Saturday, August 22, 2015

Dark Side of the Moon


Hello, there! Long time, no see! I wish I had a better excuse for my absence these past few weeks other than I've just been incredibly busy and distracted lately. And also sick. Very, very sick. I have barely slept in weeks due to a very bad cough, which is thankfully, I am hoping, reaching its end. It has been difficult to get myself to leave the house because of this, let alone pull together a full ensemble cute enough to share here.

Overall, this past week has been entirely disastrous (which, according to my dearest Jessie, could be due to the current Venus Retrograde, for all of you astrology fans), for myself and nearly everyone I am close with and see regularly. I am not going to go into details, mostly because some are not mine to give, and ones that are are not something I'm entirely comfortable about discussing, but this week's events have left me feeling quite melancholy. The weather going from cheery and bright to dark and gloomy right after one key event responsible for my mood did not help matters much either. Conclusively, the third week of August has been very rough and very emotional.


One thing that I typically do (and have done pretty much my entire life) when I am in ~a mood~ is listen to lots and lots of my lifetime-long favourite band, Fleetwood Mac, which usually leads to me leaving the house in an outfit like this. I think wearing all black can be oddly empowering and makes me feel good about myself when I'm not really feeling too great. What are some things you like to do when you're in a funk? I'd love to take any advice during this time.


Sorry to come back with such a dismal post. To make up for my weird place currently, I will focus on the positive and share some things that made me smile despite the week being rough.

Good things from this week:
That's all for now. Apologies once again that I couldn't be my usual chipper self this week. I've got lots of exciting stuff coming up, however, so that will be sure to lighten my mood, and I cannot wait to share them with you!

Until then, enjoy the rest of summer, and for those who are starting school, best of luck with your classes!

Stay sweet 
Sarah

P.S. There is still a short amount of time to enter my blog's 2-year anniversary giveaway! Why don't you help support my little blog and swing on over and enter to win some super cute prizes? I will love you forever!



dress: american apparel | hat: borrowed from jessie | tights: target | boots: vintage | handbag: vintage (with betsey johnson strap) | necklace: thrifted | rings: vintage


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Two-Year Anniversary (+Giveaway!)


EEEEE!! ♡ I am so excited to announce that today is the 2-year anniversary of my very first blog post here on The Petite Pixie! It's been an incredible two years, and I look forward to many more to come. I'm slowly learning the ropes of this whole blogging thing, and can't wait to grow even more with all of you supporting me.

Perhaps you remember last year, when I did a special giveaway for my 1 year anniversary. Well, that giveaway helped my blog so much and really encouraged me to try new things with blogging, so I decided to host another one in celebration of blogging for 2 years!

The prizes consist of a few small tokens I feel accurately represent The Petite Pixie's style, aesthetic, and mood, as well as some beauty goodies and a $20 gift voucher to me and my roomie's new "shop my closet" online shop--The Nymph and the Pixie!



The Prizes: 

  • $20 Voucher for The Nymph and the Pixie (opening soon!)
  • Teal Glasses (from ModCloth)
  • 2 polka-dot bow hairclips
  • Handmade felt "Mermaids Against Misogyny" button
  • Collar necklace
  • H&M pastel stud bracelets (set of 3)
  • 2 face masks (detoxifying + peel-off)
  • 2 Rimmel London 60-Second Nail Polish
  • 3 emery boards
  • Sweet Pea scented mini candle
  • A mirror that attaches to your mobile phone
  • Trolli Crawlers (my favourite!!!)

How to Enter:

Use the widget below and follow the instructions to enter the giveaway! Each action performed will count toward your number of entries. The more you share, the more chances you have to win, so come back every day for more entry possibilities!

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**The giveaway begins today, 9 August 2015 and ends 9 September 2015--that's a whole month to enter!**


Thank you so much for two lovely years! It's been an absolute dream. I can't wait to see what I will have done come year 3!


Stay sweet  ♡
Sarah

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Twenty-One


This past Thursday was my 21st birthday!! I feel so unbelievably lucky to have such incredible people in my life to celebrate with. Spending my 21st in San Francisco was an absolute dream--I visited the ModCloth Fit Shop downtown and tried on some very beautiful pieces (and purchased a couple!), picked up some freebies from Sephora, and made lots of memories. 


For those of you who may be wondering/care--I am not a huge drinker, but I figured you only turn 21 once, so I partook in a couple of cocktails, now that I can legally purchase them. My first drink was an appletini at Elephant Bar in Daly City! Growing up, my favourite television show was Scrubs, so ever since I was a kid, I always said that my first drink when I turn 21 would be an appletini (a reference to the show). I always assumed I would hate it, but still needed to do it anyway. I was actually pleasantly surprised (you can see my reaction on Vine here)! Later in the night, I had a strawberry daiquiri at Cheesecake Factory at Union Square and then a fuzzy navel at The Edge, a bar in the Castro. I had no intention of getting wasted or anything like that, so these three spread throughout the day were enough for me to enjoy my birthday!


As per usual, I picked out a special birthday dress to wear this year! This one in particular is from ModCloth, and I'm absolutely in love with it. Unfortunately, after my fit session, myself, my roomie/BFF Jessie, and a handful of ModStylists couldn't zip it back up! The zipper ended up breaking entirely (don't you just hate those plastic zippers?), so I was pinned up with safety pins. Not the best way to start off my day, but the team there was kind enough to offer me $20 off the shoes I had been eyeing considering the circumstances--so that was one way to make my day!

Speaking of shoes, aren't these shoes to die for? For years I had been dying for a pair of Miu Miu shoes (after always seeing them on Elle Fanning, a style icon of mine). I managed to score this vintage pair for $16 at a Goodwill in Berkeley! Can you believe that? (And yes--they're real!) I couldn't believe my luck, so I was ecstatic when I realised that they matched my birthday dress perfectly.

That about wraps up my day! Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday and made it oh, so special! And a happy birthday to my fellow Leo's out there!

I want to know--for those readers 21 and over--how did you celebrate your 21st? Let me know in the comments!!

Stay sweet ♡ 
Sarah

P.S. My two-year blog anniversary is coming up! Stay tuned tomorrow for a giveaway!!


dress: modcloth | shoes: vintage miu miu | belt: from another dress, macy's | tiara: claire's | watch: target


*photos by my big brother, Josh


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Rotary Dial



Summer school is finally coming to a close today (just in time for my birthday)! Although it was a lot of work condensed into 7 weeks of classes, I took classes that were perfect for summer--a creative writing course in which we write original short stories, which really got my creative juices flowing, and a seminar course in which we see performances and come back to discuss them as a class. The latter of the two gave me plenty of opportunities to dress up, whether for the symphony, the theatre, or a jazz club. 

My favourite event to plan an outfit for was The EXIT Theatre's production of "The Desk Set"--a play taking place in the 1950s. I curled my newly-dyed bright pink hair and threw on this vintage-inspired, full-skirted dress and enjoyed myself a good show. Although I never need an excuse to rock a 50s silhouette, it's always fun to make an excuse for one ;).


This Betsey Johnson rotary phone handbag has been my go-to bag for almost two years now, and it fit in perfectly with my little 1950s theme--not to mention I can never leave the house without getting so many compliments on it, as well as turn some heads when I use the phone for actual phone calls (yes, the phone bit really works through my mobile phone!).



This is an outfit that I felt very much me in, after a while of feeling like I was losing myself in my fashion choices. Sometimes I get lost in what I "should" be wearing or what is popular, but once I fall back on retro looks like this, I am most happy and feel most myself. Something worthy of taking note of! Does that ever happen to anyone else? I want to know!

Happy August to everyone, and enjoy your last few weeks of summer!

Stay sweet 
Sarah

P.S. My 2 year blog anniversary is coming up real soon! Be sure to be on the look out for a special giveaway!


dress: thrifted (originally h&m) | handbag: betsey johnson | shoes: vintage | socks: topshop

Monday, July 27, 2015

Outdoorsy


Hello there! How is your summer treating you? Lately I've been doing something that is quite out of the ordinary--going outside. Being very fair skinned and just a city girl in general, the outdoors and myself do not usually mix well (I always find some way to hurt myself/get burnt/etc...), but since it is summer time and the weather has been unusually warm, I've taken it upon myself to attempt to brave nature every so often. I find it difficult to be comfortable outdoors and still look cute (another reason I don't do it often), but this past weekend I managed to do so and survived, which I will say, has convinced me maybe nature isn't all bad...

Nah, I'm not entirely opposed to the idea of being in the wilderness/sun, it has just never been something that appeals to me, which I am trying to change! I think stepping out of your comfort zone every once in a while is really important for self-growth/discovery/etc.! What I need to remember, however, is to know my limits and not go overboard... 


Self-growth is one of my main focuses this summer. Although I'm incredibly busy with summer school and other sorts of things, I am really trying to get out of my comfort zone this summer, put myself out there, do things just for me, and try and be a better person. A lot to tackle, possibly, but so far I've found myself a lot happier as a result, and can't wait to keep going from here.


Summer is almost coming to a close. What did you accomplish this summer? Are there still things on your to-do list? Let me know!

Stay sweet ♡  
Sarah

P.S. I have pink hair now! Not the same pink as those photos above, but still pink! What do you think?? 

playsuit: vintage | cardigan: thrifted (originally gap) belt: thrifted (originally madewell) handbag: vintage | socks: gift (originally h&m) shoes: old



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Kintsugi


This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of seeing my all-time favourite (modern) band/, Death Cab for Cutie, in concert for the first time !!!! We stood super close and it was overall very emotional (especially when they performed "What Sarah Said") because words cannot describe how much their music has done for me in my short life.....but anyway! 


I bought the world's softest jumper at the concert and have quite literally been finding any way to incorporate it into my outfits every day since the concert on Saturday. On that note, this summer has been very much about black and grey for me--which is very new. It could be because I was recently asked by a friend "Do you even own any black???" (yes, I'm talking about you, James), or maybe it's because I have discovered (through lots of changing room experimentation) wearing black is kind of empowering and I like that. Whatever the reason, I am glad this amazing DCFC jumper goes along with most of my outfits--especially since here in San Francisco it tends to get rather chilly, even in the middle of July.


For this outfit in particular, which I wore the day after the concert, I felt like celebrating their latest album Kintsugi; a method in which cracks and flaws in broken pottery is embellished with gold or silver (which I referenced with gold elements in my accessories), rather than covered up. The philosophy behind kintsugi celebrates the imperfect, and claims that breakage is part of the history of something, as opposed to something that should be hidden. I've been taking this to heart lately, and am (attempting) to apply it to my own self, through my body image, etc. Reading up on this has really changed the way I view things that I consider "flaws" in myself. I still have a lot of work to do on my own self-esteem, as many of us do, but I'm happy to see myself making steps in the right direction toward self-love~


Have you been to any concerts this summer? What are some of your favourite bands? I have been trying to get into new music, so if you have any recommendations, leave them in the comments and I'll be sure to check them out! As for me, I will be focusing myself on healing my post-concert depression by watching all of the videos and photos I took

Stay sweet ♡
Sarah


jumper: dcfc concert | top: charlotte russe | skirt: american apparel (thrifted) | belt: vintage | shoes: old | handbag: betsey johnson (gifted) | sunnies: thrifted | jewellery: all vintage

*Photos of me by Ryan S.; concert photos by me

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

#LoveWins


Now for something quite a bit different (and possibly controversial?) from my usual outfit posts. Last weekend (27-28 June) was the annual Pride celebration here in San Francisco, coincidentally one day after marriage was legalised for same-sex couples in all 50 states. Needless to say, it was a historic event to say the least, and I was privileged enough to be here during summer for the first time (as I mentioned in my last post)! Obviously, I was thrilled to be in my beautiful, loving, and colourful city to celebrate this great accomplishment for the LGBTQA+ community, something I myself have been supporting and fighting for for 7+ years. As a proud ally and friend of lovely LGBTQA+ folk, I consider this a personal victory as well, despite it not directly affecting me.


#SFpride 2015 will definitely be a weekend I will never forget and proudly tell my children, who will hopefully, if I raise them right, be in shock that there were ever laws against equal marriage. I wish that I was in more of a celebratory mood the day of the parade (my phone had been stolen from my back pocket the day before and I was still a bit traumatised) so that I could go all out in costume and party in commemoration of this victory. I did however see the parade, purchased a magnet, and took photos so that I could still have the memories, despite not being a fan of large crowds (especially tourists...sorry!)


Congratulations to my LGBTQA+ friends who have fought to get married and now have the right. There is still much to be done to ensure a better, safer, happier world for the LGBTQA+ community, so let's not stop here.

Did you go to Pride anywhere in the country? I want to hear your experience! Let me know in the comments. What's your opinion on Obergefell vs. Hodges? I'm curious as to where my readers stand on this important issue. (Please avoid offensive slurs and hateful language, this blog is and will remain an LGBTQA+ safe environment.)

Stay sweet 
Sarah

*Photos by me. Photos taken in downtown San Francisco (in order of appearance: Mission Street, Market Street, Civic Centre)

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