You Never Forget Your First Doctor

Just in time for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, Damien Fate has released a series of amazing time traveler themed outfits in his FATEplay line for Geeks ‘n Nerds fair.  The fair runs until December 8th and is packed full of great items to please your inner geek and nerd.

Who was your first Doctor, and which is your favorite?  I returned to Doctor Who with the 9th Doctor and enjoyed the short journey, but my love of all things Doctor Who became tenfold with aptly the 10th Doctor.  David Tennant will always be MY Doctor, and though I have a wondrous time watching the journey of the doctors to follow, Ten will always be my favorite.

Think you’ve seen it all? Think again. Outside those doors, we might see anything. We could find new worlds, terrifying monsters, impossible things. And if you come with me… nothing will ever be the same again!

Style 411:

Skin-[K]lean Body Shop – TYLER skin

Eyes-.ID. Deep Intensified (TMD) – Aqua (Available November 5th @ The Mens Dept)

Hair-Truth – Jon

Facial Hair-[K]lean Body Shop TYLER Facial Hair

Hands-Slink Male Hands (AvEnhance)

*Outfit-FATEplay – David – Original

Shoes-[ h ] All Stars – Men – Red

Decor-floorplan. police box gacha / blue RARE (Prior Arcade Gacha Item)

Pose-Diesel Works – Gabriel

London Calling

I have always had a love for all things British.  On mon Papa’s side of the family my ancestry comes from Manchester, planting the interest from a young age.  From music to clothing trends, food and of course beer and cider.  One day I hope to visit the magnificent city of London.  In the meantime I will continue to collect my UK and British memorabilia and themed items.  That’s become very easy lately in SecondLife with all our amazing creators designing and bringing us fun Brit themed goodies.

One such favorite of mine is the multi-talented and ever brilliant Wavie Haller.  Valiant & Co. has there styles of shoes at Shoetopia and you are not too late to head over to snatch them up, lag free!  The Union version of the Journey boots are my favorite, sporting a perfectly placed union jack and stomping soles fit for a proper mosh pit.  A must have for your shoe collection, oh and female versions available!

Style 411:

Skin-[K]lean Body Shop – TYLER skin

Eyes-.ID. Deep Intensified (TMD) – Aqua (Available November 5th @ The Mens Dept)

Hair-Action Paul Veganic

Facial Hair-[K]lean Body Shop TYLER Facial Hair

Glasses-K_g GEEKglasses

Hands-Slink Male Hands (AvEnhance)

Necklace-MG – Necklace – London Time (Available @ Collabor88 November 8th)

Suit-etham Mateo Coat (Available November 5th @ The Mens Dept)

Pants-[Deadwool] Jeans + belt (dark blue)

*Shoes-[Valiant] Journeys – Union (Available @ Shoetopia November 15th 2013)

Decor-::Fabuleux:: ArtLight London, 7 – Flag – Union Jack

Structure-MESHWORX – Urban Oasis (Available @ faMESHed November 1st 2013)

Pose-Diesel Works – Gabriel

Mi Corazon Morir

Tableau Vivant has a new version of David and Lucis for Halloween, the Horror editions.  The Horror edition skins are available now as well as a brand new hairstyle called Vlodovic.  The hair comes in male or female which is really great, and all the wonderful colors you love from Tableau Vivant.

My stunning pinstripe suit is a new release from Lapointe & Bastchild.  It comes with several variations in a streamlined HUD, texture change for vest, pants, jacket and tie.  Find your combination and sport this look in a variety of ways, a great addition to your formal wear.

Style 411:

*Skin-~Tableau Vivant~ Lucis Skin -Horror edition 03 C

*Hair-~Tableau Vivant~ Vlodovic Hair – Male M – Fatpack

Eyes-[theSkinnery] Maple eye – Turquoise (Available @ Cosmetic Fair – Fall Edition)

Facial Hair-[K]lean Body Shop TYLER Facial Hair – Strap 1 – Black & -dDx- Leonardo (Black)

Hands-Slink Male Hands (AvEnhance)

*Nails-The Wicked Peach Jolly Roger (Rare) (Available @ The Willow Street Garden October 21st-31st)

*Suit-Lapointe & Bastchild Tuxedo”Modern Closed Pinstripe”

Pose-Diesel Works – Adam

* Promotional Copy – Thank you for your generosity!

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

A Sharp Dressed Man

My go to tuxedos have always been by Lapointe & Bastchild.  I was even married in one.  Paul Lapointe knows a great tux, with options and unique appeal.  Yesterday he released his classic tuxedo in mesh!  I was overjoyed, and even battling the Hell Flu that won’t go away, I logged in right away to grab mine to try on.

A very awesome surprise is that the tuxedo comes with many options, built into a snazzy hud that makes dressing up extremely simple.  There are three different colors avaiable for purchase.  I am wearing the claret of course as my favorite color is red, but you can get it in slate and gold as well.

This is a must have addition for your wardrobe especially now for the holiday season, you’ll be glad you snatched it up.

A Sharp Dressed Man

A Sharp Dressed Man

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone
Hair-Exile 6th Avenue Heartache:Midnight
Eyes-.ID. Glimmer Contacts / Mesh / Aqua (Available @ The Arcade Gacha Events December 2012)
Glasses-K_gs Forgen 1.01
Suit-Lapointe & Bastchild “Modern Black Open Tuxedo” Set in Black with Claret Vest Wedding Suit
Shoes-Kauna Brogues: Black & White

What Makes You Beautiful

Today the FROST event began and hot off the new releases from Belleza, you can find exclusive FROST skins for Ethan, Dylan and for the cheries, Kate.  I am very fond of the facial hair offered for the FROST edition of the Ethan skin.  A nice touch of eyeliner and all the tones you crave and love, it’s a steal of a deal for 700L each.  This is a nice addition to expand your existing skin collection or the Ethan line itself, equally if you want to get the Dylan or Kate!

This post began as a highlight for the FROST skins, but wound up being something far more for me, visually and introspectively.  I ended up walking down memory lane, back to my childhood.  What’s that got to do with anything Chance you might be sayin?  Well, I’ll tell ya a little story and maybe it will make a bit more sense as to why it turned from just me showing off the skin, to me recalling something far more important; the beauty that can be found in all things.

What Makes You Beautiful

What Makes You Beautiful

While I was taking this photo, Botanical released some new mesh trees, which you can see in the images.  I love trees, absolutely adore them.  As a child I often was found climbing them, using them as launch pads for my G.I.Joe’s and Star Wars action figures.  Equally any tree that grew fruit, I was avidly watching, eager to pick the fruit once ripe to enjoy with my family and often my dogs too.  So I purchased the new trees to add to our sim, and while doing so saw this adorable little Botanical Mesh Sad Little Tree.

It is what turned these images into something more, deeper and a trip down an eight year old’s pursuit for the perfect Christmas tree.

Mon Mama had sent Mon Papa and I to pick out the Christmas tree, as was our tradition.  That year the place we bought our trees from had closed down, so Mon Papa bundled me up and took me across the city to a different tree place that he knew grew and replaced the trees, instead of just mass produce and chop chop chop without replenishment.

When we got to the tree place, they were bringing in a new set of trees from the farm they grew them on in the Sandia Mountains.  In that load a small little tree had made it into the bunch, though it was very pathetic to say the least, torn branches, very scarce and a few inches shy of 4 feet tall.  One of the workers yanked the tree out and shoved it down on its trunk, giving a scowl and grumble of words before ordering the young high school guys who worked there to send it off to be chopped.

I watched them take it to the side of the building and toss it with all the trimmings they had placed there from pruning the other trees.   When mon Papa walked me around to see the big lush trees, I could not get the little pathetic tree out of my head.  For to me it was not pathetic, it was special and somehow I had forged a bond with the sad little tree.

When we got closer to the building again, I tugged on mon Papa’s large hand, looking up at his blue eyes and informed him that there was one more tree that we had to look at.  He let me lead him to the sad little tree in the pile that was meant to be put in the huge branch shredder, and I pointed and said, “That’s my tree.”  Of course mon Papa was a very gentle man, and drew the little tree out, propping it up on its make-shift stand, dusting it off and looked at me, asking if I was sure, for it truly was a pathetic tree!

Arriving home, mon Mama was of course expecting a big full tree as we had every year.  Much to her surprise, that is not what mon Papa and I brought into the house.  He gave her a look that couples gain over the years, that moment of saying almost mentally, just go with it cherie!  Unbeknownst to me, their parental mental conversation had, he exuberantly expressed how much I wanted this tree, and “Look how lovely the tree is Mama!” Which of course only reiterated what I felt to begin with, and so we set that little sad tree up in our loving home, decorated it with the utmost of care and joy, and it for that Christmas was the most beautiful of things we shared that holiday together.

Mon Mama tells this story to me every year, since I was eleven years old and spent my first Christmas without mon Papa, he having died in January of that same year.  Our first Christmas without him, picking out the Christmas tree was very hard, but I held her hand just as tightly and we found the beauty in the perfect tree with tears in our eyes, and that story of an eight year olds love for a tree.

There is beauty to be found in all things.  I hope this holiday season you too can find that special something to cherish for many years to come.

There Is Beauty To Be Found In All Things

There Is Beauty To Be Found In All Things

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-BELLEZA Ethan Tan Frost (Available @  FROST thru January 2nd 2013!)
Hair-Exile AJ:Midnight
Hairbase-Belleza- Tan Dark hair base (Included w/Ethan Frost)
Eyes-.ID. Glimmer Contacts / Mesh / Aqua (Available @ The Arcade Gacha Events December 2012) 
Shirt-[W&B] Mark Long Sleeve Henley LONESTAR
Scarf-FATEwear Harry –Tundra (K)
Gloves-FATEwear Dexter-Void
Pants-Ladies Who Lunch Henninger Jeans
Boots-Monso My Combat Ankle BootsMy Combat Ankle Boots (Available @ Collabor88 December 8 2012)

For more FROST coverage, check out the great gallery of items at SeraphimSL!

Collabor88-December: Baby It’s Cold Outside!

The 8th brought another fantastic round of Collabor88 to the grid with festive and Winter items galore for December!

I have been greatly under the weather with multiple flus that I have dubbed the Hell Flu’s for they had to have been created in the bowels of Hell they are so evil!  That has had me laid up in bed being grumpy and cranky, stealing away my time with Gabriella who as many of you are aware is very sick as well.

I wanted to cheer her up, so I took advantage of all my shiny goodies from Collabor88 and brought Winter to our sim.  Ma cherie loves the snow, and I was determined to give her a Winter wonderland despite my Hell Flu!

The exceptional as always camp ground set from Cheeky Pea was the central point of turning Chez Raynier to Winter wonderland.  Full of many items and loads of animations (especially if you get the adult version), the Chestnut Winter Camp  really gave the snow white sim that festive and cozy feel.  You can see more images of this amazing item in the official ad, it’s truly a brilliant offering from the ever talented mind of Isla Gealach.

My extremely comfy and versatile boots are from MONSO. They come in several colors and are unisex, also at Collabor88, a steal of a deal for your feet to keep dry and warm this Winter and well beyond!

Baby It's Cold Outside

Listen, The Silence Before Snowfall

Above our new cozy campsite I set high on a hill, without the lonely goatherd, the Trompe Loeil Frostbite Cottage in rose which is absolutely the most adorable cottage I have seen.  Tromple Loeil’s offering is for Collabor88 and there are other additional items to place within that you should get a closer look at to add to this sweet little retreat.

Ever notice how divinely silent it is, right before it begins to snow?  That’s what I miss most about living where we had actual seasons.  My youthful Winters in Santa Fe were blissful.

I added some sparkly lights to the area because Mrs. Raynier loves sparkles and glitter.  I think it gives it a nice Christmas feel for us to spend our quiet Christmas in.  What are your holiday plans and have you found any items like these that just made your holiday perfect?  Do share and have a wonderful week, and I hope none of you are suffering the evil grasp of the Hell Flu!

Baby It's Cold Outside

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Collabor88 Goodies:

Cheeky Pea-Chestnut Winter Camp (Available @ Collabor88 December 8 2012)

Trompe Loeil – Frostbite Cottage Rose (Available @ Collabor88 December 8 2012)

[monso] My Combat Ankle Boots – Black (Available @ Collabor88 December 8 2012)

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone
Hair-Exile Days Go By:Midnight
Hairbase-Entente Hairbase – B&W – Midnight black
Eyes-.ID. Glimmer Contacts / Mesh / Aqua (Available @ The Arcade Gacha Events December 2012) 
Shirt-FATEwear Shirt – Damon – Forest
Undershirt-[W&B] Mark Long Sleeve Henley LONESTAR
Scarf-FATEwear Harry – Volcano (K)
Gloves-FATEwear Dexter-Forest
Pants-Ladies Who Lunch Henninger Jeans
Poses-Diesel Works-Gabriel

Vintage Fair Preview-Sway’s, Dilly Dolls, Diesel Works, Schadenfreude

Sway’s Sixty living room set by Sway Dench is exceptional in its detail, vibrancy and realism the Raynier’s plan to keep it in the house permanently.  The set is offered in the colorful below and a myriad of solid colors as well.  From Mod style to modern style, this is a set that is greatly versatile.

The pants I am wearing are from Dilly Dolls, they are mesh and have a 10 color option hud.  They scream 60s-70s!  I paired the pants with the sleek and stylish Beatle boots from Schadenfreude, which come in a ton of colors.

In less than 6 hours, Vintage Fair 2012 will be officially opening it’s doors at 4pm SLT.  Are you ready?

Vintage Fair Preview Sways & More!

What I Am Wearing: 

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone

Hairbase-Entente B&W – Midnight black

Eyes-Mayfly Liquid Light Mesh Eyes (Glacial Night)

Hair-Dura Boys&Girls*23(Black)

Facial Hair-Sacred 2.0 Goatee 1 & Tableau Vivant Vincent Beards – stubble

Shirt-Zaara Adyan kurta top *white*

Necklace-MG Pearl Necklaces – Combo – Long – MIXED

Ring-Elate! Square Stone Ring – Red Jasper

Pants-*DD* Vic Corduroy Pants Dark Pack (Available @ Vintage Fair August 4th, 2012)

Boots-Schadenfreude Beatle Boot (Available @ Vintage Fair August 4th, 2012)

What Gabriella Is Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Elle Dark Deep

Hair-TRUTH Aurora – espresso

Eyes-Mayfly– Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Red Mahogany)

Dress-NYU – Cotton Dress, Pink (Available @ FaMESHed August 2012)

Shoes-Ingenue Gatsby Heels- Fushcia

*Furniture & Decor-Sways Sixty Living Room (Available @ Vintage Fair August 4th, 2012)

*Pose-Diesel Works – Quebrada (Available @ Vintage Fair August 4th, 2012)

*Promotional Copy-Thank you!

Zodiac-Leo: Unwavering Loyalty

Zodiac Leo Unwavering Loyalty

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone

Hair-INK Hair ABSP Black  (Available @ Hair Fair 2012 July 14th-July 29th)

Hairbase-Entente B&W – Midnight black

Eyes-Mayfly Liquid Light Mesh Eyes (Glacial Night)

Glasses-K_gs Marq 1.oo

Facial Hair-Zovo Goatee & Shaggy

Shirt & Pants-22769 ~ [homme] lion in zion (Available @ Zodiac July 23rd thru August 17th)

Shoes-RONSEM male sandals mesh

Pose-Diesel Works

Wall Art-[Starstruck] Strength, Wisdom, Courage Wall-Art (Available @ Zodiac July 23rd thru August 17th)

Interior Furniture-{what next} Amalfi Cafe Set for Two (Bondi) (On sale for Lazy Sunday)


If you read my blog or have interacted with me over the past year, you likely are aware that I fight a battle with chronic pain every day.  That battle has been proving more difficult as each day passes.  I am never pain free, haven’t been for over 8 years.  The pain increases often, making it ten times worse than the normal pain I am in all the time.  When those bouts of pain spikes happen, they can last for an hour to weeks.

Right now I am struggling to keep fighting.  Every day I wake up I have to put on my game face, try to manage simple tasks and accept defeat when my pain is too much for me.  I’ve come to look at my pain as my worse enemy, my constant adversary.  This adversary wants to defeat me, and often it does.  It robs me of many of my simple pleasures in life.  I am unable to draw, animate, paint or take photographs in real life.  This is due to the fact my pain doesn’t allow me to move in the same way I used to, and my hands shake horribly to the point I drop things often.

It is a difficult journey for it often feels as if I am fighting against myself.  For how do you fight that which is housed within your own being?  Battling ones self is indescribably heartbreaking and it takes great willpower to keep lifting your head off the battlefield.

Why am I telling you all this?  Because I needed to get it out, I needed to express it in some way.  So I did it visually as best that I could today during a high pain bout.  They are not the best images, but they express what I am feeling.  I am a fighter, and despite the fact my pain often wins, I will never let it completely defeat me.



What Pain (Chance 1) Is Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Jakob Tan

Eyes-Mayfly Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Morning Sea)

Ears-AITUI (Type 2) Stretched Ear – Human – 1/2″

Hairbase-Entente B&W Midnight

Facial Hair- Entente Facial Hair B – Beard Deux – Black – Hair & –EMORTAL CONCEPTS~Facial Hair Tattoo~BLK Chin Curtain

Hair-Entente Thibaut Hair

Shorts-PHILO Harvester Sweat Pants – Crimson

Socks-Maitreya Scrunched PrimSocks * White

Gloves-Roosters Bloodied Wraps

Shoes-Entente L’Equipe Kicks

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Jakob Tan

Eyes-Mayfly Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Morning Sea)

Ears-AITUI (Type 2) Stretched Ear – Human – 1/2″

Hairbase-Entente B&W Midnight

Facial Hair- Entente Facial Hair B – Beard Deux – Black – Hair

Boxing Gloves & Helmet-Evillast by Fade Dana

Suspenders-RezIpsa Loc Suspenders Brick Red

Shorts-RONSEM Jersey Half / gray

Boots-League Shin Boot

Body Bruises-Coca & Wolf

Facial Bruises-Sin Alley Bruised eye and busted cheek

Poses-STAKEY ,Diesel Works