ARIZONA TRAVEL DIARY

ARIZONA TRAVEL DIARY

ARIZONA TRAVEL DIARY

Canada is currently in a polar vortex. My latest fashion icon is the Michelin Man; it’s all about the layers. Since I’ve decided to avoid the reality outside my window, all I can bring myself to share on this space is memories from warmer times. Here’s my Arizona Travel Diary from my trip last winter. Hopefully this will keep us all warm until the weather passes and becomes a bit more humane. I also created a list and video about some of the weird places I love in Arizona. You can check that out here: Weird Arizona – 5 Strange Places to Visit on a Trip to the Arizona Desert.

xo Sandy Joe

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A Double Denim Day

A Double Denim Day

A Double Denim Day

More often than not I find myself in denim. It’s truly my everyday staple especially in the colder months. Wearing denim is an easy option that I don’t have to think too hard about. It’s all very standard. But what’s better than one piece of denim? Double denim of course. And thus a double denim day began…

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD Renegade Hat – c/o
VINTAGE Vest – Hideout Distro 
LULULEMON Rest Less Pullover – c/o
LEVIS Vintage Jean Jacket – thrifted
LEVIS Vintage Denim Jeans – thrifted
ALDO Drerissa Ankle Boots – c/o

STYLING TIPS

Whenever I double down with a double denim day, I like to add layers to the look. By adding a vest overtop the jean jacket, it breaks up the denim. Another way to layer is to add a second coat on top of the jean jacket; this tip is more useful in the winter months though. Layering is just an option though, going full throttle denim is a rad look all on its own anyway. Take for instance this look: The Blues Are Still Blue. Blue hair, blue jeans, & a blue jean jacket. It’s not overkill, it’s style. 😉

VINTAGE LOVERS UNITE!

Lastly, I’d like to take a moment to mention that I’ve been selling some of my vintage pieces in store at Hideout Distro. The vest I’m wearing in these shots are one of the few pieces I have dropped off there. If you haven’t been, I highly suggest popping by their new location on 124th st in Edmonton. It’s just down from Duchess bakery, so get a croissant and go browse a shop full of local artists, dreamy home decor, and curated vintage. 

photographs – Jesse Sand

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Full Face of Drugstore Makeup

Full Face of Drugstore Makeup

Full Face of Drugstore Makeup 

The lore of good drugstore makeup has been information I have slowly pieced together over the years. I’ve taken product recommendations by word of mouth. My countless attempts at duping higher end items for less over the years. It has been an epic trial and error that comes with many wins but also colossal missteps. Today, I have decided to share one of my testing sessions on new to me drugstore makeup in a beauty tutorial: Full Face of Drugstore Makeup. Join me while I find a few new favourites and duds I wouldn’t bother using again. 

THE EYESHADOW

I first decided to create this video when I received the L’Oreal Paradise Enchanted Collection. I was a little bit hesitant. The eyeshadow palette and blushes are all peach scented. Though I’m not completely sold on the smell, I did find the eyeshadow from the Paradise Enchanted palette to be very blendable and easy to work with. The palette is by no means ground breaking, but it definitely has a place amongst the workable everyday nudey browns palettes. I especially liked how it worked with the Lise Watier Metamorphix – one of my favourite products to make any powder eyeshadow into a cream/liquid. 

THE LINERS

I was absolutely blown away by the quality of drugstore eyeliners these days. It came as such a surprise to me, I’m embarrassed to say. The Super Slim liquid liner especially has the perfect tip for making a precise cateye. There is even a grip that helps with the application. 

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Full Face of Drugstore Makeup

Revisiting the some of the brands that I began my makeup journey with has been both parts nostalgic and fun. There are so many more options available than there was when I was a teenager, it is staggering. With such an abundance of choice I can see how going to the drugstore to pick out something as simple as eyeliner could become overwhelming. I’m so grateful for communities on YouTube that have helped make me a more informed consumer as well as entertained me for hours and hoursssss. If you enjoyed this video and post, head on over and subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more posts like this Full Face of Drugstore Makeup. 

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.

PUT IT IN WRITING

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.)

SCENT THE HALLS

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.

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

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.

LATE TO THE PARTY?

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.)

SOUND ON

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.

OUTFIT DETAILS

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

 

THE BOOTS

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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