Rescue Sirens ♥ Merbella Studios, Inc. June 20, 2017 18:05

From Jess: 

I've mentioned before how important it is to me to support people and small businesses that I believe in, whether that's by purchasing their products, sharing information about their business, or both! Today, I wanted to shine a spotlight on a company that means a great deal to me: Merbella Studios, Inc.

Merbella Studios is the husband-and-wife tail-making team of Tyler and Raven Sutter. Together, they bring Raven's gorgeous mermaid tail designs to life in performance-grade silicone, and their exceptional work has been seen in the annual "Weeki Wachee Mermaids" wall calendar, live shows, music videos, and the upcoming feature length film from Conglomerate Media and Kingsway Productions, "The Little Mermaid." Raven and Tyler provide mermaid tails to a select few individuals each year, and I was fortunate enough to have them bring Nim's tail to life for me in 2016.

Photos? But of course!

Not only do they do phenomenal work, but Raven and Tyler are just plain wonderful people, too. I've talked before about how kind, creative, enthusiastic, and brilliant they are, and I'm proud to call them friends. When they announced that they'd be opening an apparel and accessories store online,, I was one of the first to sign up! I wanted to show my support, of course, but, independently of that, I also knew Merbella would be selling awesome mermaid merchandise that I'd want to own. I placed my first order as soon as humanly possible.

I'm thrilled to report that I LOVE everything I ordered and I can recommend it without hesitation. The printing (or, in the case of the baseball cap, the embroidery) is crisp, the shirt materials are soft and fit true to size, and the high-waisted yoga pants are unbelievably comfy (and this is coming from a girl with a lot of yoga pants and leggings). Raven has teased a new leggings design -- an abalone-inspired print -- and I'm already planning on adding it to my Merbella apparel collection.

Quick side story: my Merbella yoga pants literally (no, not figuratively!) saved my butt. I was retrieving some packing material from our outside closet, and I realized that my rear end was rubbing against the inside of the scratchy closet door. Not wanting to ruin my new Merbella leggings, I quickly stepped away from the door... and looked back to see a fat black widow spider resting on the door right below where my butt had been! I'd just remarked to Chris about how the haphazardly-spun spiderweb inside the closet looked like a black widow's web -- and, if I hadn't been concerned about my beloved new pants, I might've gotten a little too up close and personal with one of California's most common venomous arachnids!

In addition to tops and bottom-saving pants, Merbella also offers accessories like tote bags (purchased, but not pictured) and silicone scale cuffs (like the one I'm wearing in the above photos). Everything a modern mermaid needs! To bring a little bit of mermaid magic to your land-based existence, visit