Reminder: October 1 Theme Starts Tomorrow

Just a reminder that the October 1 “Black & White” theme begins TOMORROW, October 1, starting at midnight Pacific Time.

Since last month’s theme (Makeup) was very specific, I wanted to do something for October that is more open to interpretation. Something that could be as simple or as elaborate as you desire, and something that could cover just about any topic out there, not just fashion. What is more perfect than Black and White? We could celebrate photography, movies, art, music… So many possibilities!

Non-bloggers are welcomed and encouraged to participate! You can post your entries on my Facebook page and I’ll add them to the Linky.

Mr. Linky will close at 11:59 PM PST on October 3. However, remember that the earlier you link up, the more people will see your post! Also the Linky box at the bottom of my post will tell you how many hours you have left until it closes.

Get the complete details and rules.

Purple Lace and Bell Sleeves

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Purple Lace with Bell Sleeves

Hmm. I was deeply enamored with this stretch lace top when I first ordered it from Newport News. So much so that I got it in black, too. But, like all stretch lace its lifespan has been relatively short. I’ve mentioned before that I’m surprised when companies that usually focus on good quality resort to using stretch lace, as Spiegel did with a certain skirt. I rarely buy items made with this stuff now. They just don’t last long before little elastic treads start to break at the seams and stick out all over the place. I might get one or two more wearings out of this top, but it will definitely be retired soon.

Purple Lace with Bell Sleeves

The lovely bell sleeves and scalloped edges make this blouse almost worth the price, despite the little time we’ve had together. Almost.

Gothy Stilettos

At least today’s shoes are amazing. :)


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Announcement: Theme for October 1: Black and White

The theme for October 1 is:
Black and White

Since last month’s theme (Makeup) was very specific, I wanted to do something for October that is more open to interpretation.  Something that could be as simple or as elaborate as you desire, and something that could cover just about any topic out there, not just fashion.  What is more perfect than Black and White?  We could celebrate photography, movies, art, music…  So many possibilities!

Be sure to come back on October 1-3 and submit your post.

How It Works

On the first day of each month, I will post my theme post with the Mr. Linky sign-up form at the bottom. You can link to any post you’ve done that day or previously, as long as it matches the theme. Be sure to add the icon to your post, and link your post to mine using the Mr. Linky box at the bottom.

You can post your theme post earlier than the first of the month, or link to an old post, but you must add it to Mr. Linky on my first post of the month. I will leave the Linky open until 11:59 PM PST on October 3, so everyone has three full days to post.

You don’t have to participate every single month. Feel free to join in whenever you wish. Just be sure you get your post linked before the third day of the month!

You don’t have to do outfit posts. Post on whatever type of subject matter you like, as long as it is related to the theme.

Also, let’s keep the posts appropriate for all ages, in terms of both language and imagery. Thanks!! :)

Posts that are linked up without including the icon will be removed from Mr. Linky.

HTML for the icon: (The icon and the HTML will remain the same each month)

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Be sure to paste the code in while in HTML mode.

Please pass this invitation on to any bloggers you know who might be interested, and feel free to share the announcement on your blogs. Of course, it’s a good idea to follow my blog to be sure you don’t miss any of the themes. ;)

Questions? E-mail me!

Want to Suggest a Theme?

Leave a comment on any post at any time, or e-mail me. If I use your suggestion, I will credit you on my theme post for that month and in the theme announcement the week before. No promises that I will use every suggestion, because the themes have to be things that I would be able to do a post about.

Want to participate in the Monthly Theme?

Here’s how:

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):

  2. Paste the URL to your post using the Mister Linky box at the bottom of my October 1 post.
    Please use a direct link to your relevant post, NOT a link to your blog’s home page.
  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!

Return of the Grey Animal Print

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Goth Grey Animal Print
Okay, so I already blogged this skirt/top combo, but it was ages ago and I love how they go together so much, I wanted to build a second look off of the same pairing.

Black Wrap SKirt

Not that the top and skirt wouldn’t go wonderfully with a ton of other things I own, but I wanted to try this top with this skirt while toning down the animal print and somewhat sexy cut of the top (and keep me warm in a chilly office) with this sweater shrug.

Goth Animal Print

I added grey tights instead of flesh-tone stockings to give this a new look. I like how the grey tights tie in with the colors in the top. And with tights, it’s a perfect fall outfit… That’s me hoping that we have some cooler weather coming up right around the corner here in Southern California! ;)

Black Wrap Skirt


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An Enchanting Fascinator

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Vivo Masks Fascinator

Today I am excited to review the Emma Fascinator, from a new line of hair fascinators offered by Vivo Masks. I was so delighted when I opened the shipping box to discover this fun striped hatbox inside! Of course, when I opened the hatbox I was blown away by the beauty of this creation.

Gothic Evening Gown and Fascinator

The Emma Fascinator is constructed in a complex variety of textures. Velvet and organza flower petals contrast beautifully with elegantly arranged feathers in striking shades of burgundy and purple. The two delicate swirling feathers at the top are my very favorite detail.

Vivo Fascinator

It is refreshing to don such a lovingly-crafted handmade piece.  Vivo fascinators are worlds beyond the mass-produced fascinators you’ll find in a mall accessory shop.  I think most of my readers can relate to the desire for something of quality, something that makes more of a statement, which every piece I saw on the Vivo Masks website definitely does.

Hair Fascinator by Vivo Masks

Another of my favorites is their Black Madison Fascinator. This beauty is already on my wish list. :)  After all, it’s almost time to start thinking about what to wear for New Year’s Eve!

Vivo Hair Fascinator

This evening gown was a fun eBay score.  It needs a bit of tailoring, as the fit isn’t as perfect as I would like.  I can tell it’s not true vintage (mainly because it has a plastic zipper), but it looks like it’s an “80s Does 40s” piece.  Some 40s-inspired styles from that era are hideous, but sometimes they did an excellent job of recreating the glamour and femininity of the 40s.  I love the dramatic satin petal details on the shoulders, and the statuesque effect of the column gown.

Fascinator and Evening Gown

Head over to the Vivo Masks website and check out their incredible array of fascinators.  You’ll be drooling, and you’ll probably find the perfect thing for Halloween, your Christmas wish list, holiday parties, or NYE 2015!


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A Little Venetian Lace

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Gothic Purple Corset

In previous posts, I’ve shown you two Venetian Lace chokers from eBay: one in black and one in magenta. After ordering these two masterpieces, I was craving something larger and more dramatic, but simple and without added embellishment. I searched and I finally found the perfect piece of lace. It was intended to be sewn around the neckline of a top, but I just added a clasp to the ends. It just requires a tiny piece of fashion tape near the center point to keep it from twisting around while I’m dancing.

Venetian Lace Collar

I wore my purple brocade corset from Corset Story, which Mr. Kitty gave me for my birthday a couple of years ago. This was previously featured for my Lace Theme. I finally have this one all broken in, so by the end of the night I was dancing as if I was born wearing it. So comfortable!

Purple Brocade Corset

The top in this outfit was my first-ever clothing purchase on eBay. This is an example of flowing sleeves done JUST right. I added the fancy trim around the elbows and neckline myself. The skirt is a burnout velvet number with handkerchief hem from Shrine Hollywood.

Gothic Night Club Fashion

My hair was shockingly well behaved that night, so here is a gratuitous hair shot. :)

Goth Fashion Portrait

I’ve never asked this before, and I’m curious to know where my corset-wearing readers get their favorite pieces. So, what is your favorite corset company?


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Sophistique Noir Meets CorpGoth!

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Back in July, I was delighted to receive an unexpected email from Trystan of This is CorpGoth announcing that she would be in Los Angeles soon for a weekend excursion. She suggested we get together for a drink while she was in my general vicinity. Thankfully, her arrival synced perfect with my schedule, so we met in her hotel lobby for a little Gothy girl talk. This was my first blogger meet-up, and I’m a fairly reserved person in real life, so I was hoping I wouldn’t be too quiet and bore her to death. ;) Trystan is delightful and charismatic, and I felt like I already knew her from following her blog for years (in fact, hers was one of the first Gothic fashion blogs I discovered, and one that inspired me to start my own), so it turned out that I felt right at home chattering away with her.

Sophistique Noir Meets CorpGoth

Of course there was photographic evidence of this meeting of fashionable Goth minds.  My dress is from White House Black Market.  I thought it was perfect for going from office to evening, and I was channeling Billie Holiday (one of my latest obsessions) with a bold white hair flower and pearls.  Trystan wore an adorable black sun dress trimmed in pink, with a matching hair flower and a fun shell necklace that we’ve seen on her blog.  Also, how much do Goth girls in glasses ROCK?!

Side note: there’s still time to join in the September theme if you want to share your makeup-inspired posts!   The Linky closes at midnight tonight, Pacific time.

Also, a heads-up: the October 1 theme will be Black and White.  Ooh, the fun we can have with this one…  :D


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September 1 Theme: Makeup

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Probably the single most common reader request I get is for a tutorial on how I do my signature nighttime lip look.  I actually started this tutorial for ages ago, but since tutorials are much more time-consuming than outfit posts (and this isn’t really a makeup blog per se, although the topic is somewhat relevant) I never felt inspired to finish it.  Until I decided to do a makeup monthly theme so everyone could join in the fun!

Black Gradient Lip Liner Tutorial

Everything I use for this look is pictured above. From top to bottom:

Burt’s Bees lip balm
Du Wop Reverse Lip Liner
Eyeliner Pencil in Black (I like any brand that is self-sharpening)
Lipstick – Any shade of red or purple
Lip Gloss in a coordinating shade
Cotton swab for cleanup

Black Gradient Lipliner Tutorial

First, I moisturize my lips with lip balm so everything won’t end up chunky in an hour.  :)  Next, apply the reverse lip liner around the OUTSIDE edge of my lips. I highly recommend this stuff for any lip look, as it all but eliminates bleeding lipstick or lip gloss. It takes just a thin coat of this invisible wonder.  I pat a tiny bit of powder foundation over the reverse liner to give it extra staying power, and to ensure that it can’t be seen at all.

Red and Black Gothic Lipstick Tutorial

For the outline, I use a black self-sharpening eyeliner pencil. I start by lining outside of my natural lip line, although you could keep inside your lip line if you prefer. I think black makes lips look smaller, so I prefer to bulk my lips up and add to the drama.  I clean up any imperfections in the outline with a pointed cotton swab.

Once I have perfected the new outside shape, I line again just inside the lip line with black, then fill in between so I have one thick black line.

Black and Red Lipstick Makeup Tutorial

Now I apply my lipstick inside the black.

Once the lipstick is done, I blot and then go back with a bit more black liner to blend everything together. A lip brush is useful here, to ensure a smooth blend.  Once I have perfected the gradient, I add a final coat of lipstick, followed by a thin layer of gloss to make it all shine.  You don’t want it to be too glossy, or the gradient will smear too easily.

Black Gradient Lip Liner Tutorial

Want to participate in this month’s theme?

Now it’s your turn! You know what to do (or if you don’t, check out the full details). :)

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
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  2. Paste the URL to your post using the Mister Linky box below.
    Please use a direct link to your relevant post, NOT a link to your blog’s home page.
  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!
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Don’t Forget: September Theme Starts Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the September 1 “Makeup” theme begins TOMORROW, September 1, starting at midnight Pacific Time.

Stay tuned for a much-requested tutorial on part of my signature look! I rarely do tutorials, so don’t miss it. ;)

I hope all of my readers will join in and share daily makeup looks, special event makeup, drag queen styles, Halloween effects, reviews, tutorials, favorite products, inspiration from around the Web (just be sure to credit your sources!!!) or whatever you can think of. Share whatever you love most about makeup!

Non-bloggers are welcomed and encouraged to participate! You can post your makeup looks on my Facebook page and I’ll add them to the Linky.

Mr. Linky will close at 11:59 PM PST on September 3. However, remember that the earlier you link up, the more people will see your post! Also the Linky box at the bottom of my post will tell you how many hours you have left until it closes.

Get the complete details and rules.

My Hair Flower Totally Matches My Backdrop

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Yes, I am wearing a light gray hair flower. Yes, I am posing in front of a light gray backdrop. As a graphic designer, I should have known better. But I don’t always have time to change out the backdrop before taking photos, and when I do it kicks up a lot of cat hairs that stick in my lip gloss. So yeah, sometimes we simply don’t touch the backdrop. :)

This simple gray skirt came from Target many years ago. It’s pretty versatile, due to its simplicity, but I neglect it because I’ve had it so long it doesn’t excite me hanging there nestled amongst my sleek pencil skirts and ruffled girly skirts. But I really like it when I do wear it. I have an identical black one, also.

Today was the perfect temperature for a cap-sleeve sweater. This one came from some random strip-mall clothing store. The necklace and bracelet are New York & Co. They dress up a rather plain sweater, and match the skirt. Awesome!


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