I’m coming out of the closet! For those of you who follow me on social media this may come as a bit of a surprise to you, but deep down beneath my pastel laden and ultra feminine wardrobe, I have a weakness for the Victorian-Goth, Fantasy style. Surprise! It’s true, I’m a a sucker for that Lolita Royalty thing. I think it may be all the lace and frill which goes hand and hand with my more girly style on social media. It’s probably my adoration of dark fantasy romance novels, a less advertised guilty pleasure, that takes the Lolita look into that darker realm of Victorian-Goth. So imagine the glee my black lace adorned little heart felt when I was recently invited to a Vampire Ball! And yes that is exactly what it sounds like, for those who have no idea what I am talking about reference the Hugh Jackman movie Van Helsing. It will definitely be a different way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
Every year around Halloween I look up masquerades, ghost balls and yes vampire balls to see if there are any good parties being held in my area. One of my bucket list events is the annual Anne Rice Lestat Ball, talk about going all out on your cosplay! Along with the Venice Moon Masquerade and the Labyrinth Ball. Naturally I was a bit surprised to be invited to a Vampire Ball in February, the weekend before Valentine’s Day no less! But then again, it isn’t that far off of an idea to celebrate the holiday I suppose, with vampires being immortal and all there is that fantastical element of truly eternal love . Which is kind of cute for the less than traditional couple!
Naturally upon saying ‘Yes!’ to the invite my thoughts immediately went to, “Oh my gosh! What am I going to wear?!” Luckily the sweetheart who invited me is the lovely Khamsone Sirimanivong, aspiring gown designer of Madame Trousseau’s Gowns and she offered to whip me up something magical for the ball. Could it be Khamsone is the fairy godmother in this Gothic fairytale? I think yes! Which would make me Goth Cinderella! How cool is that? However, as it is a last minute thing the dress will be done just in time for the ball which means the dress will be shrouded in mystery until the big reveal. The theme we decided to go for it Goth Marie Antoinette, can you imagine? Oooo I feel shivers up and down my spine thinking about it! Needless to say I am more than a little excited for the Ball.