Life in Colour

Wow, so it’s almost March and I am thoroughly SICK of winter. Snow is nice, holidays are great, and I love getting bundled up and snuggly as the next girl but gosh, I’m ready to look outside my window and see something that isn’t white, brown, or grey.

I think you know what I mean.

Colour L 600 ( Flickr, whee! )

So let’s talk about colour today, my lovelies!

If you’ve glanced through my blog before today I’m sure you’ve noticed that I love neutral colours. If something comes in white, or beige, or taupe, I probably own it. I have a fondness for green, blue, and yellow, of course, but these are all fairly natural colours and for spring, especially Spring 2013, there is a HUGE movement toward bold, vibrant colours. I hope I speak for everyone when I say “HOORAY!”

This outfit actually started out quite differently from what you see now. I love the new coldLogic sweater/dress combinations SO much that I knew I needed to showcase at least one of them and, for me, the the ‘Norton’ set was especially exciting. Since I wanted the dress texture as well as the shape of the sweater to pop I grabbed the set in coral, not even considering the style challenges this combination presents for an avatar with my build and colouring.

The coral sweater looks great on its own (and you can wear it separately from the dress if you want!) but I find that with the lovely turquoise dress beneath, this combination deserves some extra attention. Sure, you can wear it with black or white shoes; maybe add a purse and sunglasses; maybe wear an updo and some cool earrings, but I wanted to do more.

You know how I feel about gloves :D. Initially, I was wearing fuschia gloves from Emery and Gos’ Mae platforms in plum. I think I had purple lipstick at the time, or maybe it was a turquoise spray mask over the eyes (or both) but as I was rummaging through my inventory for jewelry I realized that there was just too much going on. I needed to streamline and keep the attention on the sweater and the dress, not my billions of accessories and tattoo layer addiction.

So I traded the spray eyeshadow for simple blue under eye shadow from cheLLe and punched things up with Pekka‘s bright orange Flora lipstick. I selected a long LeLutka hairstyle to cover the ears and create a sense of softness for what could easily be a very abrasive colour palette. I decided to try RED shoes and gloves and, holy wow, it worked! Jewelry was easy this time – I grabbed my texture change broche set from Admiral Spicy and found the faceted turquoise stone to tie everything together. I also reinforced this by wearing IKON‘s new Lucid eyes in glass; if you look closely, you can see green, blue, and even a bit of brown inside them.

Colour C 600 ( Seriously, check these eyes in fullscreen. Lovely. )

So this is my affirmation of life in colour. This is my conscious decision to be bold and take risks; to try things that may not always work out for me and learn from my failures as much as my successes.

Be bold, my dears. I look forward to sharing something new with you again very, very soon.

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Lucid Eyes – Glass
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
cheLLe – (eyeshadow) Dreamy (Under Eye 2)
cheLLe – (eyeliner) Eyeliner Basics (Top)
.Pekka. FLORA Lipstick Colors (2)

[LeLutka]-OOPS hair – Marilyn

coldLogic combo – norton.coral
[Gos] Mae Platform – Red -

Emery – Gloves #Red
!Admiral Spicy! Broche Ring
!Admiral Spicy! Brocke Necklace

Pose: Miamai
Set: Atelier Ylannys (Secret garden in the Enchanted Unicorn Castle)

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!

Sophia Shine L 600 (A larger shot, just for you dahling. )

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?

Sophia Shine C 600( Check these beautiful new Lucid eyes from IKON. *Swoon!* )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism ~ NEW!
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
cheLLe – (eyeliner) French New Wave Eyeliner
cheLLe – (lipstick) The Mean Reds (Rose) bonus!

[LeLutka]-JOSEPHINE Hair – Marilyn ~ NEW!

shine by [ZD] MESH FRILLED BLOUSE taupe ~ NEW @ Designer Showcase
shine by [ZD] MESH MINI SKIRT black ~ NEW
shine by [ZD] small knotted belt
[Gos] Sophia Peeptoe – Taupe ~ NEW!

P.C; Diamond Fan Ring

Pose: [Gos & oOo] Pouffe – Small – Brown
Set: NsB, Thistle, BAZAR (Arizona House)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

WOOOO!!!

So this post is a little late (what else is new? :D) but I’d like to wish you the very, very best in 2013. I hope your holidays went beautifully and that you spent a wonderful time with friends and family. I hope you gave every gift you wanted to share and received thoughtful gifts in turn. I hope you danced on New Year’s Eve, or at least watched the fireworks.

I hope you’re smiling now. :)

Be happy, honey, because this is going to be a fantastic year. Have hope. Look forward.

NYE - L 600( Bigger pics in flickr; don’t forget! )

How about we look forward to a year of nights out? Fancy parties aren’t just for the holidays and you do NOT have to spend a bunch to look amazing all year ’round. Use what you have (try typing ‘gloves’ in your inventory search bar, please just humour me here) because you bought it for a reason. Find new things to love; maybe it’ll be something like this beautiful (FREE! :O ) strapless mesh party dress from shine. Try using accessories that make a statement (ie. anything from Chop Zuey) and experiment with makeup in an environment where you -won’t- have to dry out your skin with soap and water.

TNY - C 600 ( I would have -never- put this together a year ago. )

We’ve all been thinking about our plans for the new year. Why not resolve to put a little extra TLC into your avatar this month and try something new?

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond (Fave. Colour. Ever.)
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
cheLLe – (eyeshadow) Big Night Out (Black)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-ATHENA hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] NEW YEARS EVE PARTY DRESS ~ FREE until January 31 HERE

Chop Zuey ~ Night Mystery Gld Set
~Blacklace~ Tempest: Black lace Gloves

Pose: 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

“Olive Shine!”

Do you know the thing I love (olive) most about shine?

Sure, I’ve covered the brand before; Cecilia and I are friends; the clothes are fantastic and fun to wear but the more I think about it, I’m realizing that so many of my favourite outfits of this year have at least one piece of shine in them.  What I’m noticing now (and yes, I know I’ve been wearing these clothes for months) is how well these pieces work with my existing wardrobe but they do it in such a way that everything feels new.

Olive You L 600 ( Standing in front of shine’s NEW mainstore! )

This outfit, for example, came together when I decided to showcase shine‘s new slim mesh jacket; since it’s so close-fitting I wanted to work with system pants over mesh and since it’s on the dressy side (hello, there’s a brooch attached to it!) it needed to have some sort of flair as well.

This is where I remind myself that I have one of the best hobbies in Second Life. :)

So we add cropped high-waist pants from my LeLutka folder (circa 2010 and STILL current), a Whippet & Buck boatneck top (ditto for both), the tights that came with my Maitreya Allure shoes (also from 2010, wow), and the Gos ‘Posh Booties’ I picked up more than a year ago. To this, I HAD to add Exile‘s new ‘Raspberry Beret’ hair, some of Cae‘s ‘Knotted’ jewelry (another amazing new designer – if you haven’t checked her out yet, definitely get on that) and the very last Sea Hole scarf I needed to collect from The Arcade. That’s right ladies and gents, I have a full set now! WOO!

Olive You C 600 (Yeah, and I’m loving these eternity eyes from IKON. )

So what have we learned today, then?

I think it’s safe to say that just because something’s been in your inventory for a while, it can still be a vital part of your wardrobe. Go ahead and unbox your gear from a couple of years ago; you might be surprised to love what you find!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Patina
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
cheLLe – (eyeliner) Eyeliner Basics (Top)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Raspberry Beret:Stefani

shine by [ZD] SLIM MESH JACKET with BROOCH olive
[W&B] Cole Boatneck Top ALABASTER
[LeLutka]-MICHELLE pants/black
Maitreya Allure Socks – Neutral01
[Gos] Posh Bootie – Obsidian

Cae :: Knotted :: Set
The Sea Hole – (MESH) Parvita Scarf – Hillsbaine ~ Available @ The Arcade
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Poses: [LAP], aDORKable
Photos taken at the new shine & sharp by [ZD] mainstore! Go check it out!

 

 

Today!

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!
<3

Yesterday’s Tomorrow Today

Or was it the day before yesterday? Or maybe the day before that?

Suffice it to say, I have been siiiiiiick for quite a few days and, unlike my sweetheart of a sisser Cady (gorgeous new posts on her blog, btw), I have a hard time focusing on prettiness when I feel anything but.

I wanted so badly to start covering the Tomorrow Today event as soon as it was open to the public; I took these pictures on Oct 31st but .. ugh. Editing just wasn’t happening until this morning. Anyway, the event will be running through the end of November and is a fundraiser to support our very own Matchbook Monday (designer of Amorous jewelry <3).

A bit of info:

This event is to raise funds for a dental surgery procedure that will greatly improve Ms. Monday’s quality of life. The full details can be found on her blog here so please read her very moving letter and drop by the sim for your beginning-of-month shopping. Every little bit helps.

( I have a close-up of these beautiful new eyes HERE .. you’ll never guess who made them. )

So talking about clothes, both outfits are available at Tomorrow Today! Sassy’s ‘Bombshell’ dress (above) completely takes my breath away AND it comes with a handy mesh skirt panel for the ultimate streamlined silhouette. Along similar lines is the Shine outfit I’ve put together (below) featuring a faux fur vest and the NEW Italian-length pencil skirt. So flipping pretty!

IKON has made an appearance at TT as well, offering four completely new shades of his Kaleido eyes for this event: Crystal (above), Hard (below), Molten and Shadow, which I will feature in my next post, whee!

( Hard eyes .. soft lips. )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*ice *REDGRAVE*
IKON Kaleido Eyes – Crystal ~ Available @ Tomorrow Today! ~
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Glitter 01
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

/Wasabi Pills/ Veronica Mesh Hair – Rye ~ Available @ Tomorrow Today! ~

~Sassy!~ Bombshell dress – white ~ Available @ Tomorrow Today! ~
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court

~Sassy!~ Bombshell gloves – white ~ Available @ Tomorrow Today! ~
Chop Zuey ~ Ajisai Earrings Wht
Chop Zuey ~ Ajisai Necklace Wht/D

Pose: Olive Juice

~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Kaleido Eyes – Hard ~ Available @ Tomorrow Today! ~
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe – (makeup) Frenching Marion

::Exile:: Like Lovers Do:Stefani

[ZD] MESH BELTED FUR VEST black ~ Available @ Tomorrow Today! ~
shine by [ZD] MESH PENCIL SKIRT ITALIAN LENGTH LACED- black
Ingenue :: Cindy:: Licorice

[celoe.mery.gloves.mine.S] (I couldn’t resist, okay?! Stop looking at me like that!)

Pose: Clique

Shine on, Match. We love you. <3