Lost Little Lamb

Let’s just get three things out there. 1. I am so not a “neat freak (not that there’s anything wrong with being one… tbh I kind of wouldn’t mind a little of it myself!). 2. I have ADD, and so when I do get uh a bit obsessive about something, it can become an extreme thing. 3. Despite my general laissez faire attitude towards clutter, one place where the ADD takes over is my computer’s desktop. You can see what it looks like currently here, if you’re intrigued.

The shortcut on my desktop is there to remind me to try to learn to vlog by watching Berry’s tutorial on the topic. Once I actually try it, that shortcut will go. I hate shortcuts on my desktop. You may also notice that I have a folder called “SL Pics.” My blogging routine goes like this. I take photos and they save to my desktop. I pick the ones to edit, and the rest go in the trash. I edit the ones I’ve kept. They then stay on my desktop until I blog them, to help remind me to do it. Except, this time the photo Lucie Had A Little Lamb accidentally got put into my folder before I blogged it… which brings me to the title of this post. Poor little lamb was lost and never blogged. I realized it going through my photostream this morning and it was a major facepalms sort of moment. So, without further ado…

Lucie had a little lamb

~Lucie

Credits:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Chloe bento mesh head
Lara Hurley: Rie LeLutka applier – Rose Pale
Buzzeri: Okina mesh eyes – chocolate (store is temporarily closed)
Entwined: Scarlett hair – bold colors pack
Just Because: Misty top
Blueberry: Grace pants (no boots version)
fri.day: Sadie platforms – antique
Repose: Shy – pose 3 (slightly modified)
Silent Sparrow: Mint Lambie Pies – Display

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

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!

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

I stand for peace…

When I first heard of the “I stand for peace” challenge presented by The White Canvas Gallery, I have to admit… my tendency towards cynicism won over. My first, honest thought? I’d love to stand for peace, but my legs are going to get awfully tired. But being me is complicated. Because even though I can be cynical (though I tend to prefer to think I’m just realistic), I can also be idealistic. So, I have said it before and I’ll say it now: I’m a realistic idealist. I can recognize when I’m being idealistic, but I refuse to give up the idea that there’s a place for idealism in this world.

I really like this quote, and not just because I consider Sara Teasdale to be one of the most underrated poets in history.

I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes. ~Sara Teasdale

I like to think I manage to do this most of the time. My life has been interesting and difficult. Full of love, but also challenges. However, I like to believe that, when faced with hardships, I find a way to make the best of a bad situation. To find the proverbial silver lining. So, even though I fear that we’re living in a time that will face far more violence before we achieve anything akin to peace, I also think we can find ways to look for peace from within, to take strength from the stories of others; of those who survive, of those who saved, of those who died so others might live. We can see the beauty that is always here, and remember the wise words of Dumbledore (via JK Rowling): Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

It seemed fitting to blog this challenge using one of the gorgeous hairs you can find at Hair Fair 2016. I feel that this event is an example of the best of humanity, of the goodness and love that exists in this world, and I mean the real one as well as our virtual one. Because, after all, this event benefits real life children. Also appropriate, I felt, was to use something currently available at The Epiphany – these adorable butterflies from Cubic Cherry Creations. For if ever the world needed another epiphany, the time would be now.

My hair is from Mina. I loved the windblown feel of this hair, and I’ve always been a huge fan of Mina’s red shades. My adorable capri pants are by Just Because for N21 and I’m wearing the N21 exclusive color, which will not be available when the event ends! The tank top I’m wearing is one of Neve’s summer offerings. My sandals are from fri.day, and fri.day has moved to a new location, so be sure to update your LM!

I stand for peace

Now I have to talk about this gorgeous new mesh head from Catwa. Bibi has such a sweet, youthful face. It felt perfect for this dreamy, peaceful look I wanted. I paired it with Glam Affair’s Gabriela applier, which is part of the Gacha Guardians event. If you’ve been looking for a mesh head with a young, soft vibe, definitely go demo this one. Bibi is a basic head, which means you can get the static version of it for just $L900. You can check out this image, which explains all of the various options available on Catwa heads.

Sweet Bibi

If you haven’t done the “I stand for peace” challenge yet, consider it. It’s simple, but powerful. And I was nominated by the lovely Saffie to do it, so really… I had to.

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Mina: Neah hair – Dark Reds Hair Fair 2016
Catwa: Bibi mesh head
Glam Affair: Gabriela applier – Asia 02 Gacha Guardians
Izzie’s: Catwa dimples applier
Nanika: Eyelashes Nata
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – Honey
Neve: Everyday top – baby
Just Because: Jen Capris – N21 Exclusive N21
fri.day: Dinah sandals – cloud
Cubic Cherry Creations: Flutter 21 – Dream The Epiphany
Infiniti: Carefree Pose 3 (slightly modified by the butterflies built in pose)
Location: Blithe

Almost summer

I did this pic before I left for vacation, and called it “Spring Stroll.” But it’s almost summer now, and even here at 9,000 feet in Colorado, it feels like it! We finally have leaves on our aspens and wildflowers are blooming… and it’s really lovely.

In Second Life, I found a lovely spring scene at Blithe, and decided that this top from Just Because suited my mood. It’s summery but also very boho, and I looooove all the boho stuff that’s come out lately. Plus, hello boobs! It’s super sexy! The skirt is from Blueberry and the sandals are fri.day. True story… I hate shoes in RL, but I kind of wish I had these sandals in RL. That’s saying something!

My hair is from Exile at The Arcade, one of two styles you can win. My adorable corgi companion is also at The Arcade, from Jian. The stunning necklace I have on is from Cae, and I promise to get a closer shot of this one because it has a star and I love stars. But in the meantime, you can check it out yourself at FaMESHed.

Spring Stroll

Happy Friday everyone!

~Lucie

Credits:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Candy mesh head
Glam Affair: Kumi Catwa Applier – Jamaica
Exile: Stay hair – reds The Arcade
ikon: Triumph eyes – field
Cae: Nova necklace FaMESHed
Just Because: Winnie shirt
Blueberry: Britain denim skirt
fri.day: Sophie sandals – sierra
SLC Body Language: Quiet pose 3m
Jian: Beach Corgis – companion – Sable The Arcade
Location: Blithe

24 Months Of Collabor88

Collabor88 has been my favorite event ever since it opened. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of events that I love and adore, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say Collab stole my heart long ago. I don’t think there’s been a single round I haven’t shopped. So when I heard about the blogger search, I agonized over what to do, how to define my entry. I knew I wanted to only feature items from this and past rounds of the event, but that wasn’t enough. Finally, it came to me this past week. I went to the Collabor88 catalog and went back as far as the galleries go, which turns out to be March of 2014. I determined I was going to incorporate at least one item from every single round since.

I went through every single catalog and found items in my inventory from that round to work with, starting with the build by Dust Bunny and working from there. Aside from my mesh body (Maitreya’s Lara) and my mesh head (Catwa’s Annie), everything in the scene below – including my nail appliers and eyes – came from one of the past 24 rounds of Collabor88. I will credit by round below the pics, starting with the most recent round and ending in March 2014. Aside from my earrings, I owned all of these items prior to this month’s Espionage themed round. My earrings are from a round that was in the summer and everything I owned for it was out of place for the scene. Including my poor but adorable bubble blowing crab.

Collabor88 Blogger Search 2016

Close up, to show off the gorgeous necklace by Maxi Gossamer, the stunning Catwa applier from The Skinnery and the lovely mesh eyes from Atomic, all of which are available at the current round!

Collabor88 Blogger Search 2016

And the little details… nail appliers by Atomic and a ring by Yummy.

Little Details

Good luck to all who’ve entered!

~Lucie

February 2016: Espionage
The Skinnery: Maddie applier for Catwa – Milk
Atomic: Espionage eyes – Denim Blue
Maxi Gossamer: Mata Hari Mesmer necklace – High
Pixicat: Femme Fatale Dress – Glitter
half-deer & Le Poppycock: *Kitty Galore* Cat I (rez)

January 2016: Holographic
Dust Bunny: Sleepless Attic Skybox
What Next: S Storage Box -Metallics 2

December 2015: Nordic Winter
Second Spaces: Nordic Winter Lounge totally faux fur rug

November 2015: Autumn Blues
What Next: Vermont Hot Chocolate Tray – Autumn Blue
Half-Deer: Cozy Cat (if I fits, I sits) – Choco Point

October 2015: Burtonesque
tarte: Handmade Chandelier

September 2015: Muted Coven
Atomic: Witchcraft nails 2 – applier for Maitreya
Yummy: True Fate ring – Silver purple

August 2015: Daydream
{anc} flottante puppy. cream . standA / withCollar
{anc} flottante puppy. cream . layA / withCollar

July 2015: Under The Sea
Lark: Cambria Basket – E.) Simple

June 2015: Summer Punch
Maxi Gossamer: Amalfi Summer Nights earrings

May 2015: Into The Light
MishMish: My Desk Mailbox w/letters (Sky)

April 2015: Pretty In Punk
MishMish: Punky Skunk – Perfume

March 2015: Moonless Night
fri.day: Audrey Pumps – coal

February 2015: My Love
Consignment & Floorplan: Branch Light

January 2015: OMG! Unicorns!
Floorplan: Unicorn Silhouette Frame

December 2014: Snow Day
Consignment & Floorplan: The Librocubicularist’s Library – Blue
Second Spaces: snow day table – white
Second Spaces: snow day books – messy stack

November 2014: Modern Alchemist
Lark – Elemental Bookcase (5)

October 2014: Spoopy Motel
Floorplan: lantern clock – purple

September 2014: Miami Electric
Tableau Vivant: Upshaw w/side bangs – Autumn hud

August 2014: Odyssey
Apple Fall: Charlotte’s Pears

July 2014: Safari Chic
tarte: elephant plush (rez)

June 2014: To The Lighthouse
tarte: repurposed shipwheel (steel)
marukin: [light] garden beauty pose

May 2014: Turntables & Milkshakes
Mish Mish: Poodle in a cushion – Cream

April 2014: Watercolors In Bloom
Intrigue Co.: Framed Watercolor Painting (Blue): Cat

March 2014: Back To Business
Half-Deer: Silk and Pearls Chair – Cream

Chocolate Desires

Chocolate is a serious thing. ~Deanna Troi

I very much believe Counselor Troi had the right idea where chocolate was concerned. I mean, it is a serious thing. So the Artisan Fantasy Chocolate Shoppe set for The Epiphany, with all its goodies, spoke to me right away. I mean, c’mon! Truffles… boxes of beautifully wrapped chocolate gifts. I love the wrappings just as much as the chocolates insides sometimes! It’s fun. It feels so posh to buy a box of Godiva all beautifully wrapped for the holiday (whichever one it happens to be!). The cute polka dot lingerie I’m wearing are common items from Blueberry’s Epiphany set, the gorgeous bed is from Sway’s. It was at the December round of Uber, so if it’s not yet in her Mainstore, I imagine it should be soon. The chair in the little room behind me is from Brocante, but through tomorrow you can grab it at the Love To Decorate event. Brocante is the new name for collaborations between floorplan and Consignment, and Brocante items can be found here, along with floorplan’s items. The fawn over the chair is at the floorplan mainstore, and the sign over the bed is a floorplan release for Collabor88. My sparkly, glittery hair is from Olive for The Epiphany. I love the sexy, bedhead look of this one!

Chocolate Desires

Before I go, I leave you with this little clip where Deanna Troi demonstrates how to savor an ice cream sundae!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Belleza: Freya mesh body
LeLutka: Simone mesh head
Lara Hurley Skins: Cerise applier – rose pale
Olive: Tiffany hair – Rare – Crazy Glitter The Epiphany
Blueberry: Flirt panties – polka dot – Angel The Epiphany
fri.day: Veronica pumps – flora

Decor:
Roost: Lakeside basement house
Sway’s: Rosalie bed – romantic – copper, Rosalie nightstand – copper, Rosalie picture frame – copper, book with glasses
Artisan Fantasy: Chocolate Shoppe – Gift Boxes 1, Truffles Set, Copper Lamp The Epiphany
Brocante: linen chair & pillow / audrey
floorplan: wire fawn (mainstore), hope wire Collabor88