OOTD & MOTD for May’s Birth Flower: Lily Of The Valley

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Lily of the Valley pic via Photobucket. Lily of the Valley info via ProFlowers® and What’s My Birth Flower?

The month of May is about to end, but not without sharing what I wore, inspired by May’s birth flower, Lily of the Valley.  A delicate and fragrant flower, lily of the valley has much symbolism, particularly in Christianity.  According to Christian legend, Eve’s tears turned into lilies of the valley after being banished from the Garden of Eden.  In the same myth, Mary’s tears were also turned into lilies of the valley when Christ died on the cross; thus, lilies of the valley are also known as “Mary’s tears” (or “Our Lady’s Tears”).  These flowers symbolize happiness, sweetness, and humility.  They also symbolize the second coming of Christ.

 

LILY OF THE VALLEY INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: May Lily

GENUS: Convallaria majalis

TYPES: Albostriata, Aureomarginata, Rosea

ORIGIN: Europe

TYPE: Perennial

COLORS: White and (rarely) pink

ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

USES: Used medicinally to improve memory and restore speech.

 

Here’s what I wore yesterday to a family get-together.  Once again, the flower theme inspires a tribal belly dance look:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: T-shirt (S15), 25-yard skirt (Skt3), Tall moccasin sandals (Snd1)

 

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T-shirt: purchased from phenomenal dancer, Ebony at UDM 2016,, 25-yard skirt: Amazon

 

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Tall moccasin sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

Here’s what I wore on my face.  Since I’m on my last pair of contact lenses and I want to save them for a dance performance next weekend, I decided to wear my eyeglasses and skip the fake lashes.  I didn’t have a lily of the valley, so I wore a lily (genus: Lilium) instead:

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Accessories purchased from Etsy. Lily hair clip: Magic Tribal Hair (Etsy), Black feather hair clip: Beadazzled By Sharon, “Resplen Dance” pendant: Sciscitor

 

Tomorrow is the last day of May and we’re already into summer here in the DMV area.  We had a very rainy Spring.  Oh well, at least it’s not cold.  As part of this year’s birth flower series, I feature another ATS® dance move in my OOTD video.  Enjoy!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Body Wave

OOTD & Makeup for December’s Birthstones: Zircon, Tanzanite, & Turquoise

imageGemstone photos via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Wixon Jewelers.

Here we are with December’s birthstones and there are three for this month: Zircon, Tanzanite, and Turquoise.  Concluding the year with three birthstones instead of one (or even two) is a nice way to finish out 2015.

We’ll start with Zircon, which was believed to have healing powers during the Middle Ages.  Zircons were believed to “bring posterity and promote honor and wisdom in its wearer”.  Zircons are most popular in shades of blue (especially Caribbean Blue), but zircons can also be found in shades of green, dark red, orange, and yellow.  Zircons can also be colorless.

Polished and faceted zircon in blue, and raw zircon in red
Polished and faceted zircon in blue, and raw zircon in red

 

Next up is Tanzanite.  Tanzanites can only be found in one place: Mount Kilimanjaro.  Tanzanites look a lot like sapphires, with its varying shades of deep blue, but they will usually have overtones of rich purple.  While true blue tanzanites are rare, these gemstones are most popular in tones of light blues and light purples.  You can also find tanzanites in various shapes and sizes.

Polished and faceted tanzanites in blue and light purple
Polished and faceted tanzanites in blue and light purple

 

Last gemstone for December is Turquoise, which is the oldest of the three gemstones.  It is also among the most popular.  Turquoises were worn by the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, as well as the Native Americans.  Its robin’s egg blue color was thought to promote the status and wealth of the wearer, and was believed to protect them from evil and bring good luck.  

Not only does turquoises come in robin's egg blue, but you can also find them in shades of green and with flecks and streaks of brown
Not only does turquoises come in robin’s egg blue, but you can also find them in shades of green and with streaks of brown and black

 

My outfit and makeup was inspired by zircons.  Once again, this is a belly dance-inspired outfit with the bindi, skirt, and bell-bottom pants underneath:

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T-shirt and 25-yd. skirt: Ebay, Bell bottom pants: L. Rose Designs

 

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Blue bindi: Third Eye Bling (Etsy), Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I went for dark eyes and dark lips:

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That’s the last gemstone post for 2015.  I plan on posting more gemstone pics in 2016, but I’m trying to figure out how to change it up a bit.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

OOTD & Makeup for November’s Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum

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

Hello, my lovelies.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Here we are with November’s birth flower, the Chrysanthemum [genus: Chrysanthemum].  Also called “mums” for short, chrysanthemums are one of the world’s most popular flower.  First cultivated in China during 15th century BC,  mums are symbolic in many parts of Asia including East Asia, Japan, China, and Korea.  Mums are considered to be “one of the Four Gentlemen in art and has high significance during the Double Ninth Festival“.  Mums are symbolized in Japan, during the Japanese Festival of Happiness. 

In China, Japan, and Korea white chrysanthemums symbolize grief, while in other countries they symbolize honesty.  Mums also symbolize love and cheerfulness and blooms in red, pink, mauve, and orange. 

Chrysanthemums in white/pink, yellow, and red
Chrysanthemums in white/pink, yellow, and red

 

Chrysanthemum tea is widely used medicinally.  The ancient Chinese used chrysanthemum tea to cure illnesses “related to blood and weight”.  Other uses today include healing for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and dizziness.  It is also said to be helpful in clearing the liver and eyestrain.

Here’s what I wore for November’s birth flower.  I kept the outfit simple and focused on my hair.  I went for a belly dance-inspired look:

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Siouxsie Sioux t-shirt: Ebay, Yoga tribal belly dance pants: Creaturre (Etsy)

 

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All accessories (except for the eyeball pendant, which was purchased on Ebay) were purchased from Etsy.  Black Feather Spray clip: Endless Flowers, Ivory Mum flower clips: Wendy Beth Creations, Black feather flower clip: Republic of Pigtails, Inverted cross earrings: Mierda Negra, Studded choker: Aeon Leather

 

I also kept my makeup pretty simple.  I just wasn’t in the mood for heavy makeup.

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November is almost over.  My, how time flies!  One more month and it’ll be a new year.  2015 has been a pretty good year, I must say.  But I’m looking forward to 2016.  Stay tuned for a couple of year-in-review posts, coming up soon.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup – Belly Dance Fashion

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The weekend’s here once again and once again, that makes me happy.  The weather’s been terrific, but it started raining yesterday and it’s supposed to rain all weekend.  Oh, well.

Sometimes I dress like a belly dancer when I’m not on stage, and yesterday was one of those days.  What is belly dance fashion?  For me, it’s a 25-yard skirt (or harem pants), a t-shirt (usually), and jewelry that I could wear to dance in.  It’s a more casual version of my tribal belly dance costumes.  The belt that I wore completes the casual, belly dance look.  It’s a jingly, silver belt that I purchased on Ebay for $12 – a nice touch for my belly dance-inspired outfit. I love that it makes noise when I walk.  Dogs seem to love this belt, too!

I also decided to wear the t-shirt that I bought from a dance workshop I attended, taught by the lovely Mardi Love.  She designed a wonderful shirt!  It’s very soft and it can be worn on the front or the back.  There’s a bit of stretch to it, as well.  Since I’m pretty round, I love stretchy clothes that are not tight.

Here’s yesterday’s outfit:

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Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities (Etsy), Eyeball necklace and 25-yd. skirt: Ebay

 

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A close-up of the shirt.

 

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Tabi boots: Ebay

 

Here’s my very basic makeup.  Just eyeliner, lipstick, and eyebrow pencil.  I didn’t feel like applying heavy makeup, so I opted for a casual Friday look:

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Tonight, my ATS® dance sisters and I will be attending a housewarming/yarn party, where we’ll be making our tassel belts for December’s performance.  Unfortunately, I’m not very crafty, but I’ll try my best.  I prefer to buy my things from more talented, crafty people. I may do a post on it, but we’ll see how good or bad my belt looks.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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