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. >.>


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.


~ Credits ~

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…

Hair Fair Pre-Show!


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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


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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Enjoying a Bit of Quiet Time

Before I say anything else tonight, I really want to thank everyone who read my last post ‘Just Breathe …. Discussing Bloggers, Designers, and Sponsorship‘ a few days ago; whether you liked the post or even took a moment to sit back and read it, your support has meant so much to me during a time when I was questioning a great deal about myself and my motivations for being here. In particular, though, I want to extend a special thanks to Harper Ganesvoort, Ever Amarinthine, Amity Sorbet, Kat Feldragonne, Lucky Spiritor, Colleen Criss, and Monica Querrien for taking the time to leave such heartfelt and insightful comments after the post (and I’m going to finish responding to all of them as soon as this post is out. <3). On facebook, too, I felt the love from three of my favourite women breathing: Ponchituti Boucher, Occasus Jayaram, and Jourdy Moretti. Thank you, all of you. Just .. thank you. If there’s ever a thing I can do for any of you, and I do mean ever, I hope you’ll just say the word.

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Maybe it’s no surprise by now that I am excited, even energized, to jump into the first posts of the month with especial enthusiasm and I think most of us can understand how much easier it is to start new projects when our energy is running high. I’m feeling great and I hope you are as well, just as I hope you’re enjoying (or plan to enjoy) your time out in the summer sunshine! For me, well, I’m an indoors kinda gal; maybe that’s why I enjoy bringing nature into my photographs as much as I do. Pictures like the one above practically take themselves these days, but I love it.

There are a few things to note in particular about this shot and to keep things simple I’m going to run through them in an orderly fashion so no one gets too confused…. Continue reading

Just Breathe…. Discussing Bloggers, Designers, and Sponsorship


It’s been an emotional day.

Even now, I’m not sure what I’m going to write or how I’m going to begin. There are a few things I’d like to discuss in this post but I want to approach them gently, as gently as possible, anyway.

I was removed from one of my blogger groups this afternoon. No warning, no offlines, no “hey, Portia, I noticed you haven’t posted in a while” or even a “thanks for doing what you did but we need to keep our roster super-active,” kind of message. There was nothing and, I’m not going to lie, I took it hard as I have been covering this brand unofficially for many years. I’m still taking it hard, trying to get through the night by reminding myself to breathe through the ache in my throat and the stinging in the corners of my eyes.


It’s been hard for me to find the time to blog this month. All of us get busy and sometimes I’m jealous of the fact that many of the bloggers I admire find the time to post regularly, even frequently, when it’s been so hard for me to carve out a few hours to sit down and work on a picture. That’s what it is for me: hours. The picture you see above, which I love, took about three hours from start to finish, maybe a little longer because I had to reinstall Photoshop (thank you, Life). This post will take another hour to write because I’m not interested in posting a picture and credits. I won’t do it. It breaks my heart a little bit to think that if I’d just bent a little bit on that ‘rule’ of mine in the past, Mask and Mien could be doing better than it is now. I wouldn’t have let one of my favourite people in SL down the way I did. Continue reading

Hair Fair Photo Contest 2016

Hello my loves!

Hair Fair 2016 is fast approaching and I wanted to make sure everyone, and I do mean -everyone- knows about this contest! Those of us who have been to the fair before know that 1) the ‘Fair’s sponsored charity, Wigs for Kids, is such an important organization. If we’re going to be buying hair this summer (obviously we will), finding it here will really help make a difference for some brave little ones who are already facing so much. 2) Much less important but directly relevant to our interests, the PRIZES for this contest include early access passes TO the Hair Fair (and some even include guest passes) as well as FREE hair. Because we all love our hair. For reals.

So read up, sweethearts. I’ll have my entries to share with you very, very soon!❤

Hair Fair

Hair Fair Photo Contest Poster


By submitting your images to the contest you give the Hair Fair 2016 committee the permission to use your photos in world, as well as on the website in a ‘winners’ capacity if they are chosen as such.

NO NUDITY or sexually explicit images, no female nipple exposure (including sheer clothing). This is a contest for a charity event for children. The committee has the final say on all images approved or declined.

All contest entries are done by submitting your pictures to the Hair Fair Photo Contest 2016 Flickr Group pool.


This years photo contest theme is ‘Whatever the Weather’. We want to see your use of fantastic hairstyles that show you having fun in the sun, coping with the rain, dealing with a storm, or joy at falling snow. However you can show off your great hairstyles and give them a weather type look is what we…

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