Once Upon a Time..

… there was a young girl who loved fairy tales; they were the first stories she read to herself and the dreams she dreamed at night. Like many girls, she wanted to be a princess, find True Love, and live Happily Ever After.

As she grew older, she learned that the world was not exactly as it seemed in the stories she loved best. It was hard to dream about castles from a 2-bedroom apartment and gallant princes always seemed to be in short supply. She began to write stories instead, creating characters that were like her, but not her, and she made a point of finding happy endings for all of them. It wasn’t ideal but, gosh, she believed in them anyway.

Wonder 1 600 (This picture is even lovelier in higher resolution. Check my flickr, darn you! )

I’ll admit that I had other plans for this post (*gasp!*). It was going to be a cheerful, cheeky introduction to Awesome Breed Creations (ABC) horses where I depicted and discussed everything a curious outsider would want to know. I took pictures. I asked questions. I wore knee boots and jodhpurs and ran at a script count of one without looking like it. Then my friend Draco passed me some horses, these horses, and my well-laid plans flew out the window.

Wonder 2 600 ( Frangipani (left) and Carrot (right) look like princesses in their own right. Right? )

When I rezzed the horses I nearly cried. My heart raced and it was hard to breathe. I just stared at them for a good five minutes before I hopped on Frangipani’s back and rode her across my wintry home. Carrot and I jumped across rivers, over park benches, and raced faster than I knew I could move in SL. This was when I realized that I had to write from a deeper, truer place and share something that might provoke the sort of feelings I’m experiencing myself tonight.

It feels like magic and it’s wonderful.

Wonder 3 600 ( What do you MEAN I’ve reached my monthly limit?! I hope to add more pics to flickr soon. Ick. )

So I’ll write an introduction to these horses tomorrow night (December 20th) after I attend my first live ABC horse race! It seems to be on their main sim (here) and begins at 5pm SLT. I would love to see you there but if you cannot make it, please have a look back here on the weekend to learn all about these incredible horses. <3

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*snowstorm *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Peak
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Glitter 01
Rhapsody [ glow ] studio – Lashes – GLOW special
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-POCAHONTAS hair – Powder

:: PM :: Winter Queen in Ice ~ NEW group gift, ladies!

Poses: !bang
Setting: Heart, Botanical, FREE Snow Maker

~ Frangipani ~

Breed : Thoroughbred
Coat : Palomino
Eye : Birthstone – Diamond
Mane : Long Wavy
Tail : Wavy
Face Marking : Star Stripe

Home Stable: Nacht’s Landing

~ Carrot ~

Breed : Thoroughbred
Coat : White
Eye : Dark Brown
Mane : Plaited
Tail : Plaited
Face Marking : Blaze

Home Stable: My house.  >.>

 

 

Making the Season Bright

Soooo .. I’ve been spending more time alone than I like these days, clearly, and this is not a time of year to be without friends and family or the zillion pets or whatever else makes you happy. Sometimes all you have to do, though, is poke someone you know and say “hey, want to do a blog post with me?”

Blogging Buddies 600 ( There’s a larger pic on my flickr, of course! Have a peek. )

And sometimes it works!

This is my friend Alon Alphaville, awesome blogger and all-around stylish guy. PLEASE head over and check out his blog ‘Fashion By Double A‘ whenever you can; he does great stuff and knows far more about male fashion than I can hope to learn.

I’ll just talk about MY clothes instead, okay?

I wanted to do something special with this beautiful red poncho, by shine, that also hinted at the holidays. Is it strange that I only wear red in winter? Anyway, I started with the poncho (which looked bizarre until I put some pants on) and then realized that instead of wearing black trousers and a white blouse, I wanted to do something different. So I found a deep brown miniskirt and some fun tights from {Happy} as well as a creamy top with trumpet sleeves. League earmuffs came next when I realized this HAD to be an outdoors-y post and, omg, I am in love with these Ingenue booties. IN LOVE.

I don’t think I need to go into the details of what I had to do to get these earmuffs and the shade of boot I wanted from The Arcade, much less the RARE couple pose from !bang you see above. Let’s just not talk about that. :D

Red Poncho 600 ( Siiiigh, I really do love this outfit. <3 )

~ Alon ~
(Speak no Evil)

Skin: -NIVARO- Emerson Skin – creamtone
Hair: Salon de GLOW <hairpieces> M-05 (Jet Black)
Eyes: Aimesi Eyes3 Blue2
Top: [Sheep Door] Turtle Neck (Mesh) Red male ~ Available @ The Mens Dept
Pants: 22769 ~ [homme] grandfathers pants ~ Available @ The Mens Dept
Shoes: VG WORK BOOTS BLACK

~ Portia ~
(Hear no Evil)

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Tundra ~ New!
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
.Pekka. Eyeliner #5
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-YIPPIE hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH PONCHO red ~ Best, most beautiful poncho anywhere!
{Happy} Luxe Boatneck (Cream)
{Happy} Cheeky Minx Skirt (Mocha)
{Happy} Argyle Tights (Taupe)
Ingenue :: Alvery :: Rouge ~ Available at The Arcade!

*League* Earmuffs -Vintage Reindeer ~ Available at The Arcade!
Baiastice_Lulu’ dans l’apres-midi-gloves (part of an outfit with the same name)

Pose: !bang – red carpet ~ Available at The Arcade!
Setting: Heart, Botanical

We Remember

Wherever you live, whatever you believe, we are all connected by our respect and reverence for our fallen soldiers and the veterans that carry their legacy into the future. We honour them every day but every country has a tradition; in Canada, we have a minute of silence on November 11th, at 11:11. We wear poppies on our jackets. We remember.

( A larger version of this picture is on my flickr stream. <3 )

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Dew ~ NEW AND GORGEOUS!
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

Amacci Hair Karen ~ Wheat Blond ~ Womenstuff Gridwide Hunt GIFT (until December 2nd)
Amacci Hairbase Tattoo – Wheat Blond ~ Womenstuff Gridwide Hunt GIFT (until December 2nd)

shine by [ZD] MESH MILITARY JACKET khaki ~ BRAND NEW!
jane.intrinsic.tank.rd cherry [full]
[ZD] MESH Leather Pants black
Miamai_Daisy AgeofArmy

Chop Zuey ~ A Noble Heart Wht Earrings
Chop Zuey ~ A Noble Heart Wht Necklace
Emery – Gloves #Black

Pose: !bang
Rocks, Flowers, Grass, and Trees: Heart, Botanical

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)

[BURLEY]_Julia_Platinum02

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

~

<3