We’re beyond excited to be welcoming 27-year-old Merrick White from Merricks Art as our Glam Girl today! From Huntington Beach Calfornia, Merrick’s laid back yet polished style is the epitome of effortless chic. Merrick shares a natural, beautiful approach to fashion which is interspersed with snippets of her gorgeous life. It’s no wonder she has such a loyal band of followers and we’re thrilled she is sharing some of her insights and style secrets with us today…
What motivated you to start your blog?
I started my blog when I got married, and used it to document our travel and my art. Over time it shifted to documenting my small sewing projects, and the more I posted and created, the more I grew to love style and clothing designing, and now it’s my primary focus and passion!
How does the city you live in inspire your day-to-day fashion?
Moving to a beach city a year and a half ago definitely influenced my style. There is such a casual vibe here with windblown hair, frayed edges, and hardly a close toed shoe in sight. And although I still love to get dressed up, my style has shifted to more of an effortless, relaxed feel, which I really love.
Who are your style icons?
Honestly I don’t have any specific style icons. I draw inspiration from so many designers, bloggers, celebrities, and people around me — it’s such a mix of inspiration sources, which I think helps me really develop my own style, rather than just copying someone else’s.
Name one piece every woman should have in her wardrobe and why?
A great pair of jeans. I don’t care what style or silhouette they are, but if they fit you well and make you feel amazing, then any great outfit (casual or dressy) can be built off of them.
What items do you always carry in your handbag?
Sunglasses, lipgloss, and a hair tie (and my wallet, of course).
What is the best beauty trick you’ve ever learned?
Dry shampoo. I used have to wash my long hair almost every day because it got greasy so fast. But now I use sauve dry shampoo and can go up to 5 days without washing it — life changing!
Tell us…what is something not many people know about you?
Up until about five years ago, I had almost no interest in or knowledge about style or fashion. In fact, I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I went through a little grungy period in high school. But somehow, as I got into designing and sewing my own clothes, a love for style came along and now, besides my family, it’s my greatest passion. Crazy how a few years can turn your whole life upside down.
What are your favourite prints or colors to mix? Do you have any tips?
My all time favorite prints to mix are leopard and stripes (although I just saw someone wearing gingham and floral together the other day and I’m pretty sure I could get addicted to that). If only I had enough leopard pieces to do it every day (I certainly have enough striped pieces to pull that off). When pattern mixing, go for one big print and one little print, and make sure your prints have one color in common, which helps your outfit feel unified and purposeful.
When you need a little pick-me-up, how do you add sparkle to your life and feel good?
I paint my nails a pretty color, and fill my house with fresh flowers.
How do you start your day? Do you have a morning routine?
Now that school is out, I’m trying to get in a routine of regular morning exercise. I love to get up before my kids, do a workout video, and then make myself (and them) a green smoothie. It’s the perfect jumpstart to a healthy day.