6 Holiday Wants

6 Holiday Wants
The older I get, the smaller my Christmas List becomes. Maybe because I discovered that if Santa is going to come around only once a year, then I’m making it worth his trip and choosing wisely, instead of random things that I can get on my own year-round.

1. Herschel Supply Co. Little America backpack- for school and my random travels.
2. Pixie Market Hologram Platform Brogue- these shoes, le sigh.
3. Bell Jar- for the succulents in my room, besides how chic do they look in a jar?
4. Alder Dry Shampoo- I’ve read such great reviews on this product and a girl with 10lbs of hair could use some of this.
5. Leather Overalls- faux leather of course.
6. Crosley Record Player- It’s just about time I get one for my bedroom for those rainy days I just want to listen to The XX.
Now let’s hope Santa has caught up with our new need of publicizing everything on the internet and reads my wish list.
mermaid hugs xx

6 Holiday Wants by mermaidwishing featuring a bell jar

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Holiday Garland

Is it just me, or did this year literally fly by? I could’ve sworn it was only the beginning of summer and I was out picking daisies not pine cones. Regardless of how ridiculously fast this year decided to dance it’s life away, I think it’s time we welcome the holidays with some holiday cheer. Yes, I just made a pun because of all the mini pom-poms that I’ll be showing you how to make.
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This is the current view of my living room, which I’m quite smitten by, and it can soon be your view too. It took me only a few hours and dollars. If you don’t want to go out spending a ridiculous amount of money on decorations, this can be a better solution.
You will need: 
  • Yarn- I chose the very obvious holiday colors, but the choice is yours. 
  • Metallic spray paint- I used Valspar and it can be found at Lowe’s.
  • Glitter spray paint- Also Valspar.
  • Pine cones- You can buy the scented ones or just go outside and round some up into a basket.
  • Thin twine- I chose a dark brown color but you can choose whichever you’d like.

Before beginning the pom-pom process, you should start spray painting the pine cones in a well ventilated area since this will take a while to fully dry and you’ll need to be flipping them over. Lay down old newspaper or any kind of paper to protect the area you decide to spray paint them on.

Pom Poms
  • Grab a squared or rectangular object to wrap the yarn around. The size of the squared object really just depends on how big you want your pom-poms. I first used a sticky-notes booklet and for the smaller pom-poms, I used my cellphone (don’t ask) to wrap around.
  • Leaving a piece available for you at the top, this is so you can hold it while you wrap the yarn around, wrap the yarn on all of the square. It doesn’t have to be perfect and you can layer the wrapped up yarn on top of each other, I promise. 
  • The thicker the amount of yarn wrapped, the fluffier your pom-pom will get. The choice of how fluffy you’d like it is up to you, just make sure you get it pretty thick or else it’ll be a super sad wobbly pom-pom.
  • Use your fingers to slide it off from both sides, but DO NOT LET GO. Seriously, don’t.
  • Cut off a piece of yarn that is maybe about 10-12 inches long. Place the wrapped up bunch that you just slid off of the square, in the middle of the yarn you just cut out for yourself.
  • Using the long yarn you just cut off and making sure it’s centered, tightly tie a knot around the bunch of wrapped yarn.
  • Cut off the sides (NOT WHAT YOU JUST USED TO TIE A KNOT) that have been there since the beginning of the wrapping, to the length of the new round yarn ball. What you just tied will be used as the strings you’ll use to tie around the thin twine.
  • If you turn the new round yarn ball to the sides, that you just made, you’ll see a bunch of hoops that you will need to stick your scissors through and cut them apart.
  • Do that, all of that, with different colors and square sizes till you get as many as you think you’ll need.

Garland
  • Once the pine cones are fully dry, measure (with the twine) what you want to place this garland over.
  • Tie on the pom-poms evenly throughout all of the length you’ll need by using the strings that were left out for you. If you tie them into little bows, you’ll be able to easily untie them and use them for another project in the future.
  • The pine cones are a little more difficult to deal with. What I did was, I cut off pieces of twine and spun them around the tops of the cones (between the gaps) and left two long parts on either sides to tie them onto the long twine as bows, just like the pom-poms. You can cut off any excess twine if needed.
That’s it, now enjoy your garland and have awesome holidays with family and loved ones! If you need any additional help, please feel free to e-mail me. I love hearing feedback!
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mermaid hugs xx
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8 Tune Faves

8 Tune Faves

Let’s be honest, well all love the music that gets played on the radio for the first couple of days, but then  it will be replayed so much that there will come a time where you can’t decide what you want to drive into to make it stop! 
I love music and it’s really a huge part of who I am and where I get inspiration from. So, here is some of the music that I’ve been currently playing on repeat. I’ll list my personal favorite out of each album.

1. HAIM – The Wire. This song is so catchy and will take you on a free ride to Los Angeles.

2. Lorde- Ribs. Seriously her whole album is killer! Just check Pure Heroin out.

3. The Weeknd – Adaptation. Abel gets personal making this song crazy good. 

4. Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt. Perfected heavy bass and sincere words.
5. Purity Ring – Fineshrine. Just trust me on this one.
6. The XX – Try. If you know me you know that The XX is my favorite band in the whole world and how hard choosing one song was for me, so just give them a listen.
You won’t be disappointed, unless you just really don’t enjoy good music and would much rather listen to a garbage truck backing up.
7. The Arctic Monkeys – Fireside. All I have to say is, they know how to make a comeback!
8. City and Colour – The Way It Used To Be. Dallas Green really outdid him self here.

I hope this widens your music taste a little and you enjoy it a lot!
mermaid hugs xx

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5 Fall Wants

5 fall wants

1- Butter’s; Come to Bed Red and Union Jack Black. 
2- diptyque Eucalyptus candle.
3- Jeffrey Campbell everly buckle leather ankle boots in black.
4. H&M denim jacket w/ faux leather sleeves and twill jacket.
Just so you know, it’s now possible to shop online at H&M in the US! It’s about time!
5- Marc Jacobs lipgloss.
I’m so excited that Marc Jacobs just came out with a beauty line! (A little over excited actually, I’ve been counting down)


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Street Style: Washington D.C.

This past weekend I was being a full on tourist in D.C. with my family! The weather was crazy hot, rainy, and sunny all at the same time, but it was still as fun and entertaining as I expected it to be. Since I’ve been there about a handful of times, and Abe Lincoln is not going to change pose for my collection of 50 other photographs of him, I decided to shine the spotlight on other tourists, just like me!
Check out these awesome dressed people.
1) Beatrice was from Mexico and touring D.C. for the first time with her lovely boyfriend in what is the latest trend of a long black maxi skirt sheering a mini skirt. By the way, Beatrice was basically the sweetest person I’ve ever met.
2) Greg was from Massachusetts, (but currently living in Denver) touring on a bike with a friend. Can we just give him a round of applause for looking comfortable and stylish at the same time? Guys, you don’t have to be a slouch to be comfortable! (Greg, you were totally AWESOME and yes, you are now officially famous.)
3) Roxanne was from fairfax and she was also probably one of the cutest best dressed ladies that day. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of ombre pieces. Also, HOW AWESOME is her name?! (not just because it’s pretty similar to mine or anything…)
4) Myself, just trying to be comfortable yet trendy in moody weather with crazy hair.

OH and yes, I gave in and photographed Mr. Lincoln again. Just in case he moved around from last time I saw him.
mermaid hugs xx

 

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