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Laughing in Flowers

Writing from Kissimmee, Florida —

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“The earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

A little while back, when Conan was taking pictures of my new house, he also shot some of me posing in a new gown from Kelini Couture.  Now that the push to finish up this year’s OFPC is over with, I feel more justified in writing this session up.  The terrible thing is, due to the self-imposed delay, the gown is no longer available.

I don’t feel too bad about it, though.  This dress was one of the most photographed and frequently written up in the past few months, so it’s not likely you missed hearing about it.  The Flower Power event was one of those double-ring shopping fairs, to squeeze in the maximum amount of stores; but, with some persistence (and a good item search function), you could find the Kelini booth and fill up your shopping bag.  It’s not available any more, so let’s hope Eva will hear our crying and pleading to place it in the store.  (Please, Eva, PLEASE, pretty please!)

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Amalia‘s strapless top is sewn with some additional pleated folds (lined in gold satin here) that extend down to form a sort of mildly panniered overskirt effect.  The sheath undergown is studded with golden flowers in a very nice effect, and the hem is raised enough for a pair of elegantly-shod feet to be revealed — this time in N-core’s Knotted sandals.  N-core prefers to sell their shoes in individual colors yet; but the included HUD allows plenty of options in soles, heels and other secondary parts.  And, for once, I decided to wear pantyhose, from BAX Coen.  I like the effect so much, I may make copies of the feet with the SLink appliers for the hose and keep them on hand for ready use.  A caution:  if you use attachment feet with as system body, as I still prefer to do, you’ll need to purchase a package in your desired tone from both sides of the display, one for the appliers and the other, older package for the system panties.  It’s worth the investment!

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The makeup is relatively simple for once; I didn’t use multiple layers for my eyeshadow, as I love to do so much.  Mandala’s collar and earrings make a lovely compliment to the confection, and Donna Flora’s Vanilla ring adds a grace note, as does the Finesmith ring on my other hand.

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The details:

  • Skin: Glam Affair Cleo (America Clean B)
  • Eyes: Poetic Colors classic eyes (blue hour (m) bright)
  • Hair: Tukinowaguma Shinobun
  • Attachments: SLink hands and feet
  • Gown: Kelini Amalia (exclusive to Flower Power event; no longer available)
  • Shoes: N-Core Knotted (Green)
  • Hosiery: BAX Coen Soft Shine Pantyhose (Black 35 Seams 1)
  • Jewelry:  Mandala Nyorai Choker and Earrings; Finesmith Here Comes The Sun Ring (Grass); Donna Flora Vanilla Ring; The Forge House Lannister ring (Gold/Black; vintage)
  • Makeup: SlackGirl Nebula eyeshadow (06); MUA Counturing Blush (Light – Full); Oceane Body Design Jade Lipstick (Royal Purple)

Photographed at my home; all photographs by Conan Bankersbox

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SL Sartorialist — Love Donna Flora!

I went back in today to do a little more shopping at Love Donna Flora!, and turned loose my staff photographer to do some SL Sartorialist work along the paths of the vineyard.  And so, with further non-ado:

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Remember, the benefit sale will run through August 11, at midnight SLT.  I hope we’ll see you there!

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New Koinup Group for Love Donna Flora

You’ll be hearing a lot for a few days about the Love Donna Flora benefit starting tomorrow.  Here’s your invitation to add to it via another route.  I’ve created a new Koinup photo group for photographs of Residents wearing something from Donna, and you’re welcome to add your photos to it. (There are already several groups for Donna Flora on Flickr; click here to see a search on the name.)

If you’re not a member of Koinup, please consider becoming one; it’s free, and a very nice place to display your wares!

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Posted July 23, 2013 by Harper Ganesvoort in Arts, Fashion, Photographs

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Loving Donna Flora

Watch for something from me as soon as possible, and please give at the benefit!

A Passion for Virtual Fashion

Loving Donna Flora

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ~  Anne Frank

Loving Donna Flora

The Love Donna Flora event is opening on July 25 and going to August 11 on one sim with over 130 designers. They are each donating at least one item with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the item going to Squinternet Larnia. Many are donating much more. Squinternet has had cancer that has metastisized to her bones and because of her current treatments, her income in SL—which is her personal living income–has decreased while her expenses have increased. Cajsa Lilliehook, concerned for Squinternet’s well being, organized this event.

I first ran across Squinternet Larnia’s work in a small shop in what I am guessing was late 2008. I remember I was impressed by the variety of fashion and the creativity of the creator. She seemed to build each outfit as its own creation—no separate colorations—and she…

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Donna Flora Benefit Moves Toward Readiness

I bumped into Cajsa Lilliehook, one of the organizers for the I Love Donna Flora! benefit coming up in a few weeks, and she was kind enough to take me behind the scenes to see the build on the sim where it will be held.  I won’t give away secrets or show pictures here, but I can say that the beginnings are great, and the theme of the event will be very appropriate for Squinternet Larnia.

Keep your eye on the official blog for more information, including details on opening; and, if you have a message of love and support for Squinternet, please drop her a card!

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Here’s To Squinternet!

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A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend
A kiss may be grand but it won’t pay the rental
On your humble flat
Or help you at the automat

  • “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” by Jule Styne and Leo Robin; from the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Read on for my memories of Squinternet.

Donna Flora in the Fountain

Three coins in a fountain
Each one seeking happiness
Thrown by three hopeful lovers
Which one will the fountain bless

Three hearts in a fountain
Each heart longing for its home
There they lie in the fountain
Somewhere in the heart of Rome

“Three Coins in the Fountain”
music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Sammy Cahn

For those who have been wondering about how Squinternet Larnia has been doing, the reports are that she is improved, and in fact has gotten a better diagnosis than was feared for her.  She isn’t out of the woods yet, but she is gradually working her way back into activity, and managed to set up her store at the recent Fashion for Life.  She has also put together a new dress, with the lovely retro flairs that are her signature take on Italian style.

I figured, after picking up my own set of Donna Flora’s new April dress, that I’d go walking around the Bonin region that holds Squinternet’s atelier.  It was a pleasure to discover this recreation of Rome’s Trevi Fountain, and it gave me the idea for my interpretation of the frock.
You can get a look at it in detail after the break.

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.

Everything Old is New Again

When trumpets were mellow
And every gal only had one fellow
No need to remember when
‘Cause everything old is new again

Dancin’ at your Long Island Jazz Age party
Waiter bring us some more Bacardi
We’ll order now what they ordered then
‘Cause everything old is new again

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes and tails
Let’s go backwards when forward fails
And movie stars you thought were long dead
Now are framed beside your bed

Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

Several stores in Second Life specialize in making everything old new again.  This gown, which I believe channels Dior’s New Look as well as some delicious Eighties confections, comes from Donna Flora.  I discovered it while I was going through Flickr photostreams, and hunted through her stores until I discovered it at the Bonin store in several colors.

The lovely thing about this dress:  the bodice hem and butterfly bow.  They can change color using a HUD script; you have some eight color choices, I believe.  I wear blue so much that I decided to go red this time to get a little richer color into my life (grin).

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes and tails
Put it on backwards when forward fails
Better leave Greta Garbo alone
Be a movie star on your own

And don’t throw the past away
You might need it some other rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

Peter Allen, “Everything Old is New Again”

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The details:

  • Skin:  Chai 04 Black Cherry, no longer available
  • Hair:  Donna Flora Princess red (hand tinted)
  • Gown:  Donna Flora Ingrid black (red bow via HUD selection)
  • Shoes (not visible here):  Maitreya ChiChi pumps (red)
  • Accessories:  Donna Flora Ada bangles, red (both arms); Eclectica Elizabeth necklace and earrings (ruby)

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