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

Bird Watching

The second I saw this adorable prop that oOo Studio released for The Seasons Story I knew I had to grab it. It’s a little vignette and it’s so cute. I decided to watch some cute little birds out the window while wearing my owl print Cupcake leggings from Blueberry. These leggings have the most amazing butt… seriously. This pic even got invited to a group on Flickr called Super butts of SL, and I was so proud. I feel like my butt needs a cape now. Anyway, back to the leggings… I fatpacked them (or really a friend sent them to me as a gift, to be accurate about it) and Blueberry recently added an upgrade to the fatpack that included something like 50 additional prints. It’s INSANE and totally well worth the investment if you’re big on leggings! I paired the leggings with boots from Just Because and a cute cropped sweater from Neve. I felt like I need a bird watching pal, so I rezzed a little kitten from JIAN.

Bird Watching

My hair is Ari from Truth, and this comes with a version without bangs but I’ve always loved straight, blunt bangs so they were a must for me! I did this second picture on January 20th, after seeing Hextraordinary’s adorable Courting Candle release for Fifty Linden Fridays. I thought if ever there was a day that we needed a little extra light in the world, it was the day Trump was inaugurated. My skin is a new release from Pink Fuel, Sabine. It has a bento version for the Catya head from Catwa, but I don’t have that head so I’m wearing the non-bento version on Dyana. I think it’s adorable, and as always it comes with so many options. Mochi really gives you so much for your money with her appliers/skins! My eyes are new from Buzzeri, and can be found at The Epiphany. I’m wearing the rare Storm shade, but all of them are lovely. I am also using the Vista bento hands in these pics.

He cannot put out our light

~Lucie

Credits

Fashion:
SLink: Physique Hourglass body
Catwa: Dyana mesh head
Pink Fuel: Sabine Catwa applier – Vanilla
Buzzeri: Okina eyes – Storm (Rare) The Epiphany
Buzzeri: Prom lashes for Catwa heads
Truth: Ari hair w/bangs – Reds
Vista Animations: Bento Hands
Neve: Buttons top – Lively
Blueberry: Cupcake leggings – fatpack add-on version
Just Because: Anna boots w/socks
oOo Studio: Winterview Vignette The Seasons Story
Hextraordinary: Courting candle – holdable version

Decor:
Studio Skye: Enchanted Woods trees
Pilot: Bird Apartments [Snowy]
Half-Deer: Northern Cardinals
JIAN: A Very Kitten Christmas – Ginger Tabby Kitten
Dysfunctional Designs: Frilly pine tree

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.

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I stand for peace…

When I first heard of the “I stand for peace” challenge presented by The White Canvas Gallery, I have to admit… my tendency towards cynicism won over. My first, honest thought? I’d love to stand for peace, but my legs are going to get awfully tired. But being me is complicated. Because even though I can be cynical (though I tend to prefer to think I’m just realistic), I can also be idealistic. So, I have said it before and I’ll say it now: I’m a realistic idealist. I can recognize when I’m being idealistic, but I refuse to give up the idea that there’s a place for idealism in this world.

I really like this quote, and not just because I consider Sara Teasdale to be one of the most underrated poets in history.

I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes. ~Sara Teasdale

I like to think I manage to do this most of the time. My life has been interesting and difficult. Full of love, but also challenges. However, I like to believe that, when faced with hardships, I find a way to make the best of a bad situation. To find the proverbial silver lining. So, even though I fear that we’re living in a time that will face far more violence before we achieve anything akin to peace, I also think we can find ways to look for peace from within, to take strength from the stories of others; of those who survive, of those who saved, of those who died so others might live. We can see the beauty that is always here, and remember the wise words of Dumbledore (via JK Rowling): Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

It seemed fitting to blog this challenge using one of the gorgeous hairs you can find at Hair Fair 2016. I feel that this event is an example of the best of humanity, of the goodness and love that exists in this world, and I mean the real one as well as our virtual one. Because, after all, this event benefits real life children. Also appropriate, I felt, was to use something currently available at The Epiphany – these adorable butterflies from Cubic Cherry Creations. For if ever the world needed another epiphany, the time would be now.

My hair is from Mina. I loved the windblown feel of this hair, and I’ve always been a huge fan of Mina’s red shades. My adorable capri pants are by Just Because for N21 and I’m wearing the N21 exclusive color, which will not be available when the event ends! The tank top I’m wearing is one of Neve’s summer offerings. My sandals are from fri.day, and fri.day has moved to a new location, so be sure to update your LM!

I stand for peace

Now I have to talk about this gorgeous new mesh head from Catwa. Bibi has such a sweet, youthful face. It felt perfect for this dreamy, peaceful look I wanted. I paired it with Glam Affair’s Gabriela applier, which is part of the Gacha Guardians event. If you’ve been looking for a mesh head with a young, soft vibe, definitely go demo this one. Bibi is a basic head, which means you can get the static version of it for just $L900. You can check out this image, which explains all of the various options available on Catwa heads.

Sweet Bibi

If you haven’t done the “I stand for peace” challenge yet, consider it. It’s simple, but powerful. And I was nominated by the lovely Saffie to do it, so really… I had to.

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Mina: Neah hair – Dark Reds Hair Fair 2016
Catwa: Bibi mesh head
Glam Affair: Gabriela applier – Asia 02 Gacha Guardians
Izzie’s: Catwa dimples applier
Nanika: Eyelashes Nata
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – Honey
Neve: Everyday top – baby
Just Because: Jen Capris – N21 Exclusive N21
fri.day: Dinah sandals – cloud
Cubic Cherry Creations: Flutter 21 – Dream The Epiphany
Infiniti: Carefree Pose 3 (slightly modified by the butterflies built in pose)
Location: Blithe

Rack ’em up!

I really wanted a t-shirt type dress because of Thomas Rhett’s song T-shirt. I mentioned that to Annie Melson, the talented creator behind Just Because and she liked the idea enough to do it! It’s called the Zoe T-Shirt Dress and it’s really freakin’ cute, as you’ll see below. I paired it with the special edition Harper clogs fri.day released for the Pulse Fundraiser. If you haven’t heard about this yet, it’s a great event to raise money to help the victims from the horrific shooting that took place in Orlando last month. Some really amazing designers have come together to donate their talent to help raise money. On top of that, there are auction boards… but more about that in just a minute. I wandered over to Blithe and found this really awesome scene. It was sort of dark and moody and sexy and it suited my mood and my outfit perfectly, I felt. I hopped up on the pool table, and while this table (from Apple Fall) does have built in poses, I decided to use a recent release from Infiniti for the pic instead.

Rack 'em up

My adorable hair is from Truth and it includes a version with a cat ears headband that’s just cute as hell. You can find it at The Fantasy Collective’s special After Dark round through July 15th. I’m wearing one of Catwa’s more recent mesh head releases, Helena. I love this face so much, and DeeTaleZ created an applier for it that is so beautiful it’s actually why I bought the head! The applier is called Fable. I have a LOT of mesh heads and appliers at this point, but this is probably my favorite combination yet. My necklace is from Cae’s current FaMESHed release, and it’s really lovely. I decided to mix up the metals and am wearing a combo of silver and rose gold. There’s also a choker that has gems and earrings available to go with this.

Scarlet Hustler

Okay, so now about the Pulse auction boards. There are a bunch of talented creators and photographers, along with some date boards… you can win some time with someone or win some amazing prizes. Like Blueberry fatpacks for life. It’s definitely worth checking out. Yours truly even has a board, and if you bid on me and win you’ll get early access to Whimsical, before it’s open to the public for a lag free shopping experience. I’ll also do your profile picture, and give you L$2500 in store credit at Repose, the pose store I co-own with my husband. And Sanura Snowpaw, who owns Somnia, generously added L$2500 in store credit to my board. It’s all for a good cause… 100% of the proceeds go to the fund set up by Equality Florida. So even if you don’t bid on me, consider checking out the boards and bidding on someone else!

And now, I’ll leave you with this…

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Helena mesh head
DeeTaleZ: Fable applier in mixedtype tone
Truth: Loni mesh hair – Reds The Fantasy Collective
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – Amber
Cae: Mila necklace FaMESHed
Just Because: Zoe t-shirt dress
fri.day: Harper clogs – buck Pulse Fundraiser
Infiniti: Happy pose – 2M (pic 1)
Glamrus: Sweetie pose – 7 static (pic 2)