2017 | Mermaid Waves | Chicago Fashion Destination

July 19, 2017

Get Your Glow: Beauty Rose Tea Latte


Hey Merbabes!  I am always on the hunt for a magic potion that will clear up my skin, make my hair shine, and give me an all around glow.  Well, I found it, even better I made it myself, and so can you. This Rose Tea Latte is made with Tulsi Rose tea, Beauty Dust by Moon Juice, and Coconut Milk for the ultimate, vegan, beauty-drink, plus it tastes divine.  

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July 17, 2017

Content Heroes: Instagram Accounts to Follow



Hey Merbabes!  Instagram takes up about 90% of the space in my brain on a daily basis, I'm not talking about mindlessly scrolling, even though I totally do that,  I'm talking strategizing, planing content, discovering new accounts, and new trends.  Even with all of that going on, my favorite hobby is finding cool new people to follow on Instagram.  I love content, and I love following people who create sick content, simple as that.

Instagram is my favorite place to gather inspiration, whether I'm looking for a new place to brunch, a new look, or a new cool girl to give me some life inspo, I know I'll find it on the gram.  I like to fill my feed with cool, inspiring people so that even when my day sucks and I'm annoyed with the world I can head over to the happy-land of Instagram and remind myself why I do what I do.

I gathered a few of my favorite accounts below to inspire you to up your content game and do something cool with your life.

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July 16, 2017

The Cool Girl Pieces You Need for Fall 2017: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Hey Merbabes! I'm sure you've seen every blogger and their momma posting about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and normally I wouldn't add myself to that list...but I am.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has formed about 80% of my wardrobe throughout my entire life, all my Fall/Winter Staples always come from this sale.  It's the best around because everything is on sale pre-season.  You don't have to wait until May to snag that fabulous faux fur coat on sale, you can snag it right now, before you even need it.  It is the perfect way to build up your Fall/Winter aesthetic and get a feel for next seasons vibes.  Of course, you could follow anyone's shopping guide to the sale, but you know who will really hook you up with the hottest pieces at the best deals.  #Me.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is only open to cardholders for the moment, but that doesn't mean you can't begin to build your wish list.  Nothing in this roundup is over $200, but most of it lives in the $40-$100 range.  I have gathered all the cool girl pieces you will be coveting for fall.  These pieces will be the ones you will drool over all season on your Instagram feed, and you can shop them now, before prices go up.

I've already purchased a few items, but I am already adding pieces to shopping cart #2.  Oops.

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July 12, 2017

A Moment in Blue: How to Style a Monochromatic Look + Whats in My Purse


Hey Merbabes! If you didn't already catch my blue moment on Instagram, I am bringing it to you here.  I partnered with Coach to show off this gorgeous blue tote and was tote-ally (I know I hate me too) inspired to build a look around it.  

I have always been one of those people who gets one new item and immediately has to create a look starring that item.  Whether it is a pair of jeans or a tiny choker, I love putting the spotlight on a new piece.  Although I have fully incorporated this tote in to my day to day life, aka throwing it over my shoulder with whatever look I have on, at least just once, I had to let it really shine.

This post is a little different than most, I structured it to give you the ability to build a similar look, by mixing and matching pieces I have picked out for you.  Continue reading to shop this look as well as see what I carry in my bag daily.  

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July 7, 2017

Just a Taste: Museum of Ice Cream Photo Diary



Hey Merbabes! I have been dying to get into the Museum of Ice Cream for almost a year now.  I first tried (and failed) to get tickets while I was in New York for Fashion Week last September.  I actually stood outside the doors of the museum in the midst of all sprinkles, it was a sad scene.  Then, the Ice Cream Museum moved to LA and extended their dates to the time I was going to be in town, hashtag blessed.  I honestly felt the same level of joy getting Museum of Ice Cream tickets that I did when I got cheap Beyonce tickets the afternoon of her show.

The Museum of Ice Cream was pure joy.  It was a sensory overload with touch, tastes, and all the colors you could ever dream of.  It was less a museum and more a next level fun house.  I'm going to stop talking now and you can see for yourself.

If you are heading to the Museum of Ice Cream yourself, and want to be surprised stop reading now, **major spoilers ahead**.  If you didn't get tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream or you want to prepare yourself for all the sweet glory, continue on.
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July 5, 2017

What is Mermaid Waves: A (Self) Love Story



Hey Merbabes!  I am back home from LA and am feeling completely refreshed and renewed.  To be honest if I didn't have to leave LA I never would have, it was two and a half weeks of pure inspiration and joy.  While I was away I had a lot of time to think and reflect on what Mermaid Waves really means to me.  Why it matters, where I see it going and how it is going to get there.  I love sharing (and oversharing) with you babes, so I am excited to give you a glimpse of what has been running through my head these past two weeks.

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June 21, 2017

Skinny Jeans: A Black and White Story with Mott & Bow


Hey Merbabes!   I am coming to you live from L.A., Los Angeles is one of my favorite places in the world and I am so excited to soak up the sunshine and good vibes for the next two weeks.  Although these snaps were taken in Chicago, I took this exact outfit with me to L.A. and I know it will be on repeat this season.  This black and white look is perfect for a cool, summer day or eating dinner on your favorite patio.  

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June 12, 2017

Father Daughter Diaries with Hammer Made


 Hey Merbabe, just a friendly reminder that Father's Day is just around the corner, as in this Sunday.  Father's day gift guides have never been much assistance in picking out the perfect Father's Day gift for Dan.  It is always the same old toolbox (no), weird tech gadget (no), or sports jersey (no, never ever),  my dad is way cooler than all of those things.

This year, I partnered up with Hammer Made to create my own Father's Day Gift Guide for the Cool Dad.
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June 11, 2017

NYLON x Sanrio: Hello Kitty Bomber


Hey Merbabes!  The collaboration of my dreams was just released and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of it.  Hello Kitty has been my main girl since I can remember. I had a Hello Kitty TV in my room, an HK toaster, every single book, stuffed kitty, pencil, notebook, and toy you could imagine.  I could have opened my own chain of Sanrio stores with all the goods I had.  I am a little sad that my life is not as full of Sanrio as it used to be, that being said this collection came at a perfect time. 

Nylon and Sanrio collaborated to create the ultimate cool girl collection featuring your favorite Sanrio babes.  This collection was so much fun to style, but my favorite piece has to be the Hello Kitty Bomber Jacket.

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June 9, 2017

Date Yourself: Become a More Confident You



Hey Merbabes!  Today we are chatting about something that has always come as second nature to me, but I have learned does not come so easy for many people, and that is spending time alone.  Growing up as an only child being alone never meant being lonely, honestly it meant that I didn't have to deal with anyone else.  I could play whatever games I wanted, dress up in the prettiest dress, and never have to share my toys.  That being said, I have always loved being alone, it has alway been something I look forward to and cherish.

 I often get complimented on my "confidence" and yes I am a very confident person but it is less "confidence" and more comfort.  I am completely comfortable with myself, and I know that all stems from my ability to be alone.   I am sharing with you three of my favorite ways to spend some alone time, or as I like to call it "date yourself".

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June 3, 2017

Please Drink Responsibly: Sporty Summer Fit


Hey Merbabes!  The weekend is here and I've got the formula for a sassy and sporty summer look.  I am not usually one to rock a fitted mini dress, not my vibe BUT when I saw this dress it seriously spoke to me.  It is pink, sporty, and serves up major sporty-spice sass.  This piece will keep you feeling like a 90s supermodel all summer long. 

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May 30, 2017

Step Up Your Summer Style: Wide Leg Pants


Hey Merbabes!  It is officially summer, which means its time to swap out your turtlenecks for tanks tops, and your flares for cut-offs.  I'm going to take a step back for a moment and say that I love winter fashion; I love layering, wearing fur, and stomping around in boots. Whenever the warm weather (finally) hits, although I am eternally grateful for the sunshine, I tend to feel a bit lost.  I never know what to wear.  Its a constant struggle of wanting to look like an effortless beach-bunny while still keeping true to your unique style.  I so often find myself saying "ugh so basic" every time I look in the mirror, but this only occurs during the summer.  In the winter, I wear sweatpants and t-shirt then throw on a fur coat and call it fashion, but summer clothes draw out the basic in me.  Being basic isn't a bad thing, but it's not my vibe.  I cringe at the thought of stepping out in a "basic" outfit, which tends to make summer seem like quite the long season.

This season I am excited to put together some looks that will inspire you to step out of your usual summer uniform.  This first look is all about upgrading your summer pant game.  I'm not talking white jeans either. Please.
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May 28, 2017

Turn Back Time: George the Salon Chicago



Hey Merbabes!  You may remember I raved about my facial at George the Salon back in March...I was lucky enough to be invited back to experience the new Time Lapse Facial.  I am all about pre-anti-aging as I like to call it.  As a 19 year-old I shouldn't have to worry much about preserving my skin's youth, but as the crazy skincare lover I am, I am trying to look 19 forever.

I was excited to be back at George the Salon and see Lindsey who shared so much knowledge and insight with me last time I saw her.  I swear the beginning of the change and healing of my acne came with my facial at George the Salon.  After that facial I completely changed my skincare routine to the one I am following now, and have seen insane results.  Its hard to believe that it has only been two months, considering how far my skin has come, it was an almost immediate change.

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May 26, 2017

I Love You So Matcha: Guide to the Best Matcha in Chicago



Matcha is an essential part of the Mermaid Waves diet, but not just for its amazing taste.  Matcha is packed with antioxidants, literally packed.  The antioxidants in one cup of matcha is the equivalent of drinking 10 cups of green tea, because when you drink matcha you are ingesting the actual tea leaf.  Matcha contains a specific kind of antioxidant called a catechin that contains potent cancer-fighting properties.  Your girl matcha is also known to reduce anxiety due to L-theanine that is found in the tea leaves, L-theanine is known to induce relaxation without any drowsiness.  I swear it works, whenever I am feeling overly anxious, if I can't go to Soulcycle, I drink a cup of matcha and immediately feel like I can breathe again.  Matcha also boosts energy levels due to its unique blend of nutrients, not so much the caffeine levels. Plus the L-theanine helps reduce any caffeine "crash" and the mood-lifting effects can last up to six hours post matcha enjoyment.

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May 18, 2017

Juicy Juice: Early 2000's Summer Inspiration


Hey Merbabes!  I haven't abandoned you, don't worry.  I have been a busy little bee working on some v v cool projects.  Obviously I will keep you babes updated on the latest in my life but today we are talking about a look, a very serious LOOK.  Before you read this post, first watch this educational video of Paris Hilton breaking down all the early 2000's trends. 

My obsession with early 2000s fashions stems from the fact that although I was alive during this time,  I was barely dressing myself.  I remember jealously looking at the cool, older girls wearing itty-bitty denim skirts with their Uggs in the middle of January while I sat bundled up in my snow pants and snow pants.   From a first grader's point of view, these early 2000's trends were the epitome of fashion.  Girls like Mischa Barton, Paris Hilton, and Hilary Duff ruled the fashion scene.  In the age before Instagram, the closest thing little Dani and other girls my age had to celebrity fashion were the celebrity style books found at the school book fair. 

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May 7, 2017

Tweed-y Bird: How to Wear Zara like a Fashion Girl


For some people Target is their weakness, for me it's Zara.  Last weekend I went into Zara not looking to make any purchases and I walked out of there spending my entire paycheck.  Oops.  I literally stood in line with my pile of clothes, turned to Kelly and said "at least I'm not spending my money on drugs...right?".  

It is kind of funny because I had shot this look featuring some awesome Zara finds and then I read this article on The Blonde Salad, "How to Shop like a Fashion Editor".   I felt pretty cool because I totally aligned with all of the editors tips.  The first trick she shares is "how not to look like a Zara girl, wearing Zara", I like to think that this is something I completely nail.  The key is really to shop smart, go for the unique, quirky pieces that can create one of a kind looks.  I think the best way to build a totally unique wardrobe is to fill it will funky fast-fashion pieces, and supplement with high-quality accessories and basics.  As a 19 year old, I am still working on building out my wardrobe and bringing my closet out of my questionable high-school days, think mini skirts and crop tops.  
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May 4, 2017

Graduation Gift Guide + How to Survive Your First Year in the Real World




Hey Merbabes! I can not believe this time last year I was getting ready to graduate high school.  I honestly don't remember a single thing, besides going to prom with a piece a pizza and giving a speech at graduation about selfies.  I was hashtag stressed out, I find it laughable how miserable I was last year compared to how insanely happy I am today.  I put together this rainbow-bright gift guide for the graduate / future girl-boss in your life, to congratulate them on making it out of school alive because its brutal.  Trust me.  Reminder you can shop everything by simply clicking on the item you love.

Along with this gift-guide I wanted to offer up some knowledge on your first year out of school. I didn't go to college so I can't speak much about surviving frat parties and the dining hall, but I can speak to what happens when you are no longer in school.  It seems like every corner of the internet is filled will tips for college freshman; what to pack, what to expect, life hacks... the lists are endless.  I couldn't seem to find a single guide to being a freshman in life.  Not one, so I had to figure it out myself.

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April 30, 2017

Festival Fashion Inspiration: Tie Dye Dreams


Hey Merbabes! I am so excited to share these pretty pictures with you. I took these shots during weekend one of Coachella, I was experiencing some deep FOMO and this shoot gave me the festival vibes I was craving.  Keep scrolling to get some serious festival inspiration.  

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April 27, 2017

Waves Don't Die: Summer Florals and Flares


Hey Merbabes!  I had the most amazing photoshoot on Monday for Sine Qua Non Salon that left me with the most amazing hair.  I had to take advantage of these crazy waves and get some shots for myself.  Before I get into this 70s inspired look, I have to take a moment to talk about how this hair was created.  Bryan from Sine Qua Non was a total genius and used wire and a flat iron to create these ziggy-zaggy waves.  First he bent a piece of wire, making a U-shape, almost like a giant bobby pin, then wove /looped my hair tightly around the wire and set it using a flat iron.  Repeat 1000 times and voila!  Two and a half hours was definitely worth it for this funky, retro look.  As you know I have no patience and will probably never recreate this look myself, instead click here for my 10 lazy girl hairstyling hack.  

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This look is a little flower child and a little disco, which is definitely my favorite part of retro inspired looks.  I am never trying to be 100% true to one era or type of person because I wasn't there, so I get to make it all up.  Dressing like an early '00s disney star is about as authentic as I can get with "retro" looks, you know I totally rocked the Lizzie McGuire collection from Kohl's on the first day or First Grade or maybe Kindergarten?  You get the point.  
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April 24, 2017

Double Denim Trouble: Photo Diary with Laudi Vidni


Hey Merbabes!  I was going to apologize for being MIA last week but I'm not going to.  It is super important to me to only offer you, my merbabe, the best content I can. If I don't have anything meaningful or inspiring to share I won't share it, to me that means, well-written, thoughtful, and purposeful. It's like when your mother told you "If you don't have anything nice to say don't say it".  I would hate for you to come to Mermaid Waves and leave feeling like you just wasted ten or even two minutes of you life.  Whether its as simple as a new way to rock your favorite jeans, or as complex as solving Instagram's new algorithm, I say complex v lightly, I only want to serve up the best of the best.  Because I am seriously tired of click-bait article after click-bait article screwing up my feed, if I see one of article titled "You won't recognize Kylie with her new hairstyle" I may explode, I will still recognize Kylie, we all will.  

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Anyways, today I am sharing with you a photo diary from a shoot I did with Laudi Vidni.  You may remember I worked with Laudi Vidni in the winter, see the shoot here, so I was excited to work with them again on their spring collection.  
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April 19, 2017

Dad Shoes: Your New 24/7 Shoe



Hey Merbabes!  My favorite style of shoe for over a year now has been the "dad shoe".   You know the shoe I am talking about.  They are easily recognizable with their thick sole, sensible color palette, and a hint of tech-nerd chic.  It is no coincidence that some of the most successful people are all known to rock the "dad shoe".  Steve Jobs rocked New Balances, the CEO of Zappos named Asics his shoe of choice.  They are power shoes, made for powerful people, like us, Merbabes.

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April 17, 2017

Babes in Boston: A Mini Restaurant Guide


Hey Merbabes! Last weekend I snuck off to Boston to visit my one of my favorite people in the universe.  When I was 16,  I spent the summer at Boston Ballet, so I was quite excited to go back to this cute little city.  The majority of my time outside the ballet studio was split between eating ice cream and shopping at urban outfitters, what else would 16 year old Dani do?  That being said I was excited to rediscover Boston and see what else the city has to discover.

I had a blast with my girl and also had some seriously good eats!  Aubrey and I are both vegetarian, as well as Aubrey being gluten free and myself being dairy-free (like 95% of the time).  We have a lot of restrictions between us but we both love to eat.  Dietary restrictions really don't feel like a restriction when you know the right places to go, so I am excited to share these finds with you.
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April 16, 2017

Rolling with the Homies: Salty Mermaid Swimwear



Hey Merbabes!  This Saturday's weather was what dreams are made of, so I did what any merbabe would; I threw on my favorite swimsuit, roller skates, and went to the beach.  You may recall I rocked my Salty Mermaid Suit all the way back in February, which was the last time it was warm enough to swap out my parka for a bikini.  The second I saw this weekends forecast I was ready to rock Salty Mermaid bikini #2.

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April 12, 2017

Moody Thoughts and Timeless Silhouettes


Hey Merbabes!  How is your week going so far?  Mine is fa-lying by.  Throughout my school years all I ever wanted was the weeks to go as quick as possible, but now the end of the week just means there are still things on my todo list that didn't get touched.  I am a seriously productive person and have a killer work ethic, but even I have to face the facts that sometimes we can't do it all.  I blame it on ballet, I blame everything on ballet TBH, but I have a seriously hard time saying "no".  If someone asks me to do something I will always say yes; I will cover that extra shift, get the post in before the deadline, and I'll always eat the last slice of pizza.  I do love going above and beyond, duh, but often I do it because I never allow myself to say no.  Yesterday I said "no" to a very small task but I can't stop thinking about it,  I am so proud of myself.  That was a huge deal for me to allow myself to acknowledge that I am not only not the best person for the job but also that it wasn't something I wanted to be doing.  

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April 10, 2017

How I Simplified My Skincare Routine for Less Breakouts



Hey Merbabes!  Skin update #307 here, JK but honestly I think I am finally on to something that works.  I probably shouldn't be posting about it this soon because my skin is finally calming down and staying calm.  I don't want to jinx it, but I like sharing with you too much to keep this a secret.  As I always say all skin is different and this may not be the routine for you but if you are experiencing the acne troubles I am, you are probably willing to try literally anything.  For almost a month now I have been doing this routine religiously, yes every single day, and guess what? I have not had a breakout since.  That is crazy to me, but honestly I have probably had four new pimples over the entire month, which was what I used to wake up to daily.


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April 2, 2017

Creating a Personal and Authentic Brand on Instagram: The 5 Step Guide That Doesn't Suck


Hey Merbabes! Today I am talking Instagram.  Instagram is honestly my favorite thing to talk about, so lets jump right in.  I have long struggled with Instagram simply because I feel like I know too much.  I get Instagram, I understand how to grow numbers, authentically engage with followers, all while getting hundred "likes" in minutes.   I am not telling you this to say "I am smart, listen to me", but because I have done tons of research on Instagram and honestly I am not impressed.

As a young Generation Z chick I truly believe I rule the world of social media, and know more than anyone older than me.  What 19 year old doesn't?  Instagram is ingrained in my genetic makeup, I was snapping photos for Instagram and writing witty captions while my brain was still in its crucial stages of development.  So yes, I believe I have a better knowledge of Instagram than literally any 30 year old, or even a 23 year old.
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March 31, 2017

Sweat it Out: Athlesiure's Comfy Cousin


Hey Merbabes! Athleisure was the hottest word on the street for a while there, it almost seemed like we were all going to turn into legging-rocking, ponytail-sporting babes for the rest of our lives.  Do not fear, we are all still here wearing our favorite denim, and rocking t-shirts instead of workout tanks.

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March 28, 2017

The 10 Minute Hairstyle That Will Change Your Morning



Hey Merbabes!  If you have read anything I have written before I have probably complained about doing my hair.  I can't tell you why I have such a hatred for styling my hair but I do.  Actually that is a lie, I can tell you exactly why.  I have so much hair, although it appears that I have this lovely manageable mane in my photos, in reality I have an abundant mop on top of my head.  I don't even try to do anything remotely fancy with my hair, all I aspire to do is leave the house with a smooth semi decent hairstyle.

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March 26, 2017

Ditch Your Deodorant: Why You Should Be Charcoal Masking Your Armpits



Hey Merbabes!  I have been working with the amazing ladies at Scratch Goods, Chicago based food-grade skincare, for a few months now and it has seriously turned me into such a skincare junkie.  I am so much more aware of the ingredients that I put on my skin because 70% of those ingredients get absorbed into our bodies.  Deodorants/Antiperspirants are one of the worst products that we use.  Antiperspirant stops your body from purging toxins in order to stop your armpits from sweating.  When those toxins aren't allowed to leave the body they get trapped in the lymph nodes.  I am not here to tell you that your deodorant is going to give you cancer, I am not qualified for that but I do read enough on the internet to know that having aluminum trapped in your system is not great for your health.

You know I am all about mask-ing, it is my favorite noun turned verb, duh.  I was recently told to take a vacation on face masking (thats another story) so I had to find an alternative way to get my mask on.  That alternative is to charcoal mask my armpits.
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March 25, 2017

Double Bubble: Wear Pink like a Grown Woman (Kind of Not Really)


Hey Merbabes, remember when it was 80 degrees yesterday? Yeah me too, that was cool.  Today's rain but it is the perfect excuse for me to stay inside and get tons of stuff done.  Ok so probably not tons but there is a full page to-do list sitting next to me and I need to at least make some sort of dent.

I started off my Saturday at the gym with a couple miles on the treadmill and a yoga class.  That is going to be my new Saturday ritual, I feel so relaxed and accomplished, plus I came home to an egg sandwich and homemade baked fries.  This day is off to a such a good start I can hardly be bothered by this icky weather.  The look I am sharing with you today was inspired by yesterday sunshine has some major summer vibes.

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March 19, 2017

Gem Skin Care: Golden Sapphire Collection by Lionesse


Hey Merbabes! Today I am sharing with you the most chic and expensive product that has ever touched my face, ok lets be real, my entire being.  I am sure you have heard of Gem Skin Care by now and all the amazing, life changing benefits of covering your face in diamonds and pearls.  As a lover of all things extra, I aspire to put gems on my face as I imagine Paris Hilton does as part of her morning routine.

When the opportunity arose to partner with Lionesse to feature their Gem Skin Care products I was all in.  To be honest before trying Lionesse's Gem Skin Care products I could care less if they actually did anything for my skin, I was more interested in feeling like Kim Kardashian than seeing any skin improvements but I got the best of both worlds.
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March 16, 2017

Confessions of a Drama Queen: Making Peace With My Pimples




I have had acne for what seems like my entire life, I am pretty sure my first acne cream was prescribed to me when I was like nine because I was so self conscious about going to school with pimples on my face.  Looking back I am sure I had one tiny red dot but for me that felt like a death sentence.  I have tried every thing under the sun to rid myself of my spots.  Literally everything.  I have been on every prescription topical, I have tried every face mask, every serum, done all the facials, yet my face is still covered in spots.  I have cut things from my diet, I have switched my makeup, my shampoo, my laundry detergents, I have made my life revolve around my acne.  I sleep, eat, and breathe acne, its on my mind all the time.  When I wake up in the morning I can sense the new pimples that have popped up over night, without ever placing a finger on my face.  When I take a bite of one of my favorite foods all I can think about is the fact that I will probably have six new pimples within the week.  I am constantly hunting for a Snapchat filter to hide my pimples or creating new hand poses to strategically cover my blemishes and its honestly getting old.  How many times can a girl cry over a little red dot on her face.  The answer is a lot, I have cried and sobbed and cried again over nothing more than my acne.
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March 15, 2017

Born to be Mild: Transitional Weather Look + A Fanny Pack Hack


Hey Hey Merbabe!  Happy Wednesday, how is your week going so far?  It looks like our double snow day has wrapped up and now its finally time for spring.  Maybe? Please? But honestly probably not, so I have yet another look for you to rock during this treacherous time.  I am just so over wearing sweaters, luckily for us there are so many ways to slowly break out your spring favorites while still staying weather appropriate and more importantly warm!

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March 13, 2017

Check Me Out: Is This the Hottest Print of Spring 2017?



Hey Merbabes! It seems a little silly to be talking about the hottest print of Spring 2017 when there is snow on the ground, but here we are.  I'll be honest I am not mad about this snow, I have been waiting  all winter for this.  Better late than never, right?  Ok back to this season's hottest print, Gingham.  Gingham is such a classic but has gotten a major makeover this season.  The classic print has been placed over modern silhouettes and the results could not be any sweeter.  Although gingham comes in many different colors, the classic black and white caught my eye this time around.  These pieces can not only be paired with one another for a totally chic matching look, but can be separated and paired with your denim items for a casual Darcy's Wild Life inspired look.  I honestly am probably the only person who ever watched that show on Discovery Kids but every single time I think of gingham I picture Sara Paxton, the big city girl who moved to the country. LOL.

 I have gathered my favorite gingham pieces and put together a shopping guide just for you! Remember you can shop each piece by simply clicking right on the item you want to shop.  Which pieces are your favorites? I am so in love with the booties and the trench! To die for.
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March 12, 2017

Very On Brand: T-Shirt and Jeans Look


Hey Merbabe! Happy Sunday, I hope you had a killer weekend.  My weekend was both fabulous and productive and I am feeling ready to take on the week.  Yesterday I spent the day, like literally the entire day, uploading pieces from my closet onto Postmark.  Follow me on Postmark (@mermaidwaves) to shop pieces directly from my closet! Today, I started my morning off with a ballet class and now I am here writing to you and about to enjoy some lunch!  Leftover pizza topped with an egg is on the menu at our house.  If you have never thrown an egg over leftover pizza you are missing out, it is the perfect brunch creation.  I am not sure what the rest of my day holds but I am hoping it includes catching up on America's Next Top Model.  I accidentally saw a headline that named the winner while scrolling through Facebook so now I feel obligated to watch it as soon as possible.   

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This look is another go-to for winter to spring transitional weather.  I popped a winter coat over this look while running around throughout the day but when the temperatures perk up a few degrees you can rock this look sans coat.  I am so ready to get back to no jacket weather, February was such a mean tease Chicago. 
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