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The blogger’s closet

Festival Of Sin II has been so much fun so far! It’s winding down, and closes September 5th, so I wanted to share some goodies from the event before it’s over!

I love the hair MINA did for Lust. It’s so lush and sexy. The shoes from fri.day for Vanity are gorgeous, sexy and versatile. I’ve paired them with a stunning new release from coldLogic’s new brand neve (more on neve to come soon!). This dress is so pretty, with its lacy texture and (though they’re covered by my hair here) dainty straps. I’m using Exposeur’s glam Luxury Closet gacha for Greed at FOS II as a backdrop for this look. I thought it did a pretty great job of representing what a blogger’s closet might look like, if SL bloggers actually had closets and not inventories. Though come to think of it, mine would probably be more cluttered and less organized! 😛

The Blogger's Closet

In this picture, I’m wearing Blueberry’s recently released yoga pants with items from Uber. My top is Miss Chelsea and my hair is Truth, and both can be found at Uber. The gym bag next to me, by Bueno, is also at Uber. My sleepy koala friend is by +Pepper+ and is at Festival Of Sin II in Sloth. The beautiful barn I’m using as my yoga studio is from Pixel Mode’s Arcade release. This release has NO rares! Even this gorgeous barn build is a common. The Arcade is now open, and runs all month so if you can’t get in yet, don’t fret! You have time.

Koalas can sleep through anything

I was honored to be chosen as a Hottie Cooterati staff blogger, so I’ve blogged some pics over there, but I wanted to share them here, too.

This one was taken on the FOS II sim, in the Sloth section with a fellow FOS II blogger. The builds are spectacular, and honestly it’s worth going for that alone, but there are so many goodies to be had, too. You can read the full credits on this post here.

Seen at the Sloth Motel

This one features Schadenfreude’s Acedia table, which comes in a clean version, too. I also have one of Anya Ohmai’s free sponsor gifts featured here, a snow globe designed for Hopscotch. You can read all about this post here.

Spiders in the attic

Finally, in this picture I’m wearing Alice Project’s sexy bedhead hair for Lust, Baiastice’s stunning gown for Vanity and Cae’s serpent bracelet for Envy, along with one of her gacha rings for Greed. You can get all the details here.

Sinful

~Lucie

Credits
Pic 1:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Roxy skin – tone 1.5
MINA: Laila hair – Dark reds Festival Of Sin II
neve by coldLogic: Entwine dress – lace
fri.day: Narcissa heels – Pearl Festival Of Sin II
Exposeur: Luxury Closet gacha, Serenity Pose 1 Festival Of Sin II

Pic 2:
Belleza: Freya mesh body
Lumae: Niska skin – bare – peach
Truth: Olympia hair – Reds Uber
Miss Chelsea: Lena top – Purple Uber
Blueberry: Sylvia yoga pants – white
+Pepper+: Top Koality Hugs – Tan Festival Of Sin II
Bueno- Workout Bag- Black 2 Uber
Cheeky Pea: Divya Yoga Mat – Purple
Pixel Mode: Fall Harvest – Barn, Fall Harvest – Lost Art The Arcade
Studio Skye: Enchanted woods trees
Jian: Beaumont Brick Fence

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Meteor Watching

I love the Perseid meteor shower. Every year, weather permitting, I stay up late and try to see a few “shooting stars” go by. I was able to see 3 through a somewhat clouded over sky the other night here in Colorado. I had hoped to see more last night, but the sky was too cloudy. So instead, I settled for creating a cozy scene where I could imagine settling down to watch them in SL. So I set up this gorgeous new set from Cheeky Pea that is available at the Love To Decorate event, and I settled in on my couch of hay bales to watch the skies. I’m wearing Foxes nightie from Collabor88’s birthday round. I bought it in a starry print and it seemed perfect!

Meteor watching

If you get the chance, and they are visible where you live, definitely check out the meteors. It’s a really awesome experience. Well, at least for a nerdy dreamer like myself!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Belleza: Freya mesh body (included when you buy Venus)
PXL: Shara skin – SK – Makeup 03 We ❤ Role-Play
Truth: Ami hair – reds Uber
Foxes: Nightie – Nebula Collabor88

Decor:
Cheeky Pea: Roll In The Hay set Love To Decorate
Studio Skye: autumn texture 7-8

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Treasure Hunters!

Wizarding Faire ends in mere hours. This is the final day, but I couldn’t resist showing a few last goodies! This adorable dress is from The Little Bat, and it comes in various colors that represent the various houses of Hogwarts. I’m wearing the Gryffindor (or “lion”) colors. Anya Ohmai outdid herself with the creation of these adorable nifflers. Nifflers, as you may recall from The Goblet Of Fire, are adorable little treasure hunters that Hagrid introduces his students to during Care Of Magical Creatures. As you can see, there are many different options, both for rezzing and holding (there’s a second pose for holding not pictured here), and they come in a variety of colors. They are truly adorable, even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan (though that idea makes me sad, lol). My shoes are a new release from fri.day, available at Shiny Shabby. My hair is from Wasabi Pills, for the current (and soon to close) round of FaMESHed.

Treasure Hunters
I also promised in this post to show you the inside of the adorable little build Larkham & Co. did for Wizarding Faire. The stained glass windows are so lovely. The fireplace is empty, and I thought it a perfect place to rezz the floating candles available in The Little Bat’s Wizarding Decor gacha. These actually move, by the way! Also available at Wizarding Faire is this incredibly cool clock from EDYN. It’s based on the Weasley Family clock in the books. Like that clock, you can feature family members on this one! It has a hud and easy instructions, and it’s just SO COOL. So go check that out, along with all the other goodies at Wizarding Faire, before the magic comes to an end later tonight!

Watching the clock

~Lucie

Credits

Pic 1

Essences: Aribeth – pale 2 w/lipstick 5 (sold separately)

Maitreya: Lara mesh body

Buzzeri: Moka eyes – chocolate

Wasabi Pills: Whitney hair – Cinnamon FaMESHed

PXL: Funny glasses – Turtle – RARE (these were available at Candy Fair and may not yet be in the mainstore)

The Little Bat: House dress – Lion Wizarding Faire 2015

fri.day: Susie Q shoes – coal Shiny Shabby

!Ohmai Emporium: Nifflers (all colors and all stances pictured, except Hug A)

Turnip’s: Sky environment w/fall texture add on

Jian: Ash tree

Trompe Loleil: Rivershire Waterwheel

Infiniti: Sweet pose 01

Pic 2

Larkham & Co.: Little Wizard Cottage Wizarding Faire 2015

The Little Bat: Wizarding Decor Gacha – floating candles, detention table Wizarding Faire 2015

EDYN: Wizarding family clock Wizarding Faire 2015

KittyCatS breedable cat (my beloved Meowzers)

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Luscious Freya

I was really excited when Belleza updated their Venus mesh body and included two new versions. Isis and Freya are the new builds. Freya is my absolute favorite. The curves are gorgeous and for anyone looking for a fuller figure in SL, this is a must-try. I’m particularly in love with the legs on this body. It is important to note, however, that Freya will require clothing made specifically for it. Your standard size large (what I wear on the rare occasions I’m not in a mesh body) will not fit on Freya. Fear not, though, as designers are already beginning to make clothes that fit Freya’s unique proportions. I don’t know all of the stores making them, but I do know both Blueberry and Foxes are. Definitely be sure to try demos, to make sure the item in question has a version for this body!

In the pic below, I’m wearing a rather sultry dress that’s a recent release from Blueberry!

Baby I'll change, my mind

I’m also wearing one of LeLutka’s new release for Hair Fair 2015. This event is winding down… it ends on July 26th (which is also Bandana Day). Remember, Hair Fair is a charity event, raising funds for Wigs For Kids! The gorgeous skin I have on is PXL for Wayward Carnival. My beautiful necklace, based on Hermione’s Time Turner in The Prisoner of Azkaban, is from Cae for Wizarding Faire 2015. This event is also coming to an end this weekend; July 25th is the final day. Oh, and my eyes are Buzzeri’s new release for the new Epiphany gacha event.

Reverse

A few final notes about the new Belleza bodies… they include an updated hud, with a lot more alpha cuts, a (very) improved fit around the neck, alpha save slots and some really cool features that, to be honest, I’m still learning! You can read more about the update on Belleza’s site. Please note that this post is NSFW!

~Lucie

Credits
PXL: Shara Carnival skin – Natural – Makeup 02 Wayward Carnival
Belleza: Freya mesh body
Buzzeri: Cora eyes – Chocolate The Epiphany
LeLutka: Dakota hair – reds Hair Fair 2015
Cae: Reverse necklace Wizarding Faire 2015
Blueberry: Sophia dress – black (Belleza fantasy version)
Reign: Couture pumps – black
Ploom: B.Y.O.B. pose 06 (curvy)
Location: Blithe Tavern

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Buy ALL the things… on sale!

The coldLogic and FATE sales are winding down… you only have through tomorrow (July 5th) to benefit from these great discounts! coldLogic did a brand new release during the sale, and I’m wearing a top and shorts from that release. Even better, it’s also on sale! That’s like virtually unheard of in SL… a new release during a sale that’s also discounted?!? It’s pretty awesome, so don’t miss out! I thought our new pose pack for My SLink Obsession (opens July 5th) was perfect for this pic, as it features lots of shopping bags and is called Retail Therapy.

I’m also wearing PXL’s new body applier freckles that are part of a new event called Mix. This is a HUD based shopping event located in each individual designer’s store. so you’ll find these freckles at PXL (the mesh body applier freckles).

My hair is also a new release… from Tableau Vivant, and available at Shiny Shabby. And finally, my beautiful skin is from PXL for Candy Fair which is now open.

Happy shopping and buy ALL the things!

~Lucie

Credits
PXL: Violet skin – bare lips – pale tone w/light freckles, moles & lip gloss 3 Candy Fair
SLink: Physique mesh body, flat mesh feet, gesture mesh hands
PXL: Freckles body appliers, fair tones Mix
Tableau Vivant: Morgana hair – reds
Buzzeri: Elysium eyes – Amber
coldLogic: kerr shirt – sky, short 151 – kidd – grey sky
Cae: Scrolled necklace & earrings Cosmopolitan opens July 6th
FATEstep: Ziggy chucks
Repose: Retail Therapy poses w/props 3 (pic 1) & pose 1 (pic 2)
Location: coldLogic sim

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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

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Skin Fair Part II

I have some more from Skin Fair for you!

First, from PXL, is Aeryn. I am in love with this skin. I feel adorably sexy in this one. This skin has a lot of add-ons, including appliers for PXL’s own Sweet Lips mouth, moles and freckles on tattoo layers, cleavage on tattoo layers and a tintable eyebrow tattoo. I took this pic while sitting in the adorable Bluebird Cuddle Van that Consignment did for the current Collabor88. The entire set is a quirky and adorable take on a camping set, and I definitely love it!

Aeryn

Next, meet Sadie, one of La Petite Morte’s skins for Skin Fair. This one is young and innocent in appearance, and probably would be cute on a child or teen avie, too. I’m wearing another color of the Adored Moon eyes line that is also at Skin Fair. I am really loving these eyes, and this dark green is perfect for me since I currently have spring fever and it makes me think of dark green leaves! The lovely sim Blithe, with all its lush spring greenery, made a perfect backdrop for this vibrant new face.

Sweet Sadie

Finally, Essences has three new faces for Skin Fair. This is Storm, which I really liked. There is something almost impish about this face, which made it a perfect match for a post featuring items from the new Create Your Own Tarot event that opened last week. The first featured card for this event is The Fool, so all items have are themed to match. My hair is from Ayashi and the dress is Valentine E. Couture. I took this pic at the darkly beautiful, post-apocalyptic theme park sim Everwinter, which is new from the owner of Baja Norte. And again, I’m wearing Adored eyes, this time in a dazzling amethyst shade that seemed to suit to mood.

Friday's Fool

There’s just a week left for Skin Fair… so be sure you don’t miss it!

~Lucie

Credits
Pic 1:
PXL: Aeryn skin – SK – makeup 01 w/moles tattoo Skin Fair
Argrace: Seri hair – reds
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Hazel
LovelyAlien: Starry lashes
Mon Cheri: Falshies lashes
Consignment: Bluebird Cuddle Van Collabor88

Pic 2:
La Petite Morte: Sadie skin – tone 02 Skin Fair
Exile: Thinking Out Loud hair – Reds
Adored: Moon eyes – dk green Skin Fair
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Cae: Eternity ring
Izzie’s: Head & Hands pose 2

Pic 3:
Essences: Storm skin – pale 02 Skin Fair
Ayashi: Sunny hair – fatpack CYOT
Adored: Moon eyes – dk purple Skin Fair
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Valentina E. Couture: Je ne regretre nien dress – Noir CYOT
Izzie’s: Headshot 4