Welcome summer!

It’s officially summer (for those of us in the northern hemisphere at least), and here in Colorado it has felt like it for days. It’s been unseasonably warm (and we have no ac because most summers we don’t need it). So I couldn’t resist something that felt super summery and comfy in SL. I wasn’t really going for vintage, but it just sort of all fell together, and the look I put together wound up being really vintage. I feel kind of like a pinup girl from the 50s! My hair is one of Exile’s Collabor88 releases, and the Resort theme for this round definitely has a retro vibe. My top from Just Because is also at the current round of Collabor88. The adorable kitten heels I’m wearing are Ingenue’s Dorothy shoes for Vintage Fair. These are only compatible with SLink’s Kitten feet. You can wear the feet even if you wear a Maitreya body, and the shoes made for these feet are always adorable and often feel a bit retro. My shorts are by Neve and are also definitely have a retro vibe, and you can find them at FaMESHed’s June round.

Long hot summer

Now, I have to get to something I am so crazy excited about… LAQ’s newly released Gaia bento mesh head. Now there are a lot of mesh heads out there, so you might wonder what’s special about this particular head. Well, I have an answer for you. It has motion capture animations and they are SO DAMN CUTE. LAQ did a video on their YouTube channel that shows the animations, and it’s definitely worth a watch. I managed to catch this shot mid smirk… and thought it was adorable! In addition to the motion capture moods, there are multiple static poses that are good for photography. I am also wearing Cae’s latest release, Kitten. This necklace and earrings set is for sale at Cosmopolitan. I’m only wearing the necklace, but trust me when I say the earrings are every bit as adorable!

Gaia by LAQ

I really, really love this head. It’s so cute and soft. It took me a bit of playing around to get my shape the way I wanted. To make it easier, I used measurements from 2 of the 5 included shapes as a base and worked from there. But once I got it how I wanted, I was just in love. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I definitely recommend demoing it to see if it suits you. I can’t wait to see what appliers are released by both LAQ and other designers.

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
SLink: Physique Hourglass mesh body, Dynamic mesh hands and Kitten mesh feet
Exile: Be My Baby – Natural Fusion HUD Collabor88
LAQ: Gaia mesh head (w/included brown eyes) – Skintone 1.5
Cae: Kitten necklace Cosmopolitan
Just Because: Luma tube top Collabor88
Neve: Leyla shorts – Neutrals FaMESHed
Ingenue: Dorothy kitten heels Vintage Fair
Infiniti: Breeze pose 1m

Decor:
What Next: Sandbridge Ice Cream Cart – Pink & Green, Waterfront Dock with ladders
Trompe Loeil: Shelter Island Cottage Mint, Marin Lighthouse
Forest Floor: Alder – Lush (Legendary)
JIAN: Beach Corgis – Beach Towel RARE

Rose Gold

Rose gold is hot right now. I didn’t set out to do a post with a rose gold theme, but suddenly I realized I’d put together a look that was pretty rosey and a bit gold, so I went with it! I am wearing a new Mainstore release from Just Because. This jumpsuit was inspired by the recent Fleur gown release. Like the gown, there’s a sheer lace top version (which I’m wearing) and an opaque one. I love that gown, but I really love the jumpsuit! Especially since it lets me show off the cute Lykke heels Ingenue released for The Arcade.

I never promised you a rose garden

I am also wearing a new Mainstore release from Exile (I am sooo loving all the Mainstore releases lately!). Exile now has hair that is bento animated, and Over The Edge is one of them! It’s pretty cool, and especially if you’ve missed the movement of flexi hair you should check it out. There is also a static version included, but I have the animated version on, and was trying to capture the hair as it moved the furthest from my body so the static version may seem slightly different. My lipstick is a release from [TheSkinnery] that is available at The Chapter Four event. My eyes are yet another color of the Don’t Speak pack, also from [TheSkinnery], and currently at Rewind for another 24 hours or so. After that, look for them at the Mainstore. My Catwa head applier (Cristy) is also from [TheSkinnery]. The poses I used for both pics are both by Luxe and are available at the current round of Uber. These poses include curvy versions, for which I am very grateful. It’s often a challenge to find poses that work with my curvier shape, so whenever I see a store that does curvy versions I make a note of it!

Rose Gold

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Matireya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly bento mesh head
[TheSkinnery]: Cristy applier – honey, Don’t Speak eyes – 6, Birkin lip applier
Exile: Over The Edge hair – Wildcards hud
Just Because: Fl
Cae: Anna ring
Yummy: Love Spell ring set N21
Hello Dave: Dainty Doll nail appliers
Ingenue: Lykke shoes – Ballet The Arcade
Luxe: Sonya poses 6 (pic 1) & 5 (pic 2) – curvy versions Uber

Decor:
ANC: “secret garden” ROSE goth/blood
JIAN: White Tail Deer – Female Adult (Animated)
Happy Mood: Garden Tree06 – Light Colors c, Cliff Hill – flower A, Garden Tree08 with Lights – green a
Forest Floor: Alder – Lush

Goodbye Blithe

You may have heard the sad news that Blithe has closed. I visited last night to take on final pic. I love printed canvas sneakers, and these floral printed Ulla sneakers from Ingenue won me over as soon as I saw them. They remind me of the Keds I loved so much as a teen. My jean shorts are a recent Mainstore release from Just Because. More stores have been doing Mainstore releases lately, and I have to say I’m finding it refreshing! I love events, but I miss the days of discovering things at a Mainstore, too. Speaking of Mainstore releases, my hair from Exile is another recent one! My cute, strappy tank is from Neve and you can find it at the current round of The Liaison Collaborative.

Goodbye old friend

Last month [TheSkinnery] released a new Catwa applier called Lily. I loved it immediately, but it took me ages to get my shape tweaked just right for it. I’m finally thrilled with it, and of course that meant it was picture time! I’m also wearing Catwa eye appliers from [TheSkinnery] which are available at Rewind’s 1980s Roller Rink round. In addition to the Catwa appliers, there are also mesh eyes for those that prefer them.

Sunshine in her eyes

I will truly miss Blithe. Some of my most favorite pics were taken on one of the sims of Blithe, and I am really grateful to Harlow and Jess for their hard work on it.

~Lucie

PS. Did you notice my hair is kinda reddish again?

Credits:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly mesh head
[TheSkinnery]: Lily Catwa applier – Honey tone w/Lily lip kit lipstick
[TheSkinnery]: Skin Essentials for Catwa (blush)
[TheSkinnery]: Don’t Speak eye appliers – 1 Rewind
Veechi: Catwa Lashes
Exile: Breakeven hair – Natural fusion
Neve: Fetch top – Neutrals The Liaison Collaborative
Just Because: Lisa shorts – ripped version
Ingenue: Ulla sneakers – Flora
What Next: Hampton Dock Pillow – Yellow Floral

The prodigal blogger returns

Hi! I’m back… and I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was quiet and lovely, just the way I like it.

So today I want to talk about the amazing Tannenbaum Market that opened this past week and runs through December 25th. This event features awesome designers with lovely holiday and winter goodies. There’s also one of the coolest gacha ideas I’ve ever seen… but I’ll get to that in a moment.

First, my outfit. It’s Valentina E. Couture, the sweater top is optional (the dress itself is strapless) and it comes in 4 colors. I chose the evergreen, and paired it with Ingenue’s cozy socks and flats. I love these socks because they have cuffs that are fitted to the Maitreya body (and also SLink Physique, fitted mesh and unrigged versions). I suck at resizing things, and with my fuller figured av, I always have to. The shoes are so cute and they look comfy as hell. I want a pair in RL, tbh. My wreath of lights is from Ohmai, also at Tannenabaum. It’s texture change and there is an unlit version, too.

Tis the season

Now, about the tree and the gachas at Tannenbaum. The tree is undecorated, in the stand, and was made by Botanical, and is available for sale for just L$250. It’s well worth it, as it’s gorgeous. But beyond that, the gachas are ornaments and decor designed especially for this tree! Which makes it easier to decorate. I love this idea so much. I love the concept that friends and SL families can come together, each with their own ornaments and decorate as a group. It adds a level of realism to a virtual world that I never even thought of before, but it’s such a lovely touch. I know some of you are gacha weary, and I feel strongly that they have their time and place (like gacha exclusive events such as The Epiphany or The Arcade), but this one is SO sweet and lovely. It was a brilliant idea, and I hope others have fun with it. I’ll be doing closeups of the ornaments featured on the tree in a later post because they’re too beautiful not to be seen close up.

The stockings on the mantle are from Lost Junction, also at Tannenbaum. I love the shape, the colors… they’re super adorable and realistic looking.

More soon…

~Lucie

Credits:
Fashion

On Lucie:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Jessica mesh head
Lara Hurley: Christy applier for Catwa – rose pale
Eula: Daria hair – reds
Buzzeri: Duo eyes – Forrest
Ohmai: X-Mas Lights Wreath – Serious – Lit Tannebaum
Valentina E. Couture: Noell sweater & dress – Evergreen Tannebaum
Ingenue: Edmee loafers – Hollyberry & Twinkle Toes socks Tannebaum

On Sephie:
Clef de Peau: Robin – tone 4 w/stubble tattoo
Exile: 6th Avenue Heartache – Raven
I.D.: September eyes – Amber
FATEwear: Cooper shirt – Tundra, Peter pants – Lagoon
FATEstep: Owen moccasins

Repose: Gifting group pose and props (with two poseballs hidden)

Decor:
Barnesworth Anubis – Maitland house (modified)
Fancy Decor: Wooden Snowflake B Tannebaum
R(S)W: Christmas Card Row Tannebaum
Lost Junction: Hangy Socks – Green – Stocking A, Hangy Socks – Red Print – All, Hangy Socks – Green – Stocking B Tannebaum
JIM: Rustic House (Christmas) Tannebaum
Botanical: Fir Christmas Tree Tannebaum
Silence: Tree skirt – red (Rare) Tannebaum
Studio Skye: Falling snow system (snow seen out of the window created with this amazing system)

(Details on tree decor in future post, but feel free to ask questions in the comments if you can’t wait!)

Avatar In A Box Challenge

So, I read Berry’s blog post where she participated in a challenge presented by Vanessa Blaylock called Avatar In A Box. It’s inspired by a cool, real life art installation, and as soon as I saw it, I knew what I had to do.

I just had to be me.

You see, I regularly wear boxes in SL. I also frequently wear houses, or entire folders, or attach things instead of deleting them and go flying across my parcel to the object. Yes, even in SL, I am a world class klutz. It’s okay. It’s part of my charm. 😀 In fact, this morning I was gifted a Trompe Loeil giftcard. And I was wearing the box within seconds of it landing in my inventory, and I can’t even tell you HOW it happened. I’d have taken a pic of that for this, but it was on my head and I didn’t want to hide my pretty skin from Glam Affair for Collabor88 or the adorable hair by Tableau Vivant.

So, without further ado… my challenge pic. This is totally raw, as I uploaded it straight from SL to Flickr.

Avatar In A Box Challenge

This is a fun challenge, that will undoubtedly result in lots of creative, intriguing entries. Definitely one to follow, even if you don’t participate yourself!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Glam Affair: Sia II Ice – Asia Tone Collabor88
Buzzeri: Lillian eyes – Avada Kustom 9
Tableau Vivant: Neve hair – reds
SLink: Mesh hands – casual, Mesh feet – Natural
Ingenue: Chloe flats – Buffalo Plaid Red
Tee*fy: Noel Sweater Dress – Grey, Soft Wool Jersey Leggings – Plaid Inspiration Point Hunt Gifts

Decor:
Dysfunctional Designs: Mountain Lodge Retreat, Holiday Giftbox – Rectangle Flat, Fireplace Tools, Lil’ Holiday Picture Tree
Scarlet Creative: Rustic Lace Table
Tres Blah: Soiree food items The Arcade
Cheeky Pea: Lucille sofa, coffee table and candles
Tarte: Snow White Rug
Trompe Loeil: Roanna Sleigh Seat White With Blanket
Lost Junction: Holiday Party – Fruit Punch Bowl RARE The Arcade
ISPACHI: Florian – Sleeping Puppy In Basket RARE (past Arcade)

Wynn the Wombat has Wanderlust

This weekend marks the opening of the Wild Things Gacha Festival. I have a couple of adorable items to show you from that (and more to come), and I combined them with some of the Collabor88 items from the current round, which has a safari chic theme. Also, Hair Fair ends this weekend, so be sure to get there and check it out. Remember, each purchase helps raise funds for Wigs For Kids, which is a fabulous charity. I’m wearing one of the styles from Eaters Coma. I love braids, so this style was right up my alley. Wynn the Wombat is from Schadenfreude (name not included, lol) and clearly she has wanderlust and wants to travel with me. She’s stomping down the overly full suitcase from Kuro (at The Theme Park’s Summer Vacation edition) while the giraffe from Sway’s for Wild Things looks on curiously. And all of this is happening inside the stunning Rivershire Watermill Trompe Loeil has out for Collabor88.

Wynn the Wombat has Wanderlust

~Lucie

Fashion Credits:
Glam Affair: Rose skin – Asia 07
Eaters Coma: Hair 52 – Mauve pack
tres blah: Khaki blouse – orange, Khaki shorts – sand Collabor88
SLink: mesh hands – casual, mesh feet – natural
Ingenue: Explorer sandals – earth Collabor88

Decor Credits:
Trompe Loeil: Rivershire Waterwheel Collabor88
Sway’s: Shelf Seat – Giraffe (rare) Wild Things
Schadenfreude: Chestnut Wombat Wild Things
Kuro: (Un)packing The Theme Park
Lark: Safari chair – Linen Collabor88

Oh, the horror

Horrorfest 2013 opened this weekend! This timely event is not only full of fun, freaky goodies. It’s also a fundraiser for the Epilepsy Therapy Project. In addition to lots of awesome items for sale, and gachas Horrofest also features a hunt. For more info you can check out the official blog.

For Horrorfest, Infiniti Poses has an awesome gacha set called Victim featuring poses with chalk outlines. These also include cement slabs, so you can create your own “stage” for the pics. I went to PSY City to shoot mine, so I didn’t need the cement. My dress is Sakide’s donation item for Horrorfest. This dress has two versions, and I am wearing the shorter one. I’m also wearing the cute SLink compatible tights fri.day has for the Horrorfest hunt.

The Future Looks Bleak

Glam Affair has released “Horror” versions of three skins, including the popular Neva, Candy (which was Glam’s gorgeous Arcade skin) and their gorgeous brand new release Vera. In this post, I am wearing Candy Horror 02. These skins are available at the Mainstore, and include special appliers in the skin tone for all your SLink, Lolas and Phat Azz needs. My hair is the newly released Harley from Truth, and I love it. I have a thing for short styles, especially when they are all sexily mussed up like this one!

Oh, the horror

Be sure to check out Horrorfest before it ends for all your spooky fun Halloween needs.

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Candy – Horror Edition 02 B
Mon Cheri: Falsies Lashes
IKON: Kaleido Eyes – Snow
Truth: Harley Hair (less vol) – Reds
Noodles: Widow Necklace
Sakide: Wilds Dress – Red V2 Horrorfest
fri.day: The Birds Stockings Horrorfest
SLink: Medium feet, Casual Hands
Ingenue: Lydia Slingbacks (for SLink feet) – Night
Infiniti Poses: Victim 06 (pic 1) Horrorfest
Pretense Poses: Dead Sexy 03 (pic 2) Horrorfest

The Hoarder’s Hideaway

This is going to be short and sweet, but I wanted to blog this adorable bit of newness from fri.day home for tomorrow’s round of The Neighbourhood. The Hideaway comes in two versions. One (the one featured here) includes lights. The bedspread is texture change, with multiple options to help you perfectly match your decor.

I decided to take advantage of this adorable little hideaway to show off some of my Arcade stash. But don’t get any ideas… these puppies (and cats, pwnies, and otther animals) are all mine! The chibi cats are from Schadenfreude. The “pwnies” are from Silentsparrow. My pups are Intrigue. The chipmunk is from MishMish and the carved deer is from HalfDeer. If you click through to Flickr you can see the names of each of these little critters, should you desire to add any of ’em to your collection. Oh, and my cute flats are SLink add ons from Intrigue for The Arcade, too!

The hoarder's hideaway

My hair is also from The Arcade, by Exile… and this utterly gorgeous skin is from Glam Affair, and also for The Arcade.

A bit of autumn candy

Be sure to stop by fri.day tomorrow (September 7th) to grab this gorgeous and adorable hangout for just L$200!

~Lucie

Credits
Skin: Glam Affair – Candy 02 – America w/freckles layer (The Arcade)
Hair: Exile – Just A Reason – 5 Dark Reds (The Arcade)
Eyes: IKON – Ascension – Brown
Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Fantasia
Top: Tee*fy – Olga Sweatshirt Dress – Peach
Leggings: Maitreya – Footless tights – Coconut
Hands: SLink – Mesh – Casual
Feet: SLink – Mesh – Flat
Shoes: Ingenue – Paola SLink add ons – Peach (The Arcade)

That razzle dazzle birthday bash…

It’s really hard to believe that it’s been two years since Collabor88 began, but it has! This baby is growing up fast… and it just gets better and better. Collab – as so many of us affectionately call it – has consistently been my favorite monthly event since its inception in August 2011. That hasn’t changed, and in fact with this birthday bash round, the designers have just outdone themselves. First of all, the theme of Razzle Dazzle is awesome. I love all the vintage clothing and furniture. Secondly, Cory Edo of Trompe Loeil built this gorgeous birthday building for the celebration. It’s truly spectacular, and when the crowds die down (that could be a while!), it’s worth popping over for a visit just to see the building… but bring your wallets because you will want to shop, too!

I have lots to show you from Collabor88’s 2nd birthday round. Let’s consider this first post a warm up, shall we? Everything aside from my SLink hands and feet, my eyes and eyelashes is available at Collab… even my pose!

This dress from Auxiliary is just so cute. I love all the jeweled colors in comes in, and the studded collar gives it a touch of edgy modern flair, which I’ve come to expect from Aux. My shoes are from Ingenue, and they require the SLink medium mesh feet, but they’re utterly adorable and available in tons of colors.

It's like a dream

This skin is a 20’s inspired version of Izzie’s brand new Kaelyn skin. I’m not sure when the full release of this skin is coming, but you can snag several versions of it at Collab’s birthday bash in the meantime! Oh, notice I’m not a redhead? I know… I was shocked, too. But this look wanted dark hair, and well… once in a while even I want to be different! The hair is from Alice Project, and it’s utterly adorable. Also, here you can get a better look at the studded collar I mentioned on this dress. Oh, by the way… if you buy this dress, be sure to wear panties with it, as the alpha doesn’t cover, erm… your bits. Of course, if you’re channeling Sharon Stone ala Basic Instinct, then by all means, skip the panties. 😉

Plum Perfect

Finally, here’s a close up of the Ingenue shoes. I love the details on these flirty little shoes. The bows are so sweet and sassy.

Kick up your heels

More to come! I know many are still having trouble getting into the event, as the sim has been full, but you have time to get to Collabor88 before the round is over. It’s one you don’t want to miss! Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the gallery on the Seraphim blog post!

~Lucie

Credits:
Skin: Izzie’s – Kaelyn 20s edition – Purple (Collabor88)
Hair: Alice Project – Mary (Collabor88)
Eyes: IKON – Ascension – Plum (Collabor88)
Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Fantasia
Dress: Auxiliary – Studded Cocktail – Plum (Collabor88)
Shoes: Ingenue – Pickford Heels – Plum (Collabor88)
Hands & Feet: SLink mesh
Nails: Izzie’s – Metallic – appliers for SLink hands
Pose: Kirin – Florence 1 (pics 1 & 4) & 6 (pic 2) (Collabor88)