My Favourite Quarantine Snacks

My Favourite Quarantine Snacks

My Favourite Quarantine Snacks

Here are My Favourite Quarantine Snacks! I’ve been hanging out at home since March and it’s given me ample time to perfect my snacking rituals. But to be honest, I am a lifelong snacker. I’ve spent many formative years in the basement of my parents house playing Super Nintendo and snacking. I have been training to make this post for YEARS… decades even! And this wouldn’t be a proper snack video if I didn’t make a tier system to categorize them. Which category is your favourite? 😂

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you dig this video, may I point you in the direction of my YouTube Channel. or peep my previous post Trying Out Burt’s Bees Makeup.


1970s Condo Renovation Before and After

1970s Condo Renovation Before and After

1970s Condo Renovation Before and After

In my opinion, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing renovation progress! My 1970s Condo Renovation Before and After has been a post in the making for a few years. I originally bought the condo as a major fixer upper at the end of 2015. It was a painfully slow process but now looking back now, it was very rewarding experience. In the meantime, I have now sold this place and moved onto my next project, a 1960s bungalow where I can live out my grooviest life. The “after” photos are courtesy of my realtor, Patti Proctor, and we taken by Cheryl Silsbe.   

Dining Room

My dining room was the first area of my condo that I publicly revealed. This was mostly due to the fact that not a lot needed to be changed in here in the first place. The walls were extremely yellowed so a fresh coat of white paint was in order. Before we did that, I took down the vertical blinds, my personal nemesis when it comes to window coverings, and ripped out the ugly carpet. I originally wanted to do polished cement floors but it would have taken me a century to buff out the concrete so I opted for a faux wood look instead. All that was left to do after that was to find a swag light with a long enough cord which I talked all about in my Dining Room Reveal post. It was surprisingly elusive.

Living Room

It feels like a cop out even mentioning this as a seperate room since it’s attached to the dining room and bar area but I make the rules around here so let’s talk about it like it’s a seperate space. Even though I know it’s not. For the longest time I had camping chairs as my living room furniture. I was a blogger with a dark secret – my house was not a home by any means. Those were weird times. Eventually I tore out the carpet and took down the severely stained silk curtains; I wish they could have been salvaged! Those were replaced with the same flooring that was throughout the condo and velvet curtains from IKEA. 


The Bar

Again, this isn’t a seperate room but you will have to humour me here. I took out the velvet arm rest that was attached to the bar. It was weird. Everything else I kept exactly the same aside from changing the floor and lightbulbs. This little nook was what originally sold me on the condo when I first saw it. I even made an episode of Cocktails with Sandy – the Spicy Caesar in it.

The Kitchen

The kitchen was a real wild ride and one of the rooms that had a complete overhaul. We stripped it completely down which included replacing a piece of drywall due to what appeared to be mould. I’m still trying to figure out why anyone would have saloon doors in such a small kitchen – those were the first to go. Then the hideous textured wallpaper, crooked cupboards, burnt olive countertop, stained linoleum, and old appliances. When I stay everything, I mean it. I bought my appliances from Costco, the cupboards from IKEA, and the countertop from Habitat for Humanity. The subway tiling I found in a second hand store in Arizona for super cheap. Big thanks to my dad for really making the kitchen come together with all his skillz.


While my bathroom was being reno’d I had to move my life into the kitchen as it was the only working sink. I do not miss this phase. Also, I left the blue plastic on my kitchen cupboards for the longest time because I had a feeling I was going to be selling it sooner than later.

What an improvement! I ended up going with a smaller fridge just so it would be flush with the wall and countertop. Nothing drives me more insane than when an appliance sticks out in a weird way. Clean lines and surfaces!!!! (If you’re a fan of Absolutely Fabulous, you know.)

The Bedroom

Mostly this room just needed a little refresh which included new floors and paint. And of course new curtains! The rug in here was a stained pink number that matched the stained glossier pink drapes. Yikes. Check out the link below for a full video room tour.

My Bedroom Tour

The Hallway

The only redeeming quality about the entrance was the built in shelf with the undermount lighting. It was exactly what any 70s pad needed and another design detail that attracted me to the property to begin with. More beige textured wallpaper had to come down, linoleum had to be peeled, and walls needed to be painting. We even replaced the lighting as it resembled the brass display cases elderly ladies have for their miniature crystal figurines. Not for me! The final touch was painting the inside of the front door a glossy black. 

Bathroom #1

Where do I even begin with bathroom number one? The unit above me was under renovation and the really amazing plumbers they hired managed to drain both their toilet and bathtub through my ceiling fan and hatch. It was a nightmare and was the reason why I didn’t go to SXSW despite having media accreditation. I will never forgive them for that! I digress, I recently rewatched the video I took of the water coming through the ceiling – my advice for anyone in a shared space situation like a condo: always take photographic/video evidence. If you’re a woman, tradesmen will always try and make you feel as though you’re over exaggerating the situation and talk down to you. One cannot deny live footage of water pouring out of a ceiling. Thanks to that, I had my drywall replaced and a dehumidifier brought in. They tried to tell me it would dry on it’s own, that it wasn’t a big deal, I refused to be quiet until they did the right thing. 

The rest of the bathroom reno was very chill. This is a short list of what we did:

  • bought a new sink / vanity / faucet from IKEA because the old ones were HIDEOUS
  • wayfair gifted me this cute circular mirror
  • sanded down + painted the tub white
  • left the tiling because I really loved it
  • spray bombed the light fixture silver because I also loved it and wanted to repurpose it (it’s amazing what you can do with spray paint!)
  • added towel racks and changed the lightswitch plates

En Suite Bathroom

This room pains me a little. In my heart of hearts I wanted so badly to save this majestic wallpaper but it was not meant to be. It was damaged in many spots. In addition to that, I would have to keep the terrible counter over the toilet too which meant keeping the janky vanity as well. RIP that foil beauty which was an absolute nightmare to remove. We ended up having to re-drywall over the entire washroom because the wallpaper destroyed the walls. I ended up losing a few inches on square footage in the washroom because of that but it was no big deal since it was already absurdly larger than it needed to be. There were two closets in there too! The sink and vanity I bought from IKEA, the mirror was gifted from Wayfair, and I kept the original lighting to because it was rad. My dad painstakingly figured out how to replace the metal closet doors with all mirrors – my favourite!

Me doing my best impression of a Goblin muppet from the Labyrinth

1970s Condo Renovation Before and After

Thanks so much for coming along on this renovation journey! For my next project, I’m thinking of updating as I go along rather than waiting for a huge reveal – let me know if that interests you! I didn’t bother including the two other bedrooms because not much changed in them that was worth noting – flooring and paint! If you want a complete tour of my condo, check out My Home Tour post below. I hope you enjoyed my 1970s Condo Renovation Before and After.


Thrifted Holiday Decor

Thrifted Holiday Decor

Thrifted Holiday Decor

I’ve never been the type of person with a “perfect” tree filled with matching decorations. Whenever I think about Christmas decorating, antiques are my inspiration. Whether it’s a Santa candle or a classic bulb, there’s something about vintage items that make the holidays feel more authentic. I love preserving memories and creating layers of intrigue when decorating; that’s why I love thrifted holiday decor so much. There’s always something unique to be found! The idea of items having a history before I even take them home brings me great joy. It’s as if they’ve lived a whole other life and my house is the next chapter in their story. This year I poked around Value Village to find truly stellar items. Since I’m in the process of moving (the weekend before Christmas!) I’ll be forgoing the tree this year. However, I’ll make up for it with other fun pieces.

All About the Brass

For those of us who are tree-less, a tablescape is a nice way to add holiday decor to the home. I always start mine by sourcing brass candle holders and figurines. There always seems to be an abundance of brass whenever I visit a Value Village. I pick it all up, quietly thank the person who donated it, and make elaborate candle displays on tables, fireplaces, and bookshelves with them. If brass isn’t your aesthetic, I would suggest crystal or silver candle holders. The more mismatching and size differences, the better, in my opinion. It’s what helps to create the whimsical flow and feast for the eyes. In addition to looking amazing during the holidays, the candle holders can be utilized all year round. All of them aside from the bugle and poinsettia shaped holders of course. This year I even found brass stocking hooks! 🎄

Add Shapes

If you’re another like me, more is more. Maximalism is a way of life. I cannot buy brass candle holders and just stop there. Goodness no. It could always use something else! A mini bushel of wheat, a ceramic Santa statue covered in silver foil, or glitter acorns! Those are just a few of the extra little things that all seem innocuous on their own, but help to create a larger decor story. They complete the candle story and turn it into a riveting novel (in my opinion, of course.)

Mood Lighting

One of the easiest things to find for thrifted holiday decor is lighting. I am always so overwhelmed with the amount of lighting options when thrifting at Value Village. For instance, this year I scored big time between my Santa shaped candles (an acquired taste, I know) and the 60s glass block filled with xmas lights! I find candles shaped as other things to be incredibly charming. The golden evergreen tree candles I was thrilled to have found hiding out back in the candle section at Value Village. Here is a rule of thumb that I live by: anything lit with twinkle lights or candles gives off a cozy holiday feels. 

Thrifted Holiday Decor

With all that said, thrifted holiday decor is a great way to infuse creativity into your home without breaking the bank. The holiday season is a time of over consumption in many ways. So by reusing donated items from Value Village we are consequently reducing our carbon footprint all while creating a memorable holiday atmosphere in our homes. My one final tip to those holiday bakers out there, thrifting your tins for your cookies and sweets is both a much nicer way to present your delicious treats to hosts but also a great way to recycle too! Lastly, if anyone else has any holiday tips for thrifting, I would LOVE to hear them!

For other thrifting ideas, check out my Thrifted Winter CoatsThrifted Halloween Costumes and Back to School Thrifting posts.

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

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My Home Tour – The Hyde Park

My Home Tour – The Hyde Park

My Home Tour

The time has come my friends, my home tour has arrived! After a few arduous years of renovating s l o w l y, my space was completed. This 70s disco den is located in the Oliver neighbourhood of Edmonton, AB. The Hyde Park is one of the first high rise condos in Western Canada, it even had a doorman with it first opened! I love the brutalist facade of the tower! My unit was a great place to hang my hat for a couple of years regardless of how terrible it was to live in an active construction zone. Watch the video for the complete tour and keep scrolling for photos of each room!


My living / dining room area is one giant space, a big ol’ rectangle with a built in bookcase and a bar around the corner. The best part about older condos is the sheer amount of SPACE. They did not economize when it came to room size that’s for sure. In the dining room area I have a large Oliver Apartment central table (check out My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal post for a full breakdown) and vintage Herman Miller chairs. I also have a collection of brass candlesticks (I’ve been slowly thrifting) with Ester + Eric multicoloured candles in them. I love the way they look! The living room is a mix of vintage and IKEA.

Pieces of Note

My Ester + Erik candle story


No 70s condo would be complete without a built in bar! I’ve used it…. a handful of occasions. Like the time I made The Best Spicy Caesar for the 50th Anniversary of the caesar. That was a wild time. Most of the furniture in this area is built in (the bench/the bar) but the barstools actually came with the condo when I purchased it. As did the mirrored bar shelving. That’s where I keep some of my tiki mugs! There’s really not much else to say about this area.


Remember that time I didn’t take full photos of the kitchen? Yes… me too. I probably should have checked up on that before I sold it. Oops! Next time I’ll do better. Just imagine an IKEA kitchen because this is 100% what this is. The appliances I bought at Costco though because there’s some H O T deals to be had there.

Some things I love


This is where the *magic* happens. By magic I mean me hanging out in my pjs with my beverage center (water/tea/smoothie) editing photos I took months prior because I am NOT ON THE BALL despite my best intentions. Well that feels good to get off my chest! I intended on hanging some pennants on the walls but never got around to it. Better luck next time!


As a fashion blogger and long time vintage hoarder, it only made sense to make the second bedroom a closet. One of the previous owners was a seamstress so the room was already one full wall of closet. It’s as if this condo was just waiting for me to come live in it! Between the shelves and racks, I had a good storage system going on. Aside from the wall of closets, (my version of the wall of sound 😉 ) I have very little furniture in the room. I do, however, have my clothing arranged in a colour gradient and that’s much better than any furniture. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Pieces of Note

  • a single chair from Find a local not-for-profit furniture store
  • a plant from IKEA
  • plant pot from Winners / Homesense
  • Ceramic dog c/o my mom


Originally I was going to make two posts for the two seperate bathrooms but alas, I forget to take photos of the en suite! I’m basically the most professional blogger of all time. With that said, next time I will do better. In the meantime, please enjoy my top shelfie favourite products of all time 🙂

Pieces of Note


In the spring, I shared My Bedroom Reveal. It’s basically a large emptyish room with the exception of my bed, a chair, and a large mirror. You can find the full details from the linked post. 🙂

My Home Tour

That concludes the tour of my three bedroom / two bath condo in Edmonton, Alberta. As per the “surprise” ending of my video, I have moved! This only means that there will be more home related content coming up. This condo was renovated by my dad and I so I will be sure to put together a before/after of the space (once I find the before photos wherever I hid them on my computers). Want more home content in the meantime? Check out my last condo in the John Deere Lofts. If you enjoyed my home tour vlog, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos like that. 

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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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?


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? 🤔


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*


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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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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