November 2015 | Mermaid Waves | Chicago Fashion Destination

November 29, 2015

Play Dress Up (and Down)

I love dresses.  There is nothing more exciting than getting an invitation somewhere special just to be able to wear your favorite dress.  But, why do we have to only wear dresses on special occasions?! Lame.  I took my favorite party dress and dressed it down for a casual Sunday.  Not quite casual like laying on the couch but casual like brunch with the besties.  I threw a leather jacket over the dress to down play that dramatic open back and give it an edgier look.  Then, I put on I pair of black boots and some sassy sunnies and headed out the door.  Just as easy as jeans and a tee but a little chicer.  







Jacket - Les Eclairs
Dress - Cameo
Boots - Steve Madden




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November 28, 2015

Fall's Most Loved Looks

I've rounded up some of my most popular looks from this season. From active wear, to culottes, to dresses, and to plaid, its been quite a season! Click on the title of each post to get to the original post for outfit details and where to shop.

This look was definitely a recent favorite of my readers.  Not only was it a super easy everyday look but it was shot in one of the most beautiful spots in the city!  Plaid minis are not easy to style but this is definitely the right way to rock one.  
This look was so much fun.  I got to embody the sassy and chic Panda Summers from Donald Robertson's book, Mitford at the Fashion Zoo.  This look is the perfect inspiration to upgrade any graphic sweater you may have, a little layering goes a long way!
This shoot was so exciting for me and it got an amazing response from my readers!  This post is all about Garage Clothing's new active wear line.  I shot this post in Maggie Daley park, one of my favorite places in the city.
I loved this take on Underwear as Outerwear, and I think you guys did too!  This post also talks about all my fashion weekend adventures in New York, and has some photos from Refinery 29's Fashion Fun House!
This post is definitely a plaid lovers dream.  I layered plaid on plaid on plaid and finished the look with a pair of flares.  If you love Free People and/or J. Crew this post was created for you. 

What were your favorites of this season? What are you hoping to see more of next season!? 
Tell me in the comments below.




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November 25, 2015

Girl Gang Gift Guide

I have created the ultimate gift guide for your Girl Gang, Squad Goals, BFFLS, or whatever else you want to call them.  I've got the places to shop and what to buy for the coolest girls you know.


Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal is basically like "Cool Girls R Us" stocked with effortlessly chic clothes that will make you swoon.  Their gift selection is nothing less, I picked out these Glitter Rainbow Sunnies, a Hello Kitty Cam, and a Meditation Bath.  These gifts are perfect for the girl who has it all, because I bet she doesn't have any of the below.
Sunnies - $20
Camera  - $130
Bath - $28

Ban.do

Ban.do is the ultimate girl gang gift destination, I discovered their picture perfect agendas and had to snatch one for myself.  Every since them I haven't been able to stay off their website and they recently launched a line of apparel!  I picked out this keychain, this sweatshirt, and the cutest pin.  

Keychain - $12
Pin - $10

Studio Mucci

If you don't follow @studiomucci on instagram you are missing out of daily glitter and joy.  Not only do they post all their adorable products but the amazing Tassel Fairy herself in all her rainbow beauty!  For your most whimsical divas I picked out some fabulous balloons and a tassel garland!


Bow and Drape

I am such a fan of Bow and Drape, you may remember me wearing Bow and Drape with designs by Donald Robertson! Their customizable apparel and accessories are the perfect gift for the girls you know way too well.  You can steal their hilarious puns and sayings or make your own! Its perfect for all your divas, foodies, and girl bosses.  

Bag - $98
Hat - $34

Nylon Shop

Nylon shop is your destination for the sassiest girl you know, I don't know another site with this much attitude.  They have everything from apparel, to mugs, to cards, to UNICORN TERRARIUM KIT.  I also picked out this sassy pouch, the most brilliant mug, and a shell phone case for your favorite mermaid (HINT HINT).  
Pouch - $24
Mug - $16 ONLY A FEW LEFT

What gifts are you excited to get your girl gang? And which ones do you have on your list?
Also keep your eyes peeled for more holiday excitement on Mermaid Waves!


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November 22, 2015

The Winter Dress

Mod, mod, mod. This dress is my new favorite piece in my closet, Cynthia Rowley has done it again.  Her pieces are always whimsical, dreamy, and ultra chic.  I love her use of scuba material, not only is it super warm but it gives the dress this amazing shape.  A perfect winter dress is hard to come by, I love how this dress still has major color but the long sleeves and turtleneck (swoon) make it perfectly appropriate for chilly temps.  I paired this look with all white accessories to up the mod vibe, complete with a sleek pony tail.  I can't wait to wear this to every event this season.  










Dress - Cynthia Rowley (ON SALE SO BUY IT NOW)
Shoes - Steve Madden


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November 18, 2015

Wear THIS to Every Holiday Party

Stressing about what to wear the all your Holiday Events? I've got you.  Take all the plaid you own and put it on, ok not really, but basically.  I took a simple plaid button-up and paired it with dark flares.  Flares are literally long legs in an instant, they seem intimidating but are the most flattering pant.  Then I layered on this AMAZING plaid scarf, it has pompons! I finished off the look with a plaid coat.  This look is the perfect mix of preppy and bohemian,  equal parts J, Crew and Free People.  Wear this all Holiday season, and try not to get too many Christmas cookie crumbs in your scarf.










Top - J. Crew (Below)
Scarf - J. Crew (Below)
Pants - Free People (Below)
Coat - Free People (Similar below)

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November 15, 2015

Pantsuit For President

My motto is "Everywhere is a Runway", you never know when or where you will need to look you best, so you might as well look your best all the time.  When I discovered Vogos, I was super excited because their motto is also "Everywhere is a Runway".  Vogos is my new favorite destination for online shopping, think Asos but less overwhelming.  Everything is super trendy and super affordable. I have been on their website almost everyday recently gathering inspiration and planning my next buys.  Now, lets talk about this pantsuit.  I can not believe I'm wearing a pantsuit.  The perfectly cropped pant and the bell sleeve make this a little chicer than something your average lady politician might sport. 








 Jacket - Vogos
Pants- Vogos



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