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 & red, floorplan. oh deer wall decor & flux capacitor, :CP: MapMe Antique Letters  (ALL Available @ The Mens Department February 5th 2013!)
Structure-MESHWORX – Westside Loft

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

Happy Holidays From The Raynier’s!

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

This holiday season has been filled with tremendous amounts of beautiful and fun festive items for all of us to enhance our virtual worlds with.  By far my favorite is this brilliant collaboration from PILOT creator Kaz Nayar and EXPOSEUR creator Rubystarlight Writer!

Full of couples poses, including a girl/girl and a group, it is like a holiday party in this exquisite original mesh snow globe.  Picture perfect for your holiday greeting cards, you can grab your own at either PILOT’s main-store or EXPOSEUR’s main-store, how convenient!

I stole Mrs. Raynier away from studying for a little bit to do our Christmas photos.  We did not have time to show you the rest of the poses, the girlfriends and group, but maybe if we get a chance tomorrow we can do a part deux of this beautiful creation.

From our entwined hearts to yours, we wish each and every one of you the most joyous, resplendent  wonder filled holiday season and the best possible New Year to come.  May it bring you every dream in your heart, love, happiness and a wealth of prosperity, but most of all, great health to enjoy it all!

Close Up Worth A Thousand Words

Close Up Worth A Thousand Words

All I Want For Christmas Is You!

All I Want For Christmas Is You!

Whispers Of Love

Whispers Of Love

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

You Are The Greatest Gift

You Are The Greatest Gift

What I Am Wearing:
Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone
Hair-Exile 6th Avenue Heartache:Midnight
Hairbase-Belleza- Tan Dark hair base (Included w/Ethan Frost Available @  FROST thru January 2nd 2013!)
Eyes-.ID. Glimmer Contacts / Mesh / Aqua (Available @ The Arcade Gacha Events December 2012) 
Scarf-FATEwear Ron – Holiday RF (Subscirber Gift!)
Suit-FATEwear Suit Smith Volcano
Glovs-FATEwear Glove George – Holiday (Subscirber Gift!)
Shoes-FIR & MNA The Ashford Brogues Green Neon
What Gabriella Is Wearing:
Skin-Belleza Elle Dark Deep
Eyes-Mayfly– Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Red Mahogany)
Hair: TRUTH Sassy 2 – espresso
Gloves- Baiastice Velvet long gloves – red
Dress-coldLogic dress – frost.scarlet
Jewelry-EarthStones Romance
Shoes-Maitreya Gold Liaison – Raven
Pose & Prop-PILOT & exposeur – Snow Globe

I Hope You Don’t Mind That I Put Down In Words

“Every artist has a muse.  She is mine.” -From the memoir of Riley Green

I Hope You Don’t Mind That I Put Down In Words

What Riley Is Wearing:

Skin-BIRTH Thor Skin Straw Tone

Hair-Exile Free Bird:Rouge

Hairbase-Entente Red- Dark Auburn

Eyes-Mayfly Deep Sky Mesh Eyes (Absinthe)

Facial Hair- Aphotic Gloom A.G. Magnus Facial Hair – Beard #1 (Ginger)

Glasses-Entente Gregoire Glasses

Jacket-Sleepy Eddy Fisherman sweater (Olive)

Pants-Entente Couleur Jeans

Socks-Pig Argyle Sock M. Suspender – Mr. Winchester S

Shoes-FIR & MNA The Solas Shoes Olive

What Kenzie Is Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Melissa Tan

Hair-Wasabi Pills Brigitte Mesh Hair – Night shadow

Eyes-IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Caribbean Blue

Dress-e! Eva Dress (Cerulean) (Available @ Vintage Fair August 4th, 2012)

Shoes-Gos Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court

*Desk & Decor-What Next Novelle Study (Available @ Vintage Fair August 4th, 2012)

Furniture & Wall Decor*floorplan. – chest of drawers [ warsies ] (Available @ The Mens Dept),  floorplan messageboard / pastel

Bonsai & Lantern-Organica Hinoki Cypress Bonsai & LISP – Mathilde Storm Candle – Lime Green Texture Change Glass

*Promotional Copy-Thank you!

Spring Into Color

I am honored to be participating in Linden Labs Fresh Fashion: A Spring Fashion Event which will be taking place from March 5th to March 8th. My submission for the event focuses on springing your wardrobe to life. You can find the blog entry here as well as below.

I am also discussing a few topics in the Fashion Forums. Come on by and participate, I’d love to see you there!

Spring, a time to wash away the monochrome hues in a refreshing rain of color.  We see the tapestry around us turn from gloomy grays and spark alive with vibrant pastels, reds, blues, and greens.  Flowers bursts forth from the land and paints the rolling hills with  their blooming palette of color.

As the world washes away Winter’s grays, so should we do the same to our wardrobes.  Don’t let the layers bog you down, peel them away and let the colors cover you like they are covering the Spring time season.

Spring is a time for activities, from baby showers, weddings, holidays, barbecues, parties and vacations.  You need to gear up for such occasions, which is a perfect opportunity to make a few “go to” outfits  so you are prepared for all of the Springtime activities.

Here are a few looks that I put together for this Spring.  I normally wear a great deal of red, as it is my favorite color.  This Spring I wanted to embrace more colors into my wardrobe.

My first outfit is one I put together to wear for the following:

  1. a date at the docks
  2. the carnival
  3. a barbecue
  4. sailing
  5. any outdoor gathering

Spring Outfit 1

The second outfit is more fitting for the evening or night-time.  Whether you are going out with friends or on a date with that special someone, a little bit of layers can dress up a casual outfit like this.  Spring nights can be chilly, a jacket helps as it is not only an option to keep warm but to turn very casual into casual dressy.  I love to wear bow-ties, this gingham print reminds me of Spring no matter the color which made it perfect for this outfit.

Spring Outfit 2

My final outfit is more formal.  This would not be appropriate to wear to a Spring wedding however, so please keep that in mind.  Unless the wedding party requests you wear white, you should never do so.  White is clean and classy, you can put any color with it from a shirt to the accessories.  Do not be afraid to mix your color palette.

Spring is vibrant and lively, your wardrobe should be too!  Most importantly, have fun with your clothing.  They are an extension of you, your personality and quirks, the image you project is the one that comes to life when you embrace what you enjoy wearing.  Enjoy your Spring!

Spring Outfit 3

What I Am Wearing:

All Outfits:

Skin-Belleza Jakob Tan

Eyes-Mayfly Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Morning Sea)

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

Spring Outfit 1:

Skin-Belleza Jakob Tan

Eyes-Mayfly Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Morning Sea)

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

Hairbase-VCD 01c

Facial Hair-Entente Facial Hair B – Goatee Un &

Hat-REEK Cricket Hat

Glasses-Entente Savant Glasses

Scarf-Entente Voyage Scarf

Necklace-EarthStones Perfect Fit Necklace – His/Silver

Shirt-Entente Saile Tee – Antique & Red

Right Wrist-FIR & MNA Trinity Wrist Tie – Racecar

Left Wrist-Kari Barb Watch

Pants-FIR & MNA The Sheehy Pants Khaki

Shoulder Bag-IZUMIYA Basic Straw Bag/Chest

Lunchbox-[Love Soul] Lunch Box*Red*

Shoes-Entente Cousteau Shoes

Spring Outfit 2:

Glasses-:Mr.Poet: Half Rim Eyeglasses

Hair-Dura Boys&Girls*23(Black)

Facial Hair-EMORTAL CONCEPTS Facial Hair Tattoo~50 % Stubble & VCD Express Yourself – Facial Hair – Corto – LJ – DARK

Watch-Kari Triple Strap Watch Black

Shirt-Adjunct Dress Shirt /White

Bow Tie-Adjunct Bow Tie  – Green Gingham

Jacket-Entente Tweed Blazer – Navy – Rolled

Pants-Entente Classic Chinos – Mint

Suspenders-Kari Schwarz Suspenders – Stripe

Socks-Pig Argyle Sock M. Suspender – Gertrude S

Shoes-FIR & MNA The Ashford Brogue Mens Green Neon

Spring Outfit 3:

Hat-Entente Odilon Fedora

Suit-[ h ] Classic Suit – White

Shirt-Adjunct Dress Shirt /Pink

Bow Tie-Adjunct Bow Tie  – Candy Stripe 1

Socks-Pig Argyle Sock M. Suspender – Thad S

Shoes-FIR & MNA The Ashford Brogue Mens White Leather

Poses-olive juice, STAKEYSupposedlyMannerism

An Important Date

Dress for the occasion.  What does that mean?  It is rather simply, dress appropriately for the event or function you have been invited to.

Many  make the mistake of dressing too elaborately or too casually to events such as weddings.  There are some key golden rules for such a function.  Do not try to outdo the bride, it is her day, she is to be the most fabulous without a doubt.

If you are asked to dress a certain way, comply, or sit the event out.  When in doubt, go with the classics.  For men, a suit and tie works great.

REDGRAVE just released a great suit that I snatched up for such an occasion.  Though the suit comes with a black tie and black bow-tie option, I added one of my bow-ties from my huge  bow-tie collection, a pair of my favorite shoes and am set to enjoy a special afternoon.

If you do not own a suit, I urge you to get one.  Black and gray are classic colors that you can switch up with different ties and shirts.  Don’t wait for an occasion to arise, that way you don’t have to rush and be flustered, usually resulting in not wanting to go.  Plus, a special date with that special someone makes for a great time to suit up!

An Important Date

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 – Goatee Un

Hair-Shag My Command-Raven

Glasses-:Mr.Poet:: Half Rim Eyeglasses

Suit-REDGRAVE Milano Suit Steel (bow-tie hidden to wear a different color from my collection of bow-ties)

Bowtie-Adjunct Bow Tie  – Candy Stripe 6

Shoes-*FIR & MNA* The Ashford Brogues-Black Striped Patent

Poses-STAKEY & Olive Juice

We Believe In A Land Of Love

We Believe In A Land of Love

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″

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

Black Eye-Entente Add on black eye A

Glasses-Entente  biblio glasses (reds)

Shirt-FIR & MNA Military Shirt Burgundy

Necklace-A:S:S Gavity Necklace (Texture change)

Jacket-.:L&B:. S’Wear Mens “All Denim” Jacket Lt blue



Pants-Entente Deep Pocket Jean Royal

Socks-Pig Striped Socks Mit Suspenders – Black/Red

Shoes-[ h ] Dr. H Boots – Red


Seasons Gatcha!

The Seasons Hunt was by far my utmost favorite hunt in Second Life.  I remember discovering it when I was a new resident and how much it opened up my eyes to amazing shops that I still frequent today.  The main one is Fir & Mna, a find I will cherish always for it’s definitely my style.   When the Seasons Hunt came to an end, I know I was really bummed!  So when the little birdies came out of their hiding places in the snow covered trees and whispered of something amazing to come, my ears perked and my shopaholic heart pitter-pattered.

The Seasons Gatcha Event: WINTER

Each season, we will be given a gatcha event!  I love gatchas, they are like gambling for shoppers and I so love to gamble.  You never know what you gonna get, and that is part of the fun!  I really love when a rare item makes my eyes go all dreamy and my palms itch to own it.  I hit the gatcha vendor over and over until I get it, and a few times I get really lucky and get them on first go.

I dragged Mrs. Raynier around the beautifully decorated gatcha area located on the My Pants sim and we had a blast.  We spent obscene money but every penny was well worth it.  I put together some of my great finds and lounged around on my new bed from the event, waiting for Mrs. Raynier to get home.  I’m hoping she’ll want to see whats beneath the hat! *wink wink*

You can find out more and see photos of the gatcha items at SeraphimSL who as always do an amazing job of covering our great events in Second Life.  Head on over, you’ll be glad you did!

Seasons Gatcha-Winter

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Jakob Tan

Eyes-Fashism ’Sunrise’ Eyes – Turquoise

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

Facial Hair- VCD  Express Yourself – Facial Hair – Corto – LJ – DARK

Everything below available at The Seasons Gatcha Event: WINTER

Bed-[*Art Dummy!] to rest. (platform, 4 poster bed, white)

Hat-[Sleepy Eddy] Gacha hat (Check-c)

Scarf-[Ill] Illusory_Zoo Friend Scarf – White Tiger

Wristband-*FIR & MNA* Trinity Wrist Tie – Canvas

Pants-NANUK norr long underwear bottom bear

Socks-Lark – Cozy Socks (Argyle Soot)

Poses-Glitterati & Long Awkward Pose

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What I Am Wearing:

Hair-Dura Boy*31(Black)

Eyes-DAMNED – Eyes31

Headphones-[iruco] Headphones

Glasses-K_gs Tahua 1.00

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

Facial Hair- VCD  Express Yourself – Facial Hair – Corto – LJ – DARK & NANUK Birken beard

Jacket-.:L&B:. S’Wear Mens “All Denim” Jacket Dk blue

Shirt-.:A&M:. Bicolor Tee – Light Grey 1

Backpack-Kari Turtle Backpack

Bag-[ JP ]:dsg.  DIVIDER BAG / Multi-color

Belt-*BLITZED*  BUG belt

Pants-FIR & MNA The Sheehy Pants Navy & Green

Suspenders-Kari Schwarz Suspenders – Stripe

Socks-Pig Argyle Sock M. Suspender – Allegory S

Shoes-Larnia Kids  Khucks lo-top gamer

Poses-Olive Juice

Choose Life!

Choose Life!

What Gabriella’s Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Elle Dark Deep

Ears-Illusions Bunny Ears: Easter Gift (Scripted!)

Hair-TRUTH Josephine – espresso

Eyes-Fashism ’Sunrise’ Eyes – Brown

Glasses-Francinati0n lil Glasses Stripes GatchaSpecial Rainbow 2

Gum-[PF] Yum Bubblegum! (Animated/Color Change)

Shirt-*Fishy Strawberry* BowIE Tee  SmellMySneakers – Pink

Watch-EarthStones Gemstone Palette Watch – Spectrum/Silver

Purse-*GF* Heart Bag -pink Iunno Jeans – Black

Shoes-FIR & MNA The Twine Shoes Pink & White Girls

What I Am Wearing:

Hat-::7Style:: -Hood-

Facial Hair-VCD Express Yourself – Facial Hair – Corto – DARK & Fruk Face Fuzz – The Stinger Beard Black

Glasses-K_gs  Tahua 1.00

Necklace-:L&B:. S’wear – C (M) “Celtic”  Dog tag v3

Shirt/Cardigan-FIR & MNA The Collins Cardigan Red – Navy & Red

Belt-*BLITZED* BUG belt

Bag-::LEO-NT:: My Study Bag <3 black

Pants-Doppelganger Inc. Cuffed Cords – Grey

Socks-Pig Striped Socks Mit Suspenders – Red

Shoes-UBU PornStar Lo-Tops

Poses-Kabuki & Purple Poses