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The new Tauren female customization options that will be coming in Shadowlands just keep getting better!

The latest Wowhead preview shows bangs, earrings, eye colors, hairstyles, headdresses, horns, necklaces, and nose piercings.

There are eight eye colors and I just know that somehow or other, between my regular characters and alter-egos, I’ll have to find a way to use them all.

I’m kind of meh on the curly new horn styles. I like the really long new horn styles, though; Kaurinka will probably choose one of them instead of the current style that I was considering using for her, and Kaobeka will probably choose the other new longhorn style to be more Yaungol-like than her current style.

I want to use the feathered earrings, but I haven’t figured out who wants them yet. Although I’m glad that the other earring styles exist, I don’t have any immediate ideas for characters who’d want to wear them — but who knows, maybe over the coming months someone will ask for one of them. As for the nose piercings, probably not.

The headdresses are cute; I like the feathers version better than the tuft of fur version. I can see Kamalia adopting that as a permanent (or at least semi-permanent, depending on what hat I want with her current outfit) change to her look.

The necklaces are nifty. The first style might be fun for Keija, the second style I think will definitely be a permanent addition to Kamalia’s look, and the third style would be fitting for Ketura.

Looking at the bangs options, Kaumaleia (aka the Underpowered Death Knight) has already asked to have the parted bangs with the flower. Kerisa/Kaiuna/Kaurinka will probably go for the option that just adds a flower to the current bangs look. I’m not a fan of the option that covers the eyes.

The new hairstyles, though — that’s what I’m really excited about in this update! I like the two braids on the side. I think the two braids joined under the chin looks silly. Kregga currently has the “maned” style (no hair on the side of the face); she might switch to the new style that has loose hair on the side of the face. I love the single braid on one side or the other, with or without flowers. The single braid without flowers might become Kaumaleia’s default look. I also really like the double braids with flowers — that might be Kaurinka’s signature style — and the medallion with feathers. Kamalia and Keija will probably want to try that one out for awhile.

… Dang, I’m going to have to re-make all of the character portraits for my Characters page, won’t I? 😛

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Blizzard has just announced that in Shadowlands. not only will Blood & Void Elves be able to have blue eyes, Void Elves will be able to have human-like (ie, palest pink to deepest brown range) skin tones!
I’m pretty excited about this 😀

Kaelinda will change her eyes to blue.
I will also change Kaelyla’s eyes to blue; the silver doesn’t really work for me (and is one of the reasons why I have a hard time connecting with my Draenei, Night Elf, and Nightborne alts, as well).
I’ve begun to get used to Kaelyla’s lavender skin, so I might only change her skin to pink when she is wearing outfits that represent her backstory — things she did before the Telogrus Rift Incident.

I haven’t commented yet on the recent preview of new hairstyles, ear lengths, and necklaces for female Blood Elves, so now is as good a time as any.
*The longest of the ear lengths shown appears to be the current ear length. I like the long, long ears as a distinctive marker of Blizzard’s interpretation of Elves, so I’m unlikely to change my characters’ ears.
*I’m most likely to use the necklaces and new earrings on a situational basis, when they are the perfect finishing touch for an outfit that I’m designing, rather than as a permanent change to any of my characters’ apperances.
*I love all three of the new hairstyles! The pixie cut is cuter than any of the current super-short styles, the queen style is stunningly gorgeous, and the femme Lor’themar style is about time. I’ll probably also use these on a situational basis, to complement an outfit — though the femme Lor’themar just might become my Blood Elf Paladin’s new default style.

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Palomino Tauren!

I had been feeling sad that there hadn’t been any new Tauren customizations previewed yet. The newest version of the Shadowlands alpha has them in, though — women, men — and I’ve got to say, palomino Tauren are lookin’ goooood!
I’m glad to see that it looks like face warpaint and arm/chest warpaint are separate options, rather than being a single customization like they are for Highmountain Tauren. Although I’m not that excited about any of the face designs, I do like the second and third arm/chest designs. I like the red-and-blue, turquoise, and gold colors.
Now I’m beginning to dream up an Alter Ego for Kerisa — so that Kerisa herself can stay home with her two little ones and not go to Shadowlands, and I don’t have to stress myself about getting Kasheena leveled in time, either — who is palomino with red-and-blue arm/chest warpaint…

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On March 9, 2010, I made my first post as a WoW blogger.

Wrath of the Lich King was winding down and Cataclysm was on the horizon; that first post mentions plans I was making in anticipation of the coming changes of Cataclysm.

I had a few long-term WoW goals back then, and, over the past decade, I’ve accomplished them. I raided (in LFR) with a healer of every healing class during Mists. I got a Horde character of each of the existing classes to the level cap in Mists, Warlords, and Legion. I pushed an Alliance character to the level cap at the end of Cataclysm so that I could play the Alliance side of the pre-Mists events at Theramore; that character continues to be the only Alliance character that I actively play.

The introduction of LFR and Transmogrification in late Cataclysm revolutionized my WoW game. The upgrade of Transmogrification with the Appearances collections in late Warlords changed it further. The “Things my [Class] Wears” and “Sunday on the Promenade” series of posts have become this blog’s core content.

Once upon a time, I thought that when this big milestone occasion arrived, I’d put together something elaborate and special. Real Life has gotten in the way of that, however.

I landed my dream job; BTH and I bought a house and adopted two children. My blogiversary is now greatly overshadowed by its proximity to my older child’s birthday. The past couple of academic years have been rather rough and I’m running on the edge of burnout in my job — and that general exhaustion has propagated a feeling of being on the edge of burnout in keeping up with the “Sunday on the Promenade” series here on the blog, as well. So this small post of simple acknowledgement will have to do.

Here’s to TEN YEARS!

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Love Is In The Air, and the flower crowns can now be Mogged year-round, so I just had to log on for just long enough to do this:

Thanks, Blizzard, for making my wish come true!

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I’ve been looking forward to this year’s Lunar Festival for months — ever since the questchain to make the flower crowns Moggable year-round was datamined on the Patch 8.2.5 PTR. I didn’t spoil myself about it, and my favorite part of it was the graphics and flavor text for the different flowers that had to be collected to make the permanent version of each crown. I am excited to be able to use the flower crowns during Love is in the Air, Noblegarden, Midsummer Fire Festival, and anytime at all!

Blood Moon

Crown of Eternal Memorial, Gladiator’s Wyrmhide Spaulders, Vest of Flowing Water, Feral Cord, Gloomtalon’s Spare Kilt, Rapscallion Boots, Talon Guard Staff
It must be the gloomy influences of Nazmir, Drustvar, and Darkshore that made Kerisa want to go dark for her Lunar Festival outfit this year.

Everlasting Efflorescence


Crown of Boundless Courage, Cenarion Spaulders, Chestpiece of Malorne, Vine Waistband, Clefthoof Hide Leggings, Forest Leather Gloves, Forestlord Striders, Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak, Staff of the Verdant Circle
There were several different items that I wanted to be in this kit — the flower crown, the leafy shoulders, the staff, the kilt. Sometimes I have an idea for a group of items to put in an outfit and just can’t get it to work, so I was glad that I was able to find other pieces that pulled this outfit together quite nicely.

Eversong

Crown of Infinite Prosperity, Robes of the Battleguard, Buccaneer’s Pants, Kavan’s Forsaken Treads, Phoenix-Wing Cloak, Scarlet Filigreed Doublet, Rod of the Blazing Light
This kit for Kaelydia owes a great debt of inspiration to Syrco’s “Macedonia” outfit.

Edelweiss

Crown of Everlasting Fortune, Mooncloth Robe, Warm Blue Woolen Socks, Decalcified Elven Spear
I can’t claim any originality for this outfit; it’s in a Blizzard Watch header image that the writers often use when discussing holiday item Transmogrification. Nevertheless, I’d been wanting to make it when Lunar Festival rolled around again, and it occurred to me that it would look even more stunning with blue hair. The original outfit uses the Staff of Divine Infusion, but DKs can’t use staves.

Tideshaper

Crosswind Shoulderguards, Circuit-Linked Chainmail, Girdle of the Scroll-Sages, Kilt of Rolling Thunders, Fletcher’s Nimble Grips, Battlebound Treads, Spell Axe of the Farseer, Tideguard Bulwark
The turquoise color of this chestpiece suggested pairing it with this kilt. I’d kind of like to have a Kul Tiran Shaman to wear this outfit. Maybe after I’ve recruited them, I’ll race-change Kjerstin…

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This series of posts began because I set myself a goal to document new Transmogrification outfits in a more timely fashion. As soon as I create a new outfit, I write it up in a draft post. As the weekend approaches, I start working on taking fashion screenshots, processing them, and updating “Things my [Class] Wears” posts. On Sunday — though not every Sunday — I publish the collection of my recent efforts. Then I begin the next “Sunday on the Promenade” draft post.

Occasionally, I have ideas for themed Transmogrification collections that take several months to completely assemble. Thus, some of these outfits might get re-posted at a later date as part of such a themed Transmogrification collection.

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From the Patch 8.2.5 patch notes repost on Wowhead:

Embark on an adventure around Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms to complete the Rite of the Moon and help an old druid bless her Staff of Moonflowers. In return, she will enchant your flower crowns so they never die, and you can transmogrify them year-round!

This is something that I’ve wished for ever since the flower crowns first appeared in patch datamining. I’ve mentioned it here on my blog multiple times, and I’m pretty sure that I put it in the Suggestion Box in the game, too.

Of course, I’m not silly enough to think that it was my suggestion alone that prompted this addition to the game — I’m sure many other people suggested it, too, and probably there was a post in the Suggestion area of the official forums to rally support for it.

Thank you for listening, Blizzard! ❤

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New shirts? That only require some running around the world to get? I wasn’t going to pass that up!

I chose Kerithian to collect the new shirts because she has Nice Shorts, cool sneakers, cute ponytails, and access to the Emerald Dreamway (which gives her almost as much mobility around Azeroth as a Mage).


Shirtsi’s Cloth Shirt


Threads of Tirion


Selis’ Silk Shirt


Shuurt’s Precious


Jade’s Lovely Shirt


Tia Shortsleeve’s Short Sleeve Shirt


Gild’s Crewneck

My favorites are the black one from Outland and the yellow one from Northrend — though the one I have the most immediate Mog idea for is the Kirin Tor one from Draenor.

Because I ended up not being able to log on until well after my server had switched to nighttime lighting, I was very grateful for the Jar of Sunwarmed Sand!

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Kregga got her first Nightfallen Paragon cache last night.
And what should be in it but the Leywoven Flying Carpet! At last!

I’ve wanted this mount partly so that my Tailors can have a complete collection of all the Flying Carpets —

— and partly so that my characters who aren’t Tailors can have a Flying Carpet, too. I’ve particularly wanted this mount for Kaelyla, who has a whole array of violet-blue mounts lined up on her right action bars 😀

I’m not going to try for any of the other Paragon rewards — getting this one was frustrating enough — so my Death Knight, Monk, and Paladin are now headed back to Thunder Bluff to hang out “at home” until I want to do Battle for Azeroth — or some other type of Legacy content — stuff with them.

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**Kermit flail**

This is what my Kul’Tiran Mage is going to look like… just as soon as I manage to get Kaylynda leveled… and through the Alliance War Campaign… and Exalted with the Proudmoore Admiralty…

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