The Fantasy Gacha SNEAK PEEK (part 1)

Okay, so first of all I have one thing to say:

“YOU GUYS ARE IN BIG TROUBLE.”

Much like the last session, this round of The Fantasy Gacha is set on the Acerbus Silva sim and holy wow, there are a LOT of machines to tap. Just like last time, I went a little bit crazy in the first section, forgetting that there were still dozens of gacha machines tucked away in other parts of the event area. To help -you- avoid prematurely blowing through all of your lindens, however, I have decided to provide this map to show you just how massive the place is:

Fantasy Gacha Overhead

Bear in mind that the tiiiiny red tent at the lower left-hand corner of the picture is the landing point. You’ll cross the bridge into the first group of gacha machines and then proceed straight ahead or to your left. Do not forget that there are many, many vendors in each area, though! Pace yourself and remember that you can always come back later for another round. Breathe. You’ll get through this.

Since there is absolutely NO way I’m going to get through all of my treasures in one blog post, I have decided to break the event up into a series of posts over the weekend leading up to the event (it opens to the public October 1st) and I hope you’re as excited to read through this series as I am to write it!

So. We’re starting with the machine that received the MOST love from me. I literally dreamt about this outfit last night and woke up deciding it needed to happen ASAP.

Back to Black 600F

UH HUH.

This gown, ruffle collar, and parasol are just a few of the items available from Junbug this round. I won’t go into precise detail over how many times I poked this machine, how convincing I had to be in my sweet-talking, and precisely what I had to do to get a full set together for this post, but it should suffice to say that I was not surprised to be dreaming about The Queen’s Ruff last night. The mesh is beautiful, of course, but the thing that struck me the most about this set (and really, everything in the Junbug mainstore) is the rich texture of this gorgeous fabric. Seriously. Pick a demo, any demo, and you’ll see what I mean.

I thought it would be fun to add a few other gacha items to this outfit (all from this event, might I add) and you will certainly see more of them in the near future. The corset is actually an EPIC find of mine (same as ultra-rare but way more fun to say) from On A Lark; this pack includes a hood, shoulder straps, and a HUD to change the accent colour from silver to gold to black. COOL RIGHT?

Back to Black 600C

You’re going to see a lot of head gear featured from The Fantasy Gacha in the coming days as well because there are a bunch of different machines offering a variety of crowns, diadems, circlets, chains, and helmets. For this outfit, I tried to keep things simple by matching a silver Celtic headband from The Forge with one of the many witch circlets from Sax Shepherd Designs.

Are you completely psyched to gacha yet?!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Witch Eyes – Death
Soirée – Kat Brows #Ebony
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
*LpD* MakeUp – *Steam Cloud* Complete
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Sway My Way:Raven

*{Junbug}* The Queen Gown in Night (RARE) ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha
*OAL* Dory Corset M ~ Black Epic ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha

*{Junbug}* The Queen’s Parasol (ULTRA RARE) ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha
*{Junbug}* The Queen’s Ruff Collar Coal ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha
[The Forge] Celtic Headband, (Silver), Common ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha
! !SSD ~ Gatcha ~ Witch Circlet ~ Jadis ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha
NAIL/Female[MANDALA] SHORT

Poses: ::WetCat:: (Back to Black set – I HAD TO!)
Set: Enchanted Unicorn Castle by Atelier Yllanys

Grey’s The Way!

“People think that everyone wears black in France; in fact they all wear grey.”
~ Jean Paul Gaultier

So, again, this is a post that got away from me. I had plans; everything was set in my mind, plotted to the last alpha layer. I was going to photograph shine’s Grey Collection in monochrome with vivid colour accents: bright red lips, stunning aquamarine eyes, verdant green foliage, and bold yellow gloves (you know how I love to play with gloves). When I signed in this morning, though, things came together differently.

I just love when outfits evolve on their own!

Grey Collection 1 600 ( This outfit is pure ‘shine;’ simple, comfortable, and still pretty stylish! )

Something you will notice, however, is that I kept each outfit very simple; after a month of shimmer, sparkle, and bright colour, it was refreshing to change gears this way. To ‘embrace the grey,’ as it were.

The best part about all of these, though? Only the ‘Grey Collection’ clothing is brand new – everything else was hiding in my inventory. :) You don’t have to spend to look great, my dears.

Grey Collection 2 600 ( Click here for a ride over to flickr, yay! )

Shine by [ZD] has really outdone itself with this collection, I must say, and even though the clothing will only be available until the end of January I’m hoping you’ll drop by the mainstore to take a look for yourself. It’s definitely worth the effort. <3

Grey Collection 3 600 ( I’m not sure what to call this look, but there’s a bigger picture of it on my flickr. Go see! )

So here you have it: clothes by shine, +grasp+, Paper Couture, and coldLogic; LeLutka and Exile hair; Amorous jewelry; Gos sunglasses. Shoes from four of my favourite shops: Ingenue, Maitreya, shine, and Gos. IKON eyes. Emery gloves. Great poses from Diesel Works and .. I think that’s about it!

Four outfits, similar in composition but pretty different in effect. You can do it too!

Grey Collection 4 600 ( This girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man. Where are you guys?! )

~ Portia ~

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

[LeLutka]-ALICE hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH KNIT JUMPER grey ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
shine by [ZD] MESH MAXISKIRT special Ed. grey ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
+grasp+ Crown Tank Top(White)
Maitreya Allure Socks – Black (from the Allure shoe pack)
Ingenue :: Ariane :: Noir

: Amorous : Granny’s Necklace

~

IKON Eternal Eyes – Mist

[LeLutka]-SWISH-4in1-hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH SLIM MINIDRESS grey No. 1 ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
Maitreya Allure Tights – Black (from the Allure shoe pack)
Maitreya Gold * Allure-Tights Ivory

[Gos] – Custom Sunglasses v3.2 BUTTERFLY [model]
: Amorous : Heilig (Set)
-LMK- Medium leather gloves

~

IKON Eternal Eyes – Mist

[LeLutka]-CACHET hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] – GIRLS MESH LEATHERJACKET rocking grey ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
p.c; Lace Cut bustier (from the Lace Cut Ballerina dress)
shine by [ZD] HIGH WAIST SKIRT grey ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
p.c Braided Finish Stockings (from the Braided Finish outfit)
shine by [ZD] MESH ANKLE BOOTS black

: Amorous : Suki (Set)

~

IKON Eternal Eyes – Blue

::Exile:: Against the Music:Stefani

shine by [ZD] MOCK NECK TOP grey ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
coldLogic trouser – cooper.pepper
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Ballet

: Amorous : Tied (Cord)
Emery – Gloves #Black

Poses: Diesel Works
Photos taken at the shine & sharp by [ZD] mainstore!

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.

Gown - Princess L 600

~ 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

“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!

 

 

In the Moment

You know? I wasn’t expecting my next post to be super easy but sometimes things just align so wonderfully you’re smiling and at peace with how easily it all came together.

This outfit is one of those things. :)

Somnia 1 600 (Easy and breezy. :) )

I’m not even going to fib, haha, when I saw Sanura Snowpaw’s plurk about her offering for this round of MySecondBox I signed up right away. Somnia isn’t a brand you’ll see on my blog all too often and I have no idea why; there’s just something about these clothes that feels comfortable, cozy, and, well, easy. I love the leggings and, gosh, everything else too. Pretty patterns, soft colours .. *swoon* .. I’m a happy girl when I’m wearing this.

Not difficult to accessorize, either. I grabbed a couple of scarves I already had from Maitreya and Tee*fy and I realized that the Exile hair I’ve worn with about three different outfits so far was PERFECT with this. Perfecter. Perfectest? Are we even going to talk about how amazing Gos‘ aviator boots look with this outfit?

We can, of course, but I don’t think it’s necessary. LOOK!

Somnia 2 600 (Peace in my heart .. peace in my soul. <3 )

The last thing I’d like to highlight here is this wonderful wall art I picked up at ‘Together for Sway.’ Courtesy of Thistle, these are words we all need to hear every day; it’s an important message to remember so please, take it to heart, okay?  Live and love in the moment, my dears. <3

Somnia 3 600~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond (Maybe my fave colour so far :) )
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: A Winter’s Tale:Stefani

.: Somnia :. Knit Mess {Pink/Brown} ~ Available from MSB
.: Somnia :. Knitted Mini {Pink Brown} ~ Available from MSB
.: Somnia :. Lace Capris {Pink Brown} ~ Available from MSB
[Gos] Aviator Boot – Amelia -

Maitreya Long Scarf * Champagne
Tee*fy Janny Cardigan (Pink) Scarf

Poses: !bang ~ Available @ The Arcade
Sign: Thistle ~ Available @ Together for Sway
Miss Ella: KittyCatS <3

Together for Sway!

I’ve been thinking a lot about Second Life lately, evaluating my reasons for being here and trying to pinpoint what it is, exactly, that encourages me to sign in, day after day, month after month, and year after year. It’s easy to call it a ‘social MMO’ or a ‘shopping game’ because it is both of these things but for me, I don’t know, it’s something more than that.

And then an event like ‘Together for Sway’ surfaces and I’m reminded, all over again, about something in Second Life that feels so rare and special I just feel grateful to know that kind, generous, and helpful people do exist in this world. It gives me hope for the future.

tfs-event-poster

Sway Dench has been a fixture in Second Life for years. She creates some of the cutest furniture and decor, and is famous for her Cookie Bears. Recently, she learned that there is a benign tumour in her brain, and in 6 – 8 weeks, she will go into surgery to have it removed. While our dear Sway will make it through this, unfortunately her finances may not. She will be out of commission for nearly 6 months, and her inworld store is her only source of income.

Together for Sway was created to help this sweet woman deal with her time in need.

Various designers have banded together, and will set out their items (new or otherwise) all in the same venue. 100% of profits will go directly to Miss Dench.

This is an incredible event so please, find your least-scripty outfit and hurry down to have a look. Even if you aren’t super-flush now and can’t purchase much, do what you can; tell your friends, spread the word, and help Sway remember that she is far from alone.

Sway 600 ( <3 )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Blizzard
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ mango jelly

::Exile:: Sway My Way:Stefani ~ Available @ Together for Sway

SYSY’s-GWINv2-Sway- peach ~ Available @ Together for Sway
Light Gold StayUps by INSOLENCE
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court

Cae :: Elegance :: Set (Copper)
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Poses: WetCat ~ Available @ Together for Sway

Would you like to learn a little bit more about Sway?

Shop SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SwayLand/158/169/22
Marketplace: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/18479
Blog: http://www.sway-dench.com
Flickr: group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/sways_creations
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sways.shop

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)

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

Tomorrow Today .. Today!

Hello, my dears!

We’re a little over halfway through the Tomorrow Today event and, by every account, the support has been overwhelming. Dozens of designers, bloggers, and most importantly shoppers have come together to support Matchbook Monday, designer of truly incredible Amorous jewelry.

You can find information on this event on Matchbook Monday’s personal blog. Also, here is the Amorous blog and a link to the marketplace and inworld stores. The event location is right here. <3

( Here’s a link to a big, pretty close-up. :) )

So talking about clothes (because when do I pass up a chance to do that?) I have to say that I am ALL ABOUT this worn leather jacket from Shine; it’s a fantastic shape and the textures (in every colour; I just love the brown) are absolutely beautiful. I thought about wearing it with a simple white tee and some jeans but really, isn’t this so much more fun? *

The jewelry is Amorous, of course, picking up the bronze hues in the coat and awesome AngelRED pants as well as the black stripes in this adorable little tee from fri.day. I can’t say enough about the Exile natural fusion fades either so .. should I even try? Are you still with me?

….

:D

~ Portia ~

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

::Exile:: Wild Horses:Bleach

shine by [ZD] – GIRLS MESH LEATHERJACKET wornout brown ~ Available @ Tomorrow Today! ~
fri. – Ballet.Tee (White.Stripe)
Emery – Gloves #Black ( Yep! Still wearing the heck out of these. )
AngelRED – Vintage Pants TGA [Cafe’] ~ Available @ Tomorrow Today! ~
{mon tissu} Provence Riding Boots ~ Gray

: Amorous : Granny’s Necklace**
: Amorous : Cathartik (Earrings)
: Amorous : Cathartik (Necklace)

Pose: Diesel Works

* In addition to being fun, this is also a great example of why it helps to have a combination of system AND mesh clothing in your inventory. Wearing the jacket in a different size is possible, but I really like the slim silhouette I got with wearing (beautiful) system gear underneath.

** I’ve heard that ten times as many people have purchased Amorous’ ‘Not Granny’s Necklace’ (the mean one!) as the one I’m wearing in this picture. Why not get this, for yourself or a friend, and send a positive message to the people that matter to you?

My very first conversation with Ms. Monday largely consisted of us watching a Rick Mercer special together on youtube. Here’s one of the highlights:

Thinking of you, honey. <3

Beyond the Waves

Hello, everyone!

Just a short little bloggy post for now; I’m hoping to get another installment for Tomorrow Today, well, today! I just have to share this lovely new hair from Exile, though, and my continuing love affair with the IKON Eternal eyes. Since it’s a casual kind of day (and I’ve gotta wear something), I figured Maitreya was the way to go; if you haven’t been there lately you absolutely need to check out the mesh sweater dress and the gorgeous new(ish) Suave shoes from Maitreya Gold. The jewelry is pretty casual too and a couple of my favourite finds from Glow Studio and Maxi Gossamer. <3

( Check here for a close-up of the hair/eyes/gorgeousness. )

~ Portia ~

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

::Exile:: Beyond the Waves:Bleach

Maitreya Milia Sweater Dress * French Roast
Maitreya Gold * Suave Pearl

[ glow ] studio – Bubble Pearls Necklace (gold)
[ glow ] studio – Bubble Pearls Ring (gold)
Maxi Gossamer ~ Necklace – Garbo Graduated – Combo – BLEACHED

Pose: Marukin