Pack ALL the things!

We’re getting ready to leave on a pretty major road trip. We’re driving from Colorado to NJ & NY to visit family… and we’re taking our dog, too! This is not a vacation, but it will be an adventure. If nothing else, packing for two people and a dog for a 12 day trip and fitting it all into our Jeep should be an adventure.

Which is what inspired this post. And this new jacket combo and new pants from coldLogic’s new release (available in the Mainstore) seemed like perfect traveling clothing. But first, I have to figure out how to pack ALL OF THE THINGS! Including my owl, of course. I mean, I am, after all, a witch. At least in SL.

I'll never finish in time!

I’ve been having a lot of SL issues lately. Anyone else? I keep having things rezz in and out and that has made blogging tough. Hopefully when I get back whatever is causing that will have magically been fixed. Hey, I can dream, right?

See ya in a couple of weeks!

~Lucie

Credits:
Fashion
Glam Affair: Alice Skin – Jamaica 04
Truth: Mireya hair – Reds
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Honey
coldLogic: becker jacket combo – ash w/pink top, 151 becker – ash
FATEstep: Carter Ballet Flats
SLink: mesh feet – flat, mesh hands – gesture & casual
Exposeur: Ramblin’ On – Set 1 – Pose 5

Decor
ROOST – Sunny Dale house
-tre blah- Bon Voyage – Suitcase Clutter RARE (past Arcade)
-tb- Bon Voyage – Stacked Suitcases (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – Tossed Clothes (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – What’s in My Bag RARE (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – Agenda RARE (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – OOTD (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – Tossed Clothes (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – What’s in My Bag RARE (past Arcade)
junk. suitcase shelves. (past Arcade)
[Con.] Travellers Desk – Peg Board (past Arcade)
[Con.] Travellers Desk – Travelled Suitcase (past Arcade)
[Con.] Travellers Desk – Jubilees Travels (past Arcade)
{vespertine -used suitcase books} (past Arcade)
[Fetch] Lazy Rug – Square
+Half-Deer+ Great Horned Owl – Brown (Look Up)
8f8 – unexpected journey – All My Stuff Luggage TROLLEY – Hers
8f8 – unexpected Journey – Bon Voyage CAGE – Hers
{what next} Vintage Suitcases Stack
{what next} My Camera
{what next} Vintage Suitcases Stack
{what next} ‘Wanderlust’ Daybed
{what next} Pile of Photos Decor
{what next} Wanderlust Map Decor
[ht:home] bon voyage – travelling books
tarte. suitcase stack (spring)

Til the cows come home

Let’s talk about cows. I know that’s probably a strange first sentence to an SL blog, but I promise it will all make sense soon. Or, well. To me, anyway. I can’t promise it will make sense to you. But give me a try!

In RL I live not far from a ranch. And every year, right around my birthday in late February, there are newborn calves. Our second year here, my husband mistakenly called them “mooborns” as a joke, and I squealed in delight. Now “mooborn” season is highly anticipated by all. Or at least by me, and possibly by the pregnant cows and the ranch owners. Not so sure my husband highly anticipates the squealing of “MOOBORNS” every time we pass, along with delighted shrieks of “ohmygawd they are SO TINY!” What can I say, I’m a child at heart. Besides, this thing with cows began with my father. My father was a man of many faults, but one of the more endearing (and yeah, okay sometimes frustrating) qualities he had was this childlike joy of life, this ability to be so silly and make us laugh. When we were little kids, he’d take us to The Land Of Make Believe in Hope, New Jersey. Hope is in a part of New Jersey few people realize exists. It’s beautiful, as rural as you get in a state that small and with that many people, and it’s full of farmland (or was, I imagine there’s been some build up). It’s near the Delaware River, and it will always remain a very special place in my heart. But as you might imagine, there are some cows in that area. And when we drove by them with our dad, he’d cry out “MOOOOOOOOOO!” It became a thing. So as silly as my “mooborns” thing might be, or as silly as it may be when we drive by at Christmas and I say “Moory Christmas, cows,” it also makes me happy. It’s like some sort of weird tribute to my dad, a way to remember happier times with him, and I know he’d approve and probably join in, if he were here to do so.

So, as you might imagine, when Dysfunctional Designs recently released cows, I was delighted. See? I told you it would all come together. I already have the Dysfunctional Designs chickens (their clucking sometimes might make my poor husband crazy), with their adorable (and texture change) hen house. And I recently built a pen for my Half-Deer Kerfluffle collection (or at least some of them). So of course, I needed a pasture for my cows. Which, by the way, MOO! They actually moo (both the cow moos and chicken clucks can be turned off, btw). They also swish their tails, and lower their heads, as if to graze. They’re texture change with a bunch of color options, including a couple not seen below. Oh, and there is a static, non-mooing version with built in animations. So if you’ve ever wanted to sit on, sleep on or hang out on a cow, here’s your chance. I’m sitting on Ethel below. The official name given by Dysfunctional is Bessie, btw. But of course, they can’t ALL be called Bessie! I am obsessed with naming things, and so is my sister Isley. So I named the white cow Bella, the grey cow Tess. Isley named the rest. Ethel is the one I am sitting on, Martha is the solid black one, the red and white one is Beverly and Bessie is the black and white one. I know you really wanted to know all of that. Just be glad I didn’t share the chickens’ names. And yes, they have them.

What is she doing to Ethel!?

Okay, enough about cows. Let’s talk about my outfit next. I’m wearing a new(ish) release from coldLogic. This was their first release designed to be mesh body friendly. I’m not wearing it with the mesh body here, but it did work nicely with my Maitreya and SLink bodies. I’m also wearing one of the releases from the newly opened FATEstep, the Ziggy chucks. Finding cute sneakers in SL is such a challenge, and these are awesome! The FATEstep shoes have so many color options via the HUD, and these include versions for system feet, so if you’re not into mesh bodies or body parts, and have been frustrated trying to find shoes, check out what FATEstep has to offer. Not all of their shoes include system feet versions, but some do!

My skin is Izzie’s latest full release, Romy. This lovely skin was released at Skin Fair, but is now available at Izzie’s Mainstore. I look so sweet and innocent, and no matter what Charisma might tell you, it’s not a lie. :D Again I am wearing Truth’s new Flynn hair. I know I just blogged this, and I pretty much never repeat something that fast (if at all), but I am really in love with this hair. After hanging out with the cows, I needed a break, so I took shelter in my floorplan sleepover tent.

Sunset Solitude

If you’d like to party until the cows come home, or better yet, party with some cows, go get your bovine fix at The Fantasy Collective. The pack of cows is just L$145 which is an amazing deal for how detailed they are and with the texture options.

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Izzie’s: Romy skin – Rosy w/rust matte lips, green eyeshadow and moles tattoos
Truth: Fynn hair – Reds
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Jade
Cae: The Goddess necklace Level Up
coldLogic: Connor outfit – moss/khaki
FATEstep: Ziggy nylon chucks

Decor:
Roost: Sunny Dale house and Sunny Dale Fence
Studio Skye: Enchanted woods trees and corral
floorplan: Sleepover tent – grey Rare (past Arcade item)
Dysfunctional Designs: Chicken coop w/chickens, Wood Chopping Stump & wood pile, Bessie The Cow The Fantasy Collective
We’re Closed: Grass field green
Half-Deer: assorted Kerfluffles (past Arcade items)

Last hours of Skin Fair!

The last hours of Skin Fair 2015 are upon us. You have the rest of tonight and tomorrow and then it’s over! So definitely hurry to check it out or grab those last minute purchases. And if you miss your favorite, be sure to check the creator’s mainstore, as many of these skins should make that move over the coming weeks.

I couldn’t resist the chance to show you Glam Affair’s gorgeous Skin Fair release, Katra. I paired it with the adorable new Fynn hair from Truth and Buzzeri’s newest eyes available at Uber.

Katra

Skin Fair Sim 1

Skin Fair Sim 2

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Katra skin – America 01 w/nose 2 tattoo layer Skin Fair 2015
Truth: Fynn hair – reds
Buzzeri: Elysium eyes – Storm Uber
Cae: Duchess necklace
Bueno: Tank – Open
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Izzie’s: Headshot pose 8
Glam Affair: Olivine skybox – Shiny Shabby

Skin Fair Part II

I have some more from Skin Fair for you!

First, from PXL, is Aeryn. I am in love with this skin. I feel adorably sexy in this one. This skin has a lot of add-ons, including appliers for PXL’s own Sweet Lips mouth, moles and freckles on tattoo layers, cleavage on tattoo layers and a tintable eyebrow tattoo. I took this pic while sitting in the adorable Bluebird Cuddle Van that Consignment did for the current Collabor88. The entire set is a quirky and adorable take on a camping set, and I definitely love it!

Aeryn

Next, meet Sadie, one of La Petite Morte’s skins for Skin Fair. This one is young and innocent in appearance, and probably would be cute on a child or teen avie, too. I’m wearing another color of the Adored Moon eyes line that is also at Skin Fair. I am really loving these eyes, and this dark green is perfect for me since I currently have spring fever and it makes me think of dark green leaves! The lovely sim Blithe, with all its lush spring greenery, made a perfect backdrop for this vibrant new face.

Sweet Sadie

Finally, Essences has three new faces for Skin Fair. This is Storm, which I really liked. There is something almost impish about this face, which made it a perfect match for a post featuring items from the new Create Your Own Tarot event that opened last week. The first featured card for this event is The Fool, so all items have are themed to match. My hair is from Ayashi and the dress is Valentine E. Couture. I took this pic at the darkly beautiful, post-apocalyptic theme park sim Everwinter, which is new from the owner of Baja Norte. And again, I’m wearing Adored eyes, this time in a dazzling amethyst shade that seemed to suit to mood.

Friday's Fool

There’s just a week left for Skin Fair… so be sure you don’t miss it!

~Lucie

Credits
Pic 1:
PXL: Aeryn skin – SK – makeup 01 w/moles tattoo Skin Fair
Argrace: Seri hair – reds
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Hazel
LovelyAlien: Starry lashes
Mon Cheri: Falshies lashes
Consignment: Bluebird Cuddle Van Collabor88

Pic 2:
La Petite Morte: Sadie skin – tone 02 Skin Fair
Exile: Thinking Out Loud hair – Reds
Adored: Moon eyes – dk green Skin Fair
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Cae: Eternity ring
Izzie’s: Head & Hands pose 2

Pic 3:
Essences: Storm skin – pale 02 Skin Fair
Ayashi: Sunny hair – fatpack CYOT
Adored: Moon eyes – dk purple Skin Fair
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Valentina E. Couture: Je ne regretre nien dress – Noir CYOT
Izzie’s: Headshot 4

Skin Fair 2015

Now that the weekend crowds have settled a bit, this is an excellent time to check out what is one of my favorite events of the year… yep, Skin Fair 2015 is open! With two sims full of beautiful skins, this is a skin addict’s fantasy come true.

Flounce has three new faces, but my favorite was Sera. I liked the lips, as I felt they were a bit different than many you see in SL. My eyes are another find at Skin Fair. This year there are tattoo creators, makeup creators and yes, even eye creators at Skin Fair. These are from Adored. I am really fussy about eyes. I wore the same brand for years and I wound up really tired of them, so I began the hunt for something different and new. I’ve been wearing Buzzeri ever since, and I do love my Buzz eyes. But I also don’t want to be in a rut, so when I saw these I was intrigued and decided to try them. These definitely pass the Lucie Is Picky About Eyes exam, and I will absolutely be wearing them again. In fact, I’m wearing another pair from the same line in my next pic!

Sera by Flounce

Belleza is among the many more familiar stores to have a new face at this event. Tess has really pouty lips, which I always like. The gorgeous necklace I have on is from Cae for the current Fit For A Princess. Here you also see another pair of the Adored Moon eyes you can find in the Adored boot at Skin Fair. Aren’t they stunning?

Dressed in jewels

The second of these pictures was taken at Harlow Heslop’s absolutely stunning sim Blithe. You can read more about Blithe on Harlow’s blog here. For a small fee you can join the group to have rezz rights, which is absolutely awesome for us bloggers.

I will have more from Skin Fair soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, for all the details, including maps and slurls, please see this post on the official SKin Fair blog.

~Lucie

Credits
Pic 1:
Belleza: Tess skin – pale 05 Skin Fair 2015
Tableau Vivant: Sherilyn hair – Frizzy Hud Naturals 1 Collabor88
Adored: Moon eyes – Mid Brown Skin Fair 2015
Cae: Regal necklace Fit For A Princess
Izzie’s: Headshot – Pose 2

Pic 2:
Flounce: Sera skin – Champagne 06 Skin Fair 2015
Truth: Dulce hair – Reds
Adored: Moon eyes – Mist Skin Fair 2015
Izzie’s: Headshot – Pose 3

Bohemian Rhapsody

So, here’s a secret. I love boho style. Okay, maybe that’s not much of a secret, but it’s still true. So when I heard the latest round of Uber had a bohemian theme, I knew I was in glorious trouble… the sort that gets you grounded as a teenager but it is so worth it you don’t even care. That sort of trouble. Add in some things from the wonderful new Shiny Shabby event and I was a double goner.

First, a bit of decor. I love rugs. I think there tends to be a major shortage of well done rugs in SL. So when I saw the rugs Junk had done for Uber, I was elated and knew they must be mine. The flipped up edge of this rug made me think of the adorable puppy and kitten playing that Ispachi did for December’s Arcade. It seems like this is a rug that had been frolicked on! The pile of books is Zerkalo, from their gacha at Shiny Shabby, and the rose in the vase on top of that is from the floorplan/Consignment collaboration that is (appropriately) part of Collabor88 this round. The gorgeous drapes are also at Collab, from Half-Deer. And I have to say, I rarely buy curtains/drapes in SL. I’ve seen other people make them work in amazing ways, but I always feel like I fail. These were so beautiful I couldn’t resist, and I thought they dressed up the brick wall of my llorisen skybox nicely!

Boho Buddies

In the next pic you get a mix of fashion and decor… this insanely gorgeous skin, with its luscious pout is Alice from Glam Affair. Alice is available at both Kustom 9 and Shiny Shabby right now, but this particular makeup is from the Shiny Shabby edition. My hair is also from Shiny Shabby. It’s by Tableau Vivant and it’s the debut of a new “frizzy” texture hud. Which, btw, I love. Maybe it’s because I have naturally curly hair in RL… though my frizz never manages to look quite this, well… cool? The outfit is Foxes for Uber… the tops and skirts are sold separately and come in lots of colors. I’m not usually into gold, but this I liked enough to overlook the gold (and on the peach it’s kind of a rose gold more than a gold gold which helps). The posters and couch bed thingy (that’s a technical term) are both from tarte at the current Uber… the stars are from tarte from the last Uber. The scroll with the arrow is another of floorplan’s February Collabor88 offerings.

Boho chic

On a personal note, I’m finally off that wretched medication that was making me have near-daily migraines, and I’m feeling a lot better. So expect more from me in March than you got in February!

~Lucie

Credits:
Pic 1
Sway’s: Pohoda Wicker Chairs Uber
Junk: round boho rug – turquoise Uber
Ispachi: Cherished moments – Paws & Claws RARE (past Arcade)
Consignment & floorplan: Rose in a Bottle Collabor88
Half-Deer: Fairy Curtain – Tied – Cream Collabor88
Zerkalo: Pile of books 2 Shiny Shabby

Pic 2:
Glam Affair: Alice skin – American 01 Shiny Shabby
Tableau Vivant: Shiny Hair – Naturals 1 Shiny Shabby
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Honey
Foxes: Tarot top & skirt – peach tarte. boho corner lounger (sky) – PG
Cae: Anna ring
SLink: mesh hands – casual
Hello Dave: This Heart nail appliers
Pure Poison: Valeria necklace
Ploom: Kerosene pose 2 (curvy)

tarte: boho corner lounger – sky, boho wall art Uber
tarte: star string lights
floorplan: arrow scroll Collabor88

In both pics
llorisen: ciaran skybox

Whatever will be, will be

“…the future’s not ours to see. Que sera, sera.”

Always liked that song, and for some reason looking at these pics made it pop into my head. Though as I was shooting, I was listening to Closer To Fine, by the Indigo Girls, and a line from that amazing song stuck in my head and became the title of the first picture below: “The less I seek my source for some definitive, the closer I am to fine.”

Apparently, I’m feeling a need to just let it all go, and accept and move on without obsessing. Easier said than done, but sometimes a worthy endeavor in and of itself!

But if you’ve got a desire to have your SL fortune told, I’m happy to do it… and with this beautiful set Sway’s did for the Fantasy Gacha Carnival, and the beautiful, futuristic, curve hugging ensemble ISON released at Uber (which totally feels like something Deanna Troi would wear in her off hours), I feel fully prepared to gaze into my crystal ball and see what it shows. The messy, sexy hair Tableau Vivant released for We <3 Role-Play just adds to the mystique, don’t you think?

the less I seek my source for some definitive, the closer I am to fine

Then, just to add to my musically inspired post, when I looked at Cae’s recent Valentine’s release, I thought of the Kasey Musgraves’ song Follow Your Arrow, which is all about being yourself and having no fucks to give because you can never please everyone anyway. I’ve sort of always held on to that philosophy, at least to some extent. Even as child who was often the verbal punching bag of would-be bullies, I never cared much, and they knew it. Which sort of minimized the impact of their caustic words, particularly since – when provoked – I can have a viper’s tongue, and I’d give better than I got to defend myself (or others that needed it). Which again makes me think, in some ways, of an arrow… something that strikes when unleashed.

The beautiful skin I’m wearing is also at Uber, from Glam Affair. I went for one of the more fantasy inspired makeups, but there are plenty of more natural makeup options, so definitely check it out in person!

Follow your arrow

So… here I sit, with all these heavy philosophical thoughts swirling around in my mind, but hey, at least they have a great soundtrack!

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Ellie skin – Asia 03 Uber
Buzzeri: Lillian eyes – Amber
Tableau Vivant: Lupe – reds We <3 Role-Play
ISON: Celestial bell sleeve top, Celestial maxi skirt (both in teal) Uber
Cae: Cupid’s Arrow
Ploom: B.Y.O.B pose 2 (curvy)
Sway’s: Fortune Teller Set Fantasy Gacha Carnival
Turnip’s: Skydome w/enchanted texture hud add on