Skulls, Beads & Freeform Dreads: Month 22

Hello, lovelies!  It’s been awhile since my last post.  I’m not sure what’s going to happen to this blog, since my main outlet has been posting YouTube videos. I will still keep you posted on my dreadlock progression and gemstone looks, but I’m not sure what the future holds for this blog.  I guess time will tell.

Today’s outfit highlights 2 of my favorite things: black skulls and black beads. This dress from KILLSTAR is quickly becoming one of the my favorite pieces!

 

 

Occult leggings: Lip Service (brand), Tall boots: FitFlop (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  I chose a pretty simple makeup look to go with my pretty simple outfit. Two small, black bindis on the sides of my eyes highlight the heavy eyeliner:

 

Skull necklace: Kreepsville 666 (brand), Crystal dreadlock bead: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Seed bead necklaces: The Gypsy Rose Boutique (Etsy)

 

And finally, here’s how my locs are doing:

 

 

 

That’s it, y’all.  I will still create blog posts, but the bulk of my content can be found on YouTube.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out my channel, Gothic SoulFlower.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

A Sack Dress & Freeform Dreads: Month 21

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Hello, lovelies!  This is Month 21 of having freeform dreadlocks, which means I’ve been growing my locs for almost 2 years.  Woot!  It’s been such an experience witnessing how hair can have a mind of its own.

Here’s what I wore.  I bought this sack dress from Amazon.  While baggy clothing (especially on women) are not liked by many people, I love baggy clothes. Loose clothing can be quite flattering and I like how I look in this sack dress. Keep in mind that I also like harem pants, so there you go.

OOF! These boots are in desperate need of polishing.

 

 

 

Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  Again, I went with simple makeup.  It’s cold, and when it’s cold, I tend not to put much effort into a full face of makeup.  Sometimes as a goth, eyeliner just has to be enough.

Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Bat necklace: Horribell (Etsy)

 

 

Here’s how my locs are progressing.  They’re getting longer and more “springier”.  My birthday’s not until the 17th, but I went ahead and labeled this month’s loc progression, “Birthday Dreads”, for obvious reasons.

 

 

 

So, how do you lovelies feel about loose, baggy clothes?  I used to wear short, body-hugging clothing, but that was many years (and many pounds) ago.  If you want to see a middle-aged goth posing and jumping around to punk rock, be sure to check out this video.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Freeform Dreads & Friday the 13th: Month 20

Hello, lovelies!  I’m back.  We’ve finally arrived in 2017, but unfortunately I was sick for almost 2 weeks!  Not a great start to the year, but I’m now feeling a lot better and ready to roll.

The weather was pretty decent on Friday the 13th, so I decided to wear one of the new dresses I purchased around the holidays.  It’s so soft and comfortable, and it has thumb holes.  Love this dress!

 

Dress and moon pendant: KILLSTAR, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

 

 

Here’s my face.  Simple as usual.

 

Black skull dreadlock bead: Zaahn (Etsy), Silver dreadlock beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy)

 

And finally, here’s how my locs are looking so far.  They’re getting longer!

 

 

 

That’s it, y’all.  I do apologize for my 2-week absence.  Like I said before, I’m ready to rock, so stay tuned for more posts this week.  I’ve included an OOTD video below.  Enjoy.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Video: Gothic Office & Freeform Dreads: Month 19

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Hello, lovelies!  It is Month 19 of my freeform locs.  I finally re-dyed them and they look 100% better.  They’re also getting longer and I’m definitely pleased with that.  I’ve added some things to my office decor and I’m very happy with the results.  New hair color, new office.

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Here are few pics of my office, with the office light on.  It looks cool, but it looks a lot snazzier with the office light turned off, and the colorful lights turned on.  The skull lamp, bony hand candelabra, and “lightening ball” were purchased on Amazon.  The rest of the items were purchased at CVS.  These purchases were made last year during Halloween season, so these items were bought at a reduced price.  The battery-operated candles were purchased online.

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Here’s the progress of my dreadlocks.  Thanks to the hair dye, you’ll see a dramatic difference between Months 17 and 19:

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That’s it for now.  Be sure to check out my office decor video below. You’ll see how my office looks when it’s darkened and lit up by my spooky lights.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Live Video & Freeform Dreads: Months 17 & 18

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Above pic via Photobucket (edited)

Hello, dear lovelies. This post will show 2 months of my loc progression, since I forgot to post last month’s loc report (whoops).  Not only that, but since the election of Donald Trump, I’ve been feeling helpless, hopeless, angry, and downright sad. (Can you tell from the pics?)

I posted my first live video (via Facebook) a couple of days ago.  It’s a video expressing my feelings and offering encouragement to others who are also frightened and feeling hopeless.  For many of us who are worried about the new President-elect (and also the new Vice-President-elect: Yikes!), this election goes beyond Republican vs. Democrat, liberal vs. conservative.  It’s not about Hillary Clinton losing.  

With the endorsement of the KKK and other white suprematist groups, we’re fearful for our humanity.  We are rightfully angry about the lack of respect for Americans who aren’t white, male, heterosexual, and Christian.  Hate crimes across the country have already begun.  Many of these crimes have even occurred in elementary- and high schools.

 

So, I had to take a short break from blogging and posting videos.  I needed time to process my feelings and muster the strength to move forward.  Outfits of the day, makeup, and looking fabulous had to take a backseat while I get myself together.  That includes my lackluster dreadlocks.

 

Here’s the status on my locs so far:

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There will be new posts this week.  They’re a bit late (just like this dreadlock post), but better late than never.  Many people (especially those of us who are more vulnerable to white supremacist groups) are trying heal and make sense of the message that our fellow Americans are sending.  We are not valued.  We are nothing.  We’re blamed for all of America’s ills, but are never given credit for our contributions to this country. 

We will stay strong and move forward.  That’s really all we can do at this point.  I hope the future will not be as dire as it seems.  We will have to wait and see.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Video: Cultural Appropriation & Dreadlocks

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All photos courtesy of Photobucket.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a video on YouTube discussing cultural appropriation and dreadlocks.  Around Halloween, the subject of cultural appropriation becomes a hot topic.  Some people leave their brains at the door, and show up to parties wearing blackface, yellowface, Native American war bonnets, and all sorts of foolishness.  Are these examples of cultural appropriation?  You bet it is!  At the very least, it’s highly offensive.

But are dreadlocks considered cultural appropriation?  Should dreadlocks only be worn by black people?  Many people think that dreadlocks come from black culture, but this is not the case.  In this video, I share my thoughts on cultural appropriation and dreadlocks.

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Do you think cultural appropriation exists?  Should dreadlocks only be worn by black people?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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New Pikes & Freeform Dreads: Month 16

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Hello, lovelies!  I’m a bit late in posting an update on my dreadlocks, but I had a major system fail this past weekend.  Like an idiot, I didn’t back up my system and I had to create a new YouTube channel since I’ve lost access to my old one.  GRRRR!  The good news is, I was smart enough to save my videos, so I’m working on re-uploading them to my new channel.  The huge lesson I learned is to BACK UP MY COMPUTER SYSTEM.

 

Anyhoo, let’s move on to what I wore.  It was another hot and humid day with NO BREEZE WHATSOEVER.  So I kept it very simple with a shirt dress and leggings:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Blue shirt dress (D10), Black leggings ((P5), Low pikes (Shoe2)

 

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Here are my new winklepickers!  Woot!  The flat soles and low cut of these shoes may not suit my body type, but I really don’t care.  I absolutely love them.  They’re handmade with black suede and pentacle buckles, purchased from The Gothic Shoe Company.  They also have a store on Etsy.

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My face was even more simple than my outfit.  Just eyeliner and lipstick.  I added a silver moon stamp for a bit of flair:

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Dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Onyx necklace: handmade by me

 

And finally, here’s the update on my dreadlocks.  They’re getting longer and thicker, which makes me very happy!

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That’s it for now, lovelies.  It’s been a frustrating week, but some lessons are learned the hard way.  Please check out my new channel, Gothic SoulFlower.  To start fresh, I’ve added another OOTD video to my new channel.  Please enjoy.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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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

 

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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Lazy Goth & Freeform Dreads: Month 13

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This month is the start of Year Two of growing my dreadlocks.  You can finally see distinct locs and I think they’ve “officially” matured.  It will be interesting to see how long they get by May 2017. 

This will be a pretty short post.  Very light makeup and a very basic outfit – great for the upcoming summer months.  Summer tends to be my “lazy goth” season, so be prepared for seeing minimal makeup.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long t-shirt (S5), Asymmetrical skirt (Skt1), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Long t-shirt and skirt: Ebay, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Studded choker: aosLeather (Etsy), Silver key necklace: Fuchsia Bloom Studio (Etsy)

 

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Here’s a comparison of my newborn locs from 2015 and my mature locs today:

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That’s it for today.  I made a video of my dreadlock growth from the beginning until May of this year.  Please enjoy and TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise