Video: Gothic Office & Freeform Dreads: Month 19

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Hello, lovelies!  It is Month 19 of my freeform locs.  I finally re-dyed them and they look 100% better.  They’re also getting longer and I’m definitely pleased with that.  I’ve added some things to my office decor and I’m very happy with the results.  New hair color, new office.

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Here are few pics of my office, with the office light on.  It looks cool, but it looks a lot snazzier with the office light turned off, and the colorful lights turned on.  The skull lamp, bony hand candelabra, and “lightening ball” were purchased on Amazon.  The rest of the items were purchased at CVS.  These purchases were made last year during Halloween season, so these items were bought at a reduced price.  The battery-operated candles were purchased online.

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Here’s the progress of my dreadlocks.  Thanks to the hair dye, you’ll see a dramatic difference between Months 17 and 19:

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That’s it for now.  Be sure to check out my office decor video below. You’ll see how my office looks when it’s darkened and lit up by my spooky lights.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

5-Month-Old Dreads for “Uncanny Remnant”

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All artwork in this post courtesy of Chris Siron©.  Used with permission.

Hello, lovelies.  My freeform locs are now 5 months old and I’m becoming more attached to them.  They’re looking as crazy and frizzy as ever and I love them!  This is a pretty short post, since I’ve already covered my outfit and makeup in Saturday’s post.  My dear friend Matt and I went to see an art show at the Arts Club of Washington.  We went to see the artwork of our friend and past co-worker, Chris Siron.  I knew he was an artist, but I never got a chance to see his artwork.  I must say, his collage work is awesome!  I absolutely love his style.

First, here are a couple of pics of my “babies”:

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A few pics from the art show:

With my dear friend and fellow artist, Matt
With my dear friend and fellow artist, Matt

 

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I’m not sure if you can tell by this picture, but this was a very crooked staircase

 

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The artist himself and his awesome work:

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Courtesy of Chris Siron©

 

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Courtesy of Chris Siron©

 

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Art card and business card of Chris Siron©

 

And last, but not least, how my babies have grown so far:

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Do yourself a favor and check out more of Chris’s artwork.  Besides his wonderful collages, Chris also paints, writes, and creates animation.  Click on any of the links above to go to his website.  Very impressive and inspiring work.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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My 42-Year-Old Face: DC Fashion Week

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Hello, all!  I turned 42 this year and my dearest friend, Matt, bought me a ticket to DC Fashion Week.  I had no idea that DC had a fashion week!  DC Fashion Week has been going on for 22 seasons (11 years) with shows every February and September.  My birthday was on Tuesday, February 17, but who wants to hang out on a Tuesday night?  We had cold, crappy weather anyway, so we decided to celebrate on Friday.

We’ll start with my outfit, which was nothing impressive.  A long, flowing skirt would of been perfect!  But it was bitterly cold and there was still ice and snow on the ground, so my outfit was more utilitarian than fashionable:

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Long tunic: Amazon, Lace shirt: Ebay

 

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New glasses for my birthday: Zenni Optical, Amethyst necklace: Habit Jewelry (Etsy), Leather choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy)

 

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Amethyst-purple bobby pins: JME Beads (Etsy)

 

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Extra long, scrunchy socks: Sock Dreams, Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I decided to get new frames for my birthday.  They look kind of crazy, but I like things that look crazy.  I also bought a couple of amethyst-purple, sparkly barrettes, but I don’t think I pulled them off very well.  They’re not right for my hair and I think they’re a bit “young” for me.  I’ll probably make them into something else or save them for a belly dance costume.  These would look better as accent pieces to my floral hair clips:

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Here are a few more pics from our lovely evening: 

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I couldn’t figure out if these were mannequins or real women.

 

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I didn’t know her, but I had to take her picture. Her gray ombre hair was so beautiful.

 

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Happy Birthday To Me! I bought this beautiful, dark blue, tunic top from the show. And Matt gave me a black, sparkly belt and a book on signs and symbols.

 

Here’s a video I made at the fashion show.  I’m still getting the hang of making videos, but I’m slowly improving.  I hope you enjoy the video.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

 

 

Practice Makes Perfect: Carnival Stage Makeup 2013

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Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post in which I wanted to study makeup artistry.  I’ve always loved makeup, ever since high school.  While my love of makeup waxed and waned during my adulthood, it came back full force when I started performing on stage.  Not only has my love of makeup come back, but I learned that stage makeup needs to be heavily applied – almost “clown-like”.  I love that’s there’s really no such thing as “too much makeup” for the stage.  If you scare people up close because of your heavily-made face, then you have succeeded in applying stage makeup.

 

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My stage makeup for the Under The Desert Moon (UDM), Raquettes Samia performance – April 2013

 

In August of last year, I preformed at the Sahara Dance Summer Carnival with my dance troupe, Raquettes Samia.  People would always compliment me on my makeup application and this time they asked if I would assist with their makeup.  I was delighted to have this opportunity.  I decided not to charge any money, yet.  I’m not a professional and I took the opportunity to practice my skills on different faces.  This is an essential skill if I want to be a makeup artist.

Since this was a carnival-type setting, one of my dance sisters, Isabel, suggested using face paint.  I loved this idea!  I decided to go with a butterfly motif.

 

Unfortunately, I didn’t take before pictures, but here are the after pictures:

 

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Since Isabel was also dancing with another troupe, I simplified her makeup and the butterfly motif.Here is Isabel.  Since she was also dancing with another troupe, I simplified her makeup and the butterfly motif.

 

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Here’s how our makeup looked on stage:

(The following stage photos are courtesy of Janine Gajewski©)

 

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Unlike previous performances, I learned quickly that we had less time for makeup and tech rehearsals during the summer show.  While the ladies were responsible for their own foundation and lipstick, I was responsible for their eye makeup.  And boy, did I hustle!  I agreed to apply makeup for 8 women (including myself) in the short time frame that we had.

 

But, guess what?  I loved every minute of it.  And as a person who doesn’t like to be rushed, I saw this as a sign.  If I’m going to go into a new career, this would be it.  This was the day that I decided to try my hand at makeup artistry.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Cherry Blossoms & Space-Age Burlesque – Part 4

 

My apologies for the delay in posting Part 4.  I have not been feeling well.

Anyways, here we are lovelies!  The 4th and final part to our adventure.  You’ll see pics of more costumes, more mingling, and folks just having a good time that ends with the Lunar Dance Party.

But before that, Matt and I spotted two Airstream trailers parked outside.  So adorable.  Honestly, I’ve been thinking of living in a bus/trailer/RV for a little while now.

I wish I could just dump everything and move in immediately.

Continue reading Cherry Blossoms & Space-Age Burlesque – Part 4

Cherry Blossoms & Space-Age Burlesque – Part 3

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Welcome to Part 3 of our adventures amoung the weird.

Here are a few pieces from the C2YN Space Truckin’ art exhibit.  I love quirky, colorful artwork.  I paint in a similar fashion, so of course, this style is right up my alley.  This was a great way for me to get inspired:

 

GSF-Yuri.painting.aliengirls“fiercely going where no man.. : Are those space pants you’re wearing?” – Artist: Linas Garsys © 2014

 

GSF-Yuri.painting.weirdplanet“Bombs Away” – Artist: Jared Davis © 2014

 

GSF-Yuri.painting.drwingLa Danza Macabra II – Artist: Yar Koporulin © 2014

 

GSF-Yuri.painting.spaceboy“Prepared for an Alien Abduction” – Artist: Greg Ferrand © 2013

 

GSF-Yuri.painting.monkeyMoon Scootin’ Monkey – Artist: Jared Davis © 2014

 

You can click here to see the rest of the C2YN Space Truckin’ art exhibition.
Continue reading Cherry Blossoms & Space-Age Burlesque – Part 3