accessories

Arguably, December hosts the most parties and festivities of all the months. So many that it feels like sleeping in my festive attire is the most efficient, time saving option. But my 20's are long gone so not only do I change, I also go home! I've come so far! There are so many types of events, daytime, work/party, family, charity, church...it means that we might struggle to find 'one' garment to suit all. Although, with a few tweaks (not twerks), it might be possible. The voice in my head says 'One sparkly, festive outfit? Really?' Sounds like something I say to my children... 'you may only have one'! But perhaps because we're grown ups, we 'can' have more than one!
 
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Most often associated with wealth and luxury, velvet is an often chosen textile for garments at this magical time of year.  Thought to have been first produced thousands of years ago, this unmistakably, richly woven pile is thankfully within reach of all of us now, unlike hundreds of years ago when it would have been most likely produced for only nobility. I think we do feel somewhat like aristocracy when we wear it. Either of these great dresses are proving to be quite popular because of the marriage between, texture, design and fit.
 
 
 
 
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Another often chosen fabric choice at this time is lace. It's specific origins appear to be disputable, but it did have some of it's beginnings with the church, clergy and then hundreds of years later, Queen Victoria was married in lace, thus instituting an unstoppable trend. Hundreds of years ago, the delicate ornamental web-like patterns were made using silk, linen and even gold threads. Needless to say it represents a certain elevation of style. This dress is simply a classic!
 
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Accessories, of course, at this time play a huge part in assembling an outfit. Kimonos can count as an accessory or, worn in spring as outerwear. No matter how you look at it, Kimonos have evolved into a staple. Add to this the refreshing, yet elegant look of silver and you've created an image that's stylish, but also can be easily changed to daytime casual with one simple coordinate change.
 
 
All jewellery is sold in store! Head into a Plum location near you to find the drool worthy selection!
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This little top, offers a lot of pizzazz and fashion forwardness! (is that a word? It is now). The Wall Street Journal stated that 9 out of 10 companies hosted a holiday party in 2012. Over 25% were held in the office. Which means, you may not have time to change...a lot. Thus, wearing something that can easily convert from work to wow, is probably as easy as pulling up your hair and adding some more engaging accessories.
 
 
Jewellery is sold in store only and there vast selection to suit every jewellery obsessed fan!
 
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Another option, above this very soft, comfortable knit top, when worn off the shoulder, paired with these, edgy, coated, leather look pants, clearly provides a more sexy, downtown look. OR, wear it with a wide belt and a skirt or palazzo pants and a necklace. And for daytime or any time, covering the shoulders and pair with jeans and a blazer.
 
 
 
Untangling strings of lights that no longer work, getting a drive home from your boss from the office party, and visits from crazy relatives that you haven't seen all year......yes, that's the Christmas season....oh and eggnog...let's not forget the twelve days of eggnog!!!
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
The office Christmas party...when you get to hang out with the inebriated equivelent of Wikileaks! (just don't let that be you)!
 
 
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BUY ONE GET ONE! BUY a second piece of jewellery of equal or lesser value for 50% off (in store only).

You know that look your cat gives you? The totally unimpressed, 'you've barely shown up on their radar' look when you walk out of the shower totally unclothed?....While, I do not have a cat, it's an expression I'd not like to see when I'm dressed for a party. Yes I'd like to be noticed, but tastefully so. I aim for festive, yet not competing with the Christmas tree, festive! By the time I put on my glasses, a pair of earrings and a necklace, a hat may well be out of the question. Accessorizing is a fine art that I continue to struggle with, but I enjoy the process of learning. Plum has such an exciting array of accessories, perfect for gift giving...or my favourite...self giving!!

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This delicate lace beauty has it all. It's feminine, light and detailed. So perfect for the season. Taking into account the lovely bow tie at the neck, it clearly doesn't need a necklace. The bling, in my opinion, can be better concentrated on the wrists. The high sparkle of the large rhinestone bracelet or the wonderful filigree of the cuffs tie in nicely with the elaborate lace.

Renamed tie neck dot mesh blouse (black) $79 now $59

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For a simple, understated black dress such as the above, almost anything goes. If silver is to your style, these fabulous big hearts and potentially the sleek look of the brushed cuff..keeps it polished and, matching.

Simone V-neck princess seam dress with sleeves (black or merlot) $139 now $89 (purchase in store only)

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To match the free flowing spirit of the bohemian look of the above dress, try an eclectic mix of strands to create an effortless look. This dress could easily work with a statement necklace or large earrings. Lots of options to work with.

M Jersey dress with silk overlay (black) $115

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It's really all about option and with so many, it's really about how they make you feel. Perhaps you're in the mood for something colourful and a bit more edgy in style. With the knotted front this dress creates a bit more of a departure from the usual look. Top jewellery options show a bit more whimsy with a colour tie in, or the middle option inviting in the circular print of the dress. Or simply beaded bracelets.

Simone 3/4 sleeve twist front dress (navy or teal) $125 now $62 (available for in store purchase only)

Accessories can make or break an outfit, add a focus or take away from an already stunning look even with many fabulous components. However, if you need some ideas or guidance check out Plum's vast selection of accessories as well as employ the expertise of Plum's fabulous staff in store...whatever you do, don't turn to your cat for advice.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Note the jewellry shown in this blog is merely an example of what can be found in store. Variety and choices vary by store.

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"I don't want to wear a dress to the party"...sounds like something my 8 year old says! However, whether it's the 8 year old voice in your head or last nights heavy dinner still speaking to you...if you don't want to wear a dress...DON'T! Dresses are great...but...there are many other alternatives! Maybe dresses just don't cut it with those ferocious shoes you've been dying to wear, you want to go the super funky route or you want to dance and move. The many options we have as women are just one aspect of what separates us from the boys! Here are just a few options.

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I adore this ensemble. I think it's smart, elegant and functional. Above very cleanly put together, however nothing better than black to showcase a great necklace and/or earrings. Wear it buttoned up, with a statement necklace or a long one.

Tobias relaxed trouser (black or charcoal) now $65

Plum long sleeve shirt (black, off white or royal) $82

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Here's a look that can work at a daytime affair, house party or funky town ...A bit of boho top, destroyed jeans, glitzy necklace and a red hot pair of pumps. Red pumps and necklace make it seasonal, however the other components work so well with many other of your usual activities. Pull your hair up into a messy bun or pony tail add a shawl or one of Plum's great Tobias jackets.

En Creme hilow blouse (cream) $79

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We cannot pass by the season of parties without sequins. Wanting to add a bit of something special but don't want to pile on the glitz, this is a great option. Wear with a simple black turtleneck and add a jacket and a statement necklace (or skip the necklace) and just add a pair of dangly earrings. A standard that works every year!

Press sequin skirt (asphalt mix) $81

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Lace is not just for weddings, however, this can be very 'church choir/meet the inlaws' (a la Audrey Hepburn), worn over a basic shift dress. Or really amp it up with a motorcycle jacket, skinny black jeans and high heels. A very worthwhile investment that won't see much time in your closet. 

Acapella blouse with pleated sleeve (black or ivory) $85

Tobias slim pants with side zipper (black or taupe) now $79

Maybe you don't 'do' dresses or today you just feel like a Play-doh explosion on legs that no amount of Spanx can fix (ok that's me)! Whatever your reason, if a dress won't do, there are still ample other options.  Head into a Plum near you and ask for some ideas or finishing touches.

Yours in Fashion passion...

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First a wonderful deal to take advantage of. Jewellery and scarves bogo event...the best part is, you can mix and match...who can resist this!? So please, go forth and BOGO to your hearts content.

Bursting forth big again this season is boho style. Providing an organic, natural and fresh feel. Plum has many drool worthy pieces constructed with varied findings. Discover something new to revive your style and bring out your inner 'Flower Child'!

Here is a mere hint of what Plum has in store:

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Not sure you could find more of a boho look than lace or in this case eyelet...and an ecclectic mix of long beads.

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Plum is host to some wonderful accessory designers; many made right in Canada. One such company, new to Plum, is Frug. Hand made in Toronto, Frug has created some very unique pieces using mixed media such as brass, cord and semi precious stones, giving their designs a very organic feel.

Frug is coming next week to various locations...stay tuned!


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Perhaps you feel compelled to match things...such as this gorgeous statement necklace (you really have to see this close up), paired with a similar tone ring. Giving off a decidedly bohemian or ethnic look. Turquoise is such a fresh, happy colour for spring.

Necklace rope with fans $49

Flower ring $25

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And lets not forget about the ubiquitous scarf. Look at the many ways it can be transformed.

Look Paris, Italy, New York scarf $38

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Not only beautiful with bold, gold hardware this bag is also functional in several ways. Contains a smaller insert but is also reversible...meaning you've now bought 2 bags instead of one. How smart are you!

Jody reversible tote with insert  (4 colour combinations) $69 (not part of BOGO event)

Accessories are as much a part of style as punctuation is to a sentence. Makes it complete, pulls it together and adds emphasis. Speak loudly (add many layers), or softly (one delicate piece). It's all up to you,  Plum merely adds the tools and expertise.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Digging for Treasure

Being that jewellery is 50% off, with my limited math skills, this means, you can buy twice as much. Feel free to use this rationalization yourself.

Ever notice someone who looks inexplicably stunning? Can't stop staring at them? Then your eyes land on the stunning silver necklaces or bracelets they've chosen. This can be attributed to the correct TCC (tone, contrast and color) choices.  I believe people generally are drawn to what works best on them. For example contrasting with the hair color can be very eye catching. When in doubt however, Plum staff are very well versed in TCC.  

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Consider all the great real estate around your neck, waiting for the next glorious piece. Never before has there been such a wide variety of styles..bohemian, glam, minimal...so many great things to try. Above, this beautiful turqoise color mixed with the silver etching adds just enough interest to the outfit.

 

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Change the look of your blouse by adding a statement piece. Works as well with jeans and t shirt, or a jean jacket and skirt. So convertible! (like a mood).

 

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Speaking of jeans and t-shirts, doesn't get much simpler than this incredible ecclectic mix. Like found pieces on a beach trip. Feel free to embellish your story with 'I found these great pieces on a beach and made them myself'. Or you could be generous and tell them you found them at Plum....on sale.

Unfortunately, don't expect to pan for real gold at Plum. However, real treasures need not make a significant dent in your budget. Discover the bewildering choices until July 20th.

Yours in (sparking) Fashion Passion

Suzanne M

Note: Styles noted do not reflect current availability due to sale and vary from store to store. Visit a Plum store near you for actual instore selection.

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