(Improvised) Makeup & OOTD for July’s Birthstone: Ruby

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Ruby pics and gif via Photobucket.  Ruby info via Wixon Jewelers and American Gem Society®.

Today’s look is inspired by July’s birthstone, the Ruby.  Also known as “the king of gems”, the ruby represents “love, passion, courage and emotion”.  Second only to the diamond in hardness, rubies are considered the most rare and hence, the most valuable gemstone.  Rubies can range in color from purplish- and bluish-red (cool reds) to an orange-red (warm reds).  The most prized rubies come in a “medium or medium-dark vivid red” and have the most value.  The “Burmese Ruby” comes in a vivid, bluish-red that is “only associated with the Mogok Valley mines in Myanmar”.

Clockwise from top left: Polished and faceted ruby (South Africa), raw ruby, polished ruby (Madagascar), Queen Elizabeth II wearing tiara in diamonds and Burmese rubies
Clockwise from top left: Polished and faceted ruby (South Africa), raw ruby, polished ruby (Madagascar), Queen Elizabeth II wearing tiara in diamonds and Burmese rubies

 

Before we get to my improvised makeup look, here’s what I wore.  Just a simple dress and skirt for hot and humid weather:

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Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., 25-yd. skirt: Ebay, Boots: Steve Madden (brand)

 

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All of these accessories were purchased on Etsy – Large red bindi: SewFae, Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities, Choker with red gems: Ego Driven, Bat necklace: Kitsch Bitch Jewellery

 

Now for my improvised makeup look.  Here’s what happened: I had a dance performance this weekend and placed my makeup bag and brushes in my dance bag.  Fortunately, I remembered to put my makeup bag in my everyday bag.  Unfortunately, I forgot my makeup brushes, which I keep in a small, slim box.  I already had the jewelry and the outfit for July’s birthstone, so I had to do something.  I didn’t want to go without makeup, so I decided to apply my makeup sans brushes.

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Here’s what I had to work with: Younique mascara set, M.A.C. lip liner in “Nightmoth”, L.A. Colors® jumbo eye pencil in “Sunglasses”, Manic Panic lipstick in “Black Rose, Lipcote lip sealer, red sticker jewels, and an eyelash curler.

 

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I didn’t do too bad, but of course it would have looked 10x better using makeup brushes.  One good thing from this experiment was using the burgundy lip pencil on my eyebrows.  I thought it looked too reddish at first, but it has grown on me – the color matches my hair.  I’ll try this look again, using the proper tools.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for June’s Birth Flower: Rose

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Rose pictures and gif via Photobucket.  Rose info via What’s My Birth Flower?.  Rose color info via Proflowers®.

One of the most popular flowers ever is the Rose, the birth flower for June.  Roses [genus: Rosa] were grown in backyards as far as 5,000 years ago.  They were included in paintings from Babylon, and were also grown in Greece and China in 500 BC.  The breeding of roses started in 17th century Europe.  The popularity of the rose started in the 19th century, when the China Rose was introduced to Europe.

Roses come in different colors, each with their own meanings.  Red roses symbolize romantic love and are connected to the goddesses of love, Aphrodite (Greek) and Venus (Roman).  Pink roses symbolize grace and elegance, and are given as tokens of gratitude and admiration.  White roses are “traditionally associated with marriages and new beginnings”, but are also given as a call for reverence.  White roses also symbolize spirituality.  Yellow roses symbolize joy and are given as a token of friendship and good health.  They also represent the sun and “life-giving warmth”.  Roses also come in orange, which represent enthusiasm and passion.  Orange roses are more recent, with breeding occurring in the early 20th century.  Orange roses are the result of the crossbreeding between red and yellow roses.

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Roses in pink & white, red, yellow trimmed with orange, and my personal favorite, black (obviously synthetic).

 

Here’s my outfit.  Since my hair is dyed red, I wore my black rose headband, one of my favorite accessories.  Of course, the only black roses that occur in nature are dead and dried ones, which are not truly black.  However, black roses are huge in the goth subculture – particularly with romantic goths.

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Rose headband: The Magpies River (Etsy), Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., Lace shirt and leggings: Ebay, Boots: Dr. Marten’s (brand)

 

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Ha! Even my lace shirt has roses. Beaded necklace: Lord & Taylor (8 years ago), Victorian casket necklace: Ebay, Onyx ring: Etsy

 

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Here’s my face.  Black roses call for gothic makeup, no question!  It is summer though, so just black eyeliner, lipstick, blush, and a few small, black bindis:

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I’m pleased that I was able to wear my rose headband with my baby dreads.  I wasn’t sure how it would look, but this actually added a little volume to my hair.  The only time I won’t wear something, is if I absolutely hate how it looks on me.  But when I’m not sure, it doesn’t hurt to try.  Sometimes it’s a winning look, sometimes it’s a look of “Nope!”.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for June’s Birthstones: Pearl, Alexandrite, & Moonstone

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Birthstone pics via Photobucket.  Birthstone info via American Gem Society.

Yep, the title of this post is correct.  June has not one, not two, but three birthstones!  The Pearl is the stone that usually counts as June’s birthstone, but June also counts Alexandrite and Moonstone as its birthstones.

The most common one is the Pearl.  Pearl is the only stone that comes from sea creatures, most often from oysters but sometimes from clams and mussels.  The beauty of pearls also comes naturally – no cutting or polishing is required of the pearl.  Since the 1920s, pearls are almost always cultured instead of natural.  While pearls can come in a variety of colors, the most common are white, cream, black, silver, and gray.

Cultured pearls in champagne, black, pink, and white
Cultured pearls in champagne, black, pink, and white

 

The second gemstone is the Alexandrite.  Alexandrite was “first discovered in Russia in 1831” and is named after its czar during the time, Alexander II.  Out of the three birthstones, Alexandrite is the most rare.  It has chameleon-like qualities and change color from green to red-violet.  Since this is a rare gemstone, most Alexandrite are synthetic.

Raw Alexandrite in rose; polished and faceted Alexandrite in green
Raw Alexandrite in rose; polished and faceted Alexandrite in green

 

Last, but not least, we have the Moonstone, which is my favorite out of the three birthstones.  The moonstone was named by Roman historian, Pliny.  Pliny believed that this gemstone changed colors based on the phases of the moon.  In India, the moonstone is considered sacred and is believed to bring good fortune.  Moonstones can come in white, blue, green, peach, and champagne. 

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Here’s what I wore.  Since I don’t wear pearls, I wore my beaded necklace, made from onyx.  I don’t have pearls, but I do have a moonstone:

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Lace cardigan: Amazon, Long dress: Dharma Trading Co., Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

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Beaded, onyx necklace: String Of Jewels (Etsy), Moonstone pendant: Ebay

 

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Here is yesterday’s makeup.  I went for dark eyes and dark lips, with a little shimmery eyeshadow primer.  This primer is the Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay.  The shade I’m wearing is “Minor Sin”:

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It looks like I finally moved my butt and posted June’s birthstones – and the month’s just started.  Stay tuned for my upcoming post on June’s birth flower.  We’ll see what I can come up with.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for May’s Birth Flower: Lily of the Valley

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Lily of the Valley pic and gif via Photobucket.  Lily of the Valley info via What’s My Birth Flower?.

Today’s inspiration comes from May’s birth flower, Lily of the Valley [genus: Convallaria].  Also known as “Our Lady’s Tears” or “Mary’s Tears” in the Catholic tradition, the lily of the valley is a poisonous, perennial plant with small, fragrant, bell-shaped flowers.  This flower symbolizes “humility and the sign of Christ’s second coming” in the Christian faith.  In the Pagan tradition, the lily of the valley is a symbol of the German goddess, Ostera and symbolizes life.  In France, this flower symbolizes the Spring season.  It is also used medicinally to “improve memory and restore speech”.

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Here’s what I wore.  I kept it pretty basic with a t-shirt and a pair of jeans:

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Tish & Snooky t-shirt: Manic Panic (brand), Black jeans: Express, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes

 

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Leather choker: Ebay, Bat necklace: Kitsch Bitch Jewellery (Etsy), Crystal point pendant (Ebay)

 

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Here’s my face.  I don’t have any flowers that resemble lily of the valley, so I decided to play around with white makeup instead.  I used my white, jumbo eye pencil to draw a “tribal” making on my forehead, resembling lily of the valley:

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Here’s what I used for my lily of the valley “tribal” marking: L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in Seashells, #401, and Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in White, #EL0

 

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Well, that’s it for now.  I’m getting the hang of using white eyeliner and I’m loving the results, so far.  June will start very soon, so stay tuned for posts June’s birthstone and birth flower.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for May’s Birthstone: Emerald

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Gemstone photos and gif via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Wixon Jewelers.

Here we have one of my favorite birthstones, the Emerald.  With its deep green color, the emerald represents Spring, rebirth, and life.  A rare gemstone, the deeper the shade of green, the more valuable it is.   Some emeralds have such a deep shade of green that they can have a bluish tint to them.  These are even more rare, thus more valuable.

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TOP IMAGE: raw emerald, BOTTOM IMAGE: polished and cut emerald

 

According to Wixon Jewelers, emeralds also represent the goddess Venus, and were used to aid in fertility.  In Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra was known for wearing emeralds.  The Ancient Egyptians were also known to bury their mummies with emeralds carved with “the symbol of verdue – flourishing greenness – on their necks to symbolize eternal youth”.

 

Here’s what I wore.  I finally found a long, basic skirt that fits.  The length is also perfect, which is not easy since I’m only 5′ 3″ (160.02 cm) tall.  The skirt is by Full Tilt, purchased on Amazon:

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Burnout lace shirt: Ebay, Victorian-style boots: Ladies’ Emporium

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Green whistle pendant: Bliss Berry Blue (Etsy)

 

My makeup from yesterday.  The weather’s starting to get warmer and unfortunately, more humid.  You’ll see more of my “summer face”, in which my eyeliner is worn just on my upper eyelids:

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Sunday is the last day of May, so I’ll be doing a post on May’s birth flower.  I’m also working on posting the birthstone and birth flower posts earlier in the month.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Minimalist Makeup for April’s Birth Flower: Daisy

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Daisy and Sweet Pea photos via Photobucket.  Daisy info via ProFlowers®.

Here we are on the second day of May, and I’m just now posting April’s birth flower, the Daisy [genus: Bellis].  Better late than never.  I also didn’t feel like doing my face yesterday, as you can see.  Not too exciting, but I’m not afraid of showing my minimally made face.  It would be silly to “force” myself into wearing makeup.

On to the daisy, a flower that reminds me of innocence and for some reason, hippies.  I suppose it’s because in a lot of the pictures I see of hippies from the 1960s, many of them are wearing daisies in their hair.  It makes sense – daisies can be found all over the world.

The Common Daisy, the one we all know and love.
The Shasta daisy, the one we all know and love.

 

Daisies do symbolize innocence, so it’s no wonder it reminds me of that.  They also symbolize simplicity and joy.  “Daisies are close cousins to sunflowers” and the “three most popular varieties are the Shasta daisy, African daisy and gerbera daisy”.  Out of these three varieties, the gerbera daisy is the most popular.  Other varieties include the English daisy and the desert daisy.

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4 types of daisies, clockwise from top left: African Daisy, English Daisy, Gerbera Daisies, and Desert Daisy

 

Some sources list the Sweet Pea [genus: Lathyrus] as April’s second birth flower.  According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the sweet pea signifies “blissful pleasure, but [can also be used] to say goodbye”.

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The sweet pea

 

Here is my minimally made face from yesterday.  All I wore was foundation, blush, and mascara.  The daisy flower clip is of a gerbera daisy, with a rhinestone center:

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Gerbera hair clip: Kugga KIDS (Etsy)

 

Here’s what I wore.  Minimal jewelry (rings) and all black.  I bought the long cardigan from Amazon.  Everything else is from Ebay:

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With scarf and cardigan

 

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It’s been a little while since my last post, but I’m getting back on schedule. I decided to take a short break after performing last Saturday, in the annual Under A Desert Moon belly dance show.   Stay tuned for more posts, including my performance.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for April’s Birthstone: Diamond

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Gemstone photos and gif via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via American Gem Society.

It’s time to bring out the bling for April’s birthstone, the Diamond.  Supposedly, a girl’s best friend and the most commercialized stone, thanks to De Beers©.  But, we can’t deny how gorgeous they are, just like the other birthstones.

TOP IMAGE: Uncut diamonds, BOTTOM IMAGE: Faceted diamonds
TOP IMAGE: Uncut diamonds, BOTTOM IMAGE: Faceted diamonds

 

While most diamonds are colorless, they can also come in a range of colors such as blue, yellow, green, red, purple, pink, and black.  The colored diamonds found in nature get their color from impurities in the stone.  For example, the yellow found in yellow diamonds get their color from small traces of nitrogen; blue diamonds have small traces of boron.   Colored diamonds found in nature are rare.  Since colored diamonds are rare, most colorless diamonds are color-treated.  Due to the controversy surrounding “blood diamonds“, you can also buy man-made diamonds, in which you can only tell by using a loupe.  

Diamonds were “thought to provide the wearer with better relationships and an increase in inner strength”.  Diamonds are also worn to promote “balance, clarity, and abundance”.  They signify eternal love.

Diamonds in black, blue, pink, and yellow.
Diamonds in black, blue, pink, and yellow.

 

Here is yesterday’s outfit.  Perfect time to wear my rhinestone leggings, peaking out beneath my skirt:

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A skirt made for belly dancing passes my “spin test”. Of course!

 

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25-yd. skirt and tabi boots: Ebay, Rhinestone leggings: Kalypso Blue (Etsy)

 

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Large, clear-colored bindi: SewFae (Etsy), Leather choker: Ego Driven (Etsy), Tish & Snooky t-shirt: Manic Panic® (Ebay)

 

Here’s my makeup.  Nothing but white sparkles.  Cheap, inexpensive sparkles, but still – they’re the only “diamonds” I can afford.  It’s hard to see in the photos, but I did wear a touch of glitter beneath my eyebrows:

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Diamonds works really well with the goth aesthetic, since they’re usually colorless.  Perfect with black.  Stay tuned for April’s birth flower: the daisy. 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for March’s Birth Flower: Daffodil

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Daffodil photos via Photobucket.  Daffodil info via ProFlowers®.

Daffodil (genus: Narcissus) is the birth flower for March.  Its bright yellow (and sometimes white) color signifies Spring, in which Spring is the month for rebirth and rejuvenation.  After months of cold, gray, depressing weather, this yellow flower is a welcome sight.

Just like Spring, the daffodil also represents rebirth and rejuvenation.  It can also represent hope.  While the most common color for the daffodil is yellow, they can also be “accented with white, orange, pink or lime green”.  Daffodils also represented friendship and happiness, during the Victorian era.  One hidden meaning behind daffodils was “you are an angel”.

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Daffodils accented with lime green, orange, white, and pink (known as “palmares narcissus”).

 

Here’s yesterday’s outfit:

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Long cardigan: Amazon, Led Zeppelin t-shirt and black skirt: Ebay, Black leggings w/ Swarovski rhinestones: Kalypso Blue (Etsy), Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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Daffodil hair clip: Lila Jo (Etsy), Leather choker and crystal pendant: Ebay

 

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My makeup from yesterday.  For some reason, I was a bit hesitant to wear white eyeliner – I didn’t think it would look good on me.  But, I do like the look:

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L.A. Colors© Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Sea Shells #401”

 

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It’s strange how February is the shortest month of the year, yet it seemed to drag on and on and on.  March has 31 days, but flew by.  Strange, but I like strange.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for March’s Birthstones: Aquamarine & Bloodstone

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Gemstone photos via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via American Gem Society.

The birthstone for March is the aquamarine, also the color of water.  In Latin, aqua means water and marina means sea.  This is also an “icy” color (since ice is frozen water), but I think we’re done with ice until next winter.  We are finally into the swing of March and the weather is getting warmer.  Hooray!

According to the American Gem Society, the aquamarine was used as protection for sailors and to ensure a safe journey at sea.  Aquamarines were also used to promote calmness.  Aquamarine is a light color, and it ranges from greenish-blue to blue-green.  The larger the stone, the deeper the color.

TOP IMAGE: Raw aquamarine cluster BOTTOM IMAGE: Polished aquamarine stones
TOP IMAGE: Raw aquamarine cluster, BOTTOM IMAGE: Polished aquamarine stones

 

March actually has two birthstones.  Aquamarine is the modern birthstone, while the ancient birthstone for March is the bloodstone, “a dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide”.  The ancient Babylonians believed that the bloodstone healed blood disorders.

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TOP IMAGE: Raw bloodstone, BOTTOM IMAGE: Polished bloodstones

 

Here is what I wore yesterday.  I like the color aquamarine (favoring shades closer to blue than green), even though I rarely wear it.  But, I do have a pair of velvet bell bottoms that went well with my tikka:

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Tikka: Bliss Berry Blue (Etsy), Choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Long cardigan w/ lace-up detail: Necessary Evil (brand)

 

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Velvet bell bottoms: L. Rose Designs, Boots: Steve Madden (brand)

 

Here’s my makeup.  Dark eyes and a tikka in aquamarine:

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I’m very happy that Spring’s finally here, the season of flowers and birdsongs. I tend to be more fashionable during Spring, slowly shedding my warm layers of clothing.  I will write a post soon on the daffodil, March’s birth flower. Daffodils are mainly yellow – a color that I do NOT wear (except for dance).  We’ll see what happens.  

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for February’s Birth Flower: Violet

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Violet photos via Photobucket.  Violet info via What’s My Birth Flower?.

Violet is the birth flower for February and there’s many varieties of violets (genus name: Viola): African violets, common blue violets, Australian native violets, dog’s tooth violets, just to name a few.  The two most common shades that violets come in are violet (duh) and blue, but they also come in shades of white, cream and mauve.

According to What’s My Birth Flower?, violets symbolize the “love of truth” and the “truth of love”.  Another interesting tidbit is, although roses are most commonly associated with Valentine’s Day, it’s actually the violet that’s connected to the Christian priest, St. Valentine.   According to legend, “St. Valentine kept encouraging believers with messages of friendship and love”.

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Clockwise from top left: African violets, African violets in white, common blue violet, Australian native violet

 

Yesterday, my bosses were taking photos of us for the company website, so I went a bit conservative.  I decided to leave the choker and bindis at home, but at least I got to wear my flowers.  We had to wear a light-colored shirt for the photo, so I grabbed my white, summer dress from storage.  My sweetheart (with much love) said that I looked like a lost, milk maid.  Personally, I prefer “Amish reject”:

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Long cardigan w/ lace-up detail: Necessary Evil (brand), White dress: dance retreat in Costa Rica, 25-yd. skirt: Ebay, Studded boots: Steve Madden (brand)

 

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Violet flowers: Little Shop Of Florals (Etsy), Amethyst necklace: Habit Jewelry (Etsy), Large, stone ring: NC Studio 925 (Etsy)

 

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Here’s my very conservative face.  I wore Manic Panic’s® lipstick in “Deadly Nightshade”, applied very lightly.  I also went gentle on my eyebrows:

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I don’t have flowers that are actually violets, so I made do with violet-colored flowers.

 

Today is the last day of February.  Thank goodness!  I don’t know about anyone else, but for the shortest month of the year, February seemed long as hell.  The weather has been hellacious!  So, I’m definitely looking forward to the first day Spring in 19 days!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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