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Currently, unless your dress standards are set by the royal family, tasteless seems to have a far wider set of brackets than in the days of 'long haired freaky people...need not apply' (Five Man Electric Band). What about wearing overalls to a wedding?...erm, wait what if the venue is a pasture OR Goth wear to a funeral...black is still fairly standard at funerals and I doubt the dearly departed will care! Seems it's not so much a math equation as an emotional or social one. Just be grateful to not be Kanye West who, while attending a wedding recently, had his slides ridiculed by the www for being too small. 'It's the Japanese way' said Yeezy. Sure Kanye, I guess my leggings are worn the 'gymnastics' way then! So, on that note, jeans, we now can find in every possible venue, event and scenario, accepted almost everywhere. Dress them up, down or just get in them! Let's have a look at some new jeans and some possible ways to give them your tasteful touch!

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Thinking I was sufficiently stocked with my jeans, ready for fall, I put them on...or rather tried to. -REASON # 7 FOR BUYING NEW JEANS...'my old ones shrank' (right!)...I had to do a try on of these! They are simply divine!  So, comfortable they feel like a hug! Jeans should do that and keep the jiggle at bay!  I adore this sweet jacket with its shawl collar, below pocket pleats and the feminine back tie. Also comes in black, my favourite funeral colour! (bloggers favourite pairing this season so far)!

Yoga Dominique straight leg jeans $130

Cream blazer (black or brick red) $149

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Something about these sky high heels and the worn, washed black...just so sexy looking. Add to it, a long cardigan or this fabulous lace kimono maybe some fabulous jewelry, perhaps do your hair in a messy bun and voila! A stunning look!

Mavi high rise skinny jeans (dark grey vintage) $118

Kaffe lace kimono (vintage blue) $99

 

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Long gone are the days where high rise meant, something worn by your Mom. Now, they are well constructed, perfectly fitting and always with comfort an important factor. A perfect pairing with this luscious open front sweater. Add a fabulous scarf to the coupling and you have a comfortable, yet outstanding look.

Yoga high rise super skinny stretch $130

B Young colour blocked cardigan (burgundy multi) $119

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What do you not need a boyfriend for? Boyfriend jeans! Looking relaxed and feeling ultra comfortable and easy! However, to shake things up a bit if you're doing a Friday night cocktail party or cozy local concert, add a sophisticated top, a jacket, eye catching earrings and some bold cut out booties. A funky look is born.

Mavi Ada boyfriend jeans (smoke vintage) $118

Cream shell top (smoke rose) $79

So, really...have we seen the death of tasteless? Probably not any time soon, but I also don't believe we can easily bullet list it because, needless to say, what's tasteless to one person is wedding apparel to the next;) So what really is considered tasteless? WATER!! Water is tasteless...zero taste!

Yours in fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Always have a unique character like salt, it's presence is not felt, but it's absence makes all things tasteless"

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DREAMERS UNITE....WE HAVE THE SWEATER for you~~~lush, dreamy and on special~~~ until Monday Sept 3 ~ eight colours ~ $ 59 ~ instore and webstore

We likely all have 'something' we like to cover up...an old scar from your 20's, best not talked about because, you know...that was an 'experimental' period! ;) Or maybe the first marriage...perhaps you won't talk about that, you were young, it was the 80's, enough said.  How about grey hair? Actually times are trending more towards people proudly letting it grow and show, instead of investing in root cover up products. What a relief.  I love it when fashion trends follow our unique or natural qualities. But what goes with this pigment challenged hair colour? Come with me...let's have a look.

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This weeks featured sweater is back by popular demand in eight colours. Whether you have grey hair, blonde...or follically challenged...there is bound to be a colour to suit your complexion or hair colour. This will definitely be a go to sweater for the season. Get it while it's on special and colours are still available. (scarf sold separately)

Dreamers V NECK sweater in 8 colours (black, olive, denim, heather coral, heather grey, heather plum, mocha and raisin) - was $69 UNTIL MONDAY $59

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The rules of dress and colour typically state that grey hair is better with bold jewel tones. However, we're not talking city bylaws here, we're talking fashion guidelines...so if you are compelled by muted tones go for it. After all, some of THE BEST things come from rule breakers! But this is a fabulous little knit dress with stretch lining! Break the rules with desert!

Kaffe dress (sundried tomato) $99

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And yet another rich hue to try is this t shirt above, especially if you tend to be drawn to the blues or greens. Note it's ubiquitous cut which allows it to compliment nearly all your coordinates.

B Young melange cap sleeve t shirt (black, burgundy or green) $32

WORN WITH...Soya concept glen plaid skirt (burgundy/off white) $75

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The other way is to literally indulge in the colour completely which helps accentuate it. Above are four diverse options, depending of course on the occasion. The dress draws out some other beautiful tones and neutrals as well, the coat adds coverage but with a bit of style...over jeans, dresses or skirts...wear it open or use the wrap belt. Add a bold scarf or bold lipstick if you wish to break it up.

Cream printed knit dress (forest multi) $109

Cream maxi coat (grey melange) $169

Motion multi yarn sweater (black/grey) $86

Maronie camo drop shoulder sweatshirt (grey camouflage) $55

Lately I've seen many who are totally rockin' their natural pigment free manes of various ages! Although, grey, white or silver hair stems from our eventual lack of ability to generate melanin which are contained in pigment cells....OR our lack of ability to tolerate nonsense or general buffoonery! (a natural childish quality). I must still have some tolerance left in me, as I don't seem to have sprouted much...sadly!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Grey hair is a blessing...ask any bald man" ~ picturequotes.com

 

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Boho vibes

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NOTE: some items that are featured here are part of the sale, and some are new arrivals. Prices are noted or check in store for details.

One more month of official summer remains, then back to it...school, work or, as in my case...back to…um, what I’m doing now (lol).  In any case BOHO, technically speaking is short for bohemian homeless originating in the 19th century, meant to describe the unconventional lifestyle of journalists, writers and artists. The style is characterized by large floppy hats, long flowey skirts and Joni Mitchell songs. A look typically representing, free thinking, creativeness and long, lazy days of summer. In 30 days, fall will abruptly attempt to put an end to all the free thinking fun...but for now, we have a reason to look like we haven’t a care in the world.

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I think lace, in particular, can be viewed as a central part of bohemian style. Presenting an image of light, easy, fresh and vintage. The above dress can be just as comfortable at an evening out, as at the beach. As I often note, the footwear and accessories most often punctuates the look.

En Creme sundress with tassel straps (red/white) was $89 is now $69

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One of my favourite features of this dress, aside from the open weave linen and pockets, is the shoulder ties, which offers the ability to slightly adjust the length. Aside from the every day, wear-for-tasking/lack-of-conformity style, I can see this worn with a shawl, and a long pendant.

Catwalk linen jumper dress (black, denim blue, pink or white) $110

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Aside from the sweet, floral pattern, what’s lovely about this dress is the length, not too long... not too short...just right Goldilocks! If the neckline looks slightly too plunging for where you’re going, easily add a lace tank and if your air conditioned office is where you’re headed, add a jacket.

Hem & Thread spaghetti strap dress (navy/orange) was $85 is now $65

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And of course embroidery is yet another common theme. The kimono featured here is bound to be another seasonal favourite for its very light texture.

Embroidered kimono (white) $79

There is definitely a way to add elements of the boho style to your outfit without being head to toe 70’s. A little bit of lace, a hat, or an embroidered jacket.  I once went all out on Halloween as a hippy. I could very easily see from the passersby on the street, it was rather unclear if this was my usual style.  Lesson I learned? You can take the girl out of the 70’s but it’s best to leave that entire 10 years where it was, maybe grab a piece or two, but it’s in the past for a reason!

Peace...

Suzanne M

"Rows and flows of angel hair, and ice cream castles in the air, and feather canyons everywhere, I've looked at clouds that way" ~ Joni Mitchell  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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Indulge me while I talk about Kimonos....again. Some things are just worth repeating. Like a great vacation spot, a fabulous selfie (ask Kim K), a great kiss or another piece of cake! Kimonos...they're simply one of the best garments of the moment and the buyer seems to have her finger on the fashion pulse (Plum just received some new styles)! Speaking of pulses...some days, I can barely find mine with four cups of coffee and a shower...therefore, the simpler the better. And Kimonos give you a chance to just grab and go, like the breakfast bar of your wardrobe...and still look like two millions bucks (inflation).

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Time to explore your inner Hippie-boho-festival-gaia...or cool chick..whichever emerges! I love this one for it's sheer simplicity, yet at the same time, enough pattern to amuse and create interest and facilitates coordination without much challenge.

Kimono (border print in beige or grey) $59

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If I haven't mentioned this already, one great reason to adore the Kimono is, most are one-sized, therefore making it, all about finding a pattern/colour you like, as apposed to fit...easy peasy, go ahead and eat those cheesies. SO the opposite issue to buying a bathing suit *big sigh*. I'd previously stated many times, how great black and white is for the sake of co-ordination, and the above offers the same.  And if you're inclined to like a more complex look, why not belt it!

Kimono with front panel (black multi) $49

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This blue kimono is just a breath of fresh air. So light, so exquisitely embroidered with tiny embellishments to catch the light. Fabulous as above with shorts or in keeping with the blue, vintage fringe edge jeans. Convert your look from a weekend, errand-running put together... to a casual dinner/drinks with friends occasion, with a simple change into heels, hair pulled up and some vintage look earrings.

Kimono - flower embroidered (blue) $79

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Can you picture yourself wearing this, strolling through your vineyard, leisurely harvesting luscious grapes? (It's ok to have fantasies that don't include chocolate)...The minute I see someone wearing yellow, it immediately evokes unrecognizable feelings of calm(lol). The bright yellow print is a great colour to explore as it has so many hue's it will perform well with.

Kimono -  floral (mustard print) $49

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This gorgeous kimono is awash with blossoms. To try... tie it in the front for something different. Pair with these light mustard linen pants, which also comes in a few more seasonal pigments. Maybe take the self belt, wear it as a hair band and put a chain belt through the loops instead. Don't have one? Use a long, strong link necklace. Fun to experiment!

Kimono - long floral (yellow or black) $79

Catwalk gathered waist with tie pant (beige, mustard or pink) $92

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Note the shorter length. Great for pairing with shorts, or a wide leg palazzo pant. Also, I could see this moving into early fall, stretching your wardrobe a bit into multiple seasons.

Kimono - floral (black) $59

If something is repeated, does it make a more profound impression, become more meaningful or important? Certainly not to my children! That being said, sometimes we need to say things to ourselves repeatedly for them to sink in...so repeat after me...'I deserve a new kimono....and that second piece of cake'!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Do what you do so well, that they will want to see it again, and bring their friends"~ Walt Disney

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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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