The First Annual Second Life Sand & Sea Expo Is Here!

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And readers, you’re in for a treat if you like things watery! (No, not THAT kind of watery, just for a change!) There are contributions here from some of the best creators on the grid and you’ll find a huge variety of items for sale. When you TP to the upper landing point you can gaze out at some spectacular ships, sailboats and watercraft, but that’s not all, because there’s just as much action beneath the waves, where you’ll find an astonishing underwater paradise ripe for exploration. It’s also a great event to capture some fantastic photographs too!

The main attraction for me was the range of sailing equipment and boats and I wasn’t disappointed, because the detailing  on some of them  is absolutely astonishing.  You may not be able to take them for a sail, but you can hop on and in some cases experience certain animations, which is definitely worth a try.

I was excited to see Motor Loon was exhibiting here, because I actually already own his sensational Loonetta sailboat, and I was chuffed to see he was showcasing his soon to be released jet-ski collection.  But I was equally pleased to encounter other watercraft builders too, such as JP Collections and Southern Seas Ships with builds  ranging from the traditional to modern. You can even find an airboat for sale from Tuff  here, which is perfect should you live in the virtual everglades! (Note: I’m going to do a bigger post about sailing in Second Life in the very near future, and I’ll be featuring some ships and boats from these creators in that piece, stay tuned!)

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It’s nice to see representation from the Sailing clubs in-world too. Sailing is huge in Second Life, and is a hobby that I only discovered recently myself and I am already addicted! (I would heartily  recommend anyone give it a try) so it’s nice to find that the clubs aren’t elitist and open to new members approaching them, which is something I am very tempted to do.  I was also intrigued to see a number of real estate vendors had stands here too.  And why not? At least in Second Life you can live your dream of a beach front paradise, even if you live in a grim and dreary rundown terrace in real life!

If your main watery concern is topping up your virtual tan with friends, then be sure to cast your eyes across the ranges from esteemed creators LISP, {What Next} and Chez Moi. You’ll find beach towels, umbrellas and even a glorious hot-tub to enjoy with friends. There are items to suit every budget, and lots of variations upon the outdoor living theme. To be perfectly honest I lost count of the numbers of chairs and fire pots that were on display, but that’s not a bad thing because there is something here to suit every taste  and they are all well worth seeing and trying out! In fact I recommend doing just that and camming around if you can. There are plenty of vendors here where you can crack open a beer and relax, and if you feel inspired to replicate the environment back at home then rest assured you will find everything you need to create  your very own watery haven here, from furniture to bars to actual islands and buildings to place upon them, everything is  ready to be bought and enjoyed back at your home location.

Be sure to check out the Palm Tree House Hut from Jamy’s Shop, and the stunning range of builds from Headhunter’s island. Appearance and function are everything, and the mesh and texture work here is tantalising, from the smallest starfish to the larger sailboats, so believe me when I say that you will need Lindens in your pockets because you will be very tempted by what you’ll find on sale, and you’ll probably discover a new found enthusiasm for all things sailing!  My recommendation? Drop by the {What Next} stand and rez a bicycle, for a leisurely ride around the displays while you make up your mind what to buy. (Hint: ALL THE THINGS!!)

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I mentioned that there was an underwater element to the occasion and it’s well-worth donning scuba gear for. I love the submerged Zero I found whilst exploring.  The underwater vista is really atmospheric.  This section is perfect for Mer-folk and virtual diving enthusiasts, and you’ll discover beautiful seascapes,  pods of cetaceans and the Oceanic Breedable sharks. (Strange as it may seem they’re not the only virtual breedable pet here, I thought it was only Turkish Van cats that liked the water but judging by the Kittycats that are on display it seems I was wrong! Some of them even like surfing…)

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Last but not least there are loads of freebies available here, but you have to be lucky enough to win them. There’s a fun beachcomber event taking place, whereby selected vendors have placed seashells at their booths and by clicking on them you may or may not win a prize.  I’ve been lucky enough to have a sneaky peek at the prizes and they’re definitely worth trying out for!

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Whatever you’re doing this Bank Holiday weekend, don’t miss this event.

List of participants: 

Oceania Breedables
ANA_Mations
{what next}
Fruit Islands
Jamy’s Shop
Jp Collections
Mermaid Treasure and Boutique
HeadHunter’s Island
SSS Southern Seas Ships
Swanky
Triumphal Yacht Club
Leeward Cruise Club
MeadowWorks
Ocean Shores Surf Beach
Weston Marina
Hana Aloha Surfing Paradise
*BOOM* Clothing Co.
CVR
Bee Designs
Nantucket Yacht Club
Action
Deep Seas Mer Outfitters
NDiver
***MnM Designs***
TUFF Old Boats
The Abyss Observatory
Aquatics
Fishers Island Yacht Club
Tideborns
KAZZA
Two Moon Paradise
CHEZ MOI Furnitures
Starboards Yacht Club
Hollywood Real Estate
THE Beachstore

You’ll find the expo runs from 2nd-5th May which isn’t very long, but it could open up a whole new way of virtual living for you.  Right, must dash. I’m heading off to the Blake Sea for some sunset sailing and a rousing chorus of “We Are Sailing!” Who’s with me? 

Click HERE to land above ground, or click HERE to land underwater!

Kittycats: Tiger, tiger, burning bright!


I hinted at these in my earlier Kittycats post, so thought I’d take a quick snap to share with you all. These are the Kittycats ‘Le Tigre Bengal’, and they’re sodding amazing aren’t they? They’re available in a variety of sizes: BUT can only be purchased by Kittydollars, which you get from relinquishing kittens to the menagerie. ( You can buy them privately of course, but why would you want to part with one of these?) The system is intended to  keep them nice and exclusive and I hope it succeeds.Aren’t they glorious? A normal kitty is 10K$, a toy is 12K$ and a teacup is also 12K$. Seeing as I only have 600K$ in my savings the chances of me getting one are slim to none, but aren’t they precious?
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Kitty by name, Kittycat by nature..

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Last year, I left the world of virtual breedables behind. It was too pricey for me at the time, and like most people I’d got caught up in the whirlwind of Wildwoods, Ozimals, Amarettos and Kittycats to the point of it becoming silly.  It was costing me an arm and a leg too; so reluctantly I put the whole enterprise behind me and concentrated on real life for a change.  

But here’s the thing; breedables are fun. They are engaging in a way that lovers of Tamagotchi will remember; that virtual pet craze that got millions hooked. And once they get under your skin they can be hard to leave behind..as I discovered recently when I perused the Kittycats website again.

They’ve become even more appealling than they were before, but it’s not just the cats themselves, even though there are more breeds, more traits to breed for and more interaction options for cat owners to enjoy. It’s the package as a whole, and the new facilities that have been created meaning that you actually get a lot more Kittycat for your Linden dollar!

Get this: You can actually keep your cats online now, rather than take up valuable space in-world, and still feed them and breed them! I know right? No more land cluttered with a clowder of cats and no room for anything else. you don’t have to be logged in-world either, you can check out how your cats are doing from the office or even on your I-pad while you sit on the loo!  It’s a spectacular innovation and proves that the people behind Kittycats not only have the right approach to the breedable product, but  it also shows genuine care and passion for it too. 

Another brilliant idea is the Menagerie; where you can send your cats on a one-way trip (ahem!) and redeem them for Kitty dollars which can then be used towards purchasing special items. This function also serves as a way to keep the market fresh; meaning the grid is (in theory at least) not as flooded with cats as it could be, and this of course also enables breeders to still get fair prices for their Kittycats on the secondary market.

Last but not least there’s a pedigree function on the website, replete with visuals so that you can totally trace the heritage of your cat. It’s incredibly well laid out, lovely to look at and easy to understand, and you don’t pay any extra for it either.

So with all these new experiences to enjoy I relented to my inner urges and I treated myself to a couple of cats again, and I must confess, I’m really enjoying having them around:) Gone are the days when I would hatch loads of kitten crates though. I’ll be keeping to two (a boy and a girl) and hopefully I’ll breed something extra special from them. In the meantime, I’m trying to avoid the mainland store. I’ve seen the tigers there! Holy moly, they’re super cute and would look perfect with my decor, but cost oodles of Lindens so are a bit out of my price range. No matter-I’m busily enjoying Damon and Georgie’s company and am really glad I decided to become a Kittycatter again!

Top one, nice one, get sorted at Collabor88!

Now first up, this is me not being a cowbag and having a total toys out of the pram moment. It could be, it has the potential to be, but it’s not, because I realise that being a designer of quality is hard work and opens you up to a LOT of hassle from customers continually mithering you about stuff and things.
I may be a lot of things, but a mitherer ain’t one of them. When I buy something I would love it to fit out of the box, but quite often it doesn’t, so I’m used to a bit of faff. I’m NOT a stick thin avatar- I’m not the size of a tank either. I’m kind of middling; I have a belly, boobies and a bum to park your bike in and rest a pint upon. So I kind of, somewhat sadly, expect that some items are going to be out of my league or need a lot of work to fit me properly. In an ideal world more designers would allow for this, by putting a number of versions of the same outfit in say a small, medium or large size in each box, or even better providing detailed instructions on how to fit. I honestly do not see the problem with doing that, seriously I don’t. It would save a lot of frustrated IM’s and make a designers life a TON easier I’m sure…
Anyway, I was very excited to receive details of the latest Collabor88 event in my inbox and scooted across to get my hands on some goodies. I was particularly in love with the Kimono top and jeans that I had seen advertised from the label -tb- (Juliette Westerburg) and let’s face it, L$88 a pop ain’t going to kill me is it? ( I know-I sneaked a few extra lindens after my splurge yesterday. Bad kitty)
But to say I was disappointed when I got home and tried to fit the ruddy kimono top to my shape is an understatement akin to saying that Kim Kardsashian is an expert on marriage and took her vows seriously..
I have faffed and I have fannied and I have linked and stretched and unlinked and tweaked and pulled and done everything I can to make this beautiful top fit me perfectly, but I’ve given up. I just cannot do it, which is such a shame, because as you can see it is totally beautiful, and matches the jeans perfectly. (No problems with them at all incidentally) The root prim that gives the top definition and the suggestion of folded material is just too darn faffy to manipulate. As you can see from my picture it’s not a perfect fit on me at all, and that is such a shame because I look yumsome in it…sadface. BUT that’s not to say that you shouldn’t give it a try because it is a gloriously dressy item and one I would love to own in real life, let alone Second.

But enough of the wibble and the lip-wobble, there is PLENTY to love about this event. As well as lots of fashion, hair and boots there are some pretty neat housey-happy things to be had. Barnesworth Anubis has provided a fantastic furnishing set featuring my fave plum shade (alas, my living room is NOT getting fannied about with again, I’ve only just got it looking how I like it as is) BUT if I was after new furniture for L$188 for 8 pieces of BA quality you can’t go wrong. There’s even a matching cat bed for the limited edition Kittycats that are on sale here! The Kittycat Collective will go mental for these, although I think they should be called ‘Liberace’ cats owing to the waistcoats and ruffles:) Avies are limited to one each but at L$88 they’re a purry fun-filled bargain:)

Star of the show has to be from Lisp Bazaar. Can Pandora Popstar do no wrong? Answer: Unlikely. I bet she poops rainbows and pees glitter. For this event she’s provided some sublime retro record collection inspired pieces, featuring Hi-Fi units, record players, rugs and wall art. Just frigging fabulous as always, and worthy of a place in your home. It’s already installed in mine:)

Taxi to event: CLICK HERE   Event Blog: CLICK HERE

(Where I am sat in front of it listening to Mark Ronson and the The Buiness International’s amazing ‘Record Collection’ Album because it just works:)

(Oh, and a final note. Isn’t there some neo-Nazi organisation that makes a reference to 88 or something? I only ask cos there was an alsation that appeared and asked if the event was racist…I kid you not. I’m hoping he was being ironic…)