Yearbook Challenge: 2017

Mega-huge thanks to Strawberry Singh for posting the 2017 installment of her ubiquitous Yearbook challenge! Love the blog, love the Berry! To celebrate her “10 years of Second Life” (WOW!), Ms. Berry is offering L$ 5000 to one of her readers for answering a few simple questions in her comments section. Seriously. Go check it out!

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Most Likely to: Leave Early to Play Dungeons & Dragons

Yep, I’m still talking about D&D! We are just FIVE DAYS OUT from the Mhirdrun sim’s grand opening and even though I will not be there this Saturday (I’m moving this weekend! :O) I cannot wait to hear ALL about those first glorious days of sim RP! As I’ve said before, writing and storytelling are a big part of my life and a major source of insipiration for me – I started playing D&D at age fourteen and taught my little sister to play when she was six. It’s been a huge part of our lives and I cannot state enough that there is something for everyone in games like this. Whether you’re trying Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, a game like 7th Sea, Shadowrun, or Cypher, the experience of adventure and In Character accomplishment can be intensely liberating.

This applies, of course, to Second Life role play as well – with the added bonus of being able to style your character and take a million, zillion pictures! 😀

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SEE?! ^

So why not forget about what you think you know about role playing and think about how much fun it could be to have an adventure? To be someone other than yourself? Why not step outside your comfort zone (if it doesn’t already include SL RP) and try something new?

Mhirdrun opens this weekend: May 13th at NOON SLT! Write it down. Read the website. Join the in-world group and come have a look at one of the most beautiful sims I have ever seen!

For those unfamiliar with RP sim etiquette, a quick note:

  • Remember to wear sim-appropriate clothing. Anything fantasy-related will do – no jeans, stiletto heels, electric guitars, or hoverboards, please!
  • Respect that other people on-sim might be role playing – don’t worry, no one minds if you watch, but please don’t say anything in local chat if you are strictly there as an observer. Find a good spot out of the way but within chat range (local range is 20 meters) and you’re all set.
  • Don’t lag up the joint! Maximum script memory per avatar is 0.150ms and maximum Avatar Rendering Cost (ARC) is a very generous 325k but PLEASE, and this goes double for observers, keep those numbers as low as possible. ❤
  • Find some way to indicate that you are OOC (Out of Character) and observing the action. This can be a group tag if you have access to one or, alternatively, some role players use titlers (just remember to keep your script count low!).
  • Enjoy. ❤

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya ~ Catwa Clip
Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 ~ Kikonosuke Eel
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver / Aqua ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Makeup Applier: !Musa! Eyeshadow Leda Cool Tones ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until May 31st, 2017)
Nail Appliers 1: :[P]:– Maitreya Nailpolish:// Dulcet / Rinka ~ Aikea Rieko

~ Style 1 ~

Hair: TRUTH / Kare ~ Truth Hawks ~ NEW GROUP GIFT!

Romper: TETRA – Formation Playsuit (Breeze) – Maitreya ~ NataPorolo ~ NEW @ Collabor88 (until June 6th)

Glasses: :[P]:– Diamondine Glasses ~ Aikea Rieko
Necklace: (Yummy) Tiny Teardrop Pendant Necklace – Gold ~ Polyester Partridge

Pose: Le Poppycock-Now is everything (*Convolutions* A)  ~ Olivia Lalonde ~ NEW @ The Chapter Four (until May 21st)

~ Style 2 ~

Hair: Exile:: Way That I Feel ~ Kavar Cleanslate ~ NEW @ Collabor88 (until June 6th)

Silks: *Sweet Kajira * Tanit WHITE Top & Skirt Maitreya ~ Gacha Item ~ Bronte Denja ~ NEW @ The Fantasy Gacha Carnival (until May 20th)
Wings: #2 Blueberry – Angelberry – RARE – Wings – Pure ~ Gacha Item ~ Blueberryxx

Jewellery Set: .aisling. Nilia ~ Gacha Item ~ Damian Kleiner ~ NEW @ The Fantasy Gacha Carnival (until May 20th)

Pose: ::Poseidon:: Priestess 6 ~ Gryphon Vendetta

Karishma, Carisma, and an Iron Throne ~ Arcade Preview Post!

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There are so many things I wanted to say about this picture, so many beautiful pieces I wanted to draw to your attention. The stunning revelation that is -AZUL-‘s new dedication to offering Omega layer options for their beautiful gowns. The gorgeous new jewellery set we’ll be seeing at the Arcade so very, very soon. An incredibly detailed Iron Throne prop from DRD that comes in, fully animated, at 25 li (it sounds like a lot, sure, but just LOOK! Does that even look like an SL background?) Continue reading

“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.

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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. Continue reading

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!

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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! Continue reading

Learning Your A-B-C’s (Part One of I-don’t-know-how-many!)

Okay, wow. So. This is turning into quite the project, isn’t it?

Are you as excited as I am to be doing this? (I certainly hope so!)

So today we begin with pretty, pretty horses, but I promise we’ll get a little farther this time. 😀 We’re going to talk about Awesome Breed Creations (ABC) in a general way to start. We’ll have a peek at the mainshop with a very broad overview of what an interested outsider (ie. me) would be interested to know about the special features ABC has to offer.

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Teleporting onto the sim is easy, the landmark is right here, and you’ll notice immediately that the place is just beautiful. Horses everywhere! As you’re able to see in the picture above (and probably every other picture I take for the next three months), there are a ton of beautiful, beautiful options as well. This is the first thing that struck me about ABC and the thing that I can’t help but revisit when I ask myself if I really want to try another breedable:

They’re just so pretty. Continue reading

Holy Cow I Forgot the Title!

Hey all!

Just a quick post tonight (this morning?) but I wanted to share this cute little outfit with you before I started falling behind again. The first thing you’re going to notice (probably) is my new mesh friend; I’ve named him Charming and he just loves to stand around while I take pictures all day long. Cute, right?

So I’m wearing a couple of items from round 43 of the Designer’s Circle, Beautycode earrings and a pair of jeans from even.flow, along with my favourite Gos boots (yes, I have about six pairs of ‘favourite’ Gos boots but these are one of them) along with these sunglasses I can’t stop wearing either. Leather jacket from shine, newish Truth hair, and a great little tee from mon tissu .. what’s not to love? Continue reading

Portia Pexington: Origins and Evolution

Whatever our reasons for joining Second Life, whatever path lead us here, everyone has a story that begins in another time and a very different place.

My story began online, way back in 2004 (holy wow!), in a place called Paragon City and, more specifically, in a game called City of Heroes. I played a mutant heroine named Ms Permafrost, an ice/storm controller (if that means anything to you). She was (is?) a defensive character and it was always my pleasure to keep opponents on ice with crowd control and damage mitigation, while tossing the occasional heal to allies as needed. Is my nerd hat showing? Continue reading

Sixties Shine

So here I am, awake at 5am and smiling after a few glasses of wine, and I’m excited to share this next post with you! This is a dress I’ve been styling for a few days but nothing was working the way I thought it should. I don’t wear much black and I’ll be the first to say that it’s my biggest challenge to work with deep, dark shades like this.

Until I realize that colour is the answer!

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Check it out: shine‘s simple black sixties dress (available NOW at Designer’s Circle #42) with Cae‘s beautiful starfish jewelry set. I changed the jewelry to ‘patina’ (and THANK YOU, Cae, for having an option to change every item at the same time <3) and found a pair of blue/green ombre tights from Milk Motion. Truth‘s Cyanne hair with a greenish headband (so pretty!) and my fantastic HOC platforms round it all out perfectly. Continue reading