Can I let you in a little secret? Come a little closer, we can’t let everyone hear.
I’m a mermaid.
Okay, so if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, or kept an eye on my Twitter account and have seen my frequent requests for a mermaid emoji, it probably comes as no surprise to you. In fact, if you’re a loooooong time reader of my blog (anyone out there?), you might even remember some posts about a mermaid convention.
Yep, that’s right! I said mermaid convention. I dug back into the archives and found some posts from the First Annual MerCon in Las Vegas that took place back in 2011. As soon as my mermaid bestie Heather and I heard about it we made plans to go! We stayed at a mermaid-themed casino and got to meet some fabulous mermaid authors and artists (including Catalina Garreton, whose work is still so much fun to follow all these years later!). The first day included panels with mermaid authors and a mermaid beauty pageant. On the second day Heather had an underwater mermaid photoshoot and we explored the Strip. (I giggled as I read this post, because 1) that taxi driver used to text me every holiday to wish me a happy or merry whatever the holiday was, 2) when people look for recommendations I still recommend picking up an expensive mocha at the Bellagio, because it is 👌🏼 (hopefully it’s still as good as it was back in the day!), and 3) the French restaurant we ate at wasn’t fancy, but it was delicious, and I still remember that meal. I wish I remembered the name of the restaurant!)
Unfortunately, that was the last year of the First Annual MerCon in Las Vegas, so the next year we attended the First Annual Mer-Palooza in Orlando. I didn’t post about that trip. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a rough trip physically and we weren’t impressed with the convention or the venue. (They had one or two more, but I don’t think Mer-Palooza is running anymore. Now the only convention that I’m aware of is MerMania in North Carolina, which I haven’t been to yet.)
All of this is to say that I have a background in mermaid life. And, back in the day, I used to show off my mermaid side on a daily basis with shells and starfish charms in my hair, and blue eye makeup. When we were at Mer-Palooza, we met Mish, who’s a Nigerian musician. He was there for another convention, so he and his manager got us into the convention the night he performed so that we could watch. When they found out we were there for a mermaid convention, Mish’s manager pointed to my eye makeup and said, “Oh, that explains your eye makeup.” Now that I’m writing this, I realize that sounds kind of rude, but it didn’t come off as rude at all. And even though the blue wasn’t just a “mermaid convention” makeup look, it was a mermaid inspired look.
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Earlier this year I heard a rumor that a mermaid emoji is supposed to come out this year. FI-NA-LLY! (Except I thought it was supposed to come out in June and it’s not here yet. 😢) In honor of the hope that I’ll finally have a mermaid emoji, I thought I’d break out my old eye shadows (because yes, I still have them), and share my everyday mermaid makeup look with all of you. Mermaid life is the best life!