Hi, I’m Xandra, heroine in training.
I live a fabulously simple life: a product of my hopping across the pond to study in England. I’m a Gryffindor Disney Princess, and when I grow up, I want to be Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service: teen witch/entrepreneur. I am a wanderer, currently based in Edinburgh, always seeking mini adventures.
The Fashionably Light Manifesto:
I believe in less stuff more sparkle. I believe in fabulous simplicity.
With fewer possessions, we have space to appreciate the few we love. With fewer commitments, we have time to enjoy our favourites.
When I moved across the ocean, I adopted a minimalist lifestyle. On my minimalist journey, I searched the web for a blog that celebrates this combination of minimalism and fashion, but I couldn’t find one. So I started my own.
I used to think of minimalism as a fashion sacrifice, but I’ve found it to be the opposite. It may take a little longer to find the perfect pieces for my wardrobe, but once they’re in place, I trust them to reflect who I am. Living lightly inspired my new quest: to become my own heroine.
My mission is to help you become a heroine through simplicity.
Intrigued by the idea of minimalism, but not ready to jump in yourself?
Bogged down by all of your dreams and responsibilities?
Ready to leap into adventure, but not really sure how? I wrote a book just for you.
Join me in Fashionably Light: Becoming My Own Heroine, as I break down my road to minimalism, with a built-in worksheet for you to follow on your do-it-yourself journey towards becoming your own heroine.
Xandra Burns is a writer on a mission to unite fashion and minimalism. In 2013 she graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in English Language & Literature. Her writing has gained recognition from supermodel Tyra Banks and The Guardian‘s Michael Billington, as well as acclaimed bloggers Courtney Carver, Gala Darling, Shauna Haider, Kat Williams, and Molly Ford. She has contributed to Blogbranch, and was a featured blogger on Story by Modcloth.
While at Oxford she was the Editor of Oxford Theatre Review, reviewing plays in Oxford and for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, earning her the Kenneth Tynan Reviewing Prize for best student theatre critic. She also served as Treasurer of the Oxford University Mountaineering Club, for which she is the current Journal co-editor.
Xandra worked as Editorial Assistant to professional blogger Hero Brown at Muddy Stilettos, is style ambassador and writer for sustainable fashion designer Bianca Elgar at Be Unlimited Ltd, and is the face of the Fe-Line Women Frock Swap.
As a child, (Ale)Xandra wrote, directed, and starred in a musical, founded a Shakespearean theatre troupe, and published Harry Potter newspaper The Daily Prophet to a hearty list of email subscribers.
Xandra is from Boston, Massachusetts, and currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her pet dinosaur, Little Guy, her unicorn, Lyra, and her Monkey, Steve.