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Copper boom!

I know it’s been awhile. RL has been kicking my ass. First I had an unexpected complication from the surgery I had in March (which you’re welcome to read about here, on my personal blog). My thyroid got completely out of whack and if you’ve ever had issues with your thyroid you know the many ways this will affect you. Basically, a normal TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level is under 4.5… mine was 26. Yeah, it’s not good. I go back to have it rechecked in a couple of weeks, but it’s meant I’ve been exhausted, scattered (thyroid problems make concentration harder, add that to ADD and fibro fog and it’s not pretty) and overall, I just feel kind of… meh. I get moody when my thyroid’s fucked up and moodiness isn’t a normal state for me so I hate when I feel this way. It feels like my emotions belong to a stranger and it makes me feel raw and exposed.

Anyway, as if that wasn’t enough, my 86 year-old grandfather’s health took a turn for the worse in the past month. He’s been fading for awhile thanks to dementia… but the last couple of weeks especially have been horrible. He’s now under hospice care at home and I am both dreading his death and hoping it won’t be long now. I don’t want him to have to live this way, stripped of his dignity and independence. I am 1800 miles away and had hoped to see him in June (it was a bit up-in-the-air) but even if I get back east I no longer expect him to be there, except in memories.

I cope by doing one of four things: reading, listening to music, playing games with my husband or rewatching Gilmore Girls (which, tbh, I’m pretty much always doing). Copper boom! is a so-called Gilmorism from Season 4 of the series. It is a mishearing that becomes a thing they say that means “hurry up!” I’ve been feeling a need to hurry up, even as I’ve struggled to do so, and therefore it seemed appropriate to use the custom hud for the adorable Blueberry Lila sweatshirt tied around my waist (worn with matching jeans) to reflect my feelings. I grabbed my alt, who is appropriately currently named Lorelai, to pose with me using a pose by Infiniti. My adorable sneakers are from Ingenue. I fell in love with a pic of similar RL shoes and sent it to the lovely Betty Doyle who – much to my delight – made a version of them in SL!

Copper Boom

I’m wearing a top from Vinyl that reflects the coffee loving Gilmore Girls… to be honest, I’m not much for coffee myself unless it’s from Starbucks and has been seriously flavored somehow. I also had to show off one of LAQ’s new faces, Leia. LAQ recently revamped their heads and the way it works now is pretty cool. You can read the full details on their Flickr post, but the short version is that you now buy the heads separately from the HUD and once you have a HUD it will work with any of the heads. This saves you money if you’re someone who enjoys having multiple heads to choose from (and other strange things you don’t say in RL). The HUD has been updated, with new mocap animations.

Leia.

And here’s a headshot of my alt, wearing LAQ’s Ana head. I just love the pouty lips on this head.

Lorelai

Hopefully I will be back to blogging more regularly soon. I’ve definitely missed it.

~Lucie

Credits
On Me:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Leia mesh head + applier in tone 2.0
Truth: Panny hair – Reds Uber
Izzie’s: Winter eyes – Cinnamon
Vinyl: Daya cropped sweater – fatpack
Blueberry: Lila jeans and sweater – fatpack
Ingenue: Lollie sneakers – Peach Floral

On Lorelai:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Ana bento mesh head
Exile: Lush Life – Naturals (pic 1), Lust For Life – Natural Fusion (pic 3)
Buzzeri: Moody eyes – Storm
Neve: Crush bloom top
Blueberry: Frappe denim shorts
Cae: Presley choker and earrings
fri.day: Delilah wraps – Cloud

Infiniti: Blossom friends pose
Paper Rabbit: Pose 11 (pic 2)

Decor:
Pic 1
Little Branch: PoplarTree.v1{Animated}*4Seasons, Bouton d’or Pink{Rounded-Field}, Bouton d’or Lavender{Rounded-Field}, WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}, Bouton d’or Orange{Rounded-Field}, Bouton d’or Yellow{Rounded-Field}
JIAN:’dorable Danes 8. Blue Wander Pup

Pic 2
Cheeky Pea: Brother County Bridge, Brother County Cuddle Wall (PG)

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Skin Fair is almost over!

If you haven’t been to Skin Fair yet, you only have through tomorrow (March 25th) to get there! There are two sims and a lot to see, so give yourself time to visit and check everything out thoroughly. I have two skin appliers from Skin Fair to share in this post.

First up is League’s Alessa LeLutka applier, which I am wearing on Greer. This skin is absolutely stunning. I am always so happy to see a new release from League, and this one didn’t disappoint. You get a variety of makeup choices and mole/freckle options, too. There is a shape available that was designed with the Greer head in mind, so if you have trouble getting your head to look the way you’d like or want to look like the ad, I highly recommend buying it. I used it as a template for my own shape for this applier, though I did make modifications. This is one of two shapes available (the other is for Spencer), and the skin includes 2 applier HUDS, suited for the two different shapes/heads. I played with this applier on a couple of my other LeLutka heads, too. If you don’t wear Spencer or Greer definitely demo, but I think you can make it work for some other LeLutka heads, too.

Alessa

If you miss Skin Fair, this will be released at the Mainstore soon after. You’ll find League on the North Sim (follow the arrow when you land).

Next is one of two new appliers LAQreleased at Skin Fair. I’m wearing Hailey, which is super cute. It suited my “Channeling Jan Brady (Jan was my favorite Brady)” look, which was inspired by this super cute Exile hair (now at the Mainstore). My adorable glasses are from Cae and you’ll find them at The Clique, an event inspired by one of my all time favorite movies, The Breakfast Club.

Adorkable

You’ll find LAQ on the South Sim of Skin Fair (again, follow the arrow when you land). If you miss Skin Fair, look for Hailey to be released at the Mainstore soon!

As part of my “Channeling Jan” look I wore this adorable little dress from Neve, with the seriously cute Lea flats Ingenue currently has out at Collabor88. The backdrop I’m using is by Serenity Style and is at the current round of The Liaison Collaborative, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary! They grow up so fast!

Channeling my inner Jan

~Lucie

Credits:
Look 1
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Greer bento mesh head
League: Alessa skin applier – Medium (worn with my modified version of the Alessa Shape A, designed for Greer) Skin Fair
Exile: The Idea of Her hair – reds
Buzzeri: Kenna eyes
Cae: Bunny necklace
Neve: Flare top Fameshed (through March 27th)

Look 2:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Scarlet bento mesh head (Mainstore), Hailey applier – tone 2.0 Skin Fair
Exile: Marcia, Marcia, Maria! hair – Reds
Buzzeri: Kenna eyes
Neve: tink dress (this was a recent event release but should be in the Mainstore soon)

Body Language SLC: Bento SS Pose – Unposed B (Used in all 3 pics)

Cae · Events · iheartslFeed · LAQ · Mesh Bodies · Mesh Heads · nostalgia · Rewind · The Epiphany

I’m vintage…

LAQ has released a brand new head that I am in love with. Vivien is mature, sophisticated and reminds me a bit of Betty White. If you’ve been dying to have a bento head that looks mature, this is your chance! Like all other LAQ heads, Vivien features motion capture animations and they’re gorgeous.

I'm not old, I'm vintage

I decided to pair Vivien’s elegance with some vintage items from the 1940s inspired round of Rewind. I’m posing on one of Astralia’s backdrops and wearing a gown by Valentina E. My hair is from Olive and it’s called Lorelai which made me unbelievably happy because, hello Lorelai Gilmore! Anyway, all of these things can be found at Rewind through November 28th. My shoes are new from Gos at the current round of FaMESHed. The Cassie pumps are the first to debut Gos’s new HUDs, which feature three different color packs, including a pack that matches Blueberry’s color palette.

Sexy is a state of mind

To everyone celebrating today, I wish you a lovely Thanksgiving! Thank you for being here with me.

~Lucie

PS. Please forgive me because this never, ever happens to me but I forgot to write down the pose I was using in the headshot pic. 😦

Credits:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Vivien mesh head – tone 1.0
Buzzeri: Gleam Eyes – Sapphire
Olive: Lorelai hair – Naturals Rewind
Cae: Trinket necklace
Valentina E.: Gilda gown & gloves Rewind
Gos: Cassie pumps FaMESHed
Astralia: Pin up life backgrounds (Martini) Rewind
Embody: Footloose 1 (pic 2)

Buzzeri · Cae · Exile · Friends · Getting Personal · Home & Garden · iheartslFeed · Just Because · LAQ · LeLutka · Mesh Bodies · Mesh Heads

My Best Friend’s Wedding

October has been a rough month for me in RL. I’ve been sick with a sinus infection, we had some more health issues with our beloved pup, my husband hurt his foot and my RL sister is dealing with some sort of health problem that as yet is undiagnosed but has produced some scary symptoms. I took a bit of an unintentional blogging break as a result and poured myself into my personal sim. Decorating relaxes me for some reason. But our dog is doing as well as he’s been since all of his health stuff began in late August (I’m almost afraid to even type this, but currently this is the longest we’ve gone between vet visits since all of this began on August 22nd) and so, October is ending on a high note. Plus, last night in SL I was the maid of honor in one of my best friend’s wedding!

Miraculously, both Rosa and I were ready long before the start of the wedding so I had a chance to snap a few pics of us together. I figured it was a good chance to blog us together, which I’ve been wanting to do for ages anyway.

Rosa was a beautiful bride! She’s wearing LAQ’s Ana bento mesh head and a Junbug gown.

My friend, the Bride

I returned to my redheaded ways thanks to an Exile updo, and I chose a LeLutka head for the wedding. I didn’t want to be too matchy… I wanted the bride to have the chance to stand out! My gown is a new release from Just Because that I adore.
My gorgeous Gleam eyes are from Buzzeri and you can win them from their gacha at The Epiphany through November 1th. Each win includes a ticket you can exchange for a copy version of OMEGA appliers, which is an option I really like. Each eye color also has two versions.

Friendship

My sim, In Omnia Paratus, is currently open to the public through November 11th! I hope you’ll come visit and take pics. There’s a haunted house, a pumpkin patch and plenty of cozy fall nooks. If you do, please share your pics in my flickr group! It’s my hope to open it again in December.

~Lucie

Credits
Rosa:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Ana mesh head
Buzzeri: Zodiac eyes – Jade
Magika: Meadow hair – Hud 1
Cae: Entwined collection headband and earrings
Junbug: Olenna skirt & top – Ivory

Me:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Greer bento head
Glam Affair: Nicola applier for LeLutka – Asia
Buzzeri: Gleam eyes – Amber The Epiphany
Exile: Class Act hair – Reds
Cae: Kitten 2 earrings and necklace
Just Because: Phoebe Gown

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I’m just chewing gum

Recently, I happened upon a new-to-me artist named Nina Nesbitt and her song Chewing Gum. One of the lines is “cuz I’m a made-up mess in a backless dress” and well, I was already wearing this sexy backless dress from Neve, which you can grab at Uber through September 23rd on and it just seemed like kismet. I styled the rest of the look around the sexy, peppy song. My hair is a recent Mainstore release from Truth called Lady, and it includes multiple styling options, which you can see here. The killer red heels I have on are from Ingenue’s Cosette gacha at The Arcade, and this is just one of 16 colors to collect!

I'm a made-up mess in a backless dress

I am also wearing a new skin applier by [theSkinnery] for Catwa heads. Karen is available at Ultra through October 8th. I really like this skin. I love the messy brows and the soft sheen it has. There are also really cute crinkles around the eyes, which make me happy. While I can appreciate the absolute flawlessness of some of the skin appliers you find in SL, I also really love seeing the realism offered by creators like Umazuma Metaluna who owns [theSkinnery]. My gorgeous, bold jewelry is Cae’s Anika set which is available at FaMESHed through September 27th.

Chewing Gum

Below you can watch the video and listen to the song that helped inspire this post. It may not be available in all countries.

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Catwa: Koura bento head
[theSkinnery]: Karen Catwa applier – Honey tone Ultra
Truth: Lady hair – Multitone 1 hud
Cae: Anika jewelry set FaMEHSed
Neve: Dre dress Uber
Ingenue: Cosette heels – Rouge The Arcade
Buzzeri: Moonstone eyes – Midnight Catwa Appliers
oOo Studio: Fever Pose 6 (pic 1) and Fever Pose 7 (pic 2)
SAYO SCENES – Wright Staircase Backdrop – COMMON

Buzzeri · Catwa · Events · Homestyle · iheartslFeed · Ingenue · Just Because · Mesh Bodies · Mesh Heads · Rewind · Second Life · truth · Whimsical · [theSkinnery]

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!).

Chai

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

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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