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

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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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

Spring Rebel

Cosmetics Fair is going on right now, and if you’re a makeup/applier/tattoo addict like me, this is something you definitely want to check out. Also, you still have some time to get to the current – and awesome – round of Collabor88 before it ends. I’m featuring items from both events in this post. First, I was utterly thrilled when I saw that [TheSkinnery] had a LeLutka applier at Collab. I love my LeLutka heads, especially Chloe, which I’m wearing here with Nora (and other strange sentences you don’t say in RL). My eyeshadow is a Cosmetics Fair release from Arte, which is a new-to-me store. I really loved the palette; it was all very spring-y pastels. The tattoo applier I am wearing is also from Cosmetics Fair, by Nanika, which is another new-to-me store. But I really love this tattoo. It has a black option, too. But for spring I kinda liked the idea of white! My eyes are by Song and are also available at Cosmetics Fair. I am really fussy about eyes and I love these, so if you’re particular like me, definitely check them out!

The recent updates to LeLutka’s bento heads includes multiple teeth options, and also comes with braces. I know this is going to sound SUPER weird, and I also know anyone who actually has or had braces is gonna say I’m crazy, but as a kid I wanted braces SO BADLY. I can’t explain it. It started in 2nd grade when a girl I had a crush on got a retainer, and I thought she looked so freakin’ cute. I used to make a fake retainer out of a paperclip (which I am sure was great for my teeth). So actually, suddenly it makes perfect sense why I had that obsession. But anyway. Yeah. I had to wear the braces lol. Oh, my manicure is also from Cosmetics Fair and it’s by Alaska Metro. You get a ton of options and variations with this applier, and it’s well worth the price.

Spring Rebel

My dress is a new release from Neve, and it’s so sassy! I love how short and sexy it is, and the color options are gorgeous. The one I’m wearing is in the Aura color pack and it reminded me of rainbow sherbet. My strappy, sexy heels are from fri.day and you can snag them at Collabor88. Also from Collab is my furniture set from What Next. The vase of tulips are also What Next, and can be found in the mainstore. My sweet little puppies are from JIAN at The Epiphany. You can snag my sassy Exile hair at the current round of Collab, too! I’m still playing with colors, and I really love the newly updated textures and HUDS. Check them out if you haven’t yet!

Spring Spaniels

Oh, one final note? I’m wearing the recently updated Maitreya Lara body, which now includes bento hands, complete with animations, one of which I’m using above!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body – bento version
Exile: Green Light hair – Natural Fusions hud Collabor88
LeLutka: Chloe mesh head – bento
TheSkinnery: Nora applier – Honey Collabor88
Arte: Blossom eyeshadow Cosmetics Fair
Song: Lexi eyes – Brow Cosmetics Fair
Nanika: Purpose tattoo – white Cosmetics Fair
Cae: Secure collar – Pearl
Astralia: My half rings
Alaska Metro: Dazzle manicure applier Cosmetics Fair
Neve: thrown dress – aura
fri.day: Rita sandals Collabor88
Elephante Poses: Gretchen #4 (1st pic modified by bento hands position) Pose Fair 2017

Decor:
Barnesworth Anubis: henlopen cottage
What Next: Palma set Collabor88 Emma Tulips Bouquet – pink + purple
JIAN: Splendid Spaniels 18. Upside Down Sleeper (on chair), Splendid Spaniels 19. Floor Snoozer The Epiphany

Paisley Love

I absolutely love all things paisley. In fact, in RL we just recently bought this paisley print rug to put at our front entrance. So when I saw that one of the limited edition Love collection kitties from KittyCatS was PAISLEY I knew I’d fall in love… and I did!

I mean, look at these cuties! How can you not fall for them? From left to right, the fur patterns are called: Disarmed, Charmed, Hypnotized, Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered. I seriously struggle to even pick a favorite pattern (but my love of purple has me leaning towards Charmed)!

Paisley Love Collection

I was also hoping to grab a snap of one of the kitties asleep with a toy, and I got lucky! This little sweetheart was sleeping with his teddy bear. The toys change, and you may see everything from a bear to a frog. They also frequently cuddle the toys. As babies, sometimes they sleep with a bottle! It’s utterly adorable, and just one more “attention to detail” aspect I love about these breedables. Also in this pic is the Rare wagon from the JIAN Love Pugs gacha at Gacha Garden (which closes on the 28th, so hurry and visit if you haven’t!).

Cat naps

This collection, along with the Painted Love collection from my previous blog post, is a limited edition and only available through March 3rd. So if you haven’t bought yours yet, hurry! You can grab them in world or on Marketplace.

KittyCatS Mainstore

Here are the individual Marketplace links. If you are unfamiliar with KittyCatS special collections, these work a bit like a gacha would. You can select the gender, but the fur pattern you get will be random.

Girl Paisley Love Kitten

Boy Paisley Love Kitten

Girl Painted Love Kitten

Boy Painted Love Kitten

~Lucie

Credits

Trompe Loeil: Garden Bard Abode
KittyCatS: Paisley Love cats
Limited Collection
Ariskea: Jane Tulips In Bloom – Waterlily
JIAN: Love Pugs 3. Pug Wagon RARE Gacha Garden
HEART: Daisies – Patch – Small

The Lovers’ Cottage

I fell in love with the brand new bed Half-Deer released for Collabor88. I wanted to do a super dreamy, frilly Valentine’s type cottage, and the bed was perfect for the room. The Garden Bard Abode from Trompe Loeil was small enough to be cozy for this scene, but has so many windows it would be bright and cheery, too. The calendar is from Pixel Mode, the kitty bed in the corner is from Alouette, the large rug in front of the bed is from brocante and everything else is Half-Deer!

Lovers Cottage

I’m featuring the new Painted Love Collection cats from KittyCatS in this post. If you don’t know KittyCatS, they are breedables (though you can opt to not breed, too) that are truly the best on the grid in my opinion. The KittyCatS team provides the best customer service, and there’s a reason they’ve been around – and relevant – for six long years now! Their website is a great resource if you’re interested in them. This is one of two special collections of kitties that you can buy through March 3rd. My personal favorite in this collection is called Cupid Disarmed. I love the little blue toe pads against the chocolate coloring of this kitten’s feets! His playmate is Birth of Venus, and in the background sleeping in the kitty bed from Alouette you can see two of the Paisley Love kittens. I’m doing a post featuring them next week, so stay tuned for that. But in the meantime, at the end of this post I will share the ad so you can see how cute they are!

Kitten Love

Below you can get a closer look at all five of the kitties available in this collection. From right to left, they are Cupid Disarmed, The Fisherman & The Siren, The Kiss, In Bed The Kiss and Birth of Venus.

Painted Love

~Lucie

Paisley Love Collection
(Click to veiw larger)
kittycats-paisley-love-with-names-ad

Credits:
Trompe Loeil: Garden Bard Abode
+Half-Deer+ Dreamrose Princess Bed – Vintage White Collabor88
+Half-Deer+ Heart Fairylight Balloons – Light – Group
+Half-Deer+ Lovely Heart Garland – Spicy – Short
+Half-Deer+ Slumber Lamp – Cat – Pink
+Half-Deer+ Valentine Side Table – Vintage White
+Half-Deer+ Frilly Heart Rug – Neutrals – Bright White
+Half-Deer+ Frilly Heart Rug – Worded – Welcome White (resized to be smaller)
+Half-Deer+ Frilly Heart Rug – Polkadots – Pink (resized to be smaller)
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter II – Cat Bed – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Scratching Post – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Toys Toys Toys – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Bowl of Fish – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Bowl of Kibble – Neutral
brocante. throw rug
Pixel Mode: Valentine Calendar – 2016
Alouette – Cat Daybed – Pink

Pastel Winter

Since my 2nd week in SL, I have been a redhead. I’ve done a handful of blog posts (often fantasy ones) where I used a different color, but even then I usually went for one with red highlights, if possible. But for some reason I found myself recently compelled to try something new. I decided that pastels would be pretty on this soft skin, with these lovely violet/rainbow eyes from Buzzeri (which are at The Epiphany). This is kind of a big deal for me, because I’m pretty sure that somewhere I’ve said – at least once – that Lucie would always be a redhead. And odds are, I’ll go back to red soon. But I want to experiment a bit first, I think.

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I would show you a closeup of Glam Affair’s pretty Hanna applier from Memento Mori. The important thing to know is that while there are a couple of pretty, more natural options on this skin, it also comes in versions with blood! Because Memento Mori, of course, is an event that has a macabre vibe. I do, however, appreciate that Aida Ewing did a couple of versions that were softer. The tone is Polar (which just so you know is NOT built into the Maitreya hud – I had to go get the appliers for it at the Mainstore. It’s also not built into the hud for Vista’s bento hands, so I have the Maitreya hands on here), which is so pale it’s kind of fantasy in and of itself, but this super soft makeup made it look so wintry and I fell in love with it. My hair is a recent Mainstore release from Truth, and my adorable Love Birds necklace is by Cae. It has two little leaves you can customize with initials of your choice (or you can hide one or both). Mine has an L and an R (for “Radagast,” my husband’s SL name). My lashes are Izzie’s for LeLutka, and I love all the different styles you get.

Time for a change

I also have to share the amazing Aurora dress that Annie Melson of Just Because released at Uber. The story behind this design is utterly adorable. Annie’s teenage daughter drew this design! So she made the dress in SL, and she’s paying her daughter for her work. Also, they plan to do more together! It’s just the loveliest story of encouraging her daughter’s dreams and being an awesome mom. I completely adore this. I have said it many times, but Annie is one of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve met in SL. And she’s so talented, a trait she and her daughter clearly share!

My shoes are Grace from Gos. If you missed it, he recently updated a bunch of his older shoes to be compatible with Maitreya and SLink bodies. I’ve always loved his work, so this made me super happy!

Pastel Winter

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Simone bento mesh head
Glam Affair: Hanna applier – Polar 06 Memento Mori
Truth: Miriam hair – Pastels (wow, it feels weird not typing “reds” there. Just saying.)
Buzzeri: Okina eyes – Rainbow (Rare) The Epiphany
Izzie’s: Lashes for LeLutka
Just Because: Aurora Dress Uber
Gos: Grace sandals
Izzie’s: (pic 1) Headshot – Pose 2 (long hair)
Picture This: (pic 2) Shy Chic – pose 2 Mirror

Decor:
Apple Fall: Confetti Balloons
Trompe Loeil: Eloise Conservatory + Pool
Studio Skye: Enchanted Woods trees

Never should’ve gone skiing

The second I saw this Halo leg brace that Hate This released for Memento Mori I had the idea of a post that involved a skiing injury. Maybe it’s because Crested Butte got so much snow recently, so skiing’s been a hot topic (hotter than usual) here in CO. Regardless, that was the concept. But I felt I needed something more, so I took to Marketplace where, lo and behold, I found this neck brace, which is coincidentally also done by Hate This! The crutches are also Hate This, and also a MP find. They are older and non-mesh but only L$25 so they were perfect for this post! Plus, like the leg brace and neck brace, they were color change, which meant I could make parts purple!

My skin applier is also at Memento Mori, and it’s from Glam Affair (another post with a close up of this skin is coming soon). My hair is a Truth VIP group gift called Gaea, and I like it quite a bit. I like short, cropped hairstyles and often feel there aren’t enough of them in SL! If you’re not in the Truth VIP group, it’s definitely well worth the one-time fee of $350 to join. This month’s gift included two different hairstyles! Check out Truth’s Flickr to keep up-to-date.

The One Cranky Bitch cocoa mug on my side table by brocante is one of the items in Reign’s Cozy V2 gacha for the current round of The Epiphany (if you click through to Flickr you can see the pic bigger). And really, can you blame me for feeling like a cranky bitch?! I shattered my poor leg and hurt my neck! Never going skiing again! 😉

Never should've gone skiing

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Simone bento mesh head
Glam Affair: Hanna applier – Polar 06 Memento Mori
Truth: Gaea hair – VIP group gift – Reds
Buzzeri: Okina Rainbow eyes – Rare The Epiphany
Alt by Truth: College sweater – Loose
Blueberry: Conie – sporty shorts – gray
Hate This: Cervical Collar
Hate This: Halo fixator Memento Mori

Decor:
Trompe Loeil: Marin Lighthouse
brocante: side table – cream
brocante: modern chair & ottoman – cocoa
Apple Fall: Dolly Lamp
Hate This: Crutches
Kalopsia: Skis