Just Breathe…. Discussing Bloggers, Designers, and Sponsorship

Breathe

It’s been an emotional day.

Even now, I’m not sure what I’m going to write or how I’m going to begin. There are a few things I’d like to discuss in this post but I want to approach them gently, as gently as possible, anyway.

I was removed from one of my blogger groups this afternoon. No warning, no offlines, no “hey, Portia, I noticed you haven’t posted in a while” or even a “thanks for doing what you did but we need to keep our roster super-active,” kind of message. There was nothing and, I’m not going to lie, I took it hard as I have been covering this brand unofficially for many years. I’m still taking it hard, trying to get through the night by reminding myself to breathe through the ache in my throat and the stinging in the corners of my eyes.

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It’s been hard for me to find the time to blog this month. All of us get busy and sometimes I’m jealous of the fact that many of the bloggers I admire find the time to post regularly, even frequently, when it’s been so hard for me to carve out a few hours to sit down and work on a picture. That’s what it is for me: hours. The picture you see above, which I love, took about three hours from start to finish, maybe a little longer because I had to reinstall Photoshop (thank you, Life). This post will take another hour to write because I’m not interested in posting a picture and credits. I won’t do it. It breaks my heart a little bit to think that if I’d just bent a little bit on that ‘rule’ of mine in the past, Mask and Mien could be doing better than it is now. I wouldn’t have let one of my favourite people in SL down the way I did. Continue reading

Couture Fairytale ~ Little Red Riding Hood

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Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a village near the forest.  Whenever she went out, the little girl wore a red riding cloak, so everyone in the village called her Little Red Riding Hood….

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Okay, so this isn’t exactly a fairy tale rendering of ‘Little Red’ but I had SO MUCH FUN putting this outfit together! Wicca Merlin of Wicca’s Wardrobe and Windlight Magazine issued this challenge to Second Lifers and, man, it’s a good one! Continue reading

In The Beginning….

In the beginning there was an Idea.

Just a small one, the tiniest inkling of a concept that teased around the edge of my awareness for weeks. Months, really. Every styling, every blog post would leave me with a sense of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ depending on this indefinite sensation. Unfortunately there was nothing I could do about it at the time, having no idea why I felt the way I did.

I know that I write a fair bit about inspiration and how it applies to styling in Second Life, how we can pull from experiences both in-world and in the real world to form a concept that is relevant to NOW. Sometimes we hit the mark and sometimes, uhm, we do not. The point is that we think about what we do .. and why we do it.

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I blog because I love styling and taking pictures. Over the last eight months or so I’ve been working harder on these images, taking more time in-world to build sets that appeal to me and then in Photoshop to add focus and definition. I feel like it’s paid off and this makes me very happy. My grandmother was a painter and in some small way I feel closer to her when I’m creating art of my own. There’s a very large part of me that’s a storyteller too, however, and sometimes the images themselves aren’t enough. Continue reading

Dare to Dress Down? Stare Down? Get Down?

Lingerie. Oh, how we love it!❤

Whatever the theme, from pure romance to something more direct (*ahem*), it remains one of the most potent weapons in the female OR male arsenal. While even a hint of ankle or long, flowing hair might be viewed as suggestive in some cultures (in SL and RL alike), lingerie seems to have a special place in our hearts and minds .. probably because it’s a thing we buy with intention. Maybe that intention is to feel beautiful or powerful; maybe it’s to impress, seduce, or tease. Maybe we just want to get it on, hmm?

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For all that I don’t cover much lingerie, I do buy it. I buy a lot of it, haha, and I have as grand a time styling around it as I do anything else – not because I feel any particular need to show my skin to feel attractive but rather that the challenge of doing more with less (sometimes much less, lol) is quite a lot of fun. It can be an exercise in creativity that pushes us to new and exciting limits. Continue reading

Waiting For Miss P. (A Co-Blog!)

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I’m wondering how long I’ll be waiting for her to finish getting dressed this time. (I’ve lost count of the times we’ve done this.) One of the things I’m jealous of is the amount of clothes that women get in SL compared to what the men get. It’s really a pain when you’ve got an idea for something but there just is no real way to accomplish it given the options available. Then I watch Portia spend all kinds of time trying to figure out what to wear. Safe to say I’m a bit more glad to have fewer options then. Continue reading

If Animals Could Speak – What Would They Tell Us?

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I wish I knew.

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It’s rare that I post as simple a headshot as this, rare that I allow myself the time to sit down and focus on ONE thing that matters to me. Most of my stylings are about an outfit being greater than the sum of its parts, of the harmony that we’re able to find in mixing and matching between textures and styles, genres and concepts but there’s always point to them. The point I want to make today is simpler; an emphatic statement with few words rather than the chapters I devote to one style or another. Continue reading

Sophia’s Mean Reds

Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds, you mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?
Paul Varjak: Sure.
Holly Golightly: Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!

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Okay, so I know this isn’t the first time I’ve quoted Breakfast at Tiffany’s here, and it certainly won’t be the last, but when I was composing this look (oh, I don’t know, about a week and a half ago *sigh*) I was feeling some of those ‘mean reds’ myself. Life gets overwhelming on occasion, everyone knows that, and sometimes all you can do is go to Tiffany’s or, you know, haul buns over to the Gos Boutique to look at some new shoes. Why not swing over to the Designer Showcase  to pick up shine by [ZD]‘s new mesh outfit while you’re at it and certainly, certainly treat yourself to the gorgeous new LeLutka hair, some jewelry from Paper Couture, and lovely, lovely makeup from cheLLe.

It’s called ‘retail therapy’ for a reason, right? Continue reading

Meet Mae

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

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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? Continue reading