Good Sunday everyone. And first of all an excuse to all our readers and of course also to the creators for not blogging that much in the last few weeks. It is funny – our blog became one year old now and yet I faced something like a blogging blocade. If you are a blogger, you maybe know that. If you are not let me try to explain: it was like logging in, putting some scenes and outfits together and was just not feeling it. And since it is my job to represent items the very best way I can I decided not to force it and try to get my blogging-mojo back.
On the plus side: I finally managed to get my ass in gear and to make pictures that are somewhat appealing to me. And of course I have some adorable newness to show you. Two events started beginning of April – The Mens Dept. and The Challenge. And I mixed items from both events for this californian inspired blogpost. The Mens Dept. provided me with a new haircut from Uw.st. The “Lenny Hair” is finally a curly hairstyle – and there are not that much on the grid for men anyways. And i must say I fell in love with this hair. Also Poetic Colors brought some adorable new eyes in the Mens Dept. I am wearing the Jaded Eyes Emerald. The Thorn Necklace comes from Kosh and the Cardigan from !gO! – both also available at the sales event for guys. The denims instead are the new mesh release from [ JP ]:dsg and I simply love them. First of all the texturing is fantastic. And second the denims have a belt that does not look like you are wearing a tire around your hips. Really well done and strongly recommended.
The titel of this post is “California Morning” and it comes from this months theme of The Challenge: California Bungalow. And L&K Prefabs have exactly that as item for The Challenge – a California Bungalow. The prefab has a very bold texturing and has two rooms and a veranda also. And it is not only a 100% mesh build but also beautifully made. I especially love the texturing inside and I hope that the pictures give you a fair impression of that.
What I am showing you here is the main room of the bungalow. The chairs and the side table in the upper part of the picture come from [kusshon] and are – again – from the Mens Dept. The new released Singapore series has a great vacation vibe, but also fits, like shown above, in nearly every kind of room. Like with all items from [kusshon] there are a lot of gadgets included in the furniture. Not alone that the chairs hold 14 animations – the pillows also give you things like magazines, a glass of wine and a cigarette matching some of the animations. I really love the backdrop and the side table with the tropical fruits.
In the lower part of above picture you can see some more items from The Challenge. There is the dining table with chairs from EoD called “Dining at Home”. And the tea set is just one of the many things the table can rez. The nightstand comes from 22769 ~ [bauwerk] and it works as nightstand for your bed, but also as console like used here. The set includes a completely decorated version, a plain version and all decoration pieces as stand alones also. The Light on the nightstand has a turn on/off script inside. The rug is a new release from L&K Prefabs which will come to the store soon in many different colors. The guitar bookcase is from floorplan and again from the Mens Dept. And the antler is a mesh accessory from Scarlet Creative.
Breno just released the Niall Morning Chaise. I really love the texturing on this one and the poses fit even taller avatars like I am. Also there are a lot of new stuff to find in the new Breno Store like the checkmate artwork also. The stars lamp are from *bbqq* and are their share for the new Mens Dept. The books and the newspapers are decoration pieces I gathered for some time now. And the bookshelf in the closing picture is from World Of Wood and I really must say that this piece is definitely one of the most realistic looking bookshelfes I have found in secondlife. So if you have a thing for books you definitely should pay World Of Wood a visit.
Pants: [ JP ]dsg. – Manoa JNS denim
Rug: L&K Prefabs – Ilio Rug (owl) (out soon)
Antler: Scarlet Creative – Mounted Antler
Drapes: LISP Bazaar – Beatrice Heavy Drapes
Daybed: Breno – Niall Morning Chaise
Artwork: Breno – Checkmate
Newspaper: World Of Wood – Newspapers
Rug: L&K Prefabs – Ilio Rug (owl) (khaki)
Bookshelf: World Of Wood – Hunters Bookshelf
I am way late to show you some goodies from the Mens Dept and other locations. When it rains it pours – so people say: after the problems with my internet I faced some RL personal trouble that kept me away from blogging for far too long. But well – I am back (again) and here we go:
The Mens Dept February Round has some gems for you to get for a bargain. And as always you find at the venue a mix from clothing to furniture. Spotlight on the Shell Chair from [HANDverk]. Like everything from [HANDverk] the chair is a modern classic piece you just do not want to miss. It is breathing a certain 60ies/70ies style and the simplicity of the chair is marvellous. The chair comes with 7 animations and is available in black and in red. The shirt I am wearing is one of the items from 22769 ~ casual couture. The doubletee Pi is a layered shirt – or in other words: a tee over a longsleeve. It looks kinda indie/skater to me and is definitely a keeper. There are two other shirts to find at the venue also. And also the necklace comes from the current Mens Dept. It is from KOSH and it is called Pivot Necklace. The necklace comes in 3 different styles and there are also matching rings.
Dura released a new hair two days ago. Boy*41 is a more modern cut with shaved neck – so you need a hairbase for this one. The skin I am wearing is from the Body Co. Sale at The Warehouse.
And finally – the skybox: The prefab is one of the new releases from GARDEN OF DREAMS. The “Showcase Set” contains – amongst 3 other scenes – this one called Basalt. I absolutely love the minimalism in this one. And in my opinion it works also brilliant as a small shop. The set is full mesh and has a Landimpact of 12 – so it definitely is a fantastic shell for everything you can imagine.
List of stuff:
Hair: Dura – Dura-Boy*41 (black)
Pants: Razorblade Jacket – Hoon Faded Cords
Sneaker: [ JP ]dsg. – Sneaker Ventura
Scene: Garden of Dreams – Showcase Set Basalt (mesh | LI 12)
It is funny – in the current Mens Dept. you can find items from different designers that follow one vibe. This time it definitely is skating. But let us start at the beginning: I wanted to go with a complete different look and therefor I purchased the Pilot Cardigan from <HVK> – that is obviously not shown here because <HVK> have a special kind of “shoppingbag” for their items which is the skateboard with the pose you can see above. And I have had a good laugh when I saw this and I somewhat wanted to create a look around this one. And for the cardigan – I will feature the knit from <HVK> in a further post for sure, because it is fabulous.
The denims with the wrapped around shirt are from !gO! and I really love the look of them. Also the shirt moves of course with your walk and shows once again the creativity of designers with mesh. The bicolor v-neck comes from [LV]SOLIDe and comes in 4 different styles and of course, like the pants from !gO!, in mesh male standard sizing.
The super curly hair is from [IRUCO] and is their latest release. Definitely a must if you are not going for the usual haircut in secondlife. The fantastic necklace comes from KOSH. The “Adain Necklace” can be found in the Mens Dept. in five different styles (black, chopper, silver, gold and shown here: brass) and this time you also can find the matching rings at the Mens Dept. I especially love of course the flawless texturing and the brilliant crafting of the necklace which is with every KOSH item I saw. Also you get not only the male version but also the female version and both options are also included with the chest- and spine attachment points. My eyes are from Poetic Colors and have been an item in a previous cycle of the Mens Dept.
List of stuff:
Skin: KENTO – Preston T2
Hair: [iruco] hair28 (black)
Eyes: Poetic Colors – Autumn Eyes “October Rain”
Sneakers: [JP]:dsg. – Sneakers (Groupgift)
Skateboard and Pose: <HVK> – Shoppingbag (comes with every purchase of <HVK>)
Picture taken here.
Today the Mens Dept. finally opens – and it is time for me to show you some more of the awesomeness that awaits you at the number one spot for contemporary male fashion and items within second life. Poetic Colors are one of the shops that provide round for round high quality eyes at the venue. This time they choose “Autumn” as theme for the new collection of eyes – and as always they are wonderfully done. Also you get a huge variety of each eye color in every pack. Of course the system eyes, but also a lot of mesh eyes with many options like brightness and size of the eye texture. The eyes can be of course also become resized by mouseclick. Shown above is the greenish “october rain” mesh eyes.
I was very happy to see that also KOSH joined the Mens Department again. KOSH offer a necklace and a matching bracelet called “Copec” and first of all it looks wonderful and second you really can get it for a steal at the Mens Dept. The necklace and the bracelet are available in three different styles: antique (shown above), old and silver.
My t-shirt is a gift from the subscriber group of FATEwear – I found it this morning in my inventory. And my pants are the Painter Pants from [Sheep Door] in beige, again available at the Mens Dept.
Another thing I simply adore about the Mens Dept. is that you not only get great and high quality fashion at the venue, but also furniture and homes especially designed for men. Todays blogpost was taken in the brilliant Fishtown Skyloft from DECO. The skyloft has 66 prims and is mod – so you can alter the room divider like I did to match it to your furniture. The skyloft has one huge windowfront and a second one with smaller windows. Plus the loft has a garage-door that leads you to a little balcony.
The trunks come from :::LITHIUM::: and are first of all a great decoration item but also have 6 sitting animations (3 male and 3 female). And of course you also can find the trunks at the Mens Dept.
The art in the background is from the LND Gallery and Hangout I blogged about two days ago. The portraits are from Chuck Close and prove that art can be man-ly also. The sofa I am sitting on comes from ~BAZAR~ and it has this brilliant marketplace-browsing animation included (with notebook included). There are also of course relaxing poses and a reading pose with book.
Talking about furniture – you can find great pieces for not so much money or even for free, when you know where to look. Many furniture stores have special marketplace deals or offer gifts and group gifts in their stores. The decor vases (3rd picture right) are in the same set from ~BAZAR~ like the sofa and all together it is a gift you can find in the store. And even more: The breakfast table with chair (3rd picture left) with rezable breakfast is again a gift from the same store. The wooden screen is from *TDS* and if you are looking for things to spice up your virtual homes I strongly recommend to visit the store since they offer well done furniture and decor pieces for a snip.
List of stuff:
Shirt: FATEwear Shirt Vinnie – Volcano (Subscriber Gift)
Sofa: ~BAZAR~ Christmas Sofa
Vases: ~BAZAR~ Vase Decor
Breakfast Table and Chair: ~BAZAR~ Good Morning Chair and Table
Carpet: [AF] – HEMP Rug Branches
Screen: Mysterious Wave – *TDS* wood screen
Lamps: nordari – Recycling Lamps
Art: LND Gallery and Hangout – Frank, Self-Portrait, Philip Glass by Chuck Close
Hot Dog anyone? And the steaks also look like they are well done by now. Summer is definitely BBQ time – and I guess everywhere around the world. As soon as the weather is getting better you can see folks wandering to parks or to the seaside with their grills and cool bags. And nothing beats cooking under the plain sky. *Funky*Junk* not only offer the grillmaster and a cool bag as item for the Mens Dept – they also have a picnic table (with meals included), a lounge chair and a complete BBQ-patio – and it is all kinds of cute. Even more – it is the perfect item to have some fun with your friends and to have a chat while you enjoy the pixelbeer and virtual chicken wings.
My BBQ look is also from the Mens Dept. The cropped chinos are from DROP and the black note tank is from [LV]. Around my neck you can see the inverted version of the KOSH Epiphany necklace. And also my hair can be found there. It comes from [Atro Patena].
And also Insufferable Dastard joined again the Mens Dept. ID brought us many wonderful made mesh eyes and also in this round there are beautiful ones you can choose from. I am wearing the solid green ones but you also can get some heterochromic ones which is kind of special for an unique look. Again a fantastic idea!
List of stuff:
Hair: [Atro Patena] – Hector black (for the Mens Dept.)
Eyes: .ID. Heterochromia solid green (for the Mens Dept.)
Necklace: KOSH – Epiphany Necklace inverted (for the Mens Dept.)
Tank: [LV] – SOLIDe Tank Note black (mesh) (for the Mens Dept.)
Pants: D R O P – Cropped Chinos beige (for the Mens Dept.)
Patio and BBQ-Stuff: *Funky*Junk* – Backyard BBQ Patio (for the Mens Dept.)