All That Glitters

All that glitters may not be gold but I don’t think any of us can deny its irresistable lure. There’s something decadent about wearing it from head to toe and just revelling in the soft glow of warm, golden light. It’s very fancy.

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I’ve wanted to put a picture like this together from the moment I saw Gos’ gorgeous Lesina sandals at the newest round of FaMESHed because, goodness, look at them. It’s no secret that I have a weakness for shiny things, pretty trinkets and doodads, but I do try to keep it classy when class is the aim. 😉

Styling, for me, isn’t just about wearing a thing I like anymore, though. I’m always looking for cohesion. Bringing different elements together from different corners of the grid is something that satisfies me beyond measure but .. let me share a little bit of my process with you here:

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Merry and Bright

You know? I thought it would be at least another week or two before the cheesy/schmoopy holiday spirit started taking over. Chalk it up to several years working in retail; December First hasn’t been the beginning of my holiday season for at least a decade.

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Life can be funny, though. Now that I’m watching my nephews full-time while their parents are busy being industrious, productive members of society, my world is smaller than it used to be but also more encompassing than I could have imagined. Through the eyes of a one year old and a three year old, life is full of amazingly entertaining things! It is joyful, sweet, and pure. Mostly. They are little boys, after all, and fart noises are apparently hilarious at any age. 😉

This outfit came together in about as long as it takes to sing your favourite holiday tune. I was already playing around with Aisling‘s new Miris dress (brand new at the December round of We ❤ Role Play) and Aethia boots (ditto for We ❤ and I am going to wear the HECK out of these things forever) when Lucky and I started taking out our latest and our wackiest finds from the newest round of The Arcade. We had a big laugh when I equipped my flying gingerbread cookie from Howl and from there, well, it was a hop, skip, and a jump to decking myself out in Santa colours and taking to the skies!

We❤ Role Play Opens at 1pm, December 4th and Closes December 31st, 2016.
The Arcade Opens December 1st and Closes December 31st,  2016.

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley ~ New @ Uber (until December 23rd)
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: (NO) Art Nails  – For SLINK hands – Reindeer ~ Nylon Pinkney ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Makeup: !Musa! Eyeshadow Raxy ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

Hair: Exile:: Snow Fall ~ Kavar Cleanslate ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)

Dress & Sleeves: .aisling. Miris ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)
Boots: .aisling. Aethia ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

Ring 1: Kibitz – Christmas ring 1 – gold ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Ring 2: (Yummy) Snowflake Rings – Delicate ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)Ring 3: Kibitz – Christmas ring 2 – gold ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Catkin – necklace – black ~ Plurabelle Laszlo ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

COOKIE: Howl– Flying Gingerbread Cookies X-mas 1 ~ Gacha Item ~ Worusaai ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Pose: SLC SS Pose Night Breeze for Portrait Group A (06) ~ Manmoth Nishi ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

 

We <3 Winter

I’ve been thinking about time a great deal lately. About the way my life has been changing and how much I wish I was able to hold onto some parts of my past, carrying them, along with all the wonderful newness, into the future with me.

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I didn’t realize exactly how important photography was to me until I didn’t have the time for it any longer. It was a lack that I sensed in the back of my mind most days but as there wasn’t much I could do about it, I set my jaw and carried on as best I could. I became used to it. I almost gave up blogging altogether.

But then previews for the new round of We ❤ Role Play started showing up in my notices and I realized that I have such an attachment to this event. I remember the first ever round of We ❤ RP and, like many other SLers, I’ve watched it grow to become one of the best monthly events anywhere. I am proud of it and of all the people, past and present, that have worked so hard to coordinate some of the most talented designers and, month after month, bring such beauty and imagination into Second Life. In some small way, I feel as if it’s my event, which is ridiculous, but true.

Maybe winter is the time of year for nostalgia, for reminiscence, and that’s all right. All I know now is that, even after crashing about twenty times today, I wasn’t going to let this shot get away from me. I’ve missed taking photographs as much as I’ve missed styling and writing about things that matter.

In other words: I can’t quit you, We ❤. You mean too much to me.

We❤ Role Play Opens at 1pm, December 4th and Closes December 31st, 2016.

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley ~ New @ Uber (until December 23rd)
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: [LB French Soft] *Slink & Omega* Manicure ~ Santana Lumiere

Hair: MINA & EF – Harmony – Blonds ~ Mina Nakamura & Empyreanforge ~ New @ FaMESHed (until December 27th)

Dress: *Sweet Kajira*Neus Fitted Dress & Foulard Blue Maitreya ~ Bronte Denja ~ NEW @ We ❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

Necklace: *Sweet Kajira*Neus Fitted Necklace ~ Bronte Denja ~ NEW GIFT @ We ❤ Role Play (until December 31st)
Ring: (Yummy) Snowflake Rings – Marquise – Diamond RARE ~ Polyester Partridge ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)

Pose: *PosESioN* Ivyana 7 ~ Dahriel

Trees: Heart – Wildwood – Ancient Hawthorn – Lilith Heart ~ New @ FaMESHed (until December 27th)
Grass: LB_Grass{Winter} ~ Cari McKeenanSnow: [PM]Pixel Mode – Snow Forms ~ Tya Fallingbridge ~ New @ FaMESHed (until December 27th)
Sim Surround: Y.B -sim surround landscape Dolina pine snow ~ Yony Bing

Breathe It In

Gosh, I can’t remember the last time I allowed myself the pleasure of doing a headshot.

It is a pleasure, though, and feels somewhat like a vacation from the sorts of scenes and compositions I usually put together. I love the big shots, don’t get me wrong, with credits that are longer than my actual blog post, but it’s nice to cam in closer. To do something simpler. To let a the picture be what it wants to be instead of what you need.

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Blogging can be difficult, stressful, and frustrating at times, especially when RL decides to jump into the mix and take away most of our free time. Lately, I’ve taken to sneaking online in the middle of the night – you know how it is when you wake up to get that glass of water, stretch your legs, etc. – just to get an hour of interruption-free PhotoShop time.

To take pictures like this one and just breathe it in.

We❤ Role Play Opens October 4th and Closes October 30th

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Christy Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie 4.9 ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: [LB French Soft] *Slink & Omega* Manicure ~ Santana Lumiere
Makeup Appliers: !Musa! Eyeshadow Laura Light (Omega) ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until October 31st)

Hair: Exile::Hot ~ Kavar Cleanslate ~ Gacha Item

Top: N-Uno – Sheila Dress // N 4 // Maitreya ~ Numer0Un0 ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until October 31st)

Accessories: *N*KOMURASAKI HAIR ACCESSORIES / NECK WHITE ~ Taiko McCaw ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until October 31st)

Pose: SLC SS Pose Coastline ~ manmoth Nishi

There’s a Time and a Place for Everything

Good morning, bloggies!

I have been sitting on this outfit concept for, I kid you not, a couple of weeks. It started with the most incredible pair of leather pants (you can see them below) from Moon Elixir and, sure, it might have spiralled out of control from there. >.>

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The thing is .. I really love mixing and matching. Very few things make me happier than taking a bunch of different wardrobe pieces and throwing them together in new and exciting ways! Well, exciting for me at least. 😉 Some outfits are like puzzles and it takes a while to figure out exactly what I want to do with them – this outfit in particular started off with a fantastic fur coat from Birdy, the Moon Elixir pants that I may just wear forever, and my nude Murray shades that I can’t for the life of me remember where I bought them but I’m SO GLAD I DID. Aside from these pieces, I must have swapped out half a dozen tops and a million other accessories before landing on this particular combination .. but I’m glad I did. 🙂 AND I’m glad I waited until Uber hit this month so I could work in .Shi’s wicked new Binah hair!

Some things really DO come out better if you wait for the proper time. ❤

The Arcade Opens September 1st and closes September 30th*
We ❤ Role Play Opens September 4th and closes September 30th*
Shiny Shabby Opens September 20th and closes October 15th
Uber Opens September 25th and closes October 23rd

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Christy Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Ears: ^^Swallow^^ Ears Elf HD – High Definition ~ Luciayes Magic ~ NEW @ Shiny Shabby (until Oct. 15th)
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: [LB French Soft] *Slink & Omega* Manicure ~ Santana Lumiere

Hair: .Shi : Binah / ~ Joy Laperriere ~ NEW @ Uber (until Oct. 23rd)

Coat: Birdy –  Fur Coat  – Maitreya – White ~ Tyr Rozenblum ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until Sept. 30th*)
Pants: Moon Elixir  – Rebel – Pants – Maitreya ~ Elixirblack ~ NEW @ We ❤ Role Play (until Sept. 30th*)
Chestlace: .aisling. Viralia Style 2 – MAITREYA Lara – Damian Kleiner ~ NEW @ We ❤ Role Play (until Sept. 30th*)

Sunglasses: MURRAY- Marion Sunglasses / Mesh ~ Oliviamurray
Earrings: Zibska ~ Dalka Earrings ~ Zib Scaggs ~ NEW @ We ❤ Role Play (until Sept. 30th*)
Bracelets: *League* Wanderer -Oak- Bracelet -Hand (Discs) ~ Nena Janus
Ring Set: :[P]:- Kerraleth  Rings [-Sl.Elegant] ~ Aikea Rieko ~ NEW @ Shiny Shabby (until Oct. 15th)
Ring: SPELL : Elowen Ring ~ Iakua Arriaga ~ Gacha Item
Cigarette: .06 [ kunst ] – Short Cigarette Holder (hand) ~ Kunst Himmel ~ Gacha Item ~

Pose: an lar [poses] The Odessa Series – Four ~ Katya Valeska ~ NEW @ We ❤ Role Play (until Sept. 30th*)

Location: Kessel – AFTER THE FALL

*Events are closing in a few days – MAKE HASTE! :O

 

Lo, there do I see my Father…

“Lo, there do I see my mother,
and my sisters, and my brothers.
Lo, there do I see the line of my people,
Back to the beginning!

Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them,
In the halls of Valhalla!
Where the brave may live forever!”

It’s so hard to believe that it’s been just over a year since I wrote this blog post about the original release of deviousMind‘s Valkyrie chainmail set. Yes, I raved about it then, and while I like to think that my first pictures are quite good, I’m so proud to share the one I finished up last night – similar in theme, but WAY fancier now!

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SO much has changed in a year and yet .. this outfit held up beautifully against the test of time. Chandra Meehan of deviousMind has released two brand new colour packs (‘Pearl,’ which I’m wearing here, and ‘Onyx,’ which is just GORGEOUS) for We ❤ Role Play. If you haven’t had the chance to see them in person yet, please make a point of it this week!  I pulled some of my favourite gacha pieces and accessories to contrast the white armour with brilliant gold jewellery, .aisling.‘s new body glitter (available at The Secret Affair) and Empyrean Forge‘s stunning Australis sword that is the digital embodiment of every +5 Holy Avenger sword I’ve ever imagined.

For someone that grew up with the old Dungeons and Dragons, AD&D, and about a million pictures of bodacious women in magical armour (I say “magical” because there’s no other way it offers even a shred of protection), I have to say that this styling fills me with so much glee that it’s really, REALLY hard to contain myself.

#Pallyforlife

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Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Christy Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 ~ Kikunosuke Eel
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1, Bag ~ Siddean Munro
Mesh Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet ~ Onyx LeShelle
Nail Appliers: Deesses Boutique: Slink – Nude Edition – Nataliewells
Makeup Appliers: .::Nanika::.Gold eyeshadow CATWA Applier ~ Sdevas ~ NEW @ The Secret Affair (until Sept. 30th)
Body Applier: .aisling. Body Glitters ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ The Secret Affair (until Sept. 30th)

Hair: .LeLutka.Clarice hair.FIT.V2 ~ Thora Charron

Outfit: !dM deviousMind “Valkyrie” **PEARL** (Omega Appliers and Fitted Mesh) ~ Chandra Meehan ~ NEW @ We ❤ Role Play (until Sept. 30th)
Boots: =Zenith=Guardian Of The Stars Boots (Gold) -Maitreya ~ Miffyhoi Rosca ~ Gacha Item

Wings: =Zenith=Feather Wings ~ Miffyhoi Rosca
Sword: EF: Australis Sword ~ Empyreanforge
Headband: Wicca’s Wardrobe – Cathbad Headband ~ Wicca Merlin
Head Wings: [The Forge] Valkyrie Ear, (White/Gold) ~ Deccan Arida
Collar: Peqe – Metal Warped – Gold RARE ~ Inex Hax ~ Gacha Item
Earrings: ALEGRIA Dragonborn Earrings ~ Light Gold ~ Noke Yuitza
Jewellery Set 1: .aisling. Meave -Bracer / Chain Belt / UpperArm – {Gold} ~ Druunah Esharham ~ Gacha Items
Jewellery Set 2: aisling. -Sadhana- Bracers / UpperArm ~ Druunah Esharham ~ Gacha Items
Hand Guards: [The Forge] Scale Handpieces (Gold) ~ Deccan Arida

Pose: {NANTRA} Gilded Secret 1 ~ Nancoix Urquan

Wind and Water

Pic and credits today. Don’t hurt me!

I’m still working my way back into SL but I can’t wait to start wall-of-text critting all your faces in the very near future.

Much love,
~ P

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We ❤ Role Play Opens September 4th and Closes September 30th
The Secret Affair Opens September 15th and Closes September 30th

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Christy Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie 4.9 ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Deluxe ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: [LB French Soft] *Slink & Omega* Manicure ~ Santana Lumiere

Hair: Exile::Memory Bliss ~ Kavar Cleanslate

Silks: Kaithleen‘s Leaves Silks – Aqua Top & Bottom Sheer ~ Zlyskritek ~ NEW @ We ❤ Role Play (Sept. 2016)

Crown: .aisling. Malika {Halo} ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ The Secret Affair (Sept. 2016)
Bindi: .aisling. Simple Bindi {Single} ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ The Secret Affair (Sept. 2016)
Collar: .aisling. Dangara -COLLAR- RARE ~ Druunah Esharham ~ Gacha Item
Necklace: .aisling. Dangara -NECKLACE- RARE ~ Druunah Esharham ~ Gacha Item
Bracelets: .random.Matter. – Faelyn Bracelets – Gold ~ Nikhol Hax

Pose: an lar [poses] The Odessa Series ~ Katya Valeska ~ NEW @ We ❤ Role Play (Sept. 2016)

Hair Fair 2016 Pre-Show!

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Mask and Mien’s official coverage of Hair Fair 2016!

I’m Portia Pexington, coming to you live from the Hair Fair’s ‘Backlot East‘ location, just one of four full shopping sims and two camming sims dedicated to this landmark event!

It’s hard to live in Second Life and not be aware of Hair Fair – it’s one of the core events on the grid and, as always, a percentage of the ‘Fair’s proceeds are donated to Wigs For Kids, an important and established charitable organization dedicated to providing children suffering from hair loss with the tools they need to maintain their self-image and esteem. Although most of us approach Hair Fair as a shopping event, and rightly so, it’s important to remember that while so many of us indulge in our Second Life hair addiction there are so many people in Real Life that go without. If you’re able to donate to this cause, like so many content creators who are so generous with their time and profits, I urge you to do it. Remember that the greatest power we can claim in Second Life is the power to do good things for others. ❤

Hair Fair First

With only a few hours before Hair Fair 2016’s official opening, we at Mask and Mien have prepared a special report to help you, our readers, navigate this massive event with minimal fuss. So without further ado, I’m thrilled to share our first ever…

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Hair Fair DEMO Group – JOIN NOW!

That’s right, sweeties! It’s almost time for HAIR FAIR 2016!!!

I can’t recommend this demo group enough – look for my Demo Folder Solutions post later today!

Back to sleep now, haha. ❤ *thud*

Hair Fair

It is that time of year again, Hair Fair 2016 starts this Saturday 16th July.

Demos will be sent out in our Demo group on the 15th (friday) you will be able to try all the Hair Fair styles before the event opens, so that you do not have to deal with lag of trying styles on at the event.

Grab some friends, try on all the styles, make your list and you will be able to shop, fast and efficiently. Discover stores that are new to you, and have fun with family and friends in your own little Demo parties.

Copy and past the the following into local chat in Second Life and join the Hair Fair DEMO Group

secondlife:///app/group/2e30d166-f3e5-e2de-ff72-b3da2d06ded2/about

it is a FREE to join group, do not join if it is not free, NO groups to do with Hair Fair are any cost, so if you get…

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