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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
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 or browsing online come 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 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 definitely the 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

Thursday
Oct202016

PRETTY LITTLE LAYERS | Our Top Picks for a Perfectly Cozy Fall

via Watchabuy

Think the colder weather means the end of looking cute until next spring? Hold up. With the right layering pieces, you can greet the next several months in style without sacrificing a single second of warmth.  

Read on for the cozy picks you'll love to live in this season. As for that cold weather? Brrring it on. 


WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Never underestimate the power of a perfect crewneck sweatshirt - it's classic, it's cozy, and it lends instant chill to any outfit. Want to wear your sequined skirt all day? Go for it. Just add a grey sweatshirt and cute white kicks. Sexy black waxed skinnies and pumps need some taming? Add a grey sweatshirt. Go a size up from what you normally buy to look stylish, not stuffed. 

OUR PICK | Raglan Crew Sweatshirt, $46, American Eagle

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM | There are so many ways to justify living in your black leggings on the daily, from the obvious comfort factor to the ease with which they work into your wardrobe. Still. I mean, do leggings really have to be so basic? If you haven't already, look for leather (faux or real) details to add some interest to your leggings this season. Simply add a chambray shirt, a cozy knit, some black ankle boots and a fun scarf (see below) for any cool fall day or family photoshoot that comes your way. 

OUR PICK | Black Pleather Insert Leggings, $59.90, Cleo

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Since every woman owns that same plaid scarf by now (you know the one), this fall feels like the perfect time for a switch-up. Whether you choose a fun star motif, an animal print, or a graphic that helps you express your M.O., pick a playful scarf to throw on when it gets freezing or to toss oh-so-awesomely over your couch like a Pinterest pro. Good vibes all around.  

OUR PICK | Good Vibes Scarf, $29.95, Garage

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | A turtleneck is a super sleek and easy way to update your wardrobe staples for the colder weather ahead. Wear it with a pleated skirt and over-the-knee boots, layered under a shift dress, instead of a scarf (on those days you don't feel like wearing a scarf) or with those overalls you rocked all summer. Keep it fitted, keep it simple, and be sure to pick one up in grey, black and white - you're going to need them all. 

OUR PICK | Kismet Clare Turtleneck, $39.90, Bootlegger

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM | This fall, don't let your extras be an afterthought; they might be little but gloves and scarves can totally make or break your outerwear game. You can never go wrong with black or grey but next time you shop, pick up a colour-blocked hat and a pair of mixed media gloves - practical enough to go with any of your coats but with just the right amount of detail to keep things interesting. 

OUR PICKS | Knit and Faux Leather Gloves, $40, ALDO; Roxana Pom Pom Toque, $30, Roots

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Don't suffer through another Saturday morning hockey practice alone. A S'well bottle will keep you company on the bench and keep your hot drinks (tea, coffee, Baileys - we won't judge) piping hot for up to 12 hours. Here's hoping hockey practice won't last quite that long...

OUR PICK | S'well Bikini Pink Water Bottle, $46.99, Jean Machine

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Think cozy has to mean shapeless? Meet the sweater dress - one of the sexiest ways to warm up this winter. The knit will hug your curves and show off your shape, whether you're heading to work (um, maybe add some black tights in that case) or going out for a cozy dinner date. 

WE LOVE | Midi Sweater Dress, $64.90, Dynamite

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Hit the snooze button one too many times? Here's a fast wardrobe fix, guaranteed to make your mornings a breeze: choose a monochromatic base (black, grey or off-white), then simply add a long vest and black ankle boots. Faux fur is always a cute option or go with one of fall's hottest outerwear trends: the sherpa vest. Kind of makes you want to climb to the top of a very large hill. Or hunker down for an epic Netflix sesh by the fire. Totally up to you. ;)

OUR PICK | Textured Faux Sherpa Vest, $79.95, Le Château

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | Hoodies made fashion headlines this season as the stylish sweat of choice. Whether you wear it with a skirt (seriously) or your workout gear, opt for a zip hoody with thoughtful details; we love this one for its colour-blocking, its figure-flattering seaming and of course, those super cool thumbholes. 

OUR PICK | Hyba Hooded Quilted Jacket, $69.90, Reitmans

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM | When it comes to the weather, fall is a funny time - from pouring rain to freezing mornings to those unexpected f-words (I'll just say it: flurries) - which makes footwear decisions tougher than usual. Since tall winter boots often feel way too clunky between seasons, you'll need a pair of transitional boots in your life to get you from A to B and back again. BTW, Timberlands = instant street cred. 

OUR PICKS | Timberland Flannery Sneaker Boot, $119.99, Journeys; Birdy Lace-Up Boots, $110, ALDO

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM | If you want to look chic from your toque to your toes, sport socks just aren't gonna cut it. We love cabin socks for all the practical and the pretty they provide to our rainboots and snow boots and every other boot we'll live in this season. 

OUR PICK | Ashli Cabin Sock 2-Pack, $18.50, Roots

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM | With the athleisure trend going nowhere, it's perfectly acceptable to wear your joggers in public right now. The key to keeping it stylish? Make sure your joggers are a not-too-tight slim fit, with figure flattering seams and knees that won't stretch out. If you like the baggier look, look for joggers with volume through the thigh and tapered cuffs at the ankles. Go for a grey or black pair and you can take them from your house to the grocery store without missing a beat.  

OUR PICK | Training Pant, $74, Roots

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT | A pretty colour block poncho is the perfect way to add a subtle pop of print to your solid turtlenecks, classic white button-downs or denim shirts this fall. Once the real cold arrives, don't be afraid to layer it over your black coat to make winter way more stylish. Aaand, that's a wrap. ;)

OUR PICK | Grey Colour Block Poncho Wrap, $49.90, Cleo

Thursday
Aug252016

STYLE 101 | Our Top 50 BTS Picks for the Post-Secondary Set

via the ever-stunning Jessa Kae

Much like learning, personal style is a lifelong process. When you're really little, you wear what your mom tells you to wear. Because your mom is awesome. Um, awkward family photos: check. After years of obedient dressing you finally rebel, claiming that you will only (forever and ever) wear pink. Before too long, sweetness and sugary pink have morphed into 24/7 angst and head-to-toe-black. If you're a guy, you might trade your Star Wars tees for, um, bigger Star Wars tees to clearly express who you are as a person/Style Jedi. Fashion might just seem like colours and cloth. But as you begin to figure out who you are, your sense of style evolves with you. Instead of wearing the same uniform your friends are wearing (we've all been there), you learn to pick the clothes you love, in colours and silhouettes that make you feel confident, to tell the world what you're really all about. For now, anyway...

If you're going to a new school for the first time or heading back for another semester after a sweet summer off, it's fun to pick up some new clothes to start the year off right. On the road to discovering your own personal style, consider shopping an essential part of the learning process. Remember: this is how you justify buying new shoes :) Click on the thumbnails below to scroll through my Top 50 back to school picks for guys and girls. SO many great finds here, it makes me wish I was going back, too. Sigh...

Happy back to school!

Oh, while you're at New Sudbury Centre don't miss our Stay Frosh Sudbury Contest where you can take a pic with your school's mascot to prove which school is really #1: Laurentian, Cambrian or Boreal? 

See all the contest dets at stayfrosh.com and remember: the coveted Stay Frosh trophy is on the line...