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Salty Breeze, Sandy Knees


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Overalls: Topshop (similar) | Bikini: Bikini Lab Top & Bottom (℅) | Sunglasses: Free People | Headband: Sweaty Bands | Necklace: Michael Kors (similar) | Lips: MAC “Candy Yum Yum” + Liner: MAC “Hip ‘n’ Happy” | Nails: China Glaze “Sun of a Peach” + China Glaze “Grass is Lime Greener

One of the highlights of my vacation to Hawaii was hiking the scenic Maunawili Falls in Hawaii. Traipsing through a lush, tropical jungle surrounded by enormous trees with roots jutting up through the earth and vines riddled up their trunks was completely new territory for a girl born and raised in the desert like me. I’ve never seen so much green in my life, and the rich, deep shade of green Hawaii boasts makes Arizona’s pale in comparison.

The cherry on top was being greeted by a picturesque waterfall and swimming hole at the end of our hike! My husband cliff jumped from the top of the waterfall, and I watched happily from the sidelines. (Long story but I refuse to cliff jump anymore due to an accident I had in the past.) I also wore this bikini to one of our favorite beaches, probably because it was the most secluded. We body surfed (RIP sunglasses! 🙁 ) until we spotted some Man O’ War’s floating around us and then took a little cat nap on the sand. Best. Day. Ever!



Boho in Oahu

IMG_6862 IMG_6882 IMG_6873 IMG_6864 IMG_6887 IMG_6879 IMG_6857 IMG_6853 IMG_6854 Blouse: Chloe Oliver (℅) | Shorts: J Brand (similar) | Sunnies: Free People | Bag: From a Swap Meet in Hawaii | Sandals: Sam Edelman | Necklace: Michael Kors (similar) | Lippie: MAC “Cream Cup” + Liner: MAC “Boldly Bare” + Lipgloss: NARS “Turkish Delight” | Nails: China Glaze “Sun of a Peach” + China Glaze “Grass is Lime Greener

This is the second installment of my Chloe Oliver collaboration! I’m all about the 70’s vibes, give me all the crochet, fringe, tassels, suede, velvet and I’m one happy girl! I went with the easy-breezy vibe and paired it with my favorite cut-off shorts from the one and only, J Brand, and the best gladiator sandals I’ve ever owned. Also, these sunnies from Free People are most definitely going to be on repeat all summer. They were only $20, but look much more expensive, a quality I can’t get enough of! I’m really into lime green right now, which is why I picked this color for my nails. I never thought I could pull off yellow or green on my nails because I have fair skin, but since I was going to Hawaii, I decided to venture out from my vacation go-to’s of hot pink and turquoise, and opted for this bright, neon green! Which is why I picked out this bag out of all the other patterns at the swap meet in Hawaii, because it had a lime green fabric woven in! Also, I have a major crush on orange and the two paired together look like tropical heaven. I got this color on my nails a couple years ago and found it in the gel form so it was a sign. I go back and forth with gel nails. I get them about once a year and love them for two weeks and then hate what they do to my nails after! But in my opinion, they are so worth the damage they cause later.

P.S. All of our blog followers get 25% off their order at Chloe Oliver with the code “CO*Desertmermaids” until the end of May so hurry and before the month ends! I’m currently crushing on this blouse and these shorts!




Turquoise Accents

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IMG_6382 IMG_6392 Top: Treasure&Bond (similar) | Tank: Vince | Pumps: SJP (similar) | Tote: Street Level (similar) | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Watch: Michael Kors (on SALE!) | Bracelets: Michael Kors (similar), Emily Maynard | Necklaces: Kris Nations, Stella & Dot | Ring: Towne & Reese | Lippie: MAC “Brave” + Liner: MAC “Whirl” | Nails: OPI “Emotions

Turquoise is one of those colors every girl needs in her wardrobe. I don’t know if it’s the native Arizonan in me, but that color instantly makes happy! I love this flannel from Treasure&Bond. It’s lightweight, which makes it wearable in the summer, and can be layered and styled so many ways! I’ve already worn it around my waist, over tanks, and on its own. I picked up this one from their line as well, and it’s currently 40% off! These pumps are no joke one of the most comfortable pairs I’ve ever worn. I’ve got to hand it to Sarah Jessica Parker, she has come a long way since her “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” days. Sure, there were a few bumps in the road of her acting career, I’m looking at you, “Failure to Launch” and “I Don’t Know How She Does It.” But really, if you’re not thinking about her eclectic wardrobe and infamous Manolo’s on Sex and the City, you’re doing it wrong. And her line, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, does it right.

Well, I better get packing! I’m off to Hawaii for a full week of soaking up the sun on a tropical island of paradise to celebrate my graduation. My inner mermaid is basically jumping out of her fin. 😉



Mermaid Sequins

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I was lucky enough to get to style a few pieces from the LA based company, Chloe Oliver. The brand toes the line effortlessly between timeless, vintage classics while pushing the envelope with trendy, unique pieces. From their website: “Chloe Oliver as a brand seeks to provide women with go-to statement pieces that are as wearable as they are irreplaceable.” I couldn’t agree more, because that’s exactly how I felt when I spotted the sequined Nadia Track Skirt. Well, after I thought it looked exactly like a mermaid tail, if it were a mini skirt. I wanted this skirt to take center stage, so I paired it with a creamy silk button down and nude pumps.

Get excited because through the month of May, our lovely readers can use the code “CO*Desertmermaids” to get 25% off their order! Krystal also received a couple pieces to style from their line, so stay tuned for the next feature with Chloe Oliver!



Preppy Grunge

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I saw this sweater at Nordstrom and couldn’t whip out my card fast enough. I already have a few other pieces from the Wildfox x Barbie line seen here and here, but couldn’t resist the darker, edgier feel that emulated from this sweater. I always say my husband is the “Ken to my Barbie” so I thought it was perfect! I may have caved and purchased the hot-pink color as well. I can’t contain myself when it comes to Barbie! It’s really weird, but every time I see anything with the doll’s memorabilia, a squeal from a 5-year-old girl starts ringing in my ears, and then I realize it’s me. That shrill scream is coming from my 24-year-old self. I’m screaming. Out loud. I don’t know if it is the consumerism-style fashion that I have become accustomed to, or if it is just a childhood-fantasy never to depart from my ever-aging body. Probably the latter, since the Barbie aisle at Target is still my favorite. But I promise the infatuation isn’t as intense this girl‘s… How is that even humanly possible?

On another note, I’m graduating today! Typing those words is a bit surreal, because it never seemed this day would come! Yet here I am, and I have to say it’s bittersweet. On on hand, I’m ecstatic that this chapter of my life has come to a close. Yet on the other, although I can’t fathom those emotions right now, there’s a nagging feeling that I’m going to look back on this time with longing. As of right now, it’s 99.9% pure bliss. I’ll keep you posted for when that other 0.1% of wistfulness draws near. I wouldn’t bet on it anytime soon though! To celebrate, my husband, our favorite couple, and I will be heading to Hawaii for one whole week of euphoria. I’ve never been, but I already know I’m going to be in “kalani,” as the ocean is my serenity. Have you ever been to Hawaii? What are some things I “must do” while there?