A Good Man

The tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough.  ~ Germaine Greer

A Good Man

I have been given crap in the past about not being “man” enough in my blogs. I wore this to a party recently and Voshie Paine nearly jumped me and she is a fine connoisseur of men, so there :P I think it starts with this white shirt from hiwinyu Fazuku—amazingly rendered with wrinkles and a great collar (white is NOT easy to do, folks). He includes a couple scarves with the shirt, including this striped number. Now you might think shorts are not masculine, they do just fine, especially on a man who knows who he is. These tweed shorts have a great texture and a fine tailored fit. My loafers are from Rob1977 Moonites, his generous gift for Menstuff (which is coming up again soon—starting June 3—woot!).

A Good Man

I think I know why Voshie was hot for me. First it was this skin from Ramses Meredith, which I wear with a body hair layer. (I personally LIKE men with some hair on their bodies.) Those legs—num! And Ramses has paid attention to all details of the male body with equal exactitude.

Maybe it’s the shape. Sophia Rossen has invested a fair amount of time learning the shape of a man’s body (in making shapes, that is) and this one certainly hits all the best notes for me. He’s not too muscular, not too overdone, but he’s still manly. Rowr!

My hair is from a (kinda) new designer, Doctor Aho, who is making hair for the younger male avatars out there—lots of straight hair and shorter cuts (no long or ponytails). His place is definitely worth checking out.

A Good Man

Macho doesn’t prove mucho.  ~Zsa Zsa Gabor

Hair: *DROT* Dex – Dark Chocolate by Doctor Aho for Drot

Skin: Antoine Medium Normal Beard1 – Bald with Antoine Medium Normal Beard1 – Bald – body hair – Tone Pale 4 by Ramses Meredith for Egoisme *

Shape: Sophistishapes – MILTON bodyshape by Sophia Rossen for Sophistishapes *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Grey (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Shirt with scarf: ::Mr.Poet::White Shirts and Slim scarf by hiwinyu Fazuku for ::Mr.Poet::

Pants: Tweed Pants_H&S_Gray_KALMIA labo.(MNK*SHOP)sw by kaneyan Nicholls for MNK*SHOP

Glasses: Solar Eyewear ~ Nash by Solar Flare for Solar Eyewear

Shoes: MENstuff Hunt #7 *FIR & MNA* by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA*

European Carryall: HOC – Leather messenger bag – Black by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

:. WoE .: at Fashion for Life

Dick Wiesel has been bringing sexy casual to SL for three years, giving girls and guys the kind of grungy burnished look that takes them out of the fantasy ballrooms and plunks them into a more revved up real life.

Woe at Fashion for Life

Did I mention sexy? Dick seems to have some secret sauce in his clothes that he adds that makes them simmer with a sort of understated sexiness. Yes, there are bared midriffs but rarely do you see something overtly skin baring.

Woe at Fashion for Life

It’s as if Dick’s fantasy of sexy is the girl next door, amped up a little with some grunge, some complex textures and some easy casual. I mean, Dick’s favorite girl looks sexy in sweats and a loose tank top.

Woe at Fashion for Life

Dick also offers some great looks for men, along the same line, and he will be showing all this and FIVE new offerings at Fashion for Life, which is open NOW. Dick generously and unhesitatingly offered to sponsor a sim, offering his brand name and an ample donation to support the American Cancer Society. The sim he sponsors, Shulman, has been lauded by Tyr Rozenblum as “bad ass.” Come see it and all the great stores on it and the other eight sims.

Woe at Fashion for Life

Photo 1:

  • Hair: Miamai_Ellek Tail Blonde_Black Bow by monica Outlander for Miamai, FLL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Skin: -Glam Affair- Mary Light – E/BL/B 02 with -Glam Affair- Mary – Blush A by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Green (M) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: :. WoE .: Cary Sweater/Dress (Plum Faded) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Belt: :. WoE .: Nomi Leather Belt (Grey) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Boots: [Gos] Curvaceous Boot by Gospel Voom for [Gos], FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim

Photo 2:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * AMELIE * /darkbrown by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: (AMD) Emily – Peach with (AMD) Eyeshadows – Smokey by Apple May for Apple May Designs, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Top: :. WoE .: Jenae Tie Front Sweater (Russet) by Dick Wiesel for:. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Jeans: :. WoE .: Gauge Jeans (Grease) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: ::Duh!:: Black/Silver Slip-on Clogs by Renee Harvy for Duh!, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim

Photo 3:

  • Hair: [e] Melody – Blonde 02 by Elikapeka by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: : HS : Reverie : Ghosts (beautymarks/c) by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick Skins, FFL Store Sponsor by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick Skins, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Top: :. WoE .: Dawn Cropped Tank (Purple) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Pants: :. WoE .: Reina Sweatpants (Petal) by Dick Wiesel for:. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Jewelry: Ear Candy ~ Hunk of Pink Earrings and Ear Candy ~ Hunk of Pink Bangles by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy, FFL Store Sponsor on the Arbus sim
  • Boots: *FFL Exclusive* + ADDiCTIA + ORGANIKA Boots: Knitted Pink by Oct Oakleaf for + ADDiCTIA +, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim

Photo 4:

  • Hair: [e] Vivid – Brown 01 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: Style by Kira – Kate Skin 01A – CE by Kira Paderborn by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Sweater: :. WoE .: Ginger Sweater (Brown) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Jeans: :. WoE .: Graecyn Capri Jeans (Bronze) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Handbag: HOC – Leather messenger bag – Brown by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries, FFL Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim
  • Shoes: Zaara : Ilaida Mojri *mocha* by Zaara Kohime for {Zaara}, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim

Heartthrob

I have been writing my blogs while watching “Coffee Prince,” a Korean sitcom/drama. It’s hilarious. A rich bachelor is being encouraged to get married by his battleaxe grandmother. In order to get out of being set up on dates, he hires a young woman delivery person to be a young man he can be seen with so the rumor is that he’s gay. At one point he dresses the young woman up, and she learns how to “be a man.”

Heartthrob

I had the same experience styling myself for this blog. While I found the jacket and jeans myself, I was critically assessed for my bad shape and hair (and my lack of “smooth” with the ladies) by a male. The jacket with shirt comes from mappy Handrick, who is currently having a very generous sale on men’s items. The jeans are my favorite boys’ jeans—loose where they need to be and tight in all the right places. The bracelet is from Jon Ree, who has some awesome pieces for men as well as women. I think these could pass as manly, right?

Heartthrob

The skin is from Aeon Jiminy, one I have been wearing a lot in these blogs. I like this skin a lot—it doesn’t look like all the other guys. It’s masculine and sexy with a youthful look and great whiskers. My revised shape helps it greatly. The hair is amazing—from Winter DiPrima, it’s a great offering for men who want to look sexy and cosmopolitan. My stylist was right on about this hair–it’s packed with “smooth.”

Heartthrob

Words have no wings but they can fly a thousand miles. ~ Korean proverb

Hair: LAQ ~ Radiant M05 (L) – Midnight by Winter DiPrima for Laqroki

Skin: no.07 :: Demetris – Natural :: Goatee 01 – Hair by Aeon Jiminy for no.07 *

Jacket: *ARAI* Leather Jacket_black by mappy Handrick for Arai

Jeans: AOHARU_BT_VintageDenim(Pack A) by machang Pichot for Aoharu

Bracelet: Bracelet — Men’s Domingo silver links by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Shoes: HOC Industries – Easy Striders by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Muscle

Is it wrong for a woman to confess that once in a while she likes a man with a little muscle?

Muscle

I walked around in this guy at the Shoe Fair and goodness, there are a few ladies who like muscle (you know who I am talking about, Delora, Solange, and Phoenix). Well it didn’t hurt that I had this tank from Dick Wiesel and leather pants from Avrele Guisse. Crocodile boots from swaffette Firefly made the look complete.

Muscle 

Part of the sexiness and a lot of the muscle comes from this outstanding skin from Emilia Redgrave. Not sure how she shows the veins in the arms so well or got the sheen on his skin so well, but goodness, he’s hot. And it’s all supported by a fine shape from Sophia Rossen (which I modified in the face to make it a little more structurally right).

Muscle

Finally, the hair.. goodness, the hair. This hair is made by Mirja Mills, the queen of wild fantasy hair. I realize this is panther hair, but dang it looks so fine on this man with the feathers and the beads. Then he gets the sunglasses from Guu Nishi, set on opaque, the toothpick from Aletta Milena and the obligatory gold chain, this one from my pal, SC Tracy.

Muscle

Men should be like coffee, hot sweet and strong” ~ Dutch Proverb quotes

Hair: SCHATTENREITER hair by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions *

Skin: 04   Dark-Tan Skin -Tyson-/goatee+base+chesthair  *REDGRAVE* by Emilia Redgrave for Redgrave

Shape: Sophistishapes – LLOYD bodyshape by Sophia Rossen for Sophistishapes (modified from original)

Top: :. WoE .: Dragon Tank (Grey) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: *

Pants: Avrele Reble Mens Low Waist Leather Pants 121809 by Avrele Guisse for Avrele*

Sunglasses: HOC – Aviator style glasses #003 Male by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Tattoo: Dragon Wing by Ctarr Huszar for Beyond Tattoo

Chain: !Rfyre Roman Eagle Amulet Necklace by SC Tracy for RFyre *

Earring: Made by me :)

Toothpick: toothpick by Aletta Milena for Somethin’ in Your Mouth

Boots: sf design crocodile boots black – mens by swaffette Firefly for SF Design

Most Likely To

Remember that one guy in high school, the one everyone liked, the one who spoke the truth but never spoke it so as to hurt anyone, the one who was a great athlete, great student, who would do anything to help anyone and also your pal, even though he had a girlfriend and you were a dork?

Most Likely To

Rob1977 Moonites is that guy for me. Even though he is a successful businessman and graphic designer, even though he is partnered to a lovely lady, he always has time to talk and joke around and lend his expertise. In fact, he designed the new blog theme I will be unveiling soon (once I get my stuff together) as a rez day gift after we talked about it for 2 hours at least (and yes he has a sexy Irish brogue). He really is tops.

Rob is also a great men’s fashion designer, lending his very male tastes to this underserved market. This incredible letter jacket (with “M” for “Mighty”?) is one of his latest creations. Made out of cleverly sculpted jacket and button placket and collar with puffy sculpted sleeves, this letter jacket brings to mind “Glee.” I wear it with black cords from Rob and a wife beater also made by him. The complete look is all guy (even smells like a guy).

Most Likely To

I show it with a skin from Aeon Jiminy that Rob turned me on to. Turn on is the story here with this skin. Between the handsomely drawn face and the hot bod, Aeon has made a new male skin for men who are looking for another look to add to their arsenal. (This skin also makes a particularly good one for guys who want to look like a good guy—the smiling lips, the kind eyes with the slight shadow underneath, the sexy whiskers.) I will mention that Aeon’s store is on an adult sim—only verified users can access. There is nothing particularly salacious there but without verification, you can’t get in.

Most Likely To

All ‘round good guy:

Hair: >TRUTH< Hank – treacle by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: no.07 :: Demetris – Natural :: Natural – Bald by Aeon Jiminy for no.07 *

Jacket: *FIR* Varsity Jacket “M” by Rob1977 Moonites for FIR *

Shirt: *FIR* White Wife Beater by Rob1977 Moonites for FIR *

Pants: *FIR* Black Cords by Rob1977 Moonites for FIR *

Shoes: HOC Apparel – Bolts Sneakers – Unisex by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Pretty is as Pretty Does

I have a few friends in SL that I speak to more in IM than face to face. We don’t get together and party. We don’t play together. We just talk about inane things, like jelly donuts and who is cute and how crappy it is to go through rolling restarts. Nothing earth-shattering but very friendly and fun.

Pretty is as Pretty Does

Delora Starbrook is my sugar plum for such stuff. She IMs me, we chatter. She is designing—tweaking and tinkering and uploading, and I am writing blogs and sorting inventory and moving prims around. I have the sneaking hunch we are like two office workers, chatting across our desks while we work. She is the girl in the desk on the other side of the cubicle. Under normal circumstances we would not know each other but in this crazy place, we are thrown together and rather like each other.

Delora has delighted me more than once—in naming a camisk after me, in trying to quit smoking, and now in sharing her lovely work. This lovely tea-length dress by Delora reveals a beautiful mind, one that loves romance and prettiness. She has perfected her textures, layering brocade with subtle shadows and sheen. Here she combines sculpties and flexis well, making an overall dress that would make any woman feel beautiful wearing it.

Pretty is as Pretty Does

I show the dress with a dewy skin from Gala Phoenix and pretty let-down locks from Parvarti Monday. Cailyn Miller’s jewelry stands the test of time in SL—I believe I received this choker in 2007, and it still looks beautiful today.

Pretty is as Pretty Does

Pretty girl:

Hair: fri. – Eloise – Jealous Red by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Zenia 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Dress: *HD* Rhapsody – Red by Delora Starbrook for Haven Designs

Jewelry: *Cailyn’s* Victoriana Set (Ruby) by Cailyn Miller for Cailyn’s

Shoes: HOC Apparel – MIB Stilettos 2 by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Do Boys Make Passes…

at girls who wear glasses? I think a lot of men here would answer “Yes!” considering the number of brainy women in SL. If your girl is one of these kinds of girls, the kind who keeps “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” and a stack of O’Reilly books near her bedside, who quotes Anais Nin AND Dr. Dobbs, who can purr Neruda and Ruby in your ear, then this is the one for her.

Do Boys Make Passes...

First we have this delicious ensemble from Shai Delacroix, which includes elements of everything your favorite geek girl probably likes. First, with its brocaded fabrics, sweet lacy top on the panties and retro thigh highs, the outfit is imbued with romance.

Do Boys Make Passes...

Then there are the low cut back and panties sliding up the derriere—definitely sexy. Finally, with the ties wrapped around the neck and upper arms, tied around her waist and hips, there is a bit of bondage in the outfit, and honestly, geek girls all enjoy a touch of kink.

Do Boys Make Passes...

These sweet little shoes from Hays Uriza should make every thinking girl happy. With their twist on Mary Jane styling, from the criss-crossed straps to the platform sole to the shiny vinyl texture, they suit her need for a bit of practicality combined with clumsy girliness mixed with a naughty touch of latex.

Do Boys Make Passes...

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself. ~ Anais Nin

Hair: [V] Vignette Jaime Charcoal by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson PALE 4 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza

Intimates: *Shai* Chastity Lingerie Set – Black by Shai Delacroix for Casa del Shai

Glasses: HOC – Rectangle Framed Glasses #001 by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Shoes: HAYSURIZA-Cyndi-(Wedge-EnBlack)Pumps by Hays Uriza for * HAYSURIZA *  Rhizome Shop

Her favorite station today? KGRL, Sugar-Free Flower-Powered Radio. Her song? “Surprise” by Inara George

Vintage Postcard

Another collection has been released recently that has had a ripple around the grid, this time with the opening of a famous and much lauded sim—the collective of several creative and clearly well-organized artists. It’s an interesting model, as I had commented, and very impressive.

Vintage Postcard

The Tableau sim is, as expected, unexpected and beautiful in a sort of ordinary picture way. It’s great to see the not-so-fantastic, the home of grungy gray snow and quiet streets, rendered in this world of spinning and glowing things. The creators at Paper Couture add a splash of drama to the proceedings with their Winter Collection, again pulling out the stops with interesting experiments with sculpties and flexis, textures, and system pieces.

Vintage Postcard

In fact, one of the things that Ava Lu does brilliantly—more so than most any designer in SL, is use the flaws of the system skirt to her advantage. She blows it out and up, making a broadly skirted jacket for this suit, pulling it over a prim skirt. The skirt, a sculpty, is overblown and gorgeous, evoking the stiffness of taffeta. The textures, especially the “burnt” edges, are luscious.

I show this dress with a very bold and gorgeous skin from Torie Senne. The red red lips pop and work with a sort of interesting frisson with the yellow eyeshadow. That shadow pushes me past a mere vintage look to something else, something I hope more edgy as the folks at Tableau and Paper Couture would have it.

Vintage Postcard

Vintage couture:

Hair: Kin-Nova-[black] by Kin Keiko for Kin

Skin: [Bebae] Fabia > Cinna: 05 by Torie Senne for Bebae *

Dress: p.c; Black Floral SuitGown by Ava Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: HOC – Chunky Stiletto Pumps by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Collecting Art

Lorac Farella IM’d me with the words I always like to hear from her—“Would you like to see some new skins?” Lorac, as has become apparent with this blog, is usually my skin maker of choice. I try other skins, but I always end up with Lorac’s because they “look like” Harper.

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One of my fantasies in this other life was to be an art collector; as a result I have an extensive collection of art on prims, but honestly, some of the best art I own comes in the form of fashion, skins, hair, etc. Lorac’s are, of my collection, some of the best of the best. They provide me the most aesthetic and personal enjoyment.

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Her new “Life” line has the hallmarks of a Lorac skin—the detailed and almost poignant eyes, the luscious drawn lips, the finely defined collarbones, the beautifully arched eyebrows (and I have to say, with skins, it’s *always* about the eyebrows for me), the deliciously drawn sensuous body. A woman in Lorac’s skin is a woman—not a girl, not a Barbie doll, not an anime cartoon. She is a full and entire woman.

Collecting Art

Unlike many bloggers, I choose not to do the omnibus approach to showing the skins—you can see that in the store. I chose one to wear, and I wore paeoti Pomeray’s sexy and fun lingerie with it so you can see the approach of two different artists—where Lorac is almost painterly, paeoti’s textures are smoother and more bright and contrasted. Yet the two look good together.

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Then I top it all with another artist’s work—Sky Everett’s hair. I have said before Sky’s hair is fantasy hair—piled-high, full, extravagant and luxurious, her hair is the dream of beautiful women across the grid. One could never say Sky is parsimonious with her textures or prims—or her talents.

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For the collector:

Hair: Sky Everett Designs-Kiera hair black W/bangs/WO/lights by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone4 m4/Black brows by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins*

Lingerie: !!!Paeoti_Maladay Costume/Lingerie by paeoti Pomeray for Nymphetamine

Shoes: HOC Apparel – MIB Stilettos 2 by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries