October 1 Theme: Black & White

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Today’s theme is Black & White, which left me in a quandary as to what topic to cover. I was extremely tempted to pay homage to one of my greatest loves, Film Noir. But in the end, responsibilities have caused me to work on this post at the last minute, so going with an outfit post seemed the safest option. Thankfully, I recently put together a club outfit that fits the theme just perfectly!

Gothic Nightclub Fashion

This was my first time coming up with an outfit based on this jacquard fishtail skirt. I don’t usually go “tucked in” for evening looks, but I didn’t want to hide a single detail of the beautiful skirt. I was very pleased with the results, and received some amazing compliments on the dancefloor! I’ve seen this skirt for sale under several different labels, so I’m not going to cite a brand or a distributor… But you can easily find this online on many Gothic retailers’ websites.

Gothic Fashion

This blouse is another dreaded stretch lace creation. However, this one was a steal on eBay, so it’s no loss if it doesn’t stand the test of time. Plus, no one is likely to notice a few tiny elastic threads fraying at¬†the seams of a white top (unlike the dark purple top in my last post). In a dark a nightclub, it will be even less obvious, so I should get a fair amount of use out of this.

Gothic Fashion

I’m a bit brain-dead from work tonight, which leaves my writing skills somewhat lacking. So I will now leave it up to you to share your Black & White posts!

Gothic Club Fashion

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An Enchanting Fascinator

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Vivo Masks Fascinator

Today I am excited to review the Emma Fascinator, from a new line of hair fascinators offered by Vivo Masks. I was so delighted when I opened the shipping box to discover this fun striped hatbox inside! Of course, when I opened the hatbox I was blown away by the beauty of this creation.

Gothic Evening Gown and Fascinator

The Emma Fascinator is constructed in a complex variety of textures. Velvet and organza flower petals contrast beautifully with elegantly arranged feathers in striking shades of burgundy and purple. The two delicate swirling feathers at the top are my very favorite detail.

Vivo Fascinator

It is refreshing to don such a lovingly-crafted handmade piece. ¬†Vivo fascinators are worlds beyond¬†the mass-produced fascinators¬†you’ll find in a mall accessory shop. ¬†I think most of my readers can relate to the desire for something of quality, something that makes more of a statement, which every piece I saw on the Vivo Masks website definitely does.

Hair Fascinator by Vivo Masks

Another of my favorites is their Black Madison Fascinator. This beauty is already on my wish list. ūüôā ¬†After all, it’s almost time to start thinking about what to wear for New Year’s Eve!

Vivo Hair Fascinator

This evening gown was a fun eBay score.¬†¬†It needs a bit of tailoring, as the fit isn’t as perfect as I would like. ¬†I can tell it’s not true vintage (mainly because it has a plastic zipper), but it looks like it’s an “80s Does 40s” piece. ¬†Some 40s-inspired styles from that era are hideous, but¬†sometimes they did an excellent job of recreating the glamour and femininity of the 40s. ¬†I love the dramatic satin petal details on the shoulders, and the statuesque effect of the column gown.

Fascinator and Evening Gown

Head over to¬†the Vivo Masks website and check out their incredible array of fascinators. ¬†You’ll be drooling, and you’ll probably find the perfect thing for Halloween, your Christmas wish list, holiday parties, or NYE 2015!


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A Little Venetian Lace

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Gothic Purple Corset

In previous posts, I’ve shown you two Venetian Lace chokers from eBay: one in black and one in magenta. After ordering these two masterpieces, I was craving something larger and more dramatic, but simple and without added embellishment. I searched and I finally found the perfect piece of lace. It was intended to be sewn around the neckline of a top, but I just added a clasp to the ends. It just requires a tiny piece of fashion tape near the center point to keep it from twisting around while I’m dancing.

Venetian Lace Collar

I wore my purple brocade corset from Corset Story, which Mr. Kitty gave me for my birthday a couple of years ago. This was previously featured for my Lace Theme. I finally have this one all broken in, so by the end of the night I was dancing as if I was born wearing it. So comfortable!

Purple Brocade Corset

The top in this outfit was my first-ever clothing purchase on eBay. This is an example of flowing sleeves done JUST right. I added the fancy trim around the elbows and neckline myself. The skirt is a burnout velvet number with handkerchief hem from Shrine Hollywood.

Gothic Night Club Fashion

My hair was shockingly well behaved that night, so here is a gratuitous hair shot. ūüôā

Goth Fashion Portrait

I’ve never asked this before, and I’m curious to know where my corset-wearing readers get their favorite pieces. So, what is your favorite corset company?


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Glasses at the Club

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Goth Club Outfit with Purple Brocade Corset

Usually when we go out to a club, it’s something we’ve been planning for at least a few days. ¬†We have quite a drive to get to any venue that hosts Goth-friendly events, plus I’m particular about which ones I’ll go to. ¬†Once in a great while, though, we’ll get bored on a Saturday evening and head out to whatever club might be available, without having planned to do so. ¬†Wearing my glasses to a nightclub is usually the result of such spontaneity. ¬†My eyes are a bit sensitive to contacts, so in order to wear them more comfortably I soak them in a powerful cleaner between each wearing (I only use¬†them on weekends, and even then only when I *really* am going for full-on Gothic splendor). ¬†Sadly, this cleaning process takes 6 hours, so spontaneous dancing means dancing in glasses.

Goth Club Makeup

 

I don’t really mind so much, because I do find glasses attractive and I feel the various frames I currently own suit my face and my style incredibly well. ¬†Although the blurry peripheral vision does always throw me off a bit on the dancefloor at first, since I’m not used to it!

How do you feel about glasses when dressing up?  Do you think they detract from the glamour?


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Revelry in Black Metal (and ANOTHER Giveaway!)

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Gothic Masquerade Ball Outfit

Today I reveal the second of the two masquerade masks presented to me by Success Creations. This one is laser-cut from metal with a striking black finish, embellished with shimmering crystals.

Success Creations Masquerade Mask

I love this totally different, modern take on the masque theme, and enjoyed creating an outfit and hairstyle to do it justice. I thought all-black was the only way to properly emphasize the delicate lines of the mask. I even used only solid black jewelry so the crystal highlights would stand out.

Gothic Masquerade Ball Outfit

My hair is styled in a fancy chignon framed with a velvet headband, which I embellished with two satin flowers, large faceted buttons and an ostrich feather.

Gothic Masquerade

Mr. Kitty again assisted me in going “on location” for this photo shoot – this time, to our living room. ūüôā ¬†An additional challenge to shooting photos outside of my little “studio” is the lack of a mirror. I hung a full-length mirror in the little corner of our loft I claimed for my photo studio, and it aides greatly in posing without looking dumb. ūüėČ In other parts of the house,I just have to keep guessing until I stumble upon a shot or two where I look reasonably natural but in a flattering pose that showcases the outfit well.

Gothic Masquerade

Giveaway Time!
Success Creations is very generously offering a $50 gift card to another lucky reader of this blog!  To enter, just comment below Рthis time, let me know what your favorite mask is from the Success Creations website.  I will choose a winner randomly from all who participate.

Enter before midnight (PDT) on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.  U.S. Residents only.

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A Magical Masquerade Giveaway

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Silver and Black Masquerade Mask

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 Рan 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.

Gothic Masquerade Outfit

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.

Gothic Fashion Photography

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).

Gothic Masquerade Outfit

I’m looking forward to featuring my other selection from Success Creations soon!

Gothic Masquerade Mask from Success Creations

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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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 6: The Grand Finale

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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!

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Gothic Red Corset

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!

Gothic Red Corset

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.

Gothic Corset and Accessories

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!

Gothic Red Corset

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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 4: Trying a Wasp Waist on for Size

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As I mentioned on Day 1, this year several of my Red & Black posts are all about celebrating a subtle touch of red. I wanted to include this recent club outfit because it features a perfect example of my favorite lip look, which has become a signature element of my club style.

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Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

When Mr. Kitty and I went shopping at What Katie Did back in September to find the perfect foundation garment for my Fabulous 40th Birthday dress, I couldn’t help but also notice this wasp-waist underbust corset hanging on a rack next to the checkout. I told myself I really didn’t need it, but I just had to try it on anyway. I fell so deeply and completely in love with it, Mr. Kitty bought it for me as my 40th birthday gift.

Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

Wearing a corset with such a dramatic shape and waist reduction is definitely a very different experience from any of my other corsets. While I do tend to lean toward tight lacing with all of my corsets, this one gave me approximately 2″ more reduction than usual. It was actually quite comfortable, due to the brilliant design: it’s cut short enough in the front to fall pretty much below the rib cage, so restricted breathing and bone compression were not issues at all.

Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

The extremely compressed waist was, however, rather uncomfortable while sitting in our car’s bucket seats for the 1-hour drive to the club. Next time, I will definitely wait until we arrive to tighten the lacing.

Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

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Old Hollywood Glamour for the New Year!

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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.


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