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Velvet Autumn







Hello, Darklings!

Autumn (and Winter of course) has always been the “Gothiest” season of them all! I couldn’t be happier to be able to post Autumn outfit ideas for you guys! There’s such a peaceful and beautiful melancholic darkness in this season, that one wishes to snuggle in it forever. I really wanted to feel extra Goth today, so I decided to take the pictures for this post in the most Gothic town in Alsace: Sélestat, the Gothic vibe in it is extremely strong. If you ever happen to be visiting Alsace, definitely stop by this adorable medieval little town!

When I think of Gothic elegance in Autumn, I cannot help but run to my favourite fabric ever: Velvet! Just cover me from head to toe in velvet, and I’ll be the happiest person ever. There’s such an exquisite sophistication in any kind of velvet clothing especially when it’s either black, dark red or dark purple (the inevitable Gothic trio, I know right?). The key piece here is this gorgeous Victorian black velvet coat, it is simply outstanding and extremely flattering.

I’m also a quite big fan of plaid dresses and skirts, so there wouldn’t be a better idea than to combine my velvet passion with my plaid one all in one post! This outfit is definitely one of my most elegant and classiest ones. I simply love it. Hope it is to your liking too!

Gothic Metal song of the day: Seductora by Beyond the Void

Dark Kisses ~

In this outfit: Mod Dolly plaid dress; Angel clothing velvet coat; Etsy velvet hat; Public Desire boots; Versace sunglasses; Sandro velvet backpack; Dyrberg Kern necklace


8 Dark, Eccentric & Elegant Fashion icons



Hello Darklings!

As all of you might have guessed by now, this blog’s main mission is to show the ELEGANT side of Dark/Alternative/Gothic Fashion, the one that can be worn with confidence within any kind of a demanding professional environment (e.g. legal professionals). Indeed, it is not always easy to put together a stylish outfit that does not necessarily fall into your “typical alternative/shock look”. Let’s face it, most of us have either abandoned their alternative style at the workplace or have opted for more “style forgiving” jobs (e.g. makeup artist, bartender, hair artist, musician, painter, digital artist, tattoo artist etc). The truth is, it does not have to be a “take it or leave it” situation. Gothic fashion comes from an extremely elegant and classy background. It’s enough to take a look at a few Victorian outfits to figure it out. Of course, when in a corporate environment, any temptations for excessive or non-fit accessories and clothes should not be taken into consideration. Eccentric Elegance should be the main key and guideline to our outfits.

That is why I decided to put up a list of my main Dark Elegance style inspirations/icons that help me in my everyday professional life to look both macabre and elegant! Hope it will be of use to all of you, I know it is to me:

  • Dita Von Teese
  • Karl Lagerfeld
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Chantal Thomass
  • Eva Green
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Kat Von D
  • Marilyn Manson


Gothic Metal Song of the day: Rosary Blue by The 69 Eyes feat. Kat Von D

Dark Kisses ~

Illustration credit: Megan Hess.


Her Infernal Purpleness

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Hello, Darklings!

Since I mentioned in my last post my long-time obsession with the Dark Purple colour, I thought this outfit would be the perfect opportunity to tell you briefly the story behind “Her Purple Eyes”.

“Her Purple Eyes” was/still is one of my first Gothic nicknames that was given to me long, long time ago by someone I used to know. Purple has always been my favourite colour as it symbolises the majesty and beauty I love so much about the Gothic culture. Black has always been a preference, but Purple, this ROYAL colour is inseparable from my personality. The divinity in this colour makes it like no other. And every time someone asks me about my purple obsession, I always reply: “not just any PURPLE, the DARK, COLD, MAJESTIC PURPLE (or simply INDIGO Purple)!

To come back briefly to this person I was talking about, let’s just say they kind of baptised my purple majesty with “her purple eyes” because, in their mind, I’ll always have purple eyes. And then stemming from this nickname, different people I’ve known/still know have given/keep giving me nicknames related to my “Purpleness”. One of the very first and most used ones I got are: “Purple Lady, Purple Witch, Her Infernal Purpleness, Purpulina…” The years proved this simple preference to become a wonderful concept and myth around which so many things about me revolve. My Purple Darkness has become a defining element of my being. Amazing. The story of “her purple eyes” will never stop growing, for whatever I do is tainted by “purpleness”.

Gothic Metal Song of the Day: You, my North by Lacrimas Profundere

Dark Kisses ~

In this look: Dark in Love dress; Angel Clothing parasol.

Pictures by Vincent; Editing by me.


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Sophisticated Simplicity

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Hello, Darklings!

I’m very excited about sharing this outfit with you, today! Indeed, it is unbelievable and almost impossible to think that I’d be posting an autumnal look in June this year! But guess what? Thanks to ‘global warming’ (cooling I’d rather say), I’ve been actually wearing these past few weeks more of autumn outfits than summer ones, which gives me great pleasure as I previously mentioned I’m more of a cool and grey weather kinda person. Besides, we have so many more options and ideas for styling when the weather is not ‘stinking’ hot! I can honestly enjoy combining layers and different cuts & fabrics, which is perfect for us goth/alternative fashionistas, as we dread the sun & the heat. I hope the weather remains this way in Strasbourg for the summer, it is much more liveable and enjoyable to my dark soul.

Hope this outfit will be to your liking as much as it is to me!

Dark Kisses ~

P.S. Thought I would start adding a ‘Gothic/Metal song of the day’ per post, let me know if you are into this, guys. So here’s the song for this post: Decima by Katatonia (Gothic/Doom).

In this Outfit: Asos hat & top; ALL SAINTS jeans; Michael Kors bag; Mango jacket (old limited edition); Rocco Barocco sneakers.

Pictures by Vincent; Editing by me.

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There’s always light in darkness & darkness in light

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Hello, Darklings!

Don’t you just love waking up early on weekends just to be out before everybody else, and enjoy the serenity of the streets? Well, that’s been one of my favourite things to do lately, and this post was shot last Saturday in the early morning. Such quiet streets don’t only make you feel more comfortable in front of the camera, but they definitely bring inspiration faster!

In this outfit post, I have combined my love for contrasted B&W clothes and my romper obsession. As a Goth, I love expressing in clothes and accessories the coexistence of light and dark in our culture. Indeed that is the very essence of our way of looking at life: we see light in darkness and darkness in light, beauty in darkness and darkness in beauty… Everything forms a whole.

Dark Kisses ~

In this look: Levi’s black & white romper; White basic Ralph Lauren T-shirt; Karl Lagerfeld sneakers; Moschino tote bag.

Pictures are taken by Vincent and editing is done by me.

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Outfit: job interview





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Hello, Darklings!

Something tells me there are many of you dark ladies who have struggled with choosing a “proper” outfit for a job interview. Most of you alternative fashionistas have been stuck with the eternal question: “how can I look elegant and classy enough without completely  changing my style and identity”? Well, the truth is we never have to erase our dark personality from the way we dress. There is always a way out. In fact, most of times we would receive a compliment for our refined eccentricity, trust me, I’ve been there.

The task of preserving one’s dark/alternative style in the office is the whole purpose of this blog. I’ve seen it work and I would like to share those tips with you, one outfit at a time. I actually wore the outfit you are looking at during a recent job interview, and it couldn’t have looked more elegant. I’ve always loved black and white stripes, there’s something quite exquisite about them, something very simple yet very sophisticated. They make you look like a Tim Burton character, and still dazzle’em with style. So there, hope you enjoy this outfit and that it will make your job interviews run even smoother!

Dark Kisses ~

In this outfit: Topshop black & white striped dress; Uniqlo black blazer; Ted Baker tote bag; Bijenkorf hat; Old vegan leather coat; Jeffrey Campbell platform oxfords; Crap Shades.

Pictures by Vincent; Editing by me.


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Elie Saab, Le Parfum Intense: Review

Elie Saab le parfum intense

As I have mentioned in my first perfume review post (Rock Princess by Vera Wang), any perfume I buy MUST have a musky base. Due to my large experience with perfumes throughout the years as a perfume lover & collector, I can most certainly say that for flower perfumes, apart from the musky base, I need a combination of bergamot and orange blossom. The fact that I have bought the Elie Saab perfume for the second time (only this time the intense version of it), confirms my affinity for the trio base combination of musk, bergamot and orange blossom. Any flower perfume that has one of these or the three of them has they key to my heart.

When it comes to sweet perfumes, they have to have the musky base that will give them a more sophisticated scent , which will attract my attention. The above-mentioned three ingredients along with the exotic mediterranean Gardenia flower, make Elie Saab – Le Parfum Intense the most elegant, sophisticated and addictive flower perfume for an eccentrically elegant lady. So if you are still looking for a new perfume to wear this spring, you now have the answer.

Dark Kisses ~

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