Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mermaid-Inspired Gift Ideas for The Inner Mermaid

We pole dancers have this inclination to lovely mythical creatures - unicorns, mermaids, fairies. We don't know why but we just do. Must be the mix of gorgeousness, gracefulness, and glitter. Actually, mermaid fascination doesn't just stop in pole world. There are so many mermaid-themed shots out there.

"Mermaid" by Aly Reyes
(yep, that girl in the photo is me. This was shot during Manny Librodo's Eminent Light Workshop last 2010 in Cavite)
Just as we know that it's Christmas season already (mall hours are already extended to Holiday hours, I just found out), we're into that shopping mode for gifts and all. and for that friend or loved one of yours who longs for the sea or secretly wishes for fins sometimes, here are several gift ideas her heart would love.

1. Mermaid leggings

Wearing green mermaid print leggings while going as Ariel in Halloween last year.
Leggins from Kosha Yoga, Php 880
While mermaid fins are impractical for like going to the mall or attending yoga class, give her a pair of shiny and comfy mermaid-print leggings. These comfortable and shiny leggings can be your fins on land or on the yoga mat.

2. Mermaid Sports Bra

Valleau Apparel Mermaid Sports Bra, Php 2,400
Available at Jade Activewear
If she may already have the leggings in her closet, a sports bra to match wouldn't hurt. This Valleau Apparel Mermaid Sports Bra comes in this gorgeous Cobalt color that mimics the color of the ocean and it's got great support too. Not into sports? It looks great under loose tanks or a low-back top.

3. Happy Skin x Disney Ariel Liquid Matte Lipstick

 Happy Skin X Disney Princess Liquid Matte Lipstick in Ariel solo (left) and with Cinderella (right)

Who's the mermaid's favorite Disney princess? It's definitely Ariel (she's also my favorite Disney princess). Go #lovelocal and check out Happy Skin's latest collaboration with Disney as they feature eight Disney princesses in their holiday collection. Our Little Mermaid's color is a bright pinkish red, inspired probably by her fiery red hair and feisty rebel personality. The color stays on after yoga class, a whole rib platter, a cup of toffee nut latte, and maybe even if I swam, it's meant to last in water.  Purchase the Ariel liquid matte lipstick (Php 699) individually or buy the set which includes Cinderella (Php 1299).

4.  Sea Salt Spray

Let your mermaid friend have her tousled, sexy, beach waves all year round with this all-natural and local hair care product that smells really awesome as it gives hair natural waves without any effort.

5. Ariel Socks

whenever I wear socks, that little boy Sebastian is all over socks
Since it's a tad colder than our usual weather, it's time to wear boots! Have something quirky under the sleek black boots or wear this with your sneakers the next time you go train. They're perfect stocking stuffers and last-minute gifts.

6. Aquamarine Nail Polish

Choose a pretty, metallic or holographic color that remind you of mermaid scales and fins. Here shown is Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Make Waves (Php 315), a gorgeous aquamarine color that's super easy to apply. Up the shine with topcoat too, or even glitter.

7. Mermaid-inspired pigments

Bright cobalt blue, aquamarine, green, purple, or a subtle lilac. these jars of makeup pigments can create lovely eye looks or can be mixed with liquid lipsticks or clear lipglosses to create that mermaid-inspired lip color without buying another shade. I have here this shiny, green color from Overdosed Cosmetics called Nausea (Php350). Don't let the name turn you off because it's a pretty statement green to give smoky eyes dimension or create an ethereal EOTD.

8. Mermaid Tail Blanket

I've seen these online and I was so glad I was able to find one in this weekend's Trendsetter's Bazaar for Php 800. It's warm and comfy for the chilly December-January to February weather. You can slip your feet to the fins and they're warm thick socks. Take them also with you to the movies (one customer actually does this).  You can also buy a kiddie version for Php 500.

Image Directory

Aly Reyes

Beach Born

Jade Activewear

Store Directory

Beach Born

Happy Skin
Glorietta 3, Ayala Grand Mall; Greenbelt 5, 2/F; Powerplant Mall 2/F; Robinson's Magnoila 2/F; SM Megamall 2/F Mega Fashion Hall; Eastwood Mall, 1/F; UP Town Center, 1/F; Trinoma, 1/F; available at Rustan's Beauty Source, Beauty Bar, and Plains and Prints;;;

Jade Activewear
Available at Polecats Manila Studio 22/F Strata 100 Bldg., F. Ortigas Jr., Ortigas Center, Pasig City;;

Kosha Yoga;

Overdosed Cosmetics
Available at Katch Beauty Supplies 50th Avenue East Wing Robinson's Galleria; "Toasted" 1st Level, Sta. Lucia Mall, Cainta;;

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