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 & Makeup for January’s Birth Flower: Carnation

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Carnation photos via Photobucket.  Carnation info via ProFlowers®.

I had decided earlier to post makeup looks based on each month’s birthstone.  But I was so focused on birthstones, that I completely forgot that each month also has its own flower.  Doh!  I wear flowers in my hair all the time.  How could I forget the birth flowers?!  So here’s January’s flower – better late than never.

Carnations (genus name: Dianthus) mainly come in red, pink, white, and yellow.  Each color of carnations have their own symbolism.  According to ProFlowers®, red carnations symbolize love and romance, pink carnations symbolize “perfect happiness and gratitude”, white carnations symbolize “innocent love”, and in Victorian times, yellow carnations symbolized disappointment in someone.  Yikes!  Those Victorians – elegant but harsh!

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Carnations in red, pink, white, and yellow.

 

Since my hair is red and red flowers don’t show up too well in my hair, I went for pink carnations.  I don’t usually wear pink, but that’s okay.  That’s what inspiration can do – it can help me to step out of the “black box”.

Here’s what I wore yesterday:

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Black cardigan: Amazon, Long-sleeved shirt: Gap, Yoga tribal pants: Creaturre (Etsy), Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

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Here’s yesterday’s face.  I kept my makeup light, since I was wearing eyeglasses.  I added a couple of pink sparkles to my face, to match the carnations in my hair:

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Makeup without glasses

 

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Carnation hair clips by Laycis Bowdacious Bows (Etsy).

 

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Now that I’ve done justice to January by including its flower, I’ll be posting some looks inspired by February.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise
pink carnations photo: MiscFlowersandOrchids088.jpg