Sweet sinner

cocori summer I made a trip to Asia and spent a few days in Tokyo. True it was the rainy season and thus not summery sunny, but my colourful clothes made me feel like a clown. Even the yukatas were pale hued. I quickly adjusted to wearing only grey and black by going to Muji, a store I know from my travels in Europe. There I bought tee-shirts to replace the clothing I had stunk up in hot humid China. (In this post Hedda wears LB yukatas from the semi-annual fair in Bakumatsu. Here she sports one of the Sleepy Cocori skins from  MUDSKIN’s Enfant line, which are available at The Dreamers event. You do not have to add your own oh-so-skinny eyebrows as I did here.)

manicured I still feel skeezey about going to a maid cafe. I believe that women should be able to manipulate their looks in order to make money. It’s the infantilization that bothers me. I mostly “ate” at Starbucks and other cafes because I am a chai freak and a carbs fan. Although I loved the Starbucks croque monsieur in Hong Kong, I did not like the Belgian waffle in Tokyo or the iced green-tea latte with red-bean topping on the Chinese mainland. A ginger stalk wrapped in pork, which one can’t find in Starbucks, was a culinary highlight. (The Gallery Gift Shop is celebrating it’s third anniversary with one of its signature easy-peasy hunts. Here you see one of the gift manicures from c.A. Don’t ask about the mochi. It’s an old exclusive from ohmai.)

uhoh Not knowing the languages meant not being able to ask for directions. I got irretrievably lost every day in Tokyo and was occasionally misled by bad maps and stupid Google while in Hong Kong. (Don’t wander down any dark alleyways if you don’t want to wake up with fangs. They’re tougher to eat with than chopsticks. MUDSKIN’s vampire skin gacha, with two versions of teeth and multiple eyebrow tats, is also up and waiting for you at Okinawa.)

Credits (ty TGGS creators! happy anniversary all)

Look sweet
[ MUDSKIN ]/Enfant—Sleepy Cocori4(no Eyebrow)_C2 [NEW; comes with normal eyebrow tats] UPDATE (at The Dreamers event; ty Sopha!)
Miasnow, WALKER Betty Skin’s EYEBROW
[UMEBOSH] Anniversary eye -Rose- (The Gallery Gift Shop hunt gift)
c.A., Weather nail polish for Slink hands and feet (The Gallery Gift Shop hunt gift)
little bones. Cosmic (NEW dollarbie fatpack, group only)
tomoto, candy 2014 yukata [not mesh] (NEW LB or 50L at Bakumatsu festival)
(Yummy) Garden Cocktail – Canary (old gacha)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
pose 1: Glitterati, Headshot
Ohmai, Mochi (not available)

Look sinister
[ MUDSKIN ]_Kiss of Vampire14(no Eyebrow)_teeth1_Dawn (gacha at Okinawa festival; ty Sopha!)
.la petite morte. cosmic eyes-borealis (at The Gallery Gift Shop) [LPM's hunt gift is a lovely skin]
c.A., Blood Type nail polish for Slink hands and feet (The Gallery Gift Shop hunt gift)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
*koyu* mesh yukata ~tsubaki~ (NEW LB at Bakumatsu festival))
little bones. Cosmic (NEW dollarbie fatpack, group only)
pose: PDA (oldie)

To Sir, with longing

balletb1xx A while back, I stopped doing nudes and pictures of BDSM ensembles. I was frustrated. I couldn’t get Pleisure on blog feeds. On Flickr, I have to consign any pics with boobage to a circle in purgatory, from which said pics cannot be added to a lot of groups. (Hey hello love ya to the fashion groups that do allow nudity!) I decided that if my job is to promote the works sent to me by my beloved sponsors, I have to keep my av covered and sexless. But I can hardly maintain that position when a large portion of the SL community needs to know that ballet boots are now beautiful. Thanks in part to Voshie Paine of La Petite Morte, whose colourful laced satin boots are the highlight of Genre’s current round of BDSM attire. Did you know that “la petite morte” is a poetic euphemism for orgasm? The “little death” of pleasurable self-extinction.

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Hella posh

halxo Hallowe’en is the busiest time of year for a Second Life blogger. I suspect that olden-days bloggers were so desperate trying to choose the perfect eyes to match the best horns that they invented trick or treating. They knew what modern science has yet to confirm—that without dozens of small individually wrapped artificially flavored pieces of chewy sugar our brains cannot tell the difference between poses for fast zombies and poses for slow ones.

bkwtHalo, the new outfit from Aliza Karu for Angels and Demons, is the most elegant gown Portia has ever worn. The shape is divine. Those panels wrap around the hips like hands. I especially love the combination of fabrics and the limited palette of softened black and washed-out blue and brown. I admit to being so taken with the dress that I did three separate photo shoots trying to do it justice. I finally decided that I was overthinking the dam. What matters is showing it to all of you. Please visit my Flickr page for another pic.

Credits to creators
Angels and Demons Creations Halo dress (comes with hat shown here and a posture collar not shown) (NEW; ty Aliza!)
*LpD* MakeUp – *Sonya* Complete (NEW at Cosmetic Fair; ty Nevery!)
LG Concept_Gap teeth lips red (very old)
.la petite morte. wixson pale fantasy 2 NB CL (not available)
-Suicidal Unborn!- Jelly Eyes Tricolor *Basic* (LARGE) (gift in shop)
Letis Tattoo :: Hannya :: 75% :: Not the face :: MM13021 (comes with hand, foot, boob and butt appliers) (at Perfect Wardrobe)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Medium
blackliquid, floral fall nails (for Slink hands)
Pic one: [Modern.Couture] Jewelry – Jade Bracelets and Rings (89L at Material Girls)
blackliquid, Kaja earrings
Pic two: [Modern.Couture] Jewelry – Jade Earrings (come with necklace) (89L at Material Girls) [I changed my mind about the earrings because I realized that if Portia was going to wear emeralds she should drip with them. Styling 101, eh?]
[Modern.Couture] Jewelry – Jade Bracelets and Rings (89L at Material Girls)
~Tableau Vivant~ Dreamscape Hair – Horns (part of a hairdo at Body Mod fair)
“LoQ Hairs” Hairbase – Jet Black
pose one: The Muses
pose two: PDA
GIMPage was waged

Cool, not cold

grayfinal I like this outfit because I had no idea it was lurking in my mind. I started with the cute shape from La Petite Morte, a fluorescent green dress and a camel coat and ended up with a grey coat and slacks and a custard bodysuit. The new Laika Boots from Eudora could have worked with either look. The palette for the pair worn here features blues, blacks and greens. I chose a dark grey for the back, a lighter grey for the buckles and a shiny blue for the tongue and sole. The toe-cap is always white. The other palettes available are red/brown/sienna and magenta/green/pink. Really, these trios expand into multiple tones, many of which are slightly shimmery, giving the boot a luxurious look.
wocol Neither the hair in this special colour nor the special shape is still available. Soz. But League’s Aria skin is out there for you to buy and love.

Credits to creators
Eudora 3D, Laika Boots BBG (NEW on Marketplace; ty Eudora3D!)
ISON – oversized wool coat -L- (gray) (at Collabor88)
The Sea Hole – Painted Desert Bodysuit – Chamomile (store is closed)
.: ryvolter :. Peplum Pant – Grey – M
Discord Designs – Codie (Corroded) (special edition, not available)
.la petite morte. iris shape for the wash (not available)
*League* Aria Walnut -Apricot -DBrow -Chest C
Aeva // Eyelashes // Short Lashes
MONS / Shocking eyes – brown
BALACLAVA!! Scout Badge Remade Necklace (old Arcade)
pose: Still Life
location: Virtual Decay
barely GIMPed first pic is not judging hella PIXLRed second pic

Ruffled

assez2l You have only a few more days to shop the current round of goodies at The Gallery Gift Shop. Portia wears a big ol’ ruff from Aesthetica, which I shrank down to fit her dainty frame. Portia’s lingerie, a breast-baring bra with matching undies (not shown), is by Chocolate Atelier. It’s available in red or black. The Twisted Hunt is running from now until September 30. The King of the Skies mask is a standout gift from Contraption. It can be rezzed as decor as well as worn. Untwisted types must stop in and pick up the gift at Dilly Dolls—a beautiful pair of sleek boots in charcoal suede. Twisted types might enjoy the dingy white ruff and crazy clown makeup from goth1co. I’ll let you know if I spy more awesome gifts.

Credits to creators
c.A. Celeste red (at The Gallery Gift Shop)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine)
Aesthetica: Choke Collar- Transfer version (at The Gallery Gift Shop)
[ContraptioN] Masks: King of the skies *Trapeze B* Rez (Twisted Hunt gift)
AnTi-Social – Gills Corset – Negative (I picked this up at the last Thrift Shop event)
ISON – leather leggings (rose)
Amacci Hair, Sphinx (streaked) ~ Midnight Blue
.la petite morte. wixson pale fantasy 2
*BOOM* Fearless wrist cuff (v2) L Gold
Swallow, Lion Earrings
:::Sn@tch Nail Candy (Lapis):::
pose: Ma Vie
I GIMP, you GIMP, he GIMPS…

Blend-up

awk Sometimes your friendly neighbourhood blogger gets tired of sorting new items into “urban,” “high-fashion,” “nerdy” and “goth” folders. Sometimes your fr’ly. ‘hood bl’er. goes nuts trying to figure out the expiration date on “old” skins and hairdos. Today this blogger is mixing things up and bringing back fave skins from the not-so-distant past. The spring line from Paperbag is literally epic, and it’s full of affordable goodies like Portia’s büb-friendly shoulder-baring peach top. Ima get back there for more to share. Portia’s new techno-hottie shorts are available in a range of colours from Shi.

rolls Portia’s butter-soft leather jacket is a group gift from Tokidoki. If you aren’t a member of the group, you can buy the jacket in solid tones or florals at TDRFusion, or shop the whole range of colours at the main store. The laced, tight leather jeans are a 15L Easter Hunt item from Ricielli. I want them in RL. As well as the legs to wear them.

Credits to creators
Look one
.Shi : Hive Highwaist Shorts {M} (NEW)
Paperbag. Beige Top (with Lolas Tango applier) (NEW)
al vulo- Eleonor * candy dark brow chocolate (old TDRF)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine)
AUDRAN, Unisex Tattoo / DARK INK / ‘Awkward’ 2
esuga, booboo and bandaids (old gift)
Dirval, J I L L Hair Dark
*BOOM* Fearless wrist cuff (v2) Gold (NEW)
..:: BenS Beauty ::.. Melissa Line Rings Gold
THE BOYS – cassie Earring Gold Light (gift at Dirval)
Glitterati, Shattered pose prop

Look two
(TokiD) Haru Jacket_Large (mint) (NEW) (VIP gift; fee to join)
The Sea Hole – Pan Bahatt Bustier – Camaka seba (former Collabor88)
R.icielli – LONDON Mesh Pants / Black S (15L Easter hunt item)
Secret Store, Roller skates (former Arcade gacha)
.la petite morte. wixson pale fantasy 2
MONS / Shocking eyes – brown
Unorthodox, Carter 2 Pink hair (at fi*friday)
..:: BenS Beauty ::.. Melissa Line Rings Gold
:[P]:- Saiyura Glasses://Goldrush (came with one of Ms. Rieko’s awesome Lazy Sunday packs)
pose is an oldie from hmaem, and the prop is Glitterati, Shuttered

Might have to weaken

wick1lxxx Over the past year I’ve made several references to the inevitable, premature end of my career as a scholar. For years I was powerless to do anything about it because I was powerless to do anything, period. I’ve been given a reprieve by the uni, I’m back not just to writing but to writing fluently, and I feel strong. I was lucky enough to find a wonderful therapist: if I have someone in my corner I am more than able to fight the shit that’s keeping me down. But I’m certain that my recovery is due mostly to the antidepressants, which I should have started on years ago. Why didn’t I? Because lying on the couch unable to do my own work and spending less and less time doing anything for classes felt like a normal reaction to several awful life experiences and to the disappointment of being resented by students and discounted by many members of the college (though not by the people in my actual department). I also didn’t think I was actually depressed because the depression I’d experienced in my twenties came in the form of sadness, not inactivity. Crying every day was a sign that something was wrong. Given the way my life had been going over the past five years, it seemed entirely appropriate for me to be the human equivalent of the boulder that seals a tomb. I don’t think I ever truly believed the claim that when people are depressed they don’t know it or don’t know the extent of it. I believe it now. Does this sound like some dumb testimonial? I could say more, but I won’t. There’s one last thing that I need to write and hope to recall if things go badly again: when I am a valued member of a wonderful community, I do pretty fucking well. Being part of a wretched community that conspires actively to distribute quicksand-like suffering in a dreadful inversion of egalitarian principles? I go under.
wixsonxb On the fashion front, things are looking up with the opening of Genre, a fantasy maven’s dream, where I picked up the most flattering skin Voshie Paine has ever done for La petite morte. There are three makeups in one lovely skin tone, with elf ears and Lolas Tango appliers included. Each is only 100L. (I die.) The dress Portia wears here is a 70L reopening goodie from Violent Seduction’s outpost on the Cupcake sim. Finally, [e] (elikatira) is having a 70% off hairdo sale. (It’s supposed to be a retirement sale, but everything seems to be discounted.) Don’t be flummoxed if a mouse-over shows the usual price of the hair packs. When you click to buy you get the discount price.

Credits to creators (see above for location deets)
.la petite morte. wixson pale fantasy 2
Violent Seduction – S/M Versailles (Cream)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts
[e] Thrive – Red 05 (on sale)
Eclectica ‘Nouveau Leaves’-necklace
lassitude & ennui, Phoebe lace-up boots dusty rose / light wood
pose prop one: Trompe L’oeil, Dreamy Genie Bottle Skybox Green (old Collabor88)
pose prop two: oh damn, I’ll check for you…

There’s always a siren

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I took my mother to Anna Karenina because I thought it was a mother type of movie. And I loved it. Tom Stoppard’s script is so spare that it feels like poetry. The action takes place mostly on and around the stage of an old theatre, but, this being Russia, there are escapes into the countryside in snowy winter and grassy summer. I didn’t intend to emulate the film, but Portia ended up out in the snow in a big warm fur and prowling the floorboards of a ruined theatre.

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I combined Aliza Karu’s gold-sequined Minni gown and headdress with a colour-change jabot from Zib Scaggs at Zibska. I want to thank both of these creators for helping me grope my way to glamour in 2012.

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The fades version of Tableau Vivant’s Ewing hairdo is available at My Attic. There is a blue-silver metallic version along with the raspberry version shown here. I have to say that Aida Ewing’s fantasy skins for Glam Affair are always a pleasure to blog. The best ones feature a skin tone that inches just past plausible.

Credits to creators
[Angels and Demons Creations] Mimmi gold [mesh dress comes in only one size] (NEW; ty Aliza!)
*BOOM* Dame Elbow Gloves (antique) small (NEW; ty Aranel Ah!)
MOLiCHiNO, Fur Poncho
~ Tableau Vivant~ Ewing hair – female (S) – Xmas ed. Red fade (at My Attic)
Glam Affair – Hybrid Christmas Gift
Zibska, Lizzie Jabot ~ Silk (colour and size change) (NEW; ty Zib Scaggs)
pose one: tapoe, kimono poses
pose two: Glitterati, Headshot 3
pose three: La Petite Morte, Editorial Headshots
locations: Small Town of Green (Danni Ravinelli showcased this sim—her locations are always fantastic)
Lookingglass sim

To err is SL. To GIMP is divine.

Heart hurt

I had thought of a couple of funny scenarios for showing off La Petite Morte’s Bruised Heart set, which includes a bandaged heart and the Bernice skin you see here. But then I lost my dearest SL playmate, though not my friend, and I don’t feel like laughing. I would say that I don’t look as bad as Portia does, but she looks *divine*! The colours really pop, the lipstick matches her eyes. And that glam updo from Paper Couture doesn’t hurt either. (What an odd turn of phrase on a painful day. /me hugs heart.)

Portia is also wearing the Cupid Hunt gift dress from MIU and the grey FurFur jacket by Nikukyu, which I found a while ago at the Creators’ Pavilion.