How I Spent My Summer Vacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Oh hey there! Were you wondering How I Spent My Summer Vacation? Look no further than this quick little video of an accurate summation of my summer. There was a healthy dose of cold ramen from Tokiwa, my favourite place to get ramen in Edmonton. In fact, the only place I will ever go for ramen in Edmonton. There was ice cream, canola fields, the farmer’s market, and more! Even an opening of the new Aga Khan pavilion at the Devonian Botanical Gardens. There is no shortage of random outings (I even went to the waste management facility) in this summer highlight reel. I intended this to be a monthly vlog but it turned out that an entire summer fit into one. So there’s that. Anyway, keep scrolling to watch the video. 🙂

And All The Other Things I Did

I suppose it wouldn’t be fair to say this is *all* I did this summer. I also ran a 10K race with Lululemon. I went to the Stampede with GMC Canada, and camped in Kananaskis. I also went to Road Tripping to Gabriola Island where I unplugged for two whole glorious weeks. A vlog from that is yet to come! If you enjoy my videos, be sure to head on over to my YouTube channel to subscribe to be alerted when these videos are hot off the press 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

As soon as the OG Naked 1 was retired up popped Naked Cherry. While I’ve been a long time lover Urban Decay ever since I came across the brand while on my first trip to Europe. I had never been to a Sephora but stumbled upon one in Paris and thought I had found heaven. I bought one purpley blue eyeshadow and have been a fan ever since. History aside, I was stoked when I received this collection in the mail and couldn’t wait to give it a go. The shadows were quite pigmented and blended easily but rather than reading this I implore you to watch the video below to see my Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial in action. 🙂

The Naked Cherry Collection

Like most people who spend a great deal of their waking hours on the internet for their job, I have been absorbing all the opinions about this launch. This seems to be a very polarizing palette. People are either super stoked on the Naked Cherry or they’re not. Some complaints I read was that it was too similar to the Naked Heat palette, or at least in a similar colour family. There was also the complaint that there is not one classic “cherry” colour (ie BRIGHT RED) in the palette. I’d argue that not all cherries are maraschino and that most regular cherries are, in fact, are reminiscent of this palette. Semantics aside, I think this is a very fun palette that I’m happy to have added to my Naked family.

PRODUCTS USED

FACE
*GLOSSIER Priming Moisturizer
*IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer 
*TOM FORD Soleil Contouring Compact in Soleil Afterglow
*MAC COSMETICS Hyper Real Glow Highlighter Trio

EYES
*URBAN DECAY Naked Cherry Palette
*URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Market
*IT COSMETICS SuperHero Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
STILA Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in White (Discontinued)
*HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
*L’OREAL Lash Paradise Primer
*L’OREAL Lash Paradise Mascara

LIPS
*URBAN DECAY Naked Cherry Vice Lipstick in Juicy / Devilish / Cherry

BRUSHES
*L’OREAL Sponge
*BAREMINERALS Blooming Blush Brush
*IT COSMETICS Heavenly Luxe French Boutique Blush Brush
*IT COSMETICS Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush

* Indicate gifted product*

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

My overall review is that the shadows are very pigmented and blend lovely. Overall, it’s a lovely palette however, it is not an every day shadow story I will be turning to. With that in mind, I would recommend it if anyone is in the market for a pinky pop of colour as there’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers. If you enjoyed the video, head on over to my YouTube channel and subscribe for more updates like this. And be sure to check out my other posts and reviews in the Beauty Section of my blog! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal

My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal

My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal

I’ve only had my condo for three years now so to say this is long overdue would be a gross understatement. My, my how time flies when you’re having fun renovating a 70s condo with your dad who’s a snowbird and only available a few months out of the year. I digress. I finally have a dining room! And that is most certainly cause for celebration. Located in the neighbourhood that was voted #1 in Vue Weekly’s best of Edmonton, my condo is finally getting to the point of livability and I could not be more pleased about it. Without further adieu, keep scrolling for a peek at My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal.

LIGHTING

I had a very unique problem with lighting which only people who live in ~vintage~ homes come across. New homeowners sit this one out, character homeowners, you know what I’m talking about. Most of the lighting in my condo requires a swag light. What makes this lighting so problematic is its obscurity in modern design. That is, unless you’re up on Kijiji searching brass chandeliers with smoked brown glass. With the right design, that can be attractive. The fixture I inherited from the previous owner, however, wasn’t cute. Because of this, I was forced to scour the internet. Finally, I came across this industrial fixture from Wayfair. It was modern, simple, and a swag!!!! It’s actually available both pendent and swag for anyone who doesn’t suffer from my particular lighting limitations. I was even able to get a filament LED bulb to jive with the antique feel of the fixture.

THE TABLE

A dining room wouldn’t be complete without an amazing table. Fortunately for me, there is a custom furniture builder that also has a ready-made line right here in Edmonton! The stars aligned and I became the proud owner of an Oliver Apt Central Table for my Oliver Apartment. It’s a little too perfect to be true, but that’s what makes it so great. This is the medium size in black walnut. The day it was delivered, I knew it was a piece that I will have and cherish for many years to come. The timeless design paired with the immaculate finishing makes it an heirloom piece. It’s been such a lovely addition to my home that I have completely forsaken my IKEA desk and have begun working exclusively from the Central Table.

HAVE A SEAT

For the seating around the Central Table, I have another Oliver Apt ready-made piece. The Victoria Bench in black walnut is a great way to seat a lot of people around a large table. If I had a foyer big enough, I would put one in there too or even at the end of my bed! It’s the type of piece that has a number of different functions depending on the room its in. Along with the Victoria Bench, I also have a few white Herman Miller fibreglass Eames chairs I’ve been slowly collecting. It wouldn’t be a Sandy Joe home without some vintage pieces thrown in for good measure especially when that vintage is circa 1960s.

PARTY TIME, EXCELLENT

Now that I’m finally able to have people over, of course I have a short list of delicious food go-to’s from some local establishments. When entertaining, I love to share my favourite places around town from the comfort of my own home. A few of my choice picks include: Doughnut Party, Love Pizza, and Jacek Chocolates to name a few. And as a creature of habit, I usually stick to my favourites.

LOVE PIZZA

Let’s begin this food tale with Love Pizza. They have two locations – one of which is conveniently located in the Oliver Area on 109th st and Jasper Ave (the second location is in St Albert) Their Holy Shitake (vegetarian) pie is so freaking good. I love loading it up with pickled red onion and sometimes even adding artichokes too. Gah, I’m making myself hungry just writing about this! My second choice is always the City Market without the chicken. And when it comes to parties, pizza is always the answer.

DOUGHNUT PARTY

Where do I even begin? Doughnut Party has been open for a little over a year now and has brought joy to many occasions in my life. Their happily dressed doughnuts are a thing of wonder. And much like Love Pizza, it’s also very close to home. They’re located in Queen Mary Park, but are also available on UberEats so a delightful doughnut is just a click away. My top flavour has to be their birthday cake doughnut with all the tasty crumbles. However, I won’t completely impose my taste on my guests. I like to get the party box and mix it up with their ever-changing roster of flavours.

Doughnut Party & Henry Miller chairs 

JACEK CHOCOLATES

Lastly, Jacek Chocolates – Edmonton’s own chocolatier. Jacek is what happens when fashion meets high end chocolate and have a child. It’s delicious and attractive. I almost feel guilting eating all the gorgeous pieces but then I taste it and have zero regrets. My year round favourites to get are the Candied Ginger and the Dark Chocolate Almonds. In addition to those treats, each season they launch a new limited edition collection. This year, I could not get enough of their Summer 2018 Playlist Collection. I suggest trying it out immediately while it’s still in stock!

Jacek chocolate Summer 2018 Playlist Collection is music festival themed!

THE THINGS ON MY SHELF

Most importantly to any home are the weird bits that personalize it. With that said, the bookshelves in my living room are a small smattering of many random things. It’s a delicate mixture of pieces that have made their way out of storage, books majoraly written by women, rocks from The Witchery, and as many candles as I can afford. For a multitude of reasons, many of my personal effects are still in storage since I moved home from university due to my nomadity. While some pieces have definite sentimental value such as the red toy car from my mom’s childhood, other chachkis have made the cut for their sheer ridiculousness. SEE: My jumbo Klondike Mike lighter gifted to me by a wonderful woman. Much like my furniture, I like to mix old and new with reckless abandon. The phrase “too much” is a statement I rarely listen to.

CAMERAS, CANDLES & BOOKS

One can never have too many of all of the following: cameras, candles, & books. So here’s a quick list of the ones on my bookshelf that I have been swooning over. Obsessing is so passe, it’s all about swooning in 2018.

Cameras

INSTAX SQ6 – the square format instant camera we have all been waiting for! I love taking this lil guy on trips with me.
INSTAX Mini 8 – the smaller rectangular option we all know and love
Lomo’Instant – for those who want a giant rectangular picture. A little bulky for travel, but worth it.

(photos from each of those cameras are up randomly throughout my house)

Candles

Sydney Hale Co in Woods from Maven & Grace – I smell this and my eyes roll to the back of my head
Woodlot in Cascadia – close your eyes and imagine being in a forest in the PNW after it rained.
Woodlot in Wildwoods – reminds me of a campfire in a fragrant woods
Diptyque Patchouli – one small and one big because I need to be ensconced in that hippy scent
Diptyque Feu de Bois – reminds me of wandering around Liberty in London and touching expensive clothes but with a moody edge
Ester + Erik tapers from Maven & Grace – every dining room needs an assortment of these!

Books

Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin Memoir – Pamela Des Barres (tbh I have all of her books in multiples)
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Babe – Petra Collins
Women in Clothes – Sheila Heti
Rookie Yearkbooks – Edited by Tavi Gevinson

My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal

That concludes the tour! Thanks so much for joining me on My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal! If you’d like to see another finished corner of my home, check out my post about 10 Ways to Make Your Home More Spa Like. Another home story post is a before and after tour of my former condo at the John Deere Lofts. And as always, if you enjoyed this post and video, be sure to subscribe to the Sandy Joe Karpetz YouTube channel for more upcoming updates from me!

Photographs – Jesse Sand & Sandy Karpetz

Many thanks to Oliver Apt for the Central Table & Victoria Bench // and to Doughnut Party, Love Pizza, and Jacek for the treats!

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Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Digging deep into the depths of my past to recreate a favourite Punk Makeup look beauty tutorial inspired by my favourite Live Journal – Punk Makeup. I stalked that page so regularly back in 2006. I never applied to be a member but this can be my application 12 years too late. Can we even begin to believe that I used to do my make up like this? Sometimes it even shocks me. What’s more shocking than that is, I kind of like the way it looks? Is Sandy Circa 2005-2006 coming back? I suppose time will only tell! In the meantime, please enjoy this YouTube tutorial and punk storytime re: Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial. Or keep scrolling for more hilarious photos I took with this outfit that still fit!!!! 🙂

PRODUCTS USED

SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer
HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
MAC COSMETICS Eyeshadow in Chrome Yellow
MAC COSMETICS Eyeshadow in Electric Eel
STILA Eyeshadow in Moonlight
DIORSHOW On Stage Liquid Eyeliner in Black Vinyl
MAC COSMETICS Blush in Pink Swoon
YVES SAINT LAURENT Mascara
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Blue Mascara
NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm
JIN SOON Cool Blue Polish

OUTFIT DETAILS

GBH band t shirt – my closet
RAZOR BLADE earrings – somewhere in NYC
WRANGLER vintage shorts – thrifted then DIY’d by me
TIFFANY & CO heart necklace – c/o my mom

Punk Make Up A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my walk down memory lane! I would love to know how many other people out there were part of an *alternative* scene which heavily involved makeup? Or even anyone who remembers New City for that matter! If you enjoyed this video, be sure to check out My Morning Skincare Routine to see what I do before applying buttloads of make up! JK my makeup is very conservative. If you are amused by my videos, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel. K thx bye 🙂

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Bringing Back the Blue Jean Bell Bottoms

Bringing Back the Blue Jean Bell Bottoms

Bringing Back the Blue Jean Bell Bottoms

Beyond thrilled that bell bottoms seem to be making their way back into the denim options available these days. Whenever I’m thrifting, I will always browse the racks and racks of preloved jeans in hope of scoring a unicorn pair of 70s time softened jeans. It hasn’t happened yet but I know it will one day. In the meantime, this collaboration between Wranglers and Urban Outfitters will fit the bill just fine for me. I’m happy to be on the bandwagon of bringing back the blue jean bell bottoms!

OUTFIT DETAILS

ALDO ocoiven bordeaux eat eye sunglasses – c/o
VINTAGE gold hoop earrings – thrifted (similar here)
WRANGLER vintage western shirt – thrifted
VINTAGE straw bag – thrifted (similar here)
WRANGLER x UO denim bell bottoms – c/o
ALDO mule sandals – c/o

I can’t get enough of that classic back pocket embroidered detailing!

Bringing Back the Blue Jean Bell Bottoms

Let’s just say this isn’t my first foray into the belled denim department. A few years ago I tried on a subdued rendition of the bell from Topshop in my post Hanging Out, an ode to That 70s Show. (I even wrote about it for the Edmonton Journal because I was and still am so jazzed about that era) And then again more recently with my enthusiasm over a particular pair of striped denim jeans from the A$AP Rocky x Guess collaboration. Check those out in these two posts: Candy Striped and My Vintage Hawaiian Shirt. What are your feelings on this style of denim?

photographs – Jesse Sand

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Road Tripping to Gabriola Island

Road Tripping to Gabriola Island

Road Tripping to Gabriola Island

If there is one thing I hold dear to my heart, it’s my annual trip out to the coast. Each and every summer I make a concerted effort to go to to the island and unwind. This year was no different except for the addition of an iPhone X. I always lug my Nikon D800 every where I go. At first it was out of obligation of my job to DOCUMENT EVERYTHING and then it was just out of sheer habit. This time I did bring the camera but it never left the depths of my backpack. Instead, I employed the use of my iPhone X for Road Tripping to Gabriola Island. I have to tell you, it did not disappoint. But hey, don’t take my word for it – just keep scrolling for hard evidence of its power.

Portrait Mode

One of the most fun features to use on the iPhone X camera is Portrait Mode. It’s basically like having a DSLR in hand but without the weight and bulkiness. This magical mode creates the sharpest looking photos with the sought after bokeh background effect. (When photos have a blurred out background). I went a little buck wild with this mode when I stalked the animals at the Alpaca Farm. I have no regrets about that because they were such charismatic critters and deserved all the attention they got. So cute.

COLOUR ACCURACY

Forget the arduous editing process, every photo I took was already worthy of being posted. I cannot even begin to formulate how much time this saves me. Every time I took a shot and looked at it later, I couldn’t help but exclaim “BLESS!” exuberantly as I scrolled through the photo album. Perhaps I might be a bit dramatic but I prefer to think of it as enthusiasm.

Jesse found some new friends to go for a drink with

This was the texture of a parking lot! Yes, the parking lot was a giant rock.

Drawing Comics & Apple Picking

Passing time on the island comes to me unnaturally. I’m so used to the go-go-go attitude of living in the city. Getting back on island time requires a little bit more finessing and letting go. Even though I had insanely good phone coverage thanks to Telus 🤳🏼it was to have the option to not feel obligated to my phone. We spent a considerable amount of time wandering the island’s many walking paths, eating blackberries off of bushes, and picking apples. Beyond that, I joked about starting a gossip rag to rival the local paper, The Gabriola Sounder. I called it, The Gabriola Gabber, and invented “juicy” stories. It brought me back to my childhood when I would spend most of my summer’s drawing comics and writing stories. While, my illustration skills have not matured, at least I still have some semblance of an imagination in this digital age.

Road Tripping to Gabriola Island

If you want to see more from this trip, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel as a vlog is coming up soon and it was shot partially on the iPhone X as well! If you want to peep some island style from last year, check out The Great Escape. 🤙🏻

photographs – Jesse Sand + Sandy Joe Karpetz

Many thanks to Telus for providing me with the iPhone X 

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