Festival!

With all the hype in the RL beauty world about “festival looks” I couldn’t resist doing on for SL. Also, it was the 20th anniversary of Lilith Fair, which I went to in 1997. My SL festival look is far more modern although there are some things that never go out of style (at least in my book), like strappy, flat sandals and long, flowing skirts. My skirt and top are both from Decoy and you can grab them at Collabor88. My sandals are by fri.day. They were at Summerfest, which has ended but should be in the Mainstore soon. My hair is Exile.

Blues Festival

I went to Lilith Fair with my then boyfriend, who wasn’t particularly memorable (or well, okay he was very memorable, but not for good reasons) but he did buy me tickets when I said I wanted them, so I have to give him credit for that. It was awesome. It was in Camden, NJ (which is not awesome, trust me) and we had seats on the lawn… which meant sitting on blankets. I won’t talk about the ways in which said guy embarrassed me that day (or others), but rather will focus on the epic entertainment spectacle I got to be a part of on that steamy Sunday afternoon/night.

We got rained on for awhile, but no one cared because we were having too much fun. Tracy Chapman was one of the performers that night, and although I sort of liked her, I was probably least looking forward to her performance… and she stole the damn show. No one was sitting during her set. She was unreal. Fiona Apple opened the mainstage and she was so newly popular at the time, and one of my favorites (Tidal is still an all time favorite of mine) and she was so natural and funny and I remember being in awe of her ease. She was about to officially open the show (there had been side stages all afternoon, one of which included Susanna Hoffs and how do you not LOVE hearing Eternal Flame performed live?) with all these major stars and she was just a teenager and it was pretty awesome.

So, in honor of this I decided to be bold and do some crazy lips… these dark blue lips are from [TheSkinnery], and are a group gift that work great with the new Alix skin released for LeLutka at Shiny Shabby. [TheSkinnery] recently updated their body appliers and the new ones are gorgeous (in the mainstore)… plus they’ve added three new skin tones. Here I am wearing the peach tone. I was also wearing one of the new tones in my last post.

Festival

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Chloe mesh head
[TheSkinnery]: Alix LeLutka applier in Peach Shiny Shabby, Alix lipstick appliers – Group Gift
Buzzeri: Shift Eyes – Sapphire – Galaxias version OMEGA applier on LeLutka Chloe eyes
Exile: All My Best Lies hair – Wild Fusion hud
Cae: Chelsea necklace
Decoy: Jade top, Monica skirt Collabor88
fri.day: Aquinnah sandals – Sailor
Infiniti: Carefree pose – 5M (pic 1)
Izzie’s: Headshot pose 8
Location: Izzie’s

In The Blood (slightly NSFW)

Have you ever heard a song that spoke to you so instantly that before it was over you were singing along with it, even though you’d never heard it before? That was me with John Mayer’s In The Blood. This song is about how our dysfunctional family relationships can impact our romantic (and other) relationships. There are 3 verses, and while I relate to all three, it’s particularly the second one that really resonates with me, because it describes my own father so perfectly.

How much of my father am I destined to become?
Will I dim the lights inside me just to satisfy someone?
Will I let this woman kill me or do away with jealous love?
Will it wash out in the water or is it always in the blood?

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Blushing Brides

A couple of months back I fell in love with this Eria gown from Dead Dollz. I knew immediately that it would make for a gorgeous wedding gown, but I eschewed the idea of white and went for the nude, as a play on the whole “blushing bride” thing. I’m wearing it with one of Truth’s recent releases. Like his other newer releases this one has a hairstyle HUD with several options. I love messy, curly updos. I’m wearing my Chloe LeLutka head with a Glam Affair applier that was part of June’s LeLutka Powder Pack. The bouquet and pose are part of Foxcity’s Flower bento pose set.

The Blush Bride

When I decided to do this blog post, I originally intended to use my malt. But since I was doing the post in June – LGBTQ+ Pride Month – I decided to use my falt instead. It’s something very important to me, and by complete coincidence I’m posting this on the anniversary of the SCOTUS ruling that overturned DOMA here in the US. It’s fairly well known that I’m bisexual. It worked out that my soul mate was a man, and getting married was not hard for us. But sometimes I can’t help but think, what if it had worked out differently? While I cannot imagine loving anyone other than my husband, there’s no denying that I benefit from living the life of a heterosexual. Since bisexuality isn’t visible, no one knows by looking at me. I never forget the privilege that I get because of that.

To keep with the non-traditional color scheme, I picked a formal gown from Just Because that felt beachy but still formal, in the shade antique. I’m wearing Ingenue’s Lisbet sandals that are at the current round of Collabor88. I picked a blue shade because I wanted to add just a touch of tradition but in a unique way! Her hair is also from Collabor88, by Exile.

Just Married

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
On Me:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Glam Affair: Barbara applier – America Powder Pack June
Izzie’s: Yonder eyes
Truth: Imani hair – Multitone Hud 1
Dead Dollz: Eria gown & shrug – Nude
Astralia: My half ring set
Hello Dave: Stardust nail applier
Foxcity: Flowers 7m big gown pose w/bouquet (pic 1)

On Maddy:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Bibi mesh head (non-bento)
Glam Affair: Catwa applier – Alessa 9 – Jamaica
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – Storm
Exile: Lust For Life – Natural Fusions Collabor88
Just Because: Mirage dress – Antique
Ingenue: Lisbet shoes – Arctic Collabor88
Infiniti: Seashore pose

Decor:
Trompe Loeil: Driftwood Wedding Archway
Tuff: Ruins Mountain – small v2

Lady of the lake

When I saw Decoy’s mermaid gacha for Lootbox, I was really excited. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a mermaid? This gacha has it all, including body jewels, a crown in multiple colors and a trident (neither featured here). There are gorgeous pastel color options that are more typically associated with mermaids, but I found myself surprisingly drawn to the black tail and shell bra. I decided to create an underwater scene that was like a lake, instead of the more expected ocean. Maybe it’s from reading Harry Potter so many times!

Lady of the lake

I’m wearing League’s recent LeLutka applier release (it was at Skin Fair, so if it’s not in the Mainstore yet, I imagine it will be soon). I really liked this applier, particularly because you get eyeshadow options ON the applier, meaning you can add eyeliner (it even comes with several eyeliner styles) or other shadow on the eyeshadow layer. That’s something I haven’t seen before, so I was pretty excited by that.
My hair is Truth’s current Uber release – Cheri – and it has two versions. One goes over both shoulders, but I opted for the version that only goes over one. I’m still having fun playing with different hair colors, as you can see! My eyes are Izzie’s recent Tokyo Lights version. The original darker ones and the Lights are both gorgeous. They also come with Catwa appliers, for those of you wearing Catwa eyes.

Upward

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Simone bento mesh head
League: Amaia LeLutka applier
Izzie’s: Tokyo eyes – Lights
Decoy: Sea Royalty Gacha Set Lootbox
Cae: Mermaid necklace
La Jolie Rose: Underwater Symphony – Pose 3 (slightly modified with Animare)

Scene:
Botanical: Maram grass, Kelp – Purple
Fanatik: Stoned rocks

The water understands

I love water. Maybe it’s from growing up on the East Coast (New Jersey), but for whatever reason I have always been drawn to it. In SL, I spent years living in the sky and desperately missed water, because in my opinion, the Linden water is one of the most beautiful parts of SL. Now that I have a homestead to decorate at my whim, water is always a big part of my sim design. Still, for this post I decided I wanted to “travel” in SL and I took the opportunity to visit Vintage Lace. This new sim is open to the public, but also has 3 residences, so if you visit please be sure to respect the privacy of the sim’s tenants. I’m wearing a playful, sexy new sundress from Neve that you can snag at Mesh Body Addicts, which is open through March 31st. My sexy sandals are from Reign, a recent release that includes 3 different styles of ribbons (ankle, shown here, knee high and thigh high). My bracelets are by Cae and are at Cosmopolitan until March 26th. I am wearing SLink’s Hourglass body with the highly anticipated, newly updated SLink hands, which are now bento compatible! The new Dynamic hands will replace your old hands, if you so choose. You can learn more on the official SLink blog post about this exciting release! I’m also using FATE’s bento hand poser, which is how I got my crossed fingers. It’s so much fun to have this added flexibility!

Monochrome Moonlight

This hair is a new release from Magika. I’ve loved Sabina Gully’s work for years, so whenever she releases something new I get pretty excited. The beautiful Catwa applier I have on is Cintia, new from [theSkinnery] and available at Ultra through the end of the month. It’s really lovely, and again it’s a skin that makes me feel a bit like a pixie. I added Izzie’s beauty mole applier and also Izzie’s natural crease set with eyeliner. I love how it helps define the waterline.

The water understands

The title of this post comes from a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

~Lucie

Credits
SLink: Physique – Hourglass mesh body, SLink feet – high, SLink Dynamic hands (fatpack)
Catwa: Kimberly mesh head
[theSkinnery]: Sona eyes – 6 (mainstore), Cintia applier – champagne Ultra
Magika: Fever hair – HUD 04
Neve: jaunt dress – stripe Mesh Body Addicts
Cae: Hana stacked bracelets Cosmopolitan
Reign: Arya heels – ankle version
Ploom: Fox pose 4 – curvy
Location: Vintage Lace

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

Just Darling

Just Because released this utterly gorgeous dress for The Liaison Collaborative. I’m not even biased because it’s called Jessica (my RL name lol), I swear! It’s just really stunning and the sparkles are incredible. I had a hard time picking a color, but ultimately went with the Rose Gold for this post. I paired it with Cae’s new Darling necklace, earrings and bracelet set you can grab at FaMESHed. My hair is Christine from Doe and you can grab it at Memento Mori. I love this style because it’s so versatile. It’s cute, but with the detailed braids and waves in the ponytail, it also manages to be very elegant. I’m also wearing the Love Potion particle hearts that Cole’s Corner has out at The Coven! I’m wearing “pure” but they come in three different colors, including black for those of you who may not be feeling very Valentine’s-y or pure. 😉

Spring Romance

I had to get the new(ish) applier Izzie’s released for the LeLutka Simone bento head. It’s soft and pretty and the price tag of $L599 is amazing, especially for what Izzie gives you. You get six each of eye makeup and lipstick options, plus freckles, moles or freckles & moles, and a wide range of eyebrow colors. I also wanted to show you one of the new Pink Fuel Fresh Lip Tints. These are so awesome. Each color has 5 options. One is full coverage, then there’s 75%, 50% and 25% opacity versions. Additionally you can tweak any of these with the LeLutka hud to get it even more custom (which I did in the pic below… I started at 50% and lowered it a bit). The fifth option is the dolly version, which is always adorable. My eyes are another pair of Buzzeri’s Okina eyes from The Epiphany. I’ve been a bit obsessed with this line! The Epiphany closes on the 15th, so be sure you scurry over to grab anything else you might want last minute!

Just Darling

I took both of these pics at the beautiful new Vintage Romance Bed & Breakfast sim. This sim is open to the public, but it does have rental homes. Please be courteous while exploring.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

~Lucie

Credits

Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Simone bento mesh head
Izzie’s: Daphne applier – Porcelain tone
Pink Fuel: Fresh Lip Tints – Palette 1
Izzie’s: Dimples for LeLutka bento
Buzzeri: Okina eyes – Seafoam The Epiphany
Doe: Christine hair – Candy pack Memento Mori
Cae: Darling collection – Necklace, earrings, bracelet FaMESHed
Just Because: Jessica gown The Liaison Collaborative
Cole’s Corner: Love Potion – Pure Heart The Coven
Hopscotch: Pose Me Pretty I – pose 2 (pic 1), Pose Me Pretty I – pose 4

Pastel Winter

Since my 2nd week in SL, I have been a redhead. I’ve done a handful of blog posts (often fantasy ones) where I used a different color, but even then I usually went for one with red highlights, if possible. But for some reason I found myself recently compelled to try something new. I decided that pastels would be pretty on this soft skin, with these lovely violet/rainbow eyes from Buzzeri (which are at The Epiphany). This is kind of a big deal for me, because I’m pretty sure that somewhere I’ve said – at least once – that Lucie would always be a redhead. And odds are, I’ll go back to red soon. But I want to experiment a bit first, I think.

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I would show you a closeup of Glam Affair’s pretty Hanna applier from Memento Mori. The important thing to know is that while there are a couple of pretty, more natural options on this skin, it also comes in versions with blood! Because Memento Mori, of course, is an event that has a macabre vibe. I do, however, appreciate that Aida Ewing did a couple of versions that were softer. The tone is Polar (which just so you know is NOT built into the Maitreya hud – I had to go get the appliers for it at the Mainstore. It’s also not built into the hud for Vista’s bento hands, so I have the Maitreya hands on here), which is so pale it’s kind of fantasy in and of itself, but this super soft makeup made it look so wintry and I fell in love with it. My hair is a recent Mainstore release from Truth, and my adorable Love Birds necklace is by Cae. It has two little leaves you can customize with initials of your choice (or you can hide one or both). Mine has an L and an R (for “Radagast,” my husband’s SL name). My lashes are Izzie’s for LeLutka, and I love all the different styles you get.

Time for a change

I also have to share the amazing Aurora dress that Annie Melson of Just Because released at Uber. The story behind this design is utterly adorable. Annie’s teenage daughter drew this design! So she made the dress in SL, and she’s paying her daughter for her work. Also, they plan to do more together! It’s just the loveliest story of encouraging her daughter’s dreams and being an awesome mom. I completely adore this. I have said it many times, but Annie is one of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve met in SL. And she’s so talented, a trait she and her daughter clearly share!

My shoes are Grace from Gos. If you missed it, he recently updated a bunch of his older shoes to be compatible with Maitreya and SLink bodies. I’ve always loved his work, so this made me super happy!

Pastel Winter

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Simone bento mesh head
Glam Affair: Hanna applier – Polar 06 Memento Mori
Truth: Miriam hair – Pastels (wow, it feels weird not typing “reds” there. Just saying.)
Buzzeri: Okina eyes – Rainbow (Rare) The Epiphany
Izzie’s: Lashes for LeLutka
Just Because: Aurora Dress Uber
Gos: Grace sandals
Izzie’s: (pic 1) Headshot – Pose 2 (long hair)
Picture This: (pic 2) Shy Chic – pose 2 Mirror

Decor:
Apple Fall: Confetti Balloons
Trompe Loeil: Eloise Conservatory + Pool
Studio Skye: Enchanted Woods trees

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!