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What does it take to design a gorgeous dress like this one? A lot of creativity, skill and a superior eye for fashion. I asked Plum's designer Claudia "What was your inspiration for this dress"? Her surprising answer was..."It started with the fabric, I loved the strong hounds tooth pattern of this print and the weight and texture of the fabric. I wanted to do something that looked somewhat tailored but was comfortable and easy to wear." I'm sure the inspiration for your own creative endeavors is also something unexpected (a colour, a food group, even a person)... And yet another one of Claudia's many great talents, is in the unique details of each of her designs. Details that help give unique definition to your look.

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This is really a sweet little dress with a hint of retro, given a bit of punch by the exaggerated hounds tooth print. A very functional fabric, with a sculpted looking cut, but very cute and fun at the same time. Try it with tights and booties or a kitten heel. Add a hat for a bit of a funky look.

Simone short sleeve A-line dress (purple or red) $129 now $98

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Do not even try to talk yourself out of this one. I certainly won't help you because I could barely contain myself when I saw it. This is a dress that is so sexy and fits like a dream, yet by no means is too risque or impedes movement. And don't let the stretch lace fool you into thinking you can only wear this for a Christmas party...Try it with the new embroidered bomber jackets or a distressed jean jacket, add Cuban heel boots or skin tight, knee high velvet boots for a 'date night' look.

Simone lace sheath dress with slip (black or plum) $169

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The colour of the season is a deep wine, burgundy...or Plum ;)...The Simone dress above is such a fantastic innovation. Comprised of a knee length tank style dress with a flowey, arc shaped, pleated back, over top. Wear the tank dress on it's own, wear the top on it's own (perhaps with a high waisted pencil skirt) or wear them together, ultimately giving a subtle, goddess like, look.

Simone tank dress with layered top (black or Plum) $149

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More than meets the eye! At first glance, this dress appears to be a simple, unstructured knit...which it is however, there's more to it. A beautiful, light knit and sweet ribbon tie back, apart from the feminine touch, allows the wearer to ever so slightly alter the length based on how tight the back is done up. So ingenious!

Simone flared dress with tie back (brown or navy/magenta) $110

Given that most of us cannot afford our own personal couturier's, Claudia designs with form and function in mind, her designs are as close as one could come. Her ability to always incorporate what's practical while never loosing sight of what's interesting and fun makes her designs work for everyone. And in her words "you cannot underestimate the importance of comfort". I'm only grateful she doesn't also design shoes or I'd have to live in one!

Yours in Fashion passion...

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Personally yours

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Add: 'great bargain hunter' to your personal style resumé. Don't miss out on some great deals here!

Really what IS personal style and how does one get 'it'? Trends can play a part, however, if you look at some famous icons...Stevie Nicks, Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres or Betsy Johnson...all have identifiable personal style. Even Iris Apfel at 94 years young. Trends never seen to over take their personal style, merely become part of it. You have to let 'you' become your style! So fear not the fashion police...if you feel you need help defining or refining yours... ask for it! Plum staff are experts!

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If your personal style is to 'stand out' or have one unique piece that's fun...this will add nicely to your collection. Wonderful fuzzy/funky mohair/alpaca blend, vest that creates flair but also adds warmth. 

Backdrop fur yarn collar vest (mushroom) $129

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Maybe you lean towards a more demure image, but with a dash of sass! There's a simplicity to this top, however, a little added interest with the blurred print image. Great to go with one of the Tobias suits or eases into the weekend with jeans.

Plum cap sleeve top (mustard or purple) $45

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As with all Plum's Simone dresses, there really is NO blending in....fitting in, yes, but blending in, no! Flirty, without being too obvious!

Simone front pleated dress (black, denim, honey/black, red/black) $110

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Something about the unexpected and off center that keeps you looking...it's intriguing. Opposite's attract. Asymmetrical cardigan paired with the very straight lines of the plaid. Both can create very different looks; a very fresh weekend, casual image or worn with a suit, the shell compliments both so well.

Backdrop elbow sleeve asymmetric cardigan (charcoal) $75

Plum sleeveless shell crepe print top (black, blue or purple) $45

It may or may not be intentional but like it or not, you are always wearing your personal style.  Plum's philosophy is that it should always be intentional. Whether deeply devoted to your personal style or still, after many years, creating one, it's all fun exploration of yourself. Maybe it even regularly changes. Just remember, if you walk in the footprints of others, you won't make any of your own!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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BIG SISTERS CAMPAIGN NOW ON. You could win a gift certificate worth $350. 

What's the best thing about shopping locally? Oh to narrow it down to one thing! Goods are made by people who work here, goods don't go into shipping containers and use fewer shipping companies (if any), employs your neighbour, no import fees...need I go on? I bet you knew all that. But did you know that most of what non profits receive are from local retailers. We can't control a lot of our surroundings but it's one of the few things we can have a say in. We can play a big part in the success of our local business'.

One other important fact: local businesses (like Plum) often carry goods exclusive to them, not found at multiple chain retailers. Like they're designing just for you.

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A simply stunning little dress with great details such as, bold colour, rayon blend (which means it hangs so nicely),flattering shape, lined and with a delightful little cut out in the back...so fresh, it's like it grew in your garden. I can think of 15 different ways to work this dress. With a bold statement necklace (or a simple locket), pumps or funky heels, a scarf, a jacket or a shawl, or the 'jean jacket'...a multitude of different looks possible!

Simone shift dress with back cutout (fuchsia and scuba blue) $129

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This is another fresh easy look. The graphic patterns, are like accessories on their own. So many great colours to incorporate into your wardrobe. I love also how the designer never forgets the back details. Because when you walk away, you want to be remembered! ;)

Plum sleeveless blouse with faux collar (black, black/orange, green, orange and royal prints) $59

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Here's a trend you may want to jump in on. The jogger, done so well here by Plum. A great poly/spandex mix; a fabric mix that flows so nicely together (not to mention travels well). This textured fabric is still light enough for the season. And note how they're worn with pumps, which gives them a decidedly edgier look or don't resist your compulsion to wear them with your flats or flip flops. Just depends on the look you want to create.

Plum jogger with drawstring waistband (olive or black) $79

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Yet another very efficient wardrobe addition. Long enough to possibly serve as a dress with capri tights one day, crop pants another day, add a double wrap belt or take it to a pool party and use as a light coverup. Many very cool options.

Plum sleeveless tunic shirt (black, black/off white, royal) $85

So many great reasons to shop locally, one of which is, so you can save your money for your travels, not your goods to travel.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne

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Spring 2011 Preview

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Take a moment to ignore your holiday stress headache and enjoy this little preview of Plum's spring line.  I'm going to make a bold statement and say that I think this just might be the best Spring/Summer merchandise I've ever seen during my 5 years at Plum.  Start saving your pennies now ladies!

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