Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hello, Again

Well, hello there! You may notice a few changes around here--and by a few I mean everything. The Petite Pixie is now What Sarah Said! For a while, I feel as though I've outgrown my "petite pixie" persona, and that I had to put on this somewhat faerie-like, positive façade, when in reality, I'm just a 22 year old college grad, who experiences a plethora of emotions and wears more than just pastel sparkles. Don't get me wrong, The Petite Pixie will always be a part of me, but just one side of me. I'm more interested in exposing every layer and curve of my being (in moderation).  Before you click unfollow, there are some aspects of this blog that won't go away!

Content That Won't Change:
  • outfit posts--I, of course, plan on continuing to share what I wear as the main portion of this blog. Fashion and personal style are still a huge part of my life and will remain the focus of What Sarah Said
  • vintage style--Vintage has always (and I really do mean always) been such a huge part of my life and it always will be. Lately, I've been more focused on collecting quality vintage, and look forward to sharing these pieces with you, as well as pointers on where and how to shop.
  • modelling work--As some of you may know, I'm an actor and a model, and oftentimes I have shared some of my shoots here in blog posts. As I work more professionally, I hope to continue doing this to not only add more exposure for my work, but also that of the photographers, makeup artists, stylists, and other artists involved.
New Content to Expect:

  • mental health--Probably the biggest reason I've been absent for over a year has to do with my own struggles and steps with mental health. I plan on sharing my experiences and providing as much advice as I can from these experiences for anyone who deals with similar issues.
  • home--I've grown more of an interest in interior design and home shopping (almost more than clothing) as of late, and have been in the process of completely redoing my bedroom and home and would love to show you the process (as well as room tours upon moving, hopefully in the near future)
  • misc. lifestyle--I'd love to start writing about topics that are important to me, such as health, relationships, school, and anything else I know a wee bit about that could possibly help anyone reading! If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!
  • beauty--I've always loved makeup, skincare, and other various forms of beauty, so I'm excited to start sharing some of my favourite products, routines, and looks with you here!
  • books--Reading is one of my most favourite activities and has been since I was really young. I'd like to somehow incorporate the books I read into blog posts, whether through book reviews, book clubs, recommendations, etc.
  • art--I really want to start promoting and supporting more indie artists on this blog, whether by paying for their work to add to my blog's layout, or writing a spotlight post for some of my favourite artists.
  • lingerie--I have always loved lingerie (particularly vintage inspired lingerie), and so my hopes for this blog will include sharing some pieces in an effort to promote body positivity as well as brands I trust and believe in that make me feel beautiful, so that you can feel beautiful too.
There are also other ideas I have for this blog storming in my brain, but for now, I'll leave you with this little introduction. I have so many new blog posts waiting to be written and I look forward to sharing what's been on my mind with those of you who will be willing to listen. I am constantly looking for and appreciative of feedback, so if you have any ideas, requests, concerns, or questions, never hesitate to leave a comment here, or send me an email. All of my social media accounts are linked at the sidebar if you need any other means of communication.

Thank you so much for coming back, and I look forward to learning and growing with each and every one of you.

x Sarah

photos by: Haylie (thank you!!!)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Full Bloom

Hello, fancy running into you here. Don't think I've forgotten about you! I'm back with full force! I needed some time off to heal, as I've been encountering some personal issues. Now that things have calmed down, I am in a better state of mind to continue doing what makes me happy, something I have been neglecting for quite a bit. Firstly, happy spring to all of you! I hope that it has been much kinder to you than it has been to me. Things are finally beginning to look up, however! And I have many exciting things under way in the next couple of months, in addition to all that I had written about looking forward to in my New Years post!

Although not particularly warm, San Francisco has greeted us with some sunlight (and the occasional thunder storm), so I have been able to venture out into the open air without a coat, something I haven't been able to do really since last summer. But as my fellow San Franciscans know, layers are a must, no matter what the forecast. The weather always has a funny way of changing direction when you least suspect it to.

This has, however, convinced me to think outside the box, clothing-wise! I'm starting to accept and understand that I don't have one exact style and can't be categorised into one main archetype, there are many trends and styles that interest me, which means I can blend in with many groups--and that's perfectly okay. For a while, I have always thought I had to identify with one set style and that would be who I presented myself as, when in reality, I can dress like a pinup straight out of the 1950s one day, and wear a flannel, black jeans, and Doc Martens the next, and still feel that I am showcasing my personality. The people who know me best are those who have seen every side of me, not just one, which led to them forming an opinion of the type of person I am. What a strange notion that we can decide who someone is based off of the one outfit we see them in. There are two sides to this, as our judgement can be both powerful and seemingly useless. There is no way to completely understand who a person is based off of their clothing, especially if that judgement is negative. However, presenting yourself in a way that you know will reflect well to others (i.e. a job interview, audition, first date, etc.) can put the power in your own hands. Not really a point to this, just more food for thought, and something I've been thinking about lately.

The power of archetypes and labels is indisputable, whether we disagree with it or not. Have you ever wondered how your friends would describe you to someone who doesn't know you? This is often a question I ask people who know me in varying degrees, from a romantic partner to an acquaintance, just out of curiosity. All of this being said, what are your perceptions of who I am solely based off of my outfit posts? Let me know in the comments! I would really like to know how I present myself to others.

I wish you nothing but the best this spring! What are your opinions on labelling? Are the judgements made by others on you usually right or wholly inaccurate, and how does that make you feel? Do let me know in the comments, and let's start a discussion!

Stay sweet ♡ 

P.S. Thank you to all of you who have been there for me unconditionally over the course of the past few months (you know who you are). It means the absolute world to me!

blouse: vintage | mum jeans: vintage | brogues: dr. martens | belt: from another dress | glasses: forever 21 (similar) | satchel: modcloth

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

In the Sun

It's been 40º weather here in San Francisco, as of late, so I can easily say I've been thinking about warm days back in Hawaii as of late, despite not being the biggest beach bum. Around Christmas time, my goooorgeous friend Shannon (who is actually a mermaid; @mermaidshannon on Instagram if you need proof!) and I hit the sand for a little impromptu photoshoot. This is where my mind will be until my final term starts...

To be fair, I haven't spent much time outside at all since I've been home, and the cold isn't entirely to blame. I've been spending most of my winter holiday time alone, in my house, eating lentils and rice, binge watching whatever shows I can think of on Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. Normally, I would absolutely hate the solidarity, but I find myself really missing and looking forward to being alone when I actually do spend time with other people--and if you know me at all, that is really, really peculiar and new for me. The time alone has given me the opportunity to write more, to make more art, and to think more (which is usually a bad thing, but not lately). The days are winding down until I am out of the house 5 days a week once more, without the spare time for these activities. Hopefully I continue writing in my journal and making art as often as I can, because it's been truly liberating.

swimsuit: American Apparel

Now, my question for you is what do you do by yourself that keeps you busy and/or makes you happy? I am trying to find new activities to try (preferably that don't spend any money) in order to become more comfortable being alone. I think it's an important thing for everyone!

Stay sweet♡ 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Peachy Keen

When visiting my family in Hawaii, I tend to pack very minimal clothing--unlike me travelling anywhere else. There weren't many looks worth sharing this last trip, aside from this little number I threw together. I've had these two pieces for quite a while now, but only just realised they go together rather well. While this pleases my perfectionist little brain, I have had this strange desire to take a step back from my perfect matching and try and wear colours I normally wouldn't together, and mix patterns and all of that. Perhaps when I'm brave enough to try it or am satisfied with a result, I will share it on here with you. This does bring up a topic that has been on my mind for quite a while, however...

I've always had an interest in fashion, but over the past year, I've noticed it's fizzled away a bit, and I've been more focused on personal style than what's popular in the bigger fashion world. I think this is most likely due to the whole "hipster/don't like what's popular because that's lame" mentality that was abundant throughout my impressionable high school years. I'll admit, I was one, for a while, to think trends are lame and people should march to the beat of their own drum, and not worry about what's "in". In a sense, I do still feel that way, but at some point, I gained a profound respect for the fashion industry and what people far more experienced and knowledgeable had to say when it comes to how to dress--most likely due to binge watching Project Runway and America's Top Model, and reading fashion blogs. This, as well as seeing the film Super 8, prompted me to start my very first fashion-related blog, dedicated to the stylish and youthful Elle Fanning. Back then, I knew everything about the latest runway shows, and could tell who designed what by just a glance at the detailing. So what happened? Maybe it was attending art school, and becoming ever disgusted at the way I observed some fashion students treat others, or maybe it was becoming so consumed in my acting work that fashion took the back seat. Whatever it was, I somehow lost myself in an efforts to stay true to myself. No, I don't think in order to be stylish, you have to be able to know the top 10 designers currently in the industry, or even have any interest in what's on the runways at all--because let's be honest, not all of us can afford that, why bother torturing ourselves by looking? My aim in discussing this is more to emphasise that I had once had a true passion for something, that none of my friends or family really cared about, that wasn't taught to me in school, but that I discovered on my own, much like the career I've chosen to pursue. So recognising that I had at some point lost that passion, really was pretty upsetting. Thankfully, through some recent activities (let's face it... it's more Top Model binging), I've found that passion again, and can't wait to experiment and be inspired the way I used to be. It may very well be that my sort of "loss of self" feeling I've been writing about lately could have very much been due to that loss of fervour.

Long story short, I'm back to loving not just clothes and personal style, but fashion as a whole once again, which will hopefully bring back that drive I've been craving to have once again when it comes to blogging. Don't worry--you'll still be getting 100% me, just a more inspired version of myself.

Now that that's out of the way, let's return to this sunny and bright day, shall we?

One of the best parts of going home for the holidays, as always, is seeing my best friend in the world, Kitty! We are going on year 8 of our friendship, and despite only being able to see her one or two days a year, she is, and always has been, and always will be, the closest person in my life. We always know how to have a marvellous few hours together, with our typical routine of Italian food for lunch, shopping, and lots (and I mean lots) of selfies. This time around, we even through a joint hair appointment into the mix (as if it couldn't get any *~girlier). I love every single second I spend with this girl, and I cannot wait to travel on over to her side of the globe after we both graduate university this spring. See you soon, my love!

If I haven't lost you through all of that chatter, I am quite impressed! How goes your 2016 so far? I hope it's as wonderful as mine has been. Although I've enjoyed some time alone, I can't wait for my darling Jessie to return to me! How do you survive breaks from school? My winter break is always excruciatingly long (around 5-6 weeks), and I have been keeping busy, but I don't know how many more activities I'll be able to find before I lose it! Anyway. Until next time!

Stay sweet 

top: vintage tommy bahama | skirt: forever 21 | belt: vintage | sandals: old old navy

Friday, January 1, 2016

So This is the New Year

Happy New Years, to all! 2015 was a remarkably profound year in my life. I managed to experience so much in so little time, and I have all of the incredible people in my life to thank for that! 2015 was one of the best years I've had in a long time, with its fair share of emotional hardships along the way, but overall, I wouldn't change a thing, because I've grown more as a person in this past year than I have any other year in my life, it feels.

(For your listening pleasure, please listen to the song stuck in my head all day yesterday as you read):

Here are just a few positive things that happened in 2015...
  • was a part of two uni productions, one as a major role
  • moved into my first home (with someone I can now call my best friend/sister for life)
  • concerts! fleetwood mac, marina & the diamonds (twice!), death cab for cutie, nate ruess...
  • experienced ~love~ in its many forms
  • got straight A's at uni
  • freed myself from unhealthy relationships
  • become obsessed with reading for pleasure again
  • turned 21!!
  • featured in my first mag (see my blog post here)
  • began painting and making art again
  • did things out of my comfort zone
  • dyed my hair 6 different colours
  • found my drive and passion in many things once more
  • finished my Invisalign
  • many, many lovely photo and film shoots with talented artists
  • reinvented The Petite Pixie (lots in store!)
And the things to come in 2016...
  • opening up my depop (keep checking back after today!) 
  • graduating uni with my second degree!!!
  • travelling abroad by myself to visit Kitty!
  • Rocky Horror Show!
  • grandparents' 70th wedding anniversary!
  • my brother's wedding!
And hopefully lots more unexpected pleasures!

Happy 2016, everyone! I hope you had a safe, positive, and love-filled year. What did you accomplish this year, and what do you hope to accomplish with this coming year? What were some of your favourite things in 2015? Please let me know in the comments, and let's discuss!

Stay sweet  

dress: A Clothes Horse closet sale (now closed) | belt: forever 21 | earrings: vintage

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Cheer

**for some reason I scheduled this to post on Christmas day and it didn't! Apologies for my lateness

Happy (belated) Christmas, everyone! Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year, and I definitely make sure to go all out. This year, I was fortunate enough to have my own house to throw my first ever Christmas party with alongside my roommate/bestie Jessie! There were jams, laughs, gifts, and lots and lots of photos. Overall, I'd call it a success! It was an "ugly sweater/jumper" theme, so obviously I had a lot of fun making my own (despite Jessie claiming it's not ugly at all.... I digress). I love hosting in my new home and can't wait for more reasons to celebrate in 2016*~

Meanwhile, I'm back with my family in Hawaii for Christmas this year (the first time in 3 years!) and it's been so nice to have a teeny break from the cold back at home, but I still can't wait to be back in my little pink-carpeted house and back to real life!

In other news, how absolutely darling and perfect is this little drawing of me by super gifted artist/all-around sweetheart Lisa Lumos (@LisaLumos on Instagram, people!!)?? I adore being drawn so this was quite the wonderful little Christmas surprise!

For those of you that celebrate Christmas, have a happy and safe day, and for those of you who don't, I wish the same, as well as a lovely holiday season. Do any of you have some fun Christmas/any holiday traditions that you'd like to share? I'm always curious about what other people do on this day every year. Do let me know!

Stay sweet (with lots of Christmas goodies!) 

jumper: vintage + handmade skirt: h&m | heels: i honestly don't remember, sorry!

*Photos by Jessie 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Pixie Dust

It seems like lately I've been escaping my bubble gum pastel faerie aesthetic for a more """mature""" (boring) palette, but that doesn't mean I don't incorporate it every once in a while. Perhaps by "incorporating it every once in a while" I really mean going all out with an entire ensemble dedicated to the pale hues. The all pink look used to be my "thing", but for some reason I just have been avoiding it. Could be the cold weather, or maybe I'm just bored of being predictable. In any case, this outfit I whipped up last minute one morning really put me in pixie-esque spirits.

As much as I would love an entire closet dedicated to candy-coloured goodness like the ever so perfect Kailey of Mermaidens (who executes it flawlessly without ever being expected or dull--a talent I must acquire myself!), I find my taste ever so fleeting, or, moreso that what I wear is entirely dependent on my mood, which ranges quite dramatically as of late. When I'm in a particularly empowering (and dare I say b*tchy) mood, I tend to go for the tight, all black look (like seen here), when I'm feeling sophisticated, I go all out vintage, (complete with vintage lingerie underneath!), and when I'm just tired and done with the world, I even wear... *gasp* jeans! I suppose this pastel pixie look must be my default for an average day. Can't complain too much about such a cute signature look, despite being season-appropriate or not!

Do you have a signature, go-to style each day, or do you dress depending on your mood as well? Also, does your outfit tend to set the mood for your day, as I have noticed does so for mine? Do let me know, it is something I wonder about often. Perhaps I am just a crazy woman who is the only one who thinks this way. Who knows!

Stay sweet 

dress: american apparel | jacket: banana republic | crop tank: topshop | skirt (worn as petticoat): target | socks & necklace: h&m | shoes: bait footwear

*Photos by James
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