OOTD & Makeup – Belly Dance Fashion

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The weekend’s here once again and once again, that makes me happy.  The weather’s been terrific, but it started raining yesterday and it’s supposed to rain all weekend.  Oh, well.

Sometimes I dress like a belly dancer when I’m not on stage, and yesterday was one of those days.  What is belly dance fashion?  For me, it’s a 25-yard skirt (or harem pants), a t-shirt (usually), and jewelry that I could wear to dance in.  It’s a more casual version of my tribal belly dance costumes.  The belt that I wore completes the casual, belly dance look.  It’s a jingly, silver belt that I purchased on Ebay for $12 – a nice touch for my belly dance-inspired outfit. I love that it makes noise when I walk.  Dogs seem to love this belt, too!

I also decided to wear the t-shirt that I bought from a dance workshop I attended, taught by the lovely Mardi Love.  She designed a wonderful shirt!  It’s very soft and it can be worn on the front or the back.  There’s a bit of stretch to it, as well.  Since I’m pretty round, I love stretchy clothes that are not tight.

Here’s yesterday’s outfit:

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Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities (Etsy), Eyeball necklace and 25-yd. skirt: Ebay

 

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A close-up of the shirt.

 

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Tabi boots: Ebay

 

Here’s my very basic makeup.  Just eyeliner, lipstick, and eyebrow pencil.  I didn’t feel like applying heavy makeup, so I opted for a casual Friday look:

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Tonight, my ATS® dance sisters and I will be attending a housewarming/yarn party, where we’ll be making our tassel belts for December’s performance.  Unfortunately, I’m not very crafty, but I’ll try my best.  I prefer to buy my things from more talented, crafty people. I may do a post on it, but we’ll see how good or bad my belt looks.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup – Friday’s B&W Stripes

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Hello, lovelies!  The weekend’s finally here and I plan on starting up on my drawing again.  It’s been a long time since I’ve drawn consistently.  I would sketch here and there, but nothing substantial.  I used to draw pages upon pages of sketches, but now I hardly draw at all.  I’m NOT happy about this and I’m working to change that.

Here’s what I wore, yesterday.  It’s been 3 years since I wore tights or pantyhose – not leggings, but pantyhose.  I find that leggings fit me better and they last longer.  I seem to always have an issue with pantyhose (don’t we all?) – either the waist stops right under my boobs, or the crotch creeps halfway down my thighs, which is the WORST.  I bought these black & white tights on Ebay last year and I’m just now wearing them.  Shockingly, they fit!  No riding up or creeping down.  They’re also OSFA (One Size Fits All), which is even more unbelievable:

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Short cardigan: Amazon, Long-sleeved shirt (underneath): The Gap, Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., 20-eye boots: Doc Marten’s (brand)

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Skull necklace: thrifted

 

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Yesterday’s makeup.  It was chilly and rainy this week, so I took advantage of the cool weather and wore heavier eye makeup.  I didn’t do full color on my lips; just a hint of burgundy lipstick:

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My hair is starting to look more frizzy and crazy, but I don’t mind.  That’s one of the many things I love about goth: you can be as “messy” or put-together as you want to be.  And the stripes?  I love stripes, but I rarely wear them.  I’m not sure why, ’cause I think they look striking – and very gothic.  I may have to “live on the edge” and start trying out clothes with patterns.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Today Is World Goth Day!

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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:

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Scarf, skirt, and lace shirt: Ebay, Tunic and leggings: Amazon, 20-eye boots: Doc Marten’s (brand)

 

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Moon and Victorian casket pendants bought from Ebay

 

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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:

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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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – Fresh Flowers & Golden Tattoos

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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.

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This magnolia tree (?) is actually in my neighbor’s back yard. Luckily for me, large branches of flowers hang over into my side of the fence.

 

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.

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T-shirt, leggings, and 25-yd skirt: Ebay, Boots: Steve Madden (brand)

 

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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.

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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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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My 42-Year-Old Face: DC Fashion Week

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Hello, all!  I turned 42 this year and my dearest friend, Matt, bought me a ticket to DC Fashion Week.  I had no idea that DC had a fashion week!  DC Fashion Week has been going on for 22 seasons (11 years) with shows every February and September.  My birthday was on Tuesday, February 17, but who wants to hang out on a Tuesday night?  We had cold, crappy weather anyway, so we decided to celebrate on Friday.

We’ll start with my outfit, which was nothing impressive.  A long, flowing skirt would of been perfect!  But it was bitterly cold and there was still ice and snow on the ground, so my outfit was more utilitarian than fashionable:

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Long tunic: Amazon, Lace shirt: Ebay

 

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New glasses for my birthday: Zenni Optical, Amethyst necklace: Habit Jewelry (Etsy), Leather choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy)

 

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Amethyst-purple bobby pins: JME Beads (Etsy)

 

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Extra long, scrunchy socks: Sock Dreams, Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I decided to get new frames for my birthday.  They look kind of crazy, but I like things that look crazy.  I also bought a couple of amethyst-purple, sparkly barrettes, but I don’t think I pulled them off very well.  They’re not right for my hair and I think they’re a bit “young” for me.  I’ll probably make them into something else or save them for a belly dance costume.  These would look better as accent pieces to my floral hair clips:

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Here are a few more pics from our lovely evening: 

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I couldn’t figure out if these were mannequins or real women.

 

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I didn’t know her, but I had to take her picture. Her gray ombre hair was so beautiful.

 

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Happy Birthday To Me! I bought this beautiful, dark blue, tunic top from the show. And Matt gave me a black, sparkly belt and a book on signs and symbols.

 

Here’s a video I made at the fashion show.  I’m still getting the hang of making videos, but I’m slowly improving.  I hope you enjoy the video.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

 

 

OOTD & Makeup – A New Casket For Monday

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Yesterday was another start to my work week and I decided to finally wear my new pendant.  I am very picky with my accessories (who isn’t?) and it took me a while to find a coffin necklace that I liked.  Most of the coffin necklaces I saw were either not my style, too big, too little, or too expensive.

But I finally scored one on Ebay for $35 and it’s a Victorian-style casket.  It’s heavy and the casket lid stays closed using 2 magnets.  I absolutely love this piece!

 

Here’s yesterday’s outfit:

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Lace cardigan and tunic top: Amazon, Skirt: Ebay, 20-eye boots: Doc Marten (brand)

 

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Here’s my makeup from yesterday.  I used the metallic silver, jumbo eye pencil (L.A. Cosmetics® jumbo eye pencil in #402 Saltwater) to add more pop to my eyes.  It added more of a fizzle than a pop, but I do like this shade:

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I could have really used some eyelashes, yesterday.  I do wear fake eyelashes sometimes, but they’re not my favorite things to wear.  And they can be time consuming for me.  However, they can make such a dramatic difference in how your eyes look.

I am very happy with my new casket, and this is now one of my all-time favorite pieces of jewelry (my other favorite is my eyeball necklace).  You will definitely see me wearing this lovely casket in the very near future.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup – Goth in 20 Minutes

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I woke up late yesterday, which meant that I only had 20 minutes to get ready and leave for work.  So, that meant basic clothes and “running late face“.  This is where my accessories and gothic shoes really come in handy.  Of course, 90% of my wardrobe is black, so at least I didn’t have to worry about matching colors.  Isn’t goth fashion grand?

First, let’s start with what I wore.  As you can see, I was able to throw on layers of clothes.  What pulls this look together and makes it gothic are my shoes and my (minimal) jewelry:

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Long cardigan: Amazon, Long shirt, skirt, and leggings: Ebay, Pentagram necklace: Blood & Stars Jewellery, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes

 

 

Here’s yesterday’s makeup.  As usual, I applied most of my eye makeup on the train.  I don’t like to apply powdered cosmetics on the train – it can get a bit messy.  That’s where my fat, eye pencil by L.A. Colors comes in.  This product is da bomb!  You can use it as eyeshadow, eyeliner, and even use it as a lip liner.  As many of you makeup divas already know, lip liner in black helps to darken lipstick – for that deathly, yet beautiful, dark blood-red:

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L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in #424 Sunglasses and Bdellium® small angled brush #763. Both purchased from Amazon.

 

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After applying the eye pencil, I use the small angled brush to soften the smudges.

 

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All done!

 

I highly recommend the L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencil set.  They come in a set of 24 pencils for $26 at Amazon.  I’m still a bit apprehensive with colored eyeshadow, but these pencils are a great way to try out different colors without breaking the bank.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Non-Fashion Week – Bag Lady Style!

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It’s “Non-Fashion Week” here at my humble abode.  Why?  Because this week was frickin’ COLD!  Monday started out okay.  It was cold, but not too unbearable.  My day on Monday even started with a solo jam session:

 

 

Then, the temperature dropped to a low of 12° F (-11° C) with about 2 inches of snow on Tuesday.  It was also windy, making the temperature feel like 3° F (-16° C).  I do NOT do freezing weather!  Horrendous.  Since Old Man Winter decided to hang around all week and every inch of my body was covered in triple layers (and I was still cold!), my fashion and makeup went out the window.  I just wasn’t feeling it this week.

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Here is my very boring “outfit”, luckily covered with a coat.  The only thing fashionable in this pic are my Doc Martens.  Since they’re tall with awesome traction, these are kind of my “snow boots”:

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Coat: TJ Maxx, 20-eye Boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

I do love nature and I’m working on getting in touch with it more, and part of that is accepting that Winter is just a cycle Mother Nature goes through.  I actually don’t mind Winter itself.  If I was able to hibernate like a bear, I would have no issues.  But that’s just not possible at this time.

A lot of goths love winter.  Are you one of them?  

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD – Back In Black

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I’m still alive.  Where the heck have I been?

My last post was in August and that’s also when some unnecessary drama slithered its way into my life.  My emotional state hasn’t been the greatest and when I don’t feel good, I don’t look good.  My blog has also taken a hit, since I wasn’t ready to face the world.

But such is life.  Lessons have been learned, I’ve dusted myself off and now I’m ready to get back into the swing of things.  So, I’m back in black and here’s what I wore yesterday:

 

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Lightweight cardigan: Amazon, Long shirt: Ebay, 25-yd. skirt: Bellydance.com, Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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Yesterday’s face and jewelry:

 

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Leather choker: aosLeather (Etsy), Pentagram rosary: Blood & Stars Jewellery (Etsy)

 

 

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Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – A Simple Goth Look For Tuesday

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It’s a very beautiful day today.  The high temp today will be a breezy, 79° F (26° C) and I decided to go for simplicity.  Since I’m wearing my new glasses, I kept the rest of my outfit basic (don’t I always go for basic?).

Here’s my face and jewelry today.  It feels kind of strange wearing only one necklace (instead of layers of necklaces), but it’s a rosary-style pentacle and I didn’t want anything to compete with that:

 

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Black onyx ring: Etsy, Pentacle necklace: Blood & Stars Jewellery (Etsy), Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical

 

Here’s what I’m wearing:
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Shirt: Nasty Gal, Skirt: Express, Leggings: Ebay, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes

 

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Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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