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"I don't like princesses!!" my 9 year old daughter proclaimed to her very generous Aunt who offered her a princess-type gift. Aside from the pre-programmed maternal feelings of mortification, there also drifted away some of my 'Mommy' dreams of dresses and clean, neat hair! Perhaps you're not the majestic type either; not into multiple layers of adornment and perfectly coifed hair. Either end of the spectrum is clearly fine, just know yourself...be yourself and boldly go with that!

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Go with something simple and by all means, abandon the high heels if need be. If you prefer uncomplicated, no reason this would not fit. A slight a-line shape, a naively bold, floral print with pockets. A simple, somewhat retro dress, yet the border adds a modern touch.

Simone shift dress with black trim (coral or teal) $129

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It really can't get less complicated than one piece. Made with tencel, this jumpsuit, is fun, easy and great for weekend getaways or even day to night activities. Slip on some strappy sandals, try it with a long sweeping open front cardigan or a shawl.

Ellison tencel jumpsuit (light blue) $95

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On the other hand, if you do find yourself more at the romantic end of the spectrum, you can stop here. ACAPELLA make some lovely blouses, this one with such a feminine, floral design.

Acapella oversize cap sleeve blouse (3 prints) $59

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Romance is definitely not dead when you don this gorgeous dress. More engaging florals, a cotton fabrication with a hint of stretch, and fully lined make this dress perfect for wedding season. You'll be breath taking.

Simone floral empire waist dress (ivory/pink or silver/multi) $175

I'm afraid, like my daughter, I've never really believed in fairy tales, prince charming or knights in shining armour. However, I do believe fashion allows us to take us to another place or boldly be ourselves and express it with colour and style...And anyway, 'Cinderella never asked for a prince, only a night off and a dress' -Kiera Cass.

....and we all lived fashionably ever after!

Suzanne M.

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Weight...yes, I went there! No one wants to talk about it. The only thing worth 'more weight' it seems, is growing a new human! In fact, even those who are 'thin' do not want to hear about it. So, I guess it's best generally to avoid it. However, what if your weight tends to fluctuate because of illness or your weight has changed because of this new little person in your life? And how to dress for this! Just remember though, beauty is not measured in pounds!

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The front cover Wink Wink dress is great for weight that's other than steady. After all it neither defines your figure nor conceals it fully. It's just so pretty, that's all people will see! Also great if you are growing a new little person, I'm sure it would be great for a good few months as it's been designed with many gathers, front and back.

Wink Wink pleat dress (2 floral patterns) $98

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Yet another great example of fabulous vibrant hue's. The cold shoulder design shows no signs of disappearing any time soon. If definition is what you're after, try belting it, or, maybe you have a favourite chain necklace....have you tried using it as a belt? This works well as an alternative to the usual leather, given that it's a strong enough chain link with adjustable links.

Wink Wink v neck dress (royal, fuchsia or black) $98

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This is one of Plum's favourite dress bodies. Season after season this has been reproduced with a variety of beautiful patterns, also suits a wide variety of body types, which is what has made it a very popular style.

Simone front pleat dress (3 prints) $98

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Here's another fabulous, swinging fun dress; great for a good night of dancing (think...festival). Love the asymmetric hemline...edgy and totally now and fresh. Try it with a long pendant or variety of your favourite chains.

Double Zero ribbed tank dress (black, brick or slate) $69

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STILL CRAVING COLOUR? There is no shortage of it for the season in this bold print top. It's basic shape lends itself to a variety of co-ordinates and the lively pattern can also help distract.

Wink wink cap sleeve t shirt (4 print patterns) $39

Carlton University recently was in the news for removing all the weigh scales in it's workout spaces. One way to look at scales is, they can be viewed as a tool, choose to use them or not. Certainly less intrusive than one's Mother who's first question when phoning from 6 provinces away was 'how's your weight?'....*big sigh*! 'Great Mom, I don't weigh what I did when I was born, but it's still good'!

Yours in Fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

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The full quote is "Well behaved women, seldom make history"~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. In honor of International women's day, I thought this could be an apt title for this weeks blog. My only question is...why only one day!! We do great things...we run businesses, we teach, clean up after people, perform surgery and gee our bodies are capable of making people...and we only get one day? Well, let's celebrate the other 364 as well...wear what we love most, adorn ourselves with fabulous accessories; whatever makes us feel powerful, happy and US! (fyi, naked can feel this way too;)

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Those are some dangerous curves...which is one difference between us and the other half. And why shy away from them. If you have them (curves that is), show 'em off! After all, when you have a fabulous caboose, your pants stay up better.

Point Zero embroidered blouse with crochet insert (cream) $75

Yoga Italy jean (hand sanded) $148

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This seriously well designed Simone dress takes an uncompromising approach to fit. Cap sleeved, exposed zipper, fully lined, colour blocked, providing a perfect, sleek looking, professional addition to your wardrobe.

Simone slim dress with contrast and short sleeves (black/white or Navy/white) $149

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Yes, I know...it's not all about the hips. This fabulous, a line swing shape dress draws attention upwards...where your beautiful face is. The great thing is, with such a neckline, who needs jewellery...or at least a necklace is redundant.

Very J open neck sleeveless a-line dress (black) $59

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Try these camouflage pants if you're looking for a way to stand out from the crowd from the sea of solid colour bottoms...or rather, I guess you'd blend in....ANYWAY, they're fun, great casual weekend wear apparel.

Mavi Juliette cargo pant (military green) $118

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You know, you're the star attraction, you don't need a sweater to prove that, although, why not! Fun, albeit subtle star featured in the middle!

Soya concept star sweater (sand) $85

So, in this 'week' that celebrates women...I say I'm grateful for all those great women in my life, my Mother, my sisters, my aunts, cousins, friends and even my little girls....and heck even my brother because he's been like a sister to me...

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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In light of Valentine's day, thought I'd pay a little attention to daytime to date time, outfits. With so little time these days, despite all our modern conveniences...who has time to go home and change an entire outfit after work? Typically we might be gone for a full 15 hours in a day, if we go from work to fun evening activity... no one wants to lug around an entire other ensemble! With a little tweaking, a simple change can have you ready for night time twerking! ;)

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I would say this is definitive professional dress.  Perfect for any office scenario. But if you're heading out later to a movie or pub with friends, this might seem a bit stiff.  Possibly add a fun necklace, change into knee high boots and change into a jean jacket. Or instead of a necklace, maybe a scarf. Or with the embroidered option, nothing else is needed.

Simone A-line dress with pockets (black, coral or royal) $129

Mavi Samantha $118

Mavi Alicia embroidered $148

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It feels as though there is still plenty of winter left to wear a turtleneck. Especially a nice, lightweight, well fitting one. You can still add some personality to it for the after work activity like a great pendant, a statement necklace or simply bright pink or red lipstick. A simple change of footwear and/or some bold earrings, takes things from I mean business to easy/casual.

Soya Concept stripe knit top (black/white) $49

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Blouses and shirts should not be discounted. They've become fairly common place in the office world, but that doesn't mean they can't go out to play. This, sweet print, on it's own shows your fun side. Wear it buttoned up and add a string of pearls or open the neckline and your fav. necklace collection. Add a cardigan and a light hearted night event is set.

acapella elbow sleeve blouse (ivory with black print or black with ivory print) $79

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Conversely, there is absolutely no reason this stunning work of beading and embroidery, cannot be worn to work, perfect under a suit and then clearly wonderful for night time...Looks great with jeans, perhaps you're allowed them at work...if not, simply change your shoes to something a bit more funky! Ready to go!

Verty short sleeve beaded top (black) $89

Given that there are 24 hours in a day, and 8 of them are spent sleeping, that leaves only 16...driving across town to change outfits is not usually part of this equation. And in the words of Donna Brazile (DNC Chair) 'If you don't value your time, no one else will'.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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If December was a day of the week, I'm sure it would be Saturday. Because now begins the month of gift giving along with abundant parties, gatherings and merriment. And what to wear! Recently I enjoyed a lovely night with my colleagues at Plum's annual Christmas party. My favourite part (aside from the food) was seeing just how these fabulous women put together a festive outfit. I'm always amazed and inspired. Neither age nor size is relevant here, therefore I encourage you to venture into a Plum location near you and I'm confident they'll help you uncover your seasonal sparkle!

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When you purchase this dress (and I know you will), you'll be be getting more than just your average LBD for one season. This is a very innovative, unique design that you will most certainly get a lot of mileage from. What you wear with your LBD is very personal but this is 2 pieces, essentially a tank dress, with a gorgeous curved front overlay top. Thus, one can wear them separately, creating far more than just party season attire.

Simone tank dress with layered top (black or Plum) $149

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Lace is yet another texture that inevitably shows up during the Christmas season. Off the shoulder, lined body and an easy shape make this a hit. As above, with black pants, you'll find this very easy to co-ordinate with multiple other pieces. However, you'll also find, that lace has also made it's way quite nicely into mainstream wear as well.

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DO+BE off shoulder lace top (wine) $89

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Maybe a break away from solids would be a good direction to take. A jersey print, blouson style dress, with a body hugging skirt create a sexy, and feminine departure from the usual seasonal glitz.

Soya Concept Petruska 2 Jersey print dress (black) $95

 

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The sweet retro look of the lace with a removable collar creates a light easy look. On the right the Mavi GLITTER jean. Black with light flecks of glitter.

acappella lace top with contrast collar (black or ivory) $85

Mavi Adriana skinny glitter jeans (black glitter) $138

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Jackets are another sensational way to add some interest to your outfit. The one on the left is a fun, faux fur that adds texture and a playful feel to a potentially basic outfit. Add a chunky or glitzy necklace and you're good to go. The jacket on the right can easily go from office to office party with the simple switch of lipstick, shoes and hair.

Soya Concept fuzzy cropped jacket (black) $95

Tobias double breasted jacket with flared hem (black or pewter) $230 now $185

Dressing for a the barrage of December parties can be a headache OR can add some extra fun to already joy filled and fun activities. Choosing wisely can mean your outfit doesn't sit in your closet until the following December with the Christmas decorations. Head into a Plum location near you. There are accessories oozing with glamour and other wonderful options for the approaching party season. With lots of expertise to go along with it.

Yours in Fashion passion

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