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

Want to participate in this month’s theme?

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Announcement: Theme for October 1: Black and White

The theme for October 1 is:
Black and White

Since last month’s theme (Makeup) was very specific, I wanted to do something for October that is more open to interpretation.  Something that could be as simple or as elaborate as you desire, and something that could cover just about any topic out there, not just fashion.  What is more perfect than Black and White?  We could celebrate photography, movies, art, music…  So many possibilities!

Be sure to come back on October 1-3 and submit your post.

How It Works

On the first day of each month, I will post my theme post with the Mr. Linky sign-up form at the bottom. You can link to any post you’ve done that day or previously, as long as it matches the theme. Be sure to add the icon to your post, and link your post to mine using the Mr. Linky box at the bottom.

You can post your theme post earlier than the first of the month, or link to an old post, but you must add it to Mr. Linky on my first post of the month. I will leave the Linky open until 11:59 PM PST on October 3, so everyone has three full days to post.

You don’t have to participate every single month. Feel free to join in whenever you wish. Just be sure you get your post linked before the third day of the month!

You don’t have to do outfit posts. Post on whatever type of subject matter you like, as long as it is related to the theme.

Also, let’s keep the posts appropriate for all ages, in terms of both language and imagery. Thanks!! 🙂

Posts that are linked up without including the icon will be removed from Mr. Linky.

HTML for the icon: (The icon and the HTML will remain the same each month)

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Be sure to paste the code in while in HTML mode.

Please pass this invitation on to any bloggers you know who might be interested, and feel free to share the announcement on your blogs. Of course, it’s a good idea to follow my blog to be sure you don’t miss any of the themes. 😉

Questions? E-mail me!

Want to Suggest a Theme?

Leave a comment on any post at any time, or e-mail me. If I use your suggestion, I will credit you on my theme post for that month and in the theme announcement the week before. No promises that I will use every suggestion, because the themes have to be things that I would be able to do a post about.

Want to participate in the Monthly Theme?

Here’s how:

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):

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  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!

September 1 Theme: Makeup

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Probably the single most common reader request I get is for a tutorial on how I do my signature nighttime lip look.  I actually started this tutorial for ages ago, but since tutorials are much more time-consuming than outfit posts (and this isn’t really a makeup blog per se, although the topic is somewhat relevant) I never felt inspired to finish it.  Until I decided to do a makeup monthly theme so everyone could join in the fun!

Black Gradient Lip Liner Tutorial

Everything I use for this look is pictured above. From top to bottom:

Burt’s Bees lip balm
Du Wop Reverse Lip Liner
Eyeliner Pencil in Black (I like any brand that is self-sharpening)
Lipstick – Any shade of red or purple
Lip Gloss in a coordinating shade
Cotton swab for cleanup

Black Gradient Lipliner Tutorial

First, I moisturize my lips with lip balm so everything won’t end up chunky in an hour.  🙂  Next, apply the reverse lip liner around the OUTSIDE edge of my lips. I highly recommend this stuff for any lip look, as it all but eliminates bleeding lipstick or lip gloss. It takes just a thin coat of this invisible wonder.  I pat a tiny bit of powder foundation over the reverse liner to give it extra staying power, and to ensure that it can’t be seen at all.

Red and Black Gothic Lipstick Tutorial

For the outline, I use a black self-sharpening eyeliner pencil. I start by lining outside of my natural lip line, although you could keep inside your lip line if you prefer. I think black makes lips look smaller, so I prefer to bulk my lips up and add to the drama.  I clean up any imperfections in the outline with a pointed cotton swab.

Once I have perfected the new outside shape, I line again just inside the lip line with black, then fill in between so I have one thick black line.

Black and Red Lipstick Makeup Tutorial

Now I apply my lipstick inside the black.

Once the lipstick is done, I blot and then go back with a bit more black liner to blend everything together. A lip brush is useful here, to ensure a smooth blend.  Once I have perfected the gradient, I add a final coat of lipstick, followed by a thin layer of gloss to make it all shine.  You don’t want it to be too glossy, or the gradient will smear too easily.

Black Gradient Lip Liner Tutorial

Want to participate in this month’s theme?

Now it’s your turn! You know what to do (or if you don’t, check out the full details). 🙂

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Announcement: Theme for September 1: Makeup!

The theme for September 1 is: Makeup

I am often asked to share makeup tips and tutorials, but since makeup isn’t really my focus here (and I find tutorials far too time consuming), I thought it would be fun to crowd-source some makeup inspiration as the Monthly theme for September.

For this event, you are free include daily makeup looks, special event makeup, drag queen style, Halloween effects, reviews, tutorials, favorite products, inspiration from around the Web (just be sure to credit your sources!!!) or whatever you can think of. Share whatever you love most about makeup!

You don’t have to be a makeup blogger or makeup artist to participate. Even beginners are encouraged to share their favorite styles, tips, and even advice on what you’ve learned from trial and error! 😉

Be sure to come back on September 1-3 and submit your post.

How It Works

On the first day of each month, I will post my theme post with the Mr. Linky sign-up form at the bottom. You can link to any post you’ve done that day or previously, as long as it matches the theme. Be sure to add the icon to your post, and link your post to mine using the Mr. Linky box at the bottom.

You can post your theme post earlier than the first of the month, or link to an old post, but you must add it to Mr. Linky on my first post of the month. I will leave the Linky open until 11:59 PM PST on September 3, so everyone has three full days to post.

You don’t have to participate every single month. Feel free to join in whenever you wish. Just be sure you get your post linked before the third day of the month!

You don’t have to do outfit posts. Post on whatever type of subject matter you like, as long as it is related to the theme.

Also, let’s keep the posts appropriate for all ages, in terms of both language and imagery. Thanks!! 🙂

Posts that are linked up without including the icon will be removed from Mr. Linky.

HTML for the icon: (The icon and the HTML will remain the same each month)

<a href="http://www.sophistiquenoir.com/category/monthly-themes"><img src="http://www.victoriankitty.com/blogPhotos/monthly-theme-icon.jpg" border="0"></a>

Be sure to paste the code in while in HTML mode.

Please pass this invitation on to any bloggers you know who might be interested, and feel free to share the announcement on your blogs. Of course, it’s a good idea to follow my blog to be sure you don’t miss any of the themes. 😉

Questions? E-mail me!

Want to Suggest a Theme?

Leave a comment on any post at any time, or e-mail me. If I use your suggestion, I will credit you on my theme post for that month and in the theme announcement the week before. No promises that I will use every suggestion, because the themes have to be things that I would be able to do a post about.

Want to participate in the Monthly Theme?

Here’s how:

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  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!

February Theme: Outerwear

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February’s theme, suggested by blogger Swgarasu, is outerwear. We did this theme once before, back in December 2011, where I featured a lovely lace trenchcoat from Bebe.  Today, I am sharing a beloved Arden B find – my wool pea coat with PVC trim.

Gothic Wool and PVC Jacket

Mr. Kitty calls this my Sexy Spy coat.  lol.  Both this coat and my lace trench are about 3-4 years old.  I miss the days when higher-end mall stores like Bebe and Arden B carried so many edgy, Goth-friendly items.  Someday, I’m sure they will again…  But for now, it’s all about the rebirth of Grunge, and every trendy person in Southern California is spending a ton of money to dress up like they are homeless or something.  It’s pretty gross.  From what I see in the mall, there is absolutely no beauty or sophistication in popular fashion at the moment, and it makes me sad.  But I’m glad I was able to score a coat like this back in better times!

Gothic Wool and PVC Coat

Now it’s your turn!  Break out your coats, jackets, sweaters, shrugs, capes, cloaks, etc and show us how you bundle up for the great outdoors when the air is frigid.

For those of you currently experiencing summer, feel free to showcase lightweight wraps, beachy cover-ups, blazers, etc.  The more variety, the better, so get creative!

Want to participate in this month’s theme?

Now it’s your turn! You know what to do (or if you don’t, check out the full details). 🙂

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
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  2. Paste the URL to your post using the Mister Linky box below.
    Please use a direct link to your relevant post, NOT a link to your blogâ??s home page.
  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!
NO ADULT CONTENT will be allowed.

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Announcement: Theme for Februrary: Outerwear

The theme for February is: OUTERWEAR

Okay, I know you’re all saying, “Whoa – February 1 is tomorrow! That’s not enough time!”  🙂  I wasn’t able to get the announcement out earlier but I don’t want to skip this month again, so we’ll just bump it a week.  This month’s theme will run February 8-10.

We’ve done outerwear as a theme before, way back in December 2011, but we have lots of new participants now and blogger Swgarasu kindly suggested we do it again!  So, break out your coats, jackets, sweaters, shrugs, capes, cloaks, etc and show us how you bundle up for the great outdoors when the air is frigid.

For those of you currently experiencing summer, feel free to showcase lightweight wraps, beachy cover-ups, blazers, etc.  The more variety, the better, so get creative!

Be sure to come back on February 8-10 and submit your post.

How It Works

On the first day of each month, I will post my theme post with the Mr. Linky sign-up form at the bottom. You can link to any post you’ve done that day or previously, as long as it matches the theme. Be sure to add the icon to your post, and link your post to mine using the Mr. Linky box at the bottom.

You can post your theme post earlier than the first of the month, or link to an old post, but you must add it to Mr. Linky on my first post of the month. I will leave the Linky open until 11:59 PM PST on February 10, so everyone has three full days to post.

You don’t have to participate every single month. Feel free to join in whenever you wish. Just be sure you get your post linked before the third day of the month!

You don’t have to do outfit posts. Post on whatever type of subject matter you like, as long as it is related to the theme.

Also, let’s keep the posts appropriate for all ages, in terms of both language and imagery. Thanks!! 🙂

Posts that are linked up without including the icon will be removed from Mr. Linky.

HTML for the icon: (The icon and the HTML will remain the same each month)

<a href="http://www.sophistiquenoir.com/category/monthly-themes"><img src="http://www.victoriankitty.com/blogPhotos/monthly-theme-icon.jpg" border="0"></a>

Be sure to paste the code in while in HTML mode.

Please pass this invitation on to any bloggers you know who might be interested, and feel free to share the announcement on your blogs. Of course, it’s a good idea to follow my blog to be sure you don’t miss any of the themes. 😉

Questions? E-mail me!

Want to Suggest a Theme?

Leave a comment on any post at any time, or e-mail me. If I use your suggestion, I will credit you on my theme post for that month and in the theme announcement the week before. No promises that I will use every suggestion, because the themes have to be things that I would be able to do a post about.

Want to participate in the Monthly Theme?

Here’s how:

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
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  2. Paste the URL to your post using the Mister Linky box at the bottom of my February 8 post.
    Please use a direct link to your relevant post, NOT a link to your blog’s home page.
  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!

November 1 Theme: Sweaters

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Fall is finally here, which means most of us Gothy types are pretty happy. We tend to love layering gorgeous mixes of flowing, drapey fabrics in ways that are far too heavy for stifling summer weather. Not to mention the inherent dislike of sunshine and sweat… Personally, I could not be more happy each year once Fall finally arrives. Unfortunately, here in Southern California we have to be very, very patient. November is here now and we are still having rather hot days with only a few cooler ones mixed in. It’s not unusual for temperatures to be in the 60s on Christmas day around here, but thankfully by then it’s getting much cooler and those warm days are fewer and less frequent.  I’m looking forward to that time, but meanwhile at least the evenings are soothingly cool.

Gothic Sweater Dress

In addition to enjoying cooler temps, I’ve been working hard at the gym to lose a bit of “stress weight” I put on early in 2012 (you may remember my struggles before I left my last job, that led to eating lots of chocolate), and to tone up this 40-year old body. Being more satisfied with my figure now than I was a year ago, I was excited to pull this VERY body-conscious sweater dress out of the back of the closet and take it out for a night on the town.

Fall Gothic Fashion

This dress came from Newport News several years ago. I never wore it much because it’s actually beyond ankle length on me, and being so skin tight I thought it looked strange hobbling around (and tripping a lot) in a sweater that covered my toes! I know it’s nearly impossible to sew knit without it looking terrible, so chopping it off and hemming was out of the question.  I decided to try just folding it under about 8 inches and pinning it on the seams. I thought there was no way it would work and not show, but it actually turned out perfect! I love the proportions of the dress much more now.

Gothic Sweater Dress

Many of you out there have already been enjoying glorious Fall weather much longer than those of us in Southern California, so hopefully you’ve got your sweater collection in heavy rotation now.  So, start linking! 🙂

Want to participate in this month’s theme?

Now it’s your turn! You know what to do (or if you don’t, check out the full details). 🙂

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
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NO ADULT CONTENT will be allowed.

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Announcement: Theme for November 1: Sweaters

The theme for November 1 is: Sweaters

Fall is here, and that means it’s time to unbox the sweater collection and show it some love!  Let’s celebrate this blissful reprieve from summer heat by sharing our favorite sweaters.

This theme might seem very fashion blog oriented, but hopefully those of you who do not do outfit posts can get creative!  Are there songs about sweaters?  Surely there is some appropriate artwork…  Or maybe a Polyvore or a wishlist.  Feel free to post whatever type of content you wish, as long as it ties into the Sweater theme somehow.

Be sure to come back on November 1-3 and submit your post.

How It Works

On the first day of each month, I will post my theme post with the Mr. Linky sign-up form at the bottom. You can link to any post you’ve done that day or previously, as long as it matches the theme. Be sure to add the icon to your post, and link your post to mine using the Mr. Linky box at the bottom.

You can post your theme post earlier than the first of the month, or link to an old post, but you must add it to Mr. Linky on my first post of the month. I will leave the Linky open until 11:59 PM PST on November 3, so everyone has three full days to post.

You don’t have to participate every single month. Feel free to join in whenever you wish. Just be sure you get your post linked before the third day of the month!

You don’t have to do outfit posts. Post on whatever type of subject matter you like, as long as it is related to the theme.

Also, let’s keep the posts appropriate for all ages, in terms of both language and imagery. Thanks!! 🙂

Posts that are linked up without including the icon will be removed from Mr. Linky.

HTML for the icon: (The icon and the HTML will remain the same each month)

<a href="http://www.sophistiquenoir.com/category/monthly-themes"><img src="http://www.victoriankitty.com/blogPhotos/monthly-theme-icon.jpg" border="0"></a>

Be sure to paste the code in while in HTML mode.

Please pass this invitation on to any bloggers you know who might be interested, and feel free to share the announcement on your blogs. Of course, it’s a good idea to follow my blog to be sure you don’t miss any of the themes. 😉

Questions? E-mail me!

Want to Suggest a Theme?

Leave a comment on any post at any time, or e-mail me. If I use your suggestion, I will credit you on my theme post for that month and in the theme announcement the week before. No promises that I will use every suggestion, because the themes have to be things that I would be able to do a post about.

Want to participate in the Monthly Theme?

Here’s how:

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
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    Please use a direct link to your relevant post, NOT a link to your blog’s home page.
  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!

Announcement: Theme for September 1: Special Occasions

The theme for September 1 is: Special Occasions

September is a very special month for me, because it’s the month I was born and the month I got married.  Same day, actually, although not on the same year.  😉  This year, September is extra special because it will be my 40th birthday.  In preparation of this special time, I thought it would be fun if we all talk about Special Occasions.

Your post can be a special occasion outfit you have worn, a Polyvore of your dream outfit for such an event, a story about something special you’ve celebrated, photographs from a special event or even poetry, music or artwork commemorating something special.

Be sure to come back on September 1-3 and submit your post.

How It Works

On the first day of each month, I will post my theme post with the Mr. Linky sign-up form at the bottom. You can link to any post you’ve done that day or previously, as long as it matches the theme. Be sure to add the icon to your post, and link your post to mine using the Mr. Linky box at the bottom.

You can post your theme post earlier than the first of the month, or link to an old post, but you must add it to Mr. Linky on my first post of the month. I will leave the Linky open until 11:59 PM PST on September 3, so everyone has three full days to post.

You don’t have to participate every single month. Feel free to join in whenever you wish. Just be sure you get your post linked before the third day of the month!

You don’t have to do outfit posts. Post on whatever type of subject matter you like, as long as it is related to the theme.

Also, let’s keep the posts appropriate for all ages, in terms of both language and imagery. Thanks!! 🙂

Posts that are linked up without including the icon will be removed from Mr. Linky.

HTML for the icon: (The icon and the HTML will remain the same each month)

<a href="http://www.sophistiquenoir.com/category/monthly-themes"><img src="http://www.victoriankitty.com/blogPhotos/monthly-theme-icon.jpg" border="0"></a>

Be sure to paste the code in while in HTML mode.

Please pass this invitation on to any bloggers you know who might be interested, and feel free to share the announcement on your blogs. Of course, it’s a good idea to follow my blog to be sure you don’t miss any of the themes. 😉

Questions? E-mail me!

Want to Suggest a Theme?

Leave a comment on any post at any time, or e-mail me. If I use your suggestion, I will credit you on my theme post for that month and in the theme announcement the week before. No promises that I will use every suggestion, because the themes have to be things that I would be able to do a post about.

Want to participate in the Monthly Theme?

Here’s how:

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
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  2. Paste the URL to your post using the Mister Linky box at the bottom of my September 1 post.
    Please use a direct link to your relevant post, NOT a link to your blog’s home page.
  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!

April 1 Theme: Vintage

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I’ve pretty much always had a love for fashions from the 1940s. Back in high school I came across a photo portrait of my paternal grandmother as a very young woman. Her soft, glamorous hair style, feminine and well-tailored clothing, and demure beauty struck me deeply and really formed the basis for what I consider the ideal of female aesthetics. Since then, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with movies filmed in that era. Mr. Kitty and I love to sit down and enjoy the fashion, cars and even the simple, no-frills plots and film style of these movies. I’ve always tried to reflect a bit of classic Hollywood glamour in my style, but for the past couple of years have gradually gravitated more toward incorporating actual vintage (or vintage reproduction) elements into my wardrobe.

Vintage Goth - Stop Staring!

I’ve featured this Stop Staring! dress previously on the blog, but for this look I wanted to push the vintage touches a bit farther. I assembled this outfit for a matinee performance of Wicked that we attended down in Orange County with another couple. I was so delighted with the end result, and even more so with the wonderful feedback I received from other random women at the show.

Vintage Goth

I’ve also been practicing 40s-inspired hair styles. With my limited styling skills (and patience!) plus my baby-fine, super-long hair, I have some unique challenges in this area. But with the use of just a few quick pin curls and some homemade rats (I use bits of black fishnet rolled up to the ideal size) I’m pretty thrilled with what I’ve been able to create. I’ve even been wearing this hair style to work, as it’s fairly quick to do in the mornings now that I’ve had some practice.

Vintage Accessories

What I love most about this look is, while I think it captures that demure, elegant class of a bygone era, it still retains enough touches of dark aesthetic to make me still feel like “me.”

Vintage Goth - Stop Staring!

This outfit was the debut of my first pair of stockings from What Katie Did. I love these because they are the ONLY stockings I’ve found where the back seam matches the color of the hosiery. Modern back-seam stockings invariably have a black seam even on flesh-tone hosiery. While I do love that look, it really doesn’t reflect a 1940s style accurately. A black seam was absolutely unheard of back then, and I’m fairly certain would have been viewed as downright scandalous! I love the subtlety of this pair.

Vintage Hosiery

The sequin cocktail hat and embroidered gloves for today’s look are true vintage. I found them both on eBay – I scored a lot of three 1940s hats for $15. This one was the only one that was in a ready-to-wear condition; I am currently restoring the other two. The gloves came in a lot of 11 pairs for $20!! Everything else in this look is vintage reproduction.

Vintage Hat and Gloves

What is your favorite era in terms of fashion, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments below or by including your own Vintage post in this month’s Linky!

Want to participate in this month’s theme?

Get the full details.

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
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NO ADULT CONTENT will be allowed.

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