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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Thursday
Feb022017

LOVE ON THE BRAIN | 18 Valentine's Gifts To Make Them Swoon

Pretty in pink Ray-Bans via Sunglass Hut

There's nothing better than love. Sigh...I mean, what's not to love about love? From new relationships to weathered, old ones - er, I mean, deep, lifelong, stuff-that-movies-are-made-of ones - Valentine's is about celebrating that most important 4 letter word. I'm talking about love. Love is patient, love is kind, and love demands presents from time to time. Or is it just me who demands them? Anyway, it's complicated. Let's let these sweet, swoon-worthy gifts do the talking for me today. Clearly, I'm so smitten that it's making my mind foggy. Hmmm...must be love on the brain...

 

WHY IT'S A WIN | Whether you're in a new relationship that calls for something sweet but not too personal, or you're looking for something little to give your fave tea-obsessee, this box of beautiful tea blends is sure to warm her heart. Like a box of chocolates, only way more 2017. 

WE LOVE | Box of Hearts Tea, $35, DAVIDsTEA

WHY IT'S A WIN | You met her on Tinder and your swiping days were officially done. This super cute tee will remind her of how you met while giving her wardrobe a fun little boost. 

WE LOVE | Don't Ask Why Graphic Tee, $20, American Eagle

WHY IT'S A WIN | Namast'ay the best gift-giver ever with these luxe yoga treats for your fave yogi. A beautiful S'well bottle and a cool reversible mat will make her think of you every time she downward dogs. 

WE LOVE | S'well Bikini Pink Water Bottle, $54.99, Jean Machine; Gaiam Reversible Yoga Mat, $34.99, Sears.

WHY IT'S A WIN | No woman can resist a perfect black bag, and we're particularly smitten with the luxurious woven leathers from Roots. To make it personal, clip a little red heart key ring to it to show your love. 

WE LOVE | Mini Woven Zoe Bag, $248, Roots; Red Heart Key Ring, $18, Roots

WHY IT'S A WIN | There's nothing more romantic than poetry but since most of us can't get far beyond 'roses are red', might as well leave it to pro, Pablo Neruda. Want bonus points? Pour a glass of wine, cuddle up by the fire, then read these sweet nothings to your muse. 

WE LOVE | Love Poems by Pablo Neruda, $15.95, Coles

WHY IT'S A WIN | They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but judging by the level of excitement my husband showed when I bought him a lithium ion drill last year, I'd say tools go straight to the heart, too. This Valentines red tool cabinet is a handy-man must and will make the perfect addition to his garage/man-cave this V-Day. 

WE LOVE | International Classic Series 6-Drawer Tool Cabinet, $199.99, Sears

 

WHY IT'S A WIN | The world is a pretty troubled place right now - I mean, it's enough to make the most optimistic among us get a little low. A pair of rose-coloured glasses serve two purposes: they're super on-point and will help her slay her OOTD's, plus they'll quite literally help brighten her view of the world. Win!

WE LOVE | Ray-Ban Flat Lens Pink Sunglasses, $235, Sunglass Hut; Quay Supergirl Sunglasses, $74.99, Jean Machine

WHY THEY'RE A WIN | It can be tough to shop for a trend-setter. After all, what do you get the girl who has everything? Valentine's is the perfect chance to embrace the theme - a pair of girlfriend jeans (these ones are embroidered with the word 'love' - I mean, come on!), or new red shoes will make her style-loving heart swoon. 

WE LOVE | Vintage Hi-Rise Jean, $92, American Eagle; Red Hi-Tops, $90, ALDOPatent Pointy-Toe Pump, $85, ALDO

WHY THEY'RE A WIN | When it comes to romantic gifts, nothing tops sparkly jewels. Whether you're on a budget (um, yup) or have loads of expendable income to spare (um, nope), pretty jewellery comes at every price. If you want to keep it affordable, go for something sweet and thoughtful like this stackable heart ring, and if you're ready to splurge, it's all about the diamonds, baby. 

WE LOVE | My One True Love Stackable Ring, $90, Pandora; Vera Wang Love Collection Rose Ring, $1699, Peoples 

WHY IT'S A WIN | This time is year is the perfect time for a little escape. Whisk your love away - to a local B&B or NYC, it doesn't matter where - and make it a surprise. Tell them what to pack inside their beautiful new luggage, arrange babysitters for the dog or the kids (or both) and then take off for a few nights of adventure. Sigh...is there anything better than that?

WE LOVE | Colorado Tribe Leather Bag, $378, Roots; Samsonite Hardside Luggage, $209.99, Bentley

WHY IT'S A WIN | If you're going to do a dinner date, might as well make the most of it. 11 of Greater Sudbury’s independently owned restaurants have teamed up for Localicious, letting you try out a new resto while giving back to the community. Localicious restaurants are offering a delicious prix fixe lunch and dinner menu, with monies raised donated to our local NEO Kids campaign. Grab your Valentine and head out for an early V-Day dinner since Localicious ends this weekend. Of course, once Localicious is over, a reso at your fave restaurant is always a surefire way to celebrate your love.

WE LOVE | A Localicious dinner for 2

Friday
Oct072016

SWEATER WEATHER | 30 Luxe-Looking Sweaters That Won't Ruin Your Fall Budget

via Rocky Barnes Blog

While I'm already mourning the loss of this fall-that-feels-like-summer, the cooler weather ahead does have a silver lining: sweater weather. There's nothing like tossing on a cozy knit on a brisk day to feel all those fall feels. In my swingy long cardigan, I won't have to wear a coat while picking pumpkins with my kids. In my XL sweater, leggings and Timberlands, I can conquer a fall hike in style.  And in one of this season's off-the-shoulder knits, I can still feel the sun on my skin, just for a little while longer. 

While you'll never go wrong investing in a quality knit, it doesn't mean you can never save on sweaters. With the right construction, good yarns and thoughtful details, some of this season's sweaters are surprisingly affordable. Before you buy, check the knit in the light. Is it already pilling? That's a good sign that your sweater won't last. Next, look for any holes and stretching at the hem and shoulders. A poor construction means the sweater is likely going to stretch out of shape after a few wears.  Finally, check the label and look for either a cotton, merino wool or wool blend. Acrylic is okay but ideally try to find an acrylic that's been blended with better fibers. Sure, you might not find a luxe cashmere for under $100, but the good news? A blend is usually machine-washable. You might not want to part with $200 for a bright red sweater but at $40, it's definitely worth the risk. And if you fall in love with a certain sweater and love how it fits, a lower pricetag lets you buy it in grey AND in black. Yup. Silver linings all around. 

Happy Thanksgiving and happy sweater weather!

xx

 

 
Friday
Jul292016

WHAT TO WEAR TO WORK (When Getting Dressed is the Last Thing You Want to Do)

via Atlantic-Pacific

With the long weekend only hours away, the last thing on most of our minds is work. Hmmm...not sure about you but anyone else feel like this a lot lately? Summer is a tough time to stay motivated - whether it's tackling a big project or simply getting dressed every day. After all, with our Facebook feeds loaded with pics of cottages, camping trips and epic road trips (#blessed), it's tempting to just toss on our flip flops and call it a day. 

Since most of us need to work so we can play, I thought I'd try to help with a little sartorial motivation. These pretty summer pieces will make getting dressed for work just a little more enticing. And you know my philosophy on this - if getting motivated involves shopping, I'm always game :)

Happy looong weekend, beauties! Hope you enjoy every single summer minute.


HOW TO WEAR IT | Late night on the patio with your best friend Mojito? Up all night after a(nother) music festival? Summer comes loaded with excuses to hit the snooze button, meaning it's all about finding pieces that require as little effort as possible. Wear this throw-on-and-go black maxi to the office, then pack a pair of bold statement earrings in your bag - I mean, you never know what after-work plans might pop up between 9 and 5. 

OUR PICK | Willow & Thread Button-Down Maxi Dress, $54, Reitmans

HOW TO WEAR IT | Tired of wearing the same old outfit to work day after day after day? Zzzzzz... A vest works wonders at helping you instantly look profesh, even if you're wearing a super basic outfit underneath. Try this neutral vest over a white sleeveless shirt & black pants (see pic above), over a black dress, with a black tank & pencil skirt or even with jeans and a white tee if your office is down with denim. 

OUR PICK | Sleeveless Vest, $69.90, Reitmans

HOW TO WEAR IT | Overalls at the mine or on the construction site? Of course. But overalls at the office? Who knew? These silky dungaree overalls are a super stylish way to switch things up for your Mon-Fri. Wear these with a white tailored shirt underneath or a sleek fitted tee. Add cool metallic loafers if you work in a creative environment or add a pair of killer heels and statement glasses (fake or real, we won't judge) to look like a total boss. 

OUR PICK | Tom Tailor Dungaree Overalls, $85, Bootlegger

HOW TO WEAR IT | From scorching hot outside to freezing cold in your cubicle, is it any wonder so many of us have trouble dressing for work in the summer? Keep this gorgeous oversized scarf at your desk to ward off the chill and look totally cool while you're at it. 

OUR PICK | Provinces Scarf, $50, Roots

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Since you can forget about bare feet and flip-flops at work, you can fully justify buying yourself a pretty new pair of pumps. Consider these blue suede beauties your own little summer bonus for working so hard while everyone else is on vacay. 

OUR PICK | Italian Suede Fringe Pump, $150, Le Château

HOW TO WEAR IT | A textured white tank is such a great summer buy. You can wear it on weekends with shorts of course, but it looks equally awesome at work, either solo with a skirt or peeking out under a blazer or cardi. 

OUR PICK | Eyelet Knit Illusion Top, $29.99, Le Château

HOW TO WEAR IT | Between Beyoncé's Lemonade and Hillary making a run for the White House, women are finally having their moment. Embrace your girl power in this unapologetically feminine floral skirt - so pretty yet so powerful, just like you. 

OUR PICK | B-Envied Floral Full Midi Skirt, $49.99, Jean Machine

HOW TO WEAR THEM | No matter what you throw on, every outfit looks just a little more amazing when you rock a pair of statement earrings (especially when you don't have to blow your whole paycheque on them). We'd wear these stunners with just about everything but think they'd look especially great with a classic white shirt or head-to-toe black. 

OUR PICK | Cabochon Gem Chandelier Earrings, $22, Le Château

HOW TO WEAR IT | Every workplace is different but if you happen to work for a progressive company, a cold shoulder sweater is a gorgeous option. This v-neck will carry you through the summer straight into the fall and is so much more interesting than a basic sweater. 

OUR PICK | V-Neck Cold Shoulder Sweater, $49.95, Le Château

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Classic black. Practical tan. No-nonsense navy. All fine, all good, but on those days when I need a little extra motivation to make it to work, I'll be throwing on these floral beauties. Pick one of the many colours in the floral print to go matchy or stick with black or white - the good news with these pants is that you can let them make the statement and keep the rest of your look super simple. 

OUR PICK | Floral Print Viscose Crêpe Pant, $49.95, Le Château

HOW TO WEAR IT | From lunch with your colleagues to toting your stuff to and from work, your workday just got a whole lot brighter thanks to this beauty of a bag. If you need something larger to fit a laptop, there are loads of bold and bright options in stores that aren't black next time you're ready for an upgrade. No excuses. 

OUR PICK | Top Handle Pom Pom Tote, $65, ALDO