Goth Fashion for March: Aquamarine

Aquamarine image via Photobucket.  Aquamarine info via Crystals and Jewelry and Crystal Vaults.

Hello, lovelies!  My apologies for the late post.  It’s still March so it’s technically not late, but my video was posted 2 weeks ago.  Eek!  A week before the first day of Spring (March 20), we got a little bit of snow, and I just had to wear an all-black outfit.   I love the look of all -black on fresh, white snow.  It highlighted not only my black outfit, but the icy-blue bindis, which sparkled against the white, snowy background.  

This look is inspired by Aquamarine, birthstone for March.  Aquamarine comes from the Latin words, aqua marina, meaning “water of the sea”. Since ice and snow are forms of water, the cold weather was fitting for this gemstone. Not only does aquamarine symbolize courage and fortitude, but it is also represents cleanliness, calmness, truth and letting go. 

 

AQUAMARINE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Courage

COLORS: Light blue to bluish-green

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.5 – 8.0

CHAKRA: Throat (5)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

SYMBOLIZES: Courage, Fortitude, Inner Peace

ELEMENT: Water

 

Here’s what I wore.  It was COLD, but I braved the frigid weather to show off my winter outfit: a hooded, cropped sweater, simple black skirt, and tall black boots.  Everything (except the boots and sweater) were purchased on Ebay.

 

Cropped sweater: Cryoflesh, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

 

I don’t own anything in aquamarine, except for bindis.  The rest of my eye makeup is highlighted in silver.  The red lipstick brightens my face.

 

 

 

That’s it, lovelies.  I’m still in transition with this blog.  I’m thinking this blog will be more of a supplement to my YouTube channel, so expect the focus to switch to videos.  I’m not much of a writer, but I can definitely show my face.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies, 

Dasia Denise

 

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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OOTW: Goth Jackets for Fall

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Hello, lovelies!  Fall is definitely here and the weather has cooled down significantly.  I decided to show off a few of my long jackets, perfect for layering and looking very goth.

 

DAY ONE

I wore many layers on Day One, complete with felt hat and long cardigan.  The pentacle pikes complete this look.  All of my clothing was purchased on Ebay and Amazon, with the exception of the winklepickers, which were purchased from The Gothic Shoe Company.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Felt hat (H1), Long cardigan (J1), Tish & Snooky t-shirt (S9), Asymmetrical skirt (Skt1), Black leggings (P5), Low-top winklepickers (Shoe2)

 

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Here’s my makeup for Day One.  I decided to stick with heavy eyeliner and lipstick for the week.  I wasn’t in the mood for heavy makeup, but I will definitely wear more makeup for the cooler weather. I think the heavy eyebrows make up for the minimal eye makeup.

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Felt hat: Scala (brand), Silver monogrammed necklace: J and A Ware Jewelry (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market

 

DAY TWO

Out of these three days, Day Two had the coolest weather so I decided to wear my new fall jacket.  I have a winter coat, but I needed a light jacket for Fall and Spring.  I also wanted a shorter jacket (my winter coat is long) to wear for when it’s raining outside.  This jacket was purchased on Amazon.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Short dress (D9), Black leggings (P5), Burnout lace top (S4), Winklepickers (B7)

 

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Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., Burnout lace top: Ebay, Black leggings: Amazon, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes (UK)

 

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Again on Day Two, my makeup was very minimal.  I wore green contacts, which are very subtle.  I decided to wear a head scarf instead of a hat.

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Inverted cross earrings: Etsy, Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven (Etsy)

 

DAY THREE

More layers for Day Three.  I wore my favorite jacket, which is long, black, and velvet – very goth and very pretty.  This jacket is more on the dressy side, so I don’t wear it often.  But I think it works for what I’m wearing.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Short dress (D9), Occult leggings (P3), Cold-shoulder blouse (S17), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., Cold-shoulder blouse: Nasty Gal, Occult leggings: Lip Service (brand), 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand), Victorian-style velvet coat: dash A clothing (Etsy)

 

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Not much eye makeup on this day, but I’ve added false eyelashes and small bindis to give my face some “oomph”.  The dreadlock beads and purple lipstick keep my face from looking boring.

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Dreadlock beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Ebony wooden stud earrings: House of Shiba (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market, Onyx cabochon pendant: made by me

 

That’s it for this week, lovelies.  I was going to add an update on my dreadlocks, but I’m saving that for an upcoming post (coming soon). Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD: Gothic Boho In Black & White

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Hello, fellow darklings.  This is another weekly outfit post providing proof that goths do wear white (sometimes).  It’s interesting how I can dress the same way in white and the compliments that I receive are many.  So, this week’s theme was black and white.

 

DAY ONE

Day One was a hot and humid day, so the majority of my clothes were white, accented with black.  I wore a black sun hat, a perfect way to keep cool in the heat.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Sun hat (H2), RuPaul t-shirt (S18), White 25-yd. skirt (Skt8), Tall moccasin boots (Snd1)

 

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Sun hat: Scala (brand), RuPaul t-shirt & 25-yd. skirt: Amazon, Tall moccasin boots: Medieval Moccasins

 

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All accessories purchased on Etsy. Triple cross ear cuff set: Gilded In Gypsy, Studded choker: Aeon Leather, Vintage wooden rosary: Krombholz Jewelers

 

Here’s my makeup.  Day One is the day I wore the heaviest makeup, even though it was humid.  I went with an ’80s vibe to go with the cross earrings and ’80s icon, RuPaul.

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DAY TWO

On Day Two my sweetie and I were invited to a cookout.  I wanted to keep things light and breezy, so I went with white lace and a black, frilly skirt.  I kept jewelry to a minimum.

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Project 666 Staples: White lace shirt (S19), Black knee-length skirt (Skt7), Mary Jane shoes (Shoe1)

 

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White lace top & black skirt: Ebay, Mary Jane shoes: Dansko (brand)

 

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Here’s my face on Day Two.  Just a little metallic eye primer, eyeliner, and lipstick.  I kept my face minimal and dressed up my dreadlocks with beads.

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Dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Silver monogrammed necklace: J & A Wares Jewelry (Etsy)

 

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DAY THREE

The weather was gorgeous on Day Three!  I think Fall is slowly trying to set in. Okay maybe not yet, but the weather felt more like autumn weather than summer.  No complaints from me!  My outfit is almost the opposite of Day One: mostly black clothes accented with white.

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Project 666 Staples: Plain black t-shirt (S12), 15-yd. skirt (Skt5), Black & white striped pants (P7), Button ankle boots (B2)

 

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Black t-shirt: The Gap, 15-yd. skirt: Ebay, B&W striped flare pants: Creaturre (Etsy), Button ankle boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Silver bat necklace: Numi Olive (Etsy), Victorian coffin necklace: Ebay

 

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Here’s my makeup – or lack of makeup.  Just eyeliner since I wore my glasses.  I was also being lazy.  Luckily, my eyeglasses have a touch of bling so not too boring (I hope).  You can say my lack of makeup is the opposite of Day One’s heavier makeup.

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Well, that’s it for now.  I’m thinking of doing outfits of the week posts instead of just one outfit per post.  I like showing multiple outfits at once, at least for video.  What do you think?  Do you prefer viewing one outfit at a time or many?  Share in the comments.

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: Black Velvet For Frigid Weather

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It was bleeping COLD yesterday!  The high temperature here in good ol’ Maryland was a whopping 27° F (-2.7° C); the low temp in the morning was 17° F (-8.3° C).  AND it was windy, so there was a wind chill.  Brrrr!  Now that the temperatures are getting lower, prepare yourself for my annual, winter whining.

I finally wore the black, velvet dress that I bought last year.  One of the great things about creating my capsule wardrobe is that I can take the clothes that I haven’t worn on a “test run”.  The black, velvet dress is definitely a keeper.  It’s warm and it’s short, so that means I can wear this dress in the rain and (maybe) in the snow.

Here’s yesterday’s outfit.  Of course, wearing short dresses in the winter means wearing thermal leggings and legwarmers underneath.  The leggings and legwarmers are considered underwear and socks, so they’re not included with the “66“.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Black velvet dress (D2), Black velvet scarf (Scf1), and 20-eye Doc Martens (B3).

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Black, velvet dress: secondhand, Black, velvet scarf: National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), 20-eye boots: Doc Marten’s (brand)

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Ankh pendant: Ebay

 

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Here’s my “lazy face”.  It’s so hard for me to wake up and get out of bed when it’s freezing cold, so that means “barely there” makeup:

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That’s all for today.  I want to say, “Thank you” to all of you who expressed concern, love, and sympathy for my dark mood recently.  It makes such a difference knowing there are people who care.  ((BIG HUGS))

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

My 8-Month-Old Dreads & Project 666

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Hello, fellow darklings.  One of my goals for this year is to simplify my wardrobe.  Some of us gothic people tend to not only have an extensive wardrobe, but we actually wear many items from that wardrobe.  But many doesn’t mean all.

I got rid of a lot of clothing and jewelry 2 years ago (over 175 pieces), but I had since bought many items to replace my old clothing.  The amount of new stuff that I had bought didn’t go back to the same amount that I had gotten rid of, but it was still stuff that was not needed.  So, I’m essentially back to square one.  But this time, I’m ready to get rid of more things and NOT buy more (unnecessary) stuff.

As I was researching tips on how to simplify my wardrobe (and my life), I came across a wonderful website, Be More With Less by Courtney Carver.   It’s here that Courtney introduces us to Project 333.  I strongly encourage you to take a look at her blog.  It includes tips, how-to articles, and stories of regular people who took on this project.  I think it’s doable and absolutely brilliant.

How does Project 333 work?  Courtney explains this in detail over at her blog.  The wardrobe that you create using Project 333 is called your “capsule wardrobe” in which you wear the same 33 items in a season (about 3 months).  For the next 3 months, you can switch your items to another 33 pieces.  By sticking to 33 items, you will end up getting rid of things, which is the goal.  And this is 33 items per season, so for me it’s doable and not so restrictive.

 

Here is a brief list of The Rules.  This project can be started at any time:

1. Choose 33 items to wear for 3 months.  This includes shoes, accessories, jewelry, clothing, and outer wear.  This does not include undergarments, workout wear, sleepwear, or sentimental jewelry that you always wear (such as a wedding ring).

These are my everyday rings. I wear these *98.3% of the time. (*Not a scientific figure)
These are my everyday rings. I wear these *98.3% of the time. (*Not a scientific figure)

2. The items that are not part of the 33, you can box it up and store it until the next season.

3. The 33 items are items that you currently wear.  Give away or get rid of any clothing that does not fit or is in poor condition.

 

Okay, here is where I’ve made a couple of tweaks to this project:

1.  While I have trimmed down my accessories, there is NO WAY I’m including accessories.  I’m a gothic lady and accessories are important for my wardrobe.  And I wear my jewelry all the time.  Every.  Single.  Piece.  But, I have put away pieces that would work better during the warmer months.  For example, I’ve put away jewelry that are lightweight and/or would snag my sweaters, therefore saving them for the warmer seasons.

2.  I’ve combined the 33 items for 2 seasons, giving me a total of 66 items to create my capsule wardrobe.  I did this because I tend to wear the same items for 6 months instead of 3.  Where I live in Maryland, the weather doesn’t really start to get cold until late October/early November and doesn’t warm up until April.  That means I’ll have 2 capsule wardrobes (instead of 4) with 66 items each: one for cool weather (November – April) and one for warm weather (May – October).

3.  Since I’ll be working with 66 items in rotation instead of 33, the name I’ve given for this (goth) version of the project is Project 666.  (*evil smile*)

4.  My dance costumes, jewelry, props and anything else related to dance are not included in the 66 items.

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If I had to count these layers as part of my capsule wardrobe, that would be 7 pieces for this costume alone (this includes the pantaloons I’m wearing underneath these skirts and belts).

 

Here’s what I wore.  Just a t-shirt and pants for the day.  I’ll start listing the staples that I’m wearing in future OOTD posts.  This will also help keep track of what I really wear and what I don’t wear.  The pieces that don’t get worn in one year will be given away.

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My staple pieces: Siouxsie Sioux t-shirt (S1), Yoga/Tribal pants (P1), and my FitFlop boots (B1). These letters and numbers are part of my own organizational system.

 

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T-shirt and boots: Ebay, Yoga/tribal pants: Creaturre (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I’ve been practicing making my eyes appear larger with white eyeliner.  False eyelashes would complete my gothic eyes, but since I wore glasses there’s no use in dealing with the falsies.

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Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Studded collar: Ego Driven (Etsy), Inverted cross earrings: Mierda Negra (Etsy)

 

And here’s how my babies have progressed so far:

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My locs are still losing length, but they’re getting thicker.  Either way, I’m loving the journey so far.  My hair is just as crazy as the woman underneath that hair.  Stay tuned for more OOTD posts, which will be tagged: Project 666.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Halloween 2015 – Part 2: The Party

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Here we are with Part 2 of the Halloween festivities.  Both my sweetheart and I lost our mothers to cancer in 2012 and after a few years of not being in a social mood, we decided that we were ready to have a party.  Halloween was on a Saturday this year – a perfect night for a party.

My sweetheart was Tina Turner, and I was His Purple Highness, Prince.  I wanted to practice doing drag makeup on my sweetie but unfortunately, we ran out of time (and he ran out of patience).  So I did the best that I could.  Despite my lack of drag makeup skills, Ms. Turner was the hit of the party!

Here’s our Halloween costumes.  My pieces were purchased on Amazon and Ebay.  I also could’ve went darker with the “facial hair”, but I didn’t want to mess it up and make it look like dirt.

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For my sweetie’s costume, I went to online stores that sold clothing and shoes for crossdressers, since he’s a pretty big guy:

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These 5″ heels are a Women’s Size 15!

 

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It was a great party!  Fun and low-key, having a great time with great people. Everyone loved seeing a large, 6′ 2″ (6′ 7″ in heels) Tina Turner with a deep voice! There was even a jam session since my sweetie and his friends are musicians.

Here are more Halloween pictures:

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My sister-in-law with her daughter, and her daughter’s angelic friend

 

 

Chell from the game, Portal
Chell from the game, Portal

 

Chell meets my new fur baby, Edgar
Chell meets my new fur baby, Edgar

 

This was one of the best Halloweens I’ve had in a long time.  It was nice to be together with friends and family after 3 years of not entertaining.  I compiled a short video that includes my sweetheart walking in heels and a live jam session.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup – Big Eyes, Big Shoes

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This post is from Friday, in which I was naturally in a good mood.  It was also a warm day, so I decided to rock my Demonia shoes.  I don’t wear these shoes too often. They’re a tad big, but I forgot how much fun they are to wear.  I also got to be 3″ taller. 

Here’s what I wore:

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Lightweight cardigan: Amazon, T-shirt: The Gap, Skirt: Ebay, Black City leggings: Carousel Ink (Etsy), Shoes: Demonia (Style: Dank #151)

 

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Shoes: Demonia (style: DANK #151)

 

Here’s my face.  I’m starting to wear white eyeliner more and so far, I’m liking the results.  I bought the Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner and I am very pleased with it.  It goes on smoothly and it’s waterproof, great for the waterline.  I used the Ben Nye® cake liner (with eyeliner sealer) on my bottom lids, right below the waterline.

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What I used to make my eyes appear larger: M.A.C. liner brush #209, Maybelline Lasting Drama gel pencil, Cinema Secrets eyeliner sealer, Ben Nye® cake eyeliner (#EL-0 White)

 

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Ankh pendant: Ebay, Choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy)

I like having big eyes.  They probably would have looked even bigger with fake eyelashes, but I wasn’t in the mood to fuss with them.  I’ll leave you with my second OOTD clip (woo hoo!), below my signature.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise