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

Rose Gold

Rose gold is hot right now. I didn’t set out to do a post with a rose gold theme, but suddenly I realized I’d put together a look that was pretty rosey and a bit gold, so I went with it! I am wearing a new Mainstore release from Just Because. This jumpsuit was inspired by the recent Fleur gown release. Like the gown, there’s a sheer lace top version (which I’m wearing) and an opaque one. I love that gown, but I really love the jumpsuit! Especially since it lets me show off the cute Lykke heels Ingenue released for The Arcade.

I never promised you a rose garden

I am also wearing a new Mainstore release from Exile (I am sooo loving all the Mainstore releases lately!). Exile now has hair that is bento animated, and Over The Edge is one of them! It’s pretty cool, and especially if you’ve missed the movement of flexi hair you should check it out. There is also a static version included, but I have the animated version on, and was trying to capture the hair as it moved the furthest from my body so the static version may seem slightly different. My lipstick is a release from [TheSkinnery] that is available at The Chapter Four event. My eyes are yet another color of the Don’t Speak pack, also from [TheSkinnery], and currently at Rewind for another 24 hours or so. After that, look for them at the Mainstore. My Catwa head applier (Cristy) is also from [TheSkinnery]. The poses I used for both pics are both by Luxe and are available at the current round of Uber. These poses include curvy versions, for which I am very grateful. It’s often a challenge to find poses that work with my curvier shape, so whenever I see a store that does curvy versions I make a note of it!

Rose Gold

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Matireya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly bento mesh head
[TheSkinnery]: Cristy applier – honey, Don’t Speak eyes – 6, Birkin lip applier
Exile: Over The Edge hair – Wildcards hud
Just Because: Fl
Cae: Anna ring
Yummy: Love Spell ring set N21
Hello Dave: Dainty Doll nail appliers
Ingenue: Lykke shoes – Ballet The Arcade
Luxe: Sonya poses 6 (pic 1) & 5 (pic 2) – curvy versions Uber

Decor:
ANC: “secret garden” ROSE goth/blood
JIAN: White Tail Deer – Female Adult (Animated)
Happy Mood: Garden Tree06 – Light Colors c, Cliff Hill – flower A, Garden Tree08 with Lights – green a
Forest Floor: Alder – Lush

Spring Rebel

Cosmetics Fair is going on right now, and if you’re a makeup/applier/tattoo addict like me, this is something you definitely want to check out. Also, you still have some time to get to the current – and awesome – round of Collabor88 before it ends. I’m featuring items from both events in this post. First, I was utterly thrilled when I saw that [TheSkinnery] had a LeLutka applier at Collab. I love my LeLutka heads, especially Chloe, which I’m wearing here with Nora (and other strange sentences you don’t say in RL). My eyeshadow is a Cosmetics Fair release from Arte, which is a new-to-me store. I really loved the palette; it was all very spring-y pastels. The tattoo applier I am wearing is also from Cosmetics Fair, by Nanika, which is another new-to-me store. But I really love this tattoo. It has a black option, too. But for spring I kinda liked the idea of white! My eyes are by Song and are also available at Cosmetics Fair. I am really fussy about eyes and I love these, so if you’re particular like me, definitely check them out!

The recent updates to LeLutka’s bento heads includes multiple teeth options, and also comes with braces. I know this is going to sound SUPER weird, and I also know anyone who actually has or had braces is gonna say I’m crazy, but as a kid I wanted braces SO BADLY. I can’t explain it. It started in 2nd grade when a girl I had a crush on got a retainer, and I thought she looked so freakin’ cute. I used to make a fake retainer out of a paperclip (which I am sure was great for my teeth). So actually, suddenly it makes perfect sense why I had that obsession. But anyway. Yeah. I had to wear the braces lol. Oh, my manicure is also from Cosmetics Fair and it’s by Alaska Metro. You get a ton of options and variations with this applier, and it’s well worth the price.

Spring Rebel

My dress is a new release from Neve, and it’s so sassy! I love how short and sexy it is, and the color options are gorgeous. The one I’m wearing is in the Aura color pack and it reminded me of rainbow sherbet. My strappy, sexy heels are from fri.day and you can snag them at Collabor88. Also from Collab is my furniture set from What Next. The vase of tulips are also What Next, and can be found in the mainstore. My sweet little puppies are from JIAN at The Epiphany. You can snag my sassy Exile hair at the current round of Collab, too! I’m still playing with colors, and I really love the newly updated textures and HUDS. Check them out if you haven’t yet!

Spring Spaniels

Oh, one final note? I’m wearing the recently updated Maitreya Lara body, which now includes bento hands, complete with animations, one of which I’m using above!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body – bento version
Exile: Green Light hair – Natural Fusions hud Collabor88
LeLutka: Chloe mesh head – bento
TheSkinnery: Nora applier – Honey Collabor88
Arte: Blossom eyeshadow Cosmetics Fair
Song: Lexi eyes – Brow Cosmetics Fair
Nanika: Purpose tattoo – white Cosmetics Fair
Cae: Secure collar – Pearl
Astralia: My half rings
Alaska Metro: Dazzle manicure applier Cosmetics Fair
Neve: thrown dress – aura
fri.day: Rita sandals Collabor88
Elephante Poses: Gretchen #4 (1st pic modified by bento hands position) Pose Fair 2017

Decor:
Barnesworth Anubis: henlopen cottage
What Next: Palma set Collabor88 Emma Tulips Bouquet – pink + purple
JIAN: Splendid Spaniels 18. Upside Down Sleeper (on chair), Splendid Spaniels 19. Floor Snoozer The Epiphany

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

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

Electric Youth

I feel like the era of my tweens and early teens (aka late 80s/early 90s) is suddenly super popular again. From the recent debut of the Rewind event, with it’s 90’s theme, to some of the fun color combos at various events (like Uber), it just feels a bit surreal.

So maybe it’s not surprising that I found myself feeling a big nostalgic, and that before long said nostalgia led me to listen to Electric Youth, which came out in 1989. This iconic Debbie Gibson album inspired a line of cosmetics and a fragrance, all of which I – naturally – had. See, I was fascinated by Debbie Gibson. She wrote all of the songs on her album, and she also produced six of the ten tracks on the album entirely on her own. It was only with her first album that I had learned a strange lesson… not all singers are songwriters. Up until Out of the Blue got a lot of attention for having been written by a 16 year-old, it never dawned on me that singers didn’t also write their song lyrics or music. This is undoubtedly the result of being a songwriter’s daughter; my dad was in bands my entire childhood, and they wrote everything they did that wasn’t a cover and my dad was the primary lyricist. So it kind of never occurred to me that other people didn’t write their own songs.

At any rate, this revelation made Debbie Gibson a hero of mine. I was six years younger than her, but she was doing amazing things. Then she became Eponine in Les Mis (“On My Own” was “my” song; I sang it in 8th grade and related deeply to it), and that just sealed it for me. Debbie Gibson was totally amazing.

So, this was my tribute to that time in my life… a skort (!) and chunky plastic ring from Decoy, a cropped t-shirt with the word “dazed” from Tee*Fy at N21, some curly pigtails and blunt bangs, brand new from Truth and available at the current round of Uber. Uber has a brand new layout to help make shopping easier., and a great big bubble of pink gum, thanks to Catwa. Oh, and the perfect 90s-esque photo backdrop courtesy of Mons! I swear I know someone with framed prints that looked like this wall.

Pop Sugar

I just got the Catwa (bento) Kimberly head, as a birthday gift from a dear friend. I chose Kimberly over Catya and Lilo, Catwa’s other two heads (another one, Lona, is either newly out or about to be released) neither of which felt very “me,” even with shape changes. But Kimberly does! It’s very cute and works well with fuller lips and larger eyes. I am featuring some items from the February Powder Pack here. This skin applier is Kelly, from Amara. I wasn’t familiar with Amara but I loved this applier. That’s one of the fun things about these subscription boxes. You get to try out some stores you don’t know! I’m wearing the Powder Pack eyeliner/shadow by DeeTaleZ, which was tintable, so I made it this very 90s teal shade to match my hair. And the lipgloss is from Pink Fuel’s Powder Pack release. My lashes are also from Powder Pack, by Bold & Beauty. I had some trouble adjusting mesh eyes to fit in my Catwa head (and unlike the LeLutka heads, you must use mesh eyes). While Catwa’s heads come with rigged eyes, I wanted more options. Ultimately, the eyes I found easiest to adjust to my shape were from theSkinnery’s Palermo collection. These also have an OMEGA applier version, as well as system eyes. Oh and the adorable moles are another Powder Pack release, from okbye!

Electric Youth

If you missed the Powder Pack you can buy it later, but please note that the original price is $L1500 and after the price is L$3000 so it’s worth it if you love makeup and skins! Plus, there is going to be a LeLutka version starting later this month… now I just have to figure out which version I want! Gah!

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly mesh (bento) head
Amara: Kelly skin applier – tone 3 Powder Pack
[TheSkinnery]: Palermo mesh eyes – #7
Bold & Beauty: Classic Collection Lash – Giselle V1 Powder Pack
okbye: Dalmatian beauty marks Powder Pack
DeeTaleZ: Beautiful Eyes Collection – tintable liner Powder Pack
Pink Fuel: Juicy Drop lip collection – bento for Catwa Powder Pack
Truth: Kyoko hair w/bangs Uber
Tee*fy: Brooklyn shirt – Dazed N21
Decoy: Courtney Skort – white, 90s Classics gacha – Chunky ring plain mint (these were at the Rewind event and may not be in the mainstore just yet)
Reign: Millani sandals
Infiniti: Carefree pose 2
MONS / 3D: 90s Photoshoot Decor (style5) RARE

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

Paisley Love

I absolutely love all things paisley. In fact, in RL we just recently bought this paisley print rug to put at our front entrance. So when I saw that one of the limited edition Love collection kitties from KittyCatS was PAISLEY I knew I’d fall in love… and I did!

I mean, look at these cuties! How can you not fall for them? From left to right, the fur patterns are called: Disarmed, Charmed, Hypnotized, Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered. I seriously struggle to even pick a favorite pattern (but my love of purple has me leaning towards Charmed)!

Paisley Love Collection

I was also hoping to grab a snap of one of the kitties asleep with a toy, and I got lucky! This little sweetheart was sleeping with his teddy bear. The toys change, and you may see everything from a bear to a frog. They also frequently cuddle the toys. As babies, sometimes they sleep with a bottle! It’s utterly adorable, and just one more “attention to detail” aspect I love about these breedables. Also in this pic is the Rare wagon from the JIAN Love Pugs gacha at Gacha Garden (which closes on the 28th, so hurry and visit if you haven’t!).

Cat naps

This collection, along with the Painted Love collection from my previous blog post, is a limited edition and only available through March 3rd. So if you haven’t bought yours yet, hurry! You can grab them in world or on Marketplace.

KittyCatS Mainstore

Here are the individual Marketplace links. If you are unfamiliar with KittyCatS special collections, these work a bit like a gacha would. You can select the gender, but the fur pattern you get will be random.

Girl Paisley Love Kitten

Boy Paisley Love Kitten

Girl Painted Love Kitten

Boy Painted Love Kitten

~Lucie

Credits

Trompe Loeil: Garden Bard Abode
KittyCatS: Paisley Love cats
Limited Collection
Ariskea: Jane Tulips In Bloom – Waterlily
JIAN: Love Pugs 3. Pug Wagon RARE Gacha Garden
HEART: Daisies – Patch – Small

The Lovers’ Cottage

I fell in love with the brand new bed Half-Deer released for Collabor88. I wanted to do a super dreamy, frilly Valentine’s type cottage, and the bed was perfect for the room. The Garden Bard Abode from Trompe Loeil was small enough to be cozy for this scene, but has so many windows it would be bright and cheery, too. The calendar is from Pixel Mode, the kitty bed in the corner is from Alouette, the large rug in front of the bed is from brocante and everything else is Half-Deer!

Lovers Cottage

I’m featuring the new Painted Love Collection cats from KittyCatS in this post. If you don’t know KittyCatS, they are breedables (though you can opt to not breed, too) that are truly the best on the grid in my opinion. The KittyCatS team provides the best customer service, and there’s a reason they’ve been around – and relevant – for six long years now! Their website is a great resource if you’re interested in them. This is one of two special collections of kitties that you can buy through March 3rd. My personal favorite in this collection is called Cupid Disarmed. I love the little blue toe pads against the chocolate coloring of this kitten’s feets! His playmate is Birth of Venus, and in the background sleeping in the kitty bed from Alouette you can see two of the Paisley Love kittens. I’m doing a post featuring them next week, so stay tuned for that. But in the meantime, at the end of this post I will share the ad so you can see how cute they are!

Kitten Love

Below you can get a closer look at all five of the kitties available in this collection. From right to left, they are Cupid Disarmed, The Fisherman & The Siren, The Kiss, In Bed The Kiss and Birth of Venus.

Painted Love

~Lucie

Paisley Love Collection
(Click to veiw larger)
kittycats-paisley-love-with-names-ad

Credits:
Trompe Loeil: Garden Bard Abode
+Half-Deer+ Dreamrose Princess Bed – Vintage White Collabor88
+Half-Deer+ Heart Fairylight Balloons – Light – Group
+Half-Deer+ Lovely Heart Garland – Spicy – Short
+Half-Deer+ Slumber Lamp – Cat – Pink
+Half-Deer+ Valentine Side Table – Vintage White
+Half-Deer+ Frilly Heart Rug – Neutrals – Bright White
+Half-Deer+ Frilly Heart Rug – Worded – Welcome White (resized to be smaller)
+Half-Deer+ Frilly Heart Rug – Polkadots – Pink (resized to be smaller)
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter II – Cat Bed – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Scratching Post – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Toys Toys Toys – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Bowl of Fish – Neutral
+Half-Deer+ Cat Clutter – Bowl of Kibble – Neutral
brocante. throw rug
Pixel Mode: Valentine Calendar – 2016
Alouette – Cat Daybed – Pink