Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Bay Street Stars

Fuchsia Flowers on a Vine - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Star Jasmine - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Star Jasmine - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Red Lotus - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Tucked away between two busy Santa Monica thoroughfares,
tranquil and quiet little Bay Street is a sweet surprise 
and welcome respite on a warm, sunny day!!

And not to mention, it's simply full of botanical delights!!

At the moment, star jasmine is stealing the show
...flowering on every corner
...and filling the air with the most delicious perfume!! 

The abundant white and starry blossoms look beautiful
paired with spring's fuchsias and reds 
and turn an ordinary city street into the mirror image of
Wonderland!!


HappyFriday!!
Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Monday, May 23, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Fashion Faves

Alice in Wonderland Fashion by Mademoiselle Mermaid

I'm head-over-heels, fallen-down-the-rabbit-hole excited for the release of Through the Looking Glass this week!!
...As I decide what in the world to wear to the show, I'm revisiting some of my favorite Alice in Wonderland-inspired from my collection!!

From lace 'n tulle to crochet 'n pearls...Here are a few of my top picks:




"Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality."
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Happy MermaidMonday!!

Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Jacaranda Trees

Purple Jacaranda Trees in Santa Monica, CA.

Purple Jacaranda Trees in Santa Monica, CA.

Purple Jacaranda Trees in Santa Monica, CA.

Purple Jacaranda Trees in Santa Monica, CA.

Purple Jacaranda Trees in Santa Monica, CA.

Purple Jacaranda Trees in Santa Monica, CA.


When the weather forecast is cloudy with a chance of Jacarandas,
even the most ordinary day, complete with a to-do list and endless errands to run,
becomes something wonderfully magical.

Trees lining so many Santa Monica streets burst into magnificent
lavender-purple bloom for a few weeks each spring, delighting residents
and tourists alike with their exotic color and fairy bell-like flowers,
and showering passersby with falling blossoms.
There's a carpet of purple underfoot and a spring daydream of a scene overhead.

That's the gift of the Jacarandas...
And I'm ready with open arms and open aperture to receive it!!

HappyFriday!!
Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mermaid Monday : May Gray Magic


Santa Moinca Beach and Pier in May

Yellow Gladiolus Flower Photo by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Cancer Mermaid Zodiac Illustration by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Pink Zinnias Close Up Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid


Mornings are cloudy 'n cool May-gray this month,
and that's ok with me!!
...Once summer kicks into high gear, there is sure to be enough
bright sun and heat to satisfy even the beachiest of bums!!
...For now, I'm enjoying prime photo opportunities in the overcast light,
meditative walks on gray and foggy beach...
And when I need an infusion of bright, saturated colors,
I open up my pencil box and get to sketching- mermaids of course!!
Ruled by the moon,
and dazzling among the delicate rose blooms of a summer garden,
Cancer is the newest edition to my siren series!!

Happy Mermaid Monday!!
Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Red-Orange Roses

Red-Orange Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Red-Orange Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Red-Orange Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Red-Orange Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Red-Orange Roses - Flower Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid

As you do in May, 
I've enjoyed the company of so many roses, flowering trees, 
and winged friends over the past week!! 

This particularly pretty bunch of red-orange roses caught my eye this morning!!

A slightly overcast day made the barn red shade really pop against a expanse of bright green grass, dotted with clover. 

...Looks like these two little black phoebe birds approve of the view too!!

Black Phoebe Birds


HappyFriday!!
Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Words of Wisdom : Hello, May!!

Taurus Mermaid Zodiac Illustration by Mademoiselle Mermaid

Flower Photography - Orange Rose with Bokeh by Mademoiselle Mermaid

May has unfurled her petals like a beautifully blooming rose...
and inside is revealed a vastness of blue sky,
tuffs of fluffy white clouds,
and a little dancing breeze that refreshes and delights!!

This month, I'm looking forward to springtime enchantments galore!!
...There are more floral print turbans waiting in the wings,
a fabulous spring neckwear collection in the works,
...and how could I not be giddy with excited anticipation of 


Last but certainly not least of these magical may delights, is the latest mermaid to make my acquaintance!!
...Elegant and flowery Taurus celebrates the color of the season and the beauty of life!! (See the illustration up top=)

Field of Clover - Spring Photography by Mademoiselle Mermaid


"The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May."
-Edwin Way Teale

Love,
MademoiselleMermaid

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Dahlia Delights


In fall and winter, I love to see pompoms playfully bouncing on hat tops, 
or dangling from the drawstrings of a snuggly cape or shawl...

But when spring and summer arrive, in the garden is where fluffy orbs look best!!
...particularly if they're the full and fanciful dahlia type!!

I captured this beauty of a bloom early one morning, 
just as the sun crept over a wall of rose bushes...

...And like a cheerleader waving her fiery red pompoms,
this darling dahlia brought the sleeping garden to life!!


HappyFriday!!

Love,
MademoiselleMermaid