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…is the Spectacles, of course!


Several years ago, I drew Kamalia wearing glasses.

None of This Nonsense, Please



Dazzling Spectacles, Black Velvet Robes, Shadow Council Boots, Tower of Theramore
Patricia C Wrede is my favorite author; The Enchanted Forest Chronicles are my favorite of her works; Morwen is my favorite character in that series. I was thirteen or fourteen when I first met Morwen, and I wanted to be like her when I grew up (spoiler alert: I’m not as much like her as I thought I wanted to be). When I was first venturing onto the internet over twenty years ago, I used “Morwen” as my screenname. So somehow it was no surprise that my primary Mage character ended up with an appearance very much like Morwen’s description. The Dazzling Spectacles are what I needed to finally complete that look!

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Back at the beginning of November, I wrote:
“I’ve fallen into a WoW lull over the past several weeks. I’ve got an unusually light course load at school this semester — but a health condition that has developed, and a medication that I’m taking to help with this condition, have made it so that I just can’t stay up late like I used to. When I’m finished with my evening slate of schoolwork, I more and more frequently just go to bed. If the Emissary reward isn’t 2K gold, or I’m not working on outfits for the next Sunday Mog Show, I don’t have much motivation to stay up late in Azeroth.”
I only had to take the medication that made me extra-sleepy for ten weeks; soon enough I was again staying up until midnight or 1 am in Azeroth after completing my evening schoolwork. The health condition, however, persisted — which was the desired and intended result of the medication — and this past Friday night it resolved with the exquisitely intense experience of the birth of my first, and perhaps only, biological child.

I am the oldest of six children. As far as I know, my mother had all of those children more or less when she wanted to have them. Thus, infertility was not a life-challenge that I expected to have. But a few years went by after BTH and I got married, and I still hadn’t gotten pregnant. About the fifth year of our marriage, I was diagnosed with anovulatory polycystic ovarian syndrome. We attempted a few less-invasive reproductive medicine therapies — this drawing was made as a response to the failure of one of those attempts — before trying in-vitro fertilization in the eighth year of our marriage. It failed; none of our embryos survived the transfer process. After that, we decided to pursue adoption. We adopted our first child shortly before our tenth anniversary; he is now four. We adopted our second child shortly before our twelfth anniversary; he is now two. I was now in my late thirties, and success rates for IVF drop off rapidly with maternal age especially after forty, so we decided to make one more attempt at IVF. Because I’d experienced some complications and needed to have the embryos frozen for later transfer during our first IVF attempt, we planned ahead to initially freeze the embryos and transfer later for the second attempt. Then COVID came along and significantly delayed the timing of the transfers; we weren’t able to start trying transfers until the middle of last summer. The very last embryo from that second IVF cycle was the one that survived the transfer process and became the perfect, beautiful baby boy who is sleeping in his bassinet while I write this post.

Naturally, I haven’t logged on to WoW for a few days now, and while I’ve certainly thought a bit about it here and there, I haven’t really missed it. I’ve been much too busy with much more important things. Although I’ve “done newborn” before with my two adopted children, this time around is a whole new experience because this time, I’m doing it with breastfeeding and postpartum body and brain — and with two other young children whose needs for affection and attention also have to be managed and fulfilled. As Baby and I adjust to each other, as the two older children get adjusted to the new state of our household, I’ll have more ability to come back to Azeroth — and, to be honest, I’ll want to come back to Azeroth as a stress relief/relaxation activity! But I also still have a mountain of prep to do to get my classes ready for Fall Semester. So I’ll have to severely limit my time in Azeroth, and I cannot do “all the things” that I’d been doing anymore. I’ll have to select one or two objectives to accomplish with one character in each play session and just be okay with letting the others not progress.

I will probably log on for a little bit tomorrow, though, even if it’s just long enough to find out if Kaelinda finally managed to get the Robes of the Cursed Commando from the Great Vault from doing LFR last Wednesday, but I probably won’t do much else — certainly not running the Maw with three level 60 characters!

Baby is still asleep! If I go straight to bed as soon as I hit “Publish”, how much sleep will I manage to get before he wakes up hungry…?

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Nothing else on the 9.1 PTR matters right now except this: THERE ARE SPECTACLES!!!
I have wanted proper spectacles for my characters ever since I first spotted Sungshin Ironpaw in Pandaria’s Halfhill Market wearing some.
You better believe that I’m going to be getting these, and all of my Mages are gonna be wearing glasses as their default headgear. Kamalia might pick up a pair, too.

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In light of the news from the Patch 9.0.5 PTR that the Rhinestone Sunglasses will become Transmogrifiable, I thought I’d share again this set of Rhinestone Sunglasses outfits that I originally created in 2015.

I anticipate making more Rhinestone Sunglasses outfits — some of which might be updates of some of these outfits — after Patch 9.0.5 goes live!

Touch of Ruby

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Aurora Mantle, Mankrik’s Old Wedding Garments, Silver-Thread Sash, Stoneweaver Leggings, Widow’s Clutches + Bands of Indwelling, Boots of the Incorrupt, Thousand Bandage Drape, Staff of Divine Infusion

Bouganvilla II

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Mantle of the Burning Scroll (LFR), Vestments of the Shifting Sands, Ruthless Gladiator’s Cord of Accuracy, Greenkeeper’s Pantaloons, Widow’s Clutches + The Lady’s Brittle Bracers (25N), Ikeyen’s Boots, Green Linen Shirt, Vengeance Staff

Femme Fatale


Rhinestone Sunglasses/Swashbuckler’s Eyepatch, Shoulderpads of the Silvermoon Retainer, Scouting Tunic, Indomitable Belt, Dellot’s Leggings, Fuzzy Gloves + Scouting Bracers, Rapscallion Boots, Stylish Black Shirt, Dawnblade, Skettis Curved Blade

Pink Sapphire

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Ornate Pauldrons, Icemail Jerkin, Earthfury Belt, Tranquillien Scale Leggings, Netherstalker Gloves, Netherstorm Greaves, Mutineer’s Cloak, Felstone Reaver, Silvermoon Crescent Axe

Dragon Dawn

Rhinestone Sunglasses/Lightbringer Greathelm, Blood-Stained Pauldrons, Conqueror’s Breastplate, Hyperion Girdle, Legplates of Blazing Light, Flameguard Gauntlets, Magma Tempered Boots, Blazefury, Reborn/Dragonstrike, Reborn, Dawnforged Defender

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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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