A Splash of White

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Gothic White Satin Corset

CorsetChick.com recently invited me to take one of their waist cincher corsets out for a test drive. I selected this gorgeous white underbust model, as I had long been desiring the opportunity to integrate a bold white corset into my look. This beauty did not disappoint! It has a lovely brocade-like pattern and exudes pristine elegance.

White Satin Corset from Corset Chick

CorsetChick’s corsets are sized by dress size rather than inches, so I wasn’t sure exactly how this would fit. Turns out the size Small is a 24″ corset, which is a bit larger than my usual size of 20″ but I still got a couple of inches reduction (I’m a couple inches larger than I used to be, anyway). It was also incredibly comfortable.

White Satin Goth Corset

I wore this piece with my favorite skirt and a fancy lace shrug to see Peter Murphy in his Mr. Moonlight tour. That tells you how lovely this corset is, because I wouldn’t dare to wear anything less than stunning in Mr. Murphy’s presence. 😉

Gothic White Satin Corset

CorsetChick carries a wide selection of corsets from affordable lightly-boned corsets all the way up to quality steel-boned corsets (also at very reasonable prices). They also have a large selection of plus size corsets.

Now’s your chance to get an awesome deal on corsets and more at CorsetChick.com. Just use promo code “10offsale” to get 10% off all items in the store.


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Old School Romantic

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Many of the lovely bloggers in our little community have been facing some incredible challenges lately, myself included…. I just wanted to take a moment to say my heart is with all of you who are grieving, holding vigil, recovering or otherwise suffering. 2013 seems to be an unlucky year, indeed. I’m thankful that we have a creative outlet like blogging – it really is therapeutic to lose yourself in something you enjoy, and the social aspect of a supportive online group is a bonus.

Old School Gothic Fashion

Mr. Kitty and I have not been out dancing in ages… But in looking through my stash of unused outfit photos for something interesting to post, I came across these. I completely forgot about this one, which is a shame because I really loved the combination. Much more than I enjoyed the club I wore it to… 😉 The club was supposed to be a Dark 80s theme but the “dark” aspect was fairly subjective, I guess. I did dance to one Joy Division song, then we stood around for an hour saying to each other, “how could this be called ‘dark’??” and then we left. What the heck is it about Tainted Love, anyway? If I hear that song one more time, I swear I will scream. It actually was the final straw this particular night. Nothing makes Ms. Kitty exit a room faster than Tainted Love. Except maybe anything by Bjork, but that’s a different story!

Old School Goth

So, enough about the music I don’t like. At least it will give us something to talk about in the comments. 😉 This outfit combines a corset from Gallery Serpentine, a velvet top and skirt set from Express, and a lace over skirt that I modified from a cheap peignoir.

Old School Goth Fashion

Oh, and loads of fake hair.

Old School Goth Hairstyle

What are your favorite dark 80s songs?


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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 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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Dark Desires from Dark Emporium, and Another Special Offer!

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Alchemy Gothic Dark Desires

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Mr. Kitty and I spent the evening enjoying an Indian feast, followed by dancing to one of our favorite DJs. My outfit for our Valentine’s date revolved around my new Dark Desires earrings, which came from Dark Emporium. Be sure to check out the end of this post for a special offer!

Gothic Evening Wear

Dark Emporium offers the best prices on Alchemy Gothic jewelry I’ve found, and carries an extensive selection to choose from. They also carry unique Gothic housewares, clothing, purses and more. While browsing their site, I fell in love with these earrings instantly. I wish I could get photos that would do them justice. They are absolutely stunning in person, and so beautifully crafted. The pewter is finished with a dark off-black patina that sets off the giant, smokey Swarovski crystals. I just know the lights on the dance floor were catching these beauties and sending out twinkling sparks through the night!

Dark Desires Earrings from Dark Emporium

The description that comes with these earrings is: Bear the brand of dark desire. Black roses weep crystal tears of grief for a love that is doomed from the start. Revel in the bittersweet touch of fleeting joy before succumbing to the power of a grieving, broken heart. Black pewter Alchemy Gothic roses with crystal tear drop details. Doesn’t quite describe Mr. Kitty and I, but I can sure relate to the darkly-romantic sentiment.

Dark Desires Earrings by Alchemy Gothic

The remainder of this fairly simple, elegant outfit consists of a mesh strapless dress that I scored for $20 on eBay, and an intricate lace scarf which was a gift many Christmases ago from Mama Kitty. 😉

Gothic Evening Gown

I always want to do little still-life shots of the details from my outfits, but I don’t think my studio setup is quite ideal for that kind of work. Still, this one came out okay…

Gothic Evening Accessories

Special Offer

As a gesture to my readers, Dark Emporium is offer them 5% off their already competitive prices on all jewelery items. Just use the code noir2013 at the checkout. They ship worldwide, so this offer is open to everyone!


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Decadent Designs Neck Corset

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My second acquisition from Decadent Designs is this amazing lace neck corset. The older I get, the more dramatically elegant I seek to be, and this masterpiece made a huge impact! I have never received so many compliments on a particular item in one night as I did when I wore this baby out to the club.

Decadent Designs Neck Corset

The club we attended was a combination Depeche Mode / VNV Nation night, which was pretty much mecca to me! I was in a state of dance floor euphoria for most of the evening. I had an opportunity to dance to VNV’s Nova, which transported me into a world where nothing existed except me moving to the incredibly beautiful sounds that surrounded me, while Mr. Kitty looked on (it was too slow for him to feel comfortable dancing to). Space and Time was also played; dancing to that one always raises me up to what is quite probably the greatest sense of joy humanly possible. It was a magical night, and my legs are totally sore today. 😉

Decadent Designs Neck Corset

I was a bit concerned that the neck corset might be uncomfortable or restrictive for dancing, but I was delighted to find that it was pleasant to wear and didn’t inhibit me on the dance floor one bit. The lace is high-quality but soft to the touch, and it has plastic boning to comfortably hold its shape. I did not lace it tight, so it didn’t constrict my neck at all and I had full range of motion but with effortlessly amazing poise and posture.

Decadent Designs Neck Corset

Special Offer!

Don’t forget that Decadent Designs is offering my readers a 15% discount for another couple of weeks. Just use the code noir1 at the checkout, and treat yourself to a little decadence!!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the puff-sleeve peplum blouse I recently featured by Decadent Designs!

What are your favorite songs to dance to? And how do they make you feel?


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Decadent Designs – and a Special Offer!

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Decadent Designs Peplum Blouse

I’m so excited to feature a new acquisition from Decadent Designs today! I received this puff-sleeve peplum blouse a few weeks ago and have been not-so-patiently waiting for illness to subside so Mr. Kitty and I could spend an evening out with this lovely top.

Decadent Designs Peplum Blouse

I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of this piece. The fabric is a very high-quality spandex blend. Its heavy weight gives it a classy elegance without looking bulky (and it is very cat hair resistant!). The peplum is so amazingly flattering, and the puffy shoulders make me feel like a true Gothy princess from my own, dark little fairy tale. 😉

Decadent Designs Peplum Blouse

A blouse this fabulous calls for a fabulous necklace, and that neckline was simply begging for this beaded masterpiece. Yes, I wear it all the time, but I’m sure no one can blame me. A fishtail skirt was the finishing touch on the outfit.

Decadent Designs Peplum Blouse

I have one other creation from Decadent Designs that I will be featuring in a couple of weeks, and I have a feeling I will be buying more from her collection soon! While I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, I do plan to re-focus my clothes shopping for the coming year. I find it so much more rewarding to save up for a few pieces of true quality than to impulsively buy a bunch of inexpensive items that I like, but don’t really feel “special” wearing.

Decadent Designs Peplum Blouse

Special Offer!

Decadent Designs is offering my readers a 15% discount for the next month! Just use the code noir1 at the checkout, and treat yourself to a little decadence!!

What is your favorite item from the Decadent Designs collection?


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January Theme: New Year’s Eve

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Happy 2013, everyone! I don’t know how well it will work out doing the theme late this month, but let’s give it a shot! Mr. Kitty and I spent New Year’s Eve down in San Diego with some dear friends, so I was not able to take photos of my outfit or get a post prepared by midnight January 1, my normal Monthly Theme day. In fact, I almost didn’t even get the post done by January 5, due to having come down with the plague on January 2. I’m really starting the new year right, aren’t I? 😉 So I’m writing this month’s theme post while under the influence of DayQuil.

I must admit I had a major wardrobe crisis for NYE this year. For the entire year of 2012 we had it set in our minds to go to a certain formal event with a gourmet buffet, champagne and dancing for NYE 2013. I even had an evening gown picked out for this occasion 365 days in advance! When it came time to make our reservations for this event, we found a shocking amount of hidden costs and shady bureaucracy involved in the process, so on December 29 we abandoned that plan and decided to just go out to dinner with another couple then over to their place for drinks. As much as I don’t mind being a bit overdressed, the idea of wearing a floor-length satin gown under the circumstances would have been too absurd even for me. So at the last moment I was scrambling for something special enough for such a glamorous holiday but still comfortable for the environment we’d be spending it in.

I ended up choosing this fabulous velvet overdress by Stop Staring!, paired with a lace skirt from Forever 21. To make it even more festive, I added a couple of “arm parties” and a self-made headband with ostrich feathers. Yes, I wore plumes, and it seemed perfectly appropriate for the night. This turned out to be something I would normally wear out to a club. Next NYE, that evening gown might finally make its debut, but either way, this year was a good opportunity to focus on celebrating some of the most special people in our lives. It’s not what you wear, or where you go, but WHO you spend your time with that matters most.

I hope all of my readers had as much fun on NYE as I did! Be sure to link up your NYE post below and share your special memories.

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December 1 Theme: Maxi Skirts

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December is upon us, and it’s time for another One-Day Monthly Theme! On my side of the globe, most people are experiencing something resembling winter. I say most people, but those of us in Southern California are excluded. It’s been hot here. Not just unseasonably warm; downright sweaty hot!! My point in choosing Maxi Skirts as the December theme was that in winter, they provide endless warmth-capturing layering opportunities. But I haven’t needed them for that purpose this year. Not so far. Still, I wear super-long skirts year-round, so a little hot weather won’t stop me.

Goth in Lace and Corset

For the car shows, I’ve been trying to dress in my ideal style rather than trying to be super practical and going with casual outdoorsy wear. Especially considering the shows we go to focus on custom cars (those that are not only old, but stylized by the owners as to be one-of-a-kind). This kind of car culture appeals much more to us than just a bunch of stock classic cars that all look the same. Customs speak to our artsy aesthetic preferences and our need to be around individuals who are free-thinkers. We feel at home at shows like this (except for the inevitable moment where some guy approaches me and asks me to pose in front of his hearse, resulting in a polite declination from me that usually escalates into a full-on rant about stereotypes that I later deliver to my companions).

The main feature of today’s outfit is a ruched fishtail skirt from Newport News. I’ve had it for several years and it remains on of my absolute favorite clothing items. It’s form-fitting and flattering and comfortable, and the perfect element for instant glamor. For a full day outside and on my feet, the only corset I really feel comfortable in is this classic underbust from Gallery Serpentine. I know, you’ve seen it many times on this blog, and you’ll see it many more. 🙂

Gothic Maxi Skirt

The stretch lace top with bell sleeves, mock turtleneck and keyhole opening was also from Newport News several years back. One of my friends teased me that I might end up with a lace-pattern sunburn at the end of the day… I laughed her comment off because I’ve always heard the one about the fishnet sunburn and in my experience, it’s a complete fallacy. Fishnets are too fine a mesh to actually leave a pattern on the skin – the sun seeps right around the threads and you actually end up with a nice, even burn. Well, it turned out that parts of this lace were plenty dense to block most of the sun, so sure enough my upper back looked like a strange alien skin when I got in the shower that evening. Fabulous.

Gothic Makeup

This hair style is created with two clip-on synthetic hairpieces and three black rose clips. I went with my standard makeup and a pair of fabulous chandelier earrings with no other jewelry. I thought these babies should stand on their own without any competition. They’ve been in my earring drawer forever and I never seem to wear them because I usually am obsessed with bold necklaces, and adding bold earrings would be too much even for me.

Gothic Club Outfit

So, hopefully some of you out there are actually experiencing some good “layering” weather. Bring on the maxi skirts!

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November 1 Theme: Hosiery

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There is a very good reason why I chose Hosiery for the November theme! I’ve recently come to love Spanx opaque black stockings, after years of being loyal to Capezio’s Hold and Stretch dance tights. My last two Capezio orders were total disappointments, so I decided to try Spanx. Their products are all impeccable in quality. Pricey, but they will last for many, many wearings. Since I loved their tights so much, I’ve been branching out and trying some of their designer hosiery. Last month when I went to place an order, I stumbled upon this masterpiece.

Floral Back-Seam Fishnets

These back-seam fishnets with a stunning floral detail set me back a whopping $45!! But they are simply amazing. The fishnet weave is delicate, sleek and form-fitting, just how I like them. The floral detail in the back is classy, feminine and unique. We spend so much time focusing on how every detail looks from the front, so it’s nice to give a little attention to the rear view once in a while.

I know this theme is going to bring in a huge variety from all you Goth bloggers out there, so start linking! 🙂

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