Playing Favorites: Week of January 2 | Mermaid Waves | Chicago Fashion Destination

January 6, 2017

Playing Favorites: Week of January 2

Hey Merbabe! I am super excited to bring to you the first of many "Playing Favorites".  This will be a space where I share my current obsessions; the best meal I ate, the book I'm reading, or the new hottest destination.  This will be a weekly column that you should keep your eyes peeled for!

The first week a 2017 seemed to have flown by but it has been marvelous thus far.  The weather has not been so marvelous which makes leaving the house hard to do, since I have spent so much time indoors I have been super productive this week and have been crossing item after item off my to-do lists.  This is probably not the most exciting roundup on the internet but it filled with the things you need to get your life on track for 2017.


My current favorite bag is pictures above. It is by Hieleven, a super chic and affordable handbag brand, this bag is currently $99 which is a total steal.  The gray color goes with everything in my winter wardrobe right now, and I love the modern and sleek silhouette.  I tend to carry gloves, a hat, a scarf, along with a thousand other necessities in the Winter, this Hieleven bag is perfect as it fits everything I need.

Things a Little Bird Told Me

One of my goals for 2017 was to read more, this book was first on my list.  I am only a few chapters in to Things a Little Bird Told Me but am already completely inspired.  It is not only an inspirational read but also really light and funny, I have seriously laughed out loud a few times.  The one quote that has stuck with me the most is "Your goals should be bigger than your ego",

(My) Pinterest

I have been working on making my Pinterest the ultimate spot for fashion inspiration, and I can proudly say that I have done just that.  Everything from Street Style, to Handbags, to Denim, and so much more.  Follow along and see where I draw my inspiration from! 

Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace

I will be honest, hearing the word Millennials makes my blood boil.  I immediately get extremely defensive (although I am Gen Z not even a Millennial) because it is rare to hear "Millennials" followed by a positive statement, which bothers me beyond belief but that is a whole other post.  I was weary to watch this video because of the title but found it extremely interesting and have been thinking about it all week.  It is a must watch.  

Ginger Tulsi Tea at True Foods 

Obviously I am a tea drinker, that should come as no surprise.  I am always on the lookout for the best matcha latte (also found at True Foods), or a new exciting tea drink and I found it.  The Ginger Tulsi Tea at True Foods is such a gem, it is an adaptogenic tea which means it helps to regulate the adrenaline system which manages your body's hormonal reaction to stress.  Not only does is it incredibly good for you, it also tastes amazing on a 10 degree day.  

Jade Facial Roller

In case you don't already hate me from posting about my Jade Roller as much as I do, I thought I would include it one more time.  It is seriously life changing, I am convinced that my nose has shrunk and my cheek bones have grown since I started using my Jade Roller.  I use this at least twice a day and snapchat it at least 10 times, but I still receive so many questions about it!  I included it in my Winter Beauty Roundup and you can read more details there!

Instagram Live

I am obsessed with Instagram Live.  I love watching other people's and I love holding my own.  It is seriously therapeutic to talk to the camera / answer questions and know that it will all disappear.  I seriously have so much fun, I love when you ask me questions and give me feedback on Mermaid Waves.  It is a blast so I recommend trying it for yourself and tuning in next time you see a live story.  



  1. I am going to have to read that book!

  2. Love this idea for a weekly round up! I do something similar called Currently - so fun to keep track of your favorites and what is going on in life! I love Insta Live too! xo Dayna //


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