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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
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

 

 
Thursday
Sep082016

FALL FASHION | 12 Ways to Be YOU in Fall's Top Trends

 

via American Eagle

I have a major love-hate with trends. I mean, I love knowing what's on trend - what's walking down the runways, what the Jenners and Hadids are wearing, what my fave bloggers can't stop buying. But there's being aware of trends, and then there's actually wearing them IRL. While one trend might be perfect on you, it might look ridiculous on me. And while I often find myself coveting that jacket, that Pantone colour or that cute handbag that everyone is after, I always have to ask myself: how is this going to work for me? Do I actually want to invite velvet into my life again? Can I actually tolerate a tiny little micro-tote? And, what am I going to do with my wallet (or really any of my things) now that I have one?

Luckily, trends are only really meant to be a guideline. Trends, it turns out, are as unique as you make them. And isn't that what makes fashion so amazing? I'm inspired every day when I see people put their own stylish spin on a piece everyone else is wearing in the exact same way. That's what makes fashion beautiful. And as One Direction once said, that's what makes you beautiful. I've learned so much from boy bands. 

Speaking of being YOU, I'm so inspired by the new BeYou initiative, a national cause marketing campaign created to increase self-esteem and empower 9 to 16 year-old girls across Canada. Check out the video at the bottom of this post and be sure to visit beyougirl.ca and #BeYouGirl to find out more. Such a good reminder of what's really important. Other than shoes, of course ;)

Happy Fri, lovelies! 

HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU | If you're ready for a new fall jacket, the bomber is a perfect pick - it's cute, comfy and goes with everything from jeans to joggers to dresses. But while bright white might be perfect for a modern (and super tidy) fashion maven, you might be more comfortable in black or an army green. Some might like their bombers cropped, while others love them a little bit oversized. And this season, since bombers are everywhere, risk-takers can have fun with floral prints and polka dots and emoji patches (pre-done or DIY). One thing's for sure: when it comes to fall toppers, the bomber's the bomb. 

WE LOVE | Bomber Jacket with Snaps, $35, Dynamite

HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU | If you're edgy in all the right ways, a statement black collar will show the world you have no fear. Consider yourself a free spirit? The tassel choker is festival and boho and totally beautiful. And if you're honest with yourself and just know chokers aren't your thing, try a black skinny scarf for a softer take on the trend. 

WE LOVE | Statement Collar, $15, ALDO; Tassel Choker, $18, ALDO; Skinny Floral Scarf, $16.90, Reitmans

HOW TO MAKE THEM WORK FOR YOU | Skinny or wide leg, petite or plus-sized, jeans are less about trends and more about how they make you feel. Oh and the fit. It's all about the fit. We're loving the new Reitmans sizing that offers jeans in sizes 24 to 36, plus great picks for petites, too. And since we're talking about trends, we're currently loving the new deconstructed denim like these cute Tomgirl jeans from AE. 

WE LOVE | Petite Sculpting Jegging, $64.90, Reitmans; Tomgirl Jean, $78, American Eagle

HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU | If you love to get girly or just love the colour pink, you'll love all the pretty pink picks out there this season. Wear a flowy and flattering pink top to help your complexion glow (yes, even when your summer glow fades) or keep it subtle in some cute pink booties or a soft pink handbag (which look amazing to accent all black, btw).

WE LOVE | Long-Sleeve Fooler Top, $59.90, Reitmans; Pink Suede Ankle Boots, $130, ALDO

 

HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU | Plaid is a particularly personal thing. Some women love their bright neon plaids, some like to keep it campy and classic, and others would never want to throw colour into their Insta feed, so it's naturally all about the black & white plaid. This ahhhhhmazingly soft boyfriend shirt comes in every colour so trendy or not, pick one that speaks to you. Then wear it with a corduroy skirt, with jeans, on the weekend with joggers, tied unexpectedly around the waist of your favourite dress, or with little shorts and cozy mocs for a night in with your date, Netflix. 

WE LOVE | Soft Plaid Boyfriend Shirt, $58, American Eagle

HOW TO MAKE THEM WORK FOR YOU | Okay, so stars weren't exactly a huge fall trend. But, when I see pieces like these that I like SO much, I'm calling it: trending. Keep it subtle by clipping star bag charms on to instantly update your basic black bag or, if you just can't help yourself, pick up this stunner of a crossbody. Obseeeeesssed. 

WE LOVE | Star Bag Charms, $18, ALDO; Star Crossbody, $39.99, Call It Spring

HOW TO MAKE THEM WORK FOR YOU | Drapey knits are everywhere right now and seriously, what's not to love? They're so soft and comfy and flow over all-a-y'all curves, plus they make you look like a style ninja. Pick a neutral - black, white or grey - then go for an extra-long knit. Love your arms? Go for a sleeveless tunic. Want an extra cozy layer under your wool winter coat? A maxi cardi will be your new bestie. 

WE LOVE | Willow & Thread Sleeveless Tunic, $74.90, Reitmans; Ribbed Maxi Cardigan, $59.95, Dynamite

HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU | It's been all about gold for so long that silver lovers can finally celebrate again - silver is back for fall and we couldn't be happier about the switch. If you've gone gold and don't plan on coming back, try mixing a shorter silver necklace with your long gold pendant. Whether you opt for silver shades, shiny silver jewellery or something as subtle as the inside of a heel on your fall boots, silver will help you stay cool this fall, not that you need any help with that. 

WE LOVE | Quay Showtime Sunglasses, $109.99, Jean Machine; Metallic Heel Boots, $79.99, Call It Spring

HOW TO MAKE THEM WORK FOR YOU | Emoji patches, pins and charms are everywhere this fall so there's no shortage of ways to express your true feelings. But whether you're a mom whose done her fair share of responsible things or are having a tough time handling all those deadlines at work, don't you just love this hilarious little pouch? ALL the feels for this one. Not feeling it? Find a graphic tee (partying is my cardio anyone?), or a motivational journal that speaks to you. 

WE LOVE | Twig & Arrow Pouch, $16.90, Bootlegger

HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU | There are athletes and then there are those of us who just like to dress like athletes. Sportwear is so ubiquitous now that we can all look super sporty, no athletic prowess required. I'm loving chic and streamlined sportswear this season - not because it's more aerodynamic but more because it looks so cute on. From a beyond basic crewneck to throwback Roots pants, downtime never looked so active. Want to bring the trend to work with you? A pair of structured joggers will be your new 9-to-5 faves.

WE LOVE | ONLY Asymmetrical Sweatshirt, $39.99, Jean Machine; Original Sweatpants, $74, Roots; Structured Jogging Pant with Knit Cuffs, $49.95, Dynamite

HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU | We all have our own comfort levels when it comes to exposure. A cold shoulder top is perfectly flirty when worn with jeans while a black lace cocktail dress is decidedly sexy. Whether you go for a Victorian high-neck black blouse or go for a super short LBD for date night, wear what makes YOU feel amazing. 

WE LOVE | Kismet Clara Top, $39.90, Bootlegger; Lace Mock Neck Cocktail Dress, $169.95, Le Château


HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU | If you're feeling serious black & white fatigue on social media, you're not alone. Okay fine, I wear black and white alll the time. But sometimes, you just have to bust out the colour, especially on those dull grey days that I predict in our collective Canadian future. A pair of fuchsia pumps or a perfect new red sweater might be all it takes to brighten your day. 

WE LOVE | Fuchsia Caged Pump, $59.99, Call It Spring; Open Back Dolman Sweater, $49.95, Dynamite