Gemstone photos and gif via Photobucket. Gemstone info via Wixon Jewelers.
Here we have one of my favorite birthstones, the Emerald. With its deep green color, the emerald represents Spring, rebirth, and life. A rare gemstone, the deeper the shade of green, the more valuable it is. Some emeralds have such a deep shade of green that they can have a bluish tint to them. These are even more rare, thus more valuable.
According to Wixon Jewelers, emeralds also represent the goddess Venus, and were used to aid in fertility. In Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra was known for wearing emeralds. The Ancient Egyptians were also known to bury their mummies with emeralds carved with “the symbol of verdue – flourishing greenness – on their necks to symbolize eternal youth”.
Here’s what I wore. I finally found a long, basic skirt that fits. The length is also perfect, which is not easy since I’m only 5′ 3″ (160.02 cm) tall. The skirt is by Full Tilt, purchased on Amazon:
My makeup from yesterday. The weather’s starting to get warmer and unfortunately, more humid. You’ll see more of my “summer face”, in which my eyeliner is worn just on my upper eyelids:
Sunday is the last day of May, so I’ll be doing a post on May’s birth flower. I’m also working on posting the birthstone and birth flower posts earlier in the month. Stay tuned.
UDM poster used with permission. (Photo credit: Toscana Photography. Design/Illustration: Jessica Inouye).
Hello, lovelies. I performed again with my ATS® dance troupe for Sahara Dance’s annual Spring show, Under A Desert Moon (UDM). This is the 13th year that Sahara Dance has put on this wonderful event. We danced in 2 shows, one in the evening at 5:00 pm and one at night, 8:00 pm. Both shows had large audiences who thoroughly enjoyed our performances. It was one of the best shows Sahara Dance has had! It’s so much fun to dance for a lively audience. We belly dancers love the loud cheers and zaghareet! It helps us to bring you the joy that we feel for this dance.
Here’s a short video by Dance Like An Egyptian, on how to zaghareet (pronounced ZAG-ar-eet). It’s a lot easier to explain when you can see and hear it. Also called trilling or ululation. Zaghareet is plural – the singular form is zagharoot.
As we become more of a united group, our costumes are becoming more layered and beautiful. My selfies didn’t turn out too well (hence the vintage filters), but here are a few pics of my costume:
And now we take to the stage! What I love about ATS® is that it’s mostly (sometimes completely) improvised. I used to be nervous about improvisation, especially to a song that I’ve never heard before. But it’s very important that one can improvise in belly dance. The Egyptian dancers mostly improv in their performances, so it’s worth it to get more comfortable with improv.
We had a cast party after the show and it was wonderful. I saw dancers and teachers that I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. One teacher in particular remembered me from my first belly dance classes; she told me that it was great to see how much we had grown into our dance. It means so much to me when teachers see how much we improved. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the cast party. I was having too much fun and simply forgot.
Hello, fellow darklings! Today is World Goth Day and I’m doing absolutely nothing today. I’m just going to veg out, listen to some music, and watch belly dance videos. I haven’t been in a club in years and I’m the only gothic soul amongst my friends and family. Since I knew I would be off today, I wore my gothic threads to work yesterday.
Here’s what I wore. I’m starting to settle into a style, which is gothic, yet comfortable. We also had visitors from other businesses come to our office, so I didn’t want to get too outrageous:
Here’s my makeup. Besides foundation and blush, I just used what was in my makeup bag. Of course, that bag can hold quite a bit of makeup, but I just used gel eyeliner, mascara, black eye pencil, brow pencil, and brown eyeshadow to fill in my eyebrows:
What do you do for World Goth Day? Do you go out clubbing or to the bar? Do you just dress particularly gothy on this day? Please share in the comments.
This post is SO late, but I’m posting it anyway. My motto seems to be, “better late than never”. Life and depression got in the way and I just simply didn’t feel up to posting much. This happens sometimes, since I have clinical depression. All I can do is be kind and patient to myself, take a break, and then get back into the swing of things.
This past April, I attended the annual Countdown To Yuri’s Night (C2YN), hosted by Astro Pop Events. This is the second time I attended this show and it was just as fun and delightful as last year’s event. This year’s theme was Space Pirates. My dearest friend, Matt, had a birthday in March so this was the perfect way to honor his birthday. My sweetheart joined us as well, since he’s a space nerd.
Here’s what I wore. I wore 3 layers of clothing (5 if you count my long-sleeved shirt and leggings underneath), all in black so they’re hard to see in these pictures. My apologies.
Here’s my makeup. None of my clothing has a space-age vibe, so I experimented with green eyeshadow. I’ve never colored in my eyebrows with anything other than dark brown and black. I thought that this was the perfect time to experiment with a new color. I used the jumbo eye pencil by L.A. Colors® in “Summer Love #422” to color in my eyebrows. Looking back, I could of pushed my look further, with some green glitter and false eyelashes, but I ran out of time. Oh, well. Maybe next time.
Before the show, we went to RFD Washington (Regional Food & Drink) for dinner and drinks. If you’re a beer connoisseur, you would love this place. Great food and over 300 beers to choose from. I don’t drink beer often (I much prefer wine), but I did try a Kriek lambic, which is a Belgian beer. Delicious! I had the cherry-flavored one, but it also comes in peach, which I’ll be sure to try next time. Be careful, though. Kriek lambic tastes like a strong, carbonated juice, so it’s easy to drink more than one bottle. I also tried the bison burger. I’ve never had bison before and it was quite tasty.
Here are a few more pics from the show. Unfortunately, I left my DSLR camera at home so I had to make do with my camera phone. The pictures came out okay, but not great. There’s only so much I could do with low lighting and lots of movement. This is why there’s only a couple of photos of people in their costumes. It’s such a bummer too, ’cause there were some fun costumes that night. Sigh.
(In the gallery, click on each photo for a larger view.)
Sorry for the craptastic photos, and to add insult to injury, I accidentally deleted my videos from that night. I think I left my brain on the Metro or something, ’cause I’ve been a day late and a dollar short these past 3 weeks. Sigh. Next year I promise to get my act together. In the meantime, live long and prosper!
Hello, lovelies! This past weekend was the last frost, so I was able to start growing some veggies and herbs. Woo hoo! I forgot how long yard work can take, though. But the weather was gorgeous and our deck needed to be cleared of old debris and crap from this past winter.
Not only do we have our deck looking nice and comfy again, the flowers in our back yard have bloomed! They are beautiful and this makes me so happy. I decided to wear these flowers in my hair, before they wither away. I think they’re magnolias, so they won’t last very long. They may be gone by summer, so I wanted to take advantage of wearing these flowers while they’re still in bloom.
Here’s my outfit from yesterday. I’ve started wearing temporary, metallic tattoos and they are AWESOME! I first wore these for our annual, Spring dance performance, Under A Desert Moon – they fit my tribal costume perfectly! Now I think I’m addicted to these beautiful tattoos. I ordered them from Jewel Tats. They also have a store on Etsy. These tattoos can last for up to a week, before they start to fade.
I wore my basic makeup yesterday. This will probably be my makeup look for the majority of the Spring and Summer seasons. Since wearing temporary tattoos, I’m becoming more focused on adornments (tattoos, bindis, tikkas, etc.). I don’t wear much gold, but I’m not about to waste these beautiful tattoos. Gold is also a “goddess” color, so I’m all over that.
There are more flowers in bloom in my front yard that I’m planning to wear. I need to get to it though, because those flowers won’t last long, either. The flowers in my front yard are hot pink! We’ll see what I can do with those.
Daisy and Sweet Pea photos via Photobucket. Daisy info via ProFlowers®.
Here we are on the second day of May, and I’m just now posting April’s birth flower, the Daisy [genus: Bellis]. Better late than never. I also didn’t feel like doing my face yesterday, as you can see. Not too exciting, but I’m not afraid of showing my minimally made face. It would be silly to “force” myself into wearing makeup.
On to the daisy, a flower that reminds me of innocence and for some reason, hippies. I suppose it’s because in a lot of the pictures I see of hippies from the 1960s, many of them are wearing daisies in their hair. It makes sense – daisies can be found all over the world.
Daisies do symbolize innocence, so it’s no wonder it reminds me of that. They also symbolize simplicity and joy. “Daisies are close cousins to sunflowers” and the “three most popular varieties are the Shasta daisy, African daisy and gerbera daisy”. Out of these three varieties, the gerbera daisy is the most popular. Other varieties include the English daisy and the desert daisy.
Some sources list the Sweet Pea [genus: Lathyrus] as April’s second birth flower. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the sweet pea signifies “blissful pleasure, but [can also be used] to say goodbye”.
Here is my minimally made face from yesterday. All I wore was foundation, blush, and mascara. The daisy flower clip is of a gerbera daisy, with a rhinestone center:
Here’s what I wore. Minimal jewelry (rings) and all black. I bought the long cardigan from Amazon. Everything else is from Ebay:
It’s been a little while since my last post, but I’m getting back on schedule. I decided to take a short break after performing last Saturday, in the annual Under A Desert Moon belly dance show. Stay tuned for more posts, including my performance.
While most diamonds are colorless, they can also come in a range of colors such as blue, yellow, green, red, purple, pink, and black. The colored diamonds found in nature get their color from impurities in the stone. For example, the yellow found in yellow diamonds get their color from small traces of nitrogen; blue diamonds have small traces of boron. Colored diamonds found in nature are rare. Since colored diamonds are rare, most colorless diamonds are color-treated. Due to the controversy surrounding “blood diamonds“, you can also buy man-made diamonds, in which you can only tell by using a loupe.
Diamonds were “thought to provide the wearer with better relationships and an increase in inner strength”. Diamonds are also worn to promote “balance, clarity, and abundance”. They signify eternal love.
Here is yesterday’s outfit. Perfect time to wear my rhinestone leggings, peaking out beneath my skirt:
Here’s my makeup. Nothing but white sparkles. Cheap, inexpensive sparkles, but still – they’re the only “diamonds” I can afford. It’s hard to see in the photos, but I did wear a touch of glitter beneath my eyebrows:
Diamonds works really well with the goth aesthetic, since they’re usually colorless. Perfect with black. Stay tuned for April’s birth flower: the daisy.
Winter Caravan poster courtesy of Sahara Dance. Used with permission.
In2 weeks,I’ll be dancing with my ATS® troupe for the big, annual Spring show, Under A Desert Moon (UDM). I decided to share my second dance performance, which was the Winter Caravan show back in December.
I’m absolutely loving tribal belly dance. Eventually, I’d like to branch out into Tribal Fusion, but for now, I’m working on tribal belly dance. Tribal Fusion is an off-shoot of tribal. In dance, one never stops learning. In addition to leading workshops, belly dance instructors still take classes to hone their craft.
Our dance troupe performs American Tribal Style (ATS®) vs. Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS). The difference? ATS® follows a distinct, dance vocabulary, created by Carolena Nericcio, who also created her dance troupe, Fat Chance Belly Dance®. ITS is tribal belly dance that is not ATS®. In other words, ATS® is the “brand name” whereas ITS is simply, tribal belly dance. You have to be certified in ATS® in order to teach it.
Here’s my makeup and costume for our Winter Caravan performance:
Here are a few pics from our Winter Caravan performance. Our performance video is located after my signature:
Unless otherwise noted, all gifs and photos are from Photobucket.
I have been nominated for the Liebster award by Ramona, mistress of the awesome blog, Just Keep Brains! Thank you for nominating me, Ramona. My first blog award! Woo hoo! The Liebster award is given to new bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, and I am happy to participate.
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have fewer than 200 followers.
5. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.
11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME:
1. I was almost kidnapped as a baby.
2. I have piercings, but no tattoos. (At least, not yet. *wink*)
3. My 2 favorite shows on the air right now are Better Call Saul and Rupaul’s Drag Race.
4. There are 2 degrees of separation between me and President Barack Obama.
5. Belly dance is the only formal dance training that I’ve received. I started belly dance in September 2009, at the age of 36.
6. The older I get, the more squeamish I get watching violence. And I will NOT watch any film depicting torture – real or scripted.
7. I have one pet, a black cat named Samantha (her nickname is “Psycho Kitty”). She will turn 11 years old in June. That’s the equivalent of 64 human years!
8. I have not worn my natural hair color in over 20 years.
9. I’ve worn prescription eyeglasses since age 13.
10. It’s been 3 years since my last cigarette. I now vape.
11. My sweetheart and I have been together for 11 years – my longest romantic relationship.
RAMONA’S 11 QUESTIONS & MY ANSWERS:
1. Do you believe in spirit animals or a connection to animals in any way?
I don’t believe in spirit animals, but I do have a strong connection towards nature – especially the weather. If I did believe in spirit animals, mine would be a butterfly.
2. What was your favourite city you’ve been travelling to so far?
So far, it’s Nosara in Costa Rica, which is more of a resort town than a city. Beautiful country with nature galore!
3. If you could live as any creature in any time and any place you’d like, what would it look like?
I would be an intergalactic creature, with bright, green eyes that can shoot rays, skin that heals immediately if damaged, and small, black horns. The time would definitely be some time in the future, perhaps in the year 3015.
4. Why did you start blogging and are you still blogging about the same subject/s?
I started blogging as somewhat of an online journal. I also wanted to connect with other alternative people, especially those closer to my age. They’re not easy to find in real life. My blog started with mainly fashion and random thoughts I had about different subjects. Now I mainly blog on the gothic, bohemian style and tribal belly dance. I also want to use my blog to send joy out into the world.
5. How did you come up with your blog’s name?
I wanted a name that would incorporate my love of the gothic subculture and also of tribal belly dance. The “gothic” part is self-explanatory. The “soulflower” part ties into my boho, hippie style. I was going to name my blog, “The Queen Butterfly”, but that name was already being used for another blog.
6. Who is your favourite Villain?
Gus Fring, from Breaking Bad.
7. Favorite Season?
8. What are you afraid of – any phobia?
Spiders! I LOATHE spiders. 8 eyes, 8 legs, and the way they move. Yuck! They are the most “unnatural”, natural creatures living on this planet. This is one gothic lady who just can’t deal.
9. Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies?
Vampires. They’re the most stylish out of the three and they’re immortal.
10. Would you prefer a night at the club / a bar or on the couch or in nature?
On the couch. I love being in my head. I’m also kind of boring.
11. What would be your top wardrobe staple?
My black, 25-yard skirt. So pretty, so frilly, and oh, so comfortable. They come in every color imaginable and can look beautiful on all body types.
THE 11 BLOGGERS THAT I NOMINATE ARE:
**NOTE: Most of the blogs that I follow or know of have more than 200 followers. Sigh. That’s what happens when you’re late to the blogging party. Sorry, but I’m gonna have to cheat BIG TIME on this one. However, I’ve listed the blogs with under 200 followers first. Eternal Wynter is the last blog on my list that has under 200 followers, for sure.
Vampire Rose, The Aging Goth – I recently discovered this blog, created by Vampire Rose. She’s over 60, with great tips for us elder, gothic beauties.
Space Unicorn – This is an online diary and personal style blog of Lynoire, whom I was introduced to during Sophistique Noir’s Red & Black Week 2014. Lynoire describes herself as “a crafty geek girl from Hungary”. Cute blog.
Gothic Flamingo – Not only do I love the blog name, but this blog features some cool gothic art.
Little Corp Goth Girl – While a lot of gothic blogs are about art and fashion, Sylvie writes about her life as a married, goth mom who works in an office.
Eternal Wynter – Great photos on this blog. Dark, yet colorful. Enticing.
Hazy In AZ – I met Cliff on Facebook, through an old high school friend. Cliff has over 200 followers (271 as of now), but he’s an excellent writer and a real, chill guy. His blog is perfect reading when you want to chill out on a beautiful morning with a cup of coffee.
The Everyday Goth – I’ve been following Mary Rose’s blog for a couple of years now. She’s been on hiatus since February, but she has created a great blog. She may have more that 200 followers, since this blog started in 2011.
The Walrus Room – Not sure how many followers Sarah has (probably way over 200), but I love her style. I’ve been following her for a couple of years. Her photography skills are on point! Lots of useful fashion advice, also.
Nephilim Incorruptus – He’s a vlogger that I discovered on YouTube. He makes very intelligent videos about the goth subculture. I can watch his videos all day.
Jwlhyfer De Winter – Another vlogger that I’ve started following recently. She’s an elder goth with impeccable style, although she prefers to be described as “gothic”, not “goth”.
MY 11 QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES:
1. When and why did you start blogging?
2. With MP3s and internet streaming, do you still buy CDs or DVDs?
3. How would you describe your style of dress?
4. What religion or philosophy do you ascribe to?
5. What are your favorite TV shows on the air right now?
6. What other hobbies do you participate in, besides blogging?
7. If you participate in the arts, which ones do you participate in? Are you a hobbyist or a professional?
8. If a movie was being made about your life, which actor/actress would play you?
This was super duper fun! Much love and many thanks to Ramona for the nomination. As I stated above, I wanted to use my blog to connect with other alternative people, and this was a great chance to do so. If you are nominated, be sure to pay it forward. It’s wonderful sharing the love, especially in these trying times. In the words of my “patron saint”, Rupaul:
“If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an Amen?”
Hello, lovelies! It’s finally the weekend and beautiful weather has been creeping back in. Such a relief not to have to deal with the snow and ice for awhile. This was the first day of 2015 that I did not have to wear my heavier coat. Woo hoo!
This is the second time this week that I’m wearing my long, black dress. It’s a main staple in my wardrobe. I wear this all-year round, wearing it with a jacket and a shirt underneath for Spring and Fall, and by itself for Summer. I purchased the velvet jacket from dash A clothing (Etsy) and I love it. It’s frilly, but not cumbersome.
Here’s what I wore on Thursday:
**NOTE: There are scam alerts regarding iMosh, which is why I didn’t include a link. While I’m happy that I received this rosary, I ordered another necklace, along with this rosary 2 years ago, which I never received. The last status of the second necklace was on back order. Oh, well. You live and you learn. I would say, “buyer beware”, but it looks like the site is no longer active.
Here’s Thursday’s makeup. Nothing out of the ordinary:
People are starting to take out their Spring clothing, so there will be pastel colors everywhere. But I find black perfect for Spring – the weather’s not too hot, not too cold, and it looks gorgeous against the bright colors of young plants and flowers. Hooray for Spring!