Bared face beauty

collagebareface The challenge is to shoot a portrait of your avatar without makeup, lashes or enhancements and without any photo editing. I decided to give a make-under to all my women, so Hedda and Anorak are sharing a totem pole with Portia. This challenge was easy for me as I very rarely make my gals up. But finding a skin that is truly bare is a different matter, so I had to go deep into my inventory to find (top to bottom) Ming by The Skinnery, Luaflor by Essences and Aria by League. I don’t mess about much with eyelashes, unless they are six inches long and play “Fortress Europe” just as loud as it needs to be played.* The same could be said of breasts, which I was a little sorry to sacrifice for this assignment, especially as they would have enhanced the stereo sound. My photo-editing skills plateaued long ago, so these shots (which use the CalWl windlight with shadows enabled) aren’t that different from my usual pics. All in all, this challenge demonstrates that the design of an av’s face is crucial. Most important is getting a flattering or fascinating match between that face and a sensitively rendered skin. Check out the Flickr pool.
*You know it’s you, Shortie.

Ups and downs

lash me hag No. 7 creator Shortcake Sugarplum offers eyelashes to suit every mood. Okay, not every mood. Just the ones when you are feeling upbeat or downcast. Either way, MissAllSunday Lemon’s new blunt-cut Karin hairdo for Wasabi Pills will keep you in line. Anorak’s nails are free from freebird.
stand and deliver There’s a 50% off sale at the new location of Pixicat. This is one of my current favorite lines. The black version of the Dark.dress that Anorak wears here comes in matte and shiny finishes. Both packs contains the dress in black alone and in variations pairing the black bodice with intense metallicish color skirts such as blue and red. I don’t know when the sale ends. Don’t say I didn’t tell you to stop studying for your test and log in now. This pic features just one of the delightful poses in Ma Vie’s Subliminal pack, which is a gift in The Dirty Turkey Hunt run by Depraved Nation. You’ll see another pose on the Pleisure Flickr.

Credits
/Wasabi Pills/ Karin Mesh Hair – pic one: Aquatic and pic two: Jellyfish (at Fameshed; ty Miss. Lemon!)
no. 7, Wind Lashes [bottom] (at The Instruments; ty SS!)
no. 7, Zibskaggs couture lashes
.la petite morte. regret under liner. black
Glam Affair – Penny Viva la Noce – Jamaica 01 A (former 50L Friday)
-Pixicat- TheDark.Dress (s) (on sale at the new location)
:: PM :: Croco Boots in Black MESH for Slink High feet S
[R3] – Jade Cuffs [V3]
*SoliDea FoliEs* chameleon – ring
freebird, nails graphite (freebie)
pose one: old freebie from Izumiya
pose two: from Ma Vie, Subliminal
place one: Opium
place two: Doomed Ship

Uncinched

slapped When your inner thighs become an erogenous zone you need to show them off in the first pair of black leggings you’ve worn in public since 1992. Textile technology has improved. My new leggings are as perma-tight as they are hella-shiny. My thighs…well, they were on a date with the man who slapped me (it’s a long story), and they were open to being squeezed, pinched, spanked and more. In 1992, I wore a bell-shaped tunic with my cotton leggings. I looked like a clown. In 2014, I can wear a cleverly cut sexy tee just long enough to cover my butt. Alas, it doesn’t matter how much fabrics have slinkened and shapes have sleekened if a date isn’t meant to be. In texts we had proposed going for coffee or a drink, maybe dinner I said, maybe a dungeon he said. It was too soon for that, I responded, and threatened to wear my ugly undies. He rightly pointed out that I probably had some panties that wanted to be worn on a Saturday night. My thighs would be happy in their leggings, so I didn’t have to worry about them becoming envious of my rear-end, which I treated to something lacey in the front and netted—only netted—in the back. It was all a wasted effort, because after spending two hours relating all the ways that he isn’t available, he passed on dinner and on what could have happened next. You see, that slinky top of mine is oversized. There are big cut-outs in the upper arms that sag and drag down an already deep draped v-neck. So on most occasions I make it presentable by cinching it at the back of my neck with a long black-silk ribbon. It was Saturday night, so I could have let the top loose before leaving home, but I decided instead that I would hold off till we got to the dungeon. Had we made it—had he stuck around long enough to hear how many ways I am not available—he would have seen me let down my blouse. I’d have casually opened it up for his eyes and hands, only to distract him by revealing the long black ribbon and asking if he could find another way to use it.

Credits for new items
Lea hair by Wasabi Pills at Uber (ty MissAllSunday)
FDD rare dress, ring and circlet gacha at (I don’t recall. I am working on retrieving the info.)
Older items
Skinnery Sakura skin (gacha)
Luas cuffs (gacha, rare)
Skinnery slap tat (former gift)

Nature lovers

odd one If she plays it cool, that hot bamboo plant may look her way.
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You got me

waiting
Generally speaking, I’m finding that the makeups for the Skinnery and Glam Affair Arcade offerings are too heavy for summer. I do, however, love the exceptionally soft and pretty Chloe 10 skin from Umazuma Metaluna. It looks good with the equally casual new Madeleine hair from Wasabi Pills. But it can’t quite stand up to the mossyback creature, which, despite its preppy pink and green colouring, is terrifyingly squirmy and fetal-looking when it wriggles out of the box. Continue reading

I am curious (salmon)

sly
I am in the throes of intense gacha competitiveness, not with friends or bloggers generally but with the whole world. As always, I have been hitting yard sales, but I did get in to the Arcade today and snagged two rares. The price-tags on rares at yard sales are running up to 1,200L. This only makes me froth more at the mouth. My av is embarrassed to be played by me. Continue reading

Charity on the wing

chloris flies
Fantasy Faire doesn’t last long and there are so many sims that one has to shop almost as much as birds have to eat. I forage efficiently by fastening on charity items. Any event that encourages a generous shopper to buy a dozen things in purple is asking for trouble, so I tend to narrow my focus to items that tone that purple down or go off menu. I bought chunky blue sabots at Bliensen + MaiTai, a heart-shaped, red-flowered tree pose prop from Boudoir and the circlet and dress shown here. The elegant Chloris dress from 22769 can be worn with or without sleeves. The 22769 team has outdone itself with this dress, which is available in other colours. They are also offering outsized crowns that make the medieval look modern. (All their items are wonderfully inexpensive.) The lovely and delicate Lys Circlet from The Plastik features a colour-change setting and is also available in dozens of other gem-stones. Another charity item from creator Aikea Rieko is a purple skin with bright-orange body paint. You may have to get it just so you can tremble at the thought of it lurking in your inventory.

Credits to creators
/Wasabi Pills/ Sanna Mesh Hair – Gingerbread (NEW at Fantasy Faire Sanctum; ty MissAllSunday Lemon!)
22769 ~ [femme] Chloris Dress White S (Fantasy Faire Hope’s Horizon RFL donation item)
:[Plastik]:- Lys Circlet:// Lily (Fantasy Faire Faery Court RFL donation item)
DRD, Mechanical Flutters uncommon (gacha at Fantasy Faire)
Essences – Luaflor *lait* blonde (this was a TDR or 50LF release)
Anais Gaea, creator, black diamond earring (on Marketplace)
FINESMITH – Kirin’s poem brown- RING
Kunstkammer, Glamazon Necklace (an oldie, one of my first and best hunt gifts in SL)
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
Kirin, Lost in Space pose pack

Catch-up beauty

Crenellated I had to submit my tenure application. I could not take time to blog, but that didn’t prevent me from noticing that many events were starting and I was missing out on what would probably be my one and only chance to be a cutie moon pie or a dragon mom. When one falls off the blogging merry go round, it’s extremely difficult to hop back on. So I decided that instead of trying to blog every event, I would just do a mashup and call it Princess Cutie Private War 4 Men’s Love.

Under the cut there are nipples on breasts (where they should be, IMHO)

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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