The Surf

Friday, August 28, 2015


Hat - vintage Halston // dress, belt, bag - vintage // sunglasses - The Row // shoes - c/o Le Chateau

Gabriola is full of hidden gems. The Surf, an old resort now restaurant/bar, is the newest addition to the island since I was last there two years ago. Two games of croquet and a slice lemon cheesecake chased down with fresh mint tea is a great way to spend an afternoon by the sea. We went back a day later to indulge in their miso mushroom gravy poutine, one of the best I've had in ages, and smoked salmon crostini's - both of which I wish I had in front of me right now. 

Photographs - Michael Borchert 

Beachy Waves

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The elusive "effortless" beach wave is a hairstyle that I have just about perfected... or at least my versions of it. Here are the tools and products I use to get my wave on:



BUMBLE & BUMBLE SURF INFUSION - A salt spray that doesn't dry out your hair! The glorious geniuses at B&B added oil to their surf spray and voila: sea hair with softness. It's almost too good to be true, but it's real. Shake well before using on damp hair but don't go too nuts otherwise your hair will be more oily than salty. 

KEVIN.MURPHY HAIR RESORT SPRAY -  Do you like the smell of coconut? Do you like hair products that work on damp OR dry hair? I'll spray this in damp hair, let my hair air dry, then go back in with the whirl trio for more defined waves.

BUMBLE & BUMBLE DON'T BLOW IT - For those lazy days you don't want to actually heat style your hair. For this, I would towel dry my hair, apply evenly, then pop on those wave clips. #lazygirlvibes



T3 WHIRL TRIO - this iron changed everything. It's three interchangeable barrels makes this styling tool a triple threat. The above pictured tapered barrel is, in my opinion, the best for acquiring the perfect beach waves.  It's super easy to use, doesn't singe your hair, and comes with a glove to prevent your styling hand from burning. Bonus: since the barrels are detachable, it's the easiest iron to pack for a trip. 

KEVIN.MURPHY WAVE CLIPS - This is my lazy gal solution to waves. Pop this babies onto damp hair and go about your beauty routine. This combined with a beach spray makes for a loose wave and takes little effort. 

KEVIN.MURPHY TEXTURE COMB - There's nothing better than a wide tooth comb on wet hair; it saves you from doing serious damage to your mane as well as helps easily detangle your hair. I especially love using it to loosen my Whirl Trio beachy waves; it softens the look of the wave.


All of these tools and products work well together (with the exception of 'Don't Blow It' which is supposed to be used without heat) and I use them in various combinations often layering product - but all in moderation!

Happy beach wave-ing!

Photos - Michael Borchert // Sandy Karpetz

Folk Festin'

Thursday, August 20, 2015


OUTFIT jacket - vintage // silk tank - c/o Joe Fresh // shorts - Acne Studios // shoes - c/o VANS // sunglasses c/o Toms // bag - c/o Sole Society 

Nursing a very painful hangover courtesy of my best friend Cecily from a wild weekend in Toronto, I flew back to Edmonton with just enough time to change and walk to the festival. All in the name of J. Lew. 

I don't have a pastel airbrushed nudie suit so I threw on my best tie dyed piece, an army surplus jacket I got when I was in elementary school and managed to death grip hang on to well into adulthood despite never really wearing it anywhere ever. Getting outfit shots was next to impossible with the spirited children enjoying their full Folk Fest experience thus enhancing mine tenfold by the hilarity of the situation. 

Jenny Lewis was wearing her finest pastel power suit to a relaxed Sunday crowd. The Voyager, an album that has been the soundtrack to my spring, summer, and soon to be fall made up the majority of her performance. Playing such hits as "She's Not Me" and "Head Underwater" (my two favourites) I was in rapture the entire time. My only regret is not getting there sooner to purchase a rainbow Voyager towel which would have only made this #summerofsandy even better. 

Photos - Michael Borchert // Sandy Karpetz