OOTD & MOTD: Vintage Church Lady

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Hello, fellow darkings!  Yesterday was a good day – it’s not officially Spring yet, but it was gorgeous outside!  With a high temperature of 78° F (26° C), it felt more like June weather than March.  No complaints from moi.

As you can see, I bought a new hat and yesterday was a great day to wear it. Since wearing a hat with an afro can be difficult, it’s been over 10 years since I’ve last wore one.  I’m very happy to wear hats again.

Here’s my outfit.  I really like this ensemble, even though I look like I stepped out of an old, country church – in 1910.  But I love vintage, even though the clothes are new.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Renaissance poet shirt (S10), 25-yard skirt (Skt3), Ankle boots (B2), and Felt hat (H1)

 

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Felt hat: Asos, Poet shirt: Ebay, 25-yard skirt: Amazon

 

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Seed bead necklace: World Market, Rosary: Krombholz Jewelers (Etsy)

 

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Ankle button boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

Here’s yesterday’s face.  I went with bronze eyeshadow and winged eyeliner:

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I’m enjoying this beautiful, warm weather but I’m not getting too comfortable; it is still March, after all.  I’ll end with my OOTD video, complete with commentary. Should I leave out commentary in future OOTD videos?  Let me know in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

9 Month-Old Dreads for Monday

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My locs turned 9 months old yesterday and they’re getting longer and thicker. I’m very pleased with them, so far.  However, I don’t know how I feel about my gray hairs sprouting at my roots.  I may still bleach and re-dye my roots, but maybe I won’t.  Maybe I should just embrace my natural hair color?  Hmmm.   We’ll have to wait and see.

Yesterday’s outfit and makeup were very simple.  Monday outfits tend to be simple, since I’m switching from relaxation mode (Sunday) to working mode:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Burnout lace shirt (S4), Yoga tribal pants (P1), Boots by FitFlop (B1)

 

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Burnout lace shirt: Ebay, Yoga tribal pants: Creaturre (Etsy)

 

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Black leather choker: Ebay, Eye of Horus rosary-style necklace: iMosh (now defunct)

 

Here’s yesterday’s makeup.  There’s not much here – just eyeliner, lipstick and blush:

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Here’s how my locs have progressed so far.  I named my dreads “birthday dreads”, but my birthday is not for another 2 weeks:

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This was a very short post, but the good news is I have started cooking more of my meals!  There will be future posts on different recipes that I’m trying out.  Be sure to stay tuned for more.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD: Black Velvet For Frigid Weather

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It was bleeping COLD yesterday!  The high temperature here in good ol’ Maryland was a whopping 27° F (-2.7° C); the low temp in the morning was 17° F (-8.3° C).  AND it was windy, so there was a wind chill.  Brrrr!  Now that the temperatures are getting lower, prepare yourself for my annual, winter whining.

I finally wore the black, velvet dress that I bought last year.  One of the great things about creating my capsule wardrobe is that I can take the clothes that I haven’t worn on a “test run”.  The black, velvet dress is definitely a keeper.  It’s warm and it’s short, so that means I can wear this dress in the rain and (maybe) in the snow.

Here’s yesterday’s outfit.  Of course, wearing short dresses in the winter means wearing thermal leggings and legwarmers underneath.  The leggings and legwarmers are considered underwear and socks, so they’re not included with the “66“.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Black velvet dress (D2), Black velvet scarf (Scf1), and 20-eye Doc Martens (B3).

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Black, velvet dress: secondhand, Black, velvet scarf: National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), 20-eye boots: Doc Marten’s (brand)

 

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Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Ankh pendant: Ebay

 

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Here’s my “lazy face”.  It’s so hard for me to wake up and get out of bed when it’s freezing cold, so that means “barely there” makeup:

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That’s all for today.  I want to say, “Thank you” to all of you who expressed concern, love, and sympathy for my dark mood recently.  It makes such a difference knowing there are people who care.  ((BIG HUGS))

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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

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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 Birthstones: Citrine & Topaz

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Wixon Jewelers.

Hello, my pretties.  This month’s inspiration comes from November’s birthstones, in which there are two: Citrine and Topaz.  We’ll start with Citrine, a gemstone that is widely available and therefore, one of the more affordable gemstones.

Citrine is the French word for “lemon”, which makes sense considering how close it sounds to “citrus”.  Accordingly, this gemstone comes in a wide range of colors from lemon-yellow to an orange-brown.  They also come in a reddish-brown, which is the color that is most sought after.  During ancient times, citrines were used to protect one from “snake venom and evil thoughts”.  Today, citrines are “associated with prosperity and success”.

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TOP to BOTTOM: Raw citrine, citrine druzy, polished and faceted citrine

 

Topazes usually come in shades of yellow, orange, and brown but they also come in shades of red, green, and blue.  Sometimes they are colorless.  The Imperial Topaz, which has orange and pink undertones, is the most prized topaz.  Blue is a popular color for the topaz, due to the ability to chemically enhance the color.  However, blue topazes found in nature are rare.  The ancient Egyptians and Romans believed that the topaz was a gift from the sun and had “the power to protect and heal”.

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TOP to BOTTOM: Colorless topaz, blue topazes, Imperial Topaz

 

Here’s what I wore.  I felt like a “jazz lady” after I dolled myself up to go nowhere in particular:

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Lace cardigan, tunic top, & leggings: Amazon, “Icon Steampunk Oxford” shoes: Hades (brand)

 

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Vintage Sarah Coventry topaz pin: Sandra’s Veranda (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market, Amber ring: vintage shop

 

Here’s my makeup.  Since the theme is topaz, I donned my bronze eye-shadow and added small, black “jewels”:

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That’s all for now.  Next week is Thanksgiving here in the US and before you know it, the year 2015 will be long gone.  Wowzers.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for Friday the 13th: Darkling Tag!

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Hello, my friends in darkness.  Yesterday was Friday the 13th!  Nothing special happened – just another opportunity to acknowledge the day wearing all black.  I’ve also (finally) uploaded my “Darkling Tag” video, in which I was tagged by the lovely Ramona, blog mistress of Just Keep Brains!.

Here’s what I wore yesterday.  I’m completely in love with this bat-wing shirt that I ordered from Amazon.  It’s so soft and comfy!  I wore it with my black velvet bell bottoms:

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Bell bottoms: L. Rose Designs, Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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Black rose crown: The Magpies River (Etsy), Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy), Crystal point pendant: Kalani’s Gems (Etsy)

 

 

Here’s yesterday’s face.  I wore heavier glitter ’cause I was in the mood for some sparkle!  I went heavy on the eye makeup and kept my lips lightly tinted:

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And finally, here’s my Darkling Tag video.  I didn’t tag anyone else, since I’m so late in getting this thing posted.  The good news is that I’m (slowly) getting the hang of making videos.  I need to work on making them shorter, though. Lol.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for September’s Birth Flower: Aster

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

It’s the third day in October and I’m just now posting my look for September’s birth flower.  I’ve been sick with cramps and allergies all week, so looking pretty was the furthest thing from my mind.

Anywho, today’s look is inspired by September’s birth flower, the Aster [genus: Aster].  Although asters resemble daisies, they are actually related to sunflowers.  Asters come in a variety of colors including pink, red, mauve, and lilac.  Whichever color the aster blooms, it will usually have a yellow center.  Named after the Greek word for “star”, asters are thought to represent “love, faith and wisdom”.  It was believed in ancient folklore that the burning of its leaves helped to “keep evil servants at bay” and also to bring good luck.

Asters in lilac, pink, and white
Asters in lilac, pink, and white

 

Here’s what I wore.  Since aster is the Greek word for “star”, I drew a star-like design on my forehead and wore layers and layers of black.  Sticking to the star motif, I also wore my rhinestone leggings, which kind of look like stars in the night sky:

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Scarf: National Gallery Of Art (Washington, DC); Long cardigan, tunic, and short skirt: Amazon; Leggings with rhinestones: Kalypso Blue (Etsy); Boots: Doc Marten’s (brand)

 

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Here’s my face.  I kept my makeup simple, since I wore my cat-eye glasses that have rhinestones in them.  The star in the middle of my forehead is not perfect, but that just means I need more practice:

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I’m a little behind in my posts, but my dreadlocks are now 5 months old!  I’m becoming more attached to them and they’re looking crazier by the month. Stay tuned for that post in a couple of days.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Today Is World Goth Day!

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Hello, fellow darklings!  Today is World Goth Day and I’m doing absolutely nothing today.  I’m just going to veg out, listen to some music, and watch belly dance videos.  I haven’t been in a club in years and I’m the only gothic soul amongst my friends and family.  Since I knew I would be off today, I wore my gothic threads to work yesterday.

Here’s what I wore.  I’m starting to settle into a style, which is gothic, yet comfortable.  We also had visitors from other businesses come to our office, so I didn’t want to get too outrageous:

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Scarf, skirt, and lace shirt: Ebay, Tunic and leggings: Amazon, 20-eye boots: Doc Marten’s (brand)

 

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Moon and Victorian casket pendants bought from Ebay

 

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Here’s my makeup.  Besides foundation and blush, I just used what was in my makeup bag.  Of course, that bag can hold quite a bit of makeup, but I just used gel eyeliner, mascara, black eye pencil, brow pencil, and brown eyeshadow to fill in my eyebrows:

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What do you do for World Goth Day?  Do you go out clubbing or to the bar?  Do you just dress particularly gothy on this day?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup – Black Velvet & Lace

 

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Hello, lovelies!  It’s finally the weekend and beautiful weather has been creeping back in.  Such a relief not to have to deal with the snow and ice for awhile.  This was the first day of 2015 that I did not have to wear my heavier coat.  Woo hoo!

This is the second time this week that I’m wearing my long, black dress.  It’s a main staple in my wardrobe.  I wear this all-year round, wearing it with a jacket and a shirt underneath for Spring and Fall, and by itself for Summer.  I purchased the velvet jacket from dash A clothing (Etsy) and I love it.  It’s frilly, but not cumbersome.

Here’s what I wore on Thursday:

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Long dress: Dharma Trading Co., Velvet jacket: dash A clothing (Etsy)

 

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Black dot bindi: SewFae (Etsy), Black lace shirt: Ebay, Monogrammed necklace: My Sweet Nomsa (Etsy), Egyptian-style rosary: iMosh**, Old seed bead necklace: World Market

 

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My sweetheart calls these my “elf shoes”. You can usually buy these shoes at Renaissance Fairs. I bought these online from Medieval Moccasins.

 

**NOTE: There are scam alerts regarding iMosh, which is why I didn’t include a link.  While I’m happy that I received this rosary, I ordered another necklace, along with this rosary 2 years ago, which I never received.  The last status of the second necklace was on back order.  Oh, well.  You live and you learn.  I would say, “buyer beware”, but it looks like the site is no longer active.

 

Here’s Thursday’s makeup.  Nothing out of the ordinary:

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People are starting to take out their Spring clothing, so there will be pastel colors everywhere.  But I find black perfect for Spring – the weather’s not too hot, not too cold, and it looks gorgeous against the bright colors of young plants and flowers.  Hooray for Spring!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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