[#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

 

[#578] Addicted

I don’t mind pretending I’m someone else, whoever you want me to be
As long as I’m inside you, you’ll never want me to leave
It’s the way you want it

The Blank Theory, ♫Addicted

In my last blog I peeled a few layers off of what my normal blog style is usually and with that mindset, I chose to take it a little further even and get Brenna involved in the process; she was absolutely encouraging and wonderful with this process as I push my boundaries even further. With the help of RM Poses, we were able to explore uncharted territory in my photography and blogging portfolio.

“Strawberries For You” is a couples pose that shows a sensual side of feeding your lover the tasty fruit. I find that this pose is classy and has great views in several different directions, which I’ve explored as well during the photo session for this blog post (and why wouldn’t I all things considered). I have to make a note to those who might be interested in this pose because of the fact that with how it is set up there is some adjusting that will need to be done especially if both avatars are of different heights. It’s a fantastic pose and I’m glad I got the opportunity to be able to use it.

RM Poses – Strawberries For You Pose and Prop

  • Bento enabled couples pose (bento viewer required for use)
  • Pose stand with built in tray of strawberries and mouth strawberry
  • Exclusively @ Pose Fair until 01/26/19

Also like my last blog I have a few more items from The Men Jail event to just about wrap up my coverage for January. With showing more skin if that is what I’m going to do then why not show ink on my pixels as I do have some in the real world but not as much as I can have in the virtual landscape. “The Demon Horror” Tattoo by KAOS Tattoos is definitely an interesting look and lives up to its name.

With tattoos I tend to usually only apply the light versions but it is also nice to have the medium and dark options as well just in case I were to ever change my mind. I just have a weird way with tattoos and the dark (or fresh as I refer to it as) option just doesn’t really translate virtually as it does in the real world. It isn’t the fault of any tattoo makers it is just what they have to work with. This is a creative design and I could also see wearing it during a role-play situation where a character might be into a darker lifestyle.

Many times I have said that I don’t blog accessories like necklaces or bracelets often but I could not pass up the opportunity to take a look at the “Dan Bracelet” by NaaNaa’s. It is a beaded style with all the things I happen to like (such as skulls and a cross) which given the overall theme of this post makes a lot of sense as “Addicted” by The Blank Theory serves as the soundtrack to this post. I feel like it could be interpreted many ways as how the addiction party plays out but I’m going with the human interaction aspect of it.

KAOS Tattoo – Demon Horror

  • Belleza, Maitreya, Omega and SLink Appliers included
  • 3 tones to choose from (Light, Medium and Dark)
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until 01/28/19

NaaNaa’s – Dan Bracelet

  • Original mesh
  • Resizable
  • 5 metals changeable via HUD
  • Left and right bracelets included
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail until 01/28/19

Modulus is once again back as my hair stylist with their latest, the “Bailey Hair” that is currently at Equal10. There are a lot of quality events that Modulus releases products at but I think Equal10 is truly the most visual appealing because of the cool retro 80’s layout. I could be a bit biased because that is something I know a little bit about.

This is a short to medium length hair swept off to the sides (which you can choose with both left and right versions of the hair). It’s also nice that their are little flyaway strands which is something I can tell you Modulus excels at and it’s not flat hair that doesn’t have any kind of action or movement because who wants that? On top of that the brand gets better and better all the time which keeps its core base of loyal shoppers coming back with more joining the family every day.

Modulus – Bailey Hair

  • 100% original “nex-gen” alpha mesh
  • 5 Color HUD packs + integrated tinting within HUD
  • 40 color FATPACK also available
  • Left and right mirror versions
  • Exclusively @ Equal 10 until 02/05/19

Some other notes to cover is that Brenna has a few event release items as well which consist of the “NaturalLite Lashes #2” by Mai Bilavio and “Glow” tattto by Speakeasy that can both be found at the Access event. For the fellas that might have significant women in their lives I can definitely recommend the “Simplicity Lingerie” by Moon Amore that is waiting to be had at Collabor88. This is certainly an attention grabber that any lingerie connoisseur will want to have in their collection.

Lastly, with the amount of blogs I have posted this month, it should give a lot of reasons to go hit the hot events and take a look at what is new across the grid. If I were a regular customer, I would certainly be browsing all of these events hoping to find fun things. On that note I think it is time to wrap things up and get things set for the next blog which I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet as I can now actively blog any item from the Pose Fair I choose so that gives me a lot of options and perhaps way too many ideas.

Keep the conversations going and perhaps maybe I started some new ones just now!

B


POSE: RM Poses – Strawberry For You @ Pose FairNEW

:: BRENNAN’S STYLE ::

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Bailey Hair @ Equal10NEW
SKIN: Session Skins – Thor
BEARD: Birth – Full Beard
TATTOO: KAOS Tattoo – Demon Horror Tattoo @ The Men JailNEW

BOXERS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Cole Boxer Shorts
BRACELET: NaaNaa’s – Dan Bracelet @ The Men JailNEW

:: BRENNA’S STYLE ::

HAIR: DOUX – Earth
HEAD: LeLutka – Aida
LASHES: Mai Bilavio – NaturalLite Lashes #2 @ Access EventNEW
FACE: Glam Affair – Nimoe
LIPSTICK: Izzie’s – Daphne Glamourous Lipsticks
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.2
TATTOO: Speakeasy – Glow Tattoo @ Access EventNEW

LINGERIE: Moon Amore – Simplicity Lingerie @ Collabor88NEW

[#482] I Wish…

‘Cause when it comes to playing basketball
I’m always last to be picked
And in some cases never picked at all
So I just lean upon the wall
Or sit up in the bleachers with the rest of the girls
Who came to watch their men ball

Skee-Lo, ♫I Wish

With as many times as you’ve seen me do a photo with a basketball theme to it that I’m some kind of superfan but in reality it’s probably the one sport I watch the least. Not that I have any extreme dislike for it but it just doesn’t appeal to me like Baseball does (as it seems to be more of a chess match to me). I can also say though that it is easier to capture in a photo and more designers are making poses and props that represent it.

For example, take the pose and prop that I’m using in today’s entry. It’s the “Backyard Basketball” set from Image Essentials (a TCK blog partner) that is currently available at the eBento event. This is probably one of their more intensive products as not only do you have the front of the garage with asphalt driveway but you also have poses that are for single use and also poses for two people (to create one on one action scenes). Unfortunately at the time I was doing this photo there was no one available to work with so I went solo (like Han…yep corny I know).

You can check this item out at eBento until the 30th of April and if by some odd reason you procrastinate (which is a BAD idea) then you’ll be able to find it at the store shortly thereafter…but seriously go take a look.

April has been quite the busy month for the Modulus brand, which has just released (and thankfully right when I needed it) “Anthony” a backwards snapback cap with a tuft of hair sticking out of the hole above the snap strip. While in real life I personally prefer fitted hats (there seem to be very few of any good quality on the grid of the mesh variety) this hat is the best thing for headwear junkies like myself.

25 colors in 5 different HUDs (complete with integrated tinting as well as an the ability to change the design of the cap to which there are 6 options). For those of you who like to change your hair color on a whim a FATPACK is available at a discounted price which gives you all the colors and you’ll save a little pocket change. I’ve always often said that if you can’t choose on just one thing and there’s several to do the math and you’ll find that it’s better to buy everything at once and save yourself the hassle of spending extra money down the road.

“Anthony” is a part of the Shiny Shabby event that runs from the 20th of April until the 15th of May, lots of great items and designers from clothing, poses and home decoration; is very much worth grabbing a taxi ride from the credits below.

Although I’ve previously blogged the “FLAME” tattoo by { Speakeasy } this is probably one of the best and closest views that I’ve ever posted in a photo as I’m wearing clothes most of the time and rarely show much skin. I really am fond of this tattoo and in the past I usually would never wear one for more than a short time but this one has really won me over. I think that it has elements of some of my favorite things (roses, ravens, as well as clocks) and has a very true saying just under the right pec that says “Hearts are wild creatures that is why our ribs are cages”. I find that to be very true and if they were just free to roam you never know what kind of trouble they could get into or damage they could endure.

Kalback (formerly Kal Rau) has been around for ages and I haven’t really kept up with the brand all that much since they returned several years ago; it’s not because I’m no longer a fan it just seems that other things just took precedence or was more in my style wheelhouse. Their “Sweat Shorts M3” happened to be just the thing I needed for my outfit as I felt that if I was going to shoot hoops shirtless that wearing long pants would defeat the purpose of my styling. It’s probably a weird thought but just go with me on it would you?

These shorts are available at the current round of the Man Cave event which is ongoing until May 1st so you’ve still go time to check out all the guy goodness!

It could also be said that my look might be more 90’s inspired considering that I used Skee-Lo’s “I Wish” as the soundtrack for the blog post. This song has been entertained by me to be used in previous blogs but I just decided on something else because it might not have fit the way I wanted it to. This time I do think it does hit the right point that I wanted to achieve.

One final thing before I wrap this up, is I wanted to make mention that the shoes I am wearing are a Limited Edition of the FLI. Low Sk8 shoes that I’ve worn several times through the course of entries on the site. They are all black with flames on the side part of the sole of the shoe. I realized after I had finished with everything that I did not get a close-up of them but considering I blogged a version of them before (as well as the fact they are in limited quantity) running out and grabbing them before they are gone completely. There is also a Hi version of the shoe as well and they are both together to the right side of the store as you walk in. I couldn’t pass these up the moment I saw the ad for them and hopefully if there’s anyone reading this and likes them as much as I do that you are able to get them too.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend and taking it as easy as possible. There’s more to come of course as I’ve got some goods from the newly open Men Only Monthly and of course more from Shiny Shabby which also reopened for it’s April/March round; I also hope to have at least one more look at this current round of Pose Fair before it closes as well so stay tuned!

Until our paths cross again, onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Modulus – Anthony Hair – Blonds ✦ NEW @ Shiny Shabby
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel ✦ Previously Blogged
EYEBROWS: [theSkinnery] Hallford Brows Style 4 ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Amara Beauty – Gem Eyes ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: LV Designs – Angel Tone 02 ✦ NEW @ The DarknessPreviously Blogged
BEARD: Nivaro – Rugged ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged
TATTOO: { Speakeasy } Flame Tattoo ✦ Previously Blogged

SHORTS: <Kalback> Sweat Shorts M3 Grey ✦ NEW @ Man Cave
SHOES: FLI. – Black Flame Sk8 Low (Limited) ✦ NEW @ Mainstore

POSE/PROP: Image Essentials – Backyard Basketball (b) ✦ NEW @ eBento

[#470] Into The Abyss

Into the abyss
Nothing that I know, I can’t hear what you say
Am I already dead, into the abyss

Three Days Grace, ♫The Abyss

Lately it seems I’ve done a few blog entries with shots taking place in a prison cell; while I myself have never actually been locked up in a penitentiary it can be a very good metaphor of locking yourself up on your own prison. There are times that we isolate ourselves from various things for reasons that we don’t have an explanation for even when it sometimes seems demanded by those around you. As much as you wish they could help you there’s no true way for them to because you just have to find your own way to freedom.

Blogging itself can be very freeing at times when you come up with what you think it is a good look and a good setting/lighting/windlight etc.. Other times you can consider it a prison as well when you hit a creative block and designers that are counting on you to promote their items for an event or release at their store and there is a deadline for it. You tend to feel locked away but the best thing you can truly do is loosen up as difficult as it may sound. There are bloggers out there who seem to never take breaks and continue to create great looks and posts and I admire them for that but I know who I am creatively and I work hard at creating something that I’m not going to look at when I’m scrolling through my Flickr feed or anywhere else I’ve shared it on social media and get a gag reflex because in my mind it was horrible to me.

For the soundtrack to this blog, I choose a relatively newer song from Three Days Grace (thanks to a discussion with my colleague Lucky). While it may not be the Three Days Grace (the Adam Gontier version) that I am more of fan of, the song itself fit the mood of what I wanted to go for and encapsulated some of the feelings going through my head as I was going through the stages of editing and now writing this entry.


There are not as many pieces to list and cover in the credits as there were last time so it will be a little less frenetic to list them. I wanted to keep this idea simple and for it to be effective and I feel I did that with the help of the “Alcatraz Cells” by Mad’. Out of any of the prison backdrops or skyboxes that I have used, this one felt like it gave me the most realism and creativity with how it was built and textured so hats off to Eve Kazan (sorry I know you have a more prolific name in world but this way people will find you easier) for making such a great prop to aid me in this shoot.

Major applause to the DUFAUX brand for this prison jumpsuit that you can get as a group gift right now at their in-world store. This well designed one piece outfit is also one of the best I’ve seen of its kind in a long time and the fact that it fits the Aesthetic, Belleza, Signature (Gianni) bodies is a plus as well. Though for those people who are still wearing SLink, NX-Nardcotix, and TMP are left out of the fun on this. Though maybe with a little adjusting and alpha cuts it could work alright for them and as it is a gift it can’t hurt to give it a try.


Here’s a better and fuller look at the “Alcatraz Cells” which as I said is put together nicely. It includes the pose you see in both pics and has poses for both genders so it is a unisex pose prop/backdrop. In all there are a total of 4 poses (each gender) that range from laying to sitting and also standing. It is fully furnished to fit the poses that are built in so you don’t have to worry about finding your own prison cell furnishings because that can be a task by itself if you’ve ever tried it (and I’ve looked into it before).

Also I have a double dose of Modulus for you in this entry. I’m finalizing my coverage of Skin Fair 2018 by wearing the “Geron” skin for CATWA brand heads and having blogged all of the M-Bare skins from the fair, I honestly cannot pick which one is my favorite of the three that were released. If I were actually backed into a corner and asked about it though I would say I might favor “Garrett” because it was a great reason for me to wear the LeLutka “Andrea” head. Few skins I’ve seen for it have honestly motivated me but “Garrett” did. Geron is just as handsome and maybe a less edgy compared to Graham also for CATWA. There is definitely a difference between them as Victor was the head I wore for both which gives you parity (sometimes skin creators tend to release things that look way too similar and Chucky is good about not doing that.)


Here’s an extreme closeup of the Geron skin as well as the best look of the “Drew” hair that’s currently out for sale at the Man Cave event. As much as bloggers love to hear how much they are valued, I also think that creator’s also need to be shown they are valued as well. There are times you see how people may not say great things about the people that make the clothes or skins they wear or the hair on top of their heads. Some of it may stem from ungratefulness and when they do see that it does effect them. I want to express my gratitude for Chucky Hollak and the Modulus brand because I know a little bit about what he does and he’s a hard worker and does so to provide great things for us to use and photograph every day. Thank you for having me be a spokesperson for your brand as well, it means a lot and probably more than I could ever say in words or actions.

Now that I got that off my mind I can talk more about “Drew”. This hair has similarities to Harvey in a way but what gives it a different character is how hair separates in the middle. You get the same great amount of colors as all releases from Modulus (25 in all across 5 different color packs with the option of purchasing them all in a FATPACK). I’m not sure where the inspiration for this came from but it reminds me a little bit of some scenes from the Netflix version of The Punisher, towards the end of the series and also in some flashbacks.

Quite a bit of time has passed since one of the last eye releases by MESANGE but I’m happy to be wearing one of the newest releases that is currently a part of the latest round of We Love RP. The “Wyn” eyes are really stunning as you can see in the up close shot and there are 14 other colors available for eyes enabled for Omega as well as mesh eyes. I really hope to see more eyes as the brand has shifted their focus to creating tattoos (which are great as well but are more female oriented). Perhaps we’ll see more eyes at the next round of We Love RP, keep your eyes peeled because if there are you’ll see them here.

It’s that time once again for me to wrap this entry up so that I can leave you with the credits and begin sorting things out for the next idea and visual you’ll see. Soon I will be celebrating my “Bloggiversary” and perhaps will create a special entry just for that (and I hope I am able to come up with something worthy of it).

Onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Modulus – Drew Hair (Monochromes) NEW @ Man Cave
HEAD: CATWA – Victor ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: MESANGE – Wyn Eyes ✦ NEW @ We Love RP
FACE: Modulus – Geron Skin (Fair) ✦ NEW @ Skin Fair 2018
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged
TATTOO: { Speakeasy } Flame Tattoo ✦ Previously Blogged

JUMPSUIT: DUFAUX – Jail Coverall (Group Gift)

BACKDROP: Mad’ – Alcatraz Cells [Light]

[#469] And This Is War…

It’s just the two of us
A silver cross
And some strength that you won’t believe
Well I’m not afraid
I’m gonna make you pay
I’m gonna wipe that smile off your face

Our Lady Peace, ♫Wipe That Smile Off Your Face

Having someone to work with, collaborate and to bounce ideas off of is something that I feel is very lacking in the world of blogging. Maybe it’s just me or perhaps my way of going about things that brings about the belief that most bloggers are not interested in working together for fear of competition or plagiarism or whatever goes through ones mind.

Personally I’m not really out to compete with anyone and I know that everyone has their own style, some styles might be similar or some may contrast drastically. We’ve all got our ways and that’s what makes things exciting and unique when you’re browsing Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or whatever social media you might be attached to. There are so many out there and probably will see more to come in the future as technology advances. What might we see in the future? It’s a very good question.

My good friend and at times partner in crime, Lucky Spiritor created a very cool scene that inspired me to complete a visual I had in my head for a long time but never knew exactly how to go about it; that is why for the background of this blog the credit goes completely to him. You can find the blog he did with the scene by clicking HERE.

There are a lot of elements in this post so I’m a bit afraid of getting too wordy in my writing about what you are seeing. Like my friend, I have thought of a series of visuals that connect together and this is the first of them which I am going to call “Battle Scars”. It’s almost normal now for us to read about some type of fighting overseas and that US Soldiers (and also those from other nations) being killed in active duty. First and foremost if there’s anyone who reads this that has served or is currently serving in the Armed Forces, I thank you for doing what you do to defend our liberties and keep us safe from those who might harm us.


Most of the personal things on me are products I have been using lately and can be filed under the “previously blogged” category. The more I start using these on a consistent basis, I may add a page on the site which will state that unless I credit it that I’m going to be wearing them. I am wearing a new pair of eyes which I do have a better view of that you will see as you get deeper into the blog. I’ll tell you more about them after the photo which accompanies them.

Finding good soldier/mercenary gear is difficult to find and there are very few creators in world that handle these things which led me to begin scouring the marketplace. There I found the tactical vest and pants that I am wearing which are very well textured and made and the vest can be resized to help fit just about any mesh body out there.

The gloves I’m wearing are a past group gift from E-Clipse Designs but the store may still have them up with other past gifts. They are bento enabled and have an included HUD that you can change the color from either black or brown with the click of a button.

The wall of guns is from a gacha machine that is the brainchild of both the xin and Toro stores. I believe that it was created as part of a GTA V / Bank Heist type set which included a bunch of different gadgets and items. Though sticking with this wall, I feel there is plenty of firepower for a massive skirmish in whatever war zone this picture is based in (I haven’t decided yet where it would be).


For a soldier what can be more important than a wall of guns? More guns! As you can see there are several different handguns as well as a slick looking sniper rifle (a Call of Duty fans dream I’m sure). On top of that throwing in some tech that helps an operation go as smoothly as possible.

The rifle and hand guns (along with the magazine clip + compensator) belong to the very well crafted and detailed “Sharpshooter” gacha from BAMSE who specialize in making great weapons for gachas. I’m pretty sure that most males that blog these kinds of scenes have items from their machines (as well as anyone that might role-play). The brand doesn’t slouch when it comes to making these interesting pieces and definitely helps add a little more definition to a scene.

The case comes from the same gacha machine as the gun wall from xin + Toro, while the table itself comes from [NikotiN]’s “Dealer Kitchen” set. The grunge type look of the table works well with the gritty scene of the remote location that houses this tactical operation.


Avi-Glam did not just release skins at this years Skin Fair, they also released a min-set of eyes called the “Prestige” eyes and are exclusive to the event until it ends on the 26th of March. There’s still plenty of time to get this set which offers 15 different color irises with the choice to have small, medium, or large sizes. For those of you with CATWA and Omega enabled eyes, there is a HUD for you as well as one for regular mesh eyes that are also included.

I have a good idea where this theme of blog entries is going to go but until the rest of them are done and posted I truly don’t know if they’ll be quite what I have seen in my head. Though it will be definitely worth the effort of trying just to see how far I can allow my mind and creativity go and give a little bit of life and story to them.

This blog had a lot going on for itself with all the different gacha items in the background and it was really cool of Lucky to allow me to use the set he had created for himself to build a visual from my own mind. I’m not the best decorator when it comes down to it and usually prefer something already on a sim or a backdrop. Sometimes I am able to push myself to create a scene that even I am surprised of but it doesn’t happen often.

Now that I’m done getting carried away, I’m going to leave you to what I consider to be one of the most important parts of the blog: the credits. Be sure to click that link to Lucky’s blog as well because he does some great stuff as well.

Onto the next conversation…


HAIRBASE: Labyrinth – ‘Buzzcut’ Hairbase ✦ Previously Blogged
HEAD: CATWA – Skell ✦ NEW @ Skin Fair 2018Previously Blogged
EYEBROWS: [theSkinnery] Hallford Brows Style 1 ✦ Previously Blogged
EYES: Avi-Glam – Prestige Eyes ✦ NEW @ Skin Fair 2018
FACE: LV Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ Previously Blogged
BEARD: Nivaro – Rugged ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged
TATTOO: { Speakeasy } Flame Tattoo ✦ Previously Blogged

TACTICAL OUTFIT: [AbsoluT] – Tactical Combat Outfit
GLOVES: E-Clipse Designs – Male Bento Gloves (2017 Christmas Group Gift)

BACKDROP: [isuka] Basement Backdrop
GUN WALL: xin + toro // gun racks + RARE
TABLE: [NikotiN] Dealer Kitchen – Table
TECH CASE: xin + toro // portable hacking control station
SNIPER: :BAMSE: Sharpshooter – Sniper Rifle RARENEW @ The Arcade
SIDEARM: :BAMSE: Sharpshooter – Sidearm [MODDED] RARENEW @ The Arcade
SIDEARM 2: :BAMSE: Sharpshooter – Sidearm ✦ NEW @ The Arcade
MAGAZINE: :BAMSE: Sharpshooter – Magazine ✦ NEW @ The Arcade
COMPENSATOR: :BAMSE: Sharpshooter – Compensator ✦ NEW @ The Arcade

POSE: WRONG – Male Poses #24 ✦ NEW @ Ultra

[#468] Flying High Again

Mamma’s gonna worry
I’ve been a bad, bad boy
No use sayin’ sorry
It’s something that I enjoy

Ozzy Osbourne, ♫Flying High Again

Productivity when it comes to blogging has been on the rise for me lately and there are too many things that I couldn’t just pinpoint to one thing. Maybe it’s the excitement of trying new things in post production or trying different things like focusing on less products so that I can blog more and focus on them better. Whatever it might be I’m just happy that things are coming to me a bit easier.

This might be one of the first times that I’ve ever used a song by Ozzy Osbourne for a soundtrack for a blog but it certainly fit this one in a sense. I focused my energies on getting the best angles for the newest store release by Image Essentials, the “Parkour” pose set and prop. I’m very excited for its release because I proudly helped Kay adjust some of the poses in the near complete stages of creation and also was a part of the ad photo shoot which was really cool to say I was a part of so you’ll see me in the ad when you pick it up (and you should definitely pick it up)

One of the best features of this set is that there are 16 different poses that depict the art (I consider it art anyway) of Parkour. If you’re not familiar with it and I suspect you might but for those who don’t it is the “activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.” You’ve probably seen it in movies or shows but never realized it. One of the movies I enjoy watching a lot “Brick Mansions” features several parkour scenes and it is such a rush to watch it in action. Personally I wouldn’t do it myself because for one I have a fear of heights and you couldn’t get me to do it on a building because I’d likely be stuck on the pavement.

“Parkour’s” included pose prop is the top of an urban building which you are performing the moves on and it has bits of graffiti scattered about it which are very detailed and what I would call completely legit and make this a cool prop on top of the poses that come with it.

Head over to Image Essentials to take a look at this great new release, I know that it is going to be a big hit!


Finding a good outfit to go along with the pose felt like it could be a challenge. I wanted to make sure I was wearing something that was believable for the activity I was photographing. Shorts seemed like a great idea because then there wouldn’t be anything at the ankles to hinder the motion or keep from sticking a landing and ending up with a toe tag. For the top I figure maybe a hoodie would work well and I knew a place that had new items with both of these qualities.

My next stop was to the Man Cave where I encountered the “Drawstring Pod Shorts” by REPRESENT. These were absolutely perfect with the look I was building in my head but I didn’t think buying the full set of colors was necessary this time so I pressed myself to pick just one and I went with the navy color. Most of my clothing is monochromatic and I’m trying to wear other things that I might not normally choose.

As I was wandering through the event looking at everything just in case I might have missed something, just before I hit the exit I found the “Sweatshirt Hoodie” by ExalteD. This brand has really been impressing me lately with their releases at the different events they’ve been a part of and I’ve done my best to pick up what I could if it was within my style range. This design has several different graphics on it that I didn’t feel were appropriate for what I was aiming for so I chose the plain Gray option over the plain White because I just felt it might be too boring.

I rounded off my look with wearing the “SQUID ATTACK TRAINERS” from Vale Koer again. This time I used the HUD to give them a gray/blue color scheme and love how it looks. Wearing these is really fun because as I said in a previous post they remind me of something I own in the real world and they are really great with being able to change the colors to create so many varieties of shoe.


Most of my face is pretty much products I’ve blogged before (skin, body etc…) the only new thing that I certainly want to shine light on is the “Chris” hair by Modulus. This style is similar to the “Harvey” hair that I blogged previously but this happens to be a bit more shaggy and has more length to it and covers the eyes more. This product is one that you can grab at the Modulus store in-world and soon on the marketplace.

If you are familiar with the Alpha Hairs from the Modulus brand then you know that each hair has 25 different colors (distributed in 5 different color packs, but can also be purchased all in one fatpack, where you get all of the HUDs). Each color HUD has a color picker that you can tint the hair with additional color to create a look that suits you best.

When it comes to hair I will definitely go to bat for Modulus and the workmanship of each release; the detail of the hairs are just top notch. I recommend going to the store and seeing what the brand has to offer as well as their skins. You can also get links to the events they participate in so you won’t miss out on a release.

In the pic above I also gave another look at a different pose then the one in the main story photo as this set is just that awesome. I actually took this one first but chose the other one because it seemed more of an action shot than the one above. Though I think playing around with things it turned out maybe a little better but only by a small fraction. Hindsight is always 20/20 they say and it’s more often right then it isn’t.

Also you can see in the left panel of my closeup of the “Chris” hair, I’m not wearing the hoodie as I figure after a parkour workout I’d be a bit hot and sweaty so it came off and you are able to see some of the tattoo that I’ve been wearing but haven’t really credited because it’s been covered up by shirts and sleeves. The “Flame” tattoo by { Speakeasy } is really cool and has different elements which really caught my eye (the roses were one of them as well as the words on the right side of the ribs that is not viewable in that angle). It comes in two different ink opacities (fresh & worn) and has applier HUDs for Omega, Signature and TMP.

Now that I’ve been overly chatty (I get that way when I’m over the top excited about things), it is time for me to wrap this up and take a little breather before I begin planning my next scene and what I’m going to wear in it. Hope you all have a good rest of your weekend and enjoy yourselves until our paths cross again.

Onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Modulus – Chris Hair (Browns)
HEAD: CATWA – Skell ✦ NEW @ Skin Fair 2018Previously Blogged
EYEBROWS: [theSkinnery] Hallford Brows Style 1 ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: LV Designs – Brennan Tone 2 ✦ Previously Blogged
BEARD: Nivaro – Rough ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY: Belleza – Jake ✦ Previously Blogged
TATTOO: { Speakeasy } Flame Tattoo ✦ NEW @ Kinky

HOODIE: ExalteD – Sweatshirt Hoodie {Grey} ✦ NEW @ Man Cave
SHORTS: REPRESENT – Drawstring Pods Short “Navy” ✦ NEW @ Man Cave
SHOES: [VALE KOER] SQUID ATTACK TRAINERS FATPACK

POSE: Image Essentials – Parkour ✦ NEW

[#427] Swing Life Away

I’ve been here so long, I think that it’s time to move
The winter’s so cold, summer’s over too soon
Let’s pack our bags and settle down where palm trees grow

Swing Life Away♫ – Rise Against

It’s not very often that I actually shoot any scenes from my own house but I didn’t really feel like using a backdrop or finding a location to set up in so I came up with an idea that allowed me to stay where I was at. I enjoyed how I was able to combine good ambience with lighting and of course my instant go to LUMIPro. Personally I feel like this is a small victory because it was fun to come up with and it was not stressful to put together.


When I first started putting this together, I didn’t have a song that was an inspiration as often times I do before going into setting up a scene. As I was thinking about various genre’s of music I knew I wanted something laid back; I almost automatically recalled “Swing Life Away”. It had the right feel and helped me with getting the best visual with the look and poses I combined.


As I was taking photos from different angles from close and further away, I found myself liking a majority of them so for this entry I added an extra shot I found favorable in addition to my main “storytelling” shot and the usual two featured product close-ups.


Brand partners that I am featuring in this entry’s look consist of Avi-Glam (eyes) and Image Essentials (Poses). I managed to go out and do a little shopping outside of the search for bargains during the Black Friday events and checked out a new event called District 23 (not to be confused with the District 20 event that I have intentions of covering) as well as another stop to The Men’s Department.


Now that you’ve had the chance to look at what I’ve put into this look, I’ll leave you with the style credits (which are as complete as they possibly can). I believe these stores and events have something for just about every fella out there and even some of the gals as well. Enjoy your next shopping excursion and remember to pick up demos before deciding on a purchase as there is nothing worse then buyer’s remorse (and I know we’ve all been there). Thanks for joining me for this adventure and I will see you again soon.

Onto the next conversation…

HAIR+elua+ Pippa Black Pack

During the course of my Black Friday shopping excursion I decided to see what +elua+ had going on as far as hairstyles considering I have not visited the shop in some time. I did not find anything in the regular hairstyles but I did see the gacha machine that this hair is from and played it to be able to get a black pack of this hair and with a little size adjusting it was perfect on my head. Personally I like having longer hair on my pixels during what I would consider the fall/winter season even though some places don’t really observe because it is unnecessary (we are pixels after all ha!)

HEADLeLutka – Andrea v 3.1

EYES⊱ AG. Hope Eyes – Aqua @ Shiny ShabbyNEW

Eyes are often the best feature on a person because when you look into someone’s eyes it has been said that you can look into their soul; this new set of eyes like previous Avi-Glam releases does not disappoint. 24 different iris colors (including the one you can see a close-up of in the product shot above) that come in 3 sizes. These are excellent for everyday wear and for those of you who may not be bloggers or photographers could easily be a great permanent eye to wear. Mesh eyes are included in the package and a FATPACK is also available.

COMPATIBLE With: CATWA, OMEGA, and regular (for included mesh eyes) applier HUDs.

FACEStray Dog – Cody T2
BODYBelleza – Jake

TATTOO⊱ { Speakeasy } Storm Tattoo @ District 23NEW

Very seldom do I wear or feature body ink as I’ve expressed before in previous entries but it’s not for lack of liking them. Most of the time it’s for the fact I wear products that would generally cover them up and would defeat the purpose of wearing them. When I was putting this current look together I saw an add for this tattoo and knew that I would not be wearing anything on the upper half of my body. The tattoo comes in three different opacity types (Fresh, Worn, and Faded) and you can get it at District 23 along with other types of ink and poses to enjoy.

COMPATIBLE With: Omega, Signature and TMP applier HUDs.

PANTS⊱ AITUI – Sweat Pants – Loyalty, Grey @ TMDNEW

Only a few more days left for the current round of TMD to get your hands on these sweatpants by AITUI. There are several different designs and colors available at the event but they are definitely great for just lazing around your dwelling while you are AFK or just relaxing doing nothing. I think these are really cool and very well made.

COMPATIBLE With: Belleza, Signature, SLink and TMP male bodies.

IE – Daily Things (b) (1 / 3) @ Designer CircleNEW

I really do enjoy taking poses that are not meant normally for males and putting them to work for me. This great set of poses (5 total with mirrors) also comes with two pose props (a phone and a magazine). The poses depict motions some of us make in our normal routines which is why to me the name of the set is appropriate. You can pick this up at the Designer Circle event which is open until the 2nd of December so there is still time…hurry!