Saturday, November 30, 2013

VLOG | November 24, 2013

In this vlog I show you how winter has hit Ottawa big time, hit the gym & go to breakfast with Marco.  I shop for snowboard boots and go to St. Hubert.

Watch my previous vlogs:
* Saturday, November 23, 2013

Watch all my videos on my YouTube channel.  If you're new to YouTube or don't want to fuss in it without understanding what my channel is about, click over to my channel trailer to get a glimpse in under a minute!

VLOG | November 23, 2013

In this diary of my day (ie. vlog) I visit my grandparent's seniors residence for a bazaar, get my hair coloured, do some shopping at Place d'Orleans & go out on a double date.  Thanks for watching! xo

See the previous day HERE.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Hello from Mont Tremblant!

Hello from Mont Tremblant!

Sorry for the radio silence for the past couple days, things got busy and I needed a bit of a break, to be honest.  The good news is, holidays are here.  Marco and I are taking a mini three-day vacation to the little ski village in Quebec to relax, ski (him) / snowboard (me) & spend some QT together.

We ended up getting a late start today, ran errands, did some Black Friday shopping and eventually hit the road to get here in the late afternoon.  We checked in and our one-bedroom suite is really cute and has a cottage feel to it.  We have a balcony and are super close to all the little shops and restaurants.  We went for dinner tonight at Le Forge for burgers & chilli while we sat looking out at the mountain.

Tomorrow we plan on hitting the slopes so I'm hoping for some mild weather because we are both big wimps when it comes to the cold!  I have been vlogging since we left so I'll have a video recap of our weekend once we're back.

Have a great weekend!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Friday work attire, once I got home.
Outfit deets:  Stitches lace top, Smart Set tank underneath, Parasuco denim, Dynamite blazer, Aldo boots & Expressions by The Bay necklace (still available!).

Friday night dinner for one:  grilled zucchini, red onion, parsnips & brussel sprouts (what, am I 80?!).

Party time!
Went to a house-warming party on Friday night with Marco and friends.  Note the cookies?  I made the cookies.

Saturday morning I visited my grandparent's senior residence to check out the bazaar and visit with family--and my four month old nephew--quickly before…

 …heading off to my hair appointment.

Afterwards, I headed to Place d'Orleans to finish my shopping for my next video.  I purchased some sweet shoes from Aldo and passed on this glittery gold dress from Smart Set (on sale for $49 right now!).

Sunday morning gym sesh--Marco snapped this photo totally guerrilla stylez but I like it :P  I was doing a new reverse crunch he taught me with a weight between my feet--so nervous it was going to fall on me!

Annnd then we killed our workout with the healthiest of breakfasts at our fave (bar & grill) spot.

Afterwards, we did some shopping and I tried on numerous pairs of snowboard boots in search of, the ones.

And finally, I spent the evening editing all the vlogging I did this past weekend.  Stay tuned for video recaps from Saturday & Sunday.


VLOG | November 22, 2013

I'm back to vlogging, finally!  I haven't vlogged in quite some time, not sure why, just fell out of it but this weekend I did it up real big, vlog styles.  I decided to split the full weekend into three separate vlogs to keep them shorter and sweeter ;) (versus one 25 minute long vlog).  So stay tuned for Saturday and Sunday vlogs.

In this vlog I lighten/bleach my eye brows, make chocolate chip cookies & attend a housewarming party.  

Thanks for watching! xo


Sunday, November 24, 2013

New Shoes | Aldo 'Baulch'

Aldo, Baulch  $90  sale $59.98

New shoes that I picked up a couple weeks ago when they were an additional 25% off the price they are now.  Sorry, they didn't arrive in the mail in time to share the discount but they are still a great price.  I love the straight edge heel, the fact that it's not too high and the pointy toe is not too long.  As an added bonus, they are pretty comfy and easy to walk in.  They definitely fit true to size.  Happy shopping!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Are you new to YouTube?

I have been on YouTube for just over a year with my Place d'Orleans gig and my own channel, but only in the past six months or so have I really started catching up with my channel.  Since I don't have a tv, YouTube has become a bit source of entertainment.  I subscribe to numerous fashion, beauty and daily vloggers and after a long day, love getting into bed with my iPad to catch up with them.

If you're new to YouTube, and thought it was only a source for viewing hilarious cat videos, you're missing out--that said, those cat videos are hilarious.

YouTube offers a free platform to learn about new ways to do your hair, apply make-up, and see how others wear a certain trend.  Not sure how to wear faux leather leggings?  YouTube it!  Want to learn how to throw a bridal shower Pinterest-style?  YouTube it!  I could go on and on.

So with that said, I recently created a channel trailer, similar to what you would see as a teaser to a movie, here's a glimpse into what my channel is all about.

Thanks for watching! xo

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Talking Christmas Party Attire & A Mid-Week Hello

Outfit deets: 
* Forever 21 jacket (last year) which you've seen with pastel skinnies & also with a different pastel and neon all at once (which I ended up really liking as a combo).
* Dynamite top (last year).

How is everyone's week going?  We're halfway to the weekend so that's always pleasant and today, after a car appointment, I will be heading to the mall to start my shopping for my next video.  I'll be showcasing some holiday looks, so I'm hoping to have some luck tonight.  

I love shopping for holiday parties and am hoping to get the chance to wear the special dress I purchased last year--the same one I wore for the PDO Christmas Campaign photoshoot--and never got to rock.  Sequins, black & gold scream festive if anything but.  At this point, I have no Christmas party to attend, but I suppose that could change.  What about yourself?  And, have you chosen what to wear yet?

See you tomorrow!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

HAUL | Vero Moda, Mexx, H&M, Joe Fresh & Old Navy

Despite being on a self-imposed shopping ban, I have picked up a few items in the past two weeks that were super on sale (and some still available).  Thanks for watching!

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Mexx sweater 
(regular $130, I paid $13!)


Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Friday night I made Epic Fish Tacos for Marco, as a surprise, and greeted him at the door with a bottle of beer, which went over really well.  The dinner turned out really well and I made everything from scratch--well, except the tortillas.

Saturday morning was brunch with my family and some shopping.  Later on though, we went out for Sri Lankan food--a first for me--with Marco's best girl friend.
Outfit deets:  Dynamite jacket (old), American Apparel leather-look leggings, Aldo cross-body / clutch, Ardene shoes & Joe Fresh circle scarf.

After dinner, the three of us headed to a friend's place for a UFC watching party which involved tons of food, an impromptu game of limbo that was caught on video (notice I am the limbo stick), beer, swapping specs & of course, UFC.

Sunday morning I slept in big time and took a slow start to the day.  I went to the gym…

…and then out to breakfast with my main squeeze.

I sent Sunday afternoon doing a bit of shopping but the evening was uber quiet and relaxing and chilling with this furry friend #eveyabish

Sunday evening chicken fajitas (we love Mexican food!).


Friday, November 15, 2013

A.Co est. 1984 Style Consulting | Hire Me

I'm very excited to finally share with you what I've been keeping for all these months: I have started up my Style Consulting business, in Ottawa. 

I have been working with clients and am excited to share with you a variety of packages and options to help you maneuver your closet, put outfits together for day-to-day life or special occassions, personal shopping and in general, help you get dressed.

Helping people look and feel good is a passion of mine; I get excited to help others shop and find pieces for their wardrobe--almost as if I'm shopping for myself. I love how simply looking put together can help a world of a difference in feeling great.

I want to help you feel great.

If you're not sure where to start, I have a few different packages to choose from, if you're interested...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Warm Sweater & Fingerless Gloves

Outfit deets:
* Seduction jeans (old) which you've seen with a black oxford and wedges.
* Spring boots (from last year) which I've worn to death and refuse to give up because (1) they are so comfy, (2) totally my style, and (3) hidden wedge with an option to wear the boot shaft up or rolled down like seen here.  Love love love them--they were my go-to last winter every weekend.  Get a better look at them this time last year not folded down with magenta skinnies.
* Accessories:  Garage fingerless gloves (new!), Spring headband (new!) & Aeropostale circle scarf (new!).

It's almost Friday, it's almost the weekend!  Picture me singing that because I'm so excited to sleep in and do whatever I want for a couple days in a row.  

I stopped by H&M tonight and was seriously disappointed the Isabel Marant for H&M collection is apparently not coming to Ottawa.  What?  Dislike.  That said, I meandered around and tried on six things and walked away with something I was actually looking for: a snug, black dress with sleeves.  I pinned a picture recently of an inspiring photo and found an almost identical dress--for $15  (hello)  so naturally I bought it.  

Normally I don't go for tight, tight, tight, but this was an exception and inexpensive so less guilt.  I can't find the actual dress on the H&M website but it also comes in navy (they didn't have my size or she would have come home with me too) and orange. 

And in other news, these photos were taken during filming of my most recent video, Bundling Up (for winter).  Some of the pictures came out so I thought I'd share them on here as an outfit post--why not.  


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How to Layer | Three Different Ways

Layer your dresses:
For look #1, I grabbed two dresses from my closet, this recently purchased colour-blocked navy/cobalt dress from Smart Set & a charcoal turtleneck sweater dress.  I layered the warm knit under the boxy shift for interest and warmth.  I threw on a faux leather blazer and my trusty Aldo wedge boots to finish off the look.
If you want to take your layering one step further, try a pair of patterned tights over your opaque ones.  Both my pairs are black but you could get creative with different shades if you wanted a less subtle effect.

Pair something casual with something dressy:
For look #2 I grabbed this Le Chateau silk blouse and paired it with a chunky, short-sleeved cardigan I've had for a while in my closet.  I always felt this sweater could only be worn casually but I've taken this look to office appropriate with the heels and jewelery.

Layer your accessories:
Stay warm and look chic in look #3 where I'm pairing my new fingerless gloves from Garage, layered over a pair of regular gloves.  This would work with mitts as well; feel free to mix in some colour to offer dimension & interest.  Not only does this look cool, it adds extra warmth in the winter.

* This post is sponsored by Place d'Orleans, the mall I vlog for.  As always, thanks for reading & for supporting my sponsors!  Be sure to check out the Place d'Orleans Facebook page for more information & promotions happening within the mall.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

On Friday night I headed out to my parent's place to celebrate my brother-in-law's 30th birthday.  Obviously I had to get a pic with this little girl.

Saturday morning breakfast out after hitting the gym.

On Saturday afternoon I did a little shopping and ran some errands and it snowed.  No joke.  I kid you not.  I wish I was.  Snow.  Ick.

Outfit deets:  Banana Republic dress (old), Report Signature shoes (old), Givenchy nude fishnets & Aldo clutch (old).

On Saturday night, my Grandfather invited Marco and I to a special dinner for his lodge.  It was held at a conference facility, so think banquet style for dinner and a DJ for dancing later. It was a group of about 100 and a really nice meal and evening with them.  And, there were prizes for ladies only and while every woman won a prize--mine was a super soft micro fleece blanket--I won a second prize, a $50 gift card to The Keg--so exciting!

On our way home, we stopped by a house-warming party for a friend and indulged in amazing food and wine.  I snapped this shot at the end of the night when I was back in my jacket (which is vintage and thrifted a couple years ago).

Sunday morning gym sesh; I don't normally wear long sleeves except when I (1) need to do laundry or (2) want to cover up a bit--note the short shorts and super fair skin?  Someone needs a spray tan… someone is also being a little lazy lately.

I spent Sunday afternoon working with a client.  We did a closet purge and styled over 20 outfits.  Then we went shopping to help build her wardrobe with pieces she needed.  
Outfit deets:  Mexx cardigan (old), Winners top, Urban Planet leggings (new!) & Aldo boots.

I had Monday off for Remembrance Day and went to the gym in the morning and came home and had some breakfast.  Later I used what I had in my fridge to make some lunch: spinach with a maple balsamic dressing and grilled veggies (peppers, red onion & sweet potato).  I lounged around and eventually got ready as I had a couple errands to run but was feeling crummy.  I went out and just started to feel worse and was home within two hours of leaving.  

On my way home, I quickly grabbed some groceries and made fajitas for myself for dinner.  I devoured them and got in bed for 8:30pm feeling pretty terrible. 

And the video I filmed last weekend has gone live and it's all about bundling up for winter so if you haven't seen it, go check it out HERE.

Happy Tuesday!

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