Signatures

rep Here Hedda wears the new Skuro necklace from Riri Nini for h.m.a.e.m. It’s also available in all-black gems and in a combo of wine and emerald stones. Below, Hedda wears The Gathering, one of Zib Scaggs’ new bird-themed headdresses for Zibska. Zib likes to add orbits to her outfits, so birds make sense as a signature motif. (Satellites may be next.) Riri likes luxury. But there have to be dashes, or dots, of eccentricity. Her ladies do more than lunch.

thegathering Hedda’s minimalist look makes me happy. Bold beauty marks from Visage by Volupuraptor Pearl decorate Birdy’s May skin, a lovely Asian face I picked up at Skin Fair.

Credits

Look 1
h.m.a.e.m. – Skuro – necklace 001c [modded] (NEW at Salimar location only; ty Riri)
.Birdy. May Skin ~Peaches~ (Skin Fair exclusive)
Visage, Beauty Marks – set 07 – light (on Marketplace)
~Tableau Vivant~ Valentin Hair (regular) – Equinox pack (Fameshed)
(fd) Blazer – Black Dots XXS
{SMS} Carrot Pants Dot Black M
MaxiGossamer – Bangles – Ramona 77 set
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
o0o studio, allegory 6

Look 2
Zibska, The Gathering (NEW; ty Zib!)
.Birdy. May Skin ~Peaches~ (Skin Fair exclusive)
cStar Limited – Spectrum Lines Eyeliner
Visage, Beauty Marks – set 07 – light (on Marketplace)
little bones. Ministry blacks pack (at Chapter 4)
Tee*fy, Dakota Corset Gown Black XS

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

Couture with a side of stress

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I’m wondering if this is one of those moments when we should all admit that we feel like failed bloggers. A blogger I admire asked her Flickr contacts if she was a bad SL fashion blogger. One of the people who responded admitted that she doesn’t get as many hits as she would like. This takes as much courage as wondering publicly whether one’s styling and photos suck as much as some haters say they do. Why courage? Because it’s tough to override the command to “never let them see you sweat.” And because we imagine that creators want statistical evidence of success, as well as the ability to beat out others in contests, which are increasingly popular. It’s clear that despite the stress involved, most of us decide to keep blogging because the pleasure we take in doing it outweighs the insecurities. This pleasure doesn’t stop me from mentally quitting every day. Compared to the way I think about my job, which I mentally quit every hour—unless my leg is caught in a bear trap, in which case, I might wish I was in my office grading papers—my attitude towards blogging is very healthy.
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As a blogger, I rush out to meet the world: everyone on the planet will tune in and turn on when they see my work, everyone will know me, and everyone will like me! Dreams like that persist despite the evidence that they should die the first day of nursery school when some three-year-old witch arbitrarily battles with you at nap time for the best towel. Most of us are “niche” bloggers because being a person means being niche. Just as a high percentage of the billions of humans on the planet aren’t going to be my friend, so most of the multitude aren’t going to be my fan.

P.S. People, please stop liking my posts so that I visit your professional life-coaching site. I’m taken: a therapist got to me first.

Portia wears
new My Shades in amethyst from Riri Nini at h.m.a.e.m, who gets me
new Sorren necklace, which comes with cuffs (not shown), By Zib Scaggs of Zibska, who gets me
LeLutka hair (fades pack; two shades shown)
new (fd) coat at Collabor88
Je Suis ring (summer sale now on!)
new Milk Motion pants (former TDRF)
new Birdy skin (insanely affordable at The Chapter Four)
in the closeup, part of a dress from Illmatic (which I can’t recommend because the texture on the skirt won’t res, at least not for me)
poses by tea.s (the first one is available, the second an oldie)

I GIMP because I don’t want you to wince. This post was therapeutic.

That’s the way

diy It’s like a PSA. (“Always be prepared” the necklace says.) With carnivorous boots and sexy spiders.

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Credits to creators
{XO} Self Love Studded Tank [S]
*DUCKLING* black & white stripe Mini Skirt M (gift in store)
Curio Obscura – Abomination Bitey Blood Bank Boot (current Arcade)
[ #7 ] Spider Kiss comes with lipstick (Bye Bye Summer Hunt, 50L; ty Shortie!)
al vulo- ylenia * majestic blonde brow (former TDRF item)
booN, DQO010 hair purple
booN, gathered raised hairbase purple (sold separately)
+:+WTG+:+ **C flat** choker (old gg)
::Sweet LEONARD:: Broken Angel Ring -black
BALACLAVA!! Scout Badge Remade Necklace (old Arcade)
R.icielli – SKULL EARRING /GRAFF
Shi : Sleeve (S-M) (old group gift; fee to join)
(fd) Creeper Shades (2012 hair fair gift)
pose one: Saal Body Inc. (this was a gacha, but there is a similar pose in Female Stands pack; ty Saal!)
pose two: flowey
Can’t stop the GIMP

The power of no

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Some violence against women and girls is overt, immediate and terrifying. Unfortunately, much of it is covert and pernicious. For instance, I have a friend who once accepted a ride home from a man she found creepy because she didn’t want to offend him. And she didn’t want to take the subway alone at night. In the event, nothing happened. Not until I jumped up and down and flapped my arms and said “No. No. No. Say no. Sometimes you must say no.” Violence against women proliferates because we live in patriarchal cultures. Here in North America, my friend can’t say no because she is reminded a dozen times a day that pleasing men is the key to her welfare. It’s a very good idea to demand that governments around the world make and enforce laws that protect women and girls from violence. But we also need to raise awareness about the root of the problem, which is male domination of women. To put it in the worst possible terms: we don’t signify unless we are prey. If we recognize this, each one of us can combat the oppression that legitimates violence, and threats of violence, in all its forms. We don’t need to depend only on the government and the police for safety. We can also depend on each other. And we can harness the power of NO.

STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Credits to creators
boots: lassitude & ennui (from the L’Accessoires black friday event)
glasses: Swallow (open gift in store)
necklace: 7891 (resizable; from fi*friday)
hair: LeLutka
jumpsuit: Paperbag
fur: (fd) (at Collabor88; Portia wears only fake fur assembled by garment workers paid a living wage and subject to no sexual harassment)
pose: Marukin
I don’t know who that clown is, but I encountered him at Rotten Defiance.
This picture was GIMPed.

Bank robbery not required

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I couldn’t find New Mexico on the grid, so I decided the wild west would have to work with the irresistible palette and creations of the Santa Fe collection at Collabor88. Last month, it seemed to me that too many items were priced at 188L and higher. This month felt more like the orgies I remember from the past because the loveliest items are priced at 88L. A girl can take home a handful of the fab furs from (fd) and a big bag of bodysuits from The Sea Hole without going broke.


Allegory Malaprop of Schadenfreude is fast becoming my fave footwear designer. This month, the lucky Collabor88 shopper—female or male—can take home the multi-part colour-change version of the new Amargosa boot for only 488L.

Credits to creators
at Collabor88
The Sea Hole – Painted Desert Bodysuit – Chamomile
The Sea Hole – Painted Desert skirt (MESH) XS – Dove
(fd) Hobo Fur – Midnight (Large)
Schadenfreude, Amargosa Boots MESH
LaGyo_Santa Fe necklace gold (colour change)
LaGyo_Santa Fe ring gold (colour change)

elsewhere
.::Mother Goose’s::.Abbey-1L
~Mynerva~GG Eyeliner, Shadow
.::Mother Goose’s::.(br)eyeline
IT GIRLS- Daph Eyeshadow -Guchi
:[P]:- Ataciara Makeups- Smudgy Shadow.
:: DUTCH TOUCH ::SjOrS:: Eyelashes Duo – Blue tips
[e] Interrupt – Brown 08 (discounted!)
WD, Steampunk Pirate Gun (old hunt gift)
Maitreya Allure Tights – Midnight
pose one: PDA
pose two: !bang (old 50L Fri gift)

location: Black Diamond Ghost Town
Hello, my name is Portia and I’m a GIMPaholic.