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

The heat is on

Summer is creeping up on us… or at least on those of us in the Northern hemisphere. In SL, you can’t escape this. Designers are creating gorgeous, must have summer items like crazy! What Next released this stunning outdoor bar recently, and there are two versions. One has all the alcohol and fruity summer drinks you might expect, but the other has coffee! I love this because it means this is a piece you’ll be able to use on an outdoor autumn or winter patio, too! You can barely see the bar in the pic below, since I was standing behind it, having a beer (which I despise in RL, incidentally). I definitely hope to shoot it again, from an angle where you’ll see it better. But you don’t have to wait! Click here to see the ad for this gorgeous release so you can get a better feel for what it offers.

I’m wearing Pink Fuel’s newly released Jacqueline skin applier for Catwa heads. I love this applier. As is always the case with Mochi Milena’s skins, it’s really soft. Plus, she’s one of the only designers I know who has body appliers that give you options for body type. So if you want your av to appear athletic, ripped or – in my case – curvy, that’s possible! This is a really nice touch that I wish more designers would offer.

My hair is Truth’s VIP gift from May. If you haven’t heard, Truth redid all his colors and textures, and I fell head over heels for this darker blonde with its honey highlights. I’m not sure I’ve ever been blonde in SL before, and I was never really tempted to be but this color might make an appearance again soon! Truth has also added “styling huds” to his new hair releases, which let you tweak the looks of the hairstyles. This is so cool and definitely adds some versatility. To see the ad for Kare (along with the inset style hud options), click here. As of this writing (June 4th at 10:20 pm SLT) the May gift is still available for VIP members. The VIP fee is $L350, which is well worth it for the fatpack of colors and the styling huds. Past VIP gifts can be bought for L$500 so even if you miss it, you can still buy it later. It’s one of those styles that’s so simple and effortless and I know I’ll use it a lot. I wish my RL hair looked like this, in fact!

My necklace is from Cae. It was released at the last round of ROMP, which is now over, but should be in the Mainstore soon. What I always love about Cae’s collars is how versatile they are. They’re great for people who maybe want to be collared, but with something less obvious, or just if you like the style! If you are looking for a pretty summer necklace, you can wear the version without RLV. This reminds me of some of the necklaces I wore in the summers in the last 90s, and I loved it right away.

My eyes are another color in The Skinnery’s Don’t Speak release available at Rewind through June 10th. The top I have on is part of Blueberry’s May Luxe Box bikini, which is adorable. The straps and inner fabric change independently of each other, and you can come up with so many great color combos, or do a mono look if you prefer!

Refresh

My sandals are fri.day’s release for The Arcade – because yes, another round of this beloved event is upon us! My little furry companion is also an Arcade release by JIAN. He’s pretty cute, isn’t he? My capris are from Decoy and you can grab them at the current round of Collabor88 before it ends this week.

Funshine

~Lucie

Full Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Kimberly mesh head
Pink Fuel: Jacqueline Catwa applier – Peach
Truth: Kare hair – VIP gift – Multitone Hud 1
Catwa: Mesh eyes
[TheSkinnery]: Don’t Speak eyes – 7
Izzie’s: Natural lashes for Catwa
Blueberry: Luxe Box bikini top (May 2017 edition)
Decoy: Bree capris Collabor88
fri.day: Nellie sandals – ghost The Arcade
Nylon Outfitters Art Nails: Fruit nails
Yummy: Love Spell ring set N21
Astralia: My half rings

Decor:
Pic 1
Cheeky Pea: Kara Gazebo – Medium wood
What Next: Palisades Outdoor Bar
[TUFF]: Large Reef with foam & spray- mossy
Happy Mood: Garden Tree09 with Lights – Blue Green a, Garden Tree08 with Lights – green c

Pic 2
What Next: Waterfront Dock with ladders (animations)
Dysfunctionality: Pastel Pathway – Medium
Trompe Loeil: Shelter Island Cottage Mint
Knot&co. Summertime Drinks – Lemon (rez) – Group Gift
JIAN: Cheeky Chihuahuas 8. White Wanderer The Arcade
Studio Skye: Wild Grasses, Beach Dunes

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

Pastel Winter

Since my 2nd week in SL, I have been a redhead. I’ve done a handful of blog posts (often fantasy ones) where I used a different color, but even then I usually went for one with red highlights, if possible. But for some reason I found myself recently compelled to try something new. I decided that pastels would be pretty on this soft skin, with these lovely violet/rainbow eyes from Buzzeri (which are at The Epiphany). This is kind of a big deal for me, because I’m pretty sure that somewhere I’ve said – at least once – that Lucie would always be a redhead. And odds are, I’ll go back to red soon. But I want to experiment a bit first, I think.

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I would show you a closeup of Glam Affair’s pretty Hanna applier from Memento Mori. The important thing to know is that while there are a couple of pretty, more natural options on this skin, it also comes in versions with blood! Because Memento Mori, of course, is an event that has a macabre vibe. I do, however, appreciate that Aida Ewing did a couple of versions that were softer. The tone is Polar (which just so you know is NOT built into the Maitreya hud – I had to go get the appliers for it at the Mainstore. It’s also not built into the hud for Vista’s bento hands, so I have the Maitreya hands on here), which is so pale it’s kind of fantasy in and of itself, but this super soft makeup made it look so wintry and I fell in love with it. My hair is a recent Mainstore release from Truth, and my adorable Love Birds necklace is by Cae. It has two little leaves you can customize with initials of your choice (or you can hide one or both). Mine has an L and an R (for “Radagast,” my husband’s SL name). My lashes are Izzie’s for LeLutka, and I love all the different styles you get.

Time for a change

I also have to share the amazing Aurora dress that Annie Melson of Just Because released at Uber. The story behind this design is utterly adorable. Annie’s teenage daughter drew this design! So she made the dress in SL, and she’s paying her daughter for her work. Also, they plan to do more together! It’s just the loveliest story of encouraging her daughter’s dreams and being an awesome mom. I completely adore this. I have said it many times, but Annie is one of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve met in SL. And she’s so talented, a trait she and her daughter clearly share!

My shoes are Grace from Gos. If you missed it, he recently updated a bunch of his older shoes to be compatible with Maitreya and SLink bodies. I’ve always loved his work, so this made me super happy!

Pastel Winter

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Simone bento mesh head
Glam Affair: Hanna applier – Polar 06 Memento Mori
Truth: Miriam hair – Pastels (wow, it feels weird not typing “reds” there. Just saying.)
Buzzeri: Okina eyes – Rainbow (Rare) The Epiphany
Izzie’s: Lashes for LeLutka
Just Because: Aurora Dress Uber
Gos: Grace sandals
Izzie’s: (pic 1) Headshot – Pose 2 (long hair)
Picture This: (pic 2) Shy Chic – pose 2 Mirror

Decor:
Apple Fall: Confetti Balloons
Trompe Loeil: Eloise Conservatory + Pool
Studio Skye: Enchanted Woods trees

Never should’ve gone skiing

The second I saw this Halo leg brace that Hate This released for Memento Mori I had the idea of a post that involved a skiing injury. Maybe it’s because Crested Butte got so much snow recently, so skiing’s been a hot topic (hotter than usual) here in CO. Regardless, that was the concept. But I felt I needed something more, so I took to Marketplace where, lo and behold, I found this neck brace, which is coincidentally also done by Hate This! The crutches are also Hate This, and also a MP find. They are older and non-mesh but only L$25 so they were perfect for this post! Plus, like the leg brace and neck brace, they were color change, which meant I could make parts purple!

My skin applier is also at Memento Mori, and it’s from Glam Affair (another post with a close up of this skin is coming soon). My hair is a Truth VIP group gift called Gaea, and I like it quite a bit. I like short, cropped hairstyles and often feel there aren’t enough of them in SL! If you’re not in the Truth VIP group, it’s definitely well worth the one-time fee of $350 to join. This month’s gift included two different hairstyles! Check out Truth’s Flickr to keep up-to-date.

The One Cranky Bitch cocoa mug on my side table by brocante is one of the items in Reign’s Cozy V2 gacha for the current round of The Epiphany (if you click through to Flickr you can see the pic bigger). And really, can you blame me for feeling like a cranky bitch?! I shattered my poor leg and hurt my neck! Never going skiing again! 😉

Never should've gone skiing

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LeLutka: Simone bento mesh head
Glam Affair: Hanna applier – Polar 06 Memento Mori
Truth: Gaea hair – VIP group gift – Reds
Buzzeri: Okina Rainbow eyes – Rare The Epiphany
Alt by Truth: College sweater – Loose
Blueberry: Conie – sporty shorts – gray
Hate This: Cervical Collar
Hate This: Halo fixator Memento Mori

Decor:
Trompe Loeil: Marin Lighthouse
brocante: side table – cream
brocante: modern chair & ottoman – cocoa
Apple Fall: Dolly Lamp
Hate This: Crutches
Kalopsia: Skis

Unwrapping a shiny New Year!

For those who have been celebrating, happy Orthodox Christmas/Epiphany to you. This is a special day for me because it’s the anniversary of the first time I ever spoke to my husband, 18 years ago. We made our first date plans over the phone and spent a couple of hours getting to know each other. I always think of it as the day of our personal epiphanies.

I’ve got 3 pics for you today, and the final pic is slightly NSFW. I began the new year with a stomach bug that had me mostly in bed for several days now but I’m finally feeling more myself. I hope your start to 2017 was more cheerful!

First, if you haven’t already seen it, LeLutka has released the updated, Bento compatible version of their popular Simone head. If you already own the original Simone head, wear it when you buy the new one and you will be refunded 50% (the original purchase price of $L2500), which is just awesome! I think this is a stunning head, which was very easy to customize. This new option is great for those who’ve craved a mesh head but wanted to keep their own face, and multiple stores, including Catwa have released bento heads. I already owned Simone, and the updated version was a gift from a dear friend. The new LeLutka HUD is really sleek and easy to use. Definitely check it out. As always, it includes a base skin from Glam Affair, but GA also released several brand new appliers for it which can be found right at LeLutka, in the Undivided section where you’ll find all of their mesh heads. Please note this is the ONLY pre-existing head that is being updated to be Bento compatible. I am wearing Simone with the new Lucrezia applier, which is available at Uber. The eye makeup I have on is from the Simone hud, however. My necklace and earrings by Cae are the exclusive Gifts of the Guardians that you can get from the Gos & Cae collaboration at Gacha Guardians.

Happy New Year!

In both pics I am wearing the Christina gown released at the Just Because mainstore right around the holidays. This gown is absolutely stunning and I could not choose a single color, so I had to change it for the headshot. This can be worn without the fur jacket, which makes it extremely versatile, and while it was the perfect dress for the holiday season, it certainly works year round, with or without the jacket! My malt is wearing a suit from Deadwool. This particular pattern was a limited edition, but it’s available in other colors and it’s really so well done.

Auld Lang Syne

Finally, I knew I wanted to do this last picture the second I saw this clever collaboration between SLC and Sallie at October’s round of The Epiphany. I thought, a tied up, sexy Christmas gift type pic would be hot. This one’s below the cut since it’s sorta NSFW.

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Autumn Leaves

I spent a couple of weeks working on setting up a skydome for a last call autumn pic. I’d hoped to get it up Thanksgiving weekend, but we had too much fun in RL. So here it is, just before I move into holiday/winter frenzy!

When I got to thinking about this post, I decided on the title Autumn Leaves. I liked the play on words, as we transition into winter! We had a freakishly warm autumn here in Colorado (not good for wildfires). But tonight it’s properly cold and snowing and both things make me feel settled and peaceful.

In my Turnip’s Skydome, however, it’s still looking pretty autumnal. If you look closely, there are a few signs a touch of snow fell recently, but mostly it’s about a cozy stone cottage, sitting by the fire, enjoying cozy blankets and settling in with a warm pumpkin spice latte and some good books.

Autumn Leaves

LAQ’s second mesh head is called Maxine. It’s gorgeous, and feels very impish when worn with the default skin applier Evelyn (included in HUD w/purchase)! It’s one of the heads that feels most “me,” although I readily admit I am a bit of a chameleon when it comes to my avatar’s face. Of course, the LAQ heads are OMEGA compatible out of the box, but I definitely recommend demoing skins that aren’t made for them specifically, as they won’t all look right.

Thoughtful & Thankful

Finally, this last pic is really a collage of 3 pics. I strongly encourage you to follow the link to Flickr to see it full size so you can take in all the details.

Thanksgiving Cottage

Hope those of you in the US had a lovely Thanksgiving!

~Lucie

Credits:

Fashion
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
LAQ: Maxine mesh head w/default applier
IKON: Sovereign Eyes – Dusk
Truth: Deja Hair – VIP GROUP GIFT (you can still join the group for L$350 and get it in the gift fatpack)
Neve: Off-Kilter outfit – plaid
Cae: Gilmore bracelet (recent group gift)
Izzie’s: Thigh high knit socks
fri.day: Charity boots – Buck

Decor

Exterior
Trompe Loeil – Kenna Cabin
+Half-Deer+ Lighted Pathway – Stars
Lark – FC Autumn Bucket
Lark – FC Autumn Crate (B)
{what next} Bramley Rocking Chair (rustic) – Autumn
{what next} Autumn Bicycle Decor
{what next} Fall Harvest Wheelbarrow
{vespertine- autumn wooden sign}
[we’re CLOSED] grass field dry 03 – random
JIAN :: Red Fox Burrow
Jian – Ash Trees
Little Branch: WildGrass*1Li{Autumn}
Sari-Sari – Cart with Leaf Sack
Sari-Sari – Laying Sack and Rake
Botanical: Aspen trees
Turnip’s: Skydome with Autumn add-on

Interior (by area)

Table/kitchen
[ARIA] Savannah Dining Table
[ARIA] Savannah Dining Chairs
PA // FOOD – Turkey
Lost Junction: BYGASG – Vegetable Plate (gives vegetables)
Lost Junction: Holiday Party – Butterdish
Lost Junction:BYGASG – Bread Plate (gives bread)
{what next} Fall Apples Centrepiece (VIP Group Gift)
{what next} Spiced Pumpkin Cocktail Tray
dust bunny . autumns calling . plate setting
dust bunny . autumns calling . wine bottle
{what next} Autumn Leaves Wreath
Cheeky Pea: Autumn Step Frame White
hive // winter hutch
NOMAD // Swedish Bowl with Apples
KittyCatS Breedable cat
O.M.E.N – Family Dinner – Mason Jar Lit Candles
Sway’s [Tess] Plates & Cups
Kalopsia – Pumpkin Cup – Stack
Kalopsia – Pumpkin Teapot
Apple Fall Pumpkin – Sweet Dumpling I
Sari-Sari – Cafe Happy – Kitchen Jars
Kalopsia – Painted Jar – Red
MishMish – Sweet Fall Table w/table cloth Light
MishMish – Mini Pumpkin Pies
{vespertine} – poetic autumn / fresh apple pie 3
{what next} Autumn Picture Shelf 1
Trompe Loeil – Antique Kitchen Sink
Trompe Loeil – Antique Wood Cookstove Ivory
Trompe Loeil – Antique Icebox Ivory w/crate
Ariskea[Mellow ] Autumn Poppy Flower [Orange]

Living Area
DISORDERLY. / LD / BOOKSTACK / PILED
DISORDERLY. / LD / DECAYED URN
Cheeky Pea: Kendra Cozy Fireplace Cuddle Blanket
Trompe Loeil – Kenna Woodstove short stack
DIGS – Larkspur Fire Tools
JIAN Sleeping Husky Gift (The Arcade December 2016 Round)
Cheeky Pea: Autumn Hues Cuddle Seat
Lark – FC Basket of Blankets
{what next} Autumn Picture Shelf 2
Kalopsia – Cecilia’s Shelf – Iron
8f8 – Storyteller’s Burrow – Coffee Table
{what next} Vermont Hot Chocolate Tray (Pumpkin Everything)
ISPACHI [EMERSON] Pumpkins on Stack of Books
+Half-Deer+ Kerfluffle Sheep II – Autumn Love
Cheeky Pea: Rainy Cuddle Couch Autumn (PG)
Cheeky Pea: Autumn Hues Pinecone Wall Hanging

Phew… that was a lot to credit. If I missed something, please let me know and I’ll tell you what it was!