After years and years (and years) of flower crowns, the music-festival world was due for a new hair accessory du jour
. And someone in Australia delivered with the prettiest, dreamiest, mermaid-iest creations we've seen this side of a Disney movie.
reports, Chelsea Shiels, a 27 year-old Melbourne-based florist, has quietly been making pearl, seashell, and gemstone-bedazzled crowns for the past few years, before introducing them on Etsy
last fall. In the past six weeks, she finally started posting her increasingly elaborate wares to Instagram.
"I was scared of people's opinions," she said. "I thought people would think it was dumb to put shells on your head."
Um, no. With the rise of everything mermaid (fitness classes, tights, blankets and even hair colour), the people have spoken and we’re all fully on board. While Shiels’ initial offerings consisted of minimal, single-tier scallop-shell headbands, more recent designs make beautiful use of crystals, gemstones, gold chains, and beads.