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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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Friday
Apr072017

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

Thursday
Nov242016

SHINE BRIGHT | 4 Fun New Ways To Dress Up This Holiday Season

via Le Château

One month out from Christmas and we're officially in the thick of it. We're about to embark on a month-long bingefest of eating and drinking and general merry-making. And while you might be tempted to throw on your flannel onesie, snuggle up in your mermaid blanket and just call it a day, remember that 'tis the season for dressing up, too. I mean, other than summer, is there any time of year more social than December?

You'll be out grabbing gifts with your fellow shoppers, fuelling up at brunches with big men dressed in red, sipping cocktails with your co-workers and fêting all things festive. And then there's all that time with your family - from Christmas recitals to epic full-day feasts. Your flannel onesie is not going to impress your mother-in-law. You are better than your flannel onesie. 

And so, for all the reasons you'll want to dress up this season, I've rounded up some lovely outfit ideas to take you through the hols in style, without a single predictable LBD in the mix. Want to stay comfy on an extra cold day? Velvet joggers, an off-the shoulder knit, a festive red lip and pom-poms on your kicks will take your low-key look next level. Heading to a cocktail party? Banish basic black in favour of soft pink and winter white. Hoping to look extra cute at your next family 'do? Try a voluminous tulle skirt, a long cardi and ankle boots for the win. And if you like to plan ahead, a sleek bodysuit, sequined skirt and over-the-knee boots will help you shine brighter than any disco ball this NYE. 

Happy Black Friday! Can't think of a better day to treat yourself, can you?

1. Cold Shoulder Turtleneck Sweater, $45, American Eagle; 2. Faux Leather Backpack, $49.95, Le Château; 3. Quay Supergirl Sunglasses, $99.99, Jean Machine; 4. Silver Bar Earrings, $20, ALDO; 5. Pompom Shoe Clip, $15, ALDO; 6. Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick, $25, Shoppers Drug Mart; 7. Velvet Drawstring Track Pant, $69.95, Le Château

1. Gem Teardrop Earrings, $19.95, Le Château; 2. Faux Fur Nubby Coat, $105, Le Château; 3. Chiffon Boat Neck Slit Tunic, $59.95, Le Château; 4. Vasanti See the Light Highlighter Duo, $29, Shoppers Drug Mart; 5. Pointy Toe Boot, $104.98, ALDO; 6. Together Women's Wide Leg Pants, $55.99, Sears

1. Keep on Dreamin' Cardi, $49, American Eagle; 2. Diorshow Iconic Mascara, $37, Shoppers Drug Mart; 3. Sock Ankle Boots, $49.99, ALDO; 4. Statement Earrings, $14.98, ALDO; 5. Kismet Luca Racerback Tank, $16.90, Bootlegger; 6. Kismet Angel Skirt, $69, Bootlegger.

1. Geometric Ring, $20, ALDO; 2. The Bodysuit by Meghan Markle, $54.90, Reitmans; 3. Sylvana Black Velvet Over-the-Knee Boot, $160, ALDO; 4. Star Studded Crossbody, $22.50, ALDO; 5. Sequin and Knit Midi Skirt, $79.95, Le Château

Friday
Sep232016

ICE ICE BABY | 3 Winning World Cup of Hockey Outfits

We got this bruh.

Alright stop, collaborate and listen: it's time to talk hockey. With Team Canada in the finals, much of our country has made plans to have absolutely no plans, unless they involve hockey. And while I feel it's my duty as a fashion blogger to talk about fashion, I wouldn't be a true Canadian if I didn't work this post around our national sport - the sport that we grew up watching on TV with our dads, the one we perfected on bumpy backyard rinks long after the street lights had flickered on, the game that so often makes fully grown Canadian men break down and cry. Sure, our collective hope in Canadian hockey might have dimmed over these last few years but the spark is still there. Our hope still burns deep that Canada will rise to the top once again. Our love for the sport is pure and true. Our dreams of victory will never die. 

So while Crosby and co. get ready for a major game ahead, you can do your part, too. Be red, white and proud. Shake out those jerseys, jump into those Roots joggers, slap a maple leaf on your cheek and cheer like you've never cheered before. This is our game. This is our time. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. Oh wait, that's football isn't it...

We'll leave the pep talk to Babcock while I focus on what you're going to wear. Whether you're on the edge of your couch, with your squad at a sports bar or were lucky enough to score tickets to the main event, these winning outfits will get you through World Cup of Hockey finals and beyond. We've so got this. 

Does it get more Canadian? The new World Cup of Hockey cups at Tim Hortons. 

1. Double Pocket Chambray Shirt, $56, American Eagle | 2. Mineral & Ginger Clay Mask, $20, The Body Shop | 3. World Cup of Hockey Women's Tee, $29.99, Sport Chek | 4. Richview Baseball Cap, $19.99, Roots | 5. Victory Pant, $78, Roots | 6. Tim Hortons World Cup of Hockey Cup | 7. Black Beaded Moccasins, $74.99, Soft Moc | 8. Women's Pop Cabin Socks, Set of 2 for $18.50, Roots

via carterslanding on Instagram

1. Long Sleeve Plaid Tunic, $49.90, Reitmans | 2. Open Cardi with Faux Leather Pockets, $69.90, Reitmans | 3. Studded Star Crossbody, $45, ALDO | 4. Willow & Thread Faux Leather Leggings, $69.90, Reitmans | 5. National Anthem T-Shirt, $34, Roots | 6. Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers, $59.99, Soft Moc.

via Kristian Bogner Photography

1. World Cup of Hockey Team Canada Crosby Jersey, $199.99, Sport Chek | 2. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Right Said Red, Shoppers Drug Mart | 3. Canada Hockey Pom Beanie, $35, LIDS | 4. Soft & Sexy Swing Tank, $26, American Eagle | 5. Real Soft Harem Pant, $53, American Eagle | 6. Puma Fierce Sneakers, $99.99, Champs Sports.