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Vibrant Eden

Another post! I’m on a roll! This time I just wanted to highlight this awesome SIM – Vibrant Eden/Neive – and some simple clothing like my awesome Parker bomber, with this awesome hair from Burley and skin from Clef de Peau! Credits and SLURLs at the bottom!

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What I’m Wearing:

Jacket: :PARKER: PERRY BOMBER.creme. – available at the September/October round of Uber

Jeans: Legal Insanity – Dirk dark blue jeans

Boots: ::GABRIEL::WingT_high cut_brown

Rings: Meva Barron Bento Rings Gold left Belleza – available via Pocket Gacha for September/October

Sock Applier: ..::ILLI::.. Applier Socks

 

Body:

Mesh Head: LeLutka Andrea

Mesh Body: –Belleza– Mesh Body Jake

Head Skin Applier: Clef de Peau.Gaston T2 [LELUTKA] Applier

Body Skin Applier: Clef de Peau.Body Tight T2 [JAKE] Applier

Tattoo Applier: { Speakeasy } Take Heart Tattoo

Hair: BURLEY – Rory – Sampler

Hairbase Applier: Unorthodox John Hairbase – Noir/Frost [bag]

Eyebrow Applier: *Birth* ‘Chiselled’ Eyebrow Appliers Tintable (tinted using LeLutka HUD) – available at The Cosmopolitan until October 7th

Eyes: Avi-Glam. Ardor Eyes – Amber

 

Poses:

Pose Maniacs

 

Location:

Vibrant Eden

 

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Autumnal Stroll

So, it’s officially autumn in the Northern Hemisphere now, though it hasn’t felt like it here in Indiana – it’s been hotter over the past week than it has been for most of the summer! Oh well, thank god for air conditioning in my apartment, and locations like this in Second Life! This SIM is called Habitat Springs, and it’s easily one of my favorite places now. The windlight is great, there are so many photogenic and gorgeous little niches, even the sounds are fantastic! Seriously, go visit, and take the time to explore – it feels way bigger than it actually is.

Now, on to the look! First off, I want to say that I love the Andrea head from LeLutka. It’s so smooth and perfect, with none of the weirdness I’ve come across in the mouth area like I’ve encountered with other Bento heads. If there was one thing I had to pick to critique, it’s the eyes – they just don’t respond a ton to sliders, and that’s too bad. But, I can’t not recommend this head. The HUD is the best there is, in my humble opinion, the animations are extremely well done (AND they’re all included!), and it even comes with some really nice AO-type whole-head animations that work great with the Bento animations I have loaded into my Firestorm AO. Right now there aren’t a ton of appliers, but it’s LeLutka, so it won’t take long until we’ll have more options than we know what to do with. Right now I’m really liking the appliers available from Modulus. I’m happy to see “older” skins that I really enjoyed coming to a new head, and the Malik skin I’m wearing here seems particularity suited for this head. Clef de Peau and Tableau Vivant are a few others that already have some appliers out as well, so check them out!

Pretty much the entirety of the rest of this look is Belleza, the Shea outfit available at Men Only Monthly. It’s not the most creative outfit I’ve put together, I know, but it just works for what I had in mind, and looks damn nice, too. I’ve always been a dandy at heart, and Second Life lets me indulge that side of me. I threw on some rings available at the current round of Pocket Gacha from Meva, and I called it a day.

But enough rambling about SIMs and heads, the links and SLURLs are at the bottom of the post!

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What I’m Wearing:

Top: –Belleza– Shea Jacket Grey  – available at the September/October round of Men Only Monthly

Jeans: -Belleza- Shea Jeans Blue  – available at the September/October round of Men Only Monthly

Shoes: -Belleza- Shea Brown Shoes   – available at the September/October round of Men Only Monthly

Rings: Meva Barron Bento Rings Gold left Belleza – available via Pocket Gacha for September/October

 

Body:

Mesh Head: LeLutka Andrea

Mesh Body: –Belleza– Mesh Body Jake

Head Skin Applier: Modulus – Malik Skin – Tan – LeLutka Applier (wearing freckles included in the LeLutka HUD)

Body Skin Applier: Modulus – Emil Body – Tan – Omega Applier

Hair: Stealthic – Narcotic (B&W) (tinted using the included HUD)

Hairbase: Stealthic – Male Hairbase (tinted using LeLutka HUD)

Eyes: .ID. Wildflower Eyes v2 / Special Pack (wearing Soil)

 

Poses:

Le Poppycock

 

Location:

Habitat Springs

 

Summer’s End

Sorry about the gap between posts again! I’ve not really been feeling very inspired lately. I’m on vacation, and I thought that I’d get a ton of stuff done, but that’s not happening. I’m mostly just sleeping haha. Anyway, details and SLURLs at the bottom, per usual…

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What I’m Wearing:

Shirt: –David Heather-Ever Shirt/Burgundy

Pants: -David Heather-Ever Trousers/Nude

Shoes: -David Heather-Celine Oxfords/Mahogany

Scarf: [Gild] Afghan shawl_gray – available at the August round of the Hipster Men’s Event

Bracelet/Watch: –NOeditiON DweelerWatch w/ Fortune Bracelet ( GOLD )  – available at the August round of The Men’s Department

 

Body:

Mesh Head: Mesh Head: CATWA HEAD Stanley

Mesh Body: –Belleza– Mesh Body Jake

Head Skin Applier: STRAY DOG – MARVIN – TONE 04 – available at the August round of The Men’s Department

Body Skin Applier: Stray Dog – Jake Skin – TONE 04

Tattoo Applier: { Speakeasy } Take Heart Tattoo – available at the August round of The Man Cave

Hair: Modulus – Cory Hair – available at the August round of Somber

Hairbase: Modulus – Daryl Hair Base – Omega Appliers

Eyes: .ID. Enchanted Eyes / Green

 

Poses:

Wrong

 

Location:

North

Yasminia

Another round of The Men’s Department! And boy is it a great one!

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What I’m Wearing:

Top: !APHORISM! – Wylie Military Jacket Sand – available at the July round of The Men’s Department

Pants: Lenox Chino Pants FatPack – available at the July round of The Men’s Department

Hat: –David Heather-Ever Brim Hat/Mud – available at the July round of The Men’s Department

Shoes: -David Heather-Prado Oxfords/Sand

 

Body:

Mesh Head: Mesh Head: CATWA HEAD Stanley

Mesh Body: –Belleza– Mesh Body Jake

Head Skin Applier: [theSkinnery] Martin (Catwa Applier) Tone2 – available at the July round of The Men’s Department

Body Skin Applier: Clef de Peau.Body Tight T2 [JAKE] Applier

Eyebrow Applier: RUHE [CATWA] brows Jack – black

Eyes: .ID. Enchanted Eyes / Blue-Hazel

 

Poses:

Pose Maniacs

 

Location:

Yasmina

Fahrenheit

So today’s post isn’t exactly the most inspired, but I really liked this SIM, and it’s closting July 5th, so I just had to do a post on it. It’s a wonderfully exotic, beachy locale with probably my favorite Windlight setting so far. Seriously, check it out.

Also featured in this post is this great skin from 7 Deadly s{K}ins. It’s just L$75 for group members and it includes Omega body appliers. I’m also wearing one of Modulus’ Skin Fair items, Jarek, and I have to say I really like this hair and hairbase. Finish it off with some awesome shorts from Ascend and what is probably the best-fitting tee on the grid from Cold Ash, and I’m ready to have fun in the sun!

As always, credits and SLURLs at the bottom of the post!

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What I’m Wearing:

Shirt: {COLD-ASH} Mens MESH MONTANA Tee (Single – Dotted White) – available at the June round of The Man Cave

Shorts: //Ascend//Ben casual Shorts – Night Blue – available at the July round of FaMeshed

Sandals: ..::ILLI::.. Manly Sandals – deluxe – available July 5th at The Men’s Department

 

Body

Mesh Head: Mesh Head: CATWA HEAD Stanley

Mesh Body: –Belleza– Mesh Body Jake

Skin Applier: 7 Deadly s{K}ins – Earth JULY offer STEAM – L$75 offer for group members for the month of July

Face Freckles: Izzie’s – LOGO Freckles Appliers

Body Freckles: Izzie’s – Body Freckles Applier Huds

Hair: Modulus – Jarek Hair – FatPack – available at Hair Fair 2017 (includes hairbase)

Eyes: .ID. Enchanted Eyes / Green

 

Poses:

Le Poppycock

 

Location:

Fahrenheit

 

 

City of One

Good morning/evening/afternoon! This will be a more neutral post compared to my last one, promise! Back on to the fashion, and what is now probably my favorite city sim in SL! The SSOC sim is new to me, and it’s just great as a backdrop for almost any kind of post. Today I went for a business casual, sexy bearded guy look. Because why not? It’s SL and I can look however I want!

Anyway, credits and SLURLs at the bottom! Much love!

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What I’m Wearing:

Shirt/Tie: –Belleza– Nathan Tucked Shirt Pink  – available at the June/July round of Men Only Monthly

Pants: [Deadwool] The Dandy – trousers – beige

Shoes: REDGRAVE – Penny Loafers Croco (Fatpack)

Sock Applier: ..::ILLI::.. Applier Socks

Watch: [Z O O M] Moylan Watch: Classic Edition

Bag: –David Heather-Umbrella Bag/Sand – old gacha item; I’m not sure if it’s available in store, I picked mine up off of the MP

 

Body:

Mesh Head: Mesh Head: CATWA HEAD Stanley

Mesh Body: -Belleza– Mesh Body Jake

Head Skin Applier: STRAY DOG – ERIK TONE 04 – available at the June round of The Man Cave

Body Skin Applier: L’Etre Homme – Omega Body Appliers [Buttermilk Tone]

Hair: Exile::Tommy – FREE gift at the mainstore

Beard: Kauna – Bento Beard: Shape A [v1.2] – available at the June round of The Man Cave

Mustache: Kauna – Bento Moustache: English [v1.2] – available at the June round of The Man Cave

Eyebrow Applier: Clef de Peau.Eyebrows v.29 Brown

Right Eye: .ID. Stunning Eyes / Hazel

Left Eye: .ID. Stunning Eyes / Blue-Multi

 

Poses:

Le Poppycock

 

Location:

SSOC

 

Pride

Hey! I know I’ve gotten really bad about posting on the blog but not really writing anything. The truth is that I have been feeling super uninspired lately, so I’ve not really had much to say. I’ll try to get better, but no promises.

On to the theme of today’s post though… Pride. Specifically, LGBT+ Pride. Every June rainbow flags start popping up everywhere, the parades happen, and the whole world seems to collectively come out to show their love and support for the LGBT+ community. But it’s the constant fear of hate that keeps me in the closet. It terrifies me, paralyzes me even. Every year I tell myself that I’m going to come out, and I never do. I’m 28 years old and fear has kept me from being open all this time. SL is the only place that I have felt like I could be “myself”. If I had a perfect body, a perfect face, and a literally limitless wardrobe. BUT I can at least be gay; I can flirt with guys and walk around in a leather harness and not really gives a damn.

I hate being closeted. And I hate being gay even more. I know that homosexual attraction is natural, that it isn’t something that can be changed on and off like a switch. I know this. But every part of me just feels that I’m wrong for being gay. I was raised in an extremely religious household (to put it lightly), so homosexuality wasn’t just considered sinful, but it was also something to be made fun of. And because I liked to play with my sister’s dolls, dress well, and had an obsession with flowers, I was a target sometimes. My mother and her friend would spend hours “deprogramming” me. The “therapy” started to become sexually explicit when I was a preteen. I learned to hate the thoughts that I had and to hate myself as well. And I’m somehow, inexplicably, terrified of coming out and either disappointing my family or proving that I am just a pervert. I feel like I can’t win.

After a brief time when a “friend” from church tried outing me after I moved back to Indiana in 2009, I’ve been living as a “straight” man. For the most part, anyway. There are a few people that know; an older adoptive sister who is gay herself; an older biological sister who was excommunicated by our mother; and some people from my previous and current job. But apart from me going to the wedding of a lesbian friend and to Chicago Pride last year, I try to stay away in fear of “outing” myself. My grand plan this year was to head to Chicago for Pride again, and finally come out after wimping out last year. Well, those plans fell through because a) lack of money; & b) lack of friends to actually go with. So here I am, sharing more than anyone cares to know on a Second Life fashion blog. I’m venting, really. I’m a very lonely person; I talk to very few people in RL and I have only one remaining friend in SL. So, this is me, letting it all hang out. Almost literally, in this outfit.

For closing this post, I just want to say thanks to second life for being a least some outlet where I can be “myself” and not be worried about backlash. I can’t decide if it’s been good for me, or if it’s just been a roadblock to me actually being myself in RL. I dunno. But thanks, anyway I guess. Oh, and Boystown was the first gay SIM I visited back in 2009, so I couldn’t think of a more fitting place to take pics for a Pride-themed post.

Now that all of that crap is out of the way, goodnight, and you’ll find the credits and SLURL’s at the bottom. Please, please, please be kind to everyone. You never know what’s going on on their side of the screen. Goodnight!

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What I’m Wearing:

Harness: Mossu – Violent.Top – Blue – available at the June round of The Man Cave

Undies: Mossu – Violent.Underwear – Cherry – available at the June round of The Man Cave

Shoes: Momento. Leather sneakers violet (gacha item)

Bracelets: Mad’ – Gay Pride – WristBands

 

Body

Mesh Head: Mesh Head: CATWA HEAD Stanley

Mesh Body: –Belleza– Mesh Body Jake

Head Skin Applier: Clef de Peau.Calvin T6 [CATWA]

Body Skin Applier: Clef de Peau.Body Tight T6 [JAKE] Applier

Hair: Modulus – Caesar Hair – FatPack

Hairbase: Modulus – Ross HairBase – FatPack (tinted with Catwa HUD)

Right Eye: .ID. Stunning Eyes / Hazel

Left Eye: .ID. Stunning Eyes / Blue-Multi

Body/Face Glitter: Izzie’s – Body & Face Glitter

 

Poses:

Poseology

 

Location:

Boystown