Whistler’s other mother

reflectinginthepool In the wake of the breakup, I’ve gone back to being a lonely person who stays home, wonders how it is he could refuse to speak with me for more than a month, and kills time and pain by computing. I shoot in SL all the time, acting bizarrely like some kind of third-rate Penelope. I undo my day’s work every night so that I can postpone finishing it, hoping that I will figure out whether I want anything from life. (Anything other than old what’s-his-epic-name.) On a typical morning I’m logged in. I assemble an outfit, find a location and shoot and shoot and shoot and shoot, trying pose after pose after pose after pose, light after light after light after light. But I don’t like the results. So I return at night, but I can’t get the Windlight I finally chose to work any more—here for instance, I couldn’t get a longshot of my av’s hip-waderesque boots because my puter refused to render the reflections I’d enjoyed playing with in the morning. Penelope would have loved SL, especially in the good old days when one was lucky to get a handful of pictures in a long shoot that ran something like this: dress av/relog to make prims rez/choose between AnaLu Studio 5 and CalWL/pose/rebake textures/shoot/rebake/shoot/crash/relog/reset pose and Windlight/rebake/crash/make hysterical outburst/consume cola/relog like a champ. (One couldn’t be like a boss back then.)whistler'sothermotherfromanotherplanet I’m not satisfied and I have too much time on my hands. So the next day I do another shoot to capture the magnificent boot. That’s how I ended up with this picture, which I call Whistler’s Other Mother. (I was in my thirties before I could look past Whistler’s aged parent and enjoy the elegantly dour palette and not-so-awkward blocky composition of the painting. I urge you to relish that crazily extended lap while civilization still remembers paintings.) Of course, this is actually a picture of a mother from another planet: Portia wears the Natsuki butt-exposing cyber-suit and skyscrapingly tall boots by r2 A/D/E for this month’s Collabor88. The outfit is available in a variety of colours, including a shiny pearl shade that almost beat out black.
portia becoming pony I teleported down memory lane to find a setting for my second and third photos, which I snapped at NODE’s minimalist demo, House 03a at Slow. My favourite feature of the house is the relatively large pool that fronts the tiny single-story home. I always enjoyed the arrival of the fluffy dark cloud that circulates judiciously just above the Slow houses. It’s still there, and its momentarily hard rain still disturbs the smooth surface of the koi pool. But the pair of orange- and black-spotted koi are no longer in residence. Perhaps digital goldfish die at the same rate as the analog versions.

Credits
Throughout:
NEW r2 A/D/E natsuki boots[sheer]maitreya (this month’s Collabor88)
NEW r2 A/D/E natsuki[black1]maitreya (this month’s Collabor88)
NEW + Lamb. Bobbi – Eccentric pack (this month’s Collabor88)
Cheeky, Cuffed Belly Chain! Gold (resize)
[CX] Arm Piercing (Maitreya)(Gold)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA v1.6
[:[Plastik]:- Varyne Skin:// FEM (past 50L Friday: this was a preview of the just-released line of skins that are really freckley and work with a variety of mesh heads)
Yasum*Nose Piercing *Black* (past gift at We <3 RP)
.DirtyStories. Heart Nose Piercing (past gg)
Pic 2: r2 A/D/E visor black (group gift in store)
Pic 3: Goth1c0: Leather Blindfold
hooves from a free pony play set, the origin of which I cannot recall (creator under Properties says Drachena Haefnir)
CHANTKARE, PONY NECKLACE (not available)
Pic 1 was shot at Prime 3D, which is a cyberpunk mall
Pics 2 and 3 at Slow

Well suited

frugging No, Anorak is not doing the frug. She’s skating, thanks to the magic of Alyx Aerallo’s Street Skater poses for Grafica. She’s wearing an adorable new leisure ensemble from R2 A/D/E for Collabor88. This month you can choose from three, rather than two, ways of flashing, or not flashing, or kindof flashing, your av’s nipples. There’s also a choice of shorts, transparent or opaque. Don’t think I’ve let you down by covering everything up… 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

Starter harem

lounging Mars still needs women. Get out your pioneer gear and settle the cinnamon-red planet.
dancing girlThe accessories for this outfit are really lovely. Try to zoom in. The brunette pack of the beautiful braided hair from EMO-tions offers a wonderful range of tones. It is far superior to many packs that make incremental changes on medium brown.

Credits
NEW :EMO-tions:. * ADELE * brunette pack (at On9)
NEW r2 A/D/E kaei gold (at Collabor88: made for Maitreya Lara but try the demo and see if it works for you)
NEW ::HH:: Hucci Artesia Sandal Leather – Wine (at Collabor88)
Maitreya, Lara Mesh Body and hands and feet V3.4
:[Plastik]:- Bole Earring [L]:// Golden (gift at The Fantasy Collective)
[LF] Amon Bracelet Upper Arm Gold (at Fi*Friday)
:(SH): Attention Bracelets Pink Gold (past TTS gift)
[ MUDSKIN ]_Rose, The Bloom7_NE_India (using Maitreya applier)
.ARISE. Mana Eyebrows Soft (tintable) red brown
Izzie’s, Metallic Arrow Tatoo (Pink/Purple edition) TDRF
Pic one: I used a pose from An Lar, Reflection pack in a chair by D’naa (may be bespoke—creator Stark Osterham)
Pic two pose: Glitterati, Pinup
Mars is at INSILICO – SOUTH / Corporate District, INSILICO SOUTH (95, 150, 1617)

Silly princess

somethingsnapped Oh no, Princess Predicament of the House of Prats is lost in the woods! Whatever will she do?! More importantly, what is she wearing?  Continue reading

When’s summer?

twistagainst My track pad is so fucked. I kept trying to take better pix of this summery ensemble and trying to edit the pix I already had, but I ended up with a wildly swinging camera inworld and smeared scribbles in GIMP. This does not in any way diminish my love for Aikea Rieko’s Ruina dress for The Plastik, which is available at The Thrift Shop in many colours and fabrics. Each dress comes in mini, mid-thigh and lady-like-length versions. I chose the last because I like the combo of a conservative skirt length and big breasts. (In fact, at one point I was thinking of this as an homage to Joan in Mad Men.) Also featured in today’s look are the beautifully curvy Salvie earrings from The Plastik, which you will find at The Secret Affair. Each version of the earrings includes a HUD to change jewel colours.
portrait in fade saturate

Hedda looks soft and lovely in Perfume, the latest look from Sopha Portal for MUDSKIN, which you will find at Kustom 9. Her hair is a VIP group gift from Moon, her bracelets a Fameshed anniversary gift by SYS, and her necklace a VIP group gift from Finesmith.

Choose choosing

decisions I spent the whole fucking weekend trying to put together an outfit. You know the problems: something highly shiny doesn’t look right with something deeply matte, something engineered perfectly doesn’t work with something rough hewn. (To be honest, a pair of sexy boots got me caught between dungeon and space-station looks. Catsuits aren’t as straightforward as they seem. There’s latex for S&M and there’s latex for traveling to Saturn. The first kind says flog me now. The second kind says people who are going to be held in stasis for years do not need pockets.) Eventually I realized that I had The Secret Store’s cropped bomber, which is so hot and so well made that it not only works with anything but can tie together a flounce skirt and bantu loop hair. And, as you will see after the cut, the bomber can even enhance a sweetheart of a skin. Continue reading

Eyes enough

eyeing you I think this is my post celebrating the colours of spring. It’s time once again to think about cute bunnies and chicks, chocolate or otherwise. This week I dressed Portia up as a warrior and then decided that she could be any old urban girl momentarily surprised by a giant rat, and not the marshmallow kind. New items in Portia’s wardrobe include the Vykris Corset from Aikea Rieko for The Plastik and the colour-change Echo shorts from Zibska by Zib Scaggs. (A girl needs a battle breastplate and fatigues when she ventures out on garbage night.) One of my favorite new accessories is the array of arrowhead piercings from Alegria, which I picked up at Love and War II. There are spikes in back and a nose-ring too, and the set is available in copper as well as antique silver. It was 30L when I bought it, but that might have been a 30L Saturday price. Continue reading

Ruffled rose

esmecloseblframe Someone I know planned a big post and had to scale back before Skin Fair ended forever and ever. Today Hedda wears Rose in Dark Chocolate, the deepest tone for Mudskin’s latest face. Sopha Portal’s new skin comes in 10 tones and 8 makeups. Each makeup pack includes a freckles version and a cleavage layer. But that’s not all, as they say on TV. There’s also a dazzling array of packs of eyeshadows and of lips, with each pack keyed to pale, light, medium 01, medium 02, and dark intensities. So many lips, so considerate of Ms. Portal to include in each lip pack appliers for Loud Mouth, SweetLips and TMP. (The skin packs, meanwhile, offer appliers for Loud Mouth, SweetLips and Nyam Nyam.) Appliers for hands and feet and bodies and boobs are sold separately at the mainstore. (Knees, when will we get more choices in knees?!)
balance bloom Hedda is also wearing the new Esme outfit, which is available in 20 colour combos from Aikea Rieko for The Plastik. A little Latin flounce called out for a big ‘fro, which could only be matched with red polkadot platform shoes.

Credits to creators
**All MUDSKIN items are at NEW at Skin Fair
[ MUDSKIN ]_Rose_E9_Dark Chocolate(Freckles)
add on in separate pack: [ MUDSKIN ]_Rose_Lip4_Dark
add on in separate pack: [ MUDSKIN ]_Rose_Eyeshadow8_Dark
:[Plastik]:- Esme // Crimson (NEW ty Aikea!)
.Things. – Incarceron Tattoo Fresh (at Skin Fair)
ieQED fancy.rustic.bracelet (past gacha)
Ingenue :: Yoshiko Heels (Slink) :: Cherry Dot (require Mid feet)
mijn.botique / accessories – pure dark marbl earring rose
NO.MATCH_NO.HEAT. (gift)
Unorthodox, Frenchie Hair Base Nior
{S0NG} :: Cupid~ Grey Eye
pose prop: elephante, Light Me Up (at The Fantasy Collective) (why is my av happiest when she poses with balls?)