The Men’s Department – November

It is November 5th, opening day for The Men’s Department!  The November collection of TMD is amazing, full of home decor, accessories, clothing and more, for gents and the ladies too.  Each round just keeps getting better and TMD is literally packed with wall to wall items at stellar prices.

The jacket and shirt combo I have on is Blankline’s November TMD offering, a nice casual button jacket that comes in brown, black and gray.

The skin I have on is new Clef de Peau – Martin for TMD.  The skin is nicely youthful and comes in a variety of tones with SLink AvEnhance hand and feet applier huds!  That is something that I wish all our amazing skin designers would create and include in their skins for us, matching with this system is just a must.

Over at FAMESHED, Valiant & Co. have released the David Hat & Hair, the first hair from Valiant we have seen so far and it’s a great start to what I hope will be more to come.  The HUD is packed with textures and you can get a variety of hair color tones – please try demos to find which will be right for you.

Also at FAMESHED, MESHWORX launched the Urban Oasis which is a garage included structure that I can’t imagine not having a use for it is so huge and extremely roomy with that brilliant detail all MESHWORX items hold.

New Lapointe & Bastchild shoes were just released, fully mesh and HUD packed with not only leather styles and colors but socks too!  So many choices and a fluid fit, the new shoes from Lapointe & Bastchild really make footwear simple and sleek.

New males poses from oOo Studio were the perfect match for this photo.  The Zachary set is out now!

Style 411:

*Skin-Clef de Peau:Martin:T3 Dark Brows (Available November 5th @ The Mens Dept)

Eyes-IKON Perspective Eyes – Aqua

*Hat-[Valiant] David Hat & Hair (Mono4)  (Available @ faMESHed November 1st 2013)

Facial Hair-[K]lean Body Shop TYLER Facial Hair – Strap 1 – Black

Hands-Slink Male Hands (AvEnhance)

*Jacket & Shirt-Blankline 3 Button Jacket Black (Available November 5th @ The Mens Dept)

Pants-*Pants-FATEwear Jeans – Straight Billy

*Shoes-Lapointe & Bastchild “Dress Shoe” WingTip v3

Pose-oOo Studio Zachary

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

* Promotional Copy – Thank you for your generosity!

Wait For Me

It’s all better now, It’s all better now
Wait for me, wait for me

HIS 411:

Skin-[K]lean Body Shop – TYLER skin

Eyes-IKON Perspective Eyes – Aqua (Available at TLC The Garden)

Hair-Dura Boy 46(Black)

Glasses-K_gs GEEKglasses

Facial Hair-[K] TMD Facial hair – Beard (Available September 5th @ The Mens Dept)

Hands-Slink Male Hands (AvEnhance)

Shirt-FATEwear Shirt  & Vest – Neville Shirt

Pants-FATEwear Jeans – Baggy Billy

Shoes-Mr.Poet Derby Shoes

Decor 411:

Trompe Loeil – Dardon Stone Fireplace (Available @ Collabor88 September 8th)

Pose 411:

oOo Studio-Kiss Collection

Choose Your Own Adventure

August 1st, that means faMESHed and I was an eager patron, when the clock struck midnight I headed over to get all the things and it was well worth it!

I was admittedly very excited and anxious for new ENTENTE items for faMESHed.  It is like adding extra whipped cream to a sundae to have the ENTENTE team creating new content for this already superb event.  Needless to say my first stop was to get this perfect new gillet aka tank top and massively detailed boots.  As always the ENTENTE gear has a wide array of textures to add to the base and that sure makes this Cajun one happy buyer.  A great feature that you can find with the faMESHed releases are fatpacks of the textures, very handy and worth the price!

I set out on a little adventure to explore some new places.  I jot down slurls when I read my fellow bloggers posts and peruse flickr, so I can venture out and see the great spots everyone else is discovering.  What are your current favorite sims right now?

It is almost Friday, I hope you have great plans laid out for the weekend and if not, that at the very least it is a nice relaxing time!

The 411:

Skin–Belleza- Jacob Tan

Eyes- Vision by A:S:S – Adref eyes – forever yours

Glasses-Adjunct Eyewear – Risky Behavior Sunglasses

Hat-Entente- Exces Cap

Shirt-Entente- Gilet Tank – Homme  (Available @ faMESHed August 1st 2013)

Pants-[monso] My Studded Shorts

Watch-(Yummy) Polyex Sports Watch – Red

Bracelet-Noodles – Button Cord Bracelet Brown

Socks-erratic / striped socks / white-red

Shoes–Entente- Sentier Boots – Homme  (Available @ faMESHed August 1st 2013)

Camera-AITUI – Sweiss Cam

Pose-oOo Studio guy four

Location-The Trace

The Men’s Dept-December: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.  A world of snow and festive lights abound in SecondLife.  Events have holiday themed items and goodies for all to join in the festive cheer.  The December round of The Men’s Department is filled with such items and as I always encourage, do not look at this event as a MEN ONLY event, for there are far too many great things to get there for everyone.

A few of those items kicked off December for Mrs. Raynier and I.  Decorating the house and Christmas tree a bit earlier than I usually do, we ended up having a nice afternoon in our home, by the fire, with a few of our beloved kitties.  That we ended up in a tangled mass of blinking lights and love is no surprise.  Thanks to a wonderful collaboration from Cheeky Pea and oOo Studio, we found the holiday spirit.

Mark your calendars for the December round of The Men’s Department, opening on the 5th!

TMD December

TMD December

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone

Hair & Hairbase-Exile

Hairbase-Entente Hairbase – B&W – Midnight black

Sexy Action News:Midnight

Facial Hair-Zovo Beard Goatee Black

Eyes-.ID. Mesh Warrior Eyes Aqua

Shirt-Kauna – Winter Jumper: Snowflake Red (Available @ faMESHed  December 2012)

Pants-22769 ~ [homme] grandfathers pants black (Available @ The Mens Dept-December 5th)

Shoes-Entente Cousteau Shoes

What Gabriella Is Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Elle Dark Deep

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

Hair-TRUTH Dawson – espresso

Shirt-Kauna – Winter Jumper: Snowflake Pink (Available @ faMESHed  December 2012)

Pants-(CM) TightAss Skinny Jeans -blue

Shoes-(LaRoo) Shearling Boots – Pink  (Available @ The Arcade Gacha Events December 2012)

Decor-:CP: Tynebank Antler Tree (Available @ The Mens Dept-December 5th)A.D.D.Andel! Seasons Snowglobe-Rainbow Sunshine RARE (Available @ The Arcade Gacha Events December 2012)

PILOT – Christmas Village [Arcade] (Available @ The Arcade Gacha Events December 2012)ANA_GingerbreadMan 15_Bloggers [bxd] RARE (Available @ The Arcade Gacha Events December 2012)
MudHoney Sweater Stocking (pink/green) & MudHoney Felt Ball Garland
Christmas Tree & Train-EarthDwellings Less Primmy Christmas Tree – Tasty, EarthDwellings – Christmas Train Track
Pose & Prop-Cheeky Pea and oOo Studio – Bright Lights


FAIR-We Will Stand Tall And Face It All,Together

FAIR is going strong and so is this eventacular month of October!  It is finally cooling down in Southern California, which is divine considering just last week we were in the double digits.

It is one of those days where waking up to cloudy skies and the sun peeking through makes for a lush ambient lighting that I wanted to recreate for this image.

I am wearing the Ryan skin, offered by Tableau Vivant for FAIR.  It is a nice medium tone that can be used by quite a different array of styles.  Make sure you demo it as I used a windlight heavy situation for this photograph and the tone will likely look different on your actual avatar.

The bed is a collaboration from Art Dummy and flowey and it is so lovely and clean, simple and fresh, you do not want to get out of it!

Gabriella’s hair is Reema from Alice Project for FAIR.  I like the bangs they add a softness to the style that is beautifully feminine.

We really love the nordari weathered afternoon shelf/cabinet unit.  The colors are fun and very Autumn-like.

Our morning coffee is a perfect What Next blend of crisp, full bodied and absolutely original flavor, the Rise & Shine coffee tray has it all, even the mail!

I hope you are having a great week and that you get time this weekend to peruse what FAIR has to offer you.

FAIR Location


FAIR Shopping Guide at SeraphimSL

We Will Stand Tall, And Face It All, Together

What I Am Wearing:

*Skin-Tableau Vivant-Ryan Skin-8am (Available at FAIR)

Hair-Redgrave Cruz Black

Eyes-.ID. Warrior / Mesh Eyes / Aqua

Hands-[CheerNo] Mesh Hands

Shoes-Slink MESH Feet

What Gabriella Is Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Elle Dark Deep

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

Hair-*Alice Project* Reema with bangs (Available at FAIR)

Shoes-Slink MESH Feet

*Decor-{what next} Rise & Shine Coffee Tray, flowey & * art dummy! – sleepless bed, Nordari weathered afternoon (All Available at FAIR)

Structure-[AF] PARIS Apartment (Available @ FaMESHed  October 2012)

*Pose-oOo Studio Park Collection All #5

*Promotional Copies-Thank You!

Vintage Fair 2012 Preview-oOo Studio & Legal Insanity: Summer Breeze

Creator Olaenka Chesnokov of oOo Studio went above and beyond with her phenomenal “around the world” series of poses for Vintage Fair 2012

which opens August 4th at 4pm SLT!  The poses range from single to couples and all have a destination theme from Argentina to Scotland, the mix of culture and creativity is just astounding.  I had the pleasure of speaking to Olaenka during this preview week and she is even more lovely than her amazing poses, a true pleasure to speak with.  Each pose is fluid and natural, creating a lush harmony no matter the level of your poses needs. From Paris to the beach, oOo Studios creations for vintage fair take you away on a Summer trip sure to please any traveler .

From this set I chose the pose from the many I purchased.  Coupled with this beach themed outfit from Legal Insanity, the sea breeze was callin my name and with the excessive heat we are having in the states, it was a perfect afternoon to dust off the surfboard.  The shirt has a fun graphic on it for Summer and the mesh shorts are roomy and stylish, making a great Summer outfit. Less than 24 hours and counting, Vintage Fair 2012 is almost upon us!

Vintage Fair Preview-Legal Insanity & oOo Studio:Summer Breeze

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone

Hair-Entente Laurent Hair

Hairbase-AITUI Standard Hair Base 001 Black

Eyes-Mayfly Liquid Light Mesh Eyes (Glacial Night)

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

Glasses-[ JP ]:dsg. Shades-Clubmaster *MESH*

*Shirt-Legal Insanity – Tommy shirt surfers – azure (Available @ Vintage Fair August 4th, 2012)

*Pants-Legal Insanity – Tommy surf shorts tartan blue (Available @ Vintage Fair August 4th, 2012)

Shoes-RONSEM male sandals mesh

Pose-oOo Studio: Surf (Available @ Vintage Fair August 4th, 2012)

Location: Crossing Currents


*Promotional Copy-Thank you!

My Heart Beats Only For You

Today is an extremely special day for me, for on this day exactly one year ago, Gabriella and I were married.  This is our first SLwedding anniversary and all week I have been waxing nostalgic.  We do not have the most epic of love stories, yet our love is that of fairy tales.  Before I take you down memory lane, I wanted to share the photographs that I hired the amazing Strawberry Singh to do for us.  This was one of my presents to Gabriella.  There is something magical and amazing in a Strawberry Singh photograph, and being as this is such a poignant and important day for us, I felt it was just the right way to capture our first year in marriage.  If you have not had a photograph by the amazing Berry, I urge you to for seeing yourself through her eyes is really something that touches deeply.

The Raynier’s By Strawberry Singh

The Raynier’s By Strawberry Singh

We hung this beautiful photo in our new home, and are paving a new road for this upcoming second year.  There are whispers of a little Cajun flitting around the house!

Anniversary-A New Home!

In my eyes, today is about us, and the journey that got us to this point.  Yet even moreso, it is about my beautiful Gabriella.  But to speak of Gabriella is not what my heart wants today, but to speak to her in words for it is the only way I know how to express all that resides in my heart.

Mon amour Gabriella,

On this day, one year ago, you and I became husband and wife in front of our friends.   Our wedding was perfect, beautiful and vibrant as is our love.  On that day, I gave you my  name and a ring to signify our devotion, yet it was long before our wedding that I gave you my heart.

When we met I was lost and alone, living in a world filled with monochrome hues and falling into a vast abyss of depression.  The moment we met, the gray canvas of my life suddenly came to life as if a grand painter splashed the sad canvas with every color of the rainbow.  You are my rainbow, mon ciel, filling my world with color and love from the start.

We hit it off from the start, and that spark grew as we enjoyed each others company, getting to know one another.  You became my dearest friend, and the world was not so gray or frightening anymore.  As our friendship grew more solid, we shared secrets no others know and most of all we held one another through the journey of living lives with chronic pain.

No other had ever looked upon me without seeing the broken body and soul, yet your eyes never saw me a broken or flawed.  You accepted me for all my faults, took all the broken pieces as one whole, and held them in your hands as you would a newborn baby with gentleness and security.

Every day I woke excited to see you, spend time with you, hear your voice.  Our nights were dragged out until the wee hours of the morning, and when we parted I took you with me into my dreams.  You were in every love song, and my heart sang your name.

But my heart was afraid, for it had been treated with great cruelty, taken for granted and shattered many times.  I had shut myself off to love and relationships because of the past but even more so due to being ill for I felt I had nothing to offer someone but broken pieces and pain.

I made it very clear I was not looking for a relationship and yet I was not the type to share my heart and body with no emotion and so we avoided crossing that line, walked around with it tied to us like a heavy ball and chain for no matter what the mind tried to say to protect me and yourself, our hearts had already chosen one another.

Our angst filled months grew painful and it was on a random afternoon that I spilled my heart to you.  I recall telling you clearly that I needed to be truthful of how I felt, but that I would always be your friend and care for you, for in my mind I could not fathom that you too were as head over hills in love with me.  For how could you be when I was so lost and broken, a mass of pain that had lost all I had ever known in my life, my career, my finances, my possessions all due to an illness that still has no real name or cure.

What could I possibly give to you?

You said it so simply, that all you wanted was me, pieces and all.

Afraid to confess and yet we both were feeling the same emotions, longing for the same dreams, and wishing to be together as the fates had deemed it long ago.

Oh how our world turned around, and filled with love and laughter, as we painted our canvas with rainbows.

You were my best friend before you were my lover, and you were my destiny when I was merely a star shining in the night sky waiting to be given life.

Every day I wake and am in awe that you are mine and I am yours.  Our love makes me get up when I am beat down, guides me to the light when I am in the darkest of places.  But what you do for me is beyond words, for you have saved me you see, from that pessimistic thinking that I was not good enough for anyone, that no one would want me.  I will never feel that I deserve you mon tresor, for that is what you are, my treasure in a world of chaos, you are the one pure thing that gives me eternal hope.

My heart, mon amour, is yours.  Every beat calls your name, and it shall beat for you in this lifetime and into the next.  Thank you, for being my rainbow and for loving me just the way I am.

Happy Anniversary Mrs. Raynier!

Mon trésor, mon monde, celui que mon cœur bat pour aujourd’hui et pour l’ensemble de mes jours.

Je t’aime,


Anniversary-I Love You

Our wedding photographs can be found in my prior post here as well as the beautiful photographs by our dear friend Harlow Heslop, here.

Pose used for “Anniversary-A New Home!”-oOo Studio ‘Amour’ (Available @ Vintage Fair August 4th, 2012)

Pose used for “Anniversary-I Love You” –aDORKable Poses: Je T’aime