OOTD for December’s Birth Flower: Poinsettia

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Flower pics via Photobucket. Poinsettia info via The Florister and Teleflora®.

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)

GENUS: Euphorbia

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

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Narcissus is also known as Daffodil, which is the birth flower for March

 

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.

PROJECT 666 Staples: Kimono-style beaded jacket (J8), Long asymmetrical shirt (S13), Black “spinning skirt” (Skt4), Victorian-style ankle boots (B5)

 

 

 

“Spinning skirt”: Flying Skirts, Victorian-style ankle boots: Ladies’ Emporium

 

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.

 

All accessories purchased on Etsy. Poinsettia hair clip: Cheryl’s Jewelry Etc., Black feather hair clip: Bedazzled by Sharon, Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven, Beaded necklace w/ tassel: Jacq’s Jewelry

 

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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD for November’s Birthstone: Topaz

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Topaz info via Crystal Vaults and Wixon Jewelers.

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.

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Imperial Topaz – (Image via Lehigh Minerals)

 

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.

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Demeter, Greek goddess of Abundance and the Harvest – (Image via Photobucket)

 

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

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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.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Frayed t-shirt (S11), Long t-shirt, worn underneath (S5), Velvet bell bottoms (P9), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Long t-shirt underneath: Amazon, Frayed t-shirt: Summers Breeze (Etsy), Black velvet bell-botoms: L. Rose Designs

 

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.

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Vintage starburst topaz brooch: Sandra’s Veranda (Etsy), Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven (Etsy)

 

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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTW: Gothic Hats & Vintage Pins

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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.

 

DAY ONE

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.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Asian-style tunic jacket (J2), Long-sleeved shirt (S2), 25-yd. skirt (Skt3), Fingerless gloves (GLV2), Victorian-style boots (B5)

 

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Victorian-style ankle boots: Ladies’ Emporium

 

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:

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Magic wand: Masterwork Magics (Etsy)

 

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DAY TWO

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!

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Top hat (H3), Long t-shirt (S5), Asymmetrical skirt (Skt1), Floral velvet shawl (J4), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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:

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Black beaded necklace: Lord & Taylor, Vintage star pin: Aura Rose’s Treasures (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market, Silver key necklace: Fuchsia Bloom Studio (Etsy)

 

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DAY THREE

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:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long “goddess” dress (D6), Scrunchy arm warmers (GLV1), Victorian-style boots (B5)

 

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Vintage star & moon brooch: Maggie’s Vintage Market (Etsy), Scrunchy arm warmers: Lama Luz (Etsy), Onyx necklace: made by me

 

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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:

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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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Green Goth Makeup for St. Paddy’s Day

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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:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long t-shirt (S5), Lace shirt (S6), Black skirt with asymmetrical hem (Skt1), Black leggings (P5), Felt hat (H1), and 20-eye Doc Martens (B3)

 

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Hat: Asos, Lace shirt: Kitty Biskits Vintage (Etsy), Black choker w/ green gems: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Silver key pendant: Fuchsia Bloom Studio (Etsy), 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand). Skirt, leggings, and long t-shirt purchased on Ebay and Amazon.

 

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!

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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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Bat Fit Challenge 2016

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Bat Fit logo by Franny Z.

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.

 

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This Instagram pic was taken in February 2015. I started out right, then fizzled.

 

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.

 

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My big ass, coffee table-sized sketchbook

 

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.

 

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Yikes. Please don’t judge me.

 

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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for December’s Birth Flowers: Narcissus & Poinsettia

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Flower photos via Photobucket.  Flower info via What’s My Birth Flower?.

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.

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Narcissus in white and in yellow

 

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”.

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Poinsettias with white dots and in solid red

 

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.

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Turtleneck sweater and red skirt: secondhand, Boots: Jessica Simpson (brand)

 

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Poinsettia earring and pin set: Maggie’s Vintage Market (Etsy), Onyx beaded necklace: String of Jewels (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market

 

Here is my makeup.  I wanted it to be festive, but office-friendly:

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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!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

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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Sexy!

 

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

Halloween 2015 – Part 1: Devil’s Night

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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:

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Asymmetrical dress: Dragonesque, 25-yd. skirt: Ebay

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Onyx pendant: handmade by me, Black Void ring: Sarah Crooks Design (Etsy)

 

 

Here’s my face.  I took advantage of the holiday and wore black lipstick to work, along with green eye shadow:

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More Devil’s Night pics:

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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)!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Bat Fit Challenge 2015

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Bat Fit logo by Franny Z.

Happy New Year’s Day!  It’s finally 2015 and I am ready to start the new year.  The last six months of 2014 have been rough and for the past 2 years, I’ve been feeling broken down and mentally exhausted.  I’m ready to change things up and start really taking care of myself.  So, I decided to participate in the Bat Fit Challenge, started by Franny over at her blog, The Curious Professor Z.  This is the first year I’m participating and the theme is: Nourishment.

Here are 4 things that I want to work on this year.  I’m only focusing on 4 because of my fear of failure.  I’m a person that if I have too many goals, I achieve nothing.  So, I’m choosing 4 things to be my top priority:

1. Drink more water. A critical ingredient for nourishment, I have this horrible habit of drinking anything but water: soda (the worst), tea, coffee, wine, juice, etc.  Everything but just water.  This is not good and it’s something I want need to change.  My goal will be to drink no less than 64 oz. (about 1.9 liters) of water, everyday.  I have no intentions of cutting out tea, coffee, wine or juice (I will eventually cut back on soda), but these shouldn’t replace water.  If I’m getting enough plain water, I can still drink whatever I want (within reason, of course).

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Animals drink nothing but water (usually). Why is this so hard for me to do?

 

2. Get more sleep.  Another critical ingredient for nourishment is adequate rest.  I have not been sleeping well and it’s been showing on my face – especially under my eyes.  Not only that, but I really do feel better when I’ve had enough sleep (usually on my days off).  My goal is to get to bed by midnight. As a night owl, this is early for me, but I don’t have much choice since I work during the day.  I used to keep a dream journal many moons ago and I would like to start one up again.  But in order to remember my dreams, I need to get at least 7 hours of sleep.

3. Strengthen my core. There’s a reason why your torso (core) is so important.  Movements are based on one’s core, which means this will be crucial in improving my dance technique.  Having a strong core will also help to achieve the beautiful, fluid arm movements that I’m working towards.  My goal for this one is to dance at least 3 times a week, consistently (which will include my dance class on Saturdays), along with doing core-building exercises (sit-ups, the plank, etc.).

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I don’t mind my fat, but I would also love to show some muscles. I know they’re in there somewhere!

 

4. Improve my blog.  I included this because there’s a lot of room for improvement on my blog.  One thing that I’ve started doing is posting on a more consistent schedule.  My goal is to post roughly 3 to 4 times a week.  Before, I would post every other day, then sometimes a week later, then sometimes 2 weeks later.  Then life got depressing and I left a 3-month gap in between posts.  Not good.  But this will be the easiest out of the 4 things to implement, since I’ve already started doing this.  I’ve even added a new category: Health & Fitness.

Thank you and many hugs to Franny (aka “Professor Z”) for starting the Bat Fit Challenge.  These were goals I already had in mind, but it’s a lot more fun doing this as a community.  Here’s to being healthy, whether you’re a goth or not.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – Office Holiday Party

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Hey, y’all!  Tuesday night was our office holiday party.  We started the evening with food and drinks at Boss Shepard’s.  Then it was on to see a show, Pippin at The National Theatre.

Here’s what I wore.  I wanted to wear something a bit more dressy and festive.  So I brought out the sparkles!  And you can’t lose with green velvet and a big, red jewel for the Christmas season:

 

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Velvet jacket: Pyramid Collection, Black asymmetrical shirt: Ebay, Mesh skirt: Bellydance.com, Victorian-style boots: Ladies’ Emporium

 

Here is my festive, tired face:

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I thoroughly enjoyed Pippin.  Basically a coming-of-age story, flourished with circus-type acrobatics.  Very colorful, very fun, and a great way to end the evening.  It also starred Lucie Arnaz (daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz).  I didn’t realize what a great entertainer Lucie Arnaz is!  She sang, danced and did acrobatics, also – at the tender age of 63!

 

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Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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