Live Video & Freeform Dreads: Months 17 & 18

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Above pic via Photobucket (edited)

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:

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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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD for October’s Birth Flower: Marigold

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Marigold pic via Photobucket. Marigold info via What’s My Birth Flower? and ProFlowers®.

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

GENERA: TagetesCalendula

TYPES: Over 50 species, including African (Tagetes erecta), French (Tagetes patula), and pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)

ORIGIN: Mexico

TYPE: Annual

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!

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Fishnet top (S8), Asymmetrical tunic dress (D4), Black velvet bellbottoms (P9), Platform ankle boots (B4)

 

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Black velvet jacket: dash A clothing (Etsy), Fishnet top: Ebay, Asymmetrical tunic dress: Amazon, Black velvet bellbottoms: L. Rose Designs, Platform boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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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.

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Black dragon horns: The Elfin Forest (Etsy)

 

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Having a bit of fun with a lovely pirate...
Having a bit of fun with a lovely pirate…

 

...until she tried to cut me!
…until she tried to cut me!

 

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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Floreos

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MOTD & OOTD For October’s Birthstone: Opal

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Opal info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

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.

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Greek goddess, Persephone, “Queen of the Underworld” – (Image via Photobucket)

 

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

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Polished 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:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long cardigan (J1), Lace asymmetrical dress (D5), Black leggings (P5), Ankle button boots (B2)

 

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Glass opal brooch: Midnight Martini (Etsy), Onyx beaded necklace: String of Jewels (Etsy), Amber ring: Takoma Underground (now closed)

 

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Ankle boots w/ buttons: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

Here’s my face.  I wore dark makeup highlighted by green and gold eyeshadow, and pink bindis to match the brooch:

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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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD for September’s Birth Flower: Aster

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

This post is a bit late (ha ha!), but it’s still September and today’s outfit is inspired by its birth flower, the Aster.  The word aster is the Greek word for “star”, named for the shape of this flower.  The star-shaped punctuation mark, asterisk, means “little star” in Greek.  Although asters resemble daisies, they’re actually related to sunflowers.  

Asters symbolize elegance and refinement.  Asters were also placed on the graves of French soldiers and thus, symbolizes “the yearning for an end to battle”.  These star-shaped flowers were also used to predict the weather – their petals would close when it was about to rain.  A common nickame for asters are “Michaelmas Daisies”.  They were named this because the blooming of this flower occurs at “the same time as the feast of St. Michael”.

 

ASTER INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Michealmas Daisy

GENUS: Aster

TYPES: Over 180 species including the New England, New York, and China Aster

ORIGIN: North America, Europe, and Asia

TYPE: Perennial

COLORS: White, red, pink, purple, blue, and lavender – all with yellow centers

ZODIAC SIGN: Libra (September 24 – October 23)

USES: Used to make red wine, and to treat snakebites, reduce fever and inflammation, and to treat skin problems

SECONDARY BIRTH FLOWER: Morning Glory

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Here’s what I wore: layers, layers, layers!  Everything is long, flowy, and black.  The lace duster and skull necklace complete the look.  Every article of clothing was purchased on Amazon.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Lace duster (J7), Tunic dress (D4), 25-yard skirt (Skt3), Ankle boots (B2)

 

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Skull necklace: Kreepsville 666 (brand), Seed bead necklace: World Market

 

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Ankle boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  The weather is getting cooler, so I went for heavy makeup this time.  It’s a bit messy, but the marking on my forehead is in the shape of a 4-pointed star:

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Today is the last day of September, which means Halloween will be here in one month.  Woo hoo!  I don’t know what I’ll be doing for Halloween, but I need to think fast.  Halloween is on a Monday this year (bleh!), but I’m sure there’ll be weekend activities to celebrate the best holiday of the year.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Sahra Turn

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OOTD & MOTD for September’s Birthstone: Sapphire

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Sapphire pic via Photobucket.  Sapphire info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

Hello, lovelies!  Today’s look is inspired by September’s birthstone, Sapphire.  Due to its blue color, sapphires have represented hope, faith, and “divine favor” during ancient and Medieval times.  “Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven”, while the common people believed that sapphires brought heavenly blessings.  Sapphires also represented wisdom, and was cherished by royalty since ancient Greece. 

Sapphires come in many colors including green, blue, violet, and even black.  However, sapphires do not come in red.  “Red sapphires” are actually rubies, both gems being a form of corundum.  The most prized sapphires are “medium to medium dark blue or slightly violet-blue”.  

Star sapphires occur when corundum is grown “with fibrous inclusions of rutile“.  When these stones are cut into cabochons, small rays of light are reflected, creating six (sometimes twelve) rays.  The rays form a star and appear to glide across the stone when turned.  Star sapphires in a pale, cornflower blue are the most prized.  The most well known star sapphire is the Star of India, which was found around 300 years ago. It is housed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  The three rays that make up the six-pointed star represent “faith, hope and destiny”.

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The Star of India is 563.35 carats and has stars on both sides, which is uncommon. (Image and info via Wikipedia)

 

SAPPHIRE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Wisdom

COLORS: Yellow, orange, pink, green, blue, purple, black

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 9.0

TYPE: Corundum

ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

DEITY: Juturna, Roman goddess of brooks and ponds.  Also honors Turan, Etruscan goddess of love and beauty.  The star sapphire honors Gendenwitha, the Morning Star goddess of the Iroquois.

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Juturna, Roman goddess of brooks and ponds. (“Elemental Goddess Water” by AutumnsGoddess – via Journeying to the Goddess)

 

DIVINATION: “You are wondering whether to trust someone you have recently met.  Take your time as you do not know the whole story yet.”

CHAKRAS: Throat (5), Third Eye (6)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Releases mental tension, calms and focuses the mind, soothes insomnia, improves eyesight, helps with inner-ear imbalances and vertigo.

 

Here’s what I wore.  This is one of my favorite looks.  It’s long, flowy, and very comfortable.  It’s also a pretty simple outfit and goes well with my felt hat.

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Project 666 Staples: Oriental-style tunic (J2), Loose black pants (P8), Felt hat (H1), Ankle boots (B2)

 

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Felt hat: Scala (brand), Oriental-style tunic: Ebay, Black pants: Sharif Wear, Ankle boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

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Here’s my makeup.  I’ve had this blue eyeshadow for awhile and wasn’t sure if I could pull this color off.  But it’s a perfect shade of sapphire blue – very striking.

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Blue dreadlock bead: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Black coffin earrings: Rebel Circus

 

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Eek! Hat hair.

 

Sapphire is another one of my favorite birthstones and I felt lovely wearing this ensemble.  Of course, there’s an OOTD video.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

MOTD & OOTD for August’s Birth Flower: Gladiolus

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Gladiolus pic via Photobucket. Gladiolus info via What’s My Birth Flower?.

Today’s outfit is inspired by the birth flower of August, the Gladiolus.  Gladioli have sword-shaped leaves and bright, funnel-shaped flowers.  The name “gladiolus” comes from gladius, the Latin word for “sword”.  The is in reference to the flower’s sword-shaped leaves.  This flower was the flower of gladiators in ancient Rome, where “the victor was buried under gladioli by cheering crowds in celebration”.  Gladioli were presented to symbolize moral character, strength, and honor.  Given as a gift, the gladiolus also represents “love at first sight”.

 

GLADIOLUS INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Sword Lily

GENUS: Gladiolus

TYPES: Over 260 species divided into winter blooming, summer blooming, and hybrids

ORIGIN: Tropical and South Africa

TYPE: Perennial 

COLORS: Various solid and bi-colors including red, pink, orange, white, yellow, purple, and green 

ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo (August 24 – September 23)

USES: Used to draw splinters from the skin and used as a powder in milk to treat colic

 

Here’s what I wore.  Purple has been a big color for me this week.  I love the combination of black and purple.  The dress I wore is so comfortable and the only article of clothing that was needed.  It’s the accessories that makes this look gothic.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long purple dress (D7), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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All accessories purchased on Etsy. Black spike earrings: Ashley Elaine Designs, Leather studded choker: Aeon Leather, Vintage wooden rosary: Krombholz Jewelers, Large, purple jade ring: ncStudio925

 

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20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  I used the same eyeshadow and silver pencil that I used in my Gothic Purple tutorial.  I drew the tribal marking in the shape of a sword, since that’s where the word “gladiolus” comes from.

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August is just about over with September right around the corner.  And we all know what September means: Autumn!  Besides black (obviously), purple and green are two of my favorite colors in goth fashion.  What are your favorites?

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Arabic 1-2-3

MOTD & OOTD for August’s Birthstone: Peridot

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Peridot pic via Photobucket.  Peridot info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

Hello, lovelies.  Yesterday’s outfit was inspired by August’s birth stone, Peridot.  Although this birthstone is not as popular as some of the others, peridot is one of my favorite gemstones.  The vivid, lime green is hard to resist and it looks great against black.

Peridots (along with diamonds) are the only gemstones that are not formed within the Earth’s crust.  Peridots are formed from molten rock of the Earth’s upper crust, brought forth by the force of volcanoes and earthquakes.  With it’s lime- to olive-green color, peridots represent late summer and early fall, when the leaves start to change from bright green to red, yellow, and then brown.  Peridot was known as the “true Topaz” in ancient times, which comes from Topazos, named after Topazios Island in the Red Sea where the gem was first discovered.  The Egyptians held a monopoly over Topazios Island and was mined exclusively for kings.  “Peridot” comes from the Arabic word for “gem”, which is faridat.  Today, Peridot is still the National Gemstone of Egypt.

 

PERIDOT INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Extreme Gem

COLORS: Yellowish-green to olive green

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.0

TYPE: Olivine

ZODIAC SIGN: Libra (September 23 – October 22)

DEITY: Pele, Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes.  Also honors Pax, Roman goddess of peace and prosperity, and Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of fortune and abundance. 

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Pele, Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes (Image source)

 

DIVINATION: “Rely on luck and take a chance on a new offer or opportunity rather than holding back.”

CHAKRA: Heart (4)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Balances the endocrine system, supports the digestive system, and helps strengthen the eyes in relation to nearsightedness and astigmatism.

 

Here’s what I wore for Peridot.  It’s still summer, so I wore clothing that is lightweight.  All of my clothes were purchased on Amazon and Ebay.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Short black dress (D9), Black leggings (P5), Lace top (S16), Tabi boots (B8)

 

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All jewelry purchased on Etsy. Green bindi: Aurora Eventide, Black choker w/ green gems: Aeon Leather, Silver key necklace: Fuchsia Bloom Studio

 

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Here’s my face.  This green bindi is one of my favorite ones.  The green is vivid and so pretty.  Instead of eyeliner on my bottom lids, I applied 3 coats of mascara.  I think I like this look and it’s good for an older face.

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Below my signature is another OOTD video.  I’m dancing a little bit in this video and I swear that I’m a better dancer than this!  The focus was on the outfit and makeup, so I wasn’t too focused on what I was doing.  Oh, wells. 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Gray Lace & Freeform Dreads: Month 15

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Hello, dear lovelies.  Here we are with Month 15 of me growing my locs and they’re starting to get long. Woot!  As you can see, I’ve also started wearing beads in my hair and I’m loving the look!

Here’s what I wore.  Just like the title says, I finally wore my gray lace dress. You’ve seen me in this dress before – in black.  Of course, black lace is my favorite, but the gray is also a nice alternative to black.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Gray lace dress (D8), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Gray lace dress: Amazon, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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Here’s my face.  Again, my makeup is lightweight for summer, but I make up for this with beads in my hair.  I purchased these beads from Heather Fish Designs.  I have thick dreads, and I didn’t realize how hard it can be to find beads that fit them.  Luckily, Heather makes beads with many sizes to choose from.  The beads I’m wearing are 10.5 mm.

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Leather choker w/ O-ring: Ego Driven (Etsy), Crystal quartz pendant: Kalani’s Gems (Etsy)

 

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Before I forget, here’s how my locs are progressing this year:

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We’re now in the month of August – the last month of summer.  Stay tuned for posts on August’s birthstone and birth flower.  I also hope you enjoy my OOTD video.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

OOTD & MOTD for July’s Birth Flower: Larkspur

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

Today’s inspired outfit is based on July’s birth flower, Larkspur.  Larkspurs represent light-heartedness, fun, and “carefree summer days”.   Larkspurs and delphiniums are often thought to be the same flower, however this is incorrect. While both flowers come from the buttercup family, larkspurs (genus: Consolida) are delicate annuals, whereas delphiniums (genus: Delphinium) are perennials and are more substantial in size and color.  Larkspurs come in shades of lavender, white, and pink; delphiniums come in shades of purple, blue, red, yellow, and white.  

Larkspurs generally symbolize an open heart and strong, romantic feelings. Each color of larkspurs have their own symbolism (mentioned below).  Larkspurs are sometimes used to treat hemorrhoids, colic in children, and the repair of wounds.

 

LARKSPUR INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Lark’s Claw (also known as “Knight’s Spur”)

GENUS: Consolida

TYPES: Baker’s Larkspur and Yellow Larkspur

ORIGIN: Northern Hemisphere and high mountain areas of tropical Africa

TYPE: Annual

COLORS (SYMBOLISM): Purple (first love), White (happiness), Pink (fickleness)

ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

USES: Used to treat head and public lice, treat colic in children, consolidate wounds, and to treat scorpion stings.  Delphiniums are also used to make blue dye.

SECONDARY BIRTH FLOWER: Water Lily

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Here’s my outfit of the day.  The outfit’s more on the hippie side than the goth side, but I still like it.  My goth attire usually has a touch of hippie or “tribal”.  I received so many compliments on this outfit.  This happens whenever I wear colors or white.  The dress was purchased from Amazon.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long purple dress (D7), Floral headband (Crwn1), High-top sandals (Snd2)

 

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High-top sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

Here’s my face.  Just like I did for July’s birthstone Ruby, I went with black eyelids but instead of red eyeshadow, I used a bit of silver shadow below my eyebrows.  The necklace that I wore is a real, pressed larkspur.

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Floral Crown: Miss Wild Flowers (Etsy), Larkspur necklace: When The Petal Breaks (Etsy)

 

July seemed to go by really fast, and there are actually 31 days in July so it’s not a short month.  Before we know it, it’ll be autumn.  The weather’s been really hot and humid lately (ah, summer).  Stay tuned on how I dress goth for sticky weather.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Barrel Turn

OOTD & MOTD for July’s Birthstone: Ruby

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Ruby pic via Photobucket.  Ruby info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

Hello, fellow darklings.  Today’s outfit is inspired by the Ruby, birthstone for July.  Called the “King of Gems”, the ruby has been revered by many cultures. Rubies symbolize the Sun and have been used as talismans, representing “passion, protection and prosperity”.  Rubies also symbolize love and passion, were used to warn the wearer of danger, and “banished sadness and foolish thoughts”.  The most prized and valuable rubies are vivid medium to dark red. Rubies that are purplish-red are also of high value.

 

RUBY INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: King of Gems

COLORS: Pink, bright red to blood red, purplish-red

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 9.0

TYPE: Corundum

ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

DEITY: Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war.  

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Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war – (Image source)

 

DIVINATION: “Value friends and family even if they seem temporarily dull.”

CHAKRA: Root (1)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Stimulates the blood and heart, increases desire and sexual energy, promotes mental clarity, and increases concentration and motivation.

 

Here’s what I wore.  It seems to be that red is my color.  It’s not surprising, considering that’s the color I dye my hair.  Honestly, I do like how I look in red and black.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Black lace dress (D5), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Black lace dress: Amazon, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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Here’s my face.  I decided to rock some red eyeshadow for July’s birthstone.  I love Ben Nye’s® Lumiere Creme Colours eye makeup collection.  It goes on smoothly, lasts all day, and the colors are so vivid!

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All accessories purchased from Etsy. Black fang earrings: Ashley Elaine Designs, Silver monogrammed “wax seal” necklace: J and A Wares Jewelry, Vampire Red Gem necklace: Reneeroxx Shop

 

I was really inspired by this gemstone.  I like all of the gemstones, but rubies are among my favorites.  While I do love the simplicity and exquisiteness of the four precious gemstones: Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire, my favorite gemstone is Amethyst – it’s purple and it’s also my birthstone. 

What’s your favorite gemstone?

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise