Sweet Surrender

Sweet Surrender

I could spend my life in this sweet surrender. ~ Aerosmith

Sweet Surrender

One set of images that have left the mainstream grid, for the most part, is the sight of people in alternative lifestyles doing their thing. BDSM players, ponygirls, burlesque dancers, latex lovers, furries—they have, for the most part, been consigned to what some call the ghetto—Zindra. SL has been wiped clean and sanitized, presumably for the couple hundred of kids who migrated over from the Teen Grid. (And who could find much worse on the Internet all on their own.)

Really it was sanitized for all of us. I admit I don’t miss seeing some big burly avatar dragging his slave girl around a store as she hopped up and down from nadu to standing like some inane bunny. But let’s not forget one of the engines that made SL what it is today: sex. The sex industry made the need for great fashion, for scripted furniture, for sexy skins, for crazy-high shoes and for skyboxes. The biggest earners in SL—even before Anshe Chung—was Stroker Serpentine. And he made his money off of sex beds. We built this city on .. well.. sex.

I honor that with this outfit from LeeZu Baxter, who came out with a whole series of inventive pieces under a line name of “BDSM” a few months ago. I love this piece with its combination of burlesque and bondage, from the collar to the big fishnet stockings (which DO terminate at the ankle) to the corset to the ropes around the wrists. Is she domme or sub? What is she speaking of when she finds her “sweet surrender”–the chance to free herself of restraint with her sub or the chance to surrender to her dom? Her 11” platform heels from Viktoria Brandenburg tell you she is not just dressing up—she means business.

Sweet Surrender

The best skin for such an intense look—sexy, fierce, detailed—is one from Hart Larsson. For some reason, I always take Hart’s out when I am showing lingerie or something sexy. I am guessing I am drawn to using it because of the detail he pays to the skin—from the collarbone to the butt cheeks to the shoulder blades and knees. Additionally, he allows you to add makeups to make the skin look completely different. Here I wear bright red glossy lipstick. I just received these new alluring eyes from Ikon Innovia, who is dipping into more fantastic colors and combinations.

Sweet Surrender

It doesn’t matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don’t do it in the street and frighten the horses. ~ Mrs. Patrick Campbell

Hair: …:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::… Aiden Hair Black by Cameron Vasiliov for B.D.R.

Skin: [PXL] GAIA SK CE DEB C2 with [PXL] GAIA SK Red Lips (Tattoo) by Hart Larsson for [PXL] *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Lagoon (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Outfit: [LeeZu!] BDSM Sablier /black by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Nails: [PM]Sculpted Nails V3. – Jori Edition by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode

Shoes: VvB HEDONIC 11″ Platform Heels BLACK V4 by Viktoria Brandenburg for VvB *

Losing My Edge

Yeah, I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge.
The kids are coming up from behind.
I’m losing my edge.
I’m losing my edge to the kids from France and from London.
But I was there.

~ “Losing My Edge” by LCD Soundsystem

Losing My Edge

Gah, I am four years old in SL today. That’s like MIDDLE AGED. I have caught up with myself. I went shopping with a friend last night and two lovely young ladies got in voice and gave me all sorts of advice about where to get free skins and free jewelry and passed me a bunch of freebies and landmarks. I graciously thanked them. As I said to my friend, they probably thought I looked like a hick because my boobs are kind of small, and I wasn’t wearing elf ears or showing butt crack. I’m clearly losing my edge.

I put together this look just cuz I like it. This dress was the first thing I purchased from a Fashion for Life vendor (one in a long string of “hits” at FFL), made by Umeki Yokosuka. Yes, it’s based on a template. She freely admits it. That doesn’t diminish her terrific work and the incredible styling and eye she has. I just loved this dress and its bold design and flirty flexi skirt.

Losing My Edge

I decided to wear deadly high fetish heels with the dress from Viktoria Brandenburg, who is the queen of fetish heels in Sl. These beauties come with a skin coloring hud which also allows metal changes, etc. My lolita ponytails are from Syndel Daviau, who has a flair for more fantasy hair. She has quite a lot of great hair for role playing and I really need to show more of it. These ponytails have color changers on the ribbons. Finally my skin is a group gift from Tricky Boucher (which you can still get at his store). Its great makeup and beautiful skin tone induced me to get a fat pack as a rez day present (which I will be showing more of soon).

Losing My Edge

I heard you have a compilation of every good song ever done by anybody….
I hear everybody that you know is more relevant than everybody that I know….
You don’t know what you really want…
You don’t know what you really want….

Hair: .::S::. Yuki – Onyx by Syndel Daviau for ::S::. – Secrets Hair *

Skin: -Belleza- Melissa Med group gift by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Violet (L) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: Smushyface: Vintage Stripe Print Dress by Umeki Yokosuka for Smushyface

Shoes: VvB 9inch COURT Platform Shoe BLACK V4 by Viktoria Brandenburg for VvB *

Intrigue

I am a little stir crazy, a bit restless.

Intrigue

I decided to dress it up. I put on these sexy flowy pants from monica Outlander, a slinky top, just out from Sysy Chapman (who does these sexy little separates so well), a pretty necklace and earrings that get some glamour treatment from Quinlan Quimby and some killer heels from Viktoria Brandenburg.

Intrigue

But the story is really about the skin and the hair. First, the hair—from MrSigmund Fride, this hair is quite dramatic (intentionally so). I wanted big and I got big. And then the skin, from sachi Vixen. You know I don’t think sachi envisioned it this way but it works. The subtle make up, almost glimmering under this big pile of hair, is perfect for this look. It’s already so over-the-top, the makeup doesn’t need to be so.

Intrigue

Written while listening to Aum a Go Go by Kammerflimmer Kollektief

Hair: MrS – Venice hair by MrSigmund Fride for ***TUTY’S & MrSIGMUND** CREATIONS

Skin: Adam n Eve Skin – Bianca t3 – Baby with ae bianca manicure baby by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Eyelashes: Detour – Klee Dot Lashes by Keri Clip for Detour

Top: SYSY’s Ruffle tank black by Sysy Chapman for Sysy’s *

Pants: Miamai_Azanea Black by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Necklace: TOSL *Chandelier* Necklace v1.1 Purple Haze by Quinlan Quimby for TOSL

Earrings: TOSL *Chandelier* Earrings v1.1 Purple Haze by Quinlan Quimby for TOSL

Shoes: VvB ShoeBox-HEDONIC-Black Shoes V3 by Viktoria Brandenburg for VvB

Dragon Lady

With that title, you expected to see me when I get up in the morning I bet.

Dragon Lady

I was feeling edgy, and not a little overwhelmed after I had finished shopping at the sale at Tropical Orchid that Ms. Nicky Ree holds ever year. I wanted to blog something to mention this sale, since it’s the source of so much joy and inventory pain for me. And I knew the Dragon Princess suit would be exactly the ticket.

See, nobody thinks about Nicky as edgy. She makes pretty dresses, right? Well poke around the store a little more and you will find a lot—deliciously decadent lingerie, beautifully rendered period pieces, eensy weensy bikinis, and fantasywear. Nicky does great work with textures, including beautiful motifs, including the dragon on this suit.

Dragon Lady

I did up the suit with a hair from MissAllSunday Lemon that I just love for various reasons, most of all its sculptural shape. A fantasy skin from Lion Jonesford matches the ensemble. What really got me about this skin was how it looked so real even though it doesn’t look real. It has depth and expression and a vulnerability that is hard to pinpoint.

And then boots from Viktoria Brandenburg. She has made fetish cool and wearable without being over the top or ugly. These are a secret weapon.

Dragon Lady

Breathing cool flames:

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Lulu Hair – Grafite by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills

Skin: forbidden 7-LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins

Outfit: *NR* Dragon Princess Body Suit Set (Black) by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Boots: VvB BLACK VIK 6-LACES Knee Boots V2 by Viktoria Brandenburg for VvB Stiletto Heels

Calling All Angels

Morphine Janick of the Sweetest Good-bye (which is a great store name—makes me feel emo in a good way) has created a great outfit for Black Swan’s Swansong—Placebo. She has rendered a very precise system piece in her body suit with its fishnet stocking on one side and vinyl legging on the other. Her zipper work and seam matching is flawless. The wings are petite—I prefer that, actually. They are more an accessory than the feature piece as wings are usually.

Calling All Angels

This is a fantasy piece, more suited to photographs than to trips to Franks. Actually, if you wore it, you would be the talk of the room.

Calling All Angels

I styled this outfit with Viktoria Brandenberg’s Black VIK 6-Laces Knee Boots. Black, shiny, wicked, these boots come as knee high or she has another in full thigh high. With 10 colors available on the laces, I find myself wearing the boots more and more frequently, matching them to any outfit that has even a hint of black leather.

Calling All Angels

The skin is one of Pulse’s newest—Iced Grape. This “futuristic” look worked well with an anime sort of hair from Kin Keiko (it’s a bit older–not sure if it’s for sale anymore).

Calling All Angels

In summation:

Hair: Kin-Sera-White by Kin Keiko for Kin Keiko

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Champagne/Iced Grape BLK by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Ensemble: [SG*] Placebo by Morphine Janick for Sweetest Good-bye being sold now at Black Swan until August 17

Boots: VvB BLACK VIK 6-LACES Knee Boots V2 by Viktoria Brandenburg for VvB