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Goodbye 2018

Happy 2019! I know things have been quiet here. I’m hoping 2019 is a bit less of a RL roller coaster and that I’ll have more time for SL blogging. Although, I did have a good reason for taking off November… I wrote a novel, as part of National Novel Writing Month (better known as NaNoWriMo). My goal is to self-publish on Amazon in the coming months.

But, since the holidays have come and gone – and before we get any further into the new year – I did want to share a few pics I did in December.

My SL daughter Nana and I spent some time hanging out on Christmas. Mostly we were both AFK in RL, but I did manage to grab a pic of us, both looking really festive (I don’t have her credits, but if you’re curious, just ask! I can get them from her).

Christmas with my daughter

Here’s a closeup of me in my amazing Christmas tree hair from Astrology. Astrology is having a wicked store contest right now, and you could win the entire store! For all of the info on how to enter, check out the Astrology blog post for the contest details and requirements. The contest runs through January 15th.

Santa's Helper

I also wanted to share the details on a less, uh… traditional… Christmas pic I did. I did a headshot that goes with this, but haven’t edited it yet. When I do I’ll upload it to Flickr and link to this post.

Maybe Next Year

Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead!

~Lucie

Credits

Pics 1 & 2

Fashion
Maitreya: Lara body
LAQ: Lisa bento head & skin tone 1.5
LAQ: Rigged mesh eyes
Astrology: Tree Stella Hair – Dark Pack
Izzie’s: Glitter brows applier
Neve: fate coat
Cae: Audrey ring
Nylon Outfitters: Art Nails – Christmas ’18
Swear: Aspen leggings
Livalle: Lydia Mary Jane Creepers – XMAS Red

Decor
Culprit Village Cottage Cotswold
+Half-Deer+ Christmas Set – Traditional – FULL TREE SETUP
FOXCITY: Last Minute bento pose & props

Pic 3

Fashion
Maitreya: Lara body
LeLutka: Greer head
League: Luna applier – Medium Set 2
Exile: Bangles & Bracelets hair – Reds
Avi Glam: Glacial Eyes Gacha 06
ISON: Kylie dress – Red Plaid
Izzie’s: fishnet stockings applier
Gos: Hurley Ankle boots
Infiniti: Blowing Smoke Pose 16

Decor
SEUL – Studio RARE
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Table
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Chair
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Carpet
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Wood Basket
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Wood Stove
DRD – My Miserable Holiday – Tree
MudHoney Present 4 – black
Mutresse-Annoyed-Shortie Cats
NOMAD // Star Curtain (4LI)

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BVN Secret Santa Swap!

The Blogger & Vlogger Network did a neat twist on the Secret Santa concept for this holiday season. The Secret Santa Swap was an opportunity for bloggers to sign up to blog about a fellow blogger and BVN member.

My recipient was Adalynne Romano (adalynnereed resident in world). Adalynne’s blog is called Graceful Class and Elegant Sass. I’ve been following her for a long time on Flickr, and I think her photos are absolutely stunning. Not only does she do great fashion pics, she’s also fabulous with decor and landscape scenes.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pics Adalynne’s done recently.

This is possibly my favorite pic I’ve seen all holiday season by anyone. I just find it utterly adorable. The cozy PJs and slippers and the baking scene are just too cute and I love the lighting and composition.

Bake While They Sleep

Next is this wintry outdoor scene, which at a quick glance almost appears to be a real life photo.

Conservatory

Finally, this shot which is elegant and dreamy. The shadows in this scene are gorgeous.

Mistletoe Trouble

If you’re not already following Adalynne I highly recommend it! She’s also on facebook.

You can learn more about BVN on their website, and if you’re a blogger definitely join their in-world group.

Adalynne, I wish the very happiest of holidays and all the best in 2018!

~Lucie

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I’m just chewing gum

Recently, I happened upon a new-to-me artist named Nina Nesbitt and her song Chewing Gum. One of the lines is “cuz I’m a made-up mess in a backless dress” and well, I was already wearing this sexy backless dress from Neve, which you can grab at Uber through September 23rd on and it just seemed like kismet. I styled the rest of the look around the sexy, peppy song. My hair is a recent Mainstore release from Truth called Lady, and it includes multiple styling options, which you can see here. The killer red heels I have on are from Ingenue’s Cosette gacha at The Arcade, and this is just one of 16 colors to collect!

I'm a made-up mess in a backless dress

I am also wearing a new skin applier by [theSkinnery] for Catwa heads. Karen is available at Ultra through October 8th. I really like this skin. I love the messy brows and the soft sheen it has. There are also really cute crinkles around the eyes, which make me happy. While I can appreciate the absolute flawlessness of some of the skin appliers you find in SL, I also really love seeing the realism offered by creators like Umazuma Metaluna who owns [theSkinnery]. My gorgeous, bold jewelry is Cae’s Anika set which is available at FaMESHed through September 27th.

Chewing Gum

Below you can watch the video and listen to the song that helped inspire this post. It may not be available in all countries.

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Catwa: Koura bento head
[theSkinnery]: Karen Catwa applier – Honey tone Ultra
Truth: Lady hair – Multitone 1 hud
Cae: Anika jewelry set FaMEHSed
Neve: Dre dress Uber
Ingenue: Cosette heels – Rouge The Arcade
Buzzeri: Moonstone eyes – Midnight Catwa Appliers
oOo Studio: Fever Pose 6 (pic 1) and Fever Pose 7 (pic 2)
SAYO SCENES – Wright Staircase Backdrop – COMMON

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Autumn Ana

LAQ’s been on a roll lately with the mesh heads. Ana is one of the four currently available bento heads at LAQ. I really love this head. The face is so sassy and flirty. I’ve added freckles, also by LAQ, which are really cute. Of course, it’s full on autumn here in Colorado with the aspens changing to yellow, so naturally I have a pumpkin spice latte, courtesy of Reign’s Fall Vibes collection at The Arcade. My hair is from Exile and you can find it at Collabor88 The hat is optional, but super cute so I had to wear it. I’m wearing eyes from [theSkinnery].

Ana

My shorts and cozy top are both Neve releases currently available at FaMESHed. My knee high socks are appliers from Izzie’s and the woven boots I’m wearing are from Reign’s second machine (Fall Essentials) at The Arcade. My bag is also Reign, and it’s rigged which makes me so happy. It’s from the same Fall Vibes gacha collection as my latte.

Autumn Adventress

Full credits, including decor, below!

~Lucie

Fashion Credits:
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
LAQ: Ana bento mesh head w/LAQ’s freckles applier (sold separately) tone 1.5
[theSkinnery]: Don’t Speak eyes 1
Exile: Break The Rules hair w/hat – Reds Collabor88
Neve: Dormitory top, Tawna shorts FaMESHed
Hello Dave: Fourth nail appliers
Reign: Doodle Cup Latte PSL #5, Fall Vibes Traveler Bag Sight See’r #9, Oxley Woven Boots fatpack – Rare
Izzie’s: Overknee socks applier
Infiniti: Better To See You With – Pose 4

Decor Credits:
Trompe Loeil – Le Fay Cottage w/garden (slightly modified)
JIAN Cat Pumpkin :: Smol and not smol, Napping
+Half-Deer+ Scattered Acorns – Bright – Big Group, Scattered Acorns – Bright – Long Group, Scattered Acorns – Dark – Big Group, Scattered Acorns – Dark – Small Group
Apple Fall Pumpkin – Fairytale IV, Pumpkin – Sweet Dumpling I
[DDD] Pumpkin – Saggy
[Brixley] happy halloween door mat (not sure this is available any longer)
{what next} ‘Welcome’ Pumpkin, Bellevie chair/firepit set, Apple Cider Tray
Cheeky Pea: Poetry Autumn Bench
Happy Mood: Garden Tree09 with Lights – yellow a, Garden Tree07 – yellow a, Garden Tree08 with Lights – orange c

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Lucie’s Dream Closet

In recent months I’ve found myself liking pink a lot. I was never the pink sort of girl. In fact, as a kid I despised pink. I think I resented the fact that, as a girl, I was just supposed to automatically like pink. So now, as a grown ass woman, I’m finding in my 40s that pink is okay after all. I originally thought of calling these pics Pretty In Pink, but tbh I’d be shocked if I hadn’t already done that, because hello, 80s girl here. So then I thought of the big Reign closet from a couple of Arcade rounds ago and thought well it IS kind of a Barbie pink… and went for the play on Barbie’s Dream House. Which, btw, I never owned. 😦 So sad, right? Anyway.

If you’ve been hiding in your giant, walk-in, two story closet you may have missed that Collabor88 is celebrating its 6th birthday! Crazy, right? I’ve bought items from every round, which is possibly even crazier. This month’s theme was a brightly colored plastic one, though, and I admit… I was a bit hesitant because plastic just isn’t my thing. However, the designers pulled off some really clever interpretations of the theme and I wound up liking quite a lot more than I expected! Great for shopping, less for my budget, but hey the big birthday round only happens once a year, right? Anyway, here I’m wearing a couple of items you can find at Collab’s birthday event. One is the jelly bracelets from Atomic. Raise your hand if you had tons of these as a kid… oh, wait hard to type with one hand in the air. We called them “Madonna” bracelets, as she made them iconic. They were cheap and we did all sorts of weird things with the way we wore them. So I naturally had to have them. My shiny pink dress by Decoy with the awesome scoop neck is also from Collab’s birthday round.

My adorable shoes are from the new Blush event. They are by friday and they have an option (for Maitreya only) that includes socks. I went sockless here for this look. These sandals are so cute. They’ve got a crazy platform heel and the bows are just too cute. Blush closes August 28th, and it’s full of so much cute that you definitely want to check it out ASAP. My hair is by Exile. This style was released for FLF in 2 exclusive color huds. I don’t know for sure if it will be available as a regular Mainstore release, but I love it SO MUCH that I really hope so. I love the heavy, blunt bangs, and the long pulled back style.

Lucie's Dream Closet

Now, let’s talk about my head (and other strange things you hopefully only say when talking about SL!). This is Greer, one of four(!!!) new LeLutka bento heads. All of the bento heads got an awesome update recently, which you can read about on the LeLutka blog. Among the updates are a lot of new animations, which are really cute. As always, the LeLutka heads are preloaded with skins by Glam Affair. You get all the tones, and I’m wearing Jamaica here. I am wearing one of the Tropical eyeshadow colors from Mila, available at Cosmetic Fair, which runs through August 31st. I used the blender to fade it a bit, but the colors are all gorgeous and I love how well they applied! My eyes by [theSkinnery] are another Blush release, and they come in a lot of fun, flirty colors. My earrings and necklace are Cae’s Shooting Star collection.

Pink Pout

~Credits

Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Greer mesh head – Default skin – Jamaica tone
Mila: Tropical Eyeshadow applier Cosmetic Fair
[theSkinnery]: Psionic eyes 1 Blush
Exile: Run The World hair – FLF Naturals pack
Decoy: Nadia dress Collabor88
Cae: Shooting Star collection
Atomic: Jelly bracelets – Set 3 Collabor88
friday: Regina platforms – Candy Blush
Repose/Embody: Footing pose 2 Marketplace only
Reign: Chanel’s Closet Decorated #1 Rare (past Arcade release)

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In The Blood (slightly NSFW)

Have you ever heard a song that spoke to you so instantly that before it was over you were singing along with it, even though you’d never heard it before? That was me with John Mayer’s In The Blood. This song is about how our dysfunctional family relationships can impact our romantic (and other) relationships. There are 3 verses, and while I relate to all three, it’s particularly the second one that really resonates with me, because it describes my own father so perfectly.

How much of my father am I destined to become?
Will I dim the lights inside me just to satisfy someone?
Will I let this woman kill me or do away with jealous love?
Will it wash out in the water or is it always in the blood?

Continue reading “In The Blood (slightly NSFW)”

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Final hours of The Arcade!

With under 2 days remaining for the June round of The Arcade, I wanted to do a post to remind you to run over there if you haven’t already! Or go back if you want to try one last time for that one item you didn’t get. I’m grilling on Tres Blah’s Summer Fete open grill (a rare), which I was dying to win and finally just yesterday did! My Ingenue shoes are also from The Arcade (more on them in a few). The hat and hair combo is by Truth and you can grab it at Uber (there’s also a hatless version), along with this top from Neve and these adorable shorts from Poppy. I want to say a few things about the top. There are 3 different styles of ruffly tops from Neve at Uber (all named after desserts as sweet as the tops). You should be aware they all have built in arm poses in order to not break the mesh. However, there’s a good variety in sizes and even with my curvier av I found a pose that didn’t put my hands inside me.

Grillin'

What I most wanted to share are the Lykke heels from Ingenue. I blogged a pair of these a few posts back, but this color is special. Not only is it utterly adorable, it’s an exclusive! It is Ingenue’s prize for playing the machine 25 times, and they will never be available again once the event ends. The pattern is called confetti and I fell for it the second I saw it! The colors, the style and just everything about these shoes melted me. They were something I considered a “must have” because they’re different and cute and yeah. I love them, is that obvious yet? To help show off my sassy shoes is one of Jian’s Cheeky Chihuahuas, also at The Arcade. This photo wasn’t edited at all beyond cropping, as I really wanted you to see the pattern detail.

Footloose and fancy free

Finally, I wanted to show off a few items from the current round of Cosmetic Fair, and the freckles applier by [TheSkinnery] that is currently available at Cosmopolitan. My eyeshadow is one of the Tropical eyeshadow by Arte. This palette is bold, shiny and gorgeous. I’ve used the Catwa hud to blend it a bit, but it’s gorgeous fully bold, too! I’m also wearing one of Bossie’s Summer Lipstick appliers from the event, which again I’ve blended down some (this was to make it work better with the shape of the mouth on my skin applier, which is from [TheSkinnery], too). I’m wearing one of Catwa’s new bento mesh heads, Koura. I demo’d both Koura and Tala (the newest release). Tala is adorable but looked really, really young on me. So if you’re wanting a younger look I definitely say to try it out. I went for Koura because it was a bit more mature and just overall felt more like me. My necklace is a sequel to Cae’s Kitten release. This one features gemstones instead of pearls, and you can find it in the Mainstore now.

Turquoise eyes under a turquoise sky

This is my final post before I leave for vacation Saturday, but I return July 10th so look for a new post later that week!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Koura bento mesh head
[TheSkinnery]: Cristy Catwa applier – Honey, Don’t Speak Catwa eye appliers – 5
Arte: Tropical eyeshadow Cosmetic Fair
Bossie: Summer Lipstick Cosmetic Fair
Truth: Taren w/hat – Blondes Uber
Cae: Kitten 2 necklace
Neve: Fritter top Uber
Poppy: Candy shorts – Island Paradise Blue Uber
Ingenue: Lykke heels – Confetti – Exclusive pull prize The Arcade
elephante: Gretchen pose 4 (modified by the built in pose of the shirt)

Decor:
Barnesworth Anubis: Henlopen Cottage
What Next: Brighton Stripe Lawn Chair 4
Tres Blah: Summer Fete – Open Grill RARE, Summer Fete – Steak The Arcade
Lost Junction: Surfy Snacks – King Prawns Tray