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)

Take step, insert spring

rush The first time I tried to shoot BCC’s beautiful Regency dress I had the bonnet and the curls…everything needed to portray Elizabeth Bennet. But the shots fell flat. Even my attempt to do a zombie Lizzie turned out lifeless. (Note to self: pose no av next to a repro of Napoleon Visiting the Plague House at Jaffa.) Yesterday, the combination of Clawtooth’s big blonde hair and the Nikki skin from Mother Goose’s led me to lovely land and the gown found its setting.

dew If I call this look a harbinger of spring, winter will take revenge. So let’s pretend that we don’t know the world can be green and haven’t the slightest intention of eloping with the first soldier who offers.

Credits
{B.C.C} Jane Empire Dress White XS (this dress skews big, so be sure to demo)
::Mother Goose’s::.Nikki_LB (NEW LB)
.::DD::. Steam Collar (white) – COMMON (NEW at Madpea’s gacha fest)
Clawtooth: Girl Trouble – Wheat (at the Arcade)
The Secret Store – Wild Flowers – Bouquet/Cornflowers (at the Arcade)
(Yummy) Pearl Bracelet and Earrings
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
:::Sn@tch, Avril Stockings (White):::
(TokiD)colour flats (calm) (not available)
– Glam Affair – Stella Eyes n4
pose 1: Slouch, pose pack 1 at Fiera (NEW)
location1: Winter moon
pose 2: Glitterati, Headshot
location 2: Art Dummy

Take me for a walk

Skin me I am (not really) happy to report that my rare-gachatosis is in remission. This may be less a health issue than a metaphysical phenomenon—a punishment for my rationalist choice to shop yardsales instead of trusting in the gacha gods. I was too impatient to wait for resale of Umazuma Metaluna’s new Haruko skins for The Skinnery. I could not not play after I got a look at the refreshingly odd makeups hiding among the nice normals. Number 3 works beautifully (or uglily) with the new group gift hair from little bones. The HUD for the latter offers two eccentric ombres that make liberal use of the most terrifying of colours, yellow. (The fashion world succeeded in domesticating orange. Yellow is not going to roll over to be declawed.) In other news this week, Pure Poison creator Shaleene Kenin sent her subo and VIP groups awesome pairs of hardware-n-handcuff-themed bracelets.

Credits
[theSkinnery] Haruko 3 (milk) DB CL1 (gacha at The Chapter Four; comes with multiple implants appliers but no hands or feet or butts or faces or mouths)(can noses be far behind? Pinocchio proboscis is almost as catchy as Phat Azz)
.Birdy. {Liner} 10
MONS / Shocking eyes – blue
little bones. Full Moon (one of two group gifts, check notices)
Faenzo, Mirte Structural Dress – Charcoal Leather S (last month’s Collabor88)
..::DeliciouS::.. Doggy Dog Leash Gold (Female)
(Yummy) Layer Cake Ring (at the Arcade; you can try yard sales, but these rings seem to be too scrummy to resell)
Pure Poison – Screw HandCuffs Gold (subo gift)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
Flair, Prestige_add-on Slink nails (freebie)
Izzie’s – Tights eggshell
Just a Pose, GYRO (an oldie)

I lifted no finger

trielf This picture is a stunner, but I can’t take credit for it. The official viewer let me have shadows. Annan Adored provided the Windlight. And Zib Scaggs did the rest. (It is the case that, after about twenty snaps, I stopped trying to include the cute penguin swimming in the lake, so I will take credit for knowing when less is more.) Portia wears Ulfa, a stripey new tunic and hat from Zibska, which is available in blue, shown here, black and olive versions. The collar is so convoluted with crab legs that it looks as though it’s going to crawl off in every direction at once!

cabinfever This is not Jan van Eyck’s Man in a Red a Turban.

Credits to creators
Pic one
Zibska, Ulfa ~ Midnight (comes with black tights) (NEW; ty Ms. Scaggs!)
LeeZu! Helena High Heel Pants XS (mesh,rigged) /grayblue
blackLiquid HAIR – BEAUFORT midnight
TuTy’s, Adorable – Hair base Blue antracite
Essences – Lorde02 *lumiere* brunette
Amacci ~ Look Eyes – Medieval (Medieval Fantasy Hunt prize)
(Yummy) Fabby Glasses – Swinging Blue
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Medium
pose: Mabinogion, Crouch
Annan Adored’s 2013 Windlights
Pic two
Color.Me.H.O.F Mesh [Wool Turtle Neck[Navy]_L
Pure Poison – Tiger Earrings (subo gift)
location: Inspiration Point (Tee*fy)

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

Sea Hole in my heart

newhole On May 31st, Drinkinstein Sorbet, one of my most most most favourite creators, will be closing her shop The Sea Hole. Until then, everything is 50l. You know Ms. Sorbet’s work from Collabor88, which she founded. Her touchable fabrics, sophisticated colours and signature sea-themed embroideries will be missed. (Or they will stay on Marketplace?!) Several bloggers have said goodbye with a pic of the Valley Dress, so I am following suit. If you don’t have time to scour the racks of The Sea Hole before it closes, make a shopping list from the Marketplace shop, or take my advice and search out the Nicosia Sun Suit, which is perfect for summer. If you have a sense of humour, check out the Octo Dress.

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I’ve blogged The Sea Hole’s wonderful creations many times, but I chose to rerun only this pic because, unlike many of my older, pre-GIMP photos, this one could be improved. Plus, mermaid on yer back. Credits.

Credits for pic one
The Sea Hole – VAlley Dress (MESH) Custard
[ glow ] studio – Wild Shoulder Drape (brown fawn/gold)) (at TDRF)
(Yummy) Sofia Pearls (4 Strands) and earrings and bracelets (former Collabor88 set)
h.m.a.e.m. *midnight princess* clutch – ice
[e] Move Pumps – Java
Faenzo – UFFIE Hair // NTRL Platinum (dollarbie fatpack on Marketplace)
^^Swallow^^ Group Gift- Happy Halloween (old gg)
Cheap Makeup- Eye Gloss [TINTABLE]
:::Sn@tch, Nail Candy (Gold):::
MONS / Shocking eyes – brown
pose by xbordeaux (not available as far as I know)
prop: flowey. classic cigarette (wear me!) (came with Bad Habit poses)

NSFW, eh?

censpub Bunneh Brickworks Kawashima is an SL blogger and one of my sweetest Flickr friends, but she is also a bad influence. In a good way. This week, Bunneh is shooting a series of photos featuring public nudity. I had to see if I could do what she does. (These two pics will have to last a whole week, so look at them slowly. Or frequently.) I admit that while shooting these pics I was afraid that I would be caught and banned from my fave sim. So I appreciate the risky thrill of public nudity. At the very same time that I enjoyed doing something wrong, however, I also felt the rightness of the beauty of the naked human body, of the SL creators’ imaginative ways of enhancing that beauty, and of my own effort to create an erotic image rather than just a nude shot. I had to shoot many vanilla pics and many upper-body images before I was absorbed—or committed—enough to find a sexier pose and show Portia’s pudendum. If we are easily shocked by erotic imagery, it is because we are too distanced from the naked body rather than too close. Our determination to keep the body, and sex, private is a symptom of our inability to embrace the body in its erotic aspects. (Don’t get me started on body-as-bourgeois-private-property. That way lies Marx.) Having said this, I did decide to censor the pic with some soap bubbles. If you want to see the uncensored version, you will need a Flickr account with preferences set to see restricted images.
public6x In addition to Bunneh’s example, I was inspired by Umazuma Metaluna’s new Lolas Tango appliers for The Skinnery. These are the sexiest nips on the grid, their appeal to the fingers as strong as their appeal to the eye. Ms. Metaluna has done appliers for old skins as well as new, so customers aren’t forced to abandon the old skins as obsolete. She is putting her customer first. This I like.

Credits to creators
[theSkinnery] Byuri-Foxy Lady(toffee) DB CL1 (this was a special edition of the Byuri skin)
[theSkinnery] Tangos Skin Applier and, in the same package, Tangos Nipples Applier [there’s a nipless version of the applier so you can avoid nip-slip]
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts
[Aura] Grimm – Corset – M – Antique
first pic: Magika [Hair S] Stumble
second pic: Wasabi Pills, Christy 2 Chocolate
– .HoD. – Chained – Slide
.:ellabella:. Saint – Jet
Yummy, Boho Rings – Maroon
Graves, G329 Cuffs
poses: Glitterati
GIMPed for your pleisure, but the applier is not retouched (enjoy my signature jagged shadows)

Luxuriate

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These pictures obviously go together.

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Ladies stretch out their arms in them.

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And look very pretty.

Credits to creators
Look impish
{Meghindo’s} ~ Chy Dress [comes with fringed clutch and many different flexi skirts] (VIP Gift, which also contains a skin in multiple tones; fee to join)
*BOOM* Dame Elbow Gloves (antique) xsmall (NEW, mesh, in many many many colours; ty Aranel Ah!)
Glam Affair – Renee – Fairy Tales 01 RAV (Arcade gacha)
MEMIL eyes 06_orange brown (from Marketplace)
Clawtooth: Louise Brooks – Red eye flight
Eclectica Deco Knot set in pale silver
Addictia, METRO Sandals – Silver
BENT, Posebox (old hunt gift)
Lightly GIMPed

Look admirable
Zibska, Amelie set of colour and size change earrings and necklace (ty Ms. Skaggs!) UPDATE: Still available at TGGS until December 19.
Luxury[87] – Snakeskin sheer catsuit (former Lyfe of Style item; no sign of an inworld store)
/Wasabi Pills/ Skye Mesh Hair – Pancake with /Wasabi Pills/ Hairbase included
MONS / Sunny Skin -light brow-soft makeup- light tone V1 (at TDR Fusion; includes a freckle version; love this hard)
[sauce] ka-pow! : lashes (not available)
MONS / Shocking eyes – blue
Yummy, Thin Boho Ring – Maroon (Nov. Collabor88)
Glitterati, Boxed
I GIMPed thie beejezus out of this one. Okay, maybe only the bejeez.

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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.