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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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

Treasure Hunters!

Wizarding Faire ends in mere hours. This is the final day, but I couldn’t resist showing a few last goodies! This adorable dress is from The Little Bat, and it comes in various colors that represent the various houses of Hogwarts. I’m wearing the Gryffindor (or “lion”) colors. Anya Ohmai outdid herself with the creation of these adorable nifflers. Nifflers, as you may recall from The Goblet Of Fire, are adorable little treasure hunters that Hagrid introduces his students to during Care Of Magical Creatures. As you can see, there are many different options, both for rezzing and holding (there’s a second pose for holding not pictured here), and they come in a variety of colors. They are truly adorable, even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan (though that idea makes me sad, lol). My shoes are a new release from fri.day, available at Shiny Shabby. My hair is from Wasabi Pills, for the current (and soon to close) round of FaMESHed.

Treasure Hunters
I also promised in this post to show you the inside of the adorable little build Larkham & Co. did for Wizarding Faire. The stained glass windows are so lovely. The fireplace is empty, and I thought it a perfect place to rezz the floating candles available in The Little Bat’s Wizarding Decor gacha. These actually move, by the way! Also available at Wizarding Faire is this incredibly cool clock from EDYN. It’s based on the Weasley Family clock in the books. Like that clock, you can feature family members on this one! It has a hud and easy instructions, and it’s just SO COOL. So go check that out, along with all the other goodies at Wizarding Faire, before the magic comes to an end later tonight!

Watching the clock

~Lucie

Credits

Pic 1

Essences: Aribeth – pale 2 w/lipstick 5 (sold separately)

Maitreya: Lara mesh body

Buzzeri: Moka eyes – chocolate

Wasabi Pills: Whitney hair – Cinnamon FaMESHed

PXL: Funny glasses – Turtle – RARE (these were available at Candy Fair and may not yet be in the mainstore)

The Little Bat: House dress – Lion Wizarding Faire 2015

fri.day: Susie Q shoes – coal Shiny Shabby

!Ohmai Emporium: Nifflers (all colors and all stances pictured, except Hug A)

Turnip’s: Sky environment w/fall texture add on

Jian: Ash tree

Trompe Loleil: Rivershire Waterwheel

Infiniti: Sweet pose 01

Pic 2

Larkham & Co.: Little Wizard Cottage Wizarding Faire 2015

The Little Bat: Wizarding Decor Gacha – floating candles, detention table Wizarding Faire 2015

EDYN: Wizarding family clock Wizarding Faire 2015

KittyCatS breedable cat (my beloved Meowzers)

Lady of the Keep

I was inspired by Peqe’s beautiful gown from The Conquest. I have this gorgeous build from Dysfunctional Designs, and it’s a skybox with a surround which I just love because I can just rezz it and use it right away without worrying what’s out the windows! In this case, there’s also this gorgeous water feature built right in, and I knew it would be a perfect scene for this lovely dress.

Whispering waters

I am wearing one of the new releases Wasabi Pills has for The Conquest, and Cae’s gorgeous necklace which can be found at the event as well. The skin is from Glam Affair, another makeup of Eles, which I previously blogged here. This skin is a gacha, available at The Conquest, which I always like because I can pass off extras to alts.

Lady of the Keep

I should note that this dress has the arms positioned this way (and your arms will need be completely alpha’d out to wear it), so the poses I’ve used are not represented in their true form.

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Eles skin – Asia 09 The Conquest
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Wasabi Pills: Keira hair – Cinnamon The Conquest
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – Storm
Peqe: Arabello gown – Blue The Conquest
Cae: Conquest necklace The Conquest
Repose: Shy pose 5 (pic 1)
Infiniti: Female basics 09 (pic 2)
Dysfunctional Designs: Khan’s Keep skybox

Freckled

I didn’t dive too deeply into my inventory for my newest round of Raid Your Closet, but these are things that met the criteria! Most of these things I’ve had just a few months. But hey, newer things need love, too, right? Like I this beautiful, freckle-faced DeeTaleZ skin I bought earlier this year, and never once wore. I love freckles on other people, like my beautiful sister Peppersley. I just don’t usually like them on me. But this time, I did.

Trace my freckles with your fingertip

My dress is a fairly recent release from coldLogic’s spring line. This may sound weird, but I love the creases. The attention to detail is just one of the things I always love from the coldLogic designers. Also, it’s worth noting I am wearing this dress, in the standard sizing large, with my Maitreya Lara body without any issues. Just had to alpha out a few parts, and voila! My strappy, sexy sandals are from Livalle, and this beautifully bohemian hair is from Tableau Vivant.

Waiting for my dinner date

~Lucie

Credits
DeeTaleZ: Maxine Skin V2 – Nordic w/tintable lip layer brightness 2
Tableau Vivant: Diana hair – reds
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – hazel
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Lara Hurley: Black eyeliner – waterline (came with Fae skin)
Lovely Alien: Eyeliner (came with Starry Eyelashes)
Maitreya: Lara body
Izzie’s: Body freckles applier for Maitreya body
coldLogic: Dame dress – coral
Livalle: Modig sandals – brown
Repose: The Look pose 2 (pic 1)
Infiniti: Elegance pose 4 (pic 2)
Location: Blithe

Stop and catch the fireflies

I’ve been working on a beach in the sky, and it’s been a fun challenge. But I decided to take a break from that for some fun, and dug into my inventory for some oldies but goodies for the Raid Your Closet Challenge.

My top is from coldLogic. I freakin’ love that store, and whenever there’s been a sale, I have gone and stocked up. But because a girl can only wear one outfit at a time (unless said girl has a knack for accidentally wearing folders, but we won’t discuss that), I rarely even wear half of what I buy. Imagine me facepalming here. Because I am. But it’s on sale! And someday I might need it! Well, the last time there was a sale I grabbed this adorable top because I love stars and I dig the back detail… and I also love this top because it’s ever so subtly sexy with the hint of side boob in a shirt that otherwise is best described as cute. My shorts are from erratic, from a couple years back, but I still love them. Especially because I’ve always had a thing for mail, and look! I’ve got stamps on my butt.

Stop and catch the fireflies

Oh, and the awesome house you can see a bit of, which I am in the midst of decorating, is from Barnesworth Anubis for the current round of Collabor88. It’s really pretty and reminds me of Emily Thorne’s beach house on Revenge.

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Rose skin – America clean
Truth: Wren hair – reds
coldLogic: kemp top – blue
erratic: Briony shorts – stamps
SLink: mesh hands & feet
fri.day: Wayfaring sandals – vintage
Infiniti: Fireflies pose & prop 10

Decor
Barnesworth Anubis: Hamptons house Collabor88
Happy Mood: Sweet Garden Grass02 – gold
Studio Skye: ocean sand textures, sand dunes
Botanical: Marram Grass – Medium – Grn Br
Trompe Loeil: Driftwood Pathway Planter Hanging 2 (Logo) FaMESHed

If Cersei were a redhead…

I was inspired by this Tableau Vivant hair for We ❤ Role-Play's 3rd birthday bash (happy birthday!), and it seemed like a perfect fit for Cae’s beautiful new Baroque cross available at Fit For A Princess and Junbug’s gorgeous gown that’s at The Countdown Room! To pull it all together, I found a new RP sim called Era of Conquest where they have done stunning build based on King’s Landing. I was very pleasantly greeted and assured that it was fine for me to take a photo there! If you’re into Game Of Thrones and SL roleplay definitely check it out!

I am also wearing PXL’s newly updated Sweet Lips mouth. There’s an open option as well, which I am sure I’ll play with in a future post. But I thought this sulky, pouty closed mouth was perfect for this look. I’ve never worn a mesh mouth before, and to be completely honest I’ve never liked one enough to wear one before… but the updated Sweet Lips shape is really, really pretty, as you can see for yourself.

If Cersei were a redhead

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Katra skin – America 01
PXL: Sweet Lips 2.0
Tableau Vivant: Cersei hair – reds We ❤ Role-Play
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – ice
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Cae: Baroque necklace Fit For A Princess
Junbug – Lady of Shallot – Cobalt The Countdown Room
Infiniti: Fluffy pose 03

Skin Fair 2015

Now that the weekend crowds have settled a bit, this is an excellent time to check out what is one of my favorite events of the year… yep, Skin Fair 2015 is open! With two sims full of beautiful skins, this is a skin addict’s fantasy come true.

Flounce has three new faces, but my favorite was Sera. I liked the lips, as I felt they were a bit different than many you see in SL. My eyes are another find at Skin Fair. This year there are tattoo creators, makeup creators and yes, even eye creators at Skin Fair. These are from Adored. I am really fussy about eyes. I wore the same brand for years and I wound up really tired of them, so I began the hunt for something different and new. I’ve been wearing Buzzeri ever since, and I do love my Buzz eyes. But I also don’t want to be in a rut, so when I saw these I was intrigued and decided to try them. These definitely pass the Lucie Is Picky About Eyes exam, and I will absolutely be wearing them again. In fact, I’m wearing another pair from the same line in my next pic!

Sera by Flounce

Belleza is among the many more familiar stores to have a new face at this event. Tess has really pouty lips, which I always like. The gorgeous necklace I have on is from Cae for the current Fit For A Princess. Here you also see another pair of the Adored Moon eyes you can find in the Adored boot at Skin Fair. Aren’t they stunning?

Dressed in jewels

The second of these pictures was taken at Harlow Heslop’s absolutely stunning sim Blithe. You can read more about Blithe on Harlow’s blog here. For a small fee you can join the group to have rezz rights, which is absolutely awesome for us bloggers.

I will have more from Skin Fair soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, for all the details, including maps and slurls, please see this post on the official SKin Fair blog.

~Lucie

Credits
Pic 1:
Belleza: Tess skin – pale 05 Skin Fair 2015
Tableau Vivant: Sherilyn hair – Frizzy Hud Naturals 1 Collabor88
Adored: Moon eyes – Mid Brown Skin Fair 2015
Cae: Regal necklace Fit For A Princess
Izzie’s: Headshot – Pose 2

Pic 2:
Flounce: Sera skin – Champagne 06 Skin Fair 2015
Truth: Dulce hair – Reds
Adored: Moon eyes – Mist Skin Fair 2015
Izzie’s: Headshot – Pose 3

For Amy

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ~Albus Dumbledore

Amy, you are proof this is true. Your strength and courage and openness as you battle for your life is remarkable and admirable. You are a beautiful warrior. You are all the cliches that are corny but exist because of people like you… because sometimes you just can’t find better words for someone.

My life has been better because you’ve been a part of it. You’re dedicated, determined and devoted in your work, and I believe that this will carry you far in everything you do, especially this.

Your talent has brought joy and light and geekiness and laughter to my SL homes. Your kindness has made me believe that, in a world so often dark and cruel, there is light and gentleness yet. I am honored to consider you my friend.

I sincerely hope Leaf on the Wind makes your London dreams come true… because you deserve to have all of your dreams come true.

Love,
Lucie

My outfit is by Somnia and will be available at Leaf on the Wind when it opens on January 10th. Both the top and skirt include a hud to change the colors, and both are available in lights and darks.

For Amy

London Bound

If you are unfamiliar with Amy’s story, and the goal of the Leaf on the Wind event, please visit the Leaf on the Wind blog for more info.

Credits
Fashion:
Belleza: Mae TLC – Fair makeup 5 w/gloss 2
Tableau Vivant: Celestia hair – reds Collabor88
Buzzeri: Lillian eyes – Chlorine
Somnia: Squidgy Jumper – Lights, Cheerio skirt – Lights Leaf on the Wind
Cae: Eternity ring, Interlaced Collar (collar is new for Romp @ mainstore)
Hello Dave: Dark2Nude Ombre nails for SLink
SLink: Mesh hands – casual, Mesh feet – Mid
Livalle: Oxford heels – grape
Schadenfreude: Chibi Cat – Sweetie
Infiniti: Basics pose 10

Decor:
Alouette: Letter Tiles – Live Love Laugh
Mudhoney: Ophelia Console Table – tobacco
Dust Bunny: vintage frames, twinkley twigs
Dysfunctional Designs: Mountain Lodge Retreat