All That Glitters

All that glitters may not be gold but I don’t think any of us can deny its irresistable lure. There’s something decadent about wearing it from head to toe and just revelling in the soft glow of warm, golden light. It’s very fancy.

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I’ve wanted to put a picture like this together from the moment I saw Gos’ gorgeous Lesina sandals at the newest round of FaMESHed because, goodness, look at them. It’s no secret that I have a weakness for shiny things, pretty trinkets and doodads, but I do try to keep it classy when class is the aim. 😉

Styling, for me, isn’t just about wearing a thing I like anymore, though. I’m always looking for cohesion. Bringing different elements together from different corners of the grid is something that satisfies me beyond measure but .. let me share a little bit of my process with you here:

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I’ve had my moments, days in the sun
Moments I was second to none
Moments when I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like the day I walked away from the wine
For a woman who became my wife
And a love that, when it was right,
Could always see me through
Lookin’ at me now you might not know it
But I’ve had my moments

Emerson Drive – Moments


Yep. I know, this photo does not really show what we are wearing, the look on our faces, or anything I would normally do for a blog. That my friends is my point here. This photo and post is about the feeling. I’ve seen a lot of posts over the last month talking about “blogger requirements.” Those things being having to post a certain amount, needing a specific number of Flickr views, and followers. I understand that it’s a business thing and that the creators want to get the biggest audience they can. The issue for me is when the requirements are so tight that it truly sucks the enjoyment out of what you’re doing. Continue reading

Happy Canada Day!

Bonne fête du Canada!

Canada Day

Happy Birthday Canada! It’s the first year I know that I’ve celebrated it thanks to my lovely Portia. I was trying to cook some good food for us to each but she insisted on bombing me with water balloons. Needless to say we are eating late this evening. It’s very cool that both Canada and the US celebrate similar but separate holidays within just a few days of one another. I had absolutely no idea the holiday existed. That’s some Americanism for you ain’t it. Continue reading

Just Breathe…. Discussing Bloggers, Designers, and Sponsorship

It’s been an emotional day.

Even now, I’m not sure what I’m going to write or how I’m going to begin. There are a few things I’d like to discuss in this post but I want to approach them gently, as gently as possible, anyway.

I was removed from one of my blogger groups this afternoon. No warning, no offlines, no “hey, Portia, I noticed you haven’t posted in a while” or even a “thanks for doing what you did but we need to keep our roster super-active,” kind of message. There was nothing and, I’m not going to lie, I took it hard as I have been covering this brand unofficially for many years. I’m still taking it hard, trying to get through the night by reminding myself to breathe through the ache in my throat and the stinging in the corners of my eyes.


It’s been hard for me to find the time to blog this month. All of us get busy and sometimes I’m jealous of the fact that many of the bloggers I admire find the time to post regularly, even frequently, when it’s been so hard for me to carve out a few hours to sit down and work on a picture. That’s what it is for me: hours. The picture you see above, which I love, took about three hours from start to finish, maybe a little longer because I had to reinstall Photoshop (thank you, Life). This post will take another hour to write because I’m not interested in posting a picture and credits. I won’t do it. It breaks my heart a little bit to think that if I’d just bent a little bit on that ‘rule’ of mine in the past, Mask and Mien could be doing better than it is now. I wouldn’t have let one of my favourite people in SL down the way I did. Continue reading

Sun, Sleep, and OUCH!

Public Service Announcement: Do NOT fall asleep in the sun for an extended period of time. You will undoubtedly get sunburn if no one else is around to wake you up.

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Good lord almighty does it burn after you wake up and realize you have been asleep for hours. I couldn’t help it honestly, being out in the middle of the water with the cool breeze blowing on my skin was just too relaxing. Somehow I managed to stay on my SUP board the entire time. I have to think I might have been better off if I had fallen in the water and saved myself from the intense sunburn I now have. SPF 50 from now on, no question. Continue reading

For The Alliance

The Warcraft movie is almost here, and I as a WoW player am beyond excited. So much so that I managed to find a lovely “Jaina Proudmoore” to accompany me on this post.

For The Alliance

First off, FOR THE ALLIANCE. Alright now that I have that out of my system let’s get to the real deal. We ❤ RP is getting ready to start it’s June round and the previews I’ve seen are absolutely stellar. It’s an event that has grown near and dear to my heart thanks to the lovely Portia. I had never attended nor paid attention to it, for that I’m sorry We <3, but now I get very excited each time a new one comes around. I’ve ventured in the world of RP recently so seeing all of the unique items and figuring out what and if I can use something in my roleplay scenarios is so much fun. Continue reading

A Life Indoors ~ Speaking Out About Going Outside

“Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When “I” is replaced by “We”, illness becomes wellness.”
Shannon L. Alder

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Disclaimer: This is going to be a bit of a heavier post than I’m used to writing. For those of you uncomfortable with the idea of reading about anxiety and mental illness, I understand. Truly. It’s a difficult subject. You don’t need to read any more than this paragraph – credits are at the bottom. ❤

I realized today just how long it’s been since the last time I wrote about anxiety. Years, really, and as much as I would like to say that it’s because I am completely out of the woods, that really isn’t the case. I’ve written about my condition prior to this (here and here) and hinted at it from time to time as well. I am not ashamed of my illness and I don’t believe anyone should ever worry that speaking out about who they are, as long as it does no harm, nor should they be judged or shunned for their personal life. If I don’t discuss mental disorder often, it’s because my anxiety has become just another fact of life. I am a Canadian woman. I have green eyes and a nice smile. I live with chronic anxiety, agoraphobia, and hypersensitivity.

Not a single one of these traits defines who I am but they do contribute to the sum of their parts. I don’t rail against my agoraphobia anymore, just like I don’t hate the fact that my hair is too straight to curl – I work with it. I do the best I can with what I have and believe me, the work never ends. It’s hard to be happy on a consistent basis but I don’t think I’m alone in that either. Most people have a hard time being happy. Everybody struggles with something.

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I’ll Be The Moon

“The phone lights up in the dark asks where you are & I start driving
Meet me for a drink, just an hour, maybe two, maybe three, baby I’m in”
Dierks Bentley – I’ll Be The Moon [ft. Maren Morris]

I'll Be The Moon

Just a fun little shot today, inspired by Dierks Bentley’s  song “I’ll Be The Moon” featuring Maren Morris. I’ve been somewhat of a fan of him for a while favoring a few songs here and there rather than full albums. His latest album Black is in my opinion his best and really hits you in the feels. I’ll share a video to watch at the bottom if anyone has an interest in it. Continue reading