Meet Pandora, Our Mersur Muse of the Month of January

We caught up with this hot goddess and our January Twenty-Nineteen queen muse Pandora over the phone where she parlayed glorious and tiltillating details about her trip to ancient Ischia and Georgia! We were drooling….scroll down to see why.

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Stage Name:  Pandora

Real Name:  Irene

Instagram:  @ tandorene227

Tagline: "The greek goddess of burlesque"

Occupation:  Actress and Burlesque Dancer



1.Bikini or One-Piece? Definitely I'm a bikini girl. I do like one piece, but if it’s a one piece, I have a lot of the vintage Jantzen swimwear.  The 1950's ones or in the style of Rose Marie Reid. She was a famous swimsuit designer of one pieces from the 50's. I’ll wear those. Usually I'll go to a bikini because I want my stomach to tan. That's really a simple stupid reason. I'm drawn to the one peice, but if it is a one piece, it's definitely 1950's Jantzen or Rose Marie Reid style.  I'm actually wearing them to walk through the small towns of Italy (with some pallazzo pants) probably not to swim in or to sunbathe because then I won't be evenly tan. So that’s my mindset between either a bikini or a one piece.

2. Mini or Maxi? I'm definitely a maxi dress kind of girl. Yeah definitely. I do like the mini, but I don't tend to wear those anymore. I like the maxi dress. I'm a taller person and I like the way they fit me. I'm a tall girl so I feel more comfortable in the maxi as opposed to a mini dress.

Do you think with your statuesque figure that you can pull them off?

Yeah pretty much. A lot of those maxi dresses are really long and require a taller person for the silhouette to look really nice. They can work for petite girls too, but I think a lot of petite girls think “No way that makes me look so much shorter.” So ya I love the silhouette definitely because I'm a taller person. I think it compliments my figure.

Solid or print?

I definitely like prints. I love leopard print or the one I took with me on my travels. You have a long beautiful maxi one that has a gorgeous print to it. Yes, the Stella. I love that kind of print. Those kinds of prints for me are really vibrant and I think they really represent me as a person because I totally have an eccentric personality. I'm not your run of the mill kind of girl. I don't really wanna pat myself of my back, but I'm an actress. I did this character named Edie from  Grey Gardens and I did me as me and I definitely am drawn to a more vibrant type of print rather than a solid because it goes with my personality so to speak.



3.Beach or Poolside? Oh Beach 100%. I’m Greek. I'm a daughter of immigrant parents first generation. Oh god. The sea is in my blood. Bottom line. Yes beach all the way. Yes I’m very drawn to the beach probably because I am Mediterranean. I love it. I don't think I spent enough time at the beach this this summer. But yeah I’m 100% the beach. I'm a Pisces as well and the Pisces is the water sign.




4. Snail Mail or Text Message? Oh Snail mail!! Yes! Oh you’re asking the vintage queen here. Yes of course. My whole life is like I'm surrounded constantly by vintage fashion, vintage books, vintage everything! No doubt. Snail mail all the way. I think it's something discounted these days and it's not even used anymore. Like a postcard or letter saying thinking of you, remembering you, hoping you're well. Oh goodness yes. Even to send someone a birthday card. Those things are not done anymore and it really kind of sad and makes me nostalgic of the past.

Did you send any postcards from your trip? I did!  When I was in New Orleans I bought these beautiful vintage postcards I sent to friends or beautiful vintage memorabilia that I could send to them.



5. Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset definitely. Possibly because I'm not usually awake at sunrise and  if I am that’s because I’m running to go teach an early morning pilates class and I am not a happy camper so I would not say I’m a sunrise person. But sunset, oh yes absolutely. Especially if you’re at the beach it's such an amazing thing to see. Yeah, I think last week I was helping a friend because she was part of the fringe festival. I was helping her set up and we were on our way upstairs and they had this beautiful view. The sunset. It was pink and purple and sky was really vibrant and I was like “Stop Stop!” We just have to experience this for a moment because I feel like a lot of people don't. You get caught up in everything you do all day long. And you don't stop to enjoy the sunset really. I know that sounds corny, but it's true. People get so caught up that that dont stop to enjoy nature.

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6. What do you live to do for fun? Well I definitely love going to the opera I definitely like going to the ballet, I’m a swing dancer so I love swing dancing, going out for jazz night were they play swing music  so I can swing Lindy and Charleston. So that's exactly what I like to do. And take ballet classes. I love that.




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

Oh my god! What destinations I already did? Yes! I do love to travel. I’m actually a world traveler. So let me just tell you some destinations I went to this year because they were fascinating and amazing and it was a trip of a lifetime. I also lived in New Orleans for the earlier part of this year for five months which was a fantastic experience. There's nothing like New Orleans in the US and maybe not even in the world. The cuisine, the jazz music, and the culture. There's just nothing like it. That was an experience in of itself. Just living in another city besides NYC.. I was born and raised here. Also my friend helped along this trip. She has an apartment in Georgia. Georgia the country not the state. So I devised this whole tour around ending up in Georgia. So we started in Ischia which I went to last year and I went again and  brought my beautiful Mersur Caftans to Ischia. We went on to stay in Naples. We stayed in this amazing castle that was actually on Air BnB believe it or not. Naples was very vibrant and kinda reminds me of New York City in the 80’s. It was a little more gritty which is great. Then we went to Istanbul, Turkey. We went to the grand bazaar. We did dinner out at night. Istanbul again is a fantastic city. I'm sad I didn't get to spend more time there. You need a lot of time in Istanbul. You can't just go for a couple days. You really need to stay a week or ten days because there's just so much to see and do, but either way that was a fantastic and a beautiful exotic destination. We went off to Felice, Georgia. We toured around the country of Georgia. We went to the vineyards in Kaheti. Then we also went to the Kazbegi Mountains and that's between Russia and Georgia so they speak both Russian and Georgian. These mountains were just insanely gorgeous. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I was like “This is the most amazing destination I have ever seen. Probably the most amazing destination I've been to in my life so far because it was bordering Russia at this point. They had wild horses running around. You’re constantly around animals all the time. The sheep and the pigs were walking around just like everybody and the horses were running around. They did not keep them in stalls or anything they just had wild horses. Which is insane to think of. Can you imagine wild horses running around Manhattan? Probably not! But yeah! In these mountains the wild horses would just run right past you! I was like “What?!” And then a pig would walk down the mountain and then a sheep would come up right behind you and you’d be like “Huh?! Who do they belong to?” They're all just farmers’. It is a popular destination in Georgia. In Delibilician Capital we went to the Turkish bath houses. They're very famous in Georgia for the Turkish bath houses. We went to so many beautiful museums. We also did a kind of very renegade Soviet tour. So we went around to different parts were the Soviet Union had influenced parts of Georgia. That was pretty interesting as well. Yeah I love to travel. That's the extent of the destinations I've been to this past year alone.

Is there anywhere you desire to go in the near future? Yes! Mexico City. I think your caftans would go perfect in Mexico city. Those are so Frida Kahlo. She would have loved your Mersurs. That’d totally be here! Frida Kahlo is my idol. No I’m not her reincarnation, but I wish!




8. What is your favorite beach destination? Ischia, Italia. I do have one in the US oddly enough. In the US I’d have to go with Fort Tilden in Rockaways. It's very secluded and private. It's kind of off the beaten path.  People know about it, but not really. Not too many people know about it. They skip it and go to Jacob Riis Park or go to the other side of Rockaways, but that little little section is so picturesque and so beautiful. So I love Fort Tilden in the Rockaways. I have many more beaches to see, but I’d definitely have to say Ischia and where my parents are from. Corfu Island, Greece has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world as well. It’s right by Italy. Corfu Island is insanely gorgeous and insanely beautiful. Their beaches are just very beautiful. So Corfu Island and Ischia I’d say.




9. Did you grow up in Astoria?

No. No my father would never do that. He was like “Why do I want to be around Greeks? I came to this country to escape them.” No he just wasn't into it. So I grew up in Gravesend, Brooklyn. bordering Bensonhurst. Nope my father was just not interested in Astoria, Queens.




10. What's a must have in your carry on bag? My beautiful bakelite bracelets. I feel very comfortable knowing they're there and I can slip them on with any outfit I wear. They (bakelite bracelets) top the outfit off perfectly. That's exactly what I do because yeah if Im not in the best of outfits but if I wear my bakelite bracelets it looks fine.  It looks good. Like okay very nice. It’s ridiculous thing I do! Everyone is like “Oh moisturizer of course” and I'm like screw the moisturizer that's not going to help me. No, that doesn't help! What’s that going to do? That doesn't help me! Every time I do go I pack them (bakelite bracelets) and I wear them. I get off the plane and I put them back on and I'm like “I must be nuts!” Who thinks to do this? The last thing they want to do is put on bracelets!” I don't know…. It's a habit of mine. It's what I do all the time. I pack them because I’m like oh well you'll look polished even though you've been on a plane for ten hours. There you go. And everyone is like “No! You have to carry a spritzer to spritz your face to keep the dryness blah blah blah.” Whatever. I went to London as well. I was returning from London to New York I was wearing the bracelets I had bought at the Grand Bazaar in Turkey so that was really nice. So this time I switched it up and wore what I bought on my travels.





11. If you could take a course in something (without having to be good at it) what would you like to learn?

Oh of course yes. There's so many things I want to learn! I definitely want to do aerial hoop class.  Like the aerial silks and the hoop. That's what I’m thinking to do.





12. What do you want to be said about you at your 75th birthday party?

Definitely “No apologies”. Never been apologetic for being me. For being eccentric and over the top, the loudest, they just appreciate me and enjoyed being around me and in whatever form that is because sometimes I can be a lot. It was okay to be unapologetic to be who I am. Also that I hope they enjoyed the ride. Not necessarily that life ends at 75, but you know. Probably wouldn't be the same at the age I am now.




OMGoddes thank you - More women need to hear that. Were always so apologetic about who we are. We’re always apologizing. I love that anwer.  
(Sarah Shirley)




It’s funny that you say that. I'm doing my own one woman show and the reason I chose to pick “The Ladies of Grey Gardens” is because she was so unapologetic and she was ridiculous! So over the top. She wore the craziest shit! And you know the Hamptons is very lacquered and polished and conservative. They looked at these two like a bunch of nut jobs, but they weren't apologetic. They did what they did best, and that's be themselves, not hinder anything or inhibit themselves from living their best life. So that's what I want people to say. Never swapping yourself for what others might think or how they’ll react. Or a lot of people fear that no one is going to talk to them and no one is going to want to be around them. I get that. It's a huge risk, but you stop yourself from being who you are naturally. And that would be sad.




13. What's your favorite guilty or not so guilty pleasure?I have a couple of those. I do love cookies. Do they have to be food? You're going to laugh at me! My guilty pleasure would have to be McDonalds Chicken nuggets. It's embarrassing even saying that, but it is! But you asked me so I’m going to tell you! The secret is out now! I do hide it, it’s embarrassing! It’s like a kid’s happy meal. Why would I be eating that? But yes I do love those things. I like the barbeque sauce. But you have control unlike me! I’m like “I’m going to go eat them and hopefully no one sees me!” So yeah I would say that and it pretty much sums it up.





14. If you received a gift from a secret admirer, what would you like to receive and from who? What I would love to receive is a beautiful 1930’s gown, because that’s what I’m in need of these days. They are rare to find and they usually go to shreds after the first time you've worn them or like usually you're not the first person that’s worn it, but they don't last that long and that would be a gift I would want.




15. What do you love about wearing your new Mersur? Oh I definitely love the one with the parrots is the one you have me. Oh it's so versatile. You can wear it at home, after you took a bath, just put it back on, put it on again and just lounge around in it. I love it. I mean I even went picking figs with it! So hey, you know me, I can do anything with it! I love that it’s versatile. You can go to the grocery story with it and still look really polished and go out with it and still look wonderful and make an evening look as well. Yeah you can do anything with it! Even pick figs with it! They should be my tagline! How would you turn that into a tagline? Oh! You could say “Mersur caftans are, so versatile, you can even pick figs in them!”

Yes! And you could even put my picture there.

Oh, I’ve got one “Have caftan, will travel!”




16. Do you have a question you want me to ask you? Yeah! “Would you wear your kaftan to one of your performances?” Because I am a performer.

And yes I would! Especially my one woman show has to do with little Edie. I could totally see her. Oh my god, yes! Frida and Grey Gardens! Little Edie would do your kaftan accurately.

Can you describe your custom made personal kaftan made especially for you?

Little Edie and I like to wear things over our heads like a little head scarf so oh my God I would love a beautiful long kaftan and it would have a hood, but beautiful long ties to it so you could wrap it around your head as well.

Would it be full length or a head scarf and neck scarf kind of thing?

It could be full length, but it would be attached to the top part of the kaftan. So like a cape almost? Like a cape! Yes! It would be all connected to one, but it would be the hood on top with your beautiful hair and like you could have longer ties around your neck so it could wrap around your head and the neck. Oh I would love that. I’d look so beautiful.




17.What makes you feel like a Mersur Muse?

You definitely appeal to my nostalgia for the past and so your brand and your designs are quite timeless and all the women that are my own muses I think would appreciate your kaftan and it goes with their personality as well. So it would be attractive to them. Like Frida Kahloor Little  Edie those are all my muses. I could see all them in it as well so I think that's what is attractive to me as well.

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Meet Pandora, Our Mersur Muse of the Month of January

We caught up with this hot goddess and our January Twenty-Nineteen queen muse Pandora over the phone where she parlayed glorious and tiltillating details about her trip to ancient Ischia and Georgia! We were drooling….scroll down to see why.

PandoreneSarzysitting.jpeg



Stage Name:  Pandora

Real Name:  Irene

Instagram:  @ tandorene227

Tagline: "The greek goddess of burlesque"

Occupation:  Actress and Burlesque Dancer



1.Bikini or One-Piece? Definitely I'm a bikini girl. I do like one piece, but if it’s a one piece, I have a lot of the vintage Jantzen swimwear.  The 1950's ones or in the style of Rose Marie Reid. She was a famous swimsuit designer of one pieces from the 50's. I’ll wear those. Usually I'll go to a bikini because I want my stomach to tan. That's really a simple stupid reason. I'm drawn to the one peice, but if it is a one piece, it's definitely 1950's Jantzen or Rose Marie Reid style.  I'm actually wearing them to walk through the small towns of Italy (with some pallazzo pants) probably not to swim in or to sunbathe because then I won't be evenly tan. So that’s my mindset between either a bikini or a one piece.

2. Mini or Maxi? I'm definitely a maxi dress kind of girl. Yeah definitely. I do like the mini, but I don't tend to wear those anymore. I like the maxi dress. I'm a taller person and I like the way they fit me. I'm a tall girl so I feel more comfortable in the maxi as opposed to a mini dress.

Do you think with your statuesque figure that you can pull them off?

Yeah pretty much. A lot of those maxi dresses are really long and require a taller person for the silhouette to look really nice. They can work for petite girls too, but I think a lot of petite girls think “No way that makes me look so much shorter.” So ya I love the silhouette definitely because I'm a taller person. I think it compliments my figure.

Solid or print?

I definitely like prints. I love leopard print or the one I took with me on my travels. You have a long beautiful maxi one that has a gorgeous print to it. Yes, the Stella. I love that kind of print. Those kinds of prints for me are really vibrant and I think they really represent me as a person because I totally have an eccentric personality. I'm not your run of the mill kind of girl. I don't really wanna pat myself of my back, but I'm an actress. I did this character named Edie from  Grey Gardens and I did me as me and I definitely am drawn to a more vibrant type of print rather than a solid because it goes with my personality so to speak.



3.Beach or Poolside? Oh Beach 100%. I’m Greek. I'm a daughter of immigrant parents first generation. Oh god. The sea is in my blood. Bottom line. Yes beach all the way. Yes I’m very drawn to the beach probably because I am Mediterranean. I love it. I don't think I spent enough time at the beach this this summer. But yeah I’m 100% the beach. I'm a Pisces as well and the Pisces is the water sign.




4. Snail Mail or Text Message? Oh Snail mail!! Yes! Oh you’re asking the vintage queen here. Yes of course. My whole life is like I'm surrounded constantly by vintage fashion, vintage books, vintage everything! No doubt. Snail mail all the way. I think it's something discounted these days and it's not even used anymore. Like a postcard or letter saying thinking of you, remembering you, hoping you're well. Oh goodness yes. Even to send someone a birthday card. Those things are not done anymore and it really kind of sad and makes me nostalgic of the past.

Did you send any postcards from your trip? I did!  When I was in New Orleans I bought these beautiful vintage postcards I sent to friends or beautiful vintage memorabilia that I could send to them.



5. Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset definitely. Possibly because I'm not usually awake at sunrise and  if I am that’s because I’m running to go teach an early morning pilates class and I am not a happy camper so I would not say I’m a sunrise person. But sunset, oh yes absolutely. Especially if you’re at the beach it's such an amazing thing to see. Yeah, I think last week I was helping a friend because she was part of the fringe festival. I was helping her set up and we were on our way upstairs and they had this beautiful view. The sunset. It was pink and purple and sky was really vibrant and I was like “Stop Stop!” We just have to experience this for a moment because I feel like a lot of people don't. You get caught up in everything you do all day long. And you don't stop to enjoy the sunset really. I know that sounds corny, but it's true. People get so caught up that that dont stop to enjoy nature.

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6. What do you live to do for fun? Well I definitely love going to the opera I definitely like going to the ballet, I’m a swing dancer so I love swing dancing, going out for jazz night were they play swing music  so I can swing Lindy and Charleston. So that's exactly what I like to do. And take ballet classes. I love that.




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

Oh my god! What destinations I already did? Yes! I do love to travel. I’m actually a world traveler. So let me just tell you some destinations I went to this year because they were fascinating and amazing and it was a trip of a lifetime. I also lived in New Orleans for the earlier part of this year for five months which was a fantastic experience. There's nothing like New Orleans in the US and maybe not even in the world. The cuisine, the jazz music, and the culture. There's just nothing like it. That was an experience in of itself. Just living in another city besides NYC.. I was born and raised here. Also my friend helped along this trip. She has an apartment in Georgia. Georgia the country not the state. So I devised this whole tour around ending up in Georgia. So we started in Ischia which I went to last year and I went again and  brought my beautiful Mersur Caftans to Ischia. We went on to stay in Naples. We stayed in this amazing castle that was actually on Air BnB believe it or not. Naples was very vibrant and kinda reminds me of New York City in the 80’s. It was a little more gritty which is great. Then we went to Istanbul, Turkey. We went to the grand bazaar. We did dinner out at night. Istanbul again is a fantastic city. I'm sad I didn't get to spend more time there. You need a lot of time in Istanbul. You can't just go for a couple days. You really need to stay a week or ten days because there's just so much to see and do, but either way that was a fantastic and a beautiful exotic destination. We went off to Felice, Georgia. We toured around the country of Georgia. We went to the vineyards in Kaheti. Then we also went to the Kazbegi Mountains and that's between Russia and Georgia so they speak both Russian and Georgian. These mountains were just insanely gorgeous. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I was like “This is the most amazing destination I have ever seen. Probably the most amazing destination I've been to in my life so far because it was bordering Russia at this point. They had wild horses running around. You’re constantly around animals all the time. The sheep and the pigs were walking around just like everybody and the horses were running around. They did not keep them in stalls or anything they just had wild horses. Which is insane to think of. Can you imagine wild horses running around Manhattan? Probably not! But yeah! In these mountains the wild horses would just run right past you! I was like “What?!” And then a pig would walk down the mountain and then a sheep would come up right behind you and you’d be like “Huh?! Who do they belong to?” They're all just farmers’. It is a popular destination in Georgia. In Delibilician Capital we went to the Turkish bath houses. They're very famous in Georgia for the Turkish bath houses. We went to so many beautiful museums. We also did a kind of very renegade Soviet tour. So we went around to different parts were the Soviet Union had influenced parts of Georgia. That was pretty interesting as well. Yeah I love to travel. That's the extent of the destinations I've been to this past year alone.

Is there anywhere you desire to go in the near future? Yes! Mexico City. I think your caftans would go perfect in Mexico city. Those are so Frida Kahlo. She would have loved your Mersurs. That’d totally be here! Frida Kahlo is my idol. No I’m not her reincarnation, but I wish!




8. What is your favorite beach destination? Ischia, Italia. I do have one in the US oddly enough. In the US I’d have to go with Fort Tilden in Rockaways. It's very secluded and private. It's kind of off the beaten path.  People know about it, but not really. Not too many people know about it. They skip it and go to Jacob Riis Park or go to the other side of Rockaways, but that little little section is so picturesque and so beautiful. So I love Fort Tilden in the Rockaways. I have many more beaches to see, but I’d definitely have to say Ischia and where my parents are from. Corfu Island, Greece has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world as well. It’s right by Italy. Corfu Island is insanely gorgeous and insanely beautiful. Their beaches are just very beautiful. So Corfu Island and Ischia I’d say.




9. Did you grow up in Astoria?

No. No my father would never do that. He was like “Why do I want to be around Greeks? I came to this country to escape them.” No he just wasn't into it. So I grew up in Gravesend, Brooklyn. bordering Bensonhurst. Nope my father was just not interested in Astoria, Queens.




10. What's a must have in your carry on bag? My beautiful bakelite bracelets. I feel very comfortable knowing they're there and I can slip them on with any outfit I wear. They (bakelite bracelets) top the outfit off perfectly. That's exactly what I do because yeah if Im not in the best of outfits but if I wear my bakelite bracelets it looks fine.  It looks good. Like okay very nice. It’s ridiculous thing I do! Everyone is like “Oh moisturizer of course” and I'm like screw the moisturizer that's not going to help me. No, that doesn't help! What’s that going to do? That doesn't help me! Every time I do go I pack them (bakelite bracelets) and I wear them. I get off the plane and I put them back on and I'm like “I must be nuts!” Who thinks to do this? The last thing they want to do is put on bracelets!” I don't know…. It's a habit of mine. It's what I do all the time. I pack them because I’m like oh well you'll look polished even though you've been on a plane for ten hours. There you go. And everyone is like “No! You have to carry a spritzer to spritz your face to keep the dryness blah blah blah.” Whatever. I went to London as well. I was returning from London to New York I was wearing the bracelets I had bought at the Grand Bazaar in Turkey so that was really nice. So this time I switched it up and wore what I bought on my travels.





11. If you could take a course in something (without having to be good at it) what would you like to learn?

Oh of course yes. There's so many things I want to learn! I definitely want to do aerial hoop class.  Like the aerial silks and the hoop. That's what I’m thinking to do.





12. What do you want to be said about you at your 75th birthday party?

Definitely “No apologies”. Never been apologetic for being me. For being eccentric and over the top, the loudest, they just appreciate me and enjoyed being around me and in whatever form that is because sometimes I can be a lot. It was okay to be unapologetic to be who I am. Also that I hope they enjoyed the ride. Not necessarily that life ends at 75, but you know. Probably wouldn't be the same at the age I am now.




OMGoddes thank you - More women need to hear that. Were always so apologetic about who we are. We’re always apologizing. I love that anwer.  
(Sarah Shirley)




It’s funny that you say that. I'm doing my own one woman show and the reason I chose to pick “The Ladies of Grey Gardens” is because she was so unapologetic and she was ridiculous! So over the top. She wore the craziest shit! And you know the Hamptons is very lacquered and polished and conservative. They looked at these two like a bunch of nut jobs, but they weren't apologetic. They did what they did best, and that's be themselves, not hinder anything or inhibit themselves from living their best life. So that's what I want people to say. Never swapping yourself for what others might think or how they’ll react. Or a lot of people fear that no one is going to talk to them and no one is going to want to be around them. I get that. It's a huge risk, but you stop yourself from being who you are naturally. And that would be sad.




13. What's your favorite guilty or not so guilty pleasure?I have a couple of those. I do love cookies. Do they have to be food? You're going to laugh at me! My guilty pleasure would have to be McDonalds Chicken nuggets. It's embarrassing even saying that, but it is! But you asked me so I’m going to tell you! The secret is out now! I do hide it, it’s embarrassing! It’s like a kid’s happy meal. Why would I be eating that? But yes I do love those things. I like the barbeque sauce. But you have control unlike me! I’m like “I’m going to go eat them and hopefully no one sees me!” So yeah I would say that and it pretty much sums it up.





14. If you received a gift from a secret admirer, what would you like to receive and from who? What I would love to receive is a beautiful 1930’s gown, because that’s what I’m in need of these days. They are rare to find and they usually go to shreds after the first time you've worn them or like usually you're not the first person that’s worn it, but they don't last that long and that would be a gift I would want.




15. What do you love about wearing your new Mersur? Oh I definitely love the one with the parrots is the one you have me. Oh it's so versatile. You can wear it at home, after you took a bath, just put it back on, put it on again and just lounge around in it. I love it. I mean I even went picking figs with it! So hey, you know me, I can do anything with it! I love that it’s versatile. You can go to the grocery story with it and still look really polished and go out with it and still look wonderful and make an evening look as well. Yeah you can do anything with it! Even pick figs with it! They should be my tagline! How would you turn that into a tagline? Oh! You could say “Mersur caftans are, so versatile, you can even pick figs in them!”

Yes! And you could even put my picture there.

Oh, I’ve got one “Have caftan, will travel!”




16. Do you have a question you want me to ask you? Yeah! “Would you wear your kaftan to one of your performances?” Because I am a performer.

And yes I would! Especially my one woman show has to do with little Edie. I could totally see her. Oh my god, yes! Frida and Grey Gardens! Little Edie would do your kaftan accurately.

Can you describe your custom made personal kaftan made especially for you?

Little Edie and I like to wear things over our heads like a little head scarf so oh my God I would love a beautiful long kaftan and it would have a hood, but beautiful long ties to it so you could wrap it around your head as well.

Would it be full length or a head scarf and neck scarf kind of thing?

It could be full length, but it would be attached to the top part of the kaftan. So like a cape almost? Like a cape! Yes! It would be all connected to one, but it would be the hood on top with your beautiful hair and like you could have longer ties around your neck so it could wrap around your head and the neck. Oh I would love that. I’d look so beautiful.




17.What makes you feel like a Mersur Muse?

You definitely appeal to my nostalgia for the past and so your brand and your designs are quite timeless and all the women that are my own muses I think would appreciate your kaftan and it goes with their personality as well. So it would be attractive to them. Like Frida Kahloor Little  Edie those are all my muses. I could see all them in it as well so I think that's what is attractive to me as well.

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Meet Joanna, Our Mersur Muse of the Month (December 2018)

You know what time it is goddesses! It's time for our Mersur Muse of the Month of December! This month we get to highlight Jojo who happens to be one of our best mersur muse friends. The best part is I personally got to interview Joanna while sitting across from her while sitting on her couch in Long Island City, Queens. Read further for some fun and laughs!

Joanna bumming around Bimini, Bahamas in the Lana from Mersur.

Joanna bumming around Bimini, Bahamas in the Lana from Mersur.

Name: Joanna Beer

Instagram: @jojonyclic

Tagline –

1. Bikini or One Piece? Bikini! 

2. Mini or Maxi? Mini! 

3. Beach or Poolside? I love both! Specifically a heated pool by a calm beach like the Mediterranean.

4. Snail Mail or Text Message? Text

5. Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset!

Jojo on Turtle Beach, Ohau Hawaii in the Linen Stripe Scarf from Mersur.

Jojo on Turtle Beach, Ohau Hawaii in the Linen Stripe Scarf from Mersur.

6. What do you love to do for fun? I love to hang out with dope bitches. Read great books.

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

8. What is your favorite beach destination? Tel Aviv

9. If you could take a course in something (without having to be good at it) what would you like to learn? I would love to learn Chinese

10. What do you want to be said about you at your 75th birthday party? Wow, she looks great! No wonder she is sexually active. 

11. What's your favorite guilty or not so guilty pleasure? The Bachelor

12. What's a must have in your carry-on bag? Tinted lip gloss

13. If you received a gift from a secret admirer, what would you love to receive? Anything romantic.

14. What do you love about wearing your new mersur? I love the compliments! I also love the colors.

15. What are three words that coming to mind when you slip on your Mersur? Dope, gorgeous, Rich AF

The Lana in Protea Sunset never looked so good! Oahu, Hawaii.

The Lana in Protea Sunset never looked so good! Oahu, Hawaii.

It was an honour and pleasure to feature our friend and mersurmuse Joanna in this months profile. Happy Holidays everybody and be sure to follow @jojonylic adventures on IG.

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

Mersur Muse 20 Q's - Issue 13, Introducing Stephanie Johansen

We loved every moment we got to spend with Steffi this past season in Miami. We met her at the Mersur fashion show Nikki Beach and she has been a triple #mersurmuse ever since. She can't get enough of the brands signature prints. We love how much Stephanie inspires us to love our body. Read the full interview below and enjoy every curve. 

#MersurMuse 20 Questions

Name: Stephanie Johansen

Instagram: @steffigj

Tagline: Be who you wanna be, not who everyone else wants you to be #loveyourself

Steffi in the Lana in Protea Sunrise in South Beach, Miami

Steffi in the Lana in Protea Sunrise in South Beach, Miami

1. Describe your first encounter with Mersur?

My first encounter with Mersur was when I met Sarah Shirley, at my language school. She was my teacher  and one day she asked if I was up for helping her with her fashion show  and working backstage, which I was happy to do.

2. What are three words that comes to mind to describe the brand?

goddess, summer,  unique. 

3. We say at Mersur breathing is the best high. What give you the best high and how do you get your personal high?

What gives me the best high is to travel and experience new things. I get high from trying new things I have never done before.

4. What makes you feel like a goddess?

I feel like a goddess when I feel comfortable in what I'm wearing.

5. Describe your dream destination right now?

My dream destination now would be Singapore or the Philippines, that's were I want to go next.

6.Describe your fave vacation holiday spot and what do you like about it?

New York during Christmas. With all the lights and the snow it is just so beautiful! 

7. What song are you singing in the shower, playing on repeat or belting out loud to in the car?

The song I have in repeat now is: I'm the one - Dj Khalid ft. Justin Bieber

8. Hot or iced?

Hot

9. Fill in the blank. Fried ____________.

Chicken

10. What is your favorite scent?

My favorite scent is  the smell of roses

11. How do you own your own style?

By putting my outfits together the way I see fit. Usually not afraid of wearing anything, but I like a mix between casual chic, classy and relaxing looks. 

12. Sunrise or sunset?

Sunset

13. How do you want to feel in your clothes? How does wearing your mersur make you feel. Where was your favorite place to wear your mersur?

I want to feel confident in my clothing. Wearing my Mersur makes me feel great about myself. I feel classy and chic  wearing my Mersur. I love wearing Mersur all over Miami. It's the perfect wardrobe for the beach.

Stephanie in the LULU in the DecoDrive 

Stephanie in the LULU in the DecoDrive 

14. Tell us about the work you do and why is it important to woman?

I want to be a role model for women with curvy bodies. For a long time I didn't feel good about myself and the way I look, but I have finally started to embrace my curves, my freckles and everything else that makes me who I am today. And today now I love the way I look.

15. Do you believe in mermaids?

Not really, but I have a small hope that it is real. 

16. How do you turn an everyday workday into an adventure?

By trying to stay positive, looking for new challenges to do and make everyday a little bit better for someone else. 

17. What is your favorite way to have fun?

With friends and trying new things.

18. Fave drink?

Beer...It's pretty simple so a beer makes me feel really happy.

19. Fave colour you think should be a neutral?

Red

20. What makes you a #mersurmuse?

The fact that I am a body activist and show women how to be strong and independent regardless of what you go through or what have happened to you in the past. I lead by example by showing women that life can still be good in spite of everything that happens to you. I am example of woman who prevails.

Steffi in the Stella in Citron Magic.    Thank you Stepanie for reppin' the August Muse of the Month! We adore you and keep being the most amazing role model!    

Steffi in the Stella in Citron Magic. 

Thank you Stepanie for reppin' the August Muse of the Month! We adore you and keep being the most amazing role model!  

Thank you Stepanie for reppin' the August Muse of the Month! We adore you and keep being the most amazing role model! 

Flow State

Have you ever felt like everything is going great? Like one thing after another just falls into place? You have? That's called a flow state! 

When I design dresses I like to tap into a feeling I have, or I would like to experience.  This is the Lana in Protea Ocean from Mersur. This dress feels like flow state! Everything moves seamlessly through space and time. Catrin our #mersurmuse from Sweden moves like a flow state through the time continuum. Like this dress? You can purchase it in two colour ways on our shop page. Protea Ocean (blues and pinks) and Protea Sunrise (reds and oranges)

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Reveal Yourself

When was the last time you truly felt alive? When was the last time you allowed  your inner self to come out and play?

@sarzy7300   playing at the house on Palm Island, Miami, Florida. May, 2017.

@sarzy7300 playing at the house on Palm Island, Miami, Florida. May, 2017.

 

Hello Vacationistas, Global Globetrotters & Sultry Summer Babes,

I want to share a very sad turned sort of happy story with you. Have a listen because I want to inspire you to keep going even though you may feel you may have nothing to give,  you are at the end of the road or what does this all mean? Keep going. Keep growing. It's a stretch. It's gonna feel a bit different.

My story is about my failures and my losses. I don’t often BRAG about my failures and would much rather hit you up with stories and pics from my travels from all over the world. Painting the story that I’m on vacation every hour of the day even thought I'm working in between. Always feeling like I’m on vacation is my guilty pleasure. It’s my little game that I keep playing. It’s how I transform the hardship into fun. The grind into pleasure. This next part may hit you in the gut so get ready….we are going on a little trip.

So where did I find the courage to travel the world? To take this massive leap? A year ago today my fiancé and I split up….. and a little over 2 years ago today I had a physically excruciating miscarriage on my wedding day in Costa Rica. Loosing my baby was heartbreaking and it’s been so difficult to even  open up about it. To even feel the feelings. Having a miscarriage was more difficult than loosing my relationship. He was once my “dream man.” He was the man I waited for all those years who made all the other relationship I had been in seem so wrong because he was so right.  

Why am I sharing this story with all you beautiful babes who have become part of my tribe? My mersurmuses? All this heartbreak allowed me to  look at my life very differently after this went down. It made me realize I was settling, I was not going after what I truly wanted. I was just taking what life was giving me.  It made me dig deep inside my self and answer some tough questions and find some very revealing answers.

What I learned that I was truly deeply unhappy….I was unhappy living in NYC.  I had been there for 20 years and was never really in love with it. I had always dreamed of living some place tropical. I have always been the happiest when I have been traveling, learning about new places and spaces. Instead of moving, I got into a relationship with a tropical man, a Brazilian living in cold dreary NYC for more than half of his life. When what I really wanted was to proverbially…..live in BRAZIL. …..I learned that I could not make a person change for me. I learned that relationships have to be 50/50 or at least 60/40. I learned through all this heartbreak of loosing my child, a breakup, leaving your home and letting everything go is not what I wanted to do but it’s what I needed to do. I also needed to love my self more. I needed to not cave to every whim of the person I was with. I needed to stop being a people pleaser to my clients. I needed change. I needed to get out of NYC, I needed to be in a relationship where I was valued and seen as special. I needed a soft cushion to lie on when things were rough and I need a BIG push from the universe to keep traveling, to keep exploring, to try new places out…like Miami….  I had become so uncomfortable in my own skin. I needed to GROW.

Feeling free on Palm Island in Miami in the Anni from   Mersur   in butterfly magic. Are you feeling it?

Feeling free on Palm Island in Miami in the Anni from Mersur in butterfly magic. Are you feeling it?

And I did just that by way of the comfort of my friends UWS apartment for a month in hot and sweaty August, summer weekends at friends home in the Hamptons and the beauty and ease of my parents lake house in September and then France in the fall with my former lover and airline captain. I needed to roam free. I needed to untrap myself from what I thought I wanted. What I had previously bought into as right for me and the right kind of NYC lifestyle.

What good is the “right NYC lifestyle” if you don’t really love where you live. If you are always dreaming of exotic lands, balmy nights and sunny mornings that turn into bright and bold afternoons……………..

I also wanted to work on Mersur, my resort chic lifestyle brand 24/7 but was always at the beck and call of my freelance clients. I was growing dissatisfied with this too. I had been freelancing for 17 years and it was finally time for my dream to come to fruition. My dream of having my own lifestyle brand where I could inspire myself and those around me. I needed and wanted to focus on this DREAM. This baby…who is now a toddler and running quite fast and then other times passed out in a nap.

What I learned from all struggle…..Is that I do have courage. I have the strength to throw of my bowlines and let go of the shore. To really get out there and I have no safety net. I have nothing to hold me back. Not just for a week or a weekend but maybe even for a year…trying out  places…..That I can pick my self up after heartbreak and keep going. That I can connect with people where ever I go and make friends. I learned that my dream is really strong and that I will go to bat for it.  I have the loyalty to myself to stick up for my dream even though my personal life felt like a failure. In my business I do not feel like a commercial success just yet,  I know it’s coming. I know I am taking the baby steps every day to get there. That every day I feel weary and bruised to the bone…….but I know someday soon that feeling will lift. Why am I so hopeful? Because I know feelings are not forever.  I look forward to celebrating with all of you. I look forward to inspiring you every day to take a giant leap forward or just the itszy-bitsy baby step. It’s worth it for your dreams. It’s worth if for the pleasure of being alive.

Looking forward to toasting with you all at the New Years Eve Retreat in Costa Rica. Cheers! Let's throw off our bows lines together and jump in. Will you join me?

 

Xx, 

Sarzy, The Chief Mersur Muse

A #mersurmantra...  .#relaxharder

A #mersurmantra....#relaxharder

What is the Mersur Movement?

Hey Gods and Goddesses,

First off allow me to reintroduce myself, I’m Sarzy,  the Chief Mersur Muse. I created Mersur so I could carry out my own dreams of traveling to endless ports of call instead of dreaming about them from behind my desk in NYC. 

Some of you have asked, "What is the #mersurmovement? The mersur movement is sustaining that fresh from vacation feeling all year long. Vaca vibes all day, every day. I create bold beach gowns, sleek swimsuit cover-ups and cool caftans that instantly whisk you away to your dream destination of choice. Easy, right? Just throw on a Mersur and be prepared to transform into a goddess of the seven seas. I love wearing my Mersur's when I am running around town doing errands. I instantly feel free like I'm on an adventure even when I'm just taking care of business.    

Our customers and loyal fans are referred to as #mersurmuses and I encourage these sultry endless summer babes to spread the #mersurmovement, live in the #mersurmoment and always #relaxharder.

I want to inspire woman to be the muse of their own life. To Inspire themselves and each other.  To be unstoppable. To keep going especially at that moment you want to give up. We encourage each other to go after our dreams and turn them into reality. 

Mersur is fun with no boundaries, where the endless summer is a state of mind, shock pink is a neutral, inspiration is everywhere and everything you do is an adventure. Where will you go next?

Join Me!

Xx, 

Sarzy

Become part of the mersur movement.....

Become part of the mersur movement.....

Mersur Muse 20 Q's - Issue 10, Introducing Nikki Dickson

We caught up with this sultry summer babe and asked Nikki what her favorite fried food was. Her response...fried nothing. Wow this muse has self control. We chose Nikki to be our Muse of the Month of May because she is a ton of fun, loves to ride around in her convertible, obsessed with shopping and an avid yogini.....the perfect #mersurmuse.....read her entire interview below.

#MersurMuse 20 Questions

Name:  Nicole Dickson but everyone calls me Nikki

Tagline:  Just breathe….........

Nikki glamoursly wearing the Vivi in Fuschia Sunset Ombre Silk while cruising the Caribbean.

Nikki glamoursly wearing the Vivi in Fuschia Sunset Ombre Silk while cruising the Caribbean.

1. Describe your first encounter with Mersur?

My first encounter with Mersur was when I first heard about Sarah’s brand and decided to look it up and see what she was selling.  Then I purchased two Mersurs.

2. What are three words that comes to mind to describe the Mersur lifestyle?

Fresh, fun and free

3. We say at Mersur breathing is the best high. What give you the best high? How do you get your personal high? 

My best high is beach breathing.  Taking in the fresh air and letting it all go!

4. What is your goddess routine? 

I go to the gym every morning (or almost) bright and early – 5:15 am and do yoga 3 times a week at least.  Sticking with my schedule keeps me in routine, knowing that I own that and control that makes me empowered.

How do you remind yourself that you are a goddess everyday? 

Being my best “self” every day is what makes me feel like a goddess everyday.  Knowing that I have done all that I can to be my best! 

What makes you feel like a goddess? 

I try to find the goodness and positives in all things.  My husband makes me feel like a goddess in so many ways!  Treating myself makes me feel this way.  Knowing that I have been through some of the things I have and that I didn’t let it ruin me makes me feel this way.  Knowing that I can breathe in the fresh air and have all the blessings that I do makes me feel like a goddess. 

 

5. Describe your dream destination right now? 

Tahiti for sure

6.Describe your fave vacation holiday spot?    

Any place that has a warm ocean breeze and beautiful blue water.                                    

What do you like about it? 

I am definitely a water person and love the beach.  I also have many beautiful memories with my mother at the beach and feel her presence when I am there.  When I am “home” I enjoy Keuka Lake and find the same comfort there.

7. What song are you singing in the shower, playing on repeat or belting out loud to in the car? 

There are so many…anything up beat and groovin’!  I love many different genres and it depends on my mood for the day as to what keeps me moving.  Joe Crocker … You Can Leave Your Hat On!  I relax and listen to yoga music when I just want to unwind and when doing meditation.  Elvis was my Dad’s favorite and I love listening to him!  However…Mustang Sally is my all time FAVE!

8. Hot or iced?

Iced

9. Fill in the blank. Fried ___________? 

Fried nothing.....

10. What is your favorite scent? 

Vanilla cake baking

11. How do you own your own style?

I wear what I feel comfortable in but it has to be easy, clean lines and feel good.

12. Sunrise or sunset?  

Sunset

13.. How do you want to feel in your clothes? How does wearing your mersur make you feel? 

I want to feel like I shine where ever I go.  I don’t want to “stand out” and look strange…just want to shine.

Where was your favorite place to wear your mersur… 

I like to wear it on our boat at the lake and enjoyed wearing it at the beach on vacation.

14. Tell us about the work you do and why is it important to woman? 

My husband and I own two businesses and I am the office manager and do the bookeeping for those.  It is important for me to work with him and to be a partner in our life.  We work together and are a team.  I also take care of the carpooling and tend to a lot of the needs of the children but we balance things and I am also able to do what I need to for myself so things work out well.  I am able to be ME and that makes me a better Mom and Wife.  I know I am needed at the office and at home and things don’t work anywhere if I am not making it all click.  (That is a good feeling.)

15. Do you believe in mermaids? 

Of course!  I believe in all things magical.  You must in this world. 

16. How do you turn an everyday workday into an adventure? 

Every day is a balancing act between kids’ schedules, sporting events, work and the time I need for the gym or appointments, myself and of course there is time for US.  So, it is always an adventure. 

17. What is your favorite way to have fun? 

We enjoy spending time as a family on the lake boating and Bryan and I enjoy going for drives in the convertible.  And I LOVE shopping!

Feeling positive and wearing a smile is having fun for me.  Sharing good vibes and positivity and making others feel good about themselves is fun.  I try to live in the minute and find fun and good things everywhere I can.  Life is just too short.

18. Fave drink? 

Mostly water but if I am out it is Moscato or Crown Royal

19. Fave colour you think should be a neutral?  

Fuschia

20. What makes you a #mersurmuse?  

I do my best to live life to the fullest, share the love and just BE! 

Thanks Nikki for being an embodiment of the #mersurmovement. Please come back and shop with us anytime......we love that you stated that as one of your favorite things to do!