Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Sales

Are you shopping today?  I was up at 4:45am to hit Future Shop and Best Buy with my guy--which is far too early, in my opinion, but he needed my help and I was down for the team.
If you're staying in and shopping from the comfort of the couch, I've rounded up a few places online that are hosting some great deals today.  Happy shopping!
Steve Madden | 30% off entire store, use code OMG (I just bought these)
Dynamite | 40% off all regular price items + free shipping (great basic, love this skirt & this knitted cardi)
Shopbop | 15% off orders of $250 & 20% off orders of $500, use code GOBIG14 (an amazing splurge)
Revolve | Up to 80% off (wish I could add these to my closet)
Lulu's | Up to 90% off (this, this and this are all on my Christmas wish list)
Asos | 30% off everything, incl. sale items, use code TGIBF (this splurge jacket omg)
Forever 21 | Free shipping & extra 50% off sale items, use code BFExtra50 (this for the beach & this for a night out)
Aldo | 50% off original price of reduced items + and 20% off regular priced items until 10am with code EB14 (want these, these & these; already have these and now so cheap!)
Bath & Body Works | Buy 3 Get 3 Free (I would go for the 3-wick candles in my favourite scents here & here)
MPG | 60% off sale items (my favourite workout gear, I love these leggings & this cool zip up)
Lastly, don't forget to click through Ebates before you shop to get a percentage of your purchases in cash back.  Use my referral link if you'd like to sign up (I get a $5 kick back, so thanks!)
Photo by Serena Rivard.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

VIDEO | Barbados Part III

The third and final part of my trip to Barbados last month.  In this video we visit the Limegrove outdoor shopping centre, the west coast, Surf Side Beach and more.  As always, thanks for watching!

Related posts:
Video | Barbados Part I
* Video | Barbados Part II
Where we stayed (you can rent it!)
* A.Co est. 1984 on Instagram | Barbados Vacation Shots

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Outfit deets: Zara sweater (similar), Urban Planet double-layer cami & leggings (similar, more expensive) & Aldo booties (similar, similar).

On Friday night we went out with three other couples to Ace Mercado...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

VIDEO | Barbados Part II

Related posts you may have missed:
* Video | Barbados Part I
Where we stayed (you can rent it!)
* A.Co est. 1984 on Instagram | Barbados Vacation Shots

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Workout Style + Cardio Routine

Outfit deets:
* Bench jacket (similar & love this one).
* Mondetta tank (love this one).
* MPG leggings (dark grey, on sale & a personal fave).

I'm not someone who really enjoys cardio, however, up until about a year ago, it was a huge part of my workout.  I started running about seven years ago, on a treadmill, at the gym.  I had never run before and never thought I could run until a friend shared her running 'program' (see below) and I tried it myself and eventually 'became' a runner, I guess.  

Over the years, I've taken my running outside and at first disliked it but eventually preferring it to running on a treadmill.  The most I have run is 6 kilometres (3.73 miles) and the most I have run without stopping is 5 kilometres--which was a pretty proud day considering when I started, my goal was to run 1 kilometer without stopping!

I have taken a break from running since the Spring, but I have been trying to incorporate more cardio into my workout routine by going for walks at lunch, climbing the stairs in my building and using the bike at the gym (while catching up on my favourite YouTubers).  Every little bit helps.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Happy Monday ladies!  This weekend was productive and enjoyable: I got all the laundry done, cleaned the condo and spent time with friends.  A well rounded weekend.  I've got a ton of photos to share with you so here we go...

Outfit deets:  F21 shearpa jacket (also love this one), Jacob sweater, Seduction denim, Aldo Klarr boots (similar mid-calf style here) & Aeropostale cross-body bag.

On Friday after work I ran some errands including hitting up Winners.  I snapped a selfie before going into the fitting room.

Clearly I have a distinct colour palette.  Who am I kidding?  If you've been following for a while, you know I'm a huge fan of neutrals which is why everything I tried on was black and grey.  That said, I didn't love anything enough to bring it home with me (and felt a little guilty too about spending money on myself when Christmas is just around the corner).

 Photo-overload after the jump...

Friday, November 14, 2014

Oysters, Short Ribs & Elk Burgers at The Albion Rooms

Last night we went to The Albion Rooms in the Novotel hotel to celebrate a friend's birthday.  It was my first time and it did not disappoint.  The menu is small and the atmosphere is rustic meets modern with rough wooden tables, drop pendant lighting and cozy booths with pillows.

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VIDEO | Barbados Trip Part I

Today I'm sharing part one of our Barbados video recap.  We spent seven glorious days on the rock and saw and did so much.  Since I took over 200 video clips, I've split up the video into three parts to keep it interesting.  In part one you'll see where we stayed, our 'home' beach, hitting a popular touristy spot, trying out Bajan fast food and more!
Thanks for watching! xo
Related posts you may have missed:
* Where we stayed (you can rent it!)
* A.Co est. 1984 on Instagram | Barbados Vacation Shots

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Shopping for Bar Stools

I'm on the hunt for a couple of taller bar stools for our place.  While we don't have a real overhang in our kitchen, a few friends and family have mentioned it would be nice to have additional seating; not to mention, when we host dinner parties Marco and I are stuck sitting on the couch since our cocktail table only seats four!

I was initially leaning toward the Modway style (which I've also seen on eBay) but ever since a friend suggested a more rustic-chic stool like the Chintaly Imports Steel stool above, I can't get it out of my head.  

My style tends more towards contemporary-chic but I love the idea of incorporating more of a rustic-chic element.  We recently bought a rustic-ish pendant for our dining nook so that might have triggered this (Marco picked it out!).  Moreover, I have recently become obsessed with these industrial metal stools from Bouclair and they might be the ones.  I'd love to throw a sheepskin over it as a final touch and and call it day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Chic Sweatsuit

Outfit deets:
* Walmart sweatshirt (similar and on sale & cute quilted version).
* Snap quilted sweat skirt (purchased at Winners; almost identical here & better quality here).
* Enzo Angiolini heels (also loving these).
* Accessories: Joe Fresh necklace, Swarovski & Expressions bangles.

I'm not sure why I haven't paired these two pieces together sooner because I'm essentially rocking a glorified sweatsuit!  Well, not exactly but I love the look of a sweatshirt and a statement necklace and since getting these shoes it seems all the outfits I have been waiting to wear with the perfect nude pump are coming to fruition.

I've had this sweatshirt for over a year and wear it now and again but always very casually and never to work.  That said, it's slim fitting through the arms and body which makes it more chic and paired with a statement necklace and fancier pieces it feels very put together.

Lastly, sorry the image quality isn't the norm, I convinced Serena to snap a few photos of me with my iPhone so I could share with you as it seems I'm often wearing a favourite outfit or new pieces on the days we aren't shooting.  Cheers.

Photos by Serena Rivard (via my iPhone).


Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

New shoe alert!  I bought these Enzo Angiolini shoes on Amazon back in August and had them shipped to my US address to save on shipping/duty, etc. however, haven't had a chance to get down there.  Fortunately, Marco's friend took a trip and grabbed them for me and I just love 'em.  They fit true to size (tts) and the perfect nude pointy-toe heel.  I know I'll be getting a ton of use out of them.

Friday night impromptu date night at Milestones with Marco.  I had the California Salad with salmon (this is one salad I am crazy over and while I love to splurge on burgers and steaks when I go out to eat, this is loaded with goat cheese, strawberries and cartelized pecans it's definitely splurge-worthy and so freaking delicious).  

 More photos after the jump...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Trying out Younique mascara...

I recently tried out Younique mascara which promises to add crazy length and volume to your lashes with their two-step routine.  As someone who loves a dramatic lash, I was really impressed with the length I got with this in just three coats (but you can do more or less).  Check out my video above to see more.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Monthly Article Club

I recently read on Joanna's blog about her starting an Article club and thought it would be a great way to see friends, meet new ones and do something different.   

I sent out a Facebook-wide message on my personal account inviting all ladies, from whatever walk of life, to come to my place one evening to discuss an article (instead of a book since that's far too time consuming), have some wine, snacks and general girl talk.  The post received great feedback with many girlfriends jumping on board, including ones wanting to be included next month if they couldn't make it this month.

The plan was that everyone reads the article before the gathering.  I set the date and so last night  there was about 10 of us who got together to discuss this article.  Everyone brought either a food or wine contribution and we ended up chatting away for hours--it's amazing how different opinions can be and also how much you learn about everyone and how many topics you end up going off on.  I can't wait till next month when we get together again to discuss something else!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Look Back at October

I know I'm a few days late but I couldn't not share this recap.  October just might be my favourite month of the year (provided it doesn't snow, which it didn't) with the fashion/layers, cooler temps, changing leaves and the ability to cover up a few extra desserts underneath said extra layers (hehe).
In October I finally finished our bed by purchasing decorative pillows which I spent weeks searching for, I put the gym in our building to use several times and picked up some new burgundy heels.  The most exciting part of last month was visiting Barbados with six friends for over a week.  We had such a great time and since our friend is Bajan and his now fiancĂ© (they got engaged while there!) had been eight times, we were in great hands to see more than anyone would otherwise (even more photos here).
Other than that, I shared some new boots in a layered up outfit post, we bought a new chair for our living room (see the full condo tour here), and hosted a dinner with three other couples.  I rocked some new booties, cooked my first turkey for my family, got back to the gym and celebrated Halloween with two costumes: mimes & a pink flamingo!
Related posts:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Hello ladies!  Happy Monday--hope you had a great weekend and Halloween.  I kept busy and we had some beautiful weather so without further adieu, onto the snaps...

Friday was Halloween and two days before I decided to dress up as a pink flamingo

We had a huge potluck lunch at work which was delicious--so many great dishes brought in by everyone (I made a black bean salad).  The downfall?  Spilling sauce on my pink costume shirt!  #soclumsy

Friday night I went to the gym with a girl friend and we did legs (and butt).  I am working on a few workout posts but to give you an idea of what we did: 

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mime Halloween Costume

I know I'm a little late, but we had a Halloween party last night, despite being the day after, and I wanted to share our costumes.

Marco came up with the idea to be mimes and I was able to mostly pull things from our closets to complete our outfits.  I picked up his striped shirt at Joe Fresh and bought white cream make-up for our faces. 

Click to see how I pulled these costumes together...
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