Hello, lovelies! First, let me just start off with the temperature for the day: 69° F (20.6° C). Wow! It felt like Spring, so decided to take advantage of the weather and wear my purple, floral headpiece for this month’s birthstone, Amethyst. Luckily for me, I own amethyst jewelry, which I also wore. Amethyst is my birthstone and thus, my favorite birthstone.
AMETHYST INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: The Sobriety Stone
ALTERNATE NAMES: Sobriety Stone, Cape Amethyst (alternative name for light amethyst)
COLORS: Pale red-violet to deep violet
MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5-7.5
CHAKRAS: Third Eye (6) and Crown (7)
ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius (January 21 – February 19)
SYMBOLIZES: Spirituality, Metaphysics, Meditation and Sobriety
Here’s what I wore. A simple, straight skirt with a simple, long cardigan. I think that the burnout-lace shirt looks nice with the amethyst jewelry and purple flowers. Clothing was purchased on Amazon and Ebay.
I went with a full face of makeup: black and purple eyeshadow with purple lipstick. Black and purple are my favorite colors to wear together.
Next week will be another birthday for me. I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I do know that I’ll be meeting a Facebook friend in person. There’s nothing like meeting a cool person that you’ve talked to online. Can’t wait!
Hello, lovelies! This is Month 21 of having freeform dreadlocks, which means I’ve been growing my locs for almost 2 years. Woot! It’s been such an experience witnessing how hair can have a mind of its own.
Here’s what I wore. I bought this sack dress from Amazon. While baggy clothing (especially on women) are not liked by many people, I love baggy clothes. Loose clothing can be quite flattering and I like how I look in this sack dress. Keep in mind that I also like harem pants, so there you go.
Here’s my face. Again, I went with simple makeup. It’s cold, and when it’s cold, I tend not to put much effort into a full face of makeup. Sometimes as a goth, eyeliner just has to be enough.
Here’s how my locs are progressing. They’re getting longer and more “springier”. My birthday’s not until the 17th, but I went ahead and labeled this month’s loc progression, “Birthday Dreads”, for obvious reasons.
So, how do you lovelies feel about loose, baggy clothes? I used to wear short, body-hugging clothing, but that was many years (and many pounds) ago. If you want to see a middle-aged goth posing and jumping around to punk rock, be sure to check out this video.
Hello, fellow darklings! Today’s look is inspired by January’s birthstone, Garnet. While garnets come in a range of colors, my favorite color (and the most popular) for garnets is blood red. What goth doesn’t love blood red? The color itself is beautiful, but when it’s paired with black, it can give a look a bit of mystery. “Garnet” is believed to come from the Latin word granate, which means “seed”, like the seeds of a pomegranate.
GARNET INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: The Stone of Health
ALTERNATE NAMES: Arizona Ruby, Carbuncle, Cinnamon Stone
COLORS: All except blue, including colorless and multi-colored
MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5-7.5
CHAKRAS: Root (1) and Heart (4)
ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
SYMBOLIZES: Regeneration, Vitality, and Order
Here’s what I wore. Everything is long, flowing, and lacy. Very comfortable and very feminine. I purchased all of my clothing on Amazon.
Here’s my face. Again, I went simple with the makeup but I did go a bit heavier on the eyeliner. Of course, the garnet-colored bindi completes my face:
That’s it for now. I’ll be making changes to my blog and blog posts this year. For instance, I’ll still create blog posts on birthstones, but I’m taking a break from the birth flowers this year. The information on birthstones have also been condensed. If you wish to see more information, you can check out the birthstone posts from 2015 and 2016. Of course, you can also click the link to Crystals and Jewelry (under the title pic) for more in-depth info.
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! 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, lovelies! I’m back with another Outfits of the Week post. In this post I’m sharing what I wore during the week of Halloween, which was on a Monday this year. I’m just now posting this video since I’ve been a bit depressed, lately. But I promise you I will, slowly but surely, get back to my normal posting schedule.
Here’s what I wore on Halloween. It’s not exactly a costume, but the nice thing about being a goth is that I can wear my normal clothes and still look spooky. After all, every day is Halloween for us goths! All I did was add a large, witch’s hat and I was all set for the holiday.
Here’s my makeup for Halloween. I wore all-black makeup, including black lipstick. While the green contacts I wore are subtle, they really do show up nicely when surrounded by black eye makeup:
This is the first time I’ve worn my new top hat. I used to wear top hats about 20 years ago, and I’m happy to be able to wear hats again. It took a little adjusting to (I kept crashing into low-hanging branches), but it was fun to wear. I felt like Stevie Nicks in this outfit!
Day Two’s makeup was pretty subtle: just lipstick, eyeliner, and false eyelashes. I wore a small bindi under the corner of each eye for a little dazzle:
Day Three had the simplest outfit: a long dress, arm warmers, and ankle boots. I wore a pin in my scarf and further accessorized this outfit with an onyx ring and cabochon necklace:
Here’s Day Three’s makeup. It’s pretty much my usual with glitter added to my eyelids. The glitter doesn’t show up well in these pictures, but it does accentuate my eyes:
This month has been depressing, to say the least. I am working on more content, but I’m also taking things one day at a time. We’re already in mid-November, so I will try to have November’s birthstone and birth flower posts out soon. Stay tuned.
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.
Hello, lovelies! Fall is definitely here and the weather has cooled down significantly. I decided to show off a few of my long jackets, perfect for layering and looking very goth.
I wore many layers on Day One, complete with felt hat and long cardigan. The pentacle pikes complete this look. All of my clothing was purchased on Ebay and Amazon, with the exception of the winklepickers, which were purchased from The Gothic Shoe Company.
Here’s my makeup for Day One. I decided to stick with heavy eyeliner and lipstick for the week. I wasn’t in the mood for heavy makeup, but I will definitely wear more makeup for the cooler weather. I think the heavy eyebrows make up for the minimal eye makeup.
Out of these three days, Day Two had the coolest weather so I decided to wear my new fall jacket. I have a winter coat, but I needed a light jacket for Fall and Spring. I also wanted a shorter jacket (my winter coat is long) to wear for when it’s raining outside. This jacket was purchased on Amazon.
Again on Day Two, my makeup was very minimal. I wore green contacts, which are very subtle. I decided to wear a head scarf instead of a hat.
More layers for Day Three. I wore my favorite jacket, which is long, black, and velvet – very goth and very pretty. This jacket is more on the dressy side, so I don’t wear it often. But I think it works for what I’m wearing.
Not much eye makeup on this day, but I’ve added false eyelashes and small bindis to give my face some “oomph”. The dreadlock beads and purple lipstick keep my face from looking boring.
That’s it for this week, lovelies. I was going to add an update on my dreadlocks, but I’m saving that for an upcoming post (coming soon). Stay tuned.