Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Brief Note

Hello, loyal readers! (All three of you. But I love you-it's the quality, not the quantity, that counts!) Just a quick note to let you know, I have a show opening this Friday and won't have time to blog properly this week, but I'm taking pictures of my outfits (black and white-isn't that fun!), and I'll blog them on the weekends or as opportunities allow through October. And oh, what an October I have planned-spooky prints, clothing-as-costume and costume-as-clothing, stripes and buckles and corsets (of course) galore-you'll just have to tune in and see. Thanks for your patience and your time, you are all ceaselessly amazing. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Black And Silver Day 2: A Little Bit Ren Faire

So, as you might guess from the title, this outfit is just a tad Ren Faire. Not that I mind that in the least-in fact, it makes me happy, as I get to walk around all day feeling like an elegant lady from another time. (Not that I don't do that 90% of the time anyway...) But I digress. Here's the outfit:
Black peasant blouse-Forever 21
Silver underbust corset-Punk69
Bustled cotton skirt-Arc
Buckled combat boots-Ross
 I got this skirt thrifting on Sunday. It was actually the bottom part of a Halloween costume, the top part of which was awful-a "pirate" blouse with itchy, shapeless lace on the top and a plastic-boned lycra bottom. So I was a bad girl, and just bought the skirt, even though they were hung together. I love to go to Arc around Halloween, because a lot of the stuff they put in the Halloween section suits me perfectly for everyday wardrobe. Ah, the benefits of being a Goth. This is one of those long skirts with the ribbons inside you can tie up to give a lovely pouf effect, and I really like the overall look. On to more black and silver tomorrow! 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Black and Silver Day 1: Zippers and Schoolgirl Skrits

Trying a little less conventional color combo this week-black and silver! This was heavily inspired by the kick-ass new skirt I got two days ago while thrifting. I paid $4.50 for it, and it still had the original price tags on it:$69! Go me! It was from Bebe, a brand that I've liked, but only thrifted from because it's so expensive. Here's the outfit I put together around it:
 Heart/arrow necklace-Arc
Black lace blouse-Fusion Federation
Black cami (under blouse)-Wal-Mart
Silver pleated Bebe skirt-Arc 
Black opaque tights-Wal-Mart
You can't see my shoes, but they're my standard black Mary Janes with zippers, so you aren't missing anything! 
Here's my mani for the week-I alternated silver with black crackle polish and a light coating of silver sparkle over black. It came out very pretty, and I am rather proud of it! It might be black and gray rather than black and silver a couple of days, but same diff, right? Stay tuned, this week's outfits are gonna be fun!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Purple, Black, and Stripes (Yet Again)

Wow. You'd almost think I like wearing purple, black and stripes or something. Fairly simple outfit today, as I'm feeling under the weather due to a bad cold, and had to do shopping for work-so I did what I do best, cute and comfy. 
Alien necklace-Savers
Black and purple striped sweater dress-Arc
Black leggings-Forever 21
Buckled combat boots-Ross
Here's a close-up of the necklace. I love it because it exemplifies both my geekiness and my gothiness!

Sorry about the terrible lighting-I'm still working out the kinks in my photo-taking process. I like this dress because it's really comfy and warm (a must on a cold, rainy day like today), but the bright pattern is still plenty eye-catching. Throw it on over some leggings and you're (well, I'm) good to go. The alien necklace was my little nod to noncomformity in an outfit that otherwise borders on the dangerously mainstream (for me, at least)-something subtle but fun, and it even matches my color scheme! Do any of you have "casual day" outfits for those days when you just don't feel like corsets, frills, and laces, no matter how you love them? 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Purple and Sparkles and Stripes (Again!), Oh My!

More purple and black; I know you were all on tenterhooks waiting to see what I'd come up with next. Here's a twofer, since circumstances with school stuff prevented me from posting yesterday!
Wednesday's outfit is shown here:
Black t-shirt-Forever 21
Lilac corset-Canal Boat Trading
Black lace skirt-Goodwill
Purple sparkly tights-Wal-Mart
Black Mary Jane heels-Hot Topic 
  And here's today's installment-the purple is more subtle, but I still had fun with the scheme!    

Black raschel lace top-Arc
Purple tank-Forever 21
Black swishy ruffled skirt-Goodwill
Purple, blue, and green striped socks-Wal-Mart
Black zipper Mary Janes-Arc
The outfit for today was definitely more laid-back/less dressy than the one from yesterday-I seem to be alternating this week! You can't see it in the picture so much, but the tights in the first outfit are sparkly, so they added a fun touch to an otherwise sober-ish outfit. I have so much purple in my wardrobe in so many variations, from casual basics like the tank I wore today to super-dressy pieces like the corset I wore yesterday, that I could probably put together a month's worth of outfits just from the purple items I own. You might notice the black hair in the second pic-it's quite a change from what I'm used to, but a lot of people said they liked it today, so it's growing on me! I actually got deep burgundy dye, and was expecting...well, deep burgundy hair, i.e. dark red with purplish undertones, so you can imagine my surprise when I dried my hair after dyeing and it was really, really black! I'll see how it looks after a couple more washes, but next time I might go with the regular burgundy rather than deep burgundy. :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

She Wore Purple Velvet...Stripes

Ignore my lame song pun title-heaven forbid I ever actually get something that is made of blue velvet! For day 2 of black and purple week, I donned one of my favorite corsets-it has black and purple, stripes, velvet, and ruffles. What more could a girl ask for? It does tend a little toward the costume-y if I wear it with a lot of other really Victorian stuff, though-and some days I feel very steampunk-y, and that's fine, but today I wanted a little more modern vibe.
Black jersey dress-Ross
Purple velvet corset-Punk69
Purple tights-TJ Maxx
Black combat boots-DAV thrift
 I tried to "dress it down" a little by pairing it with casual items-well, casual for me, at least! I'm sure most people would call this dress at least somewhat dressy, but a black jersey dress is my equivalent of jeans-which probably explains why I have three of them. The purple tights were definitely a lucky find at TJ Maxx for $3-I think I'm getting close to having a solid-color pair in every color! It definitely helps with my ever-so-slightly anal-retentive need for color coordination, not to mention that they're fun, funky, and easy to wear. Love!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Black and Purple, and Better Pictures

Sorry for the unannounced hiatus last week, but I hadn't a camera with which to take pictures! Fortunately, that problem was remedied as of Friday, so now I will be back to daily (or twofer-every-other-day) posting-aaannnd my new camera has a front LCD, so I will actually be able to see what it's doing! Yay! This week, I'm doing black and purple, one of my favorite color combos-cliche, I know, but it's soooooo pretty. And here is Day One!
Black cropped shrug-Rainbow
Purple ruffled blouse-Arc (?) 
Black lace skirt-By me
Black zippered Mary Janes (even though you can't see 'em)-Arc
I normally remember where I got almost everything in my wardrobe, but I've had this blouse for about six or seven years, so where exactly I bought it escapes me. I'm actually rather proud of this skirt-you can't see it very well in the picture, but it has two big rows of lace on the bottom and is quite full, giving it a wonderful Victorian feel. It was actually the underskirt in a slightly horrible silvery-purple taffeta '80s prom gown-I took the gown apart, re-gathered the quite pretty underskirt (really, the only salvageable part of the dress-it was quite a monstrosity, to be honest!), and attached it to an elastic waistband. Simple, elegant, and cheap-I think I gave $6 for the dress and used about 50 cents worth of elastic. Not bad for a very similar skirt to this one from GoodGoth, that runs $65-mine doesn't have the lacing, but next time I have my sewing machine and a good 20 minutes, that will be remedied. Have any of you ever made a cheap replica of a much more expensive piece of clothing?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Red and Black Stripes and Boots!

For the last day of my Red and Black outfits, I wanted to go all out-and it just so happened to coincide with VictorianKitty's monthly theme day on boots, so I took the opportunity to look as Gothy as possible, stompy boots and all!
Bat necklace: Twin Dragon Asian Gifts
Black and red stripe shirt-Wal-Mart
Black lace skirt-Savers
Black and red striped handwarmers-Claire's
Black and red tights-Wal-mart
Chunky black boots-DAV thrift 
Here's a close-up of the necklace-I just thought it was so lovely, and I had to get it! Bats? Yes please! :)
 And, for the theme, a close-up of the boots-you can see where they're a bit scuffed, because I love them so much that I'm starting to wear them out. I probably have seven or eight pairs of boots, but these are my favorites-chunky enough to add height, but comfortable enough to wear all day when I have to do a lot of walking. And, of course, the perfect height to wear with cool skirts and funky tights! What more could a little Goth girl's heart desire?