Sweet and bright

orange dress Riri Nini, who designs for h.m.a.e.m, is known for her eccentric couture. But she also does minimal, clean-lined items— like the new Gaia dress—which recall the mod 1960s. This short strapless dress combines two simple shapes and punctuates them with symmetrical portholes. Some of the dresses are tone-on-tone, as in the orange version pictured here, and in the black and grey variations. Adventurous customers can opt for a shocking combo of marine blue and acid green, while shy girls can choose a subtle pairing of dove grey and rose. One of my rules as a blogger is that I am not allowed to wear anything I haven’t blogged. I broke that rule for Gaia and pranced around in one version after another on the pretense that I need to do more road-testing. For you, dear reader, for you.

gaia by riri My second last-minute Hair Fair recommendation is Milana’s Mint, an array of improbable curls (with a couple of flexi bits that bounce and make me giggle). Be sure to blow this pic up to see the beautiful speckles on Eclectica’s octopus necklace and the Free Bird nails patterned after the top of a pristine pencil. In order to see the large version of a pic, one has to click on it and then scroll down and select the original size. This is a major drawback of the Bushwick theme imho.

Credits
h.m.a.e.m- Gaia dress orange S (NEW; ty Riri!)
(Milana) Mint – Light Blondes (at Hair Fair till the 27th)
-FAUN- Xi Gladiator Sandals -Salmon- needs Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) Flat
Eclectica, Octopus Neckpiece-Coral(f)
::C’est la vie !:: Teddy Lamb(ivory/flower)mesh (gacha at The Dreamers)
.Birdy. Imogen Skin ~Porcelaine~ Frost (Bare) (past gacha)
Essences – Moles (new!) tintable
:[P]:- Aerin Cuff-R Arm :// Rosegold (past gacha)
[ glow ] studio – I’ll Rock you ring(gold rose sha)
Free Bird, Slink nail applier pencil pattern (free)
pose by h.m.a.e.m not available

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

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

Heavy is the head

street There’s nothing like going up for tenure to give a person a headache. All the contradictory advice makes me sweaty. All the judgy judginess of the judging makes me cranky. And then there’s holding my colleagues’ hands as they fret over my prospects. I want to postpone the panic. They want to have it now. And the whole process takes a year. A year of angst. I’ve decided that the only way to get through this assessment period is to reposition “executive realness” for the modern woman. That’s why Portia is decked out in Riri Nini’s new Afreak jackets for h.m.a.e.m and Delmar Quintessa’s crowns for West 143rd. You will have to take the express train to snag the jackets, and coordinating, but not matching, skirts, at The Couturier’s Docks, where only 50 copies are for sale. The gold-and-black banded version of the crown, along with a mini-crown and a collar, are for sale at this month’s round of The Gallery Gift Shop. Other combos of black, silver and gold are available at the mainstore on a limited time offer.
portrait More real than real. More knit than necessary?

Credits to creators
Hump day
h.m.a.e.m. – Afreak jacket – 002 – M (NEW at the Couturiers Docks; ty Riri!)
W E S T 143RD. HONEYCOMB CROWN – Black & Gold band links (at The Gallery Gift Shop; ty)
**COCO*_SleevelessBlouse(Black)_(free)
:[Plastik]:- Reverence Skirt [XS-C]://Noir
Glance Skins – Anais – August – No Brows
*Glance Skins – Anais – September – Glossy 06
.random.Matter. – Misery Brows (at Cosmetic Fair)
.Birdy. {Liner} 5
NOX. Sunspots [Three] (at Cosmetic Fair)
*League* Aria Hairbase -Dark
blackLiquid, EARRING – KAJA
Tokidoki, Elephant Bag Light
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Small
FINESMITH, GOLD knot BANGLES (vip gift)
[HANDverk]Wassily Ring.red/gold.left
.Renegade. Lace-up Plaform Sandals (XXS) – Black
Slink, Female Feet (AvEnhance) XXS – Mid

Executive class
h.m.a.e.m. – Afreak jacket – 001 – M (NEW at the Couturiers Docks; ty Riri!)
h.m.a.e.m. – buffy clutch – she’s the night-hand hold L (NEWish; ty Riri!)
W E S T 143RD. HONEYCOMB CROWN – Black (ty Delmar!)
:[Plastik]:- Reverence Skirt [XS-C]://Noir [short and cute, with black, white or beltless versions and in tons of colours; ty Aikea!]
*COCO*_BowShirt(Black) (free)
*Glance Skins – Anais – August – No Brows
*Glance Skins – Anais – September – Matte 10
.random.Matter. – Misery Brows (at Cosmetic Fair)
.Birdy. {Liner} 5
NOX. Sunspots [Three] (at Cosmetic Fair)
*League* Aria Hairbase -Dark
Pure Poison – Bunny Earrings (NEW subo gift)
[HANDverk]Wassily Ring.red/gold.left (not available)
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Small
.Renegade. Lace-up Plaform Sandals (XXS) – Black
Slink, Female Feet (AvEnhance) XXS – Mid

poses are not available

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

Asymmetries

dating Portia didn’t stand a chance in the “Win a Date with Deckard” contest.

galaxy Still. Loving. Space. So much so that I didn’t get mad when Sandra Bullock, whom I loathe, wasn’t torn to shreds by satellite shrapnel in Gravity.

Credits
(Milk Motion) neoprene dress – S-black (at Collabor88. The alpha for this dress leaves part of the arm exposed in the back. Do not buy it if that kind of thing bothers you.)
::{u.f.o}::planet planet hairpin (at Collabor88)
Graves, G460 Arm Gear (l forearm) [part of outfit]
GALLACTIC . Ray Gun . Cyan (has left and right hand versions, on Marketplace; ty Lili Lacey!)
J’s, Thigh High BOOTS(Short) Black (old as the hills and still a fave)
-Glam Affair – Magenta skin – Jamaica – (yesterday’s FLF)
-Glam Affair – Gemma – Freckles 01
[PF] Glossy Pout Lipstick – Plum
little bones. Black Mirror – Onyx/Bleached (gacha in store)
~*By Snow*~ Radar Contacts MESH (these were ar Futurwave but are not yet in store. Thank you creator Snow Frostwych!)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual -
poses: hmaem

Jailbird

jailbird Giulia is a regal cocktail dress from Riri Nini at h.m.a.e.m. It’s available at The Couturier’s Docks, but as of press time there are only 14 copies left in this exclusive colour. The dress is one-size-fits-all mesh, so be sure to try the demo before buying. Distract competitors for those last few copies by telling them they just don’t have the height or hips or attitude to carry it off. Shortcake Sugarplum’s mask for No. 7 is not a limited edition item, but it is one of three rare styles in a gacha stuffed to bursting with different masks. There are some really fun melty drippy visors and some molded full-face masks that make your av look like a murderous android. But that’s to be expected for a valentines gacha.

Credits to creators
h.m.a.e.m. – Giulia dress (limited edition color for The Couturier’s Docks; ty Riri!)
h.m.a.e.m. – Cage clutch
no. 7, Royal Mask – RARE (gacha at L’Accessoires; ty Shortcake!)
*League* Aria Walnut -Apricot -NoBrow
:[ glow ] studio – Pin up eyeliner (tattoo)
[Pink Fuel] Glossy Pout Lipstick – Grape
N D Salon [Naomie Dirval creator], J I L L hair dark
BENT, Cage Couture prop (tinted)

I’m in jail (some Oedipal thing, I think)

New York native

newyorknativeFantasy fashion has gripped the grid. I’m not immune, and yet I can’t figure out what first-life trends are driving this. Is it all the scheming queen stuff playing on TV? The combo of fantasy fare and gacha is deadly, especially now that I am trying to cement my reputation as a rare gacha queen (easy on the schemes).

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I like big baubles

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One avi, two looks. I popped one of my old models out of her box for yesterday’s fantasy post and played with her chin and eyes till her face worked with her hair. I like Hedda’s slightly freaky new visage, and I like her in bronze and pale skins. The dark skin is League’s Aria in a special-edition smokey-eye makeup. The skin is on for half price through the 26th of January. Don’t forget to pick up all the necessary appliers, which are sold separately by skin tone. The pale skin is an old Arcade gacha skin that I picked up at a yard sale. Gacha mania has given us thrifting in SL! Although prices for commons are not usually discounted below machine price, you have a choice about what you buy. If you use the Firestorm viewer, the Area Search will list what’s available at any given yard sale, so you don’t have to cam over six hundred items.

orange Both of today’s lady-like looks feature accessories you will find at the new round of The Gallery Gift Shop. Here, Hedda wears the Aerowings lashes by Lucky No. 7. with a materials-ready dress from Pure Poison. Above she pairs her Faenzo blouse and skirt with a full set of diamond-encrusted jewels from new-to-me creator West 143RD.

Credits to creators
Lady 1
W E S T 143RD. THEATER DIAMONDS set (NEW at TGGS)
Faenzo, BLAIR by Steffen Garcia, Moss (XS)
ISON – Amber Essentials pack (at Collabor88)
*LACUNA* Semi Opaque Hipster Tights – AUBERGINE 1 (new subo gift)
*League* Aria Bronze -Special Edition -Chest D
(AMD) Ultimate Lashes – Double Wing
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual -
label motion, my balloon pet (old gift but may be available through subo history)

Lady 2
[ no. 7 ] AeroWings LASHES {MC} (NEW at TGGS)
Glam Affair – Luria skin – 06 (old Arcade gacha; according to the Arcade website Luria is not available in store)
Pure Poison – Anne Gradient Dress- XS
Ingenue :: Noella Heels :: Silver (old Arcade gacha; according to the Arcade website this gacha is not available in store) [needs Slink mid feet]
ISON – Heidi essentials pack
h.m.a.e.m, Ladybug dress bracelets
pose: tea.s, Donde

She was horrid

swampm2 The Couturier’s Docks offers fantastical limited edition creations. If you want to deck your av out in a chain-mail bodysuit and pearl-and-cross collar, scurry out and snag one of 50 copies of Riri Nini’s Nemesi outfit.
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Credits to creators
.h.m.a.e.m. – nemesi corset and nemesi necklace (NEW at The Couturier’s Docks; ty Riri!)
(r)M {aka red mint} Hair No.14’13 ~ o8.1-Fantasy
Abyss, Oxide_Ballet_Heel_
Clemmm – ReSnick eyes .black sclera.
-Glam Affair- Leah Grey skin D (not available)
pose from exposeur, puddle jumper pack
location: NV Madworld