Red & Black Week: Satin Skirt for Work

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I went a little bit brighter with the red today, with this just-below-knee-length satin skirt. And I was lucky to have a scarf that matched almost perfectly!

I’ve been known for wearing satin to work that’s a bit too fancy, so today I toned it down with a simple, jersey knit tunic-length top that ties in the back. The top has a deep v-neck, which I made appropriately modest using a lace band made just for such purposes. Have you seen these things? It seems they are becoming fairly popular, as I see them in mall stores, Target, even Jo-Ann (yes, the fabric store). They usually come in white, black, and flesh-tone and really are a brilliant solution for concealing cleavage at the office! 😉 They would be super-easy to make at home, too.

 

The silver, garnet and marcasite pendant is from Target, and of course the beaded necklace it hangs from was made by me. The beads look red and black, but they are actually dark red and brighter red.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with for Red & Black Week today!  And remember, you don’t have to post every day in order to participate.  So if you missed the last two days and want to join in later in the week, go for it!  🙂

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Red & Black Week: Red Roses

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This fabulous blouse is the one and only lucky find I’ve ever had from Ross. It was probably a decade ago. I have to say, Ross never has impressed me. I’ve only been a handful of times and and it was never a good experience. I recently vowed never to subject myself to that again.  many people I know absolutely love Ross, so maybe it’s just the one in my town that’s no good… I guess I don’t have the patience to hunt for the needle in the haystack. So ends my Ross shopping story, forever. At least I have this one lovely thing to show for it.

The pencil skirt with ruched side panels is from Forever 21. It’s made from a fabric similar to black denim, only much softer. It has an exposed zipper in the back, which is not a trend that I am crazy about. Luckily my shirts usually cover it, but just to be safe I also painted it black with an industrial-strength Sharpie. How’s that for a DIY?  ;-D

 

I’ve really been trying to remember where this necklace came from, to no avail. It’s becoming an obsession, and driving me crazy. It was also a very long time ago, so I should just make something up and get on with my life. But I couldn’t do that to my loyal followers! So it shall remain a mystery…

Are there any other Goths out there who wear florals?

Be sure to check out yesterday’s Red & Black Week link-up to see everyone’s Day 1 contributions!  Several came in late in the day, and they are not to be missed!  🙂

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Red & Black Week: A Romantic Day in L.A.

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Recently Mr. and Mrs. VictorianKitty took a couple of days off work, just because. It was the first time in five years together that we’ve done this, without any kind of familial vacation plans. We spent one day just catching up on some things around the house. The second day we spent together on a little one-day vacation in Los Angeles.

 

First, we visited the Petersen Automotive Museum. We’ve been there several times, as they always have different exhibits (like most museums). This time was 60 Years of NHRA. However, as usual, my favorite car of they day was something other than a hot rod. By some stroke of fashion blogging luck, they had a 1939 Bugatti that matched my outfit perfectly! After the museum, we had dinner in downtown Burbank followed by a car show at Bob’s Big Boy in Toluca Lake. No, we don’t eat at Bob’s Big Boy. 🙂 But we loved the car show!

Now, on to the outfit… This skirt is one of my too-few pieces from Heavy Red. It has a solid lining topped with a swirly mesh layer. This skirt is like one currently found on the Heavy Red site, except in solid black.

The red strapless top from Body Central features a lovely rhinestone detail on the bodice. Lovely, but it didn’t really suit my style. Solution: cover it with a flower pin! Of course there was no way to pin the flower to this metal embellishment, so I relied on Hollywood Fashion Tape. I scored this top on sale for $7!

Bodice – Original…

 

Bodice – Modified

The bat pendant is one of my few truly “cliché” jewelry pieces. It is sterling silver and came from a creepy little independent bookstore in Burbank years ago. Yes, creepy: they specialized in horror novels. I made the necklace for it myself from glass beads.

Close-Up of Today’s Shoes

These shoes turned out to be amazingly comfortable. We strolled around all day and my feet didn’t hurt a bit. It helps that Pleaser was kind enough to add a bit of cushion inside the soles. I don’t know if they would have been so comfy on bare feet… I suspect that the tights helped keep friction from the strap at bay!

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Bloggers: Join Me for Red and Black Week

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June 5-10, 2011

I’ve been enjoying participating in various fashion blogger events, such as Color Brigade and Rule-Breaking Monday. There seems to be a shortage of Goth-related blogging events, so I thought I would start one up! My theme is Red & Black Week, since this is a pretty classic Gothic color combination.

To participate in Red and Black Week:

Each day (June 5-10), 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 (red evening gown with black accessories would be awesome, for example, but a red and black football uniform would be not so much).

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

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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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