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Aliza Karu makes me want to read. The Angels and Demons creator is collaborating with Libriamo Tutti to celebrate a different book each month. This month’s Booklook is inspired by Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, which I now want to read. [UPDATE: I am now reading it and have been for a while, and will be for a while, since it’s over 1,000 pages long. If you can make it to page 487 (in the English edition), when Aomame goes to work on Leader, the book does indeed turn wonderful. But those first 486 pages—ho hum, not “ho ho.”] Ms. Karu’s gorgeous ensemble includes miniature versions of the two moons that shine over Murakami’s Tokyo. In this ensemble, they float over an av’s shoulder, set off by a transparent train that rises up instead of trailing behind. Check out Callie Oh’s classic pic for a better sense of the whole look.
winterwhitell I suspect that this is a wedding gown, but given my recent complaints about men, I choose to see Portia as some kind of wintry vengeance demon. A scorned woman’s wish is her command.

Credits to creators
[AD Creations Dollhouse] Tribute to 1Q84 (NEW; ty Aliza Karu!)
Belleza- Noel Spring Skin (yesterday’s 50L F)
MIASNOW, Tears Makeup (V day subo gift)
JnD2, Galatea Nipples Vampire Medium Tattoo [because I maxed out on buoyancy and still couldn’t see Portia’s goods]
:[Plastik]:- Valah Markings- recolorable
[Shag] – Cherie (roots) – vodka
:: Purple Moon :: Winter Queen in Ice Gloves (from most recent group gift)
.:* LOULOU&CO *:. – Garter :: PISTOLERO :: White
ISON – carazon boot -S- (silver)
Stygian, Serpent Collar (this I got free eons ago; it might be in Dari’s Haus box of bondage freebies on Marketplace)
: Amorous : Die Schlacht (Earrings) (part of a set)
:Finesmith, Ring Winter love (recent gift)
[Plastik]-OniCollection-Cumulus-Silver eyes
poses: Del May and ???!!!
location: BCC

Honey trap

htfinalDevious Mind’s latest outfit is called Lady Vayne. If you can’t afford one of the versions from the regular line, you can play gacha for five special colours, with each play costing 150L. The black and red version, which I won first try, is supposed to be the rare colour, but I’ve seen it on other blogs. (Could Silvia Olivier be more gorgeous?) So I played again for you, my lovely readers, and I’m delighted to show you the ice-blue version. The outfit includes a bird-beaked mask not shown here. (I wanted my av to be pwitty.) If you’re a fan of Lolas and Glam Affair, you should pop down and pick up a skin applier, which Aida Ewing has made for each of the tones in her latest lines (Arctic, America, Europa, Jamaica, Africa). Each applier is 210L.

kikilI admit it. I couldn’t get enough of the second season of The Hour. I loved seeing the Soho nightclub filled with showgirls and gangsters. But most of all I loved Ben Wishaw as Freddy. I may have mentioned before that I love a boyish Brit who looks like he needs a real woman to feed him. (By force, if necessary. With whipped cream, of course.) I also relish the sight of an intense, narcissistic actor playing beta male.

Credits to creators
devious minds, Vayne **ICE** (gacha)
:: Purple Moon :: Winter Queen in Ice Gloves (part of group gift emsemble; fee to join)
[Shag] – Cherie (roots) – afterglow
Glam Affair – Amberly – Europa Frostbite 03 Red (November Collabor88)
Glam Affair, Lolas applier Europa
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts
(wml)Thethreefates:Atropos(Sever) set (not available)
N-core, SHARK 2 “One Voice Edition”
Glitterati, Boobalicious poses
location: Looking glass sim [sp?]
The first pic was GIMPed and GIMPed again. One big problem was the way the lights turned the bra layer lavender. Please forgive my clumsy repainting.

Her highness


The pleated, pearl-beaded collar of Aliza Karu’s new Hoci dress made me think of Elizabeth I. How the TV got into the picture is anyone’s guess. (On second thought, it’s better we leave that one to my shrink.) Hoci is an elegant and delicate dress. The black skirt features an overlay of lace. The neck, sleeves and waist are adorned with long wavy fingers of black fringe. The dress itself is mesh and only comes in one size, so you should try the demo. In order to fit the mesh outfits from Angels and Demons Creations, I find that I have to make Portia a bit slimmer and less büby. As the saying goes, what scales down must pump up. (In other words, my next post will make you think you’re wearing 3-D glasses.)

Credits to creators
Angels and Demons, Hoci (mesh dress in one size; ty Aliza Karu!)
MiaSnow, Sweety Pale skin with LIPS natural lite
[Shag] – Cherie (roots) – afterglow
Chop Zuey, Escape from Manila Earrings (part of a set for the Womestuff hunt)
MONS / Shocking eyes – black
Glitterati, They’re Here pose prop
set: William Weaver, Build 004 (free on Marketplace)
Not so GIMPed.

Stylish trespass

I mentioned last week that I’ve been reading Angela Carter’s collection of feminist fairy tales, The Bloody Chamber. When it came time to blog the lovely Eleonora ensemble by World’s End Garden for The Gallery Gift Shop, I couldn’t help thinking of the many stories that begin with an invitation to enter a seemingly deserted mansion or castle. It’s a very bad idea to accept the invitation, even if one is hungry and tired and can’t get one’s car out of a ditch. And yet not one of Carter’s protagonists pulls out her iPhone and says “Yeah, no, there’s no fuc*ing way I’m going in there. I mean, ew! There has to be a Starbucks close by.” By entering the mansion, each damsel dooms herself to be forever transformed and, sometimes, happily enslaved. (A cute guy falls victim to a loathsome vampire with bad housekeeping habits, but it is she who is transformed by the encounter.)

I found this shockingly unnatural bondage horse when I teleported to World’s End Garden. I couldn’t resist playing. I’m very aware that today’s images of bondage seem to contradict yesterday’s post about ending violence against women. Although my experience with bondage is limited, I have to say that I appreciate the way it can theatricalize the power imbalance between men and women. This theatricalization makes it impossible to pretend that the imbalance, which is an unavoidable socio-political fact, does not colour the relationship. Carter’s introduction to The Sadeian Woman makes this point with the kind of feminist fire that has me yearning for the late 1970s. Oh bondage up yours.

I suddenly had a longing for the Belle Epoque, so I paired the mesh Eleonora corset with a long straight skirt by GOK. There are three corset colours to choose from: blue, purple and black.

It’s hard to believe that this is my 901st post on Pleisure. I tallied up the number of days I’ve devoted to this hobby, and although the total of 76 is astonishing, it’s much lower than the number I’ve wasted watching TV.

Credits to creators
:::WEG::: Eleonora [with mesh corset] (at TGGS; ty Lucia Genesis!)
:[Plastik]:- Draziirah [Aleria]:// Lazy Sundays- BETA with Draziirah Ear:// and Haunt-eyes Magic Floods Out of my Soul (past Lazy Sunday item; Aikea Reiko will release the skin some time in the future)
[ #7 ] D I S C O V E R Y gold digger individual primlashes (at TGGS; ty Shortcake Sugarplum!)
[Shag] – Cherie (roots) – afterglow
GOK, skirt was part of a charity item
ChaChaDee! – 1970s Heel Reptile Black (still in love with these)
poses: Glitterati, Formality
locations: World’s End Garden and the Fallen Gods sim
GIMPed for your pleisure.

Fast food

I’ve never understood why people on first dates go to dinner before the movie. There’s nothing to talk about—except for him, him, him—if you haven’t seen the movie.

Plus, there’s no one to pay for your ticket if you eat your date for dinner.

Credits to creators
+:+WTG+:+[MESH] **Halloween Bats** pants(female-S) (group gift; 100L fee to join; also includes male version) [NB the alpha included covers the feet, so I used an alpha from another pair of pants]
Kyoot – Beneath My Bones Cropped Tank – Gold/Black
cStar Limited – Miss Scorpio 2012 – Amber.Blood.Perky (Midnight Madness; there’s also the usual inexpensive gacha but getting a realistic-shade skin with blood is tough)
La Malvada Mujer – Cinema Muto #5 [eyes]
Vestigium – Little Lamb [U] Dark
[JB] Juicy Box – Freedom Tattoo
[Shag] – Pussy Galore (roots) – afterglow
+:+WTG+:+ **Autumn Leaf** earrings and necklace (group only Midnight Madness)
:FANATIK: My bad girl ring Copper
Fleshtone :: Narsha Vanity Cuff [Onyx/Gold]
Silence – Gilded Horn Ring (not available)
MONS / DualColor eyes – green
The Muse Poses, Tyche (NEW; ty Audrey Cresci!)
This be Innsmouth. GIMP be minimal.

That’s so me!

Have I mentioned that, in real life, I hate clothes? I mean, I hate wearing clothes that I can feel pinching and pulling me, distracting me from the deep thoughts I must think for work. I tear off my street clothes the moment I get home in favour of something from my extensive lounging wardrobe. Have I mentioned that, like some laptops, I run hot? Most of the year, I lounge in short, lowcut, cotton slip dresses just to stay cool and comfy. I like a dress simple but with a twist, like an odd colour combination, which is what attracted me to SK Designs’ Agya Dress. If I have a writing deadline to meet, I try to inspire myself by starting the day in a glamorous shrug. By the time I’m a few paragraphs into it, the shrug is distracting me—marabou feathers stick to one’s lipgloss—and it gets tossed to the floor. Any imagination-stirring high heels meet a similar fate.

As a reformed Goth, I still favour black, even at home where there’s no one to spook. When I’m working chez moi, I pin up my hair higgledy-piggledy without checking it in the mirror. And because I’m always intent upon my reading or writing, I hate answering the front door. For some reason, the combo of a drape dress like Sn@tch’s Almost Off, higgledy-piggledy hair, and a grimace of pure annoyance gives people the impression that they got me out of bed. Which is good, because that makes them apologize and retreat quickly. Unless they believe in god and want me to believe too, no matter how late a sleeper, or how deep a sinner, I appear to be. Really, how many witnesses can Jehovah use?

I know I’ve mentioned that, in real life, I never wear jewellery (makes me sweaty in summer), and I would never advertise love or place birds’ nests about my person. In SL, however, Anorak does both. If she worked, she’d do just fine in noisy places, even with barbarians at the gate. And she can wear a shrug all day long without suffering, unless there’s a lot of lag, and then it comes off along with her shoes, her jewellery, and her hair. Have I mentioned that, in real life, I want to shave my head?

Credits to creators
Look one
dress: SK Designs, Agya Dress
jacket: Couverture, Vaudevillian Fur Bolero Pink (DUIII colour not available but comes in other colours)
flats: Buttons, The Chocolates Smooshed by Raspberries Pack (two pairs, both shades worn)
hair: Clawtooth, Oh Juju Girl Next Door
skin: &bean, Pillow Light (old gg)
book and pencil: Magic Nook, from the Study Hard set (freebie)
chair: Le Monde Fine Furniture, Craftsman Chair [modded colour]
set: Willow, The Loft Skybox
pose: Olive Juice, SRSLY STFU

Look two
dress: Sn@tch, Almost Off Drape Dress Aqua
skin: F’d Up, Kiria Rose (MM)
shape: BG by AE, Odette (Free*Style pay what you want)
earrings: Deviant Girls, Crows Nest Hanger Pierece (subo join gift)
neklace: Primalot, Fill the Gap with Love (subo gift)
shoes: Surf Couture, Spring Fling Aqua
hair: Shag, La La Love me Onyx
eyes: Amato, Mist 01 (old freebie)
set: SMOTD, Shattered Doll Box [modded]
pose: Olive Juice, Girlish Figure

You know these pictures can be bigger, right?

Peacock coast v. coast

Cocktails in West Hollywood. Make copies of the prims from Fume’s Peacock Tank Dress and lower them to create a skirt for Veschi’s Flowrishing tunic.

Fine, fresh, fierce. Gorgeous Heartsick skin meets bangles-as-sculpture.

Gala at the Met Museum. Phoenix Rising is closing soon, but you still have time to strut off with Lile’s Impression for 100L.

Who’s undeniable now? Curvy Heartsick shape meets dramatic &bean skin.

Credits to creators
Look one
top: Veschi, Flowrishing Turquoise for TDR Blue
skirt: Fume, Peacock Tank Dress (modded)
skin: Heartsick, Wish Obsidian Shimmer
shape: Free*Style, Little Miss Quirk (pay what you want)
bangles: Mandala, Takara Bangle with Nails/Rich Gold
shoes: Armidi, Rio Beleza Wedge in Faux Pony Light Gold (on sale)
earrings: Dark Mouse, Heart Stone Earring Gold (Etheria gift)
poses: Izumiya (freebies)

Look two
gown: Phoenix Rising, Lile’s Impression Black
skin: &bean, Old Bones Burning Stake (Potter’s Field exclusive)
shape: Heartsick, Sparkle Shape (freebie)
hair: Shag, La La Love Me Onyx
earrings: Ganked, part of Nightdance set
gloves: Paris Metro, Black Satin Gloves (old freebie, box of six)
poses: Pididdle, Artistic Taxidermy freebie pack

set: Pr!tty, Dark & Mysterious High Fashion Skybox! (gg in notices)

Thus endeth Peacock Weeklet. No avs were chomped during the making of these posts, and you can’t say that about Shark Week.

Honeymoon from hell, part II

It’s been two hours since her new husband rushed out to buy cigarettes. On their wedding night.

At sunset, she had waited for him by the reflecting pool.

She was resplendent in Nomine’s Nephilim lingerie. The last rays of the sun made her porcelain-white skin look almost human.

Of course, the wound at her temple would always remind him that she had shot herself and, technically, was no longer alive. With the last rays of the sun gone, it was obvious once more that she was a demon doll from hell. Although he didn’t like it, he accepted her ghoulish hair-pin as one more of the twisted fashion choices of the reanimated. He planned to have it off her with the rest of her clothes. But before he could claim his bride, she turned her head to catch the light of the full moon, and the eyes in her hair-pin started to life, rolling appreciatively in the silver-blue waves. “I need a cigarette,” he croaked as he fled the chamber.

Six hours now, and she is still waiting for him to return from the store. Under the circumstances, it’s probably a good thing that her trousseau includes an outfit for running home to mama.

Credits to creators
lingerie: Nomine, Nephilim Corset in Green
shawl: MHFA, Shawl
hairpiece: bubble, Eyes Tarred And Feathered-Hair Pin (The Macabre Hunt gift)
hair: Shag, La La Love Me Blonde (Valentine’s 2010 gift)
skin: Yome Shoujo, AnLi doll (freebie: buy box; also contains a version without wound and tattoo)

shape: Leafy, Eva Curvy [one of several variations in pack] (freebie)

eyes: Nomine, Stained Contacts–Corinthian Bloody Sharp (Gatcha Mystery Box 10)
poses: Open Collar, Sub AO 3.400
location: NotsoBad skybox showroom, Scherezade house