The Nature Girl

If your quiz results were mostly C’s, you might be a Nature Girl.

Gown - Nature C 600 ( Off to flickr with you! )

Mostly C’s – The Nature Girl

For you, dressing to go out is the means to an end. All the fuss of choosing gowns and shoes and jewelry and makeup and (ugh) hair, seems, well, like too much work. You enjoy looking good, but you don’t get excited about it the way other people do. You probably prefer your mesh feet over any shoes on the grid.

However much you enjoy clothing, you enjoy where you’re going even more. You may not accessorize as much as the Daring Diva but you love texture. If something looks soft, lush, and/or comfortable, you probably have it in six colours.

Gown - Nature L 600~ Natural Beauty ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
.Pekka. KATHYA Eyes Make Up (green)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-JOLIE_RM hair – Marilyn

:: PM :: Ninde Gown in Pearl

Slink Vintage 2-Strap Pumps Cream

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

Today!

Working Title: Yesterday’s Tomorrow’s Tomorrow Today

First of all, I’m sure you can see why I went with a simpler title but let me explain:

It was always my intention to cover the Tomorrow Today event in installments; it’s the easiest thing in the world to promote a new event because most everyone has heard about it, been waiting for it, and are excited to see fantastic new offerings especially when proceeds are donated to a worthwhile cause. The thing with Second Life, though, is that time is a little skewed. Many things happen on a daily basis and the more time we spend here, the fuller every day seems to be. It’s easy to say “hey, I really love this __________, but I’ll just come back for it later. I won’t forget.

Sometimes we forget. We’re human. We err.

I was supposed to write this post yesterday under the borderline-creative-and-cheeky title “Tomorrow’s Tomorrow Today” but .. again, I’m as human as anyone. I didn’t get to it. Ugh.

tt4 600( I love this picture so much! Click here for the full shot, omg. )

So this is my reminder to all of you (and to myself, aack!) that today is the very last day of the Tomorrow Today event. You can read my previous blog posts covering the event here and here. You can read Match’s blog here. You can SEE how much of a difference one month has made, how much closer Matchbook Monday is to an amazing improvement in her quality of life.

TT - Champagne 600( Another warm, comfycozy picture taken in my fabulous home! )

I’m asking you to think back to the beginning of the month; was there anything you really liked that never ended up in your inventory? So many amazing designers have lent their names to the cause, donating their time and resources to support one of their own. Go back today. Have a peek. If you haven’t been yet, check it out. Help make a difference today!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Kaleido Eyes – Shadow ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe - (eyeliner) All Niter 1

>TRUTH< Monday w/Roots – seasand ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!

[AB] MESH Voodoo Dress S Goldy ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!
Slink Mesh Feet XS (Rigged)

: Amorous : Splendor Solis – Bracelets and Necklace
[PM] Sculpted Nails V2

~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Champagne
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
:: Exodi :: Makeups – Eyelashes – Natural
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe – (eyeliner) French New Wave Eyeliner

>TRUTH< Portia w/Roots – seasand

:: PM :: Amor Dress in Cream [MESH] ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!
:: PM :: Amor Belt in Black (gold-silver opt) ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!
:: PM :: Amor Leggings in Black ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Maryjane Court

: Amorous : Heilig (Earrings)
:: PM :: Nala Gown in Gold Gloves
Shakeup! Vintage Ring [02]

Poses: !bang

Set: Heart, The LoftThe Domineaux Effect, What Next, LISP Bazaar

A pretty, upbeat song for all of you.

Happy Weekend, my dears!
<3

Blogger Challenge: What’s Your Beauty Base Zero? (Part One ~ Stylin’ Ain’t Easy)

Blogging isn’t easy.

I’m not writing this post to complain, far from it, but I would like to highlight the amount of work stylists undertake when putting an outfit together. Blogging said outfits is another challenge (but gosh, I love it) because the purpose is to highlight clothing in a specific, and often individual, fashion. The blog posts we love best seem effortless and perfect; it looks like a snapshot right out of someone’s second life. In truth, I’m certain that it’s the result of hours of work from beginning to end and I appreciate this process SO much. Behind every blogger, you’ll likely find a thorough and thoughtful individual who is just in love with SL fashion and wants to share this fascination with the world. Like me. :)

So this is the first installment of what I’m calling my “Stylin’ Ain’t Easy” tribute to SL blogging. It’s not definitive but it is a peek at how I operate. The first step for me is what I have named my BB-0 (Beauty Base Zero); it’s a term I’ve pillaged from book two of The Hunger Games trilogy because the concept was dead on. It’s where you start, imagining your nails are perfect, your hair is tied back and you’re staring into a mirror, or your closet, wondering what the heck you’re going to wear today.

( Not the most exciting shot, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t link you. :) )

I use Firestorm so this is my default saved outfit (the first of dozens of others I’ve saved for whatever reason) and if you haven’t upgraded to a viewer that allows you to save your outfits, let me say that it’s worth the discomfort of learning a new UI just to have this functionality.* This outfit includes HUDs I use when taking pictures (listed below) but the important thing to note is that with everything here, I have all I need to start putting together any outfit I desire.

Here are just a few tips for creating your own BB-0:

~ Underwear: Odds are anything you’re putting on afterward will cover these but I have to say that after a few mesh alpha-layer-not-covering-my-bits blunders, I always make sure I’m wearing panties. Just saying.

~ Basic Makeup: I don’t wear much as a rule but when I’m styling I always consider extra tattoo layers at a later time. I’ve occasionally forgotten the basics, though, and had to go back and start pictures again because of this lack. Ugh.

~ Simple Eyelashes: You can always add or change these once you’ve decided on the basics of ‘casual vs. fancy.’ Minimal eyelashes gives you an idea of what you have to work with before you begin layering. I hope it doesn’t need to be said, but please do your best to make sure eyelashes fit your eyes properly. If you need help with this do not hesitate to IM me, day or night. <3

~ Hair: This may seem like a no-brainer but I like beginning with a style that’s pulled back from the neck. You can always change it later but it’s helpful to make sure your jewelry is positioned properly before you go about covering it up with your lovely locks. **

~ Hairbases: First of all, I use an eyebrow shaper as my basic SL-driven hairbase. It gives my face definition and is just another way to squeeze a bit more individuality into my avatar. Hairbase tattoo layers are also something I recommend; even if you can’t see it under your current hairstyle, there’s -nothing- worse than tp’ing into a sim bald. Nothing.

~ Basic Shape: I have three shapes I use regularly in SL. One for mesh (smaller bust), one for system skirts (narrower hips, smaller bum, and less in the thighs), and the basic every day shape. These are NOT fun to confuse pre-clothing.

~ Nails: As much as they disagree with poses, as laggy as they can be in busy places, I really do love the look of them. Remember to take off your glove base if you’re going to put on actual gloves, though. If you always start with these you’ll just work it into your routine.

I hope this is enough to get you started! Stay tuned for the next installment of “Stylin’ Ain’t Easy.”

EDIT: Bloggers, Fashionistas, and fancy people of SL – What’s YOUR Beauty Base Zero?

( Earrings? Makeup? Bring it on! )

~ Portia’s BB-o ~

Skin: Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
Shape: Portia’s Regular Shape
Hairbase 1: [PF] Eyebrow (Type 2)
Hairbase 2: Vanity hair base Platinium
Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond (M)
Eyelashes: Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
Lips: ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Gloria Mesh Hair – Rye

Tank: *BOOM* Everyday Tank (cream) 1
Panties: *BOOM* Marin Ray culotte (creme)
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet XS (Rigged)

Nails: [PM]Sculpted Nails V2 – Size 20
Nail base: Candy nail Primnail Base (tintable)

Extra Stuff:
Remover SystemLashes *REDGRAVE*
AnyPose Expression HUD v1.0 (useful for eye positioning)
SERENADE Pose Stand Pro HUD v4.0 (handiest HUD ever!)

Pose: !bang

* We’ll talk a little more about viewer features I use in my SLife in a later post, so keep an eye out!
** A jewelry positioning tutorial will be available in part two of this series. Patience, Padawan.

Start-up music, just for you:

Happy Weekend!

Hey guys! Just a quick post to start the day off properly. <3

I’ve been walking around in this outfit for a little while now and just loving Shine’s sweet bohemian style; I’m gravitating to this designer more and more often so if you haven’t had a chance to try the in-store demos, I highly recommend it.

( Heyyy, nice pumpkins! )

~ Portia ~

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

[LeLutka]-LIVELY hair S – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH BATWING BLOUSE Hippiestyle olive
[ZD] MESH MAXISKIRT black

Slink Ilena Sandals Standard Brown
Slink Mesh Feet

MG – Necklace – Tilly Ethnic – Combo2 – BLEACHED
Shakeup! Vintage Ring [13] ~ Available at The Arcade!

Pose: !bang

Of all the dresses ..

.. in all the shops in all of the SL events right now .. the CadyLady and I bought the EXACT SAME ONE. At Cinema.

Crazy, right? But really .. would you have been able to resist the Volstead ‘Liason’ in honey? This lacy, silky, sheer chemise (if you aren’t wearing the glitch layers) left me speechless the second I tried it on. I’m still having trouble drumming up the words to describe how much I love this piece. Just .. go to Cinema and pick up the demo so you can throw me a line, here.

Okay?

Thanks.

( Hanging out at home with two of my favourite ladies and the new !bang Serenade piano prop. Go see! )

Reunited in blogship by our mutual love of Volstead, Cady and I decided to do this post (and maybe others!!) together; something we haven’t done in months and months and if we’re a little matchy-matchy, you’ll have to understand how excited we are to be doing this again!

The dresses below, ‘Champagne’ and ‘Empire,’ are also available in the Romance section at Cinema along with a bunch of other goodies, all classy and exquisite, so don’t be shy here, all right? I’m looking forward to sharing more of my finds from here very, very soon. <3

( Wondering where Cady and I went last night to take this picture? Check here for the wider shot. Raar. )

~ Cady ~

Credits for Cady’s outfits and the stunning pictures she’s taken can be found on her blog, Serene Cadence.

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Utopia Eyes – Light Forest Green
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
.Pekka. Classy Eye shadow with eyeliner – Gold
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

>TRUTH< Mayim w/Roots – seasand
Truth Hairbase – latte

Volstead ~ Liaison Chemise ~ Honey (mesh dark trim) ~ Available at Cinema! ~
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V3 – Point Platform

: Amorous : Chimera Onyx Pearl Bracelets
LaGyo_Santa Monica earrings gold

Props: !bang, LISP, what next

~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Bleached Gold <3
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe – (eyeshadow) Dusty Bumble Bee

::Exile::Crush:Stefani

Volstead ~ Empire ~ Dress ~ Ivory ~ Available at Cinema! ~
Volstead ~ Empire ~ Top ~ Ivory ~ Available at Cinema! ~
Slink Womens Medium Height Barefeet
Slink Vintage 2-Strap Pumps Cream

Donna Flora ~ AMALIA earrings
Donna Flora ~ AMALIA necklace
Emery – Gloves #Black

Pose: aDORKable
Location: Ellie’s Burlesque

Confessions of a Former Band Geek

Music is my solace. Harmony, my heart. Certain chord progressions make me weak, or enraged, or giddy, or .. anything, really, because at a very basic level, music is feeling. It sinks into you, sometimes, and becomes part of who you are and how you see the world.

What I’m trying to say here, I suppose, is that there are some songs that you never forget or, specifically, that I will never forget. When other girls were listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Destiny’s Child, I’m slightly embarassed to admit that I spent my high school years obsessing over Dmitri Shostakovich’s fourth ballet suite and, of course, I knew every note in the Phantom of the Opera. One of my favourite CDs of all time, though, was Colm Wilkinson’s Stage Heroes, and the first track on THAT was his version of ‘I, Don Quixote.’

Listen to it sometime – you won’t regret it.

Now. The point of this confession is to provide a bit of context when I say that .. I am absolutely in LOVE with Chop Zuey‘s new Don Quixote Collection!

(Phew, that was a lot of text. Bring on the pictures!)

The story of Don Quixote is too long to share in a single blog post (and you’d probably throw something at me if I tried, admit it!) but I think we’re all familiar with the basic shape of it. An older gentleman becomes caught up in old, chivalric stories and as his mind begins to leave him, he assumes the identity of a knight errant to rid the world of injustice and evil. It’s clear, even from the beginning, that he’s not quite right in the head.

The fall collection, released last Saturday, captures the spirit of this story; strength, valour, beauty, and (of course) madness, all interpreted and presented in the form of truly stunning jewelry.

(Darn you, six-hundred-pixel-width restriction!)

With names like Gentle Insanities, Rochainte’s Curve, and Balsam for Madness, each set in the collection has its own story to tell. Together, as I hope to show you in the coming days, they become something more. Please, enjoy the pictures I’ve taken but make a point of viewing the collection for yourself at the Chop Zuey mainstore. They’re well worth the trip!

(A limousine ride to my flickr right here, whee!)

~ Gentle Insanities ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Caribbean Blue
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe - (eyeshadow) Dreamy

Vanity Hair:Smoking Room-Platinium
Vanity hair base Platinium

GizzA – Attractive Black [Black]
Emery – Gloves #Black
[Gos] GTFO Boot in Black

Chop Zuey ~ Gentle Insanities Set in Silver/Blue ~ NEW Fall Collection!

Pose: AAA

~ Rochainte’s Curve ~

IKON Kaleido Eyes – Dawn

Vanity Hair:Shena-Platinium

:: PM :: Malena Dress in Black
Miamai_LesMakeups_Laced 05
Slink Mesh Feet

NailsLong Fairy *REDGRAVE*

Chop Zuey ~ Rocinante’s Curve Set in Silver ~ NEW Fall Collection!

Pose: aDORKable Poses

~ Balsam for Madness ~

IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – White
-Belleza- Eyeliner 1

[LeLutka]-MARIE hair – Marilyn

:: PM :: Meryl Gown in White
:: PM :: Meryl Gown in Black Gloves

NailsLong Fairy *REDGRAVE*

Chop Zuey ~ Balsam for Maddness Glasses in Black/White ~ NEW Fall Collection!
Chop Zuey ~ Balsam for Maddness Whte Neck Corset ~ NEW Fall Collection!
Chop Zuey ~ Shirobana Ring

Pose: Miamai

~ Butterfly ~

One of my fondest memories, and not a word of a lie here, took place in Niagara Falls a few years ago. I was visiting the Butterfly Conservatory with a friend and, while we were sitting and just enjoying the sights, these beautiful creatures began to come closer and closer until one, a brave beastie for sure, landed on my lovely flowy purple skirt. After a few breathless seconds I coaxed it onto my finger and, feeling like a Disney princess, lifted my hand to eye-level so I could smile at it. The picture we took is pretty awful but the memory remains crystal clear.

Needless to say, I have a serious love of butterflies. They appeal to a gentler side of me; the side that loves fluttery skirts and bare toes wiggling. They epitomize feminine delicacy and the sort of care we all take when we beautify ourselves (mostly) every day.

I am SO proud of this shot. Click here to see the full view!

So today is a day of favourites. As we all begin to say goodbye to Summer in our own way, I wanted to draw special attention to this lovely dress from Blueberry, perfect with its delicate shading and a playful skirt and butterfly motif. I’ve worn it off and on all summer and now I do so with a bittersweet smile on my face. I’ll be ecstatic to welcome Autumn, I promise, but not today.

A larger picture here as well. :)

This is one of Exile’s trio of new hairstyles (EEE!) and, as always, I’m going to wear the heck out of all of them until the next release .. along with the new kaleidoscope (wow, spelled that right the first time!) eyes from the incredible IKON. I’m wearing one of the monthly group gift shades right now and if you hurry you can pick them up as well!

Do the strings on my Chop Zuey necklace remind you a little of a butterfly’s body and antennae?

Do I just have butterflies on the brain?

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Kaleido Eyes – Day – NEW!
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Fade Into You:Stefani

Blueberry Seaside *Mesh* Dress Yellow
*[Cynful] Deliciosa – Black
Slink Ilena Sandals Black

Chop Zuey ~ Le Cousette Necklace Yw Tor
Chop Zuey ~ Le Cousette Ring Yw Tor

Pose: Olive Juice

*Listing panties because this IS an upskirt dress. Do not be caught without your knickers on, ladies! I’ll also mention that I wrote this BEFORE I thought to include the Jason Mraz video. No correlation here whatsoever. *Whistles innocently*