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Gathering Warmth

Sometimes when I create scenes for vendor ads for Repose, I wind up liking them enough that I want to blog them. This was one such case, and since I promised in yesterday’s post to show y’all a close up of the outfit I was wearing, this seemed like a great opportunity. I’m wearing a top and leggings from coldLogic’s newest release for their new brand Neve. I love these new releases because they include huds with different color options for each version of top, dress, bottom, etc. Plus, for things with layers, like this adorable top, there’s an option to change the color of the undershirt separately. I was going for a decidedly autumnal vibe with my pumpkin shade for the leggings and the green top. My alt is wearing FATEwear, which always compliments the colors of coldLogic’s releases perfectly!

Gathering Warmth

And I’d like to leave you with this.

Fashion Credits

On Lucie:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body, Stagioni Xtd Leather boots – Bronze
Essences: LouAnn skin – Medium 02
Argrace: hair – Red w/add on checkered bow hud
Buzzeri: Serenity Eyes – Amber N21
Neve by coldLogic: zeezee leggings – lively, breeze top – lively
Cae: Happily Ever After Ring

On Sephie:
Clef de Peu: Robin skin T4 w/black brows & stubble tattoos
Exile: Take It Easy hair – naturals
I.D.: September eyes – Amber The Mens Dept
FATEwear: Robertson shirt, Brian pants
FATEstep: Matthew boots
SLink: Mesh hands, male version – Curl & Grip

Repose: Warmth prop pose (coming soonish)

Decor Credits:
Studio Skye: Autumnal ground texture, mesh land forms, Enchanted Woods trees
Dysfunctional Designs: Wood Chopping block, Frilly Pine Trees, New Pumpkin Garden Plots
Alouette: Weathered greenhouse
What Next: Scarecrow VIP Group Gift
Izzie’s: Tree logs

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Temptation (NSFW)

I rarely do anything that’s NSFW. In fact, this might be the first time I’ve ever had nudity on this blog. But I was photographing a vendor ad for Repose, and I decided I really loved the pic and wanted to do my own spin on it and blog it. This pose gave me a fun opportunity to use two of the Tableau Vivant hairstyles for The Arcade. They’re all very dramatic and awesome for photography. I am wearing Erratic’s sexy lingerie release for the current Collabor88, and my alt has on a sexy lingerie set from Blacklace. This scene was taken inside the new Asian Loft skybox from DaD that is available at The 24 event. It’s a limited edition, so be sure to check it out!

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Perfectly imperfect

So, there’s a new club opening Sunday called Altitude. Actually, it’s more of a destination venue than a club. It’s designed for live music performances, which is really cool and something I used to enjoy a lot of in SL (before I became a platform dweller 😛 ) In honor of the grand opening, Valentina E. Couture has made this sexy outfit as a launch gift! This outfit will only be available during the big debut event, from 12 pm to 5 pm SLT Sunday, September 13th! So don’t miss out… take the opportunity to go check out a new venue AND snag an awesome gift at the same time. Oh, and my adorable shoes are from fri.day, for the new Collabor88. This month’s witchy theme has been super popular, and it may still take a few tries to get in, but oh my, it is worth the effort once you do.

Living Room Star

Now, please bear with me while I get personal. And wordy.

You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful. ~Amy Bloom

I love that quote. I think we live in a world that encourages this quest for flawlessness and perfection, and no matter how perfectly that foundation covers your “flaws,” they still exist. Not to mention, the most beautiful parts of ourselves aren’t the parts that show on the outside. Who we are as individuals isn’t contingent upon our skin being perfect, a number on the scale, the size of our pants or any other external thing. It’s about our personalities, and this is where true beauty lies. And even then, we’re still not perfect. No one is… and the quest for it just tends to leave us feeling inferior, self-conscious, empty and frustrated.

In Second Life, it’s possible to be physically “perfect,” whatever “perfection” might look like to us personally. And actually, it’s hard to NOT be perfect in some respects. Most skins are flawless, gorgeous works of art. And not that I don’t appreciate that, because I do. I appreciate beauty, in all of its forms. But sometimes I find myself wanting SL to be a little… more realistic. A little less perfect. Last year, I went from being a (smallish) medium in standard sizing to a very lush large. It was a big change. Most of you will have noticed that the size difference from medium to large is quite a jump. Much more pronounced than the difference from small to medium. When mesh first came out I was between a small and medium and I went smaller. The idea of making my avatar larger was so… distressing. And I didn’t want to admit that to myself, let alone to anyone else. But it’s true.

I’ve struggled with a RL eating disorder and body acceptance pretty much my entire life. I was a fat kid, a fat teen and I’m a fat adult. And I say “fat” merely as a descriptor, but oh it’s such a loaded word. It shouldn’t be, anymore than saying “I’m tall” or “I have brown eyes.” But our culture abhors fat, and strives to do everything to eradicate it where possible. I decided I wanted my SL shape to be fuller figured. I still wouldn’t call my av “fat,” but comparatively speaking she is… particularly in the blogging/fashion world of SL, where it seems most people tend to be thinner. In reality, even though to me, a (real life) person of a comparable size isn’t “fat,” I suspect that if you went by the (useless) BMI charts the woman in question would be considered “overweight,” if not “obese.” But size is relative, in some respects, and what is “thin” or “fat” varies depending on perspective, too. I have never and will never be that person who goes into any store and easily finds clothes that fit, perfectly, without trouble. Though it may seem strange I’d want to relive that experience in Second Life, I have worked very hard on eating disorder recovery and body acceptance in real life, and it occurred to me last year that my avatar being so close to a societally idealized shape was not a healthy thing for me. It should be noted that Lucie’s build is really nothing like my RL one, but it still feels more true to myself. It was a matter of finding the balance between fantasy and reality that wouldn’t messing with my head… but I still often wished for a fuller face.

Enter Mallory Cowen, the talented creator behind LAQ, who has recently introduced skins that are exactly what I’ve been craving in my SL. Particularly Elise, which I’m wearing below. Elise comes with a “built in” double chin. There’s a tattoo layer for a “simple” chin, too, for those who love the skin but don’t want a double chin. Her features are fuller and I just love this skin so much. You can also buy the double chin tattoo separately for use with other LAQ skins (and you may be able to match them to other brands, but I’d demo first, to be sure). My cute fortune cookie necklace is a new release from Cae for The Mix, and which you can grab at the Mainstore.

Perfectly Imperfect

It struck me as I photographed this skin, trying to find a light that didn’t minimize the double chin, how… counter-intuitive that is, how even now, with all the work I’ve done to accept myself as I am today, I’d probably cringe if lighting made my double chin seem even more pronounced. I would immediately recognize what I was doing, and shut down the negative self-talk. But it would probably still happen, particularly on a bad day. But that’s what I mean… no one is perfect. We all have our problems and flaws, and trying to deny that or trying to “erase” them, well… for me, at least, that’s like trying to erase a part of who I really am. And that’s just not something I am willing to do anymore.

I applaud Mallory for her work. It’s something I think SL really needed, and it’s going to be great for RPers (she did several more mature skins, too). Check out the LAQ blog for more pics, and I plan to blog some of her other newer skins, too! I look forward to seeing what she does next.

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
SLink: Physique mesh body
LAQ: Elise skin – tone 1.5 w/smoky eyeshadow tattoo
Magika: Itch hair – Hud 1
Buzzeri: Duo eyes – Molten
Valentina E. Couture: Altitude Ensemble Altitude Opening Gift
Cae: Fortune necklace The Mix
SLink: Casual mesh hands, High feet
fri.day: Samantha booties – ghost Collabor88
Repose: Red pose & prop 01

Decor:

Jian: Lyle Console Record Player
floorplan: scattered sheet music, guitar bookcase
Lisp: Persimmon Grand Piano – Noir
TeddyJr: Dorene store building (in the apartment above the store)

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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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Lady of the Keep

I was inspired by Peqe’s beautiful gown from The Conquest. I have this gorgeous build from Dysfunctional Designs, and it’s a skybox with a surround which I just love because I can just rezz it and use it right away without worrying what’s out the windows! In this case, there’s also this gorgeous water feature built right in, and I knew it would be a perfect scene for this lovely dress.

Whispering waters

I am wearing one of the new releases Wasabi Pills has for The Conquest, and Cae’s gorgeous necklace which can be found at the event as well. The skin is from Glam Affair, another makeup of Eles, which I previously blogged here. This skin is a gacha, available at The Conquest, which I always like because I can pass off extras to alts.

Lady of the Keep

I should note that this dress has the arms positioned this way (and your arms will need be completely alpha’d out to wear it), so the poses I’ve used are not represented in their true form.

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Eles skin – Asia 09 The Conquest
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Wasabi Pills: Keira hair – Cinnamon The Conquest
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – Storm
Peqe: Arabello gown – Blue The Conquest
Cae: Conquest necklace The Conquest
Repose: Shy pose 5 (pic 1)
Infiniti: Female basics 09 (pic 2)
Dysfunctional Designs: Khan’s Keep skybox

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We’re Pink Lemonade

I grabbed a fellow blogger and dragged her to the coldLogic summer sale so we could blog coldLogic and FATEstep (which, along with the other FATE brands, is also having a sale) together. It is a refreshing look, especially with Jian’s Asbury set out on my deck!

We're Pink Lemonade...

The coldLogic and FATE sales run to July 5th, so be sure to check them out!

coldLogic

FATEstep, FATEplay, FATEwear

~Lucie

Credits
Left:
Glam Affair: Katra Skin – Jamaica – 02
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Truth: Lucrecia hair w/roses – browns
Buzzeri: Lillian eyes – Midnight
Redgrave: Lashes 35 & 31
Izzie’s: Celestial rings – silver
coldLogic: beam dress – blush
FATEstep: Jessie wedges

Right – Me:
Glam Affair: Summer V3 skin – America 02 Collabor88
SLink: Physique mesh body
Tableau Vivant: Leste hair – reds Kustom 9
Egozy: Illuminate eyes – Turquoize (marketplace, system layer only)
Cae: Wish necklace
coldLogic: Haver dress – minty
FATEstep: Jessica wedges

Repose: BFFs pose

Decor
Barnesworth Anubis: Hamptons Cottage
Jian: Asbury Patio Furniture set
LAQ Decor: Curtains

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The Conquest

There is a new event opening at midnight, and I know some of you might be rolling your eyes and going, “another event?” But before you dismiss it out of hand, this one isn’t quite like the others because it is inspired by the wonderfully complex world of Game Of Thrones! So if you’re a GoT fan, this is definitely an event worthy of exploring. Here I am showing the beautiful weirwood saplings made by Roawenwood for this event, along with one of the stunning new skins from Glam Affair (available as a gacha) and a lovely gown from Les Encantadas.

Whispers in the weirwoods

Even if you’re not specifically a GoT fan, but love role-play, I am willing to bet you’ll find something to love at The Conquest. The Conquest is located on the Era Of Conquest role-playing sim, so if you’re interested in GoT role-play, definitely check it out. It’s an incredibly beautiful sim, and certainly worth a visit. You can also check out their website for more info.

~Lucie

Credits
Glam Affair: Eles skin – Asia 05 The Conquest
Truth: Ishya hair w/bangs add on – reds
Les Encantadas: Marge gown The Conquest
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – Chlorine
Repose: Blade prop & pose 3
Turnip’s: Skydome w/winter texture add on
Roawenwood: weirwood saplings The Conquest

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Freckled

I didn’t dive too deeply into my inventory for my newest round of Raid Your Closet, but these are things that met the criteria! Most of these things I’ve had just a few months. But hey, newer things need love, too, right? Like I this beautiful, freckle-faced DeeTaleZ skin I bought earlier this year, and never once wore. I love freckles on other people, like my beautiful sister Peppersley. I just don’t usually like them on me. But this time, I did.

Trace my freckles with your fingertip

My dress is a fairly recent release from coldLogic’s spring line. This may sound weird, but I love the creases. The attention to detail is just one of the things I always love from the coldLogic designers. Also, it’s worth noting I am wearing this dress, in the standard sizing large, with my Maitreya Lara body without any issues. Just had to alpha out a few parts, and voila! My strappy, sexy sandals are from Livalle, and this beautifully bohemian hair is from Tableau Vivant.

Waiting for my dinner date

~Lucie

Credits
DeeTaleZ: Maxine Skin V2 – Nordic w/tintable lip layer brightness 2
Tableau Vivant: Diana hair – reds
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – hazel
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Lara Hurley: Black eyeliner – waterline (came with Fae skin)
Lovely Alien: Eyeliner (came with Starry Eyelashes)
Maitreya: Lara body
Izzie’s: Body freckles applier for Maitreya body
coldLogic: Dame dress – coral
Livalle: Modig sandals – brown
Repose: The Look pose 2 (pic 1)
Infiniti: Elegance pose 4 (pic 2)
Location: Blithe

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Venus by Belleza

You may have heard that Belleza is releasing a mesh body soon. I have a couple of teaser pics to share with you. They are working on a few more tweaks, but it should be out very, very soon! In the meantime, these are completely raw images. All I did was crop them. She’s named for a goddess, and I’m not gonna lie… I feel like one wearing this body!

Venus

Venus comes with two versions. One version comes complete with hands and feet (all one piece, attached to the body itself), which are controlled by the hud. There are three versions of the feet (flat, medium and high), and 16 different hand positions, all controlled by the hud as well. The hud, btw, is wonderfully easy to use. It’s very clearly labeled, and everything you need is in one hud. The other version of the body is compatible with the SLink hands and feet. In the pic below I am featuring L.Warwick shoes that will be available at the Le Ponpon Sweet 60s event in October.

Shy Goddess

Stay tuned for more info on Venus soon…

~Lucie

Credits
Belleza: Emily skin – Makeup 4 The Arcade
Belleza: Venus body (lingerie is included)
Truth: Posy hair – reds
IKON: Hope eyes – Utopia
Mon Cheri: Falsies
L.Warwick: Aurora – Oxford heels – White (coming October 15th to Le Ponpon)
Repose: Luscious – pose 4 (pic 1), Shy – pose 5 (pic 2)

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Champagne & Music

I was in a mood to decorate, and I had this lovely living room set from Atelier Visconti for The Garden. I wanted a dramatic coffee table, and DIGS has this tufted coffee table that felt it would go perfectly with the rest of the set. I added DIGS end tables and lamps from Pixel Mode’s Josephine (also at The Garden), and voila! But then I needed a piano, and ofc some books… and assorted decor. After which point, I was fairly tired so I relaxed on my Alouette piano.

Sing me a song

But I was all dressed up, so I decided that maybe I needed to go out for a drink. Except I wasn’t really feeling in the mood for company, so what to do? Ah! A solo glass of champagne in my clock tower bar.

Drinking alone in the clock tower bar

~Lucie

Decor Credits
Pic 1:
tarte: studio skybox
Atelier Visconti: Helena living room set The Garden
DIGS: Narvik end tables, Dalkeith tufted coffee table – Grey suede, Leaf mirror – black
Alouette: Georgia bookshelf – black, Evelyn Piano – black
MishMish: Foodies – tea time tray (Rare) Past Arcade
Pixel Mode: Play It Again Sam wine rack, Josephine lamps The Garden
Collage: Flowers wall art
Standby: Antique camera w/stand – bronze Collabor88
Half+Deer: Sleepy Italian greyhound – black
Dysfunctional Designs: Orchard tree – citrus

Pic 2
Fashion Credits:
Glam Affair: Rose skin – Asia 07
LoQ’ue: Mezcal hair – light reds
IKON: Promise eyes – Mahogany
Mon Cheri:Falsies lashes
Baiastice: Yara dress – teal
SLink: Mesh hands – bag & casual, mesh feet – high
SLink: Priscilla plateau heels – grey glitter (former 21 Shoe exclusive color, many other colors available)
Wicked Peach: Diesel nails for SLink
Repose: Champagne glass prop from To Us pose (available August 9th)

Decor Credits:
Pixel Mode: The Clock Tower skybox
Trompe Loeil: The Dragon & Orchid Home Pub – Dark
Erratic: Vodka, Rum, Mixer set (rare) from the Cocktail Bar set Past Arcade
Keke: champagne bubblissimo bucket – silver Past Arcade