Rebel Ruby.


[location: s.i.c.49]
[52 weeks challenge post]

The Back Story.

This is not a usual sort of look for me. I picked up this Loli-esque ensemble at Katat0nik some ages ago, when I was momentarily flirting with the aesthetic. Ages ago means back in something like October 2010. Eons, man… dinosaur times, B.B. (Before Blog era, or at least my blog era). Back then and for the preceding eons, I just wandered around the grid trying to find  myself. I even toyed with the persona of a red-headed flapper and burlesque dancer. That was amusing for a while, and I was a better than average emoter, managing to avoid standard Etoile Fisseux runs her hands down her sensuous, sweaty body purple prose, but it just wasn’t me. I dig the Lost Generation nostalgia of that scene, but I’m better as the brooding writer skulking off to be alone in a corner at a cocktail party. I just happen to like playing with clothes more than is usual for that stock character.

My flirtation with the Loli/Goth Loli thing could never have been more than that. That scene is way too draconian in its demands for sartorial purity. The girls are cutthroat, despite the over-the-top sweetness of the look. If presented with this little dress now, I would probably give it a miss. But there it was in my closet shouting, “I’m ruby, bay-bee!” Yes, dear. You are that.

There is one new bit going on here, though; I have to give a shout out to Saffron Foxclaw for reminding me that Worldwide Industries had these gartered socks (more stockings in this case, but whatev) among their goods. Due to some recent commentary on a flickr group to which we both belong, it is now widely known that gartered socks make me squeal. They are my trend vice. I will probably be pulling them out well past the point of trend, when people start taking in-world snap shots of me to post on SL fugly sites with comments like, “That is sooo 2010.”

Worldwide Industries…  love the vague, smokestack imagery of a multinational global mega corporation for a little SL dolly-dress-up clothes shop. Here I am, facing off the robot warriors of the globalized post-apocalypse, brought to you by strong-jawed Capitalism.

The Goods.

Grecian formula.


[location: the corn field]

The Back Story.
I was watching All About Eve last night…

The atmosphere is very MacBeth-ish… what has, or is about to, happen?

The Goods.

  • Hair: Aleida – Wippy in “noir” – 0L (group gift)
  • Skin: Maverick Skin – Destiny~Pale~White-Scarlett – 0L (past Moolto hunt)
  • Necklace: Tokidoki – big spheres red necklace – 0L (group gift)
  • Dress: My Ugly Dorothy – One Little One – 0L (group gift)
  • Boots: Tiny Bird – Wanderer Boot in “chocolate” – store closed

Carrot, check… neon, not so much


[location: tea cup bazaar]

The Back Story.
Carrot, neon or otherwise, doesn’t trigger quite the screed-writing mood I was in last week with pink. For those who dig the social commentary, that sucks. For those who prefer looking at the pictures without having to wade through lengthy critiques on gender constructions, or whatever, this is their lucky day!

The Goods.

  • Hair: Tiny Bird – Wild Horses in “deep warm black” – store closed
  • Hair Piece: Tokidoki – Ruf Ribbon in “light flowers”
  • Skin: My Ugly Dorothy – Eva – 0L (lucky board)
  • Top: Surf Couture – Sundance Halter Tank in “orange”
  • Bracelet: Glow Studio – Lowicz Thick Wood Bracelet – past gift
  • Pants: DCNY – Teal Wash Flood Jeans – past hunt item?
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Samantha Pumps/blues & greens – past lucky board
  • Texture screen (overlay on pictures): Playingwithbrushes

All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.


[location: tableau]

The Back Story.
There is no particular back story, other than I wanted to mess around with this light bulb choker and this handful of stuff from Vinyl Cafe. And in the skirt pictures, some “creative commons” textures from Paintingwithbrushes. Me and my new toy… overlay textures. I’ll be messing around with these until everyone’s sick of them.

The Goods.

  • Hair: Mach – Night Rider – Opening Group Gift
  • Skin: My Ugly Dorothy – Ari – 0L (lucky board)
  • Makeup: !leafy – Gold – 0L (Skin & Shape Expo gift) +  Glamorize – Mystica Makeup Dollarbie – 1L (worn in skirt shots)
  • Choker: LaGyo – Bulbs – past hunt item
  • Beads: Vinyl Cafe – Hot Pearl Necklace – past dollarbie
  • Top: CandyDoll – Where is Top – past hunt item
  • Top2: Vinyl Cafe – Delicacy – past dollarbie (worn with skirt)
  • Pants: Awesome Designs – Jeans Capris in “black” – 0L (gift)
  • Skirt2: Vinyl Cafe – Summer Chiffon – 0L (group gift)
  • Tights2: Luce – Forest Tights – 0L (gift) (worn with skirt)
  • Shoes: Tram – gift flats – 0L
  • Shoes2: Vinyl Cafe – Mod in “white” – 25L (worn with skirt)

Pink. Even the name is cute =^.^=


[location: “secret room” @ +:::+natural+:::+ – look for the little door]

The Back Story.

I didn’t run screaming at the thought of pink. I rather like it, although I am awfully tired of way it is used to symbolically “honor” women and “show we care” about them. Slap on a pink glow necklace, and there you go, steroidal baseball guy… proof that you “honor” your mother. What more would you ever need to do? Think of women as equal? Not relegate any woman who isn’t a mother to a lower status? Stop it with all the symbolic “honoring,” and let go of your desperate death clutch on the meaningless reigns of patriarchal power?

Nyah… why would anyone want to do that when merchandisers can just sell folks a bunch of pink crap, and it’s all good? “I honor women… see… I’m wearing pink!” ‘kay, ‘kay, ‘kay, whatever.

Evidently, I have something of a love/hate relationship with pink. Its feminized symbolic construction bugs me. At the same time, girly pink is really appealing. At the same time, it’s such a trivialized color, and thus symbolically trivializes and marginalizes women, and I hate that. And what do I go and do for this challenge? I went total femmie-girly-girly.

It’s complicated, as they say.

The Goods.

  • Hair: Milana – Olive – 0L (group gift)
  • Skin: Al Vulo – Elena Huntress – 0L (Where is… Hunt item)
  • Eyes: Letituer – Dark Brown – 30L
  • Makeup: Damned – Eyes make up in “pink” – 0L (Where is… Hunt item)
  • Necklace: Curious Kitties – Peaceful Sakura Choker in “red” – 0L @ marketplace
  • Dress: Tiny Bird – Painted Flower Dress in “pink” – store closed, but some items still available @ the marketplace
  • Socks: Pig – Duotone Socks mit Suspenders in “sherbet” – 0L (gift)
  • Shoes: Ding – 50 Flats, “pink textured” – 0L (group gift)

La bohème redux – I’m looking for baggage that goes with mine.


[location: paris, eiffel tower]

The Back Story.

I put this together for another blog that I contribute to, but dang it all… Blogger is down. Maybe something later for them.

It seems I’ve been in a darkish, brooding mood for the last few posts. Not to worry. Tonight the pink challenge goes up, and that’ll be fluffy as all heck.

This shirt from [bait] is one for the dudes, but it works for me. Gals wearing it will need to push their boobie sliders way down, because it doesn’t work on a very busty chest. If you are absolutely wedded to having ginormous virtual bazonkas, best just to give this item a miss.

The Goods.

  • Hair: D!va – Haruka in “onyx” – 0L (group gift)
  • Skin: My Ugly Dorothy – Sue & Ari – 0L (group lucky board)
  • Makeup: La Malvada Mujer – Poppy & Benzoic #5 – past hunt item + !Leafy – GoldBlush – 0L (Skin & Shape Expo gift)
  • Shirt & Tie: Bait @ Shinjuku City – Bossman Shirt – 5L (limited time)
  • Pants: Gato – Mos Chinos – past hunt item
  • Shoes: Maitreya – Slinky Stilettos in “black (red)”
  • Cigarette holder: Mika – Elegant animated cir holder in “silver”

Accidentally gothy.


[location: everwind]

The Back Story.

I just had a friend say to me, “Oh… you look so gothy in that.. you’re scaring me.”

Yeah, well, I’m actually not greatly keen on indulging in the whole goth/vamp thing. At the risk of someone calling the waaambulence, I find the look a bit dull by this point. But sometimes, it just sort of comes out. I didn’t mean it. Really.

::me scowls and skulks off into a corner to brood darkly and mysteriously::

The Goods.

  • Hair: LoQ – Mischa in “onyx” – past Euphoria hunt item
  • Hair piece: +:::+Natural+:::+ – Promise in “normal” – 10L
  • Skin: My Ugly Dorothy – Ari – 0L (group luck board)
  • Makeup: La Malvada Mujer – Poppy & Benzoic #5 – past hunt item + !Leafy – Gold blush – 0L (gift @ the Skin & Shape Expo)
  • Necklaces: +:::+Natural+:::+ – Lace Scarf B – 10L + IrEn – St.Valentine’s – 0L (gift) + Happy Finds (Annoying Japanese Children group) – Kicken – 0L (group gift
  • Corset: IrEn – Gift//Corset – 0L (gift)
  • Short pants: Zibska – Jones – past hunt item
  • Socks: +:::+Natural+:::+ – Mignon in “black” – 10L
  • Shoes: Vinyl Cafe – MOD heels in “black” – 25L

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