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
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

 
Friday
Aug112017

BUY NOW, WEAR LATER | These 15 Fall Finds Will Prime Your Closet for the Season Ahead

via Dynamite

Shopping is a year-round sport. First there's the training - reading blogs, scrolling through Pinterest, browsing Instagram all count towards being a pro shopper. Then, there's the practicing; this is where window shopping comes in. You might not be ready to put down your credit card quite yet but you're almost there. And then, there's the main event, which of course is the shopping itself. We do this winter, spring, summer & fall, and like all truly great athletes, we never stop. There's always more to learn, there's always room to grow, and there's that ever-present goal to try to beat our own personal bests. 

Part of being a hall-of-fame-level shopper involves trying to justify our purchases by getting as much wear out of our finds as possible. In the middle of summer, this is when we really put our skills to the test. It's a bit late to shop for summer things (unless they're on sale in which case, we put on our game faces and hit that sales rack hard), and it's still a bit too hot to wear full fall wardrobes without the risk of injury - or at the very least the need to rehydrate. It's a dangerous sport but with all great risks come great rewards. These 15 fall finds will prime your closet for the season ahead and help you slay the fashion game while you're at it. Don't you just love a winning streak? Happy August - hope you're soaking up every last minute of summer xx

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | Cool nights out and cold days in air-conditioned offices make the long blazer an ideal layer for right now for pairing up with a tee and skirt. Once fall arrives, we'll be wearing it on repeat with our jeans and joggers.

WE LOVE | Knit Maxi Blazer, $69.95, Dynamite

 

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | We've been living in our white kicks for the past few years but right now, we think it's time for an update. We're loving light (but not white) sneakers in pale shades of grey, pink and tan as a super subtle update to our ever-growing sneaker collection. We're loving the just-released Nike Air VaporMax Flyknits with their comfy knit uppers and super chunky soles. 

WE LOVE | Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Sneakers, $189.99, Champs Sports

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | August and leather leggings are never a good combo. I mean, if you've ever watched that episode of Friends wear Ross gets stuck in his pleather pants, you'll totally get me. For now, we're going to pick up some mesh-insert leggings to wear to yoga and keep our faux leather leggings to bust out for fall with our ankle boots and oversized knits. 

WE LOVE | Stripe Mesh Legging, $32.95, Garage; Faux Leather Legging w Zippers, $39.95, Dynamite

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | Florals are a huge trend this fall which is great news for those of us who live in summer dresses. Pick up this black beauty now to wear on its own with cute sandals and slides, then rock it this fall with an oversized cardi and over-the-knee boots. 

WE LOVE | Printed Slip Dress, $49.90, Reitmans

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | From Drake to Meghan Markle, some of our fave peeps are proudly wearing Jays fan gear right now. We're loving the go-with-everything black version of the Jays cap to wear now and into fall anytime we don't feel like fussing with our hair.  Um, which is pretty much every day. Just us?

WE LOVE | Toronto Blue Jays MLB Black Baseball Cap, $27.99, LIDS

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | Basic sweats look so well, basic, once you put them up against some of this season's sweet detailed sweats. From oversized balloon sleeves to lace-up sides, the new sweats let you stay comfy but still feel pretty. Wear it now with your jean shorts for cool summer evenings and into fall with jeans and leather leggings. 

WE LOVE | Side Lace Sweatshirt, $51, American Eagle

 

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | Whether you're heading back to school or not, August always feels like the perfect time to pick up a new pair of jeans. Stay away from old-school super skinny styles in favour of stovepipe crops or high-rise girlfriend jeans to look right on point. Wear them now with a simple tank and later with a classic button-down shirt or cold shoulder sweater. 

WE LOVE | Claudia High Rise Floral Jeans, $59.95, Dynamite

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | Floral boots have made a comeback for fall but we can't wait to wear them so we just won't. Try them with a little white dress or denim skirt now, then wear them with everything from jeans to jumpsuits this fall. 

WE LOVE | Lace-Up Velvet Floral Boots, $89.99, Call It Spring; Floral Platform Boots, $79.99, Call It Spring

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | One of fall's biggest comeback prints is the polka-dot but we're not going to take the trend quite so literally. Whether you do the classic dot or try dalmatian-inspired spots, the key is to keep it black & white to bring new life to your solids. 

WE LOVE | Printed Ruffle Blouse, $44.90, Reitmans; Polka-Dot Piping Flip Skirt, $19.99, Ricki's 

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | We love that pretty brooches and decorative pins are finally back for fall. Add a silver pin (silver's another big trend but we'll talk about that next time...) instead of a necklace to your tees and menswear shirts to look super on trend right now, then pin it to your sweaters and outerwear for fall. 

WE LOVE | Silver Chain Pins, $11.99, Call It Spring

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | While some lace can look sweet, black lace looks edgy in all the right ways. A black lace tee is perfect for wearing with white jeans and culottes in the summer months, then under your blazers and leather jackets in the fall. 

WE LOVE | Lace V-Neck Top with Buttons, $39.95, Dynamite

WEAR NOW/WEAR LATER | A good leather jacket can be a big investment but if you've ever owned a great one, you'll know it's worth the spend. We're obsessed with the leather jackets from Roots because they're classic enough to look cool for years plus the leather gets better the more you wear it. Like leather leggings, you really only want to wear this when it's cool (obviously) but just think how sweet it will look hanging in your closet in the meantime ;)

WE LOVE | Women's Soho Leather Lake Jacket, $588, Roots

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