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 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!


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



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


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.
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

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.


While plaid definitely provides an image of casual, laid back and well....camping and hunting?(lol) 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




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


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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My deepest sympathies go out to Calgary for the sudden passing of 'FALL'!!! Sadly, in a flash Autumn was just entirely covered up for the year. We now are thrust into sweater season. As much as a dump of snow is not new to us, neither are our last years sweaters. And we are left to either find inventive ways to wear them or find replacements. Which, tends to make the cold and cuddle season a bit more appealing (well, the cold part). Let's entertain ourselves with a look at the sweater that's on special and some new ones and fresh ways to wear them.


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The quintessential, lush sweater for the season. Quintessential because of it's universally appealing fit, soft texture and comes in 7 seasonal colours and as a basic, completes so many fall/winter ensembles.

Mak crewneck sweater - (teal, yellow, black, off white, burgundy, red or camel) (Oct 4 - 8 - $45)


And yes you can so tuck it in, add an infinity scarf, a bold necklace and a hat. Basically converting your basic into something beyond basic!

Mak crewneck sweater worn with:

Love Tree plaid knit pants $69

Menswear fedora hat (charcoal or coffee mix) $49


Maybe there are times when you want to take off the sweater; layering is always great with varied types of environments. To this, add a classic cut shirt with an unexpected, all over print pattern to give your outfit some kick.

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


In a professional setting skirts are great with sweaters for a diversion from pants. If the one on the right appears too short, put on a pair of crop leggings and add ballet flats. This takes a simple, pulled together look, to a fresh new level, with very little effort.

Soya Concept Glenplaid pull on skirt (burgundy/off white) $75

Motion A line mini skirt (black check) $69


Kimono's, shawls and open front sweaters continue to dominate the sweater market. The above sweater is just a brilliant combination of all of those, with the added smart function of a button for a shawl look, a bit of flair! And who doesn't love the fringe trend?

Love Tree fringed shawl sweater (black, wine, camel or heather grey) $69


Reaching beyond the solid colour sweater or different knit patterns of course is print or patterned. Making an interesting look by itself. Have some fun playing around and mixing patterns or simply wear as is.

M printed floral sweater (beige or blue) $60

Motion long grey check coat sweater (grey) $90

Sweater weather....a time for crunching through leaves wearing your favourite boots, watching your dog frolic in the snow like some crazed beast high on life, sipping a hot chocolate at a cafe patio watching the passersby, or recreating the opening scene from the Mary Tyler Moore show! (I always wanted to do that-maybe this year)!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Bad weather always looks worse through a window" ~ Tom Lehrer

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Luck of the 'I wish'!

Now is the time to stock up on leggings. $7 off each pair you purchase, when you purchase 2 or more! (in store only) September 27-30
Luck can be good OR me crazy but I prefer good! And does that positivity automatically make one, lucky? According to some studies, luck can be skewed in your favour based on your month of birth or easy to pronounce last name (That leaves me out)! And did you know, the European Research Council gave a biochemist 1.7 million dollars to study serendipity in science? That's possibly some fabulous luck right there! I'm usually just happy if my fitted sheets stay on my bed after a hard nights sleep! Possibly I should wish bigger? But starting from the bottom up, let's look at some ways to co-ordinate your lucky leggings.
Leggings! Sort of the pop tart of the wardrobe. They're comfortable, look nice and easy to grab and go.  A super simple pulled together look for the cooler evenings that approach, is the hooded pullover, together with the patterned leggings, adds a little bit of something different to the usual grab and go of jeans.
While we are more compelled to save our leggings for working out, doing yard work or snoozing; with a few slight additions they can be camouflaged into a bit more of an upscale look. These two prints can work so well. Similar lined patterns that produce a creative yet symmetrical look. The kimono has a bit more colour to draw in other accessories such as jewellery or even an infinity scarf.  Worn with a long t shirt or turtleneck and belted and knee high boots, distracts from the casual vibe of the leggings.
While, the mixed prints trend has been around for a few years, it remains one of my favourites to play with. Recently I received a compliment from 'the boss' for marrying a plaid jacket with a rose scarf. If that's not luck I'm not sure what is! It worked by (as above) pulling in one common colour, and two diametrically apposing patterns.
Leggings are great as a bottom coordinate, as a fashion extra or under something for added warmth. And on that note, I'm cold just looking at her bare, lovely legs. I wear them under dresses, maxi and dress/tunic length all season long. And I find it maximizes my wardrobe choices when I cycle as I don't have to be concerned with over exposure, nor am I limited to pants only.
If we spend lives wishing and not doing then we possibly enjoy a life of dreaming and not enjoying the experiences that go along with the trying. Because in the experience of try and fail we often uncover something unexpected. A lucky discovery that we didn't know we wished for.
Yours in Fashion passion...
Suzanne M.
A good word never broke a tooth~ Irish proverb
I posted only a segment of what is in store, merely a few ideas of what can work with what, to possibly spark some ideas. The in store staff are absolutely wonderful and inspiring at being able to create looks that work.
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As buyer and an owner of Plum I can say that we have loved designing clothes … especially Simone dresses! So when we had to stop designing and making clothing in Canada it was tough.  But we are delighted to tell you that we get to relive our relationship with our previous designer Claudia Agusti by carrying dresses designed by her for another company. Plum now carries a full range of dresses (some of the patterns and the fits come directly from our original designs) with a new name “Spencer & Shaw”. You are going to fall in love with them the way you fell in love with our Simone dresses!


I was besotted with this bold, blossoming print at first sight. Reminiscent of garden parties, weddings but also fitting for the office, school and a wide variety of other events. Again, with Claudia's great design features, such as the mid waist stretch, and a fully lined skirt.

Spencer+Shaw sleeveless dress - elastic waist (black/pink or black/yellow prints) $110


A dress which will find itself the center of attention at many gatherings and Friday night date nights. A vision of what is needed for adequate movement and comfort includes a faux wrap, designed to not offer exposure to the world, such is the case with many wrap skirts and dresses. Accompanied by a gentle frill and matching sleeve frill and lining.  The perfect party dress!

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


Claudia has always been able to design with fun, function and fashion! Don't let the simple cut of this dress fool you into thinking it's merely casual. Try wearing it with leggings and your favourite knee high boots, a puff sleeve blouse and a long necklace, for a more upscale look. Comprised of a substantial stretch fabric, it's sure to be a go to for weekends and days off as well!

Spencer + Shaw sleeveless mini star dress (black/heather grey) $106


The front of this dress presents as a simple cut. However, Claudia has always been able to design with all angles in mind. The back, showing a sweet ribbon tie and slight peek a boo back. We've brought this back for many seasons as it's continued to be a Plum favourite!

Spencer + Shaw trapeze ribbon tie dress (plum) $110

Names represent many things when it comes to branding and labels. And yet, over the years, there have been many companies which have morphed and changed. And while Plum has moved on from having our own design dept and no longer has Simone, we are grateful to continue our relationship with Simone's designer who continues to provide us with her magical vision! 

Katie O'Brien

Be sure to visit a Plum location near you as we have many more 'Spencer and Shaw' dresses to suit all!

And don't forget about denim promotion...Purchase a pair of regular priced black or blue jeans until Sept. 23 and receive a $25 Plum certificate to use on a regular priced item between Sept. 29 and Oct.31.  (instore and web).

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