the man cave

Fresh Snow

Hello! Sorry about the gap between posts – my plate has been a bit full in RL. New promotion, and it’s the Holidays (I work retail). Hours have started getting crazy and I’m pretty tired. It’s not all bad though – I decided, on a whim, to bleach my hair and tone it nearly white. I love it! It’s a nice change, since I’ve never dyed my hair before (okay, once before, but it was what was left in my sister’s highlighting kid and it was ORANGE. I was sixteen), and I’ve pretty much had the same look for ten plus years now. Anyway, credits and SLURLs at the bottom!

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What I’m Wearing:

Tuxedo: Bakaboo – Baka Tuxedo Color A – available at the November round of On9

Boots: [Deadwool] Ulrich boots – cool grey

Rings: ~~ Ysoral ~~ .:Luxe Set Rings Joe

 

Body:

Mesh Head: LeLutka Andrea

Mesh Body: –Belleza– Mesh Body Jake

Head Skin Applier: Modulus – Rakesh Skin – Rose – Lelutka – available at the November round of The Man Cave

Body Skin Applier: Modulus – Rose – Male Body – Belleza

Hair: BURLEY – Oliver – Sampler (tinted) – available at the November round of The Men’s Department

Facial Hair: Included with the LeLutka HUD

Eyebrows: *Birth* ‘Sloped’ Eyebrow Appliers Tintable – available at the November round of the Hipster Men’s Event

Eyelashes: VYC – Guylashes – available at the November round of the Hipster Men’s Event

Eyes: e.marie // Trace Eyes – Green – available at the November round of The Men’s Department

 

Poses:

Le Poppycock

 

Location:

Pryde

 

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Ozark Daytrip

Hello faithful readers! Sorry about the wait for a new post; I’ve been dealing with some RL work and health issues and I’ve not been feeling like blogging, and money has been a bit tight so I’ve not had the money to purchase new things to blog. But enough of that, on with the post!

This month has been fantastic as far as events go – lots of really great stuff. Unfortunately I don’t have the time and/or money to blog all of it, so here are a few of my favorites. This shirt/vest combo from Ascend is great, something I’ve been looking for in SL for a while now – there just aren’t enough casual vest combos available. I’ve paired it here with some chinos from Cold Ash and boots from Deadwool for a casually stylish combo perfect for the last few days of summer. I’m absolutely in love with this hair from Deadwool, I’m thinking I’m going to have to buy all the other color packs now. And Marco of Clef de Peau has been on a roll lately, releasing some of my favorite skins for my Catwa Stanely head in the last month.

And this SIM is just amazing, isn’t it? The windlight setting was just perfect, I had to just tweak it a very little bit. This place perfectly captures that tiny bit of the year when summer is fading, but the explosion of autumn color hasn’t quite started. Really gorgeous place, visit if you can!

Credits and SLURLs at the bottom!

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What I’m Wearing:

Shirt/Vest: //Ascend// Eric Shirt v2 w Vest – Plaid 4 – available at the September round of The Man Cave

Pants: {COLD-ASH} Mens MESH DEAN Chinos (CLASSIC PACK)  – available at the September round of The Men’s Department

Boots: [Deadwool] Strider boots – tan

 

Body:

Mesh Head: Mesh Head: CATWA HEAD Stanley

Mesh Body: –Belleza– Mesh Body Jake

Head Skin Applier: Clef de Peau.Pierre T2 [CATWA] Applier – available at the September round of The Man Cave

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

Eyebrow Applier: Custom

Hair: [Deadwool] Slicked back hair – light browns – available at the September round of The Man Cave

Eyes: .ID. Stunning Eyes / Gray-Hazel

 

Poses:

Poseology

 

Location:

Ozark

 

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

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

 

 

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