Love, Light, and Godspeed!

Happy Birthday Chop Zuey!

This is the first and most important thing I want to say this morning and I still can’t quite believe that Chop Zuey Couture Jewllery is SIX years old this weekend! SIX! 

Let’s just sit back and think about that for a minute, yeah?

Six years as a designer, a brand, and a truly dedicated content creator in Second Life and after nearly twenty-two HUNDRED days on the grid, Belle Roussel’s jewellery continues to inspire as she, herself, is inspired. If I sound like a bit of a fangirl, it’s because I am. Belle was one of the first people I encountered in SL that showed an interest in my work as a stylist and for that, I am so grateful. Humbled. Still kind of amazed, haha. <3

CZ Birthday and We Heart 2048sq

So the jewellery featured in this post is actually FREE; I think it’s important to say that right off the bat as well. If you’re already in the ::CHOP ZUEY COUTURE:: in-world group, all you need to do is pop over there and pick up your prize! If you aren’t in the group yet, there is a fee to join but I hope you believe me when I say that the quality and frequency of group gifts available to women AND to men are just astounding.

Thugs-n-Kisses Set

And you get cute notices like this one:

A Quick Note from Belle:

CHOP ZUEY & I would like to Thank all it’s loyal Customers – People who have become like Family over the Years.

I know that none of the GREAT SUCCESS CHOP ZUEY has seen over these 6 years would have been possible without all of you here by my side.

FROM THE HEART – Truly would like to thank each and every one of you and wish you all Many Blessings, Love, Light & Godspeed!!!

Your Belle


CZ Birthday and We Heart 2048

I do want to take a bit more of your time to talk about the other amazing items in this picture because, not only is this a Chop Zuey Birthday EXTRAVAGANZA, but it’s also my second We <3 Role-Play preview; probably my last before the event opens at 3PM SLT today (October 4th).

Pre-Photoshop Pic
Pre-Photoshop Pic

The Wings: Caught me completely off-guard, to be honest, because the vendor picture for these Material Squirrel ‘Aeyron’ Wings (Light Set) does not do them justice! Heck, I hardly feel like this picture does them justice! I went with the gold option for this picture and they are just gorgeous in-world. Interestingly enough, they work very well with …

The Hair: from Tukinowaguma! I’m always on the lookout for fun and fashion-y hair and I have to say that I was amazed to see that all -three- styles available at this month’s round of We <3 RP are winners. I love the shape of this one, especially as it echoes the curling feathers in the Aeryon wings! Technically, most of what we encounter in Second Life is 3-Dimensional but this hair .. it’s hard to explain. Maybe try the demo and see if you can do a better job of it than me? ;)

The Sandals: Lassitude & Ennui is one of the two featured designers for the October round of We <3 Role-Play, which means that you will find them RIGHT at the landing point after teleporting on-sim. They are fitmesh for Slink Physique but if you don’t mind a bit of clipping, they’re fine to wear with other body options. Yes, they’re that nice with bonus points for including silver, gold, and black buckle options. Love them! Will wear many, many times (even with miniscule clipping<3).

Map October 1st
Designer Location Map for October’s We <3 Role-Play


Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Bag ~ Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Flat ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour Collection Strip-Lash in London ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades ~ Steffi Villota
Nail Applier: :[P]:- Slink Nails:// Gala ~ Aikea Rieko

Hair: *TKW* Vanda ~ Kateforster Akina ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (October 2015)

Dress: erratic / adriana – dress / ivory (maitreya) ~ Erratic Rain ~ Available at Uber (Oct. 2015)

Sandals: lassitude & ennui Astarte sandals white / gold Slink fitmesh ~ Jackal Ennui ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)

Jewellery: Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery ~ Thugs N Kisses Set ~ Belle Roussel ~ NEW GROUP GIFT!

Stole: ::GB:: Feather stole female / white ~ Takuya Jinn
Wings: Material Squirrel ~ Aeryon Wings – Light Set – Kala Bijoux ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)

Pose 1: !bang 547 ~ Luna Jubilee
Pose 2: *PosESioN* Africa ~ Dahriel

Champagne: [ keke ] champagne bubblissimo bucket – gold/- pink RARE -/-champagne glass – coupe ~ Kean Kelly ~ Gacha Items

Don’t Fear the Reaper ~ October We <3 RP Preview Post

Oh wow, so when did it start being October?! Is anyone else having this feeling of days just ‘whoosh’ing past like so many autumn leaves rustling across the sidewalk? If so, you’ll be happy to realize that you are that much closer to the newest cycle of  We <3 Role-Play (We <3 RP). Yes, October ‘We <3’ opens TOMORROW afternoon and I am so so SO excited to be sending my first official preview post to you tonight. Yes, tonight! Huzzah!

We Heart October Preview 1 2048

I had such a fantastic time putting this picture together, mainly because the result you see above was almost nothing like what I started with last night. I knew as soon as the preview pictures started coming in that I wanted to work with Bee Dumpling’s ‘Invoking Autumn’ gown but it wasn’t until I found the charming flower jewellery from *N*COSMOS that I finally decided on the purple dress. Now, if you’ve peeked at my blog before, you’ll see that I don’t use the colour as often as I could (or really at all) but let me tell you .. I’ve been buying absolutely everything in purple and grey lately, setting it off with hints of gold, green, and white – kind of the way I did in this picture. Crazy, no?

Where it all started!
How it all started!

Another important element of this picture is the background. I wanted to start with a relatively dull background so the purple would really stand out; the meadowWorks Gargoyles from this round of We <3 RP are flipping -gorgeous- and I feel like they bring an interesting feel to this setup that is completely enhanced by the dark-wood pavilion from ~*Souzou Eien*~ (~*S.E.*~). I’m hoping to showcase it a little better in a future post. ;)

A friend remarked to me this morning that the build for this picture reminded him of an execution ground and at first I laughed it off – when he started to explain his reasoning, I found myself in complete agreement .. but I wasn’t going to put a gallows in my picture, not if I was already stone-walling the beautiful gothic pavilion. The autumn leaf motif in the gown’s skirt was screaming for more colour in the background. Season-change trees and shrubs from Jian (that you can also pick up at We <3 RP) were a low-LI and pretty solution to the problem. And gosh, I was so excited to bring out the silver sickle I found in an Apple Fall (AF) gacha machine months and months and months ago!

So instead of an execution theme, we ended up with a reaping; kinda creepy with the gargoyles and gothic wood. I amped it up from there with sexy demon-looking hair from Tukinowaguma and if you look very, very closely you should be able to see the succubus claws that fit perfectly on my mesh feet.

Are you excited to go to We <3 RP yet? :D


Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Charm Eyes – Storm ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1, Bag ~ Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Mid ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour Collection Strip-Lash in London ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades ~ Steffi Villota
Makeup 2: !Musa! Eyeshadow Vera Dark Forest ~ Filomena Quinnell
Nail Applier: Hello Dave VIPs – Autumn Morning ~ Maia Gasparini
Claws: [Gauze] Succubus Claws – Yukio Ida ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (October 2015)

Hair: *TKW* Aneta 2 ~ Kateforster Akina ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)

Gown: The White Armory ~ Invoking Autumn Gown Set-Fitmesh-With Jewel ~ Bee Dumpling ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)

Hair Flowers: *N*COSMOS HAIR DRESS #1 & #2 MID ~ Taiko McCaw ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Flower Ring & Bracelet: *N*COSMOS RING MID, WRISTBAND MID ~ Taiko McCaw ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Sickle: AF/AL Silver Sickle ~ Apple Fall ~ Gacha Item

Pose: *PosESioN* Eloise ~ Dahriel

Pavilion: ~*S.E.*~ Little Renaissance Pavilion (Rect- Gothic)~ Draconias Timeless ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Gargoyle Columns: meadowWorks – Gothic Gargoyle on Column ~ Garvie Garzo ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Wall: TDE ~ Garden Wall -main section ~ Domineaux Prospero
Trees: Jian – Ash Tree ~ jiansl ~ Available @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Shrubs: Jian – Boxwood Shrub ~ jiansl ~ Available @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Urn: MudHoney Wooden Urn ~ Ravyn Hynes

Background: Turnip’s Skydome 2.0, Enchanted Texture Collection ~ Turnip Sorbet

Not Shown: Hair: Exile::The Countess ~ Kavar Cleanslate

Do You See?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: September has been SUCH a great month for shopping!

With the opening of the latest rounds of The Arcade, We <3 RP (We <3), Collabor88 (C88), Kustom9, The Secret Affair (TSA) and now The Fantasy Collective (TFC), I feel like it’s important to take a step back and appreciate all of the gorgeous items that have been put before us by some of the grid’s most fantastic designers. There’s been a real trend toward the arcane, bringing a fantasy element, which I love, into our mainstream fashion community. This, more than anything, is what I like to highlight in my blog posts and photographs. It’s what I like to bring into everything I do and what I hope to continue through the coming months. Fashion is life; it’s art, beauty, and it can be magicalSeptember Witch 2048

I’ll admit that I went a little crazy when I saw the new >glYph< gown at TFC and I spent a long time debating which colour I wanted to get for myself, even if you can’t see the colour detail so much in this picture (but of course there will be a ton of posts featuring it in the very near future). The collar that comes with it as well is just gorgeous and I love the neck ruff as it draws attention to the beautiful ruffles all around the back of the gown. It struck me as a masquerade gown so I took the time to trawl through my inventory, coming up with a great tattoo layer lace mask (by Miamai in 2010!). Amazing how the detail holds up even now, isn’t it? The lace tattoo is a new find from C88; [White~Widow] did an amazing job lining everything up for the mesh body I simply cannot do without. Seriously, it pains me to take this thing off.

The jewellery, too, is an old favourite from Chop Zuey; any time I can wear bracers and arm bands in-world, I like to make that happen. ;) I like the way the pieces work with the neckpiece and tattoos, enhancing the styling rather than overtaking it. <3


Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour Collection Strip-Lash in London ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades ~ Steffi Villota
Mask: Miamai_LesMakeups_Laced 03 ~ Monica Outlander
Nail Applier: :[P]:- Slink Applier Fingernails:// Starstuff ~ Aikea Rieko
Tattoo Appliers: [White~Widow – HIGH] Altar – Black ~ Julie Hastings ~ New @ We <3 RP (Sept. 2015)

Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Snowdrift hair – M4ri1yn Magic
Gown & Collar: >glYph< Emilie Gown cobalt ~ Cry Hawker ~ New @ TFC (September 2015)

Jewellery: Chop Zuey ~ Rocinante’s Curve Silver ~ Belle Roussel

Pose: *PosESioN* Amethyst ~ Dahriel

Prefab: Classical White – (RageWorks) ~ Ragedesign

Candelabra 1: Meva Candelholder 3 Flame Bronze ~ Mea Carnell ~ New @ TFC (Sept. 2015)
Candelabra 2: tarte. candelabra {pearl} ~ Alixxbella
Bottles 1: *AF* Apothecary Oils ~ Artizanmesh ~ Gacha Item
Bottles 2&3/Amethyst/Feather/Cauldron/Sage Brooms: Soy. Essentials of Witchcraft Set ~ Soyoy ~ New @ Collabor88 (Sept. 2015)
Books, Matches: flowey x Teawood / Witchy Clutter ~ Flutter Memel ~ New @ Collabor88 (Sept. 2015)
Candles: .aisling. Candles 06 /Natural/ ~ Druunah Esharham
Crystal Ball: *HEXtraordinary* Scrying Crystal ~ Corwin Lacourte ~ New @ TFC (Sept. 2015)
Book Stand: *pm* Occult Books: Manual Of Cartomancy ~ Sohma Dix
Curtains: The Loft – Bennet Drapes White ~ Nardya Rousselot
Mirrors: The Loft – Marelda Vanity Mirror Silver ~ Colleen Desmoulins
Tables: MudHoney Penelope Table ~ Ravyn Hynes
Rug: [ARIA] Nikka rug ~ Yelo Uriza

Fantasy Styling ~ Moon Maiden (We <3 RP and Collabor88)

Sometimes, I swear, half the fun of styling fantasy clothing is going just a little bit over the top with jewellery (which you know I love) and stepping just far enough outside of our comfort zones to do something that is both totally like and unlike ourselves. This is the fun part of Mask and Mien and a big part of what the blog theme means to me. Everything here, in one way or another, represents a large part of my loves, likes, wants, and needs. Why buy a thing if you don’t like it, right?

The point, and I promise I’m getting to one, is that fantasy allows us to play. To imagine and exercise some creativity in our Second Lives!  Of course this goes double for photography. :D

We Heart Conjurers 2048 C

When I saw .aisling.’s new Shamballa dresses at We <3 RP, I’ll admit I bought one immediately without giving much thought to how or when I’d wear it. Pictures, certainly, and the blog post you’re reading right now, but how does one go about photographing a sheer silken gown (of course I got it in pink) with context? I like context. We’re buddies and I think we both try to stay on the other’s good side as often as possible.

HUD Shamballa

So I was playing with my new dress this morning, flipping through the different metal options and transparencies available in the HUD and dreaming fond dreams of fatpacking the whole thing someday for ultimate customization (alas!) when I decided that the white metal belt and collar was the way I wanted to go for this. With that decided I went “oh, pearls and silver!” probably out loud, and then remembered Le Forme’s fantastic new Moon Goddess circlet, also new at We <3 RP! My theme became ‘Moon Maiden’ almost instantly, which reminded me of {NANTRA}’s Illuminati pose set for the September round of Collabor88 that killed me dead.

I found more jewellery in inventory, of course, and decided to add some subtle eye makeup from !Musa! (also at We <3) to complete the look. And of course this soft romantic hair from CATWA needed to happen but instead of using the lovely hairpiece provided in the box, I pulled out my trusty Liquence rose crown instead .. for soft pink loveliness reasons (and the fact that it fit better in the above picture).

We Heart Conjurers 2048


Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour Collection Strip-Lash in London ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades & Gloss ~ Steffi Villota
Makeup 2: !Musa! Eyeshadow Vera Light Pearl ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ New @ We <3 RP (September 2015)
Nail Applier: :[P]:- Slink Nail Appliers:// Earthy ~ Aikea Rieko

Hair: CATWA HAIR Princess ~ Catwa Clip

Dress: .aisling. Shamballa [PINK] ~ Damian Kleiner ~ New @ We <3 RP (September 2015)

Circlet: [LF] Moon Goddess Silver ~ Louise Marsalut ~ New @ We <3 RP (September 2015)
Rose Crown: . Liquence . – Flower Crown ~ Villena Swansen
Necklace: Amala – Pearl Drop Necklace – Silver ~ Crystalny
Earrings 1: P.C; Diamond & Pearl Chandelier Earring ~ Cora Lu
Earrings 2: EF: Grace Adornment Silver ~ EmpyreanForge
Hand Jewellery: Hand of Calliope – White – RARE ~ Gacha Item ~ Divine Paine
Foot Jewellery: Pearls of Calliope – White ~ Gacha Item ~ Divine Paine

Pose 1 & 2 – {NANTRA} Illuminati ~ Nancoix Urquan ~ NEW @ Collabor88 (Sept. 2015)

Sim Surround: Y.B Landscape – Loha ~ Yony Bing

The Fantasy Gacha SNEAK PEEK (part 1)

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


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


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

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

“Olive Shine!”

Do you know the thing I love (olive) most about shine?

Sure, I’ve covered the brand before; Cecilia and I are friends; the clothes are fantastic and fun to wear but the more I think about it, I’m realizing that so many of my favourite outfits of this year have at least one piece of shine in them.  What I’m noticing now (and yes, I know I’ve been wearing these clothes for months) is how well these pieces work with my existing wardrobe but they do it in such a way that everything feels new.

Olive You L 600 ( Standing in front of shine’s NEW mainstore! )

This outfit, for example, came together when I decided to showcase shine‘s new slim mesh jacket; since it’s so close-fitting I wanted to work with system pants over mesh and since it’s on the dressy side (hello, there’s a brooch attached to it!) it needed to have some sort of flair as well.

This is where I remind myself that I have one of the best hobbies in Second Life. :)

So we add cropped high-waist pants from my LeLutka folder (circa 2010 and STILL current), a Whippet & Buck boatneck top (ditto for both), the tights that came with my Maitreya Allure shoes (also from 2010, wow), and the Gos ‘Posh Booties’ I picked up more than a year ago. To this, I HAD to add Exile‘s new ‘Raspberry Beret’ hair, some of Cae‘s ‘Knotted’ jewelry (another amazing new designer – if you haven’t checked her out yet, definitely get on that) and the very last Sea Hole scarf I needed to collect from The Arcade. That’s right ladies and gents, I have a full set now! WOO!

Olive You C 600 (Yeah, and I’m loving these eternity eyes from IKON. )

So what have we learned today, then?

I think it’s safe to say that just because something’s been in your inventory for a while, it can still be a vital part of your wardrobe. Go ahead and unbox your gear from a couple of years ago; you might be surprised to love what you find!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Patina
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
cheLLe – (eyeliner) Eyeliner Basics (Top)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Raspberry Beret:Stefani

shine by [ZD] SLIM MESH JACKET with BROOCH olive
[W&B] Cole Boatneck Top ALABASTER
[LeLutka]-MICHELLE pants/black
Maitreya Allure Socks – Neutral01
[Gos] Posh Bootie – Obsidian

Cae :: Knotted :: Set
The Sea Hole – (MESH) Parvita Scarf – Hillsbaine ~ Available @ The Arcade
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Poses: [LAP], aDORKable
Photos taken at the new shine & sharp by [ZD] mainstore! Go check it out!



In the Moment

You know? I wasn’t expecting my next post to be super easy but sometimes things just align so wonderfully you’re smiling and at peace with how easily it all came together.

This outfit is one of those things. :)

Somnia 1 600 (Easy and breezy. :) )

I’m not even going to fib, haha, when I saw Sanura Snowpaw’s plurk about her offering for this round of MySecondBox I signed up right away. Somnia isn’t a brand you’ll see on my blog all too often and I have no idea why; there’s just something about these clothes that feels comfortable, cozy, and, well, easy. I love the leggings and, gosh, everything else too. Pretty patterns, soft colours .. *swoon* .. I’m a happy girl when I’m wearing this.

Not difficult to accessorize, either. I grabbed a couple of scarves I already had from Maitreya and Tee*fy and I realized that the Exile hair I’ve worn with about three different outfits so far was PERFECT with this. Perfecter. Perfectest? Are we even going to talk about how amazing Gos‘ aviator boots look with this outfit?

We can, of course, but I don’t think it’s necessary. LOOK!

Somnia 2 600 (Peace in my heart .. peace in my soul. <3 )

The last thing I’d like to highlight here is this wonderful wall art I picked up at ‘Together for Sway.’ Courtesy of Thistle, these are words we all need to hear every day; it’s an important message to remember so please, take it to heart, okay?  Live and love in the moment, my dears. <3

Somnia 3 600~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond (Maybe my fave colour so far :) )
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: A Winter’s Tale:Stefani

.: Somnia :. Knit Mess {Pink/Brown} ~ Available from MSB
.: Somnia :. Knitted Mini {Pink Brown} ~ Available from MSB
.: Somnia :. Lace Capris {Pink Brown} ~ Available from MSB
[Gos] Aviator Boot – Amelia –

Maitreya Long Scarf * Champagne
Tee*fy Janny Cardigan (Pink) Scarf

Poses: !bang ~ Available @ The Arcade
Sign: Thistle ~ Available @ Together for Sway
Miss Ella: KittyCatS <3

Together for Sway!

I’ve been thinking a lot about Second Life lately, evaluating my reasons for being here and trying to pinpoint what it is, exactly, that encourages me to sign in, day after day, month after month, and year after year. It’s easy to call it a ‘social MMO’ or a ‘shopping game’ because it is both of these things but for me, I don’t know, it’s something more than that.

And then an event like ‘Together for Sway’ surfaces and I’m reminded, all over again, about something in Second Life that feels so rare and special I just feel grateful to know that kind, generous, and helpful people do exist in this world. It gives me hope for the future.


Sway Dench has been a fixture in Second Life for years. She creates some of the cutest furniture and decor, and is famous for her Cookie Bears. Recently, she learned that there is a benign tumour in her brain, and in 6 – 8 weeks, she will go into surgery to have it removed. While our dear Sway will make it through this, unfortunately her finances may not. She will be out of commission for nearly 6 months, and her inworld store is her only source of income.

Together for Sway was created to help this sweet woman deal with her time in need.

Various designers have banded together, and will set out their items (new or otherwise) all in the same venue. 100% of profits will go directly to Miss Dench.

This is an incredible event so please, find your least-scripty outfit and hurry down to have a look. Even if you aren’t super-flush now and can’t purchase much, do what you can; tell your friends, spread the word, and help Sway remember that she is far from alone.

Sway 600 ( <3 )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Blizzard
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ mango jelly

::Exile:: Sway My Way:Stefani ~ Available @ Together for Sway

SYSY’s-GWINv2-Sway- peach ~ Available @ Together for Sway
Light Gold StayUps by INSOLENCE
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court

Cae :: Elegance :: Set (Copper)
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Poses: WetCat ~ Available @ Together for Sway

Would you like to learn a little bit more about Sway?

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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