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Tameless



Tamless collection, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.


Timeless. Beautiful. Classy.

Tameless Hair Collection created by Nita Braken are all of these and more. Each style is expertly executed with a sense of elegance and character. Normally, I have not been one to wear short hair styles, especially not short straight hair styles; however the Tameless collection has won me over. Her styles are fast becoming some of my standard go-to hair when picking out an outfit.

The featured styles (listed below) are scripted for 28 color change options, and include streak coloring options, and hat/ribbon color change options. The hairstyles also come in singular colors with streak options if you wish not to have the "Megapack" style that includes all colors.

Tameless always features new hairstyles and/or avatars for sale for the first week after release:
4 color packs are normally priced at $199L: sale price during first week of release is $99L
Megapack including all colors are priced at $799L: sale price during first week of release is $399L.
Complete Avatars are priced at $499 in shop: sale price during first week of release is $399L.  
All avatars are listed on the Marketplace at an ongoing reduced price of $399L.

The skin is also a new one for me from the store Mojo. The features make the face seem a little more round and softer, which I adore. The lips are pouty but not too puffy, and the overall shading throughout the skin is subtle and feminine. Freckle tattoo and makeup layers are listed below as well.

Shopping List:
Tameless Hair Collection:
(left to right)
Nadine
Charlotte
Mindi
Jolene
Norine

Skin: MOJO//ALBA EVO// 08-MILK
Eyes: Poetic Colors - Poison Ivy
Freckles: L. Fauna - Pale (tattoo layer)
Makeup: Glamorize - Dance (eyes tattoo)
Lashes: **Irresistible Look Eyelashes** (alpha lashes)

~sierra

Honey, I'm Home


Honey, I'm Home! Pumpkin Cottage, created by Harlow Heslop. See full post and credits here!

~sierra

Creatures of the Night




She Demon, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.


Halloween may be over, but creatures of the night never walk by any calender. This is the full Halloween costume that went with the "Something Wicked This Way Comes" post. I meant to put them out back to back, but real life got a hold of me and wouldn't let go.

It's not often that I take off my kitty ears and tail, but Sinfull makes some amazing demon-type accessories! The silks I've had for a couple years now and work perfectly with this look. I used a bit of selective coloring in Photoshop to bring out the color of the moon and the Succubus eyes by FDM. The ballet boots (I've been told they have become my signature look. People question me in clubs when i don't have them on) are a set from *Kas* and are sculpted with alpha layers and HUD control.

Shopping List:

Silks of the Siren: Darknesses Silks
Boots: *KaS*BalletBoots

Skin: Nomine Aether - Latte
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Ahiga Hair - Silver
Eyes: FDM-Alive-Succubus-L-Light
Lashes: Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes_N01
Shape: Custom made by me

Horns: Sinfull Aaryanna horns Black
Wings: ::{Favole}:: Entangled *Version 3*
Tail: Sinfull Chained black tail
Gloves: ELEMENTAL glowing electric hands +Fallen Gods Inc.+ PITCH BLACK

Pose: [LAP]

Filters, Fashion, and Fall


The above picture was taken using the FilterCam HUD and a bit of post production work in Photoshop.  
Below you can see the raw picture, no Photoshop work aside from cropping.
All pictures in full size at my Flickr 


Thanks to the wonderful Codebastard Redgrave, loving "Codie", and her FilterCam2 HUD 
for purchase and use inside Second Life (or on the Marketplace), everyone has the ability 
to take amazing pictures even if you don't have or aren't very skilled (yet) in Photoshop. 

FilterCam2 is a HUD loaded with various textures.  
You attach it to the center HUD position on your screen and take pictures.      
Its just that easy.  
There are shaded effects, frames, keyholes, splatter effects, scope effects, 
and many more, close to 150.  
The HUD allows layering of effects up to 4 layers, so your creativity is endless.  FilterCam main version updates are included with the price of purchase, meaning free upgrades forever.  Expansion packs are purchased separately and are very reasonably priced.

Below, I have included several other pictures from today, 
both pre and post Photoshop production.  
Shopping list included below pictures.  Happy picture taking everyone!

Trypic Filter post production
Trypic Filter raw image

  Polaroid Filter raw image                                          Polaroid Filter post production







Happy Halloween everyone!





The outfit I'm wearing is by the amazing Annejoy Paine of aDiva.
The hair is from Battle Angel.
And the eyes, oh those amazing eyes, are from the recently featured 
FDM Alive Eyes by Aymeric Pelazzi, Silver Medium size, Light.




Shopping List:

Sweater: aDiva couture Tyler Sweater Blue
Jeans: aDiva couture Tyler Half Jeans Cuff L Leg
Boots: Maitreya Gold Shearling Boots
Socks: [ROCKBERRY] Knit Socks Blue/Socks


Skin: .ILLUSORY. Skin_Paige_Fair - Stained A1 (LBF)
Eyes: FDM-Alive-Silver-M-Light
Hair: Vera White Blonde *Battle Angel* JFFH
Lashes: Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes_N01
Freckles: L.Fauna EXTRA FRECKLES [Tan]
Ears: *Dreams* Tied with a Bow Snowy White Twitchy Ear (rebranded to Somnia)

Codebastard Redgrave FilterCam v2 + new expansion pack

New Trails 2 prim Autumn Trees
New Trails sculpted pumpkins and vines

The Eyes are Alive

Fleur du Mâle ALIVE Eyes
       by Aymeric Pelazzi

When I first got these eyes I had this idea of something fantasy and whimsical.  But what seems good in theory often doesn't work in reality.  Above all else I wanted to emphasize these eyes, so that is exactly what I decided to do. But never fear, I will be back to my story-telling days quite soon and expect to see these eyes in all their various colors show up regularly in my story posts.  Now on to the good stuff.

Aymeric Pelazzi is a real-life graphic artist and new designer in Second Life.  His first release are these amazing Alive Eyes.  Over the years I have bought many eyes but ended up wearing very few as they always looked better in the vendor than on my AV.  These however, look just as good on your AV if not better than the vendor ad (and certainly better than my picture taking ability).  


At $49L per color, you are getting an exceptional value with Alive Eyes.  There is both a Drake set (with the vertical pupils pictured here) and the Original set with natural pupils.  They come in 12 eye-catching colors, as well as minute details in both the iris and the whites of the eyes to give them an enhanced realistic look.  Each color come with 3 different sized irises, and each iris size comes in a light, medium, or darker tone, for a total of 9 eyes.  Additionally, there is a prim attachment for each eye scripted with a very faint light and texture movement to simulate how light naturally reflects off the eyes.  The Drake eyes are great for nekos, furries, demons, dragons, vampires, or any other fantasy role-play.

Catch Aymeric Pelazzi today at the Moumou’s Square’s Official Inauguration, from 12noon - 2pm SLT.  Along with Aymeric's gallery there are gardens, stores, live singers, and a mini-hunt for the grand opening celebration. And while you're there be sure to grab a pair of eyes.  You can also find his items on the Marketplace.

Sunshine on my Shoulders



Autumn, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.
(Pose brought to you by !Bang)

Fall is such a beautiful time of year to me. It means change. The golds, the reds, and sometimes purples are so colorful and vivid. They invoke that feeling of hope. Its a time of reflection and to find some inner peace. Days grow shorter as the air become crisp and cool. And through it all the sunshine filters through inviting us to bask in its glow.

"Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry.
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely.
Sunshine almost always makes me high.
"

Location:

Alirium - Beautiful sim with different levels to explore the seasons.
maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/alirium/76/117/21

Shopping List:

Pose: !Bang - Girl set 150-159, stand #152

Shirt: .: Somnia :. Striped Queen {Fall} {J}
Skirt: ...:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::... Frozen Plain Skirt: ...:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::... Frozen
Socks: ...:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::... Frozen
Boots: SEY Layer's boots[D](Black,fur)

Skin: *League* Sia Fair Champagne -Frex -Cleavage
Freckles: L.Fauna EXTRA FRECKLES [Tan]
Hair: *~*Damselfly*
Eyes: pc eyes by LL - poison ivy - medium
Eye Lashes: Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes_N01
Nails: Mstyle Short Nails - FRENCH - (20)
Ears: *Dreams* Tied with a Bow Snowy White Twitchy Ear
Tail: Psychotic Neko Extreme Corset Tail ***

In the Spotlight ad



In the Spotlight ad, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.
"In the Spotlight" - new pose set out at eMOTIONS. 5 cute poses for the ones who enjoy being in the spotlight, and even those who do not.

Pose set includes:

Oh stop!
Too bright
TADA! Here I is!
Oh geeze
I'll be leaving nao.

Poses found at eMOTIONS mainstore on JJ Lanes. Can be purchased individually (copy only) or the full set of 5 (either copy OR trans)

The leaves are falling and so are the prices at eMOTIONS. As mentioned earlier, I'm cleaning up shop to make room for newness to come.

eMOTIONS Main Store:

-Everything 50% or more.
-PRO POSERS - if you are a part of this group, you get an additional 25% off from poses in the hippo vendors. Just wear your PRO POSER group tag.
-Many older poses for couples now boxed up (not in vendors) priced at 50L
-Lots of singles poses added to the dollarbie and lowbie vendors.
-"In the Spotlight" - Brand new girls pose set out now in vendor.
-Many items are now copy only in the store, but you can purchase as a gift from the -Marketplace (items on sale there too).

eMOTIONS @ Magic of Oz:

-All poses on Sale 1/2 off!!
-Exclusive poses only found at the Magic of Oz location.
-Special bunny cuddle pillows (menu driven) and cute bunny slippers only @ Magic of Oz location.

"A Gift for Everyone"

Still looking for all stores (not just poses or fashion) who will have +transfer items, gift cards, and gatchas for the holiday shopping season.

Time for Project "A Gift for Everyone" 2011

Hello and happy early seasons greetings!

The holiday season is approaching and we all like to give & get gifts, Last year I compiled a list of stores in SL that offer gift cards and/or +transfer items.  Its now time to update the website with new stores and landmarks.  If you have a store yourself, or know of one that offers either gift cards or +transfer items (buy now as a gift doesn't count) please create a notecard in world and named:

"A Gift For Everyone" - Store Name - Your Name
and send to me (Sierra Sugar) with the following information:

store name:
shopping category:
Do you have +Trans items or Gift Cards?:
SLurl (or include a LM)
blog/website:
Flickr:

What does this mean for you as a shop owner?  Specific traffic and potentially increased traffic directed to your store during the holiday shopping season. 

Please do pass this notecard around to others.  The more responses I get, the more comprehensive the list will be.

I will make a notecard of these stores to be passed around in plenty of time for shopping, as well as sending out the list via various group notices.  The list will be heavily promoted through various avenues and also be updated/maintained on my blog.

 Thank you so much for your time and help.  .

~sierra sugar

http://sierrasugar.blogspot.com/
http://www.plurk.com/SierraSugar


***  If you participated last year and still qualify for the list, please return this notecard to me so I know to keep you.  Many shops sadly come and go in SL and I would like to make sure every store name, location, and category is as accurate as possible.


---------Answers to FAQs----------

1. I am aware the Marketplace allows for almost all items to be bought as a gift and sent directly to someone.  This will be mentioned on the website as well.  However, "A Gift for Everyone" project is about being able to put a gift under a christmas tree, in a stocking, or simply wrap it up in a pretty decorative container (or just in a folder) and present it the person yourself at a specific day/time.  Just like we do in real life for holidays and birthdays,

2. I am aware that breedable pets are all +transfer.  These stores and their pets will be listed as well.

3. Gatchas are new this year.  If you have a Gatcha or know of a Gatcha please include this information since all Gatcha items are +Transfer.

4. "Buy as a gift" vendors in stores are not what I am looking for.  Again, its the ability to be the gift giver, not have an item delivered instantly to someone.  "Now" may not be their birthday or anniversary.

5. I do recognize and understand the reason many items are no transfer.  This project is in no way meant to be negative in any context to content creators who do not have items that have transfer permissions.

6. This project is about sharing.  Sharing creations.  Sharing gifts. Sharing information.  Please feel free to pass this notecard along to anyone who has a store.  And once the list is created, the in-world notecard list of stores will be of course +transfer for Second Life residents to share with one another.

7. Yes I am open to suggestions on other ways to share this information with people.  Please feel free to IM me or send a notecard with questions or comments anytime.

8.  You can take a look at last year's list here: http://sierrasugar.blogspot.com/2010/12/gift-for-everyone.html

9.  The website contains a list of stores by category, then alphabetically by name, then SLURL to the store, and whether the store carried +Transfer items, Gift Cards, or both, as well as a blog and/or Flickr if the store/designer lists one. 

10.  I will continue to update this page and advertised through various means through the holidays.

Death by Blurple



Death by Blurple, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.
Yeah, we've all been there. Total death by blurple!

Somewhere in the mid-100s of the Fall 2011 Twisted Hunt. Beautifully twisted sim decorated with haunted forest, dead grasses, circling birds, windlight settings, fog, and a tree to hang yourself for a bit of a rest.


Location: #136 Filthy Things: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Froien/32/96/2

Skin: *League* Sia Fair Smoky -Frex-Cleavage
Hair: Magika - Poof (B&W: White)
Dress: ...:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::... Destruction (Blue)
Boots: (SP) Diabolo Boots

Lovely in Latex



B&W Latex Graves, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.


Join me every Friday Night @ 6pm - 8pm SLT for a Rock Party and Latex event with DJ Sierra Sugar @ Studio 777. Contest prizes each Friday include 500L + a 500L gift card to Kayliwulf Latex on each board (girls and guys).  Bring me your requests and be prepared to ROCK!


Skin: redQueen - [rQ]Pale@TYPE.o4-hairBASE-B.o2 (lightBROW)
Hair: Magika // B&W Pack // Sofia
Eyes: Poetic Color - pc eyes by LL - poison ivy - medium
Ears: *Dreams* Tied with a Bow Snowy White Twitchy Ear 1.2
Tail: Psychotic Neko - PN Extreme Corset neko tail
Top, belt, skirt: Graves G195 Hydra Dress - White
Undershirt & underpants layers: Graves - G05 3 Transparent Catsuits - Medium
Cyber Face Com: + ezura + DIGI Cyber Latex ex-11-03
Boots: Kojima Industries @ Fairlight - [KI] K-103 Hardsuit Boots - Stealth
Ears: *Dreams*
Tattoo: Eternal Misfit by *SKC*

The Beautiful Truth about Truth



Truth about Truth, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.
Truth...

In the fashion world of Second Life the name Truth is synonymous with quality hair. The hair has been blogged several hundred times over the past couple years, but what isn't mentioned as frequently is the man behind the design: Truth Hawks.

No matter how perfect your product may be, if you fall short in the customer service department your profits will reflect that. Mr. Truth Hawks, however, has nothing to fear! Despite being exceptionally busy designing new hairstyles, photographing them, listing them in world and on the marketplace, as well as sorting through a surely mountainous pile of note cards and IMs, the man still has time to respond to his clientele.

Previously, I had purchased two beautiful new release hairstyles in the Black & White pack that contained a pure white color "Pearl" that I fell completely in love with. I later returned to the store to purchase some of my favorite styles (that I already owned in Reds) in the Black & Whites pack for this "Pearl" color. However, much to one little kitty's sadness, after returning home and unpacking my purchase, I realized the "Pearl" was not included in these older styles.

I hemmed and hawed, procrastinated, and chewed my lips and eventually gave in and sent Mr. Hawks a note card asking if this "Pearl" color was a one-time coloring for special hair, or only available with newer hair-styles? I didn't even really expect a reply much less the degree of customer service received.

Mr. Hawks graciously answered my note card stating the color was new and he hadn't as of yet recolored the older hairstyles to include this new "Pearl". He stated he would recolor with Pearl the two styles that I purchased recently and send them to me. I thanked him profusely for his time and effort, and offered to pay extra for this, to which he declined.

I didn't have a time table. I new he was busy, so I didn't worry about it any more. I just knew that I could find this gloriously beautiful Pearl in all his new styles and that was more than enough for me. A week later I received an offline from Mr. Hawks apologizing to me for not getting to the recoloring sooner, but that he was trying to add in the Pearl color to older hairstyles and update vendors. Instead he refunded my payment for the two styles that did not include the Pearl!!! This goes FAR beyond standard customer service. I would NEVER ask for a refund of something I purchased that wasn't what I thought it was. That falls under buyer be ware, etc...

Hats off and standing ovation to Mr. Truth Hawks for his courteousness, friendliness, punctuality and super outstanding customer service. Truth will continue to be a top shopping destination on my list.

Hair: >TRUTH< Mariposa - pearl
Skin: *League* Sia Fair FelineFemme -Frex -Cleavage
Eyes: Poetic Colors - pc eyes by LL - poison ivy - large
Lashes: Miamai - NoAlpha Lashes_N01
Freckles: L.Fauna - EXTRA FRECKLES [Tan]
Ears: *Dreams* - Tied with a Bow Snowy White Twitchy Ear 1.2
Dress: aDIVA Couture Just Gorgeous White
Pearls: Aly - Draping Pearl set
Shoes: :)(: Eve Temptation Shoes White V2
Couch: {What Next} - Just the two of us armchair

Faun's Midnight



Faun's Midnight, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.

When the moon sits high in the evening sky its ghostly glow filtering through the trees, the shadows come to life dancing in time with every whispered breeze. In this hour, half way between the setting of dusk and breaking dawn, this is the magical midnight hour, a time for the frolicking of fauns. 
                                                             (c) sierra sugar 9/12/2011


Worn by both Lakea & Sierra:

Faun Avatar: Twisted Hunt prize from Deviant Designs
Skin: +Panda Express+: Oh! Deer (Lakea - tone 1, Sierra - tone 2)
Eyes: Poetic Colors

Sierra:

Wooden Fairy Wings: +Panda Express+ - ++PE++ OH DEER! Antler Wings
Horns: +Panda Express+ - ++PE++ OH DEER! Basic Antlers
Ears: +Panda Express+ - ++PE++ Wilted Elf Ears- Merlust
Tail: +Panda Express+ - ++PE++ OH DEER! Basic Tail
Hair: Damselfly - Jaqui (in Ruby Twilight)
Eyes: Poetic Colors -pc eyes by LL - poison ivy (Large)

Pose: !Bang - Smooshed
Photography: *SKC* Photography by Sierra Sugar

Twisted and Cute



Twisted and Cute, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.
Taking a break during the Twisted Hunt at the skybox hunt area of Lemon & Cream.
slurl.com/secondlife/Dead%20Drop/106/55/26.

The Fall 2011 Unseelie Twisted Hunt is well under way.  The hunt starts at DV8 and includes some 207 stores.  It is touted to be THE most difficult hunt to be found anywhere in Second Life all year. However, don't let that claim to fame stop you from participating.  It may be a difficult hunt with lots of decoys, prizes being moved, hypnotizing moving textures, and black and blue overload anywhere you go; BUT it is filled with some of the best gifts from all the stores in the hunt.  These are top-quality items well worth the time and effort to find them. Also, many of the participating stores have mini hunts within their stores with extra prizes, mazes to complete for more gifts, and gatchas and special gallore!  Take your time with this hunt and enjoy. Go with a friend or two, as two pair of eyes are better than one when trying to find the little blurple and black hellraiser boxes.  

Also, join the Twisted Hunt group ( secondlife:///app/group/73770da7-7d71-a54e-6e86-60a3e9281e07/about ).  THEY ARE A FANTASTIC bunch to talk with while you hunt!  Keep in mind this is an active and very social group.  There is always lots of talk and chatter, and not always on "topic". But that is the point. This is a very social, nutty, and overall friendly bunch of people.  They will often help with clues in chat, but will not tell you directly where the box is.

Skin: *League* Sia Fair FelineFemme -Frex -Cleavage
Eyes: Poetic Color: pc eyes by LL - poison ivy - small
Tattoo: Eternal Misfit by *SKC*
Whiskers: ::Jungle Voodoo:: ~Quietly's~ Neko Whiskers -Get Wild-
Ears: *Dreams* Tied with a Bow Snowy White Twitchy Ears 1.2
Collar: *GF* Fickle Heart Choker -white-
Top:*BOOM* Hope's Tank-Ocean
Shorts: *BOOM* Wei Shorts -Blue
Gloves: (TH special) *Bad Juju* Twisted Socks and Gloves
Antenea: (TH special) *Bad Juju* Twisted Antennae
Hair: (TH special) *Bad Juju* Twisted Hair-White

Queen of Puffys


Queen of Puffys, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.

Second Life has gone gaga for all things Harry Potter, especially with the newest role play sim opening up soon. Hogwarts: Your Story is set to take place some 20 years after the end of the last book. And I too plan to pack my trunks and catch the Hogwarts Express back to the castle this year. Of course, I had to do a little back-to-school shopping.

The school uniform is a 25-piece set from SN@TCH, that you can either get free for a little bit of time spent fishing, or purchase outright. The set includes pants, skirts, shoes, socks, sweaters, and ties for all 4 houses. Just go to the main SN@TCH store and find their game room.

The Lemondrop Shoppe
is participating in the Hogwarts special market. Among the special items to be found there are these ADORABLE Pygmy Puff pets. You can find them in a Gatcha at the market in 24 different colors (23 shown here). They perch comfortably on your shoulder, but be mindful they have quick little tongues that will dart out and lick you when you least expect it. All Pygmy Puffs are +trans so you can collect them, trade colors, and share with your friends. And YES, you can take them to school with you.

Happy Hogwarting everyone *snugglepuffs*

Shape: My Own
Skin: *League* Sia Fair FelineFemme -Frex
Freckles: L.Fauna EXTRA FRECKLES [Tan] (tattoo layer)
Eyes: pc eyes by LL - poison ivy - small
Lashes: Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes_N01
Neko Ears: *Dreams* Tied with a Bow Snowy White Twitchy Ear 1.2

Outfit: SN@TCH Mary Potter (free 7seas Fishing prizes - 25 pieces in total, including ties for all 4 houses)
Shirt: 18 :::Sn@tch Mary Blouse (White-S)::: + 12 :::Sn@tch Slytherin Collar:::
Jacket: 20 :::Sn@tch Mary Cardigan (Grey-J):::
Skirt: 23 :::Sn@tch Tweed Mini Skirt (Grey-P)::: + 21 :::Sn@tch Plaid Ruffle Skirt (Black):::
Socks: 16 :::Sn@tch Lolli Socks (Grey)::: + 14 :::Sn@tch Lolli Sock Ruffle (Grey-LF)::: + 15 :::Sn@tch Lolli Sock Ruffle (Grey-RT):::
Shoes: 5 :::Sn@tch Ballet Slipper Shoe Shape::: + 3 :::Sn@tch Ballet Slipper (Black-LF)::: + 4 :::Sn@tch Ballet Slipper (Black/RT):::

Ohmai Emporium: Pygmy Puff (Crimson) from The Lemondrop Shoppe
slurl.com/secondlife/The%20Hidden%20Isle/21/218/1002
Gatcha 30L per: 24 colors total.
Shown: Anemysk
Antique
Ash
Candy
Celeste
Crimson
Custard
Lilac
Luxe
Magenta
Mink
Nettles
Peach
Pistachio
Polly
Prussian
Pumpkin
Sable
Sakura
Snow
Tea Rose 1
Wisteria
Wolfsbane
Not show "Chocolate Frog"

Sierra's Numbers



Sierra's Nummbers, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.
Completing Strawberry Singh's challenge to list our shape numbers. It's wonderful to see such diversity in Second Life and everyone's idea is aesthetics when creating their avatar.

Please take a look at her Flickr group "What's your Digits" to see everyone who has participlated.

Other Credits:

Shape: My own custom creation
Skin: *League* Sia Fair Ruby -Frex -Cleavage
Hair: VIXEN - Besom - White
Eyes: sa_ForestElfEyes_CelinFerns
Lashes: Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes_N01
Nails: [ Love Soul ] Prim nails*Charme*White
Neko Ears: *Dreams* Tied with a Bow Snowy White Twitchy Ears (now Sanu)
Neko Tail: Psychotic Neko - Extreme Corset Tail
Outfit: ~Blacklace~ Crush: Pink Satin Mesh Camisole Set

A Gift for Everyone

It's the holiday season and we all like to be able to give and receive presents. Over the years more and more content creators have followed the trend of making items "No Trans" which makes gifting difficult. Sure many stores offer the "buy now as a gift" options which allows you to purchase and have the item sent directly to the person at that moment. But its not the same as buying a gift, wrapping it up and giving it to the certain someone at a specific time, date, place, and setting of your choosing to make the moment special.

With this in mind I decided to compile a list of stores in Second Life that still offer transferable items, or at the very least have a Gift Card system. This will be a running list of all types of stores from clothing, hair, skins, poses, furniture, etc... That I will update regularly. Gifting isn't just for Christmas. Its great for birthdays, rez days, valentines day, anniversaries, and the always wonderful "just because".

Continue to check here for store updates. Or visit eMOTIONS and JJ Lanes">JJ Lanes Furniture in world at the SL Gifts Kiosk to get the current notecard with landmarks.

If you have or know of a store that offers transfer items or gift cards, or if a store on the list changes their location, please reply here or send me a notecard in world with the information.

2010 HOLIDAY SPECIALS

Twisted Krissmuss Holiday Hunt: 200+ Stores offering a specialty item that is +Trans and only 100L
Starting Dec 4th, you can swing by Twisted Krissmuss HQ and pick up:
— A guide book
— LMs to over 200 participating merchants
— A few little holiday goodies for you
— An invite to the group (easiest to get info that way)
— And possibly other cool things. ;)

ACCESSORIES

Accessories by Eolande: +Trans & Gift Cards

APPAREL

aDiva: +Trans
Alphamale: +Trans & Gift Cards
BareRose (B@R): +Trans
Basics: +Trans
     BLOG:  http://basics.ashleighdickins.com
Blacklace: +Trans & Gift Cards
BlakOpal Design: Gift Cards
Calla: +Trans (must request +Trans from TigerLily Koi)
Clio: +Trans
BLOG: http://cliosmessyroom.blogspot.com
Courtisan Silks: +Trans
DARE DESIGNS: +Trans
Blog: http://newsfromtheloft.wordpress.com/
+DV8+: Gift Cards
HTC: Gift Cards
HUDSON'S: +Trans
INSOLENCE: +Trans
Kismet: Gift Cards

MaiMai
: Gift Cards
PajamaRama: +Trans
PomPomPom (formerly *evie's*): +trans
     BLOG:  http://pompompomstoreblog.wordpress.com/
QQ Fashion: +Trans
R:A:D: Gift Cards
Ravenwear: + : +Trans & Gift Cards
Rfrye
: +Trans & Gift Cards
Sage Fashion: Gift Card
Sascha's: +Trans & Gift Cards
~Scribble~: +Trans
SF Design: Gift Cards
Blog: http://sfd-secondlife.blogspot.com/
Shiki Design: Gift Card
Blog: http://shikidesign.blogspot.com
Sn@tch: +Trans
Solange: Gift Cards
BLOG: http://www.solangefashions.blogspot.com/
Somnia: Gift Cards
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eMOTIONS - Closer



eMOTIONS - Closer, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.
Closer is another new release making its debut at Pose Fair 2010. Sometimes no matter how close you get, you still need to get closer. Closer is an all-engaging, wrapped up in you, need to be as close as i can, right now kind of kiss.

A bit of a story behind this pose, if you all will indulge me. Back in the early part of 2006 (no snickering at the old lady here ok) I was lucky enough to meet this amazing man in SL, Thor Bishop. Those of you that know me have undoubtedly heard many stories about Him. Here is one that I've not shared before, atleast not in as much detail. I've always been a very shy person, reserved and private in relationships, and I'm not one to kiss and tell. But this pose is inspired completely by the very first kiss Thor and I shared that week we spent together in late December.

Thor and I met in real life after Christmas of 2006, and from the first moments we knew this was meant to be. I remember standing in front of Him, between His legs as He was sitting, and He was STILL taller than me! That gave Him a good chuckle. I remember when He touched my cheek and told me to "come here". I answered shyly, "I AM here." He placed His hand at the back of my neck and pulled me closer so we were literally nose to nose and winked at me. He had this crooked smile when He said, "No, I mean here."

And then He kissed me.

Any fear, shyness, or doubt that I had vanished. You can laugh all you want, but it was an instantaneous change. In that moment I knew He was all I needed. That first kiss lasted forever, and ended way too soon. We stood there, well HE sat, in the room, the doors wide open to the whole world but completely lost in each other. At some point I remember Him growling. *Laughs* Yeah the big man growled. Grabbed me behind my knees and pulled me up into His lap. I can honestly say it was the most intense, passionate, loving moments I had ever experienced in my life up to that point. And all it was, was a kiss. Just a kiss, but to my heart so much more.

Closer, always needing to be closer. In loving memory of my "Bear", my love, my one.

~sierra sugar~

Questionable Accessories


Optical Mouse, originally uploaded by snowtigress.

***DISCLAIMER: pet peeve rant below.***

I follow a few fashion blogs, ok well more than a few. Anyway, I've noticed a trend lately that has me shaking my head. A few years ago Nitty Gritty made these adorably fun little attachments for nekos. They made cute little house mice, optical (computer) mice, fish, fish skeletons, bird feathers, and a few other kitty themed items that we could appear to have gobbled. They were cute and playful, and most of all fit with what a cat might actually get caught doing.

Lately, I've noticed a steady stream of fashion bloggers posting pictures with avatars standing there with food hanging from their mouth. Most of them look as if it has been stuck to their bottom lip with super glue. I've seen pop tarts, lollipops, and even toast. I do get the essence of cute, but do we really walk around with food hanging out of our mouths? And that is more to the point of my post here. Not only have I seen pictures splashed all over the net with various morsels of food prominently featured precariously dangling from otherwise beautiful Avatar's bottom lips, I have actually seen people walking around the grid with these things. Just seems like bad manners. Maybe its just me.

We all have our own personal tastes, pun intended. But while I'm pictured playfully here with a mouse that I caught and ran away with (please note I made an effort to hide with my captured treasure in a tree), I wouldn't walk around with it rudely sticking out of my mouth. I'd finish my meal or hide my treat. And I would never be caught with sugary little pop tart stuck to my bottom lip, just as I would assume a non-feline creature would not walk around with a cat-nip filled toy in their mouth.

For those of you who find the sweet-filled pastry turned mouth adornments fashionable, photo worthy and posted on the high profile fashion blogs please note this is not a personal affront to you. Just an observation, quirk if you will, and isolated opinion of one little kitty trying to find her own individuality in this great big SL.

A Journey Through SL Pregnancy

Did you know that you could become pregnant in SL? I've known for quite some time and always laughed at it, until Thor. Actually, He and i both were of the mindset that it was silly and ridiculous to do such a thing in SL. But life, both Second and Real, has a way of making you eat your words.

After Thor and i were married in SL things changed for us on this particular issue. We had talked quite extensively in the past regarding our personal RL stance on children together, and the fact that i was unable to have any more. That really wasn't an issue between us, He was ok with that from the very start. What was an issue was that my earlier RL pregnancies were filled with complications and void of love and support. He wanted to change that, or rather change my memories and replace the old pain and painful with new happy and loving ones. Have i mentioned how wonderful of a man He was?

So we began to look around and see how things were done. The first thing we decided was that we wanted to take our time and find a way to do this in SL to most closely parallel RL. And we did. We found a couple different options. There are two conception HUDs in world that simulate a woman's ovulation cycle, fertility, and chances of becoming pregnant. One worked on a key phrase being typed repeatedly at certain times by the couple. The other... *blushes profusely* worked with xcite. Why do i blush? i've been in world over 2.5 years and in that time i maintained my SL virginity. It was simply not something i was interested in or really understood. Thor never pushed, but then we had RL. Even after our marriage it wasn't an issue. But now, to do this pregnancy correctly it was definitely an issue. Well, a hurdle i was going to have to over come.

This particular HUD used RL statistics. It took into account the ratio of a woman's chance to conceive after intercourse, her ovulation cycle, fertility, birth control, % to fail, etc.. It even considered such things as sexual climax and where on/in the body it occurred. Obviously in RL certain types of intercourse would not result in pregnancy. It was all rather fascinating and technical, but was exactly what we were looking for. So off He drags me to xcite. That was an experience for another blog, lol. But needless to say we acquired all the items we needed for my first foray into very adult side of SL as well as the needed xcite HUD to interact with the conception HUD for me to be able to "conceive" a child.

I read all the instructions thoroughly. Configured everything precisely. Chose not to use the birth control option, after all we were TRYING to become pregnant. Again, the rest of that part is personal and private. But i will say this much about my SL husband and RL soul mate. That first experience, knowing how uneasy and nervous i was going to be, He took every step to make things comfortable, peaceful, relaxing, and yes as silly as it might sound to some of you very very romantic.

We didn't tell anyone of our plans. We wanted to wait. And we waited. And waited. And waited some more. Well, there was lots of trying mixed in with the waiting of course. It took about 6 weeks to conceive, which is an eternity in SL. And felt like an eternity in RL too. Funny when you want something so badly the waiting for it seems to take forever. But on August 19th the pregnancy test read positive. I had finally conceived. YAY! We were so excited. I think we were both crying. The whole process had become one of deep emotion, self exploration and healing.

Next was the actual pregnancy and birth. Now over the course of my pregnancy i've gotten a lot of questions from friends and strangers on how all this works. So i thought i should share a few technical details here. An AV does not actually become "pregnant". It is not a spontaneous occurrence. It is not scripted in the programming of basic SL as a form of AI. There is no real SL reproduction as far as AVs are concerned. The entire pregnancy from beginning to end, how ever the couple/individual decides to go about it, is completely role play supported by scripts, props, HUDs, etc.

A woman's (or neko, furry, dragon, vamp, male, etc..) growing belly during pregnancy is nothing more than a change of shape. A series of custom shapes are made for the expectant mother to wear. She changes one each week for the duration of her pregnancy. There is a "talking tummy" which lets the mother experience things such as cravings, "feeling" the baby move, hearing the heartbeat, and yes even morning sickness. It also allows the mother and others to talk to the growing baby, read to him/her, sing, etc... And would you believe this "tummy", which is nothing more than an intricately scripted invisible prim a mother wears throughout the duration of her pregnancy is ALSO xcite compatible. It offers things like allowing the spouse to rub the tummy, give massages, and more goodies that i will let an expectant couple discover on their own.

The baby, is a prim baby. A couple goes to a maternity clinic and places an order for a custom designed baby. They can specify name, gender, hair color and style, eye color, skin tone. They can even add things such as ears and tail, fangs, wings, make it completely furry, a dragon, a mermaid, or what ever species the parents may themselves be. The more complex the customization naturally the longer it takes to make the baby. At the clinic the mother will order her custom baby, order her custom pregnancy shapes, schedule her check up exam (yes they DO weigh you), and schedule her delivery. The delivery is role play with specific animations, and the detail of the role play is highly dependent on the delivering mother/couple and how much they want to submerse themselves in the role play. Once the baby is "born" it comes with an interactive HUD to take care of the child, feed the child, sing, rock, change, bathe, etc.. The clothes and colors of the outfits can even be changed by the HUD interface.

The average SL pregnancy lasts 2-6 weeks. Thor and i, again wanting to parallel this as close to RL as possible chose a much longer gestation at 3months. Never did i ever imagine in starting this that i would end up a widow and a single mother in SL. Never did i once suspect that i would finish this pregnancy on my own, without Him. He was my soul mate, my forever. There was no drama big enough in SL or RL to ever break us up. After His RL death i could have stopped the pregnancy. Canceled the order. Put my original shape back on and be done with it. But you can't just do that in RL. And, this was something He was so excited about. Something that He wanted so much.

So, on November 19, an anniversary date for us (we started dating on the 19th, we got married on the 19th, we conceived on the 19th) our child, a little girl that's part neko will be born. Kaylia Ciana Bishop, her name a combination of both mine and Thor's RL names and the middle name a part of a dear SL friend. Her name was chosen by the two of us, together, shortly after conception.

This particular journey has been one of love, tenderness, joy, self discovery, and healing, as well as tremendous loss, sorrow, and pain. The pregnancy itself may not be real, but the emotions behind it most definitely are. This was not a whim, a flippant decision, but rather a deep emotional commitment between the two of us to share something together that RL would not allow.

As always, i love You, Baby. You will always be in my heart and memories. And i still have the picture and notecard of You reading Your silly fairytales to her. If anyone ever tries to say You were intimidating, a hardass, etc... well, i have picture positive proof otherwise. *grins* i love You so much!







sierra sugar
~in loving memory~

For more information on SL pregnancy, programs, pricing, etc. visit Bundle of Joy, in Schweet. It is by far the best and most thorough clinic in all of SL. SLURL included below.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Schweet/44/221/63