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)

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!

Breathe Me

Today’s post begins with a lamp.  A lovely lamp from {what next} that I have in my living room (the one that never needs tidying or vacuuming and I never stub my toe on the coffee table). I’ve been wearing this coldLogic sweater a lot lately as well, and this hair from Exile that never seems to work with any outfit I want to blog. You have no idea how much I’ve wanted to photograph these two things; it’s been driving me crazy for weeks!

Breathe Me StorySo I’m realxing, considering what I should do next, and I was struck again by how pretty and simple this lamp is. I like simple things. I like clean lines and soft colours. I love textures that look snuggly and warm, especially when I’m feeling a little down (which I am). The lamp reminds me of all these things and since I’m already dressed in clothes I love, I sneak up to my platform for an experiment!

Breathe Me 600 2 (I love lamp! )

I end up with this! Which becomes this:

Breathe Me 600Then I decide to try this ..

Breathe Me 600 3 ( Hugs, please! )

.. and it works!

~ Portia ~

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

::Exile:: Breathe Me:Bleach
[LeLutka]-HAIRBASE Glucose

coldLogic shirt – taylor.champagne
{Happy} Preen Pants (Oat)
(Milk Motion) My floral tights
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Maryjane Court

Cae :: Elegance :: Ring
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Poses: aDORKable, Miamai
Living Room: {what next}, LISP Bazaar, EarthDwellings, The Loft, PatronPILOT (available @ The Arcade), A.D.D.Andel! (Available @ The Arcade)

Welcome to Wherever You Are

You know? The world can be a funny place. Whether you believe in a god or not, whether you believe in fate or destiny or belong to Team Free Will, you have to admit that the universe has a fantastic sense of humour and, more often than we like, irony.

It occurred to me this morning that it’s so easy to talk about strength of character when things are good. Life isn’t perfect but I don’t believe it’s supposed to be; we can’t enjoy the good times to their fullest if we’ve never been truly down. It’s harder to appreciate love without loss to show us how important it really is. We don’t realize how annoying a split infinitive can be until someone demonstrates a sentence constructed in the proper way. Ahem.

(The world is a big, wonderful place. Check out an extra slice of mine in this shot.)

I’ve been mulling over this blog post for a day or two, wondering how to introduce the next phase of my time in Second Life, mulling over what to write and how the heck I’m going to handle it (which is my theme for this week, by the way; “how?” is such an annoyingly complex question). I contemplated a tasteful nude shot, filled with streaked makeup, dramatic shadows and symbolism. It was going to be beautiful and vulnerable and, inevitably, really really sad. There would have been a link to the appropriate emo music video (yeah, I’m still listening to it but you don’t need to – rock out with me to Bon Jovi instead! :) ).

Then I realized that these things are not who I am. It’s easy to talk about strength and courage and willpower when your tank is full; the real test comes when you’re on empty and have no choice but to deal with your life, such as it is. So I decided to be true to myself and take these pictures in fabulous clothes with the sun shining on my face.

It’s still a beautiful world.

(Miss Ella really wants you to click here and see our cool new front door!)

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Kaleido Eyes – Forest ~ Still New!
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Believe Again:Stefani

coldLogic combo – ambrose.blue
coldLogic dress – ambrose.blue
Baiastice_Giulia dress_black leggings
Maitreya Radical Boots * Caramel (Look familiar? I have them in another colour too. >.>)
Emery – Gloves #Sailor (Yes, I really love these gloves!)
-LMK- Medium leather gloves (Brown)

[LeeZu!] Twiggy Glasses
(Kunglers Extra) Velouria – ring and earrings

Poses: Magnifique Poses, !bang
Props: Magnifique Poses, Haru Motors

An Actress, a Supermodel, and a Princess Walk Into a Bar ….

EEE! This week’s new releases have been SPECTACULAR!  As much as I’d love to play stylist and photographer all day, though, I’ve opted to share my favourite outfit with you today and hope (*fingers crossed*) for enough time in the next day or two to share the rest.

ColdLogic always, always, blows me away with their chic, simple, and exquisite styling ~ this dress is no exception. ‘Hathaway’ looks like heaven and fits like a dream, haha, I’m going to have a horrible time convincing myself that, yes, I really do need to change this week. I don’t tend to buy bags but every new item at Maitreya this week was something I needed to own. As my chequebook is currently screaming at me, I settled for just the one mesh shopper bag in the colour ‘Porsche’ because it made me giggle. Yes, simple pleasures, I know, but when everything is gorgeous, sometimes it’s the Giggle Factor that helps you decide.

Yep, I’ve got a larger pic for you right here!

The hair is my blonde homage (‘blomage?’) to my very favourite Disney princess ‘Ariel’ (from The Little Mermaid *swoon*). It’s mesh, whee, and part of a set! Expect to see Belle (Beauty and the Beast) and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) here in the very near future. LeeZu’s new ‘Twiggy’ glasses (mesh, and available in three sizes and a bunch of lens/frame texture options) also make me super happy. I think if Anne Hathaway, Twiggy, and Ariel ever went shopping together they might just come up with something like this. :)

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Utopia Eyes – Deep Cerulean
:: Exodi :: Makeups – Eyelashes – Dramatic
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ fanta

[LeLutka]-ARIEL hair – Sweeden

coldLogic dress – hathaway.ecru
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court

[LeeZu!] Twiggy Glasses SMALL
[MAGIC NOOK] Shoo Be Doo Necklace & Bracelet
[MANDALA]AMIDA earrings Gold
[MANDALA] Takara Bangles Dark wood
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Maitreya Mesh Shopper – Porsche

Poses: Miamai

A Romp in the Park

Happy Weekend, everyone!

I have to say, I’ve been fantasizing about this trip to the park ever since coldLogic released its new line of mesh ROMPERS but between this, that, and the other thing, it’s taken me an unheard-of EIGHT DAYS to get this post together. What the heck, right?

Anyway, like every coldLogic release since the beginning of time (or, you know, this year), these rompers are flipping CUTE, stylish, and perfectly easy to wear. Idina, compulsive fatpacker that she is, and I (recently converted quantum pack queen) spent quite a bit of time co-ordinating outfits for the next few shots to give you an idea of the different styles available at coldLogic right this very minute. We hope you like them!

Click for a larger image, whee!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Clover Green
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

coldLogic romper – mathis.snow
{mon tissu} Openwork Wedges ~ Mustard

Magika [Hair S] Calm

[MAGIC NOOK] Moon River Necklace (Gold/Pearl)

Lady A – Emoter HUD

~ Idina ~

Skin – Dutch Touch – Esmee – Fair
Eyes – Mayfly – Deep Sky Eyes – Dark Shadow (Mesh)
Lashes – Miamai – Erotica Lashes (Mesh)
Makeup – Pekka -Flora Lipstick – #2, Miamai – Freckles Pack 2
Hair- Ploom – London – Red (Mesh)
Romper – Coldlogic – Briggs – Ice (Mesh)
Shoes – GOS – Gator Sport Clog (Mesh)
Jewelry – MG – Seahorse Group Necklace, MG – Roho Ring,
MG – Ketama Ring, Yummy – Karina Glasses – White

(Psst! Please ignore the floating pose stand ~ we’re just happy the pictures are turning out!)

~ Portia ~

coldLogic romper – reese.sienna
[Gos] Espadrilles in Sand

::Exile:: London Rain:Vanilla

*League* Vintage Heart Necklace
*League* Wanderer -Golden Oak- Earrings, Bracelet, and Necklace

~ Idina ~

Makeup – Pekka – Hydra Lip Balm – #3, Pekka – Classy Eyeshadow – Uva
Hair- Wasabi Pills – Anais 2 – Rouge (Mesh)
Romper – Coldlogic – Rae – Brown/Turquoise (Mesh)
Shoes – Kyoot – Platform Wedges – Brown (Mesh)
Jewelry – Pididdle – Ivory Claw Set

Yep, you know the drill ~ a larger picture awaits!

You can also have a laugh at Outtake #1 and Outtake #2 while you’re at it. :D Funtimes are fun!

~ Portia ~

coldLogic romper – room.salmon
[Gos] Gator Sport Clog

/Wasabi Pills/ Lola Mesh Hair – Rye

*League* Vintage Heart Earrings and Necklace

~ Idina ~

Makeup – Pekka – Mystic Eyeliners – Yellow, Dutch Touch – Esmee – Lipstick #2
Hair- Exile – London Rain – Rouge (Mesh)
Romper – Coldlogic – Ella – Lemonade (Mesh)
Shoes –UFO – Daydream Ballet Shoes – Floral (Mesh)
Jewelry – Whippet&Buck – Enough of That Ring – Navy (Mesh),
Bliensen + Mai Tai – tick-Tock – Sakura

AMAZING Props and Poses: Diesel Works, LISP Shindig Kite Pose Set (NEW at Collabor88!), /artilleri’ Playground!, /artilleri’ Yo Flamingo

Moody Blues? HA!

I prefer happy sunshiney yellows, thanks. :)

Honestly, I was having a bit of a day today. Rough morning, long afternoon, and my night was not going the way I wanted it to go; one might go so far as to say that I was moody, even vaguely upset.

mood-y [moo-dee]

adjective, mood·i·er, mood·i·est.

1. given to gloomy, depressed, or sullen moods; ill-humored.
2. proceeding from or showing such a mood: a moody silence.
3. expressing or exhibiting sharply varying moods; temperamental.

Then I signed into SL and my day got just a little brighter!

TONS brighter, really, when I took a peek at coldLogic’s new ‘moody’ sundresses! Completely adorable, right?! You’ll be able to pick them up at the CHIC² birthday event from June 3rd (4pm, SLT) to June 24th (4pm, SLT) and afterwards at the coldLogic mainstore! I’ll even go ahead and book the taxi to send you directly to their booth, but don’t drop in until the 3rd, kay? Portia’s Sunshiney Yellow Cab!

Who’s ready for cake?

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Deep Blue
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
*BOOM* Pale Pucker Pink

::Exile:: London Rain:Vanilla (NEW! EEEE!!)

coldLogic dress – moody.mangocream (Available June 3-24th at CHIC2’s birthday party!)
Slink Barefeet Mesh Medium

Chop Zuey Couture – Soul Infusion Earrings YellowDiamond
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Poses: !bang

coldLogic dress – moody.sageblossom
Necklace – Lealao Pendant – Short – Maxi Gossamer (NEW and available @ faMESHed)
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Maryjane Court
::Exile:: She Loves You:Vanilla

~

coldLogic dress – moody.summerfields
::Exile:: In The Meantime:Vanilla

Poses: Olive Juice