I'm back with the second round of holiday gift guides and today we're talking about the special ladies in your life--be it your best girlfriend, Mom, sister or whomever is your nearest and dearest.  I've got a variety of fun things I know some of my closest girlfriends would love (because they told me) + things I already love or would love to get myself.

I just got a new phone, and would love a marble phone case.  The rose gold knot bangle is so pretty (and comes in yellow gold & silver too)--I have a friend who has one and every time she wears it, I'm eyeballing it.  These leggings are the comfiest pair I've ever owned and I actually gifted my bestie with a pair last year and she loved them.

I'm all about either nude or dark manis, and I'm on my second bottle of the Essie colour above
.  You can always find some beautiful stuff on Etsy like this woven wall hanging, and how pretty are those rough diamond studs!?  This satin cami PJ set would be super cute too & this glass and gold booze decanter is gorgeous + functional.

Finally, this is my favourite red lip colour (as seen on me here), the chic water bottles come in a variety of colours and prints and these are my absolute favourite undies--they are comfortable, lie smooth under the sheerest of clothing and don't dig in!

PREVIOUS GIFT GUIDES:  Hostess Gifts Under $30



Happy Cyber Monday!  Hope you had a great (long) weekend--did you do some damage on Black Friday?  The sales are so good this year, and lots of sales ended last night, but many continued and there are even more today!  

The jacket I'm wearing above is now 50% off & a lot of you girls were asking about my clutch, which isn't on sale, but is handmade and doubles as a carrying case for an iPad mini--what I had initially purchased it for. 

Below you will find a big round up of great deals happening today + what I have my eye on--I have kind of been waiting for today to pull the trigger on pretty much everything!  Eek!  Happy shopping.

AG Jeans  |  30% off everything, use code BF16.  Love these waxed pants, these look so comfy & a great denim jacket in grey.

All Saints  |  30% off everything, use code CYBER.  I love this drapey wool coat & this is an amazing, moto leather jacket.

ASOS  |  30% off everything, use code THANKFUL30.  These burgundy OTK boots are amazing & this is the perfect red holiday dress (under $50!).

Banana Republic  |  50% off the entire site.   Love this kimono coat & this pretty, metallic pouch.

Current / Elliott  |  25% off the entire site, use code THANKS.  I recently purchased this tank and love it.

Dynamite  |  40% off entire site as of 7am, but discount drops as day goes on.  I want this bralette, have this pretty peplum blouse and love it & this pretty pouch would be a perfect Secret Santa gift (under $20).

Forever 21  |  21% off new arrivals, use code CYBER21.  Love this flowy open-shoulder top, this striped combo dress, this sexy cowl-neck mini dress & these block heels are a great Steve Madden dupe.

H&M  |  Up to 30% off.  An amazing, metallic cami (also in black), a chic red sequin skirt (also in gold) & love this show stopping top with distressed denim or black skinnies.

J.Crew  |  40% off entire site, use code MONDAYBuying this for myself.

Misguided  |  50% off everything, use code YESYESYES.  Great off the shoulder holiday dress, cute phone case & I love this take on another off the shoulder style #differentandchic  

Nastygal  |  30% off all markdowns.  Pretty double-buckle belt & an easy LBD.  Sidenote: not on sale, but wish they were!

Nordstrom  |  Storewide sale with various markdowns.   Stocking stuffer ideas: Beauty gift bags with 80+ gifts with purchase.

Saks Off Fifth  |  Up to 85% off.

Shopbop  |  Up to 25% off ends today.  In my cart: these distressed jeans, this distressed tee & these nude flip flops.  See all my picks here.

Shoptiques  |  Up to 20% off.  My favourite Free People long sleeve thermal & love this pretty top with some wide leg trousers for a holiday party.

SSENSE  |  Up to 50% off designer items.  My Proenza Schouler PS11 bag (in the tiny version) & my Golden Goose sneakers are both part of the sale.




Happy Black Friday--how was your turkey day?  In Canada ours is in October, so the coma has since worn off but I could definitely handle round two in November.  Hope you spent a great evening with family and friends, if possible.

Black Friday is easily one of my favourite shopping days of the year--and everyone else--and like in years past, I've rounded up some of my favourite deals + my picks so you can get your shop on after the jump.  The off shoulder top I'm wearing above is also on sale (and I'm wearing a large for size reference),

TGIF & happy shopping! 


Black Friday isn't here yet but the sales have started early!  Have you ladies seen how killer the deals are already?  Insanity.  I will be sharing the rest on actual Black Friday, so be sure to check back.

That said, today I'm rounding up a bunch of hot spots that are already marking things down--get your shopping on before you stuff your belly to ensure you get you size before it sells out. 

I'm sharing all of my favourite picks from the places listed below, after the jump.

ASOS  |  Up to 50% off cold-weather items.

Dolce Vita  |  Up to 60% off & 20% off sale items with code BLACK20.

Express  |  50% off everything.

J. Crew  |  40% off, use code HOLIDAY.

Misguided  |  40% off all dresses & shoes, use code LETSGO.

Nasty gal  |  30% off most-loved black items. 

Nordstrom  |  Up to 40% off now.

SheIn  |  Up to 85% off + free shipping.  

Shopbop  |  Up to 25% off.  Huge sale round-up here + my picks.

Steve Madden  |  Buy one, get one 70% off (in stores only).

Victoria's Secret  |  50% off bras.


Surprise!  Shopbop just sprung a 3 day sale on us and this is seriously killer considering last year, this  sale didn't go live until Black Friday.  Talk about getting a head start on your sale shopping!

Of course, I'm sharing tons of amazing picks that I'm lusting after, things that I'm scooping up, great gift ideas and more.

Happy shopping! xo


Happy Sunday ladies!  The snow has started to fly over here so of course I'm thinking scarves, sweaters and outerwear!  However, I promise I'll include more than just that for my girls in the warmer climates.

My scarf above is no longer available but this one is super similar.

I gifted one of my girlfriends this scarf for Christmas last year.  Also loving this pretty blush one, this more neutral toned one, and this one with black and blush.  All under $25.

Lastly, I think we are going to be seeing more and more skinnier scarves and I'm loving this classic grey one.


I love, love, love the holidays and one of my favourite parts is the parties!  I have a few lined up for the season already, including a girls night in with Christmas Sangria (it was a pajama party last year) and of course the annual Secret Santa that we host here.

That said, we all know how much work goes into party planning, and at this extra special time of year, I like to gift the hostess with a little something.  Imagine spending weeks planning a party and having your girlfriends show up with a little sumthin' sumthin' upon arrival?  I mean, who wouldn't love that.

Of course, it doesn't have to be expensive, just thoughtful, but I tend to keep it between $10 to $30, so I've put together a bunch of my favourite things to give (and get!) for your favourite hostess.  I will also be putting together more gift guides as we get deeper into the season, so if there is anything you'd like to see, please let me know!



Happy Saturday!  What are your plans for the weekend?  I'm so excited because Marco has been away all week for work and today he comes home!  Tomorrow we are celebrating my bestie's second babe, he's turning one, and otherwise some serious R & R.

Last night, I hit up Marshalls and found this amazing lace up sweater, which is actually available online right now.  If you're in Ottawa, it's at the Trainyards location for $59.


Hope you ladies are having a great weekend, just wanted to hop on here and share some great sales happening right now online.  Additionally, Nordstrom is having their fall clearance sale so several items I tried on & purchased during the anniversary sale back in July are now marked down, so I'm sharing my favourites below.  

Bell sleeves are having a major moment this one I've had my eye on is now on sale, love this one that laces up the back and I'm loving this one in the dark grape and oatmeal colours.

Shopbop just announced a surprise sale on their site, and I have never seen this happen before!  For three days only, with up to 40% off, I'm adding things to my cart left, right and centre.  It's also a great time to snag a few pieces for someone else.

I'm sharing all my favourite pieces below, including denim I have and love, Free People on sale, and some killer shoes I'm eyeing.  Happy shopping!

Happy Sunday ladies!  We are finally back for good, after two weeks of living out of a suitcase--with only a brief 36 hours at home last week between Italy and heading to Toronto--it feels good to be home.  I've missed sitting at my computer and connecting with you!  I hope you've had a great weekend, it's been pretty rainy today for us, but that's okay. 

It's been over a month since I've rounded up some weekend deals, so thought today would be a nice way to finish it off.  I'll be back tomorrow with a full recap of the weekend, see you then!

Shopbop is having their major fall sale where almost everything is 25% off!  You know I had to share my faves, especially since Shopbop houses a lot or pricier items, so if you had your eye on a splurge (or even a mini splurge), now would be the time.  I was stoked to see my sneakers and suede moto jacket in green both part of the sale.  Use code MAINEVENT16 until this Friday.


Happy Saturday!  I'm back with another round up of Forever 21 finds for you girls.  I'm loving all their fall merch that's hitting the stores.  Chokers are huge and if you haven't jumped on that trend yet, you totally should, and you can pull it off.  I couldn't find mine above online, but picked it up about a month ago so it might still be in stores.

Oversized cardis, surplice tops (ones that drape and cross in the front), bombers and lace up tops are all on trend items for going into the cooler months.  

A few pieces I haven't included below but am loving are this drapey jacket in several colours, perfect for pairing with a denim and booties.  I'm also really loving this statement top which would be beautiful with a pencil skirt or cigarette pants for a Christmas party.  I'm still loving this faux leather moto vest, this poncho is super cute for this time of year, this budget-friendly double-buckle belt & how amazing are these rose gold metallic pants?!


I love a good sale, so when I saw that Bloomingdales is having their Friends & Family Sale, I wanted to put together a post with several items I already own, a few I'm coveting and a few of simply great deals.  Just enter FRIENDS when you check out to get an extra 25% off your purchase, until October 10.  Everything I'm listing after the jump is included in the sale!

The All Saints leather jacket above was a gift from Marco for Christmas last year--these jackets are amazing quality and they rarely go on sale.  I was shocked to see that All Saints is part of the sale and this jacket is what I would add to my collection next (if it wasn't already so similar to my current one!).

I'm still loving off the shoulder and there are two tops in the sale, at different price points, that are very similar to mine below, but even nicer.  I love that these ones are longer in the body--mine is a little cropped so it has to be worn with a high-waisted pant--and that they have long sleeves.  How cute would it look with a chunky scarf and boots?!


Hi ladies, I'm back with another round of Forever 21 finds--pieces I'm loving right now.  I was at the store on the weekend and tried on a bunch of items, but sometimes shopping from the comfort of your home (ie. couch) is just so much better!

I loved the lace up sweater above, and sized up for a slouchy fit, which I love.  The red sweater below is actually from the curvy section, in the smallest size OT.  I always check out curvy and petite sections of stores (despite being 5'11) simply because you never know.  This cardigan comes in a few different colours, but red is a hot one for Fall.

Happy Labour Day!  We have been keeping it pretty low key this weekend, but we did celebrate our anniversary last night, a couple days early, which was wonderful.  

There are tons of sales happening, several ending today, so I wanted to share a few that caught my eye in case you're in the mood to shop.  I'm not ready to hand over the keys to Fall just yet, but do love those cooler temps at night & Fall layers.

Onto the weekend deals....

I love sharing Forever 21 Finds with you ladies, but wanted to kick it up a notch, so today I'm sharing  my picks for this week plus a bunch of items I tried on, how they fit and more.  I know the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale try-ons (first one, second one, shoe department) were helpful and so although this isn't a huge sale of sorts, thought it would be fun to share.

I'll tried on a ton of Fall-worthy pieces, and some athletic wear as well.  I'm also sharing several pieces I'm loving that I didn't try on, at the bottom of the post.

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...

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

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...

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