Regal Car Show Attire

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Red Queen's Black Legion - RQBL

Today’s post is actually an outfit I wore to a car show back in January. Our summer has been ridiculously hot, so there’s been no chance to wear anything nearly this regal for the past several months. But I’m still getting caught up on a backlog of outfit shots I have stored on my computer that I never got around to posting!

Red Queen's Black Legion - RQBL

The jacket is by Red Queen’s Black Legion. I find their styles usually don’t suit my taste, but I stumbled upon this on eBay and instantly loved it. It’s actually fairly lightweight, but still not suited to our 100+ degree heat. I’m looking forward to fall so I can break this beauty out again, although around here it won’t even begin to cool off in the slightest until November.

Red Queen's Black Legion - RQBL

How has the fall weather been shaping up in your area? Are you starting to dust off those boots, jackets and layers of luxurious velvet?


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Dark Romance in Lace

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Gothic Lace Skirt

I have a whole series of “casual Friday” outfits coming up. :) I realized that lately, those are the outfits I photograph the most. It’s likely due to several factors, including the fact that I get home an hour earlier on Fridays. Plus I’m usually a bit rejuvenated knowing the long work week is over and I don’t have to rush to do household chores and get to bed.

Romantic Goth Fashion

I’ve often mentioned that my take on “casual” Friday (or casual ANYTHING) is greatly divergent from the generally accepted definition. Our dress code dictates that “casual” just means we are allowed to wear jeans, but still must wear dressy shirts and shoes. Not being a huge fan of jeans, I take the opportunity to go just a little bit more artsy than I usually do for work.

Gothic Lace Skirt

I would wear any of the pieces of this outfit to work any day of the week, but it’s the combination here that made this outfit feel extra dark, kinda romantic, and more appropriate for a Friday than any other day.


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October 1 Theme: Black & White

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Today’s theme is Black & White, which left me in a quandary as to what topic to cover. I was extremely tempted to pay homage to one of my greatest loves, Film Noir. But in the end, responsibilities have caused me to work on this post at the last minute, so going with an outfit post seemed the safest option. Thankfully, I recently put together a club outfit that fits the theme just perfectly!

Gothic Nightclub Fashion

This was my first time coming up with an outfit based on this jacquard fishtail skirt. I don’t usually go “tucked in” for evening looks, but I didn’t want to hide a single detail of the beautiful skirt. I was very pleased with the results, and received some amazing compliments on the dancefloor! I’ve seen this skirt for sale under several different labels, so I’m not going to cite a brand or a distributor… But you can easily find this online on many Gothic retailers’ websites.

Gothic Fashion

This blouse is another dreaded stretch lace creation. However, this one was a steal on eBay, so it’s no loss if it doesn’t stand the test of time. Plus, no one is likely to notice a few tiny elastic threads fraying at the seams of a white top (unlike the dark purple top in my last post). In a dark a nightclub, it will be even less obvious, so I should get a fair amount of use out of this.

Gothic Fashion

I’m a bit brain-dead from work tonight, which leaves my writing skills somewhat lacking. So I will now leave it up to you to share your Black & White posts!

Gothic Club Fashion

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). :)

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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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