Strung up

december There’s nothing wholesome beyond this portrait featuring Glam Affair’s Arcade skin, so don’t venture below the cut if you’ve ever thought the devil is in the juicy details. Continue reading


STANCESJESSCA I just bought my first corset (see pic on Flickr). It’s an underbust, mostly black with decorative laces on the sides and stainless steel closures in the front. I tried a long-line overbust corset that didn’t fit my short-waisted bod. It appealed to me because of the fabric: a somewhat old-fashioned floral pattern, chysanthemums I think, in pale pink, red and white. The vendor told me this one is rarely bought. I was drawn to it because when I think about a kink wardrobe I imagine myself in loose flowing dresses in lace (think Free People) or tap pants and a teddy in pretty fabrics rather than tougher looks in tight leather or latex. Something about my submissive side puts me in touch with the soft, subtle part of me. That part of me was not, however, controlling today’s purse strings. I am pleased to reassure all my readers that the corset I bought better reflects my true self. It’s a little evil. [Update: waking up to spy one’s new corset lying on the floor is disturbing. It looks like alien tech and it weighs far more than an hourglass.]
CORSETTKEVIN On her pudendum Portia is wearing Cyril, new from Sian Pearl for Chariot. It’s a lovely swan-shaped metal codpiece [with matching crown, sold separately] in soft silver, bronze and blue tones. It’s very resizable so SLadies like Portia can pretend it’s a merkin. I have to confess that I have long wanted to buy Portia a pair of well-stuffed men’s briefs. I think Cyril may have led me to the slope all slippery with swan shit.

Credits (My internet access is limited. You will find URLs at Seraphim.)
-Pixicat- Vintage.Corset – Allure (xs) (at Collabor88)
[Chariot] Cyril – Gentleman’s Accoutrement (NEW; at Mystic Realms fair; ty Sian!)
Barely Legal – Endeavor Cylinder Boots S (Polka Minnie)
[LeLutka]-ALEXAND hair – BlondeFun (NEWish)
No. 07, Geometry Eyelashes (NEW at L’Accessoires; ty Sugarplum)
-Glam Affair – Sia – Pearl – Dead Doll (group gift)
Hela – Pearl Eyebrows (gacha)
Hela – White Ruff (gacha)
pose: Ma Vie, Revealed pack
location: Tierra de Fuego

Luniarrah in the sky

Luniarrah's leap

Luniarrah is one of Aikea Rieko’s new skins for The Plastik at Fantasy Faire, which ends today, Sunday the 11th of May. You will find details about the skins in my previous post, Izrahli in the rain. Luniarrah’s tattooed body reminds me of nothing so much as French vanilla ice cream, which is far tastier than the anglophone version.fob

My av is wearing a number of pieces from Folly’s Mother of Dragons gacha, which you will find at Fantasy Faire. These are infinitely colour changeable: each piece features about five distinct parts and ten colours to choose from. (Weirdly, I had to turn off full bright in the texture menu to get the gems to show.) While the pauldrons are ultra rare, I wasn’t that chuffed to win them. I own cauldrons o’ pauldrons, but my very first fanny fob…made parts of me throb.

Credits to creators
:[Plastik]:- Astrali Skin[Basic]:// Luniarrah (at Fantasy Faire; ty Aikea Rieko)
.::Mother Goose’s::. pointed lashes-1
[LeLutka]-SEIKO hair – MarilynFade
Folly: Mother of Dragons Pauldron ULTRA RARE
Folly: Mother of Dragons Fanny Fob COMMON
Folly: Mother of Dragons Vajewels COMMON
Folly: Mother of Dragons Rings COMMON
ieQED, hand.spike.titanium shoes
Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) XS – Mid
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – XSmall
pose one: Kirin, Lost in Space pack
Pics were shot at Opium, which is where people go to play with each other’s fobs.

Take this longing

patience It’s that end-of-the-month moment when everything’s been blogged but one still has the itch. It’s time to love the lull, to sit very very still before the next round of events begins. Knowing there will be a new flood come May 1st does nothing to relax me today. Indeed, the chaos of too many choices could sink me. I must take pictures now, while the fish and I can keep our heads above water.
hooked Hedda’s skin is Pandorah by Aikea Rieko of The Plastik. It is just one of the 100 skin tones in her Astrali line. The colour changes with the Windlight. It’s so fascinating to see it shift from grape to lavender, grey and blue.
toes I once saw a bondage film in which a woman was secured only by her big toes. She was unable to move from atop the table where she stood but only a piece of ordinary string was holding her there. Bondage as simple and light as that is almost symbolic. It plays up the desire to give over control rather than the one to be prevented from acting.

Take This Longing

Credits to creators
Zibska, Daphnis (NEW. The hooks and fishes can be worn separately. This is a VIP group gift. There’s a 200L fee to join but many previous gifts are still available. Ty Zib!)
The Plastik- Astrali Skin[Basic]:// Pandorah (ty Aikea!)
Mad’, Scale Pasties (NEW)
Nox. Beauty Marks [Four]
[LeLutka]-SEIKO hair – BlueNightFade
Clemmm – ReSnick eyes .black sclera.Rack
.ARISE. Ankle Cuff / Black (left ankle only in pack; colour change)
Slink, Mesh Feet (Av Enhance) Medium XXS
:[Plastik]:- Clara Shrug [M]:// Faust (came with a whole outfit called Faust)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine)
A:S:S, Art Deco Nails for Slink feet and hands
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Small
Rack Poses, Tied for you chair 3 (gacha)

Work it out


This month Collabor88 came down to earth with a thud, transiting from outer space to an office cubicle. The dilemma of what to wear for work dogs me on a daily basis. Why would I act it out in SL? Mistakenly assuming an Ison skirt I saw on another blog was lurking overlooked at the event, I made another visit and found myself sold on Harry Hyx’s tight-shouldered jacket with a too-pale utilitarian shirt. I couldn’t, however, send Portia out to work in matching pants, so I paired the jacket with butterfly-patterned denim palazzo pants, a new group gift from Castiel.

Birdy May

I tried on a lot of skins at Skin Fair. Some of them, especially the Lara Hurley skins, were so gorgeous that I began to worry it was all dark magic. These days I favour skins with uneven colour: The Skinnery’s Quiana is a beautiful example of this. I ended up buying the smooth-faced May by Birdy because of the Asian eye. Portia has a huge honker, so I was very impressed by the illusion of a flattened nose. As usual, Nina Helix’s skin comes with all the appliers. There are also three lip glosses in the pack. The variety of cleavage options includes no cleavage and sticky boobs tats. The default chest is perfect for small (unstuck) breasts.


I recommend the very affordable but inventive Slouch poses at the Fiera event by Saviad. Even if this one does look a little rude from this angle. (See what I mean about the big nose?!)

ISON – work it blazer -S- (blood) (shirt is colour change)
CASTIEL, March group Gift – Gaucho Denim Butterfly pants (XS) (gg)
.Birdy. May Skin ~Peaches~ (Black) and .Birdy. {GLOSS} Raspberry (at Skin Fair)
[LeLutka]-HELEN – Praline
Tres Beau, “Brushed” Earring, Soft Gold (group gift at Mimi’s Choice)
Eudora 3D, Steampunk Boots BRS
..:: BenS Beauty ::.. Anabella Ring
Kyoot, Gatcha – Dakota Pearl Ring (Antiqued pearls) (not available)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Small
Poses: Slouch, packs one and two at Fiera

Exterminate what?

compyxx “The people who had not yet reached puberty at the time of the bomb were incapable of conceiving of a life with a future.” Post-WWII British hipsters responded to their parents’ willing hypocrisies by adopting the pastimes and poses of the jazz subculture. “It was a mask whose quality was particularly appropriate, being neither the image of our inward terror nor the image of the outward lie but, being, rather, the image of the sour, dynamic discomfort it was to contain such hypersensitive solitude….

comp …The ‘raw’ pastel shades, the discordant glitter, the metallic breasts, the military shoulders, the screeching tenor saxophones, were the very aesthetic of the severed nerve, for our nerves were severed, severed from certainty, severed from social and family warmth, and above all severed from future…. The liars, the willing pretenders who put the bomb next to sex in the locked closet, could not hear jazz.” —Jeff Nuttall, Bomb Culture

Credits to creators
MetaTheodora, Weapons of Mass Distraction (resize script) (NEW at Suicide Dollz; ty Sian!)
MoDANNA, [Vertigo Collection] Denim Dark Blue M (I think the creator is building a new mainstore)
Mimikri – Lace Bustier / Allure black
ANE, Arena Shoes – High Platform Rigged Mesh SILVER
Slink, Female Feet (AvEnhance) S – Mid
.Birdy. Imogen Skin ~Peaches~ Peaches & Cream (Bare) (gacha in store)
no. 7, Kissing Lipstick {C} (NEW at The Gallery Gift Shop’s new loaction; ty Shortie!)
Rotten Toe, Goth brows 1
Al vulo! * Eye-Liner Black
.Birdy. {Liner} 9 (VIP gift)
[LeLutka]-BRIGITTE hair – Lion
[LeLutka]-BOUFFANT tiara only
erratic / cuff / silver
JD – Tri Bands – Black
ANE, Sexy Necklace
:::Sn@tch, Nail Candy (Red/White Cross):::
POST, TARDIS (was a gift)
poses, tea.s (I <3 tea’s poses)

The raw and the cooked

I can’t tell which is raw and which is cooked. But I do know that I like Mila, a sexy bob by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills. And I can also attest that Aikea Reiko of The Plastik has the best fabrics on the grid.

Poor Anorak. I gave her my stomach.

Look 1
/Wasabi Pills/ Mila Mesh Hair – Golden (NEW; ty MissAllSunday Lemon!)
:[Plastik]:- Saige Blouse [S]://Birdy
:[Plastik]:-Militia Skinnies [XS]://Feminine
Essences – Song TDRF *lait* blonde with Essences – Song Eyebrow Removal *lait* (last TDR Fusion)
MONS / Shocking eyes – brown
pose: Sub AO 3.60

Look 2
:[Plastik]:- Babylona Skirt [XS://Fright (Halloween item, won’t last forever) [this skirt is lined! this is how mesh should be done!]
:[Plastik]:- Furia Dress [M]://Fright (Halloween item, won’t last forever)
:[Plastik]:- Krysis Cord (Med):// TearDrop (in current gift)
:[Plastik]:- Krysis Cord (Short):// TearDrop (in current gift)
[LeLutka]-HELEN – Pitch (NEW)
[Modern.Couture] Jewelry – Arco rings
Essences – Song TDRF *lait* brunette (last TDR Fusion)
:[Plastik]:- Haila Tattoo ://Complex-Full Dot 50 (old With Love From hunt prize)
MONS / Shocking eyes – grey
poses by Label Motion, Draya pack

GIMPed by guinea pig

Rare bird

luasbrd All the SLadies are witches. I mean in their blog posts. I decided to buck the trend for slinky black-clad sirens by concocting a hot harem girl out of my rare gacha wins from Luas and Umeboshi. I added Zibska’s Xiang, a flock of birds, and tinted them a healthy green. All involved were about to fly off to find some nature to enjoy when the light changed. (Methinks a storm came upon the land.) It all turned out looking so sinister that nature is relieved she had nothing to do with it.

brdclpfxxx I had to add a closeup. The Delusions tattoo is is one of my faves.

Luas, Allegra Arness Gold RARE, which comes with Allegra Nipple Piercings (gacha at Fantasy Gacha Carnival)
Luas, Redemption Skirt Green (from Redemption jewels gacha set at Fantasy Gacha Carnival)
Zibska, Xiang ~ The Birrrrds (comes with blindfold) (NEW; ty Zib Scaggs!) [I tinted the birds green in the first picture. They are actually white.]
*BOOM* Fearless wrist cuff (v2) Gold
[LeLutka]-RYKIEL hair – WalnutWhip
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine)
[theSkinnery]Byuri-Foxy Lady(toffee) (a special makeup but the regular version is in store; Tango applier for skin and for nipples is sold separately)
::Dulce Secrets:: Dynasty Camo Eye Art (w/Liner) and Dynasty Eyeliner (NEW; ty Anne Alyce Maertens!)
.:: Delusions ::. Birds of a Feather (fresh) tat
[UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes gacha (Obssesion) RARE tricolour (at the Legion Spooktacular)
Glitterati, Boobtacular pack
This was GIMPed but not pimped. All those shadows are real. And they’re coming for you….

Couture with a side of stress


I’m wondering if this is one of those moments when we should all admit that we feel like failed bloggers. A blogger I admire asked her Flickr contacts if she was a bad SL fashion blogger. One of the people who responded admitted that she doesn’t get as many hits as she would like. This takes as much courage as wondering publicly whether one’s styling and photos suck as much as some haters say they do. Why courage? Because it’s tough to override the command to “never let them see you sweat.” And because we imagine that creators want statistical evidence of success, as well as the ability to beat out others in contests, which are increasingly popular. It’s clear that despite the stress involved, most of us decide to keep blogging because the pleasure we take in doing it outweighs the insecurities. This pleasure doesn’t stop me from mentally quitting every day. Compared to the way I think about my job, which I mentally quit every hour—unless my leg is caught in a bear trap, in which case, I might wish I was in my office grading papers—my attitude towards blogging is very healthy.

As a blogger, I rush out to meet the world: everyone on the planet will tune in and turn on when they see my work, everyone will know me, and everyone will like me! Dreams like that persist despite the evidence that they should die the first day of nursery school when some three-year-old witch arbitrarily battles with you at nap time for the best towel. Most of us are “niche” bloggers because being a person means being niche. Just as a high percentage of the billions of humans on the planet aren’t going to be my friend, so most of the multitude aren’t going to be my fan.

P.S. People, please stop liking my posts so that I visit your professional life-coaching site. I’m taken: a therapist got to me first.

Portia wears
new My Shades in amethyst from Riri Nini at h.m.a.e.m, who gets me
new Sorren necklace, which comes with cuffs (not shown), By Zib Scaggs of Zibska, who gets me
LeLutka hair (fades pack; two shades shown)
new (fd) coat at Collabor88
Je Suis ring (summer sale now on!)
new Milk Motion pants (former TDRF)
new Birdy skin (insanely affordable at The Chapter Four)
in the closeup, part of a dress from Illmatic (which I can’t recommend because the texture on the skirt won’t res, at least not for me)
poses by tea.s (the first one is available, the second an oldie)

I GIMP because I don’t want you to wince. This post was therapeutic.