The prodigal blogger returns

Hi! I’m back… and I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was quiet and lovely, just the way I like it.

So today I want to talk about the amazing Tannenbaum Market that opened this past week and runs through December 25th. This event features awesome designers with lovely holiday and winter goodies. There’s also one of the coolest gacha ideas I’ve ever seen… but I’ll get to that in a moment.

First, my outfit. It’s Valentina E. Couture, the sweater top is optional (the dress itself is strapless) and it comes in 4 colors. I chose the evergreen, and paired it with Ingenue’s cozy socks and flats. I love these socks because they have cuffs that are fitted to the Maitreya body (and also SLink Physique, fitted mesh and unrigged versions). I suck at resizing things, and with my fuller figured av, I always have to. The shoes are so cute and they look comfy as hell. I want a pair in RL, tbh. My wreath of lights is from Ohmai, also at Tannenabaum. It’s texture change and there is an unlit version, too.

Tis the season

Now, about the tree and the gachas at Tannenbaum. The tree is undecorated, in the stand, and was made by Botanical, and is available for sale for just L$250. It’s well worth it, as it’s gorgeous. But beyond that, the gachas are ornaments and decor designed especially for this tree! Which makes it easier to decorate. I love this idea so much. I love the concept that friends and SL families can come together, each with their own ornaments and decorate as a group. It adds a level of realism to a virtual world that I never even thought of before, but it’s such a lovely touch. I know some of you are gacha weary, and I feel strongly that they have their time and place (like gacha exclusive events such as The Epiphany or The Arcade), but this one is SO sweet and lovely. It was a brilliant idea, and I hope others have fun with it. I’ll be doing closeups of the ornaments featured on the tree in a later post because they’re too beautiful not to be seen close up.

The stockings on the mantle are from Lost Junction, also at Tannenbaum. I love the shape, the colors… they’re super adorable and realistic looking.

More soon…

~Lucie

Credits:
Fashion

On Lucie:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Jessica mesh head
Lara Hurley: Christy applier for Catwa – rose pale
Eula: Daria hair – reds
Buzzeri: Duo eyes – Forrest
Ohmai: X-Mas Lights Wreath – Serious – Lit Tannebaum
Valentina E. Couture: Noell sweater & dress – Evergreen Tannebaum
Ingenue: Edmee loafers – Hollyberry & Twinkle Toes socks Tannebaum

On Sephie:
Clef de Peau: Robin – tone 4 w/stubble tattoo
Exile: 6th Avenue Heartache – Raven
I.D.: September eyes – Amber
FATEwear: Cooper shirt – Tundra, Peter pants – Lagoon
FATEstep: Owen moccasins

Repose: Gifting group pose and props (with two poseballs hidden)

Decor:
Barnesworth Anubis – Maitland house (modified)
Fancy Decor: Wooden Snowflake B Tannebaum
R(S)W: Christmas Card Row Tannebaum
Lost Junction: Hangy Socks – Green – Stocking A, Hangy Socks – Red Print – All, Hangy Socks – Green – Stocking B Tannebaum
JIM: Rustic House (Christmas) Tannebaum
Botanical: Fir Christmas Tree Tannebaum
Silence: Tree skirt – red (Rare) Tannebaum
Studio Skye: Falling snow system (snow seen out of the window created with this amazing system)

(Details on tree decor in future post, but feel free to ask questions in the comments if you can’t wait!)

We’re Pink Lemonade

I grabbed a fellow blogger and dragged her to the coldLogic summer sale so we could blog coldLogic and FATEstep (which, along with the other FATE brands, is also having a sale) together. It is a refreshing look, especially with Jian’s Asbury set out on my deck!

We're Pink Lemonade...

The coldLogic and FATE sales run to July 5th, so be sure to check them out!

coldLogic

FATEstep, FATEplay, FATEwear

~Lucie

Credits
Left:
Glam Affair: Katra Skin – Jamaica – 02
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Truth: Lucrecia hair w/roses – browns
Buzzeri: Lillian eyes – Midnight
Redgrave: Lashes 35 & 31
Izzie’s: Celestial rings – silver
coldLogic: beam dress – blush
FATEstep: Jessie wedges

Right – Me:
Glam Affair: Summer V3 skin – America 02 Collabor88
SLink: Physique mesh body
Tableau Vivant: Leste hair – reds Kustom 9
Egozy: Illuminate eyes – Turquoize (marketplace, system layer only)
Cae: Wish necklace
coldLogic: Haver dress – minty
FATEstep: Jessica wedges

Repose: BFFs pose

Decor
Barnesworth Anubis: Hamptons Cottage
Jian: Asbury Patio Furniture set
LAQ Decor: Curtains

Opening the house for the season

I’m going away on vacation in RL in just over 6 hours… and I’ve been working on my beach home (in the sky) in SL, so I decided to do a blog post inspired by the merging of RL and SL.

It was a lot of work doing all that cleaning, so I had some friends help out. And maybe I took a break whilst I had them work. I’m just so comfy in my new coldLogic leggings and summery top. Definitely go get your summer fashion fix with coldLogic. The past few releases have been perfect for the arrival of warm weather, beachy days and fun with friends and family! Oh, and these curtains – brand new from LAQ Decor – have so many awesome, seasonal texture options and the anchors seemed perfect for a beach house!

Opening the beach house for the season

Okay, I’ve got to get to sleep, so no rambling today… see ya when we return, sometime after June 4th!

~Lucie

Decor Credits:
Barnesworth Anubis: Hamptons cottage (modified) Collabor88
Apt B: Ghost Furniture Couch & Table
Cheeky Pea: SeatCase Antique Map Shiny Shabby
Apple Fall: New Arrival Painting, Horse in The Wind painting
Trompe Loeil: Paxton Canvases 2
tarte: packing box
MadPea: Ex-boyfriend’s Junk, Ex-girlfriend’s Junk
What Next: Spring Clean Set: Bucket – Cream, Housekeepers Box Decor – Cream, Window Cleaner Ladder, Vacuum – Mint
LAQ Decor: Curtains
Kuro: Un)packing

Fashion Credits:
Lucie
Glam Affair: Summer V3 skin – Asia 03 Uber
Exile: Rising Tides hair w/starfist add ons – Reds
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
coldLogic: pants 151 – kost – green, shirt – cope – koi
FATEstep: Epps sandals

Floor scrubber:
Toddleedoo body – girl
Glam Affair: Katra skin – Polar Clean NB
Glam Affair: Rose – Eyebrow shape 3
{BunBun} Sweetie Freckles – Natural {No Heart}
Argrace: Minori hair – Auburn
Turducken: Tegan Outfit – Purp/White – Complete w/sandals
Pose from her AO

Vacuumer:
Glam Affair: Katra Skin – Jamaica 02
Truth:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Pixicat: Sheer dress – yellow
Reign: Bow Flops – Poppy
Magika: Lessons hair – Naturals 1

Stop and catch the fireflies

I’ve been working on a beach in the sky, and it’s been a fun challenge. But I decided to take a break from that for some fun, and dug into my inventory for some oldies but goodies for the Raid Your Closet Challenge.

My top is from coldLogic. I freakin’ love that store, and whenever there’s been a sale, I have gone and stocked up. But because a girl can only wear one outfit at a time (unless said girl has a knack for accidentally wearing folders, but we won’t discuss that), I rarely even wear half of what I buy. Imagine me facepalming here. Because I am. But it’s on sale! And someday I might need it! Well, the last time there was a sale I grabbed this adorable top because I love stars and I dig the back detail… and I also love this top because it’s ever so subtly sexy with the hint of side boob in a shirt that otherwise is best described as cute. My shorts are from erratic, from a couple years back, but I still love them. Especially because I’ve always had a thing for mail, and look! I’ve got stamps on my butt.

Stop and catch the fireflies

Oh, and the awesome house you can see a bit of, which I am in the midst of decorating, is from Barnesworth Anubis for the current round of Collabor88. It’s really pretty and reminds me of Emily Thorne’s beach house on Revenge.

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Rose skin – America clean
Truth: Wren hair – reds
coldLogic: kemp top – blue
erratic: Briony shorts – stamps
SLink: mesh hands & feet
fri.day: Wayfaring sandals – vintage
Infiniti: Fireflies pose & prop 10

Decor
Barnesworth Anubis: Hamptons house Collabor88
Happy Mood: Sweet Garden Grass02 – gold
Studio Skye: ocean sand textures, sand dunes
Botanical: Marram Grass – Medium – Grn Br
Trompe Loeil: Driftwood Pathway Planter Hanging 2 (Logo) FaMESHed

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween. I’ll be blogging some pics of my home all decked out for the holiday in days to come, but for now I have a couple of other pics to share.

This first picture features some items from Collabor88’s current round, which has dark, moody colors and lots of spookiness! These boots and dress are from ISON. The boots are so amazing. They move so perfectly with my av and I love the ruched detailing on them. The slip dress is just freakin’ stunning. The way it gathers around the belly, and the wrinkles, god the wrinkles. I’ve spent way more time than is probably normal just admiring the wrinkles… the attention to detail in both of these pieces makes ISON creator Harry Hyx a genius in my opinion. My witchy broom pose is from Ploom and the hair, so delightfully messy, is from Exile and also is at Collabor88. The pumpkin pile is courtesy of What Next, and the spooky plank signs are from Sari-Sari.

Witchy Woman

This next pic features a new release from Pixel Mode, the Woodlands hot tub, which is currently available at The Liaison Collaborative. I fell in love with the rustic charm of this release, and decided to dress it up a bit for a Halloween hot tubbing party, with some help from What Next, Fetch, Ploom and Belleza. The adorable skin I am wearing is one of Belleza’s new group gifts (the other one is in the previous picture in this post!). My hair is from Ploom. It’s called Oh Deer, and includes two versions. One has a built in, deer inspired headband. The other has space for headbands inspired by other animals (sold separately). I’m wearing that version with the cat ears! The headbands are actually compatible with three new Ploom releases, so be sure to check them out.

Halloween Hot Tubbing

However you celebrate today, whether it’s Samhain and a religious festival, or just secular Halloween fun, I hope you enjoy! As for me? Well, I’ll be making Mummy Dogs and watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with my husband tonight!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Look 1
Belleza: Ava skin – October Gift Medium w/Ava gloss (sold separately)
Exile: Check Out Time – light reds Collabor88
Buzzeri: Bewitched – Midnight
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
ISON: Silk Slip dress & thigh high hoove boots – both in purple Collabor88
SLink: mesh hands – casual
Ploom: Bad Witch – Pose 6 (curvy) w/broom

Look 2:
Belleza: Brooke skin – October gift medium
Ploom: Oh Deer hair – reds, Animal Headbands – cat
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Amber
Blacklace: Charlie bikini – Silver Sequins

Decor:
Barnesworth Anubis: Bates House Collabor88
Sari-Sari: Autumn planks – Frank, Mr. Pumpkin, Mrs. Ghost
Dysfunctional Designs: Small patch of leaves – light
What Next: Trick Or Treat Pumpkins, Fall Hanging Lanterns (with posts) – Natural, Pumpkin Cooler, Spiced Pumpkin Cocktail Tray
Fetch: Candle Lantern
Pixel Mode: Woodlands Hot Tub TLC

Temptation

So, if you haven’t heard, Uber did a 50 Shades theme this round. I will readily admit I couldn’t read the book(s). I started the first one, got about 30 pages in and the writing just hurt my brain. It was just that bad. But if it’s your thing, cool. Admittedly, I despised Twilight (though I did finish the first book in that series), and since it was fan fic that inspired this book (still not sure I make that connection, btw), maybe it’s not shocking I hated this, too.

But even if you hated the book(s) like me, you’ll find Uber is full of sexy, sultry goodness. Seriously, like this bedroom set from Sway’s. I loved this in part because it’s so not what I’m used to from Sway’s, and it really works. The pile of clothes, the shirt on the lamp, the unmade bed… it all draws you in. The sultry hair is Exile, also for Uber. My stupidly sexy shoes are from L.Warwick for My SLink Obsession, but as you can see here they also include a version for Belleza’s Venus body.

Temptation

This beautiful skin is Belleza’s Mae for the Vintage & Cool Fair, which opens tomorrow. I particularly loved the black liner and red lips with my new silvery grey eyes from Buzzeri, which recently reopened in world.

Key to my heart

I’ll have more from Uber, along with so.many.other.events soon… ALL THE EVENTS.

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Belleza: Mae – Medium 2 Vintage & Cool Fair
Belleza: Venus fitted mesh body
Buzzeri: Celestial Eyes – Winter
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Exile: Suggestive hair – light reds Uber
Cae: Pemberley necklace
Baiastice: Lena panties – lace – black
L.Warwick: Elation heels – noir My SLink Obsession
Ploom: Sin pose 6 – curvy

Decor:
Barnesworth Anubis:
Sway’s: Unmade Bed Set – earth Uber
Lark: Crawford set
Seven Emporium: Love sign

The Sewing Loft

A couple of months back I bought this gorgeous converted barn from Barnesworth Anubis. I am in so love with this house (which is insanely huge, btw) that I may keep it through the holidays. For a compulsive home changer like me, that’s quite a statement. One of my favorite features of this home is the giant loft. I decided I wanted to make it half a library (and when that part’s done, there will be pics) and half a craft sort of area. This meant that Pixel Mode’s beautiful Arcade set, The Sewing Corner, was perfect for up there!

Lair of the Seamstress

I also wanted some seating, so I threw in a couple of pieces from Scarlet Creative’s Meribel set, also from The Arcade, which you can see in this wider shot of the room.

The Sewing Loft

There are still five full days left at The Arcade, so be sure to stop by before it’s over!

~Lucie

Credits
Barnesworth Anubis: Mansfield Converted Barn – {Noble} TM edition
Pixel Mode: The Sewing Corner set The Arcade
Scarlet Creative: Meribel Day Sofa, Meribel Stool The Arcade

Oy with the poodles already!

Collabor88 is open with an awesome new theme that heavily features poodles! I knew as soon as I saw the MishMish poodles I had to do a picture with them.

I’m not going to blather on today. Just pics, credits and the link you need for the goods!

Oy with the poodles already!

So many poodles! I do want to say one quick thing about that poodle purse on the floor. It’s from Schadenfreude and I’ve never owned an SL purse with so many options, both for carrying and rezzing. It’s pretty freaking fabulous. It also comes in lots of color varieties and there are matching shoes available (I’m wearing them) which include both SLink and non-SLink versions.

Oodles of poodles

What to do with all these poodles?

Poodle Shock

Collabor88

~Lucie

PS. 100 points to the Hogwarts house of your choice to the first person to get the title reference. 😛

Fashion Credits
SLink: Visage mesh head – Emma
Izzie’s: Maci skin appliers for Visage mesh head
IKON: Promise eyes – evening
Truth: Thelma hair – reds Collabor88
Tee*Fy: Laura unbuttoned shirt – black Collabor88
Tres Blah: Vintage fill skirt – Pink Poodle Collabor88
Schadenfreude: GooGooMuck Heels – pink poodle, GooGooMuck purse – blue poodle
SLink: Mesh hands – flat & casual, Mesh feet – Medium
A:S:S: SLink nailpolish – light satine
Cae: Duchess ring, Arabesque necklace (the Arabesque set is currently at FaMESHed)
Izzie’s: Head & Hands pose 2 (designed for use w/SLink Visage head and SLink mesh hands)

Decor Credits
Barnesworth Anubis: Duxbury house (walls tinted by me) Collabor88
floorplan: Large diner table, blue diner chairs, tea time prints, vintage milk caddy, milk bottle vase Collabor88
The Loft: Gerzzo kettle – green, Gerzzo cart – green, Gerzzo microwave – blue, Gerzzo tin canisters – blue, Gerzzo place settings – blue Collabor88
MishMish: Poodles (worn and rezzed on a cushion versions) – chocolate, rose, cream, charcoal Collabor88

Don’t want it to end…

The hardest part of the holidays for me is when they end! I love the decorations, the lights… all the little things that make it magical. Of course, I understand it’s the limited time we use them that makes them so special, but it’s still always sad (for me) to see them go. I’ve had this pesky cold. Not enough to make me spend my days asleep, but it’s a distraction. So, I’ve been taking lots of pics and figured I’d blog some of them, finally, since right now I’m feeling pretty good.

First up… Christmas. On Christmas night I got to spend some quiet time with two friends. The munchkin and I were kind of sleepy, so we made our other friend finish wrapping presents courtesy of Kuro’s Wrapping Gifts prop set (at The Garden). I’m wearing PJs from FateWear and Isley is sleeping in the adorable Waiting For Santa sleeping bag set from O.M.E.N for Collabor88. The adorable dog is from Half+Deer for The Garden. The build is the gorgeous Trilby Dacha from Scarlet Creative, also at Collabor88.

Christmas Friends

Next up, this gorgeous sleigh from Pixel Mode Home for The Garden. There are multiple colors, but I liked the drama of the red & black. There are also Naughty (adult) and Nice (PG) versions, which made me giggle just a bit. It’s gorgeously detailed, and I don’t think this is limited to Christmas at all! I think you can use it all winter long, and you can go grab it at The Garden through January 10th! Especially since the blanket is texture change, making it more versatile. The ground blanket with champagne is included, too!

Sleigh

I have more pics to share, so here we go… this next one features Sway’s Wonderful Life living room set, which is also available at The Garden, as are the cute stockings from Barnesworth Anubis (they are one of the gacha items at this edition of the event). The strewn lights and boxes of Christmas decor are from Second Spaces, and the tree is also from Sway’s.

Christmas

While we were decorating, my naughty KittyCatS got into some mischief! The KittyCatS team really did an amazing job with these Naughty cats. The lights on them even blink, as you can see below. The tree skirt is from tarte. and is one of their gacha items for The Garden.

Naughty Kittens

This next collage features items from The Arcade, which has sadly ended. However, there are still yard sales (just do a search for Arcade yard sales in places), so if you want any of these things, and they aren’t in mainstores, you may be able to find them that way! The gorgeous dining room set is from tarte. and is another item from The Garden. The stockings in the dining room are from Dysfunctional Designs, and they are texture change. Also from Dysfunctional Designs is the cute Christmas tree photo collage on the mantle in the living room. The baking table, and much of the decor on it was from Pixel Mode’s Arcade set, and the hand mixer and tins are from Second Spaces Arcade set. The kitchen shelf was also an Arcade item, this time from Tres Blah.

Christmas Collage

This next pic features Cheeky Pea’s beautiful Yukon kitchen island, and is topped with lots of my Arcade goodies. Featured are items from Second Spaces, Tres Blah, Vespertine and Pixel Mode. If you’d like the name of anything specific, please ask! I normally would list it all, but I want to be sure I get this post done before the holidays are officially over (seeing as it’s New Year’s Day!).

Bake ALL the things!

I wish all of you a wonderful 2014. I want to especially say thank you to all the wonderful designers who have supported my blogging efforts, and to those of you take the time to read.

~Lucie