FRIDAY FINDS

Friday, January 20, 2017



MARC JACOBS WALLET (SIMILAR)

TGIF!!  Yaaasss, we made it!  I'm so pumped for the weekend, I'm planning to take a trip to the post office to finally pick up a few items that have been waiting for about a month including these jeans & this sweater.  Stay tuned for outfits with those!  

The photo above is from lunch last week with a girlfriend, we hit up the new Pi-Rho Grill and it was amazing!  I'd never eaten there before and their mantra is 'farm to fork' and everything is fresh and delicious.  They specialize in bowls, and you can do vegetarian or pick from a variety of meats.  I can't wait to go back and enjoy another bowl.

Hope you have a great weekend and here are some fun links from around the web...




Eyeing this swimsuit for vacation (also love this coverup).

100 years of brows.




This weekend in Ottawa:  Winter Night Market.


Hilarious impressions by Jamie Foxx (Marco and I were busting a gut!).


What to do if you don't feel like watching Trump's inauguration.

The best bras for small chested women.




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WEEKEND CASUAL PARKA OUTFIT

Thursday, January 19, 2017


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  SANDOVA HAT (SIMILAR, BUDGET FRIENDLY)  |  PARKA FROM ITALY (SIMILAR, SIMILAR)  |  LONG SLEEVE THERMAL  |  CALIMAR FINGERLESS GLOVES (SIMILAR, DIFFERENT COLOUR BUT IDENTICAL)  |  DISTRESSED DENIM (SAME WASH, NOT DISTRESSED)  |  BOOTS  |  BAG

Hey ladies, today I'm sharing a classic weekend look for me, but a couple of ways I add pieces into a jeans-and-tee combo to elevate it.  I love dressing down on the weekends, and you'll almost always find me in flats during the day, out running errands, meeting with friends or grabbing a bite with Marco.  

I've had these Dr. Martens for a year now (got them during my trip to Tampa this time last year) and love them.  I am trying not to wear them too much in the snow right now, because I don't want to ruin them--and honestly, the grip on the bottom isn't really for snowy weather anyway.  That said, if you're going to jump on the Doc wagon, I have two small tips on how I like to wear them: Don't lace them all the way up & leave the laces undone; it gives an edgier, cool-girl vibe.

One other way to add interest: fingerless gloves--I like the black on black look, it blends into the coat but also adds a bit of style (and warmth) to an otherwise easy outfit.  And as my Grammy says, 'You can still text!'.  


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LAYERING WITH NEUTRALS + 5 TIPS

Wednesday, January 18, 2017



O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  BELL SLEEVE SWEATER (SIMILAR, BUDGET FRIENDLY)  |  CHUNKY SCARF -- OLD (SIMILAR)  |  F21 BAR CHOKER (SIMILAR)  |  SUEDE MOTO JACKET  |  DENIM (BUDGET FRIENDLY)  |  ALDO BOOTS -- OLD (SIMILAR, SIMILAR)  |  CELINE BAG

Happy hump day, girls, how is your week going?  

I definitely felt down on Monday, only to realize the next day, it was Blue Monday!  That day is legit.  I had completely forgotten, but I seriously felt like I got up on the wrong side of the bed.  I was in a mood all day, and couldn't shake it until I got home from work, and the gym and got into some video editing--which is usually my happy place.  

I wanted to share this look today because layering and how-to is something that came up several times in the Reader Survey--and I will do a full post dedicated to that later this week, answering specific comments you girls sent in--thank you.


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WEEKEND RECAP: IPHONE SNAPS

Monday, January 16, 2017



Good morning!  How was your weekend?  I was sharing a ton on IG stories and Snapchat--acoest1984--so if you follow along, you pretty much know everything I'm about to share, but let's jump into it anyway!

On Friday night we drove up to Tremblant to spend the night.  It's about a two hour drive, so it's nice to get that out of the way and then relax until we ski in the morning.  We headed up shortly after the dinner hour and our friend Pete came along with us.



READER SURVEY | LET'S IMPROVE TOGETHER

Saturday, January 14, 2017



Happy weekend!  

One of my favourite things about the weekend is sleeping in.  If I could sleep in everyday, I would.  Not till a ridiculous hour, just till 9am or 10am... okay, maybe 11am every now and again.  I love to slowly get up, make a coffee and tuck into my favourite YouTube channels or read my favourite blogs.  Just savour that quiet morning, in my house coat and relax.  Then I'll usually dive into some work and create content for the blog before heading out for the day.

That said, lately I've been feeling a little blah, and after digging a little deeper, I'm feel like I don't really know what you girls want to see here.  I love sharing snaps of my life, outfits and fun stuff like that, but sometimes it's hard to know exactly what you're looking for without asking.

This month marks A.Co est. 1984's seventh year and there have been a lot of changes.  When I started blogging, it was about fashion, then it moved towards a more personal aspect of my life, keeping the fashion but adding more lifestyle.  I had always wanted to bring back the fashion side, and do feel like I've accomplished that since last April by bringing on a photographer.  I know you guys love the outfits too, but also love the personal insights into everyday real life. Admittedly, I had started to shy away from getting too personal as this space has grown because... well, sometimes people aren't the kindest and it can be hard to know where to draw the line.

We all know Instagram is a huge highlight reel of everyone's life, and I feel way more connected to you on here and Snapchat, simply because I can put words to the photos or get real with you when I'm cleaning my embarrassingly messy closet, or just hanging out without make-up on (but seriously, thank gawd for those filters).

Ultimately, I wanted to ask you what you want to see on the blog.  You're the ones that keep me going and blogging wouldn't be half the fun if I didn't have you, my online friends, to connect and chat with.  I'm hoping hearing your comments, suggestions and opinions will help spark the excitement back into me.  I want this to be a space you love to come check out each morning with your coffee, or  scroll through when you get a quick afternoon break.

If that's something that interests you, I'd love for you to fill out the survey below (linked here) and I look forward to reading your feedback and creating some brand new, awesome content for 2017!


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