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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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Entries in Florals (3)


TRANSITIONAL DRESSING 101 | How to Look Spring-Ready Right Now

via Telegraph.co.uk

Each year, Canadians can always count on certain sure signs that winter's on its way out. Whether it's that first crocus popping out of your garden or that dude who rocks shorts and sandals on the first warm day of the year, it's easy to tell when the warm weather's almost here. Emphasis on the almost. Spring likes to tease us with its flashes of sun and double digits one day, then wallop us with snow the next. Sure, dressing is a little tricky this time of year, but that shouldn't stop you from wearing your spring things now. I'm not going to wait for the weather to make up its mind - after all, my mind's already made up. I'm in love with all of the brights and florals and whites that signal the start of the warm season. Luckily, we don't have to wait any longer to wear this season's freshest finds - simply mix your winter and spring pieces to make transitional dressing a total breeze. Read on for how to look spring-ready right now. Happy weekend! 


Runway image via Tibi 

1. Willow & Thread Linen Blazer, $119.90, Reitmans | 2. Palazzo Pants, $49.95, Dynamite | 3. Knit Off-the-Shoulder Bodysuit, $49.95, Le Château | 4. Floral Ankle-Strap Sandal, $79.95, Le Château | 5. Quay Harper Sunglasses, $74.99, Jean Machine  

Michael Kors Spring '17 image. Credit: JP Yim - Getty Images.

1. Ray-Ban Aviators, $220, Sunglass Hut | 2. Cotton-Blend Belted Trench, $99.95, Le Château | 3. Vero Moda Off-Shoulder Striped Top, $39.99, Jean Machine | 4. A-Line Jean, $54, American Eagle | 5. Block Heel, $59.99, Call It Spring | 6. Green Blazer, $79.90, Reitmans.

image via Erdem

1. Fringe Pendant Earrings, $9.95, Dynamite | 2. Faux Leather Backpack. $49.95, Le Château | 3. Willow & Thread Sweater, $32.99, Reitmans | 4. Over-the-Knee Boots, $109.99, Call It Spring | 5. Button-Front Floral Maxi, $54, American Eagle


MAY FLOWERS | 3 Fresh New Ways to Wear Spring Blooms

via Le Château

Okay, so I love flowers. I love them in the garden. I adore them freshly cut in a vase. But wearing them? It's tricky business. I see florals on stylish women all the time and I love to wear them myself, but when someone asks me how to pick the right print, it can be pretty tough to explain. Not only is our choice in flowers deeply personal but there are so many varieties, especially when it comes to clothes - from cute ditsy florals to abstract oversized blooms. Sure, there are certainly some tacky prints out there. But no matter which print you choose, I've figured out that you can almost always make a floral print look cool. 

The secret? Simply add graphic black & white. Whether the print itself is black and white, like the graphic tropical palm leaves shown at Nicole Miller, or you add a striped handbag to the mix, there's something about the stark contrast of black & white against a pretty floral print that always looks just right. One other styling secret to make the most of your blooms? Add classic cool girl staples. A floral blouse would look totally out-of-touch if worn with the wrong partners. But add white or distressed denim shorts, suede accessories and metallic shades and you'll look right on point.

Now that May is here, it's the perfect time to get in touch with your best buds again. Here are 3 new ways to wear florals right now. Happy (almost) weekend! 

via Kate Spade NY

1. Floral Tee and Pencil Skirt, $24 each, Suzy Shier | 2. Kensington Watch, $150, Boathouse | 3. Flatform Sandals, $32, ALDO | 4. Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $12, ALDO | 5. Striped Tote, $29.98, Call It Spring.

via Nicole Miller

1. Suri Lamb Leather Biker Jacket, $224, Danier | 2. Ankle-Strap Sandals, $70, ALDO | 3. Pom-Pom Crossbody Bag, $45, ALDO | 4. Cuff Detail Earrings, $10, ALDO | 5. Wood-Look Sunglasses, $12, ALDO | 6. Tropical Print Knit Slim-Leg Jumpsuit, $99.95, Le Château.

via Sincerely Jules

1. Ray-Ban Classic Polarized Aviators, $249.95, Sunglass Hut | 2. Floral Print Blouse, $29.99, Cleo | 3. Twill Midi Short, $43, American Eagle | 4. Fringed Suede Sandal, $65, ALDO | 5. Small Venetian Tribe Bag, $158, Roots.


May Flowers

Don't you frolic in your garden like that? Love this pic from the Orla Kiely Summer '13 Campaign - photo courtesy Orla Kiely

I don't know about you, but I've never had much of a green thumb. I bring a plant home, with every intention to love and water it to perfection but inevitably, I kill it with kindness. I either drown or deprive the poor sucker and before long, the pot's in the garbage and I feel enormously guilty. I've tried putting ice cubes in my orchids, and even having conversations with my hyacinths, but I've just resigned myself to the fact that for now, perennials are where it's at.

Which is why I love clothing so much;  Floral dresses, skirts and blouses need care - sure - but I can do laundry with the best of them.  I can iron and steam and hang my floral lovelies on wooden hangers like a pro so they always look their absolute best. I feel a lot less guilt, and I get a very Spring-like wardrobe to boot. Win. Win. I've scoured the racks at New Sudbury Centre and found the prettiest florals in bloom that you can enjoy all Spring and Summer long, no green thumb required. Click on the thumbnails below for my favourites.

Happy May 1st! Aren't you so happy that the warm weather is finally on its way?