Meet Devon

[TheSkinnery] is participating in the annual Skin Fair with a new release for Catwa’s bento heads. I fell in love with this face immediately. Devon is so impish and adorable, and I knew it would be the perfect skin for a bit of a whimsical, fantasy themed post. I visited StoryBrooke Gardens to shoot these pics. It’s a lovely place for spring pics. Plus, if you join the Baja Norte group (the sims are owned by the same person, Lauren Bentham) you can rezz, too! My eyes are also from [TheSkinnery], from the Palermo collection which you can find in the mainstore. I liked how they matched the colors in the wings (my fairy outfit is from Decoy, more on that to come!). But seriously, look at this face. Isn’t it super cute? I love the lips in particular, but all of it is just lovely. I’m also wearing one of the lipglosses, sold separately for it at Skin Fair. I have it on my own shape on Catwa’s Kimberly head. It may not look remotely the same on different heads or shapes, so definitely demo first! My stunning necklace and matching earrings by Cae are at the current round of FaMESHed and match the shoes you’ll see in the next pic. Also, you get 3 different earring styles with this set (sold together with the necklace or individually).

Devon

My vines, bikini and (bento!) wings are courtesy of Decoy’s Forest Fae gacha. Please note that this was a recent event release and is not yet in the Mainstore, but should be soon. My gorgeous shoes are the new collaboration between Gos and Cae, available at FaMESHed and designed to match the necklace and earrings you saw in the previous photo.

Morning Fairy

Here’s a closeup of those shoes, unedited, to show the intricate detail in the jewels. Normally in a post where I am a fairy, I’d go barefoot. But if ever there were shoes suitable for a spring fae? These are them (click the image to see it larger)!

[TheSkinnery] at Skin Fair

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly mesh head
[TheSkinnery]: Devon applier – honey tone w/lip gloss (sold separately) Skin Fair
[TheSkinnery]: Palermo eye collection – #2
Wasabi Pills: Fleur hair – Lunar Ombres
Bold & Beauty: Classic Collection Lash – Giselle V1 (Feb Powder Pack item)
Cae: Reign necklace and earrings FaMESHed
Decoy: Forest Fae gacha – Arm vines – spring, bikini outfit – petal, wings – green
Gos Boutique: Reign shoes FaMESHed
EverGlow: Breeze pose 2

Colder Weather

Though I’ve already changed my homestead over to spring, the truth is spring in Colorado, especially at 9,000 feet in the Rockies, often arrives late. However, this year it’s been unseasonably warm for weeks and just in the past few days have we returned to more normal February temperatures (for which I am grateful, as warmer and dry are not good for wildfire season).

If you’re not quite ready to let go of winter yourself this gorgeous coat from Neve might be just what you need to keep warm! I thought this coat would be a great match for the new pencil skirts release by Just Because at the Mainstore. These skirts have plain and lace options. You can also do lace on just the outer panels of the skirt. It was overly complicated with the plaid coat, but it’s truly lovely so do check these out! My adorable shoes are from fri.day and you can get them at Kustom9 through March 10th. I love the bows and the straps. I’m a sucker for any sort of Mary Jane type shoe, although these are called Elsie Janes!

Spring In Her Step

Now, I had heard a rumor… maybe you’ve heard it, too. But the rumor was that Mallory Cowen of LAQ would soon be releasing a Bento mesh head. I decided to ask Mallory and she has confirmed that this is true! I’m super excited about this because I truly loved both of the heads she released before Bento hit the grid. I don’t know when the new head is being released, but I am confident it will be stunning!

I’m wearing Maxine with the Sophia applier in these pics. If you’re not waiting for Bento and want a new head, I definitely recommend trying one of LAQ’s. They’re both lovely. I am wearing the new Tokyo eyes released at Izzie’s. These come with system eyes, mesh eyes and Catwa appliers. I went for a bit of heterochromia and paired one Amber eye with one Teal! I am really fussy about the eyes I wear in SL, but I love these so much. They’re different for me, but in a good way for sure! Incidentally, I also shot both of these pics on the Izzie’s sim. It’s still winter, but not sure how much longer that will be the case. The Fiore necklace by Cae is at Whimsical through March 3rd. There are also matching earrings (not shown here) and you can buy the set or the individual pieces.

I'm stuck in colder weather

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Maxine Mesh Head
LAQ: Sophia applier – Tone 1.5
Wasabi Pills: Happy hair – Style 1 – Browns (gacha release)
Izzie’s: Tokyo eyes – Amber & Teal (Mesh eyes)
Neve: Snug coat – Plaid
Just Because: Tori Pencil Skirt
Cae: Fiore necklace Whimsical
Izzie’s: Sheer tights (Maitreya applier)
fri.day: Elsie Janes shoes – blush Kustom9
Ploom: Kerosene – pose 2 (curvy) Pic 1
Embody: Footloose – pose 2 MP only

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

Bandana Day 2016!

I am posting this much later than I’d hoped to… had some technical issues earlier with my internet sucking. BUT you do still have a bit four hours left to Hair Fair 2016, so you’re not too late to go grab some of the amazing releases, gifts and your very own Bandana Day bandana. Mine was created by the sweet and talented Izzie Button. Isn’t it adorable? Remember, the people who take the time to do these bandanas are giving their time and proceeds entirely to Wigs For Kids. It’s truly a great cause, and something I am always honored to participate in as a blogger. My necklace is coming to FaMESHed tomorrow and is by Cae. My Catwa mesh head Destiny and DeeTaleZ applier Patricia will both available at the Mesh Body Addicts Fair, also starting tomorrow. My lashes are Catwa appliers, which are also from Izzie’s. They were a recent Fifty Linden Friday item, but trust me… they’re worth paying full price for if you missed them!

Bandana Day 2016

My cute bikini top is another in Neve’s recently released swimwear collection, and my sexy jean shorts are from Just Because. The adorable collie pup by my side is available at The Epiphany, from Jian. The flip flops are by Reign, and as of this posting they are still only L$75 at the mainstore. Finally, I am wearing the newly updated Freya body from Belleza. All of the bodies – Freya, Venus and Isis – have been newly updated. I’m going to link to some YouTube videos created by the Belleza team below that explains the updates. But there’s also a fabulous post about it on the Mesh Body Addicts website!

Boardwalk Treat

Possibly the most exciting thing for many of you will be that you can now buy JUST the body you want. While the fatpack is still available, each body is also being sold individually. Definitely watch the first video if you’re interested in just one body type. It helps to explain it all really well. The new hud is really slick and sleek, and you can get further detail on that in the second video.

~Lucie

Credits:
Belleza: Freya Mesh Body *Updated*
Catwa: Destiny Mesh Head Mesh Body Addicts Fair
DeeTaleZ: Patricia applier – Nordic Mesh Body Addicts Fair
Izzie’s: Tropical Bandana w/Sunglasses Hair Fair 2016
Buzzeri: Serenity Eyes – Jade
Cae: Mila earrings, Dakota Necklace FaMESHed August
Neve: Swim top – Strapped – beach
Imeka: Italian ice cream with Cherry – 4
Just Because: Penny shorts
Jian: Countryside Collies – Companion Pup – Blue Merle The Epiphany
Reign: Summer flip flops – Tie Dye
Picture Me Pretty: Hailey pose – 2b
Location: Baja Norte

Bubbly

This is the first of my Hair Fair 2016 posts. This fabulous event is open, and of course part of the proceeds from every sale will go to Wigs For Kids. It’s a great cause, with a ton of hair designers. There’s something to suit everyone’s tastes there, so definitely check it out. You can find all of the information you need, including a map, on the official blog. I’m wearing one of ISON’s lovely releases – Marie – in these photos. I’m also wearing one of Catwa’s newer head releases, Dyana, with the Bambi applier that Pink Fuel released for it at Kawaii Project.

starts in my toes and I crinkle my nose

My cute little dress is from Blueberry, and the strappy, sexy heels I’m wearing are from Glamistry. This adorable pose, which comes with the bubbles prop you see, is from Infiniti and is available at The Season’s Story. I’m using the Trompe Loleil Zohra Oasis, which is available at the current round of Uber. You have a few more days before this round closes and there are lots of awesome items there, so go check it out.

Here’s a better look at the shoes! The BBQ set you see in all three pics is from Dynasty’s release for The Epiphany. It’s a super cute set, and one of many amazing things you can find at this round of the event!

Legs

Finally, here’s the YouTube video that inspired two of the titles of these pics.

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Catwa: Dyana Mesh Head
Pink Fuel: Bambi appliers – Peach Kawaii Project
ISON: Marie hair – reds Hair Fair 2016
IKON: Odyssey eyes – Darkstar
Cae: Mermaid necklace
Blueberry: Larissa summer dress (Fatpack exclusive color)
Glamistry: Begonia Heels
Infiniti: Catching Bubbles – Pose 14 w/prop The Seasons Story (pic 2), Definite – Pose 6 (bubbles still worn – pics 1 & 3)
Trompe Loeil: Zohra Oasis Uber
DaD: Mediterranean Palm Tree – BIG
Dynasty: Chill ‘n’ Grill set The Epiphany

Rack ’em up!

I really wanted a t-shirt type dress because of Thomas Rhett’s song T-shirt. I mentioned that to Annie Melson, the talented creator behind Just Because and she liked the idea enough to do it! It’s called the Zoe T-Shirt Dress and it’s really freakin’ cute, as you’ll see below. I paired it with the special edition Harper clogs fri.day released for the Pulse Fundraiser. If you haven’t heard about this yet, it’s a great event to raise money to help the victims from the horrific shooting that took place in Orlando last month. Some really amazing designers have come together to donate their talent to help raise money. On top of that, there are auction boards… but more about that in just a minute. I wandered over to Blithe and found this really awesome scene. It was sort of dark and moody and sexy and it suited my mood and my outfit perfectly, I felt. I hopped up on the pool table, and while this table (from Apple Fall) does have built in poses, I decided to use a recent release from Infiniti for the pic instead.

Rack 'em up

My adorable hair is from Truth and it includes a version with a cat ears headband that’s just cute as hell. You can find it at The Fantasy Collective’s special After Dark round through July 15th. I’m wearing one of Catwa’s more recent mesh head releases, Helena. I love this face so much, and DeeTaleZ created an applier for it that is so beautiful it’s actually why I bought the head! The applier is called Fable. I have a LOT of mesh heads and appliers at this point, but this is probably my favorite combination yet. My necklace is from Cae’s current FaMESHed release, and it’s really lovely. I decided to mix up the metals and am wearing a combo of silver and rose gold. There’s also a choker that has gems and earrings available to go with this.

Scarlet Hustler

Okay, so now about the Pulse auction boards. There are a bunch of talented creators and photographers, along with some date boards… you can win some time with someone or win some amazing prizes. Like Blueberry fatpacks for life. It’s definitely worth checking out. Yours truly even has a board, and if you bid on me and win you’ll get early access to Whimsical, before it’s open to the public for a lag free shopping experience. I’ll also do your profile picture, and give you L$2500 in store credit at Repose, the pose store I co-own with my husband. And Sanura Snowpaw, who owns Somnia, generously added L$2500 in store credit to my board. It’s all for a good cause… 100% of the proceeds go to the fund set up by Equality Florida. So even if you don’t bid on me, consider checking out the boards and bidding on someone else!

And now, I’ll leave you with this…

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Helena mesh head
DeeTaleZ: Fable applier in mixedtype tone
Truth: Loni mesh hair – Reds The Fantasy Collective
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – Amber
Cae: Mila necklace FaMESHed
Just Because: Zoe t-shirt dress
fri.day: Harper clogs – buck Pulse Fundraiser
Infiniti: Happy pose – 2M (pic 1)
Glamrus: Sweetie pose – 7 static (pic 2)

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