[#670] Crash

 

Crash you’re going down without a sound
And I’ll pass you up before I explode
Breaking until I’ll see it through
You won’t keep me down when I crash through you

Crash, ♫Decypher Down♫

 

With this being potentially the last Pose Fair post I do before the event ends (of course I’d like to try and do more but things are getting busier), I wanted to try something different and of course branch out from doing a post that is showing my face. In fact that makes it two entries straight so potentially that’s a personal record. Another thing is that virtually setting up a shot where I’m attempting to ski (but failing) which is something I’ve never done in reality for several reasons. One being that I’m definitely not coordinated enough and secondly it would definitely make my anxiety level creep to an uncomfortable level due to being up so far and having to make it down a hill of unknown length.

Then there are of course trees and no matter how hard I would try there’s no doubt I would find one.

Hopscotch Poses have released over the years some really fun things in the form of gachas (at events like The Arcade) and poses like “Down The Slope” which of course is a part of the winter round of Pose Fair. I love the variety of poses that are a part of this pack as well as the fact that you get the ski’s and poles (or sticks if you are from another part of the world). The poses seem to be in a sequence of being upright to making a descent down the slope into eventual chaos and ending up flat on your face as I am in my pic. Of course I don’t think it helps that I wasn’t properly dressed for the occasion with dress shoes and pants but they look good so pfft.

There are 5 poses within the set and as mentioned above comes with the included props. Ski lessons are NOT included!

 

If you’re not falling, you’re not learning.
Unknown

 

Photo Taken @ Silent Night Resort

POSE: Hopscotch – Down The Slope @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas (Variety)

PARKA: Lenox – Parka (Fatpack)
PANTS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Alessio Trousers (FATPACK)
SHOES: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Monk Buckle Shoes (FATPACK) @ TMDNEW

 

[#668] Sparks

 

But I promise you this
I’ll always look out for you
Yeah that’s what I’ll do

Sparks, ♫Coldplay♫

 

My mind sometimes is filled with so much information that I don’t always remember if I’ve been to a location for a photo. This is the case with The Four Seasons sim, which is where this particular photo took place. I have been to most of the places that I know of or browsed through guides so lucky for me that I was having a conversation with Brenna and told me to check this place out. It’s a really great place not only for pics but also to explore and you can join the group at a small cost ($50L is all) to be able to rezz props.

I think when it has come to creating winter and holiday themed photos, I am getting better at it then I have been in previous years. Ideas are not always tucked away and can happen on the spot much like how this arrangement happened. I had the look and pose I wanted but the last bit that I needed was how I was going to implement the right surroundings; as I wandered around I found a tree clearing with a snow sculpture of a dog made of snow.

Who can say no to a cute snow doggo? Apparently not even me.

Elephante Poses has been around a long time as far as Second Life grid standards apply (even so much as taking a break for a while). I really thought that when I saw the ad vendor for the “Shine” set that it was very manageable to make it work. The set has 6 different poses that activate when you attach the sparkler to yourself. The vibe I was feeling when I was working on the environmental part of the scene was evening time so that I could use a facelight (the only time that I personally feel is acceptable) to have that illuminating feel from the sparkler.

The lighting along with a little of depth of field thrown in set the stage for what I consider an intimate setting. If I hadn’t already picked the song I wanted to use to play off of the situation in the scene, the second choice would have been “Silent Night” which also would have made sense. The logic of it is that it would have had that Christmas movie feeling to it where either a single person or a choir would sing (usually with candles) and it would visually be immaculate.

There’s absolutely no regrets with how this turned out though and it gives me the opportunity to use that song for another blog entry either this year or in the future.

 

Every moment contains a spark of eternity.
Elie Wiesel

 

Photo taken @ The Four Seasons

POSE: Elephante Poses – Shine @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Olive – The Nin
HEAD: Genus Project – Classic Face W001
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Yvette (Tone 01)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

OUTFIT: Insomnia Angel – Houndstooth Ouji Lolita RARE ✦ Gacha

 

[#665] Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

 

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

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, ♫N’Sync♫

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

POSE: Ax Poses – My Christmas Gift @ Pose FairNEW

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

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

 

[#664] Santa Baby

 

Santa Baby, just slip a sable under the tree,
For me.
Been an awful good girl, Santa baby,
So hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa Baby, ♫Eartha Kitt♫

 

Normally I don’t tend to shake things up too often but when Brenna and I collaborate together anything is possible. As I was discussing the different types of goodies that were available at the Winter Edition of Pose Fair, the “Santa’s Girl” pose by X.T.C Poses made a strong impression on the both of us. We thought that making an edgier Christmas pic would be fun and gave me a chance to play on the time old tune Santa Baby. The version of the song I chose is performed by Eartha Kitt who at one time played Catwoman in the Batman television series starring Adam West. It’s a nerd choice all the way.

The pose itself offers two different options: one coming with a chair and the other with just the poses so that you can choose your own furniture to use. Of course it comes with gifts of its own in the form of the Santa Hat and large tree ornament that I have in my possession to the champagne bottle that Brenna has. Each of these items are transferable so that it’s easy for anyone to be involved in the pose without fear of not be able to use the props.

Pose Fair is now open to the public and I sincerely encourage taking a look at all the great poses from some of the best pose makers on the grid.

Brenna and I thought it would be funny if Santa got caught by Mrs. Claus and going on the “Naughty List” by entertaining one of his helpers in a sense. She’s wearing the “Sasha” bow by Vanilla Bae which is a part of the current round of FaMESHed. This bow could be a lot of fun potentially for both the guys and gals as it has 7 steps of removal before fully coming off so it has a level of interactivity to it.

My attire consists of the “Brandon” pants and jacket from Salt & Pepper. I picked this up last year at the SL Christmas Expo (I think that was what it was called anyway) and intended to use it for a photo but it never materialized. It certainly helps make this idea more authentic though I think my version of Santa is a bit more fantasy based as we all know that he’s rather jolly and not shredded like my version.

Of course I have to thank Brenna for not only conspiring with me for this idea but also setting up the rest of the scenery with the fireplace and Christmas decorations (stockings, tree etc). We are definitely going to be doing more shoots for Pose Fair but this is probably the one that will be the most eye opening and also give a good laugh considering Santa is about to get posterized with a flip-flop.

I certainly don’t envy him at all.

 

Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip.
Gary Allen

 

POSE: X.T.C. Poses – Santa’s Girl @ Pose FairNEW

HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4
SKIN: Stray Dog – Jeffrey (Tone 03) @ TMDNEW
BEARD: LeLutka – Hip Hip Hooray Beard

COAT: Salt & Pepper – Brandon Jacket (Red)
PANTS: Salt & Pepper – Brandon Pants (Red)
BOOTS: Versov – Molotov Boots

 

[#663] A Winter’s Tale

 

The nights draw in
There’s a silky moon up in the sky
Children are fantasizing
Grown-ups are standin’ by
What a super feeling

A Winter’s Tale, ♫Queen♫

 

With this latest round of Pose Fair being winter themed I’ve been getting use out of many of the sims that change from season to season or those new sims that just happen to pop up for a short time for the holidays. Take the Silent Night Resort sim which is a winter wonderland that is a cozy place to take your person on a little quaint date. From the cozy little forts to the coffee/cocoa shack it’s fun to just walk around and see what kind of photographical fun can be had.

Taking advantage of the beverage shack, I felt like it was a good spot to use the Motive8 “S~20” pose set which has five different poses and includes a snowflake cup that is held in the right hand for each one. For the scene it was the perfect marriage of setting and pose so for me when that happens it makes getting things together a snap (there’s a pun there I’m sure).

TMD’s round for December has plenty for the male consumer with a variety of clothing, skins and accessories such as rings, poses and skyboxes and after taking a look through it there’s plenty that caught my eye. Though one of my favorite things to hit the booths is the “Havoc” Sweater by Lapointe & Bastchilld’s Swear imprint. Inspiring warm feelings on a cold day and as such a cold weather sim and picture.

The sweater is also named after the insanely popular jeans and most recently leather pants (which of course coordinates well together). For a more formal look I matched it up with the Swear Slacks which are part of the Edge Suit to make it a classier affair but I’ll be looking forward to wearing with the other two Havoc products. Best thing about this is that the HUD for the FATPACK contains 45 different styles of sweater and breaks down as follows: 18 Cable Knits, 19 Variegated Wool and 8 themed designs (such as the one I’m wearing!)

The Havoc Sweater is compatible with Belleza (Jake), Signature (Geralt + Gianni) and SLink (Physique) mesh bodies.

 

Winter forms our character and brings out our best.
Tom Allen

 

Photo taken @ Silent Night Resort

POSE: Motiv8 – S~20 @ Pose Fair (12/07) ✦ NEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas (Variety)
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4
SKIN: Stray Dog – Jeffrey (Tone 03) @ TMDNEW

SWEATER: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Havoc Sweater @ TMDNEW
TROUSERS: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Slacks
SHOES: Deadwool – Oxford Shoes

 

[#662] Messing With My Head

 

When you said it was real, guess I really did believe you
Did you fake how you feel when we parked down by the river that night? That night?
That night when we fogged up the windows in your best friend’s car
‘Cause we couldn’t leave the windows down in December

Good Things Fall Apart, ♫Illenium (feat. Jon Bellion)♫

When I was brainstorming for this post I was trying to think of what I wanted to pair it with song wise. Right now I feel it’s too early personally to start using Holiday/Christmas songs even though I’ve seen other photographers and bloggers use them in their work. So what I’ve decided to do (and hopefully I will stick with this) is to take a song that I have in my Rock Band library. Sure I’m guessing there are some that will read this and ask themselves “Wait that’s still around?” The answer is yes, it’s still around and I still enjoy it even if I’m only partaking in two of the instruments out of the four available to currently play with the Rock Band 4/Rock Band Rivals configuration.

“Good Things Fall Apart” is one of the more recent additions to the game as downloadable content and after hearing it on the radio, I couldn’t get it out of my head so I waited for the right time to use it. The fact that it makes a reference to the month of December was another significant part of choosing it. With the look, pose and now inspiration set I descended upon The Bay, a sim I’d not been to in ages and it also has a winter look for it which coincides with the theme for Pose Fair.

Speaking of Pose Fair, I have watched SVP Poses go from a relative unknown to thriving very highly within the posing community. I know a little bit about Sony V, the owner and creator for the store as a fellow member of the LumiPRO group. It’s nice to see other photographers (or bloggers) get into doing things outside of that and as I said in the previous post without poses the prospect of photography (and blogging) would be vastly different.

The Prox Pack contains 5 bento poses that is a mix of upright standing and slight leaning poses with both hands doing a sort of a double pointing gesture. This set can be yours when the winter edition of Pose Fair starts this weekend on the 7th of December.

Cold-Ash made a double release last month at TMD that I didn’t get back in time for but I am making up for that now. The “Raphael Shirt” and “Alessio Trousers” appeal to my formal nature (which seems I cater to more than usual lately). The shirt itself has two versions of it that give you the option to have it buttoned up with a tie as you can see in my photo and also a version without the tie that is partially unbuttoned. I would imagine that kind of styling might get noticed a bit more. Raphael also has a high and low waist variation (of which the latter can be used with the Alessio trousers.) The FATPACK HUD boasts 10 colors for the shirt and 32 different tie options

With two different cuff options and an included belt option, the Alessio trousers are the perfect compliment to the Raphael shirt or just about any dress shirt you may have in your virtual closet. The FATPACK has 15 fabric colors for the pant and 6 for the belt leather (if you decide to wear the belt of course). My attire might not entirely match the scenery of the photo but I’ve told myself more or less that I wasn’t outside long enough to get cold.

Both these articles of clothing are compatible with both Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) mesh body types.

 

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Anne Bradstreet

 

Photo taken @ The Bay

POSE: SVP – Prox Pack @ Pose Fair (12/07) ✦ NEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas (Variety)
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Tom (Tone 02)

SHIRT & TIE: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Raphael Shirt
TROUSERS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Alessio Trousers
SHOES: Deadwool – Oxford Shoes

 

[#661] Love Like Winter

 

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

AFI, ♫Love Like Winter♫

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Photo taken @ Luane’s World

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

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

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