About Sarah

 

Sarah Francis is a fashion addict with a serious shoe fetish and a penchant for shiny things.  She's the Director of Real Life Runway and Official Stylist of Vaughan Mills. Her work has appeared in some of the country's top magazines, newspapers and TV shows.  Oh, and she loooves to shop. Obviously.

 

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Friday
Sep222017

FLOWER POWER | 10 Ways to Slay Fall's Floral Trend

via @howimetmystyle

While summer might be officially over, I'm not ready to say goodbye just yet. Luckily, the fashion world isn't great at letting go either. One only has to glance at any fashion influencer to see that when it comes to fall fashion, it's all about embracing the season with a healthy dose of denial. Yup, I'm talking fall florals. The runways were loaded with moody blooms that perfectly echo our feelings about fall. We love it, we're ready for it, but at the same time, the memories of gardens in bloom and a long, lazy summer can't help but bring us joy. The leaves might be falling but our wardrobes are just getting ready to bloom - think embroidered floral sweaters and jeans, pretty floral ankle boots, and fun floral printed pants that bring life to our solids and let us think warm thoughts. Alright fall we're ready for you...kind of..sort of...;)

 

STYLIST TIPS | Forget stiff and boxy; fall's pretty floral blazers are as comfy as a cardi but feel profesh enough for the office. We love wearing them with everything from jeans (casual Friday WIN) or black dress pants, a silky tank and killer heels for big work meetings where you want to leave a lasting impression. 

WE LOVE | Long Floral Blazer, $49.95, Dynamite

STYLIST TIPS | If you've already got loads of solid jeans, this fall is the perfect time to add some embroidery to the mix. These super fun embroidered jeggings are guaranteed to make your other jeans jealous and your plain tees and sweaters look extra amazing.  

WE LOVE | Floral Embroidered Jegging, $36.99, American Eagle

STYLIST TIPS | If you're on Instagram or follow any street style blogs, you've probably noticed that floral ankle boots are everywhere right now. So fun, so cute and so much more exciting than your basic black boots, these floral velvet stunners will add instant drama to any look, from a flowy maxi to your fave jeans. 

WE LOVE | Floral Ankle Boots, $79.99, Call It Spring

STYLIST TIPS | Printed pants can seem intimidating and can definitely be unflattering if you pick the wrong pair. Our trick? Look for a floral with a black base and find a silhouette that's relaxed but still tailored, like these silky slim leg floral pants from Le Château. Your black sweaters and white button downs just found the perfect partner. 

WE LOVE | Floral Print Slim Leg Pant, $29.99, Le Château

STYLIST TIPS | It's a fact: embroidered sweaters have reached 'essential' status. Wear it with the sleeves pushed up with a faux leather mini and ankle boots, rock it with jeans and an oversized white shirt on the weekends, dress it up with a black tulle skirt and stilettos. I mean, the options are endless. Oh, and did we mention it's cozy, too?

WE LOVE | Allover Embroidered Sweater, $39.90, Reitmans

STYLIST TIPS | There are days when you look in the mirror and just go 'ugh'. That outfit: so classic, so safe, so boooring. Enter the statement fringed earring; designed to wake up your look and make everyone around you say 'ooh la laaa.' Well, they might not say it out loud but you know they're thinking it. Now go put a rose in your teeth and tango your way into the sunset, you saucy thing. 

WE LOVE | Floral Fringe Earrings, $18, Le Château

STYLIST TIPS | Floral dresses aren't strictly for summer. Find a dark floral print, then add a pair of suede (faux or real) over-the-knee boots for effortless chic.  

WE LOVE | Printed Skater Dress with Kimono Sleeves, $29.99, Suzy Shier

STYLIST TIPS | From yoga to CrossFit, from the track to the treadmill, every workout will be so much better with the help of fun leggings. Bonus: these beauties look just as good for running errands as they do at the gym. 

WE LOVE | Hyba Floral Printed Leggings, $26.90, Reitmans

STYLIST TIPS | Okay, so it might not really feel like fall yet. But before too long, we're going to be layering up with sweaters and coats and pretty scarves. This season, look for luxe details like loads of material to keep it cozy, a gorgeous hue (purple is a big trend this fall so we're particularly smitten with the one pictured above) and an interesting motif (yup, you guessed it: we vote for florals). 

WE LOVE | FRAAS Floral Scarf, $44.99, Soft Moc

STYLIST TIPS | Floral blouses have come back as one of fall's most surprising trends. Floral blouses with jeans, floral blouses under suits, floral blouses with tailored trousers for work. As with all fall florals, stick with a deep base to keep it seasonally appropriate, then pick out a hue or two from the floral and run with it for your earrings, shoes and other extras to look expertly put-together. 

WE LOVE | Dolman Printed Blouse, $44.90, Reitmans

Friday
Sep082017

FALL FASHION SPECIAL | How to Slay Fall for Under $100

via Dynamite

I have a growing list of concerns when it comes to fall shopping. First, the jeans. My old ones look old, but not old enough to look vintage, so I need new ones that look vintage but aren't, if you know what I mean. Then, the sweaters - I mean, nothing gets you over the loss of summer faster than a cozy oversized sweater paired with perfect boots. Speaking of which, don't even get me started on boots. You'd only have to glance at my bursting closets to realize I do n.o.t. need new shoes but somehow, every fall, there I am taking home blue velvet ankle boots that I 'had to have' and over-the-knee suede boots that I literally 'could not live without'. So many wants. So many bills. 

While I firmly believe in investing in quality pieces that you love, I've found loads of fantastic pieces that fall well within my shopping budget this year. The stores are loaded with cozy, well-made finds that you can add to your existing wardrobe now to get it right up to date. Silver shoes, beautifully detailed knits, and subtle hits of soft pink, purple and olive green give me all the feels I need to get pumped up for the season ahead. Scroll through the thumbnails below to get your fall fashion fix. Did I mention there's nothing over $100 on this list? #slay

Happy Sept, beauties! Can't wait to shop with you this season xx

 
Saturday
Aug262017

LABOUR YAY | Our Kid-Approved Back-to-School Shopping Edit

Sweet fall looks via Sears

I don't get it. No seriously - I honestly don't know where it went. One minute it was here with the sun and the patios and those extra long days stretching out before us. And now here we are - only 1 week to go before back-to-school and I don't know about you but I've barely thought about it. Last year's shoes are definitely too small by now. Their pants are for sure flood-ready. So really, there's no avoiding it: it's time to get serious about back-to-school. 

This year, I asked my kids and their friends to help me out with this edit. We went through my back-to-school picks and they gave me their stamp of approval. Anything deemed uncool didn't make the cut. In the end, we ended up with everything from flip sequin backpacks (one of their top picks) and funny graphic tees to super cool light-up shoes and the latest tech. For picture day picks, I did that myself - after all you can really only appreciate how your parents made you dress up for school pics maaany years later. It's a thing. 

Happy last week of holidays. Hope you're ending your summer off in the most epic way. 

1. Spider-Man Lunch Bag, $12, The Children's Place | 2. Flip Sequin Backpack, Journeys | 3. Metallic Love Backpack, $21, The Children's Place | 4. Initial Unicorn Lunch Tote, $12.90, Justice | 5. Sparkle Cat Water Bottle Sleeve, $8, Justice | 6. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, Journeys

1. Girls Belted Rose Jacquard Dress, $25, The Children's Place | 2. Striped Bow Tie, $6, The Children's Place | 3. Short Sleeve Button-Down Shirt, $15, The Children's Place | 4. Glitter Star Headband, $6, The Children's Place | 5. Cross & Dot Button-Down, $18, The Children's Place | 6. Flower Ballet Flat, $21, The Children's Place

1. Solid Waffle Long-Sleeve Tee, $9, The Children's Place | 2. Nike Kids Kaishi Sneakers, $56, Sport Chek | 3. Aviator Sunglasses, $5, The Children's Place | 4. Camo Print Fleece Joggers, $14, The Children's Place | 5. Skechers Kids Energy Lights Sneakers, $79.99, Soft Moc | 6. We Come in Pizza Tee, $5, The Children's Place

1. Girls Star Crewneck Sweater, $13, Sears | 2. Rhinestud Emoji Charm Necklace, $7, The Children's Place | 3. Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit, $21, The Children's Place | 4. Lightweight Puffer Jacket, $36, The Children's Place | 5. Glitter Star Hi-Tops, $39.90, Justice | 6. Ray-Ban Jr. Aviator Sunglasses, $105, Sunglass Hut

1. Sony Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker, $59.99, The Source | 2. Kids Wifi, $129.99, Showcase | 3. Triple C Bluspark Bluetooth Headphones, $124, American Eagle | 4. Star Achiever Stationery Set, $40, Sears | 5. HP Chromebook, $229.99, The Source | 6. Nexxtech Slim Power Bank, $19.99, The Source