Back From The Ashes: July, August & September

Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Crystal Vaults.

Hello again, dear lovelies.  This is Part 2 of my birthstone outfits.  This post covers my birthstone outfits from July to September.  Bright red, lime green, and deep blue – all great colors to add to a gothic wardrobe.  Whether it’s your hair, shoes, or accessories, adding color to either of these attributes will pop against an all-black outfit.

 

JULY – Ruby

 

This video starts off with me talking about the layoff from my job, but it is also an OOTD video.  Ruby is an obvious favorite since it matches my hair color.  My outfit is towards the end of the video, starting at 05:11.

 

RUBY INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Nobility

COLORS: Colorless, light pink, pink, red, and crimson

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 9.0

CHAKRA: Root (1)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Cancer (June 22 – July 22)

SYMBOLIZES: Passion, Protection, Prosperity, The Sun

ELEMENT: Fire

 

 

 

AUGUST – Peridot

 

Lime green and black are perfect for gothic fashion.  The black horns and lace complete the outfit.  Peridot is only one of two gemstones formed from molten rock, not from the Earth’s crust.  The other gemstone formed from molten rock is the Diamond.

 

PERIDOT INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLES: Gem Of The Sun, Evening Emerald, True Topaz

COLORS: Yellow, yellow-green, olive green, lime green 

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5 – 7.0

CHAKRA: Heart (4)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Leo (July 23 – August 22)

SYMBOLIZES: Passion, Vitality, The Sun

ELEMENT: Earth

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER – Sapphire

 

I’m wearing blue lipstick again.  I was inspired by sapphires – how could I not wear blue lipstick?  The outfit’s pretty basic: just a t-shirt, sparkly belt, and black pantaloons.  Sapphires also represent royalty and divinity.

 

SAPPHIRE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Wisdom

COLORS: Black, green, orange, pink, white, yellow, violet, and various shades of blue

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 9.0

CHAKRAS: Throat (5), Third Eye (6)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Virgo (August 23 – September 23)

SYMBOLIZES: Power, Strength, Kindness, Wisdom

ELEMENT: Water

 

 

Well, that’s it.  We’re now back on track with the birthstone outfits.  It’s a good thing too, since we’re now in October – just 2 more months until the end of the year.  Stay tuned for October’s outfit, inspired by its birthstone, Opal.

Peace, love, and darkness,

Dasia Denise

Back From The Ashes: April, May & June

Birthstone pics via Photobucket.  Birthstone info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

Hello, lovelies!  It’s been SIX MONTHS (gasp!) since my last blog post.  Since starting my YouTube channel, I’ve been busy creating videos and unfortunately, I’ve had little time to focus on my blog.  I was also laid-off from my job in June, so my mental state has gone through ups and downs.  But no worries – I’m back and ready to rock!

Since my main way of communicating is through video, this blog will be a landing page for my channel.  Even though I haven’t posted anything here since March, I have been making videos every week.  So, for the next few weeks, we’re going to play catch-up.  Stay tuned for new videos, as well as some older videos that I have not posted here.

This post will feature the monthly birthstone looks that have not been posted here.  Here are the OOTD videos and information for the birthstones of April, May, and June.  Yikes!  I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

 

APRIL – Diamond

 

This look was inspired by April’s birthstone, Diamond. You can’t go wrong with all-black and gothic bling!  Diamond is the hardest gemstone and is known as the “King of Gems” (the “Queen of Gems” is Pearl).

 

DIAMOND INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLES: The King of Gems, The Stone of Invincibility

COLORS: Colorless, white, black, yellow, pink, brown, blue, green, and red

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 10

CHAKRA: Crown (7)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Aries (March 21 – April 19)

SYMBOLIZES: Purity, Innocence, Love, Fidelity, Strength

ELEMENT: Air

 

 

 

MAY – Emerald

 

This look was inspired by May’s birthstone, Emerald. Green is one of my favorite colors in goth fashion, with so many shades to choose from.  Lime green is another favorite of mine.

 

EMERALD INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Successful Love

COLORS: Shades of yellow-green, green, and blue-green

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.5 – 8.0

CHAKRA: Heart (4)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Taurus (April 21 – May 21)

SYMBOLIZES: Spring, Renewal, Growth, Youth, Hope

ELEMENT: Earth

 

 

JUNE – Pearl

 

As the temperatures rose, it was time to step out in summer goth fashion. I’m wearing black pearls and black roses – birthstone and flower for the month of June.  It’s also the first time in many years that I decided to sport blue lipstick.  Pearls are the oldest, known gemstone and are the only birthstones made by living creatures.

 

PEARL INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Queen of Gems

COLORS: Various colors including white, pink, cream, brown, green, blue, black, and iridescent

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 2.5 – 4.5

CHAKRA: Sacral (2)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Gemini (May 22 – June 21)

SYMBOLIZES: Purity, Innocence, Truth, The Moon

ELEMENT: Water

 

 

That’s it for today, my lovelies.  There have been so many changes since I last posted, with YouTube, Photobucket, etc.  Basically, sites are slamming down the gauntlet, making it much more difficult to use photos and monetize videos.  The good news is that I LOVE making videos and blogging, so I have no choice but to adapt to the changes.  We’ll see what happens.

Peace, love, and darkness,

Dasia Denise

Goth Fashion for March: Aquamarine

Aquamarine image via Photobucket.  Aquamarine info via Crystals and Jewelry and Crystal Vaults.

Hello, lovelies!  My apologies for the late post.  It’s still March so it’s technically not late, but my video was posted 2 weeks ago.  Eek!  A week before the first day of Spring (March 20), we got a little bit of snow, and I just had to wear an all-black outfit.   I love the look of all -black on fresh, white snow.  It highlighted not only my black outfit, but the icy-blue bindis, which sparkled against the white, snowy background.  

This look is inspired by Aquamarine, birthstone for March.  Aquamarine comes from the Latin words, aqua marina, meaning “water of the sea”. Since ice and snow are forms of water, the cold weather was fitting for this gemstone. Not only does aquamarine symbolize courage and fortitude, but it is also represents cleanliness, calmness, truth and letting go. 

 

AQUAMARINE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Courage

COLORS: Light blue to bluish-green

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.5 – 8.0

CHAKRA: Throat (5)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Pisces (February 20 – March 20)

SYMBOLIZES: Courage, Fortitude, Inner Peace

ELEMENT: Water

 

Here’s what I wore.  It was COLD, but I braved the frigid weather to show off my winter outfit: a hooded, cropped sweater, simple black skirt, and tall black boots.  Everything (except the boots and sweater) were purchased on Ebay.

 

Cropped sweater: Cryoflesh, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

 

I don’t own anything in aquamarine, except for bindis.  The rest of my eye makeup is highlighted in silver.  The red lipstick brightens my face.

 

 

 

That’s it, lovelies.  I’m still in transition with this blog.  I’m thinking this blog will be more of a supplement to my YouTube channel, so expect the focus to switch to videos.  I’m not much of a writer, but I can definitely show my face.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies, 

Dasia Denise

 

Skulls, Beads & Freeform Dreads: Month 22

Hello, lovelies!  It’s been awhile since my last post.  I’m not sure what’s going to happen to this blog, since my main outlet has been posting YouTube videos. I will still keep you posted on my dreadlock progression and gemstone looks, but I’m not sure what the future holds for this blog.  I guess time will tell.

Today’s outfit highlights 2 of my favorite things: black skulls and black beads. This dress from KILLSTAR is quickly becoming one of the my favorite pieces!

 

 

Occult leggings: Lip Service (brand), Tall boots: FitFlop (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  I chose a pretty simple makeup look to go with my pretty simple outfit. Two small, black bindis on the sides of my eyes highlight the heavy eyeliner:

 

Skull necklace: Kreepsville 666 (brand), Crystal dreadlock bead: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Seed bead necklaces: The Gypsy Rose Boutique (Etsy)

 

And finally, here’s how my locs are doing:

 

 

 

That’s it, y’all.  I will still create blog posts, but the bulk of my content can be found on YouTube.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out my channel, Gothic SoulFlower.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Goth Fashion for February: Amethyst

Amethyst image via Photobucket.  Amethyst info via Crystals and Jewelry.

Hello, lovelies!  First, let me just start off with the temperature for the day: 69° F (20.6° C).  Wow!  It felt like Spring, so decided to take advantage of the weather and wear my purple, floral headpiece for this month’s birthstone, Amethyst. Luckily for me, I own amethyst jewelry, which I also wore.  Amethyst is my birthstone and thus, my favorite birthstone.

 

AMETHYST INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Sobriety Stone

ALTERNATE NAMES: Sobriety Stone, Cape Amethyst (alternative name for light amethyst)

COLORS: Pale red-violet to deep violet

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5-7.5

CHAKRAS: Third Eye (6) and Crown (7)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Aquarius (January 21 – February 19)

SYMBOLIZES: Spirituality, Metaphysics, Meditation and Sobriety

ELEMENT: Water

 

Here’s what I wore.  A simple, straight skirt with a simple, long cardigan.  I think that the burnout-lace shirt looks nice with the amethyst jewelry and purple flowers.  Clothing was purchased on Amazon and Ebay.

 

 

Floral crown: Miss Wild Flowers (Etsy), Amethyst ring: Bethesda Flea Market, Seed bead necklace: World Market, Raw amethyst necklace: Habit Jewelry (Etsy)

 

I went with a full face of makeup: black and purple eyeshadow with purple lipstick.  Black and purple are my favorite colors to wear together.

 

 

Next week will be another birthday for me.  I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I do know that I’ll be meeting a Facebook friend in person.  There’s nothing like meeting a cool person that you’ve talked to online.  Can’t wait!

Love & Shimmies, 

Dasia Denise

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A Sack Dress & Freeform Dreads: Month 21

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Hello, lovelies!  This is Month 21 of having freeform dreadlocks, which means I’ve been growing my locs for almost 2 years.  Woot!  It’s been such an experience witnessing how hair can have a mind of its own.

Here’s what I wore.  I bought this sack dress from Amazon.  While baggy clothing (especially on women) are not liked by many people, I love baggy clothes. Loose clothing can be quite flattering and I like how I look in this sack dress. Keep in mind that I also like harem pants, so there you go.

OOF! These boots are in desperate need of polishing.

 

 

 

Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  Again, I went with simple makeup.  It’s cold, and when it’s cold, I tend not to put much effort into a full face of makeup.  Sometimes as a goth, eyeliner just has to be enough.

Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Bat necklace: Horribell (Etsy)

 

 

Here’s how my locs are progressing.  They’re getting longer and more “springier”.  My birthday’s not until the 17th, but I went ahead and labeled this month’s loc progression, “Birthday Dreads”, for obvious reasons.

 

 

 

So, how do you lovelies feel about loose, baggy clothes?  I used to wear short, body-hugging clothing, but that was many years (and many pounds) ago.  If you want to see a middle-aged goth posing and jumping around to punk rock, be sure to check out this video.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Lookbook: The Year In Costume & Dance 2016

With gorgeous dancer, Rin Ajna, from the Sahara Dance Vintage Belly Dance Brunch, December 2016

Hello, lovelies!  Here’s another year-end post on the performances and costumes I wore in 2016.  It’s a little late since I was waiting on the Vintage Belly Dance Brunch performance video.  Like the previous year-end posts, this one is image-heavy and light on text.  The costumes where I posted a full post will have a link – just click on the title to view the full post and video.

 

DC TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW – February 20

 

 

 

 

DREAMING UNDER A DESERT MOON  – April 30

 

 

 

 

 

SHIMMY MOB – May 14 

 

 

 

 

FIESTA ASIA – June 5 

 

 

 

 

HALLOWEEN – October 31

 

 

 

With Chell of the video game, Portal

 

 

VINTAGE BELLY DANCE BRUNCH – December 11

 

 

Photo courtesy of Joseph Ortiz©

 

Photo courtesy of Joseph Ortiz©

 

I hope you all enjoyed seeing our costumes and pictures.  I’ve included a video below my signature.  I must admit, I had a lot of fun editing these year-end videos.  There are other belly dance performances in the works for 2017, so stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Gothic Fashion for January: Garnet

Above photo via Photobucket.  Garnet info via Crystals And Jewelry.

Hello, fellow darklings!  Today’s look is inspired by January’s birthstone, Garnet. While garnets come in a range of colors, my favorite color (and the most popular)  for garnets is blood red.  What goth doesn’t love blood red?  The color itself is beautiful, but when it’s paired with black, it can give a look a bit of mystery.  “Garnet” is believed to come from the Latin word granate, which means “seed”, like the seeds of a pomegranate.

 

GARNET INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Health

ALTERNATE NAMES: Arizona Ruby, Carbuncle, Cinnamon Stone

COLORS: All except blue, including colorless and multi-colored

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5-7.5

CHAKRAS: Root (1) and Heart (4)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

SYMBOLIZES: Regeneration, Vitality, and Order

ELEMENT: Fire

 

Here’s what I wore.  Everything is long, flowing, and lacy.  Very comfortable and very feminine.  I purchased all of my clothing on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

Here’s my face.  Again, I went simple with the makeup but I did go a bit heavier on the eyeliner.  Of course, the garnet-colored bindi completes my face:

 

 

Close-ups of my accessories. Blood vial teardrop necklace purchased from Vampfangs.

 

That’s it for now.  I’ll be making changes to my blog and blog posts this year. For instance, I’ll still create blog posts on birthstones, but I’m taking a break from the birth flowers this year.  The information on birthstones have also been condensed.  If you wish to see more information, you can check out the birthstone posts from 2015 and 2016.  Of course, you can also click the link to Crystals and Jewelry (under the title pic) for more in-depth info.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Vintage Belly Dance Brunch Performance

Belly Dance Brunch poster courtesy of Sahara Dance.  Used with permission.

Hello, lovelies.  Last month, the ladies and I performed for the Sahara Dance Vintage Belly Dance Brunch at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club.  This dance was inspired by flamenco dance, and our costumes and music reflect this influence.  

First, here’s my makeup and costume for this performance.  I missed wearing my usual bindis, big hair, and over-the-top accessories, but since the theme was flamenco dance, I had to do without them.  I wore a big ass flower to make up for my lack of accessories.

 

 

 

Here are the ladies of Raquettes Amira

 

Our lovely, flamenco-inspired costumes:

 

The performance went pretty well.  It was a faster piece than we’re used to, but I think we pulled it off nicely.  I still need to work on my arms and posture. Sigh.

 

Stage photos courtesy of Joseph Ortiz© (unless otherwise noted)

Photo courtesy of Jeanette

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve included a video of our performance, courtesy of Sahara Dance Productions.  I hope you all enjoy it.  This Spring, we’ll be dancing with swords!  It’s been 4 years since I last danced with a sword, so I’m very excited about the Spring show.  Stay tuned for more belly dance posts.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Freeform Dreads & Friday the 13th: Month 20

Hello, lovelies!  I’m back.  We’ve finally arrived in 2017, but unfortunately I was sick for almost 2 weeks!  Not a great start to the year, but I’m now feeling a lot better and ready to roll.

The weather was pretty decent on Friday the 13th, so I decided to wear one of the new dresses I purchased around the holidays.  It’s so soft and comfortable, and it has thumb holes.  Love this dress!

 

Dress and moon pendant: KILLSTAR, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

 

 

Here’s my face.  Simple as usual.

 

Black skull dreadlock bead: Zaahn (Etsy), Silver dreadlock beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy)

 

And finally, here’s how my locs are looking so far.  They’re getting longer!

 

 

 

That’s it, y’all.  I do apologize for my 2-week absence.  Like I said before, I’m ready to rock, so stay tuned for more posts this week.  I’ve included an OOTD video below.  Enjoy.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise