Sometimes a sweet notion

93lxIt’s Pleisure’s shockingly 4th anniversary! And the Fantasy Gacha Carnival is opening on the 1st of February. That’s two reasons for Portia to swan around in pauldrons. The flowers-n-chains pauldrons and headdress are Zibska’s contribution to the gacha carnival. There are many many lovely colours to win. (Most of those will preserve your av from the purple, violet, mauve, lavender and plum limbo in which Portia dwells.) Those of you who win rare will snag the full-colour set. (More…) Continue reading

Gone soft

artemisfrI like my avi like I like my men. Hard. Scary. So I was quite surprised to find I’d turned Portia into a gentle creature with a serene face, silky soft hair and a beautiful blue floral wreath from Zib Scaggs for Zibska. Portia uses her big bow only to defend tiny pregnant woodland creatures who are no less beautiful because they have freckles. Her flowing silk tunic with tights is also by Zibska. Available at Gothmas by Gaslight, the costume comes in black, violet and in sangue, which, as you can see here, features a muted red-on-black floral fabric. I am often disappointed by Goth-themed fairs, but this one has much to offer.
elfclp It may be that I was inspired to go soft by Sopha Portal’s new face for My UglyDorothy, Megan, who is based on Miss Fox. All the Megan lipsticks are vivid reds and pinks and the eyebrows are dark and hearty. So it’s ironic that I was drawn to the plain pale lip and a bald brow. Megan is one of the UglyDorothy skins that you tailor to your taste, mixing and matching blush, lipstick, eye makeup and eyebrows. There are eight different body tones, each of which you buy separately (for 1,000L; these can be used with other makeups, not just Megan). Then you buy the matching Megan base tone, which contains eyebrows (for 500L). Finally you choose from a variety of Megan makeup packs (at 350L each). Of course there’s also a Megan shape so that you can simulate the full-on Fox. See all the makeups on Sopha Portal’s Flickr.

Credits to creators
Most of the following My UglyDorothy elements are sold separately (ty Sopha!)
My UglyDorothy- Body tone1(hard) (with and without cleavage options)
My UglyDorothy -Megan base_tone1 [for the pale lips, which come with and without teeth options] (NEW)
My UglyDorothy -Megan_Queen5 Eye_tone1 with Megan Blush1_tone1~4 (the blushes are included with all makeups) (NEW)
*MY UGLYDOROTHY -Mole02
Zibska, Huld in Sangue (NEW at Gothmas by Gaslight; ty Zib!)
Zibska, La Vie En Deux ~ Headpiece [comes with spectacular matching open ruff; colour-change] (full release at Gothmas by Gaslight; ty Zib!)
~silentparrow!~ (women’s) Fenris Leather Cuff (3 colour-change)
.:ellabella:. Saint – Jet piercing
Gaea, black diamond earrings and nose stud
/Wasabi Pills/ Claudette Mesh Hair – Night shadow
lassitude & ennui, Suede boots F / XS / black
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
[GTS] Compound Bow~1.8~E-volution [thus far I have learned how to get my avi to wear it; the rest is too complicated for someone without bloodlust] (gacha rare)
shot at Gothmas by Gaslight

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…

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.

Joon arrives soon

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Thanks to the magic of time travel, I am able to offer you a sneak peek of the next release from Sopha Portal of My UglyDorothy. This is Joon, coming soon, a beauty with cat’s eyes, pert lips and lustrous skin. (I had to trade in 63 Beetlebones hamsters for a time-travel machine. Tomorrow I’m going back in time to kill the person who didn’t put enough As in the Commoner Marquee gacha.)


Today, October 7, is the last day to shop the 50% off sale at Molichino. I treated myself to the Issy Blouse, which comes in dotted and plain pink in one pack. Burley released some wonderful hairdos this week, and as usual I was drawn to the boys’ looks, which are resizable. This is Gosling, a perfect gamine cut.

Credits to creators
*MY UGLYDOROTHY -Yoon06(Salmon) (COMING SOON; ty Sopha Portal!)
Ingenue :: Lauren :: XS :: Merlot (NEW, 50 L Fri item)
MOLiCHiNO Issy Blouse – DOTS (S)
[BURLEY]_Gosling_Black04 (NEW)
*GF* Print Tights -Rose Red- (NEW)
lassitude & ennui Phoebe lace-up boots dusty rose / light wood (pack includes dark wood option) (at L’Accessoires)
(Caroline’s Jewelry) Fleur de Lis Earrings (gothic/gold) (past Collabor88)
Chop Zuey, The Blood of Babylon Bracelets (old hunt gift)
pose one by Glitterati, pose two by dfo!
location: Plaaka
GIMPed but not pimped