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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Saturday
Aug262017

LABOUR YAY | Our Kid-Approved Back-to-School Shopping Edit

Sweet fall looks via Sears

I don't get it. No seriously - I honestly don't know where it went. One minute it was here with the sun and the patios and those extra long days stretching out before us. And now here we are - only 1 week to go before back-to-school and I don't know about you but I've barely thought about it. Last year's shoes are definitely too small by now. Their pants are for sure flood-ready. So really, there's no avoiding it: it's time to get serious about back-to-school. 

This year, I asked my kids and their friends to help me out with this edit. We went through my back-to-school picks and they gave me their stamp of approval. Anything deemed uncool didn't make the cut. In the end, we ended up with everything from flip sequin backpacks (one of their top picks) and funny graphic tees to super cool light-up shoes and the latest tech. For picture day picks, I did that myself - after all you can really only appreciate how your parents made you dress up for school pics maaany years later. It's a thing. 

Happy last week of holidays. Hope you're ending your summer off in the most epic way. 

1. Spider-Man Lunch Bag, $12, The Children's Place | 2. Flip Sequin Backpack, Journeys | 3. Metallic Love Backpack, $21, The Children's Place | 4. Initial Unicorn Lunch Tote, $12.90, Justice | 5. Sparkle Cat Water Bottle Sleeve, $8, Justice | 6. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, Journeys

1. Girls Belted Rose Jacquard Dress, $25, The Children's Place | 2. Striped Bow Tie, $6, The Children's Place | 3. Short Sleeve Button-Down Shirt, $15, The Children's Place | 4. Glitter Star Headband, $6, The Children's Place | 5. Cross & Dot Button-Down, $18, The Children's Place | 6. Flower Ballet Flat, $21, The Children's Place

1. Solid Waffle Long-Sleeve Tee, $9, The Children's Place | 2. Nike Kids Kaishi Sneakers, $56, Sport Chek | 3. Aviator Sunglasses, $5, The Children's Place | 4. Camo Print Fleece Joggers, $14, The Children's Place | 5. Skechers Kids Energy Lights Sneakers, $79.99, Soft Moc | 6. We Come in Pizza Tee, $5, The Children's Place

1. Girls Star Crewneck Sweater, $13, Sears | 2. Rhinestud Emoji Charm Necklace, $7, The Children's Place | 3. Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit, $21, The Children's Place | 4. Lightweight Puffer Jacket, $36, The Children's Place | 5. Glitter Star Hi-Tops, $39.90, Justice | 6. Ray-Ban Jr. Aviator Sunglasses, $105, Sunglass Hut

1. Sony Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker, $59.99, The Source | 2. Kids Wifi, $129.99, Showcase | 3. Triple C Bluspark Bluetooth Headphones, $124, American Eagle | 4. Star Achiever Stationery Set, $40, Sears | 5. HP Chromebook, $229.99, The Source | 6. Nexxtech Slim Power Bank, $19.99, The Source

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! 

 

 
Friday
Aug122016

BEST IN CLASS | Fall's Most-Wanted Back to School Style Finds

  via Justice

Going back to school was always one of my favourite times of the year. I wasn't super stoked about the actual school part, but as someone who's always loved shopping, the end of summer meant only one thing to me: an epic shopping trip. Since I had an older sister most of my clothes were hand-me-downs, so I lived for this trip. This was the one chance all year to get clothes that were actually just for me. This was the one opportunity where I could go all out with fully accessorized outfits. This was one time where I could shop at my favourite stores, guilt-free. This was my moment. These clothes weren't worn-out or dated or stamped with my sister's style - they were mine. Aaallll mine. 

Our back-to-school shopping trip was always a big deal. We'd make a day of it and get everything from school supplies to backpacks to shoes to clothes. I remember my patient dad sitting on lots of benches. And then I'd display my first day of school outfit proudly in my room until Labour Day. Sure, we needed new clothes but I'm pretty convinced this was really just my parents' way of lessening the end-of-summer sadness that inevitably happens right around now. It worked. And I got sweet new clothes. Win. Win. 

Whether they're into emojis or Star Wars or sparkle, this fall's back to school finds are far from basic. Scroll down to see my top picks. Hope these last few weeks of summer are extra sweet xx

 

1. Solid Puffer Jacket, $36, The Children's Place | 2. Leopard Knit Jeggings, $12, The Children's Place | 3. Ruffle Shoulder Star Top, $10, The Children's Place | 4. Polka Dot Tutu Skirt, $15, The Children's Place | 5. Dot Print Drop Waist Dress, $25, The Children's Place | 6. Nevada Girls Quilted Bomber, $15, Sears | 7. Nevada Girls Reversible Puffer Vest, $19, Sears

1. BB8 Backpack (with lunchbag, not shown), $12, Sears | 2. Tassel BFF Necklace, $6, Claire's | 3. Here's the Plan Notebook, $15, Claire's | 4. Hello Kitty Canvas Backpack, $36.50, Claire's | 5. Foil Dot Star Tights, $8, The Children's Place | 6. Bow Headband, $5, The Children's Place | 7. Silver Belt, $6, Sears.

1. TOMS Slip-On Shoes, $44.99, Journeys | 2. Converse Cosmic Sneakers, $34.99, Journeys | 3. Quilted Ballet Flat, $21, The Children's Place | 4. Cat Ballet Flat, $21, The Children's Place | 5. Youth Adidas Superstars, $74.99, Journeys | 6. Hi-Top Sneakers, $24, The Children's Place | 7. Hunter Girl's Rainboots, $89.99, Soft Moc

1. Red Puffer Jacket, $36, The Children's Place | 2. Play Hard Nap Hard Tee, $5, The Children's Place | 3. Sudbury Wolves Cap, $37.99, LIDS | 4. Monster Truck Graphic Tee, $5, The Children's Place | 5. Striped Thermal Tee, $12, The Children's Place | 6. Toddler Boys Jogger Pants, $17, The Children's Place | 7. Canada Pocket Tee, $19, Roots.

1. Emoji Sweater, $18, The Children's Place | 2. 7-Pack Backpack Pins, $7.95, Garage | 3. Striped Patchwork Top, $24.90, Justice | 4. Emoji Patch Duffle, $29.90, Justice | 5. Donut Tee, $13, The Children's Place | 6. 4-Pack Food Pins, $8.50, Claire's | 7. Love Eye Emoji Patch, $2.95, Garage.