A Darker Shade of Elegance

If you’ve a penchant for the more macabre shades of glamour, you might want to pay a visit to The Costume Ball, open from now until the day after Halloween. Whether you’re looking for an elegant way to celebrate the Halloween season or, like me, you can’t resist a sweep of red lipstick against a dress as black as sin, I think you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Costume Ball

Of course, it’s always nice to have somewhere to lollygag in a ladylike manner once you’re all dressed up, and the Harvest Night Gazebo by Cheeky Pea, shown above, is just one of the alternatives on offer. The dress, called Black Widow, is by Happy Undead and is also available as a corset; its without a doubt my new go-to formal attire, Halloween or otherwise.

Costume Ball

No outfit is complete without a brand new skin and, once again, the Costume Ball is happy to oblige. Though I find rich scarlet lipstick like those on Pink Fuel’s Femme Fatale skins (left) irresistible, the Fuyu skins from Izzie’s (centre) are a soft temptation all of their own. Alternatively, the Dia de los Muertos tattoo masks, which come in two varieties with added hair flower, may be your Halloween cup of tea. Happily, the Monster mesh eyes by Ziau work with whichever choice you make.

Costume Ball

If you like to dress up your home up as much as yourself, Senzafine’s “Nevermore” parlour set creates a suitably dark and decadent ambience. I don’t recommend wearing the Gothic Dress from Rotten Defiance while moving the furniture, mind you – best saved for the evening’s events. Although, when paired with Evolve’s “The Puppeteer” pose set, it does give a whole new meaning to the idea of hanging around in your best frock.

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