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THE NIGHT SCARF!  Improves safety AND helps support Dress for Success! Win-Win-Win (also looks good). From every $15 night scarf purchased Plum donates $10 to Dress for Success!

Feel good-look good-stay safe! Purchase in a Plum store or here online

Lighten up! Seriously. I know what you're thinking my Plum lovelies. Why am I hearing from her again this week! Because this is an important topic, as the time changes, inevitably it gets darker earlier. And according to an annual road safety report between the years of 2010 and 2016 worldwide road fatalities decreased slightly. Great! However, sadly Canada is included in a less impressive statistic. One of seven countries where pedestrian deaths increased. And what can a clothing company do? Help you lighten up! Yes, brighten up. And what to wear with your white scarf? A PULSE!!! We cannot control the drivers but we can control how they see us. So get yourself and others you care about into a white scarf! Be bright, be safe, be seen!
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I am not an umbrella person, I tend to leave them everywhere, however I usually tuck away a hat in my bag. On the occasion when I've neglected to include one, at this time of year I most often don a scarf. Enter the second use for the scarf. If the murky sky above starts to erupt, your scarf now becomes a hood as well.
 
 
 
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This cozy lovely checkered coat is another great pick. Needless to say a perfect compliment to the white scarf. Yet another example of what can help you be more visible. Also a great length for most skirts or dresses.
 
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Aren't we lucky on the west coast. Not always cold enough for a coat, but a sweater will do, this is super cozy and plush, with plenty of autumnal stripe colours.
 
 
The use of white in textiles in history usually carryies with it a meaning of lightness, new starts as in the colour most often worn by a bride or the Khata ceremonial scarf symbolizing purity and compassion. Plum has more fundamental reasons. Be safe in the dark and be seen!
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
"Safety doesn't happen by accident" ~ author unknown
 
 
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Reaching for 95

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NOVEMBER 1ST to NOVEMBER 18 - $20 OFF MIN PURCHASE OF $95 - restrictions apply - in store and online - follow this link
 
Do you look to the future and think...I won't be able to wear that any more? Is age in fashion, an inspiration, drawback or irrelevant? It's a total inspiration for me. How will I rock the grey hair, what to wear with trends and which more advanced ladies inspire me?  We can choose to be frustrated but realistically we can't go back in time. But, we can stand where we are and observe those who are not fully aged and those who are at prime (lol) and garner inspiration from both. My favourite inspirations are my 30 year old niece and two women who have poll vaulted over 40 (ahem 50). Lyn Slater and Iris Apfel. While neither are my specific style, I cherry pick ideas, gain inspiration and freedom from the 'no-you-can't-wear-that' to 'TRY-TO-STOP-ME-AND-I'LL-DO-IT-TWICE-AND-TAKE-PICTURES'. And on that note, feel inspired my ageless beauties....purchase min. $95 and get $20 off your purchase. Ooh, maybe you can turn it back (the calculator at least).
 
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Say yes to the selfie. This is a perfect fall look mimicking the colours of the leaves. Love the cozy sweater and the olive skinnies. Notice how the shoes change the look from a casual ensemble to a dinner out look. Easily transform it by adding a blazer and knee high boots or oxfords for work or plimsolls for casual.
 
 
 
 
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Get the edge on everyone else. This dress is unique and creative with it's free flowing circular, primitive pattern and button down front. Wear it with some equally bold shoes or sky high boots.
 
 
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I LOVE this look. Yellow right now is a bold, bright and happy diversion from the usual fall mellow shades.  And if it's too much of a challenge to wear it next to your complexion, try adding a scarf, maybe turquoise or red or a print. The window pane skirt pattern is a growing favourite.
 
 
 
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And, insofar as your basic black is a good all around coat for this season, it's nice to have an alternate with a bit more kick. And a universally appealing pattern such as this one, will work into your wardrobe and most other colours with great ease.
 
 
Who are your fashion inspirations? Your Mother or Grandmother. A crazy aunt who always lived a bit on the edge? Maybe a popular musician or celebrity? I've mentioned mine above. But from my childhood, all I can think of would be Wilma Flintstone. She really knew how to carry off that one shoulder dress! ;)
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
some fierce women still kickin' it who are nonagenarians and older:
  • Ida Keeling
  • Tao Porchon-Lynch
  • Doris Day
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Iris Apfel
  • Johanna Quaas

"Granny your face looks beautiful with wrinkles, just like the lake looks beautiful with ripples" ~ Vinita Kinra

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"If I were a boy!"

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Theoretically, it was thought, I'd be a boy, named Tom...and no offense to my deceased uncle but, I'm grateful I came out as is. I have to say, I wrote this while listening to Beyoncé which made me think, just how would I dress if I were a man? Unnecessary, because for decades, I've been drawn to men's jeans, t shirts, hats and jackets. Why? Perhaps because, at least with men's jackets, they provided a better fit, thus were my ideal option (and it was the 80's). Happily now I can draw together the structure of menswear with the fun and flair of women’s wear; and be grateful women’s jackets have transformed to better accommodate our actual shapes.

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So it is said, we have a gentleman named Beau Brummell, dating back to the 18th century to thank for at least the men's version of the blazer. For us women, the Suffragettes were responsible for giving it meaning to our actual wardrobe; Yves St Laurent and Chanel punctuating it with style! Whoever it was, I'm grateful. Blazers are my go to garment from Sept to May. Instinctively they are paired with pants but they really wear stunningly well with anything imagined! If you love shirts, this all over print with stripe background makes for a fun coordinate.

Kaffe pinstripe jacket (grey stripe) $149

Kaffe pinstripe pants (grey stripe) $119

B.Young printed button down blouse (off white/mustard) $65

 

 

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I love bringing together my old love of jackets with my new kimono obsession. I find kimono's and poncho's create a nice layering look while simultaneously assisting with fluctuating temperatures and environments. And pattern mixing gives your wardrobe a bit more latitude AND attitude.

Kaffe relaxed check blazer (grey plaid) $139

Kaffe front zip skirt (grey plaid) $79

KW multi plaid print kimono (black) $59

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This jacket has the most genius design features with the pleats and back tie! JUST SAY YES TO THE CURVES! I feel like I've waited 3 decades for someone to incorporate this into a design; along with the shawl collar...MWA!!! love it! Looks just smashing with the plaid pants but also would be fun with destroyed jeans OR a fabulous dress. And may I suggest either this sexy wrap or jumpsuit above as options.

Cream blazer (black or brick red) $149

Kaffe checked pant (black/grey/red) $99

Spencer+Shaw ruffle trim wrap dress (black combo) $149

Wasabi+Mint crisscross cropped jumpsuit (black) $75

 

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Welcome back to the 80's with this slightly retro, boyfriend/relaxed fit jacket. Another one of my favourite jackets this season; the one above as it fits in with the most welcome trend of plaid. This also adds a bit of interest from the otherwise somber presence of (albeit my beloved) black. I've paired it above with this body hugging dress as a nice contrast.

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

Kaffe checked pant (black/grey/red) $99

Spencer+Shaw v neck 3/4 sleeve knit dress (black or merlot) $129

If I was a boy? I haven't seriously thought of this until I recently was listening to that song. Hm...would I want short hair, to always be stoic, graciously open doors, take out garbage or rake leaves?....ok wait...I already do!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition" ~ Timothy Leary

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NEWSFLASH: It's still dress season

For 4 days Oct. 18 to 21...destination is Plum. 8 select Spencer + Shaw dress styles to choose from - 30% off. While quantities last

While the habit of being late is not typically viewed positively...show of hands, who thinks the delay of autumn weather is 'A-OKAY? We mostly look forward to the richness of fall colours, but truly, it will get dark, cold and kind of dreary! Rarely, are there times, where lateness is seen as a glorious thing... although recently when Prince Harry heard his wife utter... 'I'm late', that would be considered an exception! BUT, mostly, those who are chronically, punctually challenged leave us all scratching our heads (or banging them) and wondering why. Does it help to know, studies have shown that the feeling of time passing, just feels different to those who tend to be 'delayed'? Why don't we try to look on the bright side of tardiness...summer extends her stay with us...and thus dress season can continue!

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I love this dress. Yes it sports a very spring like print, however, as long as flowers are still blooming, why can't we wear them on our dresses (or yes, in your hair oh bohemian one)! Above the look shows sophistication worn with classic heels (by all means add a long strand of beads). Alternately, create a funky look with knee high boots, an infinity scarf* and for the night time chill, wear with this pin stripe jacket (not matching exactly gives it a bit more edge). However, if mixing patterns is not your thing, try a basic cardigan, or solid jacket or even a jean jacket and balance out the femininity of the dress with a fedora!

(*creating an infinity scarf out of long scarf is as simple as tying a knot in the ends and wrapping it around your neck several times...voila-new scarf)

Spencer+Shaw sleeveless elastic waist dress (black and pink or black and yellow prints) $110 Oct 18 to 21 30% off

Kaffe pin stripe jacket (grey stripe) $149

 

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Oh...I had legs like this once.....on my Barbie....just kidding, I preferred building blocks....but I digress, this is such a gorgeous 'going out/date night/party' dress. I also think it calls for equally stunning heels or ankle boots. Or perhaps downplay the footwear and turn up the notch on the accessories (the neckline yearns for an eye catching necklace or several).

Spencer+Shaw ruffle trim wrap dress (black combo) $149 Oct.18 to 21 30% off

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This very unstructured dress is all about the pattern. It's mod, it's bold and yet the colours are still subdued. And with such a dress... to accessorize or not! Two choices, let the pattern do the talking because it's really enough, OR get creative with the circular pattern find earrings with a similar or contrasting shape.
 
 
 
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Yet another easy, relaxed fit dress. Pair it with this long sweater, which plays one length against the other nicely. If you're not good with bare legs add leggings and ankle boots. Just a simple pulled together look that jostles jeans for a simple yet comfortable, pulled together look.
 
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I don't know about you, but I seem to excel at all things delayed. I got married late, I had children late and each of them was born 10 days over due. I seem to be invested in running late....well, maybe not running!
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
 “I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
 
 
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Reality Check

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Time for some self Plaidification....Pearl Jam lovers unite!

Just kidding...not kidding about the 4 days of plaid shirt specials - Thursday to Sunday Oct.11 to 14 $15 dollars off. 7 styles, multiple patterns, while quantities last.

If your biggest fashion risk is plaid, I'd say you're not doing so badly. Largely because plaid is a huge trend this season, not just limited to shirts or scarves, but jackets, hats and even boots. Guaranteed to make you stand out, but not so much in a 70's Bay City Rollers or Catholic school girl kind of way! More in a 'follow me, I'm on trend' kind of way! Plaid has been important for hundreds of years, in Scotland, and will continue to be a fashion pattern favourite everywhere.

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While plaid definitely provides an image of casual, laid back and well....camping and hunting?(lol)...it really can be made edgier. Feeling creative or adventurous? Try tucking it in, buttoning it up, adding a wide belt and wear it with these funky, wide leg crop pants and your favourite heels, a contrasting bold statement necklace (maybe add a hat) and you have an 'I'm-taking-my-weekend-wear-out-for-dinner' look.

Be Cool plaid shirt (olive or rose pattern) $59 - for 4 days Oct. 11 to 14 $44

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Final touch rayon palazzo pants (black or olive) $65

Canadian Hat menswear fedora (coffee mix or charcoal) $49

 

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You can certainly mix your plaid and check patterns. Simply add Moto boots and scarf. It's a really simple look but with a bit of punch! As a diversion throw on a bold scarf and bold matt lipstick.

Be Cool hooded plaid button front shirt (black) $65 - for 4 days Oct. 11 to  14 $50

Motion long grey check coat/sweater (grey) $90

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A very ubiquitous look is the above. A worn edge tunic length shirt together with this utilitarian type coat/jacket creates a frequently chosen casual look.

Sneak Peak plaid stone washed tunic (blue/red) $89 - for 4 days Oct. 11 to 14 $74

Daisy long zip front coat (olive or black) $110

Dr. Van Wedeen of Massachusetts' General Hospital, has established through research that our brains are a combination of complex, transverse interwoven pathways, much like a plaid pattern...discovered though a very detailed MRI. So, really, we are hard wired to enjoy the visuals plaid presents. Ok that might be a stretch but I must say, I enjoy the image of my brain as a very attractive plaid pattern rather than the big ball of spongy yarn that it often feels like!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy" ~ Albert Einstein  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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