Spring Rebel

Cosmetics Fair is going on right now, and if you’re a makeup/applier/tattoo addict like me, this is something you definitely want to check out. Also, you still have some time to get to the current – and awesome – round of Collabor88 before it ends. I’m featuring items from both events in this post. First, I was utterly thrilled when I saw that [TheSkinnery] had a LeLutka applier at Collab. I love my LeLutka heads, especially Chloe, which I’m wearing here with Nora (and other strange sentences you don’t say in RL). My eyeshadow is a Cosmetics Fair release from Arte, which is a new-to-me store. I really loved the palette; it was all very spring-y pastels. The tattoo applier I am wearing is also from Cosmetics Fair, by Nanika, which is another new-to-me store. But I really love this tattoo. It has a black option, too. But for spring I kinda liked the idea of white! My eyes are by Song and are also available at Cosmetics Fair. I am really fussy about eyes and I love these, so if you’re particular like me, definitely check them out!

The recent updates to LeLutka’s bento heads includes multiple teeth options, and also comes with braces. I know this is going to sound SUPER weird, and I also know anyone who actually has or had braces is gonna say I’m crazy, but as a kid I wanted braces SO BADLY. I can’t explain it. It started in 2nd grade when a girl I had a crush on got a retainer, and I thought she looked so freakin’ cute. I used to make a fake retainer out of a paperclip (which I am sure was great for my teeth). So actually, suddenly it makes perfect sense why I had that obsession. But anyway. Yeah. I had to wear the braces lol. Oh, my manicure is also from Cosmetics Fair and it’s by Alaska Metro. You get a ton of options and variations with this applier, and it’s well worth the price.

Spring Rebel

My dress is a new release from Neve, and it’s so sassy! I love how short and sexy it is, and the color options are gorgeous. The one I’m wearing is in the Aura color pack and it reminded me of rainbow sherbet. My strappy, sexy heels are from fri.day and you can snag them at Collabor88. Also from Collab is my furniture set from What Next. The vase of tulips are also What Next, and can be found in the mainstore. My sweet little puppies are from JIAN at The Epiphany. You can snag my sassy Exile hair at the current round of Collab, too! I’m still playing with colors, and I really love the newly updated textures and HUDS. Check them out if you haven’t yet!

Spring Spaniels

Oh, one final note? I’m wearing the recently updated Maitreya Lara body, which now includes bento hands, complete with animations, one of which I’m using above!

~Lucie

Credits
Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body – bento version
Exile: Green Light hair – Natural Fusions hud Collabor88
LeLutka: Chloe mesh head – bento
TheSkinnery: Nora applier – Honey Collabor88
Arte: Blossom eyeshadow Cosmetics Fair
Song: Lexi eyes – Brow Cosmetics Fair
Nanika: Purpose tattoo – white Cosmetics Fair
Cae: Secure collar – Pearl
Astralia: My half rings
Alaska Metro: Dazzle manicure applier Cosmetics Fair
Neve: thrown dress – aura
fri.day: Rita sandals Collabor88
Elephante Poses: Gretchen #4 (1st pic modified by bento hands position) Pose Fair 2017

Decor:
Barnesworth Anubis: henlopen cottage
What Next: Palma set Collabor88 Emma Tulips Bouquet – pink + purple
JIAN: Splendid Spaniels 18. Upside Down Sleeper (on chair), Splendid Spaniels 19. Floor Snoozer The Epiphany

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!

Snapback

So this post is a very long time in the making. As soon as I heard Old Dominion’s song Snapback, I knew I wanted to do a blog post inspired by the look the singer describes. I knew Truth had just released a perfect hair for it. But life happened, and other things got in the way and I only finally, months later, decided it was time. I was gonna do it! Especially after I saw that they got the look SO wrong in the music video (linked at the end), I had to do it.

And I mean, these new(ish) shorts from Neve were perfect. They were inspired by Dirty Dancing, but the cutoff, wornout version just seemed made for this look. And frankly, just being inspired by a movie made them perfect for my new challenge itself (more about that in a moment)!

Snapback

In case you’re wondering, these were the lyrics that inspired this look.

Those stars need to be wished on
Your skin needs to be kissed on
My eyes baby, they’re fixed on you
In your snapback
T-shirt of your favourite rock band
Checking your makeup in my Ray Bans
Breaking hearts like only you can
In your snapback

This also felt like it required a romantic moment, so I grabbed my alt and voila!

Kissing you would hit the spot with me

I’ve got a LOT of these sorts of ideas… so I thought about it, and decided to create a very informal challenge for it, complete with a group called Inspired By Words: Second Life. If you have any pics inspired by words – whether from songs, books, poems, movies – feel free to add them to this group! Just be sure to let us know what inspired you. I am gonna aim to do one of these at least once a month because they’re fun!

Here’s the link to the video. It may not play if you’re outside the US, but you can read the lyrics here. Also, for those who haven’t heard it before, “snapback” is a nickname for that sort of baseball cap because they often involve plastic snaps.

~Lucie

Credits
Lucie:
SLink: Hourglass mesh body, casual hands, flat feet
Catwa: Candy head (fatpack w/expressions, which are used in 1st pic)
Glam Affair: Catwa applier – Alessa – Asia 3
Buzzeri: Zodiac eyes – Avada
Letis: Cetus V2 for SLink
Addams: Jennifer V-Neck – Heaven
Neve: Baby shorts – frayed
Schadenfreude: Waits rings – Uberpack Collabor88
Bella Elephante: Unicorn nails applier
ReignXFlite: Taylers – Grey/Sea
Repose: Country Girl 4 pose & prop (pic 1)

Sephie:
Clef de Peau: Lucas skin T4 w/freckles
Exile: Better Days – Naturals
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – Hazel
SLink: Relaxed mesh hands
FATEwear: Phillips shirt, Carter shorts
FATEstep: Ziggy Chucks

Decor:
Consignment: Stepside Bed – Mint (couple pose is in this)
[we’re CLOSED] grass field green 01 – random
Little Branch: Bouton d’or Lavender{Rounded-Field}
JIAN :: Koi Pond We ❤ Role-Play
Cheeky Pea: Boho Glamping Cabin, Boho Glamping Bed
{what next} Guitar Case Sign Collabor88
[ Organica ] Ridley Bird Bath (Mossy Rock)
+Half-Deer+ Candy Chickadee Bird
Studio Skye: Skye Cliff 4, Skye Cliff 3, Skye Cliff 2 light rock, spring ground textures

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

Skating with Jennah

There’s this wonderful photo challenge that Nigel Riel has created where he pairs people to take pics together. You can see all of the pics here. It was something fun and different, and gave people an opportunity to meet new people.

I fell in love with Zenith’s Lolita Winter Coat from The Epiphany. I’m wearing the rare Candy one, which comes with a hud and you can change the color of the dress. It’s kind of rare for me to wear this much pink. Though it’s more of a coral or salmon pink but whatever. It’s adorable and I thought it would be a cute outfit for skating. The Epiphany is winding down, and ends February 2nd, so if you haven’t been yet you’re running out of time! Remember, every designer has an exclusive available if you opt to “cash in” your extras for points. If you’re unfamiliar with how it works, read about it here!

Also, the adorable little cabin is from What Next. It’s for the Wayward Winter event, but that ends tonight… so if you miss it, be sure to check the Mainstore in the coming days.

Skating with Jennah

This is Jennah’s adorable version. Isn’t she cute?!

Nigel's photo challenge - Jennah & Lucie

~Lucie

Credits

Fashion:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body
Catwa: Annie mesh head
DeeTaleZ: Cynthia applier for Catwa – Nordic tone
Mai Bilavio: Essential lashes for Catwa
Elua: Gemma hair – reds
Zenith: Lolita Winter Coat – Candy – Rare The Epiphany
Izzie’s: Cozy tights appliers
N-Core: Roller/Ice skates
Pose created by Jennah

Decor:
What Next: Snowy Alpine Cabin
JIAN: White Tail Deer – Female Adult (Animated), Fawn (Animated), Female Adult (Sleep L), Fawn (Sleep L), Wishing Well, Wise Owl’s Tree, Hillside Orchard – Apple Tree
Half-Deer: Lighted Pathway – Planks – Snowy, Snow Animals – Dog, Snow Animals – Bear, Snow Animals – Cat
Dysfunctional Designs: Pair of Waving Snowmen
Little Branch: WildBirch.v1, WildBirch.v2
Botanical: T2C Mesh Fir 05
Studio Skye: Ice and Snow ground/ice textures

The Epiphany

The Epiphany opened this week, and if you haven’t gone yet you are definitely missing out. This is the third round of this wonderful event, and it’s just getting better! If you’re not familiar with what makes The Epiphany different from other gacha events, you can read about it here. But just a quick overview, if you’re a fellow gacha addict, you know you often get stuck with extra copies of the same item that you can’t use or don’t want for whatever reason. Well, with The Epiphany you can save your item or redeem it for points. Those points can then be cashed in to get designer exclusives that will not be available after the event ends! Items you choose to keep can still be transferred, so you can change your mind and give them away or sell them, too.

This time all of the designers have their exclusives next to their machines at the event, but also at their Mainstores! The official blog has a complete list of stores with slurls to make life easier for you, so be sure to check that out, too!

I started off by blogging pieces of the beautiful Valentine’s Blush set from Stockholm & Lima! I also stuck a box of macarons from Half-Deer’s adorable Macaron Dream Buffet set in the scene, and I’m wearing the macaron necklace that is Half-Deer’s exclusive item. I’m also wearing one of the lovely Doe hairs from the event. My outfit is a combo of Blueberry and Just Because. The top is from Just Because, and you’ll find it at the Mesh Addicts event. The jeans are from Blueberry, and it’s funny because I was so excited the top fit so wonderfully over these jeans, and then realized they’re the jeans from the sweater ad!

I Will Remember You

More from The Epiphany coming soon! So stay tuned. And thank you, to readers and designers alike, for standing by me during the difficult time I just went through with my grandmother’s illness and subsequent death. I particularly am grateful to the designers who have stood by me with patience and support and understanding. It’s been an unbelievably rough couple of months, especially since this happened during the holidays (not that there’s ever a great time, but it did make it that much harder). While grief is something I know I’ll feel for quite some time yet, I’m feeling like at least I’m at a point where I can channel some of my sadness and emotions here. So thank you for sticking by me, and for the kind words so many of you have given me. I really appreciate it, more than I could say, and I will never forget those who have stood by me during such a tough time. ❤

~Lucie

Credits:

Decor
Stockholm & Lima: Valentine's Blush Love Letters, Valentine's Blush Celtic Love Seat, Valentine's Blush Candy Box (open), Valentine's Blush Rose Petals, Valentine's Blush Paris Love, Valentine's Blush Wall Lights The Epiphany
Roost: Lakeside Basement House
Sway’s: Rosalie Picture frame . silver
Half-Deer: Macaron Dream Buffet – Macaron Box The Epiphany
What Next: Fleeftone Retro Record Player – Coffee

Fashion
Belleza: Freya body
LeLutka: Stella mesh head
Doe: Cierra (Solid) – Gingers The Epiphany
Glam Affair: Triss applier – America 7 (past Shiny Shabby gacha, may be available here soon)
Just Because: Sophia sweater Mesh Addicts
Blueberry: Tink Jeans (belt hidden)
Picture Me Pretty: Brie pose – 1a

Gathering Warmth

Sometimes when I create scenes for vendor ads for Repose, I wind up liking them enough that I want to blog them. This was one such case, and since I promised in yesterday’s post to show y’all a close up of the outfit I was wearing, this seemed like a great opportunity. I’m wearing a top and leggings from coldLogic’s newest release for their new brand Neve. I love these new releases because they include huds with different color options for each version of top, dress, bottom, etc. Plus, for things with layers, like this adorable top, there’s an option to change the color of the undershirt separately. I was going for a decidedly autumnal vibe with my pumpkin shade for the leggings and the green top. My alt is wearing FATEwear, which always compliments the colors of coldLogic’s releases perfectly!

Gathering Warmth

And I’d like to leave you with this.

Fashion Credits

On Lucie:
Maitreya: Lara mesh body, Stagioni Xtd Leather boots – Bronze
Essences: LouAnn skin – Medium 02
Argrace: hair – Red w/add on checkered bow hud
Buzzeri: Serenity Eyes – Amber N21
Neve by coldLogic: zeezee leggings – lively, breeze top – lively
Cae: Happily Ever After Ring

On Sephie:
Clef de Peu: Robin skin T4 w/black brows & stubble tattoos
Exile: Take It Easy hair – naturals
I.D.: September eyes – Amber The Mens Dept
FATEwear: Robertson shirt, Brian pants
FATEstep: Matthew boots
SLink: Mesh hands, male version – Curl & Grip

Repose: Warmth prop pose (coming soonish)

Decor Credits:
Studio Skye: Autumnal ground texture, mesh land forms, Enchanted Woods trees
Dysfunctional Designs: Wood Chopping block, Frilly Pine Trees, New Pumpkin Garden Plots
Alouette: Weathered greenhouse
What Next: Scarecrow VIP Group Gift
Izzie’s: Tree logs

Backyard Paradise

I have wanted a pool that would work on my sky platform for a long time now, and with Pixel Mode’s newest release I finally have had that dream fulfilled! This isn’t just a pool. This is a lifestyle. With the gorgeous deck space, built in garden areas, a land form you can retexture to match your own land, plenty of sitting animations and a float, this is a pool for the ages.

I figured, if I am going to have this gorgeous pool in my yard, why not create an outright paradise? Why stop at a pool? So I added the new Moose Lodge Sauna Cheeky Pea released for FaMESHed earlier this month. I mean, who doesn’t want to have a good steam and then go cool off with a dip in the pool? Then I thought of my little sister, Isley… and so I had to add playground equipment from What Next, but really who am I kidding? I’m just as likely to use the swing set as she is! Throw in some beautiful deck furniture from Trompe Loeil, a BBQ set from Cheeky Pea and round it off with gorgeous trees, flowers and shrubs and this is definitely a backyard we’ll enjoy all summer long!

Backyard Paradise

You can catch me just sitting, soaking up the sun and sipping sangria – courtesy of Jian’s Mediterranean feast. I’m wearing one of the newest releases from coldLogic. I’ll be blogging that look in closeup sometime in the next few days, but for those who can’t wait, I’m wearing the Haver two piece dress set in Minty and I’m wearing FATEstep’s Jessica wedges.

You’ll find Pixel Mode’s pool at the new Love To Decorate event, which runs through June 24th.

~Lucie

Credits
Pixel Mode: The Backyard Garden Pool Love To Decorate
Cheeky Pea: Moose Lodge Sauna, Cassie Picnic set
Happy Mood: Sweet Garden Grass06 – mix(warm colors), Sweet Garden Grass02 – gold, Colored Bush – green
Botanical: Mesh Fir Trees
Organica: Mesh Tulips – greenland, fidelio, Princess Irene
3D Trees: Pine Tree
Studio Skye: Land Forms Building Kit, Lush & Grassy Textures
Trompe Loeil: Valiano Bistro Table Copper Top A, Valiano Bistro Chairs, Valiano loungers, Valiano Firebox (copper – ornate)
Jian: Ash Tree (Large), Mediterranean Feast (Croquettes), Mediterranean Feast (Sangria)
What Next: Adventure Playground seesaw, swingset and roundabout
Roost: Sunnydale trellis fence