OOTD & MOTD for April’s Birth Flower: Daisy

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Daisy and Sweet Pea pics via Photobucket.  Daisy info via What’s-Your-Sign and Flower Meaning.

Today’s outfit is inspired by April’s birth flower, Daisy.  Daisies are actually composed of two separate flowers: the center flower and the flower that makes the “rays” of a daisy.  The daisy is nicknamed “day’s eye” since the petals only open during the daytime.  Daisies symbolize innocence, purity, and new beginnings.  In Christianity, daisies represent the Virgin Mary for her “chastity, grace, and purity”.  However, in Norse tradition, daisies represent the goddess Freya, and was a symbol of “love, sensuality, and fertility”.  Daisy was also a slang term during the 1800s for “excellent quality”.  Throughout the years, “that’s a daisy” became “that’s a doozy”, an expression that is used today.

 

DAISY INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Day’s Eye

GENUS: Gerbera (Gerbera), Dimorphotheca (African), and Bellis (Shasta)

TYPES: Gerbera, African, and Shasta (also known as the “common daisy”)

ORIGIN: Asia, Africa, and South America (Gerbera), South Africa (African), and Europe (Shasta) 

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Gerbera daisy (TOP PHOTO), African daisy (BOTTOM PHOTO), and Shasta daisies (TITLE PHOTO).

 

TYPE: Perennial and Annual

COLORS: White, orange, yellow, pink, cream, red, and violet 

ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

USES: Daisies are edible and are used in salads.  Wild daisy tea is used for ailments of the throat, to purify blood, and to heal open wounds.

SECONDARY BIRTH FLOWER: Sweet Pea

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Here’s what I wore.  Keeping with the birth flower theme, today’s outfit is also inspired by tribal belly dance.  You can see my new, striped pants peeking out from under my skirt:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Plain black t-shirt (S12), B&W striped tribal pants (P7), 25-yd. skirt (Skt3), Tall boots (B1)

 

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Black t-shirt: The Gap, 25-yd. skirt: Amazon, Flare tribal striped pants: Creaturre (Etsy), Boots: FitFlop (brand)

 

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Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven (Etsy), “Resplen-dance” pendant: Sciscitor (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I like to wear heavy makeup for outfits inspired by tribal belly dance:

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Spiral clock 4″ daisy hair clip: Sugar Plum Robots (Etsy)

 

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Black feather spray hair clip (behind daisy clip): Endless Flowers (Etsy), Ebony wood stud earrings: House of Shiba (Etsy)

 

I think the weather will stay warm, so stay tuned for Chapter 2 of Project 666 – the Spring/Summer/Warm Weather edition.  Below my signature is my OOTD video.  Enjoy!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Calibrated Spin

 

Minimalist Makeup for April’s Birth Flower: Daisy

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Daisy and Sweet Pea photos via Photobucket.  Daisy info via ProFlowers®.

Here we are on the second day of May, and I’m just now posting April’s birth flower, the Daisy [genus: Bellis].  Better late than never.  I also didn’t feel like doing my face yesterday, as you can see.  Not too exciting, but I’m not afraid of showing my minimally made face.  It would be silly to “force” myself into wearing makeup.

On to the daisy, a flower that reminds me of innocence and for some reason, hippies.  I suppose it’s because in a lot of the pictures I see of hippies from the 1960s, many of them are wearing daisies in their hair.  It makes sense – daisies can be found all over the world.

The Common Daisy, the one we all know and love.
The Shasta daisy, the one we all know and love.

 

Daisies do symbolize innocence, so it’s no wonder it reminds me of that.  They also symbolize simplicity and joy.  “Daisies are close cousins to sunflowers” and the “three most popular varieties are the Shasta daisy, African daisy and gerbera daisy”.  Out of these three varieties, the gerbera daisy is the most popular.  Other varieties include the English daisy and the desert daisy.

4 types of daisies, clockwise from top left: African Daisy, English Daisy, Gerber Daisies, and Desert Daisy
4 types of daisies, clockwise from top left: African Daisy, English Daisy, Gerbera Daisies, and Desert Daisy

 

Some sources list the Sweet Pea [genus: Lathyrus] as April’s second birth flower.  According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the sweet pea signifies “blissful pleasure, but [can also be used] to say goodbye”.

The sweet pea
The sweet pea

 

Here is my minimally made face from yesterday.  All I wore was foundation, blush, and mascara.  The daisy flower clip is of a gerbera daisy, with a rhinestone center:

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Gerbera hair clip: Kugga KIDS (Etsy)

 

Here’s what I wore.  Minimal jewelry (rings) and all black.  I bought the long cardigan from Amazon.  Everything else is from Ebay:

With scarf and cardigan
With scarf and cardigan

 

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It’s been a little while since my last post, but I’m getting back on schedule. I decided to take a short break after performing last Saturday, in the annual Under A Desert Moon belly dance show.   Stay tuned for more posts, including my performance.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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