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The water understands

I love water. Maybe it’s from growing up on the East Coast (New Jersey), but for whatever reason I have always been drawn to it. In SL, I spent years living in the sky and desperately missed water, because in my opinion, the Linden water is one of the most beautiful parts of SL. Now that I have a homestead to decorate at my whim, water is always a big part of my sim design. Still, for this post I decided I wanted to “travel” in SL and I took the opportunity to visit Vintage Lace. This new sim is open to the public, but also has 3 residences, so if you visit please be sure to respect the privacy of the sim’s tenants. I’m wearing a playful, sexy new sundress from Neve that you can snag at Mesh Body Addicts, which is open through March 31st. My sexy sandals are from Reign, a recent release that includes 3 different styles of ribbons (ankle, shown here, knee high and thigh high). My bracelets are by Cae and are at Cosmopolitan until March 26th. I am wearing SLink’s Hourglass body with the highly anticipated, newly updated SLink hands, which are now bento compatible! The new Dynamic hands will replace your old hands, if you so choose. You can learn more on the official SLink blog post about this exciting release! I’m also using FATE’s bento hand poser, which is how I got my crossed fingers. It’s so much fun to have this added flexibility!

Monochrome Moonlight

This hair is a new release from Magika. I’ve loved Sabina Gully’s work for years, so whenever she releases something new I get pretty excited. The beautiful Catwa applier I have on is Cintia, new from [theSkinnery] and available at Ultra through the end of the month. It’s really lovely, and again it’s a skin that makes me feel a bit like a pixie. I added Izzie’s beauty mole applier and also Izzie’s natural crease set with eyeliner. I love how it helps define the waterline.

The water understands

The title of this post comes from a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

~Lucie

Credits
SLink: Physique – Hourglass mesh body, SLink feet – high, SLink Dynamic hands (fatpack)
Catwa: Kimberly mesh head
[theSkinnery]: Sona eyes – 6 (mainstore), Cintia applier – champagne Ultra
Magika: Fever hair – HUD 04
Neve: jaunt dress – stripe Mesh Body Addicts
Cae: Hana stacked bracelets Cosmopolitan
Reign: Arya heels – ankle version
Ploom: Fox pose 4 – curvy
Location: Vintage Lace

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Cae · Events · fri.day · iheartslFeed · Kustom 9 · LAQ · Looks · Mesh Bodies · Mesh Heads · Neve/coldLogic/FATE/Goji · SL Places

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

iheartslFeed · Opinions & Thoughts

Mesh Body Comparisons

I began this post a while ago and have had the draft saved. Since I can’t type much, now seemed like a good time to finish it up.

I’ve wanted to do a mesh body comparison post for a while, but I was finally prompted by the recently updated SLink Physique body (the heads, hands and feet all have updates, too, if you missed them). Before this update I honestly didn’t feel the Physique flattered my curvier build. While I thought it looked lovely on my more slender friends, it just didn’t work for me. But that is over! The updated body works very nicely with my curves, as you will see below. I will say, however, it is a more athletic build than either Belleza’s Venus or Maitreya’s Lara bodies. So if that’s something that appeals to you, then Physique is the body for you.

It should be noted that, for the sake of this comparison post, I am wearing the same shape with all three bodies. I have shapes for each of the bodies that have been tweaked to meet my needs, but for this I wanted you to see the differences amongst the same shape. Click through to Flickr to see the comps bigger.

I wanted to show side-by-side comparisons that highlight the things I find most important in a mesh body: Thighs, butt, breasts and belly. This first comp shows off the breasts and belly nicely, as well as the thighs. My favorite thighs, belly and breasts are all on the Lara body. This is really just a matter of my preferring a softer build, over a more athletic one like the Physique offers. However, I feel that Physique is a close second, especially on the thighs and belly.

Body Comparison: Side View

Next, the rear view! I’d say that, for me and what I’m looking for, Lara and Physique tie here, while Venus is behind both (no pun intended).

Body Comparison: Butts!

Lara was also recently updated to have more alpha cuts, and like the updated Physique there are slots where you can save alpha cuts. This is really helpful, and has made me more inclined to wear a mesh body because, honestly, I am lazy and changing alpha cuts is tedious. Venus does not offer nearly as many alpha cuts, which can make it harder to fit clothes not made exclusively for it. However, there are a lot of stores offering clothes to fit the body, so if you prefer Venus just shop around to find designers making clothing for it. As for appliers, both Maitreya’s body and Belleza’s body will work with the Omega system, but Physique does not. Again, this isn’t too much of an issue since a lot of stores have appliers specifically for Physique, but it is worth noting. With the Maitreya body, though there are designers releasing clothing for it, the official developer kit hasn’t been released, so designers are, to an extent, guessing on fit… and sometimes this does show with inexact fits. Now, that being said I run into more issues than most because I also happen to wear a standard size large and my “fit mesh” shape is even curvier than my standard sizing shape. Theoretically with fitted mesh that shouldn’t make a difference, but in reality it does seem to. However, I haven’t had too many issues. Still, if you wear an unconventional shape you absolutely want to demo everything (really a good policy regardless).

Another thing worth noting is that if you wear a Belleza skin, you will definitely want to consider Venus, as Belleza does not offer appliers for any of the other mesh bodies. You’ll have to hand tint if you choose to go with a Belleza skin and a different designer’s body. Hopefully that’s something Belleza will change in the future. Speaking of skins, Maitreya partnered with Glam Affair, so their hud has all of the Glam skin tones preloaded, which is a definite perk if you’re inclined to mostly (or always) wear Glam Affair. I wear Glam skins more than any other skins, so I definitely do consider that a bonus. But I’m a skin addict, and I jump around and plenty of the skins I wear offer appliers for all three of these bodies. Physique includes a skin with purchase, which is also nice. With Physique, you do need to remember that the SLink hands and feet are sold separately. Venus and Lara both come with hands and feet. Lara’s hands have only one basic position, while Venus comes with a very nice, wide array of hand positions. However, both Venus and Lara will work with the SLink hands and feet (just be sure to use the XS size, regardless of your normal, non-mesh body size).

My advice to anyone who hasn’t picked a body yet is to grab demos and wear them for a while. Try all the alpha options with your favorite clothes and see how they work before buying, so you know you’ve made the right choice. For me, it’s all about Lara and Physique, in that order, while at this point I really only use Venus if I’m wearing a Belleza skin because tinting by hand is inexact, to say the least, and annoying.

I am slowly starting to wear the mesh bodies more often, but I’m definitely not a full-timer yet. I still find them to be a bit tedious and time consuming, though the ability to save alpha cut combos definitely helps. However, the lure of these bodies is how beautiful they are, unlike the standard avatar. So, it’s definitely something I see myself using more and more as time passes.

~Lucie

Credits
Physique Look:
Lara Hurley Skins: Elea – red – rose pale
Elua: Jaycee Hair – Redbrown pack
Lacuna: Mae Lingerie – Olive

Venus Look:
PXL: Aeryn – Natural – Makeup 01
Exile: Touch So Warm hair – reds
Lacuna: Mae Lingerie – Blue

Lara Look:
Glam Affair: Katra skin – America 01
Truth: Fynn hair (no headband version) – reds
Lacuna: Mae Lingerie – Sherbert

Other Credits:

Bauhause Movement: Zerkalo 11 – pic 1 (modified to fit my shape using the Animare hud)
Ploom: Bones – 4 (curvy) pic 2

Glam Affair: Olivine Skybox

Events · Homestyle · iheartslFeed · Looks

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

Events · Fantasy · Homestyle · iheartslFeed · Looks

Whatever will be, will be

“…the future’s not ours to see. Que sera, sera.”

Always liked that song, and for some reason looking at these pics made it pop into my head. Though as I was shooting, I was listening to Closer To Fine, by the Indigo Girls, and a line from that amazing song stuck in my head and became the title of the first picture below: “The less I seek my source for some definitive, the closer I am to fine.”

Apparently, I’m feeling a need to just let it all go, and accept and move on without obsessing. Easier said than done, but sometimes a worthy endeavor in and of itself!

But if you’ve got a desire to have your SL fortune told, I’m happy to do it… and with this beautiful set Sway’s did for the Fantasy Gacha Carnival, and the beautiful, futuristic, curve hugging ensemble ISON released at Uber (which totally feels like something Deanna Troi would wear in her off hours), I feel fully prepared to gaze into my crystal ball and see what it shows. The messy, sexy hair Tableau Vivant released for We ❤ Role-Play just adds to the mystique, don’t you think?

the less I seek my source for some definitive, the closer I am to fine

Then, just to add to my musically inspired post, when I looked at Cae’s recent Valentine’s release, I thought of the Kasey Musgraves’ song Follow Your Arrow, which is all about being yourself and having no fucks to give because you can never please everyone anyway. I’ve sort of always held on to that philosophy, at least to some extent. Even as child who was often the verbal punching bag of would-be bullies, I never cared much, and they knew it. Which sort of minimized the impact of their caustic words, particularly since – when provoked – I can have a viper’s tongue, and I’d give better than I got to defend myself (or others that needed it). Which again makes me think, in some ways, of an arrow… something that strikes when unleashed.

The beautiful skin I’m wearing is also at Uber, from Glam Affair. I went for one of the more fantasy inspired makeups, but there are plenty of more natural makeup options, so definitely check it out in person!

Follow your arrow

So… here I sit, with all these heavy philosophical thoughts swirling around in my mind, but hey, at least they have a great soundtrack!

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Ellie skin – Asia 03 Uber
Buzzeri: Lillian eyes – Amber
Tableau Vivant: Lupe – reds We ❤ Role-Play
ISON: Celestial bell sleeve top, Celestial maxi skirt (both in teal) Uber
Cae: Cupid’s Arrow
Ploom: B.Y.O.B pose 2 (curvy)
Sway’s: Fortune Teller Set Fantasy Gacha Carnival
Turnip’s: Skydome w/enchanted texture hud add on