RSS

Jersey From Head to Toe (aka Cat Hair Magnet)

March 13, 2014 by VictorianKitty  · 17 Comments

Click photos for larger view.

Purple & Grey Jersey

You’ve got to be a little bit crazy to enrobe yourself from head to toe in jersey knit when you own five cats (yes, I said FIVE – long story).  But, since the Scotch company is my BFF, I have enough tape lint rollers to handle such a challenge.  In an outfit like this, I usually de-lint every inch of clothing once before I leave the house, once in the car on the way to work (I’m not driving – Mr. Kitty and I carpool), and once after I get to work.  That usually does the trick.  Oh, and then again after lunch.  Don’t ask me where the additional hair comes from at work, where I have no access to cats.  I hate to think I just ooze cat hair all day long.

Purple & Grey Jersey

Recently, while in a meeting, I was a bit horrified to see a lovely white Perseus hair floating in front of my face. I instinctively reached up and grabbed for it, not really realizing that it was unlikely anyone else in the room could even see the hair, and therefor I appeared to be grasping at… nothing. Fabulous. Now EVERYONE thinks I’m a little bit crazy.

Purple & Grey Jersey

I don’t really know how the topic of this post became more about cat hair than fashion.  I suppose because the whole outfit was more about cat hair than fashion.  But my furry kids are worth every bit of the crazy.  :)


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

Winter Heat

February 19, 2014 by VictorianKitty  · 11 Comments

Click photos for larger view.

Corporate Goth Fashion in Black, Grey & White

Our crazy-hot California winter continues (it was 90 degrees F here over the weekend), so my cute sweater collection is back in boxes.  :(  However, I figured I could at least get in the wintery spirit a bit by getting some use out of my medium-weight scarves.  I featured this scarf previously with a grey sweater and skirt.  This time I kept the look monotone, but lightened it up with a grey t-shirt and a thin white shrug.

Corporate Goth Fashion in Black, Grey & White

I know all of this summery weather in Southern California is making residents of the snow-battered regions of America jealous.  But I see it from a different point of view.  California is known for its tepid year-round weather, but contrary to popular belief, it’s actually NOT normal for it to be 80+ degrees throughout the entire winter.  I’m quite concerned that we’ll be experiencing record heat this coming summer.  Since it already has been known to reach 110 F where I live, I’m convinced we’ll see new highs of up to 120 F soon.  As someone who truly cannot take the heat, I’m worried.  VERY worried.  :(

Corporate Goth Fashion in Black, Grey & White


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

February Theme: Outerwear

February 8, 2014 by VictorianKitty  · 21 Comments

Click photos for a larger view.

February’s theme, suggested by blogger Swgarasu, is outerwear. We did this theme once before, back in December 2011, where I featured a lovely lace trenchcoat from Bebe.  Today, I am sharing a beloved Arden B find – my wool pea coat with PVC trim.

Gothic Wool and PVC Jacket

Mr. Kitty calls this my Sexy Spy coat.  lol.  Both this coat and my lace trench are about 3-4 years old.  I miss the days when higher-end mall stores like Bebe and Arden B carried so many edgy, Goth-friendly items.  Someday, I’m sure they will again…  But for now, it’s all about the rebirth of Grunge, and every trendy person in Southern California is spending a ton of money to dress up like they are homeless or something.  It’s pretty gross.  From what I see in the mall, there is absolutely no beauty or sophistication in popular fashion at the moment, and it makes me sad.  But I’m glad I was able to score a coat like this back in better times!

Gothic Wool and PVC Coat

Now it’s your turn!  Break out your coats, jackets, sweaters, shrugs, capes, cloaks, etc and show us how you bundle up for the great outdoors when the air is frigid.

For those of you currently experiencing summer, feel free to showcase lightweight wraps, beachy cover-ups, blazers, etc.  The more variety, the better, so get creative!

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):
    <a href="http://www.sophistiquenoir.com/category/monthly-themes"><img src="http://www.victoriankitty.com/blogPhotos/monthly-theme-icon.jpg" border="0"></a>
  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 blogâ??s home page.
  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!
NO ADULT CONTENT will be allowed.

All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.



Announcement: Theme for Februrary: Outerwear

January 31, 2014 by VictorianKitty  · 1 Comment

The theme for February is: OUTERWEAR

Okay, I know you’re all saying, “Whoa – February 1 is tomorrow! That’s not enough time!”  :)  I wasn’t able to get the announcement out earlier but I don’t want to skip this month again, so we’ll just bump it a week.  This month’s theme will run February 8-10.

We’ve done outerwear as a theme before, way back in December 2011, but we have lots of new participants now and blogger Swgarasu kindly suggested we do it again!  So, break out your coats, jackets, sweaters, shrugs, capes, cloaks, etc and show us how you bundle up for the great outdoors when the air is frigid.

For those of you currently experiencing summer, feel free to showcase lightweight wraps, beachy cover-ups, blazers, etc.  The more variety, the better, so get creative!

Be sure to come back on February 8-10 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 February 10, 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)

<a href="http://www.sophistiquenoir.com/category/monthly-themes"><img src="http://www.victoriankitty.com/blogPhotos/monthly-theme-icon.jpg" border="0"></a>

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):
    <a href="http://www.sophistiquenoir.com/category/monthly-themes"><img src="http://www.victoriankitty.com/blogPhotos/monthly-theme-icon.jpg" border="0"></a>
  2. Paste the URL to your post using the Mister Linky box at the bottom of my February 8 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!

Business with a Bit of Sparkle

January 21, 2014 by VictorianKitty  · 3 Comments

Click photos for larger view.

Corporate Goth Sequin Scarf

Momma Kitty gave me this sequined scarf for Christmas one year. While it is deliciously sparkly and gorgeous, oh boy, does it itch! Beyond itching, it’s more of a scratchy, slicing feeling. It definitely cannot come into contact with even the tiniest bit of my sensitive skin while being worn. However, it pairs perfectly with a mock turtle neck shell that sets off the shine with just a hint of white. Tucking the scarf under a blazer toned down the flamboyance enough to make it suitable for the office.

Corporate Goth Sequin Scarf

I truly enjoyed the sleek sophistication of this outfit. So many of my looks have focused on a vintage vibe lately, it’s nice to achieve a modern, professional elegance once in a while. I also really loved my hair pulled straight back like this, with a floofy hairpiece covering the boring bun for a change.

Corporate Goth Suit Sequin Scarf

Have you ever worn sequins to work? How did you pull it off?


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

Giveaway Time! Celebrating 1500 “Likes” on Facebook!!

January 11, 2014 by VictorianKitty  · 2 Comments

Click photos for larger view.

To celebrate 1500 “likes” on Facebook, it’s GIVEAWAY time!  Up for grabs this time is:

  • A black Venetian lace choker
  • Jet bead earrings

Venetian Lace Choker Giveaway

How to Enter

For ONE entry:

AND

  • You must LIKE and COMMENT on my giveaway post on Facebook telling me your favorite style of Goth fashion (Romantic Goth, Cyber Goth, etc).

For a SECOND entry:

  • You can also SHARE my giveaway post on Facebook. Shares must be public (not “Friends Only”), otherwise I won’t be able to see your share so I can’t count it.

Maximum two entries per person. I will select a winner randomly on Friday, January 17, 2014. Both ladies and gentlemen are welcome to enter, and I will ship the items anywhere.

Questions? Feel free to ask in the comment section below so I can post an answer for everyone.


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

Soft Pink and Vintage Grey

January 9, 2014 by VictorianKitty  · 13 Comments

Click photos for larger view.

Vintage Pastel Goth

Since I featured the black version of this sweater in my last work outfit post, I though it would fun to show it in pink. This look also utilizes a grey skirt, but this one is actual vintage and in a 40s style that’s very different from the 50s-inspired cut of the last skirt. I love to see how much variety can be created from two seemingly similar things just by switching around color, cut, hairstyle and accessories. The grey skirt + cowl neck sweater in last week’s look had a dark “edgy vintage” feel, while the grey skirt + cowl neck sweater in today’s look is much more demure.  Wearing light-colored outfits like this occasionally also helps alleviate some of the uncomfortable (and uncalled for) “Why do you always wear black?” questions at work.

Vintage Pastel Goth

Even just changing out the hosiery gives an outfit a drastically different look. Today’s sheer stockings aren’t as warm as the opaque tights in my last outfit, but the wool skirt helps make up for that. I also went with an untucked, belted look today rather than tucking the sweater in, for further variety.

Vintage Pastel Goth

As much as I love this outfit, recent looks like this have caused me to do almost TOO good a job of limiting (or totally concealing) my Gothiness at work. On three separate occasions, different colleagues have made various comments revealing that they view me as “so conservative,” “shocked” I would have tattoos, and that I “don’t look like someone who would wear such high heels” (oooh, how little they know me! ROFL). Oooooookay, cue the identity crisis!! ;) I guess at least that means that regarding my appearance, I’ve established a reputation for being tasteful and professional… I’ve also laid a firm groundwork of respect for my work ethic over the past year and a half. Now it’s definitely time to let my true self shine a bit more, while still trying to avoid too many inquiries about all the black.  It will be a fun challenge to strike a new balance that’s more fair to MY image of myself!


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

Old Hollywood Glamour for the New Year!

January 3, 2014 by VictorianKitty  · 31 Comments

Click photos for larger view.

Old Hollywood Gothic Glamour

For my 40th birthday, Mama and Papa Kitty presented me with this amazing evening gown! I had stumbled upon it on Amazon (of all places) several months prior, and had added it to my wishlist. Considering the source and the price, I didn’t expect it to be so high quality, but I thought it would be nice for a special club night now and then. When I saw it in person, I was blown away. It’s the perfect dress for a film noir, old Hollywood glamour lover like me. Since I received it in September, I’ve been saving it just for New Year’s Eve.

Old Hollywood Gothic Glamour

To bring in the new year, we spent the evening at Odyssey, an upscale restaurant at the north end of Los Angeles situated high on a mountaintop that overlooks the whole metropolis. For years, it’s been our favorite place to celebrate special occasions (we even spent the afternoon of our marriage there, enjoying lunch and champagne with my parents). The NYE event was held in a huge ballroom rather than the regular dining room, and featured a buffet filled with amazing gourmet food and luscious desserts. At midnight, we could see dozens of fireworks displays off in the distance, from countless miles around.

Old Hollywood Gothic Glamour

I have to admit, I felt absolutely perfect in this dress. Everything else about the look just fell into place perfectly as well, including my hairstyle, which is the closest I’ve come in my life to creating a vintage-inspired updo that actually looked somewhat pro.  I hated to take it down and brush it out at the end of the night  (or, more like the wee hours of the morning)!

Old Hollywood Gothic Glamour

The “jewels” include two necklaces from Target, another unexpected source of elegance. My chandelier earrings are from a random mall store, and the gloves are from Great Lookz. I had intended to wear my regular ruched satin opera gloves (the ones with fingers) but I hate to hide my wedding rings, so I opted for the fingerless version.

Old Hollywood Gothic Glamour

Mr. Kitty matched me in a classic black suit, black shirt and silver brocade tie to match my sparkling rhinestones. We were the most elegant couple of the evening, turning heads wherever we walked. A couple of nice ladies even named me “Red Carpet” for the night, a compliment which I gladly accepted.  Next time I plan to wear this dress, I’m finally going to buy myself my dream (faux) fur black mink stole that I’ve had my eye on forever!  It was the only element that was missing from this look.

Old Hollywood Glamour

How did you greet the new year?  Please do share, because I always love to hear how different people celebrate this lovely night.  It’s always so personal and unique, whether you stay in or go out.


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

Vintage-Inspired Winter Wear

December 30, 2013 by VictorianKitty  · 31 Comments

Click photos for larger view.

Vintage Black & Grey

I’ve had this skirt from ModCloth stashed away for at least a year. It’s fairly heavy and decidedly not summer-friendly, so it’s one of my few “seasonal” skirts that I have to make the most of in the fall or winter. Seems like I have a hard time getting it into the rotation at the ideal times. Not to mention I have few tops that look right with it. This simple cowl-neck sweater looks like it was made to go with the it, plus it is made from a delightful softness that offsets the somewhat coarse tweed look of the skirt.

Vintage Black & Grey

Since I bought it sometime in 2012, I was determined to actually make it to work wearing this skirt before 2013 came to a close. Mission accomplished, just barely!

Vintage Black & Grey

There will be no Monthly Theme for January 1. Sorry; I know I’ve missed two months in a row. I’ll try to make it up to you by announcing the February theme right now: OUTERWEAR! We did this one more than two years ago, but it’s a perfect winter theme so it was suggested by one of my readers that we revisit it so newer readers can join in. Stay tuned for more details later in January.


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

Volunteerism. Or, How to Get Kitties to Their Forever Homes and Look Great Doing It.

December 20, 2013 by VictorianKitty  · 28 Comments

Click photos for larger view.

40s-Inspired Gothic Fashion

Thanks to the inspiration of a dear friend with a huge heart and an even bigger love of kitty cats, Mr. Kitty and I have gotten involved with a group that coordinates volunteer-driven transports for rescued kitties. This group is designed to remove the logistical barriers when an adopter falls in love with a kitty whose shelter or foster home is far from the forever home. Coordinators plan a route and then approved volunteers sign up to take short legs of the journey, forming a “love train” to bring each kitty home. Each driver only has to go about 60 miles each way. Occasionally, a volunteer who happens to be flying along a particular route will even escort the cat across the country by plane.

40s-Inspired Gothic Fashion

This was my outfit of choice on our most recent transport.  We met another volunteer at LAX who had flown the kitty in from the east coast.  We then took her on to her next stop on the way to Northern California.

Sometimes we wonder, can’t a person in California find a cat to rescue somewhere closer than Virginia? But the bottom line is, our hearts want what they want, and if spending a couple of hours in the car can help bring incredible happiness to someone, it’s WELL worth the time and gas money.

40s-Inspired Gothic Fashion

My mom got involved with volunteerism through her love of dogs (she did Pet Assisted Therapy for several years) and I’m thankful that her experience bestowed in me a love of doing volunteer work. I always wanted to do P.A.T. with our Maine Coons but it’s such a huge time commitment, so when my friend told us about these kitty transports I was delighted to find an animal-related opportunity that fit my schedule. I don’t get to do it as much as I would like to, but each small effort I am able to participate in fills me with a satisfaction that can rarely be beat. Plus, Mr. Kitty does all the driving. :)

Do you participate in any kind of volunteer work? In what ways are you passionate about helping others?


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.