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

Perspectives

Have you ever taken a break from Second Life? What was it like coming back after whatever amount time you were away? Portia and I took about a month and a half away because of real life changes and the new WoW expansion launching. The WoW thing being more my side of things as I had to get ready for more raiding. She’s been taking care of her lovely nephews most of the week and I’ve quite enjoyed the Skype time I’ve gotten with those little guys. Truly awesome to see the interaction that a one year old can have with you even from that far away.

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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

~ 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

New Beginnings

So um, hello. It’s been a while since I last posted anything and for that I apologize. I’ve been quite busy with many things but I’ll be around here and there again finally!

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A little bit less about the who’s the where’s for this post since I’m still deeply behind the eight ball when it’s come to being caught up. I ventured back off into the World Of Warcraft and have spent the past month gearing up for the first raids of the new expansion. Legion has been pretty good thus far, though it’s still early so we shall see where it ultimately ends up. Continue reading

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)

Gotta Catch ’em All

The craze has overtaken me. I’ll admit it openly too. I’ve played Pokémon GO and it’s been a lot of fun. I actually started it on the release day and it’s been hard to put down. There have been varying opinions on it though, which surprised me.

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It’s actually gotten me and my two brothers out and about walking around for the first time in I don’t know long. We all have different interests so of course finding something that ties in for the three of us is a rare deal. My younger brother and I collected the cards when they had first come along so we had that nostalgia. My youngest brother (He’s 13 years younger than I am) got into the later generations of Pokémon and then researched all of them. I think Niantic and Nintendo did a wonderful job of putting a game together that promotes be active and going out. Continue reading

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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Putting My Feet Up

These shoes. Man oh man, do I love these shoes. Growing up, the Nike Air Force 1 was the shoe to have. Especially the all whites. I would say it still holds true today because I see them around quite often. Read on to find out where you can find my new favorite casual shoes.

Feet Up

I remember having a really nice sculpted pair from [hoorenbeek] in my earlier Second Life days. I still have them actually, refusing to retire them until I could find a more up to date pair that really called to me. That time has arrived. [ VERSOV ] released an amazing collection of Air Force 1 lookalikes called the JUMPOV. They are absolutely unbelievably amazing. They’re available in 13, yes THIRTEEN color options. Each includes a HUD to change the metal texture on the lace slide to one of three options. To top it all off you get fitted versions for Slink Male and Female flat feet, Aesthetic feet, TMP male and female, Maitreya flat feet, and of course Classic avatar feet. All for $249 or the fatpack for L$1700. They are worth every single cent if you ask me. Head over to TMD and try the demo! Continue reading