A Little Western Flare

A Little Western Flare

A Little Western Flare

Having a little western flare with any of my outfits has become more commonplace over the last few years. This outfit is no exception. I found the tiered square dancing skirt on a thrifting spree and it works oh so well with my white cowboy-esque boots. Then topped off with a Bailey’s of Hollywood hat. Keep scrolling for all the details.

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD black hat – c/o (similar here)
BANANA REPUBLIC earrings – c/o 
THRIFTED  leopard belt
ARITZIA top 
THRIFTED square dancing skirt (similar here)
ALDO  drerissa boots – c/o 

On an unrelated note, I love the Edmonton Public Library. For the past 10 years, it’s been my go-to as opposed an endless mountain of books. Have you ever tried to move a ton of books? I have… in addition to my record collection. Might I advise that only keeping books you absolutely love is the only way to live (and move). Get 👏 A 👏 Library 👏 Card 👏. 

And on a related note, for more outfit posts, check out my Style section.

Photographs – Jesse Sand

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Back to School Thrifting

Back to School Thrifting

Back to School Thrifting

While my schooling days have long since been completed, I still love a good Back to School Thrifting session when autumn rolls around. I’m a firm believer that one does not need to attend school to achieve a studious look! And for those who are actually heading back, thrifting is definitely the way to go. It’s the best way to find unique pieces for reasonable prices all while reducing carbon footprints. If those aren’t reason enough, maybe this (nearly) monochrome look may inspire you! It’s a creation from my weekly trips to Value Village – my favourite place to thrift. Whether it’s a new tiki mug or a scarf to tie around my purse straps, I never leave empty handed. As an experienced thrifter, I have a few tips for adding some vintage flare to your back to school shopping.

Say Yes to Berets

What says back to school more than a beret? I have found so many, I nearly have a colour wheel of berets including this wool pinkie one. They’re so easy to style and go with just about everything. Bonus if you match the beret with your entire outfit like I decided to do. It’s a bold statement but it’s channeling my inner Cher Horowitz from Clueless. Add a dash of the Funny Face THINK PINK song and you’re on your way to a very referential lewk.

Brooch It

For anyone dipping a toe into thrifting, I suggest hitting the jewelry and accessory sections first. While the volume of items in that area is substantial, it’s also a lot less overwhelming than the racks of clothing. Plus, jewelry is easier to incorporate into your already existing wardrobe. My favourite accessory to mix and match are pins and buttons. I love collecting my initials, cameo pins, and ones with funny sayings then pinning a group of them onto my jackets. It’s a great way to personalize a denim jacket or add a little interest to an all pink dress. Yes, that collar just needed a little something extra and the polar bear fit the bill!

A Classic Backpack

A backpack is a back to school staple. In fact, it’s just a practical bag for life in general. Can you guess the best place to find unique and rad vintage ones? If you guessed thrifting at Value Village, you’d be correct. I scooped up this 90s teddy bear backpack as soon as I saw it. (TIP: always grab things you’re interested in because they might not be there when you come back!) It really added a pop to the otherwise monochromatic look while giving me even more Clueless-esque accessory points.

Playing With Colour

While basics are great to have in any functional wardrobe, I do love finding outlandish 60s pieces that jump out. Things the colour of candy or patterns that look like a grandmother’s couch. Playing dress up is a great way to meet new people – trust me on this one. The people who come up and compliment your outfit could be your next best friend. Walking around my neighbourhood in this look I made a few elderly women smile but also chatted with a girl about her dog after she praised my pink lewk. A bold look is a great litmus test for like-minded people, that’s for sure.

Back to School Thrifting

I hope this served as some inspiration when second-hand shopping for back to school clothes! One of my favourite times of year to thrift is right now. There’s so much dreamy wool to layer and tartans to be mismatched. It’s a maximalist power clasher’s dream and I cannot wait to share some more of my fall outfits I’ve thrifted from Value Village! If you’re a fellow thrifter, I would love to hear what your favourite find has been so far!

Photographs – Jesse Sand

This post is sponsored by Value Village. All opinions on this blog are my own.

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Alberta Canola Fields

Alberta Canola Fields

Alberta Canola Fields

Alberta Canola Fields AKA the sun was high and we went for a ride down a country road and found a field of rapeseed. Yes, canola, for those who don’t know, is called rapeseed. I don’t have much else to say on the topic. Blue skies and fields of canola is a classic Alberta moment that I do enjoy. Anyway, here’s a bunch of photos that we shot in high sun which is ~unusual~ for me. So please enjoy the dress I couldn’t stop wearing! (Perhaps you remember it from my previous post on the Aga Khan Garden) 😎 

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD black hat – c/o (similar here)
RAY BAN aviator sunglasses – c/o Shopbop
ARITZIA  dress 
VANS  authentic shoes – c/o 

Thanks for stopping by!

In conclusion, this was just one of those shoots that wasn’t planned but the lighting and backdrop all came together. It was too gorgeous (in my opinion) not to publish. So despite me not having a larger idea or message to convey here, I hope you enjoyed the photos. Do people even read blogs anymore? Am I typing these words to publish into the abyss? Does it even matter? Nope. 

photographs – Jesse Sand

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Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room

Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room

Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room

One of my favourite date night plans is hitting up The Rec Room. Not only do they have some of my favourite games (pinball, bowling, throwing balls at fuzzy clowns 🤡 etc) there is also a few great restaurant options there too. It’s my one stop shop for a truly great time. If that wasn’t great enough, they’ve levelled up their date night outings with this fun offer. From now until August 29th, the Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room gives you two free movie tickets when you spend $55 at the Three10 Restaurant. And we all know, dinner and a movie is the classic date night experience one can never go wrong with! But time is of the essence before this offer is over! Keep scrolling to check out all the delicious things we ate. 🍽

What We Ate

Three10 has several vegetarian and plant based options that are super tasty. We tried out the Edamame Hummus, Crispy Green Beans (gah, they were so ridiculously good!!! AND might I add, drizzled with spicy vegan mayo!), Super Greens Pizza, a Roasted Beet & Ricotta salad, and my personal favourite: the Kale Pesto Noodle Bowl. 😍 Who knew ramen noodles with pesto could be such a great combination??? Check out the full Three10 Menu here.

Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room

This offer comes at such a great time since there are so many movies on my to-see list. Once Upon a Time In… HollywoodToy Story 4, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (based on the books that scared the living daylight out of me as a child!) Those are just a few I’m planning on checking out but not before I stop in for the Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room! For more information on this rad deal, check out The Rec Room site. 

This post is sponsored by The Rec Room. All opinions on this blog are my own.

 

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CARBON COPY Edmonton Brewery District

CARBON COPY Edmonton Brewery District

CARBON COPY Edmonton Brewery District

There are many things that bother me about Edmonton. The lack of vision when it comes to historic buildings, most of the new architecture… maybe my issues are with developers. 🤔I digress. When it comes to the public art, that’s the department where the city truly shines. Between the large scale art installations (like the Talus dome) we also have Rust Magic. Last summer this 1988 Plymouth Caravelle popped up in the Brewery District and I was naturally stoked. That’s when I had my first glimpse of Carbon Copy Edmonton Brewery District. It looks dope all while expounding a thoughtful commentary on the car culture surrounding the city of Edmonton. AKA we rely very heavily on vehicles and have made very slow progress changing that…. especially with the continuing urban sprawl. Oh and here’s a cute outfit next to it.

OUTFIT DETAILS

WINNERS gold hoop earrings (similar here
VINTAGE hawaiian dress
THRIFTED woven bag (similar here & here)
ZARA  platform heels – c/o (similar here)
JIN SOON Aero Polish – c/o
BUXOM Va-Va-PLUMP Shiny Liquid Lipstick in Heat Wave – c/o

Carbon Copy Edmonton Brewery District 

Sooooo I guess what I’m trying to say here is, everyone should be looking into the public art around their city. In fact, I heavily encourage self directed art walks. It’s a fantastic way to experience a hometown and see it with new eyes. Plus, it’s a free way to take in art… especially if you hate the building art is housed in within your city. (Hello AGA, the glorified event space). Thanks so much for popping by!

photographs – Jesse Sand

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