Hello, dear lovelies! It’s the start of another year and I have two new videos for you. It’s been a pretty dark holiday for me (not in a good way), but since the death of my mother in 2012 the holidays have lost their festive edge. I did celebrate Krampusnacht, which was fun, but once Halloween ends I lose interest in the holidays. It’s sad, but I have accepted this fact in my life right now.
This first video is a look back of all the birthstone outfits that I wore this year:
Unfortunately, the cold weather and the holiday season can bring on depression. It’s a time where I can’t help but think of loss: my mother, friends who I thought were true, flaky family members who have no interest in family, and so on. I’m already dealing with clinical depression and the holidays tend to exacerbate it.
I was able to alleviate my sadness somewhat, with “playing dress-up”. I found that it’s never too old to play dress-up, especially in moments of sadness:
That’s it for now, lovelies. I’ve started drawing again and hopefully, I can keep up with this. I’m also working to improve my videos with a new setup and new lighting. Stay tuned for some artwork this year and for more fashion!
Hello, lovelies! Halloween fell on a Tuesday, so it was a quiet affair this year. I went out with friends for drinks and Chinese food, so I decided to dress up instead of wearing a costume. Money’s tight and I didn’t want to shell out money for a costume this year. But it was all good! A big party is not necessary to celebrate my favorite holiday.
This is my first Get Ready With Me (GRWM) video. It’s very quick, so it’s not a tutorial. You’ll see me apply my makeup in under 2 minutes (ha!) and then you’ll see what I wore for Halloween.
Here is the list of makeup that I used. As usual for Halloween, my makeup was dark and heavy. I also wore green contact lenses which are subtle, but they give me just a slight change in eye color. I tend to favor subtlety instead of the spooky, bright contacts – not that there’s anything wrong with that. (*wink*)
FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer
FOUNDATION: Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2
LOOSE POWDER: Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium
BLUSH: Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red
SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®
EYESHADOW PRIMER: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Minor Sin
SILVER EYESHADOW: Ben Nye® Shimmer Crayon in Silver
BLACK EYESHADOW: M.A.C. Paint Pot Eyeshadow in Blackboard
BLACK EYELINER: M.A.C. Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack
WHITE EYELINER: Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in White
EYELINER SEALER: Cinema Secrets® (used with white eyeliner)
EYEBROW PENCIL:Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso
EYEBROWS FILLED IN: with Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown
MASCARA: Maybellene® The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara in Blackest Black
LIP PENCIL: Covergirl® Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Basic Black
LIPSTICK: Manic Panic® Glam Nation™ Lipstick in Black Rose
The last pic above is me with a couple of my fellow SoulFlowers. Food + drink + friendship makes for a perfect evening. So, how was your Halloween? Did you do anything special? Please share in the comments.
Hello, lovelies! Today’s post is the last birth flower post for 2016. Woo hoo! My look is inspired by one of December’s birth flowers, the Poinsettia. Poinsettias are not flowers, but modified leaves (bracts). With its red and dark green leaves, this plant is popular around the Christmas holiday. The other birth flower for December is the Narcissus. Also known as daffodil, narcissus is also the birth flower for March.
Poinsettias originate from Mexico and Central America. The plants can reach to heights up to 16 feet! Both poinsettias and narcissi are poisonous. The plant’s name comes from Joel Roberts Poinsett, who was the first US Ambassador to Mexico. Poinsett was the person responsible for introducing the plant to the United States in 1825. For the ancient Aztecs, poinsettias symbolized purity. Today the plant symbolizes celebration, good cheer, and success.
POINSETTIA INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: Christmas Star (also Christmas Flower)
TYPES: Holly Point, Tri-Color, Plum Pudding, and Winter Rose Red
ORIGIN: Mexico and Central America
TYPE: Perennials in Mexico, annuals outside of Mexico
COLORS: Red, orange, pink, pale green, cream, white and marbled
ZODIAC SIGNS: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) and Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
USES: Mainly used as ornamentation, but also used for pain relief and antimicrobial properties. Their latex is used for depilatories.
SECONDARY BIRTH FLOWER: Narcissus
Here’s what I wore. We had an office Christmas dinner and it was a perfect opportunity to wear my new, kimono-style jacket. I decided to get it as an early Christmas present to myself. Ha ha. This jacket was purchased on Ebay.
Here’s my face. I wore heavy eye-makeup along with burgundy eyebrows. Unfortunately, I forgot about my red and pink hair so the poinsettia I wore blended in with my hair. Oh, well. At least you can see the black feather.
Well, this is the last birth flower post for 2016. Are you ready to start the new year? Stay tuned for a couple of year-end videos, which will be posted this week.
Hello, lovelies! We recently celebrated Thanksgiving here in the US, and I thought it was a perfect day to honor Topaz, November’s birthstone. The main colors for topaz are yellow and amber gold, matching the dying leaves of Fall. Topaz can also be found in a full range of colors including blue, pink, and wine red. November’s second birthstone, Citrine, looks similar to topaz in color, ranging for lemon-yellow to orange-brown. Citrine is the French word for “lemon”.
The Imperial Topaz was discovered in Russia during the 19th century. With its orange with pink undertones, the Imperial Topaz is the most prized topaz. While blue is the most popular color for topaz, this is due to the man-made dying process. Blue topazes that occur naturally are rare. The ancient Egyptians and Romans believed that topaz represented the sun, and believed that topazes held healing and protective powers. Topazes also symbolize love and good fortune. Blue topazes represent the moon.
TOPAZ INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: The Crystal of Potency
COLORS: Amber gold, yellow, orange, pink, wine red, brown, blue, and also colorless
MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 8.0
TYPES: See Colors above. Colorless topazes are without impurities and are considered “pure”
ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
DEITY: Demeter, Greek goddess of abundance and the harvest. She brings an end to the barren winter land, filling it with life-giving grain. Also honors Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war and Amaterasu, the Japanese Sun Goddess.
DIVINATIONS:Clear topaz: “It is time to see the real truth. Listen to your inner voice to tell right from wrong.”
Imperial/Golden topaz: “You have as much right to aim high as anyone else.”
Blue topaz: “Speak the truth with confidence and you can take control of the situation and turn matters to your advantage.”
CHAKRAS:Imperial/Golden topaz: Root (1), Sacral (2), and Solar Plexus (3); Pink topaz: Heart (4); Blue topaz: Throat (5) and Third Eye (6); Colorless topaz: Crown (7);
HEALING PROPERTIES: Heals diseases of the eye and helps with dimness of eyesight, restores the sense of taste, lessens cardiac pains, and reduces snoring.
SECONDARY BIRTHSTONE: Citrine
Here’s what I wore. We had Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house, so I went for a casual look. I wore my black velvet pants with two t-shirts. The layered t-shirts dressed down the velvet pants, giving my look a more relaxed feel.
Here’s my Thanksgiving face. Makeup is somewhat heavy with bronze glitter on my eyes. Since I was feeling casual, I decided to skip the false eyelashes.
That is all for today. November is just about over, so after December we’ll be starting a new year. Personally, I am ready for 2016 to end. It was a very depressing and trying year.
Hello, lovelies! I’m back with another Outfits of the Week post. In this post I’m sharing what I wore during the week of Halloween, which was on a Monday this year. I’m just now posting this video since I’ve been a bit depressed, lately. But I promise you I will, slowly but surely, get back to my normal posting schedule.
Here’s what I wore on Halloween. It’s not exactly a costume, but the nice thing about being a goth is that I can wear my normal clothes and still look spooky. After all, every day is Halloween for us goths! All I did was add a large, witch’s hat and I was all set for the holiday.
Here’s my makeup for Halloween. I wore all-black makeup, including black lipstick. While the green contacts I wore are subtle, they really do show up nicely when surrounded by black eye makeup:
This is the first time I’ve worn my new top hat. I used to wear top hats about 20 years ago, and I’m happy to be able to wear hats again. It took a little adjusting to (I kept crashing into low-hanging branches), but it was fun to wear. I felt like Stevie Nicks in this outfit!
Day Two’s makeup was pretty subtle: just lipstick, eyeliner, and false eyelashes. I wore a small bindi under the corner of each eye for a little dazzle:
Day Three had the simplest outfit: a long dress, arm warmers, and ankle boots. I wore a pin in my scarf and further accessorized this outfit with an onyx ring and cabochon necklace:
Here’s Day Three’s makeup. It’s pretty much my usual with glitter added to my eyelids. The glitter doesn’t show up well in these pictures, but it does accentuate my eyes:
This month has been depressing, to say the least. I am working on more content, but I’m also taking things one day at a time. We’re already in mid-November, so I will try to have November’s birthstone and birth flower posts out soon. Stay tuned.
I found out at the last minute yesterday, that it was St. Patrick’s Day – a great reason to highlight my black attire with green gems! It was cloudy and a bit chilly, yesterday – a typical March day.
Here’s what I wore. I wore my hat again, but it was a bit windy yesterday. Not the best day to wear a hat, but who cares? I think it completes the look:
Here’s my face. Believe it or not, I am wearing false eyelashes. They were the wispy type though, which is why you can’t tell that I’m wearing them. So, I wore these damn things and you can’t even see them. Ugh!
Yesterday ended up being a good day. I found 3 college friends that I went to art school with on Facebook. We were friends and roommates back in the mid ’90s and one of them told me that they’ve been trying to find me. In fact, the one girl I roomed with is the person that got me into goth. I don’t care how many people complain about Facebook, I love it.
Today is the first day of 2016 and I am ready for a big change. This is the second year I’m participating in Bat Fit, thanks to the lovely Franny at The Curious Professor Z. It’s nice to be part of a community (especially a goth community) that’s working to improve their health and well-being.
Last year started off well with my resolutions, but by summer they had all gone out the window. The only resolution that I was consistent in was improving my blog. I’m disappointed in myself, but I won’t let that stop me from trying again this year.
This year my health will be my top priority. I HAVE to work on my health. At age 42, my body isn’t as resilient as it once was and I need to work on my overall wellness. Even though I fell off the wagon with yoga, I did love to practice yoga and even for that short time, I noticed a difference in how I felt.
Here are 3 things that I’ll be working on this year:
1. Back to yoga. Last year, I started out taking hot Bikram yoga before changing course to hot Vinyasa yoga. Bikram yoga was okay; I felt a difference in my body. But the instructor at that particular studio was condescending and not very welcoming. I then switched to a different studio where they taught Vinyasa yoga. The rude Bikram yoga instructor ended up doing my a huge favor, because I absolutely LOVE hot Vinyasa yoga. Not only did my body feel better and increased my flexibility (something I desperately need), but it also helped me to sleep better and increase my water intake. Going to hot yoga without being fully hydrated is a bad idea. I also noticed that practicing yoga helped everything else fall into place.
2. Back to the drawing board. I mean this literally. I want to get back into drawing and I’m going to start slow. Since I’ve always drawn, this is an area where I come up with big ideas and not follow through. I need to be patient with myself and just start simply. The big ideas for a work of art will come naturally with practice.
3. Back to simplicity. My third goal is to simplify my life in general. I’m currently working on streamlining my wardrobe and getting rid of useless stuff. I did this 2 years ago, but I didn’t stick with it. This year, I want to simplify and stop buying more useless crap. I really do have enough stuff – more than enough.
One thing I noticed about blogging is, not only do I love to do it, but it also helps me to keep on top of things. Blogging is the only resolution that I kept from last year. Since I post themes every month (such as the OOTD posts inspired by birthstones), this will help me in tracking my progress in health and fitness. So you can expect to see more posts on healthy food, healthy drinks, and my journey in simplification.
Here we are with December’s birth flowers, Narcissus [genus: Narcissus] and Poinsettia [genus: Euphorbia]. Narcissus is also known as Daffodil, which is the birth flower for March.
Most of us are familiar with the story of Narcissus, the young hunter who was so in love with himself that, staring at himself in a pool of water, ended up falling in and drowning. This is where we get the word narcissism. Thus, this flower symbolizes vanity in the West. In the East, the narcissus symbolizes good fortune.
December’s second birth flower is the Poinsettia. This is the flower most associated with the Christmas/Yule season (the other flower would be holly). Poinsettias come from Mexico and Central America. Red dye was created from poinsettias by the Aztecs. The meaning behind this flower is “You’re the only one”.
Poinsettias are not my favorite flowers, since they immediately conjure up thoughts of Christmas. But since they are connected to the Christmas/Yule season, I thought this vintage poinsettia earring and pin set would be perfect to wear to this year’s office party.
Here is my makeup. I wanted it to be festive, but office-friendly:
My outfit was a bit conservative for the office party, but it did have a ’70s vibe to it. Perhaps it was the boots and headscarf? Next Friday is Christmas, can you believe that? I’ll have a couple more posts before 2015 ends, so stay tuned. I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Yule-Kwanzaa-Hanukkah-Festivus!
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.
For my sweetie’s costume, I went to online stores that sold clothing and shoes for crossdressers, since he’s a pretty big guy:
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:
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.
Hello, lovelies! This past week has been super busy with Halloween and preparing for my dance duet tomorrow for Raq Out. Since Halloween fell on a Saturday this year, I decided to wear a costume for Devil’s Night (also called Mischief Night), which occurs on the day before Halloween on October 30.
I saw these badass Maleficent horns on Ebay and decided to take a chance, hoping they would fit and they did. Woo hoo! Here’s what I wore to work last Friday, with a short clip of my outfit:
Here’s my face. I took advantage of the holiday and wore black lipstick to work, along with green eye shadow:
More Devil’s Night pics:
Well, that’s it. Stay tuned for Part 2, the actual Halloween holiday. I’ve included a second video, below my signature. You can actually see my face and hear my voice at the same time (My voice – ACK!). TTFN (Ta Ta For Now)!