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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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 comes 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 of course 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 that ever-present 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

Friday
Jul282017

WEEKEND WARRIORS | These 30 Finds Will Take Your Off-Duty Wardrobe From Meh to Amazing

via Roots

I love my job. I really do. But if I'm honest...I mean, if I had to choose between the work week and the weekend, the weekend always wins. I'm not talking Selena Gomez's The Weekend. I'm talking those blissful few days at the tail end of a long week that involve chilling. 

I like to keep my weekends chilled in every respect: chilled out vibes that include as few plans as possible, chilled wine or beer (rosé all day, Corona por favor), and a maximally chill wardrobe. I cannot possibly do the weekend to my fullest potential if any of those 3 boxes are left unchecked. And so, I make it my mission every Friday to Sunday to cross off each of those to-do's to chill as productively as possible. 

When it comes to your weekend wardrobe, these late July days might have you feeling some wardrobe fatigue. Perhaps your shorts are too short. Perhaps your tees feel just a little too loved. Or maybe, just maybe, you just feel like shopping because in my mind, getting new clothes release dopamine, which results in an overall feeling of yup, you guessed it: chill. Goals = met. 

Scroll through the thumbnails below to check out 30 finds that will take your off-duty wardrobe from meh to amazeballs. Oh, and speaking of the weekend...yay! Happy Friday!

 
Friday
Jul142017

NINETIES, BABY | 3 Throwback Summer Trends We're Totally Feeling

via Tendances de Mode

I won't tell you how old I am but let's just say that I remember the '90s. I remember them well. And I recall that for me, my sister's closet played a starring role. She was four years older, and I was old enough to know better - but that didn't stop me from devising 007-worthy tactics to raid her closet. She had the BEST wardrobe. I'm talking denim distressed in all the right places, perfectly worn leather belts, baggy boyfriend shirts & super soft tees, oversized blazers & body-hugging bodysuits that I had absolutely no chance of filling out (sadly). She had a job and I didn't, so she bought her own clothes while I had to make do with very uncool hand-me-downs. That first time I wore one of her jackets to school, let's just say that she wasn't super stoked to find it lying crumpled up on my bedroom floor. And the time after, once she'd put a sister-proof lock on her bedroom door which I figured out how to bypass with a bobbypin, she was even less stoked.

My obsession with my sister's '90s closet taught me two important lessons: 1) Never, ever touch your older sister's stuff. Definitely not worth it. I should know. and 2) If the opportunity ever presents itself to score an epic '90s wardrobe once you can actually afford to buy your own things, take it.

Luckily, some of my fave obsessions from the '90s are back and I can't wait to live in them this summer. Slinky slipdresses can go from sexy for date nights to playful by adding a little white tee underneath.  Sleek bodysuits are amazing for taking the frump-factor out of this season's high-waisted pants & shorts. And long blazers (either floral kimono-style or boss-babe businessy), look great with jogger-style pants (as shown below) or with distressed pale denim shorts (see above). Scroll down for some '90s summer outfit inspo, courtesy of my perenially cool sis (who has hopefully forgiven me by now) ;)

xx

via Reitmans 

1. Peachy Ball Cap, $24, American Eagle | 2. Kismet White Tee, $9, Bootlegger | 3. Andie Bag in Tribe Leather, $148, Roots | 4. VANS Old Skool Skate Shoe, Journeys | 5. Crystal Charms Layered Necklace, $18, American Eagle | 6. Sleeveless Midi Dress, $30, Reitmans

via American Eagle

1. Mesh Cardi, $20, American Eagle | 2. Soft & Sexy Strappy Bodysuit, $32, American Eagle | 3. High Rise Soft Short, $34.95, Dynamite | 4. Ray-Ban Mirrored Sunglasses, $235, Sunglass Hut | 5. Wedge Sandals, $49.99, Call It Spring | 6. Nylon Mini Backpack, $52, American Eagle

via Dynamite

1. Ball Drop Earrings, $9.90, Reitmans | 2. Wrap Cami Bodysuit, $22.95, Dynamite | 3. Aviator Sunglasses, $20, American Eagle | 4. Printed Maxi Blazer, $59.95, Dynamite | 5. Faux Leather Ankle Strap Sandal, $79.95, Le Château | 6. Sacha Linen Pant, $49.95, Dynamite