OOTD & MOTD for April’s Birth Flower: Daisy

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Daisy and Sweet Pea pics via Photobucket.  Daisy info via What’s-Your-Sign and Flower Meaning.

Today’s outfit is inspired by April’s birth flower, Daisy.  Daisies are actually composed of two separate flowers: the center flower and the flower that makes the “rays” of a daisy.  The daisy is nicknamed “day’s eye” since the petals only open during the daytime.  Daisies symbolize innocence, purity, and new beginnings.  In Christianity, daisies represent the Virgin Mary for her “chastity, grace, and purity”.  However, in Norse tradition, daisies represent the goddess Freya, and was a symbol of “love, sensuality, and fertility”.  Daisy was also a slang term during the 1800s for “excellent quality”.  Throughout the years, “that’s a daisy” became “that’s a doozy”, an expression that is used today.

 

DAISY INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Day’s Eye

GENUS: Gerbera (Gerbera), Dimorphotheca (African), and Bellis (Shasta)

TYPES: Gerbera, African, and Shasta (also known as the “common daisy”)

ORIGIN: Asia, Africa, and South America (Gerbera), South Africa (African), and Europe (Shasta) 

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Gerbera daisy (TOP PHOTO), African daisy (BOTTOM PHOTO), and Shasta daisies (TITLE PHOTO).

 

TYPE: Perennial and Annual

COLORS: White, orange, yellow, pink, cream, red, and violet 

ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

USES: Daisies are edible and are used in salads.  Wild daisy tea is used for ailments of the throat, to purify blood, and to heal open wounds.

SECONDARY BIRTH FLOWER: Sweet Pea

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Here’s what I wore.  Keeping with the birth flower theme, today’s outfit is also inspired by tribal belly dance.  You can see my new, striped pants peeking out from under my skirt:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Plain black t-shirt (S12), B&W striped tribal pants (P7), 25-yd. skirt (Skt3), Tall boots (B1)

 

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Black t-shirt: The Gap, 25-yd. skirt: Amazon, Flare tribal striped pants: Creaturre (Etsy), Boots: FitFlop (brand)

 

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Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven (Etsy), “Resplen-dance” pendant: Sciscitor (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I like to wear heavy makeup for outfits inspired by tribal belly dance:

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Spiral clock 4″ daisy hair clip: Sugar Plum Robots (Etsy)

 

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Black feather spray hair clip (behind daisy clip): Endless Flowers (Etsy), Ebony wood stud earrings: House of Shiba (Etsy)

 

I think the weather will stay warm, so stay tuned for Chapter 2 of Project 666 – the Spring/Summer/Warm Weather edition.  Below my signature is my OOTD video.  Enjoy!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Calibrated Spin

 

OOTD & MOTD for April’s Birthstone: Diamond

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Crystal Vaults.

This look is inspired by the most popular gemstone, Diamond.  Arguably the most expensive, diamonds are not as rare as was previously thought (sapphires and rubies are more rare).  The diamond was known as the “King of Gems” in antiquity, when diamonds were as rare as rubies.  Due to the mining and commercialization of diamonds in the modern era, the “King of Gems” title has been given to the ruby, July’s birthstone.  

Although not as rare as sapphires and rubies, diamonds are still expensive and symbolize wealth, accumulation, and abundance.  Due to its rarity and beauty, the diamond also symbolizes purity and innocence, as well as “strength in character, ethics, and faithfulness to oneself and others”.  Diamonds are the hardest natural substances on Earth and are used for many things we use today, such as drill bits and laboratory instruments.  Due to their ability to conduct heat and electricity, diamonds are also used to coat microchips and other items.  

 

DIAMOND INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Crystal of Light 

COLORS: Colorless, but also forms in other colors (see Types)

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 10

TYPES: White, champagne, yellow, blue, green, orange, brown, purple, and pink (the most rare and expensive diamonds)

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Weighing 45.52 carats, the Hope Diamond is the largest, deep blue diamond in the world and radiates a red glow after exposure to ultraviolet light. The Hope Diamond is currently insured for $250 million. (Info via Wikipedia)

 

ZODIAC SIGN: Aries (March 21 – April 19)

DEITY: Angerona, Roman goddess of silence and the Goddess of Winter Solstace.  Protector of secrets and brings forth the New Year.

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The Roman goddess, Angerona – (Image via Photobucket)

DIVINATION: “Proof of your abilities will come from an unexpected source.”

CHAKRA: Crown (7)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Relieves fear and anxiety, unifies the mind and body,   purifies and strengthens brain function, nerves, and sensory organs

 

Here’s what I wore.  It goes without saying that April’s birthstone calls for BLING:

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PROJECT 666 Staples – Long-sleeve shirt (S2), Crystal rhinestone leggings (P6), “Spinning Skirt” (Skt4), Platform ankle boots (B4), Velvet scarf (Scf1)

 

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Velvet scarf: National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Long-sleeve shirt: The Gap, “Spinning Skirt”: Flying Skirts, Crystal rhinestone leggings: Kalypso Blue (Etsy), Platform boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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Here’s my makeup.  Eyes are glittery and my face bejeweled:

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Accessories purchased on Etsy. Black flower spray hair clip: Endless Flowers, Ebony wood stud earrings: House of Shiba, “Resplen-dance” pendant: Sciscitor

 

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This was one of my favorite looks.  Who can resist diamonds (fake or real) set against black?  I hope you enjoy my modeling “skills” (ha!) in the OOTD video. Until next time…

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & MOTD for March’s Birth Flower: Daffodil

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Daffodil pic via Photobucket.  Daffodil info via What’s My Birth Flower? and Birthstone Zodiac.

Today is the Spring Equinox, which is the official, first day of Spring!  So, naturally, this outfit (worn on Friday) is inspired by March’s birth flower, the Daffodil. The daffodil is loaded symbolism.  Synonymous with Spring, daffodils symbolize rebirth, happiness, and friendship. It was the flower that symbolized wealth in China and 17th-century England, and also symbolized purity by the Druids. The daffodil was adopted by Christianity and symbolizes Easter in Germany (known as Ostergloken, meaning “Easter bells”), and in England (known as “Lent Lillies”).  The daffodil has also become “the national symbol of Wales”.

DAFFODIL INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Lent Lily

GENUS: Narcissus

ALSO KNOWN AS: Narcissus, jonquil and paperwhite

ORIGIN: Spain and Portugal

TYPE: Perennial

COLORS: Yellow, white, orange, and green

ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini (May 22 – June 21)

USES: Believed to cure baldness (Medieval Arabia), to treat abscesses (Turkey) and as a memorial wreath for funerals (Medieval Egypt).  Also used to treat uterine tumors (Classical Greece).

 

Here’s what I wore on Friday to work.  All black, except for the bright yellow daffodil in my hair:

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Here’s my makeup, just nude eyeshadow and black eyeliner:

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After a very warm week (but a very windy Friday), the first day of Spring has arrived with cold weather and SNOW.  But, not to worry.  After today, the weather’s supposed to get back up to the 70s F (20s C).  Typical March weather.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Layback

Song: “Prenzlauerberg” by Beirut

 

Green Goth Makeup for St. Paddy’s Day

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I found out at the last minute yesterday, that it was St. Patrick’s Day – a great reason to highlight my black attire with green gems!  It was cloudy and a bit chilly, yesterday – a typical March day.

Here’s what I wore.  I wore my hat again, but it was a bit windy yesterday.  Not the best day to wear a hat, but who cares?  I think it completes the look:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long t-shirt (S5), Lace shirt (S6), Black skirt with asymmetrical hem (Skt1), Black leggings (P5), Felt hat (H1), and 20-eye Doc Martens (B3)

 

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Hat: Asos, Lace shirt: Kitty Biskits Vintage (Etsy), Black choker w/ green gems: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Silver key pendant: Fuchsia Bloom Studio (Etsy), 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand). Skirt, leggings, and long t-shirt purchased on Ebay and Amazon.

 

Here’s my face.  Believe it or not, I am wearing false eyelashes.  They were the wispy type though, which is why you can’t tell that I’m wearing them.  So, I wore these damn things and you can’t even see them.  Ugh!

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Yesterday ended up being a good day.  I found 3 college friends that I went to art school with on Facebook.  We were friends and roommates back in the mid ’90s and one of them told me that they’ve been trying to find me.  In fact, the one girl I roomed with is the person that got me into goth.   I don’t care how many people complain about Facebook, I love it.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & MOTD for March’s Birthstone: Aquamarine

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Crystal Vaults and Personal Creations.

Here’s my look that is inspired by Aquamarine, the birthstone for March. Called “the gem of the sea”, aquamarines are used by some for water (and also air-) travel, alleviating the fear of water.  They were “used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness, and protection”, and were believed to be the “treasure of mermaids”. The word “aquamarine” comes from the Latin words aqua marinas, meaning “water of the sea”.  Aquamarines also symbolize eternal youth, happiness, and clear communication.

 

AQUAMARINE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Gem of the Sea

COLORS: Light blue to blue-green

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.5 – 8.0

TYPE: Beryl

ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

DEITY: Kuan Yin, Chinese goddess of mercy, compassion, and unconditional love.  Protector of women and children, and champion of the unfortunate.  Also honors Akna, Mayan goddess of motherhood.

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The Chinese goddess, Kuan Yin – (Image via Photobucket)

DIVINATION: “Go with what is on offer rather than waiting for the ideal opportunity or time.”

CHAKRA: Throat (5)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Helps eyesight, intestinal, and nervous system issues. Helps the wearer to speak and act in a calm, confident manner (communication).

SECONDARY STONE: Bloodstone

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Bloodstone, designer cut

 

Here’s what I wore.  Bell bottoms are not usually worn by goths, but I love them – especially velvet bell bottoms.  I do lean more toward the bohemian side of fashion:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long, Asian-style tunic jacket (J2), Long sleeved shirt (S2), Blue velvet bell bottoms (P4), Black glittery scarf (Scf2), Ankle button boots (B2)

 

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Long, Asian-style tunic jacket: Ebay, Long sleeve top: The Gap, Blue velvet bell bottoms: L. Rose Designs

 

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Vintage ankle button boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

Here’s my face, which called for heavy eye makeup:

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That’s all until next time.  I hope you liked my outfit of the day.  Are there staples in your wardrobe that might not be considered goth?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & MOTD: Vintage Church Lady

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Hello, fellow darkings!  Yesterday was a good day – it’s not officially Spring yet, but it was gorgeous outside!  With a high temperature of 78° F (26° C), it felt more like June weather than March.  No complaints from moi.

As you can see, I bought a new hat and yesterday was a great day to wear it. Since wearing a hat with an afro can be difficult, it’s been over 10 years since I’ve last wore one.  I’m very happy to wear hats again.

Here’s my outfit.  I really like this ensemble, even though I look like I stepped out of an old, country church – in 1910.  But I love vintage, even though the clothes are new.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Renaissance poet shirt (S10), 25-yard skirt (Skt3), Ankle boots (B2), and Felt hat (H1)

 

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Felt hat: Asos, Poet shirt: Ebay, 25-yard skirt: Amazon

 

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Seed bead necklace: World Market, Rosary: Krombholz Jewelers (Etsy)

 

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Ankle button boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

Here’s yesterday’s face.  I went with bronze eyeshadow and winged eyeliner:

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I’m enjoying this beautiful, warm weather but I’m not getting too comfortable; it is still March, after all.  I’ll end with my OOTD video, complete with commentary. Should I leave out commentary in future OOTD videos?  Let me know in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & MOTD for February’s Birth Flower: Violet

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Violet pic via Photobucket. Violet info via Love To Know and What’s My Birth Flower?.

Yesterday’s look was inspired by the Violet, February’s birth flower.  The use of violets has a long history in art, myth, and literature.  At one time, the city of Athens was called the “violet-crowned city” by the Greek dramatist, Aristophanes and English historian, Macauley.  In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “violets are used to convey constancy and devotion”.  There’s a verse in a song sung during Act IV, Scene 5: “I would give some violets, but they withered all when my father died”.  Violets symbolize “love of truth, or the truth of love”.

 

VIOLET INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Flower of Modesty

GENUS: Viola

ALSO KNOWN AS: Pansies

ORIGIN: Ancient Greece and Rome

TYPE: Some are perennials, some are annuals, and a few are small shrubs

COLORS: Shades of violet, blue, mauve, yellow, and cream

ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus (April 21 – May 21)

USES: Believed to cure gout and spleen disorders (Ancient Rome), soothe pain and reduce malignant tumors (Medieval era), and also used as a soup (by the Tartans)

 

Here’s my outfit of the day.  I think that the long, flowing, black clothes worn with feathers and flowers in my hair is my signature style.  It’s a perfect blend of goth and ATS® belly dance:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Lace shirt (S6), Long black dress (D1), Long duster (J1), Platform boots (B4)

 

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Long duster: Amazon, Long dress: Dharma Trading Co., Lace shirt: secondhand, Platform boots: Doc Martens

 

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All accessories purchased on Etsy. Violet flowers: Little Shop Of Florals, Black feather: Beadazzled By Sharon, Onyx beaded necklace: String Of Jewels, Raw amethyst necklace: Habit Jewelry

 

Here’s my face.  I think my eyes really pop with false eyelashes, so I may wear them more often.  They can be a pain in the butt to put on, but it’s getting easier the more I wear them:

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As February draws to a close, it won’t be long until Spring comes again.  After a while, the cold weather drains me and makes me lethargic, so I can’t wait until Spring arrives again.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

ATS® dance move (fast): ASWAT (Arabic Shimmy with Arms and Turn)

Song: “The Flight of Morrigan” by Arcane Dimension & Wildcard Bellydance

A Birthday Post for February’s Birthstone: Amethyst

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Gemstone pic via Photobucket. Gemstone info via Crystal Vaults and Wikipedia.

Today’s look is inspired by the lovely Amethyst, my favorite birthstone.  Out of all of the birthstones, amethyst is the best one, since today is my birthday (*wink*).  Just in case you’re wondering, I am now the “tender” age of 43.

Amethysts were believed to have special powers to both stimulate, and soothe the mind and emotions.  Amethyst has always represented February, in which the Ancient Romans dedicated to their water god, Neptune.  It is also the stone of St. Valentine and represents “faithful love”.  Named after the Greek word, ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated”, amethysts have been used to prevent drunkenness.

 

AMETHYST INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Sobriety

COLORS: Pale red-violet to deep violet

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.0

TYPES: Ametrine, Chevron, Cacoxenite, “Rutilated

ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

DEITY: Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt and childbirth

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The Greek goddess, Artemis (Image via Photobucket)

DIVINATION: “I do not need to reward myself any excesses of any kind to feel good.”

CHAKRAS: Third Eye (6) and Crown (7)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Boosts hormones, oxygenates the blood, strengthens immune system, aids treatment for digestive tract, heart, stomach, and skin

 

Here is today’s birthday outfit.  I went for many layers and wore my new, occult leggings:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Burnout lace shirt (S4), Long black t-shirt (S5), Asymmetrical hem skirt (Skt1), Occult leggings (P3), Long duster (J1), and Platform boots (B4)

 

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Long duster: Amazon, Platform boots: Dr. Martens. Everything else was purchased on Ebay.

 

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Large, purple bindi: Sew Fae (Etsy), Raw amethyst necklace: Habit Jewelry (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market

 

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Here’s my minimal makeup for today.  I just didn’t have the energy (nor the patience) to put on false eyelashes – just bindis and eyeliner:

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That’s it for now.  My apologies for the delay in getting a new post out.  It’s been cold and therefore, I’ve been lazy.  More posts coming soon, I promise.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

OOTD & MOTD for January’s Birth Flower: Carnation

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Carnation pic via Photobucket.  Carnation info via Love To Know and Proflowers®.

Yesterday’s look was inspired by January’s birth flower, Carnation.  Carnations have been cultivated for the past 2,000 years, although floral experts disagree where carnations originated from.  Some believe their origins are from the Mediterranean basin, while others believe their origins are from the Far East. There are also differing opinions on where the name “carnation” originated.  Some say that “carnation” is derived from the Greek word for coronation or corone, since carnations were one of the flowers used for crowns and garlands.  Others say that the word is derived from the Greek word carnis, meaning “flesh” (as in, “flesh-colored”).  Experts do agree on the Latin word for the flower, which is dianthus, meaning “divine flower”.

 

CARNATION INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Flower of God

GENUS: Dianthus

ALSO KNOWN AS: Gillyflowers

ORIGIN: Some say the Mediterranean Basin, others say the Far East

TYPE: Perennial

COLORS: Red (symbolizes love and romance), Pink (symbolizes a mother’s love, remembrance, and gratitude), White (symbolizes innocent love and good luck), Yellow (during the Victorian era, symbolized disappointment with someone)

ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

USES: In France, used as a muscle relaxant, hair loss treatment, and in skin creams.  In Spain, used for national festivals and religious ceremonies

 

Here’s what I wore.  While the focus is more on gothic fashion for the birthstones, the birth flowers are more inspired by belly dance, since we wear lots of flowers in ATS®.  In keeping with the spirit of ATS®, each birth flower post will show an example of an ATS® dance move.  I feel this is a good addition to my weekly dance practice, as well as focusing on my dance posture.

This outfit is more goth than belly dance, since we had a blizzard last week.  With massive amounts of snow on the ground, long skirts are a no-no for me:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Baggy sweater (S3), Asymmetrical hem skirt (Skt1), 20-eye Doc Marten boots (B3)

 

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Baggy sweater: Victoria’s Secret, Skirt: Ebay

 

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Accessories purchased on Etsy: Carnation hair clip: Layci’s Bowdacious Bows, Bindi: Sew Fae, Choker w/ gems and O-ring: Ego Driven

 

Here’s my makeup.  The eye shadow is by Magnolia Makeup in “Antoinette”.  I don’t wear pink often, so I wore this eye shadow to highlight the carnation hair clip:

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I hope you all enjoyed this post.  In regards to my dance move videos, please note that I’m just a student of ATS®.  I am not a teacher, nor am I a professional.  I would strongly encourage you to look at videos of the professionals (such as Fat Chance Belly Dance®, in which ATS® originated from) for a better look.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

ATS® dance move (slow): Camel Walk w/ Torso Twist

Song: “Frame Drum” by Fat Chance Belly Dance

OOTD: Black Velvet For Frigid Weather

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It was bleeping COLD yesterday!  The high temperature here in good ol’ Maryland was a whopping 27° F (-2.7° C); the low temp in the morning was 17° F (-8.3° C).  AND it was windy, so there was a wind chill.  Brrrr!  Now that the temperatures are getting lower, prepare yourself for my annual, winter whining.

I finally wore the black, velvet dress that I bought last year.  One of the great things about creating my capsule wardrobe is that I can take the clothes that I haven’t worn on a “test run”.  The black, velvet dress is definitely a keeper.  It’s warm and it’s short, so that means I can wear this dress in the rain and (maybe) in the snow.

Here’s yesterday’s outfit.  Of course, wearing short dresses in the winter means wearing thermal leggings and legwarmers underneath.  The leggings and legwarmers are considered underwear and socks, so they’re not included with the “66“.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Black velvet dress (D2), Black velvet scarf (Scf1), and 20-eye Doc Martens (B3).

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Black, velvet dress: secondhand, Black, velvet scarf: National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), 20-eye boots: Doc Marten’s (brand)

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Ankh pendant: Ebay

 

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Here’s my “lazy face”.  It’s so hard for me to wake up and get out of bed when it’s freezing cold, so that means “barely there” makeup:

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That’s all for today.  I want to say, “Thank you” to all of you who expressed concern, love, and sympathy for my dark mood recently.  It makes such a difference knowing there are people who care.  ((BIG HUGS))

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise