In The Blood (slightly NSFW)

Have you ever heard a song that spoke to you so instantly that before it was over you were singing along with it, even though you’d never heard it before? That was me with John Mayer’s In The Blood. This song is about how our dysfunctional family relationships can impact our romantic (and other) relationships. There are 3 verses, and while I relate to all three, it’s particularly the second one that really resonates with me, because it describes my own father so perfectly.

How much of my father am I destined to become?
Will I dim the lights inside me just to satisfy someone?
Will I let this woman kill me or do away with jealous love?
Will it wash out in the water or is it always in the blood?

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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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Autumn Leaves

I spent a couple of weeks working on setting up a skydome for a last call autumn pic. I’d hoped to get it up Thanksgiving weekend, but we had too much fun in RL. So here it is, just before I move into holiday/winter frenzy!

When I got to thinking about this post, I decided on the title Autumn Leaves. I liked the play on words, as we transition into winter! We had a freakishly warm autumn here in Colorado (not good for wildfires). But tonight it’s properly cold and snowing and both things make me feel settled and peaceful.

In my Turnip’s Skydome, however, it’s still looking pretty autumnal. If you look closely, there are a few signs a touch of snow fell recently, but mostly it’s about a cozy stone cottage, sitting by the fire, enjoying cozy blankets and settling in with a warm pumpkin spice latte and some good books.

Autumn Leaves

LAQ’s second mesh head is called Maxine. It’s gorgeous, and feels very impish when worn with the default skin applier Evelyn (included in HUD w/purchase)! It’s one of the heads that feels most “me,” although I readily admit I am a bit of a chameleon when it comes to my avatar’s face. Of course, the LAQ heads are OMEGA compatible out of the box, but I definitely recommend demoing skins that aren’t made for them specifically, as they won’t all look right.

Thoughtful & Thankful

Finally, this last pic is really a collage of 3 pics. I strongly encourage you to follow the link to Flickr to see it full size so you can take in all the details.

Thanksgiving Cottage

Hope those of you in the US had a lovely Thanksgiving!

~Lucie

Credits:

Fashion
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Maxine mesh head w/default applier
IKON: Sovereign Eyes – Dusk
Truth: Deja Hair – VIP GROUP GIFT (you can still join the group for L$350 and get it in the gift fatpack)
Neve: Off-Kilter outfit – plaid
Cae: Gilmore bracelet (recent group gift)
Izzie’s: Thigh high knit socks
fri.day: Charity boots – Buck

Decor

Exterior
Trompe Loeil – Kenna Cabin
+Half-Deer+ Lighted Pathway – Stars
Lark – FC Autumn Bucket
Lark – FC Autumn Crate (B)
{what next} Bramley Rocking Chair (rustic) – Autumn
{what next} Autumn Bicycle Decor
{what next} Fall Harvest Wheelbarrow
{vespertine- autumn wooden sign}
[we’re CLOSED] grass field dry 03 – random
JIAN :: Red Fox Burrow
Jian – Ash Trees
Little Branch: WildGrass*1Li{Autumn}
Sari-Sari – Cart with Leaf Sack
Sari-Sari – Laying Sack and Rake
Botanical: Aspen trees
Turnip’s: Skydome with Autumn add-on

Interior (by area)

Table/kitchen
[ARIA] Savannah Dining Table
[ARIA] Savannah Dining Chairs
PA // FOOD – Turkey
Lost Junction: BYGASG – Vegetable Plate (gives vegetables)
Lost Junction: Holiday Party – Butterdish
Lost Junction:BYGASG – Bread Plate (gives bread)
{what next} Fall Apples Centrepiece (VIP Group Gift)
{what next} Spiced Pumpkin Cocktail Tray
dust bunny . autumns calling . plate setting
dust bunny . autumns calling . wine bottle
{what next} Autumn Leaves Wreath
Cheeky Pea: Autumn Step Frame White
hive // winter hutch
NOMAD // Swedish Bowl with Apples
KittyCatS Breedable cat
O.M.E.N – Family Dinner – Mason Jar Lit Candles
Sway’s [Tess] Plates & Cups
Kalopsia – Pumpkin Cup – Stack
Kalopsia – Pumpkin Teapot
Apple Fall Pumpkin – Sweet Dumpling I
Sari-Sari – Cafe Happy – Kitchen Jars
Kalopsia – Painted Jar – Red
MishMish – Sweet Fall Table w/table cloth Light
MishMish – Mini Pumpkin Pies
{vespertine} – poetic autumn / fresh apple pie 3
{what next} Autumn Picture Shelf 1
Trompe Loeil – Antique Kitchen Sink
Trompe Loeil – Antique Wood Cookstove Ivory
Trompe Loeil – Antique Icebox Ivory w/crate
Ariskea[Mellow ] Autumn Poppy Flower [Orange]

Living Area
DISORDERLY. / LD / BOOKSTACK / PILED
DISORDERLY. / LD / DECAYED URN
Cheeky Pea: Kendra Cozy Fireplace Cuddle Blanket
Trompe Loeil – Kenna Woodstove short stack
DIGS – Larkspur Fire Tools
JIAN Sleeping Husky Gift (The Arcade December 2016 Round)
Cheeky Pea: Autumn Hues Cuddle Seat
Lark – FC Basket of Blankets
{what next} Autumn Picture Shelf 2
Kalopsia – Cecilia’s Shelf – Iron
8f8 – Storyteller’s Burrow – Coffee Table
{what next} Vermont Hot Chocolate Tray (Pumpkin Everything)
ISPACHI [EMERSON] Pumpkins on Stack of Books
+Half-Deer+ Kerfluffle Sheep II – Autumn Love
Cheeky Pea: Rainy Cuddle Couch Autumn (PG)
Cheeky Pea: Autumn Hues Pinecone Wall Hanging

Phew… that was a lot to credit. If I missed something, please let me know and I’ll tell you what it was!

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

Snapback

So this post is a very long time in the making. As soon as I heard Old Dominion’s song Snapback, I knew I wanted to do a blog post inspired by the look the singer describes. I knew Truth had just released a perfect hair for it. But life happened, and other things got in the way and I only finally, months later, decided it was time. I was gonna do it! Especially after I saw that they got the look SO wrong in the music video (linked at the end), I had to do it.

And I mean, these new(ish) shorts from Neve were perfect. They were inspired by Dirty Dancing, but the cutoff, wornout version just seemed made for this look. And frankly, just being inspired by a movie made them perfect for my new challenge itself (more about that in a moment)!

Snapback

In case you’re wondering, these were the lyrics that inspired this look.

Those stars need to be wished on
Your skin needs to be kissed on
My eyes baby, they’re fixed on you
In your snapback
T-shirt of your favourite rock band
Checking your makeup in my Ray Bans
Breaking hearts like only you can
In your snapback

This also felt like it required a romantic moment, so I grabbed my alt and voila!

Kissing you would hit the spot with me

I’ve got a LOT of these sorts of ideas… so I thought about it, and decided to create a very informal challenge for it, complete with a group called Inspired By Words: Second Life. If you have any pics inspired by words – whether from songs, books, poems, movies – feel free to add them to this group! Just be sure to let us know what inspired you. I am gonna aim to do one of these at least once a month because they’re fun!

Here’s the link to the video. It may not play if you’re outside the US, but you can read the lyrics here. Also, for those who haven’t heard it before, “snapback” is a nickname for that sort of baseball cap because they often involve plastic snaps.

~Lucie

Credits
Lucie:
SLink: Hourglass mesh body, casual hands, flat feet
Catwa: Candy head (fatpack w/expressions, which are used in 1st pic)
Glam Affair: Catwa applier – Alessa – Asia 3
Buzzeri: Zodiac eyes – Avada
Letis: Cetus V2 for SLink
Addams: Jennifer V-Neck – Heaven
Neve: Baby shorts – frayed
Schadenfreude: Waits rings – Uberpack Collabor88
Bella Elephante: Unicorn nails applier
ReignXFlite: Taylers – Grey/Sea
Repose: Country Girl 4 pose & prop (pic 1)

Sephie:
Clef de Peau: Lucas skin T4 w/freckles
Exile: Better Days – Naturals
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Hazel
SLink: Relaxed mesh hands
FATEwear: Phillips shirt, Carter shorts
FATEstep: Ziggy Chucks

Decor:
Consignment: Stepside Bed – Mint (couple pose is in this)
[we’re CLOSED] grass field green 01 – random
Little Branch: Bouton d’or Lavender{Rounded-Field}
JIAN :: Koi Pond We ❤ Role-Play
Cheeky Pea: Boho Glamping Cabin, Boho Glamping Bed
{what next} Guitar Case Sign Collabor88
[ Organica ] Ridley Bird Bath (Mossy Rock)
+Half-Deer+ Candy Chickadee Bird
Studio Skye: Skye Cliff 4, Skye Cliff 3, Skye Cliff 2 light rock, spring ground textures

I don’t wanna grow up

Stockholm & Lima did the most adorable set for The Epiphany. It’s called “failed adulting,” and the rare is this cozy “blanket fort” skybox. I’m also featuring the bed, candy glasses, rug and table from this set. Personally, I look at this skybox and bed, and think “winning adulting,” but that’s just me. I’m still a Toys R Us kid! My outfit features Fishy Strawberry’s adorable top for Geeks ‘N Nerds 2015. When I put this top on and saw what it said, I seriously couldn’t stop giggling. Which confirmed for me that I am, in fact, a nerdy geek. Aside from “textually active,” there’s “stay weird (a message I also support fully)”, and a plain option. You can also change the suspender colors, and there are plaid, leather and argyle options.

I don't wanna grow up

My leggings are a recent release from Neve, the new store from the creators of coldLogic. My adorably geeky glasses are from Label Motion, also for Geeks ‘N Nerds, as are my pencil socks by Izzie’s and my cute pigtails from Wasabi Pills. The cute little tv you see in the corner near the unicorn bed is one of Hopscotch’s All The TV Feels, the love version, another Geeks ‘N Nerds release. Isn’t it super cute?! The chair I’m goofing around on is from Cheeky Pea and is at The Mens Dept with multiple color versions. I’m on the tartan one because I love tartan, and I really enjoyed adding tartan to argyle and houndstooth patterns.

Geeks N Nerds is now open and runs through November 1st!

The Epiphany runs through November 12th!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Jessica mesh head
Lara Hurley Skins: Christy Catwa applier – Pale Rose
Buzzeri: Serenity eyes – Amber
Wasabi Pills: Melina hair – Cinnamon Geeks ‘N Nerds
Label Motion: Nerd Glasses Geeks ‘N Nerds
Fishy Strawberry: Suspenders tee – grey Geeks ‘N Nerds
Neve by coldLogic: zeezee leggings – houndstooth
Izzie’s: Pencil socks Geeks ‘N Nerds

Decor:
Stockholm & Lima: Failed adulting – bed, Blanket fort skybox (rare), floor rug, crate table, candy glasses The Epiphany
Cheeky Pea: Striped chairs – Striped Tartan The Mens Dept
Hopscotch: All the TV feels – Love Geeks ‘N Nerds

Puppies’ Paranormal Pizza Party!

One Autumnal night, Seamus the shiba inu found himself the unwilling pup sitter of his three younger siblings, Shawn, Shannon and Shelia. You see, the pups had discovered their house was haunted! Their human begged them to come spend the night with her outside in the tent, but the pups had other ideas! A paranormal pizza party with their new friends! So, Seamus was left in charge of the others. Sheila ordered the pizzas. Shannon tried to dress up as a ghost herself, but it didn’t quite work out as planned. Shawn poked his head out the window to try to get one of the other ghosts to join them inside… and after consuming a hearty helping of candy corn, Seamus fell asleep with a good book on the spooky rug in front of the pumpkin fireplace. He hadn’t the heart to tell Shawn, Shannon and Sheila that ghosts don’t eat, but he trusted his siblings were up to the task of devouring the pizzas on their own!

It was a fantastical night, except maybe for the shibas’ poor human, who was more than a tiny bit frightened of all the paranormal partying. But even she managed a good night’s sleep, tucked inside her cozy, starry tent.

It was an autumn night not soon to be forgotten!

The end.

Puppies' Paranormal Pizza Party

Cheeky Pea released this incredible Halloween Kitsch set for Uber’s new round, which was a Designer’s Choice edition. It’s absolutely adorable, and I’m not using all of it here, either. Definitely check it out for your Halloween decorating needs.

The pups are half Theosophy and the other two are Half-Deer. Both are available at the current round of The Arcade, which is coming to close soon!

This beautiful, one room cottage is a new release from DaD Designs for The Fantasy Collective. There are two versions of The Bayou Cottage, and one includes a deck. Sadly, I live in the sky so I am using the version without. However, what I really love about this house is how versatile it feels. While I can absolutely imagine it in a bayou, it works well in my mountain country inspired sky, too. The beautiful, pumpkin filled fireplace is a Collabor88 release from Pilot, and I absolutely had to have it.

Out the window, you can see me, sleeping in one of Sway’s adorable tents from The Arcade. This is one of the rares, but they’re all beautifully done and definitely must haves! I am wearing new releases from Neve by coldLogic. I will be blogging this outfit in full detail later this week, but the top is breeze, in the lively option and the leggings are zeezee, also in the lively version. Stay tuned to see a full, closer snap of this in a few days!

~Lucie

Credits:
DaD Designs: The Bayou Cottage (no deck) The Fantasy Collective
Theosophy: Shiba Inu (Sleeping In / White), Shiba Inu (Pizza’s Here) RARE The Arcade
Half-Deer: Shiba Inu – Sleepy, Shiba Inu – Better View The Arcade
Half-Deer: Spilled Candy Corn – Original – Pile
Cheeky Pea: Halloween Kitsch Set – Boo Ribbon Wreath, Lady Ghost, Little Lass Ghost, Jack-o-Lantern, Pumpkin Lights, Spider Rug, Sir Bones Art Uber
Atelier Visconti: Mont Blanc Step Stool
Pilot: Pumpkin Fireplace Collabor88
Boogers: Candy Corn Bear The Arcade
Sway’s: Camp out Tent – starry night RARE, Camp Out Oil lamp – starry night The Arcade
Studio Skye: Enchanted woods trees, autumnal textures
Jian: Beaumont Brick Fence

The blogger’s closet

Festival Of Sin II has been so much fun so far! It’s winding down, and closes September 5th, so I wanted to share some goodies from the event before it’s over!

I love the hair MINA did for Lust. It’s so lush and sexy. The shoes from fri.day for Vanity are gorgeous, sexy and versatile. I’ve paired them with a stunning new release from coldLogic’s new brand neve (more on neve to come soon!). This dress is so pretty, with its lacy texture and (though they’re covered by my hair here) dainty straps. I’m using Exposeur’s glam Luxury Closet gacha for Greed at FOS II as a backdrop for this look. I thought it did a pretty great job of representing what a blogger’s closet might look like, if SL bloggers actually had closets and not inventories. Though come to think of it, mine would probably be more cluttered and less organized! 😛

The Blogger's Closet

In this picture, I’m wearing Blueberry’s recently released yoga pants with items from Uber. My top is Miss Chelsea and my hair is Truth, and both can be found at Uber. The gym bag next to me, by Bueno, is also at Uber. My sleepy koala friend is by +Pepper+ and is at Festival Of Sin II in Sloth. The beautiful barn I’m using as my yoga studio is from Pixel Mode’s Arcade release. This release has NO rares! Even this gorgeous barn build is a common. The Arcade is now open, and runs all month so if you can’t get in yet, don’t fret! You have time.

Koalas can sleep through anything

I was honored to be chosen as a Hottie Cooterati staff blogger, so I’ve blogged some pics over there, but I wanted to share them here, too.

This one was taken on the FOS II sim, in the Sloth section with a fellow FOS II blogger. The builds are spectacular, and honestly it’s worth going for that alone, but there are so many goodies to be had, too. You can read the full credits on this post here.

Seen at the Sloth Motel

This one features Schadenfreude’s Acedia table, which comes in a clean version, too. I also have one of Anya Ohmai’s free sponsor gifts featured here, a snow globe designed for Hopscotch. You can read all about this post here.

Spiders in the attic

Finally, in this picture I’m wearing Alice Project’s sexy bedhead hair for Lust, Baiastice’s stunning gown for Vanity and Cae’s serpent bracelet for Envy, along with one of her gacha rings for Greed. You can get all the details here.

Sinful

~Lucie

Credits
Pic 1:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Roxy skin – tone 1.5
MINA: Laila hair – Dark reds Festival Of Sin II
neve by coldLogic: Entwine dress – lace
fri.day: Narcissa heels – Pearl Festival Of Sin II
Exposeur: Luxury Closet gacha, Serenity Pose 1 Festival Of Sin II

Pic 2:
Belleza: Freya mesh body
Lumae: Niska skin – bare – peach
Truth: Olympia hair – Reds Uber
Miss Chelsea: Lena top – Purple Uber
Blueberry: Sylvia yoga pants – white
+Pepper+: Top Koality Hugs – Tan Festival Of Sin II
Bueno- Workout Bag- Black 2 Uber
Cheeky Pea: Divya Yoga Mat – Purple
Pixel Mode: Fall Harvest – Barn, Fall Harvest – Lost Art The Arcade
Studio Skye: Enchanted woods trees
Jian: Beaumont Brick Fence