Growing up, I kind of had a thing for super villains in movies. Why did they have to look so cool in their all black outfits? I especially loved Ursa from Superman II with her slit-sleeved blouse and cat eye makeup. Cat Woman was also a favorite – I love me a one-piece!
I own A LOT of black clothes. One of my first jobs was a receptionist at a hair salon and I always had different colored hair. I liked how my hair was the pop of color against an all black outfit. Maybe I was inspired by all the cute girls and guys that worked at the MAC counter.
Then I went to beauty school where we were required to wear all black. I thought it was perfect because I didn’t have to buy new clothes for school. But being the shopper that I am, I did anyway and that was probably when I accumulated the most black clothes. Ever.
I was pretty excited to style this outfit because it took me back to when I was a receptionist at a salon. I let my hair be the only real pop of color.
I loved seeing the mock necks, Victorian necklines, and pattern mixing trends for Fall and I immediately thought about my black Victorian top from Down at Lulu’s. Super comfy and lightweight with just the right amount of lace.
I decided to pair the blouse with a black skater skirt from Cotton On, lace thigh highs, and Panema Oxfords from Pretty Penny, Oakland.
My other accessories include crochet gloves from Resurrect Oakland, an H&M gold plate belt, Exhiliration black and gold leopard clutch, and a black floppy hat. Black and gold is one of my favorite color combos.
On my face, I used bareMinerals Bareskin Perfecting Veil over their Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. I didn’t contour very much to stay a little gothy. I used the only liquid eyeliner that will stay on my super greasy lids, Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner in Everlast (this liner is a drugstore brand and will outlast even the most expensive “longwear” liquid liners that I’ve tried, which goes to show that it’s not always about the price tag, it’s about what works for you!). I got my eyelashes done by the SUPER sweet Marina at Ooh La Lah Beauty Lounge. And lastly, I used Melt Cosmetics lip color in Bane over black lip liner.
Photography by Jessie Marie Cagliero in Oakland, CA.