OOTD for December’s Birthstone: Tanzanite

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Tanzanite info via Crystal Vaults.

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

TYPE: Zoisite

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.

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Athena, Greek goddess of war and wisdom. – (Image by TaekwondoNJ via Photobucket)

 

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

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Polished turquoise

 

TERTIARY BIRTHSTONE: Zircon

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Faceted 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.

PROJECT 666 Staples: Sheer black scarf (Scf3), Long sleeved shirt (S2), Asymmetrical tunic dress (D4), Blue velvet skirt (Skt9), Ankle boots (B2)

 

 

All clothing purchased Amazon and Ebay. Victorian coffin necklace: Ebay, Silver bat necklace: Numi Olive (Etsy)

 

Vintage ankle boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

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.

Silver dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy)

 

 

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.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Video: Gothic Office & Freeform Dreads: Month 19

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Hello, lovelies!  It is Month 19 of my freeform locs.  I finally re-dyed them and they look 100% better.  They’re also getting longer and I’m definitely pleased with that.  I’ve added some things to my office decor and I’m very happy with the results.  New hair color, new office.

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Here are few pics of my office, with the office light on.  It looks cool, but it looks a lot snazzier with the office light turned off, and the colorful lights turned on.  The skull lamp, bony hand candelabra, and “lightening ball” were purchased on Amazon.  The rest of the items were purchased at CVS.  These purchases were made last year during Halloween season, so these items were bought at a reduced price.  The battery-operated candles were purchased online.

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Here’s the progress of my dreadlocks.  Thanks to the hair dye, you’ll see a dramatic difference between Months 17 and 19:

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That’s it for now.  Be sure to check out my office decor video below. You’ll see how my office looks when it’s darkened and lit up by my spooky lights.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Video: Black, Female & Atheist

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All atheist pics via Photobucket

Black, female, and atheist.  It’s a rarity to be all three here in the United States world and I decided to tell my story on video.  We atheists are a lone breed – especially if you’re black; especially if you’re black AND female.  I had already posted my story back in 2014, but I decided to make a video about it.

Seven years ago in 2009, I “came out” as an atheist before heading over to my mother’s house for Thanksgiving.  Every year prior, each member of the family would say what they were thankful for and then, say a small prayer to thank God for everything in our lives.  I didn’t want to spring this news over Thanksgiving dinner, so it was time to call my mother – a sweet woman, but VERY Christian.  Her faith gave her joy and comfort, and she took it very seriously.  I was really nervous, but I knew I had to tell her.

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Image via Slide Share

 

She wasn’t too happy about it.  She was quite concerned, and worried about my “soul”.  After much discussion and prayer, she finally accepted my atheism.  But even before she died, my mother was convinced that God was real.  “But he’s taking you away from us”, I said.  “No, no, no.  He’s not taking me away.  You will see me again when Jesus comes to take us home.”  I smiled at her and left it at that.  

So, here’s a video of my story: how it feels to be black, female and atheist in a world of believers.  I hope you enjoy hearing my story.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Video: Cultural Appropriation & Dreadlocks

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All photos courtesy of Photobucket.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a video on YouTube discussing cultural appropriation and dreadlocks.  Around Halloween, the subject of cultural appropriation becomes a hot topic.  Some people leave their brains at the door, and show up to parties wearing blackface, yellowface, Native American war bonnets, and all sorts of foolishness.  Are these examples of cultural appropriation?  You bet it is!  At the very least, it’s highly offensive.

But are dreadlocks considered cultural appropriation?  Should dreadlocks only be worn by black people?  Many people think that dreadlocks come from black culture, but this is not the case.  In this video, I share my thoughts on cultural appropriation and dreadlocks.

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Bob Marley helped to popularize dreadlocks in the United States

 

Do you think cultural appropriation exists?  Should dreadlocks only be worn by black people?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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