, come on, let’s go again

Richie Valens, ♫Come On Let’s Go♫

 

While my coverage of Vintage Fair 2019 is starting to come closer to an end there’s still plenty of time to visit and shop the event. While you are there I encourage you to explore and look around because because the sim is well put together and it would be a disservice not to check it out even if you cannot find anything you’d want to purchase.

Brenna joins me for this photo and I give her credit for giving me the idea for the song being used to back the post. There were several different choices for it but they were not as vintage as her suggestion so I she gets the win on this. So thank you for giving me a hand with this you’re the best!

I’ve tried being as vintage as I can with these posts but settings are hard to come by when you need them so if they are not entirely time accurate I’m just going to have to be forgiven for it. I’m just trying to blog great products and make sure that the event and items get seen by as many people as I possibly can starting with the pose/prop from Secret Poses called “The Ride”.

This mesh vintage convertible prop comes with 5 built in poses (adjustable via menu). I really enjoy classic cars as there are many from past era’s that are fun to look at during car shows or also on restoration programs where they rebuild an old classic. These machines are pieces of history that should be preserved if at all possible because it helps us see how designs have changed over the years and the technology that exists now that did not when these beasts roamed the roads.

In addition to that I am wearing the “Ruth” glasses by eVe. These unisex glasses have a unique throwback style to them and if they have a name I honestly could not tell you but at least I’m being honest instead of trying to fake it through a description. A resize script within the glasses help with any adjustments that need to be made and they also come with a HUD containing 4 different elements that can be recolored including the frame, lenses and embellishments. These glasses are unisex so they can be worn by anyone who enjoys a unique pair of shades.

I‘m going to make a quick note that I’m glad that Brenna came up with the Ritchie Valens tune as I do enjoy hearing his music when it plays somewhere or I go to it on a youtube video/link. In the real world I remember my mother mentioning him and how the world reacted to the news of his passing along with Buddy Holly and Big Bopper.

I saw this played out on film in La Bamba and can’t imagine what it was like for not only his friends by his family as well as there was talent there that could have continued to make music and maybe eventually be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though it could also be said that it may never have happened and that it only became so special because he didn’t get to live a fulfilled life. Pretty sad to think about but with the music we were given, I’ll take it and be grateful for having heard it and experienced it.

 

I stick with a ’60s vintage aesthetic of letterman’s jackets, plain T-shirts, and good jeans.
G-Eazy

 

POSE/PROP: Secret Poses – The Ride @ Vintage Fair ✦ NEW

BACKDROP: Focus Poses – Guetto Backdrop

– My Style –

HAIR: lock&tuft (Store / MP) – Trevor
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Tom (Tone 02) @ Vintage Fair ✦ NEW

GLASSES: eVe – Ruth @ Vintage Fair ✦ NEW
SHIRT: Legal Insanity – Oliver Shirt
JEANS: Deadwool – Kojima Jeans
BOOTS: Deadwool – Desert Boots (Black)

– Brenna’s Style –

HAIR: DOUX – Tyrisha
HEAD: LeLutka – Aida
FACE: theSkinnery – Sonia
BODY: Maitreya – Lara 4.1

SHIRT: The Secret Store – Cindy Knotted Shirt
PANTS: The Secret Store – Bonnie Capri Pants

 

[#641] Goodbye Norma Jean

 

And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Elton John, ♫Candle In The Wind♫

 

Even though my coverage for Vintage Fair is still growing strong, this for me would certainly be considered the penultimate entry in the series for the event. One of the most highly sought after items there is the Monroe Skin by LAQ. With 9 tones to choose from, any avatar can become an iconic timeless beauty with which to gather awe from those around them.

6 months ago if someone would have told me that I’d be blogging female items and doing a decent job of it I’d have probably look at them cock-eyed. This has truly been a really good experience and has allowed me to step up my creative ability. “Candle In The Wind” is probably one of my all time favorite songs done by Elton John and there was no other choice for this blog but to use that song even if the potential for other bloggers to use it was great. To me it epitomizes the tribute song in so many ways and though Miss Monroe was well before my time, as I was growing up I learned quite a bit about her through discussions from people around me and what I’d seen on television. She set the bar for what an actress should be even though behind the camera everything was not as glamorous.

To further make myself fabulous, I am wearing the Evelyn Dress by Salt & Pepper. This beautiful gown is elegant and would definitely catch attention at formal function with the jewels and plunging neckline. I am showcasing the Fatpack so the choice for colors made it hard for me to decide on what to go with but my instincts told me that red was the way to go.

LAQ – Monroe Skin

  • 9 skin tones to choose from
  • Brow or No Brow options
  • Exclusive to Vintage Fair until 06/16

Salt & Pepper – Evelyn Dress (FATPACK)

  • Original Mesh
  • HUD contains 12 fabric colors, 8 strap colors, 5 gem colors and 4 metal colors
  • Also includes headwrap
  • Compatible with Belleza (Freya), Maitreya (Lara) and SLink (Hourglass)
  • Exclusive to Vintage Fair until 06/16

 

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
Marilyn Monroe

 

POSE/PROP: Fashiowl – Go Marching In

STAGE: Kraftwork – Not A Box Stage

HAIR: Clawtooth – Audrey Redux (Essentials)
HEAD: LAQ – Noelle
SKIN: LAQ – Munroe (Tone 1.0) @ Vintage FairNEW
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

DRESS: Salt & Pepper – Evelyn Dress (FATPACK) @ Vintage FairNEW