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I'm dedicating this weeks blog to my big brother. And what in heaven's blue sky does an older brother have to do with shopping or fashion? Well, his actions reminded me, we don't always purchase clothing for ourselves, sometimes as gifts. As, my brother regularly does things for others, some would say it's his part time job. Recently, he bought Plum gift cards and donated them to a couple who were the victims of theft of all of their worldly goods, having just moved across the country. While precious memories and meaningless trinkets that to us, hold the souls of our loved ones, when lost, cannot be replaced...knowing we have new fresh clothes on our backs...can somewhat lighten the challenge. This morning I didn't yell while ushering the children off to school, and I thought that was tremendous! It seems I should aim slightly higher. ;)

 

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I'm a huge fan of the poncho phase, which appears to not be slowing down. In part because it fills many gaps...they're warm, they look great, they go with most other garments and layer extremely well. This one would make a fantastic gift for someone because of it's ubiquitous fall shades, unique curved, ribbed edge and sleeves and it's universal appeal!

Kaffe Maria poncho (dark grey mix) $89

 

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This season at Plum we're noticing that people are reaching for designs that are unique and different. I can't think of anything that personifies that description more than this 'PURE' Jacquard coat dress. An absolute head turner, but what I also love about this is, it's divine feminine shape.

PURE Jacquard coat dress with asymmetric hem (charcoal or silver) $179

 

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As I mentioned in previous blogs, jumpsuits are massively popular this season. With our harried lives, we often gravitate to what's simplest. While this is classified as easy, I can think of multiple ways to funk this up, if your usual is to be creative.  Add a wide belt AND even add a chain belt as well. Or a wide belt and a collection of pendants, or a scarf and the newest trend is embellished boots.

SPRING HAZE 3/4 sleeve jumpsuit (black or olive) $89

 

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Tunics are hugely popular as well currently. Again for their ability to create multiple different types of outfits, as a dress or as a top. Add in the multicolour stripes and it's an equation anyone can figure out.

Point Zero long sleeve swing dress (navy stripe) $79

What is community service to you? To some it entails taking charge of an annual event, to others it means simply checking in on an elderly neighbor regularly. Plum is a huge part of it's community from sponsorships to being regular sponsors of Dress for Success and Big Sisters. And really, reaching out to others, will never go out of style!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

I'd like to just take a moment to show my appreciation for my brother, my husband and friends who officially and unofficially invest in their community. Thank you!

"A candle never looses any of it's light, by lighting another" ~Rachel Allene

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It's coupon time...get it here

  • until October 9th
  • minimum purchase $95
  • Jewellery and sale items not included
  • online and instore

So, I've decided to venture towards this massive, white, senescent   pachyderm in the room! After all, what is that and where is the Dept of Age Appropriate situated? And if there 'is' a line to cross into inappropriate I'm fairly sure, I've not only tripped, but vaulted over it at times. Yet, I respect that we often work in industries where our customers might lack faith in our judgment, should we decide to dress like Betsey Johnson while (for instance) attempting to sell burial plots to the grief stricken. That might not work that well! But, occasionally, maybe we feel like stepping out of our comfort zone and just 'trying' something fun or silly...just because we like it. Because fashion should be fun, not frightening!

 

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I adore this coat. Absolute winner this season. Fun, bold, universally appealing colour combination, substantially heavy weight, perfect length...what is not to love? This works for anyone, of any age, from kitten to cougar!

Kaffe Selby tiger stripe coat (grey mix) $219

 

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Jumpsuits have come a long way since Elvis' time. While you might possibly pass this up deeming it to be too revealing, with a bit of creativity (as above) this can easily work from day to date! Add a whimsical top, a scarf or a distracting eclectic mix of vintage pendants.

Wasabi+Mint strappy jumpsuit (black) $79

 

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Season after season, Bear Dance continues to entertain us with their amusing take on the t shirt. "BUT I'M OVER 50!!" you proclaim...meh, Fifty shmifty....fun has no age limits. Throw on a blazer, an infinity scarf and a pair of plimsolls and you have your weekend look.

Bear Dance optical cats (black) $35

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The typical harem pant (gathered bottom) has come back as an alternative fit. Up the style function with pumps or sandals, or tuck them into boots. I typically avoid wearing the camo prints to 'meet the teacher' meetings as I like them to believe I'm co-operative not combative. Otherwise the print keeps coming back season after season presenting an alternative to florals.

Cream drapey pant (olive) $119

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Not only is this pretty much an ageless look, it's also compelling for anyone who aims for comfort as a minimum fashion requirement. A universally popular style, married with the comfort of terry, add in pockets and above the knee length and this becomes a jacket, or a dress, or a shirt. Add or subtract tights or a belt ...there are so many combinations.

Pure French terry shirt dress (black or denim) $98

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Here's a top that has been a huge hit at Plum. Crosses the boundaries of casual to fashion in a very creative, yet easy going way. Doesn't distract from the smoking hot footwear you're aching to show off, rather a good balance!

Pure slouchy knit sweater tunic (ash, fig) $98

When I was 20 I didn't want to look 20, now that I'm double that (give or take 10), I still don't want to look 20 either. I don't feel the need to wear tinsel in my hair or neon lipstick, and I have respect for the establishments I frequent...work, school, banks, churches, however, fashion is a fun way to express myself and when I'm 90, I presume I won't loose that. I might loose my teeth and hair but not my sense of amusement.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"When we were small children, we all played dress up and we all had a good time-So why stop?"~Iris Apfel  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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Hem and haw...a very old expression dating back to the 18th century. Giving verbal meaning to the sounds we make when we're unable to commit to something. Which leads me to skirts...I know, kind of a huge leap. 'Not really' says I. When you're moving from one season to the next, it's very hard to commit to pants, when it's been a monumentally scorching summer. Having had weeks of shorts and dresses...who wants to crawl into a pair of pants? Enter the skirt. But where is your comfortable hem line? I like mine near my knees, but longer means you don't need to worry about nylons (do people still wear those?), shorter means you get to show off your runners legs. Hmmmm, another dilemma;)

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This head turning skirt should not be overlooked for the every day because of it's specks of glitter. Dashes of glitter have made their way into main stream as a way to liven up or add a tinge of fun to what is usually ordinary. Subtle pleats add a bit of variation to the length.

Be Young Uldora skirt (light grey) $59

 

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Going up? Well, let's start with the mini. This is so so cute. This faux suede skirt reminds me of the 70's, when I was a toddler (ahem)...Just a fantastic fabric, excellent suede mimic but with ample stretch and fake button down front, leaving no chance of a malfunction.  And unlike suede itself, it's washable! For now, this is amazing as above with flats but as it gets colder, throw on a pair of tights and ankle boots or over the knee boots.

Orb Parker faux suede pull on skirt (black or dark brown) $60 IN STORE ONLY

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And what to wear with your fabulous little mini? Go for something equally dramatic; the bold animal print, either wear it alone and add a wide belt or a tank top and open. Fun little flirty twosome!

Ellison leopard sweater (comprised of Cotton/linen) $89

 

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Perhaps you spend of lot of time on the dance floor. Oh but don't limit yourself to the dance floor, think...cycling, walking or God forbid, sitting and having a cup of tea! This is a great length (model is tall so it looks perhaps shorter on her), however on me it's near my knee. Very functional and substantial, speckled knit fabric.

Soya Concept flared mini skirt (black speckled) $69

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A couple of great options for your flippy little skirt. One a sweet, primitive heart print, cross front, 3/4 sleeve and the other a skim the body type t shirt with some added sleeve detailing.

Wink wink 3/4 sleeve cross over top (black or ivory) $48

W+M t shirt tie sleeve (black, hershey, teal or white) $45

You can hem and haw or huff and puff, however, no matter what you do in the long run, even not deciding, is still making a decision, so realize that unlike some life decisions, hem's can be altered.

Suzanne M.

'Be decisive, make a decision, right or wrong! The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn't make a decision' ~ Author unknown  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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DO blondes have more fun? Some famous historic blondes...Marilyn Monroe, Goldie Hawn, Deborah Harry (Blondie), Donald Trump, Tweetie bird (ok maybe that's yellow), they all seem to emit an image of 'fun'(most of them). But fun in life, is not about the colour of your hair, more the choices you make. It also doesn't mean you're prettier, it just means your hair has less pigment. Hmm...yet another case of less is more it seems! Therefore, my sideways segway into Plum's fabulous new Danish brands that are just so hot! Here's just a taste of what's in store:

 

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What is better than traveling into the past....not traveling into the past and yet still having the fun vibe! I think this dress transmits with it's wide bell sleeves, unstructured fit, with bust darts that create some definition and fine drapey fabric. My extremely fashionable coworker suggested ankle boots, a hat and an armful of bangles. Groovy!

Soya Concept ruffle sleeve back zip dress (petrol) $89

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A four pocket design with the look of skinny trousers but the feel of leggings, these fabulous, must-have, multiple-purchase pants, will be a common go-to co-ordinate. Once I tried these on, I really did not want to take them off! Very skinny stretchy leg and nice comfy high waist band.

Be Young Liv Dixi pant (black) $55

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The beauty of colour block is, the multitude of hue's, yet one needn't contain oneself to solids or more straight lines. Feel free to experiment with other patterns such as, a bold basic floral, polka dotted scarf or embroidered or embellished booties.

The moment I laid eyes on this stunning coat, I fell deeply in love. A substantially thick fabric with an extremely eye catching tiger print. I've never been overly fond of animal print, until I saw this...and all I could say was MEOW!

 
 
So in conclusion, if hair colour had anything at all to do with how much 'fun' we have in life, peroxide would be in scarce supply. Rather, 'fun' and joy are in the eye of the beholder. After all, if you want the answer to what is fun, talk to a toddler playing with a cardboard box. Pretty sure you don't even need to change your hair colour.
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
Suzanne M.
 
"Laugh until you leak, it makes it funnier" ~Anonymous
 
Introduce yourself to some new brands, head into a Plum location near you, or check out the webstore
 
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NEW ARRIVALS ALERT: If you're as much addicted to new arrivals as I am, head into Plum and check out the many new lines and labels! (be sure to check out the webstore as well)

When you're running late...but still want to look your usual fabulous self, what to do and how to cut corners? What else is there beyond, pull back ones hair? It's good to have some grab and go looks, just in case when you must also consider the weather, the commute or where you're actually heading. And remember, there's a fine line between the look of creative chaos and looking like you got dressed in the middle of a 3 year olds birthday party in an amusement park. So, don't try too hard to look perfect but, note to self, make sure things are brushed (hair, teeth and coat)!

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Oh, the power of the flower...the 60's was full of them...what could be simpler. And the sweater, so soft you'd think you fell into a pile of kittens but with a hint of gold glitter threads. Once again graphic t's are a massive hit season after season for their ubiquitous nature. Tucked into a skirt or crop skinnies, and belted with a blazer, this, by all means can move from weekend to workplace.

Kersh rose fist t shirt (warm white) $54

Cream Fiora fuzzy cardigan (cream) $129

 

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While dresses get the quick-one-garment award, it's hard to beat the pull on skirt for ease of coordination. Firstly, it's elastic waist makes fit and comfort a major plus, secondly, the tone is no challenge to match with nearly any shade. This skirt has slight metallics woven throughout. Great for Friday night fun or subtle enough for the office. Wear it with a turtleneck, throw a scarf on your neck and a Kersh cardi or blazer and you're done. Just as functional on the weekends with a jean jacket.

Be Young Uldora jersey skirt (light grey) $59

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Jumpsuits have made a big comeback as of late and the one above has been sold out multiple times. It's hard to imagine anything easier for getting dressed. Although unless your work environment involves toddlers, generally speaking,  this is a splendid choice for weekend and casual occasions.

W+M jumpsuit (black only) $59

 

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Blazers have now moved into the status of basics. And what better than stretch! Never fear the extra servings of pasta from the night before, and comfort is the ultimate key.

ICHI Kate fitted knit blazer (black, dark grey or wine) $89

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Perhaps it's a bit torturous to be showing a coat right now, however, this is just one divine coat and before long, we'll feel the chill upon us. And in recent years, I've realized at times they double as inner wear as well; a piece to complete the outfit, much like a long blazer. Made from 45% wool, 2 large patch pockets and 2 inner snaps for quick closure, this coat has just a luxurious texture.

ICHI Talin Ja coat (light grey) $109

Sunday was moving day or a sick day...or for whatever reason Monday now feels like something you'd like to take a pair of scissors to. Running late, running out of time and patience, you pull back your hair, skip the mascara and throw your 'office' shoes into a bag and run.  Try to think about this sweet quote: "Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way" ~ Douglas Pagels. And just remember, there's always Tuesday, we get to try again.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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