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)

What comes standard?

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There are two things about Collabor88 that I really like. First, if you aren’t the kind of blogger who previews the items or gets in on the first morning and posts a post right away, it’s possible to wait three weeks and be the kind of blogger who reminds people that they forgot to go to Collabor88. Second, r2 A/D/E rarely follows the theme and instead offers something shiney and sexy at gasp-worthy prices. You know that disgusted feeling you get when you play a gacha and something baby-boy blue or lil-girl pink drops into your inventory? Make it all better this month with the Suzuya dress.

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Balloon pants and faux pas

lesgirlsThere are days when I just don’t have the time or inclination to ensure my av’s outfit,  jewellery, skin and hair are perfectly compatible. There are also days when I feel “pose fatigue.” Chairs in particular disappoint my expectations. Sitting seems to ruin every last line of a beautiful avatar. So, there came a day last weekend when I was in the middle of styling a look and happened upon a great chair with mannish sits fit for balloon pants. Portia wasn’t wearing bracelets and her feet didn’t match her skin. But I wanted a picture, so I took one and I made it public. I’ve always been a mannish sitter myself. I remember vividly being scolded by my teenage friends for inviting unwanted attention by sitting immodestly in my own balloon pants. So this one’s for all of you who sometimes half-ass it or refuse to cross your legs.

Credits to creators
Les Petits Details, NewBoho outfit (top is fitmesh and requires latest viewer) (NEW; ty sweet Nevery!)
No. 7, Guramarsui eyelashes (NEW; merci Ms. Cake!)
Wasabi Pills, Skye Hair
Glam Affair, Aria combo 5 (Arcade gacha)
Umeboshi, Earth 2 eyes
this chair lives at Solita

Horns aplenty

wings2 This post needs little exposition. Things stick out of the girls’ heads in pairs. Two pairs are rare.

horns2 This pair, named Treasure, is new from h.m.a.e.m. There is also a Cherry Blossom set and, for those of you who dislike symmetry, a set with a treasure horn on the left and a cherry blossom horn on the right.

calicoswallow There’s quite a lot of fuchsia and blue.

Credits to creators
Look 1
:::Sn@tch, Thursday Mesh Dress (Black-Small)::: (comes with striped socks and giant creepers)
-Glam Affair – Vera – Horror edition GIFT C (new group gift in store)
[taketomi]_Emiko_SuccubusBands[RARE]_DippuDye12 (at the Legion Spooktacular)
Happy Undead, Swing Earrings – Butterfly DEATH (gacha in store)
MONS / Shocking eyes – night
pose is in Mishmash, Spool stool

Look 2
h.m.a.e.m. - My Horns – Treasure (NEW; ty Riri Ninni!)
~Tableau Vivant~ Dreamscape – Hairbase and Locks (at the Body Mod fair)
[7891.] Testle – Cross – Gold
Ricielli, Mesh – (S) Satin Top /sky (at TDRF)
Akeruka, Barbara LIGHT Mk3 tdr (recent TDRF)
(AMD) Ultimate Lashes – Double Wing
[UMEBOSHI] Lunar 2 eyes -Chestnut-

Look 3
OrsiniSun, Paradise Horns and bracelet Neon Fucsia Rare (Fantasy Gacha Carnival)
Calico Ingmann, Penny [HUD features exclusive sea colors] (Trick or Treat Hunt)
Swallow, Anja Fright Night 1 Ivory Blonde E. (at the Limitee event)
Baiastice,_Claudette dress-wine-size S
MONS / DualColor eyes – green
Imeka, Sayrui pose pack

Casual we’en

casual Hallowe’en is so dressy! Everyone’s wearing a black gown and a big headdress. Portia needed to relax into the season with some loose tweed pants, a crop top and a cashmere beanie from Tutti Frutti. Bela Tolsen is tempting us with a dazzling array of hats and scarves in gacha form. That’s right. You have no control over what you get…and you love it.

Credits to creators
*TuttiFrutti* Giovanna Mesh Bonnet – Stripes (purple) (NEW gacha of hats and scarves; ty Bela Tolsen!)
!(:::HighRize 2.0:::)! Fang Bangers Crop (Blue)M (Oddly, this is not available in store or on Marketplace. I got it at Fiftyfive Friday a while ago. Maybe you did too.)
celoe, lolong.trousers.charade.S]
[F]oil- Wing Chains Hoop Earring Gold-
^^Swallow^^ Bad Ring Gold & Pink
Amacci Hair, Celine ~ Natural Copper
Blah. (My Emotional Poop Necklace) Sad/Long (old gacha)
[PF] Alena – Fresh – Easter Hunt Gift (not available)
[PF] Glossy Pout Lipstick – Choco (*BONUS in the fatpack)
[UMEBOSHI] Lunar 2 eyes -Ink-
marukin pose from current Collabor88

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.

Credits
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….

Delicate flowers

puffoutx Black and pink. Black and mauve. There’s no good reason for them to work together. Unless you’re a toreador or a torch singer. Collabor88 continues to be the best of the 87 monthly events a fashionista must attend. The dress from (fd) and the boots from Ison are an odd combo, but Anorak’s an odd av. The Ison boots require Slink’s medium bare feet. With the exception of Lolas, the prospect of adding mesh enhancements to my av makes me feel like taking a nap. I persevered this week, however, because the boots are so sexy. I feel very frustrated by how big the feet are. They make my nit-picky arty eye all itchy. Is there a resize function I can’t find? Are the phat azzes and loud mouths also huge? If they are as enormous as the feet…well…let’s just say it’s a damn good thing that boobs can never be too big!

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Nevery Lorakeet’s latest skirt and blouse combo is called Alessia, and is only available in greyed black and pearl-pink set. The blouse is puff-sleeved and the skirt is textured like, erm, like the skin of an animal that did not die to make this outfit. The flowers did not die. The fur did not die. The only thing killed for this post was a half-dozen donut holes.

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I adore the Origami Sandals by e-clipse, a line that always surprises me with its unusual offerings at Limited Bazaar. The shoe is a gold-edged black platform thong worn with a black sock. (Special to Limited Bazaar: I liked it when you and TDR Fusion opened rounds on alternate Fridays. Now that you are synced up I will have nothing to look forward to on half the Fridays of my life. Please change back.)

Look one
(fd) Leather + Chiffon Gown – Black and Mauve S (NEW at Collabor88)
h.m.a.e.m. - Aztec Cuffs (NEW; ty Riri Nini!)
ISON – lace-up gladiator sandals -XXS- (teal) (NEW at Collabor88)
Slink, Female Feet (AvEnhance) XXS – Mid
[Anya Ohmai], ghost Pygmy Puff (old event item)
Wishbox, Festival Crown (Paradise Purple)
booN, FTN683 hair chestnut
undefined lilies – wing ding (black/gold) (old gift)
Essences – Rose TDR01 *doux* browless (recent TDRF)
MiaSnow, WALKER Betty Skin’s EYEBROW (old event item)
-Glam Affair – Lucy – Moles 01 (part of TDR Fusion item)
::UmedamaHolic::Crystal eye(mossgreen)S

Look two
*LpD* – *Alessia* Cipria (NEW; ty Nevery Lorakeet!)
ISON – leather leggings (black)
E-Clipse Origami Sandal S (NEW at Limited Bazaar)
!.RR.!FentFur-Gold-Grey
KMADD Hair ~ EMMA ~ DARK BROWN 6 (This does not come with a hairbase, so I added one by Lelutka.)
[7891.] Testle – Cross – Gold (comes with spiked cuff)
ye olde freebie, Kidskin gloves: Black
.B I R D Y. DELILAH skin ~Pure~ London (old event)
[UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes gacha (Min) pale blue grey (at the Legion spooky whatsit event)
pose by PDA and pose pouf by 0o0 Studio/Gos

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