Saturday, January 14, 2017

DRESS: c/o Samantha Pleet *

Happy 2017! I had planned on posting before this point, but the past two weeks really threw a lot my way - which is one of the reasons why Mermaidens is so invaluable to me. It is incredibly cathartic to synthesize everything I'm loving at that moment into photo series - and this was something that had been swirling around in my head for a while!

Last year one of my most favorite posts I did was featuring a huge moon - so I wanted to do a sequel in a way and play with a moon motif. Inspiration struck via a Christian Dior runway show circa Spring 2011 and from a dress by one of my all time favorite designers, Samantha Pleet! This exquisite little silk number reminds me of clouds, moons, and pierrot. I love the dainty collar, scallops, and of course, the two tone details!


Saturday, December 31, 2016

DRESS: c/o Valfre BERET: Forever 21 SOCKS: American Apparel

Though for many of us this year has been one of the most difficult, I am so endlessly grateful for each and every one of you! Thank you for your comments, posts, messages, likes, questions, feedback, advice - everything - it truly means the world to me. I'm sending all of you so much love and hoping you have a beautiful day!

MAC Shadescents Review and Giveaway

Friday, December 23, 2016

MAC Cosmetics really outdid themselves! I was gifted their new line of Shadescents * to review - and I am absolutely gobsmacked. With Shadescents, they've created a perfume inspired by six of their most iconic lipsticks and the people that wear them! With it, they managed to create a wide range of scents that evoke different moods, temperaments, and vibes - all based on a lipstick! Incredible - and one of the most exciting makeup launches I've seen recently!

In this post, I break down the lipstick shades and their matching perfume and outline the scents. I definitely recommend these lipsticks as well as their perfume if you can't tell - I'm absolutely in love!

Have I piqued your interest? I'm holding a giveaway where you can win your favorite scent on my Instagram! See the giveaway post for full details. Good luck!

Ruby Woo
One of my all time favorite lipsticks - a cool toned, classic matte red - now has a matching perfume! With notes of wood, floral, and red leather - this perfume smells wholly unique without being overpowering.

Candy Yum Yum
Described as sweet, fruity, and floral - this perfume was my favorite out of the bunch! I also love it's namesake, a neon, Barbie matte pink lipstick.

Crème D'Nude
For the "ultimate laid back goddess", this perfume's top notes are amber and musk, and was formulated to smell it's best on the skin. The matching lipstick is a peachy, sheer beige lipstick in a cremesheen finish.

My Heroine / Heroine
Another perfume with wood top notes - this one paired with a heavier dose of leather. The matching lipstick, Heroine, a matte purple - is another of my all time favorite shades from MAC.

Velvet Teddy
Another of my favorite scents, Velvet Teddy smells like wild honey - and the word I instantly thought of to describe the smell was "warmth". The matching lipstick is a new favorite - a matte warm, deep beige.

Lady Danger
Finally, MAC's second most popular red (losing only to Ruby Woo, of course!), Lady Danger gets the special treatment in their perfume - with notes of wood and floral. The lipstick is a matte fiery red with hints of orange.

L-R Lipstick swatches of: Heroine, Ruby Woo, Lady Danger, Candy Yum Yum, Velvet Teddy, Crème D'Nude


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

ROMPER: c/o Samantha Pleet TIGHTS: DIY SHOES: F21

"Secret Garden" is an apropos name for this stunning romper from Samantha Pleet (one of my all time favorite designers) - one can't help but feel transported to a secret magic world of your own wearing Pleet's designs! Made out of a richly hued navy fabric and adorned with a cut in half rose (inspired by Morticia Addams) embroidered on it and having POCKETS (!), makes this romper an incredibly eye catching and beautiful statement piece in my wardrobe.

I played with the roses theme by gluing fake rose petals on my tights in a cascading fashion to mimic falling petals from the cut in half rose on the romper.

It is absolutely freezing in Oregon at the moment - we were hit with a rather intense winter storm right after I took these! On slighter warmer days I've still managed to get away with wearing my favorite short skirts and dresses by wearing thick coats and tights - thank goodness! I'm not ready to say hello to winter clothing just yet... ♔ ✿ ❀

Sugarpill Pretty Poison Lipstick Swatches and Review

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sugarpill Cosmetics is one of my very favorite makeup brands out there - always unique, hyper pigmented, and the quality never disappoints! I was especially excited when I heard they were debuting their first line of lipsticks - and may or may not have jumped up and down when I found them in my mailbox to review (thank you again Amy)!

The line, entitled Pretty Poison, consists of 6 matte, vibrant shades spanning from a trademark red to a deep teal. All shades are vegan, cruelty free, and available for $20 each on Sugarpill's website. I found them very matte, but still comfortable to wear on the lips - and each shade was incredibly pigmented and true to color. I think my favorite is Cubby - such a "me" shade! Would you rock these lipsticks?

Girl Crush Lipstick (Barbie pink), Nurse (cool toned red), Spank (blue-based violet), U4EA (deep teal), Detox (hyper pigmented orange), Cubby (vibrant peachy pink)

Feeling Feline

Friday, December 2, 2016

TOP: c/o Samantha Pleet CHOKER: c/o Valfre (use code "Mermaidens" to get 20% off your first order!) SKIRT: American Apparel

Good morning! Today I'm sharing an outfit I've been wearing pretty much nonstop lately! As you know I am absolutely obsessed with cats - my cat, my friends' cats, feline clothing, accessories, etc, etc - so I of course fell head over heels (or, er, paws? Ba dum tiss) over this blouse from Samantha Pleet!

As you probably know by now, Samantha is one of my all time favorite designers - I'm always smitten by her clever, romantic, and inspiring pieces, and when I saw a shirt with a cats saucey face embroidered on it, I knew I had to have it! The black shade and fun silhouette makes it go with just about everything in my wardrobe - making it a purrfect stable item!

To continue the kitty theme, I paired it with a blush pink bow choker from Valfre, and my signature cat eye flick.

I hope you have an amazing Friday!

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