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)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Birthday Wishlist

Helloooo! It's summer, and typically when I think summer, the first thing on my mind is my birthday, which is coming real soon (6th August, one month from today!!)! If you know me, you know that I love making a big deal about my birthday and love being the centre of attention (actor's curse). This year is particularly special, because it's my 21st birthday, which is apparently a big deal here in the U.S. Although I am not really one for alcohol, it will be nice to be able to get into bars, events. etc. with age restrictions.

One part I love about my birthday is creating a dream birthday wishlist in my head. Obviously, I do not expect any (especially not all) of these items listed to be given to me on my birthday, nor do I think gifts are entirely necessary to enjoy one's birthday--wishlists are just fun to create! This also works as a gift guide to give an idea to those who may want to get me a little something. Mostly, I am looking forward to spending my birthday with close friends and having a good time (as well as dressing up!).   

Let's move on to the actual items (my "must-have's" are highlighted

ROSE GOLD//

I'm absolutely obsessed with rose gold. I have been for a couple of years now and it hasn't managed to go away quite yet (sorry, purse!). Here are a few rose gold things I have been eyeing for quite some time and, in an ideal world, would love to get my hands on.

AMERICAN APPAREL//
American Apparel is one of my favourite brands, and every summer I get back into wearing their clothes. AA is my favourite stop for basics, but because they are a bit on the pricey side, they make for a good wishlist! Lately, I've been very into buying black from the brand.

BEAUTY//

This year and this summer especially I've been getting more into beauty--whether repairing my newly damaged hair, styling my hair on a more regular basis, improving makeup skills, or taking better care of my skin. Because of this, I've been slowly building up my beauty collection to better quality products. These are just a few that I've been eyeing lately.
That's about it! Anyone else's birthday coming up? What's on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments! Or let me know if you like anything on my wishlist!
Stay sweet 
Sarah


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Barbary Coast



Hello, everyone! How's your summer going? I am simply loving being in my home of San Francisco for summer for the first time in my three years of university. Probably the best part about being in San Francisco is being able to still wear coats--much like this vintage one my grandmother gave me--even in July! I've also had the great privilege of seeing tonnes of shows (some starring my close friends) and dressing up for the occasion. This has given me the opportunity to learn how to dress up my wardrobe as well as learn cute, easy hairstyles for special occasions.


Speaking of hair, as you can see, I am blonde now! Probably just a temporary look, but so far I have been quite fulfilling the prophecy of sporting this new colour, and having a lot of fun. What do you think?? It will probably just be temporary, but I feel it suits me better than I had expected it would. 


Hope you are all enjoying your summer! I am thinking about making a thrifting haul video... let me know in the comments if that's something you'd like to see!

Stay sweet  
Sarah

P.S. Sorry for the delay in this post! I've just had my mobile phone stolen from me, which had several outfit photos I had been meaning to write posts about, but never had the chance! :-( Bummer. 

dress: thrifted (originally forever 21) | coat: vintage from my grandmother | heels: thrifted | handbag: vintage | brooch & rings: vintage

*Photos by the best roomie ever--Jessie

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Cherry Bomb


I'm back! Sorry about my absence...yet again! The end of my Junior year at university was incredibly hectic, and just as things are starting to calm down, there's only a week left until summer school begins! My hard work has been really paying off, however, as I passed my last semester with straight A's (hooray!!!)! Even more exciting, I now officially have a permanent home in San Francisco! No more dorm life for me! It's been a rough road house hunting, but my roommate, Jessie, and I finally found our dream home that's absolutely perfect for us (maybe even a little too big) with a great deal of help, and I can't wait to share it with all of you once it's set up! 

While all this craziness has been taking up most of my mind space, I found some time in-between to take photos of outfits I've worn and loved to share with all of you. This means there will be a few outdated looks (and by outdated, I mean that I am blonde now!) 


This little red look (and watching a lot of Mad Men) really sparked my more mature fashion awakening. Oddly, this means I've noticed that I have more of an interest dressing the way that I liked to when I was 15, which was entirely '50s-'60s inspired housewife type looks. This has also inspired the décor for my bedroom in my house, which I can't wait to share with you! Probably the biggest change for me is that I've been wearing heels more often than ever. This may not be the most convenient style of dress for living in hilly San Francisco, but it definitely gives me a confidence boost! Despite it being summertime, a vintage-inspired faux-fur coat in San Francisco is always a must.


In an effort to simply and re-brand myself, I will be selling some clothes I no longer want for discounted prices (including pieces that have been featured on the blog!) on a collaborative page alongside my roommate, Jessie. Once it's completed, I will definitely be sharing it with you all to check out, so be on the lookout for that!

Stay sweet 
Sarah

dress: vintage | belt: secondhand faux fur coat: forever 21 | handbag: vintage | heart earrings: vintage | shoes: old | pins: handmade ("Cherry Cola" by Rachael, "Nate" by me)

New from eShakti (plus a FREE $35 coupon!)

As most of you already know (due to a previous post), I am in love with the brand eShakti. Even better than the clothing that they provide is the underlying message that goes along with it--there is no such thing as the right size or shape, and if you love a piece of clothing you deserve to feel good in it! Well, I was super excited to find out that eShakti has new lines in stock perfect for summertime, and even is including new customisable pieces such as pants (something I definitely need to better incorporate into my wardrobe), jumpsuits, rompers, and more!

Along with these new additions, eShakti has also launched its revamped website, allowing for an easier navigation and shopping experience. The new categories are conveniently listed at the top, so completing your outfit is no sweat.

If you're not already convinced eShakti is your one stop shopping destination, then check out a few of my favourite pieces they have up for sale right now!



  1. Brooklyn Dress ($59.95) - I'm obsessed with this retro silhouette and unique colour, definitely a must for my wardrobe. And the best part? It has pockets! A match made in heaven.
  2. Floral Crochet Lace Crop Top ($32.95 *sale*!) - Is this not the most darling top you've ever seen? Classic, clean lines but with my favourite addition--lace! This top is from eShakti's latest Contemporary line, which now is 40% off everything!.
  3. Stripe Print Crepe Jogger Pant ($38.95 *sale*!) - This is something very different than what I normally go for, and that's what I love about it! I love the look of tapered ankle-length trousers, and these look so comfortable and cute, perfect for summer in San Francisco, where it's not always bright and sunny.
  4. Check Print Two-Buckle Belt Dress ($99.95) - This was the real showstopper dress for me. I'm in love with the shape and neckline, and the print is to die for. Who doesn't love a dress with a free belt anyway?
  5. Sash Tie Flowy Crepe Shorts ($59.95) - This is my way of cheating the shorts look. I love how with your legs together these could totally pass as a cute mini skirt, with the comfort and security of being shorts. And they're just feminine enough to add a bit of personality to any outfit.
ssed with eShakti like I am, then I have even more exciting news that's sure to get your attention. Drumroll please... For the next two weeks (ending 21st June 2015), you can use the coupon code THEPETITEPIXIE35 for a free $35 coupon toward your next purchase! That's like getting that crochet crop top I've shown above for FREE! This is an opportunity you must not miss out on. What better way to start your eShakti collection or update your wardrobe for summer than with a coupon?

Have a happy summer and of course,
Stay sweet ♡  
Sarah


P.S. Special thanks to eShakti for sharing this generous coupon with you all! And happy shopping, everyone!
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