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.

Red & Black Week 2014 Recap

Once again, it’s been a delightful Red & Black Week!  I’m a bit sad that it’s over.  Thank you so much to all of the wonderful Goth bloggers who took part in the event.

And now, the results!

We had a total of 27 participants this year (listed below).

Altogether, we posted 106 posts. 11 of us posted for all six days of the event – that’s more than 1/3 of the participants, the highest percentage of any year so far! 3 people posted five out of six, and 2 people posted on four out of six days. Our biggest single day was Day Five with 21 entries.

Topics covered included Women’s Fashion, Men’s Fashion, Shoes, Makeup, Jewelry, Nails, Hair, Food, Flowers, Home décor, Books/Literature, Music, Movies/Characters, Wrestling, Cars, Tattoos and more!

In case you missed anything, check out all of the Red & Black Posts.

Here is a list of everyone who participated throughout the week, along with links to their blogs. These are listed in the order in which they first posted, starting with Day One.

Please let me know if you find any errors or omissions in this list. There was a lot to keep track of, so I might have missed someone!

I have  a little surprise planned for ONE lucky winner out of the ladies who posted all 6 days (to be chosen randomly).  I just need some time to get it ready, so STAY TUNED!

Thank you again to all who participated, as well as those who just followed along.


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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 6: The Grand Finale

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Another set of grainy, blurry photos today… But I don’t care, because this is my Grand Finale outfit for Red and Black Week and I’m excited to share it!  At least the photos aren’t SO terrible you can’t make out the items in my outfit. I did take the detail shot below AFTER sorting my camera out, so at least one photo is clear!

Now’s your final chance to get involved in this fun event. It’s great exposure for your blog, and we all end up with many new followers and new favorites to follow ourselves.

Questions about this theme? Visit the Red & Black Week Rules and FAQs or e-mail me.

Gothic Red Corset

I have to admit, I’ve felt very trapped in the drudge of normalcy lately. As I mentioned in a post last week, my job is always crazy and lately a lot of personal responsibilities continuously rear their heads. That means little time to blog, and even less time for a nightlife: a scenario that always causes me to grow malcontent. So last weekend, we finally made time to break a several month long night club dry spell, and had WAY too much fun doing it!

Gothic Red Corset

Today, we say hello again to the red Frederick’s corset I featured on the final day of my very first Red and Black Week back in 2011.  As I mentioned in that post, I’m not a huge fan of the functionality of these inexpensive fashion corsets, but I love the price and the variety available.  So I decided to give this line a try, and to get the best of both worlds I just wear my favorite steel-boned underbust cincher beneath the lovely but flimsy Frederick’s piece.

I have a love-hate relationship with this Sinister skirt.  I loved it when I wore it with this outfit the other evening, but hate it in these photos.  I think it’s just too casual for this look (yes, I do have a strange idea of “casual”).  However, it does give me a distinctly different silhouette than the skirt I paired this corset with last time around, which was exactly what I was going for.

Gothic Corset and Accessories

This club ensemble proudly featured my Ravishing Ruffles choker from fellow blogger Hexotica.  This exact piece seems to currently be unavailable, but check out Hexotica’s Etsy shop for dozens of other gorgeous items!

Gothic Red Corset

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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 5: Dress as Skirt

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Well, I apparently mucked up my camera settings without realizing it until after I had photographed my final two outfits for Red & Black Week…  So, for today and tomorrow, I have grainy, blurry outfit pictures for you!  Oh well, just as every outfit can’t be perfect, every photo shoot definitely can’t go completely as planned.

We’re now in the home stretch of this year’s event!  Those of you who have participated every day so far, hang in there!  😀  Those who still haven’t participated, it’s not too late.  Hope you are inspired to join in before we wrap this thing up.  Today I bring you one more work ensemble, before we head into the finale tomorrow!

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Gothic Office Wear

I wanted to do another “remix” outfit, using the dress I featured in Red & Black Week back in 2012. This time, I traded the long sleeve shrug for a short sleeve blazer. I used the same red crystal butterfly brooch, but actually worn as a brooch this time! I topped the look off with my favorite chiffon scarf, tied in a bow. This ended up almost completely concealing the bodice of the dress, so it is pretty much just functioning as a skirt in this look. I was pleased with how this combination has a completely different vibe than the previous outfit. Dresses can be notoriously inflexible when it comes to remixing, but this one is simple enough it could be worn many different ways.

Gothic Office Wear

Work life continues to throw unexpected challenges at me. I hired a wonderful new part-time intern back in February who has been a life-saver in helping me stay caught up with my workload. I’m still steadily busy, but it’s been wonderful having a reliable and competent assistant for these past few months to keep things manageable. The only problem with a reliable, competent young employee is that most likely, they will be motivated to pursue a permanent full-time position, which I cannot offer. So, my fabulous protege did receive an excellent job offer, and will be moving on very soon. I’m simultaneously so happy for him, and worried how I will manage the expectations put upon me during the process of finding and training a replacement. It will likely take 2 months to get a new intern in place and get them up to speed on everything I need them to do, so it will certainly be stressful and busy for me. Wish me luck that I will at least find a new person who is equally helpful in the long run!

Gothic Office Wear

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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 4: Trying a Wasp Waist on for Size

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As I mentioned on Day 1, this year several of my Red & Black posts are all about celebrating a subtle touch of red. I wanted to include this recent club outfit because it features a perfect example of my favorite lip look, which has become a signature element of my club style.

Questions about this theme? Visit the Red & Black Week Rules and FAQs or e-mail me.

Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

When Mr. Kitty and I went shopping at What Katie Did back in September to find the perfect foundation garment for my Fabulous 40th Birthday dress, I couldn’t help but also notice this wasp-waist underbust corset hanging on a rack next to the checkout. I told myself I really didn’t need it, but I just had to try it on anyway. I fell so deeply and completely in love with it, Mr. Kitty bought it for me as my 40th birthday gift.

Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

Wearing a corset with such a dramatic shape and waist reduction is definitely a very different experience from any of my other corsets. While I do tend to lean toward tight lacing with all of my corsets, this one gave me approximately 2″ more reduction than usual. It was actually quite comfortable, due to the brilliant design: it’s cut short enough in the front to fall pretty much below the rib cage, so restricted breathing and bone compression were not issues at all.

Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

The extremely compressed waist was, however, rather uncomfortable while sitting in our car’s bucket seats for the 1-hour drive to the club. Next time, I will definitely wait until we arrive to tighten the lacing.

Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 3: Red, Black and White

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Today, for a change of pace, our sub-theme is Red, Black and White. You don’t absolutely have to include white in today’s post if you’d rather not – it’s just a fun variation for those who wish to give it a shot. 🙂

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Corporate Goth Outfit

I’ve been really, really good about not shopping too much lately. That’s quite an accomplishment for me, since buying too many clothes really is my only vice and I usually make no effort to refrain from doing so. 😉 However, I had a huge craving for some White House Black Market a few weeks ago… Instead of heading to the nearest mall with a WHBM store, I hit eBay instead. Wow, there is a huge selection of this brand available there for mostly very good prices!! I ended up scoring four cardigans and a dress. This is my favorite of the sweaters. I was excited to pair it with just a hint of a red cami peaking out, plus a garnet necklace. Red lips, nails and sparkly hair flowers carried the theme throughout the look.

Corporate Goth Fashion

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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 2: Office Edgy

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It’s Day 2 of Red & Black Week 2014. Yesterday was so much fun – as this week is approaching each year, I’m so busy getting my own posts prepared that I almost forget how much I enjoy seeing everyone’s contributions until we actually get started.  Then I am in heaven reading your posts and enjoying your creativity.

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Red and Black Office Goth Outfit

Today, the weekend is over and it’s back to work. I was in a very rare Pants Mood, which is the perfect opportunity to pull out these red and black platform Mary Janes. I don’t like to wear these shoes to work with skirts, because they are so dramatic. I feel like pants tone them down just enough that I can get away with wandering the halls and not draw too much attention to myself.

Red and Black Office Goth Outfit

A closeup of the shoes:

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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 1: Remixing

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Welcome to Day 1 of the 4th Annual Red & Black Week!  Last year, we had a total of 49 participants, and 15 of us posted ALL SIX days of the event.  That’s more than 1/3 of our participants!  Can we break that record this year?

Questions about this theme? Visit the Red & Black Week Rules and FAQs or e-mail me.

Gothic Red & Black Necklace

The balance of red and black in my outfits this year is a bit different from previous years. This time around, I decided to focus more on subtlety in the red and let it act as just a highlight for most of my looks, rather than the dominant element. I’m also challenging myself to re-use certain pieces from years past, since one of the primary interesting aspects of following a daily style blogger is seeing how the same pieces can be remixed to create fresh, new looks. Since most of us do not have an unlimited supply of variety in our closets, this is a crucial skill to learn if you don’t want to get totally bored.

Gothic Red & Black Necklace

In this outfit, I’m featuring a skirt that I just wore very recently on my blog, but this time in a very different summery look. I’ve also shown this top before, although it’s been quite some time since I don’t wear it often. I adore the lacey straps, but find that overall it’s not as figure-flattering as I would like. Still, it’s perfect for running around on a weekend trying to stay cool without losing my elegant edge.

Gothic Cameo Necklace

I also wanted to kick off the event featuring a gorgeous creation by fellow blogger Countess Audronasha of Gothically Yours. I ordered this necklace from her Etsy store, Deadly Cherries, and it immediately became a favorite piece in my accessory collection. I love how adding a new detail can make clothing pieces I’ve worn a zillion times feel fresh again.

Gothic Cameo Necklace

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It’s On! 4th Annual Red & Black Week Coming Soon!

June 1-7, 2014

Back by popular demand, Red & Black Week is coming Sunday, June 1.

There will be SIX days of Linky posts (Sunday – Friday). You can participate one day or all six days. On the seventh day I will post a recap of everyone who participated.

Once again, we’ll be doing the “Red, Black & White” sub-theme on Tuesday, June 3.  This was inspired by CorpGoth’s fabulous use of that combination during the 2nd Annual Red & Black Week, and became an official part of the event (and was a big hit!) last year.

Now, go and get those Red & Black posts ready.  It’s just under 3 weeks till we begin!

Curious to see how this event works?  Check out posts and participants from previous years and get inspired.

FAQs:

What is “Mr. Linky?”
Mr. Linky is a linking system that will be visible at the bottom of each of my posts during Red & Black Week. There will be a form where you can enter your name and blog post URL, then choose a photo from your post. Then your post will automatically be attached to my post so all of my readers can see it.

Do I have to post for all 6 days in order to participate?
No! You can post any one day of the week, or more if you wish!

Do my posts have to be outfits/fashion-related?
No!  Post any topic you like, as long as it relates to the theme of Red & Black.  In previous years, we’ve had cars, flowers, food, art, music videos, poetry, album covers, etc.  Be creative!

Can I only use red and black?
No! 🙂 Feel free to incorporate any additional colors, as long as each post also contains both red and black.

When I include the Red & Black icon in my post, does it have to be at the top?Does it have to be bright red, or does burgundy count?
ANY shade of red counts, from fire engine red to deep crimson, burgundy or wine! Just keep it in the red family, and don’t get too close to orange, pink or purple.

No. You can put the icon anywhere in your post, but it has to be somewhere in your post. It’s only polite to give your hostess credit for the event. Of course, I would love it if it was up top, front and center, but that’s not necessary. Put it wherever you think it looks best for your post.

Do I have to have a blog in order to participate?
Nope!  You can post a photo on Facebook (just make sure its privacy is set to “Everyone”) and then put a link to your Facebook photo in the Mr. Linky.  Feel free to contact me if you need help with how to do this.

To participate in Red and Black Week:

Each day (June 1-6), I will post my Red & Black outfit as well as a sign-up form (known as Mr. Linky). Add the icon to your Red & Black post for that day (it can be something you posted previously, as long as you go back and add the icon to the post). Then, come back to my blog and add a link to your post (direct link to your Red & Black post, not your blog’s home page) using the Mr. Linky sign-up form on my post.

Each day of the event, my post will launch at 12:00 am Pacific time.

Your posts don’t have to be about fashion, but they do have to be “dark” and they must incorporate a red and black theme. Non-Goth blogs are welcome to participate, as long as the posts evoke an appropriately dark and/or classy aesthetic.

You don’t have to participate every day of the event; feel free to just post once, twice or whatever you like!

Posts that are linked up without including the icon will be removed, because it’s my blog and I said so. 🙂

NO ADULT CONTENT will be allowed in the Mr. Linky.  Save the lingerie for your Significant Other.  🙂

Please share this invitation with any bloggers you know who might be interested in participating!

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