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Ah, the unplanned hiatus!

So, I sort of took a break. It wasn’t planned, but I found myself needing to refresh and relax last weekend. Then I had a fibromyalgia flare up, and that’s been distracting me all week. I also started a new class this week, at a new university. I’m excited by this, as I really want to accomplish my goal of becoming a teacher! But the result of all this is that I’ve been a distracted blogger, to say the least, and for that I am sorry! However, I have not forgotten my Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow challenge, and I’ve been uploading pics for it on Flickr. I’m still a bit behind, but at least I’ve got some and can catch up a bit. More will come soon.

Since I’m behind overall, I deviated from my default look to show you some cool stuff. But let’s start with the pic I did for Day 5, I’m using my default pose and outfit, but this skin is the gorgeous new Ginevra from Izzie’s in pale. I added the brown eyeshadow and eyeliner tattoo layers. My eyes are Steppe, a new color in IKON’s Eternal series. I love the sort of greenish-tan feel to this shade. I took this pic on Tuesday, the day of the Rolling Restart hell! Our sim was one of many affected by the restarts, and I couldn’t do anything on it most of the day. So, I used the Linden home and snapped this pic there. The chair you see is from Trompe Loeil, and the wall decal is What Next. The hair of the day is Ashleigh from Alice Project. If you are like me and are fussy about the shade of your hair, you definitely need to check out the Alice Project hair. Her huds are amazing and let you do a lot to customize your style.

HTGT Day 5

For Day 6, I deviated entirely from my default look. You can find full credits at the bottom, but this top is from Greymoon. It’s so unique and comes in a lot of colors. The one I am wearing is black and white and I paired it with jeans from Sn@tch. My Day 6 hair is Long Day from Ploom. I technically bought the browns pack, but I tinted it. I’m not entirely sure how I wound up with the browns, lol. Likely I bought them for a shape or pose ad for Embody. I love the messy, wispy style of this hair. I also tweaked a shape and made it my own. I think most people won’t even notice the differences. They are probably more subtle than I think they are!

HTGT Day 6

This skin is new from Aeva. This is Charity bare. It’s so soft and delicate. I felt really pretty and ultra feminine in this skin. What I really love about the bare skins from Aeva is that they still feel more mature than a lot of bare skins. The eyes I used in this look (and the next) also one of the new Eternal eye colors from IKON, Teak. I love brown eyes with my red hair. It feels less expected than green or blue. I mean, I wear those, too! I’m a chameleon, except for my hair color which is (nearly) always red (some blog posts aside)!

Charity

Day 7 features a LeLutka hair I bought ages ago and sort of forgot to ever wear. *Facepalms* But that’s the point of this challenge, right?!? Lively is sooo long and lush. I feel so pretty in this hair. I’m wearing a dress from Sn@tch and the gorgeous new Siobahn skin from Adam N Eve.

HTGT Day 7

I admit that this hair shade isn’t as red as I like it to be, but this style has a little clip. If I tint the hair, I’d tint the clip. And this red is still pretty, especially with the bright lips on this skin.

Siobahn

So, now I’m still 2 days behind (not counting today), but I’ll get caught up soon!

~Lucie

Credits
Look 2:
Skin: Aeva – Charity – Tone 01 – Bare
Eyeliner & Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Fantasia
Eyes: IKON – Eternal – Teak
Hair: Ploom – Long Day – Browns (tinted to be red)
Shape: Embody – Jadzia (heavily modified)
Top: Greymoon – What’s Your Angle – Black
Jeans: Sn@tch – Ex-Boyfriend Jeans – Purple
Shoes: Gos – GTFO shoes
Pose: Embody – Peekaboo 1

Look 3:
Skin: Adam N Eve – Siobahn – Tone 01 – Sangria
Eyeliner & Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Fantasia
Eyes: IKON – Eternal – Teak
Hair: LeLutka – Lively – Jessica
Shape: Embody – Jadzia (heavily modified)
Dress: Sn@tch – Stella Party Dress – Black
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – Paris Black Diamond Choker
Pose: Embody – Rapunzel 03

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RFL Christmas Expo (and more!)

Gosh, it’s been almost two weeks since I blogged. I’ve had some fun RL school stuff to sort through, but it’s resolved now (yay!) and I feel like I can once again focus on blogging. Just the process of starting this post made me realize how much I’ve missed it!

Tis the season in SL… events, hunts and gifts galore abound on the grid these days. Which means I have so, so much I want to share with you… so I’ll get started!

First of all, tomorrow begins the Christmas Expo to support Relay For Life. This is a fabulous charity, and one that Second Life residents raise a lot of money for every year. This charity is personal for me, as many of my family members have battled cancer. Some lost their battles, but other have survived. I myself have to get regular blood tests because there’s been some slight concern about my chronically high white blood cell count. So far, I’ve remained healthy and there’s nothing to worry about (except that I’m an expert worrier), but it’s scary enough. Having gone through only that (as well as watching loved ones cope with cancer), I can’t imagine how terrifying facing an actual cancer diagnosis is on a personal level.

The blogger preview for this event is later today, so I imagine in the days to come I will have far more to share. The following is just a teaser. I was fortunate enough to have the chance to preview the lovely Samantha skin from Diamond Style. I’ve often said that if I were ever to ditch my red hair in SL, I’d go for black hair. Well, this skin has dark brows and more pink eyeshadow than I think would flatter my usual red, so I opted for one of Truth’s gorgeous blacks! Don’t worry, though. My red hair isn’t going anywhere for long! I paired this skin with the gorgeous With Love From hunt gift from Cae. I love this jewelry set so much. It reminds me of little winter berries, and yet it will stay seasonal all year long.

Silver Diamonds

The festive, sparkly and glam makeup on Samantha demanded a gorgeous, festive dress! So I tossed on this adorable glitter mini from Sn@tch. This adorable little dress comes in many colors, including a basic black… and you get them all in your pack for a fabulous price. Just remember, at Sn@tch you’re buying just your size in mesh, so be sure to demo first, so you get the proper size for your shape. My sexy kitten heels are from SLink. I love how richly detailed these are. They really look like they are fabric… shiny, beautiful satin to be exact.

Sn@tch Perfection

You’d pretty much have to be living in a box to not have heard that the new addition of The Arcade began this past weekend. It took me three days before I could even get in, but now it’s probably quieted down some. If it’s like last time, though, it may be hard to get in again over the weekend, so be sure to try to pop over during the week if you can! The tiara I am wearing in the next two pics is one of so many amazing items you can find there. I plan to do more pics for The Arcade, including a close up of the adorable Noodles’ tiaras.

One of my favorite spots to take pics in SL is Water Reserve, home of *emm shop & scribbled hearts. Well, the amazing Randi Lenroy & Snowy Melody have outdone themselves with the winter look of this sim, and that’s where the following pics were taken. Initially, I’d had every intention of making use of their adorable, sparkly skating pond. But then I saw this leaf floating off shore, and I was compelled to sit on it and snap pics.

So far away

The festive little leaf has multiple poses, and I very much enjoyed my float. I do look a bit sullen, though… as if waiting for a deep freeze. I titled this next pic “Downfall of the Ice Queen.”

Downfall of the Ice Queen

Definitely be sure to check out The Arcade. Here’s the shopping guide to help you plan your visit.

~Lucie

Credits
Look 1:
Skin: Diamond Style – Samantha*
Eyes: IKON – Eternal – Denim
Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Mysteria
Hair: Truth – Portia – Raven
Jewelry: Cae – Flourish**
Dress: Sn@tch – Glitter mini – Wine
Shoes: SLink – 2-strap pumps – black
Pose: Embody – Peekaboo 1

Look 2:
Skin: Belleza – Wynter (from Fifty Linden Friday)
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Joy 2 – Dark Flame (tinted)
Tiara: Noodles – Purest Snow – Silver/Diamond***
Shirt: E! Eclectic Apparel – Grace Turtleneck – Midnight
Pants: coldLogic – eise.wine
Skates: BAX – Ice Skates – silver

*Available @ the Christmas Expo
**With Love From hunt gift
***Available @ The Arcade

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Autumn Knocks

This autumn has been a rough one for me so far. I feel like life is determined to knock me down, but I have never been one to give up without a fight. The pics I took for this post were designed to celebrate tenacity and fight.

This first look is all about casual comfort… warm, cozy and perfect for a stroll on a crisp autumn morning. The sweater is from NiNight Creations, the tights are RezIpsa Loc. The boots are Triumph from Gos (which fits the theme nicely) and the hair is a recent release from Truth. I took this pic at Scribbled Hearts, my current favorite place to go wander when I’m sad and need a pick-me-up.

November Walk

This second look features an adorable arm cast from Izzie’s. I’ve thought about buying these for ages, but finally had a reason. The “broken arm” represents the challenges in my life right now… but I will not be broken, and I will not give up or give in. The necklace is from Maxi Gossamer and is called Rejuvenated Stitched Heart, which again felt appropriate.

Can't break my spirit

This sweater and skirt are both recent Sn@tch releases. Perfect for fall, they look cozy and comfy and yet, somehow still elegant and sophisticated. The boots are from Schadenfreude, and can be found at the new round of Collabor88 that just opened yesterday.

Fight Back

Here’s a closeup of those boots! I love the detail work, and you can change it to plain with a hud. I was thinking of this as my “blue mood boots.”

Blue Mood Boots

Life is unfair, brutal and frequently cruel… but I choose to find ways to meet the challenges thrown at me, even when I’d rather give in, curl up in bed and hide under my blankets. Today I was able to channel some of the negative energy through the creative outlet of blogging. It felt good, and it makes me grateful for the discovery of Second Life nearly four years ago.

~Lucie

Credits
Look 1:
Skin: Belleza – Shyla 04 – Medium
Hair: Truth – Sara – Blood
Necklace: Izzie’s – Heart Necklace (Perfect Wardrobe)
Top: NiNight Creations – Loose Shaded Sweater 8 (XY Room)
Tights: RezIpsa Loc – Fall Tights
Boots: Gos – Triumph – Brown
Pose: Oracul AO
Location: Scribbled Hearts (Water Reserve sim)

Look 2:
Skin: Belleza – Shyla 04 – Medium
Hair: Truth – Uma – Blood
Eyes: IKON – Eternal – Pewter
Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Fantasia
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – Rejuvenated Stitched Heart
Nails: Izzie’s – Metal Stripe Nails
Cast: Izzie’s – Scribbles
Top: Sn@tch – Emille Cashmere Sweater – Grey
Skirt: Sn@tch – Fiona Cord – Grey
Tights: Izzie’s – Sheer – Dark Grey
Boots: Schadenfreude – Amargosa Boots – Denim (Collabor88)
Poses: Oracul AO (Pic 1), Embody (Pics 2 & 3)

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Raid Your Closet Week 1!

As you may have heard, I’ve brought back a challenge I began last October. The goal of this challenge is to get us to raid our inventories (aka closets) for items we already owned before the month began! The “official” posting day of this challenge is Monday. There are five Mondays in October, so that means a total of five posts for this Raid Your Closet Challenge. However, by all means, you are welcome to do more posts if you so choose! Last year, I wasn’t yet a blogger… in fact, it was the RYCC that turned me into one! It began as a Flickr/Plurk challenge, and I had so much fun I did it until the middle of December! After that, I was “microblogging” regularly. I never would’ve guessed I’d become a “formal” Second Life blogger. It just wasn’t something that I’d ever even considered. There are so many tremendously talented SL bloggers, after all… but I am glad I decided to take the chance. Which brings me to my first pic.

I loved this tattoo from NiNight Creations. “Believe in yourself” is such a positive message, and if I hadn’t believed in myself, I wouldn’t be posting this right now. I’ve already seen several of your posts, and I’m overwhelmed that people want to do my challenge! It’s fun, and exciting for me. The gorgeous skin in these pics is the new face from Aeva, Yves. This is the “bare” version in tone 1. I added an elymode tattoo layer, so I am wearing some frosty eyeshadow and light blush. I also snagged these eyelashes from Gaeline Creations after seeing them on Sileny’s first RYCC post. Thankfully, she published it yesterday, so I managed to buy them just in the nick of time for the RYCC cutoff! They are hud controlled which makes editing them so much easier. Plus, you can manually edit one eye and click a button on the hud to get the other eye to match exactly! Absolutely genius! These eyes are from IKON’s new Kaleido series. I was a little reserved about this series at first, as when you zoom way in they are really quirky and unusual. I thought they might be too over-the-top for me… but I decided to try a pair and fell in love!

Yves by Aeva

I haven’t been feeling great, and for some reason I struggled today to put together a look I liked. But when I finally figured it out, I was really happy with this fun, cropped top from Cracked Mirror and the tulip skirt from Sn@tch. I added my always trusty and oft worn Gos Pimp Your Pumps point platform shoes and my grey Frenched nails from RezIpsa Loc and was really pleased. The hair is Alice Project. If you are someone who loves to change hair colors often, you really just must check out Alice Project. Her Infinity hairstyles include this hud that is just loaded with colors. For me, it comes in really handy because although I am almost always a redhead, I do like to play sometimes… but more to the point, I can’t always be a redhead in our store ads! That would be really boring. This hair is called Marie, and I love how it’s long and sweeping, but stays so nicely out of the way of clothing! The greys of this look suited my mood… which oddly enough perked up considerably once I’d finalized my look.

RYCC Week 1

One of the goals of this challenge is to make each look as unique as possible. But you can also list exceptions. For example, my wedding band, which Rad made for me (based on the RL band he put on my RL finger in April 2004), is something I am rarely without. I also will repeat lashes and possibly my shape. I make shapes, and am almost always in my own unique shape, but sometimes I model ones we sell, too. You can create your own exceptions… just be sure to tell us what they are!

On a final note, I am going to try to push this challenge a little further. Like many SL bloggers, I am often given previews to blog. These things are, obviously, going to be new in many cases… and so they don’t qualify for the rules of this challenge. However, when I do post them, I plan to style these items with all things I owned before today! We’ll see how I do, and if I can resist the temptation to blog new things!

Please feel free to share the link to your posts in the comments of this one! ❤ You can also add your pics to the RYCC Flickr group.

~Lucie

Credits:
Skin: Aeva – Yves – Tone 1 – Bare w/cleavage
Hair: Alice Project – Marie
Eyes: IKON – Kaleido – Dawn
Lashes: Gaeline Creations – Fantasia
Nails: RezIpsa Loc – Frenched Pastels – Grey
Top: Cracked Mirror – Sequin Crop Top – Grey
Skirt: Sn@tch – Cricket – Tulip skirt – Grey
Shoes: Gos – PYP – Point Platform
Tattoo: NiNight Creations – Believe in yourself
Pose: Embody – Peekaboo 1

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Two for one…

This post is a two-for-one special! That’s right, I have some Hair Fair and some One Voice for you in this one. Let’s start with One Voice! For those who haven’t heard, this event has officially raised over $20k for Gala Phoenix’s legal costs while she fights to save her beloved brand Curio.

I loved the Essences Moana skin for this event, and I knew I’d want to blog it. I’m wearing it with a shape called Zoya because my own shape and this skin didn’t really work well together.

Hippy Chic

This skirt is by Lula, and I love it. The colors are awesome and it feels very bohemian, yet still sophisticated. I paired it with a lacey top from Ingenue, and voila… hippy chic!

My ring

The jewelry is from Aster, and it’s really dramatic and beautiful. It’s also part of the One Voice event.

I loved this maxi skirt from Elymode the second I saw it. I was slow to adapt to mesh, but skirts – especially these long, flowy types – really work so much better with mesh! I’m fighting the urge to start blogging fall looks, and this skirt really made me think collegiate. I wanted a cardigan and some glasses. However, I resisted and paired it instead with some summery espadrilles from Gos and a crochet tank from Sn@tch. This hair from Alice Project for the Hair Fair was perfect for this look, and allowed me a smidge more modesty.

Strike A Pose

Hair Fair Meets One Voice

I have more Hair Fair posts – including more from Alice Project – in the works, so stay tuned. You can find Alice Project on the Water sim. One Voice closes on July 22nd, so be sure to go grab anything you might still want. Also, some designers have added/changed their items, to keep it fresh… don’t miss this event!

~Lucie

Credits

Look 1:
Skin: Essences – Moana – Rosy Pale w/blush & lash tattoos*
Shape: Embody – Zoya – For Mesh Standard Size Medium (not yet released)
Hair: Exile – Break Away – Moonlight*
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Purple + Blue
Nails: RezIpsa Loc – Sparkly – Amethyst
Top: Ingenue – Adelaide – Noir
Skirt: Lula – Floral Gala – Lavender*
Jewelry: Aster – Metal Stones Lines*
Poses: Embody – Lust 5 (pic 1) & Daisy 1 (pic 2)

Look 2:
Skin: Izzie’s – Estella – Sunkissed
Hair: Alice Project – Bliss**
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Dark Blue
Eyeshadow: Izzie’s – Estella – Smokey 2
Lipstick: Izzie’s – Estella – Dark Red
Nails: RezIpla Loc – Sparkly – Onyx
Top: Sn@tch – Crochet Tank – Blue
Skirt: Elymode – Jennifer – Blue & Black Plaid*
Shoes: Gos – Espadrilles – Charcoal
Poses: Embody – Belle 3 (pic 1) & Celebrity 5 (pic 2)

Looks

Sex Kittens… featuring my alts

Rad made this awesome new group pose and I knew when I shot the vendor ad that I wanted to do a shot just for the fun of blogging it. I gathered up a bunch of my alts to do this. And before you ask, no I cannot log in five avs at one time! My computer is not that good. I had Rad pose as three of them and I was the other two. One thing that’s awesome about this pose is that the poseballs can be hidden, so you can really use it with one to five avs! And yes, I’m biased, but I just love these poses so much. They are sexy and flirty and fun. Keeping this one short & sweet since there’s so much to follow in the credits!

Sex Kittens

Happy Friday!

~Lucie

Credits:
(from left to right – click the pic to follow through for notes on who is who in the pic)

Enchanted:
Skin: Atomic – Grace – Buff – Fuschia Frenzy
Hair: Exile – Ramona – Midnight
Top: Gawk – Black Lace Top w/white satin corsage
Bottom: Sn@tch Patrona Corset – Black
Tights: Vextra – Opaque Black Pantyhose
Boots: G Field – Will – Black – MESH
Shape: Embody – Deanna

Luciella:
Skin: Aura – Briar – Aqua – Honey
Lips: Aura – Briar – Vixen
Hair: Exile – Nina – Rouge
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Light Grenada
Jewelry: BastChild – Platinum White Pearl Choker & Earrings
Nails: Izzie’s – Glitter Nails
Outfit: LilLace – Flashy
Tights: Vextra – Fencenet – Black
Shoes: Gos – PYP – Point Platform
Shape: Embody – Allie

Me:
Skin: Curio – Yum 2 – Juicy Grape 2
Hair: Truth – Mercedes – Blood
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Caramel
Outfit: Sn@tch – Milla Net Top & Panties w/stockings – Purple
Shoes: G Field – Gina – MESH
Shape: Embody – Kadence

Mellie:
Skin: Ploom – Lea – Smoke – Cream
Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Dark Blue
Hair: Truth – Jessie – Caramel (group gift) MESH
Outfit: Sn@tch – Electra Corset – Red
Tights: Vextra – Fencenet – Black
Shoes: Sakide – Latex Rubber Pumps – Black
Shape: Embody – Morgana

Alma:
Skin: Curio – Pout – Whine 2 – Petal Dark
Hair: Truth – Ebony – Macaroon
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Verdigris
Outfit: Hucci – Sequin Bodysuit – Black & Silver
Tights: Vextra – Opaque black pantyhose
Shoes: Gos – Platform Pumps – Just Black
Shape: Embody – Emmaline

Looks

Lemon Chiffon

I think I’m slightly behind on 52 Weeks of Color since we were away last week… but here is my Lemon Chiffon contribution! To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of yellow. I like some very pale yellows, but more for decor than clothing. I haven’t worn anything yellow since Christmas 1988. Why I remember that, I don’t know. But that year my “Christmas outfit” was pale yellow with glittery snowflakes. Ah, the 80s. At any rate, I decided to search on yellow in my inventory, and I came across this Sn@tch outfit that was, I believe, a hunt gift a while back. I’ve never worn any of the colors, but I always figured I’d wear the bodysuit with jeans. The skirt was rather couture, which is cool and I like it… but it doesn’t feel like “me.” However, when I put it on, I thought of this adorable Ploom hair from Collabor88 – again, I liked it, but I didn’t think to buy it because it just didn’t feel like my style.

But what’s a blog for if not to venture out of one’s comfort zone from time to time? So, without further ado, I present what I call “Lucie Does Couture & Tries Not To Giggle.”

Lemon Chiffon

Lemon Chiffon

And with that… I leave you, but not for long. I’m so close to done with the golden peen pics. I can’t wait to share them. I think I’m having way too much fun with this challenge of Harlow’s.

~Lucie

Credits:

Skin: Izzie’s – Dailyn – Sunkissed

Lips:  Izzie’s – Peach

Eyeshadow: Izzie’s – Dailyn – Green

Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Barely Tan

Hair: Ploom – Daydream – Reds (tinted) – MESH

Outfit: Sn@tch Primrose Path – Yellow

Nails: Izzie’s – Classic Nails – Spring/Summer ’12

Shoes: G Field – Alex pumps – White Patent

Poses: Embody – Queen of Hearts 4 & Lust 5