Red & Black Week 2013, Day 6: The Grand Finale

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Welcome to the final day of Red & Black Week 2013! It’s redundant to say how much I have enjoyed this group effort (since I always do!!) but this event really does grow dearer to me each year. I’m equally delighted to see the returning participants from previous years and the new faces with blogs I hadn’t discovered before.

More gushing tomorrow when I post the event recap. 😉 For now, on to my grand finale outfit!

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Red & Black Goth Club Outfit

Yesterday’s red lace blouse of questionable quality may not have been everything I hoped it would be, but I ended up enjoying it quite a lot! It’s tough to do an entire change of wardrobe, hair and makeup after work before heading out for a night of dancing, so I figured I would use part of what I was already wearing for work that day.

Red Lace and Black PVC Corset

A simple change of skirt, tights and shoes plus the addition of my PVC buckle corset made for the perfect club outfit. For my hair, I just added a false ponytail in two seconds. That left me plenty of time to focus on fabulous nighttime makeup and some huge false lashes. 😉

Red & Black Goth Club Outfit

By the end of the work day, that scalloped lace neckline was even less flat than when I first put it on, so I just folded it over and fastened it with a tiny bit of fashion tape on each side. This looks cleaner and also made room for a chunky cross necklace (a club essential!).

I’m SO excited to see everyone else’s grand finale posts! Bring them on!!

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Red & Black Week 2013, Day 5: Day to Evening in Red Lace

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We’re in the home stretch of Red & Black Week – tomorrow is the grand finale. I’ve noticed this year a very high percentage of participants are in the running for completing all six days! We’ve had slightly fewer participants overall versus last year, but the level of dedication is higher than ever. 😉 I’m looking forward to the final two days!

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Today’s outfit is Part One of a Day to Evening look. This red lace blouse was, frankly, a huge disappointment. Naturally, it looked exquisite in the Venus catalog, and I had been wanting it forever. Finally I decided to go for it. When it arrived, I was sad to see it was so poor in quality.

Red Lace Corporate Goth

Venus isn’t known for producing super high-end fashions designed to last a lifetime, but usually they are above decent. This blouse, however, has a lining that descends below the bottom edge of the lace (crooked, no less) and the grosgrain ribbon used behind the buttons to stabilize them in the delicate lace is thick and pokes out at the top. The scalloped neckline won’t lie flat for anything (haven’t tried starch yet, though) and the sleeves tend to ride up.

Red Lace and Black Blazer Corp Goth Outfit

Still, I was determined to make it work so I didn’t send it back. Ultimately I decided it was perfect for wearing under a blazer. Tucked in, and with a couple of safety pins hiding that ribbon button backing, it doesn’t look too bad even without the blazer. The pleated skirt makes it flirty and fun.

Red Lace Corp Goth Outfit

Throughout the day I began to realize this blouse it the perfect opportunity for a Day to Evening quick-change. Stay tuned tomorrow for the club version of this look, as my grand finale to Red & Black Week 2013!

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Red & Black Week 2013, Day 4: A Non-Outfit Post

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We’re on the home stretch of Red & Black Week! Yesterday’s Theme Within A Theme was a fun way to break up the week. Today I’m going to continue with the unexpected by breaking out of the Outfit Post Rut (something I rarely do). This post is dedicated to a few other random Red & Black things in my life.

Purple may be my favorite color, but red always seems to make its way into just about everything sooner or later!

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My Kitchen

Gothic Red & Black Kitchen Gothic Red & Black Kitchen

Gothic Red & Black Kitchen Gothic Red & Black Kitchen


My Favorite Wine

Apothic Red Wine
Oops, the bottle is empty! It always seems to be. 🙁


Miss Gene Marshall

Miss Gene Marshall in Embassy Luncheon

Miss Gene Marshall in Embassy Luncheon Miss Gene Marshall in Embassy Luncheon

A recent obsession of mine. You’ll be learning more about the fabulous Ms. Marshall on this blog in the future. 🙂


My “Office Twin”

Red & Black Office Twins!
Although I don’t usually celebrate Halloween, we decided we had to dress alike for our first Halloween at this job because we find it endlessly amusing that people around our workplace constantly confuse us for each other. We started at about the same time, and we both have pale skin, black hair and black glasses… So we MUST be the same person! 😉 Turns out she’s awesome, and loves the same clubs and music that I do, so I’m happy to have her for my twin! I wasn’t even thinking of Red & Black Week when we chose these outfits, but it worked out nicely.


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Red & Black Week 2013, Day 3: Red, Black and White

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Today, for a change of pace, our sub-theme is Red, Black and White. You don’t absolutely have to include white in today’s post if you’d rather not – it’s just a fun variation for those who wish to give it a shot. 🙂

Today, I have a 50s-inspired work outfit for you. I thought this ensemble would be excellent for an office outfit. The white breaks up the darkness of the black and the boldness of the red, giving it such a cheery look that still has a dramatic edge to it.

Red, Black and White Gothic Vintage Outfit

When I spotted this dress on ModCloth, it spoke to the lover of vintage in me. Although I’m totally a 1940s girl, and this dress is distinctly more a 1950s style, I found the print so gorgeous I had to have it. It’s a cotton fabric, which breaks my rule of never buying cotton because the cat hair sticks to it so badly… But the print makes up for it by camouflaging the hair. This super lightweight dress is going to be perfect for summer.

Red, Black and White Gothic Vintage

The shoes are also from ModCloth – I was disappointed when I received them because I thought they would be a deeper red (it’s really impossible to tell online). Searching for something to wear with them, I found this belt on Amazon and hoped it would be a perfect match. I was delighted when it arrived and did indeed go with the shoes as if they were made for each other.

Red, Black and White Vintage Goth Outfit

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Red & Black Week 2013, Day 2: Formal Wear and… Bangs??

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Day 2 is here!

It’s a bit early in the week to reveal an evening gown, but I have something even better planned for the grand finale. 😉

Last year I featured a red evening gown with black accessories. This year’s gown isn’t as fancy, but is a bit more vampy in red and black, with my very favorite red necklace!

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Gothic Red & Black Evening Gown

I bought this gown in the prom section of a mall store a while back for a formal Goth event. Prom time is a great opportunity to stock up in affordable formal attire. Sure, most prom dresses are hideous, but there is usually a handful out there that are actually elegant and sophisticated. And since the prices are right, I don’t feel bad wearing a dress like this out to a nightclub. Some of my club outfits actually cost more than this dress.

Gothic V Bangs

I had bangs all through high school and college and I’ve been toying with the idea of returning to them. I couldn’t seem to commit so I decided to buy a fake set! They were a mile too long, so in a moment of whimsy I had Mr. Kitty trim them into a vampy v shape. I have to say I felt a bit costumey wearing these bangs, maybe just because it’s such a drastically different look on me. I do plan to try them out again sometime… Maybe I’ll enjoy them more when I’m a little bit used to them.

Gothic Red & Black Evening Gown

The necklace was a gift from Mr. Kitty for my 33rd birthday. I only remember the year because it was my first birthday after we met. I had spied this beautiful piece in a high-end Goth shop on Melrose at some point and he snuck back to buy it for me. That’s when I realized how amazingly thoughtful he is!

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Red & Black Week 2013, Day 1: Delicious Red Velvet

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Welcome to the exciting first day of Red & Black Week! Well, I’m excited, anyway. 😉 Last year on the first day we had 33 excellent entries covering a variety of topics (fashion, beauty, art, literature, food and cars). Think we can surpass that number this year?

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I’m kicking off the event with a fun weekend look, featuring a darling velvety dress I picked up at Forever 21 ages ago.

 
Red Velvet Dress and Black Shrug

It originally wasn’t an ideal fit, being an a-line dress. I envisioned it being more elegant if it were form-fitting, so Momma Kitty took it in for me. That’s when I realized how empowering it us to be able to do some basic alterations at home, so she taught me the basics and I bought my own sewing machine. I’ve altered probably 20% of my wardrobe pieces since then, mostly nipping in the waist to accommodate the curves!

Red Velvet Dress and Black Shrug

This dress is a forgotten favorite for me! I often pass it up because it’s terrible for wearing around the house (velvet + cat hair = frustration!) but I really love it for a day out with Mr. Kitty.

Red Dress, Black Hair
Haven’t done a gratuitous hair shot in a while… 😉

The shrug is a recent purchase from a random mall store. And I think I’ve worn this cross necklace for every Red & Black Week so far. I think I will make it a tradition! 🙂

Red & Black Crystal Cross

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Monthly Status Report: Hidden Bats

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I thought I would have to miss This is CorpGoth’s Monthly Status Report this time around, until I realized that it’s not just Hidden Bat Day but an entire Hidden Bat Week! I’m not a fan of wearing Halloween imagery in most cases, but I do have a soft spot for bats. In addition to being cute, fuzzy little mammals, they have an incredibly interesting form that I enjoy looking at. Still, I only have two batty pieces in my wardrobe, and one is most definitely NOT so hidden. So I’m participating only one day this week with my Alchemy Gothic bat barrette.

This was the first Alchemy piece I ever purchased, at least 15 years ago. I didn’t even know the brand at the time! But this guy looked so serene in the jewelry case at a local Goth shop, and he seemed well-made, so I made him mine.

Hidden Bat Hair Clip

I have not been exhibiting much of my Goth side at my current job, because it’s a much more professional environment than my former office. I wear colors much more now and go for more classic, vintage-inspired looks. I try to wear black tights slightly less often in the heat of summer, and usually keep the edgier pieces at home. But I still opt for monochromatic outfits fairly regularly (combinations of black, white and grey seem to elicit far fewer comments than solid black) so I thought this would be a perfect outfit to complement Mr. Bat without drawing too much attention to myself on the job.

Today’s grey wool skirt is one of my current favorites. It appears to be from the 40s. A friend of mine who loves vintage shopping and who fortunately couldn’t fit in this skirt passed it on to me. 😉 Very lucky for me!! I found the satin blouse on eBay while searching for pussy-bow blouses to go with a vintage look.

Monochromatic Vintage Corporate Goth

The shoes are Aerosoles. I recently bought a couple of pairs because I had a brief foot issue a few months back and didn’t have any practical work-appropriate shoes (I find heels very comfortable under average conditions but not so much when injured!). I’ve been wearing these Aerosoles all week because our trainer had us doing some crazy high-impact, high-intensity cardio at the gym Monday and my almost-40-year-old feet and ankles didn’t appreciate such activity. I don’t feel like myself in such low heels and without even a tiny a platform.

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April 1 Theme: Vintage

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I’ve pretty much always had a love for fashions from the 1940s. Back in high school I came across a photo portrait of my paternal grandmother as a very young woman. Her soft, glamorous hair style, feminine and well-tailored clothing, and demure beauty struck me deeply and really formed the basis for what I consider the ideal of female aesthetics. Since then, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with movies filmed in that era. Mr. Kitty and I love to sit down and enjoy the fashion, cars and even the simple, no-frills plots and film style of these movies. I’ve always tried to reflect a bit of classic Hollywood glamour in my style, but for the past couple of years have gradually gravitated more toward incorporating actual vintage (or vintage reproduction) elements into my wardrobe.

Vintage Goth - Stop Staring!

I’ve featured this Stop Staring! dress previously on the blog, but for this look I wanted to push the vintage touches a bit farther. I assembled this outfit for a matinee performance of Wicked that we attended down in Orange County with another couple. I was so delighted with the end result, and even more so with the wonderful feedback I received from other random women at the show.

Vintage Goth

I’ve also been practicing 40s-inspired hair styles. With my limited styling skills (and patience!) plus my baby-fine, super-long hair, I have some unique challenges in this area. But with the use of just a few quick pin curls and some homemade rats (I use bits of black fishnet rolled up to the ideal size) I’m pretty thrilled with what I’ve been able to create. I’ve even been wearing this hair style to work, as it’s fairly quick to do in the mornings now that I’ve had some practice.

Vintage Accessories

What I love most about this look is, while I think it captures that demure, elegant class of a bygone era, it still retains enough touches of dark aesthetic to make me still feel like “me.”

Vintage Goth - Stop Staring!

This outfit was the debut of my first pair of stockings from What Katie Did. I love these because they are the ONLY stockings I’ve found where the back seam matches the color of the hosiery. Modern back-seam stockings invariably have a black seam even on flesh-tone hosiery. While I do love that look, it really doesn’t reflect a 1940s style accurately. A black seam was absolutely unheard of back then, and I’m fairly certain would have been viewed as downright scandalous! I love the subtlety of this pair.

Vintage Hosiery

The sequin cocktail hat and embroidered gloves for today’s look are true vintage. I found them both on eBay – I scored a lot of three 1940s hats for $15. This one was the only one that was in a ready-to-wear condition; I am currently restoring the other two. The gloves came in a lot of 11 pairs for $20!! Everything else in this look is vintage reproduction.

Vintage Hat and Gloves

What is your favorite era in terms of fashion, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments below or by including your own Vintage post in this month’s Linky!

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Announcement: Theme for April 1: Vintage

The theme for April 1 is: VINTAGE

Let’s celebrate the beauty of history! From the beginnings of this blog I’ve occasionally paid tribute to the 1940s, my absolute all-time favorite era in fashion. For the April theme, I have a very special vintage-inspired outfit post planned. Join in by featuring anything old that you love: family heirlooms, things from your childhood (for those of us who are older) antique store/estate sale finds, etc. It doesn’t have to be clothing-related, just so long as it’s OLD! I won’t put a date on what is considered “vintage” but as a guideline I’d say anything before 1980. Vintage reproduction is acceptable, as well.

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Monthly Status Report – My Go-To Shoes for Work

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This month’s Status Report over at This is CorpGoth calls for us to display our go-to shoes for work. This happens to be one of my favorite topics (SHOES are everything!). 🙂 I enjoy wearing a variety of different shoes to the office, so I decided to share several of my favorites that are in my rotation. Depending on my mood, I have my “everyday” work shoes, my “something special” work shoes, and my “casual” work shoes (casual being relative, for me).

Everyday Goth Work Shoes

Gothic Shoes for the Office

The shoes pictured above are my main work choices. These are the pairs I grab when I’m too tired to coordinate an outfit with “matching shoes,” because these go with everything. The ones at the top are my absolute favorites: 4″ stilleto Mary Janes by Pleaser. I’m lucky in the fact that I do not find heels to be uncomfortable for the most part (depending on the shoe, of course). These in particular are incredibly comfortable even on days where I’m running around to meetings all day long or walking over for my allergy shots in the medical building half a block away. The 3/4″ platform is a huge part of why these shoes are so comfy. Platforms serve as major shock absorbers when walking in heels.

The shoes on the lower left are a pair that I bought when I first started my current job, because I wasn’t sure whether 4″ stilletos would be acceptable. These are actually one of the most uncomfortable pairs of shoes I’ve EVER worn. Partly due to the lack of platform, and partly I don’t know why. The faux-suede peep toes on the right are from Target and were my go-to shoes for interviews.


Special Work Shoes

Corporate Goth Shoes

Pictured above are a couple of pairs that I love to wear when I want something a little more special. These take more careful outfit coordination, so I usually have to think it through the night before and have a plan for how to wear them. The top pair are from Newport News and the lower are from Victoria’s Secret. Both are incredibly comfortable! Again, platforms. 😉


Casual Goth Work Shoes

Casual Corp Goth Shoes

Lastly, here are a couple of pairs I wear often for Casual Fridays. Don’t get me wrong – I would much rather wear my normal heels and office attire on Fridays but I do try to assimilate a bit since “casual day” is an incredibly big deal to most people at the office. The top pair are my Dr. Marten Mary Janes and the lower pair are Aerosoles. Both are, again, totally comfortable. The Aerosoles are the one pair of non-platform heels that actually don’t hurt my feet at all. I just wish they came with higher heels!

Thanks to Trystan of This is CorpGoth for such a great topic this month!
What’s your favorite style of shoe for work?


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