Cover me, darling please

monkeyhead

emonkeyheadOn February 8 we enter the year of the monkey. I had some trouble finding a good prop for last year and was offended on the part of goats and sheep when I discovered that either one would do! I had no success this year looking for monkeys on Marketplace, where I expected to find a barrel vintage monogrammed trunk full of them. Luckily, Taiko McCaw of Naminoke has hooked us all up with this group gift. I was born in a year of the monkey. A little reading told me that monkey years are bad for monkeys and that monkeys are smart and witty and mischievous but they hurt people’s feelings because they don’t know when to stop. A little reading…don’t like it but I guess I’m learning.

Credits
outfit by Dead Dollz, cuff by Sn@tch, earring by Zibska (blogged recently), chain by Haste, tat by White Widow (blogged recently), body by Maitreya, skin by Birdy (n/a), prop by Naminoke, Windlight by Annan Adored
shot at Just Another Tequila Sunrise

Take a bow

eerie valkyrie in angels demons Aliza Karu just announced that she is shuttering AD Creations Doll House, aka Angels and Demons, after 8 years. I was lucky enough to blog for Aliza for a number of years. She would send out a groaning box packed with costumes that might be both fluffy and angular at the same time and were always satisfyingly gothic. Can you imagine what would happen if all the pieces of all those dresses got jumbled up in one package? Someone unimaginative and uptight like me would put all the strict black pieces in one pile, all the frothy pieces in another pile and everything colourful under the sofa. That would leave me with funny hats and arty pics. When Aliza concocted outfits based on books, she introduced me to Haruki Murakami’s IQ84 with her double-moon dress. And when it came time to do The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy she very thoughtfully provided the towel essential to space travel as well as a hat made out of the whale and an incoming flowerpot. You have until February 6 to find these creations and more at [AD]. There will be a tribute show in-world as part of Ferosh on January 24 at 10AM.
all the world The [AD] Combat helmet and wings have been waiting in my armoury, I mean my inventory, for ages. Portia so rarely gets called into battle. Here she’s pretending to be a young, couture-clad opera diva posing for a portrait to advertise her upcoming turn as Brunhilde. Plausible, no? (Please don’t try to make sense of the Egyptian ankh and the bites. Outfits quickly spin out of control when one starts playing with Aliza.)
blownaway

Credits
AD Creations Dolls House
[AD] Combat helmet – Gold (with resize, also comes in silver metal)
[AD] Combat wings – Gold (with resize, also comes in silver metal)
[AD] Heat (mesh jacket from outfit that includes white net skirt and grey leatherish underwear) [AD] outfits are usually one size, so be sure to try the demo!
Tee*fy Faye High-Cut Skirt – Maitreya – Black
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4
Antielle, Appetizer, Bites and Blood full-body tattoo
Birdy. Red skin ~Porcelaine~ with scar (Limited edition Enchanted) Bare (not available)
[.ARISE. Mana Eyebrows Soft (natural brown – tintable)
.{S0NG} :: Anim~ Aqua Eye
/Wasabi Pills/ Hairbase – SHAVED – (a freebie from Fantasy Faire 2012)
#187# Handcuffs Melee Black-Gold
– .HoD. – Deardriu Piercing (Female Fit)
– .HoD. – Elegy MESH Facial Piercing (F)
Remarkable Oblivion – Oracle Collar – past GG
pose 1 bang!
pose 2 Mabinogion
shot at the theatre on the Lookingglass sim: this is one of my favourite settings and one of the only place where I can get sunlight and shadows!
Windlights, Annan Adored (modded)

Love it and leave it

lovebird What blogger could resist Exposeur’s cage? It’s not the least bit ironic as it heart-frames an av’s sweet face. That’s because love is all around when a slave is on her knees and under lock and key. My lovebird is wearing Svana, a new flower-chain necklace and earrings from Zib Scaggs for Zibska. You can change the colour of each petal of the flower by HUD. I went for jewel tones to harmonize with the Dead Dollz spiked satin lingerie in dark blue. Like all Zibska jewellery, these pieces can be resized. Travel beyond the cut to see the full-length version of the necklace tickle Portia’s nipples. Continue reading

Defying gravity and myself

when two tats go to war As a neurotic blogger it’s my job—nay, my pleisure—to prevent myself from succeeding. For instance, I am careful to make the same mistakes as often as I can. And I restrict myself with silly rules rather than set myself sublime goals. Today I decided to defy my habit of shooting myself in the foot. (In the foot because the silly rule says that thighs are for arrows. And kneecaps are for gangsters.) For this pictorial, I tinkered for two days trying to get the right combo of tattoos to fill up the fields of flesh exposed by R2 A/D/E’s dress. The tats then spent a day playing “now you see it now you don’t” on Maitreya’s Lara body. Typically I fail to photograph the elements that were toughest to coordinate—see the last pic in this post for an example—or I don’t like the picture and decide not to use it. Not this time. Not after three days of hasslement. I deliberately shot the tricky tats head on and I am posting the pic even though I dislike it. Why do I dislike it? Because I deliberately shot the tricky tats head on. Obviously.
crop rosegold face If you asked me I’d tell you that I never do closeup shots because they are pure vanity. Really I’m concerned that the closer the shot the more obvious my limitations will be. Today I fear that you will see my misplacement of nose-rings or my 1,286th failure to correct the dumb dent in the line of my av’s upper lip. If this pic made it into the post it’s because I deliberately shot it half blurred, guaranteeing that it would be 50% less bad. Continue reading

I like LODE

Iris Every month I look forward to LODE’s hair accessory gacha at The Chapter Four. In today’s pic Portia wears Iris in Dark Purple. Whereas I usually hit the LODE machine three times and get three different colours—and almost always strike rare—this month I won two Dark Purple and two Red. Hit me up in world if you would like either one, for FREE.

Serene in stripes

whistler In the absence of the annual event at Bakumatsu, Japonica is your destination for a kimono celebrating the season. Out of a wide range of choices—which had me flirting hard with a man’s outfit that I still might buy—I was most attracted to this striped kimono by creator Kokoro (heart.irata) for Kokorotayori. Choosing this one was a risk: the creator provides no demo despite the fact that the costumes are unconventional. Not having a demo prevented me buying from this creator before now. Who knows what I will do next time.
portent Available only till January 10, Zib Scaggs’ latest open gift for Zibska customers is Portent, a set of looooong elegant lashes tipped with birds. The set also includes eyeliner, which Ms. Scaggs has provided in tattoo, CATWA, Lelutka and unisex TMP versions. I have started to wonder just how dizzy Second Life creators get when they offer a multitude of versions. Dizzy or drunk, perhaps. Portia is also wearing a gift from Chop Zuey, a set of beads and single-bead earrings with to-drool-for texture options.
striped kimono I often go to the adult sim Hollowtree to shoot in 8f8’s rare gacha house, which Hollowtree stocks with shibari props. If you want to take pics in an intimate Japanese setting without intimate Japanese rope bondage, you can visit this version of the 8f8 house at Drowsiness.

Credits
Zibska, Portent eyelashes and Liner (gift)
kokorotayori, jorou A (Japonica location until Jan 7 Japan Pacific Time)
Chop Zuey, Tensha Beads, Texture Change Earrings and Necklace (gift)
*LODE* Head Accessory – Balts Big [golden] RARE (gacha)
Clawtooth: Louise Brooks – Red eye flight (not available, I think)
Bens Boutique – Victoria Gladiator Boots XS texture change (requires Slink high feet)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4
-Glam Affair – Caroline Skin – New Day – Artic D (last Friday’s 50L item)
NOX. Restless [Three] (past advent gift)
+Nuuna+ Kati Eyeliner 1
::dUTCH tOUCH:: AddOns – Moles and Xtra Freckles (not available)
{S0NG} :: Cupid~ Blue Eye
An Lar, Infiniti Pose pack
8f8, Serene Sanctuary – Koi House Rare

Dora’s debut

dora dances Anorak wears Dora, the new dress from Riri Nini for h.m.a.e.m. Available in Wine, shown here, Petrol, shown below, Chocolate, Cherry and Liquorice, Dora is a lady-like shift dress in winter-right tweed.
pretty in petrol Accessorizing with Reign’s ballet warmers sent me searching for a barre. When I couldn’t find one I decided to visit Hollowtree and shoot among the shibari frames.
rey hair MissAllSunday Lemon has revamped her Wasabi Pills hair line, creating two new HUDs, Solar and Lunar, which are packed to bursting with colourful fades (and roots versions of the fades). (Someone’s naked under the cut. Hint: it isn’t me.) Continue reading

Incurable

at it again Institutionalized.
irradiated Irradiated.busyasabeaverIncurable.

Credits
Zibska, Rhoda dress (NEW at Frost till January 3rd; ty Zib for another wonderful year!) See it look like a real dress on an av who can stand up straight
.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA v1.3
Glam Affair, Triss 12 India (NEW gacha at Shiny Shabby)
Pure Poison – Gray Knitted Wedge Boots – Maitreya Lara (gacha)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4
.HW. Neve – Choker (dark)
NOX. Giftmas – Day 23 [Indo Septum – Black]
[CX] Kunai Earring Left (Silver & Black String) (past gift)
Kleineschwein, Pompadour Cheveaux Simple Glace Noire (not available)
Adorkable Poses, My Padded Room (on Marketplace)

Evil queen is evil

2nd light evil queen in cave These pics just rolled off my screen. I had so much fun shooting my av in the new makeup appliers from La Petite Morte. These are for Lelutka (worn here) and Catwa heads. There are seven variations on sinister wintry looks for the Quinn skin. Best of all? It’s a VIP group gift and the join fee is a mere 100L.
penguin plebesThe Meva advent calendar is my favourite this year—even though I joined late and that meant missing out on everything leading up to the 16th. This headdress is a recent gift, no longer available alas. Again there is a 100L join fee, but based on what I’ve been seeing from Meva creator Mea Carnell, the gifts are going to be more and more gorgeous as we scamper unto Xmas. I love the real-life advent calendars too, in a resolutely atheist “mmm chocolate” way. Opening those little numbered doors takes me back to childhood happiness. A child can take pleasure in having small fingers. Adults are too clumsy to work the windows, so there’s only one’s little brother to squabble with over the prizes.

Maai, ” Dominatrix ” mesh dress
.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA v1.3
La Petite Morte, Quinn Lelutka head applier (VIP gift; see above)
Exile::Hazy Days (naturals pack):ieQED dragon.pauldron.titanium.
:ieQED dragon.pauldron.titanium.
Zaara : Banjara silver choker
Maitreya, Mesh Body – Lara V3.4
MONS / Giftmas Day 3 (piercing-upperlips) (still available; free group join)
::Sn@tch, Suede Wristband cuff (old gift)
pose: flowey, from an old 50L Friday pack
shot at The Cove public cave

what’s different in the second pic?
Meva, Medi Flower Headpiece (advent gift; see above)
shot at Meva sim