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.❤
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!
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.
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
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
I realize that it’s been a pretty big day for blogging today and for those of you who have caught each of my posts in the last twenty for hours and NOT lost your marbles entirely – THANK YOU!
It’s been such a busy month (yes, I know I say this all the time but hey, I’m a busy girl!) and I STILL have one more post I want to get out today after this one. Your patience is greatly appreciated
So this post is going to be short and very sweet and, really, sandwiched between two pictures of my man Lucky and myself, how could it not be? Continue reading
“Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When “I” is replaced by “We”, illness becomes wellness.”
― Shannon L. Alder
Disclaimer: This is going to be a bit of a heavier post than I’m used to writing. For those of you uncomfortable with the idea of reading about anxiety and mental illness, I understand. Truly. It’s a difficult subject. You don’t need to read any more than this paragraph – credits are at the bottom.❤
I realized today just how long it’s been since the last time I wrote about anxiety. Years, really, and as much as I would like to say that it’s because I am completely out of the woods, that really isn’t the case. I’ve written about my condition prior to this (here and here) and hinted at it from time to time as well. I am not ashamed of my illness and I don’t believe anyone should ever worry that speaking out about who they are, as long as it does no harm, nor should they be judged or shunned for their personal life. If I don’t discuss mental disorder often, it’s because my anxiety has become just another fact of life. I am a Canadian woman. I have green eyes and a nice smile. I live with chronic anxiety, agoraphobia, and hypersensitivity.
Not a single one of these traits defines who I am but they do contribute to the sum of their parts. I don’t rail against my agoraphobia anymore, just like I don’t hate the fact that my hair is too straight to curl – I work with it. I do the best I can with what I have and believe me, the work never ends. It’s hard to be happy on a consistent basis but I don’t think I’m alone in that either. Most people have a hard time being happy. Everybody struggles with something.
Let me tell you about my struggles, though. Maybe it will help with yours. Continue reading
There are so many things I wanted to say about this picture, so many beautiful pieces I wanted to draw to your attention. The stunning revelation that is -AZUL-‘s new dedication to offering Omega layer options for their beautiful gowns. The gorgeous new jewellery set we’ll be seeing at the Arcade so very, very soon. An incredibly detailed Iron Throne prop from DRD that comes in, fully animated, at 25 li (it sounds like a lot, sure, but just LOOK! Does that even look like an SL background?) Continue reading
Episode 1: The Portia Awakens….
Yep, that’s right. Today is my birthday and, wonder of wonders, I was able to SLEEP IN! In spite of the ridiculous heat, high pollen count, and insomnia that’s been kicking my ass all week, SLEEP HAPPENED!
When the question of what I would like to do today arose, it may surprise some of you to hear that my first answer was “blog the Star Wars picture we took on the fourth!” Maybe it doesn’t surprise everyone, though.😉 Lucky and I are huge fans of the genre and, even as I’m writing this post, our music stream is playing some of the greatest movie music ever written.❤ Continue reading