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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Fall 2012 Shoe Report 


The Bejeweled Pump, Christian Louboutin

When I was a little girl, all I wanted to do was grow up.  To help me in my quest for independence my parents, like so many parents, gave me 'responsibilities'.  I had to clean my room, set the table, and feed our cat.  When I finished any of these tasks, I always felt like kind of a big deal.  But nothing compared to cleaning out the front hall closet.  In that little 5 x 3 room, I'd surround myself for what seemed like hours with my mom's shoes.  So many shoes, so shiny, so pretty, and I was responsible for keeping them organized.  I'd carefully line them up, two by two, and occasionally kiss each pair when I was done for good measure.  When my job was complete, I'd step back in the hallway to survey my work and marvel at the beauty of a closetful of heels.  "One day they will be mine," I'd muse, "Oh yes, they will be mine..."

Fast forward to today and I have way too many heels and not nearly enough occasions to wear them.  Is there a greater tragedy?  My goal for this fall?  Accept more invites, host more dinner parties and break out my heels every chance I get.  After all, life's too short to wear less than spectactular shoes.

If you're in need of new kicks for fall, I've rounded up a super stellar group of shoes from New Sudbury Centre just for you.  Whether you're after pretty loafers, beautiful boots, or killer pumps, we've got you covered.  And who says guys shouldn't have amazing shoes, too?  For men this fall, the stores are filled with super-cool options for you, too.  And I can pretty much guarantee the picks below will get you some positive female attention.  My only advice to you?  Run, don't walk (even if you're wearing heels), before your size runs out...

Click on the shoe slideshow below for my top picks in stores now (Shoes from ALDO, Spring, American Eagle, Boathouse, Champs, Journeys, SportChek, Le Château, and Roots)


The Twilight Effect

A subtle pop of colour in the form of rich bordeaux skinnies.  Source: whatwearewearing.com

I've never understood the whole vampire thing.  I like guys tanned and healthy-looking who don't make me fear for my life.  And aside from his British accent, R Pats just doesn't do it for me, even after the whole K-Stew debacle.  And yet I know that there are millions of girls who dream of being surrounded by a pack of fanged, blood-thirsty vampires with mild to severe lisps. Between True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Twilight, pale people are everywhere and it's starting to creep me out a little.  And you?  Call it the Twilight Effect or the world's continued obsession with all things vampy and vampiresque, but burgundy is having a major moment.  The colour, long considered dull and outdated, has been brought back to life, thanks in part to Edward, Bella & co. And though I'm not big on vampires, I'm kind of crushing on this new/old hue.  On the runways, shades of bordeaux were paired mostly with black while models and street style stars are currently brightening it up with pinks and softening it down with greys.  And bordeaux is making its way into makeup, too, with celebs currently pouting their way up the red carpet in deep, dramatic, wine-coloured lips.  Now this is one trend I can totally sink my teeth into...

Python-Print Oversized Necklace, $25, ALDO

Challis Tunic, $19, Smart Set

Knit Jeggings, $40, American Eagle Outfitters

A look from Mango's Fall 2012 Campaign

The beautifully lined Grace Leather Bag, $328, Roots

Printed Scarf, $16, Smart Set

Lindsey Wixson in the Sept 2012 issue of Flare Magazine, shot by Max Abadian

Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2

Dress, $69.99, Le Château

Chiffon Floral Frame Clutch, $59.95, Le Château 

Kate Bosworth, one of many stars who opted for a deep burgundy lip at the 2012 Met Gala

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, Wal-Mart

More burgundy skinnies, this time paired with a soft grey knit.  Source: LoftinSoho.com

Bordeaux Pumps, $100, ALDO

Oversized Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $20, Le Château

Blogger Elin Kling goes for the boho with a burgundy sweater and wide-brimmed hat. Source: Style by Kling


Summer Trends Made Simple

Straw Hats, 1950, by Nina Leen. Photo courtesy LIFE

Everyone (and every thing) deserves a second chance.  Take some of this summer's hottest trends; namely, fluorescent brights, printed shorts and the mullet skirt (yes, you read that right..the mullet skirt, aka. the short-long).  When all 3 trends surfaced earlier this season, I instantly dismissed them.  After all, neon reminds me of the '80s (in a bad way), while on principle alone, I avoid ALL things mullet (insert shudder here).  Fast forward a few months and I've now introduced all 3 trends into my closet.  And you know what?  I love the out-of-the-box results, mullet skirts and all.  Check out 3 easy ways to rock some of this summer's top trends.  I went on and on last week so this time, I'm going to let the pictures do all the talking...

Hope you're having the best summer ever!


1. Chiffon Blouse, $29.90, Dynamite 2. New Large Hobo, $268, Roots; 3. White Jeans, $78, RW&CO.; 4. Leopard Flats, $70, ALDO; 5. Two-Tone Bangle, $18, ALDO


1. Ribbon Rhinestone Necklace, $17.81, American Eagle; 2. Open Knit Shimmer Sweater, $45.75, American Eagle ; 3. Fringed Bag, $24.80, American Eagle; 4. Tie-Dyed Denim Midi Shorts, $30.53, American Eagle;  5. Western Heeled Bootie, $60.21, American Eagle; 6. Leaf Ring, $8, ALDO


1. Knotted Satin Clutch, $39.95, Le Château; 2. Metal Shield Ring, $15, Le Château; 3. Floral Chiffon Dress, $189.95, Le Château; 4. Python Strappy Sandals, $27.99, ALDO; 5. Turquoise Drop Earrings, $29.95; Le Château