Sunday Sampling: Be a Beginner


♡ This makes me want to have a moon party!

♡ What you miss out on if you wear sweatpants, aka the good things that can happen when you put in a little effort.

♡ A good reminder: personality begins where comparison ends

♡ How to be a beginner: it’s good for us, even if we feel like jumping ahead.

♡ A lovely list on a lovely coral background: 20 things creative people do differently

♡ Templates on what to bring for lunch, by the lady behind French Women Don’t Get Fat

♡ I’ve always thought that Lady Gaga has a gorgeous voice. This collab is further proof:

miss xandra bee

P.S. Have you enrolled at Blogwarts yet?

Your Letter to Hogwarts

Your Letter to Hogwarts

If you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting as much here, never fear! I am still writing just as much – in fact, more – but I’m splitting my time between Fashionably Light and my new project: Heroine Training.

Waiting for your Hogwarts letter?

With utter enthusiasm, I present Blogwarts: an 8-week online course and lifetime community. Based on the values we can learn from literature and structured by the merits of the four Hogwarts houses, Blogwarts is for heroines in training who tire of living vicariously through fiction and want to burst their dreams into reality. 

The four modules are:

  • Gryffindor / Dare To Dream
  • Ravenclaw / Ready Your Mind
  • Hufflepuff / Find Your Quest
  • Slytherin / Live Your Legacy

The deadline to apply is 29 August, so hurry over to Heroine Training to sign up! The train leaves on 1 September, of course. $197 for admission.

Saving your galleons?

Never fear! There are three options for heroines in training who want a bit of a tuition break.

1. You can apply for a FREE scholarship by blogging about either a) Who is your heroine role model and why? or b) What does being a heroine mean to you? Then tweet it out, linking to the Blogwarts page [], tagged #HeroineTraining.

2. Join the Diagon Alley scavenger hunt! Over the next week, 8 bloggers will be hiding items from the Hogwarts school supply list in their posts. If you find all 8, you get 20% off ($39.40!) tuition. For hints, follow me on Twitter: @missxandrabee [send me a tweet with #HeroineTraining and I may just leave you a special clue ;)] and request your free Personal Wizard Profile worksheet by signing up for our mailing list: 

Request your invitation  

3. You can also pay in two installments of $107, no extra quests involved!

Your training starts now

Your Letter to Hogwarts
Before term begins, browse our free lessons and try your hand at some heroine-worthy homework assignments.

Fuel your wanderlust

Your Letter to Hogwarts

Or, travel vicariously through some real-life heroines who take you through places they’ve called home. [These are so fabulous.]

♡ Seoul’s Myeongdong / Fit for a Heroine by Blogwarts Head of Slytherin Coco, minimalist queen of black, white, and grey

♡ Downtown Manhattan / Fit for a Heroine by Diane Pauley, postgrad coach 

♡ East London / Fit for a Heroine by Sarah Lambert, urban pixie

Well what are you waiting for? ;)

miss xandra bee

Mini Adventure: a Birthday Wish in Boston

Mini Adventure: Birthday in Boston

After a good, hard day of climbing at Rock Spot, we shower and head to the city for lunch. Last year I went to No.9 Park with my parents, so this year we try Sportello, a more casual, Fort Point-located Barbara Lynch Italian. I never tire of pasta, and the bread and dip is delicious. I feast on tiramisu, which is presented with a birthday candle, so I make a wish.

Next we detour to Flour Bakery, because Mama has never been. So yum. 

Off to Seaport’s edge for an afternoon at the ICA. I’ve been meaning to go for ages. Modern art is weird, and sometimes disturbing, but some pieces speak directly to my core. After wandering through a room of varied media, I realize that it is all by the same artist: Jim Hodges. My new favourite. My goodness is his work magical. As per art gallery tradition, I add his “Untitled (It’s Already Happened)” to my virtual salon.

Mini Adventure: Birthday in Boston

Mini Adventure: Birthday in Boston

I love it even more when I read that it’s called “Give More Than You Take.” 

Mini Adventure: Birthday in Boston

There is also a video piece, The Visitors by Ragnar Kjartansson, in which artists are placed in different rooms of a mansion, improvising a song together through their headsets. I got the Punchdrunk feeling watching that one.

Since we have time to spare, I request a stop at Newbury Street’s Fairy Shop to say hello to Michael, and to Lyra’s family. Somehow this shop always gives me just what I need; it’s filled with magic after all. Less than a day ago, I wrote on my Birthday List that I wanted to “add crystals”. Sure enough, the Fairy Shop has just started stocking them again. I select a clear quartz necklace to begin my collection. Sparkled with fairy dust, we say goodbye.

Mini Adventure: Birthday in Boston

We meet Dad for dinner at the King and I, a Thai place I’d never sampled. We brainstorm ideas for my 24th thing, and Sister’s idea is perfect: perform a planned, anonymous act of kindness.  

On the way home, I check my email, and finally: a notification from FedEx says my passport is on its way home [7 weeks late.] Looking at the time stamp on the email, it arrived shortly after I blew out the candle.

monday mini adventuresmaking the most of one’s surroundings through conscious exploration and appreciation 

miss xandra bee

Sunday Sampling: Never Grow Up


♡ “The Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry.” – J.K. Rowling: Studies show that this is true

♡ Sit up straighter and tackle these 5 ways to stand out 

♡ I’ve been looking for a new watch for a while, and I found the one to put on my official wish list

♡ a beautifully displayed example of Breanna Rose’s first capsule wardrobe

♡ Retro Chick’s anthem on how age doesn’t matter: a good reminder

♡ I love Madizine’s festival looks wish list journaling [and the finished product]

♡ finally, a Disney guide to never growing up

miss xandra bee

Finding My Wardrobe Colour Palette

Finding My Wardrobe Colour Palette

My life is cycling back through the steps I took in my book, Becoming My Own Heroine. Back to the UK, back to suitcase living. To be certain that I packed the right combination of clothing, I filled out Unfancy’s free wardrobe planner. So useful! My main takeaway was defining a colour palette.

First I laid out all my clothes I was thinking of taking, in rainbow order ^, to spot trends. Then I matched them with some crayon colours:

Finding My Wardrobe Colour Palette

I found that my main colours are powder pink and cobalt blue, with some highlights of bright pink, yellow, and orange, and black. It sounds like a lot of colours, but it does help to eliminate greens and purples, and earthtone shades.

Do you have a colour palette?

miss xandra bee


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