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.

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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

Perspectives II

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about Perspectives and how each of us can have such a different view even when looking at the same things. I’ve done a couple of shots and posts on my own since that one and while I was happy with the way they turned out, neither has really hit that spot. You know the one that just feels right? Portia and I sat down the other night, to once again try out our perspectives on a photo. Same pose, place, and styling, but completely different shots.

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Creative Slumber

Lately I have been struggling seriously with ideas and creativity overall. It’s driven me absolutely nuts because I -want- to do things, take pictures, make posts, but I just can’t find ideas. I’m hoping that doing something simple will help break the ice.

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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

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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: ^^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.

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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

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