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Giverny: The haystacks

Giverny: The haystacks

The final episode of Meta Makeover (we return as Designing Worlds on May 5)  is now available on the Meta Makeover website at SLCN – and can also be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.

For our last episode, we visited a very special sim – a stunningly beautiful recreation of Monet’s home village – Giverny.

Giverny: The lilypond

Giverny: The lilypond

Owned by Soliel Snook and Kaye Robbiani, this stunning sim combines places important to Monet’s life … and to his art.  We found some fascinating vignettes – such at the famous lily pond, and the richly coloured haystacks too!

We explored the sim with Kaye Robbiani, who showed us the re-creation of Monet’s home, and also the fascinating museum she has created, showing something of his life and work – and telling the story of the American artists who followed in his footsteps.

And there’s also an encounter with an old friend from Soliel’s garden centre, who we first met on our winter show in Giggleford last year – and who has now, rather unexpectedly perhaps, found a new home in Giverny!

Giverny: The village

Giverny: The village

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Remember that although Meta Makeover has finished, we will be back in May with our new show, Designing Worlds.  And though our coverage will be extended, we’ll still be doing our Meta Makeovers, where we bring in a top designer to make over your virtual home or garden!

So if you would like to have a virtual home or garden given the treatment by a top designer, send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home or garden attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover.

And if you know a special place in Second Life that we should really feature on the show, drop us a line too!

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What was Saffia wearing on the show?

Saffia in Kasera at Giverny

Saffia in Kasera at Giverny

For this last show, Saffia wore one of the new outfits created by Neferia Abel for her new range, L’Abel.  The outfit is called Kesara, and it offers a whole range of options in a pretty dotted pattern, or else plain.

It includes a simple, but sophisticated, dotted micro bolero with sculpted puff sleeves and collar accented with a stunning sculpted corsage and neck chain. There’s a strapless silk bodice which wraps the torso in horizontal strips, and also included is a bodice version that is trimmed at the bottom edge in the bolero’s dotted pattern for maximum mixing ease. There are three skirt options: a sleek system skirt that echos the subtle pattern of the bodice – which Saffia wore on the show in maroon; a sculpted skirt option created from sculpties on 3 different attachment points to ensure wearablity; and a system skirt that echos the bolero dotted pattern.

Saffia in Kasera at Giverny

Saffia in Kasera at Giverny

“Usually, I need to wear a system skirt on the show,” says Saffia.  “Flexi skirts drop down through chairs, and sculpted skirts may behave … oddly.  Neferia makes some of the very best system skirts out there – she always takes trouble to make sure that things look exactly right!”

Finally, two pairs of glitch pants are included, one in the dotted pattern, the other in the solid black option. To add the final finessé, the pair of included black forearm gloves lend more glamour!

“For me, the bolero with its neck chain and the lovely corsage was the special touch that made this outfit so exciting,” says Saffia.  “And it was, of course, very appropriate for the show, which featured so many beautiful and decorative flowers!”

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Saffia in Dottir

Saffia in Dottir

For the most recent edition of Meta Makeover, Saffia wore what she describes as an old favourite from IvaldeDottir in blue.

“Dottir is an old favourite of mine,” explains Saffia.  “It’s pretty and practical – I love the texture, with the rich velvet with same coloured dots.  And the skirt moves so beautifully too!”

The wrap-around bodice features Juliet-inspired sleeves, complete with sculptie puffs at the shoulder and upper arm before snugly wrapping the arm down to the wrist. An empire-waist full-length flexi skirt made this dress a perfect elegant match for the elegant garden.

Saffia in Dottir and Hat Heaven

Saffia in Dottir and Hat Heaven

And, to complete the effect, Saffia added a hat!

“Just for the outdoor scenes,” Saffia says.  “I could have worn it to take tea too – Victorian ladies kept their hats on when paying calls, after all!  But it was rather too magnificent – and kept disappearing into the chair!”

The hat was made by Kate McLaglen of Hat Heaven – and was a magnificent structure!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

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Saffia in Lanikal

Saffia in Lanikal

For the most recent edition of Meta makeover, Saffia wore a stylish dress from Neferia Abel’s new range – L’Abel.

The Ivalde sim has had a huge makeover itself!” says Saffia.  “And now, as well as offering her well-known retro designs, she’s producing a range of beautiful, strikingly contemporary designs.”

For the show, Saffia wore Lanikai, a verstile sheath dress, that can easily go from shopping to cocktails!  It is tailored with a square neckline, sculpted cape sleeves and straight pencil skirt.

“I loved the neckline and the texture with its rich colour and design,” says Saffia.  “It’s a beautiful, sophisticated look – and perfect for the show!”

And Saffia strongly recommends a visit to the new Ivalde sim

“There’s a whole range of interesting new designs,” she says, “and you’ll be seeing more of them on the show!”

Saffia in Lanikal - Close-up

Saffia in Lanikal - Close-up

For this episode, Saffia added a striking necklace and ear-rings designed by Gwen Carillon.

“I love Gwen’s jewellery,” says Saffia, “and this set, Midnight Fire, worked perfectly with my new dress!”

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

And if you know a special place in Second Life that we should really feature on the show, drop us a line too!

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Saffia in Freydis

Saffia in Freydis

It was St Patrick’s Day – so clearly a green dress was called for!  Yet Saffia, seen here outside the giraffe zoo in Dublin, was a little different …

“The dress colour was actually teal,” confesses Saffia.  “But the material was just sumptuous, and the colour was a lovely deep blue green that worked very well, I thought.”

The dress, of course, was designed by Neferia Abel and came from the Ivalde store.  The design is Freydis, and Saffia wore the red version once before, when the show first came from the Galaxy.

Ivalde describes the dress as, “the little dress that is pure class and elegance!” and explains that it is “an impeccably cut, figure-hugging sheath that is the epitome of style with its clean lines! With a sweetheart neckline and sumptuous, blouson elbow-length sculptie sleeves, the bodice also features dramatic draping across the bosom for maximum impact! To emphasis a sleek silhouette, the skirt is pencil slim, tailored with textured darts that seamlessly blend with the top.”

There is exciting news from Ivalde at the moment, as they have hadd a major relaunch, with a whole new range called L’Abel.  As the website explains:
“Not only has the sim look changed, but so have the product lines! Neferia Abel introduces her new modern-day store, L`Abel. Innovative, current and trendy, L`Abel is all about the fashion of today and tomorrow!”

And you’ll have a chance to judge for yourself when you see the dress that Saffia is wearing in this week’s show!

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Saffia in Anja

Saffia in Anja

For our latest show, Saffia chose to wear Anja – a simple but stylish dress from Ivalde.

“I was looking for something simple but stylish,” says Saffia, “and Anja fit the bill.  But what clinched it for me was the colour – the gloriously rich purple.  Purple is my favourite colour, and this was a beautifully rich and warm shade!”

Ivalde’s own site describes the dress in these terms: “Anja is a form-fitting knee-length dress that proves sexy can be classy! Anja features a wide-square neckline, waist-cinching textured belt, and decorative accent stitching. With a figure-hugging pencil skirt, Anja turns up the heat, proving smart can still be dangerous!”

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

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Saffia in Maud in Dans les Montagnes

Saffia in Maud in Dans les Montagnes

For exploring Zasa Rossini’s beautiful new sim of Dans les Montagnes and the village of Petit Chou, Saffia tried a different approach.

“The village is gorgeous,” she says, “Zasa said on the show that she had been inspired by bodice rippers and Disney’s French countryside in Beauty and the Beast in equal measure – and so I wanted something that would reflect that – not full on Victorian, but definitely not modern.  I was looking for something more Edwardian (the turn of the twentieth century) and when Neferia showed me her new Maud range for Ivalde, I just fell on it with a cry of, ‘That’s it!’  It was perfect!”

As the Ivalde website says, Maud is an ode to Edwardian elegance!

Saffia in Maud (the bodice)

Saffia in Maud (the bodice)

“I particularly love the bodice,” says Saffia.  “The lace of the collar, and the sleeves, is quite beautiful – and yet it also captures the elegant formality of the age. ”

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

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Saffia In Jean

Saffia In Jean

This week, for our visit to the Remembering Our Friends memrial, Saffia decided to wear something a little formal – in a business sense, rather than a evening gown sense.

“This was a place where I wanted to pay my respects,” says Saffia, “and so, without being sombre, I wanted to wear something which reflected that.  At the same time, I didn’t want to go solidly black in my clothes – I am not personally in mourning.”

Her choice, therefore, was the smart suit Jean from the Marilyn Monroe range by Ivalde.

Ivalde says of it, “Jean is the quintessential suit, perfect for any business meeting, or day of shopping. A simple single-breasted, two-buttoned, jacket over a slim pencil skirt, all in wool, attest to the finest in workmanship and quality. A silk blouse, adorned with a tie, and prim cuffs are the finishing touches to this showpiece of artisanship!”

Saffia In Jean (close-up)

Saffia In Jean (close-up)

“I’ve actually worn a jean suit before,” says Saffia, “in the show where Gwen Carillon made over the Gossipgirls’ Cafe.  In that show I wore it in green, without the blouse and tie, and it looked smart and sophisticated.  But here, in dark blue, with the blouse and tie in place, it looked equally good, I think!”

And Saffia feels that for reasons far beyond her clothes, this was a memorable show.

“It was very hard to make,” she says, “because we were talking to people about things they feel so very deeply.  Elrik and I knew it was a topic that had to be treated with respect – we both felt it was courageous for people to come on and talk so honestly.  We are so grateful to Jeffry and Madonna for sharing their feelings with us.”

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