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!

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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

The Path to Valhalla ~ An Anecdote and The Secret Affair

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Confession time: I like to shop.

I know, I know, this isn’t a huge surprise but in order to understand this post in its fullest, fullest context, I’d like to say as well that I tend to at least -visit- role play (RP) shopping events as often as I hear about them. Even when I’m not currently involved in one RP sim or another. Part of it is about staying current, keeping an eye on trends and filling in slight (very slight) gaps in my inventory. Any event can have great hair and accessories, poses, makeup, skins .. many things! So it’s always worth checking, right?

The point of this story, though, is that I noticed that The Secret Affair had -just- opened again and that I was looking forward to it. Past rounds have been great so it stood to reason that this one would be as well.

Oh man.

So I port onto Nymphai and before anything rezzes, I get a tooltip that says “Path to Valhalla.” Immediately, I check my L$ balance. Proceed to buy more L$. While my payment is processing I do this:

Because this is where my mind goes.

And there are some fantastic things at The Secret Affair, some of which I demo’d the first time camming around and some the second, some of which I hope to cover in another post. One, however, I fatpacked right away and I did it with a smile on my face! This one!

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The outfit itself is incredible, as so many things from !deviousMind! tend to be, but the part that sold me was actually the notecard that came inside the demo folder. (Bold emphasis is mine.)

“Light and Darkness”


by !dM deviousMind

The Secret Affair in September 2015 takes us on the “Path to Valhalla”. This event will focus on inspiration from Norse mythology so you will likely find some fierce and furry warm creations, so be sure to visit while it’s all gathered in one spot. Of course “Valkyrie” will be found after the event at our mainstore and on marketplace.

Valkyrie is my secret dream-come-true chain armor.. for some reason chain just never looks as cool as plat or leather in any MMO… so well, YAY DIY SL. The armor comes with scaled chain harness and scaled spaulders, along with chainmail skirt and clothing layers to vary with as much or as little skin you like to show. Omega appliers are included, as well as harness options for regular SL avatar, Maitreya “Lara” and Belleza “Venus”. Of course there’s a scaled modesty cover too for extra protection…

And finally, there’s a top without the bottom row scales as well. It wont work with the skirt unless you add an own belt – but, it gives you styling options with other outfits :)

The armor is materials enabled and availabe 6 colors **GOLD** with tarnished chainmail, **BRONZE** with metal chainmail, **ANTIQUE** with antique chainmail (resembeling tarnished copper), **SILVER** paired with metal chainmail, **PLATINUM** paired with silver chainmail, and **TARNISHED** which comes with golden chainmail. And of course there’s a **COLOR PACK** if you just can’t decide.

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I have always, always loved Norse culture. In history and literature, in fantasy and mythology; my favourite RP characters have a decided Northron flair; I read rune stones and occasionally scrawl notes to my sister using the runic alphabet because it’s a thing we used to do ALL THE TIME. Like nerds. This particular outfit is HOT as well and while I wanted to show off the other chainmail appliers (whee! omega) .. Valkyries are magic, right? And immortal?

So really, it isn’t as if they need loads of armour to do what they do, right? :D


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, 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 Ciel Brown ~ Filomena Quinnell
Nail Applier: :[P]:- Slink Nail Appliers:// Earthy ~ Aikea Rieko

Hair: ::Exile:: Windsong ~ Kavar Cleanslate

Armor: !dM Valkyrie – chainSkirt, chainArmor, Modesty Cover, Spaulders **GOLD** ~ Chandra Meehan ~ NEW @ The Secret Affair (Sept. 15-30th)
Top Applier: !dM Valkyrie [Omega] chainmail/A (top) **SILVER** ~ Chandra Meehan

Wings: G. Inc. Hawk Wings White-Mesh ~ GamerExpert
Armor 2: The Annex – The Valkyries – Belt, Pauldron, Shin Guard ~ TheAnnex ~ Gacha Items
Circlet 1: [The Forge] Celtic Headband (Silver) ~ Damian Kleiner ~ Gacha Item
Circlet 2: ~Soedara~ Atargatis Circlet {Silver} Unum ~ Marbella Pronovost
Collar: [The Forge] Chain Mail Collar (Silver, Patterned) ~ Damian Kleiner
Handguards: [The Forge] Scale Handguards, (Silver) ~ Damian Kleiner
Jewellery: . aisling . Tallulah Arms, Bracers, Tighs Silver ~ Damian Kleiner ~ Gacha Items

Pose 1: .mien. ~ {Valkyrias} ~ Connie Stratten (Includes Sword <3)
Pose 2: {NANTRA} Hear Me Roar 4 ~ Nancoix Urquan ~ Gacha Item

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

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

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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

100 Posts and One Year Later

Even though I’ve missed ‘Something New’s first birthday (the original post was December 31st – what the heck was I thinking?!), I’m going to take a bit of license and write my 100th post as something of a retrospective.

It’s pretty incredible how many things can change in a year. Some of them are easy to see; while I’m still using the same skin, my shape has changed to reflect a softer, more womanly personality. I’ve switched to using lighter shades of blonde hair. The Rozena ‘kiss kiss’ lip tattoo is one of my staples now (the only time I’m without it is when I’m wearing big bold lipstick instead.) I have found amazing new stores, covered events, taken up blogger challenges and issued one of my own. I wrote a quiz that received more page views in 24 hours than I usually get in a week.

100 C 600 (Okay, so maybe it looks a little like a tv weight loss commercial. HA! )

Harder to notice are the ways I’ve changed inside. If you’ve followed my blog, you may have read that I battle emotional and mental illness (and I  am ALWAYS open about this). You’ve probably inferred that I have loved and lost. I have picked up the pieces many times this year and needed to soldier on. It’s been harder than I would have imagined but I’ve made it through. I’m stronger now.

My first post ever (link is here) said the following:

So yes, this is me. (Arguably) Doing what I do best. No, it isn’t anything to do with photography.

At all.

I do love looking pretty, though, and doing it in a way that suits me. I love spending time with my family and friends looking great and being silly. I love making a space interesting and inviting and planning for the future.

I hope to cover all these things in my blog and I’d dearly love to share my journey with you this year. Buckle up, kiddos, it’s going to be good times!

Honestly, it’s been mostly good times.

My first post was a little frivolous but through the months I’ve come to realize quite a lot about myself. I believe that a positive outlook is the only way to achieve real happiness.

I share things here to help you smile and feel as though you’re a little less alone. This is why every post is a little bit different, why every outfit I put together has some sort of contextual reason to be in this blog. This isn’t a catalogue of ‘looks’ to flip through in order to find the newest trends in SL fashion – there are plenty of those already.

This is me connecting with you, sharing an outlook that isn’t always pretty but, gosh, what is? The important thing is that we try.

So here’s to the beginning of a new year: it won’t be perfect; it may not always be fun, but I promise I’ll be right here the entire time, doing my best to connect, to be open, and to help you find your reason to smile.

100 L 600

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Sway My Way:Stefani

Maitreya Silk Neck-Tie Blouse S * Pure
JANE – wide leg pant.zooey.truffle
[Gos] Hunter Ankle Boot – Hazel –

Donna Flora ~ MARIA Set 1&2
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Pose: Diesel Works

There’s only one possible song to share here. Measure in love, honey.

Grey’s The Way!

“People think that everyone wears black in France; in fact they all wear grey.”
~ Jean Paul Gaultier

So, again, this is a post that got away from me. I had plans; everything was set in my mind, plotted to the last alpha layer. I was going to photograph shine’s Grey Collection in monochrome with vivid colour accents: bright red lips, stunning aquamarine eyes, verdant green foliage, and bold yellow gloves (you know how I love to play with gloves). When I signed in this morning, though, things came together differently.

I just love when outfits evolve on their own!

Grey Collection 1 600 ( This outfit is pure ‘shine;’ simple, comfortable, and still pretty stylish! )

Something you will notice, however, is that I kept each outfit very simple; after a month of shimmer, sparkle, and bright colour, it was refreshing to change gears this way. To ’embrace the grey,’ as it were.

The best part about all of these, though? Only the ‘Grey Collection’ clothing is brand new – everything else was hiding in my inventory. :) You don’t have to spend to look great, my dears.

Grey Collection 2 600 ( Click here for a ride over to flickr, yay! )

Shine by [ZD] has really outdone itself with this collection, I must say, and even though the clothing will only be available until the end of January I’m hoping you’ll drop by the mainstore to take a look for yourself. It’s definitely worth the effort. <3

Grey Collection 3 600 ( I’m not sure what to call this look, but there’s a bigger picture of it on my flickr. Go see! )

So here you have it: clothes by shine, +grasp+, Paper Couture, and coldLogic; LeLutka and Exile hair; Amorous jewelry; Gos sunglasses. Shoes from four of my favourite shops: Ingenue, Maitreya, shine, and Gos. IKON eyes. Emery gloves. Great poses from Diesel Works and .. I think that’s about it!

Four outfits, similar in composition but pretty different in effect. You can do it too!

Grey Collection 4 600 ( This girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man. Where are you guys?! )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-ALICE hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH KNIT JUMPER grey ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
shine by [ZD] MESH MAXISKIRT special Ed. grey ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
+grasp+ Crown Tank Top(White)
Maitreya Allure Socks – Black (from the Allure shoe pack)
Ingenue :: Ariane :: Noir

: Amorous : Granny’s Necklace


IKON Eternal Eyes – Mist

[LeLutka]-SWISH-4in1-hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH SLIM MINIDRESS grey No. 1 ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
Maitreya Allure Tights – Black (from the Allure shoe pack)
Maitreya Gold * Allure-Tights Ivory

[Gos] – Custom Sunglasses v3.2 BUTTERFLY [model]
: Amorous : Heilig (Set)
-LMK- Medium leather gloves


IKON Eternal Eyes – Mist

[LeLutka]-CACHET hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] – GIRLS MESH LEATHERJACKET rocking grey ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
p.c; Lace Cut bustier (from the Lace Cut Ballerina dress)
shine by [ZD] HIGH WAIST SKIRT grey ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
p.c Braided Finish Stockings (from the Braided Finish outfit)
shine by [ZD] MESH ANKLE BOOTS black

: Amorous : Suki (Set)


IKON Eternal Eyes – Blue

::Exile:: Against the Music:Stefani

shine by [ZD] MOCK NECK TOP grey ~ GREY COLLECTION (until end of January)
coldLogic trouser – cooper.pepper
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Ballet

: Amorous : Tied (Cord)
Emery – Gloves #Black

Poses: Diesel Works
Photos taken at the shine & sharp by [ZD] mainstore!

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

From Day to Night

Have you been to the Singer Icon Fair (SIF) yet?

It’s been running a while now (through December 13th) and while I apologize for the late coverage, I wanted to do this post justice too. Sometimes it really is better to let an outfit (or two in this case) sit for a day or so while your mind continues to process everything it is that you hope to achieve with a blog entry.

The theme of this post is ‘glam by day .. rockstar at night,’ which has been as challenging as it has been fun. Cecilia Blachere, designer of shine by [ZD], chose the artist Taylor Monsem (The Pretty Reckless) as her inspiration for the fair and she’s providing two exclusive outfits for us! Flipping fabulous ones. OMG.

Glam By Day 600 ( Practice really does help us improve! My photos are getting better all the time. :D )

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the ‘glam’ outfit came together pretty easily. Since I basically live in my Gos ankle boots anyway, I grabbed them in taupe along with my favourite black tights (part of the Paper Couture ‘Braided Finish’ outfit) and lovely long white gloves.

But it still wasn’t ‘glam‘ enough! Gos‘ butterfly sunglasses came next along with Cae’s amazing ‘entangled’ jewelry set, both set to a platinum sheen to play off the studs in Ceci’s gorgeous mesh dress. Even though I rarely wear purses of any kind, I dashed over to FaMESHed to pick up Maxi Gossamer‘s FuFu bag in silver. I had to. It was important. >.>

Glam By Day 600 Close (Bigger pic, holy wow. )

The ‘rockstar’ outfit was a little harder for me, hah, since it’s not my habit to go running around in corsets, garters, and stockings (but more on THAT in my next post, raar!).

This outfit began with the LeLutka Blake hair, actually, and I worked my way down. One of the first things you’ll notice in a Pretty Reckless video is Miss Monsem’s long, long blonde hair, followed by massive amounts of eyeliner and her arresting pale eyes. Check and check! Pekka‘s kitty liner and IKON‘s Eternal Eyes in ‘Money’ seemed like the way to go, along with my favourite Miamai eyelashes in ‘Femme.’

Rockstar At Night 600 (Mhmm, larger pics await you here. )

But I’m still naked from the waist down! Aack! So the ‘Rockstar at Night’ outfit follows and gosh, do I ever love Shine right now. Stockings, corset, garters, and these cute little bows help me feel slightly more covered but, uhm, it’s still not enough. This doesn’t make me a prude; it means I get to accessorize even MORE because, as nice as skin is, I think it’s way hotter to be covered up. At least a little bit.

So next, it’s tattoos! Something I rarely get to play with but I just love this ‘Outlaw’ full body tattoo from v3 and it’s yet another way to hint at something interesting going on beneath your clothing. Take note. Take heed. Probably also run to v3 and look around. No, no. I’ll wait. :D

So now that you have your new tattoo (or at least a nice little shopping list), you have to wonder:

“What else can I use to carry a bit of glam into my rockstar-corset-tattooey-wickedness look?”

Tall boots, like these mesh numbers from Maitreya, aren’t really something you want to wear with a short skirt and bare legs (or maybe that’s just me >.>) but maaaan, they’re GREAT with stockings, leggings, and system layer bottoms. Mostly bare arms? Try a see-through glove like these crochet armwarmers from Shine and guys, seriously, couture jewelry is NOT just for evening wear. I brought this Chop Zuey ‘Miracle Business’ set into the picture and you can too!

Rockstar At Night Close 600 (Geez, I talk too much. Here, look at another pic! <3 )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*flavour *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Lagoon
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-EFFECT hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH PUFFY SLEEVES DRESS silky rose ~ SIF Exclusive!
p.c Braided Finish Stockings
[Gos] Hunter Ankle Boot – Taupe –

[Gos] – Custom Sunglasses v3.2 BUTTERFLY [model]
Cae :: Entangled ::
MG – Fufu Bag – Madame Mimi – Silver Shimmer ~ NEW @ FaMESHed
-LMK- Long leather gloves


Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Money
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
.Pekka. Kitty Eyes Eyeliner
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-BLAKE hair S – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH “TAYLOR” CORSET  ~ SIF Exclusive!
~ Sexy ripped stockings/garters/bows are included with outfit!
Maitreya Mesh Jazz Boots * Black

v3 Tattoo – Outlaw (womens) AGED 2
Chop Zuey ~ The Miracle Business Choker & Cuff
shine by [ZD] – MESH ARM WARMERS crocheted black
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2 – Size 20 – Long

Poses: Diesel Works, !bang

Pictures taken at:
1) An undisclosed location (okay, it’s the new shine and sharp mainstore but you didn’t hear it from me!)
2) DSL Records Club & Stage (and you can build here so it’s great for pics!)

Beyond the Waves

Hello, everyone!

Just a short little bloggy post for now; I’m hoping to get another installment for Tomorrow Today, well, today! I just have to share this lovely new hair from Exile, though, and my continuing love affair with the IKON Eternal eyes. Since it’s a casual kind of day (and I’ve gotta wear something), I figured Maitreya was the way to go; if you haven’t been there lately you absolutely need to check out the mesh sweater dress and the gorgeous new(ish) Suave shoes from Maitreya Gold. The jewelry is pretty casual too and a couple of my favourite finds from Glow Studio and Maxi Gossamer. <3

( Check here for a close-up of the hair/eyes/gorgeousness. )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Dew
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Beyond the Waves:Bleach

Maitreya Milia Sweater Dress * French Roast
Maitreya Gold * Suave Pearl

[ glow ] studio – Bubble Pearls Necklace (gold)
[ glow ] studio – Bubble Pearls Ring (gold)
Maxi Gossamer ~ Necklace – Garbo Graduated – Combo – BLEACHED

Pose: Marukin

To Be Free

So it’s no real secret that I’m loving the boho and as we move through autumn and into winter, I’m really hoping to see more fun patterns and layers to mix and match. This is what the bohemian style is really about, as far as I’m concerned; it’s the freedom to wear what you like best, to find something (or a bunch of things) that suit you and bring a smile to your face. :) See?

( “What in the world are you standing on, Portia?” Click here and find out! )

I mentioned Shine in my first blog post of the month so brace yourselves because I’m going to be covering this label a LOT in the coming months. The pretty ruffled dress you see above is available at this year’s Boho Culture Fair, opening TODAY and running through October 31st. The theme is urban hippie (WOOO!) and after my first foray into the madness, I have to say that I can’t wait to get in there and see more!

Shine is also offering the fantastic mesh crochet arm warmers visible in BOTH pictures (because I hear you can’t wear gloves every day, bah!) at the Boho fair annnnnd the taupe dress in the lower pic is a NEW release.

I’ve decided to work towards a more harmonious and soothing style with these outfits; I love the way IKON‘s bleached lavender eyes pop with cheLLe‘s dreamy navy eyeshadow; they way my Milk Motion floral tights convince the Maitreya radical boots to play nice with a dress that’s not -quite- the proper shade of purple otherwise but heck, it’s more fun than wearing it with black, right? The Burley braid (and SHAME ON YOU for not telling me about this place!) in platinum or this newish Truth hair in one of the fade shades (seasand, omg) are just right. Soothing. Calming. Siiiiiiigh.

Gos hunter booties (yep, still not taking them off) in taupe and one of my favourite pairs of sunglasses (thank you, Miel!) in sumac remind me of early October mornings at the family cottage where everything is misty and quiet and you can practically steep yourself in good vibes.

Yep, standing in my backyard and not by the lake at my cottage .. but there’s nothing wrong with that! )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Bleached Lavender
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe – (eyeshadow) Undereye Shadows (Navy)


shine – MESH “So Boho” DRESS lilac ~ Available at the Boho Culture Fair! ~
(Milk Motion) My floral tights
Maitreya Radical Boots * Suede PurpleTaupe

shine – MESH ARM WARMERS crocheted grey ~ Available at the Boho Culture Fair! ~


Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Kaleido Eyes – Ancient
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

>TRUTH< Mayim w/Roots – seasand
Truth Hairbase – latte (if you want your roots to match ;) )

shine by [ZD] MESH MAXIDRESS “Silvi” taupe ~ NEW! ~
shine by [ZD] MESH PONCHO taupe melange
[Gos] Hunter Ankle Boot – Taupe

MIEL BELLA PEEPERS (sumac, opaque lenses)
shine – MESH ARM WARMERS crocheted grey ~ Available at the Boho Culture Fair! ~

Poses: !bang
Props: What Next, Botanical