guest post: Mermaid Look

Today’s guest post comes from the wonderful Peter Minkoff. Peter is a beauty and fashion editor for Your Style Forecast as well as a freelance menswear fashion stylist and he’s from Brisbane, Australia.

When he pitched this article to me, I begged him to write it as I love the whole look and all the pretty colours!

 

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By Peter Minkoff

Mermaid look is everything right now! Unless you’ve been living under a rock you sure have noticed all the rainbow colored hairdos (eyebrows and beards, too!), outfits and shoes strolling happily down the streets of your city. In fact, wherever we look, whether it’s real life or a TV/net commercial, we sure are seeing rainbow colors and falling in love with them over and over again.

It’s not really clear when and where everything started but the first time we actually noticed it we were reluctant to accept it – after all, it was weird, it was too colorful for anything business-like, it was simply too unusual. However, just as it happens with all cool fashion trends, this one caught up really soon, especially because it was accepted by little Kylie Jenner. It also didn’t hurt it that it came about sometime during spring/summer so the colors forced by the, what will later become “mermaid look”, were perfectly suitable for the hot summer days, beach parties and all those leisure vibes.

So, what exactly is this mermaid trend?

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photo by collage by: fashiongonerogue.com & pinterest.com

 

Coloring your hair unexpected shades of grey, red, pink, blue, hot pink, yellow, turquoise, deep blue and green is a pretty easy way to sum this trend up.

The “granny style” that came before the “mermaid” trend sported grey locks that looked amazing on almost anyone who tried it! Sure, it was advised for younger people to try it out as their skins were still smooth and young-looking so there was no fear of someone actually looking aged due to their new ‘do. It wasn’t long before the “mermaid” trend came about and everyone wanted to replace the grey with some hot color.

Girls, boys – you name it – everyone became obsessed with going colorful on their hair and, apparently, making a statement with it. Like all unusual trends this one too became a synonym for hipster fashion but we didn’t mind. Blue eyed girls with their blue hairs and a huge smile were definitely worth all the head-turning during summer! And the boys, mh! Resembling mythical creatures from the deep, with their fashionable green ‘dos and long pink beards… yum! If only Ariel had known there would ever be a trend like this, she’d definitely think twice before choosing Prince Eric over a hot, turquoise-haired merman.

Is the mermaid trend limited to hair only?

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photo by collage by: fashiongonerogue.com & tumblr.com

 

Absolutely not! Many a cosmetic labels launched nail designs, eye shadows, mascaras and lipsticks in mermaid shades (some labels are calling them ‘macaroon colors’) and as it seems, the trend isn’t likely to go away. More and more girls are hopping on the train to mermaid-town and it’s looking fabulous! It may be unusual and it may take some time to get used to, but some shades are simply to die for.

 

How did the fashion world react to the mermaid look?

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photo by collage by: elle.co.uk & pinterest.com

 

Let’s just say it has definitely paid tribute to it! From pastels dominating virtually every designer’s collection to gauzy gowns and sequins, the iconic look of the mermaid became the it factor to dress by.

“Sheer and sexy queen-of-the-sea gowns dominated at Atelier Versace’s Fall Couture 2015 show, while Givenchy showed a flared sequined skirt straight out of Ariel’s dreams for its Resort 2016 collection”.

The last info we have is that the summer of 2016 is going to be mermaid-huge! So, make sure you get your trendy one piece swimsuit on a latest swimwear sale before they are all sold out!

Who should go by mermaid look?

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photo by collage by: fashiongonerogue.com & tumblr.com

 

Well, we’d love to say anyone but we can’t… unless you are working and living in a super easy-going environment, that is. Anyone who is in a “strict” line of business such as government, medicine, economy, education, marketing or anything that has to do with serious matters isn’t really the good candidate for the look. However, it’s a perfect fit for all the free, restless souls out there, artists, stage performers and all others who simply don’t care!

 

Thanks again to Peter for a great post.

 

Do you consider yourself part of the “mermaid look” club?
Would you want to try the look but can’t at the moment?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

 

Jenna

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Hampshire Pride (& What I Wore)

Last Saturday, I got the train to Winchester for something other than crying over my dissertation!

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Me, Paige & James (Image courtesy of Sarah Penfold | Infinity Photography)

 

It was the second annual Hampshire Pride and this year, it was even bigger and better!

 

Hampshire Pride is a festival celebrating LGBTQIAP+ identities and championing equality and diversity in and around Hampshire. It is an event run by Hampshire LGBT Alliance which includes Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Hampshire Constabulary, Solent NHS Trust and the University of Winchester.

The day kicked off on campus at the University of Winchester with speeches from Co-coordinator Sarah-Louise Collins, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Stuart (who is also the university’s senior diversity champion) and renowned teen vlogger and public speaker about trans issues, Hannah Phillips. All shared some really motivational and powerful words with a crowd of very excited and inspired people and there was a short film shown that was made on campus called ‘What is Love?’.

Next we all assembled outside on the steps for a lovely photograph in which you can really see how the Pride parade has grown in a year. Just look at the numbers!

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Hampshire Pride 2015 (Image courtesy of the Hampshire Pride Facebook Page)

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Hampshire Pride 2016 (Image courtesy of Sarah Penfold | Infinity Photography)

 

The march left campus and a sea of rainbow flags, hair colours and clothes walked through Winchester singing, chanting and blowing whistles. There were families and pets, partners and friends all in unison and you could sense the love and kindness in everyone’s hearts as they walked. Some of the shops had put colourful displays and Pride flags up in their windows to show their support which was really lovely!

 

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Hampshire Pride 2016 (Image courtesy of Sarah Penfold | Infinity Photography)

Here’s what I wore, it was uhh… interesting.

(Note, I am not a fashion blogger. I’ve linked to the product or similar but most is old stuff and out of stock!)

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|Lady Rainicorn hat | lilac Primark vest | crushed velvet New Look skirt | rainbow socks | leopard print Converse shoes |

 

We finished at the Discovery Centre in town where there was a Market with stalls from various local Hampshire groups and charities raising money and awareness of services. After a welcoming speech from Councillor Roy Perry and an entertaining excerpt from How To Love read by author Sally Edwards, everyone had a little boogie and a heartwarming moment as the Southampton Gay Men’s Chorus performed a few tracks. There was also an incredible performance by the Wessex Dance Academy and refreshments outside courtesy of mobile baristas Coffee Cruiser and The Pie Hole, Southampton.

 

That evening, my friends and I went to The Railway Inn for the Afterparty and we were not disappointed! I opted for something a little classier, which you can see here:

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| New Look blanket cardigan sequined crop top | black pencil skirt | lace up heeled boots |

 

Upstairs we watched a Cabaret show compered by the glamourous and funny Spotlight Vocal Duo and we were treated to performances from catty and sparkly Portsmouth drag queen Cherry Liquor, comedian and lip synch maestro Harold and melodic rapper and singer Paul Andreas.

My absolute favourite performance came at the end of the night in the form of London drag king, Adam All. Adam is a metrosexual cheeky chap with a really impressive array of suits, beatboxing skills and some hilarious musical numbers. Oh, and some rather impressive abs. I managed to get a chat to his parents as they were sat next to us and ‘hadn’t been allowed’ to go to show before (its a bit rude) and I was pleased to see them supporting, taking pictures and cheering him on in the front row. He’s definitely a new celeb crush of mine and he was featured in BBC Newsbeat’s documentary ‘Drag Kings of the UK’ which you can watch here.

After the Cabaret finished, we went downstairs where local student DJ George Nott kept us dancing til the early hours with some camp classics and chart toppers. We had so much fun and it was such a great day to celebrate being who you are with other friendly people!

 

Have you been to a Pride event before?
Were you at Hampshire Pride?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

Jenna

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Primark Pajama Haul

If you’re not from the U.K then you might not know what Primark is (or Penneys in Ireland!). Primark is our place for cheap basics and staple items and there’s one in every town as far as I know. You’ll find pairs of knickers for as little as 50p, leggings from £3 a pair and cool pop culture t-shirts for around a tenner… It’s brilliant!

I took Jaz to Southampton for the day as part of her birthday celebrations and I did the boring grown-up thing of buying myself some new underwear and pajamas. I’ve been moaning recently that our house is freezing even when I’m in bed under the covers, but after about five minutes of warming up, Josh will then accuse me of feeling like a radiator. Because of this I got a mixture of thick and thin nightwear and its all very cute!

 

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| red tartan shorts //  black and white striped shorts |

 

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| black and grey strappy loose cami top |

 

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| Moomins t-shirt and sweatpants set |

 

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| grey fluffy slipper boots |

 

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| fleecy thick blue/cream hedgehog set |

 

 

How cute are these? I almost felt like I had treated myself even though it was on something essential.

 

Unfortunately I can’t link to the products as Primark’s website doesn’t stock everything they do in stores. I also cleverly managed to bin the receipt so I can’t tell you how much each thing was exactly but I know that I didn’t spend more than £25 on the whole lot and some items were reduced… I’m sorry – crap blogger alert!

 

Have you been to Primark or a similar store recently?
Do you like shopping for pajamas?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.
Jenna
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birthday wishlists: clothing

So it’s just over a week until my birthday (27th September) and although I’ve already given these ideas to my friends and family, I wanted to post a few of my wishlists to share with you guys. First up and most importantly, clothing!

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Tops

I’ve asked for quite a few tops this year because most of mine either don’t fit or won’t be warm enough as the cold weather sets in. You’ll notice I’ve chosen some functional, comfy loose bits, a couple of cute pop culture tees and some jumpers for layering up. 

 Neuron Vest Dress – £12.95
disturbia.co.uk

Silver Fine Knit Metallic  – £14.99
newlook.com

Black Lace-Up Sides Sweater – £14.99
newlook.com

Black Drop Hem 3/4 Sleeve – £1o.99
selectfashion.co.uk

Purple Crochet Lace Vest  – £12.99
selectfashion.co.uk


Leggings

You will never catch me in trousers or jeans and I’m rarely brave enough to bare my legs which is why I live in leggings! I always have plenty of plain black cheap ones from Select or Primark in my drawer but each season, I love getting a few pairs with a cool print or some nice detail. Some of these look really warm too!

 

Cupcake Cult Star Print – £12.99
sohos.co.uk

Banned Hearts and Swallows Print  – £20.24
amazon.co.uk

Urban Classics Dark Grey Acid Wash -£14.99
attitudeclothing.co.uk

Bottoms

As much as I love my leggings, I can’t wear them without something to cover my bum. Whilst some of my tops might be long enough, it’s also nice to have some statement skirts/shorts to accompany the more plain pairs or perhaps with some tights.

I’ve chosen quite a lot of acid wash and tie-dye bits in this list because I love how I can incorporate some colour into my look with these prints, whilst still keeping an alternative edge on things.

 

Denim Acid Wash Shorts – £19.99
darksideclothing.com

Monochrome Tartan Miniskirt – £8.99
selectfashion.co.uk

 

I have no idea if I will be lucky enough to get any of these items but I’m sure I’ll do a lookbook post with anything that I do! Keep your eyes peeled for my next birthday wishlist coming up in a few days…

Do you like or own any of these fashion items?
What did you get/do for your birthday?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below!

Jenna
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Vintage shirt
£20 – etsy.com

Chicnova Fashion crop tank
£4.36 – chicnova.com

Chloé short shorts
brownsfashion.com – (I WISH!)

Women pants
amazon.co.uk

Sexy mini skirt
£14 – maykool.com

Happy Socks mid calf socks
£8.46 – lanecrawford.com

Boohoo womens trousers
£6.50 – boohoo.com

Christian Louboutin black flat shoes
£840 – christianlouboutin.com – (I WISH!)

Cat backpack
£18 – heychickadee.com

 

Do you have or want any of these cute picks?

Let me know in the comments below!

Jenna

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drag on a dime: jujubee

This is the second post in my series that honours the queens of #DragRace – you can see the Adore Delano style board here. This will be a regular feature on the blog because finding drag dupes has been good fun. I’ve vowed that the looks will always be as close to the outfits as possible, without costing more than £20 per piece!

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| dress | leggings | heels | headband |

This outfit screams glamour and that’s one of the reasons that I love Jujubee. The only staple item that you would need to complete the look is a black elasticated waist belt and they’re cheap as chips! Unfortunately, the picture quality wouldn’t let me zoom in enough to examine the cuff bracelet she’s wearing, but I think there are plenty of jewellery items that would work just as well.

Do you like or own any of the items in this outfit?

Do you have a favourite queen or drag look that I should check out?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below!

Jenna

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10 Life Lessons from Rupaul’s Drag Race – important mantras from your favourite queens

drag on a dime: adore delano

As many of you know, I love all things #DragRace and so I decided that a fun feature for the blog (and for me to research) would be creating copycat style boards based on off- stage outfits of some of my favourite drag queens.

I am also a spendthrift shopper and so I have vowed that these looks will be as close to the outfits as possible, but without costing more than £20 per piece!

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| fishnet top | bustier | gloves | bead art | leggings |

Key items for this outfit were the necklace and the leggings. I am always on the lookout for small businesses and creative crafty types to support, and I love the idea of having something handmade for me. The necklace, I decided, could easily be made from this cool pixel bead art from shopgrotesque on Etsy.  The leggings I have chosen similar from Leaf Fairy over at Fairy Footprints, who I know very well and I know makes highly- commended custom fashions and accessories, including sparkly wings!

Do you like or own any of the items in this outfit?

Do you have a favourite queen or drag look that I should check out?

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Jenna

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