House of Nyla is an amazing store. Nyla Cheeky is a fashion designer in RL. She found SL in early 2006, and quickly realized the potential. She now creates SL gowns from her RL gowns! How fun it is to know I own and wear something in SL, that I would most likely not be able to own or wear in RL!It has been a while since she has released new clothes, but that is all about to change, she says. Her latest release is the Leopard Line. She also mentioned that many of her older items have been reduced up to 50% off!!! Go there now!

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It’s always nice to find a store that makes you want to visit frequently. You start aisle by aisle, picking out what you will buy, and what’s going to be your future purchase. Once you join the update group and you know what the newest hot items are, they must be added to the list too, or be bought. Maybe I should just IM the owner and ask for a flat rate, one of each to go?!


Rating Scale in shopping bags

1 – Dislike

2 – Needs Improvement

3 – Good

4 – Very Good

5 – Loved it


The Facts

Name: UnTone Quilt

Owner/Designer: Chocolate Yifu

Shop Category: Casual Fashion for Women

Price Point: Medium range

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In my experience, when a designer can be found in her shop a lot, it speaks well of both her and her designs. It’s no wonder then that the clothing at MEB, owned by MariaElena Barbosa, blew me away. I think that MariaElena was in her store every time I stopped by, and her sweet demeanor and helpful attitude were the first things that struck me about the shop. This brilliant Italian designer was kind enough to show me her newest collection and allow me to sample some of her designs. Before I get into the specific outfits, it should be noted that a lot of the clothes at MEB come as full outfits, complete with shoes and/or accessories, all just as beautifully detailed as the clothing.

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For some weeks now I’ve found it difficult to find a great new designer to showcase for you. This week though, it was not a problem. In fact, the only problem may be my inablility to give the place enough justice.

SWS Designs seem to have the originality factor figured. Several of their outfits sell as a complete wardrobe package; jackets, skirts, pants, tops, bikinis and pumps all in one gorgeous package. There is a wonderful variety of colours and the texturing is first class.

Only just starting out, of course, they don’t have a huge amount of outfits on sale. What they have got already though, is great quality. The shop decor may be a bit on the cheesy side, in my opinion, but hey, they are allowed one negative remark, and it isn’t the worst thing in the world.

If you fancy getting a quality wardrobe in one swift transaction then check them out – just don’t tell them what I said about the decor.

I am always on the look out for a great new designer, especially if I find they have that special element that sets them apart from the rest. On a recent tip-off, I decided to take a look at the much talked about CE Cubic Effect. Initially, I was met with a monolith of a structure that reminded me of something from the Mad Max movies.

Inside, I was met with a rather retro feel rather than futuristc. The design quality is good with a lot of beautiful hand-drawn items. In particular the jeans and casual jackets, which all seemed exceptionally well produced. I was rather daunted by the fact that there was no clear division in the shop for men’s and women’s clothing, with even some of the vendor pictures having unisex photography. I don’t do men’s clothes and very rarely wear anything that could be seen to be male personified.

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Harriet Gausman: For those who do not know, how long have you been in SL and when did your business begin?

Tuli: I rezzed in October of 2005 and spent 3 months being overwhelmed and camping for money to finance my shopping until someone kicked my butt into gear. I had some experience with photoshop, so I decided to try some clothes. I think my first “shop” was at the Samurai Tokyo mall, and my brand was called Forgotten Kitten back then.

Harriet Gausman: What skills did you bring with you in-world?

Tuli: Photoshop skills! Although I had no idea back then that they would come in handy. I was making website graphics and kawaii pixel art at the time. I learned a lot more thanks to Phil’s Place.

Harriet Gausman: How much is Tuli like the real you?

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It seems Kara Eagle of Karamia is no baby to the game having transported herself into this wonderful world in August 2006. It’s strange that she isn’t such a big player as she has some unique design concepts.

She has several stores dotted around the grid but her main store appears to be at Appearance Mode.

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