Please. Help Stop Wildlife Trafficking.

Did you know?
Global seizures of illegal ivory suggest that some 25,000 to 50,000 elephants were slaughtered in 2011 alone to furnish demand in major markets around the world.

The message is simple: Stop Wildlife Trafficking.

And to highlight it, the United States destroyed tons of elephant ivory it has seized over the years — and will pay out $1 million to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Hours before the destruction of the stockpile in Colorado Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the reward money to help dismantle elephant and rhino trafficking syndicates.  It’s the first time the United States has offered such a reward, he said.  The ivory was seized and maintained as evidence until court trials were completed. Once the cases were concluded, some of it was used for training law enforcement officers.  “Over the past 25 years, we have accumulated far more elephant ivory than we can use for these purposes, and decided to destroy this material as a demonstration of our commitment to combating wildlife trafficking,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.   “We want to send a clear message that the United States will not tolerate ivory trafficking and the toll it is taking on elephant populations, particularly in Africa.”  The illegal ivory trade has doubled worldwide since 2007, with the United States the second-largest retail market for illegally acquired ivory. China is the largest market.

Chop Zuey WWF

An unprecedented demand for ivory today has resulted in the slaughter of elephants throughout their range. It is estimated that 96 elephants were killed in Africa each day during 2012. That translates to four elephants an hour or one elephant every 15 minutes. In scarcely more time than it takes to read this commentary, one more elephant will be dead.

Fueling this devastation are greed for a rare commodity, local poverty and social disorder. Wracked by civil strife, central Africa presently finds itself amidst political chaos that has enabled people to profit from the looting of natural resources, including wildlife. At present rates of decline, forest elephants could go extinct within a decade.

– How many elephants are left on earth?

– Are elephants endangered species?

There are about 600 000 African elephants, and between 30 000 and 50 000 Asian elephants. (Approximately 20% are in captivity) It´s difficult to estimate their numbers exactly. The Africans dropped by 50%, from 1.3 millions to 600 000, between 1979 and 1989, because of poaching. About 8 elephants an hour (70 000/year) were poached during this period, until the CITES Ivory ban 1989.

The CITES ((Washington)Convention of International Trade In Endangered Species) regard both species as so threatened, so they are included an appendix 1. (the red list) In the Cites conference 1997, populations in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia were downlisted to appendix II. This means that limited trade with ivory on quota, to Japan is ok.

If a population is undisturbed, it grows with only 6% a year according to the IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) elephant specialist group.
Chop Zuey WWF Closeup
Won’t you help us? Through December 31, 2013 you can purchase this gorgeous necklace and earring set, When Elephants Dream,  designed by Belle Roussel, owner/designer of Chop Zuey Couture Jewelry, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the World Wildlife Foundation.  Let’s stop wildlife trafficking.

A special thank you to Hezabel Blackheart for being kind enough to gather the information found in this post.

*Reference Sources for this information:

http://www.fws.gov/
http://www.wildaid.org/elephants
http://www.cnn.com/
http://www.usnews.com/

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Running shoes…check!

December is almost here and that means it’s time to get yourself ready for the 6th Peace On Earth Grid Wide Hunt!  The hunt begins December 1st 2013 and runs through January 6th 2014 sending the happy hunter back and forth across the grid from one gracious designer to another in search of the elusive globe where a treasure trove of goodies is to be found inside.  Check the POE website for any information you may need and be sure to check back here often as I blog the wonderful gifts these generous designers have created, just for us.

POE6 POSTER Image

Running shoes…check!  Bags…check!  Hot chocolate…check!  Hey…gonna need that chocolate ya know.

A Day of Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving in the states and after getting my fill of turkey and dressing and fighting with my brother and uncle over the final sliver of pumpkin pie, I wanted post and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and to thank you for reading my little blog and following me as I travel through Second Life.  Each like, share, or comment really does brighten my day.  So thank you, very much.

Aphrodite Megastore

Aphrodite Megastore POE#119 Thanksgiving Centerpiece

The Peace On Earth Grid Wide Hunt is getting ready to kick off their sixth year and I chose today to begin posting for the hunt because to me, Thanksgiving and Peace on Earth sort of go hand in hand.  We give thanks for all of the military personnel, the medical teams, police officers, our public servants, but how wonderful would it be to have a world filled with peace.  Aphrodite Megastore created a charming Thanksgiving Centerpiece which you’ll find in the hunt.

Prime and Aphrodite

Christmas Chairs by Prime (red and white) #112

And of course, there is a ton of Christmas stuff so let’s just get that started, shall we?  Prime designed these cute Christmas chairs in red and white, they’ll fit with any of your holiday decor and brighten up the room too.

Prime, Stonewood Interiors, Love Factory, and Aphrodite

Stonewood Interiors Christmas Fireplace and Christmas tree #080
!-[LoveFactory]- Teddy on Candy Cane cup #082
Prime Christmas Chairs #112
Aphrodite Megastore Thanksgiving Centerpiece #119

I decided with so much to work with, it would be easy to put more than one designer together to show you how you could use the goodies you find in the hunt for your own home.  Looks pretty festive huh?  The fireplace and Christmas tree from Stonewood Interiors is awesome.  And the teddy on a candy cane from !-[LoveFactory]- is absolutely adorable.

Love Factory

!-[LoveFactory]- Teddy on Candy Cane cup #082

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for Christmas.  Now…what to wear?

Emotions, GlamDammit, Paisley Daisy

Paisley Daisy Angel Lace Gown #083
.:EMO-tions.. * THE PROMISE * necklace and earrings #029
GlamDammit Texture Change Christmas Tree pin #030
Sterling Artistry Serenity Eyes (18 pack) #117

Paisley Daisy designed a beautiful lace gown all in white for your festive evenings with loved ones.  The gown comes with a tiara and halo made of glowing clusters of stars.  I accessorized the gown with the beautiful The Promise necklace and earrings from .:EMO-tions:.  and the exquisite texture change Christmas Tree pin from GlamDammit.

Emotions, GlamDammit

Paisley Daisy Angel Lace Gown #083
.:EMO-tions.. * THE PROMISE * necklace and earrings #029
GlamDammit Texture Change Christmas Tree pin #030
Sterling Artistry Serenity Eyes (18 pack) #117

See how well made each piece is?  You can tell these designers put hours and hours of love into their craft for this hunt each year.  We truly are blessed to have each and every one of them participate in Peace On Earth.  But we can’t go to the party without our favorite contacts right?  Sterling Artistry is gifting us with 18 shades of eyes, sure to be a color for every one.  The package comes with mesh, prim, and system eyes as well.

Sterling Artistry

Sterling Artistry Serenity Eyes #117 (Shown wearing Dew)

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving.  Now grab your hat and coats and let’s go hit those black Friday sales!

❤ Saz

These Boots Were Made For Walking

I’m so excited about the upcoming Jewelry and Accessory Expo, and if you’re a fan of shoes, jewelry, and all things accessories, I know you will be too. I’d like to start off with the introduction of the first of three exclusive items offered at the Expo by Yasum, the Dead End Boots. These boots are fantastically detailed and edgy with a hud to create darn near any look you like. You have options to change the colors of the trim and boot base, the boot itself and the cute little pendant as well. As soon as I opened the package from Azlyn Vaher, I fell in love.

GizzA and Yasum

Yasum Mesh Dead End Boots – Exclusive at the Jewelry and Accessories Expo
GizzA Dropped Collar Jacket Black with Gray shoulders – NEW
Gizza Mini Leather Skirt Gray – New
Chop Zuey Samhain Black earrings
Boon Sco052 Brown

The Jewelry and Accessory Expo begins December 6th and runs through the 21st with amazing designs from some of the grid’s top designers. You don’t want to miss it!

GizzA and Yasum2

Jewelry and Accessory Expo 2013

Jewelry & Accessory Expo Logo

We are excited to announce our calender with show dates and times. We have alot lined up with individual shows from 10 top designers in accessories and jewelry including Amarelo Manga, Energie Footwear, Finesmith, Gabriel, Liv Glam, Maxi Gossamer, Pure Poison, VINTAGE Jewels, Violater, and ZIbska. In addition we have some really great parties including a Magical Top Hat Masquerade Ball, SL Live Haute Fashionista Party, and the Get Down & Boogey Disco Party. Not to mention all of the industry parties from AVENUE, KMADD, ModeLS Magazine, SL Live Radio, Gay Archipelago, and Maniera.

We have the amazing Rix Spyker working on the sims. To keep abreast of what he is doing you can follow the build process on the builder blog at: http://sirenproductionsl.com/index.php/category/builders-blog/. Everyone is looking forward to seeing you all at Jewelry & Accessory Expo!

Calendar of Events

FRIDAY DECEMBER 6th, 2013
6-7pm SL Jewelry & Accessory Expo Fashion Show
7-9pm SL Siren Industry Party

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7th, 2013
12-1pm SL LivGlam Fashion Show
1-3pm SL KMADD Industry Party
6-7pm SL Vintage Jewels Jewelry Show

SUNDAY DECEMBER 8th, 2013
12-1pm Amarelo Mango
1-3pm SL ModeLS Magazine Industry Party

FRIDAY DECEMBER 13th, 2013
12-1pm SL Pure Poison Accessory Show
1-3pm SL AVENUE Industry Party
6-7pm SL Violater Accessory Show
7-9pm Get Down and Boogey Disco Party

SUNDAY DECEMBER 15th, 2013
12-1pm SL Gabriel Accessory Show
1-3pm SL Gay Archipelago Industry Party
6-7pm SL Energie Footwear Show Show
7-9pm SL Magical Top Hat Masquerade Ball

THURSDAY DECEMBER 19th, 2013
6-7pm SL Maxi Gossamer Accessory Show
7pm-9pm SL Maniera Industry Party

FRIDAY DECEMBER 20th, 2013
12-1pm SL Zibska Accessory Show
1-3pm SL SL Live Haute Fashionista Party
6-7pm SL Finesmith Jewelry Show

SATURDAY DECEMBER 21st, 2013
12-1pm SL Jewelry & Accessory Expo Fashion Show
1-3pm – SL SL Live Industry Party

Designers Taking Part

Premium Designers:
Amarelo Manga, Energie Footwear, Finesmith, Gabriel, Liv Glam, Maxi Gossamer, Pure Poison, VINTAGE Jewels , Violator, Zibska

J&A Expo Designers:
7891, (deeR), [Bamboo] Nails , [ cliché fashion ] , [Mystic Canvass] , [The Forge], Adjunct, AGA Accessories, AIDORU, Alexandra Sautereau Collection , Always Eclectic, Amacci, Amaranthus, Amnesia, Auxiliary, B. Barbie, BadUnicorn, BaUbLeS! By Phe , Belle Amie, Bens Beauty, Bliensen + MaiTai , Boudoir, Bowtique , BSD Design Studio, Cae Original Mesh Jewelry, Cashmere & Keane, CentoPallini, Cherry House of London, Chimeric Fashions, CoLLisions, Crystal Line, Cubic Cherry Kre-ations, Dahlinks, Designs by Sebastian, Diamante, Digital Aura, DRD, Earthstone’s, Eclectica , E-Clipse, EMO-Tions , Faster Pussycat, Faun Unlimited, Feel, Gang/Cold, Goth1c0, GSpot, Handverk, IdentityBodyShop, Image Factory, Indrya, INNUENDO, J&A Rock Culture, Jewelry by Jake , JfL, Just You Jewels, KL Couture, Kumaki, Kunglers, Le Primitif, Legal Insanity, Luas, Mad Echo , Madrid Solo, ME Jewelry, miwardrobe accessories, MODA, Modern Couture, Modish, Nicclas Design , Noodles, O.M.E.N , Orage Creations, Praxis, Rainbown Custom Jewelry, Revanche, R3volt, Rookhold Designs, SOGO, Son!a Luxury Fashion, Sour Pickles!, Styles by Danielle, SYS, Tableau Vivant, Tentacio, Things, VG Shoes, Xen’s Hats, Yasum, Yuko, Zentro, Zuri Jewelry.

Siren Productions

http://sirenproductionsl.com
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1393646@N23/

Nicely Naughty

The weekend is almost here and I’m in somewhat of a ‘no holds barred’ kind of mood, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and blog one of the hottest new releases from .Enfant Terrible.  Haven’t heard of them yet?  It’s only one of the most imaginative,  most creative, original mesh design shops on the grid.  A week or so ago, I introduced you to designer, Jalilah Jewell of GSpot.  For many years, Jalilah focused solely on role-play attire and has decided to re-brand and set up shop under a new label, .Enfant Terrible. offering her amazing creativity to all of you fashionistas grid wide.  So keep your eyes and ears open for more amazing designs coming your way in the future.

Enfant Terrible Harness

.Enfant Terrible. Harness Black Silver
.Enfant Terrible. crop
*HD* Lucretia – White – Top
*HD* Luxon – black / white – bottom
*HD* Cat black – catsuit stockings
Vixen collar
NeurolaB Inc. – Xtrema Boots Black Electro
Starlet Cry [Eyes Only] – Lovely Mi Make-up
[LeLutka]-RYKIEL hair
*~*Illusions*~* Silk Blindfold (modified)

Today I’m showing you the sexy mesh harness designed for Genre, a monthly event which specializes in the unusual.  Everything at the event is priced at L$100 or below.  So why not take advantage of the savings and check out what’s going on at Genre this month.  Besides, a harness like this…will make them -all- drool.

I hope you all have had an easy going Thursday.  Friday is just a wake up away, so enjoy your evening and get ready to kick start the weekend in a big way!

Started at the Bottom…

now I’m…wait.  Where am I, again?

I don’t know how many of you are following the Miss Virtual World 2014 pageant but just recently, Frolic Mills, CEO of the Miss Virtual World Organization, created a new page on facebook for the organization and began posting a little history.  The very first pageant was held in 2008, and as Frolic states, it was CRAZY!  As I read through the post, I was reminded of just how crazy that all was.  Do you remember how we all looked back then?  Suffice it to say, we weren’t the prettiest avatars, but we sure thought we were.  JCNY was a big deal back then too, any model getting started out was entering those contests in preparation for bigger and better things to come.

2008-2009 collage

Remember that deer caught in headlights look? Yeah..that was all the rage in 2008. Those awesome dresses though…Nicky Ree!
❤ her still!

2008 marked the beginning of modeling for me in SL.  I had been caught up in rp sims since coming to Second Life when one day, a girl named Lynn came to me and said “ya know, we need to work on your avi”.  At the time, I was hurt, mortified is probably more like it.  I mean, who wants to hear they have an ugly ol avatar?!  Little did she know she would open the door for me.  (Thank you Lynn where ever you are!!) Not long after that I was approached by someone working for DAB Designs Photography about modeling.  I sort of snickered at the thought at first.  Sure, everyone loves having pictures taken, but modeling?  Really?  I thought it was a joke!  No really, I did.  That is, until Daron Brandeis, CEO/Photographer of DAB, began pushing me to enter the Miss Virtual World pageant (then known as Miss SL Universe).  I’d had no training what so ever, never walked a runway or anything comparable to what most had done.  I had entered and excelled in a couple of JCNY contests, but that was the extent of my modeling.  But I entered, and to my surprise, made it through several rounds until one of the final phases.  I remember walking out onto that stage in my Nickee Ree gown and looking around me thinking that -everyone- there was so much prettier than I was.  And not only were they prettier, they were taller too!  I had to have been the shortest girl out there.  It was a super crazy, nerve racking contest, but oh so much fun.  I don’t regret it for one minute.  And that’s without even being a finalist!

collage 2009-2010

See, we started getting better about that scared look.

It’s nice to look back over the time we’ve spent in SL sometimes.  To reminisce about the people we’ve met, the things we’ve done, and the stories we’ve woven.  But especially fun to look at how much we’ve changed over the years.  I thought you might get a kick out of the changes with my avatar.

Collage 2011-2013

SO many changes, but I think I finally got it right. Maybe?

I hope you all have a really wonderful day today.  Take a moment, look through those old pictures you have stock piled in your inventory.  Reminisce, and maybe you’ll get a giggle out of your own changes too!