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I’ve truly been enjoying Red & Black Week. I really appreciate all of the wonderful contributions that have been made by my readers! I want you to know that I have read each and every post and will be sure to comment on them all. I haven’t had time to reply to all of your nice comments on my posts, but I do deeply appreciate them. Thank you all for making this a fabulous week!!
As my grand finale for the week, I present to you a club outfit featuring my very favorite necklace. Think you’ve seen it here before? Not quite. 🙂 I actually have a black one that is identical, whereas this one is deep crimson. Both are incredibly well made from glass beads, and both were purchased at Necromance on Melrose Blvd several years ago.
You might also recognize this corset. This is a Frederick’s piece. I have to say; I don’t even consider Frederick’s corsets to be worthy of the term “corset” since they all have plastic boning. They absolutely cannot be used for waist reduction at all. When cinched, plastic boning will just bend, bulge and warp, getting worse and worse the longer it is worn. The only way I achieved this lovely silhouette was by wearing a Gallery Serpentine underbust corset beneath the Frederick’s corset.
So why do I own it if it’s not good quality? I have purchased this particular style in three colors because it is a VERY inexpensive way to add variety to one’s wardrobe. I can only buy so many high-quality steel-boned corsets at $200 apiece! Plus there are certain colors that I don’t wear often enough to warrant such an investment, but would like to have available when the urge strikes. And the lovely lace trim along the top edge is just too pretty to resist! Rest assured I wouldn’t be caught dead (although that would be SO Goth) wearing these “corsets” without a good steel corset underneath to give it structure.
The long pencil skirt is from Newport News. It has a cute v-shaped yoke in the front, but I found the rest of the skirt to be a bit boring. So I added a sheer drapey piece down the front, some embroidered trim along the yoke and a satin rose in the center. Now it makes me feel pretty.
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