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. 🙂  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. 😉 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 – this 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.

Be sure to comment below for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Success Creations!


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

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 – an 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.

Be sure to comment below for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Success Creations!


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

Red & Black Week Giveaway, Take 2!

I wanted to offer a prize to one of our ladies who participated in ALL 6 DAYS of Red & Black Week. Other than myself, there were 10 who qualified. I have listed them below, with links to their blogs.

***UPDATE*** after receiving some feedback, I’ve modified this giveaway to be opt-in, rather than automatically entering all 10 participants. Sincere apologies; I was just trying to figure out a fun way to do it, but didn’t think about some not wishing to participate!


Petit Lutin

Space Unicorn Attack

Kallisthenics

Breaking the Angel

Betwixt Two Graves

gothicsoulflower

Friendly Fire

The Lone Raven

An Honest Drug

Mutant Stomp Friends

Ladies listed above, please leave a comment if you would like to be entered to win this black velvet choker with a red crystal cross pendant. It’s a perfect starter piece for next year’s Red & Black Week! 🙂 I will choose the winner randomly from those who opt in.

Red & Black Week Giveaway

I ship anywhere, so all 10 of you are eligible. 🙂 please respond by Friday, June 13, 2014.

Giveaway Time! Celebrating 1500 “Likes” on Facebook!!

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To celebrate 1500 “likes” on Facebook, it’s GIVEAWAY time!  Up for grabs this time is:

  • A black Venetian lace choker
  • Jet bead earrings

Venetian Lace Choker Giveaway

How to Enter

For ONE entry:

AND

  • You must LIKE and COMMENT on my giveaway post on Facebook telling me your favorite style of Goth fashion (Romantic Goth, Cyber Goth, etc).

For a SECOND entry:

  • You can also SHARE my giveaway post on Facebook. Shares must be public (not “Friends Only”), otherwise I won’t be able to see your share so I can’t count it.

Maximum two entries per person. I will select a winner randomly on Friday, January 17, 2014. Both ladies and gentlemen are welcome to enter, and I will ship the items anywhere.

Questions? Feel free to ask in the comment section below so I can post an answer for everyone.


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

Decadent Designs Contest

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Very exciting news today! I have the honor of hosting a contest sponsored by Decadent Designs!! You have a chance to win a shockingly gorgeous black taffeta neck corset with lace trim. Reinforced with spiral steel boning, it laces in the front through a set of silver grommets and extends high up the back of the neck.

Decadent Designs Taffeta High Neck Corset

I am lucky enough to own one of Decadent Designs’ other neck corsets (the Victorian Lace version) and I can speak to the amazing quality and comfort of these pieces.

Do you want to make this stunning statement piece your own?

To enter, you must do BOTH of the following:

  • Like the Decadent Designs page on Facebook
  •  
    AND

  • Leave a comment below describing where you would wear this lovely piece.

Winner will be chosen at random and announced a week from today.

Decadent Designs Taffeta High Neck Corset

You know you want it.

Enter now by leaving a comment below AND “liking” Decadent Designs on Facebook!


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

Makeup Giveaway!

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As a little thank-you to all of my readers, who make my blog such a rewarding endeavor for me, I have decided to offer a giveaway! I know this is a fashion blog and not a beauty blog, but I wanted to share a sampling of some of my favorite makeup products with one lucky winner, including:

  • Red Cherry Eyelashes, Style #47
  • Sample size Ardell Eyelash Adhesive
  • Ben Nye Pressed Eyeshadow in Graphite
  • Lancome Le Stylo Eyeliner in Noir
  • Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Hermetic
  • Sample size Bare Vitamins Prime Time Eyelid Primer

Makeup Giveaway

All products are brand new and were purchased by me – this contest is NOT sponsored by any of the brands included.

How to Enter

To enter the contest, I’m going to do it a little bit different this time. Entries will all be based on my Facebook page.

For one entry:

For a SECOND entry:

  • You can also share my giveaway post on Facebook. Shares must be public (not “Friends Only”), otherwise I won’t be able to see your share so I can’t count it.

Maximum two entries per person. I will select a winner randomly on Friday, March 29, 2013. Both ladies and gentlemen are welcome to enter, and I will ship the items anywhere.

Questions? Feel free to ask in the comment section below so I can post an answer for everyone.


All images and text © Sophistique Noir Gothic Fashion Blog. Do not use any photos or text from this blog without providing a credit to me and a link back to the original post.

Veil GIVEAWAY Reminder

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway before the end of the day Tuesday, Nov. 29 for a chance to win this lovely veil.

This is my first contest, so I might not have written the rules clearly.  Just to clarify, there are two requirements to enter:

  • You must be following me on Google Friend Connect or Facebook

    AND
     

  • You must leave a comment in this post sharing your ideas on what you would wear with this veil.  

I think I made it sound like the comment wasn’t required, but I only want to enter truly interested people in the contest so I won’t be automatically entering all followers.  Just those who comment.  🙂  However, WHAT you say in your comment won’t influence who wins.  Winner will be selected randomly from all comments.

You can double your chance of winning by ALSO sharing this contest on your own blog.  If you do that, be sure to leave a second comment on this post with a link so I don’t overlook your post.  However, this second entry is purely optional.

This contest is open to anyone, anywhere. 🙂

Tutorial: Black Tulle Veil (and a GIVEAWAY)

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As promised in my Lace Theme Post, I present a tutorial on how to make a simple, inexpensive black veil.  Nope, you don’t have to be getting married (or going to a funeral) to wear this.  A veil lends an extreme degree of dark romanticism to a club outfit, or whatever special occasion you desire.  I wear mine whenever I please, and I did so even when I was single.  🙂

I have a little surprise for you: I am GIVING AWAY the veil I made for this tutorial.  Be sure and look at the end of this post for instructions on how to enter!

You will need:

  • Black tulle – approx. 1.5 – 2 yards (available at your local fabric store, sold by the yard, usually for less than $1/ yard).
  • 3” wide blank hair comb or barrette (available from most craft stores)
  • Black thread
  • A needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape of some kind (a long piece of string works in a pinch)
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • Black roses or other embellishment (optional)

Measure from the top of your head to where you want the end of the longest layer of the veil. Measure again from the same point on your head to where you want the shorter layer to end.  I chose 36″ for the bottom layer and 18″ for the top.

Add those two numbers together (my total was 54″, or 1.5 yards). Cut a length of tulle that is the total length of both layers. Do not cut the width. Keep it the width that it was when you bought it at the fabric store (usually either 45” or 60”; either will work).

Fold the tulle at the point between the two layers so each comes out to the desired length.

Using a needle and long piece of thread (doubled), run a stitch loosely through both layers about 1” in from the fold. Stitches should be about 1/2” apart. Pull this tight to bunch up the tulle to the width of your barrette or hair comb.

Wrap the thread around each edge of the tulle tightly, because just a regular knot will pull through the tulle and the whole thing will unravel.

Prometheus is on-site providing Quality Control.


Use the needle and thread to wrap stitches through the tulle and around the barrette or comb. For added durability, you can add a small line of hot glue* before stitching the tulle to the comb or barrette, but this isn’t crucial if you don’t have a hot glue gun.

Finally, attach some black roses, beads, bows or other decorative element along the top edge of the veil, if desired. This makes it a bit more fancy. You can attach them using hot glue* or the needle and thread.

I used a glob of hot glue plus a couple of stitches in each rose for added strength.

You could also sew narrow trim around all the edges of the tulle if you want. I opted for raw edges to give it a more airy, ethereal look.

If cleaning is ever needed, gently swish the tulle in cold water with a tiny bit of Woolite without submerging the roses or barrette.

* Use caution when using hot glue on tulle. The glue can easily go through the mesh of the fabric and burn you unexpectedly.

Thank you to Mr. Kitty for photographing this project!

Want to win this veil? Here are the rules.

  • You must follow my blog using Google Friend Connect or on Facebook. And please don’t just “unfollow” after the drawing, because that’s not in the spirit of the thing. 🙂
  • You must leave a comment describing what outfit you would pair this veil with if you win it.  There are no right or wrong answers: this is just a fun way to express your interest in entering the contest. 
  • For one extra entry, post a link to this contest on your own blog or Facebook page. Be sure to leave a separate comment here with a link to your blog post so I can be sure to enter you twice.
  • Winner will be chosen ON Tuesday, NOV 29 via a random number generator (random.org). I will then contact the reader to get their e-mail address so we can arrange shipping.
  • IMPORTANT: If you do not have a blog with a clear way for me to contact you, please be sure to let me know how to find you.

This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere. 🙂