OOTD for December’s Birth Flower: Poinsettia

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Flower pics via Photobucket. Poinsettia info via The Florister and Teleflora®.

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)

GENUS: Euphorbia

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

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Narcissus is also known as Daffodil, which is the birth flower for March

 

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.

PROJECT 666 Staples: Kimono-style beaded jacket (J8), Long asymmetrical shirt (S13), Black “spinning skirt” (Skt4), Victorian-style ankle boots (B5)

 

 

 

“Spinning skirt”: Flying Skirts, Victorian-style ankle boots: Ladies’ Emporium

 

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.

 

All accessories purchased on Etsy. Poinsettia hair clip: Cheryl’s Jewelry Etc., Black feather hair clip: Bedazzled by Sharon, Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven, Beaded necklace w/ tassel: Jacq’s Jewelry

 

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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Box Step

OOTD for December’s Birthstone: Tanzanite

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Tanzanite info via Crystal Vaults.

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

TYPE: Zoisite

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.

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Athena, Greek goddess of war and wisdom. – (Image by TaekwondoNJ via Photobucket)

 

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

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Polished turquoise

 

TERTIARY BIRTHSTONE: Zircon

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Faceted 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.

PROJECT 666 Staples: Sheer black scarf (Scf3), Long sleeved shirt (S2), Asymmetrical tunic dress (D4), Blue velvet skirt (Skt9), Ankle boots (B2)

 

 

All clothing purchased Amazon and Ebay. Victorian coffin necklace: Ebay, Silver bat necklace: Numi Olive (Etsy)

 

Vintage ankle boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

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.

Silver dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy)

 

 

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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD for November’s Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum

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

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.

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From TOP LEFT: Pom mums, Thistle mums, Spoon mums, and Quill mums

 

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

GENUS: Chrysanthemum

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.

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Project 666 Staples: Sheer black scarf (Scf3), Burnout lace top (S4), Asymmetrical hem skirt (Skt1), Leggings (P10), High-top sandals (Snd2)

 

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Large ivory mums: Wendy Beth Creations (Etsy), Tooth and bone necklace: Creates 4 Fun (Etsy)

 

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“Black City” leggings: Carousel Ink (Etsy), High-top sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

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.

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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,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Shoulder Shimmy w/ Hip Bumps

OOTD for November’s Birthstone: Topaz

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Topaz info via Crystal Vaults and Wixon Jewelers.

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.

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Imperial Topaz – (Image via Lehigh Minerals)

 

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.

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Demeter, Greek goddess of Abundance and the Harvest – (Image via Photobucket)

 

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

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Raw 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.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Frayed t-shirt (S11), Long t-shirt, worn underneath (S5), Velvet bell bottoms (P9), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Long t-shirt underneath: Amazon, Frayed t-shirt: Summers Breeze (Etsy), Black velvet bell-botoms: L. Rose Designs

 

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.

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Vintage starburst topaz brooch: Sandra’s Veranda (Etsy), Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven (Etsy)

 

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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTW: Gothic Hats & Vintage Pins

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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.

 

DAY ONE

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.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Asian-style tunic jacket (J2), Long-sleeved shirt (S2), 25-yd. skirt (Skt3), Fingerless gloves (GLV2), Victorian-style boots (B5)

 

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Victorian-style ankle boots: Ladies’ Emporium

 

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:

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Magic wand: Masterwork Magics (Etsy)

 

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DAY TWO

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!

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Top hat (H3), Long t-shirt (S5), Asymmetrical skirt (Skt1), Floral velvet shawl (J4), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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:

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Black beaded necklace: Lord & Taylor, Vintage star pin: Aura Rose’s Treasures (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market, Silver key necklace: Fuchsia Bloom Studio (Etsy)

 

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DAY THREE

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:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long “goddess” dress (D6), Scrunchy arm warmers (GLV1), Victorian-style boots (B5)

 

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Vintage star & moon brooch: Maggie’s Vintage Market (Etsy), Scrunchy arm warmers: Lama Luz (Etsy), Onyx necklace: made by me

 

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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:

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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.

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

OOTW: Goth Jackets for Fall

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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.

 

DAY ONE

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.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Felt hat (H1), Long cardigan (J1), Tish & Snooky t-shirt (S9), Asymmetrical skirt (Skt1), Black leggings (P5), Low-top winklepickers (Shoe2)

 

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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.

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Felt hat: Scala (brand), Silver monogrammed necklace: J and A Ware Jewelry (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market

 

DAY TWO

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.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Short dress (D9), Black leggings (P5), Burnout lace top (S4), Winklepickers (B7)

 

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Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., Burnout lace top: Ebay, Black leggings: Amazon, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes (UK)

 

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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.

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Inverted cross earrings: Etsy, Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven (Etsy)

 

DAY THREE

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.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Short dress (D9), Occult leggings (P3), Cold-shoulder blouse (S17), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., Cold-shoulder blouse: Nasty Gal, Occult leggings: Lip Service (brand), 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand), Victorian-style velvet coat: dash A clothing (Etsy)

 

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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.

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Dreadlock beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Ebony wooden stud earrings: House of Shiba (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market, Onyx cabochon pendant: made by me

 

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.

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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OOTW: Gothic Fashion for Fall Equinox

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Hello, lovelies!  Guess what?  Autumn has arrived!  Yesterday was the official first day of Autumn (Fall Equinox).  Now our days will get shorter and our nights will get longer.  To honor “the season of goths”,  I decided to wear all-black this week.  Not that I need a reason to wear all-black (*wink*).  The weather’s still a bit humid in my area, but it’s also been raining.  At least it’s not as hot outside.

 

DAY ONE

Here’s what I wore on Tuesday.  Just a simple tunic with occult leggings.  The platform boots give me height without torturing my feet.  This tunic is one of my favorite pieces.  Very comfortable.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Batwing tunic dress (D3), Occult leggings (P3), Platform boots (B4)

 

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“Caitlin” platform boots: Dr. Martens (brand)

 

I wore my dread beads again along with my small, coffin earrings.  I seem to wear these accessories all of the time.  Can you tell that they’re favorites of mine?

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Dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Coffin earrings: Rebel Circus, Onyx pendant: handmade by me

 

 

DAY TWO

On Wednesday, I wore my “goddess” dress.  I love the draping of this dress and it’s another comfortable piece.  It’s also somewhat reversible; I can wear it with the tie in the back or in the front.  I like the tie in the back, to better show off my necklaces.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long “goddess” dress (D6), High top sandals (Snd2)

 

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All accessories purchased on Etsy. Black wooden ear studs: House of Shiba, Bone and tooth necklace: Creates 4 Fun, Wide leather cuff: aosLeather

 

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High top sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

Here’s my face for Wednesday.  I wore just a touch of chartreuse eye shadow to highlight my new, green contacts.  The green contacts are subtle, but I prefer a slight change in eye color rather than an obvious change.  Plus, they’re prescription contacts which are easier to find in subtle, colored contacts.

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DAY THREE – Fall Equinox

Here’s the final outfit that I wore yesterday.  The outfit is pretty basic, but it’s spruced up by lots of accessories!  As you probably know by now, comfort is king for me.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Burnout lace top (S4), Long skirt (Skt2), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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All accessories purchased on Etsy. Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven, Crystal quartz pendant: Kalani’s Gems, Beaded necklace w/ tassel: Jacq’s Jewelry

 

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20-eye boots: Dr. Martens (brand)

 

Here’s my makeup, which mirrors my outfit: basic makeup with lots of accessories.  I drew a simple, “tribal” mark – just a line down the middle of my forehead.

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That’s it for now, my dear lovelies.  Pretty soon, we’ll be dressing in layers of black.  Woot!  And you know what else in on the way – Halloween!  I’ve included an OOTW video.   Please enjoy.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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