Today is the Mid-Month Status Report due date over on This is CorpGoth! I’ve actually finished my report on time for once, more or less. :) My summer office attire doesn’t differ greatly from my winter attire. I live in Southern California, where there’s really not a “cold” season, so we dress fairly lightweight year round. Of course, offices are kept very chilly in the summer so I practically have to wear my winter clothes to work in summer and my summer clothes to work in winter. We are a very confused population around here.
A typical warm-weather outfit that’s work appropriate from my repertoire is pretty much like the one seen here. A fancy t-shirt from White House Black Market, paired with a satin pencil skirt from JC Penny. I try to go with lightweight flesh-tone stockings more often in the summer, although it’s not uncommon to see me in black tights throughout all the seasons.
It’s usually too hot to wear my hair down in the summer, but when it happens to be clean, look nice AND is cooperating, I can’t help but go for it.
I was recently invited to test-drive two divine masquerade masks from Success Creations. Browsing through their website was a treat, as I discovered many gorgeous creations that were perfect for a dark aesthetic. The first mask that caught my eye was the Deco Lady Silver – an exquisitely detailed piece in a slightly antiqued silver-tone. Covered in swirling, shimmering filigree, highlighted with just a touch of glitter and finished with a silver rose spray, I knew it would pair perfectly with my silver brocade corset.
Along with my blog redesign, Mr. Kitty and I have been brainstorming on new photo shoot ideas. I’ve been getting bored with the same studio shots, but honestly, a controlled environment like that is worlds easier than going “on location” (in this case, our dining room). It was much trickier than we expected to get a composition that looked nice without competing with the outfit (which is, after all, the point of this blog). Even after moving my studio lights and tripod downstairs, there were an array of technical difficulties due to the large room, the dark furnishings, quirky camera and just plain lack of advanced photography skills. It was hard work, but we ended up with a few great shots.
After our frustrating but fruitful dining room shoot, we hauled the equipment back upstairs into my loft studio so I could do some shots in a controlled environment where I knew they would come out well (and do this lovely mask justice).
I’m looking forward to featuring my other selection from Success Creations soon!
Giveaway Time! Success Creations is very generously offering a $50 gift card to one lucky reader of this blog, to be used on the mask of your choice! To enter, just comment below and let me know who your favorite masked character is! I will choose a winner randomly from all who participate.
Enter before midnight (PDT) on Monday, July 7, 2014.
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Today, I have another black-free outfit for you! Except the shoes, but since I rarely do colored shoes, those are pretty much always going to be black. If I ever don a pair of nude pumps, it’ll definitely be time for an intervention. For me, maintaining a vibe of dark elegance without the use of black requires rich colors, a variety of textures and a high level of femininity and sophistication. Plus very black hair and pale skin helps me maintain an “alternative” feel even when my clothes are more subtle. While this isn’t a color combination I would ever wear outside of work, it did make me feel very professional and beyond stylistic reproach during a full day of big meetings.
I’ve featured this blazer before in my Purple theme. You might remember that while it’s fairly plain from the front, it has lovely details in the back with matching ribbon trim that creates beautiful lines, and a pleated peplum. I didn’t get a full view of the back in these photos, but you can see it here.
Yesterday’s Day to Evening transition consisted of just one very simple modification. I loved the silhouette of this outfit without a jacket, but thought the velvet blazer would be a perfect addition to this romantic look for date night. I simply added this piece to my office-friendly outfit before going out to dinner with Mr. Kitty after work.
I’ve worn the blazer on this blog before, but failed to capture the details of the lace trim I added to hide where the fabric was ripping. Yes, this was from Forever 21 (many moons ago) so it wasn’t really made to last, but I gave it new life.
Okay, maybe such a simple transition is cheating for a Day to Evening post, but sometimes things just don’t have to be complicated. ;) If you missed the day version of this look, be sure to check it out!
Today’s post is part one of a look that I planned specifically so I could easily transition from office appropriate to date night ready. For work, I chose a short-sleeve sweater from Bebe (it’s always sweater season when you work in an office). And as some of you have noticed lately, after two full years at my current job, I’m feeling a bit more brave in my wardrobe choices, so I added my tiered lace maxi skirt for a dark, romantic feel.
Mr. Kitty presented me with this rhinestone necklace for Valentine’s Day a couple of years back. He knows my taste SO well! I paired it with rhinestone flower earrings and a single rhinestone bracelet.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, when I will reveal how I modified this look for dinner out with Mr. Kitty after work!
I wanted to offer a prize to one of our ladies who participated in ALL 6 DAYS of Red & Black Week. Other than myself, there were 10 who qualified. I have listed them below, with links to their blogs.
***UPDATE*** after receiving some feedback, I’ve modified this giveaway to be opt-in, rather than automatically entering all 10 participants. Sincere apologies; I was just trying to figure out a fun way to do it, but didn’t think about some not wishing to participate!
Ladies listed above, please leave a comment if you would like to be entered to win this black velvet choker with a red crystal cross pendant. It’s a perfect starter piece for next year’s Red & Black Week! I will choose the winner randomly from those who opt in.
I ship anywhere, so all 10 of you are eligible. please respond by Friday, June 13, 2014.
Once again, it’s been a delightful Red & Black Week! I’m a bit sad that it’s over. Thank you so much to all of the wonderful Goth bloggers who took part in the event.
And now, the results!
We had a total of 27 participants this year (listed below).
Altogether, we posted 106 posts. 11 of us posted for all six days of the event – that’s more than 1/3 of the participants, the highest percentage of any year so far! 3 people posted five out of six, and 2 people posted on four out of six days. Our biggest single day was Day Five with 21 entries.
Topics covered included Women’s Fashion, Men’s Fashion, Shoes, Makeup, Jewelry, Nails, Hair, Food, Flowers, Home décor, Books/Literature, Music, Movies/Characters, Wrestling, Cars, Tattoos and more!
Another set of grainy, blurry photos today… But I don’t care, because this is my Grand Finale outfit for Red and Black Week and I’m excited to share it! At least the photos aren’t SO terrible you can’t make out the items in my outfit. I did take the detail shot below AFTER sorting my camera out, so at least one photo is clear!
Now’s your final chance to get involved in this fun event. It’s great exposure for your blog, and we all end up with many new followers and new favorites to follow ourselves.
I have to admit, I’ve felt very trapped in the drudge of normalcy lately. As I mentioned in a post last week, my job is always crazy and lately a lot of personal responsibilities continuously rear their heads. That means little time to blog, and even less time for a nightlife: a scenario that always causes me to grow malcontent. So last weekend, we finally made time to break a several month long night club dry spell, and had WAY too much fun doing it!
Today, we say hello again to the red Frederick’s corset I featured on the final day of my very first Red and Black Week back in 2011. As I mentioned in that post, I’m not a huge fan of the functionality of these inexpensive fashion corsets, but I love the price and the variety available. So I decided to give this line a try, and to get the best of both worlds I just wear my favorite steel-boned underbust cincher beneath the lovely but flimsy Frederick’s piece.
I have a love-hate relationship with this Sinister skirt. I loved it when I wore it with this outfit the other evening, but hate it in these photos. I think it’s just too casual for this look (yes, I do have a strange idea of “casual”). However, it does give me a distinctly different silhouette than the skirt I paired this corset with last time around, which was exactly what I was going for.
This club ensemble proudly featured my Ravishing Ruffles choker from fellow blogger Hexotica. This exact piece seems to currently be unavailable, but check out Hexotica’s Etsy shop for dozens of other gorgeous items!
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