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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Tuesday
Jun272017

CANADA D'EH | Wear Your Maple Leaf on Your Sleeve This Canada Day Weekend

via Roots

It's almost Canada Day, eh? While it might not feel like summer quite yet, we're ready to turn up the heat this weekend. From our epic backyard barbecues with our besties to singing around the campfire, Canada Day is all about spending time with our favourites and celebrating our brief but oh-so-beautiful summer season. This weekend, perhaps more than most, it's time to wear your maple leaf on your sleeve. Read on for 15 ways to shop Canada from some of our fave Canadian retailers, whose history just might surprise you. Happy Canada Day lovelies! xx

 

WEAR CANADA | RED FROM REITMANS

DID YOU KNOW | Reitmans was founded in 1926 by Herman and Sarah Reitman. Since its modest beginnings, this publicly owned, family-controlled business has evolved from one women’s clothing store on Boulevard St. Laurent in Montreal to Canada’s largest women’s specialty retailer. 

WE LOVE | Halter Ruffle Dress, $64.90, Reitmans

 

WEAR CANADA | A BEACH BLANKET FROM BOOTLEGGER

DID YOU KNOW | Bootlegger was founded in Vancouver in the late 60s when jeans were taking over the fashion world. It began as the General Pant Company, offering the best assortment of jeans in town - but was often confused with General Paint Company. So, its founders met at a pub (how Canadian, right?), changed the name, and over 40 years later, it continues to be one of our country's fave places to shop for clothes. 

WE LOVE | Canada Day Beach Blanket, $40, Bootlegger

 

WEAR CANADA | A PRETTY LITTLE LAYER FROM DYNAMITE

DID YOU KNOW | Groupe Dynamite, with its two brands, Garage and Dynamite, operates over 400 stores in 10 differents countries and now employs over 6000 people. The Dynamite team creates, designs, and markets in Canada, then distributes the collection to its large network of Dynamite and Garage retail stores worldwide. 

WE LOVE | Long Overpiece Blazer, $44.90, Dynamite

 

WEAR CANADA | FLORALS FROM SUZY SHIER

DID YOU KNOW | The first Suzy Shier opened its doors in 1966, making it one of Canada's longest-operating women's retailers. Since 2010, Suzy Shier has donated over $100,000 to the Weekend to End Women's Cancers and is proud to donate women's clothing in support of women's shelters and causes throughout Canada every year. 

WE LOVE | Curve Appeal Floral Ruffle Peasant Top. $32, Suzy Shier

 

WEAR CANADA | TENTREE APPAREL AT BOATHOUSE

DID YOU KNOW | Boathouse began in 1973 as a small clothing store in St. Catharines, Ontario. Known locally as Arlies, the shop specialized in active lifestyle apparel and equipment, catering to outdoor thrill-seekers and sports enthusiasts. The stores eventually expanded across Canada to more than 80 stores nationwide, and is now known to most as Boathouse. 

WE LOVE | Tentree Apparel Hooded Sweatshirt, $76, Boathouse

 

WEAR CANADA | YOGA JEANS FROM JEAN MACHINE

DID YOU KNOW | Established in 1976, Jean Machine was born out of a passion for denim. Jean Machine employees aren't just salespeople, they're 'Masters of Denim', educated and trained on every brand and style to help its customers find that perfect pair every time. 

WE LOVE | Yoga Jeans Highrise Bootcut Jeans, $119.99, Jean Machine

 

WEAR CANADA | TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FROM MOUNTAIN WAREHOUSE

DID YOU KNOW | Mountain Warehouse has been an outdoor gear go-to for the family since 1997. If you've shopped there, you may have noticed that the store doesn't carry lots of different brands - almost all the products sold through its stores are exclusive to Mountain Warehouse. By designing its own products, Mountain Warehouse cuts out the middleman so its customers score the same quality, but at significantly lower prices than you’ll typically find at other shops.

WE LOVE | Canada Luggage Strap, $6.99, Mountain Warehouse

 

DRINK CANADA | CANADIAN TEA FROM DAVIDsTEA

DID YOU KNOW | DAVIDsTEA opened its first tea shop on Queen St. in Toronto in 2008. In only 9 years, the company has grown to over 200 stores in Canada and the United States, with over 150 types of tea. If that wasn't impressive enough, DAVIDsTEA offers the largest collection of organic teas and infusions in North America. 

WE LOVE | Oh Canada Tea, $7.98 for 50g, DAVIDsTEA

 

WEAR CANADA | A RED DRESS FROM LE CHATEAU

DID YOU KNOW | Le Château was started in 1959 as a family-run clothing store in downtown Montreal. Today, it employs over 2500 employees and produces 30% of its garments annually in its very own production facilities here in Canada. 

WE LOVE | Lace Illustion Cocktail Dress, $139.95, Le Château

 

WEAR CANADA | MADE IN CANADA MOCS FROM SOFT MOC

DID YOU KNOW | Soft Moc began as a single 300 sq. ft. store called 'The Canadian Moccasin Company.' Today the store operates 112 stores in every province nationwide, and remains one of the only Canadian owned and operated national footwear retailers. Its Made in Canada moccasin line is still available at each of its Soft Moc stores. 

WE LOVE | Women's Made in Canada Mocs, $109.99, Soft Moc

WEAR CANADA | A SUN HAT FROM RICKI'S

DID YOU KNOW | With more than 130 locations across Canada, Ricki's has become known for its fashionable and versatile workwear. Ricki's offers its clothing in sizes 0-18 and pants in multiple lengths to fit a wide range of women's bodies. Aside from its commitment to fashion, Ricki's has raised over $1,000,000 to help the Canadian Women's Foundation's End Poverty for Women campaign, which helps prevent violence against women, helps build the self-esteem of girls and helps low income women get out of poverty. 

WE LOVE | Here Comes the Sun Floppy Hat, $24.90, Ricki's

WEAR CANADA | SHOES FROM SPRING

DID YOU KNOW | 45 years ago, Aldo Bensadoun - son of a shoe merchant and grandson of a cobbler - pledged to build a company with compassion. Today, ALDO Group has over 20,000 associates worldwide with over 200 million customers visiting its 3 retail banners every year.

WE LOVE | Clear Sunglasses, $11.99, Call It Spring

 

WEAR CANADA | A 'NICE' TEE FROM ROOTS

DID YOU KNOW | Co-Founders Don Green & Michael Budman might have been born in the US, but they each developed a lifelong love for Canada during their summers spent at Camp Tamakwa in Algonquin Park. They moved to Toronto and founded Roots as a natural footwear company in 1973. As for the name? Don happened to be flipping through a friend's biology textbook when the word 'roots' caught his eye and he loved the idea of how a person's feet are connected to the ground like the roots of a tree. Roots remains a leader in the retail industry with its continued support of environmental initiatives.

WE LOVE | Women's Nice Short Sleeve Tee, $34, Roots

Friday
Jun092017

DAD FOR THE WIN | 40 Genius Father's Day Gifts

via Le Château

My dad was the best. He lived his life with heart and joy and boundless energy. He would strike up a conversation with anyone he met and they would inevitably leave feeling happier because my dad just had this way of making people feel special. And it was genuine. He loved people and he just loved life, embracing every invitation and adventure that came his way - and there were many. He told the funniest jokes, the most outlandish stories, made a mean drink, and cared so, so much about his 'girls'.

My dad is gone now and I miss him constantly. I was one of the lucky ones to have a truly great dad and his impact on my life was tremendous. Now that I have kids of my own, I get to see my husband be a great dad like my own dad was. He's funny and caring and patient and thoughtful. He goes away for work but you know that when he's away, all he wants to do is get back to his littles. My son looks like him and acts just like him too, which explains sooo much. Yup, turns out cuteness is a curse (You see, cute + charming means you can pretty much get away with everything because you have your mom wrapped around your adorable little finger. At least I'm aware of it, right? Hmm...better work on that...)

With Father's Day only a week away, I thought I'd do a little pre-shopping. After all, dads deserve a big hand for doing those extra little things that end up meaning the most. Scroll down for 40 fun father's day gifts to help you think outside the box of golf balls this time around. We love you dads!

 

 

 

 

 
Friday
May262017

EASY DOES IT | How to Dress Like You're Super Chill

via Dynamite

Like Clark Kent or Wonder Woman changing into their superhero suits, there's something about clothing that has the power to transform us. Put me in a business suit, glasses and heels, and I can act as profesh as the next bawse babe. Throw a sparkly dinosaur tee on me and suddenly, I'm quirky and hilarious. Or at least I think I'm hilarious. 

Whether you're the most laid-back person you know or a wound-up ball of worry, summer is the perfect time to dress like you're super chill. It's the time of year where you can brush those stresses off your shoulders and remember what it's like to breathe. It's time for loungy pants and breezy dresses that are as comfy as they are cute. Even summer accessories are designed to let you forget about your probz, from hats that help you let go of a bad hair day to easy slides that don't require any work at all. Basically it's about being as lazy as possible so you can spend your energy doing stuff that really matters. Namely, mojitos and patios. 

Happy Fri! Anyone else SO glad it's the weekend again?

1. Cold Shoulder Gingham Blouse, $43, Reitmans | 2. Soft & Sexy Mesh Bra Bodysuit, $31, American Eagle | 3. V-Neck Cami with Lace, $29.95, Dynamite | 4. Cold Shoulder Blouse, $49.95, Le Château

1. Sleeveless Maxi Dress, $46, Reitmans | 2. Denim Midi Dress, $35, Reitmans | 3. Chiffon Pleated Skirt, $49.95, Le Château | 4. Ruffle Maxi Skirt, $41, American Eagle | 5. Floral Maxi, $59.95, Dynamite.

1. Gaucho Jumpsuit, $48, Suzy Shier | 2. Sacha Jogger, $44.95, Dynamite | 3. High-Rise Palazzo Pant, $49.95, Dynamite | 4. Viscose Slit Wide Leg Pant, $59.95, Le Château | 5. Kismet Printed Romper, $49, Bootlegger.

1. Ray-Ban Blaze Collection, $245, Sunglass Hut | 2. Gold Star Earrings, $7.99, Call It Spring | 3. Fringe Earrings, $8, Reitmans | 4. Wide Brim Panama Hat, $26, American Eagle | 5. Sheer Contrast Ankle Sock, $4.95, Garage | 6. Two-Tone Baseball Cap, $14.95, Garage.

1. Puma Fenty Jelly Slide, $89.99, Champs Sports | 2. Striped Slides, $29.98, Call It Spring | 3. Silver Leather Slides, $59.95, Le Château | 4. Knot Slide Sandal, $39.95, Le Château | 5. Steve Madden Silky Bow Slide, $39.99, Journeys | 6. Slide Flatform Espadrille, $51. American Eagle