If you won ten million...what would you do? In a two year old survey taken of US residents a surprising 2/3 of those polled would continue to work. What about your car or what you wear? Would you continue to wear the same style, make a major style change or would you merely invest in more cat print, hand painted, silk scarves with Himalayan beaded fringe? (we all have our weird fashion obsessions) Waiting for an unlikely windfall to wear what you love, is living for tomorrow. Buy smart and you'll look like a million dollars!

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Plunge right into spring with this lovely, fresh, owl print, vintage style dress. Put together in the photo with lemon yellow converse shows how it can be lightened up for casual wear. For leisure, we tend to gravitate to jeans, but why not a dress? Easy on, wrap style, securely fastens at the waist with 2 sweet buttons and back gathers. Style tip: worried about the front flying open at inopportune times? Wear bicycle shorts with a lace border or a vintage slip underneath. And footwear just changes the mood. Mary Janes or ankle wrap flats are different options.

Simone cap sleeve wrap dress (black or royal) $139

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I feel compelled to take someone down to the river and feed them tea and oranges when I look at this dress (thank you Leonard Cohen). Call me half crazy but this, bold exotic print reminds me so much of long days at festivals or (again) with different footwear and a shawl, makes a great brunch outfit.

Simone sleeveless dress with front keyhole (blue or orange) $149

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Off the shoulder, cold shoulder and open shoulder looks are big this season. This ethnic print, embroidered top will look great with shorts, midi skirts, maxi skirts and as you can see a great offset for crisp white pants (on your yacht). Here's a tip for keeping the off the shoulder...off your shoulders (view).

Flying Tomato embroidered peasant blouse (black) $59

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Speaking of crisp white...won't you look fabulous stepping out of your stretch limousine in this sleek looking Simone dress ;) A beautifully cut and designed dress with a decidedly futuristic edge.

Simone sheath dress with metal zipper (white) $129

Given that the chances of being the top winner of such a lottery are as slim as Paris Hilton's skinny jeans....why wait for tomorrow or 'maybe'...live for now (but we can still dream and plan)!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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What's in a name....

'What's in a name' said William Shakespeare...is this a coat or a jacket...'that is the question'! (ok maybe not the coat/jacket part). Upon feasting my eyes on this, my first thought...'it's a jacket'. However after deliberating, and a quick poll..I discovered...it really depends. Is the deciding factor the fabric content, the length or something else entirely? What you call it and how you wear it are they related? If you call this a coat, you'll wear it over your outfit, if you call it a jacket it's potentially 'part' of the outfit. Looking for ways to expand your wardrobe...consider using your outerwear as part of the ensemble. Think outside the box (or outside the coat).

 

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The drape front collar is such a chic trend. Lending a great air of elegance and creativity to a garment. This coat was a huge hit in the office when everyone spotted the first cut! Generous pockets, crepe texture and a wonderful little gathering in the back for definition. And then of course, there's the yummy, warm, neutral colour, easy to infuse into any outfit. This is a must have piece; perfect for many different seasons.

Tobias draped front trench coat Rayon/nylon blend (caramel or black) $210

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Blazers are a staple of our wardrobes now. They've gone from the office to the weekend so seamlessly...worn with jeans, skirts, dresses...no limits...and great for layering. If it's needed as outerwear, underneath add a lightweight cardigan and a scarf if the temperature drops.

Tobias linen jacket (caramel, khaki or natural) $185

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Perhaps you prefer the classic Inspector Clouseau style trench (with a bit more sex appeal of course)! Button down, tie front, cotton/spandex blend. Worn as outerwear, over a cardigan, a jean jacket or a blazer...a great lightweight layer to peel off when the sun beams down.

Press trench style coat (khaki wash, lilac grey wash) $125

You're dying to know what the poll results were aren't you? Well I'm going to tell you anyway...it was a landslide, the majority of the voters in my miniscule poll voted for COAT. Call it what you will, but the main thing is...wear it your way!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

ps...worn by you, it becomes a style!

 

 

 

 

 

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No more Yoga pants...PLEASE!

The origins of Yoga arguably can be traced back more than 5000 years. Which is how old I feel if I attempt any Yoga poses! Decades have gone by since my Mother did her 'bicycle' (if anyone remembers that move) and pants were confining and uncomfortable. Clothing styles have now progressed to the point where there are infinite cuts, styles and fabrications. So ask yourself this; have your yoga pants ever really gone to yoga? If you're wearing them on the street, you should probably be on your way to yoga class! Otherwise, here are a few alternatives:

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The variegated knit of this cover look is so retro. The 70's comes bolting back but in a much better way with this top. Cotton/poly blend, really soft and light weight. And the capri cargo's are such a go to weekend look.

Plum vneck long sleeve knit top (mustard, orange or white) $69

Point Zero capri herringbone cotton/twill (curry, diamond, lichen or white) $65

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While this look doesn't necessarily make one think of the 'snuggling on the couch' type comfort, I have to say, these are amazingly comfortable jeans. They look so sexy with the blazer and while they are very long and require either a bit of a hemming or heels, they move so well with your body. Bending and stretching in these is not a problem.

Mavi Ashley Mini Flair (34" inseam) $118

Tobias 1 button jacket (brown or denim blue) $ 195

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These fresh, white jeans are (co-incidentally) Yoga jeans, therefore, if veering away from your 'comfort zone' is too much...slip into these and you will not notice the difference...oh but others will!! And as for the thigh skimming, rayon blend, tunic dress...add a belt, a print scarf... Or if you need to dress it up, switch to sling backs, add a shawl, a necklace and pull your hair up. You cannot tell me this does not exude comfort (and style)!

Kersh tunic dress (charcoal mix, lilac) $95

Yoga Jeans, high rise skinny ankle (white) $120

Who's kidding who...maybe watching 'The Voice', with a glass of wine in one hand and chocolate Easter eggs in the other is your Yoga! (wait, that's me)...anyway, whatever calms the mind!

Namaste!!

Yoga pants...what Yoga was invented for....let's keep it that way! ;)

Yours in Fashion passion...

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dress yourself...

Do you dress yourself? Really! Personally, I rarely seek opinions from others or ask 'does this look good?' And I'm laughing as I type, I'm sure those who know me are thinking....'perhaps you should rethink that'. Recently, I was ready for Easter; had an outfit put together, (my usual black components)...when suddenly my husband upon seeing me uttered "You should wear something brighter!"  My normal response would be to indignantly go into a Vesuvius, 'how dare you' style rant. However, I realized, it was a lovely day, not a cloud for miles...he was right! So I changed. I had a fashion epiphany (and I didn't yell)...I felt like a new person....dresses have a similar effect, a beautifully fitting dress can make you feel like there is nothing you can't do Mary Tyler Moore! Have a look at some of Simone's great new styles:

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I realize I keep harping on the style elements of Claudia's (Plum's designer) dresses and this one is no different. Features an adorable peek a boo front and tie, a slight sweetheart neckline and a great, flowey skirt. Never to ignore the back, this has a shirred back. Such a gorgeous retro print.

Simone keyhole dress $ 129

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I am in love! Who needs a significant other when you have a dress like this ;)  At first glance it looks like a typical shift dress, thus why I had to show you the back. Apart from this it has an ever so slightly tucking below the neckline and the fabric has such a divine stretch...the only jiggles will be in your bowl of Jello!

Simone printed knit dress with back detail (black print or mint print) $ 125

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Perhaps a less fitted dress is something you find more 'you'. Another great Simone design. Light, easy, yet includes a tie back.

Simone sleeveless flared sundress (aqua, blue/pink, and red) $129

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This dress is reminiscent of a Grace Kelly look but with a modern kick featuring an exposed zipper back. So pretty, so well cut and just exquisite fabric. A real classic, perfect for so many of the spring and summer events to come.

Simone eyelet dress (black or white) COMING SOON~

And just for future reference, other than Plum staff, who are fashion-know-it-all's (and they truly do!)...DON'T let anyone tell you what to wear, how to wear it or when to wear it....unless they are willing to pay for it (then they can have an opinion-maybe)!

Yours in Fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

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They paved paradise...

5 DAYS ONLY...15 % off regular priced blue denim jeans...in store only.

Finding the right jeans (fit, colour, wash) is like finding a good parking spot in downtown New Delhi.  And we thought we had it bad. Apparently worldwide, New Delhi ranks as 'the' worst place to find that 'magic' spot, followed by Bangalore, Beijing and Moscow. And when you do find that spot, it's like winning the parking lottery! So much the same with jeans. And once found, it's a good idea to keep following that brand. There's a very good chance the fit they use remains fairly constant. Plum has the best brands which consider all denim issues of utmost importance - DISH, YOGA and MAVI.

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What a great pair. Cotton candy pink with the rugged, distressed look. A great contrast, each playing off the other's bold and soft features! All that's needed to balance it out is a plain white t shirt and a contemporary necklace. Footwear is really based on where you're treading!

Mavi Emma dark R-vintage

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A faded denim such as the Dish straight leg above, looks great paired with red (be it red shoes, red scarf or even red lipstick). Since they are straight leg, perhaps keep the top from being too loose and baggy in style. Another denim made for movement, with lots of stretch content.

Dish performance denim - straight leg - light stone

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Perhaps a departure from the skinnies? The slight flare is fantastic!! Photo does not quite do them justice. The finish is so authentic looking. They're great (as above) with heels, slide nicely over boots, a wedge or an espadrille (for maybe more of a 70's vibe).

Mavi Ashley mini flair

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Aren't these just a sexy little jean for the spring? Great ankle length, high rise and really comfortable stretch content. Really cute with a Cuban heel ankle bootie, retro bootie or even an oxford in a bold colour, just for fun.

There are parking spaces, backspaces and head spaces but the most important is closet space because you can always take the bus, grab a pen or get some air...but you can never have too much closet space!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M

 

 

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