Dancing in Vintage-Inspired Velvet

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Vintage-Inspired Velvet

It’s currently a bit warm to go out dancing I velvet, but last spring I put this outfit together while the nights in Los Angeles were still delightfully cool. This overdress is the very first Stop Staring piece I ever purchased, and I don’t get to wear it as often as I would like!

Vintage-Inspired Velvet & Accessories

I actually bought this back before the brand became so wildly popular with “pin up” culture, although it was destined to happen eventually. I went on to buy quite a few of their pieces, and even got married in one… And while I still absolutely adore their aesthetic, I’m frustrated with their cut. Their line goes strictly for pure sex appeal, not vintage sophistication. Sometimes a sexy wiggle dress suits my fancy, but most of the time when I’m going for a vintage look, I want something more tasteful (and less over-played, at least here in SoCal). I much prefer actual 40s vintage, or more authentic reproductions. I’ll actually be putting several pieces from my Stop Staring collection up for sale soon, if I can ever find the time.

Vintage-Inspired Velvet & Accessories

This particular piece, however, is definitely a permanent resident of my closet. I still love the gorgeous draping of the ruffles, which are just enough without being overdone. It’s a perfect blend of vintage versus Goth.

Vintage-Inspired Velvet

I paired the overdress with a lace camisole and a simple skirt that has a matching asymmetrical hemline. The earring and pendant set are from Avon, and the gloves were a gift from Mr. Kitty (purchased from Great Lookz, I believe).

Vintage-Inspired Velvet & Accessories

have you ever had a brand that you adored and collected, only to lose interest in it later?


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Business with a Bit of Sparkle

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Corporate Goth Sequin Scarf

Momma Kitty gave me this sequined scarf for Christmas one year. While it is deliciously sparkly and gorgeous, oh boy, does it itch! Beyond itching, it’s more of a scratchy, slicing feeling. It definitely cannot come into contact with even the tiniest bit of my sensitive skin while being worn. However, it pairs perfectly with a mock turtle neck shell that sets off the shine with just a hint of white. Tucking the scarf under a blazer toned down the flamboyance enough to make it suitable for the office.

Corporate Goth Sequin Scarf

I truly enjoyed the sleek sophistication of this outfit. So many of my looks have focused on a vintage vibe lately, it’s nice to achieve a modern, professional elegance once in a while. I also really loved my hair pulled straight back like this, with a floofy hairpiece covering the boring bun for a change.

Corporate Goth Suit Sequin Scarf

Have you ever worn sequins to work? How did you pull it off?


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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 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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Red & Black Week 2013, Day 1: Delicious Red Velvet

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Welcome to the exciting first day of Red & Black Week! Well, I’m excited, anyway. 😉 Last year on the first day we had 33 excellent entries covering a variety of topics (fashion, beauty, art, literature, food and cars). Think we can surpass that number this year?

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I’m kicking off the event with a fun weekend look, featuring a darling velvety dress I picked up at Forever 21 ages ago.

 
Red Velvet Dress and Black Shrug

It originally wasn’t an ideal fit, being an a-line dress. I envisioned it being more elegant if it were form-fitting, so Momma Kitty took it in for me. That’s when I realized how empowering it us to be able to do some basic alterations at home, so she taught me the basics and I bought my own sewing machine. I’ve altered probably 20% of my wardrobe pieces since then, mostly nipping in the waist to accommodate the curves!

Red Velvet Dress and Black Shrug

This dress is a forgotten favorite for me! I often pass it up because it’s terrible for wearing around the house (velvet + cat hair = frustration!) but I really love it for a day out with Mr. Kitty.

Red Dress, Black Hair
Haven’t done a gratuitous hair shot in a while… 😉

The shrug is a recent purchase from a random mall store. And I think I’ve worn this cross necklace for every Red & Black Week so far. I think I will make it a tradition! 🙂

Red & Black Crystal Cross

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Striking Plum

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Plum Sweater

When I donned this outfit, I thought I went with a cop-out that would look fairly ho-hum. That’s what happens when you don’t select an outfit the night before and try to pull it together at 5:30 am… After all, I’ve already worn the black version of this sweater on my blog, and I wear this belt and skirt all the time (probably even together at some point).

Plum Sweater & Black Maxi Skirt

To my surprise, I found that I felt rather elegant and almost statuesque (if a 5’3” girl can ever be statuesque). In looking at the pictures, I find it quite striking! I think it’s because of the fabulous, rich color of this sweater from New York and Co. I guess it’s a good reminder that even a simple remix of pieces can make the same old things interesting, especially with the right pop of color. Or maybe it’s that new bracelet, making all the old pieces seem as if they have new life. What, you didn’t notice the new bracelet? 😉

Plum Sweater

Do you have pieces that you wear over and over and over again? How do you keep the look fresh each time? Or does it matter, if it’s a formula that really works for you?


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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

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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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Mid-Month Status Report: My Go-To Work Outfit

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Trystan of This is CorpGoth has started a mid-month theme! I love blog events that bring people together, and in true CorpGoth fashion she has chosen work attire as this month’s topic. More specifically, your go-to work look. At my previous job, that would have been a maxi skirt and a feminine top, but at my current office I find myself inspired to achieve a more traditional business look. Not that I’ve banished the maxi skirts – they still have their place in my work wardrobe but I try to balance them out more with pencil skirts and blazers (especially on meeting days).

I’ve had this dark grey pencil skirt from Target for a while now, and it is getting a ton of use. It’s basic, goes with everything, and is a nice break from black (keeps the new co-workers from asking so many questions). I very recently scored the purple cowl-neck shell on sale at Macy’s, and I’m having a hard time not wearing it every day. 😉 The blazer came from some random clothing store ages ago. Short-sleeve blazers are awesome in that they project a professional image without being at all stuffy. I chose to go unbuttoned today to show off more of the shell, and give a slightly more casual vibe.

A closeup of my Swarovski heart pendant, a gift from Mr. Kitty!

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