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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
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

Monday
Jan232017

JET SET | 40 Resort-Ready Picks to Help You Pack Like a Pro

#followmeto the Maldives via Murad Osmann Instagram

As if the dull, grey days of Jan aren't depressing enough, our generation has social media to make taking off that much more tempting. This time of year, Facebook pages get flooded with pics of braggy beach shots. Insta stories of your friends frolicking in the ocean seem designed to torture you while you're cooped up in your cubicle (see mine here - *sorry*) I mean, it's enough to make even the most live-in-the-moment among us want to grab a last-minute flight to somewhere. Anywhere. Like, I'd take a hut on the beach with no running water, as long as I had an ocean view and someone to make me mojitos. Who's with me?

Whether you've already booked your vacay or are currently contemplating one, I've done a little research to help you pack like a total pro. After all, shopping for cute hot weather gear in January (in Canada no less) can be a serious struggle. And as far as I'm concerned, it's all about making your getaway as challenge-free as possible. Um, unless the challenge involves mojitos, of course ;)

Stream some Bob Marley, imagine yourself on a white sand beach and dream a little while you check out these resort-ready finds. Sigh...I'm feeling sunnier already...

 
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