Cocktails with Sandy – The Best Spicy Caesar

Cocktails with Sandy – The Best Spicy Caesar

Cocktails with Sandy – The Best Spicy Caesar

50th Anniversary Edition

CAN YOU BELIEVE THE CAESAR IS 50 YEARS OLD? It’s over the hill! It’s a Canadian Classic Cocktail and I want to share with you my favourite versions of it. Keep watching for some fun Caesar trivia and two delicious recipes to try out on this blessed holiday. So I present to you: Cocktails with Sandy – The Best Spicy Caesar 50th Anniversary Edition. If caesars aren’t your thing, check out some of my other cocktail recipes for a Cognac Crusta or a Reposado Margarita

Happy #NationalCaesarDay!

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Tips on Finding the Best Photo Locations

Tips on Finding the Best Photo Locations

Tips on Finding the Best Photo Locations

In this current climate of sameness of social media, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find new and creative ways to reinvent the wheel. The wheel, of course being an interesting feed with backdrops that haven’t been shot to death by everyone and their influencer dog. This is an issue for people in both small and large cities. Often I am asked “Where did you shoot that?” And while I am hesitant to giveaway specific locations as I spend a great deal of time differentiating my feed and finding unique spots no one has used; I am more than happy to give people the tools to discover their own hidden gems to shoot. Here are my Tips on Finding the Best Photo Locations.

Go Exploring

This is by far my most valuable way to spend time and it’s such an obvious way to find rad spots. Go for a drive with a friend, get some pizza, and cruise! You never know what you can discover in your own city. Also going for walks is the best way to see the city from multiple angles. Just because you’ve walked down a street a million times, doesn’t mean you’ve seen it. Have you actually walked it with the intention of seeing it with new eyes? Sometimes even walking down a street in a different direction will illuminate a different and flattering angle. 

Google Maps / My Maps

If you don’t want to spend the time driving around, fair enough. There’s always Google Street View which is basically the same thing. Sometimes when I’m flying to a new place, I will do a quick Google Street View virtual walk around the area we’re staying to get a sense of my surroundings. In addition to that, I have started different maps for cities of cool spots with the My Maps function on Google. 

Peep Those Geotags

One of the best features on Instagram, in my humble opinion, is the Geotagging service. There are so many amazing creators out there who are making the world a smaller place for us all. While I don’t take inspiration from popular oversaturated places that have been done to death (Tulum and Positano anyone?) I do follow more obscure accounts such as Atlas Obscura and Abandoned Places. Those are much more my speed when it comes to locations. 

Tips on Finding the Best Photo Locations

Sometimes finding a real gem requires a shift in perception. I truly encourage everyone to look at spaces they see every day to the point where they are unnoticeable and challenge yourself to work with those. To see the mundane in a new light. I think we often ignore great beauty because it’s so familiar. Chances are that view, that corner, or that building will be interesting to someone who has never seen it before. And capturing it in photos before it gets levelled by progress. Nothing is forever, just saying! Those are all the things that have helped me have different backdrops for shoots during my 10 years of blogging. Yes, ten whole years and I haven’t repeated too many places in that time. I must be doing something right? Am I? Let me know in the comments below!

Historical Societies Are Key

One of the best resources out there are historical societies. I find these to be extremely helpful when going places that are rich with architectural gems. Cities like Phoenix and Palm Springs have been opened up to me all thanks to information I have gathered from both their websites and Instagram accounts. I’m a midcentury modern hound so this is the quickest way for me to discover the plethora of buildings that suit my taste.

Outfit: bianco hat c/o BAILEY HATS // logo t shirt + trucker jacket c/o LEVIS // Mile high Skinnies – LEVIS // white Drerissa Boots c/o ALDO //

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COPS Doughnuts Toronto

COPS Doughnuts Toronto

COPS Doughnuts Toronto

Who can deny that a doughnut is the perfect dessert? Perfection is exceeded when said doughnut is mini and many in number. While I was in Toronto, I made a point of popping by COPS Doughnuts. It’s a coffee shop located on a dead end side street just off Adelaide Street West. That sounds ominous but I swear it’s not because the building is the perfect shade of millennial pink. Yes, I am still a full on sucker for a good pop of colour. Fortunately, they have the good goods and not just the aEsThEtIc. Keep scrolling for some mega facade eye candy that is COPS Doughnuts Toronto.

DOUGHNUT DELIGHT

COPS Doughnuts’ motto is that “too many options are a prison” – I couldn’t agree more. With that in mind, they have streamlined their menu down to the very basics. Not only does it make ordering a breeze, but it means that the two things they do make, they do it so well. Mini doughnuts and drip coffee. The latter is not my thing, I tried coffee for a short while and it made me borderline crazy but doughnuts I can consume responsibly. They offer three flavours: cinnamon & sugar, OG cops glaze, and a rotating weekly special. 

ALL OF THE WALLS

I’ve recently heard that IG Walls are “over” according to The Atlantic’s article: The Instagram Aesthetic Is Over. But like, are they *really*? I still think influencers and regular people alike will still be looking for *cool* backdrops to shoot with regardless of whether it’s in-the-moment or a heavily produced shot. (I would love to hear thoughts on this) In any case, COPS Doughnuts a great shade of pink but across the street is a shocking yellow wall too. Double whammy!

OUTFIT DETAILS

VINTAGE Mustard Mohair Coat
CLUB MONACO high gloves
FENDI BAG Vintage – similar here & here
VINTAGE Ultrasuede dress
WOLFORD tights – c/o
MATISSE  Caty Boots – c/o

 

Cops Doughnuts Toronto

Everyone needs to get some mini doughnuts now. And if you have a large enough party, might I suggest ordering The Stakeout if only for the genius name. Interested in more posts about Toronto? Head on over to all my Toronto Travel updates. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Photographs – CC Ruth

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My Bedroom Tour

My Bedroom Tour

My Bedroom Tour

Come one, come all for my bedroom tour! I’ve been in this space for almost 4 years and things are finally starting to take shape. And by that I mean I’m no longer living in a construction zone. Thank goodness. I’ve even made a little video to accompany this room tour. Feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more content like this. 🙂 Not every video gets its own blog post! Anyway, shall we begin?

THE FURNITURE

Most of the pieces in my bedroom were either thrifted (hello second hand IKEA night table) or inherited from my family. The solo chair was bought from WINNERS quite a few years ago. I loved it because it’s a reproduction of the classic mid-century modern Barcelona chair. Drool. I’m not at a point in my life where I’m comfortable dropping some mad cash on an authentic 60s chair (one day!) so this one will suffice until then. My second night table is actually a laundry hamper that belonged to my Baba. I love that it’s covered in a soft pink velvet! The mirror I bought at Goodwill years ago, it’s actually supposed to sit horizontally on top of a dresser… but when have I ever followed any “supposed to’s” when it comes to style? The lamp is an art deco antique table light. This too I took from my parents when they sold my childhood home.

The Brass Bed

The brass bed is a particularly important piece to me because it was my mother’s. When she was 12 years old, she bought it second hand from a neighbour with money she saved babysitting. I just thinks that such an adorable story but also very my mom. Trust her to make an investment purchase at the tender age of 12! So practical. She likes to tell me about a Homes & Home Decorating course she took in High School. She flunked one project because she insisted on spending all her fictitious money on an expensive couch and leaving the rest of the house empty until she could “afford” to get the exact furniture she wanted. Her teacher did not agree with this way of thinking but it makes perfect sense to me. Maybe that’s why my place is still so empty? 🤔

THE BEDDING

I will admit, I have 3 major musts when it comes to my bedroom: 100% cotton sheets, a silk sleeping mask, and comfortable pjs. These are a few mainstays I have discovered and fallen in love with:

Muji Pajamas 

Whether flannel for winter or light cotton in summer, Muji makes THE BEST pjs of all time. I usually opt for the men’s versions because I love them oversized and prefer the patterns/colours they have available. They insanely comfortable. In addition to that, they also have reinforced seams on the crotch of the pants! And as a person who spends an absurd amount of time at home working in pjs, I’ve come to really appreciate this detail especially since I love sitting cross-legged. 

Slip Silk Sleeping Mask

I cannot even travel without this, let alone live my life in general without a sleep mask. When I become so sensitive to light pollution, I do not know. But the Slip Silk sleep mask has been my saviour. Perhaps you recall me gushing about this in my post about How to Have a Restful Sleep

Casper 100% Cotton Sheets

Fabric is key when it comes to having a comfortable sleep. I have converted my entire bed (aside from the mattress) to Casper. Currently I’m enjoying:
– breathable cotton sheet set (which is 100% cotton and currently on sale too),
– the pillows that make me feel like I’m snoozing at a 4-star hotel
– a super fluffy humidity fighting duvet cover 

*All of these items have been gifted to me but I actually use and love them + would not share otherwise*

OTHER DETAILS

My bedroom tour couldn’t be complete without a random smattering of precious little nothings. Of course there are pussywillows from the farmer’s market and peacock feathers I found on the ground on Gabriola Island. There are wild peacocks just traipsing through yards there! There will always be a touch of bohemian flare in my spaces thanks to a healthy dose of Stevie Nicks music and writings from Pamela Des Barres. It’s just my essence, okay?

Precious Details

My Bedroom Tour

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek at my bedroom tour! It’s one of my favourite places to be especially since my bed is such a cloud! If you have any candle suggestions, I’m all for that! Especially if said candles are earthy and musky! 

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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Night Time Skincare Routine

Night Time Skincare Routine

Night Time Skincare Routine

Some might believe this to be a arduous task, but there is nothing I love more than a thorough skincare routine. It’s my time to relax and wash the day off both literally and figuratively. Sometimes I’ll be accompanied by a podcast, or maybe even a YouTube tutorial (how meta) but I will always complete every step like it was my religion. Keep scrolling for the full Night Time Skincare Routine video + product listings.

CLEANSE

The first step is cleansing. If I happen to wear makeup, I’ll use Bioderma Sensibio H2O or Vichy Makeup Wipes

Biossance Antioxidant Cleansing Oil*- I love using this on a heavy makeup day – it removes everything!
IMAGE Skincare Max Cell Cleanser* – This cleanser works well with my Clarisonic
Clarisonic with the sensitive brush head*  

TONE 

Even after a double cleanse, I love to do a quick sweep of my face with toner and then add a refreshing spritz just for good measure. 

Wildcraft Clarify Toner in Bergamot & Rose*
Origins A Perfect World White Tea Lotion* – also part of the Clean at Sephora list!

Night Time Skincare Routine

And that’s the ~short~ list of all the products I use on my face in the evening. If anyone has any questions regarding this thorough routine, I am happy to answer them. And thank you for coming to my TED Talk 🙂

 

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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