The 2018 Blooper Reel

The 2018 Blooper Reel

The 2018 Blooper Reel

I can’t believe I’m making another one of these posts already. HOW HAS ANOTHER YEAR COME AND GONE? As per usual, I have compiled this annual post. Upon searching, it appears I’ve been offering this type of quality content since 2013. Here are all the previous blooper reels. This year was rather light in bloopery options. This was most likely because I had a bit of a meltdown in the summer and didn’t take as many style editorial shots as I usually do. My deepest apologies. Without further adieu, here is The 2018 Blooper Reel.

Oh Look, I have Some Furniture!

Nothing like posing with a bunch of food that cannot be eaten until we get THE SHOT. Le sigh. Such is life, right? Some people eat their meals warm, some people watch their food go cold. Check out My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal

Just A Few Phone Shots

Of course I had to include just a few phone shots that I captured over the year. The selfies I like to describe as follows: The “Hello I’m Wearing Mcdonald’s Sweatpants” Selfie. The “Hello I’m Running in Winter and Here’s Proof” Selfie. Then the “Hello I Didn’t Realize The Front Camera Was On” Selfie. The “Hello I’m Crossing The Street, Does It Look Natural?” Not Selfie. And finally, the “Hello I Climbed A Mountain in Sedona and Had A Panic Attack On The Way Up But I’m Okay Now” selfie. What memories!

The Sweaty Sun Shoot

Somehow this was made into a blog post despite the circumstances: My Vintage Hawaiian Shirt. I’m surprised my eyebrows didn’t slide off because everything was slipping. The late afternoon sun was a cruel mistress that day and I sweat myself into another dimension. I can see the misery in my expression. 

That YouTube Channel or Whatever

I discovered something that is incredibly time consuming and difficult in my job this year. That’s a trick statement, most things are time consuming and/or difficult when trying to create inspiring/interesting content. I digress, trying to take “glamour” shots of my makeup for my a thumbnail on my YouTube Channel is such a challenge for me. It turns out I don’t have much control over my lips or my crazy eyes and that is how this photo came to be. Also, if you’re interested, this shot came from my NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection review. 

Ode Lang Syne

And with that, another collection of unattractive photographs comes to a close. This is my way of thanking each and everyone of your for coming along on this journey with me. It’s because of all of you that I’m able to pursue my love of fashion as both a job and a hobby. And thank you for tuning into the 2018 blooper reel. I have such a fun time saving up these little hideous gems all year and I promise to capture more goofy moments in 2019. Happy New Year!

xo Sandy Joe


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5 Ways to Get in to the Holiday Spirit

5 Ways to Get in to the Holiday Spirit

5 Ways to Get in to the Holiday Spirit

It’s here again! And for the first time in a long time I’m really *feeling it*. This is the first time in five years that I have a tree! The living room is scented in pine and I’m excited to go about the days leading up to Christmas in full blown holiday JOY. Aside from the tree waiting to be decorated in the corner, here are my 5 Ways to Get in to the Holiday Spirit. A list of elevated sensory experiences that don’t require leaving the house.


What’s more festive than creating a personalized greeting card? The answer is NOTHING. Last year I did a whole post on How to Make a Personalized Holiday Card. My second holiday card had a real western theme to it. I dressed up as a square dancer for Halloween then one thing led to another. Creating a personalized holiday card sounds daunting, while it does require a little extra effort, I didn’t have to leave my house once to get it done. I set up a tripod, put wrapping paper on the wall, then posed in my finest honky tonk garb. I uploaded the edited image to Moo and boom a week later the cards were in my hands. If that wasn’t sweet enough, my readers will receive 20% off their first Moo order. (This isn’t sponsored, I legit love this service and I pay for it.)


If there is one major indulgence I can get behind, it’s a high quality scented candle. When it comes to scented a home during the holiday season, I suggest getting woodsy scented candles if a real tree isn’t in the cards. My wintertime favourites for piney scented candles are: NEST in Birchwood Pine and Hearth. Both scents are fantastically festive and burn for a considerable amount of time. At the end of the season, I love reusing the glass containers for makeup brush holders or plant pots. In addition to that, I love Sydney Hale Co, a candle company that gives a portion of their proceeds to a dog shelter! Help dogs and enjoy their hand poured soy candles in the scents Woods or Eucalyptus & Sage for the scent of forest magic in the house.


Last year I decided I didn’t need an advent calendar. I was dead wrong. This year, I remedied the situation in the most decadent way possible: I opted for an advent calendar of artisanal hand-made chocolate. I couldn’t be more happy about this decision. When I was a child, I would diligently open each advent chocolate and record what was on it in my Christmas journal. (I wrote a post about this ridiculous journal years ago.) In order to capture that same excitement as an adult, I needed to elevate the experience. Being a chocolate enthusiast, I knew there was one place to go. Jacek Chocolate is a Canadian treasure and fortunately for me, conveniently located in Edmonton. The love and care they put into each and every flavour of every chocolate they create is unparalleled. Naturally, their advent calendar was my top choice for the holiday season.


If you’re reading this now, you’re too late to get a Jacek Advent Calendar. Fear not! They have many of the amazing chocolates available to purchase in store. Create a custom “advent calendar” by buying a box of 12 chocolates and counting down the days yourself! This is the Fireside Collection and it’s DIVINE! I highly recommend placing an order for next year’s advent calendar in November! (Place a reminder on a phone right now.)


If there is one thing crucial in creating the mood in any situation it’s music. A song has the ability to transport me back in time. I love to employ the use of that magic during the holiday season by creating custom playlists. I do have a selection of Christmas records but alas I have been living out of boxes for so long, I haven’t set up my record player yet. In the meantime, playlists will do. Some of my favourites are A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio and Tchaikovsky’ The Nutcracker Soundtrack.

Beverage Center

My life constantly revolves around having ample beverages in my presence. Whether it’s a tepid cup of tea I’ve been sipping on for hours, or my water bottle I take with me wherever I go, I always have what I like to call my “beverage center” with me. When it comes to the holiday season, my beverage center gets a bit of an upgrade. Is it too obvious to say that having some sparkling beverages on hand is a great way to get into the spirit? Of course not, it’s just common sense. This year, I’m adding some La Marca to my center to my usual host of flavoured gins and champagne.

5 Ways to Get in to the Holiday Spirit

And that wraps up a quick little post on on the 5 Ways to Get in to the Holiday Spirit without leaving your home! All that is required is some scents, sounds, and delightful tastes to spur all the senses. This season is all about a sensory overload; I make sure that my senses are being subjected to the most pleasant things possible. Happy Holidays!

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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The Mustard Mohair Coat

The Mustard Mohair Coat

The Mustard Mohair Coat

If this coat looks familiar, it’s because it has made a regular appearance around these parts on several occasions. It accompanied me on a trans-atlantic trip to London, Morocco via Iceland. It’s been to Toronto and just about everywhere in my daily life in Edmonton. To say The Mustard Mohair Coat is a staple in my closet, is quite frankly an understatement. It is my cliche go-to coat every fall and spring. That in between coat that fills the gaps between freezing hoth weather to the sunny summertime. And I love it. I love it so much that I have spent hours carefully repairing tears in the lining. All of which was handsewn due to the nature of the damage (internal). I will wear this coat until it’s a damn rag. Even then I will try to salvage the material in some way.


BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD Renegade Hat – c/o
MY NEXT BROKEN HEART Dream On t shirt – c/o
VINTAGE Cardigan – thrifted
JOE FRESH Scarf (old) – c/o
VINTAGE Mohair Jacket – thrifted
FRANK & OAK Debbie Jeans – c/o
HUNTER Moustache Bubble Umbrella – c/o
ALDO Aurella Boots – c/o



These boots are so fantastic they deserve their own headline. Everytime I wear them I receive many compliments – much like I do with the mustard mohair coat. And when I wear them together? It is an unstoppable combination. ALDO continues to steal my heart in their boot section. My latest love from there is the Drerissa boots. They go with EVERYTHING.

Photographs – Jesse Sand


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The Goop G.Tox Body Detox

The Goop G.Tox Body Detox

The Goop G.Tox Detox

I have had medium success on traditionally detoxes. When they start affecting my everyday life is around the time I decide to quit. The last time was in 2010 when I was 6 days deep into the Wild Rose Cleanse when I realized it wasn’t for me. With that said, I’m more than happy to experiment with other types of body cleanses, that of which are akin to spa treatments. The Goop G.Tox Detox is that exception I can get behind.

5 Salt Bath Soak

Do you know what’s better than a single salt bath soak? Naturally, a 5 Salt Bath Soak with glacial marine clay and activated charcoal, that’s what! A long, hot soak with some Pharmaceutical-grade salts is a great addition to any wintertime skincare routine. The salt soak contains: Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, Dead Sea salt, New Zealand solar salt, and Baking soda. With the mixture of Coriander, Cardamom, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Fennel essential oils, this soak is incredibly fresh smelling. The texture reminds me of brown sugar. It dissolves quickly in the bath which is a plus since I hate stepping into a bath with jagged salt lingering in the depths. One bag is good for three luxurious baths.


Between the the Ultimate Dry Brush and the 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub, I will have the smoothest skin all winter long. If you’ve never had the pleasure of using a dry brush, let 2019 be the year it becomes a habit. It’s a transformative step in a body care routine and I stand by it. Not only does it help to lightly exfoliate your skin before you shower, it also stimulates circulations and lymphatic drainage. It doesn’t sound like much of an added benefit but I assure you it is. When I use the Ultimate Dry Brush all over prior to a shower, I only use the 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub sparingly on my issue spots. (back of arms, thighs, etc). The 5 salts are combined with oil so they hydrate skin as they’re exfoliating which is a huge plus.

So Fresh, So Clean

A bathing routine wouldn’t be complete without a body wash and of course Goop goes not disappoint on that front either. The Glacial Marine Body Cleanser is a creamy body wash that leaves me feeling cleansed and nourished. I no longer have to suffer through that tight feeling my skin gets after using regular soap. With a blend of helichrysum, rosemary, grapefruit, and peppermint oils, not only does it work like a dream but also smells like one too.

Scalp Saver

I saved the best for last. This is the hero product from the Goop G.Tox Body Detox line in my opinion. I am a long time sufferer of a dry scalp in the wintertime. And the winter happens to last for an irritatingly long time where I’m from. Often, I describe Alberta as Hoth-like. I digress. Normally when I cleanse my hair, it’s a two step process. First a scalp scrub and rinse followed by an additional cleansing with shampoo and another rinse. Thanks to the G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub, I only have to wash my hair once. It exfoliates my scalp and then begins to foam when I start massaging it in my hair under the water. Of course it smells like an essential oil blend of magic which includes: rosemary, geranium, orange, and peppermint. It is a potent salt mix so using it once a week is maximum!

The Goop G.Tox Body Detox

Thanks so much for joining me on this bathing journey with the Goop G.Tox Body Detox! So far, my experience with the Goop beauty line has been immensely positive. I’m currently testing out the Goop Enriching Facial Oil which I will be reviewing in the near future. So far, I can report that it smells INCREDIBLE. More on that later! 😁

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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One Weekend in Iceland

One Weekend in Iceland


One Weekend in Iceland

After spending two weeks between a very sunny Morocco and a cozy springtime London, it was quite a change to land in Iceland. It was exactly the type of weather I’m accustomed to in March – cold and windy. With that said, the coldness is part of the beauty of spring in Iceland. It makes the process of going from the door and straight into the Blue Lagoon hot springs that much more satisfying. Layering clothes is just a part of the one weekend in Iceland experience I had. So keep scrolling for the things I enjoyed doing in Iceland.

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Dessert First!

My first stop will always be for sweets. I have an insatiable appetite that I try to keep under control until I’m on vacation. Then, I will let the sugar rush take me. Iceland was no exception. Upon my arrival I made the short walk from Reykjavik Residence Suites to 17 Sortir. I enjoyed a cupcake and a quick snap of my shoes on their amazing tile work. I can confirm that a pair of vans and white cotton socks are NOT enough warmth for the month of March in Iceland. Pack according to anyone but me because I would rather freeze than carry too much excess clothing, apparently.

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Hotdog Heaven

When I went to Iceland, I still ate meat. I do not anymore. With that said, I did have a few hotdogs while I was there. I went to Pylsuhúsið which I recall being very good. Iceland is, after all, know for their hotdogs! However, I feel slightly strange talking about eating meat when I no longer do. This paragraph will have to suffice until I return to Iceland and can update on what vegetarian options are available there. Trust me, I will! So this section is to be continued. 🙂

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More Sweets But Also: Bread

What did else did I eat in Iceland? Aside from the amazing breakfast basket I had waiting for me every day in my hotel, I made sure to enjoy candy and bread. Lots of bread. The Sandholt Bakery was nearby and quite frankly, some of the best bread I’ve ever had. That’s unsurprising as it’s the oldest bakery in Iceland so it’s had a few years to perfect its product. Their use of the word “artisan” is not flippant, its an earned accolade. They have a little restaurant attached to the bakery that is definitely worth popping into.

Vínberið is the ultimate stop for the sweet lover. They stock every fathomable chocolate or sugar delight one might want. They are novelty hamburger gummies and chocolate from omNom, an Icelandic brand I still dream about nearly two years later. If the amazing packaging design isn’t enough to get excited about, the quality of chocolate should be!

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Blue Lagoon (of course)

One weekend in Iceland wouldn’t be complete without making the trek to the Blue Lagoon. While it’s a very touristy destination, it’s easy to get to during a quick stay. It’s located outside of town but easily accessible by bus via FlyBus / Reykjavik Excursions. Had I more time, I would’ve rented a vehicle to experience natural hot springs in the surrounding areas. However, that wasn’t the case this time. Booking ahead is recommended as the more popular times fill up fast. I went with the Premium ticket as I wanted access to a robe. It was, after all, March in Iceland and rather cold to be walking around in a bikini. With that package, I also had the pleasure of trying two different mud masks (how fancy!) It was quite busy but I enjoyed wandering around in the iconic blue water feeling the mud squish between my toes.


I would like to note that I was wandering around the lagoon alone with my cellphone in a ziploc bag streaming one of my favourite CJSR shows Big A little a. The things you do when you travel alone. 😉


One Weekend In Iceland

Thanks so much for scrolling along on my short adventure to Iceland! I spent the majority of my trip walking around without a plan and it served me well. I love stumbling across little shops and restaurants. Taking chances on the unknown is just one of the ways I open up to new places. As an anxious person, it’s a great exercise in letting go.

If you like to see more travel content, check out my On The Road section. To watch travel videos, head on over to the Sandy Joe Karpetz YouTube channel (and subscribe if you fancy it). It’s a new project for me so I’m learning as I go along and would love to hear any feedback or suggestions on things you’re interested in seeing!

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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