The Dramatic Diva

This isn’t a surprise to you, but if you answered mostly A’s in the above quiz, there’s a strong chance you’re a Dramatic Diva.

Gown - Diva C 600 ( I’m in LOVE with this picture. Check it at its full size here. )

Mostly A’s – The Daring Diva

You are the life of the party. Nothing makes you happier than to be in the middle of a crowd, doing your thing, and having a marvelous time. You’re probably a little wild (or maybe you just want to be), a little bit loud, and whether or not everyone loves your wacky antics, no one has ever accused you of being boring.

Fashion is just another form of artistic expression for you. You love bright, bold colours and none of your outfits are complete without some kind of rocking accessory.

Gown - Diva L 600

~ Daring in Red ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Verdigris
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
.Pekka. FLORA Lipstick Naturals (1)
.Pekka. Eyeliner w/ Red Eyeshadow

[LeLutka]-SALOME hair – Marilyn

:: PM :: Cao Gown in Red
HOC Industries – Platform Pump

Chop Zuey ~ Out Damned Spot! Rd Set ~ Holiday gift, omg! GO GET IT!
Chop Zuey ~ Shirobana Ring
v3 Tattoo – Outlaw (womens) DARK 2

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

The Nature Girl

If your quiz results were mostly C’s, you might be a Nature Girl.

Gown - Nature C 600 ( Off to flickr with you! )

Mostly C’s – The Nature Girl

For you, dressing to go out is the means to an end. All the fuss of choosing gowns and shoes and jewelry and makeup and (ugh) hair, seems, well, like too much work. You enjoy looking good, but you don’t get excited about it the way other people do. You probably prefer your mesh feet over any shoes on the grid.

However much you enjoy clothing, you enjoy where you’re going even more. You may not accessorize as much as the Daring Diva but you love texture. If something looks soft, lush, and/or comfortable, you probably have it in six colours.

Gown - Nature L 600~ Natural Beauty ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
.Pekka. KATHYA Eyes Make Up (green)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-JOLIE_RM hair – Marilyn

:: PM :: Ninde Gown in Pearl

Slink Vintage 2-Strap Pumps Cream

Prop & Poses: 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

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

The Simple Sophisticate

If your quiz results were mostly G’s, you’re very likey a Simple Sophisticate!

Gown - Sophisticate C 600 ( Yep, we’re going to flickr. Hop in! )

Mostly G’s – The Simple Sophisticate

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things and you know this better than most. What sets you apart from the others is your ability to know where you’re going, what you’ll be doing, and dress accordingly. Costume party? Check. Ballroom dancing? Check. Bumming around the house in pj’s? Double check!

You are the owner of a truly magical inventory and everything you wear reflects this. You love fashion, no doubt, and everything you wear is planned before you leave your equally-gorgeous home. You have more clothes than anyone you know.

Gown - Sophisticate L 600~ Simply Sophisticated ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Glass
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
.Pekka. Classy Eye shadow with eyeliner – Electric Blue
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

Vanity Hair:Cantaloupe HP-Platinium
Vanity hair base Platinium

:: PM :: Meryl Gown in White
:: PM :: Meryl Gown in Black Gloves
HOC Industries – Platform Pump

Chop Zuey ~ Black Ice Set (Holiday freebie! WOO!)
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Prop & Poses: Diesel Works

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.  >.>

 

 

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. :)

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

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

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