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Shopping Tips for the Modern Male

11-28-2017

It’s a dirty job…

This time of year, it’s unavoidable. No matter how much of your Christmas shopping you accomplish online, there are just some things you have to go to the traditional brick and mortar stores to find. I’ve discovered a few tricks to make those times when you have to venture out a little less scary.

  1. Weekends are a no go…  We may have time away from our jobs on the weekends, but hitting the stores during them is a big NO, unless of course you like crowds, long lines and getting backed into by careless drivers of electric carts. If you must venture out on the weekend, go early, VERY early to avoid the crowds.
  2. Weekdays, a big yes… If you do have a day off during the week (holidays excluded), this is a a time when you can actually browse the merch and not get bruised and battered.
  3. Late evenings… Hit the shops an hour or so before closing. The later you go, the less people you will have to fight to get to the things you want.

Hopefully, these tips will spare you unwanted grief and unexpected trips to the emergency room.

Shopping in comfort…

That’s the most important thing, really. Wear comfortable clothing. The more comfortable you feel, the more relaxed you’ll be, even in the most harrowing of situations like when a child spills a slushie down your leg… Yes, it has happened…. My outfit today is both stylish and comfortable. I found the Male Shirt Jacket at AmAzINg CrEaTiOnS as a FREE gift to members of the Third Life Group. The shirt jacket comes in 3 fitmesh sizes and standard sizes S-L and with and without the shirt underneath. The Third Life group has a one time 10L join fee. I picked up the Wasted” Skinny Jeans on one of the many group Lucky Boards at REBELLION. The jeans come with a texture HUD for four different denim colors. You need to be part of the Rebellion group to play, but joining is FREE. And I’m still wearing my new favorite, the Wagner Flat Cap, the FREE SLF&O group gift at Fe Style.

Don’t let the holiday shopping blues get you down…

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Carson is wearing…

Mesh Body: ADAM -Mesh Body v2
Mesh Head: Catwa – Daniel v3.0
Head Applier: Labyrinth – Tylar
Beard Applier: Nivaro – Jawline
Hair: no.match – No Cloud
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Evening
Shirt: AmAzINg CrEaTiOnS – Male Shirt Jacket (Third Life Group Gift 0L/10L to join)
Pants: REBELLION – “Wasted” Skinny Jeans (Lucky Board FREE / 0L / 0L to join)
Cap: {Fe Style} Wagner Flat Cap (SLF&O Group Gift FREE / 0L / 0L to join)

Pose: Reel Poses – Pack 13 – 01

Sim: Downtown

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Holiday Road

11-27-2017

It’s that time of year…

Grab the hack saw and load up the Family Truckster because it’s time to go pick out a Christmas tree. I’ve never had as much bad luck as Clark Griswold, but there have been a few times…  Anyhow, at least there is a coffee stand here to warm me up before the hunt begins.

Accessorize for the season…

It’s time to get out the hats and scarves as the temperature drops. I was lucky to come across both items for FREE! The Wagner Flat Cap is a SLF&O Group gift at Fe Style. Just wear your SFL&O group tag to pick up the gift. Not a member? Just join the SFL&O group for FREE. I also picked up the Ki-Co Cozy Orange Scarf, a FREE group gift at ::K::. Now I’m warm and toasty.

Impulse buys…

Don’t you just hate when you’re checking out at the store and there are all these items lined up to get a few more dollars out of you. It happened to me at Fe Style when I was picking up the cap. I found the Barho Long Sleeve Shirt on the counter by the cash register for just 10L.

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Carson is wearing…

Mesh Body: ADAM -Mesh Body v2
Mesh Head: Catwa – Daniel v3.0
Head Applier: Labyrinth – Tylar
Beard Applier: Nivaro – Jawline
Hair: no.match – No Cloud
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Evening
Shirt: {Fe Style} – Barho Long Sleeve Shirt (on counter  – 10L)
Cap: {Fe Style} – Wagner Flat Cap (SLF&O Group Gift FREE / 0L / 0L to join)
Scarf: ::K:: – Ki-Co Cozy Orange Scarf (Group Gift FREE / 0L / 0L to join)

Pose: Pose: Little Piggy – Just Me (on Marketplace 50L)

Sim: The Forest Winter Wonderland

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Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale

 

That Helpless Feeling…

Everyone has them… Times in your life where things seem to be spinning out of control and you have absolutely no say in the outcome.  You have to patiently hold your breath for things to shake out and just wait to exhale, hoping your world isn’t turned upside down…

Boos! and Beanies…

Today’s look comes from two different hunts. And truth be told, I had a very hard time finding both of these gifts. But I stuck with it and I finally discovered their hiding spots. My Klett Zipper Shirt is the dollarbie Boo! Bunny Hunt 6 gift from Fe Style. The shirt comes in sizes XS-XL and is nicely textured. My Beanie Hat is the FREE Men Only Hunt 10 gift that can be found at Native Urban. I spent way too long looking for this gift, but it was easy to size over my unruly hair, so it was well worth the time spent.

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Carson is wearing…

Mesh Body: ADAM – Male Mesh Body
Mesh Head: Catwa – Daniel v2.16
Head Applier: Labyrinth – Tylar
Beard Applier: Nivaro – Jawline
Hair: no.match – No Cloud
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Evening
Shirt: Fe Style – Klett Zipper Shirt – Boo! Bunny Hunt 6  (1L)
Hat: Native Urban – My Beanie Hat – Men’s Only Hunt 10 (FREE / 0L)

Pose: Double Take – No Agenda (25L)

Sim: Fies ist Geil

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I’m a MONSTER!

I'm a Monster!

Morning runs are all about comfort..

The past few morning have been a bit chillier than the summer like temperatures I was experiencing a week ago.  But the drop in degrees haven’t deterred me from my morning strolls. I just have to dress a bit differently. I’ve said goodbye to the shorts and t-shirts and hello to the pullovers and long pants. My workout look today comes by way of the Men Only Hunt 10. My KossKoff Crew Sweater is the hunt prize at Fe Style.  I found the Dana Dot Pants at *AGATA*, because comfort is the key factor in workout wear. I’m keeping my neck warm in the Fluffy Scarf, the MOH10 gift from ::K::.

Updated Gifts…

One of my all time favorite group gifts are the Vasiforms sneakers at Vale Koer . They have updated their group gift to the V-3 Trainers. Just like the previous group gift. These shoes come with a texture HUD that makes the color combinations virtually endless. I plan on getting a lot of mileage out of these shoes!

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Carson is wearing…

Mesh Body: ADAM – Male Mesh Body
Mesh Head: Catwa – Daniel v2.16
Head Applier: Labyrinth – Tylar
Beard Applier: Nivaro – Jawline
Hair: no.match – No Cloud
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Evening
Shirt: Fe Style – KossKoff Crew Sweater (Men’s Only Hunt 10 FREE / 0L)
Pants: *AGATA* – Dana Dot Pants (Men’s Only Hunt 10 FREE / 0L)
Shoes: Vale Koer – V-3 Trainers (Group Gift / 0L / 0L to join)
Accessory: ::K:: – Fluffy Scarf (Men’s Only Hunt 10 FREE / 0L)

Pose: Embody Boot Camp 3  (on Marketplace   29L)

Sim: The Mill

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King of Yesteryear

King of Yesteryear

Looking Back…

It seems I have been thinking a lot about the past lately. Some good times, some bad, some too crazy to believe it really happened. And yes, I can remember when gas pumps were painted that ugly red rust color and when gas was 44 cents a gallon. And I do remember the summer of sixty- nine, just barely. Even though I’m looking back, I still plan on moving forward and making new memories, hopefully none as bizarre as a few I’ve had lately…

But if I’d only known…

Today I have a few gifts  that will cost you nothing to pick up. By joining the FREE group at Fe Style, you can get thKing 2e King69 White T-Shirt for FREE. The shirt comes in S-L and a also fitted size. This month’s FREE group gift at Prey is the Men’s Denim Shorts. These shorts come in classic sizes XS-XL.  The Prey group is also FREE to join. I’m also wearing the Black Mesh Sports Cap from Adriatic Line that I previously mentioned [HERE] and my go to TopGun Retro Glasses, a group gift at A&D Clothing. Today I am also wearing a a FREE gift, no group needed, from Chop ZueyThe 4 Star Generals Mens Bracelet in Platinum can be picked up in the middle of the store. (Don’t be confused with the group gift version that also contains a gold bracelet. ) The bracelet comes in two versions, the all platinum and the gold star platinum style. You can click on the photo to get a better look.

 

Until my next sporadic post…

Carson

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Carson is wearing…

Mesh Body: ADAM – Male Mesh Body
Mesh Head: Catwa – Daniel v2.16
Head Applier: Labyrinth – Tylar
Beard Applier: Nivaro – Jawline
Hair: no.match – No Cloud
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Evening
Shirt: Fe Style – Basic Tee V.3 – KING69 – White (Group Gift FREE / 0L / 0L to join)
Pants: Prey – Men’s Denim Shorts (Group Gift FREE 0L / 0L to join)
Hat: Adriatic Line – Black Mesh Sports Cap (Group Gift FREE / 0L / 0L to join)
Jewelry: Chop Zuey  – The 4 Star Generals Mens Bracelet – Platinium (FREE 0L)
Accessory: A&D Clothing – TopGun Retro Glasses (Group Gift FREE / $0L / $0L to join)

Poses: Propose – Eathan 2 & Adam 1

Sim: Aloha Beach

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Morning Joe

Morning Joe1

A little Carson in your cup….

I spent all of yesterday following the path of the Men’s Only Hunt 9. I hate to admit it, but I remember the first one…  Anyhow, I’m wore out and need some java to get the blood pumping and the brain thinking. So it’s off to the local coffee shop for a dose of my favorite morning brew.

A tall Red Eye with medium fat milk…

The Men’s Only Hunt 9 is a  50 store hunt will net you all kinds of free, yes I said FREE gifts. You can start the hunt by picking up a teleport HUD at the Flair For Events office and head out on your own. So here I stand in my new look from the hunt. My Dandy Jacket is the gift at AR2 Style. I found the Harness Pants at Breathe ( you can chooses either red or black harness straps). The gift at FE Style is the adjustable Wagner Flat Cap. My Moonlight Necklace is the hunt gift at Obscure and the Caravalli Glasses can be found at Mulloy. Even my pose, Hipster is a hunt gift from PosESioN. So how do I take my coffee? Regular and back… no fancy-schmancy ordering for me.

 

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Carson is wearing…

Mesh Body: ADAM – Male Mesh Body
Mesh Head: Catwa – Daniel v2.13
Head Applier: Labyrinth – Tylar
Beard Applier: Nivaro – Jawline
Hair: no.match – No Cloud
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Evening
Jacket: AR2 Style – Dandy Jacket – Hipster Man (Men’s Only Hunt 9    Free $0L)
Pants: Breathe -Harness Pants – Black (Men’s Only Hunt 9    Free $0L)
Hat: FE Style – Wagner Flat Cap (Men’s Only Hunt 9    Free $0L)
Jewelry: Obscure – Moonlight Necklace (Men’s Only Hunt 9    Free $0L)
Accessory: Mulloy – Caravalli Glasses (Men’s Only Hunt 9    Free $0L)

Pose: PosESioN  – Hipster  – (Men’s Only Hunt 9    Free $0L)

Sim: Urqhart

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Another Man’s Treasure

Another Man's Treasure

The popular For Him Hunt is making a round 2 and is already proving lucrative as a 1L hunt for guys. I made my first stop at Fe Style and picked up this zippered T-shirt called “Klett” for only 1L. It comes in two versions — one with a gold zipper and one with a silver zipper and you also get a color change hud that changes the color of the side slit insets with a total of 8 color choices, making it even more versatile.

This shirt is an excellent fit and comes in all the standard mesh sizes. If you’re still in a standard body, it also includes a good alpha layer, but does fit mesh bodies cleanly as well (I put it on my slink body and it was a great fit for it too).

I was then off to do a bit of sim exploring. If you’re looking for photogenic hot spots, I highly recommend “Junktown” just for looking around. As they say, one man’s junk… is another man’s treasure!

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Loki is wearing…

Body and Hands – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Clean
Eyes – IKON Vanity Eyes – Parchment
Hair – Mina – Harry
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Shirt – Fe Style – Klett T-Shirt Navy with Hud (1L For the For Him Hunt 2)
Pants  – RedgraveHeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut

Pose by GlamRus

Sim Location – Junktown

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Life’s a Beach

Life's a Beach

I’m stopping in to make a quick blog post before hitting the waves to give you the 411 on a great find at the Cart Wash Sale. Ayva’s Attic has out some absolutely outstanding men’s beach shorts. There are two that are standard mesh and two that are made specifically for Aesthetic Avatars. Each pair of shorts is only 10L each and come in all the standard sizes. (Ladies there are four really pretty dresses on the cart for you as well too.)

I picked up my FREE cap from Fe Style as the June group gift. The group is FREE to join. It includes a resize script for easy fitting.

I also wanted to show you (yes yet another) Suicide Gurls tattoo, because they are just really fabulous. And this one matched my beach shorts. This one is the March group gift and is called Dahak and is (as you can see) pretty flowery. It is unisex as are all the others and includes system layers as well as appliers for Omega, Maitreya, Belleza and Slink. Just as before you get fresh, faded, and soft.

Okay… off to the beach for the day for me!

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Loki is wearing…

Body and Hands – Slink
Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Bruiser
Eyes – IKON Vanity Eyes – Parchment
Hair – Mina – Harry
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Tattoo – Suicide Gurls – Dahak Unisex Tattoo (0L/FREE Group Gift/Group is 150L To Join)
Hat – Fe Style – Nebula – Snapback (FREE Group Gift/0L/FREE to Join Group)
Shorts – Ayva’s Attic – Mens Beach Shorts Green Tropical (10L at the Cartwash Sale/Direct TP)

Pose by GlamRus

Sim Location – Harvest Moon Club and Beach

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I remain

I remain

This month sees the men of Second Life getting some much needed love. The Men Only Hunt is in full swing and with forty six stops it’s proving to be a great hunt for filling out the wardrobe.  I’ve chosen this black sweater and shirt one piece combination from Fe Style today. The ‘Rom Sweater’ comes in the standard Mesh sizes XS-XL and features two handy alpha layers. One for the sweater itself and one for the top, pants and shoes.   My stylish hat is also a hunt prize. This is the Jones hat from Flow. The hat is fully modifiable for a perfect fit. The new ink you see here is from Speakeasy. The ‘Conjuring’ Tattoo comes in both a fresh and a faded ink version on the system tattoo layer. The prize also includes appliers for The Mesh Project, Omega, SLink  Body and SLink hands.

Last but not least, my appropriately dramatic pose comes from the bar stool “Cold One” from !Bang.  The stool has two poses and has a 9 land impact. It is very nicely built and would look rather stylish in nearly anyone’s abode.

The Men Only Hunt runs until April 30th. Don’t miss it.

I remain most sincerely yours,

Gabriel St. James

 

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Gabriel is wearing ~

Hair – Argrace – Minato (First seen here)
EyesIKON – Hope Eyes in “Field”
Hands + NailsSlink– SLink Male Hands + Basic Nail HUD
Skin7 Deadly S{K}ins – Daan
Sweater + Shirt – Fe Style (FREE/0L/Men Only Hunt Prize)

Hat – Flow – Jones Hat – Fe Style (FREE/0L/Men Only Hunt Prize)

Tattoo – Speakeasy – Conjuring Tattoo – Fe Style (FREE/0L/Men Only Hunt Prize)

Bar Stool – !Bang – Cold One – Fe Style (FREE/0L/Men Only Hunt Prize)

 

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Breaking Winter’s Spell

Breaking Winter's Spell

The first day of spring has come and gone… and The Spell Hunt is on. Have you heard? I’m looking forward to warmer days and fewer frosty mornings. The woods are calling. That means more sneaking out and stealing Astrid’s limelight (smirks). Yep! Or not… she might get irritated.

Either way, I thought I’d tip you off on a great little snag at the The Spell Hunt. If you check out that gorgeous little hunt and look for the crystal ball, {Fe Style} is offering this men’s shirt and jacket combo as its hunt gift for just 15L. It’s called the Witron Jacket. Kind of fitting, don’t you think? It comes in all the standard sizes as well as a fitmesh size and two different alphas.

I’m off to enjoy the warmer day before Astrid wakes up. See ya round!

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Loki is wearing…

Skin – Birth Skins – Axel Skin (Coastal) trail.b.hair_Bruiser
Eyes – IKON Vanity Eyes – Parchment
Hair – Mina – Harry
Tattoo – .Reckless. – Guerrero (Faded)
Piercings – [CerberusXing] Blade Set Gold
Shirt – {Fe Style} Witron Jacket (15L Gift for The Spell Hunt)
Pants  – Redgrave – HeavyUsed Jeans ClassicCut

Pose by ~Reel Poses

Sim Location – Nusquam

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