Nobody’s demon bride

strait and narrow Have you ever had one of those dreams in which you are certain you are awake but cannot move? I had this type of dream, always very similar, a dozen times over a period of three or four years when I was living in the sticks. I would be lying flat on my back, which is not how I sleep, completely paralyzed. I would feel the bedclothes being pulled slowly down to the foot of the bed, leaving me exposed and expectant but not scared. (What’s coming can’t be wholesome if it’s on the other side of the cut.)

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Trance

struggle I was talking to my friend Sian—who blogs at Parthenoid—about falling into an intensely submissive state while I was fantasizing alone and finding it very hard to pull myself out of it. She suggested this was self-hypnosis, a trance state. Certainly I had the feeling of going under. The episode started with an acute and alarming feeling of intimidation attached to a dom I met who is twice my size. I never feel small and vulnerable until I am confronted with someone large and seemingly dangerous. (In fact, I spit when people call me petite.) Although this man didn’t make me feel small when we met, the idea of encountering him again overwhelmed me with fear and desire all at once. I realized as this was happening that engaging the fear rather than pushing it away could be a cathartic element in D/s play. So I let the emotion take me. Before I knew it, the fear had passed (without incident) and I was lying across the man’s lap as he sat on the floor. He was petting me as though I were a cat. (Why a cat? Dogs get jowl scratches. That is not my idea of sensual stroking.) Instead of feeling aroused, I felt content and proud. (There’s sexy stuff under the cut. You know what to do if you’re in a public place.) Continue reading

Dual Dido

lounging Jewelry Fair, which opens on September 13, is the place to go if you find yourself lusting for Zib Scaggs’ latest big bad Zibska baubles. Today I decided to break the new Dido set of hat and collar to create two looks. One for haute couture, seen here. One for humiliation, located under the cut. All of Ms. Scaggs’ pieces are colour change, but I gravitate to her charcoal-black because it’s dramatic and I’m moody. I am also a fan of Marni, The Skinnery’s Arcade gacha item, which I’ve seasoned with a generous sprinkling of hot freckles from Milk. If you don’t like your virtual life spicy, don’t venture under the cut. Continue reading

Summer’s end

greens Hedda’s beautifully ballooning pants are new from Nevery Lorakeet for Les petits Details. Available in black (shown here), white and pale pink, the Marta pants can be paired with a ruffled camisole. The camisole feels classic in black or white and pops in a lipstick-pink floral. Continue reading

Kinky sloth

slothing Riri Ninni of h.m.a.e.m will release her new Tasha dress on September 5th for the next round of The 24. Each colour of the pebbled dress (in cream, grey, sepia or white as well as the black shown here) is a strictly limited edition of 30 copies.  Continue reading

Diamond mine

diana Are you an ancient Greek or Roman—a matron, priestess, amazon, sorceress, slave or goddess? If so, I urge you to trash every system-layered, flexi-skirted toga you ever bought and replace them with mesh dresses from Collabor88. I love Pixicat’s Gladiator dress, which is available in colours that would make Apelles weep.
scrap metal Are you tired of your old visor? Me too. Sometimes I would rather incinerate the world with my optic blast than wear that kitschy ruby quartz lens. I plan to upgrade now with diamonds from Shortcake Sugarplum for No. 7 at La Metallique.  Zib Scaggs of Zibska is also participating in this event, which celebrates the second anniversary of L’Accessoires. I realize this is an idle fantasy, but wouldn’t it be nice if wearing the spiky Medea pauldrons to work would allow you to communicate non-cooperation without saying a word? Like their namesake, these pauldrons say “If you ask me to document any more learning outcomes I will chop up the grading rubrics and feed them to the administration.” (If you want to see what the pauldrons look like with the lights on, visit the Pleisure Flickr.)

Credits
Look one
no. 7, Sparkle Frames night diamonds (at La Metallique; ty Shortie!)
Zibska, Arista ~ Cuffs (comes with collars; both are colour change) (at La Metallique; ty Zib!)
-Pixicat- Gladiator.Dress – Blue (s) (at Collabor88)
*Milk* Hair! Fuzz *3
Unorthodox, Frenchie Hair Base Nior (came with Illmatic braids)
[ SAKIDE ] Attitude Collar
*Glance Skins – Anais – August – No Brows – Big Cleavage
RACK Poses – Bow and Quiver prop from She’s a Badass Bitch gacha pose
pose is from -.label motion.- TDRF4 Pose pack (oldie)

Look 2
Zibska, Medea (at La Metallique; ty Zib!)
no. 7, Sparkle Frames b/w diamonds (at La Metallique; ty Shortie!)
no. 7, b/w diamonds bra (at La Metallique; ty Shortie!)
.la petite morte. cheek, chest and lips glitter (tintable) [NEW]
*Glance Skins – Anais – August – No Brows – Big Cleavage
*Milk* Hair! Fuzz *3
Unorthodox, Frenchie Hair Base Nior (came with Illmatic braids)
W E S T 143RD. EARRINGs THEATER DIAMONDS VIP

Freeing up

moon view Portia’s hair, suit and sandals are all from this month’s Collabor88. I’m telling you this up front because the rest of the post is about D/s, not SL. And it’s NSFW. Continue reading

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