Close to the moment

hearsay
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

Angel v. demon

bridefinal2 This month’s Collabor88 is inspiring. The palette, exemplified in the colours offered by Harry Hix of ISON, is sophisticated. Several creators, including Hix and Marie Lauridsen of Milk Motion, have worked to give mesh an extra dimension.
ison2xx

I am on the hunt for new skin lines for my too-familiar-looking av. Lately, both Modish (here) and Birdy (above) have caught my attention, partly because they make Portia look more or less dangerous. The BIRDY skin is one of 6 makeups for 99L each at The Chapter Four.

Look one
!Ohmai: Kun (comes with roses) (NEW at Hair Fair)
.B I R D Y. DELILAH skin ~Pure~ London (99L at The Chapter Four)
- .HoD. – The Crux – Frost – S (NEW at The Gallery Gift Shop)
(Milk Motion) Lace dress – XXS – white (NEW at Collabor88)
Cute Poison – Multi-Cross Necklace (Silver)
FINESMITH – Massive Diamonds ring
ISON – vine cuff (antique silver)
S (and) P – Lotus Creeper Tattoo
[ Lucky #7 ] Vieja Martha :Fly Away: Lashes
[UMEBOSHI] Lunar 2 eyes -Ink- (NEW at The Gallery Gift Shop)

Look two
ISON – ruffle dress -S- (purple) (NEW at Collabor88)
[taketomi],_Kurumi_Karafuru03 (at The Chapter Four)
Tiny Bird – OMGWTF Orchids (old gacha)
::Modish:: Jules-color- {dark brows} CL (previous group gift)
Clemmm – Sheerfully Bee tights – Pink (BEE) (old event item)
Bliensen + Maitai – La Gamme Du Printemps – Necklace
FINESMITH, PLAYCUBE BRACELET COLORCHANGE
[UMEBOSHI] Lunar 2 eyes -Draconis- (NEW at The Gallery Gift Shop)
PDA, Gangplank Oddment

GIMPed with luv

Never had the vapours

warycnsrcrp Not knowing when SSB will be introduced means never knowing if a post will be my last. I keep debating whether I’d like to go out on a kinky note or a cute one. Honestly, I’d rather go out kinky, but I am not going to blog only leather and latex in order to ensure that my last post gets me in a sweat. If you are looking for newness today, look at Razor’s Infinity Bodysuit and at the punker-than-thou pumps by Hollyhood. You can see an extra picture featuring Portia’s back and back-of-leg tattoos on my Flickr page.
wallcnsr I like to think of today’s post as one of my most successful efforts to take a perfectly innocent pose prop and make it dirty. Glitterati’s Hallway is just one of the zillion pose goodies on sale for 100L until June 31, when the shop closes. I decided to cover Portia’s bits with shiny coloured lights because I am too tired and cranky to worry about backlash. I am, however, happy to announce the second-ever Pleizzie award goes to BloggingSL. This feed states upfront that none of the content is safe for work and it is intended for a mature 18+ audience. Sure, this covers the site’s ass, but it also allows bloggers to feature nudity and explore sexuality without fearing censorship. I hope that the owners will work out there server problems soon.

Credits to creators
Visible:
HOLLYHOOD, MESH HEAVY METAL PUMPS
Razor /// Infinity Body Suit – XS – Black
Pure Poison, Krysten Collar
..::DeliciouS::.. Picky Cuffs (in first pic; wrists and ankles included; leash on command)
[R3volt] – Jade Cuffs [V3] (in second pic; colour change)
*Glance Skins – Anais – August – Black Brows – Big Cleavage
HoD, Chained eye makeup
::Dutch Touch:: ::MakeUP:: Mensje – Lipsticks – Fuchsia (not available)
Latex Web, Gwen 3.0 hood (with ponytail)
[LeLutka]-RYKIEL hair – Bournville
:::Sn@tch, Nail Candy (Red/White Cross):::
Not visible here:
Vestigium – Devilish Thoughts [on back and arms] (LB)
[CheerNo] Femme /Pubic hair option/dark [It came with an old skin and you can't see it in these pics, but I'm crediting it because there isn't a lot of good pubic hair out there. In the past, I've had to mix more than one to get a decent effect. Virtual waxing is so painless and cheap that I doubt this will change soon.]
idk who made ‘em, spank marks
Glitterati, Hallway
GIMPed for your pleisure

Go big (rocker)

gobigduex I’m fairly certain the top half of this outfit needs no explanation. (I do want to point out the skill I seem to have developed of making my av’s tatas look walleyed.) The bubbled-up Chouchin shorts from Yomeshoujo are the real attraction today. They’re actually much lighter hued than this rather dark pic suggests. They are available in several other fabrics. If you’ve never been to Yomeshoujo, you should go for the lulz, unless you are a minimalist, in which case you should still go. It will either reassure you that your home is not, in fact, deadly dull, or it will inspire you to get rid of that one tchotchke, take a Xanax and chain yourself to your fake Mies chair. [Stop it, you're making everyone horny again. -ed.] Anorak is wearing Mayfly’s latest lustrous mesh eyes in a lovely shade of persian blue. Her cool new eye-makeup, available in a softened rainbow range of colours, is Sigal from Zib Scaggs at Zibska. The jeweled eyebrows and cluster of crystals are Zibska’s ingenious Valle set, which features size and colour change. If you’re really having fun with it, you will call the whole thing a meteor swarm.

binkysm Before signing off for today, I want to give the first ever Pleizzie award to the Numberology event. I have stopped shopping at huge events because I do not have the time to wander around a giant build, even if there’s a map online. Waiting for tiny shop signs to rez takes years off human lives and, studies show, off the lives of their pets. At Numberology, the stores are clearly labeled, the labels are large and they rez quickly. There are no randomly placed ads making you think the store you seek is over there when it’s actually over here, or, even worse, making you think you could use the ad to TP to the store you seek. [The thought of that makes me hard, in a good way. -ed.] Most importantly, Numberology allows your av to fly over kiosks that are, for the most part, open roof, meaning that you can see what’s available without descending from the sky. I imagine that events forbid flying because they think customers will discover stores if they are on foot. If stuff doesn’t rez, there’s nothing to discover. Ultimately, if I am a happy customer because I was able to access easily my fave store’s booth and bought something I love, I am more likely to poke around the other booths. (But I still want to do my poking from the air.) One more thing, SL: for the love of goddess, always provide chairs, or if you offer chairs already, offer more. These are the best means of getting around a sim or a large shop. If there are no chairs at a laggy, walk-only event, I log off and chain myself up to jerk off in my reproduction Eames lounger. [No, no, besmirch anything but the Eames! -ed.]

Credits
xxYOMESHOUJOxx, *VAV4* [MESH-S] -CHOUCHIN PANTS
*Epic* Cropped Lace-Tex Bunneh Jacket Hood (at Perfect Wardrobe)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine)
Zibska, Sigal DK ~ Meadow (NEW; ty Zib Scaggs!)
Zibska, Valle set (ty Zib Scaggs!)
::Modish:: Herra [Crema] (90L skin, no demo, outside The Box event, has pretty pink eye-shadow and 1950s cat’s-eye liner)
Sedmikraska, Drippy Tights with, underneath, [North West] Ruba Tights A (purple)
*SoliDea FoliEs* chameleon – ring
Baiastice,_Piramid Studs Leather Cuff-purple- (Arcade gacha)
*Ticky Tacky*, Mama’s Little Binky Ring – Onyx ((not available)
- .HoD. – Dragon Spiral v9 – Black & Pomegranate
.::MADesigns HAIR::. ~ DORA ~ Black VI (may not be available)
Mayfly – Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Light Persian Blue, w4) [only showing the right eye] AND Mayfly – Liquid Light Mesh Eye (Light Persian Blue, w4) [only showing the left eye] (NEW; ty Arkesh Baral!)
Glitterati, Shuttered pose prop (on sale for 100L)
GIMP wuz here

Stop, shop and roll

bus stopxx

This month at The Gallery Gift Shop, Down Down Down gives you the opportunity to coordinate your outfit and your mood with one of five antique bus stops. TGGS also features the Tableau Vivant eyes, in a variety of colours, and the HOD piercing shown in the portrait below. I admit to taking too much joy in American Bazaar’s Booba skirt. Just-above-knee-length in the front, the skirt barely covers an av’s butt with a band of slitted latex. (To get the thigh-exposing effect modeled here, make your av more knock-kneed than usual. Or don’t. Many sliders worked to make Portia fill out this skirt. Who knows if the knocking was key.)

clphod

Credits to creators
[American Bazaar] MESH Booba Skirt XS Latex (at The Boobies Show)
DDD, Bus Stop (sold separately) (at TGGS; ty Tuki Loon!)
~Tableau Vivant~ Galaxy eyes – Earth (at TGGS; ty MM!)
- .HoD. – Scorpio’s Simplicity – Midnight [modded] (at TGGS; ty Aydan Darcy!)
Essences – Opera Summertime 01 *brunette* (recent TDRF)
.mala. – blasted heart arm Tattoo (recent SL Fashion Week)
BOOM, Bow Clutch Lime (ty Aranel Ah!)
{SMS} Big Native Necklace Green
{SMS} Loose Tee Sugar Plum XS (current group gift)
(epoque hair) London Import II – Black Tones (not available)
LaGyo,_Mia ring
LaGyo,_Sedrah bracelet (old hunt gift)
REDGRAVE- Shoes Helena – 12colors
poses: Blah!, Model Pose Pack 2 and o0o Studio and Gos, Pouffe
GIMPed and a little crimped

Braille to the night

drazirffIt’s been a bad week for brains. They’ve been overtaxed. Now that I can feel my grey matter returning to its usual spongey and sproingy state, I am once again able to blog. The last day of the Fantasy Faire, an event raising money for cancer research, is Sunday April 28th. So you still have time to bounce over to The Plastik’s pavilion to buy Aikea Rieko’s new Draziirah skin. Draziirah has to be shot in bright light to show off the weirdly cracked chocolatey skin. The skin features a full-body vine tattoo which is sold in ten different colours, including silver, green, red, yellow, blue and purple. Portia is wearing Draziirah in one of the greens, Anjuna, which I’ve tarted up with HoD’s Lovely Disarray face tattoo and Electro Blue Neon Punk earrings. This is a brand new item available at The Gallery Gift Shop till mid-May.
drazirs Each Draziirah skin pack features a plain version of the skin and some extra mystical tats. I’ve used tats from two skins, Anjuna and Silver, to decorate Anorak’s beautiful bod. In addition to the elf ears shown here, the Drazira skin pack includes glowing eyes. Anorak’s classy Wasabi Pills hair, Erika, is also available at Fantasy Faire. This version of The Plastik’s Vexed dress was a gift, but there are plenty more patterns to choose from in the mainstore.

Credits to creators

Look one
:[Plastik]:- Draziirah [Female]://Anjuna (NEW; at Fantasy Faire; ty Aikea Rieko!)
- .HoD. – Neon Punk Gauge Electro Blue with Lovely Disarray – I’m no Priest Face Paint – Neon Punk Edition [unisex] (NEW; at The Gallery Gift Shop; ty Aydan Darcy!)
: Amorous : Die Schlacht set of face piercing and pasties and earrings not shown
Analog Dog, tangled obsidian (almost unrecognizable colour due to Windlight setting)
:[Plastik]:-Vaele Coll(Base)://Galaxia-Nala eyes

Look two
:[Plastik]:- Draziirah-Female:// Plain Base Anjuna pack (NEW; at Fantasy Faire; ty Aikea Rieko!)
:[Plastik]:- Draziira Tattoo[Face-Dots]://Silver
:[Plastik]: Draziira Tattoo[Body-Dots]://Anjuna
:[Plastik]: Draziira Tattoo[Body-Suns]://Silver
:[Plastik]:- Draziira Tattoo[Face-Suns]://Anjuna
/Wasabi Pills/ Erika Mesh Hair – Pancake (NEW; at Fantasy Faire; ty Miss. Lemon!!)
:[Plastik]:- Vex Dresses [XXS]:// Chevron (former gift)
*BOOM* Bold wrist cuff (v1) Titanium
*BOOM* Fearless wrist cuff (v2) Titanium (this is the Collabor88 edition)
.:ellabella:. Vaeface piercing, colour change

poses: Ma Vie, Revealed

Bunny don’t play dat

finalbunny I am a dyed-in-the-egg fan of easter. (As a secular, chick-hugging, basket-filling rite of spring.) But Portia has had one too many hollow chocolate treats. Get too close to her this Sunday and she’ll give you an earful about the eggsploitation of hens. Portia’s lavender mesh corset is from Etchaflesh, the store where corsets go to be born. Select styles offer regular sizes and busty versions in one pack. There are no appliers involved in the busty versions. Each size of the bübs-friendly version boasts the same DD-size cups. As large as the cups look, they could not accommodate Ms. Capelo’s Lolas until I’d downsized them from watermelons to smaller watermelons.
buw2l I suspect some of you are too young to remember Homey D. Clown.

Credits to creators
[Etchaflesh] Day Of The Dead Busty Corset S
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts
[LeLutka]-Rockin’ Pants-Black (v. old)
FK! – Black Cyber Neck Corset Large mesh (edited with GIMP) [bought on Marketplace]
SD Wears, Twisted Hunt Collar (old TH gift)
INDI – Armcuffs black (old gift)
- .HoD. – Spiked Lust – Chest Dermals – Frost (comes with nipple piercings)
.:ellabella:. Helene’s Tears – gold face piercing
Essences – Thursday *light rose* black
[theSkinnery]Voluptous lip junkie – lipstick 6 (at Skin Fair, ends March 31)
La Malvada Mujer – Lara Stone’s teeth
*SoliDea FoliEs* The Day After / makeup
*Dura-Boys&Girls*40(Black)resize
Tenjin – Violet Tattoo Faded – Large (at WCF 2, ends March 31st)
*SoliDea FoliEs* chameleon rings
FKII, Cigarette
~Sassy!~ Playboy Bunneh ears (2012 ears)
MONS / Shocking eyes – black
GIMPed but not pimped.

Haunted hollow

deadnomcxx

She’s not dead. She’s just post-processed that way. Nomine’s 100L sale ends today, but the Cross Halter Dress is eternal. Munchflower Zaius lavished such care on the individualized fabrics of sixteen gorgeous variations on this gown that it was extremely difficult to choose just one to show you. While many are full-on goth, there are a number of variations that would work for 1930s role-play or an evening at The Gardens of Apollo. The dress is mesh and comes in only two sizes, so be sure to try the demo if you are used to XXS-XL sizing. Portia fit the Standard version just fine, but it was more fun to blow her up to fill out the Curvy version.

Credits to creators
Nomine, Mesh Cross Halter Dress Curvy – cherry
Glam Affair – Halloween skin GIFT
:[P]:-Soul Ink-Lothlorien
::DT:: ::JoLiE:: V2 Beautymarks Moles and Freckles
- .HoD. – Compassion Piercing Set Prt. 1 – Silver Lining
[plastik]-DrownTattoo-Upper
>TRUTH< Zaria – ivory
House of Fox, Feather Tippet (recent subo gift)
Bliensen + MaiTai – Samedi – Earring – Red Glass -
Fleshtone :: Narsha Vanity Cuff [Onyx/Gold]
:: PM :: Demonia Claws (VIP gift, small fee to join)
pose: PDA
location: Wretched Hollow

Let’s talk about money

This morning Portia and I had an epic pout because she had nothing to wear. Even a quick peek at my inventory, which hit 20,000 items the other day, will reveal that there is plenty of great stuff in there to wear and to show off in this blog. I soon realized that what was actually bumming me out was having only $148L, not enough to buy something special, not, that is, until Friday when I get paid. Sigh thrash sigh thrash. I put myself on a tight budget for SL, $2,000L a week. Sometimes, incredibly, I have money left over. Other times, I buy a skin and a pair of nice shoes and then decide that my budget is so low that I can afford to buy another $1,000L to tide me over. But not today. Today I told myself Portia would have to lie on the bed I had made.

Compared to RL, in which I cannot afford a pair of shoes that even remotely approaches the beauty (or height) of SLink’s Aveela or Maitreya’s Allure, SL is dirt cheap. And chock full of delightful freebies from creators who are, I imagine, inspired to make and to share, but also required to participate in this type of promotion as the price of doing business. (/me sends out giant ball of awe and gratitude to creators.) For someone like me, who hates stuff and is genuinely alarmed by the amount of garbage human beings are generating, the possibility of owning beautiful things that don’t take up space and won’t litter the globe is a dream come true. So why do I limit myself to a weekly budget of about half the price of a movie ticket? And why do I do it when I live in a town that only shows movies so mainstream that I rarely see any? I don’t know the answer to these questions. I estimate that a hundred experiential and psychological factors play into my SL financial decisions. But the dominant feeling of not knowing how much is too much depends in part on the fact that players don’t talk openly about money. I remember that my real life was suddenly much easier to live when someone told me that I should spend a third of my income on rent, unless I wanted to live in a top city, which meant spending closer to half. Where’s that kind of wisdom in SL? And what will it cost me?

Credits to creators
outfit: Nomine, elements from Slip Gown Black (ZombiePopcorn Hunt #59)
necklace: HoD, Fallen Necklace (female and male versions worn)
hair: Kik, Kate03(black) (2000 members subo)
heels: SLink, Aveela Stiletto Herringbone (current TDR Blue item)
bag: LeLutka, No Heart Bag (old gg)
locations: Maven Haus for sulking and Sinners Heaven for skulking