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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STYLE | Housecoat in the Desert

STYLE | Housecoat in the Desert

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Housecoat in the Desert

The desert heat is known to make a person go crazy. The listlessness of a quiet desert sunset is enough to make me restless. Once its gone down, then what? The anticipation of the setting sun’s blazing colours is followed by the stillness of dusk. The restlessness that supersedes all the possibility of magic hour. The whirlwind of emotions reminds me of the frantic tones and mood of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A book I’ve never read and a film that has made me question the likeability of drugs. Wearing a housecoat in the desert creates the mood of a pill popping housewife who’s wandered off in her bathrobe. A classic trope. This is a style editorial where Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas meets Valley of the Dolls. If you haven’t seen either, add them to your list and then continue scrolling.

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OUTFIT DETAILS

RAY-BAN aviators – c/o Shopbop
TOM FORD roberto lipstick – c/o
VINTAGE housecoat – thrifted
ADORE ME olena bathing suit top – c/o
BIJOUX INDISCRETS maze x-harness – c/o
VINTAGE satin shorts – thrifted
ALDO cowboy ankle boots – c/o (similar here & here)

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Technicolor Dream World

If you don’t have a technicolor dream coat at your disposal, simply alter your photos to look otherworldly. I had this dream of looking like one of the aliens from Star Trek. It would be a perfect fit with the space themed playground we found on our travels. I simply added a green hue to photos to make it so. The colour explosion only enhanced the illusion of an acid trip gone wrong. As I continue to look at vibrant hued photographs, the more I want to indulge this colour crazed side of myself. This is one housecoat in the desert vibe I want to take with me wherever I go.

photographs – Jesse Sand

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STYLE | The Casa Grande Domes

STYLE | The Casa Grande Domes

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The Casa Grande Domes

Sometimes the universe conspires in positive ways. Like when my parents decided to stop at a garage sale that just happened to have the most fabulous coat ever. A coat that is unfitting for the desert climate. A coat that is just so perfect for a person like me: obsessed with the 60s, interested in cults, and a natural born peacock. Add this cult leader coat to the mystery that is the Casa Grande Domes. That is what I like to call the ultimate Pretty Secrets style editorial. My essence distilled to its most potent point. I liken it to the magic I felt when we shot Dressed in Black, another desert editorial I still love. So keep scrolling to find out more about The Casa Grande Domes and get more deets on my outfit.

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So Like, What Are The Casa Grande Domes?

The Casa Grande Domes have an interesting history. They were built in the early 80s as a computer manufacturing facility which never came to fruition. The acoustics within each cluster of domes sound so cacophonous it’s hard to imagine anyone manufacturing anything in there without going deaf. After that, it’s said that the next residents were local occult and witchcraft enthusiasts who used to the domes for satanic worship and rituals. From the many articles I have read about the Casa Grande Domes, there have been warnings about “the tunnels.” The majority have been filled in with the collapse of the eastern dome. Calling it a tunnel is a generous word. A more accurate word would be trough. The Domes are slated for demolition as per the order of city of Casa Grande.

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A Coat Fit For A Cult Leader

“I will start a fashion cult” was my first thought when I saw this coat in a text message from my mom as I frantically texted her back. My text read: “akjsfbdfjgbdkfjg BUY ITTTTT!!!!” This is everything I want in a coat. It’s made of a carpet like material. A carpet coat for Sandy Karpetz. The universe wants it to be! It has a pattern that is reminiscent of a velvet black light poster. These are the things in common with all of my favourite pieces of clothing.

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OUTFIT DETAILS

BAILEY’S OF HOLLYWOOD Renegade Hat – c/o
RAY-BAN aviators – c/o Shopbop
WASTED EFFORT copacabana earrings – c/o
TOM FORD roberto lipstick – c/o
VINTAGE carpet coat– c/o My Parents
H&M black t-shirt dress – c/o
ALDO cowboy ankle boots – c/o (similar here & here)

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The Casa Grande Domes

Despite the eeriness of the Casa Grande Domes, I will be sad to see them go. I wish someone would record an album in them. The acoustics are so strange and extra echoey. Calling all psych and chill wavey musicians: head to the desert fast! Would you ever go visit them?

photographs – Jesse Sand / Sandy Joe Karpetz

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