A Birthday Post for February’s Birthstone: Amethyst

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Gemstone pic via Photobucket. Gemstone info via Crystal Vaults and Wikipedia.

Today’s look is inspired by the lovely Amethyst, my favorite birthstone.  Out of all of the birthstones, amethyst is the best one, since today is my birthday (*wink*).  Just in case you’re wondering, I am now the “tender” age of 43.

Amethysts were believed to have special powers to both stimulate, and soothe the mind and emotions.  Amethyst has always represented February, in which the Ancient Romans dedicated to their water god, Neptune.  It is also the stone of St. Valentine and represents “faithful love”.  Named after the Greek word, ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated”, amethysts have been used to prevent drunkenness.

 

AMETHYST INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Sobriety

COLORS: Pale red-violet to deep violet

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.0

TYPES: Ametrine, Chevron, Cacoxenite, “Rutilated

ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

DEITY: Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt and childbirth

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The Greek goddess, Artemis (Image via Photobucket)

DIVINATION: “I do not need to reward myself any excesses of any kind to feel good.”

CHAKRAS: Third Eye (6) and Crown (7)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Boosts hormones, oxygenates the blood, strengthens immune system, aids treatment for digestive tract, heart, stomach, and skin

 

Here is today’s birthday outfit.  I went for many layers and wore my new, occult leggings:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Burnout lace shirt (S4), Long black t-shirt (S5), Asymmetrical hem skirt (Skt1), Occult leggings (P3), Long duster (J1), and Platform boots (B4)

 

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Long duster: Amazon, Platform boots: Dr. Martens. Everything else was purchased on Ebay.

 

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Large, purple bindi: Sew Fae (Etsy), Raw amethyst necklace: Habit Jewelry (Etsy), Seed bead necklace: World Market

 

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Here’s my minimal makeup for today.  I just didn’t have the energy (nor the patience) to put on false eyelashes – just bindis and eyeliner:

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That’s it for now.  My apologies for the delay in getting a new post out.  It’s been cold and therefore, I’ve been lazy.  More posts coming soon, I promise.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

OOTD & MOTD for January’s Birth Flower: Carnation

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Carnation pic via Photobucket.  Carnation info via Love To Know and Proflowers®.

Yesterday’s look was inspired by January’s birth flower, Carnation.  Carnations have been cultivated for the past 2,000 years, although floral experts disagree where carnations originated from.  Some believe their origins are from the Mediterranean basin, while others believe their origins are from the Far East. There are also differing opinions on where the name “carnation” originated.  Some say that “carnation” is derived from the Greek word for coronation or corone, since carnations were one of the flowers used for crowns and garlands.  Others say that the word is derived from the Greek word carnis, meaning “flesh” (as in, “flesh-colored”).  Experts do agree on the Latin word for the flower, which is dianthus, meaning “divine flower”.

 

CARNATION INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Flower of God

GENUS: Dianthus

ALSO KNOWN AS: Gillyflowers

ORIGIN: Some say the Mediterranean Basin, others say the Far East

TYPE: Perennial

COLORS: Red (symbolizes love and romance), Pink (symbolizes a mother’s love, remembrance, and gratitude), White (symbolizes innocent love and good luck), Yellow (during the Victorian era, symbolized disappointment with someone)

ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

USES: In France, used as a muscle relaxant, hair loss treatment, and in skin creams.  In Spain, used for national festivals and religious ceremonies

 

Here’s what I wore.  While the focus is more on gothic fashion for the birthstones, the birth flowers are more inspired by belly dance, since we wear lots of flowers in ATS®.  In keeping with the spirit of ATS®, each birth flower post will show an example of an ATS® dance move.  I feel this is a good addition to my weekly dance practice, as well as focusing on my dance posture.

This outfit is more goth than belly dance, since we had a blizzard last week.  With massive amounts of snow on the ground, long skirts are a no-no for me:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Baggy sweater (S3), Asymmetrical hem skirt (Skt1), 20-eye Doc Marten boots (B3)

 

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Baggy sweater: Victoria’s Secret, Skirt: Ebay

 

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Accessories purchased on Etsy: Carnation hair clip: Layci’s Bowdacious Bows, Bindi: Sew Fae, Choker w/ gems and O-ring: Ego Driven

 

Here’s my makeup.  The eye shadow is by Magnolia Makeup in “Antoinette”.  I don’t wear pink often, so I wore this eye shadow to highlight the carnation hair clip:

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I hope you all enjoyed this post.  In regards to my dance move videos, please note that I’m just a student of ATS®.  I am not a teacher, nor am I a professional.  I would strongly encourage you to look at videos of the professionals (such as Fat Chance Belly Dance®, in which ATS® originated from) for a better look.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

ATS® dance move (slow): Camel Walk w/ Torso Twist

Song: “Frame Drum” by Fat Chance Belly Dance

OOTD & MOTD for January’s Birthstone: Garnet

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Gemstone pic via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Crystal Vaults and Wikipedia.

Yesterday’s look was inspired by January’s birthstone, Garnet.  Garnets are mainly red, but can be found in all colors except blue, which is very rare.  Garnets can be found all over the world and have been valued for over 5000 years, since the Bronze Age.  The name “garnet” comes from the word granatum, the Latin word for “pomegranate”.

 

GARNET INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Health

COLORS: All except blue

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5-7.5

TYPES: Almandine, Andradite, Grossular, Pyrope, Spessartine, Uvarovite

ZODIAC SIGN:  Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

DEITY: Sekhmet, Egyptian goddess of war

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The goddess Sekhmet – (Image via Photobucket)

DIVINATION: “Dreams of garnet signify the solution to a mystery.”

CHAKRAS: Root (1) and Crown (7)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Cleansing, rejuvenation, balances and purifies energy, aids in sexual potency

 

Here is the result of my inspiration:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long black dress (D1), long-sleeve black shirt (S2), red tie-dye bell bottoms (P2), black velvet scarf (Scf1), Hook-and-loop ankle boots (B2)

 

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Long dress: Dharma Trading Co., Black shirt: The Gap, Tie-dye bell bottoms: L. Rose Designs, Boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

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Large red bindi: Blue Sun Tribe (Etsy), Black velvet scarf: National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Blood vial necklace: Vampfangs

 

Here’s my makeup.  I recently purchased some new, red eyeshadow from Ben Nye®.  I was a bit nervous in trying red eyeshadow, but I actually like how it looks on me.  New year, new color:

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Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Color in Cherry Red

 

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I wanted to change my birthstone posts up a bit from last year.  Last year’s posts were more informative, but this year’s posts will be short and sweet. For a little more information on garnets, you can read my garnet post from 2015.  For a lot more information you can go to Crystal Vaults.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

The Year in Bindis, Makeup & Flowers (Oh My!) 2015

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Hello, fellow darklings!  Welcome to my second year in review post.  This post focuses on all of the bindis, “tribal” markings, and flowers that I wore this year, inspired by each month’s birthstones and birth flowers.  Just like my Year in Costume post, there’s a lot of pictures and very few words.

Here is the rundown on how each birthstone and birth flower influenced my outfits and makeup.  You can click on each birthstone and birth flower to view that particular post.

JANUARY

Birthstone: Garnet

Birth Flower: Carnation

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FEBRUARY

Birthstone: Amethyst

Birth Flower: Violet

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MARCH

Birthstones: Aquamarine (pictured) and Bloodstone

Birth Flower: Daffodil

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APRIL

Birthstone: Diamond

Birth Flowers: Daisy (pictured) and Sweet Pea

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MAY

Birthstone: Emerald

Birth Flower: Lily Of The Valley

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JUNE

Birthstones: Alexandrite (not pictured), Pearl, and Moonstone

Birth Flower: Rose

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Pearl and Moonstone

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JULY

Birthstone: Ruby

Birth Flower: Larkspur

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AUGUST

Birthstone: Peridot

Birth Flower: Gladiolus

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SEPTEMBER

Birthstone: Sapphire

Birth Flower: Aster

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OCTOBER

Birthstones: Opal (pictured) and Tourmaline

Birth Flower: Marigold

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NOVEMBER

Birthstones: Topaz (pictured) and Citrine

Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum

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DECEMBER

Birthstones: Zircon (pictured), Tanzanite, and Turquoise

Birth Flowers: Poinsettia (pictured) and Narcissus

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And there we have it, my final post for 2015.  There’s a possibility that the focus of this blog will change (for the better, I hope).  Tomorrow begins a new year and I’m ready.  I hope each and every one of you lovelies has a safe and fun New Year’s.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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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.

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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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OOTD & Makeup for September’s Birthstone: Sapphire

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Sapphire pics and gif via Photobucket.  Sapphire info via Wixon Jewelers.

This month we celebrate September’s birthstone, the gorgeous Sapphire.  Sapphires are known for their gorgeous, blue to blue-violet color but they actually come in a wide range of colors including pink, yellow, peach, and orange.  Sapphires can be found all over the world, but the most valuable ones come from Sri Lanka, Myanmar (now Burma), and Kashmir.  The most prized sapphires are deep blue to blue-violet.  Since ancient times, this gemstone represented “honesty, loyalty, purity and trust”.  Sapphire is the Greek word for “blue”.  

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FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: raw sapphires, polished and faceted sapphire, polished and faceted sapphire in yellow

 

Here’s yesterday’s outfit.  Loose and long, as usual:

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Long cardigan: Amazon, Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., Tiered pants (yes, these are pants): Bellydance.com, Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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(Large) blue bindi: Sew Fae (Etsy), Leather choker: Ebay, Crystaline earrings: Wendy Beth Creations (Etsy)

 

Here’s yesterday’s makeup.  As we get closer to Fall, the weather’s getting milder and the makeup starts to increase.  Fall is also the weather for layers, which makes me very happy.

 

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I didn’t realize how much I missed wearing full makeup.  Since humidity kills makeup, I tend to wear it light in the summer.  I do like how I wore my makeup, yesterday.  My eyebrows need some work, though.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for August’s Birthstone: Peridot

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Peridot pics via Flickr (Creative Commons).  Peridot gif via Photobucket.  Peridot info via American Gem Society®.

Here we are with the Peridot, the birthstone for August.  The color of green fairies, poison, and absinthe, this is another one of my favorite birthstones.  Although shades ranging from yellowish- to olive green are the most popular for peridots, they also come in shades of brown.  Peridots are believed to “host magical properties” and are used to protect the wearer from nightmares.  They are also worn to “bring power and influence” and a “wonderful year” to the wearer. 

Peridots are formed deep inside the Earth and “brought to the surface by volcanoes”.  In Hawaii, this stone often symbolizes the “tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes”.  Nowadays, most of these stones are produced in Arizona.  Other sources of peridots are Pakistan, Myanmar, and China.

From TOP to BOTTOM: Raw peridots in brown and green; polished peridots in olive green; polished and faceted peridot in chartreuse
From TOP to BOTTOM: Raw peridots in brown and green; polished peridots in olive green; polished and faceted peridot in chartreuse

 

Here’s my outfit from yesterday.  Without realizing it, I decided to wear 3 of my favorite pieces: my black feather hair clip, silver spike earrings, and what I call my “goddess dress”:

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Black dress: Amazon, Shoes: Medieval Moccasins
Black dress: Amazon, Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

Here’s yesterday’s face.  A few weeks ago, I purchased a pot of Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Color in Chartreuse.  I bought this eyeshadow to go with my tribal belly dance costume and I love it!  The color is vivid and it goes on smoothly.  This eyeshadow goes perfectly with my “peridot” bindi:

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Green bindi: Aurora Eventide, Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities, Feather hair clip: Beadazzled By Sharon. (All purchased from Etsy)

 

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It’s interesting that when I was a child, my mother said that I looked good in green.  I didn’t agree.  My favorite color at the time was red – the brighter the color (fire-engine red) the better!  But now, I’m starting to fall in love with green.  So many lovely shades to choose from!  But of course, I still like red since that’s the color I dye my hair.

Stay tuned for August’s birth flower, which is coming up in a couple of days.  After that, it’s time to get crackin’ on my new, updated website.  I’m still learning code and I’m working hard to get my new blog up and running.  Let’s hope I don’t fuck it up!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for June’s Birthstones: Pearl, Alexandrite, & Moonstone

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Birthstone pics via Photobucket.  Birthstone info via American Gem Society.

Yep, the title of this post is correct.  June has not one, not two, but three birthstones!  The Pearl is the stone that usually counts as June’s birthstone, but June also counts Alexandrite and Moonstone as its birthstones.

The most common one is the Pearl.  Pearl is the only stone that comes from sea creatures, most often from oysters but sometimes from clams and mussels.  The beauty of pearls also comes naturally – no cutting or polishing is required of the pearl.  Since the 1920s, pearls are almost always cultured instead of natural.  While pearls can come in a variety of colors, the most common are white, cream, black, silver, and gray.

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Cultured pearls in champagne, black, pink, and white

 

The second gemstone is the Alexandrite.  Alexandrite was “first discovered in Russia in 1831” and is named after its czar during the time, Alexander II.  Out of the three birthstones, Alexandrite is the most rare.  It has chameleon-like qualities and change color from green to red-violet.  Since this is a rare gemstone, most Alexandrite are synthetic.

Raw Alexandrite in rose; polished and faceted Alexandrite in green
Raw Alexandrite in rose; polished and faceted Alexandrite in green

 

Last, but not least, we have the Moonstone, which is my favorite out of the three birthstones.  The moonstone was named by Roman historian, Pliny.  Pliny believed that this gemstone changed colors based on the phases of the moon.  In India, the moonstone is considered sacred and is believed to bring good fortune.  Moonstones can come in white, blue, green, peach, and champagne. 

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Here’s what I wore.  Since I don’t wear pearls, I wore my beaded necklace, made from onyx.  I don’t have pearls, but I do have a moonstone:

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Lace cardigan: Amazon, Long dress: Dharma Trading Co., Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

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Beaded, onyx necklace: String Of Jewels (Etsy), Moonstone pendant: Ebay

 

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Here is yesterday’s makeup.  I went for dark eyes and dark lips, with a little shimmery eyeshadow primer.  This primer is the Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay.  The shade I’m wearing is “Minor Sin”:

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It looks like I finally moved my butt and posted June’s birthstones – and the month’s just started.  Stay tuned for my upcoming post on June’s birth flower.  We’ll see what I can come up with.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for May’s Birth Flower: Lily of the Valley

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

Today’s inspiration comes from May’s birth flower, Lily of the Valley [genus: Convallaria].  Also known as “Our Lady’s Tears” or “Mary’s Tears” in the Catholic tradition, the lily of the valley is a poisonous, perennial plant with small, fragrant, bell-shaped flowers.  This flower symbolizes “humility and the sign of Christ’s second coming” in the Christian faith.  In the Pagan tradition, the lily of the valley is a symbol of the German goddess, Ostera and symbolizes life.  In France, this flower symbolizes the Spring season.  It is also used medicinally to “improve memory and restore speech”.

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Here’s what I wore.  I kept it pretty basic with a t-shirt and a pair of jeans:

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Tish & Snooky t-shirt: Manic Panic (brand), Black jeans: Express, Winklepickers: Underground Shoes

 

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Leather choker: Ebay, Bat necklace: Kitsch Bitch Jewellery (Etsy), Crystal point pendant (Ebay)

 

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Here’s my face.  I don’t have any flowers that resemble lily of the valley, so I decided to play around with white makeup instead.  I used my white, jumbo eye pencil to draw a “tribal” making on my forehead, resembling lily of the valley:

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Here’s what I used for my lily of the valley “tribal” marking: L.A. Colors® Jumbo Eye Pencil in Seashells, #401, and Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in White, #EL0

 

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Well, that’s it for now.  I’m getting the hang of using white eyeliner and I’m loving the results, so far.  June will start very soon, so stay tuned for posts June’s birthstone and birth flower.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – Fresh Flowers & Golden Tattoos

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Hello, lovelies!  This past weekend was the last frost, so I was able to start growing some veggies and herbs.  Woo hoo!  I forgot how long yard work can take, though.  But the weather was gorgeous and our deck needed to be cleared of old debris and crap from this past winter. 

Not only do we have our deck looking nice and comfy again, the flowers in our back yard have bloomed!  They are beautiful and this makes me so happy.  I decided to wear these flowers in my hair, before they wither away.  I think they’re magnolias, so they won’t last very long.  They may be gone by summer, so I wanted to take advantage of wearing these flowers while they’re still in bloom.

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This magnolia tree (?) is actually in my neighbor’s back yard. Luckily for me, large branches of flowers hang over into my side of the fence.

 

Here’s my outfit from yesterday.  I’ve started wearing temporary, metallic tattoos and they are AWESOME!  I first wore these for our annual, Spring dance performance, Under A Desert Moon – they fit my tribal costume perfectly!  Now I think I’m addicted to these beautiful tattoos.  I ordered them from Jewel Tats.  They also have a store on Etsy.  These tattoos can last for up to a week, before they start to fade.

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T-shirt, leggings, and 25-yd skirt: Ebay, Boots: Steve Madden (brand)

 

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I wore my basic makeup yesterday.  This will probably be my makeup look for the majority of the Spring and Summer seasons.  Since wearing temporary tattoos, I’m becoming more focused on adornments (tattoos, bindis, tikkas, etc.).  I don’t wear much gold, but I’m not about to waste these beautiful tattoos.  Gold is also a “goddess” color, so I’m all over that.

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There are more flowers in bloom in my front yard that I’m planning to wear.  I need to get to it though, because those flowers won’t last long, either.  The flowers in my front yard are hot pink!  We’ll see what I can do with those.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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