Are you Ready for Halloween? Five costume ideas you might want to consider (Part One)

Halloween Star Wars Speeder

In this short (and very quick) series of posts, I am excited to show you some of my favourite Halloween costume ideas that may be a little bit different from the creepy, kooky, sexy, and scary costumes we’ve all come to know and love. Many of these outfits are mix and match, which I love to do, and all of them were assembled with a collection of old and new gear.

Don’t know what to wear for Halloween, 2015?

Read on! You might already have everything you need in your inventory!

Halloween Star Wars Speeder

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Continue reading

October Rain: A Co-Blog Experience <3

Hey everyone!

What a crazy month, right? It’s been “GOGOGO!!” over here and we’re just hitting the halfway mark for October. Life’s been great, though, and I am so pleased to be able to share my first co-written post with my man, my baby; my sometimes-too-wonderful-for-words Lucky! :D

Since we’re still new to this whole interviewing-one-another deal, the questions might not be 100% perfect but the love, and the banter, is real. Lucky and I have always enjoyed shopping and styling together and if you take a look around Mask and Mien, you’ll see that he’s really started to get into blogging as well. And I couldn’t be prouder. <3

So what we’ve done here has been great fun already. We’ve styled together and each taken our own pictures. We’ve written questions for one another and then answered the questions put to us. Style credits, as always, are at the bottom so let’s get to it, yeah?

Lucky's Picture
Lucky’s Picture

Portia: How excited are you to be doing this post right now?

Lucky: I’m very excited to finally be doing a post together. I had intended to do something like this sooner but finding the time to actually do it was tricky. Originally I was going to bug you about doing it for the October TMD post but things came up and made that not a very easy option. I knew we would get around to it eventually. Even doing this one wasn’t planned. It just started from a jacket. Funny how things work out sometimes. Continue reading

Archive: MMI Retrospective ~ Week 3

Note: This is an old post copied over from my previous blog. The original post date was 02/25/2015 and I am moving it back over here for posterity and post count reasons! :D

So week three begins and the competition is getting INTENSE. There are a huge number of talented men and women, working hard to distinguish themselves as front runners. The feedback we’re getting after every challenge is immensely helpful and it’s clear that some of us are getting better from week to week. Leaps and bounds, head and shoulders; pick your euphemism – it’s all true! The last thing I wanted to do was peak after my shared victory in the Trunk Challenge so I was working harder than ever to improve. To do everything in my power to learn, grow, and raise the bar as much as possible. I’ll admit that I was a bit obsessed at this point, not so much with making the finals as seeing how much more I could do and where, exactly, my niche was going to be. Even after a few weeks, I knew that the SL fashion world was the place for me but .. I wasn’t 100% sure where I’d end up. If that makes any sense. I hope it does. It was a very exciting time and a fantastic feeling.

Challenge #4: The Partner Challenge

It’s funny that this was a challenge I was dreading about as much as I was looking forward to it, not because I doubted my partner and I would do well but because their fate in the competition would, at least party, become my responsibility. I didn’t mind taking risks when it was just my score on the line but bringing someone else into it? I didn’t know if I could handle that. Either we’d end up playing it safe (yuck) or doing something that could, conceivably, blow up in our faces .. assuming we could work together at all, of course. I might have been new to SL modelling but even I knew that not everyone in this industry was flowers and sunshine off the runway.

I shouldn’t have worried so much, I guess, because when they announced the partners (picked randomly from a hat) I almost got out of my chair to do a happy dance. I was paired with Occasus Jayaram, another new model, blogger, and up to this point, the contestant I’d spent the most time with in IMs talking about absolutely everything. It was like winning the lottery on my birthday! There were so many people I wanted to work with in this competition but I don’t know that there was anyone I could have worked with as easily, or as well, than my girl O.

The theme for this challenge was Couples: Then and Now. The runway setup, when we saw it, was a red carpet walk in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Yeah, it was going to be one of those.

Mask and Mien - P12 1Partner Challenge Styling:

To say that both Occasus and myself were excited to do this challenge together is an understatement so vast I cannot begin to repair it. We started brainstorming immediately (who would we be?) and decided to work on individual lists until O had finished her set that evening (she’s a DJ). I got to work IMMEDIATELY and came up with a dozen ideas, some good, some bad, and some completely off the wall weird. I liked the idea of representing a female couple, though, since I figured there wouldn’t be many but knowing, too, that we were more than capable of blurring some gender lines ourselves, I wasn’t shy about adding some other concepts that appealed to our shared aesthetic. By the time we got together to meet later that night Occasus and I had twenty ideas between us, maybe more, and it was clear from the outset that we were both excited and invested in doing something special for this challenge.

Is it any surprise we were almost totally styled within 24 hours?

Our inspiration: The Witches of the West and North from Wicked (Elphaba and Glinda). Their epic rivalry in the song ‘Loathing.’
Our theme: Unadulterated Loathing in Los Angeles

Mask and Mien - P12 2

Partner Challenge Execution:

We were both adamant about avoiding costume pieces. This was a modelling competition and, first and foremost, MMI was about individuality and representing ourselves all the time, every time. Considering the set, we decided to bring Glinda and Elphaba to a modern-day red carpet event, knowing that we could style these two witches with our own unique approaches to fashion. Occasus has always been a little ‘avant garde’ and me, well, I do love a good tiara .. and a building project or two. I modified an old wand from my Hogwarts days (below) and built the bubble (above, but larger) that I would eventually wear as I floated down onto the runway to land beside my ‘rival’ Occasus. We had so much fun selecting pose combinations to show our characters’ disdain for one another and, after some debate, decided to keep special effects to a minimum to avoid causing lag on the runway. And our walk? We were spot on!

Mask and Mien - P12 3

 Comments and Feedback:

Occasus and I knew we were doing something a little bit different when we chose this theme but both of us agreed that we wanted to succeed or fail together doing what we loved. We wanted to take chances and put it all out there while staying true to our approaches to styling and fashion. No fancy tricks, no sparkling of the eyes. Just us doing what we do. I’d have liked to win this competition as well but we weren’t the most impressive couple out there that week. And my wand was in my hand, I guess. Sorry, O! <3

~ O ~

Gown – Junbug – Ariel (Ink)

Rose Embellishments: Dead Dollz – Tainted Love – The Black Rose Mesh Gown

Collar- Maitreya – Vintage Collar & Pearls – Black

Headpiece- Miamai – Titania Headpiece – Black

Bracelet and Earrings –  Yummy!  – Jennifer Pearl Set

Eye Makeup – Madrid Solo – Legend -Grayscale – Tinted by me to match the green

Lips – Madrid Solo – Facade Lips – Hulk Green

Skin – Nuuna’s Skins – Crayon Skins – Green

~ Portia ~

Gown – Dead Dollz Sakura Gown ~ Kiddo Oh

Jewellery – Chop Zuey – MVW Le Voyage de la Terre Australe (Platinum) ~ Belle Roussel

Tiara – Imperial Malagasy Aurora ~ Belle Roussel

Fur Stole – Nylon Outfitters – Fur Stole – White ~ Nylon Pinkney

Glove Appliers – Sweet Tea Formal Gloves – Jasminefairy Resident

Bubble – Homemade :) (Portia Pexington)

Wand  – Dusk Designs – Custom Wand ~ Dusk Claymore (modified by Portia Pexington)

Poses for O and Portia: PosESion ~ Dahriel Resident


Meet Mae

Well, actually this is my brother Lucky; the shoes are named Mae. :D

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Ahhh, much better!

So maybe there’s a bit of a disconnect between what Lucky is wearing and what I’ve chosen for this pic. If you’re looking at our feet, sure, the shoes don’t really match (but aren’t they FANTASTIC?!). What I find interesting, though, is scrolling up, you can see that we aren’t mismatched either. We coordinated colours and accessories to make this shot just a little more cohesive. Life is like that, too; sometimes you can’t line things up exactly but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Use what you’ve got. Love what you have.

I know for a fact that Lucky is going to rave about his sweater-bowtie-vest-thinger in HIS blog post so I’ll just tell you about what I’m wearing today. Deal?


These shoes. I still have no words to describe them without sounding like a lovestruck fool; if you’ve read my Grace post, you already know what I mean. The shoes are part of Gos Boutique’s new line, named after four Hollywood icons (Grace Kelly, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, and Sophia Loren) and if you STILL haven’t been to the new in-world boutique you need to go. Now. These shoes, like everything Gos, are incredible and created with so much passion and attention to detail you can’t help but channel it when you’re wearing them.

My outfit began with the shoes, as many of them will for the forseeable future, and I just KNEW that shine by [ZD]‘s new wrap dress belonged with them. Since I was feeling fancy, I wanted to rock LeLutka‘s Magdalen hair and maybe I started with more elaborate jewelry but when I saw what the broface (Lucky) was wearing, I quickly added some Gos cateye glasses and a pair of LaGyo earrings I found at the December Arcade event. I even went with a richer shade of IKON eyes, royal blue in this case, to keep the colour theme going. Co-blogs can be such fun!

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~ Portia ~
Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Royal
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
.Pekka. Classy Eye shadow with eyeliner – Love
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-MAGDALEN hair – Marilyn

[Gos] Mae Platform – Naturelle Collection –
shine by [ZD] MESH DRESS with Belt black ~ Available this month @ BlackOnly
shine by [ZD] WAISTBELT black
*BOOM* Everyday Tank (cream) (BB-0, ftw!)
*blowpop* Yvette – black panties (DON’T FORGET)

[Gos] Custom Eyewear v5.0b CATEYE
LaGyo_Lila earrings Midnight
Emery – Gloves #Sailor

~ Lucky ~

Skin – EDWARD – Tan / 03 unshaved – REDGRAVE
Tattoo – [Stellar] – Infinity Arm Sleeve Tattoo
Eyes – IKON Eternal – Paradise

Hair – Trailerstar – Mohawk V2 [Brown]

Shirt – [Avoid] Geekazoid – M / 8
Pants – Razorblade Jacket Jaw Breaker / Standard Boot – Stonewash S1
Shoes – 2Real – PURE

Hat – [Avoid] Sideway Fitted – Solid Colors
Glasses – [IC] MESH Nerd Glasses .::Classics::. 2.0 Scripted UNISEX
Watch – (Simple/CHAIN) [MANDALA] SITENNOAH_black(male)
Bracelet – ROZOREGALIA *Belial* BRACELET1/Type3[Black]
Lip Piercing – ROZOREGALIA *Gemma* LIP PIERCE2/C
Earrings – ROZOREGALIA *NORNIR* Unisex PIERCE3[Type2]
Ring – JCNY – ‘CRIMSON Rose, Engraving Ed. – Mens Ring 2.0


Poses: !bang, Exposes
Set: Barnesworth Anubis

(I know you’re not the biggest Mraz fan, Lucky, but it’s my blog and I can do what I want.)

Making the Season Bright

Soooo .. I’ve been spending more time alone than I like these days, clearly, and this is not a time of year to be without friends and family or the zillion pets or whatever else makes you happy. Sometimes all you have to do, though, is poke someone you know and say “hey, want to do a blog post with me?”

Blogging Buddies 600 ( There’s a larger pic on my flickr, of course! Have a peek. )

And sometimes it works!

This is my friend Alon Alphaville, awesome blogger and all-around stylish guy. PLEASE head over and check out his blog ‘Fashion By Double A‘ whenever you can; he does great stuff and knows far more about male fashion than I can hope to learn.

I’ll just talk about MY clothes instead, okay?

I wanted to do something special with this beautiful red poncho, by shine, that also hinted at the holidays. Is it strange that I only wear red in winter? Anyway, I started with the poncho (which looked bizarre until I put some pants on) and then realized that instead of wearing black trousers and a white blouse, I wanted to do something different. So I found a deep brown miniskirt and some fun tights from {Happy} as well as a creamy top with trumpet sleeves. League earmuffs came next when I realized this HAD to be an outdoors-y post and, omg, I am in love with these Ingenue booties. IN LOVE.

I don’t think I need to go into the details of what I had to do to get these earmuffs and the shade of boot I wanted from The Arcade, much less the RARE couple pose from !bang you see above. Let’s just not talk about that. :D

Red Poncho 600 ( Siiiigh, I really do love this outfit. <3 )

~ Alon ~
(Speak no Evil)

Skin: -NIVARO- Emerson Skin – creamtone
Hair: Salon de GLOW <hairpieces> M-05 (Jet Black)
Eyes: Aimesi Eyes3 Blue2
Top: [Sheep Door] Turtle Neck (Mesh) Red male ~ Available @ The Mens Dept
Pants: 22769 ~ [homme] grandfathers pants ~ Available @ The Mens Dept

~ Portia ~
(Hear no Evil)

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Tundra ~ New!
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
.Pekka. Eyeliner #5
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-YIPPIE hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH PONCHO red ~ Best, most beautiful poncho anywhere!
{Happy} Luxe Boatneck (Cream)
{Happy} Cheeky Minx Skirt (Mocha)
{Happy} Argyle Tights (Taupe)
Ingenue :: Alvery :: Rouge ~ Available at The Arcade!

*League* Earmuffs -Vintage Reindeer ~ Available at The Arcade!
Baiastice_Lulu’ dans l’apres-midi-gloves (part of an outfit with the same name)

Pose: !bang – red carpet ~ Available at The Arcade!
Setting: Heart, Botanical

Check @ the FAIR!

Hello everyone!

I’d like to begin today by thanking my SL sister, the incredible Bean, for inspiring this post by dragging (okay, maybe not entirely dragging) me to the last installment of FAIR last week ( :( ) and pointing me toward these beautiful mesh gowns by Apple May Designs. I’m not sure what other people thought when they saw red and white side by side but my mind went IMMEDIATELY to Wonderland.


( Check my Flickr for an awesome widescreen shot of our showdown! )

Now ordinarily I’d have been all over the white option, anyone who’s peeked at my blog can see how much I love white and light neutrals, but there was something about the red that appealed to me. I wore a larger size of IKON‘s Kaleido eyes than usual (XL when my standard is M), changed my skin for a layered eyeshadow look, and added two pairs of eyelashes, two sets of gloves, and my boldest, curviest set from the incomparable Chop Zuey Couture Jewelry. The result, I think, is just a little creepy but you can’t deny that it looks neat.

The set was a ton of fun to put together (I can’t think of the last time I built anything!) and I’ve gone ahead and linked what I used at the bottom of this post. While it isn’t outfit-related, well, Bean and I wouldn’t have looked half as good against a white screen. :D

( Another Flickr link. <3 )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*ash *REDGRAVE*
IKON Kaleido Eyes – Shadow
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
-Belleza- Eyeliner 4
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Glitter 01
[ glow ] studio Vanity. eyelashes – rogue (red)

Vanity Hair:The Potion-Platinium
Vanity hair base V.2.1-Platinium

Apple May ~ Winter Formal Mesh Gown – Lust ~ Available @ FAIR

Chop Zuey ~ Rocinante’s Curve Set ~ Silver
:: PM :: Meryl Gown in Black Gloves
DNR ~ Long Dress Gloves (tinted, raar!)

Poses: BENT ~Available @ FAIR

~ Bean ~

Bean’s credits can be found on her blog, Serene Cadence (SOON, I HOPE!)

~ Homemade Set ~

Topiaries: Trompe Loeil
Roses Sculpt: Arctic Greenhouse (custom texture)
Chess Board Texture: E&D Engineering
Chess Pieces Sculpt: Jabberwocky
Background: Turnip Skydome 2.0

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.



( 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


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

Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! (More Vintage Fair Goodness)

Wow, so it’s still August and the CHIC Vintage Fair is STILL going strong!

While I’m a little annoyed that I haven’t had time to blog much this month it’s hard to stay frustrated when I’m partying with my niece Lily (she had a GREAT 80’s glam rock set tonight, btw) and my broface Lucky. You’ll be pleased to hear I didn’t have to bribe them (much) to sit in for this picture.

I have been WAITING for a reason to wear some of these great Vintage Fair finds and finally, FINALLY, I’m home long enough to justify an hour partying with the fam (you know, instead of working .. blech). You can grab the full Westwood punk outfit I’m wearing at the Vintage Fair OR just sneak over to LUSH LIMITED’s mainshop to peek at some truly fantastic offerings. For me, the 80’s was ALL about random accessories so I’ve gone ahead and plucked a few other favourites from my inventory. Oldies but goodies, ftw!

~ Lily ~
Top ~ sick puppy
Boots ~ A&Y Bunker
Belt ~ butterfly effects
Wings ~ Vaengi

~ Lucky ~
Little Britain Designs – Gene Avatar

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ fanta

.DK. Neopunk – Blondes

[Gos] Triumph Boots – Fem – Worn

Izzie’s – Spring/Summer 2012 Nails
P.C; Reclining Feline Earrings
Maxi Gossamer ~ Pearl Necklaces – Combo – Long – BLACK
ROLE OPTIC SG-60 Princess
[Armidi Gisaci] Healing Koi Bangle – Coal

Poses: Bounce This, !bang
Set: Urban Spirit

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