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Heaven

I’ve been obsessed with the Julia Michaels song Heaven for the past month or so. It’s dreamy and sexy… and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head! So I decided to do a blog post inspired by the chorus lyrics:

No need to imagine
‘Cause I know it’s true
They say “all good boys go to heaven”
But bad boys bring heaven to you

I decided to give my malt a complete makeover… I will be featuring his look in a future post, so stay tuned for that. Then I found a sexy pose at Purple Poses, rezzed a Bueno skybox that was all white (made me think of the whole “heaven” part).

I decided to do a look that combined a bit of innocence with edginess, and I achieved that using LAQ’s Poppy head, which is utterly adorable with leather pants by Gos and a sexy denim and lace top from Just Because!

Bad boys bring heaven to you

I also wanted to do a pic alone, to better show off the leather pants and sexy top, and my cute Sabina sandals from Ingenue, which are currently at Collabor88.

Music makers

And, check out LAQ’s new glam lashes. Plus, I wanted to show off my Spring eyeshadow appliers from Izzie’s. These are part of Lookbook, a new HUD based shopping event, dedicated to cosmetics/eyes/skins. You can get the HUD for free on Marketplace and shop from the comfort of your own home! I’m wearing Cae’s Devotion collar, which you can get at ROMP.

Polly

More soon… including credits for my malt!

The song that inspired it all (video may not be available everywhere due to streaming rights)

~Lucie

Credits:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Poppy head, tone 1.5, Glam Lashes 03
Truth: Lele hair – Multitone 1
Izzie’s: Whiskey eyes – light grey
Izzie’s: Spring eyeshadow Lookbook
Cae: Devotion collar (was at ROMP, but should be in the mainstore soon)
Just Because: Daisy top
GOS: Liz leather pants (these were at the now closed round of FaMESHed, but should be in the Mainstore soon)
Ingenue: Sabina heels Collabor88
Purple Poses: Couple pose 612 (slightly modified with Animare)
Infiniti: Darling 2v2 pose

Scene:
BUENO-WhiteHall
Kalopsia – Neon – Dreamers

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Copper boom!

I know it’s been awhile. RL has been kicking my ass. First I had an unexpected complication from the surgery I had in March (which you’re welcome to read about here, on my personal blog). My thyroid got completely out of whack and if you’ve ever had issues with your thyroid you know the many ways this will affect you. Basically, a normal TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level is under 4.5… mine was 26. Yeah, it’s not good. I go back to have it rechecked in a couple of weeks, but it’s meant I’ve been exhausted, scattered (thyroid problems make concentration harder, add that to ADD and fibro fog and it’s not pretty) and overall, I just feel kind of… meh. I get moody when my thyroid’s fucked up and moodiness isn’t a normal state for me so I hate when I feel this way. It feels like my emotions belong to a stranger and it makes me feel raw and exposed.

Anyway, as if that wasn’t enough, my 86 year-old grandfather’s health took a turn for the worse in the past month. He’s been fading for awhile thanks to dementia… but the last couple of weeks especially have been horrible. He’s now under hospice care at home and I am both dreading his death and hoping it won’t be long now. I don’t want him to have to live this way, stripped of his dignity and independence. I am 1800 miles away and had hoped to see him in June (it was a bit up-in-the-air) but even if I get back east I no longer expect him to be there, except in memories.

I cope by doing one of four things: reading, listening to music, playing games with my husband or rewatching Gilmore Girls (which, tbh, I’m pretty much always doing). Copper boom! is a so-called Gilmorism from Season 4 of the series. It is a mishearing that becomes a thing they say that means “hurry up!” I’ve been feeling a need to hurry up, even as I’ve struggled to do so, and therefore it seemed appropriate to use the custom hud for the adorable Blueberry Lila sweatshirt tied around my waist (worn with matching jeans) to reflect my feelings. I grabbed my alt, who is appropriately currently named Lorelai, to pose with me using a pose by Infiniti. My adorable sneakers are from Ingenue. I fell in love with a pic of similar RL shoes and sent it to the lovely Betty Doyle who – much to my delight – made a version of them in SL!

Copper Boom

I’m wearing a top from Vinyl that reflects the coffee loving Gilmore Girls… to be honest, I’m not much for coffee myself unless it’s from Starbucks and has been seriously flavored somehow. I also had to show off one of LAQ’s new faces, Leia. LAQ recently revamped their heads and the way it works now is pretty cool. You can read the full details on their Flickr post, but the short version is that you now buy the heads separately from the HUD and once you have a HUD it will work with any of the heads. This saves you money if you’re someone who enjoys having multiple heads to choose from (and other strange things you don’t say in RL). The HUD has been updated, with new mocap animations.

Leia.

And here’s a headshot of my alt, wearing LAQ’s Ana head. I just love the pouty lips on this head.

Lorelai

Hopefully I will be back to blogging more regularly soon. I’ve definitely missed it.

~Lucie

Credits
On Me:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Leia mesh head + applier in tone 2.0
Truth: Panny hair – Reds Uber
Izzie’s: Winter eyes – Cinnamon
Vinyl: Daya cropped sweater – fatpack
Blueberry: Lila jeans and sweater – fatpack
Ingenue: Lollie sneakers – Peach Floral

On Lorelai:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Ana bento mesh head
Exile: Lush Life – Naturals (pic 1), Lust For Life – Natural Fusion (pic 3)
Buzzeri: Moody eyes – Storm
Neve: Crush bloom top
Blueberry: Frappe denim shorts
Cae: Presley choker and earrings
fri.day: Delilah wraps – Cloud

Infiniti: Blossom friends pose
Paper Rabbit: Pose 11 (pic 2)

Decor:
Pic 1
Little Branch: PoplarTree.v1{Animated}*4Seasons, Bouton d’or Pink{Rounded-Field}, Bouton d’or Lavender{Rounded-Field}, WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}, Bouton d’or Orange{Rounded-Field}, Bouton d’or Yellow{Rounded-Field}
JIAN:’dorable Danes 8. Blue Wander Pup

Pic 2
Cheeky Pea: Brother County Bridge, Brother County Cuddle Wall (PG)

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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.

Continue reading “Unwrapping a shiny New Year!”

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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

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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)

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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

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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