July One-Day Theme: Beads!

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I found this gorgeous beaded jacket at Burlington Coat Factory for next to nothing. I’m not crazy about the fit, but the design and shimmer of the beads is irresistible to me. Our local Burlington is quite a dump so I am not likely to shop there again, but I am glad to have found one nice thing there. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my bead theme than with this jacket.

I made the five-strand bead choker from Swarovski glass pearls. I’ve used these beads in various shades for many projects, so you will surely be seeing a lot of them on this blog. They are inexpensive (depending on where you buy them), elegant, and very high quality. This makes them the perfect jewelry-crafting component for me.

Tonight’s hairstyle was created using a braided chignon hairpiece with my two real braids wrapped around the top of the chignon. Two fairly large flowers and some tendrils hanging in the front complete the look. I just invented this style tonight, and finally have found a center-part evening look that I actually like!

But today’s post isn’t about hair; it’s about beads. So now it’s your turn: show me what you’ve got! 😀

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/search/label/Monthly%20Themes”><img src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A82Oi4aFQ80/TfkeMOqmtaI/AAAAAAAAAh4/H8unYe_-Cx8/s1600/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 blog’s home page.
  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!

Red & Black Week: Post-Event Wrap-Up

All I can say is, Wow.  I’m blown away by the amount of participation and publicity this event garnered.  I had hoped maybe eight people would be excited about the idea and maybe five would actually join in…  😀  Instead, we had a grand total of 28 wonderful and creative participants, contributing 87 posts!!!  The Goth Blogger community is a GREAT group to be a part of.  I would like to offer a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the week, and especially those who helped spread the word and make this event what I consider a smashing success.

Here’s a list of all of the participants, in the order that they first linked up their Red & Black posts.

  1. VictorianKitty of Sophistique Noire
  2. Amy of The Ultimate Goth Guide
  3. Loupie of Loupie’s Blog
  4. Saskia of Graveyard Picnic
  5. Deb of Gothic By Design 
  6. Pandora and Orilla of Wicked Babes
  7. Corin of A Darker Kind of Fashion
  8. Tenebris in Lux of Neverending Playlist of a Psycho
  9. Leanne of Music4pumpkins
  10. Siouxsie of Siouxsie Law
  11. Jamie of Geeky Goth Girl
  12. Sada of Dressology HQ 
  13. Audronasha the Countess of Gothically Yours
  14. Mark of Wheels are Everything 
  15. Kelli of GlumPlum 
  16. Trystan of This is Corp Goth
  17. Captain Morgan of Mental Pirate
  18. Sal Kaye of Still Dark at Heart
  19. DuskRose of The Midnight Ballroom
  20. Amy Wilson of Working
  21. Zellain of The Morbid Fashion
  22. Sabayon of Ruffles Not Diets
  23. Caveat Calcei of Law and Shoes
  24. Rachel of Rachel’s Cupcake Chronicles
  25. Kitty Lovett of Bloggery of a Gothcat
  26. Sarah of The Walrus Room 
  27. Julianne of This Second’s Obsession
  28. Robin of Victorian Android

View all of the Red & Black Week posts and link-ups!

Amy of The Ultimate Goth Guide made a *brilliant* suggestion. She suggested we make this an annual event. So, the first full week in June each year will officially be Sophistique Noir’s Red & Black Week!

It will be exciting to see how the long-term bloggers evolve their takes on the theme from year to year, and even how we influence each other. Also, those who expressed a wish that they owned more red items this year can keep their eyes open for the perfect pieces, and build their red wardrobes up a bit in preparation for next year if they want.

In the meantime, I have some ideas for monthly one-day themed events. Starting in July, I will reveal the theme a week or so in advance, then do my post on it (with a Mr. Linky sign-up form) on the first day of the month. You can link up a post of your own from that day or any previous post you have done, as long as it meets the criteria for that month’s theme. We’ll have lots of variety; sometimes a color scheme, sometimes a specific style, sometimes a specific article of clothing, etc. I’ll try to make some of the themes not too fashion-specific, so you can still be creative with the topics of your posts. Also, I’ll be taking suggestions on theme ideas, and if I use your idea I will credit you on the post for that month.

Back to regularly scheduled outfit posts tomorrow!  🙂

Red & Black Week Starts Tomorrow!

Sneak Preview!

June 5-10, 2011

Just a reminder that Red & Black week starts tomorrow (Sunday, June 5).  I’ll be making my first post around 9 AM PST, so be sure to check back here and link up your post!

In case this is the first you’ve heard of it, here’s the scoop:

To participate in Red and Black Week:

Each day (June 5-10), I will post my Red & Black outfit as well as a sign-up form. Add the icon to your Red & Black post for that day (it can be something you posted previously, as long as you go back and add the icon to the post). Then, come back to my blog and add a link to your post (direct link to your Red & Black post, not your blog’s home page) using the Mister Linky sign-up form on my post.

Your posts don’t have to be about fashion, but they do have to be “dark” and they must incorporate a red and black theme. Non-Goth blogs are welcome to participate, as long as the posts evoke an appropriately dark and/or classy aesthetic (red evening gown with black accessories would be awesome, for example, but a red and black football uniform would be not so much).

You don’t have to participate every day of the event; feel free to just post once, twice or whatever you like!

Sneak Preview!

Posts that are linked up without including the icon will be removed, because it’s my blog and I said so. 🙂

Please share this invitation with any bloggers you know who might be interested!

Questions? E-mail me using the Contact Me page.

HTML for the icon:
<a href=”http://www.sophistiquenoir.com/category/red-and-black-week”><img src=”http://www.victoriankitty.com/blogPhotos/red-black-week-icon.jpg” border=”0″></a>

Bloggers: Join Me for Red and Black Week

Sneak Preview!

June 5-10, 2011

I’ve been enjoying participating in various fashion blogger events, such as Color Brigade and Rule-Breaking Monday. There seems to be a shortage of Goth-related blogging events, so I thought I would start one up! My theme is Red & Black Week, since this is a pretty classic Gothic color combination.

To participate in Red and Black Week:

Each day (June 5-10), I will post my Red & Black outfit as well as a sign-up form. Add the icon to your Red & Black post for that day (it can be something you posted previously, as long as you go back and add the icon to the post). Then, come back to my blog and add a link to your post (direct link to your Red & Black post, not your blog’s home page) using the Mister Linky sign-up form on my post.

Your posts don’t have to be about fashion, but they do have to be “dark” and they must incorporate a red and black theme. Non-Goth blogs are welcome to participate, as long as the posts evoke an appropriately dark and/or classy aesthetic (red evening gown with black accessories would be awesome, for example, but a red and black football uniform would be not so much).

You don’t have to participate every day of the event; feel free to just post once, twice or whatever you like!

Sneak Preview!

Posts that are linked up without including the icon will be removed, because it’s my blog and I said so. 🙂

Please share this invitation with any bloggers you know who might be interested!

Questions? E-mail me using the Contact Me page.

HTML for the icon:
<a href=”http://www.sophistiquenoir.com/category/red-and-black-week”><img src=”http://www.victoriankitty.com/blogPhotos/red-black-week-icon.jpg” border=”0″></a>