Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pandaran Hiatus

Welcome fellow bloggers, roleplayers and other fashionistas! Anou's Armoire is currently on a short hiatus, pending the new and savage daily-fest that is WoW. -.-

Octavien, being my "main" for the guild (because he is a healer), is having to run a ton of dailies and dungeons to get rep to get gear and valor, and Anou, who is my "heart", is having to run dailies to get rep to get gear and enchanting recipes for Octavien and herself.

Furthermore, our guild is setting up to raid by next week, so I really have to crank it up to be ready on time.

A warlock's work is never done.

I am not abandoning this site, or your blogs, I just don't have enough time to get it all done. When the daily rhythm dies down a bit, I'll be back here with a few outfits I've already thought up... ;)

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Octavien is not a warlock. He is not a cloth wearer. But I absolutely had to show him off here at least once, so let's call this a Cameo Appearance.

Octavien is Anou's true love. He started as her devoted admirer, besotted by her demonic allure and now he has grown ten times more powerful and it is she who harbors that unilateral crush. (Learn more about Octavien.) Unfortunately, Anou must admire him from afar, as they can only communicate through mail and the written word. They will never be together. Poor Anou (/sadface)

Tee hee. ;)

Without further ado, here is Octavien in his Pandaren splendor:

Octavien and his loyal pup, Hound.

Featured above: Blood-Stained Pauldrons, Breastplate of the Witness, Renowned Guild Tabard, Fingers of Light, Goldtalon Clasp, Palewind Legguard, Stillheart Warboots, Massacre Sword.

I love the red and gold combination, and there is a hint of purple in the shoulders which carries into the pants and belt (which are a matching set). Lucky for Octavien, the Guild Tabard carries similar colors. Finally, the boots have a silvery-purple gradient in them that compliments the other items, making the look work. I did have a lot of trouble finding something to put on his feet, but I find the end result is pretty good. When I first found these shoulders, all I could think of was Chinese Dragons, so I stashed them in my bank. When MoP hit, I just knew I'd find a use for them!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Princess Leia Saga

From one princesse to the other... Here's a unique way of displaying the now-famous Princess Leia-inspired bikini dress. Guest starring Mr. Grubbs cast as the evil Jabba the Hutt.

Jabba's Captive

Featured above: Robes of the Triumvirate, Gem Studded Bracelets, Pet Rope Leash.

Leia's Conquest

Featured above: Apprentice's Robe, Apprentice's Boots, Argent Avenger.

Alas, for those of you who didn't save the Argent Avenger from pre-WotLK, it's no longer available in game. Sorry! :(

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Aye-Aye Captain!

Tee hee. I warned you! ;)
You knew there would be more pirate costumes. >:)

Here's a more somber set of gear inspired by the Admiral's Hat (which Anou spent days weeks farming for the recipe). Once again, this Warlock-turned-tailor poses in her dressing room for your admiration.

Not Just a Land Lubber

A More Distinguished Look

Featured above: Admiral's Hat, Embersilk Mantle, Balnazzar's Hide, White Swashbuckler's Shirt, Calico Gloves, Apothecary's Waistband, Apprentice's Pants, Buccaneer's Boots, Bazzalan's Blade.

The traditional pirate look is brought up a notch with shoulders and a matching cloak—giving it a one-piece look/feel to it. Admirals always have more to wear than their buccaneers, savvy, so your pirate is bound to evoke more respect this way. The red in the waist, shoulders and cloak also bring out the tiny red gem in the sword, which is a detail I really like.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pink For October

JD Kenada is hosting a very generous Transmog Event, in which he says if enough people transmogrify their 'toons into pink outfits, he will donate $100.00 to a Breast Cancer fund.

'Nuff said.

Featured above: Doomcaller's Mantle, Robes, Footwraps, Councillor's Sash, Dark Storm Gauntlets, Sulfur Stave (I knew this would eventually serve me.).

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Playing Pirate

Everyone loves a good pirate outfit, especially me. ;)  As seen in a previous entry, I have already written about Anou's pirate costume, but below, using items I mix and match with other outfits, you can see two very nice variations of the pirate theme!

Below, in her dressing room, Anou displays two takes on a red pirate outfit, very simple and easy to pull together.

 Featured above: Outlander's Facewrap, White Swashbuckler's Shirt, Wisdom of the Timbermaw, Crimson Silk Pantaloons, Buccaneer's Boots, Uvuros Hide Gloves, Bazzalan's Blade.

Featured above: Outlander's Facewrap, Red Swashbuckler's Shirt, Apothecary's Waistband, Suppository Preventors, Buccaneer's Boots, Uvuros Hide Gloves, Bazzalan's Blade.

As stated in previous posts, the gloves are the exact replica of Black Mageweave Gloves. The white pants can be replaced by the Aurora Pants when you've got the boots on. Basically, anyone can look like a pirate with those boots! Also, any rapier or scimitar will work, and there are plenty gray and common quality ones that aren't soulbound, which you can store in your "Closet Bank"!

There will surely be more pirate outfits to come. One can never have too many options! ;)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cataclysmically Gorgeous

Phenomenal dress. Simply magnificent. Only one dress is prettier, and that would be its Elite version which isn't available to Anou right now.

Featured above: Cataclysmic Gladiator's Felweave Raiment, Spring Flowers, Knitted Sandals.

Actually, this dress inspired me to build a new transmog set. I'm working on it for now, and I'll post as soon as it's complete! ;)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Anoukisse the Doomcaller

Doesn't that sound vile and wicked? Anoukisse the Doomcaller. Muahahahahahaha!

The Doomcaller's Attire is another Warlock-specific tier set that Anou has completed. It is considered tier 2.5 and is still available through quests and reputation with Brood of Nozdormu. A long, long grind, and many scarabs and idols later, Anou also picked up the randomly dropped matching gloves. During this grind she also found Gloves of the Messiah with are the ones I used in the farmer outfit.

I especially love the back side of the dress where the turquoise and gold wings change the whole look of this set. The rest of the gear is rather ordinary actually, especially since it is an exact recolor of the priest and mage tier 2.5.

Featured above:  Doomcaller's Circlet, Mantle, Robes, Footwraps, Dark Storm Gauntlets.

Wings Come to Life?

Clever Anou. She snuck her Red Moth behind her. ;)

The weapons that go with the set, either staff or dagger, are on my list of things to do, but I'm so sick of AQ that I'm not sure it'll ever happen.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Special Guest

Anou was invited to an impromptu wedding a few weeks ago. She had to pull something together in about 15 minutes, to arrive in style and steal the spotlight—until the bride appeared, of course. /cough

Well, she went to the beauty parlor and had her hair done and sent word to her stylist to express-mail her a new dress and matching accessories, something different and eye-catching, but not so daring as to out-do the bride.

Featured above: Crown of the Fire Festival (bottom image only), Primal Robe, Lingering Illness (top image only), Bouquet of Orange Marigolds, Knitted Sandals.

Bracers and/or gloves can also complement this outfit, making the sleeves look longer and less like a bloody bandage (lol).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Blood Elf Lookout

I've updated my WoW Model Viewer since the patch, but it's got this shoulder bug thing that a lot of people are having trouble with. So, I've just been skimming through other cloth pieces, not quite imagining new outfits, but more like getting a feel for what's available.

Several times in the past, while going through the cloth feet, I've come upon these boots that look like cowboy boots. But every time I've searched for them, I was only able to find the leather version off the vendors in the Blood Elf starter zone.

Cowboy Boots

Finally though, last night, I discovered a comment about them actually being part of the Blood Elf Rogue starter set. What? Cloth? Needless to say, I immediately logged in and snagged Anou a pair, along with the rest of the set (all cloth). It isn't soulbound, why shouldn't I save the whole set?

First of all, I will be trying to design a "Daisy Duke outfit" around these boots. Come on, they scream Daisy Duke!

However, consider how cute Anou looks in her roguish counterpart's clothing, whilst admiring The Great Sea and the majestic city perched high above it.

These screenshots were taken within the Sunwell Plateau instance. Pally showed me the most beautiful spot! He really has an eye for locations! Thanks Pally!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Spotlight: Pyrennicus

Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

Ok, she didn't get to dance with him, but boy did this Warlock knock Anou's socks off. He was tall and virile, and oh-so-evil looking. Clearly a master of demonology. Brave as she is, though, she went right up to him and told him he was hot. And his duds were hot. And his wings... Well, you get the picture.

Amused, Pyrennicus agreed to have his photo taken by the paparazzi that follow Anou everywhere, and gave his consent to be spotlighted in this article! It's Anou's Armoire's very first spotlight—not a feature that I had planned to incorporate really, but it was a spontaneous decision. This man is a Warlock. He wears cloth and has an incredible look! Why the heck not?

So, without further ado, please meet Assistant Professor Pyrennicus, of Arathor's <Order of the Golden Dawn>.

Smile for the Camera!

Stealing a Glimpse (Anou is So Pretty)

"The pleasure was all mine..."

Featured above: Horns of the Left Hand Path, Runecloth Shoulders, Cat Lover's Vest, Crimsonborne Bracers, Informant's Gloves, Nesingwary's Sash, Breeches of Mended Nightmares, Junglestrider Sandals. Tirisfal Wand of Ascendancy (off-hand: Star of Stranglethorn). (For Anou's wardrobe in these shots, see Lush Private Garden.)

It was a pleasure to meet and converse with Pyrennicus, who was quite the gentleman. Hopefully our paths will cross again...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Anoukisse the Malefic

Does any Warlock-only set beat the Malefic one? No, I don't think so.

Ugh. Hyjal. Zombies. Demons. Humans! Those wings are to die for. Literally. And die, and die. You as well as me, let me tell you. Also known as the Tier 6 Raid Set, Warlocks can obtain the pieces using tokens "of the Forgotten Conqueror" that drop randomly from various bosses in Sunwell Plateau, Hyjal Summit, and Black Temple.

After much toil and strife, after crying because a guild mate needed on the helm the very first time we went in there specifically for Anou to get the helm (grr!), Anou finally won her Belt of the Forgotten Conqueror the other morning, thus completing the set.

Admittedly, I went a bit screenshot-crazy, but what can I say—those wings!

Demon from the Darkest Crypts

Demon and the Imp

Door Number 13

From the Dark Heavens

Impressive Wing Span

Featured above: Hood, Mantle, Robe, Gloves, Belt, and Boots of the Malefic.

A few pieces from that set are also used to complete the Sunwell Warlock Raiment, but Anou hasn't collected that set as she's not particularly fond of it. Well, not yet anyway. Personally, I don't find the belt actually matches the Malefic set, but that's that.

Now, if you want the wings on this set you must have both the hood and mantle for the effect to occur. The effect may perhaps proc on its own, but mostly it's when your character jumps. Also, for a fact, if the helm is not displayed, the wings will not proc, so even though it is hideous, Display Helm. Check!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lovely Dresses, Part 1

Of all the gowns and robes and dresses in game, you are bound to have one copy of the Lovely Dress. These dresses are chic and elegant—they are formal-wear, have no doubt—but many a bank alt is sporting one of these for their casual shopping trips.

The nice thing about these dresses is they are not soulbound, so you can store them in your closet bank, as Anou does, and express-mail them to your various 'toons if the occasion calls for it.

Lovely Black Dress

Featured above: Lovely Black Dress, Bouquet of Red Roses, Knitted Sandals.

Lovely Blue Dress

Featured above: Crown of the Fire Festival, Lovely Blue Dress, Spring Flowers, Knitted Sandals.

The Crown of the Fire Festival was challenging but not as difficult as I'd thought to obtain. It's the perfect complement to many of these formal dresses as it is pale and innocent-looking. (Incidentally, it was an item that Anou desperately wanted to be able to prove her angelic nature. She earned it this year, putting out many a bonfire in capital Alliance cities. Take that Alliance scum!) Now, if only I can get my hands on a Forever-Lovely Rose on both my main characters, I would be a very happy—and well-dressed—camper!

/wink wink

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Enchanted Enchantors

Here are two other looks for those wanting to put together an Enchantor's outfit or possibly a witch's costume.

This is one of those rare posts where I have chosen not to actually farm the outfits because I have one I very much like and I don't plan to transmogrify this type of look. Not in the near future anyway. That's all Anou needs—more people asking for enchants. ;)

Featured above left: Skywitch Hat, Lesser Wizard's Robe, High Councillor's Sash, Dress Shoes, High Councillor's Gloves, Flesh Piercer, Tome of Shadow Force.

Featured above right: Red Pointy Hat, Crimson Silk Robe, Vindicator's Mooncloth Slippers, Torturing Poker, Furbolg Medicine Pouch.

Now, in my defense, when I put these outfits together quite some time ago, I had no idea that the red hat and robe combination were an actual set. I was looking for something that would be relatively easy for anyone to put together, something that matched nicely and wasn't too expensive. Most of these items are either quest rewards or tailored pieces, very easy to find on any realm.

If you're unlucky as I was, Anou had already completed the quests for the hats and missed her chance to save them. Luckily though, a friend led me to a spot where a series of quests end with a reward that is the exact replica of the black and purple one, with the added perk of being a shape-shifting item!

P.S. My Wow Model Viewer is broken with a known yet unfixed bug: Several races keep their eyes closed. Blood Elf females and Night Elf males are two of those.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Pandaren Style

Going along with the Welcome Mists of Pandaria party Savage Darkness is aiming for, here are some alternate outfits based on the dresses and pets I mentioned in one of my last posts.

Usually anything black will complement either of these gowns, but keep in mind the Festival Suit will not display any kind of pants or belt. The Robes of Koegler have a neat long-sleeve under three-quarter sleeve effect that you can play off, or switch up with complementing bracers.

Featured above: Robes of Koegler, Wisdom of the Timbermaw, Runed Spellcuffs, Knitted Sandals, Rune Sword. Lucky Quilen Cub.

Featured above: Robes of Koegler, Runed Spellcuffs, Knitted Sandals, Spring Flowers. Lucky Quilen Cub. 

Featured above: Robes of Koegler, Knitted Sandals. Festival Lantern. 

Featured above: Festival Dress, Rune Sword. Festival Lantern.

Update 18/09/2012: It appears Blizzard has changed the model of the Robes of Koegler (at least the ones that drop in the low-level instance). This sucks for a vast number of role players and fashionistas. Hopefully Blizz will give it back its beautiful blue pattern.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

League of Arathor MogOlympics Athletes

Since the link from the MogOlympics' site points here, and since I post my results and items list on my other blog, I've decided to set up a list of links to each specific entry here, for anyone interested or curious! :) Or, you can simplify things by checking out the entire MogOlympics Category!

Week One:

Opening ceremonies! Meet Ella, Quinn and Verity, Flagbearers for League of Arathor!
Round one, Cycling. Meet Rodney "Red Rod" Crankshaft!
Round two, Hammer Throw. Meet Corrick McCord!

Week Two:

Round three, Discus. Meet Jaremy Thompson!
Round four, Wrestling. Meet Dranoss "The Fang"!
Round five, Archery. Meet Fenn Nightvine!
Round six, Javelin. Meet Dalessian Stormpole, winner of the Gold Medal! Woohooo! /cheer

Week Three:

Round seven, Fencing.
Round eight, Freestyle.
Round nine, Equestrian.
Closing Ceremonies.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bamboo Grove

Darger, our very generous GM, has once again humored me in one of my dress-up doll endeavors—I have this whole idea about our end-of-expansion guild party. Anyway, you know how things get when the creative juices are flowing...

Featured above: Festival Suit, Knitted Sandals.

Anou has crafted a veritable army of Festival Suits and Festival Dresses, and has bought and gift-wrapped many a pair of Knitted Sandals and sent them along to willing guild members for our "end-of-expansion" party. We'll be doing an Asian theme and dressing our toons in Festival garb to celebrate the arrival of the Pandaren. The location is still to be determined but people are definitely getting into the swing of things!

If you're fortunate enough to have saved a Festive Pant Suit or one of the Festive Dresses during the Lunar Festival, those will also do magnificently well! Or, try running the new Scarlet Monastery instances for a chance to win Robes of Koegler. Then it's as simple as getting a pair of Knitted or Cross-Stitched Sandals and a hair cut and presto-change-o! Hello Mists of Pandaria! Welcome to Azeroth! Actually, it would be even funnier to pull a "geeky Asian" and wear the socks under the flip-flops ;) (Ringo's Blizzard Boots/Shimmering Geta).

Non-combat pets that fit the bill would be things like Pandaren Monk, Ancona chicken, Westfall Chicken, any variety of serpent, Dragon Kite, Festival Lantern, Lucky Quilen Cub, Lunar Lantern, Magic Lamp, Panda Cub, Tuskarr Kite.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Updated Chef

Pilfering rice from the trolls wasn't such a great idea. After catching her for the second time, it was off to the kitchens for Anou, to cut up, debone and fillet a rather large bowl of raw slitherskin mackerel.

"Ugh. More fish."

Featured above: Chef's Hat, Brewfest Dress, Brewfest Slippers, Old Crafty, Neurosurgeon's Tool.

Yes. My head almost popped off too when I realized the axe was actually a dagger. I must say, THANK YOU BLIZZARD! for giving us caster-types a way to carry something that looks appropriate for the kitchen! Now, let's just hope we get to keep daggers in MoP!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Merciless Gladiator's Dreadgear

Back during the Burning Crusade, Anoukisse plodded her way painfully through an endless string of battlegrounds to get her hands on a full epic PvP set to make raiding a bit easier. (At the time a lot of people were doing it, and being my first experience in World of Warcraft, I took the advice and worked my fingers raw.)

Anou was a struggling warlock, the worst of her class. She spent most nights as a ghost, resurrecting in one graveyard or another only to race headlong into some random group of alliance just to die again. However, after many trials and much adversity, she proudly sported her five pieces of "full Glads" into Karazhan.

Welcome to the very sadistic, Warlock-specific, season 2 PvP, Merciless Gladiator set...


Shaafenn and the Staff

Demonic Circle

Featured above: Merciless Gladiator's Dreadweave Hood, Mantle, Robe, Cord of Screaming Terrors, Merciless Gladiator's Dreadweave Gloves, Vindicator's Mooncloth Slippers, Zhar'doom, Greatstaff of the Devourer.

The belt and boots were won in recent forages for transmog gear, as was the staff. In fact, the belt listed above is the same model as Veteran's Dreadweave Belt, which is the one that comes with the PvP set, only it was made to match the Corruptor Raiment, which is minimally lighter in color. Veteran's Dreadweave Stalkers and the correct belt are on my to-do list.

Despite the allure of Void Storage, I can't bring myself to put this set in there because of all the hard work that went into earning it and enhancing it with gems and enchantments. It will stay in Anou's bank, authentic, forever.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Enchanter

Anou's Enchanting Office

Please stay behind the line and take a number.
Then, I don't want to see you until your name is called.

Thank you,
The Management

You can't see it in these photos, but Anou's got Torch of Austen equipped in the wand slot, you know, to light the darker corners of the office (or to hold back an angry mob screaming for enchants after a raid). In the bottom screenshot, the belt was removed and I've swapped the pouch for Lantern of Enchanted Flame. I looked for a pair of purple gloves that would not become soulbound, but had no luck.

There are two other pouches that can be used if you want to set up your own enchanting outfit in a different color: Khadgar's Knapsack and Lost Bag of Whammies. In my case, I built my outfit around the hat because it's a shape-shifting item, and I didn't want to have extra slots taken up for a second hat. Furthermore, in my opinion, the Torturing Poker looks like an enchanting rod, so I chose the Furbolg Pouch as a "Hypnotic Dust container" to match it. The Torturing Poker itself has look-alikes, but this one is a dagger that I can equip at the same time as the pouch.

The office is now closed.

Go away.
Before I turn you into a Soul Shard.

Thank you,
The Management

Saturday, August 18, 2012

By the Fountain

Here is a great spring get-up, pale colors and pastels being the way to go when the flowers start to poke out of the earth and grass begins to uncurl. Below, Anou is enjoying a leisurely stroll around a fountain in Dalaran, her favorite city, after having picked a bunch of sweet-smelling flowers down below, in Crystalsong Forest.

Featured above: Patchwork Armor, White Swashbuckler's Shirt, Ancestral Belt, Inconspicuous Pantaloons, Knitted Sandals, Spring Flowers.

This particular belt was used for two reasons: 1) because it matches the bands on the sleeves of the chest piece almost perfectly while creating a nice contrast; and 2) because it's one of those most awesome unbound items that can be brought back and forth from my closet bank very easily. Naturally, you can mix up off-hands to complete this set, using any variety of books or flowers. I bet even a Wine Glass would look fantastic if you're setting this outfit up casually in an inn or tavern.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Squid

Here is Anou's newest transmog outfit! I call this one "The Squid" because originally it matches those gross, wiggling shoulders. She won a whole bunch of stuff on a DS alt run last week and I was ready for a change. The starting off point was the chest piece, which was new, and I ran with that.

I find this look is sinister in a calm and deceiving sort of way. It mixes epic and tier pieces from different eras and a few odd choices that fit perfectly! All I need is a new weapon and off-hand to go with it, but I'm going to try to find something that overwrites Power Torrent's glow. (I'm open to suggestions, so please feel free to.. suggest!)

Dagrin Admires the Latex Sea Horse

Too cute.

Featured above: Doomcaller's Mantle, Robes of the Faceless Shroud, Bracers of the Black Dream, Lingering Illness, Slippers of the Holy Light, Rathrak, the Poisonous Mind.

Update: Last night, Sunday Aug. 19th, I won a book that matches this transmog set to a tee. Ironmender is a golden volume perfect for Anou's endless pursuit of knowledge. Also, in the screen caps below, Anou equipped her helm, Doomcaller's Circlet, which matches the shoulders and is part of the Warlock-specific tier 2.5 set obtained in Temple of Ahn'Qiraj.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Supper at the Leger Demain

Another night out with the girls! This time though, Anou is feeling a bit catty as one of her friends joins her at the table wearing similar attire. Good thing her friend bought the first round...

"Didn't I tell you I would wear my white blouse, skirt and vest?!"

The nerve of her!

Featured above: Twill Vest, White Swashbuckler's Shirt, Knitted Belt, Simple Kilt, Pagan Shoes, Wine Glass.

I chose the White Swashbuckler's Shirt because I love the flared sleeves and the crisp white color. However, any nicely contrasting colored-shirt would do. You could also pair it with one of the Argent Tournament souvenir shirts, or a Filigreed Shirt, and add the Knitted Sandals for a more summery ensemble.