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)

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)

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!

From Dark to Light

Today is a day of firsts for me. In my earlier post, I shared the first tattoo I’ve worn here (that you’ve seen ;) ) and now, well, have a look!

I’m kind of psyched to be sharing these outfits, as well as these new pictures, with you; I’ve been working harder than ever on this blog, challenging myself to try different things, to accessorize more, and generally add more interest to everything I do. Maybe I’ve never worn a corset before (and that’s saying something as a three-year SL resident) but after some careful consideration as I put these outfits together I’ve come to realize .. I really like them!

And even better? Every outfit piece I’m using in this post (aside from the goooorgeous .:NV . corsets, foil eye makeup from League, and a pair of gacha earrings from The Arcade) has been in my inventory for weeks, months, or in a few cases, years! Maybe you won’t be able to duplicate these outfits exactly (who’d want to do that, anyway?), but the concept of reinventing yourself with what you have is especially helpful this time of year.

Dark to Light - D 600 ( I’m loving this picture so much! Have a peek at the full shot! )

So today’s outfits began, not with clothing or hair, eyes or shoes or jewelry, but with a pair of mesh bird cages from Diesel Works. The Nightingale’s Sorrow ( 15 poses) and Nightingale’s Glee ( 16 poses) pose props are so flipping neat! The poses are wonderful, adjustable, and so different between the two props that I had to contrast them in one thematic post. This post.

Dark to Light L 600 (I’m absolutely in love with these mesh birdcages! AAHHHH!!! )

I’m handling this post a little differently today. Rather than going through each outfit, piece by piece, I’d like you to pay special attention to the style cards below where I’ll list the items I’ve selected, the date I acquired them, and the notes I’m putting beside a few of these pieces. You don’t have to buy new things all the time. Use what you’ve got to try something new. Love your inventory. <3

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE* (March 25th, 2011)
IKON Eternal Eyes – Sapphire (November 8th, 2012)
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme (September 1st, 2012)
Miamai_LesMakeups_Feathered 05 (August 32rd, 2010)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce (June 2nd, 2012) **

Vanity Hair:Smoking Room-Minuit (September 11th, 2012)
Vanity hair base Minuit (September 11th, 2012)

.:NV:.Classic B&W Mesh Corset (December 5th, 2012)
*COCO*_ShirredTubeDress(Black) (January 3rd, 2010) *
[ Cynful ] Stockings – Black (April 20th, 2010)
[Gos] Equestrian Boot – Black – (October 5th, 2012)

LaGyo_Lila earring Black (December 1st, 2012) ~ Available NOW @ The Arcade!
:: PM :: Jules Gown in Orange Gloves (August 7th, 2012) *, ***
-AZUL- GroupGift1012#1 Feather shawl (December 30th, 2010) *

~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE* (March 25th, 2011)
IKON Eternal Eyes – Champagne (November 20th, 2012)
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Glitter 01 (October 31st, 2012)
*League* GoldLeaf Eye Style2 & Forehead (Tattoo) (December 5th, 2012)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce (June 2nd, 2012) **

!Ohmai : Chloe [Creme] (July 16th, 2012)
!Ohmai : Hair Base [Creme] (July 16th, 2012)

.:NV:. Corsetry – ENVY – Full Set (December 4th, 2012)
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V3 – Point Platform (July 10th, 2012)

P.C; Regal Pearl Set (May 28th, 2010) (Marketplace link for P.C; jewelry)
:: PM :: Ayame in Gold Gloves FFL 2011 (March 12th, 2011) ***
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2 (May 9th, 2011)

Props: Diesel Works ~ Nightingale’s Glee/Nightingale’s Sorrow (December 3rd, 2012)

* ~ GROUP GIFT
** ~ Sometimes it only takes one thing to bring your avatar to a new level. This is my one thing; find yours and never take it off!
*** ~ About Gloves: It’s no secret that I love gloves and wear them as often as possible but it’s so hard to find great gloves on their own! What I do is rely on my inventory. When I need gloves, I type ‘gloves’ into my search bar and just try likely things on until I see something that works. Many gowns and some full outfits come with gloves; I bet you’ll be surprised by what you find. :)