Smile, You Steal Away My Soul

Damien Fate is a creative machine.  He strives to not only have fresh new looks for men, but he is always improving on everything that he does.  Today’s release is a prime example of this and a new chapter in the FATEwear line, with an addition of a HUD.  Now I don’t know about you but anything that offers me the ability to have multiple color choices, and the ease of having one item versus that item in 6 colors taking up room in my inventory is win win.

The new HUD has color options and placeholders for additional items to come ie scarves, hats, jackets, all categorized and with the ability to color multiple sections of each item.  Very simple, and very handy, so thank you Damien for making what was already perfect, even more amazing.

I love glasses, I wear them in real life and enjoy finding new frames that have a little something unique to them or just a really classic clean feel.  The Iruco gacha is full of great glasses for this round of the Arcade and I am loving this pair of the blow glasses in black.  They come in other colors, so try your luck when the Arcade opens its doors March 1st!  I was lucky and got the black and red on my first tries and a nifty pair to share with Mrs. Raynier.  

I have been blogging a lot the past few days, despite still being sick with bronchitis and a bacterial infection in my sinuses.  I am thankful that I have been able to do so, it helps me feel less like a sick zombie and though it is a struggle to trudge through the pain when it is so high as it has been as of late with being out of remission from my illnesses, it is worth it in the end.

So I decided to get off of the Raynier sim and look around the grid.  I did not find anything on my own accord, but took a look at the talented Harlow Heslop’s blog today and found her most recent entry had been taken on a new sim to me,  It All Starts with a Smile Sim by Kaelyn Alecto.  Kaelyn has provided this great sim for just this purpose, an adventure out onto the grid to take photos or just enjoy the tranquility and fun of the sim.  Thanks Kaelyn, it’s a really inspiring little slice of heaven.

Smile, You Steal Away My Soul

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone
Hair-Redgrave Jacob
Eyes-.ID. Warrior Mesh Aqua
Glasses-[Iruco] gacha / blow glasses (bk) (Available March 1st 2013 @ The Arcade)
Facial Hair-Sacred 2.0 Stubble – Light
*Shirt-FATEwear Shirt – Ford
Pants-Ladies Who Lunch Henninger Jeans
Pose-Poseology Tyler 1
*Promotional Copy-Thank You!

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

MWFW Last Days!

Menswear Fashion Week 2012 is ending  March 31st, 2012.  Check out the official MWFW 2012 website for event schedules, designers and more.  So shake out your pants, search the sofa and dip into your savings and get some fresh looks into your wardrobe.  What are you waiting for, GO!

MWFW Last Days

What I Am Wearing:

*Hair-Shag Suedehead MWFW2012

Skin-Belleza Jakob Tan

Eyes-Mayfly Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Morning Sea)

Glasses-:Mr.Poet:: Half Rim Eyeglasses

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

Hairbase-VCD 01c

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

Necklace-EarthStones Perfect Fit Necklace – His/Silver

Ring-EarthStones Kameron Ring – Red Jasper

Bracelet-EarthStones Shades of Stones Bracelet – Tigers Eye & Onyx

Watch-Kari Nato Watch – Blue/Red

Jacket-E-Clipse UrbanParka

Shirt-Entente Classic Tee Red

Pants-E-Clipse Dandy Pants (Mesh) MWFW2012

Shoes-[ h ] Karsen Boots

Poses- Purple Posesevolve

MWFW Last Days

What I Am Wearing:

*Hair-Shag How Soon Is Now MWFW2012

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 – Beard Deux – Black

Ring-::je suis::Gacha::tente::sunset::ring

Bracelet-EarthStones Native Spirit Bracelet – Sacred Spirit

Outfit-Ladies Who Lunch Kaftan Buttondown mesh (crisp linen) MWFW2012

Boots-Dragansvarg Jahan sandal


MWFW2012 Preview feat. Ladies Who Lunch

Coming soon to Menswear Fashion Week 2012 from the fabulous Ladies Who Lunch, mesh goodness!  The battle begins the week of March 23rd-31st, 2012!

What I Am Wearing:

*Hair-Dura Boy 18 Black

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 – Beard Deux – Black

Chest Straps-T.E.D. from Bhenir Outfit

Bracers-T.E.D. from Tapiaq Outfit

*Kilt-Ladies Who Lunch Men’s Euro Skirt (Schoolboy/silver) MESH for MWFW2012

Belt-Ladies Who Lunch Clad belt with Sporran (MacAlpin/silver) MESH

Boots-T.E.D. Zuris Black

Sword-Primus Weapons Valyrian Sword MESH

Poses- Olive Juice

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Le plaisir, qui est bien en effet l’unique mobile de la réunion des deux sexes, ne suffit pourtant pas pour former une liaison entre eux…, s’il est précédé du désir qui rapproche, il n’est pas moins suivi du dégoût qui repousse. C’est une loi de la nature, que l’amour seul peut changer.

…pleasure, which is undeniably the sole motive force behind the union of the sexes, is nevertheless not enough to form a bond between them…even if it is preceded by desire which impels, it is succeeded by disgust which repels. This is a law of nature which only love can change.

-Les Liaisons Dangereuses-Choderlos De Laclos

My beautiful models for this series are Sefina, a she-wolf, Lycan born she has danced ballet since able to walk.  It is her passion, one that soothes the wolf within, until the moon rises and more dominant dark desires arise within her.

Viktor is a young vampire, saved from death into a deadly re-birth, he has a penchant for piercings and danger.  When the need to sate his bloodlust, his desires run intense and the chase of the primal drums of a heartbeat become his melody to follow.

The two together are deadly beautiful and proof that a predator can live beneath even the most exquisite of forms.

Liaisons Dangereuse



What Sefina Is Wearing:


Skin-Belleza Elle Tan

Eyes-Fashism ’Sunrise’ Eyes – Pale Turquoise

Make-up-~Tableau Vivant~ Vincent Make up 3 black

Swan Outfit-[LWL] MFW11 Aviary[White Swan]

Shoes-SLink Paloma Point Ballet Slippers White

What Viktor Is Wearing:

Hair-*DROT* Andy- Smoke

Skin-Belleza Jakob Sunkissed

Facial Hair-VCD Express Yourself – Facial Hair – 3 – LJ – DARK & Fruk Face Fuzz – The Stinger Beard Black

Eyes-Fashism ’Sunrise’ Eyes – Pale Cool Silver

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

Make-up-~Tableau Vivant~ Vincent Make up 1 eyeliner

Tattoo-GoK Tattoo CarpeDiem

Nails-MANDALAmens SINRA NAIL/samurai black & ROZOREGALIA *Gemma*Ring&Nail

Piercings-MANDALA *MALE*TAKAYAMA FACE Piercing/black/mouth, .HoD. – Omega Nose Gauge – Silver Lining, .HoD. – The Beast’s Mark (Frostbite)

Collar-~Tableau Vivant~ FurCollar (Black)

Tape-SiniStyle  Taped Guts, SiniStyle Taped Fist & Black Nails

Pants-~Tableau Vivant~ Claw pants

Boots-+grasp+ Fur trim leather boots black

Poses-Purple Poses, Del MayEssential Soul, Supposedly