How-To: Mermaid Hair

One of my favorite parts of going out when I was in college was getting ready with my roommates. It included borrowing blouses, swapping heels, and catching up while doing our hair. One time, during my sophomore year, I decided to wear my hair in waves for a party. My then-roommate always made my hair look phenomenal, be it pin straight or in pin up curls, but it always took at least three hours to do. So one evening, I wore my hair a bit more natural, and my roommate dubbed it as mermaid hair. These days, I don’t straighten my hair quite as much as I used too. I prefer keeping my hair healthy and somewhat heat free, at least some of the time. Since my loose waves mermaid hair is my current go-to, I figured I’d share a tutorial of my beach ready or date night ready hair. It’s the perfect look for when you want to feel dressed up for date night or just a bit put together, while still feeling completely unfussy for our stay-at-home/ remote work uniform of yoga pants and a slouchy tee.


Step 1: After washing your hair, press out all extra water from it without using a blow dryer, and then braid your hair.
Step 2: Sleep in the wet braid.
Step 3: The next morning, undo your braid and brush your hair. Then, scrunch your hair with a curl enhancer.
Step 4: Enjoy your mermaid hair.

x Paris

DIY: Fragrance – Rosewater, Orange Blossom, Lavender, & Lavender Vanilla

The one thing I wish I could showcase on this site is my love for fragrance. Whether it’s a decadently rich body wash, a spritz of perfume before date night, a delicious smelling candle on a rainy evening, or just a splash of a sweet smelling essence in the room, nothing makes me quite as happy as enjoying a beautiful scent. So naturally, while eyeing my backyard the other day {with ideas on how to make homemade simple syrups for cocktails and desserts this season by using the florals outside}, it struck me that I could make my very own fragrances. They took just a few minutes to create and make for a refreshing mist in the morning {when used as a substitute for the rosewater spray that I spritz over my face each day}, a sweet pillow spray to make my bedding feel just a little more indulgent, and a great room freshener. Enjoy!
Flowers {I used roses, orange blossoms, lavender, & vanilla}
Spray Bottles {I used these}
Paper, Pen, & Scissors for labels
1. Bring your water to boil {for the 8 ounce bottles I used about 12 ounces of water to start with}.
2. Once the water is boiling, add in the flower petals. Stir consistently.
3. When the flower looks to have lost any strength {i.e.: the rose petals almost look transparent}, turn of the stove, pour the scented water into a cup, and the squeeze out any remaining water from the flower petals.
4. Refrigerate for a couple hours with the top of the cup sealed to keep the scent in.
5. Create labels for your bottle marking down your scents, pour the chilled fragrance into the bottle, & enjoy!
Note: I made four scents – rosewater, orange blossom, lavender, & lavender vanilla.
x Paris