A Few Last Words

.. over here anyway! I’m not quitting SL or even just blogging, but I AM moving to a fancy new website. :)

There are a number of reasons for this, some of which I mention in my maiden post for Mask and Mien. I’m sad to relinquish the following I have with WordPress.com and the number of feeds I’ve belonged to (those that are still functioning more than a year after my last post here, anyway). Still, this is a good thing. A happier blogger makes for better pictures and more frequent posts, right?

So welcome to my very last wordpress post! I’ve decided to redo my own Beauty Base Zero challenge because, let’s face it, 1) two years is SUCH a long time in Second Life and 2) I’m sort of excited to show how much my avatar has changed since my last posts here.

BB0 New C copyIt’s a little strange quoting myself but I’m going to do it anyway:

“… 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.”

So, right. I’ve gone with a down-do for this picture out of sheer vanity and for one other important reason: no, it isn’t possible to see earrings with this hair but it’s more effective to adjust jewelry and other accessories once my avatar is posed and ready to be photographed. This is a CRUCIAL: if your avatar’s head is tilted, your earrings need to be adjusted to fall naturally! Same goes for any and all accessories so be mindful, yeah?

BB0 New L 800 copy

I’m going to write a small review and a few basic tips for using the Slink Physique Mesh Body in a later post (on the new blog) but for now, and as it applies to this post, I want to say that this is one of the best investments I’ve made in Second Life. Period. It’s easy to talk about the ways in which the mesh body falls short but for those of you who -haven’t- tried one yet, please hear me out:

TRY IT! Walk around in a demo version of whatever body your skin creator supports. Take off your mesh and (if you’re feeling brave) just strut in the buff for a little while. Dance and jump around! More and more designers are creating clothing appliers for mesh bodies and as you can see above, some of them are -really- lovely! I adore the way these layers hug the ‘Physique’s curves and once you get used to working with the Slink HUD (pictured below), the end result is almost always worth the effort. And gosh, the body is SO smooth. No more jagged elbows and knees! And, too, you can add (or remove, ahem) your underwear with a few clicks on the HUD .. which is MUCH faster than looking through inventory. Sorry, but it is.

BB0 UI 1

Rather than go into too much detail telling you how I take my pictures, I’m going to show you some of the settings I’ve learned to use in the last two years. Above and below, you can see what my basic SL User Interface looks like when I’m taking pictures. What you can’t see is the pose stand beneath my little platform but I promise it isn’t exciting (although the number of poses loaded into it is pretty embarassing). Everything else is pretty much here.

BB0 UI 2 copy

One extra tip I will give, however, is that hitting ctrl+0 is a helpful way to remove some of the SL Fishbowl Effect as well as zoom in closer than the default cameras allow (GREAT for fitting eyelashes when you’re on a pose stand). Ctrl+9 resets your camera to the default distance.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this short(ish) and sweet post and pleasepleasePLEASE come visit me at Mask and Mien whenever you can. <3

Credits:

Skin: [PF] Harley <Porcelain> – Lid 02 – (ltbrow – A) ~ Mochi Milena
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Lashes: *MC* “Falsies” Eyelashes ~ Freya Olivieri
Mesh Bod: Slink Physique Mesh Body V1.4 ~ Siddean Munro
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Flat ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Polish Applier: Hello Dave: Slink Avatar Enhancement- French Ombre ~ Maia Gasparini

Lingerie Applier: {Luxuria} Summer Crush – Bra *candy pink* ~ 5thAndOxford Monitor

Hair: Magika [Hair S] Wait ~ Sabina Gully

Ring: (Yummy) Modest Crown – Gold ~ Polyester Partridge

Pose: Le Poppycock *Die a Little* B – Mystery to Me ~ Olivia Lalonde

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

A Triumphant Return?

Can you believe that it’s been nearly four months since my last post?

I really can’t, honestly, but I suppose the fact that it took me five minutes and umpteen attempts to access my wordpress account can attest to the dry spell. I’ve missed blogging, missed sharing my thoughts and some of the many outfits I put together throughout my time in Second Life. No doubt some of you know that it’s been a busy time for me; my nephew is HUGE now (proud auntie pictures on my flickr page) and nearly seven months old! I’ve moved from my tiny apartment to a much-less-tiny townhouse across town and I’m loving all the extra space (and a computer in my bedroom, thank you very much!). With Thanksgiving approaching, I’m looking forward to cooking a massive meal for my family and having enough actual counter space to do it. Do you remember my post about Awesome Breed Creations (ABC) Horses? I’m working for them now as their official Clerk of Course, which means practically nothing to you, I’m sure, but it’s a marvelous honour. If you’re interested in racing horses in SL (or waiting for jousting events to begin like the rest of us), you should come check us out sometime. :)

Okay, okay. “ENOUGH!” you say.  Shall we talk about clothes?

Arrival Full 600

So first of all, you’ll notice that this is not the Portia you were looking for. Let me assure you that the black hair, although pretty, is not a permanent change; it is a role-play necessity for my new character on the Realms of Ice and Fire sim (yep, Game of Thrones role play!). Moving forward from today, you are going to see a mix of posts, both fantasy and contemporary, and a variety of themes I find interesting.

For me, this outfit represents a transition from modern fancytimes to a fantasy genre; nothing here was bought in a fantasy or medieval shop. The gown, from SHEY, is a great find I picked up a few months ago – it’s actually HUD-driven so this colour is one of sixteen different options included in the folder. Thank goodness for HUDs, by the way; this Magika hair comes with one as well, allowing someone who has been SL-blonde for the last four years to switch to ebon locks with ease.

Arrival 600L

But an updo and a gown do not a fantasy outfit make. In order to facilitate this transition I needed to focus on adding richness to the ensemble. This character is a Lady, clearly, and what noblewoman would leave home without her jewels? You’ll see much more of the Fall 2013 collection from Paper Couture in the coming weeks (I kind of splurged >.>) but to start, these diamonds strike the perfect balance between elegant style and conspicuous wealth.

Did you pick up one of the Ryvolter stoles during Collabor88‘s one-year anniversary? If not, and it would surprise me if you did not, you can still find them on the SL marketplace as their in-world shop is currently closed for renovation. Anyway, I’ve been waiting for a reason to wear this lush fur wrap so you can imagine how excited I was to put this outfit together.

Now you see how it IS possible to turn some of your modern clothing into a gorgeous fantasy outfit. But .. how do you remove every shadow of a doubt that you are, in fact, genre-hopping?

You stand on a pirate ship, of course! (Obviously.)

Arrival 600C

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Ascension Eyes – Clarity
Soirée – Kat Brows #Ebony
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
.Pekka. Vintage Cat eyeliner
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

Magika [Hair M] Mint

SHEY – Kattya Plunger Gown

.: ryvolter :. Mink Princess Stole – Snow (MP Link)
P.C; The Envy Ring – Silver ~ New!
P.C; The Starlet Diamond Earrings ~ New!
P.C; The Starlet Diamond Necklace ~ New!

Pose: ::WetCat::

The Pirate Schooner GHOST: BLACKSPOT ~ SO COOL! Definitely check these out.

“What was that, meow?”

That’s RIGHT!

Our favourite cobbler Gos made his first official donation to the PDSA this week! The total was a staggering £1553.14 (around $2364), all earmarked to care for the pets of people in need by providing free veterinary services to their sick and injured animals as well as to promote responsible pet ownership.

Gos for PDSA 600 Full (A larger picture is waiting for you here! )

You can read the full details on the Gos Boutique Blog and pleasepleasePLEASE visit the shop in-world to try these amazing shoes for an important cause. If you aren’t able to buy a pair of shoes (or maybe you already have all of them ;) ) there are donation boxes throughout the store.

As some of you know, our dear Gos had a close call in August of last year when his cat Archibald was injured in a car accident not too far from his home. Arch is all right now but the experience encouraged Gos to do more for people in similar situations. This is a direct copy+paste from the NC you will find in the middle of the Gos mainstore:

Paying it forward.
Gospel Voom [Gos]

Back in August my cat Archie was struck in the head by a speeding car. His injuries were extensive but his prognosis was positive so I didn’t hesitate to pay for treatment. I was uninsured and thus reliant on my own savings and the kindness of friends and family to see him through.

Having been the beneficiary of so much support I was left to ponder the fate of pets whose owners can’t afford to treat their injuries and I felt a burning ambition to get involved and to ‘pay it forward’.

The charity I want to support is the PDSA which stands for ‘The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals’ and it’s a UK based charity devoted to caring for the sick and injured animals of people in need. I want this to be more than an event, I want it to become a lifestyle. So my plan is to create a special, exclusive design with every new release and to give 100% of the proceeds from each and every sale to the PDSA.

***Only applies to Items displayed with a PDSA logo***

All fees from the sale of the exclusive item will be sent to PDSAFundRaiser Resident, whose accounts will be published on a quarterly basis so as to ensure complete transparency. The avatar is run by PurplePenny Broome who’s credentials are second to none.

If you’d like more information or would like to get involved please contact either PurplePenny Broome or me, Gospel Voom, in-world.

Regards,

Gos

So yes, the shoes are beautiful (they’re always lovely) but more than that, they represent a very real desire to help others. If you don’t have a pet of your own, you must know someone who does and thinks the world of their fuzzy friend and family member. Someone who would be (or has been) heartbroken by knowledge that their beloved pet needs care beyond what they can provide.

Wherever you live, whatever your situation, caring is always a good thing to do and when you live in a global community like Second Life, anyone and everyone is a potential neighbour. So whether it’s a large donation or a small one, whether you have a gorgeous new pair of shoes at the end of the day or not, showing support for this charity also demonstrates that you believe in making this world a better, more caring place. It shows that you have noticed and appreciate Gospel Voom’s effort to do the same.

Gos for PDSA 600

~ Portia ~

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

TRUTH HAIR Denee – LightBlondes01

-tb- Half Tucked Tee – Off White
Legal Insanity – minnie jeans mini skirt – blue
[Gos] Mae Platform – Blue – (100% to PDSA)

P.C; Pearled Simplicity Earrings

Pose: marukin

Animal Friends: KittyCats & ABC Horses

~

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)

Life in Colour

Wow, so it’s almost March and I am thoroughly SICK of winter. Snow is nice, holidays are great, and I love getting bundled up and snuggly as the next girl but gosh, I’m ready to look outside my window and see something that isn’t white, brown, or grey.

I think you know what I mean.

Colour L 600 ( Flickr, whee! )

So let’s talk about colour today, my lovelies!

If you’ve glanced through my blog before today I’m sure you’ve noticed that I love neutral colours. If something comes in white, or beige, or taupe, I probably own it. I have a fondness for green, blue, and yellow, of course, but these are all fairly natural colours and for spring, especially Spring 2013, there is a HUGE movement toward bold, vibrant colours. I hope I speak for everyone when I say “HOORAY!”

This outfit actually started out quite differently from what you see now. I love the new coldLogic sweater/dress combinations SO much that I knew I needed to showcase at least one of them and, for me, the the ‘Norton’ set was especially exciting. Since I wanted the dress texture as well as the shape of the sweater to pop I grabbed the set in coral, not even considering the style challenges this combination presents for an avatar with my build and colouring.

The coral sweater looks great on its own (and you can wear it separately from the dress if you want!) but I find that with the lovely turquoise dress beneath, this combination deserves some extra attention. Sure, you can wear it with black or white shoes; maybe add a purse and sunglasses; maybe wear an updo and some cool earrings, but I wanted to do more.

You know how I feel about gloves :D. Initially, I was wearing fuschia gloves from Emery and Gos’ Mae platforms in plum. I think I had purple lipstick at the time, or maybe it was a turquoise spray mask over the eyes (or both) but as I was rummaging through my inventory for jewelry I realized that there was just too much going on. I needed to streamline and keep the attention on the sweater and the dress, not my billions of accessories and tattoo layer addiction.

So I traded the spray eyeshadow for simple blue under eye shadow from cheLLe and punched things up with Pekka‘s bright orange Flora lipstick. I selected a long LeLutka hairstyle to cover the ears and create a sense of softness for what could easily be a very abrasive colour palette. I decided to try RED shoes and gloves and, holy wow, it worked! Jewelry was easy this time – I grabbed my texture change broche set from Admiral Spicy and found the faceted turquoise stone to tie everything together. I also reinforced this by wearing IKON‘s new Lucid eyes in glass; if you look closely, you can see green, blue, and even a bit of brown inside them.

Colour C 600 ( Seriously, check these eyes in fullscreen. Lovely. )

So this is my affirmation of life in colour. This is my conscious decision to be bold and take risks; to try things that may not always work out for me and learn from my failures as much as my successes.

Be bold, my dears. I look forward to sharing something new with you again very, very soon.

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Lucid Eyes – Glass
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
cheLLe – (eyeshadow) Dreamy (Under Eye 2)
cheLLe – (eyeliner) Eyeliner Basics (Top)
.Pekka. FLORA Lipstick Colors (2)

[LeLutka]-OOPS hair – Marilyn

coldLogic combo – norton.coral
[Gos] Mae Platform – Red -

Emery – Gloves #Red
!Admiral Spicy! Broche Ring
!Admiral Spicy! Brocke Necklace

Pose: Miamai
Set: Atelier Ylannys (Secret garden in the Enchanted Unicorn Castle)

Sophia’s Mean Reds

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!

Sophia Shine L 600 (A larger shot, just for you dahling. )

Okay, so I know this isn’t the first time I’ve quoted Breakfast at Tiffany’s here, and it certainly won’t be the last, but when I was composing this look (oh, I don’t know, about a week and a half ago *sigh*) I was feeling some of those ‘mean reds’ myself. Life gets overwhelming on occasion, everyone knows that, and sometimes all you can do is go to Tiffany’s or, you know, haul buns over to the Gos Boutique to look at some new shoes. Why not swing over to the Designer Showcase  to pick up shine by [ZD]‘s new mesh outfit while you’re at it and certainly, certainly treat yourself to the gorgeous new LeLutka hair, some jewelry from Paper Couture, and lovely, lovely makeup from cheLLe.

It’s called ‘retail therapy’ for a reason, right?

Sophia Shine C 600( Check these beautiful new Lucid eyes from IKON. *Swoon!* )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism ~ NEW!
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
cheLLe – (eyeliner) French New Wave Eyeliner
cheLLe – (lipstick) The Mean Reds (Rose) bonus!

[LeLutka]-JOSEPHINE Hair – Marilyn ~ NEW!

shine by [ZD] MESH FRILLED BLOUSE taupe ~ NEW @ Designer Showcase
shine by [ZD] MESH MINI SKIRT black ~ NEW
shine by [ZD] small knotted belt
[Gos] Sophia Peeptoe – Taupe ~ NEW!

P.C; Diamond Fan Ring

Pose: [Gos & oOo] Pouffe – Small – Brown
Set: NsB, Thistle, BAZAR (Arizona House)

Meet Mae

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

brofaceblog 600L

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!

brofaceblog 600C

~ 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.)

Zero Lag Thirty ~ Blog Challenge and Part Two of Stylin’ Ain’t Easy

Hey everyone, and welcome to ‘Zero Lag Thirty,’ part two of my ‘Stylin’ Ain’t Easy’ blog series!

BLOGGERS: This is my next challenge for you! I want to see your best, least laggy outfit; help spread the word that Zero Lag can still look amazing. <3

Today we’re going to explore the challenge of trying to move around in Second Life. We’ve all fallen prey to the SL ‘Lag Monster’ and while sometimes the situation is completely out of our control, sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes we’re our own worst enemy.

So whether you’re scaling down (har har) to get ready for competitive racing like me or you’d just like to be able to cross the floor of your favourite club without rubberbanding, you might want to read on. Watch and learn, Grasshopper.

ZeroLag1 600 ( If you want to race with guys like these, you need to run lean and clean. )

Okay! So we’re going to talk about two things in this post: LAG (which we all haaate) and something called Mesh/Rendering Weight. Everyone knows about lag; it’s what happens when a sim is packed with avatars, all wearing scripty, primmy, flexi things. Sims can be laggy on their own if they’re full of vendors and scripted objects or if they haven’t been restarted in a while. So let’s make a resolution this year to dress responsibly for our own sake as well as our neighbours’.

~ SCRIPTS & LAG ~

Scripts:
In many ways, this is the easiest way to control our own contributions to sim lag. If your clothing has resizers in it or any kind of texture change option, it’s very likely there’s a script controlling this.

~ Since most clothing in SL is copy/mod now, I recommend making a copy of your favourite boots (I just typed ‘goots’ because I’m still in love with my Gos equestrian and hunter boots) and removing the resizer scripts via menu whenever possible. If something fits properly, there’s no reason to have these scripts active when you’re in-world. I employ this strategy for jewelry as well.

~ HUDs! We all use them. We all love them. We may not realize how badly they can lag us, though! Even your basic AO, something you wouldn’t dream of going without, may run upwards of 20 scripts (some of them WAY more than that). Using radar HUDS, Yus/Nuu or RLV anything, MystiTool, face animators, titlers, hug/kiss/dance/etc HUDS .. all of this contributes to script lag, even when they aren’t in use. So please, if you don’t think you’re going to use a particular HUD when you’re out and about, detach it!

I’ve been using the Firestorm AO for about a week now and I just love it! If your viewer has a big ‘AO’ button somewhere in the user interface, just try loading your favourite AO animations into it. Sure, it takes a few minutes (or longer if you’re me) but the difference is profound when you’re in a laggy environment. Try it. Love it.

~ Get a script counter scale! I have a scale (this one is free on the Marketplace) rezzed beside my default pose stand. Once I’ve made sure everything fits properly (we’ll cover this in another post, I swear!) I hop onto the scale to make sure I’m not being a scripty jerk. Anything under 3MB/3072K is excellent, but I challenge you to go lower, just to see how it feels.

Other Sources of Lag:
There are a LOT of them and some have absolutely nothing to do with your avatar. If you’d like to research this issue, I highly recommend having a look at ‘Massively’s Guide to Reducing Second Life Lag.’ It’s a fantastic article.

ZeroLag2 600 ( Even horses know that prims cause lag! )

~ MESH/RENDERING WEIGHT ~

Even when you’re running very few (or zero) scripts, your avatar can still contribute to sim lag. Your basic avatar, all your clothing and attachments, your goots (hehe) and jewelry, hair, and eyelashes may lag you up even more than your old script count!

~ To see avatar weights, open Me>Preferences… from the main menu. Under the Advanced tab, enable “Show Advanced Menu”. Back at the main menu, pick Advanced>Performance Tools>Show Draw Weight for Avatars. The number pops up over your head: green is good, red is not.

~ Every avatar on the grid has a base rendering cost of 1000. This covers your skin, hairbase, eyes, tattoo layers, and all of your system clothing. You can go ahead and call these ‘freebies.’ Use them at will; layer, play, and have loads of fun!

~ It’s too bad we all LOVE our attachments, isn’t it? The unfortunate truth is that anything you have to click to ‘wear’ or ‘add to outfit’ is going to increase your rendering weight and the primmier your attachments are, the more you’re going to lag (or your neighbours will) in a busy sim. Even your mesh items, although they tend to be lower in weight, will increase this number. Stealth Weight Offender: YOUR MESH EYELASHES!

Mesh/Rendering Weight Formulae:
I’m not going to list everything here because it’s ALL laid out on the Second Life Wiki (please read the article, it isn’t long) but I’m going to list some of the worst offenders in no particular order:

Flexi prims, shiny prims, glowy prims, alpha prims, particles, and light emitting prims.

If your clothes or attachments or whatever have one or more of these features, please check your rendering weight before you wail about being on a laggy sim.

I would never dream of telling you not to wear your favourite things (I certainly won’t stop wearing mine), but I think it’s important to consider your wardrobe choices when you’re visiting a high-traffic area (fashion shows, RP sims, busy clubs, SL events, etc). Count your attachments the way you might count calories:

“I can wear these beautiful goots today, but only if I wear system gloves instead of these scripty fingernails,” or

“Gee, I really love this flexi hairstyle – how about I go easy on the jewelry this time. No one can see my ears anyway.”

Dress responsibly, my dears, and I’ll have more tips to share with you very, very soon.

~ Portia ~

23933 Render Weight (orange/yellow), 0 scripts

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Mist
Miamai_XGen Makeup_Basic Lashes A Black – (Tattoo layer lashes, ftw!)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-HAIRBASE Marilyn
[LeLutka]-BELLE pony – Marilyn

{Happy} Posh Wrap (Gray)
{Happy} Confidence Blouse (White)
jane.intrinsic.tank.wh cream [hi]
Loralai Michalski ~ Jockey Silks: Caramel & Tan Leather Pants
[Gos] Equestrian Boot – Black – (MY GOOTS!)

Loralai Michalski ~ Jockey Silks Riding Helmet: Black Rubber
Emery – Gloves #Black

Poses: Diesel Works
Horses: Awesome Breed Creations (Lipizzaner, Thoroughbred, Arabian)
Set: The Domineaux Effect ~ The Country Barn, Starmark Creations ~ Ranch V2,

Vetur Fegurð (MVW Iceland Gorgeousness)

It isn’t often that I have absolutely nothing to say about clothes buuut .. just look at this:

MVW Iceland Hagia L 600 ( This gown is even more stunning in high resolution. Check flickr. You won’t be disappointed.)

The gown: Tres Beau.

The jewelry: Chop Zuey.

Everything was custom made for this year’s Miss Virtual World pageant and even though I’m wearing Iceland’s gown and Turkey’s jewelry (my next post will feature Turkey’s gown with Iceland’s jewelry) the effect is just incredible. I used a soft, romantic hairstyle from [e] and IKON’s striking new Eternal Eyes in ‘Wave’ to complete this outfit. I still don’t know what else to say about it.

MVW Iceland Hagia C 600 ( Just .. yeah. Pretty. Sparkly. Flickr link is here. <3 )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*light *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Wave ~ NEW!
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
Eye Candi Skin – Glow – (More about this soon!)
.Pekka. KATHYA Eyes Make Up (baby blue)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[e] Found – Blonde 01

Tres Beau “Miss Zaara” gown ~ MVW Iceland 2013
Tres Beau “Miss Zaara” Gloves

Chop Zuey ~ Hagia Sophia Circlette ~ MVW Turkey 2013
Chop Zuey ~ Hagia Sophia Earrings
Chop Zuey ~ Hagia Sophia Ring

Pose: WetCat
Background: Heart