Edmonton Ice Castle

Edmonton Ice Castle

Edmonton Ice Castle

Hellooooooo ice. Here’s me at the Edmonton Ice Castle looking like a 60s girl group member meets 90s skater. And I’m into that. The jacket I found last winter while thrifting. When it comes to vintage coats, I gravitate towards anything quilted. This shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve been hanging around here for a while. Anyway, here are some frosty photos of me. Check out info on the castle here. For more vintage coat work, check out Thrifted Winter Coats.

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The 2019 Blooper Reel

The 2019 Blooper Reel

The 2019 Blooper Reel

Every year, my extra special gift to TPS readers are the outtakes. The hideous photos of myself that get dropped into a folder of photographic blunders that should be forgotten by the sands of time. Originally, they had been tucked away until a few years ago when I decided to make an annual post showcasing them. If you can’t laugh at yourself, what fun is life? With that said, here’s the 2019 Blooper Reel to ease you into the new decade. I’ve also linked the original post under each photo should you fancy seeing how the good photos turned out. 🙂

Making Weird Faces

This is standard fare for my blooper reel. Whenever I feel uncomfortable (which is most of the time) I tend to pull faces. And boy are they faces only a mother could love. Here’s a few photos of me not taking myself too seriously.

 

the actual instagram post

Hand Me the Camera

Sometimes I move too quickly during a photoshoot. That’s when I’m gifted a few candid shots of myself reaching for the camera. Usually, I’m making a disgruntled face that’s probably a good reflection of my essence. Here’s a few of those.

Eyes Wide Shut

What’s a blooper reel without a few photos of my eyes 100% or nearly closed, like I’m falling asleep on the job. Or perhaps I’ve had one too many. These drowsy shots are always plentiful in my line of work.

Giving Great Directions

I love to give directions when it comes to getting my photo taken. I’ve been art directing my little corner of the internet for 10 years which sometimes leads to giving wild hand gestures to indicate exactly what I want and where I want it. It’s as if I’ve developed my own language that no one else can understand. 

The Classic Sandy Face

Would this be an authentic Sandy Joe blooper reel without me sticking out my tongue like a child? The answer is no. Keep scrolling to see me acting like a brat for 1 year straight.

 

Strike A Pose

Finally, not every pose I make is going to be a hit. In fact, 90% of the poses are complete awkward garbage. Or I’m caught in the middle of moving and look bizarre. Here are some prime examples of this.

The actual Instagram Post

The 2019 Blooper Reel

With that, I conclude the 2019 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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What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

It’s still summer-y weather we said. We don’t need gloves because we’re going south we said. DAMN IT’S KIND OF COLD we said when we finally arrived in the mountainous Yellowstone. Let my mistakes be your guide as to what to wear to Yellowstone in Fall! I did pack a few smart pieces, but overall there were many blind spots. In addition to that, here’s my tips on what 10 Things to Bring on Your Next Road Trip. I even discuss “weather appropriate clothing” in it. I can’t always listen to my best advice I suppose. 

RAIN GEAR

Depending on where in the park you are, the elevation differs greatly. It could be raining in one spot and then snowing giant fluffy flakes at the Artist Point (see below). What I cannot stress enough is BRING A RAIN JACKET! I was so thrilled to have packed my handy dandy Burton jacket. (As seen previously in my Rainy Days with Burton post) Not only did it serve to break the wind, I also stayed a lot dryer had I just worn my puffer. The thing about Yellowstone is that it’s home to one of the largest population of thermal features. That’s A LOT of moisture in the air regardless of the time of year. Umbrellas are pretty dope too but can be a nuisance when navigating the narrow paths with other tourist traffic. From what I can gather, there is no time of year when Yellowstone isn’t busy.

WHAT I WORE

LULULEMON black hat – c/o  (similar here)
BURTON rain jacket c/o (similar here)
LULULEMON  align leggings – c/o (my FAVOURITE leggings)
LULULEMON  light speed socks (I bought this a year ago and I love that they don’t slip down into my shoes!)
ALLBIRDS  tree runners – c/o

WHAT JESSE WORE

K WAY rain jacket – thrifted
LULULEMON   joggers – c/o
LA SPORTIVA wildcat trail runners

WINTER LAYERS

Fortunately, we did bring puffer jackets a la Lululemon, but we didn’t even consider bringing winter accessories. Big Mistake. HUGE. If I could do it over again I would have also included on this list:

  • winter boots and warmer socks!
  • a toque!!! Who doesn’t bring a toque?! (me, that’s who)
  • some sort of a neck warmer / scarf
  • MITTENS!!!!!! my hands were cold and chapped the whole time
WHAT JESSE WORE

LULULEMON navigation down jacket – c/o
BAILEY OF HOLLYWOOD thrifted hat
LULULEMON   joggers – c/o
LULULEMON Metal Vent Tech Long Sleeve 2.0 – c/o
LA SPORTIVA  wildcat trail runners 

WHAT I WORE

LULULEMON black hat – c/o  (similar here)
QUAY high key sunglasses c/o (similar here)
LULULEMON crop top c/o (this specific one is sold out, but here’s a very similar one)
LULULEMON  align leggings – c/o 
LULULEMON  puffer jacket – c/o (this one is many years old but here’s a similar style)
ALLBIRDS  tree runners – c/o

HELLO SUN!

It is possible the sun may make an appearance. Because of that, I suggest a pair of sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and…. a bathing suit. You may be saying “but Sandy, it’s autumn…. who needs a bathing suit!?” and the answer is me. One of my biggest regrets from the trip was not factoring in enough time to visit the Boiling River. By the North Entrance of the park in between Gardiner and Mammoth is a natural hot spring on the river. It has a parking lot and a path to it, but aside from that it appeared mostly undeveloped. I love a proper natural hot spring moment!!!

What to Wear to Yellowstone in Fall

The last thing I want to implore anyone to take on a road trip is a PowerStation Xtreme Boost Lithium battery. What is that you’re wondering? It’s a tiny phone sized battery that has attachments to jump a car. So if you’re on a lonely road, you need not wait for some stranger to possibly help you. We accidentally killed our battery one day and this came in handy! It’s good for at least 2 jumps before it needs another charging and can also charge your phone in a pinch! I bought mine at Costco.

And that’s the that on that! More Yellowstone posts are forthcoming if you’re curious about where we went, what we ate, and where we stayed. Spoiler alert: we stayed at the Round Up and it was a 60s neon dream. The neon sign was probably the best part of it. I digress, thanks so much for stopping by! If you want more travel related posts, check out my On The Road section or my YouTube Channel. 🙂

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz / Jesse Sand

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Thrifted Winter Coats

Thrifted Winter Coats

Thrifted Winter Coats

The snow always arrives sooner than I’m prepared for it. The first sight of snow is always wondrous and magical… until I realize the consequences. Now the season of layering clothing begins! Instead of settling for a black parka, I have made it my personal mission to approach winter with COLOUR and PATTERNS! Thrifted winter coats can be a real feast for one’s eyes. With the immense selection of winter coats (all year round!) at Value Village, I have built up a wardrobe of show stopping coats at an affordable price. Here are three of my absolute favourites that I’ve scored at Value Village over the years.

THE OVERSIZED PLAID

What this coat lacks in warmth, it makes up for in layering capabilities. Since it’s so oversized, I can load up on layers underneath. I love wearing plain basics with this coat as it allows the loud print to be the focal point. It’s also United Colors of Benetton which is a label I was thrilled to find while thrifting! Just goes to show, you never know what treasures can be uncovered in the coat section of Value Village! 

THE STRIPE SPOTTER

The thrill I felt when I found this classic Hudson’s Bay coat at a Value Village during a 50% off sale is indescribable. It was a true “start the car moment” if I’ve ever had one. Not only is the blanket coat an iconic piece, but the actual cut of it is PERFECTION for me. I love that it’s a wrap and has a detachable hood. Since this is akin to wearing a blanket, it’s perfect for brisk Canadian winters. 

THE PSYCHEDELIC DUSTER

On of my winter mantras goes a little something like this: the longer, the better. Would I have bought this jacket even if it hadn’t been a duster? Absolutely. Am I stoked that it just happened to be the perfect combination of length and loud pattern? Most certainly. With the windchill lowering temperatures, I love having leg coverage. It’s a bonus that this specific leg coverage just happens to be made of the coolest fabric known to humankind. Every time I wear this jacket out, people stop me in the streets to compliment it. When you find such a distinct piece when thrifting at Value Village, it must be bought. Since this coat is also very eye catching, I love pairing it with subdued separates. 

Thrifted Winter Coats

With all that said, I truly think that thrifted winter coats are a great way to have unique style during the colder months. Expressing personal style while reducing my carbon footprint is a win/win in my books. Because of that, I will continue to make Value Village my first stop when looking for winter outerwear. 

For other thrifted clothing ideas, check out my Thrifted Halloween Costumes and Back to School Thrifting posts.

This post is sponsored by Value Village. All opinions on this blog are my own.

 

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A Jumpsuit in the Arizona Desert

A Jumpsuit in the Arizona Desert

A Jumpsuit in the Arizona Desert

It should come as no surprise that while I was staying in a tiki bus at The Shady Dell, I had to take advantage of the scenery. It’s not often that I’m surrounded by a collection of exquisite specimens of antique trailers. Bisbee, Arizona really lends itself to western wear infused outfits. I thrifted this jumpsuit in Casa Grande and it became a staple on my trip. It’s not hard to imagine why a jumpsuit in the Arizona desert is a great choice. It’s roomy enough to not overheat during the day, yet long enough to provide coverage in the cooler evenings. I for one prefer to wear a loose long sleeved something during the day in the AZ sun. It protects me from the harsh rays of the soleil. My go-to is usually a army surplus camo jacket. (For reference check out Road to Nowhere or The Saguaro Park)

OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD black hat – c/o (similar here)
ALDO gemstone sunglasses c/o (similar here)
ALDO rearka earrings – c/o 
THRIFTED  striped jumpsuit
THRIFTED  white western belt
VINTAGE  woven handbag
ALDO  drerissa boots – c/o 

A Western Elton John

The more I look at these photos, the more I get a western Elton John vibe. Perhaps it is the sunglasses! With that said, I do share a birthday with Elton John, so the correlation makes even more sense. When wearing a jumpsuit in the Arizona desert, it’s impossible for me to not add a touch of western flare to it too. Now I can’t wait to go back to AZ. 

photographs – Jesse Sand

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Thrifted Halloween Costumes

Thrifted Halloween Costumes

Thrifted Halloween Costumes

Unlike some people, I am always a last minute shopper when it comes to Halloween. Whether I’m Lucy from Peanuts, Nancy Drew, or any number of characters from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the outfits come together on the 11th hour. If this seems stress inducing, I promise it’s not. Especially when my thrifted Halloween costumes are bought from Value Village. My best looks are always thrifted after all. They’re always one-of-a-kind and end up being some of my favourite pieces in my normal wardrobe. This year I was feeling inspired by music and decided to create three easy Halloween looks based on different genres. All three looks include pieces that I see time and time again when I’m on my usual thrifting hunt at Value Village.

COUNTRY & WESTERN

Square dancing outfits are ripe with possibilities. They also appear in the dress racks on a semi regular basis; my collection of square dancing frocks is a testament to this. Have I ever square danced in my life? No, but that’s beside the point. Whether you’re a fan of Kacey Musgraves or a true blue Dolly Parton fan, picking the country & western music genre is an easy and fun way to dress up for Halloween. Plus the cowboy boots are a staple for any closet! Can’t find a square dancing dress? No problem! When it comes to this costume, it’s the accessories that truly make it! 

COSTUME ESSENTIALS

  • cowboy boots
  • cowboy hat
  • bandana
  • western style belt

DISCO DOLL

Channel the ghost of Studio 54 into a disco inspired costume. Disco may have had a short run as a popular musical genre but the clothing was without a doubt fabulous. It’s all about being the shiniest haze of glitter. I was overjoyed to find this silver lamé romper while thrifting and it inspired the entire look. Lamé anything is disco incarnate. Achieving this look requires finding items that remind you of a disco ball. It’s very simple! And add a platform heel for some 70s authenticity.

COSTUME ESSENTIALS

  • silver or gold everything
  • rhinestones galore
  • platform shoes 
  • statement earrings

PUNKKKKKKKKK

Now this particular costume is all about revisiting my old roots. As a teenager, I dabbled in this look as my everyday wear. Fortunately my sartorial choices have matured (somewhat) and I’m able to deem this as a “costume” now. Value Village is a treasure trove for old band t shirts and plaid skirts which is truly the staple of this look. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, cutting the sleeves off a jean jacket and spraying bleach all over it will give this costume a genuine punk detail. And what’s a punk costume without a little DIY magic? The whole genre is based on that aesthetic! Also a few artfully placed safety pins are always a good idea.

COSTUME ESSENTIALS

  • PLAID!
  • What’s a punk without some studs?
  • distressed + bleached denim
  • motorcycle or doc boots
  • a band t shirt

Thrifted Halloween Costumes

Halloween is a time to enable our inner child and what better way to do so than dressing up as your favourite musical genre? Whether it be a groovy garage rock foxy lady from the 60s or a teeny bopper pop princess from the 80s, your imagination is the limit! And when it comes to searching for the essential pieces, thrifted Halloween costumes are easy to put together when you shop at Value Village! It’s the best place to find one-of-a-kind pieces that will make for a show stopping costume. I think these outfits speak for themselves. 😎

Photographs – Jesse Sand

This post is sponsored by Value Village. All opinions on this blog are my own.

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