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.
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.
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.
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! 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
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.
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
TERTIARY BIRTHSTONE: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s the progress of my dreadlocks. Thanks to the hair dye, you’ll see a dramatic difference between Months 17 and 19:
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
ATS® dance move (fast): Shoulder Shimmy w/ Hip Bumps
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, dear lovelies. This post will show 2 months of my loc progression, since I forgot to post last month’s loc report (whoops). Not only that, but since the election of Donald Trump, I’ve been feeling helpless, hopeless, angry, and downright sad. (Can you tell from the pics?)
I posted my first live video (via Facebook) a couple of days ago. It’s a video expressing my feelings and offering encouragement to others who are also frightened and feeling hopeless. For many of us who are worried about the new President-elect (and also the new Vice-President-elect: Yikes!), this election goes beyond Republican vs. Democrat, liberal vs. conservative. It’s not about Hillary Clinton losing.
With the endorsement of the KKK and other white suprematist groups, we’re fearful for our humanity. We are rightfully angry about the lack of respect for Americans who aren’t white, male, heterosexual, and Christian. Hate crimes across the country have already begun. Many of these crimes have even occurred in elementary- and high schools.
So, I had to take a short break from blogging and posting videos. I needed time to process my feelings and muster the strength to move forward. Outfits of the day, makeup, and looking fabulous had to take a backseat while I get myself together. That includes my lackluster dreadlocks.
Here’s the status on my locs so far:
There will be new posts this week. They’re a bit late (just like this dreadlock post), but better late than never. Many people (especially those of us who are more vulnerable to white supremacist groups) are trying heal and make sense of the message that our fellow Americans are sending. We are not valued. We are nothing. We’re blamed for all of America’s ills, but are never given credit for our contributions to this country.
We will stay strong and move forward. That’s really all we can do at this point. I hope the future will not be as dire as it seems. We will have to wait and see.
Happy Halloween, lovelies! My outfit for the last day of October is its birth flower, the Marigold. Native to Mexico, marigolds were discovered by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Marigolds were used by the Roman, Ancient Greek, Indian, and Middle Eastern cultures for a number of uses including dying fabrics, making cosmetics, and seasoning food. They are also used medicinally and as a natural insect repellent. There are two genera of marigolds: Calendula which are edible, and Tysetes which are poisonous.
With it’s bold yellow and orange colors, marigold symbolize passion and creativity. Marigolds also symbolize the sun, and they’re used to adorn graves and alters during Mexico’s annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. It is believed the the scent of marigolds “help guide the spirits from the cemetery to the alters”. The marigold is named for the Virgin Mary and is called “Mary’s Gold”.
MARIGOLD INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: Mary’s Gold
TYPES: Over 50 species, including African (Tagetes erecta), French (Tagetes patula), and pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)
COLORS: Mainly yellow, golden yellow, orange, and red-orange
ZODIAC SIGN: Leo (July 22 – August 22)
USES: Used in salads, dyeing fabric, insect repellent, and as a substitue for saffron seasoning
Here’s what I wore on Friday. It’s Halloween, so along with my marigold flower and black horns, I wore long, flowy, black clothes. The asymmetrical tunic dress has been getting a lot of wear!
My makeup wasn’t too heavy. Just dark lips and eyeliner. I wore orange bindis, although the ones at the outer corners of my eyes seem to blend in with my skin tone.
I’m taking it easy this Halloween, but I did make an OOTD video for Marigold. Did you celebrate Halloween this year, even though it’s on a Monday? Share in the comments.
Hello, lovelies. October has been a dark, but interesting month, so I’m very late in posting October’s looks for its birthstones and birth flower. My apologies.
This look is inspired by the Opal, October’s birthstone. The Greek word for “opal” is apallios, meaning “to see a change in color”. The Roman scholar, Pliny the Elder, wrote of opalus: “The Opal, as a precious stone containing the fiery flame of the carbuncle (Garnet), the resplendent purple of the Amethyst, and the sea-green glory of the Emerald – all shining together in incredible union and exquisite pleasure”. Opal is also thought to be from the Sanskrit word upala, meaning “precious stone”. Like fingerprints and snowflakes, no two opals are the same.
Opals originate from Australia and was discovered in 1850. The majority of Opals are produced (95%) in Australia, but are also mined in Brazil, Honduras, Ethiopia, Mexico, and parts of the US. Opals are a mix of water and silica (hydrated silicon dioxide), containing a water content between 3% and 21% by weight. Of the 3 types of opal, the most rare is the Precious Opal (also called Rainbow Opal). It’s also the only opals that exhibit a “play on color”. Neither the Common Opal, which has a milky and pearly luster (“opalescence”) nor the Fire Opal, which is translucent with “a body color of vivid red, orange, or yellow”, exhibit a play on color.
OPAL INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: The Eye Stone
COLORS: Nearly every color and also colorless
MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 5.5 – 6.0
TYPES: Precious Opal (or Rainbow), Common Opal, and Fire Opal
ZODIAC SIGN: None, but has a strong affinity with Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
DEITY: Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, ruling during winter. She’s also the Greek goddess of Spring. Also honors Cardea, Roman goddess of Doorways and Entrys, and protector of families, children, and the house.
DIVINATION: “Just when you have given up, good luck makes a return appearance. Maximize opportunities to ensure it lasts.”
CHAKRAS: Several linking to the Crown (7)
HEALING PROPERTIES: Eases depression and stress, strengthens eyesight, purifies the blood and kidneys, and regulates insulin production.
SECONDARY BIRTHSTONE: Tourmaline
Here’s my outfit. The focal point of this look is the glass opal brooch that I wore on my head scarf. The long, black cardigan and lace dress gives it a gothic bohemian feel:
Here’s my face. I wore dark makeup highlighted by green and gold eyeshadow, and pink bindis to match the brooch:
That’s it for now. I’ve been sick and depressed for the past week, so this birthstone post is very late. My apologies for that. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Halloween post for October’s birth flower.