Over the rainbow

The Pulse Fundraiser is winding down. It will close in just under 24 hours, so if you haven’t gone yet, hurry! If you’re not sure what I am talking about, this fundraiser is benefitting the families and victims of the horrific incident that took place last month at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. There are a ton of fabulous designers participating, not to mention auction boards where you can bid on some fabulous people and/or prizes.

I wanted to do something sparkly, cheerful and dreamy. So I went to StoryBrooke Gardens and, just by chance, found this giant book. And the quote on the page… “hope springs eternal.” It just seemed perfect. I’m the odd mix of realist and idealist. I often say I’m a realistic idealist. I want to believe change is possible, that things can be different. That the world, as ugly as it can be, is also still full of so much that is beautiful and good. And when I see the SL community come together for an event like this, it’s just that much easier for me to hold on to that hope.

I’m wearing a lot of items you can find at the event. My hair is from Exile, the dress is Valentina E. The body glitter and bracelet are both Izzie’s. My shoes are Reign. The adorable star “freckles” are Vile Cult.

Over The Rainbow

In this pic, you can better see the cute star tattoos, along with the beautiful applier Glam Affair released for Uber. Although this applier was designed with Annie in mind, I am wearing it with Alice here… and I think it’s pretty adorable!

Rainbow Sprinkles

Definitely be sure to run over to the Pulse Fundraiser before it ends. It’s worth it! You get to support a great cause while buying beautiful things. Or bidding on beautiful prizes/people!

~Lucie

PS. I apologize if there are any typos in here I missed. It’s now 2:30 am and I’m sleepy. 😛

Credits
SLink: Physique – Hourglass mesh body, SLink mesh hands – Casual (L) & Gesture (R)
Izzie’s: Rainbow Glitter Applier – Pulse Exclusive Pulse Fundraiser
Catwa: Alice mesh head
Glam Affair: Bianca applier – Jamaica Uber
Vile Cult: Pulse Star Applier Pulse Fundraiser
Buzzeri: Zodiac eyes – Lavender
Exile: Proud hair – Fantasy 1 pack Pulse Fundraiser
Valentina E. Couture: Bronwyn Dress – Special Pulse Edition Pulse Fundraiser
Izzie’s: Pride bracelet Pulse Fundraiser
Bella Elephante: Galaxy nail appliers Pulse Fundraiser
Reign: Bow Wedge Flip Flops – Reign Color Pack (Glitter hud) Pulse Fundraiser
Hopscotch: Pose Me Pretty I – Pose 04
Cole’s Corner: Solstice particle emitter Indie Teepee
Location: StoryBrooke Gardens

Candy Cane Crush

Just a seasonal quickie today… I was shooting the ad for this new prop pose we released over the weekend at Repose, and I liked how it came out and decided to edit it for blogging. The pose is still 60% off through today, if you want to go snag it! Me and my alt are both wearing a new release from Valentina E. Couture that is just utterly gorgeous. You can find it at The Fantasy Collective’s birthday round!

Candy Cane Crush

On a final note, my alt is wearing Magika’s First Light hair, which is part of the Linden Labs 12 Days Of Savings Marketplace event. So you can grab it here at a discounted price for a limited time!

~Lucie

Credits

On Lucie:
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Catwa: Jessica Mesh Head
Lara Hurley: Christy applier – Rose Pale
Exile: Looking Back – Naturals (recently ended event release that should be in the mainstore soon)
Valentina E. Couture: Dazzle Jewelled bra & Dazzle Jewelled leggings – Line The Fantasy Collective
Reign: Posh Pumps – White

On Kissa:
Maitreya: Lara Mesh Body
Glam Affair: Eles skin – Asia 06
Magika: First Light hair – Hud 01
Buzzeri: Moka eyes – Midnight
SLink: Mesh hands – Relaxed
Valentina E. Couture: Dazzle Jewelled bra & Dazzle Jewelled leggings – Berry The Fantasy Collective
Reign: Posh Pumps – Black

Repose: Candy Cane Crush pose

Decor
Trompe Loeil: Attic Skybox + Surround
LAQ Decor: Christmas Tree – Blue
Dysfunctional Designs: The Fluffy Rug
Lark: Pale Winter Wreath Blue – RARE
ISPACHI: Log Candle Holders (LIT)
Artisan Fantasy: Marquee – Ho Ho Ho White
DIGS: Festive Typography – ‘Tis The Season White

The prodigal blogger returns

Hi! I’m back… and I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was quiet and lovely, just the way I like it.

So today I want to talk about the amazing Tannenbaum Market that opened this past week and runs through December 25th. This event features awesome designers with lovely holiday and winter goodies. There’s also one of the coolest gacha ideas I’ve ever seen… but I’ll get to that in a moment.

First, my outfit. It’s Valentina E. Couture, the sweater top is optional (the dress itself is strapless) and it comes in 4 colors. I chose the evergreen, and paired it with Ingenue’s cozy socks and flats. I love these socks because they have cuffs that are fitted to the Maitreya body (and also SLink Physique, fitted mesh and unrigged versions). I suck at resizing things, and with my fuller figured av, I always have to. The shoes are so cute and they look comfy as hell. I want a pair in RL, tbh. My wreath of lights is from Ohmai, also at Tannenabaum. It’s texture change and there is an unlit version, too.

Tis the season

Now, about the tree and the gachas at Tannenbaum. The tree is undecorated, in the stand, and was made by Botanical, and is available for sale for just L$250. It’s well worth it, as it’s gorgeous. But beyond that, the gachas are ornaments and decor designed especially for this tree! Which makes it easier to decorate. I love this idea so much. I love the concept that friends and SL families can come together, each with their own ornaments and decorate as a group. It adds a level of realism to a virtual world that I never even thought of before, but it’s such a lovely touch. I know some of you are gacha weary, and I feel strongly that they have their time and place (like gacha exclusive events such as The Epiphany or The Arcade), but this one is SO sweet and lovely. It was a brilliant idea, and I hope others have fun with it. I’ll be doing closeups of the ornaments featured on the tree in a later post because they’re too beautiful not to be seen close up.

The stockings on the mantle are from Lost Junction, also at Tannenbaum. I love the shape, the colors… they’re super adorable and realistic looking.

More soon…

~Lucie

Credits:
Fashion

On Lucie:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Jessica mesh head
Lara Hurley: Christy applier for Catwa – rose pale
Eula: Daria hair – reds
Buzzeri: Duo eyes – Forrest
Ohmai: X-Mas Lights Wreath – Serious – Lit Tannebaum
Valentina E. Couture: Noell sweater & dress – Evergreen Tannebaum
Ingenue: Edmee loafers – Hollyberry & Twinkle Toes socks Tannebaum

On Sephie:
Clef de Peau: Robin – tone 4 w/stubble tattoo
Exile: 6th Avenue Heartache – Raven
I.D.: September eyes – Amber
FATEwear: Cooper shirt – Tundra, Peter pants – Lagoon
FATEstep: Owen moccasins

Repose: Gifting group pose and props (with two poseballs hidden)

Decor:
Barnesworth Anubis – Maitland house (modified)
Fancy Decor: Wooden Snowflake B Tannebaum
R(S)W: Christmas Card Row Tannebaum
Lost Junction: Hangy Socks – Green – Stocking A, Hangy Socks – Red Print – All, Hangy Socks – Green – Stocking B Tannebaum
JIM: Rustic House (Christmas) Tannebaum
Botanical: Fir Christmas Tree Tannebaum
Silence: Tree skirt – red (Rare) Tannebaum
Studio Skye: Falling snow system (snow seen out of the window created with this amazing system)

(Details on tree decor in future post, but feel free to ask questions in the comments if you can’t wait!)

Perfectly imperfect

So, there’s a new club opening Sunday called Altitude. Actually, it’s more of a destination venue than a club. It’s designed for live music performances, which is really cool and something I used to enjoy a lot of in SL (before I became a platform dweller 😛 ) In honor of the grand opening, Valentina E. Couture has made this sexy outfit as a launch gift! This outfit will only be available during the big debut event, from 12 pm to 5 pm SLT Sunday, September 13th! So don’t miss out… take the opportunity to go check out a new venue AND snag an awesome gift at the same time. Oh, and my adorable shoes are from fri.day, for the new Collabor88. This month’s witchy theme has been super popular, and it may still take a few tries to get in, but oh my, it is worth the effort once you do.

Living Room Star

Now, please bear with me while I get personal. And wordy.

You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful. ~Amy Bloom

I love that quote. I think we live in a world that encourages this quest for flawlessness and perfection, and no matter how perfectly that foundation covers your “flaws,” they still exist. Not to mention, the most beautiful parts of ourselves aren’t the parts that show on the outside. Who we are as individuals isn’t contingent upon our skin being perfect, a number on the scale, the size of our pants or any other external thing. It’s about our personalities, and this is where true beauty lies. And even then, we’re still not perfect. No one is… and the quest for it just tends to leave us feeling inferior, self-conscious, empty and frustrated.

In Second Life, it’s possible to be physically “perfect,” whatever “perfection” might look like to us personally. And actually, it’s hard to NOT be perfect in some respects. Most skins are flawless, gorgeous works of art. And not that I don’t appreciate that, because I do. I appreciate beauty, in all of its forms. But sometimes I find myself wanting SL to be a little… more realistic. A little less perfect. Last year, I went from being a (smallish) medium in standard sizing to a very lush large. It was a big change. Most of you will have noticed that the size difference from medium to large is quite a jump. Much more pronounced than the difference from small to medium. When mesh first came out I was between a small and medium and I went smaller. The idea of making my avatar larger was so… distressing. And I didn’t want to admit that to myself, let alone to anyone else. But it’s true.

I’ve struggled with a RL eating disorder and body acceptance pretty much my entire life. I was a fat kid, a fat teen and I’m a fat adult. And I say “fat” merely as a descriptor, but oh it’s such a loaded word. It shouldn’t be, anymore than saying “I’m tall” or “I have brown eyes.” But our culture abhors fat, and strives to do everything to eradicate it where possible. I decided I wanted my SL shape to be fuller figured. I still wouldn’t call my av “fat,” but comparatively speaking she is… particularly in the blogging/fashion world of SL, where it seems most people tend to be thinner. In reality, even though to me, a (real life) person of a comparable size isn’t “fat,” I suspect that if you went by the (useless) BMI charts the woman in question would be considered “overweight,” if not “obese.” But size is relative, in some respects, and what is “thin” or “fat” varies depending on perspective, too. I have never and will never be that person who goes into any store and easily finds clothes that fit, perfectly, without trouble. Though it may seem strange I’d want to relive that experience in Second Life, I have worked very hard on eating disorder recovery and body acceptance in real life, and it occurred to me last year that my avatar being so close to a societally idealized shape was not a healthy thing for me. It should be noted that Lucie’s build is really nothing like my RL one, but it still feels more true to myself. It was a matter of finding the balance between fantasy and reality that wouldn’t messing with my head… but I still often wished for a fuller face.

Enter Mallory Cowen, the talented creator behind LAQ, who has recently introduced skins that are exactly what I’ve been craving in my SL. Particularly Elise, which I’m wearing below. Elise comes with a “built in” double chin. There’s a tattoo layer for a “simple” chin, too, for those who love the skin but don’t want a double chin. Her features are fuller and I just love this skin so much. You can also buy the double chin tattoo separately for use with other LAQ skins (and you may be able to match them to other brands, but I’d demo first, to be sure). My cute fortune cookie necklace is a new release from Cae for The Mix, and which you can grab at the Mainstore.

Perfectly Imperfect

It struck me as I photographed this skin, trying to find a light that didn’t minimize the double chin, how… counter-intuitive that is, how even now, with all the work I’ve done to accept myself as I am today, I’d probably cringe if lighting made my double chin seem even more pronounced. I would immediately recognize what I was doing, and shut down the negative self-talk. But it would probably still happen, particularly on a bad day. But that’s what I mean… no one is perfect. We all have our problems and flaws, and trying to deny that or trying to “erase” them, well… for me, at least, that’s like trying to erase a part of who I really am. And that’s just not something I am willing to do anymore.

I applaud Mallory for her work. It’s something I think SL really needed, and it’s going to be great for RPers (she did several more mature skins, too). Check out the LAQ blog for more pics, and I plan to blog some of her other newer skins, too! I look forward to seeing what she does next.

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
SLink: Physique mesh body
LAQ: Elise skin – tone 1.5 w/smoky eyeshadow tattoo
Magika: Itch hair – Hud 1
Buzzeri: Duo eyes – Molten
Valentina E. Couture: Altitude Ensemble Altitude Opening Gift
Cae: Fortune necklace The Mix
SLink: Casual mesh hands, High feet
fri.day: Samantha booties – ghost Collabor88
Repose: Red pose & prop 01

Decor:

Jian: Lyle Console Record Player
floorplan: scattered sheet music, guitar bookcase
Lisp: Persimmon Grand Piano – Noir
TeddyJr: Dorene store building (in the apartment above the store)

Summer’s Sunset

I readily admit that I am beyond eager for autumn’s arrival. I’ve been ready for weeks, honestly. It’s just always been my favorite time of year. But summer’s not over just yet, even here at 9,000 feet in Colorado where we could theoretically get our first snow nearly any day now (it’s happened as early as August, though not often). And the gorgeous outfit Valentina E. Couture has out for August’s FaMESHed made me want to dress for summer, even as I crave the first golden aspens of fall. So I found a field of golden sunflowers at beautiful Bella Pace. My hair is Tableau Vivant, also for FaMESHed.

Fields of Gold

My skin is Glam Affair’s stunning Fiona for Uber. I really, really love the lips on this particular face. They’re pouty and lush. I’m wearing new eyelashes from Izzie’s for The Mix Event. My necklace by Cae is another new release available at August’s round of FaMESHed. My eyes are another of Buzzeri’s Duo line available at N21.

Summer Sunset

~Lucie

Credits
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Glam Affair: Fiona skin – Jamaica 06 Uber
Tableau Vivant: Elvi hair – reds FaMESHed
Izzie’s: Mesh Alpha Lashes
Buzzeri: Duo eyes – Drought N21
Valentina E. Couture: Rebecca – Floral – Lavender FaMESHed
Cae: Trilogy necklace FaMESHed
The Wicked Peach: Summer basics nail appliers

Locations:
Pic 1: Bella Pace
Pic 2: Manitou Springs (not yet open)

Rain Date

Taken at beautiful Blithe, with the help of my alt who is modeling FATEwear and FATEstep for you. My adorable hair and dress are both from the current round of Shiny Shabby. Full credits below.

Rain Date

~Lucie

Credits
On Me:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Glam Affair: Yolandi skin – Jamaica 02 (gacha) Shiny Shabby
Tableau Vivant: Koca hair – reds (no hat version) Shiny Shabby
Valentina E. Couture: Mademoiselle dress – teal Shiny Shabby
Reign: Adley wedges – black

On my alt:
Clef de Peau: Lucas skin T4
Exile: Take It Easy hair – Naturals
FATEwear: Brock shirt & Brian pants
FATEstep: Matthew boots
SLink: Men’s mesh hands

Infiniti: Under My Umbrella pose & prop

Skin Fair Part II

I have some more from Skin Fair for you!

First, from PXL, is Aeryn. I am in love with this skin. I feel adorably sexy in this one. This skin has a lot of add-ons, including appliers for PXL’s own Sweet Lips mouth, moles and freckles on tattoo layers, cleavage on tattoo layers and a tintable eyebrow tattoo. I took this pic while sitting in the adorable Bluebird Cuddle Van that Consignment did for the current Collabor88. The entire set is a quirky and adorable take on a camping set, and I definitely love it!

Aeryn

Next, meet Sadie, one of La Petite Morte’s skins for Skin Fair. This one is young and innocent in appearance, and probably would be cute on a child or teen avie, too. I’m wearing another color of the Adored Moon eyes line that is also at Skin Fair. I am really loving these eyes, and this dark green is perfect for me since I currently have spring fever and it makes me think of dark green leaves! The lovely sim Blithe, with all its lush spring greenery, made a perfect backdrop for this vibrant new face.

Sweet Sadie

Finally, Essences has three new faces for Skin Fair. This is Storm, which I really liked. There is something almost impish about this face, which made it a perfect match for a post featuring items from the new Create Your Own Tarot event that opened last week. The first featured card for this event is The Fool, so all items have are themed to match. My hair is from Ayashi and the dress is Valentine E. Couture. I took this pic at the darkly beautiful, post-apocalyptic theme park sim Everwinter, which is new from the owner of Baja Norte. And again, I’m wearing Adored eyes, this time in a dazzling amethyst shade that seemed to suit to mood.

Friday's Fool

There’s just a week left for Skin Fair… so be sure you don’t miss it!

~Lucie

Credits
Pic 1:
PXL: Aeryn skin – SK – makeup 01 w/moles tattoo Skin Fair
Argrace: Seri hair – reds
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Hazel
LovelyAlien: Starry lashes
Mon Cheri: Falshies lashes
Consignment: Bluebird Cuddle Van Collabor88

Pic 2:
La Petite Morte: Sadie skin – tone 02 Skin Fair
Exile: Thinking Out Loud hair – Reds
Adored: Moon eyes – dk green Skin Fair
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Cae: Eternity ring
Izzie’s: Head & Hands pose 2

Pic 3:
Essences: Storm skin – pale 02 Skin Fair
Ayashi: Sunny hair – fatpack CYOT
Adored: Moon eyes – dk purple Skin Fair
Mon Cheri: Falsies lashes
Valentina E. Couture: Je ne regretre nien dress – Noir CYOT
Izzie’s: Headshot 4

Descend Forever

I have been a big fan of Cae jewlery since the beginning. I think Caelan Hancroft does absolutely stunning work, and her latest releases are no exception. I wanted to share some with you.

In this first pic, I’m wearing the Descend set that came out last month. It’s very dramatic and bold, and I love the texture change, pave gems on this set. On my left hand I am wearing one of Cae’s new Forever wedding sets that is available as part of the Mingle event.

Descend Forever

If you haven’t heard of this event, Mingle is really, really cool. It’s an interactive HUD based hunt, and the creators did an amazing job with it. It’s really cute. There’s a gift shop, which is where you’ll find Forever (along with a lot of other gifts, which you can buy for yourself or gifting), but there are also free gifts when you complete the event! You can read more about Mingle here.

Now, for a better look at that rock I’m wearing. Well… rocks, to be fair. This is the three stone version of the ring (there is also a solitaire version). What I absolutely love is that you can customize not only the metal and gems, but also the style of the ring(s). Let’s start with the stone shapes. You can do princess cut, heart or round, and the center stone can differ from the two side stones (both in shape and color). The band of the engagement ring also has three options. I like sparkle, so I’m using the option for channel set gems. There are also plain and tapered versions. The wedding band can be hidden, or it can be channel set (as seen below) or plain. In the collage below I am showing off the princess and round cut stones. I also wanted to show you some of the color options.

Cae Forever @ Mingle gift shop

Finally, in this last picture I am wearing the Promise set (you can only really see the necklace). My skin is Kaelyn from Glam Affair, which really is one of my favorites ever of that brand (not that it’s easy to pick). My eyes are IKON’s Promise eyes in Metal, which is a very unique color that I love. The hair is Rowan, a recent Truth release. I happened to be wearing all of this for my BFF Rosa’s surprise rezz day party last week, and I loved the look so I decided a new profile pic was in order.

A hint of sass

Have a great weekend! More from me soon.

~Lucie

Credits:
Pics 1 & 2
Glam Affair: Magenta skin – Asia – 02 F w/cheeks 01, nose 03
Elikatira: Arabella hair – reds
Valentina E. Couture: Gabrielle Dress – Mint
SLink: Mesh hands – casual
Flair: SLink nails – set 199
Embody: Handoff 04

Pic 3
Glam Affair: Kaelyn skin – America – 03 F w/nose 02
Truth: Rowan hair – gingers
IKON: Promise eyes – Metal
Cae: Promise set
Maitreya: Poise Dress – Rain
Embody: Handoff 03