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Goodbye 2018

Happy 2019! I know things have been quiet here. I’m hoping 2019 is a bit less of a RL roller coaster and that I’ll have more time for SL blogging. Although, I did have a good reason for taking off November… I wrote a novel, as part of National Novel Writing Month (better known as NaNoWriMo). My goal is to self-publish on Amazon in the coming months.

But, since the holidays have come and gone – and before we get any further into the new year – I did want to share a few pics I did in December.

My SL daughter Nana and I spent some time hanging out on Christmas. Mostly we were both AFK in RL, but I did manage to grab a pic of us, both looking really festive (I don’t have her credits, but if you’re curious, just ask! I can get them from her).

Christmas with my daughter

Here’s a closeup of me in my amazing Christmas tree hair from Astrology. Astrology is having a wicked store contest right now, and you could win the entire store! For all of the info on how to enter, check out the Astrology blog post for the contest details and requirements. The contest runs through January 15th.

Santa's Helper

I also wanted to share the details on a less, uh… traditional… Christmas pic I did. I did a headshot that goes with this, but haven’t edited it yet. When I do I’ll upload it to Flickr and link to this post.

Maybe Next Year

Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead!

~Lucie

Credits

Pics 1 & 2

Fashion
Maitreya: Lara body
LAQ: Lisa bento head & skin tone 1.5
LAQ: Rigged mesh eyes
Astrology: Tree Stella Hair – Dark Pack
Izzie’s: Glitter brows applier
Neve: fate coat
Cae: Audrey ring
Nylon Outfitters: Art Nails – Christmas ’18
Swear: Aspen leggings
Livalle: Lydia Mary Jane Creepers – XMAS Red

Decor
Culprit Village Cottage Cotswold
+Half-Deer+ Christmas Set – Traditional – FULL TREE SETUP
FOXCITY: Last Minute bento pose & props

Pic 3

Fashion
Maitreya: Lara body
LeLutka: Greer head
League: Luna applier – Medium Set 2
Exile: Bangles & Bracelets hair – Reds
Avi Glam: Glacial Eyes Gacha 06
ISON: Kylie dress – Red Plaid
Izzie’s: fishnet stockings applier
Gos: Hurley Ankle boots
Infiniti: Blowing Smoke Pose 16

Decor
SEUL – Studio RARE
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Table
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Chair
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Carpet
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Wood Basket
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Wood Stove
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Tree
MudHoney Present 4 – black
Mutresse-Annoyed-Shortie Cats
NOMAD // Star Curtain (4LI)

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The Writer’s Winter Retreat (Part 2)

This post is a continuation of my last one, which can be read here. Again, it’s graphics/credits heavy so I won’t say much!

This gorgeous set, from Pixel Mode for The Arcade, was part of what inspired the story and the scene.

The Writer's Desk

Mr. Mousley Comes Home

Snow Bunnies

A cozy corner

I’ll be tearing down the scene in the next couple of days… so if you want to stop by to visit it, you have until around 6 am SLT on December 28th!

The Writer’s Winter Retreat

If you’re interested in the contest results, you can read about the top three here. I was truly honored to come in second. Thank you so much!

~Lucie

Credits
Pixel Mode: Willow Log Cabin Winter, Candles – Birch, The Writer’s Room set (Writer’s Room set is at The Arcade)
Half+Deer: Mr. Mouse w/door and snow tracks- Earth Tones set, Snow Day Bunnies – Choco (Bunnies at Collabor88)
Junk: Fireside chair – Dark
What Next: Cedar Log Hatstand (shrunk down to mouse size), Charlotte End Table, Cabin Sign 1 – Welcome – rare (past Arcade release)
Alouette: Plate of Christmas Cookies
Aria: Adelaide decorative book and green tea
Apple Fall: Cottage Dining Stool, Cottage Dining Table
Sari-Sari: Gluehwein Mug, Portable Stove
Consignment: Rope Heart

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The Writer’s Winter Retreat (Part 1)

This is the first part of a post based on my contest entry for Love To Decorate’s Show Us Your Cozy contest. I didn’t just create a scene… I created a story for it, and my last post leads to this story. So if you missed that, be sure to check it out here. So, here’s the story… and the first set of pics. More to come, and this will be credits intensive since there’s a lot of detail.

Winter was rapidly approaching, and with it, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. The Writer had deadlines, but had spent so little time with her love thus far this holiday season.

Perhaps, she thought, a winter respite was needed… a retreat from the chaos of the holidays, from the parties of nameless faces and the crowds of the mall. Someplace where she could relax, do her work and yet still share plenty of quiet, intimate moments with the love of her life and their beloved pets.

A cabin in the woods, one cozy room with all the festive warmth of Christmas, an antique writer’s desk where she could get tend to her work, a comfy sleeping bag for two in front of a roaring fire… an idyllic winter wonderland, perfect for sledding, building snowmen and warming up in a natural hot spring fed pool. This was where to hibernate this December, though they would not be alone… tucked away in a quiet corner of the cabin, a special little family was also celebrating this Christmas!

Perhaps a bit of magic happens here, in this cabin in the north… a special kind of Christmas magic, where animals roam peacefully, and a worn old garage hides a mysterious and beautiful sleigh. Could it possibly be? But surely that’s just a myth!

Welcome to the lair of the Writer’s Winter Retreat… a peaceful, cozy holiday awaits, complete with cocoa, wine, good food, plenty of romance and a dash of Christmas magic.

The Writer's Winter Retreat

For winter dreams

A mysterious old sleigh

Writers, Mice & Pears

The Mousleys' Christmas Eve

You are all invited to visit the Writer’s Winter Retreat. It will be set up at least through Christmas.

~Lucie

Credits:
Pixel Mode: Willow Log Cabin Winter, Naughty or Nice Sleigh – Black/Red, Lighted Reindeer – Birch (reindeer is at FaMESHed), The Writer’s Room set (Writer’s Room set is at The Arcade)
Artisan Fantasy: Snowden Peaks – Wreath Red Flowers, Snowden Peaks – Christmas Tree We ❤ Role-Play
What Next: Pine Ridge Double Sleeping Bag, Christmas Chocolatier Drinks Tray, Winter Cubby Armchair (tartan), Winter Cubby Armchair (red), Winter Harvest Picnic set
Alouette: Christmas Tree Bookshelves, Ho Ho Ho Decoration, Gingerbread House, Christmas Countdown Sign
Dysfunctional Designs: Frilly pine trees, Lovely Lil’ Log Cabin Fireplace, Traditional Stocking – Buttons, Cocoa/Tea Tray – Light, Christmas Tree
Half-Deer: Mini-Mr. Mousie – Warm Tones, Mini-Mr. Mousie – Earth Tones, Lighted Pathway – Stars – Snowy, Sleepy Italian Greyhound in Dog Bed – Black
Junk: firewood holder, wood burner (wood burner from The Arcade)
Ispachi: Basic Merry Christmas Rug, CHERISHED MOMENTS- Polar Bears, Huskies, Snowy Owls The Arcade
Consignment: The Garage Collection – Garage RARE The Arcade
Culprit: Occasional Table Teak, Festive Pears, Partridge in a Pear Tree
Mudhoney: Eva Centerpiece, Sweater Stockings & Garland
Zigana: holiday spirit – books, grandpapa`s ski`s
Note: The gift boxes under the trees are from Alouette, What Next, Mudhoney and Aria… if you’d like to know which a specific box is, just ask or come check it out in person!

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Faded Love

So the folks at Uber have a contest for the October 50 Shades Of Grey inspired edition. I decided this was a perfect opportunity to push my boundaries a little. So I grabbed an alt and took her to Uber for some goodies (frankly, she’s usually dressed as a guy so this was just fun for a change). Here are the results!

It’s kind of rare for me to really love a picture and not nit pick the ways I could’ve made it better. So to get two I loved from one shoot is really unusual, but I did. In this first one, I loved the vulnerability…

Stay

…and this version is going to be my contest entry. I felt it better showed the gorgeous corset I’m wearing from Shai, along with the lovely bed from Sway’s.

Faded Love

This was a lot of fun, and it definitely pushed me. You still have some time to go to Uber to grab the goodies seen here, along with plenty others! Full fashion and decor credits below.

~Lucie

Credits
On Lucie:
Belleza: Brooke skin – Uber Edition – Makeup 4 w/gloss Uber
Truth: Vixen – reds Uber
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Hazel @Kustom 9
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Shai: Chantel lace corset – Dove Uber
SLink: mesh hands – elegant & flat, mesh feet – natural
Wicked Peach: SLink nails – stained

On Persephone:
Pink Fuel: Harley skin – crystal (previous group gift)
Wasabi Pills: Lea hair – Night Shadow Uber
Buzzeri: Celestial eyes – Ocean
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Junbug: Anastasia corset – Crimson Uber
SLink: mesh hands – casual

Decor:
Trompe Loeil: Attic skybox Collabor88
DIGS: Sheyda Rug
Sway’s: Neal Unmade Bed – Breeze Uber
Cheeky Pea: So Gray Mirror Uber
22769 bauwerk: Wrapped roses, Box of Praline Uber
Ispachi: Emerson Log Candle Holders The Liason Collaborative
MN: Cluster of Candles

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Tuli & coldLogic

I was reticent when mesh first came out. It had its growing pains, and the truth is, I don’t love change. But when coldLogic opened, just over a year ago, my world changed. I loved the “shape” of their mesh. It felt like it suited my avatar’s curves, and I felt like “me” when I wore it. Since then, I’ve become a huge fan of all of their work.

So, when I saw there was an anniversary photo contest, I knew I had to enter. There are so many great entries. I honestly don’t envy the task of choosing a winner!

I entered this picture first. It was based off an ad vendor I was doing for our store, and I really liked how it came out. The dress is Hathaway, and it’s so sleek and elegant. Perfect for a fancy, summer event. I knew it all starts with a smile, Kaelyn Alecto’s gorgeous new sim, had the perfect spot for this pic.

coldLogic Photo Contest Entry - Lucie Bluebird

But the more I looked at the picture, the less sure of it I felt, so I decided to do another pic. I wandered back over to it all starts with a smile. I love this carousel, and the poses in the horses are so unexpected and quirky. I like quirky. This time I am wearing the Bardot dress in lemonade. I have to be honest… I rarely like yellow. But when I do I love it, and this dress is no exception. The soft, buttery shade, combined with the pink, melon shade for contrast is just stunning. I feel so sophisticated and summer in this look.

coldLogic Contest - Lucie Bluebird (2)

Finally, I wanted to do a headshot to show off this gorgeous skin from Tuli, Claire. I’ve always like Tuli, so I am glad the store is back with new items. I am especially excited because the skin has an option with dimples and I adore dimples. These are really well done, too. Oh, and the eyes are from the new IKON Lucid line. Gorgeous, aren’t they? My adorable choker is from BOOM. I’m wearing the baby pink shade, but it’s mod and I tinted it ever-so-slightly to match the melon shade in the dress.

Claire by Tuli

I am off to travel for the weekend. SO excited. I love a good road trip. I hope to do a lot more blogging next week… now that I’m finally feeling better and caught up on grad school work (for the moment).

Have a great weekend!

~Lucie

Credits
Look 1
On Lucie:
Skin: Adam N Eve – Carolyn – Tone 2 – Sorbet w/dimples
Eyes: IKON – Eternal – Heath
Hair: Truth – Swift – Auburn w/roots
Dress: coldLogic – Hathaway – Dusk
Shoes: Gos Boutique – Grace Sandals – Bronze

On Smooth:
Skin: Filthy – Group Gift – May (no longer available)
Hair: Exile – 6th Avenue Heartache – Marone
Suit: FateWear – Christopher – Ocean
Shoes: FIR & MNA – Ashford Brogues – White Leather

Pose: Embody – Rose (w/prop)

Look 2
Skin: Tuli – Claire – Powder – 09 w/dimples
Eyes: IKON – Lucid – Eucalyptus
Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Fantasia
Hair: Exile – All I Am (b) – Sunset (tinted)
Moles: Tuli – Beauty Marks 2
Choker: Boom – Precious Bow Choker – Doll Pink
Earrings: Cae – Enchanted

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Mon Tissu Blogger Search Entry

When I heard that Mon Tissu was holding a contest to find a new blogger, I debated entering. There are so many truly amazing bloggers out there, and I knew the competition would be tremendous and fierce for this contest just from a quick glance at the Flickr group entries. Then I realized there is only one definite way to not win, and that’s by not trying. I hate failing because I was afraid to try, so I reframed my perspective. I adore Mon Tissu clothing. The detail work and quality is superb. I already had a lot of older pieces, and I’d been waiting to add some mesh pieces, and I decided to see this as an excuse to shop. After all, what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t look for an excuse to shop?!?

I consider my style quirky. When I was a kid, I liked to wear colors that were considered to “not go together,” like red and purple. Fortunately, I was a child of the 80s, and often would wear something that later became a trend… but since I was seemingly always a step ahead, I was never considered “trendy” or “stylish.” I didn’t really care. I wore what I liked, what felt fun and comfortable to me. I’m often the same way in Second Life. I’ll show my best friend an outfit and before she can say anything, I’ll go… I know you hate it. She laughs and says it’s just not her style. 😉

For this look, I decided to pair the Heathrow boots I’ve been dying for since they were released with shorts, tights and a sweatshirt. I love the shorts with tights look. I do this look a lot in SL, especially in the autumn and spring months. I think of it as a transitional look that works nicely between seasons. I wanted to find bright, and naturally, unexpected colors. I wanted to do what I could to make my look pop against the many contenders, and it’s also just staying true to myself to come up with quirky color combos. The coral shorts with this sweatshirt that’s almost a pale aqua made me smile. First off, peach and aqua were the colors I chose for my high school graduation party. Secondly, they seem like perfect summer-into-fall colors. I bought the Heathrow boots in Ash, and to me they look sort of worn, and well loved in this color. It’s a brown, but not as dark as the chocolat (which I also love and want eventually), and I tossed on a pair of fuzzy JANE tights in champagne. I completed the look with Mon Tissu Readers in cream, and this adorable hair from Exile that I snagged back during the Hair Fair. I consider the overall look one of collegiate quirkiness! I feel smart, cute and sexy in that quirky way that makes celebs like Zooey Deschanel or Drew Barrymore famous.

I originally envisioned this picture being taken in a library. I love books, and as a future high school English teacher, I surround myself with them in real life and Second life as much as possible. I will share the library version with you, if only to show off a bit of the amazing library scene from Garden of Dreams. It’s lush, and I really want to get it some day when I have the prims to spare! I also need to say thank you to Kaelyn Alecto who was kind enough to offer to rezz me a copy of hers if I wanted to use it.

Study Time

In the end, though, I felt the picture wanted more. So I wandered to the Water Reserve sim (home of *emm shop & scribbled hearts) and found myself a dock by the water. I rezzed one of the Oslo Chairs from What Next for The Arcade, complete with a comfy blanket, and sat down to read. I used a pile of old books from Garden of Dreams as a makeshift table, made myself some cocoa to stave off the autumn chill, and I was all set. Here’s the finished work.

Mon Tissu Blogger Search Entry - Lucie Bluebird

I still do not expect to win against such a tremendous pool of talent, but I am really happy with how my final picture and my Mon Tissu look came out. I had a lot of fun, and feel I challenged myself with this entry. In the end, that means no matter what, I’ve won.

~Lucie

Credits:
Skin: Izzie’s – Brianna – Sunkissed
Hair: Exile – Crush – Rouge (slightly tinted)
Eyes: Ikon – Utopia – Dark Sepia
Glasses: Mon Tissu – Four Corners Readers – Cream
Top: Mon Tissu – Slouchy Sweatshirt – Sky
Shorts: Mon Tissu – Hanalei – Coral
Tights: JANE – Fuzzy Piggies – Champagne
Boots: Mon Tissu – Heathrow – Ash
Nails: RezIpsa Loc – Tangerine
Ring: Cheeky Pea – Macaron Ring – Peanut**
Pic 1 books: Elymode – Leatherbound Sketchbooks
Locations: Garden Of Dreams – Library Scene (pic 1), Water Reserve sim (pic 2)
Poses: Embody – Eileen 5 (pic 1), What Next Oslo Chair** (pic 2)

** Item from The Arcade gatcha event… for more, check the Seraphim post here!

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Vintage Fair Preview!

It’s almost here! Chic Management’s Vintage Fair 2012 opens in just 2 days. I was beyond excited to be chosen as one of the bloggers for this event, and the sneak peeks I’ve had have just blown me away. The build is spectacular, and so well laid out. It’s nice and easy to navigate, and I say this being someone who is easily lost in either world!

I apologize in advance because I am probably not going to be blogging much else but Vintage Fair for the next week or so! I just have so much amazing stuff to share with you all. This event is being sponsored by Aura, Belleza, Cheeky Pea, coldLogic, Gizza Creations, Indyra Originals, PurpleMoon Creations, oOo Studio and Trompe Loeil, and it is three sims big! There’s also a photo contest for the event, the details of which you can read about here.

I had to start my Vintage Fair blogging with the 80s. As a “child of the 80s,” it’s a time period I remember well, and I loved the bright colors and crazy, wacky styles then and I still do now! Of course, I’m not entirely thrilled to think that my childhood clothing would be considered “vintage,” but alas, I will somehow manage to cope with that reality. I’m starting with Izzies & Lush. The Jem sweatshirt is from Lush. I absolutely loved the show Jem as a kid (I’ll try not to obsess over how many of my SL friends weren’t yet born when I was watching this show!), so when I saw this top I knew I had to blog it. It’s Truly Outrageous, after all.

Truly Outrageous (Lush & Izzie's)

The skin is from Izzies, as are the nails and awesome shiny leggings. This is the Eliza skin in Sunkissed and there are 3 makeup versions for 80s Eliza. I’m wearing the purple here. Also from Izzie’s, and available as a gift at Vintage Fair, the headband (which is texture change) and the mesh bangles. The top is part of an outfit available that is called Flashdance, and the look does just scream Flashdance!

Flashbacks... er, Flashdance!

The zebra print gown in this second look reminds me a prom dress that was worn by the older sister of a friend to her 1985 prom. The gown is from Envy Me, and I believe it is a Vintage Fair exclusive color. This pose is one of a pack of five from Sleeping Koala, also available at Vintage Fair.

Envy Me Vintage Fair

The gorgeous skin in this look is Selene from Aeva (aka Heartsick – I believe they are rebranding). It’s absolutely stunning, isn’t it? I love the smokey eyes, and if blue eyeshadow doesn’t scream 80s, well… I didn’t have a My Little Pony sleeping bag!

Aeva (Heartsick) Selene

I have lots more to come from Vintage Fair. Stay tuned.

~Lucie

Credits
Look 1:
Skin: Izzie’s – Eliza 80s – Purple – Sunkissed*
Shape: Embody – Caralyn for medium standard sizing mesh
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Deep Wood
Hair: Truth – Charmaine – Raven w/roots
Lashes: L.Fauna – Pretty (tattoo layer)
Nails: Izzie’s – 80s rounded nails*
Top: Lush*Limited – Slouchy Sweater – Jem (MESH)*
Pants: Izzie’s – Metallic Leggings – Black*
Legwarmers: Lush by CoCo – Leg Warmers*
Shoes: Gos – PYP Maryjane Ballet flats (black satin add-on)
Headband & Bangles: Izzie’s – Vintage Fair gift*
Poses: Embody – Celebrity 5 (pic 1) & Sizzle 5 (pic 2)

Look 2:
Skin: Aeva (Heartsick) – Selene 2 – Tart*
Shape: Embody – Jennie for small standard sizing mesh (not yet released)
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Caramel
Hair: Truth – Jodie – Caramel (MESH)
Lashes: L.Fauna – Pretty (tattoo layer)
Dress: Envy Me – Zebra black pink – VF Exclusive (MESH)*
Poses: Sleeping Koala – Vintage Sewing Pattern Poses* – Pose 3 (Pic 1), Pose from my Oracul AO (Pic 2)

*Denotes items available at Vintage Fair, which opens August 4, 2012!