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And this week....nothing bitter about this....a sweet deal. Dreamers round neck sweaters for 4 days until February 10th - $59 - 5 colours!

Bitter sweet is an oxymoron. Which is the use of two contradicting terms to describe something. I realize it is a baffling English language phrasing structure, however it is fairly common...for example...sweet sorrow, jumbo shrimp, farewell reception or my personal favourite...painfully beautiful...you know, like Kendall Jenner's recent nude Italian Vogue fashion spread...erm...what am I missing here? Fashion of....? Anyway opposite's quite often work, not just in phrases but very well in fashion, to showcase each others features. Let's look at a few:

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This bright, happy yellow adds needed therapy to the somber, down to earth khaki pants. Because, all yellow might be a bit blinding and all khaki perhaps a bit intensely mellow. They make a very nice couple!

Dreamers round neck sweater (5 colours) $59 until Sunday Feb.10

Cream twill jeans (major brown) $129

 

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My ultimate favourite pairing of opposites is the ultra romantic look of a Victorian style blouse and the ruggedness of very authentic looking worn in jeans. Perhaps bring the two together with a blazer and some bohemian pendants and you have a really fashionable weekend or casual workday look.

Cream Victorian style blouse (beige) $79

Yoga Italy hand sanded jean $148

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Also to try, marrying a silly graphic t, with the straight lines of a stripe pant. Why this works: the complete rigidity of the pant lines, linked together by the white and black in both, and the artistic imagery of the graphics. Whimsically throw on a scarf or red beret to top it off.

Bear Dance 'bonjour' pug t s shirt (black) $35

All in Favor black stripe pants $65

 

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Another example of the softness of the frill front blouse and the borrowed-from-the-men, suit look. A great balance is the, strut-your-stuff shoes and it's a very sophisticated work ensemble. The tone is chic and professional yet soft at the same time.

Cream frill front blouse $89

Kaffe check pant (grey melange) $129

There are lots of examples of opposites that create a great image, are ultimately even better together than apart, or work better together.  Like eating breakfast for dinner, laughing so hard you cry, or wearing stripes and dots or leather and lace together. I tried my own theory with wearing last nights makeup in the morning, but it didn't really have the same great effect.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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NO years resolution!

I RESOLVE TO BE A WARMER PERSON in 2019 - starting with sweaters! NOW 50% OFF FALL AND WINTER SWEATERS!!! (IN STORE ONLY).

View more styles in the webstore then head into a nearby Plum for all the great deals.

Hands up, those of you who, 9 days into 19, haven't abandoned - like 3 day old leftovers - their new years resolutions? I can honestly state, that there was a solid 22 minutes back last Tuesday where I said 'I GOT THIS!'....then 3 O'clock hit and I said...what was I thinking, I can't abandon sarcasm ALL day. Some things are just part of your DNA! Like my devotion to t shirts and maybe you have a sweater compulsion? The fuzzy, the warm, the textures, the colours. How can you not! And currently with the sweaters 50% off....just park the resolution to cut back on sweaters.....just for an hour. You can go back to it later...you have all year to make that work!

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Such an easy to coordinate cardigan. A very comprehensive style, a great length for even most mid length coats, lots of ribbing on the sleeves and bottom edge, side slits and 55% cotton. If you prefer to close it up, try belting it for a bit more of a stylish look.

Miracle open cardigan (3 colours) now $42

 

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I love the massive dots paired with the window pane pattern on the skirt for a contrasting match. Another easy to coordinate sweater, coupled with a nice cozy feel!

ICHI large dot open cardigan (salt and pepper) now $37

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It really takes very little, even during the winter to create some style. Above noted, all that was added was a hat. On my way to work this morning, I noted a woman with a lovely fitted coat, a hat and riding boots...simple but such great style. For fear of looking like a crazy lady on a bike, I didn't stop to tell her how great she looked. (that should be one of my new years resolutions-if it looks good-tell them)!

Kaffe open cardigan now $59

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Who needs hats or umbrella's when you have a hood! A nice boxy fit, slight side slits and as I mentioned...a hood. Great as above paired with the cropped pants but also a good contrast with a maxi skirt and boots...add a jean jacket for another layer. And grey, another wonderful neutral that goes with everything!

RD hoody cropped sweater (grey) $34

New Years resolutions are far from a new phenomenon! According to history.com the Babylonians thousands of years ago were said to be the initiators....THANKS!! During a nearly 2 week celebration they would make vows of change for the better in the hopes the gods would bestow good on them for the coming year. Or Clergyman John Wesley who in 1740 created the Covenant Renewal Service on New Years Eve or New Years day. However, in current times, we don't need to answer to anyone but ourselves. I myself aim to organize my very carefully curated casual knit top emporium (aka: pile of t shirts)...although it might be easier to start a sweater emporium!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Last years resolutions list:

....buy more shoes, buy more dresses, buy more t shirts

...this years resolutions...don't follow a list follow your heart!

DONE!

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BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

The beginning of December begins, Christmas shopping, parties and Christmas song season. Christian or not, season celebrator or not, most of us love to belt out the old favourites, performing our own Car-eoke! One tune recently brought to the court of social media was (blog title) ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’. Don’t know what I’m referring to? Google the lyrics and think #metoo! This had a bigger social backwash publicly recently than an all you can eat buffet. But you know, if you want something to keep you warm but that steps away from any controversy…just go with everyone’s old favourite…a sweater!

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I love this pulled together ensemble. The fuzzy sweater look is a huge favourite in recent years, and probably needs no explanation from me! Together with this great knee length dress, anyone's 'maiden aunts' will not disapprove (see the song lyrics). And needless to say when the 'weather outside is frightful', simply add a pair of tights and the look is complete and functional.

Kayla fuzzy yarn open cardigan (5 colours) was $75 sale price $59

Spencer + Shaw dolman sleeve knit dress (rose or charcoal) was $110 sale price $55

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This sweater/tunic is a great seasonal option for so many activities. Everything we do in December is not an upscale party, thus the need for something functional as well. I love the side slits because you don't feel engulfed in fabric. Worn above with skinny pants or perhaps textured leggings or even knee high boots. The grey shade produces an opportunity for creativity either keeping things subdued or a splash of color (as in lipstick, nail polish or a bold necklace or scarf). I can even envision it belted.

B Young side slit tunic sweater (black or medium grey) regular price $69 sale price $52

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In recent years the move to resuscitate the 'ugly sweater' trend has certainly worked. Centered around sweaters with sometimes garish and quirky patterns, they appeared to have started at least four decades ago, often made by Grandma. Nowadays they're the center of get-togethers (ugly sweater parties etc). Above, while it sports a design on the front, in my mind would be classified as the anti-ugly sweater. Perhaps we can start another trend. One that's less of a fashion comedy and that brings together warmth and style!

B Young flower sweater regular price $99 sale price $59

 

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The crop sweater not to be outdone by the tunic sweater.  The crop top, t shirt and sweater trend I remember it well from the 80's when it was in its hay day. While it wasn't really something I could easily wear then or now, if you are so inclined to try it out, there are some creative ways to wear it comfortably, if you're not into over sharing! Such as a complimentary t shirt beneath, that perhaps has a contrasting colour, texture or lace. Or wear it with a blouse! Looks great also with skirts of various different lengths.

RD cropped pullover (grey/brick or multi) regular price $82 sale price $59

Apricity:

Definition

: the warmth of the sun in winter

Such a pretty word that was invented in 1623 but not commonly used today, perhaps its use could be re-ignited. ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ which was written and first released in 1949 (and multiple times since), from a vastly different era, until now has stood the test of time. But some things, like actual candles on a Christmas tree, as was the case historically, is likely better left in the past, for possibly obvious reasons!

Yours in Fashion passion…

Suzanne M.

"The cold never bothered me anyway" ~ from the movie Frozen

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20% OFF SWEATERS - in store only - head into a Plum store near you and get into something WARM and pretty!
 
Allegedly attributed to Oscar Wilde. Nonetheless, it's a humorously valid point. That being said, there is certainly room to 'try on' another persona from time to time and fashion is a great tool.  At times, I sometimes tire of my own 'dark-princess-boho-new-age-hippy-artist' look! You know? Maybe for instance, you've always wanted to be a prima ballerina but a feeling of awkwardness stood in your way, or a plumber, and your Mother said, 'you're too delicate to be a plumber dear'? Time to challenge your old stereotypes and unwrap another part of you! Go buy something pink or get yourself a pair of overalls and get yourself under that sink and explore those pipes! After all, it's still you, it's just an add on ;)
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Spotted this on the boss yesterday and it looked so good I almost paid her a compliment! This sumptuous, substantially textured open front sweater is such an eye catcher, as well so comfortable to wear.
 
 
 
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And speaking of sweaters...(because, they're 20% off right now and it's cold)...two things that go very well together. if I was to venture into the more feminine look, this is one I'd pick...an ice cream pink hue, cable knit, open front with lots of length.
 
 
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This billowy variegated mohair knit sweater compels me to curl up near a fireplace with a thick hard cover (or popcorn and Youtube)! Or I envision an artist bringing a large canvas to life! Regardless of who this adorns, it shows a lot of flair.
 
 
 
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A bit of a departure from sweaters, thought I'd present something quite bright for the season. And red is huge this year. Shutter the thought that it ever went out. Despite it being holiday season, we're seeing a bit more than usual. Just a gorgeous, bold, flowey silk blend top that would work quite well for all other seasons and climates.
 
 
Life is just too short so, GO there, eat that, read that, watch that and go buy that thing that gives you a candy coated, cup cake frosting covered with sprinkles feeling. After all, who ARE YOU? Meghan Markle said when, as a child, she was required to fill out a form stating she was white or black...she turned to her father who said 'draw your own box'!
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
Be yourself, no one can ever tell you, you're doing it wrong ~ James Leo Herlihy
 
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Attention fellow procrastinators....fear not, there is still time to grab your coupon* here

Attitude, generally, can mean you have some level of arrogance, self righteousness OR it can mean you're spunky, feisty and spirited. Which is not a bad thing! BUT there is no reason you can't have both types of 'tude...gratitude and attitude. Go on...espouse both qualities, it will truly confuse people! Wear your attitude, but be very gracious. Wear your attitude, but help the old lady across the street with her groceries; sure you might look like you might intimidate even Anna Wintour...but you'd provide life saving mouth to mouth on a kitten....the world needs more of you! Keeps us all on our toes!

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You really should try on a little bit of 'sass'! (but not with your Mamma)! These jeans are so incredibly hot, and before you let the words 'I can't' slip out of your mouth...try them on! They have plenty of stretch! Super sleek style that looks fantastic with the contrasting angel white...but so many possibilities. Really stand out style!

Lots of time to talk yourself into these...they're coming SOON!

 

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A bit of a mixture, a simple t shirt dress...with a twist...literally! A high hip level twist and a small slit adds a bit of spice to the usual knit dress style!

Wasabi+Mint side twist dress (black or burgundy) $69

 

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Abundant with grand style with some echoes of the Marilyn Monroe era. Not strictly to be worn with solids, a new, bold way to wear leopard print is with different patterns, as if it were a neutral. A basic rule of thumb for this fashion forward look is, keep each pattern within the same colour family. Or also great as a topper, layer over a denim jacket for fickle weather patterns.

Be Young asymmetric leopard print coat (black/brown) $139

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So maybe you're not that interested in sass-tude! Here are a couple of great sweaters that are lovely with subtle, muted colours to suit. One covers the grommet and lace up trend really well, while the other mimic's a hand made style with a classic scoop neck. Many more in store to choose from.

Miracle lace v-neck sweater (5 colours) $79

Miracle chunky slub yarn sweater (blue or blush) $75

While some say Thanksgiving has been celebrated for nearly 400 years, really...isn't Thanks Giving every day? And having an attitude of gratitude is what helps jell our society, keeps us from caving during turbulent times.

"Clothes aren't going to change the world, the women who wear them will"~Anne Klein

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Sweaters, feels like a hug, but less intrusive! Plum has loads of them (hug not included)! Check them out online (many more in store)

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