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New Year’s Heartbreak

I took these pics on New Year’s Day. I was feeling a bit down, so I decided to do a blue sort of scene, with a play on words… “Happy Blue Year.” For a lot of reasons, New Year’s is tough for me, but it was more than the usual this year. I just felt in my gut entering 2018 that our beloved pup was unlikely to make it to 2019. He was diagnosed with a heart condition late last summer and the truth is, at one point I didn’t even think we’d get one last autumn and holiday season with him. But we did… and yet, I knew it was probably the last. I did my best to make the most of it.

Unfortunately, I had no idea how right my gut was. His condition took a sudden turn for the worse and Thursday morning we had to say goodbye. We’re heartbroken. I’m shattered and utterly devastated. I don’t know how to do this… to live without my baby here. I know time will help me figure it out but I also know I’ll never be the same. Having to say goodbye was brutal… the coming weeks, months, year will be brutal, too. But never having had him would’ve been worse. He made more than a quarter of my life brighter and better. I’m forever changed by having had him in my life.

I don’t have it in me to do a lot more than explain this, share my pics and list credits. But I wanted to get this posted before it got any further into 2018.

Happy Blue Year

hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you

And I made a collage of our baby, which I also wanted to share here.

Our beloved Flashdog

And on a final note, a song that’s been helping me cope a bit, particularly the quote “hold on to the memories, they’ll hold on to you,” which happens to be the title of the headshot. It appropriately came on the radio as we drove home from the vet Thursday morning, and while I sobbed through it, it was also cathartic somehow. Music is magic for me, so I am using it to get through this, as much as I am able.

~Lucie

Fashion Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Scarlet bento head, Luna skin applier, glitter eyeshadow applier
Foxes: Party headband – Happy New Year – Silver (plain version included)
Exile: Persuasive hair – Reds
Izzie’s: Winter eyes – blues & greys – blue
Cae: Northstar necklace and earrings (group gift)
Decoy: Lianne dress
Ingenue: Lucia heels – Navy
ChicChica: Care To Drink – Champagne glasses and bottle (pic 1), Drink on my own – glass (pic 2)
Embody: Footloose 3 pose (modified by props)

Decor Credits:
Trompe Loeil – Keithia Tower V1.2
[ keke ] 2018 rosegold . high lod
[ keke ] champagne jello with gold dust
[ keke ] black caviar
[ keke ] white caviar
[ keke ] pink champagne jello with lavender dust
[ keke ] edible gold
[ keke ] glitter sphere . big . rotating
+Half-Deer+ Christmas Set – Ice Blue – FULL TREE SETUP
:::ChicChica::: Bottle REZZ
Cheeky Pea: Country Home Coffee Table Winter
Cheeky Pea: Winter Isle Sofa (PG)
Cheeky Pea: Winter Isle Rug
Elusive: Hanging Pails with Lights Red

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Horrors

After 3 rounds of DRD’s Shadow Box I can honestly say, I utterly love this box! Getting a dark and light version of similar items is a ton of fun. I thought Halloween would be a perfect time to use October’s Dark version of their awesome bathroom collection. Just Because has a fabulous group gift bloody version of their Giselle gown available. I’m wearing Doe hair from The Epiphany and eyes by Izzie’s. My nail applier and rings are both from Collabor88. The rings are from Yummy and the nails are Nylon Outfitters.

The honeymoon's over

I also took a pic of my attic. I’m using Disorderly’s gacha collection called Abandonment. It’s so fabulously creepy that it seemed perfect for my haunted house. You can come visit if you haven’t! It will be open through November 11th. If you visit and take any pics, please share them in the Flickr group!

Credits:
Pic 1
Fashion:
Maitreya
Catwa: Koura bento head
Pink Fuel: Adeline Catwa applier – Vamp tone
Doe: Devilish hair – Monotone HUD The Epiphany (Through November 15th)
Cae: Blood necklace
Izzie’s: Angel eyes – White, Body blood & Wounds applier, bloody lips applier
Just Because: Giselle bloody gown (Group Gift)
Yummy: Nightmare rings Collabor88
Nylon Outfitters: Vampire Ombre nails for Maitreya Collabor88
Elephante Poses: Sabrina 6

Decor:
Roost: Sunny Dale (Ladder Attic) House
DRD: Shadow Box Series 01 – Radiator – Dark, Series 01 – Bathtub – Dark, Series 01 – Bathmat – Dark, Series 01 – Dirty Laundry – Dark,
+Half-Deer+ Deadwood Tree – Ashen – C (lights)
JIAN House Spider :: Lurker (enlarged using script menu)

Pic 2:
Roost: Sunny Dale (Ladder Attic) house
Disorderly: / Abandonment / Small Crate / Heads, / Abandonment / Pile / Torso, / Abandonment / Worktable / RARE, / Abandonment / Pile / Head, / Abandonment / Pile / Feet, / Abandonment / Pile / Arms, / Abandonment / Small Crate / Hands & Feet, / Abandonment / Pile / Feet, / Abandonment / Big Crate / Legs, / Abandonment / Head Shelf, / Abandonment / Pallet / Torso, / Abandonment / Pile / Lower Body, / Abandonment / Hanging Display / EXCLUSIVE (only available during The Epiphany with points) The Epiphany

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

October has been a rough month for me in RL. I’ve been sick with a sinus infection, we had some more health issues with our beloved pup, my husband hurt his foot and my RL sister is dealing with some sort of health problem that as yet is undiagnosed but has produced some scary symptoms. I took a bit of an unintentional blogging break as a result and poured myself into my personal sim. Decorating relaxes me for some reason. But our dog is doing as well as he’s been since all of his health stuff began in late August (I’m almost afraid to even type this, but currently this is the longest we’ve gone between vet visits since all of this began on August 22nd) and so, October is ending on a high note. Plus, last night in SL I was the maid of honor in one of my best friend’s wedding!

Miraculously, both Rosa and I were ready long before the start of the wedding so I had a chance to snap a few pics of us together. I figured it was a good chance to blog us together, which I’ve been wanting to do for ages anyway.

Rosa was a beautiful bride! She’s wearing LAQ’s Ana bento mesh head and a Junbug gown.

My friend, the Bride

I returned to my redheaded ways thanks to an Exile updo, and I chose a LeLutka head for the wedding. I didn’t want to be too matchy… I wanted the bride to have the chance to stand out! My gown is a new release from Just Because that I adore.
My gorgeous Gleam eyes are from Buzzeri and you can win them from their gacha at The Epiphany through November 1th. Each win includes a ticket you can exchange for a copy version of OMEGA appliers, which is an option I really like. Each eye color also has two versions.

Friendship

My sim, In Omnia Paratus, is currently open to the public through November 11th! I hope you’ll come visit and take pics. There’s a haunted house, a pumpkin patch and plenty of cozy fall nooks. If you do, please share your pics in my flickr group! It’s my hope to open it again in December.

~Lucie

Credits
Rosa:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Ana mesh head
Buzzeri: Zodiac eyes – Jade
Magika: Meadow hair – Hud 1
Cae: Entwined collection headband and earrings
Junbug: Olenna skirt & top – Ivory

Me:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Greer bento head
Glam Affair: Nicola applier for LeLutka – Asia
Buzzeri: Gleam eyes – Amber The Epiphany
Exile: Class Act hair – Reds
Cae: Kitten 2 earrings and necklace
Just Because: Phoebe Gown

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I’m just chewing gum

Recently, I happened upon a new-to-me artist named Nina Nesbitt and her song Chewing Gum. One of the lines is “cuz I’m a made-up mess in a backless dress” and well, I was already wearing this sexy backless dress from Neve, which you can grab at Uber through September 23rd on and it just seemed like kismet. I styled the rest of the look around the sexy, peppy song. My hair is a recent Mainstore release from Truth called Lady, and it includes multiple styling options, which you can see here. The killer red heels I have on are from Ingenue’s Cosette gacha at The Arcade, and this is just one of 16 colors to collect!

I'm a made-up mess in a backless dress

I am also wearing a new skin applier by [theSkinnery] for Catwa heads. Karen is available at Ultra through October 8th. I really like this skin. I love the messy brows and the soft sheen it has. There are also really cute crinkles around the eyes, which make me happy. While I can appreciate the absolute flawlessness of some of the skin appliers you find in SL, I also really love seeing the realism offered by creators like Umazuma Metaluna who owns [theSkinnery]. My gorgeous, bold jewelry is Cae’s Anika set which is available at FaMESHed through September 27th.

Chewing Gum

Below you can watch the video and listen to the song that helped inspire this post. It may not be available in all countries.

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Catwa: Koura bento head
[theSkinnery]: Karen Catwa applier – Honey tone Ultra
Truth: Lady hair – Multitone 1 hud
Cae: Anika jewelry set FaMEHSed
Neve: Dre dress Uber
Ingenue: Cosette heels – Rouge The Arcade
Buzzeri: Moonstone eyes – Midnight Catwa Appliers
oOo Studio: Fever Pose 6 (pic 1) and Fever Pose 7 (pic 2)
SAYO SCENES – Wright Staircase Backdrop – COMMON

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Feeling rebellious

I have a confession to make. Whenever I try to do something edgy or punk-like in SL I feel a bit like a poser. I like punk music, but I’m just so not punk in my style in either world, generally speaking. That said, I was feeling a bit rebellious last week and decided to take advantage of that when I was styling this look. My top and bento compatible gloves are both by Fetch and you’ll find them at Rewind. My Catwa applier by [theSkinnery] is also available at Rewind. My pants are from Just Because, who is a guest at Collabor88’s birthday round. Wearing red and purple together was something I did in the 80s when I was a tween and it made my family crazy because they said they didn’t match. Not long after it became trendy to wear those colors together, which helped shut them up a bit. But I didn’t care. I did my own thing, so in that sense I was always a rebel! My adorable bow pumps are from Ingenue, also at Collabor88. The look paired nicely with the Anxiety %ugh! scene currently available at N21 for just L$90. This is a new-to-me store and I love this prop scene. This type of product is great for shooting blog posts when you don’t have the time to set up a compatible scene or find a good location. My pose is by Elephante Poses, and is another Rewind release.

Rebel Rebel

Here’s a close up that shows off my adorable belly ring (rigged!!!) from
Maddict that is at Collabor88, as well as this dazzling chrome French manicure from Alme that is available at Whimsical. I have never once used the pointed nails on my Lara body but this manicure and look just seemed to beg for them! Plus, you get a better look at the Fetch gloves. The metal parts and bows are color change.

No Angel

Finally, a closer look at the Chai applier from [theSkinnery]. I really love this applier and I kept thinking that with the shape I made for it my avi resembled Jennifer Lawrence a bit. I am wearing it on the Catwa Koura bento head. I added an eyeshadow from Milla Rasmuson’s Fire collection (which I blended down a bit with the Catwa hud), which is a Cosmetic Fair release. You also get a closer look at my Truth hair, which is the VIP group gift for August. Like all of Truth’s newest releases, Ellie includes a style hud and gives you a ton of options, including bobbie pins (not visible with the style I selected here). Truth’s VIP gifts have been amazing, so if you’re not part of that group it’s definitely one worth the cost of joining! My eyes are from Buzzeri’s Shift collection. When I last checked these hadn’t been added to the Mainstore yet, but hopefully they will be soon (I need more colors!).

Rebel Rebel

Cosmetic Fair ends August 31st. Rewind runs through September 10th. The big birthday bash for Collab ends September 6th. Whimsical runs through September 18th.

~Lucie

Credits:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Koura mesh head
[theSkinnery]: Chai Catwa applier – Honey tone Rewind
Truth: Elie mesh hair – Jewel hud
Buzzeri: Shift eyes – Human Pupil – Galaxias version (changed on included HUD) – Sapphire
Fetch: Loretta tee, Berena gloves Rewind
Alme: Chrome French manicure applier Whimsical
Maddict: Lea belly piercing – Angel Collabor88
Just Because: Owena pants – Red Collabor88
Ingenue: Stella heels – Noir Collabor88
Elephante Poses: One Way Or Another #7 Rewind
Anxiety: %ugh! scene N21

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Lucie’s Dream Closet

In recent months I’ve found myself liking pink a lot. I was never the pink sort of girl. In fact, as a kid I despised pink. I think I resented the fact that, as a girl, I was just supposed to automatically like pink. So now, as a grown ass woman, I’m finding in my 40s that pink is okay after all. I originally thought of calling these pics Pretty In Pink, but tbh I’d be shocked if I hadn’t already done that, because hello, 80s girl here. So then I thought of the big Reign closet from a couple of Arcade rounds ago and thought well it IS kind of a Barbie pink… and went for the play on Barbie’s Dream House. Which, btw, I never owned. 😦 So sad, right? Anyway.

If you’ve been hiding in your giant, walk-in, two story closet you may have missed that Collabor88 is celebrating its 6th birthday! Crazy, right? I’ve bought items from every round, which is possibly even crazier. This month’s theme was a brightly colored plastic one, though, and I admit… I was a bit hesitant because plastic just isn’t my thing. However, the designers pulled off some really clever interpretations of the theme and I wound up liking quite a lot more than I expected! Great for shopping, less for my budget, but hey the big birthday round only happens once a year, right? Anyway, here I’m wearing a couple of items you can find at Collab’s birthday event. One is the jelly bracelets from Atomic. Raise your hand if you had tons of these as a kid… oh, wait hard to type with one hand in the air. We called them “Madonna” bracelets, as she made them iconic. They were cheap and we did all sorts of weird things with the way we wore them. So I naturally had to have them. My shiny pink dress by Decoy with the awesome scoop neck is also from Collab’s birthday round.

My adorable shoes are from the new Blush event. They are by friday and they have an option (for Maitreya only) that includes socks. I went sockless here for this look. These sandals are so cute. They’ve got a crazy platform heel and the bows are just too cute. Blush closes August 28th, and it’s full of so much cute that you definitely want to check it out ASAP. My hair is by Exile. This style was released for FLF in 2 exclusive color huds. I don’t know for sure if it will be available as a regular Mainstore release, but I love it SO MUCH that I really hope so. I love the heavy, blunt bangs, and the long pulled back style.

Lucie's Dream Closet

Now, let’s talk about my head (and other strange things you hopefully only say when talking about SL!). This is Greer, one of four(!!!) new LeLutka bento heads. All of the bento heads got an awesome update recently, which you can read about on the LeLutka blog. Among the updates are a lot of new animations, which are really cute. As always, the LeLutka heads are preloaded with skins by Glam Affair. You get all the tones, and I’m wearing Jamaica here. I am wearing one of the Tropical eyeshadow colors from Mila, available at Cosmetic Fair, which runs through August 31st. I used the blender to fade it a bit, but the colors are all gorgeous and I love how well they applied! My eyes by [theSkinnery] are another Blush release, and they come in a lot of fun, flirty colors. My earrings and necklace are Cae’s Shooting Star collection.

Pink Pout

~Credits

Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Greer mesh head – Default skin – Jamaica tone
Mila: Tropical Eyeshadow applier Cosmetic Fair
[theSkinnery]: Psionic eyes 1 Blush
Exile: Run The World hair – FLF Naturals pack
Decoy: Nadia dress Collabor88
Cae: Shooting Star collection
Atomic: Jelly bracelets – Set 3 Collabor88
friday: Regina platforms – Candy Blush
Repose/Embody: Footing pose 2 Marketplace only
Reign: Chanel’s Closet Decorated #1 Rare (past Arcade release)