Sunday, 8 October 2017

An interview with Queen illustrator Sophie Rose Brampton

Girl Power illustration by Sophie Rose Brampton 💜✨


Dear Wandering Mermaids 💜✨

This week I was super lucky and got to interview freelance illustrator Sophie Rose Brampton. Sophie is the absolute Queen of Girl Power illustrations and she is a Queen on the rise. Sophie talked about female empowerment, fashion and her inspirations – I have certainly been left inspired after our chat.
Want to know more about this Queen?! Just read on!

💜✨ Sophie, I absolutely adore your work! What made you get into digital art?

Thank you! Well I’ve always loved painting, drawing and everything creative but it wasn’t until my last year of Uni that I discovered a graphics tablet and decided to attempt drawing on Photoshop. I’m not the most experienced at Photoshop or Illustrator but with the basic brushes it was really easy to create something with a style that I loved. From then I worked on this style constantly and that became the start of my freelance journey!
💜✨ Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’m inspired by current fashion trends, queer fashion, women’s sexuality, femininity and
feelings. I also love using quotes that express my feelings in some way, whether it’s about boys, sex or slut shaming.
💜✨ You're illustrations are Girl Power Sassy - which I luuurve ! What is Girl
Power to you?


Girl power to me is working with and supporting other women to bring out the best in all of us. The media makes out every women is against one another and is ‘competition’ but we know that us girls need to stick together. I love working with small brands that are run by women!

💜✨ I love that you draw strong, sassy, confident women. Who’s a strong
woman in your life and why do they inspire you?


My mum, both my grans, basically all my female family members and also my friendship group. Everyone inspires me in different ways, but in general it’s because they’re so supportive of my work and all so strong as women. They have never let me down and always encourage me to be the best I can be.

💜✨ Your images are always super sassy when it comes to style. How would you
describe your personal style ? Do you have any style icons?


My personal style changes quite often but in general I love sassy prints, lots of colour and statement jewellery. I’m a huge fan of big earrings coming back in fashion so I guess my style icon is Pat Butcher (lol). Other influences on my style include the Olsen twins, Kate Moss, Rita Ora and Pixie Lott. There are also a few fashion bloggers that I turn to when I need some inspo, including – ‘pieandfash’, ‘curvy_roamer’, ‘asos_anna’ and ‘paileaa’. They always get my shopping obsession back on track!
💜✨ What's the one piece of Girl Power advice you would give to young girls?

Do what you want to do. Not what your friends think is cool at the time or to impress boys or anyone else. Always do you and be who you want to be. Try not to stress if you don’t know who you are yet or what you want either. Even this time last year I never knew I would be freelance as an illustrator. I studied Fashion Communication at uni and always thought I would go into marketing or PR. But I knew deep down that wasn’t who I was and I wouldn’t be completely satisfied doing that. It wasn’t until I had a knockback when I started a fashion admin role that I got made redundant and then started freelancing in all the wonderful spare time I had! You will get set backs and you’ll probably fail a few times, but you will get what you want eventually.
💜✨ Who would your dream collaboration be with?

My dream collaboration would be with Playboy. I think the magazine since being taken over by a new creative director is taking a turn for the better and focusing on the models personalities much more, as well as of course their sexuality. It could be a really feminist magazine if it focused on marketing towards both male and female better. Also I’d love to create for more events for fashion brands, I recently worked with Quiz clothing and my illustrations were printed and given to around 20 celebrities and bloggers and it was SO amazing seeing the photos of my drawings at the actual event. Moments like that are so rewarding.
💜✨ What would your advice be for other girls trying to make it in the industry?

If you’re an aspiring artist or illustrator the way I got into it was by taking on every opportunity that came my way and posting my work on all my social accounts consistently. Social media is the only marketing tool I use – Instagram, facebook and LinkedIn and they are all free unless I decide to create a paid promotion. I also have a website that I pay around £15 monthly for on Squarespace, setting it up is pretty easy and there are templates for you to choose from to display your projects. Work on building your portfolio- you may have to take on some unpaid work but always make sure you’re getting something out of it. Experience, your work featured in a magazine, on an online platform or for an article. Email and message other brands that have a
similar vibe to your work and what you think you would find exciting to create for. Don’t do any work unless you feel it fits with your branding, or if you need the money. Remember brands offering ‘exposure’ is usually just a ploy for you to work for free.. a.k.a bullshit.. but if you’re starting out you will need that initial exposure.

💜✨ Who are your favourite Girl Power Queens on Instagram right now that you
would recommend to follow?


All the ‘Confetti Crowd’ girls, their outfits and colourful styles are SO amazing. ‘The Flower Arranger’ is someone to watch also, she’s set up a great platform for women working for themselves to meet each other and form a work group which is great as freelancing or running a business alone can be very isolating.

💜✨ And finally, if you could sum up Girl Power in three words what would those
words be?


Sassy, supportive and in control.

Queen Sophie Rose Brampton

Want to see more from this Queen ?!
Check out her website here : www.sophierosebrampton.co.uk
Follow her Instagram here : Instagram

Love Always,
Mermaid Mairead xox 💜✨

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Self Love - A Priceless Medicine

Illustration by Felicity Hayward - Founder of Self Love Brings Beauty 💜✨


Dear Wandering Mermaids 💜✨

I hope September has treated you well ! Can you believe that it’s October tomorrow? Where has this year gone?!?!

This week I took part in Self Love Week by the beautiful Mel Wells and it really got me reflecting on my learnings from the Self Love retreat I went on earlier this year in Bali (Also run by Mel).

On the retreat I learnt so much about myself and I am so grateful to Mel and the other Goddesses for the experiences I had and for the memories I’ll never forget. What an incredible and beautiful group of women 💜✨

Me and the beautiful Mel Wells in Bali

This Self Love week made me think a lot about the world we live in – and how many of us actually don’t love ourselves at all – and we are actually teaching one another not to love ourselves.

This week a colleague of mine asked me for advice on how to console his 13 year old daughter. His daughter absolutely adores cheerleading and is part of a cheerleading team at school – until recently. She was taken off her cheerleading team because she ‘isn't thin enough’

BAM, there it begins - the conditioning that you are not good enough. That you need to change to be enough, that you need to change so people will like you/ accept you. That you can’t do things/ accomplish your dreams without changing who you are.

Imagine a 13 year old girl who is just entering adolescence being told she ‘isn’t thin enough’. How unbelievably damaging is that for a young woman.

I am so grateful and proud of the women in my life that are advocates of promoting self love. And in the Wandering Mermaid community it fills me with so much joy to see so many women showering each other with love and encouraging one another to love themselves 💜✨

But what devastates me is that in everyday reality self love is not being practised - and it should be, especially in schools. Why is self love not being taught in schools?!? It is just as important as sex education.

Many of us feel like we're not good enough because we’re conditioned to feel that way in childhood - or maybe even in those years when stepping into adulthood. The devastating part is that you end up wearing that false identity that you are not good enough for the rest of your life.

Can you remember when you became your own worst enemy? When you started telling yourself you weren’t good enough? Can you remember what triggered it?

The way you feel about yourself is learned feelings – and that’s not the real you. You are good enough, in fact you are more than good enough. But have to realise it for yourself.

The journey to self-love isn’t easy and it doesn’t happen overnight – in fact it’s something you have to practise every day of your life. But it’s an incredibly important practice; the relationship you have with yourself really is the most important relationship in your life.

My Triple Goddess tattoo which represents and celebrates all that is beautiful about being a woman. It symbolises body freedom, self love, sisterhood and the importance of being unapologetically you 💜

While there are so many incredible women out there promoting self love, I feel like there is still so much work to be done and it’s down to every one of us to keep educating one another.

💜✨ Tell the little Queens and Kings in your life why they should love themselves and why they are amazing.

💜✨ If you see someone tearing some else down let them know it’s not ok. It’s not ok to make someone else feel like they are not good enough.

💜✨ Remind your loved ones of how amazing they are - and tell them why you love them

💜✨ Compliment people – strangers, friends, family, work colleagues – let’s make pepe feel good!

If enough of us spread that self love magic where ever we go it can’t not catch on.
How good does it feel telling someone how amazing they are ?! How amazing does it feel loving yourself ?!

How incredible would it be if we all loved ourselves and loved each other – I think that love would heal the world.

💜✨ Self love is simply priceless and really is the most magical medicine there is 💜✨

If you are starting your self love journey and have no idea where to begin, I would 100% recommend checking out the work by the beautfiul Mel Wells💜✨and my dear friend Shani Jay (her book The Babe Bible is actually my bible)💜✨
Click here to see Mel's Work
Clcik here to see Shani's work

Thank you for reading, I hope this post resonated with you 💜✨

All my love,
Mermaid Mairead xox
💜✨


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The Greater Your Storm, The Brighter Your Rainbow

''A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you, the sentence is your life'' - Amy Bleuel

Dear Wandering Mermaids 💜✨

I wasn't going to publish this blog post.

Partly because this is so personal and still raw for me.

But since launching the Wandering Mermaids I've been honoured to get to know so many beautiful souls. And I know that there are some of you that need this post just as much as I needed to write it – I guess I needed the reminder of how far I’ve come even though it might not feel like it right now.

So I'm going to take a leap of faith and let myself be my most vulnerable - which is terrifying. But if this post helps just one person then it will be worth it. I only ask that you read this with a kind heart.

💜✨

A year ago next month I experienced what felt like my whole world crumbling around me. I'll never forget it. I'll never forget how scared I was or how pathetic I felt.

On 06 September 2016, I did my usual morning routine. I'd got ready for work and I was sat in the kitchen with a coffee. I don't know how long I had been sitting there when my mum came down stairs and asked what was going on.

I was sitting there in floods of tears. I couldn't speak, I couldn’t move, I couldn't look at her. All I could do was cry. It felt like it wasn't me. It was like I was watching myself and I was screaming at myself to stop it, to pull it together.

For a long time I had been fighting an internal battle. A battle that I had been losing.
I was at war with myself. In a body that was fighting to survive with a mind that was trying to die.

Each morning I had painted a smile on my face. And perfectly orchestrated photos on social media hid all signs that I wasn’t ok. Wearing a mask to hide the chaos.

The mask cracked.
Thereafter I got diagnosed with depression and was signed off work for some time. My memory of the first few weeks after that is a little fuzzy but I think all I did was cry and sleep.

I know there are some people that might read this and think what an attention seeker 'snap out of it'.
But asking someone to “snap out” of a depression makes as much sense as asking someone to “snap out” of diabetes. Depression is not feeling down after having a bad day at work or having holiday blues. Depression is a medical illness.

Waking up in the morning and wishing you hadn't is not the life anyone wants to lead and if you could just 'snap out of it' trust me you would do just that.

During what I can only describe as a fight to get my life back together I felt completely defeated. I felt ashamed. I felt pathetic. I was plagued with worry about what people would think. That people would think I was incapable or unstable or one of the many other stereotypes that comes with mental health.

I was exhausted from battling depression and sick of dealing with anxiety, paranoia and insomnia - the three Best friends that high five when they've successfully tormented you. It brings a lump to my thraot when I look back and think of how close I came to gving up on my life.

It’s important to remember that Depression isn’t picky - everyone has potential to suffer; children, adults even the elderly. Depression doesn't care how much money you have in the bank, how popular you are, how many followers you have on social media.

Look at Robin Williams's, a remarkable man with so much talent. From an outsiders view he looked like he had it all and he appeared like such a happy soul. He was wearing a mask too.

Amy Bleuel's story totally broke my heart. Amy was the inspirational lady and driving force behind Project Semicolon. For those of you that don't know, this project is a mental health nonprofit organization that aims to bring hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury.

As a result of this project the semicolon has become a source of inspiration for many people and my semicolon tattoo has provided me with hope each and everyday. As Amy said ''A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you, the sentence is your life''.

Amy passed away on March 23rd 2017 at the age of 31. The cause of death was suicide. No one saw it coming and no one knew she was suffering. This is a prime example that those who seem so strong and wear a smile on their face are still struggling.

There is so much more work to be done towards mental health and it's so important that we continue Amy's legacy.

The stigma associated with a depressive illness is very evident in our society. And this stigma is so incredibly damaging. I couldn't stand to even look at myself during my recovery. Why are we made to feel so ashamed of suffering from mental health?

Someone in my life – who had no idea I suffered with mental health - told me that they believed that depression was not an illness. That it was a choice; you chose to live your life that way.

However, a short while ago he experienced his first anxiety attack. It came out of nowhere and he described it as the most harrowing thing that had happened to him. He thought he was going to die.

Now imagine experiencing that every day? And people think you’ve chosen to live that way?

That person is now an advocate of fighting the stigma around mental health – what a transformation.

Suffering from mental health is horrific but suffering alone is even worse. Because of the stigma, few people talk about mental health or let on how they are really feeling. And that’s so dangerous, without support and help depression has the potential to end your life.

The reality is that we are living in a world of people with sad eyes on happy faces. People don’t want to come across as needy or weak. They’d sooner suffer.

And that’s why we need to continue to work together to fight this stigma and to talk about mental health. To have real open and honest conversations. ‘Mental Health’ is not a dirty word.
Your mental health matters – YOU MATTER.

I’m not weak because I have a history of depression. I’m strong because I’ve faced up to it and I know the signs of it now.

I’ve accepted that I will always vulnerable to mental health issues – and not to be ashamed of that.

I know now the most important thing is to share how I'm feeling with the people who love me and are always there for me no matter what. I can't stress enough the importance of sharing your good days, your bad days, your worries and your thoughts. Keeping those things trapped in your mind will kill you.

That being said, I still have my difficult times. Unfortunately since July I have found myself struggling again and at times I have found it incredibly difficult not to listen to the monster in my head.

But I'm not ashamed to say I'm having a hard time and I have hope that with my strength and the love of the people that care about me that I’ll see this difficult time through.

💜✨‘The greater your storm the bright your rainbow’💜✨

If you’re reading this and you’re struggling with depression just remember that you are not alone.
I know how it feels to want to give up but I ask you to find the strength inside you to carry on.

Talk about how you’re feeling, journal, cry – get it out of your system.
Take time out for self-care – do something that lights you up whether its drawing or painting, reading, going for a walk, a pamper day. Whatever it is, fall back in love with you.
I created the Wandering Mermaids at the darkest time of my life. The Wandering Mermaids helped me to inject colour back into my dark world and filled me with hope. My aim with The Wandering Mermaids was to try and help and inspire people. It's always been more than just about the fashion for me. It's about encouraging people to embrace every aspect of who they are. Even those parts that you don't particularly like - or want to hide.

To anyone that has supported The Wandering Mermaids, whether that’s through buying one of my colourful creations, sharing and supporting the work I do or just sending me beautiful messages and emails – I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ve helped save me.

If you know someone that suffers from mental health or you are a sufferer, please remember that there is so much help out there. I’ve listed some sites below that I’ve found useful:

Project Semicolon

Mh Stories

Mind

If you have read this far I thank you dearly 💜✨

As always, if you would like to ask me questions about anything in this post - or if you just need someone to talk to - please feel welcomed to email me at thewanderingmermaids@gmail.com 💜

Love Always,
Mermaid Mairead xox 💜✨




Sunday, 20 August 2017

A Mermaids Love Affair With Bali

Dear Beautfiul Wandering Mermaids 💜✨

While I’ve been away on my adventure I received quite a few messages asking about Bali and traveling in general so I thought I would dedicate a blog post to this – I hope you find it helpful 💜✨

💜✨ Traveling
The Emerald Isle

Going travelling can be quite a daunting idea. Quitting your job, saying goodbye to your friends and family, leaving everything you know behind. I totally resonate with those of you that are fearful of taking that risk.

But what if that risk turned out to be one the best risks you ever took?

High above the clouds - Photography by me

I went travelling two years ago now and I still remember the tummy turning feeling I had when I left for the airport. How bizarre that when I returned from my travels I was actually more nervous about coming home than I had been about going traveling.

When I was growing up no one would ever have expected me to be the type to go travelling. A shy girl, who in retrospect was pretty terrified of life. If going traveling is something that’s been playing on your mind but you think you’re ‘not the type’ ‘you can’t’ – I’m telling you now that you can.

Guts over fear.

I can honestly say that going traveling was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Leaving the life you know behind and going traveling does something to you. You see everything in a new light and for me personally I had a whole new appreciate for life and for my life. My soul was awakened.

Admittedly, traveling isn’t always plain sailing. You might not always have a lot of money, you won’t always stay in the nicest places, and you might get home sick. But any challenging experience you face will make you grow far more as a person than staying in that 9 - 5 job.

You’ll blossom into a stronger, wiser and more mindful version of you. You’ll grow into the person you were always meant to be.

I came across this quote before I went traveling ‘Travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer’ and now I truly understand what it means.


💜✨ Bali

Beautiful Bali, o how I love her.
Photography by me - Jatiluwih Rice Fields

When I stepped off the plane, before I’d even got to experience what Bali had to offer, I was hit with this incredible wave of energy. I knew straight away that Bali was going to be an amazing adventure and I am sure that Bali is my spiritual home.
Photography by me - Tagaung Waterfall - Bali is so magic you find rainbows in her waterfalls

It goes without saying that Bali’s landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. But she is far more than that.

Our beautiful Earth is a living and breathing organism and just like every living thing she channels energy from specific locations. These centers are called Chakras.

If you are reading this and thinking ermm what are Chakras here’s a mini brief –

The entire universe is made of energy and all living things carry energy - these are the 7 chakras. In a healthy, balanced person, the 7 chakras provide the right amount of energy to every part of your body, mind and spirit.

However, if one of your chakras is blocked, too open/too closed, your health will suffer. By learning about the 7 chakras, you can become more in tune with the natural energy cycles of your body.

The 7 Charkas

1. The Root Chakra
2. The Sacral Chakra
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra
4. The Heart Chakra
5. The Throat Chakra
6. The 3rd Eye Chakra
7. The Crown Chakra

If you’d like to learn more about chakras (or if my explanation was awful) I’d recommend the following website as a good starting point:
www.mindbodygreen.com


So why am I banging on about Chakras ? Well the heart chakra is where unconditional love and compassion lie and the Balinese tradition is deeply resonated in this. And I think that’s the energy that hit me as soon as I got off the plane.

Bali is just so refreshing. The Balinese people are full of soul and are so kind and humble. The sense of community is so great and the Balinese people are just so happy to share the magic that Bali has to offer. It felt like home to me.
My incredible tour guide Gusti (Click here if you are going to Bali and looking to go on a tour. I can't reccomend this company more)

One of the things I admired most about Bali was that at every stage of Balinese life, there are ceremonies and rituals.
For example, Canang Sari is one of the daily rituals in the Balinese Hindu community. Canang Sari is an offering made to the Gods and is a Hindu tradition of prayerful offering thanking them for health and prosperity. This offering is a palm-sized coconut leaf basket containing flowers, grasses, and can also include food and other raw materials. These offerings can be seen in Temples, on small shrines in houses, and on the street.

The Balinese people believe there should be balance between the spiritual and the physical world to have peace and prosperity – and I think that’s a beautiful way to live. Sometimes I feel that in western society we place so much value on our physical selves and on material things. How many of us spend time nurturing our soul? Finding out who we really are. As we age our looks will fade and those material things don’t last forever. The only thing that is eternal is your soul, that is the beauty that will never cease to exist. True beauty is about who you are as a human being, your principles, your moral compass.

In Bali I feel like my heart chakra was so beautifully open. I felt deeply connected to myself and everything around me. I felt the harmonious energy that was around me and the appreciation for the beauty of this life. That energy was transformative for me.

Here is a little poem I wrote while on my adventure :

In the early hours of the morning.
When Bali was still and all you could hear was the animals at work.
Metanoia came and opened her eyes.

Metanoia played back tapes of her life and her heart wept.
Tears of change.
You're becoming the girl that you needed back then she whispered.

She had been on a journey of change for some time.
Changing her mindset, herself, her way of life.
But now it was time.

In the stillness of the night she let her sorrows go.
All the pain.
And welcomed a new beginning.

The light you are seeking is always within you.
You just need to give it the chance to sparkle.

Euphoria.

Photography by me - Berawa Beach, Canggu

I’d 100% recommend a visit to Bali. Explore her, see everything she has to offer. Absorb everything and let her be your teacher.

I hope you enjoyed this post – and congrats if you’ve read the whole thing as this post was a long one !

If you have any questions at all about traveling/Bali, or you want to pick my brains about places to visit/how to go about planning going traveling, anything at all - Just email me at: thewanderingmermaids@gmail.com 💜✨

Thanks again for reading. Below I have put some photos of my trip for you to browse through :)

Love always
Mermaid Mairead xox
Wearing the rainbow at the Jatiluwih Rice Fields. My top is from Shopfluffy and my trousers are from soleilstore

Photography by me - Tagaung Waterfall

My Rainbow bikini is by Jade Clark and my Rainbow kimono is by The Adorned Duo

Photography by me La Laguna and her bohemian dens

My dress is a vintage find and my bag is by The Adorned Duo

Making friends at the Ubud Monkey Forest

Wandering Mermaid getting her Vitamin Sea

Photography by me - Smoothie bowl heaven at Cafe Organic Bali

Photography by me - Bali and her beautiful beaches

Photography by me -Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Photography by me - Beautiful Bali Henna

Beautiful Bali sunsets and all dresed in pink
Photography by me -Bali Rice fields
Rainbow Vintage find - This dress was £2 - Eco shopping for the win



Monday, 24 July 2017

A Passion For Fashion

Hello Beautiful Wandering Mermaids 💜✨

Before I start this post I just wanted to thank everyone that they gave me feedback and contacted me about my last blog post - 'The Journey Of Self Love'

Your lovely words and your raw honestly left me so humbled. You're beautiful souls inside and out.

I wanted to dedicate a post to why fashion is so important to me. I feel like there's a lot of stigma and stereotypes that surround the fashion industry and it's something that frustrates me a lot.

For me, fashion is one of the most fun and beautiful ways to express and embrace who you are. Wearing clothes that make you feel good. Being free to express yourself in whichever way is beautiful to you.

Fashion is something to be celebrated. It gives each and every one of us the opportunity to express ourselves and inspire others. In fact the fashion industry is one of few industries that encourages people to embrace who they are and their own unique style.

One of my favourite quotes is ‘The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow’ and that is reflected in my style and my jewellery creations at The Wandering Mermaids. Anything vibrant and colourful always catches my eye and when I wear colourful clothing and Jewellery it picks me up on days that I find myself struggling.
Some of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe at the moment. Wearing the rainbow!

Not everyone sees the beauty of the fashion industry and I can appreciate that it might not be everyones cup of tea. But that doesn't mean people should criticise those that are passionate about fashion. In fact no matter what your passion is – whether it’s fashion, gaming, train spotting, reading, dancing…whatever it is. You should not be stigmatised or labelled. Be FREE to do and enjoy the things you love.




💜✨ Having an interest in fashion does not make you shallow

The biggest stigma surrounding the fashion industry is that it’s shallow. And that frustrates me a lot. There is absolutely nothing wrong in caring about your appearance, focusing on your best bits, and being body confident.

A woman can be interested in fashion and expressing an identity through clothing and still be intelligent and worldly. How wrong to devalue those that take an interest in their appearance.

A survey revealed that only 1% of women in the UK consider themselves to be beautiful. How terrible is that, a mere 1% of women in this country love and feel confident in their bodies. Being comfortable and loving the way you look does not mean you're shallow or vain, it's damn amazing. Go put on your favourite outfit right now and love yourself and be damn proud about it.

In a world where women are smothered with images of perfectly photo shopped models etc it’s so important that we embrace who we are. When you wear clothes that you feel good in you are naturally more confident – you ooze that good positive energy. And why shouldn't we feel good ?



💜✨ Fashion isn’t just about the Clothes

The fashion industry is so dynamic and is so much more than looking good or making you feel beautiful. Fashion today is a wonderful tool that conveys many important messages.

My favourite fashion designer Ashish Gupta is a remarkable example of this. Not only is Ashish an incredible designer who brings sequins, rainbows and magic to the catwalk, but he is a humanitarian who advocates an array of positive messages through his designs.

Ashish creations bear all kinds of positive messages such as :

‘Love Sees No Colour’
‘As Often As Possible Be Polite and Kind’
‘You are much lovelier than you think’
‘Love will win’


Ashish uses fashion to stand up for what is right. He reminds us of the importance of uniting and caring for one another. He encourages us to defend and support diversity. Ashish is just one of many designers who is using fashion as a platform to be the voice of the people.

I am also super excited to see that the fashion industry is joining the fight to end the stigma around mental health.

One in four people in the world will be affected by mental disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions - this places mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health worldwide. We need to talk more about mental health and the fact that the fashion industry is encouraging this is amazing !

I recently discovered a wonderful label called Wear Your Label. They create clothing to create conversations around mental health and 10% of their profits go towards mental health initiatives. The label is all about uniting under the common goal of ending the stigma and the Wear Your Label Motto is - It's okay not to be okay.

You can check out their page and the work they do here:
https://wearyourlabel.com/

I think it's fair to say that the Fashion industry is far more valuable than people realise.

💜✨ Women do not dress to impress men

Women use fashion as a tool for feeling good - they dress for themselves. They do not dress for men or for male 'attention'.

A perfect example of this is at events where we get to dress up and us ladies flock to one other in awe of each other’s outfits. Even on social media us ladies are forever likeing each other’s posts and love to see our girls looking haawt in an outfit or seflie.

Through my love of fashion I’ve built up beautiful friendships with likeminded ladies who love colourful and ethical clothing - it has nothing to do with looking for male attention. I’ve never put on an outfit to impress a man. I wear what I love and what makes me feel good and I’m pretty sure I speak on behalf of most women when I say that.

Where ma Queens at ! Girl Power !!



💜✨ You do not have to be ‘cool’ to be fashionable

It really makes me sad when I hear girls say they can’t wear certain clothes because they feel like they’ll be judged by others or that they’re not ‘cool’ enough to be fashionable.

There is no such thing as not ‘cool’ enough to wear certain clothes. You like it, you put it on and you feel good – go wear it girl ! That is beauty of the fashion industry, it encourages you to wear what you love and love what you wear.

I am certainly not ‘cool’ and I wear whatever I want to. People often say to me ‘ I love what you’re wearing but I could never wear it’ - Erm why ? It’s almost like people have become scared of fashion – all because of these damn steryotypes that keep getting pumped out their.

I would hate for your young girls to feed into these stereotypes and feel like they can't wear certain clothes. Just wear what you love. Make your own rules – all that matters is that you feel good.


💜✨ Being fashionable is expensive

Now yes, if you want to shop at high end fashion stores it’s going to cost you ze big bucks!
Buuuut if you are an ethical bunny, it’s actually very easy to get your fashion fix without spending lots and without hurting the environment or the labourers who make our clothes.

My wardrobe is nearly all vintage and charity shop finds - and the best bit is that shopping this way makes my wardrobe unique!

You can read all about ethical fashion at my blog post here : Ethical Queens click here

I hope this post will encourage all you Wandering Mermaid Queens to continue to do you and feel proud for being passionate about what you wear. Lets get our passion for fashion back and be proud of it !!! 💜✨

Love and Light always,
Mermaid Mairead xox




Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Journey to Self Love

Hello Beautiful Wandering Mermaids 💜✨

So after my last post, your feedback made me realise just how many of us are on this journey of Self Love. But many of you are struggling with this journey and many more of you don’t know where to start. Sooo this blog post is dedicated to you lovely souls.

I truly believe that if we want to really be happy in this life we have to love ourselves from the inside out. You have been gifted with this life and you shouldn’t spend it at war with yourself.


No amount of success in the external world will bring you contentment or true eternal happiness. In fact the way you love yourself will impact all your external relationships. We only let other people love us as much as we love ourselves.

We live in a reality that is filled with white noise. Work, emails, deadlines, text messages, friends and family, social media, travel, sleep, exercise, TV, parties, shopping, dating, networking… the list goes on.

In a society so focused on the external and with so many demands on our attention we lack time for our inner reality. Now how can you truly love yourself, if you make no time for yourself. You have to know yourself from the inside out.

I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I know what’s worked for me and so in this post I will share some tips with you. Practicing these things has helped me no end in learning WHO I am, ACCEPTING who I am and in turn LOVING who I am. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me.

💜✨Let go of the past

We are all guilty of holding onto things in the past. Replaying things in our mind. Wishing we said or did something different, wondering if things would be different now if we had. But where is thinking like that getting you ? Nowhere.

Holding onto the past will only weigh heavy on your soul. It’s holding you back from moving forward and reaching self-acceptance and loving who you are. All that anger, that sadness, regrets, whatever it may be – Let it go right now. It’s done. No amount of replaying stuff in your mind will change anything.

LET IT GO and when you do gosh will so much light come into your life. Stop living in the past and come and live in the present – there’s a whole world of opportunity waiting for you.

💜✨Treat your body like a Temple

Nurture your body to nurture your soul. Treating your body like your temple will not only boost your self-love, but will boost your energy and get those feel good endorphins going.

You don’t need to be a health fanatic and cut out all junk food and you don’t need to go to the gym every day. It’s all about balance and falling in love with looking after yourself.

Be conscious about what you put into your body because you want to feel good – this isn’t about what you look like on the outside. This is about feeling good on the inside. Feeding your body nutrient-rich foods and getting active will have you oozing love.

💜✨Other people’s opinions do not matter

'Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.' - Bernard M. Baruch

This is your life and it comes around once. Your body, your time, and your happiness.

When it comes to you and your life, you are the only person whos opinion matters. If you make the choice to create positive changes, for yourself, that is all that matters. You don’t need anyone’s approval or validation.

Do not spend your precious time tipping toeing around your life through fear of what someone else thinks.

YOUR LIFE. No one else’s.

💜✨You are good enough

Stop listening to that voice in your head that tells you that you are not good enough.

Imagine if that voice was an actual person. Would anyone want to hang out with this horrible person that does nothing but criticise people for no good reason ? Of course not. So tell that voice to pipe down.

You are more than good enough.

We all have insecurities that revel in our heads. A demon that replays past failures, tells you that you’re too fat/ too skinny, tells you that people don’t like you, that you will amount to nothing.

These insecurities hold power over us by preventing us from fully loving ourselves. They paint a fake version of reality and make us believe that we are not good enough.

Your insecurities will gain strength if you don’t address them and instead let them operate in your consciousness. Address these demons and you will depower them. When you spend time looking at your demons you will realise there is no logic behind them and you’ll gain strength – and you will learn to love yourself.

Address your demons by making a list of your insecurities. You’ll start to notice patterns of when these insecurities plague you and when you understand when and why they plague you, eventually you’ll discover how to banish them for good.

Yes it’s easier said than done to work through these insecurities. But you cannot leave them bubbling under the surface, they will slowly suffocate you. Baby steps every day and I promise you will get there.

Through it all remember YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH.

💜✨Social Media Black out

No phone, computer, television etc. I’d like to tell you to do this for a whole day but I know this may not be practical, so let’s say for a few hours- to start with ;)

So many of us are addicted to social media and it’s so incredibly unhealthy. Social media distracts you from reality. While you are glued to your phone scrolling through social media life is happening; actual real life.

Social media paints a very false picture of reality and to be consuming this 24 hours a day is no good for our mental health.

Go set yourself free and have a social media black out baby !

💜✨Meditate

Meditation is great way to clear your mind and bring peace. Focus on your breathing. Focus on how your breath fills up your body and how it feels as you release this breath.

We take our breath for granted every day which is shocking really when it’s one of the most fundamental things to our existence.

As you meditate you’ll notice that thoughts drift through your head. Observe the thoughts – don’t interact with them. Observe and release them.

When you practice meditation enough, you will start to experience insights into yourself, insights that will help you explore the inner most version of you. This won’t happen all the time – and don’t get frustrated. Just be at one with your breath and enjoy this quiet time. If you are new to meditation maybe just start with 5 minutes a day.

💜✨Greet each day with a smile

It’s so easy to wake up in the morning – especially on a Monday – and be furious. You don’t want to get up and you certainly don’t want to go to work. You don’t want to adult.

But you’ve just been gifted another day. You’re breathing. There’s a whole day of opportunities waiting for you if you get those positive pants on and go out there and get it.

I recently read that the first 7 minutes of your day are the most important and will impact how the rest of your day plays out. If you start your day with negative thoughts your whole day is going to be pretty pants. If you start the first 7 minutes of your day with a positive mind-set you have far more opportunity to lead a productive and happy day.

Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of your day – and impacts how you feel about both yourself and the day ahead. So create yourself a morning routine that puts you in a positive mindset.

Here are some tips on how to greet the first hour of your morning to help you create a day oozing with positive energy:

💜 No phone, no social meadia, no TV – Let the first hour of your morning be for you. You don’t need to know what everyone else is doing. This is your quiet time.

💜 10 Minutes of meditation to provide you with a clear and peaceful mindset

💜 Have a nutritional breakfast

💜 Sit outside for a while if the weather is nice – or maybe even fit in a walk.

💜 Make a list of your goals for the day – get all that stuff out of your head.


💜✨Time for YOU

In this modern world we are juggling 100 hundred things at once. But the one thing we are all guilty of not fitting in is time for ourselves.

One on one time with ourselves.

Promise yourself now that every day – even if it’s just a half hour- you have quality time for you. Do something you enjoy for YOU. Whether it’s reading, drawing, listening to your favourite song, going for a walk or even just sitting with a cup of tea. Something for you.

NO social media – This is you time and it will do you the whole world of good.

💜✨Love List

This is one I personally found most difficult but you gotz to do it !

I want you to make a list of 5 things that you love about yourself- physically/personality/ Talents etc.
It seems so easy for us to list the things we don’t like about ourselves, but tell us to list what we love and we become stuck.

Loving things about you isn’t cocky or arrogant. It’s beautiful, why shouldn’t you embrace you ?!

GO MAKE THAT LOVE LIST !!!

💜✨Stop Comparing yourself to other people

We’ve all done it. Browsed through social media, magazines etc and you see people that look ‘perfect’ and have ‘perfect’ lives. Everyone’s story is different and no ones story is ‘perfect’.

Don’t forget that on social media people often only post the stuff they want people to see. It’s a perfectly orchestrated photo – do not be sucked in. We are all human and we all have bad days (Bad days – NOT a bad life).

Stop comparing yourself to other people, instead be grateful for everything. Fall in love with YOUR life. We spend so much people watching other people’s life we forget to live our own.

Photo credit to @janellesilver


I hope you enjoyed reading this and most importantly I hope you found it helpful.
If anyone has any questions or would like to chat more about their journey to Self Love (sometimes it's easier to talk to a stranger) please feel free to email me at : thewanderingmermaids@gmail.com
I am here to help 💜✨

Love and light always,
Mermaid Mairead xox


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Your Body.Your Rules.

Hello Beautiful Wandering Mermaids 💜✨

So summer is well on its way and I can't wait to get myself to the beach. This mermaid needs some vitamin SEA!

But while I love seeing the sun show her beautiful face. With summer, comes a whole gross wave of shame from magazines to social media, telling us we need to get 'Bikini Body' ready. Summer body diets and workouts are in all the magazines and so many women - and I'm sure men too - are resorted to having negative feelings about their body.

Who taught us that you need to have a certain body to go to the beach ? To wear a bikini ? What even is a 'Bikini Body'. Our bodies do NOT need to change to be 'bikini body' ready.

We should not be encouraging - living off diet shakes, detox teas, diet pills... the terrible list goes on.

Body shaming is all too common and while we have come so far - which is amazing - it seems there is still a long way to go.

I've had so many conversations with women lately who have absolutely zero confidence and it's so deeply saddening . You get one life and while you spend it criticising yourself and your body, your life is just slipping through your fingers.
I treat my body like my temple and rather than 'dieting' - which admittedly I have done in the past - my focus is to simply take care of my body. Healthy body, healthy mind. Giving my body the nutrients it needs and enjoying exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

I still eat naughty food - Pizza and Reeces pieces come at me !! - and I don't exercise every day. But it's all about balance and actually listening to your body. I have treated my body so very badly in the past, from starving myself to binge eating and ridiculous diets. I was crippled with insecurities. So I know all too well that it’s not easy and the journey to loving your body may come with lots of hurdles - especially when the media bombards us with 'perfect' photo shopped models. But if I can do it, I promise you can too.
Please do not be sucked in by the media. Don't compare yourself to other people. Yes that girl might look beautiful in her bikini - but so do you Queen. You are fabulous!
When I created The Wandering Mermaids I didn't want it to be all about my jewellery and fashion. I want to it to be a place where women can be free. A place where women can be empowered, a place where women support each other. While I was a young teenager I didn't really have that, and I suffered an incredible amount with insecurities and I became a very shy, unhappy girl. But now, I'm going to be the person I needed back then.

I have a little Goddaughter, who will be a year old next month ( where did that time go). She's a little Queen 💜✨ and really is the most precious little soul. I would never want her to grow up thinking she wasn't good enough or that she needed to change. I want her to follow her dreams and to embrace every aspect of who she is.

You're the role model for the little Queens you have in your life, whether it's a younger sister, your daughter, your niece, any little ladies that look up to you.

I'm building a website atm and if I can get ma Lil brain around it, there's going to be a little forum on there for all us Wandering Mermaids to chat to each other. So no matter what it might be that your struggling with, whatever your celebrating, or if you even want some one to tell you wear you can buy a sassy pair of rainbow sequin shoes - you'll have a whole network of beautiful Wandering Mermaids by your side 💜✨
💜✨💜✨When women support each other the most amazing things happen💜✨💜✨

So yes ladies, get your bikini on, get yourself to the beach and have a fabulous time. And when your on the beach compliment other women and tell them how damn good they look - let support each other, go Queens !!!! 💜✨

All my love, Mermaid Mairead xox