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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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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

Thursday
Dec222016

GIVE JOY | The Thoughtful Last-Minute Gift (Yes, It's A Thing)

via American Eagle on Instagram

There are many reasons to justify being late with the gifts this year. The kids are still in school, the weather's been weather-y, and life is busier than ever. I've told myself these excuses for the past few days to explain away the fact that I have yet to buy for half the people on my list. Yet somehow, here I sit, with a list a mile long, and not a care in the world. Why? Last-minute shopping is actually kind of fun. Getting gifts at the 11th hour and making them personal is totally possible. And with Boxing Day sales already starting at some stores, you can always count on getting some sweet deals in return. While I sit here and enjoy my tea latte, loving the hustle and bustle of it all, I'm sharing some of my top thoughtful last-minute gifts with you. The key to making them meaningful? It's all about combining gifts in a clever way to show that you care. Which you do. You're just a little fashionably late, that's all ;)

Merry Christmas! Here's to a happy, healthy and, of course, stylish new year!

 

PERFECT FOR | The Dog Owner. Give them cozy coats for the many long walks they'll take together. After all, we've got a long winter ahead...

OUR PICKS | Robson Down Jacket, $124.88, Roots; Roots x Canada Pooch Sweater, $54.99, Roots

PERFECT FOR | The Tech-Obsessed. A super smart smartphone or a watch that does everything - they'll love showing off their new gear in the new year. Pick up a great phone case to make the gift a little more personal. 

OUR PICKS | Google Pixel Phone, Koodo Mobile; Apple Watch Series 2, Jump+

PERFECT FOR | The Glamour Girl. She doesn't need them - she neeeeeds them. 

OUR PICKS | Quay Desi High Key Sunglasses, $129.99, Jean Machine; Pink Pom Pom Bag, $45, ALDO

PERFECT FOR | The True Canadian. A buzzed-about book, Gord Downie's newest disc and a blanket to cozy up in while enjoying both. 

OUR PICKS | Wenjack by Joseph Boyden, $12, Coles; Secret Path for Chanie Wenjack by Gordon Downie, $12.99, HMVCabin Maple Blanket, $120, Roots

PERFECT FOR | The Sentimental Type. Write her name out in charms. Personalize his ballcap with his initials. Thought it was too late to make it personal? Think again. 

OUR PICKS | Alphabet and Star Sign Charms, $50 each, Pandora; Customizable Hats, LIDS

 

PERFECT FOR | The Zen Master. From downward-dogs to mindful meditating, your fave yogi will love these zen treats. 

OUR PICKS | Diadora Shala Yoga Bag, $23.99, Sport Chek ; S'well White Gold Water Bottle, $64.99, Jean MachineSerenity Wellness Tea, $12.50 for 2 oz, TeavanaThe Glow Tea Set, $60, DAVIDsTEA

 

 

PERFECT FOR | The Extreme Camper. He could run into anything out there - best to be prepared. 

OUR PICKS | Extreme Sensor Head Torch, $21.99, Mountain WarehousePop-Up 3 Man Tent, $65.99, Mountain WarehouseOriginal Sweatpant in Steel Grey, $74, Roots

PERFECT FOR | The Vegetarian. A cookbook is nice but add a Canadian maple cutting board and you've got yourself a gift with (celery) heart. Chop, chop. 

OUR PICK | Labell Canadian Maple Large Cutting Board, $65, WalmartOh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon, $32, Coles

PERFECT FOR | The Caffeine Addict. They'll think of you every day as they wake up in the most wonderful way. Write a personal message on the mug to make their mornings extra sweet. 

OUR PICKS | Vertuoline Evoluo Deluxe Bundle, $329.99, SearsCustomizable Nordic Mug, $23, DAVIDsTEA

 

Friday
Dec092016

MERRY & BRIGHT | 50 Fun Gifts for Everyone On Your Nice List

via Roots

I can't blame you for feeling overwhelmed by it all. I mean, December is always straight up manic - between making plans and hosting parties, grabbing gifts and doing good deeds, this time of year is all about stressing and hurrying and getting it done. But then, when all of that rushing is done, it's all about stopping. It's about pausing and relaxing and fa-la-laaing with your favourites. It's about crisp white days and silent nights. It's about spending time with the people we love. We forget about work and worries for awhile as we watch Clark Griswold light up the night (Joy to the Woooorld) and Kevin experiment with after-shave. We remember what it's like to feel like a kid again as we eagerly wait for Santa to arrive.

As we all learned from Dr. Seuss, we know that in Whoville at least, Christmas came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. We know Christmas doesn't come from a store. We all know it means just a little bit more. But still, you have to admit it - giving great gifts is FUN. Since you're probably a little bit busy right now, I put together a list of 50 fun gifts for everyone on your nice list so you can quickly grab your gifts and get to all the good stuff just a little bit sooner. Happy holidays - hope you're enjoying every manic minute!