Back From The Ashes: July, August & September

Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Crystal Vaults.

Hello again, dear lovelies.  This is Part 2 of my birthstone outfits.  This post covers my birthstone outfits from July to September.  Bright red, lime green, and deep blue – all great colors to add to a gothic wardrobe.  Whether it’s your hair, shoes, or accessories, adding color to either of these attributes will pop against an all-black outfit.

 

JULY – Ruby

 

This video starts off with me talking about the layoff from my job, but it is also an OOTD video.  Ruby is an obvious favorite since it matches my hair color.  My outfit is towards the end of the video, starting at 05:11.

 

RUBY INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Nobility

COLORS: Colorless, light pink, pink, red, and crimson

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 9.0

CHAKRA: Root (1)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Cancer (June 22 – July 22)

SYMBOLIZES: Passion, Protection, Prosperity, The Sun

ELEMENT: Fire

 

 

 

AUGUST – Peridot

 

Lime green and black are perfect for gothic fashion.  The black horns and lace complete the outfit.  Peridot is only one of two gemstones formed from molten rock, not from the Earth’s crust.  The other gemstone formed from molten rock is the Diamond.

 

PERIDOT INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLES: Gem Of The Sun, Evening Emerald, True Topaz

COLORS: Yellow, yellow-green, olive green, lime green 

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5 – 7.0

CHAKRA: Heart (4)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Leo (July 23 – August 22)

SYMBOLIZES: Passion, Vitality, The Sun

ELEMENT: Earth

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER – Sapphire

 

I’m wearing blue lipstick again.  I was inspired by sapphires – how could I not wear blue lipstick?  The outfit’s pretty basic: just a t-shirt, sparkly belt, and black pantaloons.  Sapphires also represent royalty and divinity.

 

SAPPHIRE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Stone of Wisdom

COLORS: Black, green, orange, pink, white, yellow, violet, and various shades of blue

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 9.0

CHAKRAS: Throat (5), Third Eye (6)

ZODIAC SIGN:  Virgo (August 23 – September 23)

SYMBOLIZES: Power, Strength, Kindness, Wisdom

ELEMENT: Water

 

 

Well, that’s it.  We’re now back on track with the birthstone outfits.  It’s a good thing too, since we’re now in October – just 2 more months until the end of the year.  Stay tuned for October’s outfit, inspired by its birthstone, Opal.

Peace, love, and darkness,

Dasia Denise

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

 

(Improvised) Makeup & OOTD for July’s Birthstone: Ruby

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Ruby pics and gif via Photobucket.  Ruby info via Wixon Jewelers and American Gem Society®.

Today’s look is inspired by July’s birthstone, the Ruby.  Also known as “the king of gems”, the ruby represents “love, passion, courage and emotion”.  Second only to the diamond in hardness, rubies are considered the most rare and hence, the most valuable gemstone.  Rubies can range in color from purplish- and bluish-red (cool reds) to an orange-red (warm reds).  The most prized rubies come in a “medium or medium-dark vivid red” and have the most value.  The “Burmese Ruby” comes in a vivid, bluish-red that is “only associated with the Mogok Valley mines in Myanmar”.

Clockwise from top left: Polished and faceted ruby (South Africa), raw ruby, polished ruby (Madagascar), Queen Elizabeth II wearing tiara in diamonds and Burmese rubies
Clockwise from top left: Polished and faceted ruby (South Africa), raw ruby, polished ruby (Madagascar), Queen Elizabeth II wearing tiara in diamonds and Burmese rubies

 

Before we get to my improvised makeup look, here’s what I wore.  Just a simple dress and skirt for hot and humid weather:

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Short dress: Dharma Trading Co., 25-yd. skirt: Ebay, Boots: Steve Madden (brand)

 

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All of these accessories were purchased on Etsy – Large red bindi: SewFae, Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities, Choker with red gems: Ego Driven, Bat necklace: Kitsch Bitch Jewellery

 

Now for my improvised makeup look.  Here’s what happened: I had a dance performance this weekend and placed my makeup bag and brushes in my dance bag.  Fortunately, I remembered to put my makeup bag in my everyday bag.  Unfortunately, I forgot my makeup brushes, which I keep in a small, slim box.  I already had the jewelry and the outfit for July’s birthstone, so I had to do something.  I didn’t want to go without makeup, so I decided to apply my makeup sans brushes.

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Here’s what I had to work with: Younique mascara set, M.A.C. lip liner in “Nightmoth”, L.A. Colors® jumbo eye pencil in “Sunglasses”, Manic Panic lipstick in “Black Rose, Lipcote lip sealer, red sticker jewels, and an eyelash curler.

 

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I didn’t do too bad, but of course it would have looked 10x better using makeup brushes.  One good thing from this experiment was using the burgundy lip pencil on my eyebrows.  I thought it looked too reddish at first, but it has grown on me – the color matches my hair.  I’ll try this look again, using the proper tools.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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