Peanuts x Levis Collaboration OOTD

Peanuts x Levis Collaboration OOTD

Peanuts x Levis Collaboration OOTD

Whenever there is a collaboration with Peanuts, I am there for it. When I was in Japan, I even made a point of visiting the Snoopy Museum. To say I’m a super fan is probably an understatement. Keeping that in mind, I was even more stoked when Peanuts AND Levi’s joined forces to create another a capsule collection. This isn’t the first time and I hope it won’t be the last! In the US they even had a Snoopy print denim. Never have I ever been so excited about a yellow sweater in my life. So here’s my Peanuts x Levis Collaboration OOTD. 

OUTFIT DETAILS

OLLIE QUINN isabella sunglasses – c/o
ALDO  rearka earrings – c/o 
LEVIS peanuts sweater  – c/o 
THRIFTED scarf 
LEVI’S ribcage jeans – c/o
THRIFTED  bag 

Peanuts x Levis Collaboration OOTD

Please keep me in mind should you hear anything regarding any other Peanuts collaborations as I need to know. Maybe there’s a Google alert I can sign up for? 🤔On that note, thanks for popping by! 

photographs – Jesse Sand

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Dark Denim Cowgirl at Schnepf’s Farm

Dark Denim Cowgirl at Schnepf’s Farm

Dark Denim Cowgirl at Schnepf’s Farm

Perhaps you may recall this look from my Mesa Arizona City Guide? If not, here’s the full meal deal, the dark denim cowgirl at Schnepf’s Farm! I probably should have titled this post Heavy Western Parking Lot. Anyway, keep scrolling for the look details. 🙂

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD black hat – c/o (similar here)
RAY BAN aviator sunglasses – c/o Shopbop
UNKNOWN bandana 
LEVI’S customized trucker jacket – c/o
THRIFTED vintage beaded bag 
VINTAGE western belt
THRIFTED black dress
ALDO  Drerissa boots – c/o

photographs – Jesse Sand

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Tips on Finding the Best Photo Locations

Tips on Finding the Best Photo Locations

Tips on Finding the Best Photo Locations

In this current climate of sameness of social media, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find new and creative ways to reinvent the wheel. The wheel, of course being an interesting feed with backdrops that haven’t been shot to death by everyone and their influencer dog. This is an issue for people in both small and large cities. Often I am asked “Where did you shoot that?” And while I am hesitant to giveaway specific locations as I spend a great deal of time differentiating my feed and finding unique spots no one has used; I am more than happy to give people the tools to discover their own hidden gems to shoot. Here are my Tips on Finding the Best Photo Locations.

Go Exploring

This is by far my most valuable way to spend time and it’s such an obvious way to find rad spots. Go for a drive with a friend, get some pizza, and cruise! You never know what you can discover in your own city. Also going for walks is the best way to see the city from multiple angles. Just because you’ve walked down a street a million times, doesn’t mean you’ve seen it. Have you actually walked it with the intention of seeing it with new eyes? Sometimes even walking down a street in a different direction will illuminate a different and flattering angle. 

Google Maps / My Maps

If you don’t want to spend the time driving around, fair enough. There’s always Google Street View which is basically the same thing. Sometimes when I’m flying to a new place, I will do a quick Google Street View virtual walk around the area we’re staying to get a sense of my surroundings. In addition to that, I have started different maps for cities of cool spots with the My Maps function on Google. 

Peep Those Geotags

One of the best features on Instagram, in my humble opinion, is the Geotagging service. There are so many amazing creators out there who are making the world a smaller place for us all. While I don’t take inspiration from popular oversaturated places that have been done to death (Tulum and Positano anyone?) I do follow more obscure accounts such as Atlas Obscura and Abandoned Places. Those are much more my speed when it comes to locations. 

Tips on Finding the Best Photo Locations

Sometimes finding a real gem requires a shift in perception. I truly encourage everyone to look at spaces they see every day to the point where they are unnoticeable and challenge yourself to work with those. To see the mundane in a new light. I think we often ignore great beauty because it’s so familiar. Chances are that view, that corner, or that building will be interesting to someone who has never seen it before. And capturing it in photos before it gets levelled by progress. Nothing is forever, just saying! Those are all the things that have helped me have different backdrops for shoots during my 10 years of blogging. Yes, ten whole years and I haven’t repeated too many places in that time. I must be doing something right? Am I? Let me know in the comments below!

Historical Societies Are Key

One of the best resources out there are historical societies. I find these to be extremely helpful when going places that are rich with architectural gems. Cities like Phoenix and Palm Springs have been opened up to me all thanks to information I have gathered from both their websites and Instagram accounts. I’m a midcentury modern hound so this is the quickest way for me to discover the plethora of buildings that suit my taste.

Outfit: bianco hat c/o BAILEY HATS // logo t shirt + trucker jacket c/o LEVIS // Mile high Skinnies – LEVIS // white Drerissa Boots c/o ALDO //

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COPS Doughnuts Toronto

COPS Doughnuts Toronto

COPS Doughnuts Toronto

Who can deny that a doughnut is the perfect dessert? Perfection is exceeded when said doughnut is mini and many in number. While I was in Toronto, I made a point of popping by COPS Doughnuts. It’s a coffee shop located on a dead end side street just off Adelaide Street West. That sounds ominous but I swear it’s not because the building is the perfect shade of millennial pink. Yes, I am still a full on sucker for a good pop of colour. Fortunately, they have the good goods and not just the aEsThEtIc. Keep scrolling for some mega facade eye candy that is COPS Doughnuts Toronto.

DOUGHNUT DELIGHT

COPS Doughnuts’ motto is that “too many options are a prison” – I couldn’t agree more. With that in mind, they have streamlined their menu down to the very basics. Not only does it make ordering a breeze, but it means that the two things they do make, they do it so well. Mini doughnuts and drip coffee. The latter is not my thing, I tried coffee for a short while and it made me borderline crazy but doughnuts I can consume responsibly. They offer three flavours: cinnamon & sugar, OG cops glaze, and a rotating weekly special. 

ALL OF THE WALLS

I’ve recently heard that IG Walls are “over” according to The Atlantic’s article: The Instagram Aesthetic Is Over. But like, are they *really*? I still think influencers and regular people alike will still be looking for *cool* backdrops to shoot with regardless of whether it’s in-the-moment or a heavily produced shot. (I would love to hear thoughts on this) In any case, COPS Doughnuts a great shade of pink but across the street is a shocking yellow wall too. Double whammy!

OUTFIT DETAILS

VINTAGE Mustard Mohair Coat
CLUB MONACO high gloves
FENDI BAG Vintage – similar here & here
VINTAGE Ultrasuede dress
WOLFORD tights – c/o
MATISSE  Caty Boots – c/o

 

Cops Doughnuts Toronto

Everyone needs to get some mini doughnuts now. And if you have a large enough party, might I suggest ordering The Stakeout if only for the genius name. Interested in more posts about Toronto? Head on over to all my Toronto Travel updates. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Photographs – CC Ruth

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A Double Denim Day

A Double Denim Day

A Double Denim Day

More often than not I find myself in denim. It’s truly my everyday staple especially in the colder months. Wearing denim is an easy option that I don’t have to think too hard about. It’s all very standard. But what’s better than one piece of denim? Double denim of course. And thus a double denim day began…

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD Renegade Hat – c/o
VINTAGE Vest – Hideout Distro 
LULULEMON Rest Less Pullover – c/o
LEVIS Vintage Jean Jacket – thrifted
LEVIS Vintage Denim Jeans – thrifted
ALDO Drerissa Ankle Boots – c/o

STYLING TIPS

Whenever I double down with a double denim day, I like to add layers to the look. By adding a vest overtop the jean jacket, it breaks up the denim. Another way to layer is to add a second coat on top of the jean jacket; this tip is more useful in the winter months though. Layering is just an option though, going full throttle denim is a rad look all on its own anyway. Take for instance this look: The Blues Are Still Blue. Blue hair, blue jeans, & a blue jean jacket. It’s not overkill, it’s style. 😉

VINTAGE LOVERS UNITE!

Lastly, I’d like to take a moment to mention that I’ve been selling some of my vintage pieces in store at Hideout Distro. The vest I’m wearing in these shots are one of the few pieces I have dropped off there. If you haven’t been, I highly suggest popping by their new location on 124th st in Edmonton. It’s just down from Duchess bakery, so get a croissant and go browse a shop full of local artists, dreamy home decor, and curated vintage. 

photographs – Jesse Sand

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The 2018 Blooper Reel

The 2018 Blooper Reel

The 2018 Blooper Reel

I can’t believe I’m making another one of these posts already. HOW HAS ANOTHER YEAR COME AND GONE? As per usual, I have compiled this annual post. Upon searching, it appears I’ve been offering this type of quality content since 2013. Here are all the previous blooper reels. This year was rather light in bloopery options. This was most likely because I had a bit of a meltdown in the summer and didn’t take as many style editorial shots as I usually do. My deepest apologies. Without further adieu, here is The 2018 Blooper Reel.

Oh Look, I have Some Furniture!

Nothing like posing with a bunch of food that cannot be eaten until we get THE SHOT. Le sigh. Such is life, right? Some people eat their meals warm, some people watch their food go cold. Check out My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal

Just A Few Phone Shots

Of course I had to include just a few phone shots that I captured over the year. The selfies I like to describe as follows: The “Hello I’m Wearing Mcdonald’s Sweatpants” Selfie. The “Hello I’m Running in Winter and Here’s Proof” Selfie. Then the “Hello I Didn’t Realize The Front Camera Was On” Selfie. The “Hello I’m Crossing The Street, Does It Look Natural?” Not Selfie. And finally, the “Hello I Climbed A Mountain in Sedona and Had A Panic Attack On The Way Up But I’m Okay Now” selfie. What memories!

The Sweaty Sun Shoot

Somehow this was made into a blog post despite the circumstances: My Vintage Hawaiian Shirt. I’m surprised my eyebrows didn’t slide off because everything was slipping. The late afternoon sun was a cruel mistress that day and I sweat myself into another dimension. I can see the misery in my expression. 

That YouTube Channel or Whatever

I discovered something that is incredibly time consuming and difficult in my job this year. That’s a trick statement, most things are time consuming and/or difficult when trying to create inspiring/interesting content. I digress, trying to take “glamour” shots of my makeup for my a thumbnail on my YouTube Channel is such a challenge for me. It turns out I don’t have much control over my lips or my crazy eyes and that is how this photo came to be. Also, if you’re interested, this shot came from my NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection review. 

Ode Lang Syne

And with that, another collection of unattractive photographs comes to a close. This is my way of thanking each and everyone of your for coming along on this journey with me. It’s because of all of you that I’m able to pursue my love of fashion as both a job and a hobby. And thank you for tuning into the 2018 blooper reel. I have such a fun time saving up these little hideous gems all year and I promise to capture more goofy moments in 2019. Happy New Year!

xo Sandy Joe

 

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