Loving Donna Flora

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This is a little bit fashion, a little bit location and a lot of love for Squinternet Larnia.

I’ve mentioned the Love Donna Flora event a few times – Flat Rod and I went there and of course, my friend Cao is running her own personal auction to benefit Squinternet – but I haven’t directly blogged about this event.

When I went to this event, I was awed by the gorgeous items so many SL designers had donated to assist Squinternet in her fight against breast cancer. Her brand, Donna Flora, is one of the standbys for fashion in Second Life. It is apparent from the turnout that she is well-loved. I don’t know her personally, but I have heard so many stories about her and her battle – for a second time – that I feel compelled to blog about this event.

The link in the opening paragraph is to the Love Donna Flora blog. You can read about her, the event and even leave her a message of support. Whether you know her or not, I have no doubt that any messages she receives will help buoy her spirits as she goes through her treatments.

And now, a bit about the location. I shot the first photo at Bitcora. What drew my attention to it was that it is the homestead sim that was won by the photo contest winner from SL10B. Rather than keeping the sim to him/herself (sorry, I don’t know who the actual winner was), the owner has opened it to the public. Click the link to check it out for yourself.

The outfit, hair, shoes and even Slink nail appliers I am wearing all came from the Love Donna Flora event. The outfit (including necklace, earrings and Lola appliers for those who wear them) is part of a fat pack by Indyra Designs. To be honest, the pink (blush) isn’t my favourite colour in the set, but I wanted to match the Gos shoes. But all of the pastel shades are lovely – very feminine and soft. And I think the sign on the ice cream cart in the photo is a good motto for visiting the Love Donna Flora event – Stop me & buy one!

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The amazingly sexy outfit I am wearing in the chair shots is from Gizza, also to be found at Love Donna Flora. It includes the necklace and the headpiece, as well. I just adore the ruffles and as you know, I am not above posting a shameless ass shot 😉

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But what the hay…check out the front, too. This outfit just screams “girly”. I have no idea where I’ll wear it, but I guarantee I’ll find somewhere!

The Love Donna Flora event runs through this Sunday, August 11th, so please remember to stop by. As my friend Cao said, you buy clothes – probably from these designers – all the time. Go to the event, check it out and if there is anything you see you love, don’t just stop. BUY.

Remember you’ll be loving Squinternet, as well.

Pretty stuff I’m wearing:

Hair: Amacci Hair Daphne ~ Sangria by Carina Larson (available at Love Donna Flora)
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE SK WineLight Lips MEB C2 by Hart
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Hand Appliers: [ PXL ] Creations [ PXL ] Slink Hands Appliers SK
Nail Appliers: Nailed It – Love Donna Flora! HUD by Giela Delpaso (Available at Love Donna Flora)
Eyes: Eyes: Mayfly – Liquid Light Mesh Eyes (Glacial River, w3) by Arkesh Baral

1st picture:
Indyra Originals Mesh- Lola! Gaia Pants Sets (includes top, pants, necklace, earrings and Lola appliers) by Indyra Seigo (available at Love Donna Flora)
Shoes: [Gos] Lauren D’Orsay – Flora Satin by Gospel Voom (Available at Love Donna Flora)

Pose: aDORKable Poses: Stroll 2m by Adorkable Peapod (available on Marketplace only)

2nd & 3rd pictures:
Outfit, Headpiece & Necklace: GizzA – Romantic Rendez-Vous [Pearl] by Giz Seorn (available at Love Donna Flora)
Shoes: [Gos] Boutique – Lauren d’Orsay – Truffle Collection by Gospel Voom (available at The Boutique – ends August 10th)

Poses: Diesel Works – Bella Chair by Rogan Diesel (available at FaMESHed)

Why Buy The Cao…

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I have a friend who is a Cao. She is a beautiful, smart, funny (retired) model who makes me laugh and cry when I read her blog. From her antics with Spanx to the tales of her Jack Russell Terrorist and her Date Night escapades to her touching, insightful posts about life, love and death, her blog is one I never miss.

As I mentioned, she is a retired model, so her unique shape is sacrosanct. She created it to achieve a look that set her apart in the Second Life fashion world. Couture is not my forte, so while I am unschooled in Second Life modeling practices, I have no doubt it is similar to the stories we hear about RL fashionistas: fiercely competitive with some models doing anything to get ahead. From what I have read in Cao’s blog, there are many models who are friends and friendly with one another – even helpful – but there also those who, sadly, try to sabotage others.

During Hair Fair, Cao – who has been personally touched by the loss to cancer of someone she loved – offered up her shape to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to Wigs For Kids. During the auction, someone in the modeling community threatened to steal and sell her shape. This upset her on more than one level – yes, her shape certainly assisted her in her modeling career and to see it hawked on Marketplace for sale to anyone with a few Lindens was distressing, but more so it was the fact that this person would potentially take away bidders for her shape and real dollars for this wonderful charity. So she changed the rules – anyone who bid at least 1000L (her original opening bid) would receive a copy of her shape AND she would contribute an additional 10,000L of her own to this cause. And she ended up contributing 56,502L to Wigs For Kids through this unselfish exercise.

Can you see why I love this little Cao? And why I “bought the Cao”?

Click to read how you can buy the Cao yourself