I that all there is?

military-ballet
[location: Mother Goose’s]

Back Story.

Hey… long time no blog. That’s RL for ya, bay-bee. It inserts itself into the scheme of things, and there ain’t nuthin’ to be done about it.

So, I return from my hiatus to find things looking pretty much what they looked like before. New viewer version and all that, but the viewer is tweaked and modified so often that even fairly big changes seem like just another day. That Sims guy is head honcho, and brings more of a games perspective into the management. I’m curious how that will manifest itself in coming months.

SL drama still pops up, of course. Who knows what I’ve missed. Not being in and  amongst the die-hard SL glitterati and with relatively few “friends” I keep track of over the long haul, I tend to miss much of it. But I did catch wind of the so-called Alura Campaign controversy via Portia Capelo’s blog, in which she links to a blog entry of some model or something-or-other named Rusalka Callitso, who got her virtual underdrawers in a bunch over a marketing campaign for some new role-playing sim that features all sorts of opportunities to get our virtual naughty bits out. This R. Callisto persona wasn’t worked up over the sim — I mean, come on… yet another opportunity in SL to get virtually jiggy and mess up your real life relationships in the process…. ::shrug:: Whatev. No, the controversy was not make-believe hanky panky; it was the marketing campaign, itself, which featured salaciously suggestive stories about a slew of SL’s glitterati (avatars I presume we’re all supposed to know of like we know of the Kardashians, or more kindly, the Grimaldis or the Windsors) getting up to naughty things at some exclusive manor for the SL jet set, complete with more blatant (less suggestive) photographs of the same doing those things. It was on a blog that wasn’t — initially — tagged with an ‘adult content’ warning, and that, at the end of the day, is what bugged Ms. Callisto. I think.

Anyhoo…. I’ve gotten a few enjoyable minutes reading through the “discussion” posts following her little essay, but I do get the impression that it’s all much ado about not a whole heck of a lot, and I further get the impression that the initial complaint, as well as the wailing and gnashing in the discussion is much about the insular little virtual world of these people and their personal (and “professional”) rivalries as SL models and designers and others of that ilk, as it is about substantive issues. Anytime I feel like I want to be part of the virtually ‘in’ crowd, all I need to do is read those comments, to say nothing of Shopping Cart Disco’s SL Secrets. With my attitude, I’d be everybody’s favorite to pillory in a matter of moments.

I did a little free stuff searching when I came back in, of course. My RL hiatus has made me much more reluctant to spend real money on not real stuff, even if the money isn’t all that big in the grand scheme of things. I wasn’t especially keen on doing that from the get go, really. It’s bad enough that I ever throw time away on this little past time (see… that’s why I could never be a part of the ‘in’ crowd).

The Goods.

  • Hair: booN – IRK 178, in black – Group Gift
  • Hat: sf design – velvet and fur hat (with gloves worn) – Group gift
  • Skin: al vulo – nana – Group Gift
  • Dress: Vinyl Cafe – Red Ballerina Dress – Group Gift
  • Jacket: Vinyl Cafe – Military Jacket, black – okay… I did spend money… 1 whole L for a daily special
  • Stockings: WWI (Worldwide Industries) – Army Girl Garters, jet black
  • Shoes: Luce – Leather Pumps, red – past lucky board item

Bathing beauty.

Bathing wardrobe
[location: las islas]

The Back Story.
In RL, I don’t have a complete bathing suit wardrobe. I have no need of one. Even if I could, I don’t think I would live my life in a swimming suit.

Well, thank heaven for the dolly dress-up world of SL, because now I can just pretend to have a bathing beauty wardrobe without the expense and body image issues involved.

All images:

  • Skin: Al Vulo – Pollon Snuggle Milk – 0L (group gift)
  • Eyes: Hoot – Beachball Eyes – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Poses: Marukin – 0-1L (gifts and hunt items)

The Goods: Black Beauty.

  • Hair: Posh – Bitter in “midnight”
  • Makeup: La Malvada Mujer – Cinema Muto #1
  • Body/Bathing Suit: Coco – Sheer Bodysuit – 0L (group gift)
  • Shoes: Gabriel (GB) – Gladiator Sandals – group gift

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Big Red.

  • Hair: Sixty-Nine ([69])– Mia in “Dark Rouge” – 0L (group gift)
  • Hair base: Analog Dog – Hiar Base – 0L
  • Glasses: Blah – Nerdy Acid Glasses – 1L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Bikini Top: Sleeping Koala – Fruity Bikinis in “Kiwi” – 0L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Necklace: Deviant Girls (*dg*) – Little dg necklace – past gift
  • Ring: Baby Monkey – Solitaire Ring – 0L (group gift)
  • Shorts: The Secret Store – Summer Beach Shorts in “coral” – 0L (Season’s Hunt item)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Hi-Top Sneakers Colour Pack in “plaid” – 10L

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Almost Blue.

  • Hair: Plume – Exotica in “onyx” – 0L (Season’s Hunt item)
  • Sunglasses: Alphavillain – Baroque Shades – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Necklace: Gabriel (::GB::) – two-strand necklace – 0L (group gift) + Baby Monkey – Surfer Necklace – 0L (group gift)
  • Bracelet: Baby Monkey – Surfer Bracelet – 0L (group gift)
  • Vest: Sheep Door – Gunjo vest – 0L (Poupee Hunt item)
  • Bikini: Jill – Bikini Blue – 0L (group gift)
  • Shoes: Fir & MNA – Twine Shoes – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Mellow Yellow.

  • Hair w/Hat: Sixty-Nine ([69])– Eve Hat – 0L (group gift)
  • Hair base: Analog Dog – Hiar Base – 0L
  • Makeup: Squeek! – Checkers Face Tatt – 1L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Bikini: Waffle! – Polka Dot Bikini – 0L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Middy Leopard – 0L (group gift)

Melon, baby but way too skinny.

52 Weeks - Melon
[location: overrush digital club] [52 Weeks of Color Challenge]

The Back Story.
I can’t tell you how skinny I had to make myself to fit into this skirt. Gawd bless ’em, I do like Tokodoki, but when you have to push all of your sliders down to zero in order to keep bits and pieces from poking out, maybe the designer needs to supply a resizer hud. I mean, common… body thickness = ‘0’? That’s some messed up shit.

52 Weeks - Melon

52 Weeks - Melon

The Goods.

  • Hair: Dura – April group gift
  • Skin: Al Vulo – Pollon – 0L (Group gift)
  • Earrings: BRB – Watermelon Earrings – 0L (Poupee Hunt item)
  • Glasses: Alphavillain – Baroque Shades – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Bikini: LeLutka – Set Bikini, part of ensemble – 0L (group gift)
  • Skirt: Tokidoki – Mini Skirt – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Molly Flat – 10L

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)