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
Apr212017

40 Seriously Cute Dresses & Rompers You'll Live in This Spring

via Dynamite

I love dresses. If there was a zombie invasion and I had to grab one item out of my closet to take with me, I'd always choose a dress. Or, if I had a really tiny bag and was told I could only pack one piece to take on vacation, a dress would always be the one. Desert island? Definitely a dress. Save one item of clothing from a fire? I'd grab the dress. First dates, second dates, anniversaries, baby showers, weddings, interviews - basically, I know that I'll be ready for any situation in a great dress. Here's the problem: we live in Canada. And I know you can technically wear dresses all year long. It's just, well, I never really feel like wearing dresses in the winter. It's like Oscar-nominated movies that you know you should probably watch but you'd just rather binge on something light like Big Little Lies or Real Housewives.  Dresses in the winter just feel like a ton of work - you need to wear tights which always feel constricting and itchy, dresses look really dorky with Sorels and then there's the wind issue which is never fun.

Now that spring's finally here, I am all about dresses and rompers. Any day now, the temps will remain in the teens and then, I could pretty much put all of my other clothes in a storage box and live in dresses and rompers for the next 4 months. You can throw them on without a second thought - no mixing and matching anxiety, no outfit planning required - and always look lovely. They work during the week with heels or chic flats and on the weekends with runners. If your legs are pale or require some lunges, you can always rock a maxi. If you want to show them off, a cute little romper gets the job done, and then some. Basically what I'm trying to say is that you need some new dresses and rompers in your life. Scroll below for my top 40 pretty picks from New Sudbury Centre. Happy FriYAY!

 
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
Mar232017

LIKE A BOSS | 12 Spring Upgrades Your Work Wardrobe Will Love

via whatweworeblog on Instagram

Girl bosses used to dress like men to get the respect they deserved, often with mixed results. Pants. Obviously yes. Shoulder pads? Mmmmnot so much.  As a proud girl boss, let me say that I have managed to build my own business, work on my own terms and continue to set goals that my 7 year-old self would have been proud of, and I've done it all in pink. This spring, a killer work wardrobe is all about harnessing your fashion power to make your 9-to-5 grind more fun. It's about taking charge of the season's top trends and making them work for you. And of course, it's about shoe shopping because let's face it: when is it not about shoe shopping? 

Read on for 12 spring upgrades your work wardrobe is going to love. Now all you've gotta do is werk it...


STYLIST TIPS | Bored with your basic button-down? Give your blouse edit an instant update by adding bell sleeves to the mix. The oversized sleeves will make every board meeting more dramatic, each Powerpoint point more pointed, every after-work sip of wine so much more chic. Wear them with tailored trousers (any colour you like, from neutrals to pastels to brights to florals) and a long pendant necklace, then try it with frayed hem cropped jeans and white kicks on the weekend. 

OUR PICK | Bell-Sleeve Blouse, $44.90, Reitmans

 

STYLIST TIPS | If thinking in practical terms (which you should never do in fashion, btw), printed pants might seem tough to justify. After all, how many times can you wear floral pants to work? Okay, picture these stylish scenarios: 1. With a white button-down, black pointy-toe pumps and black fringe pendant earrings. 2. With a plain white tee, a black leather bomber and clean white sneakers for dress-down days or casual offices. 3) With a black blazer, black silky tank and heels in place of a boring suit. I've only named three. I could go on but I won't, because I need to get this post done so I can go buy these pants. #sorrynotsorry (Oh, would also be super cute with a pink trench or an army green utility jacket or the black bell-sleeved blouse I featured above - see? I can't stop...)

OUR PICK | Floral Print Crêpe Slim Leg Pant, $49.95, Le Château

STYLIST TIPS | This lovely pink trench, with it's subtle moto-zip detail, has girl power written all over it and is ideal for running the world, no matter what the spring weather throws your way.  

OUR PICK | Soft Pink A-Line Trench, $139.90, Cleo

STYLIST TIPS | If you tend to stress, let your shoes guide your vibe. These laid-back slides will help you slide into work without having to worry about the pain of uncomfortable heels or the annoyances of no-sandal dress codes, plus they'll help you look extra on top of it. If you wish you could wear slippers to work, these are really the next best thing. I love wearing these with wide leg cropped pants (see below) or printed pants (see above). 

OUR PICK | Backless Loafer, $90, ALDO

STYLIST TIPS | I'm not suggesting you wear sunglasses in your office (tempting as that might be), but on your way to work, out for lunch or on your commute home, you need a pair of expensive-looking glasses in your workwear arsenal. I'm loving the collection of premium glasses at ALDO right now that feels decidedly luxe without the commitment of designer eyewear prices. If pink just isn't your thing, you're probably going to hate this post so far but luckily, most of my suggested pink finds come in black, too. 

OUR PICK | Premium Sunglasses, $55, ALDO

STYLIST TIPS | When it comes to looking profesh, never, ever let your work bag be an afterthought. If I had a dime for every time I've seen a perfectly well-dressed woman ruin an entire outfit with a plastic lunch bag, I'd have so many amazing pairs of shoes. Remember that a truly killer work wardrobe is all about attention to detail - think polished digits and shoes, on-point hair and heels, and of course, a sleek-looking laptop bag to carry all of your Very Important Stuff. 

OUR PICK | Uptown Box Tote, $328, Roots

STYLIST TIPS | Wide legs have all but replaced skinnies for fashion influencers and chic working girls are following suit. This spring, it's all about the wide leg crop and the high-waisted wide leg, both of which will make you look totally current on the job. Wear them with a white shirt and block heels or push it with suspenders à la Monica from Friends Season 1, Episode 1. Don't you just love Netflix fashion inspo? 

OUR PICK | Stripe Woven Wide Leg Pant, $99.95, Le ChâteauWide Leg Cropped Pants, $34.90, Reitmans

STYLIST TIPS | Dressing for work can feel like a daily battle. Time to take control - think of your office as your town and you as the slick sheriff. Except, instead of a bandana 'round your neck, you've got this floral scarf instead. Now reel in those boring outfits and rope 'em in with this scarf. Basic black suit? Whachow. Simple crew neck sweater? Kazow. Those neutrals'll never know what hit 'em. 

OUR PICK | Floral Scarf, $12, ALDO

STYLIST TIPS | A pair of shoulder-skimming earrings are the answer to every woman's early morning probz. Hit the snooze button one too many times? Add these earrings to a white long-sleeve tee and black cropped pants. Missed the kids' schoolbus? Throw these earrings on and nobody will notice those mismatched socks. I'd also highly recommend these stunners to take any outfit from serious to seriously fun for impromptu dinner dates with your work besties. 

OUR PICK | Fringe Earrings, $12.90, Reitmans

STYLIST TIPS | Adding a third piece is key to taking any work outfit from meh to major. While a blazer can sometimes feel too constricting and a long cardigan can feel sloppy, a sleeveless blazer is the perfect, stylish compromise. Wear it with everything from fitted long-sleeve bodysuits and tailored trousers to a tee and dark denim on casual Fridays. 

OUR PICK | Sleeveless Open Blazer, $74.90, Reitmans

STYLIST TIPS | If you love your striped tees as much as I do, then it's likely you love wearing them to work, too. Problem is, a striped tee doesn't exactly scream 'adult', does it? Luckily, this striped chiffon top has all the classic vibes of your go-to striped tees but with a lovely pleated chiffon detail that instantly upgrades it to corporate level. Love!

OUR PICK | Pleated Chiffon Striped Top, $49.90, Cleo

STYLIST TIPS | Spring means it's time to start wearing your dresses again and this eyelet beauty is ripe for the picking. Navy is a nice subtle update if you're guilty of wearing all black all the time but luckily, it still pairs beautifully with black for the office. Wear it now with black tights and ankle boots and later with bare legs (if your office allows) and block heels or pointy-toe flats. Bright accessories (think yellow or pink) are ideal for creative offices while silver, gold or black extras will keep the look toned down. 

OUR PICK | 3/4 Sleeve Eyelet Dress, $79.90, Reitmans

STYLIST TIPS | You've updated your work wardrobe and those 'nothing to wear' mornings are no more. But here's the thing - success at work, like success in fashion, is all about setting goals and taking risks. Make it your mission this year to step outside your comfort zone and do something different. My recommendation? Try silver shoes. From perforated brogues to fun Mary Janes, shiny silver shoes will help you step up your 9 to 5 game. Avoid Studio 54 vibes by pairing your loud shoes with a quiet, classic outfit - think black or khaki ankle pants and a fine-knit crewneck to start. Bust out those bomb dance moves at your own discretion. 

OUR PICK | Silver Perforated Brogues, $90, ALDO; Block Heel Mary Janes, $80, ALDO