Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Look Back at April

April has come to a close so per usual, here's a recap of what went down.

My guy surprised me and we went to Punta Cana to celebrate my 30th birthday (which was in March), we had a really nice week and I overloaded my Instagram feed with photos.  I shared a few pieces I purchased for the trip, rocked my new overalls and brought my new kimono.

When we came back, I shared my favourite hi-tops, rocked a statement necklace and filmed my next PDO video (which will go live in early May).  I wore the crap out of my acid wash raw-hem jeans (on weekends), started to grow my nails again (#nailbiter), and my guy built me a closet at our new place.  I washed my car for the first time this season (woohoo!) and Marco got me a new tennis racket (um, lessons anyone?).

See all my recaps HERE.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

After work on Friday I headed out to Fabricland and Sally...
Outfit deets:  Winners weater, Silver denim & Shoemint Romy heels.

I picked up three fabrics: two floral chiffon prints to make kimonos, and a white rayon-blend for a low-back tank.  Additionally, today is the last day of Fabricland's anniversary sale where everything is 40% off.

I got home and I made sweet potato fries to snack on until Marco got home.

I filmed a video with my new pie maker and they turned out so good.

Later on, I gave myself a mani & (French) pedi with these newbies.

Outfit deets:  Joshua Perets hoodie & Walmart leggings.
On Saturday I woke up and felt awful; sore throat, headache and awful congestion.  I felt so awful we had to cancel our plans with our friends for dinner that evening.

More after the jump...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Kimono for the Beach

Outfit deets:
* Sirens feather kimono (new!).
* Sirens sheath tunic (new!).
* Accessories: G21 (Walmart) sunnies).

I threw this on for our last night in Punta Cana to head down to the beach.  The wind was wicked and the kimono was flapping around like crazy.  Most of the pictures are blurry or dimly lit, but these two capture the moment and turned out.

I'm so glad the weekend is finally here!  I spent Friday night making sweet potato wedge fries, then pies and gave myself a pedicure while my guy took in some basketball playoffs on tv.  Friday nights are usually at-home date nights for us--mind you, we're still settling into living together--but it was nice to have some me-time knowing he was just a few steps away.

Today we are spending the day building my closet in the second bedroom and tonight our friends are coming over for dinner!  Aside from that, several episodes of Suits, a bit of filming for my next video and a couple trips to the gym.  Hope you have a great weekend!


Friday, April 25, 2014

On My Mind | Silver Pieces

I have been on a gold kick for several years now, and while continuing to collect silver pieces, my go-to is more often the brassier metal.  That said, I think I'm feeling myself shift towards silver more lately and have a feeling we will see a shift in the fashion world itself.

Today I'm sharing some of my favourite pieces from around the web that I have my eye on.

Full details after the jump...

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Outfit deets:
* Dynamite top.
* Chiqle denim from Detox.

I spent several hours filming my next video last night, so here's a little sneak peek of a couple of the pieces I will be sharing.  I love these jeans, the moto-detail on the knees is awesome and they fit like a glove.  If you're more boy-shaped like me, these are a dream and were well priced at $45.

In other news, this week is dragging a bit but luckily it's a short week.  I've spent far too many hours being completely absorbed in Suits--have you guys watched it?  My guy watched all three seasons and is re-watching with me, it's that good.  You know what else is good?  Easter chocolate while watching said tv show.

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Raw Hem Denim

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.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Casual vs. Chic | One Outfit, Two Ways

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...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

On Thursday after work I met with Serena and we shot some outfits (will be sharing a cool two-ways to wear post tomorrow) before I retreated home to take care of a sick boyfriend.

I made Thai chicken lettuce wraps--again--for myself and...

...picked up pizza later on for my guy.

More photos after the jump...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Vacation Outfits

Outfit deets:
* Forever 21 chiffon top (old) with Old Navy cami underneath.
* Sirens skort (fits me better than the Zara version did, plus it was a fraction of the price at $15--run and get one as this was a recent purchase and it also comes in white, pink and blue.  Target also has this for $25 in black but didn't fit me as well).
* Accessories:  Sirens necklace & Le Chateau cuff.

Outfit deets:
* Le Chateau top which you've seen last summer with a skirt.
* Bench shorts.
* Shoemint heels which you've seen when they were new and in the outfit photos from my profile pic.
* Accessories:  Expressions necklace from The Bay (a birthday gift from a friend).

Outfit deets:
* Reitmans sweater (new!).
* Vero Moda skirt from Boxing Day shopping.
* Liliana wedges which you've seen once in January when I stayed inside and hosted my best friend's baby shower.
* Accessories:  H&M necklace, Auslini bangle & Ardene clutch (all old).

Outfit deets:
* Dynamite lace top (old).
* Dynamite t-strap cami underneath (new!).
* Sirens skort (new!).
* Shoemint 'Romy' heels.
* Accessories:  Le Cheateau cuff.

Outfit deets:
* H&M tunic tank (old).
* Forever 21 peplum skirt from last summer.
* Le Cheateau wedges.
* Accessories:  Suzy Shier necklace (new!) & Ardene clutch.

Outfit deets:
* Vero Moda top which you've seen with red leather pants.
* Wet Seal shorts (old) which you've seen dressed down a couple years ago & this throwback pic to when I first got them in an almost identical outfit (haha, must have been in my subconscious).
* Liliana wedges.
* Accessories:  Suzy Shier plate necklace (new!) & Aldo sunglasses case used a clutch.


Friday, April 18, 2014


Today I'm sharing some photos from the real camera, but to be honest, between snapping photos on both our phones, and not wanting to lug the 'real camera' around all the time, I feel the majority of my photos were taken on my phone.  As an added bonus they are easily uploaded to Instagram and Facebook and isn't that more fun?  

Still, I wanted to try and get some good shots we will have forever, and so, with that said, here are some that you haven't seen, of our week in Punta Cana...

Click for photo overload...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Room Inspiration | Closet / Office

I thought I would take a little break from the vacation posts and share my room inspiration for the second bedroom aka my closet / office.

The current state of the second bedroom still looks about the same as a few weeks ago; I have done a bit more unpacking, but until we build some sort of organized closet system, I can't do much with current items in boxes.

As I previously mentioned, I want the space to be open, clean, functional and with a base colour of white.  I recently purchased the desk above--which is still in the box--and it arrived right before our trip.  We have been planning to get to Ikea so maybe this weekend will work out for that.  I have created a closet-office Pinterest board with more inspiration, if you'd like to see.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A.Co est. 1984 on Instagram | Punta Cana Vacation Shots

I'm rolling out all my vacation posts this week and next up, Instagram shots!

I know not everyone has Instagram so I wanted to share shots of my vacation I posted on there.  If you already follow me (I'm @acoest1984), you can skip this post and come back tomorrow, but if not, here's a few things you may have missed.

Also, if you do have Instagram, you can find all these photos under our vacation hashtag #acomsppuntacana.


More photos after the jump...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shorts Overalls | An outfit from vacation

Outfit deets:
* Ardene overalls (new!); I had planned to remove the daisies before we left on vacation but ran out of time.  I know daisies are a huge trend this year but I'm not really feeling it, and despite thinking it's cute on theses, I'll still likely cut them off.
* H&M tank (old).
* Converse sneakers which I finally got to wear outside during our vacation, plus I used them as my travelling shoes instead of my normal flats.

This is a super simple outfit from my trip, but next time I'll style these overalls with a tee.  That was my initial plan, but the t-shirt I brought was too flowy and it wasn't doing any favours to the overalls, nor me.

That said, this denim won't be seeing the light of day for a good month, with the cool temps we are still having.  As an aside, it feels good to at least put away the winter jackets and pull out something a little lighter like leather jackets and trench coats.  Hope you're having a great week thus far and see you tomorrow.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Punta Cana Recap: iPhone Snaps

Hello!  I'm back home after a great week in Punta Cana.  It's good to be home but was pretty sad to leave our home-away-from-home of the past week.  It took me a good four-ish days to settle into vacation mode which then felt like it was time to come back;  still wonderful to get away and enjoy some warmth, though.

I'll be sharing vacation photos this week, including iPhone snaps, outfits, and more.  First up, photos from my iPhone--a week recap, if you will.  No explanation necessary, I don't think, I'll just let the photos speak for themselves...

More after the jump...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello from Dominican Republic!

Hello! Hello! How is everyone's week going?  You didn't think I would go a whole week without checking in from vacation, did you?  Ha, me neither. Blogging is always on my mind and I love sharing and connecting with you all through here so I thought Friday would be the perfect day to stop in with a post from Punta Cana. 

This week has been wonderful and relaxing, although I have found myself having a hard time sinking into vacation mode. Might be due to a longer length in between this and my last vacation--I'm out of practice. That said, as the days go by, my pace slows a little more, I breathe a little deeper and savour the moments a little longer. With two days left I better hurry up and relax!

I've been instagramming lots so if you aren't following along, and would like to, I'm @acoest1984. 

On Tuesday we did a full day Catamaran excursion, leaving the resort just before 8am ams returning over 11 hours later. Sadly, it was not my favourite thing and it felt so good to get back to the resort. On top of that, I think due to the food and drinks I had off the resort, I ended up feeling pretty yucky on Wednesday. It was super unpleasant so that day was a bit of a wash. 

On brighter notes, the resort is amazing and the food is fantastic. The people here are incredibly kind, friendly and accommodating. The pools are massive, the beach is gorgeous and the weather has been great (not great for my hair though, ha!). 

I'm sitting here on our second-floor balcony with a view of the ocean and palm trees rustling above. I just ordered room service for the first time: a pre-dinner snack of chicken Caesar salad and am catching up on my favourite YouTube subscriptions (having wifi is awesome) while Marco is having a snooze inside. 

Ultimately, I don't want to go home!  I'm trying not to think about the inevitable because the thought of cooking and cleaning again?  Ugh!  Till then though, I'll down several more margaritas, indulge in far too many croissants at breakfast and enjoy the sun from my shaded beach chair since this girl isn't getting a tan. See you Monday!


NEW SHOES | Sam & Libby flats

I'll be honest, when I first saw these, I wasn't their biggest fan.  That said, I thought they were really on-trend as far as d'orsay flats go, the snakeskin print makes them unique, and the price was right.  Sometimes I will push myself, fashion-wise, to step outside the box; case in point, recent overalls.  

It often results in things you would normally pass up, but then end up loving and being ahead of the fashion curve.  Wins all around!

These are grown up flats with an edge that I think will end up being a neutral staple in my wardrobe for work and weekends.  And if the snakeskin print isn't up your alley, they come in black as well.

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