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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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It is frightening to drive the streets during the winter ... especially in the rain!  When I was a child my parents, school teachers and even the mayor of our city called upon everyone to wear something white at night so drivers had a better chance of seeing pedestrians.  But now it is not unusual to see pedestrians in  head to toe black and sometimes even having their hoodie up!  It makes pedestrians completely INVISIBLE.

It made us think about what we could do to help our customers become visible at night.  So I looked for white scarves that we could sell on promotion and at the same time raise money for one of our favourite organizations, Dress For Success Vancouver.

Plum has been a supporter of Dress For Success Vancouver since its inception.  DFSV helps women who are challenged with getting a job.  They offer an initial interview outfit donated by people like our own customers and offer useful and relevant support to get them back to work.

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Consider making a donation this season.

https://vancouver.dressforsuccess.org/

And please, get one of our night scarves and keep it with you when walking at night!  They are only $10 while quantities last. All proceeds go directly to Dress For Success Vancouver. (One per customer and only available in Plum stores).

Katie O'Brien

Co-owner of Plum

 

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DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS 4 DAY DRESS SALE...find yourself something great for the holiday season (NOTE: RESORT WEAR is now arriving but is not included in this promotion)
 
Who would guess, an object consisting of canvas and barely escaping decayed paint, could sell for a record 400 million dollars. The mere twenty six inches in height painting, was once owned by King Charles the First of England. Other magnificent works of art such as Jackson Pollack's romantically titled 17A (which loosely resembles the contents of my head), historically sold for around 200 million dollars. I perhaps foolishly feel there are times I'm putting together a work of art when I dress for a party. I certainly don't fancy myself resembling Mona Lisa but it's fun to think that a well assembled outfit can elicit a similar perplexing head tilt or pleasant facial expressions! As well the other $399,900,000 can be better redirected to the likes of Yemen or Syria.
 
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It's perfectly reasonable to create your look around one garment...shoes, earrings...or, of course, a dress!  I would plan my week around this gorgeous garment. This is the most empyral fabric which has a look of authentic hand made lace and a truly sensational retro 60's look and design.
 
 
 
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One word describes this look...sexy, smouldering, sultry...ok 3. The goddess type drape top portion with it's cut out sleeves and open back, creates a great choice of adding a bold piece of bling to complete the look.
 
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Move over lace, velvet is also making a play for major looks for the season. Such a simple cut but with so much ability for creativity...be it adding a long, graceful locket or pendant or great chain belt.
 
 
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Another simple design but with heaps of options for accessorizing, with a bold gem shade, complimentary neckline and comfortable, appealing length.
 
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A dress with potential to stretch into further seasons. Suitable for so many festive occasions from work parties to open house parties and beyond.
 
 
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If dresses are really not your thing and separates are, consider this as an option. Who doesn't like to do a twirl around the living room pretending to be a ballerina...ok just me I guess. Designed with pearls and small stones that catch the light, this ethereal skirt creates a fun look. Possibly pair it with an embellished graphic t, add a wide belt and roll up the sleeves or wear it with a bolero for a light hearted party look. Ballet flats, Mary Jane's or patterned boots are great footwear options.
 
 
Beauty and certainly art are in the eye of the beholder, be it an Elvis velvet framed print or a Rembrandt self portrait no one can argue what appeals most to you. And remember, when someone tells you, you're beautiful inside and out, make sure to check your teeth for lipstick! (but I'm sure you are!)
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
"I paint my own reality"~Frida Kahlo
 
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There's still time...HEAD INTO a Plum location, try on a pair of YOGA JEANS (until November 19) and be entered to win a pair!

Bah Humbug: There are many fascinating possible origins of this utterance...BUH, is just an expletive, Humbug means 'fraud' or 'imposter'. However, put together they are typically associated with Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol'. Personally it means, 'meh', Christmas...too much fuss! Which makes me a true 'Humbug' as, contrary to my usual ways, I've already purchased some Christmas gifts, bought Christmas cards (yes I'm that old, I still do that), and am planning my outfits. After all, the season provides an excuse to be bright, look festive and have fun. Sort of like an open bar at a wedding, it's there, why not enjoy it. So, whether you celebrate this season or not, take in some of the joy, let it rub off on you, let your sparkle show (unless it's undies-no one needs to see those).
 
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Sometimes, to up the fun of the season, it just means add something different...bolder. And by bold, I don't mean, red or glitter. This gorgeous sweater stands out, merely because of it's beguiling texture! Soft as a kittens arm pits! And hats add a lot of punctuating style to an outfit.
 
 
 
 
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My ongoing love affair with the kimono trend continues. It adds a touch of interest to the outfit while also adding a bit of coverage and in this case, with this burnout velvet, the feel of elegance.
 
 
 
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The 'Roaring 20's, in fashion, ushered in a tremendous amount of change; hair styles, clothing and attitudes. This dress really brings a 'Great Gatsby' feel. A sort of subtle glamour, with it's beautiful, detailed sequin design and v neck back, with just a bit of stretch. Worn above with the ICHI open jacket, brings it up to the current upcoming 20's.
 
 
 
 
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The season which is upon is, isn't all about sparkle....well, not entirely. It's the smell of pine trees, scented candles and many textures. Velvet is the official seasonal fabric, once and forever. Crushed velvet, it's close cousin, is also in high demand. As a separate, this works as well with jeans, as it does with a skirt or tailored pants and provides a great backdrop for accessories. Also a must for the season.
 
 
Sometimes, the best gifts are...a phone call, a hand written card or shovelling someone's driveway. And it's never unseasonal to be good and kind to others, we don't need to reserve that to the last two months of the year.
 
Yours in sparkle passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
'Christmas isn't a season, it's a feeling!' ~ Edna Ferber
 
Head into a Plum location nearest you; where you'll find a much larger selection of seasonal pieces, and gift ideas, as well as a truly tantalizing choice of accessories and jewellery. 

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DON'T FORGET...drop into a Plum store, try on a pair of Yoga's and be entered to win a pair (until November 19).

According to an online article, a leopard's spots (coat pattern) appear to be genetic (I hope that wasn't an extensively funded study). Also, the report went on...serves the purpose of the very large feline blending into it's surroundings, thus having the advantage over it's prey...on the contrary for us females,  when sporting this divine coat. We prefer to stand out and we CAN change our spots! Heck, we can change our minds, our attitudes, our sheets, apparently even our sex!? So many more advantages (and a bit less dangerous) to being a female than a large predatory cat! Here are a few more!

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If you're on the hunt for a print coat this year, this should be the one! It's a perfect length to go with the midi, maxi and as well the mini length dresses or skirts. Great layered with a jean jacket or try them with your favourite jeans and combat boots.

ICHI coat with lightweight pile (leopard print) $149

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As soon as November hits, the events begin. This is a dress that will be a seasonal forever dress for so many reasons. Comprised of stretch velvet, easy knee length, side slit, black and a 'suits all' cut. Think about wearing it with a destroyed jean jacket and OTK boots for more casual parties, or invest in a pair of embellished pumps or the hot ankle boot trend and (as above) a velvet burnout kimono for more formal events.

B. Young velvet spaghetti strap dress (black or teal) $59

KW velvet burnout kimono (blue or purple) $59

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Looking for a little bit of attention? OF COURSE you are! Well, this is the time of year where it's not only ok but you can expect all heads turning your way. Lots of beautiful stretch lace and slight gathers at the side,  an interesting design feature.

Kaffe Claudia lace dress (graphite) $ 109

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Maybe you like co-ordinates instead...you know, they give you more bang for your buck...one day wear with jeans, another day wear with a pencil skirt or wide leg pants. Above are four fun, interesting and versatile tops that very easily go from festive season to functional daytime wear to Friday night out!

Noble Paris London New York beaded t shirt (black or white) $65

Jane Plus 1 guazy mockneck blouse (ivory or teal) $69

Noble pearls knit top (black, white or pink) $59

Cream Selena print blouse (cream/blue) was $99 now $75

This is a perfect season to 'change your spots', so to speak. A style you've been aching to try but just feel like it's, well...too much, too frivolous or not the 'usual' you? Well, who cares! Life is too short to not wear the mini, funky, tight, plush or wild. After all, no one must like what you wear, more important that they like who you are!

Yours in fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

You can change your socks, change your direction or change a diaper, but if you change your attitude everything looks prettier!   ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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