Beauty and the Beast Review & Mrs Potts Outfit

Beauty and the Beast Review & Mrs Potts Outfit

Obviously I would be dressing up for the Beauty and the Beast premiere.

I thought about what I own in blue and yellow, because, you know, those dresses by that character, but I couldn’t come up with a Belle-inspired Disneybound that would be creative and specific enough to consider Dressing Up.

And so I reverted to my usual trend of characters with round accessories: Captain America’s shield, R2D2’s head, and now, Mrs Potts and her lid!

You might have seen my Mrs Potts-inspired outfit, and the behind-the-scenes process on Instagram.

Beauty and the Beast Review & Mrs Potts Outfit

How to make the Mrs Potts Fascinator & Belt

I didn’t buy anything new for this project, working instead with found objects around my parents’ house.

The fascinator is a paper plate, red on one side (shhh no one can see…) and white on the other. I used a lavender sharpie to turn it Mrs Potts purple.

Next I affixed a yellow ribbon around the edge of the plate in a zigzag pattern. I started using glue, but it was taking a while to dry and got a bit messy, so I switched to double-stick tape, which proved more efficient.

I was looking for a pink pompom for the top, but couldn’t find one, so used a pipe cleaner instead. The good thing is I could poke a hole through the centre of the plate and hold the pipe cleaner ball in place. I then stuck a bit more ribbon on around the pink top.

I borrowed a yellow hairband, and attached the fascinator to it with a thick piece of parcel tape.

Beauty and the Beast Review & Mrs Potts Outfit

For the finishing touch, I did a quick DIY belt, drawing on the teapot base’s pattern onto a white ribbon in sharpie. This didn’t look quite finished, so I used more double-stick tape to add matching yellow ribbon to the top and bottom of the white belt.

My Kate Spade wedding dress has become my go-to canvas for these Disney-inspired outfits – I had previously paired it with my R2D2 fascinator. Just add an afternoon at Sweet, and the image is complete!

As for the film…

Here are my thoughts on Live Action Beauty & the Beast!

Have you seen the new Beauty & the Beast? What did you think?

P.S. For more on how dressing up can make you feel like your own heroine, RSVP for my free webinar with Kitty Cavalier, Dressing the Part: Express Yourself like a Leading Lady through Adornment.

Sunday Sampling / 058

Sunday Sampling / 058

This week I had the wonderful realisation that there’s this thing called SPRING, and if you’re really lucky, you even get to experience it in Scotland. I soaked up an afternoon’s dose of vitamin D before the rain came pouring down, but for just a moment, it was glorious.


😊 How to make friends faster, according to a behavioural scientist’s research

📚  Off to the bookshop to pick up these favourite poetry collections for bedtime reading!

I love these EW interviews with Emma Watson on Belle – she has clearly done her homework!

🇫🇷 Consider these Belle Époque lamps wishlisted.

💔 This is how you celebrate heartbreak.

🍹 For further celebratory inspiration, look no further than Catherine’s exceptionally pink Galentine’s Day Brunch

🖊 Are you prepared to walk away from everything at a moment’s notice?

👑 Plus on Heroine Training: How to define success for yourself: Oscar Season Edition, 21 things to do on a 5-minute Pomodoro break, and my minimalist Disneyland Paris haul

Sunday Sampling / 057

Sunday Sampling / 057

Bonjour, heroines in training!

I’m back in my tartan blanket cape after a week in Paris (and DISNEYLAND), and while I wouldn’t say no to a fresh croissant for breakfast, I’m pleased to return to normalcy, especially since our furniture for the new flat has arrived! 

Even though this was my fourth trip to Paris, I’m still learning new things about the City of Light, and am plodding along with my language learning app (If you’re learning French too, join us in our Heroine Training Club with the code WCDARM on your Duolingo app). 

Can’t believe it took me 4 trips to Paris to…

  • Discover Café Gourmand: a coffee and an assortment of mini desserts. Give me several tiny desserts over one big one any day. I want to try everything! 
  • Learn how to ask for the bill: “L’addition s’il vous plaît”. Still baffled by how this vocabulary passed me by.
  • Go to Disneyland Paris! As a roller coaster kid and frequenter of Walt Disney World, I knew I’d make it to Parc Disneyland someday, and now I’m already planning my return visit 😮 

Also this week I made my literary debut on Dear Damsels, writing about what rock climbing taught me about the fear of reading forward. You might remember the life lessons from rock climbing I wrote about in my book; I really enjoyed expanding on one of them, inspired by their monthly theme of “TRUST”.


✉️ With most of my friends spread out across the globe, I can so relate to Carly’s words on maintaining long distance friendships. All of her points are spot on!

📚 Meyers-Briggs meets literary heroines? Yes please!

☕️ An amazing review of Gilmore girls and its revival that acknowledges, forgives, and explains Rory’s faults.

🌟 Girlbosses: Look at the startling differences between the wording in these $500, $4,000, and $7,000 offers. How are you presenting yourself?

📖 How many titles have you read on this Black History Month Reading List?

🚀 It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow! Disney has filed a patent for a technology that can read guest’s emotions on rides and alter the experiences based on the results.

🍹 We’ve been experimenting with our juicer lately, and I love these simple, budget-friendly juicing tips.

👑 Plus on Heroine Training: my favourite stories roundup for February (SO many movies!) & how to get the best travel advice for you.