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!

A Holiday Quiz: What’s Your Formal Style?

It’s been a long month!

You have wrapped gifts and unwrapped others. You’ve baked, cooked, and eaten more than you wanted to. You shopped to the sound of Christmas carols and braved the colder weather, clutching packages to your chest with a smile on your face. Maybe you had to work today and maybe you’re still on vacation, but either way you have earned a break. Most of the insanity has passed and stretching ahead of you are a few glorious days of celebration without ribbons or bows; paper, plastic, or scotch tape. There will be parties, music, and dancing.

This is a quiz I’ve written, just for fun, to help narrow down the last, ever-important question you’ll be asking yourself in the coming days:

“There’s a party tonight – what the heck am I going to wear?”

So here it is!

Gowns - Holiday Collage

~ What’s Your Formal Style? ~

1) When you’re out, you want to:
A – Have a crazy fun time
B – Turn people to mush
C – Enjoy the venue
D – Shimmer for miles
E – See and be seen
F – Look fantastic
G – Two (or more) of the above

2) Your favourite colours to wear are:
A – Anything that makes a statement
B – Black, black, and black
C – Cream, green, and brown
D – Pink, purple, and white
E – Rich colours in any shade
F – Black, white, and red
G – Anything, so long as it’s appropriate

3) When you wear jewelry, it’s usually:
A – Attention-grabbing
B – Highly suggestive
C – I don’t wear jewelry
D – Sparkly and pretty
E – Ornate
F – Vintage
G – Simple and understated

4) Shoes:
A – The crazier the better
B – Sexy stilettos
C – Do I have to?
D – Shiny and pretty
E – Very detailed, even if no one sees them
F – Elegant, dahling
G – Depends on the outfit

5) Your favourite venues are:
A – Everywhere and anywhere
B – The best places to find men/women
C – Places to explore and listen to music
D – Anywhere with ballroom Dancing
E – Exclusive clubs
F – Burlesque shows
G – Two (or more) of the above

Easy, right?

If most of your answers are A’s, you’ll want to check my entry for The Dramatic Diva. 

Mostly B’s? Have a look at my post about The Femme Fatale.

If you found yourself answering ‘C’ the most, you may be a Nature Girl.

If you said ‘D’ more often than not, you’ll smile to see you’re The Pastel Princess.

Mostly E’s? You may be The Regal Lady.

If most of your answers are the letter ‘F,’ you can call yourself a Silver Screen Starlet.

If you had a hard time narrowing your answers down or said ‘G’ a few times, you may be a Simple Sophisticate.

Note: You’ll see many designers featured in more than one (and possibly every) post. This is partly to make the process easier for me (eight posts in one day is a ton, even if you ARE a superhero), but I also wanted to draw attention to the fact that you don’t NEED to drive yourself crazy shopping for things to wear this holiday season; you might have something you can use in your inventory right now!

I’d also, also like to ask you to pay special attention to the amazing Chop Zuey jewelry in the following posts; I’ve used several pieces from the new Miss Virtual World collection and, get this, other pieces are CZ holiday and group gifts. The other item that helped hugely in this post series is the Diesel Works polywall. Next time you need to take dozens of pictures of different outfits in a short amount of time, remember this amazing high-quality photography tool. :D

The Dramatic Diva

This isn’t a surprise to you, but if you answered mostly A’s in the above quiz, there’s a strong chance you’re a Dramatic Diva.

Gown - Diva C 600 ( I’m in LOVE with this picture. Check it at its full size here. )

Mostly A’s – The Daring Diva

You are the life of the party. Nothing makes you happier than to be in the middle of a crowd, doing your thing, and having a marvelous time. You’re probably a little wild (or maybe you just want to be), a little bit loud, and whether or not everyone loves your wacky antics, no one has ever accused you of being boring.

Fashion is just another form of artistic expression for you. You love bright, bold colours and none of your outfits are complete without some kind of rocking accessory.

Gown - Diva L 600

~ Daring in Red ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Verdigris
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
.Pekka. FLORA Lipstick Naturals (1)
.Pekka. Eyeliner w/ Red Eyeshadow

[LeLutka]-SALOME hair – Marilyn

:: PM :: Cao Gown in Red
HOC Industries – Platform Pump

Chop Zuey ~ Out Damned Spot! Rd Set ~ Holiday gift, omg! GO GET IT!
Chop Zuey ~ Shirobana Ring
v3 Tattoo – Outlaw (womens) DARK 2

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

The Femme Fatale

If your quiz results were mostly B’s, and I think you know this already, you’re definitely a Femme Fatale.

Gown - Fatale C 600 ( Flickr time, raar! )

Mostly B’s – The Femme Fatale

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘sex on heels?’ Well, that’s you. You’re gorgeous, of course, but that’s not the first thing people notice about you. Most of the time, you look as though 1) you just tumbled out of bed (in a sexy way), or 2) you can shrug one shoulder, remove a hairpin, and be ready for a wild night IN.

You like slinky clothes and mile-high heels. If your clothes are hiding anything at all, odds are it’s a wicked surprise.

Gown - Fatale L 600

~ Fatale ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*

IKON Eternal Eyes – Ice
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
-Belleza- Lace Mask 5 Black
.Pekka. DESDEMONA Lipstick (3)
Cheap Makeup ~ Miss Priss Lipgloss 1 (clear)

>TRUTH< Portia w/Roots – seasand

!!Beauty[S]hop!! black sexy dress
[Gos] Equestrian Boot – Black -

(Dahlinks) Pearl Studs – Black
*BOOM* Dame Elbow Gloves (black velvet)
Maxi Gossamer ~ Pearl Necklaces – BLACK

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

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

The Pastel Princess

If your quiz results tended to be D’s, you’re probably a Pastel Princess! Hooray!

Gown - Princess C 600 ( A prettier, shinier, BIGGER picture on my flickr. <3 )

Mostly D’s – The Pastel Princess

You are a hopeless romantic, sweet and caring, with a love of silk and sparkle. Gold, silver, jewels .. you use them to good effect in a way that practically screams “dance with me!”

You love skirts, dresses, and leap at the opportunity to go dancing. You probably own a tiara and at least one pair of fairy wings, even if you never wear them out.

Gown - Princess L 600

~ Princessy Pastel ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Blizzard
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
cheLLe – (eyeshadow) Undereye Shadows (Navy)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Like Lovers Do:Stefani

:: PM :: Ra Gown in Pearl
[PM] Baby T’s Plain 2.0 : Silver :

Chop Zuey ~ Wisteria Woke Me This Morning ~ NEW MVW Collection!
*BOOM* Dame Elbow Gloves (doll pink) ~ NEW!

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

The Regal Lady

If most of your quiz results were E’s, you’re probably a Regal Lady. :D

Gown - Regal C 600 ( Mhmm, we’re going to flickr. Your chariot awaits, M’Lady.)

Mostly E’s – The Regal Lady

You are elite. While you may not go to the trouble of going places very often, when you do, the word “spectacular” describes your efforts to perfection. You know the best places to shop and realize that fashion is one of the most subtle forms of name dropping in the world. Not everyone speaks this silent language as well as you, but that doesn’t matter in the slightest.

You know the best places to shop. If your gown isn’t custom, you know the designer personally.

Gown - Regal L 600

~ The Upper Crust ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Sapphire
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
-Belleza- Eyeliner 4
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[[Loovus Dzevavor]] ~ Hair: Buzz! Blanc 2
[[Loovus Dzevavor]] ~ Hair: Buzz! Blanc 2 HB

-AZUL- Linda -Sapphire
HOC Industries - Platform Pumps

Chop Zuey ~ Madonna of the Chair Set ~ NEW MVW Release!
:: PM :: Marilyn in White Gloves

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

The Silver Screen Starlet

If your quiz results were mostly F’s, you may want to look at this:

Gown - Starlet C 600( A wider shot is available on my flickr stream. Go peek! )

Mostly F’s – The Silver Screen Starlet

There was a time, not too long ago, when men wore fedoras and trenchcoats. Women wore jewels and heels and skirts. Things were made with better materials, lasted longer, and somehow also cost less. You are a throwback to those times.

Your clothes are feminine without being girly. You ooze sensuality without being overtly sexy. You have truly excellent underwear.

Gown - Starlet L 600

~ Ready for Your Closeup ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
.Pekka. Vintage Mature Complete Makeup – Red COMPLETE

/Wasabi Pills/ Veronica Mesh Hair – Rye

[LeLutka]-MARIA dress/BLACK
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court

Chop Zuey ~ Eilifu Set ~ NEW in the MVW Collection!
*BOOM* Dame Elbow Gloves (pure) ~ NEW!

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

The Simple Sophisticate

If your quiz results were mostly G’s, you’re very likey a Simple Sophisticate!

Gown - Sophisticate C 600 ( Yep, we’re going to flickr. Hop in! )

Mostly G’s – The Simple Sophisticate

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things and you know this better than most. What sets you apart from the others is your ability to know where you’re going, what you’ll be doing, and dress accordingly. Costume party? Check. Ballroom dancing? Check. Bumming around the house in pj’s? Double check!

You are the owner of a truly magical inventory and everything you wear reflects this. You love fashion, no doubt, and everything you wear is planned before you leave your equally-gorgeous home. You have more clothes than anyone you know.

Gown - Sophisticate L 600~ Simply Sophisticated ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Glass
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
.Pekka. Classy Eye shadow with eyeliner – Electric Blue
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

Vanity Hair:Cantaloupe HP-Platinium
Vanity hair base Platinium

:: PM :: Meryl Gown in White
:: PM :: Meryl Gown in Black Gloves
HOC Industries – Platform Pump

Chop Zuey ~ Black Ice Set (Holiday freebie! WOO!)
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

Learning Your A-B-C’s (Part One of I-don’t-know-how-many!)

Okay, wow. So. This is turning into quite the project, isn’t it?

Are you as excited as I am to be doing this? (I certainly hope so!)

So today we begin with pretty, pretty horses, but I promise we’ll get a little farther this time. :D We’re going to talk about Awesome Breed Creations (ABC) in a general way to start. We’ll have a peek at the mainshop with a very broad overview of what an interested outsider (ie. me) would be interested to know about the special features ABC has to offer.

ABC Intro 1 600 ( Pretty, right? It’s even nicer at 4048x. :D)

Teleporting onto the sim is easy, the landmark is right here, and you’ll notice immediately that the place is just beautiful. Horses everywhere! As you’re able to see in the picture above (and probably every other picture I take for the next three months), there are a ton of beautiful, beautiful options as well. This is the first thing that struck me about ABC and the thing that I can’t help but revisit when I ask myself if I really want to try another breedable:

They’re just so pretty.

Once you’re able to drag your eyes away from the paddock near the landing point, you’ll probably realize that the mainstore is right in front of you! The building is quite a bit larger than it seems in the picture just below (we’ll fix that in a minute), but if you look closely you’ll see some very interesting features. First, there is often a helpful person standing right outside in case you need help with anything ( thank you, Matty! ). Second, there’s a Toys for Tots kiosk right by the entrance. They’re all over the place, really. :D

ABC Intro 3 600 (The entire sim is decorated for the holidays; warms the heart, doesn’t it? )

At this point, I feel like I need to share something with you. Something that may shatter your worldview if you aren’t braced for it.

Ready?

ABC Intro 2 600 (Why are the smallest boxes on the highest shelf?! )

These horses do more than eat and make babies! 

This is the second thing that is really, really driving me to consider investing in this brand. You can absolutely breed ABC horses; take a quick peek at the Horse Features page on their website and you’ll see enough options to keep any devoted breeder busy. If this isn’t your particular cuppa, though, there are still fun things for you to do! Things like training a horse for speed and strength and stamina, something that takes dedication, experience, and time. A good training program involves finding just the right balance of attributes for a horse to compete effectively in …

Races and Competitions!

Yep, that’s right! You can take an ABC-sanctioned jockey class and enter official events. You can show up for hands on training in-world and test your horses (or a friend’s horses) on the official track! You can enter a race and win your entry fee back and then some! There is something happening in-world nearly every day (check their Events Calendar page), with momentum building toward larger competions throughout the year.

*Whispers* And there are horse-and-rider costume contests for ‘Best in Breed.’ (*Swoon!*)

ABC Whispers 600 ( “He will be mine. Oh yes, he will be mine.” )

Consider the possibilities, my dears. I’ll have more to share with you in the very near future. <3

~ Portia’s Amazing Script-Count-of-One Outfit ~

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

>TRUTH< Sassy 2 w/Roots – seasand
Truth Hairbase – latte

{Happy} Baby, It’s Cold Outside Sweater (Bluebird)
{Happy} Riding Pants (Buff)
[Gos] Equestrian Boot – Chocolate – (anti-lag enabled)

*League* Vintage Heart Set
-LMK- Short leather gloves

Poses: [LAP], Serenade
Everything Else: ABC Horses!