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The End of an Era for InStyle UK

It’s the end of an era Voyeurs, cue the Funeral March and don your best all black couture because we’re bidding farewell to a fashion favourite……  InStyle magazine is no more.

Waaaaaaaaaaah!!!  I LOVE InStyle magazine, I love that it’s the perfect mix of the high end, unaffordable but lust worthy couture of Vogue mixed with the levelheaded, sensibility of ELLE.  It’s the gateway fashion magazine of choice but that’s all about to change.

Time Inc have announced the closure of the UK print edition of InStyle magazine and plan to make the brand digital download only, a ‘bold move’ as described by Time Inc themselves.  If you were hoping for time to grieve then you’re out of luck there too as the December issue which published November 3rd will be the last ever print version of the magazine.

The UK edition of the fashion magazine, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, saw a huge drop in print sales this year as its circulation fell by almost 18% in the first six months of 2016 to 121,000 copies a month.  Bummer.

“What we have achieved with InStyle over the last few years has been hugely rewarding and the team has, rightly, won numerous awards and nominations for their work across print and digital,But the fashion world is changing dramatically, the way our audience interacts with it is changing and we have to change to meet that challenge. With a focus on delivering the InStyle experience across all digital platforms, we can really give our audience 24-hour access to all the fashion and beauty looks, trends and brands they clearly have such a huge appetite for.”  Charlotte Moore, InStyle Editor

“This new focus for InStyle means we can propel it to a leading position in the UK digital fashion space. InStyle’s authority combined with this significantly boosted content offering will make it a compelling destination for consumers and a very attractive proposition for our advertising partners.”  Justine Southall, Managing Director for Fashion & Beauty, Time Inc.

With Conde Nast and Hearst announcing similar plans relating to 24 hour digital content, it’s evident that most editorial content is consumed online and in a digital age, it’s got people asking, is there still a need for print publication?  Vogue Editor Alexandra Schulman certainly thinks so, vowing that British Vogue will never devolve to digital only, despite Vogue Online producing most of its readership.  She believes there is value in print and most fashion folk will agree.

Me?  I’m with Alexandra on this one, I think there will always be a place for print copy in fashion.  Certainly where the icons are concerned - give me a fresh edition of Vogue, LOVE or CR Fashion Book over the equivalent online, there’s something great about seeing the collections in print.  Sure, the small, lesser known publications may fade away to nothing but the bibles?  The Holy Grail?  Well they’ll always be here because Voyeurs, print will always be in fashion.

Pixie xo

 

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VS Fashion Show 2016

SUPER AWESOME IMAGE LED POST ALERT!

I’ve held off with this post for a little but because I know your timelines will be filled with pictures of the VS Angels and those super elaborate wings already, but I can wait no longer!

The 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show took place in Paris last week and boy was it good!  With a record number of Rookies, looks and wings, the show set out to wow followers from the very beginning.

We were treated to the casting videos, the #TrainLikeAnAngel campaign videos to make us crave the new sportswear range, and the rehearsal runthrough.  By the time Show day came round, we were literally on the edge.  With the huge Grand Palais transformed into a rhinestone covered showspace with the longest glitter strewn runway the brand has had to date; the biggest VS Fashion Show to date began with a bang.

Performers Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and The Weeknd provided the musical entertainment but it was the Angels who took centre stage; you just need to look at the stills for the ultimate gym motivation.

The VS Fashion Show always produces a few stand out high points and this year they weren’t in short supply.  I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite moments…

1. Veteran Angels Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio showed The Rookies how it’s done.

2. Jasmine Tookes looked psyched to be wearing the $3 million Fantasy Bra.

3. Bella showed Abel what he could’ve won.

4. Izabel Goulart put everyone to shame with her freaking amazing abs.

5. Maria Borges. ‘Nuff said, this woman is rocking my world right now. 💙

So Voyeurs, whilst you wait for the UK screening on 4Music next week, here are some of the best images from the show itself and I’ll follow up with a Behind the Scenes post later this week to keep that anticipation building.  You’re welcome.

But for now, I’m headed to the gym with a picture of Izabel goulart as my screensaver for inspo….

Pixie xo

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Voting Open for the 2017 UK Blog Awards!

Well Voyeurs, you did your awesome thang and I’m super proud to say that for the first year ever, I’M NOMINATED IN THE UK BLOG AWARDS!

The next stage is voting.  A shortlist has been compiled - I’m on it - and voting opened at 8am this morning.  The voting process is exactly as it should be; quick, easy and with minimal fuss.  It takes less than a minute and I promise to love you forever if you take that one minute to vote for me in the Fashion and Beauty category.  You can do so by clicking HERE or by using the long link at the bottom of the page, you know if you wanna share it and garner me a few extra votes *wink wink*.

Obviously I want to say a huge, big, massive thank-you to you guys, my Voyeurs.  Without you there wouldn’t be a nomination, or a place on the shortlist and I appreciate every single one of you.  You stick by me when things are rough, you connect with me and share my posts via social media and you make me smile with your comments and emails, especially the ones about my outfits!

Guys, you’re awesome, now stop reading and go vote in your droves….

http://blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2017/entries/fashion-voyeur

Pixie xo

 

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Trendlistr Curated Vintage Popup Shop

You all know that I have my own unique style when it comes to occasion dressing but I also have a bit of a penchant for vintage, as long as it’s good vintage; and that’s the trouble with buying preloved clothing, you never know if it’s any good.

When it comes to styling and dressing, I know exactly what I want.  That in itself can be a problem because sometimes the thing that I want doesn’t actually exist, that’s why I hack sleeves off tees, add in fabric and draw on clothing - I like to look unique. Buying vintage is great because it allows you to keep your individuality - you’re very unlikely to bump into someone wearing the same thing - and there are styles available that aren’t repeated on today’s high street.

One of the tricky things about buying vintage, is that you never know if what you’re buying is ‘good’ vintage, genuine or what it’s history is and that’s the risk you take.  Sure vintage fairs are great, (my absolute favourite, Britain Does Vintage, tours the U.K. seasonally and makes three stops across the North East) but if you’re that person who really doesn’t know what they’re looking for then Trendlistr might be the solution you didn’t know you needed.

Ok, so first you have to establish that you’re interested in vintage clothing, if you’re not, then maybe I can convince you.  Cuts, quality and sizing is different (vanity sizing didn’t exist back then) in vintage clothing, with a focus on quality over quantity, things weren’t sold in high volume so if you find a piece you love, buy it, keep it and cherish it.  Good designer vintage in decent condition retains its shape and its value pretty well on this day and age, with some rare pieces (Hermes Kelly anyone?) increasing in value.

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Louisa Rogers and I have been following each other for some time now and last night we finally met in person at her Curated Vintage Popup Shop in House of Smith.  Louisa spotted a gaping hole in the market for a Curated vintage service that links up clients like you and I, with vintage pieces which have been sourced, checked and verified.  This was the inspiration that led her to start setting up her business Trendlistr.

Louisa is super passionate about vintage clothing, but it has to be as close to perfect as it can be to pass her vigourous testing.  Sourcing from all over the world, she’s built up quite a collection of eclectic pieces and had a small selection of clothing and jewellery on show at her popup.

Trendlistr will operate in a similar way to eBay which offers a marketplace for third party sellers to showcase their vintage items, minus the auction.  Louisa tells me she has aspirations for it to become the ‘ASOS of vintage’ and she has faith in her brand.  She talks about the importance of getting it right first time and is currently in the process of photographing and cataloging the collection ready for the website going live.

I scoured the collection last night and scavenged a preppy zip through Roberto Verino dress and a Moschino tank - picked for me by Louisa herself as she says she’s clocked my style and thinks it’s very me, she’s not wrong.  Amongst the collection I found a pair of very on trend midnight blue velvet Yves Saint Laurent cigarette pants and a flower camo Salvatore Ferragamo pencil skirt, sadly neither were my size. Boo!

Is Curated vintage worth it? Yes, if you’re interested in vintage then it takes all the hard work out of finding really great quality preowned clothing.  If you want to try vintage but don’t know where to start, then Curated vintage is your gateway drug, but be careful, it’s addictive.

I’ll always visit vintage fairs there’s no doubt about that, but Trendlistr offers a third dimension, a way to source items in a particular size, colour or style.  A way to request dealers to look for a particular item when they’re out topping up their hauls, rather than just shopping off the rack.

When Trendlistr goes live in early 2017 I’m predicting a vintage revival of sorts….

Pixie xo

 

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Christmas Night Market at the Grainger Market

Last night I headed over to the Grainger Market in Newcastle for a very special Christmas Night Market.  If you’re not from the North East then let me fill you in…

 

The Grainger Market is something of a local treasure in Newcastle, housed in a square block between Clayton Street and Grainger Street, it’s been a part of the city since 1835.  With over a hundred shops and stalls under the steel and glass roof, it really has to be visited to give life to the description.  It’s the home of a collective of vibrant, small local businesses and some awesome creatives who thrive on their solidarity as a unit and if you visit the market, you’ll see that in spades.

It’s quirky, it’s cute and ultimately it’s well planned out.  From the original aisles which made up the ‘flesh market’ which now houses local food produce, through to the Grainger Arcade which is the younger, funkier end.  Everything in the Grainger Market has a place that has been carefully considered and every Geordie you meet, will have a favourite unit housed within it.

This year, for the first time ever, the Grainger Market played host to a Christmas Night Market with the promise of mulled wine, local food samples and a VIP tour of that famous hidden air raid shelter.  To be honest Voyeurs, I heard “Air raid shelter” and was there like a shot.

When I arrived, the place was buzzing with life, a choir was singing with an audience of smiling faces and Christmas jumpers as lights projected out across the glass ceiling, transforming the Grainger Market into a Winter Wonderland.  I registered for my VIP wristband and map, and headed straight to Pet Lamb patisserie to stock up on festive treats made with a local touch.

One of my all time favourite stores is in the Grainger Market; Ellen’s Cosmetics is a secret staple for many a Beauty Blogger, known for sourcing hard to find items and products, and stocking brands that you just can’t find anywhere else.  It’s my go to for hair toners.  Yup, that’s right Voyeurs, when you see me with my many shades of pastel hair, this is my supplier and I picked up some new ones last night taking advantage of their 20% off offer exclusively for the Night Market. 🙌🏼

I also managed to get a tour of one of the two hidden air raid shelters under the Grainger Market, something I’ve wanted to do since I heard about it in The Chronicle earlier this year and it didn’t disappoint.  I headed into the dark tunnel with fellow Bloggers Ami Littlefair and we were given the lowdown on how it would have been used by the most adorably City Tour Guide.

From the surface, it’s pretty easy to, it’s the entrance despite being wide open & surrounded by metal barriers, it’s hidden in plain sight.  The steps lead down to a chamber which eerily splits off into two narrow corridors, it almost feels like picking your fate….

Filled with vintage props, the shelter has been preserved and still has original drawings on the walls.  Not my usual post but I’m actually super interested in this kind of thing so next on my list is The Victoria Tunnel tour.  I also kind of have to take some responsibility for Rachel bumping her head on a steel joist on the way out, soz dude.

After a good stroll around the market and it’s various entertainment spots, cue buskers, Newcastle Roller Girls Head Coach Kalamity James (and my awesome mate) whizzing around on quads, I headed home feeling slightly less grinchy and munching on a bag of sweet treats.

If you’re the kind of person who seeks to support local business over larger chain stores and you’re in the North East then give the Grainger Market a look.  There are quirky independent stores hidden within those old walls and some great places for food that still remain a bit of a Geordie secret.  Also, it’s looking super Christmassy in there right now, which is always a winner in my book!

Pixie xo

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VS Fashion Show 2016 Paris Photocall

The VS Angels have landed in Paris ahead of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and their first port of call?  The Grand Palais of course!

Tomorrow night the venue will be dripping with glitter, feathers and rhinestones as the Angels take to the stage for the 2016 Paris showcase where a record eighteen rookies will take to the stage for the first time.  In preparation, the girls hit up Karl Lagerfeld’s favourite show venue for a pre-show photocall

As with every VS Fashion Show press call, the girls posed up a storm for the baying paparazzi and the fresh new intake seemed completely at ease, some of them saying they’ve been training their whole lives for this.

Jasmine Tookes will take to the stage in the $3 million ‘Bright Nights’ Fantasy Bra which is a move away from the traditional, prettified, sparkly Fantasy bra we’re used to seeing.  With diamonds and pearls fashioned into cones and spikes, this piece has a real urban and more ‘hard’ feel to it.  I have to admit that on first sight, I wasn’t keen but the more I see this Fantasy Bra, the more I grow to love it, especially with the belt piece that will be worn in the show.

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The 2016 VS Fashion Show can also lay claim to being the first VS show featuring two sisters walking the same show with Gigi Hadid walking for the second time, and sister Bella taking to the stage for the very first time for the brand.  I’m super excited about seeing Bella walk the show, this chica has a walk to die for.

We already know everything we need to know about the show on everyone’s lips, if you need a quick recap the check out this post, and if you’d like to read up on the Rookies before they make their debut, then you might want to consider checking out this post.

I’ll bring you the scoop after the show, but for now, all that’s left to do is check out these images of the VS Angels working the press call ahead of tomorrow night’s show in Paris!

Pixie xo

IMAGE CREDIT: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

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Fashion Voyeur: From Nothing to Something

Well Voyeurs, a little while back I told you that I was being interviewed for North East web publication Click here for a recap).

I met up with Deputy Editor Alysha Stirling and we chatted for hours and hours about all things Fashion Voyeur.  From the best things about the North East and its famous exports (Hello Sophie Gradon) through to Fashion Week and my favourite designers (Hello Tom Ford and Vin + Omi)

If you’re interested in finding out a little more about me, after all, you know I play my cards close to my chest when it comes to talking about myself, then head here to see the full interview - although probably not the full three hours.

I sort of remember having a single conscious thought about trying to not say anything too controversial but can’t quite remember whether or not I succeeded, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Let me know what you think, or you know, don’t….

Also, thanks to Photographer Chris Ord for the awesome lead image for the piece.

Pixie xo

 

 

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VS Angel Airlines, Boarding Now

The annual spectacle that is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is just days away and we know already that the 2016 show brings a season of change for the brand.  To find out exactly what we know so far about the 2016 show, click here.

We know that Jasmine Tookes will wear the most urban Fantasy Bra the show has ever seen, with rhinestones fashioned into studs, cones and spikes.  Want to see every other Fantasy Bra in history?  Click here.

Overnight, the Angels boarded Victoria’s Secret Angel Airlines and took to the skies to head for Paris, but not without documenting the journey, and their excitement, for their baying social media following.

With the Paris show hotly anticipated to be the biggest, best and most ‘street’ show ever delivered by Ed Razek and the team behind Victoria’s Secret, the pre-show build up is certainly delivering.

Now that the Angels have officially landed in Paris, in the days leading up to the show we can expect selfies from the VS store, rehearsal shots, and the infamous beauty room pictures as we lead into the big day.  I don’t know about you Voyeurs but I’m starting to get more than a little excited about this and can’t even think about Christmas until the show is over and the last piece of confetti has fallen to the floor!

I was given the opportunity to attend the Paris show but the stars just weren’t aligned.  Still, I’ll always have London 2014 and if you’re interested Voyeurs, you can read about that here.

Personally I’m looking forward to seasoned veterans Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima as I do every year, but I’m also excited to see what the Rookies bring to the runway, the youngest of whom is just eighteen years old, you can read about the entire new cohort of Angels here.

So, all that’s left to do is wait for the ultimate showdown;  the spectacle of the year and the last milestone in the countdown to Christmas.  Bonjour Paris, we’re ready for you….

Pixie xo

 

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Introducing The 2016 VS Fashion Show Rookies

We know that it’s just days until the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show takes place at Paris’ Grand Palais, home to the famous Chanel runway show during Paris Fashion Week and with it come a whole new pack of Angels for us to adore.

That’s right Voyeurs, the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will feature eighteen rookies and it’s all part of a plan masterminded by Ed Razek to win back fans and viewers after 2015’s slump.

We’ve all seen the casting videos for the show but who’s earned their wings?  Lets find out…

1.Bella Hadid

Everyone in the world knows that Bella made it through the process and will appear on the runway.  In lingerie.  With her recent ex-boyfriend performing live.  And her sister, who is rumoured to be pissed about the whole thing.  Awks.

2. Alanna Arrington

Super in demand runway model whose stock is rising.  With every runway season Arrington grows in popularity, if you think she looks familiar that’s because she was a regular fixture on the runways of NYC, London, Paris and Milan during Fashion Month SS17.

3. Brooke Perry

Hailing from Montana, Perry is the quintessential girl next door.  She’s been the face of Victoria’s Secret Pink  for just over a year now so was an easy choice for the VS Fashion Show.

4. Camille Rowe

Another girl already familiar to Victoria’s Secret having featured in several of the brands lingerie campaigns and instore visuals.  Looks a little like Behati Prinsloo no?

5. Dilone

Dilone is a force to be reckoned with in the modelling industry.  Ruling the runway by day and rapping by night, that’s right Voyeurs, this girls got skills!  She brings the cool points as the urban choice for the VS Fashion Show

6. Georgia Fowler

New Zealand born Fowler has tried out for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show five times already and cried for two straight days when she found out she’d made it through.

7. Grace Elizabeth

A regular in Vogue, this rising star covers both commercial and editorial modelling work, something only a few can do well.

8. Herieth Paul

You’ll recognise her from the Maybelline New York campaign, she’s no stranger to modelling with six years of experience under her belt.

9. Irina Shayk

As famous for her love life as she is for her modelling career, Shayk is no stranger to the runway.  Famously binned Ronaldo for Bradley Cooper, well, you would wouldn’t you?

10. Jourdana Elizabeth

A recent change to Jourdana’s appearance has seen her propelled into the limelight, much the same as when Karlie Kloss cut off her long locks, Jourdana sheared her long dark curls, reached for the bleach and earned herself a spot in Antony Vaccarello’s first runway show for Saint Laurent.

11. Keke Lindgard

A regular on the campaign circuit, Keke has already appeared in major billboard campaigns for DKNY, Gucci and Ralph Lauren, the Victoria’s Secret gig looks set to push her into the mainstream.

12. Lais Oliveira

Another Brazilian beauty joins the line up, already a regular in the Victoria’s Secret catalogue, Oliveira has dreamt of donning the famous wings since she was 13 years old, which, coincidentally is when her modelling career began.

13. Lameka Fox

Only 18 years old, Fox was scouted through the Instagram We Love Your Genes campaign.  Since then she’s walked the runways of major designers such as Burberry, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and Miu Miu.  She also opened the SS17 Yeezy runway show.

14. Luma Grothe

Brazilian, beautiful and with cheekbones and brows to die for.  Convinced by a friend to enter a local modelling competition the rest is history.  Grothe is currently a L’Oreal spokesmodel and has featured in a Dolce & Gabbana billboard campaign.

15. Maggie Laine

After being spotted on FaceBook Maggie was given a model contract and said at the time that she’d set herself a goal of walking the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.  Achieved within two years, this all American girl looks set to go far.

16. Megan Williams

Williams needs no introduction, already known for being a Guess Girl, British born Williams regularly appears in Sports Illustrated.  She’s no stranger to getting her kit off.

17. Xiao-Wen Ju

In July 2012 Ju was ranked 22 on the models.com Top 50 Models list, she’s a seasoned pro and has already walked for Thierry Mugler, Luis Vuitton, Prada, Dior and Kenzo.

18. Zuri Tibby

The first black model for Victoria’s Secret Pink line, Tibby is fun loving and fresh looking.  She was discovered in a shopping mall and says that walking the VS Fashion Show is a dream come true.

So there we have it, a record number of eighteen new recruits have earned their wings in the Class of 2016 and you can watch the full show in early December.  If you’re in the US, CBS will screen the show at 10pm on Tuesday December 8th.  While the UK will have to wait an extra day to catch up on Wednesday December 9th when the show will air on 4Music at 9pm.

In the meantime, if you just can’t wait and need a little VS fix, check out my posts on the 2014 VS Fashion Show, The History of the Fantasy Bra, and Everything we know so far about VSFS 2016.

Ciao for now!

Pixie xo

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Here’s The Rub….

If you’ve been into Newcastle recently you’ll know that the landscape is changing.  Newcastle is actually shaping up to be a pretty damn amazing hub, buzzing with creatives and tribes of fashionistas.  With this wave of new business prospects comes a whole phase of brand new eateries, one of which is Rub Smokehouse.

Housed in The Gate which is undergoing extensive redevelopment, Rub can be found on the first floor and is a welcome addition to the entertainment complex which has seen its popularity dwindle in recent years.  With a relaunch on the cards for early 2017 it’s high time for The Gate to take in some Fresh Meat, and already Rub has opened up to rapturous applause.

Obviously as a smokehouse, Rub primarily caters for the meat lover (although there are vegetarian options), and their preparation methods are sound; following the traditions of the deep American South, all of the meat sourced by Rub is from ethical farmers and is hung in a smokehouse after being ‘Rubbed’ down with a secret blend of herbs and spices known only to Rub chefs.  After which it’s slow cooked to perfection for 16 hours to give the meat that super awesome flavour and a tenderness that’s better than foreplay.

It’s a place that’s been on my radar for some time now due to a member of my Squad literally ‘Rubbing’ it in and sending me photos of food from Rub, every damn day.  (Thanks for that Ashleigh Money Saver).

But Rub is so much more than a smokehouse….

Rub is the brainchild of three guys out to have fun and make some Epic Food and Newcastle is the third branch for the successful trio.  With the Epic Food side of things covered, Cocktail King Joe serves up the fun at the Newcastle branch with a cocktail menu almost as in-depth as the food menu, some of which are his own creations.

Earlier this week, a gazillion Bloggers descended on Rub Newcastle for a night of great food, fun and mad cocktail making skills with the invite promising ‘Cocktail Carnage’.  We were treated to a cocktail making masterclass from a standup guy who competed in the actual Cocktail Making World Championships (it’s a thing Voyeurs, I checked) and boy, did we rack ’em up!

As an interlude, we were served pulled pork sliders, nachos, and burritos, (in order to soak up the excess alcohol I suspect), and damn, they were good.

After a crash course in creating bar essentials (Porn Star Martini, Mojito) Bachelorette Party must haves (Cosmopolitan) and classics smokes, (including one of my all time favourites, the smokey old fashioned), winners were announced.  Long story short, my team won, obvs.

When preparing cocktails for Newcastle’s elite, we were taught that there’s no cutting corners and no cheap option.  Only the highest quality ingredients are used at Rub and that means Titos vodka (my favourite), Chambord black raspberry liqueur and only the freshest fruit - no cheap alternatives, that’s not the Rub way.  We were also taught that shaking and stirring are key, to pull off the best drinks in town, they have to be stirred to perfection and that’s exactly what these guys do.

I’ve got to say a big thank-you  to ELLEfluence for the invite, and a big shout out to Team White for pulling off a massive win; Chloe, WE BE AWESOME!

So, if you’re looking for somewhere that does great food, and knows how to make a really aces cocktail without waiting around forever for it - get you somewhere that can do both.  Rub Smokehouse needs to be on your radar.  Go there once and you’ll see why, go there twice and you’ll know why.

And that, Voyeurs, is the Rub…

Pixie xo