OOTD for December’s Birth Flower: Poinsettia

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Flower pics via Photobucket. Poinsettia info via The Florister and Teleflora®.

Hello, lovelies!  Today’s post is the last birth flower post for 2016.  Woo hoo!  My look is inspired by one of December’s birth flowers, the Poinsettia.  Poinsettias are not flowers, but modified leaves (bracts).  With its red and dark green leaves, this plant is popular around the Christmas holiday.  The other birth flower for December is the Narcissus.  Also known as daffodil, narcissus is also the birth flower for March.  

Poinsettias originate from Mexico and Central America.  The plants can reach to heights up to 16 feet!  Both poinsettias and narcissi are poisonous. The plant’s name comes from Joel Roberts Poinsett, who was the first US Ambassador to Mexico.  Poinsett was the person responsible for introducing the plant to the United States in 1825.  For the ancient Aztecs, poinsettias symbolized purity.  Today the plant symbolizes celebration, good cheer, and success.

 

POINSETTIA INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Christmas Star (also Christmas Flower)

GENUS: Euphorbia

TYPES: Holly Point, Tri-Color, Plum Pudding, and Winter Rose Red

ORIGIN: Mexico and Central America

TYPE: Perennials in Mexico, annuals outside of Mexico

COLORS: Red, orange, pink, pale green, cream, white and marbled

ZODIAC SIGNS: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) and Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

USES: Mainly used as ornamentation, but also used for pain relief and antimicrobial properties.  Their latex is used for depilatories.

SECONDARY BIRTH FLOWER: Narcissus

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Narcissus is also known as Daffodil, which is the birth flower for March

 

Here’s what I wore.  We had an office Christmas dinner and it was a perfect opportunity to wear my new, kimono-style jacket.  I decided to get it as an early Christmas present to myself.  Ha ha.  This jacket was purchased on Ebay.

PROJECT 666 Staples: Kimono-style beaded jacket (J8), Long asymmetrical shirt (S13), Black “spinning skirt” (Skt4), Victorian-style ankle boots (B5)

 

 

 

“Spinning skirt”: Flying Skirts, Victorian-style ankle boots: Ladies’ Emporium

 

Here’s my face.  I wore heavy eye-makeup along with burgundy eyebrows.  Unfortunately, I forgot about my red and pink hair so the poinsettia I wore blended in with my hair.  Oh, well.  At least you can see the black feather.

 

All accessories purchased on Etsy. Poinsettia hair clip: Cheryl’s Jewelry Etc., Black feather hair clip: Bedazzled by Sharon, Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven, Beaded necklace w/ tassel: Jacq’s Jewelry

 

Well, this is the last birth flower post for 2016.  Are you ready to start the new year?  Stay tuned for a couple of year-end videos, which will be posted this week.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Box Step

OOTD for December’s Birthstone: Tanzanite

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Tanzanite info via Crystal Vaults.

Hello, lovelies!  Today’s look is inspired by one of December’s birthstones, Tanzanite.  The other 2 birthstones for December are Turquoise and Zircon.  Out of these 3 birthstones, my favorite is tanzanite because of it’s gorgeous blue color, so that’s what this post will focus on.

Tanzanite is a rare gemstone and is highly prized.  The most valuable tanzanite is a deep, ultramarine blue with a slight purple edge.  Tanzanites are mined in Tanzania, East Africa.  Tanzania is the only place where tanzanites are formed, hence its name.  Tanzanites are “celebrated as the Gemstone of the 20th century”, in which New York’s Tiffany and Co. created and showcased its faceted form.  

Blue tanzanites symbolize spirituality and wisdom, and along with turquoise and zircon, symbolize Winter.  Zircon and turquoise are the traditional birthstones for December.  Due to its popularity, tanzanite was added as a birthstone by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA).

 

TANZANITE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Gemstone of the 20th Century

COLORS: Shades of lilac-blue, deep ultramarine blue, and blue-violet. Also found in shades of brown and yellow in its raw form

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5

TYPE: Zoisite

ZODIAC SIGN: None, but is sometimes associated with Pisces (February 18 – March 20) and Aries (March 21 – April 19)

DEITY: Athena, Greek goddess of War and Wisdom, honored for her intellect and logic.  Also honors Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and contradiction personified.

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Athena, Greek goddess of war and wisdom. – (Image by TaekwondoNJ via Photobucket)

 

DIVINATIONS: “Trust you intuition – it is guiding you in the right direction, even though others may be blinding you with facts and figures to the contrary”

CHAKRAS: Throat (5), Third Eye (6), and Crown (7)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Strengthens the immune system, detoxifies the blood, and promotes the regeneration of cells, hair, nails, and skin.

SECONDARY BIRTHSTONE: Turquoise

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Polished turquoise

 

TERTIARY BIRTHSTONE: Zircon

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Faceted zircon

 

Here’s what I wore.  It was FREEZING with a high temperature of 25° F (-3.9° C). It was windy, too.  I hate cold weather, but it’s a great opportunity to wear heavy velvet.

PROJECT 666 Staples: Sheer black scarf (Scf3), Long sleeved shirt (S2), Asymmetrical tunic dress (D4), Blue velvet skirt (Skt9), Ankle boots (B2)

 

 

All clothing purchased Amazon and Ebay. Victorian coffin necklace: Ebay, Silver bat necklace: Numi Olive (Etsy)

 

Vintage ankle boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

My makeup was minimal because of the cold, and I definitely did not feel like wearing false eyelashes.  I had a perfect bindi to go with my outfit, but I couldn’t find it.  Oh, well.  Boring face, basic bindis.

Silver dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy)

 

 

This post concludes the birthstone looks for 2016.  Woot!  I can’t WAIT for 2016 to end, and apparently I’m not alone.  Was 2016 a good year for you?  Stay tuned for the last birth flower post and a couple of year-in-review posts.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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

OOTD for November’s Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum

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Chrysanthemum pics via Photobucket. Chrysanthemum info via What’s My Birth Flower? and ProFlowers®.

Hello, lovelies!  Today is the last day of November, so today’s look is inspired by the Chrysanthemum, November’s birth flower.  “Mums” are one of the most cultivated flowers around the world, beginning in China in 15th century B.C.  Chrysanthemums are a diverse flower, ranging from “puffy poms to the spindly spiders and quill flowers”.  Chrysanthemums are a member of the daisy family and are related to zinnias, dahlias, marigolds, and sunflowers.

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From TOP LEFT: Pom mums, Thistle mums, Spoon mums, and Quill mums

 

The word “chrysanthemum” comes from the Greek words chrysos, meaning “gold” and anthemon, meaning “flower”.  Chrysanthemums are next to the most popular flower, second to roses.  “Mums” are traditionally given on Mother’s Day, which symbolize optimism and joy. Many of us Americans call our mothers “Mom”, whereas some of the British call their mothers, “Mum”.  I’m pretty sure there’s a connection there.

Chrysanthemums have a great deal of symbolism in Asia, especially in China and Japan.  The Chrysanthemum is considered one of the Four Gentlemen in Chinese art and “The Festival of Happiness” in Japan is a celebration of the “mum”.  But in France, Belgium, Spain, and Italy, chrysanthemums symbolize death and are often placed on graves and used in funerals.

 

CHRYSANTHEMUM INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Gold Flower

GENUS: Chrysanthemum

TYPES: Poms, Thistle (or Brush), Spoon, and Quill

ORIGIN: Asia and Northeastern Europe

TYPE: Mostly Perennials, but there are also Annual varieties

COLORS: Pink, red, yellow, white and green

ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

USES: Mainly used as a tea to assist in eyestrain, dizziness, and to lower cholesterol, and adds flavor to Korean rice wine. The leaves are boiled and steamed to be eaten.  Also helps to reduce indoor air pollution.

 

Here’s what I wore.  This look would of been perfect with the long skirt I was going to wear, but it decided to rain.  So I changed gears and wore a knee-length skirt, leggings, and flat shoes.

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Project 666 Staples: Sheer black scarf (Scf3), Burnout lace top (S4), Asymmetrical hem skirt (Skt1), Leggings (P10), High-top sandals (Snd2)

 

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Large ivory mums: Wendy Beth Creations (Etsy), Tooth and bone necklace: Creates 4 Fun (Etsy)

 

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“Black City” leggings: Carousel Ink (Etsy), High-top sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

I wore my eyeglasses, so makeup was basic.  The bone necklace and large mums were the highlight of this look.  I did go heavy on the blush, though.

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That’s all for now, lovelies.  Last day of November and I manage to squeak out the birth flower post.  For a short month, this month felt like it would never end.  Strange.  

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Shoulder Shimmy w/ Hip Bumps

OOTD for November’s Birthstone: Topaz

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Topaz info via Crystal Vaults and Wixon Jewelers.

Hello, lovelies!  We recently celebrated Thanksgiving here in the US, and I thought it was a perfect day to honor Topaz, November’s birthstone.  The main colors for topaz are yellow and amber gold, matching the dying leaves of Fall.  Topaz can also be found in a full range of colors including blue, pink, and wine red.  November’s second birthstone, Citrine, looks similar to topaz in color, ranging for lemon-yellow to orange-brown.  Citrine is the French word for “lemon”.

The Imperial Topaz was discovered in Russia during the 19th century. With its orange with pink undertones, the Imperial Topaz is the most prized topaz.  While blue is the most popular color for topaz, this is due to the man-made dying process.  Blue topazes that occur naturally are rare.  The ancient Egyptians and Romans believed that topaz represented the sun, and believed that topazes held healing and protective powers.  Topazes also symbolize love and good fortune.  Blue topazes represent the moon.

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Imperial Topaz – (Image via Lehigh Minerals)

 

TOPAZ INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Crystal of Potency

COLORS: Amber gold, yellow, orange, pink, wine red, brown, blue, and also colorless

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 8.0

TYPES: See Colors above.  Colorless topazes are without impurities and are considered “pure”

ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

DEITY: Demeter, Greek goddess of abundance and the harvest.  She brings an end to the barren winter land, filling it with life-giving grain. Also honors Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war and Amaterasu, the Japanese Sun Goddess.

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Demeter, Greek goddess of Abundance and the Harvest – (Image via Photobucket)

 

DIVINATIONS: Clear topaz: “It is time to see the real truth.  Listen to your inner voice to tell right from wrong.”

Imperial/Golden topaz: “You have as much right to aim high as anyone else.”

Blue topaz: “Speak the truth with confidence and you can take control of the situation and turn matters to your advantage.”

CHAKRAS: Imperial/Golden topaz: Root (1), Sacral (2), and Solar Plexus (3);  Pink topaz: Heart (4);  Blue topaz: Throat (5) and Third Eye (6); Colorless topaz: Crown (7);

HEALING PROPERTIES: Heals diseases of the eye and helps with dimness of eyesight, restores the sense of taste, lessens cardiac pains, and reduces snoring.

SECONDARY BIRTHSTONE: Citrine

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Here’s what I wore.  We had Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house, so I went for a casual look.  I wore my black velvet pants with two t-shirts. The layered t-shirts dressed down the velvet pants, giving my look a more relaxed feel.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Frayed t-shirt (S11), Long t-shirt, worn underneath (S5), Velvet bell bottoms (P9), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Long t-shirt underneath: Amazon, Frayed t-shirt: Summers Breeze (Etsy), Black velvet bell-botoms: L. Rose Designs

 

Here’s my Thanksgiving face.  Makeup is somewhat heavy with bronze glitter on my eyes.  Since I was feeling casual, I decided to skip the false eyelashes.

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Vintage starburst topaz brooch: Sandra’s Veranda (Etsy), Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven (Etsy)

 

That is all for today.  November is just about over, so after December we’ll be starting a new year.  Personally, I am ready for 2016 to end.  It was a very depressing and trying year.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Video: Black, Female & Atheist

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All atheist pics via Photobucket

Black, female, and atheist.  It’s a rarity to be all three here in the United States world and I decided to tell my story on video.  We atheists are a lone breed – especially if you’re black; especially if you’re black AND female.  I had already posted my story back in 2014, but I decided to make a video about it.

Seven years ago in 2009, I “came out” as an atheist before heading over to my mother’s house for Thanksgiving.  Every year prior, each member of the family would say what they were thankful for and then, say a small prayer to thank God for everything in our lives.  I didn’t want to spring this news over Thanksgiving dinner, so it was time to call my mother – a sweet woman, but VERY Christian.  Her faith gave her joy and comfort, and she took it very seriously.  I was really nervous, but I knew I had to tell her.

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Image via Slide Share

 

She wasn’t too happy about it.  She was quite concerned, and worried about my “soul”.  After much discussion and prayer, she finally accepted my atheism.  But even before she died, my mother was convinced that God was real.  “But he’s taking you away from us”, I said.  “No, no, no.  He’s not taking me away.  You will see me again when Jesus comes to take us home.”  I smiled at her and left it at that.  

So, here’s a video of my story: how it feels to be black, female and atheist in a world of believers.  I hope you enjoy hearing my story.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTW: Gothic Hats & Vintage Pins

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Hello, lovelies!  I’m back with another Outfits of the Week post.  In this post I’m sharing what I wore during the week of Halloween, which was on a Monday this year.  I’m just now posting this video since I’ve been a bit depressed, lately.  But I promise you I will, slowly but surely, get back to my normal posting schedule.

 

DAY ONE

Here’s what I wore on Halloween.  It’s not exactly a costume, but the nice thing about being a goth is that I can wear my normal clothes and still look spooky.  After all, every day is Halloween for us goths!  All I did was add a large, witch’s hat and I was all set for the holiday.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Asian-style tunic jacket (J2), Long-sleeved shirt (S2), 25-yd. skirt (Skt3), Fingerless gloves (GLV2), Victorian-style boots (B5)

 

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Victorian-style ankle boots: Ladies’ Emporium

 

Here’s my makeup for Halloween.  I wore all-black makeup, including black lipstick.  While the green contacts I wore are subtle, they really do show up nicely when surrounded by black eye makeup:

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Magic wand: Masterwork Magics (Etsy)

 

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DAY TWO

This is the first time I’ve worn my new top hat.  I used to wear top hats about 20 years ago, and I’m happy to be able to wear hats again.  It took a little adjusting to (I kept crashing into low-hanging branches), but it was fun to wear.  I felt like Stevie Nicks in this outfit!

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Top hat (H3), Long t-shirt (S5), Asymmetrical skirt (Skt1), Floral velvet shawl (J4), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

Day Two’s makeup was pretty subtle: just lipstick, eyeliner, and false eyelashes.  I wore a small bindi under the corner of each eye for a little dazzle:

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Black beaded necklace: Lord & Taylor, Vintage star pin: Aura Rose’s Treasures (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market, Silver key necklace: Fuchsia Bloom Studio (Etsy)

 

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DAY THREE

Day Three had the simplest outfit: a long dress, arm warmers, and ankle boots.  I wore a pin in my scarf and further accessorized this outfit with an onyx ring and cabochon necklace:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long “goddess” dress (D6), Scrunchy arm warmers (GLV1), Victorian-style boots (B5)

 

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Vintage star & moon brooch: Maggie’s Vintage Market (Etsy), Scrunchy arm warmers: Lama Luz (Etsy), Onyx necklace: made by me

 

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Here’s Day Three’s makeup.  It’s pretty much my usual with glitter added to my eyelids.  The glitter doesn’t show up well in these pictures, but it does accentuate my eyes:

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This month has been depressing, to say the least.  I am working on more content, but I’m also taking things one day at a time.  We’re already in mid-November, so I will try to have November’s birthstone and birth flower posts out soon.   Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Live Video & Freeform Dreads: Months 17 & 18

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Above pic via Photobucket (edited)

Hello, dear lovelies. This post will show 2 months of my loc progression, since I forgot to post last month’s loc report (whoops).  Not only that, but since the election of Donald Trump, I’ve been feeling helpless, hopeless, angry, and downright sad. (Can you tell from the pics?)

I posted my first live video (via Facebook) a couple of days ago.  It’s a video expressing my feelings and offering encouragement to others who are also frightened and feeling hopeless.  For many of us who are worried about the new President-elect (and also the new Vice-President-elect: Yikes!), this election goes beyond Republican vs. Democrat, liberal vs. conservative.  It’s not about Hillary Clinton losing.  

With the endorsement of the KKK and other white suprematist groups, we’re fearful for our humanity.  We are rightfully angry about the lack of respect for Americans who aren’t white, male, heterosexual, and Christian.  Hate crimes across the country have already begun.  Many of these crimes have even occurred in elementary- and high schools.

 

So, I had to take a short break from blogging and posting videos.  I needed time to process my feelings and muster the strength to move forward.  Outfits of the day, makeup, and looking fabulous had to take a backseat while I get myself together.  That includes my lackluster dreadlocks.

 

Here’s the status on my locs so far:

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There will be new posts this week.  They’re a bit late (just like this dreadlock post), but better late than never.  Many people (especially those of us who are more vulnerable to white supremacist groups) are trying heal and make sense of the message that our fellow Americans are sending.  We are not valued.  We are nothing.  We’re blamed for all of America’s ills, but are never given credit for our contributions to this country. 

We will stay strong and move forward.  That’s really all we can do at this point.  I hope the future will not be as dire as it seems.  We will have to wait and see.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Video: Cultural Appropriation & Dreadlocks

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All photos courtesy of Photobucket.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a video on YouTube discussing cultural appropriation and dreadlocks.  Around Halloween, the subject of cultural appropriation becomes a hot topic.  Some people leave their brains at the door, and show up to parties wearing blackface, yellowface, Native American war bonnets, and all sorts of foolishness.  Are these examples of cultural appropriation?  You bet it is!  At the very least, it’s highly offensive.

But are dreadlocks considered cultural appropriation?  Should dreadlocks only be worn by black people?  Many people think that dreadlocks come from black culture, but this is not the case.  In this video, I share my thoughts on cultural appropriation and dreadlocks.

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Bob Marley helped to popularize dreadlocks in the United States

 

Do you think cultural appropriation exists?  Should dreadlocks only be worn by black people?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD for October’s Birth Flower: Marigold

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Marigold pic via Photobucket. Marigold info via What’s My Birth Flower? and ProFlowers®.

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: TagetesCalendula

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

ORIGIN: Mexico

TYPE: Annual

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!

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Fishnet top (S8), Asymmetrical tunic dress (D4), Black velvet bellbottoms (P9), Platform ankle boots (B4)

 

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Black velvet jacket: dash A clothing (Etsy), Fishnet top: Ebay, Asymmetrical tunic dress: Amazon, Black velvet bellbottoms: L. Rose Designs, Platform boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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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.

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Black dragon horns: The Elfin Forest (Etsy)

 

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Having a bit of fun with a lovely pirate...
Having a bit of fun with a lovely pirate…

 

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…until she tried to cut me!

 

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,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Floreos

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