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MOODY? ME? Never! Let's be real, I'm human, not digital, programmable software.  Moods change and your desire for different things ever evolving. But thankfully, Plum carries three of the top, steadfast denim brands in today's market, consistent in their quality and style goals. Perfect for our ever changing West Coast life. Because it's comforting to know, some things remain constant...YOGA, MAVI, DISH (and Plum).

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The MAVI Emma boyfriend jean is designed specifically to look like you've had them for years. Maybe longer than the boyfriend...lived in, loved and so very easy to craft a funky, YOU-ful look.

Mavi Emma boyfriend dark R-vintage $108

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Gone are the days when putting on a pair of jeans was like trying to put panty hose on a cat...a painful and useless experience! I adore these jeans. They fit like they were made for me, move with me (and no cats were hurt during the process)! Wear them with the highest heels and a scrumptious blazer like Plum's draped front and a saucy t shirt.

Mavi Ashley mini flare (34" inseam) $118

Plum draped front jacket (caramel or wine) $135

Bear Dance 'talk to the paw' t (ivory or white) $35

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Not to be outdone is Dish, an innovative, Vancouver based company which regularly explores and creates new denim blends. Their goal is to accommodate the active, moving, sweating person (which we as humans surprisingly do), with style. So go ahead, hop on your bike and head to work...Dish makes an amazing black denim that is just beyond compare, tailor made for the active west coast style. Despite the compulsion to show off your dexterity in these jeans, it will do fine for the more usual professional settings. Wear with this pretty, floral top.

Dish forever black 28" skinny jeans (black) $132

Plum 3/4 sleeve top with back keyhole (black or blue) $49

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And last but certainly not least by any means Yoga jeans. A true leader in the denim industry. Made in Canada, the top priority (beyond style) of Yoga is to truly fit and conform to a woman's body (not the other way around)! High rise, an on trend style component, creates a gorgeous silhouette and comfort beyond compare.

Yoga ankle skinny Miami jean $120

The beauty of denim is that it never looks the same on any two people. And the best part is, Plum carries the top brands, with our real west coast life in mind. So go ahead, find your fit without compromise! 

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

 

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If you won ten million...what would you do? In a two year old survey taken of US residents a surprising 2/3 of those polled would continue to work. What about your car or what you wear? Would you continue to wear the same style, make a major style change or would you merely invest in more cat print, hand painted, silk scarves with Himalayan beaded fringe? (we all have our weird fashion obsessions) Waiting for an unlikely windfall to wear what you love, is living for tomorrow. Buy smart and you'll look like a million dollars!

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Plunge right into spring with this lovely, fresh, owl print, vintage style dress. Put together in the photo with lemon yellow converse shows how it can be lightened up for casual wear. For leisure, we tend to gravitate to jeans, but why not a dress? Easy on, wrap style, securely fastens at the waist with 2 sweet buttons and back gathers. Style tip: worried about the front flying open at inopportune times? Wear bicycle shorts with a lace border or a vintage slip underneath. And footwear just changes the mood. Mary Janes or ankle wrap flats are different options.

Simone cap sleeve wrap dress (black or royal) $139

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I feel compelled to take someone down to the river and feed them tea and oranges when I look at this dress (thank you Leonard Cohen). Call me half crazy but this, bold exotic print reminds me so much of long days at festivals or (again) with different footwear and a shawl, makes a great brunch outfit.

Simone sleeveless dress with front keyhole (blue or orange) $149

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Off the shoulder, cold shoulder and open shoulder looks are big this season. This ethnic print, embroidered top will look great with shorts, midi skirts, maxi skirts and as you can see a great offset for crisp white pants (on your yacht). Here's a tip for keeping the off the shoulder...off your shoulders (view).

Flying Tomato embroidered peasant blouse (black) $59

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Speaking of crisp white...won't you look fabulous stepping out of your stretch limousine in this sleek looking Simone dress ;) A beautifully cut and designed dress with a decidedly futuristic edge.

Simone sheath dress with metal zipper (white) $129

Given that the chances of being the top winner of such a lottery are as slim as Paris Hilton's skinny jeans....why wait for tomorrow or 'maybe'...live for now (but we can still dream and plan)!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Do not forget about Plum's spring coupon offer and perhaps try the new WINK WINK...Until March 13 $20 off a regular priced clothing or accessories purchase of $95. Get it here!

A wink....generally means, a privately shared secret...or maybe a bit of flirting? In a nearly 20 year old study of what a 'wink' meant to the average person, actors were used to briefly walk by participants giving a wink...While I doubt Dr. Oz will be reporting on this ground breaking study any time soon, these are the results: Thanks was the choice 67% of the time, a friendly gesture 26%, sexual attraction only 11% and other 22%. Other, well that's rather ambiguous...To Plum it's not ambiguous. It's a new, fresh, easy, unique to Plum, line of clothing. Have a look ;) ;)

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Hands down, this dress will be one of (if not the) top seller this season. Another great design that takes into account that we're not lamp posts. We move, we dance, we sit, we run. This dress moves with you and it looks amazing on! Features an easy v neckline which helps elongate (and who doesn't want to look taller), pockets and a really comfortable fabrication.

Wink Wink v-neck sleeveless dress (comes in black/white, blue spot and red floral) $98

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Wink wink is light hearted, fun and easy to co-ordinate and the above column skirt is a great example. Note the other patterns available. Great for the many daily activities that require you get it on and go! Wear with cut out wedges, gladiators or simply ballet flats...smashing!

Wink Wink long skirt with elastic waist band (blue stripe, black/blue/green, black/mocha/grey, black purple pink) $55

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If you're looking for a super fun way to shake things up, maybe mixing complimentary patterns, for the above skirt, this batwing top works really well with it. If that's a touch too busy, think about breaking it up with a wide belt.

Wink Wink batwing top (black/hunter/teal, black/red/pink) $55

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Never having been accused of being 'too graceful' myself, I somehow have found, some clothing can help create the illusion for me...like the above Wink Wink loose fitting t shirt. Throw on an eclectic mix of pendants, opt for a scarf and a blazer...match with a pencil skirt, the column skirt or shorts.

Wink Wink short sleeve top (melon, turquoise or white) $48

Wink wink was created as an extension of Plum's other great clothing lines, co-ordinates and integrates into your current wardrobe and is uncomplicated yet still right on with the colour and style trends of the seasons.  And MADE IN CANADA ;)...ok enough of the winking, you'll think I'm flirting!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Cool and casual... do it right!

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Looking 'cool' with a casual, effortless appearance is not as easy as it seems...or is it? There's a fine line between casual and...well, sloppy. The rugged look of aged denim can have a truly negative effect, if, all elements are not taken into account (ie: footwear, accessories, quality). Take a peak at some of what Plum has, that I feel, exemplify 'casual' done right.

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Nothing like a statement T to create a look which takes the place of accessories, if uncomplicated is your choice. The simple nature of the t shirt and dark denim, create a fresh image...not much else is needed. However, if adding a necklace is preferred, by all means that would also work without creating something 'too busy'.

Press Boat neck t shirt (white or black) $50

Kersh Open Style Cardigan (9 colours) $59 (Don't forget about the current cardi promo)

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Vintage denim creates a personal, lived in feel; like you've worn them for years and made them your own. However, putting together contrasting components, such as very feminine shoes and top, helps avoid the 'I woke up in them' look (not to be confused with the 'I woke up this way' look). The jewelled sweater and heels infuse balance and create a 'funky, cool' vibe.

Mavi Emma Boyfriend dark vintage jean $108

Sydney short sleeved jewelled French terry top (coming soon).

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Above (front email) image is just an easy, complete, fresh presentation. The Tobias jacket is 100% linen, which exemplifies spring...light, breezy and natural. This is such a beautifully tailored jacket. Add a graphic t shirt to your vintage jeans and you're set to go.

Tobias 100% linen jacket $169 (as always Tobias is designed and made in Vancouver)

Nümph Macaw tank top (Lt grey Melange) $45

So when it comes to casual, cool comfort (say that 3 times), the factors required for looking carefree and not careless with your style are somewhat elementary....balance...which essentially is all about life in general...wouldn't you agree?

Yours in fashion passion

Suzanne M.

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