Autumn Ana

LAQ’s been on a roll lately with the mesh heads. Ana is one of the four currently available bento heads at LAQ. I really love this head. The face is so sassy and flirty. I’ve added freckles, also by LAQ, which are really cute. Of course, it’s full on autumn here in Colorado with the aspens changing to yellow, so naturally I have a pumpkin spice latte, courtesy of Reign’s Fall Vibes collection at The Arcade. My hair is from Exile and you can find it at Collabor88 The hat is optional, but super cute so I had to wear it. I’m wearing eyes from [theSkinnery].

Ana

My shorts and cozy top are both Neve releases currently available at FaMESHed. My knee high socks are appliers from Izzie’s and the woven boots I’m wearing are from Reign’s second machine (Fall Essentials) at The Arcade. My bag is also Reign, and it’s rigged which makes me so happy. It’s from the same Fall Vibes gacha collection as my latte.

Autumn Adventress

Full credits, including decor, below!

~Lucie

Fashion Credits:
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
LAQ: Ana bento mesh head w/LAQ’s freckles applier (sold separately) tone 1.5
[theSkinnery]: Don’t Speak eyes 1
Exile: Break The Rules hair w/hat – Reds Collabor88
Neve: Dormitory top, Tawna shorts FaMESHed
Hello Dave: Fourth nail appliers
Reign: Doodle Cup Latte PSL #5, Fall Vibes Traveler Bag Sight See’r #9, Oxley Woven Boots fatpack – Rare
Izzie’s: Overknee socks applier
Infiniti: Better To See You With – Pose 4

Decor Credits:
Trompe Loeil – Le Fay Cottage w/garden (slightly modified)
JIAN Cat Pumpkin :: Smol and not smol, Napping
+Half-Deer+ Scattered Acorns – Bright – Big Group, Scattered Acorns – Bright – Long Group, Scattered Acorns – Dark – Big Group, Scattered Acorns – Dark – Small Group
Apple Fall Pumpkin – Fairytale IV, Pumpkin – Sweet Dumpling I
[DDD] Pumpkin – Saggy
[Brixley] happy halloween door mat (not sure this is available any longer)
{what next} ‘Welcome’ Pumpkin, Bellevie chair/firepit set, Apple Cider Tray
Cheeky Pea: Poetry Autumn Bench
Happy Mood: Garden Tree09 with Lights – yellow a, Garden Tree07 – yellow a, Garden Tree08 with Lights – orange c

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Feeling rebellious

I have a confession to make. Whenever I try to do something edgy or punk-like in SL I feel a bit like a poser. I like punk music, but I’m just so not punk in my style in either world, generally speaking. That said, I was feeling a bit rebellious last week and decided to take advantage of that when I was styling this look. My top and bento compatible gloves are both by Fetch and you’ll find them at Rewind. My Catwa applier by [theSkinnery] is also available at Rewind. My pants are from Just Because, who is a guest at Collabor88’s birthday round. Wearing red and purple together was something I did in the 80s when I was a tween and it made my family crazy because they said they didn’t match. Not long after it became trendy to wear those colors together, which helped shut them up a bit. But I didn’t care. I did my own thing, so in that sense I was always a rebel! My adorable bow pumps are from Ingenue, also at Collabor88. The look paired nicely with the Anxiety %ugh! scene currently available at N21 for just L$90. This is a new-to-me store and I love this prop scene. This type of product is great for shooting blog posts when you don’t have the time to set up a compatible scene or find a good location. My pose is by Elephante Poses, and is another Rewind release.

Rebel Rebel

Here’s a close up that shows off my adorable belly ring (rigged!!!) from
Maddict that is at Collabor88, as well as this dazzling chrome French manicure from Alme that is available at Whimsical. I have never once used the pointed nails on my Lara body but this manicure and look just seemed to beg for them! Plus, you get a better look at the Fetch gloves. The metal parts and bows are color change.

No Angel

Finally, a closer look at the Chai applier from [theSkinnery]. I really love this applier and I kept thinking that with the shape I made for it my avi resembled Jennifer Lawrence a bit. I am wearing it on the Catwa Koura bento head. I added an eyeshadow from Milla Rasmuson’s Fire collection (which I blended down a bit with the Catwa hud), which is a Cosmetic Fair release. You also get a closer look at my Truth hair, which is the VIP group gift for August. Like all of Truth’s newest releases, Ellie includes a style hud and gives you a ton of options, including bobbie pins (not visible with the style I selected here). Truth’s VIP gifts have been amazing, so if you’re not part of that group it’s definitely one worth the cost of joining! My eyes are from Buzzeri’s Shift collection. When I last checked these hadn’t been added to the Mainstore yet, but hopefully they will be soon (I need more colors!).

Rebel Rebel

Cosmetic Fair ends August 31st. Rewind runs through September 10th. The big birthday bash for Collab ends September 6th. Whimsical runs through September 18th.

~Lucie

Credits:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Koura mesh head
[theSkinnery]: Chai Catwa applier – Honey tone Rewind
Truth: Elie mesh hair – Jewel hud
Buzzeri: Shift eyes – Human Pupil – Galaxias version (changed on included HUD) – Sapphire
Fetch: Loretta tee, Berena gloves Rewind
Alme: Chrome French manicure applier Whimsical
Maddict: Lea belly piercing – Angel Collabor88
Just Because: Owena pants – Red Collabor88
Ingenue: Stella heels – Noir Collabor88
Elephante Poses: One Way Or Another #7 Rewind
Anxiety: %ugh! scene N21

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

In The Blood (slightly NSFW)

Have you ever heard a song that spoke to you so instantly that before it was over you were singing along with it, even though you’d never heard it before? That was me with John Mayer’s In The Blood. This song is about how our dysfunctional family relationships can impact our romantic (and other) relationships. There are 3 verses, and while I relate to all three, it’s particularly the second one that really resonates with me, because it describes my own father so perfectly.

How much of my father am I destined to become?
Will I dim the lights inside me just to satisfy someone?
Will I let this woman kill me or do away with jealous love?
Will it wash out in the water or is it always in the blood?

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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