Close to the moment

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My fifth rez day approaches. I can’t say I’m at the top of my game or that I even know what I’m doing. In fact, I spent at least the last three years not knowing I could get a closeup for iwarp in GIMP. Yes, I’ve been correcting shoulder and calf bumps at a Brechtian distance.  Continue reading

Charity on the wing

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Fantasy Faire doesn’t last long and there are so many sims that one has to shop almost as much as birds have to eat. I forage efficiently by fastening on charity items. Any event that encourages a generous shopper to buy a dozen things in purple is asking for trouble, so I tend to narrow my focus to items that tone that purple down or go off menu. I bought chunky blue sabots at Bliensen + MaiTai, a heart-shaped, red-flowered tree pose prop from Boudoir and the circlet and dress shown here. The elegant Chloris dress from 22769 can be worn with or without sleeves. The 22769 team has outdone itself with this dress, which is available in other colours. They are also offering outsized crowns that make the medieval look modern. (All their items are wonderfully inexpensive.) The lovely and delicate Lys Circlet from The Plastik features a colour-change setting and is also available in dozens of other gem-stones. Another charity item from creator Aikea Rieko is a purple skin with bright-orange body paint. You may have to get it just so you can tremble at the thought of it lurking in your inventory.

Credits to creators
/Wasabi Pills/ Sanna Mesh Hair – Gingerbread (NEW at Fantasy Faire Sanctum; ty MissAllSunday Lemon!)
22769 ~ [femme] Chloris Dress White S (Fantasy Faire Hope’s Horizon RFL donation item)
:[Plastik]:- Lys Circlet:// Lily (Fantasy Faire Faery Court RFL donation item)
DRD, Mechanical Flutters uncommon (gacha at Fantasy Faire)
Essences – Luaflor *lait* blonde (this was a TDR or 50LF release)
Anais Gaea, creator, black diamond earring (on Marketplace)
FINESMITH – Kirin’s poem brown- RING
Kunstkammer, Glamazon Necklace (an oldie, one of my first and best hunt gifts in SL)
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
Kirin, Lost in Space pose pack

Swayed

sway I’ve been shopping yard sales instead of trying to get into The Arcade. Portia’s lavishly long locks from Exile and beady-eye-beaded horns from Half Deer are my faves so far. On the one hand, I love buying items I like. On the other hand, I need to play some gachas because choosing only one among the multiple shades of Ingenue’s sandals would be tough. I don’t understand how Glam Affair’s Aria works, so I am going to have to play it until I do understand it.

burnttred On the third hand—I’m borrowing one of yours—I can’t find some things I want, like fd’s and Truth’s hairdos. And, back to Ingenue, lilac and iris are flooding the market, but I am holding out for sepia because I’m some kind of self-denying minimalist. Ultimately—hand me your other hand—I like the yard sale scene best when I buy a resale item from a person I know. It’s one of those weirdly attenuated, almost parodic, possibly soul-destroying social acts that SL affords us.

Credits
Essences, Paris02 *light rose* skin ginger with Teeth and new Moles layer included (at TDRF)
Exile::Rain, Extremes pack (at The Arcade)
+Half-Deer+ Aventine Horns – VampEYEr (at The Arcade)
*{Junbug}* M’lady in Crimson S RARE (current Fantasy gacha carnival)
.Enfant Terrible. Midsommer Dream Apple Bracelet mixed -CBOX  (current Fantasy gacha carnival)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual -
blackliquid, Nails fall floral
MONS / Shocking eyes – brown
BENT, Escher set (not available)

Sometimes a sweet notion

93lxIt’s Pleisure’s shockingly 4th anniversary! And the Fantasy Gacha Carnival is opening on the 1st of February. That’s two reasons for Portia to swan around in pauldrons. The flowers-n-chains pauldrons and headdress are Zibska’s contribution to the gacha carnival. There are many many lovely colours to win. (Most of those will preserve your av from the purple, violet, mauve, lavender and plum limbo in which Portia dwells.) Those of you who win rare will snag the full-colour set. (More…) Continue reading

I must profess

techtxt I do not want to go back into the classroom tomorrow. If I do, I’m using the lousy winter weather as an excuse to wear black jeans and a t-shirt.

emmaclx Thinking makes ones hair messy. In a very sexy way.

Credits to creators
/Wasabi Pills/ Emma Mesh Hair – (BOOBS) – Rouge (new at The Season’s Story; ty MissAllSunday Lemon!)
-tb- Female Skinny Tie (M) – Plum (at Collabor88)
-tb- Long Sleeve Collared Blouse (S) – Blush (at Collabor88)
LeeZu, Yukatan Pants S (mesh,rigged,material) /beige
Tableau Vivant – LL 1/2 gloves (XXS-S)
Yasum*MESH*Steampunk Headset*STEAM*female*CAMOU (not that old gacha)
Essences – Song Goth 02 *brown* (past TDRF)
-Glam Affair – Mokatana – Moles 2
dl:: Belly Bandaid tattoo
MONS / Shocking eyes – brown
::BB:: Arctic Friends Snowshoe Hare Pal(creme) (gacha)
pose one by h.m.a.e.m
Blackboard by Glitterati in Schooled prop
Books from Book’em by BOOM (old pose prop)

I lifted no finger

trielf This picture is a stunner, but I can’t take credit for it. The official viewer let me have shadows. Annan Adored provided the Windlight. And Zib Scaggs did the rest. (It is the case that, after about twenty snaps, I stopped trying to include the cute penguin swimming in the lake, so I will take credit for knowing when less is more.) Portia wears Ulfa, a stripey new tunic and hat from Zibska, which is available in blue, shown here, black and olive versions. The collar is so convoluted with crab legs that it looks as though it’s going to crawl off in every direction at once!

cabinfever This is not Jan van Eyck’s Man in a Red a Turban.

Credits to creators
Pic one
Zibska, Ulfa ~ Midnight (comes with black tights) (NEW; ty Ms. Scaggs!)
LeeZu! Helena High Heel Pants XS (mesh,rigged) /grayblue
blackLiquid HAIR – BEAUFORT midnight
TuTy’s, Adorable – Hair base Blue antracite
Essences – Lorde02 *lumiere* brunette
Amacci ~ Look Eyes – Medieval (Medieval Fantasy Hunt prize)
(Yummy) Fabby Glasses – Swinging Blue
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Medium
pose: Mabinogion, Crouch
Annan Adored’s 2013 Windlights
Pic two
Color.Me.H.O.F Mesh [Wool Turtle Neck[Navy]_L
Pure Poison – Tiger Earrings (subo gift)
location: Inspiration Point (Tee*fy)

The raw and the cooked

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I can’t tell which is raw and which is cooked. But I do know that I like Mila, a sexy bob by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills. And I can also attest that Aikea Reiko of The Plastik has the best fabrics on the grid.
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Poor Anorak. I gave her my stomach.

Look 1
/Wasabi Pills/ Mila Mesh Hair – Golden (NEW; ty MissAllSunday Lemon!)
:[Plastik]:- Saige Blouse [S]://Birdy
:[Plastik]:-Militia Skinnies [XS]://Feminine
Essences – Song TDRF *lait* blonde with Essences – Song Eyebrow Removal *lait* (last TDR Fusion)
MONS / Shocking eyes – brown
pose: Sub AO 3.60

Look 2
:[Plastik]:- Babylona Skirt [XS://Fright (Halloween item, won’t last forever) [this skirt is lined! this is how mesh should be done!]
:[Plastik]:- Furia Dress [M]://Fright (Halloween item, won’t last forever)
:[Plastik]:- Krysis Cord (Med):// TearDrop (in current gift)
:[Plastik]:- Krysis Cord (Short):// TearDrop (in current gift)
[LeLutka]-HELEN – Pitch (NEW)
[Modern.Couture] Jewelry – Arco rings
Essences – Song TDRF *lait* brunette (last TDR Fusion)
:[Plastik]:- Haila Tattoo ://Complex-Full Dot 50 (old With Love From hunt prize)
MONS / Shocking eyes – grey
poses by Label Motion, Draya pack

GIMPed by guinea pig

Delicate flowers

puffoutx Black and pink. Black and mauve. There’s no good reason for them to work together. Unless you’re a toreador or a torch singer. Collabor88 continues to be the best of the 87 monthly events a fashionista must attend. The dress from (fd) and the boots from Ison are an odd combo, but Anorak’s an odd av. The Ison boots require Slink’s medium bare feet. With the exception of Lolas, the prospect of adding mesh enhancements to my av makes me feel like taking a nap. I persevered this week, however, because the boots are so sexy. I feel very frustrated by how big the feet are. They make my nit-picky arty eye all itchy. Is there a resize function I can’t find? Are the phat azzes and loud mouths also huge? If they are as enormous as the feet…well…let’s just say it’s a damn good thing that boobs can never be too big!

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Nevery Lorakeet’s latest skirt and blouse combo is called Alessia, and is only available in greyed black and pearl-pink set. The blouse is puff-sleeved and the skirt is textured like, erm, like the skin of an animal that did not die to make this outfit. The flowers did not die. The fur did not die. The only thing killed for this post was a half-dozen donut holes.

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I adore the Origami Sandals by e-clipse, a line that always surprises me with its unusual offerings at Limited Bazaar. The shoe is a gold-edged black platform thong worn with a black sock. (Special to Limited Bazaar: I liked it when you and TDR Fusion opened rounds on alternate Fridays. Now that you are synced up I will have nothing to look forward to on half the Fridays of my life. Please change back.)

Look one
(fd) Leather + Chiffon Gown – Black and Mauve S (NEW at Collabor88)
h.m.a.e.m. - Aztec Cuffs (NEW; ty Riri Nini!)
ISON – lace-up gladiator sandals -XXS- (teal) (NEW at Collabor88)
Slink, Female Feet (AvEnhance) XXS – Mid
[Anya Ohmai], ghost Pygmy Puff (old event item)
Wishbox, Festival Crown (Paradise Purple)
booN, FTN683 hair chestnut
undefined lilies – wing ding (black/gold) (old gift)
Essences – Rose TDR01 *doux* browless (recent TDRF)
MiaSnow, WALKER Betty Skin’s EYEBROW (old event item)
-Glam Affair – Lucy – Moles 01 (part of TDR Fusion item)
::UmedamaHolic::Crystal eye(mossgreen)S

Look two
*LpD* – *Alessia* Cipria (NEW; ty Nevery Lorakeet!)
ISON – leather leggings (black)
E-Clipse Origami Sandal S (NEW at Limited Bazaar)
!.RR.!FentFur-Gold-Grey
KMADD Hair ~ EMMA ~ DARK BROWN 6 (This does not come with a hairbase, so I added one by Lelutka.)
[7891.] Testle – Cross – Gold (comes with spiked cuff)
ye olde freebie, Kidskin gloves: Black
.B I R D Y. DELILAH skin ~Pure~ London (old event)
[UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes gacha (Min) pale blue grey (at the Legion spooky whatsit event)
pose by PDA and pose pouf by 0o0 Studio/Gos

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.