I found My Mer-castle And It’s In Thailand!

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Happy Mermaid Monday!

While I’m still sort of loopy from East Asian jet lag and suffering some serious beach withdrawal from the Andaman seaside, I wanted to make sure you merbbz knew all about the mer-magical Siam Mermaid Castle in Bangkok that I visited the other week!

I almost missed even seeing this place! I luckily found out about it through one of my Thai merbbz on Instagram ( thank you so so much @nanadezelo) and talk about serendipity because I was flying to Bangkok the very next day and this was right in the vicinity of my hotel.

After getting distracted by the endless sea of unique fashion boutiques and beauty stores,  I came face to face with the glorious 4 story Siam Mermaid Castle. Yes, you read that right, 4 floors! Each filled with new products and prop setups to enchant the senses.

(For those merbbz who prefer video, I have a walk through available on my YouTube channel here)

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Even from the outside, the flashy accessories and adorable decor with the cartoon siren lured me right in and I was hooked.

The first floor had an array of colorful jewelry, makeup brushes, costumes and customized denim, tops or just full out fun street wear. The way they lay this out is that each floor floats you up to the true, ultimate mermaid form.

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The walls are painted in a neon fuschia and indigo shade with mermaid scales decals, and it’s the cutest. I wish my bedroom was this color!

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True Love = this sheer dress with a painted on mermaid costume!

 

And obviously, a mermaid store wouldn’t be complete without an array of swimmable mermaid tails, which were only in Neoprene but quite soft and affordable.

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Then it was time to venture on to the second floor… Even more makeup, costumes, and blankets up there.

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Wouldn’t you want to do get dolled up here?
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Mermaid brush set $23 CAD

 

And okay how cute is this sign and set up enticing you for a mermaid snack on the next floor up?

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The menu was on the pricier side, for Thailand, deets in the next pics below.

As I was working my way up to the 3d floor, which was the cafe part of the shop, I started feeling a bit hungry!

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Oh hello, Ariel!

After looking through some options, I decided on the mermaid cupcake, which I had seen countless times on their Insta + a mermaid blue lagoon pop! The frappes looked like they had way too much dairy in them though they looked gorg.

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And then it was finally time for the infamous tail cupcake

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Oh so mer-magical!

 

Paired with a refreshing fizzy blue pop! It was the perfect combo after a hot afternoon in Siam Square.

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Roughly around 300 Baht = $13 CAD ish

 

After snacking time was over- it was time to explore the cafe’s floor, which had photo-booth areas for shell-fies. There were even more mini photo props on the final 4th floor, and a nice relaxation vibe for day dreaming merbbz.

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Feeling cozy!

 

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There were so many things I wanted to buy (obviously) but I ended up choosing a shell mirror and a few tail earrings! Though I hope that they sell those plushies online because I totally would have bought more if I had more luggage space.

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After a long day of exploring and shopping, I decided to call it a day. The mermaid castle overall is just a magical place that any merbb should check out if they ever find themselves in Bangkok! I would have spent my entire weekend there easily if I wasn’t on such a tight schedule ( I had spent around 3 hours in there already!).

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The cafe pricing is on the higher side for Thailand, but if you’re from out of town it’s still totally affordable, there were also a few lunch items that were kind of junky. The products are also on the pricier side but they are just too adorable to resist, don’t you think?

Would you visit the Siam Mermaid Castle in Thailand? Swim by the comments and let me know ❤

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2017, A Mer-Year In Review

2017 was an exciting year for me merbbz, though I am looking forward to taking a deeper dive + more chances in 2018!

There were some pretty memorable fin-tastic moments and new friendships that came to fruition but with those also came some challenges and difficulties that pushed me to the edge. I am thankful for both, because with hardships there are also learnings.

VICE Documentary (on my mer-life!)

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When VICE initially reached out to me and told me they were interested in featuring my life in a new doc about secret lives, I was beyond ecstatic. Here was a chance to share my story with the world on how I came to become the oceanholic I am today, and I took it. The shoot happened in the summer over the course of a couple of days and was released out in the fall.

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The crew = awesome! We had some great moments + laughs and I introduced them to some vegan hot spots on our breaks.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, have a peek here!

 

Miami Shootin’

Well I knew that when I landed in Miami and took one look at those lush palm trees and dreamy sand planes on South Beach I had to reach out to a photographer for some magical captures. I was so grateful that I collaborated with talented designers like swimsuit designer Margarita Mermaid, Isabelle Batz and photographer Erika Nelly for such a dreamy project. I still to this day treasure these images, as one of my faves ever.

 

 

Live Shows

My first show in 2017 happened the day I left my job. It was a challenge picking up the pieces to put on a brave face and open up for a big artist like Lil’ Debbie, but in retrospect, I am so happy that I was able to pull through and make it happen. There was a wonderful turn out and best of all I got to meet Lil’ Debbie herself backstage for some giggles and mer-bonding (she had blue hair too!). In 2018- my goal is to have more shows, because on stage is truly where I feel like myself.

 

Mermaid Tights Review

When I first laid my eyes on the Tinker cast scale tights- I nearly lost my shell! I just knew that I had to get a pair for myself and review them for all my fishy friends and the finfolk community. I was blown away by the love I got on those images, on my blog posts and on my YouTube review. They truly are ingenious and unique arts of work that anyone can wear to add a bit of magic to their daily life.

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In 2018- I’d like to learn to be more grateful of what I  have.. My health, friendships and what I’ve achieved so far. We often spend time comparing ourselves to others and measure our successes this way, but this needs to change ( I am so guilty of doing this!) . We need to live in the moment and look around, even give ourselves a pat on the back for becoming the person we are today, no matter where we’re at.

So here’s a toast to 2018 merbbz, it’s going to be a great year!

 

Mermaid Monday: Say Shello To Your New Beach Bff

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It’s been a while since my last post- but I’m back to review one of my absolute fave new backpacks from Isabelle Batz that’s shaped like a fin!

At first glance, the material is shimmery, deep and metallic, to mimic the look and feel of scales under water. But when you graze over the top of the fabric, the sequins flip to reveal a different shade – color changing goodness! I’ve seen this before on viral videos with mermaid pillowcases, but never on a bag, so naturally, I was instantly hooked (no pun intended here).

 

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The shades reflect the depths of the ocean’s many layers, starting with the shallow turquoise sinking into a deep sapphire blue and eventually fading into black.

The bag itself is pretty spacious as well, there is an inside pocket to fit your guarded treasures like lipgloss, your iPhone or wallet.

This accessory is super lightweight even when it fills up to the top, the strings keep it balanced and fully supported. The inside and backing look and feel like neoprene, a design touch to keep it water resistant.

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For all you merbbz seeking the perfect new accessory to transform your festival or beach styling this bag will be your new bff. You can shop it here, from NYC designer Isabelle Batz.

BRB finding treasures to collect and stash.

 

Dudeoir x Mermaids

If you’ve never heard of Joshua Varozza listen up merbaes, because this guy definitely caught my attention like a fish out of water!

You may remember him from his previous epic photo-shoot collection that went viral, it had an America theme. But now he dove a bit deeper and decided to come out with this little number.

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I can’t decide if it’s funny or cute, but one thing’s for sure – Merman Power!

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Would personally love to see more photo-shoots like this even if they are meant for humour, what about you my fishy friends?

 

 

Arctic Mermaid Hair Transformation!

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll probably know that I’ve had a variety of blue-green shades for over 8 years now.

It’s been my “go-to” hairstyle for as long as I can remember. My most recent shade being a pastel mint, which was diluted from a deep emerald green.

it’s been a long magical journey… But last week I decided to metamorphose into an icy mermaid!

Here’s a special look into my day at Good Day Hair Shop

So first of all the salon is SUPER cute, they are located in the heart of downtown Toronto tucked away in Kensington market. They make their own hair products (that are heavenly) and know exactly what’s on with trends and colours.

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Little did I know there are SO many different shades of grey/white and tints, so I decided to let my colourist, Christopher help me choose the right shade.

We started by lifting the entire mint colour from my hair with a lower volume of bleach so as not to damage my poor hair.

Then once my hair was super blonde, we added in some toner + bleach bath to ensure all the colour was out. We then re-added some custom coloured mint to give the subtle halo look. The whole process took about 4 hours.

Christopher was very careful when shampooing my hair and adding the toner, making sure that my hair wouldn’t fry off. We used the Good day hair shop silver fox shampoo and it made my hair feel super soft with the lingering sweet smell of vanilla candy.

The end result: A super cool toned silver with a mint halo

 

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 Styled + extensions added:
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I used Good Hair Day Shop‘s exclusive Mermaid Sea Salt Spray to finalize the beachy- wavy look and give my tresses that much needed mer-curl.

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You can buy their spray in store and it smells absolutely fintastic! It also doubles up as a hair spray. Perfect for those summer festival looks !

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For silver hair maintenance, they also carry a purple shampoo + conditioner combo.

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I would highly recommend the products + the salon and my magical hair colourist Christopher for anyone looking to change up their hair, they do an excellent job and made this mermaid super happy!

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Dismaland: Your New Favorite Nightmare

I came across Dismaland today, created by talented and unique graffiti artist Banksy, and it was glorious.

A way to perfectly describe this magical place is a beautiful nightmare. An apocalyptic fantasy world where morbid reality shadows and looms over our favourite characters from our childhood storybooks and classic movies.

Though some parts may be creepy and even borderline horrifying, it offers a humorous satirical punk rock commentary on our beloved childhood memories and characters. Banksy made sure to handpick his fave artists to collaborate on the adult amusement park, with works showcased from Damien Herst and Jenny Holzer.

Obviously the first image that caught my eye was the one of Ariel, our cherished little mermaid.

Image by Christopher Jobson for Colossal
Image by Christopher Jobson for Colossal

Now for something more disturbing than a rippled glitch of a mermaid, a carousel butcher, hangin’ out. What’s up with those lasagna boxes? Wooden horse lasagna I suppose.

Photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal
Photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossa
Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Nothing is more frightening than the idea of death, but somehow seeing this Grim Reaper riding along with that dopey grin gets me going.

And who can forget the epitome of princess femininity, Cinderella, who seems to have had one too many drinks at the ball before rushing home to meet her midnight deadline.

Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian
Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

What are your thoughts on Banky’s Dismaland? I for one would definitely love the opportunity to prance around the park, maybe while blasting The Cure on my Iphone.

Ariel Theory: Mind Blown!

Well this is probably the most mind blowing theory in regards to Disney’s Little Mermaid! Someone special on Tumblr came up with this earth shattering conclusion…

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Whoa!

What are your thoughts on this theory?

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Mer-styled

So we all know that shedding that beautiful tail and fins can be quite a shock to us and to the urban world. So why not pick some styles that will compliment your inner persona, while discovering your whole new world 😉

Fintastic tights!
Fintastic tights!
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Ombre merskirt
She's got that merglow
She’s got that merglow
Eat my shark!
Eat my shark!
Jumpsuit mer
Jumpsuit mer
Leggy mer
Leggy mer
Pastel mer
Pastel mer
Lolita mer
Lolita mer
Glamazon mer
Glamazon mer
..I just had to share this last one!
..I just had to share this last one!
See you on Mermaid Monday XO
See you on Mermaid Monday XO

Mer Mondays

Treasures I found this week for mer mondays ❤

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This adorable bralette
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Mermeow
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Tie dye mer
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These cute seashell studs
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These gorg pasties
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This lamp that makes your home seem underwater
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these yummy lollies
this starfish garter
This starfish garter
This avant garde crown
This avant garde crown
these stylish tops
These stylish tops
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This new MAC matte lipstick
Infinity rings
Infinity rings

Don’t Take Our Tails Away!

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Edmonton mermaids are in extinction! Thanks to this silly new law.

Apparently they are deemed to be “hazardous” in public pools or for the individual swimming in the tails..

Which makes me go..

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But in all honesty, someone who has NO experience swimming in a tail should take baby steps when diving into the deep end or into dangerous waters.

( it’s common sense!) duhhh

The same applies to pretty much any task, or activity or hobby.

When you’re beginning to learn snowboarding or skating you don’t just go to the highest mountain without prior training or knowledge on how to handle that said mountain or obstacle.

When you’re new at guitar, you don’t just book shows right away, you wait until you find yourself at a comfortable level, enough to get in front of hundreds of strangers and perform.lauren-conrad-yikes

Maybe the problem then, is related to the mermaid tail makers, who have gained quite a spike in popularity thanks to popular TV shows like H20 or Youtube mermaids ( cause really mermaid tails have been around for much longer, think of the performers you’ve seen at big casinos or high end bars.) But how on earth would you moderate who gets a tail and who doesn’t?

Luckily Marielle Chartier Henault, founder of AquaMermaid Academy in Montreal, has a positive view on this matter; “It makes people happy. You can’t be mad or sad when you see a mermaid.” The schools plan to spread across Canada this very year starting with Toronto and following with Ottawa.

What are your thoughts on this new ban merbaes?

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