Fall / Winter Belly Dance, Part 2 – Sahara Dance Golden Era Salon 2015

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Title poster by Twiggy and Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club marquee pic courtesy of Sahara Dance.  Used with permission.

About three weeks ago my ATS® dance troupe and I danced our last performance for 2015 at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club for the Sahara Dance Golden Era Salon: A Vintage Belly Dance Brunch.  What a wonderful venue to perform in!  I’m really enjoying dancing while people eat, just like the dancers did in the mid-20th century – hence, the “Golden Era”.  It was also the first time I danced to live drums, performed by Sahara Tabla.  Or course, I like dancing to recorded music as well, but nothing beats feeling the drumbeat of live music.

First, here is my ATS® costume, with hair and makeup:

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Next, here are the ladies of our ATS® dance troupe for the Golden Era performance:

Not pictured: Gretchen, Erin K., Erin V.

 

Here are some of our stage pics.  Photos are courtesy of Jeanette Trejeda de Gomez and Stereo Vision Photography.  Used with permission.

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Photo courtesy of Jeanette Trejeda de Gomez

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Sahara Tabla on drums
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Photo courtesy of Jeanette Trejeda de Gomez

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I’ve already signed up for the annual Spring dance show, Under A Desert Moon (UDM) and I’m looking forward to the new semester.  Not only is our dance troupe now a student dance company, but we also have a new name for our company: Raquettes Amira, named after the famed restaurant in San Francisco.  It was THE place to see tribal belly dance.  I’m really looking forward to 2016!

You can check out our performance in the video below, courtesy of Sahara Dance Productions.  Our performance started with the wrong music cued, but I must say that we recovered nicely.  Even the audience showed support of our recovery.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup: 7 Month Dreads & Dress Lily Review

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Hello, everyone!  Today marks the seventh month of growing my dreadlocks.  I can see them growing, little by little each month.  So exciting!  I also wore the new dress that I bought at Dress Lily.  You may have seen their advertisements floating around Facebook and other places online.  Their prices are low, but how is the quality?  Here is my review for the dress, and also for a pair of pants that I bought from Dress Lily.

Before we get started with my review, here’s what I wore on my face yesterday.  Very simple makeup, highlighted by a moon stamped on my forehead:

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I wore the dress to work yesterday and I think it’s pretty cute.  I love the color! The dress is made out of a lightweight, polyester material.  I think this dress would be more appropriate for Spring or Summer, but it still works for cool weather.  My lace shirt and black leggings underneath added some warmth.  I was also worried that it might be too long, but as you can see in the photos, the length is just right (I’m 5′ 3″ / 160 cm tall).

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Bohemian Style V-Neck Solid Color Sleeveless Women’s Maxi Dress” in size Large, $19.31 USD. Lace top purchased on Ebay.

 

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Choker with O-ring: Ego Driven (Etsy), Crystal point pendant: Kalani’s Gems (Etsy)

 

Pros: Comfortable, great color, length is just right, lightweight

Cons: Wrinkles easily, low quality fabric

Dress rating: ****4 out of 5 stars

 

Here are the pants that I ordered along with the dress.  I’m not too happy with these, unfortunately.  The colors are printed on (the inside of these pants are plain white) and they’re not that vibrant.  They feel comfortable, but look horrid on me!  It would have been nice if the pants had a bit of flare at the bottom, although they did say that these were straight-legged pants.  I think these would look better on someone who is slender.  I have too much “junk” to get away with these.

"Fashionable High-Waisted Printed Loose-Fitting Women's Exumas Pants" in size Large, $15.16 USD
Fashionable High-Waisted Printed Loose-Fitting Women’s Exumas Pants” in size Large, $15.16 USD

 

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Pros: Good length, comfortable

Cons: Unflattering on me, dull colors, would look better with a wide- or flared leg

Pants rating: **2 out of 5 stars

 

I had no issues ordering from Dress Lily and my items arrived within 2 weeks after I placed my order.  They do sell wide-legged, flared pants so I may place another order with them. Dress Lily is located in China and I’m in the US, so I thought the shipping time was good, especially since shipping was free.  The quality of the clothing is okay, but I don’t expect them to last very long.  Oh well, I got what I paid for.

Would I recommend purchasing from Dress Lily?  If you have a few bucks to spare and you don’t need your items by a specific date, I think they’re worth taking the chance.  However, other reviews are mixed.  I didn’t look at the reviews before placing my order, so I’m not sure if I just got lucky or if it’s a bit of a hit-or-miss with this company.  You can check out some of the reviews here.

FINAL RATING (out of 5 stars):

Dress: ****4 stars

Pants: **2 stars

Shipping time: ****4 stars

Average rating: ***3 stars

 

And last but not least, here’s how my locs are progressing:

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My locs are starting to grow downward, which means they’re getting longer.  Woo hoo!  You can check out my video review on my Dress Lily purchases, below my signature.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

OOTD & Makeup for November’s Birthstones: Citrine & Topaz

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Wixon Jewelers.

Hello, my pretties.  This month’s inspiration comes from November’s birthstones, in which there are two: Citrine and Topaz.  We’ll start with Citrine, a gemstone that is widely available and therefore, one of the more affordable gemstones.

Citrine is the French word for “lemon”, which makes sense considering how close it sounds to “citrus”.  Accordingly, this gemstone comes in a wide range of colors from lemon-yellow to an orange-brown.  They also come in a reddish-brown, which is the color that is most sought after.  During ancient times, citrines were used to protect one from “snake venom and evil thoughts”.  Today, citrines are “associated with prosperity and success”.

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TOP to BOTTOM: Raw citrine, citrine druzy, polished and faceted citrine

 

Topazes usually come in shades of yellow, orange, and brown but they also come in shades of red, green, and blue.  Sometimes they are colorless.  The Imperial Topaz, which has orange and pink undertones, is the most prized topaz.  Blue is a popular color for the topaz, due to the ability to chemically enhance the color.  However, blue topazes found in nature are rare.  The ancient Egyptians and Romans believed that the topaz was a gift from the sun and had “the power to protect and heal”.

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TOP to BOTTOM: Colorless topaz, blue topazes, Imperial Topaz

 

Here’s what I wore.  I felt like a “jazz lady” after I dolled myself up to go nowhere in particular:

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Lace cardigan, tunic top, & leggings: Amazon, “Icon Steampunk Oxford” shoes: Hades (brand)

 

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Vintage Sarah Coventry topaz pin: Sandra’s Veranda (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market, Amber ring: vintage shop

 

Here’s my makeup.  Since the theme is topaz, I donned my bronze eye-shadow and added small, black “jewels”:

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That’s all for now.  Next week is Thanksgiving here in the US and before you know it, the year 2015 will be long gone.  Wowzers.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for Friday the 13th: Darkling Tag!

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Hello, my friends in darkness.  Yesterday was Friday the 13th!  Nothing special happened – just another opportunity to acknowledge the day wearing all black.  I’ve also (finally) uploaded my “Darkling Tag” video, in which I was tagged by the lovely Ramona, blog mistress of Just Keep Brains!.

Here’s what I wore yesterday.  I’m completely in love with this bat-wing shirt that I ordered from Amazon.  It’s so soft and comfy!  I wore it with my black velvet bell bottoms:

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Bell bottoms: L. Rose Designs, Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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Black rose crown: The Magpies River (Etsy), Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Crystal point pendant: Kalani’s Gems (Etsy)

 

 

Here’s yesterday’s face.  I wore heavier glitter ’cause I was in the mood for some sparkle!  I went heavy on the eye makeup and kept my lips lightly tinted:

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And finally, here’s my Darkling Tag video.  I didn’t tag anyone else, since I’m so late in getting this thing posted.  The good news is that I’m (slowly) getting the hang of making videos.  I need to work on making them shorter, though. Lol.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup: 6-Month-Old Dreads

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My dreads are now half a year old.  With Halloween and my Raq Out performance now done, I’m finally able to post my progress on my “babies”.  They are still looking crazy and I still love them.  I’m growing more and more attached to them as the days go by.  It’s an incredible journey into my crazy hair. 

I decided that the “half-way mark” of my locs deserved a fresh dye job.  I was thinking of bleaching the roots, but I think I will wait until they’re at least a year old, although I don’t really mind having dark roots now.  Since I dye my dark roots along with my locs, they just blend together.  I may never bleach them, to be honest.  I have nothing against bleach (obviously), but even bleach at a low volume (I used 20v on my loose hair) is damaging to the hair.

We’ll start with my outfit of the day.  I wore the blue tunic dress again.  It seems I’m always wearing this dress at the beginning of the month, but it rained yesterday and this dress, along with my 20-eye Doc Martens, are nice to wear on such days.

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Blue dress: purchased at DC Fashion Week, Leggings: Amazon

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), “Resplen-dance” ribbon necklace: Sciscitor (Etsy). I love this necklace, but I’m not too fond of the ribbon. It’s pretty, but I prefer something more sturdy. I’ll probably replace the ribbon with a leather or silk cord.

 

Here’s my makeup.  It’s hard to see in these pictures, but I added a little bit of glitter to my eyelids. The glitter is Too Faced® Glitter Dust** in “Nude Beam”.  The glitter bits are small, perfect for when I want to wear glitter with minimal bling.

**I purchased this online, but now I can’t seem to find it to provide a link.  Has this product been discontinued?

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Here’s a close-up

 

My progress so far, from loose hair to now:

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I’ve noticed a significant change between last month and now.  Not only is my hair darker at the roots after re-dying them, but my locs are not sticking out like they did in October.  I was sort of bummed, but then I remembered that I do want long locs.  It looks like they are starting to “lie down” a bit.  After realizing this I’m delighted!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Halloween 2015 – Part 2: The Party

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Here we are with Part 2 of the Halloween festivities.  Both my sweetheart and I lost our mothers to cancer in 2012 and after a few years of not being in a social mood, we decided that we were ready to have a party.  Halloween was on a Saturday this year – a perfect night for a party.

My sweetheart was Tina Turner, and I was His Purple Highness, Prince.  I wanted to practice doing drag makeup on my sweetie but unfortunately, we ran out of time (and he ran out of patience).  So I did the best that I could.  Despite my lack of drag makeup skills, Ms. Turner was the hit of the party!

Here’s our Halloween costumes.  My pieces were purchased on Amazon and Ebay.  I also could’ve went darker with the “facial hair”, but I didn’t want to mess it up and make it look like dirt.

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For my sweetie’s costume, I went to online stores that sold clothing and shoes for crossdressers, since he’s a pretty big guy:

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These 5″ heels are a Women’s Size 15!

 

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Sexy!

 

It was a great party!  Fun and low-key, having a great time with great people. Everyone loved seeing a large, 6′ 2″ (6′ 7″ in heels) Tina Turner with a deep voice! There was even a jam session since my sweetie and his friends are musicians.

Here are more Halloween pictures:

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My sister-in-law with her daughter, and her daughter’s angelic friend

 

 

Chell from the game, Portal
Chell from the game, Portal

 

Chell meets my new fur baby, Edgar
Chell meets my new fur baby, Edgar

 

This was one of the best Halloweens I’ve had in a long time.  It was nice to be together with friends and family after 3 years of not entertaining.  I compiled a short video that includes my sweetheart walking in heels and a live jam session.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Halloween 2015 – Part 1: Devil’s Night

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Hello, lovelies!  This past week has been super busy with Halloween and preparing for my dance duet tomorrow for Raq Out.  Since Halloween fell on a Saturday this year, I decided to wear a costume for Devil’s Night (also called Mischief Night), which occurs on the day before Halloween on October 30.

I saw these badass Maleficent horns on Ebay and decided to take a chance, hoping they would fit and they did.  Woo hoo!  Here’s what I wore to work last Friday, with a short clip of my outfit:

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Asymmetrical dress: Dragonesque, 25-yd. skirt: Ebay

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Onyx pendant: handmade by me, Black Void ring: Sarah Crooks Design (Etsy)

 

 

Here’s my face.  I took advantage of the holiday and wore black lipstick to work, along with green eye shadow:

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More Devil’s Night pics:

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Well, that’s it.  Stay tuned for Part 2, the actual Halloween holiday.  I’ve included a second video, below my signature.  You can actually see my face and hear my voice at the same time (My voice – ACK!).  TTFN (Ta Ta For Now)!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for October’s Birth Flower: Marigold

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Marigold pics via Photobucket.  Marigold info via What’s My Birth Flower?.

Here is October’s birth flower, Marigold.  Marigold [genus: Tagetes], the color of fall foliage and pumpkins, was first discovered by the Portuguese in Central America during the 16th century.   The Portuguese then introduced marigolds to Europe and India.

During ancient times, the Aztecs believed that marigolds held magical properties and were used to “cure hiccups and anyone injured by being struck by lightning”.  These flowers were given to sailors to help protect them from lightning and other dangers of sea travel.  In Mexico, marigolds are used to represent All Saints Day.  They are also heavily used for ceremonial purposes in the Hindu religion and are widely popular in India today.  Marigolds often represent sorrow and sympathy and has a hidden message of “My thoughts are with you”.

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Marigolds in different variations of red and yellow

Here’s my outfit.  The air is getting more chilly as we get closer to Halloween.  I wore my velvet, animal print bell bottoms.  They’re loud and more funk than goth, but I love them:

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Scarf: Ebay, Long cardigan: Amazon, Black dress: Dharma Trading Co., Pants: L. Rose Designs, Shoes: Demonia (DANK #151)

 

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Victorian casket necklace: Ebay, Onyx ring: Gibsons Vintage Shop (Etsy), Yellow flower: Dee Dee’s Boutique (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  Nothing elaborate, since I was wearing my glasses:

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Two more days until Halloween.  Yippee!  Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so we can really let our hair down and enjoy the festivities.  I can’t wait!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup – Big Eyes, Big Shoes

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This post is from Friday, in which I was naturally in a good mood.  It was also a warm day, so I decided to rock my Demonia shoes.  I don’t wear these shoes too often. They’re a tad big, but I forgot how much fun they are to wear.  I also got to be 3″ taller. 

Here’s what I wore:

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Lightweight cardigan: Amazon, T-shirt: The Gap, Skirt: Ebay, Black City leggings: Carousel Ink (Etsy), Shoes: Demonia (Style: Dank #151)

 

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Shoes: Demonia (style: DANK #151)

 

Here’s my face.  I’m starting to wear white eyeliner more and so far, I’m liking the results.  I bought the Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner and I am very pleased with it.  It goes on smoothly and it’s waterproof, great for the waterline.  I used the Ben Nye® cake liner (with eyeliner sealer) on my bottom lids, right below the waterline.

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What I used to make my eyes appear larger: M.A.C. liner brush #209, Maybelline Lasting Drama gel pencil, Cinema Secrets eyeliner sealer, Ben Nye® cake eyeliner (#EL-0 White)

 

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Ankh pendant: Ebay, Choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy)

I like having big eyes.  They probably would have looked even bigger with fake eyelashes, but I wasn’t in the mood to fuss with them.  I’ll leave you with my second OOTD clip (woo hoo!), below my signature.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for October’s Birthstones: Opal & Tourmaline

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Wixon Jewelers and The American Gem Society.

Here we are with October’s birthstones and there are two: Opal and Tourmaline. While tourmalines come in a rainbow of colors (literally),  Opals have the rainbow colors in the stone and each color combination is unique – no two opals are the same.

Tourmaline means “mixed stone”, reflecting the many colors of this gemstone. Tourmalines are found all over the world including Afghanistan, Brazil, East Africa, and the USA.  Tourmalines come in every color imaginable, but the most popular are blue, red, green, and multi-colored.

Tourmaline crystal (top); polished and faceted tourmalines (bottom)
Tourmaline crystal (top); polished and faceted tourmalines (bottom)

Opals are much older, going back to ancient times.  Because opals contain so many colors, it was known as the “Queen of Gems” (the ruby is known as the “King of Gems”).   As an opal is turned, the colors seem to “dance” as the light reflects each color.  The black opal has a dark gray to black background, making the colors more vivid.  Black opals are more valuable and are mined at Lightening Ridge in New South Wales, Australia.

(top to bottom): polished opal, Ethiopian waro opal, and black opal
(top to bottom): polished opal, Ethiopian waro opal, and black opal

 

Here’s what I wore.  I decided to wear the mesh skirt that I purchased from Bellydance.com.  Belly dance skirts are a wonderful staple in a gothic bohemian wardrobe.  I like that it has some weight to it, but since it’s mesh it grabs onto a lot of things, such as leaves, grass, bricks, and sharp corners.

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Long cardigan: Amazon, Long t-shirt: Ebay, Shoes: Clarks (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  I’m still experimenting with different looks and I like this one.  I applied a hot pink eye shadow over a metallic, bronze eye shadow.  This tones down the pink and gives it a bit of shimmer:

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Vintage Sarah Coventry opal pin: Moonlight Martini (Etsy)

 

I’m currently working on posting more videos.  I was tagged for the “Goth Tag” by Ramona over at Just Keep Brains back in August.  August!  Ugh, I am so slow.  For now, I’ll leave you pretties with a OOTD clip.  You’ll see more substantial videos soon.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise