Nature lovers

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

Hats are huge

If you like a fancy-ass hat, the Art in Hats event should be your next stop’n’shop. Anorak is sporting the new Mind Flying hat from Aliza Karu of Angels and Demons. Up top and round back it’s decorated with veiled and chained horns and bound wings. In the front, a slim triangular opening reveals only your av’s mouth. Its black and white folds evoke a nun’s headgear. Which is why your av needs to wear a slogan t-shirt and high-cut shorts—along with a slick of red lipstick. This is the only way to balance the forces of good and hella tight. There are a few awesome freebies hidden in an inner chamber at the event. Out in the open, you will find two free full-perm avatars by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu. [Thanks to Quan Lavender for the correction on the names!] One is a doll bedecked with roses and the other bears a close resemblance to a head of cabbage. There’s a gorgeous fashion photo of each hat and each one is also available for purchase. Prices for the hats vary widely, and it’s tough to guess which of the buy options will leave you reeling and which will have you squealing. Continue reading

A little racy

ponyplay When I think of pony play I feel exhausted. I find neither training nor sustained physical exertion erotic. It is the case that I can appreciate the aesthetics of the transformed body—at least as described by Molly Weatherfield in Safe Word—but I can’t imagine ever having that kind of body or eating the apples that go with it. That said, Cameron Vasiliov’s Dark Horse jumpsuit for B.D.R. inspired me to take a run at a pony-girl costume. Each of the colours available for sale comes with a HUD allowing you to combine the colour in eight different ways with black. The outfit allows for Lolas but Hedda left her hers at the barn for the milking machines to play with. All the pony gear is free on Marketplace, as detailed below. Continue reading

Heavy is the head

street There’s nothing like going up for tenure to give a person a headache. All the contradictory advice makes me sweaty. All the judgy judginess of the judging makes me cranky. And then there’s holding my colleagues’ hands as they fret over my prospects. I want to postpone the panic. They want to have it now. And the whole process takes a year. A year of angst. I’ve decided that the only way to get through this assessment period is to reposition “executive realness” for the modern woman. That’s why Portia is decked out in Riri Nini’s new Afreak jackets for h.m.a.e.m and Delmar Quintessa’s crowns for West 143rd. You will have to take the express train to snag the jackets, and coordinating, but not matching, skirts, at The Couturier’s Docks, where only 50 copies are for sale. The gold-and-black banded version of the crown, along with a mini-crown and a collar, are for sale at this month’s round of The Gallery Gift Shop. Other combos of black, silver and gold are available at the mainstore on a limited time offer.
portrait More real than real. More knit than necessary?

Credits to creators
Hump day
h.m.a.e.m. – Afreak jacket – 002 – M (NEW at the Couturiers Docks; ty Riri!)
W E S T 143RD. HONEYCOMB CROWN – Black & Gold band links (at The Gallery Gift Shop; ty)
:[Plastik]:- Reverence Skirt [XS-C]://Noir
Glance Skins – Anais – August – No Brows
*Glance Skins – Anais – September – Glossy 06
.random.Matter. – Misery Brows (at Cosmetic Fair)
.Birdy. {Liner} 5
NOX. Sunspots [Three] (at Cosmetic Fair)
*League* Aria Hairbase -Dark
blackLiquid, EARRING – KAJA
Tokidoki, Elephant Bag Light
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Small
.Renegade. Lace-up Plaform Sandals (XXS) – Black
Slink, Female Feet (AvEnhance) XXS – Mid

Executive class
h.m.a.e.m. – Afreak jacket – 001 – M (NEW at the Couturiers Docks; ty Riri!)
h.m.a.e.m. – buffy clutch – she’s the night-hand hold L (NEWish; ty Riri!)
W E S T 143RD. HONEYCOMB CROWN – Black (ty Delmar!)
:[Plastik]:- Reverence Skirt [XS-C]://Noir [short and cute, with black, white or beltless versions and in tons of colours; ty Aikea!]
*COCO*_BowShirt(Black) (free)
*Glance Skins – Anais – August – No Brows
*Glance Skins – Anais – September – Matte 10
.random.Matter. – Misery Brows (at Cosmetic Fair)
.Birdy. {Liner} 5
NOX. Sunspots [Three] (at Cosmetic Fair)
*League* Aria Hairbase -Dark
Pure Poison – Bunny Earrings (NEW subo gift)
[HANDverk]Wassily (not available)
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Small
.Renegade. Lace-up Plaform Sandals (XXS) – Black
Slink, Female Feet (AvEnhance) XXS – Mid

poses are not available

On the bunny trail

Occasionally I apologize for not getting into the swing of things. Sometimes I can’t conjure up an elf for Christmas or a Canadian on Victoria Day, but I always feel the fluffy or the sexy at easter time. Sunday’s deadline is looming, however, and I am still searching in vain for painted eggs. Today’s metal queen may be all the bunny I have to offer this year. Not that she’s dingy. I love the high shine of her MetaTheodora Candida mask, new at The Gallery Gift Shop, and the glint of her Rab8 headphones from Remarkable Oblivion. Unless a creator sends out a materials-enabled easter-basket av or a fitmesh bra and panties in chocolate sauce and cherries, this fine lady will be my only harbinger of spring. She orders you to get pagan this weekend.

Credits to creators
MetaTheodora, CANDIDA Mask (NEW at The Gallery Gift Shop; ty Sian!)
RO – Super Bass Rab8 Headphones – Vanilla (at Fameshed)
MetaTheodora – Ambition – Queen’s Dress (RARE) – XS-S (gacha at Secret Affair)
.aisling. LadyOfHighgarden Bracers Silver (gacha at Secret Affair; also try yard sales for choice of metals and parts—bracers, shoulders or hands in silver, gold or black)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual –
.Birdy. May Skin ~Peaches~ (Blond)

Spring break

vacation All that hair. All those bûbs. All those shadows of hair on all those bûbs. And still she’s a friend without benefits. Not for long if she spends spring break wearing Jaya, Yukachoco Magic’s provocative lingerie for chocolate atelier, now available at The Gallery Gift Shop. The set comes in solids in black, yellow, pink and white and in girly prints that will make you put pigtails on your av. Even though that would be wrong. The set includes a Phat/Cute Azz applier in addition to Lolas Tango.

C.A., Jaya *Black Star* (at The Gallery Gift Shop; ty Ms. Magic!)
/Wasabi Pills/ Yun Mesh Hair – Aquatic (ty Ms. Lemon!)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts (spine)
-Glam Affair – Aria skin – Asia – Combination 08 H [with all appliers, including a Lolas applier with a new nipples default so your av can have nipples and clothing to cover them, sortof] (at The Arcade)
Essences, Teeth and Liner from Paris skin at TDRF
chairs by Pilot

Love bites

gotobed C’mon Billy
lovebites I Put a Spell on You


Credits to creators
[AD] Heart cut mesh dress – with arm (comes with no-sleeves version) (NEW at KV, but only until February 16; ty AK!)
.Birdy. Red skin ~Porcelaine~ (Limited edition Enchanted) Black
no. 7, kisses (transferable, so you can send the tats to your nearest and dearest) (NEW at The Gallery Gift Shop; ty SS!)
.Enfant Terrible. candle light dinner goth bracelet (gacha at L’Accessoires)
ieQED, hand.spike.titanium shoes
Slink, Female Feet (AvEnhance) XS – High
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual – Small
– Glam Affair – Stella Eyes n4
pic one and two pose: Nantra, Requiem pack (NEW for Futurewave, which opens February 15)
pic three pose: bang! Back up pack

I like big baubles


One avi, two looks. I popped one of my old models out of her box for yesterday’s fantasy post and played with her chin and eyes till her face worked with her hair. I like Hedda’s slightly freaky new visage, and I like her in bronze and pale skins. The dark skin is League’s Aria in a special-edition smokey-eye makeup. The skin is on for half price through the 26th of January. Don’t forget to pick up all the necessary appliers, which are sold separately by skin tone. The pale skin is an old Arcade gacha skin that I picked up at a yard sale. Gacha mania has given us thrifting in SL! Although prices for commons are not usually discounted below machine price, you have a choice about what you buy. If you use the Firestorm viewer, the Area Search will list what’s available at any given yard sale, so you don’t have to cam over six hundred items.

orange Both of today’s lady-like looks feature accessories you will find at the new round of The Gallery Gift Shop. Here, Hedda wears the Aerowings lashes by Lucky No. 7. with a materials-ready dress from Pure Poison. Above she pairs her Faenzo blouse and skirt with a full set of diamond-encrusted jewels from new-to-me creator West 143RD.

Credits to creators
Lady 1
Faenzo, BLAIR by Steffen Garcia, Moss (XS)
ISON – Amber Essentials pack (at Collabor88)
*LACUNA* Semi Opaque Hipster Tights – AUBERGINE 1 (new subo gift)
*League* Aria Bronze -Special Edition -Chest D
(AMD) Ultimate Lashes – Double Wing
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual –
label motion, my balloon pet (old gift but may be available through subo history)

Lady 2
[ no. 7 ] AeroWings LASHES {MC} (NEW at TGGS)
Glam Affair – Luria skin – 06 (old Arcade gacha; according to the Arcade website Luria is not available in store)
Pure Poison – Anne Gradient Dress- XS
Ingenue :: Noella Heels :: Silver (old Arcade gacha; according to the Arcade website this gacha is not available in store) [needs Slink mid feet]
ISON – Heidi essentials pack
h.m.a.e.m, Ladybug dress bracelets
pose: tea.s, Donde