Be comfortable in your own skin ...

NOYA Celine Skin and Shape ( Celine Makeup )
Skins Skins Skins ... probably apart from diamonds, every girls best friend. With the abundance of skin designers in SL, some with years of experience, competition is rife.  Many of the well known established creators rely upon the strength of their brand, but are usually costly. 

So whats a girl to do if lindens are a little low on the ground? Everyone wants to be unique and most of us try   to be to aspire to be different.  Kasen Kazen recently pointed me in the direction of a skin designer on SL market place called Noya Designs.  I was of course sceptical based on the cost of these little gems, but she has a huge selection of skins for less than 300L.

NOYA Miriam Skin and Shape ( Celine Makeup )

No demo's were available, but for the money I was happy to take that gamble.
So how good are they ? The proof is always in the pudding , so I decided to buy a couple, to see if the quality, textures and makeup lived up to this talked about hype !!! Two parcels arrived in world, Celine with 4 shapes, 15 bumper makeup choices, 3 skins, lashes, eyes and 3 types of boob bouncers. The lashes alone were worth the lindens so I was already happy and Miriam a lighter skin with 1 shape, 2 skins, lashes and eyes. Both come with a selection of defined brows.

NOYA Celine Skin Oiled, Own Shape

The biggest advantage to these skins is the abundance of choice with makeup styles. Celine also comes with an oiled skin, which I generally dont approve of, but this was pretty cute. Overall, I was pretty happy with my purchase and for the money I was really impressed.
So my advice girls if you want something a little bit different that wont cost you the earth head over to NOYA Designs and try them out for yourselves .  Happy Shopping! 

Grand Re-Opening of Indyra Originals

After months of planning and restyling, Indyra Seigo has done it again. Indyra Originals are relaunching their flagship store at Namaste Isle and is having a re opening celebration on Sundayt 23rd August between 12 Noon and 3pm SLT.
Prepared to be wowed, as Indy announces 5 NEW releases for this momentus occasion.

Get the maximum style

OK, so Ive not blogged up for a while and not really been in world for a good couple of months. However I was searching through flickr the other day and admired all the new fashion samples hitting SL for summer. My friend Laya Fallatio blogged up recently regarding some cool summer dresses from Reale, so I thought I would follow in her foot steps and see what SL had to offer within the 2009 trend of maxi dresses.

Digits have a good selection of maxi dresses in an array of bright summer colours. The flex on them is amazing and great for photography. They arent necessarily cheap but the quality is amazing and all prims fit perfectly.

So based on Laya's recommendation, I popped onto Xstreet and searched for Reale. They have some wonderful maxi dresses. Stunning designs, incredible colours and absolutely perfect for all occasion. Prices start from 200L for maximum style this summer.

Style Guide Photograph One - Floratta Dress Tulip Print

Style Guide Photograph Two - Floratta Dress Pansies Print

Le Belle Facon Academy

Le Belle Facon is an agency that dares to be different. The team consists of a strong management team, of who have varied and vast experience of second life modelling, but more importantly business, marketing, event management and finance within their real life professions.

Fulfil your dream
From personal experience and talking to many new models in secondlife, many fall at the start when trying to apply for modelling positions whether it be in print, competitions, promotions or on the runway.Experience is the absolute key to success:- Le Belle Facon Academy can help you achieve that. By offering 3 streamlined comprehensive training modules, we can assist you on the path to fulfil your potential from beginners to advanced. The dedicated academy trainer, Jula Carnell has a wealth of experience from runway, print, promo and personal styling to helping you on your way to a fruitful career within the modelling world of SL.

For more information, contact Jula Carnell inworld.

Redgrave Exclusive Release

Oooo Chalice and I do love a bit of Redgrave, especially as the skins photograph so beautifully. 2007/08 was a superb year for Emilia Redgrave, with every model in the metaverse buying atleast one skin from her store.
Hana one of my first ever Redgrave skins back in March 2008, boosted my modelling career, so I have her to thank for that. However, over time, due to their popularity, many modelling agencies specified No Redgrave!

Jula Carnell in Hana April 2007

LE.LOOK! now have the only Redgrave satelite store in SL, in which there are exclusive items, skins in particular of some of our old favourites , Hana and Venus. So for old times sake, I had to purchase atleast one of these items.

The skin is slightly different, but definitely with the original Hana undertones. The makeup, I chose was the metalic collection, as I wanted something that looked slightly more edgy.
Certainly not disappointed with the purchase.

Jula Carnell in Hana April 2009 ( Exclusive only available at LE.LOOK! )

Meet The Designer Indyra Seigo

Its Saturday morning and Im sitting patiently for my long awaited interview with Indyra Seigo from Indyra Originals. I anxiously flit through my notes, ensuring that I am fully prepped. I am not quite sure what to expect from this 'mysterious lady'. I already have a personal perception and even though she is my boss, I can truthfully say, I know very little about her, apart from that she makes fabulous clothes.

She IM's me, prompting for an early start, so I TP her to the Namaste Isle Model Troupe Apartment, that she kindly erected for her staff, to chill and entertain friends if we so wanted. She arrives, dressed in her newest creation 'La Capitaine'

Stylecard La Capitaine NEW RELEASE

Its clear from the start of the interview that Indy's time is precious, juggling real life family engagements with secondlife commitments. So we commence with fairly generic questions, both of us sprawlled out on the couches happily and comfortably chatting away.

JC:- You started SL in June 2006, When did you start creating clothes ?

IS :- July 2006, one month after being born. It was my intention from the start to design clothes. I have a design background in real life, though my history is with canvas painting, drawing pin up girls mainly ( she laughs ) . I started on a small parcel of land with only 1000 prim allocation filled with predominately clubwear and lingerie.

JC:- Your designs are so varied , what is your design philsophy?

IS : I like to think I design whatever moves me that day. I like everything. I know SL shoppers are up for just about anything. I keep up with RL and SL fashion trends and try to reach the widest demographic. I am not a niche market designer, that is intentional. I like to do what suits most, but most of all keep it real.

JC:- What rl inspirations influence your work ?
IS : First and foremost, my genelogy and my family background.

Editor's note - At this point in the interview, Indy talks fondly of her family and in particular both her grandmothers who died of cancer. Namaste Isle, Indy's SL Main Store location, was erected in April 2008 and dedicated in memory to her grandmother who died of cancer in February of that year. Born in St Louis, Missouri, Namaste is based on her home town. With its french colonial architecture and its downtown blues style. She talks affectionately about the store being inspired by her grandmothers closet and refers to her matriarch as 'a classy and fierce accessorizer and goes on to say, 'she was amazing and that is why Namaste oozes with casual elegance'
IS : I have several favorite designers in RL and I am floored by anything that Valentino makes. Its all ultra femme, never over the top. I am a girly girl in rl , false lashes and acrylic nails ( as she taps taps loudly on the keyboard. Pedicure, waxes, the works!

JC:-What designers have inspired you within the SL community ?

IS : My general rule of thumb is to stay out of people's stores so that I don't become influenced, even subconsiously. There are some amazing designers in SL. Many of these individuals are highlighted in my picks and are listed for their work ethic, their consistency and their personal drive for success. All of them have lent me a hand in someway shape or form - and i really appreciate the support.

Alyssa Bijoux: Alyssa Bijoux
Aradhana Voight: Mashooka Designs
Ashoka Eales: Phoenix Rising
Asri Falcone: Asri Falcone Originals
Bax Coen: Bax Boots
Colleen Desmoulins: Loft
Corina Clavenham:Blush69
Chill3 Mills: Latex Station
Dani Knelstrom: Danika Design
Devon Dinzeo: Dinzeo Designs
Fenom Gasparini & Sweet: The Sweetest Sin
Frolic Mills: BOSL
Hasuko Kuramoto: Midnight Lotus
Isabella Gandini: Vendetta
Istephanija Munro: Sintimacy
Ivey Deschanel: Snatch
Maxwell Graf: Rustica
Moanasyrene Boucher: MB-Designs
Melanie Zhao: Zhao Shoes
So Lambert: Subscribe-O-Matic
Nardya Rousselot: Nardcotix
Nikita Lightfoot: Naughty ~n~ Nice
Nyla Cheeky: House of Nyla
Promise Day: Scandalust Designs
Sensual Casanova: Sensual Designs
Thiuscy Cioc: Arsnova
Vasgez & VictoriaV McMillan: VictoriaV
Zaara Kohime: Zaara

JC:-Compared to many designers, we hardly ever see IO on the runway , why is that ?
IS:- Honestly, in the past, I just didn't have the time, but this is good that we are talking about this. As you know we recently restructured the staff, so in the future, we can incorporate our model troupe in shows at Namaste. The new model manager, whoever that will be, will be organising shows more often.

To me, its all about balance. I do shows, but usually with venues of which im a partner in-ie have a shop on site. I work a lot with shows for charity. I'm an avid supporter of Relay For Life. I will be releasing a dress in the forthcoming months and all proceeds will go to RFL indefinitely.

Stylecard Vida

JC:-What is your favourite outfit that youve made ?

IS:-Oh gosh. Well I have 3, one from each collection. From the clubwear, it has to be 'Rampage' in Leopard. This was probably the hardest thing I have ever made. It looks simple, but since I create all my own textures, it was painstaking. I dont use templates. Everything is 100% hand-drawn. From the casuals, even though its not yet released it's 'La Capitaine' and from formal it has to be 'Mystere'.

Stylecard 'Rampage'

JC:- When do you think Indyra Originals became a key player in the fashion world of SL and why ?

IS:-All I can tell you is that I keep my fingers on the pulse of sl fashion, and try my hardest to provide what the people want. Originality is a must. That is why I design all my own clothes and everything is 100% hand-drawn. I find it disappointing the amount of clothing prefabs that can be found on xstreet.

JC:- What are your biggest selling and most popular items, do you know ?
IS:-My husband keeps a tally of what are my biggest sellers. ( She pauses , flits about on her computer and brings up her detailed sales chart ) . Actually my #1 selling design is the Flirt Shoe in black. 'The Vida' in Black, followed closely by the 'Republica Jacket' and then 'Milana' and 'Kurvylocity' are tied.

Stylecard 'Flirt'

JC:- What kind of a person is Indyra Seigo ? I imagine you to be quite shy and retiring !

IS:-Laughs out Loud ! People might think I'm a bit on the brash side at times. I have a big personality with big opinions, but Im pragmatic and I realize not everyone needs or wants to know what I'm thinking all the time ( Laughs some more ). Girl, Ive hurt peoples' feelings!, not on purpose. I am headstrong though and decisive. However its easy for me to let go of the reigns. I dont micro manage and this is why I pick my staff so closely.

JC:- Talking about your staff, you have a dedicated model troupe, many of whom have been with you for nearly a year now. What do you think it takes to become an Indy Model ?

IS:-Indy girls need to be confident, reliant, a little headstrong and self motivated. Everyone needs to be able to run the show if Adzy ( Indyra CMO ) or I am not available. Everyone knows my expectations. I trust all of them to represent me. They all have fashion savvy and all have good connections within the SL fashion community. Many of our girls have developed their own businesses in SL, from clothing, to photography and styling. They are not only models. but professional people in their own right.

I did plan to increase the model troupe at the beginning of the year, but then realised we have everything we need in the team we have.

Editors note, I am now conscious that Indyra has been sitting with me chatting for almost an hour and a half. She speaks freely and is laid back and down to earth in her general approach. I stress my concern about time. She reconfirms she is more than happy chatting to me, as I ask her the last question of the morning .....

JC:- So what new collections can we expect to see from you in the next couple of months ?

IS:-Well, I'm holding back on releasing right now because I'm creating a new spring/summer collection. I may trickle a couple of the pieces, but I will release monthly. I will definitely release 'La Capitaine' as a teaser to the new collection.

As I wrap up the interview, I must say how much I enjoyed myself. I feel privileged that Indy felt comfortable enough to share some personal details with me regarding her family life. More importantly my whole perception of her as an individual has changed. Sometimes, it only takes a small indepth conversation with someone to change your complete opinion of a person. As Indy TPed out to manage her rl, I stayed and reflected on the interview.

In short, Indyra Seigo, a fun loving, family orientated gal with headstrong characteristics and an eye for fashion. A style icon who is extremely relaxed and comfortable in her own skin.

It was a pleasure and one I hope to repeat in the near future. Thanks Indy x

SLCN.TV Fabulous Fashion staring ............

Indyra Seigo from Indyra Originals

I am truly gutted. I had the opportunity to appear on SLCN on Monday 6th April as one of Angie Mornington's Fabulous Fashion style writers, but the event is @ 6pm SLT and is far too late for me on a work night.

However, the one and only Indyra Seigo will be appearing live in front of a studio audience and will be streamed on SCLN.TV during and after the event.

For more information, visit