If It’s Not Baroque …

I mean, don’t fix it. 😀

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I’d love to take more time to write today but I’ve come to the realization that this pressing need to write something thoughtful and intriguing with every post is really counter-productive! So. There will still be editorial-length posts here on Mask and Mien but there are going to be a number of shorter ones too because sometimes we just want to look at pretty pictures, right? And get FULL credits. I have not, nor will I ever, guard my style like it’s classified information – if you see something here that I haven’t credited fully please just ask and I’ll find the thing!

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya ~ Catwa Clip
Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 ~ Kikonosuke Eel
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver / Aqua ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Nail Appliers alme. Golden Lines Light ~ Chloe Electra

Hair:  Stealthic – Persephone (Bento Fitted) ~ Hunter ~ NEW @ Hair Fair 2017 (until July 16th)

Gown:  SMD ~ Le Carnivale Baroque Gown & Overskirt – Maitreya ~ Bee Dumpling  ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (July 5th – 31st, 2017)

Jewellery Set: Cae :: Chelsea :: ~ Caelan Hancroft ~ NEW @ FaMESHed (until July 27th)

Pose: *PosESioN* Classic 4 ~ Dahriel

Yearbook Challenge: 2017

Mega-huge thanks to Strawberry Singh for posting the 2017 installment of her ubiquitous Yearbook challenge! Love the blog, love the Berry! To celebrate her “10 years of Second Life” (WOW!), Ms. Berry is offering L$ 5000 to one of her readers for answering a few simple questions in her comments section. Seriously. Go check it out!

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Most Likely to: Leave Early to Play Dungeons & Dragons

Yep, I’m still talking about D&D! We are just FIVE DAYS OUT from the Mhirdrun sim’s grand opening and even though I will not be there this Saturday (I’m moving this weekend! :O) I cannot wait to hear ALL about those first glorious days of sim RP! As I’ve said before, writing and storytelling are a big part of my life and a major source of insipiration for me – I started playing D&D at age fourteen and taught my little sister to play when she was six. It’s been a huge part of our lives and I cannot state enough that there is something for everyone in games like this. Whether you’re trying Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, a game like 7th Sea, Shadowrun, or Cypher, the experience of adventure and In Character accomplishment can be intensely liberating.

This applies, of course, to Second Life role play as well – with the added bonus of being able to style your character and take a million, zillion pictures! 😀

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SEE?! ^

So why not forget about what you think you know about role playing and think about how much fun it could be to have an adventure? To be someone other than yourself? Why not step outside your comfort zone (if it doesn’t already include SL RP) and try something new?

Mhirdrun opens this weekend: May 13th at NOON SLT! Write it down. Read the website. Join the in-world group and come have a look at one of the most beautiful sims I have ever seen!

For those unfamiliar with RP sim etiquette, a quick note:

  • Remember to wear sim-appropriate clothing. Anything fantasy-related will do – no jeans, stiletto heels, electric guitars, or hoverboards, please!
  • Respect that other people on-sim might be role playing – don’t worry, no one minds if you watch, but please don’t say anything in local chat if you are strictly there as an observer. Find a good spot out of the way but within chat range (local range is 20 meters) and you’re all set.
  • Don’t lag up the joint! Maximum script memory per avatar is 0.150ms and maximum Avatar Rendering Cost (ARC) is a very generous 325k but PLEASE, and this goes double for observers, keep those numbers as low as possible. ❤
  • Find some way to indicate that you are OOC (Out of Character) and observing the action. This can be a group tag if you have access to one or, alternatively, some role players use titlers (just remember to keep your script count low!).
  • Enjoy. ❤

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya ~ Catwa Clip
Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 ~ Kikonosuke Eel
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver / Aqua ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Makeup Applier: !Musa! Eyeshadow Leda Cool Tones ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until May 31st, 2017)
Nail Appliers 1: :[P]:– Maitreya Nailpolish:// Dulcet / Rinka ~ Aikea Rieko

~ Style 1 ~

Hair: TRUTH / Kare ~ Truth Hawks ~ NEW GROUP GIFT!

Romper: TETRA – Formation Playsuit (Breeze) – Maitreya ~ NataPorolo ~ NEW @ Collabor88 (until June 6th)

Glasses: :[P]:– Diamondine Glasses ~ Aikea Rieko
Necklace: (Yummy) Tiny Teardrop Pendant Necklace – Gold ~ Polyester Partridge

Pose: Le Poppycock-Now is everything (*Convolutions* A)  ~ Olivia Lalonde ~ NEW @ The Chapter Four (until May 21st)

~ Style 2 ~

Hair: Exile:: Way That I Feel ~ Kavar Cleanslate ~ NEW @ Collabor88 (until June 6th)

Silks: *Sweet Kajira * Tanit WHITE Top & Skirt Maitreya ~ Gacha Item ~ Bronte Denja ~ NEW @ The Fantasy Gacha Carnival (until May 20th)
Wings: #2 Blueberry – Angelberry – RARE – Wings – Pure ~ Gacha Item ~ Blueberryxx

Jewellery Set: .aisling. Nilia ~ Gacha Item ~ Damian Kleiner ~ NEW @ The Fantasy Gacha Carnival (until May 20th)

Pose: ::Poseidon:: Priestess 6 ~ Gryphon Vendetta

What Does it Mean to be Happy?

It sounds like the easiest thing in the world, doesn’t it?  Just being happy?

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It’s another one of those things that I think about from time to time, though, mostly because it isn’t so easy for me. It’s something I have to work to achieve and sometimes I have to fight hard to maintain. Over the last few days I have struggled with it and even now I don’t know if it’s due to quitting smoking, the cold I can’t seem to shake, the rainy weather, or the fact that my home life is changing drastically this week (for the better, I should add, but it’s still a big change). Nonetheless, it has been difficult and I have been wondering.

Are we happy because good things happen? Because bad things aren’t happening currently? Is it because people do nice things and we feel what we feel in response to those things or because others have simply ceased being negative in our presence? When someone says “you make me happy,” I have to wonder if they require another person to make them happy, much the same as when my nephew says “I’m bored” (which I can’t stand) because he wants me to find something for him to do. Is happiness something that begins inside or is it the result of external factors? In the instance of “you make me happy,” is it possible to be happy (or unhappy) in spite of another person’s best efforts? Surely, it’s possible. We see evidence of this every day.

As I said, it’s something I think about pretty often because I do work so hard at it. For me, it’s something inside that I have to nurture and protect with a lot of mindfulness (“does it really matter what this person thinks about me?”) and self-talking (“I can do this. It’s just rush hour traffic – people commute every day.”) and even then, it isn’t a sure thing.

One thing I do know, however, is that I prefer to be happy. No matter how hard it is or how much effort it takes, I have to believe that it’s better to aim high and miss occasionally than accept the alternative and do nothing to change it.

What do you think?

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya ~ Catwa Clip
Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 ~ Kikonosuke Eel
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Nail Appliers: Hello Dave – Nail Appliers – Tumultuous 8 ~ Maia Gasparini

Hair:  .Entwined. Amelia / Materials ~ Vivienmarli

Top: BTTB tragic gacha – tee & shirt RARE female BOOB MAITREYA ~ Jacquesvalentine ~ NEW @ TMD (until May 31st)
Jeans: Addams // Lixie Ripped Super Skinny Jean // Maitreya ~ Amalia Rainwood
Shoes: [Gos] Karima Sandals – [maitreya] – Black ~ Gospel Voom and Caelan Hancroft ~ NEW @ FaMESHed (until May 27th)

Sunglasses: {le fil casse} coachella bound! retro shades glam ~ Jacinda Jaxxon
Earrings: ZC : Sarayi painted hoops *silver* ~ Zaara Kohime
Rings: Kibitz – Rae rings – maitreya – silver ~ Kathya Szczepanski ~ Available @ Kustom9 (until May 10th)

Pose: oOo free_two ~ Olaenka Chesnokov

Moonlight

Internet, I have missed you. ❤

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Life is still ridiculous and promising to become even moreso for another month or two but, gosh, I have missed taking pictures! I will write more as soon as possible. MWAH!

We❤ Role Play Opens at 1pm, April 4th and Closes April 30th, 2017.

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle

Hair: little bones. Twyla ~ Nova Faerye ~ NEW @ Uber (until April 23rd, 2017)

Circlet: {LORE} Moon Goddess Crown (steel) ~ LalitaLamour ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until April 30th, 2017)

Pose: an lar [poses] The Garnet Series – Five (m) ~ Katya Valeska

All That Glitters

All that glitters may not be gold but I don’t think any of us can deny its irresistable lure. There’s something decadent about wearing it from head to toe and just revelling in the soft glow of warm, golden light. It’s very fancy.

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I’ve wanted to put a picture like this together from the moment I saw Gos’ gorgeous Lesina sandals at the newest round of FaMESHed because, goodness, look at them. It’s no secret that I have a weakness for shiny things, pretty trinkets and doodads, but I do try to keep it classy when class is the aim. 😉

Styling, for me, isn’t just about wearing a thing I like anymore, though. I’m always looking for cohesion. Bringing different elements together from different corners of the grid is something that satisfies me beyond measure but .. let me share a little bit of my process with you here:

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Merry and Bright

You know? I thought it would be at least another week or two before the cheesy/schmoopy holiday spirit started taking over. Chalk it up to several years working in retail; December First hasn’t been the beginning of my holiday season for at least a decade.

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Life can be funny, though. Now that I’m watching my nephews full-time while their parents are busy being industrious, productive members of society, my world is smaller than it used to be but also more encompassing than I could have imagined. Through the eyes of a one year old and a three year old, life is full of amazingly entertaining things! It is joyful, sweet, and pure. Mostly. They are little boys, after all, and fart noises are apparently hilarious at any age. 😉

This outfit came together in about as long as it takes to sing your favourite holiday tune. I was already playing around with Aisling‘s new Miris dress (brand new at the December round of We ❤ Role Play) and Aethia boots (ditto for We ❤ and I am going to wear the HECK out of these things forever) when Lucky and I started taking out our latest and our wackiest finds from the newest round of The Arcade. We had a big laugh when I equipped my flying gingerbread cookie from Howl and from there, well, it was a hop, skip, and a jump to decking myself out in Santa colours and taking to the skies!

We❤ Role Play Opens at 1pm, December 4th and Closes December 31st, 2016.
The Arcade Opens December 1st and Closes December 31st,  2016.

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley ~ New @ Uber (until December 23rd)
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: (NO) Art Nails  – For SLINK hands – Reindeer ~ Nylon Pinkney ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Makeup: !Musa! Eyeshadow Raxy ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

Hair: Exile:: Snow Fall ~ Kavar Cleanslate ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)

Dress & Sleeves: .aisling. Miris ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)
Boots: .aisling. Aethia ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

Ring 1: Kibitz – Christmas ring 1 – gold ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Ring 2: (Yummy) Snowflake Rings – Delicate ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)Ring 3: Kibitz – Christmas ring 2 – gold ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Catkin – necklace – black ~ Plurabelle Laszlo ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

COOKIE: Howl– Flying Gingerbread Cookies X-mas 1 ~ Gacha Item ~ Worusaai ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Pose: SLC SS Pose Night Breeze for Portrait Group A (06) ~ Manmoth Nishi ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

 

We <3 Winter

I’ve been thinking about time a great deal lately. About the way my life has been changing and how much I wish I was able to hold onto some parts of my past, carrying them, along with all the wonderful newness, into the future with me.

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I didn’t realize exactly how important photography was to me until I didn’t have the time for it any longer. It was a lack that I sensed in the back of my mind most days but as there wasn’t much I could do about it, I set my jaw and carried on as best I could. I became used to it. I almost gave up blogging altogether.

But then previews for the new round of We ❤ Role Play started showing up in my notices and I realized that I have such an attachment to this event. I remember the first ever round of We ❤ RP and, like many other SLers, I’ve watched it grow to become one of the best monthly events anywhere. I am proud of it and of all the people, past and present, that have worked so hard to coordinate some of the most talented designers and, month after month, bring such beauty and imagination into Second Life. In some small way, I feel as if it’s my event, which is ridiculous, but true.

Maybe winter is the time of year for nostalgia, for reminiscence, and that’s all right. All I know now is that, even after crashing about twenty times today, I wasn’t going to let this shot get away from me. I’ve missed taking photographs as much as I’ve missed styling and writing about things that matter.

In other words: I can’t quit you, We ❤. You mean too much to me.

We❤ Role Play Opens at 1pm, December 4th and Closes December 31st, 2016.

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley ~ New @ Uber (until December 23rd)
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: [LB French Soft] *Slink & Omega* Manicure ~ Santana Lumiere

Hair: MINA & EF – Harmony – Blonds ~ Mina Nakamura & Empyreanforge ~ New @ FaMESHed (until December 27th)

Dress: *Sweet Kajira*Neus Fitted Dress & Foulard Blue Maitreya ~ Bronte Denja ~ NEW @ We ❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

Necklace: *Sweet Kajira*Neus Fitted Necklace ~ Bronte Denja ~ NEW GIFT @ We ❤ Role Play (until December 31st)
Ring: (Yummy) Snowflake Rings – Marquise – Diamond RARE ~ Polyester Partridge ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)

Pose: *PosESioN* Ivyana 7 ~ Dahriel

Trees: Heart – Wildwood – Ancient Hawthorn – Lilith Heart ~ New @ FaMESHed (until December 27th)
Grass: LB_Grass{Winter} ~ Cari McKeenanSnow: [PM]Pixel Mode – Snow Forms ~ Tya Fallingbridge ~ New @ FaMESHed (until December 27th)
Sim Surround: Y.B -sim surround landscape Dolina pine snow ~ Yony Bing

Perspectives II

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about Perspectives and how each of us can have such a different view even when looking at the same things. I’ve done a couple of shots and posts on my own since that one and while I was happy with the way they turned out, neither has really hit that spot. You know the one that just feels right? Portia and I sat down the other night, to once again try out our perspectives on a photo. Same pose, place, and styling, but completely different shots.

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Creative Slumber

Lately I have been struggling seriously with ideas and creativity overall. It’s driven me absolutely nuts because I -want- to do things, take pictures, make posts, but I just can’t find ideas. I’m hoping that doing something simple will help break the ice.

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