Breathe Me

Today’s post begins with a lamp.  A lovely lamp from {what next} that I have in my living room (the one that never needs tidying or vacuuming and I never stub my toe on the coffee table). I’ve been wearing this coldLogic sweater a lot lately as well, and this hair from Exile that never seems to work with any outfit I want to blog. You have no idea how much I’ve wanted to photograph these two things; it’s been driving me crazy for weeks!

Breathe Me StorySo I’m realxing, considering what I should do next, and I was struck again by how pretty and simple this lamp is. I like simple things. I like clean lines and soft colours. I love textures that look snuggly and warm, especially when I’m feeling a little down (which I am). The lamp reminds me of all these things and since I’m already dressed in clothes I love, I sneak up to my platform for an experiment!

Breathe Me 600 2 (I love lamp! )

I end up with this! Which becomes this:

Breathe Me 600Then I decide to try this ..

Breathe Me 600 3 ( Hugs, please! )

.. and it works!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Silver
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Breathe Me:Bleach
[LeLutka]-HAIRBASE Glucose

coldLogic shirt – taylor.champagne
{Happy} Preen Pants (Oat)
(Milk Motion) My floral tights
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Maryjane Court

Cae :: Elegance :: Ring
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Poses: aDORKable, Miamai
Living Room: {what next}, LISP Bazaar, EarthDwellings, The Loft, PatronPILOT (available @ The Arcade), A.D.D.Andel! (Available @ The Arcade)

Whodunit?

By Portia Pexington, Something New  December 13th, 2012  03:46 AM

SECOND LIFE – In a shocking turn of events early this morning, a woman was found on her building platform in a strange array of clothing. Preferring only to be known as ‘Ms Body,’ this female was found in patterned leather pants, yellow booties, and a purple shirt. When questioned, the witness asserted the following:

“I have no idea how this came together – it just sort of happened.”

Several witnesses have been questioned but two key figures, Col. Mustard and Prof. Plum, remain at large.

“It’s horrifying,” says Miss Scarlet, a well-known fashion icon and advocate of glam style. “Whoever is responsible for this must answer to the authorities!” Another witness, Mrs. Peacock, asks the perpetrator(s) to come forward as soon as possible, saying only that ” (it is) … clearly some sort of mistake.”

Proffessor and the Colonel 600 ( Yes, yes, I’m a dork. You like it. :) )

As the Second Life Fashion Police (SLFP) are unavailable to answer questions at this time, speculation varies widely between fashion experts. Theories range from simple inattention to an inter-grid ‘Hippie’ conspiracy.

If you ask this reporter, however, the answer is simple:  the blogger did it. ~

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Glass
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
.Pekka. KATHYA Eyes Make Up (yellow)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-MARIE hair – Marilyn
[LeLutka]-HAIRBASE Glucose

shine by [ZD] MESH SILK BLOUSE dusky lilac ~ NEW!
shine by [ZD] MESH PANTS sixties
Ingenue :: Alvery :: Mustard

LaGyo_Hamptons necklace
[MAGIC NOOK] Vintage Watch Necklace (Kitty)
BALACLAVA!! Roux Reader (yellow – narrow)
Shakeup! Vintage Ring [12]

Pose: aDORKable

Blogger Challenge: What’s Your Beauty Base Zero? (Part One ~ Stylin’ Ain’t Easy)

Blogging isn’t easy.

I’m not writing this post to complain, far from it, but I would like to highlight the amount of work stylists undertake when putting an outfit together. Blogging said outfits is another challenge (but gosh, I love it) because the purpose is to highlight clothing in a specific, and often individual, fashion. The blog posts we love best seem effortless and perfect; it looks like a snapshot right out of someone’s second life. In truth, I’m certain that it’s the result of hours of work from beginning to end and I appreciate this process SO much. Behind every blogger, you’ll likely find a thorough and thoughtful individual who is just in love with SL fashion and wants to share this fascination with the world. Like me. :)

So this is the first installment of what I’m calling my “Stylin’ Ain’t Easy” tribute to SL blogging. It’s not definitive but it is a peek at how I operate. The first step for me is what I have named my BB-0 (Beauty Base Zero); it’s a term I’ve pillaged from book two of The Hunger Games trilogy because the concept was dead on. It’s where you start, imagining your nails are perfect, your hair is tied back and you’re staring into a mirror, or your closet, wondering what the heck you’re going to wear today.

( Not the most exciting shot, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t link you. :) )

I use Firestorm so this is my default saved outfit (the first of dozens of others I’ve saved for whatever reason) and if you haven’t upgraded to a viewer that allows you to save your outfits, let me say that it’s worth the discomfort of learning a new UI just to have this functionality.* This outfit includes HUDs I use when taking pictures (listed below) but the important thing to note is that with everything here, I have all I need to start putting together any outfit I desire.

Here are just a few tips for creating your own BB-0:

~ Underwear: Odds are anything you’re putting on afterward will cover these but I have to say that after a few mesh alpha-layer-not-covering-my-bits blunders, I always make sure I’m wearing panties. Just saying.

~ Basic Makeup: I don’t wear much as a rule but when I’m styling I always consider extra tattoo layers at a later time. I’ve occasionally forgotten the basics, though, and had to go back and start pictures again because of this lack. Ugh.

~ Simple Eyelashes: You can always add or change these once you’ve decided on the basics of ‘casual vs. fancy.’ Minimal eyelashes gives you an idea of what you have to work with before you begin layering. I hope it doesn’t need to be said, but please do your best to make sure eyelashes fit your eyes properly. If you need help with this do not hesitate to IM me, day or night. <3

~ Hair: This may seem like a no-brainer but I like beginning with a style that’s pulled back from the neck. You can always change it later but it’s helpful to make sure your jewelry is positioned properly before you go about covering it up with your lovely locks. **

~ Hairbases: First of all, I use an eyebrow shaper as my basic SL-driven hairbase. It gives my face definition and is just another way to squeeze a bit more individuality into my avatar. Hairbase tattoo layers are also something I recommend; even if you can’t see it under your current hairstyle, there’s -nothing- worse than tp’ing into a sim bald. Nothing.

~ Basic Shape: I have three shapes I use regularly in SL. One for mesh (smaller bust), one for system skirts (narrower hips, smaller bum, and less in the thighs), and the basic every day shape. These are NOT fun to confuse pre-clothing.

~ Nails: As much as they disagree with poses, as laggy as they can be in busy places, I really do love the look of them. Remember to take off your glove base if you’re going to put on actual gloves, though. If you always start with these you’ll just work it into your routine.

I hope this is enough to get you started! Stay tuned for the next installment of “Stylin’ Ain’t Easy.”

EDIT: Bloggers, Fashionistas, and fancy people of SL – What’s YOUR Beauty Base Zero?

( Earrings? Makeup? Bring it on! )

~ Portia’s BB-o ~

Skin: Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
Shape: Portia’s Regular Shape
Hairbase 1: [PF] Eyebrow (Type 2)
Hairbase 2: Vanity hair base Platinium
Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond (M)
Eyelashes: Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
Lips: ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Gloria Mesh Hair – Rye

Tank: *BOOM* Everyday Tank (cream) 1
Panties: *BOOM* Marin Ray culotte (creme)
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet XS (Rigged)

Nails: [PM]Sculpted Nails V2 – Size 20
Nail base: Candy nail Primnail Base (tintable)

Extra Stuff:
Remover SystemLashes *REDGRAVE*
AnyPose Expression HUD v1.0 (useful for eye positioning)
SERENADE Pose Stand Pro HUD v4.0 (handiest HUD ever!)

Pose: !bang

* We’ll talk a little more about viewer features I use in my SLife in a later post, so keep an eye out!
** A jewelry positioning tutorial will be available in part two of this series. Patience, Padawan.

Start-up music, just for you:

Portia’s Closet ~ Shiny!

Hey everyone! Long time no see. :)

Well, it hasn’t been -that- long, I suppose, but since I’ve been trying to photograph new outfits for the last week or so, it feels like forever. I’ve learned, however, that you can’t force yourself to do anything pretty if the pretty doesn’t want to come out. That’s deep, right?

(Flickr pic, whee!)

Speaking of pretty, though, a friend of mine turned me on to a great store last week! Have any of you been to Shine before? The tagline is ‘Urban Boho Style With a Glow’ and gosh, I think I picked up one of everything on my first trip (there’s even a 99L$ wall, AAHHH!).  Am I glowy yet? No? Well, I feel positively Shiny! The clothes are mostly mesh, gorgeous, and nothing here is going to break your bank .. unless you buy one (or more!) of everything your first trip out. Seriously. Go peek. <3

Has anyone else been waiting on Gos with bated breath? Am I WAY late telling you about the new(ish) Equestrian and Hunter boots?! Can you SEE how gorgeous they are?!! Sexy, sleek, and perfect for the colder months ahead, they’re available in fantastic colours and, like everything else at Gos, they fit great right out of the bag. Demos at the mainstore, ladies. ;)

(My closet is getting prettier all the time!)

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Kaleido Eyes – Ancient
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey

[LeLutka]-DAISY hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH Loose Dress knitted white
p.c; Dark Tights – Nature (2010 Group Gift)
[Gos] Equestrian Boot – Tan ~ NEW!
{mon tissu} Seneca Threaded Leather Belt ~ Worn

*League* Wanderer -Golden Oak- Set
Shakeup! Vintage Ring [20] ~ Available at The Arcade!

Pose: Bounce This

~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Caribbean Blue
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme

[LeLutka]-APHRODITE hair – Marilyn

[ZD] MESH OFFSHOULDER DRESS bohemian
{Happy} Snuggly Knit Tights (Canary)
[Gos] Hunter Ankle Boot – Chocolate ~ NEW!

Emery – Gloves #Black
ROLE OPTIC SG-60 Princess
[bellballs] Disc Earrings- Golden

Pose: Olive Juice

In my closet …

… I have lots and lots of clothes! Too many clothes. Ridiculous amounts of clothes, really, which makes it a challenge to get dressed sometimes.

But gosh, when I’m not ripping my hair out (or off, as I change hairstyles five or six times), it’s also a ton of fun!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ mango jelly

::Exile:: Brokenhearted:Stefani

Maitreya Xarra Tunic – Striped-Lake
Emery – Legging Verona v2
Emery – Gloves #Grass
Maitreya Radical Boots * Suede Chamoisee

MIEL BELLA PEEPERS
: Amorous : Oceanic Reloaded Necklace
: Amorous : Oceanic Reloaded Bracelet
: Amorous : Oceanic Reloaded Earrings

Pose: !bang

Portia’s Closet ~ Take Flight

You know? It’s funny .. these closet posts are supposed to be quick and easy. The location isn’t going to change. I have a fully loaded pose stand beneath the floor. I use my default windlight (*Starley* settings 2, ftw) and regular grapics without shadows or lighting or anything. In reality, I should spend more time putting outfits together than taking the shot itself, right?

Maybe it’s just late and I need to get this knocked out and SLEEP!

Want to see the right-hand side of my closet? Check it out!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Utopia Eyes – Light Forest Green
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe – (eyeliner) Eyeliner Basics (Top)

::Exile:: Silent Wings:Stefani
::Exile:: Feathers

JANE – needful things.romper.yw pale gold
:::Sn@tch Striped Lyric Jeans (Brown-P):::
Emery - Gloves #Black
{mon tissu} Heathrow Boots / *Wear* Rigged Mesh ~ Chocolat

: Amorous : Requiem Earrings
Maitreya Long Scarf * Sepia
{mon tissu} Take Flight Necklace ~ Gold
{mon tissu} Seneca Threaded Leather Belt ~ Worn
[MANDALA] Takara Bangles Dark wood

Pose: Olive Juice

Portia’s Closet ~ Day 1

Okay, first of all, there’s no way I’m doing this every day but it HAS come to my attention that, as I spend so much time putting outfits together I could probably blog more of them. The solution? This category right here; I’m going to try to avoid writing quite as much as I do normally (we’ll see how THAT goes) in order to maintain a balance between life, work, fun, and THIS (as blogging is a little bit of all that, if you ask me). See how great I am at keeping things short and sweet?

Click here for an OMGMASSIVE picture of my closet!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Bleached Green
Maitreya V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes – Modded
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

!*Bliss Hair*! Mandy Hair – Sugar

[LeLutka]-VALENTINA/Black
p.c; In the Red Gloves
Audrey2 – PlateauHeels *REDGRAVE*

(Caroline’s Jewelry) Audrey Pearl Necklace in Black-Gold
JCNY – ICONOCLAST, Classic Diamond Stud Earring

Pose: !bang
Closet: The Loft
Random Goodies (shown in larger pic): The Loft, Paper Couture (outfit transparencies), MudHoney