[#568] Save It ‘Til The Morning After

Don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
No, don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after

Duran Duran., ♫Save A Prayer

Recently in a conversation the topic of doing things differently than I’m used to and maybe I find myself playing it safe more often than not because it is the easier way to do things. One thing I took to heart during this conversation is I may be missing out on potential opportunities because of not pushing the envelope even further…in the vein of that conversation I am taking a step out of my comfort zone and turning up the sexy and just because I’m not going the “Full Monty” doesn’t mean I’m not stepping it up.

Leave it to the imagination and always leave people wanting more…so perhaps that is what I’m doing.

This is my first ever time blogging an item by Cubura and it isn’t because I dislike their products it is just mostly they are a bit more edgier than I’ve been used to in my 4+ years of blogging. Throwing caution to the wind I said the heck with it and am giving the “Drew Shorts” a try. They are pretty form fitting with some emphasis around the nether regions but not as aggressively as some products I’ve seen around the grid. Another bright side is that there is so many options to color various parts of the shorts that you could wear a different version just about every day for a very long time.

Cubura Drew Shorts:

  • Original mesh
  • Shorts, Edges, Strips and Strings colorable via HUD
  • 10+ colors per each colorable area
  • Fitted sizes for Aesthetic (Enzo), Belleza (Jake) and Signature (Gianni) mesh bodies
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail starting 01/08/19 through 01/28/19

UrbanStreet is a brand that I have blogged before in the past and this time I have their newest tattoo release “Sentence” on my skin. This tattoo contains elements of geometric shapes along with skulls in what I would best describe as a type of Samoan or Polynesian type pattern and comes with Light, Dark and Middle opacity types which gives the buyer the best option that suits them. For tattoo enthusiasts who are looking for something that looks to fit the dangerous type this is worth taking a look at when it becomes available to the public.

I have a feeling that I will be doing quite a few blogs in the next few weeks with tattoos as there are lot of them that I’ve had on my list to blog and this was the kickoff to start utilizing them more often.

UrbanStreet Sentence Tattoo:

  • Light, Medium and Dark opacity
  • Omega and Signature applier HUDS
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail starting 01/08/19 through 01/28/19

I‘m saving my favorite part of what I’m blogging in this photo for last; simply because for me it is what inspired me to pull together the rest of what made this image work in my head. Bent Poses put together a three pose set designed to display what the morning grind might be like and while most of the time I’m NOT a morning person, the times I am there’s nothing wrong with a warm cup of coffee and a quick glance over the paper….well more like the Entertainment and Sports pages as I’m mostly checked out to world events at the moment.

The #Sundays set includes a mesh coffee cup and newspaper which upon wear activates the pose its intended for, and the third pose combines both the cup and paper which can be seen in my photo because I thought the pose looked really cool and it’s not often I do things like that (especially in very little clothing) but you have to live a little every now and then.

Bent #Sundays Pose & Prop Set:

  • Bento enabled poses (Bento viewer required)
  • Coffee cup and newspaper props included
  • 3 different poses in all (activated by wearing props)
  • Exclusively @ The Men Jail starting 01/08/19 through 01/28/19

By now it’s probably easy to see that the theme of this blog was items that will be appearing in the January round of The Men’s Jail that starts on Tuesday, the 08th. When the doors officially open I definitely encourage all the fellas who may view this blog to give it a look because as I’ve shown there are various types of items sold at the event like clothing, tattoos, and poses as an example.

The soundtrack to this blog was a bit of overflow from taking a stroll back in music time as I ventured into the 80’s last blog with WHAM! and stuck around for a moment to pull out this gem by Duran Duran who have a special place for me. My main motivation for selecting it was for it’s references to the morning after which could be where I’m at with the coffee and paper.

Hopefully I can keep up this streak of posts because it’s been really good for me to be on a roll like this and also while I’m still on a run I will get as much as I can out without completely wearing myself out. By Tuesday I figure it will be likely worth a day off and I can recharge and perhaps just take photos to keep things going but reserve posting for a day or so but depends on how things go.

For now I’m going to drop those credits and see what more I can do to get back here again.

B


POSE: BENT – #Sundays @ The Men JailNEW

TATTOO: UrbanStreet – Sentence @ The Men JailNEW

SHORTS: Cubura – Drew Shorts @ The Men JailNEW

[#567] Jitterbug

Something ain’t right
My best friend told me what you did last night
Left me sleepin’ in my bed
I was dreaming, but I should have been with you instead.

WHAM!, ♫Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

There’s nothing like something upbeat on a Friday to start the weekend and what better to bring it in than a little tune from the early 80’s? Many of the people that are in my circle are younger than me and while maybe they’ve heard this song most of them were not even born yet when this track first showed up in 1984..heck I myself was pretty young as well.

WHAM! was to me the precursor to artists such as New Kids On The Block and thus gave birth to the Backstreet Boys, NSync who artists like One Direction and BTS have derived from. It’s that chain that started a formula so many years ago that while back then was cheesy and a bit embarrassing it got people to dance and have a good time which is what I’m hoping this post inspires people on the grid to do tonight or sometime this weekend because why not?

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to blog a Paparazzi item while it was actually new at an event with conflicting schedules making it hard (while it seems like an excuse and I don’t like making them it is the absolute truth), I finally was able to catch up to one that is currently apart of the most recent round of Cosmopolitan. The “J-POP STAGE BACKGROUND” is exactly what I needed to pair with the soundtrack to this post because it is colorful, has great lighting and also has smoke you can add to your scene to give it a concert like appearance.

This backdrop along with me once again using the UrbanMind Poses “Rhapsody” pose set helped in really making this scene come together and more concert like with use of the right light settings and with the help of LumiPRO ’18.

Paparazzi J-POP STAGE BACKGROUND:

  • Original mesh
  • Built In Lighting (also modifiable through edit mode)
  • Additional smoke particles included
  • Blue or Pink stages available
  • Exclusively @ Cosmopolitan until 01/12/19

Over the years many pop culture icons (including musicians) were known for wearing headbands so I thought this was a great addition to my look as it was also a part of the “Christians Hair” by Modulus. It’s also been a while since I had a color other than your standard natural hairs so I chose to give my locks a bit of color for a change and I really love how it looks and how the lights play well with it.

The bandana part of the hair has 6 different patterns in the included HUD that are mostly island inspired (or you could even say Hawaiian to be more precise) but there is a classic pattern that you see a lot with the kind you can get in a store and the one I am wearing reminded me of a throwback vibe so picking it was simple and effective.

Modulus Christian Hair:

  • 100% Original Nex-Gen Alpha Mesh
  • Resize via script in hair
  • 6 bandana patterns changeable via included HUD
  • 5 color packs + integrated tinting
  • 40 Color FATPACK also available
  • Exclusively @ FaMESHed until 01/27/19

Backdrop…✓, Pose…✓, Sweet Hair…✓ so that only leaves me with the outfit! The unique style of Bakaboo was the easy choice for picking out my wardrobe for this blog post. Many of their fashions could be worn on a runway or they could be worn by someone in the music industry during a concert and the “Dahriel” Shirt and Pants were my first pick.

There are two versions of this outfit but sadly I couldn’t find a way to make the animated version work for me to be able to capture a video of it to add onto this post because I think it would have been epic to show just how cool it was but the beat moves on and the non-animated version works just as effectively to get my visual goal across. Plus I get to show a little bit of skin and not overdue it as I’m trying to work on changing my stance on that a little this year.

This set was only done in a monochromatic tone set and I can only wonder how it would have turned out with various different color patterns (which could have made for some great looks also) but I can say that the ability to change the main body of the shirt as well as the sleeves offer up a lot of different mix and match scenarios.

Bakaboo Dahriel Pants and Shirt (Non-Animated):

  • Original mesh
  • Main Body + Sleeve patterns can be changed via HUD
  • Pattern HUD also included with pants
  • Animated version also available
  • Fitted sizes for Aesthetic, Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni), SLink Physiqe and TMP mesh bodies
  • Exclusively @ Ant-Event until 01/07/19

Last blog post my brother Paul was wearing the “Devin Skin” from Clef de Peau and I decided to go see if it was there still and it was so I grabbed it and went and picked up the updated LeLutka “Andrea” head and am showing it from a different perspective as he is wearing it for CATWA. I really like it but the downside was the included shape for Andrea is not modifiable like the one for CATWA is which kept me from being my normal size and height. It’s not a huge deal to me because afterall it is a gift and a good one at that.

I may just have to contact them to see if they could provide a modifiable one to be able to remedy things.

My coverage for Anti-Event has concluded and I feel like I did a lot in a short time which sometimes can be crazy but it was definitely a challenge but with 3 days left for the January round that gives anyone that comes across this blog to possibly find something new to check out or to even give the event a closer look as well.

January is now officially about to pick up for me with The Men Jail as well as my return to Pose Fair for 2019 begin with coverage. From the previews that I’ve already taken a look at from both events I can already tell that it will be a lot of fun as well as a challenge to see just how much I can pack into this month combined with my non-event brands that have new items coming out at events throughout the month.

Alas though it is time for me to take a bow for the moment to recharge the batteries and celebrate the end of the week by treating myself to whatever goodies I can find due to grocery day (one of the best days to be bad I have to say). Until my next post I wish for all to be well and enjoy your time on the grid and perhaps our paths may cross!

B


POSE: UrbanMind Poses – Rhapsody (Rock You)

BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – K-POP Stage Backdrop (Blue) @ CosmopolitanNEW

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Christian Hair @ FaMESHedNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Andrea v3.3
SKIN: Clef de Peau – Devin (Tone TMX) ✦ Christmas Group Gift

SHIRT: Bakaboo (Store / MP) – Dahriel Shirt (Non-Animated) @ Anti-EventNEW
PANTS: Bakaboo (Store / MP) – Dahriel Pants (Non-Animated) @ Anti-EventNEW

[#566] Pay Me What You Owe Me

Hold up
My money!
Yo, my money!
That bitch better have my money!
Bitch better have my money!

Rihanna., ♫Bitch Better Have My Money

One of the things I thought about when I started thinking about goals for the blog in 2019, I considered trying to have a bit more of a diverse soundtrack to some of my posts as well as creating images that in some way were diverse as well. I’m not sure how that will pan out since it’s only been a few days in but if I keep focused, I am pretty sure that I will do well.

For this post I chose to focus mostly on the “I Said… Please” pose and props from X.T.C. PoSes; while it is intended as a couples pose I managed to corral my brother Paul to pose for this with me and I assumed the role of the bat wielder. Originally I considered dressing up like Negan from The Walking Dead but how many times has that been done logically? I didn’t want to go to that well (even though I may at some point now was not the time).

What better way to bring this pose to life then by cranking up Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” that was actually a tune I considered for an earlier blog post from last year but ended up deciding wasn’t right for the time. It definitely has colorful language but at the same time it drives home the message of the image that I’ve taken with me about to bust a cap with my handy bat on a fool that owes me money (apologies to my brother for being that fool).

X.T.C. PoSes I Said…Please Pose and Props:

  • Bento enabled poses (Bento viewer needed)
  • Mesh Money and Bat included (no copy versions)
  • Pile of money built into poses
  • Exclusively @ Anti-Event until 01/07/19

Aiding me to complete the gritty urban scene I enlisted the help of the “Bleak Street” backdrop by Paparazzi. This backdrop takes things to the next level as in my personal experience I have not see a backdrop that comes with a HUD to change out certain things about it (in this case the store signs); it really added to the respect I have for Drew Sunflower who is at the top of my list when it comes to backdrops. If there is anyone else out there that’s done this I’ve not come across it but I think more people will try to attempt this this approach to customizing backdrops which is expected in a sense but is a win for all of us.

But of course at least one of the first to do it was Paparazzi and that’s what I’ll remember for a good while; if a need arises for a setting that requires like street scene then this is something I’d recommend as it was exactly what I needed to capture the moment I saw in my head without making it super violent. It’s matter of fact and that’s how I’m going to leave it…also tells you not to owe me money!

Paparazzi Bleak Street Backdrop:

  • Original Mesh
  • Built in lighting (can be modified if desired)
  • Store signs changeable via included HUD
  • Currently available @ the Paparazzi in-world store

For anyone that may be curious I was also able to get Paul’s credits which will be down at the end of the blog along with the other important infos not apart of the written area of the blog. Taxi’s to all these great places await as I do believe it is time for me to publish this entry and take a slight breather as I have quite a few things going on this month (The Men Jail’s January round as well as other great things from my blogger brand partners).

Now to hit the bank to deposit this dough but until the next blog, be well!

B


POSE/PROPS: X.T.C. Poses – I Said… Please @ Anti-EventNEW

BACKDROP: Paparazzi (Store / MP) – Bleak Street

:: My Credits ::

SHIRT: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Aaron Tucked Tee
PANTS: Cold-Ash (Store / MP) – Grayson Rollup Trousers

:: His Credits ::

HAIR: DOUX – Arcangel Hairstyle
HEAD: CATWA – Dude v3.2
FACE: Clef de Peau – Devin (Tone TXM) ✦ December Group Gift
BODY: Signature – Gianni v4.6

HOODIE: [KOVE] – Harlow Hoodie (Dark Gray)
PANTS: COLD-ASH – ELIAS Skinny Jeans
SHOES: BlankLine – #12 Old Time Gacha – Shoes

[#565] Dreams

I want more impossible to ignore,
Impossible to ignore.
And they’ll come true, impossible not to do,
Impossible not to do.

The Cranberries., ♫Dreams♫

2019 is here!

I haven’t been this excited for the turning of the year than I have in a long time but that is because there are so many good things orbiting around my world. When I’ve made statements such as this before I’ve often felt that I’ve jinxed myself because things take a turn in the opposite direction but not anymore because it’s not meant to this time and this year will be a thriving one for my family and for the pages of this blog.

One of the things that I started to do in the later parts of 2018 is focus on one or two products within my photos (sometimes three if required); doing so has allowed for me to ramble less or be able to make the writing I’m doing more meaningful. When I drag on my focus wanes and then when I read back I’m disappointed regardless of someone telling me they enjoyed it.

So moving forward I fully intend to work on making this a better place for the male (and female) residents of Second Life to find quality items that will further enrich their experience in the day to day as well as in their creative photography.

For those who have stuck by me since the very beginning when this space was known as “The Saints of Fashion{ation}, it is greatly appreciated and it is with that purpose in mind to keep you informed as well as bring others new to this page something different that is not seen in other places.

Let’s get this kicked off shall we?

There are still a few days left of the Anti-Event and I wanted to share this fun little item from KAJU that is just one of the prizes you can win from the “JevJev” gacha. I’m not entirely sure what that means but I can say is that it is a pillow in the pattern of a duck which has several different colors and forms depending on the prize.

“Jeev Jeev Pillow – Yellow FAT PACK” is the prize that I am using for this blog and it is a pillow that comes in two versions one that you can have on your arm (as you can see) and one that can be placed on the floor to catch some z’s. I chose to take a nap standing up with the pillow wrapped around my arm but keep in mind that AO’s interfere with the use of this item so make sure to turn them off when wearing it.

This particular gacha has three tiers of prizes which start with the commons that consist of the Jeev Jeev pillows (Floor and On Arm versions) in Black, White, and Yellow separately. The next tier up is the RARE three color FAT PACKS with both pillows inside and the last tier is the ULTRA RARE PACK which contains all of the pillows in each color along with a version called “Pillow Fighter” that you can swat people around with.

Doesn’t that sound like fun?

I imagine I would annoy the crap out of everyone by whacking them with a duck like pillow so maybe that’s not the best thing for me to have and also a good thing that it wasn’t a part of the blogger pack for the event, however, I think for anyone that plays the machine and wins it will have a ton of fun and that’s what helps make SL a better place. Have fun, don’t stress, and just keep the company of those who better your life.

Considering that the pillow is the only new item that is a part of my look it’s made this blog a lot easier to write and get me to the point where I can consider it finished and a done deal. Now to just leave the credits so everyone knows where to go to find all the items you can find on my person. I also want to say how much I really love the BATTLESCARS recent windlights which range from the decor ones (which are very helpful), to the premium ones that are well worth the price of purchase that include the STARS and ILLINOIS sets.

One last thing I want to say before I sign off on this post is that I chose The Cranberries song “Dreams” for a few reasons. One of which is because I never truly did a tribute to Delores O’Riordan when she passed away last year. Their music was a part of the era that I’ve said many times helped me navigate through my teenage years and while at the time I likely didn’t appreciate it as much, as I have gotten older the fonder I get for a lot of the artists from back then. Her voice was unique and soothing when it needed be and raw at other times in songs such as “Zombie”.

Many of the artists I hold dear from that time have moved on in one form or another but the imprint they’ve left upon those of us who were there and to those who are now discovering them now that can empathize with what the message is. Voices like Dolores’ and Chris Cornell’s are likely not to be discovered for a long time and maybe not even my lifetime.

Also this song speaks to me on an emotional level because I feel what’s being sung, I have found something magical in my life and I sound like a scratched record but its really true. I have someone at my side that motivates and picks me up when I’m running low and she’s my dream that I am forever grateful for being able to have this opportunity.

Ok so enough of that sentimental stuff now because I’ve reached the end of the road on this blog but there’s plenty more in store with this being the start of what I hope is a creative year. If anyone has a suggestion for a song for me to try and put my creative styling to just hit the about section on this site and send me something (or by visiting any one of my social media spaces).

Until our paths once again cross,

B


PILLOW: KAJU – Jev Jev Gacha (JeevJeev On Arm) RARE @ Anti-EventNEW

HAIR: Modulus (Store / MP) – Owen Hair @ Man Cave ✦ NEW
BEARD: Hermony – Mario Facial Hair

SHIRT: L&B Swear – October 18 Group Gift