A Bonbon from Donna Flora

“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.” — Robert Frost

The unofficial poet laureate of New England was right in the essence of what he wrote; but there is physical beauty that endures if not lasts forever, and that can be found in architecture as well as the more portable arts.  For instance, the Alhambra in Granada, Spain is celebrated for its loveliness in line and art, so much that the Spanish left it alone for the most part when the Moors were overthrown by Isabella and Ferdinand.  The Court of the Lions is one of the jewels in this lovely setting, and I chose to pose here in a Donna Flora gown from her most recent collection.

Bonbon is a silly little party-dress confection reminiscent of the Fifties, with its brocaded fabric in lavender and white silk, the poufy bubble skirt and its short, satiny flounce, and its strapless top.  Details are picked out in gold thread; and a gold ribbon sash and bow separates the skirt from the flounce, while what looks like woven gold lamé edges the bust and cinches the waist.  I decided to go with new shoes for this, and so ran off to N-core for a nice pair of strappy heels to give even more length to my legs here.

The necklace (and the earrings, which are hidden beneath my hair) are also from Donna Flora, and complement the dress wonderfully.  And if you’re wearing gold, why not gold nails — in a fashionable French polish, of course.

The hairstyle is more up to date, and comes from Bliss.  A lovely touch to bring the old into the modern world.

Incidentally, and more important than fashion, Squinternet Larnia is recovering from an illness that had her in the hospital for some time.  We all wish her lots of love and support and a speedy recovery, and this article is part of the Donna Flora A to Z project put together by Cajsa Lilliehook to thank and repay Squinternet for all the support she gave Cajsa last year, during the fashion writer’s own long illness.  Each writer picked a letter and chose a dress from Donna Flora’s stock to purchase and write about, and I came up with B in both the dress and main jewelry.  Check Cajsa’s article at It’s Only Fashion for a list of other pieces in the group publishing project (updated as more are added); and, if you have a chance, go check out the vintage goodies Squinternet has designed for us at Donna Flora.  If you’ve never been there, then you poor depraved, uh, deprived person!

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The details:

  • Skin: PXL Candy Sunkissed, nude lips, light eyebrows
  • Eyes: Poetic Colors Classic (Blue Hour)
  • Hair: Bliss Hair Alisaundra (Caviar)
  • Dress: Donna Flora Bonbon
  • Shoes: N-core Soleil
  • Jewelry: Donna Flora Blair suite (necklace, earrings); Dahlinks My Lady emerald wedding ring; Chop Zuey Trifles diamond ring
  • Makeup: DN yellow eyeshadow (may be no longer available); BOOM Love my eyes lashes/liner; Glamorize Treasured Kisses lipstick (Temptress 04)

Photographed in Al Andalus Alhambra region.

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