December 2016 | Mermaid Waves | Chicago Fashion Destination

December 31, 2016

New Year Improved Me: My Personal and Professional Goals for 2017

Hey Mer-babes! We made it through 2016, what a year! Personally it has been the best year of my life.  I graduated high school, and have been able to transition into doing the things I love full-time, instead of as a hobby.  In the few short months I have been full-time living my own life I have done more amazing projects than I have my entire life.  Not being tied down to a schedule has been really difficult for me, I loved hearing that bell ring every 45 minutes and knowing it was time to switch classes, but I am loving the challenge.  It forces me to find time for the things that are important to me, such as getting in to that early Soul Cycle class, or taking time out of my day time for morning ballet.  I also got to travel and see some new places, some that I loved and some that I didn't love, both being equally important.  My blog has grown faster in the past four months than in its three year existence and I couldn't be more proud of myself.

Happy happy 2017 my loves and may it be the brightest yet! Keep reading for my personal and professional goals for 2017, and the hottest posts of 2016.


December 27, 2016

Sparkle Baby: The Outfit You Need to Be Wearing New Years Eve

 Hey Mer-babes! I love putting together New Years Eve outfits, it is the one time of year where normal people dress like we do on a regular basis.  Sparkles, sequins, shine, and of course velvet are the building blocks of a killer New Year's Eve look.  I paired to off the most popular silhouettes this season, the off the shoulder top and bell bottom pants to create the ultimate New Year's Eve party look.

December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas: Post Christmas Sale Roundup

\Hey Mer-babes! How was your Christmas? Mine was so so lovely.  Santa hooked me up with some amazing new pieces that I can not wait to show off.  I am writing to you in the softest new pajamas ever (shop here!) and new moccasin slippers (shop here).  The most wonderful time of the year is coming to a close but that doesn't mean the fun has to end.

I know you babes love a good sale because my Cyber Monday sale roundup is STILL one of my most popular posts.  I have rounded up 15+ of the best after-Christmas sales around the internet and have put them all in one convenient spot, right here.  Between post-Christmas and New Years Sales right now is the BEST time to shop!  I know you have been shopping for everyone but yourself for over a month now, so kick back, put on those new pajamas, shop the after-Christmas sales and TREAT YOURSELF.

PS: I just remembered it is Mermaid Waves' third birthday today! Happy Birthday my love!

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December 22, 2016

You Should Be On A Christmas Card: The Holiday Party Look You Need for the Rest of the Year

Hey Mer-babes! Christmas is almost upon us and New Years is right around the corner.  I am sure between now and 2017 you have 1,000 events to attend, between BFF brunches and cookie swaps to Christmas dinners and NYE parties, and this one look will get you through them all.  I promise.

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December 19, 2016

Golden Birthday Celebration: Ain't No Party like a Pizza Party + 19 Life Lessons

Hey Mer-babes! I am currently on the couch with some sort of flu like virus which is definitely not how I wanted to spend my birthday, but what are you going to do?  I am very excited to be sharing my pizza party photo diary with you all!  I am seriously obsessed with this shoot, 19 pizzas are definitely the way to this girl's heart.  

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December 17, 2016

Golden Birthday Giveaway: Skincare, Shoes, and More

Hey Baby-babies! I could not wait a moment longer to launch my Golden Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway!  I am calling this the Mermaid Waves Starter Kit as it includes all of my favorite things.  Originally this started out as a giveaway of 19 of my favorite products / retailers but the goods just kept coming and now there are 20 + amazing items that one lucky babe will win!


Chicago Shopping Party with Mermaid Waves

Hey Mer-babes!! Christmas is quickly approaching and I am sure you have already checked off everyone on your list, but have you treated yourself?  You all know that I am all about "treating myself" so I am helping you do the same.

December 15, 2016

Golden Birthday Celebration: Pizza Party Photo Diary + #19onthe19 Playlist

Hey Mer-babes! I just could not wait a moment longer for the Golden Birthday Celebration to begin! The first of the birthday series is a photo diary from my latest shoot along with a playlist! 

This shoot was such a dream come true, and my biggest project yet.  I had so much fun putting this shoot together as it took on all my favorite things: gold, birthdays, and pizza. I made the mood board, found the space, and styled the looks, not bad for a barely 19 year old.  As always, this was a family matter so I have the thank my father for gathering 19(I wish I could capitalize numbers) pizzas, and my mother for taking these amazing pictures.  

For this first look I went with something more casual than my everyday street style looks.  This look is my take on the it-girl / model off duty look, think Bella, Kylie, Kendall, etc.  A good pair of boyfriend jeans and a cute sports bra can go a long way when paired with fun props like balloons and pizza(s).

 Pro tip: pizza is the ultimate Instagram prop, you literally can not look bad while holding a slice. 

For my birthday I am bringing you all kinds of fun exclusive content.  This post includes my #19onthe19 playlist featuring a song from each year from 1997 to today.  Except for 2006, that year got two songs because "Unwritten" vs "Sexyback" was a tie I was not willing to break.  This playlist was so much fun putting together; "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne was my favorite song of all time and was one of the first CDs I owned.  Then, I realized that it was from 2002, LOL, clearly I was quite the angsty five year old.  "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani was my life in 2005, I had the Gwen Barbie doll and I swear she is the reason I have blonde hair today.  I feel very blessed to have been born in the year that "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls was topping the charts.  Listening to some of these songs now makes my ears want to bleed but the memories are just too good not to relive.

 Listen to the playlist and let me know which songs were some of your favorites and which ones I missed!


December 11, 2016

Shake Your Pom Poms: Rock this Piece to Every Holiday Party

Hey Mer-babes!  Birthday week starts Tuesday and it will be kicking off with a crazy-amazing photoshoot.  After that the madness begins, its my last birthday as a teenager, THANK GOD, and we are going to celebrate!  Be sure you are following along on Snapchat (danimikay) and Instagram stories (mermaidwaves) to get the first look at the golden birthday celebration. 

Now onto the good stuff, like this sweater.  This ASOS sweater dress (shop here) is everything you need this season, and so much cooler than your average ugly Christmas sweater. .  From Ugly Sweater parties to baking cookies to every other assorted holiday gatherings, you will be the center of attention.  I am obsessed with the movement and dimension of this sweater dress, bye bye boring knits.  You can shimmy and shake and your pom-poms will move with you! You can make this sweater dress work for so many different occasions depending on how you style it.   I went with a flirty fun look with a pair of over the knee boots (shop here) and a velvet choker (shop here).  These over the knee boots (shop here) have definitely been my favorite shoes of the season, the taupe color is so versatile and much softer than the average black boot.  

I kept this look super simple to let my pom-poms do the talking but you could pair this sweater dress with a chunky knit scarf (shop here) or accessories of your choosing.  For a more casual day time look you could swap out the bare legs for a pair of jeans in you style of choice, flares for me obvi.  I have yet to try to put a coat on over this sweater so that will a bit of an adventure. But looking this good is worth a little chill! 

What holiday parties are you heading to this season? I am heading to none (LOL) so I have lots of time to help you get ready for yours!  You can always message me on Snapchat with questions you have or any looks you want to see on Mermaid Waves.  

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December 10, 2016

Macy's Ugly Sweater Party in Chicago

Hey Mer-babies! The snow is falling and I am feeling all of the Christmas feels.  I happily stood outside and waited ten minutes in the falling snow for my Uber because the HOLIDAYS ARE HERE!  As a December baby I feel that God gave me an extra dose of holiday spirit.  That is why I am especially excited to be sharing this amazing event happening at Macy's next Friday.

December 16 is Ugly Sweater Day and Macy's is throwing a party to celebrate!  I am so excited to be there, I will for sure be rocking my ugly (cute) sweater! This is a free in-store event and the perfect time to do some holiday shopping while having an amazing time.  There will be hot cocoa, and Christmas cookies, along with a DIY station and more surprises!  Macy's also has an amazing collection of whimsical holiday sweaters for you to wear to all your holiday parties this season.

I can not wait to see you babes at Macy's State Street on December 16 at 5:30 for Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.  For more information or to find an event at a store near you visit MacysHoliday16!


December 7, 2016

Girlfriend Gift Guide: Novelty Bags

Hey BB Girl!  Are you still looking for the perfect holiday gift for your favorite babe (or yourself)?  Ive got you!  Novelty bags are the perfect gift for all the ladies in your life; whether your girl is a Disney princess, a fashion diva, a foodie or all of the above; there is a bag out there for her.  I am obsessed with novelty bags.  Give me any cute colorful shape with a shoulder strap and I'm in.  I have a pizza (or two), a fried egg, an Instagram logo, and a strawberry milk carton just to name a few.

Each novelty bag is so different from the other your collection can continue to grow and grow, making these bags a perfect gift!  I love to pair my novelty bags with a simple day time look like jeans and a tee shirt to really let my bag shine.  It is impossible to leave the house with a novelty bag and not be showered with compliments, I am serious. Try it.

 Below are the novelty bags that I have been obsessing over this season, along with the perfect keychains to turn any ordinary bag into something a little extra. 😉  These bags are all different price ranges as well making them the perfect choice for gift giving season.

Remember you can shop this post by clicking on the link coordinated with the numbers below, or by clicking directly on the bag you want to shop!   Shop my holiday gifts in my HOLLA-day shop along with the other Girlfriend Gift Guides!

XO and Happy Shopping!


December 5, 2016

Make a Run for It: New Balance Chicago

Hey Mer-babes!  I am so excited to share with you my latest Chicago gem,  New Balance Chicago.  Yes, you read that right!  New Balance Chicago is family  run and has five locations across the Chicago land area.  I made my way over to the New Balance store in Lincoln Park for a shoe fitting.  As a ballet dancer I have had many pointe shoe fittings in my life time but had never had one that came close to the depth of this fitting. Seriously, the people in the store are so nice and accommodating I highly recommend you head in if you live in the Chicago-land area.  I literally had such a fun experience buying running shoes.  
First I got measured for size, I am usually between a 5.5 and a 6, which was the case at New Balance as well.  Then, I hopped up on the foot scanner which showed my V high arches, a proud moment for any dancer.  After the scan, I did a walking test to show my fitter how my feet moved when I was walking as opposed to standing still.  For me my main issues was the flexibility of my feet, high arches and flexible ankles allow your feet to wobble around without much restraint. 

No sweat because New Balance had the perfect shoes for my needs with had so many options.  I was first drawn to the lifestyle shoes, more relaxed fits for everyday wear.  They had shoes that were super chic and on trend, even ones that sparkled!  Even though I was drawn to those shoes I wanted to try on a more classic running shoe that New Balance is known for.  Being the old lady I am I of course chose their original model from the 80s, the 990 (shop here).  I literally fell in love, my aching feet actually stopped hurting for once in my life, I had to have them.  I love the classic silhouette and I love that they look like a New Balance, they aren't trying to be something they are not!

With my new kicks (shop here), I paired these New Balance leggings (shop here).  These leggings are so comfy I am wearing them as I am writing this post.  I love the thickness and texture, it makes them super flattering and more importantly warm.  I added a simple black jacket (shop here) and pom-pom hat (shop here) for a sporty-chic vibe.   

Head to the bottom of this post to enter to win a shoe fitting, free pair of New Balance kicks, and a gift card to shop! PLUS in case you don't win the contest, which you totally will, you can receive $10 off your next purchase by using code #NEWBALANCECHI10 in stores.  


December 2, 2016

Mixing Animal Prints While Staying Chic: It Is Possible

Greetings Mermaids, Happy December!  Who else is a Sagittarius babe?!  I am just living for this month so far. Ok, so its the second day but just go with me on this one.  I have been working on some very exciting projects coming soon to Mermaid Waves and want to spill the big secrets so bad.  For now all I will tell you is its my golden birthday on December 19th and we are all going to be celebrating!  Be sure to sign up for my email list (on the right side bar) to stay updated and follow me on Snapchat (danimikay) because thats where I share all my news first! 

 It just got real cold real quick and my body is in shock.  Its 40 degrees today but its going to be forty degrees colder AKA zero degrees in less than a month.  Dressing cute when all you want to do is wear your entire bed out in public can be difficult, I know.  When you look good you feel good, and when you feel good the god-awful temperatures seem a little bit warmer.  That actually how that full saying goes, most people don't know that.  My favorite way to stay cozy and chic in the winter is with (faux) fur.  A lot of people seem to fear furs for the same reason they fear animal prints, they have a bad reputation.  Animal prints can be really bad or really good, I agree, but if you know how to style them right, you can load up on all the prints your heart desires.  

In this look I am wearing faux leather, faux fur, and faux python, that practically an entire petting zoo in one outfit; for a small girl like me that does sound a little bit crazy but its not.  I started the look with a simple base of a black turtleneck (shop here) and a silver leather dress (shop similar for $15).  People always ask me how I come up with my outfits, I usually say "IDK I just do" not because I am rude but because I just do!  It is so simple to pick out a base look and then build from there.  My next layer was these python boots (shop here on sale!), and next this vintage python bag (shop similar for $25).  The pythons are different colors completely which allows them to be paired together, no fear of clashing here!

For the last and final layer of this winter look I added my favorite faux fur coat (shop here).  This coat is such a statement piece and one of the best outerwear pieces I own.  It elevates any outfit into a super chic street style look.  In the depth I winter I love throwing it on over a pair of sweats and instantly go from sporty to sporty-chic.  So there we have, fur on leather on python! Now its your turn to take on the trend.  

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