How fun is this dress for summer? The colors and the swirly seaweed pattern remind me of my childhood for many reasons.
First, I LOVED mermaid movies. There was The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Aquamarine, The Little Mermaid II, The Little Mermaid III, The Little Mermaid TV series (do you get the gist?)–and even non-mermaid movies like Free Willy and Shark Tale. I didn’t like Nemo, although I could relate to Dory since our names rhymed. What it all boils down to though, really, is The Little Mermaid.
I ESPECIALLY loved The Little Mermaid. I could belch out a tune sort of like Ariel could (haha…not)–and I even had the Ariel BARBIE doll. She didn’t have a tail, but the Ketchup red hair was enough for me! I can remember taking baths as a little girl and bringing Ariel in with me, because I knew that she missed the sea ;) I was even Ariel for Halloween one year!
Lastly, I was a swimmer. Every summer, and for a few years in the winter as well, I’d break out my cap and goggles, my one-piece swim suits, and prepare for the awful racerback tan-line and matching pasty white stomach. It was so fun to spend my mornings at the pool with my friends, doing laps, and than staying at the pool way way past morning. My brother is now the swimmer of the family, swimming almost every day and getting crazy fast times and stuff. Let me tell you–he is VERY good.
I don’t do anything crazy like dress up as Ariel, watch The Little Mermaid infinite times, or get AS awful of tan-lines anymore. Oceans and mermaids and swimming aren’t a big factor in my life anymore. Not because I don’t have the time, but because I’m just not as interested. But in a strange/crazy/really awesome way, this dress allows me to become the mermaid that I always wished to be. And sometimes, still do wish to be.