Being a redhead born in the 90’s, I grew up glued to the TV screen with The Little Mermaid on repeat. We were fortunate enough to have a pool at home, so every summer I would spend as much of my day in the pool as I could! My mum made me a walking mermaid tail after much begging, except I was not to swim in it. Oh boy, the temptation was real! I instead swam in clothes, and tried to be as mermaidy as possible at every chance.
Fast forward about 20-something years later, and what’s changed? Not a lot! Society slowly started to embrace the magic of mythical creatures and suddenly there were mermaids and unicorns and fairies everywhere. Had the 90’s returned? I think so! I stumbled across swimmable mermaid tails through Facebook, and my heart skipped a beat or ten. Knowing I could buy a tail and a fin and actually be a mermaid honestly blew my mind! I worked hard and saved up, and bought my first tail. That first swim was an absolute dream, and it hasn’t lost it’s magic a whole 4 years later.
Right, enough rambling about my dreaming. How and why mermaids? Well, as a multimedia designer with print experience, and a mother who sews, I started to connect the dots. I found a printing company who who print on the fabric I wanted. I designed 4 tails, sent them to print, and waited. A few short weeks later, they arrived – along with some heavy breathing, a racing heart and some tears. It was possible! After my mum braved this new sewing process – I finally got to swim in one of my own tails, and it was incredible. More so than my first tail, because I’d made this. Oh boy!
Fast forward a year later, and I’d decided to do the thing – sell tails and make dreams come true. As a kid who dreamed of being a mermaid, this is still lives with me in my late twenties. Swimming in a tail gives me a happiness I cannot find anywhere else. I leave my worries behind and just swim, and I want to be able to share that feeling with others too.
Two Oceans Mermaid Tails is about making a fantasy fairytale dream come true, for those who want something crazy and different but magical at the same time. For those who feel relaxed and comforted by water. For those who love the feeling of leaving the real world behind. This is me, and this is for you!