Road To Nowhere

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-Birth Vince Skin (straw) clean

Hairbase-Entente B&W – Midnight black

Eyes- PC Jaded Eyes – Jade – medium bright (Available April 5th @ The Mens Dept)

*Hair-[Atro Patena] – Arsen_Black (Available April 19th thru 27th @ MWFW 2013)

Facial Hair-[CheerNo] FacialHair II Dark_A#2

Hands[CheerNo] Hands_M#11 L [Mesh] & [M#12 R [Mesh]

Glasses-K_gs Razaera

*Jacket-L&B Swear Jacket – “Classic” Black Leather Multi

Pants-D R O P .  Jeans  Roll Up trial (Dark)  (Available April 5th @ The Mens Dept)

Pose-Expressive Poses – Derrick

LocationPixel Dreams

MWFW 2013 Preview

Menswear Fashion Week 2013 will being on April 19th and run thru the 27th.  I am sporting the Atro Patena – Scott  II black hair with red streaks.  Atro Patena is offering three new styles for the event and each are very different.  This was my favorite.  For more information on the event, check out the official website.

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-Birth Vince Skin (straw) clean

Hairbase-Entente B&W – Midnight black

Eyes- PC Jaded Eyes – Jade – medium bright (Available April 5th @ The Mens Dept)

*Hair-[Atro Patena] – Scott  II_Black /w hair (Available April 19th thru 27th @ MWFW 2013)

Facial Hair-[CheerNo] FacialHair II Dark_A#2

*Glasses-BOOM Minimalist Glasses (Silver) (Available for Collabor88 April 8th 2013)

*Shirt-Kauna – Argyle Cardigan: Coral (Available for Collabor88 April 8th 2013)

Hands[CheerNo] Hands_M#11 L [Mesh] & [M#12 R [Mesh]

Pants-RONSEM Work Pants -male- navy

Shoes-Entente Cousteau Shoes

Watch-UPGRD Spinning Watch L – Silver/Black (Prior Arcade Gacha Event Item)

Bag of Goodies-[Love Soul] Plastic Bag-Cream Hot Dogs(On Left Hand)

*Pose-Juxtapose – The City 2 (Available @ Pose Fair 2013 March 29th!)

Location-The Pixel Bean Coffeehouse

*Promotional Copy – Thank you!

FATEwear Spring Release

Damien Fate just released a HUGE Spring line for FATEwear just in time to kick off the great weather!  So gents, get your Winter wear and pack it up, Spring is here and lively colors abound.  Snag up the great new HUD enabled items which have multiple parts to tint differently to make unique to your style.  Get the FATEpacks aka fatpacks to have up to 18 colors on the items! Damien truly has kept offering the customer more and more of what they desire and that speaks volumes.

Here is a taste of the new Spring releases.  Check out the official site for the entire blast of colors and styles!

FATEwear Spring Line 2013

What Chase Is Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Dylan SK 

Hair-Atro Patena Cleon_Black

Hairbase-MADesigns BLACK Hair Base ~ Tribe 1

Facial Hair–NIVARO Beards – goatee_black

Ears-MANDALA Plug(Hole_size_1/R) Stretched ears-Omimi

Eyes-.ID. Heterochromia Blue/Green

Necklace-KRASH Karma Necklace -male

Tattoo-[Sleepy Bozer] Alice (Available March 5th @ The Mens Dept)

Shirt-FATEwear Shirt – Shaw – (UT) Scripted

Pants-FATEwear Pants – Marty – (R) Scripted

Shoes-Adjunct Canvas Sneaker – MENS – Blue

What I Am Wearing:

*Skin-*Birth* Vince Skin (straw) buzzbeard (Available @ Skin Fair 2013 March 15th)

Hair-Exile AJ:Midnight

Hairbase-Entente B&W – Midnight black

Eyes-.ID. .ID. Glare [TMD] / Mesh Eyes / Aqua / (Available March 5th @ The Mens Dept)

Glasses-K_gs Domino 1.00 (Available March 5th @ The Mens Dept)

Hands[CheerNo] Hands_M#11 L [Mesh] & [M#12 R [Mesh]

Jacket & Shirt-FATEwear Jacket – Andy – (F) Scripted

Pants-FATEwear Pants – Marty – (R) Scripted

Shoes-[ JP ]:dsg. Sneaker Varial

What Cameron Is Wearing:

Skin-BIRTH Thor Skin (light)

Eyes-poetic colors classic gen4 – last sun 

Hair-Exile 6th Avenue Heartache:Hollywood

Shirt-FATEwear Shirt – Henry – (P) Scripted

Pants-FATEwear Pants – Marty – (R) Scripted

Shoes-2Real HOLBROOKZ Shoes

Pose-D.Luxx Poses – Boyband

88 Man

Events are a blast in SecondLife, I enjoy them greatly, and have gotten pretty methodical about my shopping.  You see, I not only go shop for myself, but I make a list of all the things I want to buy Mrs. Raynier.  It is always a great perk when a vendor has gifting options that way I can send her all the things!  We then head on over to the event and shop together, pointing out what we like what colors or patterns we prefer.  If the event is ultra crowded we wait a few days so we can go together.

I have had conversations here and there with other residents about events in SL and often they do not know where to keep track of what is going on, or haven’t heard about certain events on the proverbial SL street.  I always point residents to SeraphimSL and urge them to add Seraphim to their RSS reader or subscribe in some fashion to keep up to date with the events they cover.

Another hang-up some residents have mentioned, and this is mainly the guys, feeling there is nothing at those events for the dudes.  Not true!  For example, this round of Collabor88 has Atro Patena putting out a new version of Nicholas, aptly named Nicholas II.  We also of course thankfully have the amazing event The Men’s Department which has been a fantastic event for men BUT not limited to just the male gender.  That’s what I love about events, you can find a little of everything at most of them, it just takes a little looking around and often the courage to look outside the box.

Take this great bow-tie necklace from Yummy, you may approach it with the thought that it is for girls only, well I challenge that and say nay, it’s for anyone that it fits their style, and we all know how much I love my bow-ties in real life and SL, so for me it was a must wear.

Think outside the box and dare to be yourself, no matter what the packaging shows, if it appeals to you, wear it!

88 Man

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone
Hair-[Atro Patena] – Nicolas II_Black (Available @ Collabor88 March 8th 2013)
Eyes-.ID. .ID. Glare [TMD] / Mesh Eyes / Aqua / (Available March 5th @ The Mens Dept)
Ears–MANDALA SIMPLE_EARS_HUTUU
Glasses-K_gs Domino 1.00 (Available March 5th @ The Mens Dept)
Necklace-(Yummy) Vintage Bow Charm Necklace (Available @ Collabor88 March 8th 2013)
Shirt-22769 ~ [homme] asymmetric shirt black/red (Available March 5th @ The Mens Dept)
Pose-STAKEY
Structure-*[ba] haight apartment skybox (Available @ Collabor88 March 8th 2013)

Man Space

The Men’s Department this round is a great place to get the guys in your life awesome Valentine’s Day gifts.  You know it can be hard to shop for dudes, especially if they are not very into clothes.  This is an aspect of The Men’s Department that I really like, it’s not all about clothes!  You have a wide array of decor and furnishings for your house.  In this case I made a small man space with all TMD items to give you an idea of the items you can put on your list for that special guy or gal in your life.  Again, another part of the TMD that I love, it’s not just for the dudes!

Isla Gaelach of Cheeky Pea created the amazing MapMe Antigue letters for this round and I gotta tell ya, mesh letters with map roads upon them, badass!  They also come in the non-antique.

floorplan has two items to offer this TMD and one is a must have for all Sci Fi and 80’s fans.  The Flux Capacitor!  It has beautiful detail and it flashes with subtle strobe light.  Also the oh deer wall decor, which I really like, the antlers are just perfect.

Grab a seat in the new Shell chairs from HANDverk, the detail is fabulous.

Not sure what to wear for Valentine’s day, go grab this great shirt/tie/cardigan ensemble from Pumpkin.  Two versions, one with hearts on the shirt and one in plain white.  Go for the hearts, that special someone will love them!

Don’t like to be perfectly shaved, me either, but clean up a bit more for Valentine’s day, especially around the mouth, makes that kiss a helluvalot better!  The jawline beards from bleak are perfect for this and come in dark and light.

Couple the cardigan with this modern looking metallic ring from KOSH, it has a matching necklace too.

Snatch up the new poses from POSEOLOGY, they work fabulously with mesh items!

Enjoy this round of TMD and have a great week!

Man Space

Man Space

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-Belleza- Jacob Men’s Dept Feburay 2013 (Available @ The Mens Department February 5th 2013!)
Hair-Atro Patena Ray
Eyes-.ID. Warrior Mesh Aqua
Facial Hair-bleak .Jawline Hair-Dark (Available @ The Mens Department February 5th 2013!)
Pants-ISPACHI Mesh [Renwick Jeans]  – Blue (Available @ faMESHed February 2013)
Shoes-FIR & MNA The Ashford Brogue Mens Red Striped Patent
Decor-[HANDverk]Shell Chair.black & red, floorplan. oh deer wall decor & flux capacitor, :CP: MapMe Antique Letters  (ALL Available @ The Mens Department February 5th 2013!)
Structure-MESHWORX – Westside Loft

Game Day

The Mens Dept has an exceptional round this month, then again when doesn’t it!  The event location is going to be packed with items from so many varying designers  it’s bound to be a hit.

Who doesn’t want a new skin from Belleza for 150L!  Belleza is offering  an exclusive updated version of Jacob and he will be available at The Mens Dept on Febuary 5th.

This is such a great skin, versatile and has the stylin’ chin beard which is a favorite of mine.

Take a look at this go to 2 layer tee from the talented boys at 22769!  Everyone needs that comfortable shirt especially for Game Day!  Today is Super Bowl Sunday and the Niners made it so California is buzzing with football fever.  This tee combo was perfect for lounging on the couch to watch and gettin’ my barbecue on.  Have a great Sunday and don’t forget to mark the 5th for TMD.

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Game Day

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-Belleza- Jacob Men’s Dept Feburay 2013 (Available @ The Mens Department February 5th 2013!)
Hair-Atro Patena Neo
Eyes-.ID. Warrior Mesh Aqua
Shirt-22769 ~ [homme] double tee Pi (Available @ The Mens Department February 5th 2013!)
Pants-ISPACHI Mesh [Renwick Jeans]  – Blue (Available @ faMESHed February 2013)
Structure-Trompe Loeil NYC66
Pose- Diesel Works Dante1

Dress To Impress

Dress to impress, that is what I was always told by my parents in regards to many situations: dates, interviews, social events, the theater, opera, etc.  But most of all be comfortable in your own skin.  I love to dress in vests and bowties, they snazz up a simple white dress shirt and can be worn with jeans or slacks.

Damien Fate has just released the new Edward suit line at FATEwear.  This suit goes far beyond anything else he has released and that is saying a great deal as he strives already to go above and beyond.  The Edward line contains 7 different looks!  You can wear it in a full three piece suit (shirt, tie, waistcoat, jacket) or you can casual it down to the point you only wear the shirt untucked, no tie.  With every combo in between and an exceptional over the shoulder jacket option (including animation) the dapper dresser has only the limitation of his imagination with this new line.

Equally you can buy additional ties and shirts to liven it up and give it that YOU feel.  To see all the suit options, features and goodies, check out the official FATEwear blog.

No matter what your needs are in SL, do yourself a favor and at least own one great suit.  As with real life, owning a black three piece suit can be used for just about anything that arises save for the black tie tuxedo only situation.  I learned long ago that a man that owns a nice suit, knows how to wear it, accessorize it, and liven it up can certainly impress.  A real life tip, learn to tie different tie knots.  Do not rely only on the Windsor knot for your ties!  You can buy books to learn or consult youtube!  My favorite is the Eldredge knot.

The Eldredge Knot

The Eldredge Knot

When I wear this knot on my tie, I always get asked, “Hey, what kind of knot is that?”  It is a great conversation starter and can definitely earn you some respect.  Spice it up with a classy tie pin or clip, but most importantly wear it with pride.  Check out this great tutorial on how to tie the Eldredge knot.  Also check out the Trinity knot, it’s another of my favorites!

A good collection of bowties and ties can certainly change the way your clothing looks, and if you feel as if your closet has gotten drab, try buying a new tie, learning a new knot and putting it with a shirt you haven’t worn in awhile, it’s bound to give it some new life.

Dress To Impress

Dress To Impress

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone
Hair-Atro Patena Neo
Eyes-.ID. Warrior Mesh Aqua
Facial Hair-NIVARO Beards – chopburns_black & elitist_dark
Glasses-Adjunct Eyewear – New Browline Readers – Black
Suit-FATEwear Suit – Edward-Claypit & Void (waistcoat)
Shoes-FIR & MNA The Ashford Brogue Mens Black Striped Patent
What Cameron Is Wearing:

Skin-BIRTH Thor Skin (light)

Eyes-poetic colors classic gen4 – last sun

Hair-Exile 6th Avenue Heartache:Hollywood

Suit-FATEwear Suit – Edward-Ocean

Shoes-Kauna Brogues: Black
Decor-Cheeky Pea Wanderer Bookshelf, PILOT Larkin Set – Cactus Planter, All office decor by kunst
Structure-[ba] NYC apartment skybox
Poses-Diesel Works Yash11 & Gabriel4

Sanctuary

HANDverk released two beautiful skyboxes that I am thoroughly impressed with.

The  Longchamp skybox is HANDverk’s first store release of 2013 available in the single and double.  The Longchamp is a simple, elegant, all mesh skybox for either residential or commercial use. It is ultra low prim and the single size can fit on as small as a 512 sq.m. parcel.

What immediately came to mind when I rezzed the skyboxes on our sim was that it could be so many different things! I will be using it for a library/study as well as a vacation apartment.  You can utilize it in so many ways and at the low prim count it is sure to appeal to many different needs.

Going with the study first, I packed it full of Dutchie furniture, wanting to highlight the elegant spaciousness of the skybox itself and to focus on the mesh version of the maledom chair that Dutchie has packed full of animations to enjoy.

As many of you already know, this weekend was GOS Boutique’s first release of this exceptional open toed line.  I dubbed it GOStastic Saturday, and sent Mrs. Raynier to buy all the fatpacks!  It was worth every single penny.  The shoes are exquisite but the added convenience of GOS’s fluid and fast new ONEtime skin matching hud makes it so the frustration is gone from wearing beautiful shoes.

Mrs. Raynier has always had a hard time matching her skin to her shoes, something always seeming off and her grumbling and cursing can be heard throughout our sim!  But those days are gone.  She loaded the hud up, hit configure, picked her Belleza skin, hit sync and wallah she was matched to perfection.

The photo below has absolutely NO Photoshopping done to the ankles or shoes.  The only place I used PS was to smooth out a line in the library stack and by the ceiling.  The shoes are that damn good!

For in depth coverage of the new GOS Boutique line, please check out the official blog and the great posts from my fellow lady bloggers Harlow Heslop Strawberry Singh.

Now if you will excuse me, I need to get my lovely wife stripped naked save for the shoes!

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone
Hair-Atro Patena Ray
Eyes-.ID. Warrior Mesh Aqua
Facial Hair-Entente Facial Hair B – Goatee Un – Black  & NIVARO Beards – chopburns_black
Glasses-Adjunct Eyewear – New Browline Readers – Black
Suit-FATEwear Suit – Christopher
Shoes-Kauna Brogues: Black

What Gabriella Is Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Elle Dark Deep
Eyes-Mayfly– Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Red Mahogany)
Hair: TRUTH Dawson-espresso
Jewelry-EarthStones Nataliya Earrings & Necklace Spectrum
Dress: GizzA – Hankie Dress [Orient](Available @ Limited Bazaar)
Shoes-GOS Boutique Grace Sandal – Gold

DecorDutchie side table, Persian rug, standing library lamp, library wide part 1 no shadow,cast iron fireplace, Dutchie maledom chair 2.0

Scotch-Kitchen Korner Scotch Whiskey (not available)

Structure-*[HANDverk.architecture]Longchamp Skybox.single (only 16 land impact!)

*Promotional Copies-Thank you!

Collabor88 January 2013!

That 8th sneaked up on me this new year, but it has proven to be a tremendously impressive Collabor88 thus far!  Kicking off 2013, the blogger team of Collabor88 were honored with creating this months palette for the designers.  With rich emeralds, golds and hues of copper and soft woods, it definitely has a crisp new feel to it which is just perfect for a new beginning.

I was very pleased to see a lovely skybox by PILOT this round which I am leaving on my sim for good.  The simplicity of it is just perfect and the beamed ceiling adds something completely fresh yet classic to the structure.  The tones are warm, inviting and offer a great canvas to brighten it up or keep it tranquil.  Hardwood floors and bay windows add to the crisp clean feel, making this a structure with endless possibilities.

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Collabor88 January

Cheeky Pea creative genius Isla Gaelach never ceases to impress me with her furnishings and decor.  The Ansel set for Collabor88 is inline with this lovely fresh, crisp feel for the new year.  With an emphasis on lighting, subtle to charming, the tonal qualities of the furnishings and decor truly bring to mind an Earthen feel, which for me equals cozy and safe.  The exceptionally detailed atrium is rather mesmerizing and brings life to this room in a rather magical way.  Rustic tables to place old well worn and loved books, candles and the like speak of a home that is lived in rather than a museum to just admire.    The seating come in two types; PG & ADULT, and each packed with tons of smooth lush animations.   Original mesh at its absolute best, a staple in Cheeky Pea creations.

Collabor88 January

Collabor88 January

My favorite item from this round of Collabor88 is the Intrigue Co.’s Oz mobile.  The rainbow makes me think of my Gabriella, and the whimsical quality simply gave me a reason to grin.  I will be relocating the mobile to a very special room that is being decorated this month for a very special collaboration between Gabriella and myself.  More on that in the weeks to come!

Have a wonderful week and be sure to set aside some time to shop this months Collabor88.

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone
Hair-[taketomi] Zayn_WithMeshBase_Black03
Eyes-.ID. Warrior Mesh Aqua
Facial Hair-Atro Patena Beard A3
Glasses-Adjunct Eyewear – Precise Readers 2.0 – Black
Shirt-Sleepy Eddy Turtleneck Fisherman Sweater (Red) (Available @ The Mens Department January 5th 2013)
Hands[CheerNo] Hands_M#11 L [Mesh] & [M#12 R [Mesh]
Pants-Razorblade Jacket Hoon Faded Cords – Blue (Available @ The Mens Department January 5th 2013)

Decor-:CP: Ansel Living Room (All) (Available @ Collabor88 January 8th 2013) , Intrigue Co. – Oz Mobile (Available @ Collabor88 January 8th 2013)

Structure-PILOT – Trautmann Skybox (Available @ Collabor88 January 8th 2013)

Pose-expressive poses Simon

TMD January: Bulls-eye

After a rough week, I was due for some R&R.  I had fun lounging about and tossing some darts with my trusty sidekick Tiger!

These great items are all from the January round of The Men’s Department.  I think the theme is relaxation, at least that’s how it felt to me and we could all use some of that.  I hope your first weeks of 2013 are proving to be great!

Bullseye

Bullseye

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone
Hair-Atro Patena Nicolas
Eyes-.ID. Warrior Mesh Aqua
Facial Hair-Atro Patena Beard A3
Glasses-Adjunct Eyewear – Precise Readers 2.0 – Black
Jacket-<HVK>  Blackout Blazer w/ Tee [Bowtie] (Available @ The Mens Department January 5th 2013!)
Hands[CheerNo] Hands_M#11 L [Mesh] & [M#12 R [Mesh]
Pants-Razorblade Jacket Hoon Faded Cords – Blue (Available @ The Mens Department January 5th 2013!)
Shoes-J’s Short Boots Laceup
Decor-{vespertine- vintage rounded armchair/red ver.}, :CP: Kraken Dart Board – Dark Cherry, floorplan. wayfarer mirror (Available @ The Mens Department January 5th 2013!)