OOTD for October’s Birth Flower: Marigold

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Marigold pic via Photobucket. Marigold info via What’s My Birth Flower? and ProFlowers®.

Happy Halloween, lovelies!  My outfit for the last day of October is its birth flower, the Marigold.  Native to Mexico, marigolds were discovered by the Portuguese in the 16th century.  Marigolds were used by the Roman, Ancient Greek, Indian, and Middle Eastern cultures for a number of uses including dying fabrics, making cosmetics, and seasoning food.  They are also used medicinally and as a natural insect repellent.  There are two genera of marigolds: Calendula which are edible, and Tysetes which are poisonous.

With it’s bold yellow and orange colors, marigold symbolize passion and creativity.  Marigolds also symbolize the sun, and they’re used to adorn graves and alters during Mexico’s annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration.  It is believed the the scent of marigolds “help guide the spirits from the cemetery to the alters”.  The marigold is named for the Virgin Mary and is called “Mary’s Gold”.

 

MARIGOLD INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Mary’s Gold

GENERA: TagetesCalendula

TYPES: Over 50 species, including African (Tagetes erecta), French (Tagetes patula), and pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)

ORIGIN: Mexico

TYPE: Annual

COLORS: Mainly yellow, golden yellow, orange, and red-orange

ZODIAC SIGN: Leo (July 22 – August 22)

USES: Used in salads, dyeing fabric, insect repellent, and as a substitue for saffron seasoning

 

Here’s what I wore on Friday.  It’s Halloween, so along with my marigold flower and black horns, I wore long, flowy, black clothes.  The asymmetrical tunic dress has been getting a lot of wear!

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Fishnet top (S8), Asymmetrical tunic dress (D4), Black velvet bellbottoms (P9), Platform ankle boots (B4)

 

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Black velvet jacket: dash A clothing (Etsy), Fishnet top: Ebay, Asymmetrical tunic dress: Amazon, Black velvet bellbottoms: L. Rose Designs, Platform boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

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My makeup wasn’t too heavy.  Just dark lips and eyeliner.  I wore orange bindis, although the ones at the outer corners of my eyes seem to blend in with my skin tone.

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Black dragon horns: The Elfin Forest (Etsy)

 

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Having a bit of fun with a lovely pirate...
Having a bit of fun with a lovely pirate…

 

...until she tried to cut me!
…until she tried to cut me!

 

I’m taking it easy this Halloween, but I did make an OOTD video for Marigold. Did you celebrate Halloween this year, even though it’s on a Monday?  Share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

ATS® dance move (slow): Floreos

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OOTD & Makeup for October’s Birth Flower: Marigold

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

Here is October’s birth flower, Marigold.  Marigold [genus: Tagetes], the color of fall foliage and pumpkins, was first discovered by the Portuguese in Central America during the 16th century.   The Portuguese then introduced marigolds to Europe and India.

During ancient times, the Aztecs believed that marigolds held magical properties and were used to “cure hiccups and anyone injured by being struck by lightning”.  These flowers were given to sailors to help protect them from lightning and other dangers of sea travel.  In Mexico, marigolds are used to represent All Saints Day.  They are also heavily used for ceremonial purposes in the Hindu religion and are widely popular in India today.  Marigolds often represent sorrow and sympathy and has a hidden message of “My thoughts are with you”.

Marigolds in red and yellow
Marigolds in different variations of red and yellow

Here’s my outfit.  The air is getting more chilly as we get closer to Halloween.  I wore my velvet, animal print bell bottoms.  They’re loud and more funk than goth, but I love them:

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Scarf: Ebay, Long cardigan: Amazon, Black dress: Dharma Trading Co., Pants: L. Rose Designs, Shoes: Demonia (DANK #151)

 

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Victorian casket necklace: Ebay, Onyx ring: Gibsons Vintage Shop (Etsy), Yellow flower: Dee Dee’s Boutique (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  Nothing elaborate, since I was wearing my glasses:

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Two more days until Halloween.  Yippee!  Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so we can really let our hair down and enjoy the festivities.  I can’t wait!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise