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
Feb172017

TRENDING | 5 Easy Updates You Need in Your Wardrobe RN

via Reitmans on Instagram

The mid-Feb struggle is real. Everyone is going on vacay, the weather is all over the map and you are so, SO sick of wearing snowboots every day. Your feet are desperate for a pedi but what's the point? Unless you're lucky enough to be headed somewhere tropical, your toes won't see the sunlight for another few months anyway. So what's one to do? Why, shop, of course!

Clear out your closet of anything that doesn't fit, doesn't flatter and doesn't make you feel amazeballs. It's the Family Day long weekend so you have an extra day to do some early spring cleaning. Okay, done? Now, it's time for a few updates. Here are 5 easy ways to upgrade your wardrobe right now:

1) LAYER UP - There are loads of tempting silk camis and slip dresses in stores but it's way too early to go sleeveless. Here's the fix: take a body-con white, black or grey long-sleeve tee or bodysuit and layer your cami or slipdress over top. You'll look cool and current and ready for spring, even if the weather's not. 

2) GET NEW (OLD) JEANS - Denim has made a trip back to the '90s with stiff, selvedge jeans replacing the stretchy skinnies of the past several seasons. From high-waisted mom jeans to stiff straight-legs to clean, classic bootcuts, the most on-point pairs of jeans look refreshingly new, yet oh-so-familiar. 

3) STATEMENT SLEEVES - When it comes to tops this season, sleeves are anything but an afterthought. Look for bell sleeves, dramatic flounces and cool tie-up details to add loads of interest to your top half. Waves, high-fives and dabs highly encouraged.

4) THE NEW COLD SHOULDER - If you fell in love with cold shoulder tops last summer, you'll be happy to hear that they're back and more interesting than ever this season. Ruffle details, pretty florals and nautical stripes will get your wardrobe right up to speed. 

5) BLOCK PARTY - So, open-toes aren't an option quite yet. But whether you're heading somewhere hot or just want to have some new shoes to get excited about for the minute the snow melts, remember that for Spring '17, it's all about the block heel. We love the sturdy comfort of a stacked heel so you can get the height you crave without the wobble. 

Scroll down for some of my top picks to shop now. Happy long weekend!

via Dynamite

1. Kismet Cropped Tank, $4.99, Bootlegger; 2. Satin Slip Cami, $19.95, Dynamite; 3. Tank Top with Banded Back Detail, $34.95, Dynamite; 4. Dotted Slip Dress with Lace Hem, $48, Suzy Shier; 5. Satin Slip Cami, $19.95, Dynamite.

via Dynamite on Instagram

1. Guess Step Hem Jean, $118, Bootlegger; 2. Raw Edge Jeans, $49.95, Dynamite; 3. Relaxed Slim Boyfriend Jeans, $59.95, Dynamite; 4. Original Comfort Straight Leg Jeans, $49.90, Reitmans; 5. Yoga Jeans High-Rise Bootcut Jeans, $159.99, Jean Machine

via Dynamite

1. Sweatshirt with Tied Bell Sleeves, $39.95, Dynamite; 2. Bell Sleeve Floral Top, $34.95, Dynamite; 3. Bell Sleeve Sheath Dress, $42, Suzy Shier; 4. Satin Blouse with Bell Sleeves, $39.95, Dynamite; 5. Chiffon Drama Sleeve Blouse, $54.95, Le Château

via Reitmans on Instagram

1. Cold Shoulder Blouse, $53, American Eagle; 2. Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top, $29.95, Garage; 3. Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top, $29.95, Dynamite; 4. Cold Shoulder Striped Sweater, $54.90, Reitmans; 5. Floral Cold Shoulder Top, $34.95, Dynamite

via ALDO

1. Platform Sandal, $110, ALDO; 2. Black Suede Slides, $85, ALDO; 3. Stacked Heel Sandal, $120, ALDO; 4. Woven Leather Shootie, $120, ALDO; 5. Navy Open-Toe Bootie, $59.99, Call It Spring; 6. Block Heel Sandal, $85, ALDO

Friday
Apr082016

TREND REPORT | 3 Reasons You'll Love Spring's Cropped Jeans

Cropped jeans, Kendall Jenner style - via InStyle

I'm always that girl. You know, the one who wears white jeans while everyone else is still wearing black. The one who wears a trench coat in April, even if it's still snowing outside. I've already put most of my winter stuff into storage and replaced it with bright sunglasses, floaty scarves and spring jackets, which I'd rather wear a vest over, or a thin quilted jacket under, than put on my parka even one more time. Once we hit spring, I just can't with all the winter stuff. 

Cropped jeans are my new lust-have and they're the perfect solution for those of us who just want to get on with spring already. Every It girl from NY to LA is rocking their crops right now - with little ankle boots on extra cold days and, most notably for Spring '16, with flatform oxfords when you're cool with showing some skin. Call me obsessed. And let's just call it time for a new pair of jeans, shall we? See below for 3 ways to wear cropped jeans this spring. Happy FriYAY!

1. Silver Polarized Aviators, $250, Sunglass Hut | 2. Starburst Ear Jackets, $12, ALDO | 3. Reversible Tote, $65, American Eagle | 4. Concho Belt, $32, American Eagle | 5. Sateen Artist Crop, $59, American Eagle | 6. Flatform Oxford, $90, ALDO | 7. Tuxedo Lapel Knit Blazer, $79.90, Ricki's.

 

1. Front Row Collection Mirrored Sunglasses, $55, ALDO | 2. Charm Collar Necklace, $30, American Eagle | 3. Soft and Sexy Cold Shoulder Tee, $33, American Eagle | 4. Pale Blue Boatneck Sweater, $39.95, Le Château | 5. D'Orsay Ballet Flat, $13, American Eagle | 6. Kick Crop Jean, $53, American Eagle.

1. Double V-Neck Crop Top, $29.95, Dynamite | 2. Gold Choker, $12, ALDO | 3. Gisele Cropped Hi-Rise Straight Jeans, $54.95, Dynamite | 4. Maxi Vest with Slits, $39.95, Dynamite | 5. Suede Block-Heel Sandal, $90, ALDO | 6. Bronze Crossbody Clutch, $55, ALDO

Thursday
Mar242016

STYLE CLASS | How to Do Cool Girl Casual Without Breaking the Bank

via Style.com

Full disclosure: I'm on a seriously strict spring shopping budget. My husband's working on a start-up venture so that means that I have to be a little more resourceful than usual these days. I can't just drop mad bills at Aritzia. I can't go on an All Saints spending spree. COS, The Row and Kit & Ace will have to wait.

Since I've never let limited funds stop me before (and don't intend to start now), I've mined the stores at New Sudbury Centre to achieve that sporty, minimalist look all the cool girls are wearing right now. The best part? Almost every piece I found is well under $100. Who's cool now? See my picks below and get ready to own the weekend. Happy extra-long weekend, bunnies!

 

HOW TO WEAR IT | From its oversized front pocket to its well-placed back seam, this luxe-looking t-shirt dress is a stellar buy. Once summer rolls around, this dress will be weekend-ready with a pair of cute kicks. But since we're still facing snow, sleet and who-knows-what-else, wear it now with a pair of black basic or leather leggings. 

OUR PICK | Kismet T-Shirt Dress, $45, Bootlegger

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Ditch your winter joggers for a cotton pair that's perfect for spring. We love the relaxed yet structured cut of these casual pants for pairing up with everything from a plain white tee to an easy minimalist crewneck. 

OUR PICK | Utility Jogger, $45, American Eagle

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Cool girls don't usually wear a ton of accessories - after all, they never want to look like they've tried too hard. One well-picked piece is all it takes to make a major style statement, whether you're heading to an impromptu brunch or book club. From a silver aztec necklace to a small stack of textured arm-party bracelets, pick one eclectic extra and get back to that stacked social calendar.

OUR PICKS | Silver Statement Necklace, $35, ALDO; Arm Party Bracelets, $16, American Eagle

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Look at any coveted fashion brand right now and you'll see every model wearing white sneakers. While we're still in love with our low-tops, we're giving ourselves a spring upgrade with a pair of white hi-top VANS, ideal for wearing with everything from dresses to cotton joggers.

OUR PICK | VANS Sk8 Hi Skate Shoe, $79.99, Journeys

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Don't get stuck in a sunglasses style rut - on-fleek shades are an easy way to look on point without having to wreck your shopping budget. 

OUR PICK | Round Sunglasses, $16, ALDO

 

HOW TO WEAR IT | Whether you're still in school or way past graduation day, a fringed backpack is a must for any aspiring cool girl (ahem, woman). This fringed black pack looks grown-up enough to work for any age, and we're loving the under-$50 pricepoint. 

OUR PICK | YDE Vegan Leather Fringe Backpack, $49.99, Jean Machine

HOW TO WEAR THEM | How sick are these city sandals? Ankle-wrap, sexy vamp and a block heel that lets you strut, not stumble? Oh, I'm down. See? I'm already talking cooler. 

OUR PICK | Double Slingback Sandal, $110, ALDO

HOW TO WEAR IT | Don't let all those hot yoga classes and planks go to waste - a knit tank will let you show off those toned arms, whether you're chilling inside or going coat-less once the warm weather hits. A long tank looks amazing with leather leggings or white jeans, while a cropped tank looks perfect with high-waisted culottes or a black maxi skirt. 

OUR PICKS | Sleeveless Sweater, $32, Reitmans; Wrap Sweater Crop Tank, $25, American Eagle

 

HOW TO WEAR IT | Your first order of business this weekend (after you've bought your Easter eggs, of course) is to either track down your long-lost bandana or go get a new one. Pick navy, black or pale blue, then wear it around your neck with literally everything you own this season. Seriously. Instant cool-girl status. 

OUR PICK | Black Paisley Bandana, $9.50, Claire's

HOW TO WEAR IT | We can wait to bring back the seventies this spring in an easy suede dress. Wear it now with over-the-knee boots and in the spring with a pair of easy sandals. 

OUR PICK | Kismet Suede Swing Dress, $65, Bootlegger

HOW TO WEAR IT | The must-know mantra of the cool girl? Always wear your tees oversized. We love this bold take on the classic striped tee and plan on wearing it all spring with our long cardis, cropped jeans and joggers.  

OUR PICK | Guess Stripe Tunic, $49, Bootlegger

HOW TO WEAR THEM | I've pushed these jeans before, and I'll push them again. Put away your skinnies, get ready for the floods, then rock these cropped kick jeans for spring to get instantly up-to-date. Since your feet are on full display, make sure you make your shoes a priority. In other words, you get to go shoe shopping. #yay

OUR PICK | Kick Crop Jean, $40, American Eagle

 

HOW TO WEAR IT | Wear this perfect military-inspired button-down with blue jeans or black ripped jeans, closed or open over a white tank, in place of a spring jacket or tied around your waist. No matter how you spin it, I only have two words for you: Must. Have. 

OUR PICK | Military Button-Down Shirt, $45, American Eagle