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Mermaids Drink Mermosas

Get ready to add these to your Sunday brunch with the girls: Mermosas

Only the sweetest, sexiest, ocean-loving mermaid could come up with something like these mer-tail drinks to sip on. (cough cough, me!) They’ll remind you of the waves, sunshine, and never-ending beach days where all you have to worry about is when your glass is empty.

After a night of blending, mixing, sipping, and pouring – your mer-friend decided these were the best! Even though the sweetness can be a little much, they are SO fun. Besides, all things mermaid have to be sparkly and include bubbles. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll just start to grow some scales after sipping on a few of these:

1.The Lucky One

Green like seaweed and lucky just like the sailor who finds such a siren as you! Blend up some liquor and ice and you have a wavy sea right inside your glass:

  • Blend ice, vodka, and Midori (don’t blend the ice too smooth)
  • Pour into glass and top with Hypnotiq 

 

2.The Flirty One

The mermosa of ALL mermosas! I couldn’t wait until the end to show you. If your girlfriend needs a pick-me-up, pick up these magical beverages and show her just how sparkles can really light up her world:

  • Half glass purple Viniq
  • Half glass champagne (we used this one)

 

3.The Wild One

Just like the waves in the ocean – wild and free. This mermosa specifically calls to all mermaids with the addition of some coconut island flavors. Let’s go get on island time:

 

4.The Fancy One

Don’t let the Flirty One fool you. Sparkles are great and all, but this mermosa might even please your mother. This champagne is colored with blueberries! It is SO pretty in a glass. We had to spice it up a bit, but this champagne alone is worth trying out:

Knock yourself out! Pour that bubbly, catch the waves of mermosas, and swim yourself into the weekend. Sparkles, bubbles, and pretty colors are fool-proof ingredients for good vibes. Have fun ladies!

xoxo – Mermaid Off Duty

P.S. You can get your very own “Mermaids Drink Mermosas” shirt at BecauseGirls.com

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Don’t Be Salty

Don’t be salty. Unless the ocean is the cause, you don’t need that negativity in your life! Being “salty” in modern day is when something has happened to upset you in a way where your attitude turns bad. Like when your co-worker hosts a meeting without you when you are the subject matter expert (eh hem… they missed out, not you). Or like when your boss says he’ll host lunch and backs out because of meetings and leaves you with the bill (what a bad role model). How about when you’re out for brunch and your waiter takes 20 minutes to come refill your mimosa? (he obviously doesn’t deserve the 20% tip you were going to leave…)

Do you see a trend yet? Out of all of those salty situations you may have encountered, it all comes full circle. You don’t have to be salty just because something inconvenient may have happened to you. In the end, you are not losing if you don’t let it. In all of those examples, you ended up winning. The cause of the “saltiness” were the ones who actually lost.   Your co-worker will hear it from your boss that you weren’t involved and the team could use some better leadership (eh hem… you). Your boss made a poor first impression to not only you, but the other co-workers he was supposed to lead (you just one-uped your other co-workers). Lastly, the waiter totally lost by not treating his guests as they should and will see that in his tip-out.

POINT BEING: “Salty” is an attitude. It’s an attitude that is negative which means you let something bring you down. Don’t be salty. You can make your day so much easier on yourself if you can look at a situation and see that you are winning when maybe others see it that you lost. Mermaids don’t let opinions of shrimp affect them. Next time you feel salty, look at the situation from a different angle to see how you can come out on top.

The only thing salty in our most recent photo shoot was mermaid hair, seashells in the pool, and salt rimmed rose glasses. Our BecauseMermaids Collection is out! Check out our Behind-The-Scenes quick-vid below of our photo shoot. Keep it real my girls, slay the day, and don’t be salty. #BecauseMermaids

 

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FLAWLESS

If you haven’t noticed in this blog all my Beyonce references, you will now. It’s been decided that this betch is beyond a role model but a major influencer for a lot of people, most importantly – me! Think for just a minute about yourself – do you have someone you look up to? Whether that’s a fitness model, makeup youtuber, or maybe even a Kardashian (have no shame) – you can really start to grow a vision for yourself with a role model if you don’t know where to start.

Today I want to highlight a specific song of Beyonce’s. You guessed it – Flawless. This song is different than most of her work where there is about a 30 second break in the lyrics where she features whom I thought was an excerpt from a Rosa Parks speech or something… shows how much I know. The speaker is actually a Nigerian writer, Chimamanda, who gives what I think is a very strong, important message. After listening to the song over and over, her words stuck out to me more than ever.

The take-away from her excerpt seemed to be the concept that girls are raised based on competition of their looks – not their qualities, accomplishments, or life goals. Thus, girls turn against each other. Because when faced with a competition of looks, that is a war you will not win. We cannot control who has blonde hair, black skin, green eyes, petite or curvy body types; we are who we are. What defines us genuinely IS our qualities, accomplishments, and life goals – and these are things we CAN control.

Since so much history has already been written of girls competing for attention by their looks, we need to understand the benefits of ridding that competition and begin supporting one another instead. We are collaborators, not competitors. Most importantly, we are not competitors for our looks. If anything, we should be competitors with our success and hard work. Using positive competition versus negative competition can encourage us to go beyond our limitations. As well as, when you bring strong minds together and consider each other as a team, that is when magic really happens. #SLAYtribe

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Slaying

Once again, BecauseGirls will bring up the trendy “slay” movement. However, I’d like to get personal with you and share some helpful information for those of us who really are trying to grow, evolve, and become better women. I had the privilege to be a part of a webinar; a free lecture for communication of women leadership. Here is a summary of what was shared and what I felt were important take-aways, enjoy:

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Summary and Notes of “Women Who Slay” by Jennifer Keitt

We love there has been a movement of this “new” term: Slaying; i.e. “to slay”, and “slaying it” — It’s really catching on and is referring to women who are “fantastic & well put-together…” — But “slay” is actually an old word referring “slay” in definition as, a fight, a war, or kill your enemy. There is a famous Chinese General, Sun Tzu, whose quotes have been passed down over hundreds of generations:

He says, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”

This is learning how to fight strategically to effortlessly win:

Learn to pick your battles…

Lesson 1 – Know my enemy and know thyself

If you know your enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles”

Know yourself, know your enemy. If you know everything you want, you can win every time. You learn, and/or you know the enemy you will face. The definition of the word KNOW is: to be aware through observation, inquiry, or information. This is to “know” yourself, your core values, know your enemies… What is your enemy?

Lesson 2 – Win first and then go to war

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war and then seek to win”

Every day you have to win, before you can win. Before the enemy even comes you are ready, prepared, and focused. You have got to win everyday. Know that you know, that you know. Know yourself. Know every morning how you will win today. Cool, calm, collected (CCC); you will win every time.

Lesson 3 – Understand that timing is everything

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious”

Know when you are ready to fight. Not when you’re tired, not when you’re angry, not when you’re not sure. If you have thought about that battle 3 times in a row – it’s time to act. Time to do it, make a change, confront what’s in front of you. First, you must win the war before you have to battle. Do this by knowing what you want the resolution of the battle to BE.

Next, you get to decide the right time. It’s your decision and time to take control: your destiny. Confront the battle with the facts. Honesty. Focus on the real issue – the main problem you must solve, or the goal you want to meet.

Lesson 4 – Always leave a way of escape

To surround an enemy, you must leave a way of escape”

Knowing when to say enough is enough. You put yourself in a position that if something fails, you can move forward. You position yourself, strategically, so that when all  your effort has been put forth, you have tried your hardest to beat the battle, you have a way out. You can forge ahead.

When will you be satisfied?

If you have to say enough is enough. If something doesn’t go the right way, this doesn’t mean that you won’t win the war. This means that you have tried your hardest, you have pushed the limits. You have decided that your energy in this situation is not worth it anymore and you can put forth your energy into something bigger, better, than where you are now. Take a leap of faith, be prepared to fail, be prepared to get up and try again. Be prepared to keep on trying will all your might to prove that you can beat the obstacle in front of you.

YOU HAVE THE POWER. YOU CAN SLAY WHAT COMES YOUR WAY.

Believe this everyday, and you will go somewhere…

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The BG Vlog

Get to know your BecauseGirls “Slay Ambassador” – Amanda Marie

BecauseGirls is trying something new just for you! We don’t always feel like reading something, so we wanted to try out giving you something to watch and listen to instead. Introducing: The BG Vlog.

Amanda will be covering some of the blogs already written and re-cap the content that we feel are important take-aways. Although our blog covers silly things, like tanning specifics or the latest coffee trend, our blog incorporates some significant personal values that we feel BecauseGirls really stands for. Those are the topics we want to talk to you about and see if you like our little vlogs a little bit more.

TALK to you soon!

 

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Mermaid Mafia

Is the childhood fantasy going too far? Mermaids are everywhere! Welcome the fad of everything shiny, beachy, and a little bit sexy. Girls and women everywhere are “hooked” on mermaids. (LOL) But no, seriously. Mermaids are freaking amazing. Their long beachy hair, bright and shiny tail, and usually up to something mischievous or just trying to have fun. Whether mythical creature or not, modern day is embracing “mermaid culture”.

Why? What does that even mean? At BecauseGirls, mermaid stuff is all around good vibes. Our tops are cute and phone cases cuter, but there is a little bit of passion and soul behind making our collection. Your fashion doesn’t just have to be any ol’ t-shirt, but your fashion should be a part of who you are. The release of our Mermaid Collection is a statement for ocean conservation awareness and mermaid culture. The culture? Let’s review:

  • Get Your Tail to the Beach

    • Get your butt out of your comfort zone and go travel. Extend your horizons and do something you’ve never done before or go somewhere you have never been!
  • Be Shore of Yourself

    • Believe in your gut and trust it’s taking you where you want to go. The flow of the ocean is constantly moving, and so will you! If it’s time to switch things up, trust yourself and take a chance.
  • Don’t Get Tide Down

    • Whether from a relationship point of view or a career point of view, don’t let your surroundings make you think you don’t have options! There are so many fish in the sea.
  • Make Waves

    • Be proud of who you are and don’t be afraid to show other people. Waves can look big and scary at first, but once you learn to ride you’ll be searching for bigger ones.
  • Avoid Pier Pressure

    • Lots of mermaids still like to party! I’m not gonna say that’s a bad thing. “Under the Sea” is my jam! Keep the seaweed under control; then there will be more for later. (wink, wink)
  • Keep Your Beach Clean

    • Last, but the MOST important! Your beach – whether that’s your town, city, school, house, workplace, whatever it is – you can make a difference by keeping it clean.
    • How? Mermaid culture is more than just throwing trash away – it’s about being mindful of reducing or eliminating use of non-recyclables. Waste, like single-use plastics, are filling our landfills and our oceans causing major disruption in the world’s ecosystems. Making subtle changes in your life can have the power to make a big difference.

Help spread the mermaid culture with our Mermaid Collection and find your inner ocean goddess!

Mermaid Mafia: wrecking havoc by acting on what you believe in

Hashtag #becausemermaids AND #becausegirls when posting to your social media about how you are taking part in mermaid culture!

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Be a Pineapple

Stand Tall

Wear a Crown

Be Sweet on the Inside

Might sound silly, but being a pineapple might be your next slay-phase. The cute phrases are easily relatable and memorable; especially when it’s your go-to summer time snack. Go pick out the juiciest pineapple, add it to your cocktail, and remember these three helpful tips this summer:

  1. Be the best you can be and know you’re trying your best. To “stand tall” can be interpreted various ways, but it’s a characteristic that stands for strength, independence, and grace among a forest of other pineapples. Don’t forget to grow your own way.
  2. Putting a spin on the cute little leaves off the top of a pineapple and calling it a crown might be a stretch, but damn right we are queens and we’ll take it. A crown is earned; it takes patience, respect for yourself and others, and knowing your worth.
  3. No matter what the outside looks like, pokey or rough, there is some juicy delicious fruit just waiting to be exposed. The outside isn’t what matters, its the inside that counts. In the end, your genuine qualities are really why people love you.

Be a Pineapple

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Tan is Always Better

Your BecauseGirls creative team is heading to Venice Beach for the holiday weekend. What’s better than being in California? The beach. What’s the greatest thing about being at the beach? Tanning.

Some other people may disagree… But there is nothing like a super sunny beach day and hours to hang out the ocean and the sand. Something about letting your whole body soak in the sun just feels so good! The cool thing is that the sun although may be the cause of skin cancer, (cough cough), it can also give you a beautiful bronze glow. I don’t know about you, but I long all winter for the first summer day when those bikini tan lines start to show.

Tanning can actually be a very strategic operation. If your goal is to tan today, you must start to think of the details:

  • What suit to wear? – The less material the better, duh
  • What side of the body do I need to focus on? – Whatever is still the lightest, duh
  • Most importantly: What tanning oil/lotion do I use?

Bingo. What the heck is the best product? I will swear by –

Banana Boat

Gets you bronze, brown and beautiful in just a few hours of sun soaking pool sides. Now once you master how to position your perfect angles, you come back into the house anxious to see your new skin tone. (Because, duh you need to match that new foundation from Sephora) The next step is your after sun care:

Burt’s Bees

Yes honey, this is your perfect combo. Believe it or not, this Burt’s Bees after sun paradise will turn any hard core tan (aka almost burnt) skin tone revived. I was honestly surprised when I found this product and it is actually hard to find! My local Target ran out of it. Works like magic.

Remember to EXFOLIATE and lotion always <3

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Professional Girls?

Are girls getting the recognition they deserve? Why does it seem women are slower to move up roles within companies? Someone’s getting in trouble at a company where you think they would be up to par during these progressive times – Facebook. Facebook was in the press this week  regarding a claim by a fellow Facebook employee that ran a data study on women in the engineering department. They crunched the numbers between men and women submitting development code to find that more of women’s work was being rejected than men’s.

Even though Facebook claims the study was incomplete and totally inaccurate, the company doesn’t have to disclose pertinent information in their diversity reports that would explain whether this most recent claim is true. Hmm…

My young professional career is still premature. However, it seems like Facebook will just try to sweep this one under the rug. It is a hot topic that young and professional girls today have not reached a closure in the gender wage gap perceived by society. At BecauseGirls, I’d like to think girls and women worldwide can use their intuition, confidence, and drive to go above and beyond societal standards, although with being a successful woman it also takes a supportive narrative mutually between both genders in the workplace.

Is being a young and professional girl easy? In social media, there are a lot of jokes about how being a young professional is so hard. Oh, you have to wake up this morning and have coffee and go to work that is paying for your bills? No, it’s really not that hard. But is being a young women in higher paid roles intimidating, or is it harder to find support by being the only women in a higher role? Sure it is. I think it is harder for a women to move up than men, and that is still visible in the workplace. We need to continue to work harder but smarter, at destroying the societal standard that a woman boss is harder to come by.

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Cinco de Drinko

I’m not sure why Americans love Cinco de Mayo so much. It’s not really because of the tequila and delicious mexican beer, right? We like May 5th for the camping and the barbecue, drunk old guys, and a great way to pretend like you’re on vacation. Grab your amigas and amigos and don’t turn down for what at today’s Cinco de Mayo fiestas. Since I know most of you will have at least one tequila shot, let’s learn a little bit about it:

Did You Know…?

  • tequila could help you lose weight
    • Ya bitches, guess what, tequila just became your best friend. The 100% agave is what keeps you 100 and I’m sorry, but only 2 shots please. Stimulates metabolism and help dissolve fats. Your welcome
  • it can help you sleep
    • You definitely have a high chance of taking a nap after your taco food coma. Or the one who is gonna cha cha all night and you’ll sleep real good. Hey, you deserve it!
  • it won’t give you a hangover
    • Sure, if you’d like to break your bank with a top shelf shot, you’ll be ready for round 2 Saturday for those post-cinco de mayo fiestas, mis amigas. Bring on a whole weekend of tequila!

May the chips and salsa be with you.

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(we have some taco and tequila shirts, browse here)

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