OOTD for November’s Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum

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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.

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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.

 

CHRYSANTHEMUM INFO & SYMBOLISM

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.

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

 

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

 

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“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.

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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 & Makeup for November’s Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum

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

Hello, my lovelies.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Here we are with November’s birth flower, the Chrysanthemum [genus: Chrysanthemum].  Also called “mums” for short, chrysanthemums are one of the world’s most popular flower.  First cultivated in China during 15th century BC,  mums are symbolic in many parts of Asia including East Asia, Japan, China, and Korea.  Mums are considered to be “one of the Four Gentlemen in art and has high significance during the Double Ninth Festival“.  Mums are symbolized in Japan, during the Japanese Festival of Happiness. 

In China, Japan, and Korea white chrysanthemums symbolize grief, while in other countries they symbolize honesty.  Mums also symbolize love and cheerfulness and blooms in red, pink, mauve, and orange. 

Chrysanthemums in white/pink, yellow, and red
Chrysanthemums in white/pink, yellow, and red

 

Chrysanthemum tea is widely used medicinally.  The ancient Chinese used chrysanthemum tea to cure illnesses “related to blood and weight”.  Other uses today include healing for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and dizziness.  It is also said to be helpful in clearing the liver and eyestrain.

Here’s what I wore for November’s birth flower.  I kept the outfit simple and focused on my hair.  I went for a belly dance-inspired look:

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Siouxsie Sioux t-shirt: Ebay, Yoga tribal belly dance pants: Creaturre (Etsy)

 

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All accessories (except for the eyeball pendant, which was purchased on Ebay) were purchased from Etsy.  Black Feather Spray clip: Endless Flowers, Ivory Mum flower clips: Wendy Beth Creations, Black feather flower clip: Republic of Pigtails, Inverted cross earrings: Mierda Negra, Studded choker: Aeon Leather

 

I also kept my makeup pretty simple.  I just wasn’t in the mood for heavy makeup.

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November is almost over.  My, how time flies!  One more month and it’ll be a new year.  2015 has been a pretty good year, I must say.  But I’m looking forward to 2016.  Stay tuned for a couple of year-in-review posts, coming up soon.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise