A Small Tribute To Phenomenal Women

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Maya Angelou photos via Photobucket.
The great American poet and author, Maya Angelou, passed away 2 days ago at the age of 86.  She used the power of words to bring healing to many people.  One of these people was my mother.  Suffering from an abusive childhood, Ms. Angelou’s words, along with The Bible, brought my mother peace and comfort.  Her favorite book was I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

 

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The first phenomenal woman in my life – Mom in 1983

 

Not only did Maya Angelou write about the black experience in America, she also had a way of understanding the human condition.  My favorite poem from Maya Angelou is “Phenomenal Woman”, written in 1978.  This poem brought me solace in a world that harbors a hatred of women – especially women of color and those of us who don’t fit the standard Westernized, white-is-right, fat-is-horrible, beauty ideal.

In honor of, not only Maya Angelou, but to all the amazing, beautiful, fierce women in my life, I’m sharing her wonderful poem with all of you.  The accompanying photos are some of the phenomenal women who have been a big part of my life.

 

(In the photo galleries, you can click on or scroll your cursor over each photo for more information.)

 

PHENOMENAL WOMAN

by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

 

 

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My amazing and brilliant sister, J

 

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

 

Two of my favorite dancers, Rin Ajna & Ebony
Two of my favorite dancers, Rin Ajna & Ebony

 

 

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The Queen of Tribal Fusion, Rachel Brice (image via Photobucket)

 

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

A few of my stunning dance instructors.  L-R: Jen, Colleen (my first dance instructor), Rachel Brookmire (director of Sahara Dance DC), and Elisa.  (Photo courtesy of Sahara Dance)
Four of my dance instructors , UDM 2012. (L-R): Jen, Colleen (my first dance teacher), Rachel Kay Brookmire (director of Sahara Dance), and Elysa. (Image source)

 

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

The awesome ladies of Raquettes Samia - UDM 2013 (Photo courtesy of Toscana Photography)
The awesome ladies of Raquettes Samia – UDM 2013 (Photo courtesy of Toscana Photography)

 

 

With my dance sisters of Shimmy Mob DC (Photo courtesy of JP Photography)
Dancing with Shimmy Mob DC (Photo courtesy of JP Photography)

 

I cried a little bit, writing this post.  I am very lucky to have so many beautiful, talented, and truly awesome women touch my life.  I hope this poem brings you peace, love and happiness, just like it does for me.  I also hope that I’m doing my part to bring love, light and creativity to all whom I come into contact with.

 

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(April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”interview from the July issue of Beautifully Said Magazine, 2012

 

If you’re not familiar with this amazing woman, you can go to her official website.  Her life was too vast and extraordinary for this blog to do it justice.

 

Much Love & Many Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – Tribal Goth Makeup for Hump Day

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Hello, Lovelies!  Tuesday I went Trad Goth, so yesterday I decided to go with some belly dance flair.  The only thing belly dance though was my makeup, but my outfit had an early 20th-century-like vibe.

So, let’s start with my face:

 

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Most of my bindis and jewelry come from Etsy

 

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Most of my bindis, flowers, and jewelry come from Etsy

 

Here’s what I wore yesterday.  While most of my jewelry is bought on Etsy, a lot of clothing is bought on Ebay – except my Victorian boots.  I bought these boots from the Ladies Emporium, where they sell 19th century-style clothing.  I thought I would never find a quality pair of Victorian boots, at an affordable price:

 

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These are my “high heels”. With a 2-inch heel, these are enough to give me some height, but low enough to allow me to walk.

 

And if you can’t get enough of my sparkly face (tee hee!), here’s an Instagram pic in pretty pastel colors (please don’t barf):

 

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Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Tuesday's Makeup – Siouxsie Eyes

 

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Siouxsie Sioux photos via Photobucket.

I wanted to try something new with my face.  I saw this picture on one of my favorite Tumblrs, The Witch and the Wardrobe (if you click on the picture link, you’ll see it’s from a different Tumblr).   Unfortunately, I couldn’t add the photo to my post.  Crazy daggone artists and their copyrights!  Oh well, no biggie.  You can click the link or just look at the one and only, whom I’m sure the photo was inspired from:

 

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The Grande Dame herself

 

In all of my years as a goth, I have never worn my eye makeup like Siouxsie Sioux.  I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off.  Plus, it seemed like it would take a long time to do.

But I had some extra time yesterday morning, so I decided to give it a try.  Besides, if I’m going to try my hand at makeup artistry, I need to experiment with different styles.  So, here’s how it turned out:

 

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I think I did a pretty good job.  One thing I would change is my eyebrows. I think I could have shaded them in a bit more, making them blend in more with the black eyeshadow.  I could also use a bit more black eyeshadow along the crease of my eyelids.

 

Here’s what I wore.  Just jeans, boots, and a lace shirt.  Not spectacular, but definitely old school:

 

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So, I would say that my Siouxsie eyes went pretty well.  I will definitely do this again and probably switch it up a bit in the near future.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Thanks, Shimmy Mob DC – I Will Not Quit Dance!

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Remembering Those Who Fought For Our Freedom

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To all of those who have fought and died for our freedom and the freedom to express ourselves:

Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart.  This day is in your honor.  You will not be forgotten.

Love,

Dasia Denise

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Happy World Goth Day!

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This is a quick post, wishing all of you dark lovelies a Happy World Goth Day.  This day kind of snuck up on me, but I was accidentally prepared.  I’ll be attending an art exhibit later with my bff, Z.  There will be a longer post tomorrow.
 

So, until then…

 

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You can click here to view the official World Goth Day website.
 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – New Sneakers For Tuesday

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Here is a mix of tribal goth and whatever goth.  Who knows?  This is why a lot of goths just say to hell with these categories.  Either way, it’s a beautiful, sunny day – a perfect day to break in my new platform sneakers, which I bought last year (!).

 

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Sneakers: Jeffrey Campbell,  Jeans & Shirt: Express,  Skull pendant: online thrift store

 

Here’s my face and jewelry for today.  Not too blingy.  I guess today’s theme is bones:
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OOTD – Tribal Goth For Monday

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Hello, all!  Today is the first good Monday I’ve had in I don’t know how many years.  My work schedule has changed from the dreaded earlier morning to a more doable (and late) morning, 11 am to 7 pm. I also started ATS classes this past Saturday, so I’m actually in a good mood today!

Since I’ve started ATS, I was in the mood for a tribal goth outfit today:

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Heart & Crossbones shirt: Marshall’s,  Basic long sleeve shirt: The Gap,  Hip Belt: Ebay,  25-yard skirt: Ebay

 

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Here’s today’s face.  Dark eyelids and a single bindi:
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That’s all for now.  I have started taking ATS (American Tribal Style®) belly dance classes and I’m so excited!  I will do a post on my ATS adventures soon.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD – White Dress For Tuesday

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It got pretty toasty here in the DC metro area, yesterday.  It went up to 90° Fahrenheit (32° Celsius), so I wanted to wear something light and easy.

I received a lot of compliments on my dress.  There was nothing special about the dress, but this is what usually happens when I wear white.  That, or people ask me, “what’s wrong?”.  It always tickles me how I can throw people off, simply by not wearing black.

Anyhoo, where’s what I wore yesterday.  I finally found thigh-high socks that stay up and doesn’t make my thighs look like muffin-tops:

I bought this little summer dress in Costa Rica, while attending a dance retreat.
I bought this little summer dress in Costa Rica, while attending a belly dance retreat.

 

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Thigh-high socks: Sock Dreams, Boots: Steve Madden

 

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And here’s how I wore my face.  I’ve been pleased with myself for turning up the volume on the makeup.  It’s been a bit on the conservative side.  My awesome friend, Matt, had suggested that I line and darken my eyebrows more.  He said that would make my eyes pop, and he was right:

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Cherry Blossoms & Space-Age Burlesque – Part 4

 

My apologies for the delay in posting Part 4.  I have not been feeling well.

Anyways, here we are lovelies!  The 4th and final part to our adventure.  You’ll see pics of more costumes, more mingling, and folks just having a good time that ends with the Lunar Dance Party.

But before that, Matt and I spotted two Airstream trailers parked outside.  So adorable.  Honestly, I’ve been thinking of living in a bus/trailer/RV for a little while now.

I wish I could just dump everything and move in immediately.

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