I want to feel a change
I don’t mind if it hurts
You take away the pain
You’re the only thing that’s pure
The Exies, ♫Tired Of You♫
It’s been a long time since I’ve had the pleasure of taking a photograph with guests posing for me so I thought it was time to change that. Thankfully the timing was right that I was able to snag my brother Lucky and his lady, Aria, at their home for what I feel turned out to be a really great photo. Both Lucky and Aria both are photographers as well so for them to do this for me is a big deal.
Lucky for the last few months has been spinning tunes at The Burrow Co. every other Saturdays (his next gig is this weekend on the 12th). Sometimes he’s got themes going and did a memorable tribute to Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park) on the 18th of July. I was there in attendance and there were lots of people there for that. Overall it was a great experience. If you enjoy Rock music and sometimes a few surprises thrown in between then you definitely need to go check him out.
Aria when she’s not taking photos is a phenomenal landscaper and decorator. I’ve seen first hand what she is capable of and I cannot express how good of an eye she has for it. Being someone that has very little patience for this type of thing, I respect anyone who devotes their time into creating awe-inspiring lands for her clients.
The couples pose I’ve chosen comes from a fairly new pose pose store called “PosaRosa”. I myself like to show love to some of the new kids on the block when it comes to poses so that with the light shining on them people get to know them better. I feel with the photo I took of Lucky and Aria, it made for a really sweet fall type moment. Those looking for couples poses should take a look at “Support Me!” at the PosaRosa booth at Pose Fair which runs until the 21st of September.
Also be sure to check out Lucky’s blog here and also Aria’s blog here for more great photos and fashions.
I wanna see you shine
I wanna see you go for the win
I wanna see you move
I wanna see you love your life again
I know that it has been a long while since I last posted but without going into really any detail, I’ll say that it was not something I planned on. From this point forward I’m going to just take things a day at a time and hopefully really get my appetite for creation back but it’s not something I can promise. Even just posting this today has had a little bit of struggle to it.
I wanted to at least see if I could bring myself to even post something and show a little love to Native Urban and Session Skins in the process and I hope I have not failed them as they’ve given me a wonderful opportunity to be able to showcase their work; even with me not cranking out things every day or every other day I am going to make sure that if there is any inspiration that comes I’ll make sure it shows up here and that it is the best it possibly can be.
Do I still love blogging? The answer is simply yes but sometimes life has a way of placing roadblocks up that deter you but eventually you get passed them and find a new normal…I’m not sure when I’ll find that new normal but I’m not going to force that either so anyone out there that’s shown me love and stuck with me since day one you have my loyalty always.
I’m going to encourage you to listen to the song that I’ve accompanied with this blog because it’s very meaningful and very beautiful and has helped pull a little bit of the magic I’ve lost out. Hope to see everyone again soon but until then look after yourselves and those you care about surrounding you.
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
The temperature’s about 88
Hop in the water plug just for old times sake
Break to ya crib change your clothes once more
Cause you’re invited to a barbecue that’s starting at 4
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, ♫Summertime♫
Two days in a row with new posts…that is kind of a record for me lately as I haven’t really done that since I was massively focused on Vintage Fair. The rest has been good though and I didn’t really write about it in the last entry but I’ve wanted to try and get a handle on doing quality posts as opposed to slinging out as many as I can without any thought of quality. I’ve sold myself short in the past at times and I owe it to the brands I am promoting and to myself to not do that so if any of the stores that sponsor me have ever felt the quality of my work was less than it should be I sincerely apologize.
Putting that aside, this post contains a double dose of Native Urban from current events to share that completely fit the summer vibe that I’ve brought with the addition to a classic by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith for the younger crowd). The Menorquina Flats are cool sandals for the men who like the idea of sandals but don’t like the kind that put a wedge between your big toe and the toe next to it (I believe those are called tongs). A lot of different options here (with the all colors pack) so I could probably not wear sneakers the rest of the summer and not have the same color style unless I chose to.
The “Deck Shorts” are super casual and are something I’d wear just relaxing around the house or meeting up with my people for get togethers like cookouts. Just like the flats there are a good amount of choices both in single form and also the all colors option. I like how the two items go together and it was good timing by Native Urban to release them how they did. There is also a female version for Menorquina as well that are more like wedges so everyone can be pleased with warm weather footwear.
I realize too that sometimes praising the FATPACKS of an item by any brand might seem overbearing and not everyone can do them. I get it believe me I do but this way at least I can show some of the options that might make it worthwhile but it is certainly a matter of choice of what anyone chooses to purchase once they go from this blog to a store or event.
With as warm as it’s been in the real world I chose to go shirtless as whenever there’s a picnic or cookout there’s always someone at them not wearing one so for this pic I’m that guy. Adding to the cool factor, I dug into my closet and found my “RetroNerd Shades” by Paparazzi which I love big time and wanted to pop them on my face to complete the summer vibe.
Native Urban – Menorquinas
Compatible with Signature (Gianni)
HUD contains 19 colors for 7 customizable parts
Get them now at Uber until the 22nd of July
Native Urban – Deck Shorts
Compatible with Signature (Gianni)
HUD contains 8 colors with 6 customizable parts
Get them at the Anthem event until July 30th
Summer has always been my favorite season. I feel happier
We watch the shows, we watch the stars
On videos for hours and hours
We hardly need to use our ears
How music changes through the years
Queen, ♫Radio Ga Ga♫
The time has come for me to say goodbye to Vintage Fair 2019 but there is still time for everyone reading to take a taxi to the event and shop til you drop. I had a lot of good times and fun with this event; it gave me opportunities to do different things that I might not have before. I was able to use a lot of different tools (male items, female items, decor and poses) to complete my journey.
For this last VF entry, I chose to do one more female post complete with an outfit, hair and poses and a new pair of kicks. I haven’t really written quite as much about the photos with all the work that’s gone into this event but once I start getting on a normal blogging routine it could. I picked the song “Radio Ga Ga” because the pose set has a boombox (which many people including me had growing up). While many people cling to their Spotify, I still tend to listen to the radio when out and about and often find new artists to look into later on when I’m behind the keyboard again. This song can clearly be considered vintage and even inspired the girl we’ve come to know as “Lady Gaga” from which her name is derived from.
“Boombox” is one of three exclusives from Lush Poses that instantly caught my attention. The only thing I needed to see was that it had a boombox radio in it and I was game. Many 80’s and 90’s films boasted them as props (does the movie “Say Anything” ring a bell?) Each pose has a designated prop which I mentioned that one of the previous pose sets I used for VF didn’t have that and wished it had.
I set the scene on top of an apartment building where I could see going to after a long day with maybe a cold drink and a boombox to just chill and listen to tunes. That is the kind of scenario I would be down for because I’m usually the most relaxed when I have some of my favorite songs within earshot.
My hairstyle is by KMH Hair and is designated as “F112” and can only be described by me as a shag type haircut like you might see in something like “Hairspray”. I definitely went in different direction with my look this time but I think overall it doesn’t look bad at all and I’m pleased with it.
For my outfit, I can only describe this as like an old school gym uniform as I remember some of them were styled like this when I was pretty young. They may not have had as much cleavage as this does but the shorts were styled very similar. Meowhi did an excellent job with the “Summer Daze Collection” which comes in not only the black version I’m wearing but also blue, green, pink, purple and red to allow shoppers a choice or two.
Lush Poses – Boombox Prop/Pose Pack
Bento Static Poses
6 poses each with mesh boombox pose
Static, Poseball and Pose Stand options
Exclusive to Vintage Fair through today 06/16
KMH – F112 Hair (Fatpack)
Original Mesh (unrigged)
Naturals HUD contains 39 colors
Colors HUD contains 42 colors
Color Picker HUD also included
Exclusive to Vintage Fair through today 06/16
Meowhi – Summer Daze Collections (Fatpack)
Comes in Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple and Red
Compatible with Maitreya (Lara) only
Exclusive to Vintage Fair through today 06/16
Uber is the place where you can get these snazzy kicks I’m wearing by Native Urban. The “Luke Sneakers” are what I call a casual running style somewhat akin to probably K-Swiss or maybe even Sketchers. With the help of the Fatpack I tried my best at making them more of a “Pride Month” themed style of sneaker but I think there are a few colors I’m missing but I gave it a try at least.
This is my way of at least spreading some love to all of my family and friends that also are celebrating. If everyone were to spread more love and compassion in the world than hate, anger and jealousy we’d be in a much better place. Positivity goes a lot farther than negativity ever will and I don’t think I need to say much other than that in those regards.
Native Urban – Luke Sneakers (FatPack)
Fatpack HUD contains 16 colors for 15 customizable parts
Compatible with Maitreya (Hi and Low) and Signature (Gianni)
Exclusive to Uber until 06/23
Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.
Girl there’s just something bout nothin’ to do
We could turn a happy hour right into two
Three or four if you want… It’d be a shame if we don’t
Parmalee, ♫Day Drinkin’♫
Life’s been pretty good lately and while it may have cut into the time I take to blog these days I consider it an even trade. This way I don’t end up getting burned out or think that it is a chore, which I think happened somewhere along the way at the beginning of the year. I was doing a lot of things and became overwhelmed to the point where I wasn’t enjoying anything. Thankfully with some help from great people around me it was able to turn around and yes I’m not doing as much as I used to but I think what does go up on the site will have the same passion as I’ve always had.
One thing that I’ve mentioned before (at least I’m fairly certain of) is that I have contoured the brands and events that I’m paired with. I’ve made sure that they are not only a good fit but won’t require that I kill myself trying to keep up with deadlines and goals, which I believe is what happened which ended up getting myself in two deep of water at one point and I am a fairly competent swimmer…but sometimes even the best can drown.
The focus of this entry is something I don’t do often enough which is creating a scene that focuses on something other than my entire body or even my face. I always thought that is what blogging was…to always show your face in photos but it’s honestly not. Given the opportunity to wear the “Voom Sneakers” from Native Urban and the “Lawrence Cargo Shorts” from Noir, I wanted to make the best of it with a close-up shot.
The “Voom Sneakers” have what I’d consider both a classic and modern appeal. What draws me to them is that they are similar in style to a shoe brand that stars with an “A” and ends with “S” but has touches that make it unique to Native Urban. This store excels when it comes to footwear in terms of not only style but also with the ability to customize just about every part of the shoe (for All Colors pack owners).
It’s shorts season and I am a fan of cargo shorts for the simple fact is the amount of pockets most styles have. Noir does an excellent job with the “Lawrence Cargo Shorts” and which has some nice features including boxers with the option to hide or show them. The two main side pockets have some bonuses with a wallet complete with chain attachment and the right has a pack of cigarettes. Truthfully I love the wallet with the chain and even if I’m not a smoker the pack of cigs is a nice touch and adds an extra bit of cool factor.
I can also freely admit that the pattern being worn (Tartan 2) was purchased by mistake as I was trying to get a different version but I still really like this style as well so I’m considering it a happy accident!
Native Urban – Voom Sneakers (All Colors)
15 colors with 10 Customizable Parts
Compatible with Belleza (Jake), Maitreya (Lara – Hi and Low), Signature (Gianni) and Unrigged
Can be found exclusively @ Anthem until 05/30/19
Another thing I’m going to admit to is that the song I picked to accompany this blog was one that I heard in a commercial for alcoholic iced tea…which I find pretty amusing but the fact that Parmalee is a band I’m familiar with (before their country music days) made it worth using regardless of how I came across it.
Figured it would be an amusing story to share all the same; if I’m laughing at it there’s probably someone who will read it that will get a kick out of it too. As you can see I also did an alternate shot which at any other time would have been the primary one for the blog but because I didn’t want to detract from the shoes and shorts I am throwing it in as an added bonus (as well as because I had fun taking photos.
I feel it is also acceptable to do some “Day Drinkin'” when you’re just having a chillax moment on the pool deck of your house as I’m doing. Of course it is worth noting that I condone responsible activity when it comes to consuming adult beverages to help make things clear! I’m not one of those buzzkill kind of people just as long as things are done safely and won’t cause harm to others which means party on but do it reasonably!
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
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
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
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)
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)
HUD includes 25 colors with 11 customizable parts
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.”
POSE: Salacity – Window Seat Male Poses @ Pose Fair ✦ NEW
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!
Real good, We’re dancing in the studio
Snap, snap, to that shit on the radio
Don’t stop, for anyone
We’re plastic but we still have fun
Lady Gaga, ♫Paparazzi♫
Now that I’m blogging items for female avatars now and again I find that coming up with creative things hasn’t been harder nor has it been easier. I am finding out that I do come up with some pretty good ideas that I might never would have blogged on my own before this time so I will take it as I can get it. I love to create visual stories to songs and sometimes it’s not always the stuff I listen to all the time or every day.
It allows me to even include genre’s that I might not have considered in the past as well. Honestly I’ve never had anything against Lady Gaga prior to her turn in the remake of “A Star Is Born” in which the music is fantastic and truly shows her talents outside of the theatrics and shock value we’ve all known from her with her strange dresses and music videos.
From the moment I saw the Versov “Rodeo Drive” backdrop an idea jumped into my head right away. I had some photags from a gacha that I played last year at some point and also a great pose set from one of my sponsors, Image Essentials called “Holiday Shopping” and yeah it’s not really anywhere near the holidays right now but when you love shopping any day can be a holiday so that’s what I’m going with.
This set has eight different poses each with their own set of shopping bags for each hand so that you can show off how boss you are when you are out on a shopping spree. This set has been around for a while and I didn’t get a chance to blog it when it was new but thankfully I was able to do so now and also bring attention to it to maybe a new set of people who missed it when it was brand new.
Image Essentials – Holiday Shopping Pose Pack
Bento enabled poses (bento viewer required)
mesh bags (left and right hands) for each pose
8 total poses (static and pose HUD included)
Available for sale now at Image Essentials
So I’ve checked off the Versov backdrop and because there’s not much to say about it’s features other than the fact that is a well made mesh facsimile of what Rodeo Drive looks like with the street full of shops with trees and benches. For bloggers and photographers alike it is about as realistic as can be with perfect textures so if you’re interested in taking photos of yourself browsing stores or shopping like I’ve done this is a great way to do it.
Putting that aside, I have two articles of clothing I’d like to share from Native Urban that I was able to combine together to make one solid outfit and it also works since it is more of a outwear thing and because it could be considered a post-dated photo from the holidays with the shopping pose set.
I’ll start at the top and work my way down of course because it’s the easiest way to do it for me. The “Melo Jacket” is a cool jacket with hoodie add-on that was originally only supposed to be a male release but at the last moment Native Urban was able to update it with a fit for Maitreya so I chose to wear both of the new releases for the body because to me they looked great together. The amount of customization in the All Colors pack makes it so easy to come up with just about any combination you can think of with the colors provided.
With the weather starting to get warmer though I’m glad I quick snuck this one in before the bug to wear more shorts and t-shirts.
Jeans are a staple in every wardrobe and it could be said that you can never have enough jeans (I’ve said this before) and it is true. There are so many types that you can fit a style to whatever you are wearing and not even feel any pressure about how you look. The “Rollup Jeans” are a denim version of “The Rollup Pants” which were a previous release not too long ago. There is a good selection of denim colors that I’ll go into when I list the features and it is practical that if you’re interested in more than one color that the All Colors option will put that styling power into your virtual hands.
Native Urban – Melo Jacket (All Colors)
Jacket and Hood Add-On
17 colors with 12 changeable faces
Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and Maitreya (Lara)
Currently exclusive to Uber until 04/22/19
Native Urban – Rollup Jeans (All Colors)
9 colors with 4 color changeable parts
Belt and Underwear HUD (for single packs)
Fitted for Belleza (Jake), Signature (Gianni) and Maitreya (Lara)
Currently exclusive to TMD until 04/28/19
I hope that you’ve all enjoyed the great items I’ve featured in this post, I try to bring some of what I think are the best things about Fashion and Shopping on the Second Life grid to anyone who might visit this website. I try to stay as informative as I can and that way you can take that knowledge with you and use it however you like.
On that note I shall bid you a fond farewell for this time and see you all again on the flipside!
Baby you’ll be famous
Chase you down until you love me
“I wanna talk tonight
Until the mornin’ light
‘Bout how you saved my life
You and me see how we are
You and me see how we are”
Oasis, ♫Talk Tonight♫
When it comes to creativity and putting together scenes that turn into photos and then lastly become what you see and read here, I tend to be very protective of what I do. One of the processes I have is that I keep a notebook with songs that I want to use as the soundtrack to an eventual post. When I finish a blog with one of the song choices I’ve written down I highlight it (I have a lot of different colored highlighters). I’ve filled complete pages over the years and there are some that have not yet been called upon and highlighted. Many of the ones that I have not used are songs I am protective of and want to make sure that when I create a visual portrait of it that it is the best treatment I can give it.
“Talk Tonight” is a song that is very close to my heart as it originated as a B-Side (music industry term for when a song doesn’t get chosen to make the final cut for an album) on the single for “Wonderwall”. Over the years I’ve collected many of the singles for these unreleased songs and the moment I heard this one it resonated with me on a deep level; it’s taken me almost 5 years to finally decide to use it for a blog.
The vision I had for doing a scene was from the beginning always going to be somewhere with playground equipment as it signifies one of the verses in the song about wanting to go to a place where the opposite of the writer’s view played as a child. I didn’t think it would be easy to find such a place but something told me to check the Missing Melody sim and I walked around for maybe a minute or so before I found a bunch of playground equipment. I cannot say for sure that the idea of going here was planted by some unknown force but regardless of that, it is where magic happened for me when taking this photo.
For the style of outfit on this particular outing, I thought that something very basic such as a sweatshirt and track pants would be great for chilling out at a playground. I had the Gabriel “Line Pants” for a while and knew they would go well with the latest release by Native Urban, the “Wallbri Sweatshirt”. My love of hooded sweatshirts is widely known so it made me extra happy that Native Urban provided me with a new one to play with.
I honestly can’t stress enough how valuable the All Colors pack is. To have a multitude of colors at my disposal added to the fact that there are nine different areas that are able to be given whatever color I want. With clothing sometimes having the ability to color coordinate with other articles of clothing I’m wearing is a big help and also makes it a “go to” sweatshirt.
Native Urban – Wallbri Sweatshirt
Single color sweatshirts available
All Colors pack also available (best value)
17 colors with 9 color changeable faces
Fitted for the Signature Gianni body only
Exclusive to Uber until 03/22/19
Club Taketomi has three new releases for men from the Burley side of the multi-branded outfit. The best part of this latest news is that if you are a member of the club, you can get “Heria” for absolutely nothing! No kidding a full fatpack of hair is yours just for being a member and if you are not a member you can still purchase the hair for a cheaper rate then most hair brands FATPACKs go for.
It’s a shorter style with hair resting just about the eyebrows and a slight part that with the included multi-styler HUD you can switch to either the left or the right so that whatever your best side is you can take a great photo. I went through a lot of different color styles when I was deciding what tone I wanted which ended up being an ombre tone of blonde and brown with black as well.
It’s worth noting that the other two male styles are just as good and for group members are a steal too so taking a trip to the Taketomi West sim and checking out the club along with the other well known stores located on it as well. It’s a nice place to take a stroll and maybe find something you weren’t looking for (which is a feeling I love having when going to new shopping events or places).
Burley – Heria
Club Taketomi release (Need to be member of the group)
FATPACK (all colors included)
Free for the first two weeks of availablity
Available now at Taketomi West shopping center
Normally I wouldn’t admit to a blunder but originally this blog was to feature items from The Men Jail event but I had taken several snaps without the items I wanted involved so I ended up deciding that the picture was great as it was and will be adding those items to a different photo and blog post. Even the best of us sometimes have moments of CRS (can’t remember shit).
Maybe it is for the best that I had my momentary lapse because I’m really happy with how this photo turned out and that it fit the criteria I set when it was time to use this song. I feel like I did it justice and I’m proud of it and that’s what matters in the long run right? It also made this post a little shorter so I can get back to brainstorming the next outfit and accessories for my next adventure (they usually are adventures in some form or another).
On that note I am going to hand this blog over to the credits just like the movies but at least you don’t have to sit there and wait for an extended scene and can see them in all their glory. My wishes for your next shopping trip to be productive and full of great new items that will be excellent additions to your closet. It’s been a blast so until the next time…later on!