Saturday, September 29, 2012


It's no secret that I'm slowly heading into a 90s renaissance via my wardrobe. This top and Jazzy Jewelry-esque earrings are no exception to this. (I urge you to click that link)


wearing: top - vintage available via etsy // wedge heels - vintage // denim shorts - vintage // earrings - vintage


Finding treasures at thrift stores has never been an issue for me, if anything my "good finds"
 are in excess. When I saw those gauzy tiers of 90s Mariposa goodness sticking out of an overstuffed rack, I knew it was one item I couldn't leave behind. I've been waiting for the right moment to wear this wild rumba top and the earrings were the finishing touch; they were a recent find on the island. It was kismet.


What's that you say? Yes, that IS my high school belly button ring peeking out from my shorts. And yes, that top is definitely available for purchase on my Etsy. What keen questions!

P.S. have you entered to win a pair of purple glasses that channel the essence of Eugene Levy? If not, you really should. 

x Miss Sandy

left coasting

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


wearing: t shirt - my dad's // shorts - thrifted via Goodwill // worry doll head band - island thrifting // wedge heels - pierre hardy x the gap // leather snake skin bangle - island thrifting


While no one was looking I darted off to the island again. The left coast is the best coast after all and the ocean was calling my name. Gabriola is gorgeous year round but I am near certain the fall there might be my favourite. Summertime on the island is wonderful for all the obvious reasons, ocean swims, festivals, warm breezes but in the fall when tourist season slows down the true character of the island reveals itself. 

The GIRO (Gabriola Island Recycling Organization) is my favourite place to hit every Wednesday and Saturday. Both days saw my attendance as the GIRO never disappoints. As expected it was not short of treasures; I picked up a Cole Haan leather mini purse with a braided leather strap as well as a homemade cable knit cardigan with a tag that read "made by mom." The hoarder in me dies a little every time I see a 'made with love by...' tag in garments at thrift stores. How could someone abandon an item that clearly states it was made with LOVE!? I suppose you can't hold on to everything. On that note, I recently purchased a locket with a very 70s school portrait in it. Oh the mysteries that reside in my closet.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for glasses from Clearly Contacts!

x Miss Sandy

looking studious - a clearly contacts glasses giveaway

Monday, September 24, 2012


I was blessed with 20/20 vision and it was the bane of my existence in high school. I longed for the studious look that I decided could only be achieved with the perfect pair of glasses reminiscent of Eugene Levy. A classic case of wanting what you can't have, and in my instance I longed to be blind. Fortunately, I came to my senses and appreciated the precious commodity. With that said, I'm not against pretending to lack vision especially in these lovely Love frames. The purple rims looks like they were stolen from a vintage bowling ball.


The wonderful folks at Clearly Contacts sent me these frames by Love (sans prescription lenses) and would love to send a pair to one lucky reader of The Pretty Secrets complete with your prescription! 


1. You must be a Canadian resident!

2. The following are worth 1 entry each:
- 'Like' Clearly Contacts on Facebook
- Follow Clearly Contacts on Twitter
- Follow The Pretty Secrets on Twitter
- 'Like' The Pretty Secrets on Facebook
- Follow The Pretty Secrets on Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin'

3. Leave a comment below with your email address and which entries you qualify for

The contest will be open till Friday, October 5th

Good luck!

x Miss Sandy

fort edmonton park

Saturday, September 22, 2012


wearing: jean jacket - vintage levis // 90s floral dress - vintage // 60s gold sandals - vintage // faux pearls - vintage

fort edmonton

That time I forgot I had photos at Fort Edmonton Park from.... a couple months ago? Better late than never I suppose. The park holds a special place in my heart not just because it's one of the most underrated Edmonton attractions, but because the house I grew up in resides there. When I was five my family donated our 1911 house to the park which is now known as The Firkins House. The witchay vintage loving side of me wishes I still lived there, the sensible side is grateful to have an apparition free abode. Oh the pleasures of a character home! It was even featured on the television program Creepy Canada - despite their misinformed stories.

x Miss Sandy

just two girls...

Saturday, September 15, 2012

wearing: top - 90s le chateau from Goodwill // skirt - goodwill // suede belt - vintage // patent leather heels - kate spade from Winners // kangaroo fur clutch - Goodwill // bojangle bracelets - island thrift stores & Goodwill // nail polish - blue satin Chanel

And we're having a good time! You might remember Miss Emily as my partner in crime a few months back for Calgary's music festival Sled Island. Last night we attended Western Canada Fashion Week and were witness to a couple amazing shows. My favourite has always been the Stylist Competition sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Alberta.

wearing: top - Goodwill // shorts - mink pink from bamboo ballroom // rings & earrings- vintage // shoes - hugo boss from gravitypope 

 If it hasn't become apparent yet, I'll have you know Goodwill is one of my favourite places to scour for unique pieces at reasonable prices. I'm definitely a gal after a hunt. This outfit (aside from the shoes) is  a COMPLETE look from Goodwill - down to the kangaroo fur clutch. I even styled the mannequins for their display at WCFW. 



The competition is proof that anybody can make a stunning outfit for less than $30. The stylists really stepped it up this season. Not only was I impressed, I was borderline envious at the treasures that had miraculously slipped through my fingers while I was out of town! The show from last season's winner Miss Jericho Cender of SVET blew my mind. It was an explosion of sports team mojo with a massive dose of chola babe. I'm now on the hunt for a Chicago Bulls jersey as well as a rag rug to turn into a vest. So inspired, I forgot I was even in Edmonton. There was even a pair of Versace checkerboard children's cords that I had touched prior to the show and died a little inside when I realized I could never ever fit into them! Glad to see they found a home that appreciated them!


For all the Edmontonians out there, stop by my facebook page for a chance to win a pair of tickets to any of the remaining shows of Western Canada Fashion Week.

x Miss Sandy

i love the sound of breaking glass

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

wearing: striped dress - goodwill // suede belt - vintage // leather purse - garage sale // braided leather bracelet - miss katie // boots - c/o Doc Martens


At the beginning of summer, a stand alone Doc Martens store opened in West Edmonton Mall and I was fortunate enough to be invited to preview it. Along with with a bag of swag, I was also gifted a pair of shoes of my choice. I was immediately drawn to the Doc Martens classic 1460 in collaboration with Liberty of London. I still, however, have my eye on the black velvet Page boots.


I may have had a bit of a rough go when I lived in England, but it still holds a dear place in my heart. The Strawberry Thief pattern brought me back to Christmas browsing on Oxford Street; deeming the Liberty window displays number 1 on the high street. 


Many thanks to Doc Martens for reigniting my love of both their boots and England in general.

i love the sound of breaking glass - nick lowe

x Miss Sandy