Under The Sea.


This is Lolly’s most requested song at RMW HQ, I think she knows all the words and everything.

I could fib at this point and say I only like it for nostalgic reasons. But I won’t. I like it because a small part of me still wants to be believe that mermaids actually exist. And what the ruddy hell was Ariel thinking when she wanted to leave all of that underwater fantasy and treasure chests full of tiaras to go live on dry land?!

That Prince must have been hot.

mermaid-print on etsy

It’s unusual for me to put together the initial inspiration post but out of all the shoots we’ve ever styled, this was the one I was the most looking forward to – and the most challenging, I could see it so clearly in my head and anything less than 100% perfect wasn’t going to be good enough.

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As much as I appreciate the generic adoration of the sugar-coated Disney version of life underwater it’s actually the more ethereal, dreamy aesthetic that appeals. When I think mermaid I think sequins, I think cool metallics and long wavy windswept locks. I think statement jewels, sun-kissed skin and a soft muted colour palette.

I also think very VERY sexy. Not in an obvious look-at-my-teeny-weeny-shell-bikini type way, more of a flash of shoulder, flutter of lash, As-soon-as-I’ve-got-legs-I’m-going-to-get-up-to-no-good-with-a-delicious-human type way….. You know?

I clearly like to make very complicated specifications for the team. It’s a good job I know they can handle it.

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If any of you have ever visited the beach at Camber Sands near Rye then you will know it offers the perfect backdrop for fairytale frolics. All long grass, crashing waves and storybook sand dunes. The folks at Love lust List rated venue The Gallivant very kindly let us pretty much take over the hotel (!) for three days whilst we put together our most ambitious editorial to date.

In terms of decor and florals you will have to wait for Lolly’s extravaganza tomorrow, what I can tell you is it was important for everything to be very organic and informal whilst remaining uber beautiful. There is an abundance of lush greenery. And there are lots of urchin-esque blooms.

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From a fashion perspective it was all about finding delicate embroidery, shimmering fabrics and sea maiden shapes. There was always going to be fishtail. And there was also going to be a fair amount of the aforementioned sun kissed skin on show.

Unlike our previous editorial efforts we’ve also introduced a bit of a love story element. As per usual Lolly and I had the very difficult task of choosing a suitable male model to ensure everything ended with a Happy Ever After. We sincerely hope you lovelies will think all of our hard work was worth it.

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For the make-up palette I wanted shine, glow, smudgy bronzes and a natural touch-me complexion. Two parts Gisele Bundchen one part Leona Lewis in the Bleeding Love music video. Needless to say our model Chantelle looked amazing. We’ll be sure to let you know what products were used.

Have you ever dreamed about being a mermaid?

Ever considered making W-day into a glamorous yet contemporary underwater world?

If you answered yes to either of the above then we’re pretty sure you’ll like what we’ve got to share.

Big Fantasy Love

Charlotte xxx

Author: Charlotte O’Shea
Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.