Happy Holidays From The Raynier’s!

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

This holiday season has been filled with tremendous amounts of beautiful and fun festive items for all of us to enhance our virtual worlds with.  By far my favorite is this brilliant collaboration from PILOT creator Kaz Nayar and EXPOSEUR creator Rubystarlight Writer!

Full of couples poses, including a girl/girl and a group, it is like a holiday party in this exquisite original mesh snow globe.  Picture perfect for your holiday greeting cards, you can grab your own at either PILOT’s main-store or EXPOSEUR’s main-store, how convenient!

I stole Mrs. Raynier away from studying for a little bit to do our Christmas photos.  We did not have time to show you the rest of the poses, the girlfriends and group, but maybe if we get a chance tomorrow we can do a part deux of this beautiful creation.

From our entwined hearts to yours, we wish each and every one of you the most joyous, resplendent  wonder filled holiday season and the best possible New Year to come.  May it bring you every dream in your heart, love, happiness and a wealth of prosperity, but most of all, great health to enjoy it all!

Close Up Worth A Thousand Words

Close Up Worth A Thousand Words

All I Want For Christmas Is You!

All I Want For Christmas Is You!

Whispers Of Love

Whispers Of Love

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

You Are The Greatest Gift

You Are The Greatest Gift

What I Am Wearing:
Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone
Hair-Exile 6th Avenue Heartache:Midnight
Hairbase-Belleza- Tan Dark hair base (Included w/Ethan Frost Available @  FROST thru January 2nd 2013!)
Eyes-.ID. Glimmer Contacts / Mesh / Aqua (Available @ The Arcade Gacha Events December 2012) 
Scarf-FATEwear Ron – Holiday RF (Subscirber Gift!)
Suit-FATEwear Suit Smith Volcano
Glovs-FATEwear Glove George – Holiday (Subscirber Gift!)
Shoes-FIR & MNA The Ashford Brogues Green Neon
What Gabriella Is Wearing:
Skin-Belleza Elle Dark Deep
Eyes-Mayfly– Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Red Mahogany)
Hair: TRUTH Sassy 2 – espresso
Gloves- Baiastice Velvet long gloves – red
Dress-coldLogic dress – frost.scarlet
Jewelry-EarthStones Romance
Shoes-Maitreya Gold Liaison – Raven
Pose & Prop-PILOT & exposeur – Snow Globe

Preparing For Autumn

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  The leaves turn glorious colors, whisper their journey from the branches of trees and the cool breeze is a welcomed reprieve from the Summer heat.  Fashion wise, Autumn brings us layers and Earth tones, light jackets and a need for hats.

Mrs. Raynier and I had a nice afternoon enjoying Autumns approach.  The fun poses and props are from the lush creative mind of Adorkable Peapod.  I love Adorkable poses, they always make you smile, have a naturalness to them and invoke imagery that leads to fun photos like the one below.  You can snatch up these amazing poses at the upcoming ARCADE Gacha Event opening to the public on September 15th!

The piggy banks are from Sway’s and I just have to say these are absolutely adorable!  I had a piggy bank as a kid, though mine was from Spain, made of clay with intricate flora painted upon it.  I recall the day it cracked and how devistated I was for it had been handed down in my family on mon Mama’s side, brought from Galicia, Spain where my family came from to the United States.  Mon Papa was a patient man, and while mon Mama and I were in emotional tears over the broken piggy bank, he quietly mended it back together with clear ceramic glue.  You could not tell that it had the crack unless you looked very closely and he explained that, “It is not ruined son, it just has a war wound now to show the adventure it went on from the top shelf to the floor.”  My piggy bank had been saved by mon Papa’s mending hands and set back where it resided in my room until I was an adult.  Funny how little things bring about memories.  Thank you Sway, for creating a bit of fun to remind us of our youth and the things we grow out of.  I’ll be sure to keep a piggy bank in the house to not forget those great times.

For more information on the ARCADE, please see my previous post here!  

What things do you enjoy about the Autumn season?

Preparing For Autumn

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone

Hair- Pocket Mirrors Eric Dark Brown (Dyed black in world)

*Eyes-Poetic Colors classic gen4 – tropical reef – small medium  (Available @ The Mens Dept)

Glasses-K_gs Forgen 1.01

Facial Hair-Zovo Beard Light, Aphotic Gloom A.G. Magnus Facial Hair Sideburns #1 Clean

*Jacket-FATEwear Suit – Smith Blazer – Void

*Shirt-FATEwear Suit – Smith Shirt – Tundra

*Tie-FATEwear Suit – Smith Tie – Volcano

Pants-FATEwear Pants – John – Lagoon

Shoes-Adjunct Portland Classic – Mens – Black

What Gabriella Is Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Elle Dark Deep

Eyes-Mayfly– Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Red Mahogany)

Hair-TRUTH Tammy- espresso

Outfit-coldLogic combo watson – brick

Shoes-Maitreya Radical Boots * Suede Coal

*Structure-floorplan. the brownstone apartment / purple (Available @ Collabor88 September 8th 2012)

Decor-Sway’s [Piggy Bank]s (Available @ ARCADE Gacha Event September 15th) LISP – Anna Sofa (Available @ Collabor88 September 8th 2012),  LISP Words Candles, Sway’s [Natia]  Candleholder,  Frame, Shelf

Adorkable Poses: My Little Pumpkins (Available @ ARCADE Gacha Event September 15th) 

*Promotional Copies-Thank You!

You’re Nothing Short Of A Miracle

You’re Nothing Short Of A Miracle

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-NIVARO Crow Skin summertone

Hair-Redgrave Cruz Black

*Eyes-Poetic Colors classic gen4 – tropical reef – small medium  (Available @ The Mens Dept)

Glasses-K_gs Jett 1.00 (Available @ The Mens Dept)

Facial Hair-Zovo Classic

*Shirt-[Sheep Door] Cropped shirts Purplestripe (Available @ The Mens Dept)
*Pants-[LOVE RE ME]Cropped Slim Pants CheckC (Available @ The Mens Dept)
Shoes-[ JP ]:dsg. Sneaker Supreme / Multi-color
What Gabriella Is Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Elle Dark Deep

Eyes-Mayfly– Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Red Mahogany)

Hair-TRUTH Bria- espresso

Shirt & Skirt-coldLogic miller contrast

Shoes-Maitreya Radical Boots * Suede Coal

*Structure-DECO The Mumbai Sky Loft

*Decor & Furnishings-[kusshon] paradise hanging chair dark, floorplan. shutter frame & bookworm ladder / neutral, [HANDverk]Director-X Chair.gray (ALL Available @ The Mens Dept)

Pose-exposeur (Available @ The Mens Dept)

*Promotional Copies-Thank You!

Fighter

If you read my blog or have interacted with me over the past year, you likely are aware that I fight a battle with chronic pain every day.  That battle has been proving more difficult as each day passes.  I am never pain free, haven’t been for over 8 years.  The pain increases often, making it ten times worse than the normal pain I am in all the time.  When those bouts of pain spikes happen, they can last for an hour to weeks.

Right now I am struggling to keep fighting.  Every day I wake up I have to put on my game face, try to manage simple tasks and accept defeat when my pain is too much for me.  I’ve come to look at my pain as my worse enemy, my constant adversary.  This adversary wants to defeat me, and often it does.  It robs me of many of my simple pleasures in life.  I am unable to draw, animate, paint or take photographs in real life.  This is due to the fact my pain doesn’t allow me to move in the same way I used to, and my hands shake horribly to the point I drop things often.

It is a difficult journey for it often feels as if I am fighting against myself.  For how do you fight that which is housed within your own being?  Battling ones self is indescribably heartbreaking and it takes great willpower to keep lifting your head off the battlefield.

Why am I telling you all this?  Because I needed to get it out, I needed to express it in some way.  So I did it visually as best that I could today during a high pain bout.  They are not the best images, but they express what I am feeling.  I am a fighter, and despite the fact my pain often wins, I will never let it completely defeat me.

Fighter

Fighter

What Pain (Chance 1) Is Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Jakob Tan

Eyes-Mayfly Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Morning Sea)

Ears-AITUI (Type 2) Stretched Ear – Human – 1/2″

Hairbase-Entente B&W Midnight

Facial Hair- Entente Facial Hair B – Beard Deux – Black – Hair & –EMORTAL CONCEPTS~Facial Hair Tattoo~BLK Chin Curtain

Hair-Entente Thibaut Hair

Shorts-PHILO Harvester Sweat Pants – Crimson

Socks-Maitreya Scrunched PrimSocks * White

Gloves-Roosters Bloodied Wraps

Shoes-Entente L’Equipe Kicks

What I Am Wearing:

Skin-Belleza Jakob Tan

Eyes-Mayfly Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Morning Sea)

Ears-AITUI (Type 2) Stretched Ear – Human – 1/2″

Hairbase-Entente B&W Midnight

Facial Hair- Entente Facial Hair B – Beard Deux – Black – Hair

Boxing Gloves & Helmet-Evillast by Fade Dana

Suspenders-RezIpsa Loc Suspenders Brick Red

Shorts-RONSEM Jersey Half / gray

Boots-League Shin Boot

Body Bruises-Coca & Wolf

Facial Bruises-Sin Alley Bruised eye and busted cheek

Poses-STAKEY ,Diesel Works