Sad conclusion…

This morning I’m sure you excepted to read the final conclusion to the August round of Flora’s Fashion Contest, but unfortunately I will no longer be covering that event.  It has come to my attention that the monthly styling contest is dishonest and I will not promote anything that could taint my reputation.  I am greatly sadden and very upset by the actions of the owner, Flora Raven.

This is the first time in my life (real life or second life) that I will not complete a job because of my ethical stand.  This decision could harm me grealty in the SL modeling world, however after much pondering, my readers need to know the truth, or at least my experience.

I am new to the modeling world and have very little experience.  I only enter contests for the fun and artistic expression.  I’m not motivated by money or fame.  When I entered and won the July round of FFc, I was very excited and proud of myself as a stylist on the grid.  The challenges were extremely difficult and the extra added pressure of time played its role.

Flora approached me during the contest about blogging for her.  At the time, I was concerned with conflict of interest, but Ms. Raven assured me that it wouldn’t be a problem.  After the three grueling days of styling and winning, Flora asked me a few days after the contest ended, if I would be the “official blogger” for FFc.  I was honored and wanted to expand the social media presence of FFc and my own blog.  Within two seconds of me agreeing to blog FFc, Flora asked if I “tipped FFc yet?”  This is completely embarrassing, but I had no idea what to say or do.  Her insistence and pushy behavior was bullying.  My modeling mentor was out-of-town and I had no one to ask for advice.  So, I gave Flora part of my winnings back.  I felt victimized. I never told anyone because it was so humiliating.  I hoped we could get past this and I could build my career in SL as a journalist.

Why am I telling you, my readers, this story now?  I was approached by two different people wanting to know if Flora asked me to return part of my winnings “as a tip.”  I was sure since the two people were not connected that this embarrassing incident was becoming gossip and my reputation was being soiled.  I wanted my readers to know the truth.  And, I don’t want this to happen to another unsuspecting person; model, stylist, designer or whoever.

As far as I know, all the judges, designers, sponsors, and the hostess are honest people.  At no time has anyone in the team treated the contestants or fellow team members in an unprofessional manner with the exception of Flora Raven.  On a personal level, Ms. Raven is constantly demeaning, rude and insulting to me.  Her actions are strictly self-motived.

To my readers and friends, I look forward to happier days.  I will always be truthful to you.  I will not be as trusting or foolish.  I will never promote unethical behavior.  I’m sorry I disappointed you because so many of you have styling abilities and a love for fashion.  I feel terrible that I led you down a dark alley.  I’m greatly sorry.

Flora’s Fashion Contest Round #2, Inspiration: Red Carpet Royalty

This morning was round two of FFc styling contest, inspiration global red carpet royalty. Read my blog below for details.

Gloria

A big thank you to designer and sponsor Eles Brianna of Romance Couture for theEtta dress I wore to the FFc show.  Etta is perfect to wear while shopping, or having coffee with friends on Sunday.  The modern tribal print in ruby blends nicely with the full 50s skirt and matching shoes.  The boat neckline with cap sleeves marry nicely with the sash at the waist.  A fun fresh easy to wear dress for any summer day.

Flora’s Fashion Contest Round #1, Inspiration: Miami Beach

This morning top SL models competed in a timed styling contest. The theme was announced on the spot, incredible designs & styles from every contestant. Read my article here for exciting details of the stylish contestants.
        

Passing the Torch @ FFc

FFc Gown & Tiara

This Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10am is the new round for Flora’s Fashion Styling Contest. As the winner of the July round, it is time to pass the torch to another fashionista. It has been such an honor to be known on the grid as a stylist. Part of the FFc July prize package was an exclusive Pure Poison Rococo style pink gown and tiara. I also received a 3000L gift card from Eden Jewelry, numerous poses from Ovation Poses and an upcoming vendor ad. Cash, trophy and a scholarship with L’amour Model Management rounded out the gifts. This is truly a great opportunity to stretch your styling abilities and win wonderful rewards.

FFc Tiara, close-up

The August contest is about to start and today is the last day to turn in your application to ŦĹŐŔĂ ŔĂVĔŃ  (floraniana). The prize package has expanded to include over 15,000L in gifts & cash: 3500L certificate from L’amour Management, 3000L voucher for 6 gowns and/or jewelry from Romance Couture, 3000L gift card from Bohemian Gypsy, 2000L gift card from M&M Clothing, 1000L gift card from {MUA} Make Up Addiction, 1000L gift card from Evolve, 1500L cash & custom gown & tiara from Pure Poison.  The time is now to join us!

As for my role, I will be transitioning to head blogger & marketer on Flora’s Fashion team and bring you all the updates on the monthly styling challenges. Thank you Flora, Ava, Darlene & Summitt for welcoming me to the team!

Final Results for Flora’s Fashion Contest

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Ms. Flora Raven (Founder & CEO of Flora’s Fashion Contest) & Gloria Silverstone

This morning, July 27, 2013 three finalists competed for Flora’s Fashion Contest, a timed styling contest with a theme to be announced on the spot.  I previously won the other two rounds and moved forward to the finals.  Today’s challenge was mix and match using 3 designers, 5 different colors (black & white don’t count) in a summer outfit, while incorporating a mesh letter into the overall style in 35 minutes.  It was a killer challenge!

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