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!

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

Three Months

This post is for me but you can read it if you like.

I was having trouble writing my post tonight when it occurred to me; images are easier than words right now. It wasn’t always the case. Three months ago, I lived in sunshine with grass and trees and butterflies. I wore yellow and white and blue. I was happier and well on my way to realizing the future I’ve always wanted for myself. I felt important, wanted, and worthy.

Logic tells me I am still all of these things but we all know how seldom thoughts and feelings align.

I fought as hard as I could. Said everything I could say, feeling like nothing so much as a fish flopping on the beach, thrashing uselessly in the face of an inevitable future.

This isn’t what I want. I don’t like feeling weak when every day is a struggle to hold my line in the sand. But it is what it is. All I can do is hold onto what I believe and hope. It’s all any of us can do.

Love Is - 600 ( Link to a larger picture. )

Love is a victory.

Every day.

It shows us that the world is not pointless and cruel.

It’s a reason to get up in the morning and get dressed.
A reason to go Outside and face the monsters.
A reason to come home at the end of a long, stupid day.

It’s the candle burning in the window at night.

These are my words, no less true tonight than they were when I wrote them. I’m writing here because this has to come out and the last thing I want is to burden anyone with this mood during a time when things are hard enough. Also, it’s my blog and I can do what I want ( :) ).

Love Is 600 (The wider view. )

Maybe I’m not the only one that’s hurting, though. Maybe you’re reading this now, aching for any number of reasons. Maybe it helps to know you aren’t alone in sadness. There’s no need to pretend you’re okay. There are no smiles that aren’t sweeter for the tears that came before.

~ Portia ~

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

-LaViere- Natasha/PaleBlonde (Marketplace Store)

(NO) Openback Lace Tee – Antique Cream ~ New @ Collabor88
{mon tissu} Nora Skinny Jeans / Heels ~ Faded
Ingenue :: Alvery :: Cocoa ~ Available @ The Arcade

*League* Vintage Heart Necklace

Poses: !bang

The Light: Cheeky Pea

From Dark to Light

Today is a day of firsts for me. In my earlier post, I shared the first tattoo I’ve worn here (that you’ve seen ;) ) and now, well, have a look!

I’m kind of psyched to be sharing these outfits, as well as these new pictures, with you; I’ve been working harder than ever on this blog, challenging myself to try different things, to accessorize more, and generally add more interest to everything I do. Maybe I’ve never worn a corset before (and that’s saying something as a three-year SL resident) but after some careful consideration as I put these outfits together I’ve come to realize .. I really like them!

And even better? Every outfit piece I’m using in this post (aside from the goooorgeous .:NV . corsets, foil eye makeup from League, and a pair of gacha earrings from The Arcade) has been in my inventory for weeks, months, or in a few cases, years! Maybe you won’t be able to duplicate these outfits exactly (who’d want to do that, anyway?), but the concept of reinventing yourself with what you have is especially helpful this time of year.

Dark to Light - D 600 ( I’m loving this picture so much! Have a peek at the full shot! )

So today’s outfits began, not with clothing or hair, eyes or shoes or jewelry, but with a pair of mesh bird cages from Diesel Works. The Nightingale’s Sorrow ( 15 poses) and Nightingale’s Glee ( 16 poses) pose props are so flipping neat! The poses are wonderful, adjustable, and so different between the two props that I had to contrast them in one thematic post. This post.

Dark to Light L 600 (I’m absolutely in love with these mesh birdcages! AAHHHH!!! )

I’m handling this post a little differently today. Rather than going through each outfit, piece by piece, I’d like you to pay special attention to the style cards below where I’ll list the items I’ve selected, the date I acquired them, and the notes I’m putting beside a few of these pieces. You don’t have to buy new things all the time. Use what you’ve got to try something new. Love your inventory. <3

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE* (March 25th, 2011)
IKON Eternal Eyes – Sapphire (November 8th, 2012)
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme (September 1st, 2012)
Miamai_LesMakeups_Feathered 05 (August 32rd, 2010)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce (June 2nd, 2012) **

Vanity Hair:Smoking Room-Minuit (September 11th, 2012)
Vanity hair base Minuit (September 11th, 2012)

.:NV:.Classic B&W Mesh Corset (December 5th, 2012)
*COCO*_ShirredTubeDress(Black) (January 3rd, 2010) *
[ Cynful ] Stockings – Black (April 20th, 2010)
[Gos] Equestrian Boot – Black – (October 5th, 2012)

LaGyo_Lila earring Black (December 1st, 2012) ~ Available NOW @ The Arcade!
:: PM :: Jules Gown in Orange Gloves (August 7th, 2012) *, ***
-AZUL- GroupGift1012#1 Feather shawl (December 30th, 2010) *

~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE* (March 25th, 2011)
IKON Eternal Eyes – Champagne (November 20th, 2012)
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Glitter 01 (October 31st, 2012)
*League* GoldLeaf Eye Style2 & Forehead (Tattoo) (December 5th, 2012)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce (June 2nd, 2012) **

!Ohmai : Chloe [Creme] (July 16th, 2012)
!Ohmai : Hair Base [Creme] (July 16th, 2012)

.:NV:. Corsetry – ENVY – Full Set (December 4th, 2012)
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V3 – Point Platform (July 10th, 2012)

P.C; Regal Pearl Set (May 28th, 2010) (Marketplace link for P.C; jewelry)
:: PM :: Ayame in Gold Gloves FFL 2011 (March 12th, 2011) ***
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2 (May 9th, 2011)

Props: Diesel Works ~ Nightingale’s Glee/Nightingale’s Sorrow (December 3rd, 2012)

* ~ GROUP GIFT
** ~ Sometimes it only takes one thing to bring your avatar to a new level. This is my one thing; find yours and never take it off!
*** ~ About Gloves: It’s no secret that I love gloves and wear them as often as possible but it’s so hard to find great gloves on their own! What I do is rely on my inventory. When I need gloves, I type ‘gloves’ into my search bar and just try likely things on until I see something that works. Many gowns and some full outfits come with gloves; I bet you’ll be surprised by what you find. :)

Portia’s Closet ~ Shiny!

Hey everyone! Long time no see. :)

Well, it hasn’t been -that- long, I suppose, but since I’ve been trying to photograph new outfits for the last week or so, it feels like forever. I’ve learned, however, that you can’t force yourself to do anything pretty if the pretty doesn’t want to come out. That’s deep, right?

(Flickr pic, whee!)

Speaking of pretty, though, a friend of mine turned me on to a great store last week! Have any of you been to Shine before? The tagline is ‘Urban Boho Style With a Glow’ and gosh, I think I picked up one of everything on my first trip (there’s even a 99L$ wall, AAHHH!).  Am I glowy yet? No? Well, I feel positively Shiny! The clothes are mostly mesh, gorgeous, and nothing here is going to break your bank .. unless you buy one (or more!) of everything your first trip out. Seriously. Go peek. <3

Has anyone else been waiting on Gos with bated breath? Am I WAY late telling you about the new(ish) Equestrian and Hunter boots?! Can you SEE how gorgeous they are?!! Sexy, sleek, and perfect for the colder months ahead, they’re available in fantastic colours and, like everything else at Gos, they fit great right out of the bag. Demos at the mainstore, ladies. ;)

(My closet is getting prettier all the time!)

~ Portia ~

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

[LeLutka]-DAISY hair – Marilyn

shine by [ZD] MESH Loose Dress knitted white
p.c; Dark Tights – Nature (2010 Group Gift)
[Gos] Equestrian Boot – Tan ~ NEW!
{mon tissu} Seneca Threaded Leather Belt ~ Worn

*League* Wanderer -Golden Oak- Set
Shakeup! Vintage Ring [20] ~ Available at The Arcade!

Pose: Bounce This

~

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

[LeLutka]-APHRODITE hair – Marilyn

[ZD] MESH OFFSHOULDER DRESS bohemian
{Happy} Snuggly Knit Tights (Canary)
[Gos] Hunter Ankle Boot – Chocolate ~ NEW!

Emery – Gloves #Black
ROLE OPTIC SG-60 Princess
[bellballs] Disc Earrings- Golden

Pose: Olive Juice

WoC #24 ~ Raspberry Glace

Maybe I’m just tired this weekend, but the idea of lounging around in sock feet, undies, and a comfortable cami was simply too heavenly to resist. In this picture you can see Truth’s new Leticia hair (lovely, lovely) and no, you won’t get to see any more of my underwear than this. I promise they’re very pretty, though, as is everything from *BOOM*. :D

( Click for a larger picture/moar pillows/ etc. )

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Deep Blue
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ skin pink

>TRUTH< Leticia – oasis

{mon tissu} Lycia Tank / Rigged Mesh ~ Rose
*BOOM* Vintage Floral Unders- Tea Rose
Maitreya Scrunched PrimSocks ColorSet 2

*League* Vintage Heart Earrings
W&B Enough of That Ring CREAM
[MAGIC NOOK] Vintage Watch Necklace (Kitty)
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Pose: Diesel Works

Props: Trompe Loeil – Zuma Hills Home

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