A Pretty Little Mermaid, A Dress With A CAPE & Adventures With The Northernettes // OOTD

UntitledA few weeks ago, myself and the other girls from The Northernettes were lucky enough to model some gorgeous pieces from the Bright & Beautiful Co. c/o Collectif featured on our blog here. I thought I would share some more shots from the day on my own blog because I literally cannot stop cooing over the Laine Cape Dress that I wore.

We arrived at The Carding Shed in the afternoon – a quirky little venue in Holmfirth that has a delightful café, retro boutiques as well as a marvellous display of golden oldie cars and memorabilia. We spent so long looking at all the fabulous bits and bobs before we actually took any photographs as there was just so much to take in. The girls and myself are quite partial to anything with an age or a story to it. If you live local to the area or are visiting, I would definitely recommend popping in, having a cuppa’ tea and a browse.

The Laine Cape Dress comes in two colours, black and this soft powder blue as worn below. At the time of writing this, it is currently in the sale on Collectif’s site – even MORE of a reason why you should snap it up. Why every single dress does not have a cape these days – well I have NO idea. The minute I put this on I felt like Wonder Woman and if it is true that they say that what you wear can change your day, this dress would be proof of that. I could totally save the world in this dress.

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The fit is tailored, the neckline flattering and the cape, oh the cape. The idea that back in the day this was designed for ladies to flounce around at various escapades in makes this truly enchanting. I don’t wear much black as I prefer myself in colour, but this dress is just so lavish that maybe a black version will be required for the colder months (I can always wear some bright pop colour tights underneath right?!)

The only downside that I would point out is that a gush of wind whilst trying to photograph this dress meant that the cape had a mind of its own. Ordinarily though, this would not bother me at all – perfect for candid shots, not so great when being papped. I paired this beauty with sheer white pop socks and my favourite pair of tan shoes, a cork block heel Mary Jane shoe that I got in the sale from New Look some time ago. Adding some extra sass was my original vintage creamy beige frames gifted from The Vintage Optical Shop. I have been very fortunate to run a giveaway for your very own pair of vintage frames from The Vintage Optical Shop, launching on my Instagram page this week. To take part simply follow us both and repost to enter!

I also added this pretty mermaid brooch c/o Squeaky Frog onto the dress as I felt that this little lady needed a sea of blue to swim upon and there was nothing more perfect for her than this dress. Delicately painted onto a wooden cut out shape, I love the contrast of the colours of this brooch, it goes with so many of my outfits – watch out for her making an appearance on future posts. You can also get yourself a sweet 10% discount when you spend £10 or more on their Etsy shop here by using code “CUTE10” – valid until the end of August. Follow their Facebook & Instagram here.

What screams 60s more than a beehive? Channeling my inner Priscilla Presley, I backcombed my do within an inch of it’s life! Honestly, my hair took about a week after this shoot to come down from the rafters and a LOT of conditioning – I just do not know how they did it back then. I actually took inspiration from my favourite vintage hair YouTuber – Vintagious – take a look at her channel here for similar looks.

If you would like to read more about our shoot, please visit our band blog at www.thenorthernettes.com/blog

UntitledUntitledUntitledSpecial mention goes to Chloe April Wood for photography, & The Carding Shed for location. | Thanks to Bright & Beautiful c/o Collectif, The Vintage Optical Shop and Squeaky Frog for gifting.

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