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Living The Pin Up Mermaid Dream

Living The Pin Up Mermaid Dream

What did you want to be when you grew up? A princess, a fireman, a racecar driver? A mermaid?

I wanted to be a florist (until extreme hayfever came along. Universe says No.), but I still felt like a kid when my mermaid tail arrived.

That’s right, I bought a mermaid tail.
I wore it to the beach.
In winter.
It was freeeeeeeeezing.
But so, so worth it.

Pinup Mermaid Velvet DeCollete sunbathes on a boulder at a beach In New Zealand

Pinup Mermaid Velvet DeCollete sunbathes on a boulder at a beach In New Zealand

Actually I bought two tails and a monofin. After trying and failing to buy locally due to horrific customer service, I ordered the Liquid Sun Gold and Catalina Green tails from the2tails.com. Shipping and currency conversion from the United States were a bit of a killer, but I was stubbornly set on having them by this point.

I contacted 2Tails about sizing as the adult tail measurements looked too large for me. They strongly recommended I go with the adult size. Unfortunately it is a bit loose around the hips and very loose around my 26″ waist. I fold the excess fabric down inside but I could have sized down to the teenage tail.

My styling for this shoot was inspired by mermaids from vintage advertising and pinup illustrations. I left most of my hair to it’s wild natural curl with a Mermaid Lagoon inspired roll in the front. I custom made the the clamshell bra and mermaid shell hairpiece. Don’t the pearly tones and neutral coloured shells work beautifully with the golds and bluey greys of the tail, sand, sky and sea?

Pinup Mermaid Velvet DeCollete sunbathes on a boulder at a beach In New Zealand

Pinup Mermaid Velvet DeCollete sunbathes on a boulder at a beach In New Zealand

If you’d like your own mermaid bra ( available with or without straps ), hairpiece or colour coordinated set be sure to get in touch!
I was silly enough to run out of spirit gum, so I spray glued mine on for these photos. 10/10 do not recommend. The removal pain was real.

I haven’t worn the green mermaid tail for a photoshoot yet, just in the pool, but I’m lending it to the fabulous Mrs Greatnews for her photos soon! I can’t wait to see her owning her pinup mermaid glory.

Before I go, can we get a high five for my awesome husband? He took these photos when the photographer ( who requested the shoot ) didn’t show up!

Photos | James Beck
Model | Velvet Decollete
Clamshell Bra and Hairpiece | Velvet DeCollete
Mermaid Tail | The2Tails

With Style & Sass,

      Velvet DeCollete

Posted by velvetdecollete in PINUP, 2 comments
Mad Love : The Joker & Harley Cosplay

Mad Love : The Joker & Harley Cosplay

I can’t believe I never wrote a full blog on our Joker and Harley Quinn cosplay! Well, actually I can, it’s been a crazy few months.
harley quinn, the joker, Armageddon expo, auckland, 2014, mad love, harley, mistah J, joker, batman villians, arkham asylum, cosplay, costume

So without further ado, I give you The Joker (amalgamation of my favourites) and Harley Quinn (Arkham Asylum). Both costumes made by me for Auckland Armageddon Expo 2014. Amazing super-fantastic uber prop mallet made by the Ever Patient Husband – although I did tape it up for the paint job – you might be able to tell I’m in love with this prop, it’s my baby!

The hardest thing about the whole wardrobe?The wig. That thing was a nightmare of hairspray, bobby pins and swearing. What did I learn? Never trust Ebay to get your pigtail wig to you on time. Never think it will be easy to make a regular wig into pigtails.Hairspray is a magical thing.

harley quinn, aRMAGEDDON EXPO, AUCkland, 2014, the joker, mad love, harley, mistah J, joker, batman villians, arkham asylum, cosplay, costume

harley quinn, the joker, mad love, harley, mistah J, joker, batman villians, arkham asylum, cosplay, costume

harley quinn, the joker, Armageddon expo, auckland, 2014, mad love, harley, mistah J, joker, batman villians, arkham asylum, cosplay,cosplay ball, armageddon, costume

harley quinn, the joker, Armageddon expo, auckland, 2014, mad love, harley, mistah J, joker, batman villians, arkham asylum, cosplay, costume

Photos | Myself and two amazing photographers at Armageddon Expo 2015 (as labelled on photos).

The Ever Patient Husband made this rad Deathstroke cosplay for my 11 year old cousin,who came with us. He looked so badass! Just on the side the Husband is becoming pretty swish with the hardware and costumes himself.
deathstroke, the joker, cosplay, armageddon expo 2014, auckland, costume

deathstroke, cosplay, kids, armageddon expo, auckland, 2014, costume, child, childrens

Posted by velvetdecollete in ADVENTURES, FASHION STORIES, 1 comment