In Memorium – A Gathering of Friends in Memory of Squinternet Larnia

I appreciate everyone’s kind offerings of help and the many people who reached out to help make a meaningful tribute to our lost friend, Squinternet Larnia. After many notecards, IMs, and personal conversations, I’ve followed my heart and many of your suggestions to a simple but elegant solution that I hope meets everyone’s needs and wants.

Saiyge Lotus gracious stepped up to offer to build us a beautiful memorial garden on the ground level at the homestead sim where the Donna Flora main store is currently located. She is in the process of building at this time.  She has also created a beautiful memorial tree, which will be available for everyone to take, in memory as a keepsake. We thank her for her generous donation of time, effort and love for this.

The garden will be open this weekend, for anyone who wishes to visit – go to the Donna Flora main store location and take the teleport to the ground level. At 9 AM SLT on Saturday, September 14th we will be holding a secular gathering of friends. All are welcome to come and share their memories of Squinternet with us.

Anyone who would also like to use this space for their own memorial, in Italian,  for a Mass, or whatever you would like, is welcome to do so through the month of September. We should all use the place to celebrate Squinternet’s time with us and remember her with love and respect.

The garden will be open for the rest of the month of September for anyone to visit and remember Squint.

Thank you so much, for all of your ideas and contributions. I appreciate all of you very much, as would Squinternet.

 

May eternal light shine upon her,

Gidge

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Romeo + Juliet: Plays Today at 12 Noon SLT in #SecondLife for Love Donna Flora

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Just a very quick message to let you know that a very special benefit performance of Romeo + Juliet will be showing at 12 NOON SLT at the Basilique Playhouse today (Sunday, August 11, 2013).

Harvey Crabsticks and I will be donating all of our tips from this performance to the Love Donna Flora cause. Furthermore, we will personally be matching any tips the performers receive on the Sunday, August 11th performance of Romeo + Juliet.

Join us! And, if you can’t make it today, here is more information about performance dates and the play.

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Romeo + Juliet Loves Donna Flora

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After being hopelessly outbid by all and sundry on Caoimhe Lionheart‘s auction for 3 hours of her time  that she is donating to Love Donna Flora (that I was going to use for styling advice), I shot down to the benefit sim to see what I could muster on my own steam. There are loads of gems down there and there are still a few days to not only pick up some great pieces, but also give to a worthwhile cause.

I picked up a few things today at the benefit sim, including this Vero Modero Wild Dress that I’m wearing above and below. As I was trying it on, surrounded by all of this selfless generosity, I got to thinking: what could I do to help beyond buying a few things here and there? After briefly chatting things over with Cao, it occurred to me that we could be doing something with Romeo + Juliet to help the cause.

So, to help cap off the end of Love Donna Flora this Sunday, August 11th, I’ll be donating all proceeds from this Sunday’s performance of Romeo + Juliet, and matching all tips received by all performers over that performance. I’ve spoken to the other performers, and the ones I’ve heard back from have agreed to also donate their tips.

So, come and watch us do our bit for Squinternet Larnia, this Sunday at noon SLT, August 11th at the Basilique Playhouse. Entry is free, but don’t forget to bring your purses and pockets, as we put a little extra Linden love into the greatest love story ever written. I hope you’ll join us!

Click here for everything you might ever want to know about our Second Life performance of Romeo + Juliet.

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LDF Group Now Open on Koinup

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Among Second Life Residents, interest in and support for the Love Donna Flora projects is almost as high as interest in the new Prince of Cambridge who was born Monday morning RL.  Besides the main project, of which this blog is but one facet, other folk are offering their own contributions, sometimes collecting donations as well.  For instance, MIC-Imagin@rium is hosting an exhibition called Jewels’ Joy, a rotating slideshow of people wearing Donna Flora jewelry, which individual Residents can add a work to.

Residents have been photographing themselves and others in Squinternet Larnia’s creations for a long time, of course.  Flickr has a few groups that tap into the pool of photos for exhibition; but Koinup, the European VR photo service, didn’t have anything like that, at least according to my check yesterday morning.  Well, that has been solved.  Click through, and you will find a small, but growing group of photos featuring people wearing Donna Flora goodies.  You’re welcome to add your own, of course, be it couture or jewelry; all you need is to be a Koinup member, which is free and gives you 3GB of space to work with.  Come on and visit, and I hope you’ll add your own photos to the collection.

Here’s To Squinternet!

Reprinted in altered form from my own blog, Around the Grid with Harper

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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 motion picture Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

I honestly can’t remember exactly when I first happened across Donna Flora. I’m thinking it must be back around 2010, if my shaky memory works out. There’s no real way to tell from my inventory, due to the way I organize it, and that I may have thrown things out at one point or another. All I can say for sure is that I enjoyed Squinternet Larnia’s sense of retro design, infused with a delicious Italian romanticism that is the hallmark of her work. It’s not always original creations, though; for those who desire a classic reproduction, there’s her interpretation of this dress, which had a bit of a vogue back in the Fifties when worn by some chick, name of Monroe. Caused a bit of a stir, as I recall….

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The chunkier bracelet on my left wrist (picture right) is also from Donna Flora; all other jewelry is from Chop Zuey, and the cigarette holder a scripted piece from JCNY.  Hair by Truth Hawks.

Men grow cold as girls grow old
And we all lose our charms in the end
But square-cut or pear-shaped
These rocks don’t loose their shape
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

Here’s a sampling from Around the Grid of other of Squinternet’s creations, interpreted by me at various places:

I have admired much of her work over the time I’ve shopped at Donna Flora; it’s simply been a case of I haven’t had the budget until recently to purchase as much as I’d like to have indulged in. I truly hope we’ll have much opportunity to enjoy more of her beautiful work in the future, and I plan to head off to the new store when I get a chance.

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Here’s to you, Squinternet!  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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The Place To Shop: Donna Flora

Donna Flora_004 I grew up in a small town, complete with a huge courthouse square around which all of the town’s activity took place. If you didn’t drive to the city to buy clothes, and you were from a “nice” family, you shopped at Newkirk’s.
Newkirk’s had a men’s section, a children’s section and a ladies section, each was it’s own store with it’s own entrance but were joined by very discreet doorways in between.  The front of the ladies section was labeled Club Wear. That means country club, not da club. Slacks, polos, cardigans, cricket skirts and sensible but fashionable shoes. The center was intimates, “foundation garments” and sleepwear. But the back, the back was what I thought was magical.

Soft, plush chairs for those waiting, tri-fold, fingerprint free mirrors and crystal chandeliers adorned the evening wear section. I had to sit quietly, while my mother tried on item after item. The sales lady would bring her boxes of jewelry to try on with the dresses. They sold hose and gloves – in boxes, not little plastic bags. It was elegance, and it was grace, in a small shop in central Indiana.

The first time I walked into Donna Flora in SL, I felt that same spirit. A sense of style and class, that it was hard to define yet I knew it when I saw it. The shop has always been a staple food in my diet of SL consumerism. But more than that, people who know me, always have known I love Donna Flora.

Not like some unattainable beauty – but that, this is where I shop. My husband hasn’t been in SL in probably two years, but when he was here and we were buying me new jewelry, he knew to take me to Donna Flora.

If I were only allowed to ever shop in one place in Second Life, it would be hard NOT to choose Donna Flora.

Thank you for bringing grace, and elegance to our Second Lives Squinternet. We owe you a debt of gratitude for all this beauty that we will be hard pressed to ever repay you.

 

 

 

 

The Event Begins

I love Second Life. Where else could you say wouldn’t it be great if we had an event to raise money for someone’s medical expenses and have a rush of volunteers and ideas in less than thirty minutes? It’s a testament to the human spirit that people are so quick to volunteer their time and their energy.

Status Report

These are things/roles we have in hand or assigned to someone:

  • Vendor display – Milan Mode
  • Donation split script – Gospel Voom
  • Blogger Manager – Katya Valeska
  • Logo – OMGWTF Barbecue
  • Venue – Full Sim – Chablis Kinsella
  • Timeline – Event will run from July 25th to August 24th
  • Sim Decoration – Felicity Blumenthal

If you have ideas, let us know. This is a community event and will be as good as you all make it.

Your ideas and energy is welcome, you can IM Cajsa Lilliehook in-world or email me or add a comment below.