[#432] I’ll Leave When The Wind Blows

I’ll leave when the wind blows
Take a breath there your heart goes
I’ll be outside of your window
I’ll pass by but I’ll go slow
I’ll leave when the wind blows

The Wind Blows♫ – The All-American Rejects

How is everyone? Well is what I am hoping for as most of America is started to become a snow globe. There are some that wait all year for it and enjoy it but being that I am from a place that has some of the worst winter weather I don’t tend to be excited or look forward to it. Gives me some reasons to stay inside and enjoy a bit of retail therapy on the grid as I’ve just been doing lately. I have some really cool thoughts and ideas with the things I picked up as you’ll see in today’s entry.


When it comes to putting together a scene there are times when I have an idea already and look for things to bring it to life and then there are those times when I find something that inspires me and I work around that piece to build a scene or find a location that fits what my mind’s eye has put together. The latter is what happened with this particular photo session. The most recent round of Hipster Men’s Event opened just a few days ago and I came across “Joe’s Coffee Backdrop” by Quasi and it had my mind working and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.


Along with that backdrop, this entry is fueled by great new products by MODULUS and {COLD-ASH} who as brand partners were gracious enough to provide me the goods so that I could put together this work that you see. Also along for the ride is another one of my preferred brands, L&B Swear, who have been around for ages and began as one of the go to spots for gothic wear and tuxedos. Since then they’ve branched out to create all sorts of items such as the pants I am wearing.


As I’ve been hitting the grid, I’ve come across some new events (The Men’s Jail) and also visited ones that are already developed into a male juggernaut (such as TMD). It’s not easy for us fellas to find great places to shop but that’s why it’s up to the bloggers (such as myself and so many excellent others) to show the people where to go and what’s available. Not only does that help them with their wardrobe or photography (if they just like to take photos and not the rest of what we do), it also helps designer’s continue to do what they do and provide us with great looks and props to in turn create visuals.

That wraps up another entry but I’ll be back again soon with some more goodies from across the grid; keep in touch and stay tuned for the next visual adventure.

Onto the next conversation…

HAIR⊱ Modulus – Mitchell Hair – FATPACK @ The Men’s JailNEW

Modulus has released another new hair in their Alpha series at one of the newest events on the grid, The Men’s Jail. “Mitchell” is a side parted hair which you can wear with shaved hairbases so that it looks it’s best and how it was intended (I am using the “Charlie” hairbase which is also by Modulus). 5 color packs to choose from that come with 5 colors in each (as well as a built in color tint option), with the option to purchase them all as a FATPACK. This hair is very detailed and definitely one that I think will be popular with the ladies and the fellas. Check it out and all the other products available at The Men’s Jail.

HEADLeLutka – Andrea v 3.1

EYES⊱ MESANGE – Anjali Eyes – BEAUTY PACK @ We Love RPNEW

FACEStray Dog – Cody T2

BODYBelleza – Jake

SHIRT⊱ {COLD-ASH} TAYLOR Shirt (CLASSIC PACK) @ TMDNEW

It’s been a while since the last release from {Cold-Ash} but the brand has always been a good part of my wardrobe and this “Taylor” untucked button down shirt is no exception. The Classic Pack has 8 different color shirts and are available in an all in one HUD in the FATPACK. I like how casual this shirt is but still has the element of dressy as well and can be paired with either your favorite jeans or a pair of slacks (which you’ll see I have done).

Compatible With: Belleza, Signature and TMP male bodies.

PANTS⊱ L&B Swear Slacks @ FaMESHedNEW

Jeans are probably one of my favorite types of pants but when I see a really well put together pair or slacks, I don’t hesitate to snatch them up. The best part about these is that you don’t have to worry about having to buy just one pair, you get all the styles right away as this could be considered a FATPACK. 8 colors are there for you to choose from and there is also a belt add-on that you can also color. I chose not to wear the belt because it clashed with the shirt I have on but it is a nice added feature if you are wearing a tucked in shirt or a shorter length t-shirt.

Compatible With: Aesthetic, Belleza, Signature, SLink male bodies as well as a fit for Classic avatars.

SHOES[MODA] BLAKE OXFORDS

BACKDROP⊱ Quasi – Joe’s Coffee Backdrop @ Hipster Men’s EventNEW

This well put together backdrop is already a sensation as I have seen it being used in the time it has taken me to put this blog entry together. It’s a very detailed and has a lot of potential for any photographer or blogger. Quasi has made it easy to have a scene inside of the shop (as there is an open spot to be able to position yourself inside) as well as one outside like I’ve chosen to do. Take a look at it as well as many other products at the latest fresh round of Hipster Men’s Event going on right now.

WRONG & The Owl – Male Poses #8 (4)
Bounce This Poses – Male Walk (3m) ♯ Marketplace

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[#429] Let’s All Make Believe

So let’s all make believe
That we’re still friends and we like each other
Let’s all make believe
That in the end we’ll need each other

Let’s All Make Believe♫ – Oasis

The last few days have been somewhat of a rush out in the real world and I have to admit that I did this photo shoot a few days ago with the intention of getting it put out nearly as soon as I finished taking the pics. However, life and a case of laziness hit me and so it just ended up taking a little longer than I anticipated. The end results though are pleasing to me and I feel like maybe I’m starting to get some of my creative mojo back after having thought I’d lost it a little bit. Artists of all types go through these periods and it is understandable the pressure we put on ourselves to create better work than what has come before it.


I did a little exploring and found an interesting new place that I have never been to before called The Dirty Grind. It’s not as winterized as most of the other locations on the grid so I had an easier time committing to doing the scene here especially after I found the broken merry go round; that is what sold my interest. That one piece in the scene tells a lot about the current status in the world and also fits in with the music theme I picked.


In this post I’m featuring a brand new hair from my brand partner, Modulus. The brand took some time to better perfect their hair making and from this release and some previews of upcoming releases it is an exciting time for us fellas out there who are always on the lookout for new ‘dos. Once again I’m wearing the “Hope Eyes” from Avi-Glam as I just can’t seem to pull myself away from them at the moment. I didn’t take any closeups in this shoot because I am wearing the Fern color that I wore in the last blog post.

There’s now a new round of The Men’s Department (TMD) open with a bunch of great items (such as the Modulus hair I’ve just mentioned). Events I’ve also been to that items from this look are from include Shiny Shabby and also Men Only Monthly (MOM).


There’s plenty more events and things to cover so I’m going put this baby to bed and start working on my next adventure and who knows where I’ll end up. With such a vast landscape and tools at my fingertips anything is possible. I’ll definitely see you again upon your return as we all look forward as it is much better than dwelling on the past regardless of it’s brightness or darkness.

Onto the next conversation…

HAIR⊱ Modulus – Alex Hair – FatPack @ TMDNEW

Taking a new direction with hair creation, Chucky Hollak and Modulus are taking the brand to a whole new level. This is the first release in the “Alpha Hair” line and as I stated above this is very exciting. I have actually spoken to him recently and he is just as excited about creating hair again and delivering quality to the men of Second Life. From wearing this hair and having blogged other Modulus releases in the past, I can tell you that the level of detail has definitely increased along with top notch textures. 5 color HUDs are available (they also come together in the FATPACK version) and each color pack has 5 colors to choose from as well as a tinting mechanism to get your hair just exactly how you want it.

HEADLeLutka – Andrea v 3.1

EYES⊱ AG. Hope Eyes – Fern @ Shiny ShabbyNEW

FACEStray Dog – Cody T2

BODYBelleza – Jake

HOODIEFashionNatic – STING FATPACK

Hooded sweatshirts are never out of fashion and if you are like me, you can never have just one laying around. Some have that one that is just their favorite and no matter how many you buy after it, it’s the one you always go to when you are headed out the door. When I saw the advert for this hoodie I thought it was really cool especially with the built in shirt (there is an option to wear it without the shit also). I felt the FATPACK was the best option to go with because of all the different combinations you can come up with and have control over. The value of it is really good as well.

BODY COMPATIBILITY: Adam, Aesthetic, Belleza, Signature (2 versions), SLink and TMP male bodies.

JEANS⊱ ED. W4ST Pant Rusted @ M.O.MNEW

Eclipse Designs have always had great clothing as far as I can remember but they haven’t always fit the body I’ve been wearing at the time. They have now released a product that fits the Belleza body and I couldn’t be more happy. These jeans are a cool concept because they mix the damaged/destroyed look with a bit of 80’s fashion with patches with studs in them. Most people would deny this but many back in that time had a studded bracelet and listen to bands like Motley Crue and Kiss.

BODY COMPATIBILTY: Altamura, Belleza, Signature and SLink male bodies.

SHOESFLI. – Black Canvas

One of my favorite pairs of shoes and now that they’ve been updated for the Belleza body it gives me more reason to drag out of my shoe closet. There’s nothing new about them other then the body updates so I don’t have anything more to share insight wise. These are just great shoes…period.

Photo Taken @ The Dirty Grind

 

WRONG & The Owl. Static Male Poses #8 (4)

I picked this set of poses up at one of last months events and somehow managed to move them in my inventory closet in a place they shouldn’t have been (likely by accident). I stumbled across them while looking for something else and found one in the set I liked for the setting of the scene. There are 5 poses in this pack and all of them are excellent and something I can use in the future.

[#428] Whatever It Takes

I do whatever it takes to make it
Break through anything I’m face to face with
It’s true, you gonna make me lose my patience
‘Cause victory is mine and I’mma take it

Whatever It Takes♫ – Hollywood Undead

This blog entry has been over a year in the making and I’m so glad it finally happened. Once again I’ve paired up with the super talented fellow swag master, Nile from the Double Trouble blog to bring you a super awesome collaboration. We have both been wanting to work together again since our first initial collaboration for Halloween last year. Schedules as you know don’t always permit but we finally were able to pin a day down to knock this out and man did we ever.


When I first saw the shopping guide for the Men Only Monthly event I knew that I just HAD to do something with the Heist gacha from BlankLine. When I came up with the idea for what Nile and I were going to do it was just natural that we put together a scene using some of the items from it. We both took different looks for our type of bank robber with Nile taking a more urban approach and me going with a more classical old school bank robber. Both of us gear up with BPV’s (Bullet Proof Vests) to keep us safe in case we encountered any trouble from the 5-0.


Products that I’m featuring in this post mostly comprise of items from the BlankLine gacha which is currently up for sale at Men Only Monthly; so if you yourself have an idea for a gangster or bank heist type composition that’s a good place to start with.

I’m also once again featuring the “Hope Eyes” from Avi-Glam (a brand partner) for this look because I am really enamored with the eyes in this set and their detail is fantastic. There is not one color out of this set that I wouldn’t wear for a shoot if it was what called for it.


As I wrap up another entry I look back at the process of this collaboration and I could be more happy or excited with how it turned out; I also look forward to future collaborations with Nile as well as anyone else who’d like to do team-up in the upcoming year. 2018 will be one of more collaborations and working with people who I admire as well as want to work with to try new things.

For more information on Nile and his blog, Double Trouble, just click on the blog name which is linked and there you’ll get to see his other works as well as work from his co-author, Macie, you’ll also be able to see his version of this shoot as well as his style credits!

That’s all I’ve got for this adventure be sure to check back again for the road ahead and it’s been an honor and a pleasure.

Onto the next conversation…

HAIRStealthic – Psycho

This was one of my Black Friday sale goodies as I really liked this hair and knew that I could find something good to use it with. When this scene idea came into my head I knew it was the prefect hair for me to use. I originally was going to pair it with one of the face wraps in the BlankLine gacha but I opted to leave my face uncovered as it was post robbery. This hair has 6 different color HUDs to choose from as well as a HUD for changing the color of the beanie. What’s even cooler about this is there is a styling HUD to change the appearance of the hair in different positions and styles.

HEADLeLutka – Andrea v 3.1

EYES⊱ AG. Hope Eyes – Fern @ Shiny ShabbyNEW

For a second straight post (if you check back at my last entry you’ll get more info on this product) I’m wearing these eyes but went with the Fern color as it matched the scene considering all the money that is around the two bank robbers.

FACEStray Dog – Cody T2

BODYBelleza – Jake

OUTFIT⊱ BlankLine – Gang Bullet Proof Vest Suits (02) RARE @ M.O.MNEW

It wasn’t an easy task much as robbing a bank would be I imagine to pull this item from the machine being that it is a RARE. Though I persevered so that I could use it for this look as it was an integral part of the scene that I was setting up. As with my usual blogs I post what bodies my clothes and accessories work with but this suit does not specify, however, I believe that it would work with just about any male body with alphas clicked off. I’m wearing the Belleza body and it looks good without any problems.

SHOES[MODA] BLAKE OXFORDS

GLOVES⊱ BlankLine – Gang Glove @ M.O.MNEW

Another part of BlankLine’s “Heist” gacha, these gloves are bento enabled and I alpha’d out my hands and this worked great with my body in combination with the suit and the pose. These are definitely something that would be fun to mess around with on other projects so it is something that could be used again and has a high re-use value. Worth a pull of the gacha or if you know someone that will trade or give you a copy it’s well worth it.

WRONG & The Owl. Human Race @ M.O.MNEW

I managed to find 3/4 of all that was used in this scene at Men Only Monthly, including this pose. What was really nice about this pose as that it needed no adjusting other than a minor tweak of my body shape which wasn’t even that big of a deal. I thought this really captured the tone of the two robbers settling in after heist and celebrating their victory in front of their spoils. This is also a great pose you can use with a really good friend or even a family member for a photo.

[#409] It Was Worth It In The End

We knew we had to leave this town
But we never knew when and we never knew how
We would end up here the way we are

September” – DaughtryListen

As the season is beginning to change you’ll start seeing scenery changes on just about all the fashion blogs out there and there’s nothing wrong with that. I encourage people to use whatever might inspire them and the changing of seasons is one of those things that can help renew the creative juices flowing within our minds. While personally I am not a fan of colder weather I do embrace it every now and again when it gives me something to work with.

Listening to some playlists the other day I came up with the theme for this photo and it really fits considering the title of the song is the month we are actually still in (but not for much longer of course). It also happened that I saw a photo at a sim I always enjoyed taking pics at, The Fall Trace, which I had not kept up with or even thought was still open. Very glad that it is though and there is a taxi for you down in the full credits.

I only have one sponsored item in my look this time and is another color from the “Charm Eyes” by Avi-Glam currently being sold at Shiny Shabby. I feel as though sometimes if you feature more then one color from an eye set it helps consumers make more of a decision on whether or not they want to purchase the product.

Also in this look set are items from The Men’s Department which has a day or so more left before they close up for the beginning of the next round to get set up. I really did managed to bring home a lot of merch from this month’s event and every bit of it has been great to feature in my work.

Events also featured in this entry are the Hipster Men’s Event and a brand new round of Shoetopia (which I was excited to see as there are usually a small but good amount of footwear for us fellas there). As for the Hipster Men’s event, I have since its first round come home with quite a few items. Another reason to look forward to the beginning of a new month!

I’ve taken up enough of your time but I’m glad you’ve come to take a look at my latest adventure but it is time to go begin a new one…a new conversation if you will. Below are the credits as well as some personal thoughts on the newest items in the look.

Onto the next conversation …

HAIR⊱ no.match_ – NO_SNOW @ Hipster Men’s EventNEW

Even Kit Harrington himself would be impressed with this hair based off of his character on Game of Thrones. This very authentic looking hair is available in several different color packs as well as a variety and Fatpack. Also included is a HUD for a matching hairbase. It comes in a small and large size. I had to take a front and back photo of this to show you how accurate it looks.

HEADLeLutka – Andrea ♯ NEW
EYES⊱ AG. Charm Eyes – Fatpack @ Shiny ShabbyNEW
FACE⊱ ~Tableau Vivant~ – Andrea 003 @ LeLutkaNEW
BODYBelleza – Jake

SHIRT/VEST⊱ ::K:: Classy Gillet Homme Tan @ TMDNEW

Part one of a separated outfit available for a few more days at The Men’s Department. Shirt and Vest (or Gillet’s as they are also called) combinations are a favorite of mine to have in my virtual closet. There are several Gillet colors to choose from (also available in a Fatpack if you can’t decide on just one) with an included HUD that gives you 6 options to change the color of your shirt to. Belleza, Signature, SLink, and TMP male body wearers can head over to TMD to take a look at this very casual combo.

PANTS⊱ ::K:: Soft Cargo Pants Homme Navy @ TMDNEW

So you’ve probably just picked up the Classy Gillet and are thinking “I don’t have any pants to go with this” and then as you are at TMD your eyes wander below to find these excellent pair of cargo’s. With the option to wear them with or without the included belt (which has a HUD to change the color) you are sure to look your best wherever you may be wearing them to, either by themselves or as a complete outfit with the Classy Gillet. These pants are available separately or as a Fatpack and compatible with the same sizes as the Gillet above.

SHOES⊱ A&D Clothing – Shoes -Firenze- @ ShoetopiaNEW

With the upper and lower part of the body covered, I needed something to cover the dogs as it were and fortunately enough a new round of Shoetopia opened. A&D does a really good job with producing quality clothing and footwear and my eyes feasted upon these monk styled dress shoes and thought they were perfect. Just like any other A&D release if you purchase the full Fatpack you get treated to bonus colors and in this release you get them in the form of both shoe and sock colors. Wearers of Classic avi’s as well as Belleza, Signature, SLink, and TMP male mesh bodies will be able to wear these very slick shoes. They are sure to complement any dressed up look and could even be right for some casual attire situations as well.

Photo Taken @ The Fall Trace


WRONG & The Owl. Static Male Poses #4 (1) @ Hipster Men’s EventNEW

Pose makers Wrong and The Owl collaborate to bring us a pose pack for the Hipster Men’s Event. 4 different poses to choose from that could make for a good photo opportunity with a quality bento enhanced pose. If these two continue to collaborate in the future I’ll be sure to keep my eyes peeled. Check them out, I encourage you to.

[#369] Confession

I light up the night and let it burn
Lean back and watch the sundown fade
Do what I do when life’s a little sidways
I take a sip and say a prayer
Wait for a shooting star and stare
Off at the headlights on the highway

Confession” –  Florida Georgia Line  ♫Listen


The weekend is almost coming to a close so I hope that you all have rested well or at least enjoyed it with whatever you did. Welcome back again, I really feel like this look/photo session turned out exactly how I wanted it to. Grabbing things from FaMESHed, the SIGNATURE Event, The Men’s Department and an up and upcoming event called The Mens Zone were integral for all this to come full circle.

Rarely ever it seems do I use a country western song as a theme but considering this is my second one in a row I can at least retain my sense of having eclectic music taste. I try to cover all the bases when I can and when the feeling is right and fits an idea I’m trying to go with. I have to say I believe the overall message of these blog post is about doing soul searching when you feel you might be a little lost down the roads of your life. Sometimes we question the roads we take and if the path we are going on is the right one. Our paths are not 100% laid out for us and it is up to us to do what we can within reason to make them reality.

The Men’s Department has a new skin release from the HERMONY brand which is solely for the CATWA brand of skins and compatible with the base skins that come directly with the [SIGNATURE] Gianni body. “Vaugnh is a very handsome gentleman yet is also rugged. There are several tones to choose from but keep in mind again this is only the face applier and that you have to have a Gianni body for it to look seamless. Inside the package you also get an added HUD with 6 different beard appliers that are tintable however you like. You can also choose between the regular applier or a browless version for those who prefer their own specific style of eyebrows.

To accompany this skin I am wearing the “Lorenz” Shape directly from Reach, which is up for sale at The Dark Style Fair 4. This shape was made with the “Vaughn” skin directly in mind and I really think the pairing is great. This is one of three releases you can find at the fair; I encourage you to check it out not only for this particular brand but for some of the other great items available there.

Jadis Ashland and the MESANGE brand are currently celebrating 1 year of being in the eye making business. Congratulations to you and I look forward to continue using your products. In this entry I have the “Theral Eyes” which are currently available at The Chapter Four. With 15 different iris tones to choose from there is something there for everyone and if you have trouble choosing? Well that’s why it’s economical to purchase the BEAUTY Pack and get them all. Included in the individual packages, you get the regular mesh eyeballs as well as a HUD for those with omega applier enabled eyes. With the BEAUTY Pack you get all of the eye colors in one easy to use HUD.

{Cold-Ash} is back with more items this month at various events and all of them are excellent. I have been honored with being able to review the “SAWYER” denim shirt that is their exclusive item at the SIGNATURE Event. This item is a rolled up denim shirt with an optional low neck shirt built in (which you can also remove via the included HUD). The denim textures that you can choose from in the aforementioned HUD are great and you get a really good choice of colors for the shirt as well if you decide to wear it. The sizes available for this item are for [SIGNATURE] Gianni, SLink Physique, Standard Fitmesh, and TMP body styles.

Fitting the theme of being a hard-working cowboy, I found the best pair of jeans for this situation. It took me forever and a day to get into the FaMESHed event but let me tell it you was well worth it for the “Destruction” jeans from L&B Swear. This pack of jeans has it all from two different sets of grunge and beat up denim styles (including the muddy version I am wearing) as well as a gift of regular denim in the HUD for the Fatpack. There is a great chance that I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this product in the time to come.

To complete this look from items that are new and part of events, I have the “Reno” leather cowboy hat that you can pick up at The Mens Zone event. I chose to go with brown leather because normally my go to would be black but I wasn’t really looking to go with a good cowboy or bad cowboy look. I just wanted a normal everyday sort of look and brown fit that perfectly. This was my first time going to The Mens Zone event and I’m not sure if it is just getting started but many of the booths were empty. I do hope though that they fill up or find a way to bring in designers because there truly are not a lot of good events for us guys other than TMD and Men Only Monthly. It’s fact not myth that we like to shop too, just getting that out there!

I encourage you to take a look down below for the full style credits and the taxis for each event, store, and or marketplace item. You won’t regret that you did, but you don’t have to take my word for it. That’s all for now but until next time as always, stay stylish fellas!


HEADCATWA – Daniel (Bento)
EYESMESANGE – Theral Eyes ♯ ☆NEW☆ @ The Chapter Four
FACE⊱ HERMONY – Vaughn (Tone 3) ♯ ☆NEW☆ @ TMD
BODY[SIGNATURE] Gianni – Body – v3.5
SHAPE⊱ Reach – Lorenz ♯ ☆NEW☆ @ The Dark Style Fair 4

SHIRT⊱ {COLD-ASH} SAWYER Denim Shirt ♯ ☆NEW☆ @ SIGNATURE Event
JEANS⊱ L&B Swear – Destruction Jeans ♯ ☆NEW☆ @ FaMESHed
BOOTS[ VERSOV ] MOLOTOV BOOTS – BROWN

HAT⊱ CC – Reno Leather Cowboy Hat  {Brown} ♯ ☆NEW☆ @ The Mens Zone


WRONG – Poses For Car ♯ Marketplace
*CN* pose 1756 (3a)