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PLUM'S ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE

June 20 to 23

All Plum stores

don't miss it!!

I have a big passion for thrifted items. Perpetually looking at garments with a head tilt ~ what could I refashion that into ~ a split second decision is needed, or...it's gone...GONE!!!  With a lugubrious face, I then trudge around the store (yes I'm trying out a new word), knowing nothing else will do, because yes, someone else did grab it! Another sad occurrence is the gleeful feeling of finding the item at a good price and then getting it home to find out 'oh, this is why it was there'...an odd whatever that I did not notice when trying it on!  And, one of my favourite stores....their prices are climbing faster than a spider up the wall....(neither of those is a great image).  While, you can't take the girl out of the thrift store, more and more you can find me at sales, where, the clothing has not been road tested by someone else! So, here we have some of Plum's annual best deals! DON'T miss out! Find something fabulous for less than it costs to make it...then, RE-make it!

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I adore this little dress...it's got all the boxes checked for the perfect summer dress...light weight, pleasing pattern, retro look AND pockets! Perfect for a multitude of summer festivities.

Lush button front dress currently $79

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I love dresses because, if for some reason the fit is not exact, I can edit, shorten, restructure...use my imagination and voila, new... nearly custom garment. Non-profits like Frameworq regularly host events where they provide the tools (ie: sewing machine), you bring your inspiration, they then provide tips and instruction on how to fix or refurbish your cherished find! 

(pssst-Plum purses, wallets and phone holders are 30% off during the sidewalk sale-check out the in store selection)

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Perhaps grab a pair of plaid pants...a trend unlikely to ease up and find yourself ready for fall...only $20 during these 4 days. Buy 2 and turn one pair into Bermuda's for the summer!

Motion elastic waist pant (navy) for 4 days only until June 23 $ 20

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A weekend boat trip, may find you need a bit more than a tank top. This pullover is the perfect nautical look. Great of course with jeans, a pencil skirt or the very 'in' Bermuda shorts. During the sidewalk sale only $15. Of course while quantities last - in store only!

Second hand or sale items are definitely not 'less than' because you didn't pay $ 800...on the contrary, they've now helped create a braggadocios worthy moment (trying that one out too!) because not only are you a world class fashionista, you're also great with money and math!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Who's wearing the pants?

I'd like to congratulate our Big Sister's $350 GC draw winner. She has been contacted. Enjoy your shopping trip L.B. from Calgary!

Some believe that ease of movement is better served in a robe, dress, skirt or tunic, so, why pants? Historically it seems that pants owed their usefulness to the charger...you know, horses devoted to battle. A few thousand years ago, it was established that in order to more efficiently enter into battle on horseback, it was thought that robes were far too cumbersome. Thus, as more cavalry were used and it was clear military that did not use horses were at a disadvantage, pants were deemed essential to successful battles. Thus pants became associated with high status men. Which, makes it more clear why for centuries, pants were not as commonly worn by women, less often on horseback and not as highly regarded (way back when). Except, you know, Amazon warrior women, they were pretty fierce!

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Would these be good for horseback riding? I don't know, do you let your horse pick out your clothes? All kidding aside these are a really gorgeous relaxed, light weight pant. An elastic waist, fits into so many different activities, type pant. Note the criss/cross slides that set a very casual tone! Yet change into platforms or spiked heels, which then creates a very different mood.

B Young wide leg pant (black) regular price $49 until June 16 $37

B Young blouse (spicy red) $79

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Because you are a divine FASHIONISTA, you can clearly see, that it takes very little to look pulled together, YET CHIC at the same time...casual, easy pants + fun t shirt + comfortable yet bold gold slides.

Nina Rossi cropped pants (black or khaki) regular price $69 until June 16 $52

B Young Fashionista t shirt $39

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These pants have unbelievable stretch so you can continue to go go go. If you're in search of uncomplicated dress the mere addition of the hat is all it takes for a bit of flair, keeping the sun out of your eyes and voila, instant style! Note they've simply added a pop of colour with the shoes. But you can add your pop of colour someplace else, if you'd prefer.

Kaffe crop print pant (white w/black polka dots) regular price $99 until June 16 $75

Hat and bag sold in store only, and may vary by location

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Wouldn't these be the perfect beach or pool side pant? The trendier crop length brings them up to date but also just so comfortable to wear. For daytime, note the slides or for evening maybe switch to a peak toe heel, wear the tank top untucked and add a chain belt. Just don't be afraid to try print pants.

RD front tie pant (black/beige print) regular price $58 until June 16 $44

I'm no Anna Pavlova, as in, not super graceful, yet I tend to be drawn to skirts despite the fact that pants would likely be a better choice for me.  So, whether you like dresses, skirts or pants, you have to admit, pants are really just sleeves for your legs, aren't they? Lady Gaga, I don't think likes sleeves!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

(When asked who wore the pants in his house): "I do, and I also wash and iron them!" ~ Denis Thatcher  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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WE DID IT!!!! YOU DID IT!!!

In our annual drive to match a big sister with a little sister...

YOU AND PLUM have reached the goal of matching

TWO BIG SISTERS with TWO LITTLE SISTERS!!!!

How fantastic does this feel!

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Dressing for 'IT'!! Clearly this depends on where you're headed...My two children regularly look like they're attending an 'art through stains' convention. One is a self professed Tom-boy while the other would wear dresses to bed if allowed (yaay night gowns). So, I get my girly fix with at least one. However, hard as I try, they collect stains like a rain barrel collects rain. Therefore, investing in fine clothing for them would be simply idiotic. BUT, I realize, they are kids. For lots of us adults, we also love our dresses, for a wide variety of occasions. And Plum has an excellent feed-the-need collection that you must see. Better yet, grab some friends and go do a try on party! There's something for everyone. Here are just a few to wet your appetite (don't drool on yourself)!

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This is just the sweetest summer dress. I wanted to present a couple of different images, to show off the back as well as the different footwear they used, and how versatile it can be. You need to think 'outside the beach'.

Spencer + Shaw ruffle trip/button front dress (blue dot) $143 until June 9 $115

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Well, hello sunshine! Truly this dress presents a bright, unintimidating image. Comfortable in so many different places such as work, concert, dinner party, wedding! I think it's smashing with the kitten heels and looks perfectly fine with no accessories. Although, it's clean lines invite all kinds of imaginative accessories, and made from rayon, a man made, yet natural fibre, it's so ideal for the summer months.

Spencer + Shaw double shift dress (yellow) $105 until June 9 $84

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Another super romantic looking dress.  In a sweet, always in style, paisley print adorned with flutter sleeves and an almost idyllic, wrap style conducive to almost all our body types.

Spencer + Shaw wrap/flutter sleeve dress (red/gold) $110 until June 9 $88

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Something very Greek Goddess about this dress, or...maybe boho-festival girl....regardless of how you're feeling, it's definitely got all of the important points of a summer dress. And there's something about shirring on a summer dress, it's a pretty feature, yet it also allows for some comfort and movement (or...a couple of extra trips to the buffet).

Spencer + Shaw smocked bodice/cross back dress (red print) $121 until June 9 $97

Every year around March, I start to crave a dress...and thus begins the hunt. It feels like a search for the last good meal on earth. It's an insatiable, unreasonable, unrelenting at times an irresponsible urge with no known cause. And the cure? The perfect pair of shoes for my capture...of course!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society" ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

There are so so many gorgeous dresses right now at Plum. Spencer + Shaw are on sale until June 9, however, it's really worthwhile to check out the entire collection...it's so disappointing when our sizes are gone. Check them out here or head into a location near you.

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Some Like it Hot!

ONE DAY LEFT for Plum's matching BIG SISTERS WITH LITTLE SISTERS May campaign.
 
Girls in gangs is definitely a thing of concern. While their numbers are lower than their male counter parts, and research and stats are sparse it's clear, they are there, they do exist. They often age out of the gangs...by getting pregnant at a very young age. Hardly an ideal solution for a young girl, however. But what can be done? A possibly daunting challenge to make a dent in this problem but, we can do a little something! While a big sister cannot solve every problem for a little sister, there's one thing they can solve. The alone feeling a girl can feel if she has little or no support or direction from home.
 

(until May 31) Help Plum with their annual campaign to match a big sister with a little sister details here...Plum matches donations up to $ 25 AND you get a chance to win a $350 gift card! Win win win!

 
The unrelenting heat of summer is upon us...and what can we do for relief? Take more trips to the grocery store and hover around the freezer section, or insist you need more books from the library....Right! Likely you do-also a good plan! But really, if stripping down to tank tops or bra tops is not your thing, it's time to invest in some Kimono's. They're fresh, light, abundant with romantic vibeology and just so easy to coordinate with other things. A way to stay within your clothing comfort zone and look really really cool doing so!
KIMONO'S  ---- 20% OFF UNTIL Sunday June 2
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Same Kimono, two slightly different looks...the difference? Essentially a slightly more fluid pant on the left and shoes. Shoes again, can really create a different presentation. The white is just so fresh and cool is it not?
 
 
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How is this for a 'one and done' look!? The bright, effusive pattern plays well against the mellow onsie hue. If you're looking to add some definition, by all means add a belt. The beauty of the kimono, is they are so light, they can easily be packed up and tucked away in a bag if not needed.
 
 
 
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The look on the right is clearly pulled together and works nicely. But perhaps you are in need of a dress combination. Again, an easy look, two pieces, add a pendant or earrings if you want to add more interest. Otherwise, it's a really bright, lively, polished look!
 
 
 
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And by all means, add some levity to an otherwise serene looking garment by co-ordinating with your happy t or any graphic t, for that matter. The kimono adds just the right touch of refinement to most any garment to create a light hearted, yet elegant touch!
 
 
 
 
 
Some people do love that blistering, searing, scorching heat of this time of year. I guess I like the security blanket of my jackets and blazers. Thus kimono's provide that little extra coverage, with a dash of elegance. I'm not anti-sunshine, I just prefer that I don't need to store my wedding rings in the freezer so the diamonds in my wedding ring, don't melt away. Ok maybe that's an exaggeration, the cubic zirconia's!
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
SO many kimonos in stock right now, this is an ideal time to stock up on them. There is no sign of this fashion trend abating any time soon!
 
"If you think the summer sun is too hot, just remember, at least you don't have to shovel it" ~ Bob Dylan
 
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Looking cool is hot

BIG SISTERS TIME AGAIN

Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees and flowers and the trees and the moon up above and a thing called Love! ~ lyrics from Jewel Akens 1964

A sweet song but truthfully young girls need someone to ask questions of, someone to provide guidance...needless to say, it's usually Mom and Dad...but if they're not available, not around or just not capable, here's where the big sister comes in...

(until May 31) Help Plum with their annual campaign to match a big sister with a little sister details here...Plum matches donations up to $ 25 AND you get a chance to win a $350 gift card! Win win win!

Wanting to look more sexy? I don't think you need to wear clothes so tight that your blood flow is restricted to be sexy! It's being comfortable with yourself,  in your clothes, in your own skin. If sexy to you is how plunging your neckline is, well, that's ok too...but it doesn't have to be. What's sexiest is confidence and an overall self assuredness! Linen provides this general, sophisticated cool appearance, that few other fabrics can...and ultimately makes you look like you could rule the world. I know you know this already....just reminding you! You're already pretty hot!

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So...why is this sexy? Well, it's not the classic, 'bending-over-to-pour-a-glass-of-wine' for someone while the girls are in plain view' kind of way....more of a cool, fresh, classic, confident kind of way. Like you just strutted off your Italian villa, on your way to buy fresh groceries for your evening dinner party...an ease within yourself-way (really you're just going to pick up the kids). Linen is very often sought after in warmer climates for it's incredible breathability, durability which soften's with wash and wear over time.

Mio Meli double layer blouse (beige, denim, navy or pink) $105

Mio Meli stripe linen pant (denim, pink, taupe or white) $115

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The above is a far more provocative presentation. Although, the off the shoulder look is a perfect look for, well...getting looks, it's also great for very warm climates. This particular top combines cotton with linen, bringing forth the more malleable quality of cotton combined with the strength of linen. Great with a long flowey skirt, a denim skirt and heels or wide leg pants. Some great possibilities.

Ganji stripe linen/cotton blouse (blue/pink) $55

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Linen is made from the fibers that grow inside the flax plant. So...it's a grain? So...it's also good for you!? Just don't eat it! But it is a very eco friendly fiber, nonetheless! The beauty of a linen jacket is, no one would accuse you of being overdressed on a sunny day. This is definitely a casual cool look, accentuated with the slides, BUT again, footwear can convert any look.

M hooded short jacket (blue, olive or white) $95

Liverpool embroidered hem jean (denim) $109


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Note that you are not limited to the usual oatmeal and sage...with the trousers on the left presenting with a blossoming print, it would be easy to be a bit more bold with complimentary colours and accessories. OR on the right the pale pink stripe, to go with more muted softer compliments.

M printed linen pant (olive) $65

Mio Meli stripe linen pant (denim, pink, taupe or white) $115

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Again...in a not so obvious way, this look is everything you want for warm weather! A very airy, unstructured linen top, which affords you the ability to go more showy and alluring on the bottom...a shorter skirt, skinny jeans and heels perhaps. All the while, linen providing some chic balance.

Mio Meli back button linen tunic (olive, taupe or white) $109

Perhaps we could expand the view of what's sexy to include men baking bread, people plogging (the new trend of picking up random garbage while jogging), or wait for it....actually talking to people and not burying ourselves in our phones. We also generally don't associate, HOT with 'old' or something thousands of years old! However, linen can certainly invade that category, after all...the way it wards off sweat, that alone has to count for something, or, those 'meant to be' wrinkles...on fabric ('or skin' she said hopefully!) :)

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"I'm not trying to be sexy. It's just my way of expressing myself when I move around" ~ Elvis Presley (sounds like linen)!

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