Blogger Challenges · iheartslFeed · Raid Your Closet

Better late than never!

So my final installment of the Raid Your Closet Challenge is nearly a week late. Uhm. Oops. I have some sort of self-imposed hatred of deadlines or something, I think. Even when they are my own damn deadlines.

For this final post, I remembered to take out a pair of shoes I utterly love but for some reason, never seem to wear! The Moxie shoes from Maitreya, which break the “no sandals and socks” rule in the best (and really only acceptable) way possible! I decided to relax by the fire in my autumn porch set from What Next.

Halloween Idyll

I wore my Elena skin by Izzie’s that I love so much, but I paired it with one of the matte Dailyn lips because they are so bold. This hair from Shag is an old favorite that I’ve had over a year.

Moody Purple

These cute shorts are from G Field. I bought them months ago and this is literally the first time I’ve worn ’em. *facepalms* The top is from Cracked Mirror, and it’s cleverly named “Poe.” The future English teacher in me really loved that!

Poe

This challenge was so much fun to do again (even if I’m a week late on my final look). I might have to dust this one off again sometime down the road. Thank you to all who participated. I hope you had as much fun with it as I did!

~Lucie

Credits:
Skin: Izzie's – Elena – Sunkissed w/purple eyeshadow, eyeliner and blush layers
Lips: Izzie's – Dailyn mattes – Dark Red
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Deep Sepia
Hair: Shag – Falling Softly – Scarlet
Nails: Izzie's – Metallic Gradient
Top: Cracked Mirror – Poe Tee
Shorts: G Field – Frill Shorts – Black
Shoes: Maitreya – Moxie – Coal
Poses: From my Oracul AO & What Next Autumn Porch Chair 01

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Last Call For Vintage Fair!

Vintage Fair 2012 ends tomorrow! This is your last chance to get there and grab all the great goodies in one place, and of course, the exclusives!

I was almost tempted to title this post “The one where I cross dress.” I did this first pic in black & white, both because it doesn’t get a lot more vintage, and because the lovely Maci Restless is sponsoring a Black & White bloggers challenge! I definitely want to do more of this challenge, but this is a start. The entire suit in this look, including the shoes, is from Gizza. The gorgeous skin is from Aeva, and the fun, playful pose – complete with prop – is from HIS.

Gizza for Vintage Fair

I really like this skin, and I made a male shape just for the skin.

Aeva for Vintage Fair

For my second look, I donned this adorable Bombshell dress from Lily Bird. This store was new to me, but I love it! This coral color is so perfect for me, with my red hair. I paired it with some funky jewelry I snagged recently at HANDverk, and a favorite Truth hair.

Lily Bird - Vintage Fair

My skin in these pics is a recent Lazy Sunday offering from CandyDoll. I thought it was an adorable skin, and really wanted to blog it.

Vintage Angles

That’s all for me… be sure to check out Vintage Fair before it ends tomorrow. They’ve turned off landing points, so this list of slurls is very handy!

~Lucie

Credits
Look 1:
Skin: Aeva – Ezra 3 – Bare
Shape: Embody – Jayden (Not yet released)
Hair: Shag – Hard Day’s Night – Bittersweet
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Dark Turquoise
Outfit (including shoes) – Gizza – Vintage Tux (MESH)
Pose: HIS – 52 Card Pickup

Look 2:
Skin: CandyDoll – Ela – Cup C – Cream
Hair: Truth – Andrea – Sangria w/roots
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Light Mint
Dress: Lily Bird – Bombshell – Coral
Jewelry: HANDverk – Bronze Triangle necklace & earrings
Poses: Embody – Canvas 5 & Canvas 1

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I stand for love…

Today, I awoke to an invite to this flickr group. The timing was so coincidental because just the other day I was thinking of doing a blog post about love, and how no matter what the gender breakdown of partners may be, love is wonderful, beautiful and amazing. It was also funny timing because I had to shoot an ad for a vendor texture today for a pose Rad made over the weekend. I am going to share a pic I took while shooting that here.

Together

This pose is called Together. It’s our second romantic pose for two men… and I think it’s very sweet and tender. And yes, I am one of the “men” in that pic. I’m the brunette. My friend Sephie is the blond, so it’s two RL women who posed as men for this ad, but I think we’re fairly cute… especially in our A:S:S boxers and mesh tanks!

This is the business side of my story. Embody is my “baby,” and it’s very important to me that we sell something that allows couples of all gender combos to show their love. This is where we get to the personal side of the story.

I grew up very religious. As many know, I’m now an atheist, but as a child I was as devout as it gets. However, I was also acutely aware, from a very young age, that I was somehow different from other kids. Specifically, from other girls. I had lots of crushes on boys, just like any little girl… but I also had crushes on girls. I didn’t really understand that at the time. I explained away my feelings, trying to rationalize them to myself because my religious beliefs taught me my feelings were somehow dirty and wrong. Of course, this applied to my feelings for boys, too, eventually… but not to the same extent.

My first kiss was technically with a girl. I was only 9, and she was only 8. We were best friends and experimenting, which is not uncommon even among children who later grow up to be “straight” adults. But 10 years later, we’d kiss again… and this time it wasn’t the innocent exploration of childhood. It was a burning curiosity. But she and I were too close, almost like sisters in a way, and I felt strange kissing her because of that. What I did take away from the experience was the reality, finally, that I was bisexual. It should’ve been obvious, but I’m 36 now. I grew up in a time when “gay” was only something we were just starting to see on TV, and bisexual wasn’t mentioned at all. Ironically enough, my first childhood boyfriend – and the first boy I kissed – would later “come out” as gay when we were young adults.

By the time I embraced my sexuality, I was an adult and had long since abandoned the religious beliefs of my childhood. This made it easier to have these feelings, but I still had no idea what to do with them, really. I had a few flirtations with women, but nothing that ever amounted to much of anything. I foolishly convinced myself that I couldn’t love a woman. I think, in retrospect, I did that because I realized it would be easier that way. I thought it was a purely physical attraction that could never become anything “real.”

I met the man who would become my husband just before my 23rd birthday. He’s the love of my life… I know what real love is because of him and all he’s given me. Not only is he my RL husband, he’s my SL husband. We run a business together in SL, and we spend almost all of our time in both worlds together. I am incredibly fortunate that the laws don’t forbid my marriage. I am incredibly lucky that society accepts it as “normal” or “acceptable.” While I can’t imagine loving anyone else, it was never impossible that the love of my life may have been a woman. If that had been the case, I’d have had to fight for our love in ways that heterosexual couples can’t possibly imagine.

And so… I stand for love. Love is beautiful and pure, regardless of the genders of those in the relationship. Life is far, far too short and precious to deny anyone the right to love. If it doesn’t hurt anyone else – and gay couples do NOT hurt anyone, despite what the religious right would have us believe – then what right does anyone else have to deny it.

I stand for love

To anyone reading this who is anti-gay or anti-bisexual… I want you to look at your partner tomorrow when you wake up. I want you to imagine a world in which you were told you could not love that person. That it wasn’t “right” or “natural.” I want you to imagine a world in which you weren’t free to make the most personal of choices… the person with whom you share your love and life.

Not a pleasant thought, is it?

~Lucie

PS. Click here to read more about Stand 4 Love.

Credits:
Pic 1

Me:
Skin: Heartsick – Zero 6 (group gift)
Hair: Shag – Hard Day’s Night – Mocha
Tank: A:S:S – June Tank – Owl – MESH
Boxers: A:S:S – LazyDay 2 Undies – light blue
Shape: Embody – Christopher

Sephie:
Skin: Filthy – Lucaz – Pale (group gift)
Hair: Truth – Liam – Driftwood
Tank: A:S:S – June Tank – Fishy – MESH
Boxers: A:S:S – LazyDay 2 Undies – Purple
Shape: Embody – Fane

Pose: Embody – Together (not yet released)
Pic shot in the Anastasia skybox by A:S:S

Pic 2

Skin: Izzie’s – Delusional – Sunkissed
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Anais – Rouge (tinted) – MESH
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Silver
Eyeshadow: Izzie’s – Dailyn – Pink
Eyeliner: Izzie’s – Double Wing
Lashes: Beetlebones – Dainty – MESH
Lips: Izzie’s – Delusional – Raspberry
Nails: RezIpsa Loc – Frenched Pastels – Gray
Top: RezIpsa Loc – Heart Tee
Shorts: Beetlebones – Baily – Utility Shorts – Grey
Tights: RezIpsa Loc – Heart Stockings – Gray & Pink
Shoes: Gos – PYP – Buckle Ballet Flat
Pose & Prop: Embody – Queen of Hearts 4

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I’d give you the world…

So, by now pretty much everyone’s heard about the Chic 2 event, celebrating the 2nd birthday of Chic Management. This event is amazing, and I had a nice little shopping spree there! In this post, I am focusing on this glamorous mesh gown from Onyx Wear.

Chic Full body

I don’t tend to wear much formal clothing in SL (or RL – ha!). I paired it with this gorgeous jewelry from Je Suis. It’s also very glam and sophisticated, and I just loved it when I saw it.

Je Suis

And finally… this last picture is dedicated to my husband. Not only because he made the pose, but because I’d give him everything, including the world, if I had that power. He’s my world, my love and my best friend.

I'd give you the world

I would not be who I am today – in either world – without his love and support. We’ve been together over thirteen years now. I love him more every single day. I am incredibly lucky to be part of a love like ours.

~Lucie

Credits:
Skin: Izzie’s – Delusional – Sunkissed
Eyeshadow: Izzie’s – Delusional – Smokey 2
Lipstick: Izzie’s – Raspberry
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Deep Azure
Hair: Shag – Black Tie Affair – Rouge (tinted)
Nails: Izzie’s – Metallic
Jewelry: Je Suis – Isis Collar & Rings – Nocturne earrings
Gown: Onyx Wear – K.S. strapless dress
Shoes: Ingenue – Khan heels – soot
Poses: Embody – Tough Girl 5 (pic 1), Daisy 1 (pic 2) & Earth Day 2 (pic 3)