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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

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Cae · Catwa · Decoy · Fantasy · iheartslFeed · Mesh Bodies · Mesh Heads · SL Places · [theSkinnery]

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

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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

Buzzeri · Glamistry · iheartslFeed · Inspired By Words · Kustom 9 · Mesh Bodies · Mesh Heads · Neve/coldLogic/FATE/Goji · SL Places

Red High Heels

This look was built around a pair of high heels that I just completely fell head over… well, you can see where that bad pun would lead, so I’ll spare you (which I am sure will break my brother Benton’s heart). They’re the Crocus heels from Glamistry, and what got me was the shine and then the side detail of three princess cut diamonds (hey, it’s SL – I can have diamonds instead of rhinestones or CZ). But here’s a close up of the shoes, so you can see for yourself.

In my red high heels

Aren’t they awesome? Okay, so once I had them on I decided on a recent release from Neve called Jazzy. I went with the tropics version. My hair is Mango, brand new from Tableau Vivant and available at Kustom 9.

Red Red Wine

I decided to do a bit of heterochromia with this look. It’s not something I do on a regular basis, and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t plan it. I was trying to decide what color eyes I wanted, and had one brown and one green on and it just worked for me. I’m also wearing Cae’s Flutter ring, which is a free gift available at FaMESHed. Her regular release for the event is a gorgeous matching necklace. It’s their anniversary round and a lot of designers have gifts out. You have to join the FaMESHed group, but it’s free and definitely worth it! I’m also wearing the brand new FATElashes from Damien Fate. These have already been updated to include even more textures. Strawberry Singh did an amazing post, complete with a video, about these lashes. Definitely check them – and Berry’s useful post – out. I have a hard time adjusting lashes, but I was able to adjust them to work with LeLutka’s Stella head with minimal hassle.

Loving him was red

Oh, and all of these pics were shot at It all starts with a smile, the beautiful sim from the lovely Kaelyn Alecto. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

~Lucie

Credits:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Stella mesh head
DeeTaleZ: Paige w/freckles – LeLutka Applier – Nordic
Tableau Vivant: Mango hair – reds Kustom 9
FATE: FATElashes 2.0
Buzzeri: Duo eyes – Earth (right eye), Molten (left eye)
Neve: Jazzy dress – Tropics
Cae: Blossom necklace (mainstore now), Flutter ring Free @ FaMESHed!
Glamistry: Crocus heels
The Wicked Peach: Spring manicure for Maitreya

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Snapback

So this post is a very long time in the making. As soon as I heard Old Dominion’s song Snapback, I knew I wanted to do a blog post inspired by the look the singer describes. I knew Truth had just released a perfect hair for it. But life happened, and other things got in the way and I only finally, months later, decided it was time. I was gonna do it! Especially after I saw that they got the look SO wrong in the music video (linked at the end), I had to do it.

And I mean, these new(ish) shorts from Neve were perfect. They were inspired by Dirty Dancing, but the cutoff, wornout version just seemed made for this look. And frankly, just being inspired by a movie made them perfect for my new challenge itself (more about that in a moment)!

Snapback

In case you’re wondering, these were the lyrics that inspired this look.

Those stars need to be wished on
Your skin needs to be kissed on
My eyes baby, they’re fixed on you
In your snapback
T-shirt of your favourite rock band
Checking your makeup in my Ray Bans
Breaking hearts like only you can
In your snapback

This also felt like it required a romantic moment, so I grabbed my alt and voila!

Kissing you would hit the spot with me

I’ve got a LOT of these sorts of ideas… so I thought about it, and decided to create a very informal challenge for it, complete with a group called Inspired By Words: Second Life. If you have any pics inspired by words – whether from songs, books, poems, movies – feel free to add them to this group! Just be sure to let us know what inspired you. I am gonna aim to do one of these at least once a month because they’re fun!

Here’s the link to the video. It may not play if you’re outside the US, but you can read the lyrics here. Also, for those who haven’t heard it before, “snapback” is a nickname for that sort of baseball cap because they often involve plastic snaps.

~Lucie

Credits
Lucie:
SLink: Hourglass mesh body, casual hands, flat feet
Catwa: Candy head (fatpack w/expressions, which are used in 1st pic)
Glam Affair: Catwa applier – Alessa – Asia 3
Buzzeri: Zodiac eyes – Avada
Letis: Cetus V2 for SLink
Addams: Jennifer V-Neck – Heaven
Neve: Baby shorts – frayed
Schadenfreude: Waits rings – Uberpack Collabor88
Bella Elephante: Unicorn nails applier
ReignXFlite: Taylers – Grey/Sea
Repose: Country Girl 4 pose & prop (pic 1)

Sephie:
Clef de Peau: Lucas skin T4 w/freckles
Exile: Better Days – Naturals
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Hazel
SLink: Relaxed mesh hands
FATEwear: Phillips shirt, Carter shorts
FATEstep: Ziggy Chucks

Decor:
Consignment: Stepside Bed – Mint (couple pose is in this)
[we’re CLOSED] grass field green 01 – random
Little Branch: Bouton d’or Lavender{Rounded-Field}
JIAN :: Koi Pond We ❤ Role-Play
Cheeky Pea: Boho Glamping Cabin, Boho Glamping Bed
{what next} Guitar Case Sign Collabor88
[ Organica ] Ridley Bird Bath (Mossy Rock)
+Half-Deer+ Candy Chickadee Bird
Studio Skye: Skye Cliff 4, Skye Cliff 3, Skye Cliff 2 light rock, spring ground textures

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The Forgotten Princess

This is a story blog. Credits and details will follow the story. Warning, it’s a bit of a sad tale.

In a legend about a far away land called Lucica, there was a beautiful queen who had ruled her kingdom peacefully with grace and dignity for more than two decades. Queen Justina had lost her husband ten years prior, and their daughter, Mairwen was about to come of age and suitors had begun to seek her hand in marriage. A widowed king from a neighboring kingdom desperately wanted to marry the beautiful Mairwen. Mairwen, however, was determined to marry for love, not convenience. She did not like King Amon, and did not wish to be his Queen. Beyond this, as her mother’s only heir, she wanted to remain in her own kingdom, and King Amon would have taken her to his kingdom to become the stepmother for his young daughter Amme. The shallow young Amme did not like Mairwen, as she was jealous of her would-be stepmother’s beauty, and she did all she could to poison her father’s heart against Mairwen.

But Mairwen paid little attention to Amon or Amee, for Mairwen’s rebellious heart had fallen in love with a commoner named Xander. Xander’s parents had died when he was just 13, leaving him the head of house for his five younger siblings. Xander rose to the challenge, becoming a blacksmith’s apprentice while raising his brothers and sisters. When he and Mairwen met, it was immediately obvious they shared a mutual attraction, but not one based on appearances. No, Mairwen admired the young man who was raising his siblings. She felt his strength of character would someday make him a wonderful king. Xander admired Mairwen’s kindness towards everyone, regardless of their class or status in Lucica. She treated him no differently than anyone else, and while he saw her outer beauty, it was the inner beauty that found him falling in love with the Princess he dared not believe he could ever call his wife. But Mairwen’s mind – and heart – was set on Xander, and she begged Justina for a special exception to the law that stated she must marry royalty. Justina made no promises, but she loved her daughter dearly, and trusted her instincts. She agreed to meet young Xander, and saw in him what her fiery daughter did, and agreed to the union.

Mairwen and Xander’s wedding day arrived, and in the castle by the sea, dawn arrived with a gentle drizzle that faded to reveal the most beautiful rainbow. Justina told Mairwen this was a sign of great fortune, and evidence that her union would be blessed. She did not wish to ruin her daughter’s wedding day with sorrowful news, but she had been told just the day before that her remaining time was counted in mere months. She trusted Xander to care for her daughter, and she knew Mairwen’s good nature and powerful desire to do what was right would leave Lucica in good hands. The wedding was beautiful, with hundreds of white doves released as Xander and Mairwen shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

Unbeknownst to all, King Amon was not prepared to let Mairwen go so easily. Despite his daughter’s protests, he was determined to have her as his. But then Princess Amme heard that Mairwen was to marry a commoner, and knowing her father’s disgust and disregard for common folk, brought this news to him gleefully, for she believed it would finally free her father of his obsession. Amme judged wrong, however. It merely enraged Amon, while fueling his obsession with the beautiful Princess Mairwen.

Amon turned to a dark sorceress to exact revenge on Mairwen and her kingdom. Endora was delighted to help, but her assistance came at a steep price. Amon must sacrifice his only child, and give her to the evil Endora. Amon did not hesitate, and sent his daughter Amme to Endora. Amme was spoiled and selfish, but she also loved her father and his betrayal brought her to tears… the first genuine tears she’d ever cried in her short life. Endora knew this would happen, and bottled the tears carefully. She then locked Amme in a dark dungeon, forcing the child to live out her days without sunlight, food or fresh water. Amme died of loneliness and heartbreak a mere month after her father’s guards had delivered her to the clutches of the evil witch.

Meanwhile, Endora bided her time. She waited for Justina’s illness to worsen, and then cursed the kingdom of Lucica with an outbreak of a sickness the likes of which no one had before seen, using a potion concocted with the tears of Princess Amme. The apothecaries were helpless to find a treatment, let alone a cure. Before long, the illness spread to the castle, though oddly neither Princess Mairwen or her new Prince became ill. But the cursed affliction hit the already weakened Justina, and she was in agonizing pain. Mairwen sat beside her mother, wiping her brow of the fever’s sweat and whispering quiet words of comfort. She told her mother of the blessed news she’d just received. Mairwen was with child. Justina smiled weakly at this news, then took her final breath.

Mairwen’s grief was overwhelming, but she thought of Xander, of how at such a young age he had to take over as both mother and father and sole provider for his five siblings (all of whom now resided in the castle). She knew Lucica and her people needed her strength, so with great sorrow she announced the death of her mother and it was decreed her coronation should take place the next morning. She dressed in the beautiful green gown that her mother had worn on her own coronation day. The gown glittered in the sunlight, shimmering like the waves crashing on the rocks beyond the castle walls.

The Forgotten Princess

Endora did not understand why her spell didn’t work on Xander or Mairwen. Her magic had never failed before, and though the people of Lucica struggled in vain to fight against the magical illness, Endora’s anger flared. In a furious fit of rage, she used her power to break the tower off the castle just as the crowds were to celebrate Mairwen’s coronation. She forced the tower far out to sea, well beyond the reach of the best of the kingdom’s small naval fleet. But the power required for this spell left Endora weak, and Xander forced the devious King Amon to reveal the source of both his wife’s banishment and the kingdom’s horrible affliction. He sought Endora out at great peril and, using the silver, fire forged blade that had belonged to Mairwen’s father King Edmund, Xander stabbed the evil sorceress through her heart. Immediately, the illness afflicting the people of Lucica vanished, and though many lives had been lost, those still suffering were returned to good health.

But nothing could bring back his fair Mairwen. Xander searched for her himself, for years. His military captains searched. But Mairwen’s turret was nowhere to be found. Mairwen could not understand what had happened, and though she believed Xander would never leave her or their unborn child to die, she could no longer fight the feelings of abandonment after months of isolation. She gave birth alone, to a baby boy she called Edmund Xander, in honor of her father and husband. She wrapped the babe in the train of her gown, and knowing she could not possibly hope to keep him alive, called upon sea birds to take him back to Lucica with a note attached, written in her own blood, that simply read, please care for our son… all my love, Mairwen. As the birds carried her child away to safety, she cried out in pain and sorrow; a princess lost to the sea.

Abandoned

Despite her certainty that she’d been forgotten and abandoned, her people did not forget her. Xander raised Prince Edmund, until their son was old enough to be crowned King, and Edmund ruled with the same wisdom and kindness as his grandmother before him. Mairwen’s bravery and strength became a legend passed down through generations, and she became the patron saint to sailors, and Lucica was renamed Mairwen in her memory. But the poor princess could never know how beloved she was, how mourned. She died alone in her turret, a year to the day after being forced from her home by the evil Endora’s violent ire.

Still, it is said that even today, thousands of years later, sailors hear her cries of anguish as they sail past the turret in the sea. Yet the townsfolk of Mairwen live peacefully, and their flag, which features two white doves flying over a beautiful rainbow, waves in the gentle sea breezes over the town square.

The End.

***

This entire post and story was born of inspiration that struck when I saw the incredible Kimbra gown Just Because released for Uber. Uber’s theme this round is Etheral and I love it. My LeLutka applier is from Glam Affair and my hair is Truth’s release, both also from Uber. My gorgeous engagement/wedding ring combo is Cherish by Cae. As always, it includes a hud with multiple metal options, gem options and band options.

I also happened to buy this incredible prop from Exposeur. If you haven’t heard, Exposeur has an amazing sale going on, designed to raise fund to help RubyStarlight Writer’s ill kitties. You can see her Flickr post about that here. Suffice it to say, Ruby’s cats are dealing with medical issues, and she is trying to raise funds to help get them the care they need. Any pet owner knows this is the worst nightmare… fear for the life and health of your beloved baby. So please, if you’re able to, go buy out Ruby’s store. This incredible prop set – along with many others – can currently be bought for just L$100, and they’re so detailed and well worth the money, plus you’ll be helping Chloe and Brookie, too. All regular poses and gachas are also on sale.

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Stella mesh head
Glam Affair: Helena applier for LeLutka – Asia Uber
Izzie’s: Tears for LeLutka heads
Truth: Polilla hair – reds Uber
Atomic: Espionage eyes – Denim Blue Collabor88
Just Because: Kimbra gown Uber
Cae: Cherish ring
Exposeur: Fairytale Tower