10 Things That Amber Sandmoen-Vanee Loves

The owner of Dixie + Twine shares why she can’t live without Family Freezed popsicles, colourful notebooks or her turquoise cruiser bike.

photograph by Bree Johnson Photography

With her bold red lips and signature blue notebook in hand, Amber Sandmoen-Vanee brings a bit of colour everywhere she goes. She recalls a girl in high school snidely calling her “Rainbow Brite,” but that just fuelled the fire. Now, as the owner of Dixie + Twine (an online store that sells party supplies such as glittery confetti, witty banners and bright cupcake toppers), Sandmoen-Vanee brings life to parties, weddings, baby showers, birthdays and wherever else merriment ensues.

Here are 10 things she can’t live without:


Family Freezed Popsicles

I think we have upwards of 10 flavours in our freezer. I tried the root beer one at Stampede last year and I’ve been hooked ever since – it’s still my favourite.


Poppin Notebooks

When an idea pops into my head, I have to jot it down. These notebooks have beautiful, bright, vibrant colours. Between the house, my purse and our vehicles, I have at least 40, and I know what’s in each one.


Diner Deluxe in Aspen

This is my family’s spot for Sunday brunch, and the potato rosti is my favourite. There’s a huge play area for kids – any time you can go out with your kid and have three cups of hot coffee, it’s a good day.


Beverly Laurel Hotel

I love L.A., and I always stay at this super-cute boutique hotel in West Hollywood. It has a ’60s beach-club vibe all done in bright turquoise and yellow, complete with smiley-face-emoji pillows.


Prince’s Purple Rain on Vinyl

If I had to pick one musician to listen to forever and ever, it would be Prince. The nine songs on Purple Rain are like an emotional roller coaster. I scored a copy on vinyl from the Beatnik Bus. I was elated.


Ban.do “Forever Girl Gang” Sweatshirt

It’s the coziest thing I own, and it gets softer every time I wash it, which is good because we spend so many months a year in Calgary trying to be cozy.


My Electra Cruiser

I have a cute turquoise cruiser bike with purple accents and white wheels. It represents family time – my husband and I have ridden with our daughter along the paths downtown since she was old enough to wear a helmet.


Elizabeth Arden “Red Door” Lipstick

I looked high and low for the perfect red lipstick for years until I found it. I’ve always loved colour – especially red – and I think that everyone can wear red lipstick; it just has to be the right shade.


My iPhone 6

It’s attached to me at all times because I do everything on it: email, photography, photo editing and the Etsy app for my shop.


Anejo’s Fish Tacos

Seriously, I could live on them. The fish tacos at Anejo are like magic – they remind me of California in the summer.


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