I Lived in a Haunted House | Fort Edmonton Park’s Firkins House

I Lived in a Haunted House | Fort Edmonton Park’s Firkins House

I Lived in a Haunted House | Fort Edmonton Park’s Firkins House

Halloween is a great time to bring up this little known fact about myself. I lived in a haunted house – The Fort Edmonton Park’s Firkins House to be specific. I loved to periodically pop by and visit it, sometimes I even document it in a style editorial. How did I live in a house that is located in a city park? Well, first of all, my family donated it in 1992 and it was carefully moved from the neighbourhood of Belgravia down to the nearby park.

Just a little baby Sandy watching her house getting plucked up and moved away.

The Stories

Our house has been featured in several publications and tv special. We have yet to be consulted for any of these features so my sister (founder of The Witchery) and I decided to take things into our own hands and tell our stories. First hand. From the people they actually happened to (us). I’ve made a YouTube video chronicling the most interesting tales from the Firkins House while we resided there in the company of a ghostly presence! My mom was so kind enough to surprise drop by that day and give us more details about the house we grew up in.

I Lived in a Haunted House

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my little piece of history in this house’s existence. If you enjoyed what you read and watched, please subscribe to my YouTube channel for more upcoming videos 🙂 . I would love to know if any of my readers have had any ghostly encounters? If so, please share your experiences in the comments below! I love a good spooky story to keep me up at night! 👻

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz / Audrey Karpetz

Many thanks to Fort Edmonton Park for having me over to revisit my childhood home! 

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It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe!

It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe!

It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe! | Smoky Lake Pumpkin Fair

Fall is upon us and with that comes one of my favourite annual spectacles: the Smoky Lake Pumpkin Fair! This was my third year attending and it did not disappoint. It was the 30th anniversary and boasted the heaviest pumpkin in the history of the festival! The pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 1884 lbs!!! But without further adieu, I present: It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe! Tune into the video above to get a vlog of the whole experience… right down to the infamous pumpkin drop!

A Real Sincere Pumpkin Patch

If this highlight reel didn’t sate the appetite for pumpkin related content, I suggest heading over to my Smoky Lake Pumpkin Festival post. There you can watch a few short clips of the infamous pumpkin drop, see some pumpkin spiced baked goods, and see me blending in with my camo wear. 🙂

It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe!

Thanks so much for joining me on yet another random road trip! It’s more than likely that I will be attending this fair next year – rain or shine, I’ll be there. In the meantime, if quirky road trips are an interest, check out my post and video about 5 weird places to visit in Arizona. Or my lengthy backlog list of travel articles I have been compiling over the years. As always, if you enjoyed this video and want to see me on the regular, subscribe to my YouTube channel – I appreciate each and every sub as I grow this new corner of my offbeat empire.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Oh hey there! Were you wondering How I Spent My Summer Vacation? Look no further than this quick little video of an accurate summation of my summer. There was a healthy dose of cold ramen from Tokiwa, my favourite place to get ramen in Edmonton. In fact, the only place I will ever go for ramen in Edmonton. There was ice cream, canola fields, the farmer’s market, and more! Even an opening of the new Aga Khan pavilion at the Devonian Botanical Gardens. There is no shortage of random outings (I even went to the waste management facility) in this summer highlight reel. I intended this to be a monthly vlog but it turned out that an entire summer fit into one. So there’s that. Anyway, keep scrolling to watch the video. 🙂

And All The Other Things I Did

I suppose it wouldn’t be fair to say this is *all* I did this summer. I also ran a 10K race with Lululemon. I went to the Stampede with GMC Canada, and camped in Kananaskis. I also went to Road Tripping to Gabriola Island where I unplugged for two whole glorious weeks. A vlog from that is yet to come! If you enjoy my videos, be sure to head on over to my YouTube channel to subscribe to be alerted when these videos are hot off the press 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

As soon as the OG Naked 1 was retired up popped Naked Cherry. While I’ve been a long time lover Urban Decay ever since I came across the brand while on my first trip to Europe. I had never been to a Sephora but stumbled upon one in Paris and thought I had found heaven. I bought one purpley blue eyeshadow and have been a fan ever since. History aside, I was stoked when I received this collection in the mail and couldn’t wait to give it a go. The shadows were quite pigmented and blended easily but rather than reading this I implore you to watch the video below to see my Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial in action. 🙂

The Naked Cherry Collection

Like most people who spend a great deal of their waking hours on the internet for their job, I have been absorbing all the opinions about this launch. This seems to be a very polarizing palette. People are either super stoked on the Naked Cherry or they’re not. Some complaints I read was that it was too similar to the Naked Heat palette, or at least in a similar colour family. There was also the complaint that there is not one classic “cherry” colour (ie BRIGHT RED) in the palette. I’d argue that not all cherries are maraschino and that most regular cherries are, in fact, are reminiscent of this palette. Semantics aside, I think this is a very fun palette that I’m happy to have added to my Naked family.

PRODUCTS USED

FACE
*GLOSSIER Priming Moisturizer
*IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer 
*TOM FORD Soleil Contouring Compact in Soleil Afterglow
*MAC COSMETICS Hyper Real Glow Highlighter Trio

EYES
*URBAN DECAY Naked Cherry Palette
*URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Market
*IT COSMETICS SuperHero Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
STILA Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in White (Discontinued)
*HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
*L’OREAL Lash Paradise Primer
*L’OREAL Lash Paradise Mascara

LIPS
*URBAN DECAY Naked Cherry Vice Lipstick in Juicy / Devilish / Cherry

BRUSHES
*L’OREAL Sponge
*BAREMINERALS Blooming Blush Brush
*IT COSMETICS Heavenly Luxe French Boutique Blush Brush
*IT COSMETICS Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush

* Indicate gifted product*

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

My overall review is that the shadows are very pigmented and blend lovely. Overall, it’s a lovely palette however, it is not an every day shadow story I will be turning to. With that in mind, I would recommend it if anyone is in the market for a pinky pop of colour as there’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers. If you enjoyed the video, head on over to my YouTube channel and subscribe for more updates like this. And be sure to check out my other posts and reviews in the Beauty Section of my blog! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Digging deep into the depths of my past to recreate a favourite Punk Makeup look beauty tutorial inspired by my favourite Live Journal – Punk Makeup. I stalked that page so regularly back in 2006. I never applied to be a member but this can be my application 12 years too late. Can we even begin to believe that I used to do my make up like this? Sometimes it even shocks me. What’s more shocking than that is, I kind of like the way it looks? Is Sandy Circa 2005-2006 coming back? I suppose time will only tell! In the meantime, please enjoy this YouTube tutorial and punk storytime re: Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial. Or keep scrolling for more hilarious photos I took with this outfit that still fit!!!! 🙂

PRODUCTS USED

SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer
HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
MAC COSMETICS Eyeshadow in Chrome Yellow
MAC COSMETICS Eyeshadow in Electric Eel
STILA Eyeshadow in Moonlight
DIORSHOW On Stage Liquid Eyeliner in Black Vinyl
MAC COSMETICS Blush in Pink Swoon
YVES SAINT LAURENT Mascara
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Blue Mascara
NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm
JIN SOON Cool Blue Polish

OUTFIT DETAILS

GBH band t shirt – my closet
RAZOR BLADE earrings – somewhere in NYC
WRANGLER vintage shorts – thrifted then DIY’d by me
TIFFANY & CO heart necklace – c/o my mom

Punk Make Up A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my walk down memory lane! I would love to know how many other people out there were part of an *alternative* scene which heavily involved makeup? Or even anyone who remembers New City for that matter! If you enjoyed this video, be sure to check out My Morning Skincare Routine to see what I do before applying buttloads of make up! JK my makeup is very conservative. If you are amused by my videos, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel. K thx bye 🙂

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Easy Every Day Makeup Look with Urban Decay’s Beached Palette

Easy Every Day Makeup Look with Urban Decay’s Beached Palette

Easy Every Day Makeup Look with Urban Decay’s Beached Palette

Beach, please! Join me while I create an easy every day makeup look with Urban Decay’s Beached palette. I promise you that this is such an easy tutorial, you don’t even need me to talk you through it, and I don’t! Enjoy the sounds of the ocean while I apply my makeup. I do, however, give my opinion on the new mascara from NARS called… wait for it…. Climax. If you’re hip to the beauty jive, I’m sure this isn’t the first you’ve heard of this scandalously named recent launch. In addition to that, there is also a cameo of a peach scented blush from the L’Oreal Paris Paradise Enchanted Collection. The entire collection is peach scented! Keep scrolling for the full product details. 🙂

Want more beauty posts? Check out my Urban Decay Moondust post. Or NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers review video.

Thanks so much for watching! If you enjoyed it, subscribe to my channel and be updated on all my latest videos 🙂

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