In the Sun

12 January 2016

It's been 40ยบ 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♡ 

Peachy Keen

03 January 2016

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

So This is the New Year

01 January 2016

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

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