Opening the house for the season

I’m going away on vacation in RL in just over 6 hours… and I’ve been working on my beach home (in the sky) in SL, so I decided to do a blog post inspired by the merging of RL and SL.

It was a lot of work doing all that cleaning, so I had my sister Isley and one of our best friends Charisma help out. And maybe I took a break whilst I had them work. I’m just so comfy in my new coldLogic leggings and summery top. Definitely go get your summer fashion fix with coldLogic. The past few releases have been perfect for the arrival of warm weather, beachy days and fun with friends and family! Oh, and these curtains – brand new from LAQ Decor – have so many awesome, seasonal texture options and the anchors seemed perfect for a beach house!

Opening the beach house for the season

Okay, I’ve got to get to sleep, so no rambling today… see ya when we return, sometime after June 4th!

~Lucie

Decor Credits:
Barnesworth Anubis: Hamptons cottage (modified) Collabor88
Apt B: Ghost Furniture Couch & Table
Cheeky Pea: SeatCase Antique Map Shiny Shabby
Apple Fall: New Arrival Painting, Horse in The Wind painting
Trompe Loeil: Paxton Canvases 2
tarte: packing box
MadPea: Ex-boyfriend’s Junk, Ex-girlfriend’s Junk
What Next: Spring Clean Set: Bucket – Cream, Housekeepers Box Decor – Cream, Window Cleaner Ladder, Vacuum – Mint (used by Charisma)
LAQ Decor: Curtains
Kuro: Un)packing

Fashion Credits:
Lucie
Glam Affair: Summer V3 skin – Asia 03 Uber
Exile: Rising Tides hair w/starfist add ons – Reds
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
coldLogic: pants 151 – kost – green, shirt – cope – koi
FATEstep: Epps sandals

Isley:
Toddleedoo body – girl
Glam Affair: Katra skin – Polar Clean NB
Glam Affair: Rose – Eyebrow shape 3
{BunBun} Sweetie Freckles – Natural {No Heart}
Argrace: Minori hair – Auburn
Turducken: Tegan Outfit – Purp/White – Complete w/sandals
Pose from her AO

Charisma:
Glam Affair: Katra Skin – Jamaica 02
Truth:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Pixicat: Sheer dress – yellow
Reign: Bow Flops – Poppy
Magika: Lessons hair – Naturals 1

The Safe House

I don’t know what it is about this little house of Soy’s for The Home Show 2015, but when I rezzed it my immediate concept was that it was like a safe house. I’ve had a couple of people go, Oh! Like for a zombie apocalypse? And that would certainly work, but I was thinking more along the lines of something out of Scandal or Homeland. Regardless, of whether you’re going for a spy safe house, zombie safe house or just a new house in general, it’s pretty cool and worth checking out!

The Safe House

The Home Show ends May 31st, so you have less than a week left! Be sure you don’t miss out.

~Lucie

Credits:
Soy: Machikouba house The Home Show
Jian: Ash trees, Yusri Bird Bath The Home Show
Turnip’s: Skydome with enchanted textures add on

Freckled

I didn’t dive too deeply into my inventory for my newest round of Raid Your Closet, but these are things that met the criteria! Most of these things I’ve had just a few months. But hey, newer things need love, too, right? Like I this beautiful, freckle-faced DeeTaleZ skin I bought earlier this year, and never once wore. I love freckles on other people, like my beautiful sister Peppersley. I just don’t usually like them on me. But this time, I did.

Trace my freckles with your fingertip

My dress is a fairly recent release from coldLogic’s spring line. This may sound weird, but I love the creases. The attention to detail is just one of the things I always love from the coldLogic designers. Also, it’s worth noting I am wearing this dress, in the standard sizing large, with my Maitreya Lara body without any issues. Just had to alpha out a few parts, and voila! My strappy, sexy sandals are from Livalle, and this beautifully bohemian hair is from Tableau Vivant.

Waiting for my dinner date

~Lucie

Credits
DeeTaleZ: Maxine Skin V2 – Nordic w/tintable lip layer brightness 2
Tableau Vivant: Diana hair – reds
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – hazel
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Lara Hurley: Black eyeliner – waterline (came with Fae skin)
Lovely Alien: Eyeliner (came with Starry Eyelashes)
Maitreya: Lara body
Izzie’s: Body freckles applier for Maitreya body
coldLogic: Dame dress – coral
Livalle: Modig sandals – brown
Repose: The Look pose 2 (pic 1)
Infiniti: Elegance pose 4 (pic 2)
Location: Blithe

A place for slumbering

The Home Show 2015 is still going, and if you haven’t been yet you’re definitely missing out on some great home decor items and builds. I’m not going to chatter on tonight, but everything in the below pic can be found at The Home Show, so check the credits and go hunt down the items you just have to have!

A place for slumbering

The Home Show runs through May 31st… here’s the slurl! And here’s a link to the sim map.

~Lucie

Credits:
Fetch: Artist Studio Skybox
Artisan Fantasy: Mission Bedroom Set bed, frame cluster, bedside table, trunk, Tripod Candle Group
oyasumi: retro chair – green
Brixley: Cecelia mirror
Soy: Hanging Edison bulbs – wide
Fancy Decor: Wood Clock – Black & Silver
Sway’s: Peony set – Flowerpot with plant
Culprit: Grrrmbah – Frenchie Pilot
Roawenwood: Canvas Yoga & Tai Chi Mat 1, Meditation Garden Potted Bamboo

Stop and catch the fireflies

I’ve been working on a beach in the sky, and it’s been a fun challenge. But I decided to take a break from that for some fun, and dug into my inventory for some oldies but goodies for the Raid Your Closet Challenge.

My top is from coldLogic. I freakin’ love that store, and whenever there’s been a sale, I have gone and stocked up. But because a girl can only wear one outfit at a time (unless said girl has a knack for accidentally wearing folders, but we won’t discuss that), I rarely even wear half of what I buy. Imagine me facepalming here. Because I am. But it’s on sale! And someday I might need it! Well, the last time there was a sale I grabbed this adorable top because I love stars and I dig the back detail… and I also love this top because it’s ever so subtly sexy with the hint of side boob in a shirt that otherwise is best described as cute. My shorts are from erratic, from a couple years back, but I still love them. Especially because I’ve always had a thing for mail, and look! I’ve got stamps on my butt.

Stop and catch the fireflies

Oh, and the awesome house you can see a bit of, which I am in the midst of decorating, is from Barnesworth Anubis for the current round of Collabor88. It’s really pretty and reminds me of Emily Thorne’s beach house on Revenge.

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Rose skin – America clean
Truth: Wren hair – reds
coldLogic: kemp top – blue
erratic: Briony shorts – stamps
SLink: mesh hands & feet
fri.day: Wayfaring sandals – vintage
Infiniti: Fireflies pose & prop 10

Decor
Barnesworth Anubis: Hamptons house Collabor88
Happy Mood: Sweet Garden Grass02 – gold
Studio Skye: ocean sand textures, sand dunes
Botanical: Marram Grass – Medium – Grn Br
Trompe Loeil: Driftwood Pathway Planter Hanging 2 (Logo) FaMESHed

If Cersei were a redhead…

I was inspired by this Tableau Vivant hair for We <3 Role-Play's 3rd birthday bash (happy birthday!), and it seemed like a perfect fit for Cae’s beautiful new Baroque cross available at Fit For A Princess and Junbug’s gorgeous gown that’s at The Countdown Room! To pull it all together, I found a new RP sim called Era of Conquest where they have done stunning build based on King’s Landing. I was very pleasantly greeted and assured that it was fine for me to take a photo there! If you’re into Game Of Thrones and SL roleplay definitely check it out!

I am also wearing PXL’s newly updated Sweet Lips mouth. There’s an open option as well, which I am sure I’ll play with in a future post. But I thought this sulky, pouty closed mouth was perfect for this look. I’ve never worn a mesh mouth before, and to be completely honest I’ve never liked one enough to wear one before… but the updated Sweet Lips shape is really, really pretty, as you can see for yourself.

If Cersei were a redhead

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Katra skin – America 01
PXL: Sweet Lips 2.0
Tableau Vivant: Cersei hair – reds We <3 Role-Play
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – ice
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Cae: Baroque necklace Fit For A Princess
Junbug – Lady of Shallot – Cobalt The Countdown Room
Infiniti: Fluffy pose 03

Mesh Body Comparisons

I began this post a while ago and have had the draft saved. Since I can’t type much, now seemed like a good time to finish it up.

I’ve wanted to do a mesh body comparison post for a while, but I was finally prompted by the recently updated SLink Physique body (the heads, hands and feet all have updates, too, if you missed them). Before this update I honestly didn’t feel the Physique flattered my curvier build. While I thought it looked lovely on my more slender friends, it just didn’t work for me. But that is over! The updated body works very nicely with my curves, as you will see below. I will say, however, it is a more athletic build than either Belleza’s Venus or Maitreya’s Lara bodies. So if that’s something that appeals to you, then Physique is the body for you.

It should be noted that, for the sake of this comparison post, I am wearing the same shape with all three bodies. I have shapes for each of the bodies that have been tweaked to meet my needs, but for this I wanted you to see the differences amongst the same shape. Click through to Flickr to see the comps bigger.

I wanted to show side-by-side comparisons that highlight the things I find most important in a mesh body: Thighs, butt, breasts and belly. This first comp shows off the breasts and belly nicely, as well as the thighs. My favorite thighs, belly and breasts are all on the Lara body. This is really just a matter of my preferring a softer build, over a more athletic one like the Physique offers. However, I feel that Physique is a close second, especially on the thighs and belly.

Body Comparison: Side View

Next, the rear view! I’d say that, for me and what I’m looking for, Lara and Physique tie here, while Venus is behind both (no pun intended).

Body Comparison: Butts!

Lara was also recently updated to have more alpha cuts, and like the updated Physique there are slots where you can save alpha cuts. This is really helpful, and has made me more inclined to wear a mesh body because, honestly, I am lazy and changing alpha cuts is tedious. Venus does not offer nearly as many alpha cuts, which can make it harder to fit clothes not made exclusively for it. However, there are a lot of stores offering clothes to fit the body, so if you prefer Venus just shop around to find designers making clothing for it. As for appliers, both Maitreya’s body and Belleza’s body will work with the Omega system, but Physique does not. Again, this isn’t too much of an issue since a lot of stores have appliers specifically for Physique, but it is worth noting. With the Maitreya body, though there are designers releasing clothing for it, the official developer kit hasn’t been released, so designers are, to an extent, guessing on fit… and sometimes this does show with inexact fits. Now, that being said I run into more issues than most because I also happen to wear a standard size large and my “fit mesh” shape is even curvier than my standard sizing shape. Theoretically with fitted mesh that shouldn’t make a difference, but in reality it does seem to. However, I haven’t had too many issues. Still, if you wear an unconventional shape you absolutely want to demo everything (really a good policy regardless).

Another thing worth noting is that if you wear a Belleza skin, you will definitely want to consider Venus, as Belleza does not offer appliers for any of the other mesh bodies. You’ll have to hand tint if you choose to go with a Belleza skin and a different designer’s body. Hopefully that’s something Belleza will change in the future. Speaking of skins, Maitreya partnered with Glam Affair, so their hud has all of the Glam skin tones preloaded, which is a definite perk if you’re inclined to mostly (or always) wear Glam Affair. I wear Glam skins more than any other skins, so I definitely do consider that a bonus. But I’m a skin addict, and I jump around and plenty of the skins I wear offer appliers for all three of these bodies. Physique includes a skin with purchase, which is also nice. With Physique, you do need to remember that the SLink hands and feet are sold separately. Venus and Lara both come with hands and feet. Lara’s hands have only one basic position, while Venus comes with a very nice, wide array of hand positions. However, both Venus and Lara will work with the SLink hands and feet (just be sure to use the XS size, regardless of your normal, non-mesh body size).

My advice to anyone who hasn’t picked a body yet is to grab demos and wear them for a while. Try all the alpha options with your favorite clothes and see how they work before buying, so you know you’ve made the right choice. For me, it’s all about Lara and Physique, in that order, while at this point I really only use Venus if I’m wearing a Belleza skin because tinting by hand is inexact, to say the least, and annoying.

I am slowly starting to wear the mesh bodies more often, but I’m definitely not a full-timer yet. I still find them to be a bit tedious and time consuming, though the ability to save alpha cut combos definitely helps. However, the lure of these bodies is how beautiful they are, unlike the standard avatar. So, it’s definitely something I see myself using more and more as time passes.

~Lucie

Credits
Physique Look:
Lara Hurley Skins: Elea – red – rose pale
Elua: Jaycee Hair – Redbrown pack
Lacuna: Mae Lingerie – Olive

Venus Look:
PXL: Aeryn – Natural – Makeup 01
Exile: Touch So Warm hair – reds
Lacuna: Mae Lingerie – Blue

Lara Look:
Glam Affair: Katra skin – America 01
Truth: Fynn hair (no headband version) – reds
Lacuna: Mae Lingerie – Sherbert

Other Credits:

Bauhause Movement: Zerkalo 11 – pic 1 (modified to fit my shape using the Animare hud)
Ploom: Bones – 4 (curvy) pic 2

Glam Affair: Olivine Skybox