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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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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