OOTD – Corporate Attire & Hot Weather

 

“What does a working goth do when it’s hot outside?”  That’s the challenge that Trystan Bass has posted on her blog, This Is CorpGoth.  Dressing goth in a corporate environment can be challenging enough.  But add heat and humidity to the mix, and it can seem almost impossible to wear black and fabulous makeup.

What’s a goth lady to do?

Well, here’s what I do.  I do the opposite of layering, which is to simplify what I wear on my body and my face.  And I always – ALWAYS – carry a light cardigan in my bag, for when it’s humid outside but freezing indoors.

For example, here’s what I would wear, if I want to dress more corporate.  Luckily, my job has a very relaxed dress code, but sometimes we have different vendors and representatives visit our company (whom I call “the suits”).  When they come to visit, I’ll dress a bit more conservative than usual:

 

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Long dress: Dharma Trading Co., Shoes: Clarks

 

For jewelry, it helps to keep it basic.  I’ll still wear bats, natural stones, or anything simple (such as my monogrammed necklace) but will leave the fake blood vials, crosses, pentagrams, and skull jewelry at home.

 

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Hair clip: Ebay, Beaded onyx necklace: String Of Jewels (Etsy), Monogrammed necklace: My Sweet Nomsa (Etsy)

 

I live in the Washington, DC metro area (Maryland, to be exact).  This is a city known for its humid summers, so I keep my makeup pretty simple.  I basically wear just eyeliner, mascara, foundation and lipstick.  I’ll also wear tikkas or bindis on my forehead, but if I’m dressing in corporate attire I won’t wear them.

 

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For an even more conservative look, I can remove the hair clip. Not much flair, though.

 

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A fan kept in my bag is essential for summer

 

Be sure to check out This Is CorpGoth for more how-tos and to see Trystan rock the corporate goth look.  She shows us that corporate goth does NOT have to be boring.  Thanks, Trystan!

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – Red & Black Week, Day 6

 

Well, well my Pretties!  Today is the 6th and final day of Red & Black Week and it’s been so much fun dressing up for this occasion.  It’s also Friday, so I’m a pretty happy camper right now.

Here’s what I’m wearing for the final day.  The choker that I wore on Day 3 would have been perfect for this outfit, but unfortunately, it was a bit snug on my neck (I’ve already ordered a larger size); it put the CHOKE in choker!  That’s one reason why it’s nice to have different types of chokers.

 

Before we get to the clothing, here is what my face looks like today.  This final day called for heavy eyes and face bling:

 

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Here’s my jewelry.  The pen-like object (which happens to be red, natch) hanging around my neck is actually an electronic cigarette.  It’s been 2 years since I last smoked a real cigarette.  Yay!

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Choker: Ebay, Monogram necklace: My Sweet Nomsa (Etsy), Silver bat necklace: Sweet Voodoo (Etsy), Black & silver headscarf: Ebay

 

Today, I wore another version of my “uniform”.  The long, loose dress is actually a clothing blank from Dharma Trading Co.,  whom specialize in dyes and silkscreen materials for clothing.    The dress is topped with a sheer, lace shirt.  Studded boots add to the comfort:

 

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Long dress: Dharma Trading Co., Lace shirt: Ebay, Boots: Steve Madden, Jewelry: Etsy

 

Whew!  What a fun way to end the work week.  Thanks to Red & Black Week, I actually looked quite pretty for 6 days in a row!  Thanks to Victorian Kitty for hosting Red & Black Week and thanks to everyone for all of the kind comments!

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – Red & Black Week, Day 5

 

It’s Day 5 of Red and Black week.  Wow, it’s Thursday already – one more day before the weekend.  Woo hoo!

I was running late today, so today’s outfit and makeup are a bit conservative.  All I had time for today was the foundation, some shimmery eye primer, and some blush that I applied at home.  The rest of my face was done on the Metro.  I had to do my “running late face”.  Today was another day for my eyeglasses:

 

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As I mentioned, today’s outfit is a bit conservative.  Luckily, we have a relaxed dress code at work but sometimes the “suits” come in to meet with my bosses.  This is my corporate attire, at least for me:

 

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Shirt: Tripp NYC,  Skirt: Target,  Leggings: Ebay,  20-eye boots: Dr. Martens,  Jewelry: Etsy
Shirt: Tripp NYC, Skirt: Target, Leggings: Ebay, 20-eye boots: Dr. Martens, Jewelry: Etsy

 

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Red and Black week is almost over (sob!).  I’m having loads of fun taking part in this!  We’ll see what I’ll come up with tomorrow.  I’ll try to make it fierce!

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – Red & Black Week, Day 4

It’s Day 4 of Red & Black Week and it’s June, so the weather’s really starting to warm up here.  I’m starting to show a bit more skin and a little less makeup (just a little less).

I decided to pair a shorter dress over the 25-yard skirt that I wore on Day 2.  If I had to choose one “uniform”, it would be this one.  It’s comfortable and gives me an A-line, which is great for my pear-shaped body.  It’s also easy to add a cardigan, long black beads and Victorian boots for fall weather.

Here is what I’m wearing today.  If it was raining, I would wear the red dress alone with tall boots or moccasins.  But since it’s dry today, I can wear a longer skirt underneath, which is what I prefer.  And my tabi boots are so comfortable.

 

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Red dress: Sakkas (Amazon), 25-yard skirt: Ebay, Hoop earrings: Lord & Taylor,  Tikka: Bliss Berry Blue (Etsy), Steel arm band: 88 Links (Etsy), Tabi boots: Ebay

 

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Since I’m a dancer, a dress or a skirt that spins is a huge plus!

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Here is today’s makeup.  It’s not much, but the tikka on my forehead adds a nice touch.  Paired with long dresses and skirts, I can’t help but feel like a goddess!

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Woo hoo!  I’ve kept up with the red & black theme everyday, so far.  It’s not required, but it makes me happy that I committed to something.  Stay tuned for Day 5.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – Red & Black Week, Day 3

Here we are, Day 3 of Red & Black week.  There’s a sub-theme for today, which is Red, Black & White.  Go to Sophistiqué Noir and check out the different ways we goths are rocking this look!

Here is what I’m wearing today.  It’s raining, so that means it’s jeans and boots day.  My hair is already red, and the good news is this isn’t considered cheating (Ms. Kitty has said so herself! Ha!).  I also added a black collar with red jewels on it.  It’s new and today’s a good day to wear it.

The shirt’s a bit short, and I only show my belly when I’m on stage, but I don’t think it’s too bad.  It’s a good thing I’m not bloated today!

 

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Heart & Crossbones shirt: Marshall’s, Studded belt: Ebay, Jeans: Express, 20-eye boots: Dr. Martens

 

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I’m wearing glasses today (they’re red, too!), so my makeup’s on the light side:

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White flowers: Pyaara (Etsy), Black collar w/ red jewels: Ego Driven (Etsy)

 

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That’s all for now, Lovelies.  Let’s see what I can come up with for Day 4.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – Red & Black Week, Day 2

 

Here is Day 2 of Red & Black week and it’s back to work.  I missed yesterday’s deadline (oops!) so I wasn’t able to post Day 1 on Victorian Kitty’s blog, Sophistiqué Noir.  If you want to take a look at what I wore on Day 1, you can click here.

Today, I wanted to wear my favorite 25-yard skirt.  I paired this with a pyramid-studded belt and my red & black AC/DC shirt.  Summer’s approaching, so I pulled out my calf-high, moccasin boots from Medieval Moccasins.

 

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Belt, skirt, hair scarf, & leggings: Ebay, AC/DC t-shirt : Star 500, Calf-high moccasins: Medieval Moccasins

 

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Here’s my makeup for today.  Ya’ll know the red sparkles had to be applied:

 

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And that’s all, folks.  At least for today.

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD – Red & Black Week, Day 1

 

Yesterday was Day 1 of the 4th annual Red & Black week, hosted by Victorian Kitty of Sophistiqué Noir.  Unfortunately, I missed the deadline to post on Day 1, but I’ll still include it here.  I didn’t have a blog last year, so this is my first time participating. I’ve been following Sophistiqué Noir for about a year now and her style is impeccable!

I met up with Z for another art event, this time to see my good friend Sandra’s work.  I wanted to keep things simple, so I chose a red dress, black shoes, and a black feather for my hair: 

 

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Dress: Dragonesque, Shoes: Clarks,  Hair Feather Clip: Beadazzled by Sharon
Dress: Dragonesque, Shoes: Clarks, Hair Feather Clip: Beadazzled by Sharon (Etsy)

 

I wanted simple makeup for my face.  It was a chill, relaxed Sunday and I didn’t feel like wearing much makeup:

 

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See you on Day 2!

 

(ETA: Ms. Kitty was sweet enough to add this day to her Red & Black week.  Thanks, Ms. Kitty!)

 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Cherry Blossoms & Space-Age Burlesque – Part 3

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Welcome to Part 3 of our adventures amoung the weird.

Here are a few pieces from the C2YN Space Truckin’ art exhibit.  I love quirky, colorful artwork.  I paint in a similar fashion, so of course, this style is right up my alley.  This was a great way for me to get inspired:

 

GSF-Yuri.painting.aliengirls“fiercely going where no man.. : Are those space pants you’re wearing?” – Artist: Linas Garsys © 2014

 

GSF-Yuri.painting.weirdplanet“Bombs Away” – Artist: Jared Davis © 2014

 

GSF-Yuri.painting.drwingLa Danza Macabra II – Artist: Yar Koporulin © 2014

 

GSF-Yuri.painting.spaceboy“Prepared for an Alien Abduction” – Artist: Greg Ferrand © 2013

 

GSF-Yuri.painting.monkeyMoon Scootin’ Monkey – Artist: Jared Davis © 2014

 

You can click here to see the rest of the C2YN Space Truckin’ art exhibition.
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Cherry Blossoms & Space-Age Burlesque – Part 1

 

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A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I went to an art exhibit and burlesque show, Countdown to Yuri’s Night at Astro Pop Events in DC.  But before that, we hung out on the National Mall to see the cherry blossoms, while they were still in bloom.  Since we took so many pictures, I’ve created separate posts for the Countdown to Yuri’s event.

 

Here’s how I did my makeup.  I wore pink and crystal bindis to celebrate the cherry blossoms:

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Fuck the Fashion Police – Be Yourself

Nothing makes me cringe in the fashion world more than hearing the words, “age-appropriate”.  What does that even mean?  Apparently it means:

1.  If you’re under the age of 30, you’re pretty much off the hook.  For us more “mature” ladies, it means dressing in a suit, “mom jeans”, and/or boring, conservative shoes.

2.  If you’re over 40, you can’t dress goth or any other way that’s not mainstream.

3.  If you’re over 40, you can’t wear miniskirts, platform shoes, glitter, flowers in your hair, thigh-high boots or “outrageous” hair.  In other words, you must dress like your grandmother did in the 1950s.

4.  What does your husband/boyfriend/brother/father/boss/neighbor/random guy on the street think of your style?  If you’re not dressing for a man, then don’t bother looking pretty.

I say, fuck that noise!

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Me in my “age-appropriate” t-shirt & flower

The only rules that apply, in my opinion, are:  1. Wear clothing that fits, and 2. Wear clothing that you feel good in.

That is all.  I believe style comes naturally.  Whatever clothing you like to wear and that fits, then you should wear it.  This is regardless of age, weight, body shape, gender, etc.  If you’re comfortable in black platform boots, fishnets and a black, leather miniskirt, then go for it.  If you prefer something simple like a t-shirt and a pair of jeans, there’s nothing wrong with that, either.  

Remember that the fashion industry makes their money on switching up “what’s in style” every 3 to 6 months.  If you have your own style, then you won’t be a slave to the fashion industry.  You’ll purchase what looks good on YOU – not some random, skinny, young celebrity with tons of money.  There’s nothing wrong with being young and thin – I was once a young, thin-ish woman.  But there’s nothing wrong with NOT being young, thin or rich.

I’m 40 years old and have finally figured out what looks and feels good on me.  I also have the money to purchase the clothing that I like.  This includes long, flowing skirts, bindis and flowers in my blood red afro.  If this isn’t “age-appropriate”, so be it.  I don’t care.

Just take care of yourself and give the finger to the fashion industry.  They can go pound sand!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise
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