Truth and Longing

Writer’s block: DEMOLISHED!

Well, mostly.

If you’re just tuning in now, you might have missed my newest blogger challenge! Yes, I was having a hard time putting words to (metaphorical) paper and I’ve noticed that the longer you put writing to one side, the harder it is to start up again.  Hence the challenge to just post something, already! 

Feeling similarly stoppered up? Give it a try!

Raw Truth 600( The Truth.)

I hope you’ve heard by now that our beloved Sea Hole is closing. Like me, you might have wondered why a star brand at Collabor88 was missing, only to sigh, nod sadly, and sulk over the news for days. Whether you made it to the mainstore right away or not, whether you bought half the store in one fell swoop (like me) or resolved to get a few things, only to find you absolutely NEEDED the entire store afterwards (also like me), it is my sincere hope that you have done everything in your power to send this incredible designer out with a bang (and all of your L$). Drinkenstein Sorbet, you will be missed!

Rawish Truth 600

(The WHOLE Truth.)

Second Life is always changing. This is most likely the only thing we can say for certain about the place we choose to make our home. Generally, it’s a good thing; it’s what keeps our world dynamic. It’s the reason we’re always searching for new clothes and shoes, hair and accessories. It’s the only logical reason to explain why we own sixteen different houses, all tucked neatly into our inventories, and more furniture than any one person needs. If you’re a blogger or a photographer, you’ve been exuberantly gathering poses for weeks, months, and even years. If you’re a blogger or a photographer, no doubt you’ve heard that aDORKable poses is closing too.

*Sadface*

I can only describe what I’m feeling now as a sense of longing. For what, exactly, I’m not sure. All I can say is that SL will be a poorer place for the lack of these two creative spirits and truly, I wish them both well in their future endeavours.

More truth 2 600

(And nothing BUT the Truth. So help me Gos.)

We SHOULD end this post on a positive note, though, and in the spirit of this I would like to remind all of you about Gos‘ incredible new(ish) Ursula wedges. Look up, waaaay u-, HEY!, eyes on the shoes! Down, down .. there!

Okay, they aren’t cheap, but who cares?! I fully intend to demonstrate in the coming posts how they can be worn with absolutely everything, from casual summer sets, to glamourous evening wear, to yes, even clubwear. I don’t tend to go in for entire collections but, gosh, I would rather own ONE pair of gorgeously versatile shoes I’ll wear constantly than fifteen pair that will sit in my inventory, forgotten and gathering dust. Admit it, you agree with me.

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Ardent Eyes – Nymph
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
Miamai_Protagoniste Basic (Eyelashes only in first picture)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

TRUTH HAIR Selma – LightBlondes01 (Check out the NEW mainstore!)

The Sea Hole – Annis Top, Champagne
The Sea Hole – Smocked Skirt – Sea Glass
The Sea Hole – Catalina Lingerie – Foam
[Gos] Ursula Wedge – Classic Collection – Ivory

Color.Me.H.O.F [ContinentalWallet[Pearl] (March Arcade)
EarthStones Lora Earrings – Moonstone Gold
{mon tissu} Take Flight Necklace ~ Robin’s Egg
p.c Braided Finish Gloves

All Poses: aDORKable

~ Shown Here and on Flickr ~

Amazing Prefab
Scarlet Creative For Gorgeous

Gazebo
floorplan. garden gazebo ~ Available at Collabor88 (May)

Grass
Zigana [ Lilies .white ]

Flamingos
/artilleri/ Yo, flamingo!

Potted Plants
{what next} Cornwall Daisies Planters
floorplan. boho ivy planter / mint

Furniture
LAQ Decor

Lighting
The Loft – Leighton Chandelier & Sconces

Rugs
The Loft – Laundry Rug
Dreamscapes Art Gallery ~ Shabby Rug Floral *Sky*

Cake!
-tb- Tea Time – Cake (from The Arcade ~ March)

“Olive Shine!”

Do you know the thing I love (olive) most about shine?

Sure, I’ve covered the brand before; Cecilia and I are friends; the clothes are fantastic and fun to wear but the more I think about it, I’m realizing that so many of my favourite outfits of this year have at least one piece of shine in them.  What I’m noticing now (and yes, I know I’ve been wearing these clothes for months) is how well these pieces work with my existing wardrobe but they do it in such a way that everything feels new.

Olive You L 600 ( Standing in front of shine’s NEW mainstore! )

This outfit, for example, came together when I decided to showcase shine‘s new slim mesh jacket; since it’s so close-fitting I wanted to work with system pants over mesh and since it’s on the dressy side (hello, there’s a brooch attached to it!) it needed to have some sort of flair as well.

This is where I remind myself that I have one of the best hobbies in Second Life. :)

So we add cropped high-waist pants from my LeLutka folder (circa 2010 and STILL current), a Whippet & Buck boatneck top (ditto for both), the tights that came with my Maitreya Allure shoes (also from 2010, wow), and the Gos ‘Posh Booties’ I picked up more than a year ago. To this, I HAD to add Exile‘s new ‘Raspberry Beret’ hair, some of Cae‘s ‘Knotted’ jewelry (another amazing new designer – if you haven’t checked her out yet, definitely get on that) and the very last Sea Hole scarf I needed to collect from The Arcade. That’s right ladies and gents, I have a full set now! WOO!

Olive You C 600 (Yeah, and I’m loving these eternity eyes from IKON. )

So what have we learned today, then?

I think it’s safe to say that just because something’s been in your inventory for a while, it can still be a vital part of your wardrobe. Go ahead and unbox your gear from a couple of years ago; you might be surprised to love what you find!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Patina
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
cheLLe – (eyeliner) Eyeliner Basics (Top)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Raspberry Beret:Stefani

shine by [ZD] SLIM MESH JACKET with BROOCH olive
[W&B] Cole Boatneck Top ALABASTER
[LeLutka]-MICHELLE pants/black
Maitreya Allure Socks – Neutral01
[Gos] Posh Bootie – Obsidian

Cae :: Knotted :: Set
The Sea Hole – (MESH) Parvita Scarf – Hillsbaine ~ Available @ The Arcade
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Poses: [LAP], aDORKable
Photos taken at the new shine & sharp by [ZD] mainstore! Go check it out!

 

 

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

Falling

I’m usually pretty happy. Whether through conscious effort or genuine gladness, this is the mood I choose to have and the face I choose to show the world. Always a kind word for someone, often with a quip or a compliment (or both, hah!), it’s been my experience that life is generally easier if you face it with a smile. Some days it’s as easy as breathing. Others, not so much.

Still, I try.

This post has been brewing a while, though, and is the culmination of a few things, really. Weeks of grief on top of months of stress and sadness; my anxieties and the neverending fight to BE the person I want to be. The seasonal change (and don’t pretend it doesn’t affect you too – we’re all human), juggling funds, and failure in more than a few areas. Depression. Blah. We’ve all been here in varying degrees and we deal with it in a variety of ways.

( Click here for the full shot. <3 )

Generally, I spend as much time as I can with friends and family, trusting that time with people who care about me (and vice versa) will pick me up. I listen to music and dance; the club I visited tonight uses a windlight called ‘predawnmoon’ and yes, this also encouraged me that now is in fact the time to post.

I was already wearing an item from My Attic‘s new ‘Falling Into You’ cycle, the gorgeous Essences Nile dress and if you’ll glance below, you can see Exile‘s beautiful new hair ‘All for Love’ and one of the ‘Falling’ poses from aDORKable. This post practically made itself, I tell you.

( Yeeeah, it’s been a long night. )

The song I’m linking at the end of my post is the last piece of this sad, slightly blue-ish puzzle. Music is therapy. So is writing. And shopping.  And maybe drinking .. just a little (“…hic!”).

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
-Belleza- Eyeliner 4

“LoQ Hair” Gingerbread – Pale Golden
“LoQ Hairs” Hairbase – Pale Golden

Essences – Nile Dress (C) ~ NEW at My Attic!
[Gos] Hunter Ankle Boot – Taupe (yes, I really do wear these all the time)

{mon tissu} Oui Necklace – Silver
P.C; Reclining Feline Earrings
[ZD] Silver Bangles right – GROUP GIFT
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

~

As above with two exceptions:

::Exile:: All for Love:Stefani ~ NEW at My Attic!

[Cynful] Deliciosa – Black

~

Poses: !bang, aDORKable (NEW at My Attic)
Props: [ARIA], Banjo Bailey, The Loft, KK

Of all the dresses ..

.. in all the shops in all of the SL events right now .. the CadyLady and I bought the EXACT SAME ONE. At Cinema.

Crazy, right? But really .. would you have been able to resist the Volstead ‘Liason’ in honey? This lacy, silky, sheer chemise (if you aren’t wearing the glitch layers) left me speechless the second I tried it on. I’m still having trouble drumming up the words to describe how much I love this piece. Just .. go to Cinema and pick up the demo so you can throw me a line, here.

Okay?

Thanks.

( Hanging out at home with two of my favourite ladies and the new !bang Serenade piano prop. Go see! )

Reunited in blogship by our mutual love of Volstead, Cady and I decided to do this post (and maybe others!!) together; something we haven’t done in months and months and if we’re a little matchy-matchy, you’ll have to understand how excited we are to be doing this again!

The dresses below, ‘Champagne’ and ‘Empire,’ are also available in the Romance section at Cinema along with a bunch of other goodies, all classy and exquisite, so don’t be shy here, all right? I’m looking forward to sharing more of my finds from here very, very soon. <3

( Wondering where Cady and I went last night to take this picture? Check here for the wider shot. Raar. )

~ Cady ~

Credits for Cady’s outfits and the stunning pictures she’s taken can be found on her blog, Serene Cadence.

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Utopia Eyes – Light Forest Green
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
.Pekka. Classy Eye shadow with eyeliner – Gold
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

>TRUTH< Mayim w/Roots – seasand
Truth Hairbase – latte

Volstead ~ Liaison Chemise ~ Honey (mesh dark trim) ~ Available at Cinema! ~
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V3 – Point Platform

: Amorous : Chimera Onyx Pearl Bracelets
LaGyo_Santa Monica earrings gold

Props: !bang, LISP, what next

~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Bleached Gold <3
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe – (eyeshadow) Dusty Bumble Bee

::Exile::Crush:Stefani

Volstead ~ Empire ~ Dress ~ Ivory ~ Available at Cinema! ~
Volstead ~ Empire ~ Top ~ Ivory ~ Available at Cinema! ~
Slink Womens Medium Height Barefeet
Slink Vintage 2-Strap Pumps Cream

Donna Flora ~ AMALIA earrings
Donna Flora ~ AMALIA necklace
Emery – Gloves #Black

Pose: aDORKable
Location: Ellie’s Burlesque

Coming Soon to a Cinema Near You!

Hiiiii everyone!

You may not be able to see me inside the GINORMOUS cinema but if you look verrrrry closely there’s a little yellow and blue person standing by the counter. Squint .. squint .. see me? HI!

You’re probably already aware that the Hottie Cooterati Experience event begins (OMG) LATER ON TODAY but if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, I’m going to tempt you with a couple of fun things I’ve found so far and probably rave way too much about an event which is very close to my heart.

Who doesn’t love going to the movies?

Now zoom out, just a little. :) )

Okay, so first of all .. this event is HUGE and it’s all set inside a giant movie theatre because, helloooo, that’s the theme! As you can see below, there are a bunch of theatres to visit and in each one of those, smaller areas furnished by some of our favourite SL designers!

Cinema will be an elaborately themed sim-wide event centered around one of our favorite past times… movies!

Starting October 13th, Cinema will bring you into a massive and beautiful, intricately designed multiplex cinema featuring 8 individually themed theaters. You’ll be immersed in the movie going experience, and in true Hottie Cooterati style, we will have some fun surprises awaiting you.

As always, our events are more than just about a shopping spree, we want to give you an experience, something to have fun with, and something you will remember.

Don’t worry though, the stores won’t fail you as a shopping event as well. They will be pushed to their creative limits to bring you inspired and themed items from the romance, action/adventure, scifi, horror, fantasy/musical, film noir… and…. XXX genres. That’s right, we just couldn’t leave out a touch of bow chicka bow wow.

( Flickr page transfer – energize! )

I’m not about to head into the ‘XXX’ area unescorted so for now .. it’s SciFi time! “Why Portia,” you ask, “is that a Star Trek commander top?” The answer is YES (thank you Eclectic Apparel) and you can get one too – at Cinema! Need a phaser? How about some 3D glasses? There are hundreds of items, all film starlet-ready and waiting for you. Don’t forget to visit the HCE concession stand either, where everything is calorie-free, fat-free, and also free-free!

Now, just sneak over with me to the Action/Adventure area and check out something super neat. That’s right, my dears – Gos came to Cinema and I helped!

( HEHEHEHEEEEEEE! )

So yes. Cinema begins today! Enjoy and pleasepleasePLEASE tell me all about -your- adventures super soon. <3

~ Command Yellow ~

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

fri. – Tatum – Happy Blond

e! SciFi Sweater (Yellow) ~ NEW at Cinema!
[Cynful] – Eve Britches – Light Blue
[Gos] Hunter Ankle Boot – Black

{mon tissu} Favorite Readers ~ Black
e! Flight Wings Badge ~ NEW at Cinema!
Fennux Artic Soda (wear me!) ~ NEW at Cinema! (freeeeebie)
Pilot Popcorn Lrg (wear me!) ~ NEW at Cinema! (freeeeebie)

Poses: aDORKable Poses

~ RAMBIMBO ~

LAQ ~ Jennie2 [Peach]
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Light Blue
:: YaYo :: – Game Day – Face Tattoo
Zasta Korobase ~ Dirt_and_blood

>TRUTH< Lilia – mirage

OW Slave girl
[Gos] Equestrian Boot in Leopard ~ NEW at Cinema!

Thugs Style Head Bandana
M60 GPMG

Pose: oOo (custom)

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