Who’s the boss?

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WOW.  It is officially the fifth of the month, which means another round of The Men’s Dept has started. It’s one of the few men’s events on the grid these days. It’s understandable as we’re outnumbered by quite a bit. It has grown to include more unisex items as time has gone by but I look forward to it each month.

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Love, Light, and Godspeed!

Happy Birthday Chop Zuey!

This is the first and most important thing I want to say this morning and I still can’t quite believe that Chop Zuey Couture Jewllery is SIX years old this weekend! SIX! 

Let’s just sit back and think about that for a minute, yeah?

Six years as a designer, a brand, and a truly dedicated content creator in Second Life and after nearly twenty-two HUNDRED days on the grid, Belle Roussel’s jewellery continues to inspire as she, herself, is inspired. If I sound like a bit of a fangirl, it’s because I am. Belle was one of the first people I encountered in SL that showed an interest in my work as a stylist and for that, I am so grateful. Humbled. Still kind of amazed, haha. <3

CZ Birthday and We Heart 2048sq

So the jewellery featured in this post is actually FREE; I think it’s important to say that right off the bat as well. If you’re already in the ::CHOP ZUEY COUTURE:: in-world group, all you need to do is pop over there and pick up your prize! If you aren’t in the group yet, there is a fee to join but I hope you believe me when I say that the quality and frequency of group gifts available to women AND to men are just astounding.

Thugs-n-Kisses Set

And you get cute notices like this one:

A Quick Note from Belle:

CHOP ZUEY & I would like to Thank all it’s loyal Customers – People who have become like Family over the Years.

I know that none of the GREAT SUCCESS CHOP ZUEY has seen over these 6 years would have been possible without all of you here by my side.

FROM THE HEART – Truly would like to thank each and every one of you and wish you all Many Blessings, Love, Light & Godspeed!!!

Your Belle


CZ Birthday and We Heart 2048

I do want to take a bit more of your time to talk about the other amazing items in this picture because, not only is this a Chop Zuey Birthday EXTRAVAGANZA, but it’s also my second We <3 Role-Play preview; probably my last before the event opens at 3PM SLT today (October 4th).

Pre-Photoshop Pic
Pre-Photoshop Pic

The Wings: Caught me completely off-guard, to be honest, because the vendor picture for these Material Squirrel ‘Aeyron’ Wings (Light Set) does not do them justice! Heck, I hardly feel like this picture does them justice! I went with the gold option for this picture and they are just gorgeous in-world. Interestingly enough, they work very well with …

The Hair: from Tukinowaguma! I’m always on the lookout for fun and fashion-y hair and I have to say that I was amazed to see that all -three- styles available at this month’s round of We <3 RP are winners. I love the shape of this one, especially as it echoes the curling feathers in the Aeryon wings! Technically, most of what we encounter in Second Life is 3-Dimensional but this hair .. it’s hard to explain. Maybe try the demo and see if you can do a better job of it than me? ;)

The Sandals: Lassitude & Ennui is one of the two featured designers for the October round of We <3 Role-Play, which means that you will find them RIGHT at the landing point after teleporting on-sim. They are fitmesh for Slink Physique but if you don’t mind a bit of clipping, they’re fine to wear with other body options. Yes, they’re that nice with bonus points for including silver, gold, and black buckle options. Love them! Will wear many, many times (even with miniscule clipping<3).

Map October 1st
Designer Location Map for October’s We <3 Role-Play


Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Bag ~ Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Flat ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour Collection Strip-Lash in London ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades ~ Steffi Villota
Nail Applier: :[P]:- Slink Nails:// Gala ~ Aikea Rieko

Hair: *TKW* Vanda ~ Kateforster Akina ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (October 2015)

Dress: erratic / adriana – dress / ivory (maitreya) ~ Erratic Rain ~ Available at Uber (Oct. 2015)

Sandals: lassitude & ennui Astarte sandals white / gold Slink fitmesh ~ Jackal Ennui ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)

Jewellery: Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery ~ Thugs N Kisses Set ~ Belle Roussel ~ NEW GROUP GIFT!

Stole: ::GB:: Feather stole female / white ~ Takuya Jinn
Wings: Material Squirrel ~ Aeryon Wings – Light Set – Kala Bijoux ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)

Pose 1: !bang 547 ~ Luna Jubilee
Pose 2: *PosESioN* Africa ~ Dahriel

Champagne: [ keke ] champagne bubblissimo bucket – gold/- pink RARE -/-champagne glass – coupe ~ Kean Kelly ~ Gacha Items

Don’t Fear the Reaper ~ October We <3 RP Preview Post

Oh wow, so when did it start being October?! Is anyone else having this feeling of days just ‘whoosh’ing past like so many autumn leaves rustling across the sidewalk? If so, you’ll be happy to realize that you are that much closer to the newest cycle of  We <3 Role-Play (We <3 RP). Yes, October ‘We <3’ opens TOMORROW afternoon and I am so so SO excited to be sending my first official preview post to you tonight. Yes, tonight! Huzzah!

We Heart October Preview 1 2048

I had such a fantastic time putting this picture together, mainly because the result you see above was almost nothing like what I started with last night. I knew as soon as the preview pictures started coming in that I wanted to work with Bee Dumpling’s ‘Invoking Autumn’ gown but it wasn’t until I found the charming flower jewellery from *N*COSMOS that I finally decided on the purple dress. Now, if you’ve peeked at my blog before, you’ll see that I don’t use the colour as often as I could (or really at all) but let me tell you .. I’ve been buying absolutely everything in purple and grey lately, setting it off with hints of gold, green, and white – kind of the way I did in this picture. Crazy, no?

Where it all started!
How it all started!

Another important element of this picture is the background. I wanted to start with a relatively dull background so the purple would really stand out; the meadowWorks Gargoyles from this round of We <3 RP are flipping -gorgeous- and I feel like they bring an interesting feel to this setup that is completely enhanced by the dark-wood pavilion from ~*Souzou Eien*~ (~*S.E.*~). I’m hoping to showcase it a little better in a future post. ;)

A friend remarked to me this morning that the build for this picture reminded him of an execution ground and at first I laughed it off – when he started to explain his reasoning, I found myself in complete agreement .. but I wasn’t going to put a gallows in my picture, not if I was already stone-walling the beautiful gothic pavilion. The autumn leaf motif in the gown’s skirt was screaming for more colour in the background. Season-change trees and shrubs from Jian (that you can also pick up at We <3 RP) were a low-LI and pretty solution to the problem. And gosh, I was so excited to bring out the silver sickle I found in an Apple Fall (AF) gacha machine months and months and months ago!

So instead of an execution theme, we ended up with a reaping; kinda creepy with the gargoyles and gothic wood. I amped it up from there with sexy demon-looking hair from Tukinowaguma and if you look very, very closely you should be able to see the succubus claws that fit perfectly on my mesh feet.

Are you excited to go to We <3 RP yet? :D


Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Charm Eyes – Storm ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1, Bag ~ Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Mid ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour Collection Strip-Lash in London ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades ~ Steffi Villota
Makeup 2: !Musa! Eyeshadow Vera Dark Forest ~ Filomena Quinnell
Nail Applier: Hello Dave VIPs – Autumn Morning ~ Maia Gasparini
Claws: [Gauze] Succubus Claws – Yukio Ida ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (October 2015)

Hair: *TKW* Aneta 2 ~ Kateforster Akina ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)

Gown: The White Armory ~ Invoking Autumn Gown Set-Fitmesh-With Jewel ~ Bee Dumpling ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)

Hair Flowers: *N*COSMOS HAIR DRESS #1 & #2 MID ~ Taiko McCaw ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Flower Ring & Bracelet: *N*COSMOS RING MID, WRISTBAND MID ~ Taiko McCaw ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Sickle: AF/AL Silver Sickle ~ Apple Fall ~ Gacha Item

Pose: *PosESioN* Eloise ~ Dahriel

Pavilion: ~*S.E.*~ Little Renaissance Pavilion (Rect- Gothic)~ Draconias Timeless ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Gargoyle Columns: meadowWorks – Gothic Gargoyle on Column ~ Garvie Garzo ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Wall: TDE ~ Garden Wall -main section ~ Domineaux Prospero
Trees: Jian – Ash Tree ~ jiansl ~ Available @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Shrubs: Jian – Boxwood Shrub ~ jiansl ~ Available @ We <3 RP (Oct. 2015)
Urn: MudHoney Wooden Urn ~ Ravyn Hynes

Background: Turnip’s Skydome 2.0, Enchanted Texture Collection ~ Turnip Sorbet

Not Shown: Hair: Exile::The Countess ~ Kavar Cleanslate

Introducing Portia’s Other Half…And Slink Male Physique!


I suppose I should start this post off by introducing myself. My name is Lucky and I’m really excited to be joining Mask and Mien. I used to blog, once upon a time, never very seriously though. I stopped for a couple of years due to time and all that good stuff. Things changed not long ago and as I’ve spent more time with Portia, I have to say that bug is hitting me hard again. I’m not one for talking about myself so let’s get to the good stuff!

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MMI Retrospective ~ Closure/Better Late Than Never


“This is going to be a hard post to write.”

Well, I wasn’t wrong.

Honestly, I’ve been wondering if this is a post that belongs on my blog at all, if it’s a thing I should just leave as a question mark for anyone that wants to read through my experiences with L’Amour Management’s ‘Mr. and Miss Model International‘ (MMI) competition that began at the beginning of the year. It was a largely positive experience while it was taking place and I think -some- leeway can be given since it was the first time this competition had ever happened. Mistakes (I still believe they were mistakes) were made.

Easy links to my MMI Experience:

Which brings us to:

Challenge #5: Partner Photo Challenge ~ “An Artistic Experience”

This is where I’m trying very hard not to sound bitter because my friend and partner, O, and I tried really, really hard to do what the theme suggested. And it blew up in our faces.

Photo Challenge Styling

Since Occasus and I were already styled from the previous partner challenge, this part wasn’t hard at all. We received high marks for our outfits and poses so there wasn’t really much to do here. I can say with full confidence that we both loved what we’d done with our theme.

Photo Challenge Execution

This, too, was a thing we were comfortable doing. Since we’re both fashion bloggers, we were comfortable taking pictures together, working with editorial poses instead of having to wrestle with runway execution (which, if you’ve never had to line up thirty seconds of posing that make any kind of sense and don’t result in your avatar looking disjointed and strange, is not an easy thing to do). We spent a good amount of time discussing poses anyway, of course, and lining things up to achieve what we thought was ‘a good look.’ At this point, we were still riding high from weeks of success and wanting very badly to excel here, too. Chances of us both making the final five were better than good. One could say we were a shoe-in for the top ten. A few people were saying it.


Since we were asked to submit a headshot and a full-body shot, we agreed that Occasus would take the headshot (above) and that I’d do the full-body workup (below). O is a raw shot kinda girl, which I love, and I will admit that even then I was enjoying the heck out of working in photoshop. I’m still not super great at it but I must have spent hours working on my photo anyway; even learned how to use a curves layer to make my wand look extra-magical and provide some much-needed light to what I thought were interesting shadows and background colours. I still love the look of it; that little bit of blue in the upper right corner is similar to one of the backdrops used in the musical (Wicked) itself.


Photo Challenge Comments and Feedback

And now we arrive at the part that’s been holding me back since February. Even now, I have no idea how I’m going to address comments and feedback; the best thing I can do is list them in their entirety and then .. something. Huzzah for stream of consciousness prose, huh?

  • Composition: Headshot 4 Fullbody 4TOTAL SCORE (20 pts) 8

    COMMENTS: ok just totally honest here….cuz that is how I roll. The headshot is to dark and tiarra in Portia’s head. You have to really be carful with dark pictures O is completely lost in both. The only thing that I see in headshot is the jewelry. The fullbody same O is lost in it.

  • Composition: FACE 6 / BODY 7

    TOTAL SCORE (20 pts) 13/20

    COMMENTS: I really thought this was a brave attempt to be different a take on wicked (wizard of oz) what was lacking was a sharper image the foggy wash did not enhance the picture the ediing also needs work as looks disjointed , the body shot was better a nice use of shadow helped create atmosphere but could have been cropped better and poses were a bit wooden

  • Composition: Head 5/10 Full 5/10

    TOTAL SCORE (20 pts) 10/20

    COMMENTS: The choice of partners was amazing ..good choice. the head shot is drowned out by the background and all i can see is the jewelry glowing. Also the hair is in the tiara. On the full body, The background is too busy and takes away from the characters. A much simpler background would have been better. The photo is also very dark making it hard for me to focus on any one thing.

So these were the comments we were given during a feedback session the night before our final runway challenge. You can see that the scores netted us just over 50% of total possible points and, for me, I don’t feel like these were failed attempts at photography, especially in light of the fact that other photos that were scored much higher than ours were closer to screencaps than SL “art.” Other comments included:

  • Improper cropping for headshots and bodies not lined up properly/standing on the ground for full-body.
  • Lack of cohesive posing for couples according to theme and relation to one another.
  • Eyes focused everywhere but on each other or the camera.
  • Poor choice of background and/or lighting.

Another real issue I had is that even though these comments were fairly common, the scoring varied widely from one photograph to the next. And I hate to say it, but some of the pictures that scored well were not especially good. My Canadian Self is still reeling from the fact that I’ve said this much at all. We couldn’t use photographers, it’s true, and one of the key points of this competition was inclusiveness and equality, which I loved and still love to this day. The problem with relaxing these criteria, however, and allowing everyone to compete on an even field regardless of .. whatever .. is that overall quality suffers. Our pictures weren’t the greatest, granted, but they were far from the worst in my heavily-biased-but-still-trying-to-be-objective opinion.

Thoughts on the Partner Photo Challenge and the MMI Competition in General

First of all, there’s nothing in this post that I haven’t expressed to the show’s creators during the exit survey of how I felt after taking part in the the MMI competition and, though I’ll spare you the full extent of what I had to say about it, there are a couple of comments I wanted to make here in the interest of wrapping up this post series. I’d originally intended to post my styling for/details of the final runway challenge but I’ve decided against it, not because the outfit wasn’t amazing (it was) but because I just want this chapter of my SL life to be over. Closed. Done. I will not take part in MMI a second time.

Overall, it was a good experience. I believe that completely and if my partner and I hadn’t bombed SO hard in the penultimate challenge before the finals (a challenge that was inexplicably worth 25% MORE points than every other one until the finals), I’d have had a much easier time writing about my experiences at the beginning of the year, rather than seven months later. I lost a lot of confidence in my ability to take interesting pictures and am still working to get to a place where I can feel good about my contributions as a blogger, stylist, and model in Second Life.

So here’s some of what I had to say on the subject of “Any Additional comments?” on the questionnaire:

“I have a few additional comments, yes, and again I hope they don’t overshadow all the good that has taken place in these last two months. There has been so much good and I can’t stress it enough.”

  • It’s hard to say this delicately. One of the things I admire most about MMI is the fact that contestants aren’t required to spend massive amounts of money in order to compete. It’s one of the reasons I joined in the first place because, to put it simply, I’m far from rich in my Second Life. I agree that success can and -should- be measured by what a person can do with what they have instead of what they can obtain from one week to the next, tying in with the obvious issue that some models have connections and some really don’t.
  • With that said, however, I feel that overall quality suffered for it. While contestants were not penalized for working with what they had, nor should they have been, it seemed to me that success was more likely if one had less to work with in the first place. In the effort to keep the playing field level for all competitors, I wonder if the balance tipped in the other direction instead. It felt like doing more with less was rewarded while striving for more and missing that higher benchmark, sometimes only by a little bit, -was- penalized.
  • Maybe I’m still too caught up in my emotions over the final week of the competition (I’m trying not to be) and if this isn’t a fair assessment, I apologize. For me, having an updated avatar is a necessary part of competition, as is styling in the most effective manner possible with all I have at my disposal; if I can’t make something work and have no means to improve upon what I have, I simply try something else. For me, it didn’t feel like every competitor understood these concepts but, from week to week, managed to achieve middling to high scores from the judges.
  • This is the double-edged sword of transparency and open feedback sessions. This competition was an amazing learning experience and I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone I know but, even now, I know I’m going to have a hard time getting over my own injured feelings.

And they were injured. I can’t say that I worked harder than any of the others that stuck it out through the end of the competition; I can’t even say that I put more time and energy into my planning and preparation because at the end of the day it isn’t about what I was or was not able to do but what the judges saw and did not see. I can disagree (politely) and share what I know; I can take what I’ve learned and try to apply it in future endeavours. I can post here, before I’m super-syndicated and people know who I am, to leave this message in a place that’s meaningful to me, personally. This isn’t about causing problems or making waves and though I was angry and upset at one point, I’m not either of these things now. I regret the time it’s taken to get my head on straight again and missed opportunities from the last several months but in truth, I wouldn’t have been ready for them anyway.

I am ready now, though, and look forward to the run I’m going to have in the very near future. <3

~ O ~

Gown – Junbug – Ariel (Ink)

Rose Embellishments: Dead Dollz – Tainted Love – The Black Rose Mesh Gown

Collar- Maitreya – Vintage Collar & Pearls – Black

Headpiece- Miamai – Titania Headpiece – Black

Bracelet and Earrings –  Yummy!  – Jennifer Pearl Set

Eye Makeup – Madrid Solo – Legend -Grayscale – Tinted by me to match the green

Lips – Madrid Solo – Facade Lips – Hulk Green

Skin – Nuuna’s Skins – Crayon Skins – Green

~ Portia ~

Gown – Dead Dollz Sakura Gown ~ Kiddo Oh

Jewellery – Chop Zuey – MVW Le Voyage de la Terre Australe (Platinum) ~ Belle Roussel

Tiara – Imperial Malagasy Aurora ~ Belle Roussel

Fur Stole – Nylon Outfitters – Fur Stole – White ~ Nylon Pinkney

Glove Appliers – Sweet Tea Formal Gloves – Jasminefairy Resident

Bubble – Homemade :) (Portia Pexington)

Wand  – Dusk Designs – Custom Wand ~ Dusk Claymore (modified by Portia Pexington)

Poses for O and Portia: PosESion ~ Dahriel Resident


Thank you to anyone that took the time to read this post. Heck, thank you to anyone that skipped ahead to the credits before my walls of text crit-hit for a million temporary damage. 2k words. Aack! SORRY!


Sometimes it’s nice to settle back and enjoy them, right?

Falling 2048

I can’t say enough how fortunate I am to have a partner that enjoys some of the things I do or, well, at least if he isn’t SUCH a huge fan of shopping and styling (yet), we give one another enough space to do the things we like and come together at the end of the day for moments like this one. Sure, I may not always photograph them, but when Lucky goes out of his way to coordinate with what I’m wearing (I didn’t ask him to wear a pink top or shoes <3) I’m reminded all over again that I’m a lucky, lucky lady. <3



Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour Collection Strip-Lash in London ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades & Gloss ~ Steffi Villota
Nail Applier: Hello Dave – Nail Appliers – Select Few – Matte ~ Maia Gasparini

Hair: Besom~ September Day ~ Kattington ~ New @ N.21 (September/October 2015)

Jacket: *COCO*_CroppedDenimJacket(InkBlue) ~ Cocoro Lemon
Shirt: Emery Cecilia Top Dark Berry for Lara ~ Sunami Beck ~ New @ Collabor88 (Sept. 2015)
Shorts: -Pixicat- Tilde.Shorts Highwaisted – Blue (Maitreya) ~ Areve ~ New @ Kustom9 (Sept. 2015)
Leggings Applier: Gawk! Black Cotton Leggings – Maitreya Body Applier ~ Mell McMahon
Socks Applier: :AC: Garter Socks[Neutral Collection] ~ Ashton Tryce
Shoes & Socks: FATEstep – Nylon Chucks & Socks – Damien Fate (More about THESE later!)

Necklace: Cae :: Geek Love :: Necklace ~ Caelan Hancroft
Rings: LaGyo_Layered rings ~ Gyorgyna Larnia ~ Available @ The Chapter Four (Sept. 2015)


Skin: ~Tableau Vivant~ Sean Skin – (Tone 6)
Body: Slink Physique MALE Mesh Body Release 1 ~ Siddean Munro ~ STILL NEW!!
Eyes: .ID. Tropical Brights / Mesh Eyes ~ Josh Figgis
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands MALE ~ Siddean Munro
Ears: Plug Stretched ears-Omimi- [MANDALA] ~ Kikunosuke Eel
Beard: ..: SAAL Body Inc :.. FACIAL HAIR Beard (Black Hair) ~ Saalskin
Tattoo: (This needs an entire post on its own. Seriously.)

Hair: *Trailerstar* Mohawk Ver 2 ~ Nich Shilova

Shirt: etham – Desmond Thermal Shirt ~ Stephenweiss ~ New @ N.21 (Sept/Oct. 2015)
Jeans: Bueno-Lexi Denim Jeans Faded ~ Buenosl
Shoes: FATEstep – Ziggy Chucks – Damien Fate (Review is IMMINENT)

Piercings: +ROZOREGALIA+*Gemma*LIP PIERCE2/C ~ Rozoregalia Braveheart
Necklace: MALE_[MANDALA]OKAKI Dog tag Necklace/SILVER ~ Kikunosuke Eel

Pose: !bang – insieme ~ Luna Jubilee

House: REDGRAVE – GREYSTONE Mansion ~ Dean Ashby
Leaves: Kalopsia – Flying leaves (orange)/Maple Hideaway Set ~ Isabeau Baragula ~ New @ N.21 (Sept/Oct. 2015)
Sign & Pumpkin 1: The Hive – Pumpkin Cart Set ~ TheHiveStore ~ New @ N.21 (Sept/Oct. 2015)
Pumpkin 2: *AF* Stony Hollow Pumpkins ~ Artizanmesh ~ New @ We <3 RP (Sept. 2015)

Do You See?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: September has been SUCH a great month for shopping!

With the opening of the latest rounds of The Arcade, We <3 RP (We <3), Collabor88 (C88), Kustom9, The Secret Affair (TSA) and now The Fantasy Collective (TFC), I feel like it’s important to take a step back and appreciate all of the gorgeous items that have been put before us by some of the grid’s most fantastic designers. There’s been a real trend toward the arcane, bringing a fantasy element, which I love, into our mainstream fashion community. This, more than anything, is what I like to highlight in my blog posts and photographs. It’s what I like to bring into everything I do and what I hope to continue through the coming months. Fashion is life; it’s art, beauty, and it can be magicalSeptember Witch 2048

I’ll admit that I went a little crazy when I saw the new >glYph< gown at TFC and I spent a long time debating which colour I wanted to get for myself, even if you can’t see the colour detail so much in this picture (but of course there will be a ton of posts featuring it in the very near future). The collar that comes with it as well is just gorgeous and I love the neck ruff as it draws attention to the beautiful ruffles all around the back of the gown. It struck me as a masquerade gown so I took the time to trawl through my inventory, coming up with a great tattoo layer lace mask (by Miamai in 2010!). Amazing how the detail holds up even now, isn’t it? The lace tattoo is a new find from C88; [White~Widow] did an amazing job lining everything up for the mesh body I simply cannot do without. Seriously, it pains me to take this thing off.

The jewellery, too, is an old favourite from Chop Zuey; any time I can wear bracers and arm bands in-world, I like to make that happen. ;) I like the way the pieces work with the neckpiece and tattoos, enhancing the styling rather than overtaking it. <3


Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour Collection Strip-Lash in London ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades ~ Steffi Villota
Mask: Miamai_LesMakeups_Laced 03 ~ Monica Outlander
Nail Applier: :[P]:- Slink Applier Fingernails:// Starstuff ~ Aikea Rieko
Tattoo Appliers: [White~Widow – HIGH] Altar – Black ~ Julie Hastings ~ New @ We <3 RP (Sept. 2015)

Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Snowdrift hair – M4ri1yn Magic
Gown & Collar: >glYph< Emilie Gown cobalt ~ Cry Hawker ~ New @ TFC (September 2015)

Jewellery: Chop Zuey ~ Rocinante’s Curve Silver ~ Belle Roussel

Pose: *PosESioN* Amethyst ~ Dahriel

Prefab: Classical White – (RageWorks) ~ Ragedesign

Candelabra 1: Meva Candelholder 3 Flame Bronze ~ Mea Carnell ~ New @ TFC (Sept. 2015)
Candelabra 2: tarte. candelabra {pearl} ~ Alixxbella
Bottles 1: *AF* Apothecary Oils ~ Artizanmesh ~ Gacha Item
Bottles 2&3/Amethyst/Feather/Cauldron/Sage Brooms: Soy. Essentials of Witchcraft Set ~ Soyoy ~ New @ Collabor88 (Sept. 2015)
Books, Matches: flowey x Teawood / Witchy Clutter ~ Flutter Memel ~ New @ Collabor88 (Sept. 2015)
Candles: .aisling. Candles 06 /Natural/ ~ Druunah Esharham
Crystal Ball: *HEXtraordinary* Scrying Crystal ~ Corwin Lacourte ~ New @ TFC (Sept. 2015)
Book Stand: *pm* Occult Books: Manual Of Cartomancy ~ Sohma Dix
Curtains: The Loft – Bennet Drapes White ~ Nardya Rousselot
Mirrors: The Loft – Marelda Vanity Mirror Silver ~ Colleen Desmoulins
Tables: MudHoney Penelope Table ~ Ravyn Hynes
Rug: [ARIA] Nikka rug ~ Yelo Uriza

The Path to Valhalla ~ An Anecdote and The Secret Affair

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Confession time: I like to shop.

I know, I know, this isn’t a huge surprise but in order to understand this post in its fullest, fullest context, I’d like to say as well that I tend to at least -visit- role play (RP) shopping events as often as I hear about them. Even when I’m not currently involved in one RP sim or another. Part of it is about staying current, keeping an eye on trends and filling in slight (very slight) gaps in my inventory. Any event can have great hair and accessories, poses, makeup, skins .. many things! So it’s always worth checking, right?

The point of this story, though, is that I noticed that The Secret Affair had -just- opened again and that I was looking forward to it. Past rounds have been great so it stood to reason that this one would be as well.

Oh man.

So I port onto Nymphai and before anything rezzes, I get a tooltip that says “Path to Valhalla.” Immediately, I check my L$ balance. Proceed to buy more L$. While my payment is processing I do this:

Because this is where my mind goes.

And there are some fantastic things at The Secret Affair, some of which I demo’d the first time camming around and some the second, some of which I hope to cover in another post. One, however, I fatpacked right away and I did it with a smile on my face! This one!

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The outfit itself is incredible, as so many things from !deviousMind! tend to be, but the part that sold me was actually the notecard that came inside the demo folder. (Bold emphasis is mine.)

“Light and Darkness”


by !dM deviousMind

The Secret Affair in September 2015 takes us on the “Path to Valhalla”. This event will focus on inspiration from Norse mythology so you will likely find some fierce and furry warm creations, so be sure to visit while it’s all gathered in one spot. Of course “Valkyrie” will be found after the event at our mainstore and on marketplace.

Valkyrie is my secret dream-come-true chain armor.. for some reason chain just never looks as cool as plat or leather in any MMO… so well, YAY DIY SL. The armor comes with scaled chain harness and scaled spaulders, along with chainmail skirt and clothing layers to vary with as much or as little skin you like to show. Omega appliers are included, as well as harness options for regular SL avatar, Maitreya “Lara” and Belleza “Venus”. Of course there’s a scaled modesty cover too for extra protection…

And finally, there’s a top without the bottom row scales as well. It wont work with the skirt unless you add an own belt – but, it gives you styling options with other outfits :)

The armor is materials enabled and availabe 6 colors **GOLD** with tarnished chainmail, **BRONZE** with metal chainmail, **ANTIQUE** with antique chainmail (resembeling tarnished copper), **SILVER** paired with metal chainmail, **PLATINUM** paired with silver chainmail, and **TARNISHED** which comes with golden chainmail. And of course there’s a **COLOR PACK** if you just can’t decide.

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I have always, always loved Norse culture. In history and literature, in fantasy and mythology; my favourite RP characters have a decided Northron flair; I read rune stones and occasionally scrawl notes to my sister using the runic alphabet because it’s a thing we used to do ALL THE TIME. Like nerds. This particular outfit is HOT as well and while I wanted to show off the other chainmail appliers (whee! omega) .. Valkyries are magic, right? And immortal?

So really, it isn’t as if they need loads of armour to do what they do, right? :D


Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1, Bag ~ Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Mid ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour Collection Strip-Lash in London ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades ~ Steffi Villota
Makeup 2: !Musa! Eyeshadow Ciel Brown ~ Filomena Quinnell
Nail Applier: :[P]:- Slink Nail Appliers:// Earthy ~ Aikea Rieko

Hair: ::Exile:: Windsong ~ Kavar Cleanslate

Armor: !dM Valkyrie – chainSkirt, chainArmor, Modesty Cover, Spaulders **GOLD** ~ Chandra Meehan ~ NEW @ The Secret Affair (Sept. 15-30th)
Top Applier: !dM Valkyrie [Omega] chainmail/A (top) **SILVER** ~ Chandra Meehan

Wings: G. Inc. Hawk Wings White-Mesh ~ GamerExpert
Armor 2: The Annex – The Valkyries – Belt, Pauldron, Shin Guard ~ TheAnnex ~ Gacha Items
Circlet 1: [The Forge] Celtic Headband (Silver) ~ Damian Kleiner ~ Gacha Item
Circlet 2: ~Soedara~ Atargatis Circlet {Silver} Unum ~ Marbella Pronovost
Collar: [The Forge] Chain Mail Collar (Silver, Patterned) ~ Damian Kleiner
Handguards: [The Forge] Scale Handguards, (Silver) ~ Damian Kleiner
Jewellery: . aisling . Tallulah Arms, Bracers, Tighs Silver ~ Damian Kleiner ~ Gacha Items

Pose 1: .mien. ~ {Valkyrias} ~ Connie Stratten (Includes Sword <3)
Pose 2: {NANTRA} Hear Me Roar 4 ~ Nancoix Urquan ~ Gacha Item

Background: Turnip’s Skydome 2.0, Enchanted Texture Collection ~ Turnip Sorbet

Fantasy Styling ~ Moon Maiden (We <3 RP and Collabor88)

Sometimes, I swear, half the fun of styling fantasy clothing is going just a little bit over the top with jewellery (which you know I love) and stepping just far enough outside of our comfort zones to do something that is both totally like and unlike ourselves. This is the fun part of Mask and Mien and a big part of what the blog theme means to me. Everything here, in one way or another, represents a large part of my loves, likes, wants, and needs. Why buy a thing if you don’t like it, right?

The point, and I promise I’m getting to one, is that fantasy allows us to play. To imagine and exercise some creativity in our Second Lives!  Of course this goes double for photography. :D

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When I saw .aisling.’s new Shamballa dresses at We <3 RP, I’ll admit I bought one immediately without giving much thought to how or when I’d wear it. Pictures, certainly, and the blog post you’re reading right now, but how does one go about photographing a sheer silken gown (of course I got it in pink) with context? I like context. We’re buddies and I think we both try to stay on the other’s good side as often as possible.

HUD Shamballa

So I was playing with my new dress this morning, flipping through the different metal options and transparencies available in the HUD and dreaming fond dreams of fatpacking the whole thing someday for ultimate customization (alas!) when I decided that the white metal belt and collar was the way I wanted to go for this. With that decided I went “oh, pearls and silver!” probably out loud, and then remembered Le Forme’s fantastic new Moon Goddess circlet, also new at We <3 RP! My theme became ‘Moon Maiden’ almost instantly, which reminded me of {NANTRA}’s Illuminati pose set for the September round of Collabor88 that killed me dead.

I found more jewellery in inventory, of course, and decided to add some subtle eye makeup from !Musa! (also at We <3) to complete the look. And of course this soft romantic hair from CATWA needed to happen but instead of using the lovely hairpiece provided in the box, I pulled out my trusty Liquence rose crown instead .. for soft pink loveliness reasons (and the fact that it fit better in the above picture).

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Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour Collection Strip-Lash in London ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades & Gloss ~ Steffi Villota
Makeup 2: !Musa! Eyeshadow Vera Light Pearl ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ New @ We <3 RP (September 2015)
Nail Applier: :[P]:- Slink Nail Appliers:// Earthy ~ Aikea Rieko

Hair: CATWA HAIR Princess ~ Catwa Clip

Dress: .aisling. Shamballa [PINK] ~ Damian Kleiner ~ New @ We <3 RP (September 2015)

Circlet: [LF] Moon Goddess Silver ~ Louise Marsalut ~ New @ We <3 RP (September 2015)
Rose Crown: . Liquence . – Flower Crown ~ Villena Swansen
Necklace: Amala – Pearl Drop Necklace – Silver ~ Crystalny
Earrings 1: P.C; Diamond & Pearl Chandelier Earring ~ Cora Lu
Earrings 2: EF: Grace Adornment Silver ~ EmpyreanForge
Hand Jewellery: Hand of Calliope – White – RARE ~ Gacha Item ~ Divine Paine
Foot Jewellery: Pearls of Calliope – White ~ Gacha Item ~ Divine Paine

Pose 1 & 2 – {NANTRA} Illuminati ~ Nancoix Urquan ~ NEW @ Collabor88 (Sept. 2015)

Sim Surround: Y.B Landscape – Loha ~ Yony Bing