CARBON COPY Edmonton Brewery District

CARBON COPY Edmonton Brewery District

CARBON COPY Edmonton Brewery District

There are many things that bother me about Edmonton. The lack of vision when it comes to historic buildings, most of the new architecture… maybe my issues are with developers. 🤔I digress. When it comes to the public art, that’s the department where the city truly shines. Between the large scale art installations (like the Talus dome) we also have Rust Magic. Last summer this 1988 Plymouth Caravelle popped up in the Brewery District and I was naturally stoked. That’s when I had my first glimpse of Carbon Copy Edmonton Brewery District. It looks dope all while expounding a thoughtful commentary on the car culture surrounding the city of Edmonton. AKA we rely very heavily on vehicles and have made very slow progress changing that…. especially with the continuing urban sprawl. Oh and here’s a cute outfit next to it.


WINNERS gold hoop earrings (similar here
VINTAGE hawaiian dress
THRIFTED woven bag (similar here & here)
ZARA  platform heels – c/o (similar here)
JIN SOON Aero Polish – c/o
BUXOM Va-Va-PLUMP Shiny Liquid Lipstick in Heat Wave – c/o

Carbon Copy Edmonton Brewery District 

Sooooo I guess what I’m trying to say here is, everyone should be looking into the public art around their city. In fact, I heavily encourage self directed art walks. It’s a fantastic way to experience a hometown and see it with new eyes. Plus, it’s a free way to take in art… especially if you hate the building art is housed in within your city. (Hello AGA, the glorified event space). Thanks so much for popping by!

photographs – Jesse Sand

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The Clarendon Hotel Phoenix Arizona

The Clarendon Hotel Phoenix Arizona

The Clarendon Hotel Phoenix Arizona

Just slightly north of the downtown core, The Clarendon Hotel is nestled away in a quiet neighbourhood. It’s the perfect spot to step back in time all while enjoying modern amenities and design. I was originally drawn to its midcentury vibe only to discover it was actually built in 1972! That might explain the artful use of mirrors vertically throughout the stone facade. A little further research and I discovered that a journalist by the name of Don Bolles was murdered outside the hotel when a bomb was placed under his car in June of 1976. One of my favourite attributes a hotel can possess is the intrigue of having a rich history, just like the Hotel Congress in Tucson. I swear these hotels find me! Anyway, I very much enjoyed staying at the Clarendon Hotel Phoenix Arizona, and here’s why:

Breakfast at Tranquilo

Question: What’s better than a hotel with a restaurant attached to it? Answer: A GOOD restaurant that serves Mexican food. And that’s exactly what Tranquilos is. The horchatas are perfection, the service was amazing, and the menu was super flexible for dietary options (hello vegetarian choices!). If that wasn’t enough, we even saw Aquaman dining one morning. 

Unlimited Snacks

If you’re aren’t sated from the delicious menu of Tranquilos, not to worry! The Clarendon Hotel offers a wide variety of complementary snacks from the concierge desk. I can confirm that I was a regular visitor of this endless candy counter. Any offer of a peanut butter cup and I’m there. 

Location, Location, Location!

The location of accommodations directly affects what kind of trip you will have. If the hotel is far from everything, the trip will be spent commuting to the places you want to be. Fortunately, The Clarendon Hotel Phoenix Arizona is, dare I say, the perfect location. Keeping a mindful distance from the downtown core where parking can be a real nuisance, especially during the event of a cattle convention (true story.) Not only is there covered parking for the hotel (which turns out is pretty important in the desert heat) but also ample street parking as well. In addition to that, it’s quick and easy to get to a number of notable spots within Phoenix. 

The Suite Life

Any hotel suite that comes with a full closet, a fridge, and a sitting area is alright with me. The Clarendon goes one step further by having their suites situated all around the courtyard pool, and that is a true delight. I love being close to the water! Aside from that, another feature I was stoked on was all the storage space for my toiletries. I know this sounds like a minor detail but as a person who travels with a few many products, it’s nice to have somewhere to put them that isn’t in the way. 


Speaking of the few many products I travelled with… here’s a couple things on the shelves that I particularly love:

EVA NYC clean it up shampoo / soften it up conditioner – c/o
BIODERMA Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Miceller – c/o

NARS afterglow lip balm in orgasm – c/o
GLOSSIER haloscope in quartz – c/o
NUDE BY NATURE moisture shine lipstick 05 pale coral – c/o

SKINCEUTICALS Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF50 – c/o
SKINCEUTICALS C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment – c/o
ESSIE nail polishes – c/o

THE WITCHERY cedar oil – c/o
KIEHL’S midnight recovery concentrate – c/o
IMAGE SKINCARE the max stem cell creme – c/o

SAJE exotic deodorant spray
OUAI hair oil – c/o (this is one of the few things from the line that I like the smell of)
SHEA MOISTURE 100% pure shea oil – c/o
IMAGE SKINCARE the max stem cell facial cleanser – c/o

The Outdoor Amenities

Duuuuuuuuuuuude. As I mentioned before, the courtyard pool is one of the dreamiest features of the Clarendon. After a day exploring the city, coming back to luxuriate in the hot tub was the best. There was always the option to make a visit to the rooftop deck with a view of downtown Phoenix instead. I would recommend both at least once. 🙂

The Clarendon Hotel Phoenix Arizona

And that is the Clarendon Hotel Phoenix Arizona! As a person who visits the state at least once a year, I love continuing to discover new spots to share. For more Arizona related content check out my posts here. And for more travel in general, peep my travel section.

photographs – Jesse Sand + Sandy Joe Karpetz

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The Thrifted Corn Dress

The Thrifted Corn Dress

The Thrifted Corn Dress

The thrifted corn dress, where do I begin? Discovering this dress on an overstuffed rack of meh-ness was like finding a unicorn in the doldrums. First of all, the pattern spoke to me in such a deep way. That colour of green reminded me of shag carpet from the 60s – which is a selling point to me. After closer inspection I realized that the pattern featured giant husks of corn. Despite all these positive points, the actual shape of the dress was concerning. It looks like a potato sack a few inches too long for my height. Irregardless, I still took a chance. Let this be a lesson to everyone: never prejudge the shape of a dress before you try it on. This fact has rang true in my decades long thrift experience. Belts can do wonders to change the look of a garment!



WINNERS gold hoop earrings (similar here
ALDO  agrerasen sunglasses – c/o (similar here)
THRIFTED  dress 
VINTAGE woven bag (similar here & here)
THRIFTED  leather belt 
ZARA  platform heels – c/o (similar here)

The Thrifted Corn Dress

Ugh. Isn’t thrifting just the best? I truly cannot get enough of it. For those interested in more thrifting/fashion related content, check out my style section on my blog. And feel free to leave me your best thrift finds – I always get a buzz while living vicariously through fellow thrifters tales!

photographs – Jesse Sand

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Harrison Hot Springs Travel Guide

Harrison Hot Springs Travel Guide

Harrison Hot Springs Travel Guide

It wouldn’t be a trip to the Fraser Valley without a stop in the Harrison area. After flying into Abbotsford courtesy of Swoop (see my Abbotsford BC Travel Guide) we took the scenic ride to Harrison Mills and then Harrison Hot Springs. Our drive was peppered with some thrift stops and a lot of gorgeous scenery thanks to the Harrison River. Food was eaten, nature was enjoyed, and sights were seen. With that said, keep scrolling for my Harrison Hot Springs Travel Guide.


Between Harrison Mills and Harrison Hot Springs, there’s no shortage of food options. From sushi, to pubs, to a full on fine dining with a live band and dance floor experience… the fare was most agreeable. Here are a few of the places I had the pleasure dining at.


The Clubhouse (Harrison Mills)

While staying at Rowena’s Inn on the River (more on that later) in Harrison Mills, we dined at The Clubhouse on the golf course. It overlooks the course as well as the Harrison River, a view that cannot be beat. And the breakfast was delightful – any type of Mexican option is always a yes for me. 

Muddy Waters Cafe (Harrison Hot Springs)

Breakfast burritos!!!! Need I say more? Well yes, yes I do. Here’s another breakfast option that’s right on the water. The Muddy Waters Cafe is located across the street from the lake in Harrison Hot springs. It’s a cozy cafe that has ample seating and a delightful London Fog. A drink that I enjoyed so much that I drank it all before realizing I should have photographed it. Whoops. Their nachos are pretty dope too.


Rocky Mountain Chocolate (Harrison Hot Springs)

I am not one to say no to chocolate. Ever. And in Harrison Hot Springs, you can get chocolate Sasquatch feet at Rocky Mountain Chocolate. So obviously I did and it was epic. 10/10 would recommend. 


Morgan’s Bistro (Harrison Hot Springs)

First of all, the view of the lake is epic. It also didn’t hurt that we stayed in the hotel directly above this fine establishment so the commute was more than manageable. There were several vegetarian options (fried eggplant / tomato bisque soup / a fresh salad) so we were well covered on that front.

The Copper Room (Harrison Hot Springs)

In all honesty, the vegetarian options were very sparse at the old Copper Room. And what was available was absurdly dairy heavy (hello 5 cheese ravioli in a cheese sauce?) But what it lacked in veggie fare, it made up for in entertainment. This should probably be in the to-do section… but I make the rules around here! I would recommend this evening for anyone who enjoys people watching and cover bands. And that my friends, is me. 


Rowena’s Inn on the River (Harrison Mills)

Driving up to Rowena’s encapsulates the image I have whenever I longingly think about visiting the PNW. It was a misty day with the smell of wet cedar hanging in the air. The tall trees dwarfed our car by comparison but the drive down the long elegant road to the inn was verdant and inviting. It was both a place of enchanting beauty of a romantic comedy but also maybe the start of an episode of the X Files. Both of which I adore deeply. We slept in a log cabin with a wood burning fireplace and woke up to the birds singing in a blossoming tree right outside our window. IT WAS TOO PERFECT! Not to mention a Hallmark movie was being filmed on location while we were there!

Harrison Beach Hotel (Harrison Hot Springs)

First things first…. THE VIEW! There is nothing quite like watching a sunset over a body of water. The Harrison Beach Hotel has a front row seat to one of the most spectacular views in Harrison Hot Springs. In addition to the spectacular view, the location could not be any better. The hotel was right smack dab in the middle of all the local hot spots (hiking trails, restaurants, the actual hot springs!) We parked our car and didn’t use it again until we had to drive back to the airport. 


While we were only there for a few short days, we managed to pack in quite a few excursions. My favourite of them were quite simple and most likely obvious for the area….. but here they are!

Sasquatch Museum + Statues (Harrison Hot Springs)

The visitor centre in Harrison Hot Springs has a sasquatch museum in the back and it is totally worth popping by. First of all, the price is right – it’s free. There’s the classic film of the female sasquatch wandering through the bushes and if that’s not enough to pique interest, there’s also some great information on the history of the sasquatch and how it relates to the area. Who doesn’t want to find out about the place they’re visiting? 

The Harrison Hot Springs Pool

It’s in the name of the town so naturally it’s an attraction that one should visit while in town. The public pool is a chill indoor space with a massive picture window overlooking the lake. It was quaint and dreamy – a location you would see on Accidentally Wes Anderson for sure. I love hanging out at any type of hot spring, they’re just so dang relaxing. 

Sandy Cove Whippoorwill Point Hike (Harrison Hot Springs)

The Sandy Cove Whippoorwill Trail is a 4km hike is a nice loop trail that goes along the Harrison River that leads to the lake. I say easy but the beginning of the trail is somewhat intimidating as it’s quite uphill for a little bit. I am by no means a serious hiker and I was able to do it with improper footwear so there’s that. At the point where the river meets the lake, there’s a nice little bench to take a rest on so pack a snack and savour it there. 

The Hot Springs Source (Harrison Hot Springs)

If a hike is a little too intimidating, take a leisurely walk to the Harrison Hot Springs source. It’s an easy walking path that’s more like a gravel/dirt road. Watch the steam rise out behind the breeze blocks and breath in the sulphury goodness! (Check out the embedded Google Map for directions)

Just Go Walking

No matter where I visit, I always make a point of walking. It’s a great way to check out the area and find things that aren’t necessarily on tour guides. Even the time of day can change what you notice…. like the lighting from this motel really called me while we walked home from our dinner. And Harrison is a very enjoyable town to walk whether it be following the river in town or strolling along the beach. Just go walking!

Harrison Hot Springs Travel Guide

That concludes my Harrison Hot Springs Travel Guide! If you enjoyed the accompanying vlog, feel free to check out my YouTube channel. For more city guides, check out the Travel Section of my blog. 🙂 

Photographs – Jesse Sand + Sandy Karpetz

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Many thanks to Swoop Airlines & Harrison Tourism for arranging this amazing trip!

Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden

Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden

Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden

Last year was the official opening of the Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden and I was lucky enough to be invited to the preview. The massive garden is both impressive as it is serene. Then again, all of the different gardenscapes there are on the calming side – the Kurimoto Japanese Garden being one of them. For those of you into serenity, symmetry, and nature, then this garden is a must-see. The best part is the space can be enjoyed beyond its summertime splendour. The Luminaria event has become one of my favourite winter time experiences…. but more on that in November!


WINNERS gold hoop earrings (similar here
ARITZIA  dress 
THRIFTED knit bag (similar here & here)
VANS  authentic shoes – c/o 

Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden

In conclusion, the Aga Khan at the U of A Botanic Garden is a must-see during the summer and everyone needs to go. Nature / forest bathing is a real thing and this is definitely the place to be practicing it. Be sure to check back here for a peek at the winter Luminaria event in November! It’ll be here before we know it. 

photographs – Jesse Sand + last shot by Marielle Elizabeth

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Glowing Up with the NARS Endless Orgasm Palette

Glowing Up with the NARS Endless Orgasm Palette

Glowing Up with the NARS Endless Orgasm Palette

This might be the glowiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. Is that an exaggeration? Absolutely not. Join me on my journey glowing up with the NARS Endless Orgasm palette. It launched this spring and I was skeptical when I discovered it was a cream palette. Turns out, it’s just what I needed to achieve maximum dewiness. 


MAYA CHIA the optimist hydrating essence – c/o The Detox Market
INDIE LEE squalane facial oil – c/o
SKINCEUTICALS physical fusion uv defence SPF 50 – c/o
TARTE maracuja C brighter eye treatment – c/o
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY under(cover) perfecting coconut face primer – c/o
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY re(cover) perfecting coconut setting mist – c/o



NARS radiant creamy concealer in affogato – c/o 
NARS sheer glow foundation in oslo – c/o
MAC paint pot in painterly – c/o
NARS hot nights face palette – c/o
NARS oversized orgasm blush  – c/o


NARS endless orgasm palette – c/o
TARTE lights camera lashes – c/o
BENEFIT precisely my brow pencil in 2.5 neutral blonde – c/o
GLOSSIER boy brow– c/o


NARS endless orgasm palette – c/o
NARS orgasm oil infused lip tint – c/o


MIU MIU L’eau Rosée – c/o
SLIP silk bunny scrunchies – c/o
SEPHORA crease: uncomplicated brush set – c/o
ALDO tilmawien earrings – c/o
ARITZIA kevin knit top 

Glowing Up with the NARS Endless Orgasm Palette

In conclusion, while I did really love glowing up with the NARS Endless Orgasm palette, I will be using it for my cheeks/highlighter moving forward. I have yet to find a cream eyeshadow that doesn’t crease on my lids. If you enjoyed this video, be sure to check out my other beauty related posts. Or even subscribe to my YouTube channel 🙂 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 😘

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