One of the most popular flowers ever is the Rose, the birth flower for June. Roses [genus: Rosa] were grown in backyards as far as 5,000 years ago. They were included in paintings from Babylon, and were also grown in Greece and China in 500 BC. The breeding of roses started in 17th century Europe. The popularity of the rose started in the 19th century, when the China Rose was introduced to Europe.
Roses come in different colors, each with their own meanings. Red roses symbolize romantic love and are connected to the goddesses of love, Aphrodite (Greek) and Venus (Roman). Pink roses symbolize grace and elegance, and are given as tokens of gratitude and admiration. White roses are “traditionally associated with marriages and new beginnings”, but are also given as a call for reverence. White roses also symbolize spirituality. Yellow roses symbolize joy and are given as a token of friendship and good health. They also represent the sun and “life-giving warmth”. Roses also come in orange, which represent enthusiasm and passion. Orange roses are more recent, with breeding occurring in the early 20th century. Orange roses are the result of the crossbreeding between red and yellow roses.
Here’s my outfit. Since my hair is dyed red, I wore my black rose headband, one of my favorite accessories. Of course, the only black roses that occur in nature are dead and dried ones, which are not truly black. However, black roses are huge in the goth subculture – particularly with romantic goths.
Here’s my face. Black roses call for gothic makeup, no question! It is summer though, so just black eyeliner, lipstick, blush, and a few small, black bindis:
I’m pleased that I was able to wear my rose headband with my baby dreads. I wasn’t sure how it would look, but this actually added a little volume to my hair. The only time I won’t wear something, is if I absolutely hate how it looks on me. But when I’m not sure, it doesn’t hurt to try. Sometimes it’s a winning look, sometimes it’s a look of “Nope!”.
Love & Shimmies,