Red & Black Week 2013 Recap

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As always, I had a blast this Red & Black Week thanks to all of the wonderful Goth bloggers, new and old, who took part in the event. Thank you all SO much for such a fun week!

I also have to take a moment to thank Mr. Kitty. Without him, Red & Black Week would not happen. Not only does he help with some of the photo shoots, he takes on a lot of extra chores around the house during this busy week AND feeds me so I can keep up with reading your posts, commenting, and documenting everything throughout the week (and he gets me to work on time). He’s truly my partner in all things.

And now, the results!

We had a total of 49 participants this year. A bit fewer than last year, but it’s all about quality over quantity! 😉

Altogether, we posted 175 posts. 15 of us posted for all six days of the event (WOW – a MUCH higher percentage than last year). 6 people posted five out of six, and 5 people posted on four out of six days. Our biggest single day was Day Three with 33 entries, so I guess the Red, Black and White variation was a hit!

Topics covered included Fashion, Jewelry, Makeup, Nail Art, Hairstyles, Dolls, Stuffed Animals, Crafts Cars, Food, Home Décor, Music, Literature, Art, Wine, Costumes, Night Life, Movies, Insects 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’m already looking forward to June 2014, and I have some new ideas to incorporate next time around. In the meantime, stay tuned for my monthly one-day themes, which will resume July 1.

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


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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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Red & Black Week 2013, Day 4: A Non-Outfit Post

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We’re on the home stretch of Red & Black Week! Yesterday’s Theme Within A Theme was a fun way to break up the week. Today I’m going to continue with the unexpected by breaking out of the Outfit Post Rut (something I rarely do). This post is dedicated to a few other random Red & Black things in my life.

Purple may be my favorite color, but red always seems to make its way into just about everything sooner or later!

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My Kitchen

Gothic Red & Black Kitchen Gothic Red & Black Kitchen

Gothic Red & Black Kitchen Gothic Red & Black Kitchen


My Favorite Wine

Apothic Red Wine
Oops, the bottle is empty! It always seems to be. 🙁


Miss Gene Marshall

Miss Gene Marshall in Embassy Luncheon

Miss Gene Marshall in Embassy Luncheon Miss Gene Marshall in Embassy Luncheon

A recent obsession of mine. You’ll be learning more about the fabulous Ms. Marshall on this blog in the future. 🙂


My “Office Twin”

Red & Black Office Twins!
Although I don’t usually celebrate Halloween, we decided we had to dress alike for our first Halloween at this job because we find it endlessly amusing that people around our workplace constantly confuse us for each other. We started at about the same time, and we both have pale skin, black hair and black glasses… So we MUST be the same person! 😉 Turns out she’s awesome, and loves the same clubs and music that I do, so I’m happy to have her for my twin! I wasn’t even thinking of Red & Black Week when we chose these outfits, but it worked out nicely.


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Red & Black Week 2013, 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. 🙂

Today, I have a 50s-inspired work outfit for you. I thought this ensemble would be excellent for an office outfit. The white breaks up the darkness of the black and the boldness of the red, giving it such a cheery look that still has a dramatic edge to it.

Red, Black and White Gothic Vintage Outfit

When I spotted this dress on ModCloth, it spoke to the lover of vintage in me. Although I’m totally a 1940s girl, and this dress is distinctly more a 1950s style, I found the print so gorgeous I had to have it. It’s a cotton fabric, which breaks my rule of never buying cotton because the cat hair sticks to it so badly… But the print makes up for it by camouflaging the hair. This super lightweight dress is going to be perfect for summer.

Red, Black and White Gothic Vintage

The shoes are also from ModCloth – I was disappointed when I received them because I thought they would be a deeper red (it’s really impossible to tell online). Searching for something to wear with them, I found this belt on Amazon and hoped it would be a perfect match. I was delighted when it arrived and did indeed go with the shoes as if they were made for each other.

Red, Black and White Vintage Goth Outfit

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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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Red & Black Week Coming Very Soon!

Remember, Red & Black Week starts this coming Sunday, June 2. The first post, along with Mr. Linky, will launch at 12:00 am Pacific time.

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.

Just to try something new, the Tuesday post will be a theme within a theme! This will be Red, Black and White day, inspired by CorpGoth’s fabulous use of that combination last year.

Now, go and get those Red & Black posts ready. Let’s make the third year the best one yet!

Curious to see how this event worked last year?  Check out last year’s posts 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.  Last year, we had flowers, food, art, 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.

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.

When I include the Red & Black icon in my post, does it have to be at the top?
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.

To participate in Red and Black Week:

Each day (June 2-7), I will post my Red & Black outfit as well as a sign-up form. 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 Mister Linky sign-up form on my post.

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. 🙂

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

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Red & Black Week 2012 Recap

You ladies (and a couple of gentlemen!) really pulled out all the stops for Second Annual Red & Black Week.  I simply can’t express how pleased I am with the enthusiasm this event garnered amongst our little community!

It’s such a shame that Mr. Linky died in the final hours of the event.  This was beyond my control, as Linky is a paid service I use.  They have the system back up and running now, so if you missed getting your Day 6 post linked up, please let me know.

And now, the results!

We had a total of 62 participants this year; an incredible increase over last year’s 28 participants.

Altogether, we posted 218 posts.  12 of us posted for all six days of the event.  8 people posted five out of six, and 7 people posted on four out of six days. Our biggest single day was Day Two with 41 entries.

Topics covered included fashion, jewelry, makeup, nails, crafts, flowers, books, poetry, photography, video games, home decor, music videos, nightclubs, cars, hair care products, camping gear, drawings, paintings, food, toys, pets and more!

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

As promised, 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.

  1. VictorianKitty of Sophistique Noir
  2. Kraven Hellbeast of Meanwhile in Pandaemonium
  3. Amy of Gothica
  4. Jean of all Trades
  5. kakuidori of o.O 
  6. Nightshade of thepurplebroom
  7. SaryWalrus of The Walrus Room
  8. Lesthi of Lesthi’s Blog
  9. Pixel Pixie of Cuz I Said Sew
  10. Lynoire of Milking the Rolling Cow
  11. Siouxsie Law
  12. Madam Noire of Makeup Madness
  13. Jess Thai of Rabbit Library
  14. VavaBeeb of VavaBeeb Through the Looking Glass
  15. Amy Asphodel of Stripy Tights and Dark Delights
  16. Smashed Doll of Thoughts of a Smashed Doll 
  17. Xanthy of My life as a fairy princess
  18. Le Professeur Gothique 
  19. Linnea-maria
  20. Mr. Kitty of Wheels are Everything
  21. Twisted Princess of Darkling Dreams
  22. Blackblood of Blood is the New Black
  23. Mindless of Mindless Indulgence
  24. Sabayon of Ruffles Not Diets
  25. Sophie of BelfryBatz
  26. Leena of Luurankoja kaapissa
  27. Electrobat of Dark Entries
  28. Bixie Willow of Goth to Goth
  29. Sophie of The Dark Functionary
  30. The Heartsless Witch
  31. Jamie of Geeky Goth Girl
  32. Gothbarbie of Military Fashion Show
  33. Lady Bethezda of Bethezda’s Preoccupations
  34. Cris of Secret Diary of a Closet Goth
  35. Countess Audronasha of Gothically Yours
  36. Meagan Kyla of Coffin Kitsch 
  37. Far Away Girl of Over the Mountains and Far Away 
  38. Sheridan of The Zombie Moshpit
  39. Cirque de Beaute
  40. Crazy Nigel of lil’ bit
  41. Katelynn of Life of a Babybat
  42. Trystan of This is CorpGoth
  43. Unlacing the Victorians
  44. Alicia of yunxheexpyong
  45. Ms. Lou of The Neo-Victorian Parlour
  46. Bane of GIY: Goth it Yourself
  47. Sal K. of Still Dark @ Heart
  48. Housecat of Domesticated
  49. Saskia of Catacomb Kitten
  50. Caitlin of Diary of a Girly Nerd
  51. Dani DeathBiscuit of Confessions of an Australian Goth 
  52. The Cemetery Dreamer
  53. The Everyday Goth
  54. Prunio
  55. Merrihel Wednesday of Style and Graphite
  56. Marmalade Marionette
  57. traicetrak of The Airstepper’s Adventure
  58. ette of Be old, be new, be different!
  59. Christopher Courtley of Courtley Manor
  60. Daughter of the Jaded Era
  61. Katelyn of The Bat Cave
  62. Mistress Mystral of Mustaa Pitsia

Please let me know if you find any errors or omissions in this list.  I’m human!  😉

Honorary Participant Number 63:
As a little bonus, here is the youngest participant ever in Red & Black Week!  This little darling is a relative of mine who apparently really loved our theme.  Someday, I will buy her a fabulous pair of shoes to go with that dress!

Thanks for a great week, everyone!  I can’t wait for June 2013 so we can do it again.  In the meantime, stay tuned for my monthly one-day themes, which will resume July 1.


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Red & Black Week, Day 6: A Night at the Pantages

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This is it!  Day 6, and the conclusion of an amazing week of Red & Black Gothy Blogging!  Show us what you’ve got for the grand finale, and be sure to check back tomorrow for a recap of everyone who participated.

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In the interest of full disclosure, please be aware that I had to recreate this look. 🙂 The event I actually wore it to took place on October 31, 2010, before I had even dreamed up my blog. But I kept remembering it when I was contemplating this year’s Red & Black Week…

The big event was the final night of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. I managed to turn my dad into a Phantom fan when I took him to see it at the Pantages back in 1999. When he heard in 2010 it was closing down for good, he was determined to attend one of the final performances. Dad, Mr. Kitty an I actually went twice in one week; once sitting front-row center, then again five nights later about half-way back for the final performance. It was an amazing experience. And one of the only times I’ve gone out in an evening gown and actually NOT looked out of place.

This gown is by Jessica McClintock, who I suppose you could say is my favorite designer for formal wear. The dress I wore for the first Movie Monday was also from her line (sadly, I had to retire that dress after that wearing), and I have one other that you’ll see sometime soon.

The necklace and earrings were from a random no-name accessory store in the mall, back when I lived in Burbank. My wrap was just a long piece of tulle, right off of the bolt. I suppose I could’ve at least sewed some trim on it, but who has the time?

This August, we hope to go see the “modified” version of Phantom currently running in Vegas* before it closes in September. Mom’s not into the theatre at all, so I guess she’s staying home petsitting. 😉

* Blech -I hate everything about Vegas… but what’s a fan girl to do?

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