Red & Black Week 2014, Day 3: Red, Black and White

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Today, for a change of pace, our sub-theme is Red, Black and White. You don’t absolutely have to include white in today’s post if you’d rather not – it’s just a fun variation for those who wish to give it a shot. 🙂

Questions about this theme? Visit the Red & Black Week Rules and FAQs or e-mail me.

Corporate Goth Outfit

I’ve been really, really good about not shopping too much lately. That’s quite an accomplishment for me, since buying too many clothes really is my only vice and I usually make no effort to refrain from doing so. 😉 However, I had a huge craving for some White House Black Market a few weeks ago… Instead of heading to the nearest mall with a WHBM store, I hit eBay instead. Wow, there is a huge selection of this brand available there for mostly very good prices!! I ended up scoring four cardigans and a dress. This is my favorite of the sweaters. I was excited to pair it with just a hint of a red cami peaking out, plus a garnet necklace. Red lips, nails and sparkly hair flowers carried the theme throughout the look.

Corporate Goth Fashion

Want to participate in Red & Black Week? Here’s how:

  1. Add the Red & Black Week icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
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  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and leave a comment on their Red & Black posts as well!

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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 2: Office Edgy

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It’s Day 2 of Red & Black Week 2014. Yesterday was so much fun – as this week is approaching each year, I’m so busy getting my own posts prepared that I almost forget how much I enjoy seeing everyone’s contributions until we actually get started.  Then I am in heaven reading your posts and enjoying your creativity.

Questions about this theme? Visit the Red & Black Week Rules and FAQs or e-mail me.

Red and Black Office Goth Outfit

Today, the weekend is over and it’s back to work. I was in a very rare Pants Mood, which is the perfect opportunity to pull out these red and black platform Mary Janes. I don’t like to wear these shoes to work with skirts, because they are so dramatic. I feel like pants tone them down just enough that I can get away with wandering the halls and not draw too much attention to myself.

Red and Black Office Goth Outfit

A closeup of the shoes:

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Want to participate in Red & Black Week? Here’s how:

  1. Add the Red & Black Week icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
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  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and leave a comment on their Red & Black posts as well!

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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

Want to participate in Red & Black Week? Here’s how:

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Black and Black. :)

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Don’t forget, Red & Black Week starts next Sunday, June 1, at 12 AM Pacific time.  I’ve been busily preparing my posts today so I will have them all ready to go and not fall behind next week.  However, in the meantime, I wanted to throw in an all-black outfit before the colorful festivities begin!

Elegant Cowl-Neck Blouse

Mr. Kitty and I spent a lovely Sunday having lunch and antique shopping. I was in the mood for a look that was somewhere in between Goth and Vintage, so I settled on an elegant cowl-neck top wit amazing detailing in the back, plus a simple brocade pencil skirt from Target.

Elegant Cowl-Neck Blouse

We didn’t actually buy anything on this shopping trip, but we had a wonderful, leisurely day just strolling around together with no worries.

Elegant Cowl-Neck Blouse

I haven’t had much opportunity to feel like I am truly connected with myself lately. It’s all been work and then just trying to keep up with everything life has been throwing at us. I think sometimes it’s incredibly important, for those of us who are “different”, to just drop everything and spend a day living by our own rules, wearing whatever empowers us, and just celebrating being individuals. I find the best way to achieve this is to get OUT of the house, away from any place where responsibilities are constantly looming, and break whatever routine we’ve been stuck in.

Elegant Cowl-Neck Blouse

It’s funny how a beautiful item of clothing can feel so good to wear, even if the most amazing touches are in the back where we can’t see them. Here’s detail of the back of the blouse:

Elegant Cowl-Neck Blouse

And a detail of the skirt fabric:

Brocade Pencil Skirt

And here’s a rare guest appearance by Little Miss Persephone, who absolutely hates being held and having her photo taken. 🙂

Persephone

How do you spend your free days when you find you need to get back in touch with yourself?


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It’s On! 4th Annual Red & Black Week Coming Soon!

June 1-7, 2014

Back by popular demand, Red & Black Week is coming Sunday, June 1.

There will be SIX days of Linky posts (Sunday – Friday). You can participate one day or all six days. On the seventh day I will post a recap of everyone who participated.

Once again, we’ll be doing the “Red, Black & White” sub-theme on Tuesday, June 3.  This was inspired by CorpGoth’s fabulous use of that combination during the 2nd Annual Red & Black Week, and became an official part of the event (and was a big hit!) last year.

Now, go and get those Red & Black posts ready.  It’s just under 3 weeks till we begin!

Curious to see how this event works?  Check out posts and participants from previous years 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.  In previous years, we’ve had cars, flowers, food, art, music videos, poetry, 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.

When I include the Red & Black icon in my post, does it have to be at the top?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.

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.

Do I have to have a blog in order to participate?
Nope!  You can post a photo on Facebook (just make sure its privacy is set to “Everyone”) and then put a link to your Facebook photo in the Mr. Linky.  Feel free to contact me if you need help with how to do this.

To participate in Red and Black Week:

Each day (June 1-6), I will post my Red & Black outfit as well as a sign-up form (known as Mr. Linky). 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 Mr. Linky sign-up form on my post.

Each day of the event, my post will launch at 12:00 am Pacific time.

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. 🙂

NO ADULT CONTENT will be allowed in the Mr. Linky.  Save the lingerie for your Significant Other.  🙂

Please share this invitation with any bloggers you know who might be interested in participating!

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

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Winter Comes Late to SoCal

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Gothic Lace Boots

So, now that it’s approaching mid-May, we are finally getting a blast of cold after enduring a sweltering hot winter.  I’m not complaining.  I just hope the cool air continues into a good portion of Car Show Season, which starts later this month.  It would be nice to enjoy some classic rides without melting.

Gothic Lace Boots

I’m also happy to be able to bring out my Demonia lace boots one more time, along with this cute lightweight sweater. I’ve been taking a break from shopping, so it’s very enjoyable to re-appreciate some of my favorite items from my existing wardrobe rather than focusing on finding the next amazing thing to add to my collection.

Gothic Lace Boots

We’ve had a TON of interesting stuff going on. Vacation, where I came down with a BRUTAL cold, immediately followed by a life-threatening condition for my favorite kitty Perseus, followed by a 4-week recovery where he needed constant supervision (he is 100% fine now), followed by 2 nights of VNV Nation amazingness, followed by obtaining another vintage car to restore, all while juggling the busy season at work, some volunteer opportunities, and a drastic dietary change. I’m going to keep the text short today. I’m pretty out of practice with the whole blog routine (and a bit exhausted), so go easy on me. 🙂

Gothic Lace Boots

Also, I still want to do the 4th Annual Red & Black Week this year (it would be June 1-6)… But I haven’t been in the blog scene much lately, so I haven’t been hyping it up and am not sure the level of participation would be worth the time investment. So, it’s time for an informal survey… Who’s interested in participating this year? Let me know if it’s worth doing!!


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Jersey From Head to Toe (aka Cat Hair Magnet)

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Purple & Grey Jersey

You’ve got to be a little bit crazy to enrobe yourself from head to toe in jersey knit when you own five cats (yes, I said FIVE – long story).  But, since the Scotch company is my BFF, I have enough tape lint rollers to handle such a challenge.  In an outfit like this, I usually de-lint every inch of clothing once before I leave the house, once in the car on the way to work (I’m not driving – Mr. Kitty and I carpool), and once after I get to work.  That usually does the trick.  Oh, and then again after lunch.  Don’t ask me where the additional hair comes from at work, where I have no access to cats.  I hate to think I just ooze cat hair all day long.

Purple & Grey Jersey

Recently, while in a meeting, I was a bit horrified to see a lovely white Perseus hair floating in front of my face. I instinctively reached up and grabbed for it, not really realizing that it was unlikely anyone else in the room could even see the hair, and therefor I appeared to be grasping at… nothing. Fabulous. Now EVERYONE thinks I’m a little bit crazy.

Purple & Grey Jersey

I don’t really know how the topic of this post became more about cat hair than fashion.  I suppose because the whole outfit was more about cat hair than fashion.  But my furry kids are worth every bit of the crazy.  🙂


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Winter Heat

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Corporate Goth Fashion in Black, Grey & White

Our crazy-hot California winter continues (it was 90 degrees F here over the weekend), so my cute sweater collection is back in boxes.  🙁  However, I figured I could at least get in the wintery spirit a bit by getting some use out of my medium-weight scarves.  I featured this scarf previously with a grey sweater and skirt.  This time I kept the look monotone, but lightened it up with a grey t-shirt and a thin white shrug.

Corporate Goth Fashion in Black, Grey & White

I know all of this summery weather in Southern California is making residents of the snow-battered regions of America jealous.  But I see it from a different point of view.  California is known for its tepid year-round weather, but contrary to popular belief, it’s actually NOT normal for it to be 80+ degrees throughout the entire winter.  I’m quite concerned that we’ll be experiencing record heat this coming summer.  Since it already has been known to reach 110 F where I live, I’m convinced we’ll see new highs of up to 120 F soon.  As someone who truly cannot take the heat, I’m worried.  VERY worried.  🙁

Corporate Goth Fashion in Black, Grey & White


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February Theme: Outerwear

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February’s theme, suggested by blogger Swgarasu, is outerwear. We did this theme once before, back in December 2011, where I featured a lovely lace trenchcoat from Bebe.  Today, I am sharing a beloved Arden B find – my wool pea coat with PVC trim.

Gothic Wool and PVC Jacket

Mr. Kitty calls this my Sexy Spy coat.  lol.  Both this coat and my lace trench are about 3-4 years old.  I miss the days when higher-end mall stores like Bebe and Arden B carried so many edgy, Goth-friendly items.  Someday, I’m sure they will again…  But for now, it’s all about the rebirth of Grunge, and every trendy person in Southern California is spending a ton of money to dress up like they are homeless or something.  It’s pretty gross.  From what I see in the mall, there is absolutely no beauty or sophistication in popular fashion at the moment, and it makes me sad.  But I’m glad I was able to score a coat like this back in better times!

Gothic Wool and PVC Coat

Now it’s your turn!  Break out your coats, jackets, sweaters, shrugs, capes, cloaks, etc and show us how you bundle up for the great outdoors when the air is frigid.

For those of you currently experiencing summer, feel free to showcase lightweight wraps, beachy cover-ups, blazers, etc.  The more variety, the better, so get creative!

Want to participate in this month’s theme?

Now it’s your turn! You know what to do (or if you don’t, check out the full details). 🙂

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
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  2. Paste the URL to your post using the Mister Linky box below.
    Please use a direct link to your relevant post, NOT a link to your blogâ??s home page.
  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!
NO ADULT CONTENT will be allowed.

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Announcement: Theme for Februrary: Outerwear

The theme for February is: OUTERWEAR

Okay, I know you’re all saying, “Whoa – February 1 is tomorrow! That’s not enough time!”  🙂  I wasn’t able to get the announcement out earlier but I don’t want to skip this month again, so we’ll just bump it a week.  This month’s theme will run February 8-10.

We’ve done outerwear as a theme before, way back in December 2011, but we have lots of new participants now and blogger Swgarasu kindly suggested we do it again!  So, break out your coats, jackets, sweaters, shrugs, capes, cloaks, etc and show us how you bundle up for the great outdoors when the air is frigid.

For those of you currently experiencing summer, feel free to showcase lightweight wraps, beachy cover-ups, blazers, etc.  The more variety, the better, so get creative!

Be sure to come back on February 8-10 and submit your post.

How It Works

On the first day of each month, I will post my theme post with the Mr. Linky sign-up form at the bottom. You can link to any post you’ve done that day or previously, as long as it matches the theme. Be sure to add the icon to your post, and link your post to mine using the Mr. Linky box at the bottom.

You can post your theme post earlier than the first of the month, or link to an old post, but you must add it to Mr. Linky on my first post of the month. I will leave the Linky open until 11:59 PM PST on February 10, so everyone has three full days to post.

You don’t have to participate every single month. Feel free to join in whenever you wish. Just be sure you get your post linked before the third day of the month!

You don’t have to do outfit posts. Post on whatever type of subject matter you like, as long as it is related to the theme.

Also, let’s keep the posts appropriate for all ages, in terms of both language and imagery. Thanks!! 🙂

Posts that are linked up without including the icon will be removed from Mr. Linky.

HTML for the icon: (The icon and the HTML will remain the same each month)

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Be sure to paste the code in while in HTML mode.

Please pass this invitation on to any bloggers you know who might be interested, and feel free to share the announcement on your blogs. Of course, it’s a good idea to follow my blog to be sure you don’t miss any of the themes. 😉

Questions? E-mail me!

Want to Suggest a Theme?

Leave a comment on any post at any time, or e-mail me. If I use your suggestion, I will credit you on my theme post for that month and in the theme announcement the week before. No promises that I will use every suggestion, because the themes have to be things that I would be able to do a post about.

Want to participate in the Monthly Theme?

Here’s how:

  1. Add the Monthly Theme icon to your blog post (copy the code below and paste into your post using the Edit HTML feature):
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  2. Paste the URL to your post using the Mister Linky box at the bottom of my February 8 post.
    Please use a direct link to your relevant post, NOT a link to your blog’s home page.
  3. Visit all of the other participants who have entered, and show them you appreciate their theme posts!