Saturday, January 24, 2015

Desert Rose - Emeridir of Gladden

For nearly three years, I've been staring at the same old pieces in the wardrobe. I've also been relying on the same gear combinations, altering colors here and there or adding different pieces to distinguish any given outfit. What I've been trying to do in recent weeks is break that habit. Instead, I look at the skins available to me and force myself to use one piece that I've NEVER used. As ugly as I thought the robe and cloak from the 2014 Spring Festival were, I decided to give them a shot. Quickly, I found the robe to be a dead end. The cloak, however, was not. It became the focal piece of this ensemble.

Unlike the atrocious and busy cloaks from the 2014 Summer Festival and 2014 Farmer's Faire, the Trellis-weave Cloak can be integrated into an outfit without pairing it with the matching robe. Originally, the cloak was dyed turquoise to compliment the almost wintergreen border. Initially, I couldn't quite find gear to match it, as the undyeable green shades were impossible to match. I eventually worked my way down the list of dyes, beginning with navy and ending with steel blue, ultimately settling on walnut brown. I noticed that color provided more combination options than the others did. By the time I finished, it was an intriguing amalgamation of light and heavy armor.

As the name and cloak suggest, this is a very earthy outfit. Browns, golds, creams, subdued unusual combinations of colors for this blog. Normally, I love to spotlight either something insanely bright and cheerful or highly saturated.

I must admit that I've grown unusually fond of this outfit. Oddly enough, that's also the most ironic statement I can make. As I've promised, I did say I'd give advanced notice as to when Material Middle-earth will no longer be updated. I'd say there will be either two or three weeks left of published content. Two, because I have two scheduled entries left. Three because I had a suggestion/request made on Twitter for an outfit by @AraeElimraen. I will try to honor it, even though she's made it clear I'm not obligated to do so.

Shoulders: Westemnet Battle Pauldrons of Power (Turquoise, T9 Metalsmith recipe)
Back: Trellis-weave Cloak (Walnut brown, Spring Festival barter reward)
Chest: Lesser Voice of the West Robe (Turquoise, Adventurer's Quartermaster at Harndirion - Minstrel armor)
Legs: Lesser Arrow of the West Leggings (Turquoise, Adventurer's Quartermaster at Harndirion - Hunter armor)
Hands: Westemnet Battle Gauntlets of Power (Turquoise, T9 Metalsmith recipe)
Feet: Westemnet Battle Boots of Power (Turquoise, T9 Metalsmith recipe)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Into the Blue - Andalost of Gladden

This is the second week in a row that I've encountered a lack of inspiration while browsing the vast catalog of cosmetics filling my wardrobe and the vaults of multiple characters. There was no particular idea behind this outfit. It was a random convergence of gold-trimmed and light armored pieces that unexpectedly matched. I didn't bother to check how it appears on other races, as I think most of us LOTRO fashionistas know how notorious shoulders are regarding shape, size, clipping, and placement between the races. I'd imagine this works well for elves and men, as well as the Minstrel, Lore-master, and the Rune-keeper classes. It has almost a mystical element to it.

Perhaps I should have renamed this outfit "Out of the Blue"...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Highwayman - Cirilyn of Gladden

I can safely say that I'm finally hitting the bottom of the proverbial bucket. Trying to stay original with my outfits, I've decided to give the crafted light armor robe, the Supple Wildermore Robe of Insight, a try. I've been reluctant to use it for well over a year because it isn't very form-fitting and it clips with a multitude of skins in the forearm, foot, and shoulder regions regardless of race and gender. If this robe must be used cosmetically, I'd recommend using either very short/thin or bulky gear as accompanying pieces. Gloves that stop at wrist and shoes work best. As far as I know, only Hymne has been successful in using it. Check out her post from September of 2013!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Idhrellach - Lanael of Gladden

From time to time, I like to set some guidelines for a particular outfit--something completely elvish, perhaps dwarven, or even make something entirely in leather. This time, I decided to ignore all new skins released between Rise of Isengard and the current expansion, Helm's Deep. I hadn't started posting my outfits until June 2012, about seven months after RoI had been released. Even though it had taken me a while make it to level 75, I hadn't anticipated cosmetic blogging would be in my future and I sold or discarded most of my gear. I thought it'd be fun to play the "what if?" game, wind the clock back to when Helegrod and Dol Guldur were the end-game content, and see what I could create.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Northern Lights - Faewynn of Gladden

This week's cold weather outfit was inspired by a bit of lore and a casual nighttime stroll through Forochel for some Lossoth recipes. Did you know that Forochel (or properly known as the Ice Bay of Forochel) is only the southernmost fragment of the land once known as Forodwaith? This region was once the great frozen expanse north of the Iron Mountains in the First Age. The land itself was unnaturally frigid, due to its closeness to the Gap of Ilmen, where the moon disappeared as it traveled around the world, the Helcaraxë, the icy waste connecting Aman and Middle-earth, and the evil cold generated by Melkor himself. At the end of the First Age, the War of Wrath occurred (the final battle between the Valar and Melkor) and the world shattered. Beleriand sunk into the sea along with most of the Iron Mountains and Forodwaith. However, Melkor's cold lingered well after the war.

Sometimes it's nice to learn about the history of a region!

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