Hello, lovelies! In this post, you’ll get not one, but TWO birthday videos. Woot woot! The first video is an OOTD video. While I was filming the birthday haul, I decided to do a quick OOTD video and show you all what I wore. More awesome news: the dress I wore was NOT in black. A rarity, I know.
Here is the birthday haul video. It was an unseasonably, warm day here in Maryland. The temperatures reached a high of 79° F (26° C). As you’ll see in the video, the trees behind me are barren against a bright, sunny sky.
Well, that concludes the videos for my 45th birthday. All of the items purchased in the haul video were bought months ahead of my birthday. Whenever I buy birthday gifts for myself, I don’t use them until AFTER my birthday. I feel this makes my purchases more “gifty”.
Hello, lovelies! We just celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., which I celebrated with friends. My outfit and makeup are inspired by November’s birthstone, Citrine. The name “citrine” comes from the French word for yellow, citron. Natural citrine is very rare, therefore most citrines on the market are man-made. Citrine is a newer birthstone for November; the traditional birthstone is Topaz.
CITRINE INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLES: The Merchant’s Stone
COLORS: Pale yellow, golden yellow, yellow-green, orange, honey, light brown
As usual, my outfit was all-black but you can see the fall colors in my makeup. I went with gold and bronze eyeshadow and burgundy eyebrows. The look is completed with bronze glitter and black beads in my hair.
That’s it, lovelies. I haven’t been out of the house in awhile, so it was nice to go out for a nice evening. The air was cool and crisp, with the scent of autumn in the air: fireplaces, smoke, and food cooking! Stay tuned for next month’s (and the final) birthstone for December.
Hello, lovelies! Halloween fell on a Tuesday, so it was a quiet affair this year. I went out with friends for drinks and Chinese food, so I decided to dress up instead of wearing a costume. Money’s tight and I didn’t want to shell out money for a costume this year. But it was all good! A big party is not necessary to celebrate my favorite holiday.
This is my first Get Ready With Me (GRWM) video. It’s very quick, so it’s not a tutorial. You’ll see me apply my makeup in under 2 minutes (ha!) and then you’ll see what I wore for Halloween.
Here is the list of makeup that I used. As usual for Halloween, my makeup was dark and heavy. I also wore green contact lenses which are subtle, but they give me just a slight change in eye color. I tend to favor subtlety instead of the spooky, bright contacts – not that there’s anything wrong with that. (*wink*)
FOUNDATION PRIMER: Cinema Secrets® Ultimate Foundation Primer
FOUNDATION: Iman® Second To None Luminous Foundation in Clay 2
LOOSE POWDER: Iman® Second To None Semi-Loose Powder in Clay Medium
BLUSH: Ben Nye® Powder Rouge in Flame Red
SETTING SPRAY: Model In A Bottle®
EYESHADOW PRIMER: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Minor Sin
SILVER EYESHADOW: Ben Nye® Shimmer Crayon in Silver
BLACK EYESHADOW: M.A.C. Paint Pot Eyeshadow in Blackboard
BLACK EYELINER: M.A.C. Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack
WHITE EYELINER: Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in White
EYELINER SEALER: Cinema Secrets® (used with white eyeliner)
EYEBROW PENCIL:Ben Nye® Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso
EYEBROWS FILLED IN: with Ben Nye® Cake Eye Liner in Dark Brown
MASCARA: Maybellene® The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara in Blackest Black
LIP PENCIL: Covergirl® Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Basic Black
LIPSTICK: Manic Panic® Glam Nation™ Lipstick in Black Rose
The last pic above is me with a couple of my fellow SoulFlowers. Food + drink + friendship makes for a perfect evening. So, how was your Halloween? Did you do anything special? Please share in the comments.
Hello, lovelies! It’s been awhile since my last post. I’m not sure what’s going to happen to this blog, since my main outlet has been posting YouTube videos. I will still keep you posted on my dreadlock progression and gemstone looks, but I’m not sure what the future holds for this blog. I guess time will tell.
Today’s outfit highlights 2 of my favorite things: black skulls and black beads. This dress from KILLSTAR is quickly becoming one of the my favorite pieces!
Here’s my face. I chose a pretty simple makeup look to go with my pretty simple outfit. Two small, black bindis on the sides of my eyes highlight the heavy eyeliner:
And finally, here’s how my locs are doing:
That’s it, y’all. I will still create blog posts, but the bulk of my content can be found on YouTube. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out my channel, Gothic SoulFlower. TTFN!
Hello, lovelies! First, let me just start off with the temperature for the day: 69° F (20.6° C). Wow! It felt like Spring, so decided to take advantage of the weather and wear my purple, floral headpiece for this month’s birthstone, Amethyst. Luckily for me, I own amethyst jewelry, which I also wore. Amethyst is my birthstone and thus, my favorite birthstone.
AMETHYST INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: The Sobriety Stone
ALTERNATE NAMES: Sobriety Stone, Cape Amethyst (alternative name for light amethyst)
COLORS: Pale red-violet to deep violet
MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5-7.5
CHAKRAS: Third Eye (6) and Crown (7)
ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius (January 21 – February 19)
SYMBOLIZES: Spirituality, Metaphysics, Meditation and Sobriety
Here’s what I wore. A simple, straight skirt with a simple, long cardigan. I think that the burnout-lace shirt looks nice with the amethyst jewelry and purple flowers. Clothing was purchased on Amazon and Ebay.
I went with a full face of makeup: black and purple eyeshadow with purple lipstick. Black and purple are my favorite colors to wear together.
Next week will be another birthday for me. I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I do know that I’ll be meeting a Facebook friend in person. There’s nothing like meeting a cool person that you’ve talked to online. Can’t wait!
Hello, lovelies! This is Month 21 of having freeform dreadlocks, which means I’ve been growing my locs for almost 2 years. Woot! It’s been such an experience witnessing how hair can have a mind of its own.
Here’s what I wore. I bought this sack dress from Amazon. While baggy clothing (especially on women) are not liked by many people, I love baggy clothes. Loose clothing can be quite flattering and I like how I look in this sack dress. Keep in mind that I also like harem pants, so there you go.
Here’s my face. Again, I went with simple makeup. It’s cold, and when it’s cold, I tend not to put much effort into a full face of makeup. Sometimes as a goth, eyeliner just has to be enough.
Here’s how my locs are progressing. They’re getting longer and more “springier”. My birthday’s not until the 17th, but I went ahead and labeled this month’s loc progression, “Birthday Dreads”, for obvious reasons.
So, how do you lovelies feel about loose, baggy clothes? I used to wear short, body-hugging clothing, but that was many years (and many pounds) ago. If you want to see a middle-aged goth posing and jumping around to punk rock, be sure to check out this video.
Hello, fellow darklings! Today’s look is inspired by January’s birthstone, Garnet. While garnets come in a range of colors, my favorite color (and the most popular) for garnets is blood red. What goth doesn’t love blood red? The color itself is beautiful, but when it’s paired with black, it can give a look a bit of mystery. “Garnet” is believed to come from the Latin word granate, which means “seed”, like the seeds of a pomegranate.
GARNET INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: The Stone of Health
ALTERNATE NAMES: Arizona Ruby, Carbuncle, Cinnamon Stone
COLORS: All except blue, including colorless and multi-colored
MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5-7.5
CHAKRAS: Root (1) and Heart (4)
ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
SYMBOLIZES: Regeneration, Vitality, and Order
Here’s what I wore. Everything is long, flowing, and lacy. Very comfortable and very feminine. I purchased all of my clothing on Amazon.
Here’s my face. Again, I went simple with the makeup but I did go a bit heavier on the eyeliner. Of course, the garnet-colored bindi completes my face:
That’s it for now. I’ll be making changes to my blog and blog posts this year. For instance, I’ll still create blog posts on birthstones, but I’m taking a break from the birth flowers this year. The information on birthstones have also been condensed. If you wish to see more information, you can check out the birthstone posts from 2015 and 2016. Of course, you can also click the link to Crystals and Jewelry (under the title pic) for more in-depth info.
Hello, lovelies! Today’s look is inspired by one of December’s birthstones, Tanzanite. The other 2 birthstones for December are Turquoise and Zircon. Out of these 3 birthstones, my favorite is tanzanite because of it’s gorgeous blue color, so that’s what this post will focus on.
Tanzanite is a rare gemstone and is highly prized. The most valuable tanzanite is a deep, ultramarine blue with a slight purple edge. Tanzanites are mined in Tanzania, East Africa. Tanzania is the only place where tanzanites are formed, hence its name. Tanzanites are “celebrated as the Gemstone of the 20th century”, in which New York’s Tiffany and Co. created and showcased its faceted form.
Blue tanzanites symbolize spirituality and wisdom, and along with turquoise and zircon, symbolize Winter. Zircon and turquoise are the traditional birthstones for December. Due to its popularity, tanzanite was added as a birthstone by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA).
TANZANITE INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: Gemstone of the 20th Century
COLORS: Shades of lilac-blue, deep ultramarine blue, and blue-violet. Also found in shades of brown and yellow in its raw form
MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5
ZODIAC SIGN: None, but is sometimes associated with Pisces (February 18 – March 20) and Aries (March 21 – April 19)
DEITY: Athena, Greek goddess of War and Wisdom, honored for her intellect and logic. Also honors Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and contradiction personified.
DIVINATIONS: “Trust you intuition – it is guiding you in the right direction, even though others may be blinding you with facts and figures to the contrary”
CHAKRAS: Throat (5), Third Eye (6), and Crown (7)
HEALING PROPERTIES: Strengthens the immune system, detoxifies the blood, and promotes the regeneration of cells, hair, nails, and skin.
SECONDARY BIRTHSTONE: Turquoise
TERTIARY BIRTHSTONE: Zircon
Here’s what I wore. It was FREEZING with a high temperature of 25° F (-3.9° C). It was windy, too. I hate cold weather, but it’s a great opportunity to wear heavy velvet.
My makeup was minimal because of the cold, and I definitely did not feel like wearing false eyelashes. I had a perfect bindi to go with my outfit, but I couldn’t find it. Oh, well. Boring face, basic bindis.
This post concludes the birthstone looks for 2016. Woot! I can’t WAIT for 2016 to end, and apparently I’m not alone. Was 2016 a good year for you? Stay tuned for the last birth flower post and a couple of year-in-review posts.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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