2010s Does 80s Does 40s… Day Version.

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Yesterday’s post featured the Evening look I created with this dress.  On its own, the dress really wasn’t what I was hoping for.  But I adore the fabric and the styling of the bodice and peplum, so rather than return it I decided to take up the challenge of finding a way to make it more wearable.

40s Inspired Work Outfit

I was able to put a black pencil skirt over the skirt of the dress – it rides perfectly beneath the peplum, and looks as if it was meant to be worn like this!  A simple knit shrug made the bodice seem less body-conscious, and a reduction in the quantity of pearls made the look office-appropriate.  I kept the same hair, makeup and shoes, to make the Day to Evening transition simple.

40s Inspired Office Outfit

It was fun coming up with two drastically different looks with one dress, using just a few minor modifications.  I’ll definitely get much more use out of the work version.  The dress on its own is a fun for a change of pace from my usual weekend style, but lacks the sophistication and “dark” edge I crave.

40s Inspired Office Outfit

Which version of this look do you prefer?


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2010s Does 80s Does 40s… Evening Version.

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Today I am doing a Day to Evening Post, but in reverse order.  I wanted to start with the Evening look, to show this dress in its original form.  Tomorrow, I’ll post the Day version to show how I re-styled it to make it office appropriate.

Grey Polka Dot Peplum Dress

When I saw this dress on the ModCloth website, it was hard to tell what the proportions were or what the fit would be like.  I was truly hoping for a more classic 40s fit, but it’s impossible to tell in pictures on a mannequin.  I added it to my wishlist anyway, because I fell in love with the fabric, the peplum, and that adorable grosgrain bow at the waist.  Mr. Kitty loved it, too, so he bought it for me!

Vintage Hairstyle

The skirt turned out to be much shorter than I expected, and the fit is very, very body-conscious.  I love body-con fashion, but in this case it’s just a bit too snug for me (especially since it has no stretch whatsoever).  It really struck me as having an 80s vibe to it, reminiscent of the big “80s does 40s” trend.  So I decided to play that up with satin gloves and pearl overload, while keeping it a bit more classic with my hairstyle and simple shoes.

Grey Polka Dot Peplum Dress

This turned out to be a fun look, but not one I would get a lot of use out of.  There also just isn’t that hint of Goth that I love to incorporate into vintage-inspired looks.  The office version of this dress worked much better for me.  Stay tuned to read about it in my next post!


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Sophistique Noir Meets CorpGoth!

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Back in July, I was delighted to receive an unexpected email from Trystan of This is CorpGoth announcing that she would be in Los Angeles soon for a weekend excursion. She suggested we get together for a drink while she was in my general vicinity. Thankfully, her arrival synced perfect with my schedule, so we met in her hotel lobby for a little Gothy girl talk. This was my first blogger meet-up, and I’m a fairly reserved person in real life, so I was hoping I wouldn’t be too quiet and bore her to death. 😉 Trystan is delightful and charismatic, and I felt like I already knew her from following her blog for years (in fact, hers was one of the first Gothic fashion blogs I discovered, and one that inspired me to start my own), so it turned out that I felt right at home chattering away with her.

Sophistique Noir Meets CorpGoth

Of course there was photographic evidence of this meeting of fashionable Goth minds.  My dress is from White House Black Market.  I thought it was perfect for going from office to evening, and I was channeling Billie Holiday (one of my latest obsessions) with a bold white hair flower and pearls.  Trystan wore an adorable black sun dress trimmed in pink, with a matching hair flower and a fun shell necklace that we’ve seen on her blog.  Also, how much do Goth girls in glasses ROCK?!

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Also, a heads-up: the October 1 theme will be Black and White.  Ooh, the fun we can have with this one…  😀


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Rhinestones and Lace, Part 2

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Yesterday’s Day to Evening transition consisted of just one very simple modification. I loved the silhouette of this outfit without a jacket, but thought the velvet blazer would be a perfect addition to this romantic look for date night. I simply added this piece to my office-friendly outfit before going out to dinner with Mr. Kitty after work.

I’ve worn the blazer on this blog before, but failed to capture the details of the lace trim I added to hide where the fabric was ripping. Yes, this was from Forever 21 (many moons ago) so it wasn’t really made to last, but I gave it new life.

Okay, maybe such a simple transition is cheating for a Day to Evening post, but sometimes things just don’t have to be complicated.  😉  If you missed the day version of this look, be sure to check it out!

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Rhinestones and Lace, Part 1

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Today’s post is part one of a look that I planned specifically so I could easily transition from office appropriate to date night ready.  For work, I chose a short-sleeve sweater from Bebe (it’s always sweater season when you work in an office).  And as some of you have noticed lately, after two full years at my current job, I’m feeling a bit more brave in my wardrobe choices, so I added my tiered lace maxi skirt for a dark, romantic feel.

Mr. Kitty presented me with this rhinestone necklace for Valentine’s Day a couple of years back. He knows my taste SO well! I paired it with rhinestone flower earrings and a single rhinestone bracelet.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, when I will reveal how I modified this look for dinner out with Mr. Kitty after work!


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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 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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Dancing the Old Job Out of my System!

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As promised in yesterday’s post, we went out dancing to celebrate my last day at the old job. I had been wanting to wear an all-magenta outfit ever since I did my all-purple outfit back in January. I had my magenta (cheap Frederick’s) corset in mind but it turned out to clash quite badly with this skirt from Newport News. Different shades of magenta usually go quite well together, so I was a bit surprised. Luckily, I also had this lace-front cami from Newport News that was a perfect match. So I topped the whole thing off with my black underbust corset to dress it up properly for the club. I replaced the blazer with a magenta satin shrug I recently found on eBay. I now have this shrug in five colors!

The down side to this outfit was, while it looked fabulously fuchsia in the photos and while standing in line at the door, once we were in the club everyone complimented me on my red outfit. 🙁 Yep, under nightclub lights everything looks either black or red. Not that an all-red outfit wouldn’t be spectacular, but it wasn’t the look I was going for. Let’s save that kind of thing for the first week in June, shall we? ;-D

Pardon my bandage! This is what happens when you try to open a bottle of nail polish with needle-nose pliers because you’re too lazy to go downstairs for regular pliers! 😉

I’ve spent so much time exploring “new job makeup” lately that I was dying to do something dramatic. You’ve seen this look before (no, I’m not all that experimental with makeup!). It features my Ben Nye Lumiere shadow in fuchsia, along with a healthy dose of black.

My lips are Morgana Cryptoria’s Diabolic Druscilla with a bit of Ulta gloss on top and a heavy black outline. I’ll be posting a tutorial of this look next week! My nails are Gelish gel polish in Starburst, topped with Orly (regular polish) in Bubbly Bombshell, which is a SUPER GLITTERY MAGENTA. Oh, true happiness! I’ve been doing my nails in gel polish lately instead of getting acrylics, and I am SO happy with the results. But that’s a topic for another post. 🙂

For my hair style, I simply put my hair in a ponytail, braided it, added a fake chignon and wrapped my braid around it. The headpiece is something I made myself a long time ago with a velvet headband from random accessory store and a floral spray and bit of tulle from Michael’s. I was so delighted that it matched my skirt and cami so well!

Do you ever do a “quick change” to go from work to club-wear? What’s your time-saving secret when you don’t have a full two hours to get ready for the evening?


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Last Day at the Old Job

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I felt like going fairly colorful for the last day at my old job. I knew most of the day would consist of me going around saying goodbyes, or people dropping by my office to say goodbye. I wanted to shine, yet look professional. I also wanted something that I could easily convert into an evening look, since I knew Mr. Kitty and I would be going to my favorite club that night to celebrate my freedom from a job that had begun to drain the life out of me. I already had my club outfit in mind, which you’ll see tomorrow…

I wore my hair down because I always feel prettiest that way. Being an extreme introvert, I need a little extra boost of confidence when I’m doing something outside of my comfort zone. Talking to dozens of people in one afternoon is very exhausting to me, even if I really like all of those people and enjoy talking to them… It’s something only an introvert would understand, and if you are one, you know exactly what I mean. 😉

What do you do to give yourself extra confidence when you are facing a “big day” of some kind?


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