By ALISON CONNOLLY
Admit it, at one point or another in your childhood you fantasized about being a beautiful mermaid. When I was 7-years-old, I dressed as a sparkling mermaid for Halloween, likely inspired by the hit movie of the time Splash. My mom and grandma were quite clever creating the costume, using a bright bathing suit of mine as the costume’s base, adding a seashell bra and wrapping my lower torso in green fabric with painted fish scales. Fast-forward many years later, and once again I am able to dress as a mermaid and it also involves swimwear. That’s where Margarita Mermaid comes in. It is a delightfully whimsical brand of swimwear featuring designs inspired by mermaid essentials; seashells, starfish and sparkles. NYC-based designer Margarita “Mermaid” officially launched her label in 2012 with an Etsy store, and now has a full-fledged website that includes an inspiring collection of swimwear and eye-catching editorial-style photo lookbooks. What once began as a fun outlet for creations she made for her Instagram account, blossomed into an actual brand with a loyal following. With this collection there’s no need to trade your legs for a mermaid tail, since Margarita Mermaid makes it much easier to bring the underwater fantasy to life!