[#457] It’s Not Too Late

For the first time in years
There’s a light up ahead
It’s calling
(It’s pulling me closer)
Reborn within
Now I’m shedding my skin
It’s falling
(The weight off my shoulders)

β™«Change Tomorrowβ™« – Like A Storm

One of the hardest things sometimes is after you’ve got all of your wardrobe put together and are committed to doing a photo shoot, you cannot find a suitable backdrop or location to get the job done. Thankfully after I put my look together I was wandering around with my Parents to different sales across the grid when I landed at the Fairmage sim, which is home to Dark Magic Poses.

It has a really nicely built town setting so I did a little walk through and found a spot that I liked and started to go to work. The pictures themselves turned out well and did a bit of touching up to certain things (but not too much of course). The next step would be to come up with a soundtrack as I didn’t really have any favorites that stuck out in my mind at the time (which is not usual at this stage of a blog shoot).

Music is something I consider to be central to this blog and as I was trying to figure out my identity as a blogger and what I wanted to do, I re-branded the blog after the first year of being active (nearly going on 4 very soon). I chose lyrics to a song that is personally a part of me to be the title of the blog. So naturally through the process of blogging (shooting and editing) I’m always listening to music because to me it is not a distraction; it often helps me in the creative process.

I have playlists at random and a song came on that to me can be thought provoking. Usually I have a limit to how long between blog posts I will use a certain artist and I knew that I had featured a song by the band, Like A Storm towards the beginning of the year. I feel like enough time has passed between that post and this one to be able to use another song.

For me personally I feel like a majority of people want to change something (whether it be the entire world, or a person that might be troubled). In order to really do that I believe it all starts with yourself and it doesn’t have to be a major change. Even the littlest thing can make a difference for you and the cause and effect will trickle and reach others. It is something that anyone who might be reading can think about and apply. It doesn’t cost money and if the change is positive it won’t hurt anyone.

Winter on the grid is slowly starting to fade as many locations are starting to do their spring prep (which is something I’m happy about) but there is still a bit of cold and snowy going on at Fairmage so it worked out well that my outfit is comprised of outdoor apparel. I really loved how this outfit came together and it’s a bit dressy but I often don’t wear stuff that makes me look sophisticated (shirts and jeans usually fill my closet).

Native Urban came out with this really awesome coat/sweater combination that originally was released at the Cosmopolitan event (unfortunately it ended on the 24th just before I could publish this). I purchased the AC (All Colors or FATPACK as it were) and am really happy about the choice that comes with it. 7 different color fabrics for the coat to choose from and 11 different sweater options (as well as the ability to show or hide the sweater). You can also change the buttons (3 options of those to pick from) and I’m wearing it for the Belleza body but also offered in the package are sizes for Signature (Gianni) and SLink.

Gloves are something that are hit and miss now with mesh bodies and you have to really be careful to make sure they fit right. Gabriel has a set of fingerless gloves which debuted at last month’s Uber event which again I was unable to get this look together before the next round. That is why it’s great that these brands bring their event items into the store afterwards for the shoppers that missed the event for whatever reason. The gloves come in three colors (Black, Dark Gray and Gray) and fit the Belleza and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies.

I’ve noticed lately that I have been picking up a lot of the newest releases from the [Gild] brand. I don’t really have a specific reason for it other than I think that the quality of the products are what catches my eye and the style fits the kind of things I like to wear. The “Standard Fit Pants” were a part of the Hipster Men’s Event from January and have a really good look when combined with the Native Urban coat and the A&D “Firenze” dress shoes that I am wearing. The pants come in Black, Blue, Gray, Green, Pink and Yellow which can be purchased separately as well as in a FATPACK and have sizing for Belleza, Signature (Gianni) and SLink male bodies. Personally these pants work really well for any dress up situation and even some casual wear occasions as well.

The Men’s Jail round for January is soon coming to a close but before it does I think you need to run (not walk) to the event to take a look at the “Brody” hair from Modulus. I’m not sure who Chucky Hollak patterned this one after (possibly Adrien Brody) but I’m usually pretty good with figuring out what this hair mastermind patterns his creations after.

25 colors in all (spread out into 5 different color packs) that can be purchased individually or via FATPACK for a better bargain if you tend to wear more than one color hair type. This hair is a shorter left side swept hair with closely cropped back and sides and looks its best when paired with the Jai hairbase which is also from the Modulus brand and can be found in their store!

The pose you see in the very first photo is from the “Boss” pose set from Go&See, there are 4 different pose types (and you also get in the package two different priority types for whatever your needs are. They are available right now at the Go& See store along with other pose sets, AO Animations, Eyes, and also Skins which is what the brand began with before branching out.

Time for me to wrap this up so I can get back to work on bringing the next look to you from various events across the grid perhaps mixed in with some favorites from my closet. You just never know what you’ll find here on These Conversations Kill.

Onto the next conversation…

Photos taken @ Fairmage



HAIR: Modulus – Brody Hair – BROWNS ✦ NEW @ The Men’s Jail
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
FACE: ::LV: Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
BEARD: -Nivaro- Rugged ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

COAT: -NU- Rotterdam Coat AC
GLOVES: ::GB:: Fingeless Gloves / Dark Gray
PANTS: [Gild] Standard Fit Pants (Black)
SHOES: A&D Clothing – Firenze – FatPack ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

Go&See * Boss * Bento Pose Pack


[#449] I Came In Like A Wrecking Ball

We clawed, we chained our hearts in vain
We jumped never asking why
We kissed, I fell under your spell.
A love no one could deny

β™«Wrecking Ballβ™« – Miley Cyrus

Once in a while an idea will pop into my head that seems a bit insane or maybe even ridiculous but it sticks into my head until I have no choice but to try and work it out virtually. So this idea actually came out of a different idea and for the sake of if I manage to ever get that one done I’m going to keep it close to the vest. The reason why I put this blog together was to do something different and maybe even make people laugh.

FOXCITY is one of those pose stores that kinda has a little bit of everything…poses, backdrops and things of that nature and being a member of their VIP group has certainly been a treat. Not everything is something I could use in any type of photo but when you find gems like their “Wrecking Ball” pose prop it just instantly brings ideas into your head. My first thought was “I want to emulate Miley Cyrus” as a bit of a gag but was not entirely sure how to compile a look until I started to scour some shopping guides for different events.

I wanted to find a similar background to what was used in the video shoot for the song but I couldn’t really find anything passable so I found the next best thing: a backdrop with steps all made of cement. One of the things I knew for sure is that I wouldn’t be photographing any walls so I didn’t have to worry about what was on either side of me. I lined up my shots and found a pretty suitable windlight (which I overlayed a bit in post processing and it turned out so much better) and got to work.

Hipster Men’s Event has been open for about a week or so and I had the newest Modulus hair from the event to review which fit amazingly into this shot. It came out to looking pretty close to the hairstyle she had in the video which meant I killed two birds with one stone and didn’t have to find a different hair. You’ll find out more details about the hair down in the credits below.

In the above photo you get a little bit better look of the “Johnny” hair from Modulus; I can’t stress enough how well it worked out for my idea. Things like that don’t always fall into place as easy as you’d like them to so I’ll take a small victory like this.

Now that Man Cave is finished for it’s current round I’m starting to spread out items from Men Only Monthly and Hipster Men’s Event that I’ve gathered in the past couple shopping trips. I’ve been doing more of a selective shopping thing lately as I get items that I am going to use pretty much right away so they don’t sit in my closet or get forgotten and end up being wasted as some items I started to find as I’ve slowly been doing a bit of rearranging have been items I never opened and are dated and not useful to me presently which means wasted opportunity and money that could have went to something else.

Here is a closer look at the skin (Clef de Peau) I am wearing and also the lipstick (::frosting::) that I wasn’t sure if I should use or not but I figured that I was already doing something out of my normal and kept it on. Blogs like these have shown me that I can have fun with the photos and ideas that come into my head and not every one of them is serious, sad, or even at times a bit violent.

In summary of today’s blog I really can step out of my normal zones of comfort to show a different side of my creativity (even if it’s bordering on parody). This is definitely one of the reasons why blogging can be rewarding when at times it seems to be a lot of work (and it is in ways). This was a bit of fun and brought me joy to be able to share it with the world wide web.

Onto the next conversation…

HAIR: Modulus – Johnny Hair – BLONDES ✦ NEW @ Hipster Mens Event

I have it on good authority that this is the second hair inspired by Johnny Depp (from his younger years such as when he was a part of the 21 Jumpstreet cast…if you have no idea what it is google or check it out on youtube!) 25 colors in all to choose from which you can get separately in 5 different color packs (Blonds, Browns, Monochrome, Reds, and Vibrants) or purchasing a valuable FATPACK with everything. This hair is suited to go with the Jai hairbase which you can find at the Modulus main location.

HEAD: LeLutka – Andrea v 3.1 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

FACE: Clef de Peau.- Aaron T1 (Baby Face) ✦ NEW @ Hipster Mens Event

Some time has passed since my last time wearing a Clef de Peau skin and I thought it was time to do so after I demonstrated this product at the Hipster event; it also gave me reason to bring out my LeLutka HUD which has been used sparingly as of late. The “Aaron” skin is also available for those of you with CATWA heads (Daniel and Victor preferably) as well with several different options. The applier has the choice between the regular skin or what is called “Baby Face” which is a more youthful version with smoother features. There is also options for eyebrows and a bruise (or you can choose between one or the other).

LIPSTICK: ::frosting:: Matte Lips – Autumn

Trying to pull the faux Miley look off was something I knew would be a task and I thought really hard about whether or not I wanted to use lipstick. I tried to figure out how to change the color of my lips through the LeLutka HUD but failed so I did some looking and found this item on the MP. Four different shades to choose from with applier HUDs for CATWA, LeLutka, and Omega included.

BODY: [SIGNATURE] Gianni – v4.4 ✦ 𝔓𝔯𝔒𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔲𝔰𝔩𝔢 𝔅𝔩𝔬𝔀𝔀𝔒𝔑

TANKTOP: ExalteD – Running Tank – White ✦ NEW @ M.O.M

For a second straight blog I find myself wearing a product by ExalteD but why not? They certainly make quality products that would please just about any fella out there. While this may not be a style of tanktop I would wear all the time or wear in a public setting I do think it is unique and it fit the vision I was aiming for as Ms. Cyrus in the video was wearing a sort of crop top and this was almost exactly it right to the detail with an extra added part of it being pulled up for some added spice.

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

BOXERS: -NU- Lennon Underwears (White) ✦ NEW @ Hipster Mens Event

In a sense I feel almost like an underwear model wearing these and it is not often that I run around doing shoots without pants or regular shorts. The one thing I truly believe that Native Urban did right with this is they chose to sell these as a complete pack instead of selling them in single packs or in packs arranged by color type. The price point for these is consistent with what I feel is worth the purchase. If you like lounging around in your skivvies, you have 15 different choices to work with in solids and pattern form. There is something for all types of fellas in this pack and the nether regions are nicely proportioned and not over-accentuated.

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

BACKDROP: Po^Z Mesh – Concrete Staircase

This backdrop is just as advertised: a concrete staircase build that you could use for a variety of different scenes that you might come up with. The construction of this item is well done and it really helped make this photo shoot shine by giving me a great addition to go with the pose prop. I’ll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for more items from this brand because you never know what might be useful.

FOXCITY. Wrecking Ball Bento Pose (M+F) ✦ π”Šπ”―π”¬π”²π”­ π”Šπ”¦π”£π”±

One of the main reasons this blog entry came to be. When I was looking at the different group gifts I saw this and thought that I could definitely make use of it. It has the included pose prop with a pose for both men and women but also has the poses individually included just in case you may have a project that you want to use them with and you do not need the pose prop.

[#399] Falls On Me

And all of your weight
All you dream
It falls on me, it falls on me
And your beautiful sky
The light you bring
It falls on me, it falls on me

Falls On Me” – Fuel β™«Listenβ™«

It’s been a little bit of a tough week. Since I last made an entry I had some slight setbacks with my rig and it put a slight damper on being able to blog (which of course when I have time to and really wanted to it was impossible). I’ve also celebrated another year of birth this past weekend so that was pretty exciting but now that the dust has settled it’s back to business as usual. A new round of Men Only Monthly opened which I am excited for, I had a sneak peak of it before it opened but I definitely need to get back there for more items. There has been little time for shopping as of late but I intend to hit the events hard in the next week so I can put together some cool outfits and visuals to share with all of you.

I am also happy to be partnered with the Avi-Glam brand once again as they are once again sponsors of myself and These Conversations Kill. I look forward to featuring their new products and sharing them with you. I started with a set of eyes in the last post and I’ve done it again this time as well with ones that are from Shiny Shabby.

If you are into exploring, you should check out the Flux Sur Mer sim which I’ve given the location of below in the credits. Great views await and it is a very large location so there is lots of things to see and photograph if you like taking pics (or are also a blogger and need a location). I’m going to leave you with the rest of the credits and my thoughts on the newest things I am wearing and also encourage you to take a look at these events and stores, as well as the vendors I’ve purchased items from on the Marketplace. With all things, I suggest that you try a demo first so that you can be happy with your purchase. That’s all I have for this entry, see you again soon but like always: stay stylish fellas!

⊰HAIR⊱ lock&tuft – ruined
⊰HEAD⊱ CATWA – Daniel (Bento)
⊰EYES⊱ AG. Silky Eyes @ Shiny Shabby β™― NEW

Silky Eyes are the latest product from Avi-Glam. There are 6 different iris tones and each one comes with a HUD to change each eye (or if you want to go with a different one for each side you can choose another color). There are also three sizes of pupil available as well (Small, Medium, or Large). The product includes HUDs for Catwa and Omega applier enabled eyes or one for the two mesh eyes that are included. I really like these, they photograph well but then I’ve always enjoyed this brand’s eyes.

⊰FACE⊱ ::LV:. Kitt T2/Pearl β™―Β  Marketplace β™― NEW

Lee Valentine is at it again! This new skin is based off of that one guy that’s in a show that just about everyone watches (except me because I’m late to the party). Very handsome English looking fellow that comes in the form of a CATWA applier. The body appliers you can find at the Stray Dog store in the form of their T2 shade. For this skin I went back to the Daniel head because it looked best between the two that I own. The package does include and eyebrow and body shape respectively but I did not use the body shape this time around.

⊰BODY⊱ Belleza – Jake

⊰SHIRT⊱ ::K:: Band Collar Popover Shirt Homme White @ TMD β™― NEW

I’ve been a fan of Kitt Ragu’s work for a long time, the ::K:: brand often has interesting clothing even if it is not my style or fits the avatar I might be wearing at the time. Fortunate enough for me the new Popover shirt at The Men’s Department has a size for Belleza which I took advantage of. This shirt is definitely a casual one with there being a bit of open space in the front. Normally I do not wear unbuttoned shirts like this but I figured I’d take a walk on the wild side and give it a try; believe me I was not disappointed. You can get this shirt in 5 different colors and sizes included besides what I’ve already mentioned are: Signature, SLink, and TMP.

⊰JEANS⊱ ::K:: Slim Fit Jeans Homme Used @ TMD β™― NEW

So you’ve just bought the Popover Shirt and don’t have any pants you want to wear with it? Well you don’t have to go very far because right at the same booth at The Men’s Department are the Slim Fit Jeans. These jeans come in the same sizes as the shirt and has 6 different denim types to choose from. Included in the package also are several colored belts if wearing them is something you like to do but it is totally optional. I’m really happy with how these items pair up and I think you will be too.

⊰SHOES⊱ Native Urban – Zeeba Sneakers AC @ M.O.M β™― NEW

More than likely I have probably mentioned before that it is more difficult to find shoes for the Belleza body unless you use the SLink feet fit and wear shoes that are fitted for them (which doesn’t necessarily always work well). That is why I was excited to see these low-top sneakers at Men Only Monthly. Native Urban is a brand I’ve known for some time and have purchased things from them with a high level of satisfaction and these are no different. Just to let you all know, I purchased the FATPACK just because I know I can use a different color for another potential outfit in the future or just to wear around when I’m out shopping or hanging out. Sizes included for this product are Belleza, Signature, SLink, and Unrigged for Standard Avatars. Also included in the FATPACK is a HUD to change the color of the shoe as well as different parts (such as the soles, the back patch etc).

⊰RING⊱ [DF] Keyboard Ring β™― Marketplace
⊰RINGS⊱ Ysoral – Luxe Set Rings Luc β™― Marketplace

Photo Taken @ Flux Sur Mer

IE- Choices (1/3m) @ Designer Showcase β™― NEW

[#325] Everything Changes

If I could turn back the years
If you could learn to forgive me
Then I could learn to feel

Everything Changes” –Β  StaindΒ Β Β  β™«Listenβ™«

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Gentleman, today I come to you with a relaxed look for those days on the weekend where you just want to kick back and just do a whole lot of nothing. You’ll find in this post items from SwagBag to the Mesh Body Addicts and The Medieval Fantasy Fair, along with a nice little surprise I found on the Marketplace.

We’ll get to the SwagBag first since that started earlier in the month. No.Match has released the “No Hope” hair which is a medium length side hanging style. You can use just about any kind of hairbase with this and it will still look great. Keep in mind that the pack only includes the Ombre tones with combinations of browns/blondes and blacks/reds. There should be something there for everyone who wants to deviate from the normal.

MESANGE is currently offering the “Cranford Eyes” at The Medieval Fantasy Fair. As I mentioned in a previous entry, their newly updated HUD is fantastic. It gives you the opportunity to use either the mesh eyes that are included or use appliers for the Omega and Genesis Lab systems. The Beauty Pack, which includes 15 different iris colors is well worth the price and I highly recommend it.

For those who are fans of the Mesh Body Addicts event, I have something for you. One of my favorite up and coming creators, RIOT, has released the Lennon Long Line Jeans. These jeans have a wide variety of denim tones and will fit just about any avatar choice you have. The HUD is simple to use and you can also choose the color style of the metal buttons on them which gives a broader range of choice combinations.

For the aforementioned Marketplace item I spoke of, I was browsing the other day not for anything in particular and came across the Portand shirt from Native Urban. I’m positive that this shirt is available in-world but to discover it first on the Marketplace where things can be very hit or miss makes it a mega find. It has a relaxed look and is fitted for Standard avatars as well as those with SLink and [SIGNATURE] Gianni bodies as well. It comes packaged with a HUD that has a wide variety of graphic designs, allowing for it to be one of those shirts that you don’t just toss into your closet and forget about it. There is at least a design that you could wear it every day of the week and not wear the same look twice.

This is all I have for this outing and I’d rather everyone take a ride from the credits below to take a look at these items and much more at the events they are featured in. The SwagBag is subscription based but can still be purchased from their Headquarters, the taxi will also be below. Until the next time, keep it stylish fellas!

⊰HAIR⊱ no.match_ ~ NO HOPE ~ Essentials/OMBRE β‰  β˜†NEWβ˜† @SwagBag (Jan)
⊰HEAD⊱ [GA.EG] Damon Bento Mesh Head
⊰EYES⊱ MESANGE – Cranford Eyes / BEAUTY PACK β‰  β˜†NEWβ˜† @ The Medieval Fantasy Fair
⊰FACE⊱  Clef de Peau: Bradley T2 [GA.EG] β‰  β˜†NEWβ˜† @ Mainstore
⊰BODY⊱ [SIGNATURE] Gianni – Body – v3.1

⊰SHIRT⊱ -NU- Portland Shirt β‰  @ Marketplace
⊰JEANS⊱ RIOT / Lennon Long Line Jeans β‰  β˜†NEWβ˜† @ Mesh Body Addicts