Simply Goth Unboxing: 2 Videos

Hello, my dear lovelies!  I have 2 videos to show you in this post.  The first one is a simple OOTD video and the second is an unboxing video.  We received about 4 inches of snow, while other areas in my state received up to 8 inches.  Despite the snowfall, the weather wasn’t that cold.  The temperatures reached 35° F (1.6° C), but it wasn’t too windy.  The air was cold but crisp. 

Here’s the OOTD video.  I wanted to show a simple, goth style with just a sweater, skirt, and boots.

 

Here is the unboxing video.  This video contains 2 unboxings: one is a purchase I made on Etsy from a shop called DIVINEYES.  The second one is a gift that I received from ZombieMommy, one of my viewers.  She also has a shop on Facebook: Dark Adapted Eye.

 

That’s it for now.  I hope you all enjoyed the videos.  At 21 minutes, the second video is a lot longer than my usual videos, but I think it’s worth it.  I was expecting a small box from ZombieMommy, but she hooked me up!  Watch the video to see just how EXCITED I was!  It was a nice surprise to receive such a large box in the mail.

TTFN,

Dasia Denise

 

YouTube Live: Birthday Ramble 2018

Hello, SoulFlowers!  Yesterday, I turned 45 years old.  Gasp!  I can’t believe that I’m in my mid-forties.  In this live video, I discuss age, life, creativity, and future plans for my channel.  I managed to ramble for almost 3 hours but don’t worry, timestamps are listed below the video.

TTFN,

Dasia Denise

 

TIMESTAMPS

LIVE STREAM BEGINS: 2:22

 

AGE

Midlife Crisis: 4:05

Viewing Comments (“Adulting”): 21:00

 

LIFE

Mini Mug Collection: 1:00:07

Viewing Comments (“Plastic Surgery”): 1:20:38

 

CREATIVITY

Unboxing: 1:40:20

Viewing Comments (“The Creative Process”): 1:57:23

 

MORE COMMENTS

Mini Rant: 2:02:49

Body Mods vs. Plastic Surgery: 2:15:22

Art & Goth: Coming Back Home: 2:31:35

 

LIVE STREAM ENDS: 2:43:27

 

**NOTE: All I’m doing after the live stream is researching how to save the live chat comments.  If you’re interested in seeing me talk to myself, then feel free to watch.**

My 10 Goth Clichés

Hello, dear lovelies!  A few weeks back, a goth tag was started by Toxic Tears called “My 10 Goth Clichés”.  Although this tag was started by Toxic Tears, I had learned about this tag from another goth YouTuber, Orphea333.  I hadn’t done a goth tag in a long while, so I decided to give this a go.

I hope you all enjoy listening to my 10 goth clichés.  What are your goth clichés?  Feel free to share in the comments.

TTFN,

Dasia Denise

 

Hey, Gothic Fam! It’s Friday the 13th!

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Hey, lovelies!  It’s Friday the 13th and I decided to take this day to send love and gratitude to all of my supporters.  At this time, I’ve reached 2, 036 subscribers on my channel.  In the vast online world of YouTube, this is a very small number, but to me?  To me, it’s a lot – a whole lot more than ZERO.  Lol.

I’ve included 2 videos in this post.  The first one is my answer to the question, “Can You Be A Goth Without The Music?”.  While many agreed with my stance, others didn’t.  Thankfully, the disagreements were respectful, but there are gothic folks out there that feel excluded from the subculture.

 

 

 

This second video is my latest video, where I explain how I feel about goths and people who are darkly-inclined (gothic).  It’s also a video expressing my love and gratitude.

 

I really do appreciate each and every one of you that have supported me, my blog, and my channel.  I want both my blog and my channel to be a welcoming place, free from the drama and the trolls.  I hope you stick around for more.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

Goodnight, My Fur Queen

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Rainbow Bridge image via Photobucket.

Yesterday, I had to have my beloved cat, Samantha, euthanized.  My heart is in pieces right now.  My crazy Samantha (we nicknamed her “Psycho Kitty”) was defiant, but sweet.  This queen ran the household, and would snuggle with me when the house was nice and quiet.  She was my first pet and we spent almost 12 years together.  She’s been with me through many life changes: moving 4 times, meeting my life partner, going through my mother’s death, being abandoned by friends, and much more.  I didn’t realize how sick she was until yesterday morning.  Her painful meows were unbearable and she was in a lot of pain.   The vet explained a couple of options, but there was no guarantee that she would get better, and Samantha was clearly suffering.  As difficult as it was, the vet confirmed that euthanasia was the best decision.  I’m heartbroken, but now my Psycho Kitty rests in peace.

My dear Samantha,

I will miss you , your craziness, and your demands to rule our castle.  I love you.  Thank you for adding so much joy, comfort, and happiness to my life.

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Love,

Dasia Denise

Your fur-less Mommy

OOTD & Makeup – Simple Goth for Graduation

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Yesterday, I attended my niece’s graduation from kindergarten.  I have never been to a graduation where the graduates were so small!  I almost died from cuteness overload!  Absolutely adorable.  Since I knew that I would be around kids, I kept my outfit simple and comfortable.  It’s a good thing I did that, ’cause my niece pulled me in to dance with her and her fellow graduates!

 

Here’s what I wore.  Like I mentioned, I didn’t want anything too fussy.  It’s also getting more hot and humid, so just the basics would do.  However, I did add a little flair to my shoes with shoe clips purchased on Ebay:

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Asymmetrical tunic: Amazon, 25-yd skirt: Ebay, Shoes: Clarks (brand)

 

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Here’s my simple makeup.  This is basically my “summer-face”.  I prefer keeping my makeup light for when I wear glasses, which are a must for anything involving education (ha ha):

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With my niece, who also wanted to wear a bindi. I had attached a few of them on her graduation card and she instantly started sticking them on her forehead. The smile on my face says it all!

 

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Below my signature are a few more pictures of my niece’s graduation.  I had so much fun!  I enjoyed seeing these little ones graduate, sing and dance.  And there were colors galore!  Be sure to check out the brightly colored cupcakes.  I seriously wanted to enroll at this school!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

This is one of the teachers at my niece's school. Her shoes were so high! Her fellow teachers said that she wears super-high heels everyday!
This is one of the teachers at my niece’s school. I think these are the highest heels that I’ve seen in real life. Her fellow teachers said that she wears super-high heels everyday!

 

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Gasp!

 

Love Sees No Color – Happy Birthday, MLK!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. – January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968 (Image source)

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the American Civil Rights movement.  No outfit or makeup post today.  Just a short post to honor this great man.  Because without the fearless men and women of the Civil Rights movement, this would still be the reality:

 

JFK and MLK photos via Photobucket.

 

But instead, this is my reality:

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Obama photo via Photobucket.  Dance photo courtesy of Toscana Photography.

 

Unfortunately, racism is still alive and well.  We have come a long way, but our job is not done.  We need to keep spreading love and joy around the world, regardless of one’s skin color.  Let’s do our part to make the world a less racist and more loving place.  Remember, before race, color, religion, gender and class, we’re all human beings first.

With love, honor and respect,

Dasia Denise

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A Small Tribute To Phenomenal Women

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Maya Angelou photos via Photobucket.
The great American poet and author, Maya Angelou, passed away 2 days ago at the age of 86.  She used the power of words to bring healing to many people.  One of these people was my mother.  Suffering from an abusive childhood, Ms. Angelou’s words, along with The Bible, brought my mother peace and comfort.  Her favorite book was I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

 

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The first phenomenal woman in my life – Mom in 1983

 

Not only did Maya Angelou write about the black experience in America, she also had a way of understanding the human condition.  My favorite poem from Maya Angelou is “Phenomenal Woman”, written in 1978.  This poem brought me solace in a world that harbors a hatred of women – especially women of color and those of us who don’t fit the standard Westernized, white-is-right, fat-is-horrible, beauty ideal.

In honor of, not only Maya Angelou, but to all the amazing, beautiful, fierce women in my life, I’m sharing her wonderful poem with all of you.  The accompanying photos are some of the phenomenal women who have been a big part of my life.

 

(In the photo galleries, you can click on or scroll your cursor over each photo for more information.)

 

PHENOMENAL WOMAN

by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

 

 

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My amazing and brilliant sister, J

 

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

 

Two of my favorite dancers, Rin Ajna & Ebony
Two of my favorite dancers, Rin Ajna & Ebony

 

 

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The Queen of Tribal Fusion, Rachel Brice (image via Photobucket)

 

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

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Four of my dance instructors , UDM 2012. (L-R): Jen, Colleen (my first dance teacher), Rachel Kay Brookmire (director of Sahara Dance), and Elysa. (Image source)

 

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

The awesome ladies of Raquettes Samia - UDM 2013 (Photo courtesy of Toscana Photography)
The awesome ladies of Raquettes Samia – UDM 2013 (Photo courtesy of Toscana Photography)

 

 

With my dance sisters of Shimmy Mob DC (Photo courtesy of JP Photography)
Dancing with Shimmy Mob DC (Photo courtesy of JP Photography)

 

I cried a little bit, writing this post.  I am very lucky to have so many beautiful, talented, and truly awesome women touch my life.  I hope this poem brings you peace, love and happiness, just like it does for me.  I also hope that I’m doing my part to bring love, light and creativity to all whom I come into contact with.

 

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(April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”interview from the July issue of Beautifully Said Magazine, 2012

 

If you’re not familiar with this amazing woman, you can go to her official website.  Her life was too vast and extraordinary for this blog to do it justice.

 

Much Love & Many Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Happy Mother's Day, Ladies!

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This is your day.  You are a mother – the hardest job in the world!  This is the day we celebrate all mothers – those that are still with us and those who still live with us, even though they have now gone.

This post will be pretty short.  There’s just not much to say, except that I love and miss my mother.  Terribly. This is a difficult day for me and just posting this blog post took a lot of mental effort.  But it’s nothing compared to what my mother has given me all through my life.

In an earlier post, I had mentioned that I was still in grief after losing my Mom to pancreatic cancer on August 15, 2012.  That was the absolute worst.  But I’m not the only one dealing with the pain.  My life partner, C, lost his mother on this day in 2012.  This day is also my mother’s birthday.  She would have turned 60.

I also mentioned that my mother’s birthday has always been a day before, a day after, or the same day as Mother’s Day.  So, here’s what I’m dealing with today:
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Cherry Blossoms & Space-Age Burlesque – Part 1

 

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A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I went to an art exhibit and burlesque show, Countdown to Yuri’s Night at Astro Pop Events in DC.  But before that, we hung out on the National Mall to see the cherry blossoms, while they were still in bloom.  Since we took so many pictures, I’ve created separate posts for the Countdown to Yuri’s event.

 

Here’s how I did my makeup.  I wore pink and crystal bindis to celebrate the cherry blossoms:

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