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NEWSFLASH: It's still dress season

For 4 days Oct. 18 to 21...destination is Plum. 8 select Spencer + Shaw dress styles to choose from - 30% off. While quantities last

While the habit of being late is not typically viewed positively...show of hands, who thinks the delay of autumn weather is 'A-OKAY? We mostly look forward to the richness of fall colours, but truly, it will get dark, cold and kind of dreary! Rarely, are there times, where lateness is seen as a glorious thing... although recently when Prince Harry heard his wife utter... 'I'm late', that would be considered an exception! BUT, mostly, those who are chronically, punctually challenged leave us all scratching our heads (or banging them) and wondering why. Does it help to know, studies have shown that the feeling of time passing, just feels different to those who tend to be 'delayed'? Why don't we try to look on the bright side of tardiness...summer extends her stay with us...and thus dress season can continue!

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I love this dress. Yes it sports a very spring like print, however, as long as flowers are still blooming, why can't we wear them on our dresses (or yes, in your hair oh bohemian one)! Above the look shows sophistication worn with classic heels (by all means add a long strand of beads). Alternately, create a funky look with knee high boots, an infinity scarf* and for the night time chill, wear with this pin stripe jacket (not matching exactly gives it a bit more edge). However, if mixing patterns is not your thing, try a basic cardigan, or solid jacket or even a jean jacket and balance out the femininity of the dress with a fedora!

(*creating an infinity scarf out of long scarf is as simple as tying a knot in the ends and wrapping it around your neck several times...voila-new scarf)

Spencer+Shaw sleeveless elastic waist dress (black and pink or black and yellow prints) $110 Oct 18 to 21 30% off

Kaffe pin stripe jacket (grey stripe) $149

 

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Oh...I had legs like this once.....on my Barbie....just kidding, I preferred building blocks....but I digress, this is such a gorgeous 'going out/date night/party' dress. I also think it calls for equally stunning heels or ankle boots. Or perhaps downplay the footwear and turn up the notch on the accessories (the neckline yearns for an eye catching necklace or several).

Spencer+Shaw ruffle trim wrap dress (black combo) $149 Oct.18 to 21 30% off

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This very unstructured dress is all about the pattern. It's mod, it's bold and yet the colours are still subdued. And with such a dress... to accessorize or not! Two choices, let the pattern do the talking because it's really enough, OR get creative with the circular pattern find earrings with a similar or contrasting shape.
 
 
 
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Yet another easy, relaxed fit dress. Pair it with this long sweater, which plays one length against the other nicely. If you're not good with bare legs add leggings and ankle boots. Just a simple pulled together look that jostles jeans for a simple yet comfortable, pulled together look.
 
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I don't know about you, but I seem to excel at all things delayed. I got married late, I had children late and each of them was born 10 days over due. I seem to be invested in running late....well, maybe not running!
 
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 “I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
 
 
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Hem and haw!

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Hem and haw...a very old expression dating back to the 18th century. Giving verbal meaning to the sounds we make when we're unable to commit to something. Which leads me to skirts...I know, kind of a huge leap. 'Not really' says I. When you're moving from one season to the next, it's very hard to commit to pants, when it's been a monumentally scorching summer. Having had weeks of shorts and dresses...who wants to crawl into a pair of pants? Enter the skirt. But where is your comfortable hem line? I like mine near my knees, but longer means you don't need to worry about nylons (do people still wear those?), shorter means you get to show off your runners legs. Hmmmm, another dilemma;)

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This head turning skirt should not be overlooked for the every day because of it's specks of glitter. Dashes of glitter have made their way into main stream as a way to liven up or add a tinge of fun to what is usually ordinary. Subtle pleats add a bit of variation to the length.

Be Young Uldora skirt (light grey) $59

 

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Going up? Well, let's start with the mini. This is so so cute. This faux suede skirt reminds me of the 70's, when I was a toddler (ahem)...Just a fantastic fabric, excellent suede mimic but with ample stretch and fake button down front, leaving no chance of a malfunction.  And unlike suede itself, it's washable! For now, this is amazing as above with flats but as it gets colder, throw on a pair of tights and ankle boots or over the knee boots.

Orb Parker faux suede pull on skirt (black or dark brown) $60 IN STORE ONLY

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And what to wear with your fabulous little mini? Go for something equally dramatic; the bold animal print, either wear it alone and add a wide belt or a tank top and open. Fun little flirty twosome!

Ellison leopard sweater (comprised of Cotton/linen) $89

 

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Perhaps you spend of lot of time on the dance floor. Oh but don't limit yourself to the dance floor, think...cycling, walking or God forbid, sitting and having a cup of tea! This is a great length (model is tall so it looks perhaps shorter on her), however on me it's near my knee. Very functional and substantial, speckled knit fabric.

Soya Concept flared mini skirt (black speckled) $69

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A couple of great options for your flippy little skirt. One a sweet, primitive heart print, cross front, 3/4 sleeve and the other a skim the body type t shirt with some added sleeve detailing.

Wink wink 3/4 sleeve cross over top (black or ivory) $48

W+M t shirt tie sleeve (black, hershey, teal or white) $45

You can hem and haw or huff and puff, however, no matter what you do in the long run, even not deciding, is still making a decision, so realize that unlike some life decisions, hem's can be altered.

Suzanne M.

'Be decisive, make a decision, right or wrong! The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn't make a decision' ~ Author unknown  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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secrets and lies

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Speaking of 'inside sources'...do you have your own? Or rather, do you have beauty secrets you share with NO ONE, not even your cat? Personally speaking, I'm not one to keep things to myself, however, some things I do not care to share. To my great discomfort, someone once watched me while I applied my makeup. I'm quite sure no one would accuse me of being a 'natural' beauty; my eyeliner looks like it was applied with a magic marker most days. Yet, that process is something I don't care to share...However, Plum is happy to seek out and share with you some great and sumptuous sweater styles. Sometimes sharing is good! ;)

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The secret to a great sweater is it's texture or colour or design... maybe all 3! This one has such a delicious simplicity, like vanilla ice cream! A great 'go to' pattern, cut and design suited for most body types...of course height dependant, a nice bum skimming length.

Point Zero cable knit turtleneck sweater (cream) $75

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Something about the same old sweater that is so inviting....but if not...here's a refreshing take on the usual, with the oversized, off center pocket (big enough for an ipad or very large wallet), and a fabulous hood! The colours are so fall enticing!

Kerisma tera hoodie (brown, olive or grey blend) $89

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Who doesn't love a great twin set. Sold separately this is such a sleek, sexy pairing. Turtlenecks are very 'in' this season.  Beautiful worn open or add a wide belt for a bit of added style.

Backdrop sweater open duster (brown or green) $105

Backdrop sleeveless knit mock neck (brown or green) $68

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If you're a bit of a virgin to the poncho craze, here's one that might be your first. It's a poncho sweater with lovely ribbed sleeves, a really unique, curved hem and very flattering v shape pattern.

Kaffe kikki poncho (black/white) $79

Is your best kept beauty secret a body shaper, an opaque concealer or photoshop app on your smart phone? Probably your best kept beauty secret is your smile...and you should share that with everyone!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Things uttered in a whisper tone, are usually the most interesting!

Plum has so many more sweater styles than could fit in here (or my closet)...check out more online or in one of our 7 locations.

 

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only one Tobias...

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How do you establish if your beloved, much worn suit is dated? Sleeves too wide, are there 'Dynasty' quality shoulder pads. Perhaps, simply put, your body has changed over time and your once 'coveted' 'go to' suit now just feels awkward. The jacket itself has a history going back to the middle ages, however, we need not 'look' middle aged in them (even if we are). Plum has established itself as an expert in jackets and suits, well designed and beautifully crafted pieces that go together or work well with others (like you)!

 

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This is 'by far' one of my all time favourite Tobias jackets. An update of one of last years big hits, I would suggest investing in this one. It provides such a beautiful, long lean look and as above looks amazing with the matching pants. However, it also looks great with a shift dress or funky with jeans and an infinity scarf. I had so much fun creating looks with this.

Tobias 2 button long jacket (black, taupe) $249

Tobias slim pants with side zip (black, taupe) $98

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Another fabulous Tobias cut. The beauty of this great design is not only the great take on the military, but it's fabrication. Made of a wonderful blend of rayon, nylon, spandex, it has this outstanding style, with the comfort of a quality stretch fabric.

Tobias Military Jacket (black, charcoal) $195

 

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Perhaps you desire something lighter weight. This drape front, 3/4 sleeve, jacket has emerged as a strong style feature which makes a great style replacement for the ubiquitous cardigan. If you're feeling creative, try belting it otherwise, the unstructured, free flowing nature of this jacket is great as is.

Tobias shawl collar unlined jacket (black, wine) $169

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Such a funky, fun, weekend look. Or, perhaps your workplace is creative/casual. So easy to put together with the graphic t, the distressed jeans and sexy booties...watch out world! The jacket itself creates such a gorgeous silhouette, with such subtle but distinct features, that only Tobias styles.

Tobias button front shawl collar jacket (black, charcoal) $195

There are so many jacket styles now and Plum always provides something to suit each need. There is no longer a need to choose between looking polished and looking cool and updating your look does not require an entire wardrobe overhaul. Today's workplace may have changed in many ways but Tobias is consistent and steadfast with it's commitment to quality and design. Their designs are limited quantity so never hesitate when you find 'the one'!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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new arrivals...the first hint of fall!

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Note that Plum's dress and jacket designs are produced in limited quantity, do not miss out on your size or colour by pondering too long.

New arrivals. And no, I do not mean the relatives at the airport with luggage, or your sister's new baby. I mean, fashion, fresh new styles to make your mouth water. Remember the smell of the new Barbie or the new car smell? How excited we get when we purchase new makeup and can't wait to get it home to try it on? Well, the wait is over. Fall fashions are already in the store waiting to bring home. Warm weather aside, there are plenty of things to wear now. But maybe you're like me, and want to be prepared for the weather change.

 

 

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I adore this blouse...It has an air of vintage with the stunning botanical abundant rose images. I had to show you the back, it's simply stunning. So, light and airy. A great addition to anyone's wardrobe, this  is very transeasonal.

Plum oversize capsleeve blouse with back button (green or blue print) $ 75

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A dress that is truly fashion fun. This print is so whimsical, a splatter of black and grey colours allover. Fully lined and features an exposed zip back, curved hem and elbow length sleeves. Totally fresh!

Simone shift dress 3/4 sleeve. (ivory/black or black/ivory) $129

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Since it's almost time to put your pants back on.....you know what I mean...since we've been immersed in dresses and shorts all summer! These are an excellent choice. Made of a fabulous rayon combination, they're so incredibly stretchy, feels like you could do a workout in them...(or perhaps just a nice walk)! Zip front, belt loops, ankle length with side insert.

Tobias stretchy pant with contrast side (black or charcoal) $94

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A blouse with so much potential. Just a great length for skinny jeans, ankle length pants (like the above Tobias pants), belted or open with cami and an eclectic necklace collection. Loads of creative style potential.

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

Having recently had to grieve the loss of some great pieces of clothing that I felt would compliment my existing wardrobe, because of waiting too long to make a decision, someone else is loving them now...I don't wish the same fate for you, therefore go and check out what's arrived already. This is just a taste of what is already arriving.

And if loving fashion is a crime....I plead guilty!

Yours in Fashion passion...

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