May 2017 | Mermaid Waves | Chicago Fashion Destination

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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