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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Monday
Jan232017

JET SET | 40 Resort-Ready Picks to Help You Pack Like a Pro

#followmeto the Maldives via Murad Osmann Instagram

As if the dull, grey days of Jan aren't depressing enough, our generation has social media to make taking off that much more tempting. This time of year, Facebook pages get flooded with pics of braggy beach shots. Insta stories of your friends frolicking in the ocean seem designed to torture you while you're cooped up in your cubicle (see mine here - *sorry*) I mean, it's enough to make even the most live-in-the-moment among us want to grab a last-minute flight to somewhere. Anywhere. Like, I'd take a hut on the beach with no running water, as long as I had an ocean view and someone to make me mojitos. Who's with me?

Whether you've already booked your vacay or are currently contemplating one, I've done a little research to help you pack like a total pro. After all, shopping for cute hot weather gear in January (in Canada no less) can be a serious struggle. And as far as I'm concerned, it's all about making your getaway as challenge-free as possible. Um, unless the challenge involves mojitos, of course ;)

Stream some Bob Marley, imagine yourself on a white sand beach and dream a little while you check out these resort-ready finds. Sigh...I'm feeling sunnier already...

 
Thursday
Jan052017

GET IT GIRL | Workout Gear That Might Actually Get Us to the Gym

via Reitmans

When it comes to getting healthy, it's not supposed to be about how you look, of course. But let's face it, as self-aware as I pretend to be, I'm not gonna lie - looking good is half the battle for me. I know that the real motivation for working out should always be about feelings - you know, feeling good and feeling healthy and feeling at one with my chakra. Except, I'm not sure what a chakra is. What I do know is that all of those things are super important but useless knowledge if I can't actually get myself to the G-Y-M.

I don't know about you but for me, it takes a few motivators to get me there, especially after a long and lazy couple of weeks (fine, months). And I'm not talking personal trainers. It's a new pair of cool kicks that I'll admire as I'm slogging it out on the stair machine. It's sports bras that stop the bounce and let me focus on all of those extra holiday calories I'm burning instead. It's about leggings that work with my curves and keep me sucked in to help me visualize how my thighs will look after hundreds of lunges. And sometimes, it's about things that bring joy during every tough workout - from a sleek S'well bottle to earphones that keep the good vibes going. So necessary. 

Scroll down for the cute new workout I'm loving right now and good luck, whatever your 2017 goals might be. You've got this. 

1. Adidas Two-Layer Tee, $59.99, Sport Chek; 2. Diadora Printed Mesh Tank, $39.99, Sport Chek; 3. Lole Women's Long Sleeve Top, $78.99, Sport Chek; 4. Nike Tech Fleece Jacket, $89.99, Champs; 5. Hyba Colourblock Long-Sleeve Tee, $49.99, Reitmans.

1. Deep V Sport Bra, $19.95, La Senza; 2. Nike Pro Indy Sports Bra, $55, Sport Chek; 3. Nike Pro Swoosh Bra, $29.99, Champs; 4. Nike Pro Swoosh Gold Bra, $24.99, Champs; 5. Nike Pro Padded Printed Bra, $29.99, Champs; 6. Adidas TechFit Sports Bra, $29.99, Champs

1. FitBit Alta Wristband, $169.99, The Source; 2. Hyba Duffle Bag, $45, Reitmans; 3. S'well White Gold Insulated Water Bottle, $64.99, Jean Machine; 4. PowerBeats3 Wireless Earphones, $229.99, The Source; 5. Hyba Contrasting Yoga Mat, $30, Reitmans; 6. Instance Painted Crew Socks, $24.99, Sport Chek

1. New Balance Run Premium Women's Tights, $99.99, Sport Chek; 2. Hyba Printed Fast Track Legging, $59.90, Reitmans; 3. Adidas Trefoil Floral Leggings, $34.99, Champs; 4. Nike Pro Warm Printed Tights, $68, Sport Chek; 5. Nike Power Legend Graphic Tights, $95, Sport Chek

1. Nike Air Max Thea Silver, $114.99, Champs; 2. Adidas Originals Tubular Defiant, $109.99, Champs; 3. Adidas Ultra Boost, $179.99, Champs; 4. Adidas Originals Tubular Shadow, $99.99, Champs; 5. New Balance Women's Training Shoes, $149.99, Sport Chek; 6. Nike Free Flyknit Training Shoes, $174.99, Sport Chek

Thursday
Dec222016

GIVE JOY | The Thoughtful Last-Minute Gift (Yes, It's A Thing)

via American Eagle on Instagram

There are many reasons to justify being late with the gifts this year. The kids are still in school, the weather's been weather-y, and life is busier than ever. I've told myself these excuses for the past few days to explain away the fact that I have yet to buy for half the people on my list. Yet somehow, here I sit, with a list a mile long, and not a care in the world. Why? Last-minute shopping is actually kind of fun. Getting gifts at the 11th hour and making them personal is totally possible. And with Boxing Day sales already starting at some stores, you can always count on getting some sweet deals in return. While I sit here and enjoy my tea latte, loving the hustle and bustle of it all, I'm sharing some of my top thoughtful last-minute gifts with you. The key to making them meaningful? It's all about combining gifts in a clever way to show that you care. Which you do. You're just a little fashionably late, that's all ;)

Merry Christmas! Here's to a happy, healthy and, of course, stylish new year!

 

PERFECT FOR | The Dog Owner. Give them cozy coats for the many long walks they'll take together. After all, we've got a long winter ahead...

OUR PICKS | Robson Down Jacket, $124.88, Roots; Roots x Canada Pooch Sweater, $54.99, Roots

PERFECT FOR | The Tech-Obsessed. A super smart smartphone or a watch that does everything - they'll love showing off their new gear in the new year. Pick up a great phone case to make the gift a little more personal. 

OUR PICKS | Google Pixel Phone, Koodo Mobile; Apple Watch Series 2, Jump+

PERFECT FOR | The Glamour Girl. She doesn't need them - she neeeeeds them. 

OUR PICKS | Quay Desi High Key Sunglasses, $129.99, Jean Machine; Pink Pom Pom Bag, $45, ALDO

PERFECT FOR | The True Canadian. A buzzed-about book, Gord Downie's newest disc and a blanket to cozy up in while enjoying both. 

OUR PICKS | Wenjack by Joseph Boyden, $12, Coles; Secret Path for Chanie Wenjack by Gordon Downie, $12.99, HMVCabin Maple Blanket, $120, Roots

PERFECT FOR | The Sentimental Type. Write her name out in charms. Personalize his ballcap with his initials. Thought it was too late to make it personal? Think again. 

OUR PICKS | Alphabet and Star Sign Charms, $50 each, Pandora; Customizable Hats, LIDS

 

PERFECT FOR | The Zen Master. From downward-dogs to mindful meditating, your fave yogi will love these zen treats. 

OUR PICKS | Diadora Shala Yoga Bag, $23.99, Sport Chek ; S'well White Gold Water Bottle, $64.99, Jean MachineSerenity Wellness Tea, $12.50 for 2 oz, TeavanaThe Glow Tea Set, $60, DAVIDsTEA

 

 

PERFECT FOR | The Extreme Camper. He could run into anything out there - best to be prepared. 

OUR PICKS | Extreme Sensor Head Torch, $21.99, Mountain WarehousePop-Up 3 Man Tent, $65.99, Mountain WarehouseOriginal Sweatpant in Steel Grey, $74, Roots

PERFECT FOR | The Vegetarian. A cookbook is nice but add a Canadian maple cutting board and you've got yourself a gift with (celery) heart. Chop, chop. 

OUR PICK | Labell Canadian Maple Large Cutting Board, $65, WalmartOh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon, $32, Coles

PERFECT FOR | The Caffeine Addict. They'll think of you every day as they wake up in the most wonderful way. Write a personal message on the mug to make their mornings extra sweet. 

OUR PICKS | Vertuoline Evoluo Deluxe Bundle, $329.99, SearsCustomizable Nordic Mug, $23, DAVIDsTEA