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Monday, December 31, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Sylvie Vartan

The 1960s were by far my favourite time period when it comes to fashion, so throw France into the mix and you've got a perfect combination! Sylvie Vartan was probably one of the biggest names in France in the '60s, with her unique musical style and showy choreography in her performance. She is the definition of girl power!

I've only recently been introduced to Sylvie (Elle Fanning deemed her a huge fashion inspiration), and don't know much about her, but photographs of her alone draw all sorts of sparks all sorts of style stimulation (Just look at that adorable hair!) She's fresh, young, and has a hint of bold.

If you haven't heard any of Sylvie's music before, watch the video below for her performance of "La Plus Belle Pour Aller Danser" and get inspired! The French language is enough to get your creative juices flowing! (And if not, French music is lovely to do some house cleaning to!)

Let's hop in those time machines and take a journey to France so we can steal some of Sylvie's style pronto!

♥ Sarah

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Urban Adventures

San Francisco is full of exciting places to explore, especially in the shopping universe! Just a few blocks from where I live is the shopping centre of the city, including a giant three story Urban Outfitters, an amazing used music and movie shop called Rasputin's, and tons of other cool stores!

Before winter break, I visited Urban Outfitters, Rasputin's, and Goodwill with my pals Oscar and Anna and we had all sorts of fun! Let's see the adventures via Oscar's photography!

Anna loves her puppies, so a book with attractive men holding them?! Dream come true!

"Feminist Ryan Gosling" would definitely make a great stocking stuffer.

My favourite part of Urban Outfitters was the shoe sale shelf! I fell in love with these black and gold glitter oxfords. (And I didn't end up buying them!)

I love collecting old VHS's of my favourite movies (I scored Amadeus for $2!)

Our final stop, almost 7 blocks away, was the humungous Goodwill on Mission St., and it was worth all the sore legs! There were ugly sweaters galore, super cute furniture, and even a rack filled with only vintage pieces! (Score!)

In the end, the three of us left the shopping trip empty handed, which was much more rewarding than I had imagined. The fun of just looking around with close friends was all the reward I needed! Not to mention I saved money that could be used for Christmas gifts! So go out and have some window-shopping fun with some close friends, because spending time with the ones you love is what the holiday season should be all about!

♥ Sarah

Outfit Details:
cape: forever 21 |  dress: vintage | sunnies: shades of sf | socks: claire's | shoes: dr. martens (c/o urban outfitters) | purse: h&m

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Heathers

**WARNING BEFORE YOU SCROLL: some images used below may spoil the film.

There is fashion inspiration all around us, so why not tell you about some of the places I find the most inspiration for my ensembles and personal style? Heathers is definitely a film where I pull a lot of style influence. Released in the 1980s (quite the generation for the fashion world!), Heathers takes place in an Ohio high school as we follow Veronica (portrayed by Winona Ryder), a teen who tries to make her way into the "in-crowd", consisting of three girls, all, coincidentally, with the name Heather. Along the way, she meets J.D. (played by Christian Slater), a rebellious, somewhat psychotic boy, who involves her in some seriously devious schemes.

I won't spoil the film for you, because if you haven't seen it, you definitely should. It's a ~teen girl~ must, in my opinion. Not to mention, it's available on Netflix!

Call him a psychopath all you want, but I'll always have a huge crush on J.D....

Not even just the outfits in the film were positively inspiring, but the scenery alone. Okay, Ohio may not be the most beautiful place on earth, but this film made small town living seem positively chic. Plus, what fashion-forward girl isn't drawn to the stain glass windows and beautiful architecture of a church. (And for those of you who haven't seen the film, let's just say we see the inside of a church quite often throughout the film)

Ah, what is it that we love about fashion of the 1980s? Was it the shoulder pads? The teased hair? The mixed patterns? We may never know, but the 1980s will remain a colourful, revolutionary decade in history for style.

Although some may argue that the 1980s were the "fashion blindspot" of the world, I whole-heartedly disagree. The transition from 1970s wear (which I also adore) was shocking and new, two things I am quite drawn to.

Who doesn't love cute tights, socks, and leggings to add some *pop* to your outfit?

Maybe it's the monocle she wears while writing in her journal, or perhaps her taste in boys, but I've always found myself to identify with Veronica the most out of all four ladies of the film. She had a rebellious sense of style that stood out, while still having subtlety. (And of course, she always included some blue!)

By far my favourite outfit from the film! Heather Duke is the definition of posh.
So, dear readers, I hope this has helped you pull some inspiration for yourself. Check out the Heathers essentials below and get started! Just remember to keep the attitude to a minimum.
Blue tights just like Veronica!
(via Striped Socks)
You can't be a Heather without her scrunchie
(via American Apparel)
Nothing says Heather Duke like a green blazer!
(via Etsy)
Yellow socks brighten up your posh ensemble!
(via We Love Colors)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Hello, my little strawberry muffins! With the first semestre of my first year in university drawing to a close, I have been packed full with final projects--and not even my own! I've been lucky enough to be featured in several films and photo assignments for some lovely friends and students at the Academy of Art University. The lovely Krissy decided on a Primadonna shoot and I was lucky enough to be approached as her model!

We are blessed enough to live in the ever so beautiful city of San Francisco, where there is inspiration everywhere. Some of the locations we shot at were the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel, Juicy Couture, H&M, Forever 21 (probably one of the most beautiful stores you've ever been in!), and one of the AAU dorms named after the fashion legend Coco Chanel.

Marina and the Diamonds (or if you'd prefer her given name, Marina Diamandis) is a huuuuge fashion inspiration of mine, so you can only imagine how thrilled I was to be a part of this shoot inspired by her music video.

It is quintessentially me. Girly, glamorous, sassy, and oh-so-chic with lots of attitude. How could I pass up such an opportunity?? Despite it being a rainy and gloomy day, I kept my posh on and had an incredible amount of fun.

One of my favourite parts of portraying Marina was channeling her beauty by stealing her signature makeup look. All it required was lots of eyeliner, lots of fake lashes, and lots and LOTS of patience! But in the end I was very pleased (you can't forget the heart on your cheek!).

As for the hair, cute curls, some teasing, and a bow are all you really need to become Marina!

blouse: forever 21 | top: handmade by rachael | skirt: i don't remember... | gloves: claire's |  tightsunknown | flats: macy's | necklace: h&m | headband: claire's | coat: vintage |  bag: vintage
lipstick: maybelline
If you haven't seen Marina's music video for Primadonna, you should check it out to see the inspiration behind this beautiful shoot (below), and of course to see more of Krissy's stunning work, click here!

♥ Sarah

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Things We Love: Colourful Hair!

Welcome, ladies (and possibly gentlemen?) to another segment of Things We Love! Now let me just ask you one question: Who doesn't love a girl with bright, fun, colourful hair! If you answered "No one!", you'd be correct! Some examples below are Kaylah of The Dainty Squid, and pop star Katy Perry. Hair like this will always turn heads and make you the centre of attention! Not only that, but you will also feel confident and like a beautiful mermaid every day!

(click the images above to go back to their sources)

You can also experiment with pastel colours that are more subtle and just plain lovely like Kate of Scathingly Brilliant below!

via Scathingly Brilliant

I myself have experimented with colours in my hair over the years (a full post on the history of my hair coming soon!) Here are some of my favourites!

Cherry red with my electric pink-haired girl, Sasssquatch! Caelan is wearing my Fleetwood Mac shirt from the Rock and Roll/SciFi museum in Seattle, and I am wearing a vintage dress (seen here!)
Halloween 2012; Katy Perry hair! Earrings and
sweater from H&M

Now I know what you're asking yourself... "Sarah, how does one achieve such beautiful hair?!" Or maybe even "How are you not bald??" (something I hear quite often from peers)...

Well look no further! There are many articles and tutorials online to finding your perfect shade and making your dreams a reality! 

Probably the most detailed and well thought out list of tips and tricks can be found on The Dainty Squid! Some maintenance and lots of love and dedication may be required to reach your goal, but it will be totally worth it in the end! 

Just keep in mind that if you dye your hair a lot, regardless of colour, you must must must trim often to prevent split ends and hair breakage! That is the number one way to keep a healthy set of locks!

I hope this post inspired you to experiment with your hair and try some new things! Don't be afraid to take a risk--go bold or go home! And if you don't like it, you can always dye it back (or shave it all off!) Just remember to pick a colour that suits you best or that you just absolutely love and won't mind wearing with any colour of clothing and you'll be golden!


Friday, December 7, 2012

She Thrifted Away

Hello, everyone! Happy December! It is almost time for the holidays, and that means time to head back home to Hawaii! I was recently visiting there for Thanksgiving weekend and was able to see my darling pal Rachael, (who is a spectacular photographer) who took some photos of me on film at home, at the park, Coffee Talk, and of course, shopping at Goodwill and other thrift stores we adore!

              I was thrilled to be able to wear my handmade flower crowns for this shoot! It's so easy--I just used some old plain headbands and bought some fake flowers. You can find fake flowers at the dollar store, PriceBusters, and any art supply shop! The pink ones on the end are not attached to the crown, but they are clips from H&M that I bought in London!

I love painting my nails so that they look like a kindergartener did the job. All the colours I can find (with sparkles of course!) and mix a

nd match on the opposite hand. Not only is it cute, but it also will go with any outfit if you use rainbow colours!

The ring on my right hand, middle finger is vintage that belonged to my mother. She gave me all of the rings from old ex-boyfriends that she had kept for so long. On the other hand, there is a smaller, sapphire that matches the vintage Bank of America ring I always wear on my left middle finger that belonged to my grandmother.

I've always had an obsession with my hands, so it's very important for me to keep my nails nice and wear lots of pretty rings! I will show you my collection of rings (vintage and new) in a Things We Love post coming up later this season!

Hopefully one day I can give the Lana Del Rey nails a try! They're just so elegant...
via Tumblr

Here is another photo of my hands, clenching onto my lace stockings and displaying my H&M sneakers in my most favourite colour--light pink! I bought these shoes in San Francisco back in 2011 when visiting for vacation. That visit was when I knew I had to one day live here, and now I am! I never would have pictured this way back then.

The shoes are adorable and so comfy. I wear them walking around the city all the time. They may have laces, but I cheat and use the exposed zippers on the side to slip them on! Very convenient for a busy schedule and if I'm in a rush in the morning! The soles are so flexible and can endure almost anything. Also I just love the colour--I would wear them with anything! They sort of look like Ked's dont they?
via Etsy

The photos above were taken in Coffee Talk, an adorable little coffee house in Kaimuki, a few blocks away from my old high school. I would often go here with friends during the day and on some Thursday nights to listen to open mic night! My old boyfriend would perform along with some other really cool, talented kids. Nothing better than some quality live music by the young talent in little ol' Hawaii!


I honestly don't remember where I got these stockings, but I can say that it was so hot that day I wanted to rip them off every second! Being back in Hawaii is strange after being in the cold city for so many months. You can see the sunlight in all of these photos--that was something I wasn't used to!

I love being photographed, but I also loved, loved, loved looking around the thrift stores with Rachael like old times. Can't wait until my 6-week long winter break when I can do some more damage with her! To see more of her fantastic work, click here! Thank you, Rachael!

Outfit Details:
crown: handmade
top: vintage
shorts: vintage
shoes: h&m
briefcase: vintage