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

 

Goth Fashion for February: Amethyst

Amethyst image via Photobucket.  Amethyst info via Crystals and Jewelry.

Hello, lovelies!  First, let me just start off with the temperature for the day: 69° F (20.6° C).  Wow!  It felt like Spring, so decided to take advantage of the weather and wear my purple, floral headpiece for this month’s birthstone, Amethyst. Luckily for me, I own amethyst jewelry, which I also wore.  Amethyst is my birthstone and thus, my favorite birthstone.

 

AMETHYST INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Sobriety Stone

ALTERNATE NAMES: Sobriety Stone, Cape Amethyst (alternative name for light amethyst)

COLORS: Pale red-violet to deep violet

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5-7.5

CHAKRAS: Third Eye (6) and Crown (7)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

SYMBOLIZES: Spirituality, Metaphysics, Meditation and Sobriety

ELEMENTS: Air and water

 

Here’s what I wore.  A simple, straight skirt with a simple, long cardigan.  I think that the burnout-lace shirt looks nice with the amethyst jewelry and purple flowers.  Clothing was purchased on Amazon and Ebay.

 

 

Floral crown: Miss Wild Flowers (Etsy), Amethyst ring: Bethesda Flea Market, Seed bead necklace: World Market, Raw amethyst necklace: Habit Jewelry (Etsy)

 

I went with a full face of makeup: black and purple eyeshadow with purple lipstick.  Black and purple are my favorite colors to wear together.

 

 

Next week will be another birthday for me.  I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I do know that I’ll be meeting a Facebook friend in person.  There’s nothing like meeting a cool person that you’ve talked to online.  Can’t wait!

Love & Shimmies, 

Dasia Denise

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Gothic Fashion for January: Garnet

Above photo via Photobucket.  Garnet info via Crystals And Jewelry.

Hello, fellow darklings!  Today’s look is inspired by January’s birthstone, Garnet. While garnets come in a range of colors, my favorite color (and the most popular)  for garnets is blood red.  What goth doesn’t love blood red?  The color itself is beautiful, but when it’s paired with black, it can give a look a bit of mystery.  “Garnet” is believed to come from the Latin word granate, which means “seed”, like the seeds of a pomegranate.

 

GARNET INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Health

ALTERNATE NAMES: Arizona Ruby, Carbuncle, Cinnamon Stone

COLORS: All except blue, including colorless and multi-colored

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5-7.5

CHAKRAS: Root (1) and Heart (4)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

SYMBOLIZES: Regeneration, Vitality, and Order

ELEMENT: Earth

 

Here’s what I wore.  Everything is long, flowing, and lacy.  Very comfortable and very feminine.  I purchased all of my clothing on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

Here’s my face.  Again, I went simple with the makeup but I did go a bit heavier on the eyeliner.  Of course, the garnet-colored bindi completes my face:

 

 

Close-ups of my accessories. Blood vial teardrop necklace purchased from Vampfangs.

 

That’s it for now.  I’ll be making changes to my blog and blog posts this year. For instance, I’ll still create blog posts on birthstones, but I’m taking a break from the birth flowers this year.  The information on birthstones have also been condensed.  If you wish to see more information, you can check out the birthstone posts from 2015 and 2016.  Of course, you can also click the link to Crystals and Jewelry (under the title pic) for more in-depth info.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Lookbook: The Year In Birth Flowers 2016

Today’s post is my lookbook for the birth flowers of this year.  Just like the birthstone lookbook, this post is mostly pictures and not much text.  There’s a video at the end that shows my outfits and the ATS® dance moves for each month.  To view the full post on each birth flower, just click on the name of that flower.

JANUARY – Carnation

 

 

 

FEBRUARY – Violet

 

 

 

MARCH – Daffodil

 

 

 

APRIL – Daisy

 

 

 

MAY – Lily of the Valley

 

 

 

JUNE – Rose

 

 

 

JULY – Larkspur

 

 

 

AUGUST – Gladiolus

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER – Aster

 

 

 

OCTOBER – Marigold

 

 

 

NOVEMBER – Chrysanthemum

 

 

 

DECEMBER – Poinsettia

 

 

 

I hope you all enjoyed my tribal goth lookbook.  This is the very last post for 2016.  Woo hoo!  We’ll see what 2017 brings.  I hope all of you have a safe and fun New Year’s.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Lookbook: The Year In Birthstones 2016

Hello, lovelies!  Here’s the year-end post on what I wore for each birthstone. Since this is a lookbook, there is very little text but a chockfull of pictures. There’s also a video at the end.  To view the full post of each birthstone, just click on the name of the birthstone.

 

JANUARY – Garnet

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY – Amethyst

 

 

 

MARCH – Aquamarine

 

 

 

APRIL – Diamond

 

 

 

MAY – Emerald

 

 

 

JUNE – Moonstone

 

 

 

JULY – Ruby

 

 

 

AUGUST – Peridot

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER – Sapphire

 

 

 

OCTOBER – Opal

 

 

 

NOVEMBER – Topaz

 

 

 

DECEMBER – Tanzanite

 

 

 

That’s all for now, folks.  I actually enjoyed looking back on what I wore for each birthstone.  Some looks were better than others, but each one was fun to wear.  What will I come up with in 2017?  We shall see.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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

ATS® dance move (fast): Box Step

OOTD for December’s Birthstone: Tanzanite

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Tanzanite info via Crystal Vaults.

Hello, lovelies!  Today’s look is inspired by one of December’s birthstones, Tanzanite.  The other 2 birthstones for December are Turquoise and Zircon.  Out of these 3 birthstones, my favorite is tanzanite because of it’s gorgeous blue color, so that’s what this post will focus on.

Tanzanite is a rare gemstone and is highly prized.  The most valuable tanzanite is a deep, ultramarine blue with a slight purple edge.  Tanzanites are mined in Tanzania, East Africa.  Tanzania is the only place where tanzanites are formed, hence its name.  Tanzanites are “celebrated as the Gemstone of the 20th century”, in which New York’s Tiffany and Co. created and showcased its faceted form.  

Blue tanzanites symbolize spirituality and wisdom, and along with turquoise and zircon, symbolize Winter.  Zircon and turquoise are the traditional birthstones for December.  Due to its popularity, tanzanite was added as a birthstone by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA).

 

TANZANITE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Gemstone of the 20th Century

COLORS: Shades of lilac-blue, deep ultramarine blue, and blue-violet. Also found in shades of brown and yellow in its raw form

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5

TYPE: Zoisite

ZODIAC SIGN: None, but is sometimes associated with Pisces (February 18 – March 20) and Aries (March 21 – April 19)

DEITY: Athena, Greek goddess of War and Wisdom, honored for her intellect and logic.  Also honors Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and contradiction personified.

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Athena, Greek goddess of war and wisdom. – (Image by TaekwondoNJ via Photobucket)

 

DIVINATIONS: “Trust you intuition – it is guiding you in the right direction, even though others may be blinding you with facts and figures to the contrary”

CHAKRAS: Throat (5), Third Eye (6), and Crown (7)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Strengthens the immune system, detoxifies the blood, and promotes the regeneration of cells, hair, nails, and skin.

SECONDARY BIRTHSTONE: Turquoise

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Polished turquoise

 

TERTIARY BIRTHSTONE: Zircon

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Faceted zircon

 

Here’s what I wore.  It was FREEZING with a high temperature of 25° F (-3.9° C). It was windy, too.  I hate cold weather, but it’s a great opportunity to wear heavy velvet.

PROJECT 666 Staples: Sheer black scarf (Scf3), Long sleeved shirt (S2), Asymmetrical tunic dress (D4), Blue velvet skirt (Skt9), Ankle boots (B2)

 

 

All clothing purchased Amazon and Ebay. Victorian coffin necklace: Ebay, Silver bat necklace: Numi Olive (Etsy)

 

Vintage ankle boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

My makeup was minimal because of the cold, and I definitely did not feel like wearing false eyelashes.  I had a perfect bindi to go with my outfit, but I couldn’t find it.  Oh, well.  Boring face, basic bindis.

Silver dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy)

 

 

This post concludes the birthstone looks for 2016.  Woot!  I can’t WAIT for 2016 to end, and apparently I’m not alone.  Was 2016 a good year for you?  Stay tuned for the last birth flower post and a couple of year-in-review posts.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Video: Gothic Office & Freeform Dreads: Month 19

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Hello, lovelies!  It is Month 19 of my freeform locs.  I finally re-dyed them and they look 100% better.  They’re also getting longer and I’m definitely pleased with that.  I’ve added some things to my office decor and I’m very happy with the results.  New hair color, new office.

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Here are few pics of my office, with the office light on.  It looks cool, but it looks a lot snazzier with the office light turned off, and the colorful lights turned on.  The skull lamp, bony hand candelabra, and “lightening ball” were purchased on Amazon.  The rest of the items were purchased at CVS.  These purchases were made last year during Halloween season, so these items were bought at a reduced price.  The battery-operated candles were purchased online.

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Here’s the progress of my dreadlocks.  Thanks to the hair dye, you’ll see a dramatic difference between Months 17 and 19:

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That’s it for now.  Be sure to check out my office decor video below. You’ll see how my office looks when it’s darkened and lit up by my spooky lights.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD for November’s Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum

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Chrysanthemum pics via Photobucket. Chrysanthemum info via What’s My Birth Flower? and ProFlowers®.

Hello, lovelies!  Today is the last day of November, so today’s look is inspired by the Chrysanthemum, November’s birth flower.  “Mums” are one of the most cultivated flowers around the world, beginning in China in 15th century B.C.  Chrysanthemums are a diverse flower, ranging from “puffy poms to the spindly spiders and quill flowers”.  Chrysanthemums are a member of the daisy family and are related to zinnias, dahlias, marigolds, and sunflowers.

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From TOP LEFT: Pom mums, Thistle mums, Spoon mums, and Quill mums

 

The word “chrysanthemum” comes from the Greek words chrysos, meaning “gold” and anthemon, meaning “flower”.  Chrysanthemums are next to the most popular flower, second to roses.  “Mums” are traditionally given on Mother’s Day, which symbolize optimism and joy. Many of us Americans call our mothers “Mom”, whereas some of the British call their mothers, “Mum”.  I’m pretty sure there’s a connection there.

Chrysanthemums have a great deal of symbolism in Asia, especially in China and Japan.  The Chrysanthemum is considered one of the Four Gentlemen in Chinese art and “The Festival of Happiness” in Japan is a celebration of the “mum”.  But in France, Belgium, Spain, and Italy, chrysanthemums symbolize death and are often placed on graves and used in funerals.

 

CHRYSANTHEMUM INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Gold Flower

GENUS: Chrysanthemum

TYPES: Poms, Thistle (or Brush), Spoon, and Quill

ORIGIN: Asia and Northeastern Europe

TYPE: Mostly Perennials, but there are also Annual varieties

COLORS: Pink, red, yellow, white and green

ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

USES: Mainly used as a tea to assist in eyestrain, dizziness, and to lower cholesterol, and adds flavor to Korean rice wine. The leaves are boiled and steamed to be eaten.  Also helps to reduce indoor air pollution.

 

Here’s what I wore.  This look would of been perfect with the long skirt I was going to wear, but it decided to rain.  So I changed gears and wore a knee-length skirt, leggings, and flat shoes.

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Project 666 Staples: Sheer black scarf (Scf3), Burnout lace top (S4), Asymmetrical hem skirt (Skt1), Leggings (P10), High-top sandals (Snd2)

 

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Large ivory mums: Wendy Beth Creations (Etsy), Tooth and bone necklace: Creates 4 Fun (Etsy)

 

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“Black City” leggings: Carousel Ink (Etsy), High-top sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

I wore my eyeglasses, so makeup was basic.  The bone necklace and large mums were the highlight of this look.  I did go heavy on the blush, though.

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That’s all for now, lovelies.  Last day of November and I manage to squeak out the birth flower post.  For a short month, this month felt like it would never end.  Strange.  

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Shoulder Shimmy w/ Hip Bumps

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