Monday, January 4, 2016

Mermaid Monday

 Last year's New Years post was honest and I can say at the start of 2016 I am in a much better place than at the start of 2015, my mind and body are much healthier. I will do a more in depth post soon with the goals of 2016 and how much I was able to check off my list from 2015. One of my goals last year was to make one of my dream costumes and I made one but hadn't gotten good pictures till now.
I have always been obsessed with mermaids, Disney's The Little Mermaid came out when I was 4 which might have been part of it. I dreamed of a mermaid costume since I was a child but my mother never thought it was a safe costume so she never made me one.

 One day last year JoAnn's had a super sale on fabric so I dragged Hubby down to the store and we picked out this lovely aqua prismatic fabric. I was leaning towards the purple or green first but this color just spoke to us.
This summer I practiced swimming in my tail, I'm getting better but still not very confident yet. I recently added real flippers into it for better stability and propulsion but since I never had swum with fins so  it is a learning curve.
For my make-up I used NYX baked shadow in Blue Dream applied wet. The pigment is amazing and very long lasting, I even had a hard time getting it all off after my shower, but that is what I needed for this shoot. I may have to invest in a few more colors, especially if I build up the courage to take the belly dance lessons I want to this year.

Oh, my nails are OPI Liquid Sand in Tiffany Case.




 Did I mention it was in the low 50s and very windy when we were shooting these? I nearly froze my tail off. My liner and strapless bra didn't want to stay in place either. Some of the photos that didn't make it here are cute outtakes of me smiling silly and or pulling random things up or down.




A funny story from when we were setting up to shoot-

Hubby and I were the only ones on the beach, I was already in my wig and liner but had my sarong over the liner for modesty (it is skin color). I was just about to shed the sarong and shimmy into my tail when a gentlemen walked down the boardwalk. Upon seeing us he must have thought we were doing some other kind of shoot and excused himself with "I just came over to see a sandbar, oh look, there's one" and walked off.

We didn't see another person till we had finished up and were walking to the car to get my change of clothes. 

I had packed a picnic lunch but since it was so chilly and windy we ate it in the car rather than the picnic area. We also were scarfing down boiled peanuts since we passed one of our favorite roadside stands, there is nothing like fresh, hot, Cajun spiced peanuts. I can't believe I didn't get the taste for them till last year.
 Wishing you a very happy 2016. Live your dreams and be happy.


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 It has been a whole year since A Retro Rabbit became Force of Habit Rabbit!