Shimmy Mob DC 2017

Title pic and above pic courtesy of Shavei Dancer.

Hello, lovelies!  Back in May (this post is SO late!), we performed our annual belly dance flash mob, Shimmy Mob DC.  Belly dancers from all over the world participate in Shimmy Mob for World Bellydance Day.  This event is to bring awareness and raise funds for victims of domestic abuse. 

Every year, Shimmy Mob DC performs at 12:00 noon at Freedom Plaza.  But this year our fearless leader, Shavei, was able to get permits for us to dance at 4 different locations: The Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, The Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, and our usual spot, Freedom Plaza.  We all had to meet up early this year so that we could be at Freedom Plaza by noon.  It was a challenge, but it was well worth it!

Here’s the video I’ve put together for our adventures in D.C.  The video clips of us dancing are courtesy of Shavei Dancer.

 

 

 

Here are a few pictures of our day:

 

Our team leader, Shavei with team leader for Shimmy Mob New Carrollton, Adina

 

 

The following pics are courtesy of Shavei Dancer

 

 

With Shimmy Mob New Carrollton

 

 

That is all folks.  Us shimmy-mobbers have been discussing dancing at different locations again in 2018.  I hope we do.  As a night person, early mornings are challenging for me.  But if it’s in the name of dance, I’ll happily get my groggy self up and meet the challenge!

Peace, love, and darkness,

Dasia Denise

Gothic Fashion: How To Tuck Your Skirt

Hey, motherTUCKERS!  I’ve been asked by a few people (and noticed by fellow belly dancers) about the 25-yard skirt that I often wear in my outfit-of-the-day videos.  The 25-yard skirt (also known as a tiered skirt) is a staple of belly dance costumes, particularly tribal fusion and tribal (i.e. ATS® and ITS).  So, I decided to show you all how I tuck in my skirts, achieving a frilly, gothic look.

 

 

I encourage you all to watch the video, but you can read the basic instructions below on how to tuck your skirt.  I’ll show you 4 different ways to tuck in your skirt: the Right-side tuck, the Hitchhiker tuck, the Double-cross tuck, and the Bustle tuck.

 

 

THE RIGHT-SIDE TUCK

Grab the left side of the skirt about 1/2 to 3/4 of the ways down and pinch these pieces together.  Bring these pieces up and hold them out to your left side.

 

Take the skirt that’s in your hand and bring it around the front to your right side.  Twist the fabric together and tuck the skirt in on your right side. 

 

Once these pieces are tucked, fluff out the ends to accentuate the frills on your right side.

 

 

THE HITCHHIKER

Grab the skirt 1/2 to 3/4 of the ways down.  The further down you grab the skirt, the less the ends will stick out, creating less poof.

 

Bring the skirt up, flatten the side with your free hand and tuck the skirt in.  Repeat this step on the other side.

 

This is the tuck that I wear most often in my gothic wardrobe.  It’s one of the easier tucks to achieve and can easily be undone and re-done.  This is essential when “nature calls”.

 

 

THE DOUBLE-CROSS TUCK

Grab the skirt 1/2 way down on your right side, then flatten the front of the skirt with your free hand.  Tuck the skirt in on your left side.

 

Reach 1/2 way down the other side of the skirt.  Pull this end out towards the side.

 

Take that end, wrap it around the back, and tuck the skirt in on your right side. 

 

You may need a full-length mirror for this look, in order to keep the front and back of the skirt flat.

 

 

THE BUSTLE

Reach 1/2 way down the right side of the skirt and hold the skirt out to the side.

 

Wrap that side towards the back and tuck in the skirt.  Repeat this same step on the other side. Again, a full-length mirror will be helpful in making sure the front is flat and that the bustle is nice and fluffy. 

 

I used the reflection of myself from a large window instead of a mirror, resulting in a sloppy bustle.  Not only should I have used a mirror, but I also should have tucked the ends in more.

 

 

Now, let’s discuss yardage for a bit.  Tiered skirts used for dancing typically come with different yardage: 15 yards (13.7 meters), 25 yards (22.9 meters), and 36 yards (32.9 meters).  Tiered skirts also come in 10 yards (9.1 meters).

 

As you can see below, the more yardage a skirt has, the more fluffy the skirt will look.  Keep in mind that more yardage may also increase the weight a skirt, depending on the type of fabric used.

 

That’s it for now, my dear lovelies.  I really enjoyed creating this video and more importantly, my viewers found these tucking tips helpful.  You’ll find that these tiered skirts are very versatile and are suitable for a whole range of body types.   If you’re into long, frilly skirts like I am, these skirts make an excellent addition to a gothic wardrobe.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

ACV Wash Part 2: Moisturizing Locs

Hello, my dear SoulFlowers!  Welcome to Part 2 of the ACV (apple cider vinegar) wash.  In this video, I’ll show you how I moisturize my dreadlocks.  Since the ACV wash will leave your hair feeling very dry, it’s important to moisturize your locs after deep cleaning them.

I used coconut oil and tea tree oil for my (damp) locs, but you can also use any essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  You do not want to apply essential oils directly on your scalp, so make sure you have a carrier oil.  I used coconut oil for the carrier oil, but you can also use jojoba oil or almond oil.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Essential oil such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  I used tea tree oil.
  • A carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil.  I used coconut oil (pressed, extra virgin oil).
  • A plastic cap to cover your locs.  I used a disposable shower cap.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the carrier oil with the essential oil.  You can combine them in the palm of your hand or in a small container – even a plate will do.
  2. Apply the oils directly to your scalp.
  3. With both hands, rub the carrier oil and essential oil together.  Then take both oily palms and rub through your dreadlocks.  You’ll want a lighter touch for your dreadlocks, while a heavier hand can be applied to your scalp.
  4. Cover your hair with a plastic cap.  This step is optional, but the cap will help to moisturize your hair, using the heat from your scalp to help moisturize.

And that’s all there is to it.  Remember, you don’t want to do the ACV wash more than twice a year since it’s very drying.  Since I prefer to deep clean my dreadlocks outside, Spring and Fall are the best times for me to do the ACV wash.  Of course, the choice is yours.

Peace, love, & darkness,

Dasia Denise

Get Ready With Me: Halloween 2017

Hello, lovelies!  Halloween fell on a Tuesday, so it was a quiet affair this year.  I went out with friends for drinks and Chinese food, so I decided to dress up instead of wearing a costume.  Money’s tight and I didn’t want to shell out money for a costume this year.  But it was all good!  A big party is not necessary to celebrate my favorite holiday.

This is my first Get Ready With Me (GRWM) video.  It’s very quick, so it’s not a tutorial.  You’ll see me apply my makeup in under 2 minutes (ha!) and then you’ll see what I wore for Halloween.

 

 

Here is the list of makeup that I used.  As usual for Halloween, my makeup was dark and heavy.  I also wore green contact lenses which are subtle, but they give me just a slight change in eye color.  I tend to favor subtlety instead of the spooky, bright contacts – not that there’s anything wrong with that. (*wink*)

 

FACE

 

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®

 

EYES

 

EYESHADOW PRIMER: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Minor Sin

SILVER EYESHADOW: Ben Nye® Shimmer Crayon in Silver

BLACK EYESHADOW: M.A.C. Paint Pot Eyeshadow in Blackboard

BLACK EYELINER: M.A.C. Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack

WHITE EYELINER: Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in White

EYELINER SEALER: Cinema Secrets® (used with white eyeliner)

EYEBROW PENCIL: Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso

EYEBROWS FILLED IN:  with Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown

MASCARA: Maybellene® The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara in Blackest Black

 

LIPS

 

LIP PENCIL: Covergirl® Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Basic Black

LIPSTICK: Manic Panic® Glam Nation™ Lipstick in Black Rose

 

 

 

 

 

The last pic above is me with a couple of my fellow SoulFlowers.  Food + drink + friendship makes for a perfect evening.  So, how was your Halloween?  Did you do anything special?  Please share in the comments.

Peace, love & darkness

Dasia Denise

ACV Wash Part 1: Deep Cleaning Locs

Hello, lovely Soulflowers!  I finally gave my dreadlocks a deep clean, known as the ACV wash.  ACV stands for Apple Cider Vinegar.  I do wash my dreadlocks at least once a week, but it’s also good to give your locs a nice, deep clean.  The ACV wash will leave your locs feeling nice and lightweight.  The added bonus is that the ingredients are all natural, which is great for dreadlocks.  It’s best to wait until your hair has matured before doing the acv wash, to keep your dreadlocks from unraveling.

Here’s the video of me deep cleaning my dreadlocks.  I’ve also included the list of ingredients and the instructions below.

 

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

  • 3/4 cups (180 mL) apple cider vinegar (organic, if possible)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) baking soda
  • 1/2 lemon (seeds removed)
  • 1 Tbsp. (approx. 17 g) sea salt
  • sink or basin (I used a 14″ round basin)
  • a couple of towels

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  Remove jewelry (such as earrings that can be removed) and hair  accessories.
  2.  Add the baking soda and sea salt into the sink/tub.
  3.  Add a little bit of hot water to the sink/tub.  You want just enough hot water   to dissolve the baking soda and sea salt.
  4.  Fill the rest of the sink/tub with warm water.
  5.  Squeeze the 1/2 of lemon into the water and then add the vinegar.  Mix all of the ingredients together.
  6.  Soak your locs into the acv mixture for about 10 minutes.
  7.  After soaking, wrap your locs into a towel and towel-dry.  Pour out the dirty   acv water.
  8.  Rinse the acv mixture out of your hair with clear water.  Make sure to rinse thoroughly!

 

That’s it for Part 1.  Next week for Part 2, I’ll show you how I moisturize my locs.  The acv wash will leave you with very dry locs, so moisturizing them after the rinse is a very important step.  Stay tuned.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

Gothic Mixtape #2: GOTH MUSIC

Title pic and above pic courtesy of Creative Commons (Source)

Hello, my dear Soulflowers!  I’ve made another mixtape for you lovelies to enjoy.  My mixtapes will generally have 10 songs (about the length of a 12″ LP record), but this one has goth songs from every decade, from 1980 to 2016.  That’s 36 years worth of awesome, dark music!  I hope you enjoy these tracks.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

 

TRACK LIST

0:06  –  “Dark Entries” by Bauhaus (Album: 7″ single)

4:05  –  “The Masque” by The Dark (Album: Chemical Warfare)

7:48 –  “She Cries Alone” by Skeletal Family (Album: 7″ single)

13:10 – “Dead and Buried” by Alien Sex Fiend (Album: 7″ single)

17:18 – “Ribbons” by Sisters Of Mercy (Album: Vision Thing)

22:49 – “Nazarene” by The Wake (Album: Masked)

26:38 – “Cats Or Devils Eyes” by Children On Stun (Album: Tourniquets Of Loves Desire)

30:56 – “Nothing Special” by Mechanical Cabaret (Album: We Have An Agenda)

35:23 – “Dark Allies” by Light Asylum (Album: In Tension)

41:27 – “Distance” by Rendez-Vous (Album: Distance)

Goth Fashion for October: Opal

Opal image via Photobucket.  Opal info via Crystal Vaults.

Hello, lovely Soulflowers!  This is another outfit post honoring October’s birthstone, Opal.  I went for drinks with friends, so I kept my look pretty casual.  I also wore my glasses – didn’t want to fuss around with contact lenses.  All of the action happens above the neck.  Lol.

Opals are hardened silica gel and contain 5 to 20% water.  Because of its many colors and energies, opals represent several elements and used for all seven chakras.  Opals come in all colors imaginable.

 

OPAL INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLES: The Eye Stone, The Stone of Inspiration and Change

COLORS: Various including rainbow, blue, black, yellow, orange, red, green, brown, and colorless

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.0

CHAKRAS: All of them, leading up to the Crown (7) chakra

ZODIAC SIGN:  Libra (September 24 – October 23)

SYMBOLIZES: Love, Passion, Desire, Eroticism

ELEMENTS: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water

 

 

 

Even though opals are “rainbow gems”, paired with black the colors really pop.  Wearing the ornate opal pin in my headscarf makes me feel like a queen, and the pin was only $20.  Not a bad price to look like royalty.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

 

Hey, Gothic Fam! It’s Friday the 13th!

Above pic courtesy of Creative Commons (Source)

Hey, lovelies!  It’s Friday the 13th and I decided to take this day to send love and gratitude to all of my supporters.  At this time, I’ve reached 2, 036 subscribers on my channel.  In the vast online world of YouTube, this is a very small number, but to me?  To me, it’s a lot – a whole lot more than ZERO.  Lol.

I’ve included 2 videos in this post.  The first one is my answer to the question, “Can You Be A Goth Without The Music?”.  While many agreed with my stance, others didn’t.  Thankfully, the disagreements were respectful, but there are gothic folks out there that feel excluded from the subculture.

 

 

 

This second video is my latest video, where I explain how I feel about goths and people who are darkly-inclined (gothic).  It’s also a video expressing my love and gratitude.

 

I really do appreciate each and every one of you that have supported me, my blog, and my channel.  I want both my blog and my channel to be a welcoming place, free from the drama and the trolls.  I hope you stick around for more.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

2 Years Of Freeform Locs!

Hello, SoulFlowers!  Guess what?  My dreadlocks turned 2 years old in May of this year.  Woot!  They’re still growing longer and getting thicker, which makes me very happy.  To celebrate this milestone in hair, I’ve created a video showing the progression of my dreadlocks.  This is also the first video that I tried morphing software.  It’s not great, but it’s not too bad for my first try.  I hope you all enjoy seeing the progression.  I’ve also included pictures in this post, after the video.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

 

 

 

2-YEAR LOC PROGRESSION

2015

 

2016

 

 

2017

 

 

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

Gothic Mixtape #1: GOTH MUSIC

Title pic and above pic courtesy of Creative Commons (Source)

Hello, dear Soulflowers!  I’m featuring a new series on this blog and on my channel, called Gothic Mixtapes: Music For The Darkly Inclined.  There was a discussion on YouTube a couple months ago in response to this question: “Can You Still Be A Goth Without The Music?”.  I will create a post that answers that question (if you don’t want to wait another week, you can look at my response video here).  I believe that the music is the backbone of the goth subculture, but not everyone agrees.

Either way, I realized that I don’t have much (if any) goth music on my channel.  This is a problem for me since I believe that the music is very important.  So, I decided to change that and create a playlist featuring some luscious, dark tunes.  I’ve included lyrics so you can watch the video, or you can simply just listen to it.  I hope you all enjoy these tracks.  If you’d like for me to include any gothic music, please let me know in the comments.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

 

 

TRACK LIST

0:10  –  “Sideshow” by The Wake (Album: 7″ single)

4:30  –  “Children Of The Light” by Eva O. Halo Experience (Album: Demons Fall For An Angel’s Kiss)

8:54 –  “Still Born Still Life” by Christian Death (Album: The Rage Of Angels)

11:32 – “Falling” by Athamay (Album: The Pleasure Of Sin)

16:04 – “Nightfeast” by Written In Ashes (Album: Eternal)

21:18 – “You (-Das)” by Diary Of Dreams (Album: Psychoma?)

26:19 – “Awfully Sinister” by Suspiria (Album: Drama)

30:56 – “Incendiary Lover” by Gitane Demone (Album: Love For Sale)

35:05 – “Topanga Canyon Torture” by The Phantom Limbs (Album: Random Hymns)

40:07 – “Ritual And Tradition” by Angels Of Liberty (Album: Touch The Daemon)