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

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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.

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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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Reminder: September 1 Theme is Makeup!

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

I’m going to be featuring a much-requested tutorial on part of my signature look! :)

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.

Dancing in Vintage-Inspired Velvet

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Vintage-Inspired Velvet

It’s currently a bit warm to go out dancing I velvet, but last spring I put this outfit together while the nights in Los Angeles were still delightfully cool. This overdress is the very first Stop Staring piece I ever purchased, and I don’t get to wear it as often as I would like!

Vintage-Inspired Velvet & Accessories

I actually bought this back before the brand became so wildly popular with “pin up” culture, although it was destined to happen eventually. I went on to buy quite a few of their pieces, and even got married in one… And while I still absolutely adore their aesthetic, I’m frustrated with their cut. Their line goes strictly for pure sex appeal, not vintage sophistication. Sometimes a sexy wiggle dress suits my fancy, but most of the time when I’m going for a vintage look, I want something more tasteful (and less over-played, at least here in SoCal). I much prefer actual 40s vintage, or more authentic reproductions. I’ll actually be putting several pieces from my Stop Staring collection up for sale soon, if I can ever find the time.

Vintage-Inspired Velvet & Accessories

This particular piece, however, is definitely a permanent resident of my closet. I still love the gorgeous draping of the ruffles, which are just enough without being overdone. It’s a perfect blend of vintage versus Goth.

Vintage-Inspired Velvet

I paired the overdress with a lace camisole and a simple skirt that has a matching asymmetrical hemline. The earring and pendant set are from Avon, and the gloves were a gift from Mr. Kitty (purchased from Great Lookz, I believe).

Vintage-Inspired Velvet & Accessories

have you ever had a brand that you adored and collected, only to lose interest in it later?


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Grey & White Floral

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Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

This was one of my favorite Corporate Goth outfits when I first started at my current job. The variety in the shades of grey, black and white feel almost colorful, without a bit of color. This style is much safer than starting off day one in all black!

Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

I’ve now been at this job nearly 2 1/2 years, and have definitely evolved more into my usual, preferred style. I wear much more black these days and am less concerned about calling attention to myself with bolder accessories. But I still love the soft femininity of this outfit, and will likely pull it out again from time it time.

Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

Nope, not a haircut – I just twisted my hair around once before clipping it up in a pony tail. ;) It gets less tangled throughout the day that way!

Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

I’m always gearing my posts toward the experience of being a goth woman in the corporate world, since that’s where I’m coming from. But I’m curious what my readers do for a living. What line of work are you in? How carefully do you have to adapt your style to be acceptable for your job?


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More Rear-View Details

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Fancy Crocheted Fishnets

You all know how much a love an outfit with interesting details in the back. I’ve featured these ornate fishnets before in my Hosiery monthly theme, but not with a complete outfit. For a recent day outing with Mr. Kitty, I paired them with my favorite Shape FX dress and plenty of dark, artsy accessories.

Gothic Fashion

It most definitely requires bravery and finesse to wear so many rings and bracelets with such delicate and pricey hosiery. I was incredibly careful each time I had to visit the ladies room! Somehow I made it through the entire day without a snag. Still, I won’t be wearing these too often, because I do want them to last. They were enough of an extravagant purchase that I’m not likely to ever own another pair!

Gothic Hair


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Glasses at the Club

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Goth Club Outfit with Purple Brocade Corset

Usually when we go out to a club, it’s something we’ve been planning for at least a few days.  We have quite a drive to get to any venue that hosts Goth-friendly events, plus I’m particular about which ones I’ll go to.  Once in a great while, though, we’ll get bored on a Saturday evening and head out to whatever club might be available, without having planned to do so.  Wearing my glasses to a nightclub is usually the result of such spontaneity.  My eyes are a bit sensitive to contacts, so in order to wear them more comfortably I soak them in a powerful cleaner between each wearing (I only use them on weekends, and even then only when I *really* am going for full-on Gothic splendor).  Sadly, this cleaning process takes 6 hours, so spontaneous dancing means dancing in glasses.

Goth Club Makeup

 

I don’t really mind so much, because I do find glasses attractive and I feel the various frames I currently own suit my face and my style incredibly well.  Although the blurry peripheral vision does always throw me off a bit on the dancefloor at first, since I’m not used to it!

How do you feel about glasses when dressing up?  Do you think they detract from the glamour?


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