[#615] We’ll Carry On!

 

Do or die, you’ll never make me
Because the world will never take my heart
Go and try, you’ll never break me
We want it all, we wanna play this part
I won’t explain or say I’m sorry
I’m unashamed, I’m gonna show my scar
Give a cheer for all the broken
Listen here, because it’s who we are
I’m just a man, I’m not a hero
Just a boy, who had to sing this song
I’m just a man, I’m not a hero
I
Don’t
Care!

My Chemical Romance, ♫Welcome To The Black Parade♫

 

It’s the end of March and coincidentally it is also the anniversary of when I posted “When The Saints Come Marching In” on “The Saints Of Fashion{ation}” blog 5 years ago. After 100 posts I felt that my creativity and identity began to mold and change into something else and in turn spawned the site that you are viewing now. It was a branding change I thought would best be done early because once I really took off (though I still feel that I haven’t) that it would be harder to do.

Befitting as it is, to choose a song that has so many different meanings to me…it could easily be said that like My Chemical Romance, this site could be considered emo. It’s not a term I’m in love with as it almost feels derogatory in context to describe music and musicians that express what they feel in a much deeper manner. As a blogger sometimes my scenes can be deeply personal or come from a source close to me (of which I’d never disclose). “The Black Parade” album definitely had an impact on not only me as a young adult but many in their mid to late teens.

It’s relatable in an unconventional way.

For longer than I can remember I’ve wanted to do a scene inspired by “Welcome To The Black Parade” as it’s a song I feel evokes a lot of emotion. The thing that was holding me back was that the style of clothing I wanted to make this work had not been available. My vision was to make this as accurate as possible but deep down I knew that I wouldn’t find clothing that was accurate to the band’s. The closest thing at the time was the dress by CUREMORE and this almost became a blog entry that was done as a female feature but ultimately I wanted to be myself in it as well in the worst way.

Then surprisingly the other day I was browsing Flickr and saw the “Military Tailcoat” by HotDog, which had not been released at the time but was coming to latest round of NEO Japan. The event opened yesterday and I didn’t walk, I ran to the event (metaphorically speaking) and it was the first thing I bought. The event has a lot of great items but this was the one thing I truly needed to finally put my look together and be able to create a visual for it.

My brother Lucky had a set on his land that he put together for anyone to use, so I jumped at the opportunity. I’m going to say that at first when I started taking pictures I was not happy with the results I was getting and sadly almost gave up on the idea. I’m not a big fan of doing re-shoots but I was determined not to let this go so to make this work I added the hearse and changed up the poses from what I had originally; I also tweaked the lighting and some settings in Black Dragon to get where I wanted to be.

Also you’ll notice there are two people in this blog but there actually aren’t, both of them are me and to preserve the magic of the photo I’m not going to divulge the way in which I was able to get this to work. Working this how I did really made the photo special and possibly one of my favorites of my most recent work. There are other things that I probably could have done with it but I’m satisfied with these results so I am not going to give any further thought to it.

If you like the look of HotDog’s “Military Tailcoat” I would definitely implore you to visit NEO Japan and see all the outstanding stores and products available. You certainly will not regret it and I can also tell you that you’ll see more from the event on this blog before the end of the event.

HotDog – Military Tailcoat

  • Original mesh
  • 6 color changeable parts via HUD
  • Fits most major mesh bodies (Female version included)
  • Exclusive to NEO Japan until 04/21/19

Closing out this entry, I’m still very much in disbelief that 5 years has gone by and I am still doing this crazy thing. Blogging is a great outlet and a fantastic release to help deal with emotional things at times to also challenge myself creatively to see what I can do with the various parts and pieces provided to me by the Second Life grid and community. Like everything it’s had it’s ups and downs and has also chronicled different times in my life and looking at it now I know that all of it continues to shape who I am as a person.

If there is anyone out there who has been a reader since the beginning that I’ve not spoken to, you have my sincere gratitude. Over time I’ve said this and it’s worth repeating again that while I am the founder and author of this blog, when I hear from friends or family and even the random message or like on social media it validates what I do here. This blog also serves the owners of the stores I blog for or the events that I am a part of as well as those I just love to show my appreciation for.

On that note, it’s time for me to get this posted up and begin working on the next photo so I can start getting back into a routine. I’ve been a little lax as of late since the Skin Fair but that’s going to change (I hope). Anyhow hope everyone’s had a great weekend and until I’m back with some fun new (and not so new sometimes) items I’ll catch you on the flipside!

 

On and on we carry through the fears
Disappointed faces of your peers
Take a look at me cause I could not care at all

 

POSE: Everglow – Majorette #1

HEARSE: Kalopsia – Hearse

My Look #1

HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Stray Dog – Mario

HAT: BALACLAVA – Shako Hat ✦ Retired Item
COAT: Hotdog – Military Tailcoat @ NEO JapanNEW
PANTS: Hotdog – Baxter Suit Trousers

My Look #2

HAIR: Elua – Stella (Blacks Pack)
HEAD: LeLutka – KORINA v3.3
SKIN: MILA – Aida Skin (LeLutka) (Sugar)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

HAT/DRESS: CUREMORE – Black Parade Dress (Noir)
KNEE SOCKS: Luxuria – Spring Summer 19 Semi Sheer Knee Socks
BOOTS: Vale Koer – Rainy Day Boots

 

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[#613] We Leave Our Pieces On The Ground

 

We build it up, we tear it down
We leave our pieces on the ground
We see no end, we don’t know how
We are lost and we’re falling

Rob Thomas, ♫Pieces♫

 

Today is the final day for Skin Fair 2019 and thus is my last post for the event and through the last two odd weeks I’ve spread across this site items for both male and female alike. This last one is one more for the ladies and I really have to say that I’m a huge fan of the LeLutka “Korina” head as a counterpart to the “Guy” head I wear normally. As a part of the fair I have learned an extra bit of versatility that I can carry on with me now through my creative portfolio.

Some of the items may be exclusive to the Fair so if you have not taken a look at the shopping guide, I suggest you take a look to see what interests you as at the end of the day they may be gone for good.

As far as female skin creators go I am not as well versed as I am with male skins. I know mostly of Glam Affair, Session Skins, Clef de Peau (as I have several male skins from the previous two stores), Insol, Not Found and a couple others but through the fair I’ve been introduced to several more stores such as MILA, whom I am wearing the “Aida” skin in the Fair Tone.

I think this skin is very nicely done and the body skin options have depth to them as there is an option for curvy girls available (which I’m not going to say the name of as I personally do not care for the term). With that said, for those of you ladies that may not be familiar with MILA, from my perspective is not only a quality skin but gives you more than just a standard body choice.

The second and final item I am blogging are the “Amelie Eyes” from Cubic Cherry. This is a store that I’ve heard the name of from various events I’ve visited and shopped but have never truly used anything of before. As a fan of different kinds of eyes, I find these to be very pleasing visually and are of very high quality which is what any person who not only creates but also buyers would wish for. The colors in the pack are the usual tones that you would find in human eyes and I will say can be used for every day and not limited to fantasy looks.

In combination with the skin and eyes, I am also wearing a fun drunk/tired applier that I’ve had for a while from Go&See called “Wasted Eyebags”. It goes along with the overall theme of the photo and soundtrack in which I am basically the epitome of a hot mess.

MILA – Aida Skin

  • LeLutka Skin Applier
  • HUD contains 3 brow options (Black, Brown or Browless)
  • 6 different ones (Bronze, Fair, Honey, Ivory, Sugar and Tan)
  • Body appliers sold separately
  • Exclusive to Skin Fair !CLOSES TODAY 03/24/19!

Cubic Cherry – Amelie Eyes

  • Mesh Eyes + HUD
  • Omega HUD
  • 12 different iris colors in pack
  • Exclusive to Skin Fair !CLOSES TODAY 03/24/19!

Now that I can essential blog both women’s and men’s items it also means that I have to make sure that I choose things carefully because the cost could become great but at the same time I don’t foresee myself blogging that often so with weekly sales such as Fifty Linden Friday and The Saturday Sale with all items from both being under 100L, it shouldn’t be hard for me to find things on a very tight budget to also help with blogger packs I may receive from my stores.

This week I partook in both of those sale platforms and found a few hairs as well as some clothing including the hooded sweatshirt that I am wearing. White River Co. is definitely a knew store to me as I know most of the stores that sell clothes via either shopping with Brenna or having had the use of a female alt. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of not only the hoodie but also the boots which were a part of FLF this past week. The leggings I am wearing from them that complete an entire outfit (however, sold separately) were not in the sale but were still not cost heavy. The hoodie also has a really cool built in hair feature which can be toggled on and off (White River Co. has a partnership with Elikatira hair).

Last but not least for those of you who are in the Session Skins in-world group, you already know that we were treated to a cigarette prop for photography a day or so ago. It has a realistic smoke effect to it which I thought I would put to use along with my Reve Obscura whiskey bottle prop from their “Whiskey” pose. All these elements fit together to create a story of hitting a low point, which many of us do from time to time.

As I close out this blog, I want to give a huge shout out to Pale Girl Productions for having me be a part of their event. I’ve loved every bit of my time showcasing this event and writing about the items I’ve blogged from it. I look forward to being a part of your “Vintage Fair” event that’s coming up just a bit up the road. Hopefully I can be a part of this event next year as this was a very big deal to me as a blogger. Thank you for putting your event in my hands and deeming me capable of creating visuals and writing as an ambassador for the event.

One that note I am going to bid you all adieu for now but stick around for the credits. Until next time…see yaaaaaaaa!

 

Run away, run away if you can’t speak.

 

POSE: Secret Poses – Dreamer

BACKDROP: Minimal – Underground Backdrop 1
CIGARETTE: Session Skins – Cigarette With Smoke ✦ Group Gift

HEAD: LeLutka – KORINA v3.3 @ Skin FairNEW
EYES: Cubic Cherry – Amelie Eyes @ Skin FairNEW
EYEBAGS: Go&See – Wasted Eyebags
SKIN: MILA – Aida Skin (LeLutka) (Fair) @ Skin FairNEW
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

HOODIE: White River Co. – Eventide Hoodie (Storm)
LEGGINGS: White River Co. – Eventide Leggings (Aubergine)

 

[#550] Love You To Death

Those lips move, yeah I can feel what you’re sayin’, prayin’
They say the beast inside of me is gonna get ya, get ya, yeah…

Starset, ♫Love You To Death
(Originally by Type O Negative)

I want to start out this entry by wishing everyone who comes across this in the next day or so Happy Thanksgiving. This year has had its share of ups and downs but the one thing that remains for me is that I am thankful for all the good things and people that have come into and have already been a part of my life. This is the easiest part of the year to express that gratitude because it just flows into the air.

While most of my US based friends and family are celebrating today, I also am thankful for my people all across the world which includes places such as Canada, Denmark, England, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Scotland and some places I might have forgotten. It makes no difference where someone is from but it is the feeling of comraderie that makes everything feel right.

Most people are probably eating Turkey today (myself included) and I know that I said that I wouldn’t likely do any more vampire themed photos this year but I was wrong and what better than on the biggest day of consumption that I post one because after all…vampires are hungry too! The look I chose combined with other elements such as the effects on my lips to the pose and backdrop, I was inspired along with the suggestion my wife made about the song choice (thank you for that B!)

I‘ll start with the lip effects that I have on which is the “Dropy Lips” applier by Go&See. Of course the original color is red that I used because I am doing a vampire photo but it comes with different colors so that your lips have the appearance of just about any kind of liquid dripping from them (perhaps ink or alien blood?)

This applier is really the perfect start to putting together a scene featuring a creature of the night (which goes along with my binging of The Vampire Diaries as well).

Go&See Dropy Lips applier features:

  • Applier HUD for CATWA, Genus Project, LeLutka and Omega (Sold Separately)
  • 8 colors to choose from in each applier HUD
  • Available now @ the Go&See in-world store and marketplace

The Level event has a few days left and I want to focus on the “Nathan” hair by Modulus. It’s a short style that has a spiked feel to it but it’s not aggressively so that the hair sticks straight up because there’s so much mousse in it to choke a horse. It has that vampire feel to it as it is somewhat reminiscent of either Edward Cullen (Twilight) or Stefan Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries).

As far as styling myself to have that kind of dreamy vampire look I think I handled it well and I don’t feel like there were any complaints from my wife.

Modulus Nathan Hair features:

  • Original ‘Nex-Gen’ Alpha Mesh
  • 5 color HUD packs available
  • 40 color FATPACK also available
  • Mirrored left and right versions included
  • Exclusively @ the Level Event until November 25th

Man Cave is hot for the month of November and for the first time in their lineup the unique style of Bakaboo graces the event. I’m really excited to see this brand here because it is a big event and more people should become familiar with what Ocean Blackthorne does as his sense of colorful style and designs really brighten up fashion (in my opinion of course).

The “Chris Vest” is a shirt/vest combination that has lots of different choices between the two different color shirts to the 3 different pattern HUDs for the vest. There is a style for just about anyone and I chose to have more of a subtle and minimalistic approach by going more monochrome with the vest. I usually choose vibrant colors in the outfits made by this brand but I felt this was the way to go.

Bakaboo Chris Vest features:

  • Original Mesh
  • 3 different pattern HUDs with 5 colors each (Sold separately)
  • White or black shirt option in each HUD
  • Simple basic pants included
  • Fitted sizes for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and SLink Physiqe mesh bodies
  • Exclusively @ Man Cave until December 9th!

The glue that brings this together is the “Wicked Hunger” pose from Image Essentials and while this is not a brand new release it is one that I’ve wanted to blog for a while and thought that with all these other elements in play that no time was better than the current. My wife happily agreed to pose with me and I think that it turned out great (that may sound biased but I believe it to be true).

With the help of the LeLutka Face HUD which works just as great with CATWA heads as it does their own branded heads, I was able to raise my eyebrows and make a vampire face with ease. I also made use of the CATWA teeth add-on that is available at their store and has many options to create a similar vampire look or different ones based on other creatures with teeth.

Image Essentials Wicked Hunger Pose features:

  • Bento enabled couples pose (Bento viewer required for proper use)
  • Modifiable to be able to adjust and compensate for avatar compatibilty
  • Available now at the Image Essentials in-world location

This was one of the bigger blogs I’ve had lately and have included both mine and my wife’s credits so if there is any part of her look that someone finds appealing they can easily find it on the grid. She is wearing the “Yvonne Dress” from ViSion that is exclusively a part of Collabor88 for the November round. The backdrop we have behind us is the “Salem Street” backdrop by Paparazzi which helps add to the overall mood of the scene.

I’ve enjoyed being able to bring you something new on a day that celebrates being thankful and I am also thankful for anyone who has ever visited this site, left a comment, faved a post or has found something they liked because I wore it or had it as a part of my scene. This is how I will leave this to go enjoy time with those who mean the most to me and may all be well with the visitors of this website until the next conversation.


POSE: Image Essentials (Store / MP) – Wicked Hunger

BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – Salem Street

:: My Style ::

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Nathan Hair @ Level Event ✦ NEW
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel v3.2 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Session Skins – Ian Tone 02 ✦ Previously Blogged
LIPS: Go&See (Store /MP) – Dropy Lips
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

OUTFIT: Bakaboo (Store / MP) – Chris Vest @ Man Cave ✦ NEW

:: Her Style ::

HAIR: Stealthic – Avela
HEAD: CATWA – Lona
FACE: Glam Affair – Jenny
MAKEUP: . MILA . – Perfect Bride
BODY: Maitreya – Lara

DRESS: {ViSion} Yvonne Dress @ Collabor88NEW
FISHNETS: .:villena:. – Fishnet