[#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

 

[#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

 

[#653] Right Left Wrong

 

And I don’t even know where I’m going to
But I don’t want any motherfucking part of you
I’ve been waiting for this moment for way too long
I don’t know where I’m going but I just keep moving on

Three Days Grace, ♫Right Left Wrong♫

 

Posts have been few and far between lately but there’s several reasons for that but if anyone is concerned that I’ve retired from blogging, I can say with absolutely certainty that is not the case. My focus has shifted a little bit to a few things that are not virtual related but I still enjoy doing this but will not allow it to consume me like it has in the past and that’s just the way it is. I have excellent brands that have given me an opportunity and I will keep trying to shine for them but I’m not necessarily looking for anything else on top of that or that has requirements that I’m not a fan of.

So to those stores that have shown their loyalty, I love you guys for letting me be myself and for having relaxed requirements so that the people that blog for you don’t lose their minds.

Native Urban has a new Henley style shirt that is available at the Anthem event this month. It’s compatible with Signature (Gianni) only…sorry all other fitted bodies (though I’m sure that the Legacy body owners will at least try the demo to see if they can get it to work). A cool feature about this is that in the package there is an untucked version for use with jeans or pants but it also has extra versions that work with previously released Native Urban products (Deck Shorts, Rolled Jeans / Pants and the Wezol Joggers).

The FATPACK HUD boasts 12 different colors with 4 different faces that can be colored and even the buttons have 4 different choices too! Single colors are available as well for shoppers that are only interested in maybe a certain color choice. To make things easy I did pair the shirt up with the Rolled Jeans and they fit together like a glove (as they are supposed to!)

I also decided before I take some photos of other new Session Skin items (one male and one female) that I’d wear “Simon” for one more go in case it takes a while for me to wear it again. They have such a great variety of them that I tend to be torn with which face to wear but it does help that I have them kind of categorized by mood so that helps me distribute as evenly as possible. Simon can now be found at the Session Skins store after having it’s run at eBento.

Also making an appearance in this blog that I’d like to mention is the “Fade To Black” backdrop by Paparazzi. It’s part of a Gacha that was from the June round of The Arcade and the entire set is pretty cool but I know sometimes those machines can be pesky so I wouldn’t say to anyone to seek out the entire set but at least take a ride over to Paparazzi’s store and play a few times just to have something interesting and cool to use in a scene.

 

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
Lyndon B. Johnson

 

POSE: Chat Noir – 1002 ✦ Group Gift

BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – Fade To Black 13 ✦ Gacha

HAIR: Stealthic – Rebellion
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Simon (Tone 02)

SHIRT: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Cercle Tee @ AnthemNEW
SHORTS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Rolled Jeans
SHOES: Equal – Regan Sneakers (FATPACK)

 

[#634] Pictured Within

 

Kith and kin – pictured within
Lose and win – pictured within

Jon Lord, ♫Pictured Within♫

 

When I discovered the news that Grumpy Cat, one of the internet’s most memed felines had passed away a sadness overcame me. Usually it is sad when a notable name passes away such as a musician or an actor/actress leaves the world but this one seemed to carry a bit of weight for me. Grumpy Cat was what I jokingly called my “spirit animal” and made it cool to be grumpy (even though done in a playful way. The memes created by fans and officially by the Grumpy Cat brand itself were usually always hilarious if not even savage at times.

I did this post as a tribute and to honor one of my favorite things over the past 7 years that’s entertained me and countless others. The news has been out for several weeks now but I wanted to make sure that when I did something that it looked and felt right to me and I’m pretty content with the outcome. So with that I say thank you Tardar Sauce (aka Grumpy Cat) for giving the world a reason to laugh even thought it was awful.

In blogging news, I’ve become the newest member to the Session Skins blogger team. I’ve been a fan of the store for quite a while and have blogged them quite a lot in the past and they saw something in me to bring me aboard which brings me a lot of joy. I can creatively find ways to feature both men’s and women’s products (which I’ve become more confident in doing now).

For the first of many posts to feature Session Skins I started with “Axel” which is specific to the LeLutka Guy mesh head. The detail on these skins is fantastic and each new release seems to come with unique options that really make them stand out from other skin creators. This release has the beard already a part of it which will make enthusiasts of facial hair like myself happy; it also has an option for an eyebrow scar as well as a cheek mole which both can be added and removed at the user’s desire.

For a better look at the options I’ve provided a look at the applier HUD

Session Skins – Axel

  • One tone available (Tone 02)
  • Body appliers sold separately (found at main store)
  • No brow option
  • Eyebrow scar and cheek mole option also in HUD
  • Exclusively at equal10 until 06/05/19

Later in the week I’ll be starting coverage for the 2019 edition of the Vintage Fair; it’ll be the first time blogging this event for Pale Girl Productions. After blogging the Skin Fair in January and feeling that for me it was successful I’m particularly looking forward to seeing what kind of things I can do for this event. I’ve shopped at it for the past several years and always found things I liked and blogged which I know will happen again now that I’m an official participant.

I have managed to make it through this tribute post so I am hoping that the next post I do will be something that isn’t sad (at least I would prefer it not be). Though I can’t say if it will or won’t be dark in tone as I do enjoy venturing down that path more often then I do taking photos in a sunny happy happy setting (it’s just the way I am). Maybe sometime this week I’ll do a couples setting with Brenna because that’d be fun as well.

Lots of possibilities for what appears next which is the way I like it.

 

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.
José N. Harris

 

POSE: DAE – DYLN

HAIR: Stealthic – Rebellion
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Axel (Tone 02) @ equal10NEW

SHIRT: Lenox – Men’s Tshirt Colors

 

[#625] We Only Come Out At Night

 

We only come out at night, we only come out at night
The days are much too bright
We only come out at night

Smashing Pumpkins, ♫We Only Come Out At Night♫

 

Let the Pose Fair madness begin! My last post for the month of April featured but one of the many great pose items from the fair and I’m starting (It’s gonna be) May with another. Tomorrow the fair will open to the general public and everyone will be wanting to get in on all the fun and creativity that can be had.

The hardest part once again is that I didn’t have a soundtrack for this post before I took my photo and that lends sometimes to going through tons of different things that I personally own as well as scouring YouTube for possibilities and I narrowed it down to about three but I’m going to keep the ones I didn’t use to myself because they will potentially be used in other future posts.

Salacity’s contribution that I found to be really cool is a window backdrop complete with curtains, ledge and a surround which can be changed between three different scenes (midnight, stormy and sunrise) and I did try them all as I was initially setting up my shot but much like the song I chose, I went with midnight. In reality I tend to be a night owl and as such most of my creativity happens during the hours that most people are asleep. I paired it with the male pose set that is meant to be a companion of the backdrop; there is also a female version and as a whole I really think all of these releases could inspire a lot of great photos.

Salacity – Window Seat Backdrop

  • Original Mesh
  • 3 different backrounds (midnight, stormy, sunset)
  • Compatible with Window Seat Female and Male pose sets
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair starting 05/04/19

Salacity – Window Seat Male Poses

  • Bento Poses
  • 5 different poses (mirrors included)
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair starting 05/04/19

A new event just started today called Anthem and one of the proprietors of it is Mikel Monk who is also associated with The Men’s Department, one of my all time favorite events since the beginning of such things to exist. I felt like I couldn’t go wrong trying to get in there during the middle of the night (even if it might get me a talking to). From what I did see, there are lots of great items and a few of which came home with me so you’ll likely see them this month unless I forget and then it’s a tragedy.

The event also marks a new release by my longtime brand partner, Cold-Ash, who is proudly bringing to consumers the “TANNER Open Hoodie”. When the notice came in of the new item and I saw what it was, I am not going to lie I became really excited. Spring and the beginning of Fall are probably my second favorite times of year outside of summer weather wise. I can go out and not have a clunky winter jacket on and normally am wearing a hoodie of some sort (I own many of them rl).

The Fatpack of Tanner comes with two options for the hoodie (with or without shirt option) and I should have been a bit bolder and gone without the shirt but at the same time I didn’t feel the photo deemed for that. There are plenty of basic color choices between both the hoodie itself and shirt to make a lot of different combinations and I think that will be enough of a selling point in itself because if there are a lot of people out there like myself, I am a fan of choice and to have many is by far the best option.

Cold-Ash – TANNER Open Hoodie (FatPack)

  • Original Mesh
  • HUD Contains 15 hoodie colors & 9 shirt colors
  • 2 versions (With or Without Shirt)
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies
  • Exclusively at Anthem until 05/30/19

Finalizing my wardrobe are two items from Native Urban (one of which a current release, the other a previous release that I really have wanted to wear). The “Guetta Snkrs” are currently at Access for another few days so for anyone who really likes a good classic hi-top shoe should check this out ASAP but do not worry if you can’t make it to the event, they’ll be placed in the store shortly after it ends. The amount of colors and faces you can change are everything I mentioned earlier in my writing. Styling for this shoe is almost infinite and I could wear it just about every day with a different color scheme and never have the same one unless I wanted to.

Going with a casual look as I am wearing a hoodie, I went with the “Wezol Joggers”. I knew that doing it this way would make it easier for me to wear the hi-tops without clipping and it worked well with what I am wearing on the upper part of my body. My goal is that if I can make something work without having to make slight edits (because I want to ensure the integrity of the item remains intact) and can achieve it then I’m a happy guy.

Native Urban – Guetta Snkrs (All Colors)

  • Original Mesh
  • HUD includes 25 colors with 11 customizable parts
  • Unisex Item
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Maitreya (Lara) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies
  • Exclusive to the Access event until 05/07/19

During the course of this month I’ll be covering Pose Fair obviously and be throwing in bits and pieces of events that I’ve gone to and shopped. I’m looking forward to the kinds of things that will come from this as I recall mentioning that poses are one of the most important things to a photographer. They help tell the stories sometimes more than the decor or clothing we have on and around us.

I also want to give a thank you to everyone behind The Men’s Jail event from the owners, to the blogger manager as well as all the designers I’ve had the pleasure of featuring during my time as part of the event. It was invaluable to me and hopefully once I’m able to have more time we’ll be able to work together again.

 

“It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.”
Stephen King

 

POSE: Salacity – Window Seat Male Poses @ Pose FairNEW

BACKDROP: Salacity – Window Seat Backdrop @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Stealthic – Psycho
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Norman (Tone 01) @ A+ EventNEW
BEARD: LeLutka – Hip Hip Hooray Beard

HOODIE: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – TANNER Open Hoodie (Fatpack) @ AnthemNEW
JOGGERS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Wezol Joggers
SNEAKERS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Guetta Sneakers @ Access EventNEW

 

[#620] Be Alright

Equal10 recently opened their April round and it’s definitely a good place to find some cool clothes and accessories for both men and women. Modulus has a new hair there that I was rather excited about getting my hands on as it is based off of a movie character that I am a huge fan of. There was definitely no way that I was going to let this one get away from my styling.

“Wick” is inspired from the character of John Wick (portrayed by Keanu Reeves in 3 different installments of which the 3rd has not been released). This is the first time that Chucky Hollak has tried his had at having a style which a completely parted middle and I think it’s fantastic when pairing it with a great hairbase. Of course I’m mostly a fan of black hair coloring but I can see myself trying out different tones with this hair.

Much like the last blog, my wardrobe consists of items already in my closet but the recent release collab between Tonktastic and Hermony is still really fresh. I experimented by wearing it without either version of the hood to see if it would work and to me I consider it a success and adds even more versatility to an already great article of clothing.

I also have to mention the new “James” skin by The Skinnery that my drinking buddy Mike is wearing. It’s a CATWA only applier and is intended for the Daniel head but he’s rolling with Victor and it still looks good to me. I think though that I’d be interested in seeing what it might look like without the beard (which is how the skin comes) but regardless it’s a good look.

By now it’s likely been noticed that I haven’t done much in the way of features in the last few posts but don’t worry, it’s not something I’m going to do away with because I feel like that is one of the things that combined with my thoughts on what I’m blogging gives this site it’s uniqueness. I have just not put together any scenes with items from sponsored stores or events but there will be more soon, I promise.

On that note, I’m going to turn this over to the credits so if anyone has some free time they can take a shopping break if there’s something here they like. Until the next time we meet I’ll catch you on the flip!

 

POSE (Me): Chat Noir – Pose 1757
POSE (Mike): Chat Noir – Pose 1768

BUILDING: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Pub RARE ✦ Gacha
BAR: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Pub Bar RARE ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Gin Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Whiskey Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Vodka Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer India Pale Ale Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Brandy Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Creme De Menthe ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Strong Ale Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer Red Wine Bottle ✦ Gacha
BOTTLE: MadPea – Bow Bells Boozer White Wine Bottle ✦ Gacha
BEER: 220ml – Chronos Beer

My Style

HAIR: Modulus – Wick Hair @ Equal10NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.3
SKIN: Stray Dog – Mario (Tone 02)
BEARD: Mister Razzor – Vic Facial Hair

JACKET: Tontastic + Heromony – Hoodie
JEANS: Native Urban (Store / MP) – Rollup Jeans @ TMDNEW

Mike’s Style

HAIR: Stealthic – Narcotic
HEAD: CATWA – Victor v3.2
SKIN: The Skinnery – James (Tone 02) @ TMD
BODY: Belleza – Jake v1.0

SHIRT/VEST: Kalback – Denim Jacket M2 (Dark)
JEANS: Legal Insanity – Butch (Black)

[#607] We Don’t Know

 

Oh we don’t know the roads that we’re heading down
We don’t know if we’re lost, that we’ll find a way
We don’t know if we leave, will we make it home
We don’t know, there’s hope, then we’ll be okay

The Strumbellas, ♫We Don’t Know♫

 

One of the coolest things about a virtual community like Second Life is that creators really put a lot of effort into the items they make (well the ones that are legit and don’t take from other hard working people but that’s an entirely different story). Many skin makers tend to pay homage in ways to some of their favorite celebrities or pop culture icons when making face skins.

The proof of that can be seen in Birth’s latest male offering that is a Skin Fair exclusive named “Mr. Lee”. I likely don’t have to tell you who this skin is patterned after but just in case I can at least give you a hint: He is a legendary martial artist who passed away way before his prime and his son Brandon (who is in one of my favorite movies of all time) did as well in 1993 during filming of that movie.

The level of detail in this skin is remarkable as is the quality of the body applier. I would say that personally I would wear more Birth skins (as I also love their facial hairs) but their range of skin tones doesn’t cover what I feel represents me. Their skins are awesome but as an every day wear it just isn’t in the range that I’m used to, however, it is for a lot of people as I know most skin creators work when I see people out on the grid I know who created their face. Yes that sounded a lot less weird in my mind but I hope it makes sense.

This release has 7 different tones which I am also providing a skin key for so that you can see what is offered. Also keep in mind that this is a Catwa applier which I am wearing on the “Daniel” head. Each tone applier has options for eyebrows, hairbase and beard combinations with different hair tones for all three. The body appliers which are sold separately also have options for bare skin or two different options of body hair also with the same tone colors for body hair.

Also from Skin Fair is the very discreet “Infinity Tattoo” from Reviver. This is a store that is new to me so I am just learning about it as I go but I chose to wear this ink because I enjoy the message it has to it which is essentially “love forever” in the form of an infinity symbol with a feather and the word “love” on the top and bottom.

Such a great message really and it doesn’t have to even mean love for your significant other, it can be love for your parents or family or even for yourself because it all starts there. While it may be cliche to say…love truly starts with yourself and if you can’t love you then there’s no way that you can love anyone else.

Birth – Mr. Lee Skin

  • CATWA head appliers
  • 7 different skin tones (sold separately)
  • HUD includes No Eyebrows, Eyebrows, Hairbase and Beard options
  • Body skins sold seprately
  • Exclusive to Skin Fair 03/24/19

Reviver – Infinity Tattoo

  • Unisex tattoo
  • Applier HUDs for Belleza, Maitreya, Omega, Signature and SLink mesh bodies
  • Exclusive to Skin Fair 03/24/19

With a face that looks like one of the most legendary martial artists of all time it would be ridiculous not to have hand wraps (taped hands). The “Luctator” hand wraps by L’Emporio & PL are just the thing that anyone who wants to take a photograph depicting hand to hand combat or fighting of any kind to make it more realistic. The tape is so realistic looking that you know L’Emporio took great care in making these. Truth be told I had been looking for something like this for a while but had given up looking. Seems it was the right timing and just fell into my lap.

The coolest part to me is that each version comes with 3 colors (white, dirty, and black) each with clean and bloody types so that you could take a photo before a skirmish and then take another one that would take place after with the blood stained texture. These are the kind of things that make me happy in the virtual world when it comes to accessories or clothing. It just takes the right person with a similar mind and the expertise to be able to create it and bring it to consumers like myself.

L’Emporio & PL – Luctator Hand Wraps

  • Bento compatible (Bento viewer needed for proper use)
  • 3 colors included via HUD (White, Dirty, and Black)
  • Clean and Bloody versions also included via HUD
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake 2.0), Nyramith Aesthetic and Signature Gianni mesh bodies (sold individually)
  • Exclusive to The Men Jail until 03/28/19

Now that I’ve had my fun trying my hand at being a peaceful warrior, maybe I’ll wear the hand wraps again and do a follow up photo where I’ve hit the streets of some location and take down some evil doers with my fists of rage. Come to think of it many video game characters have also had their fists wrapped over the years so that could be put to use for an idea as well.

On that note I’m going to tuck this blog post in as it is also getting late where I am at and there’s plenty of things to do tomorrow. It’s looking to be a full day so my next blog entry may not be again until Wednesday with how things look. I hope that something in this blog has inspired even just one reader to take a glance at both of the events I’ve covered in this post even if not for the items I have featured.

Be well until our paths cross again grasshoppers!

 

Well I know it gets harder every single day
And I know my darkness will never go away

 

POSE: X.T.C Poses – KJ

BACKDROP: Bitter Vanilla – Aisumicha (Black)

HAIR: Stealthic – Narcotic
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel v3.2
SKIN: Birth – Mr. Lee (Tone 02) @ Skin FairNEW
TATTOO: Reviver – Infinity Tattoo @ Skin FairNEW

HAND WRAPS: L’Emporio&PL – Luctator @ The Men JailNEW
PANTS: etham – Shane Joggers

 

[#595] Waste Some Time With You

and it’s all in how you mix the two
and it starts just where the light exists
it’s a feeling that you cannot miss
and it burns a hole through everyone that feels it

The Used, ♫Blue and Yellow

By now I’m sure I have to say very little about when I do blogs with Brenna because if I did more than likely I’d that sappy sucker that no one likes. For me being as low key as I possibly can is what works best and as the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Pose Fair has given me a lot of opportunities to blog really outstanding stores and creators; what it has also done is restore my confidence in myself and my creativity has prospered from it. Between the January round and the current pop up Valentine’s Edition I have been able to blog stores that I’ve just discovered and also some of my favorites.

I’ve also learned that as a blogger I can be more than just a male fashion blogger, I tend to do a bit of everything now which includes sharing these pages with Brenna. She is a far superior decorator than I am and has a very good sense of style, also I give her credit for coming up with the soundtrack of this blog because her taste in music is rather good too (that has been one of the things that we’ve bonded on over the years).

In this entry, Brenna and I are using one of the two couples poses by LW Poses called “Fallin’ All Into You”. In the January edition I blogged their single male pose so I wanted to give this store some love by featuring this pose. It has all of the things I personally happen to enjoy…caffeine and being close to Brenna and it also gave us the opportunity to show off her decorating skills in our kitchen. She put together an amazing breakfast spread to make sure that with all the blogging I have been doing that I kept my energy up.

This pose to me has both a tender yet sexy feel to it that could be relayed in many different ways for anyone who picks up this pose. Depending on how and your person dress, it can go from classy to very spicy and we chose to go middle of the road with how we dressed; which I am more conservatively so.

LW Poses – Fallin’ All Into You Couples Pose

  • Bento pose (compatible viewer needed)
  • Mesh coffee cup (Transfer version also included)
  • Poseballs editable to adjust for avatar height through build tool
  • Exclusive to Pose Fair Valetine’s Edition until 02/14/19

There are several new items from current events that make up my look and I’m rather excited about them to be honest. I’m going to start with the flannel shirt by GALVANIZED called the “Jimmy Flannel Shirt”. There were so many good choices as far as colors go but sadly I had to choose because the FATPACK was not in my budget and that’s okay, I am likely to return to get at least one more color besides the Gray version I’m wearing in this photo.

I tend to wear flannel when a store releases one if the quality is good and with GALVANIZED, I know that it is likely to be a good product (I own a few other items of theirs). My look reminds me a lot of when I was a bit younger and I wore a lot of flannel and listened to grunge music, it’s a bit of a call back to those days. There is one important thing about this shirt that I have to impart and that is that it is meant to fit Signature Gianni bodies only and yes that could be disappointing but for you fellas it just may take trying out the demo to see if you can make it worth with the right alpha cuts.

Worth giving it a try if anything.

Equal10 is once again open for February and not every event is one that I want to go to right when it opens (because of the major pain in the ass it is). Though I definitely wanted to get a closer look at the newest male skin by Session Skins named “Damian” to see if it might inspire me. One thing that I’ve been getting better at (when it comes to skins) is trying the demo’s before jumping in head first. I gave this new release a look and after a couple minutes of pondering I liked it enough to get it.

The skin that I have been wearing mainly now for months (also by Session), “Ian” has done well for me. I’m not sure if “Damian” will end up becoming my every day look or not but I like it a lot and there’s a possibility that it may replace “Ian” in the long run unless another male release by Session catches my eye more than these gentleman have.

As for Brenna, the only major note about her style is that she has on the latest VIP Hair from TRUTH called “Kaijah” and what I know about this store is that lately they have a style HUD included that allows for different options. I really think the braided style looks good on her and with the options that I have at my disposal with Black Dragon it helps make things like hair look even better.

Seems as though it is time for me to finish this up and turn over to the credits but I have really enjoyed exploring photography with Black Dragon as I start to understand it a lot more I think my creativity will soar to even further heights. I will consider this an evolution of sorts as I have gone through a few of them in the course of my blogging career but this one really excites me the most.

Also just an FYI, the Valentine’s Pose Fair is open for two more days so for you photography buffs and romantic couples photo takers that have not been there the opportunity to do so is now and I cannot express how much I think you’ll enjoy the items that are for sale. On that note I am going to get this posted and spread the fun through Flickr; I’ll see you back here again soon! Be well until our paths may cross again.


POSE: LW Poses – Fallin’ All In You @ Pose Fair Valentine’s EditionNEW

MY STYLE

HAIR: Stealthic – Narcotic
SKIN: Session Skins – Damian @ Equal10NEW
BEARD: Hermony – Mario Facial Hair

FLANNEL SHIRT: GALVANIZED – Jimmy Flannel (Grey) @ Level EventNEW

BRENNA’S STYLE

HAIR: TRUTH – Kaijah ✦ VIP Gift ✦ NEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Aida
FACE: Glam Affair – Nimoe
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

CARDIGAN: Miss Chelsea – Adel Cardi
PANTIES: erratic – Cerise Panties