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.


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.



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.

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.


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.

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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