[#680] Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up?

 

Don’t leave here with hope
Don’t leave here alone
Don’t be like you were
Don’t be like you are now

The Dangerous Summer, ♫Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up♫

 

Skin Fair 2020 is now officially open and is brought to us all by Pale Girl Productions and Taox Tattoo. Sponsors for the event include such stores as: Signature Body, CATWA, LeLUTKA, LOGO, Akeruka and Genus Project. It boasts the best in all things bento heads, body shapes, makeup and accessories, tattoos but most importantly SKINS! I am going to be bringing a lot of diverse poses from this event for the next two weeks so I hope that all of you enjoy this ride with me and that after visiting you are inspired to take a trip to shop.

There are two sims packed full of goods that you can choose from that house some of the best stores on the grid. You will find names like Stray Dog, Clef de Peau, The Skinnery, Deetalez and many more. If you are feeling like your avatar needs a little tweak or a major overhaul this is the place to fill that need.

One of the most sought after items at the event are the new LeLUTKA heads (Skyler and Lake) and today I’m featuring the Skyler head with its base skin which works with the body appliers from Clef de Peau. The new “Evolution” heads have been designed to be used mainly as a Bakes On Mesh product but keep in mind you can still use appliers (so there’s no freaking out involved). Unlike previous incarnations of LeLUTKA heads these new versions have materials add on layers that help your avatar look younger or older or even have tear stained or rain covered faces. There are a lot of animations right out of the gate on the HUD and different ways to manipulate expressions. I think that it is one of the most innovative setups that I have seen out of a head and it’s possible to say that for the male version of me this handsome devil will be sticking around as my more permanent look for the foreseeable future.

Also available now is the EY19B Full Moon Eyes pack for the Ultimate Eyes by GA.EG. This 9 color iris pack is materials enabled and once you install it into the Ultimate Eyes HUD you can choose whether or not they animate. It’s a really cool thing if you’ve never experienced this product. Eyes tend to be hard to capture in main shots so I’ve made sure to give you a good look at them and also a closer look at the Skyler head as well.

Let’s also not forget that Pose Fair is still going strong in it’s first full week of being open. The pose back I’m using is also a breathing animation one by SINCHI called “Norman”. The thing I find with breathing poses is that they are very subtle and without really being able to take a gif or video it is hard to show. Though it is pretty easy go imagine that it looks a lot like simulated breathing. Inside the pack there are 4 different poses to use and are usable in tons of different pose situations so don’t let the fact they have breathing animations deter you. You can also plop them into an AO as well for those non spastic stands.

Before I wrap this all up, I want to leave for you the location of both the North and South sims of Skin Fair along with a map to help guide you to find the stores that you want to shop quickly without having to wander around aimlessly in such a big space. It’s easy to get lost as I did a quick walk through and didn’t use the map and I was turned around pretty quickly. This tells you not to be like me! Have fun and if you don’t get in right on the first or second day just keep trying because it’s always the busiest when it first opens.


North Sim | South Sim

 

Where were you when the sky opened up?
Is that when we died?
Is that when we learned to survive?
Watch me as I cut through my relationships
I hold onto love
Then I leave on my own again

 

POSE: SINCHI – Norman Breathing Pack @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: LeLutka – Skyler @ Skin FairNEW
EYES: GA.EG – EY19B Full Moon Pack @ Skin FairNEW
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0

SWEATER: Cold-Ash – Finch V-Neck Sweater
JEANS: Cold-Ash – Holloway Ripped Jeans

 

[#679] The Cat’s In The Cradle

 

So much like a man I just had to say,
“Son, I’m proud of you. Can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
“What I’d really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?”

Cats In The Cradle, ♫Ugly Kid Joe♫

 

My journey through the Pose Fair has been a fun one so far and we’re almost a full week in with all of the wonderful things you can get at the event. For this post I’ve selected two of the packs from a relatively new (to me) store named Beras. I’ve seen their poses in different weekend sales and things and really liked the looks of them so when the opportunity presented itself to blog them I did. Keep in mind that these poses have breathing animations so they are not 100% static poses. At this time I don’t have the capability to show the breathing part to you but these are not only good for picture taking but you can put them in a standing AO and give off the appearance of being a living, breathing human.

Both the Trevor and Bob Breathing Pose Packs contain 4 poses each (Trevor has an alternate pose in his pack). I really like these poses and sometimes breathing ones are a challenge to capture well but I think in this instance it worked out great.

For one of the looks I am wearing items from Skin Fair but I’m going to go into a more detailed blog for that later on today. There’s a lot of photo taking and writing going on which is definitely keeping me very busy. If some of my entries are a little short it works out for me writing less and for you the reader to read less haha!

 

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Benjamin Franklin

 

POSE: Beras – Trevor Breathing AO Pose Pack @ Pose FairNEW
POSE: Beras – Bob Breathing AO Pose Pack @ Pose FairNEW

Look 1 (Left)

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: CATWA – Victor
SKIN: Stray Dog – Joaquin (Tone 03)
BEARD: Mister Razzor – Negan
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0

SUIT: L&B – Business Suit Edge
SHOES: L&B – Edge Oxford Dress Shoes

Look 2 (Right)

HAIR: Stealthic – Hysteria
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy
SKIN: Vendetta – Vendetta (T2) @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW (Coming Soon)
BODY: Signature – Geralt v1.5

SHIRT: L&B (Store / MP) – Santa Cruz Tee
SHORTS: L&B (Store / MP) – Havoc Jeans
SHOES: L&B (Store / MP) – Old School Low Tops

 

[#678] Whatta Man

 

To let it get me involved in that he said/she said crowd
I know that ain’t nobody perfect, I give props to those who deserve it
And believe me y’all, he’s worth it
So here’s to the future cuz we got through the past
I finally found somebody that can make me laugh

Whatta Man, ♫Salt n Pepa♫

 

Brace yourselves because this entry is packed with a lot of information that I think is worthy of being read. I’ll try to keep everything short and sweet so that I don’t bore anyone but if the need to jump down to the credits is where you’re heading friendly reader then I’m glad you came to visit anyway. The Pose Fair is now underway and I’ve been enjoying trying to pick and choose the sets I want to work with (it’s not as easy as it seems). At the end of this week, the Skin Fair begins which will keep me pretty busy but these are the challenges I have fun with. As long as I feel in my mind I can do it then the sky is the limit for me.

To be able to show off the upcoming skin release by Birth (which I’ll get to here in momentarily) I thought that it would be best to go with a pose set that depicts working out. SVP’s “Strong” pose pack is just right with 6 different poses that very from push-ups to sit-ups and everything in between. Needless to say, it makes my pixels look super toned and sharp.

Birth will be releasing their “Evan” skin this coming Friday when the Skin Fair opens. It will have both CATWA head appliers as well as Bakes On Mesh versions as well in 9 different tones. Of course, as I have done with previous years of Skin Fair I am including a skin tone key to show you all of the tones available for this (body appliers are sold separately of course). Included for the BOM crowd are several tintable beards, eyebrows, and hairbases (Black, Blonde, Brown, Red and White/Tintable) on tattoo layers.

I would also be crazy not to mention that Signature is holding a giveaway at Skin Fair. Crazy right? 100 body packs will be given out at the event (50 Alice and 50 Geralt) to lucky winners who touch the Signature Kiosk on one of the Skin Fair sims. It is only one entry per avatar so pick wisely because if you win you are only going to get just one of the bodies. If you’ve always wanted to try out one of these but haven’t quite gotten there yet? Now it will be your chance to earn one free. I’ve been using Geralt for almost a week now and just like any mesh body, it has its pros and cons but I have managed to take some great pictures with it. I think I will keep going with it for the duration of the Fair and probably for a good while after just because I’ve used Gianni so much it deserves some rest.

There is just so much excitement throughout March that it is going to be hard not to contain myself. Keep an eye out on the site as plenty more fun and exciting things are in store.

 

 

It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
Plutarch

 

BACKDROP: Come Soon Poses – The Gym 02

POSE: SVP – Strong Pose Pack @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel
SKIN: Birth – Evan (Tone 2) @ Skin Fair ✦ NEW (Coming Soon)
BODY: Signature – Geralt v1.5

SHORTS: Kalback – Sweat Shorts M4 (Pattern 5)
SHOES: L&B Swear (Store/ MP) – Old School Low Tops

 

[#676] Burnin’ For You

 

Burn out the day
Burn out the night
I can’t see no reason to put up a fight
I’m living for giving the devil his due

Burnin’ For You, ♫Blue Oyster Cult♫

 

It’s known as a fact that I like to do classy when it comes to my more edgier works. This blog entry falls under that category as I selected a pose that pushes the envelope while being tasteful. Mouni Poses submission “Own Me” for the 10th Anniversary of Pose Fair inspired me to grab my girl and find a way to potentially destroy our dining room (plates and silverware everywhere by the end). I like this pose and the others that Mouni will have available at the event which starts tomorrow if you were not already aware.

Get your wallets and cameras ready because, with all of the great things that I’ve seen in store for this event, there’s no way that anyone can go there and leave empty-handed. Happy photo-taking everyone and enjoy your Friday!

 

To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.
Federico Garcia Lorca

 

POSE: Mouni Poses – Own Me @ Pose Fair ✦ NEW (Coming Soon)

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy
FACE: Stray Dog – Jeffrey (Tone 3)
BODY: Signature – Geralt v1.4

 

 

[#675] So I Can Get Some Rest

 

How could I forget about you
Never doubt me, I’ll never doubt you
I don’t go out without you
I don’t wanna leave the house without you
I don’t do shit without you
And you know I ain’t shit without you
Lonely sunsets, lonely sunrise
Wishin’ I was lookin’ in your eyes

PRINCESS, ♫Lil Peep♫

 

Pose Fair is coming! Pose Fair is coming! If you say that like you imagined Paul Revere riding through to warn that the Red Coats were on there the way it is exactly the way I heard it in my head. Many things come and go within the virtual landscape of Second Life. Some last for months and some may last a year or two. This event is going on its 10th year of existence and has brought consumers and bloggers (like myself) a lot of joy over the years. I have been around as long as the event has but my memory has me trying to think if I browsed through the very first event. I know that over time I have shopped many of them and have just been blogging for what is now going on 2 years. I have had nothing but love for this event and the people behind it as they work very hard so that photographers and bloggers can make their ideas in their heads come to life virtually.

I could heap a lot more praise about this event but I don’t want to overdo it. The main thing that you need to know right this minute as that the event itself begins on March 7th and runs through the end of the month. Keep checking this site for coverage on the event and I hope that the things seen her will inspire others to go take a look at the great creators that fill up the stalls because they also put a lot of effort into making things that they think we will all like.
I’m starting with a set that is very close to me personally called “Rhythm” by WetCat Poses. It has an included headphone prop which I love because for those who may be reading/looking at this blog for the first time should know that I am a huge music buff and so far every single post I have made between this blog and the original incarnation (The Saints Of Fashionation) have all had song titles or lyrics from songs in them. The best part is that I never fear that I’m going to run out of songs to use because I have a wealth of different genres I enjoy to work with.

This set contains 7 poses (with included mirrors) and the aforementioned headphones prop. There is also a HUD to change the color of the headphones with 16 different options to help find that right mood for picture creation.

Whenever a store puts out some form of skate shoes, you can find me in line (even though virtually there is no such thing) to get them. Lapointe and Bastchild have once again brought a huge smile to my face with the release of the “Old School Sneakers”. They work perfectly with the Havoc line of jeans (regular and leather) and boast a wide variety of color styles. Most of the styles come with both a black or white design on the side of the shoe. While there are singles versions available you get the most value from the Fullpack. The HUD includes 41 different styles (including regular colorways, 4 special colors as well as camouflage colors). The built-in socks have 21 options and you can also change the shoelaces (22) and last but not least soles (4). The old school sneakers are compatible with Belleza (Jake 2.0), Signature (Geralt and Gianni) and SLink Physique mesh bodies. If you cannot find them in the store just yet they will be there soon as they just finished being a part of the February round of The Men’s Department.

 

Sunsets are my escape into the reality I want to continuously live.
Rachel Roy

 

POSE: WetCat Poses – Rhythm @ Pose Fair (Coming March 7th)

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy
FACE: Stray Dog – Jeffrey (Tone 3)
BODY: Signature – Geralt v1.4

JEANS: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Havoc Jeans
SHOES: L&B Swear (Store/ MP) – Old School Low Tops ✦ NEW

 

[674] Letters To You

 

I’m writing again these letters to you aren’t much, I know
But I’m not sleeping and you’re not here
The thought stops my heart

Letters To You, ♫Finch♫

 

Session Skins recently released a new skin just for Catwa called Rocco in Tone 02. It’s designed specifically for the Stanley head which is what I’m using but it’s entirely possible that it would look just as good with other heads from the same brand. Rocco comes packaged with a Catwa applier HUD that offers a clean face, beard and no brow versions; there is also Bakes On Mesh for those who have been bitten by that bug. There are quite a few pros and cons about it that I haven’t completely bought in but as I keep saying, I’m not ruling out using it.

Hopefully creators don’t stop using HUD based appliers in the future in favor of completely adopting to this revamped feature.

The Men’s Department is in full swing with their February round and the latest clothing merchandise from Cold-Ash will be sure to make the girls swoon and break some hearts. The Finch V-neck Sweater is multi-functional in that you can wear it as it is (as you can see in my photo) or make use of the shirt and tie add-on. If you want formal or casual it truly is the best of both worlds.

For potential owners of the Fatpack this is what you will get: The standalone version and also the shirt with tie version as well as a HUD that contains 12 sweater colors, 18 shirt options and 12 tie options. Finch is compatible with Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies.

 

Your flaws are perfect for the heart that’s meant to love you.
Trent Shelton

 

HAIRBASE: Labyrinth – Buzzcut Hairbase
FACE: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Rocco (Tone 2)

SWEATER: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Finch V-Neck Sweater @ TMDNEW

 

[#659] Memories Bring Back You

 

Here’s to the ones that we got
Cheers to the wish you were here but you’re not
‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories
Of everything we’ve been through
Toast to the ones here today
Toast to the ones that we lost on the way
‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories
And the memories bring back
Memories bring back you

Memories, ♫Maroon 5♫

 

The strength it’s taken me to do this post was something I was unsure of ever happening. Those who know me have undoubtedly been aware of my absence from blogging and or social media and there’s been a very valid reason. In September, my reality suffered a tremendous loss and while I don’t want to go into details as it’s not something I’m comfortable with but I wanted to make sure that when the time was right for me that I’d find a way to work it out through virtual artistry.

I’ve prided myself on the ability to be creative but lately it just hasn’t been there and it’s taken me away from the virtual side of things. My passion for it has been lacking and I don’t want to put anything less than 100% when I’m able to do it, otherwise it shows and if I can tell then I’m pretty darn sure that others can see it too.

While I’ve been away and dealing with the situation, some really excellent clothing has come out that I’ve wanted to promote and show because of how much I love it. Lapointe & Bastchild has been around for a long time and when it comes to their loyalty to their customers (as well as their bloggers) they rank among the top of any brand. They take the time to listen to the people that purchase and wear their clothing and even take the time to refresh some of the items by adjusting some of bugs for how it fits with a certain body or add a new body to the list of those that are asked to be added (within reason because creation of these things take a lot of time and effort to a degree that a lot of us fail to realize). The denim version of the “Ranger Shirt” was given an upgrade with some tweaks to some of the mesh bodies that have also made updates and with that the patterns have been given a refresh too. Long sleeve shirt on top of short ones are one of my favorite types of clothing so to see this update was a welcome one for me.

I might have missed it’s initial release at TMD in September but believe me when I say that the “Havoc Jeans” are everything. With three different types: Reg, Rolled and Tapered (which come in handy with different boot styles) and the ability to wear a pocket chain (also a feature that would make others beside myself shout “take my money!”) these jeans are a huge contender for the Heavyweight Champion in the male jeans market. For those who may have recently picked up the leather pants version of “Havoc” (which I will be showcasing hopefully soonish) that are currently at the November round of TMD, the key fob from it also works with the jeans and vice-versa with the chain. Lots of great features that are interchangeable between both releases. Please keep in mind that to get the chain and key fob are only available with the FATPACK version of both “Havoc” styles. If you have purchased a single color of either product, I believe that you can contact the store manager or the creators to upgrade to FATPACKs so you can get the bonus add-ons. It’s well worth it from my vantage point as someone who loves these kind of jeans/pants.

Compatibility for the “Ranger Shirt” and “Havoc Jeans” include: Belleza Jake, Signature (Geralt & Gianni) and SLink Physique (with an alpha for the SLink Redux version).

One thing I want to say that I feel is important is I know that we spend a lot of time focusing on things that may seem super important to us and tend to look past those that should be important. Look closer to those details because there will be a time that you’ll wish you’d paid more attention to them and will grow to regret it. Everyone’s situation is different and that is understandable but I think that we’ve all got people that mean a great deal to us and we should show them that because then neither you or they will ever have to question the importance they play.

I’m trying my best to not make this a downer post as that is not my intention, however, there have been many people I know virtually that have recently gone through something similar in their lives so this is not so much entirely for me as it is for them as well because we all are finding our ways to cope. The days, months and years to come will forever be changed but with all the love and support from those around us, it may never every bit of the hurt inside away but it will at least help us heal to some degree.

 

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
Thomas Campbell

 

POSE: Come Soon Poses – The Club

BACKDROP: Come Soon Poses – Friday Night 04

Brennan’s Look

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

SHIRT: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Ranger Shirt / Denim (Fatpack) ✦ Updated
JEANS: L&B Swear (Store / MP) – Havoc Jeans (Fatpack)

Mike’s Look

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: Catwa – Daniel v3.2
SKIN: Stray Dog – Joaquin (Tone 03)
MUSTACHE: Magnificent – DanielHipster Stache & Beard Medium
BEARD: TheSkinnery – Jason Facial Hair
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.8
TATTOOS: Speakeasy – Storm

SHIRT: Ink Me – Jacob Shirt @ Christmas Lane
PANTS: Cheerno Sado – RopePants @ The Men JailNEW