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FOR LOTS of flirt worthy great finds, be sure to attend Plum's annual, in store, 4 day sidewalk sale!

Are you an anxious flirt? You know, you go to a party, with a couple of friends and want to start up a conversation with someone who looks attractive...BUT...it's hard to know where to start, hard to know what to do with your hands, hard not to dribble food while trying not to talk too much...very nerve wracking. It's like emotional multitasking!  Flirting is a very fine art, some are good at it and some are just good at being flirted with. I say, find a super cute dress, and let the dances and glances begin!

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According to psychology today, flirting is not a simple, light hearted activity, as it encompasses many skills such as body language, empathy and creativity. Part of that creativity, however premeditated, is how we dress. The above dress is just a sweet, lively, dancing dress. Not so overly revealing so as to raise your Grandma's eyebrows, just a little bit of somethin' to catch someone's eye!

Lani off shoulder dress was $89 now $59 (in store only)

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Off the shoulder is not the only option, when it comes to a 'ya-I'm-interested', type garb, but it's a very sought after style for good reason (and the season). And this one, also has a lovely peek a boo slit for showing off that strut...(and dance moves)!

Angela shirred bodice (lilac or mustard) $95

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The researchers at the University of Kansas, having completed a study on verbal and non verbal behaviors, established 5 basic types of flirting styles - physical, traditional, sincere, polite and playful.  I say, why put pressure on yourself...find something pretty and playful that makes people inclined to flirt with you! And just what type of flirt do you think you are?

Peppermint gathered neck knit top (black print or off white print) $45

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And who says that dresses are the only 'flirt-worthy' garment? Ptcha!!! I say! These fabulous linen pants just dance when you walk. They come in 5 alluring colours and have such a glorious drape, in a very 'now' crop, wide leg trend that is the best for the season. (non-flat stomach rationalizations: I was too busy eating to have a stomach this flat...and I'm totally ok with my 'mommy tummy').

Catwalk gathered waist, tie pant (beige, black, charcoal, mustard or pink) $92

Don't let the very idea of mingling and flirting cause unnecessary stress...it's meant to be fun...be yourself, most of all...That being said, I can honestly say it's been at least a 12 year old ago, that I remember purposely flirting; unless gazing longingly into my morning coffee counts...then yes, I'm a total flirt expert!!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

We try to hide our feelings but we forget that our eyes speak~Unknown

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Momma doesn't approve

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Weddings...they don't all entail a castle, a prince and a horse drawn carriage ride through the city with millions around the world watching. Maybe your BFF's invite states, 'wear flip flops and meet us at Sunset Beach' or maybe a wedding in the park. These days, people are investing more in their homes and futures than a venue with a colossal chandelier bigger than your back yard. Which, is great as well, however, if the former is the case, you get to forego the taffeta and lace and choose something you can dress up but that you can wear the very next day, and no one would know...you never went home! ;)

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A refreshing design pattern that has the look of a valuable, abstract painting. BUT it's not, it's a dress and you get to accessorize it to suit your event. By all means footwear will be a pivotal factor that can turn this from a suitable dress for a daytime job, to a festive event where you find yourself dancing for hours. And it has that comfort factor which accommodates such lively activities. As well as a varied and bright colour palette to make choosing accessories effortless.

Pure bold print a-line dress (multi) $110

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Most wedding events inspire, the female guests, to also don feminine attire...florals and lively prints. The above dress is a sweet, fresh bouquet pattern which,  brings out the girly girl in all of us. Designed with a midi length, yet with a slit, which makes diving for that bouquet (do they still do that at weddings?) a breeze!

Spencer+Shaw shirred bodice and sleeve (black combo, blue combo or blush combo) $100

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Yet another blooming botanical garden of lushness! Note the front vertical frill and easy structure. A flowing shawl would make a great companion for this dress, perhaps a string of pearls and don't forget to do your toes!

M floral drapey hem dress (green/pink) $98

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A bit of a departure from florals, there are the solid options. This provides the opportunity to expand with your look in other ways. If you prefer to keep it uncomplicated, add an eye catching pair of earrings. Or go in the other direction and choose a vintage embroidered shawl and strappy sandals with a similar design. The dress on the right, provides yet another dramatic option for a possible afternoon into evening event.

Dreamers shirred back/button front dress (black) $89

Spencer+Shaw capsleeve tie front dress (black or mulberry) $100

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While dresses are the usual garment of choice for a wedding or garden party, choosing co-ordinates is of course an option, especially for a low key party. Off the shoulder is not only a seasonal design of choice but appears to be a popular trend in the last few years. And the flowing kimono sleeved top on the right is yet another fabulous, breathtakingly pretty design that helps make your appearance memorable.

Be Young off shoulder knit top (black, multi or verdant green) $45

M Floral tunic blouse (green/pink) $89

When you're BFF asks you to be her maid of honor, you'll gushingly say yes, when she needs your help making the individually wrapped, green tea, almond cookie scented candles (??), you willingly assist, and when she says "Mom didn't approve of my choice" just smile and say, it's ok, most people throw them out after, anyway! :)

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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TRESICS OPEN KNIT CARDIGAN AND TANK TOP A winning combination...together - 25% Thursday to Monday May 21

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Lots of things go hand in hand. Like X'S and O's, Virtue and Moir, quotation marks, socks and Birkenstock, arrogance and ignorance...ok with the exception of the last pair, it's nice when things do go together or match. My children like ketchup on their pancakes.... I will totally pass on that combo, but that's like anything. You are welcome to put together any combination, not everyone will get it. And that's ok, it's not Noah's ark!

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A fabulous combination for the season (above). The open front cardigan and tank are just the right weight. Very light texture and the aqua colour is fresh, like a crisp salad! ;)

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Tresics open kit cardigan (5 colours)

Tresics tank top (5 colours)

Worn above with BE YOUNG raw edge slim fit ankle jean (white) $89

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You know the best thing to go with this maxi? (or midi, depends on your height)...YOU! You and sunglasses and straw hat and espadrilles...quintessential summer dress! Features a shirred bodice, and you know what that means?...it means it very nicely accommodates the 'girls', a great length and a little bit 'o' sass with the slit!

Spencer + Shaw shirred bodice dress (black combo, blue combo, blush combo prints) $100

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Looking for something beyond the 'matchy matchy' nature of the tank top and open front cardigan to go with the cardigan....this lightweight horizontal/vertical stripe top is a good pick. Try to possibly avoid long wide leg pants as you run the risk of looking like a walking drapery dept. 'BUT I LIKE THE DRAPERY look' you say...then by all means, go forth, maybe add some heels for a more elegant flowey look!

Soya stripe dolman sleeve blouse (off white) $79

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My mind immediately ran off to some foreign exotic location with a handsome stranger when I saw this sweet, romantic top. I could think of many many things it would go with... a long, flowey skirt with a belt, crop pants with flat sandals, shorts and espadrilles. Quite a fantastic travel item as well.

Be Young off shoulder knit top (black, multi or green) $45

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The kimono... I simply cannot get enough of it in the summer.  Just the airy coverage I need to keep my upper arms from flapping in the breeze! They've now made a permanent space in the closet next to the maxi dress, shorts, jeans...they co-ordinate with just about anything.

Very J kimono (black print) $69

Some things are better apart than together like....6 am and leaf blowers or Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Then there are things that are good together but apart can be odd, like singing and dancing....(try dancing without the music). But true magic are things that can be great apart or together, like pros and cons, Ross and Rachel or wine and cheese (hold the ketchup please!)

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"We always hold hands, if I let go, she shops" ~ Henny Youngman (Comedian)

 

 

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Too juvenile for me!

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50% OFF of Simone and wink wink dresses for 4 days only May 3 to 6!

Ever utter those words? While contemplating a purchase recently I made that proclamation out loud... to myself ...in public. I'm sure those who know me are thinking... 'you have a style/age limit?' I hate that we believe we can't just dress how we like, however. So, I instantly reframed it in my head to 'that's just not for me'. Because I suddenly realized that, more to the point, it just does not fit my current lifestyle. Recently I had 18 inches of hair surgically removed....(a hair cut) and I don't miss one inch of it. Sometimes, it's just time for that change. Dresses are something that suit nearly all of us wherever we are on life's map. Like a mate, it's more about finding the 'right' one!

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Much like the label name, the dress on the left may just evoke a wink or in the very least, a smile, in your direction. It's bright, lively, all inclusive, doodle looking colour pattern is perfect for the sunny days ahead and would look fabulous with the new crushable hat. And a jean jacket makes a nice companion for the patchwork-look dress on the right. Very comfortable, easy style for every type of occasion. But now on sale!

wink wink cross front sleeveless dress (various patterns available) sale Price: $49

wink wink cross front dress (various patterns available) sale price: $49

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Note the back styling of this dress. Because why shouldn't you look as good walking away, as you do walking to! Really easy unstructured fit, but if you feel like upstyling it, why not. Add a belt, to create a bit of definition.

Simone sundress with back buttons (red or indigo) sale price $60

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This has been an all around favourite fit for many seasons...comprised of a beautiful stretch fabric, back shirring and mid section slight gathering, makes the fit a breeze for most body types.

Simone sleeveless dress with back shirring (black multi or blue multi) sale price $65

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And for a slightly more modern take on the summer dress, yet still accommodating comfort, above, the horizontal brush strokes pattern and bottom knot in this dress creates a slightly less predictable look.

wink wink knot hem tank dress (coral or grey) sale price $44

Dresses noted below are not part of the 4 day special! However, I could not resist sharing them now, because, when summer decides to visit for a few months, let's be ready! And these ultra romantic styles just produce such a feminine, easy summer look. With saving on a Simone or wink wink dress, why not invest in another breezy look before your size is gone.

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Spencer + Shaw ruched neck mini dress (NOT PART of the 4 day special) $100 top left

Lani off shoulder dress (NOT PART of the 4 day special) $89 top right

Dreamers ruched back button front dress (NOT PART of the 4 day special) $89 bottom left

Excuse me maxi tank dress (NOT PART of the 4 day special) $69 bottom right

The word juvenile comes from the Latin: iuvenilis "of or belonging to youth," 1620s. While the 1620's is slightly before my time, I do remember my youth. Carefree, worry free and more often than not, care-LESS! Oh the stories we could all tell. One thing we should hang on to from our iuvenilis, is the happy, light hearted feeling. If a piece of cloth does that, why should anyone really care!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

When you decide to revisit your youth, don't forget to bring a road map back to the present, where some of the grown ups are ;)!

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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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