I’m just chewing gum

Recently, I happened upon a new-to-me artist named Nina Nesbitt and her song Chewing Gum. One of the lines is “cuz I’m a made-up mess in a backless dress” and well, I was already wearing this sexy backless dress from Neve, which you can grab at Uber through September 23rd on and it just seemed like kismet. I styled the rest of the look around the sexy, peppy song. My hair is a recent Mainstore release from Truth called Lady, and it includes multiple styling options, which you can see here. The killer red heels I have on are from Ingenue’s Cosette gacha at The Arcade, and this is just one of 16 colors to collect!

I'm a made-up mess in a backless dress

I am also wearing a new skin applier by [theSkinnery] for Catwa heads. Karen is available at Ultra through October 8th. I really like this skin. I love the messy brows and the soft sheen it has. There are also really cute crinkles around the eyes, which make me happy. While I can appreciate the absolute flawlessness of some of the skin appliers you find in SL, I also really love seeing the realism offered by creators like Umazuma Metaluna who owns [theSkinnery]. My gorgeous, bold jewelry is Cae’s Anika set which is available at FaMESHed through September 27th.

Chewing Gum

Below you can watch the video and listen to the song that helped inspire this post. It may not be available in all countries.

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Catwa: Koura bento head
[theSkinnery]: Karen Catwa applier – Honey tone Ultra
Truth: Lady hair – Multitone 1 hud
Cae: Anika jewelry set FaMEHSed
Neve: Dre dress Uber
Ingenue: Cosette heels – Rouge The Arcade
Buzzeri: Moonstone eyes – Midnight Catwa Appliers
oOo Studio: Fever Pose 6 (pic 1) and Fever Pose 7 (pic 2)
SAYO SCENES – Wright Staircase Backdrop – COMMON

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Lucie’s Dream Closet

In recent months I’ve found myself liking pink a lot. I was never the pink sort of girl. In fact, as a kid I despised pink. I think I resented the fact that, as a girl, I was just supposed to automatically like pink. So now, as a grown ass woman, I’m finding in my 40s that pink is okay after all. I originally thought of calling these pics Pretty In Pink, but tbh I’d be shocked if I hadn’t already done that, because hello, 80s girl here. So then I thought of the big Reign closet from a couple of Arcade rounds ago and thought well it IS kind of a Barbie pink… and went for the play on Barbie’s Dream House. Which, btw, I never owned. 😦 So sad, right? Anyway.

If you’ve been hiding in your giant, walk-in, two story closet you may have missed that Collabor88 is celebrating its 6th birthday! Crazy, right? I’ve bought items from every round, which is possibly even crazier. This month’s theme was a brightly colored plastic one, though, and I admit… I was a bit hesitant because plastic just isn’t my thing. However, the designers pulled off some really clever interpretations of the theme and I wound up liking quite a lot more than I expected! Great for shopping, less for my budget, but hey the big birthday round only happens once a year, right? Anyway, here I’m wearing a couple of items you can find at Collab’s birthday event. One is the jelly bracelets from Atomic. Raise your hand if you had tons of these as a kid… oh, wait hard to type with one hand in the air. We called them “Madonna” bracelets, as she made them iconic. They were cheap and we did all sorts of weird things with the way we wore them. So I naturally had to have them. My shiny pink dress by Decoy with the awesome scoop neck is also from Collab’s birthday round.

My adorable shoes are from the new Blush event. They are by friday and they have an option (for Maitreya only) that includes socks. I went sockless here for this look. These sandals are so cute. They’ve got a crazy platform heel and the bows are just too cute. Blush closes August 28th, and it’s full of so much cute that you definitely want to check it out ASAP. My hair is by Exile. This style was released for FLF in 2 exclusive color huds. I don’t know for sure if it will be available as a regular Mainstore release, but I love it SO MUCH that I really hope so. I love the heavy, blunt bangs, and the long pulled back style.

Lucie's Dream Closet

Now, let’s talk about my head (and other strange things you hopefully only say when talking about SL!). This is Greer, one of four(!!!) new LeLutka bento heads. All of the bento heads got an awesome update recently, which you can read about on the LeLutka blog. Among the updates are a lot of new animations, which are really cute. As always, the LeLutka heads are preloaded with skins by Glam Affair. You get all the tones, and I’m wearing Jamaica here. I am wearing one of the Tropical eyeshadow colors from Mila, available at Cosmetic Fair, which runs through August 31st. I used the blender to fade it a bit, but the colors are all gorgeous and I love how well they applied! My eyes by [theSkinnery] are another Blush release, and they come in a lot of fun, flirty colors. My earrings and necklace are Cae’s Shooting Star collection.

Pink Pout

~Credits

Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Greer mesh head – Default skin – Jamaica tone
Mila: Tropical Eyeshadow applier Cosmetic Fair
[theSkinnery]: Psionic eyes 1 Blush
Exile: Run The World hair – FLF Naturals pack
Decoy: Nadia dress Collabor88
Cae: Shooting Star collection
Atomic: Jelly bracelets – Set 3 Collabor88
friday: Regina platforms – Candy Blush
Repose/Embody: Footing pose 2 Marketplace only
Reign: Chanel’s Closet Decorated #1 Rare (past Arcade release)

Festival!

With all the hype in the RL beauty world about “festival looks” I couldn’t resist doing on for SL. Also, it was the 20th anniversary of Lilith Fair, which I went to in 1997. My SL festival look is far more modern although there are some things that never go out of style (at least in my book), like strappy, flat sandals and long, flowing skirts. My skirt and top are both from Decoy and you can grab them at Collabor88. My sandals are by fri.day. They were at Summerfest, which has ended but should be in the Mainstore soon. My hair is Exile.

Blues Festival

I went to Lilith Fair with my then boyfriend, who wasn’t particularly memorable (or well, okay he was very memorable, but not for good reasons) but he did buy me tickets when I said I wanted them, so I have to give him credit for that. It was awesome. It was in Camden, NJ (which is not awesome, trust me) and we had seats on the lawn… which meant sitting on blankets. I won’t talk about the ways in which said guy embarrassed me that day (or others), but rather will focus on the epic entertainment spectacle I got to be a part of on that steamy Sunday afternoon/night.

We got rained on for awhile, but no one cared because we were having too much fun. Tracy Chapman was one of the performers that night, and although I sort of liked her, I was probably least looking forward to her performance… and she stole the damn show. No one was sitting during her set. She was unreal. Fiona Apple opened the mainstage and she was so newly popular at the time, and one of my favorites (Tidal is still an all time favorite of mine) and she was so natural and funny and I remember being in awe of her ease. She was about to officially open the show (there had been side stages all afternoon, one of which included Susanna Hoffs and how do you not LOVE hearing Eternal Flame performed live?) with all these major stars and she was just a teenager and it was pretty awesome.

So, in honor of this I decided to be bold and do some crazy lips… these dark blue lips are from [TheSkinnery], and are a group gift that work great with the new Alix skin released for LeLutka at Shiny Shabby. [TheSkinnery] recently updated their body appliers and the new ones are gorgeous (in the mainstore)… plus they’ve added three new skin tones. Here I am wearing the peach tone. I was also wearing one of the new tones in my last post.

Festival

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Chloe mesh head
[TheSkinnery]: Alix LeLutka applier in Peach Shiny Shabby, Alix lipstick appliers – Group Gift
Buzzeri: Shift Eyes – Sapphire – Galaxias version OMEGA applier on LeLutka Chloe eyes
Exile: All My Best Lies hair – Wild Fusion hud
Cae: Chelsea necklace
Decoy: Jade top, Monica skirt Collabor88
fri.day: Aquinnah sandals – Sailor
Infiniti: Carefree pose – 5M (pic 1)
Izzie’s: Headshot pose 8
Location: Izzie’s

Final hours of The Arcade!

With under 2 days remaining for the June round of The Arcade, I wanted to do a post to remind you to run over there if you haven’t already! Or go back if you want to try one last time for that one item you didn’t get. I’m grilling on Tres Blah’s Summer Fete open grill (a rare), which I was dying to win and finally just yesterday did! My Ingenue shoes are also from The Arcade (more on them in a few). The hat and hair combo is by Truth and you can grab it at Uber (there’s also a hatless version), along with this top from Neve and these adorable shorts from Poppy. I want to say a few things about the top. There are 3 different styles of ruffly tops from Neve at Uber (all named after desserts as sweet as the tops). You should be aware they all have built in arm poses in order to not break the mesh. However, there’s a good variety in sizes and even with my curvier av I found a pose that didn’t put my hands inside me.

Grillin'

What I most wanted to share are the Lykke heels from Ingenue. I blogged a pair of these a few posts back, but this color is special. Not only is it utterly adorable, it’s an exclusive! It is Ingenue’s prize for playing the machine 25 times, and they will never be available again once the event ends. The pattern is called confetti and I fell for it the second I saw it! The colors, the style and just everything about these shoes melted me. They were something I considered a “must have” because they’re different and cute and yeah. I love them, is that obvious yet? To help show off my sassy shoes is one of Jian’s Cheeky Chihuahuas, also at The Arcade. This photo wasn’t edited at all beyond cropping, as I really wanted you to see the pattern detail.

Footloose and fancy free

Finally, I wanted to show off a few items from the current round of Cosmetic Fair, and the freckles applier by [TheSkinnery] that is currently available at Cosmopolitan. My eyeshadow is one of the Tropical eyeshadow by Arte. This palette is bold, shiny and gorgeous. I’ve used the Catwa hud to blend it a bit, but it’s gorgeous fully bold, too! I’m also wearing one of Bossie’s Summer Lipstick appliers from the event, which again I’ve blended down some (this was to make it work better with the shape of the mouth on my skin applier, which is from [TheSkinnery], too). I’m wearing one of Catwa’s new bento mesh heads, Koura. I demo’d both Koura and Tala (the newest release). Tala is adorable but looked really, really young on me. So if you’re wanting a younger look I definitely say to try it out. I went for Koura because it was a bit more mature and just overall felt more like me. My necklace is a sequel to Cae’s Kitten release. This one features gemstones instead of pearls, and you can find it in the Mainstore now.

Turquoise eyes under a turquoise sky

This is my final post before I leave for vacation Saturday, but I return July 10th so look for a new post later that week!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Koura bento mesh head
[TheSkinnery]: Cristy Catwa applier – Honey, Don’t Speak Catwa eye appliers – 5
Arte: Tropical eyeshadow Cosmetic Fair
Bossie: Summer Lipstick Cosmetic Fair
Truth: Taren w/hat – Blondes Uber
Cae: Kitten 2 necklace
Neve: Fritter top Uber
Poppy: Candy shorts – Island Paradise Blue Uber
Ingenue: Lykke heels – Confetti – Exclusive pull prize The Arcade
elephante: Gretchen pose 4 (modified by the built in pose of the shirt)

Decor:
Barnesworth Anubis: Henlopen Cottage
What Next: Brighton Stripe Lawn Chair 4
Tres Blah: Summer Fete – Open Grill RARE, Summer Fete – Steak The Arcade
Lost Junction: Surfy Snacks – King Prawns Tray

Welcome summer!

It’s officially summer (for those of us in the northern hemisphere at least), and here in Colorado it has felt like it for days. It’s been unseasonably warm (and we have no ac because most summers we don’t need it). So I couldn’t resist something that felt super summery and comfy in SL. I wasn’t really going for vintage, but it just sort of all fell together, and the look I put together wound up being really vintage. I feel kind of like a pinup girl from the 50s! My hair is one of Exile’s Collabor88 releases, and the Resort theme for this round definitely has a retro vibe. My top from Just Because is also at the current round of Collabor88. The adorable kitten heels I’m wearing are Ingenue’s Dorothy shoes for Vintage Fair. These are only compatible with SLink’s Kitten feet. You can wear the feet even if you wear a Maitreya body, and the shoes made for these feet are always adorable and often feel a bit retro. My shorts are by Neve and are also definitely have a retro vibe, and you can find them at FaMESHed’s June round.

Long hot summer

Now, I have to get to something I am so crazy excited about… LAQ’s newly released Gaia bento mesh head. Now there are a lot of mesh heads out there, so you might wonder what’s special about this particular head. Well, I have an answer for you. It has motion capture animations and they are SO DAMN CUTE. LAQ did a video on their YouTube channel that shows the animations, and it’s definitely worth a watch. I managed to catch this shot mid smirk… and thought it was adorable! In addition to the motion capture moods, there are multiple static poses that are good for photography. I am also wearing Cae’s latest release, Kitten. This necklace and earrings set is for sale at Cosmopolitan. I’m only wearing the necklace, but trust me when I say the earrings are every bit as adorable!

Gaia by LAQ

I really, really love this head. It’s so cute and soft. It took me a bit of playing around to get my shape the way I wanted. To make it easier, I used measurements from 2 of the 5 included shapes as a base and worked from there. But once I got it how I wanted, I was just in love. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I definitely recommend demoing it to see if it suits you. I can’t wait to see what appliers are released by both LAQ and other designers.

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
SLink: Physique Hourglass mesh body, Dynamic mesh hands and Kitten mesh feet
Exile: Be My Baby – Natural Fusion HUD Collabor88
LAQ: Gaia mesh head (w/included brown eyes) – Skintone 1.5
Cae: Kitten necklace Cosmopolitan
Just Because: Luma tube top Collabor88
Neve: Leyla shorts – Neutrals FaMESHed
Ingenue: Dorothy kitten heels Vintage Fair
Infiniti: Breeze pose 1m

Decor:
What Next: Sandbridge Ice Cream Cart – Pink & Green, Waterfront Dock with ladders
Trompe Loeil: Shelter Island Cottage Mint, Marin Lighthouse
Forest Floor: Alder – Lush (Legendary)
JIAN: Beach Corgis – Beach Towel RARE

Rose Gold

Rose gold is hot right now. I didn’t set out to do a post with a rose gold theme, but suddenly I realized I’d put together a look that was pretty rosey and a bit gold, so I went with it! I am wearing a new Mainstore release from Just Because. This jumpsuit was inspired by the recent Fleur gown release. Like the gown, there’s a sheer lace top version (which I’m wearing) and an opaque one. I love that gown, but I really love the jumpsuit! Especially since it lets me show off the cute Lykke heels Ingenue released for The Arcade.

I never promised you a rose garden

I am also wearing a new Mainstore release from Exile (I am sooo loving all the Mainstore releases lately!). Exile now has hair that is bento animated, and Over The Edge is one of them! It’s pretty cool, and especially if you’ve missed the movement of flexi hair you should check it out. There is also a static version included, but I have the animated version on, and was trying to capture the hair as it moved the furthest from my body so the static version may seem slightly different. My lipstick is a release from [TheSkinnery] that is available at The Chapter Four event. My eyes are yet another color of the Don’t Speak pack, also from [TheSkinnery], and currently at Rewind for another 24 hours or so. After that, look for them at the Mainstore. My Catwa head applier (Cristy) is also from [TheSkinnery]. The poses I used for both pics are both by Luxe and are available at the current round of Uber. These poses include curvy versions, for which I am very grateful. It’s often a challenge to find poses that work with my curvier shape, so whenever I see a store that does curvy versions I make a note of it!

Rose Gold

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Matireya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly bento mesh head
[TheSkinnery]: Cristy applier – honey, Don’t Speak eyes – 6, Birkin lip applier
Exile: Over The Edge hair – Wildcards hud
Just Because: Fleurista Jumpsuit
Cae: Anna ring
Yummy: Love Spell ring set N21
Hello Dave: Dainty Doll nail appliers
Ingenue: Lykke shoes – Ballet The Arcade
Luxe: Sonya poses 6 (pic 1) & 5 (pic 2) – curvy versions Uber

Decor:
ANC: “secret garden” ROSE goth/blood
JIAN: White Tail Deer – Female Adult (Animated)
Happy Mood: Garden Tree06 – Light Colors c, Cliff Hill – flower A, Garden Tree08 with Lights – green a
Forest Floor: Alder – Lush

The heat is on

Summer is creeping up on us… or at least on those of us in the Northern hemisphere. In SL, you can’t escape this. Designers are creating gorgeous, must have summer items like crazy! What Next released this stunning outdoor bar recently, and there are two versions. One has all the alcohol and fruity summer drinks you might expect, but the other has coffee! I love this because it means this is a piece you’ll be able to use on an outdoor autumn or winter patio, too! You can barely see the bar in the pic below, since I was standing behind it, having a beer (which I despise in RL, incidentally). I definitely hope to shoot it again, from an angle where you’ll see it better. But you don’t have to wait! Click here to see the ad for this gorgeous release so you can get a better feel for what it offers.

I’m wearing Pink Fuel’s newly released Jacqueline skin applier for Catwa heads. I love this applier. As is always the case with Mochi Milena’s skins, it’s really soft. Plus, she’s one of the only designers I know who has body appliers that give you options for body type. So if you want your av to appear athletic, ripped or – in my case – curvy, that’s possible! This is a really nice touch that I wish more designers would offer.

My hair is Truth’s VIP gift from May. If you haven’t heard, Truth redid all his colors and textures, and I fell head over heels for this darker blonde with its honey highlights. I’m not sure I’ve ever been blonde in SL before, and I was never really tempted to be but this color might make an appearance again soon! Truth has also added “styling huds” to his new hair releases, which let you tweak the looks of the hairstyles. This is so cool and definitely adds some versatility. To see the ad for Kare (along with the inset style hud options), click here. As of this writing (June 4th at 10:20 pm SLT) the May gift is still available for VIP members. The VIP fee is $L350, which is well worth it for the fatpack of colors and the styling huds. Past VIP gifts can be bought for L$500 so even if you miss it, you can still buy it later. It’s one of those styles that’s so simple and effortless and I know I’ll use it a lot. I wish my RL hair looked like this, in fact!

My necklace is from Cae. It was released at the last round of ROMP, which is now over, but should be in the Mainstore soon. What I always love about Cae’s collars is how versatile they are. They’re great for people who maybe want to be collared, but with something less obvious, or just if you like the style! If you are looking for a pretty summer necklace, you can wear the version without RLV. This reminds me of some of the necklaces I wore in the summers in the last 90s, and I loved it right away.

My eyes are another color in The Skinnery’s Don’t Speak release available at Rewind through June 10th. The top I have on is part of Blueberry’s May Luxe Box bikini, which is adorable. The straps and inner fabric change independently of each other, and you can come up with so many great color combos, or do a mono look if you prefer!

Refresh

My sandals are fri.day’s release for The Arcade – because yes, another round of this beloved event is upon us! My little furry companion is also an Arcade release by JIAN. He’s pretty cute, isn’t he? My capris are from Decoy and you can grab them at the current round of Collabor88 before it ends this week.

Funshine

~Lucie

Full Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly mesh head
Pink Fuel: Jacqueline Catwa applier – Peach
Truth: Kare hair – VIP gift – Multitone Hud 1
Catwa: Mesh eyes
[TheSkinnery]: Don’t Speak eyes – 7
Izzie’s: Natural lashes for Catwa
Blueberry: Luxe Box bikini top (May 2017 edition)
Decoy: Bree capris Collabor88
fri.day: Nellie sandals – ghost The Arcade
Nylon Outfitters Art Nails: Fruit nails
Yummy: Love Spell ring set N21
Astralia: My half rings

Decor:
Pic 1
Cheeky Pea: Kara Gazebo – Medium wood
What Next: Palisades Outdoor Bar
[TUFF]: Large Reef with foam & spray- mossy
Happy Mood: Garden Tree09 with Lights – Blue Green a, Garden Tree08 with Lights – green c

Pic 2
What Next: Waterfront Dock with ladders (animations)
Dysfunctionality: Pastel Pathway – Medium
Trompe Loeil: Shelter Island Cottage Mint
Knot&co. Summertime Drinks – Lemon (rez) – Group Gift
JIAN: Cheeky Chihuahuas 8. White Wanderer The Arcade
Studio Skye: Wild Grasses, Beach Dunes

Lady of the lake

When I saw Decoy’s mermaid gacha for Lootbox, I was really excited. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a mermaid? This gacha has it all, including body jewels, a crown in multiple colors and a trident (neither featured here). There are gorgeous pastel color options that are more typically associated with mermaids, but I found myself surprisingly drawn to the black tail and shell bra. I decided to create an underwater scene that was like a lake, instead of the more expected ocean. Maybe it’s from reading Harry Potter so many times!

Lady of the lake

I’m wearing League’s recent LeLutka applier release (it was at Skin Fair, so if it’s not in the Mainstore yet, I imagine it will be soon). I really liked this applier, particularly because you get eyeshadow options ON the applier, meaning you can add eyeliner (it even comes with several eyeliner styles) or other shadow on the eyeshadow layer. That’s something I haven’t seen before, so I was pretty excited by that.
My hair is Truth’s current Uber release – Cheri – and it has two versions. One goes over both shoulders, but I opted for the version that only goes over one. I’m still having fun playing with different hair colors, as you can see! My eyes are Izzie’s recent Tokyo Lights version. The original darker ones and the Lights are both gorgeous. They also come with Catwa appliers, for those of you wearing Catwa eyes.

Upward

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Simone bento mesh head
League: Amaia LeLutka applier
Izzie’s: Tokyo eyes – Lights
Decoy: Sea Royalty Gacha Set Lootbox
Cae: Mermaid necklace
La Jolie Rose: Underwater Symphony – Pose 3 (slightly modified with Animare)

Scene:
Botanical: Maram grass, Kelp – Purple
Fanatik: Stoned rocks

Meet Devon

[TheSkinnery] is participating in the annual Skin Fair with a new release for Catwa’s bento heads. I fell in love with this face immediately. Devon is so impish and adorable, and I knew it would be the perfect skin for a bit of a whimsical, fantasy themed post. I visited StoryBrooke Gardens to shoot these pics. It’s a lovely place for spring pics. Plus, if you join the Baja Norte group (the sims are owned by the same person, Lauren Bentham) you can rezz, too! My eyes are also from [TheSkinnery], from the Palermo collection which you can find in the mainstore. I liked how they matched the colors in the wings (my fairy outfit is from Decoy, more on that to come!). But seriously, look at this face. Isn’t it super cute? I love the lips in particular, but all of it is just lovely. I’m also wearing one of the lipglosses, sold separately for it at Skin Fair. I have it on my own shape on Catwa’s Kimberly head. It may not look remotely the same on different heads or shapes, so definitely demo first! My stunning necklace and matching earrings by Cae are at the current round of FaMESHed and match the shoes you’ll see in the next pic. Also, you get 3 different earring styles with this set (sold together with the necklace or individually).

Devon

My vines, bikini and (bento!) wings are courtesy of Decoy’s Forest Fae gacha. Please note that this was a recent event release and is not yet in the Mainstore, but should be soon. My gorgeous shoes are the new collaboration between Gos and Cae, available at FaMESHed and designed to match the necklace and earrings you saw in the previous photo.

Morning Fairy

Here’s a closeup of those shoes, unedited, to show the intricate detail in the jewels. Normally in a post where I am a fairy, I’d go barefoot. But if ever there were shoes suitable for a spring fae? These are them (click the image to see it larger)!

[TheSkinnery] at Skin Fair

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly mesh head
[TheSkinnery]: Devon applier – honey tone w/lip gloss (sold separately) Skin Fair
[TheSkinnery]: Palermo eye collection – #2
Wasabi Pills: Fleur hair – Lunar Ombres
Bold & Beauty: Classic Collection Lash – Giselle V1 (Feb Powder Pack item)
Cae: Reign necklace and earrings FaMESHed
Decoy: Forest Fae gacha – Arm vines – spring, bikini outfit – petal, wings – green
Gos Boutique: Reign shoes FaMESHed
EverGlow: Breeze pose 2