Business with a Bit of Sparkle

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Corporate Goth Sequin Scarf

Momma Kitty gave me this sequined scarf for Christmas one year. While it is deliciously sparkly and gorgeous, oh boy, does it itch! Beyond itching, it’s more of a scratchy, slicing feeling. It definitely cannot come into contact with even the tiniest bit of my sensitive skin while being worn. However, it pairs perfectly with a mock turtle neck shell that sets off the shine with just a hint of white. Tucking the scarf under a blazer toned down the flamboyance enough to make it suitable for the office.

Corporate Goth Sequin Scarf

I truly enjoyed the sleek sophistication of this outfit. So many of my looks have focused on a vintage vibe lately, it’s nice to achieve a modern, professional elegance once in a while. I also really loved my hair pulled straight back like this, with a floofy hairpiece covering the boring bun for a change.

Corporate Goth Suit Sequin Scarf

Have you ever worn sequins to work? How did you pull it off?


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Soft Pink and Vintage Grey

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Vintage Pastel Goth

Since I featured the black version of this sweater in my last work outfit post, I though it would fun to show it in pink. This look also utilizes a grey skirt, but this one is actual vintage and in a 40s style that’s very different from the 50s-inspired cut of the last skirt. I love to see how much variety can be created from two seemingly similar things just by switching around color, cut, hairstyle and accessories. The grey skirt + cowl neck sweater in last week’s look had a dark “edgy vintage” feel, while the grey skirt + cowl neck sweater in today’s look is much more demure.  Wearing light-colored outfits like this occasionally also helps alleviate some of the uncomfortable (and uncalled for) “Why do you always wear black?” questions at work.

Vintage Pastel Goth

Even just changing out the hosiery gives an outfit a drastically different look. Today’s sheer stockings aren’t as warm as the opaque tights in my last outfit, but the wool skirt helps make up for that. I also went with an untucked, belted look today rather than tucking the sweater in, for further variety.

Vintage Pastel Goth

As much as I love this outfit, recent looks like this have caused me to do almost TOO good a job of limiting (or totally concealing) my Gothiness at work. On three separate occasions, different colleagues have made various comments revealing that they view me as “so conservative,” “shocked” I would have tattoos, and that I “don’t look like someone who would wear such high heels” (oooh, how little they know me! ROFL). Oooooookay, cue the identity crisis!! 😉 I guess at least that means that regarding my appearance, I’ve established a reputation for being tasteful and professional… I’ve also laid a firm groundwork of respect for my work ethic over the past year and a half. Now it’s definitely time to let my true self shine a bit more, while still trying to avoid too many inquiries about all the black.  It will be a fun challenge to strike a new balance that’s more fair to MY image of myself!


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Vintage-Inspired Winter Wear

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Vintage Black & Grey

I’ve had this skirt from ModCloth stashed away for at least a year. It’s fairly heavy and decidedly not summer-friendly, so it’s one of my few “seasonal” skirts that I have to make the most of in the fall or winter. Seems like I have a hard time getting it into the rotation at the ideal times. Not to mention I have few tops that look right with it. This simple cowl-neck sweater looks like it was made to go with the it, plus it is made from a delightful softness that offsets the somewhat coarse tweed look of the skirt.

Vintage Black & Grey

Since I bought it sometime in 2012, I was determined to actually make it to work wearing this skirt before 2013 came to a close. Mission accomplished, just barely!

Vintage Black & Grey

There will be no Monthly Theme for January 1. Sorry; I know I’ve missed two months in a row. I’ll try to make it up to you by announcing the February theme right now: OUTERWEAR! We did this one more than two years ago, but it’s a perfect winter theme so it was suggested by one of my readers that we revisit it so newer readers can join in. Stay tuned for more details later in January.


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Grey on Grey

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All-Grey Corp Goth Outfit

Some people consider grey to be drab. To me, that makes about as much sense as typecasting black as depressing. Multiple shades of grey, combined in just the right way with a touch of an elegant pattern and sophisticated black highlights can be quite stunning.

All-Grey Corp Goth Outfit

The “belted scarf” thing was very trendy when I first started following fashion blogs a few years ago. I’m pretty sure it’s fallen out of favor with the mainstream now, which makes me like it even more. 🙂  I think it’s a great way to tone down the bulk of a long scarf and prevent it from masking the figure.

All-Grey Corp Goth Outfit

These shoes are Aerosoles. They joined my collection mostly because they were on sale and because I had no grey shoes (GASP).  🙂  Mr. Kitty calls them my Downton Abbey shoes, which makes me kinda love them.  Although for some reason to me they seem a little Sherlock Holmes, which makes me kinda not.


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Vintage Plum & Grey

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Vintage Plum & Grey

Winter weather is finally starting to come around here in Southern California. Slowly, but surely. We even had a couple days of rain, which I am SO thankful for after one of the driest years in history! Most people around here complain when it rains, because they are so not used to it. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of wildfires or drought (which leads to massive water bills) so I’m willing to deal with a little inconvenience for the greater good! I’m an indoor girl anyway, so let it rain all it wants – I’ll take that over brutal sunshine any day! Just keep off the freeways, since “not used to it” means most people have bad wipers, bald tires and zero rainy-day driving skills… It’s an automatic additional 30 minutes added to my commute!

Vintage Plum & Grey

Rainy weather is perfect for shoes with closed toes, a chunky heel with non-slip soles. And a sweater plus vintage wool skirt, in one of my favorite color combinations of purple and grey!

What is your favorite type of weather, and why?


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Grey Leopard with Red

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Corp Goth - Grey Leopard with Red

I found this tunic top at Speigle a while back while on the hunt for more tunic-length items to wear on casual Fridays. Since most women’s pants are NOT made to accommodate my slim figure AND curvy hips, I’m not comfortable at work with how snug most pants fit around my midsection. It’s awesome on the weekend, but I don’t need colleagues seeing me in butt-hugging clothes. I find that just… gross. Two possible solutions – buy baggier pants that would fit better in the hips but be too large in the waist and baggy in the legs (yuck – NO), or just wear longer tops over them.

Corp Goth - Grey Leopard with Red

Granted, this is not a true “casual” outfit, but for me just wearing pants is casual enough. These pants came from Macy’s and have jeans styling but are a soft poly blend fabric. The top is a silky rayon that is totally cat hair resistant. The drapey sweater came from Ross. Belt is from eBay. These shoes are so incredibly uncomfortable; I need to find some way to line the top of the part that goes over the toes so it doesn’t dig into my feet. I wasn’t able to wear them all day, so I had black heels on most of the time.

Corp Goth - Grey Leopard with Red

I often like to pay tribute to my gorgeous silver and white kitties by wearing grey animal print. I really loved how exotic the print is on this top, with its realistic variations. So many leopard print items have just the same boring spots all over, all the same size. Being a huge fan of the beauty and majesty of exotic cats, I love that this print is more true to life.

Corp Goth - Grey Leopard with Red

And here is little miss Persephone, the newest addition to our family. She’s 7 months old and still in her Crazy Kitten phase, but is gradually becoming more and more affectionate. Not sure whether she has any Maine Coon in her, but that will become more obvious as she matures and we can see her true personality. She does have incredibly silky long fur, but judging by her facial structure I’d say she’s more likely Norwegian Forest Cat, which is a close second in my book. She’ll never be huge like either of those breeds, though. She’s a TEENY little thing!  Or maybe she’s normal sized (hard to tell by the photo, since I’m teeny, too!).  Our perspective may be skewed by the Maine Coons we’ve had in our lives!

Corp Goth - Grey Leopard with Red

What is your favorite breed (or mix) of kitty?


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Loud Sheath Dress is Loud

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Pink, white and black sheath dress

I kinda liked the abstract floral print on this sheath dress when I picked it out of the Venus catalog…  And it was on sale.  Wearing it, and seeing myself wearing it in pictures, I find that it’s a bit loud.  I’m thinking of converting it into a top and wearing it with a black skirt.

Pink, white and black sheath dress

What do you think?  Should I alter this into a top, or keep it as a dress?


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Sweater Weather?

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Black and Purple Corporate Goth

What? Sweater weather in August? In Southern California?? Yes, when you work in an office like mine. It’s freezing indoors, and the hotter it gets outside, the colder they keep it inside. All of the ladies complain, wear sweaters and have space heaters under their desks. I guess that’s better than enduring smelly men.

Purple and Black Office Goth Outfit

Other than the cardigan (which is from H&M) I’ve blogged the rest of this outfit before. I first showed you the shell back in October, but I think this outfit is a great example of remixing this piece. By using a different skirt and stockings, and replacing the black blazer with the purple cardi, it’s really a completely different look.

Purple Nails

I also had to get a closeup of my nails for this outfit. I switched to gel polish a little over a year ago and I’ll NEVER go back to acrylics or regular polish. Since gel polish doesn’t chip two hours after I finish a manicure like regular polish does, I feel it’s worthwhile to invest the time in creating more interesting nail looks. My manicures last up to three weeks now, and my nails almost never break. I do the gel polish myself using Gelish products and a U.V. manicure light.

Purple CorpGoth Cardigan

The skirt in this outfit is actually black; my photos just came out a bit light this time around.

Purple and Black Office Goth Outfit

What are your favorite nail products? Have you tried gel polish?


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Romance at the Office

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Elegant Gothic Fashion

No, I’m not cheating on Mr. Kitty. 😉 But I did go somewhat Romantic Goth in today’s outfit. I’d been looking for the perfect glass pearl necklace for a while, to match the bracelets I got at Forever 21 a while back. I found this super-long necklace at my favorite mall store, Charming Charlie. The necklace came with matching pearl dangle earrings, all for only $8!

Office RomantiGoth

I immediately had to pair the pearls with this sweater from Arden B. The sheer top and sweetheart neckline reminds me of something from times gone by… I can’t really wear this to work without covering the top part because sheer almost counts as strapless, so I topped it with a short-sleeve knit shrug. As a bonus, e shrug enabled me to wear a regular bra with the straps hidden. I despise strapless bras. Especially for 12-hour work days. I hate them even more than I hate pantyhose that go all the way up to the waist.

Romantic Office Goth

I added a tiny splash of subtle color to this ensemble in the form of two light mauve hair flowers. I really like the combination of ivory pearls and soft pink flowers. I’ll do that again, for sure.

What’s your favorite thing to pair with pearls?


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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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