Friday, January 31, 2014

A Look Back at January

January has come and gone and I'm so pleased because it's the longest, coldest and most depressing month of the year!  We've had no exception here in Ottawa either, we've been averaging temps of -30C (sometimes worse) on the daily and it's awful.  One month closer to summer?  I'm in.

In January I rang in the new year with Marco and friends with some sparkly photo props.  I worked out every weekend, set some resolutions, got a pedicure with Sarah and bought some new shoes.

I had an impromptu date night--and had two margaritas--with my boo, wore non-snow boots for once since it was damn cold but at least it was dry, and threw a baby shower for my best friend.

I went to Izakaya, which wasn't so great, enjoyed the view from my apartment and shared my everyday make up.  I was chosen to be a Style Ambassador for Clearly Contacts (I promise, more is coming on this), did some damage at Marshalls scoring several new workout clothes, tried out matte nail polish and celebrated my Grammy's birthday.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sheer Sleeve Tops

Outfit deets:
* Vero Moda top which you've seen with sequin shorts.
* H&M pants (old) which you've seen with wedges in an older but favourite post and slightly more recently in a good ol' selfie post.
* LA Shoe Republic heels which you've seen with a floral dress + blazer combo and you can find the link details to purchase HERE.
* Accessories: H&M necklace & midi rings & various bangles

Happy Thursday!  Oh happy day!  Some exciting things are in the works, and I'm totally going to be all secretive about it, but it's happy personal life changes that I will share soon, so stay tuned.

In other realms, I've had a really nice week, productive and busy.  I had several errands to run on Monday evening and then put myself in bed, asleep by 11pm--which is so rare (I love staying up late, which is horrible because I have to get up early; anyone else with me?).  Tuesday I had a styling client where we worked in her closet and styled over 20 outfits, which was a great success.  Finally, last night, a few more errands, a business dinner meeting and then got my hands on some quality time with my man.

This weekend doesn't look like it will be slowing down either with a birthday dinner, a baby shower and video editing in between.

Hope you are having a super week and jeans-day tomorrow!  C'mon weekend!

Photos by Serena Rivard.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Gluten-Free, Vegan, Coconut Banana Bites

Do you guys remember those banana-coconut snakaroos I picked up at Marshalls a few weekends ago?  Well, they were amazing, but that small bag was seriously $9, which was a lot crazy, but I was feeling frivolous.

Fast forward two more trips to Marshalls and my mouth was watering for them again but I wouldn't let myself splurge.  Instead, I picked up a few missing ingredients and attempted to make them the other night.  And guess what:  amazeballs.  Yep.  A-maze.  Balls.  Or, bites.  Either way, here's how I did it:

* 1 banana  preferably super ripe, but mine wasn't
* 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
* 1/3 cup rolled oats
* 4 tbsp coconut oil
* 2 tbsp chia seeds  optional
* 3/4 scoop chocolate protein powder  optional

Make it:
Mash it all together with a fork.  If it's too dry, add some coconut oil.  If it's too wet, add some coconut and/or oats.  

Once you get a sticky, yet thick consistency--I seriously eye balled all the ingredients so my measurements are estimates--use your hands and make bite size balls.

More like two-bite, sized balls.

Eat immediately or refrigerate and share with friends who appreciate healthy snacks that don't taste healthy.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Friday night dinner out with my boo.  We grabbed some Vietnamese an impromptu Vietnamese dinner at Ox Head.

I picked up one of these wallflowers plugs from Bath & Body Works after work on Friday because while I love lighting candles almost nightly when I'm at home, I want the place to smell great to come home to.  I picked up two bulbs in a spiced pumpkin scent (can't remember the actual name) that were on sale for $3 each, and allhough this plug is chic enough to be out on display, where my plug is, it's hidden. 

Goofing around at the gym on Saturday.

I hit up Marshalls and ended up walking away with a ton of new workout gear--one item being this sports bra.  I filmed a haul video on Sunday afternoon so that will be up soon.  Are photos of interest to see the items too?

Saturday evening snowstorm. 

We had a birthday dinner on Saturday night for my Grammy at their residence, which was amazing--the food is always top notch there.  She looked amazing in her new top and jewelery.  My Grammy is such an inspiration as she's always so positive, her life motto is to 'live each and every day to the fullest'.

I picked up this New York tee from Walmart, in the men's section for $7, and cut out the neckline and took off the sleeves.  I will probably cut the hem aysemmetrically and wear this to the gym--I made it scoop low in the back--or under a blazer as a cool graphic tee.

Post gym #acolookdowns.  It's been so. freakin'. cold. lately, I have been living in my Uggs to keep my feet warm and dry.

Sunday brunch--it's been a while.

I spent Sunday late afternoon and evening filming two videos: a make-up tutorial with the Naked 2 palette and the workout clothing haul.  I'm trying something new with my set up since a friend has let me borrow a backdrop.

The final look after I finished filming the make-up tutorial.

Sunday night dinner with my chef boyfriend.

After dinner I edited my video and painted my  nails.  I used this new NYC Matte Crazy topcoat which was $2 and works well.  I ended up later adding a French-tip-like strip of shiny clear at the end of my nails, which looks subtly cool.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Make-Up Tutorial | Naked 2 Palette

Today I'm sharing my kind of go-to look with my Naked 2 palette using three of my favourite shades.  It's pretty simple, with a ton of blending to achieve a very neutral, pretty and light everyday look.

Thanks for watching! xo



Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk & Cottage Cheese
Rimmel Scandaleyes Pencil in nude
Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner in black
Elf Liquid Liner in black
Rimmed Scandaleyes Mascara in Extreme Black
Hardcandy Fox in a Box blush/bronzer





Friday, January 24, 2014

My Best Friend's Baby Shower | The Details

I threw my best friend a baby shower last weekend and I wanted to share some of the details with you.

I started planning in November, and began with designing an invite.  Since Sarah is having a boy, and loves grey, I chose the colour scheme of grey and turquoise.  From there I kept the theme cohesive by using the polka dots and the picture of the stylish, pregnant stick woman--a perfect emulation of Sarah.

I wanted everything to look very Pinterest, as Sarah had pinned and mentioned several things she liked in conversation of the course of several months.  As she is very creative--hello weekly chalkboard preggo pics--I wanted to do her proud and really focus on small details that make a big impact.

I'd love to share some photos with you if you'd like to see...

Since Sarah doesn't like cake, I special ordered 24 mini pies from Life of Pie in Ottawa in her favourites: strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry & pecan.  I displayed them on a cake stand and stuck in little toothpick decorations I made.

More pictures after the jump…

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wild & Free

Outfit deets:
* Dynamite faux leather jacket (old) which I packed for Toronto Fashion Week (almost a year ago!) and with a red pencil skirt in an old outfit post that I still really love.
* La Senza tee (new!).
* Sirens camo pants which you've seen at Halloween.
* Aldo wedge boots; modified as they originally had a huge platform that I had removed in the Fall.

Happy Thursday--we are getting super close to the weekend which is always a plus in my books.

This week has super cold, like -35C cold… like can't-go-outside-without-mitts cold…. like your-nose-doesn't-run-because-it's-already-frozen-cold… TMI?  I digress.

Basically it's terrible to go outside, but life goes on, right?  On the plus side, if you have beautiful boots you love, that keep you warm, you can wear them because the pavement is dry and the snow is hard.  If you live in a warm climate right now, and have no idea what I'm talking about, you can bite me.  Just kidding, but seriously, do you have a guest room?

Have a great day friends & see ya tomorrow.

Photos by Lindsay Cameron.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A.Co est. 1984 | Blog Redesign

A make-over for my site has been a long time coming and while I will eventually switch over to another platform and get more customized, I'm really happy to share with you a more streamlined version of my blog.

So what's changed?

|  There are navigational pages at the top, so if you're new--or not--you can easily find your way around.

|  The search bar has moved up to the top and you can easily access all my social media links below it.

|  The formatting is a little different, and I'm really pleased with how my posts align now, with the title front and centre along with the date.

|  Another cool option, you can share all posts with one click!  Below each post, there is a Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest option for sharing, which will open up a share window for you to easily post to your favourite social media site--that is, if you want to share something.

|  I created a new header to be congruous with my business cards, Style Consulting business and other social media platforms. 

And finally, the design was done by Mlekoshi Playground & offered by

As always, thanks so much for coming here and checking out what I'm up to.  I hope you like the new layout and find it more pleasing to the eye and easier to read.  Feedback is welcome as I want this to be a place you want to come, enjoy and like looking at.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Friday night pedicures with my bestie--so needed.

I threw on my favourite boots since it was dry outside with no sign of snow nor ice to head to my man's place later on.

A mishmash dinner on Friday night of take-out pad thai & Bourbon chicken.

Saturday early morning gym sesh; I ran for the first time in a while.  My calves still hurt.

The fresh pedi with an awkward foot shot.

I spent the entire day on Saturday running errands in preparation for Sarah's baby shower that I was throwing on Sunday… except for a two hour break in Winners.  I loved the cut and fit of these sweatpants--to wear with heels--but I couldn't get past the colour as I would really like these in a charcoal heather grey instead.  I did, however, purchase the top I'm wearing (it's Vero Moda).

My favourite steeped tea getting me through the day.

Much, much later on Saturday night, once all baby shower preparations were finished, I slipped into some OTK boots and had an impromptu date night with Marco.

We went to Lonestar and on a whim, and at his suggestion I got a lime Margarita… and then I got a second one.

Sunday was the baby shower and it went perfectly.  I was so please with how the table turned out, I worked so hard on creating and designing all the decorations.  More pictures and detailed shots to come.

My outfit for the shower.
Outfit deets: Spense top (new!), Urban Planet leatherette leggings, Liliana wedges (new!) & Auslini bangle.

A sweet treat while watching Breaking Bad on Sunday night; a Wendy's frosty--mmm!


VLOG | January 10th & 11th, 2014

I'm so behind in sharing these on my  blog but the truth is, I took far longer than I hoped to edit them and get them up… and Sunday's vlog is still in the editing queue.  Trials and tribs, I tell ya; I'll post it here once complete though so check back.

Thanks for watching! xo





Friday, January 17, 2014

Mini Week Recap

Curled hair & pink lips for the work day earlier this week.
Outfit deets: H&M dress, Swarovski earrings & Maybelline Coloursensational in Fuchsia Flash.

A pic that wasn't included in the full outfit post.

I shared this photo on Instagram with my new shoes--having a major ankle strap moment--and asked you guys to weigh in.  While I love both, I'm digging the yellow more.
Coral  |  Yellow

Off the shoulder for a night out with my man and his friends.

We ate at Izakya, which we have been really excited to try, unfortunately it was a major bust.  We were so disappointed with the food.  On that note, if you're looking to try it out, Wednesday night is 50% off night on the entire menu.

Apres dinner.
Outfit deets: F21 coat, Joe Fresh gloves, Parasuco denim, Aldo boots & clutch.

When I can't share an outfit on my blog, I often post it to Instagram under #acolookdowns

I made pulled pork sandwiches--with a paprika rub, some maple syrup, a can of Guinness and the crock pot--on Thursday evening and home-made 'slaw.

I'm the newest Style Ambassador for Clearly Contacts--more to come on that--and the glasses I picked out arrived yesterday!  So excited about these Dolce & Gabbana specs.

Happy Friday!  Yipee!

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