Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Perhaps it was fate that I never got around to posting this last year? Now we can all vicariously enjoy the Abbotsford Tulip Festival from the comfort of our own homes. I certainly won’t be in attendance this Easter Sunday like I was in 2019. It was very cool to experience but at this point, I believe these photographs do the event (and my outfit) justice. 

OUTFIT DETAILS

OLLIE QUINN isabella sunglasses – c/o
ALDO  lip straw bag (old) – c/o
THRIFTED striped top 
GIRL GUIDES thrifted skirt!
ARITZIA  babaton sculpt knit tank – I bought at Aritzia
LEVIS  thrifted denim jacket
ALDO  white Drerissa Boots – c/o

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

If you’re reading this and COVID-19 is a thing of the past, here’s my Abbotsford BC Travel Guide and Harrison Hot Springs Travel Guides. They even include a travel vlog too which could be an amusing way to pass time. Peep my YouTube Channel for more videos.

photographs – Jesse Sand

 

 

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Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum

Editing these photos made me incredibly nostalgic for being able to move about freely in the world. How amazing are art museums? I’ve always appreciated these spaces but now I feel even more starved for art than ever before. I might even dig out my old art history textbook from my university days just to soak it all in. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Phoenix Art Museum twice now and both times it has not disappointed me. Its main collection is vast and captivating as are the travelling exhibitions. Did I mention the building is dope too? The cacti landscaping outside always draws me straight to the front door. Here’s some shots from my last visit.

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD black hat – c/o (similar here)
ALDO  earrings (old) – c/o (similar here)
RAY BAN aviator sunglasses – c/o Shopbop
THRIFTED silk blazer (my mom found this for me!)
ARITZIA  babaton sculpt knit tank – I bought at Aritzia
LEVIS  mile high skinny jeans I bought at Aritzia
ALDO  white Drerissa Boots – c/o

Phoenix Art Museum

If ever you find yourself in the area, the Phoenix Art Museum is not to be missed! Once the world is back to normal, keep this spot in mind for your next trip. The art here needs to be appreciated over and over and over again. 

photographs – Jesse Sand + Sandy Joe Karpetz

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Picacho Super Bloom

Picacho Super Bloom

Picacho Super Bloom

Seeing the desert after a rainfall is a majestic treat and can be rare if you only visit once a year. I was aware that the desert becomes verdant and lush post shower but I had only ever known it to be true because of photographic evidence. Finally, last year, the stars aligned and I was in Arizona during the Picacho Super Bloom. It was nothing short of epic seeing those wild poppies sway in the wind. When the sun dipped behind the mountain, they began to close. Nature is pretty wild. Also, I wore an almost all black outfit and it was the exact opposite of my whimsical surroundings. 

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD black hat – c/o (similar here)
ALDO  earrings (old) – c/o
RAY BAN aviator sunglasses – c/o Shopbop
THRIFTED denim jacket (my dad found this for me!)
VANS  white t shirt – c/o (similar here)
LEVIS  mile high skinny jeans I bought at Aritzia
VANS  checkerboard slips – c/o

Picacho Super Bloom

I will forever be in love with the landscapes of Arizona – which is probably why I have visited so many times! Peep more travel posts here or if fashion is more your thing, check out my style section.

photographs – Jesse Sand + Sandy Joe

 

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The Longhorn Grill

The Longhorn Grill

The Longhorn Grill

Before I head out on any adventure, I like to consult a few resources for interesting photos locations. That is precisely how I stumbled upon The Longhorn Grill via Atlas Obscura. At the time of our visit it had been shut down, sold, and was being renovated for it’s next iteration of a Texas style steakhouse. While I would never dream of trying to eat there… being vegetarian and all, I do enjoy the kitschy facade. Naturally, we had to stop by to take a peak. As I should have suspected, being yelled at by misogynistic yocals was what I endured for the majority of these shots. Despite the uncomfortable experience, the photos at least turned out well. Keep scrolling for some desert styles.🌵

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD black hat – c/o (similar here)
ALDO earrings – c/o (similar here)
VINTAGE western belt
ARITZIA red dress (similar here)
ALDO  Drerissa boots – c/o

The Longhorn Grill

Finding dope locations is one of my favourite parts of my job. It’s a satisfying substitute for being an art director at a fashion magazine. I have a post on my top Tips on Finding the Best Photo Locations should you want to flex your art director muscles as well. And as always, check out my style section for more fashion content. Until next time! xo

photographs – Jesse Sand

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Canmore + Banff Road Trip Vlog

Canmore + Banff Road Trip Vlog

Canmore + Banff Road Trip Vlog

As the title suggests, here is my Canmore + Banff Road Trip Vlog! My best friend Cecily and I headed to the mountains last month for an epic snowcation. I went snowboarding for the first time in 12 years (terrifying) and then tried to learn how to floss (dismal). Please join us on this ridiculous trip. For more vlogs and city guides, check out my Travel Section. Enjoyed the flossing sequence so much you want more ridiculousness? Head on over to my YouTube channel for more videos. Lastly, if you need some hot tips on How to Dress Cute in the Winter, I’ve put some pieces to the test! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time, toodles! xo

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Spokane WA City Guide

Spokane WA City Guide

Spokane WA City Guide

Spokane has always been a town that has popped up now and again in my timeline as I grew up. Whether it was a stop on a road trip to take a peek into the White Elephant, a High School arranged field trip to run Bloomsday, or simply an excellent TV station (KREM!) we were able to pick up in Canada, Spokane is a city I have always thought of fondly. Recently, I was able to revisit the city as an adult and could not have been more thrilled with what I discovered. Here is my Spokane WA City Guide.

EAT

Bruncheonette

The thing that first attracted me to Bruncheonette was their menus inclusivity. There are vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options in addition to standard fare. Whatever you do, be sure to order a side of tater tots.

Cochinito Taqueria

I’m forever and always on the hunt for tacos. Cochinito Taqueria was two blocks from the Davenport and actually had vegetarian options! It turned out to be one of my favourite meals on the trip! Their horchatas are perfection and the mushroom tacos were so flavourful.

Mizuna

I cannot recommend Mizuna enough. They had a completely separate vegetarian dinner menu which I’ve never seen in a typical restaurant. Usually the vegetarian options are bland veggie burgers or salads. Not Mizuna! Their options were innovative and decadently delicious. A couple highlights were the Cashew Crusted Seared Avocado and Crispy Gorgonzola Polenta.

Ladder Coffee 

Ladder Coffee serves their hand roasted small batch beans in every conceivable way possible. It smells great. While I’m not a coffee drinker, I do appreciate a finely brewed warm beverage of other sorts. I went for a chai latte and Avocado Chili Lime Toast which I can confirm is delightful.

Method Juice Cafe

I’m a lover of smoothies. When I travel, it’s the one thing I miss about being home. Fortunately places like Method Juice Cafe sate that longing with their delicious smoothies and juices. The Foundation and Integral smoothies were absolutely divine.

SLEEP

The Historic Davenport Hotel

My favourite places to stay will always and forever be the hotels ripe with history. The Historic Davenport Hotel is an exceptional specimen of this! Not only is the original details of the building been lovingly preserved, they’ve injected it with just enough modern day amenities to satisfy any guest. Bonus: it’s walking distance from everything!

SHOP

Spokandy

It would be an absolute crime to visit Spokane and not stop by Spokandy. Doubly so if you’re a lover of sweets. Their selection of chocolates and confections are vast. They’ve been a local institution since 1913! That’s over a hundred years to perfect their recipes. My personal favourite was the Solid Dark Minted Chocolate bars.

The Lookout

If you’re looking to take home a little piece of Spokane, then popping by The Lookout is essential. The shop features local Spokane makers as well as other small businesses from across the US and Canada.

Fern Plant Shop

Though I was unable to bring any plants home with me across the border, the Fern Plant Shop was a feast for my eyes. The whole space is sun-filled and verdant, not to mention smells absolutely incredible.

The White Elephant

The thrill of the White Elephant store is that you truly never know what will be there! It’s a toy-meets-outdoor-sporting-goods store and a paradise for someone like me who loves to browse. Plus the outside murals and vintage signage speaks to me in a way I can’t begin to describe.

Kendall Yards Night Market

The Kendall Yards Night Market was on my to-do list when I visited but we unfortunately missed it. I’ve included it on my list because I believe it to be a great local market. Check it out every Wednesday from 5-9pm May through September.

DO

Riverfront Park

One cannot visit Spokane and miss the Riverfront Park. Firstly, it’s such a centerpiece for downtown as it skirts the river’s edge. It’s a stunning park to walk; there’s countless activities and public art to check out. Feeling daring? Rent a pair of rollerskates and cruise the skate ribbon. Take a trip on the Skyride and see the Spokane Falls from a great vantage point. Step back in time on the Looff Carousel or leap into the future at the Pavilion Light Show. There’s truly something for everyone. Not to mention the Big Red Wagon that everyone needs a photo with or else did they truly visit Spokane?

Tiny Tiki

There is a tiki bar in Spokane and it’s an absolute gem. From the spot-on mid-century tiki decor to the perfectly balanced and well thought out tropical cocktails, the Tiny Tiki bar is a must-do.

Steam Plant

Whether you pop by for a flight from the brewery or just for a quick wander around the industrial interior, the Steam Plant is a fascinating Spokane landmark. Its two large stacks are beacons on the skyline.

Walk Around Downtown

Get a better sense of the city by walking the streets. Spokane is exceptionally architecturally rich as many historical structures have escaped the bulldozer. Thanks to that, each block of downtown is lined with buildings that span the decades. I can confidently say that the city has some of the nicest parking garages I have ever seen; I didn’t even know that could be possible!

Spokane WA City Guide

That concludes my photo heavy Spokane WA City Guide! I’m looking forward to my next Washington visit so I can stop by for a taco and a quick drinky-poo at the Tiny Tiki of course. If you have any suggestions of other great spots in Spokane, I would love to hear about them! For other travel features, check out my City Guides section

Many thanks to Visit Spokane for hosting us!