Gone, but hopefully not forgotten!

Hello fans and blogger friends! It’s been months since I have posted, and in the meantime I’ve received so many messages asking my whereabouts that I can’t keep up with the replies! Thanks so much for all the love – I just wanted to post a quick note to say yes, all is well. Other priorities have, well, taken priority in my life, plus I’ve decided that the 40+ hours a week I spend being paid to sit in front of a computer are MORE than enough computer time for me. ūüôā

I plan to keep my blog,¬†Facebook page¬†and Instagram¬†online, although inactive, so those who wish can enjoy the archives. I might jump back into the blog world someday… You never know! Meanwhile, I still take a peek now and then at those of you who are still blogging, even though I don’t have much time to read detailed posts or compose thoughtful comments. You might, at least, see me “like” an Instagram post here and there – it’s impossible to quit cold turkey. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†You all are still inspiring me!¬†<3

Vintage Mirror Selfies

I’ve worn some wonderful Dark Vintage looks lately, but I temporarily disassembled my photo studio so I haven’t been able to take nice photos. ¬†Here are some mirror selfies that I grabbed just to document the outfits until I can photograph them properly!

The first is a vintage wool knit set in navy blue that I found on eBay. ¬†The top was missing one¬†button at the collar, so I added a vintage faux pearl necklace I recently stole from my grandma’s stash of costume jewelry. ¬†The earrings are actually modern Avon, and the cute ivory raffia hat (which you can barely see) is a vintage find from Etsy.

Vintage Goth Fashion

The second outfit is a pink chiffon cocktail dress. ¬†I was watching this dress on Etsy for months, but was hesitant to buy it because it is SO pink. ¬†Finally the seller lowered the price a couple of times, and it became too inexpensive to pass up! ¬†I’m so glad I bought it – the cut and details are just amazing, and the fabric is exquisite. ¬†To “darken” the look up, I added abundant dramatic black accessories and black nail polish. ¬†I also wore a black velvet cocktail hat, which doesn’t show in the photo.

Vintage Goth Fashion

I promise to return with higher-quality studio photos soon!!


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2010s Does 80s Does 40s… Evening Version.

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Today I am doing a Day to Evening Post, but in reverse order. ¬†I wanted to start with the Evening look, to show this dress in its original form. ¬†Tomorrow, I’ll post the Day version to show how I re-styled it to make it office appropriate.

Grey Polka Dot Peplum Dress

When I saw this dress on the ModCloth website, it was hard to tell what the proportions were or what¬†the fit would be like. ¬†I was truly hoping for a more classic 40s fit, but it’s impossible to tell in pictures on a mannequin. ¬†I added it to my wishlist anyway, because I fell in love with the fabric, the peplum, and that adorable grosgrain bow at the waist. ¬†Mr. Kitty loved it, too, so he bought it for me!

Vintage Hairstyle

The skirt turned out to be much shorter than I expected, and the fit is very, very body-conscious. ¬†I love body-con fashion, but in this case it’s just a bit too snug for me (especially since it has no stretch whatsoever). ¬†It really struck me as having an¬†80s vibe to it, reminiscent of the big “80s does 40s” trend. ¬†So I decided to play that up with satin gloves and pearl overload, while keeping it a bit more classic with my hairstyle and simple shoes.

Grey Polka Dot Peplum Dress

This turned out to be a fun look, but not one I would get a lot of use out of. ¬†There also just isn’t that hint of Goth that I love to incorporate into vintage-inspired looks. ¬†The¬†office version of this dress worked much better for me. ¬†Stay tuned to read about it in my next post!


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Regal Car Show Attire

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Red Queen's Black Legion - RQBL

Today’s post is actually an outfit I wore to a car show back in January. Our summer has been ridiculously hot, so there’s been no chance to wear anything nearly this regal for the past several months. But I’m still getting caught up on a backlog of outfit shots I have stored on my computer that I never got around to posting!

Red Queen's Black Legion - RQBL

The jacket is by Red Queen’s Black Legion. I find their styles usually don’t suit my taste, but I stumbled upon this on eBay and instantly loved it. It’s actually fairly lightweight, but still not suited to our 100+ degree heat. I’m looking forward to fall so I can break this beauty out again, although around here it won’t even begin to cool off in the slightest until November.

Red Queen's Black Legion - RQBL

How has the fall weather been shaping up in your area? Are you starting to dust off those boots, jackets and layers of luxurious velvet?


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Don’t Forget: September Theme Starts Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the September 1 ‚ÄúMakeup‚ÄĚ theme begins TOMORROW, September 1, starting at midnight Pacific Time.

Stay tuned for a much-requested tutorial on part of my signature look! I rarely do tutorials, so don’t miss it. ūüėČ

I hope all of my readers will join in and share daily makeup looks, special event makeup, drag queen styles, 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!

Non-bloggers are welcomed and encouraged to participate! You can post your makeup looks on my Facebook page and I’ll add them to the Linky.

Mr. Linky will close at 11:59 PM PST on September 3. However, remember that the earlier you link up, the more people will see your post! Also the Linky box at the bottom of my post will tell you how many hours you have left until it closes.

Get the complete details and rules.

Dancing in Vintage-Inspired Velvet

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Vintage-Inspired Velvet

It’s currently a bit warm to go out dancing I velvet, but last spring I put this outfit together while the nights in Los Angeles were still delightfully cool. This overdress is the very first Stop Staring piece I ever purchased, and I don’t get to wear it as often as I would like!

Vintage-Inspired Velvet & Accessories

I actually bought this back before the brand became so wildly popular with “pin up” culture, although it was destined to happen eventually. I went on to buy quite a few of their pieces, and even got married in one… And while I still absolutely adore their aesthetic, I’m frustrated with their cut. Their line goes strictly for pure sex appeal, not vintage sophistication. Sometimes a sexy wiggle dress suits my fancy, but most of the time when I’m going for a vintage look, I want something more tasteful (and less over-played, at least here in SoCal). I much prefer actual 40s vintage, or more authentic reproductions. I’ll actually be putting several pieces from my Stop Staring collection up for sale soon, if I can ever find the time.

Vintage-Inspired Velvet & Accessories

This particular piece, however, is definitely a permanent resident of my closet. I still love the gorgeous draping of the ruffles, which are just enough without being overdone. It’s a perfect blend of vintage versus Goth.

Vintage-Inspired Velvet

I paired the overdress with a lace camisole and a simple skirt that has a matching asymmetrical hemline. The earring and pendant set are from Avon, and the gloves were a gift from Mr. Kitty (purchased from Great Lookz, I believe).

Vintage-Inspired Velvet & Accessories

have you ever had a brand that you adored and collected, only to lose interest in it later?


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More Rear-View Details

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Fancy Crocheted Fishnets

You all know how much a love an outfit with interesting details in the back. I’ve featured these ornate fishnets before in my Hosiery monthly theme, but not with a complete outfit. For a recent day outing with Mr. Kitty, I paired them with my favorite Shape FX dress and plenty of dark, artsy accessories.

Gothic Fashion

It most definitely requires bravery and finesse to wear so many rings and bracelets with such delicate and pricey hosiery. I was incredibly careful each time I had to visit the ladies room! Somehow I made it through the entire day without a snag. Still, I won’t be wearing these too often, because I do want them to last. They were enough of an extravagant purchase that I’m not likely to ever own another pair!

Gothic Hair


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Rhinestones and Lace, Part 2

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Yesterday’s Day to Evening transition consisted of just one very simple modification. I loved the silhouette of this outfit without a jacket, but thought the velvet blazer would be a perfect addition to this romantic look for date night. I simply added this piece to my office-friendly outfit before going out to dinner with Mr. Kitty after work.

I’ve worn the blazer on this blog before, but failed to capture the details of the lace trim I added to hide where the fabric was ripping. Yes, this was from Forever 21 (many moons ago) so it wasn’t really made to last, but I gave it new life.

Okay, maybe such a simple transition is cheating for a Day to Evening post, but sometimes things just don’t have to be complicated. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†If you missed the day version of this look, be sure to check it out!

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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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