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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.

I love winter wools

Cajsa Lilliehook discovers another lovely piece of knitting on the Grid. Only part of this outfit is available (as you’ll discover by reading the piece above), but it’s a lovely part.

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Monica Outlander of MiaMai has produced a gorgeous pantsuit with a gorgeous wool serge. I love its rich texture and jewel tone colors. But guess what, it’s cold outside, so…

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I tossed on a snug warm sweater and scarf. The sweater is from Novocaine – a store that has sadly left the grid. The scarf, though, is a new release from Baiastice. It comes in several colors and also includes a additional piece that can cover up your lower face for those bitterly cold days.

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Posted November 23, 2011 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion

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Travels in Egypt (via It’s Only Fashion)

The 2011 Accessory Fair is going on now in two special sims. When I visited the other night, it was remarkably lag-free, and I found some several interesting things I may write about myself in the near future, though I was mainly looking in vain for some classic Egyptian queen’s crowns and couldn’t find them this time.

For now, though, consider these tasty items that Cajsa Lilliehook of It’s Only Fashion found for herself, along with some wonderful black-background photography!

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Travels in Egypt The Accessory Fair has gone to Egypt where a river of inspiration resulted in beautiful jewelry and accessories worthy of a Pharaoh or a Pharaoh’s Tomb. One of the first places to visit there is Mood featuring jewelry by Jori Watler. Mood is where you go for modern classics, designs that look au courant forever. This set is th Egiziano Dea Ensemble. This closer look shows how rich the texture work is in Mood Jewelry. The Mood Dakhla set for Relay … Read More

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Exploring Second Life (via It’s Only Fashion)

One reason many of us got into Second Life in the first place was for the chance to explore. It was only afterwards that we became contaminated with the tendency toward conspicuous consumption (grin).

Cajsa Lilliehook of It’s Only Fashion still does an occasional turn inside a photosphere; but these days, she’s more inclined to go on location to show her wardrobe choices.  And, for those looking for places to travel to, she has a goodie.  Read on….

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Exploring Second Life Exploring Second Life® could land you with hundreds of landmarks – many of them with names that provide no clue to what the place if like. All those landmarks just take up space, so a back in 2007 I began organizing my landmarks in a notecard to save space in my inventory. Since I was going to the trouble of putting them in a notecard, I started to group t … Read More

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Carmen Was a Hussy (via It’s Only Fashion)

Many of us already know these basic editing techniques; but there are many newbies coming along looking for advice, and so the more publicity such information gets, the better. Besides, it’s a great dress!

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Carmen Was a Hussy I am wearing the Carmen dress from Kunglers for Fashion For Life. It’s clear it’s inspiration comes from the fiery Carmen of Bizet’s opera. Carmen is an opera filled with catchy tunes that you will find yourself humming for days. The music is beautiful and makes it easy to forget what a misogynistic story it is. It’s all too familiar. A man who cannot accept that the woman he loves does not love him decides that if he can’t have her, no one will, … Read More

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I Met This Girl Named Cajsa:Berry’s Challenge (via It’s Only Fashion)

I hope you’ll join me in wishing a speedy recovery for my friend Cajsa Lilliehook of It’s Only Fashion, who went into the hospital for an operation.  You can get a little more information by reading the article below from her blog partner and even closer friend, Gidge Uriza, but most of all you’ll get a sense of how close a true friendship can develop between people who are, seemingly, no closer related than a computer screen and modem connection.  Follow the link on through, please, and read for yourself.

(Current information is that Cajsa came out of surgery in the minimum time and is in recovery.  Let’s hope and pray for the best results!)

I Met This Girl Named Cajsa:Berry's Challenge About three years ago I met this girl. I was busily setting up vendors in this huge BIAB shop that my friend owned and doing other shiz associated with managing a mall, and this girl was there, stuck under the stairs to the store. We laughed and talked and eventually she got unstuck but I can’t remember how. She probably had to relog. She camped at my friends club, on the same property. He paid out tons of camping lindens daily because he had thi … Read More

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Posted November 16, 2010 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Reblog

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Happy Rezz Day, Cajsa!

No sooner did I get back home RL yesterday than I found an invitation to a rezz-day party for my friend Cajsa Lilliehook in the E-mail.  (Almost everything in the past week sent to me in world was capped, since I had no connection to Second Life on the dinky laptop there.)  I managed to attend for something like 45 minutes, and it was an excellent time.

Here’s the “birthday girl” herself at the party, looking magnificent as always.  Happy Rezz Day, Cajsa, and I hope I see more in the future!  And, if you want to see Cajsa’s own photos of her dress, along with all the particulars, read her own article.

2010 SL Oscar Fashion Contest: And the Winners Are….

A bit of a cash windfall allowed me to do an unannounced increase in the prizes for my first SL Oscar Fashion Contest!  The first place will receive L$2,500; 2nd, L$2,000; and 3rd, L$1,500.  I’m also going to do four Honorable Mentions, and have decided after checking the bank account that each will receive L$250.

As these things always are, this was not an easy contest to judge.  I had around 50 entries by the time I closed my groups at Flickr and Koinup for the year, including one who entered by leaving a link in the comments to my original contest announcement (a legal form of entry).  Almost all of the entries were good, and many of them were excellent good.  I had to rework the cut three times before I started the judging in real earnest.  And, in the end, 2nd and 3rd place were tied — although any one of the three places might have been worthy of first.

And so my thanks to all, my congratulations to the winners, and I hope you’ll enjoy the shopping spree I’ve just financed for you.  The Accessory Fair is going right now, so there’s a chance to blow the cash in one spot (grin).

Onward to the winners!

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Can’t Beat the Regular (Fashion) Army

It is one of my ambitions to someday scoop Cajsa Lilliehook.

Difficult to do, though.  When it comes to me and fashion, though I enjoy the latest looks, I’m still rather much of a dilettante.  Cajsa, along with her co-blogger, Gidge Uriza, is definitely into the depths of Second Life fashion, finding new looks and new mixes and matches all the time.  She gets review copies, pays attention to new designers, and is generally right there among the leaders of the fashion-blogging pack.

Such is the case this time.  I’d gotten the word about Enua, a new party dress by Miamai, that looked absolutely hawt, and I went and snapped it up, planning to be the first to write an article about it.  Unfortunately, my time in Second Life has been scattered and scattershot this past week.  So, when I finally got everything together and zoomed off to a photosphere, I had lost the race again.  Cajsa wrote about this dress already.  She even chose the same color! — not surprising, since we both are usually redheads.

So I’m doing followup again.  Ah, well; them’s the breaks in journal publishing, and I can always put my own twist on the same dress. To wit:

The hair here is definitely twisted — up over my head and way to the side (grin).  This comes from a hairstylist I hadn’t known about before, but I was sent to by Milli Santos. The store is 3636 — yes, that’s the name; don’t ask me.  I just know that many of the styles are beautiful, and most of them are as out there as this one, named Tila.  I remember seeing a style similar to this worn by Doris Day, believe it or not (probably as a wig, since she didn’t have that much hair even back in the Sixties/Seventies), on an episode of her old television show!  The only difference was that her hair arced up from the back of her head.  I’ve searched through Google Images and can’t find a picture of that scene, but that image has stuck in my head for years.  To find something similar here in world is fantastic!

As you can see, this skirt doesn’t leave much to the imagination!  That, combined with the single shoulder, the jazzy emerald green color and the silver trim, make it great for edgy clubbin’ with that guy your mother warned you about long ago.  I did decide, however, to leave off the fur trimmed collar; that was the one aspect that did not appeal to me.  As a prim attachment, it was simple, and didn’t ruin the dress.

With a gown this short, you can either let the dress make a bold but simple statement, or start heading for the heights.  I chose the heights, and J’s Thigh-High Boots certainly do that.  Made for short dresses and similar situations, they help your legs grab attention.  I did more on that line by putting on my Pixel Mode Version 2 prim nails, then lengthening them to Seventies-Cher distance, so they’re more like talons.  Don’t try to operate a keyboard with these babies on!

I may have made a stumble here in my choices when it came to jewelry.  I’m still not certain about the necklace I picked — Paper’s big uncut garnet necklace from a collection or two ago — but I had been too long working on getting this look together as it was, and I wanted something that would help grab attention, so here it is.  My own suspicion is something more in the costume-jewelry line might be better here.  I do like the bracelets I chose, though; a set of matched bangles from Eclectica Morris; and I think the brown of the Beguiled horn-hoop earrings goes nicely with the dress.

“Now then,” she purred, raising an eyebrow at the fellow at the bar, “just where were you thinking of going after you had that drink…?”

The details:

My standard Type 1 shape, with Chai 04 Black Cherry skin added (no longer available)

  • Hair: 3636 Tila
  • Nails: Pixel Mode sculpted nails, v. 2 (HUD controlled)
  • Gown: Miamai Enua miniskirt party dress (green, w/o fur collar)
  • Shoes: J’s Thigh High Boots (black)
  • Jewelry: Paper Couture Faceted Dark Garnet necklace (2009 collection);
    Eclectica Morris Tulip & Willow bangles;
    Beguiled Curved Horn Hoop earrings (smoky bakelite/silver)

And one of these days, Lilliehook, I will scoop you! (GRIN)


Cajsa Lilliehook Launches Community Spirit Challenge for SL Bloggers

I will confess that I tend to miss many of the happenings, events and (thankfully) drama twists that take place in the many interactive social communities that make up Second Life.  One reason is because of the more important (yes, it is, as is yours) Real World — I have a husband and two children to look after and spend time with.  Another reason:  I have two children, one of them a teenage girl — ’nuff said (grin).  Third, I tend to hold aloof from virtual-world drama.  It’s an easy thing to do; find someplace else to roam, or turn off the group/page you’re reading where said drama is taking place.  It may make me seem a little superficial, but it keeps the peace.

Things do go on, though, such as rants and raves and, occasionally, the loss of some good person who gets burned by drama one too many times.  That has happened recently, according to my good friend Cajsa Lilliehook.  She points out in an excellent piece on her blog:

Disagreement is good, it’s how ideas are refined and improved. It’s how we make things better. We need disagreement to polish our thoughts, our ideas and our beliefs. The problem comes when people perceive disagreement as a character flaw. This is where the Michael Moore’s and Bill O’Reilly’s (sic) of the world fail us – because they daily demonstrate the falsehood that disagreement is a moral failing. It’s bad enough when these people who act so outrageous for money do it for the ratings, but it’s worse when we adopt their behavior when we interact with each other. It poisons the community….  Sadly, there’s been a few dramas pulling at the fabric lately – noisier and more widespread than my personal example. We have even lost one of my favorite bloggers to one of the dramas….

As an initiative to help emphasize the positive rather than the negative in the Grid and personal interactions thereon, Cajsa has issued a challenge to SL bloggers in her article:  write about a few avatars who you believe are making a positive contribution to the well-being of the Grid, “people who you believe make an effort to build community.”  Cajsa herself has already identified two in followup articles, specifically Stacie Pryor and Sasy Scarborough.  Cajsa’s co-blogger, Gidge Uriza, has also set out Winter Jefferson for us to consider.

I myself would suggest that Cajsa is one of those people, simply by her starting this initiative.  All communities need someone to remind us that we may disagree, but we can still do things together, and use that disagreement to build something greater, perhaps even a true synergy — something greater than the sum of its parts.  Therefore, my first pick for this challenge is Cajsa Lilliehook, for making the effort to help us find those who make the effort.

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