Red & Black Week, Day 5: Contrast

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I must apologize for not getting to comment yet on everyone’s posts from yesterday. It was a very challenging day at work, and I just needed to rest when I finally got home. I promise tonight I will read and comment on all the posts from both yesterday and today. So keep them coming!

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I bought this corset ages ago (as in, not even this century), before I knew much (as in anything) about the importance of quality in corsetry. Naturally, the plastic boning in this thing bends and bulges in very unflattering ways and is getting worse over time. Still, it’s very durable for an inexpensive piece, and I love the drama of it, so I’ll probably hang onto it until it starts to wear out.

I think pretty much every Goth girl has a corset similar to this one, so I’m definitely not winning any points for originality today! I hope my necklace by Artwith Latex can make up for that! This was the first piece I ordered from them (I’ve since acquired a choker/bracelet set), after seeing an ad in Gothic Beauty magazine. All of their pieces are amazing, and the creation process sounds like a true art form. The only problem is the necklace tends to shift gradually as I move my head throughout the evening, so I hold the center part in place with a tiny piece of fashion tape.

Today’s makeup is inspired by the work of Madame Noire. I often wear red in the crease, but I tried blending more black into it for this look. These photos are from last weekend, and naturally this week Ms. Noire did a tutorial on a more subtle use of red shadow, which I like much better than my heavy application. I love very heavy makeup in dark clubs, but next time I want a more versatile red shadow look, I’ll be using her tips for sure!

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Red & Black Week, Day 4: Ruching and Pleating

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Welcome to Red & Black Week Day 4 of 6!  We’re halfway there, ladies!  🙂 We’ve had an astonishing number of participants so far! But I’m not going to reveal how many yet. I’ll save the surprise for my Post-Red & Black Week Wrap-Up this Saturday!

If anyone missed their chance to link up their posts from yesterday due to the brief Mr. Linky malfunction, let me know and I will be sure to add you manually. I know some of you are dedicated to participating every day of the event, and I don’t want anyone to miss out if they had something planned!

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Maybe I should’ve called this Ruche & Black Week.  😉  What can I say; that’s my absolute favorite clothing detail ever.  I have tons of ruched sleeves, bodices and skirts.  This strapless satin top is interesting in the fact that I think it’s the only strapless top I’ve ever seen that buttons up the front.  It also has a cute little sash, which I prefer to just wrap around the back (using the built-in belt loops) than all the way around.  Someday I’ll try it with a black sash, which I think would look cute tied in a bow in the front.

This top is another perfect color match for my all-time favorite red and black shoes!  I recently grabbed the asymmetrical sheer pleated skirt from Ross.  Yeah, I went from being a Ross hater to a total Ross groupie.  But I can’t resist a skirt that’s longer in the back than in the front!  I’m pretty sure we Goths invented that, despite the fact that it actually seems to be extremely popular suddenly…

You might remember this cross from one of my Red & Black Week outfits in 2011. I’m wearing red rhinestone stud earrings, too, although they pretty much look black in the photos.

I was experimenting with grey makeup in preparation for my new job…  I wore it darker here than I have been to work, to make it more evening-appropriate, but I wanted to see how the color looked on me, and make sure it didn’t irritate my lids. I’ve had a lot of allergic reactions to eye shadows, which is why I usually stick with either Ben Nye or Bare Minerals. This one is by the latter, and as usual this brand was safe for me. However, I decided that it had a bit too much sparkle in it, since I wanted to pair it with a shimmery pink, so I’ll be on the hunt for a matte grey next time I’m at the one store I know of that actually sells Ben Nye (other than online, but I like to see makeup products in person before I buy them the first time, when possible).

Wow; why do my nails look pink in this photo??

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Red & Black Week, Day 3: Red Dress, Black Cardi

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First off, I wanted to extend a warm welcome to my newest followers.  Seems I’ve gained a few as a result of this week’s big event.  Thank you all so much for taking part, whether you are contributing blog posts of your own or just enjoying those of others.  Hope everyone is having fun with it!

Today, Red & Black Week continues with Day 3 of 6, and another work outfit.

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This dress is a twin of the purple dress I wore during my first interview for the new job.  I grabbed them both at Ross on the same day a couple months ago, because I loved everything about the cut.  The ruched bodice is super-flattering, and the a-line skirt is perfect for work!

Today’s tattoo-concealing shrug is a modification of an old, unflattering cardi.  I cut off the front button part, cut the whole thing shorter and hemmed it all the way around.  Now it is just the right length to not hide my figure or my dress.

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I ditched the shrug when Mr. Kitty picked me up from work so we could go out for a nice dinner.  Did I mention that Mr. Kitty and I are commuting together now that I have this new job?  He’s been commuting for several years, and now my new employer happens to be right on his way to his office.  So we get to keep each other company for the first half of his drive, and we save on gas!  Sometimes it’s nice to stop for dinner halfway home to unwind a bit and break up the drive.

I spontaneously wore a side ponytail as a variation on my usual side bun.  Everyone at work was shocked to see how long my hair is.  I always love revealing that little secret to a new group of people when they’ve only ever seen me with my hair up.  🙂

The necklace and bead earrings are self-made. This bracelet is just a set of beaded stretch bracelets I bought in a random accessory shop on Melrose, with a sparkly butterfly brooch attached.  Another spontaneous decision, because I was dying to incorporate that little guy into my Red & Black posts this year but didn’t have any outfits planned that called for a brooch.  I had to be very careful not to smash him all over my desk throughout the day…  It seems he survived without injury!

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Red & Black Week, Day 2: Black Turtleneck, Red Cardi, Wide Belt

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We had a great turnout for Day One of Red & Black Week! Thank you all so much for the great kick-off. Now, it’s on to Day Two. Today, I’m bringing you one of my New Job Outfits.

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I was so happy to find a couple of ways to incorporate the color scheme of the week into my new job wardrobe!   I bought this red cardigan at Ross during my “OMG I need more long sleeves” panic shopping.  Coverups like this are a perfect way to utilize many of my current short-sleeve pieces without revealing any tattoos, so I’ve accumulated several different colors over the past month.

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m not a fan of loose, drapey things that hide a woman’s figure…  Adding an elastic belt from random mall store gave this outfit a lovely shape, plus that shiny buckle added some drama without going over the top with accessories (which I usually do, but haven’t built up the courage for at the new job).

I kept the rest of the outfit simple with a sleeveless mock turtleneck shell and stretchy black pencil skirt.  This skirt is currently a bit too snug in the … backside… to wear to work without a coverup, so this cardi is serving multiple purposes!!  I still need to shape up a bit after gaining 10 pounds during my “old job drama.”  My mental health has improved dramatically, so I am no longer living on a diet of red wine and chocolate, but I still haven’t gotten back in the habit of exercising. I sure miss the energy I had when I was in better shape! And that handful of my favorite skirts that are currently obscenely tight and unwearable because when I put on weight, it all goes directly to my behind!  :/

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Red & Black Week, Day 1: Vintage Polka Dots

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Happy Second Annual Red & Black Week! I’ve been looking forward to this ever since last year’s inaugural event.  I’ll be waiting up till after midnight tonight, like a kid waiting for Santa, to see who’s the first to post in the Linky.  ;-D

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I scored this polka dot wiggle dress at Macy’s last month on sale for 50% off. Technically, I was shopping for new work clothes, but this was 50% off. Admit it; you would have done the same thing. 😉 So, to justify it as a work-related purchase, I wore this outfit to a little New Job Celebration with a couple of friends. One of our friends was having some work drama of her own, which was resolved just about the same time as I got my offer, so champagne was definitely in order!

A vintage look like this just screams for flesh-tone fishnets, doesn’t it?  Of course, in the photos you can’t tell they are fishnets. Trust me, they are; and they looked fabulous in person!

In my opinion, nothing goes better with black and white polka dots than red accessories. I think this is the first time I’ve worn the “other pair” of red shoes I bought on my birthday last year.  I tied the shoes in with a red hair flower adorning my ponytail, and matching lipstick.

I can’t wait to see what my fellow Goth bloggers are wearing this week to honor this much-celebrated color scheme. Let the linking begin!

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Second Annual Red & Black Week Coming Soon!

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June 3-8, 2012

Last year, I organized Red & Black week on a whim because there didn’t seem to be any Goth blogging events happening. It was such a big hit, there were some suggestions that this should become an annual event. And so it shall.

The first week each June will be Sophistique Noir’s Red & Black Week!

There will be six (6) days of posts (June 3-8). Then on June 9th I’ll do a recap featuring everyone who participated. The posts will work just like my Monthly Themes: each participant can come to my blog each day of the week and link up their post using Mr. Linky.

The big event starts three weeks from today.  Now, get busy planning your Red & Black posts!  🙂

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 3-8), 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!

Questions? E-mail me using the Contact Me page.

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Red & Black Week: Post-Event Wrap-Up

All I can say is, Wow.  I’m blown away by the amount of participation and publicity this event garnered.  I had hoped maybe eight people would be excited about the idea and maybe five would actually join in…  😀  Instead, we had a grand total of 28 wonderful and creative participants, contributing 87 posts!!!  The Goth Blogger community is a GREAT group to be a part of.  I would like to offer a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the week, and especially those who helped spread the word and make this event what I consider a smashing success.

Here’s a list of all of the participants, in the order that they first linked up their Red & Black posts.

  1. VictorianKitty of Sophistique Noire
  2. Amy of The Ultimate Goth Guide
  3. Loupie of Loupie’s Blog
  4. Saskia of Graveyard Picnic
  5. Deb of Gothic By Design 
  6. Pandora and Orilla of Wicked Babes
  7. Corin of A Darker Kind of Fashion
  8. Tenebris in Lux of Neverending Playlist of a Psycho
  9. Leanne of Music4pumpkins
  10. Siouxsie of Siouxsie Law
  11. Jamie of Geeky Goth Girl
  12. Sada of Dressology HQ 
  13. Audronasha the Countess of Gothically Yours
  14. Mark of Wheels are Everything 
  15. Kelli of GlumPlum 
  16. Trystan of This is Corp Goth
  17. Captain Morgan of Mental Pirate
  18. Sal Kaye of Still Dark at Heart
  19. DuskRose of The Midnight Ballroom
  20. Amy Wilson of Working
  21. Zellain of The Morbid Fashion
  22. Sabayon of Ruffles Not Diets
  23. Caveat Calcei of Law and Shoes
  24. Rachel of Rachel’s Cupcake Chronicles
  25. Kitty Lovett of Bloggery of a Gothcat
  26. Sarah of The Walrus Room 
  27. Julianne of This Second’s Obsession
  28. Robin of Victorian Android

View all of the Red & Black Week posts and link-ups!

Amy of The Ultimate Goth Guide made a *brilliant* suggestion. She suggested we make this an annual event. So, the first full week in June each year will officially be Sophistique Noir’s Red & Black Week!

It will be exciting to see how the long-term bloggers evolve their takes on the theme from year to year, and even how we influence each other. Also, those who expressed a wish that they owned more red items this year can keep their eyes open for the perfect pieces, and build their red wardrobes up a bit in preparation for next year if they want.

In the meantime, I have some ideas for monthly one-day themed events. Starting in July, I will reveal the theme a week or so in advance, then do my post on it (with a Mr. Linky sign-up form) on the first day of the month. You can link up a post of your own from that day or any previous post you have done, as long as it meets the criteria for that month’s theme. We’ll have lots of variety; sometimes a color scheme, sometimes a specific style, sometimes a specific article of clothing, etc. I’ll try to make some of the themes not too fashion-specific, so you can still be creative with the topics of your posts. Also, I’ll be taking suggestions on theme ideas, and if I use your idea I will credit you on the post for that month.

Back to regularly scheduled outfit posts tomorrow!  🙂

Red & Black Week: The Grand Finale

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I’ve truly been enjoying Red & Black Week. I really appreciate all of the wonderful contributions that have been made by my readers! I want you to know that I have read each and every post and will be sure to comment on them all. I haven’t had time to reply to all of your nice comments on my posts, but I do deeply appreciate them. Thank you all for making this a fabulous week!!

As my grand finale for the week, I present to you a club outfit featuring my very favorite necklace. Think you’ve seen it here before? Not quite. 🙂 I actually have a black one that is identical, whereas this one is deep crimson. Both are incredibly well made from glass beads, and both were purchased at Necromance on Melrose Blvd several years ago.

You might also recognize this corset. This is a Frederick’s piece. I have to say; I don’t even consider Frederick’s corsets to be worthy of the term “corset” since they all have plastic boning. They absolutely cannot be used for waist reduction at all. When cinched, plastic boning will just bend, bulge and warp, getting worse and worse the longer it is worn. The only way I achieved this lovely silhouette was by wearing a Gallery Serpentine underbust corset beneath the Frederick’s corset.

So why do I own it if it’s not good quality? I have purchased this particular style in three colors because it is a VERY inexpensive way to add variety to one’s wardrobe. I can only buy so many high-quality steel-boned corsets at $200 apiece! Plus there are certain colors that I don’t wear often enough to warrant such an investment, but would like to have available when the urge strikes. And the lovely lace trim along the top edge is just too pretty to resist! Rest assured I wouldn’t be caught dead (although that would be SO Goth) wearing these “corsets” without a good steel corset underneath to give it structure.

The long pencil skirt is from Newport News. It has a cute v-shaped yoke in the front, but I found the rest of the skirt to be a bit boring. So I added a sheer drapey piece down the front, some embroidered trim along the yoke and a satin rose in the center. Now it makes me feel pretty.

Did everyone enjoy Red & Black Week? Now show me you grand finales!

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Red & Black Week: Velvet!

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Here’s a fabric I don’t wear too often, thanks to the presence of four hairy felines in my household. Velvet! Okay, this is just inexpensive crushed stretch velvet, but to me that’s the most comfortable kind. I’m not a fan of heavy fabrics, although I do have a couple of “nice” velvet pieces that you’ll see eventually.

In my opinion, this dress embodies the term that Jamie used recently, “Insta-Goth.” No creativity involved; just pull it out of the “How to Be Goth” Catalog and you’re done. 😉 As you might have gathered from yesterday’s post, it’s not one of my favorite dresses for that reason… Still, it’s perfect for those days when I’m just not feeling creative but want something prettier than just a t-shirt. It’s cute, comfortable, and did I mention, Velvet! 🙂 I’ve had this dress for at least 15 years, but hadn’t worn it in quite a while. I decided that it would be a wonderful outfit for hanging out around the house. Now I am determined to commit myself to getting more use out of it!

Sitting on the floor, because Comfy Dress calls for it!

I made the matching gloves myself, as one of my very first sewing projects shortly after buying the dress. At that time, I felt that the gloves simply had to match the outfit perfectly. These days, I think I would prefer this dress with plain black gloves, or maybe none at all. But it was nice to pull out one of my old homemade pieces to enjoy again.

What is the oldest piece of Goth clothing in your wardrobe?

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Red & Black Week: Dinner Date!

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This outfit was just a quick change after work to go for Persian food with the husband. As I was preparing this post I realized that it is a 100% Mall Outfit! Aside from the shoes, everything on my person came from the mall.

I know you are thinking, “Boy, for someone who’s far too old to be a Mall Goth, she sure does spend a lot of time at the mall!”  It’s partly because there isn’t much to do in our small town, and my husband and I both love shopping.

Goth has been around for three decades now, and in that time it’s only natural that certain elements would successfully infiltrate the mainstream. It’s a look that many people find attractive to some degree, even if they are not part of the culture. Not to mention, the evening wear market has long been dominated by the black, lacy and sparkly; items that we dark ones can surely put to use!  I know that while the mainstream may adopt some elements that Goths made famous, those things will always look better on us than on them.  I use those trends as opportunities to make my life simpler by grabbing up what is readily available and relatively inexpensive.

As an added bonus, shopping at familiar stores seems to give the normies in my life a feeling that I am more approachable. They realize that they can relate to me when they learn that I shop at many of the same places they do, such as Macy’s, Dillards, and New York & Company.

I’m rambling on now, but with a point. And that is, don’t shun readily available shopping resources just because they aren’t Goth enough. YOU are Goth enough, so take advantage of what is available (and often less expensive), and make it uniquely you.

Besides, where do you think the pioneers of our genre back in the early 80s got their clothing? There was no Lip Service or Demonia back then… Something to think about 🙂

So, give me the truth now: what store dominates your wardrobe?

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