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

Free Spirit

I’m cut loose. I’m a free spirit. It’s not easy but there it is.

Free Spirit

This outfit is perfect for a free spirit. Made by Christel Morane, it’s a complete ensemble from top to bottom. She includes a backpack, a shirt tied around the waist, bandannas, and ripped jeans and hiking boots. (What’s in the backpack you can only imagine—589 pairs of shoes, 2313 hairs, 234 skins, 1249 things named “Object”….) It’s a cute outfit for girls wandering the grid.

Free Spirit

I have put on a brand new skin from LiLO Glom with freckles. I love this fresh look and it fits Sophia Rossen’s new shape, Melody, really well. Truth Hawks’ darling haircut is perfect for this look—a quick easy style for stepping out the door and into the world.

Free Spirit

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” ~ Helen Keller

Hair: >TRUTH< Penny – caramel by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *JeSyLiLO*:::YUMMY:::*LightSkin*J6 by LiLO Glom for *JeSyLiLO* *

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

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Bronze (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Outfit (with boots and backpack): Delirium Style – The Hiker F by Christel Morane for Delirium *

Shorts Weather

It’s not quite shorts weather. In fact, it’s still abysmally cold outside. I have been going through my plant catalogs without a lot of enthusiasm this year because spring has been slow in coming this year. So what am I thinking wearing shorts?

Shorts Weather

Lynaja Bade has the answer with this darling outfit—wear tights with the shorts!  This serves two purposes actually—warms the legs and saves your knees from the dirt when you are kneeling down poking at your irises and carefully teasing out the old plants from last year from the tender new shoots. I love the textures in the outfit–the old-fashioned print on the blouse, the wooly tights. This outfit is dirt cheap (no pun intended) at her store right now with several other great things on sale as well.

Shorts Weather

I am wearing one of Sophia Rossen’s new shapes. I realize she includes a styling card with each shape, and my choice of skin is not the one she chose. (In fact, she gives you a whole set of information–where to get skin, eyes, and hair.) Nevertheless, it’s a fine shape with a lovely face and works well with Tuli Asturias’ newest skin, which is another home run. Is it a terrific shape or a great skin that makes me look good here? I don’t know, and does it matter because I look cute.

Shorts Weather

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise! ~ Wallace Stevens

Hair: [e] Play 2 – Red 07 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Skin: [:T:] Sara / sunkissed :: 01 with [:T:] Sara / sunkissed / lips :: Coral by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

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

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Clover Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Outfit: CONCRETE FLOWERS- BOUNCY SPRING OUTFIT by Lynaja Bade for Concrete Flowers

Boots: :Kookie:: 50L Friday – Nyox Hobbit  boots by Kookie Lemon for Kookie

Dark Sister

I don’t have a blood sister but I have several soul sisters—Eshi, Raven, and now Syngen. And deep in my heart I have a dark sister.

Dark Sister

Her ways are quiet but strong. This dress from Vixn Dagger is a perfect choice for her. With its rich brocade and laced decolletage, my dark sister is both contained and sexy. With its romantic and slightly Victorian air, this dress is ideal for a gothic look or a vampire. Vixn has really improved her work as her business has grown—she once just did eyes, which I find hard to imagine anymore because she has such a wide variety of darker and sexy looks for men and women both. (She’s also a mensch, but that is beside the point.)

Dark Sister

My skin is from Sachi Vixen, who generously made this set exclusively for the Fantasy Faire, which benefits the American Cancer Society 100%. I layered on the Dark Fae makeup to make our dark sister even darker. I love the blue eyeshadow and made it pop with Ikon Innovia’s blue eyes. (If you go to Fantasy Faire, remember all the good stuff about keeping lag down—draw distance down, etc. They have a lot going on there.)

I show with a shape from Sophia Rossen, who has been fashioning great shapes for avatars around the grid. This shape was not meant to be worn with this skin but it fills it out perfectly (which is what makes a good shape). She is not too frowny nor too thin and not too squinty or alien shaped. In fact, I think she has a rather fine buxom figure.

Dark Sister

A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite. ~ Elizabeth Fishel

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * BREATH 2 * /black by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:.*

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Astrelle Fae Special with Adam n Eve Skins – Astrelle Full Face Tattoo – Dark Fae by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve, sold at the Fantasy Faire, benefiting Relay for Life *

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

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

Dress: Vengeful Threads  – Gothic Romance Dress by Vixn Dagger for Vengeful Threads

Lazy Sunday

It’s a lazy Sunday—nowhere to go, a cup of coffee, a newspaper, NPR on my iPad.

Lazy Sunday

On a morning like this, you can’t help but be happy for all you have. Swaffette Firefly sure makes me happy with this cozy but sexy robe. She has combined sculpty prims and system pieces in a skilled manner. Instead of giving us a frumpy torso prim, she uses the skirt layer to make the bottom of the robe and puts a sculpty belt on. She uses prims to make the cozy wrinkled sleeves.

Lazy Sunday

My guy (read: me as a boy) likes his cozy robe too. Swaffette manages what many don’t—she provides beautiful and useful fashions for both men and women. And a men’s robe looks like a man would wear it—it’s just as sexy on him as on her. These robes are no copy/transfer, so I can see buying a set and giving one to your sweetheart. Valentine’s is just around the corner ;)

Lazy Sunday

I got my skin from Al Vulo after seeing a similar on another avatar. I have gone back and forth about Al Vulo. There is something a little too much about it and I can’t put my finger on it—too much sheen, too much makeup, too much color? I chose this skin for its more subtle makeup and great eyebrows. Al Vulo’s almost there for me—almost.

Lazy Sunday

An American of the present day reading his Sunday newspaper in a state of lazy collapse is one of the most perfect symbols of the triumph of quantity over quality that the world has yet seen. ~ Irving Babbitt

On her:

Hair: >TRUTH< Eva – cranberry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: al vulo- berta* natural 2 tan by Hlin Bluebird for al vulo

Robe with Slippers: sf design bathrobe red – hers by swaffette Firefly for sf design *

Newspaper: ILLClan Prop Shop – Newspaper by illclan Kristan for ILLClan Prop Shop

Coffee: Coffee with Steam by Dan Medici

On him (who Raven calls “the Old Spice guy”):

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

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

Robe with Slippers: sf design bathrobe teal  his by swaffette Firefly for sf design *

Go Packers!!!

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

New Yorker Passerby

There is an artist I have enjoyed following over the past few years since I found out about him. Jorge Colombo, who has since become famous for his iPhone New Yorker covers, was doing daily sketches of the people he saw out on the sidewalks of New York City every day that he called “The Dailies.” I was absolutely entranced because he seemed to capture their character so vividly in each sketch, from the tone of their skin to their expression, stance and details. You can see a few of them here but he has been doing them for 10 years. (He used to date stamp each one before it got put on his website.)

I realize that my foray into avatars that look substantially different me is a sort of Jorge Colombo deal where I want to honor the people who would inhabit these bodies, perhaps spark a bit of imagination about their lives, perhaps lend empathy. They are “character sketches” in a very virtual sense. And many of them are my fellow residents in SL.

New York Passersby

In this character sketch we see this gentleman, waiting to cross the street. His name could be Jorge.. or Dwayne.. or Hussein, depending on who his mother is and how she felt when she first saw his face. His sweater, made by potato beanster, shows a certain hipness. His drawstring cargo pants from swaffette firefly show practicality. His hi tops from Coke Dreadlow show a certain quirkiness (since they are orange) and his messenger bag from onakagoo Waco shows an artistic bent. He’s definitely a native New Yorker.

New York Passersby

You have to wonder what’s in the bag.. art supplies? School books? Graphic novels? As he gazes out from behind his sunglasses at the traffic, you can see he’s quite a handsome man. Perhaps it’s his modeling portfolio in that bag. Certainly the skin Emilia Redgrave has provided shows off his best attributes. He is a delicious man of color.

Kavar Cleanslate completes the look for our handsome city man with dreadlocks perfect for this man about town.

New York Passersby

“Every day I am a spy for two minutes – and every day I am after a different person.” ~ Jorge Colombo

Hair: Exile Andre cheyanne by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile

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)

Sweater: Ducknipple Tom Sweater by beanster Potato for Ducknipple

Pants: sf design cargo cutoffs stone mens by swaffette Firefly for SF Designs

Sunglasses: ROLE OPTIC SG-77 Escuda (male) by Rohal Schnyder for Role Optic *

Messenger Bag: ::: ArtMeter ::: bag S Orange by onakagoo Waco for ArtMeter(no longer available)

Earring: Made by me :)

Shoes: PornStar Hi-Tops MultiColor v2 by Coke Dreadlow for Urban Bomb Unit

Poses by Diesel Rogan of Diesel Works Animations *