Outfit deets:
* Ashley B jacket (old) which you've seen with raw-hem denim and with a skirt and booties.
* Jacob thin-knit sweater from my Back-to-School Lookbook.
* Nitrogen pants (old) which are actually olive green and you've seen with a cognac leather jacket and a cozy sweater cape.
* Maxgreat boots (new!) from Marshalls.
* Accessories: Dynamite scarf (new!), Aldo bag, F21 necklace & Michael Kors sunnies (similar).

I'm the kind of shopper that when I see something I like, I will usually debate it by walking around the store for a while, ensuring I don't find anything I like more before rushing to the cash.  Also, while I love to shop and do shop often, I frequently leave empty handed.  That said, sometimes there are items that you see and it's like an instant click; you know it's coming home with you.

That can be said for these boots I recently picked up at Marshalls.  I was sub-conciously looking for a pair of tall, black, leather boots with a chunky heel that would be work-appropriate, but also comfortable enough to wear on weekends.  When I spotted these, I tried them on immediately and did a little happy dance when they fit knowing there was no question, they were coming home with me.  

I have since worn them multiple times, including to work, out shopping and running errands and have to say, despite being a pretty simple looking boot, they get tons of compliments.  I couldn't find a link online, but if you're in Ottawa, run to Marshalls at Trainyards and scoop yourself a pair.

Photos by Serena Rivard.

Outfit deets:
* H&M sweater (new!).
* Spence chiffon top underneath (new!) and last seen for my best friend's baby shower.
* H&M faux leather leggings (new!).
* Aldo boots, my fave, which you've see a lot this year with magenta pants, a colour-blocked dressa cheetah fur coat, and another look that feels very me.
* Accessories:  Expressions necklace (from The Bay), Material Girl cuff & Suzy Shier ring.

I wore this outfit for my family birthday dinner back in February--it was one of those outfits I envisioned pictured myself wearing it to host our housewarming party (which will likely happen next month).  Breezing around the space in a totally me ensemble, flowy yet edgy, topping up people's drinks and passing around food.  That said, I couldn't wait that long and wore it for a different special occasion instead.  Hopefully come April I can wear something a little more Spring-y and bright.

Speaking of condo, these photos were taken in our condo, pre-move in.  The light was perfect and I wanted to capture a few outfits before we moved in and filled it with furniture and things.  I'm still not unpacked, and have barely touched the second bedroom, but plan to chip away at it starting tonight--something I've been saying since Monday. Oh jeeze.

Photos by Serena Rivard.
Outfit deets:
* Zara low back sweater which you've seen in the summertime (a fave outfit post) & with a skirt and boots; I also have it in black.
* Urban Planet double layered chiffon cami (new!).
* Urban Planet half faux leather leggings which you've seen with my favourite boots and in maroon.  These are amazeballs and I get so much wear out of them.  I purchased them back in the Fall and wore them in my Bundling Up video; I love that they are different from black, they fit well and cost me under $10.  Win, win, win.
* Call it Spring boots (new!) and purchased a few weekends ago to get me through the remainder of this winter (RIP to my favourite Rampage boots).
* H&M snood which you've seen when I first got it, years ago, with the same jacket in the Fall.
* Phillip Lim for Target bag; I use this bag everyday to commute back and forth to work.  I put my clutch/cross-body purse in it, my heels for the day, lunch and anything else needed. 
* Accessories: Gucci sunglasses (old) & Swarovski bangle.

Today is my last day in my twenties--can we please just take a moment of silence for that?


Now that we got that out of the way, happy Friday!  So excited the weekend is finally here and we can get down to the stuff that really matters; friends, family, fun times and maybe a birthday celebration or two.

I love this combination of layered chiffon, knit on knit on faux leather.  I've been on the hunt recently for chiffon-style strappy tanks for layering under my tops and sweaters instead of a snug tank--so much chic.  I totally wanted to show you guys the shoes I wore with this outfit indoors, but it was freaking freezing so I kept my boots on.  

Any fun plans for this weekend on your end?  I'll be back tomorrow to share a few thoughts and you know I'll fill you in now how I spent my weekend come Monday.  See you tomorrow!

Photos by Serena Rivard.

Outfit deets:
* Forever 21 coat (old) that you saw on my birthday last year (...speaking of birthdays, I've got a special one approaching quickly).
* Urban Behaviour pants.
* Aldo Klarr boots--my favourite and their first snowfall, worn specially for this shoot, and then quickly brought inside and dried off.
Accessories:  Dolce & Gabbana glasses.

Guess what you guys?  I'm the newest Ambassador for Clearly Contacts!  Heyooooo.

We did a fun little interview and they let me pick out a new pair of glasses.  I chose these chic cat-eye frames because I've been wanting to get a pair and this was the perfect opportunity.  They are pretty bold, but I love the plastic frame and the gold plate detail on the arm.

As soon as I placed my order I knew exactly what I wanted to pair with the glasses to make them pop: this oversized leopard coat--which btw, I'm wearing a leather jacket underneath for additional warmth--black skinnies and boots.  It was pure luck that huge snowflakes began to fall from the sky and we experienced some milder weather so we could shoot outside.  

Hope you are all having a great weekend--almost weekend time--and if you're in need of some glasses, pop over to Clearly Contacts and use discount code ACOSTYLE to get 25% off your order.

Photos by Serena Rivard.

Outfit deets:
* Forever 21 faux leather jacket which you've seen with coloured pants in the summer time (and some seriously unflattering photos, ha).
* Winners trapeze tank that I've worn so much it's getting worn out--as in, there might be a small hole somewhere.
* Urban Behaviour Brazil pants--I own three pairs of these because they fit like a glove, I wear black skinnies often, and they were $20.
* Aldo wedge boots which you've seen back in the Fall when I had the wedge shortened.
* Accessories: F21 cross-body clutch, MK watch, gift leather bracelet, Gorjana-Griffin bangle & Call it Spring ring.

So, if you haven't noticed, I have had a few exciting changes happening on my blog in the past couple weeks.  One, of course, was the re-design which I'm really pleased with and plan to keep it this way for a bit, and secondly I've brought on a photographer for my outfit posts, which I'm really excited about.  

When I started A.Co est. 1984 four years ago, it was a style blog and over the years has evolved into more of a lifestyle blog.  I love sharing bits and pieces of my life with you, and don't plan to change that, but have been wanting to incorporate more style back into it.  As that's truly where my passion lies, and some of my work as a Style Consultant, I really want to bring that element back to this space.

I have been loving using a cross-body clutch for several months now and have been alternating between this rose-gold coloured one I picked up from Forever 21 over a year ago, and my olive coloured Aldo one.  I've been using them both so much they have started to tear a bit where the strap meets the bag. 

I find that I'm using my Phillip Lim 3.0 for Target bag everyday which holds my heels, lunch, cosmetics bag, and my clutch, which is perfect.  I need a big carry-all to tote everything back and forth, but when it comes to running errands or going out shopping, I simply can't be bothered with a big purse right now--I love having my hands free!  I can see myself continuing this into the warmer months as it makes it so much easier for everyday life.

I have a few more changes up my sleeve and in preparation for that, I'm cleaning out my closet.  I mentioned it on Facebook and Twitter that I'd share some clothes for sale, if anyone is interested and have started with some dresses I'm selling.  Come on over, if you'd like to take a look.  More to come!

Photos by Serena Rivard.

Outfit deets:
* Thrifted jacket (old) which you've seen on the weekend a few times.
* Ardene t-shirt (new!).
* Sirens pants (which are the same cut as my camo pants).
* Aldo boots (no longer available) which you saw in my Fall Fashion video, with olive green faux leather pants and with similar pants and polka dots in the Fall.  Also with an eerily similar outfit a few months back.
* Accessories: Club Monaco scarf (old), Garage beanie, Suzy Shier ring, Swarovski & F21 bangles & gifted bracelet.

Happy Wednesday ladies (and gents?)!

I love this outfit and truly like myself it in--it's a little edgy and a little girly and pretty casual.  My style has definitely evolved over the past few years from tight fitting errthang and belts around the waist to flowy tops, skinny pants and edgy jackets and footwear.  

The weekend is my favourite thing to dress for because I get to live in leggings, long tops, boots and bomber style jackets.  I love dark, muted colours and grey is definitely a favourite.  I feel I can really express my true style on the weekends as I feel best in casual, edgy clothes.  While I love skirts, and live in them during the summer, the hassle of pulling on tights in the winter is such a pain.  I'll do it, but would much rather grab a pair of pants and heels.

What do you gravitate towards?  How has your style evolved over the past few years?

Photos by Lindsay Cameron.

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.  

Outfit deets:  
* Reitman's sweater (via Place d'Orleans) which is new and oh-so-cozy!
* Urban Planet leggings (new!) which I shared in my most recent Colour Pairings video.
* Accessories:  midi ring by Spring.

Struggling to figure out what to wear with faux leather leggings?  How about a cozy sweater and some boots; quick and easy and completely pulled together.

These photos were taking in between filming my next PDO video on Sunday.  The weather was quite chilly but ultimately it was a beautiful day with sunshine.  So bummed the weekend is over; who lives for the weekend?  Say I!

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Thanks for reading! xo

Outfit deets:  
* Vintage top (thrifted).
* Mossimo pants that I picked up in Florida a couple years ago; you've seen them with this jacket before (which I was referencing when I got dressed) and on the weekend.
* Aldo wedge boots (Givenchy inspired) which I'm competely obsessed with and showcased in my most recent Fall Fashion video.
* Accessories:  Joe Fresh necklace (old), G21 sunnies, gifted square bangle, Suzy leather wrap bracelet & F21 bangle.

I know I'm kind of bombarding you with posts this week, but, I'm trying to make up for being so slack last week, and also, sometimes the inspiration, ideas and writing comes, and sometimes it doesn't.  I was so beat when I got home from work last night but I told myself, 'No, we're going back down and shooting these photos'--as well as the photos for my 'new' boots.

How is everyone's week thus far?  Mine has been fine, my evenings have been busy but last night was a total relax night (aside from doing dishes for an hour).  Speaking of relaxing, how anti-climatical was the ending of Dexter on Sunday.  What.  The.  Fudg..sicle?!  I'm sad it's over, but not nearly as sad as I would of been had it been a heart-wrenchingly upsetting ending.  I just feel kind of meh about it.  Like, oh well.  That ain't right.

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