Hello, lovelies! We just celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., which I celebrated with friends. My outfit and makeup are inspired by November’s birthstone, Citrine. The name “citrine” comes from the French word for yellow, citron. Natural citrine is very rare, therefore most citrines on the market are man-made. Citrine is a newer birthstone for November; the traditional birthstone is Topaz.
CITRINE INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLES: The Merchant’s Stone
COLORS: Pale yellow, golden yellow, yellow-green, orange, honey, light brown
As usual, my outfit was all-black but you can see the fall colors in my makeup. I went with gold and bronze eyeshadow and burgundy eyebrows. The look is completed with bronze glitter and black beads in my hair.
That’s it, lovelies. I haven’t been out of the house in awhile, so it was nice to go out for a nice evening. The air was cool and crisp, with the scent of autumn in the air: fireplaces, smoke, and food cooking! Stay tuned for next month’s (and the final) birthstone for December.
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
TYPES: Over 50 species, including African (Tagetes erecta), French (Tagetes patula), and pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)
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!
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.
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.
Hello, lovelies. October has been a dark, but interesting month, so I’m very late in posting October’s looks for its birthstones and birth flower. My apologies.
This look is inspired by the Opal, October’s birthstone. The Greek word for “opal” is apallios, meaning “to see a change in color”. The Roman scholar, Pliny the Elder, wrote of opalus: “The Opal, as a precious stone containing the fiery flame of the carbuncle (Garnet), the resplendent purple of the Amethyst, and the sea-green glory of the Emerald – all shining together in incredible union and exquisite pleasure”. Opal is also thought to be from the Sanskrit word upala, meaning “precious stone”. Like fingerprints and snowflakes, no two opals are the same.
Opals originate from Australia and was discovered in 1850. The majority of Opals are produced (95%) in Australia, but are also mined in Brazil, Honduras, Ethiopia, Mexico, and parts of the US. Opals are a mix of water and silica (hydrated silicon dioxide), containing a water content between 3% and 21% by weight. Of the 3 types of opal, the most rare is the Precious Opal (also called Rainbow Opal). It’s also the only opals that exhibit a “play on color”. Neither the Common Opal, which has a milky and pearly luster (“opalescence”) nor the Fire Opal, which is translucent with “a body color of vivid red, orange, or yellow”, exhibit a play on color.
OPAL INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: The Eye Stone
COLORS: Nearly every color and also colorless
MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 5.5 – 6.0
TYPES: Precious Opal (or Rainbow), Common Opal, and Fire Opal
ZODIAC SIGN: None, but has a strong affinity with Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
DEITY: Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, ruling during winter. She’s also the Greek goddess of Spring. Also honors Cardea, Roman goddess of Doorways and Entrys, and protector of families, children, and the house.
DIVINATION: “Just when you have given up, good luck makes a return appearance. Maximize opportunities to ensure it lasts.”
CHAKRAS: Several linking to the Crown (7)
HEALING PROPERTIES: Eases depression and stress, strengthens eyesight, purifies the blood and kidneys, and regulates insulin production.
SECONDARY BIRTHSTONE: Tourmaline
Here’s my outfit. The focal point of this look is the glass opal brooch that I wore on my head scarf. The long, black cardigan and lace dress gives it a gothic bohemian feel:
Here’s my face. I wore dark makeup highlighted by green and gold eyeshadow, and pink bindis to match the brooch:
That’s it for now. I’ve been sick and depressed for the past week, so this birthstone post is very late. My apologies for that. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Halloween post for October’s birth flower.
Hello, lovelies! Fall is definitely here and the weather has cooled down significantly. I decided to show off a few of my long jackets, perfect for layering and looking very goth.
I wore many layers on Day One, complete with felt hat and long cardigan. The pentacle pikes complete this look. All of my clothing was purchased on Ebay and Amazon, with the exception of the winklepickers, which were purchased from The Gothic Shoe Company.
Here’s my makeup for Day One. I decided to stick with heavy eyeliner and lipstick for the week. I wasn’t in the mood for heavy makeup, but I will definitely wear more makeup for the cooler weather. I think the heavy eyebrows make up for the minimal eye makeup.
Out of these three days, Day Two had the coolest weather so I decided to wear my new fall jacket. I have a winter coat, but I needed a light jacket for Fall and Spring. I also wanted a shorter jacket (my winter coat is long) to wear for when it’s raining outside. This jacket was purchased on Amazon.
Again on Day Two, my makeup was very minimal. I wore green contacts, which are very subtle. I decided to wear a head scarf instead of a hat.
More layers for Day Three. I wore my favorite jacket, which is long, black, and velvet – very goth and very pretty. This jacket is more on the dressy side, so I don’t wear it often. But I think it works for what I’m wearing.
Not much eye makeup on this day, but I’ve added false eyelashes and small bindis to give my face some “oomph”. The dreadlock beads and purple lipstick keep my face from looking boring.
That’s it for this week, lovelies. I was going to add an update on my dreadlocks, but I’m saving that for an upcoming post (coming soon). Stay tuned.