[#610] Coffee And Cigarettes

 

Yeah, I have friends, but they have friends,
And they have parties, and I’m so awkward.
So what do you say, just as friends, we see a movie
This weekend, alright? Okay.

Never Shout Never, ♫Coffee and Cigarettes♫

 

The weekend is almost over already and it feels almost like it just started but oh well what can you do right? I needed a day or so to recharge and am back to what I know best and that’s showing off stuff I like and telling the world what I think about it in the best way I can (even though sometimes it comes out awkward).

A week of Skin Fair 2019 has gone by with another week left (it ends on the 24th, exactly a week from today). I’ve had a blast showcasing items from the event and there is still plenty more as well as ones you might not expect to see in a post here. Yep that’s right I am going to put my spin on some Skin Fair goodies that I might not have done in the past.

Today’s blog has items from stores I’ve blogged for the fair but have released more than one exclusive. I am going to start out with another skin from Vendetta in which is for either CATWA and Omega which is different from the last skin I featured as that was for the LeLutka specifically. It is a very youthful skin for those of you who tend to want your virtual selves to look younger but I’m sure that you can give it a more seasoned look with the right facial hair.

I paired it up with the “Desmond” shape from West End, which is for the CATWA “Daniel” head; both of them combined I think make a great combination. When I am looking through things and pairing them at random I never know what the results will be but with the look I put together here it turned out to be a good mix of designers.

Vendetta – Yvan Skin

  • CATWA and Omega applier (Sold Separately)
  • Available in 3 tones (04, 05 and 06)
  • Body skins are sold separately
  • Exclusive to Skin Fair until 03/24/19

West End – Desmond Shape

  • Shape for CATWA Daniel
  • Body shape and eyebrow shape included
  • Exclusive to Skin Fair until 03/24/19

Time for me to also get a bit deeper into this current round of The Men Jail which has really been chock full of things (some of which I may not even get to blog before the round ends). I’ll start though with the Zule Hair by Letituier, which is a medium length curly hair that has a slight part on the left side. I would say this style has a lot of volume to it. The style itself is not one that I’ve worn much because it is not often that designers create it.

My awesome shirt is one of the latest from Gild. Garrete killed it with the “Interval-T One Arm” shirt, which is more like a modified turtleneck in retrospect as the neck is a bit longer than your usual sweater or shirt. There is also a slanted intended slash across the middle of the chest/abdomen area as well as the right arm completely missing to give it a unique fashion look.

I love standard clothing (jeans, shirts, jackets and the like) as much as the next person but wearing creative and functional items like this is also fun too. It also allows for a bit of fresh air to come through in these blogs so that they don’t get as stale as they could with wearing the same type of clothing all the time.

Rounding out my review of TMJ items in this blog is for the pose set from Navajo. I see their pose set ads on Flickr quite often and when I saw this set come through as part of the event, I found the right setting to use it at. “Bento Static Pose Pack 11” is a set of smoking poses with two of the poses having a mirrored version (a mesh cigarette for either hand is included).

I am not a smoker personally (I was a very long time ago) but it just wasn’t really a good plan for me personally so if I can do it without harm virtually then (or in a potential role-play situation) that’s fine but I also at the same time am not promoting it. I see younger people take it up at staggering ages as compared to when I was in that age frame.

Letituier – Zule Hair

  • Original mesh
  • Resize script in hair
  • 6 different color HUDs (Sold Separately)
  • FATPACK is also available
  • Exclusive to The Men Jail until 03/28/19

Gild – Interval-T One Arm

  • Original mesh
  • Black, Gray and White versions
  • FATPACK option also available
  • Fitted for Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni)

Navajo – Bento Static Pose Pack 11

  • Bento capable poses
  • 4 poses (with 2 mirrored ones)
  • Left and Right hand cigarette prop
  • Exclusive to The Men Jail until 03/28/19

Today is also St. Patrick’s Day, many people all over the world (that are not likely even Irish) will celebrate by drinking copious amounts of beer to eating Corned Beef and Cabbage (which is also a tradition on this day). I myself in the real world are not Irish but my virtual heritage is so I am getting together with a few friends and just hanging out.

I hope that anyone who is out there celebrating that you stay safe and make sure you get home as well without any trouble. Many will wake up with the headache the size of a double decker bus but hit the shower get some coffee and swallow down a few aspirin and get back to it. Fun start to the week for that lot of people.

On that note I am gonna take the opportunity to wrap up this post and leave you all with the style credits. Enjoy the last remaining hours of the weekend and see you back here again for the next one…byeeeeee!

 

And I’ll hope that Saturday will be the day
When everything feels okay.

 

POSE: Navajo – Bento Static Pose Pack 11 @ The Men JailNEW

HAIR: Letitueir – Zule Hair @ The Men JailNEW
HEAD: CATWA – Daniel v3.2
SKIN: Vendetta – YVAN (Tone 04) @ Skin FairNEW
SHAPE: West End – Desmond @ Skin FairNEW

TOP: Gild – Interval-T One Arm (White) @ The Men JailNEW
PANTS: Gild – Soft Leather Easy Pants (Basic)

 

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[#505] Alone In A Room

A couple years back and forth with myself in a cage
Banging my head against the wall, tryna put words on a page
All I needed was the last thing I wanted
To be alone in a room, alone in a room

Asking Alexandria, ♫Alone In A Room

Sometimes as a blogger when I see something that inspires me and gives me a push to try and put my own spin on it whatever way that I can, it can be the motivation that puts you on track. I chose to do that with this current post to honor an idea by my friend, Lucky Spiritor. He has chosen to do what many do and moved on from blogging and the virtual world and it was nice being able to work with him during his re-emergence and it is one thing he definitely has pushed me to find ways to break my own creative limits.

We have a similar taste in music most times and when he chose to do a song by Asking Alexandria, who I also listen to quite a bit and have used their work as inspiration, I thought maybe down the road I would try my hand at that particular song as a soundtrack for a post. While I honestly don’t think mine holds much of a candle to his which you can take a look at HERE, I know that I gave it my hardest.

A lot of times I know that I kind of go into myself and lock myself away from others because I feel that only I can make a situation that is taxing on me better which is not always the best way to go. That is why I resonate with the part of the song about being locked up in a cage and that’s the visual that I chose to work from and have pulled quite a bit of things together to make it work.

The easiest part for me is usually my look and outfit and a lot of that doesn’t change from one post to another save for small details such as hair or facial hair. There are just so many styles out there that it tends to be difficult for me to stick to just one (as well as when one of the brands you blog for specializes in that category).

Modulus is participating once again at the equal10 event and their offering for the month of July is a straight side-swept hair called “Jared”. I thought that this worked great for the edgier look that I was going for with the “Spring Bomber” from Gabriel. I’m of course once again wearing one of the black tones from the Monochromes pack which also fits the overall aesthetic of my appearance. I could have probably even worn guyliner with this look but I felt like that would be a bit too much and would take away more than it was adding. This hair was easy to adjust to my super big dome which is one of the things I like about hairs from Modulus as I don’t spend extra setup time trying to fuss with it (as I don’t have to).

Modulus Jared Hair features:

  • Unisex (as recently noted by Modulus)
  • Resizable through script directly inside hair
  • 40 colors overall (8 per HUD and 5 HUDs total)
  • FATPACK option available
  • HUD also contains color picker for added cutomization
  • Available @ equal10 until August 5th!

Lately I’ve found myself not really trying out new skins or getting demo’s for them because I’m very happy with the face I’ve been wearing lately but I was intrigued by the [Vendetta] “Nathan” skin from The Men Jail. It also challenged me to switch from my Daniel head to Victor which is what the skin suggested for best use (and after comparing between the two I have to agree). One of the other surprising things is that the skin only comes in “tan” tones which is normally not my particular blend of tea but it is a nice skin so I was very happy to blog it and put it out there for the world to see in conjunction with the Purfect “Beard and Mustache 005”.

[Vendetta] Nathan Skin features:

  • 3 skin tones available (04, 05, 06)
  • CATWA, LeLutka and Omega appliers (all sold separately)
  • Body skins also sold seperately
  • Brow or Browless version in applier

Earlier I mentioned cages and of course that became a huge centerpiece of my scene which one was easy to find as a part of the goodies from The Men Jail. *BENT* has for sale a very sizeable prison cell that I feel from getting acquainted with it is patterned after something used in the Suicide Squad movie at the beginning and towards the end of the film. It’s construction is nice but the only thing (and it’s not a complaint at all) is that I feel it could have been made to be resized. I wouldn’t call it a deal-breaker or dissuade anyone from getting this because it’s very cool and really helped me with my scene.

*BENT* #cage Prop features:

  • 100% Mesh construction
  • 5 different bento animations
  • Available @ The Men Jail until July 28th

As I begin to wrap this up I will give a few final thoughts about the overall production of this blog post. I really feel even though it has a bit of a darker tone to it there is also a sense of hope that comes with it because each and every one of us may have that feeling of being in a cage at sometime in our lifetimes but unless you are truly in a cell because of something horrific that’s been done, escape is possible and you don’t always have to rely on yourself. There are people you may have in your life that would give anything they could for you, and there’s even the potential for someone you’ve never met to help raise you from that feeling of being locked up.

Freedom is possible and that is something I’ll leave you with until our paths cross again.

Onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Jared Hair ✦ NEW @ equal10 (07/10 – 08/05)
HEAD: CATWA – Victor ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Vendetta – Nathan (Tone 04) ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (07/08 – 07/28)
BEARD: Purfect – Beard & Mustache 005 ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (07/08 – 07/28)
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged

JACKET: Gabriel – Spring Bomber
JEANS: ::K:: – Loose Straight Jeans Homme – Black

CAGE: Bent – #cage ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (07/08 – 07/28)
SKYBOX: Epia – Warehouse II

[#504] Inside Out

So here we go, Here I am
Its not for me or for them
‘Cause we forgive and forget
And then we do it again

Dangerkids, ♫Inside Out

When there are so many different events with more than a handful of items I want to take home with me or sometimes in my case I might happen to be a blogger for the event and have so much to choose from because it is all so good the reality is that time wise I’m not going to be able to make posts for every single item during the event so I’ll have to pick and choose what products feature in a photo (or photos) for a blog post.

However, no matter what the show always must continue and I’ve got more coverage of Pose Fair for you! This event which is now quarterly instead of just a singular month during the year is continuing to be a juggernaut for those who are big into blogging and photography and need things to help fuel their creativeness. I can tell you that the things I’ve discovered from the event have really given me quite a bit of a boost.

X.T.C Poses has a rather nice male pose set to accompany the two female sets they have up for sale at Pose Fair, “Giovanni” is something I consider to be a good set and I knew right away what I wanted to do with it once I unpacked it. I think that overall the full frame shot I captured was exactly what I envisioned when I was putting the scene together.

X.T.C Poses Giovanni FATPACK Pose Set features:

  • 5 bento static poses (1 alternate pose for lower waist)
  • static poses and poseballs included for your convenience
  • Animation Overide poses with breathing also included
  • Available @ Pose Fair until July 31st!

POSE FAIR! Giovanni Bento set (breathing)

It’s only been a few days now since The Men Jail paroled it’s July round to the public and there are a lot of great items at the event that I’m pretty excited about using in my photos and one of them is the [LOB] Running Shirt (which yes it is more like a tanktop but we’re not really keeping score are we?) This tank fit so perfectly with the HOLLOWAY jeans from {Cold-Ash} from my last post (which I am wearing in another denim color). With the lighting I chose to use I decided to stray away from wearing the black version of the tank and went with the gray (I would say heather gray but again who is keeping score) so the details of it could be seen more clearly.

I also like that I coordinated my outfit to have jeans and a shirt that had strategic rips in them to make them a bit similar; I thought it was a good idea to go for as well with the soundtrack of the blog as well considering that one of the themes to it is destruction. Makes the most sense to me at least where that’s concerned.

[LOB] Running Shirt FATPACK features:

  • Color changing HUD that includes 5 colors
  • Includes shoulder towel (not shown)
  • HUD for shoulder towel also has 5 color options
  • Sizes for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and SLink Physique
  • Available @ The Men Jail until July 28th!

In this blog I’m featuring a recent hair that was originally released at last months Man Cave but with some real world things I got a little bit behind and missed covering it while it was at the event but I really like the hair and want to make sure that those who may not have been able to get to the event while it was there have another opportunity to get it now that it has been moved to the mainstore as a release.

The “Dalton Hair” is a nice shorter side-combed style that really works as a summer cut because it’s not super long and you can easily shave the back and sides of your head (ie shaved hairbase ofc) and it will still look fantastic. For the time being I returned to darker tones of hair and can’t specifically say I have a reason why it just seems to fit at the moment and that’s the great thing about being able to change from one moment to the next is that perhaps for my next photo I can sport another color. Modulus has added several of the recent event items that have lapsed into their store and marketplace so check them out after you finish reading this blog entry (or you can always tab out and come back because I’m totally cool with that!)

Modulus Dalton Hair features:

  • Male 100% mesh hair (could be also unisex)
  • 40 different colors to choose from (5 different color packs)
  • FATPACK option available
  • Integrated color picker within hair HUD for added customization
  • Available right now at the Modulus Mainstore!

Before I get to the next thing that I’m putting a spotlight on in this blog, I’d like to take a moment to thank the creator of Paparazzi (maker of fine backdrops), Drew Sunflower. I’ve had several interactions with him over the last month or so and personally I think he’s a great person. Not that I’m trying to say that all creators aren’t but there are some that seem to go over and beyond to show appreciation to the people who blog their products that may not blog for them specifically so kudos to you for being one heck of a person. With that said it’s a good way to segue into the next and last spotlight of this blog.

Equal10 is now open for the July round and I haven’t had much of a chance to take a look at all of what’s up for sale but I did see a small handful of things that I’m going to have to take a trip there to give a closer look to. Aside from that, Paparazzi has released a really cool backdrop called “Metropolis Bridge” that really blew me away. The construction and the overall feel of this kind of put me in that sort of Bladerunner mixed in with a future possible Tokyo vibe. I really can’t get over the detail and if I don’t cut myself off I’d never stop talking about it.

Paparazzi Metropolis Bridge Backdrop features:

  • 100% Mesh with ability to resize through built in script
  • Bridge overlooking futuristic downtown city
  • Neon accents which look fantastic in certain lighting
  • Available @ equal10 until August 05th

This post also contains other items from The Men Jail but instead of talking about them now I plan to feature them in perhaps my next post where they’ll get their own coverage with a more up front view so that I can promote them properly as they should and because I feel they are good products it’s the best way for me to be able to do that.

There is also more Pose Fair for me to attack so hopefully readers stick around for that (I hope you do for sure!) as well as more from The Men Jail and I’m sure I will mix it up with other great items as well from Modulus, Native Urban, Go&See and plenty of others. I’ve also heard that Vista will be releasing their first bento male head soon which is super exciting and I definitely would love to give coverage to that upon its release.

Time for me to wrap this up and of course until our paths cross again it’s onto the next conversation…


HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Dalton Hair
HEAD: CATWA – Victor ✦ Previously Blogged
FACE: Vendetta – Nathan (Tone 04) ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (07/08 – 07/28)
BEARD: Purfect – Beard & Mustache 005 ✦ NEW @ The Men Jail (07/08 – 07/28)
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6 ✦ Previously Blogged
BODY HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Body Hair Set 1 ✦ Previously Blogged

SHIRT: LOB – Running Shirt FATPACK NEW @ The Men Jail (07/08 – 07/28)
JEANS: {COLD-ASH} HOLLOWAY Ripped Jeans (Fatpack) ✦ NEW @ TMD (07/05 – 07/31)
SHOES: Dossier – Sneakers Virtuous ✦ NEW @ Hipster Men’s Event (06/23 – 07/16)

BACKDROP: Paparazzi – Metropolis Bridge ✦ NEW @ equal10 (07/10 – 08/05)

POSE: X.T.C Poses – Giovanni ✦ NEW @ Pose Fair (07/01 – 07/31)