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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How to Dress Cute in the Winter – Canmore Edition

How to Dress Cute in the Winter – Canmore Edition

How to Dress Cute in the Winter – Canmore Edition

The phrase “the struggle is real” is beyond overused… and yet fits perfectly with this specific dilema I have every year. How to dress cute in the winter!? Of course temperature is a major factor when making this decision. When it’s -40 with a wind chill, I am NOT chilling in this outfit, I can guarantee you that! However, when the winter becomes milder and not Hoth-like, I have a few favourites I always lean on that are both cute AND functional; the synergy is real. Here they are in no particular order:

Baggier Denim

The beauty of the baggier 90s denim is their layerability. I love these thrifted Calvin Klein high waisted jeans because I can sneak a base layer underneath them. My first pick for a base layer is always the Lululemon Align leggings – they’re soft like butter. Another advantage of a high waisted jean is knowing that your backside is guaranteed to not get a chill and doubly so if you tuck your top in too!

SHOES!

One of the only types of shoes that are wearable in the winter are boots and typically boots aren’t cute. This year I was approached by a brand that I had never heard of but have since changed my life immeasurably. Olang Boots have been the answer to my winter shoe dilemma. Not only do they look rad, I cannot get enough of the patent black look, but they are also SO WARM. Every time I put them on, my feet feel like they’re being hugged by the softest blanket. But it doesn’t stop there. The bottom of the boots even have built in stainless steel grips that can be easily flipped on or off so they’re great for walking/winter hiking or casual outings. 

Many thanks to Volvo Canada for lending us the XC40 – the dreamiest ride ever

Mock Necks

When the temperature is *slightly* warmer, I will downgrade my turtleneck to a mock neck instead. Not only does it look dope but it still gives enough warmth to justify leaving my scarf at home. There is something so polished about a mock neck. It’s more approachable and less severe as a turtleneck. 

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY NELSON Layla Sunglasses – c/o
UNKNOWN gold hoop earrings (I bought these in High School….. no recollection where)
BANANA REPUBLIC  ribbed black mock neck top – c/o
BANANA REPUBLIC sherpa bomber jacket – c/o
CALVIN KLEIN  mom jeans (thrifted)
BANANA REPUBLIC sherpa camera cross body bag – c/o
THRIFTED western belt
OLANG   Sound boots – c/o

Accessories!

Accessorizing is always key. I love to jazz up an outfit with sunglasses and bags. One thing I’ve discovered over the years is that sunglasses are a year round staple. In fact, they might even be more important in the winter and I’ll tell you why. On a crisp, clear, sunny winter day the light can be 10 times more blinding because it’s reflecting off of snow. Since I have no interest in becoming snowblind, ever, I choose MASSIVE shades. In this case, I opted for the 70s inspired Layla sunnies from Bailey Nelson. They are polarized and they block EVERYTHING – including the haters. 😉 For bags, I try and find crossbody ones as there’s nothing that drives me more insane than a bag that constantly falls off my shoulder because my winter coat is as slippery as a ski hill. 

How to Dress Cute in the Winter

That concludes my thoughts on how to dress cute in the winter. It’s nothing revolutionary, just straight forward practicality with a little bit of flare. For more fashion tips, check out my Style Section. Until next time, toodles my friends! xo

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Neon Bridge

Neon Bridge

Neon Bridge

These photos look rad but taking them was an awful experience. Most winter photoshoots are absolute torture; this one was no exception. The neon bridge looks dope but there was nothing blocking the wind. I didn’t wear gloves because they “didn’t go with the outfit.” Absolute foolishness. Parking was a fair distance away but walking from my place was out of the question. I’m not writing these things to complain about my job, but rather to shed light on the fact that I often put myself in uncomfortable positions to create things I think are cool. There’s a story behind every photoshoot, most of the time it includes getting leered at by men in the summertime or freezing my fingers in the winter. As well as the wardrobe malfunctions in-between. If you made through this ramble, keep scrolling for some, in my opinion, cool shots.

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD black hat – c/o (similar here)
THRIFTED  London Fog coat
UNKNOWN  black turtleneck (I’ve had it for years but I also ripped the tag out because it was itchy)
LEVIS  mile high skinny jeans I bought at Aritzia 
ALDO  silver boots (last season) – c/o 

 

 

Neon Bridge

So maybe those photos were worth it? It took me a year to actually post them on my blog because I was so irritated with how cold I was that I couldn’t even look at them to edit. I guess after a year of sitting on them my anger has subsided enough to share them. Truthfully, I shoot many things that never see the light of day due to my own fragile emotional states. But it’s my goal in 2020 to finally get through the backlog. With that said, thanks so much for joining me on this style/travel journey. I hope I provide some help with vacation planning, outfit inspiration, or home decor idea – anything of value! For more outfit related posts, check out my style section or peep my last cold weather outfit in my Edmonton Ice Castle post. 

photographs – Jesse Sand

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