Skulls, Beads & Freeform Dreads: Month 22

Hello, lovelies!  It’s been awhile since my last post.  I’m not sure what’s going to happen to this blog, since my main outlet has been posting YouTube videos. I will still keep you posted on my dreadlock progression and gemstone looks, but I’m not sure what the future holds for this blog.  I guess time will tell.

Today’s outfit highlights 2 of my favorite things: black skulls and black beads. This dress from KILLSTAR is quickly becoming one of the my favorite pieces!

 

 

Occult leggings: Lip Service (brand), Tall boots: FitFlop (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  I chose a pretty simple makeup look to go with my pretty simple outfit. Two small, black bindis on the sides of my eyes highlight the heavy eyeliner:

 

Skull necklace: Kreepsville 666 (brand), Crystal dreadlock bead: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Seed bead necklaces: The Gypsy Rose Boutique (Etsy)

 

And finally, here’s how my locs are doing:

 

 

 

That’s it, y’all.  I will still create blog posts, but the bulk of my content can be found on YouTube.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out my channel, Gothic SoulFlower.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Video: Gothic Office & Freeform Dreads: Month 19

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Hello, lovelies!  It is Month 19 of my freeform locs.  I finally re-dyed them and they look 100% better.  They’re also getting longer and I’m definitely pleased with that.  I’ve added some things to my office decor and I’m very happy with the results.  New hair color, new office.

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Here are few pics of my office, with the office light on.  It looks cool, but it looks a lot snazzier with the office light turned off, and the colorful lights turned on.  The skull lamp, bony hand candelabra, and “lightening ball” were purchased on Amazon.  The rest of the items were purchased at CVS.  These purchases were made last year during Halloween season, so these items were bought at a reduced price.  The battery-operated candles were purchased online.

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Here’s the progress of my dreadlocks.  Thanks to the hair dye, you’ll see a dramatic difference between Months 17 and 19:

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That’s it for now.  Be sure to check out my office decor video below. You’ll see how my office looks when it’s darkened and lit up by my spooky lights.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Live Video & Freeform Dreads: Months 17 & 18

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Hello, dear lovelies. This post will show 2 months of my loc progression, since I forgot to post last month’s loc report (whoops).  Not only that, but since the election of Donald Trump, I’ve been feeling helpless, hopeless, angry, and downright sad. (Can you tell from the pics?)

I posted my first live video (via Facebook) a couple of days ago.  It’s a video expressing my feelings and offering encouragement to others who are also frightened and feeling hopeless.  For many of us who are worried about the new President-elect (and also the new Vice-President-elect: Yikes!), this election goes beyond Republican vs. Democrat, liberal vs. conservative.  It’s not about Hillary Clinton losing.  

With the endorsement of the KKK and other white suprematist groups, we’re fearful for our humanity.  We are rightfully angry about the lack of respect for Americans who aren’t white, male, heterosexual, and Christian.  Hate crimes across the country have already begun.  Many of these crimes have even occurred in elementary- and high schools.

 

So, I had to take a short break from blogging and posting videos.  I needed time to process my feelings and muster the strength to move forward.  Outfits of the day, makeup, and looking fabulous had to take a backseat while I get myself together.  That includes my lackluster dreadlocks.

 

Here’s the status on my locs so far:

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There will be new posts this week.  They’re a bit late (just like this dreadlock post), but better late than never.  Many people (especially those of us who are more vulnerable to white supremacist groups) are trying heal and make sense of the message that our fellow Americans are sending.  We are not valued.  We are nothing.  We’re blamed for all of America’s ills, but are never given credit for our contributions to this country. 

We will stay strong and move forward.  That’s really all we can do at this point.  I hope the future will not be as dire as it seems.  We will have to wait and see.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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New Pikes & Freeform Dreads: Month 16

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Hello, lovelies!  I’m a bit late in posting an update on my dreadlocks, but I had a major system fail this past weekend.  Like an idiot, I didn’t back up my system and I had to create a new YouTube channel since I’ve lost access to my old one.  GRRRR!  The good news is, I was smart enough to save my videos, so I’m working on re-uploading them to my new channel.  The huge lesson I learned is to BACK UP MY COMPUTER SYSTEM.

 

Anyhoo, let’s move on to what I wore.  It was another hot and humid day with NO BREEZE WHATSOEVER.  So I kept it very simple with a shirt dress and leggings:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Blue shirt dress (D10), Black leggings ((P5), Low pikes (Shoe2)

 

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Here are my new winklepickers!  Woot!  The flat soles and low cut of these shoes may not suit my body type, but I really don’t care.  I absolutely love them.  They’re handmade with black suede and pentacle buckles, purchased from The Gothic Shoe Company.  They also have a store on Etsy.

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My face was even more simple than my outfit.  Just eyeliner and lipstick.  I added a silver moon stamp for a bit of flair:

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Dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Onyx necklace: handmade by me

 

And finally, here’s the update on my dreadlocks.  They’re getting longer and thicker, which makes me very happy!

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That’s it for now, lovelies.  It’s been a frustrating week, but some lessons are learned the hard way.  Please check out my new channel, Gothic SoulFlower.  To start fresh, I’ve added another OOTD video to my new channel.  Please enjoy.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Summer Goth Fashion & Freeform Dreads: Month 14

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Hello, lovelies!  After our July 4 holiday weekend here in the USA, the rest of my work week has been busy, busy, busy!  So, this post will cover Month 14 of my locs and 3 days of summer goth fashion.  Now that we’re in July and summer will be with us for a while, I’ll share a few ways on how I keep cool and stay goth in hot weather.

One thing that helps me stay cool is a parasol.  I didn’t think it would make much difference, but boy was I wrong.   Some goths carry a parasol to keep their skin light, while others carry one to keep the sun rays from beating down on them (which also prevents tanning of the skin – duh).  The latter reason is why I carry one, providing shade with every step.  I recommend getting one in black (of course!), since black absorbs more UV rays, and also one that doubles as an umbrella.  The open-lace parasols are pretty, but they’re not that functional.  If it decides to rain on a hot day, you’ll be covered on both ends.

I also suggest keeping a hand fan in your bag.  That way you’ll always have something to cool yourself off with.  A fan is also great during in-between weather, where sometimes it’s cool and then the next day it’s blazing hot. Weather in the DMV area can be a bit “schizophrenic”.

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Highly recommended!

 

DAY ONE

Here’s what I wore on Tuesday.  I do wear cotton leggings in the summer and I’m still quite comfortable.  For some reason, my legs don’t get too hot, but my upper body does!  You’ll notice that I’ve kept my neck free of chokers and heavy jewelry.  The parasol, hand fan, and all of my clothes were purchased on Ebay and Amazon, unless otherwise noted.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Frayed t-shirt (S11), Knee-length skirt (Skt6), Black leggings (P5), Winklepickers (B7)

 

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Frayed t-shirt: Summers Breeze (Etsy)

 

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DAY TWO

This is Wednesday’s outfit.  Open-weave, lightweight shirts are the way to go in the heat, such as the lace shirt that I wore (with camisole underneath).  However, not all lace garments are created equal – some lace shirts can be a bit heavy.  Heavy anything (makeup, jewelry, clothing) + hot weather = baked and sweaty.  My skirt is also very lightweight and while it’s great for summer, it is NOT wind-friendly.  I am no Marilyn Monroe and no one wants to see my underwear.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Lace crop top (S16), Gauzy knee-length skirt (Skt7), High-top sandals (Snd2)

 

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High-top sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

DAY THREE

Here is Thursday’s outfit: HOLES!  This outfit looks hotter than it is.  The shirt has a sheer back, open shoulders, and the sleeves are rolled up.  The leggings are made of nylon, which is hotter than cotton.  However, the rips in these leggings provide air circulation, making them good for summer.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Hi-Lo sheer top (S17), Knee-length skirt (Skt6), Ripped leggings (Phse1), Winklepickers (B7)

 

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“Razor’s Edge” leggings: Heavy Red, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes UK

 

And before you leave, here’s a look at my loc progression:

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I hope this long post makes up for the shorter ones that I’ve posted lately.  I don’t show as much skin as I used to, so my summer attire may still be too warm for you.  My suggestions were just that – suggestions.  Do what’s best for you.  If you like to show some skin, go for it!  Showing more skin will definitely be cooler than what I choose to wear.

How do you stay gothic and cool in hot weather?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD: Black Cats & 1-Year-Old Dreadlocks

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Woo hoo!  My locs are now a year old!  Time sure does fly.  “Black Cat Tuesday” is not a holiday (although it should be), but I decided to show off a couple of black cat purchases that I made.  Of course, the best black cat is my Edgar, a little stray that found me as I was walking home from work – a week before Halloween!  He’s feisty, but so sweet.  He is absolutely priceless.

I kept my makeup very basic, but I’ll show off what I wore yesterday.  I bought a Yin-Yang Cats t-shirt from Cafe Press and I love it!

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long duster (J1), Black hat (H1), Yin-yang cats t-shirt (S14), Long skirt (Skt2), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Long duster and long skirt: Amazon, Yin-yang Cats t-shirt: Cafe Press, Felt hat: Asos, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand), Black cat-eye glasses: Zenni Optical

 

I also found a black cat case for my phone on Ebay.  It wasn’t expensive (under $10) and I’m very pleased with it.  My old case was okay, but it was plain, gray, and BORING.  It had no flair to it at all.

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My old phone case. Zzzz = Snooze.

 

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Black spike earrings: Ashley Elaine Designs (Etsy), Black cat iPhone case: Ebay, Onyx ring: Black “Dark Valentine” ring (Etsy)

 

Here’s the full progression of my locs.  I started out with 8 inches (20.32 cm) of loose hair and now my longest loc is 6-1/4 inches (15.88 cm).  Not too shabby – it’s normal for locs to get shorter before they get longer.

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The longest loc is marked by stars on the top and bottom of the loc

 

This concludes Year One of my crazy dreadlocks.  I’ll keep posting on my dreadlock growth for another year.  Let’s see how long they get after 2 years!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

Brain Fatigue and 11-Month-Old Dreads

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Hello, my fellow darklings.  I’m back to blogging after a 2-week mental hiatus. As some of you know, there are times when one needs a mental health break. Nothing’s wrong, life just got a bit overwhelming.  But y’all didn’t miss anything and now I’m back to blogging.

I had planned on starting the Spring/Summer wardrobe for Project 666, but it has been so cold and windy lately.  We would get about 2 days of warm weather, and then the temperature would drop.  I’m not complaining though.  The warm/cold situation is typical for Spring and it’s still not as cold as Winter.  Thank goodness for that!

Here’s today’s outfit.  Since I’ve now “recovered” from my brain fatigue, I kept my goth look simple:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Shredded t-shirt (S11), Long skirt (Skt2), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Shredded t-shirt: secondhand, Long skirt: Amazon, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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All jewelry purchased on Etsy. Ebony wood stud earrings: House of Shiba, Black choker w/ black gems: Ego Driven, Wax seal monogram necklace: J & A Wares Jewelry, Silver key necklace: Fuchsia Bloom Studio

 

I also kept today’s makeup light.  I can’t find my black cat-eye glasses (*boo hoo*), so I’m wearing my backup pair.  I need to go to the eye doctor anyway and order more glasses, so I’m not worried about finding my black pair.  I am convinced that my house eats things, never to be found again, so I expect that my black eyeglasses are gone forever.

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Next month my locs will be a year old.  Woot!  Here’s my loc progression so far:

 

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This was a pretty short post, but I’ll have longer posts very soon for April’s birthstone and birth flower.  I’m also working on some makeup tutorials (finally), so stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

My 8-Month-Old Dreads & Project 666

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Hello, fellow darklings.  One of my goals for this year is to simplify my wardrobe.  Some of us gothic people tend to not only have an extensive wardrobe, but we actually wear many items from that wardrobe.  But many doesn’t mean all.

I got rid of a lot of clothing and jewelry 2 years ago (over 175 pieces), but I had since bought many items to replace my old clothing.  The amount of new stuff that I had bought didn’t go back to the same amount that I had gotten rid of, but it was still stuff that was not needed.  So, I’m essentially back to square one.  But this time, I’m ready to get rid of more things and NOT buy more (unnecessary) stuff.

As I was researching tips on how to simplify my wardrobe (and my life), I came across a wonderful website, Be More With Less by Courtney Carver.   It’s here that Courtney introduces us to Project 333.  I strongly encourage you to take a look at her blog.  It includes tips, how-to articles, and stories of regular people who took on this project.  I think it’s doable and absolutely brilliant.

How does Project 333 work?  Courtney explains this in detail over at her blog.  The wardrobe that you create using Project 333 is called your “capsule wardrobe” in which you wear the same 33 items in a season (about 3 months).  For the next 3 months, you can switch your items to another 33 pieces.  By sticking to 33 items, you will end up getting rid of things, which is the goal.  And this is 33 items per season, so for me it’s doable and not so restrictive.

 

Here is a brief list of The Rules.  This project can be started at any time:

1. Choose 33 items to wear for 3 months.  This includes shoes, accessories, jewelry, clothing, and outer wear.  This does not include undergarments, workout wear, sleepwear, or sentimental jewelry that you always wear (such as a wedding ring).

These are my everyday rings. I wear these *98.3% of the time. (*Not a scientific figure)
These are my everyday rings. I wear these *98.3% of the time. (*Not a scientific figure)

2. The items that are not part of the 33, you can box it up and store it until the next season.

3. The 33 items are items that you currently wear.  Give away or get rid of any clothing that does not fit or is in poor condition.

 

Okay, here is where I’ve made a couple of tweaks to this project:

1.  While I have trimmed down my accessories, there is NO WAY I’m including accessories.  I’m a gothic lady and accessories are important for my wardrobe.  And I wear my jewelry all the time.  Every.  Single.  Piece.  But, I have put away pieces that would work better during the warmer months.  For example, I’ve put away jewelry that are lightweight and/or would snag my sweaters, therefore saving them for the warmer seasons.

2.  I’ve combined the 33 items for 2 seasons, giving me a total of 66 items to create my capsule wardrobe.  I did this because I tend to wear the same items for 6 months instead of 3.  Where I live in Maryland, the weather doesn’t really start to get cold until late October/early November and doesn’t warm up until April.  That means I’ll have 2 capsule wardrobes (instead of 4) with 66 items each: one for cool weather (November – April) and one for warm weather (May – October).

3.  Since I’ll be working with 66 items in rotation instead of 33, the name I’ve given for this (goth) version of the project is Project 666.  (*evil smile*)

4.  My dance costumes, jewelry, props and anything else related to dance are not included in the 66 items.

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If I had to count these layers as part of my capsule wardrobe, that would be 7 pieces for this costume alone (this includes the pantaloons I’m wearing underneath these skirts and belts).

 

Here’s what I wore.  Just a t-shirt and pants for the day.  I’ll start listing the staples that I’m wearing in future OOTD posts.  This will also help keep track of what I really wear and what I don’t wear.  The pieces that don’t get worn in one year will be given away.

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My staple pieces: Siouxsie Sioux t-shirt (S1), Yoga/Tribal pants (P1), and my FitFlop boots (B1). These letters and numbers are part of my own organizational system.

 

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T-shirt and boots: Ebay, Yoga/tribal pants: Creaturre (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I’ve been practicing making my eyes appear larger with white eyeliner.  False eyelashes would complete my gothic eyes, but since I wore glasses there’s no use in dealing with the falsies.

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Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Studded collar: Ego Driven (Etsy), Inverted cross earrings: Mierda Negra (Etsy)

 

And here’s how my babies have progressed so far:

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My locs are still losing length, but they’re getting thicker.  Either way, I’m loving the journey so far.  My hair is just as crazy as the woman underneath that hair.  Stay tuned for more OOTD posts, which will be tagged: Project 666.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup: 7 Month Dreads & Dress Lily Review

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Hello, everyone!  Today marks the seventh month of growing my dreadlocks.  I can see them growing, little by little each month.  So exciting!  I also wore the new dress that I bought at Dress Lily.  You may have seen their advertisements floating around Facebook and other places online.  Their prices are low, but how is the quality?  Here is my review for the dress, and also for a pair of pants that I bought from Dress Lily.

Before we get started with my review, here’s what I wore on my face yesterday.  Very simple makeup, highlighted by a moon stamped on my forehead:

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I wore the dress to work yesterday and I think it’s pretty cute.  I love the color! The dress is made out of a lightweight, polyester material.  I think this dress would be more appropriate for Spring or Summer, but it still works for cool weather.  My lace shirt and black leggings underneath added some warmth.  I was also worried that it might be too long, but as you can see in the photos, the length is just right (I’m 5′ 3″ / 160 cm tall).

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Bohemian Style V-Neck Solid Color Sleeveless Women’s Maxi Dress” in size Large, $19.31 USD. Lace top purchased on Ebay.

 

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Choker with O-ring: Ego Driven (Etsy), Crystal point pendant: Kalani’s Gems (Etsy)

 

Pros: Comfortable, great color, length is just right, lightweight

Cons: Wrinkles easily, low quality fabric

Dress rating: ****4 out of 5 stars

 

Here are the pants that I ordered along with the dress.  I’m not too happy with these, unfortunately.  The colors are printed on (the inside of these pants are plain white) and they’re not that vibrant.  They feel comfortable, but look horrid on me!  It would have been nice if the pants had a bit of flare at the bottom, although they did say that these were straight-legged pants.  I think these would look better on someone who is slender.  I have too much “junk” to get away with these.

"Fashionable High-Waisted Printed Loose-Fitting Women's Exumas Pants" in size Large, $15.16 USD
Fashionable High-Waisted Printed Loose-Fitting Women’s Exumas Pants” in size Large, $15.16 USD

 

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Pros: Good length, comfortable

Cons: Unflattering on me, dull colors, would look better with a wide- or flared leg

Pants rating: **2 out of 5 stars

 

I had no issues ordering from Dress Lily and my items arrived within 2 weeks after I placed my order.  They do sell wide-legged, flared pants so I may place another order with them. Dress Lily is located in China and I’m in the US, so I thought the shipping time was good, especially since shipping was free.  The quality of the clothing is okay, but I don’t expect them to last very long.  Oh well, I got what I paid for.

Would I recommend purchasing from Dress Lily?  If you have a few bucks to spare and you don’t need your items by a specific date, I think they’re worth taking the chance.  However, other reviews are mixed.  I didn’t look at the reviews before placing my order, so I’m not sure if I just got lucky or if it’s a bit of a hit-or-miss with this company.  You can check out some of the reviews here.

FINAL RATING (out of 5 stars):

Dress: ****4 stars

Pants: **2 stars

Shipping time: ****4 stars

Average rating: ***3 stars

 

And last but not least, here’s how my locs are progressing:

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My locs are starting to grow downward, which means they’re getting longer.  Woo hoo!  You can check out my video review on my Dress Lily purchases, below my signature.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

OOTD & Makeup: 6-Month-Old Dreads

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My dreads are now half a year old.  With Halloween and my Raq Out performance now done, I’m finally able to post my progress on my “babies”.  They are still looking crazy and I still love them.  I’m growing more and more attached to them as the days go by.  It’s an incredible journey into my crazy hair. 

I decided that the “half-way mark” of my locs deserved a fresh dye job.  I was thinking of bleaching the roots, but I think I will wait until they’re at least a year old, although I don’t really mind having dark roots now.  Since I dye my dark roots along with my locs, they just blend together.  I may never bleach them, to be honest.  I have nothing against bleach (obviously), but even bleach at a low volume (I used 20v on my loose hair) is damaging to the hair.

We’ll start with my outfit of the day.  I wore the blue tunic dress again.  It seems I’m always wearing this dress at the beginning of the month, but it rained yesterday and this dress, along with my 20-eye Doc Martens, are nice to wear on such days.

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Blue dress: purchased at DC Fashion Week, Leggings: Amazon

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), “Resplen-dance” ribbon necklace: Sciscitor (Etsy). I love this necklace, but I’m not too fond of the ribbon. It’s pretty, but I prefer something more sturdy. I’ll probably replace the ribbon with a leather or silk cord.

 

Here’s my makeup.  It’s hard to see in these pictures, but I added a little bit of glitter to my eyelids. The glitter is Too Faced® Glitter Dust** in “Nude Beam”.  The glitter bits are small, perfect for when I want to wear glitter with minimal bling.

**I purchased this online, but now I can’t seem to find it to provide a link.  Has this product been discontinued?

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My progress so far, from loose hair to now:

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I’ve noticed a significant change between last month and now.  Not only is my hair darker at the roots after re-dying them, but my locs are not sticking out like they did in October.  I was sort of bummed, but then I remembered that I do want long locs.  It looks like they are starting to “lie down” a bit.  After realizing this I’m delighted!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise