I’m a blogoholic

Gatsby2I’ve been doing a lot of blogging lately because I’m lonely. In November and December I kept myself company by watching dozens of the Dr. Who episodes available on cable TV to mark the fiftieth anniversary. Even viewing the horribly miscast C. Eccleston was better than being alone in a silent room. I lost my best friend and lover four months ago, but I foolishly allowed myself to hope that he’d come back. It’s only in the last week that I’ve been forced to face the reality and deal with the pain of both the abandonment and the loss. And there’s no Dr. Who to help me now.

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Rare gacha guilt

As if I didn’t have enough neuroses to enjoy, I now feel bad about winning rare gacha prizes that other players would enjoy more than I do. I paid a visit to the Winter Is Coming fantasy gacha event and won a bunch of duds. Against my better judgment, I went back the next day because I really wanted a rare Luas outfit, even though my av is not good with loin-cloths. Immediately I won the outfit and two other rares, one of which is an “ultrarare” complicated combat-ready double-fangled bow from GTS (that is not transferable). This weapon is meant for battle, and I am certain that I have no need to kill or even wound avs in SL. (In fact, I am such a pacifist that I no longer speculate angrily on the tiny size of griefers’ dicks.) What follows is safe neither for work nor for the Thanksgiving table. That’s because there’s nudity, which is ostensibly more objectionable than weapons or challenges to idiots’ manhood.

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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)

Slow release

zibsqx Zibska’s Libby dress is a flirty pin-striped frock covered in cubes, combining the intellectual qualities of Japanese fashion with anglo sex appeal. If you like the concept of a padded derriere but aren’t feeling the phat azz, you’ll love Libby’s bustle of cascading cubes.

Credits to creators
Zibska, Libby ~ Noir, comes with Birdie earrings in Black (shown here), as well as burgundy gloves and a fuchsia hat (at Avenue fashion week until October 29; ty Zib Scaggs!)
.Birdy. Ashley Skin ~CoCo~ (bare)
[theSkinnery]Dripping paint head makeup (color change) (DU5 event is over)
“tSg,” Miss Sassy Brow Black
[Plastik]-VaeCollection-Arab eyes
::BeetleBones:: Pesca Thigh Boots for DU2013 XXS (PEWTER) (DU5 event is over)
Vita’s Boudoir, Black Cat Bowler Hat
Glitterati, Garage pose prop

The lust fairy

lotwnxx I finally decided that I could summon up the energy to work with Slink’s mesh feet. The price was not burdensome. Either because they were not as expensive as I thought they would be, or because  I was in the midst of one of my recent shopper’s revenge sprees against SSA. (I thought SSA would knock me off the grid. That’s a scenario we will have to revisit. Suffice to say that I decided to spend more lindens as my ship sank. It may have been magical thinking or simple commodity fetishism. But I digress from sufficing.) My first pair of Slinked-up shoes were deep platforms, a poor choice. I followed the creator’s mysterious instructions to set “hove” (“height,” I assumed) at 51, but still found the shoes half-sunk into the cement. They did rise as Portia shrank, but I was not about to make my av a dwarf for a pair of shoes. (I’m just not reverse-vain that way.) Neither of my usual tricks—increased ground offset or editing of the foot layer—helped. So I got creative and searched my inventory for poses for ghosts, swimmers and fairies. Ta-da: a pose by tea.s called “the lust fairy” solved the problem. I hate deceptive pics, however. As a consequence, you’ve been made to read through this full disclosure. Be sure to check out the fine print as well. If you can see it.

strdclp Samosa is the name of Portia’s classic costume jewellery set, which is new from h.m.a.e.m. Her lipstick and light freckles are both available at SL Fashion Week, from Sopha Portal for My UglyDorothy.

Credits to creators
h.m.a.e.m. - Samosa earrings and necklace (NEW; ty Riri!)
*MY UGLYDOROTHY -Rose Lips4 (at SL FW; ty Sopha!)
*MY UGLYDOROTHY -Freckles w Moles, from Ugly Freckles pack (at SL FW)
[:T:] Tiny Heart Mole (old gift)
IT GIRLS -Daph Pale / Light Brows
Loovus Dzevavor: Wild Block Dress Dusk[S] [If the main store is still there, this dress is 100L. If it’s not still there, look for it at a satellite shop at full price. ]
Magika, Plenty hair [unrigged mesh]
h.m.a.e.m. *midnight princess* clutch – cipria
Slink, Womens Medium Barefeet (Rigged S)
!(:::HighRize:::)! Cleopatra Wedges Aztek [require Slink Barefeet] (at SoHo Market)
erratic / cuff / gold (on Marketplace)
[Crash Republic] Rebel Eyes – blue 2 (at SL FW)
tea.s, lust fairy (not available)
Glitterati, Closeup pack (only on Marketplace)
location: Aitui store sim
I GIMPed that portrait because I could.

Better dressing with mesh

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I’ve been waiting to see what mesh could do for art deco dresses in SL. Let’s face it, prim panels stuck on the hips of an av in a tight system layer dress do not successfully simulate 20s tunics or the slinky siren dresses of the 1930s. Check out this month’s Genre for Senzafine’s mesh gown—shown here in black and also available in brown—and for a couple of mesh takes on shorter dresses. Genre is also offering gorgeous Art Deco jewels.

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Honestly, I tried to add smoke to that cigarette but all the brushes I have just add digital line drawings where smoke should be. Portia’s Essences skin is one of the Noodles gacha skins at The Chapter Four.

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If you’re curious what mesh can do for traditional Japanese clothing, which has also long suffered from awkward prim skirts and sleeves, check out the Yukata Festival, which runs to the end of the month at the Kyoto Bakumatsu sim. Most of the creators have demos, and you’ll be excited to discover that there’s quite a variety of mesh yukata templates, some of them better than others. I was tempted most by the ones from Sakka’s Studio. Portia’s yukata from Nonko is actually a Lucky Board win. There are quite a few boards at the festival, so you can kit yourself out for free. And if you’re not patient enough for LBs but are strapped for cash, you should check out the 77L offerings at the scary Tanabata mystery thing.

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There’s nothing quite like Nonko prints. This one combines snails and mushrooms (I think they’re mushrooms) with images from Alice in Wonderland. The obi is covered in cats. And there’s a cat-face fascinator for those of you who have run out of creepy mask accessories. Gotta love Contraption in a feminine mood.

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.:SenzaFine:. “Josephine” Dress – Noir [M] (at Genre)
Essences – Noodles – Royal (Gacha at TCF)
MONS / Shocking eyes – brown
booN, FNQ123 hair chestnut
Kyoot – La Couronne de la Reine Noire Crown (not available)
Cliche, Citta black and gold heels
Quellazaire, cigarette (colour change with particle smoke)
+:+WTG+:+ **PJ01** ear-pierce (group LB?)
LaGyo, Florie chien ring
???, Monacle Gold (old hunt gift, not available)
[glow] Studio, Egyptian Night Bangle (retired)
*Dilly Dolls* Wristcuff from Emilie outfit
:::Sn@tch, Nail Candy (Onyx):::
poses by Glitterati, Pinup (only on Marketplace, if available)

Look two
NONKO, 2013 Mesh yukata kinoko to katatsumur (NEW; Lucky Board)
/Wasabi Pills/ Tanya Mesh Hair – Gingerbread (NEW at Fameshed and awesome; ty Miss. Lemon!)
h.m.a.e.m. – Thais earrings (NEW; come with a cross-shaped necklace; ty Riri Ninni!)
WTG, Vega Bag (NEW; mesh; colour change)
Corvus : Marla Skin Cleveag
*LpD* MakeUp – *Steam Cloud* Only Eyes
(AMD) Ultimate Lashes – Double Wing (came with old skin)
[ContraptioN] Perish Veil (comes with collar)
..:: BenS Beauty ::.. Anabella Ring (was at fi*friday)
BRB.shoes *tabi tabi* WHITE
standing pose: The Muse Poses, Rumi (NEW; ty Audrey Cresci!)
seated pose: Zigana couch

Digit to digit

digits2013upld This year, Portia bought herself a pair of boobs. Other parts of her body blew up to balance out those babies. Bazooms met brimming belly, broader butt and bigger bags. She thought it best to add a bouffant.
digitsmedxx I change Portia’s body to suit specific garments. I want her wearing the clothes and not vice versa.  I’ve been forced to fashion a couple of big-brained versions of Portia so that she can wear the oversized immovable mesh hair that creators like to make. These “fatheads”, as I call them, are wretched compromises on the original design, so I love lines like Magika and Lelutka, which do S, M and L sizes of mesh hair. I was happy to mod Portia’s face quite a bit to work with Sweety, a skin I love from MiaSnow. Sweety P. has a giant nose by SL standards. I secretly enjoy shooting it at a slightly unflattering angle. I also have a tall, skinny, big-lipped version of Portia. She insists on being addressed as Ms. Capelo and models only the couture of Aliza Karu.

Check out last year’s Digits revolution.

Credits to creators
(r)M~(Dwindle)Top~No.09 (unRigged Size Lolas Tango)
Zaara : 5 Chanchal thong *sorbet*
h.m.a.e.m. – impressions of june bangles (NEW; ty Riri!)
h.m.a.e.m. – piqui pumps – arles (not available, but I think the store is not set up yet)
Essences – Thursday *light rose* blonde
[PF] Glossy Pout Lipstick – Hot Pink (NEW)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine) (with Essences applier)
Magika [Hair] Electricity (WHOLE STORE ON SALE TILL JULY 4: 125L for each pack)
:::Sn@tch, Nail Candy (Pink/White Tips):::
Love Soul, frog ice cream (rare gacha from 2012)
– Glam Affair – Stella Eyes n4
poses Glitterati