Meet Mae

Well, actually this is my brother Lucky; the shoes are named Mae. :D

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Ahhh, much better!

So maybe there’s a bit of a disconnect between what Lucky is wearing and what I’ve chosen for this pic. If you’re looking at our feet, sure, the shoes don’t really match (but aren’t they FANTASTIC?!). What I find interesting, though, is scrolling up, you can see that we aren’t mismatched either. We coordinated colours and accessories to make this shot just a little more cohesive. Life is like that, too; sometimes you can’t line things up exactly but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Use what you’ve got. Love what you have.

I know for a fact that Lucky is going to rave about his sweater-bowtie-vest-thinger in HIS blog post so I’ll just tell you about what I’m wearing today. Deal?

Deal!

These shoes. I still have no words to describe them without sounding like a lovestruck fool; if you’ve read my Grace post, you already know what I mean. The shoes are part of Gos Boutique’s new line, named after four Hollywood icons (Grace Kelly, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, and Sophia Loren) and if you STILL haven’t been to the new in-world boutique you need to go. Now. These shoes, like everything Gos, are incredible and created with so much passion and attention to detail you can’t help but channel it when you’re wearing them.

My outfit began with the shoes, as many of them will for the forseeable future, and I just KNEW that shine by [ZD]‘s new wrap dress belonged with them. Since I was feeling fancy, I wanted to rock LeLutka‘s Magdalen hair and maybe I started with more elaborate jewelry but when I saw what the broface (Lucky) was wearing, I quickly added some Gos cateye glasses and a pair of LaGyo earrings I found at the December Arcade event. I even went with a richer shade of IKON eyes, royal blue in this case, to keep the colour theme going. Co-blogs can be such fun!

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~ Portia ~
Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Royal
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
.Pekka. Classy Eye shadow with eyeliner – Love
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-MAGDALEN hair – Marilyn

[Gos] Mae Platform – Naturelle Collection -
shine by [ZD] MESH DRESS with Belt black ~ Available this month @ BlackOnly
shine by [ZD] WAISTBELT black
*BOOM* Everyday Tank (cream) (BB-0, ftw!)
*blowpop* Yvette – black panties (DON’T FORGET)

[Gos] Custom Eyewear v5.0b CATEYE
LaGyo_Lila earrings Midnight
Emery – Gloves #Sailor

~ Lucky ~

Skin – EDWARD – Tan / 03 unshaved – REDGRAVE
Tattoo – [Stellar] – Infinity Arm Sleeve Tattoo
Eyes – IKON Eternal – Paradise

Hair – Trailerstar – Mohawk V2 [Brown]

Shirt – [Avoid] Geekazoid – M / 8
Pants – Razorblade Jacket Jaw Breaker / Standard Boot – Stonewash S1
Shoes – 2Real – PURE

Hat – [Avoid] Sideway Fitted – Solid Colors
Glasses – [IC] MESH Nerd Glasses .::Classics::. 2.0 Scripted UNISEX
Watch – (Simple/CHAIN) [MANDALA] SITENNOAH_black(male)
Bracelet – ROZOREGALIA *Belial* BRACELET1/Type3[Black]
Lip Piercing – ROZOREGALIA *Gemma* LIP PIERCE2/C
Earrings – ROZOREGALIA *NORNIR* Unisex PIERCE3[Type2]
Ring – JCNY – ‘CRIMSON Rose, Engraving Ed. – Mens Ring 2.0

~

Poses: !bang, Exposes
Set: Barnesworth Anubis

(I know you’re not the biggest Mraz fan, Lucky, but it’s my blog and I can do what I want.)

The Pastel Princess

If your quiz results tended to be D’s, you’re probably a Pastel Princess! Hooray!

Gown - Princess C 600 ( A prettier, shinier, BIGGER picture on my flickr. <3 )

Mostly D’s – The Pastel Princess

You are a hopeless romantic, sweet and caring, with a love of silk and sparkle. Gold, silver, jewels .. you use them to good effect in a way that practically screams “dance with me!”

You love skirts, dresses, and leap at the opportunity to go dancing. You probably own a tiara and at least one pair of fairy wings, even if you never wear them out.

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~ Princessy Pastel ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Blizzard
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
cheLLe – (eyeshadow) Undereye Shadows (Navy)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Like Lovers Do:Stefani

:: PM :: Ra Gown in Pearl
[PM] Baby T’s Plain 2.0 : Silver :

Chop Zuey ~ Wisteria Woke Me This Morning ~ NEW MVW Collection!
*BOOM* Dame Elbow Gloves (doll pink) ~ NEW!

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

The Silver Screen Starlet

If your quiz results were mostly F’s, you may want to look at this:

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Mostly F’s – The Silver Screen Starlet

There was a time, not too long ago, when men wore fedoras and trenchcoats. Women wore jewels and heels and skirts. Things were made with better materials, lasted longer, and somehow also cost less. You are a throwback to those times.

Your clothes are feminine without being girly. You ooze sensuality without being overtly sexy. You have truly excellent underwear.

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~ Ready for Your Closeup ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
.Pekka. Vintage Mature Complete Makeup – Red COMPLETE

/Wasabi Pills/ Veronica Mesh Hair – Rye

[LeLutka]-MARIA dress/BLACK
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court

Chop Zuey ~ Eilifu Set ~ NEW in the MVW Collection!
*BOOM* Dame Elbow Gloves (pure) ~ NEW!

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

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:

WoC #24 ~ Raspberry Glace

Maybe I’m just tired this weekend, but the idea of lounging around in sock feet, undies, and a comfortable cami was simply too heavenly to resist. In this picture you can see Truth’s new Leticia hair (lovely, lovely) and no, you won’t get to see any more of my underwear than this. I promise they’re very pretty, though, as is everything from *BOOM*. :D

( Click for a larger picture/moar pillows/ etc. )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Deep Blue
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ skin pink

>TRUTH< Leticia – oasis

{mon tissu} Lycia Tank / Rigged Mesh ~ Rose
*BOOM* Vintage Floral Unders- Tea Rose
Maitreya Scrunched PrimSocks ColorSet 2

*League* Vintage Heart Earrings
W&B Enough of That Ring CREAM
[MAGIC NOOK] Vintage Watch Necklace (Kitty)
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Pose: Diesel Works

Props: Trompe Loeil – Zuma Hills Home

Moody Blues? HA!

I prefer happy sunshiney yellows, thanks. :)

Honestly, I was having a bit of a day today. Rough morning, long afternoon, and my night was not going the way I wanted it to go; one might go so far as to say that I was moody, even vaguely upset.

mood-y [moo-dee]

adjective, mood·i·er, mood·i·est.

1. given to gloomy, depressed, or sullen moods; ill-humored.
2. proceeding from or showing such a mood: a moody silence.
3. expressing or exhibiting sharply varying moods; temperamental.

Then I signed into SL and my day got just a little brighter!

TONS brighter, really, when I took a peek at coldLogic’s new ‘moody’ sundresses! Completely adorable, right?! You’ll be able to pick them up at the CHIC² birthday event from June 3rd (4pm, SLT) to June 24th (4pm, SLT) and afterwards at the coldLogic mainstore! I’ll even go ahead and book the taxi to send you directly to their booth, but don’t drop in until the 3rd, kay? Portia’s Sunshiney Yellow Cab!

Who’s ready for cake?

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Deep Blue
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
*BOOM* Pale Pucker Pink

::Exile:: London Rain:Vanilla (NEW! EEEE!!)

coldLogic dress – moody.mangocream (Available June 3-24th at CHIC2′s birthday party!)
Slink Barefeet Mesh Medium

Chop Zuey Couture – Soul Infusion Earrings YellowDiamond
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Poses: !bang

coldLogic dress – moody.sageblossom
Necklace – Lealao Pendant – Short – Maxi Gossamer (NEW and available @ faMESHed)
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Maryjane Court
::Exile:: She Loves You:Vanilla

~

coldLogic dress – moody.summerfields
::Exile:: In The Meantime:Vanilla

Poses: Olive Juice

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

~

.: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

Week 22 WoC ~ Cobalt

Have you ever put something together that just made you smile? Just a plain, pure, happy grin?

*Grins!*

I think these Boudoir red shoes were the first pair of SL heels that I truly fell in love with – I’ll show them off better in a later post, I’m sure, but it should suffice to say that, of the hundreds of articles in my clothing folder, they are still one of my favourite things to wear. Sissy Pessoa is another designer I enjoy and need to wear more often; I loveloveLOVE this dress! WOO!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Utopia Eyes – Deep Cerulean
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
- Glam Affair - Make-up Layer 01
*BOOM* Pale Pucker Red

[e] Memoir – Blonde 01 (NEW, EEEE!)

Baiastice_Pois Satin-blue

BOUDOIR RED SHOE
(Yummy) Native Daydream Set
(Yummy) Portrait Necklace

Pose: D.Luxx

BirthWEEKEND!

Since Thursday was my birthday and I could do whatever I wanted (Portia’s Birthday Rule #1) I went and declared a four-day holiday weekend! WOOOOO!! PARTAAAAY!!!

Now that things are (relatively) quiet around here I’m excited to put a post together to share some of my super-happy birthweekend finds. :D

Gosh, where do I even begin? First of all, my blog-slacker of a brother Lucky is WONDERFUL! Knowing me as well as he does, he sent me clothes for my birthday. Smart man, right? This adorable top, courtesy of coldLogic and my broface, might just be the cutest thing I’ve worn in weeks! Recognize the necklace? I can’t take it off! I was also amazed by Exile’s Secret Summer hair; I expected it to be yet another style that doesn’t work with my face but looooook! It’s so pretty.

Okay, so this is the outfit I put together for my ill-fated first-time trip to a SL strip club (hush, don’t judge – it was my birthday and I could do what I wanted) where I spent two hours crashing, letting my computer cool down, booting up, and signing back in again. Rinse. Repeat. Sigh. I love this dress, though, especially with mesh stockings, gorgeous heels, and yet another of the Lamb. new releases I canNOT live without. Is there time to gush about the new(ish) refreshed blonde shades? No? Shoot, next blog.

Ahh, Magika and Mon Tissu – my two favourite M-shops in all of SL! If I could buy their inventories in one fell swoop I would but for now, I am quite happy to add this adorable tank (boobtastic without a clothing layer beneath) and wicked-cute hair to my collection. Speaking of clothing layers beneath, I’d like to add that if you haven’t seen the intrinsic tank packs from JANE, you really should consider picking them up. They’re one of my wardrobe staples: hairbase, mesh feet, eyelashes, intrinsic tank. That is my list. Wear them. Love them. Give your rack the night off. ;)

Look up .. waaayyyyy up! More clothing from JANE and coldLogic. And Magika. And Gos shoes (just say “Espadrilles;” it’s almost as much fun as wearing them!). Does anybody see a pattern here? Phew, me neither.

In all seriousness, I am a huge fan of simple and fun clothing with bright colours and an overall lack of fuss – thanks to these designers, it’s easier than ever to be a fun-loving (and less-obviously free-wheeling) gal on the grid. <3

(Style cards and SLURLs are attached to the main post, whee!)

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~ Tribute ~

This is not the greatest look in the world ~ this is just a tribute.

Couldn’t pull out the greatest look in the world, ~naw~, this is a tribute!

To my darling Holly Golightly, whose dreams of breakfast at Tiffany’s closely mirror my own love affair with Second Life:

Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds? 
Paul Varjak: The mean reds, you mean like the blues? 
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling? 
Paul Varjak: Sure. 
Holly Golightly: Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*

IKON Utopia Eyes – Deep Cerulean
Eyelashes -35- CornerPointed *REDGRAVE*
- Glam Affair – Make-up Layer 01
*BOOM* Pale Pucker Red

[e] Leah – Blonde 01

MichaMi: Call Me in White

[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court
(Caroline’s Jewelry) Audrey Pearl Necklace in Black-Gold
(Dahlinks) Pearl Stud – Black
[Gos] Custom Eyewear v5.0b CATEYE

Lady A – Emoter HUD

Poses: D.Luxx

Props: [ARIA]Trompe Loeil, *COCO* RibbonHat