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!

Object Limited Bisbee Arizona

Object Limited Bisbee Arizona

Object Limited Bisbee

Here’s the deal…. in Bisbee, Arizona right next door to Classic Rock Couture is Object Limited Bisbee. Not only is it an exceptionally curated modern vintage shop, it’s also a hotel! One can browse their delightful home decor in the shop or stay in one of their artfully decorated rooms in downtown Bisbee. There’s even an artist residency as well! When I tell people how amazing Bisbee is, these multi hyphenate shops are one of the first things I rave about. Seeing spots like this makes me want to run away from home and start over in the desert.🌵

Since buying a new (to me) home built in 1968, all I can think about is making the guest room western themed. I would certainly start with these dope cowgirl and boy dolls but the barbed wire Howdy is pretty tempting too. I still regret not getting a brick of copper from the Bisbee copper mine but at least I have something to look forward to on my next visit. Also, who can resist going into a shop with a cute dog???

THIS WAY TO OBJECT LIMITED BISBEE

29 Main Street
Bisbee, AZ

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Check out my other tours of independent boutique shop spotlights here. And for more posts about Arizona check out my blog posts and #SandyJoeTakesArizona

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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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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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