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 & Makeup for December’s Birth Flowers: Narcissus & Poinsettia

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Flower photos via Photobucket.  Flower info via What’s My Birth Flower?.

Here we are with December’s birth flowers, Narcissus [genus: Narcissus] and Poinsettia [genus: Euphorbia].  Narcissus is also known as Daffodil, which is the birth flower for March.

Most of us are familiar with the story of Narcissus, the young hunter who was so in love with himself that, staring at himself in a pool of water, ended up falling in and drowning.  This is where we get the word narcissism.  Thus, this flower symbolizes vanity in the West.  In the East, the narcissus symbolizes good fortune.

Narcissus in white and in yellow
Narcissus in white and in yellow

 

December’s second birth flower is the Poinsettia.  This is the flower most associated with the Christmas/Yule season (the other flower would be holly).  Poinsettias come from Mexico and Central America.  Red dye was created from poinsettias by the Aztecs.  The meaning behind this flower is “You’re the only one”.

Poinsettias with white dots and in solid red
Poinsettias with white dots and in solid red

 

Poinsettias are not my favorite flowers, since they immediately conjure up thoughts of Christmas.  But since they are connected to the Christmas/Yule season, I thought this vintage poinsettia earring and pin set would be perfect to wear to this year’s office party.

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Turtleneck sweater and red skirt: secondhand, Boots: Jessica Simpson (brand)

 

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Poinsettia earring and pin set: Maggie’s Vintage Market (Etsy), Onyx beaded necklace: String of Jewels (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market

 

Here is my makeup.  I wanted it to be festive, but office-friendly:

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My outfit was a bit conservative for the office party, but it did have a ’70s vibe to it.  Perhaps it was the boots and headscarf?  Next Friday is Christmas, can you believe that?  I’ll have a couple more posts before 2015 ends, so stay tuned. I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Yule-Kwanzaa-Hanukkah-Festivus!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise