Monday, September 4, 2017

At the Beach: Relaxing in True Nautical Fashion

Bonjour!










Happy Labor Day! Even though the school year started just two weeks ago, I'm already clinging to this day off to relax and recuperate! And since Labor Day is a celebrated American holiday, a red/white/blue combo was a must for the day's festivities.

Looking forward to another day at the beach!


Red and White Striped Blouse: Ralph Lauren | Denim Dress: The Rose Nest | Nautical Headwrap: Thrifted


xoxo,

Sara

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

By the Canal: A Story in Stripes

Bonjour!







 








Summer is back (and going :( ), and that means I'm pulling out the nautical stops! This dress from Romwe made the 18-hour journey from heartland America to the tropical coasts of Florida comfortable and stylish. And what could be better than stretchy cotton? Pockets AND a hood! So despite the fact that I had spent over 24 hours in it prior to these moments, I was ready to spend the rest of the day chillaxing in style on one of west FL's many canals.

More adventures from paradise to come!

Striped Dress: Romwe | Red Bag: Liz Claiborne | Strapped Sandals: Cabin Creek

xoxo,

Sara

Saturday, July 1, 2017

How to Be A Comic Con-ner

Bonjour bloggers!

It's about that time of the year again when we put on our nerd hats and do the thing that all fangirls dream of: Comic Con! Today I am going to show you my tips to prepare for the day and make the best of the event.

1. Find a Comic Convention in your area.


I was fortunate to hear of a comic con near where I vacation, so the Tampa Bay Comic Con was where I had my first experience. You can go to Eventbrite.com to search local conventions. Once I knew where I was going, I purchased tickets from Eventbrite and began looking at the details.



2. Determine which celebrity guests you are interested in seeing.


Tbh, I was most excited to go to comic con because I could not wait to see actors/actresses from shows I watch and get a picture or autograph. At the time, Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman (Clara) was one of the visiting guests, along with LOTR's Sean Astin and many other people I'm not familiar with. I stood in line for about 30-45 min. to get a picture with Jenna and was excited when I saw the results.

3. The Cosplay Dilemma


Perhaps the toughest part of the comic con experience is choosing a character to cosplay as. When choosing my character, I took into account someone who I could relate to or could resemble, a costume that would be fairly simple to put together, and something that would be comfortable and easy to sit/stand/walk in for long periods of time. Be sure to plan your costume a few weeks in advance in case you need to do some shopping (shipping times could take a couple weeks). If your costume requires heels, wear them only when necessary (e.g. for pictures or when meeting celebrities) and bring flats for the long waits in line or the walking you will no doubt be doing from your parking space to the convention location. A bag is also a good thing to keep in mind, since you may want to pick up some souvenirs while you are there. Keep money in a safe place (no outside pockets), remember your ticket if that con requires it, and I suggest bringing a camera or phone that you can take pictures on.

For more details on the Who-What-Wear, visit my other Comic Con post.

4. The Day of the Con


Have your costume ready to go, know how you are going to style hair/accessories/etc. in advance.




Depending on the opening time of the individual convention, you may want to plan to get there ahead of the crowd. Check-in may take a bit depending on the popularity of the comic con, the day of the week you are going, and the time you arrive. Research these things in advance to determine when the best time might be to go.

Because there is a lot going on, you may want to tour the stalls between celebrity meet-and-greets and shows. Or, if you are going in a group, arrange for one person to save your spot in a meet-and-greet line while you take a run of the wares, then switch. Also, if other Con-ners like your costume, they may ask to take a picture of you, so be prepared for that as well.



(With bloggers Heidi Dee @ Legally Elegant and Abby @ _)


Meet-and-Greets (in a nutshell):

Stand in a long line for what seems like a long period of time, gush about how excited you are to finally meet him/her while they either A. look at you blankly and hope you shut up soon or B. smile at you and genuinely seem like they are excited to be there (depends on the actor/actress and their mood at that moment), stand with the celebrity guest for what seems like 2 seconds as the photographer clicks away and the next people in line watch, leave the photo area and walk around the booths until the pictures are finished and set out, browse through others' photos and make judgments while you look for your own (and hope that others love yours more than you do).
You can also choose to pay $10 extra to get a digital copy of the picture.

(I briefly considered going as Clara because we share some similar features, but decided to stick with Agent Carter in the end)

And that's the gist of the Comic Con process! Some details vary from Con to Con, but overall it's a great event to experience and that's coming from someone who does not consider herself to be largely invested within the fandom empire. :)

Have you ever been to a comic convention? What tips do you have for first-time Con-ners?

xoxo,
Sara

Saturday, April 1, 2017

St. Louis in 2 Days | The Arch & City Museum

Bonjour!



  (Sara: "Wait- you're not getting the arch in the frame!" Camera: *Click*)


1. City Museum
Perhaps the best museum in the history of ever, this sprawling playground is an adult's childhood dream. Crawl through countless winding tunnels, careen down a 10-story slide, and climb through enclosed passages in the outdoor Monstrocity.







 All in all, the City Museum was one of my favorite stops and will definitely be on my "revisit" list.



2. Science Center
Your typical science-y and mathical exhibits and displays. Highlights: Singing Tesla coils, rocking flight simulation, and the ever-looming Severe Weather imax.


A faraday cage sits above the audience during the demonstration.


See mo' of our trip to MO in my collaboration with Sammy from C'est La V!


Outfit Details:

Superman Tee/ Shoes: Walmart | Denim Shirt/ Moto Jacket: Thrifted | Yellow Skirt: Ragstock | Crossbody: Poshmark
What are your favorite STL destinations?

xoxo,

Sara


Friday, March 17, 2017

Shamrock Shenanigans

Bonjour!

Black Tee: Target | Green Heart Cardigan/ Denim Skirt: Thrifted | Boots: Poshmark 




Shamrock Shake

Ingredients:
- Ice cream
- Milk
- Green Food Coloring
- Green Sprinkles

Directions:

1. Blend 4 scoops of ice cream with 1/2 cup of milk.
2. Add 2 drops of green food coloring .
3. Mix well.
4. Top with green sprinkles and add a straw.
5. Enjoy!

*for added effect, insert a chocolate gold coin.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, lassies!

Xoxo,
Sara

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

She Eats: A Cinnamon & Citrus Breakfast




If any of you know me, you know that I am NOT a morning person. I don't enjoy getting up before 7, I have to drag myself out of bed by tooth and nail if the sun is not up yet, and I am generally not a pleasant person to be around before 9. BUT...



I have a well-known recipe (and in my culinarily-lacking state, I most certainly refer to this as a "recipe") that takes less than 5 minutes to make and is tasty nonetheless. Give it a taste and let me know what you think!



What's your morning (bread and) jam?



xoxo,

Sara

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February OOTDs

Bonjour!


It may come as no surprise when I say that I love pink. It's quite possible I would wear pink every day for a month if given the opportunity, and if ever there were an opportunity, it would be in February. AKA now! Thus, I have compiled my favorite pink OOTDs into a post dedicated to the color of the month (we'll just disregard the fact that I overdo pink in too many months to make this one any more special) ;)

Details below!

Heart Tee: Burlington | Pink Skirt: Romwe | Black Ankle Boots: Online

Cape: Lakeside Collections | Textured Skirt: Thrifted | Turtleneck: Gifted

Bow Sweater: Thrifted | Denim Skirt: Karen's Closet | Pink Boots/Plaid Vest: Gifted

Pink Peplum Top: H&M | Skirt: Thrifted | Bow Heels: Poshmark | Belt/Handbag: Thrifted

 
Pink Heart Cardigan/ Grey Shift Dress: Thrifted | Flats: Rue 21


Grey Moto Jacket: Gifted | Pink Shift Dress: Thrifted | Raccoon Flats: Rue 21
Pearl Sweater/ Bejeweled-Collared Top/ Red A-Line Skirt: Thrifted | Red Mary Janes: Poshmark
 Pink Cape: Lakeside Collections | Grey Leopard Scarf: Gifted| Grey Moto Jacket: Gifted | Pink Shift Dress: Thrifted | Raccoon Flats: Rue 21

Follow me on Instagram @petite_est_belle for more OOTDs!

P.S. Happy Valentine's Day!

xoxo,

Sara



Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Day Mini Tea Party

Bonjour!






A sweet way to celebrate Valentine's Day single or in the ever-popular Galentine's Day mode. Continue on to see a How-To on the details.





1. Washi Tape Flag

As straight-forward as it sounds, this cute flag is simply washi tape wrapped around a toothpick.







2. Mini Platter

First, acquire two coasters. Cut napkins to fit around the area of the coaster (coaster #1) and then cut a patterned ring from the previous cut-out (coaster #2). Cover both coasters with the napkins, then carefully poke a toothpick through the two coasters, being mindful to keep enough space between to hold the sweets. Add more layers depending on the sturdiness of the coasters!



Now that that's taken care of, it's time to eat! Bon app├ętit, mes amis!

xoxo
Sara