“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
Right before we opened Fashion for Life, Cajsa Lilliehook asked me if I would like to do a blog for a series she was organizing called “Donna Flora: A to Z.” It turns out that the woman behind Donna Flora, Squinternet Larnia, had received a diagnosis of cancer earlier this year, and while she was being treated, she was struggling with her finances, as most of her financial support came from her business in SL. Since there is no such thing as liability insurance for designers in SL, Squinternet was seeing her SL business go down because she didn’t always have the strength to get online to do her work and attend to her business.
I was more than happy to volunteer to do a blog for Squinternet. She is one of SL’s most prolific and inventive designers. I remember purchasing from her small shop on an Italian sim several years ago, wondering who this interesting designer was. She was still struggling with prims and textures, but she clearly had a vision of design—a true passion for fashion—and she wanted to bring it to SL.
She has since grown her store tremendously, occupying a full sim in a lovely Tuscan-themed build, with not just clothing, but hair, shoes, and absolutely exquisite jewelry. It is her jewelry, in fact, that pegged her as one of SL’s finest jewelry designers, which is pretty amazing because I always got the impression her jewelry was a result of “necessity being the mother of invention.” I got the idea she wasn’t out to be a jewelry maker specifically. She made the jewelry she wanted for the clothes she designed but being as good as she is, she did them better than anyone else.
Incredibly, Squinternet, despite having to relocate for treatment, despite being on some pretty heavy-duty drugs, logged on and set up her shop at Fashion for Life. No one asked her to do so; Cajsa was putting up an exhibit in Squinternet’s shop at my request so we could honor Squinternet and send some good thoughts her way. Nevertheless, Squinternet persisted, and she joined in our efforts, DESPITE being ill. Squinternet showed up–she who had the best excuse for not being there.
She recently dropped this dress on me. Her persistence, her passion, amazes me. She brings to this dress all her great skills and artistry—the high-waisted skirt is sleek and chic with a perfect satiny sheen and the small perfect detail of stitched darts in the front. The top is a lush rose with a low cut back and ruffles one shoulder and beads at the other with silver embroidery tying it all together. Squinternet is about silhouette and style and she ties the smallest details together with the best proportions.
This is the bottom line: shop at Donna Flora. Help Squinternet get through a tough time. Enjoy her artistry and skills. Make her passion a part of your second life.
“Never underestimate the power of passion.” ~ Eve Sawyer
Hair: V. Swan Song :: brown with V. new hair base (2011-9-22) :: brown by Marleen Vaughan for VAUGHAN’S :: house of curiosities
Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Harper Sunblessed Blues by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *
Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Sand (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON
Dress: * Donna Flora * APRIL by Squinternet Larnia for Donna Flora *
Earrings: ::je suis…eternelle::earrings by Julia Merosi for je suis
Shoes: Ingenue :: Khan Heels (l) :: Bruise by Betty Doyle for Ingenue *
Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose