2015 | Mermaid Stilettos

Carry On...

Last minute packing before heading to Morocco! Can't wait! 

Follow my adventures on Instagram >> @Mermaidstilettos
Some things I'll be doing:
First stop- Rabat
Camping in the Sahara & riding camels
Visiting Marrakech
Staying on the ocean

styling assistance by Katelyn Sampl

Palm Beach Adventure

Last week my friend Donna came to Palm beach to visit and explore. I had visited her in Miami for a day in November and it was my turn to show her around here. We walked a lot, snapped some fun pictures, and ate pretty things!
Her photography is amazing and I am so lucky to have a cool friend like her- check out her new blog- The Suny Traveler 
I am thankful for you Donna and for capturing my beautiful home of Palm Beach! 


Friends! Can we just pause and take a second to be thankful!
 I stumbled on this quote last week that really slapped me in the face- 
"When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive- to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love ." Marcus Aurelius
As 2015 comes to an end, take time to be thankful, to appreciate what you have been given, the memories you've made, the friendships you've formed, the places you've gone or even just the fact that you were able to go to college this year, work a job, or own a car!!!

In this life, it is easy to assume we deserve many things. When in reality, what we are given is a gift and it is a privalege to have what we have, as little or big as it may be. 

Leave your mistakes, your regrets, or your sadness behind. Twenty-sixteen is a fresh start. I hope you are inspired to start each day with a grateful heart. Think of what a priviliage it is that you_____(fill in the blank)!

Merry Christmas & Happy new year - from (en route to) Morocco!


I scored this awesome lightweight blouse and beautiful fringe suede bag (I've been wearing every day) 10% off using my UNiDAYS membership. If you're a college student, sign up to be a UNiDAYS member and you'll receive exclusive discounts on major brands like Urban Outfitters, Tobi, or ASOS

Classic White

It took me a while to find a favorite pair of "over the knee" boots but, let me tell you, these beautiful black suede ones did not disappoint!
check these out:

I styled them with a great pair of leggings and a classic white button-down shirt. I added a sweater to the look to cover my back side in case my shirt wasn't long enough ;), and to act as a layering piece if I got cold at the event I was headed to (I ALWAYS get cold so I always have to be prepared).
Oh, p.s. I get all my sunnies now from Shop Ditto. Sign up with the code MERMAIDSTILETTOS to try a month for free! It's like Netflix for your face. Rent designer sunglasses anywhere, anytime, on rotation!


Gifts under $100

With Christmas right around the corner, I'm searching all over to find the best gifts without spending too much money! I've put together a gift guide where everything is under $100. (Just click on the images below)

Here's a little breakdown of what I'm sharing with you:

1. A comfy robe! I wear mine every morning and my friends are always commenting on how they need one.
2. A makeup product to switch up her routine! Or, get her that one product she is ALWAYS borrowing from you!
3. Any friends traveling? Send them off with some stylish travel accessories.
4. Holiday party to go to? This ornament and bottle opener are beautiful gifts to bring as a hostess gift!
5. I've got a secret to share that's helping me save this holiday season... UNiDAYSIf you're a college student, sign up to receive exclusive discounts on major brands. Save on those Urban Outfitter headphones bellow, or the stylish Herringbone Vest, by becoming a UNiDAYS member! (And check out my Instagram account @mermaidstilettos to be entered to WIN a $100 gift card to Urban Outfitters)
Remember... it's the thought that counts. You may not have the bank account to fund the "best" gift-giving season this year, but the glitter and size doesn't matter! Focus on making your gifts thoughtful and meaningful. It will go a long way!
It's the most wonderful time of the year
(...especially in florida...where I've been in the ocean the past 5 days)

styling assistance by Katelyn Sampl

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All in the details

I think it’s safe to say I’m a detail-oriented person.
I enjoy knowing the details; details of the dinner date, details for the class, details about an outfit, details on a friend's love life!

However, I find myself easily consumed by the details of my own life. Thinking what will happen, worrying what could happen, or planning my every day minute by minute. Having the details figured out gives me a sense of control and security.

Maybe you’re like me, maybe you’re not. But from what I've learned (take it or leave it) if you take time to over analyze the details you may miss the whole picture.

It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I had to give up control over the details of my life.
 Losing someone, getting laid off from a job, failing a test, or natural disasters are all details I (and I’m sure you) wish to control.
But I can’t.
But I know someone who can.

The creator of the universe knows every detail about your life and mine. Through my trials, I have been challenged to hand the control to Him because he knows my future. Even though you may think having all the answers or figuring out a plan will make things better, I can assure you that Jesus has a better plan. 
Far better than you can see right now. Far better than worrying will get you.
It may seem crazy, and it will take time, but knowing someone greater is there for you (ALWAYS) will help you through the pain and trials.

I encourage you to hand over the details, see the bigger picture and know God is in control.

“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.” - Elisabeth Elliott


Oh...and I really love the details on this dress :)


My day in Miami

Started the day with a cup of fresh squeezed OJ & avocado toast from Zak the Baker 
... it was so good. 

Loving all the street art. Be careful where you step...
Pretty excited about my new membership with Shop Ditto. After signing up with their #endlesseyewear program, I never have to worry about running out (or not having the "newest") sunglasses again! Try their Endless Eyewear subscription for FREE when you use the promo code:
You will love all the designer sunglasses they have! It's like Netflix for your face.
Hung out in the Design District 

This massive mural jungle was calling my name :)
Roxy Moure doin' her thing // through the lens of Donna Irene

Then we stumbled upon the new Laduree pop-up location and it was absolutely beautiful! Tucked back in a quiet Parisian courtyard, we enjoyed some tasty macaroons (My favorite was the pistachio flavor). But only, of course, after having taken several photos...especially in front of this beautiful LIVE wall - (no mural this time).

Our next stop- the Delano Hotel in South Beach. Donna had been wanting to check out their beautiful pool for some time now so we stopped by for a drink... and a nice view. 

Lastly, we went to The Standard to snoop around the *famous* spa and watch the sunset before dinner. 


Ever have an urge to get away?? Like, NOW!
I get that feeling a lot. I start googling flights, researching random places, staring at maps, and even checking Groupon for random trip deals. 

With a week off school, I headed to Palm beach (where my parents live) to spend the holiday with them! As much as I love Palm Beach and can never seem to get enough, I wanted to explore. I needed to eat different food, walk unfamiliar streets, and treat myself to a day away.
I brainstormed...
 The Bahamas are close, but I'd have to fly.
The keys aren't too far either, but the weather has been pretty windy!
So... I concluded, "Miami!"
It's only about an hour and makes a perfect destination for the day. My super cool(-er than me) friend Donna hosted me for the day and snapped some cool photos while we were out and about. 
Without much of a "set plan," our day was packed eating, walking, hotel sightseeing and, of course, some pictures. (her photography is amazing). We also met Roxy, who brought her camera along too! 

If you're ever having that urge to get away, but can't afford it at the moment or don't have the time, challenge yourself to be creative and travel somewhere nearby. A city or town you've always wanted to go to, a restaurant that just opened, a museum you drive by often and find yourself trying to peek in... Or, reach out to a friend who's in a neighboring city and take a road trip! 

Whatever your situation may be or whatever the fuel is burning your desire to travel, I dare you. Reward yourself, drive, expand your pallet, meet new people. 
It's refreshing and rejuvenating.
I promise.

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