SUMMER SEND OFF: ROOFTOP CRAB BOIL

Wednesday, August 31, 2016



Summer is the quintessential time for hosting get togethers and what better way to send off Summer with a rooftop crab boil!  While we do our fair share of hosting, we had never done anything like this before, so when Marco invited 15 of our friends over, I quickly got to planning!

First we set the menu, aside from the crab, and then it was time to get down to the fun part: the decor details!  I headed out to Place d'Orleans and explored several of the home stores and so began the planning of Crab Boil 2016...


HOW TO WEAR A BOMBER JACKET

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  BOMBER JACKET (LOVE THIS)  |  TEE (OLIVE GREEN, MORE COLOURS)  |  RIBBON CHOKER (SIMILAR)  |  SKORT -- OLD (SIMILAR, SPLURGE)  |  PS11 MINI CLASSIC BAG (SIMILAR, BUDGET FRIENDLY)  |   LACE UP FLATS

Bomber jackets are everywhere right now, and whether you love them or not, they are definitely here to stay.  I picked up this crepe one and had a hard time choosing between colours--I'll share the other colour I got soon--because they are all so cute.

Since we are still in the swing of Summer, I paired mine with an easy skirt, plain t-shirt then spiced things up with a velvet choker and my fave lace up flats.  Denim shorts would be a great alternative, if you're looking to show some leg.

Also, I'm back to blonde!  After growing out my hair for almost two years, I finally went to someone new to bring up my balayage and brighten around my face at the end of June.  Well, I left looking like either (1) darker than before but way more blended, or to some (2) pretty much the same.  I lived with it for a month and it just felt too brunette so I went back and she went very blonde.  I'm finally starting to get used to the blonde again, but won't be touching it for a while.


Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, August 29, 2016



It's Monday and can you believe we are coming up on September?!  Hard to believe the Summer is nearing a close.  And while I am excited for Fall and the fashion, I will take a few more warm nights, please.

I wanted to share a sneak of a dinner we had last Thursday, although not technically the weekend, I'm sharing anyway!  We hosted 15 of our friends for a Crab Boil on the rooftop and it was so so so fun!  I'm going to be sharing a full post on the evening with all the details in a few weeks, but how stunning is that sunset?!



PART TWO TOP -- OLD (SIMILARSIMILAR)  |  DARK DENIM SKINNIES  |  FRINGE BAG (LOVE THIS)  |  LACE UP FLATS

WEEKEND SHOPPING DEALS

Sunday, August 28, 2016



Happy Sunday ladies, hope you're having a great day.  Yesterday, I went out of town, which you may have see on Snapchat (acoest1984), to celebrate my cousin's bridal shower--more tomorrow in the Weekend Recap.  So today I'm playing catch up and wanted to get a Deals post up for you.

There are tons of great sales online right now, including Nordstrom, where they've marked down tons of stuff, including a few pieces that were from the Anniversary Sale.  So, without further adieu, let's jump in...

SUMMER SWEATER & SHORTS

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  SWEATER -- ON SALE!  |  SUEDE WRAP CHOKER  |  HIGH WAIST SHORTS  |  FRINGE BAG  |  STEVE MADDEN LACE UP HEELS (LOVE THESE)

Happy hump day!  Half way through the week and today I'm sharing one of my favourite ways to wear shorts: with a long sleeve top and heels--perfect for date night or cocktails with the girls, this look is comfortable, elevated and still chic.

I recently picked up this sweater and am in love, and bonus, it's super on sale right now (like over 75% off).  I also grabbed it in black because, you know, go to.  It's thick, well made, with snug fitting sleeves.  I love that it looks great tucked into shorts but have also worn it with a pencil skirt and dark denim skinnies.  I did size down, as I find the line runs a little roomy.


FLARED FLORAL PANTS

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  HARLOW TANK TOP (SIMILARLOVE THIS)  |  BANDEAU  |  SUEDE CHOKER  |  ZARA FLORAL FLARED PANTS (SIMILAR, SIMILAR, LOVE THESE, WIDE LEG)  |  H&M FRINGE BAG (SIMILAR)

When I spied these floral flares at Zara a few months back, I decided not to try them on and spent the next few weeks kicking myself, because when I went back, they were all gone.  Fast forward to the semi-annual sale and a couple pairs appeared, one in my size!

Something about floral pants feel so Summery and pretty, but the flared ones are on a whole new level.  I've worn these dressed up with a white lace, long sleeve top, a blush off the shoulder top and dressed down with this easy, beachy tank.  Still plenty of Summer left to scoop some up yourself and wear them into September.


Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, August 22, 2016



Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Ours flew by far too quickly, despite it being somewhat quiet.  I did a bit of shopping on Friday night and we took it easy on Saturday.  Sunday was a family day + checking out an open house and copious amounts of Stranger Things.  Eek!  Are you guys watching?  I don't think I could go at it alone, it's definitely creepy, but it's so good!


FOREVER 21 FINDS

Sunday, August 21, 2016



Happy Sunday ladies, today I'm rounding up a few of my favourite, new pieces from F21.  Still loving lace up details, bell sleeves and barrettes.  The drapey trench above is from last Spring but I'm totally going to be wearing it this Fall and I've linked a super similar one down below.

Happy shopping! xo


WEEKEND SHOPPING DEALS

Saturday, August 20, 2016



Happy weekend, ladies,  hope you're having a great day!  I wanted to start a new series on here when I come across some killer deals online.  Who doesn't love a good sale, and this weekend, there are a ton of amazing deals going on, so, let's jump in...

Friday Finds

Friday, August 19, 2016




Happy Friday, we made it!  What are your plans for the weekend?  We are going to sleep in, generally lay low and celebrate my sister's birthday.  Hope you have a great one & here are some fun links from around the web to kick things off...



Will you be trying this "freeing" trend?

What a stunning Ottawa home.

This Blank NYC suede moto jacket has been restocked!

Gold stools FTW.

Started watching this series, but got really creeped out on episode one.  #wuss

Get in my closet.

Who initiates sex in your relationship?  The comments on this one were so interesting!

A short video on darkness.

Eying these heels.




BOHO DRESS FOR NOW & LATER

Thursday, August 18, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  BOHO DRESS (TAN/WHITE COLOUR)  |  CHOKER NECKLACE  |  BOOTIES -- OLD (JUST BOUGHT THESE, SIMILAR, LOVE THESE)  |  BUCKET BAG (SIMILAR)  |  SUNGLASSES

Summer isn't over yet, and I love the look of a long sleeved boho dress paired with booties--it's easy, effortless and looks cool.  Come cooler weather, pair this with some over the knee boots and a suede jacket and you're out the door.


LAST CHANCE SUMMER HAUL

Wednesday, August 17, 2016



Hi girls!  Ah, this video is a little late, but I couldn't help scooping up a few last minute Summer items, plus sharing a few I picked up earlier.  Everything is linked down below if you're in a shopping mood & please feel free to leave any questions below.

Happy August & as always, thank you for watching! xo





OPEN BACK TOP & DENIM SHORTS

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  OPEN BACK TOP  |  URBAN PLANET SHORTS (SIMILAR, WANT THESE) |  AE BRALETTE (SIMILAR, LOVE THIS)  |  WRAP CHOKER NECKLACE

I know I've been talking about Fall a lot lately, and I realize that can be a little depressing for some--I think this might be the first year I'm excited for Summer to come to an end just to bring out some of my new Fall finds. 

However, today isn't about Fall, today is about Summer and making the most of it with your wardrobe.  I'm a sucker for open back tops, as you know, so this one was right up my alley (an am seriously contemplating getting it in black as well).  Since the nights tend to cool off, this is a perfect piece for evening or even a breezier day, since the open back keeps you cool.  

I love the look of long sleeves with denim shorts--it balances things out and you can pick and choose what you want to show off.  Finally, bralettes have been a staple in my wardrobe this Summer; who has time for a real bra on weekends #notme #tellmeimnotalone  They're easy, comfortable and best of all, look pretty when they peek through.


Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, August 15, 2016



Happy Monday ladies, how was your weekend?  Mine seemed to involve a fair amount of food and not much else, according to these photos!  Ha, but anyway, the photo above was from a night during last week, but wanted to share.  My bestie and I went out to celebrate her birthday and had a great meal outside--I love taking advantage of the Summer nights and dining al fresco, small life pleasures!

On Friday night, we got Uber Eats--what else is new?--and decided to try a new Vietnamese place that was on the list and omg...


FOREVER 21 FINDS

Friday, August 12, 2016



Happy Friday ladies!  I'm back with another round of Forever 21 picks--I was at the store last night and the Fall stuff is starting to arrive, but I also found some super cute pieces to wear now and later.

I'm still loving boho looks, chokers, high-waist denim and athletic wear.  I'm super stoked they brought back that open back workout top--which I already own in grey--because it's so flattering, and I find they are hard to find, so I had to scoop it up in the burgundy colour.  

The top above is actually from the curvy line.  Did you know they make totally different items for that section?  Although I'm usually a medium in most stores, I'm lucky if a large fits at Forever 21--their stuff runs so small!  So, I always take a quick loop around the curvy side to see if anything strikes my fancy, plus I love flowy pieces.  I love this pretty top with the high-waisted denim as it's on the cropped side; would make a great date night look.

More fun pieces after the jump...

THE DRAPEY VEST

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  DRAPEY VEST (SIMILAR, LOVE THIS)  |  ROMPER (SIMILAR, LOVE THIS)  |  SUEDE CHOKER  |  BAG (BUDGET FRIENDLY, LOVE THIS)  |  LACE UP HEELS (ALSO HERE)

Still Summer loving over here but will be shifting gears to more Fall outfits soon so wanted to share a really great transitional piece and how to wear it now while the temps are still soaring.  The drapey vest or sleeveless trench is such a great piece for layering over a romper, body hugging dress or even denim shorts and a cami.  It's again one of those great third pieces that just looks chic without trying.

When temperatures drop, I'm planning to pair this with a thin knit sweater and skinnies or over a long sleeved dress with boots.  You can even try pairing it under a shorter jacket like I did back in the Spring.


Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, August 8, 2016



"Casual Friday" calls for elevated denim with heels and a bag that fits almost everything--I love it so much I have it in black as well.

Later that evening, we headed to Kingston to spend the night with Marco's family...

LAST CHANCE ITEMS FROM THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

Sunday, August 7, 2016



Today is the last day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I'm still waiting on a couple pieces to arrive, but it seriously has me so excited for Fall!  Don't get my wrong, I love Summer, but there is something about the cool, crisp weather, layers, and neutrals of the season that has me excited for all the outfits I'm going to wear!

Of course I had to round up some final pieces for you ladies that I'm loving, because as of tomorrow, everything goes back up to full price.  Now is a great time to grab new Fall merchandise at a fraction of the regular price for your wardrobe.  Happy shopping!

THAT BODYSUIT THING

Friday, August 5, 2016


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  E. SSUE BODYSUIT (SIMILAR, SIMILAR, LONG SLEEVE)  |  HAT (SIMILAR)  |  HIGH WAIST SHORTS (SIMILAR)  |  FAUX SUEDE CHOKER  |  IRO HEELS (ALSO HERE & HERE)  |  FRINGE BAG (LOVE THIS)

The 90's are back in a big way and I'm loving it.  Sometimes it can take a minute to warm up to a trend, but bodysuits are a great way to jump right in.  I love that this one is a thicker fabric so it kind of sucks everything in, without compromising the look of it.

If you're uncertain, try pairing a bodysuit with high-waisted jeans or maxi skirt and throw a leather jacket on top, or better yet, go for a long sleeved version to feel a bit more covered (I'm dying over this one).


NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE: TRY ON & FITTING ROOM PICS PART II #NSALE

Thursday, August 4, 2016

I'm back for round two of try-ons from the Nordstrom sale (see round one here + what I purchased).  I went back a few days after the sale opened, to find an uber picked over store that was far less crowded.  

However, there are fortunately still many great pieces left online, but the sale only goes until this Sunday!  So stock up now if any of these Fall items catch your eye because they go up to full price on August 8th.




This cardigan was nice, but it runs very big.  I'm wearing a size small in the photo and felt I still needed to size down (I'm normally a medium).  I really love this one instead, but I would lose the belt.



7 Tips for Wearing Your Gym Clothes Outside the Gym

Wednesday, August 3, 2016



If you ladies are anything like me, once the weekend hits--or evenings, for that matter--off come the day clothes and on come the leggings.  I love being comfortable at home and on the weekends, and while I typically live in heels during the week, there is something about flats and sneakers that have become oh-so-appealing.  

It might be a sign I'm getting older, and although I won't be giving up my heels anytime soon, you can still look stylish and put together in said 'comfy' clothes....



Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


HELLZ BELLZ JACKET -- OLD (SIMILAR)  |  GARAGE LONG SLEEVE TEE (SIMILAR, SIMILAR)  |  DARK DENIM SKINNIES  |  ZARA SLIDES (SIMILAR, SIMILAR)  |  FRINGE BAG (LOVE THIS)

Hi ladies, happy Tuesday!  How was your weekend?  We had a long weekend, and it was glorious to have that extra day.

On Friday evening, I did a little running around before Marco and I headed out to a get together at a friend's place much later.

On Saturday morning...
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