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New Year’s Heartbreak

I took these pics on New Year’s Day. I was feeling a bit down, so I decided to do a blue sort of scene, with a play on words… “Happy Blue Year.” For a lot of reasons, New Year’s is tough for me, but it was more than the usual this year. I just felt in my gut entering 2018 that our beloved pup was unlikely to make it to 2019. He was diagnosed with a heart condition late last summer and the truth is, at one point I didn’t even think we’d get one last autumn and holiday season with him. But we did… and yet, I knew it was probably the last. I did my best to make the most of it.

Unfortunately, I had no idea how right my gut was. His condition took a sudden turn for the worse and Thursday morning we had to say goodbye. We’re heartbroken. I’m shattered and utterly devastated. I don’t know how to do this… to live without my baby here. I know time will help me figure it out but I also know I’ll never be the same. Having to say goodbye was brutal… the coming weeks, months, year will be brutal, too. But never having had him would’ve been worse. He made more than a quarter of my life brighter and better. I’m forever changed by having had him in my life.

I don’t have it in me to do a lot more than explain this, share my pics and list credits. But I wanted to get this posted before it got any further into 2018.

Happy Blue Year

hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you

And I made a collage of our baby, which I also wanted to share here.

Our beloved Flashdog

And on a final note, a song that’s been helping me cope a bit, particularly the quote “hold on to the memories, they’ll hold on to you,” which happens to be the title of the headshot. It appropriately came on the radio as we drove home from the vet Thursday morning, and while I sobbed through it, it was also cathartic somehow. Music is magic for me, so I am using it to get through this, as much as I am able.

~Lucie

Fashion Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Scarlet bento head, Luna skin applier, glitter eyeshadow applier
Foxes: Party headband – Happy New Year – Silver (plain version included)
Exile: Persuasive hair – Reds
Izzie’s: Winter eyes – blues & greys – blue
Cae: Northstar necklace and earrings (group gift)
Decoy: Lianne dress
Ingenue: Lucia heels – Navy
ChicChica: Care To Drink – Champagne glasses and bottle (pic 1), Drink on my own – glass (pic 2)
Embody: Footloose 3 pose (modified by props)

Decor Credits:
Trompe Loeil – Keithia Tower V1.2
[ keke ] 2018 rosegold . high lod
[ keke ] champagne jello with gold dust
[ keke ] black caviar
[ keke ] white caviar
[ keke ] pink champagne jello with lavender dust
[ keke ] edible gold
[ keke ] glitter sphere . big . rotating
+Half-Deer+ Christmas Set – Ice Blue – FULL TREE SETUP
:::ChicChica::: Bottle REZZ
Cheeky Pea: Country Home Coffee Table Winter
Cheeky Pea: Winter Isle Sofa (PG)
Cheeky Pea: Winter Isle Rug
Elusive: Hanging Pails with Lights Red

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Santa’s Helper

Exile has created the cutest little dress that is perfect for being a holiday elf or Mrs. Claus herself. There’s also a hair designed to fit perfectly under its fuzzy hood! The dress is called Santa Baby and comes in 3 color packs. The hair is called Weekender and comes in all of Exile’s usual colors. You’ll find both in the Mainstore. I thought the look was perfect for helping to sell trees on the tree farm by hive I picked up from Tannenbaum. My gorgeous tree is from Half-Deer and you can find it at Collabor88. There are so many colors and styles (I am using the Traditional here), and if you love Christmas as much as I do, I highly recommend the fatpack for L$788. It’s a great deal. My adorable shoes are Ingenue for The Arcade. I also want to point out my reindeer, as he’s from a new store called Mad Match. Right now they only have a Marketplace store, but there are some really cute things and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Santa's helper

I am wearing one of LAQ’s recent bento head releases, Scarlet. I love this head. It’s sweet and doll-like. I’m wearing it with the Lola Glam Affair skin applier designed for it that you can find at Kustom 9.

Scarlet & Emerald

While I’m talking about LAQ, I want to mention that the newest head Neve is on sale for just L$500 through Christmas Eve! So if you need to give a last minute gift or need a new head for yourself or an alt, this is a great opportunity to grab a gorgeous head for an unreal price. I intend to blog that one in the next week or two but I really wanted to make sure to mention it before the sale ended!

To all of you celebrating, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, full of love, goodies and lots of happy memories!

Love,
Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Scarlet mesh head
Glam Affair: Lola applier – Asia Kustom 9
Izzie’s: Winter eyes – Browns and Greens – Green Brown
Exile: Weekender hair – reds, Santa Baby dress – Green
Izzie’s: Reindeer tights applier
Ingenue: Mabelle Oxfords – Forest The Arcade
Hopscotch: Brooklyn 5 pose

Decor:
hive: Christmas tree farm building and trees Tannenbaum
Half-Deer: Christmas Set – Traditional – FULL TREE SETUP, Tassel Garland – Christmas – Long
Cheeky Pea: Winter Isle Art 1, 2 and 3
Serenity Style– Jojo Cozy Armchair Deco(c)rate November 2017
dust bunny . winter decor . peppermint green Tannenbaum
Hopscotch: Winter Pleasures – Snowman
MAD MATCH: REINDEER (RESIZABLE)

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Hello October

October has long been one of my favorite months. I love autumn. Right now it’s snowing outside, the leaves are mostly a glorious gold and it’s just breathtaking. It will be a bit before I add snow in SL, though! I have to savor this season as much as I can! So, I’ve created an apple orchard, a table for “selling” my wares, a pumpkin patch, a cornfield… and I’m still working on my sim! But I had to share some of what I’ve done so far, and I had the cutest autumn ensemble going on! My top is Decoy, available at the current round of Collabor88 until October 6th. My adorable Mary Jane style sneakers are also a Collabor88 release, from Ingenue. I absolutely love these and they come in a wide mix of solids and patterns, so there’s something for everyone. My cozy leggings from Neve can now be found in the Mainstore, and come in a wide variety of colors and prints.

Waiting for a sale

My hair is Athena, by Truth. It was the VIP group gift in September. It’s still available as the group gift, but I don’t know for how much longer! Still, older gifts are available for sale. The VIP group is SO worth being in because you get a multi-style full colorpack hair each month! Athena is one of my all-time favorite hairs in SL. I love all of these rebellious, wild curls and it almost makes me want to cut my RL curls shorter. But then add in the cute side braid and style options and it’s really versatile, too. My Catwa skin applier is Olga from [theSkinnery] and it is also at Collabor88 through the 6th. I topped the lips with one of the colors from the Sheer Kiss palette from Pink Fuel. These adorable Jack-o-Lanterns are by Candle and Cauldron and you can buy them individually or in fatpacks per color.

Sincerity

~Lucie

Fashion Credits:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Koura mesh head
[theSkinnery]: Olga applier – Champagne – No Brows version Collabor88
[theSkinnery]: Dune Brows Style 3
Buzzeri: Shift eyes – Human – Moss
Decoy: Natalie Tunic Collabor88
Cae: Acorn necklace
Neve: Deedee leggings
Ingenue: Elke sneakers – Chocolate Collabor88
Repose: Smoking Hot pose 1 (Marketplace only)

Decor Credits:
Pic 1
JIAN: Hillside Orchard – Apple Tree, Table w/ Runner, Cider Jugs (4), Apple Bags (3C), Apple Bags (Solo 1), Apple Bags (Solo 2), Apple Bags (Solo 3), LadderApple Bucket (Few)
[we’re CLOSED] grass field dry 03 – random, grass field dry 04 – random
JIAN Playtime Piglets 1. Hay Napper RARE
{what next} Orchard Fallen Apples Decor, Garden Paving – cross path (lit)
Ariskea: Sage pumpkins 1 & 2
Sway’s [Autumn] Pumpkin decoration . single B – 3
{BunBun & Dream} HalloweenParty – Donuts Traditional
+Half-Deer+ Ice Cream Flowers – Pumpkin Collabor88
*HEXtraordinary*Pumpkin Pasties
MishMish – Mini Pumpkin Pies
Artisan Fantasy: Stony Hollow Hay Bale – Solo
HPMD* Cliff Hill – autumn B, HPMD* Garden Tree08 – orange c
Cheeky Pea: Asher’s Hayride Cider Station

Pic 2
[DDD] New Pumpkin Garden Plot – 2×2, Wood & Rope Picket Fence
Candle and Cauldron: Take Flight Jack-o-Lantern – Nox, Familiar Jack-o-Lantern – Orange, Tall Happy Jack-o-Lantern – Casper
Con.&floorplan. Windmill Hideout – PG – Green
Little Branch: sweetChestNut*7Li{Seasons}*Animated
HPMD* Garden Tree05 – extra two colors / A+B

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Autumn Ana

LAQ’s been on a roll lately with the mesh heads. Ana is one of the four currently available bento heads at LAQ. I really love this head. The face is so sassy and flirty. I’ve added freckles, also by LAQ, which are really cute. Of course, it’s full on autumn here in Colorado with the aspens changing to yellow, so naturally I have a pumpkin spice latte, courtesy of Reign’s Fall Vibes collection at The Arcade. My hair is from Exile and you can find it at Collabor88 The hat is optional, but super cute so I had to wear it. I’m wearing eyes from [theSkinnery].

Ana

My shorts and cozy top are both Neve releases currently available at FaMESHed. My knee high socks are appliers from Izzie’s and the woven boots I’m wearing are from Reign’s second machine (Fall Essentials) at The Arcade. My bag is also Reign, and it’s rigged which makes me so happy. It’s from the same Fall Vibes gacha collection as my latte.

Autumn Adventress

Full credits, including decor, below!

~Lucie

Fashion Credits:
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
LAQ: Ana bento mesh head w/LAQ’s freckles applier (sold separately) tone 1.5
[theSkinnery]: Don’t Speak eyes 1
Exile: Break The Rules hair w/hat – Reds Collabor88
Neve: Dormitory top, Tawna shorts FaMESHed
Hello Dave: Fourth nail appliers
Reign: Doodle Cup Latte PSL #5, Fall Vibes Traveler Bag Sight See’r #9, Oxley Woven Boots fatpack – Rare
Izzie’s: Overknee socks applier
Infiniti: Better To See You With – Pose 4

Decor Credits:
Trompe Loeil – Le Fay Cottage w/garden (slightly modified)
JIAN Cat Pumpkin :: Smol and not smol, Napping
+Half-Deer+ Scattered Acorns – Bright – Big Group, Scattered Acorns – Bright – Long Group, Scattered Acorns – Dark – Big Group, Scattered Acorns – Dark – Small Group
Apple Fall Pumpkin – Fairytale IV, Pumpkin – Sweet Dumpling I
[DDD] Pumpkin – Saggy
[Brixley] happy halloween door mat (not sure this is available any longer)
{what next} ‘Welcome’ Pumpkin, Bellevie chair/firepit set, Apple Cider Tray
Cheeky Pea: Poetry Autumn Bench
Happy Mood: Garden Tree09 with Lights – yellow a, Garden Tree07 – yellow a, Garden Tree08 with Lights – orange c

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The Lovers’ Cottage

I fell in love with the brand new bed Half-Deer released for Collabor88. I wanted to do a super dreamy, frilly Valentine’s type cottage, and the bed was perfect for the room. The Garden Bard Abode from Trompe Loeil was small enough to be cozy for this scene, but has so many windows it would be bright and cheery, too. The calendar is from Pixel Mode, the kitty bed in the corner is from Alouette, the large rug in front of the bed is from brocante and everything else is Half-Deer!

Lovers Cottage

I’m featuring the new Painted Love Collection cats from KittyCatS in this post. If you don’t know KittyCatS, they are breedables (though you can opt to not breed, too) that are truly the best on the grid in my opinion. The KittyCatS team provides the best customer service, and there’s a reason they’ve been around – and relevant – for six long years now! Their website is a great resource if you’re interested in them. This is one of two special collections of kitties that you can buy through March 3rd. My personal favorite in this collection is called Cupid Disarmed. I love the little blue toe pads against the chocolate coloring of this kitten’s feets! His playmate is Birth of Venus, and in the background sleeping in the kitty bed from Alouette you can see two of the Paisley Love kittens. I’m doing a post featuring them next week, so stay tuned for that. But in the meantime, at the end of this post I will share the ad so you can see how cute they are!

Kitten Love

Below you can get a closer look at all five of the kitties available in this collection. From right to left, they are Cupid Disarmed, The Fisherman & The Siren, The Kiss, In Bed The Kiss and Birth of Venus.

Painted Love

~Lucie

Paisley Love Collection
(Click to veiw larger)
kittycats-paisley-love-with-names-ad

Credits:
Trompe Loeil: Garden Bard Abode
+Half-Deer+ Dreamrose Princess Bed – Vintage White Collabor88
+Half-Deer+ Heart Fairylight Balloons – Light – Group
+Half-Deer+ Lovely Heart Garland – Spicy – Short
+Half-Deer+ Slumber Lamp – Cat – Pink
+Half-Deer+ Valentine Side Table – Vintage White
+Half-Deer+ Frilly Heart Rug – Neutrals – Bright White
+Half-Deer+ Frilly Heart Rug – Worded – Welcome White (resized to be smaller)
+Half-Deer+ Frilly Heart Rug – Polkadots – Pink (resized to be smaller)
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter II – Cat Bed – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Scratching Post – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Toys Toys Toys – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Bowl of Fish – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Bowl of Kibble – Neutral
brocante. throw rug
Pixel Mode: Valentine Calendar – 2016
Alouette – Cat Daybed – Pink

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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!

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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