Adult swim

lark2 I don’t see why polka dots and a white ruffle can’t be just as hot as a string bikini. It’s all in the attitude. Portia’s bathing suit is new from Sienia Trevellion, who is back creating adorable items for Lark. The suit comes with a HUD that lets you choose among hot-pink, pale-pink, red and blue polka-dot versions as well as a super-cute watermelon pattern. The ruffle is also colour change, and it throws green into the mix. I asked the HUD to bring Portia a pool boy with a Maitai. She’s still waiting, and she has the patience of a very naughty saint.

uplookbllt I was very lucky to TP to an old favourite location and find a gorgeous new build. The house is situated in a lovely forest that opens onto a beach. It’s someone’s home, and I shouldn’t have stayed, but it was decorated to perfection in a refreshingly masculine style. I swear I could feel a ceiling fan waft cooling air my way while a single bead of sweat trickled down the middle of my back.

Credits to creators
Lark – Ruffled Swimsuit – S (at The Kollective; ty Sienia Trevellion)
h.m.a.e.m. – rapsody ring – bon bon (NEW; ty Riri!)
[Gos] Lauren D’Orsay – Flora Satin – S (at Love Donna Flora)
-LaViere- Joana/DriedChilli and BrownRoots (last 50L Friday)
-Belleza- Lana Skin (last 50L Friday)
[TAXI TAXI] FRECKLE FACE 01 (gift)
*MY UGLYDOROTHY -Freckles01_Darker
[Modern.Couture] Jewelry – Rich Bracelets (at fi*friday this week)
[Modern.Couture] Jewelry – Arco Orange Ring (part of a set)
[DDL] Group Gift necklace July (Gold)
*Namioke*SUMMER TOTE SPECIAL [modded] (hunt gift for TGGS anniversary; ty Taiko Macaw!)
pose one: [LAP] 26/365
pose two: Just a Pose, GYRO
GIMP is in the swim.

Pink is your friend

crablng There’s a new gang in town called The Kollective. What intrigued me about this group is the concept of pairing bloggers with creators to make promo photos for the creations. I wasn’t in on this for the first round, but I couldn’t help electing myself to style the Lotus shape from Anna’s Shapes. For 100L you get a slim gal with a modest bust—one that won’t get caught in a revolving door. The dress Lotus wears is a very recent group gift from Paperbag, which may still be in notices. I could have used the included applier for big bübz, but I lost mine in a mailbox accident.

lizardzxc Lotus’s face is designed to suit Belleza skins, so I took the opportunity to try a line I don’t much like on my regular models, and I was very pleased with how pretty she looks. Then I went and added some of La Malvada Mujer’s Lux makeup, which you will find at the Cosmetic Fair. It’s more festive this way, no?

Credits to creators
*ANNA SHAPES* – Lotus – THE KOLLECTIVE (ty!)
+>A&A<+ Cancer Crabbie – Rose (NEW gacha at Zodiac)
Bliensen + MaiTai – Siegfried – Lizzard Brooch
-Belleza- Noel Spring Skin (old 50L F)
La Malvada Mujer – Lux #3 [eyes] (new at Cosmetic Fair)
-LaViere- Katie/Black Tipped
Paperbag. Deville Dress S (group gift in notices)
Pure Poison – Wicki Spikes Bracelets (recent subo gift)
{{BSD Design studio}}Less is more shinning blk angel shoes
Izzie’s – Glitter Nails (old hunt item)
MONS / Shocking eyes – blue
poses by LAP
GIMPed for the animals’ sake

Moonsrise

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Aliza Karu makes me want to read. The Angels and Demons creator is collaborating with Libriamo Tutti to celebrate a different book each month. This month’s Booklook is inspired by Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, which I now want to read. [UPDATE: I am now reading it and have been for a while, and will be for a while, since it's over 1,000 pages long. If you can make it to page 487 (in the English edition), when Aomame goes to work on Leader, the book does indeed turn wonderful. But those first 486 pages—ho hum, not "ho ho."] Ms. Karu’s gorgeous ensemble includes miniature versions of the two moons that shine over Murakami’s Tokyo. In this ensemble, they float over an av’s shoulder, set off by a transparent train that rises up instead of trailing behind. Check out Callie Oh’s classic pic for a better sense of the whole look.
winterwhitell I suspect that this is a wedding gown, but given my recent complaints about men, I choose to see Portia as some kind of wintry vengeance demon. A scorned woman’s wish is her command.

Credits to creators
[AD Creations Dollhouse] Tribute to 1Q84 (NEW; ty Aliza Karu!)
Belleza- Noel Spring Skin (yesterday’s 50L F)
MIASNOW, Tears Makeup (V day subo gift)
JnD2, Galatea Nipples Vampire Medium Tattoo [because I maxed out on buoyancy and still couldn't see Portia's goods]
:[Plastik]:- Valah Markings- recolorable
[Shag] – Cherie (roots) – vodka
:: Purple Moon :: Winter Queen in Ice Gloves (from most recent group gift)
.:* LOULOU&CO *:. – Garter :: PISTOLERO :: White
ISON – carazon boot -S- (silver)
Stygian, Serpent Collar (this I got free eons ago; it might be in Dari’s Haus box of bondage freebies on Marketplace)
: Amorous : Die Schlacht (Earrings) (part of a set)
:Finesmith, Ring Winter love (recent gift)
[Plastik]-OniCollection-Cumulus-Silver eyes
poses: Del May and ???!!!
location: BCC

Hey lady!

merm4xxl The Aquarius Zodiac month ends on the 13th, so you should surf over there soon if you want a nifty mermaid bra by Brutus Martinek of Pididdle. JesyLilo’s loose-fit jeans feature portholes on the outside of each leg. Why I do not know. Perhaps to show off a tattooed tangle of kelp.

duveteuxl Meanwhile, back on shore, Sopha Portal has released a new skin called Vivian. As with her other recent skins, Vivian is available in a pack with eight soft and sweet makeups. Six of these feature orange-red lips, and two, including the one I’m showing here, run to pink. I tend to think I don’t like anything named after a princess or a lapdog, but Aranel Ah’s Tiffany colour makes BOOM’s beautifully sculpted, nubbly textured Duveteux Rayonnant jacket absolutely irresistible. As far as I’m concerned, Ms. Ah has the all clear for Savannah and Felicity.

Credits to creators
Look one
PIDIDDLE – Sea Maiden Bra – Sea Princess (NEW at Zodiac; ty Brutus Martinek!)
::Exile:: A Winter’s Tale:Beach
*JeSyLiLO*:::Knotted Jeans:::*Dirty XS (NEW; ty Lilo Glom!)
Adam n Eve Clothes, Ana Lace Panty Popcorn
Graves, Cuffs from G329
-Belleza- Wynter skin (old 50L Friday)
MONS / Shocking eyes – blue
The Muse Poses, Venus (at Fashion Limited; ty Audrey Cresci!)

Look two
*MY UGLYDOROTHY -Vivian05(Burly) [available in three tones] (NEW; ty Sopha Portal!)
*MY UGLYDOROTHY -Cleaves tattoo1(Burly) (tat cleavage sold separately)
*BOOM* Duveteux Rayonnant Jacket (Tiffany) (mesh) (NEW; ty Aranel Ah!)
Maitreya Flare Jeans (for heels) * M #6
welldone.atelier/ Gold Deer rings (at fi*friday, pack includes gold and silver)
[e] Abbey – Red 05 (on sale)
Clemmm – Window Ocean eyes
focus poses, winter set (at Limited Bazaar)

GIMP your own, these are mine. (I shot these to look more yellow than they appear in a standard AnaLu studio 5 light. So please do try demos!)

Tatas tutorial

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Like me, you probably love your new Tangos falsies from Lola’s. The bustline is too too divine. But the breasts are so large that the average av’s proportions are thrown way out of whack. As an experienced blogger, I am qualified to guide you through the steps to getting those proportions back into whack. If you follow this tutorial, you won’t waste your time making your av’s shoulders wider, adding body fat or enlarging the hips and thighs. The simplest strategy is to plop on some giant cartoon hair and teleport immediately to a Manhattan-style sim. New York’s skyscrapers dwarf even the giantest bazooms. (This is why most movies are made in Hollywood.) Once you have her installed in NYC, clothe your av in something tight and short, and then slip on a pair of sturdy not-human legs. Your av is now a superheroine and her breasts are a metaphor for her power. (You may actually have to enlarge your Lola’s to convince people of your av’s superness. Check recent Wonder Woman covers for ideas.)

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Now that your av is a superheroine, you can buy that utility belt you’ve always wanted. The idea is to balance out your av’s front-mounted falsies with something just as big for her backside. A couple of mangey kitten criminals in a fanny pack will improve the proportions and demonstrate that your superheroine is indeed cleaning up Gotham. If anyone asks about the bottle of milk she’s using for evil-feline-bait, just tell him that your av was bitten by a radioactive dairy cow. He’ll imagine the consequences. In vivid detail.

Credits to creators
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine) (NEW)
[Cynful] Vale’s Turtleneck Dress – (Turtleneck Mesh Size 1) (at TDR)
-Belleza- Wynter skin (past 50L Friday)
Clemmm – ReSnick eyes .black sclera.
>TRUTH< Kirby – auburn
d-lab–black cat belt
Pixels, ChimeraBoots_Beta (old gg)
INDI – Armcuff (old hunt gift)
.:Hermony:. / LeatherGloves / Black (old gift)
R.icielli – SKULL EARRING /GRAFF
!bang, Back Up pose pack
sim: outside TSG
these pics were lightly GIMPed and then PIXLRed

Comedy of errors

SL wanted things its way today. I’d heard nothing more about the Trilogy 1940s pinup contest, and I’d also realized that without Photoshop, I couldn’t make a good photo anyway. I decided I might as well join the mob at Phoenix Rising, but SL dumped me into the drink when the TP failed. The water was wonderfully empty and undemanding, and I didn’t need to wait for anything to rez or click on the right square. So I opted to relax and play pinup off the coast of Chile SL, using the Trilogy poses that Purveyors of Accidental Love sent out earlier this week.

An Asian pinup for 1940s America? A Victorian jacket and some cat’s ears? Why the hell not? If you’re shooting pinups underwater you might as well throw in some turf with the surf. (That metaphor may not be sound. At the very least it suggests that I drowned the cat to fill my plate.)

Having shot Portia, I logged off. When I returned later on, I was able to hit The Deck and snag the gift shoes at Maitreya. I wanted to make an African-American pinup out of Loica—why the hell not, right?—and the free heels worked perfectly with her ensemble. I attempted to toss Lo into the Chilean sea with no success. A random TP landed her at the heart of a weird sacred grove called Smells in the Crash, and I figured an all-stone environment was at least a step up from water.

All this because I don’t own Photoshop? Maybe that’s a good thing after all.

Credits to creators

Portia wears
hair: booN, FTN683 in Black (sale item, 60% off till May 17th at the Zapatico location)
ears: Sassy Kitty, Sassy Spring Ears in Black
skin: Tuli, Sayuri tone 1 VIP group special (a)
jacket: Sn@tch, Walk Away Jacket in Brown
romper: fri.day, Paradiso Romper in Coral
shoes: Ingenue at Trilogy, Judy in Citrus
stockings: INZane, Kendra lingerie stockings

Loica wears
hair in 1st pic: Ingenue, Ms. Page in Blueblack
hair in 2nd pic: Ingenue, Boogie Woogie in Natural Black
skin: Belleza, Elle Dark Mocha (cleavage) Group Gift
jacket: Sn@tch, Walk Away Jacket in Wine
underbust corset: Medusa’s Joy, part of Whistle Plum lingerie set (old MM)
lingerie: Pacadi Jasha, Amrita Lingerie (d.hibiscus/raspberry)
shoes: Maitreya at The Deck, Nevya in Bordeaux (free May 8 and 9)

poses: Purveyors of Accidental Love, My Other Fridge is a Porsche pack

Wicked fabienne

Just before dawn, a richly dressed woman of questionable repute quietly shuts the door behind her and steps into the deserted road of Bourbon Street. It’s not her own home that she’s leaving.

Although a casual observer might think she is simply nervous about being out alone, the woman’s quick pace actually betrays her desire to quit the town as soon as possible.

More than a hundred years later, her descendant—a lover of vintage clothing and owner of her own home—holidays in New Orleans.

She enjoys her visit that much more because she figures it is finally safe to wear the necklace that her Great Great Grandmother stole.

Credits to creators

dress: Grim Bros., Fabienne Rouge

pants: Boom, Seaman Pants in Pitch

thief’s hair: Chemical Kisses, Celestine (old dollarbie)

heir’s hair: Barberyumyum, #17 in Black

thief’s skin: Frick, Goth–Flourish v2 (large lips)

heir’s skin: Belleza, Elle BR Fair HB (cleavage) (recent group gift; 250L join fee)

necklace: Unique Needs, Beloved Sanctum Heart

boots: G Field, Short Lace-up Boot in Black

poses: Pididdle, Artistic Taxidermy pack (freebie)

location: The Big Easy

Stock up

Lately, Schadenfreude and Silent Sparrow have been knocking mine off. Socks, that is. Their whimsical knit stockings have been the highlight of my spring. Here, Portia wears the Summer version of Schadenfreude’s Bawdy Socks, which come in a pack of four pairs colour-keyed to the seasons. Her hair is Timeless Glamour, from Clawtooth, where the half-price sale, continuing until the 25th of April, has forced me to make some tough choices. (For instance, what time of day I will visit the shop or where I will try on the demos.) Timeless Glamour includes the black-feathered colour-change hat and black veil Portia wears here.

Silent Sparrow’s cleverly designed Starbunny Knitty Socks were the perfect Easter hunt prize. If the bunny is too cutesy for you, check out their Animal Crackers line. The exquisite lavender boots are a subscribo gift from G Field. Having looked in vain for an elegant Victorian boot, I can say with certainty that these are a godsend, not least because they are sculpted in one piece. I don’t often cam in for closeups on clothing, but these boots had me perving with the best of them.

Portia wears

stockings: Schadenfreude, Bawdy Socks in Summer and Silent Sparrow, Starbunny Knitty Socks in Iris (Starlust giant Easter egg hunt gift)

hair: Clawtooth, Timeless Glamour in Bombshell Blonde and Salty

hairpiece in pic 2: Adore & Abhor, I’m in the Will Hairpiece

boots: G Field, Short Lace-Up Boots in Lavender (subscribo gift)

skin: Belleza, Elle BL Pale Group Gift (250L join fee)

bodysuit and jacket: Je*Republic, Misty in Black (sale item)

shot in the photosphere at Markus Coen’s photo mall

Pig out!

Yes, it’s pink. But this is not babysitter pink. This is see-through pink, slinky pink, avant-sleazy pink, in short, Pig pink. (Loica’s not bad, Apatia Hammerer’s clothes just make her look that way.) This past week saw a sale at Pig (now over) and the release of three freebies, including the Guayabera shirt I blogged yesterday and a white version of the same design sent as a gift to the Purveyors of Accidental Love group. This outfit, Darling Baby Seal in Maedb, can be worn with the skirt shown here, with hip stuff only, or as a bodysuit. The back features an antiqued chartreuse ribbon.

Loica and Portia are both wearing the new group gift skin by Belleza. Having not been able to find the last group gift, despite visiting the lagtastic shop three times, I left the group in a huff. But the purple eyeshadow on this skin, and the promise that I could get the skin out of the group notices, lured me back. The darker shades of this skin are exceptionally pretty, too pretty perhaps for Pig pink, which is more louche than it is lovely.

Portia sports the Rosepetal shade of Ambrosia lingerie, which can be worn in several different ways. The stockings are my all-time favourite because they depart from the perfectly symmetrical, straight-topped type that most designers produce. Pig’s stockings also have subtle wrinkles around the knees and ankles, giving them a vintage, pre-elastic look.

Wearing Ambrosia in Black, Portia demos the bodysuit version of the lingerie, which also features a mini-hoopskirt bluntly labeled “gut prim.” I’d like to see that term catch on grid-wide! Portia’s slides are Nonko’s extraordinary Black Cherry Sandals, which feature images of Alice (from Wonderland) carved into the pale wood platform. Again I say, “Curiouser indeed!”

Loica musters her army of body-conscious circus artiste wannabes in Pig’s latest subscribo gift, the Olivia Bodysuit in Rosepetal. Olivia gives good décolletage. But then, so does Belleza’s skin. I have to say that I prefer this open cleavage to the smushed-together boobs version. That tantalizing valley invites exploratory fingers. The closed version makes my avatars’ breasts look (more) fake, almost like balloons that are about to pop.

Loica and Portia wear

Look one

costume: Pig, Darling Baby Seal in Maedb

skin: Belleza, Elle Dark Mocha Group Gift

hair: Mina’s, Franka

bangles: Pacadi Jasha, Eyti bangles (subscribo gift)

boots: SLink, Quinn Kneehighs in Burgundy (50L Friday version)

poses: PDA is Dead (Purveyors of Accidental Love gift)

Look two

lingerie: Pig, Ambrosia in Rosepetal

skin: Belleza, Elle BR SK (Cleavage) Group Gift

hair: Lamb, The Glow Deux in Powder (old subscribo gift)

shoes: Pixel Mode, Baby T Plain in Soft Gold

jewellery: alaMood, Sophia Fleur in Bronze/Gold (Second Style Shoppers gift)

prop: FNKY, Cigarette II (short ash)

pose: PDA is Dead (Purveyors of Accidental Love gift)

Look three

lingerie: Pig, Ambrosia in Black

skin: Belleza, Elle BR Fair (Cleavage) Group Gift

hair: Kik, Cynthia (Tic Tac Toe sim opening gift)

shoes: Nonko, Black Cherry sandals

bracelets: Mandala, Bangles in Summer Pink

pose: PDA is Dead (Purveyors of Accidental Love gift)

Look four

bodysuit: Pig, Olivia Bodysuit in Rosepetal

hair: Clawtooth, Mrs. Mittens in Girl Next Door

skin: Belleza, Dark Deep Tan Group Gift

earrings: YS & YS, FeelFree Hearth earrings (old group gift)

bracelets: Mandala, Bangles in Summer Pink

pose: DARE

location: Toys Region Road

Extreme closeup on Nonko’s Black Cherry Sandals.