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

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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I am Giulia

Hello everybody and thank you, Cajsa, for inviting me to post here.

I’m here for Squinternet and I would like to say a few things about her.

Last year, thanks to Cajsa’s Donna Flora A to Z Project i had the chance to know Squinternet Larnia. I knew her brand, her fabulous creations, of course, but i never talked to her before. After my post Giulia (yes, it’s her name) contacted me and we had a long talk, followed by others and i finally understood why people loved her so much not only as creator, but, most of all, as woman, as person.

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Giulia told me her story, we talked about life, cancer, treatments, about fighting for life, about feelings, about friends, about love, we talked about many things. We never met before and we were talking like two old friends, it was simply amazing. Maybe speaking our own language (we’re both Italians) helped alot, you know it’s so much easier to say things when you speak your language 😛  She put one million smiles on my face and she left me speechless: someone in her conditions, in her situation would easily give up. She had the strength, the will and the hope not to give up. She loved life. Giulia loves life and she makes people love life.

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Second Life is a fantastic virtual world made of real people: feelings and emotions are even more amplified here. So i know, Giulia, that you are reading this. Hey, sweet flower, look, you are so much loved and that’s wonderful, see what you’ve done! Don’t give up, you’re not allowed to!

I am with you, we are with you. My heart beats with yours.

I am Giulia, we are Giulia.

Tesoro, la vita riserva sempre continue sorprese, tu non smettere di combattere, di sperare. Chiudi gli occhi e senti l’amore che ti giunge da tutto il mondo attraverso questa pazza realtà virtuale, oltre agli affetti della RL. Non vedi quanto è bello? Tutto per te. Solo per te.
Ti sono tanto vicina, ti voglio bene.

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Please, people, go visit the Love Donna Flora event or Donna Flora’s mainstore, purchase items or donate whatever you can.  Just do it now.

Thank you.

Dear Squinternet – A Love Letter from Second Life.

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I just spent a couple of hours going through my Donna Flora posts over the years and reminded myself of her voice in the narrative of my Fashion Journey in SL. Gosh there are pages and pages in my blog of her designs, both as stand alones and compliments to some of my other favourites.

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I found Squinternet’s shop when it was a tiny little two story shop with a couple of skins and some really pretty things in it.  Even then, in her infancy, there was something just very special and unique about her designs.

I followed her into a bigger space and watched her style really emerge and found myself anxiously checking back on the store each week to see what she would put out.  Squinternet was often there, busy putting up her new designs that never disappointed and always there was this table full of really outstanding freebies.  I always sent noobs there so they could get just a taste of what SL could offer if they stayed.  I consider it such a gift when someone can create an “experience” in SL and always when I attended her shop I found myself lingering, wanting to take in everything, consider every piece … the way we women do when we walk into a real life shop that we love.  Shopping at Donna Flora was a full meal deal, and you innately understood it was because this woman cared enough, was talented enough, to provide that for all of us.

Of course she exploded into the incredible empire most of us now know and love and branched into hair and shoes and so many other delightful things.

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Who has not had an invent enhanced because of her participation?  Who has not immediately put her name at the front of the advertising so as to let people understand the quality of what is being offered?

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Squinternet was one of the few people who ever spoke to me at an event.  Over the years as I worked in publishing and television, she was a class act with every contact and even stepped in to save a mess of a display for a Treet TV expo when Perfect World Productions needed help at the 11th hour.  There was not prima donna, make sure I get full credit attitude for her, just rolling up her sleeves and helping out.  It was probably one of our best displays ever.

It is sad that we wait until times like this to tell people their impact in our lives.  I know I made a couple of efforts to send her a note and let her know I appreciated her efforts, but even that seems so little in comparison to her impact on my virtual life.  We never know what is going on in anyone’s life, or what struggles they are dealing with.  I hope we will take this time not only to reflect on Squinternet, but on each other, and making a bit more effort in that regard.

I know that whenever I wanted something really special, I looked for my Donna Flora folder. It is one of only a few folders that will never be deleted because the clothes are relevant, the jewellery is exquisite, and all of it is timeless.  You could always tell that she cared about everything she made.  I suppose it is because of that so many of us feel like we shared a relationship with her.

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As I looked at the pages of my Donna Flora posts this morning, it is like she has journeyed with me through so much of my SL experience.  I learned a long time ago that it is the experiences of our lives that we hold on to . . . the experiences, and the emotions they evoked/awoke in us.  I found myself smiling and remembering so many wonderful things … and I have Squinternet to thank for that and because of her gift to me, she will always be in my heart.

I believe in the power of love, and I believe that love can heal.  Sometimes healing is a literal physical healing and sometimes it is the healing of heart and soul.  My hope for you, beautiful lady, is that all of our love, brings you the gift of all 3.

 

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.

Some pics of Squin

Hello everyone, I wanted to share with you all some photos of Squin. She once asked me if I could help her with some pictures of her using the poses of his friend’s.

That time she comes to my studio and I was honored! wowowo Donna Flora is here! Then we started working I was with my mouth open looking like she changed clothes, all of them were beautiful, and she created the styles with exquisite taste.

I know, the photos are not the best, but that’s the beauty of Squin that always gives an opportunity to friends. It was the time that I began my friendship with her.

Squin, ti ricordi queste foto?? scusa se non ricordo il negozio del tuo amico, appena qualcuno mi rinfresca la memoria aggiorno il post! continua a lottare sai che in tanti ti vogliamo tanto bene, bacioneee.

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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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