January 2008


Have I already told you that I am taking care of Sebastiaan and Kenny’s plants in their beautiful house in Costa Rica? You’ve probably read their Alpha Male posts and noticed they have a good sense of taste, which is surely reflected in their home! Really fabulous, guys, thanks again for letting me stay here. It is bringing me in a sunny summer mood day to day…

And so does this chain from EarthStones. Abraxxa Anatine gave it to me. I like it a lot, because it can give an extra touch to many different outfits. It makes a jeans outfit with a simple white tank less standard and it can give a spring dress that sunny mood or even completely warm up a winter outfit. Or it can be simply worn with your bikini at a stylish beach. With all the colors of the stones it is not difficult to find a matching outfit!

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At the house in Costa Rica, wearing the EarthStones Quartz Point Chakra Necklace (comes with matching earrings) LD 225

There are many more nice items to complete your outfit at the EarthStones Boutique. The VIP-guest members already had the change to taste a little bit of the EarthStones collection with the items in the goodie bag of the EFA-Design Award. Also, do you wanna be on the VIP-guest list? Send me an IM and you will be added.

What to wear… what to wear? I was rummaging through my wardrobe the other day and I found an old wife beater and jeans that I hardly ever wear. I needed to add some accessories to transform this outfit from boring to brilliant.

Pimp My Wardrobe

You know what that means… SHOPPING! I headed over to monogrind where I found these kick a** boots. The color was a perfect match for the piping on the tank top. Then I looked for one of my favorite accouterments – a really cool belt. This checkerboard motif caught my eye because it was so unusual and it really added (more…)

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Picture above from left: Haruka Kish, models trainer Tempest Hennesy, Silky Trilling, Kaitlin Peacable, Absinthe Primrose and Alexa Trefoil.

The Ewing Fashion Agency is proud to announce the graduation of Haruka Kish, Silky Trilling, Kaitlin Peacable and Absinthe Primrose, which was held on January 24th, into the world of modelling.

A minishow took place and it was so glamorous, every graduated student was elegant&stylish. All of them have worked extraordinarily to complete the intensive 10 day course and the result of this hardship was clearly shown on the catwalk near the EFA office.

Representatives from agencies and other people of the fashion industry, friends and family came and witnessed the graduation of the new models. So many came and it was amazing – so amazing that Gabriel Leshelle from Carnal Lingerie donated a set of lingerie to each of the now professional models and so it will be in the future after every graduation!

EFA wishes each of the graduated models of EFA Elite Model Training Course every success in the future. We would also like to thank everyone for coming to the show, it was so wonderful to see the crowd that day.

If you are interested and you think you have what it takes for entering the world of fashion as a model or would like to improve yours skills, keep in mind that the next course will take place on February 2008. Click https://ewingfashionagency.wordpress.com/model-training-course/ to find out more about the course’s details and prices.

I would like to present a new designer, Karla Marama (K&M Designs – KarlaMarama). She and I met at my home through another friend of mine and started talking about photography, which is our passion. And the chat later turned to designing clothes for SL, how difficult it is and how many mistakes all designers have to go through before they get an item to work. I asked her if she wouldn’t mind me writing about her in my next blog and she was more than happy to say yes. I made a short interview with her and she sent me some pictures of her latest outfits. My interview of her follows.
 
 

Aleida: When did you decide to start making clothes in SL?
Karla: I decided to start making clothes a few weeks after I had joined. It just seemed so cool to be as random as you would like to in what you can make here in SL. And about a month ago, I started getting pretty good at it! So now I guess I can be called A Real Designer, hehe.
Aleida: Was it difficult, a big challenge or very simple? Tell us what was easy and what was horribly difficult.
Karla: Well, like in every situation, some things just aren’t always as easy at times. Sometimes I have to keep redoing stuff over and over! Other times they come out great with the first shot! I think the fact that I actually enjoy making the clothing, being able to see how it all comes out, makes those hard times worth it in the end.
Aleida: Have you been showing your creations at any shows yet? If not, are you planning to?
Karla: Not just yet, I’m still pretty new. But yes, I do plan on showing my line in shows, magazines, in any way Possible really. I’m having my first show at Club Mannequin on Wednesday, January 23rd, 5pm SLT. I’m so excited!
Aleida: What will you create in the near future in addition to clothing?
Karla: I would love to make furniture maybe and homes . I love building too!
Aleida: Is there anything you would like to say to the fashion enthusiasts?
Karla: I would just want everyone to know, I love designing on here. And I don’t have many things out just now but I’m keeping busy! My line’s main theme is flowy, bright and sexy outfits, while keeping the right amount of humbleness at the same time. Second Life has so many nice clothes stores, there are lots of awesome fashion designs! It just really needs more stores! So K&M Designs – KarlaMarama will help out with that, hehe . I’m also planning on having a new male line! ^^
 
 
Aleida: Oh, that would be so great and I am hoping to see more of your creations – really seeing forward to that. By the way, thank you very much for your time, I know you are busy and don’t want to take up your timeJ. Good luck with it!
Karla: Thank you very much.
And to conclude this: If you’d like something flowy, bright, sexy and a certain amount of humbleness, just teleport to her store and have a look. There are outfits for men as well.
LM to her store: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Electra/162/71/66

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During my weekly trek to the city I bumped into model and fellow blogger, Aleida Rhode. Looking casual and city sleek, she appeared every bit the city dweller. Of course, I had to know where she got her togs from.

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Aleida was happy to part with the information and naturally I promised not to tell a soul. Well, she doesn’t want everyone with the Aleida look. So, keep it to yourself.

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For your eyes only:

Hair: PE (Philotic Energy) Beri –brown (freebie)

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Coat: DPS Tweed short coat 2

DP Serendipity

Bag: Meguro Japan – Shoulder black bag

JK

Boots: LF – Black Buccaneers lass boots

LF Fashions

Skin: RaC – Tasha

Nail: Manicure 01

RaC

Jeans: Armidi – 001 Jeans Regular

Armidi

Eyelashes: Cake – bedroom lashes

Cake

Valentine’s Day is exactly three weeks from now and I like to start early in picking the best outfit for the occasion. I have been wanting to try on the Echo Gown from Miriel for some time and it’s a good reason to do so now. Echo comes in 17 different colors, all beautifully designed in dual tones. In the photo, I am wearing Miriel’s favorite color – Latte. I love how the top is cut and the shades of brown, both do fabulously well in enhancing fair skin. The color fades into white at the bottom of the skirt, giving an impression of volume and height. Dressed in the Echo gown I feel elegance with a touch of vintage that had me dreaming about it even in Real Life. I trust that the Echo Gown will also be a favorite of yours, bound to dazzle whoever you are with.

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I paired the gown with a pair of yellow brown pump and made very little effort in accessorizing, with a simple pair of gold/diamond necklace and bracelet. The Armidi Soho updo is perfect in enhancing the overall sophisticated look.

Now…I just need a date…..

Shoes & Necklace

Shape: Custom

Skin: Drew (Fair) for L$4000 from RaC City

Dress: Echo (Latte) for L$300 from Miriel

Necklace: Medalion Necklace (Gold/Diamond) for L$250 from Miriel

Shoes – Opinelle (YellowBrown) for L$325 from Storm Schmdoz

 

Hair – Soho (Honey) for L$295 from Armidi

Every girl loves a pretty hair accessory, right? And it seems there just aren’t enough of those handy stores in SL…and believe me, I’ve searched. Well, no need to look any further because Eolande Elvehjem has just the place and it’s brimming with goodies. From sweet floral hairpins to elegant, beaded headbands, she’s got it all. I caught up with Eolande this week to find out how she got started and where she intends to go in this big old world we call Second Life.

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Harriet Gausman: When did you first start designing in SL?

Eolande Elvehjem: I “rezzed” in June of 2006, but didn’t start creating things until months later. I started fiddling in December and by the end of January I made a cute little Celtic Trinity Hair Stick.

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Harriet Gausman: Did you have any RL design skills or did you learn in-world?

Eolande Elvehjem: My real life design skills are in beading, silversmithing and lapidary work. I have some Photoshop skills from playing with and enhancing my own family’s photos. I’ve never played with any 3D graphics programs or anything remotely like SL until last year when I learned about SL. I found out slowly how to get around, and one day out of curiosity clicked that build button, and rezzed a box. It scared the hell out of me. I decided I wanted to learn about building though as I’d seen all the things people had made and I told myself if all these thousands of people can make stuff so can I. So I sat down and started rezzing all the basic prims one by one, and playing with all the fields in the object edit menu. Several weeks later I had a folder of cool shapes I’d stumbled upon and started putting things that I liked together.

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Harriet Gausman: What or who do you consider your inspiration for your designs?

Eolande Elvehjem: The inspiration for my business came from a real life love of accessories (unlike clothes, they ALWAYS fit!) and I especially like putting all sorts of goodies in my hair. When I went about getting clothes and accessories for my avatar, I couldn’t find any hair accessories at all – and the business woman in me couldn’t resist the opportunity. The inspiration for my actual designs comes from all over – things my customers suggest, concepts I’ve seen in real life and I love making something with a particular friend in mind – it brings a lot of character into it.

Harriet Gausman: How would you describe your collection?

Eolande Elvehjem: Primarily hair accessories since that’s my main focus and though I try to make a wide variety to fit a vast range of tastes it seems they all have my own touch. Repeatedly, I get requests to make matching jewelry, and so lately I’ve been making a variety of jewelry pieces to match the hair goodies.

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Harriet Gausman: Who do you think buys your items?

Eolande Elvehjem: I see all sorts of people in my store – fashionistas, geishas, gorean women, dancers and sometimes goths. (I don’t do goth very well, my friend Doc says I suffer from perpetual prettiness. *sigh*)

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Harriet Gausman: Where do you see yourself headed in terms of business and design?

Eolande Elvehjem: I have a huge list of ideas and things that are still taking shape. I hope to keep improving my prim and texture skills, and making more innovative and versatile accessories. I’m also planning on opening more islands to house more fun attractions for visitors as well as more space for new designers’ main stores. I’d like to grow my business to the point where it’s my main source of income, but maybe I’m just dreaming big. One thing I’ve learned though is that the sky is the limit in SL and I’m aiming for at least Jupiter.

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When I stepped into Eolande’s brand, spanking new premises, I instantly spied the ETD and Calla customised hair decorations. Perfect if you have a favourite style and want to liven it up with a fresh look. Well, we girls tend to get bored so easily, don’t we? Visit Accessories by Eolande and give your hair a treat.

 

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