September 1 Theme: Special Occasions

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I’ve been out of the Monthly Theme business ever since Red & Black Week back in June. I’ve missed all of the sharing that goes on for these themes!  So take a moment to make the blog world a brighter place and let’s all celebrate Special Occasions together today!

So, sometimes I create a lovely outfit, take an excellent batch of photos, and then somehow misplace them and they never get posted. 🙁 Back in March, Mr. Kitty and I celebrated our seven-year anniversary! This was our “when we met” anniversary – our fourth wedding anniversary will be on my birthday later this month. Which will also be my Fabulous Fortieth, and I am so excited! But we’ll talk more about that when the time comes. 😉

Glamorous Gothic Evening Outfit

I scored this taffeta-esque evening gown at Ross for $11. Yes, eleven dollars. Okay, so it’s not Jessica McClintock quality, but it’ll do for a dinner in a town where most people wear baseball caps and flip-flops to the nicest restaurant in the area! I don’t usually go for the one-shoulder thing, but this one felt classy to me with the elegant folds over the bodice. Paired with a vintage veiled cocktail hat, ruched satin gloves and rhinestone jewelry (including the necklace Mr. Kitty got me for Valentine’s Day this year), I felt like a star from the 40s. You all know how much I love that feeling!

Mr. & Mrs. Kitty

Isn’t Mr. Kitty amazingly handsome in a tie? I’m sure super glad I married him.

Glamour Goth Fashion

Mr. Kitty didn’t seem to feel slighted at all when I told him I spent only$11 on a dress for our special night. He even liked the one-shoulder thing, which he usually hates even more than I do. Still, I find myself fantasizing what this gown would look like without it… Who knows what you will see next time I wear it! 😉

Mr. & Mrs. Kitty

Style Crone - Hat AttackI’m also participating in Style Crone’s Hat Attack today, with this vintage veiled cocktail hat I found on eBay.  I bought a few of these more than 10 years ago, before vintage really got popular, so I scored some great deals.  It’s amazing that there are only a couple of tiny flaws on the delicate veils after all the years of loving use they must have seen.  I’m so happy that Style Crone is doing this new monthly theme.  I’ve long adored her blog and she’s most definitely one of my fashion icons – a gorgeous, mature woman with a never-ending sense of style and an incredible collection of hats!

 

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Don’t Forget: September One-Day Theme Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the September 1 “Special Occasions” theme day is tomorrow, September 1, beginning at midnight Pacific Time.

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Masquerade… A special offer from Vivo Masks

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Formal Gothic Masquerade

I was delighted to be contacted by Vivo Masks to review one of their amazing authentic masquerade masks. In looking at their website it is obvious that these masks, hand-crafted in Italy, are masterpieces. This purple beauty, called the Columbina Purple Satin Plume, spoke to me and I knew it would suit my style perfectly.

Gothic Masquerade Mask

I was even more excited when I received the mask. It is exquisite! The craftsmanship is impeccable and no detail has been overlooked. The fabrics and materials are of the highest quality. The feathers are luxurious and flawless. The inside of the mask is almost as lovely as the outside, in the sense that all of the edges have been neatly covered in a lovely decorative trim.

Formal Gothic Masquerade Outfit

This mask is easy to wear thanks to a matching satin ribbon that ties in back. I applied an artificial chignon over the bow I tied in back to hide it. The mask is comfortable and not too heavy despite its sturdy construction. Although I only wore it a couple of hours for this photo shoot I’m sure it could be worn for an entire special evening without issue. Except maybe everyone else would want to steal it! 😉

Living in the Los Angeles area, there’s no shortage of masquerade events I will be able to wear this to. However, these masks would also be great for upscale Halloween costumes, Mardi Gras celebrations, prom, or even just as decorations for your home. I definitely plan to display mine when I’m not wearing it.

Gothic Masquerade Mask

Vivo offers masks in a huge variety of styles, colors and price ranges. They even have masks for men as well as for women.

Be sure to check out the bottom of this post for a special offer on your own masquerade masterpiece!

Gothic Masquerade

Being a huge Phantom of the Opera fan, I have to admit that a certain song was going through my head the whole time I was wearing this outfit and writing this post. “Masquerade… Let the spectacle astound you!” 😉

Vivo Masks has graciously offered my readers a discount for the next few months. Just enter the code FASHION at the checkout.


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Outfit Post

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Gothic Fashion - Lace Puff-Shoulder Blouse

I get so little time to create blog posts these days, sometimes I photograph an outfit and then forget all about it before it gets posted. Today I unearthed photos of an ensemble I wore back in October. This particular Friday consisted of lunch for a friend’s birthday, dinner for another friend’s birthday, then out to Los Angeles’ primary Industrial club, Das Bunker, the last time Ronan Harris from VNV Nation was guest DJing there. I wanted something comfortable, elegant, and suitable for day and night so I didn’t have to fuss with a wardrobe change at some point between all of these events.

Gothic Lace Blouse

Ronan Harris is just as charismatic and entertaining behind the DJ booth as he is on the stage. I spent the majority of the night dancing on the club’s stage, where the DJ setup was located, with a handful of others right next to Harris. He even joined us to dance for a couple of songs, and he paid me a very nice compliment on my dancing skills. 😀 This was not my first time meeting him, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t remember me (unlike Peter Murphy, but that’s a different story). It was a magical evening, and finding these outfit photos brought up such a lovely memory I had to post them right away!

Gothic Fashion - Lace Blouse

If you ever get a chance to hear Ronan Harris DJ, do it.


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A Change of Pace, and a Special Offer

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Chandelier Tights

Today’s outfit is a bit different for me, but I love to occasionally try something different. Asockalypse sent me these fun chandelier print tights, and I enjoyed coming up with an outfit to suit this unique accessory. Asockalypse carries many styles of unconventional hosiery that I thought would appeal to many of my readers. I felt these particular tights had a delicate elegance that was vaguely reminiscent of the skeleton print clothing that is so popular now, but in a more sophisticated vein.

Chandelier Tights

I really wanted to wear these tights with a long skirt featuring a high side slit to showcase the beautiful design, but the only one I have has the slit on the wrong side (plus I just wore it in the grand finale of Red & Black Week!). So instead, I got creative and just wore this sheer tulip skirt off-centered. It doesn’t have any side seams, so really it could be worn any direction. Now I’m excited to see what else I can do with it. I’m pretty sure it’s destined to become one of my most versatile pieces.

Gothic Accessories

I was in the mood for abundant accessories today, so we had a little arm party. And a neck party, and an ear party. There were plenty of rings, too, although you can’t see them. There is simply no such thing as “too many accessories” in my world!

Chandelier Tights

Asockalypse is offering my readers a 10% discount on all purchases until the end of June 2013. Go check out their cool stuff and use the code KITTYNOIR in the coupon box at checkout.


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Monthly Homework Assignment: Polka Dots

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Polka Dot Vintage Goth Dress

This month, Professor Z has tasked us with showing off our polka dots. This is a very timely assignment for me because not long ago my wardrobe was completely void of dots. Never having been a huge fan of patterns in general, I just didn’t bother looking at anything in that category. As I get older and crave more variety in my wardrobe, I’ve come to adore certain types of patterns (although I am still incredibly picky regarding them). Polka dots are now acceptable to me as long as they are done JUST SO. This dress from White House Black Market is polka dot perfection, in my book.

Vintage Goth Fashion

Funny story about this dress. I had been window shopping WHBM for years, and though their prices had always turned me off, the sophistication of their line kept me interested… I finally went in to check out their sale rack one day and was delighted to find the dress I recently wore to a friend’s wedding at about 60% off, so it became my first WHBM purchase ever. I also spotted (no pun intended!) this silk chiffon polka dot wrap dress, and fell for it completely when I tried it on. But it was full price, and I still couldn’t bring myself to splurge that much. I jokingly said to Mr. Kitty, “Maybe this one will be 60% off next time we stop in.” Yeah, right. Well, a few weeks later we went back and THERE IT WAS. On the sale rack, at 60% off. There was only one. IT WAS MY SIZE.

Vintage Goth Dress

WHBM also has their own rewards system, like most retailers these days. Their deal is that once you spend a certain amount, you get something like 10% off everything, for life. I hit that amount in my first two trips, so this dress was actually 70% off.

The moral of this story: Shop the sale rack at White House Black Market. Frequently.


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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 2013 starts tomorrow!

Just a quick reminder that Red & Black Week starts tomorrow! Yay! 🙂

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Satin, Lace and Swiss Dots

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I think in April I set a record for the fewest outfit posts ever on this blog in one month. Two. I’ve faced some challenges this spring but things are settling back down to a comfortable routine. Just in time for me to focus on preparation for Red and Black Week! I already have all of my outfits planned – now I need to get busy wearing and photographing them. CAN’T WAIT.

In the meantime, here’s an outfit. I have a bazillion things to do tonight to prepare for the workweek, so I’ll leave you with more photos than words:

Gothic Lace Skirt and Satin Blazer

Gothic Rose Bracelet

Goth Lace Skirt and Satin Blazer

Gothic Makeup Closeup

Gothic Lace Skirt and Satin Blazer

Swiss dot pantyhose are from Spanx. The lace skirt if from Newport News. Satin blazer was from Forever 21 years ago. Rose bracelet is from Charming Charlie.


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April 1 Theme: Vintage

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I’ve pretty much always had a love for fashions from the 1940s. Back in high school I came across a photo portrait of my paternal grandmother as a very young woman. Her soft, glamorous hair style, feminine and well-tailored clothing, and demure beauty struck me deeply and really formed the basis for what I consider the ideal of female aesthetics. Since then, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with movies filmed in that era. Mr. Kitty and I love to sit down and enjoy the fashion, cars and even the simple, no-frills plots and film style of these movies. I’ve always tried to reflect a bit of classic Hollywood glamour in my style, but for the past couple of years have gradually gravitated more toward incorporating actual vintage (or vintage reproduction) elements into my wardrobe.

Vintage Goth - Stop Staring!

I’ve featured this Stop Staring! dress previously on the blog, but for this look I wanted to push the vintage touches a bit farther. I assembled this outfit for a matinee performance of Wicked that we attended down in Orange County with another couple. I was so delighted with the end result, and even more so with the wonderful feedback I received from other random women at the show.

Vintage Goth

I’ve also been practicing 40s-inspired hair styles. With my limited styling skills (and patience!) plus my baby-fine, super-long hair, I have some unique challenges in this area. But with the use of just a few quick pin curls and some homemade rats (I use bits of black fishnet rolled up to the ideal size) I’m pretty thrilled with what I’ve been able to create. I’ve even been wearing this hair style to work, as it’s fairly quick to do in the mornings now that I’ve had some practice.

Vintage Accessories

What I love most about this look is, while I think it captures that demure, elegant class of a bygone era, it still retains enough touches of dark aesthetic to make me still feel like “me.”

Vintage Goth - Stop Staring!

This outfit was the debut of my first pair of stockings from What Katie Did. I love these because they are the ONLY stockings I’ve found where the back seam matches the color of the hosiery. Modern back-seam stockings invariably have a black seam even on flesh-tone hosiery. While I do love that look, it really doesn’t reflect a 1940s style accurately. A black seam was absolutely unheard of back then, and I’m fairly certain would have been viewed as downright scandalous! I love the subtlety of this pair.

Vintage Hosiery

The sequin cocktail hat and embroidered gloves for today’s look are true vintage. I found them both on eBay – I scored a lot of three 1940s hats for $15. This one was the only one that was in a ready-to-wear condition; I am currently restoring the other two. The gloves came in a lot of 11 pairs for $20!! Everything else in this look is vintage reproduction.

Vintage Hat and Gloves

What is your favorite era in terms of fashion, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments below or by including your own Vintage post in this month’s Linky!

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