J’aime ça

laced I could have made this outfit much more tasteful if I’d chosen the black lace bodysuit from B.D.R. But I love black and pink together, and I don’t see why a goth hat has to make an avi evil. Cameron Vasiliov’s bodysuit—which comes in many stirring colours—can be worn with or without the gloves and stockings. You have a choice of covered-up or classic decolletage. And there are appliers for body parts I have never heard of. Aliza Karu’s Sophia hat for Angels and Demons is a 100% donation item for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation at this year’s World Goth Fair. There are horns and flowers, jewels and netting, and it’s resizable in case you want to ruin all the fun and make it proportional with your avi’s implants. More of those and credits too below the cut. Continue reading


Shiny shiny

snowballxmas I surprised myself this year. I fell hard for beautiful sims filled with wintry trees, passed-out polar bears, falling flakes and lovely lights. The tiny balls of brightness have inspired me to shoot grey-skied pics that capture the dazzle of the season. I even rounded up inventive Xmas trees from an Ionic (rare!) gacha and from Alouette. The latter is a bookcase in the shape of a tree, and it is an inexpensive prize in the Four Walls Hunt. Thank you, creators, for giving me so much holiday cheer.
sldrcl I felt a little disturbed by the militariness of Portia’s outfit. And briefly considered calling her a nuts cracker. (Get it?) Then I realized that a snowball to the face would be a season-worthy rebuke to the military-industrial complex. Portia’s cap is a gift from the inventive creator at Contraption. It awaits you at the RMK sim fair. (Beware: Beetlebones gacha are there.) I love the shiny textures and sexy little outfits that R2A/D/E brings to Collabor88. This outfit features almost imperceptible tantalizingly slim slits running alongside the stripes that accentuate the breasts.

An unusual anti-atomic-bomb song from Haysi Fantayzee gave me today’s title

Credits to creators
I can’t do credits today because I am on a parental PC. Festive nails from The Plastik and a pretty skin from Al Vulo can be purchased at the current round of TDR Fusion. The first pose is by Blah and the snowball is from Izzie’s. Portia’s Gira earrings were Zibska’s gift for the Jewelry and Accessories Fair. Argh. I shot these pics before it ended but I couldn’t get online this weekend.

Sticky or strict?

jbcfg copysm The typical Hallowe’en combination of orange and purple makes my hair stand on end. So it’s a relief to see Dorothy Darkfold do it right by desaturating the two in a frothy gothic lolita gown, which is free at Dimbula Rose. Shortcake Sugarplum of Lucky #7 opened her new mainstore with a beautiful, and very affordable, line of circus makeups. The Myriam makeup is part of the line, but it’s only available at The Gallery Gift Shop.

hof3 Another new makeup from #7 is a tintable diamond tattoo, which I’m showing in its out-of-the-box shade. I like the contrast of the pale white on the tan skin from Al Vulo. The Retro dress by House of Fox for Collabor88 is so beautifully textured that it makes any photographer look like a dodging-n-burning genius.

Be the party
:::Dimbula Rose::: Alice’s summer dress (free in the very bottom level of the shop)
[ no. 7 ] Circus Myriam {c} (NEW; at The Gallery Gift Shop; ty Shortcake!)
essences, Amaterasu lait brunette (recent gacha, not available)
MIASNOW Lashes – CANDY 4 Drama (donation item at Horrorfest, with proceeds going to epilepsy research)
::Dimbula Rose::: PK&GR clown eyes (not available)
Cute Poison – Horror Necklace RED (Raven) (gacha at Horrorfest)
KMADD Hair ~ LOLA (free)
location: Dimbula Rose

Scorn the party
[ no. 7 ] Circus Joker [tintable] (NEW; ty Shortcake!)
al vulo- Ylenia* Majestic blonde brow bisquit (former TDRF)
Color.Me.H.O.F Mesh [Retro Dress[Blue]_M (at Collabor88)
Zibska, Sevan ~ Earring (comes with necklace) (ty Zib!)
..:: BenS Beauty ::.. Melissa Line Ring Gold
Slink, Tall Leather Thigh Boots Average Black
location: Virtual Decay

That’s the way

diy It’s like a PSA. (“Always be prepared” the necklace says.) With carnivorous boots and sexy spiders.


Credits to creators
{XO} Self Love Studded Tank [S]
*DUCKLING* black & white stripe Mini Skirt M (gift in store)
Curio Obscura – Abomination Bitey Blood Bank Boot (current Arcade)
[ #7 ] Spider Kiss comes with lipstick (Bye Bye Summer Hunt, 50L; ty Shortie!)
al vulo- ylenia * majestic blonde brow (former TDRF item)
booN, DQO010 hair purple
booN, gathered raised hairbase purple (sold separately)
+:+WTG+:+ **C flat** choker (old gg)
::Sweet LEONARD:: Broken Angel Ring -black
BALACLAVA!! Scout Badge Remade Necklace (old Arcade)
Shi : Sleeve (S-M) (old group gift; fee to join)
(fd) Creeper Shades (2012 hair fair gift)
pose one: Saal Body Inc. (this was a gacha, but there is a similar pose in Female Stands pack; ty Saal!)
pose two: flowey
Can’t stop the GIMP


awk Sometimes your friendly neighbourhood blogger gets tired of sorting new items into “urban,” “high-fashion,” “nerdy” and “goth” folders. Sometimes your fr’ly. ‘hood bl’er. goes nuts trying to figure out the expiration date on “old” skins and hairdos. Today this blogger is mixing things up and bringing back fave skins from the not-so-distant past. The spring line from Paperbag is literally epic, and it’s full of affordable goodies like Portia’s büb-friendly shoulder-baring peach top. Ima get back there for more to share. Portia’s new techno-hottie shorts are available in a range of colours from Shi.

rolls Portia’s butter-soft leather jacket is a group gift from Tokidoki. If you aren’t a member of the group, you can buy the jacket in solid tones or florals at TDRFusion, or shop the whole range of colours at the main store. The laced, tight leather jeans are a 15L Easter Hunt item from Ricielli. I want them in RL. As well as the legs to wear them.

Credits to creators
Look one
.Shi : Hive Highwaist Shorts {M} (NEW)
Paperbag. Beige Top (with Lolas Tango applier) (NEW)
al vulo- Eleonor * candy dark brow chocolate (old TDRF)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine)
AUDRAN, Unisex Tattoo / DARK INK / ‘Awkward’ 2
esuga, booboo and bandaids (old gift)
Dirval, J I L L Hair Dark
*BOOM* Fearless wrist cuff (v2) Gold (NEW)
..:: BenS Beauty ::.. Melissa Line Rings Gold
THE BOYS – cassie Earring Gold Light (gift at Dirval)
Glitterati, Shattered pose prop

Look two
(TokiD) Haru Jacket_Large (mint) (NEW) (VIP gift; fee to join)
The Sea Hole – Pan Bahatt Bustier – Camaka seba (former Collabor88)
R.icielli – LONDON Mesh Pants / Black S (15L Easter hunt item)
Secret Store, Roller skates (former Arcade gacha)
.la petite morte. wixson pale fantasy 2
MONS / Shocking eyes – brown
Unorthodox, Carter 2 Pink hair (at fi*friday)
..:: BenS Beauty ::.. Melissa Line Rings Gold
:[P]:- Saiyura Glasses://Goldrush (came with one of Ms. Rieko’s awesome Lazy Sunday packs)
pose is an oldie from hmaem, and the prop is Glitterati, Shuttered

Mix those messages

do me The five stages of male denial: I never promised you a rose garden. What made you think I promised you a rose garden? Who promises rose gardens nowadays? Why do you think you deserve a rose garden? I suspect you’re unstable.
I met a fellow scholar in the cafe where I write four hours a day. I’d seen him there every day for a year. Comfortably trapped in a depression-powered, safety-glass bubble, I had spent that year refusing to interact sociably with anyone on the premises. Until the new manager insisted that baristas take customers’ names. Suddenly we were family. (I can walk in and order the usual. I always thought “the usual” would be some exotic cocktail. Shame about my alcohol allergy. And my aversion to night life. Night period.) Around Thanksgiving, I finally responded to my fellow cafe denizen’s friendly passing remarks. I even let him watch my computer while I went to the ladies room. (If you knew me you’d say “Woah.”) His dissertation sounded feminist. He wasn’t afraid of me. I decided to try to get past the problem of his looks: typically handsome and thick-necked muscular. (I prefer tubercular-looking British boy/men. Bad teeth optional. This is the consequence of growing up goth. Damn you Peter Murphy.) After two months of chatting and indirect conversations about sex—the scholar’s specialty—he mentioned his wife. He never wears a ring. He never said anything about spending the holidays with her. He spoke in the present tense about the difficulty of meeting women he could relate to. I was hurt and angry about this lie by omission. But I decided not to do what I’d done in the past. No intimacy-building confession of pain. No consciousness-raising confrontation about the disrespect he’d shown me and, much worse, his wife. No obligation-creating request that we work together to establish new boundaries. And I resolved that if he asked about my sudden distance I would borrow a phrase from the last coward who dumped me. I’d tell my cafe friend that his failure to acknowledge his wife “raised a red flag.” That’s a phrase that is so perfectly clinical and cliched that it means nothing except “The conversation is as over as the relationship.” This latest bad experience leaves me feeling proud of what I’ve learned over the years: I no longer give anyone the opportunity to do the denial dance. On the other hand, it sucks that, once again, my armour isn’t coming off. Not to mention my pants. (Damn you pants!)

Credits to creators
cuffs: Zibska, Ute Deux (part of a full set) (NEW; ty Zib Scaggs!)
skin: Al Vulo, Alyss skin and Lolas Tango applier (group gift)
lip tat: old Heartsick gift
bags: Handverk, Valentine’s clutch gacha (NEW) [g’damn—I wanted the Spank Me clutch!]
hair: Dura, #40 (resizable by menu) (NEW)
bouquet: Vita’s Boudoir (Tainted Love Hunt item, 1L)
arrow harness: Contraption (Tainted Love Hunt item, 1L)
crown: Tee*fy (past Collabor88)
boobs: Lola’s Tango
stockings: League, side-gartered stockings
pose: LAP and bouquet pose
GIMPed for your pleisure. And dedicated to Shortcake Sugarplum.

Tropical cool

bus4x I like to do a resort post in the dead of winter. Instead of bathing suits, I’m featuring Indyra Originals’ mesh Memoire skirt, which comes in packs of four variations for only 295L. Portia’s clutch is by Amarelo Manga. One can change the leather, metal and stones via menu. The best part is that it comes with an AO offering four awesome clutch-clutching poses.

Credits to creators
Look one
Indyra Originals Mesh: Memoire’ Pencil Skirt: White/Pink S
Tee*fy Basic Tucked Tank Grey S
[Amarelo Manga] – Clutch Bag Style (ty Luana Barzane!)
Glam Affair – Lilith – Africa 02 D
N D Salon [Naomie Dirval creator], J I L L Hair Dark
THE BOYS – cassie Earrings Gold Light (free at N D Salon)
^^Swallow^^ Bad Ring Gold & Pink
[ glow ] Beachwood glasses GOLD (resize)
[Diktator]-DARE (S PINK)

Look two
Kyoot – Mila Bodysuit (Cold Sea) (on sale no and then on Marketplace prolly)
Indyra Originals Mesh: Memoire’ Pencil Skirt: White/Silver S
[Amarelo Manga] – Clutch Bag Style (ty Luana Barzane!)
al vulo- Eleonor * candy dark brow chocolate (former TDRF)
N D Salon, J I L L Hair Dark
LaGyo_Wishbone earrings silver
LaGyo_Wishbone necklace silver
Dark Mouse Vintage Nouveau Bangles (store is closed)

Cushioned for the corners

Tonight I was in the mood to see what kind of mischief I could get up to with a pair of breasts, two models and a couple of pose boxes. Anorak shows off in new hair from LeLutka and new boots from h.m.a.e.m. Jasmine is based on Princess Jasmine, who is some kind of royal chick from a kid’s movie. The hair, which can be worn with or without the long pony-tail, comes with two necklaces and the metal-and-gem-changing earrings you see here. Luxo, the over-the-knee zebra-stripe boots from Riri Ninni, get their appeal from the deliciously perverse contrast between no heel and lots of leg. Anorak also wears a Dressing Room Fusion skin from Al Vulo. It comes with an applier for Lolas Tango falsies. I’m starting to realize why appliers that match an av’s skin are such wonderful time-saving devices. I’m also starting to realize that creators who charge 100L for the applier in addition to 200L for the dress make big bübage a very expensive proposition.

The high cost of bigbübs inspires me to urge you once more to check out the Hunt for Your Inner Slut hunt, which ends on December 15. Not all of the items have been updated to fit Tango, but this little number from Rack City is good to go. Portia, on the other hand, is good for nothing but sleep.

Credits to creators
Anorak the cat burglar
[Cynful] Vale’s Turtleneck Dress – Suede Black (3/4 Sleeve) [top only]
h.m.a.e.m. – Luxo Over Knees boots – Zebra (at The Couturier’s Docks; ty Ms. Ninni!)
::HH:: Hucci Bahia Leggings S – Midnight
[LWL] Power Suit Belt (gold lipstick) [this is only half a belt since it is designed to be worn with half a suit-jacket] (at Limited Bazaar)
[LeLutka]-JASMINE hair – Bournville (NEW; comes with earrings shown here and necklaces not shown)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine)
al vulo-jade 2*exotic voyage blonde brow olive Tdr [comes with appliers for tango and push-up Lolas] (at TDR Fusion)
*SoliDea FoliEs* The Day After / makeups
Clemmm – ReSnick eyes .black sclera.
Glitterati pose prop

Portia the pin-up
Rack City, Lace Crop Lingerie Suit Full Set (HYIS item; you are looking for a yellow dick, for realz)
Magika hair (mesh)
Glam Affair skin (last month’s Collabor88)
MiWardrobe, group gift bracelets (extra gorg!)
BENT, Escher pose prop

Safe neither for work nor for the horny

Portia’s super-slinky gown is from Kex Blackheart of Paperbag. The dress has a scoop back and double side-slits. It’s part of the debut collection at the new Lyfe of Style discount shop. This new venue emphasizes urban styles that resemble the offerings at Fifty-five Friday. The dress, the gold-and-black harness belt and the Lolas Tango applier are all sold separately at 75L each. (Please note that the belt is system layers and the dress has a mesh skirt.) Sabina Gully of Magika has just released Stumble, a hairdo with a permanent—but colour-change—blindfold. I have mixed feelings about ombres in crazy colours because they can throw off an outfit. Magika’s colour pairings are fantastic, so I was thrilled to see that this style isolates the second colour at the back in a long, loose ponytail. This way, the ombre is a cool surprise.

I can’t resist showing off Lolas Tango falsies with Al Vulo’s current group gift skin, which includes an applier to tint the breasts to match. I find the line of these breasts incredibly erotic. The breasts can be scaled down, and Portia usually wears them on the small side, perhaps because I remain too attached to proportion. I have to say that I adore Vestigium’s Octapus tattoo. Lu Scorpio is celebrating her first anniversary in SL, and although this tat isn’t discounted, you may like some of the oldies she’s discounted to mark the event. Finally, Portia’s panties are part of Bubble Electric’s gift for the Hunt for Your Inner Slut hunt. This hunt started before Tango hit the market, so this outfit and many others in the hunt supply only an old applier. Tool around on a feed to see which gifts have been updated. Most bloggers are now crediting their fake bübs, so you can see which hunt gifts are compatible with yours.

Credits to creators

Paperbag. Double Slit Noir [harness belt and Lolas applier sold separately] (NEW)
Vestigium – Octapus tat (NEW)
h.m.a.e.m. – piqui pumps – lille (NEW)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts
Magika, Stumble with HUD 03 (NEW)
skin in first pic: It Girls, Chloe Pale
skin in second pic: al vulo- Eleonor * Son of Flowers group gift [with Tango skin tint applier]
second pic panties: Bubble Electric, black lace diva undies (part of a set for Hunt for Your Inner Slut hunt gift)
The Muse Poses, Ginger pose pack (21 sets left for 150L at Fashion Limited; ty Audrey Cresci!)
shot at The Looking Glass
I did more GIMP work than usual on these, so buyer beware!