Compliments Are the Best Way to Spread Love

When was the last time you received a compliment? What did it sound like? Who said it? Why did they say it?

Take stock in these juicy nuggest of praise and remember them. Put them in your top drawer, journal about them, write them down in your notes section of your phone, make a list and put it on your fridge or on your mirror where you can see it every day. Make an alter to the compliments you received.

Some of the favorite compliments I have received are:

Compliments that I have loved giving:

Meet Allaya, Our Mersur Muse of the Month (September 2018)

We loved catching up with this yoga goddess after her travels to Bali. Meet Allaya below and read her full interview to find our what is lighting up her vision board this year, what shows she is binge watching and what she wants people to say about her at her 75th birthday party. This is one goddess you need to know. Keep scrolling!

 Yoga Goddess Allaya in the Lulu Tunic in Peaches and Dreams…..Full Pigeon Pose never looked so good. Photo Credit  @_dcampbellphotos

Yoga Goddess Allaya in the Lulu Tunic in Peaches and Dreams…..Full Pigeon Pose never looked so good. Photo Credit @_dcampbellphotos

#MersurMuse of the Month, September

Name: Allaya Cooks-Campbell

Website: www.yogawithallaya.com

Instagram: @yogawithallaya

Tagline:  I'm not cool, but I do a lot of cool stuff. 

 Who says you have to practice yoga in yoga pants…..the Kiki caftan in Lurex Stripe works well…  Photo Credit  https://www.instagram.com/_dcampbellphotos/

Who says you have to practice yoga in yoga pants…..the Kiki caftan in Lurex Stripe works well…

Photo Credit https://www.instagram.com/_dcampbellphotos/

Mersur caught up with Allaya upon return from Bali where she was teaching yoga and doing an impromptu photo shoot with her photographer husband!

1. Bikini or One-Piece? Ooh, I love bikinis—they’re super cute and perfect for the beach. But I’m starting to cultivate a collection of flattering one-pieces now that I’m taking my daughter to swim class. 


2. Mini or Maxi? Maxi all the way! It’s effortless and elegant. Name me one place that you can’t wear a maxi dress!!! And nothing beats getting dressed in two seconds. 


3. Beach or Poolside? I love the beach, especially at night. There’s nothing more soothing than looking out at the horizon and the sky above. Plus, I love all the things you can do on the beach—paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking or just lounging on the sand. 


4. Snail Mail or Text Message? Text messages. I used to love mail, but now it just piles up all over my house. 


5. Sunrise or Sunset? Sunrise. I’m a morning person, and being awake for the sunrise makes me feel like I’m making the most of my day. 


6. What do you love to do for fun? I love to read and my husband and I are always binge-watching some new show—the more interesting the storyline, the better! I also love to sing and dance with my three-year-old. When I need to relax, you can always find me on my yoga mat. 


7. I’ll bet you love to travel. What destinations are lighting up your vision board this year? I just came back from Bali, which I absolutely loved. Ubud has got to be one of the best places in the world! In the next year, I’m hoping to visit the Mediterranean, Taiwan, the Maldives and maybe pop over to New Orleans just to pig out. 


8. What is your favorite beach destination?
Thailand! Of all the places I’ve visited so far, the islands off Phuket are the prettiest beaches I’ve seen. If I wanted to take an extended trip, I’d hit the beach resorts in Koh Samui. 

 Off to practice in the Kiki from Mersur. Photo Credit  @_dcampbellphotos

Off to practice in the Kiki from Mersur. Photo Credit @_dcampbellphotos


9. If you could take a course in something (without having to be good at it) what would you like to learn? So many things! I’d like to learn to do impressions and accents. I think I’d also like to learn magic tricks, how to sew, and how to do basic auto repairs. 

10. What do you want to be said about you at your 75th birthday party? I want people to say that I’ve led an interesting life, been a positive influence on the people around me, and that I was true to myself and what I believed in. I want to be a phenomenal and supportive mother, successful in my career, and the happiest person I can be. 


11. What is your personal mantra right now? 
I tend to try to do everything for everyone, and I struggle to prioritize my own self care. So when I have the urge to do something for someone that would be draining for me, I remind myself of something a friend told me recently. She said “You can be a good friend without having to be the best friend.” It helps to remind me that I can be supportive without being a martyr. 


12. What's your favorite guilty or not so guilty pleasure? Bananas and double chocolate chip Haagen Das while streaming my latest TV obsession (currently Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). 


13. What's a must have in your carry-on bag? Socks, snacks, and a bunch of new books on my Kindle app. I also always keep a change of clothes in case of delays. 


14. If you received a gift from a secret admirer, what would you love to receive?
Chocolate-covered strawberries from Godiva and a pair of Tieks ballet flats. 

15. What do you love about wearing your new mersur? I absolutely love the fabrics. They’re weightless, super soft, and perfect for travel. The creases from my suitcase blew right out of my dress as soon as I stepped on deck, like it was just waiting for a sea breeze. 

 This is the perfect beach gown for Apres Yoga……The Elle in Deep Blue Ocean Crepe de Chine.  Photo Credit  @_dcampbellphotos

This is the perfect beach gown for Apres Yoga……The Elle in Deep Blue Ocean Crepe de Chine.

Photo Credit @_dcampbellphotos

I want people to say that I've led an interesting life, been a positive influence on the people around me and that I was true to myself and what I believed in. Allaya Cooks-Campbell

Meet Erin, Our Mersur Muse of the Month (May2018)

 Mersur Muse Erin wearing the Lulu in Hibiscus Sunrise and her signature leather wrist wraps. Get one today!    

Mersur Muse Erin wearing the Lulu in Hibiscus Sunrise and her signature leather wrist wraps. Get one today! 

 

1. Bikini or One Piece? One piece. I love the 50’s style suits. 

2. Mini or Maxi? Maxi

3. Beach or Poolside? Beachside any day! I am completely at peace at the beach. It’s my happiest place. 

4. Snail Mail or Text Message? It depends. i love to send & receive snail mail but i obviously love the convenience of text. 

5. Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset, every damn day. 

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6. Do you believe in Mermaids? Only at Disney - Otherwise, i believe women stand on their own two feet & kick ass doing it. 

7. What do you love to do for fun? I love to hang with my besties, sipping prosecco & telling great stories or going to concerts or traveling together. But my most fun is had with my husband. He’s a musician so i love to go see him perform. and he’s such a badass human, that whatever we do together is the best fun. 

8. I’ll bet you love to travel. What destinations are lighting up your vision board this year?  Oh! travel is the greatest thing on earth. it makes me sooo happy! this year are small trips... a bestie is turning 40 so we’re going to celebrate at the Gorge in Washington, seeing 3 phish shows. i’d definitely like to get back to Nashville becasue well, you cant have more fun than Nashville. And we’ll be spending a lot of time at the beach this year. We just bought a place, and I can’t wait to dig into it. Next year, is our 20th anniversary & we’re going to Italy for a month to celebrate. I’m like  a "4 year old on Christmas Eve" excited about that! 

9. What is your favorite beach destination? The most beautiful, I think would have to be Alexandria, Egypt. that was breathtaking.  But probably my favorite destination is Aruba... that’s one happy island or the Riviera Maya, Excellence Resort. ahhh beach.

10. What's a must have in your carry-on bag? Always a wrap scarf, hand sanitizer, doTerra console roller, my Danielle Laporte planner, sunnies & business cards. 

11. If you could take a course in something (without having to be good at it) what would you like to learn? Welding.  i’ve always wanted to learn how to weld. 

12. What do you want to be said about you at your 75th birthday party? This chick loves fiercely... in really great jewelry. 

13. What's your favorite guilty or not so guilty pleasure? Pizza. 

14. If you received a gift from a secret admirer, what would you love to receive? Cartier. More specifically, a Cartier love collection yellow gold bangle. 

15. What do you love about wearing your new mersur? Wearing Mersur makes everything fun. There’s nothing “ho hum” about a mersur & sometimes, it’s the kick that a day needs, to go from boring to brilliant & happy.  

 

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Erin Ohmming it out in her healing house! I've been there and it's so peaceful and calming! 

It was so fun featuring Erin as our May Muse of the Month. I've know Erin since I was four years old when we met in nursery school. However, reading Erin's answers we've learned so totally new things like her preference for 50's style swim suits and long dresses. Erin see you in welding class and thank you so much for your badassery. I've been  totally tapping into my inner bitch this past month and wondering if I ask her nicely (lol),  will she make me a custom 11:11 that says BADASS BITCH. Check out Erin's fierce leather wrist wraps right here

Meet Brittany, Our Mersur Muse of the Month (April 2018)

#MersurMuse of the Month, April

Mersur Muse: Brittany Carel 

Instagram: @brittanycarel

Tagline: "You only live once so take a chance"

 Brittany in Mersur's relaxed chic Kiki kaftan in white lurex stripe cotton. 

Brittany in Mersur's relaxed chic Kiki kaftan in white lurex stripe cotton. 

1. Bikini or One Piece? One piece

2. Mini or Maxi? Maxi

3. Beach or Poolside? Beach

4. Snail Mail or Text Message? Text message

5. Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset

6. What do you love to do for fun? Working out, ether kickboxing or Pilates depending on the day or spending the day at the beach with some good music, company and of course snacks.

7. I’ll bet you love to travel. What destinations are lighting up your vision board this year? I would love to travel to Europe! 

8. What is your favorite beach destination? That’s a hard one, Dania beach would have to be my favorite. I grew up going there and it’s so low key. Pure bliss. 

 Let's have a kiki............

Let's have a kiki............

9. If you could take a course in something (without having to be good at it) what would you like to learn? How to speak another language. Most likely Spanish 

10. What do you want to be said about you at your 75th birthday party?  Brittany took chances while she was young, she chased her dreams. She chose happiness over money/material things. That she treated people with kindness and always tried to make someone smile. 

11. Do you believe in mermaids? Only at Disney......

12. What's your favorite guilty or not so guilty pleasure? 

               Guilty pleasures: Anything covered in dark chocolate or ice cream. I have a big night time sweet tooth.

              Not so guilty: I’m a huge cat lady and not ashamed of it. 

13. What's a must have in your carry-on bag? Favorite pair of sunglasses. 

14. If you received a gift from a secret admirer, what would you love to receive? Tickets to a concert.

15. What do you love about wearing your new mersur? It’s so perfect to wear all day. Every piece can be easily dressed up or down for any occasion.

 From our 2018 e-commerce shoot. This is the Lulu in Mariposa Magic. 

From our 2018 e-commerce shoot. This is the Lulu in Mariposa Magic. 

Brittany is not only our muse of the month but she is our 2018 model for our new collection. We so enjoyed working with Brittany at our Miami photo shoot. Brittany is no novice to mersur. She also walked the runway in our Nikki Beach, What Women Want Fashion Show in January 2017. We chose Brittany because she represents a strong, body positive woman. We loved that she kick boxes, plays volley ball and  has a strong athletic body and stands tall at 5'7. Thank you Brittany for allowing us to get to know you as our April Mersur Muse of the Month. 

Meet Nate and Our All New MerSir Muse of the Month (March 2018)

Confetti drop.....Drum Roll... Let's put your hands together..............................for our March Mersur Muse of the Month. Let's welcome Nate to the style spotlight and our all new Mersur Muse of the Month format. That's why we've had a little break from profiles for the past few months as we were deep in our mersur design labs creating an all new series of questions (just in case you were missing them)......so let's welcome in the first day of spring 2018 and our MerSir (Male Mersur Muse) Muse of the Month...........Nate, a fun friend we met in Miami at endless summer camp.  

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Name: Nate 

Instagram: @nateinmiami

Tagline: We don't give a f$&#!!!!

1. Budgy Smugglers or Boardies? Budgy Smugglers

2. Long shorts or short shorts? Short Shorts!

3. Beach or Poolside? Beach!

4. Snail Mail or Text Message? Both!

5. Sunrise or Sunset? Sunrise!

6. What do you love to do for fun? I love anything that lets me be silly. Day to day life can be so serious most of the time. I jump at any chance I get to just embrace the absurd. Despite most people still not getting it, self-parody and satire is one of my specialties! I love being outside. The beach. The mountains. Laying in the sand or hiking up a trail. I like a good debate, and I've been known to quietly stir things up a bit from time to time! Most of all, I enjoy the company of others who aren't afraid to just be themselves, embrace their inner silliness and don't really care what anyone else thinks!

7. I’ll bet you love to travel. What destinations are lighting up your vision board this year? I was all over the place in 2017: Caracas, moving to Miami, New York a few times, my hometown in Pennsylvania, New Orleans, LA, Italy and even rural, northern Idaho! This year, I'm actually looking forward to being still. I spend hours staring at a map, thinking about where I'd like to go, but I can't think of anything better at the moment than just biking over to Miami Beach for the day. I do miss the mountains, and would like to get one good hiking trip scheduled sometime this year. And I have a wedding coming up in Chicago to attend. I've started thinking about Tel Aviv or maybe Japan or Iceland. But no where when it is cold! It's actually the first time in a LONG while that I don't have a big trip planned, and I'm actually OK with that!

8. What is your favorite beach destination? Los Roques, Venezuela (although I sadly I can't recommend that anyone visit the country at the moment because of the crisis going on there. Such a shame!)

9. If you could take a course in something (without having to be good at it) what would you like to learn? Hip-Hop dancing

10. What do you want to be said about you at your 75th birthday party? You're one crazy mofo! You never let anyone hurt you too much, but when they did, you took it with class. You never hold a grudge, for too long that is. You give with an open hand, never asking or wanting anything back in return. You're never afraid to do what's right or say what needs to be said. You spend more time laughing than stressing. You hate the rules, but you respect them, well most of them, when it's for the greater good. Your're quiet sometimes, but always thoughtfully so, and you've never hid who you truly are. You're kind and fair, even if that means sometimes taking way to much crap from people. You never give up on anyone you care about. You're a loyal friend. You're a trend setter, and always slightly ahead of what's next. You've got your finger on the zeitgeist! You're a good listener, and an even better story teller! And above all, you're fun and carefree! And great news, this pill we're presenting you is brand new. Not only will it restore your body to your former 35-year-old self, but it also means we'll all be back here in another 75 years for your 105th!

11. Do you believe in Mermaids or Mermen? Look here to find out.

12. What's your favorite guilty or not so guilty pleasure? Turkey pepperoni.

13. What's a must have in your carry-on bag? Sun block!

14. If you received a gift from a secret admirer, what would you love to receive? a Cartier love bracelet... (Basic, I know!). But I'd settle for a sweet love letter, hand written on cute paper!

15. What do you love about wearing your new Mersur? I love color. And I love light, breezy fabrics. Whether around my neck or wrapped around my waist (or playing dress-up), my Mersur scarfs always brighten my day!

 

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Thanks Nate for allowing us to peek into your life. We'd love to join you on a trip to Japan. Looking forward to receiving the invite for your 75th birthday bash at the Fountaine Bleu! Thank you for loving what we make.

Love Notes - Rouge Soleil - Volume 21

Go where it's warm. Move towards people, places and feelings that promote warmth in your soul. Go to the sunny side of the street. Move your body so it feels warm. Dance. Breath. Light your soul on fire.  Wrap yourself in clothes that feel good. Make today count. 

 The "Love Note Scarf in Rouge Soleil" and the "Lulu Tunic in Mariposa Magic" on Sarzy, our Chief Mersur Muse. 

The "Love Note Scarf in Rouge Soleil" and the "Lulu Tunic in Mariposa Magic" on Sarzy, our Chief Mersur Muse. 

Love Notes - Peaches and Dream - Volume 20

Gorgeous Goddesses of the Seven Seas................how are you talking to yourself? Notice what you say to you. Are you practicing positive self talk? Before you go to bed....look in the mirror and give yourself one compliment. When you wake up...... say one more nice thing to you. It's never to late to have the perfect relationship with yourself. Start now....as in right now. Post a selfie..............and caption it with a beautiful love note to you. Join me in the movement....#mersurmovement

 

 Sarzy, the Chief Mersur Muse wearing the Love Note Scarf in Peaches and Dream and the Kiki in Sand Tropez Stripe both from  Mersur . 

Sarzy, the Chief Mersur Muse wearing the Love Note Scarf in Peaches and Dream and the Kiki in Sand Tropez Stripe both from Mersur

Love Notes - Dusky Rose -Volume 19

"Love is in the air everywhere I look around......

Love is in the air every sight and every sound. 

And I Don't know if I'm being foolish.

Don't know if I'm being wise.

But it's something that I must believe in

And it's there when I look in your eyes.

Love is in the air, in the whisper of the tree.

Love is in the air in the thunder of the sea.............................................." 

Picasso said,   "Good artists copy; great artists steal." Today's love notes are attributed to the lyrics of  Aussie disco-pop star. John Paul Young. He wrote "Love is in the Air" in 1977 just a few years after I was born. I love playing this song every morning and dance it out to get my day going right. It's my personal love note in action. I love how the song builds and the energy is really explosive. Today can we find a little love for ourselves....just in the air. Can we allow ourselves to feel it. The subtle feeling of love in the air...everywhere we look around? 

 Sarzy in the "Lurex Stripe Kiki" with the "Dusty Rose Love Note Scarf". 

Sarzy in the "Lurex Stripe Kiki" with the "Dusty Rose Love Note Scarf". 

Love Notes - Light Blue - Volume 18

Loves Notes are back.....we missed you and we missed cheering you on! Thank you for the oppourtunity to shower you with love, praise and admiration for the work you do. For showing up everyday even when the fear feels so engulfing you simply can't go on. But you can. Remember sexy sirens of the seven seas....we always have a choice. Even if you don't like any choice you have made in the past, you can always make new choice starting right now! 

So for #MersurMonday a.k.a.  our version of #MondayMotivation we give you are new love notes scarf. Yes a reminder to always be kind to ourselves first. When you put on your clothes, your jewels, your shoes or any article of clothing make it a practice in mindfulness. Each thing you place on your body is a token, a reminder to love ourselves. To love what we put on our body. Make it easier with our Love Note scarf. Available now through Direct Message ONLY. If you would like this scarf pictured below, please send a message to us (mermaid@mersur.com) and we will send you an invoice through SquareUp. The price is $139 and the shipping is $5. We have 2 of these in light blue. 1 in red. 2 in peach. 2 in pink. 

P.S. I accidentally  deleted my blog today and was about to quit.......but I found the courage to go on.....to call tech support and find a solution...and I did! So we are back in business. 

This is the Love Note Scarf from Mersur / Light Blue/ 100% cotton / Made in France for Mersur By Malfroy. Thanks to Nate for being the best MerSir a girl could ask for and to our photographer Terry for the epic shot. This is on Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida and shot on Feb. 4th, 2018.