[#665] Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

 

It’s a wonderful feeling
Feel the love in the room
From the floor to the ceiling
It’s that time of year
Christmas time is here

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, ♫N’Sync♫

 

One of the toughest things for me when it comes to the task of pairing blogs up with songs (especially this time of year) is trying to remember what I’ve done and what I haven’t. Like I have to be careful with songs revolving around winter and the holidays as there are the ones that are such classics and are easy to remember but once you’ve broken past that barrier then you’re scraping the barrel for ones that fit your mood/theme. I’ve been also going through some of the more modern songs and that’s when I decided it was time to go back but not too far back to when JT and his guys were younger and put out this infectious holiday tune.

Pose Fair is well under way now and I’m seeing so many good photos and representations from fellow event bloggers as well as those who have gone to the event to pick up their favorites and put them in their creations. It’s a wonderful thing to see and personally I hope it inspires each and every one of us because to me that’s what creativity is all about…to see what we can take from our brains and put onto digital canvas in this particular case.

Ax Poses has a bevy of exclusives for this round and I had a hard time choosing between them as I found their “Beautiful” pose to be something that could be made into a sweet moment. Though the sweet pets that make up the “My Christmas Gift” won the day for me as I couldn’t resist the playful kitty and their wrapped gift and the puppy with a Santa Hat. These props are included with the pose and the pose can be unlinked from the props to help adjust for varying avatars.

Let me be the first to admit that I haven’t really been all the up to date on how the new (although technically old) “Bakes On Mesh” stuff works and last night I ended up putting myself smack into the middle of it so that I could blog the “Yvette” skin by Session Skins. It employs the Bakes On Mesh tech and considering that this is a product for women I was becoming frustrated trying to get it to work. I had to ask around and finally was able to get directed in the right direction to the things that would make it work and once I got the hang of it, the experience wasn’t entirely horrible and could be handy in the future even if at the beginning I thought it was a pain in the rear (frustration can set in easy sometimes).

“Yvette” comes in two different tone options (01 and 02 which I took the lightest between them). This is also a full body skin so it came in two different body styles (skinny and chubby) along with the tattoo add-ons that can give you moles or take away the original eyebrows so you can wear your own. I did in fact go with the moles because I liked how they looked but I left the eyebrows after testing the tattoo to remove them and it wasn’t for me personally. I also can see why people are moving towards BOM because of the amount of tattoos that you can wear on the body (some upwards of 62 from what I’ve been told) which is highly useful for makeups and as well as tattoos.

I have to admit I think it’ll take me quite a bit of time to get used to this new system but like any other new thing in Second Life, I’ll adapt to it just fine. We all were all on that ship when new mesh items were coming out over the past few years as well as when Bento itself released not that long ago. To me it’s just one step towards making things more realistic.

 

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.
Bob Hope

 

POSE: Ax Poses – My Christmas Gift @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: elua – Miss Hair ✦ Gacha
HEAD: Genus Project – Classic Face W001
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Yvette (Tone 01)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

TOP: AlterEgo – Chelsea Sweater
LEGGINGS: Blueberry – Poppy Leggings – Cream
SHOES: Blueberry – FLF 7/19 – Shoes Pack

 

[#661] Love Like Winter

 

Warn your warmth to turn away,
Here it’s December,
Everyday.
Press your lips to the sculptures,
And surely you’ll stay.

AFI, ♫Love Like Winter♫

 

Sometimes I never really know what to write when I do these blogs. What kind of info do I want to share and what I do share is it too much or not enough? Perhaps it is simply just trial and error and hopefully by the end of things you at least know what I’m wearing or what others are wearing that I might photograph and where it can be purchased. My goal is to make a visually interesting photo to go along with the items I’ve tasked myself with sharing and if at least one person (whether it is male items or female items now as well) takes a taxi because I’ve helped them make an informed decision then I’m happy.

Without going into any cheesy Game Of Thrones mantras (Winter Is Coming…no no it’s already here) I had to take a long hard look at what my future was as it relates to blogging and the blogging of events. While it’s great to be able to have all these different things at my disposal, I have to think about the cost of it is not only time wise by creativity wise. Pose Fair is one of my favorite events for the simple fact that without poses blogging would be quite dull and our virtual selves would look like we had sticks up our bums.

Because of the fact that I was dealing with things in my real life I was unable to participate in the last two rounds. The latest round begins on December 7th and when it came time to choose between doing it and walking away permanently, I chose to see if this was the thing that helped me and not only healed some of parts of me that hurt and also would inspire me creatively. I’ll be the first to say that winter and Christmas themes are not something I’ve dealt with exceptionally in the past but I will say that I’m looking at it from a challenge standpoint and I am up for it.

Thank you to Ruby for having faith in me to allow me to be a permanent fixture in her event, it’s a an honor for me to be a part of all of this.

The first store that I’ve chosen to blog is WetCat, I’ve always loved the poses from this store and I realize that it’s one of insanely popular ones that will get a ton of coverage for the event (which is warranted no doubt). The “Last Christmas” pose set just really spoke to me creatively and I ended up on the popular and now winterized version of Luanes World (I’ll hopefully be blogging this store as well for the event). The set comes with a frozen heart (or one made of snow) prop and 6 different poses each with mirrors of the pose and prop.

When the event opens on the 7th, I expect this to be a huge hit with pose enthusiasts but also be sure to check out “Heat” which is another Pose Fair Exclusive for this winter round.

One of the best times of the year for sales in the SL community is around Thanksgiving where stores much like in the real world hold Black Friday sales and for savings on things like mesh bento heads and bodies this is the time to really strike and get those coveted items at a steep discount. I found out that the Genus Project was having a sale on their bento heads and knowing that I could put it to use with skins made by Session Skins that I’d be able to maximize blogging female items when I feel more creative or need to fill a hole.

I’ve been wanting to blog the Session Skins Genus products for quite a while and have a stockpile of ideas that I squirreled away for when the time was right (and also when I actually had a Genus face to work with). I’m still learning on how to use the head as it is a bit different from the other brands that I have at my disposal but I think it won’t be too much of a problem to be able to dive into the ideas. So for this particular photo, I’m wearing the “Sara” skin which is a Tone 02 (much like the male ones I blog to keep it consistent in a sense?) It comes with a brow version and a non-brow version so it gives you a choice as sometimes consumers seem to like their own brows (personally I feel that is hit or miss but that’s me).

My wife had just hit up The Arcade and played some machines and tossed me some hairs from the L’etre/Doux machine (which the one I chose hit the mark style wise). It was a good thing she was around as I was putting this look together because we really do make a great team even when she’s not making me look good in photos. She also directed me to ISON where I picked up the sweater (it was a Saturday Sale item) so my entire wardrobe was budget friendly which if you haven’t yet looked into Saturday Sale or Happy Weekend, they are a great addition to the institution of Fifty Linden Friday. For the guys there is also Manly Weekend which has items from great designers at a low price of $50L’s.

 

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.
John Burroughs

 

Photo taken @ Luane’s World

POSE: WetCat Poses – Last Christmas @ Pose Fair (12/07) ✦ NEW

HAT/HAIR: DOUX – Beanie Babe Hairstyle [Variety] @ The ArcadeNEW
HEAD: Genus Project – Classic Face W001
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Sara (Tone 02)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

TOP: ISON – Cropped Turtleneck Sweater (Taupe)
JEANS: Blueberry – Power Play Jeans – Denim – Gray

 

[#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)

 

[#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