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On this day of International Women's day, let's remember the countless women, mothers, grandmothers who run businesses, make breakfast, wipe counters and babies tears. And while men take credit for the invention of the zipper, Velcro and even the Wonderbra, the women of this country historically have their own admirable contributions. Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, Charlotte Whitton, Viola Desmond, Fannie Rosenfeld, Mary Shadd Cary, Elsie Knott and countless other historic Canadian women, leaders, trailblazers and innovators who's achievements paved the way for so many of our daily freedoms. Plum is a proud supporter of two organizations known for encouraging, both little girls (Big Sisters) and women of all ages (Dress for Success) who some day will hope to reach their own personal goals. Today... for me... I achieved vertical status (aka: getting out of bed), no accomplishment is too small!

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Looking fabulous and pulled together requires two things, colours that bring out the best you....and YOU! Gone are the days that blazers come in navy blue and black only. Find them in patterns and all our favourite hue's. I love the ultra feminine shade of pink with the bold intricate patterned blouse!

Kaffe blazer (bridal rose) $119

Creme multi print blouse (multi) $89

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Blouses continue to have a place in the casual as well as the professional settings, always creating a sleek image. Today's blouse features an interesting, artistic pattern and open back vent. A unique design feature.

B. Young shirt bird print (black/white/pink) $59

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The little wicker bag and a crocheted edge pink top, just tease us towards summer. The little bag, so reminiscent of Sunday school or picnics...so sweet!

Cream lace blouse (sea pink and chalk) $79

Joseph D'Arezzo tan wicker bucket $45

 

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A favourite spring leg length for pants is this ankle length. Easy to pair with different shoe heights, sandals, boots and what's not to love with the vertical stripes.

Motion ankle pant tripe (blue/white) $78

Women like Harriet Brooks or Rosalind Franklin, may have been overlooked in being recognized for their scientific discoveries and contributions, but, consider this...we are capable of growing a whole entire human being. We win!

We don't own half the sky, we are the stars!

Suzanne M.

"Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult" ~ Charlotte Whitton - First Canadian female mayor of the city of Ottawa

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The power of wearing white! So easy to recognize....think...a doctors lab coat, the cricketers uniform, the blushing bride...However, back in the day ('the day' being the 16th century), white was typically worn by French Queens representing mourning. It was not until Mary Queen of Scots married her first husband, she chose white as she felt it was her most flattering colour. And why not; it's bright, it's fresh and it goes with everything. Which is why diamonds are a girls best friend!

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I have a tendency to want to scotch guard myself (is that still a product?) when wearing white. However, why should the fear of stains hold us back? After all there are multiple stain removing methods and products. My favourite among them is this:  Merely hold the spot of your garment tightly over a bowl, carefully pour boiling water over the stain and watch it drip out of the fibers and into the bowl. This method works with wine, juice and berry stains. Love this, as there are no chemicals. So go forth and immerse yourself in white (and have another glass of Merlot)!

Mavi Adrianna glam white rinse $118 now at $89

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This is just an utter show stopper! Just a breath of extra layer, with gorgeous embroidery detail. Wear it with destroyed jeans or even a tank dress. Just a few of many possibilities.

Cream sheer embroidered blouse $79

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Maybe a fresh crisp blouse is your preference. White offers so many possibilities as, it's like a blank slate, adding colours is a total breeze. With the lovely detailing here, it still offers the possibility of just wearing it as is. Or build on the vintage look of the eyelet!

Cream Zina pintuck blouse $99

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Because mosquito's would have more access to your beautiful skin, is no reason to pass up this great sweater. Just slightly out of the ordinary with slight open work giving that little extra something.

French Connection sweater (black or white) $68


White is kind of the 'smile' of the colour palate, people just naturally give you a head tilt and lighten up when you sport a bit of white, be it a big toothy grin, a diamond (yes please) or a garment. So don't be afraid of white, it's the colour of comforting things, our pillows, sugar for our tea or Gramma's hair.

Yours in fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

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There is still time to take advantage of Plum's spring coupon offer...Until March 13
$20 off a regular priced clothing or accessories purchase of $95. Get it here!

I've come to the thoroughly researched conclusion that wasting a lot of money on my children's attire (pretty this and adorable that) is a bad diversion of funds. Clothing seems to serve as more of a convenient napkin for food spills for them. I, however, love them and have my favourites (not my children...GASP!)...colours, styles, cuts and labels like acapella and Wink Wink...for many reasons (Plum's new exclusive labels).  This week let's have a look at some Acapella blouses taken with the stunningly beautiful backdrop of Bowen Island:

 
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Speaking of favourites, this gorgeous blouse could easily be the star of Plum's most recent spring photo shoot.  This fresh, light blouse worn above with shorts can also be worn with a pencil skirt, vintage finish jeans or ankle length pants making it a frequent wardrobe choice.
 
acapella dolman sleeve blouse (black, lemon or white) $89
 
 
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One of my personal favourite's is black and white, making it very simple to co-ordinate with nearly any other colour. While this acapella blouse is a very practical business attire addition, the varied polka dots provide a bit of retro whimsy.
 
acapella front tie with back pleat (black/ivory or white/black) $69
 
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The usual cut and print is not to be found with acapella. The general theme of acapella designs are, fresh, unique and anything but 'basic'. If you're noticing polka dots are big this season, you'd be 'spot' on. A very compelling and feminine print.
 
acapella cape blouse (red or yellow) $85
 
I can't pretend to be your 'Fashion Godmother'...but I can tell you if you head into one of Plum's locations one of their staff are a pretty close proximity! Ask to see the many, unique to Plum, acapella blouses. Or, if you're in search of new trends and styles to try, Plum staff are happy to help you pull together some great looks for spring.
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
 
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A coupon to kick start your spring shopping. Get your coupon here!

$20 off a regular priced clothing or accessories purchase of $95 (jewellry excluded).

Unless you're new to the planet, you can already tell spring is right around the corner, at least in Vancouver. With it brings a compulsion to clean out the garage, start gardening or resuscitate one's wardrobe. If procrastination is one of your favourite pass times, the latter is probably the preferable choice. Plum is fully ready with some gorgeous and reliable, yet distinct design features, you won't find anywhere else.

Welcome back spring! We missed you.

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The front email dress is destined to be a huge hit this season. I think it captures the freshness of the season perfectly. Very flowey, drapey fabric and a delicate print. But it's also what cannot be seen that's also so great.  Very well structured, fully lined and barely visible pockets. A great, unexpected feature.

Simone sleeveless dress with front pockets (navy or pink) $129

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When spring starts to peak out at us, one of the first things we notice is, the days are starting to get longer...brighter. Plum's Acapella has a uniquely special way of interpreting the spring blouse. This is such a delightful pattern set against an easy fitting, yet sheer fabric. Way to bring back the brightness Acapella!

Acapella dolman sleeve blouse (lemon, white and black) $89

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Tank tops are a great wardrobe staple. They work so well with suits, or as above with jeans etc. And yet, this Acapella blouse has been re-inspired featuring a retro neckline and another touch of the feminine with the small back button fastening...Some small, yet special design features puts this just a step ahead of a basic.

Acapella sleeveless cowl neck blouse (navy, pink) $69

 

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The cut of this dress was such a hit last season, it's been redone with a very fresh, seasonal pattern. Just the right length, cap sleeve and a great mid section design feature that looks just like that, like a design feature but can cleverly disguise the middle (if need be)!

Simone cross over dress (royal, jade, orange or blue/red prints) $125

So you can put away your boots, heavy coats and unpack the sling backs...Spring has sprung and with it comes the great, much anticipated spring wardrobe options. THIS is just the tip of the iceberg...sorry icebergs are so last season....I meant to say 'blossom'!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Suddenly a good friend has tickets to a music festival. They're wonderful but they can be long days outdoors. Be it Cavendish Music Festival in beautiful P.E.I. or Edmonton or Vancouver's Jazz Festival's, you could encounter wall to wall sunshine....or possibly a buffet of unexpected weather. Let's assume it will be fabulous weather. Why not! However, what should or could you wear?

Let's see what Plum has to suggest:

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Dresses are as synonymous with festivals as Neil Young. Be it a festival or beach BBQ you'll be attending, think bright and comfortable, this dress has both these qualities. Vibrant, feather print, long back dip hem and braided skinny straps, keep it simple yet fun and bright to match your personality. Be prepared with appropriate footwear, festival grounds can be rather unpredictable.

Simone mid length dress with braided strap detail (royal or purple print) $110

 

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Maybe dresses are not your thing....not a problem, shorts are another 'go to' co-ordinate for the summer months. Pair them (of course) with t shirts or sleeveless blouses, whatever they're married with, they are sure to be a good wardrobe investment (don't forget the bug spray).

Dish chino short (evergreen) $79

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This has summer written all over it. (Yes I realize they're flowers). Light weight, skinny straps and free flowing create a really wonderful seasonal feeling. Shawls or large scarves (tied in different ways) are great for a bit of extra coverage. As you can see, looks great with jeans, but can easily look great with a pencil skirt and cardigan.

Plum tank with shirring detail (navy, orange or turquoise prints) $49

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And on that note, if converting a scarf does not suit you, how about a lovely, light, ethereal piece that looks like it was dreamt up by angels. So incredibly flowey and light, won't add bulk to your wardrobe, just a light bit of coverage and funk! A very pretty and versatile trend.

Cecico kimono georgette top (blush or mint) $69

So, where ever you're headed this summer...Jazz Festival, Folk Festival or just your folk's place for a BBQ, be ready with a wardrobe that reflects the summer we expect. Fun and beautiful.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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REMINDER:

Raise your hand if you have a big sister. I don't have enough hands, because I'm blessed with 3 big sisters. Yes you can count your best friend who you feel is like a big sister. But maybe you don't have a big sister and always wished you had one. Someone to always confide in, bounce things off of and look up to. Someone who will support but not criticize you, no matter how silly you feel your ideas might be.

Some young girls are less fortunate, their parents (or parent), are stretched to the limit. Not enough time or resources to provide all of this. Here's your opportunity to help a little sister get her big sister. During the month of May Plum collects donations by asking our customers to contribute $2 to help match 2 little Sisters with their big sisters. From now until May 31, 2015, Plum will be matching donations up to $25, and, you get a chance to win a $350 Plum Gift Certificate! 

These big sisters play such an important role in the lives of these growing young girls. By providing much needed support and encouragement, which in turn can boost a young girls growing self esteem. With healthy self esteem, we know so much can be accomplished. 

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