Historic Lowell Arizona

Historic Lowell Arizona

Historic Lowell Arizona

Welcome to Historic Lowell Arizona! While it ~technically~ was incorporated into Bisbee in the early 1900s, it still feels like a separate town. It’s easy to miss if you’re not paying attention while driving south of Bisbee. Cruising the winding edge of the Copper King Canyon along AZ-80 admiring the quarry below, it’s hard to believe a little town is perched on the side of a gaping pit. But that’s the thing about Arizona, the landscapes will amaze you whether they’re human made or straight from Mother Nature herself. Fortunately during this visit we were Staying in a Tiki Bus at The Shady Dell just across the road, so we had ample opportunities to drive by and notice it.

The History of Lowell

It was a mining town that slowly shrunk in size due to the enlarging of the quarry known as the Lavender Pit next to it. With the residential part of the town cleared out for the sake of copper mining, all that remained of the town was a commercial strip aptly named Erie Street. Because that’s exactly what it is, eerily deserted. With no citizens around to help the local economy, businesses struggled and ultimately shuttered.

The Businesses of Lowell

There are a few businesses still operating in Historic Lowell Arizona though many are phoney storefronts kept up by residents to maintain the ambience. We didn’t stop by during operating hours but Old Lady Pickers looked like an antique hounds manic dream (me). And I’ve heard the nearby Bisbee Breakfast Club is a great place to dine as well. 

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD Renegade Hat – c/o
THRIFTED Jacket
THRIFTED Belt
RAY BAN aviator sunglasses
UNKNOWN Dress
DAN POST Cowboy Boots – gifted

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The Movie History of Lowell

Since Lowell had became a town frozen in time, it’s the perfect location for shooting movies. According to this IMDb list, my favourite movie history source, several movies have been shot there. My favourite on that list (solely based on the fact that it stars both Kyle MacLachlan AND Dwight Yoakam) is Roswell

Historic Lowell Arizona

And that’s Historic Lowell Arizona! Have you ever been? 

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you dig this post, may I point you in the direction of my YouTube Channel. Or peep my previous posts from Arizona such as: Weird Arizona – 5 Strange Places to Visit on a Trip to the Arizona Desert, my Mesa Arizona City Guide, a tour of Classic Rock Couture Bisbee Arizona, or Object Limited Bisbee Arizona! xo SJ 

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The 2020 Blooper Reel

The 2020 Blooper Reel

The 2020 Blooper Reel

My year doesn’t officially begin until I’ve rounded up the unflattering photos from the previous year. The 2020 Blooper Reel is finally here. And although Instagram has appropriated the name for the TikTok-esque feature, its meaning remains the same here. Last year I believed that we were easing ourselves into a new decade, oh was I incorrect on that front. 2020 was treacherous in so many ways, it seems cruel to recount it all on such a light hearted post. There are far fewer outtakes this year since I didn’t produce nearly as much content as I normally do. 2021 will be different. I may be stuck at home, but I can still get dressed if only to show it off to the internet and my cat. ALRIGHT! I’ve linked the original post under each photo should you fancy seeing how the good shots turned out. 🙂

The Trifecta of Bloopers

There is no shortage of weird photos when you’re trying to get in motion walking shots or close up portraits. This is a great smattering of what I usually have to edit through: eyes shut and awkward walking. The shot below is a new one though, it looks like I’m riding an invisible miniature pony side saddle.

Not sure what the face was about but shortly after I changed into my comfortable shoes (VANS slips). Often, the uncomfortable but photogenic shoes are replaced immediately after the shots are done. In this particular case, we were spending the evening at the Desert Botanical Gardens for Electric Desert. I would, under no circumstances, recommend wandering around there after dark in heels. 

Perfecting my royal wave to all the obnoxious men who were honking their horns and yelling crude things at me.

THE ACTUAL INSTAGRAM POST

The Robot Takes Spokane

Getting an “in motion” shot is always a goal of any shoot. However, for every one great action shot, there are many more that look bizarro like this.

THE ACTUAL INSTAGRAM POST

THE ACTUAL INSTAGRAM POST

THE ACTUAL INSTAGRAM POST

Feeling awkward? Dance it off with an even more awkward dance. 

THE ACTUAL INSTAGRAM POST

THE ACTUAL INSTAGRAM POST

The 2020 Blooper Reel

With that, I conclude the 2020 Blooper Reel! The most treasured and beloved post of the year. Thank you all so much for continuing to be a part of my blogging journey and actually visiting this site still! It means so much to me that I was able to turn my dream job of working for a magazine (graduating in a recession was a nightmare) into running my own virtual magazine-esque site. Nothing feels better than being able to help you all have dope vacations, be inspired to thrift, or make you laugh at my expense. It’s what motivates me to keep creating content from long form blogs, youtube videos, and even Instagram posts year after year. As always, feel free to reach out and ask my any questions or request blog topics! My email is sandy @sandyjoekarpetz.com or leave a comment below. 🙂

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Electric Desert at Phoenix Botanical Garden

Electric Desert at Phoenix Botanical Garden

Electric Desert at Phoenix Botanical Garden

Just when I thought Arizona couldn’t be cooler, I discovered the Electric Desert at Phoenix Botanical Garden. It was an immersive sound and light show experience put on by Klip Collective. I didn’t realize it at the time but this was a limited time installation which makes me super sad that I’ll never see it again. For those who missed out, there is a collection of video and incredible night photography of the whole event on the Klip Collective website. I urge you to go take a look at that for some truly trippy visuals. I never thought cactus could look so much like coral with the right lighting and muzak. Anyway, keep scrolling for my Electric Desert experience.

OUTFIT DETAILS

SANDRO striped dress
VINTAGE hair clip
ALDO hoop earrings – c/o
VINTAGE tie dye jacket
LE CHATEAU blue suede heels
THRIFTED  Bag

Desert Electric

It’s pretty crazy to think that a place like the desert could be habitable to anything. The Phoenix Botanical Garden really blew my mind… but so did the Picacho Super Bloom too. Oh the verdant desert! TAKE ME BACK! 🌵 

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Vests as Shirts

Vests as Shirts

Vests as Shirts

There are very few style tips that I adhere to. However, there are a few that have rung true year after year. Adding a belt to something can completely change the structure of a garment. That’s where vests as shirts come in. Vests are just one belt away from becoming a shirt. Much like a blazer is one belt away from becoming a dress. The trick is to find a vest large enough that you can belt it and still have some wiggle room to create drape & volume. I chose this striped woven vest that gave me big bathmat energy. As the armholes were a little bit larger, the outfit had two sides of sideboob but I was into it. 

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD Renegade Hat – c/o
THRIFTED Vest
THRIFTED Belt
QUAY sunglasses – c/o (similar here)
THRIFTED  Bag
ALDO Drerissa Ankle Boots – c/o

Vests as Shirts

I hope after this you will begin to look at belts as a tool to expand existing items in your wardrobe! For more posts including vests (worn in their natural state) check out: Queen Street West, A Double Denim Day, and In the Belly of the Snake. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

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How to Wear Neon

How to Wear Neon

How to Wear Neon

First of all, the only way thing you need to know about how to wear neon is that you should wear it however you want. Now that we’ve gotten that to the forefront, here is how *I* wear neon and you can too. Take inspiration from this or not. It’s a free world man, and you can *mostly* do what you want. Except leave your house right now. No exceptions to that. I digress, here are some of the ways I like to incorporate neon into my wardrobe without looking like I time travelled from the 1980s. With that said, I am totally into the idea of looking like I’m a time traveller from the 80s so this isn’t a blog post against that. Ugh… okay, let me rephrase. Here’s some subtle ways to dip your toe into neon. Yes, that’s what this is! Keep scrolling my dudes.

ACCESSORIZE

Yesssss sir. This may seem obvious and that’s because it is. Some of the best advice is the most obvious! Accessories are for anyone who doesn’t want to fully commit to the neon look… (or rather ~lifestyle~ depending on who you’re talking to.) Whether that be a neon nail polish, phone case, or an eye-popping bag, incorporating a small piece of neon is the simplest way. Also, picking a monochromatic outfit with a neon accessory is a great way to do it. Or you can be like me and go full electroclash with a loud printed vintage dress paired with neon. Honestly, I do not believe there is a  “wrong way” when it comes to styling. 

POPS OF NEON

Feeling a little “riskier”? Incorporate neon into the bulk of your outfit by finding a dress, shirt, pants, biker shorts, or whatever hero piece you like and just WEAR IT. This 90s dress with pops of neon and the weird print reminded me of the movie Hackers. It’s kind of ugly but that’s precisely what I love about it. It’s the type of dress that stops people and makes them wonder…. “what is she wearing?” And not necessarily in a good way either. I strive to make my outfits conversations, good or bad. Perhaps I am not the person you should be seeking fashion advice from. I’ll leave that up to you to decide. 😜

OUTFIT DETAILS

THRIFTED dress
ALDO  bag (old) – c/o 
ALDO  earrings  – c/o 
BONLOOK sunglasses (old) – c/o 
VANS canvas sk8-hi true white – c/o

photographs – jesse sand

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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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