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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Raw citrine

 

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

OOTW: Gothic Fashion for Fall Equinox

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Hello, lovelies!  Guess what?  Autumn has arrived!  Yesterday was the official first day of Autumn (Fall Equinox).  Now our days will get shorter and our nights will get longer.  To honor “the season of goths”,  I decided to wear all-black this week.  Not that I need a reason to wear all-black (*wink*).  The weather’s still a bit humid in my area, but it’s also been raining.  At least it’s not as hot outside.

 

DAY ONE

Here’s what I wore on Tuesday.  Just a simple tunic with occult leggings.  The platform boots give me height without torturing my feet.  This tunic is one of my favorite pieces.  Very comfortable.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Batwing tunic dress (D3), Occult leggings (P3), Platform boots (B4)

 

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“Caitlin” platform boots: Dr. Martens (brand)

 

I wore my dread beads again along with my small, coffin earrings.  I seem to wear these accessories all of the time.  Can you tell that they’re favorites of mine?

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Dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Coffin earrings: Rebel Circus, Onyx pendant: handmade by me

 

 

DAY TWO

On Wednesday, I wore my “goddess” dress.  I love the draping of this dress and it’s another comfortable piece.  It’s also somewhat reversible; I can wear it with the tie in the back or in the front.  I like the tie in the back, to better show off my necklaces.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long “goddess” dress (D6), High top sandals (Snd2)

 

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All accessories purchased on Etsy. Black wooden ear studs: House of Shiba, Bone and tooth necklace: Creates 4 Fun, Wide leather cuff: aosLeather

 

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High top sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

Here’s my face for Wednesday.  I wore just a touch of chartreuse eye shadow to highlight my new, green contacts.  The green contacts are subtle, but I prefer a slight change in eye color rather than an obvious change.  Plus, they’re prescription contacts which are easier to find in subtle, colored contacts.

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DAY THREE – Fall Equinox

Here’s the final outfit that I wore yesterday.  The outfit is pretty basic, but it’s spruced up by lots of accessories!  As you probably know by now, comfort is king for me.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Burnout lace top (S4), Long skirt (Skt2), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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All accessories purchased on Etsy. Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven, Crystal quartz pendant: Kalani’s Gems, Beaded necklace w/ tassel: Jacq’s Jewelry

 

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20-eye boots: Dr. Martens (brand)

 

Here’s my makeup, which mirrors my outfit: basic makeup with lots of accessories.  I drew a simple, “tribal” mark – just a line down the middle of my forehead.

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That’s it for now, my dear lovelies.  Pretty soon, we’ll be dressing in layers of black.  Woot!  And you know what else in on the way – Halloween!  I’ve included an OOTW video.   Please enjoy.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & MOTD for September’s Birthstone: Sapphire

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Sapphire pic via Photobucket.  Sapphire info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

Hello, lovelies!  Today’s look is inspired by September’s birthstone, Sapphire.  Due to its blue color, sapphires have represented hope, faith, and “divine favor” during ancient and Medieval times.  “Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven”, while the common people believed that sapphires brought heavenly blessings.  Sapphires also represented wisdom, and was cherished by royalty since ancient Greece. 

Sapphires come in many colors including green, blue, violet, and even black.  However, sapphires do not come in red.  “Red sapphires” are actually rubies, both gems being a form of corundum.  The most prized sapphires are “medium to medium dark blue or slightly violet-blue”.  

Star sapphires occur when corundum is grown “with fibrous inclusions of rutile“.  When these stones are cut into cabochons, small rays of light are reflected, creating six (sometimes twelve) rays.  The rays form a star and appear to glide across the stone when turned.  Star sapphires in a pale, cornflower blue are the most prized.  The most well known star sapphire is the Star of India, which was found around 300 years ago. It is housed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  The three rays that make up the six-pointed star represent “faith, hope and destiny”.

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The Star of India is 563.35 carats and has stars on both sides, which is uncommon. (Image and info via Wikipedia)

 

SAPPHIRE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Wisdom

COLORS: Yellow, orange, pink, green, blue, purple, black

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 9.0

TYPE: Corundum

ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

DEITY: Juturna, Roman goddess of brooks and ponds.  Also honors Turan, Etruscan goddess of love and beauty.  The star sapphire honors Gendenwitha, the Morning Star goddess of the Iroquois.

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Juturna, Roman goddess of brooks and ponds. (“Elemental Goddess Water” by AutumnsGoddess – via Journeying to the Goddess)

 

DIVINATION: “You are wondering whether to trust someone you have recently met.  Take your time as you do not know the whole story yet.”

CHAKRAS: Throat (5), Third Eye (6)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Releases mental tension, calms and focuses the mind, soothes insomnia, improves eyesight, helps with inner-ear imbalances and vertigo.

 

Here’s what I wore.  This is one of my favorite looks.  It’s long, flowy, and very comfortable.  It’s also a pretty simple outfit and goes well with my felt hat.

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Project 666 Staples: Oriental-style tunic (J2), Loose black pants (P8), Felt hat (H1), Ankle boots (B2)

 

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Felt hat: Scala (brand), Oriental-style tunic: Ebay, Black pants: Sharif Wear, Ankle boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

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Here’s my makeup.  I’ve had this blue eyeshadow for awhile and wasn’t sure if I could pull this color off.  But it’s a perfect shade of sapphire blue – very striking.

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Blue dreadlock bead: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Black coffin earrings: Rebel Circus

 

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Eek! Hat hair.

 

Sapphire is another one of my favorite birthstones and I felt lovely wearing this ensemble.  Of course, there’s an OOTD video.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise