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Pack ALL the things!

We’re getting ready to leave on a pretty major road trip. We’re driving from Colorado to NJ & NY to visit family… and we’re taking our dog, too! This is not a vacation, but it will be an adventure. If nothing else, packing for two people and a dog for a 12 day trip and fitting it all into our Jeep should be an adventure.

Which is what inspired this post. And this new jacket combo and new pants from coldLogic’s new release (available in the Mainstore) seemed like perfect traveling clothing. But first, I have to figure out how to pack ALL OF THE THINGS! Including my owl, of course. I mean, I am, after all, a witch. At least in SL.

I'll never finish in time!

I’ve been having a lot of SL issues lately. Anyone else? I keep having things rezz in and out and that has made blogging tough. Hopefully when I get back whatever is causing that will have magically been fixed. Hey, I can dream, right?

See ya in a couple of weeks!

~Lucie

Credits:
Fashion
Glam Affair: Alice Skin – Jamaica 04
Truth: Mireya hair – Reds
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Honey
coldLogic: becker jacket combo – ash w/pink top, 151 becker – ash
FATEstep: Carter Ballet Flats
SLink: mesh feet – flat, mesh hands – gesture & casual
Exposeur: Ramblin’ On – Set 1 – Pose 5

Decor
ROOST – Sunny Dale house
-tre blah- Bon Voyage – Suitcase Clutter RARE (past Arcade)
-tb- Bon Voyage – Stacked Suitcases (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – Tossed Clothes (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – What’s in My Bag RARE (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – Agenda RARE (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – OOTD (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – Tossed Clothes (past Arcade)
-tres blah- Hodgepodge – What’s in My Bag RARE (past Arcade)
junk. suitcase shelves. (past Arcade)
[Con.] Travellers Desk – Peg Board (past Arcade)
[Con.] Travellers Desk – Travelled Suitcase (past Arcade)
[Con.] Travellers Desk – Jubilees Travels (past Arcade)
{vespertine -used suitcase books} (past Arcade)
[Fetch] Lazy Rug – Square
+Half-Deer+ Great Horned Owl – Brown (Look Up)
8f8 – unexpected journey – All My Stuff Luggage TROLLEY – Hers
8f8 – unexpected Journey – Bon Voyage CAGE – Hers
{what next} Vintage Suitcases Stack
{what next} My Camera
{what next} Vintage Suitcases Stack
{what next} ‘Wanderlust’ Daybed
{what next} Pile of Photos Decor
{what next} Wanderlust Map Decor
[ht:home] bon voyage – travelling books
tarte. suitcase stack (spring)

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Bohemian Rhapsody

So, here’s a secret. I love boho style. Okay, maybe that’s not much of a secret, but it’s still true. So when I heard the latest round of Uber had a bohemian theme, I knew I was in glorious trouble… the sort that gets you grounded as a teenager but it is so worth it you don’t even care. That sort of trouble. Add in some things from the wonderful new Shiny Shabby event and I was a double goner.

First, a bit of decor. I love rugs. I think there tends to be a major shortage of well done rugs in SL. So when I saw the rugs Junk had done for Uber, I was elated and knew they must be mine. The flipped up edge of this rug made me think of the adorable puppy and kitten playing that Ispachi did for December’s Arcade. It seems like this is a rug that had been frolicked on! The pile of books is Zerkalo, from their gacha at Shiny Shabby, and the rose in the vase on top of that is from the floorplan/Consignment collaboration that is (appropriately) part of Collabor88 this round. The gorgeous drapes are also at Collab, from Half-Deer. And I have to say, I rarely buy curtains/drapes in SL. I’ve seen other people make them work in amazing ways, but I always feel like I fail. These were so beautiful I couldn’t resist, and I thought they dressed up the brick wall of my llorisen skybox nicely!

Boho Buddies

In the next pic you get a mix of fashion and decor… this insanely gorgeous skin, with its luscious pout is Alice from Glam Affair. Alice is available at both Kustom 9 and Shiny Shabby right now, but this particular makeup is from the Shiny Shabby edition. My hair is also from Shiny Shabby. It’s by Tableau Vivant and it’s the debut of a new “frizzy” texture hud. Which, btw, I love. Maybe it’s because I have naturally curly hair in RL… though my frizz never manages to look quite this, well… cool? The outfit is Foxes for Uber… the tops and skirts are sold separately and come in lots of colors. I’m not usually into gold, but this I liked enough to overlook the gold (and on the peach it’s kind of a rose gold more than a gold gold which helps). The posters and couch bed thingy (that’s a technical term) are both from tarte at the current Uber… the stars are from tarte from the last Uber. The scroll with the arrow is another of floorplan’s February Collabor88 offerings.

Boho chic

On a personal note, I’m finally off that wretched medication that was making me have near-daily migraines, and I’m feeling a lot better. So expect more from me in March than you got in February!

~Lucie

Credits:
Pic 1
Sway’s: Pohoda Wicker Chairs Uber
Junk: round boho rug – turquoise Uber
Ispachi: Cherished moments – Paws & Claws RARE (past Arcade)
Consignment & floorplan: Rose in a Bottle Collabor88
Half-Deer: Fairy Curtain – Tied – Cream Collabor88
Zerkalo: Pile of books 2 Shiny Shabby

Pic 2:
Glam Affair: Alice skin – American 01 Shiny Shabby
Tableau Vivant: Shiny Hair – Naturals 1 Shiny Shabby
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Honey
Foxes: Tarot top & skirt – peach tarte. boho corner lounger (sky) – PG
Cae: Anna ring
SLink: mesh hands – casual
Hello Dave: This Heart nail appliers
Pure Poison: Valeria necklace
Ploom: Kerosene pose 2 (curvy)

tarte: boho corner lounger – sky, boho wall art Uber
tarte: star string lights
floorplan: arrow scroll Collabor88

In both pics
llorisen: ciaran skybox

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The Writer’s Winter Retreat (Part 2)

This post is a continuation of my last one, which can be read here. Again, it’s graphics/credits heavy so I won’t say much!

This gorgeous set, from Pixel Mode for The Arcade, was part of what inspired the story and the scene.

The Writer's Desk

Mr. Mousley Comes Home

Snow Bunnies

A cozy corner

I’ll be tearing down the scene in the next couple of days… so if you want to stop by to visit it, you have until around 6 am SLT on December 28th!

The Writer’s Winter Retreat

If you’re interested in the contest results, you can read about the top three here. I was truly honored to come in second. Thank you so much!

~Lucie

Credits
Pixel Mode: Willow Log Cabin Winter, Candles – Birch, The Writer’s Room set (Writer’s Room set is at The Arcade)
Half+Deer: Mr. Mouse w/door and snow tracks- Earth Tones set, Snow Day Bunnies – Choco (Bunnies at Collabor88)
Junk: Fireside chair – Dark
What Next: Cedar Log Hatstand (shrunk down to mouse size), Charlotte End Table, Cabin Sign 1 – Welcome – rare (past Arcade release)
Alouette: Plate of Christmas Cookies
Aria: Adelaide decorative book and green tea
Apple Fall: Cottage Dining Stool, Cottage Dining Table
Sari-Sari: Gluehwein Mug, Portable Stove
Consignment: Rope Heart

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Dangerous Curves

I wanted to show off some gorgeous Blacklace lingerie and this super sexy Ma Vie pose… so I snagged a couple of victims, and voila.

My beautiful curly hair is from ISON for Hair Fair. I really love the curls he did. There are two curly styles, with subtle (but definite) differences. I am wearing Bee, because I liked the tucked-back-behind-one-ear-away-from-the-face style. My strappy, sexy sandals are from fri.day for the current round of Collabor88.

Dangerous Curves

~Lucie

Fashion Credits:
Glam Affair: Rose skin – Asia 07
ISON: Bee hair – reds Hair Fair
Blacklace: Phoebe lingerie – peach (Also worn are pink and lavender)
SLink: Mesh hands – Casual & Relaxed, Mesh feed – mid
Cae: Arabesque jewelry set
fri.day: Laura heels – sunset Collabor88
Ma Vie: Diaboliques pose The Liason Collaborative

Decor Credits:
tarte: studio skybox
DIGS: Vicomte bed The Liason Collaborative
Seven Emporium: Scoreboard
Collage: Better With Wine – Immortal
Junk: Recycled theater seats – lush

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Brave

So, last week I launched a new SL venture called Project EveryBody… and I issued my first challenge to everyone who wanted to participate. The challenge was fairly simple, at least in terms of requirements. I asked people to “be brave.” You can read all the details here.

I have big plans for Project EveryBody, and I’ve even bought a domain for it, with the hopes of translating it to the real world eventually. But for now, I’m content to see what it can do for us in Second Life. For now, here’s my take on being brave.

In March of 2009, I was out in SL at Redgrave. I’d taken the base avatar shape and made it my own… badly. I had no sense of proportions, but it was my shape, my (virtual) body. I was protective of it. One thing I had wanted, like so many, was to be some sort of idealized version of myself. I saw SL as a way to be things I couldn’t ever be in RL. Like, for example, leggy. My RL legs are short. I am not short; at 5’6″ I am taller than the average American woman. But I carry my height in my torso. It’s just the way I’m built, like my mother and grandmother before me. The shape I had created in SL was opposite that, and sort of the… Amazon warrior type, and certainly bigger in width and fat than most avies.

Well, back to Redgrave. Some assholes decided to taunt me in public and call Lucie fat. There was a LOT of uninvited commentary about my “fat” shape, and I was furious. Fat? What they hell were they talking about? These people clearly didn’t know what “fat” meant. But, truth be told, in comparison to other SL avs, Lucie was fat. And that’s okay because fat is merely a physical descriptor, not some sort of bad word. It’s like saying (in RL), I have brown eyes. Yep. I do, thanks for noticing. Now, in this case, they were being bullies and jerks about it, and I didn’t really know how to reply because the concept that I was being bullied for how my pixels looked was kind of mind blowing.

I didn’t change my shape because of their assholery. But, over time, Lucie’s shape DID change. Why? Well… I sucked at editing prims and sculpties and nothing.ever.fit. I was frustrated. Didn’t I already deal with this crap enough in RL? Why did I need to deal with it in SL, too? So gradually, Lucie “lost weight,” so to speak, and as she became smaller I lost a big part of who I – the person behind the avatar – was. I was actively working with an eating disorder therapist in RL when I began SL. I was learning to accept and love the RL me, regardless of size. And by shrinking Lucie, well, I sort of caved to a mindset I was so desperately fighting in the real world. When Standard Sizing for mesh came out, Lucie was between a medium and a small. But closer to a small. Instead of embracing the larger size, I shrunk her even more. For a long time she was a small, and occasionally, even an extra small. Now… you need to understand the secret thrill I felt. I’ve literally never been a small in anything. I was a big baby (8 lbs, 6 oz) and I was a BIG kid. Here, let me show you.

Brownies

Guess which girl I am? Okay, yeah the only one with my face not blurred. But also, by far, the tallest, heaviest and overall biggest. And we’re all the same age. This is first grade. I wore a woman’s size 8 shoe by third grade. Nothing ever fit me right.

So, in SL… when I could be a small! Why wouldn’t I? And that’s a valid question, and it’s fine and fun to be in SL what we can’t in RL. Except in my case, it caused me angst, and played into an unhealthy mindset I’d worked too hard to escape.

I realized over time that I didn’t really feel like ME. So, I became a medium, but resisted becoming a large. If Standard Sizing has a flaw it is that the jump from medium to large is pretty freakin’ dramatic. If you look at the differences between small to medium and medium to large in terms of slider points, it’s significant. So, the jump from a small to a medium didn’t feel so major. But to go from a medium to a large? It felt like putting 60 pounds on my avatar in a few short clicks, and part of me resisted that for a year, even though another part of me secretly craved to make Lucie even more fuller figured. And then… then I saw this picture from Lauren Minuet.

Forget about it

While I vehemently disagree with the notion that to look like a “real woman” a person (or avatar!) needs to have “curves,” or that a thin, slender, or athletically built woman is somehow less “womanly” or sexy, I saw this picture and just fell in love. Lauren just oozes sensuality here, and it made me realize that, despite what I’d told myself, I could be a bigger, fuller figured, curvier avatar and NOT feel frumpy or somehow… less than. I could be more like the real me, the me I’d spent so much time working to love just the way that I am, right now, today. I talked to Lauren (who is one of the sweetest people ever) for some tips and advice (mainly I wondered if she was wearing a large or using fitted mesh – she usually wears large, though the dress in the above pic is from a store that doesn’t use traditional standard sizing). And I tweaked my shape dramatically. And I love it.

Going from a medium to a large should’ve been a huge transition, but it felt so… right – at least once I’d realized it was what I wanted, and opinions of others (and especially of my own inner voice that wants to hate on my own body, virtual or real) be damned. Sure, I’m often the biggest avie in the room, but that mirrors my real life, so it feels right. It feels natural. And it’s okay if I’m the biggest, just as it would be if I were the smallest. Admittedly, it can be infuriating to find clothes that fit my new shape properly (because it seems designers don’t always use the exact measurements for large standard sizing and/or don’t make alphas to work with their large sizes). And forget about poses! We need more curvier poses, people. And AOs. Please, AOs! But I digress. So what? These are minor details, minor inconveniences. I feel sassy, sexy and utterly luscious. I feel more like myself. And, not to sound like a McDonald’s commercial here, but I’m loving that.

So, for my “Be Brave” look I picked this outfit from Gizza because of the bold, vibrant and non-matchy colors. I used to dress that way as a kid in RL. At first people made fun of me (not that I cared), but this was the 80s and dressing that way became a trend not long after I first began to do it (which made me do it less, hah). I stopped wearing bright colors like this in RL years ago, and in part I realized it’s because I felt I shouldn’t try to stand out, that I should try to hide my fat body. Somehow, this carried over into SL. I’d bought this outfit in a “safer” color option, even though I wanted, desperately, the vibrant colors you see here. So right after I issued this challenge, I ran back to Gizza to grab the color I’d wanted all along (though they’re all pretty awesome). I picked the hair because I’ve always felt I “couldn’t pull off” these angled bangs sort of styles. The pose is one from Ploom, one of the stores I know of that does does provide curvy avie friendly versions of their animations, and the pose just says, to me, hey, here I am. Take me or leave me, but I’m not hiding anymore!

Brave

I also used a skin that I feel has a more mature face, Simone from Curio. I even got crazy and tried to find some tattoo layer crow’s feet, but I couldn’t find any that weren’t awful and cartoonish. I even made my Mon Cheri Falsies lashes brown instead of black so they’re not quite so dramatic and somewhat closer to a more realistic RL lash look (at least for me).

I'm no heroine

Finally, I have to leave you with a snippet of a song by Ani DiFranco. I love the entire song, and I’ve linked to a YouTube video below. But this particular part resonates with me very strongly (though that’s true of plenty of Ani songs).

I’m no heroine
at least, not last time I checked
I’m too easy to roll over
I’m too easy to wreck
I just write about
what I should have done
I just sing
what I wish I could say
and hope somewhere
some woman hears my music
and it helps her through her day

(For the record, if it helps men that’s awesome, too)

If you want to participate in this challenge, by all means, jump on board! And be sure to share your posts on the challenge page in the comments.

~Lucie

Credits
Note: I am doing a home decor post of this scene in the not-too-distant future, so I’m just doing fashion credits here, but feel free to ask about things if you’d like to know where they are from in the meantime.

Curio: Simone – Makeup 6 – Sundust
IKON: Promise eyes – Moor
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Wasabi Pills: Betty hair – Cinnamon
Gizza: Suspenders outfit – Vibrant
Cae: Cupcake ring, Ascend bracelet
SLink: Mesh hands – casual & mouse, Mesh feet – medium
LVLE: Elena pump – Viridian
Ploom: Strike 1 – Curvy

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I’m in heaven

Skin Fair 2014 has begun! And anyone who knows me understands that, for me, this is SL heaven. In this post I have two gorgeous skins to show you, and I decided to take advantage of Skin Fair to also show off some lovely Blacklace lingerie!

First up, you may have heard all about SLink’s awesome new mesh head, Visage. There are two versions of Visage available at the moment, and I am showing you Becky. The incredibly awesome thing about this mesh head is that Siddean Munro of SLink has allowed other creators to make appliers for it, just like with her mesh hands and feet. Oh, the other awesome thing is that unlike the mesh heads I’ve tried in the past, you wear your own eyes with this head. Since I am really freakin’ picky about eyes, this was something that simply delighted me.

Glam Affair is among several stores to have released appliers for Visage, and their first release is a version of the brand new Romy skin that is having its debut at Skin Fair! I am wearing the Becky head with the Romy applier in the pictures below.

Daydream Believer

Here’s a closer look! I am using the open mouth facial expression. There are plenty of fun options, and I’ll show you some more in future posts!

Dreamer

Another skin that I fell hard for is the new release from League! Erin is just gorgeous. In fact, I couldn’t decide which makeup I loved most, so I uhm, fatpacked it. I decided to pair Erin with one of Blacklace’s St. Patrick’s Day offerings because it just seemed appropriate.

Irish

And here’s a close up of this gorgeous new face!

Erin Go Bragh

I have plenty more to show you from Skin Fair. You’ll find Glam Affair on Sim 1 and League on Sim 2. For more info, including Sim Maps, please visit the Skin Fair 2014 blog!

~Lucie

PS. Skin Fair is using a script counter. Please be sure to remove any unnecessary scripted items before you tp in. This is done to help reduce lag and make the event more easily navigated by all.

Credits
Look 1
SLink: Visage mesh head – Becky
Glam Affair: Romy skin – Jamaica – Romy 3 for SLink Visage head Skin Fair
Truth: Haters hair – Reds
IKON: Promise eyes – Metal
Blacklace: Spring Fling lingerie – Boudoir & Blue Floral
SLink: Mesh hands – casual
DIGS: Aisling bed and bedside tables
fri.day home: bookstace & photo
junk: double book lamp 1
LAQ Decor: Scandinavian Villa

Look 2
League: Erin skin – pale feline w/lipstick 3
Wasabi Pills: Emma hair – Cinnamon
IKON: Promise eyes – Moor
Blacklace: Lil Miss Patty lingerie set
SLink: mesh hands – casual, mesh feet – high
SySy’s: Samya shoes – Gold
Cae: Promise necklace
Embody: Stand In poses 1 & 3

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Homeward Bound

It’s been a while since I did a home blog post, so I have a few pics to share. I’m not feeling very chatty tonight… shocking, I know! So, I’m just gonna give ya the goods.

This beautiful bed from Kuro was for The Theme Park’s Vintage Romance edition, which comes to an end tomorrow at 11:59 pm SLT. I checked with Luana, though, and this will be available in her mainstore soon, too!

Vintage Dreams

I’ve blogged these recycled theater chairs from Junk before, but I just adore them, so I incorporated them into my living room again.

Bright Ideas

This is the loft space in the Trompe Loeil Sparrow Hill Lodge for Collabor88 for January. You have just a few days to go grab it (and lots of other goodies) at its discounted price. I wanted to make an artist’s loft.

The Artist's Loft

This new living room set from Sway’s comes in two color palettes, warm & cool. Plus, there’s a special Valentine’s Day version at a newer event called The Collage, so check that out, too. This is the cool version.

By the fire

~Lucie

Credits

Pic 1:
Kuro: Vintage Dreams bed & lamp
Cheeky Pea: Bridge’s Dresser
Pixel Mode: Crono Chair – white, Flower Wire Floor Lamp
Junk: Wanda magazine table – oak
floorplan: open heart book

Pic 2:
Cheeky Pea: Big Bang Periodic Table Wall Art
Junk: Recycled Theater Chairs – vintage, Arrow shelf – wood, Pulley Light
Llorisen: Papy clock shelves w/books – ash

Pic 3:
Cheeky Pea: Painter’s Armchair
Vespertine: Crafty working table, artistic supplies
Second Spaces: Craft Room stamps, papers, ribbons, punches, paints, crafts on the go (former Arcade items, now in mainstore)
What Next: Florence shelf w/drawers – arty
Apple Fall: Paint can, Canvas rack – painted
LISP: Paint Me A Picture Easel 2

Pic 4:
Cheeky Pea: Crail Bookcase – Chalk
Sway’s: Caroline living room – cool