Are we there yet?

bored Space travel is really rather boring.

tractored out Until one gets sucked into one of those things that sucks one in—black hole, wormhole,  tractor beam, tentacle monster.*

Credits to creators
Thank you to all the Futurewave creators
Zibska, Bellatrix outfit (NEW at Futurewave)
Schadenfreude, Astro Antigrav Boots (women xs) (at Collabor88)
!Chop Shop! The Orchids Black eyes (NEW at Futurewave)
By Snow, Circuit chrome pack nails for Slink hands (NEW at Futurewave)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual -
:[Plastik]:- Foxxe Makeups:// Ghoul
no. 7, Clix Lashings LASHES (ty Shortie!)
*League* Aria Walnut -Apricot -NoBrow
chair and window are a retired event item by Art Dummy

*Tentacle monster for first class passengers only.

When she was bad

uptonogood Looking for trouble.

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Up to no good.

Credits to creators
:NuDoLu Voyage: Tricot de Matriochka SEP (NEW at The Gallery Gift Shop; ty Neuilles Newman!)
*LpD* - *Giulietta* Dress Pink (Mesh – Size L) (ty Nevery Lorakeet!)
Emery – Dress Gatsby Rose – XS (former Collabor88)
.Shi : Fingerless Glove [Female.V1] (Arcade gacha)
“”D!va”” Hair “Giz” (Type B)(Moon stone) (rare Arcade gacha)
Schadenfreude, Casinelle shoes fatpack (former Collabor88)
Akeruka, Barbara Pale Tdr F1 (current TDRF)
[theSkinnery] Deer makeup (subo gift)
dfo!, poses from DU 5
Urban Decay sim
GIMPed. Cause I’m worth it.

What’s my line?

scenery2sm Milla Michinaga of MichaMi is taking a hiatus from creating and will be closing her shop (but not her Marketplace). Everything, including Portia’s wildly patterned Minay blouse, is on sale in-world at 50% off. If you’re still in the mood for the Deco look, check out Portia’s flapper-friendly skirt at The Gallery Gift Shop. 22769 have done their Mary skirt in combos of purple-pink and blue (seen here) and white and black, which can be mixed and matched with sexy loose-fitting tank-tops.
motivationl Recently, Firestorm announced that it is going to block viewer versions that aren’t compatible with SSA. Firestorm’s current log-in message exhorts users to upgrade lest they ruin SL for other players. Players who are, apparently, devastated by the sight of grey avatars. Firestorm’s message is what ROFL was made for. SL is filled with assholes who ruin our experiences of it! Is it really the case that not upgrading to the new viewer is as bad as griefing, copybotting and all-around creepiness? (Or as bad as that terrifying voice at fi*friday that makes me jump out of my skin every time it speaks?) I suspect the Firestorm team has never accessed SL from one of the dinky computers most of us play with. I have never seen anything but grey avatars, or avatars punched with alpha holes where mesh must be. Frankly, I am thrilled that my always-already-about-to-combust graphics card no longer has to waste its time trying to show me the hideous skins and outfits worn by many fellow players. That’s right, Firestorm. You’ve made me reveal that I am a snob after all. And now SL is ruined for everyone.
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This is what your av looks like when she wants to play Hamlet but gets cast as Ophelia.

Credits to creators
22769 ~ [femme] Mary Skirt Blue/Pink XS (at TGGS; ty team!)
MichaMi: Minay in Berry_M (505 off)
[ #7 ] D I S C O V E R Y Lux Lashes (at TGGS; ty Shortie!)
Glam Affair – Lulu – Artic – 01 A (Love Donna Flora, not available)
Poetic Colors – bali sunset – small eyes
-LaViere- Elizabeth/PeachDreams (at Collabor88)
Schadenfreude, Casinelle shoes fat pack with colour-change HUD (at Collabor88)
*Fishy-Strawberry*, Lingerie – Desiderio Orange- Stockings and Zaara, Chanchal stockings *sorbet*
(Yummy) Agate Slice Necklace
(Yummy) Boho Rings – Maroon
poses: o0o Studio, Elizabeta pack (this pack is full of wonderful poses for flappers)
portrait pose: Glitterati, Closeup pack
location: The Lookingglass

Who cares?

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I regret not understanding music. I wish the fat lady who smelled like cats, whose eyes were wrinkled shut and who shuffled to school in her slippers had not turned me off piano when I was a child. Several years ago now, I took an intro to music class while doing a post-doc at a wonderful university. The CDs for the intro class included “Who Cares?” a Gershwin song I didn’t know. (I grew up watching Hollywood musicals on TV, so I know my Gershwin.) The lyrics shocked me with their overt references to the stock market crash of 1929. Ella Fitzgerald sings it best, even if the arrangement is a little corny. “Let it rain and thunder / Let a million firms go under / I am not concerned with stocks and bonds that I’ve been burned with / I love you and you love me / And that’s how it will always be / And nothing else can ever mean a thing / Who cares what the public chatters? / Love’s the only thing that matters….” I wonder if America’s fear of financial ruin made this song taboo.

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Credits to creators
-tres blah- Sequined Top (S) – Blush (at Collabor88)
illmatic :: “For The People Summer Shorts [L]
Baiastice_Petal Collar Necklace-copper-resizable (at Collabor88)
.:EMO-tions:. * TIZIA*/black hair
.Birdy. Ashley Skin ~CoCo~ (brown)
.Birdy. Lippy coco kiss {90′s pack}
!Ohmai : Antique Bee Ring (Rosegold) (old event item)
*YS&YS*, Bone Bangles (ye olde freebie)
mijn.botique accessories / studded earrings n.2 rgold (old TDRF item)
Maitreya Allure Socks – Sienna
Schadenfreude, Casinelle Rose (at Collabor88)
[UMEBOSHI] Lunar 2 eyes -Earth-
o0o Studio, Elizaveta poses

This sh*t just got real

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Here’s a fantasy. This is what I would wear if I owned a chic boutique in Paris and life was so perfect that cats and birds could hang out together without getting into an argument about Léos Carax’s latest film. In this fantasy, my outfit consists of a mesh hippie blouse from Shine by ZD and a wearable demo dress from Solita. There’s also fur from Bliss Couture, which is running a sale on fur and ruffles until December 16th. The cuffs Portia wears here come with a matching poncho.

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Here’s a reality. I’ve just gone through the toughest four months of my life and things may get worse before they get better. I don’t actually cry on my knees under a table. I prefer to stand, bend over and hang upside down till the rush of blood to my head distracts me from the despair. (If I called it yoga you’d try it yourself instead of thinking I’m weird. Which I am.) When I look at the SL feeds, I occasionally come across a post from someone who has been suffering from depression, may have attempted suicide, and may feel terribly alone. One of the wonderful things about SL is the anonymity that allows us to acknowledge pain without the risks that come with real-life declarations. I keep this blog a secret from all but my closest friend, so it remains a place where I can be some of the things I am not allowed to be in my daily life. I can, for example, play with a pair of giant bübs. I can also be honest about emotional pain. I can’t claim to have caught every post SLers have written about depression and despair, but I want those who have written such posts to know that I’m grateful for your honesty. I wish you all the strength and support you need to get you through the dark periods of your lives.

Credits to creators
shine by [ZD], MESH BATWING BLOUSE Hippiestyle plum – M (ty Cecilia Blanchere!)
[solita] Fin de Semana Dress M
[UMEBOSHI] Pabu tights -Peach- (a pack available at TGGS for a couple more days; ty Keiba!)
! Bliss Fur ! Lecker Fur Sleeves (50% off)
Schadenfreude, Amargosa Boots (Nov. Collabor88)
Yummy, Boho Rings – Maroon (Nov. Collabor88)
((JUNWAVE))MIKAKO*APRICOT-BROWN*hair
Glam Affair -Renee- Sinless 02 D (at the Arcade Gacha event)
PIDIDDLE – My Special Treasures – Some Teeth I Found (at the Arcade Gacha event; ty Brutus Martinek!)
The first pose is by dfo! from the Gala fundraiser pack and the location is Cupcake. The second pose is part of the Falln furniture and the location is Contraption.

Bank robbery not required

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I couldn’t find New Mexico on the grid, so I decided the wild west would have to work with the irresistible palette and creations of the Santa Fe collection at Collabor88. Last month, it seemed to me that too many items were priced at 188L and higher. This month felt more like the orgies I remember from the past because the loveliest items are priced at 88L. A girl can take home a handful of the fab furs from (fd) and a big bag of bodysuits from The Sea Hole without going broke.


Allegory Malaprop of Schadenfreude is fast becoming my fave footwear designer. This month, the lucky Collabor88 shopper—female or male—can take home the multi-part colour-change version of the new Amargosa boot for only 488L.

Credits to creators
at Collabor88
The Sea Hole – Painted Desert Bodysuit – Chamomile
The Sea Hole – Painted Desert skirt (MESH) XS – Dove
(fd) Hobo Fur – Midnight (Large)
Schadenfreude, Amargosa Boots MESH
LaGyo_Santa Fe necklace gold (colour change)
LaGyo_Santa Fe ring gold (colour change)

elsewhere
.::Mother Goose’s::.Abbey-1L
~Mynerva~GG Eyeliner, Shadow
.::Mother Goose’s::.(br)eyeline
IT GIRLS- Daph Eyeshadow -Guchi
:[P]:- Ataciara Makeups- Smudgy Shadow.
:: DUTCH TOUCH ::SjOrS:: Eyelashes Duo – Blue tips
[e] Interrupt – Brown 08 (discounted!)
WD, Steampunk Pirate Gun (old hunt gift)
Maitreya Allure Tights – Midnight
pose one: PDA
pose two: !bang (old 50L Fri gift)

location: Black Diamond Ghost Town
Hello, my name is Portia and I’m a GIMPaholic.

Stock up

Lately, Schadenfreude and Silent Sparrow have been knocking mine off. Socks, that is. Their whimsical knit stockings have been the highlight of my spring. Here, Portia wears the Summer version of Schadenfreude’s Bawdy Socks, which come in a pack of four pairs colour-keyed to the seasons. Her hair is Timeless Glamour, from Clawtooth, where the half-price sale, continuing until the 25th of April, has forced me to make some tough choices. (For instance, what time of day I will visit the shop or where I will try on the demos.) Timeless Glamour includes the black-feathered colour-change hat and black veil Portia wears here.

Silent Sparrow’s cleverly designed Starbunny Knitty Socks were the perfect Easter hunt prize. If the bunny is too cutesy for you, check out their Animal Crackers line. The exquisite lavender boots are a subscribo gift from G Field. Having looked in vain for an elegant Victorian boot, I can say with certainty that these are a godsend, not least because they are sculpted in one piece. I don’t often cam in for closeups on clothing, but these boots had me perving with the best of them.

Portia wears

stockings: Schadenfreude, Bawdy Socks in Summer and Silent Sparrow, Starbunny Knitty Socks in Iris (Starlust giant Easter egg hunt gift)

hair: Clawtooth, Timeless Glamour in Bombshell Blonde and Salty

hairpiece in pic 2: Adore & Abhor, I’m in the Will Hairpiece

boots: G Field, Short Lace-Up Boots in Lavender (subscribo gift)

skin: Belleza, Elle BL Pale Group Gift (250L join fee)

bodysuit and jacket: Je*Republic, Misty in Black (sale item)

shot in the photosphere at Markus Coen’s photo mall