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

Check @ the FAIR!

Hello everyone!

I’d like to begin today by thanking my SL sister, the incredible Bean, for inspiring this post by dragging (okay, maybe not entirely dragging) me to the last installment of FAIR last week ( :( ) and pointing me toward these beautiful mesh gowns by Apple May Designs. I’m not sure what other people thought when they saw red and white side by side but my mind went IMMEDIATELY to Wonderland.

>.>

( Check my Flickr for an awesome widescreen shot of our showdown! )

Now ordinarily I’d have been all over the white option, anyone who’s peeked at my blog can see how much I love white and light neutrals, but there was something about the red that appealed to me. I wore a larger size of IKON‘s Kaleido eyes than usual (XL when my standard is M), changed my skin for a layered eyeshadow look, and added two pairs of eyelashes, two sets of gloves, and my boldest, curviest set from the incomparable Chop Zuey Couture Jewelry. The result, I think, is just a little creepy but you can’t deny that it looks neat.

The set was a ton of fun to put together (I can’t think of the last time I built anything!) and I’ve gone ahead and linked what I used at the bottom of this post. While it isn’t outfit-related, well, Bean and I wouldn’t have looked half as good against a white screen. :D

( Another Flickr link. <3 )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*ash *REDGRAVE*
IKON Kaleido Eyes – Shadow
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
-Belleza- Eyeliner 4
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Glitter 01
[ glow ] studio Vanity. eyelashes – rogue (red)

Vanity Hair:The Potion-Platinium
Vanity hair base V.2.1-Platinium

Apple May ~ Winter Formal Mesh Gown – Lust ~ Available @ FAIR

Chop Zuey ~ Rocinante’s Curve Set ~ Silver
:: PM :: Meryl Gown in Black Gloves
DNR ~ Long Dress Gloves (tinted, raar!)

Poses: BENT ~Available @ FAIR

~ Bean ~

Bean’s credits can be found on her blog, Serene Cadence (SOON, I HOPE!)

~ Homemade Set ~

Topiaries: Trompe Loeil
Roses Sculpt: Arctic Greenhouse (custom texture)
Chess Board Texture: E&D Engineering
Chess Pieces Sculpt: Jabberwocky
Background: Turnip Skydome 2.0

The Final Frontier

Space, the final frontier. These are the blog entries of the Portia named Pexington. Her continuing mission: to seek out great clothes and find new designers. To boldly blog where no one has blogged before!

( Totally stunning, right? Get it? Of course you do. )

Okay, so I’m not the first to blog this dress. Or even the first to blog this dress with this pose. Possibly not even the first to blog these shoes, dress, and pose together but who could really resist Eclectic Apparel‘s ‘SciFi’ Dress, especially when *~*HopScotch*~* offers the perfect props in the exact same section of Cinema? If you’re any kind of nerd at all (and gosh, I certainly am), you’ve at least considered these two things together (and face it, Gos’ point court shoes are perfect with this) during your time at HCE’s Cinema Event.

Also .. it’s very nearly Halloween. Just saying.

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Aruba
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
-Belleza- Eyeliner 4 (I’m loving this eyeliner so much! It’s perfectly, sweetly smudgy. <3 )
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ sunshine orange

[e] Memoir – Blonde 01

e! SciFi Dress (White) ~ Available NOW at Cinema!
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court

e! Flight Wings Badge
*~*HopScotch*~* Fire at Will (shooting) ~ Available NOW at Cinema!

Pose: *~*HopScotch*~* ~ Available NOW at Cinema!
Photo taken on the U.S.S. Amberstar

Falling

I’m usually pretty happy. Whether through conscious effort or genuine gladness, this is the mood I choose to have and the face I choose to show the world. Always a kind word for someone, often with a quip or a compliment (or both, hah!), it’s been my experience that life is generally easier if you face it with a smile. Some days it’s as easy as breathing. Others, not so much.

Still, I try.

This post has been brewing a while, though, and is the culmination of a few things, really. Weeks of grief on top of months of stress and sadness; my anxieties and the neverending fight to BE the person I want to be. The seasonal change (and don’t pretend it doesn’t affect you too – we’re all human), juggling funds, and failure in more than a few areas. Depression. Blah. We’ve all been here in varying degrees and we deal with it in a variety of ways.

( Click here for the full shot. <3 )

Generally, I spend as much time as I can with friends and family, trusting that time with people who care about me (and vice versa) will pick me up. I listen to music and dance; the club I visited tonight uses a windlight called ‘predawnmoon’ and yes, this also encouraged me that now is in fact the time to post.

I was already wearing an item from My Attic‘s new ‘Falling Into You’ cycle, the gorgeous Essences Nile dress and if you’ll glance below, you can see Exile‘s beautiful new hair ‘All for Love’ and one of the ‘Falling’ poses from aDORKable. This post practically made itself, I tell you.

( Yeeeah, it’s been a long night. )

The song I’m linking at the end of my post is the last piece of this sad, slightly blue-ish puzzle. Music is therapy. So is writing. And shopping.  And maybe drinking .. just a little (“…hic!”).

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
-Belleza- Eyeliner 4

“LoQ Hair” Gingerbread – Pale Golden
“LoQ Hairs” Hairbase – Pale Golden

Essences – Nile Dress (C) ~ NEW at My Attic!
[Gos] Hunter Ankle Boot – Taupe (yes, I really do wear these all the time)

{mon tissu} Oui Necklace – Silver
P.C; Reclining Feline Earrings
[ZD] Silver Bangles right – GROUP GIFT
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

~

As above with two exceptions:

::Exile:: All for Love:Stefani ~ NEW at My Attic!

[Cynful] Deliciosa – Black

~

Poses: !bang, aDORKable (NEW at My Attic)
Props: [ARIA], Banjo Bailey, The Loft, KK

Confessions of a Former Band Geek

Music is my solace. Harmony, my heart. Certain chord progressions make me weak, or enraged, or giddy, or .. anything, really, because at a very basic level, music is feeling. It sinks into you, sometimes, and becomes part of who you are and how you see the world.

What I’m trying to say here, I suppose, is that there are some songs that you never forget or, specifically, that I will never forget. When other girls were listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Destiny’s Child, I’m slightly embarassed to admit that I spent my high school years obsessing over Dmitri Shostakovich’s fourth ballet suite and, of course, I knew every note in the Phantom of the Opera. One of my favourite CDs of all time, though, was Colm Wilkinson’s Stage Heroes, and the first track on THAT was his version of ‘I, Don Quixote.’

Listen to it sometime – you won’t regret it.

Now. The point of this confession is to provide a bit of context when I say that .. I am absolutely in LOVE with Chop Zuey‘s new Don Quixote Collection!

(Phew, that was a lot of text. Bring on the pictures!)

The story of Don Quixote is too long to share in a single blog post (and you’d probably throw something at me if I tried, admit it!) but I think we’re all familiar with the basic shape of it. An older gentleman becomes caught up in old, chivalric stories and as his mind begins to leave him, he assumes the identity of a knight errant to rid the world of injustice and evil. It’s clear, even from the beginning, that he’s not quite right in the head.

The fall collection, released last Saturday, captures the spirit of this story; strength, valour, beauty, and (of course) madness, all interpreted and presented in the form of truly stunning jewelry.

(Darn you, six-hundred-pixel-width restriction!)

With names like Gentle Insanities, Rochainte’s Curve, and Balsam for Madness, each set in the collection has its own story to tell. Together, as I hope to show you in the coming days, they become something more. Please, enjoy the pictures I’ve taken but make a point of viewing the collection for yourself at the Chop Zuey mainstore. They’re well worth the trip!

(A limousine ride to my flickr right here, whee!)

~ Gentle Insanities ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Caribbean Blue
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe - (eyeshadow) Dreamy

Vanity Hair:Smoking Room-Platinium
Vanity hair base Platinium

GizzA – Attractive Black [Black]
Emery – Gloves #Black
[Gos] GTFO Boot in Black

Chop Zuey ~ Gentle Insanities Set in Silver/Blue ~ NEW Fall Collection!

Pose: AAA

~ Rochainte’s Curve ~

IKON Kaleido Eyes – Dawn

Vanity Hair:Shena-Platinium

:: PM :: Malena Dress in Black
Miamai_LesMakeups_Laced 05
Slink Mesh Feet

NailsLong Fairy *REDGRAVE*

Chop Zuey ~ Rocinante’s Curve Set in Silver ~ NEW Fall Collection!

Pose: aDORKable Poses

~ Balsam for Madness ~

IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – White
-Belleza- Eyeliner 1

[LeLutka]-MARIE hair – Marilyn

:: PM :: Meryl Gown in White
:: PM :: Meryl Gown in Black Gloves

NailsLong Fairy *REDGRAVE*

Chop Zuey ~ Balsam for Maddness Glasses in Black/White ~ NEW Fall Collection!
Chop Zuey ~ Balsam for Maddness Whte Neck Corset ~ NEW Fall Collection!
Chop Zuey ~ Shirobana Ring

Pose: Miamai

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’!

Wow, okay, so I’m on a roll again! This is .. *counts* .. my SEVENTH post in a week and I hope you’re having as much fun reading my blog as I am writing and sharing some of my favourite fashion finds with you.

It’s probably pretty clear that I’m on a {mon tissu} kick right now (how not, with the Mon Tissu Blogger Search in full swing) but statistically it was bound to happen anyway. As anyone who knows me and sees me more than once a week knows, I wear this label ALL the time and today’s fantastic slouchy sweatshirt is no exception. I rarely wear black but when I do, I love dressing it up with metallic accents (like the Amorous Luna belt and these rocking accessories from MANDALA) – bonus points are also awarded for contrasting textures like velour, lace, and leather.

Something I read in Caoimhe Lionheart’s blog the other day absolutely struck a chord with me. For brevity’s sake, I’ll just go ahead and paste it at you:

 “[...]wanted to add as an aside, and it’s a secret, so SHHHhhhhhh…. It’s okay to wear an item more than once. I know, I actually put that in writing. In the next days, I might wear one or two things more than once, if you don’t like it, your going to have to sue me, but keep in mind I buy my own blog items, so there might not be much left to sue for. I think re-using items has a functional purpose as well, it trains the eye that sometimes you see an item as belonging in one category, say, informal, but as you re-use it you are amazed to see, it does alright in the formal, or playful, or “whatever” category.[...]“

SHE SAID IT! AAAHHHHH!!!! The secret is out! I’m TOTALLY wearing my Cohimbra hair and grey Provence riding boots for you again .. and, you know? It feels good.

The bigger picture!

Mhmm, and this is where I rave about my beautiful new eyelashes! I didn’t think it was possible for my favourite IKON eyes to look any better but I was completely wrong. OMG! These lashes, from Miamai, aren’t new (well, not brand new) but goodness, they’re pretty! When I’ve worn mesh eyelashes in the past, I’ve always lost detail amping up to ultra graphics but these babies are just gorgeous no matter what I do AND they are available in a ton of different options from vibrant colours to feathers; from glitter (!!!) to intricate flowers and butterfly designs. I can’t wait to drop over again and share some more prettiness with you!

“Oooooh .. ahhhhh!”

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Utopia Eyes – Light Silver+Blue M
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
-Belleza- Eyeliner 1

Vanity Hair:Cohimbra HP-Platinium

{mon tissu} Two ToneSlouchy Sweatshirt ~ Grey ~ Available right NOW at FaMESHed!

Angel Dessous ~ Lulu-bra-black
*Fishy Strawberry* Moto Pants Black
{mon tissu} Provence Riding Boots ~ Gray

: Amorous : Luna Belt (w/dangly)
[MANDALA] Omochi Bracelets /Everest Silver
(double) [MANDALA]Omochi earrings/silver
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Poses: Miamai

Vintage Fair 2012 ~ Sneak Peek (Part 1)

WOOO!

So the upcoming Vintage Fair is NEWS, ladies and gentlemen. You’ve seen the teasers; classic lettering in sepia and silver hues, elegant men and women in their fedoras and pillbox hats reminding us of a time when people were just that darned classy.

Sponsored by CHIC Management, the:

Vintage Fair (from Aug 4th – Aug 29th) will showcase 250+ brands each exploring inspiration from the vintage eras of 1920 – 1980. We will also this year be allowing ‘Antique’ fashions (pre 1920s). With new and exclusive items from every brand involved and music every day.

Since when were the 80′s vintage?! Is anyone else feeling their years today? I’ll get to 80′s-inspired goodness in a little while but for now, I’m ALL about the classy.

A larger image, just for you dahling.

Do you remember when sequins were glamourous? As a child of the 1980′s I truly do not, haha, but I yearn for the glory days of smoky jazz clubs and piano bars and a time where dressing to go out meant putting on MORE clothes, not less. This gown, created by CIA, absolutely took my breath away this morning. Just .. find it. Love it. Wear it with your swankiest jewellery and a sultry updo like this gem from Vanity Hair. Hotsy-totsy!

Check out this car, wow!

I know, I know. This vest has been popping up on the feeds for a while now and I’m sure the look has been adequately covered .. but not by ME! I love PurpleMoon for gowns, no one does it better, but don’t forget that there is also an incredible casual and semi-formal line in the mainstore! This set, a Vintage Fair Exclusive, is inspired by an American fashion icon .. you know who I mean. ;)  Do you own a pillbox hat yet? No? Why not nab this fantastic set from Laville? Bring the glory days back to your own corner of Second Life.

~Portia~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Utopia Eyes – Light Forest Green
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ mango jelly
-Belleza- Eyeliner 2
Cheap Makeup- Eye Gloss

Vanity Hair:Cohimbra HP-Vainille

[CIA Designs] Sequin dress Red
VictoriaV – long Satin Gloves White
HOC Industries – Platform Pumps

Chop Zuey ~ Ajisai Earrings Wht
Chop Zuey ~ Ajisai Necklace Wht/D

Pose: BENT. 
Props: !bang, Lisp Bazaar

~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ mango jelly

[[Loovus Dzevavor]] ~ Hair: Betty Ditzie 1

:: PM :: Jackie Skirt in Black & White
:: PM :: Jackie Vest in Black & White
HOC Industries – Platform Pumps

:: PM :: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Etherea/110/76/1366 Coco Sunglasses in White
! Laville ! Pillbox Hat – Girl Friday [VF12]
! Laville ! Fur Cuff Gloves [VF 2012] Girl Friday

Pose: Di’s Opera ~
Prop: Monarch Imperial Special limousine