The Enchanted Forest with Anastasjia

Monday, September 19, 2016


Two Saturdays ago, I spent the dreamiest afternoon with Anastasjia Louise and her boyfriend Ashton exploring the Enchanted Forest - a storybook inspired theme park! We have so much in common, and Anastasjia, Ashton, and I spent the entire way there and back laughing, smiling, and singing until my voice hurt!

At the park, we spent the day taking lots of pictures, exploring the park (thus my sneakers, please excuse them - THERE WAS LOTS OF HIKING...), riding a roller coaster (which was surprisingly scary oh my goodness), and Anastasjia and I got mistaken for part of the park - multiple times!

So excited for future hangouts and *still* on cloud 9 from such a perfect day! ♡


(Excuse my goofy face here and just look at Anastasjia haha)


DRESS: c/o Samantha Pleet BERET: c/o Miss Patina SOCKS: F21


Thank you Ashton for the photos!

Working at Home with Outshine

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Working from home can be tough - long hours spent hunched over a computer in semi-darkness can seriously take its toll! Taking a break, stretching my legs, and enjoying an afternoon snack like an Outshine Fruit Bar (my favorite flavors? Strawberry and Pineapple!) is the perfect way to recharge and get a boost of energy to finish out the work day!

I hope you are enjoying the last of summer! I'm definitely not ready for the sunny days and fruit bar weather to end!

This post is made in collaboration with Outshine Fruit Bars. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Mermaidens possible!

The Cat's Meow

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


SHIRT: c/o Miss Patina (similar) PURSE: c/o Pepa Loves SHOES: c/o T.U.K. Footwear

Even though I am not at all ready for Fall, I am excited to bust out the longer sleeves, jewel tones, and knits! I feel like this is a pretty good transitional outfit seeing as Oregon (annoyingly) keeps flip flopping between cold and hot days. I'm positively smitten with this Miss Patina blouse - made out of a super soft material and featuring quite possibly the cutest collar of all time. I mean, it's a cat.I paired it with one too many cat accessories... I just like cute stuff what can I say!

Even though I'm not at all happy it's September (COME BACK TO ME, SPRING/SUMMER), I have some exciting projects and adventures on the horizon - so please stay tuned ♡!



That feeling when you see a bee...




Current Favorite Hair Products

Sunday, September 4, 2016

I've had pink hair for a couple years now, but I've always struggled with finding the perfect products for treating ultra damaged, bleached hair. I'd try products and like them, but I wasn't really blown away by anything, you know? But finally, I feel like I've found a really solid selection of hair products I love enough to recommend!


Hair Care Products
Having pastel hair is hard, but these products make it easier! I still haven't found the perfect shampoo that doesn't make my bleached, damaged hair feel TERRIBLE, sadly - if you have any recommendations please let me know!

Ritual Salvation Repairing Conditioner *
About a month ago I was sent some evo hair products to try out, and the first time I used the conditioner I was immediately struck by how lovely it lathered up, smelled, and my hair felt after rinsing it out. Over time, it's helped my hair stay tangle free and has become my holy grail conditioner!

OverTone Pastel Pink Daily Conditioner *
Truly a must have for any vibrant or pastel hair owner, OverTone is PERFECT for keeping your hair color vibrant in-between dye touch-ups. Besides dry/damaged hair, having the color rinse out fairly quickly is one of my biggest pastel hair related pet peeves, but OverTone's conditioners and products help so much! (If you are wondering, the Pastel Pink is a little blue toned. Down the road I'd like to mix the Pastel Pink with an orange shade of their conditioners for a more peachy toned shade).

The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask *
An incredible mask that adds so much moisture to my hair! My hair hasn't been anywhere near as dry since using this mask, and makes it so much easier to comb through every night! Their product description is pretty spot on too: "This product is like a patient friend, gently combing out the knots in your hair while another friend lays petals upon the ground to soften your walk to the morning bus".

Mane Attention Protein Treatment *
A protein treatment that strengthens your hair and I've been having such incredible luck with!

Trader Joe's Coconut Oil
Like everybody else I am OBSESSED with coconut oil, and my friend Roanne's recommendation of Trader Joe's coconut oil was spot on - it's been working wonders! (please excuse the grubby jar - I've had it for a while now and I got it out of the shower for this photo!)

BONUS:
L'Oréal's Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm & Total Repair 5 Extreme Instant Therapy Mask
These aren't pictured because I *just* ran out, but I've had great luck with the affordable and accessible L'Oréal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm and Total Repair 5 Extreme Instant Therapy Mask! And they both smell PHENOMENAL.


Hair Styling Products
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer
Now if you also have bleached hair, I DO NOT RECOMMEND USING HEAT STYLING. But sometimes, I don't have time to pin curl or put foam rollers in my hair - so I have to make do! That said, I feel like this Bumble and Bumble primer does a pretty good job as a heat protective! Besides that, it's a great all around hair styling product - it soothes frizz, has a sweet, gentle scent, and is formulated without paragons and phthalates.

Batiste Dry Shampoo
A recommendation from my sister, we both are incredibly impressed with Batiste's dry shampoos! Another must have product imo - affordable, easy to find (I get mine at Ulta or Target), and it WORKS. I had tried a few in the past and didn't get why everybody loved dry shampoo, until Batiste! The cherry scent is my favorite 🍒

Sebastian Shaper Plus Extra Hold Hairspray
Finally, this is the hairspray I've been using. I actually started using it because it was my mom's favorite in the 80s! I like using this for extra volume. (NOTE: please use in a well ventilated area...!)

Phew - I had more to say then I thought haha! I get so many questions about my hair, I really hope this helps some of you! I am not an expert by any means, but these are the products I've been loving lately. If you have any hair recommendations, comments, or questions, please leave them below! I also am planning on sharing some hair tutorials soon - so let me know if you have any requests!

Nature by Jimmy Marble

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The other day I was talking to a friend about the Portland International Rose Garden and realized I never shared these photos here! Last Spring, Jimmy Marble and myself shot this photo series there. Jimmy is actually one of my favorite photographers, his work feels like a technicolor dream come to life - so I was so excited to do this shoot when he was visiting Portland!

This is truly the prettiest garden I've visited, and spending a few hours there shooting pictures amidst such a wide variety of roses and perfectly manicured hedges was such a dreamy way to spend the afternoon! ✿❀❃ This photoseries ended up being published in Zeum Magazine issue 11.






(My internal dialog: "Don't blink! Don't blink!" Me: *blinks*)





Grammy's Garden

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


DRESS: c/o Mod Dolly PURSE: c/o Ban.do HAT: Forever 21 SHOES: c/o Echo Clubhouse

Howdy! It's been... a while. Lots of things have happened, some good, some pretty bad (thus my absence) - but I'm here and I've missed you!

As you can see, I have bangs now! The plan was to channel Anna Karina circa 1961 - but alas I don't think I've gotten the hang of it quite yet. Any advice for styling bangs? Tehehe.

This is pretty much my ideal summer outfit - a breezy, babydoll smock with eyelet fabric and ruffle sleeves from one of my absolute favorite ladies, Amy over at Mod Dolly! I paired it with a straw boater, pink jellies, and a WATERMELON purse - that even doubles as a cooler oh my goodness *__*

And, as the title of this post suggests, I shot these pictures in my grammy's dreamy garden. It's pretty incredible - not only has she planted her own vegetables, flowers, and fruit - but has nurtured an apple tree and coaxed a grape arbor from what my great grandmother planted years and years ago! I am incredibly thankful I am able to spend a few hours in her garden listening to the twinkling sounds of her foundation and the calming and familiar rhythms + tones of my grandparents' conversations.

Oops, sorry for blathering - I guess I've been craving the opportunity to blather a bit after getting so used to Twitter and Instagram's limited character space... ♡

I truly hope you are having a lovely day, and I'll see you again soon!




(Please excuse my slouching here haha)












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