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

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.

A Romp in the Park

Happy Weekend, everyone!

I have to say, I’ve been fantasizing about this trip to the park ever since coldLogic released its new line of mesh ROMPERS but between this, that, and the other thing, it’s taken me an unheard-of EIGHT DAYS to get this post together. What the heck, right?

Anyway, like every coldLogic release since the beginning of time (or, you know, this year), these rompers are flipping CUTE, stylish, and perfectly easy to wear. Idina, compulsive fatpacker that she is, and I (recently converted quantum pack queen) spent quite a bit of time co-ordinating outfits for the next few shots to give you an idea of the different styles available at coldLogic right this very minute. We hope you like them!

Click for a larger image, whee!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Clover Green
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

coldLogic romper – mathis.snow
{mon tissu} Openwork Wedges ~ Mustard

Magika [Hair S] Calm

[MAGIC NOOK] Moon River Necklace (Gold/Pearl)

Lady A – Emoter HUD

~ Idina ~

Skin – Dutch Touch – Esmee – Fair
Eyes – Mayfly – Deep Sky Eyes – Dark Shadow (Mesh)
Lashes – Miamai – Erotica Lashes (Mesh)
Makeup – Pekka -Flora Lipstick – #2, Miamai – Freckles Pack 2
Hair- Ploom – London – Red (Mesh)
Romper – Coldlogic – Briggs – Ice (Mesh)
Shoes – GOS – Gator Sport Clog (Mesh)
Jewelry – MG – Seahorse Group Necklace, MG – Roho Ring,
MG – Ketama Ring, Yummy – Karina Glasses – White

(Psst! Please ignore the floating pose stand ~ we’re just happy the pictures are turning out!)

~ Portia ~

coldLogic romper – reese.sienna
[Gos] Espadrilles in Sand

::Exile:: London Rain:Vanilla

*League* Vintage Heart Necklace
*League* Wanderer -Golden Oak- Earrings, Bracelet, and Necklace

~ Idina ~

Makeup – Pekka – Hydra Lip Balm – #3, Pekka – Classy Eyeshadow – Uva
Hair- Wasabi Pills – Anais 2 – Rouge (Mesh)
Romper – Coldlogic – Rae – Brown/Turquoise (Mesh)
Shoes – Kyoot – Platform Wedges – Brown (Mesh)
Jewelry – Pididdle – Ivory Claw Set

Yep, you know the drill ~ a larger picture awaits!

You can also have a laugh at Outtake #1 and Outtake #2 while you’re at it. :D Funtimes are fun!

~ Portia ~

coldLogic romper – room.salmon
[Gos] Gator Sport Clog

/Wasabi Pills/ Lola Mesh Hair – Rye

*League* Vintage Heart Earrings and Necklace

~ Idina ~

Makeup – Pekka – Mystic Eyeliners – Yellow, Dutch Touch – Esmee – Lipstick #2
Hair- Exile – London Rain – Rouge (Mesh)
Romper – Coldlogic – Ella – Lemonade (Mesh)
Shoes –UFO – Daydream Ballet Shoes – Floral (Mesh)
Jewelry – Whippet&Buck – Enough of That Ring – Navy (Mesh),
Bliensen + Mai Tai – tick-Tock – Sakura

AMAZING Props and Poses: Diesel Works, LISP Shindig Kite Pose Set (NEW at Collabor88!), /artilleri’ Playground!, /artilleri’ Yo Flamingo

CHIC² ~ We Love You!

Phew, what a weekend! I am THRILLED to see that CHIC² is in full swing and still super-busy after the insanity of opening night. It’s been fantastic to see people peering into designer booths, trying the furniture or popping in to see if those Sassy models really ARE as tall as they seem. I grin every time I see another blog covering the event and celebrating incredible exclusives as well as CHIC Management‘s second birthday.

Since it’s a little much to expect my computer to run Second Life on ultra in the middle of CHIC², I thought I’d share a peek at my newest rooftop garden instead.:) I’m loving the new mesh topiaries from Trompe L’Oeil – like everything Cory Edo creates, these beautiful plants are low-prim, copy/modifiable, and just flipping INCREDIBLE and as if that wasn’t enough, they come with these perfect little stone urns too!

I have a serious obsession with cute dresses (obviously), and these offerings from tomoto (above) and Zenith (below) are no exception. While the tomoto delice dress isn’t mesh, it doesn’t need to be as it’s perfect just the way it is with sheer, gauzy prim bits, ruffles, and the cutest lace leggings peeking out from beneath the skirt. It’s available in black, aqua, pink, and (of course) white. <3 Zenith brings everything I love about mesh to the (Fluke Chic Café) table. Long and flowing with every step you take, I’m sure you’ll love the halter neck and gorgeous open back, not to mention the cute rope belt that comes with each of the three (nude, beige, and khaki) colour options.

I’m not around to celebrate with you tonight but HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY, CHIC!

~ Portia ~

tomoto, delice white ~ New@CHIC²
Chloe: Honey Drop Earrings ~ New@CHIC²

.Pekka. HYDRA Lip balm (1) ~ New@CHIC²
cheLLe – (eyeshadow) Dreamy (Under Eye 2) ~ New@CHIC²

::Exile:: London Rain:Vanilla

[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Maryjane Court

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Deep Blue
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

~

=Zenith= (Nude)Luna Mesh Dress & Mesh string Belt ~ New@CHIC²
Maxi Gossamer ~ Necklace – Eden Sun Pendant – Short ~ New@CHIC²

.Pekka. Classy Eye shadow with eyeliner – Platinum ~ New@CHIC²
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce ~ New@CHIC²

Magika [Hair S] Push

Slink Barefeet Mesh Medium

Pose: Frooti ~ New@CHIC²
Garden Accessories: Trompe Loeil – Mesh Topiary, (Fluke) Chic Cafe  ~ Both New@CHIC²

(tomoto marketplace store link <3 )

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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Dream, dream dream..

I’ve been in a quiet, peaceful sort of mood for the last few days and I thought I’d share a soft, sweet look I put together this morning.

I can’t stress enough how fantastic it is to drop by Collabor88 on ‘new collection day!’ Even with the lag, the glitches, and feeling as though I’m swimming through molasses, it is SUCH a joy to see what some of my favourite content creators have whipped up for the monthly ‘sample sale.’ (The 88L$ price tag doesn’t hurt either! ;) )

So this is a pretty ensemble courtesy of The Sea Hole and League with staples from other designers I can’t live without – be sure to drop by C88 for some marvelously dreamy deals this month. Eee!

~ Portia ~

01 Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Utopia Eyes – Deep Cerulean
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
cheLLe – (eyeshadow) Dusty Peaches N Cream

The Sea Hole – Daydream Blouse – AngelFood
The Sea Hole – Daydream MESH skirt – Angelfood

Magika [Hair S] Calm

[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Maryjane Court (Favourite shoes EVER, OMG!)
*League* Short DayDream Necklace -Moving Sky

Prop: {what next} Serendipity Garden – Picnic Blanket
Pose: Diesel Works

<3

Week .. (psst – what week is this?) .. Colour Challenge – Royal Purple

“I want to go dancing,” said the first princess.

“Well, -I- favour a drink. Let’s go have cocktails,” replied the second.

“You drink too much.”

“You get us into trouble.”

“Spoilsport!”

“HOOLIGAN!”

~Portia~

01 Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Pale Violet
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
*BOOM* Pale Pucker Red
– DAMNED – (eyeshadow) Rainbow 5 l

Magika Calm

Emery – Jean Skinny Passe #Violet
Emery – Dressy Top Zebra #03
HOC Industries – Platform Pumps

Dark Lapis & Silver Chain Bracelet (female) – GoldenFleece
Maxi Gossamer – Pearl Necklaces – Combo – Long – BLACK

~ CadyLady ~

*BOOM* Hye Tube Dress (royal purple)
*League* Wanderer -Black- Bracelet -Hand
*League* Wanderer -Black- Bracelet -Wrist
*Sexy Mamas* Prim Nails
Maxi Gossamer – Earring – Love Heart – Enamelled BLACK
MIEL HIPSTER PEEPERS – tortoise shell
Maxi Gossamer – Necklace – Babette – Single Strand 7 & 8
[BURLEY]_Carina_
Glam Affair- Leah Natural

Photos Taken By Cady Glitter
Poses from Glitterati, Olive Juice, and -RC-
Bar and drinks: ARIA