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We Heart TMD 3072C - Final

WOW.  It is officially the fifth of the month, which means another round of The Men’s Dept has started. It’s one of the few men’s events on the grid these days. It’s understandable as we’re outnumbered by quite a bit. It has grown to include more unisex items as time has gone by but I look forward to it each month.

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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

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


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 Nature Girl

If your quiz results were mostly C’s, you might be a Nature Girl.

Gown - Nature C 600 ( Off to flickr with you! )

Mostly C’s – The Nature Girl

For you, dressing to go out is the means to an end. All the fuss of choosing gowns and shoes and jewelry and makeup and (ugh) hair, seems, well, like too much work. You enjoy looking good, but you don’t get excited about it the way other people do. You probably prefer your mesh feet over any shoes on the grid.

However much you enjoy clothing, you enjoy where you’re going even more. You may not accessorize as much as the Daring Diva but you love texture. If something looks soft, lush, and/or comfortable, you probably have it in six colours.

Gown - Nature L 600~ Natural Beauty ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
.Pekka. KATHYA Eyes Make Up (green)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-JOLIE_RM hair – Marilyn

:: PM :: Ninde Gown in Pearl

Slink Vintage 2-Strap Pumps Cream

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works


Working Title: Yesterday’s Tomorrow’s Tomorrow Today

First of all, I’m sure you can see why I went with a simpler title but let me explain:

It was always my intention to cover the Tomorrow Today event in installments; it’s the easiest thing in the world to promote a new event because most everyone has heard about it, been waiting for it, and are excited to see fantastic new offerings especially when proceeds are donated to a worthwhile cause. The thing with Second Life, though, is that time is a little skewed. Many things happen on a daily basis and the more time we spend here, the fuller every day seems to be. It’s easy to say “hey, I really love this __________, but I’ll just come back for it later. I won’t forget.

Sometimes we forget. We’re human. We err.

I was supposed to write this post yesterday under the borderline-creative-and-cheeky title “Tomorrow’s Tomorrow Today” but .. again, I’m as human as anyone. I didn’t get to it. Ugh.

tt4 600( I love this picture so much! Click here for the full shot, omg. )

So this is my reminder to all of you (and to myself, aack!) that today is the very last day of the Tomorrow Today event. You can read my previous blog posts covering the event here and here. You can read Match’s blog here. You can SEE how much of a difference one month has made, how much closer Matchbook Monday is to an amazing improvement in her quality of life.

TT - Champagne 600( Another warm, comfycozy picture taken in my fabulous home! )

I’m asking you to think back to the beginning of the month; was there anything you really liked that never ended up in your inventory? So many amazing designers have lent their names to the cause, donating their time and resources to support one of their own. Go back today. Have a peek. If you haven’t been yet, check it out. Help make a difference today!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Kaleido Eyes – Shadow ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe – (eyeliner) All Niter 1

>TRUTH< Monday w/Roots – seasand ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!

[AB] MESH Voodoo Dress S Goldy ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!
Slink Mesh Feet XS (Rigged)

: Amorous : Splendor Solis – Bracelets and Necklace
[PM] Sculpted Nails V2


Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Champagne
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
:: Exodi :: Makeups – Eyelashes – Natural
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe – (eyeliner) French New Wave Eyeliner

>TRUTH< Portia w/Roots – seasand

:: PM :: Amor Dress in Cream [MESH] ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!
:: PM :: Amor Belt in Black (gold-silver opt) ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!
:: PM :: Amor Leggings in Black ~ Available at Tomorrow Today TODAY!
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Maryjane Court

: Amorous : Heilig (Earrings)
:: PM :: Nala Gown in Gold Gloves
Shakeup! Vintage Ring [02]

Poses: !bang

Set: Heart, The LoftThe Domineaux Effect, What Next, LISP Bazaar

A pretty, upbeat song for all of you.

Happy Weekend, my dears!

Blogger Challenge: What’s Your Beauty Base Zero? (Part One ~ Stylin’ Ain’t Easy)

Blogging isn’t easy.

I’m not writing this post to complain, far from it, but I would like to highlight the amount of work stylists undertake when putting an outfit together. Blogging said outfits is another challenge (but gosh, I love it) because the purpose is to highlight clothing in a specific, and often individual, fashion. The blog posts we love best seem effortless and perfect; it looks like a snapshot right out of someone’s second life. In truth, I’m certain that it’s the result of hours of work from beginning to end and I appreciate this process SO much. Behind every blogger, you’ll likely find a thorough and thoughtful individual who is just in love with SL fashion and wants to share this fascination with the world. Like me. :)

So this is the first installment of what I’m calling my “Stylin’ Ain’t Easy” tribute to SL blogging. It’s not definitive but it is a peek at how I operate. 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.

( Not the most exciting shot, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t link you. :) )

I use Firestorm so this is my default saved outfit (the first of dozens of others I’ve saved for whatever reason) and if you haven’t upgraded to a viewer that allows you to save your outfits, let me say that it’s worth the discomfort of learning a new UI just to have this functionality.* This outfit includes HUDs I use when taking pictures (listed below) but the important thing to note is that with everything here, I have all I need to start putting together any outfit I desire.

Here are just a few tips for creating your own BB-0:

~ Underwear: Odds are anything you’re putting on afterward will cover these but I have to say that after a few mesh alpha-layer-not-covering-my-bits blunders, I always make sure I’m wearing panties. Just saying.

~ Basic Makeup: I don’t wear much as a rule but when I’m styling I always consider extra tattoo layers at a later time. I’ve occasionally forgotten the basics, though, and had to go back and start pictures again because of this lack. Ugh.

~ Simple Eyelashes: You can always add or change these once you’ve decided on the basics of ‘casual vs. fancy.’ Minimal eyelashes gives you an idea of what you have to work with before you begin layering. I hope it doesn’t need to be said, but please do your best to make sure eyelashes fit your eyes properly. If you need help with this do not hesitate to IM me, day or night. <3

~ Hair: This may seem like a no-brainer but I like beginning with a style that’s pulled back from the neck. You can always change it later but it’s helpful to make sure your jewelry is positioned properly before you go about covering it up with your lovely locks. **

~ Hairbases: First of all, I use an eyebrow shaper as my basic SL-driven hairbase. It gives my face definition and is just another way to squeeze a bit more individuality into my avatar. Hairbase tattoo layers are also something I recommend; even if you can’t see it under your current hairstyle, there’s -nothing- worse than tp’ing into a sim bald. Nothing.

~ Basic Shape: I have three shapes I use regularly in SL. One for mesh (smaller bust), one for system skirts (narrower hips, smaller bum, and less in the thighs), and the basic every day shape. These are NOT fun to confuse pre-clothing.

~ Nails: As much as they disagree with poses, as laggy as they can be in busy places, I really do love the look of them. Remember to take off your glove base if you’re going to put on actual gloves, though. If you always start with these you’ll just work it into your routine.

I hope this is enough to get you started! Stay tuned for the next installment of “Stylin’ Ain’t Easy.”

EDIT: Bloggers, Fashionistas, and fancy people of SL – What’s YOUR Beauty Base Zero?

( Earrings? Makeup? Bring it on! )

~ Portia’s BB-o ~

Skin: Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
Shape: Portia’s Regular Shape
Hairbase 1: [PF] Eyebrow (Type 2)
Hairbase 2: Vanity hair base Platinium
Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond (M)
Eyelashes: Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
Lips: ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Gloria Mesh Hair – Rye

Tank: *BOOM* Everyday Tank (cream) 1
Panties: *BOOM* Marin Ray culotte (creme)
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet XS (Rigged)

Nails: [PM]Sculpted Nails V2 – Size 20
Nail base: Candy nail Primnail Base (tintable)

Extra Stuff:
Remover SystemLashes *REDGRAVE*
AnyPose Expression HUD v1.0 (useful for eye positioning)
SERENADE Pose Stand Pro HUD v4.0 (handiest HUD ever!)

Pose: !bang

* We’ll talk a little more about viewer features I use in my SLife in a later post, so keep an eye out!
** A jewelry positioning tutorial will be available in part two of this series. Patience, Padawan.

Start-up music, just for you:

Happy Weekend!

Hey guys! Just a quick post to start the day off properly. <3

I’ve been walking around in this outfit for a little while now and just loving Shine’s sweet bohemian style; I’m gravitating to this designer more and more often so if you haven’t had a chance to try the in-store demos, I highly recommend it.

( Heyyy, nice pumpkins! )

~ Portia ~

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

[LeLutka]-LIVELY hair S – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH BATWING BLOUSE Hippiestyle olive

Slink Ilena Sandals Standard Brown
Slink Mesh Feet

MG – Necklace – Tilly Ethnic – Combo2 – BLEACHED
Shakeup! Vintage Ring [13] ~ Available at The Arcade!

Pose: !bang