Outfit deets:
* Zara thin-knit sweater (bought recently during the semi-annual sale).
* Zara pants which you've seen with an amazing pair of heels.
* Forever 21 booties (new!).
* Accessories: Forever 21 purse, The Bay necklace, Gorjana bangle & MK thick bangle and sunglasses.

I saw these booties on the Forever 21 website about a month ago and picked them up in store a couple days later.  I love them!  They are definitely one of those purchases that look more expensive than they are, and are nothing like I own--so $40 was well justified.

You guys know I'm a huge neutral lover, so this outfit is totally me, yet professional enough for a business casual environment.  I could also see these booties with a snug dress in black, navy or maroon for a night out.

Hope you're having a good week, it's almost the weekend!

Photos by Serena Rivard.

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:
* Dynamite faux leather blazer (new!).
* C'est Moi tank (old) which you've seen a long time ago with my favourite scarf and on the weekend almost a year ago during a photography course.
* Boathouse leggings (new!).
* Accessories:  Dolce & Gabanna glasses.

After Marco and I filmed my next video for Place d'Orleans on the weekend, he started to snap a couple shots of me sitting on the couch... turns out the man has a serious hidden talent!  While he won't be replacing Serena anytime soon, I had to share these shots he got of me on our new couch.  There are even a few that would make great head shots... if I ever needed that sort of thing... with my hair up.

Also, I'll be sharing these items in my video later this week but PDO has the blazer and leggings in store right now, so run, if you're in the area and looking to scoop them up.  This blazer totally reminds me of the olive green/faux leather one I picked up this time last year (see it in an outfit post here)--such a great silhouette and price point.

Outfit deets:
* Maison Scotch jacket which you've seen on the weekend when I went to Kingston with Marco a year ago. 
* Zara denim which you've seen when I went to Taco Fest.
* Accessories: Auslini bangle, Pier 1 Imports ring & Suzy Shier necklace.

I am loving grey denim this summer and of course even more so when it's distressed.  While I love the look paired with black, I wanted to summer-ize this outfit, if you will, so I paired it with a white top and light mint coloured leather jacket.  The perfect ensemble for a day of shopping or a casual date night with your man.


Photos by Serena Rivard.

Outfit deets:
* Ashley B jacket which you've seen with all grey, with the same scarf and an old outfit I would still wear & at the first concert I went to with my guy.
* Smart Set t-shirt.
* Bongo denim (old) which you've seen on the weekend & if you'd like, here is an Instagram shot of the distressing.
* Converse shoes.
* Accessories: G21 (Walmart) sunnies & Club Monaco scarf.

These shoes have been on serious lock since we returned from Punta Cana and the weather has drastically warmed.  I can't get enough of these and being able to wear them elsewhere than in the condo.  I took them for a test drive while shopping on Monday and felt cool, chic and comfortable--perhaps the magical three C's for shopping.

Additionally, I ripped up these jeans myself last summer and had initially cut slits at the bottom inner hem, since they were extra long.  However, the length was off and they weren't super tight at the ankles so they puffed when tucked into booties and didn't sit right with heels.  

Then, lightbulb moment!  

I chopped them off at the ankle--my preferred length for skinnies--to join the raw hem denim movement and haven't looked back.  I'm so pleased with how they turned out.  See the full 'steps' on my Facebook page.


Photos by Serena Rivard.

Outfit deets:
* La Classe Couture faux leather jacket, my black go-to, which you've seen with a navy dress & a long time ago when I used to belt everything.
* Seduction denim (old).
* Sneakers:  Material Girl (last summer)  |  Heels:  Aldo (new!).
* Accessories:  Club Monaco scarf, Aldo clutch, Phillip Lim for Target carryall, Suzy Shier necklace (new!) & Gucci shades.

I'm bringing you two looks today--one casual and one dressed up, using the same base of a leather jacket, denim & a tee.

The first look is one I would wear in the evening to grab Pho with my guy or on weekends while running errands.  While I love heels, I've always held a soft spot for skate shoes and these have a chic twist.  

The second look is more dressed up, I ditched the scarf in lieu of a statement necklace, threw on heels and added a clutch; definitely something I would wear out for date night or to meet up with girlfriends.

More photos after the jump...
Outfit deets:
* Dynamite jacket which I showcased in my Fall Fashion video (love this jacket).
* Urban Planet top (new!).
* Guess denim (old) which I let the hem down on few years ago to make them longer to wear with heels #tallgirlproblems
* Aldo wedges which you've seen with pink pants (a fave post).
* Accessories:  Michael Kors bangle (birthday gift), Swarovski bangle (birthday grift from years past) & Ardene sunglasses.
* FUN FACT:  this outfit was totally inspired by Ashley's outfit back in the Fall.

I'm standing at the site of my future condo!  As I mentioned, they have started progress and now that includes digging the hole--cool!

Last night I spent an hour at my old apartment packing up a few more things (I left behind a few things on move day that we decided I would go back for; my toaster, bedding, crock pot, liquor, and some furniture pieces I will be storing at my parent's place).  I took out a ton of garbage, swept the floors and stripped the bed.  I have the keys until the end of the month and think once it's completely cleared out, and I can walk away from that, I'll feel even more settled.

Additionally, I spent two hours unpacking and organizing the second bedroom two nights ago.  I emptied 10 boxes and found the shoes I wanted to wear to my birthday party--four days too late (of course).

This weekend, Marco's parents are coming down to see our new place, help him clean out his old place, and take a tv off his hands.  We also have a family dinner with my side, unpacking and hopefully some hanging of curtains--I seriously need a good sleep in!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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:
* 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.

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!

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