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Dec. 30th, 2015 03:47 pm
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Before adding me as a friend I ask people to do three things:

1) Please know me from somewhere online - if you know me offline I may add you as a friend, but that is a very slim chance. It's nothing personal I just use this journal as my safe haven, my place to talk about all aspects of my life and it is hard to do that while worrying that people may take offence to something I say or something else equally not fun.

2) Please take a moment to learn about me by reading this LJ entry.

3) Lastly, please read the rest of the information in this entry.
About my journal

I use this journal to post about anything I want to write about. This can be anything I come across in life  and I do discuss personal problems and events. I don't use lj-cut unless it's for images, quizzes etc. My entries are long, personal and I talk about the illnesses I suffer from. This includes depression, so if you have no real understanding of depression or hate reading depressing posts please don't add me.  My journal is about life, and all aspects of life, that includes the good, the bad, and the pissed off moments. In other words... not every entry is full of pain or depression, and I am capable of being a happy person.

Commenting

I don't expect people to comment on every entry, and likewise I don't comment every time. But I do read every entry, and so I would appreciate the same in return. Just interact with me, that's all I ask :)
Meeting new people

Please do not be shy about adding me, I like meeting new people, but I do find it hard to talk to people if I don't have anything in common with them. So have some of the same interests, be interested in some of the same fandoms, that sort of thing.
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Comment to be added - Please actually comment! Don't be shy, I won't bite. I won't add someone just because they add me. As said above, interact with me and the first step of that is commenting to be added. Just say hello, say why you've added me and anything else you want to say. Just give me something, ok? :)

Be over 16 - Pretty simple. The reason? I'm 27 and I don't really have much in common with people under 16 any more. I'm having a hard enough time connecting with the 18 year olds at university! This doesn't mean my posts are not child friendly.

Have interests in common - Only needs to be a few. I would also prefer people that are like minded. So if you're offended by homosexuality, Paganism, pre-marital sex, profanity or a non-Christian view point, it would probably be best if you don't add me.

Have actual content in your LJ - You don't have to have amazingly indepth journal entries but I have no interest in only reading your fanfic or quizzes that you have completed. I like to be able to have something to read, and a few lines for entries all the time doesn't do that either.
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Anyone who’s followed me on instagram for a while will know that I love photo challenges, unfortunately, they’re not something I always have time for 🙁 That doesn’t mean I can’t live vicariously through you guys though! 😉 So this week for Sharing Saturday I’m sharing 5 challenges people have put together for the month of September! Don’t be put off by it being the 9th day already, there’s nothing stopping you from jumping in now or catching up by back posting! Most of these sites/accounts have one each month so if September’s too busy or you want to start from the beginning just follow their accounts and hang on until October for a new challenge 🙂


The great thing about challenges is that you can do them at any time; while it’s fun to do them alongside other people, you can take inspiration from old challenges too! Head over to my pinterest board to find a bunch of old ones that I’ve stockpiled!1


 











Pinch and a ! September is here! Let's do this! #fmspad swipe for the hashtag list


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Definetly Dreaming Photo Challenge - September 2017


 


Over to You!


Do you like photo challenges? How about other challenges such as reading challenges or journal/planner ones?


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Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂


You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets.


 


This Weeks #TransmogTuesday Set


Ice as Bright as Night


Time for some plate this week as I go all frosty with a brilliant blue transmog featuring the Death Knight season 12 pvp chest piece; item  . This set is called Ice which doesn’t make any actual sense, of course, and is homage to the bright icey light effects and the darkness of the class.1


 





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Happy Saturday everyone! This week the Argus patch went live on the World of Warcraft servers and so this week Sharing Saturday is dedicated to the Draenei that once called Argus home. I’ve collected a selection of Draenei products from around the internet so you can share your Draenei pride or show your support as they take the fight to the Legion!


 


Draenei Products


 






  1. World of Warcraft Ladies’ Draenei Robe, $129.99, from Think Geek.

  2. Gift of the Naaru *LIMITED EDITION RUN* Holographic Print, £15.97, by LSmithIllustration.

  3. Yrel – Worldof Warcraft fanart earrings, £57.49, by Tishaia.


 


 





 



  1. World of Warcraft “Draenei” Tree of Life pendant, £5.99, by AllTheShiningStars.

  2. The Naaru have not forgotten us T-shirt & other products, various, by Skye Alexandra Bulmer.

  3. Exodar University Top & other products, various, by gedaldra.


 


 






  1. Azuremyst Isle – World of Warcraft ATLAS Staring Zone Travel Poster, £3.59, by DCMJS.

  2. World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor inspired Elekk Plushie, £13.37, by MacroCrafts.

  3. Will Is My Weapon – Print – Yrel World of Warcraft Draenei Alliance, £9.58, by BrandiYorkArt.


 


 






  1. Icon of Argus sticker & other products, various, by Tzsycho.

  2. Shem Reznict art print, £19.99, by Glenn Rane.

  3. Phadalus the Enlightened art print, £19.99, by Glenn Rane.


 


Your Thoughts


I noticed in my hunt that poor Draenei are one of the most under presented races when it comes to World of Warcraft products. Do you have any Draenei products to share? Would you like to see other race and/or class specific products? Let me know in the comments!

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The Birthstone series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third Saturday of every month.


 


Two birthstone posts in a row, but don’t worry Sharing Saturday will be back to normal next week and I’ll be looking at the gorgeous Sapphire for September’s birthstone in three weeks time.




 


 


 


Peridot was a tricky one to style, mainly because it’s quite a bright shade and I have to admit it’s not one I’m naturally attracted to. I love the gemstone and jewellery, however, it was the fashion items, dresses and make up that proved hardest to find. Some companies and retailers seem to be quite fond of the colour for women’s fashion, while others tend to lean towards khaki and olive. Unlike Emerald, Peridot is a much lighter and yellow hue shade of green. It’s spring greens, lime, chartruese and then the more mellow shades of olive and khaki. My tip for styling it, if you’re like me and not too keen on going for full on lime green, is to add it in little ways. A spot of make up here, some beautiful peridot jewellery to spice up an outfit or even just a flash of colour for your shoes or bag. It’s also a colour that goes really well with yellow, darker blues and purple which you can see in the colour palettes below.


 


 





Jewellery


 



  1. Peridot Butterfly Pendant Necklace from QP Jewellers.

  2. Raw Peridot And Pyrite Bracelet from Not on the High Street.

  3. Clogau Sterling Silver & 9ct Rose Gold Peridot Awelon Ring from H.Samuel.

  4. Peridot Copper Bangle by DesignedByAnnemarie.

  5. Peridot Leaf Drop Earrings by AnvilandThorn.

  6. Nina B Sterling Silver Heart Stud Earrings from John Lewis.


 


 





Dupes


Peridot is a stone that ranges in price so it’s not always necessary to look for a dupe, however, it can also sometimes be one that is hard to find. There’s a lot of suitable dupes out there using coloured glass, crystals, and beads that still have that vibrant shade you’re looking for!



  1. Sterling silver green cubic zirconia ‘kiss’ pendant from Debenhams.

  2. Lime Green Earrings by annakingjewellery.

  3. Green Stained Glass Cuff by AimeezArtz.

  4. Lemon Beaded Hoop Earrings from Accessorize.

  5. Khaki Cord Multirow Necklace from Dorothy Perkins.

  6. Green & Gold Tone Clover Drop Earrings from TK Maxx.


 


 


 





Colour Palettes


 



  1. Spring Flora Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.

  2. Yellow Rose Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.

  3. Sweet Tangerine Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.

  4. Sun Through Leaves Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.

  5. Lime Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.

  6. Green Peas Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.






Fashion


 



  1. Charter School Cardigan in Chartreuse from Modcloth.

  2. Torrid Jeggings – Neon Citron Green Wash from Torrid.

  3. Live Unlimited – Lime Floral Print Kaftan from Debenhams.

  4. Maine New England – Lime linen blend blazer from Debenhams.

  5. Lime Green High Neck Shirred Top from New Look.

  6. Lime Stripe Denim Shorts from Jane Norman.


 


 





Dresses



  1. Green Premium Strappy Lace Dress from New Look.

  2. Tall Plunge Front Maxi Dress from ASOS.

  3. Coast Jamie Printed Dress from House of Fraser.

  4. ISSA Mila Embellished Dress from House of Fraser.

  5. Wallis – Mint floral orchid shift dress  from Debenhams.

  6.  Craghoppers – Soft khaki Nosilife symone shirt dress from Debenhams.


 


 


 





Shoes



  1. Lotus – Lime suede ‘Briony’ wedge sandals from Debenhams.

  2. L.K. Bennett Coralie Flower Ruffle Sandals in Lime from John Lewis.

  3. Lime Green Suedette Trainers from New Look.

  4. Wedge Heel Sandals from H&M.

  5. Block Heel Ankle Strap Court Shoes from Marks & Spencer.

  6. Hunter Original Short Boots from Sole Trader.


 


 





Accessories


 



  1. August Birthstone Pouch from Achica.

  2. Elegant Peridot Watch with Vintage Face by ArdentLife.

  3. Green Colour Block Saddle Bag from New Look.

  4. The Nellie Belt – Turquoise, Lime and Orange Buckle with Brown Leather Belt by AWCdesigns.

  5. Lemon Lime Gemstone French Barrettes by ReynaRed.

  6. Olive Green Paisley Bandana Knotted Jersey Headwrap from Claires.


 


 





Nails


 



  1. Zoya nail polish in Tangy from Holland & Barrett.

  2. Rimmel Rita Ora 60 Seconds Super Shine in Partner In Lime from Superdrug.

  3. BeachClub Summer Collection Neon Yellow/Lime Crelly by MsSparkleBoutique.

  4. Bright eyes – Lime-gold Holographic glitter polish by DarkMetalLacquer.

  5. Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Where’s My Oscar from Europa Cosmetica.

  6. Ciate Nail Polish in Mojito from Europa Cosmetica.


 


 





Make Up


 



  1. LOréal Paris Infallible Eye Paint in Keep On Khaki from Look Fantastic.

  2. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick Chrome Summer in Venus Flytrap from Look Fantastic.

  3. MANIA Sparkle Eyeshadow by FabledFragrances.

  4. Green Cream Matte Liquid Lipstick Non Transferable Water Proof -Key Lime by michelerenaecosmetic.

  5. W7 Cosmetics Angel Eyes Eye Shadow Palette – Out On The Town from Scentsational.

  6. Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Lust by Urban Decay.


 


 





Miscellaneous


 



  1. August Peridot magnetic bookmark by 1107Studio.

  2. August Birthstone Print by HarknettPrints.

  3. August birthstone dragon with peridot gem by HowManyDragons.

  4. Ryman Soft Cover Notebook Medium from Ryman.

  5. Filofax Personal from Ryman.

  6. Personal Banker Organiser from Modcloth.


 


What do you think; has this style guide swayed your thoughts on lime green and peridot? Or were you already a fan?


I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!


 


Pin - How to style your birthstone: Peridot for August!


 


 


 

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Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂


You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets.


 


This Weeks Set


Raging Hearts of Storm


If you’ve been following me on twitter you’ll know that I’ve been gradually collecting my pvp transmog sets. So far I’ve completed priest and druid, and now I’m onto my mage. The thing I’ve noticed about pvp sets is that some of them look amazing, and some just look plain weird – however, some parts of them are salvageable! So I’ve set myself the challenge of picking on pvp chest piece per class and creating a set around it that isn’t a full pvp set. There might be pieces from another pvp set, some tier, or some random items, for example. This does mean that each one is class specific, and first up is a druid set: Raging Hearts of the Storm which I  used a variation of in last week’s Trial of Style and won first place! I’ll be going in a random class order, so if you’ve got one you’d like to see first then comment!1


 





 


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The Birthstone series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third Saturday of every month.


 


So… it’s August and this is the birthstone for July… yep I’m running a bit behind. I hope to have Peridot up next weekend so I should be back on track for one birthstone a month again!




 


Ruby is one of two red birthstones I’ll be looking at in this series, so I had to differentiate between it and Garnet. For styling ruby I went with warmer tones; poppy red, warm oranges and yellows. There’s some darker tones of red as well to represent the darker hues of rubies, however, generally anything burgundy I’ll be saving for garnet in January 😉


 


Jewellery






  1. White Gold Diamond Ruby Swirl Pendant from The Jewel Hut.

  2. Silver Ruby Pendant by SilverTalesStudio.

  3. Genuine Rough Ruby Earrings by Bihls.

  4. Belleek Living – Ruby Necklace from Debenhams.

  5. 9ct Gold Ruby and Diamond Bracelet from Argos.

  6. Madagascan Ruby Oval Bangle from Gemporia.


 


 





Dupes


Like many birthstones Ruby can get a tad pricey, but thankfully when it comes to dupes there are loads of different options. From created rubies, red crystals and red beads, you can style ruby without a huge price tag!



  1. Jolene Jewel Short Drop Earrings from Accessorize.

  2. Red Rose Origami Earrings by TheWorldinpaper.

  3. Dragonfly Necklace by EnchantedCircle1234.

  4. Ruby Red Ornate Filigree Steampunk Ring by DarkEleganceDesigns.

  5. July Birthstone Jewellery Set from Wallis.

  6. Daisy Necklace from Curvissa.


 


 





 


Colour Palettes


 



  1. Red Oranges. View it here on Pinterest.

  2. Raspberries. View it here on Pinterest.

  3. Strawberries. View it here on Pinterest.

  4. Autumn Shades. View it here on Pinterest.

  5. Lanterns. View it here on Pinterest.

  6. Red & Gold Christmas.View it here on Pinterest.






Fashion


 



  1. Burned Velvet Wine Leggings from Blackmilk Clothing.

  2. Heine Leather Jacket from Curvissa.

  3. Flare Sleeve Handkerchief  Tunic Top from Rose Gal.

  4. Tie Front Blouse with Frill Sleeve from ASOS.

  5. Closet Berry Satin Bow Skirt from Wallis.

  6. Little Mistress Red Jumpsuit from Evans.






Dresses



  1. BA&SH Red Midi Dress from ASOS.

  2. Burgundy Online Exclusive Satin Printed Dress from Roman Originals.

  3. Petite Red Scallop Lace Dress from Wallis.

  4. Cowl Neck Velour Dress from Curvissa.

  5. Embroidered Bodice Evening Dress from Curvissa.

  6. Red Chiffon Maxi Dress With Embellished Shoulders from Yours Clothing.


 





Shoes



  1. Saucony Exclusive Jazz O Suede Trainers In Red from ASOS.

  2. B.A.I.T. Footwear Shimmer Down Now T-Strap Heel in Cherry Gloss from Modcloth.

  3. Ruby Red Heels by DiamonteMe.

  4. City Walk Ankle Boots from Curvissa.

  5. Red Bow Side Shoes from River Island.

  6. Leather cross strap T-bar heels from M & Co.


 





Accessories


 



  1. Glamorous Crochet Cross Body Bag in Red from ASOS.

  2. Floral Headband – Bronze Roses by AMonSeulDesir.

  3. Dragon Queen Crystal Hair Comb by RichAndStrangeAus.

  4. Black Felted Bag by filcant.

  5. Floral embossed belt from M & Co.

  6. Lacey Plastic Oversize Sunglasses from Boohoo.


 


 





Nails


 



  1. NCLA Ruby Red Nail Wraps from Pretty Little Things.

  2. F.U.N Laquer in Splendor from Rainbow Connection.

  3. Pretty Serious nail polish in Velvet Bow from Rainbow Connection.

  4. Collection Nail Polish in Hollywood Red from Superdrug.

  5. RUBY RED Gemstone Nail Water Transfers by NaughtyNailsShop.

  6. Rimmel Glitter Nail Polish in Ruby Crush from Feel Unique.


 


 





Make Up


 



  1. e.l.f. Velvet Matte Lipstick Ruby Red from Superdrug.

  2. MAC Cosmetics eye shadow palette in ‘Burgundy Times Nine’ from Debenhams.

  3. L.A Girl Eyelux Eyeshadow in Hypnotize from Beauty Base.

  4. Pumpkin Cider Liquid Lipstick by BeautyBarBaby.

  5. Pressed eyeshadow palette – July birthstone – Ruby by BreakingBeautyShop.

  6. Black Up – ‘Matte Liquid Lipcolor’ lipstain in N 05 from Debenhams.


 


 


 


What do you think; is ruby  a birthstone you think you could style? I’ve always been partial to red and never been afraid to wear it, but I know for some people it can be a bit overwhelming. Do you think you would go all out in one of the ruby dresses or would you be more subtle and add a touch of red with some accessories?


I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!


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Pin - How to style your birthstone: Ruby for July!


 


 

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Last time I got one of these done was June and then about a week later I had the flu. I’m now back on the blogging bandwagon and ready to get organised! Yeah, it’s half way through August already but I needed to do this, needed to put things into perspective and work out where I want to go this month. I’ve just started a new physio course called ‘Moving into Balance’ which essentially is an hour of theory/planning and then 30 mins of exercise. The aim is to help me find a baseline and start working to avoid boom and bust days, i.e. a good day followed by a bad day, and to stabilise my energy levels. One thing we’ve been asked to do is mindfully plan where we want our days to go, so I’m going to use this monthly post as a larger way to keep myself on track.


 


Personal


At the moment I’m taking it easy with some things, such as my diet, because flu majorly screwed a lot of stuff up. Last week was also hard due to appointments and other things going on, so I’ve had to recover a bit from that too. This week there’s just my physio so it’s get back on track time with planning, projects, and schedules. Hopefully by the start of September I’ll be back on track!


 


Dissertation


I am currently sitting at half way through my 20k word limit for my first rough draft. I think I have something like 6 months or something before the next exam board (as long as my continuation of studies is accepted), aka my new deadline, but I want it done before that. My physio’s throwing me through a loop at the moment, so taking my time and building my strength up to get back into writing again.


 


Projects



  • Blogging – Top of my list is to get back to blogging and schedule posts a month or more in advance! I already started by prepping my monthly goals posts and making up transmog sets for several weeks.


 



  • Directory Updates – Thanks to Photobucket’s ridiculous changes all my buttons for my directories have been messed up and it coincided of course with the flu. So I’m still playing catch up and several are a mess. Not to mention way overdue to a link check.



 



  • Gallery Updates – I officially finished the gallery move, now I just need to add my latest screenshots and do some admin stuff.


 



  • Bullet Journal – I want to use my bullet journal to track my energy levels, so I need to implement that and catch up with some other bits.


 


World of Warcraft


I don’t want to overdo things since there is only a few weeks left of August so just a few things;



  • Finish Death Knight Artifact Quest

  • Finish Death Knight Campaign

  • Complete Death Knight Mount Questline

  • Try for Mage Hidden Artifact skin

  • Obtain Trial of Style Sets

  • Collect Inscription Recipes from Raids & Dungeons


 

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I hate going on hiatus so soon after coming back from the last one, however, this one is for an important reason – my dissertation/thesis. This should have been done and dusted a year ago, but my ongoing health issues and eventual (still pending /sigh) diagnosis of ME/CFS meant that I had to continue to struggle along with it at snail’s pace. I’ve now come to the end of the line, time has run out and I need to get this done for my Masters and for my own sanity. The worst part is that I LOVED my Masters, I LOVE my dissertation topic and I am just so beyond frustrated with how slow my progress has been. As a student with two degrees and most of a Masters behind me, I’m no stranger to having written some assignments in the last few days and I know I can belt out 1-2k words in a day without any problems. Thanks to the flu, the following post-viral fatigue and CFS I feel like I am slogging through quicksand even writing this blog post. If you’ve never written a dissertation/thesis, let me tell you, it is NOT easy. It is not just a bigger/longer essay with more words. And I am doing it with such a massive handicap that it feels near impossible.


I refuse to give in though. I have come this far, and while I have to now live my life differently, I am not going to let my health conditions rule my life. I’ve spoken about mindfulness a few times now, and part of it is the idea of living with our bodies, with our pain. I keep seeing things online about people with chronic pain and CFS, and how much control over their lives they have had to surrender. While I love blogging, and want to develop this blog more, I want a career. I want to be a librarian. I don’t want to have to carry around anti-bacterial gel and use it every time I touch anything, worried about every single germ I could catch. I want to be able to go out, visit places, stop for coffee with a friend. And one step in that road is proving to myself that I can do this, that I don’t need further extensions (if I can even get one) on my dissertation. I also need this chapter of my life done, put away and not hanging over me while I continue to recover and adjust to this new life of mine.


It’s taken me several days to even complete this post, and honestly, things aren’t looking bright. I am gradually doubling the amount of work I get done each day and it’s just not fast enough. Hopefully I can still make the final deadline, however, I know this first draft is going to take me a few extra days. So please cross your fingers for me, send energy my way (if you have any to spare!) and hope that I can push through this fatigue to get this done!

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Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂


You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets.


 


This Weeks Set


Luminance of the Spirebreaker


It’s the final week of the Tomb of Sargeras mini-theme and it was a no-brainer for me to choose the monk-look alike leather chest piece since it’s one of my favourite tiers! I also loved the contrasting colours of item and the challenge of putting a set together to match the vibrant pale yellow. The result is a leather set that is mostly yellow and gold, however, has some purple thrown in as well. The feet item are a lot darker and a little off hue, however, I liked the look of a darker pair of boots at the bottom. No back because the chest piece is way too pretty to cover with a cloak, and no weapons because I may have forgotten them…. Anyway! Check out the full set here – on wowhead  – and give it a wee vote if you like it!


 





 


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Legs



Feet



 


 


What did you think of the mini-theme around the new raid? Is that something you’d like to see with new content? Or just like the idea of a couple of sets that link together in a theme? Let me know in the comments! 🙂 <31


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Each month I will be interviewing someone from the online world. They could be someone creative, quirky, geeky or a fellow spoonie. I’m really not picky; the whole point of this is to open up dialogue, share with the world and if you wish, bring awareness to your work or a cause. Interviews are open to anyone who wishes to take part so if you’re interested in volunteering please check out the Interview information page.


This month Llinos has volunteered to talk to us about her creative hobbies which include art and crochet!


 


The Interview


Hi …. please tell us a bit about yourself!


Hello there!  My name’s Llinos, I’m a Welsh girl living in Cardiff, UK, with my boyfriend, Oliver, and my guinea pig, Maggie.  I turned 30 earlier this year.  I’m a blogger and I love to be creative through painting, crochet and papercraft.


How did you get into your creative hobbies?


At school, I was told I wasn’t good at art, so I turned away from it because I thought I didn’t have any kind of creative talent, beyond my love of writing.  However, as an adult I felt a pull towards exploring new creative hobbies and I dabbled in a few things, like candle making and soap making.  When I saw lots of pretty crocheted items online, I knew I had to learn it.  I also began to indulge my love of stationery, and suddenly I was scrapbooking and penpalling!


How many years have you been doing it?


It’s a couple of years now since I really got into crochet and papercraft. Now I can’t imagine my life without it!


What does your crochet and art mean to you?


It means a lot to me that I can express myself in a creative way.  On a bad day, all I want to do is curl up with a project and I feel like myself again.


What was the first time you realised that was what you wanted to do?


I knew I had to learn to crochet because I felt like I couldn’t be happy unless I knew how to create all of these pretty blankets and cushions I saw on Pinterest and Ravelry.


What is your proudest moment?


When I crocheted a unicorn and all of my family and friends loved it.  She’s now one of my prized possessions.


What was the first artwork you ever sold?


I sold a greeting card of a print of a watercolour painting of a fox.  I should make some more!


What are your goals for the future? What do you hope to achieve?


I try to live in the here and now rather than worrying about the future.  I’d love to have a stationery line though!


What was the best advice you were ever given?


To do what you love.  Simple, yet it often gets left by the wayside and life takes over instead.  I try to remember it often.


Any advice for others wanting to get into your hobbies?


Stick with it!  Don’t think that what you produce isn’t good enough.  It’s all progress and part of the journey.  If you’re struggling alone, trying to learn a new skill, consider taking a class in the local community.  That’s what got me to understand crochet, after struggling to read patterns and follow videos.


 


Now for some random questions…


If you were the god/goddess of anything, what would it be?


Ooh this is a great question!  I would be the goddess of literature.  As much as I love being creative, I am passionate about books.


What would your animal form be?


Something quiet and thoughtful, maybe a badger.


Do you have any fun quirks?


I definitely have some quirks, whether they’re fun or not is something you’d have to ask those around me!  When I’m concentrating, I stick out my tongue.  I’ve always done it, ever since I was a child.  I also have quite a loud, distinctive laugh!


Do you collect anything?


Yes; any items of clothing, stationery or crockery with owls on them!  I have a beautiful owl moneybox.


And finally; time for a shameless plug:


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Introduction


Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂


You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets.


 


This Weeks Set


Tomb of Frozen Mist


Time to get back into things now that the dreaded flu is in retreat and I’m carrying on my Tomb of Sargeras run with a mail set based around the LFR chest piece item. It’s the Shaman tier recolour, and like my previous Tomb sets it is not class specific so it can be worn by hunters too. No weapons for this week, so if you try this outfit out for size let me know what weapons you choose to accompany it! Full set: is here.


 





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Well, technically it’s Flu 3. That’s the amount of times I’ve had flu in my life and each time it’s left a lasting memory of the god awful feeling of death. I don’t know why flu always hits me so hard. The first time was when I was a teenager and I ended up missing the last few weeks of school right before summer, the second time was 2 years ago and was the trigger for chronic fatigue syndrome. Every time it takes 2 weeks minimum for me to get back to normal, and every time I curse the idiot that went out in public while contagious, thank the flu vaccine for covering me most of the time and listen to my fiancé cursing me when he contracts it from me. We’re both in terrible rough shape with it this time around; me with my 6 diagnosed health conditions and pending diagnosis (yes, still pending, don’t ask) of chronic fatigue syndrome and him with a litany of health problems that include gall stones, chronic pain and a newly discovered rare and super serious (as in the deadly kind) heart condition.


I’ve pretty much been his carer 24/7 since December, and now with us both down with flu it’s becoming even more difficult to keep up with everything. So I’m grudgingly suspending blogging for at least a week. In light of everything, blogging isn’t really important, however, it’s been a life line to my sanity. Therefore, I don’t want to stop it or put it on hold indefinitely. Since my CFS started a year and a half ago I’ve been gradually fighting to keep going, and a lot of stuff has been put on hold. I’m now officially nearing my final deadline for my dissertation, and to be honest, I want it done. I want it off my conscience, off my plate and I want to say ‘hey I can still do this!’. I’ll be back, and in the mean time, you can hear my flu-like woes and rants on twitter @Justgeekingby 🙂 Healing thoughts and energy are readily accepted, as is chocolate and ice cream (sore throat and fever, it’s allowed :P).1


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Introduction


Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂


You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets.1


 


This Weeks Set


Channelling Mera


This week the set ended up being a bit of a cosplay/tribute to Mera from the DC universe without even trying. There’s just something about the colours and the head piece, and voilà, it’s mera-esque. Well at least it is to me. Either way, it’s number two in my Tomb of Sargeras mini-theme. Last week we had plate, this week it is cloth. All items are non-class specific and the main focus is the LFR version of item . You can view the full set on Wowhead: Channelling Mera.


 





 


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Pearl is a gorgeous one to style because it is open to so many different shades; pearls aren’t always white! They can be cream, beige, pink, blue, lavender and even darker shades of grey, blue and lavender. Essentially, they’re the dusty hues of these colours. So look for dusty pink, dusty blue and dusty lavender to pop some colour in. Due to the multi-tonal nature of pearls you can mix and match, and I’ve found a lot of great floral and patterned tops that use these colours.


The Birthstone series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third or fourth Saturday of every month.


 




 


 


 


Jewellery


You will quite often find pearl listed as bridal jewellery, especially on Etsy; don’t be put off! Pearls can be worn all year round and for all occasions!






  1. Pearl Cluster Necklace from Curvissa.

  2. Aphrodite earrings by Kimberley Selwood from Jersey Pearl.


  3. Peacock Pearl Pendant from Monkey Puzzle Jewellery.

  4. Honora Cultured Pearl  Bracelet Stainless Steel from QVC.

  5. Knitted fresh water pearl earrings by TheWoollyTangle.

  6. White Mother of Pearl Filigree Ring by KRAMIKE.


 


 


Dupes


Pearls are relatively cheap in comparison to other birthstones, and sometime it’s not easy to tell the difference between dupes. So this time around ‘dupes’ is a mixture of faux pearls, beads and generally cheaper versions of pearl jewellery.


 






  1. Blue denim pearl embellished choker from River Island.

  2. Floral Earrings from Marks and Spencers.

  3. Pearl & Blue Statement Stone Earrings from Yours.

  4. Pearl Charm Bracelet by LottieofLondon.

  5. Silver Pearl 3 Pack Earrings from Quiz.

  6. Faux Pearl Open & Mixed Rings from ASOS.


 


Colour Palettes






  1. Pearls colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.

  2. Pearl Bag colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.

  3. Cultured Tones colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.

  4. Winter Greys colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.

  5. Easter Treasures colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.

  6. Flora Hues colour palette. View it here on Pinterest.


 


Fashion






  1. Grey Floral & Butterfly Boat Neck Top from Yours.

  2. Stripe Wrap Top from What about this?

  3. Ruffle Trim Lace Panel Plus Size Top from Rose Gal.

  4. Pink Suede Biker Jacket from What about this?

  5. Blue and White Stripe Cotton Pearl Detail Shirt from Quiz.

  6. ASOS Top in Mesh With Ruffles & Pearl Embellishment from ASOS.


 


Dresses






  1. Peach Chiffon Pearl High Neck Maxi Dress from Quiz.

  2. Cotton Blend Lace Skater Midi Dress from Marks & Spencers.

  3. Pink Floral Dress from Yours.

  4. Printed Choker Skater Dress from Select.

  5. Beachtime Pleated Beach Dress from Curvissa.

  6. Embellished Kimono Maxi Dress from ASOS.


 


Shoes






  1. Pink Pearl Strap Flatform from Quiz.

  2. White Crochet Lace Cowgirl Boots by Heartenhandknits.

  3. Lace Inlaid Ankle Boots from Curvissa.

  4. Pearl Sandals from Curvissa.

  5. Light Pink Floral Mesh Ballerina Pump With Bow from Yours.

  6. Blue Broderie Anglais Lace Up Plimsoll from Yours.


 


Hair Accessories






  1. Lalita Embellished Statement Bando from Accessorize.

  2. Cream hair clip set from Accessorize.

  3. Crystal pearl barrette by AllThingsBAB.

  4. Pearl Hair Grip from Studio.

  5. Pearl Heart Clips from ASOS.

  6. Rose Gold Leaf Headwrap With Tie Closure from Claires.


 


 


Accessories


 






  1. Owl Scarf by Shovava.

  2. Silver satin bag with lace and pearls by SophistiKatebags.

  3. Silver Dot Scarf from Curvissa.

  4. Blue faux pearl embellished denim cap from River Island.

  5. Cream Rucksack from Marks & Spencers.

  6. Enamel Cut Oversized Sunglasses from Marks & Spencers.



Nails






  1. Essie Nail Gel Couture Twill Seeker 80 from Superdrug.


  2.  Miss Sporty Precious Pearl Nail Polish Mother-of-Pearl 20 from Superdrug.



  3. Attraction Nail Polish by PromisePolish.

  4. “No Shirt? No Pants? No Problem!” Nail Polish by PepperPotPolish.

  5. Demogorgon Nail Polish from Rainbow Connection.

  6. Ciate London Mini Nail Polish in Iced Frappe Gelology from Marks & Spencers.


 


 


Make Up






  1. Autograph Colour Luxe Quad Eyeshadow in Platinum from Marks & Spencers.

  2. Matte Nude Lipstick by CrushCosmetics.

  3. Pale Dusty Pink Eye Shadow by Kmms.

  4. Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow in Gypsy Rose from ASOS.

  5. Collection Speedy Highlighter in Pearl Sheen 1 from Superdrug.

  6. Miss Sporty Waterproof Eyeliner in Millionaire Precious Pearls from Superdrug.



 


 


 


Miscellaneous






  1. Pearl White Reversible Dual Phone Charger from Claires.

  2. Pearl Holographic Earbuds from Claires.

  3. Pearl Notebook-type mobile phone case by pajour.

  4. Silver Pearl Planner Paper Clip by ShopChic Designs.

  5. Ted Baker Pearls of Wisdom Womens Mini Notebook & Pen  from Hurn & Hurn.


  6. Ted Baker Womens Thistle Brogue A5 Notebook from Hurn & Hurn.


 


What do you think; is pearl a birthstone you think you could style? Do you find yourself leaning towards a particular shade/type of pearl?


I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!


 


 


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Happy Summer Solstice everyone! This week’s 5 Fandom Friday is all about summer songs and I’ve chosen 5 songs that remind me of summer or generally just make me feel really upbeat and joyful; feelings I relate to summertime. Hope you enjoy!


 


 


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI0GDSTTccA


 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvjLgjtJKsc


 


 


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Introduction to TransmogTuesday


Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂


You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets.


 


This Weeks Set


Radiance of the Tomb


As we’ve got a new raid coming out today (and tomorrow for EU), I figured that it would be a good idea to try and whip up some sets using the new gear. So for the next few weeks I’m going to take the non-class specific chest piece for each armour type and put a set together. I’m starting with plate and purposely choosing the lowest version, LFR, so people of all levels can get their hands on this set. I really like this set; it’s full of blazing fire, making your character ready to kick some ass in the Tomb of Sargeras! The sword item is a little off colour, but it just looked so damn awesome that I shrugged it off and kept it 😀 You can view the full set on wowhead as usual – set –  if you like it please rate it!


If you didn’t get a chance to check out my WoW theme week, all post links can be found in the schedule post!


 





 


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I was supposed to be rounding off the week of World of Warcraft on a more serious note with ‘Why I always report harassment in Games & why you should too’ and while I do still intend to write that post, now doesn’t seem the right time. I’ve been celebrating a game I love, and dipping into the darker and more childish side of trolls and harassment just doesn’t have the same vibe. So instead I’m joining my final post with Sharing Saturday, and sharing with you my favourite World of Warcraft art. This includes a variety of sources; official art, fan art, trading card art and some art from Blizzard’s online card game Hearthstone.


I’ve done several World of Warcraft themed Sharing Saturdays before that might also interest you!



 


Disclaimer: The work here is displayed only out of admiration and credit is given for every image (where possible I use the ’embed’ code directly from sites such as instagram or deviantArt). If you are the artist and want your work removed please leave me a comment. If you like some of the art here please take the time to visit the artist’s gallery or deviantArt account, and/or leave a comment to let them know. This is probably obvious, but: this post is very image heavy.




 





Malfurion Stormrage by SiaKim on DeviantArt




Invincible by breath-art on DeviantArt




The Lion of Alliance – Varian Wrynn by Jaydekim on DeviantArt




Remember about Theramore by Yulcha on DeviantArt




Burdens of the Emperor by linxz2010 on DeviantArt




WoW TCG – Northshire Guardian by Jaydekim on DeviantArt




The Birth of the Banshee Queen by krysdecker on DeviantArt




Durotan – Warlords of Draenor by MrBenPilotti on DeviantArt




WoW: Never see me coming by ryumo on DeviantArt




youngTyrande by tr1ff1d on DeviantArt




Werewolf priest by liuhao726 on DeviantArt




Starfail by lockjaw on DeviantArt




The Farewell by Khaidu on DeviantArt




Valeera Sanguinar Hearthstone Hero Portrait by GlennRaneArt on DeviantArt




Dryads by Ketka on DeviantArt




Snowpuppies – 2014 Holiday Wallpaper! by Noxychu on DeviantArt




The Fall of Lich king by DRACREN on DeviantArt




Jaina – The Shattered Soul by TamplierPainter on DeviantArt




Maiev Shadowsong by Koni-art on DeviantArt




Liadrin by PersonalAmi on DeviantArt




Nightfallen by frenone on DeviantArt




Pandaren – World of Warcraft by Valentina-Remenar on DeviantArt




A Different Light by emily-lorange on DeviantArt




Azeroth’s Last Stand by Tokoldi on DeviantArt




The werewolf’s redemption by liuhao726 on DeviantArt




Sylvanas Windrunner by GlennRaneArt on DeviantArt




Alexstrasza by Noxiihunter on DeviantArt




 


Alleria Windrunner Hearthstone Art by Jomaro Kindred


Alleria Windrunner (Hearthstone) by Jomaro Kindred.


 


 


Kallipissa (WoW TCG) by Zoltán Boros and Gábor Szikszai


Kallipissa (WoW TCG) by Zoltán Boros and Gábor Szikszai.


 


 


 


Ysera the Awakened (Hearthstone) by Zoltán Boros and Gábor Szikszai.


Ysera the Awakened (Hearthstone) by Zoltán Boros and Gábor Szikszai.


 


 


"The Dragon Aspects bless the World Tree Nordrassil" in World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1


The Dragon Aspects bless the World Tree Nordrassil


in World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1.


 




 


There are so much amazing fanart and artists offering commissions of players characters, however, I wanted to give a general overview of some of my favourite heroes and scenes that have been depicted. My deviantArt favourites folder has gotten so big I’m going to need to split it into individual, more specific folders and is filled with examples of artists bringing characters to life. So if you’re hungering for more, please take a look!1


 


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Rounding off my top 10 favourites of World of Warcraft is questlines! For a game to have meaning and to keep me coming back it’s important that the content is fresh, original and catches my attention. Not to mention gives me a giggle from time to time! World of Warcraft continues to do that with each new expansion and so without further ado, join me on a trip down memory lane as I tell you my favourite questlines.


 


World of Warcraft questline - Fiona's Caravan


Fiona’s Caravan


View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.


The novelty of riding around in the caravan was something new, but it was the squabbling between Tarenar and Gidwin that I loved. They are fighting over Fiona’s attention when Gidwin decides to go do something to prove he’s the better guy for her; and lands himself in a heap of trouble. In true bromance style Tarenar realises he’s been gone a while and goes and saves him. From that moment the two become best friends, still squabbling but they’re now comrades in arms.


 


 


World of Warcraft questline - The Day Deathwing Came


The Day Deathwing Came


View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.


C’mon, how could this NOT be on this list? Any quest that lets you smack Deathwing in the face – especially after he’s been flying around killing everyone at random – is a win in my book. You get told three stories from a gnome, dwarf and orc who each have a very different interpretation on what happened when Deathwing rose and started the Cataclysm. The dwarf goes first and gives you an epic tale of how he punched Deathwing on the nose.  The gnome then claims to tell you the real story revealing that he grew to a massive size and grabbed him and threw him across an ocean. Finally the orc tells you what really happened and spins a tale about a motorcycle, and saving babes. The best bit though is the comments each of them give while the other is telling the story.


 


 


World of Warcraft questline - The Winds of Loch Modan


The Winds of Loch Modan


View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.


Everytime a gnome or a goblin gives me a quest to ‘try’ something, especially a new invention, I get that sinking feeling. This I realise started with this quest; a gnome decides to invent a turbo powered mechanostrider I can’t remember where you end up, but I’m pretty sure it’s not where you started 😛


 


 


 


World of Warcraft questline -Maxmillian of Northshire


Maximillian of Northshire


View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.4


Oh Maximillian, there really is no one quite as utterly special as you in WoW. The utter ridiculousness of this character, and how far Blizzard went with the damsel in distress/rescue by dragonslaying hero is fantastic. None of the damsels Maximillian saves are in the least bit of trouble – in fact, one he saves from their own pet /facelpalm. And of course, the “dragons”. Fabulous, silly and so pointless but one of the best quest lines in the game.1


 


 


World of Warcraft questline - Gnomebliteration


Gnomebliteration


View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.


I’ve never been a bog fan of gnomes. There, I said it. Since this quest in Cataclysm they have grown on me, however, at this point I really didn’t like them. They were too cute, squeaky and annoyingly perky. So when a quest turned up to turn into a giant ball of fire and roll over evil crazy gnomes and obliterate them from existence, I was right there to sign up and do my duty! I may have cackled manically while doing it, but I saved the world from evil gnomes. That’s what’s important 😉


 


 


 


World of Warcraft questline - Tirion Fordring


Tirion Fordring


View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.


Before Tirion beca,me Highlord of the Argent Crusade he was a lonely old man, living in solitude and battling the scourge alone in Eastern Plaguelands. This storyline is no longer available, but it tells you his history and what happened to him after he saved an orc from his fellow humans. Those were the days when orcs were seen as the worst scum of Azeroth, after invading and killing thousands of humans. Tirion was never a murderer though, and an honorable man who was saved by an orc and returned the favour by keeping his existence a secret. When found out he was stripped of his title, and lost his family. His son fell in with the Scarlet Crusade, becoming their Highlord eventually. The questline with Tirion culminates in his showdown with his son, in which he ends up killing him and vowing to fight to rid the world of evil. This is where Tirion’s life begins a new, he joins up with the Argent Dawn and the rest is history. None of that would be possible if it wasn’t for this quest line, and us helping him realise that he needed to lay the past to rest and return to the fight. You can read more about Tirion on Wowpedia ((Screenshot courtesy of Wowhead.))


 


 


World of Warcraft questline - Abercrombie


Abercrombie’s Quests


View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.


So, I said the flying mechanostrider made me wary of quest giving inventors. Well, Abercrombie is the one who first made me realise, wait a moment, quest givers can be evil!!!! :O Yep, how naive we all were back in vanilla. Now it’s like ‘ok, this sounds iffy, this guy is totally evil’. However, back when we were just little humans wondering around Duskwood, we still believed that we were great big heroes saving the world. Then we did this quest line and our rose tinted glasses didn’t just come off, they were smashed to tiny weeny pieces. Thanks Blizzard! Basically you’re helping this old hermit by running errands, collecting stuff around town for him and it seems so innocent. Until the final quest when he sends you off to the Mayor of the local village and it pretty much says ‘HAHA LOL. PWNED’. Yep, you just armed a crazy ass necromancer with everything he needed to put together a terrifying elite giant undead abombination called Stitches. At this early stage of the game elites were pretty damn hard and Stitches and another one in Duskwood would royally kick your ass if you got caught by them. He was also known for wiping out the entire village of NPCs because no one was really high enough level to stop him. Oh those were the days… and now we look fondly at the pet version of Stitches and laugh, or cry.2


 


 


 


World of Warcraft questline - Legion Priest Class Mount


Priest Class Mount


View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.


From the old, to the very new. As well as being one of my favourite mounts, the new priest class mount quest was super cool and so much fun. I’m going to stick the details under a spoiler warning so no one gets spoiled:





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You get a message that the Speaker, aka King Magni Bronzebeard, needs to talk to you urgently. You end up in a sunken vault that the world spirit of Azeroth has led you to via Magni. Along for the ride is his brother and world renowned explorer Brann, and your Master Artificer Betild Deepanvil. The sunken vault is a vault left by the Titans and it’s the dialogue between the three dwarves that make it so great. Brann has had many experiences, some not so pleasant, with Titan technology and hidden vaults. He is none to thrilled to find himself in one again, and is warning the others to watch out. Everything seems to be going fine until the titan constructs overseeing the vault detect void energies. Oh dear… Brann is none too surprised when everything goes to hell and you have to defeat the constructs to survive. The witty comments and banner between the two Bronzebeard boys and Betild is so funny, and I really hope these three pair up for more adventures in the future!


The whole idea of the Lightsworn Seekers is also epic. They’re titan created beings that have been locked away to protect them from the void, and these are the last ones that exist. The vault security is beginning to fade and someone, you, needs to take responsibility of these beautiful creatures. I like the fact that they wrote in the void being detected and thus being responsible for the purple shadow version of the mount for shadow priests.


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World of Warcraft questline - Tarcegosa's Staff


Tarecgosa’s Staff


View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.


There’s only ever been one legendary that I wanted at the time, which I unfortunately didn’t get and I’m still a tad bitter about. That’s a long story, but when Tarecgosa’s staff came around I wasn’t in line to get it as I didn’t play a dps caster. I did make a light-hearted argument for how a Discipline Priest would benefit from it, however, I was happy to wait until it was soloable in a later expansion. What I loved about it was the whole quest line. Dragons! More importantly the decimated blue dragon flight who had no leader since the death of Malygos at our hands. I really enjoyed the quest line, except for the end 🙁 I suppose though that the tragic ending did make the legendary that much more special to have because it wasn’t just a weapon, it was a spirit and a legacy.


 


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Lament of the Highborne


View the questline on Wowhead: Wowhead.


And finally, a video for you! This little quest starts with a ring that you pick up and hand in to the banshee queen, Sylvanas. She then sings the most beautiful song called the Lament of the Highborne. It’s sung in her native language, but the words translated are as emotional as the song itself. The necklace was given to her by her little sister Alleria, whom Sylvanas has not seen since her death and subsequent undeath at the hands of the Lich King. It shows a softer side to the dark warrior who is often seen as bitter and harsh, showing players the heartache that she has felt in her tragic life. They translated words under the spoiler tag if you wish to read them 🙂





Translation of the lyrics



By the light, by the light of the sun

Children of the blood

Our enemies are breaking through

Children of the blood

By the light

Failing children of the blood

They are breaking through

O’ children of the blood

By the light of the sun

Failing children of the blood

They are breaking through

O’ children of the blood

By the light of the sun

The sun


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One thing I noticed when putting this post together was that there is a big difference for me between epic quests and epic moments. There have been a lot of epic moments, often told through amazing cinematic cut scenes, that are just moments. The quest line leading up to them is interesting, just not quite as meaningful or as epic as the ones listed here.


How about your experience in World of Warcraft and other games? Are there quests that you can remember from the start of your game play? Or do you tend to run through quests on autopilot? Let me know in the comments!


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There are two things that always draw me back to World of Warcraft and that is the storylines (coming tomorrow!) and the gorgeous and interesting locations. The locations over the years have changed, grown and become so much more impressive and yet even the original ones still have a timeless beauty for me. There’s always at least one zone per expansion which I lose myself in, and could take screenshots of for hours and hours. Currently, it’s Suramar and most of them are on this list too! Read on to learn about my top 10!


 


World of Warcraft: Ashenvale


Ashenvale


Classic


 


I think this was probably my very first zone obsession/love in the game. My first character was a night elf druid and I just fell in love with the dramatic and graceful scenes of forest, dark green and purple.


 


 


World of Warcraft: Crystalsong Forest


Crystalsong Forest


Wrath of the Lich King


The much under-used, and occasionally blinding zone beneath the floating city of Dalaran when it was in Northrend, Crystong Forest was simply stunning. It was so many different shades of purple all in one place! I recently did the balloon micro-holiday tours and got some fantastic screenshots of the area.


 


 


 


World of Warcraft: The Dreamgrove


The Dreamgrove


Legion


The entire Dreamgrove, the Druid Class Hall, is a night elf and druid heaven. It is absolutely gorgeous and then I found THIS. A big moonkin teaching little baby moonkins! Oh my goodness, I sat there watching them for so long! There’s so many awesome little fun things in each order hall, and the Dreamgrove is massive – and ok, you might get a bit lost from time to time. But at least your surrounded by pretty stuff, right? 😉


 


 


World of Warcraft: Eversong Woods


 


Eversong Woods


The Burning Crusade


The colours, the autumn hues and the extraordinary elf style and I fell in love with this place. It’s the one time I wish I played a horde more so that I could visit it more often! There’s something so wonderfully regal and historical about Eversong Woods, especially in the places untouched by scourge and it makes the darker places much harder to see.


 


 


 


World of Warcraft: Mount Hyjal


Mount Hyjal


Cataclysm


Not only is this area important for lore, the zone itself is gorgeous and filled with lots of Druid stuff! We learned so much about the druids and the Ancients from this zone, and the regrown tree Nordrassil is a poignant and stunning part of the landscape.


 


 


 


World of Warcraft: Nagrand


 


Nagrand


The Burning Crusade


Nagrand is all about the skies. I have so many screenshot of the skies at night, daytime, and sunset. More of the sky than anything else, and is it any wonder? It’s incredible!


 


 


 


World of Warcraft: Suramar


Suramar


Legion


Oh Suramar, you have so many hidden wonders like this; is it any wonder that I can’t visit you without taking a screenshot? You’re my biggest time waster, and yet I can’t stop myself. Blizzard really upped their game with their designs in Legion, and Suramar leaves me wordless at times. It’s the hub of ancient elf architecture and it feels like the designers went all out. This is probably my favourite zone of all.


 


 


 


World of Warcraft: Vale of Eternal Blossoms


The Vale of Eternal Blossoms


Mists of Pandaria


Mists of Pandaria had a very distinct oriental style, and what I liked about it was that they did it right. Just things like the style of buildings and gates, as well as the little things like the table settings and small kettles you’d find around. It was an expansion that was dredged in oriental cultures and mythology, and I feel that people didn’t appreciate it at all because it was so alien to them. My dad is very into Japanese culture, and so I’d spot things in the storylines or around the zones that would remind me of things he’d told me about. The Vale of Eternal Blossoms is a glorious splash of colour, kept hidden and locked away for thousands of years and you can see why. I almost wept when Garrosh unleashed the sha on it and destroyed it, tainting this celestial place forever 🙁


 


 


 


World of Warcraft: Val 'Sharah


Val’Sharah


Legion


 


Another druid and night elf zone (see a pattern here? 😉 ), Val’Sharah is nature personified. It is glorious and lush forests filled with detailed plants and creatures. It truly is magical and it’s heartbreaking to see the nightmare taking over, spreading further and further. Not to mention the heartbreaking events of some of the storylines. The beauty is juxtaposed against the darkness and it has a staggering effect.


 


 


World of Warcraft: Vortex Pinnacle


Vortex Pinnacle / Throne of the Four Winds


Cataclysm


This isn’t a zone, but rather a raid and dungeon instance in the zone of Uldum. It is a heavenly floating area filled with opalescent jewels and hues alongside white marble. It’s breathtaking and I wish it wasn’t confined just to the instances. A whole city or zone would be amazing and possibly rival my love for Suramar.


 




 


How about you; what are your favourites? Do you find yourself attracted to a particular style or feature? I have a thing for nature, and elvish architecture. Let me know in the comments!


If you liked the screenshots and would like to see more then take a peek at my Screenshot Gallery for more!


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If there’s something pretty and cute to collect in World of Warcraft then I probably have it, so unsurprisingly I collect mounts! I have always used an addon, and now the in game feature, to randomise mounts so I get the most from my large collection of 256 mounts. You can view my whole collection over at Warcraft Mounts 🙂


I have always had a mixture of luck with mount drops; for example, I was one of the first to get the Headless Horseman mount on my server, and I got all the Brewfest ones relatively quickly where as it took others years to collect. However, other mounts like the Love Rocket and the Blue Proto Drake still refuse to drop for me. And don’t even get me started on how long it took before Kael’Thas gave up his Swift White Hawkstrider!


Ahem. Well, here is my top 10 mounts. Some I am fortunate enough to own and others I will continue to hunt!


 




 


Arcanist's Manasaber Mount


Arcanist’s Mana Saber


Upon her return to The Nighthold, First Arcanist Thalyssra saw to it that adventurers who helped her  liberate Suramar were rewarded with prized mounts from the royal stable.


There’s just so many things about this mount that call to me. It’s exquisitely detailed, it’s so elegant and lets be honest; it’s a purple cat. Two of my favourite things! It also flies, so it has some gorgeous wings that extend from the sides. What i didn’t realise until writing this post is that it also automatically puts you in ‘costume’ (makes you neutral to the bad guys) if you use it in Suramar City. That’s a pretty neat trick!


 




 


Grove Warden Mount


  Grove Warden


These magical companions are the wardens of peaceful, primordial groves within the Emerald Dream.


 


There are just some mounts you see and know you HAVE to have them. This was one of them, but it came with a difficulty rating I wasn’t quite able to meet. I am beyond grateful to ArkzSc2 for boosting me and Chris to get the mount before it became unavailable. The whole WoW community really came together over this mount, doing regular Moose runs and so this represents more than just a mount to me. It’s a fantastic design, and I love knowing that it is a special warden of the Emerald Dream.


 


 




 


Headless Horseman Mount


Headless Horseman’s Mount


Be it into the flood, or into the fire, this one will go where you require.


 


This mount will always be super special to me because it was back in the days when special mounts dropping for holidays was a really new thing. This might have actually been the first one, I’d have to check for sure, and I was one of the first on my sever to get it. Over the years more and more people got it, but it was a magical feeling flying around Shattrath on this and being one of the few! It also does just look incredibly epic, and the fact that is a horse that flies – again, a first maybe? – just made it extra special.


 


 


 




 


Llothien Prowler Mount


Llothien Prowler


These sleek foxes can prowl amongst newly-fallen leaves without making a sound, even at this size.


IT’S A FOX MOUNT! I love foxes, and spent many many days farming the red fox kit pet before it got changed to one you could buy with currency /facepalm. So naturally as soon as I saw this I squeed and fangirled shamelessly. I finally managed to get the item drop for it a few weeks back and am now the proud owner of this little beauty!


Llothien Prowler Mount


 




 


Invincible Mount


Invincible


The famous steed of Arthas Menethil, who serves its master in life and in death. Riding him is truly a feat of strength.


While this mount certainly does look epic, and is a gorgeous model, it’s actually the lore behind this horse that captivates me. If you have read the Arthas novel, you’ll know what I mean. It explains the whole origin of Arthas’ mount, how he grew up with the horse after making a very special bond with it. The first thing he did when he became the Lich King was res his faithful steed. Ok, so that part is a little creepy, but it just shows the beautiful bond between a raider and their horse. I’ve yet to add Invincible to my collection though 🙁


 


 




 


Long Forgotten Hippogryph Mount


 Long-Forgotten Hippogryph


You are the only one that remembered.


Honestly, I could do just a list of Hippogryphs. I fought with which one to pick and in the end this one won because it’s purple. Ok it’s slightly pink… I’m going to stick with mauve as a descriptor. It is just gorgeous, and it has a fun and intense way to get it which makes it even more special.


 


 


 




 


Heavenly Crimson Cloud SerpentHeavenly Crimson Cloud Serpent


Heavenly Crimson Cloud Serpents are considered to be among the noblest of dragons.


Much like the Hippogryphs, these ethereal mounts deserve a whole post to themselves. I don’t think a single one of them is bad, or ugly, and it was a hard choice between this one and Yu’lei, Daughter of Jade. This one just reminds me of a sunset, the way the colours blend and seem to shift as it flies.


 




 


Cloudwing Hippogryph


Cloudwing Hippogryph


Moreso than normal hippogryphs, the cloudwings of Azsuna prefer to nest high up in mountain caves far above the cloud line.


 


Yes, I said one hippogryph… but technically this is a totally different model and it is just gorgeous. They first added this model, a green version, in as a recruit a friend prize and since all my friends already play WoW, it was never going to happen. So I am super happy to have a version that I can actually get! The updated graphics and details are just lovely, and the colouring is beautiful. I much prefer this multi-coloured version to the all colour arcane one.


 


 


 




 


Ashes of Al'ar


Ashes of Al’ar


Al’ar was the beloved pet of Kael’thas Sunstrider, who often boasted that death would never claim it. Perhaps he was right.


 


Before we even knew this was a mount, I wanted it to be a mount. I was transfixed watching Al’ar flying around in Tempest Keep, and while this mount remains elusive it is still my number one most wanted mount. One day it will be mine (when I stop slacking and start farming it properly again…) and I can’t wait. When you fly it leaves a trail of ethereal colour in it’s wake which just adds to it’s beauty in my eyes.


 


 


 




High Priest's Lightsworn Seeker


 


High Priest’s Lightsworn Seeker


Once plentiful, only three seekers remain on Azeroth after generations of battling the corruption of the cosmos.


 


Last but not least, one of the newest mounts in my collection is the new Priest class mount. I’ve saved this for last, not because it’s my favourite but because I wanted to show you it in all it’s glory – which means extra pictures!


 





You see, each one changes colour depending on your talent spec. On the left we have silver for Discipline, which is my main spec and I’m quite happy with! I like the second one, gold, for holy but I’ve always been more of a fan of silver than gold. Finally, there’s the purple shadow one on the right. Again, I like purple but it’s just a bit too much for my liking.


 




So there you have it, my top 10 mounts! Are any of these on your list? Which mounts are proving to be elusive and which one holds special meaning for you? Let me know in the comments <3


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