MOTD & OOTD For October’s Birthstone: Opal

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Opal info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

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.

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Greek goddess, Persephone, “Queen of the Underworld” – (Image via Photobucket)

 

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

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Polished 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:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long cardigan (J1), Lace asymmetrical dress (D5), Black leggings (P5), Ankle button boots (B2)

 

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Glass opal brooch: Midnight Martini (Etsy), Onyx beaded necklace: String of Jewels (Etsy), Amber ring: Takoma Underground (now closed)

 

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Ankle boots w/ buttons: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

Here’s my face.  I wore dark makeup highlighted by green and gold eyeshadow, and pink bindis to match the brooch:

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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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD for September’s Birth Flower: Aster

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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”.

 

ASTER INFO & SYMBOLISM

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

SECONDARY BIRTH FLOWER: Morning Glory

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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.

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

 

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

 

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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:

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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

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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

MOTD & OOTD for August’s Birth Flower: Gladiolus

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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”.

 

GLADIOLUS INFO & SYMBOLISM

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.

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

 

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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

 

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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.

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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

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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.

 

LARKSPUR INFO & SYMBOLISM

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.

SECONDARY BIRTH FLOWER: Water Lily

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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.

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

 

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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.

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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

OOTD & MOTD for July’s Birthstone: Ruby

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

Hello, fellow darklings.  Today’s outfit is inspired by the Ruby, birthstone for July.  Called the “King of Gems”, the ruby has been revered by many cultures. Rubies symbolize the Sun and have been used as talismans, representing “passion, protection and prosperity”.  Rubies also symbolize love and passion, were used to warn the wearer of danger, and “banished sadness and foolish thoughts”.  The most prized and valuable rubies are vivid medium to dark red. Rubies that are purplish-red are also of high value.

 

RUBY INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: King of Gems

COLORS: Pink, bright red to blood red, purplish-red

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 9.0

TYPE: Corundum

ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

DEITY: Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war.  

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Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war – (Image source)

 

DIVINATION: “Value friends and family even if they seem temporarily dull.”

CHAKRA: Root (1)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Stimulates the blood and heart, increases desire and sexual energy, promotes mental clarity, and increases concentration and motivation.

 

Here’s what I wore.  It seems to be that red is my color.  It’s not surprising, considering that’s the color I dye my hair.  Honestly, I do like how I look in red and black.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Black lace dress (D5), 20-eye boots (B3)

 

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Black lace dress: Amazon, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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Here’s my face.  I decided to rock some red eyeshadow for July’s birthstone.  I love Ben Nye’s® Lumiere Creme Colours eye makeup collection.  It goes on smoothly, lasts all day, and the colors are so vivid!

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All accessories purchased from Etsy. Black fang earrings: Ashley Elaine Designs, Silver monogrammed “wax seal” necklace: J and A Wares Jewelry, Vampire Red Gem necklace: Reneeroxx Shop

 

I was really inspired by this gemstone.  I like all of the gemstones, but rubies are among my favorites.  While I do love the simplicity and exquisiteness of the four precious gemstones: Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire, my favorite gemstone is Amethyst – it’s purple and it’s also my birthstone. 

What’s your favorite gemstone?

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

OOTD & MOTD for June’s Birthstone: Moonstone

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Moonstone info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

Hello, lovelies!  This outfit is inspired by one of June’s birthstones, Moonstone. Last year, the focus was on June’s more popular birthstone, Pearl.  The third birthstone for June is Alexandrite.  Moonstone is my favorite out of the three, so that birthstone will be the focus of this post.

Moonstones have been around almost as long as the moon itself.  It was used as a talisman, to protect the wearer during travel, particularly at nighttime. Moonstones have always been connected to the moon, nighttime, and mystery.  Moonstones have been used in jewelry for nearly 2,000 years in Rome and in the Orient.  Yellow moonstones are considered sacred in India.  The most prized and valuable moonstones come from Sri Lanka.

 

MOONSTONE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Traveler’s Stone

COLORS: White, blue, green, gray, peach, yellow, and rainbow

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.0

TYPES: Adularia and Albite (feldspar)

ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

DEITY: Hanwi (which means “Night Sun”), Sioux Moon goddess, protector of evil spirits and guardian of the night.  Also represents goddesses Cerridwen, Welsh goddess of inspiration and knowledge, and Diana, Roman goddess of the Moon and protector of animals.

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Sioux Moon goddess, Hanwi – (Image via Pinterest)

 

DIVINATION: “Now is the time to speak what is in your heart.”

CHAKRA: Crown (7)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Enhances fertility in women and promotes pregnancy and childbirth, balances hormones, eliminates fluid retention, and eases degenerative qualities of the eyes, skin, and hair.

SECONDARY STONE: Pearl

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TERTIARY STONE: Alexandrite

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Here’s what I wore.  A couple of months ago, I purchased a gray lace dress and I loved how it fit – so naturally, I had to purchase the same one in black.  It’s gothic, lightweight and perfect for summer!

 

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long lace dress (D5), Leggings (P5), Winklepickers (B7)

 

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I’m actually wearing this dress backwards, but it still works. Two dresses for the price of one! – Lace dress and leggings: Amazon, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes

 

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Moonstone pendant and leather cuff: Ebay, Onyx beaded necklace: String of Jewels (Etsy)

 

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It’s summer, so that means light makeup until it gets cool again.  I added a “tribal” mark on my lips, just for a bit of flair:

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That’s all until next time.  I hope you liked my outfit of the day.  I must say that this was one of my favorite looks and in my humble opinion, there’s nothing more gothic than black lace and winklepickers! What clothing do you wear to feel extra gothic?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & MOTD for June’s Birth Flower: Rose

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Rose and Honeysuckle pics via Photobucket. Rose info via ProFlowers® and Names Of Flowers.

I’m switching things up a bit for this monthly post.  After a humid weekend, this week felt like Spring again.  Not wanting to “waste” perfect weather, I’m posting the birth flower post first.  It really doesn’t matter, but I wanted to wear my new fringe jacket before it gets too hot.  

So here we go with June’s birth flower, Rose.  Most people think of red roses when roses are mentioned, but we all know that roses come in different colors. Each color has its own symbolism attached to it (see “COLORS” below).

Roses are millions of years old and have been cultivated for centuries.  It is believed that roses were “first cultivated around the Caspian Sea or Gulf of Persia”.  The oldest rose fossil was found in North America (Colorado) about 35 million years ago. For the ancient Greeks and Romans, roses represented love and passion.  Roses are also connected with the goddesses Aphrodite (Greek), Isis (Egyptian), and Venus (Roman).

 

ROSE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Flower of Love and Passion

GENUS: Rosa

TYPES: Over 150 species including “Eden”, Damask, Beach, and “Queen Elizabeth”

ORIGIN: Northern Hemisphere, including North Africa, Mexico, Europe and Asia

TYPE: Perennial

COLORS (SYMBOLISM): Red (romantic love), White (purity, reverence), Pink (admiration, grace), Yellow (friendship, caring), Orange (passion), Burgundy (beauty) 

ZODIAC SIGN: Libra (September 23 – October 22)

USES: Commonly used for perfumes, oils, skin lotions, and soap.  Rose hips are used in tea and natural supplements.

SECONDARY BIRTH FLOWER:  Honeysuckle

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Here’s what I wore.  I won an Ebay auction (woot!) and scored the blue fringe jacket for 30 bucks!  Great purchase, considering that these jackets easily go for $100 or more.  Since the weather was more Spring-like yesterday, I decided to wear my new jacket which has velvet roses on it.  Nothing screams “boho” like a fringe jacket.  I’m also pleased that I found a jacket in royal blue, my favorite shade of blue:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Tunic dress (D4), 15-yard skirt (Skt5), Blue floral fringe jacket (J6), High-top moccasin sandals (Snd2)

 

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Tunic dress and 15-yard skirt: Amazon, Blue fringe jacket: Ebay, Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

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Black spike earrings: Ashley Elaine Designs (Etsy), Vintage wooden rosary: Krombholz Jewelers (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market

 

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Here’s yesterday’s face.  No eyeshadow – just mascara, eyeliner, and lashes for my eyes:

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The weather we’ve been experiencing has been schizophrenic, to say the least.  After Spring-like weather, it’s supposed to be hot and humid again this weekend.  Stay tuned for posts on June’s birthstone and belly dance.  I’ve included an OOTD video below, featuring another ATS® dance move.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (fast): Reach & Sit

 

OOTD & MOTD for May’s Birth Flower: Lily Of The Valley

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Lily of the Valley pic via Photobucket. Lily of the Valley info via ProFlowers® and What’s My Birth Flower?

The month of May is about to end, but not without sharing what I wore, inspired by May’s birth flower, Lily of the Valley.  A delicate and fragrant flower, lily of the valley has much symbolism, particularly in Christianity.  According to Christian legend, Eve’s tears turned into lilies of the valley after being banished from the Garden of Eden.  In the same myth, Mary’s tears were also turned into lilies of the valley when Christ died on the cross; thus, lilies of the valley are also known as “Mary’s tears” (or “Our Lady’s Tears”).  These flowers symbolize happiness, sweetness, and humility.  They also symbolize the second coming of Christ.

 

LILY OF THE VALLEY INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: May Lily

GENUS: Convallaria majalis

TYPES: Albostriata, Aureomarginata, Rosea

ORIGIN: Europe

TYPE: Perennial

COLORS: White and (rarely) pink

ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

USES: Used medicinally to improve memory and restore speech.

 

Here’s what I wore yesterday to a family get-together.  Once again, the flower theme inspires a tribal belly dance look:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: T-shirt (S15), 25-yard skirt (Skt3), Tall moccasin sandals (Snd1)

 

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T-shirt: purchased from phenomenal dancer, Ebony at UDM 2016,, 25-yard skirt: Amazon

 

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Tall moccasin sandals: Medieval Moccasins

 

Here’s what I wore on my face.  Since I’m on my last pair of contact lenses and I want to save them for a dance performance next weekend, I decided to wear my eyeglasses and skip the fake lashes.  I didn’t have a lily of the valley, so I wore a lily (genus: Lilium) instead:

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Accessories purchased from Etsy. Lily hair clip: Magic Tribal Hair (Etsy), Black feather hair clip: Beadazzled By Sharon, “Resplen Dance” pendant: Sciscitor

 

Tomorrow is the last day of May and we’re already into summer here in the DMV area.  We had a very rainy Spring.  Oh well, at least it’s not cold.  As part of this year’s birth flower series, I feature another ATS® dance move in my OOTD video.  Enjoy!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Body Wave