[#515] I Melt With You

Moving forward using all my breath
Making love to you was never second best
I saw the world crashing all around your face
Never really knowing it was always mesh and lace

Modern English, ♫I Melt With You♫

Lately it feels like the songs that come into my head to help me with providing an audio companion to the visuals has been what the younger crowd would refer to as my oldies. I prefer more to call them vintage tunes but just like the “oldies” of say my parents, these songs have their place in history for what it’s worth. It also seems that I can be a bit cheesy at times when I pick blog post soundtracks but it is definitely a lot of fun to dig deep and pull out something that most have either forgotten about or have never heard before.

I decided to do something super fun and with summer bordering on closing up for the season in the near future, I thought that perhaps an outdoors photo would work well with the pose and prop I am featuring in this post from Image Essentials.

Lickable is a bento couples pose that find to be (and I don’t often use this word) adorable. One thing that I know from experience though depending on the girl is if you decide to be bold enough to swipe some of her ice cream you best be prepared for the reaction afterwards which ranges from laughter to atomic rage. In this case I think I got lucky because I’ve managed to theft some of the cool treat and I’m still breathing!

With this pose and prop, Image Essentials has not over complicated a sweet moment between a couple (I think this could also be used with friends as well) and there was not a lot of adjusting that I had to do to get this pose to fit right; I also like that the ice cream cone prop is transferable so that you can hand it to the person you are posing with and are not be put in a bind because it is a copy and no transfer item.

If you want to grab your favorite person and have a fun little moment then this is definitely for you!

Image Essentials Lickable Pose & Prop features:

  • Bento enabled couples pose (Bento capable viewer required)
  • Transferable mesh ice cream cone
  • Exclusively @ Mesh Body Addicts Fair until 08/21

Footwear may be one of my weaknesses in the virtual world but when it comes to the real one I am very much a collector of hats (I have probably more than 100 styles from music bands to sports teams). BETRAYAL has released a snap-back style hat at The Men’s Jail that really caught my attention and I thought it would work well with my look. In a way I kind of look like Mars Blackmon (aka Spike Lee) from the movie “She’s Gotta Have It” and the Nike shoe commercials back in the 90’s which makes sense because I have an old school look while using an old school song for the soundtrack.

Many of the hats on the grid seem to be more flat billed and maybe it is something that is a difficult to create in whatever program is used by them to mesh. Personally I prefer hats that have a more curved bill (not sure if there is a term for it) than I do one that’s flat. BETRAYAL’s “The “CAP” is not entirely flat and has a bit of a curve so that makes it even better for me and there are several designs to choose from that are super stylish and cool.

Out of all the items from The Men Jail that I’ve liked, this one is probably the best because I do enjoy hats so much and finding one on the grid that I would consider awesome is somewhat difficult. I give this release high marks and it is something that helps keep the products you find at The Men Jail diverse and not more of the same that you sometimes see with events.

BETRAYAL The “CAP” FATPACK features:

  • 100% mesh
  • Resize upon click
  • 13 different styles to choose from (B Ball used in photos)

For a second straight post I am wearing the RetroNerd Glasses from Paparazzi because I absolutely love them and intend to wear them as much as I can and with all the different style options that are at my disposal I won’t have to worry about running out of choices. This time though I have turned them from sunglasses (as I used them in blog #514) to regular glasses. Being able to switch them back and forth when I want to is definitely an added bonus.

Most of my look are things that I’ve blogged in previous posts and have had in my closet for a while. I find that if I don’t return to some of my favorite things that it is all just a huge waste in the end and whether I have received it as a blogger pack or if I have purchased it myself it still is like taking a handful of money and setting it ablaze.

There were a lot of items in my last post which makes this a little bit easier on the eyes as I begin to wrap this up I realize that trying to feature too many things in one blog post can be overwhelming and once in a while having things be more simplistic can be a good thing. Also I do like creating scenes and taking photos that are not always entirely dark in nature as with this I tried to capture the mood of my surroundings with the best possible light.

That is all I have for this post but check back to see what I’m up to next and I thank anyone who comes by and takes a look! Until our paths cross again, onto the next conversation…


POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Lickable ✦ NEW @ Mesh Body Addicts Fair (08/01 – 08/21)

– On Him

HEAD: Vista Animations – Gerard ✦ NEW
FACE: Clef de Peau – Wouter (Tone 1) ✦ NEW @ Vista Animations Mainstore
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

HAT: BETRAYAL – The “CAP” B-Ball ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (08/08 – 08/28)
GLASSES: Paparazzi – RetroNerd Shades ✦ NEW @ Equal10 (08/10 – 09/05)
SHIRT: COLD-ASH (Store / MP) – MONTANA Tee – SUMMER FATPACK ✦ Previously Blogged
SHORTS: Chuck Size – Benjamin Shorts ✦ Previously Blogged

– On Her

HAIR: TRUTH – Rumor
HEAD: Catwa – Lona
FACE: Glam Affair – Jenny
LIPSTICK: Pink Fuel – Sparkle & Shine,
MAKEUP: Suicidal Unborn – Illene Eye Makeup
BODY: Maitreya – Lara

CHOKER: Nanika – Sunrise Choker
NECKLACE: Kibitz – Homegirl Necklace
SEPTUM PIERCING: Yummy – Audrey Septum
NAILS: E.Marie – Make Me Blush Coffin
TOP: Emery – Guinea Top
JEANS: Blueberry – Rie- Torn Jeans

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[#512] Bullet With A Name On It

I’m working harder than a hundred black mules down in Mexico.
No water, no clouds, no cover,
from the hotter than Hell no dinner bell,
empty oven again from another bad opinion.

Nonpoint, ♫Bullet With A Name

Fierce Friday…well maybe not for everyone but it sure is for me.

I was blessed to be able to work with a photographer that I’ve been wanting to do a collaboration with for the longest time, and finally I got to meet up with Travis Olbers and put my spin on the scene that you see above. He’s already posted his version of it which you can find on his FLICKR page and I really think his turned out great and it inspired me to try and do just as good of a job; I think in the long run that my version came out strong and quite like I saw in my head.

My theme for this post was quite easy considering both of us were both carrying some hardware with us preparing for the cleansing of the location called Alien Asylum (which I had never visited before until now). I feel like a good backstory behind the scene is that the two of us are hired mercs and were paid to clean out a location with our “expertise” and the photos that both Travis and I took capture the two of us leaving after causing a whole lot of chaos….which I am particularly good at in certain circumstances.

When I got the call from Travis I hadn’t had any plan for my next photo so this became an impromptu session but I was able to turn it into a blog post instead of just posting it on Flickr having done it just for fun (which it was fun but it gave me extra incentive). I had recently made a second trip to the Mesh Body Addicts Fair because I really wanted the beard that I have on. It also gave me a reason to break out items from the Gabriel gacha at The Epiphany event that I felt were great for the type of scene that was being suggested to me.

Getting back to the beard, I really like that Vista came out swinging after the release of the “Gerard” head by also releasing this beard that fits just right on the face and is similar to other beards you can find for heads made by CATWA but only fit certain ones only. “Jacob” is just for the “Gerard” head and will not fit any others and it adjusts with your face sliders as well for a fit second to none.

Vista Animations Jacob Beard (Bento) features:

  • Bento mesh mustache and beard
  • HUD allows you to hide either the mustache or beard
  • 5 different hair colors to choose from
  • Tintable option within HUD to give you more than initial color choices
  • Exclusive to the Mesh Body Addicts Fair until August 21st

When Gabriel releases a gacha set I generally have a lot of interest in it and there are so many that I’m saving for the right moment but after getting really lucky with the machine at the latest round of The Epiphany I thought it would be good to use it for this photo. I am wearing shoes from the set but with the angle I chose they didn’t make it into the actual photo but I will also add a pic of the key so that if you see items from the set that you want you can grab them and now would be a good time to do so as the event’s been open a while and will not be so crowded you would feel like you’re wading in quicksand.

The outfit feels very mercenary like which is the vibe I wanted to give off and I think that I pulled it off well enough that it won’t get lost in translation. Of course I played to win all of the black items in the set and managed to do so in a very limited number of pulls of the machine which rarely ever happens for me. I’ve seen quite a few photos with people wearing some of these items (including the rare coat) but I chose not to with feeling that mechanically if I’m dealing out punishment it would hinder the process.

Gabriel Strap Tank / Black & Strap Line Pants / Black features:

  • 100% rigged mesh
  • Part of Gacha set
  • Both items are common pulls
  • Machine costs $75L to play
  • Fitted sizes for both Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies
  • Only @ The Epiphany gacha event through August 12th!

GABRIEL@Epiphany

With the weekend approach I hope that I can get at least another planned photo session done because there are several ideas that I have stirring around in my head but it really all boils down to time and having enough of it free to accomplish something.

As I wrap this up and leave you with the credits, I would like to thank Travis Olbers for inviting me to join him to work on a joint photo. It was a lot of fun and I certainly would enjoy doing it again in the future (and hopefully it doesn’t take us forever to set something up again right? Haha). Have a great weekend everyone and until our paths cross again, onto the next conversation…

Photo taken @ Alien Asylum


HAIR: Vango – Aaron (All) ✦ Previously Blogged
HEAD: Vista Animations – Gerard ✦ NEW
BEARD: Vista Animations – Jacob Beard ✦ NEW @ Mesh Body Addicts Fair (08/01 – 08/21)
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

TANKTOP: Gabriel – Strap Tank / Black ✦ GachaNEW @ The Epiphany (07/14 – 08/12)
PANTS: Gabriel – Strap Line Pants / Black ✦ GachaNEW @ The Epiphany (07/14 – 08/12)

[#511] Summer Of ’69

Oh, when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Yeah, I’d always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

Bryan Adams, ♫Summer of 69

August is now upon us and I felt like it’s been a bit and wanted a beach day so here I am checking out Baja Shore, one of the many parts of the Baja sim community. I have done scenes at Baja Norte before so I wanted to try something different and go to one of the other “installations” as I would call them to see what kind of image I could pull together.

With summer being one of my favorite seasons I decided to stick with that theme and this could have made a perfect post for a Throwback Thursday, I didn’t want to wait on it or forget the idea I had. Once I arrived at Baja Shore and looked around I found my spot almost instantly with the old caddy with towels and various items inside of it that screamed summer fun.

Bakaboo has not released many products as of late due to the busy nature of creator, Ocean Blackthorne, but at this past Swank event (which I missed the cut of posting this before the end of the round by a nose hair) the latest release for men is a colorful jersey type tanktop and shorts. Sold separately these matching clothes are not only attention grabbers but have a perfect fit and I give high praise to Ocean for rigging for mesh bodies (a first for me since officially blogging for the brand). I knew that I picked a winner with this outfit and trip to the beach, this scene was going to turn out well.

Bakaboo Summer Jersey / Summer Shorts features:

  • Jersey and Shorts sold separately
  • 3 different colorways (also with a pair of black shorts)
  • Classic sizes Xs-XL
  • Male body sizes for Adam, Aesthetic, Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni), SLink Physique and TMP

To compliment my outfit I have on the latest sneakers from Native Urban. The “Revealed” sneakers have a very casual and comfortable look for every day wear and could also be used for running for those of you on the grid with an active lifestyle. The All Colors pack has customization that will have you wearing a different style for any occasion or outfit choice.

Native Urban Revealed Sneakers All Colors features:

  • 19 different color options
  • 13 shoe parts to color customize for endless combinations
  • Sizes for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and SLink Physique
  • Sizes also included for Maitreya (Hi and Flat) and SLink (Hi and Flat)
  • Available now @ Uber until Aug. 22!

Now that you know about my outfit I can get to the new things that I have for the face/body which are both from Modulus.

The hair I have on is from the recent round of the Man Cave which still has a week left of opening, it’s a combed back look that will have guys looking as suave as they possibly can. The “Preston” hair style is 100% mesh and a part of the Modulus Alpha next gen hair line. With a hairstyle like this I felt that maybe I should have thrown in a pair of shades to give my look an extra cool effect but I think either way I feel pretty stylish.

Modulus Preston Hair Fatpack features:

  • 40 colors (via 5 applier HUDs)
  • Includes Blonds, Browns, Monochromes, Reds and Vibrants
  • Each HUD has a color picker included for extra customization
  • Available @ Man Cave through August 9th!

The beginning of August brings us all sorts of events that are starting new rounds with all new products as well as the return of the Mesh Body Addicts Fair which combines mesh heads, bodies, skins, clothing and accessories (including shapes) to give guys and gals new choices to upgrade their appearance for customize it slightly to help them feel more like how they want to represent themselves on the grid.

Modulus is also a contributing brand to the event and have two different facial hair styles and a set of eyebrows for sale. For this look I am wearing the “Goatee” style which reminds me a little bit of the style I personally have in the real world. Facial hair is something that I try not to live without so 3/4 of my looks have me wearing facial hair of some type whether it’s closely shaved or a really thick beard, I tend to do it all in that respect.

I’ve always enjoyed the different types of facial hair that Modulus creates (and it’s not often that Chucky does so this makes it one of those special occasions). It could be said that I’ve been down since day one as I owned all of the facial hair that were made under the Fruk banner which were later brought back for a small moment through Modulus.

Modulus Goatee features:

  • Omega applier HUD
  • Dark and Tintable appliers
  • Exclusively @ Mesh Body Addicts Fair until August 21st!

There are a lot more things to cover in the next week or so and I can’t wait to share them with you as products from The Men Jail come through as well as more from the Mesh Boddy Addicts Fair. There are some creative poses from Image Essentials that I can’t wait to try my hand at creating a scene with as well as The Men’s Department opening up at the beginning of next week.

That about wraps it up for this blog post but this was definitely a lot of fun but the planning never ends so until our paths cross again, onto the next conversation…

Photo taken @ Baja Shore


HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Preston Hair ✦ NEW @ Man Cave (07/15 – 08/09)
HEAD: Vista Animations – Gerard ✦ NEW
BEARD: Modulus (Store / MP) – Goatee ✦ NEW @ Mesh Body Addicts Fair (08/01 – 08/21)
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

TANKTOP: Bakaboo (Store / MP) – Summer Jersey – Color B
SHORTS: Bakaboo (Store / MP) – Summer Shorts – Color B
SHOES: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Revealed Sneakers – All Colors ✦ NEW @ Uber (07/25 – 08/22)

[#396] I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

When I’m in the shower
I’m afraid to wash my hair
‘Cause I might open my eyes
And find someone standing there

Somebody’s Watching Me” – RockwellListen

After some hectic days in the real world, I am back to have a little fun with some cool clothing, poses, and backdrops. When I first saw the advertisement for one of my sponsors, Image Essentials, it instantly popped up in my head what I wanted to do with it. I grabbed a few people to help me and feel like I made some magic happen.

There are quite a few new things in this post from the returning TMD (The Men’s Department), Lost & Found which is open for the current round until the 18th, and also the Mesh Body Addicts Fair.

There are a lot of great shopportunities going on at the events I’ve featured today and more, which I hope to be covering in upcoming posts. Going to all these different kinds of events and finding different things really helps inspire me to connect visuals in my head with all sorts of music as you might be able to tell by flipping through the entries of this site. I’ll let you delve into the credits and discover great events and stores and always grab demos to make sure that what you put in your closet brings a smile to your face. Until next time, stay stylish fellas!

HAIRModulus – Kaleb Hair

This hair is a holdover from the Hair Fair that I just managed to unpack because I wanted to find something to go with the “Lukas” hair base and why not pair the same brand together? This combed back hair with a little straying strands in the back goes well with parted hair bases, shaved ones, or just about any you might have in your collection.

HAIR BASE⊱ Modulus – Lukas Hair Base @ TMDNEW

One of two new hair bases available from Modulus at TMD. This side parted hair base goes well with hairs that are not all the way around the sides and back. You can wear it with any hair you want but it would not be used to its full potential. If you are looking for a quality hair base then this will easily fit your requirements.

HEADCATWA – Shaheen (Bento)
EYES⊱ MESANGE – Sanford Eyes @ Lost & FoundNEW

From my sponsor at MESANGE comes the “Sanford Eyes” 15 great iris colors to choose from that are available for single purchase or can be purchased all together in a FATPACK, which makes the most sense if you are a fan of changing eye colors. There is a HUD for omega applier compatible eyes but also comes with regular mesh eyes.

FACE⊱ Clef de Peau – Colin T2 @ TMDNEW

Colin is the latest release from Clef de Peau and is a handsome gentleman with a bit of ruggedness to him. I didn’t notice at first but when you look closer, there is a slight scar on his lip which adds to the uniqueness of his look. This is a CATWA only applier and includes brow and body shapes for the three current mesh heads. The applier also has the option to add freckles if that is a part of your look. TMD runs until the end of the month so there is plenty of opportunity to take this skin for a test drive.

BODYBelleza – Jake

SHIRTEXMACHINA HIPSTER TSHIRT

I have been hearing things about this brand for a while now but had never really taken a look into it until recently. EXMACHINA is the clothing division of the Egoisme brand. After taking a stroll through, I find they have some really cool clothing but I was being particularly picky because I wanted to wear something that fit the Belleza body and I found that in this shirt and the corresponding pants. This graphic shirt has 10 different designs you can choose from so there is extended value to it. Combined with the pants I am wearing you can have almost unlimited choices and combinations. Sizes also available in the package include Signature and SLink.

PANTSEXMACHINA SPORT PANTS

After finding the HIPSTER shirt, I came across these sport pants. I happen to think pants like these are comfortable based on the fact I wear them in the real world sometimes. Combining the two items together make for a really casual look for just hanging out or going out on a shopping excursion. I’m also wearing the Belleza version of these but also included are Signature, SLink, Standard Sizes (XS-XL) and TMP with a HUD that gives you 10 different style options. These would even work well if you exercised or did any kind of sport activity.

SHOES⊱ [VALE KOER] CITY SOCK TRAINERS @ UberNEW

Sometimes finding shoes to go with an outfit is difficult based on factor of style and also what mesh body you might be wearing. At times with the limited amount of footwear for the Belleza body (which is beginning to chance) it makes the task a bit more difficult. Though I managed to put on the SLink version of these (as the Belleza body has a SLink foot converter in the HUD). I always enjoy Vale Koer products because they are stylish and always putting out new items that keep up with real trends in footwear. Of course I always by the FATPACK’s because of the endless customization that you can achieve with them (and the price point won’t break your band too badly). Sizes included in the package consist of Signature, SLink, and TMP (for the guys) and Belleza, Maitreya, and SLink (for the gals) as well as an unrigged version for standard avi’s.

BACKDROPPseudo – Townhouse Scene

With the impressive quality of mesh backdrops these days, it’s making it easier to create an impressive scene without having to worry about going to a pre-decorated location (which is still preferred and fun) to create a good looking visual. Pseudo’s gacha machines always seem to have inspiring places to try to play for so that you can put together a great setting with very little fuss or frustration. I encourage you to check out what they have to offer and even visit their booths in current events which you can find transportation to from the store itself.


*CN* Pose 1757 (1b)
IE – Photobomb v.4 (b) @ Mesh Body Addicts FairNEW

Photobombing has become a trend over the last couple of years and has become quite an art for people in both the real and virtual world. Some have even made it part of their “gimmick” if you will. Image Essentials has captured the essence of this fad by creating 8 different sets featuring many incarnations of photobombing. What you see in this entry is v.4 which is sort of a ominous way of creeping up on someone while they are being photographed. I really had fun with this and appreciate the two clowns that had a hand in helping out with the visual presentation. Looks like the joke was on me this time out.

[#395] In A World Of Human Wreckage

When I’m lost and I’m found
and I can’t touch the ground
I’m plowed into the sound…

Plowed” – SpongeListen

This is the last weekend of the Indie Teepee event and I hope you’ve been able to get there and enjoy all the sights and sounds as well as shopping that the event has to offer. This is my last post covering the event and I hope that you agree with me that it is going out with a bang. The item I chose to feature here is a fun one, and considering I don’t do decor (or landscaping) items very much I thought it might be one of those times where I snuck one in. While I didn’t create everything you see in the background, that would go to the wonderful sim known as Netherwood. I just provided a little extra touch to complete my idea/theme.

Most of my overall look remains the same from the last few posts but I am featuring a new skin by Modulus which you will be able to find at the Mesh Body Addicts Fair that just recently started.

The next photo you are about to see is an overview shot of the BROKEN BOY giant doll by NOMAD. I submerged it in water as if it was a part of an old civilization from long ago that has simply been left dormant and decaying around what has come after it. I really liked this shot too much to edit it into the secondary features shot so I left it as was originally shot.

I‘d like to thank everyone from the event coordinator down to all the artists, speakers, musicians, and item creators that took part in Indie Teepee. This is truly one of the most unique events out there and I am seriously proud to have been associated with it as a blogger; I look forward to next years event. Here’s the full credits for those of you who are eagerly awaiting to know what took part in this photo shoot. Make sure when you hit these stores and events you grab demos and happy shopping! I’ll see you again soon but until then, stay stylish fellas!

HAIRBASEModulus – Jax (Browns)
HEADCATWA – Shaheen (Bento)
EYES⊱ MESANGE – Wicked Game Eyes @ M.O.MNEW
FACE⊱ Modulus – Giles Skin – Cream @ Mesh Body Addicts FairNEW

This handsome devil is just the latest from my sponsor in Modulus. Giles comes in six tones (I am featuring Cream here). Also included is a eyebrow shaper and a body shape (which I did not use for this shoot). This is part of a new era of skins by the brand and if this is any indication, good things are in store for the M-Bare division of Modulus.

BEARDY-U: BRYAN “BRN” ♯ NEW
BODYBelleza – Jake
TATTOO⊱ BODY MOD – Black Roses Tattoo @ SaNaRaeNEW

CARDIGAN⊱ /Ascend/ Hiroshi Cardigan w/Shirt – Gray

This item was a holdout from the July round of The Men’s Department that I was able to find a look to compliment it with. Even though the weather for me in the real world is a bit warm yet, it’s not something I have to worry about in-world. I like how it is paired with the shirt perfectly and has a good flow to it without looking constricted. Sizes available in the package are for Adam, Belleza, Signature, and SLink and also include a HUD to color change the t-shirt if you choose to go with another color.

SHORTS⊱ RIOT / Emery Denim Shorts @ Mesh Body Addicts FairNEW

It’s a back to back entry with another new item from one of my sponsors in RIOT. I have the privilege of reviewing these slightly rolled up shorts which have worn elements and threading that is also worn and frayed. In this FATPACK there are a ton of different options for denim and at least a dozen different choices for the threading. You can purchase single denim colors but if you like variety it is very practical to go with the FATPACK. Sizes you can find in the package include Adam, Belleza, Signature, and SLink.

BOOTS[ VERSOV ] MOLOTOV BOOTS FULLBLACK

DOLL⊱ NOMAD // BROKEN BOY @ Indie TeepeeNEW

NOMAD never disappoints me when they release an item that catches my eye, which is why I chose this item as part of my blogger product reviews for Indie Teepee. I really get the feel that this large doll was inspired somehow by the Fallout games and also reminds me of something personally. Many may be way too young to remember Big Boy restauarants or have ever had them in their area. It was pretty big in the midwest and outside them was a huge doll in a similar style holding a hamburger. At first I tried to find a post apocalyptic location to shoot at but I could not find any that I was able to put this item down at but I do feel that it turned out nicely as it ended up.

Photo Taken @ Netherwood


Le Poppycock *La Di Da* B (Make Good)

This pose set is one I had stored away from a while back from an event and when I was looking for something I thought would fit, I found it in my unused poses but I am glad that I was able to because I do enjoy Le Poppycock and their poses. Check them out if you are needing poses because there is just about something for everyone.