Licking my chops

I’ve been reading Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, which is supposed to be a collection of feminist retellings of fairytales. Several of the stories turn on encounters between teenage girls and animals. In one, Beauty transforms the Beast into a man with her love. In another… Well, let’s just say that those transformations can work both ways. And poor sweet Beauty missed out on some very sexy sex. The stories inspired today’s outfit, which sees Portia looking satisfied after sharing a barbecued big bad wolf with grannie and the woodsman, who turned out to be gran’s boytoy. That’s right: gran’s the original cougar. If you don’t like to read books, you might see if you can rent The Company of Wolves, a fascinating film written by Carter and director Neil Jordan.

This week I had my eye on some cool but pricey new jumpsuits. I decided to stop denying myself and splurge on whatever I wanted. To my surprise, instead of heading for Diram or Celoe, my av returned to Fameshed to drool again over Fanatik’s beautifully textured leather dresses. It seems I have some catching up to do in the not-denying-myself department.

Credits to creators
:FANATIK: Leather & Lace dress Brown S (NEWISH at Fameshed)
-tb- C88 Lace Dress – Brown [worn underneath] (old Collabor88 item)
Remy, BeastHood(FurCast)-M-OldFur/Brown (NEW at Around the World in Africa)
::Exile:: Little Things:Dirty [damn I love this hair]
{.essences.} Maria skin *Soleil dark* Sugar (NEW at TDR)
*League* Folklore Leggings -Ziggy (pl)
Maitreya, Devi Booties Rosewood (another catch-up splurge)
::je suis…grande::browns::bangles
:: Purple Moon :: Noble Ring in Walnut
poses: The Muse Poses, Tyche pack; PDA
location: Wretched Hollow


Babe meets woods

For a while I was hating mesh because so many creators are using the same templates. I’ve had nightmares where I’m being chased by a pack of those dresses with the extreme V neckline. (The clash of colours and fabrics is terrifying. And I’m pretty sure a few of them are made of polyester. And/or carrying meat cleavers.) Instead of avoiding mesh, I’ve found a way to make multiples fascinating. If I see a style I like, I wait for several creators to release it and then choose the version I think is best (and most reasonably priced, where possible). The tunic Portia wears in today’s post is an elegant and sensuous garment. (It looks so much better on an av than it does in pictures.) I held off buying it until I found LIV-Glam’s version in this rich chestnut-and-gold fabric. On sale this month at Designer Showcase for 85L, the Hannah Tunic actually offers twelve different fabrics selectable by HUD.

I’m sure you’ve all seen the beautiful Glam Affair skin from the current Collabor88, but I’m featuring this closeup because I love the Good / Bye tattoo group gift from Soul.

Wasabi Pills’ new Kylee hair is very seductive. I love the sight of the long tresses turning in on themselves in a way that defies RL physics. Oh, hey, did I tell you I got an ombre highlight job in RL? The last time I let someone put my hair in tinfoil was more than twenty years ago. You’ve all been a very bad influence on me. Thanks for that.

Credits to creators
/Wasabi Pills/ Kylee Mesh Hair – (BOOBS) – Cinnamon (NEW; ty Miss Lemon!)
[LIV-Glam] Fall 2012- Hannah Trumpet Sleeve Tunic-XS (at designer showcase)
lassitude & ennui, Embroidered boots F / XS / purple gold (I got these at Cinema and don’t know if they’re in store yet)
+++Blue Blood+++ Elvira Tights BROWN
Glam Affair – Roza – Brr & Etci 02 RED (at Collabor88)
Miss Shippe’s Studio, OMS O Rama Gold Feather Lower Lashes
SOUL. Goodbye Face Tattoo (VIP group gift)
Al Vulo! MEsh Lashes (came with a skin)
MONS / Shocking eyes – brown
LaGyo_Shield rings copper/white
[ glow ] studio – Black Eye and Tassel Necklace (gold) (at TDR)
poses: The Muse Poses, Tyche pack (NEW; ty Audrey Cresci!)
location: Hayden’s Haven

Post-Halloween funk

Four days into November, I am still not reconciled to the fact that Portia and Anorak can no longer prance around in orange and black. I could barely remember how to put a normal outfit together until I decided that “cheap” and “grey” could be my themes. In this look, Portia combines a Glow corset and Auxiliary jeans—currently available at The Dressing Room and TDR Blue, respectively—with a fi*friday sweater by Attic. You will need to shell out a bit more for the cool bottle-bottom glasses by K_GS at The Gallery Gift Shop. And the gorgeous hair from Wasabi Pills is regular price at Fameshed. The best news is that Portia’s sneakers are a free gift from Balkanik 2.0, and there are several other pairs in the pack. They are resizable to fit women and menfolk.

I want to highlight the jewellery Portia wears in this post. It’s a witty set of lightbulb earrings and necklace available from Amorous at the Tomorrow Today fundraiser for Matchbook Monday, whose story you can read on the intertubes. The vendor only shows hot pink and turquoise, but there are dozens of options in the colour-change menu. Portia also wears Madeleine, the pretty cheapie shirt from, and a pair of LB pants from NuDoLu, which feature a lacey-looking fabric and grey woolies below the cuffs. (You can see more of her outfit on the Pleisure Flickr.) I stalked these trousers hard, and I hit the 40L rabbit-hat gacha while I waited. In case you’re wondering, I won the trousers on a ?. The other letters I saw were the usual U, Y and X. I think there was also a 666, the number of the beast that lurks in these frustrating LBs.

Credits to creators
Look one
amorous, :love always: lit set with earrings (at Tomorrow Today, fundraiser for Matchbook Monday)
/Wasabi Pills/ Amelie Mesh Hair – Cinnamon (NEW at Fameshed; ty Miss Lemon!)
^^Swallow^^ Group Gift- Happy Halloween (free VIP gg)
K_gs, BottleBottom glasses (at TGGS)
Attic, Monochrome Blocks Cardigan (S) (at fi*friday)
[ glow ] Studio Vintage Corset purple (S) (new at TDR)
Auxiliary – Skinny Jeans – XXS – Ombre Purple (last week for these at TDR Blue)
PIDIDDLE – Sharp Nails – Silver Glitz – HS 20 (new gg; fee to join)
Balkanik 2.0, Vintage_HIPSTER [MEDIUM] (free VIP gg)

Look two
amorous, :love always: lit set with necklace (at Tomorrow Today, fundraiser for Matchbook Monday)
u.ONE, Madeleine shirt XL
:NuDoLu: Pantalon jean + laine LB color – XS (LB)
:NuDoLu: Bonnet lapin Mr. Lapin (resize) (gacha)
^^Swallow^^ Group Gift- Happy Halloween (VIP gg)
K_gs, BottleBottom glasses (at TGGS)
*Tea Time* Slipper/Socks I<3Japan bird -brown socks
PIDIDDLE – Sharp Nails – Silver Glitz – HS 20 (VIP gg, fee to join)

location: Crystall Dunes sim, private but open through November 5 (methinks)

Sweater girls

Watch out for your av’s ego. As soon as I bought Portia a handful of gowns from Phoenix Rising, she went out and crashed every ball and opera on the grid. Pretty soon she was running with a rich and powerful pack, and the paparazzi began to follow her everywhere. Now she claims she doesn’t want to be photographed ever again. Well, maybe by van Lamsweerde and Matadin, who are “true artists.”

Notice how Portia seems to be refusing to have her picture taken but has actually stopped long enough for everyone to admire her Aimesi sweater, Phoenix Rising shorts, and Paper Couture boots?

Naomi Campbell has nothing on Portia. She threw her purse at me when the belt she was wearing under her Fishy Strawberry sweater started to chafe. I had already lost the best light of the day convincing her that no one would confuse the baggy uppers of the pink izm pants with her own thighs, which I described as justly famous perfectly toned towers of pixeliciousness. She accused me of being stingy with the compliments and then asked me what I thought of her butt.

Credits to creators
Light look and closeup
sweater: Fishy Strawberry, Knit Sweater Greyish Purple (TDR)
pants: izm, Go to the Conveni pants pink
skin: Heartsick, Ayame Illusion Crimson Kiss (Mid Cleavage) (from the free Ayame Three Tone teaser)
hair: Exile, BetsyBanging Black (old TDR item)
earrings: Eclectica, from the Jazz Chinoiserie Set
purse: Vinyl Cafe, Dominion Purse Pink Tartan (free at Free*Style’s Juicy location)
belt:, Wide Waist.Belt (Mauve)

Dark look
sweater: Aimesi, part of Aimesi Fashion Group Gift Pullover+ Leggings
shorts: Phoenix Rising, part of Frilled (25L till October 30)
skin: Heartsick, Ayame Illusion Crimson Kiss (Mid Cleavage) (from the free Ayame Three Tone teaser)
hair: Clawtooth, Somebody’s Lady Coco
boots: Paper Couture, Typhoon Boots Black
tights: Paper Couture, Dark Tights_Blue Dots (1L)
necklace: Miel, Elle Uber Bow
hat: ? [creator Maxwell Maven], Unisex Fedora (modded)

emotions: YadNi Monde, Yadnis Emoter HUD v 3.1
poses: Olive Juice, Slapping (PPH2 hunt gift)
set: Gauged, Photo Studio 1

Cheap, ugly and plastik

Talk about beauty and the beast. She’s both. The flood of pornographic spam responding to my Blonde on Bl*nde post has taught me a lesson. There’s no way in hell I’m calling this one Girls with G*ns. I don’t want people searching for something unrelated wandering around Pleisure’s command deck.

Today’s the last day to pick up the duffel-bag’s worth of gifts for subscribo members at Sassy Kitty Designs. Just hit the subo and then grab the goodies on the lawn. You can also stalk the Lucky Boards to win the Diamond Bodysuits, which are perfect for anyone still living in a primitive state of neurotic irresponsibility.

I love Cheap Makeup’s eyeshadows and liners, and I look forward to all the cool things Stella Semaphore will do to my av’s lips. I am also a huge fan of My UglyDorothy’s LB skins, though I deeply regret the weird fetish that the current Yurim boards display for the letters X, Y and Z. It’s like a Sesame Street episode programmed by a HAL 9000.

Credits to creators
Assassin one
dress: Sassy Kitty Designs, Cascade Dress (free to subo members)
coat: Phoenix Rising, Britney London Trench Coat White (25L till October 30)
collar: Plastik, RecluseCollar-Buckled-LeatherBlack
shape: DeLyn, Shape Carmen (TDR)
skin: My Uglydorothy, Luckyskin(Blacktears) (LB)
makeup: Cheap Makeup, Sparkly Shadow Silk #12 (gacha)
hair: I Love Olive, Doris Pearl White
boots: Courtisane, Marie Lu White
socks: Pig, Knee Sock Mit Suspenders White
eyes: HooT, Sunrise Eyes (Starlust)
pose: Olive Juice, James Bond 1 (old hunt gift)

Assassin two
bodysuit: Sassy Kitty Designs, Black Bodysuit from Diamonds Bodysuits (LB)
jacket: Sassy Kitty Designs, Star Flight Jacket from Shiny Stars outfit (was a hunt gift but may now be on LB or MM)
skin: My Uglydorothy, Luckyskin(White!?) (LB)
makeup: Cheap Makeup, Warhol’s Muse Eyeshadow Baby Blue (gg)
collar: Plastik, RecluseCollar -Feathers-Rela
hair: Raspberry Aristocrat, Jess Hair Black Beauty (Red Seal hunt gift)
eyes: Tacky Star, Satin Button Med Vein 1
poses: Olive Juice, James Bond 1 (old hunt gift); .tea

studio: Gauged, Photo Studio 1

Cut and paste

I wasn’t paying much attention to Paper Couture, which I assumed was beyond my budget, until I saw the orange Spotted Pantsuit. I love orange, and now that the flat Hallowe’en orange and yellowish autumnal oranges are upon us, I am feeling especially attached to tangerine and melon, to neon orange, and to screaming orange (if that’s what it’s called). Among SL fashion bloggers, those I admire most are the mix-masters, the women who can take a dozen disparate elements and pull them together beautifully. Uncannily, even. So, I bought the reasonably priced PC pantsuit and Chantkare’s orange Leopsi dress, a steal from The Dressing Room Blue, and I played exquisite corpse with Portia. (F’d Up has her looking all dead dolly.)

In Gone with the Wind, scheming Scarlett O’Hara reached for the drapes when she needed a new dress and emerged drowning in velvet, with a big tassel hanging off the end of her hat. In a skit on The Carol Burnett Show, the comedienne did the same, only she neglected to take out the curtain rod. For Lo’s outfit, I did a Scarlett Burnett, massaging the pouf sleeve from the Leopsi dress into a headwrap. Hey, it’s better than a bustle. (And this time I remembered to make a copy first!)

Portia wears
blouse: Chantkare, part of Leopsi dress (TDR Blue)
slacks: Paper Couture, part of Spotted Suit
jacket:, part of Tourist Jacket Army
belt: Veschi, part of Jump Her! (TDR Blue)
skin: F’d Up, Lauren (Smashed) Broken (NSA Hunt gift)
makeup: Dutch Touch, Yri Caramel Metallic Copper Lips (part of VIP gift)
hair: Clawtooth, A Place to Call Home Dusty Black (with Valentine’s birds) (Hair Fair Goodie Bag)
glasses: Adjunct, Marrakesh Glasses (colour-change lens)
bag: Puddles, Dollarbie Chantelle Bag Cream (may no longer be available)
earrings and bangles: Primalot, Africa Colored Crocodile set (colour-change) (subo gift, check history)
necklace: LaGyo, Leda Necklace Gold (old hunt gift)

Lo wears
jacket and belt: Paper Couture, part of Spotted Suit
trousers: Baiastice, Saba Pants Midnight
hairbase: booN, Vine Shaved Hairbase Red (Hair Fair gift)
headwrap: Chantkare, part of Leopsi Dress (modded, du-uh!)
skin: &bean, Babushka-ya-ya (old gift)
glasses: Adjunct, Marrakesh Glasses
necklace: LaGyo Coin Necklace (modded) (old gg)

poses: chicadabynilGiha, Metamorphos set (DUnltd19, at the Slow sim, only till the 26th)
set: Gauged, Photo Studio 1

Let’s talk about money

This morning Portia and I had an epic pout because she had nothing to wear. Even a quick peek at my inventory, which hit 20,000 items the other day, will reveal that there is plenty of great stuff in there to wear and to show off in this blog. I soon realized that what was actually bumming me out was having only $148L, not enough to buy something special, not, that is, until Friday when I get paid. Sigh thrash sigh thrash. I put myself on a tight budget for SL, $2,000L a week. Sometimes, incredibly, I have money left over. Other times, I buy a skin and a pair of nice shoes and then decide that my budget is so low that I can afford to buy another $1,000L to tide me over. But not today. Today I told myself Portia would have to lie on the bed I had made.

Compared to RL, in which I cannot afford a pair of shoes that even remotely approaches the beauty (or height) of SLink’s Aveela or Maitreya’s Allure, SL is dirt cheap. And chock full of delightful freebies from creators who are, I imagine, inspired to make and to share, but also required to participate in this type of promotion as the price of doing business. (/me sends out giant ball of awe and gratitude to creators.) For someone like me, who hates stuff and is genuinely alarmed by the amount of garbage human beings are generating, the possibility of owning beautiful things that don’t take up space and won’t litter the globe is a dream come true. So why do I limit myself to a weekly budget of about half the price of a movie ticket? And why do I do it when I live in a town that only shows movies so mainstream that I rarely see any? I don’t know the answer to these questions. I estimate that a hundred experiential and psychological factors play into my SL financial decisions. But the dominant feeling of not knowing how much is too much depends in part on the fact that players don’t talk openly about money. I remember that my real life was suddenly much easier to live when someone told me that I should spend a third of my income on rent, unless I wanted to live in a top city, which meant spending closer to half. Where’s that kind of wisdom in SL? And what will it cost me?

Credits to creators
outfit: Nomine, elements from Slip Gown Black (ZombiePopcorn Hunt #59)
necklace: HoD, Fallen Necklace (female and male versions worn)
hair: Kik, Kate03(black) (2000 members subo)
heels: SLink, Aveela Stiletto Herringbone (current TDR Blue item)
bag: LeLutka, No Heart Bag (old gg)
locations: Maven Haus for sulking and Sinners Heaven for skulking