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Can you just smell spring coming? Come on! As long as you're not down wind of someone's faulty muffler, surely you can smell it on the horizon. Be grateful that you're not on the east coast where emerging crops of fiddle heads are soon to be buried in another dump of white hell! Someone send Mother nature a memo 'Dear Mom, It's April-please send flowers!' Nevertheless, wherever you are...I believe when the time changes we think, evening strolls, afternoon golf games and gardening! Well...has Plum got a crop of dresses for you! Here are just a few featuring designer Claudia Agusti.
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If any colour shouts spring it's yellow! It's bright, happy,  light and makes your soul feel like it just ate ice cream with a vintage merlot, oops I meant with sprinkles! Regardless, it's a great introduction to spring and welcoming sunshiny days. Designed for superb comfort with classic Claudia style! Well placed darts and gathers AND pockets (to keep your hands out of trouble) Really, designed to be worn and lived in!! ;)
 
Spencer+Shaw v neck knit dress (2 print options) $87
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Just call this a wow dress! Incorporating, modern style with a head turning hue of red. Perfect for spring, but really a great transitional piece that can carry over into multiple seasons. I have long ago abandoned umbrellas (this is Vancouver, we have see-through snow) in favour of hats as I felt I was merely donating them to restaurants or establishments I frequented. If you have not tried a crushable hat, DO! They truly do fold up, to be stored away in your purse or backpack without loosing shape. Serviceability, style and stash away!
 
 
 
 
 
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Another sensational cut! This time, a winner for those with an hourglass figure, including an extremely flattering neckline, and draping skirt length. Abundant ways to style this, or wear it as is, and why not, it's fantastic as is, featuring a vibrant blue or classic black.
 
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Another dress which features Claudia's attention to detail along with functionality. A dress cut that is universally appealing to multiple shapes, comprised of rayon and spandex, pockets, a graceful neckline and an easy length to accommodate a life of activities and movement.
 
 
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Another many times, repeated design by Claudia. Repeated because of it's widely appealing feminine fit. Certainly at this time of year, a jacket is still needed and jean jackets are ideal when you're looking for a pretty, yet casual look. Add a hat and your favourite footwear and that's all that's needed.

Spencer+Shaw sleeveless dress with back shirring (blue print) $120

Mavi Samantha jean jacket (used gold vintage) $98

CH Telly natural mix bucket hat $59

Welcome to spring...brought to you by, flowers, sunshine and an abundance of hope and possibilities of reboot! The official sponsor of internal happiness and optimism. Don't step in that puddle, you might have to change your attitude!

Yours in Fashion passion...

"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms" ~Zen Shin

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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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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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DON'T FORGET...drop into a Plum store, try on a pair of Yoga's and be entered to win a pair (until November 19).

According to an online article, a leopard's spots (coat pattern) appear to be genetic (I hope that wasn't an extensively funded study). Also, the report went on...serves the purpose of the very large feline blending into it's surroundings, thus having the advantage over it's prey...on the contrary for us females,  when sporting this divine coat. We prefer to stand out and we CAN change our spots! Heck, we can change our minds, our attitudes, our sheets, apparently even our sex!? So many more advantages (and a bit less dangerous) to being a female than a large predatory cat! Here are a few more!

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If you're on the hunt for a print coat this year, this should be the one! It's a perfect length to go with the midi, maxi and as well the mini length dresses or skirts. Great layered with a jean jacket or try them with your favourite jeans and combat boots.

ICHI coat with lightweight pile (leopard print) $149

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As soon as November hits, the events begin. This is a dress that will be a seasonal forever dress for so many reasons. Comprised of stretch velvet, easy knee length, side slit, black and a 'suits all' cut. Think about wearing it with a destroyed jean jacket and OTK boots for more casual parties, or invest in a pair of embellished pumps or the hot ankle boot trend and (as above) a velvet burnout kimono for more formal events.

B. Young velvet spaghetti strap dress (black or teal) $59

KW velvet burnout kimono (blue or purple) $59

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Looking for a little bit of attention? OF COURSE you are! Well, this is the time of year where it's not only ok but you can expect all heads turning your way. Lots of beautiful stretch lace and slight gathers at the side,  an interesting design feature.

Kaffe Claudia lace dress (graphite) $ 109

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Maybe you like co-ordinates instead...you know, they give you more bang for your buck...one day wear with jeans, another day wear with a pencil skirt or wide leg pants. Above are four fun, interesting and versatile tops that very easily go from festive season to functional daytime wear to Friday night out!

Noble Paris London New York beaded t shirt (black or white) $65

Jane Plus 1 guazy mockneck blouse (ivory or teal) $69

Noble pearls knit top (black, white or pink) $59

Cream Selena print blouse (cream/blue) was $99 now $75

This is a perfect season to 'change your spots', so to speak. A style you've been aching to try but just feel like it's, well...too much, too frivolous or not the 'usual' you? Well, who cares! Life is too short to not wear the mini, funky, tight, plush or wild. After all, no one must like what you wear, more important that they like who you are!

Yours in fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

You can change your socks, change your direction or change a diaper, but if you change your attitude everything looks prettier!   ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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DON'T FORGET about the coupon,(minimum purchase-some restrictions*), still in effect until October 9, get it here

I'm dedicating this weeks blog to my big brother. And what in heaven's blue sky does an older brother have to do with shopping or fashion? Well, his actions reminded me, we don't always purchase clothing for ourselves, sometimes as gifts. As, my brother regularly does things for others, some would say it's his part time job. Recently, he bought Plum gift cards and donated them to a couple who were the victims of theft of all of their worldly goods, having just moved across the country. While precious memories and meaningless trinkets that to us, hold the souls of our loved ones, when lost, cannot be replaced...knowing we have new fresh clothes on our backs...can somewhat lighten the challenge. This morning I didn't yell while ushering the children off to school, and I thought that was tremendous! It seems I should aim slightly higher. ;)

 

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I'm a huge fan of the poncho phase, which appears to not be slowing down. In part because it fills many gaps...they're warm, they look great, they go with most other garments and layer extremely well. This one would make a fantastic gift for someone because of it's ubiquitous fall shades, unique curved, ribbed edge and sleeves and it's universal appeal!

Kaffe Maria poncho (dark grey mix) $89

 

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This season at Plum we're noticing that people are reaching for designs that are unique and different. I can't think of anything that personifies that description more than this 'PURE' Jacquard coat dress. An absolute head turner, but what I also love about this is, it's divine feminine shape.

PURE Jacquard coat dress with asymmetric hem (charcoal or silver) $179

 

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As I mentioned in previous blogs, jumpsuits are massively popular this season. With our harried lives, we often gravitate to what's simplest. While this is classified as easy, I can think of multiple ways to funk this up, if your usual is to be creative.  Add a wide belt AND even add a chain belt as well. Or a wide belt and a collection of pendants, or a scarf and the newest trend is embellished boots.

SPRING HAZE 3/4 sleeve jumpsuit (black or olive) $89

 

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Tunics are hugely popular as well currently. Again for their ability to create multiple different types of outfits, as a dress or as a top. Add in the multicolour stripes and it's an equation anyone can figure out.

Point Zero long sleeve swing dress (navy stripe) $79

What is community service to you? To some it entails taking charge of an annual event, to others it means simply checking in on an elderly neighbor regularly. Plum is a huge part of it's community from sponsorships to being regular sponsors of Dress for Success and Big Sisters. And really, reaching out to others, will never go out of style!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

I'd like to just take a moment to show my appreciation for my brother, my husband and friends who officially and unofficially invest in their community. Thank you!

"A candle never looses any of it's light, by lighting another" ~Rachel Allene

*Min purchase $95, jewellery and sale items not included, offer good until Oct.9, online and instore  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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