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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