October 26, 2016

Macy's Men's Style Event

Grab your favorite guy and get ready to check out the latest trends in men's fashion with Macy's.  Macy's is holding their semi-annual Men's Style Event, November 3rd at their State St Location in Chicago at 5:30 PM.  I attended this amazing shopping event last season and I can not wait to go back again!  I left Macy's feeling totally pampered, with a full belly, and fuller shopping bags. There is food, music, and opportunities to win lots of goodies, it will definitely be the hottest spot on State St.  Admission is free and you receive 25% off your purchase of $75 or more!

Events will be held all over the country so be sure to check your local stores to head to an event near you.  For more information and how to RSVP, visit .

In honor of this Men's Fashion event, I have rounded up some of hottest trends in Men's fashion for this season and picked out pieces from Macy's.

Puffy Coats

Shop: Michael Kors, $119
Shop: Tommy Hilfiger, $88

Shop: Lauren Ralph Lauren, $175

Shop: Polo Ralph Lauren, $90


Shop: Adidas, $75

Shop: Adidas, $65

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

October 25, 2016

4 Life Lessons Ballet Has Taught Me

I have been doing ballet since I could walk; and it has been quite the journey, filled with lots of tutus and even more tears.  Ballet teaches you so many valuable lessons that aren't often taught outside the studio.  I will always carry with me the lessons I have learned in the ballet studio, and wanted to share a few of the ones I find most valuable.

1. Fake it Till You Make it.

Whether you hate the costume you are wearing, you're having the worst day of your life, or (usually me) you have no idea what the next step is; you must never show it.  Plaster on your most pleasant face, roll your shoulders back, and enter the stage with an air of calm and confidence.

This is particularly helpful on those days when the heel of your shoe breaks off and you still have three errands to run, (that is a true story btw).  Although the platform of my shoes was literally hanging on by a thread I kept my head up; I am pretty convinced that few people even noticed my shoe, or they assumed it was a chic new trend, because I totally pulled it off.  A little bit of fake
confidence ends up turning into a lot of real confidence, and we all know that confidence is the best accessory.


October 23, 2016

The Piece You Need This Holiday Season: Track Pants Chic Older Sister

Hey mermaids!  I am so excited to share this look with you.  The weather has finally cooled down to faux-fur coat temperatures, which for me is anything under 65 degrees, and I can finally start dressing for my favorite time of year.  The holiday season is fast-approaching and your agenda is about to be packed with all kinds of holiday festivities.  We have all been there, it is an hour before an event and you are just staring blindly at your closet.  This outfit is perfect for all those moments, it can be dressed up super chic or dressed down for a ladies brunch.  An all black outfit is great to have on standby because it can work with almost any dress-code.  If you regularly follow Mermaid Waves you know I am all about the track pants #trackisback, my latest find (shop here and similar) are a total upgrade, think track pants chic older sister.  The side-strip with the wide-leg silhouette is so hot this season it hurts.  Side note: Is anyone else ready to get ride of every tight fitting pant they own, because since I have gone wide-leg I never want to go back.  Who even designed skinny jeans in the first place, literal thigh prison.  Anyways, the double stripe down on this pair is super elongating and gives you major #legsfordays.  As soon as the summer sun goes away the turtlenecks come to play, this Gap turtleneck (shop here) gets so much wear its not even funny.  It is the perfect balance between fitted and loose, it is fitted enough to tuck into a pair of pants like I did here, but will also hide all those cookies you just ate at the Christmas party.  

To bring this look to life I swapped out my usual hoops for fringe earrings (shop similar), I love statement earrings especially when my hair is back in a bun.  Since I was just heading out for a casual dinner, I paired this look with chelsea boots (shop similar for under $40!), but you could swap out chelsea boots for a sassy stiletto in a bold color to dress up the look.  My favorite accessory is my new Woodzee sunnies,  I am sunglass obsessed and am always looking for the next best pair that aren't hundreds and hundreds of dollars.  I have sat on way too many pairs of sunglasses to drop that much money of a single pair, sorry Dior.  This pair is the Kourtney style by Woodzee, I picked them mostly because I wanted to feel like Kourtney Kardashian., but also because I love a good cat eye.  Cat eye sunglasses are perfect for giving you a super chiseled jaw-line while playing up your cheekbones!
Walking in wide-leg pants with an all black outfit.

October 21, 2016

Life Update: Un-Gap Year

Hey babes! I get a lot of questions about what the heck I am doing with my life since I have graduated high school.  As you have probably figured out I decided not to go to college and to pursue the things I love, dance and fashion.  A lot of people seem to assume I am taking a gap year and I just could not allow you guys to think I am taking a "gap" year.

I can't think of anything I love more than being busy, give me a million things on my agenda and I will be the most content person on the planet.  Honestly while I was lying in bed last night I was thinking "I wish there were more hours in the day so I could have five more hours of work time".  The reason I don't like the term gap year is one, I have no intent of going to college next year.  For me, college is a place and time for young people to figure out their passions, and learn more about themselves.  I already really like myself, and I have a strong idea of what it is I want for my life, I have since I was 13.  By using these next four years to build my resume and explore the amazing opportunities I wouldn't be able to explore in a classroom, this seemed to be a more beneficial use of my time; and honestly try to picture me living in a dorm with a thousand 18 year-olds, you can't.

The second reason I am not taking a gap year, in the short three months that I have begun my latest adventure, I have been busier and felt more fulfilled than ever before in my life.  There is no "gap" here, not on my agenda or in my heart.  I am currently an apprentice with Elements contemporary ballet in Chicago, a social media manager, and a creative assistant for Dancers Awareness Project, on top of that I have taken a part time sales job at a major department store for the holidays, filmed a music video, and performed at a gallery opening.  Obviously I will still continue to grow my Mermaid Waves empire one trend at a time,  along with building my lifestyle empire with Lifestyle by MW (because one blog isn't time consuming enough).  Mermaid Waves is such an important part of my life and one day I hope that it will grow to be an important part of many, many people's lives.

That is just a little update on me! Feel free to ask me questions about anything, I am an open book.  I am definitely not an expert on life plans but I do know that I am happier now than ever before and I would love to help my readers to find their bliss as well.

Reaching for the stars in a white eleve leotard

October 18, 2016

Seasonally Confused

This little heat wave action needs to end.  How is a girl supposed to wear her collection of blanket scarves when it is 80 degrees!?  Even though the temperatures have briefly rose, you don't have to give up layering.  I took style advice from myself and used the underwear as outwear trend to inspire this look.  Although this top (similar here and here) isn't quite underwear, I layered it on top of a classic fitted oxford (shop here).  Check out my perfect J. Crew/Jenna Lyons cuff, learn how to get the look here.  This look incorporates a little bit of summer and a little bit of fall, a perfect match for this seasonal confused weather.  I definitely thought my shorts had retired for the year but I am loving this Bermuda short (shop similar) and boot combination.  The over-the-knee boot (shop here) hits the perfect spot giving you the same long leg effect without pants, and we all know that no pants are the best pants.  Today's accessories are brought to you by Love Emme.  Remember when you shop at Love Emme to use code "dani" at checkout for free shipping!
Posing in a layered look wearing over the knee boots

October 17, 2016

Don't Be Such a Witch.

This weekend I looked in the mirror and feared that someone was going to think I was wearing a witch costume to brunch.  I am not sure if it is my resting witch face, my family's weird obsession with witches, or the fact that my outfit could totally double as a chic witch costume, but this is not the first time this has happened.  The mixing of killer cat-eye sunglasses, a black handkerchief dress (shop similar) and black accessories, come together for the perfect October outfit potion.  (Get it? Its a witch joke.)  Under my dress I wore Maidenform thigh highs (shop here), I have never worn thigh-highs before and I was quite skeptical.  How were these super thin stockings supposed to stay put on my non-thighs? I still can't answer that question but they did not slip an inch the entire day.  I love this moto jacket (shop similar), I changed my outfit three times yesterday and wore it each time; it is so versatile and looks great with a pair of jeans.  These Steve Madden boots are no longer avalable but I found a way cooler pair that is on pre-order right now (shop here), someone please buy these.  

I have been pairing all my looks lately with my new Missco Girl cross body (shop here), mini bags are incredibly hot right now and I love the fun studded look of this bag.  Use code MERMAIDWAVES10 at checkout for 10% off!
I am wearing an all black fall outfit with a leather jacket and mini cross body bag.

October 16, 2016

Personal Shopper: Boots

Everyone knows the best part of fall is boots.  When the temperature drops two degrees, boots immediately flood the street.  I have rounded up some of the best boots this season, all under $200.  These boots are definitely not made for walking, but thats what Uber is for.  Links to shop are below each photo!


Shop: Steve Madden, $89

October 13, 2016

Isabella Rose Taylor X Mermaid Waves: The Turtleneck

I am back with part two of of my collaboration with Isabella Rose Taylor, see part one for more information on the cool chick behind the brand.  This turtleneck (shop here) is my new favorite piece,  I love how it plays off the athleisure trend with the sporty stripe, but has an edgier vibe than your average atheleisure piece.  The subtle eye logo almost blends right in but gives you the perfect over-the-shoulder, Instagram-pose bait.  With this turtleneck I paired faux leather culottes (shop here) and a black leather boot (shop here).  An all black look is a super simple way to dress up any piece in your wardrobe, anything black can look chic and timeless when you style it the right way.  

I am doing a GIVEAWAY with Isabella Rose Taylor, all you have to do is head to my Instagram, or see the photo at the bottom of this post for the details.  Winner gets a piece of their choosing from her latest collection, pick out your winning item now!
Smirking in a black turtleneck and black leather culottes.

October 12, 2016

Underwear as Outerwear.

Intimates are no longer being hidden under layers of clothing.  This season intimates have broken through the "underwear" label and moved into the category of outerwear.  Don't let the name scare you, this trend can be totally accessible to anyone.  I have rounded up some of my favorite takes on this trend, and picked out pieces to help you recreate the looks yourself.  

October 9, 2016

Isabella Rose Taylor x Mermaid Waves: The T-Shirt Dress

I love finding young emerging artists and designers who inspire me, and I definitely found the coolest of the cool girls.  Isabella Rose Taylor graduated high school at age 11 to then continue her studies in art and fashion.  In 2014, she was the youngest designer to present at NYFW and now at 15, a second year student at Parsons in NYC.  I told you she was cool.  I am excited to bring you a two-part collaboration and then a giveaway, so start picking out your favorite piece from her collection now!  I love the simplicity of a t-shirt dress, but I loved the extra cool factor of this particular one (shop here), the back has a panel that says "blank canvas" because you are art.  I wanted to create an outfit that is an upgrade from an average t-shirt dress and sneakers look.  I love matching the old with the new, I wore my momma's Free People sweater (shop similar),  this sweater is about 15 years old. its basically vintage. Yesterday was quite brisk and I couldn't make myself go out with bare-legs,  I threw on a pair of printed black tights (shop similar), I love how the tights perfectly peeked over these over-the-knee boots (shop here).  I can't wait to show you part two of this collaboration,  stay tuned! 
Hanging out in a green tee shirt dress with over the knee boots
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