July 2016 | Mermaid Waves | Chicago Fashion Destination

July 31, 2016

Home Sweet Home

Threw myself a huge welcome home celebration complete with all my favorite foods and Chicago spots this weekend.  I am so happy to be back in the city and to have access to my full closet!  A girl can only last so long with six pairs of shoes.  I was welcomed home with some super exciting packages including this Camixa shirt dress (shop here).  This dress is the perfect staple piece for your wardrobe, it can be worn with a belt, over pants, or alone.  My roots are way overgrown so I covered them up with this Who What Wear hat (shop here), I feel this is the hat Madeleine would wear when she grew out of her little yellow one.  One of the things I was most excited to come home to was my new Christian Paul watch (shop here),  I love watches but often have a hard time finding one feminine and delicate enough for my tiny wrist.  This watch is perfect, I love the grid design and the blush strap.   I finished off this look with a pair of platforms (shop similar) for some extra height, matching your shoes to your watch is definitely the next hottest pairing.  


July 24, 2016

The Breakup: Part Two

A few weeks ago I showed you how to breakup with your two piece set and style the top, now it's time for the pants.  These wide leg pants from Asos (shop) are so on trend right now, every resort show this season had their share of patterned wide leg pants.  I was feeling inspired by the Revolve parties in the Hamptons over this past month, so I put together my best Hamptons chic look.  I paired my pants with a vintage J. Crew halter (shop similar), the knit halter gives this look a totally laid back vibe while still staying chic.  I finished the look with white slides (shop similar) and my favorite Wildfox sunnies (shop).  Princess the purse has become like my pet, I never have been a dog or a cat person but I think its because I am a purse person!  She sits on the table while I eat and I even got her a little toy, notice the poof.

In a week I will be back in Chicago! I am so excited to come home, and I can't not wait for an exciting season of blogging nonstop! I want to bring lots of new content your way, what would you like to see more of on Mermaid Waves? Let me know in the comments.  


July 14, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Top Picks

I can't remember a time in my life where the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was not a part of it.  Every summer I would start picking out my fall wardrobe and all my back to school looks, it was my favorite part of summer vacation.  I have rounded up my some of my favorite pieces from the sale for you to shop! The sale is early access until July 22, so if you aren't a card holder be sure to mark your calendars for the 22, but you get a special sneak peek!  Prices go up August 8 so get shopping!

Play Dress Up.

Shop: Top Left - Alice + Olivia Middle - Topshop Top Right -Topshop (under $50!)
Bottom Left - Topshop (under $50!) Bottom Left - Cece

Top it off.

Shop: Top Left - Rebecca Taylor Top Middle - Topshop Top Right - ASTR (under $50!)
Bottom Left - BP (under $30!) Bottom Left - BP (under $20!!)

Bottoms up.
Shop: Left - BP Top Left - Leith (under $50) Top Right - FRAME
Bottom Left - Leith (under $40) Bottom Left - Joe's

Over the top.
Shop: Top Left - Topshop Top Right - BLANKNYC Right - Rag & Bone
Bottom Left - Truth & Pride Bottom Right - Topshop (under $100!)

Complete the look.
Shop: Top Left - Timberland (under $100!) Top Middle - BP (under $40!) Top Left - Vince Camuto (under 100!) Bottom Left - Louise et Cie Bottom Right - BCBGMAXAZRIA

Which pieces can you not wait to get you hands on? Let me know in the comments!


July 6, 2016

Do You Even Nature?

One of the amazing parts of staying in Salt Lake City is all the beautiful hiking trails.  I went up a trail one evening with a friend not expecting to find such beauty, we had to have an impromptu photoshoot (never leave home without your camera).  For this evening hike I had to look fabulous, duh, but still needed to be able to climb a mountain.  I started with a super simple look, a Free People denim skirt (shop) and a Forever 21 cropped tank (shop).  My Skechers are my goto shoe for anything slightly athletic and this definitely qualified.  I wore my Skechers D'lites (shop) and paired it with a high black sock, suburban white boy style.  With a simple look I love to go nuts with accessories,  I threw on a tiny charm necklace, giant hoops, a belt, and my favorite sunnies (shop).  Hoops are a great way to up any look, they are definitely the latest and greatest addition to my daily uniform.  This hike was quite the accomplishment so naturally it had to be documented with a couple selfies.  


July 3, 2016

One Piece - All Season

This season I am all about staying cool but still looking chic.  This amazing kaftan by Graciela Liorente is helping me do just that.  These bold colors are perfect for the holiday weekend! A kaftan is the perfect piece to wear all summer long because of its amazing versatility.  You could spend the day at the beach, on a boat, at brunch, or all of the above and a kaftan will take you all of those places.  I styled mine for daytime with a pair of heels and a messy braid but you could easily take this piece to the beach and layer it over your favorite suit.   Have a Happy Fourth of July and get yourself a kaftan.    

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