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: Tagetes, Calendula
TYPES: Over 50 species, including African (Tagetes erecta), French (Tagetes patula), and pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)
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!
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.
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,
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