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Finding your cool

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Referring to the swagger type cool...as in...'me', finding my cool factor has been like discovering a great tune on an 8 track tape! Just so unlikely...so I stopped trying, like four decades ago! It has now become cool to be uncool (jackpot!). Yet somehow, around the 9th century the word was taken as a gauge of temperature to it's transformed meaning now, can mean, a type of vibe; but how did it make that leap? Firstly, I believe it's been established that pronouncing one's self as cool is as necessary as stating what a stable genius one is, sort of unnecessary proclamation if clearly evident! In any case, I don't think there's a concrete answer, but there's a way to join the two...as in, wearing something that feels cool and also looks pretty stylin!!

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Linen...as cool in the 9th century as is now. Basically a summer texture and weight that rises above all the conjecture. You have to see the weave on this. There is little wonder why Plum repeatedly sells out of its collection of linen styles. Just absolutely breezy and flowing with brilliant earthy tones to go with any type of accessory.

Made in Italy open weave tunic (6 colours) $89

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Cool...like a summer breeze, blowing past you as you sit in your Adirondack chair, holding a martini, with Bryan Ferry standing next to you singing his live version of Jealous Guy...oops, I drifted off there! The tank dress will never leave us, when it comes to suave, elegant style. It really is just you and the dress...what else do you need?

Double Zero long tank dress (black or deep purple) $69

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Keeping well hydrated and staving off the heat itself in the summer months is always top of mind when buying clothing for this long, hot season. The above top, does a fabulous job of that and making your task of co-ordinating it effortless.

Be Cool small print shell top (navy print or red print) now $39

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My undying, endless love for the kimono lives on. A garment that can be viewed as an after thought in regard to your outfit. Depending on the fabrication, can be folded up and put into your bag to put on and take off. With a change of footwear, in most cases, breezes in from one very casual environment to a more sophisticated one, or even doubles as your morning robe. Thus, why I think the kimono is the new 'must have' (or in my case-must have 5).

Kimono with tie waist (pink print) $79

Do you know what I think is cool? I'll tell you anyway. The 82-year-old Grampa who volunteers to cuddle babies in the ICU, that's pretty cool...Ballerina Aesha Ash who wanders around Rochester in her tutu in the hopes of inspiring little girls of colour that they can become dancers...that's cool...and anything still sought after thousands of years later, linen, that's pretty cool!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

~kindness...it's like glitter only cooler....sprinkle it everywhere!~

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WHITE BOTTOMS...NOW at 20% off for 4 days ONLY....TIME TO BRIGHTEN UP!

Clearly worn out has multiple meanings. Extremely tired...the feeling you get when you have children; which doesn't leave you for 18+ years. The other meaning is tangible goods, aged and often rendered useless. THANKFULLY we have a clothing industry that simply creates a style out of that. I once wore a God-awful pair of shoes (I hang my head in shame, I still wear them) with embellished heels, missing a stone. I sheepishly pointed out the flaw to a co-worker, whereby she said 'Meh, that just adds character!'. I thus strutted those fashion-ugly shoes proudly! That's great, to a point. However, if you're looking for a way to brighten your mood or some of your life weary wardrobe or both, look no further than white! Truly a colour of revival!

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If you want to go all the way with the white and bright...this top is an excellent choice. Because it provides texture, a feminine, surreal rose-look pattern and the very now twist front, while still keeping things simple, minimalistic and monochromatic.

Lazy Sundays mesh tonal knit (white) $49

Yoga high rise ankle skinny jean (white) (4 days only 20% off)

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Another idea, that is a well loved look these days, the long flowey Kimono. Perhaps you'd rather something that is not too much of a contrast from the white pants or shorts. With it's varied patchwork look, it provides some variance but still in keeping with the lightness. Add your colour in another way...possibly a nice manicure/pedicure and/or flaming red lipstick! OR maybe you do favor a contrast, bold as black with a dash of humor!

En Creme long kimono (black/white) $79

Bear Dance 'work hard' t shirt (black) $35

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I cannot say I've ever seen a boho style skirt with pockets. What a unique fresh design feature. Try this with a denim vest and maybe a wide belt to add some edge. Great for the festival season and lots of free flow dancing!

M skirt long skirt (white) now $72

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The men's shirt style, is a mainstay! Pretty appropriate weight for the season, also, will work well into other seasons.

Sneak Peak stripe tunic (grey/white) $69 (nearly sold out)

I myself am a bit worn out from sorting my highly neglected sewing room, filled with projects to keep me busy well into my 80's! So much fun to go shopping in the archives of my neglected, repair hungry and historic purchases! Although some went into the 'what was I thinking' pile and others, a very skilled surgeon could not possibly resuscitate them and then there was the 'far too many decades have passed' garments. Some of the white things I decided to keep were the white hairs on my head! Because bald is not a look I'm going for this season!

Suzanne M.

"Instead of thinking of herself as worn down by life, she preferred to think of herself as polished. Her experiences made her gleam inside and out." ~ Quote by Queenisms  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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You got the look!

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I grew up in a small city where, if you wore anything too long, too short, too bright, too clothes-Y??!!...you got...'THE LOOK'! You know...where the eyeballs turn but the head does not? Lord, you'd think I was wearing a meat sandwich, when in fact it was...wait for it...RED!! Thankfully, now, living in a metropolis such as Vancouver or Calgary, almost anything goes...Although while at a play the other night, I got the look, which jolted me back to my teen years! I'm not sure if that was good or bad...but thankfully I was ok with the 8th thing I changed into before leaving the house. Anyway...maybe you would actually like to turn heads! Well, let's find you a look!

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Something undeniably sweet about this dress in lovely lavender. At the same time, it's easy to wear with the shirred bodice, and just a hint of sexy. It's all about the shoulders! Which, until recent years, got very little attention. If it's too much for you, a shrug would work really well for dialing down the attention (but why!!).

Angela shirred bodice dress (lilac or mustard) $95

 

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Drawing attention to yourself is not all about how short, low cut or daring you can be. sometimes, it's just a hint of something different, something new, something that makes you glow! This kimono looks like it was hand painted by spring itself!

Kimono with waist tie (blue/pink) $69

 

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Oh ya! Show 'em what ya got! You worked hard for those guns! I know I would. Although mine look more like bread doe waiting to go in the oven. And that's ok, I love bread! Enough about me, this is a fantastic two piece. No more tugging at the undershirt...as the inside layer is lightly sewn to the outer.

Cherish stripe 2-piece tank (black or slate blue) $42

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This shows off your creative side. As above, pull it up and wear it as a dress...add a belt, add a kimono...OR wear it as a skirt. A great two-in-one garment. Add to it, this gorgeous, exaggerated, playful, adjustable heart pendant. I am simply IN LOVE with them. Wear with bright red lipstick...and MWA!...just gorgeous! A real show stopper! (in a variety of sizes and colours).

Hummingbird pull on wrap skirt (black or heather grey) $59

Zsiska heart pendant (sold only in store in a variety of colours and sizes-large $45, smaller $32)

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And yet another great way to show the shoulders (I'm starting to sound like the children's song 'head & shoulders, knees and toes'). This is a lovely, light weight cotton Swiss, pin dot...a nice alternative to tank tops; a great Friday night, out to dinner, look. Wear it with a long skirt, a peasant skirt, shorts or experiment and go creative with a tank dress underneath, thus not bearing your shoulders. Lots of things to try.

Allie Rose Swiss dot cotton blouse (blue or coral) $55

When you worry too much about what others are thinking, you waste precious time, not thinking about what you yourself are thinking...and the truth really is, we are a mere blip on the radar of someone elses life...might as well make it interesting for them ;)

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"When you don't dress like everybody else, you don't have to think like everybody else"~Iris Apfel

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Yesterday is calling~

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First of all...a big congratulations to our BIG SISTERS DRAW winner Mary S. from Vancouver. Have fun shopping!

Fashion by far, is the biggest recycler. Recycling designs that is. After all, designers continue to resuscitate and reconfigure creations from the past, from mere decades ago to ancient history. As is the case with the Kimono: the coordinate for all seasons, is one of my reimagined favourites. The light, open, garment (or Ki:wear + mono:object) that so seamlessly transcends all age groups. Wearing one, I feel fierce, like...Queen Himiko! Only a tiny bit younger!

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The history of this garment is utterly fascinating. For one thing, traditional Kimonos were made from a single bolt of fabric and were disassembled and then resewn when washing was required. I'm so grateful that this is not required of the modern versions! ;)

En Creme Kimono print shawl (white/blue) now on sale $49

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Maybe you've been itching to wear shorter shorts. The kimono is a great option for not so much hiding the perceived flaws as creating a more balanced look. This modern take is so much fun, with the stripe border, side slit with ties and a bit of a drawn in cinched back. The younger set (did I just say that out loud?) like to rock this look...just ignore me, we can all pull this off!!!

En Creme kimono (peach multi) $79

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At the complete other end of the spectrum, for a somewhat more grown up Mommy-and-Daddy-date-night look, wear it with a dress, or top and skirt and the highest heels. This bold silver pendant adds a touch of sophisticated interest! But if you'd prefer something a bit more edgy or a shorter skirt, by all means that works too. Kimonos are so versatile! (like money-lol)!

In stores now...this is coming soon to the webstore!

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White pants....the garment we think is just for painters. Well, think again! The floral diversion of the kimono creates a nice balance for the white, paired above with the clay coloured top and a simple yet eclectic mixed pendant. A pulled together look for so many activities, it's hard to imagine, on a busy weekend,  that you'd need to change even once!

In stores now...this is coming soon to the webstore!

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Back in the old days (and by old days, in regards to the Kimono, I mean 1200 years ago, give or take a few hundred), the kimono's pattern, would determine the season it should be worn. For instance, cherry blossoms would be worn in spring, leaf of the Japanese maple for fall and Plum blossoms for winter!

KW Kimono (available in Navy only) $49

 Looking back, can be a great, if you can extract from it some good. My least favourite question is one regularly posed to me by my 11 year old....'what age would you be, and what would you tell yourself, if you could go back in time?' 'OH, God, mini philosopher of mine...it would probably be yesterday when I was 30 (cough cough) and don't eat cake for dinner or when I was 19 and should have named you Confucius'...she usually goes away frowning!
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
"Fall down seven times, get up eight" ~ Japanese proverb (or maybe avoid uneven pavement)!
 
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From here to eternity

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What to wear when we get to the 'other' side (you know, the afterlife!)? White of course. Because it's the prevailing colour worn by all the best ex-people, ghosts, angels, Gandhi, albeit passed on, however, still great! It's the tone that provokes feelings of lightness, optimism and freshness! And to state the late, old English meaning 'a highly luminous colour devoid of chroma'... But why wait for the hereafter! Let's look at some of what Plum has for your spirited personality and what goes well with it!

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Wearing white WITH white is definitely not necessary, unless you're Sonny Crocket from Miami Vice. After all, when you're presented with a colour...(erm,or...non colour), your choices are absolutely endless. Where black, arguably has some limitations, the doors are wide open for choices with white! And never to disappoint, Second's Yoga jeans have retained their commitment to fit and comfort, colour or not!

Yoga highrise skinny ankle jeans (white) $138

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Plaid is an excellent choice, when your aim is to create somewhat of a casual look. Wear it open with a plain t, or even add a graphic t for a mixed pattern look. Or, button it up and add a funky, boho, statement necklace. Plum, as always, has a wonderful selection of accessories.

Sneak Peak plaid shirt (red plaid) $69

 

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I've expressed my adoration for kimono's on multiple occasions, and this one is another bulls eye. Unlike a lot of others, this one has a less voluminous cut, however, with side slits for easy movement.

En Creme long kimono (white/black) $79

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Maybe you're not that interested in showing the 'junk' in your 'trunk' area (bum!) I completely understand. Then give this tunic a try. With a decidedly relaxed, somewhat exotic look, creating a very easy look. 

En Creme tunic with hoody (blue/white) $65

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Oh, move over Barry White, this is just as sexy as it gets...a knit top with ruffle along the neckline, and an artistic, water colour looking front.

Cream bird print knit top (white/pink/grey) $69

White pants in summer turns up the notch on the sophistication dial. While they are a denim cut, white adds a certain 'I'm too cool for colour' factor! It creates a bold, yet at the same time, simple, refined presentation. Don't let stains worry you...there is always white wine! 

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.”
Lao Tzu

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