"Mermaid culture" has influenced our style and trends for quite some time. We've seen mermaid-inspired blankets, unique tights modeled after their glittery scales, and even a merman hair dyeing trend on Instagram. Something about these magical creatures continues to invade our closets — and we're not the least bit mad about it.
Most recently, mermaid crowns have been making waves in the beauty world. These seashell headpieces are the brainchild of Chelsea Shiels, a 27-year-old florist from Melbourne, Australia. Shiels has always been fascinated by the idea of mermaids and adores the beach. "Most of all I'm amazed by shells and basically just wanted to show them off," she told A Plus.
When Shiels was a child, she received 21 stitches in her forehead, which left a scar. "I've been teased and bullied most of my life, so I've spent most of my life hiding behind unique headwear," she said. "I guess these are something good to come out of a bad situation!"
Each one of Shiels' meramaid crown creations are handmade and one-of-a-kind. She puts them together with beads, chains, and other embellishments as well as seashells that are "ethically collected from overflowing beaches." She hopes each person who dons one feels like a real princess.
These days, the mermaid crowns she sells on Etsy at her shop Chelsea's Flowercrowns sell out very quickly. But Shiels wasn't always eager to share her unique creations with the world. "I thought everyone would hate them," she said. "Like, why would you wear shells on your head, right?" But after receiving so many compliments from friends and family, she overcame those nerves, and built up the confidence to release some of her mermaid-inspired designs.
"I feel extremely lucky and my heart is so warm from all the positive feedback," she said. "I've learned if something scares you that it is worth doing and not to worry too much about judgement because the positive most definitely outweighs the negative. If you have a unique idea, go for it people!"
You can check out some of her beautiful mermaid crowns below: