What Barely’s Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Barely got hit with a set of vests and shirts with bow ties from Jayden Rage. At first he wasn’t quite sure what to do, but a look through the set showed a pretty intensely cool choice of pieces. Jayden’s opening a store and wants to make sure you all check these out. (Barely and I think you should too.) Barely and I worked together to nerd up his look, opting for some spectacular madras pants from Nazaire and spiffy shoes from 2REAL Okelli. Now if he wouldn’t fall asleep while I am trying to take photos….

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Hair – Exile – Kavar Cleanslate – Sexy Action News in Drift

Skin – Nivaro – ReishiProphet Resident – Emerson Skin in creamtone

Sweater – Avoid – Jayden Rage – Geekazoid in 18 *

Eyes – Ikon – Ikon Innovia – Eternal Eyes in Storm

Trousers – Entente – Nazaire Resident – Madras Pants

Shoes – 2Real – 2REAL Okelli – Low Cuttlerz

Posing stool: Diesel Works – Hemingway Stool by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Lupe

Lupe

She calls me and I can hear the purr of her soft Carribean voice blunted by the consonants of Dutch in my ear. “Darling!” she greets me. “I am going shopping tomorrow. Would you like to join me?”

Lupe

She is technically still a he. She still has the equipment to be a he, but prefers the adornment and way of being a woman. She is not swishy or femme—she is womanly, revealing a regal demeanor cut with a tough edge. Years of being underground in her desires and then the painful process of coming out in a macho culture have created strong backbone. She is not flamboyant as so many in her situation but rather dignified and self-contained.

Europe afforded her a safer place to be who she was, but it also gave her cold feet—cold cold feet. “Darling,” she laughs, “there are days when I can’t feel my poor toes it’s so cold here.” She likes recounting the first time she got off the plane in Northern Europe in January. She had no idea what she was encountering. It was surreal to her. All the sunny days of her childhood in the Carribean, the dry salty air, the big turquoise skies and bright colors in the white sun—all washed to a gray, damp efficient urban solidity.

Some days she wears colors—bright colors. They remind her of the joy of spring in her new home, the rich loam in the air,  the colors of nature exploding and awakening and warmth finally returning to her feet. The first spring she hopped on her bike, rode for kilometers and happened on a tulip field. She gazed at it for hours.

Lupe

Shopping with Lupe is a trip as in a “trip.” She dabbles in the black arts of fashion, finding all the backstore jewelers, the street vendors with gypsy fabrics, the bizarre and unusual and exotic. She mixes leather with snakeskin, lace with motorcycle boots, black lipstick with lush lashes. She is an other being, transinternational and transsexual.

 

She works as a hostess/bouncer in a sex club—there is simply no other work suitable for a woman who is a man. “Eh, it’s three nights a week and good pay. Who am I to complain?” She has a degree in psychology—it serves her well in comforting the t-girls, moody on hormones, fretting about their finances and their nails, crying about the disappointments of their transformation. She always counsels, “It’s a long road and doesn’t always seem to get you as far as you hoped. But it’s the road that chose us so it’s the right way.”

This is one of her club outfits—a combination of fetish and lace and leather. It serves her well—it alternately turns on the patrons and scares them into good behavior. This ensemble is a favorite—dark, brash, sexy. It shows off the surgery she has paid dearly for—an augmentation both expensive and painful.

Is she happy? Happy enough. She has found her place, though her feet get cold sometimes. This is her life.

Lupe

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

Hair: Reptilia by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills

Skin and Eyes:  Anaya by Psycho Kondor for PK Skins

Makeup: Heavy black combo by Yoko Leeeroy for .:Glamorize:.

Bodysuit: JD EXOTIC by Wiraya Johin for Jaydee Designs

Bracelets: Kabuki by Kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Earrings: Senjyu by Mandala by Kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Nails: Kabuki by Mandala by Kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Choker: Milky Way by Kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Piercings (nose): Gemma by ROZOREGALIA Braveheart for Rozoregalia

Hip Chain: Babette by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer

Belt: Dominator by Tatyana Ultsch for Insanya

Boots: Elise by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild

Scene ~*GOD*~ Dream Scene – Showcase Set 2 – Box (Snake) by Kayle Matzerath for Garden of Dreams *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Model: Lupe. Photos and text by Harper Beresford

I’m Shakin’

I'm Shakin'

When you touch my hand and you talk sweet talk
I got a knocking in my knees and a wobble in my walk
Yeah, and I’m tremblin’ and I’m shakin’

~ “I’m Shakin’” by Little Willie John, covered by Jack White

I'm Shakin'

Barely plays a lot of alt country, which is a mix of rock n roll, blues, and country with no small amount of punk mixed in. So our look makes sense (I hope) for one of Barely’s DJ parties.

I can’t remark on his choice of couture except to say that the shirt is one he wrangled out of CarrieAnn Lemon, who is releasing a series of them TODAY. And the creepers from UnknownSoldier Maximus are his shoe of choice. I personally have donned a shorty short dress from Spooky Mistwallow that comes complete with lingerie and decided to dress it up in rockabilly style with tattoos and cateye glasses from Antonia Marat and hoop earrings from Maxi Gossamer. Little ankle boots from Onyx Leshelle make the outfit complete.

I'm Shakin'

Of course the whole retro look starts with Truth Hawks’ top-curl hair, which I just love and red red lips from Launa Fauna which make the beautiful pale skin from Tuli Asturias pop. Barely stuns with a Belleza skin made uncharacteristically punk with hair from Jay Khaos and eyes from Ikon Innovia.

I'm Shakin'

When you take me in your arms and talk romance
My heart starts doing the St. Vitus’ dance
And I’m pantin’ and I’m shakin’

On Barely:

Skin – Belleza – Tricky Boucher – Dylan in Pale 3

Hair – Raw House – Jay Khaos – Khaos in Black

Eyes – Ikon – Ikon Innovia – Eternal Eyes in Black

Shirt – Ellemeno – CarrieAnn Lemon – Playing from the Grave *

Jeans – Lapointe & Bastchild – Paul Lapointe – L&B Mesh jeans in Distressed

Glasses – PrimOptic – Nibb Tardis – Fifty

Shoes – BC322 – UnknownSoldier Maximus – Brothel Creepers in Mersey

On Harper:

Hair: >TRUTH< Sassy 2 w/Roots – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [:T:] Helena / powder :: December 31 (TDR) by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, available at TDR Fusion

Makeup: L.Fauna Starlet Makeup [Graphite] by Launa Fauna for L.Fauna and -Belleza- Eyeliner 2 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Bleached Blue ML by Ikon Innovia for IKON

Dress: :KR: Araya Dress & Lingere Set – Black by Spooky Mistwallow for Kastle Rock

Glasses: /artilleri/ Meredith glasses (chin) *red* by Antonia Marat for artilleri

Earrings: MG – Earrings – Late Night Hoops by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer

Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_ScarlettPlain by Jin Elfan for Leverocci

Tattoo: /artilleri/ maggie tattoo (no chest) by Antonia Marat for artilleri

Boots: Maitreya Devi Booties Black by Onyx Leshelle for Maitreya

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

What Barely’s Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

“Barely!” I IM’d.

“Yup?”

“Can I throw you in my blog?”

“Yup.”

Two hours later after I had him replace his shirt, his pants and his shoes about 20 times, here he was. But wait! SOCKS! (Why do men always forget the socks?)

“I know about the socks! I’m working on it!”

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Hat/Hair – ARGRACE – rika Oyen – Straw Fedora/Casey

Eyes – IKON – Ikon Innovia –  Eternal Eyes in Pewter

Skin – Belleza – Tricky Boucher – Cooper “FAIR”

Shirt – The Plastik – Typhaon Nishi – Malleus in Brocade

Pants – FATEwear – Damien Fate – Cory in Tundra

Socks – FATEwear – Damien Fate – Ben  in Void

Shoes – 1-800-Betties – Jacqueline Boehm – Saddle Shoes in Black/Gray

The Tux

The Tux

The thing about a tuxedo is that it is virile and feminine at the same time. ~ Catherine Deneuve

The Tux

Only in SL is the tuxedo required apparel for every man alive. In most places, the tuxedo is the domain of the privileged class or the penguins in the opera. It’s like we demand men be dashing when really all they want to wear is jeans. I don’t mind this one bit—if we dress them up here, certainly that can transfer to some real life formality?

The tux I have on is the mesh brainchild of Paul Lapointe. Not only did he convert his amazing system piece-and-prim tuxes to mesh but he includes with them a hud for choosing elements of the tuxedo. So when I put this sucker on, I had four choices for each of lapel style, pants color, tie texture and vest. I ended up with something a bit conservative, I grant you, but I wanted to show men it’s ok to wear a tux. You won’t look like a goof!

The Tux

My shape comes courtesy of Gil Warwillow, who cooked this up for girly little me and who will be selling them in the future. I feature Reishiprophet’s handsome and sexy Zan skin. I had tried many shapes on with this skin and the skin fit over each amazingly well and retained its handsomeness without looking like a mask of sameness on each shape. That’s the mark of a great skin, in my opinion. My hair is a little top poof from Kavar Cleanslate which, along with my retro glasses from Laika SaintLouis, gives this almost a tinge of nostalgic Buddy Holly.

The Tux

“The idea behind the tuxedo is the woman’s point of view that men are all the same; so we might as well dress them that way. That’s why a wedding is like the joining together of a beautiful, glowing bride and some guy. The tuxedo is a wedding safety device, created by women because they know that men are undependable. So in case the groom chickens out, everybody just takes one step over, and she marries the next guy.” ~ Jerry Seinfeld

Hair: ::Exile:: Revolver:Sable by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: -NIVARO- Emerson Skin -summertone – trailhair_clean_hair by Reishiprophet for –Nivaro- *

Shape: Distinctive Shapes By Gil – Corbin Shape by Gil Warwillow

Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Tuxedo: L&B Mesh (SM) “Modern Black Open Tuxedo” by Paul Lapointe forLapointe and Bastchild *

Glasses: Alphavillain – Samuel Glasses (Black) by Laika SaintLouis for Alphavillain

Shoes: .:L&B:. Couture dress shoes :Snakeskin 2 buckles by Paul Lapointe forLapointe and Bastchild *

What Barely’s Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Only Barely could make being a scruffy slob look so good. I asked him why he was so grungy and he said, “No reason. But don’t I look awesome?” Instead of a dour look, I posed him in true form, dancing and bowing to the gods of alt country.

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Hair – Dura – Chiaki Xue – Boys&Girls 31 in Dark Brown

Skin – Nivaro – ReishiProphet Resident – Emerson in Summertone

Beard – Nivaro – ReishiProphet – kingbeard_black

Eyes – IKON – Ikon Innovia – Eternal Eyes in Periwinkle

Hoodie – Ducknipple – beanster Potato – Hoodie

Jeans – Connors – Salah Axel – JEANS R&L/R in Black

Shoes – Ollie – Styx Maven – Low Tops Shoes DIRT *Checker Version

Ten Things I Will Get Blaise for the Holidays

The holidays are rapidly approaching and I am fumbling for gifts for friends, especially my male friends.  Blaise and I have conspired to exchange gifts this year, and I have made a list of the ten things I *might* get him if he is a good boy and all that. (Blaise has a corresponding list for me!) The big question is: What do you get the guy who has everything? (Please note that SLURLS are embedded in the write up for this entry.)

10 Things for Blaise

1. First thing I would run to get Blaise is a pair of shoes from HOC Industries. At 50L, these will fit the bill for any man on your list who complains that he can not get past the gray shiny system shoes. Even Blaise would wear these. Find them at HOC Industries, click “Buy as gift” and follow instructions. Please note this delivers immediately.

10 Things for Blaise

2. Once he wears the shoes, Blaise really needs a great suit to wear. Ansor Hoorenbeek realized that lots of men don’t want to be bothered with mixing and matching and would rather have an entire outfit they can just drop on themselves, so a visit to Hoorenbeek is in order. Click “buy as gift” and follow instructions. This will deliver immediately.

10 Things for Blaise

3. Sometimes I don’t want an instant delivery, however. I want to put something in a box under the tree—a box only Blaise can open. The number of creators still making giftable, no copy items has decreased. The Twisted Krissmus event has creators offering items 100L that are no copy and transfer, so I may find something for him there. I will also go to SF Designs, pick out a few great men’s things made by Swaffette Firefly, and put them in a box with a script from Artizan Solutions (made by Zanara Zenovka) that allows the box to be only opened by the person I specify—Blaise. This way we can open gifts together and he can give instant reaction to my excellent choices.

10 Things for Blaise

4. Another thing I may pack into a box for Blaise is a gift card from Redgrave (found in the skin section), who offers a variety of men’s skins, including their newest, this delicious Tyler skin. It’s about time Blaise updates. (/me ducks)

10 Things for Blaise

5. Of course if I am feeling really extravagant, I may just go to Marketplace and get Blaise the Vita Modern Luxury Home that I reviewed a couple weeks ago. Or I could get him a pair of eyes, fuzzy slippers, a dirigible, or even a sim. Almost everything I can think of is available on Marketplace, if you can bear the chance it may not deliver or that it will deliver instantly.

10 Things for Blaise

6. Blaise and I share a special relationship—we both like music. I have often heard a song and thought of him, so I go directly to iTunes and buy him the song, sending it directly to him via email. (Like, “Sexy and I Know It.”) The benefit is I don’t need to know his RL name, his iTunes email, his address or phone number. The downside is that I can only deliver if he lives in the US. (If you choose to send a song to a friend, make sure it can be delivered. Due to intellectual property right differences among countries, songs and other IP can not always get delivered.) I chose to send him my new favorite song, “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz. (“This is fucking awesome!”)

10 Things for Blaise

7. We also enjoy reading, the two of us. If he has a Kindle app on his computer, iPad, Kindle or Android, he can read this book, which I have so thoughtfully sent to him via “Amazon Whispernet.” He will receive a link in the email I sent it to with no need for me to know his name, religion or weight.

10 Things for Blaise

8. Blaise has a Cheesecake Factory around the corner from him–I was checked online. I can get Blaise a Gift Card to the Cheesecake Factory that will email directly to him—again without me knowing his RL name, his phone number, cholesterol level, or address, and I can specify when it will deliver. Lots of national chains offer this service—Google the restaurant online and see.

10 Things for Blaise

9. Blaise is a nice man. I think we all know that. And he’s a guy who has a lot already. Sometimes Blaise would prefer that giving is given to others. That is why I am making a generous donation to the Hunger Task Force this year in his name. Yep, BlaiseJoshua will be helping feed hungry families just by being the great guy he is. A quick review of websites that accept charitable donations shows me that many will allow me to drop dime on them in his name.

10 Things for Blaise

10. Finally, the best gift I can think of is most personal and DOES require I know his phone number. Tajtunes.com will call Blaise and personally sing a song to him over the phone to remind him how special he is to me and they will send an email of the recording of the song to him and me for later amusement. I chose “Jingle Those Bells” because I know Blaise loves nothing more than a little Christmas cheer, sung with a slight Indian accent to add a little spice to his life.

Finally, let me say, all these methods have been tried and tested by myself or various friends, including the Tajtunes. Shop securely knowing that these gifts and more have been given in the past.

Happy Holidays, Blaise!

10 Things for Blaise

My shopping outfit:

Hair: ::Exile:: A Winter’s Tale:Midnight by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: -Belleza- Kate SK Frost by Tricky Boucher for Belleza, available at Frost *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Steel Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Sweater: [ bubble ] Teal Off Shoulder Sweater by Moonbubble Gothly for[bubble], available at Frost *

Jeans: Maitreya Skinny Jeans (no prims version)  – #06 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Boots: Tribe Mesh Mamut Boots by Driftwood Miles for Tribe Wear *

Trompe Loeil – Funky Christmas Tree Gold & Silver v2 and Trompe Loeil – Holiday 2012 giftboxes by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil *

Pose by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations

What Barely’s Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Barely showed up in jeans today, a pair I thought was pretty nice with fading in the right places and appropriate wrinkles. He had these preppy glasses on, which were kinda nice because you can see his Ikon eyes through them. The long hair… I like it with this look, especially since he is wearing the new Sey vest/shirt thing and a scarf from Boho Hobo.

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Hair – Dura – chiaki Xue – Dura Boy 35 in Dark Brown

Skin – Belleza – Tricky Boucher – Ethan Pale 4

Eyes – IKON – Ikon Innovia – Eternal Eyes in Pewter

Vest/Shirt – Sey – risey Arai – Gilet + T-shirt

Jeans – Mesh Theory – Risa Resident – Men’s Jeans in Blue

Scarf – Boho Hobo – Trill Zapatero – Scarf in coal

Glasses – Kumaki Glasses Style – koguma Kumaki – dub 1.00

Boots – GOS – Gospel Voom – [DOCS-V2] 8 HOLE in Old

What Barely’s Wearing, Dec. 14

What Barely's Wearing, Dec. 14

This is a new guesty kind of thing where Barely Texan will be wearing stuff and showing it off. I have nothing to say about what he wears, though I may comment once in a while. This is more a touch-and-feel part of the blog. I take the photos, provide the poses, Barely does the styling and modeling. I set up the entry. We’re gonna try to make this as low-impact as possible. Of course you won’t get my pithy writing. You have to look at ME for that because I know–you just follow the blog for the articles.

What Barely's Wearing, Dec. 14

What Barely's Wearing, Dec. 14

What Barely's Wearing, Dec. 14

Hair – Salon de GLOW – kawadai Criss – M-05 in Dark Brown

Skin – Belleza – Tricky Boucher – Dylan Pale Frost

Eyes – IKON – Ikon Innovia – Horizon Eyes v2 Deep Green

Jacket – n-creation – nico200 Planar – Jacket in brown

Shirt – Hoorenbeek – LimerDesigner Flux – Tee for jackets in Beige

Pants – Hoorenbeek – LimerDesigner Flux – Mesh Pants in Habano

Shoes – Kauna – Ross Myhre – Brogues in Brown

Barely Enough

Barely Enough

“I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion.” ~ John Steinbeck

Barely Enough

I should have named the post “Enough Barely,” because in this post you get to see plenty of Barely Texan, a friend from the great state of Texas. I have so many friends in SL from Texas. Now I don’t always agree with their politics, their lifestyle (big is not ALWAYS better) or their weather, but to a person, the people are genuine and amazing. Barely is just one such—adventurous in his music choices, colorful in his dress, and bold in his humor—he’s hardly “barely” anything.

And Barely stepped up to do this blog because he has an extraordinary wardrobe and sense of fashion. He just makes one heckuva SL boy. Take for example, his Texas summer look here—mesh top from Metro Moonwall, board shorts from Kitt Ragu and sandals from Eow Reverie. Bing bang boom and Barely has it going on.

Barely Enough

The big show here is the newest skin from Reishiprophet—Emerson. I was going to ask Blunt to show this skin, but Barely pointed out that with a name like Emerson, it’s meant for a thoughtful, intelligent man, and he volunteered to show it himself. (Poor Blunt.) Barely gives Emerson another whole flavor, showing off the luscious lips, the aquiline nose, the dark masculine eyebrows with Barely’s own brand of boyish personality and sexy soulfulness, especially combined with Ikon Innovia’s eyes. (Note here to all in SL, there are no genders to eyes—eyes are eyes. Barely wears the same brown eyes I often wear but makes them so much more… manly.)

Barely Enough

“You can all go to hell; I will go to Texas.” ~ David Crockett

Hair – Dura-Boys&Girls*34(Dark Brown) by Chiaki Xue for Dura

Skin – Nivaro – Emerson skin- summertone – hairy_stubble_bald by Reishiprophet for Nivaro

Eyes – IKON – Utopia Eyes – Dark wood (M) by Ikon Innovia for IKON

Tanktop – Sleepy Eddy – Layered Tanktop (Red) by Metro Moonwall for Sleepy Eddy

Shorts – C’est La Vie – ::K:: BoardShorts Mesh classicbrown by Kitt Ragu for ::K::

Sandals – Ronsem – male Sandals (mesh) by Eow Reverie for Ronsem