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BVN Secret Santa Swap!

The Blogger & Vlogger Network did a neat twist on the Secret Santa concept for this holiday season. The Secret Santa Swap was an opportunity for bloggers to sign up to blog about a fellow blogger and BVN member.

My recipient was Adalynne Romano (adalynnereed resident in world). Adalynne’s blog is called Graceful Class and Elegant Sass. I’ve been following her for a long time on Flickr, and I think her photos are absolutely stunning. Not only does she do great fashion pics, she’s also fabulous with decor and landscape scenes.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pics Adalynne’s done recently.

This is possibly my favorite pic I’ve seen all holiday season by anyone. I just find it utterly adorable. The cozy PJs and slippers and the baking scene are just too cute and I love the lighting and composition.

Bake While They Sleep

Next is this wintry outdoor scene, which at a quick glance almost appears to be a real life photo.

Conservatory

Finally, this shot which is elegant and dreamy. The shadows in this scene are gorgeous.

Mistletoe Trouble

If you’re not already following Adalynne I highly recommend it! She’s also on facebook.

You can learn more about BVN on their website, and if you’re a blogger definitely join their in-world group.

Adalynne, I wish the very happiest of holidays and all the best in 2018!

~Lucie

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I stand for peace…

When I first heard of the “I stand for peace” challenge presented by The White Canvas Gallery, I have to admit… my tendency towards cynicism won over. My first, honest thought? I’d love to stand for peace, but my legs are going to get awfully tired. But being me is complicated. Because even though I can be cynical (though I tend to prefer to think I’m just realistic), I can also be idealistic. So, I have said it before and I’ll say it now: I’m a realistic idealist. I can recognize when I’m being idealistic, but I refuse to give up the idea that there’s a place for idealism in this world.

I really like this quote, and not just because I consider Sara Teasdale to be one of the most underrated poets in history.

I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes. ~Sara Teasdale

I like to think I manage to do this most of the time. My life has been interesting and difficult. Full of love, but also challenges. However, I like to believe that, when faced with hardships, I find a way to make the best of a bad situation. To find the proverbial silver lining. So, even though I fear that we’re living in a time that will face far more violence before we achieve anything akin to peace, I also think we can find ways to look for peace from within, to take strength from the stories of others; of those who survive, of those who saved, of those who died so others might live. We can see the beauty that is always here, and remember the wise words of Dumbledore (via JK Rowling): Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

It seemed fitting to blog this challenge using one of the gorgeous hairs you can find at Hair Fair 2016. I feel that this event is an example of the best of humanity, of the goodness and love that exists in this world, and I mean the real one as well as our virtual one. Because, after all, this event benefits real life children. Also appropriate, I felt, was to use something currently available at The Epiphany – these adorable butterflies from Cubic Cherry Creations. For if ever the world needed another epiphany, the time would be now.

My hair is from Mina. I loved the windblown feel of this hair, and I’ve always been a huge fan of Mina’s red shades. My adorable capri pants are by Just Because for N21 and I’m wearing the N21 exclusive color, which will not be available when the event ends! The tank top I’m wearing is one of Neve’s summer offerings. My sandals are from fri.day, and fri.day has moved to a new location, so be sure to update your LM!

I stand for peace

Now I have to talk about this gorgeous new mesh head from Catwa. Bibi has such a sweet, youthful face. It felt perfect for this dreamy, peaceful look I wanted. I paired it with Glam Affair’s Gabriela applier, which is part of the Gacha Guardians event. If you’ve been looking for a mesh head with a young, soft vibe, definitely go demo this one. Bibi is a basic head, which means you can get the static version of it for just $L900. You can check out this image, which explains all of the various options available on Catwa heads.

Sweet Bibi

If you haven’t done the “I stand for peace” challenge yet, consider it. It’s simple, but powerful. And I was nominated by the lovely Saffie to do it, so really… I had to.

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Mina: Neah hair – Dark Reds Hair Fair 2016
Catwa: Bibi mesh head
Glam Affair: Gabriela applier – Asia 02 Gacha Guardians
Izzie’s: Catwa dimples applier
Nanika: Eyelashes Nata
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – Honey
Neve: Everyday top – baby
Just Because: Jen Capris – N21 Exclusive N21
fri.day: Dinah sandals – cloud
Cubic Cherry Creations: Flutter 21 – Dream The Epiphany
Infiniti: Carefree Pose 3 (slightly modified by the butterflies built in pose)
Location: Blithe

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Snapback

So this post is a very long time in the making. As soon as I heard Old Dominion’s song Snapback, I knew I wanted to do a blog post inspired by the look the singer describes. I knew Truth had just released a perfect hair for it. But life happened, and other things got in the way and I only finally, months later, decided it was time. I was gonna do it! Especially after I saw that they got the look SO wrong in the music video (linked at the end), I had to do it.

And I mean, these new(ish) shorts from Neve were perfect. They were inspired by Dirty Dancing, but the cutoff, wornout version just seemed made for this look. And frankly, just being inspired by a movie made them perfect for my new challenge itself (more about that in a moment)!

Snapback

In case you’re wondering, these were the lyrics that inspired this look.

Those stars need to be wished on
Your skin needs to be kissed on
My eyes baby, they’re fixed on you
In your snapback
T-shirt of your favourite rock band
Checking your makeup in my Ray Bans
Breaking hearts like only you can
In your snapback

This also felt like it required a romantic moment, so I grabbed my alt and voila!

Kissing you would hit the spot with me

I’ve got a LOT of these sorts of ideas… so I thought about it, and decided to create a very informal challenge for it, complete with a group called Inspired By Words: Second Life. If you have any pics inspired by words – whether from songs, books, poems, movies – feel free to add them to this group! Just be sure to let us know what inspired you. I am gonna aim to do one of these at least once a month because they’re fun!

Here’s the link to the video. It may not play if you’re outside the US, but you can read the lyrics here. Also, for those who haven’t heard it before, “snapback” is a nickname for that sort of baseball cap because they often involve plastic snaps.

~Lucie

Credits
Lucie:
SLink: Hourglass mesh body, casual hands, flat feet
Catwa: Candy head (fatpack w/expressions, which are used in 1st pic)
Glam Affair: Catwa applier – Alessa – Asia 3
Buzzeri: Zodiac eyes – Avada
Letis: Cetus V2 for SLink
Addams: Jennifer V-Neck – Heaven
Neve: Baby shorts – frayed
Schadenfreude: Waits rings – Uberpack Collabor88
Bella Elephante: Unicorn nails applier
ReignXFlite: Taylers – Grey/Sea
Repose: Country Girl 4 pose & prop (pic 1)

Sephie:
Clef de Peau: Lucas skin T4 w/freckles
Exile: Better Days – Naturals
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Hazel
SLink: Relaxed mesh hands
FATEwear: Phillips shirt, Carter shorts
FATEstep: Ziggy Chucks

Decor:
Consignment: Stepside Bed – Mint (couple pose is in this)
[we’re CLOSED] grass field green 01 – random
Little Branch: Bouton d’or Lavender{Rounded-Field}
JIAN :: Koi Pond We ❀ Role-Play
Cheeky Pea: Boho Glamping Cabin, Boho Glamping Bed
{what next} Guitar Case Sign Collabor88
[ Organica ] Ridley Bird Bath (Mossy Rock)
+Half-Deer+ Candy Chickadee Bird
Studio Skye: Skye Cliff 4, Skye Cliff 3, Skye Cliff 2 light rock, spring ground textures

Blogger Challenges · Buzzeri · Events · Homestyle · iheartslFeed · Looks · Mesh Bodies · Mesh Heads · The Epiphany

Skating with Jennah

There’s this wonderful photo challenge that Nigel Riel has created where he pairs people to take pics together. You can see all of the pics here. It was something fun and different, and gave people an opportunity to meet new people.

I fell in love with Zenith’s Lolita Winter Coat from The Epiphany. I’m wearing the rare Candy one, which comes with a hud and you can change the color of the dress. It’s kind of rare for me to wear this much pink. Though it’s more of a coral or salmon pink but whatever. It’s adorable and I thought it would be a cute outfit for skating. The Epiphany is winding down, and ends February 2nd, so if you haven’t been yet you’re running out of time! Remember, every designer has an exclusive available if you opt to “cash in” your extras for points. If you’re unfamiliar with how it works, read about it here!

Also, the adorable little cabin is from What Next. It’s for the Wayward Winter event, but that ends tonight… so if you miss it, be sure to check the Mainstore in the coming days.

Skating with Jennah

This is Jennah’s adorable version. Isn’t she cute?!

Nigel's photo challenge - Jennah & Lucie

~Lucie

Credits

Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Annie mesh head
DeeTaleZ: Cynthia applier for Catwa – Nordic tone
Mai Bilavio: Essential lashes for Catwa
Elua: Gemma hair – reds
Zenith: Lolita Winter Coat – Candy – Rare The Epiphany
Izzie’s: Cozy tights appliers
N-Core: Roller/Ice skates
Pose created by Jennah

Decor:
What Next: Snowy Alpine Cabin
JIAN: White Tail Deer – Female Adult (Animated), Fawn (Animated), Female Adult (Sleep L), Fawn (Sleep L), Wishing Well, Wise Owl’s Tree, Hillside Orchard – Apple Tree
Half-Deer: Lighted Pathway – Planks – Snowy, Snow Animals – Dog, Snow Animals – Bear, Snow Animals – Cat
Dysfunctional Designs: Pair of Waving Snowmen
Little Branch: WildBirch.v1, WildBirch.v2
Botanical: T2C Mesh Fir 05
Studio Skye: Ice and Snow ground/ice textures

Blogger Challenges · iheartslFeed · Looks · Raid Your Closet · SL Places

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

Blogger Challenges · Homestyle · iheartslFeed · Looks

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

Blogger Challenges · iheartslFeed · Looks · Raid Your Closet · SL Places

The Return of the Raid Your Closet Challenge!

Hi! So, I’ve brought back the Raid Your Closet Challenge! RYCC 3.0 is officially underway. If you missed the original and the sequel, now’s your chance to take part in the latest version. Not familiar with RYCC? Well, here’s a page with lots of info!

The RYCC Page

This challenge requires that everything blogged was in my (and should you choose to participate, your) inventory as of 11:59 pm April 30th, 2015. As in every prior RYCC you are expected to wear an entirely new outfit – something you’ve never blogged/photographed/worn before – each week (or however often you participate), but you can have exceptions. My exceptions include my shape (my own creation) and my eyelases (Mon Cheri’s Falsies, which I wear nearly exclusively). I likely also frequently repeat my SLink mesh hands and feet, though probably not in every post. If you decide to participate, either via Plurk, Flickr or your own blog, just make sure you list your own exceptions, too!

For my first pic, I’m wearing seriously adorable Ohmai Salon hair I bought at last year’s Hair Fair and never wore once. I built the outfit around this hair, and the dress is from Gizza that I bought at Shiny Shabby a couple of rounds back. Without further ado, here are my pics… both taken at Blithe, which is fast becoming a favorite place to take pics!

Daydreamer (RYCC Week 1)

Birds of a feather...

Be sure to join the Flickr group to follow as the challenge progresses and add your own pics. You can also share your blog links in the comments of this post!

~Lucie

Credits:
Glam Affair: Alice Cygana skin – Jamaica 07e
Ohmai Salon: Sopha hair w/tweeters – Naturals
Buzzeri: Lillian eyes – Sapphire
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Gizza: Cara dress – white
SLink: Mesh hands & feet
Eudora: Artemis Sandals
Cae: Anniversary ring
Wicked Peach: Sparkling Wine manicure applier
Infiniti: Definite poses 5m (pic 1) & 1 (pic 2)