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 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

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‘Til Death Do Us Part | A Victorian Steampunk Wedding

‘Til Death Do Us Part | A Victorian Steampunk Wedding

Recieving photos from my clients is one of the most exciting parts of my job! Always accompanied by my squealing with delight and making my Ever Patient Husband look at every. single. photo. I gush over every detail, thankful that I get to be a part of your special events.

I shared some sneaky preview shots of Marshelle’s gown with you a few weeks ago, and now I can finally show you how fantastic she looked on her big day!Marshelle wed Reagan in a detail laden gothic ceremony at Auckland’s Hopetoun Alpha – a beautifully restored historic building. Their theme?                                                                                                                                                                               ‘Til Death Do Us Part. 

Lush Victorian styling, a generous serving of skulls and – wait for it – a cemetery on stage ensured their wedding was a theatrical start to a lifelong commitment.

gold and purple steampunk bride and groom
Marshelle dreamt of a lush Victorian inspired gown with a black, gold and purple colour scheme ( I spent a whole day trawling fabric stores for that specific shade of royal purple!). It had to incorporate an elaborate corset she had chosen, and she needed to dance in it. During the course of our meetings and fittings I designed and constructed this gown with bolero jacket to fulfill her dreams and flatter Marshelle’s bombshell curves.

offbeat black and purple alternative bride
This regal lace and taffeta gown has options – the dramatic train can be bustled to floor level, making it practical for dancing and enjoying your reception (in my mind this is a must. Those finger loops are super annoying, who wants to hold their dress up all night!?). The cropped jacket lends some extra coverage for the ceremony, and I just adore how the brocade pattern echoes the pointed cuffs! Even the wide lace straps I added to the corset can be removed at the brides whim.

I designed Reagan’s waistcoat to match the gold panels on Marshelle’s gown. There really is nothing better than a well dressed couple!

historical goth inspired bride in a top hat

Could that happy family be any cuter? Hades the dog looks very proud.
custom made metal wedding outifts

Black lace bustle steampunk wedding gown


Photos | Erin Currie
Bridal gown and jacket | Beckon Couture
Groom’s Waistcoat | Beckon Couture
Groom’s suit | Ebay


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