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Here's your chance to shop now AND later. Purchase a pair of regular priced black or blue jeans between Sept. 13 and 23 and receive a $25 Plum certificate to use on a regular priced item between Sept. 29 and Oct.31. Delayed gratification! (instore and web).

In the old old old days...people wore destroyed denim because, well...they were poor! Could not afford new ones...now it's 'pre worn out' for you (how nice). The ripped and destroyed trend of denim began in the 80's with the 'hair' bands. It then moved into the 90's where grunge bands took over the style, adding to it unkept hair and a loose, easy style (a la; Curt Cobain). Somewhere beyond the 90's, it became fully mainstream, and everyday, to the point where there were more rips and skin, than actual denim. Me thinks this extreme version of the trend can REST IN PEACE! Will destroyed denim ever die completely though? A Donald Trump presidency versus aged or weathered denim... I really have my doubts as to which will move on sooner. Let's make denim great again...wait, was it ever not great!? ;)

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Perhaps black denim gives your look a bit more polish...it can also add some edge, it can go either way, depending on the co-ordinates chosen. Perhaps your heart belongs to coffee....then... espresso your love for the deep dark brew with this graphic t! (I know, groan!)

Mavi Kendra straight leg jean (black) $98

Kaffe heart t shirt with writing (white) $42

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The above jeans, just enough wear so they look like you've worn them for some time, but you can make your own holes. And if you are on the hunt for a new blazer, plaid or check is 'IT' this season. I bought this jacket and wore it on the weekend and despite the pattern, I had no issues with pairing it with my graphic t's. Made for a great, casual weekend look.

Mavi Alissa high rise super skinny (mid indigo) $118

Kaffe checked blazer (black/grey/red) $139

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Another denim trend not to be passed up is the frayed hem denim. The pizzazz of this style is so apparent. it's fun, it's easy, it's charming (who cares if the hem is straight, the more jagged the better). Wear them with a Moto jacket and Cuban heels or chunky Mary Jane's and a long blazer. Or as above casually with converse. And a jacket/coat like this, helps welcome the weather change.

Mavi Alissa high rise super skinny fringe ankle (dark brushed supersoft) $128

Daisy long zip coat (black or olive) $110

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The ideal compliment to a loose fitting denim bottom is a fitted top, be it a tank or as above the mock neck top, thus avoiding an 'over' fabricing (is that a word) of your body!

Mavi Ada boyfriend jean (smoke vintage) $118

Daisy mock neck 3/4 sleeve top (black, burgundy, light rust or olive) $35

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And veering away slightly from skinny and relaxed is straight leg. Nice with (as above) sky high heels or high heeled boots as they will slide nicely over a boot. Excellent for a less strict office environment.

Yoga Dominique straight leg jean (medium indigo blue) $130

The term 'Flawsome' I believe was coined by someone who made her mark on the fashion world by showcasing her 'so called' flaws as apposed to camouflaging them, being a woman of colour and plenty of shape - Tyra Banks! A substantial challenge, in an industry where her attributes would not be so readily embraced. Therefore...Flawsome (adj): something awesome because of it's flaws...pretty much all of us, wouldn't you say?

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"My love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw" ~ Shakespeare (Love's Labour's Lost)

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Currently, unless your dress standards are set by the royal family, tasteless seems to have a far wider set of brackets than in the days of 'long haired freaky people...need not apply' (Five Man Electric Band). What about wearing overalls to a wedding?...erm, wait what if the venue is a pasture OR Goth wear to a funeral...black is still fairly standard at funerals and I doubt the dearly departed will care! Seems it's not so much a math equation as an emotional or social one. Just be grateful to not be Kanye West who, while attending a wedding recently, had his slides ridiculed by the www for being too small. 'It's the Japanese way' said Yeezy. Sure Kanye, I guess my leggings are worn the 'gymnastics' way then! So, on that note, jeans, we now can find in every possible venue, event and scenario, accepted almost everywhere. Dress them up, down or just get in them! Let's have a look at some new jeans and some possible ways to give them your tasteful touch!

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Thinking I was sufficiently stocked with my jeans, ready for fall, I put them on...or rather tried to. -REASON # 7 FOR BUYING NEW JEANS...'my old ones shrank' (right!)...I had to do a try on of these! They are simply divine!  So, comfortable they feel like a hug! Jeans should do that and keep the jiggle at bay!  I adore this sweet jacket with its shawl collar, below pocket pleats and the feminine back tie. Also comes in black, my favourite funeral colour! (bloggers favourite pairing this season so far)!

Yoga Dominique straight leg jeans $130

Cream blazer (black or brick red) $149

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Something about these sky high heels and the worn, washed black...just so sexy looking. Add to it, a long cardigan or this fabulous lace kimono maybe some fabulous jewelry, perhaps do your hair in a messy bun and voila! A stunning look!

Mavi high rise skinny jeans (dark grey vintage) $118

Kaffe lace kimono (vintage blue) $99

 

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Long gone are the days where high rise meant, something worn by your Mom. Now, they are well constructed, perfectly fitting and always with comfort an important factor. A perfect pairing with this luscious open front sweater. Add a fabulous scarf to the coupling and you have a comfortable, yet outstanding look.

Yoga high rise super skinny stretch $130

B Young colour blocked cardigan (burgundy multi) $119

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What do you not need a boyfriend for? Boyfriend jeans! Looking relaxed and feeling ultra comfortable and easy! However, to shake things up a bit if you're doing a Friday night cocktail party or cozy local concert, add a sophisticated top, a jacket, eye catching earrings and some bold cut out booties. A funky look is born.

Mavi Ada boyfriend jeans (smoke vintage) $118

Cream shell top (smoke rose) $79

So, really...have we seen the death of tasteless? Probably not any time soon, but I also don't believe we can easily bullet list it because, needless to say, what's tasteless to one person is wedding apparel to the next;) So what really is considered tasteless? WATER!! Water is tasteless...zero taste!

Yours in fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Always have a unique character like salt, it's presence is not felt, but it's absence makes all things tasteless"

Plum has an extensive selection of Yoga and Mavi jeans. The best fitting jeans, without style compromise! Head into a location near you and find your fit!  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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$20 OFF ANY PAIR OF REGULAR PRICE JEANS - IF YOU BUY A REGULAR PRICE TOP! In store only! (details instore)
 
Who feels they have great genes? Well, I suspect we all have some things we proudly display and some things we'd like to sell for a nickel to someone on craigslist. For me, I hate my digits...don't get me wrong, I'm grateful to have them (crooked as they are), after all...they type (as displayed here), point, untie knotted shoes and independently steal frosting from a bowl. Loads of important uses...Fingers? The best you can do to improve them is rings, fingernail polish and put them in pockets. Body? Lots of ways to improve upon what 'yo momma gave ya!'
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Black jeans! YES PLEASE! Top them off with a bursting with blossoms, embroidered blouse! A fresh, pulled together look was born. Change of footwear, add a jacket and you ease into a semi professional setting. Sandals and roll up the cuffs and you have an easy weekend look. And comfortable? Wow. Yet they are not leggings (or as I like to call them, SLEEVES FOR YOUR LEGS)!
 
 
 
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Oh, what to wear with the white jeans.....anything! The above pictured is a top/sweater/poncho...and so pretty, an absolute gossamer looking texture, so breathtaking in the natural shade!
 
 
 
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These jeans were built to last and to look like they were passed down from your grandma! So authentic and vintage, the more aged they get the better they become. To the right are a few options to pair with them. My new fashion crush is embroidery; polka dots make a comeback and the cross over top is comfortable, sexy and very easy to add accessories to.
 
 
 
 
 
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Jeans and t shirts...a better match couldn't be found on Tinder. Really, one is easy going, the other rugged and edgy looking! The weekend uniform for most of us.
 
 
 
If your DNA is such that you look like you eat Oil of Olay for breakfast...or me,  who lost on the beautiful hands lottery…in the end, it matters very little. But along the road of life, it’s nice to put some interesting packaging on all our beautiful and unique assembly of parts!
 
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Suzanne M.
 
To be beautiful, you don't need great DNA, just be kind, that's anyone's most attractive look.
 
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Not so fast! To insinuate, we, the female population prefer to 'copy' someone else's style rather than create our own...GASP!? Could this really be the case? Do we not prefer to put our individual styleprint on our outfits?  Although, there appears to be an entire industry devoted to what the biggest celeb is wearing. After all, if the Duchess of Cambridge so much as puts on a smile, it sells out! But that does not mean we can't put our own punctuation mark on a trend!
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Men throw on jeans with little regard for what goes with it.  We, the opposite sex, then borrow them and turn them into something hot or just hotter! The beauty of these ageless dungarees is, they embody comfort, they're forever funky and if you just want them for germinating your geraniums, that's completely acceptable too. BUT if fashion fun is your thing, add a pair of jacquard print booties, add a belted blazer, and pull your hair up like you just don't care! Poof! You're a fashion diva! Not that you weren't already!
 
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Unless your dwelling is a grand Scottish castle, or you were the inventor of the colour blue, like the rest of us, you don't get your twenty dollar bills from your back yard tree. In short, you want to maximize your wardrobe! And jeans can do that. Dress them them up, dress them down or just go it simple (but sexy). Here's a great contrast to the ruggedness of the jeans. Feminine, flirty, irresistible.
 
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The fashion pages are currently filled with stripes and dots. An easy pairing is this black and white with jeans or pretty much anything you have in mind. Simple, yet fresh.
 
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Here are a few more ideas...a slight bend on the usual white shirt, tie the front for a bit of a sexy flair, slip a chain belt through the loops, and top it off with this crop sweater. OR wear the sweater alone, buttoned up as a top with a string of pearls. Cardigans are such a wardrobe work horse!
 
 
 
The same pair of jeans, just never needs to looks the same on any two people. Simply add a hat, a scarf, tie it in an unusual way, funky boots or a bold, unexpected necklace. Or add your broach to your hair bun, for a different approach. Any number of ways to put your personal stamp on a look. But I truly feel the best accessory (if you can call it that), is your posture. Because no matter what is ripped, torn, shredded or uneven....somehow, great posture and an air of confidence, make it look like it's meant to be! You trend setter you!!
 
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Suzanne M.
 
'Create your own style, it will always be 'in'!' ~ Wendy Sefcik
 
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When white seems right

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The power of wearing white! So easy to recognize....think...a doctors lab coat, the cricketers uniform, the blushing bride...However, back in the day ('the day' being the 16th century), white was typically worn by French Queens representing mourning. It was not until Mary Queen of Scots married her first husband, she chose white as she felt it was her most flattering colour. And why not; it's bright, it's fresh and it goes with everything. Which is why diamonds are a girls best friend!

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I have a tendency to want to scotch guard myself (is that still a product?) when wearing white. However, why should the fear of stains hold us back? After all there are multiple stain removing methods and products. My favourite among them is this:  Merely hold the spot of your garment tightly over a bowl, carefully pour boiling water over the stain and watch it drip out of the fibers and into the bowl. This method works with wine, juice and berry stains. Love this, as there are no chemicals. So go forth and immerse yourself in white (and have another glass of Merlot)!

Mavi Adrianna glam white rinse $118 now at $89

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This is just an utter show stopper! Just a breath of extra layer, with gorgeous embroidery detail. Wear it with destroyed jeans or even a tank dress. Just a few of many possibilities.

Cream sheer embroidered blouse $79

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Maybe a fresh crisp blouse is your preference. White offers so many possibilities as, it's like a blank slate, adding colours is a total breeze. With the lovely detailing here, it still offers the possibility of just wearing it as is. Or build on the vintage look of the eyelet!

Cream Zina pintuck blouse $99

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Because mosquito's would have more access to your beautiful skin, is no reason to pass up this great sweater. Just slightly out of the ordinary with slight open work giving that little extra something.

French Connection sweater (black or white) $68


White is kind of the 'smile' of the colour palate, people just naturally give you a head tilt and lighten up when you sport a bit of white, be it a big toothy grin, a diamond (yes please) or a garment. So don't be afraid of white, it's the colour of comforting things, our pillows, sugar for our tea or Gramma's hair.

Yours in fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

"I used to be Snow White, but I drifted" ~Mae West  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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