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

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