What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

It’s still summer-y weather we said. We don’t need gloves because we’re going south we said. DAMN IT’S KIND OF COLD we said when we finally arrived in the mountainous Yellowstone. Let my mistakes be your guide as to what to wear to Yellowstone in Fall! I did pack a few smart pieces, but overall there were many blind spots. In addition to that, here’s my tips on what 10 Things to Bring on Your Next Road Trip. I even discuss “weather appropriate clothing” in it. I can’t always listen to my best advice I suppose. 

RAIN GEAR

Depending on where in the park you are, the elevation differs greatly. It could be raining in one spot and then snowing giant fluffy flakes at the Artist Point (see below). What I cannot stress enough is BRING A RAIN JACKET! I was so thrilled to have packed my handy dandy Burton jacket. (As seen previously in my Rainy Days with Burton post) Not only did it serve to break the wind, I also stayed a lot dryer had I just worn my puffer. The thing about Yellowstone is that it’s home to one of the largest population of thermal features. That’s A LOT of moisture in the air regardless of the time of year. Umbrellas are pretty dope too but can be a nuisance when navigating the narrow paths with other tourist traffic. From what I can gather, there is no time of year when Yellowstone isn’t busy.

WHAT I WORE

LULULEMON black hat – c/o  (similar here)
BURTON rain jacket c/o (similar here)
LULULEMON  align leggings – c/o (my FAVOURITE leggings)
LULULEMON  light speed socks (I bought this a year ago and I love that they don’t slip down into my shoes!)
ALLBIRDS  tree runners – c/o

WHAT JESSE WORE

K WAY rain jacket – thrifted
LULULEMON   joggers – c/o
LA SPORTIVA wildcat trail runners

WINTER LAYERS

Fortunately, we did bring puffer jackets a la Lululemon, but we didn’t even consider bringing winter accessories. Big Mistake. HUGE. If I could do it over again I would have also included on this list:

  • winter boots and warmer socks!
  • a toque!!! Who doesn’t bring a toque?! (me, that’s who)
  • some sort of a neck warmer / scarf
  • MITTENS!!!!!! my hands were cold and chapped the whole time
WHAT JESSE WORE

LULULEMON navigation down jacket – c/o
BAILEY OF HOLLYWOOD thrifted hat
LULULEMON   joggers – c/o
LULULEMON Metal Vent Tech Long Sleeve 2.0 – c/o
LA SPORTIVA  wildcat trail runners 

WHAT I WORE

LULULEMON black hat – c/o  (similar here)
QUAY high key sunglasses c/o (similar here)
LULULEMON crop top c/o (this specific one is sold out, but here’s a very similar one)
LULULEMON  align leggings – c/o 
LULULEMON  puffer jacket – c/o (this one is many years old but here’s a similar style)
ALLBIRDS  tree runners – c/o

HELLO SUN!

It is possible the sun may make an appearance. Because of that, I suggest a pair of sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and…. a bathing suit. You may be saying “but Sandy, it’s autumn…. who needs a bathing suit!?” and the answer is me. One of my biggest regrets from the trip was not factoring in enough time to visit the Boiling River. By the North Entrance of the park in between Gardiner and Mammoth is a natural hot spring on the river. It has a parking lot and a path to it, but aside from that it appeared mostly undeveloped. I love a proper natural hot spring moment!!!

What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

The last thing I want to implore anyone to take on a road trip is a PowerStation Xtreme Boost Lithium battery. What is that you’re wondering? It’s a tiny phone sized battery that has attachments to jump a car. So if you’re on a lonely road, you need not wait for some stranger to possibly help you. We accidentally killed our battery one day and this came in handy! It’s good for at least 2 jumps before it needs another charging and can also charge your phone in a pinch! I bought mine at Costco.

And that’s the that on that! More Yellowstone posts are forthcoming if you’re curious about where we went, what we ate, and where we stayed. Spoiler alert: we stayed at the Round Up and it was a 60s neon dream. The neon sign was probably the best part of it. I digress, thanks so much for stopping by! If you want more travel related posts, check out my On The Road section or my YouTube Channel. 🙂

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz / Jesse Sand

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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!

LIVING / DINING 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

THE BAR

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.

THE KITCHEN

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

THE OFFICE

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!

THE CLOSET

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

THE BATHROOMS

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

THE BEDROOM

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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Thrifted Winter Coats

Thrifted Winter Coats

Thrifted Winter Coats

The snow always arrives sooner than I’m prepared for it. The first sight of snow is always wondrous and magical… until I realize the consequences. Now the season of layering clothing begins! Instead of settling for a black parka, I have made it my personal mission to approach winter with COLOUR and PATTERNS! Thrifted winter coats can be a real feast for one’s eyes. With the immense selection of winter coats (all year round!) at Value Village, I have built up a wardrobe of show stopping coats at an affordable price. Here are three of my absolute favourites that I’ve scored at Value Village over the years.

THE OVERSIZED PLAID

What this coat lacks in warmth, it makes up for in layering capabilities. Since it’s so oversized, I can load up on layers underneath. I love wearing plain basics with this coat as it allows the loud print to be the focal point. It’s also United Colors of Benetton which is a label I was thrilled to find while thrifting! Just goes to show, you never know what treasures can be uncovered in the coat section of Value Village! 

THE STRIPE SPOTTER

The thrill I felt when I found this classic Hudson’s Bay coat at a Value Village during a 50% off sale is indescribable. It was a true “start the car moment” if I’ve ever had one. Not only is the blanket coat an iconic piece, but the actual cut of it is PERFECTION for me. I love that it’s a wrap and has a detachable hood. Since this is akin to wearing a blanket, it’s perfect for brisk Canadian winters. 

THE PSYCHEDELIC DUSTER

On of my winter mantras goes a little something like this: the longer, the better. Would I have bought this jacket even if it hadn’t been a duster? Absolutely. Am I stoked that it just happened to be the perfect combination of length and loud pattern? Most certainly. With the windchill lowering temperatures, I love having leg coverage. It’s a bonus that this specific leg coverage just happens to be made of the coolest fabric known to humankind. Every time I wear this jacket out, people stop me in the streets to compliment it. When you find such a distinct piece when thrifting at Value Village, it must be bought. Since this coat is also very eye catching, I love pairing it with subdued separates. 

Thrifted Winter Coats

With all that said, I truly think that thrifted winter coats are a great way to have unique style during the colder months. Expressing personal style while reducing my carbon footprint is a win/win in my books. Because of that, I will continue to make Value Village my first stop when looking for winter outerwear. 

For other thrifted clothing ideas, check out my Thrifted 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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RSVP Motel Bozeman Montana

RSVP Motel Bozeman Montana

RSVP Motel 

After having visited Bozeman a couple winters ago, it was on the list to check out again. So when we took a road trip down to Montana this fall, Bozeman was our first stop. (Well, the Sip n Dip was truly our first stop but…) During this visit, we stayed at the RSVP Motel – a cute sixties spot that’s been updated in the best ways. It’s like taking a step back in time all while enjoying modern day conveniences. I’m all for it. I’ll let the photographs do some of the talking now.  

THE ROOMS

It may be safe to say that the room had me the second I laid eyes on the terrazzo bathroom counter. Or perhaps it was when I saw the wildly patterned curtains that divide the bedroom from the living area. Either way, the suites at the RSVP Motel are a stylish home away from home. The ample sized bedroom area is complimented by the equally spacious living area complete with wet bar, fridge, and dining area. There was even a private back patio with a gas fireplace! I greatly appreciate their attention to detail down to the La Perla toiletries, excellent tea selection, and the silky robes. 

THE FARMER’S DAUGHTERS

The RSVP Motel is truly a one stop shop if you’re looking to relax. Brunch is just a few steps away from any of the motel suites. A damn fine brunch it is too. The Farmer’s Daughters has vegan and vegetarian options as well as a whole smoothie menu. Sit in or grab something to go and eat at the common patio area, either way it will be delightful.

THE AMENITIES

Here’s a quick rundown of the dope amenities the RSVP Motel has for guests:

  • Electric car charger!!!! Now that I’ve gone electric, it’s so exciting seeing these pop up places
  • An outdoor pool (weather permitting of course)
  • Communal outdoor fire pit + lounge area
  • Pink bicycles to borrow

RSVP Motel

When planning a trip to Bozeman, the RSVP Motel is most definitely the place to stay! It’s a boutique design dream meets mid century modern charm. Add in all the luxury comforts of a high end hotel and that’s exactly what you can expect from a stay at this property. I’m already plotting on my return visit! Hopefully this time the weather will be right for a dip in the breezeblock surrounded pool! 

For more information about the RSVP Motel, check out their site.

Check out these links for more travel guides or hotel features

photographs – Jesse Sand + Sandy Joe Karpetz

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Pura Botanicals

Pura Botanicals

Pura Botanicals

There’s a pink door on 124th Street that can’t be missed. It’s the expanded location of Pura Botanicals that opened up a full brick + mortar store in collaboration with So Pretty by Cara Cotter last year. It’s just as stunning as the last spot (peep here for reference.) Their former space is now dedicated to creating all their wonderful potions. Keep scrolling for a tour of the new space but be warned, it’s magical.

What to Expect

Whether you’re is in the market for natural skincare, locally designed jewelry, or even a bespoke fragrance, Pura Botanicals + So Pretty by Cara Cotter is a destination worth checking out. Every time I step foot inside the shop, it’s a relaxing experience. It smells like an absolute dream and the staff are incredibly helpful. Not sure if their skincare will work for you? No problemo, they have sample sizes available of all their products! Check out their full product line up here.

THIS WAY TO PURA BOTANICALS

10120 124 St NW
Edmonton, AB,
T5N 1P6

HOURS
Monday – Friday –  11am to 6pm
Saturday – 10am – 6pm
Sunday – closed

Pura Botanicals  – Instagram / Facebook / Website

Digging the tours of independent boutiques? Check out more of the shop spotlights here

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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A Jumpsuit in the Arizona Desert

A Jumpsuit in the Arizona Desert

A Jumpsuit in the Arizona Desert

It should come as no surprise that while I was staying in a tiki bus at The Shady Dell, I had to take advantage of the scenery. It’s not often that I’m surrounded by a collection of exquisite specimens of antique trailers. Bisbee, Arizona really lends itself to western wear infused outfits. I thrifted this jumpsuit in Casa Grande and it became a staple on my trip. It’s not hard to imagine why a jumpsuit in the Arizona desert is a great choice. It’s roomy enough to not overheat during the day, yet long enough to provide coverage in the cooler evenings. I for one prefer to wear a loose long sleeved something during the day in the AZ sun. It protects me from the harsh rays of the soleil. My go-to is usually a army surplus camo jacket. (For reference check out Road to Nowhere or The Saguaro Park)

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD black hat – c/o (similar here)
ALDO gemstone sunglasses c/o (similar here)
ALDO rearka earrings – c/o 
THRIFTED  striped jumpsuit
THRIFTED  white western belt
VINTAGE  woven handbag
ALDO  drerissa boots – c/o 

A Western Elton John

The more I look at these photos, the more I get a western Elton John vibe. Perhaps it is the sunglasses! With that said, I do share a birthday with Elton John, so the correlation makes even more sense. When wearing a jumpsuit in the Arizona desert, it’s impossible for me to not add a touch of western flare to it too. Now I can’t wait to go back to AZ. 

photographs – Jesse Sand

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