Portia Pexington: Origins and Evolution

Whatever our reasons for joining Second Life, whatever path lead us here, everyone has a story that begins in another time and a very different place.

My story began online, way back in 2004 (holy wow!), in a place called Paragon City and, more specifically, in a game called City of Heroes. I played a mutant heroine named Ms Permafrost, an ice/storm controller (if that means anything to you). She was (is?) a defensive character and it was always my pleasure to keep opponents on ice with crowd control and damage mitigation, while tossing the occasional heal to allies as needed. Is my nerd hat showing?

Permafrost 600 ( Standing on a rooftop .. where else would I take my hero pics? )

Anyway. Most heroes have an alter ego and Ms P was no exception. Enter Portia Peterson (alliterative names are SO comic book), corporate heiress, do-gooder, and all-around fancy person who made heavy use of the wardrobe changing shop ICON and was on a first name basis with Serge, the NPC tailor. ;) I’m sure you can see where this is going now.

Since nothing lasts forever, my time in City of Heroes was limited to a year or two and while I kept in touch with a few friends from my old server (Virtue – I’m a roleplayer too) the character fell into disuse. Until one of those friends convinced me to join Second Life to pick up our heroic storylines in a new place. That would be here.

Frost 600 ( This shot is very similar to the first formal pic I ever took in SL but, gosh, it’s so much prettier. )

I’ve stopped role playing since then; good friends have come and gone and while I’ve lost the urge to seek new adventures as Ms Permafrost (hah), I’ve found her alter ego much more to my liking. In time, she became .. well .. me. :)

What prompted this post, you ask? Simple. IKON released a new pack of Eternal Eyes this weekend and one, named Frost, brought back so many memories I had to share them here. Sometimes that’s all it takes. <3

Frosteyes 600

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Frost
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Need You Now: Cloud

Felicia Helendale ~ Ms Permafrost Outfit (custom)
-Ema’s Secret- Belz dress Pant white
BAX Prestige Boots Base White Leather

~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Frost
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
.Pekka. Fresh Look Eyeshadows w/ eyeliner – 1
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

>TRUTH< Jade w/Roots – seasand

~Sassy!~ Whitney gown – sky ~ PoE Hunt GIFT!

Noodles – Celestual Necklace & Ring Silver/Sapphire ~ NEW @ Collabor88
-LMK- Long leather gloves

Poses: !bang, AAA

Confessions of a Former Band Geek

Music is my solace. Harmony, my heart. Certain chord progressions make me weak, or enraged, or giddy, or .. anything, really, because at a very basic level, music is feeling. It sinks into you, sometimes, and becomes part of who you are and how you see the world.

What I’m trying to say here, I suppose, is that there are some songs that you never forget or, specifically, that I will never forget. When other girls were listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Destiny’s Child, I’m slightly embarassed to admit that I spent my high school years obsessing over Dmitri Shostakovich’s fourth ballet suite and, of course, I knew every note in the Phantom of the Opera. One of my favourite CDs of all time, though, was Colm Wilkinson’s Stage Heroes, and the first track on THAT was his version of ‘I, Don Quixote.’

Listen to it sometime – you won’t regret it.

Now. The point of this confession is to provide a bit of context when I say that .. I am absolutely in LOVE with Chop Zuey‘s new Don Quixote Collection!

(Phew, that was a lot of text. Bring on the pictures!)

The story of Don Quixote is too long to share in a single blog post (and you’d probably throw something at me if I tried, admit it!) but I think we’re all familiar with the basic shape of it. An older gentleman becomes caught up in old, chivalric stories and as his mind begins to leave him, he assumes the identity of a knight errant to rid the world of injustice and evil. It’s clear, even from the beginning, that he’s not quite right in the head.

The fall collection, released last Saturday, captures the spirit of this story; strength, valour, beauty, and (of course) madness, all interpreted and presented in the form of truly stunning jewelry.

(Darn you, six-hundred-pixel-width restriction!)

With names like Gentle Insanities, Rochainte’s Curve, and Balsam for Madness, each set in the collection has its own story to tell. Together, as I hope to show you in the coming days, they become something more. Please, enjoy the pictures I’ve taken but make a point of viewing the collection for yourself at the Chop Zuey mainstore. They’re well worth the trip!

(A limousine ride to my flickr right here, whee!)

~ Gentle Insanities ~

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

Vanity Hair:Smoking Room-Platinium
Vanity hair base Platinium

GizzA – Attractive Black [Black]
Emery – Gloves #Black
[Gos] GTFO Boot in Black

Chop Zuey ~ Gentle Insanities Set in Silver/Blue ~ NEW Fall Collection!

Pose: AAA

~ Rochainte’s Curve ~

IKON Kaleido Eyes – Dawn

Vanity Hair:Shena-Platinium

:: PM :: Malena Dress in Black
Miamai_LesMakeups_Laced 05
Slink Mesh Feet

NailsLong Fairy *REDGRAVE*

Chop Zuey ~ Rocinante’s Curve Set in Silver ~ NEW Fall Collection!

Pose: aDORKable Poses

~ Balsam for Madness ~

IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – White
-Belleza- Eyeliner 1

[LeLutka]-MARIE hair – Marilyn

:: PM :: Meryl Gown in White
:: PM :: Meryl Gown in Black Gloves

NailsLong Fairy *REDGRAVE*

Chop Zuey ~ Balsam for Maddness Glasses in Black/White ~ NEW Fall Collection!
Chop Zuey ~ Balsam for Maddness Whte Neck Corset ~ NEW Fall Collection!
Chop Zuey ~ Shirobana Ring

Pose: Miamai

Steve Rogers: RSVP

Dear Steve,

I know it’s been a while since my last letter but I just wanted to say great job with that alien invasion; it looked pretty rough for a while but I knew you and the rest of the Avengers would pull through with another win for us. Busy month, right?

I hope this letter finds you well and (more or less) enjoying a bit of a breather before it’s time to save the world again.

Reply when you can,

~ Portia

P.S – Don’t listen to those rumours about me dating one of those Lantern Corps guys. You and I both know you’re the only hero for me. xoxo

So. I was online this morning, minding my own business and tackling my New Release Day wardrobe additions (OMG there are a bunch of them but I’ll get to those in another post) when, out of the blue, my MHOH chat window pops open with an invitation to pick up FREE SUPERHERO T-SHIRTS! I tried to stay calm (“breathe in, breathe out”) but it wasn’t very long before I dropped what I was doing to race over to check out this shop.

Parcel name: Sheldonopolis. I was in love.

Now. Not ONLY are there gifts for joining the .:sHaZaM!:.HeRoEs:. in-world group (FREE to join) but they’re actually pretty cool! I may very well live in my new Avengers track suit until the next movie installment. Well, that isn’t true but it’s still super great! :D

Shazam Heroes (no way I’m typing that out again) has a TON of great superhero-themed gear (tees, jerseys, boxers, hoodies, and even a few options for the ladies) and also a section lovingly dedicated to the shirts of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Want a ‘Wesley Crushers’ top of your very own? You can totally go get one! Prices are great and all the clothing layers and prim attachments seem to be modifiable! Awesome, awesome little shop.

 ~ Portia ~

.:sHaZaM:. AVENGERS shirt
.:sHaZaM:. AVENGERS sweat pants
[PM]Roxy Roller Socks – Red

[e] Listen – Blonde 01

*~*Illusions*~* Sleep Mask

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.:sHaZaM:. C. America Hoody
coldLogic capri – may.white
Slink Barefeet Mesh Medium

[e] Return – Blonde 01 (NEW!)

~

.:sHaZaM:.C. America
Emery – Short On E #Black
[PM]Roxy Roller Socks – Red
[Gos] GTFO Boot in Black

[e] Never – Blonde 01 (NEW!)

~

.:sHaZaM:. My BF is Steve
Maitreya Zipper-Skinny Jeans #5
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court

[LeLutka]-APHRODITE hair – Sweeden (NEW!)

~

.:sHaZaM:. Wesley Crushers T-Shirt
:: YaYo :: – Game Day – Face Tattoo
Maitreya Zipper-Skinny Jeans  #5
W&B Enough of That Ring CREAM

[e] Play – Blonde 01

~ In Every Pic ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Deep Blue
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
cheLLe – (eyeliner) Eyeliner Basics (Full)
*BOOM* Pale Pucker Red

jane.intrinsic.tank.rd cherry

Poses: AAA, !bang

WoC Post ~ Week 17 (Shuttle Grey)

Hey everyone!

I haven’t made it through ALL of the Fantasy Faire yet but I HAD to share these neat and slightly different finds this week. Like many of you, I’ve always had a weakness for the fantasy genre and with so many great items up on the RFL boards I just couldn’t resist.

~Portia~

~*Fantasia*~ Stone (RFL item)
(V) Angel Gabriel Wings, Tint Light, RFL Purple ~ Vaengi

01 Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes – Pale Blue (M)
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
*BOOM* Pale Pucker Natural

>TRUTH< Lykie (Mesh) – silver

Poses: AAA, Glitterati