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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The Mustard Mohair Coat

The Mustard Mohair Coat

The Mustard Mohair Coat

If this coat looks familiar, it’s because it has made a regular appearance around these parts on several occasions. It accompanied me on a trans-atlantic trip to London, Morocco via Iceland. It’s been to Toronto and just about everywhere in my daily life in Edmonton. To say The Mustard Mohair Coat is a staple in my closet, is quite frankly an understatement. It is my cliche go-to coat every fall and spring. That in between coat that fills the gaps between freezing hoth weather to the sunny summertime. And I love it. I love it so much that I have spent hours carefully repairing tears in the lining. All of which was handsewn due to the nature of the damage (internal). I will wear this coat until it’s a damn rag. Even then I will try to salvage the material in some way.

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD Renegade Hat – c/o
MY NEXT BROKEN HEART Dream On t shirt – c/o
VINTAGE Cardigan – thrifted
JOE FRESH Scarf (old) – c/o
VINTAGE Mohair Jacket – thrifted
FRANK & OAK Debbie Jeans – c/o
HUNTER Moustache Bubble Umbrella – c/o
ALDO Aurella Boots – c/o

 

THE BOOTS

These boots are so fantastic they deserve their own headline. Everytime I wear them I receive many compliments – much like I do with the mustard mohair coat. And when I wear them together? It is an unstoppable combination. ALDO continues to steal my heart in their boot section. My latest love from there is the Drerissa boots. They go with EVERYTHING.

Photographs – Jesse Sand

 

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I Wore One Dress All Summer Long

I Wore One Dress All Summer Long

I Wore One Dress All Summer Long

Let me tell you about a story about a dress I found while thrifting. Every so often, I will head out to the suburbs to check out what’s what in the thrift. On a whole, the best finds I’ve come across are from thrift stores off the beaten path. And by beaten path, I mean nestled deep in the suburbs only accessible by car. This dress was no exception as it seemed like a random overpriced thrift find at first. It is after all, just a GAP dress. The price was $19.99 which to me, makes me wonder if thrift stores think they’re discount outlets and not shops full of used goods they received for free. My side eye to pricey thrifting aside, I decided to take the plunge and purchase it. Little did I know that this would result in the following: I Wore One Dress All Summer Long.

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD Renegade Hat – c/o
RAY BAN Clubmaster Sunglasses
VINTAGE GAP thrifted dress – available at Thred Up  
VINTAGE straw bag – thrifted (similar here)
VANS sk8-hi shoes – c/o

The Accessories

A juicebox is the perfect summer accessory. I’m only half kidding when I say that. It’s the perfect size to fit in a thrifted woven purse, it quenches my thirst, and there’s something very juvenile/charming about it. Kiju is my go-to for juices in petite and regular sized portions. I use the apple juice to fill out my green drink concoctions I make every morning. In addition to a juicebox, the next best thing in the accessory department is a trusty pair of sunglasses. Over the years I have grown my Ray-Ban collection from one oversized pair of Wayfarers to a full family. These silver Clubmasters were last year’s new member.

One Dress To Rule Them All

Yeah that’s right, I threw a little JRR Tolkien in there. I didn’t have a full on “mY pReCiOuS” moment when I found this dress. However, it did become a large part of the landscape of my summertime memories. And it’s usage has bled into fall with the addition of tights. A good solid dress should be able to transcend the seasons with little tweaks. If you want to see this dope dress in action, I suggest checking out my Summer Vacation YouTube video. And if you’re digging what you’re watching, perhaps even Subscribe to my channel! xoxox

photographs – Jesse Sand

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Bringing Back the Blue Jean Bell Bottoms

Bringing Back the Blue Jean Bell Bottoms

Bringing Back the Blue Jean Bell Bottoms

Beyond thrilled that bell bottoms seem to be making their way back into the denim options available these days. Whenever I’m thrifting, I will always browse the racks and racks of preloved jeans in hope of scoring a unicorn pair of 70s time softened jeans. It hasn’t happened yet but I know it will one day. In the meantime, this collaboration between Wranglers and Urban Outfitters will fit the bill just fine for me. I’m happy to be on the bandwagon of bringing back the blue jean bell bottoms!

OUTFIT DETAILS

ALDO ocoiven bordeaux eat eye sunglasses – c/o
VINTAGE gold hoop earrings – thrifted (similar here)
WRANGLER vintage western shirt – thrifted
VINTAGE straw bag – thrifted (similar here)
WRANGLER x UO denim bell bottoms – c/o
ALDO mule sandals – c/o

I can’t get enough of that classic back pocket embroidered detailing!

Bringing Back the Blue Jean Bell Bottoms

Let’s just say this isn’t my first foray into the belled denim department. A few years ago I tried on a subdued rendition of the bell from Topshop in my post Hanging Out, an ode to That 70s Show. (I even wrote about it for the Edmonton Journal because I was and still am so jazzed about that era) And then again more recently with my enthusiasm over a particular pair of striped denim jeans from the A$AP Rocky x Guess collaboration. Check those out in these two posts: Candy Striped and My Vintage Hawaiian Shirt. What are your feelings on this style of denim?

photographs – Jesse Sand

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My Vintage Hawaiian Shirt

My Vintage Hawaiian Shirt

My Vintage Hawaiian Shirt

It is no surprise that my obscure and random interests sometimes bleed into my style inspiration. If you’ve stopped by this page a few times, you may be familiar with my on going world wide Tiki Tour. The thrill of finding a tiki bar untouched by the passing of time is a unicorn I am constantly chasing. Pair that with my love of vintage and naturally one would assume I collected Hawaiian shirts. This assumption would be correct. From children’s Harley Davidson Hawaiian shirts to this one I’m currently wearing, a gem by a Canadian designer Marjorie Hamilton. My vintage Hawaiian shirt collection is mostly in storage but this one managed to sneak into my main closet. Thank goodness because it was meant to be worn with these pants 🙂

OUTFIT DETAILS

ALDO agrerasen sunglasses – c/o
WASTED EFFORT copacabana earrings – c/o
NARS X ERDEM lip powder palette – c/o
MARJORIE HAMILTON vintage Hawaiian shirt – thrifted
VINTAGE straw bag – thrifted (similar here)
GUESS X ASAP ROCKY striped denim bell bottoms – c/o
ZARA platform sandals – c/o (similar here)

Thrifting For Labels

A funny thing happens when thrifting becomes a regular habit. When I was deep into the second hand world, I would frequent stores several times a week. I even had an Etsy shop which I’m considering reopening right on this blog! (Let me know if that’s of interest to anyone). The more I went, the more I would see the same labels over and over again to the point at which I started to develop favourites. Marjorie Hamilton became one of them and this flamboyant blouse just happens to be by her. Mr Jax (not to be confused with the Vanderpump Rules icky cast member) was another favourite label I came across repeatedly. Have you ever found vintage labels you seem to gravitate towards again and again?

photographs – Jesse Sand

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