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Being first means, usually people will follow you...For me, at least, the only thing better than chocolate, not requiring diaper changes, is new arrivals. Isn't getting something first such a rush? Don't mind people following your lead or looking for a way to freshen up some portion of your wardrobe? Perhaps you are also a first-a-holic...Do you like to be first in line, first to receive something, first to wear the new thing....whatever the case may be? Plum can easily feed that 'new arrivals' addiction. While Plum's merchandiser might not be 'first born' in her family, rest assured, she's definitely first at discovering new labels, capturing new trends, interesting style features, fabrics and accessories.

Below a few of Plum's recent arrivals...

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Hard to tell if this is a dress or a tunic. And so, in trying to figure this out, it's now become 2 garments!  This is such a unique design because it reminds me of a vneck vest, yet has all the makings of a very feminine form fitting dress. Vneck, wool blend, egyptian print with a very defined waist feature is above the knee in length. Just gorgeous! So many ways to incorporate this into your existing wardrobe with it's incredible fall color palate.

Kerisma wool blend Cleo sleeveless dress $ 149

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Fun is the best way to describe this sweater. And no, no combing is required for maintenance! So soft to the touch, be prepared for plenty of tactile attention. Features an open front with hook and eye neck closure.

Beulah style fuzzy sweater in Vanilla Milkshake $ 99

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What a fetching little number! I had to show the back view because frankly, it has pretty written all over it with that back detail. Can you not see this translating from daytime activities (whatever they may be) to evening? Comprised of a simply amazing stretch knit fabric, featuring a very well concealed side zip and a completely easy to match black/white floral print (or solid option). As if the fabrics wonderful stretch was not enough, it features a very stretchy below the waist lining. So, on that note, you can leave the spanx in the lingerie drawer if you wish. ;)

Simone cap sleeve dress black/white or burgundy $ 139

Don't forget Plum's own labels (Simone and Tobias) are designed and made in Vancouver. When they're designed and made so locally, it can take no time to go from conception to arrival (no pun intended).

Stay tuned for more..........

Yours in fashion passion

Suzanne M.

 

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Killer trends

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This dress is simply criminal (pardon the pun) how great it looks on everyone (email and below). Initially sold out so quickly, that it's been reproduced by popular demand. Plum staff say it works on nearly every body type, thus it's popularity and why it's once again, flying off the racks. Once I heard this, it simply had to be tried on (by me of course)! The verdict? Amazing, easy, flattering! What else could you want?Image

Lovely cap sleeve, poly/spandex mix makes it easy to get on, easy to care for and easy to pair with footwear. Elevate it to a nighttime, glam look with clutch and stilettos, or jean jacket and tall boots! Comes in multiple other colors and patterns. The waist level bow with gathers feature is so incredibly cute, no one will know it's a bit of camouflage...speaking of camouflage... 

 

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I knew I simply had to sneak this into my wardrobe (did I say sneak?) before I even layed eyes on the photo. As I passed by it on the racks I gave it a sideways glance like you do a 'really' handsome guy; not wanting him to know you notice him. The bubble over my head would have said 'I'll be back for you'. Very easy crewneck, 3/4 sleeves, pockets and just long enough to consider calling it a dress. OR DON'T...call it a tunic. Wear with tights and combat boots. Too predictable? Maybe ankle boots with cuban heels (my favorite Fleuvogs). This will be one of my new favorites. Comes also in green camo.

 

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Hard at this point to imagine the cold, but I'm starting to feel it at night. Another great item that can translate from dress to tunic. This beautiful dress, calls for a hug. A lovely textured knit, easy 3/4 sleeves, pockets and a v-neck that's ready to display any lovely accessory of choice.  Comes in purple, green and the ever ubiquituous grey.

Ready or not here comes fall in all it's glory. The dress for the season is here for the picking. Don't be caught with your pants (or dress) down.

Are you ready?

Yours in Fashion Passion

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First of all, don't miss out on our PLUM PROMO; Spend over $100, qualify for a $15 coupon for later use. You do not want to miss out on this; details below.
 
Lets talk dresses... life is complicated... go to to work, pick up kids, pick up groceries, pick up laundry,  pick up the slack...does it ever end? Probably not. It is what it is. Therefore,it's nice to just reach into the treasure chest of a closet and pull out something that just 'works'. Effortless chic; quality fabric, the right cut, and you're off. Easier to look good than changing a diaper in the dark (lets face it, you do that in your sleep (or have)). The days are full of multiple types of activities, walk the dog, make breakfast, go to work, PAC meetings etc....few people enjoy (or have time for) changing 4 times. I have been known to merely change my shoes and jacket (yes I've walked the dog in a dress). How simple.
 
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Stripes are your best friend when it comes to simplicity. Bonus points for the gathered pleat. This sleeveless knit shakes up the stripe, by adding a bit of visual interest, with this unexpected detail making accessories absolutely a matter of mood!
 
 
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Perhaps you're looking for a more demure look for an evening event, or afternoon tea. This is very much the season of lace. The ultimate in femine style. I almost had to catch my breath when I saw this stunning number. With a beautiful hint of pink lining and complimentary accented waist, as well, slightly sheer cap sleeve, cut to compliment the curves you were not meant to hide. Comes as well in off-white.
 
 
 
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Feeling like a goddess in disguise? No disguise here. This gorgeous vivid green strapless print, has a sheered top flowing down to a complimentary, yet contrasting border. Also in two other prints.
 
 
 
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Light as air! Doesn't this remind you of an angel walking on air? So light, gossimar, flowey with the dreamy flower print. Ahh... just so pretty! Another functional piece that will not see much closet time. Top it off with a jean jacket or cardigan or nothing at all.
 
 
 
Now, last but by all means not least, I would like to introduce you to both my fashion muse and the dress of the day (or perhaps the season). My work associate Sue, Plum's Inventory Manager,  is sporting what is 'now' referred to as the magic dress. Sue turns heads wherever she goes but I'm fairly sure this ensemble will be in the new version of the Guiness book of records for being the only dress which promted someone to remove their earbuds to make a comment. YES SOMEONE REMOVED THEIR EARBUDS to comment on this dress. Wouldn't you? I'm sure I would. I think the tally was 5 people stopped to make a comment. That's exceptional. Therefore if you're looking for a 'double take' dress, this might well be the one. Channelling her inner 60's girly girl, finishing it off with a wonderful crinoline for added length and texture and just the right strappy pumps Sue struggled to make it to work. Remember, you'll need to leave extra time for your 'comment' time with this dress!
 
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If at this point confusion has set in, Plum's experienced staff can assist in locating THE dress for you. Sometimes our bodies change with time and life events; babies happen to our bodies. We love babies but they certainly can reshape things. Plum staff can easily assist in helping to uncover what works best to compliment your current lifestyle and body as it is now... show you shapes that work, lines that compliment or discover something new about yourself.
 
And don't forget about this fantastic promo. That and these stunning styles should be enough incentive to revitalize your relationship with your closet.
 
Yours in fashion passion
 
Suzanne M
 
Plum Promo: From May 15 to May 25, spend minimum $100 (before taxes), you will qualify for a $15 off a future puchase coupon. Coupon will be emailed.
 
 
 
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An Ode to the Wrap Dress

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There are few articles of clothing magical enough to somehow flatter a variety of women, regardless of personal style, age or body type. The wrap dress, first pioneered by Diane von Furstenberg in the 1970s, is one of these beautiful rarities. It does exactly what the name promises, it delicately, and yet comfortingly, wraps the body in fabric - hinting at, rather than completely revealing, one's shape.

The feeling of wearing a well-fitting wrap dress cannot be overstated. It's here that the twin powers of femininity and moxie meet (and then maybe share a couple of cocktails). How does it accomplish this sartorial feat? 

The wrap dress is such a perfect garment because it can do so much for so many different people. Anxious about your arms? This dress covers them. Want to define your waist? It can do that too. Need a dress that's office-appropriate, date-appropriate, lunch-with-mother-in-law-appropriate, flatters legs of all lengths, and will never go out of style? Look no further.

For all these glorious features, I have dedicated my first post of 2013 to one of my favourite articles of clothing - an instant closet staple - the wrap dress.

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A Woman in Red

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Wrap front dress, in red and black, $129

As the seasons change, its important to select a few truly versatile pieces that will help ease you through the transition. Enter the little red dress. I know it's hard to think of it this way at first, but red truly is the new neutral (think it's a coincidence Switzerland has a red flag? I think not). Wear it with pumps for cocktail hour or top it with a black blazer for the office. Look for one that is lightly tailored (gently nipping in at the waist with a slight pencil skirt) and you'll have a dress as multi-talented as you are!

With shapes to suit every body and hues to complement every skin tone, it might just be time to welcome a new red dress into your wardrobe. Red speaks of self-assuredness in the workplace and of sophistication on an evening out. It can be worn to show your confidence - or even to help you fake some.

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Pair your LRD with black, gold, silver, or leopard print accessories for a modern spin on fall's classic colour.

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Sleeveless exposed zipper dress, $135

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