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A Few Last Words

.. over here anyway! I’m not quitting SL or even just blogging, but I AM moving to a fancy new website. :)

There are a number of reasons for this, some of which I mention in my maiden post for Mask and Mien. I’m sad to relinquish the following I have with WordPress.com and the number of feeds I’ve belonged to (those that are still functioning more than a year after my last post here, anyway). Still, this is a good thing. A happier blogger makes for better pictures and more frequent posts, right?

So welcome to my very last wordpress post! I’ve decided to redo my own Beauty Base Zero challenge because, let’s face it, 1) two years is SUCH a long time in Second Life and 2) I’m sort of excited to show how much my avatar has changed since my last posts here.

BB0 New C copyIt’s a little strange quoting myself but I’m going to do it anyway:

“… 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.”

So, right. I’ve gone with a down-do for this picture out of sheer vanity and for one other important reason: no, it isn’t possible to see earrings with this hair but it’s more effective to adjust jewelry and other accessories once my avatar is posed and ready to be photographed. This is a CRUCIAL: if your avatar’s head is tilted, your earrings need to be adjusted to fall naturally! Same goes for any and all accessories so be mindful, yeah?

BB0 New L 800 copy

I’m going to write a small review and a few basic tips for using the Slink Physique Mesh Body in a later post (on the new blog) but for now, and as it applies to this post, I want to say that this is one of the best investments I’ve made in Second Life. Period. It’s easy to talk about the ways in which the mesh body falls short but for those of you who -haven’t- tried one yet, please hear me out:

TRY IT! Walk around in a demo version of whatever body your skin creator supports. Take off your mesh and (if you’re feeling brave) just strut in the buff for a little while. Dance and jump around! More and more designers are creating clothing appliers for mesh bodies and as you can see above, some of them are -really- lovely! I adore the way these layers hug the ‘Physique’s curves and once you get used to working with the Slink HUD (pictured below), the end result is almost always worth the effort. And gosh, the body is SO smooth. No more jagged elbows and knees! And, too, you can add (or remove, ahem) your underwear with a few clicks on the HUD .. which is MUCH faster than looking through inventory. Sorry, but it is.

BB0 UI 1

Rather than go into too much detail telling you how I take my pictures, I’m going to show you some of the settings I’ve learned to use in the last two years. Above and below, you can see what my basic SL User Interface looks like when I’m taking pictures. What you can’t see is the pose stand beneath my little platform but I promise it isn’t exciting (although the number of poses loaded into it is pretty embarassing). Everything else is pretty much here.

BB0 UI 2 copy

One extra tip I will give, however, is that hitting ctrl+0 is a helpful way to remove some of the SL Fishbowl Effect as well as zoom in closer than the default cameras allow (GREAT for fitting eyelashes when you’re on a pose stand). Ctrl+9 resets your camera to the default distance.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this short(ish) and sweet post and pleasepleasePLEASE come visit me at Mask and Mien whenever you can. <3

Credits:

Skin: [PF] Harley <Porcelain> – Lid 02 – (ltbrow – A) ~ Mochi Milena
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Lashes: *MC* “Falsies” Eyelashes ~ Freya Olivieri
Mesh Bod: Slink Physique Mesh Body V1.4 ~ Siddean Munro
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Flat ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Polish Applier: Hello Dave: Slink Avatar Enhancement- French Ombre ~ Maia Gasparini

Lingerie Applier: {Luxuria} Summer Crush – Bra *candy pink* ~ 5thAndOxford Monitor

Hair: Magika [Hair S] Wait ~ Sabina Gully

Ring: (Yummy) Modest Crown – Gold ~ Polyester Partridge

Pose: Le Poppycock *Die a Little* B – Mystery to Me ~ Olivia Lalonde


The Fantasy Gacha SNEAK PEEK (part 1)

Okay, so first of all I have one thing to say:

“YOU GUYS ARE IN BIG TROUBLE.”

Much like the last session, this round of The Fantasy Gacha is set on the Acerbus Silva sim and holy wow, there are a LOT of machines to tap. Just like last time, I went a little bit crazy in the first section, forgetting that there were still dozens of gacha machines tucked away in other parts of the event area. To help -you- avoid prematurely blowing through all of your lindens, however, I have decided to provide this map to show you just how massive the place is:

Fantasy Gacha Overhead

Bear in mind that the tiiiiny red tent at the lower left-hand corner of the picture is the landing point. You’ll cross the bridge into the first group of gacha machines and then proceed straight ahead or to your left. Do not forget that there are many, many vendors in each area, though! Pace yourself and remember that you can always come back later for another round. Breathe. You’ll get through this.

Since there is absolutely NO way I’m going to get through all of my treasures in one blog post, I have decided to break the event up into a series of posts over the weekend leading up to the event (it opens to the public October 1st) and I hope you’re as excited to read through this series as I am to write it!

So. We’re starting with the machine that received the MOST love from me. I literally dreamt about this outfit last night and woke up deciding it needed to happen ASAP.

Back to Black 600F

UH HUH.

This gown, ruffle collar, and parasol are just a few of the items available from Junbug this round. I won’t go into precise detail over how many times I poked this machine, how convincing I had to be in my sweet-talking, and precisely what I had to do to get a full set together for this post, but it should suffice to say that I was not surprised to be dreaming about The Queen’s Ruff last night. The mesh is beautiful, of course, but the thing that struck me the most about this set (and really, everything in the Junbug mainstore) is the rich texture of this gorgeous fabric. Seriously. Pick a demo, any demo, and you’ll see what I mean.

I thought it would be fun to add a few other gacha items to this outfit (all from this event, might I add) and you will certainly see more of them in the near future. The corset is actually an EPIC find of mine (same as ultra-rare but way more fun to say) from On A Lark; this pack includes a hood, shoulder straps, and a HUD to change the accent colour from silver to gold to black. COOL RIGHT?

Back to Black 600C

You’re going to see a lot of head gear featured from The Fantasy Gacha in the coming days as well because there are a bunch of different machines offering a variety of crowns, diadems, circlets, chains, and helmets. For this outfit, I tried to keep things simple by matching a silver Celtic headband from The Forge with one of the many witch circlets from Sax Shepherd Designs.

Are you completely psyched to gacha yet?!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Witch Eyes – Death
Soirée – Kat Brows #Ebony
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
*LpD* MakeUp – *Steam Cloud* Complete
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Sway My Way:Raven

*{Junbug}* The Queen Gown in Night (RARE) ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha
*OAL* Dory Corset M ~ Black Epic ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha

*{Junbug}* The Queen’s Parasol (ULTRA RARE) ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha
*{Junbug}* The Queen’s Ruff Collar Coal ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha
[The Forge] Celtic Headband, (Silver), Common ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha
! !SSD ~ Gatcha ~ Witch Circlet ~ Jadis ~ Available Oct 1st at The Fantasy Gacha
NAIL/Female[MANDALA] SHORT

Poses: ::WetCat:: (Back to Black set – I HAD TO!)
Set: Enchanted Unicorn Castle by Atelier Yllanys


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)


Writer’s Blog-err.. Writer’s Block Challenge!

We have ALL been here. Some of us more recently, some less so. Some more frequently, some only INfrequently.  Writer’s blog .. blog .. BLOCK (I keep typing ‘blog,’ wth) is a very real issue, even if you don’t write much to accompany your pictures, you may still find the thought of posting in your blog uninspiring.

My last post was February 25th. It’s May 19th. I think it’s fair to say that there’s a problem here.

So what do we do when life is busy, stressful, and generally not conducive to thoughtful introspection?

We find a new challenge, of course!

So here it is: My challenge to YOU, oh bloggers of SL, is to write a single blog post. I’m going to help you get through this in less than ten steps. Observe!

Writer's Block Challenge 512

Let’s give it a try, shall we?

3) Ursula1 600

4) Share your favourite thing about this outfit. Is it the clothing? A new hairstyle?

The first thing I heard about the Gos Ursula Wedges was that the pearl colour option is sweet, simple, and summery. These are three of my favourite words. :) Also, I love these shoes so much and have literally been wearing them every chance I get!

5) Why do you like this colour? These colours?

It’s probably obvious that I wear a lot of white. A ridiculous amount of white, really, but the reason for it is that I love simple clean lines. As someone who lives with chronic anxiety, white is a colour that calms me right down. It is pure and clean.

6) Are you accessorizing? If yes, why? If no, why not?

I am accessorizing very simply this time with a set of Earthstones Lora jewelry (sorry ladies, it was a gatcha thing). Just a touch of silver and white to complement the silver buckles on these amazing wedges. There is also a simple white ribbon at the bottom of this braid. It’s a nice touch, I think.

7) Why this pose?

This pose (Olive Juice – Does this skirt make my butt look big?) is delicate and feminine. It does not cause my legs to clip with this mesh dress AND one foot is firmly rooted on the floor, which makes the picture more believable. I believe it captures the mood of this outfit well as showcases the individual components.

8) How do you feel in this particular outfit?

I feel relaxed, comfortable and light as a feather, thank you!

THAT IS ALL YOU HAVE TO WRITE!

(Phew!)

9) Post your credits here (don’t forget your posemaker):

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
*YS&YS* – Ipnotic Eyes Ice
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
Eye Candi Skin – Glow (Tattoo)

[e] Control – Blonde 01

*LpD* – *Atena* Dress White
[Gos] Ursula Wedge – Classic Collection – Pearl

EarthStones Lora Earrings – White Lace Agate Silver (Gatcha items, sorry!)
EarthStones Lora Necklace -White Lace Agate Silver  (Gatcha items, sorry!)

Pose: Olive Juice


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