[#454] Drink Deep In The Morning

La da da da
Lift up your voice
Let love cut through the American noise

β™«American Noiseβ™« – Skillet

The one thing I knew after having such a huge and thought provoking post last time out, I felt like I really needed to come up with something strong to follow up with. I had my hair style and clothing but the one thing I needed was a setting. I looked through some of my resources and came across a sim I know I have never done any pics at so that was my destination…or so I hoped.

The Whole Wheat sim is a cornucopia of different settings all wrapped up into one and just randomly picking a door to go through I found a nice little place to set up shop. I really started getting a vibe with all the abandoned junk and debris which had things such as a cassette player and a record player that had been discarded and left abandoned. It was then that I finalized my look and knew that the pose set I wanted to use would work just right with the setting.


Recently I came across an ad that Chat Noir poses was looking for bloggers and before that I had been to their store to see if they had anything knew in male poses that I did not own. I came across pose set “1760” which was for guitar poses. I’m not going to turn down a guitar pose set even if I have other ones at my disposal as this is something new and not like others I have (a plus being it is bento enabled).

While there is no guarantee that I’ll get selected as a blogger I certainly hope that they see what I can do with their poses as I am a fan and enjoy the work they do.

With that said all the boxes for what I needed for this shoot were checked and I happily took quite a few shots from different angles and tested out different lighting but I feel the one I ended up with along with some minor magic with the help of the Nik Collection, I was able to capture a good photo.


When it comes to events I don’t always walk out with a purchase (even when I’ve looked at the shopping guide before hand). Most of the ones I go to outside of the usual all male variety can be hit and miss as far as male objects. Colabor88 is one of those events where every now and then something will catch my eye (usually footwear from some of my favorite designers as is the case for this post).

Vale Koer released a new pair of boots called the “RAINYDAY” boots and if anything was worth fighting the madness of trying to get in on the first day…these would be a good reason. When something in the virtual world reminds me of an item I own or have owned in the past and no longer have comes along I don’t hesitate. For a long time I had a pair of boots like this and wore them for many years, they got me through some of the last few years of High School and ended up being something I wore to work until they were finally done in for good. While I probably will most often wear the regular version of these or all black, it’s nice to know that I have other options in the FATPACK to entertain myself with on a whim.


Besides the Vale Koer boots, the rest of my outfit is completely from my brand partner, {COLD-ASH}, which I am wearing one new product and one previous product that has been updated to fit the Belleza body. The jeans work fantastic with the boots which I don’t think I could have planned any better than I did but my focus is more on the button down shirt which I guess you could say is also a previous product but it is different because it’s got a new coat of paint so to speak.

The Taylor shirt which I proudly wore in one of my favorite posts, #440 (Whenever The Rain) has gotten a makeover and now along with the Classic Pack which you can get at their store, they have released a version with dotted, plaid, and check patterns for those of you who are into that style. I can admit the moment I saw it and put it on along with the HUD that’s included I was super excited. It was really hard to decide what pattern to go with until I chose the one you see in the photos.

In the above pic I’m also showing a second pose from the Chat Noir 1760 set. The ad shows an electric guitar but I felt considering the type of background I was working with an acoustic would suit my photos a lot better and seems to be the right decision.


Leaving the best (or what I consider to be) for last when it comes to brands is sometimes the right thing to do. This post features a new hair from the M-Cuts line of the Modulus brand which I’ve been honored with being able to use in my work. This hair is the second to be released at The Men’s Department along with “Carl” at the monthly event. They are quite the opposite of one another in the fact that with “Carl” the hair is swept to the left side of the head and with “Stefan” it is shorter in length and swept to the right side.

I did my best to provide the angles to show the hair off from front to back and also to note that it will work great with a very short hairbase style which you can find at the Modulus store.

When it comes to an overall feeling after you taken the photos and pulled them into whatever editor that is used to touch things up, I felt very confident that this is probably my second favorite blog post of 2018. Sure there are still ten more months left in the year (I know, I know I’m not trying to rush anything I promise) but if I am already at a place where I think I’m doing well then as time continues on there’s not telling what great visual stories will unfold on this site. You can now scroll down to the styling credits (if you haven’t already) and I’ll see you again on the horizon.

Onto the next conversation…

Photos taken @ Whole Wheat


 

HAIR: Modulus – Stefan Hair ✦ NEW @ TMD

HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
EYES: AG. Reverie Eyes ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
FACE: ::LV: Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
BEARD: -Nivaro- Rugged ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

SHIRT: {COLD-ASH} TAYLOR Shirt (Dotted/Plaid/Check Fatpack) ✦ NEW @ Man Cave

The original Taylor shirt was a hit for me as I enjoyed the posts that I created while wearing it and as much as I love solid colors, I really enjoy prints and patterns that much more which is why having the plaid and check patterns for this shirt are super awesome. While I may not be crazy about dots I really like how these were done so there definitely a possibility that you’ll see me wearing one of them in a photo (if not on my blog then possibly just a random flickr photo).

JEANS: {COLD-ASH} RILEY BOOT-STYLE JEANS FATPACK ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

BOOTS: [VALE KOER] RAINYDAY BOOTS FATPACK ✦ NEW @ Collabor88

A great well constructed boot set with tons of different options (coming from the FATPACK). You can put together just about any color combination you’d like by just clicking a spot on the HUD and selecting your desired color choice. One thing I can say for certain is when it gets to be the time of year where designers are making shorts more, I’ll be wearing this quite a bit in combination as most pants would make it difficult to wear these without having to do some adjusting.

TA – Code Guitar

I’ve had this for quite a long time and it’s actually mostly for decoration as it is an acoustic guitar with a stand. They do give you one to wear and use (which I made a copy of to be able to make it work with the poses). After all this time it still looks great and stands up well as far as early mesh objects go and was glad that I could use it in this photo shoot.

CN* pose 1760

Anything to do with music is something I’m going to normally purchase if the timing is right and these guitar poses from Chat Noir are very well done. There are 6 different poses with (mirror/alternate sides) that are a combination of sitting and standing poses. I have to note that a guitar prop is not included with the pose and I had to use my own but pretty much any guitar you might have in your inventory can work with the right adjustments (make a copy of it first just in case!!!).

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[#446] Dark On Me

But I found in you what was lost in me
In a world so cold and empty
I could lie awake just to watch you breathe
In the dead of night, you went dark on me

β™«Dark On Meβ™« – Starset

When you have an idea in your head that you want to make as close to what you envision as possible, you tend to wait until the absolute right time to put it all together and that is what I did with this blog entry. I could have waited to do it when it was a significant post number or a special occasion but with all the pieces I needed to create what I saw in my mind, the time was at hand to unleash it.

I’ve done several space themed entries before with a song by the band Starset as its soundtrack. Once again I have gone that direction as this particular song has been one that I wanted to for a very long time (I keep notes about things I want to do and I have had it in my notes for ages). While the band has their own concept through their songs and albums, I didn’t want to copy their ideas and wanted to come up with a story of sorts to back the photos up on my own.


While I wanted to keep the intergalactic theme for the series of photos, I also didn’t want to do anything with Star Wars or Star Trek. In my head I thought maybe more along the lines of the video game, Halo, but maybe not set in a world where humans are fighting aliens.

In my head I thought it would be more like different colonies of humans (the world became overpopulated and so mankind sought out the stars to find sustainable places for life) are at war with one another. The protagonist in this story is a soldier who during one of the battles is fighting alongside the love of his life and she is wounded and he is fighting to get her to where she can receive medical aid.


As the story would progress our soldier manages to escape the battle and get his love to a medical station on a moon base where she is being attended to in the picture above. For this I used the RARE Body Scanner item from the “Experimental” gacha set from Disorderly which is a part of the current round of The Epiphany. I used several other items from this set but unfortunately those photos did not make it to this blog entry as I had taken many photos from different angles and chose the best ones to use.

The outfits that myself and Rosalie are wearing are from the Shu Mesh store (which I’ve used for my other space posts). I really like the detail that their products have and the reason why I went back to them to put together looks for this post.


With the other photos used here it’s not as easy to see the hair and eyes that the protagonist is wearing which is why I am including this close-up (as I do with all new featured hair and eye products). The eyes themselves are key because they were the beginning of what prompted me to start working on this entry. Go&See released the “Galaxy” eyes for The Season’s Story winter edition. It was hard to decide on which color eyes to use because they were all so beautiful to look at.

Once again I’m wearing one of the latest Modulus Alpha Hair releases named “Tommy”. I really thought this worked well for a soldier or military style haircut and envisioned this could very well be what they wear in the future.

This hair is currently available only at the Man Cave event.


Normally I don’t show close-ups when I have guests blog with me but this blog post feels a little different and extra special so I’ve included a closer look at Rosalie’s face and eyes. I stylized the left part of the photo to show that not every story has a fairytale ending. In the future of the world this post is set in the love of the protagonist suffers mortal injuries and succumbs to them (the part of which “dark on me” means to me in this case).

I had this thought that in that particular world when someone passes their life force diminishes and they turn ashen (a lot like Optimus Prime did in the animated Transformers movie from 1985). This depicts her body starting to change as her essence leaves her body. It seems like such a wild concept but I thought it was rather cool and could be something I actually write about when I get a wild hair.

As I move to wrap this up, I want to thank Rosalie again for helping me put together a fun photo session that turned out better than I even hoped. She ran with the idea I was going with and put together a look that along with the armor she wore, gelled about as perfect as you could possibly get. The hair and eyes as well as the makeup fit the thoughts I head swirling around in my brain.

Also I would like to thank Lucie Bluebird-Lexington for providing me some space (no pun intended) along with the dome with the out of this world sky; I could not have put this together as close to my particular vision without those little details.

I look forward to the next adventure that I embark upon but I want to live in the moment of this one for a little bit before I push forward.

So instead of Onto the next…we’ll go with…

Until the next conversation…

HAIR: Modulus – Tommy Hair – BROWNS @ Man Cave ✦ NEW

This hair reminds me a little bit of a style that you would find in the Roman Empire time period. It’s short with a little length hanging in the front just above the eyes. The back and sides are shaved (so using a shaved base or just having it bald works best for this). There are five color packs each with five colors in them (included in the HUD is a color tinter). A FATPACK is also available for purchase so run out to the Man Cave event and test this out for yourself!

HAIRBASE: Modulus – Jai Hair Base ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
HEAD: CATWA – Victor ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

EYES: Go&See * Galaxy * @ The Season’s Story ✦ NEW

These CATWA eye compatible eyes have 10 very beautiful eyes that can be worn by either male or females. They are perfect for those who might be involved with role-playing at space themed sims. They are available until the 31st so you have a few days left to go grab these and you won’t regret it if you do!

FACE: Stray Dog – Nate – Tone 2 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

HAIR: Exile – Loose Ends – Naturals
HEAD: LAQ – Neve
EYES: IKON – Deadshine Eyes – Apex
FACE: LAQ – Luna 1.5

OUTFIT: – Shu Mesh – Odiseum Armor (Male)

This futuristic armor is awesome (at least in my mind it is) and has several different features that make it a great addition for any cosplay or role-playing event. The helmet fit perfectly without me having to do any adjusting to it (with my hair on as well). The included HUD allows you to change different color parts of the suit as well as different features on the helmet.

Please note that I am also using an Add-On HUD that is purchasable at the store to give the armor it’s battle damaged appearance.

OUTFIT: – Shu Mesh – Shury Soft Armor (Female)

A newer release from the brand, it features bento hands and feet as well as a HUD to change various parts of the suit (Including the arm computer on the left arm). It is not fitted for mesh bodies but if you are already wearing a full body alpha it will work just fine. Please note that it is also rigged mesh.

~isil~ *Science!* Research Station RARE

Unfortunately I took way too many photos so this item is not viewed in full. I intend to post more from this photo shoot onto my Flickr so if you are interested in seeing more to check back there to see some of the shots that did not make it into the full blog.

DISORDERLY. / Experimental / Body Scanner / RARE @ The Epiphany ✦ NEW

This item was not only hard to obtain (because it was likely because I wanted it so badly haha) but it was a crucial piece of the story. The best view of it is in the second photo above and in the close up shot of Rosalie. There are also alternate takes that did not make it to the full blog as well that will likely end up on my Flickr in the near future when time permits.

RK Poses – Take Me Home

The perfect pose for the story shot where the protagonist is carrying his fallen love off of the battlefield in order to get medical aid. I had seen this in another bloggers work and did not realize that I already had it in my unused arsenal of poses. RK Poses makes really quality poses and I couldn’t have asked for a better one to use for the photos in which it is featured.

Photos taken with product taken @ INSILICO

RK Poses – Ash ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
*CN* Pose 1735 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

[#445] Popular

I’ll never get caught
I’m popular
I’m a teachers pet
I make football bets

β™«Popularβ™« – Nada Surf

With one of the biggest (American) football games coming up in nearly two weeks, I thought I’d do something a little fun in honor of that. Seeing as how I have several decades of music knowledge to go on and the 90’s were essentially where my complete love of music was born I thought I’d take a little gem from that time frame and use it as the theme for this entry.


While I already had my look already figured out, it was more of a challenge of what I was going to do to surround myself with the atmosphere of what one might consider a “jock” culture which if I’m not mistaken is still a thing today. Football players are highly regarded and sought after within their respective classes and adored by cheerleaders and other girls alike.

It was either going to be that I looked around to find bits and pieces to make a build myself which I am self-assured is not my forte…or I could try to find a backdrop that would befit my vision. All it really took was a quick trip onto the marketplace where I found the awesome locker room backdrop from RAMVII (which I admit was perfect for what I had rattling around in my head). The finishing touches were the football helmet from Tartessos Arts and the football that you see which is from a pose set from NANTRA’S “Touchdown” pack (which I will link for you because I did not credit it due to it being a part of a set I did not use in this blog post).


After I put this look together and was had my song choice picked my wife thought I was going with a basketball theme because of the track suit; I explained to her what I was doing and she said I looked more like a basketball player. While that may be true I distinctly remember during my time in school that all the football players wore track suits during the school assemblies.

Regardless of whichever one of us is right I may have to purchase this outfit in another color and do a basketball pic just for the fun of it.

Image Essentials has released a new pose set called “Lightbulb Moment” and while it is intended for use by the ladies, I managed to make it work using some out of the box thinking as I’ve been known to employ from time to time. This pose set is available at the Designer Circle event through the 3rd of February.

For the second consecutive entry I am featuring a product from Modulus but this time it is the latest skin in the M-Bare line that is a mainstore release. “McMillan” is his name and he appears to be a confident fella as I’ve portrayed him in these photos. I’ll talk more about this guy down in the credits so I don’t run out of things to say.


I feel like I did a fairly good job of putting a look together to capture the essence of “Johnny Football Hero” as the lyrics in the song suggest. One of the things that I try to do more than anything is to make my avatar look and feel the part of whatever vision my brain comes up with for me to conceptualize.

Within the next blog entry or so I am going to be featuring Modulus, Go&See and some items from The Epiphany event which I’m looking super forward to and hope that the final touches are exactly what I thought up in my head. The next adventure is just up ahead and I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me.

Onto the next Conversation

HAIR: Wasabi // Tyler Hair

I picked up the Fifty Linden Friday version of this hair with a mix of colors combined (like a smaller version of a variety pack). There are several color packs to choose from as well as a variety and FATPACK for those who tend to wear several colors of hair and want to stick to one hairstyle for a while. Now known as just Wasabi (previously known as Wasabi Pills), I feel as though I was not as thrilled with this purchase as I originally thought but is at least worth the price I purchased it for during FLF. With that said, what is not as good for one may be better for another and I do not want dissuade anyone from trying it out for themselves before making their decision.

HEAD: CATWA – Victor (𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑)
EYES: AG. Hope Eyes (𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑)
FACE: Modulus – McMillan Skin – Rose ⚜ NEW

The newest confident male skin in Modulus’ M-Bare line is as I mentioned before a store only new release. It comes in three tones (Latte, Rose, and Sand) and includes a brow and body shape to make it look its best and as how the creator intended; along with a HUD that gives you the option to apply just the face or individual (or combined) hairbase and brows.

The skin appliers can be found at the mainstore for all current body types to ensure compatiblity.

BODY: Belleza – Jake (𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑)

JACKET: [VEX] Tracksuit Jacket [White]

Track jackets have been a part of sports culture for as long as I can remember and it’s trickled down to what most guys wear to relax or go to the gym in (for those who work out). The track jacket comes with an attachable shirt with a HUD that can change the color/texture of the shirt. I find this to be very fashionable and could even be paired with jeans if you are not feeling quite like putting the whole track suit look together.

ℭ𝔬π”ͺπ”­π”žπ”±π”¦π”Ÿπ”©π”’ π”šπ”¦π”±π”₯: Belleza and Signature male bodies.

PANTS: [VEX] Tracksuit Pants [White]

The second half of the track suit ensemble, these pants have an option where you can wear boxers (which you cannot see in the pictures as I am wearing the jacket). An included HUD allows you to change the color of the boxer with several color/texture options. I really love the quality of these pants and as a fan of track pants because of their comfort when you don’t want to be in adult mode, these are just what any man could ask for as far as chill apparel goes.

ℭ𝔬π”ͺπ”­π”žπ”±π”¦π”Ÿπ”©π”’ π”šπ”¦π”±π”₯: Belleza and Signature male bodies.

SHOES: EQUAL – Neil Sneakers FATPACK @ Man Cave ⚜ NEW (𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑)

These shoes appear for the second straight entry as I felt that they were perfect for this look as they are sporty type shoes. I just colored them appropriately to match the colors of the track suit.

HELMET: ::TA Football Helmet Set

With a little bit of editing (I removed the attached football in favor of the one that you see as well as the shadow) this helmet comes with two options. Inside is a helmet you can wear or the one that I used that you can place out for decoration (and is modifiable). The decoration helmet has a resize feature as well as several color textures so that you it will fit the type of decor you have in your home or man cave (no pun intended!)

BACKDROP: RAMVII – The Lockers Backdrop

I found this backdrop while scouring the marketplace for items that would help me in setting up a scene. There are not many items in the store but the mesh really seems to be made with quality and this backdrop’s textures are pretty good as well. The chalkboard can be edited to allow you to place your own picture inside at your discretion.

IE – Lightbulb Moment (b) @ Designer Circle ⚜ NEW

This pose set includes 5 different poses (each with mirror poses) and is bento enabled so if you do not have a body or hands that have it, they will not work. These poses promote the idea that the person posing has come up with a thought or idea and I can see people doing these kind of poses in everyday life. As previously stated, these poses are female oriented but can be used by males due to the parity of them.

[#444] Footsteps

I did a what I had to do. Oh, and if there was a reason…
Oh, there wasn’t no reason. no.
And if there’s something you’d like to do. Oh, just let me continue to blame you.

β™«Footstepsβ™« – Pearl Jam

When I started putting this visual together my original vision was different.

My first thoughts were to go with a gory visual but as I kept thinking about it I wanted to make it more about the mental aspect of the scene. You can add blood to anything and just leave it at that but I wanted a little more that would be more about the logical aspect. There are some elements based off the book/film “The Shining” as the backdrop that I am using is based off of it as well.


With my look I wanted to give the feeling as if the person in question had not shaven or cut their hair as well as suffer from insomnia and or paranoia; this person has completely shut themselves off from the world. Putting this together was a lot of fun even if my vision changed a little once I started to put all the pieces together; I think that what I did finish off with came out better in the long run.

I feel that my song choice also fit perfectly and allowed me to dig into a rarity by Pearl Jam that not many knew about before their “Lost Dogs” unreleased tracks album came out. I first encountered this song when I purchased a cd single of “Jeremy” (this is when that was a big thing to do to get songs not put on albums). Listening to it carefully it gives me the feeling that it is about someone who is suffering from some kind of depression or mental illness; it could even be dealing with the loss of someone and the aftermath of it.


Lately I can not say enough about the new hairs being released by Modulus. The brand may be a partner of this blog but as a reviewer of items I have a duty to be honest with the products I feature on this site. I’m not here to blow smoke up anyone’s rear end or praise someone because I know them or are friends with them. I genuinely love this brand and have from it’s beginnings as a skin store by the name of Fruk. Fast Forward to present day and the hairs that are part of the Alpha series, they are not only styled well but have great textures and design.

Many brands are fighting for your money which obviously you know. I do have access to Modulus and the brands creator, Chucky Hollak, and I can tell you that I have never met anyone so dedicated to making products that you will enjoy and use over and over. If it isn’t up to his strict specifications then it doesn’t see the light of day and that tells me something.

This brand does not phone it in.


Lately I have had some fruitful shopping trips, one of which was to the recently opened Man Cave. After two trips leaving with things I feel like I could even go back again for more but I have to keep in mind that Men Only Monthly just started as well as Hipster Men’s Event which is coming up this Tuesday. Times like this with so many things I feel that I can use in my photos it makes budgeting a pain in the backside.

My love of shopping is not a very good thing for my wallet.

Time for me to finish up here and get to those credits and my opinions on the items I have not previously blogged before and work on what is to come.

Onto the next conversation…

HAIR: Modulus – Adam – Browns @ The Men’s Jail ⚜ NEW

For the second straight month in a row, The Men’s Jail has been fortunate to have Modulus release a new hair at their event and I have it on good authority that the “Adam” hair has been styled after the man behind the character Kylo Ren, Adam Driver. Mid length to longer styles are always catching my eye because it allows me to have the kind of hair that I do not have in the real world. This great style is available in 5 color packs (each with 5 colors) and can be purchased as a FATPACK as well for the people who just can’t decide and want to save themselves some hard earn money.

HEAD: CATWA – Daniel (Previously Blogged)
EYES: AG. Reverie Eyes

Previously released at the first Cosmopolitan event that ran from January 1st-15th, these eyes are every bit of what you have come to expect from Avi-Glam. For this blog I am wearing the Sky color eyes. In addition to that color there are 19 other colors you can pick from or if you absolutely cannot live without more than one color you can get them all for a value price.

Included is a HUD for CATWA, Omega and Regular (which work with the mesh eyes also in the pack).

FACE: ::LV:. Brennan (Previously Blogged)

FACIAL HAIR: Volkstone Grizzly Facial Hair [4 Styles+Tint.] @ ULTRA ⚜ NEW

Beards are something I like quite a bit and in varying styles depending on my mood. This beard is a bit thicker than a lot of the other styles I have worn (though I have been known to sport some really heavy beards). There are several versions included in this pack and have HUDs for both CATWA and Omega. One of the styles allows for you to have a salt and pepper style beard if you want to look a little more seasoned as some do here on the grid.

BODY:: Belleza – Jake (Previously Blogged)

SHIRT: COMPLEX / ZAC FLANNEL / FATPACK @ TMD ⚜ NEW

When I first saw this product I had to have it and I could not just purchase one and went with the FATPACK. The best part about doing that is that there are extras included that you cannot get if you buy separately.

I am wearing the blue flannel with white shirt combo even though I love the pack has plaid flannel in it as well. There is HUD for both the flannel and also the inside shirt (which would also be in single packs). If want to wear the flannel open without the shirt there is a toggle in the HUD where you can remove it or add it back on whenever you want.

ℭ𝔬π”ͺπ”­π”žπ”±π”¦π”Ÿπ”©π”’ π”šπ”¦π”±π”₯: Belleza and Signature male bodies.

PANTS: ::GB:: Slim Denim jeans / Wallet chain / FATPACK @ Man Cave ⚜ NEW

Wallet chains may not be the in thing as much these days as they have in the past but it’s a feature I love seeing in jeans which is why this product was a must have. Gabriel makes not only quality products but makes them super affordable even for their FATPACKS which I splurged on with this as well and as I said, I did do a bit of damage at Man Cave as you are now discovering. There are three colors of denim (dark, light and black) with the wallet chain as an attachment.

Even if the wallet chain is not your cup of tea, you can always get these jeans and not wear it because they are still great with or without the addition; if you decide not to jump on these you may just regret it at some point and that’s just my opinion.

ℭ𝔬π”ͺπ”­π”žπ”±π”¦π”Ÿπ”©π”’ π”šπ”¦π”±π”₯: Belleza, Signature and SLink male bodies.

SHOES: EQUAL – Neil Sneakers FATPACK @ Man Cave ⚜ NEW

There’s definitely more than one reason for the Man Cave event’s name. Not only is it making a reference to being a male only event as well a room in a house where males hole themselves up in on the weekends or during possible sporting events. Personally I think it also refers to one’s ability to not pass up a great item and they “cave” under the pressure to buy things like FATPACKs. EQUAL is a newer brand out on the scene but having come across their brand in several events in the last few months I am becoming a fan with the quality and styles they are releasing.

The style of these shoes really caught my eye and there were so many great colors that when I priced the ones I wanted and looked at what it would be for them all it was a no brainer. The HUD that is included with the FATPACK allows you to customize sections of the shoe with all the available colors in the pack and there are a total of 10.

ℭ𝔬π”ͺπ”­π”žπ”±π”¦π”Ÿπ”©π”’ π”šπ”¦π”±π”₯: Belleza, Signature and SLink male bodies.

BACKDROP: [Bad Unicorn] Redrum Backdrop

Inspired by the hotel featured in “The Shining” I have seen some really cool movie scene recreations and I wanted to do something just a little different from all that I have seen and I feel I hit the nail on it. The build is put together very well and photographs great as I tested several different windlights while I was trying to find the right mood for the session (which I used two different ones). When it comes to building backdrops, Bad Unicorn is one of the tops in that genre and I always look forward to seeing their work at events and new store releases.

RK Poses: Cody (5, 1 / Previously Blogged)

[#435] Fire Escape

I met up with an acrobat
In Brooklyn or some place like that
With life and taxis flying past
We tore that dance hall down

β™«Fire Escapeβ™« – Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Merry Christmas everyone or Yule for those of you who participate. I didn’t anticipate having the time to be able to post anything for a few days with the holiday festivities but I managed to steal a few minutes of time while the family festivities calm down a bit. I’m not going to get overly wordy this time since I figure everyone that views this is going to be doing it on the fly.


I really wanted to do something upbeat since I have been in a super good mood lately and the song I chose as the theme for this really fit in with some of the elements of the scene. It also helps that Paparazzi created a backrop that came complete with a Fire Escape, how did that happen to work out so well? I really just needed to find the right outfit and I feel like I did.


This blog entry features goodies from Avi-Glam (a brand partner), TonkTastic & Hermony (brand partner as well), Bleich, and Ohemo. I suppose you might be able to classify this look as hipster, though I’m not sure where the line starts to blur as I’m not wearing a thick beard in this look; I made it colder weather chic with the sweater and beanie as well.

As I just mentioned, this post includes Avi-Glam which I am featuring two items (one older and one newer). The skin comes from the Man Cave event and is called “Nero” and I’ll tell you more about it down in the credits. The “Hope Eyes” I have previously blogged but I had not worn this particular color before and really liked how it looked with the rest of the look I put together.


In other great news: this past week CATWA released a new male head to add to their lineup. “Victor” is his name and he definitely has a charming but rugged look to him. I will give you more of my thoughts down in the credits as well. I think it is one of their best releases though that has come along and I was excited for it before it even hit the store.

To everyone reading, I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday and have surrounded yourself with the best people in your life. They are the ones that support you with whatever thoughts, dreams, and ideas you have and guide you to help make them turn into a reality. I’ll be back again soon with another look and more current events coverage to show you.

Onto the next conversation…

⊰HEAD⊱ CATWA – Victor β™― NEW

With the latest male head release, CATWA has the fellas scrambling to the store to check out “Victor”. Personally I feel like it’s a cross between the “Daniel” and “Stanley” heads but just a little more toned down in the jaw region. Not as hardlined as “Stanley” which for those who were not a fan of the head might gravitate towards this one a littel bit more. It comes with several different neck choices as well as a few add-ons for the teeth. Everything you’ve come to expect from CATWA is a part of this product.

⊰EYES⊱ AG. Hope Eyes

⊰FACE⊱ AG. Nero Skin (Ivory) @ Man Cave β™― NEW

“Nero” is a very soft skin and gives the Victor head a little bit of contrast because it’s also a bit rugged but not aggressively so. With this release the brand has added two new tones to their lineup: Chocolate and Espresso which gives you the choice of 10 different skin shades to find the best one for you. You can find the body appliers at the main store to purchase if you don’t already have them.

⊰BODY⊱ Belleza – Jake

⊰SWEATER⊱ TonkTastic & HERMONY – Crewneck Sweater -Bundle#4- @ TMD β™― NEW

After pairing up twice before to bring us fellas some really awesome graphic tees, TonkTastic & HERMONY are at it again. They’ve come together one more time to bring us a crewneck sweater that comes in 4 different packs with 12 designs in each pack. That’s a lot of wear choices so you could wear a different design every day for a month and not wear the same one if you chose to. That is one of the reasons why I like these to brands doing a crossover because you’re going to get style from the jump. The sweater is available until the 31st so take a quick trip to TMD and try it out for yourself.

Compatible With: Aesthetic, Belleza, Classic, Signature, SLink and TMP male bodies.

⊰JEANS⊱ Legal Insanity – Graig Old Jeans

I originally bought these jeans at the November round of Men Only Monthly and couldn’t find anything I wanted to pair them with until now. I like the worn look of these jeans as Legal Insanity is really good for making quality products with that specific style in mind. I am a really big fan of their jeans as I’ve purchased quite a few pairs of different styles over time. The quality is what brings me back to them when they release something I really like.

Compatible With: Aesthetic, Belleza, EXMACHINA, Signature, SLink and TMP male bodies. Regular and Bootcut versions included with the product.

⊰SHOES⊱ Bleich – Wheeler – Black β™― Currently Unavailable

⊰HAT⊱ Ohemo – Joe Beanie – Color 10

I found this beanie at one of the previous rounds of Cosmopolitan but sadly time restraints and other scenes I wanted to do prevented me for featuring it during the round it was offered up at. This beanie works well with the CATWA head because of the alpha feature that allows for the ears and back of the head to go invisible for wear with hats like this. Two versions are included (one with materials and one without) and there are several different colors to choose from other than black which I felt suited me best.

⊰BACKDROP⊱ Paparazzi – Apartment Fire Escape – Blue+Aqua

This backrop was the originally available at the Limit8 event, however, it was not the Limited Edition version and should still be available by heading over to the Paparazzi main location. While you are there take a look at some of their other useful backdrops as I’ve been featuring them quite a bit in the last few scenes that I’ve put together. This building with a fire escape built in is a sight to behold; photos do not really even do it justice compared to looking at it up close. This brand really knows how to create useful backdrops that any photographer or blogger can use to create magic.

STAKEY – Hangin (01) β™― Marketplace

[#434] My Real Life

And if you see me physically
It’s only nothing that you’ll see
Until I close my eyes
and you’re in my dreams with me

β™«My Real Lifeβ™« – City Sleeps

Fresh of my second and final turn as “Hipster Santa” (I can’t quit saying that for some reason) for at least 2017, I did the shoot for this blog entry around the same time and held onto it for a few so I had at least one more thing to post before the holidays in case I’m away for a small period of time. This was put together pretty quickly and is probably one of the more simpler photos.

A big shout out goes to my fellow blogger and friend, Anderian Sugarplum for allowing me to shoot in a build she put together for one of her works (as I’d liked it very much). There were plenty of photos taken and maybe some of those outtakes will end up on my Flickr at some point so for those of you who have been there or look at it now and again, keep your eyes peeled.


I kept the outfit for this as simple as possible as it fits the theme that I was going for. I also brought back some of the items I had on in my previous look for “Hipster Santa” (Sorry I can’t help myself) but am showing them off in different colors. I wanted to show you one of the colors for the David hair from Modulus using one of the colors from the Vibrants pack.

Also returning is the tank top from Boo’s Designs. I thought it worked well to pair with the pair of pj’s that I’m wearing which makes for a nice lounging combination outside of blogging or photography work.


MESANGE has also been kind to allow me to review the second of two releases from We Love RP. These eyes just simply pop and I wanted to make sure I did my best to frelect that as well in the closer photos that I took but I don’t even think that I could do them enough justice. You’ll just have to go take a look at them for yourselves and see what I’m talking about!

The pj’s I am wearing are from a brand that I’ve seen through various ads and messages. Until now, I have not been familiar with Daddy’s Choice Designs other than in name only but after following an ad for the Valentino pajama pants I was pleased with the fit and look of them and made a great choice for this overall look and feel.

Also as a side note there are no actual poses used in this blog entry as the bed itself had the pose used for the entire scene (as it was shot in several angles).


I‘m sure a lot of you are getting your last minute gifts together and I hope that at least one of my blog entries has helped you to make informed choices on items that you might want to get for those you care about or even maybe a little something for yourself because you deserve it too! I’m going to leave you with the rest of the pertinent info regarding this entry and again wish you all a happy holiday and will see you again very soon!

Onto the next conversation…

⊰HAIR⊱ Modulus – David Hair – FATPACK @ Man Cave β™― NEW

It doesn’t happen often with the amount of hair that comes my way but I wanted to show this hair with a different but of flavor, which came from the “Vibrants” pack in the form of the darker purple color. I did not use the included tint color part of the HUD to change it in any way so you’re getting as close to the actual color as you would right out of the box.

⊰HEAD⊱ LeLutka – Andrea v 3.1

⊰EYES⊱ MESANGE – Argos Eyes – BEAUTY PACK @ We Love RP β™― NEW

15 more eye colors await you with the second MESANGE release for We Love RP. These eyes are compatible with Omega compatible eyes as well as come with mesh eyeballs and system eyes for those who kick it old school.

⊰FACE⊱ Stray Dog – Cody T2

⊰BODY⊱ Belleza – Jake

⊰TANKTOP⊱ *BD* ROB TANK TOP ~ RIBBED V3 β™― Marketplace

⊰PAJAMAS⊱ DCD – Valentino Pajama Pants

With 10 different prints to choose from ranging from cocktails to donuts how could you say no to these? You’ll lounge around in style wearing these bad boys and can choose what you feel like wearing on any particular given day. For a brand that I was not very familiar with until I decided to give them a try, I find myself quite happy with my purchase.

Compatible With: Adam, Aesthetic, Belleza, Classic, Signature, SLink and TMP male bodies.

⊰BED⊱ Aitui – Messy Bedroom – Bed RARE

This item comes from a long ago round of The Arcade and as it states it is a RARE item complete with the pose you see in the photos. It’s a really cool bed for those of you who are into nerdy type decor; it will fit perfectly in your spaces in that regard.

[#433] Here Comes Santa Claus

Here comes Santa Claus
Here comes Santa Claus
Right down Santa Claus Lane

β™«Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)β™« – Elvis Presley

Back by popular (or unpopular as it’s yet to be determined) demand is Hipster Santa, ready to deliver gifts to all the nerds and cool kids out there. With there being a second pose for men in the Naughty List series by Image Essentials, I had one more opportunity to totally nail the look for “bad” Santa and I think I totally got it. I decided to not to show more skin than I did the last time to kind of differentiate between the two looks.


With the Christmas holiday coming up this is likely my second and final holiday post of 2017. I usually only do a small handful as I have in the past I don’t want to saturate it too much as personally I’m not overly celebratory. For me personally it is a small doses type deal as I generally even try to avoid listening to holiday music up until the last week and a half if I can manage it but with many retail places in the world starting theirs right after Halloween it’s difficult to avoid. On the brighter side though I do have more reasons to be cheerful in 2017.


A big thanks to Image Essentials, Modulus and MESANGE (brand partners) for their contributions in making this blog entry what it is. As I was taking the photos, I had a feeling that it was going to turn out better than I initially expected because frankly I did not feel the last post I did as “Hipster Santa” turned out the way I wanted it to. I think it was due to the fact that I could have done a better job with decorating the scene for it as it lacked something but I couldn’t place my finger on it.

It also helps that this time I found a backdrop that was simplistic but didn’t feel as if it needed anything extra and it is something I picked up at the previous round of Cosmopolitan. On a side note I’m going to say that Paparazzi has been on a roll lately with their backdrops; I have been finding things that should be showing up in future blog entries so keep a watchful eye out on those.


This look has been a little fun to work with (can’t deny that) and I’ve gotten a few comments about it from colleagues and friends. That’s one of the things that this site is about is creating conversations and expanding on some of them (both the good and the bad). While this is not my last entry before the holidays I want to take the time while I’m in that mood to wish everyone a happy holiday and wish seasons greetings to all. Be sure to take a look at the credits and maybe take a quick stroll through some of the shopping events and stores for some last minute gift ideas for the fellas in your life (family, friends, significant others etc.)

Onto the next conversation…

⊰HAIR⊱ Modulus – David Hair – FATPACK @ Man Cave β™― NEW

The Alpha Hair line from Modulus is taking the grid by storm and at Man Cave they’ve released another new hair called “David”. This is a much shorter side combed hair that works perfectly with the “Charlie” hairbase also from Modulus. As you can see from the photos above I have shown you both the left and right angles of the hair so that you can get an idea of what it might look like before you give it a test drive yourself. 5 different color packs with 5 colors in each pack as is normal with Modulus releases and the color HUDs also have a color tint option as well to give you even more customization; is also available in FATPACK form.

⊰HEAD⊱ LeLutka – Andrea v 3.1

⊰EYES⊱ MESANGE – Astraea Eyes – WOH Gift β™― NEW

When it comes to poses and of course eyes, it is easier to go with an “out of the box” mentality. If something is labeled for females that doesn’t mean it won’t necessarily work for the fellas as well. I’m wearing the Hunt gift from MESANGE that you can get the hint for right HERE. While you are there take a look at some of the brands other great eye options! This gift has a HUD that includes 5 different color choices for you to use. Why not try it out as it is a gift and you won’t be out of anything if they are not for you but I have a strong feeling they’ll be just the thing for your next photo shoot.

⊰FACE⊱ Tableau Vivant – Kole Tone 3

This is not a new item but since it is something I have not blogged or have not blogged much I’ll just say a little bit about it. The HUD comes with several different brow color choices (along with a no brows option) as well as several different makeup choices (guyliner and warpaint respectively). An eyebrow shaper is also included in the package as well.

⊰MOUSTACHE⊱ Kauna – Bento Moustache English [v1.2]

⊰BEARD⊱ Kauna – Bento Beard Shape Beard Shape A [v1.2]

⊰BODY⊱ Belleza – Jake

⊰TANKTOP⊱ *BD* ROB TANK TOP ~ RIBBED V3 β™― Marketplace

I’ve had this tank saved in my marketplace favorites for quite some time just waiting for the right opportunity to use it and now was the time. I have wanted a fairly well put together ribbed tank (I refuse to refer to it by it’s street slang name). I figure that in his downtime “Hipster Santa” would be wearing one while chilling in his workshop getting his sleigh ready for his big journey. The included HUD allows you to choose from 12 different color tanks so you could wear a different one each day of the week if you chose as well as two different wear choices (tucked and untucked).

Compatible With: Adam, Aesthetic, Belleza, Classic (XS-XL), Signature, SLink and TMP male bodies.

⊰PANTS⊱ [SM]art – Kringle Pants @ Man Cave β™― NEW

Nothing is more Santa than these Kringle pants from [SM]art and you can get them at Man Cave right now. Inspired by the wardrobe of the man himself, you don’t just get the traditional red/white combination in fact you can do make your own out of 10 different colors with the included HUD. There is an option to color the various parts of the pants (there’s even a tucked candy cane in the waist that you can have on or off). These are pretty cool pants but unfortunately they only have a limited time run as to when you wear them without being really weird so run out and grab them before it’s too late!

Compatible With: Aesthetic, Belleza and Signature male bodies.

⊰BOOTS⊱ [ VERSOV ] MOLOTOV BOOTS – FULL BLACK

⊰BACKDROP⊱ Paparazzi – BACKDROP – Festive Fun – Green

As I had previously stated in the first part of this blog, Paparazzi has been releasing some really cool backdrops for photographers and bloggers. This was from the previous round of Cosmopolitan so if you are looking to make a last minute Christmas Card using this then head over to their main location and get cracking because there’s little time left before the holiday is right on your doorstep. The backdrop has really cool ornaments hanging and make it just the right touch to create an excellent image.

IE – Naughty List 5 (b) @ The Naughty List β™― NEW

For some reason I have my doubts that Santa (at least the Hipster version) is as pure as we all think he is and this just proves it. The guy looks like he has something to hide and rightfully so because he’s been NAUGHTY *gasp*. This great pose comes with the Santa Hat and bag full of presents that you see in the photos all well crafted to make your photos stand out. This item is available at The Naughty List event until the end of December so it’s worth making a trip to see if you can’t find some gifts of your own.