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There are multiple versions of where Valentine came about or the need to celebrate it. One possible version has it's roots in religion (Catholic). Stating, during the time of Emperor Claudius II, Valentine was a priest. Claudius felt that single men were better as soldiers, thus he forbade marriage for young men. Valentine saw this as a travesty and bravely defied the rule and secretly performed marriages for young lovers. Only to meet his fate and was put to death. Thus it's thought we celebrate his death or burial. Hm, how cheery! But where did the red come from? Or Chocolates? I'm not honestly sure I even care! But we do benefit from both. Let's look at some possible date night possibilities:

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How much do you love this!! Let me count the ways! I think this outfit is just as cute as a candy apple! The heart has texture, don't you think? Put together with the plaid pants, a great date outfit, for hanging out with your girl gang or....a date with you! 'Me' time is super important as well.

Mak crew neck heart sweater (black/pink or Navy/oatmeal) $69

Motion elastic waist pant (navy) $89

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Move over Beyoncé....we just put a bow on it instead! A sweet tongue in cheek version of a men's shirt with a twist! I love the fresh way this is being expressed in this picture...keeping it simple with black pumps. And who needs a date...dress up for you (or your Mom, or your sister!)

FIND THIS instore only!

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This is absolutely adorable and bold as your feelings! Take the casual away from this by adding a long coat or blazer and some cut out ankle boots, knee high boots or riding boots. These resin hearts have been hugely popular. Find them in other colours as well in store.

Be Cool hooded sweater (black or lavender) $69

Leggings and resin heart found in store in various prints and colours

Also what I found attributed to Claudius II, 'heart on your sleeve' reference; speculation in regards to his prohibiting marriage, yet he did allow temporary coupling, during a festival. Men would draw names to establish who their lady friend would be for the year (Interesting concept!).  He would then wear her name on his sleeve for the duration of the festival. A sweet concept but how would that work today with privacy laws! That's not a very romantic thought, sorry!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"But I will wear my heart on my sleeve, for daws to peck at!" ~ Shakespeare's - Othello, Act 1, Scene 1, 56–65

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And this week....nothing bitter about this....a sweet deal. Dreamers round neck sweaters for 4 days until February 10th - $59 - 5 colours!

Bitter sweet is an oxymoron. Which is the use of two contradicting terms to describe something. I realize it is a baffling English language phrasing structure, however it is fairly common...for example...sweet sorrow, jumbo shrimp, farewell reception or my personal favourite...painfully beautiful...you know, like Kendall Jenner's recent nude Italian Vogue fashion spread...erm...what am I missing here? Fashion of....? Anyway opposite's quite often work, not just in phrases but very well in fashion, to showcase each others features. Let's look at a few:

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This bright, happy yellow adds needed therapy to the somber, down to earth khaki pants. Because, all yellow might be a bit blinding and all khaki perhaps a bit intensely mellow. They make a very nice couple!

Dreamers round neck sweater (5 colours) $59 until Sunday Feb.10

Cream twill jeans (major brown) $129

 

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My ultimate favourite pairing of opposites is the ultra romantic look of a Victorian style blouse and the ruggedness of very authentic looking worn in jeans. Perhaps bring the two together with a blazer and some bohemian pendants and you have a really fashionable weekend or casual workday look.

Cream Victorian style blouse (beige) $79

Yoga Italy hand sanded jean $148

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Also to try, marrying a silly graphic t, with the straight lines of a stripe pant. Why this works: the complete rigidity of the pant lines, linked together by the white and black in both, and the artistic imagery of the graphics. Whimsically throw on a scarf or red beret to top it off.

Bear Dance 'bonjour' pug t s shirt (black) $35

All in Favor black stripe pants $65

 

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Another example of the softness of the frill front blouse and the borrowed-from-the-men, suit look. A great balance is the, strut-your-stuff shoes and it's a very sophisticated work ensemble. The tone is chic and professional yet soft at the same time.

Cream frill front blouse $89

Kaffe check pant (grey melange) $129

There are lots of examples of opposites that create a great image, are ultimately even better together than apart, or work better together.  Like eating breakfast for dinner, laughing so hard you cry, or wearing stripes and dots or leather and lace together. I tried my own theory with wearing last nights makeup in the morning, but it didn't really have the same great effect.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Revenge can be bitter sweet, but if you sit back and watch, Karma can be pure entertainment"~ David Wolfe  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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MAVI JEANS - MULTIPLE CURRENT styles - 3 days only Feb. 1 - 3 $79. Honestly, if you can't find a pair of these jeans to fit and love....I have no words (which is rare)! I just took a sneak peak at the range on display in my colleague's office, they're amazing!!! The best fit you can get without wearing actual PJ's. Jeans are a staple in everyone's wardrobe! Take advantage of the special. Find your fit!

At my desk sits an old old...old stapler...probably as long as I've been here, it also has been...looking like it's origins are an abandoned junk yard. It really is not a sexy hot pink or chrome, rather, quite an unappealing hue of ugly! Also picture it totally encrusted with stamp adhesive stickers from decades. It's not pretty, after all it has one job, which is not to make me gleefully happy, rather to fasten papers. Wardrobe staples, however, we can assume are the opposite...maybe not outstanding but pleasing. Serving as the anchors of the wardrobes we concoct. Yet, what I call a staple may differ quite a bit from what others call staples! Let's look at a few new arrivals, and I promise they won't be at all, unpretty! ;)

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A ubiquitous cut t shirt, 3/4 sleeves and just a juicy, fruity, joy inducing colour to boot! While orange doesn't even have a word to rhyme with it, who cares...it stands alone in it's happy appeal. A sweet departure from many other bold shades such as red. However, it does come in a multitude of other spring shades that will appeal to everyone; a standard, fun,  basic with which to build your wardrobe on, around and with.

Soya concept 3/4 sleeve knit top (6 colour choices) $39

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However, if 'bold' is pretty far from what makes you comfortable...something more subdued and light? This sweater is a perfect pull on for the season. Layer it with a blouse (as noted) or alone, under a jacket and even belt it if you want to create your own unique look. Needless to say, it's perfect with skirts, pants or jeans.

Soya Concept pullover sweater (blue sky or lavender) $79

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I know this is not a standard colour, however, a fresh and cheerful one! A shift dress is definitely a wardrobe constant, sporting a universally compelling cut. And yes it also comes in the LBD shade of black. And look at this dramatic back view! If you're a little too anxious to show that much of your back, find a lace cami for layering.

Spencer + Shaw twist back midi dress (black or sunset orange) $106

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Button down shirts are certainly known to be a go to in most people's closets. Especially the borrowed from the boys, stripe, crisp style. Tuck it in, wear it out and belt it, knot front it, or wear it as outerwear when the weather is warmer over dresses and tank tops.

Soya Concept long sleep stripe tunic (blue stripe) $79

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A coat or two is definitely a basic in Canada. And yes, I realize that this one is more of a bold statement. But I had to slip this in as I am simply in love with it. The teddy bear style, faux fur is huge right now. This one is just the right length, a neutral which thus appeals to most everyone and it's irresistible, soft as butter, texture, makes everyone want to hug you.

Kaffe teddy bear coat (camel) $199

Essentials, basics or staples are things we tend to stock regularly...food, supplies and even garments. Originally it was thought over 500 years ago, it was a place where Edward II designated for merchants to trade their goods above board...not to be confused with the office supply chain. The word, it's thought, possibly came from the Dutch or German word (stapel) for pile or heap. Because hangers were not invented until the 1800's. This is what I tell myself! ;)

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Thank you paper clips, for being like staples that can't commit!"~ Jimmy Fallon

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I'm so excited! The figures are in for Plum's WHITE NIGHTS SCARF campaign from 2018. Almost Five thousand dollars from the purchase of the white scarves will go to Dress for Success. What an incredible win/win/win. You bought a bright scarf for yourself, you lit up the streets with your beautiful selves, some of you bought multiples for many people and in doing so, donated to Dress for Success. This organization, for over 20 years, has made global efforts to empower women to make safer and better futures for themselves. And Plum has been a proud sponsor since it's inception. How great does it feel to be part of this! Now let's look at another bright side...of fashion...for going away somewhere sunny, or for our soon to be spring. Or just because!

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A carefree, breezy combination of very cool pieces that are sure to contribute to your relaxation. 100% linen skirt, with a very simple, pull on, knit band; sure to create the effortless, function and style we need on vacation. The shirt is perfect for a bit of coverage and flows well with any wardrobe.

M adjustable side linen skirt (sand or navy) $65

Always and Forever stripe viscose shirt (3 colour combinations) $59

 

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I LOVE this look. Firstly, it's chic...it's light hearted and fresh (the stripe pants are a nice move away from solid bottoms), easy and comfortable, perfect for the warmer climates. BUT there is no reason you can't wear this now. Throw on some boots and for a casual look, a jean jacket... but for work, a blazer or long cardigan! Terrific transitional combination.

Final Touch stripe palazzo pant (black stripe) $85

Final Touch knit textured tie front top (mustard or rust) $59

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HOT...HOT..HOT...but in a tasteful way! ;) Another perfect for now dress; all that's needed are layers. Add a cardigan or blazer and knee high or equestrian style boots. The neckline cries out for an eye catching necklace, pendant or even lively scarf. But if it's a southern bound trip you're taking, it provides a soft stretchy fabrication and rich, compelling, neutral colour to coordinate with multiple other shades. Terrific worn with a flowing kimono.

Final Touch high neck lined knit dress (black or olive) $89

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Just an excellent, go-to dress for an all inclusive to Mexico. Lots of shirring on the bodice to accommodate whatever size your 'girls' are, a flowing skirt and side slits...for...dancing...dashing or chasing...you know, children! ;)

Spencer + Shaw off shoulder dress (navy/sunset orange print) $106

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These pants are EVERYTHING! A perfect marriage of style and comfort. Linen with a knit top band and an excellent, easy leg width. OR a pair of Bermuda shorts, and if you prefer them shorter, simply cuff them up. Just enough stretch to make the pull on factor effortless. Both come in a variety of neutral shades.

M linen knit waist pant (black, navy or taupe) $75

Jag Gracie bermuda short (black, stone or white) $74

Bear Dance 'cat with glasses' t shirt (black) $35

Michelle Melrose v neck t shirt (5 colours) $39

Great when you can take part in something where, you gain something for yourself, it lights a fire in your soul and helps someone else! Like playing the slots and winning. But life isn't all about our clothing or how expensive they are. BUT what's wrong with looking good? My husband tells me my kids are dressed too nicely. Really? I purchase most of them from thrift stores but, I need not buy the fully pilled and holey garments, after all, that will be something they will easily accomplish!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Dress like you're going to blog about it.....(honestly I was unable to locate the source of this but couldn't help myself when I came across it)!

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NO years resolution!

I RESOLVE TO BE A WARMER PERSON in 2019 - starting with sweaters! NOW 50% OFF FALL AND WINTER SWEATERS!!! (IN STORE ONLY).

View more styles in the webstore then head into a nearby Plum for all the great deals.

Hands up, those of you who, 9 days into 19, haven't abandoned - like 3 day old leftovers - their new years resolutions? I can honestly state, that there was a solid 22 minutes back last Tuesday where I said 'I GOT THIS!'....then 3 O'clock hit and I said...what was I thinking, I can't abandon sarcasm ALL day. Some things are just part of your DNA! Like my devotion to t shirts and maybe you have a sweater compulsion? The fuzzy, the warm, the textures, the colours. How can you not! And currently with the sweaters 50% off....just park the resolution to cut back on sweaters.....just for an hour. You can go back to it later...you have all year to make that work!

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Such an easy to coordinate cardigan. A very comprehensive style, a great length for even most mid length coats, lots of ribbing on the sleeves and bottom edge, side slits and 55% cotton. If you prefer to close it up, try belting it for a bit more of a stylish look.

Miracle open cardigan (3 colours) now $42

 

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I love the massive dots paired with the window pane pattern on the skirt for a contrasting match. Another easy to coordinate sweater, coupled with a nice cozy feel!

ICHI large dot open cardigan (salt and pepper) now $37

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It really takes very little, even during the winter to create some style. Above noted, all that was added was a hat. On my way to work this morning, I noted a woman with a lovely fitted coat, a hat and riding boots...simple but such great style. For fear of looking like a crazy lady on a bike, I didn't stop to tell her how great she looked. (that should be one of my new years resolutions-if it looks good-tell them)!

Kaffe open cardigan now $59

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Who needs hats or umbrella's when you have a hood! A nice boxy fit, slight side slits and as I mentioned...a hood. Great as above paired with the cropped pants but also a good contrast with a maxi skirt and boots...add a jean jacket for another layer. And grey, another wonderful neutral that goes with everything!

RD hoody cropped sweater (grey) $34

New Years resolutions are far from a new phenomenon! According to history.com the Babylonians thousands of years ago were said to be the initiators....THANKS!! During a nearly 2 week celebration they would make vows of change for the better in the hopes the gods would bestow good on them for the coming year. Or Clergyman John Wesley who in 1740 created the Covenant Renewal Service on New Years Eve or New Years day. However, in current times, we don't need to answer to anyone but ourselves. I myself aim to organize my very carefully curated casual knit top emporium (aka: pile of t shirts)...although it might be easier to start a sweater emporium!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Last years resolutions list:

....buy more shoes, buy more dresses, buy more t shirts

...this years resolutions...don't follow a list follow your heart!

DONE!

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COATS!! 60% OFF? This is definitely a deal I can get myself into. I'm not one of the lucky individuals avoiding winter! Although, you do have to brave the elements to find them. IN STORE ONLY!

 

 

 

Do you sometimes think we will see a day where winter will no longer exist? Perhaps not in our lifetime. Some of us escape the grayness of the season during these dreary months by heading south. You therefore, will need to get prepared by exhuming the summer wear. And while we all make our individual attempts at conserving, reusing and recycling, at times, we find the old tank tops are just not possible to resuscitate.  And when you discover which of your seasonal favourites just can't make it through another season...enter Plum to the rescue! With an extensive collection to help you replace the out of season wardrobe. Sometimes, one or two things is all it takes to refresh the look!

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Maybe you're looking to pack skinny!! You know, very few pieces, carry on only...above, a few fun loving, light hearted t shirts, flowey linen pants, a pair of shorts and a kimono. All of these can likely integrate into your current pieces nicely.

Bear Dance Bonjour pug t shirt (black) $35

Bear Dance cats doing yoga (burgundy) $35

Made in Italy linen cropped pant (black, white, light grey or taupe) $95

Jag Ainsley Bermuda short (grey, jungle palm or navy) $69

S+S rayon print kimono $49

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OR...maybe you just need one, head turning outstanding outfit! I'd say this would do the trick! Two pieces that can also be paired with other coordinates, which creates an extension of your wardrobe in a very flowey rayon. Or add a shrug for cooler nights. (pieces sold separately)

Cotton Candy stripe bandeau top (blue or taupe) $28

Cotton Candy stripe Palazzo pant (blue or taupe) $79

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Dresses are often the ones we reach for when on vacation or heading to a warmer climate. They're easy, feminine and easy to pack. Above the yellow is just so sweet and pretty and the nude shade is a great neutral for matching with other things, like a shawl or sandals and other accessories. And note the gorgeous back designs!

Spencer + Shaw tie back dress $128

Doe + Rae cutout back sundress (blush) $89

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Another great addition is the ethnic look top. Loose fitting and light. They go with so many other things from shorts, to skirts, to jeans.

M embroidered cotton blouse (white/navy) $70

M embroidered open shoulder blouse (white) $90

Climate change is just something we must face, it's here to stay and for us to fix. Although we feel it's a current phenomenon, two hundred years ago, when Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' was published, her husband Percy, wrote of the earth's perceived dire state even then in his poem 'Mont Blanc'. So, this is perhaps not current news. Just something we must again revisit...like last years wardrobe!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Global warming isn't real because I was cold today...also good news, world hunger is over...because I just ate!" ~ Stephen Colbert

Many more out of season wear to check out. Head into a Plum location and as staff to direct you to the collection! Lots of options in the webstore and more in store! Enjoy your travels!  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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