my Alter Ego, Princess Xandra the Bold

my Alter Ego, Princess Xandra the Bold

What is a heroine in training?

She is you, and me.

Being a heroine [or hero] in training means that you are in the process of owning your adventure in life.

For me, it’s embracing my role as a storybook heroine, and enjoying living as my character. The fun part? I get to write her however I like.

You may have noticed my recent Twitter #missadventure project, narrating my daily life. I borrowed the hashtag from Kate Spade’s web series in which well-dressed women do fabulous things with quirky, endearing missteps along the way [including a PUPPY. I have watched this so many times…].  I added my own character, #xandrathebold.

With social media, we literally tell our own stories.

So before I compose a tweet, I think, how do I want my character to be introduced by the narrator? 

Since I pretty much live in alternating Kate Spade dresses alreaaady, I thought I ought to live up to the part for which I am already costumed: my best self, excellently quick, curious, playful, and strong. 

The book Style Statement helped my hone my personal style into “bold adorable”: a “bold” foundation with an “adorable” creative edge.

Did I stop there? No. 

my Alter Ego, Princess Xandra the Bold

Introducing my Alter Ego, Princess Xandra the Bold

In my book I talk about shortening my name to Xandra. My full name, which I love, is Alexandra. But I would feel a twinge of annoyance when people called me “Alex”. Alex is a cool name. I love it on other people. It’s just not me.

I literally got out pen and paper and wrote out all the configurations of “Alexandra” I could think of, and felt pretty awesome about “Xandra”. Kind of intimidated, actually. Introducing myself as “Xandra” felt bigger than me, cooler than me. It’s my superhero name, my Sasha Fierce. 

Princess Xandra the Bold

is a strong, warrior lady, protector of the written word, advocate for the stage. She inhabits Old Town, Edinburgh, neighbouring the castle, and climbs mountains in the Scottish Highlands. 

The coolest thing about my fantastical bio? It’s all true!

my Alter Ego, Princess Xandra the Bold

…and Madame Adorable

Madame Adorable is my “at home” persona, inspired by the Madame Chic books. I love how Jennifer L. Scott writes about the lessons she learned in Paris from “Madame Chic”, her quintessential French hostess. Madame Chic’s style is sophisticated, while Madame Bohemienne is more of a fabulous free spirit. I love both! But I’m not quite either. I am Madame Adorable.

Madame Chic has her elegant formal dinners, Madame Bohemienne hosts wild parties, and I, Madame Adorable, host Disney-themed teas. 

Madame Alexandra Adorable’s

table is stocked with a vase of crayons and paper for creating tiny masterpieces for the gallery. Her kitchen is inhabited by a menagerie of animal-shaped implements. She stays on task by using pink highlighters for motivation, as well as the occasional sticker. Her soirées involve board games, themed food, and candids on her bedazzled Instax.

my Alter Ego, Princess Xandra the Bold

flowers: custom crown & glory x rocknroll bride | jacket: barbour | dress, bracelet: kate spade | boots: ted & muffy | photographer who included his own shadow in the picture: monkey

I love playing the part of Myself. Do you?

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my Alter Ego, Princess Xandra the Bold


10-Item Wardrobe Autumn/Winter 2015

10-Item Wardrobe Autumn/Winter 2015

I have been experimenting with capsule wardrobes for years now – ever since I moved across the ocean for uni. I’ve tried Project 333 a few times, but the method that has really spoken to me is Jennifer L. Scott’s “10-Item Wardrobe”. It’s about identifying your 10 staples, the main attractions in your wardrobe, while allowing some basic extras. I love how this iteration of a capsule wardrobe is simple and doesn’t dwell on counting too much.

Voilà, my 10-Item Wardrobe for Autumn/Winter 2015!

10-Item Wardrobe Autumn/Winter 2015

Betsey Johnson Tutu Dress

#TutuDay is the best day. I try to wear my tutu as often as possible. It’s surprisingly versatile, since I can pair it with a shirt underneathovertop, or on its own!

Parisian Popsicle Blouse

Found in a tiny Parisian boutique selling nothing but shirts in funky prints.

Kate Spade Pink Dress

My Little Pink Dress: comfy, bold, sleek, love.

Walker Slater Top

My nod to smart [and warm] Scottish fashion.

Floral Anthro Dress

My go-to throw-it-on dress of choice.

Shoreditch Crop Jumper

One of my few impulse buys, a result of under-dressing in London springtime. So cosy.

Marc by Marc Shorts

I try not to wear these incredibly comfy skirt-lookin-shorts every day…

Grey Anthro Dress

For feeling especially student-y. My heroine-in-training dress.

Coast Midi Jacquard Skirt

The latest in my collection, purchased for the Halloween ball, anticipating cold temperatures to come.

Madewell Plaid Shirt

I just can’t get rid of this guy. Perfect for dressing down my more formal staples.

Where’s all the colour?

I was surprised to see a lack of colour in my spread of staples, but never fear – pretty much all my tights are florescent, half my shoes are bright yellow, and I’m rarely seen without something floral or sparkly on my head.

My ‘Extras’

Some of my extras double as pajama tops or fitness clothes. I have some nerdy t-shirts, like my Captain Planet one and my RHAP bell shirt, which I also wear to sleep. I also have some fitness clothes that I’d like to experiment with wearing during the day to dress down the formal wear. Capsule wardrobes foster creativity.

Of course, I also have plenty of outerwear, including some cardigans, coats, and woolly things for combatting the Scottish winter wind.


What are your key pieces this season? If you’ve posted about your capsule wardrobe or favourite outfits, drop a link in the comments!


P.S. Minimalism & clutter in high fashion ads

thinking i was born in the wrong time

thinking i was born in the wrong time

I’ve been watching those “100 years of fashion” videos, and the 2000’s tend to be my least favourite. Hideous, in fact. It is the tackiest, and most uncomfortably revealing of the decades of fashion, am I right?

I used to think I was a 90s kid. I was born in 1991 after all. But this means that my childhood was verging on the millennium. While I did at one point know the choreography to “Baby One More Time”, personally, Britney’s belly-baring style didn’t jive with me as an adolescent. Just look at the popular kids in Mean Girls to get an accurate representation of what “style” meant in that age.

The alternative to dangerously short skirts and tube tops was to go the opposite extreme. Watching reruns of The Amazing Race has assured me that my ill-fitting trousers were not, as I had formerly believed, my fault. That’s what people wore. I think they’re called “Mom jeans” now.

I think I would have fit in with 90s grunge . It’s pretty much what I wore anyway, envying the baggy shorts guys could get away with. Let’s just say my style icons were Louis Stevens and that skater kid from Cheaper by the Dozen. They looked comfy!

In high school we had a ‘skirts to the knee’ rule, and at the time it was nearly impossible to find such a garment. These days I prefer the midi skirt, which I didn’t even know existed as a teen, except in chorus member costumes for period plays.

Don’t even get me started about the 80s. While I am grateful to have avoided the hairspray obsession of said period, I do enjoy rocking the electro-chic look, the vibrant colours, as bedazzled as poss (The Carrie Diaries is one of my favourite places to look for fashion inspiration). Let’s just say, I preferred my American Girls’ wardrobes to my own. (I would TOTALLY wear Kit’s Floral-Print Dress! and those SHOES, man. Adorable.)


Thoughts on fashion of the millennium? Is it just me?


P.S. This post doesn’t include pictures of my fashion faux pas because the only pictures I have on my computer of that era are of me in Harry Potter costumes, which are not representative of everyday wear. I would have rather worn my Hermione every day, not just Favorite Person Day in middle school.


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