Strip down, suit up

bastet Time was SLadies wore clothes made of fine soft fabrics that floated around their primitive bodies. Nowadays, they armour up in materials-ready metals, determined not to yield.
staff of anubis I wanted to see how many “primitivist” fantasy items I could throw together before Portia ended up looking like jambalaya (or the Lollapalooza audience). Pay careful attention to Trev, her colour-change necklace from Zibska. It’s menswear, but I figure menswear is for plundering. Also note the high-piled dreads of Iona from Discord Designs. This is a donation item at the <3 Ulaa event, which runs until August 18. I realize these events raise eyebrows as well as funds, so you can make up your own mind. Meanwhile, at 180L per colour pack, this hairdo is a steal. Generally speaking, gacha’s been kicking my av’s ass. All the more reason to wrap it in tin. I was lucky enough to score in quick succession two rare pieces from FDD, but otherwise I’ve just been getting triples of things in mint. Who wages war in mint? No, really, I want to know.

Credits
Zibska, Trev at La Metallique (NEW; ty Zib!)
Discord Designs – Iona (Brunette) (includes hairbases) at <3Ulaa
FDD, *Elsie* ChestBelt Golden – RARE (Tales of Fantasy gacha)
FDD, *Elsie* NipplesBra Golden – RARE (Tales of Fantasy gacha)
Luas, Valkiria Armor Green (FGC)
Luas, Valkiria Skirt Green (FGC)
DRD, ancient agypt gauntlet gold (past OMG gacha)
DRD, ancient staff bastet (pic one) (past OMG gacha)
DRD, ancient staff anubis (pic two) (past OMG gacha)
DRD, snake armbands (past OMG gacha)
22769 ~ [accessories] Princess Earring Gold COMMON (FGC)
::TI:: Punisher Hand Chain- Gold
Lolas ::: Tango Delicq ::: Fitted Mesh Breasts
TATTOO MANIA – DRAGON-V2
-Glam Affair – Aria – Jamaica 04 H (old gacha)
{S0NG} :: Chibi~ Abyss Eye
pose one: Rack, She’s a Badass Bitch 4 (old gacha)
pose two: Posetivity, Violet pack now at Fi*Friday

Portia in orbit

shibari orbital Originally my av’s name Portia was inspired by the character in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. When I chose the name I based it on my memory of two lines: “The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.” Noble words. Unfortunately, my memory took them out of context. When I looked at the play some years after choosing the name, I discovered that Portia is an asshole. Last week when someone asked me if the name was from Shakespeare I did not want to answer yes. So, I’ve decided to resolve my conflict over Portia by retroactively attributing my choice to my love for one of the moons of Uranus. I announce this on a most fitting occasion, the day when Portia-the-av adopts Shortcake Sugarplum’s wood-and-feather orbit. New for No. 7, the showgirl-worthy orbit comes with a matching headdress and is available now at The Instruments. I do acknowledge that Portia-the-moon is actually decaying due to tidal deceleration and will either break up into a planetary ring or hit Uranus. But that’s not half as bad as being a lawyer.

Credits to creators
no. 7, orbit and head dress (at The Instruments)
[ MUDSKIN ]_Kiss of Vampire9(no Eyebrow)_Dawn (gacha at Okinawa Festival)
Rotten Toe, Goth Brows 8 (spock)
!dM, Sakura – ShibariDress **FUCHSIA DRAGON** (at Fantasy Gacha Carnival or go to a yard sale)
*BOOM* Bold cuffs (v1) BrwnGlaze
+:+WTG+:+ **PJ05** ear-pierce (old LB)
{S0NG} :: Chibi~ Abyss Eye

Hair rolls

reflecting No, hair rolls is not a literal translation of the name of a tasty dim sum dish. (Once I was already hating a dinner dish when my friend told me the Chinese name means ants on a stick. Needless to say, barf.) Hair rolls are those elegant forms that furl atop a stylish ‘do. They evoke the 1940s. These rolls delight me because right now they seem like the height of eccentricity rather than a straight-up retro fad. The hair rolls inspired me to put together a wholesome look for Portia. Take a gander at the sweet necklace: it’s called Fly Away by Southpaw. It pictures a little girl with gem-stone balloons. A menu allows you to choose among a wide array of gem colours and from six metal options.
soft and strong If you venture out to the Okinawa Festival be sure to tap offbeat’s gacha. The kimonoesque romper is a simple but lovely item, and it feels right for what has turned out to be a blessedly cool summer here in the midwest.

Credits
+Spellbound+ Jezebel – Medium // Monochromes NEW
/// offbeat /// Okinawa summer festival look2 – 03 NEW gacha
Southpaw, Fly Away Necklace NEW; ty Phedre Rossini
-Glam Affair – Oakley skin – Jamaica 02 A rare (old gacha)
-Glam Affair – Gloss 01 (oldie)
{S0NG} :: Chiba Eye
location: Fantasy Market and Bazar, Hedwig’s Hollow

Blown away

flyslow Portia is blown away by Aliza Karu’s new Black Rook skirt for Angels and Demons. You can buy only the skirt at the mainstore or go to A6D to buy the matching romantic top (not shown here) and get a HUD for 50% off the skirt.
hornedoakley If they don’t get stuck in the gacha dispenser, Zibska’s ginormous horns are sure to thrill the throngs at Fantasy Gacha Carnival, which opens on August 10. There are several monochrome commons available and a rare version which features a colour-change HUD. Sian Pearl’s Child of Atlantis earrings are making a stately procession from We <3 Roleplay to the Chariot mainstore. (By that I mean she’s mucking about in a caravan with her family and has completely forgotten about SL for the moment.)
flownsma I had way too much fun with this shoot.

Credits
[Angels and Demons] Black Rook mesh skirt (NEW; buy the matching top at A6D to get a HUD for 50% off the skirt at the main store) ty Aliza!
Zibska, Lifa ~ Headpiece and Necklace (NEW; coming soon at Fantasy Gacha Carnival) ty Zib!
[Chariot] Child of Atlantis earring – Ruby of Meru (NEW; soon available in the mainstore) ty Sian!
Opall*Hikaru bracelets Mouse
[Le Forme] Heroin Body Black
.DirtyStories. 69 Leg Tattoo (free)
ALB, LION gladiator heels 2 XS by AnaLee Balut needs Slink high feet
Clemmm, white tintable lashes
{S0NG} :: Chibi~ Abyss Eye
-Glam Affair – Oakley skin – Asia 06 A (old gacha: try yard sales)
pose one and three: Grafica, Drift pack (ty Alyx!)
location: Urban Decay

Glories

horns at play The glorious new Nyraxis horns from Aikea Rieko of The Plastik are available for a few more days at We <3 Roleplay. For some reason I find forehead horns sexier than horns behind the ears or atop the head. (I guess I like the idea of goring anyone who disappoints me in bed.) The horns are materials-enhanced. With Advanced Lighting enabled and the right Windlight (I like Phototools) you can see the delicate texture and striations on the bones.
swooning blur Also glorious—Moon’s Wight Birth hair in Fades, my favourite Moon colour palette.

Credits to creators
MOON{Hair}. Wight Birth (at Secret Affair)
:[P]:- Nyraxis Horns [Fore-MAT]:// Ancient [NEW; beads and gem are colour change] (at We <3 Roleplay)
:[P]:- Astrali Skin[Basic]:// Minerva
:[P]:- Soul Ink Reloaded://(Tint):Jame
:[P]:- Soul Ink Reloaded://(Tint):Jakar
:[P]:- Soul Ink Reloaded://(Tint):Liner-Speckles
.:ellabella:. Saint – Jet – chin
:[P]:- Cailin Dress-Cinch [S]:// Kadiene
:[P]:- Fyriana Cuffs:// Kadiene
:[P]:- Krysis Choker://Tribal-Kadiene
:[P]:- Krysis Cord (Med)://Tribal-Kadiene
:[P]:- Krysis Cord (Short)://Tribal-Kadiene
{S0NG} :: Chibi~ Abyss Eye (at TDR Fusion)
pose one Kirin
pose two Ma Vie
location Tierra Del Fuego

Sweet and bright

orange dress Riri Nini, who designs for h.m.a.e.m, is known for her eccentric couture. But she also does minimal, clean-lined items— like the new Gaia dress—which recall the mod 1960s. This short strapless dress combines two simple shapes and punctuates them with symmetrical portholes. Some of the dresses are tone-on-tone, as in the orange version pictured here, and in the black and grey variations. Adventurous customers can opt for a shocking combo of marine blue and acid green, while shy girls can choose a subtle pairing of dove grey and rose. One of my rules as a blogger is that I am not allowed to wear anything I haven’t blogged. I broke that rule for Gaia and pranced around in one version after another on the pretense that I need to do more road-testing. For you, dear reader, for you.

gaia by riri My second last-minute Hair Fair recommendation is Milana’s Mint, an array of improbable curls (with a couple of flexi bits that bounce and make me giggle). Be sure to blow this pic up to see the beautiful speckles on Eclectica’s octopus necklace and the Free Bird nails patterned after the top of a pristine pencil. In order to see the large version of a pic, one has to click on it and then scroll down and select the original size. This is a major drawback of the Bushwick theme imho.

Credits
h.m.a.e.m- Gaia dress orange S (NEW; ty Riri!)
(Milana) Mint – Light Blondes (at Hair Fair till the 27th)
-FAUN- Xi Gladiator Sandals -Salmon- needs Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) Flat
Eclectica, Octopus Neckpiece-Coral(f)
::C’est la vie !:: Teddy Lamb(ivory/flower)mesh (gacha at The Dreamers)
.Birdy. Imogen Skin ~Porcelaine~ Frost (Bare) (past gacha)
Essences – Moles (new!) tintable
:[P]:- Aerin Cuff-R Arm :// Rosegold (past gacha)
[ glow ] studio – I’ll Rock you ring(gold rose sha)
Free Bird, Slink nail applier pencil pattern (free)
pose by h.m.a.e.m not available

Farewell to the fair

medieval Hair Fair, which raises money for Wigs for Kids, is ending this Sunday, July 27th. Today I am sharing with you one of my favourite finds from Oblivion—the perfectly fashioned Middle-Age 021, which comes with a colour-change HUD for the hat. I am aware that not everyone in SL speaks English, so I rarely comment on odd names. This one, however, made me cringe. Medieval 021 would be perfect, Middle Ages 021 just as good. But middle age, which I am experiencing, refers not to a historical period but to that time in a person’s life when parts of the body suddenly sag or swell or emit mysterious pains. I used to be able to read in near darkness. Now I have readers. I actually caught myself taking them off and folding them in my lap when I turned to address a young whippersnapper who was pestering me for a charitable donation when all I wanted was to sit quietly on a Starbucks terrace, dipping stale madeleines into tea, and ruminating over bygone days. Before I go, I want to point out that Hedda’s frighteningly sexy gladiator boots are a new template, so do some shopping around before paying out big bucks. I got mine as part of a 100L promo deal from ALB (Analee Balut) on Marketplace. It includes the boots, which can be worn with or without the leg straps, a wonderfully slutty short black dress, a tattoo and some accessories.

Credits to creators
[ Oblivion ] Middle-Age 021 / Black Jet (NEW at Hair Fair)
ALB, LION gladiator heels XS which require Slink Female Feet High (NEW; please see above for details on purchasing)
.Birdy. Red skin ~Porcelaine~ (n/a)

Sweet sinner

cocori summer I made a trip to Asia and spent a few days in Tokyo. True it was the rainy season and thus not summery sunny, but my colourful clothes made me feel like a clown. Even the yukatas were pale hued. I quickly adjusted to wearing only grey and black by going to Muji, a store I know from my travels in Europe. There I bought tee-shirts to replace the clothing I had stunk up in hot humid China. (In this post Hedda wears LB yukatas from the semi-annual fair in Bakumatsu. Here she sports one of the Sleepy Cocori skins from  MUDSKIN’s Enfant line, which are available at The Dreamers event. You do not have to add your own oh-so-skinny eyebrows as I did here.)

manicured I still feel skeezey about going to a maid cafe. I believe that women should be able to manipulate their looks in order to make money. It’s the infantilization that bothers me. I mostly “ate” at Starbucks and other cafes because I am a chai freak and a carbs fan. Although I loved the Starbucks croque monsieur in Hong Kong, I did not like the Belgian waffle in Tokyo or the iced green-tea latte with red-bean topping on the Chinese mainland. A ginger stalk wrapped in pork, which one can’t find in Starbucks, was a culinary highlight. (The Gallery Gift Shop is celebrating it’s third anniversary with one of its signature easy-peasy hunts. Here you see one of the gift manicures from c.A. Don’t ask about the mochi. It’s an old exclusive from ohmai.)

uhoh Not knowing the languages meant not being able to ask for directions. I got irretrievably lost every day in Tokyo and was occasionally misled by bad maps and stupid Google while in Hong Kong. (Don’t wander down any dark alleyways if you don’t want to wake up with fangs. They’re tougher to eat with than chopsticks. MUDSKIN’s vampire skin gacha, with two versions of teeth and multiple eyebrow tats, is also up and waiting for you at Okinawa.)

Credits (ty TGGS creators! happy anniversary all)

Look sweet
[ MUDSKIN ]/Enfant—Sleepy Cocori4(no Eyebrow)_C2 [NEW; comes with normal eyebrow tats] UPDATE (at The Dreamers event; ty Sopha!)
Miasnow, WALKER Betty Skin’s EYEBROW
[UMEBOSH] Anniversary eye -Rose- (The Gallery Gift Shop hunt gift)
c.A., Weather nail polish for Slink hands and feet (The Gallery Gift Shop hunt gift)
little bones. Cosmic (NEW dollarbie fatpack, group only)
tomoto, candy 2014 yukata [not mesh] (NEW LB or 50L at Bakumatsu festival)
(Yummy) Garden Cocktail – Canary (old gacha)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
pose 1: Glitterati, Headshot
Ohmai, Mochi (not available)

Look sinister
[ MUDSKIN ]_Kiss of Vampire14(no Eyebrow)_teeth1_Dawn (gacha at Okinawa festival; ty Sopha!)
.la petite morte. cosmic eyes-borealis (at The Gallery Gift Shop) [LPM's hunt gift is a lovely skin]
c.A., Blood Type nail polish for Slink hands and feet (The Gallery Gift Shop hunt gift)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
*koyu* mesh yukata ~tsubaki~ (NEW LB at Bakumatsu festival))
little bones. Cosmic (NEW dollarbie fatpack, group only)
pose: PDA (oldie)