The Silver Screen Starlet

If your quiz results were mostly F’s, you may want to look at this:

Gown - Starlet C 600( A wider shot is available on my flickr stream. Go peek! )

Mostly F’s – The Silver Screen Starlet

There was a time, not too long ago, when men wore fedoras and trenchcoats. Women wore jewels and heels and skirts. Things were made with better materials, lasted longer, and somehow also cost less. You are a throwback to those times.

Your clothes are feminine without being girly. You ooze sensuality without being overtly sexy. You have truly excellent underwear.

Gown - Starlet L 600

~ Ready for Your Closeup ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
.Pekka. Vintage Mature Complete Makeup – Red COMPLETE

/Wasabi Pills/ Veronica Mesh Hair – Rye

[LeLutka]-MARIA dress/BLACK
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court

Chop Zuey ~ Eilifu Set ~ NEW in the MVW Collection!
*BOOM* Dame Elbow Gloves (pure) ~ NEW!

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

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:

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

Addressing the Dresses (CHIC², part three!)

It’s no secret that I love all things yellow/white/bright/happy so you must be able to imagine how thrilled I was to receive these gorgeously playful minidresses! Koketka is a new store to me HOWEVER wandering into the mainshop felt like nothing so much as finding another part of my closet lost to me until now. The dress is mini, meshy, and super cute! I can’t wait to just dive right in here later this month for a full examination of Juli’s wonderful designs. Maxi Gossamer has delivered yet -another- beautiful offering: the Lost Eden Sun Pendant. Wear it short, wear it long, but make sure you WEAR it this summer! Like the rest of her designs, this pendant is mesh and so pretty you’ll never want to take it off. <3

I’m still wearing, and still loving, the new Wasabi Pills Anais 2 hair, my stunning IKON Horizon eyes, and this Pekka lip balm I can’t seem to get enough of. It’s such a happy combination on a truly exciting day.

It’s almost time for CHIC² to open it’s doors – are YOU ready for the party?

Hey, look! Another dress and (gasp!) it’s white!

“Why Portia,” you ask, “don’t you have enough white dresses in your closet? Isn’t this getting redundant for you?”

Well, I doubt anybody’s asking, really, as there is no such thing as too many dresses, much less too many WHITE dresses. Not when they’re this flirty, chic, and unique! I love the ruffles, the structured bodice, and the overall -shape- of Nene. It’s a clubbing/date dress for sure. :) I was also completely thrilled to see a new hatty hair at the CHIC² event! Pomme D’Amour has created something truly fun with this Birds & Bees ‘do (I’m a SPARKLING blonde, btw, super great!) and how cute is this PHILO flower hair pin? I stuck it on my new hat because .. why the heck not? It’s just a little extra glitter in a great design that I’m sure to wear again and again.

~ Portia ~

Koketka ~ Sara dress-yellow ~ New@CHIC²
Maxi Gossamer ~ Necklace – Eden Sun Pendant – Short ~ New@CHIC²

/Wasabi Pills/ Anais 2 Mesh Hair – Rye ~ New@CHIC²
.Pekka. HYDRA Lip balm (2) ~ New@CHIC²

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Pale Glass
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*

~

Miamai_Nene White ~ New@CHIC²

POMME D AMOUR/ BIRDS & BEES/SPARKLE BLONDE ~ New@CHIC²
PHILO – Hair Pin – Glitter ~ New@CHIC²
.Pekka. HYDRA Lip balm (2) ~ New@CHIC²

Pose: Frooti  ~ New@CHIC²
Bench: What Next

A Foggy Day (CHIC², part 2)

Bonjour!  CHIC² opens TODAY at 4SLT! Magnifique!

This is just one of the gorgeous display booths at CHIC² – I’m still amazed by the bazillion-and-four designers’ creativity and imagination. The clothes are amazing, of course, and the CHIC furniture and makeup and skin and hair and jewelry and/and/and/etc. are just staggeringly good. I’ll say, though, that I’ve never been to an event where I just wanted to hop into every booth and snap a few pictures for my personal collection. We can thank (fluke) for this wicked little bistro set, all mesh, and less than twenty prims! I’m wearing one of the coffee cups (copy/mod, whee!) and sporting one of STATUS‘ great new ‘Coffee and Cigs’ poses, coffee and cigs included. The dress. Sigh. Geometry. Just wait till you see it in-world. The back detail (not shown, sadly) will blow your socks off. So make sure you’re wearing socks.

Below is another beautiful display brought to us by Somnia; just camming it yesterday made me sleepy and grinny and I wanted nothing more than to curl up in a pair of pyjamas with a book and my favourite kitty. It’s handy that Somnia is offering THREE sets of comfy housewear this month: Comfort in the Rain (pictured), Comfort in the Storm, and Comforting Rainbows. *Yawn* Blogging is hard work – who’s ready for a nap?

:D

~ Portia ~

<Geometry> Chic > Champagne > ~ New@CHIC²
(fluke) coffee cup – Chic Cafe bistro set ~ New@CHIC²
STATUS CIGARETTE ~ New@CHIC²

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

*League* Vintage Heart Jewelry
*Plume* Parisienne/Platinum

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Utopia Eyes – Deep Blue
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*

~

.: Somnia :. Comfort in the Rain {Blue} ~ New@CHIC²
.: Somnia :. Comfort in the Rain Leggings {Blue} ~ New@CHIC²

/Wasabi Pills/ Anais 2 Mesh Hair – Rye ~ New@CHIC²

Poses: STATUS, GLITTERATI ~ New@CHIC²

Le Freak, C’est CHIC!

Hey everyone!

I am really, REALLY, really-super-plus-mega-ULTRA psyched to be sharing some of my CHIC² birthday event preview experiences with you tonight! EEE! If it isn’t obvious already, this is my first blogger invitation ANYWHERE and I certainly hope it isn’t this last. Talk about fun!

I hope to see ALL of you tomorrow night, though, when the sim is open and we can all band together to wish CHIC a very happy early birthday.

Portia’s Sunshiney Yellow Taxi to CHIC²  (Event opens 4pm, Sunday June 3rd)

So this is me, trying to look like I’m striking the proper balance between cool(ish) fashion blogger and rampant fangirl. This top (T Junction!) says ‘Tres Chic’ on the front because we’re all very, very CHIC this week. Obviously. :D I’m always glad to see a new release from CheLLe as well since it means I have a few more options when I’m looking for eyeshadow and a less-likely chance of boring YOU with the same face/lips/eyes over and over again. As I’m always looking for lipstick/gloss/balm/etc that works with my face, I was all about Pekka’s offering – HYDRA lip balm, in this case. Pretty, pretty!

I wanted to take this picture the MINUTE this party started rezzing in for me. Firestorm tells me I’m six and a half feet tall but you wouldn’t know it now, right?! Could these Sassy models be the missing Entwives? Was that really a LoTR joke? Why yes, yes it was. These rompers are flipping ADORABLE, btw, no matter how tall you are.

~ Portia ~

T Junction – Tres Chic TShirt ~ New@CHIC²
Chloe: Honey Drop Earring [Honey] ~ New@CHIC²

cheLLe – (eyeshadow) Dreamy (Under Eye 1) ~ New@CHIC²
.Pekka. HYDRA Lip balm (5) ~ New@CHIC²

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Deep Blue
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*

::Exile:: In The Meantime:Vanilla

~

~Sassy!~ Casual Chic dress – dahlia ~ New@CHIC²

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

/Wasabi Pills/ Anais 2 Mesh Hair – Rye ~ New@CHIC²

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Deep Blue
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*

Lady A – Emoter HUD

Pose: GLITTERATI ~ New@CHIC²

SecondLife Heroes

Hahaha, well.

I haven’t made it through everything I wanted to finish today but I’m really pleased to share this little project with you instead. My brother Lucky (whom you need to know if you don’t already) and I have been talking about rocking our superhero costumes together for about a week but schedules being what they are, tonight was the first night we were both free.

Check it out!

(but ignore the typo)

~Lucky the Hero~

TS Creations – War Mashine Avatar

~Mild Mannered Lucky~

Skin: REDGRAVE Tan Skin -David-
Shape: Custom
Hair: Trailerstar – Mohavk Ver 2 (brown)
Hair Base: **JOMO** etched hair07a
Eyes: <<<np>>> Lunar EYES – AZUR
Earrings: +ROZOREGALIA+ *NORNIR* Unisex PIERCE3 [Type2]
Lip Ring: :Juice: Double Lip Piercing
Necklace 1: Fusion Cross Chain Necklace
Necklace 2: JCNY – Key Pendant Hyper-Gems Necklace
Ring: JCNY – Athena ‘ICONOCLAST’ Mens Wedding Ring
Top: >>GothiCatz<< Arvid – shirt
Pants: >>GothiCatz<< Journey -pants-
Shoes: [hoorenbeek] Air Force Men -White-
Tattoos: [Stellar] Infinity Tintable Arm Sleeve Tattoo

~Portia The Hero~

<<< UberGirls >>> ‘Dinah’ Costume

01 Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Utopia Eyes – Deep Cerulean (ML)
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
*BOOM* Pale Pucker Natural

/Wasabi Pills/ Orion FEM Mesh Hair – Golden
~Mild Mannered Portia~

01 Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes – Pale Blue (M)
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
*BOOM* Pale Pucker Pink

[e] Listen – Blonde 01

{Happy} Luxe Boatneck (Cream)
{Happy} Preen Pants (Oat)
[e] Live Boots – Ash -

ROLE OPTC SG-32 CLARA
*League* Double Stranded Soft Pearl Necklace (chest)
*League* Vintage Heart Earring
*League* Vintage Heart Necklace

Poses: Olive Juice, VICE Poses

Props: Le Bistro – Pancake Breakfast Cooking Set