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Summer Refresh with Spindrift


Hey Merbabes!  Although fall is quickly approaching I have been soaking up every last bit of summer.  To be honest I have probably been enjoying myself far too much, I have been seriously slacking on my usual work load, but I am trying to remind myself that a little fun never hurt anyone, right?  Anyways...I am here to chat with you about my latest bubbly obsession, Sprindrift Sparkling Water.

Sprindrift sparkling water has been my drink of choice lately for these late summer days.  I was lucky enough to get hooked up with this ultra refreshing package of goodies, sent over from the Spindrift team.  




At the beginning of the month I signed up for an unlimited yoga pass, so my days have been starting at 6 am with power yoga, after yoga I always grab a matcha and head home to get ready for the day.  From there my day usually consists of social media planning, content creating, and heading to meetings, lately I've been breaking my days up with lunch dates and ballet classes.  My friends are heading back to school soon so it is the perfect excuse for me to take an extra long break in my day and get a little ladies lunch in.  After lunch, I do a little more work and a little more play, august has been full of exciting events around the city, and I do my best to attend every single one.

I can't say I'm complaining, its been quite the ideal lifestyle but being a social(media)lite does get exhausting.  I am out of the house for what seems like 16 out of 24 hours everyday so I carry my life in my tote bag.  The latest staple in my bag has been a can of Spindrift, it is the perfect mid-day refresh.



Spindrift is sparkling water + fruit, thats it.  My beverage diet is usually matcha, and water, so Spindrift is the ultimate summer treat!  There is no added sugars or ickiness just pure fruit in sparkling water, just how I like it.

Spindrift comes in multiple flavors, one for every mood.  Grapefruit and Orange Mango are my current favorites, but only because I have pink and orange paper straws to perfectly match the cans.  No shame in a good color coordination.





How have you been celebrating the final days of summer? Let me know in the comments below!



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Ultimate Guide to Lollapalooza + Bed Head Hotel Invite


Hey Merbabes! Festival weekend in Chicago is here and I am ready to party.  Lucky for you, I have made all the biggest festival mistakes (like wearing sandals post rain storm), and I am ready to pass along my knowledge to you.

I've partnered with Bed Head by TIGI to help you have the best Lollapalooza ever and to invite you to the hottest party of the weekend.  Keep reading for all the details.


1.  Nail Your Lolla Look

Obviously the main reason I go to any event is for the look.  Lollapalooza is practically the culmination of everything I hate the most; sweaty, drunk, people and standing in the direct sunlight. Not usually my vibe, but sprinkle in the element of endless outfit possibilities plus street style photographers and I'm in.  Obviously you will have to stay tuned for today's look, but you know I will be looking extra.

Your outfit is a vital part of the Lolla Look but so is your beauty look.  My largest struggle when it comes to festival beauty is finding the perfect balance, I always want to rock a crazy glitter-eye but I also know by hour three or four, that glitter-eye will become a glitter-mess all over my face.  This year I am planning on going for a simple and natural makeup look and let my killer waves do all the talking.

I am so excited to be doing my festival hair look using my new Bed Head products, Bed Head by TIGI is inspired by street trends and is specifically created for the weird + wonderful, wild child, and the thrill seeker, so basically all of my merbabes.  For today's look I am all about embracing my waves so I am prepping my hair with Queen Beach Salt Spray to enhance my waves.  Then I'll be adding a spritz of Get Twisted, to reduce frizz and finishing my wavy-baby look with Superstar Queen for a Day, mostly for the name but also to set and hold my waves all day and night long.  All these Bed Head by TIGI products can be purchased at Ulta on online at Ulta.com.

2. Pack the Perfect Bag

I really commend you if you are able to just throw on your wristband and head out the door.  I, on the other hand have a full bag packed with everything I could possibly need throughout the day.  I am planning on taking my favorite sparkly pizza purse and packing it as full as humanly possible.  Number one on my festival packing list is always GIANT sunglasses. Not only for sun protection, but with giant sunnies you can hide your face in the event you run into people from middle school, which I always seem to do.  In addition to sunglasses, I also recommend a chic plastic visor or another form on sun protection, like a dad hat.  Always pack water and a snack or three, staying hydrated is a major life key but even more major during a festival weekend.  Plus, food lines will be long and you will get hangry.

I also like to keep lipstick/lip balm, ID, bandaids, and depending on the size of my bag, a jacket for after sunset.

3.  Take Advantage of Every Event

I am so excited for Lolla weekend and I am only going to be at the actual festival one day.  Trust me, I am planning on taking advantage of all the craziness happening throughout the weekend and making it a four day experience despite my one day pass.  There are so many official after shows that are not to be missed, I am most excited about seeing Banks at her official after show.  If you really love an artist that is going to be at Lollapalooza, the best way to see them is at an after show in a smaller more intimate setting.

 Friday, I am going to be hanging at the Bed Head Hotel all day, listening to music, getting my hair done, and dancing it up with my bestie.  RSVP using this link to hang out with us! I am going Friday for Brandi Cyrus and Dani Thorne, but I expect you to send snaps from the event Saturday as well.


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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.


COCO

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWkXqIQHwro/



Quite honestly the best dressed human on all of Instagram is this small child.  You can't help but smile when scrolling through her feed, while simultaneously being a little mad because you will never be as cool as Coco Pink Princess.

THE POUF



The Pouf is a magical human being who is full of light.  Her captions and Instagram stories are hilarious, but she is also a seriously inspiring lady who does some amazing work with Project Heal and Glam for Good.

ORLANDO


Don't be fooled by his perfectly dreamy interior Instagram feed.  Orlando's Insta-stories give me life. I have laughed out loud in public countless times while watching his stories, with everything from Jeans for Teens to daily news updates, to my personal favorite "Cooking for Rich People" a segment where he attempts to make healthy meals, his stories are pure joy.  Follow him RN.

KRISTIE


 Kristie Dash is one of the few people on this planet that I feel loves #content as much as I do.  Her content is always on point and is almost painfully relatable, I feel like we were one in a past life.  Plus, she has had literally everyone of my dream job's from being my favorite human's (Eva Chen) former assistant, to a magazine beauty editor, to former editor in Chief of Obsessee, she is basically ruling the social media world.

CYNDI



Cyndi is the founder of Taste the Style, one of the coolest editorial sites around, and Chillhouse the coolest destination to chill out in NYC.  I have been following her for a few years now am I constantly inspired by everything she does.  She is a well-spoken, smart lady that is beyond talented and effortlessly cool, basically everything I aspire to be.  Plus, her and her husband are super dreamy and serious #relationshipgoals, that means a lot from the girl who gags at the sight of people holding hands in public.  

MALEBITCH


If you are ever in the need of some outfit inspiration look no further, like literally just go to @malebitch and stop right there.  Her vibes are unreal.  I am constantly obsessing over her makeup, her sunnies, and all of her fits, plus she's based in Paris which makes her 100 times cooler than she already is.

Who did I miss? Who is your favorite person to follow on Instagram? Let me know in the comments! 

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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.


Lets start from the beginning.  I get asked "what the heck is Mermaid Waves" daily.  Mermaid Waves began as my Instagram username about six or seven years ago, @mermaidwaves seemed like the natural choice as I had long, wild, and wavy "mermaid" hair.  Get it? Good.  From that point on most of my friends changed their wacky instagram usernames and switched to simpler handles like their first and last name, but @mermaidwaves became more than just my username.  More people called me Mermaid Waves than they called me Dani so it stuck, and has continued to stick with me.  It has gotten to the point that when I introduce myself to someone my initial reaction is to say my name is "Mermaid Waves".



When I started high school, I posted my outfits on the daily to my Instagram page.  I was lucky enough to go to an arts high school in the city and felt that I could truly indulge myself in my love for fashion.  There were no small-minded suburban kids to make fun of me, just a bunch of weird arts kids that appreciated my form of self-expression.  As my Instagram continued to grow and my #OOTD photos racked up likes and reposts, I decided to expand Mermaid Waves to another medium, a blog (which is where you are now, in case you are lost).

Mermaid Waves truly started as a form of self-expression and self discovery, if you take a look through the archives you will see so many versions of Dani.  Dani who only wore skirts, Dani who thought she wanted to be preppy (that lasted about a week), Dani who wore a lot of eyeliner.  These moments have all accumulated to create the strong sense of style (and self) I have now.  Although I always felt that I was the truest form of myself as @mermaidwaves, I always carried this overwhelming need for perfection.

The need to be the perfect Instagram it-girl.  When people visited my blog or Instagram I wanted to first thing they noticed was that I was skinny and pretty.  I know that sounds awful, but I also know I am not the only person who has felt (or still feels) this way.  There is such a pressure to feel like you have to have the perfect outfit, and the perfect face, and the longest legs; for a while that is how I thought I would make it big.  I wanted girls to visit Mermaid Waves and want to be me, want to look like me, and wear what I was wearing.  That is what you are expected to be as a blogger, a perfect idea of a person that will make other people want to learn, shop, or listen to you.



As I have gotten a little more mature I realize how disturbing that all sounds and how off from my lifestyle that truly is.  I hate nothing more than listening to people, and god forbid anyone compares me to anyone else.  I am my own person in every way and I realized that is far more important to me than being a "perfect" form of a person.  When someone looks at my Instagram I want them to see how confident and fun I am, and if they think I'm hot, that is just a bonus.  I live an insanely cool life, because I have created that lifestyle for myself.  I could have easily gone to college or continued my ballet training and played things safe, but I decided that I have so much more in me than to work in an office or stand in the back row of the corps de ballet.

That is what I want to accomplish with Mermaid Waves, I want you to feel empowered to create your dream life.  I could care less if you ever purchase an item that I wear, or if you try out a new trend.   That ranks so low on my list of things I want to accomplish in this world.  I will always continue to offer up fashion advice and inspiration because that is a part of what makes me who I am, but I would rather you leave Mermaid Waves feeling like you have a gained a new sense of confidence and are inspired to take on the world.

I know I just rambled a whole lot, and things got kind of deep but I think I brought it all back to the surface.  Mermaid Waves has been a story of self discovery and self-love for me, and now I want to reflect that back on to all of you babes.  I want you to learn as much about yourselves from Mermaid Waves as I have learned about myself over the past seven years.  Whether that is as simple as I tried boyfriend jeans and I hate them, or as deep as feeling empowered to change aspiration in life.

With that being said, I am looking to incorporate some new voices on Mermaid Waves.  Whether you want to share about fashion, self-love, fitness, or something else.  If you would like to be a contributor for Mermaid Waves, please send along pitches / pieces that you feel would fit MerWaves voice and mission.  

Reach out with examples of your writing, or your ideas to dani@mcgowan.xyz.  

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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".



1. Go on a Walk

If you know me you know I don't drive, ever,  One of my favorite ways to get wherever I need to go is to walk.  It is so simple but it is truly a great way to just be alone and at peace with your surroundings.  I love to wander a bit and take in what is going on around me, I usually route my walks to include a stop for matcha or to pass one of my favorite murals.  It is a perfect time to collect your thoughts for whatever is coming next in your day.  Whether you are heading to work or to workout you will arrive with a calm and centered mind.

2. Sweat

Working out with a friend is all kinds of fun but I am all about working out alone.  A good workout is one of the only things that can bring me down to earth.  Whether I am super anxious or overly annoyed there is literally nothing a sweat session can't fix.  You deserve that hour to focus solely on yourself, and not worry if your squats are as deep as your BFFs.

 As awful as this is, my daily workout, whether its cycling, running, yoga, or ballet, is the only time during my day where I am completely away from my phone.  It is so important to build in an hour or so a day to unplug and remember that you still exist off of Snapchat and Instagram.   My daily workout allows me to take my off-the-grid hour all for myself, while still being productive.



3. Treat Yourself

I love taking myself on lunch dates, I truly look forward to it every week.  I usually get a little work done, read a book, listen to music, or just sit and enjoy life.  I know to some people this sounds sad or completely horrifying but it is truly the opposite.  You can enjoy your favorite foods without having to be interrupted to answer a question or make conversation.  You can sit for as long as you'd like, sip your tea, and not have to worry about literally anything or anyone else.

PSA literally no one else cares or thinks you look weird eating alone, and if they do that is just their personal insecurity showing because they aren't comfortable enough with themselves to do what you are doing.


I promise you these simple things will make you a more confident, centered person.  Start simply by going for a walk and work your way down the list!

What are your favorite things to do alone?


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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.

1.  Have a Plan

My "plan" last May included living out of Chicago doing classical ballet 24/7.  Currently I am living in Chicago, doing a little ballet, a little social media, a little fashion, a little editing...you get the point.  Between the months of May and July my plan A, B, and C all fell through,  I graduated high school with three viable options to continue my ballet training and I got the magical rejection email from all three.  Thats a terrifying thing to experience.  Things ended up falling magically into place, as they always do, and I can confidently say I am happier doing what I am doing now than I would have been training 24/7 but it definitely didn't feel like it at the time.

You may be a little confused because I am telling you to have a plan even though I literally obliterated my own.  With my "plan" I was able to graduate high school confidently knowing that I was going somewhere.  It allowed me to say with confidence that I had decided not to go to school but I had things lined up.  It also kept me super motivated throughout the summer to find my place and work hard because I had an end goal.

2. Know the Answer to the Dreaded Question

My biggest fear throughout the year has been the dreaded questions of "So like, What do you do?".  Every time I heard those words I immediately wanted to crawl into a hole and cry, just the thought passing through someones head that I am doing nothing but taking snapchats killed me.  That led me to nervously giggle and respond "lol literally nothing" or "um I dance".  I know very well that I have done more in the last year than some people do their entire life, but all that judgement flying at me at once made me feel super ashamed of my choices, and completely shut down.

The thing that helped me get through this was literally having Kelly (my mother) role play that question with me.  She would ask me the dreaded question and I would have to respond.  Now when I get asked "what do you do?" I say;  "I dance professionally with a contemporary ballet company, I have a successful fashion blog, I run social media accounts for local small businesses, I work retail part time, I just started as a fashion editor for a live TV network, and I am currently starring in a short film." BOOM.

This also goes for interviews, know exactly how you are going to handle the questions about college. I have been lucky enough to score a position from every interview I have gone to this year because I handled my situation with confidence.  I simply said that college wasn't for me, as I wanted to pursue other creative opportunities that felt more time sensitive, like ballet.  Be true to yourself and really think about why you decided to take this alternate route, it will show that you are a leader and confident enough to make your own decisions.

3.  Accept that your Lifestyle will Change

Your life is about to change like a crazy amount.  For me, I still live comfortably at home with my parents, in the city I grew up in, but this year felt like I was living in a whole new world.  Small things like you meal schedule will completely shift, I went from eating breakfast, heading to school, going home for lunch, going back to school, coming home from school and having dinner.  Now I have to work to find time to eat, some days I start my morning around 8 a.m. and don't return home until 7 p.m., thats two solid meals.  I am often eating a PB&J while waiting for the metra, or chugging down a smoothie between helping customers.  Meals are a non-negotiable IMO, so I have to plan them as a part of my day.

Another thing that completely changed was my body, I joke that I gained the freshman 15 without even going to college, but its not really a joke.  I went from dancing four hours a day, six days a week, to dancing four hours three days a week, going to soul cycle once a week, taking yoga classes, running, plus whatever else I can fit in my schedule.  I have not only gained muscle but my body has completely transformed and that is something that I have had to accept but also chose to embrace.  Fitness has become a huge passion for me and I love that it is a part of my life.  Working out is one of the only ways for me to relax and de-stress, so I feel blessed that it has become part of my lifestyle.

4.  Keep Growing Your Goals

Just because you are out of school and working your booty off doesn't give you the authority to stop growing.  All the initial hard work you put in shouldn't come to a halt because you've achieved one thing.  Keep growing your goals and actively work towards reaching the next level.  I love making lists, I choose the write down my goals and break them into smaller tasks.  By completing these simple tasks daily I am always moving towards bigger and better things.

Along with growing your goals, continue to push for new opportunities.  Apply to a job that you have absolutely no experience for, go to every audition, and talk to absolutely everyone.  The experience and connections you make at the beginning of your career will stay with you forever.


I hope you loved this post and are feeling inspired to take on the world! What did you learn this year? Let me know in the comments and lets grow together! XO

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Babes in Boston: A Mini Restaurant Guide


Hey Merbabes! Last weekend I snuck off to Boston to visit my one of my favorite people in the universe.  When I was 16,  I spent the summer at Boston Ballet, so I was quite excited to go back to this cute little city.  The majority of my time outside the ballet studio was split between eating ice cream and shopping at urban outfitters, what else would 16 year old Dani do?  That being said I was excited to rediscover Boston and see what else the city has to discover.

I had a blast with my girl and also had some seriously good eats!  Aubrey and I are both vegetarian, as well as Aubrey being gluten free and myself being dairy-free (like 95% of the time).  We have a lot of restrictions between us but we both love to eat.  Dietary restrictions really don't feel like a restriction when you know the right places to go, so I am excited to share these finds with you.


I'll be honest, I never do anything without the motivation of food.  I basically booked my ticket with the intent of heading to one spot in particular, if you followed my trip on snapchat and Instagram I am sure you already know where.   Below I am sharing four of the places we went and loved, plus what I ordered for some serious dining inspo!

Fomu:


I recognize that I should have put the ice cream place last on the list, but it deserves to be first.  Aubrey and I went two out of the two nights I was in Boston because it was that good.  I am pretty picky about my ice cream, because I do not like to splurge on dairy unless its seriously worth it.  Fomu's ice cream is plant-based and made with coconut milk, aka its a gift from Jesus.

Day one I got F'Oreo and Peanut Butter, I highly recommend this combination.  The F'oreo is filled with huge, house made chocolate cookie chunks, to die for.  The peanut butter was (don't laugh because there is no other way to describe it) insanely peanut butter-y,  I would eat it everyday.  Day two I ordered the fresh mint chip and chocolate, the chocolate was just as good as you would expect, and the fresh mint chip was exactly that.  It tasted like real mint, not your favorite mint chip ice cream you grew up eating.  They also had ice cream sandwiches with vegan cookies, vegan brownies and more!

By Chloe:



Sorry Aub, but this is the real reason I came to visit Boston.  JK, but By Chloe is my happy place, one of my past By Chloe meals is literally the wallpaper on my laptop.  I have been multiple times to their New York location, so I was excited to check out the Boston Spot.  In case you are not already obsessed with By Chloe, here is a quick rundown: it is all vegan and all insanely delicious.  The Boston location is just as adorable as the one in NY but even bigger therefore even more cuteness.



I got my favorite guac burger and sweet potatoes fries, with a matcha of course.  I am one of those awful people who order the same thing each time they go to a restaurant but if it ain't broke don't fix it, ya feel?  Aubrey got the avocado pesto pasta made gluten free and a matcha as well.  If you go to By Chloe you have to get fries, and even more importantly you have to have the beet ketchup.  30% because it is delicious, 70% because its PINK.

Loco Taqueria:



This place was a hot destination and a little tricky to get into.  We ended up making a reservation for five people at 5 p.m., which was the only way we could get a table.  We made it work and were expecting big things of this meal.  Loco was a super cute spot and it was popping for 5 p.m.



We ordered pineapple guac and chips to start off.  The pineapple guac was seriously such a beautiful thing and something I need to recreate this summer.  Ok, I'll probably have my mom recreate it but you get the point.  For my meal I got the grilled avocado tacos (I ordered mine without crema)! I am very set in my taco ways and eat my favorite vegan mushroom tacos once a week, so I was concerned that these would not live up to my taco standards.  They did.  There was grilled avocado, brussels sprouts, and pumpkin seeds plus I added a heavy dose of lime juice.

Jugos:



Saturday morning was one of the best mornings I have had in a long time.  I snuck out early in the morning and made my way to Equinox for yoga.  First, I needed some breakfast because I can not function without a full breakfast.  I was quite excited when I realized that a few steps away from Equinox was Jugos, I have been wanting to try this juice spot since I was in Boston three years ago.  It was finally my time.
 

I grabbed a matcha con leche juice and some oats.  It was the perfect breakfast on the go, I literally sat on a bench outside (it was only about 50 degrees) and was perfectly content.  I am always down for a matcha latte, duh, and this one was perfectly packaged to take with me to yoga then to ballet class.  I always eat my oats hot, I am not a huge "overnight oats" person due to the fact they are eaten cold, but I was in oat heaven and didn't mind these cool oats one bit!  My only regret is that I didn't make it there more than once.

Where are your favorite Boston eats?
XO

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The Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Guide for the Sassy and Sweet Ladies in Your Life


Hey Mer-babes! I loveeee Valentine's Day which most people find shocking.  I guess my constant sarcasm and annoyance towards most people doesn't really exude lovey dovey-ness but Valentine's Day for me means so much more than chocolates + roses from a cute boy.  BORING.

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 I have made homemade Valentine's since I was a bitty baby and have not stopped.   In middle school I was on the Valentine's Day party planning committee, and all through high school I brought in homemade Valentine's and decorated the entire dance department, one for everyone of course!  Side note: thank God I went to a private arts school, I would have been completely exiled at a public school for doing that.  LOL.

Valentine's Day is the culmination of all my favorite things in life: pink, hearts, crafts, and sweet treats.  Of course, being the sassy girl I am I also have a huge appreciation for everything Anti-Valentine's Day. This holiday really covers all bases of my personality.  One day I am sitting at my kitchen table neck deep in glitter glue and cut out hearts, and the next day I am going full on Anti-Valentine's Day party at the end of the Valentine's Day movie, bashing the heart piñata.

That all being said I wanted to create a Valentine's Day gift guide for the two types of ladies in your life, the sassy and the sweet.  Of course, many of us tend to fall somewhere in between so you will have to use your best friend telepathy powers to figure out which guide to shop.  ORRRR you could shop for yourself, which is what I am about to be doing, because deep down you are your ultimate Valentine.  

Reminder, simply click on the item you want to shop! 


Which pieces are your favorites? Obviously they are all my favorites, thats why they are on here but the "Boy Bye" hat or the "I'd Rather Date Myself" tee may be my top pick, as these as things that come out of my mouth literally three times a day.


Can we just talk about that Kate Spade bag? What dreams are made of.  Also the Crayola by Clinique lip sticks are out of this world adorable.

These are only a few of my Valentine's Day picks! See more in the widget at the top of this post, along with my VALENTINE'S DAY SHOP!

I hope you treat yourself because you have made it through month one of 2017, still kicking booty at all of those resolutions I'm sure.

XO

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Playing Favorites: Week of January 23


Hey Mer-babes! Week four of 2017 is coming to a close and there are still enough good vibes floating around to create another weekly favorites round up.  Last week was about wellness and this week was all about treating myself, aka I literally sat around and ate potatoes all week.  Of course, I also worked my booty off in dance rehearsals and doubled up on Soul Cycle classes, and worked hard to plan new content because BALANCE!  Actually, maybe this week's theme is balance but this post isn't about the theme of the week, its about the GOOD STUFF.

Shall we?


Bad Hunter Veggie Burger


Life changing.  This is my favorite burger ever, there is something so satisfying about it because it tastes like a real BURGER, not just a veggie burger, but it's not trying to be meat either, its just perfect.  I don't even know what to say, I'm just really in love.

That was a traumatic sequence of words but a proper paragraph just wouldn't do this burger justice.  Order the fries with it please.


Wildfox "Never Say Diet" Tee






I am kind of mad that this "Never Say Diet" isn't already hanging in my closet.  Every merbabe should have this tee because you are already perfect and no diet will change that.  Major Instagram points if you wear it while eating pizza or tacos.  


Wildfox has some KILLER tees right now,  I've linked some of my favorites above.  My second favorite may be the "Girls Gone Mild", because that is my to a TEE. LOL. 


#Girlboss



#GIRLBOSS is my current read and I am loving it so far.  It is a must read for every female, aspiring #GIRLBOSS or not.  It is so hilariously authentic yet inspiring at the same time.  It shows that with a little luck and a lot of hustle you can do anything, literally.  



LPQ Matcha Latte


Babes. My perfect matcha latte hunt has come to a close.  All though there are so many runner ups in the city (next blog post?), this one from Le Pain Quotidien is my new favorite.  It is not sweetened and truly lets the matcha flavor shine through.  Plus, if you get it in the restaurant (order a large), it comes in the worlds biggest bowl ever.  Literally a cauldron of matcha latte, what else could a girl want?

New Youtube Videos!




Head over to my Youtube Channel, to catch two of my latest videos or watch them here!  Each video features a skincare product that I am loving right now! Take a look and let me know what you think.  I am filming some more content today and I want to know what kinds of videos you want to see!

What are some of your current favorites? Let me know in the comments below!


XO

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The Secret World of Finstagram: The Last Sacred Form of Social Media

If you are under 20 years old you probably have a finsta (a fake-instagram account that is under an unrecognizable username and kept private) or at least debate making one daily.  Even I have a secret finsta, sorry mom and dad,  I'm not cool or even up to date on the latest young people trends but I know having a finsta is hot.  Finstagram is filled with some shocking usernames (I choose to keep it clean but to each her own), unflattering and unedited pictures, and captions that you wouldn't believe were published to the internet.  A few months ago I was so over Instagram, I even wrote an article about it, but my love has recently been revived.
The irony of finstagram is that it is so real, there is nothing fake about it, except possibly the profile pictures, as mine would indicate I am a veggie burger.  The real fake insta accounts are the ones that are public to the world and perfectly polished, while the private accounts are as real as it gets.  Finsta accounts are totally raw, you won't find a single perfectly edited brunch shot or an airbrushed selfie, if you do that ain't a finsta.  My latest finsta post is a video of my sneezing on a loop, its hilarious and horrifyingly unflattering, but that is what finsta is for.  Its kind of refreshing to share things with the people who you are most comfortable with and not have a single worry what your feed looks like.  Its a judgement free zone for a rant or a rambling, a food shot that didn't quite get that good lighting, and a place for real no makeup selfies, not the ones under the hashtag #iwokeuplikethis.  I think having separate instagram accounts is a fabulous thing, I love my pretty @mermaidwaves feed, my aesthetic is self titled "moody and hungry fashion-chick", but I also love my anti-feed finsta, which is a mess of selfies, screenshots, and snacks.

Finsta is seemingly the last scared social media spot for us Generation Z babies, and that is what is so charming about it.  And no, I'm not telling you my finsta handle.

Do you have a finsta?  Love it or Hate it?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments.



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