She’s marrying Bru.

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume has long been my favorite (stand alone, anyway) book. I bought it as a new release, in hardcover, back in 1998. It was quite the luxury purchase, even though as an immediate best seller, Barnes & Noble had it discounted pretty heavily. It was the first hardcover book I ever bought new, not counting textbooks.

I have read it every summer since. Sometimes I read it more than once in a year. I have passages of it memorized. I think of it randomly, and sometimes quote it before even realizing where the quote is from. Suffice it to say, I love this book.

I’ve wanted to do this scene, one of the most powerful in the book, for as long as I can remember. My first alt in SL was named Vix (the nickname of the character I am portraying here). And finally, after I finished reading it this summer, I decided it was time to just get it done!

"She's marrying Bru."

Also, if you haven’t read the book, this is something you find out in the prologue, though the actual scene portrayed above happens later in the book. So it’s not a spoiler, and you can still pick the book up and read it. And I highly recommend it, but I’m obviously biased.

You may have noticed a lack of blogging here lately. A lot has been happening in RL, but the main challenge I’ve had is issues with our ISP CenturyLink. We’re having exactly the kinds of problems SL most hates… latency and packet loss. Blah. It means I spend a lot of time in SL with things constantly rebaking, and that makes picture taking a challenge. They’re working on it. It’s somewhat better. But that’s why things have been quiet here of late. Hoping that changes, and soon!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:

Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Cami mesh head
DeeTaleZ: Dorothy applier – Mixedtype – SE for Enchantment
Truth: Cerys hair – Browns
Izzie’s: Catwa tears applier
Blueberry: Jocelyn knotted top – Purple
Maitreya: Hipster basics – white
Infiniti: Forgotten Memories – Pose 8 w/props

Decor:

Cheeky Pea: City Loft Skybox
Scarlet Creative: Someone to Love Fan Decor
7 Emporium: Tape Recorder TR9-305 – stickered
Second Spaces: Photo Album display (old, marketplace only)
O.M.E.N: Dear John – Diaries & Love Letters
Fancy Decor: Postcard Bundle
vespertine: stack of letters 1 & 2
Plethora: Fan Mail Stack 2, 3 & 4

24 Months Of Collabor88

Collabor88 has been my favorite event ever since it opened. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of events that I love and adore, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say Collab stole my heart long ago. I don’t think there’s been a single round I haven’t shopped. So when I heard about the blogger search, I agonized over what to do, how to define my entry. I knew I wanted to only feature items from this and past rounds of the event, but that wasn’t enough. Finally, it came to me this past week. I went to the Collabor88 catalog and went back as far as the galleries go, which turns out to be March of 2014. I determined I was going to incorporate at least one item from every single round since.

I went through every single catalog and found items in my inventory from that round to work with, starting with the build by Dust Bunny and working from there. Aside from my mesh body (Maitreya’s Lara) and my mesh head (Catwa’s Annie), everything in the scene below – including my nail appliers and eyes – came from one of the past 24 rounds of Collabor88. I will credit by round below the pics, starting with the most recent round and ending in March 2014. Aside from my earrings, I owned all of these items prior to this month’s Espionage themed round. My earrings are from a round that was in the summer and everything I owned for it was out of place for the scene. Including my poor but adorable bubble blowing crab.

Collabor88 Blogger Search 2016

Close up, to show off the gorgeous necklace by Maxi Gossamer, the stunning Catwa applier from The Skinnery and the lovely mesh eyes from Atomic, all of which are available at the current round!

Collabor88 Blogger Search 2016

And the little details… nail appliers by Atomic and a ring by Yummy.

Little Details

Good luck to all who’ve entered!

~Lucie

February 2016: Espionage
The Skinnery: Maddie applier for Catwa – Milk
Atomic: Espionage eyes – Denim Blue
Maxi Gossamer: Mata Hari Mesmer necklace – High
Pixicat: Femme Fatale Dress – Glitter
half-deer & Le Poppycock: *Kitty Galore* Cat I (rez)

January 2016: Holographic
Dust Bunny: Sleepless Attic Skybox
What Next: S Storage Box -Metallics 2

December 2015: Nordic Winter
Second Spaces: Nordic Winter Lounge totally faux fur rug

November 2015: Autumn Blues
What Next: Vermont Hot Chocolate Tray – Autumn Blue
Half-Deer: Cozy Cat (if I fits, I sits) – Choco Point

October 2015: Burtonesque
tarte: Handmade Chandelier

September 2015: Muted Coven
Atomic: Witchcraft nails 2 – applier for Maitreya
Yummy: True Fate ring – Silver purple

August 2015: Daydream
{anc} flottante puppy. cream . standA / withCollar
{anc} flottante puppy. cream . layA / withCollar

July 2015: Under The Sea
Lark: Cambria Basket – E.) Simple

June 2015: Summer Punch
Maxi Gossamer: Amalfi Summer Nights earrings

May 2015: Into The Light
MishMish: My Desk Mailbox w/letters (Sky)

April 2015: Pretty In Punk
MishMish: Punky Skunk – Perfume

March 2015: Moonless Night
fri.day: Audrey Pumps – coal

February 2015: My Love
Consignment & Floorplan: Branch Light

January 2015: OMG! Unicorns!
Floorplan: Unicorn Silhouette Frame

December 2014: Snow Day
Consignment & Floorplan: The Librocubicularist’s Library – Blue
Second Spaces: snow day table – white
Second Spaces: snow day books – messy stack

November 2014: Modern Alchemist
Lark – Elemental Bookcase (5)

October 2014: Spoopy Motel
Floorplan: lantern clock – purple

September 2014: Miami Electric
Tableau Vivant: Upshaw w/side bangs – Autumn hud

August 2014: Odyssey
Apple Fall: Charlotte’s Pears

July 2014: Safari Chic
tarte: elephant plush (rez)

June 2014: To The Lighthouse
tarte: repurposed shipwheel (steel)
marukin: [light] garden beauty pose

May 2014: Turntables & Milkshakes
Mish Mish: Poodle in a cushion – Cream

April 2014: Watercolors In Bloom
Intrigue Co.: Framed Watercolor Painting (Blue): Cat

March 2014: Back To Business
Half-Deer: Silk and Pearls Chair – Cream

Home Sweet Home Show

The Home Show is one of my favorite events in SL. It’s always well designed, easy to navigate (great for someone who gets lost so easily) and looks adorable every year. Plus, there are awesome stores, and I always get to discover new things and fall in love all over again with old favorite designers. And anyone who knows me is fully aware of my obsession with changing houses in SL! In the below pics, ALL items except my Turnip’s skydome can be found at this year’s Home Show. Like the adorable little cottage from tarte, and the lovely garden shed from Sway’s, both seen below. The gorgeous trees are from Jian, a brand new store by one of the designers behind the beloved SL store Dysfunctional Designs.

Home Sweet Home Show

Falling in love again with a designer I already know? Oh, yeah. Look at these adorable fawns from Half-Deer. I dare you not to fall in love. And something new, to me at least… Terrashop! Look at the lovely tulips.

Shelter from the storm

Window Seat

Through open windows, dreams can enter

Be sure to check Home Show out today! It runs through May

The Home Show

~Lucie

Credits:
Outside:
Turnip’s: Skydome 2.0 (60×60) w/spring texture hud add on
tarte. weathered shack
Sway’s [Peony] Garden Shed (linked), [Peony] Flower box
Jian – Ash Tree (Triple), (Tall), (Large)
Terrashop: Rose Tulips, Pink Geranium on a Chair
+Half-Deer+ Sleeping Deer Fawn – Snow
+Half-Deer+ Quiet Deer Fawn – Chocolate

Inside
MudHoney Round Trestle Table – Pine
MudHoney Natalie Chair – Floral
Myrrine: Lemonade glasses from Lemonade Stand
Second Spaces – Rhodes windowseat – grey
Second Spaces – step shelves – brown
[Brixley] Cecelia mirror
Fancy Decor: Warm Words (Home), (Forever & Always)
Terrashop: Crocuses in the Cup

Happy Birthday, Collabor88!

The current round of Collabor88 celebrates three years of this awesome event. As is the custom every year, the birthday edition is HUGE! I have many things I want to share so I won’t blather on.

First up a bit of decor. All the times in this pic, save for my Turnip’s skydome and Botanical cacti, are from Collab’s birthday bash. Full credits will follow, but this beautiful build is from Scarlet Creative. There’s a version of this build without the bright colors, but I really loved them so I went for the colorful one.

Where the goddess relaxes

If you’re a skin junkie (like me), you’re in luck because there are multiple skin stores participating in Collab’s birthday round. Below you can see one of the versions of Belleza’s lovely Grace skin, available at Collabor88. My gorgeous jewels by Cae are coming soon to the next round of Fit For A Princess.

Lady In Waiting

I have been lacking in home and garden posts of late, so I decided to stage my pic in the lovely new Lima Bean home from Windsong (formerly emm*shop), with some beautiful, romantic furniture from Pixel Mode. My lovely lingerie is by Blacklace.

Long Distance Love

I will have more from Collabor88’s birthday round in the next few days… stay tuned!

~Lucie

Credits
Pic 1:
Scarlet Creative: Jasmine house – colorful Collabor88
8f8: Blossom Throne – Poseidon Collabor88
Second Spaces: Odyssey pillow stack, Odyssey wall art Collabor88
tarte: ceramic sun mirror Collabor88
Zigana: Odyssey dresser – forest Collabor88
Commoner: Bolt Statue Collabor88
Apple Fall: Charlotte’s Pears, Key Lamp Collabor88
Kuro: Anfisa side table Collabor88
Turnip’s: Skydome with sandy texture add on
Botanical: Prickly pears

Pics 2 & 3
Home credits:
Windsong: Lima Bean house
Pixel Mode: Josephine bed, nightstand, covered lamp
floorplan: Eiffel Tower marquee light

Fashion credits:
Belleza: Grace skin – C88 med 7 Collabor88
Truth: Freya hair – reds
IKON: Promise eyes – Scoria
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Blacklace: Bellios lingerie – black & nude
Cae: Entwined set Fit For A Princess (coming soon!)
SLink: Casual hands, medium feet
L. Warwick: Luscious platform heels (for SLink) – Noir
Infiniti: Female basics pose – 45

Sweet Tart

It’s been a hectic, crazy few weeks in my RL, which is why I have been quiet. We’re getting ready to travel to visit family later this week. I’m really excited to see my four year-old nephew. He’s literally counting down the days til our visit. I’m riding that excitement to get through this visit because, if I’m honest, the traveling will be physically brutal (air travel and my body aren’t friends), and the rest of the family stuff is just stressing me out!

But I can put all that aside for now to show you some sweet treats! The Theme Park’s Sweet Tart Edition is under way, and Embody has this cute, flirty couple prop pose for women. I am wearing a dress from u.f.o for Collabor88, along with the gorgeous new Coral skin from Glam Affair that debuted at Collab. My cute shoes are also at Collab, from fri.day. My partner in crime (aka my alt) is wearing new items from coldLogic and the recent Gos Boutique group gift heels.

Sugar Rush

Be sure to stop by The Theme Park and Collabor88 to check out all of the goodies. There’s a lot of cute to be had at both events!

~Lucie

Fashion Credits
Lucie:
Glam Affair: Coral skin – America 05 (no brow version, using Romy brow add-ons sold separately) Collabor88
Magika: Shimmer hair – pack 01
IKON: Promise eyes – Maldives
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
u.f.o: ooh la la dress – lemon squeeze Collabor88
SLink: Mesh hands – Casual, Mesh feet – High
fri.day: Moxie heels – Mint Collabor88

My Alter Ego:
Essences: Siggy skin – TDRF03 – Light Rose (previous round TDR Fusion, may not be available)
Exile: Take It Easy hair – naturals
IKON: Promise eyes – Mahogany
Maitreya: VIP gift eyelashes
coldLogic: howell skirt – buff, dell top – cantaloupe
Gos Boutique: Charlotte pumps – tangerine (group gift, may not be available)

Embody: Sugar Rush prop pose The Theme Park

Decor Credits
Second Spaces: Faux Baroque bookshelf – wood w/blue, Marie Refurb Kitchen Island – white
Alouette: Candy jars
Collage: Sweet Art
Kuro: Candy scale – pink
Marmelade: Lollipop Swirl
PILOT: Candy Bar 7 Lollypop [A]
Organica: Pastry Display – White, pie – blueberry
8f8: Lazy cake slice, Strawberry cake, Marshmallows (gacha from The Seasons Story, may not be available)
MishMish: Patisserie w/o door

Taken at The Theme Park.

When it rains, it pours…

I’ve never really understood the cliche “when it rains, it pours” because, well, sometimes when it rains, it just drizzles! Regardless, you’ll be perfectly set for rainy days if you have this adorable mudroom Second Spaces has out for The Home Show! I’m using one of Lark’s Home Show items here, the lovely rug. I thought, this rug is a good one to hide muddy footprints, with the lovely browns and the gorgeous pattern. Functional design, we call this! My home is Alouette’s Home Show release The Cordelia, which is so cute and you simply must go see.

Mudroom

Once you’ve cleaned up from dancing in puddles, you can venture into the cozy kitchen. I removed one of the doors in the Cordelia to turn it into an open room that would serve as a kitchen. Of course, I’ve seen kitchens with doors before, and a nice feature of this house is the doors stay open unless you close them, so you could leave the door on, too. My kitchen is by Follow Us for The Home Show, and includes a well stocked fridge and lots of fun poses. The pretty green hutch you can see on the right side is Second Spaces other Home Show release.

Comfy Kitchen

All that playing in the rain is bound to stir up an appetite. Fortunately, the sun’s come out just in time to light up the lovely dining table, which is the Lethbridge from Organica (and makes me want to watch Doctor Who, and if you get that reference, major geek points to you!), and is also a new release for The Home Show.

Ready for dinner

Be sure to stop by The Home Show before it’s over at the end of the month. I will have more to show you from there soon!

~Lucie

Credits
All pics:
Alouette: The Cordelia House The Home Show

Pic 1:
Second Spaces: Max Mudroom – Tan The Home Show
Lark: Desert Yoga Rug 2 The Home Show

Pic 2:
Follow US: Cottage kitchen & fridge The Home Show
Bazar: Toronto – Living room rug The Home Show
Second Spaces: Lillian Hutch – green The Home Show
Cheeky Pea: Roux Coffee Station & Shelf
What Next: Spring Clean Gacha – Kitchen Broom & Mop Deco (former Arcade item)

Pic 3:
Organica: Lethbridge Set – Coalesced The Home Show
Cheeky Pea: Roux Coffee Station & Shelf
What Next: Spring Clean Gacha – Kitchen Broom & Mop Deco, Spring Clean Bucket – Cream, Housekeepers Box Decor – Green (former Arcade items)
Bazar: Toronto – Living room rug The Home Show
Kalopsia: Clock – Mountain Painted – gacha The Home Show
LISP: Dolly Laundry Room – Red
Botanical: Aspen trees
Rustica: SkyMoon environment

Grandmother’s Room

So, if you haven’t been to Enchantment yet you still have time. This fairytale inspired event runs through February. One of the awesome items you can grab there is this beautiful bed from Alouette. The sewing items are part of Dysfunctional Design’s new Fabric Shop for We Love Roleplay!

Grandmother's Room

Here’s a better look at the carved headboard.

Grandmother's Sickbed

Don’t miss out on this (and many other) gorgeous item(s)! Visit Enchantment before it ends!

~Lucie

Credits
Alouette: The Big Bad Wolf Bed Enchantment
MishMish: Little Red Riding Hood Clock – Black
Second Spaces: sick day pills, cough syrup
Pilot: Get Well Soon tray
Dysfunctional Designs: Lovely Lil’ Log Cabin, Fabric Shop We Love Roleplay
Kuro: String Lights Curtain
DIGS: Aisling Nightstands
Cheeky Pea: Yukon Kitchen Rug (tinted)

Homeward Bound

It’s been a while since I did a home blog post, so I have a few pics to share. I’m not feeling very chatty tonight… shocking, I know! So, I’m just gonna give ya the goods.

This beautiful bed from Kuro was for The Theme Park’s Vintage Romance edition, which comes to an end tomorrow at 11:59 pm SLT. I checked with Luana, though, and this will be available in her mainstore soon, too!

Vintage Dreams

I’ve blogged these recycled theater chairs from Junk before, but I just adore them, so I incorporated them into my living room again.

Bright Ideas

This is the loft space in the Trompe Loeil Sparrow Hill Lodge for Collabor88 for January. You have just a few days to go grab it (and lots of other goodies) at its discounted price. I wanted to make an artist’s loft.

The Artist's Loft

This new living room set from Sway’s comes in two color palettes, warm & cool. Plus, there’s a special Valentine’s Day version at a newer event called The Collage, so check that out, too. This is the cool version.

By the fire

~Lucie

Credits

Pic 1:
Kuro: Vintage Dreams bed & lamp
Cheeky Pea: Bridge’s Dresser
Pixel Mode: Crono Chair – white, Flower Wire Floor Lamp
Junk: Wanda magazine table – oak
floorplan: open heart book

Pic 2:
Cheeky Pea: Big Bang Periodic Table Wall Art
Junk: Recycled Theater Chairs – vintage, Arrow shelf – wood, Pulley Light
Llorisen: Papy clock shelves w/books – ash

Pic 3:
Cheeky Pea: Painter’s Armchair
Vespertine: Crafty working table, artistic supplies
Second Spaces: Craft Room stamps, papers, ribbons, punches, paints, crafts on the go (former Arcade items, now in mainstore)
What Next: Florence shelf w/drawers – arty
Apple Fall: Paint can, Canvas rack – painted
LISP: Paint Me A Picture Easel 2

Pic 4:
Cheeky Pea: Crail Bookcase – Chalk
Sway’s: Caroline living room – cool