MOTD & OOTD for August’s Birth Flower: Gladiolus

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Gladiolus pic via Photobucket. Gladiolus info via What’s My Birth Flower?.

Today’s outfit is inspired by the birth flower of August, the Gladiolus.  Gladioli have sword-shaped leaves and bright, funnel-shaped flowers.  The name “gladiolus” comes from gladius, the Latin word for “sword”.  The is in reference to the flower’s sword-shaped leaves.  This flower was the flower of gladiators in ancient Rome, where “the victor was buried under gladioli by cheering crowds in celebration”.  Gladioli were presented to symbolize moral character, strength, and honor.  Given as a gift, the gladiolus also represents “love at first sight”.

 

GLADIOLUS INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Sword Lily

GENUS: Gladiolus

TYPES: Over 260 species divided into winter blooming, summer blooming, and hybrids

ORIGIN: Tropical and South Africa

TYPE: Perennial 

COLORS: Various solid and bi-colors including red, pink, orange, white, yellow, purple, and green 

ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo (August 24 – September 23)

USES: Used to draw splinters from the skin and used as a powder in milk to treat colic

 

Here’s what I wore.  Purple has been a big color for me this week.  I love the combination of black and purple.  The dress I wore is so comfortable and the only article of clothing that was needed.  It’s the accessories that makes this look gothic.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long purple dress (D7), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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All accessories purchased on Etsy. Black spike earrings: Ashley Elaine Designs, Leather studded choker: Aeon Leather, Vintage wooden rosary: Krombholz Jewelers, Large, purple jade ring: ncStudio925

 

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20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  I used the same eyeshadow and silver pencil that I used in my Gothic Purple tutorial.  I drew the tribal marking in the shape of a sword, since that’s where the word “gladiolus” comes from.

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August is just about over with September right around the corner.  And we all know what September means: Autumn!  Besides black (obviously), purple and green are two of my favorite colors in goth fashion.  What are your favorites?

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Arabic 1-2-3

Makeup Tutorial: Gothic Purple (Reader Request)

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Hello, lovelies!  I’m so happy with this makeup tutorial.  Why?  Because it’s my first requested video from one of my readers!  Woot!  This reader thought that I should try a gothic look using purple makeup and I am happy to oblige.

 

 

Here is the list of makeup that I used.  The purple eyeshadows are from, once again, Ben Nye’s® Lumiere Creme Colour collection.  These eye cremes are a dream to wear.  The colors are vivid and they glide on your face beautifully.  Although I’ve been using their eyeshadows, this is the first time I’ve tried Ben Nye’s® Shimmer Crayon.  The application is very smooth, which can be tricky since makeup crayons can often feel waxy – like a literal crayon.

 

EYES

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LIGHT PURPLE EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Colour Shadow in Cosmic Violet

DARK PURPLE EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Colour Shadow in Royal Purple

SILVER EYELINER:  Ben Nye® Shimmer Crayon in Silver

EYELINER:  M.A.C. Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack

EYESHADOW PENCIL:  L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sunglasses

EYEBROW PENCIL:  Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

BROWS FILLED IN WITH:  Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown

MASCARA:  Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express Mascara in Very Black

 

FACE

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FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

FOUNDATION: Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2

LOOSE POWDER:  Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

SILVER EYESHADOW & MOON STAMP: EYE-Cons Makeup Kit

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®

 

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LIP PENCIL: L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sunglasses

LIPSTICK: Manic Panic® Glam Nation™ Lipstick in Deadly Nightshade

 

I hope you lovelies enjoyed this tutorial.  Any ideas, requests, thoughts, or questions?  Share in the comments below.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

MOTD & OOTD for August’s Birthstone: Peridot

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Peridot pic via Photobucket.  Peridot info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

Hello, lovelies.  Yesterday’s outfit was inspired by August’s birth stone, Peridot.  Although this birthstone is not as popular as some of the others, peridot is one of my favorite gemstones.  The vivid, lime green is hard to resist and it looks great against black.

Peridots (along with diamonds) are the only gemstones that are not formed within the Earth’s crust.  Peridots are formed from molten rock of the Earth’s upper crust, brought forth by the force of volcanoes and earthquakes.  With it’s lime- to olive-green color, peridots represent late summer and early fall, when the leaves start to change from bright green to red, yellow, and then brown.  Peridot was known as the “true Topaz” in ancient times, which comes from Topazos, named after Topazios Island in the Red Sea where the gem was first discovered.  The Egyptians held a monopoly over Topazios Island and was mined exclusively for kings.  “Peridot” comes from the Arabic word for “gem”, which is faridat.  Today, Peridot is still the National Gemstone of Egypt.

 

PERIDOT INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Extreme Gem

COLORS: Yellowish-green to olive green

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.0

TYPE: Olivine

ZODIAC SIGN: Libra (September 23 – October 22)

DEITY: Pele, Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes.  Also honors Pax, Roman goddess of peace and prosperity, and Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of fortune and abundance. 

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DIVINATION: “Rely on luck and take a chance on a new offer or opportunity rather than holding back.”

CHAKRA: Heart (4)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Balances the endocrine system, supports the digestive system, and helps strengthen the eyes in relation to nearsightedness and astigmatism.

 

Here’s what I wore for Peridot.  It’s still summer, so I wore clothing that is lightweight.  All of my clothes were purchased on Amazon and Ebay.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Short black dress (D9), Black leggings (P5), Lace top (S16), Tabi boots (B8)

 

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All jewelry purchased on Etsy. Green bindi: Aurora Eventide, Black choker w/ green gems: Aeon Leather, Silver key necklace: Fuchsia Bloom Studio

 

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Here’s my face.  This green bindi is one of my favorite ones.  The green is vivid and so pretty.  Instead of eyeliner on my bottom lids, I applied 3 coats of mascara.  I think I like this look and it’s good for an older face.

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Below my signature is another OOTD video.  I’m dancing a little bit in this video and I swear that I’m a better dancer than this!  The focus was on the outfit and makeup, so I wasn’t too focused on what I was doing.  Oh, wells. 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Makeup Tutorial: Gothic Red Eyeshadow

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Hello, lovelies!  Here’s another makeup tutorial, where I demonstrate how I created this look.  This is the makeup that I wore for July’s birthstone, Ruby.  The focus here is the red and black creme eyeshadows. 

 

 

Here is the list of the makeup that I used.  Since I applied my eye makeup before my foundation, the eye makeup is listed first.  I used Scotch® tape to create the cut-crease eyeshadow.

 

EYES

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RED EYESHADOW:  Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Colour Shadow in Cherry Red

BLACK EYESHADOW:  M.A.C. Paint Pot in Blackground

EYELINER:  M.A.C. Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack

EYESHADOW PENCIL:  L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sunglasses

EYEBROW PENCIL:  Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

BROWS FILLED IN WITH:  Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown

MASCARA:  Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express Mascara in Very Black

 

FACE

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FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer

FOUNDATION: Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2

LOOSE POWDER:  Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium

BLUSH:  Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red

SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®

 

LIPS

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LIP PENCIL: M.A.C. Lip Pencil Liner in Nightmoth

LIPSTICK: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I plan on trying other colors for more bold looks.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Gray Lace & Freeform Dreads: Month 15

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Hello, dear lovelies.  Here we are with Month 15 of me growing my locs and they’re starting to get long. Woot!  As you can see, I’ve also started wearing beads in my hair and I’m loving the look!

Here’s what I wore.  Just like the title says, I finally wore my gray lace dress. You’ve seen me in this dress before – in black.  Of course, black lace is my favorite, but the gray is also a nice alternative to black.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Gray lace dress (D8), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Gray lace dress: Amazon, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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Here’s my face.  Again, my makeup is lightweight for summer, but I make up for this with beads in my hair.  I purchased these beads from Heather Fish Designs.  I have thick dreads, and I didn’t realize how hard it can be to find beads that fit them.  Luckily, Heather makes beads with many sizes to choose from.  The beads I’m wearing are 10.5 mm.

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Leather choker w/ O-ring: Ego Driven (Etsy), Crystal quartz pendant: Kalani’s Gems (Etsy)

 

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Before I forget, here’s how my locs are progressing this year:

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We’re now in the month of August – the last month of summer.  Stay tuned for posts on August’s birthstone and birth flower.  I also hope you enjoy my OOTD video.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

OOTD: Gothic Fashion for Heat & Humidity

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It was like an oven outside this week.  On Monday, the temperature reached a scorching 100° F (38° C), with 61% humidity.  That’s a heat index of 129° F (54° C).  Yikes!  Needless to say, I wore nothing special on Monday.    The video will show Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s looks; Thursday’s look was for July’s birth flower, Larkspur.  Switching from weekend to workweek mode, I almost never look my best on Mondays.  Mondays tend to be my “day off” from fashion.

 

DAY ONE

Temperature: 94° F (34° C)

Humidity: 65%

Heat Index: 114° F (45° C)

Here is Tuesday’s outfit.  Just a simple black dress with a large, black sunhat.  I wore three lightweight necklaces and my tabi boots, which are made out of cotton (the soles are rubber).  All of the items I wore were purchased on Amazon, Ebay, and other random, online stores.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Wide-brim summer hat (H2), Long black dress (D1), Tabi boots (B8)

 

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Along with my lightweight jewelry, I wore minimal, cat-eye makeup and tinted lips:

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DAY TWO

Temperature: 94° F (34° C)

Humidity: 51%

Heat Index: 103° F (39° C)

This is what I wore on Wednesday.  Instead of the sunhat, I decided on keeping cool with a parasol.  Again, I wore a simple dress (I call this one my “goddess” dress) and only one necklace.  I consider the necklace a statement piece, so no other necklaces were needed.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long “goddess” dress (D6), High-top sandals (Snd2)

 

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High-top sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

Again, I kept my makeup simple but added fake lashes to give my eyes some “oomph”.  Dark, purple lipstick and a head scarf completes the look.

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“Vault of the Seven Saints” necklace by Alchemy (brand)

 

That’s it lovelies.  Whew!  It’s the last day of July.  One more month of summer and then it’s back to business for me (I took a break from some things this summer).  Just FYI, the OOTD video only shows 2 of the 3 outfits that I wore this week; the outfit for Larkspur has its own video.

Does it get humid where you live?  How do you survive?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

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OOTD & MOTD for July’s Birth Flower: Larkspur

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Flower pics via Photobucket. Larkspur info via What’s My Birth Flower? and  ProFlowers®.

Today’s inspired outfit is based on July’s birth flower, Larkspur.  Larkspurs represent light-heartedness, fun, and “carefree summer days”.   Larkspurs and delphiniums are often thought to be the same flower, however this is incorrect. While both flowers come from the buttercup family, larkspurs (genus: Consolida) are delicate annuals, whereas delphiniums (genus: Delphinium) are perennials and are more substantial in size and color.  Larkspurs come in shades of lavender, white, and pink; delphiniums come in shades of purple, blue, red, yellow, and white.  

Larkspurs generally symbolize an open heart and strong, romantic feelings. Each color of larkspurs have their own symbolism (mentioned below).  Larkspurs are sometimes used to treat hemorrhoids, colic in children, and the repair of wounds.

 

LARKSPUR INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Lark’s Claw (also known as “Knight’s Spur”)

GENUS: Consolida

TYPES: Baker’s Larkspur and Yellow Larkspur

ORIGIN: Northern Hemisphere and high mountain areas of tropical Africa

TYPE: Annual

COLORS (SYMBOLISM): Purple (first love), White (happiness), Pink (fickleness)

ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

USES: Used to treat head and public lice, treat colic in children, consolidate wounds, and to treat scorpion stings.  Delphiniums are also used to make blue dye.

SECONDARY BIRTH FLOWER: Water Lily

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Here’s my outfit of the day.  The outfit’s more on the hippie side than the goth side, but I still like it.  My goth attire usually has a touch of hippie or “tribal”.  I received so many compliments on this outfit.  This happens whenever I wear colors or white.  The dress was purchased from Amazon.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long purple dress (D7), Floral headband (Crwn1), High-top sandals (Snd2)

 

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High-top sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

Here’s my face.  Just like I did for July’s birthstone Ruby, I went with black eyelids but instead of red eyeshadow, I used a bit of silver shadow below my eyebrows.  The necklace that I wore is a real, pressed larkspur.

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Floral Crown: Miss Wild Flowers (Etsy), Larkspur necklace: When The Petal Breaks (Etsy)

 

July seemed to go by really fast, and there are actually 31 days in July so it’s not a short month.  Before we know it, it’ll be autumn.  The weather’s been really hot and humid lately (ah, summer).  Stay tuned on how I dress goth for sticky weather.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Barrel Turn

OOTD & MOTD for July’s Birthstone: Ruby

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Ruby pic via Photobucket.  Ruby info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

Hello, fellow darklings.  Today’s outfit is inspired by the Ruby, birthstone for July.  Called the “King of Gems”, the ruby has been revered by many cultures. Rubies symbolize the Sun and have been used as talismans, representing “passion, protection and prosperity”.  Rubies also symbolize love and passion, were used to warn the wearer of danger, and “banished sadness and foolish thoughts”.  The most prized and valuable rubies are vivid medium to dark red. Rubies that are purplish-red are also of high value.

 

RUBY INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: King of Gems

COLORS: Pink, bright red to blood red, purplish-red

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 9.0

TYPE: Corundum

ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

DEITY: Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war.  

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DIVINATION: “Value friends and family even if they seem temporarily dull.”

CHAKRA: Root (1)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Stimulates the blood and heart, increases desire and sexual energy, promotes mental clarity, and increases concentration and motivation.

 

Here’s what I wore.  It seems to be that red is my color.  It’s not surprising, considering that’s the color I dye my hair.  Honestly, I do like how I look in red and black.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Black lace dress (D5), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Black lace dress: Amazon, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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Here’s my face.  I decided to rock some red eyeshadow for July’s birthstone.  I love Ben Nye’s® Lumiere Creme Colours eye makeup collection.  It goes on smoothly, lasts all day, and the colors are so vivid!

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All accessories purchased from Etsy. Black fang earrings: Ashley Elaine Designs, Silver monogrammed “wax seal” necklace: J and A Wares Jewelry, Vampire Red Gem necklace: Reneeroxx Shop

 

I was really inspired by this gemstone.  I like all of the gemstones, but rubies are among my favorites.  While I do love the simplicity and exquisiteness of the four precious gemstones: Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire, my favorite gemstone is Amethyst – it’s purple and it’s also my birthstone. 

What’s your favorite gemstone?

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

Summer Bellydance: Shimmy Mob & Fiesta Asia 2016

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Hello, lovelies!  This will be a long post, meaning lots of pictures but not much text (you know how I roll).  I danced with the two troupes that I belong to: Shimmy Mob DC and Raquettes Amira.  We danced at Freedom Plaza and at the National Asian Festival (Fiesta Asia).

On May 14th, I danced with Shimmy Mob DC for World Bellydance Day.  World Bellydance Day is where belly dancers worldwide perform in “flash mobs” – we perform to the same choreography and with the same music.  Each belly dance “flash mob” represents a different city.  Not only do we do this to celebrate the joy and sisterhood of belly dance, but we also dance to raise money and awareness for victims of domestic violence.  I wasn’t able to “shimmy mob” last year, so I was very pleased to join my team this year.

As always, we danced at Freedom Plaza and in front of The National Theatre. Here’s a few pictures of Shimmy Mob DC: 

 

All Shimmy Mob group pics courtesy of Shavei Dancer

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On June 5th, four of us “Shimmy Mobbers” danced at the National Asian Heritage Festival (Fiesta Asia).  I also danced with Raquettes Amira, my ATS® dance troupe.  It was so hot on that day, but it was a lot of fun!  Not only do I enjoy attending different festivals, but I especially love dancing at these festivals.

Here are a few pictures from Fiesta Asia:

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Following Raquettes Amira stage pics by our fellow dance sister, Jeanette

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I hope all of you enjoyed this post.  Everyone should experience a little belly dancing in their life, whether it’s taking classes, performing, and/or watching (both live performances and videos).  I wasn’t able to get video for our Shimmy Mob performance, but here are some clips from our performance at Fiesta Asia.  Enjoy!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

Raquettes Amira ATS® clips provided by Jeanette

Summer Goth Fashion & Freeform Dreads: Month 14

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Hello, lovelies!  After our July 4 holiday weekend here in the USA, the rest of my work week has been busy, busy, busy!  So, this post will cover Month 14 of my locs and 3 days of summer goth fashion.  Now that we’re in July and summer will be with us for a while, I’ll share a few ways on how I keep cool and stay goth in hot weather.

One thing that helps me stay cool is a parasol.  I didn’t think it would make much difference, but boy was I wrong.   Some goths carry a parasol to keep their skin light, while others carry one to keep the sun rays from beating down on them (which also prevents tanning of the skin – duh).  The latter reason is why I carry one, providing shade with every step.  I recommend getting one in black (of course!), since black absorbs more UV rays, and also one that doubles as an umbrella.  The open-lace parasols are pretty, but they’re not that functional.  If it decides to rain on a hot day, you’ll be covered on both ends.

I also suggest keeping a hand fan in your bag.  That way you’ll always have something to cool yourself off with.  A fan is also great during in-between weather, where sometimes it’s cool and then the next day it’s blazing hot. Weather in the DMV area can be a bit “schizophrenic”.

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DAY ONE

Here’s what I wore on Tuesday.  I do wear cotton leggings in the summer and I’m still quite comfortable.  For some reason, my legs don’t get too hot, but my upper body does!  You’ll notice that I’ve kept my neck free of chokers and heavy jewelry.  The parasol, hand fan, and all of my clothes were purchased on Ebay and Amazon, unless otherwise noted.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Frayed t-shirt (S11), Knee-length skirt (Skt6), Black leggings (P5), Winklepickers (B7)

 

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Frayed t-shirt: Summers Breeze (Etsy)

 

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DAY TWO

This is Wednesday’s outfit.  Open-weave, lightweight shirts are the way to go in the heat, such as the lace shirt that I wore (with camisole underneath).  However, not all lace garments are created equal – some lace shirts can be a bit heavy.  Heavy anything (makeup, jewelry, clothing) + hot weather = baked and sweaty.  My skirt is also very lightweight and while it’s great for summer, it is NOT wind-friendly.  I am no Marilyn Monroe and no one wants to see my underwear.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Lace crop top (S16), Gauzy knee-length skirt (Skt7), High-top sandals (Snd2)

 

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High-top sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

DAY THREE

Here is Thursday’s outfit: HOLES!  This outfit looks hotter than it is.  The shirt has a sheer back, open shoulders, and the sleeves are rolled up.  The leggings are made of nylon, which is hotter than cotton.  However, the rips in these leggings provide air circulation, making them good for summer.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Hi-Lo sheer top (S17), Knee-length skirt (Skt6), Ripped leggings (Phse1), Winklepickers (B7)

 

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“Razor’s Edge” leggings: Heavy Red, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes UK

 

And before you leave, here’s a look at my loc progression:

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I hope this long post makes up for the shorter ones that I’ve posted lately.  I don’t show as much skin as I used to, so my summer attire may still be too warm for you.  My suggestions were just that – suggestions.  Do what’s best for you.  If you like to show some skin, go for it!  Showing more skin will definitely be cooler than what I choose to wear.

How do you stay gothic and cool in hot weather?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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