Happy New Year 2018: New Videos

Hello, dear lovelies!  It’s the start of another year and I have two new videos for you.  It’s been a pretty dark holiday for me (not in a good way), but since the death of my mother in 2012 the holidays have lost their festive edge.  I did celebrate Krampusnacht, which was fun, but once Halloween ends I lose interest in the holidays.  It’s sad, but I have accepted this fact in my life right now.

This first video is a look back of all the birthstone outfits that I wore this year:


Unfortunately, the cold weather and the holiday season can bring on depression.  It’s a time where I can’t help but think of loss: my mother, friends who I thought were true, flaky family members who have no interest in family, and so on.  I’m already dealing with clinical depression and the holidays tend to exacerbate it. 

I was able to alleviate my sadness somewhat, with “playing dress-up”.  I found that it’s never too old to play dress-up, especially in moments of sadness:


That’s it for now, lovelies.  I’ve started drawing again and hopefully, I can keep up with this.  I’m also working to improve my videos with a new setup and new lighting. Stay tuned for some artwork this year and for more fashion!

TTFN (Ta Ta For Now),

Dasia Denise

Gothic Fashion: How To Tuck Your Skirt

Hey, motherTUCKERS!  I’ve been asked by a few people (and noticed by fellow belly dancers) about the 25-yard skirt that I often wear in my outfit-of-the-day videos.  The 25-yard skirt (also known as a tiered skirt) is a staple of belly dance costumes, particularly tribal fusion and tribal (i.e. ATS® and ITS).  So, I decided to show you all how I tuck in my skirts, achieving a frilly, gothic look.



I encourage you all to watch the video, but you can read the basic instructions below on how to tuck your skirt.  I’ll show you 4 different ways to tuck in your skirt: the Right-side tuck, the Hitchhiker tuck, the Double-cross tuck, and the Bustle tuck.




Grab the left side of the skirt about 1/2 to 3/4 of the ways down and pinch these pieces together.  Bring these pieces up and hold them out to your left side.


Take the skirt that’s in your hand and bring it around the front to your right side.  Twist the fabric together and tuck the skirt in on your right side. 


Once these pieces are tucked, fluff out the ends to accentuate the frills on your right side.




Grab the skirt 1/2 to 3/4 of the ways down.  The further down you grab the skirt, the less the ends will stick out, creating less poof.


Bring the skirt up, flatten the side with your free hand and tuck the skirt in.  Repeat this step on the other side.


This is the tuck that I wear most often in my gothic wardrobe.  It’s one of the easier tucks to achieve and can easily be undone and re-done.  This is essential when “nature calls”.




Grab the skirt 1/2 way down on your right side, then flatten the front of the skirt with your free hand.  Tuck the skirt in on your left side.


Reach 1/2 way down the other side of the skirt.  Pull this end out towards the side.


Take that end, wrap it around the back, and tuck the skirt in on your right side. 


You may need a full-length mirror for this look, in order to keep the front and back of the skirt flat.




Reach 1/2 way down the right side of the skirt and hold the skirt out to the side.


Wrap that side towards the back and tuck in the skirt.  Repeat this same step on the other side. Again, a full-length mirror will be helpful in making sure the front is flat and that the bustle is nice and fluffy. 


I used the reflection of myself from a large window instead of a mirror, resulting in a sloppy bustle.  Not only should I have used a mirror, but I also should have tucked the ends in more.



Now, let’s discuss yardage for a bit.  Tiered skirts used for dancing typically come with different yardage: 15 yards (13.7 meters), 25 yards (22.9 meters), and 36 yards (32.9 meters).  Tiered skirts also come in 10 yards (9.1 meters).


As you can see below, the more yardage a skirt has, the more fluffy the skirt will look.  Keep in mind that more yardage may also increase the weight a skirt, depending on the type of fabric used.


That’s it for now, my dear lovelies.  I really enjoyed creating this video and more importantly, my viewers found these tucking tips helpful.  You’ll find that these tiered skirts are very versatile and are suitable for a whole range of body types.   If you’re into long, frilly skirts like I am, these skirts make an excellent addition to a gothic wardrobe.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

Gothic Fashion for January: Garnet

Above photo via Photobucket.  Garnet info via Crystals And Jewelry.

Hello, fellow darklings!  Today’s look is inspired by January’s birthstone, Garnet. While garnets come in a range of colors, my favorite color (and the most popular)  for garnets is blood red.  What goth doesn’t love blood red?  The color itself is beautiful, but when it’s paired with black, it can give a look a bit of mystery.  “Garnet” is believed to come from the Latin word granate, which means “seed”, like the seeds of a pomegranate.



TITLE: The Stone of Health

ALTERNATE NAMES: Arizona Ruby, Carbuncle, Cinnamon Stone

COLORS: All except blue, including colorless and multi-colored


CHAKRAS: Root (1) and Heart (4)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

SYMBOLIZES: Regeneration, Vitality, and Order



Here’s what I wore.  Everything is long, flowing, and lacy.  Very comfortable and very feminine.  I purchased all of my clothing on Amazon.





Here’s my face.  Again, I went simple with the makeup but I did go a bit heavier on the eyeliner.  Of course, the garnet-colored bindi completes my face:



Close-ups of my accessories. Blood vial teardrop necklace purchased from Vampfangs.


That’s it for now.  I’ll be making changes to my blog and blog posts this year. For instance, I’ll still create blog posts on birthstones, but I’m taking a break from the birth flowers this year.  The information on birthstones have also been condensed.  If you wish to see more information, you can check out the birthstone posts from 2015 and 2016.  Of course, you can also click the link to Crystals and Jewelry (under the title pic) for more in-depth info.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Lookbook: The Year In Birth Flowers 2016

Today’s post is my lookbook for the birth flowers of this year.  Just like the birthstone lookbook, this post is mostly pictures and not much text.  There’s a video at the end that shows my outfits and the ATS® dance moves for each month.  To view the full post on each birth flower, just click on the name of that flower.

JANUARY – Carnation








MARCH – Daffodil




APRIL – Daisy




MAY – Lily of the Valley




JUNE – Rose




JULY – Larkspur




AUGUST – Gladiolus








OCTOBER – Marigold




NOVEMBER – Chrysanthemum




DECEMBER – Poinsettia




I hope you all enjoyed my tribal goth lookbook.  This is the very last post for 2016.  Woo hoo!  We’ll see what 2017 brings.  I hope all of you have a safe and fun New Year’s.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD for December’s Birth Flower: Poinsettia


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.



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.


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 for November’s Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum


Chrysanthemum pics via Photobucket. Chrysanthemum info via What’s My Birth Flower? and ProFlowers®.

Hello, lovelies!  Today is the last day of November, so today’s look is inspired by the Chrysanthemum, November’s birth flower.  “Mums” are one of the most cultivated flowers around the world, beginning in China in 15th century B.C.  Chrysanthemums are a diverse flower, ranging from “puffy poms to the spindly spiders and quill flowers”.  Chrysanthemums are a member of the daisy family and are related to zinnias, dahlias, marigolds, and sunflowers.

From TOP LEFT: Pom mums, Thistle mums, Spoon mums, and Quill mums


The word “chrysanthemum” comes from the Greek words chrysos, meaning “gold” and anthemon, meaning “flower”.  Chrysanthemums are next to the most popular flower, second to roses.  “Mums” are traditionally given on Mother’s Day, which symbolize optimism and joy. Many of us Americans call our mothers “Mom”, whereas some of the British call their mothers, “Mum”.  I’m pretty sure there’s a connection there.

Chrysanthemums have a great deal of symbolism in Asia, especially in China and Japan.  The Chrysanthemum is considered one of the Four Gentlemen in Chinese art and “The Festival of Happiness” in Japan is a celebration of the “mum”.  But in France, Belgium, Spain, and Italy, chrysanthemums symbolize death and are often placed on graves and used in funerals.



TITLE: Gold Flower

GENUS: Chrysanthemum

TYPES: Poms, Thistle (or Brush), Spoon, and Quill

ORIGIN: Asia and Northeastern Europe

TYPE: Mostly Perennials, but there are also Annual varieties

COLORS: Pink, red, yellow, white and green

ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

USES: Mainly used as a tea to assist in eyestrain, dizziness, and to lower cholesterol, and adds flavor to Korean rice wine. The leaves are boiled and steamed to be eaten.  Also helps to reduce indoor air pollution.


Here’s what I wore.  This look would of been perfect with the long skirt I was going to wear, but it decided to rain.  So I changed gears and wore a knee-length skirt, leggings, and flat shoes.

Project 666 Staples: Sheer black scarf (Scf3), Burnout lace top (S4), Asymmetrical hem skirt (Skt1), Leggings (P10), High-top sandals (Snd2)






Large ivory mums: Wendy Beth Creations (Etsy), Tooth and bone necklace: Creates 4 Fun (Etsy)


“Black City” leggings: Carousel Ink (Etsy), High-top sandals: Medieval Moccasins


I wore my eyeglasses, so makeup was basic.  The bone necklace and large mums were the highlight of this look.  I did go heavy on the blush, though.





That’s all for now, lovelies.  Last day of November and I manage to squeak out the birth flower post.  For a short month, this month felt like it would never end.  Strange.  

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Shoulder Shimmy w/ Hip Bumps

OOTD for October’s Birth Flower: Marigold


Marigold pic via Photobucket. Marigold info via What’s My Birth Flower? and ProFlowers®.

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”.



TITLE: Mary’s Gold

GENERA: TagetesCalendula

TYPES: Over 50 species, including African (Tagetes erecta), French (Tagetes patula), and pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)

ORIGIN: Mexico

TYPE: Annual

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!

PROJECT 666 Staples: Fishnet top (S8), Asymmetrical tunic dress (D4), Black velvet bellbottoms (P9), Platform ankle boots (B4)




Black velvet jacket: dash A clothing (Etsy), Fishnet top: Ebay, Asymmetrical tunic dress: Amazon, Black velvet bellbottoms: L. Rose Designs, Platform boots: Doc Martens (brand)




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.

Black dragon horns: The Elfin Forest (Etsy)




Having a bit of fun with a lovely pirate...
Having a bit of fun with a lovely pirate…


...until she tried to cut me!
…until she tried to cut me!


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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Floreos









OOTD for September’s Birth Flower: Aster


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

This post is a bit late (ha ha!), but it’s still September and today’s outfit is inspired by its birth flower, the Aster.  The word aster is the Greek word for “star”, named for the shape of this flower.  The star-shaped punctuation mark, asterisk, means “little star” in Greek.  Although asters resemble daisies, they’re actually related to sunflowers.  

Asters symbolize elegance and refinement.  Asters were also placed on the graves of French soldiers and thus, symbolizes “the yearning for an end to battle”.  These star-shaped flowers were also used to predict the weather – their petals would close when it was about to rain.  A common nickame for asters are “Michaelmas Daisies”.  They were named this because the blooming of this flower occurs at “the same time as the feast of St. Michael”.



TITLE: Michealmas Daisy

GENUS: Aster

TYPES: Over 180 species including the New England, New York, and China Aster

ORIGIN: North America, Europe, and Asia

TYPE: Perennial

COLORS: White, red, pink, purple, blue, and lavender – all with yellow centers

ZODIAC SIGN: Libra (September 24 – October 23)

USES: Used to make red wine, and to treat snakebites, reduce fever and inflammation, and to treat skin problems




Here’s what I wore: layers, layers, layers!  Everything is long, flowy, and black.  The lace duster and skull necklace complete the look.  Every article of clothing was purchased on Amazon.

PROJECT 666 Staples: Lace duster (J7), Tunic dress (D4), 25-yard skirt (Skt3), Ankle boots (B2)






Skull necklace: Kreepsville 666 (brand), Seed bead necklace: World Market


Ankle boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)


Here’s my makeup.  The weather is getting cooler, so I went for heavy makeup this time.  It’s a bit messy, but the marking on my forehead is in the shape of a 4-pointed star:





Today is the last day of September, which means Halloween will be here in one month.  Woo hoo!  I don’t know what I’ll be doing for Halloween, but I need to think fast.  Halloween is on a Monday this year (bleh!), but I’m sure there’ll be weekend activities to celebrate the best holiday of the year.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Sahra Turn







MOTD & OOTD for August’s Birth Flower: Gladiolus


Gladiolus pic via Photobucket. Gladiolus info via What’s My Birth Flower?.

Today’s outfit is inspired by the birth flower of August, the Gladiolus.  Gladioli have sword-shaped leaves and bright, funnel-shaped flowers.  The name “gladiolus” comes from gladius, the Latin word for “sword”.  The is in reference to the flower’s sword-shaped leaves.  This flower was the flower of gladiators in ancient Rome, where “the victor was buried under gladioli by cheering crowds in celebration”.  Gladioli were presented to symbolize moral character, strength, and honor.  Given as a gift, the gladiolus also represents “love at first sight”.



TITLE: Sword Lily

GENUS: Gladiolus

TYPES: Over 260 species divided into winter blooming, summer blooming, and hybrids

ORIGIN: Tropical and South Africa

TYPE: Perennial 

COLORS: Various solid and bi-colors including red, pink, orange, white, yellow, purple, and green 

ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo (August 24 – September 23)

USES: Used to draw splinters from the skin and used as a powder in milk to treat colic


Here’s what I wore.  Purple has been a big color for me this week.  I love the combination of black and purple.  The dress I wore is so comfortable and the only article of clothing that was needed.  It’s the accessories that makes this look gothic.

PROJECT 666 Staples: Long purple dress (D7), 20-eye boots (B3)






All accessories purchased on Etsy. Black spike earrings: Ashley Elaine Designs, Leather studded choker: Aeon Leather, Vintage wooden rosary: Krombholz Jewelers, Large, purple jade ring: ncStudio925


20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)


Here’s my face.  I used the same eyeshadow and silver pencil that I used in my Gothic Purple tutorial.  I drew the tribal marking in the shape of a sword, since that’s where the word “gladiolus” comes from.





August is just about over with September right around the corner.  And we all know what September means: Autumn!  Besides black (obviously), purple and green are two of my favorite colors in goth fashion.  What are your favorites?

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Arabic 1-2-3

OOTD & MOTD for July’s Birth Flower: Larkspur


Flower pics via Photobucket. Larkspur info via What’s My Birth Flower? and  ProFlowers®.

Today’s inspired outfit is based on July’s birth flower, Larkspur.  Larkspurs represent light-heartedness, fun, and “carefree summer days”.   Larkspurs and delphiniums are often thought to be the same flower, however this is incorrect. While both flowers come from the buttercup family, larkspurs (genus: Consolida) are delicate annuals, whereas delphiniums (genus: Delphinium) are perennials and are more substantial in size and color.  Larkspurs come in shades of lavender, white, and pink; delphiniums come in shades of purple, blue, red, yellow, and white.  

Larkspurs generally symbolize an open heart and strong, romantic feelings. Each color of larkspurs have their own symbolism (mentioned below).  Larkspurs are sometimes used to treat hemorrhoids, colic in children, and the repair of wounds.



TITLE: Lark’s Claw (also known as “Knight’s Spur”)

GENUS: Consolida

TYPES: Baker’s Larkspur and Yellow Larkspur

ORIGIN: Northern Hemisphere and high mountain areas of tropical Africa

TYPE: Annual

COLORS (SYMBOLISM): Purple (first love), White (happiness), Pink (fickleness)

ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

USES: Used to treat head and public lice, treat colic in children, consolidate wounds, and to treat scorpion stings.  Delphiniums are also used to make blue dye.




Here’s my outfit of the day.  The outfit’s more on the hippie side than the goth side, but I still like it.  My goth attire usually has a touch of hippie or “tribal”.  I received so many compliments on this outfit.  This happens whenever I wear colors or white.  The dress was purchased from Amazon.

PROJECT 666 Staples: Long purple dress (D7), Floral headband (Crwn1), High-top sandals (Snd2)








High-top sandals: Medieval Moccasins


Here’s my face.  Just like I did for July’s birthstone Ruby, I went with black eyelids but instead of red eyeshadow, I used a bit of silver shadow below my eyebrows.  The necklace that I wore is a real, pressed larkspur.



Floral Crown: Miss Wild Flowers (Etsy), Larkspur necklace: When The Petal Breaks (Etsy)


July seemed to go by really fast, and there are actually 31 days in July so it’s not a short month.  Before we know it, it’ll be autumn.  The weather’s been really hot and humid lately (ah, summer).  Stay tuned on how I dress goth for sticky weather.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Barrel Turn