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When you think of red, do you instantly think of roses, lipstick, a fireman's hat? Or does your mind go to lobster, Ronald McDonald's hair, blood donations or Canada's flag! Go team Canada Go!! Regardless of how your mind works, it really is head turning. Thus why it's the colour for stop signs, alerts or Valentine's day.  And did you know that July 25 celebrates St. Valentina, a Palestinian woman martyred in 308 AD. So apparently one can celebrate Valentine's day on other days other than Feb.14th. Although, I don't need an excuse for chocolates year round.
 
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A sweet, feminine and yet easy dress design. Draws all the eyes to you and yet you can move so freely in this flowey maxi.
 
 
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A great sweater for layering, with it's very light, sheer texture. Wear it with a blouse or a tank top beneath in an alternate colour.
 
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Another delightful pattern, yet in red floral. Florals are synonymous with spring and the above dress is a sweet take on an easy fitting style. Featuring a unique, complete button down the back design, thus creating an alternative. Wear it front to back or back to front. And if you prefer the 'violets are blue', it also comes in a blue pattern.
 
 
 
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Of course, there are other versions of red, less bright. Like the above sleeveless, more earthy, terracotta shade. Featuring a drawstring, a mid waist flounce and an exquisite allover floral print.
 
 
 
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Shall we talk about love and pink? Love is a touchy subject and pink...it's just a red wanna be! Just kidding, it's just a less assertive cousin of red. Sweet and nice but not as risky!

Be Young love print t shirt (white) $29

Cream ruffle front open cardigan (spring rose) $99

 

So if red is your colour and passionate hue

can't fathom wearing, purple, grey or blue

you're likely to be the first to go find or explore

challenges for you are never a chore

They say you're assertive, they say you're in charge

because you live life ever so large

So lover of red, I raise a glass to you (red of course)

Some advice, a fact, so true

as you look at me, your eyebrows have creases

Just remember that bikini's still come in TWO pieces!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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For 5 days only: find a beautiful Simone or Wink Wink dress at 25% off (to Feb.12).

Be it a wedding dress, a night dress, an LBD...or anything in between, when we find 'the' dress, it's tantamount to finding the love of our lives. After all, nothing gives you that gush of soul melting warmth, like the perfect dress. According to National Geographic, a five thousand year old dress called the 'Tarkhan Dress' is potentially the oldest constructed dress found to date, not wrapped or draped. That certainly is the penultimate of vintage and needless to say a 'keeper'.  But perhaps easier than an acheaological dig would be a trip to Plum. Known for stocking a variety of dress designs to suit multiple body types.

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Mimicking the blue daisy this sweet water colour like print is a great introduction to spring. Super easy to wear and extremely comfortable comprised of a supple stretch material and a delicate tie back for slightly more definition. Great for work wear or weekends away.
 
Wink wink cross front dress with cap sleeves (3 print choices) for 4 days only $73.50
 
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The knotted hem (or rather knotted anything); while not a brand new trend, is a trend not showing signs of slowing down. Creates a fun, unique feature to an otherwise basic cut.

Wink Wink knot hem tank dress (coral or grey print) for 4 days only $66.75

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One of Plum's all time favourite dress cuts. Sought after for it's universally appealing, to most body types, design.

Simone sleeveless dress with back shirring (2 prints) for 4 days only $96.75

 

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This is not part of the sale, but it's definitely worth a look. Explore your inner Egyptian princess in this gorgeous maxi dress. With several ways to wear this, and add  to that, multiple ways to accessorize, you have an excellent travel garment for the warmer climates.

Mustard Seed maxi dress (black, coral or heather grey) $89

 

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This is also not part of the sale, but it's super fun and easy. The elegant drape of rayon, off the shoulder flirty design and beautiful botanical floral print make this a perfect choice for spring or travels to warmer climates. Feel too timid to do the off the shoulder look? Wear a lace tank under or simply don't wear it off the shoulder! Belt it, wear it as a mini, or even wear it as a beach cover up.

Misia rayon print mini dress (coral) $79

The designer Balenciaga said 'A woman has no need to be perfect or even beautiful to wear one of my dresses, the dress will do that for her'. Coco Chanel said 'Look for the woman in the dress, if there is no woman, there is no dress'. I say, it's just a dress, it has no lofty purpose, but it can put a smile on your face, which is something you can share with others!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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Be a lover not a fighter

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A GREAT start to the season...a fantastic deal...4 DAYS ONLY Feb 1,2,3,4- Mavi Juliette cargo pants $89

January, like the black sheep of the family, not that predictable, reliable or frankly likeable! And thankfully, gone like the clappers (as they say in the UK)!! So it's now February and feeling like you're surrounded by turmoil and strife? There's really only one thing to do. Create some joy, do something frivolous like, sleep all day, join a book club, eat chocolate or...buy something new! While camouflage doesn't really spring to mind as 'happy', it is, however, light-hearted, a fun fashion pattern and easier to style than one might think. And while it's written that camo dates back thousands of years, we don't particularly want to look thousands of years old. Thus there are ways to style camo to look...fresh and...well...friendly!

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Keeping it simple, as above, this universally appealing white t shirt will not only function perfectly with all other co-ordinates, but it sets a nice subdued background to the playful pattern.

B Young ballerina neck t shirt (black, light grey melange, off white) $32

Mavi Juliette cargo pant (military green) $89

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So, Alanis, maybe you'd like something a bit more ironic? Try this simple message T...and no, there is no need to match perfectly, this is not a math calculation, it's fashion! Go with the feeling. Add a structured jacket and pumps and voila! your Friday night fun look.
 
 
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....or a cable knit sweater...because it's still chilly enough. White a little too plain for you? Add a moto jacket, another returning trending,a collection of pendants and a hat. Makes for a stylish, yet easy weekend look.
 
 
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Maybe just a bright punch of colour? This luscious hue is an emerging colour trend for the spring. Another way to style the camouflage pants in a less predictable yet interesting way.
 
 
It's never easy to rise above conflict, it's never easy to choose to say less than to say more, it's never easy to be the bigger person, but it is easy to choose to feel good. And sometimes, all that means is...doing something nice.  Let kindness begin with you. A new pair of pants won't solve the world's problems, but they feel good. Start there!
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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DREAMERS V-NECK PULLOVER - FOR 4 DAYS ONLY (to March 4) $55 (regularly $69).

The actual saying is 'less is more' clearly....however, downsizing, purging or parting with things, I don't excel at. Though, I do regularly look for creative ways to reuse, remake or surgically change a garment because of a favoured pattern or fabric. Trends now change faster than Usain Bolt, but we can still find ways of making things fresh and interesting or maximizing a garment. For instance, I discovered I can turn a dress into a skirt by adding a top and a belt or, for that matter, a maxi skirt into a strapless dress. And when traveling, the more you can be creative or squeeze out of one garment, the less you have to carry.

 

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One of the most creative ways I've seen a garment transformed unexpectedly was a sweater, such as above, worn as a skirt. Let's just say, you're on a trip, you need to wear something a bit more one tier up from jeans or casual pants. Pull the sweater down to your waist, tie the sleeves around the back in a bow. Voila, you now have a skirt. Otherwise, a sweater such as the one above transforms to different types of events based on what it's worn with, just as is. A bit more upscale? Add a blingy necklace, pencil skirt and heels and maybe a belt. Slow easy weekend? Just throw on your favourite jeans. 

Dreamers v neck sweater (5 colours) for 4 days $55

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This adorably, sexy, sweet tunic/dress needs no changes or embellishments, let's face it. All it needs is you and your own take on what should go with it, footwear, shawl, sweater, tights, boots...beaded headband or maybe a flower fascinator...where you take this I'm sure will be great. So pretty, so fresh, so spring!

En Creme tunic dress (white multi) $69

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One of my favourite, ultra convertible garments. Can serve as an over piece, like a jacket, can be worn as a dress as noted above, or worn as a long tunic with tights, accessorize as you please, but the bonus, is the elegance of tencel.

Tea and Rose tencel dress (mid wash blue denim) $89

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I've seen button up cardigans transformed everywhere from a cowl neck scarf to a skirt and back up again as a sleeveless top. Very creative indeed. However, for me, it's a cardigan...you know, where you put your cold arms!! (lol). However, if you're on a tight budget, by all means, there is no rule that says you can't wear it some other way.

Kersh ribbed waist cardigan (6 colours) $55

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A frequent, recent choice of mine is a basic dress.  Mainly because if I want to break up the look, I throw a top on and maybe a belt. Or, if the top is a bit too sheer for my liking, the dress beneath serves two purposes, coverage and layers. Saving me from having to purchase a skirt. And at this time of year, another layer never hurts.

Plum tank dress (grey melange) $69

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I adore this look! The bright heels, with the matching clutch, the trench looking coat and a scarf...like, she just stepped off of the plane from France! Depending on the coat, the fabrication, length and of course weight, I sometimes throw them on as an inner wear jacket, as part of the ensemble.

ICHI double breasted trench coat (indigo blue) $139

Our relationship with garments starts pretty early. From our favourite blanket, to a dress a toddler insists on wearing daily, teenagers jeans that have to be 'just so' to those my age, who find ourselves attached to something reminiscent of our youth! And for me, aside from Plum, one of my favourite places to shop is the very back, deep crevice of my own closet. You know...where the questionable purchases were stored!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Remember, less is more...but then, if less is more, just think how much more...more would be! ~ Quote from Pinterest!

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Was I dreaming of a white Christmas? I guess dreaming is a bad idea (for me!) because suddenly, it appeared a plenty! Snow (or as I like to call it), silent, white road panic inducers. Nature's driving exam... if you will! Let's just say some are not as adept at driving in this as Santa. Although... maybe you dream of an aquamarine Christmas. You know, the kind that includes tropical drinks, cabana boys, crystal blue ocean views and drool inducing pool side siesta's? Maybe you're not so much dreaming, as planning. In which case, add Plum to your list of places to go first. Out of season attire is hard to find at this time of year, but not at Plum. They stock a regular, functional, in style group of fashions that you'll be thrilled to pack and excited to pull out and put on!
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Polka dots are destined to be a big hit this spring, thus, killing two fashion birds with one stone. An airy, cheerful and light top that will go with nearly anything and will be totally in for spring!
 
 
 
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Something about a long flowey skirt for a tripical vacation. Maybe it's the romantic look, ease of wear, or maybe it's simply that shaving ones legs becomes optional! Regardless, they're light and the above skirt has a funky, patchwork bohemian look, with simple to match colours.
 
 
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More on the subject of the small dotted print...this dress is just the ticket for double digit tempartures...unstructured fit, lined and light with the sweet dots on a navy background. Great for cocktails at the beach side bar, with espadrille wedges and a tall stranger!
 
 
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The epitome of a travel dress for a warm climate. Sporting a lively, happy print makes you appear approachable and speaks for you. No translator needed. Just a delightfully easy to wear dress with every colour to match your shoes, flip flops or dangle earrings or the colourful hand crafted bracelet you'll likely purchase.
 
 
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Plum's massively popular Simone dress in a design that's been proven to fit all types. Comes in two sweet, botanical prints, shirred back for extra comfort and fit and a complimentary at knee length.
 
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There will always be a time where more layers are needed, not a heavy cardigan, just a mere bit of extra on your arms or to compliment the co-ordinates. Enter the Kimono. Here are a couple of great selections, one more muted tones, another with slightly more pronounced hues.
 

When you find a fragment of good from a bad situation, that's creative; When you dream something into reality, that's magic; when you turn a desire into a vacation that's motivation! But when you turn 65 and all your body parts are still functioning..THAT'S A MIRACLE!!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"So come with me where dreams are born, and time is never planned" ~ Peter Pan

Happy New Year all!!

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BEAR DANCE T SHIRT - 4 DAYS ONLY - $ 22

MAKES A GREAT, FUN CHRISTMAS GIFT

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There are anger issues, trust issues, emotional issues, weight issues (I don’t recall salad ever being anyone’s issue)....but my biggest issue is my t shirt issue…a rather out of control obsession which has forced me to turn it into a hobby. Finding them, wearing them and then turning them into something else when I get tired of them (a bag, a skirt, a scarf, a blanket, a little girls dress) because I can't bear to think of my once beloved t shirt lying lonely and cast aside like an old boyfriend in a landfill…so many memories, so much passion…gone! My favourite garment because they fit easily, go with all types of co-ordinates and are relatively inexpensive. Message T’s have emerged as a staple and often stand for more than just fashion, but in a light hearted way. Because while social media, news clips and a hot cup of coffee set the tone for the day, so too can a well worded t shirt.

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Cat's...the annoying little brother of the pet family! Quiet, pesky and somehow always avoids trouble...take cheeky to a whole new level...wear it with this fabulous coat. Or, maybe your crazy cat lady friend, lives for her cats, this makes a fitting gift.

Bear Dance 'YOU'RE FREAKING MEOWT' T (heather grey)

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I love how Bear Dance has chosen appealing basic colours which makes co-ordinating a breeze. Have a bit of fun...for example the markings of the cats tails can play into the coat patterns and make an interesting look.

Bear Dance 'MULTI CATS' (heather grey)

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I've never seen a cat that looked like it needed glasses...capable of spotting a tiny spider from well across the room...regardless, if they wore  them, they'd look as cunning as they are.  Here are more suggestions on how to play with patterns, interacting tones or textures.

Bear Dance 'OPTICAL CATS' (black)

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Many other options to choose from...wear them with your usual running/workout wear, or bring on some laughs and conversation at the work place worn with a suit. And of course they make excellent gifts.

Bear Dance 'SANTA FELL' T

Bear Dance 'RED RIDING HOOD' T

Bear Dance 'I WORK HARD' T

Bear Dance 'PUGS DOING YOGA' T

Whatever issues you're dealing with (because, frankly we all have some), inject some fun into your life or the life of someone else you love...or buy a cat...equal amount of joy produced. Although-one of them tends to want you to wake up at 4 am to entertain them-hmmm tough call!.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"You have more baggage than United Airlines. Cross that out! You have more issues than Medusa, and that woman makes the inside of a cat lady's thoughts seem like a calming place" ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

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