Meet Devon

[TheSkinnery] is participating in the annual Skin Fair with a new release for Catwa’s bento heads. I fell in love with this face immediately. Devon is so impish and adorable, and I knew it would be the perfect skin for a bit of a whimsical, fantasy themed post. I visited StoryBrooke Gardens to shoot these pics. It’s a lovely place for spring pics. Plus, if you join the Baja Norte group (the sims are owned by the same person, Lauren Bentham) you can rezz, too! My eyes are also from [TheSkinnery], from the Palermo collection which you can find in the mainstore. I liked how they matched the colors in the wings (my fairy outfit is from Decoy, more on that to come!). But seriously, look at this face. Isn’t it super cute? I love the lips in particular, but all of it is just lovely. I’m also wearing one of the lipglosses, sold separately for it at Skin Fair. I have it on my own shape on Catwa’s Kimberly head. It may not look remotely the same on different heads or shapes, so definitely demo first! My stunning necklace and matching earrings by Cae are at the current round of FaMESHed and match the shoes you’ll see in the next pic. Also, you get 3 different earring styles with this set (sold together with the necklace or individually).

Devon

My vines, bikini and (bento!) wings are courtesy of Decoy’s Forest Fae gacha. Please note that this was a recent event release and is not yet in the Mainstore, but should be soon. My gorgeous shoes are the new collaboration between Gos and Cae, available at FaMESHed and designed to match the necklace and earrings you saw in the previous photo.

Morning Fairy

Here’s a closeup of those shoes, unedited, to show the intricate detail in the jewels. Normally in a post where I am a fairy, I’d go barefoot. But if ever there were shoes suitable for a spring fae? These are them (click the image to see it larger)!

[TheSkinnery] at Skin Fair

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly mesh head
[TheSkinnery]: Devon applier – honey tone w/lip gloss (sold separately) Skin Fair
[TheSkinnery]: Palermo eye collection – #2
Wasabi Pills: Fleur hair – Lunar Ombres
Bold & Beauty: Classic Collection Lash – Giselle V1 (Feb Powder Pack item)
Cae: Reign necklace and earrings FaMESHed
Decoy: Forest Fae gacha – Arm vines – spring, bikini outfit – petal, wings – green
Gos Boutique: Reign shoes FaMESHed
EverGlow: Breeze pose 2

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

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

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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Memento Mori & Salem

Memento Mori closed unexpectedly early. This happened because of people taking advantage of its location to cam to the Epiphany sim so they could shop before the event was open. This is a huge problem in an event like The Epiphany because it’s a 100% gacha event and people shopping that way early can sell stuff before the event is even open. It’s really unfair to designers. Also, since there are very specific scripts involved in the event, a machine might look setup and not actually be done. So basically, to sum it up, this is why we can’t have nice things.

But fear not! Memento Mori is going to reopen after The Epiphany opens! You’ll be able to return to the event to shop. Some designers may have opted to put their items out in their Mainstores, so if there was something you had your eye on, check there, too. So stay tuned for the return of this awesome event! Here’s a link to the blog with all the info.

I am heading to bed in a couple of moments because we leave for a whirlwind road trip in uhm 5 hours. EEP. So no more chatter from me. Just pics, with the credits to follow!

Bewitched

You will meet a mysterious woman...

Divination

Fashion Credits:
Pics 1 & 2

Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Catwa: Tumble Mesh Head
Pink Fuel: Liya applier for Catwa – Vanilla New Mainstore release
Truth: Satyra hair w/bangs – Reds
Foxes: Raven hat w/bird Salem
IKON: Hope eyes – Quicksilver
Cae: Spiderweb jewelry set Salem
Valentina E. Couture: Weegee Dress – Plum Salem
fri.day: Serina boots – coal Salem
Hopscotch: Pose Me Pretty pose 3

3rd Pic
On Lucie:
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
LAQ: Trinity Mesh Head
Izzie’s: Aria applier – porcelain
Lamb: Faded – Reds Collabor88
IKON: Sovereign eyes – Dusk
Zaara: Anisha ruffle blouse – Crimson, Boho wrap belt – black and gold
Blueberry: Tali leather pants

On Ashlan:
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Catwa: Bibi Mesh Head
Magika: Darkness Falls – HUD 2
Just Because: Kathy Top
Blueberry: Flare Jeans

Repose: Divination pose and prop Coming Oct. 22nd to Geeks N Nerds!

Decor Credits:
DRD: Cordelia Magick Shoppe, MS – Broom Rack, MS – Pentagram Rug – Round,MS – Cash Register MS – Front Counter, MS – Spell Supply – Hutch Two, MS – Specimens – Butterflies, MS – Specimens – Little Beetles, MS – Specimens – Bat White, brown and black, MS – Fortune Telling Table, MS – Fortune Telling Chairs, MS – Spell Supply – Display Two MS – Spell Supply – Display One
+Half-Deer+ Starlit Spiderweb – Corner Full Web, Starlit Spiderweb – Corner Triangl
Cheeky Pea: Samhuinn Skully McMulder, Samhuinn Pumpkin Urn
Studio Skye: Enchanted Woods

Carnal Innocence

Blueberry has this stunning Mykonos lingerie gacha for The Arcade. There are lots of options to win, and I particularly liked the rare robe. I’ve been playing around with my various Catwa heads lately, and I realized I’d never blogged Amy yet. I found a skin applier (Daria) at Insol that I simply adore on this head. There’s something so sweet but sexy about this face. The wide eyes, the pouty mouth. And I love it with the freckles, but you get both freckles and non-freckled versions.

I wanted a scene that felt indulgent and lush, and the natatorium at Blithe was perfect for that.

Carnal Innocence

My hair is also an Arcade release, from Exile. As usual, there are two styles in the Exile gacha. Both are dramatic, very over-the-top and tons of fun, but I particularly love the windblown, messy, just had a tumble in bed look of this one, which is called Hot. And man, is it ever!

Tyger, Tyger burning bright

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Amy mesh head
Insol: Daria applier – peach
Buzzeri: Prom lashes (falsies version)
Izzie’s: freckles body applier
IKON: Triumph eyes – Loam
Blueberry: Mykonos lingerie – Robe (RARE) White, armlorals – white, panties – white The Arcade
fri.day: Rowena heels – cloud

She’s marrying Bru.

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume has long been my favorite (stand alone, anyway) book. I bought it as a new release, in hardcover, back in 1998. It was quite the luxury purchase, even though as an immediate best seller, Barnes & Noble had it discounted pretty heavily. It was the first hardcover book I ever bought new, not counting textbooks.

I have read it every summer since. Sometimes I read it more than once in a year. I have passages of it memorized. I think of it randomly, and sometimes quote it before even realizing where the quote is from. Suffice it to say, I love this book.

I’ve wanted to do this scene, one of the most powerful in the book, for as long as I can remember. My first alt in SL was named Vix (the nickname of the character I am portraying here). And finally, after I finished reading it this summer, I decided it was time to just get it done!

"She's marrying Bru."

Also, if you haven’t read the book, this is something you find out in the prologue, though the actual scene portrayed above happens later in the book. So it’s not a spoiler, and you can still pick the book up and read it. And I highly recommend it, but I’m obviously biased.

You may have noticed a lack of blogging here lately. A lot has been happening in RL, but the main challenge I’ve had is issues with our ISP CenturyLink. We’re having exactly the kinds of problems SL most hates… latency and packet loss. Blah. It means I spend a lot of time in SL with things constantly rebaking, and that makes picture taking a challenge. They’re working on it. It’s somewhat better. But that’s why things have been quiet here of late. Hoping that changes, and soon!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:

Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Cami mesh head
DeeTaleZ: Dorothy applier – Mixedtype – SE for Enchantment
Truth: Cerys hair – Browns
Izzie’s: Catwa tears applier
Blueberry: Jocelyn knotted top – Purple
Maitreya: Hipster basics – white
Infiniti: Forgotten Memories – Pose 8 w/props

Decor:

Cheeky Pea: City Loft Skybox
Scarlet Creative: Someone to Love Fan Decor
7 Emporium: Tape Recorder TR9-305 – stickered
Second Spaces: Photo Album display (old, marketplace only)
O.M.E.N: Dear John – Diaries & Love Letters
Fancy Decor: Postcard Bundle
vespertine: stack of letters 1 & 2
Plethora: Fan Mail Stack 2, 3 & 4

Where the ocean meets the land

I fell head over heels in love with this adorable Alice Project hair released at Hair Fair 2016. The (literal) hair bow and braid are so sweet and just perfectly done. I knew this was one I’d need to shoot from the back, to really show how gorgeous it is, but the front is very pretty, too. I’m wearing the frilled swim bottom in bloom that is part of Neve’s recent, ginormous swim collection release. What’s cool is you can mix and match the tops and bottoms, making these really customizable. But I decided to be a bit sassy and just wear the cute, ruffly bottom for this pic!

where the ocean meets the land

I wanted to show you the new LAQ mesh head, Trinity. This is LAQ’s first foray into mesh heads, and I really love it. The shape of the face is so beautifully done. There are a few things that particularly stand out for me about LAQ’s head. First off, it’s OMEGA compatible out of the box. No add on to buy or wear. You can wear any OMEGA applier you’d like with it. Secondly, it has a really nice, clean hud. It’s very user friendly and not overly complicated, which is something I think is a particular bonus for anyone who has wanted a mesh head, but maybe has felt overwhelmed by all the huds and options. I’m wearing the built in default applier, which is called Wilma, and is also available for sale at the LAQ store, so if you like the applier but are attached to your current head (no pun intended), you can demo it and see if you like it on that head (as long as it’s OMEGA compatible). There are also multiple other appliers available for it, including some of LAQ’s more popular older skins, like Elena. Also, I’m still wearing the Jennilynn hair here, so you can see how sweet and pretty the front bangs are.

Trinity

Hair Fair 2016 wraps up this weekend, closing with Bandana Day on Sunday, July 31st. This annual event is truly amazing, and something I always look forward to, so be sure to look out for my Bandana Day ensemble on Sunday! In the meantime, be sure you go and grab your own bandanas. They’re only L$50 per bandana, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity, and there are – as always – some truly incredible and creative options to choose from… even if you’re not a blogger, it’s a great cause and you get something fun and unique out of it!

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Trinity mesh head w/default applier (Wilma)
Alice Project: Jennilynn hair – Basics Hair Fair 2016
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – Hazel
Neve: Frilled swim bottom – bloom
Infiniti: Happy – Pose 8v2
EverGlow: Flora – Pose 01

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