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Tuli & coldLogic

I was reticent when mesh first came out. It had its growing pains, and the truth is, I don’t love change. But when coldLogic opened, just over a year ago, my world changed. I loved the “shape” of their mesh. It felt like it suited my avatar’s curves, and I felt like “me” when I wore it. Since then, I’ve become a huge fan of all of their work.

So, when I saw there was an anniversary photo contest, I knew I had to enter. There are so many great entries. I honestly don’t envy the task of choosing a winner!

I entered this picture first. It was based off an ad vendor I was doing for our store, and I really liked how it came out. The dress is Hathaway, and it’s so sleek and elegant. Perfect for a fancy, summer event. I knew it all starts with a smile, Kaelyn Alecto’s gorgeous new sim, had the perfect spot for this pic.

coldLogic Photo Contest Entry - Lucie Bluebird

But the more I looked at the picture, the less sure of it I felt, so I decided to do another pic. I wandered back over to it all starts with a smile. I love this carousel, and the poses in the horses are so unexpected and quirky. I like quirky. This time I am wearing the Bardot dress in lemonade. I have to be honest… I rarely like yellow. But when I do I love it, and this dress is no exception. The soft, buttery shade, combined with the pink, melon shade for contrast is just stunning. I feel so sophisticated and summer in this look.

coldLogic Contest - Lucie Bluebird (2)

Finally, I wanted to do a headshot to show off this gorgeous skin from Tuli, Claire. I’ve always like Tuli, so I am glad the store is back with new items. I am especially excited because the skin has an option with dimples and I adore dimples. These are really well done, too. Oh, and the eyes are from the new IKON Lucid line. Gorgeous, aren’t they? My adorable choker is from BOOM. I’m wearing the baby pink shade, but it’s mod and I tinted it ever-so-slightly to match the melon shade in the dress.

Claire by Tuli

I am off to travel for the weekend. SO excited. I love a good road trip. I hope to do a lot more blogging next week… now that I’m finally feeling better and caught up on grad school work (for the moment).

Have a great weekend!

~Lucie

Credits
Look 1
On Lucie:
Skin: Adam N Eve – Carolyn – Tone 2 – Sorbet w/dimples
Eyes: IKON – Eternal – Heath
Hair: Truth – Swift – Auburn w/roots
Dress: coldLogic – Hathaway – Dusk
Shoes: Gos Boutique – Grace Sandals – Bronze

On Smooth:
Skin: Filthy – Group Gift – May (no longer available)
Hair: Exile – 6th Avenue Heartache – Marone
Suit: FateWear – Christopher – Ocean
Shoes: FIR & MNA – Ashford Brogues – White Leather

Pose: Embody – Rose (w/prop)

Look 2
Skin: Tuli – Claire – Powder – 09 w/dimples
Eyes: IKON – Lucid – Eucalyptus
Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Fantasia
Hair: Exile – All I Am (b) – Sunset (tinted)
Moles: Tuli – Beauty Marks 2
Choker: Boom – Precious Bow Choker – Doll Pink
Earrings: Cae – Enchanted

Looks · SL Places

Happy Birthday, Truth…

The lovely Kaelyn Alecto sent out a private Plurk reminding us about the RL birthday of one of SL’s most beloved creators, Truth Hawks. I love Truth hair, a fact that has been thoroughly documented. I admire his talent, but more than that, he’s just always been so darn nice. When I was still pretty new, and L$250 seemed like a TON of money, I accidentally bought the wrong hair on my RL birthday. I’m really embarrassed about this now (and today would never, ever do this), but I sent him a goofy NC about it. I didn’t expect a reply. Nor would I have blamed him at all if I hadn’t gotten one. I was the idiot, after all. But he did reply, and he sent me the hair I’d intended to buy. It was such a nice gesture, and it made me a very loyal customer. Every time I’ve had a delivery issue, he has been so nice and helpful. I’ve had Marketplace issues where a creator has never replied, even after multiple NCs were sent. Truth has always responded, and always within 24 hours (often far less). My loyalty is not just because of his talent, though of course that’s a huge factor… it’s also because he has great customer service and is so nice. Even when I was goofy and fan girly, he was nice.

In honor of this event, and for use in a future Embody pose ad, I got my friend Rosa & my alts Sephie & Ashlan.. and naturally we’re all wearing Truth hair! And it’s funny, but unintentionally we’re also all wearing nail polish from RezIpsa Loc and eyes by IKON.

Shhh

Truth… I hope your birthday is every bit as nice as you are because you deserve it!

Kaelyn – you are amazing. What you’ve accomplished this past week blows me away. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!

~Lucie

Credits (left to right)
On Sephie:
Skin: Filthy – Tina – Cream 03
Shape: Embody – Larissa (for mesh)
Hair: Truth – Ebony – Macaroon w/roots
Eyes: IKON – Sunrise – Light Arabian Blue
Top: coldLogic – carter.blue
Pants: coldLogic – mazza.black
Nails: RezIpsa Loc – Sparkly – Onyx

On Me:
Skin: Izzie’s – Dailyn – Sunkissed w/brown eyeshadow
Shape: Embody – Miri (for mesh)
Hair: Truth – Carment – sangria w/roots
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Gray Green
Lips: Izzie’s – Dailyn Matte Lips – dark matte rose
Top: coldLogic – watts.plum
Pants: Maitreya – zipper jeans – dirty
Nails: RezIpsa Loc – Sinful Pack – Vanity

On Ashlan:
Skin: Filthy – Ayla – Ivory 03
Shape: Embody – Jolie (for mesh – not yet released)
Hair: Truth – Gabriel – Auburn
Eyes: IKON – Sunrise – Bleached Gold
Dress: Miel – Regatta – Natural Solids

On Rosa:
Skin: Belleza – Betty – Sunkissed 05
Shape: Embody – Caralyn (for mesh)
Hair: Truth – Izzie – coffee
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Pale Glass
Top: coldLogic – andersen.purples
Pants: Auxiliary – Luna – Blue
Nails: RezIpsa Loc – Darks – Black

Pose: Embody – Tight Knit (not yet released)
Photo taken on the lovely Water Reserve sim… home of *emm [shop] & scribbled hearts.

Blogger Challenges · Looks

An alt makeover

Once upon a time, I had three SL pregnancies. I know these are a highly controversial subject (at least on Plurk), but I can’t have kids in RL. Rad & I are together in both worlds, and though he thought it was silly, he let me live out my fantasies. Isn’t that what SL is for, after all?

I know many people adopt “kids” in SL, but I was never really comfortable with that. I like RPing, but not on a full-time basis. So, instead I “grew” our kids. All four of them have their own avs. They’re basically props. We use them in ads and in family pics. Sometimes, my BFF Rosa & I goof off with our teen avs. Over the weekend I made a new shape using the group gift skin from Filthy and I decided that my 2nd eldest would be the “model” for the ad… so basically she got a makeover! I took advantage of the sale at Truth District and snagged some $L100 hair while I could! It’s a great time to go down there. Lots of great sale items, and especially sale priced hair!!! Did I mention hair?

Trinity Profile 6-12

So, this is my 14 year-old Trinity in the new teen shape Miranda. Once I had her all styled, I pulled out the balance beam I somehow managed to convince Rad to make. The Olympics are soon, and I love watching the gymnasts.

Balance Beam

Well, I guess Trinity had fun because next thing I knew… there was leaping and autographed pics!

Leap

Dream big… you never know what might happen.

~Lucie

Credits
All Pics
Skin: Filthy – June Group Gift – Ivory
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Deep Brown
Eyelashes: Maitreya – Group Gift (MESH)
Lips: Izzie’s – Brianna Lips – Matte Rose

Pic 1
Hair: Truth – Jodie – Blood (MESH)
Pose: Cheeky Pea – Fairfield Desk – Backwards sit

Pics 2 & 3
Hair: Truth – Cleo – Streaked – Blood
Leotard: Spankies – Sassy Cats (Marketplace freebie)
Poses: Embody – Balance Beam Multipose Prop, Gymnast 4

Blogger Challenges · Looks

I stand for love…

Today, I awoke to an invite to this flickr group. The timing was so coincidental because just the other day I was thinking of doing a blog post about love, and how no matter what the gender breakdown of partners may be, love is wonderful, beautiful and amazing. It was also funny timing because I had to shoot an ad for a vendor texture today for a pose Rad made over the weekend. I am going to share a pic I took while shooting that here.

Together

This pose is called Together. It’s our second romantic pose for two men… and I think it’s very sweet and tender. And yes, I am one of the “men” in that pic. I’m the brunette. My friend Sephie is the blond, so it’s two RL women who posed as men for this ad, but I think we’re fairly cute… especially in our A:S:S boxers and mesh tanks!

This is the business side of my story. Embody is my “baby,” and it’s very important to me that we sell something that allows couples of all gender combos to show their love. This is where we get to the personal side of the story.

I grew up very religious. As many know, I’m now an atheist, but as a child I was as devout as it gets. However, I was also acutely aware, from a very young age, that I was somehow different from other kids. Specifically, from other girls. I had lots of crushes on boys, just like any little girl… but I also had crushes on girls. I didn’t really understand that at the time. I explained away my feelings, trying to rationalize them to myself because my religious beliefs taught me my feelings were somehow dirty and wrong. Of course, this applied to my feelings for boys, too, eventually… but not to the same extent.

My first kiss was technically with a girl. I was only 9, and she was only 8. We were best friends and experimenting, which is not uncommon even among children who later grow up to be “straight” adults. But 10 years later, we’d kiss again… and this time it wasn’t the innocent exploration of childhood. It was a burning curiosity. But she and I were too close, almost like sisters in a way, and I felt strange kissing her because of that. What I did take away from the experience was the reality, finally, that I was bisexual. It should’ve been obvious, but I’m 36 now. I grew up in a time when “gay” was only something we were just starting to see on TV, and bisexual wasn’t mentioned at all. Ironically enough, my first childhood boyfriend – and the first boy I kissed – would later “come out” as gay when we were young adults.

By the time I embraced my sexuality, I was an adult and had long since abandoned the religious beliefs of my childhood. This made it easier to have these feelings, but I still had no idea what to do with them, really. I had a few flirtations with women, but nothing that ever amounted to much of anything. I foolishly convinced myself that I couldn’t love a woman. I think, in retrospect, I did that because I realized it would be easier that way. I thought it was a purely physical attraction that could never become anything “real.”

I met the man who would become my husband just before my 23rd birthday. He’s the love of my life… I know what real love is because of him and all he’s given me. Not only is he my RL husband, he’s my SL husband. We run a business together in SL, and we spend almost all of our time in both worlds together. I am incredibly fortunate that the laws don’t forbid my marriage. I am incredibly lucky that society accepts it as “normal” or “acceptable.” While I can’t imagine loving anyone else, it was never impossible that the love of my life may have been a woman. If that had been the case, I’d have had to fight for our love in ways that heterosexual couples can’t possibly imagine.

And so… I stand for love. Love is beautiful and pure, regardless of the genders of those in the relationship. Life is far, far too short and precious to deny anyone the right to love. If it doesn’t hurt anyone else – and gay couples do NOT hurt anyone, despite what the religious right would have us believe – then what right does anyone else have to deny it.

I stand for love

To anyone reading this who is anti-gay or anti-bisexual… I want you to look at your partner tomorrow when you wake up. I want you to imagine a world in which you were told you could not love that person. That it wasn’t “right” or “natural.” I want you to imagine a world in which you weren’t free to make the most personal of choices… the person with whom you share your love and life.

Not a pleasant thought, is it?

~Lucie

PS. Click here to read more about Stand 4 Love.

Credits:
Pic 1

Me:
Skin: Heartsick – Zero 6 (group gift)
Hair: Shag – Hard Day’s Night – Mocha
Tank: A:S:S – June Tank – Owl – MESH
Boxers: A:S:S – LazyDay 2 Undies – light blue
Shape: Embody – Christopher

Sephie:
Skin: Filthy – Lucaz – Pale (group gift)
Hair: Truth – Liam – Driftwood
Tank: A:S:S – June Tank – Fishy – MESH
Boxers: A:S:S – LazyDay 2 Undies – Purple
Shape: Embody – Fane

Pose: Embody – Together (not yet released)
Pic shot in the Anastasia skybox by A:S:S

Pic 2

Skin: Izzie’s – Delusional – Sunkissed
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Anais – Rouge (tinted) – MESH
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Silver
Eyeshadow: Izzie’s – Dailyn – Pink
Eyeliner: Izzie’s – Double Wing
Lashes: Beetlebones – Dainty – MESH
Lips: Izzie’s – Delusional – Raspberry
Nails: RezIpsa Loc – Frenched Pastels – Gray
Top: RezIpsa Loc – Heart Tee
Shorts: Beetlebones – Baily – Utility Shorts – Grey
Tights: RezIpsa Loc – Heart Stockings – Gray & Pink
Shoes: Gos – PYP – Buckle Ballet Flat
Pose & Prop: Embody – Queen of Hearts 4