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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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

The heat is on

Summer is creeping up on us… or at least on those of us in the Northern hemisphere. In SL, you can’t escape this. Designers are creating gorgeous, must have summer items like crazy! What Next released this stunning outdoor bar recently, and there are two versions. One has all the alcohol and fruity summer drinks you might expect, but the other has coffee! I love this because it means this is a piece you’ll be able to use on an outdoor autumn or winter patio, too! You can barely see the bar in the pic below, since I was standing behind it, having a beer (which I despise in RL, incidentally). I definitely hope to shoot it again, from an angle where you’ll see it better. But you don’t have to wait! Click here to see the ad for this gorgeous release so you can get a better feel for what it offers.

I’m wearing Pink Fuel’s newly released Jacqueline skin applier for Catwa heads. I love this applier. As is always the case with Mochi Milena’s skins, it’s really soft. Plus, she’s one of the only designers I know who has body appliers that give you options for body type. So if you want your av to appear athletic, ripped or – in my case – curvy, that’s possible! This is a really nice touch that I wish more designers would offer.

My hair is Truth’s VIP gift from May. If you haven’t heard, Truth redid all his colors and textures, and I fell head over heels for this darker blonde with its honey highlights. I’m not sure I’ve ever been blonde in SL before, and I was never really tempted to be but this color might make an appearance again soon! Truth has also added “styling huds” to his new hair releases, which let you tweak the looks of the hairstyles. This is so cool and definitely adds some versatility. To see the ad for Kare (along with the inset style hud options), click here. As of this writing (June 4th at 10:20 pm SLT) the May gift is still available for VIP members. The VIP fee is $L350, which is well worth it for the fatpack of colors and the styling huds. Past VIP gifts can be bought for L$500 so even if you miss it, you can still buy it later. It’s one of those styles that’s so simple and effortless and I know I’ll use it a lot. I wish my RL hair looked like this, in fact!

My necklace is from Cae. It was released at the last round of ROMP, which is now over, but should be in the Mainstore soon. What I always love about Cae’s collars is how versatile they are. They’re great for people who maybe want to be collared, but with something less obvious, or just if you like the style! If you are looking for a pretty summer necklace, you can wear the version without RLV. This reminds me of some of the necklaces I wore in the summers in the last 90s, and I loved it right away.

My eyes are another color in The Skinnery’s Don’t Speak release available at Rewind through June 10th. The top I have on is part of Blueberry’s May Luxe Box bikini, which is adorable. The straps and inner fabric change independently of each other, and you can come up with so many great color combos, or do a mono look if you prefer!

Refresh

My sandals are fri.day’s release for The Arcade – because yes, another round of this beloved event is upon us! My little furry companion is also an Arcade release by JIAN. He’s pretty cute, isn’t he? My capris are from Decoy and you can grab them at the current round of Collabor88 before it ends this week.

Funshine

~Lucie

Full Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly mesh head
Pink Fuel: Jacqueline Catwa applier – Peach
Truth: Kare hair – VIP gift – Multitone Hud 1
Catwa: Mesh eyes
[TheSkinnery]: Don’t Speak eyes – 7
Izzie’s: Natural lashes for Catwa
Blueberry: Luxe Box bikini top (May 2017 edition)
Decoy: Bree capris Collabor88
fri.day: Nellie sandals – ghost The Arcade
Nylon Outfitters Art Nails: Fruit nails
Yummy: Love Spell ring set N21
Astralia: My half rings

Decor:
Pic 1
Cheeky Pea: Kara Gazebo – Medium wood
What Next: Palisades Outdoor Bar
[TUFF]: Large Reef with foam & spray- mossy
Happy Mood: Garden Tree09 with Lights – Blue Green a, Garden Tree08 with Lights – green c

Pic 2
What Next: Waterfront Dock with ladders (animations)
Dysfunctionality: Pastel Pathway – Medium
Trompe Loeil: Shelter Island Cottage Mint
Knot&co. Summertime Drinks – Lemon (rez) – Group Gift
JIAN: Cheeky Chihuahuas 8. White Wanderer The Arcade
Studio Skye: Wild Grasses, Beach Dunes

Spring Rebel

Cosmetics Fair is going on right now, and if you’re a makeup/applier/tattoo addict like me, this is something you definitely want to check out. Also, you still have some time to get to the current – and awesome – round of Collabor88 before it ends. I’m featuring items from both events in this post. First, I was utterly thrilled when I saw that [TheSkinnery] had a LeLutka applier at Collab. I love my LeLutka heads, especially Chloe, which I’m wearing here with Nora (and other strange sentences you don’t say in RL). My eyeshadow is a Cosmetics Fair release from Arte, which is a new-to-me store. I really loved the palette; it was all very spring-y pastels. The tattoo applier I am wearing is also from Cosmetics Fair, by Nanika, which is another new-to-me store. But I really love this tattoo. It has a black option, too. But for spring I kinda liked the idea of white! My eyes are by Song and are also available at Cosmetics Fair. I am really fussy about eyes and I love these, so if you’re particular like me, definitely check them out!

The recent updates to LeLutka’s bento heads includes multiple teeth options, and also comes with braces. I know this is going to sound SUPER weird, and I also know anyone who actually has or had braces is gonna say I’m crazy, but as a kid I wanted braces SO BADLY. I can’t explain it. It started in 2nd grade when a girl I had a crush on got a retainer, and I thought she looked so freakin’ cute. I used to make a fake retainer out of a paperclip (which I am sure was great for my teeth). So actually, suddenly it makes perfect sense why I had that obsession. But anyway. Yeah. I had to wear the braces lol. Oh, my manicure is also from Cosmetics Fair and it’s by Alaska Metro. You get a ton of options and variations with this applier, and it’s well worth the price.

Spring Rebel

My dress is a new release from Neve, and it’s so sassy! I love how short and sexy it is, and the color options are gorgeous. The one I’m wearing is in the Aura color pack and it reminded me of rainbow sherbet. My strappy, sexy heels are from fri.day and you can snag them at Collabor88. Also from Collab is my furniture set from What Next. The vase of tulips are also What Next, and can be found in the mainstore. My sweet little puppies are from JIAN at The Epiphany. You can snag my sassy Exile hair at the current round of Collab, too! I’m still playing with colors, and I really love the newly updated textures and HUDS. Check them out if you haven’t yet!

Spring Spaniels

Oh, one final note? I’m wearing the recently updated Maitreya Lara body, which now includes bento hands, complete with animations, one of which I’m using above!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body – bento version
Exile: Green Light hair – Natural Fusions hud Collabor88
LeLutka: Chloe mesh head – bento
TheSkinnery: Nora applier – Honey Collabor88
Arte: Blossom eyeshadow Cosmetics Fair
Song: Lexi eyes – Brow Cosmetics Fair
Nanika: Purpose tattoo – white Cosmetics Fair
Cae: Secure collar – Pearl
Astralia: My half rings
Alaska Metro: Dazzle manicure applier Cosmetics Fair
Neve: thrown dress – aura
fri.day: Rita sandals Collabor88
Elephante Poses: Gretchen #4 (1st pic modified by bento hands position) Pose Fair 2017

Decor:
Barnesworth Anubis: henlopen cottage
What Next: Palma set Collabor88 Emma Tulips Bouquet – pink + purple
JIAN: Splendid Spaniels 18. Upside Down Sleeper (on chair), Splendid Spaniels 19. Floor Snoozer The Epiphany

Paisley Love

I absolutely love all things paisley. In fact, in RL we just recently bought this paisley print rug to put at our front entrance. So when I saw that one of the limited edition Love collection kitties from KittyCatS was PAISLEY I knew I’d fall in love… and I did!

I mean, look at these cuties! How can you not fall for them? From left to right, the fur patterns are called: Disarmed, Charmed, Hypnotized, Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered. I seriously struggle to even pick a favorite pattern (but my love of purple has me leaning towards Charmed)!

Paisley Love Collection

I was also hoping to grab a snap of one of the kitties asleep with a toy, and I got lucky! This little sweetheart was sleeping with his teddy bear. The toys change, and you may see everything from a bear to a frog. They also frequently cuddle the toys. As babies, sometimes they sleep with a bottle! It’s utterly adorable, and just one more “attention to detail” aspect I love about these breedables. Also in this pic is the Rare wagon from the JIAN Love Pugs gacha at Gacha Garden (which closes on the 28th, so hurry and visit if you haven’t!).

Cat naps

This collection, along with the Painted Love collection from my previous blog post, is a limited edition and only available through March 3rd. So if you haven’t bought yours yet, hurry! You can grab them in world or on Marketplace.

KittyCatS Mainstore

Here are the individual Marketplace links. If you are unfamiliar with KittyCatS special collections, these work a bit like a gacha would. You can select the gender, but the fur pattern you get will be random.

Girl Paisley Love Kitten

Boy Paisley Love Kitten

Girl Painted Love Kitten

Boy Painted Love Kitten

~Lucie

Credits

Trompe Loeil: Garden Bard Abode
KittyCatS: Paisley Love cats
Limited Collection
Ariskea: Jane Tulips In Bloom – Waterlily
JIAN: Love Pugs 3. Pug Wagon RARE Gacha Garden
HEART: Daisies – Patch – Small

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!

Tumble in the hay

The title of this post is inspired by the stunning Tumble head from Catwa. I want to say this is a “new” release, but with how quickly she’s been releasing gorgeous new heads, it’s not that new anymore! So we’ll call it a “recent” release instead. What I love about Tumble is that it has this elegance and sophistication to it. Clean lines, smaller eyes than some of her more recent heads, a lovely nose… it feels very mature. And it works well with so many of the appliers I’ve tried it with so far! In this pic I am wearing Merry from DeeTaleZ in Nordic, and I think it lends a bit of soft sweetness to this face. I’m also wearing one of Exile’s two new releases for the current round of Collabor88.

Tumble in the hay

My cute top is also at Collabor88, from Blueberry. It comes in a wide variety of colors and the cropped tank underneath can be turned off and recolored, too, via the HUD. My comfy cords are new from Neve, and there are four color options. You can also hide the belt. You’ll find this – along with the rest of the first of Neve’s autumn collection – at their Mainstore. Finally, the shoes I’m wearing are by Reign (also at Collabor88) and… omg they look like they’d be so soft and comfy to actually wear in RL. And I say this as a devout (RL) shoe hater!

Harvest Time

On a final note, the talented Prue Genira is accepting clients for photography and did this gorgeous pic of me last night. It came out so pretty I had to ask if it would be okay to include here. If you’re in need of a new profile pic or portrait, definitely check out Prue’s work!

Me by Prue Genira

Credits
Fashion:
Belleza: Freya mesh body
Catwa: Tumble mesh head
DeeTaleZ: Merry applier – Nordic
Izzie’s: Catwa natural lashes
Buzzeri: Lens eyes – Jade
Exile: Southern Shade – reds Collabor88
Just Magnetized: Catwa hairbase 05
Blueberry: Madori Open Shirt Collabor88
Neve: artist pants – corduroy
Reign: Teeks flats Collabor88
Repose: Hay Day multipose prop

Decor:
Con.&floorplan. Windmill Hideout – PG – Green
Jian: Hillside Orchard -Cider Barrels, Apple Tree (High LOD), Apple Bucket (Spilled)
Dysfunctional Designs: Traditional Grass
Happy Mood: Sweet Garden Grass02 – gold
Little Branch: WildGrass {Autumn}
Studio Skye: Enchanted Woods trees
Botanical: Rectangle Hay Bale v2
we’re CLOSED: grass field dry 03 – round
Botanical: T2C Mesh Fir trees

Bandana Day 2016!

I am posting this much later than I’d hoped to… had some technical issues earlier with my internet sucking. BUT you do still have a bit four hours left to Hair Fair 2016, so you’re not too late to go grab some of the amazing releases, gifts and your very own Bandana Day bandana. Mine was created by the sweet and talented Izzie Button. Isn’t it adorable? Remember, the people who take the time to do these bandanas are giving their time and proceeds entirely to Wigs For Kids. It’s truly a great cause, and something I am always honored to participate in as a blogger. My necklace is coming to FaMESHed tomorrow and is by Cae. My Catwa mesh head Destiny and DeeTaleZ applier Patricia will both available at the Mesh Body Addicts Fair, also starting tomorrow. My lashes are Catwa appliers, which are also from Izzie’s. They were a recent Fifty Linden Friday item, but trust me… they’re worth paying full price for if you missed them!

Bandana Day 2016

My cute bikini top is another in Neve’s recently released swimwear collection, and my sexy jean shorts are from Just Because. The adorable collie pup by my side is available at The Epiphany, from Jian. The flip flops are by Reign, and as of this posting they are still only L$75 at the mainstore. Finally, I am wearing the newly updated Freya body from Belleza. All of the bodies – Freya, Venus and Isis – have been newly updated. I’m going to link to some YouTube videos created by the Belleza team below that explains the updates. But there’s also a fabulous post about it on the Mesh Body Addicts website!

Boardwalk Treat

Possibly the most exciting thing for many of you will be that you can now buy JUST the body you want. While the fatpack is still available, each body is also being sold individually. Definitely watch the first video if you’re interested in just one body type. It helps to explain it all really well. The new hud is really slick and sleek, and you can get further detail on that in the second video.

~Lucie

Credits:
Belleza: Freya Mesh Body *Updated*
Catwa: Destiny Mesh Head Mesh Body Addicts Fair
DeeTaleZ: Patricia applier – Nordic Mesh Body Addicts Fair
Izzie’s: Tropical Bandana w/Sunglasses Hair Fair 2016
Buzzeri: Serenity Eyes – Jade
Cae: Mila earrings, Dakota Necklace FaMESHed August
Neve: Swim top – Strapped – beach
Imeka: Italian ice cream with Cherry – 4
Just Because: Penny shorts
Jian: Countryside Collies – Companion Pup – Blue Merle The Epiphany
Reign: Summer flip flops – Tie Dye
Picture Me Pretty: Hailey pose – 2b
Location: Baja Norte