The water understands

I love water. Maybe it’s from growing up on the East Coast (New Jersey), but for whatever reason I have always been drawn to it. In SL, I spent years living in the sky and desperately missed water, because in my opinion, the Linden water is one of the most beautiful parts of SL. Now that I have a homestead to decorate at my whim, water is always a big part of my sim design. Still, for this post I decided I wanted to “travel” in SL and I took the opportunity to visit Vintage Lace. This new sim is open to the public, but also has 3 residences, so if you visit please be sure to respect the privacy of the sim’s tenants. I’m wearing a playful, sexy new sundress from Neve that you can snag at Mesh Body Addicts, which is open through March 31st. My sexy sandals are from Reign, a recent release that includes 3 different styles of ribbons (ankle, shown here, knee high and thigh high). My bracelets are by Cae and are at Cosmopolitan until March 26th. I am wearing SLink’s Hourglass body with the highly anticipated, newly updated SLink hands, which are now bento compatible! The new Dynamic hands will replace your old hands, if you so choose. You can learn more on the official SLink blog post about this exciting release! I’m also using FATE’s bento hand poser, which is how I got my crossed fingers. It’s so much fun to have this added flexibility!

Monochrome Moonlight

This hair is a new release from Magika. I’ve loved Sabina Gully’s work for years, so whenever she releases something new I get pretty excited. The beautiful Catwa applier I have on is Cintia, new from [theSkinnery] and available at Ultra through the end of the month. It’s really lovely, and again it’s a skin that makes me feel a bit like a pixie. I added Izzie’s beauty mole applier and also Izzie’s natural crease set with eyeliner. I love how it helps define the waterline.

The water understands

The title of this post comes from a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

~Lucie

Credits
SLink: Physique – Hourglass mesh body, SLink feet – high, SLink Dynamic hands (fatpack)
Catwa: Kimberly mesh head
[theSkinnery]: Sona eyes – 6 (mainstore), Cintia applier – champagne Ultra
Magika: Fever hair – HUD 04
Neve: jaunt dress – stripe Mesh Body Addicts
Cae: Hana stacked bracelets Cosmopolitan
Reign: Arya heels – ankle version
Ploom: Fox pose 4 – curvy
Location: Vintage Lace

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

Electric Youth

I feel like the era of my tweens and early teens (aka late 80s/early 90s) is suddenly super popular again. From the recent debut of the Rewind event, with it’s 90’s theme, to some of the fun color combos at various events (like Uber), it just feels a bit surreal.

So maybe it’s not surprising that I found myself feeling a big nostalgic, and that before long said nostalgia led me to listen to Electric Youth, which came out in 1989. This iconic Debbie Gibson album inspired a line of cosmetics and a fragrance, all of which I – naturally – had. See, I was fascinated by Debbie Gibson. She wrote all of the songs on her album, and she also produced six of the ten tracks on the album entirely on her own. It was only with her first album that I had learned a strange lesson… not all singers are songwriters. Up until Out of the Blue got a lot of attention for having been written by a 16 year-old, it never dawned on me that singers didn’t also write their song lyrics or music. This is undoubtedly the result of being a songwriter’s daughter; my dad was in bands my entire childhood, and they wrote everything they did that wasn’t a cover and my dad was the primary lyricist. So it kind of never occurred to me that other people didn’t write their own songs.

At any rate, this revelation made Debbie Gibson a hero of mine. I was six years younger than her, but she was doing amazing things. Then she became Eponine in Les Mis (“On My Own” was “my” song; I sang it in 8th grade and related deeply to it), and that just sealed it for me. Debbie Gibson was totally amazing.

So, this was my tribute to that time in my life… a skort (!) and chunky plastic ring from Decoy, a cropped t-shirt with the word “dazed” from Tee*Fy at N21, some curly pigtails and blunt bangs, brand new from Truth and available at the current round of Uber. Uber has a brand new layout to help make shopping easier., and a great big bubble of pink gum, thanks to Catwa. Oh, and the perfect 90s-esque photo backdrop courtesy of Mons! I swear I know someone with framed prints that looked like this wall.

Pop Sugar

I just got the Catwa (bento) Kimberly head, as a birthday gift from a dear friend. I chose Kimberly over Catya and Lilo, Catwa’s other two heads (another one, Lona, is either newly out or about to be released) neither of which felt very “me,” even with shape changes. But Kimberly does! It’s very cute and works well with fuller lips and larger eyes. I am featuring some items from the February Powder Pack here. This skin applier is Kelly, from Amara. I wasn’t familiar with Amara but I loved this applier. That’s one of the fun things about these subscription boxes. You get to try out some stores you don’t know! I’m wearing the Powder Pack eyeliner/shadow by DeeTaleZ, which was tintable, so I made it this very 90s teal shade to match my hair. And the lipgloss is from Pink Fuel’s Powder Pack release. My lashes are also from Powder Pack, by Bold & Beauty. I had some trouble adjusting mesh eyes to fit in my Catwa head (and unlike the LeLutka heads, you must use mesh eyes). While Catwa’s heads come with rigged eyes, I wanted more options. Ultimately, the eyes I found easiest to adjust to my shape were from theSkinnery’s Palermo collection. These also have an OMEGA applier version, as well as system eyes. Oh and the adorable moles are another Powder Pack release, from okbye!

Electric Youth

If you missed the Powder Pack you can buy it later, but please note that the original price is $L1500 and after the price is L$3000 so it’s worth it if you love makeup and skins! Plus, there is going to be a LeLutka version starting later this month… now I just have to figure out which version I want! Gah!

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly mesh (bento) head
Amara: Kelly skin applier – tone 3 Powder Pack
[TheSkinnery]: Palermo mesh eyes – #7
Bold & Beauty: Classic Collection Lash – Giselle V1 Powder Pack
okbye: Dalmatian beauty marks Powder Pack
DeeTaleZ: Beautiful Eyes Collection – tintable liner Powder Pack
Pink Fuel: Juicy Drop lip collection – bento for Catwa Powder Pack
Truth: Kyoko hair w/bangs Uber
Tee*fy: Brooklyn shirt – Dazed N21
Decoy: Courtney Skort – white, 90s Classics gacha – Chunky ring plain mint (these were at the Rewind event and may not be in the mainstore just yet)
Reign: Millani sandals
Infiniti: Carefree pose 2
MONS / 3D: 90s Photoshoot Decor (style5) RARE

Bird Watching

The second I saw this adorable prop that oOo Studio released for The Seasons Story I knew I had to grab it. It’s a little vignette and it’s so cute. I decided to watch some cute little birds out the window while wearing my owl print Cupcake leggings from Blueberry. These leggings have the most amazing butt… seriously. This pic even got invited to a group on Flickr called Super butts of SL, and I was so proud. I feel like my butt needs a cape now. Anyway, back to the leggings… I fatpacked them (or really a friend sent them to me as a gift, to be accurate about it) and Blueberry recently added an upgrade to the fatpack that included something like 50 additional prints. It’s INSANE and totally well worth the investment if you’re big on leggings! I paired the leggings with boots from Just Because and a cute cropped sweater from Neve. I felt like I need a bird watching pal, so I rezzed a little kitten from JIAN.

Bird Watching

My hair is Ari from Truth, and this comes with a version without bangs but I’ve always loved straight, blunt bangs so they were a must for me! I did this second picture on January 20th, after seeing Hextraordinary’s adorable Courting Candle release for Fifty Linden Fridays. I thought if ever there was a day that we needed a little extra light in the world, it was the day Trump was inaugurated. My skin is a new release from Pink Fuel, Sabine. It has a bento version for the Catya head from Catwa, but I don’t have that head so I’m wearing the non-bento version on Dyana. I think it’s adorable, and as always it comes with so many options. Mochi really gives you so much for your money with her appliers/skins! My eyes are new from Buzzeri, and can be found at The Epiphany. I’m wearing the rare Storm shade, but all of them are lovely. I am also using the Vista bento hands in these pics.

He cannot put out our light

~Lucie

Credits

Fashion:
SLink: Physique Hourglass body
Catwa: Dyana mesh head
Pink Fuel: Sabine Catwa applier – Vanilla
Buzzeri: Okina eyes – Storm (Rare) The Epiphany
Buzzeri: Prom lashes for Catwa heads
Truth: Ari hair w/bangs – Reds
Vista Animations: Bento Hands
Neve: Buttons top – Lively
Blueberry: Cupcake leggings – fatpack add-on version
Just Because: Anna boots w/socks
oOo Studio: Winterview Vignette The Seasons Story
Hextraordinary: Courting candle – holdable version

Decor:
Studio Skye: Enchanted Woods trees
Pilot: Bird Apartments [Snowy]
Half-Deer: Northern Cardinals
JIAN: A Very Kitten Christmas – Ginger Tabby Kitten
Dysfunctional Designs: Frilly pine tree

Unwrapping a shiny New Year!

For those who have been celebrating, happy Orthodox Christmas/Epiphany to you. This is a special day for me because it’s the anniversary of the first time I ever spoke to my husband, 18 years ago. We made our first date plans over the phone and spent a couple of hours getting to know each other. I always think of it as the day of our personal epiphanies.

I’ve got 3 pics for you today, and the final pic is slightly NSFW. I began the new year with a stomach bug that had me mostly in bed for several days now but I’m finally feeling more myself. I hope your start to 2017 was more cheerful!

First, if you haven’t already seen it, LeLutka has released the updated, Bento compatible version of their popular Simone head. If you already own the original Simone head, wear it when you buy the new one and you will be refunded 50% (the original purchase price of $L2500), which is just awesome! I think this is a stunning head, which was very easy to customize. This new option is great for those who’ve craved a mesh head but wanted to keep their own face, and multiple stores, including Catwa have released bento heads. I already owned Simone, and the updated version was a gift from a dear friend. The new LeLutka HUD is really sleek and easy to use. Definitely check it out. As always, it includes a base skin from Glam Affair, but GA also released several brand new appliers for it which can be found right at LeLutka, in the Undivided section where you’ll find all of their mesh heads. Please note this is the ONLY pre-existing head that is being updated to be Bento compatible. I am wearing Simone with the new Lucrezia applier, which is available at Uber. The eye makeup I have on is from the Simone hud, however. My necklace and earrings by Cae are the exclusive Gifts of the Guardians that you can get from the Gos & Cae collaboration at Gacha Guardians.

Happy New Year!

In both pics I am wearing the Christina gown released at the Just Because mainstore right around the holidays. This gown is absolutely stunning and I could not choose a single color, so I had to change it for the headshot. This can be worn without the fur jacket, which makes it extremely versatile, and while it was the perfect dress for the holiday season, it certainly works year round, with or without the jacket! My malt is wearing a suit from Deadwool. This particular pattern was a limited edition, but it’s available in other colors and it’s really so well done.

Auld Lang Syne

Finally, I knew I wanted to do this last picture the second I saw this clever collaboration between SLC and Sallie at October’s round of The Epiphany. I thought, a tied up, sexy Christmas gift type pic would be hot. This one’s below the cut since it’s sorta NSFW.

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Memento Mori & Salem

Memento Mori closed unexpectedly early. This happened because of people taking advantage of its location to cam to the Epiphany sim so they could shop before the event was open. This is a huge problem in an event like The Epiphany because it’s a 100% gacha event and people shopping that way early can sell stuff before the event is even open. It’s really unfair to designers. Also, since there are very specific scripts involved in the event, a machine might look setup and not actually be done. So basically, to sum it up, this is why we can’t have nice things.

But fear not! Memento Mori is going to reopen after The Epiphany opens! You’ll be able to return to the event to shop. Some designers may have opted to put their items out in their Mainstores, so if there was something you had your eye on, check there, too. So stay tuned for the return of this awesome event! Here’s a link to the blog with all the info.

I am heading to bed in a couple of moments because we leave for a whirlwind road trip in uhm 5 hours. EEP. So no more chatter from me. Just pics, with the credits to follow!

Bewitched

You will meet a mysterious woman...

Divination

Fashion Credits:
Pics 1 & 2

Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Catwa: Tumble Mesh Head
Pink Fuel: Liya applier for Catwa – Vanilla New Mainstore release
Truth: Satyra hair w/bangs – Reds
Foxes: Raven hat w/bird Salem
IKON: Hope eyes – Quicksilver
Cae: Spiderweb jewelry set Salem
Valentina E. Couture: Weegee Dress – Plum Salem
fri.day: Serina boots – coal Salem
Hopscotch: Pose Me Pretty pose 3

3rd Pic
On Lucie:
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
LAQ: Trinity Mesh Head
Izzie’s: Aria applier – porcelain
Lamb: Faded – Reds Collabor88
IKON: Sovereign eyes – Dusk
Zaara: Anisha ruffle blouse – Crimson, Boho wrap belt – black and gold
Blueberry: Tali leather pants

On Ashlan:
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Catwa: Bibi Mesh Head
Magika: Darkness Falls – HUD 2
Just Because: Kathy Top
Blueberry: Flare Jeans

Repose: Divination pose and prop Coming Oct. 22nd to Geeks N Nerds!

Decor Credits:
DRD: Cordelia Magick Shoppe, MS – Broom Rack, MS – Pentagram Rug – Round,MS – Cash Register MS – Front Counter, MS – Spell Supply – Hutch Two, MS – Specimens – Butterflies, MS – Specimens – Little Beetles, MS – Specimens – Bat White, brown and black, MS – Fortune Telling Table, MS – Fortune Telling Chairs, MS – Spell Supply – Display Two MS – Spell Supply – Display One
+Half-Deer+ Starlit Spiderweb – Corner Full Web, Starlit Spiderweb – Corner Triangl
Cheeky Pea: Samhuinn Skully McMulder, Samhuinn Pumpkin Urn
Studio Skye: Enchanted Woods

Tumble in the hay

The title of this post is inspired by the stunning Tumble head from Catwa. I want to say this is a “new” release, but with how quickly she’s been releasing gorgeous new heads, it’s not that new anymore! So we’ll call it a “recent” release instead. What I love about Tumble is that it has this elegance and sophistication to it. Clean lines, smaller eyes than some of her more recent heads, a lovely nose… it feels very mature. And it works well with so many of the appliers I’ve tried it with so far! In this pic I am wearing Merry from DeeTaleZ in Nordic, and I think it lends a bit of soft sweetness to this face. I’m also wearing one of Exile’s two new releases for the current round of Collabor88.

Tumble in the hay

My cute top is also at Collabor88, from Blueberry. It comes in a wide variety of colors and the cropped tank underneath can be turned off and recolored, too, via the HUD. My comfy cords are new from Neve, and there are four color options. You can also hide the belt. You’ll find this – along with the rest of the first of Neve’s autumn collection – at their Mainstore. Finally, the shoes I’m wearing are by Reign (also at Collabor88) and… omg they look like they’d be so soft and comfy to actually wear in RL. And I say this as a devout (RL) shoe hater!

Harvest Time

On a final note, the talented Prue Genira is accepting clients for photography and did this gorgeous pic of me last night. It came out so pretty I had to ask if it would be okay to include here. If you’re in need of a new profile pic or portrait, definitely check out Prue’s work!

Me by Prue Genira

Credits
Fashion:
Belleza: Freya mesh body
Catwa: Tumble mesh head
DeeTaleZ: Merry applier – Nordic
Izzie’s: Catwa natural lashes
Buzzeri: Lens eyes – Jade
Exile: Southern Shade – reds Collabor88
Just Magnetized: Catwa hairbase 05
Blueberry: Madori Open Shirt Collabor88
Neve: artist pants – corduroy
Reign: Teeks flats Collabor88
Repose: Hay Day multipose prop

Decor:
Con.&floorplan. Windmill Hideout – PG – Green
Jian: Hillside Orchard -Cider Barrels, Apple Tree (High LOD), Apple Bucket (Spilled)
Dysfunctional Designs: Traditional Grass
Happy Mood: Sweet Garden Grass02 – gold
Little Branch: WildGrass {Autumn}
Studio Skye: Enchanted Woods trees
Botanical: Rectangle Hay Bale v2
we’re CLOSED: grass field dry 03 – round
Botanical: T2C Mesh Fir trees

Carnal Innocence

Blueberry has this stunning Mykonos lingerie gacha for The Arcade. There are lots of options to win, and I particularly liked the rare robe. I’ve been playing around with my various Catwa heads lately, and I realized I’d never blogged Amy yet. I found a skin applier (Daria) at Insol that I simply adore on this head. There’s something so sweet but sexy about this face. The wide eyes, the pouty mouth. And I love it with the freckles, but you get both freckles and non-freckled versions.

I wanted a scene that felt indulgent and lush, and the natatorium at Blithe was perfect for that.

Carnal Innocence

My hair is also an Arcade release, from Exile. As usual, there are two styles in the Exile gacha. Both are dramatic, very over-the-top and tons of fun, but I particularly love the windblown, messy, just had a tumble in bed look of this one, which is called Hot. And man, is it ever!

Tyger, Tyger burning bright

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Amy mesh head
Insol: Daria applier – peach
Buzzeri: Prom lashes (falsies version)
Izzie’s: freckles body applier
IKON: Triumph eyes – Loam
Blueberry: Mykonos lingerie – Robe (RARE) White, armlorals – white, panties – white The Arcade
fri.day: Rowena heels – cloud

She’s marrying Bru.

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume has long been my favorite (stand alone, anyway) book. I bought it as a new release, in hardcover, back in 1998. It was quite the luxury purchase, even though as an immediate best seller, Barnes & Noble had it discounted pretty heavily. It was the first hardcover book I ever bought new, not counting textbooks.

I have read it every summer since. Sometimes I read it more than once in a year. I have passages of it memorized. I think of it randomly, and sometimes quote it before even realizing where the quote is from. Suffice it to say, I love this book.

I’ve wanted to do this scene, one of the most powerful in the book, for as long as I can remember. My first alt in SL was named Vix (the nickname of the character I am portraying here). And finally, after I finished reading it this summer, I decided it was time to just get it done!

"She's marrying Bru."

Also, if you haven’t read the book, this is something you find out in the prologue, though the actual scene portrayed above happens later in the book. So it’s not a spoiler, and you can still pick the book up and read it. And I highly recommend it, but I’m obviously biased.

You may have noticed a lack of blogging here lately. A lot has been happening in RL, but the main challenge I’ve had is issues with our ISP CenturyLink. We’re having exactly the kinds of problems SL most hates… latency and packet loss. Blah. It means I spend a lot of time in SL with things constantly rebaking, and that makes picture taking a challenge. They’re working on it. It’s somewhat better. But that’s why things have been quiet here of late. Hoping that changes, and soon!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:

Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Cami mesh head
DeeTaleZ: Dorothy applier – Mixedtype – SE for Enchantment
Truth: Cerys hair – Browns
Izzie’s: Catwa tears applier
Blueberry: Jocelyn knotted top – Purple
Maitreya: Hipster basics – white
Infiniti: Forgotten Memories – Pose 8 w/props

Decor:

Cheeky Pea: City Loft Skybox
Scarlet Creative: Someone to Love Fan Decor
7 Emporium: Tape Recorder TR9-305 – stickered
Second Spaces: Photo Album display (old, marketplace only)
O.M.E.N: Dear John – Diaries & Love Letters
Fancy Decor: Postcard Bundle
vespertine: stack of letters 1 & 2
Plethora: Fan Mail Stack 2, 3 & 4