Stories, Role Play, and Styling

With every new round of We ❤ Role Play, I find myself inspired. It doesn’t matter what my week looked like beforehand, how tired or frazzled or mentally drained Real Life has left me; when I see those first previews rolling in on The Blogging Elf and the We ❤ Role Play website, I start to get very, very excited.

It isn’t that I don’t feel this way about modern releases because, really, I do. Sometimes the inspiration comes from something I’ve had in my inventory for years and all it takes is me remembering that it’s a thing I’ve always loved. Sometimes it’s a pair of earrings or a new hairstyle (I have a lot of these) but I will say that, without question, role play styling is my absolute favourite.

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“But Portia,” you might say, furrowing your brow in confusion, “‘role play’ is such a broad term. Modern RP is a thing many people enjoy!” Which is true, of course, and here is where I’m going to share something that I’ve come to understand over many years of reading, writing, and storytelling:

Stories are everywhere. Wherever we go, whatever we do, stories are happening all around us. We can connect with these stories or not, it’s our choice, but the first step is recognizing that they exist. The second step is caring enough to understand why they exist.

Sure, it’s enough to find nice clothes we all like. It’s perfectly fine to put them on, find a good combination of hair, shoes, and accessories that work with that clothing, whatever the genre, and to cycle through poses until we find one that looks good. It’s great to line up a clean shot with no clipping between meshes and avatar parts, to take that picture and work it up in our graphics program of choice, and post it online with full credit given to the creators whose work we’ve used. This is a great formula for bloggers and it works. Likewise, it’s a thing stylists do all the time -minus the photography and credits. 😉

For me, I don’t like to stop there. I want to tell stories every day, even if that story is  “Portia is in a good mood today and this is why she’s wearing a sunny yellow dress!” I spend a bit more time on the text portion of my blog posts because I enjoy writing. I love to look at other avatars in Second Life, their photos on flickr, and other blog posts because, for me, it can be a glimpse at someone else’s story. Maybe they don’t realize that they’re telling a story, and that’s fine, but if they do .. wouldn’t it be nice for them to know that someone is paying attention after all?

Wouldn’t it be lovely to tell such a story yourself?

Credits:

Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 ~ Kikunosuke Eel
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Mid ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. Individual Lash in Morocco ~ Mai Bilavio
Nail Appliers: Hello Dave: French Ombre ~ Maia Gasparini

Hair: [e] Sybil ~ Elikapeka Tiramisu ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until March 31st, 2016)
*Hat: !gO! Antoinette – hair with hat – Blonde ~ Gocha Merlin ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until March 31st)

Gown: !gO! Antoinette corset & skirt ~ Gocha Merlin  ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until March 31st)

Shoes: Deviance – Milady’s Slipper (Snow) ~ Surreal LeShelle ~ Gacha Item

Jewellery Set: {Reverie} ‘Box of Charms’ ~ Paolla Flux ~ Gacha Items ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until March 31st)
Victorian Heiress Necklace RARE, French Heiress Earrings, Family Diamond Engagement Ring

Pose: an lar [poses] The Garnet Series – Five ~ Katya Valeska  ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until March 31st)

~ Set ~

Kittens: O.M.E.N – Mischievous Kittens – Curious Kitty – Gray Tabby, Havana Brown, Flamepoint ~ Damascusvera ~ Gacha Items ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until March 31st)

(fd) Spring Memories Set ~ Toast Bard ~ Gacha Items ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until March 31st)
Tree+Table RARE, Cupcake Platter RARE, Hanging Flowers, Candles

Violin: Astralia – Sheol Muse Instrument and Bow ~ Astralia ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until March 31st)
Table: Fancy Decor: – Classical Parlor Half-Moon Table ~ Jake Vordun ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until March 31st)
Decor Sphere: Ariskea [Le Secret] Bush leaf ~ Diaxm ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until March 31st)
Wine Bottles: [Commoner] The Wine Cellar / Table Wine (White) ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until March 31st)
Glasses: [ zerkalo ] Summer Day – Basket w/Glasses V2 ~ DanielEstro
Roses Arrangement 1: Ariskea[Nordica] Crate of Roses ~ Diaxm
Roses Arrangement 2: Ariskea[Nordica] Hybrid Roses Cherry ~ Diaxm

Greenhouse: Custom Project by Lucky Spiritor
Ivy: [Aisling] Mesh Ivy – Fresh Green ~ Damian Kleiner
Ground: :Fanatik Architecture: Garden Hill ~ Kendra Zaurak
Grass: :Fanatik Architecture: GRASS – Kendra Zaurak
Tree: :Fanatik Architecture: Garden Tree ~ Kendra Zaurak
Flowers: Heart – Aubretia and Tulips ~ Lilith Heart

*I set the hair pieces of this style to 100% transparency and so can you! Huzzah for copy/mod!*

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