The Year in Bindis, Makeup & Flowers (Oh My!) 2015

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Hello, fellow darklings!  Welcome to my second year in review post.  This post focuses on all of the bindis, “tribal” markings, and flowers that I wore this year, inspired by each month’s birthstones and birth flowers.  Just like my Year in Costume post, there’s a lot of pictures and very few words.

Here is the rundown on how each birthstone and birth flower influenced my outfits and makeup.  You can click on each birthstone and birth flower to view that particular post.

JANUARY

Birthstone: Garnet

Birth Flower: Carnation

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FEBRUARY

Birthstone: Amethyst

Birth Flower: Violet

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MARCH

Birthstones: Aquamarine (pictured) and Bloodstone

Birth Flower: Daffodil

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APRIL

Birthstone: Diamond

Birth Flowers: Daisy (pictured) and Sweet Pea

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MAY

Birthstone: Emerald

Birth Flower: Lily Of The Valley

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JUNE

Birthstones: Alexandrite (not pictured), Pearl, and Moonstone

Birth Flower: Rose

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Pearl and Moonstone

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JULY

Birthstone: Ruby

Birth Flower: Larkspur

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AUGUST

Birthstone: Peridot

Birth Flower: Gladiolus

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SEPTEMBER

Birthstone: Sapphire

Birth Flower: Aster

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OCTOBER

Birthstones: Opal (pictured) and Tourmaline

Birth Flower: Marigold

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NOVEMBER

Birthstones: Topaz (pictured) and Citrine

Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum

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DECEMBER

Birthstones: Zircon (pictured), Tanzanite, and Turquoise

Birth Flowers: Poinsettia (pictured) and Narcissus

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And there we have it, my final post for 2015.  There’s a possibility that the focus of this blog will change (for the better, I hope).  Tomorrow begins a new year and I’m ready.  I hope each and every one of you lovelies has a safe and fun New Year’s.

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”.

Poinsettias with white dots and in solid red
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

 

OOTD & Makeup for December’s Birthstones: Zircon, Tanzanite, & Turquoise

imageGemstone photos via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Wixon Jewelers.

Here we are with December’s birthstones and there are three for this month: Zircon, Tanzanite, and Turquoise.  Concluding the year with three birthstones instead of one (or even two) is a nice way to finish out 2015.

We’ll start with Zircon, which was believed to have healing powers during the Middle Ages.  Zircons were believed to “bring posterity and promote honor and wisdom in its wearer”.  Zircons are most popular in shades of blue (especially Caribbean Blue), but zircons can also be found in shades of green, dark red, orange, and yellow.  Zircons can also be colorless.

Polished and faceted zircon in blue, and raw zircon in red
Polished and faceted zircon in blue, and raw zircon in red

 

Next up is Tanzanite.  Tanzanites can only be found in one place: Mount Kilimanjaro.  Tanzanites look a lot like sapphires, with its varying shades of deep blue, but they will usually have overtones of rich purple.  While true blue tanzanites are rare, these gemstones are most popular in tones of light blues and light purples.  You can also find tanzanites in various shapes and sizes.

Polished and faceted tanzanites in blue and light purple
Polished and faceted tanzanites in blue and light purple

 

Last gemstone for December is Turquoise, which is the oldest of the three gemstones.  It is also among the most popular.  Turquoises were worn by the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, as well as the Native Americans.  Its robin’s egg blue color was thought to promote the status and wealth of the wearer, and was believed to protect them from evil and bring good luck.  

Not only does turquoises come in robin's egg blue, but you can also find them in shades of green and with flecks and streaks of brown
Not only does turquoises come in robin’s egg blue, but you can also find them in shades of green and with streaks of brown and black

 

My outfit and makeup was inspired by zircons.  Once again, this is a belly dance-inspired outfit with the bindi, skirt, and bell-bottom pants underneath:

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T-shirt and 25-yd. skirt: Ebay, Bell bottom pants: L. Rose Designs

 

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Blue bindi: Third Eye Bling (Etsy), Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I went for dark eyes and dark lips:

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That’s the last gemstone post for 2015.  I plan on posting more gemstone pics in 2016, but I’m trying to figure out how to change it up a bit.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

OOTD & Makeup for November’s Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum

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

Hello, my lovelies.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Here we are with November’s birth flower, the Chrysanthemum [genus: Chrysanthemum].  Also called “mums” for short, chrysanthemums are one of the world’s most popular flower.  First cultivated in China during 15th century BC,  mums are symbolic in many parts of Asia including East Asia, Japan, China, and Korea.  Mums are considered to be “one of the Four Gentlemen in art and has high significance during the Double Ninth Festival“.  Mums are symbolized in Japan, during the Japanese Festival of Happiness. 

In China, Japan, and Korea white chrysanthemums symbolize grief, while in other countries they symbolize honesty.  Mums also symbolize love and cheerfulness and blooms in red, pink, mauve, and orange. 

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Chrysanthemums in white/pink, yellow, and red

 

Chrysanthemum tea is widely used medicinally.  The ancient Chinese used chrysanthemum tea to cure illnesses “related to blood and weight”.  Other uses today include healing for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and dizziness.  It is also said to be helpful in clearing the liver and eyestrain.

Here’s what I wore for November’s birth flower.  I kept the outfit simple and focused on my hair.  I went for a belly dance-inspired look:

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Siouxsie Sioux t-shirt: Ebay, Yoga tribal belly dance pants: Creaturre (Etsy)

 

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All accessories (except for the eyeball pendant, which was purchased on Ebay) were purchased from Etsy.  Black Feather Spray clip: Endless Flowers, Ivory Mum flower clips: Wendy Beth Creations, Black feather flower clip: Republic of Pigtails, Inverted cross earrings: Mierda Negra, Studded choker: Aeon Leather

 

I also kept my makeup pretty simple.  I just wasn’t in the mood for heavy makeup.

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November is almost over.  My, how time flies!  One more month and it’ll be a new year.  2015 has been a pretty good year, I must say.  But I’m looking forward to 2016.  Stay tuned for a couple of year-in-review posts, coming up soon.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for November’s Birthstones: Citrine & Topaz

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Wixon Jewelers.

Hello, my pretties.  This month’s inspiration comes from November’s birthstones, in which there are two: Citrine and Topaz.  We’ll start with Citrine, a gemstone that is widely available and therefore, one of the more affordable gemstones.

Citrine is the French word for “lemon”, which makes sense considering how close it sounds to “citrus”.  Accordingly, this gemstone comes in a wide range of colors from lemon-yellow to an orange-brown.  They also come in a reddish-brown, which is the color that is most sought after.  During ancient times, citrines were used to protect one from “snake venom and evil thoughts”.  Today, citrines are “associated with prosperity and success”.

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TOP to BOTTOM: Raw citrine, citrine druzy, polished and faceted citrine

 

Topazes usually come in shades of yellow, orange, and brown but they also come in shades of red, green, and blue.  Sometimes they are colorless.  The Imperial Topaz, which has orange and pink undertones, is the most prized topaz.  Blue is a popular color for the topaz, due to the ability to chemically enhance the color.  However, blue topazes found in nature are rare.  The ancient Egyptians and Romans believed that the topaz was a gift from the sun and had “the power to protect and heal”.

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TOP to BOTTOM: Colorless topaz, blue topazes, Imperial Topaz

 

Here’s what I wore.  I felt like a “jazz lady” after I dolled myself up to go nowhere in particular:

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Lace cardigan, tunic top, & leggings: Amazon, “Icon Steampunk Oxford” shoes: Hades (brand)

 

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Vintage Sarah Coventry topaz pin: Sandra’s Veranda (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market, Amber ring: vintage shop

 

Here’s my makeup.  Since the theme is topaz, I donned my bronze eye-shadow and added small, black “jewels”:

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That’s all for now.  Next week is Thanksgiving here in the US and before you know it, the year 2015 will be long gone.  Wowzers.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for October’s Birth Flower: Marigold

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Marigold pics via Photobucket.  Marigold info via What’s My Birth Flower?.

Here is October’s birth flower, Marigold.  Marigold [genus: Tagetes], the color of fall foliage and pumpkins, was first discovered by the Portuguese in Central America during the 16th century.   The Portuguese then introduced marigolds to Europe and India.

During ancient times, the Aztecs believed that marigolds held magical properties and were used to “cure hiccups and anyone injured by being struck by lightning”.  These flowers were given to sailors to help protect them from lightning and other dangers of sea travel.  In Mexico, marigolds are used to represent All Saints Day.  They are also heavily used for ceremonial purposes in the Hindu religion and are widely popular in India today.  Marigolds often represent sorrow and sympathy and has a hidden message of “My thoughts are with you”.

Marigolds in red and yellow
Marigolds in different variations of red and yellow

Here’s my outfit.  The air is getting more chilly as we get closer to Halloween.  I wore my velvet, animal print bell bottoms.  They’re loud and more funk than goth, but I love them:

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Scarf: Ebay, Long cardigan: Amazon, Black dress: Dharma Trading Co., Pants: L. Rose Designs, Shoes: Demonia (DANK #151)

 

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Victorian casket necklace: Ebay, Onyx ring: Gibsons Vintage Shop (Etsy), Yellow flower: Dee Dee’s Boutique (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  Nothing elaborate, since I was wearing my glasses:

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Two more days until Halloween.  Yippee!  Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so we can really let our hair down and enjoy the festivities.  I can’t wait!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for October’s Birthstones: Opal & Tourmaline

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Wixon Jewelers and The American Gem Society.

Here we are with October’s birthstones and there are two: Opal and Tourmaline. While tourmalines come in a rainbow of colors (literally),  Opals have the rainbow colors in the stone and each color combination is unique – no two opals are the same.

Tourmaline means “mixed stone”, reflecting the many colors of this gemstone. Tourmalines are found all over the world including Afghanistan, Brazil, East Africa, and the USA.  Tourmalines come in every color imaginable, but the most popular are blue, red, green, and multi-colored.

Tourmaline crystal (top); polished and faceted tourmalines (bottom)
Tourmaline crystal (top); polished and faceted tourmalines (bottom)

Opals are much older, going back to ancient times.  Because opals contain so many colors, it was known as the “Queen of Gems” (the ruby is known as the “King of Gems”).   As an opal is turned, the colors seem to “dance” as the light reflects each color.  The black opal has a dark gray to black background, making the colors more vivid.  Black opals are more valuable and are mined at Lightening Ridge in New South Wales, Australia.

(top to bottom): polished opal, Ethiopian waro opal, and black opal
(top to bottom): polished opal, Ethiopian waro opal, and black opal

 

Here’s what I wore.  I decided to wear the mesh skirt that I purchased from Bellydance.com.  Belly dance skirts are a wonderful staple in a gothic bohemian wardrobe.  I like that it has some weight to it, but since it’s mesh it grabs onto a lot of things, such as leaves, grass, bricks, and sharp corners.

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Long cardigan: Amazon, Long t-shirt: Ebay, Shoes: Clarks (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  I’m still experimenting with different looks and I like this one.  I applied a hot pink eye shadow over a metallic, bronze eye shadow.  This tones down the pink and gives it a bit of shimmer:

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Vintage Sarah Coventry opal pin: Moonlight Martini (Etsy)

 

I’m currently working on posting more videos.  I was tagged for the “Goth Tag” by Ramona over at Just Keep Brains back in August.  August!  Ugh, I am so slow.  For now, I’ll leave you pretties with a OOTD clip.  You’ll see more substantial videos soon.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for September’s Birth Flower: Aster

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Aster pics via Photobucket.  Aster info via What’s My Birth Flower?

It’s the third day in October and I’m just now posting my look for September’s birth flower.  I’ve been sick with cramps and allergies all week, so looking pretty was the furthest thing from my mind.

Anywho, today’s look is inspired by September’s birth flower, the Aster [genus: Aster].  Although asters resemble daisies, they are actually related to sunflowers.  Asters come in a variety of colors including pink, red, mauve, and lilac.  Whichever color the aster blooms, it will usually have a yellow center.  Named after the Greek word for “star”, asters are thought to represent “love, faith and wisdom”.  It was believed in ancient folklore that the burning of its leaves helped to “keep evil servants at bay” and also to bring good luck.

Asters in lilac, pink, and white
Asters in lilac, pink, and white

 

Here’s what I wore.  Since aster is the Greek word for “star”, I drew a star-like design on my forehead and wore layers and layers of black.  Sticking to the star motif, I also wore my rhinestone leggings, which kind of look like stars in the night sky:

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Scarf: National Gallery Of Art (Washington, DC); Long cardigan, tunic, and short skirt: Amazon; Leggings with rhinestones: Kalypso Blue (Etsy); Boots: Doc Marten’s (brand)

 

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Here’s my face.  I kept my makeup simple, since I wore my cat-eye glasses that have rhinestones in them.  The star in the middle of my forehead is not perfect, but that just means I need more practice:

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I’m a little behind in my posts, but my dreadlocks are now 5 months old!  I’m becoming more attached to them and they’re looking crazier by the month. Stay tuned for that post in a couple of days.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for September’s Birthstone: Sapphire

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Sapphire pics and gif via Photobucket.  Sapphire info via Wixon Jewelers.

This month we celebrate September’s birthstone, the gorgeous Sapphire.  Sapphires are known for their gorgeous, blue to blue-violet color but they actually come in a wide range of colors including pink, yellow, peach, and orange.  Sapphires can be found all over the world, but the most valuable ones come from Sri Lanka, Myanmar (now Burma), and Kashmir.  The most prized sapphires are deep blue to blue-violet.  Since ancient times, this gemstone represented “honesty, loyalty, purity and trust”.  Sapphire is the Greek word for “blue”.  

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FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: raw sapphires, polished and faceted sapphire, polished and faceted sapphire in yellow

 

Here’s yesterday’s outfit.  Loose and long, as usual:

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Long cardigan: Amazon, Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., Tiered pants (yes, these are pants): Bellydance.com, Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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(Large) blue bindi: Sew Fae (Etsy), Leather choker: Ebay, Crystaline earrings: Wendy Beth Creations (Etsy)

 

Here’s yesterday’s makeup.  As we get closer to Fall, the weather’s getting milder and the makeup starts to increase.  Fall is also the weather for layers, which makes me very happy.

 

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I didn’t realize how much I missed wearing full makeup.  Since humidity kills makeup, I tend to wear it light in the summer.  I do like how I wore my makeup, yesterday.  My eyebrows need some work, though.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for August’s Birth Flower: Gladiolus

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Gladiolus pics via Flickr (Creative Commons).  Gladiolus info via What’s My Birth Flower? and The Farmer’s Almanac.

Today we honor the Gladiolus [genus: Gladiolus palustris], the birth flower for August.  Gladiolus (the plural form is “gladioli”), also known as “sword lily” for the shape of its leaves, takes its name from the Latin word for “sword”. 

Gladiolus is “native to tropical and South Africa” and was discovered in the 18th and 19th centuries.  These flowers were used for food and were also used in ancient Rome, where the victor of gladiator battles were buried in gladioli.  Gladioli comes in a wide array of colors including shades of red, pink, yellow, white and purple.  A member of the iris family, gladioli represents “remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation”.

Gladioli in white, pink, and purple
Gladioli in white, pink, and purple

 

Here’s my outfit from yesterday.  I actually wore this outfit very recently: a black, sleeveless tunic and black bloomers.  These are great staples for summer – I just change the shoes and accessories for a different look:

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Sleeveless tunic: Amazon, Black bloomers: Urban Prairie Girl (Etsy), Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

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Steel armband: 88 Links (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I don’t have any flowers that resemble “sword lilies”, so I experimented with my makeup.  It turned out okay, but I could have refined the “tribal marking” to make it more “crisp”.  I should have added a bit more black on my eyes, also.  Oh, well – practice makes perfect:

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This is the last post for August.  I’m working tirelessly to update my blog and have it posted by September (crossing my fingers).  I’m also working to include more videos on my new blog.  Stay tuned and  I hope to see all of you lovelies, soon!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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