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Be Dazzling

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Skirt: Alice + Olivia (similar) |Blouse: Lush (similar) | Shoes: Steve Madden (love these!) | iPad sleeve/used as clutch: Kate Spade (similar) | Necklace: Kate Spade (on sale!) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelets: Nadri (on sale!), Kate Spade (similar) | Lipstick: Too Faced “Melted Fuchsia,” Liner: MAC “Shock Value

Peplums aren’t anything new. In fact, they’ve been around for a while but I’m not mad about it! Whether on your shirt or skirt this extra ruffle of fabric is your best friend. It hides problem areas and adds the illusion of curves. I couldn’t resist this skirt; it’s the perfect shade of pink!

Want to know a secret? This clutch isn’t actually a clutch. It’s an iPad case for my non-existent iPad. But whatever, I don’t even care because it’s rose gold and has the most adorable saying on it. So what if I didn’t use it for it’s intended purpose? I like the idea of versatility and rules are meant to be broken, especially those pertaining to fashion.

You may also find I tend to wear ALOT of Kate Spade. Literally her stuff rocks my socks off. She knows how to do uber girly like no one else and I can dig it. Very much. Also, do yourself a favor and purchase a TOO FACED MELTED LIPSTICK on your next Sephora run because they’re basically not basic. They’re what they’re cracked up to be: long wearing and easy to apply in hues I die for. In fact, I’m currently contemplating getting Violet and Blood Red because I just adore them so!

xx

Krystal

Pom Poms

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Coronado Island is my happy place. It’s by far the best beach I’ve ever set foot on. The sand is a soft, gold glitter and the beach is huge! Plus, you have the perfect view of Hotel Del Coronado right behind you. I stayed there with my husband two years ago and we loved it so I’m so glad I was able to come back and visit on this sibling trip!

I am so obsessed with this cute little cover up! The tropical print, silk fabric, precious ruffles, oh yes! But my favorite part is the hot pink pom-poms on the high-waist tap shorts! They’re so cute and dainty. Unfortunately, the set is sold out at Victoria’s Secret but a lot of Etsy shops seem to have similar tap shorts for sale!

You can’t really see my swimsuit in this picture, but it’s crochet, hot pink and neon orange, a.k.a. my favorite combo. I find I only pack my most colorful clothes for vacations by the beach. I guess it reflects my mood while I’m there, sunny and bright.

I have three pairs of these DV by Dolce Vita sandals. They are just sooo good! The gold hardware makes them look luxe, plus they’re comfortable!

Hope you liked my beach style!

xx

Justine

Pops of Mint

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The fairies came out to play with me in this last photo!

IMG_0490 Jumpsuit: Olive & Oak (similar)| Heels: Jeffrey Campbell (similar) | Sunnies: Wildfox (obsessed) | Necklaces: “starfish” Juicy Couture, “dream” Ariella Collection, “unicorn” Dogeard | Watch: Micheal Kors | Starfish Cuff: Windsor (similar) | Rings: Gifted | Earrings: Towne & Reese

We took these pictures in San Diego about three weeks ago and I’m just posting them now. I’ve been really busy with class this week and looking at these pictures are making me have withdrawals. Bad. I love Arizona, don’t get me wrong, but I am happiest near the ocean. The salty air, the ocean breeze, the way your skin and hair soak up the moisture. Or maybe it’s just perma-parched from the scorching desert heat… I feel such a sense of calm just knowing I am close to it. I want to move there one day, but I know I would miss Arizona and it’s familiarity.

I love jumpsuits. I love rompers. I love skorts. Does anyone else remember those? I’m pretty sure they are in the jumpsuit and romper family, and if they’re not, they should be. They should make a comeback because seriously, what’s more convenient than having shorts permanently attached to the inside of your skirt. You don’t have to stress about flashing anyone. You can open the button on the side and “SURPRISE!” there’s really shorts underneath no need to worry guys. I know you thought you were going to see my underwear but nope, shorts to the rescue! And then everyone erupts into complete and utter chaos. Yep. That’s probably why they went extinct because there was pandemonium every time someone wore them.

Uhm… anyway. I was not expecting to go off on a tangent about skorts. Sorry guys. Weird day, huh?

I know I said earlier that pink is my favorite color. But mint is constantly playing a tug of war with pink in my brain. Surprisingly, I have more of a mint colored scheme going on in my closet than pink. I guess I feel too “Barbie” when I wear a ton of pink. Or people think I’m trying to be Legally Blonde or something. I adore Barbie and Elle Woods, obviously. But it can be total overkill if I wear it too often.

PS: Make sure to enter our giveaway we posted yesterday! $85 of Too Faced Cosmetics!

xx

Justine

$85 Too Faced Cosmetics GIVEAWAY! {WINNER ANNOUNCED}

IMG_0635 IMG_0639 Products (All by Too Faced Cosmetics): Natural Flirt Make Up Bag ($10 value) / Petite Pouf Retractible Powder Brush ($15 value) / “Caribbean in a Compact” Deluxe Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer in (Satin Suntan/Rich Satin Bronze) (0.08 0z) ($30 value) / Queen Mascara (0.5 fl oz) ($30 value)

THE WINNER IS ERIKA GREENE! Please email thedesertmermaids@gmail.com your address so we can ship it to you! 🙂 Congrats!

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  • Bag- This coated-satin mini makeup bag features feminine black ruffles and oversized bows. It won’t fit all full size brushes since it’s only eight inches long, so it’s best used for travel or touching up make-up on the go.

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  • Brush- This charming little brush is a petite three inches. It works as portable tool for powders, bronzers, and blush. It has a retractable barrel that holds left over product for touch-ups. All while conveniently keeping make-up bags mess free. It’s even made from their signature “Teddy Bear Hair” that’s cruelty-free, synthetic and extremely soft.

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  • Bronzer- Too Faced Says: “Dust yourself with this perfectly tan-like bronzer. Enjoy year round bronzed perfection with the most natural and skin perfecting glow this side of the Caribbean. The silky golden warmth combined with a pink under toned bronze mimics a natural tan without any of the orangey ick! So save you skin and stop harassing your travel agent, and fake your bake like a Hollywood Starlet!”

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  • Mascara- Too Faced Says: “Our gigantic, dual-helix brush and keratin-infused, curl-setting formula work synergistically to create magnificent, multi dimensional lashes instantly! The massive, corkscrew-shaped brush boasts both long, lengthening bristles and short, volumizing fibers to grab, coat, and condition every single lash for a lavish, layered effect.”

We are big fans of Too Faced Cosmetics around here. The packaging is always adorable and luxe, while the quality is just as impressive. We have fallen in love with all of the products above, and think you will too! It’s your lucky day because we are giving away these products to one of our readers! Follow the steps below to enter! Each step counts as 1 entry. The more steps the more entires! 5 total entries per person!

1. Follow our Instagram account: @thedesertmermaids.

2. Screen shot and post our giveaway picture on Instagram and tag 3 friends!

3. “Like” our page on Facebook: The Desert Mermaids & share our giveaway post on FB!

4. Leave a comment on our FB page about which item you’re most excited about!

5. Leave a comment on this blog post saying which steps you’ve competed!

The winner will be announced next Friday! Good luck!

xx

The Desert Mermaids

Gladiators

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IMG_0559        Top: Chaser | Skirt : James Perse | Shoes: Steve Madden (want these) | Sunglasses: Wildfox “La Femme” | Upper Arm Cuff: LUXDIVINE | Earrings: Nordstrom | Lips: Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar “Black Dahlia

I know I know, gladiator sandals have been around for awhile, but I’m happy about it. I love the metallic color of these ones and the price point isn’t bad either. Gladiator sandals, tall or short, really do add that unexpected element to an outfit which I’m all about. Speaking of price points, I love a great comfy t-shirt and I could go on and on about Chaser LA t-shirts! However, I will spare you the novel and simply say: they are soft, affordable and AMAZING!

Something else that I have been obsessing over are these upper arm cuffs. I mean HELLO aren’t they adorable? I received an Etsy gift card for my birthday awhile back and couldn’t wait to go purchase myself one, or two. I think everyone should indulge in one fun piece and these arm bands are it for me! Checked that one off my list.

Hope you like my post and as Christian Louboutin would say, “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” Ain’t that the truth.

xx

Krystal