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

Coddled captive

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Control

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Hedda wants you to know that the new Mateata gown from h.m.a.e.m is one of the sexiest dresses she has ever worn. The geometric pattern throws as many curves as the female body. If you don’t like black, there are blue and red versions to enjoy. Continue reading

Faces have got to be made

ran Sopha Portal of My UglyDorothy debuts her new Factory line at Skin Fair. There are three faces in five skin tones that range from fair to tanned. Buy the base skin, which comes with a basic lip and eye, standard shades of eyebrow and Slink hands and feet appliers. Then add lipstick and eye makeup from packs sold separately. Bjork’s lipsticks are a little glossy and slightly parted for a sexy look. All her eye makeups feature a kohl liner. Bin’s eye makeups offer subtle shades of gold and dusky rose with varying intensities of liner. Her lipsticks look pure and clear. Ran, shown here in tone two, sports Ms. Portal’s signature faded-edge lipstick. Eyes winged with liner run the gamut from bare through blue, red and plum shadows.
pop2Those of you who are on a budget will be glad to know that Skin Fair is for makeup too. Both Shortcake Sugarplum of No. 7 and Faina Cortes of La Malvada Mujer have gone all out. The Pop Art makeups are the standout from No. 7. They are a savvy interpretation of the look of Lichtenstein’s painted women rather than a direct copy.
mmmaaaalllll Last but not least, we have the Hydra makeup from La Malvada Mujer, which combines a burnished eye with a wet lip. These are really versatile for 40L: each makeup comes with a full-face tat and with separate tats for eyes, brows and mouth, all of which could be mixed and match across the three colour variations. I hope to show off some of Ms. Cortes’ unique whole-body tattoos in one of my next posts. Be sure to stop by the booth to pick up the two gifts. One of them is a glamorous set of brows in gold and silver versions.

It’s Her Factory

Credits
Skin Fair URLs
MY UGLYDOROTHY on sim 2
La Malvada Mujer on sim 2
no. 7 on sim 1
Thank you Faina, Shortcake, Sopha

Look 1
MY UGLYDOROTHY FACTORY_Ran_tone2 base skin and brow (at Skin Fair)
MY UGLYDOROTHY FACTORY Ran_Eye Makeup4_tone2 (at Skin Fair)
MY UGLYDOROTHY FACTORY Ran_Lip Makeup2_tone2 (at Skin Fair)
-LaViere- Heidi/DriedChilli
NYU – Collared Dress, Purple (Size 1)

Look 2
no. 7, Pop Art D (at Skin Fair)
MY UGLYDOROTHY, FACTORY__Bin_tone3 base skin and brow (at Skin Fair)
(fd) Little Queen – Brunette 6 (Arcade gacha)
-tb- Female Skinny Tie (S) – Plum
-tb- Long Sleeve Collared Blouse (S) – Blush
Tee*fy, Savannah HighWaisted Skirt XS

Look 3
La Malvada Mujer – Hydra n3 /full (at Skin Fair)
MY UGLYDOROTHY FACTORY__Ran_tone2 base skin and brow (at Skin Fair)
Clawtooth: Say Yes – Break of dawn hair
bliensen + maitai, carnelian earrings
*BOOM* Hello Girl blouse (Navy) s

Poses: The Muse, Constantine (new; ty Audrey!)
Eyes: AL vulo ! * anemone brown eyes

Real chilly

potcha Suddenly I’m cold. So I dressed my doll in the fetching Fowler boots from Beetlebones and a surprisingly sexy vest and blouse combo from Potcha. Anorak poses in a mildly haunted house at the Lovecraft Festival, which is collecting donations for the Autism National Committee. There is shopping to be done, but damned if I could find any clearly marked donation items. I encountered the same problem earlier in the week at the Dreams Way event for people who suffer from autism and asperger’s. There are supposed to be donation items from dozens of haute couture designers, but the absence of signage left me wondering if I was interpreting the spatial arrangement correctly. An arrow, an X, a flower, a heart, a big ole stink eye. Any identifying marker would help us all.
poyjulia Hair from Chemistry, BOOM’s steampunk choker and Glam Affair’s Elvi in Jamaica make a casual look a little more sophisticated.

Credits
(= potcha. knit vest blouse 02 [ liquid size ] (2-for-1 at The Chapter Four)
(Chemistry) Hair – Harlow (Rigged)
Glam Affair – Elvi – Jamaica – 03 H (this was a special makeup at Kustom9, but you can find the regular line at the mainstore)
*BOOM* The Illustrious Sproket Strand Rose Gold (at Collabor88)
::BB:: Fowler Laced- Up Boots M (PIGEON) (at Collabor88)
AOHARU_Jeans_BoyFriend_Washed-
MONS / Shocking eyes – grey
Glitterati poses, model pack 150-159 (only on Marketplace)

Rare bird

luasbrd All the SLadies are witches. I mean in their blog posts. I decided to buck the trend for slinky black-clad sirens by concocting a hot harem girl out of my rare gacha wins from Luas and Umeboshi. I added Zibska’s Xiang, a flock of birds, and tinted them a healthy green. All involved were about to fly off to find some nature to enjoy when the light changed. (Methinks a storm came upon the land.) It all turned out looking so sinister that nature is relieved she had nothing to do with it.

brdclpfxxx I had to add a closeup. The Delusions tattoo is is one of my faves.

Credits
Luas, Allegra Arness Gold RARE, which comes with Allegra Nipple Piercings (gacha at Fantasy Gacha Carnival)
Luas, Redemption Skirt Green (from Redemption jewels gacha set at Fantasy Gacha Carnival)
Zibska, Xiang ~ The Birrrrds (comes with blindfold) (NEW; ty Zib Scaggs!) [I tinted the birds green in the first picture. They are actually white.]
*BOOM* Fearless wrist cuff (v2) Gold
[LeLutka]-RYKIEL hair – WalnutWhip
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine)
[theSkinnery]Byuri-Foxy Lady(toffee) (a special makeup but the regular version is in store; Tango applier for skin and for nipples is sold separately)
::Dulce Secrets:: Dynasty Camo Eye Art (w/Liner) and Dynasty Eyeliner (NEW; ty Anne Alyce Maertens!)
.:: Delusions ::. Birds of a Feather (fresh) tat
[UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes gacha (Obssesion) RARE tricolour (at the Legion Spooktacular)
Glitterati, Boobtacular pack
This was GIMPed but not pimped. All those shadows are real. And they’re coming for you….

In that gacha groove

anorak essences I am usually very conservative with gachas. But I recently went a bit nuts on skins from Essences and Birdy. It’s not that I was collecting them all, and it’s not that I knew which skin I wanted and kept trying till I got it. It’s that I got one and thought “Nah, that’s not quite right.” I can win a rare and be disappointed if it’s white, for instance, or black, and I’d rather have ecru or burgundy. Usually I resign myself to failure and walk away. But when I have man troubles, which I’ve been having lately, I spend aggressively. That could be because killing my lindens is more legal than killing my squeeze. Or because I’m making up for the romantic letdown by going for gacha satisfaction.
essen3 I’m extremely happy that Maya Levane is back making beautiful items for TokiDoki. She is very generous with gifts for her VIP group members. The mustard-yellow version of the long, buttonless Juliana sweater modeled in this post is on sale at TDRF. The blue version is the current group gift.
devon When I looked at Birdy’s Devon skin gacha at The Chapter Four I thought “Hmm, that’s a quirky face. Better not.” But it’s the Birdy quirk that I like about Birdy. Turns out the skin looks adorable on Anorak Offtherack, my teen alt. Here Anorak models one of the new line of soft, easy Traveler t-shirts by Aranel Ah for BOOM. Some are plain, some patterned, and some are lettered with catchphrases I have yet to decode. (I’m too embarrassed to admit how long I thought ERMAHGERD was a character from a Tolkien novel.)
devon2x If you need to get all dressed up, join the h.m.a.e.m VIP group for the Raja gift necklace in a threateningly decadent black-pansy shade.

No 1
Essences – Rose OMG 14 *lait* blonde (at Oh My Gacha event)
MONS / Shocking eyes – brown
tram, A817 hair / darksalmon (size40)
(TokiD) Juliana sweater_small (mustard) (at TDRF till Thursday)
(Nylon Outfitters) Folds Dress – Horses

No 2
Essences – Rose OMG 12 *peche* brown (at Oh My Gacha event)
MONS / Shocking eyes – hazel
tram, A811 hair (this is an old group gift, so it can’t be bought in this particular colour)
(TokiD) Juliana sweater_small (light blue) (NEW VIP group gift; fee to join)
MichaMi: Nina Crop Top in Steel

No 3
*BOOM* Traveler Tee (Socially Awkward) XS (NEW; ty Aranel Ah!)
.Birdy. Devon Skin ~Porcelaine~ (Frost) (at The Chapter Four)
MONS / DualColor eyes – dream
ISON – Heidi hair (reds pack)

No 4
h.m.a.e.m. – raja – necklace – black soul (NEW VIP group gift; fee to join; ty Riri Nini!)
.Birdy. Devon Skin ~Biscuit~ (London) (at The Chapter Four)
Mayfly – Deep Sky Eyes (Twilight Sea Shadow, w1)
Amacci Hair Daphne ~ Brown Sugar
Anais Gaea, diamond earrings (colour change, on marketplace)
Anais Gaea, black diamond nose stud (colour change, on marketplace)

These pics were GIMPed gently. I shot them under strong light. The skins look more deeply coloured under a dimmer light.

Ruffled

assez2l You have only a few more days to shop the current round of goodies at The Gallery Gift Shop. Portia wears a big ol’ ruff from Aesthetica, which I shrank down to fit her dainty frame. Portia’s lingerie, a breast-baring bra with matching undies (not shown), is by Chocolate Atelier. It’s available in red or black. The Twisted Hunt is running from now until September 30. The King of the Skies mask is a standout gift from Contraption. It can be rezzed as decor as well as worn. Untwisted types must stop in and pick up the gift at Dilly Dolls—a beautiful pair of sleek boots in charcoal suede. Twisted types might enjoy the dingy white ruff and crazy clown makeup from goth1co. I’ll let you know if I spy more awesome gifts.

Credits to creators
c.A. Celeste red (at The Gallery Gift Shop)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine)
Aesthetica: Choke Collar- Transfer version (at The Gallery Gift Shop)
[ContraptioN] Masks: King of the skies *Trapeze B* Rez (Twisted Hunt gift)
AnTi-Social – Gills Corset – Negative (I picked this up at the last Thrift Shop event)
ISON – leather leggings (rose)
Amacci Hair, Sphinx (streaked) ~ Midnight Blue
.la petite morte. wixson pale fantasy 2
*BOOM* Fearless wrist cuff (v2) L Gold
Swallow, Lion Earrings
:::Sn@tch Nail Candy (Lapis):::
pose: Ma Vie
I GIMP, you GIMP, he GIMPS…

The new old chastity

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It was a dark and stormy night when Portia Capelo contacted her friend Sian Pearl, who makes cool, wicked stuffs, and said “So, like, I know this person who told me that her sister was talking to a guy whose girlfriend was reading a book written by a woman who interviewed a sub who remembered (fondly) her grandmother’s tales of tight-lacing and erm chastity belts….” At first Sian hesitated to take on my special commission. Wasn’t a chastity belt an instrument of repression and torture? Not, Portia figured, if it’s my idea. Not if it’s temporary. Not if the person who’s holding the key knows when to spring the locks. (Not if one secretly believes that it would be no worse than wearing underwear when it’s 105 degrees.) After doing some research, Sian asked if she should build in a dildo and a butt plug. By this time Portia was no longer pretending to be merely curious. She’d thought about this quite a bit and, truth be told, it seemed to her that the chastity belt should be a nice escape from all the penetrating one has to put up with. Sian was not down with the dildo either, but she designed the belt so that it looks like pluggy things could be added. She actually came up with something much more subtly stimulating: that lovely furrow in the front, which I assume is meant to keep the labia minora separate and the clitoris sequestered. Sian decided that she wouldn’t produce the chastity belt for her MetaTheodora line, which is a shame. It’s hard to believe SL doesn’t host a thousand fashion slaves longing for some of this medieval bling. UPDATE: This was reverse psychology. Sian changed her mind.

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That’s right. Two different looks. Oh sure, like you know what to wear with yours. (You do?! Text me.)

Look professional
MetaTheodora, PORTIA III Chastity Belt (NOW AVAILABLE)
cheeky, Wet Tanky! (old HTH 4 hunt gift)
[MystiCanvass] Jamie Skin D Cup-Copper (old event skin)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine)
Amacci Hair, Celine ~ Natural Copper
:FANATIK: My bad girl ring Copper
[R3volt] – Jade Cuffs [V3]
bellballs/PIDIDDLE – Fringed Cuff – Nature
Glitterati, Boobtacular

Look casual
MetaTheodora, PORTIA II Chastity Belt (NOW AVAILABLE)
-Suicidal Unborn!- Dirty Top Purple XS
::Exile:: Little Things:Blackgold
[theSkinnery] Byuri-Foxy Lady(toffee) DB CL3 (old event special version)
(r)M ~ Copper Rings (dollarbie on Marketplace)
*BOOM* Bold wrist cuff (v1) Titanium
Glitterati, Pin up Girl

GIMPed and a little PIMPed