Thursday, September 24, 2015

Narcissistic Little Me

YIKES! Its been an eternity since my last post. But, I've been inspired by Emerald Wynn's recent return to Emerald's Eyes, her wonderfully entertaining SL blog, after a similarly long absence. Oh, I've been around ... although you wouldn't know that by the paucity of posts over the past two years. And, I'm amazed at the number of hits this blog still receives. It's gone over 100,000 hits in my absence. Thank you Dear Readers for dropping by and please stick around. I promise that I'll post more frequently than once a year. Well, I am back, and, as you might expect, my first post upon returning is a narcissistic exercise featuring me modeling some lovely SL fashions.

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While exploring one day, I stumbled upon this really creepy city full of tall buildings all bending as if wilting in the heat of a hellishly hot day. As if that wasn't creepy enough, the place was inhabited by neutered little men walking around naked in circles and floating away holding helium balloons. I guess guys that have been neutered might just walk around in circles or want to float away. Creepy... nonetheless, I immediately thought, 'What a wonderful place for me to stop awhile and pose for some pictures in my undies.'


So I did. Hmmmm, I'm actually wearing the Helen minidress by Utopia, not lingerie, supposedly. To be fair, I'm wearing the skimpy lace version of the dress. But, it's still like walking around in one's underwear. Showing off am I? Well yes, I'm being narcissistic after all.



This snow clad wintry place is called Dreamers. Its a creation by virtual artist Cica Ghost. I'm not the adoring object of the dreams of these dreamers. Far from it. Just look at them. They are all avoiding looking in my direction while sticking their snooty noses in the air. I'm not use to being so ignored, and this is positively insulting. I'm wasting this sexy pose and this wonderfully colorful outfit on these cretins. This dress is called Patchwork Multicolor and was designed by the highly talented xy Randt (xy Kirax). Sadly, she recently closed her store, My Style, and will take a break from Second Life. But, she told me that she'll return in a few months and hopefully reopen her store. I hope so. I love her outfits. But, right now, I have need of a suitable fashion accessory to complement the ambiance of this locale ... a sledgehammer would do. There are some rocks around here that need some smashing.

Dreamers by Cica Ghost:

Moving beyond the cretins, Dreamers is visually awesome with vast snowy vistas. It's like being 'North of the Wall' in Games of Thrones. No, that's not Jon Snow (sigh), commander of the Night's Watch, with me. It's my dear friend Jaysun (sigh) who teleported here to do some exploring with me. He does resemble Jon Snow (sigh). We need to be more warmly dressed ... Winter is Coming.

Readers of this blog know that Jaysun and I go way back. This is a picture of us dancing at Opar, my country estate, in 2008. He's lost some weight and grown some hair since then. If you look very closely at this picture and the previous one, you might notice that Jaysun is still wearing the same flipflop sandals even after all these years.

Thank goodness, a fashion picture without neutered little men or stony cretins. I like this picture because orange is my favorite color. And this orange top and capri pants is from Luxe Paris Fashion House and is called Marilyn. Orange is the color of Autumn, my favorite season, and the color of Halloween. I'm so looking forward to Halloween.

Lux Paris Fashion House:

The Zombie Hunter

Around Halloween, Second Life becomes infested with brain munching zombies so much so that many towns and cities become virtual zombie apocalypes. It's this time of year that I don my zombie hunting gear and declare war on these mindless reanimated corpses.

It's World War Z, and my comrade-in-arms  is none other than Jaysun Dagger (sigh). Doesn't he look dashingly handsome?

Jay and I employ many highly effective strategies against our undead enemy. Here, I'm perched on top of a pile of boxes offering myself as bait. I don't know whether they were drawn by my brains or by my Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum, but I attracted a large ravenous hoard of zombies. And as they staggered toward me, Jaysun mowed them down with staccato bursts of gunfire. Zombies in Second Life explode and make a bloody mess when hit by bullets. Jay and I were very successful that day. The brain munchers perished by the hundreds.

A preview of Mariko's Halloween this season.

A Slice of Cheesecake

Time out for some Cheesecake Mariko. "This Fluffy Japanese Cheesecake is so light and soft that it will literally melt in your mouth." And this scrumptious morsel is sweetly dressed in an outfit called Remember Me from Shu Shu and designed by owner Shu Shu Congrejo. Doesn't this slice of cake look irresistibly delicious? A very narcissistic dessert.

Shu Shu:

Sometimes I like to make a dramatic entrance. Wearing this black top called Spiky Fur by Gizza Creations made my entrance all the more dramatic.

Both dramatic and narcissistically cute.

Sa Na Rae is a place of peaceful calm. And it's also a wonderful place for Second Life photography. It made for a fascinating photo background for this exotic combination of the LAKSHMI  Ilsa Top and tapestry LAKSHMI Belinda Skirt found naturally at LAKSHMI.

Sa Na Rae:


I was going to take further advantage of this beautiful place and shoot some more fashion photos wearing other outfits. I removed my top to replace it with a mesh one, and I was struck at how lovely I looked standing there bare-breasted. A very narcissistic moment.

A Work of Art

So I just had to pose for some photos right then and there. SaNaRae forbids public nudity; but, some allowances are made for second life photographers. I didn't get permission. However, no one else was in the area, and I wasn't going to be taking any salacious pictures. I had art in mind. Hold it right there Mariko, this picture seems a little risque, especially for you. Is it really, truly art? ... Yes, it is! ... It isn't narcissistic exhibitionism?  ... No, its art! ... You're convinced of that? ... Definitely, yes! 

It's time that I conclude this post on a high note. I may be a narcissist; But, I can't end this post with a risque partially nude picture of me work of art. That would end the post on a low note. So let me end it with this pic. I may be with those creepy little neutered guys; but, at least its not an indecent exhibition of salacious narcissism a work of art. And, it's a MINIDRESS, not underwear.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mariko Magic: Faerie Myst

Is it Spring yet? Just hearing 'Polar Vortex' sets me shivering and shaking. Brrrr ... I'm ready for Spring. Thank goodness Spring has already arrived in Second Life, and it's glorious. In springtime, I love wandering the forests of Opar, my country estate. For in the mists rolling down its mountain path, faeries hide and play.

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Faeries wear wings and nothing more. But, alas, fashion calls for something more. And modesty too. And so does my mother. Well, I found a wonderful compromise at Blue Moon Enterprises Women Clothing. It's called Night Air.  Its teasing yet graceful. It's night dark color gives it a touch of mystery. After all, not all faeries are innocent nor harmless. Night Air was designed by Solas (solasnagealai) and sells for L$350.

This now is my all time favorite self portrait.  It's so very Mariko.

The hair I'm wearing is an adorably cute shag called Sakura. It's perfect for a pixie faerie. Sakura is available from ARGRACE and was designed by irka Oyen. It sells for L$250 per color and L$1500 for a nine color fat pack.

Blue Moon Enterprise Women Clothing 


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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Veil of Darkness

I love Halloween in Second Life.  There are so many attractions and activities. We wear the most fabulous costumes, attend Halloween parties and dances, and massacre zombies by the score at one of the Zombie Apocalypses that pop up during this fall holiday. But, Second Life's best Halloween tradition is exploring the delightful special Halloween attractions with their creepy mansions, haunted castles, ghostly graveyards, asylums for the homicidal insane, and amusement parks from hell and finding those that chill our bones and curdle our blood. My pick for this year's most bone chilling and blood curdling Halloween attraction is Veil of Darkness, build for our macabre enjoyment by Tuck Meredith and Tymus Tenk, owners of the wonderful  Calas Galahon Park

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Veil of Darkness covers an entire sim. So, there's much to explore and much to terrify us. Oh, that baby boomer sneaking up behind me at Veil of Darkness is my dear friend Syd. You might remember Syd from my post Shall We Dance. There are Halloween adventures to be had here. A marvelous adventure is the Swamp Raft Tour, a tour of the waterways and swamps of the Veil of Darkness. I made this raft trip with Jaysun.

We begin our adventure. Jaysun is piloting the raft, and I'm the lookout at the bow.

There are charming views along the river.

At first, it seems so lovely and tranquil.

But there are horrors lurking in the shallows.

And dangers along the shoreline.

The swamp is primordial and full of alligators and creatures out of time and myth.

And around the bend ... high adventure.

Later, I went exploring with Stevie and Chisaki, my two amigos in adventure, and we followed the mountainous path to the castle.
We found Syd was lurking in a shallow cave along the path. But, he's harmless. Nevertheless, we were lucky to make it to the castle alive. Many travelers before us weren't so lucky.

There were a lot of fat guys running around the castle with meat cleavers.
And they made quite a mess.
The castle is a maze of dead ends and hidden rooms. There were dangers and horrors everywhere. But, we kept our cool and our wits about us and slowly worked our way up the maze.

And at the top of the castle, we found an wonderful attic where we could relax among odds and ends from Alice's Wonderland. And memories of the horrors we experienced melted away.

Happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mariko Magic: Bewitching ALB Pumpkin Witch

I was shopping for a witch's outfit for Halloween. I didn't want to be your typical black clad wicked witch. Too many of them around running around this time of year cackling and shrieking. I wanted something visually exciting. I knew that I would find it at ALB Dream Fashion. ALB's Analee Balut is one of the most original and exciting fashion designers in Second Life.  

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And I found it. It's called Pumpkin Witch, and it's a enchanted celebration of autumn's most dominant colors. Now, if you're going to be a witch, you might as well look fabulous as one. And Analee certainly cast some wondrous magic in creating this witch. I'm wearing the feather plumed conical hat, the figure flattering corset, and a colorful cloak, very mystical and seemingly oriental with a spider motif, very appropriate for Halloween.  And I love the orange toned silks and black lace of the witch's skirt. ALB Pumpkin Witch also comes with  comes with 3 skins, a lace cat suit,  jewelry, lace gloves,  jeweled gloves, and more. It sells for L$777

For a wicked witch look, the outfit  also comes with a simple conical hat, a bright pumpkin orange cape, and a witch's broom. Of course, I won't be cackling and shrieking and boiling toads and eye of newt. That's not my style. Perhaps, you'll find me bathed in moonlight and humming a bewitching tune, casting a spell, much like Kim Novak in Bell, Book, and Candle. My familiar isn't a cat named Pyewacket. It's a little pug dog named Miyamoto Musashi. ... So, on whom shall I cast my spell this Halloween in Second Life?

My hair is a pageboy cut from Kik called Shinobu. It comes in a five color set for L$200. The colors are black, blonde, brown, coffee, and honey. Shinobu is also available with a texture changing headband and hat. All three sets can be purchased for L$450.


These pictures were taken in the Veil of Darkness located in Calas Galadhon. Veil of Darkness is the creepiest and scariest Halloween adventure in Second Life this season. Don't miss it. And, if you should suddenly come upon a witch bathed in moonlight with a little dog in her arms, and she begins humming a bewitching tune ... RUN!

ALB Dream Fashion


Veil of Darkness in Calas Galadhon

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