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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)

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24 Months Of Collabor88

Collabor88 has been my favorite event ever since it opened. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of events that I love and adore, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say Collab stole my heart long ago. I don’t think there’s been a single round I haven’t shopped. So when I heard about the blogger search, I agonized over what to do, how to define my entry. I knew I wanted to only feature items from this and past rounds of the event, but that wasn’t enough. Finally, it came to me this past week. I went to the Collabor88 catalog and went back as far as the galleries go, which turns out to be March of 2014. I determined I was going to incorporate at least one item from every single round since.

I went through every single catalog and found items in my inventory from that round to work with, starting with the build by Dust Bunny and working from there. Aside from my mesh body (Maitreya’s Lara) and my mesh head (Catwa’s Annie), everything in the scene below – including my nail appliers and eyes – came from one of the past 24 rounds of Collabor88. I will credit by round below the pics, starting with the most recent round and ending in March 2014. Aside from my earrings, I owned all of these items prior to this month’s Espionage themed round. My earrings are from a round that was in the summer and everything I owned for it was out of place for the scene. Including my poor but adorable bubble blowing crab.

Collabor88 Blogger Search 2016

Close up, to show off the gorgeous necklace by Maxi Gossamer, the stunning Catwa applier from The Skinnery and the lovely mesh eyes from Atomic, all of which are available at the current round!

Collabor88 Blogger Search 2016

And the little details… nail appliers by Atomic and a ring by Yummy.

Little Details

Good luck to all who’ve entered!

~Lucie

February 2016: Espionage
The Skinnery: Maddie applier for Catwa – Milk
Atomic: Espionage eyes – Denim Blue
Maxi Gossamer: Mata Hari Mesmer necklace – High
Pixicat: Femme Fatale Dress – Glitter
half-deer & Le Poppycock: *Kitty Galore* Cat I (rez)

January 2016: Holographic
Dust Bunny: Sleepless Attic Skybox
What Next: S Storage Box -Metallics 2

December 2015: Nordic Winter
Second Spaces: Nordic Winter Lounge totally faux fur rug

November 2015: Autumn Blues
What Next: Vermont Hot Chocolate Tray – Autumn Blue
Half-Deer: Cozy Cat (if I fits, I sits) – Choco Point

October 2015: Burtonesque
tarte: Handmade Chandelier

September 2015: Muted Coven
Atomic: Witchcraft nails 2 – applier for Maitreya
Yummy: True Fate ring – Silver purple

August 2015: Daydream
{anc} flottante puppy. cream . standA / withCollar
{anc} flottante puppy. cream . layA / withCollar

July 2015: Under The Sea
Lark: Cambria Basket – E.) Simple

June 2015: Summer Punch
Maxi Gossamer: Amalfi Summer Nights earrings

May 2015: Into The Light
MishMish: My Desk Mailbox w/letters (Sky)

April 2015: Pretty In Punk
MishMish: Punky Skunk – Perfume

March 2015: Moonless Night
fri.day: Audrey Pumps – coal

February 2015: My Love
Consignment & Floorplan: Branch Light

January 2015: OMG! Unicorns!
Floorplan: Unicorn Silhouette Frame

December 2014: Snow Day
Consignment & Floorplan: The Librocubicularist’s Library – Blue
Second Spaces: snow day table – white
Second Spaces: snow day books – messy stack

November 2014: Modern Alchemist
Lark – Elemental Bookcase (5)

October 2014: Spoopy Motel
Floorplan: lantern clock – purple

September 2014: Miami Electric
Tableau Vivant: Upshaw w/side bangs – Autumn hud

August 2014: Odyssey
Apple Fall: Charlotte’s Pears

July 2014: Safari Chic
tarte: elephant plush (rez)

June 2014: To The Lighthouse
tarte: repurposed shipwheel (steel)
marukin: [light] garden beauty pose

May 2014: Turntables & Milkshakes
Mish Mish: Poodle in a cushion – Cream

April 2014: Watercolors In Bloom
Intrigue Co.: Framed Watercolor Painting (Blue): Cat

March 2014: Back To Business
Half-Deer: Silk and Pearls Chair – Cream

Events · Fantasy · Fundraisers · Looks · Mesh Bodies · Mesh Heads · Stories

The Forgotten Princess

This is a story blog. Credits and details will follow the story. Warning, it’s a bit of a sad tale.

In a legend about a far away land called Lucica, there was a beautiful queen who had ruled her kingdom peacefully with grace and dignity for more than two decades. Queen Justina had lost her husband ten years prior, and their daughter, Mairwen was about to come of age and suitors had begun to seek her hand in marriage. A widowed king from a neighboring kingdom desperately wanted to marry the beautiful Mairwen. Mairwen, however, was determined to marry for love, not convenience. She did not like King Amon, and did not wish to be his Queen. Beyond this, as her mother’s only heir, she wanted to remain in her own kingdom, and King Amon would have taken her to his kingdom to become the stepmother for his young daughter Amme. The shallow young Amme did not like Mairwen, as she was jealous of her would-be stepmother’s beauty, and she did all she could to poison her father’s heart against Mairwen.

But Mairwen paid little attention to Amon or Amee, for Mairwen’s rebellious heart had fallen in love with a commoner named Xander. Xander’s parents had died when he was just 13, leaving him the head of house for his five younger siblings. Xander rose to the challenge, becoming a blacksmith’s apprentice while raising his brothers and sisters. When he and Mairwen met, it was immediately obvious they shared a mutual attraction, but not one based on appearances. No, Mairwen admired the young man who was raising his siblings. She felt his strength of character would someday make him a wonderful king. Xander admired Mairwen’s kindness towards everyone, regardless of their class or status in Lucica. She treated him no differently than anyone else, and while he saw her outer beauty, it was the inner beauty that found him falling in love with the Princess he dared not believe he could ever call his wife. But Mairwen’s mind – and heart – was set on Xander, and she begged Justina for a special exception to the law that stated she must marry royalty. Justina made no promises, but she loved her daughter dearly, and trusted her instincts. She agreed to meet young Xander, and saw in him what her fiery daughter did, and agreed to the union.

Mairwen and Xander’s wedding day arrived, and in the castle by the sea, dawn arrived with a gentle drizzle that faded to reveal the most beautiful rainbow. Justina told Mairwen this was a sign of great fortune, and evidence that her union would be blessed. She did not wish to ruin her daughter’s wedding day with sorrowful news, but she had been told just the day before that her remaining time was counted in mere months. She trusted Xander to care for her daughter, and she knew Mairwen’s good nature and powerful desire to do what was right would leave Lucica in good hands. The wedding was beautiful, with hundreds of white doves released as Xander and Mairwen shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

Unbeknownst to all, King Amon was not prepared to let Mairwen go so easily. Despite his daughter’s protests, he was determined to have her as his. But then Princess Amme heard that Mairwen was to marry a commoner, and knowing her father’s disgust and disregard for common folk, brought this news to him gleefully, for she believed it would finally free her father of his obsession. Amme judged wrong, however. It merely enraged Amon, while fueling his obsession with the beautiful Princess Mairwen.

Amon turned to a dark sorceress to exact revenge on Mairwen and her kingdom. Endora was delighted to help, but her assistance came at a steep price. Amon must sacrifice his only child, and give her to the evil Endora. Amon did not hesitate, and sent his daughter Amme to Endora. Amme was spoiled and selfish, but she also loved her father and his betrayal brought her to tears… the first genuine tears she’d ever cried in her short life. Endora knew this would happen, and bottled the tears carefully. She then locked Amme in a dark dungeon, forcing the child to live out her days without sunlight, food or fresh water. Amme died of loneliness and heartbreak a mere month after her father’s guards had delivered her to the clutches of the evil witch.

Meanwhile, Endora bided her time. She waited for Justina’s illness to worsen, and then cursed the kingdom of Lucica with an outbreak of a sickness the likes of which no one had before seen, using a potion concocted with the tears of Princess Amme. The apothecaries were helpless to find a treatment, let alone a cure. Before long, the illness spread to the castle, though oddly neither Princess Mairwen or her new Prince became ill. But the cursed affliction hit the already weakened Justina, and she was in agonizing pain. Mairwen sat beside her mother, wiping her brow of the fever’s sweat and whispering quiet words of comfort. She told her mother of the blessed news she’d just received. Mairwen was with child. Justina smiled weakly at this news, then took her final breath.

Mairwen’s grief was overwhelming, but she thought of Xander, of how at such a young age he had to take over as both mother and father and sole provider for his five siblings (all of whom now resided in the castle). She knew Lucica and her people needed her strength, so with great sorrow she announced the death of her mother and it was decreed her coronation should take place the next morning. She dressed in the beautiful green gown that her mother had worn on her own coronation day. The gown glittered in the sunlight, shimmering like the waves crashing on the rocks beyond the castle walls.

The Forgotten Princess

Endora did not understand why her spell didn’t work on Xander or Mairwen. Her magic had never failed before, and though the people of Lucica struggled in vain to fight against the magical illness, Endora’s anger flared. In a furious fit of rage, she used her power to break the tower off the castle just as the crowds were to celebrate Mairwen’s coronation. She forced the tower far out to sea, well beyond the reach of the best of the kingdom’s small naval fleet. But the power required for this spell left Endora weak, and Xander forced the devious King Amon to reveal the source of both his wife’s banishment and the kingdom’s horrible affliction. He sought Endora out at great peril and, using the silver, fire forged blade that had belonged to Mairwen’s father King Edmund, Xander stabbed the evil sorceress through her heart. Immediately, the illness afflicting the people of Lucica vanished, and though many lives had been lost, those still suffering were returned to good health.

But nothing could bring back his fair Mairwen. Xander searched for her himself, for years. His military captains searched. But Mairwen’s turret was nowhere to be found. Mairwen could not understand what had happened, and though she believed Xander would never leave her or their unborn child to die, she could no longer fight the feelings of abandonment after months of isolation. She gave birth alone, to a baby boy she called Edmund Xander, in honor of her father and husband. She wrapped the babe in the train of her gown, and knowing she could not possibly hope to keep him alive, called upon sea birds to take him back to Lucica with a note attached, written in her own blood, that simply read, please care for our son… all my love, Mairwen. As the birds carried her child away to safety, she cried out in pain and sorrow; a princess lost to the sea.

Abandoned

Despite her certainty that she’d been forgotten and abandoned, her people did not forget her. Xander raised Prince Edmund, until their son was old enough to be crowned King, and Edmund ruled with the same wisdom and kindness as his grandmother before him. Mairwen’s bravery and strength became a legend passed down through generations, and she became the patron saint to sailors, and Lucica was renamed Mairwen in her memory. But the poor princess could never know how beloved she was, how mourned. She died alone in her turret, a year to the day after being forced from her home by the evil Endora’s violent ire.

Still, it is said that even today, thousands of years later, sailors hear her cries of anguish as they sail past the turret in the sea. Yet the townsfolk of Mairwen live peacefully, and their flag, which features two white doves flying over a beautiful rainbow, waves in the gentle sea breezes over the town square.

The End.

***

This entire post and story was born of inspiration that struck when I saw the incredible Kimbra gown Just Because released for Uber. Uber’s theme this round is Etheral and I love it. My LeLutka applier is from Glam Affair and my hair is Truth’s release, both also from Uber. My gorgeous engagement/wedding ring combo is Cherish by Cae. As always, it includes a hud with multiple metal options, gem options and band options.

I also happened to buy this incredible prop from Exposeur. If you haven’t heard, Exposeur has an amazing sale going on, designed to raise fund to help RubyStarlight Writer’s ill kitties. You can see her Flickr post about that here. Suffice it to say, Ruby’s cats are dealing with medical issues, and she is trying to raise funds to help get them the care they need. Any pet owner knows this is the worst nightmare… fear for the life and health of your beloved baby. So please, if you’re able to, go buy out Ruby’s store. This incredible prop set – along with many others – can currently be bought for just L$100, and they’re so detailed and well worth the money, plus you’ll be helping Chloe and Brookie, too. All regular poses and gachas are also on sale.

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Stella mesh head
Glam Affair: Helena applier for LeLutka – Asia Uber
Izzie’s: Tears for LeLutka heads
Truth: Polilla hair – reds Uber
Atomic: Espionage eyes – Denim Blue Collabor88
Just Because: Kimbra gown Uber
Cae: Cherish ring
Exposeur: Fairytale Tower

Events · Just Because · SL Places · The Epiphany

Don’t wanna sleep

I love the nap tubs from floorplan for The Epiphany. They’re seriously cute, and look so cozy I wish I had one just like them in RL. They have a jumping animation built in, and this is how I feel right now. Like I’d rather jump on the bed than sleep! We’re leaving for a 1200 mile road trip tomorrow (be back Wednesday night), and I am so excited I’m finding sleep elusive. I decided this would be a perfect way to show off the silly gift Izzie’s released at Geeks ‘N Nerds… googly eyed pasties! There’s also ones you can wear over your eyes. They come in both static and animated versions. My hair is another Geeks ‘N Nerds release, from Olive, and my skin is by Atomic and can be found at The Epiphany!

Don't wanna sleep

I took the photo on one of the docks at Blithe. And now, it’s time for sleeping and vacationing! See soon!

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Atomic: Lilith skin – Sugar 4 The Epiphany
Olive: Paloma hair – reds Geeks ‘N Nerds
Izzie’s: Weather necklace – Snow & Rain The Epiphany
Izzie’s: Googly eye pasties Geeks ‘N Nerds
Izzie’s: Mesh alpha lashes
Just Because: Cora shorts
Floorplan: Nap Tub – Polka Dots (Rare) The Epiphany

Events · Looks

More from One Voice!

I never did get around to blogging yesterday, but here’s some more from One Voice! Again, I’ll try to avoid being wordy (it’s not easy for me, I like to gab).

First up, is this adorable dress by my very own SL sister AliannaMarie GossipGirl of Insatiable Fashions. I love the colors and unique feel of this dress. I know a lot of people are all anti-sculpties now, but this skirt is actually very easy to fit because of the asymmetry, and it moves well because of that. I was able to use a lot of poses with it without any trouble! And it’s just too cute to not have, especially for summer.

All dressed up...

I paired it with a clutch from Izzie’s… I rarely think to add bags in SL, but this was adorable and I had to have it. I also tossed on these shoes from N Core, and lemme just say. Wow. They are gorgeous, and so well made, but I must confess… my RL feet hurt looking at them. Heh. This is why I love SL. I can’t wear heels at all in RL. And would ya look at these babies???

Hot Shoes

My latest skin obsession is with Izzie’s skins. They are so fresh, pretty and come with lots of makeup layer options, which makes them very versatile. She also has brown, black, blonde and RED (!!!) brow options built into the skin (no tattoo layers) and a cleavage option for each one (again, not tattoo layers). For those who like freckles, there are tattoo add-ons, too! So imagine my delight when I found yesterday morning that Izzie had released a skin for the One Voice fundraiser! I had to have it. It’s appropriately named Gala and it is so pretty.

Gala Skin by Izzie's

I’m wearing it here with the smokey eyeshadow and raspberry lip options… there are five eyeshadows and five lipsticks. Definitely try it!

Moving on… coldLogic is a store where I want every new release and could seriously spend a small fortune. They released this sassy top for One Voice and I ran to snag it. I’ve also been eyeing these pants for a while and they were a perfect match for the top, so it was a “duh” kinda moment. I finished the look off with my favorite Gos buckle ballet flats. I love these Pimp Your Pumps shoes. So customizable!

Black & White

Again, I’m wearing Gala by Izzie’s. This time, I left the lips bare and kept the smokey eyes. Also, not from One Voice, but so cute are the Cracked Nails Izzie’s released recently. I love them.

Who, me

Those earrings are by Atomic from Collabor88. Once I get through One Voice and Hair Fair (eeeeeek, so excited!) I will post some more Collabor88 stuff but I loved these earrings and felt the finished off my look.

That’s all for now! More soon. 🙂

~Lucie

PS. As of yesterday, Gala updated that One Voice has already hit the halfway point on helping with the legal fees to fight for her brand! Congrats, Gala… and thank you to all who have supported her, and in doing so, taken a stand for creator rights!

Credits
Look 1
Skin: Izzie’s – Gala – Sunkissed*
Hair: Exile – Faith – Rouge
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Deep Faerie Green
Eyeshadow: Izzie’s – Gala – Smokey*
Lashes: Beetlebones – Dainty (MESH)
Lipstick: Izzie’s – Gala – Raspberry*
Nails: Izzie’s – Classic Summer 2012
Dress: Insatiable Fashions – Lia – Pink*
Bag: Izzie’s – Clutch – White
Shoes: N Core – Triumph – Graphite*

Look 2
Skin: Izzie’s – Gala – Sunkissed*
Hair: Truth – Andrea – Sangria
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Deep Faerie Green
Eyeshadow: Izzie’s – Gala – Smokey*
Lashes: Beetlebones – Dainty (MESH)
Nails: Izzie’s – Cracked Nails
Top: coldLogic – OneVoice.Black/White (MESH)*
Pants: coldLogic – gassel.black
Shoes: Gos – PYP – Buckle Ballet Flats
Earrings: Atomic – Endearing – Platinum (MESH) (at Collabor88)

Poses
Pic 1: Embody – Sizzle 3
Pic 2: Embody – Flirt 3
Pic 3: Embody – Bride 02
Pic 4: DFO! – Gala 003*
Pic 5: DFO! – Gala 004*

*Denotes items at One Voice.

Looks

Sex Kittens… featuring my alts

Rad made this awesome new group pose and I knew when I shot the vendor ad that I wanted to do a shot just for the fun of blogging it. I gathered up a bunch of my alts to do this. And before you ask, no I cannot log in five avs at one time! My computer is not that good. I had Rad pose as three of them and I was the other two. One thing that’s awesome about this pose is that the poseballs can be hidden, so you can really use it with one to five avs! And yes, I’m biased, but I just love these poses so much. They are sexy and flirty and fun. Keeping this one short & sweet since there’s so much to follow in the credits!

Sex Kittens

Happy Friday!

~Lucie

Credits:
(from left to right – click the pic to follow through for notes on who is who in the pic)

Enchanted:
Skin: Atomic – Grace – Buff – Fuschia Frenzy
Hair: Exile – Ramona – Midnight
Top: Gawk – Black Lace Top w/white satin corsage
Bottom: Sn@tch Patrona Corset – Black
Tights: Vextra – Opaque Black Pantyhose
Boots: G Field – Will – Black – MESH
Shape: Embody – Deanna

Luciella:
Skin: Aura – Briar – Aqua – Honey
Lips: Aura – Briar – Vixen
Hair: Exile – Nina – Rouge
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Light Grenada
Jewelry: BastChild – Platinum White Pearl Choker & Earrings
Nails: Izzie’s – Glitter Nails
Outfit: LilLace – Flashy
Tights: Vextra – Fencenet – Black
Shoes: Gos – PYP – Point Platform
Shape: Embody – Allie

Me:
Skin: Curio – Yum 2 – Juicy Grape 2
Hair: Truth – Mercedes – Blood
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Caramel
Outfit: Sn@tch – Milla Net Top & Panties w/stockings – Purple
Shoes: G Field – Gina – MESH
Shape: Embody – Kadence

Mellie:
Skin: Ploom – Lea – Smoke – Cream
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Dark Blue
Hair: Truth – Jessie – Caramel (group gift) MESH
Outfit: Sn@tch – Electra Corset – Red
Tights: Vextra – Fencenet – Black
Shoes: Sakide – Latex Rubber Pumps – Black
Shape: Embody – Morgana

Alma:
Skin: Curio – Pout – Whine 2 – Petal Dark
Hair: Truth – Ebony – Macaroon
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Verdigris
Outfit: Hucci – Sequin Bodysuit – Black & Silver
Tights: Vextra – Opaque black pantyhose
Shoes: Gos – Platform Pumps – Just Black
Shape: Embody – Emmaline