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4 days only! $20 off* jeans, jean jackets; $10 off* denim shorts, denim skirts and vests. Great time to get a second pair of your favourites! (*off regular price)

Now that summer is here, we're enjoying the weather, back yard barbeque's, road trips, picnics and flip flops...but HOLD IT RIGHT THERE Suntan Barbie...it's not all sunshine and popsicles! Let's be real, woman to woman! What's your biggest challenge in getting dressed this time of year? For me, probably the bare arms. The fact is, I don't shovel gravel for a living so, my arms are...well....there to hold my hands, which are great for typing (and a few other things)and not really very well defined!! So, the way I see it, another chance to get creative with dressing!

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I'd say this is the official blouse sponsor of summer 2016. Yellow..it just doesn't get more 'summer' than yellow. Light and airy enough and if coverage is important, wear a tank beneath. Also panders to my arm-phobic issues.

Acapella dolman sleeve blouse

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Here's another extremely popular go to summer garment. Reason? It's pretty, it's flowey, it's very comfortable. AND if perhaps showing your legs is outside your comfort zone, no one would ever know.

Wander maxi skirt

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And let's not abandon our scarves merely because of the temperature. They can easily double as cover ups, vests or even belts. For a large, square scarf, grab the ends and tie them to each other. What you then have is a lovely, free flowing, light kimono-like cover. Then in the fall is goes back to it's usual function.

see instore for scarf selection

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Speaking of scarves, this wonderful scarf print blouse, has a lovely, light breezy feel. A great neckline for showing off an ethnic inspired necklace or pendant.

KW cropped tribal poncho

Note this is about what your comfort zone is, not other people's! So if modesty is very important to you in your life or livelihood OR the other end of the spectrum, you live to be looked at....it's all ok...Be guided by your own compass! And according to the almighty internet, if your thighs touch, you're one step closer to being a mermaid! ;)

Yours in Fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

Sale time is in full swing, therefore, check instore for availability of all items noted above. And new arrivals are already in and arriving weekly!

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Scene stealer

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Do you dress for attention or intention and what's the difference? ATTENTION is anything that turns heads, INTENTION is a message you 'intend' to convey (professional, creative, functional, tasteful)! For me, as a teen I was drawn to the most inconspicuous possible...fast forward 30 years (ok 40), I counsel myself with 'no need to wear all the bold things at once'! Here's a great tip that someone once shared... If you're dressed and ready to go and unsure of all the components...face away from the mirror, turn around quickly and the first thing that catches your eye...take it off. (I personally take all else off-lol). OR turn to someone who knows what works...like Plum.

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I'm not sure which camp this dress falls into, nor if it matters. It's so pretty, yet bold and easy to wear. Features an easy shape, pockets, tie back and comes in 3 great patterns. Go summer!!

Simone sleeveless flared sundress (aqua, blue/pink, red) $129

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This definitely makes for a dramatic look. Love the black/white contrast, however, keeping in mind the detailed pattern of the lace, one could certainly pair it with many other things, skinny jeans, crop pants, shorts, with footwear being one of the key focus changers.

Wander maxi embroidered mesh vest (black) $85

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Perhaps your intention is towards looking casual, comfortable, yet still trendy. This has it all in the bag. Cold shoulder and pink have made a big splash this year. The loose fit and tie dye create a casual comfortable vibe! (also makes a great cover-up for the beach).

Wander tie dye cold shoulder dress (pink) $55

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For professional reasons, you might need to keep things somewhat simple. The above top is indeed simple, however, with a different twist, vertical variegated stripes.

Soya concept t style vertical stripe top (off white) $59

If your intention and attention don't come together, that's ok...just get dressed, be yourself and wear what you love don't let it wear you!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Plum's online store is open around the clock. But for personal service..head into a location near you. Staff will gladly help you find your focus!

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PLUM HAS TURNED 35. In honour of this great milestone and Plum's annual fundraiser to support BIG SISTERS; from May 12 to 31...with each $3.50 donation you make, you will be entered in a draw to win $1000 PLUM wardrobe PLUS Plum matches every donation. How great is that? Contribute to matching 2 big and little sisters & be eligible to win a $1000 wardrobe. What a great way to celebrate!

Whether a wedding invite, a garden party or a fundraiser, there are ample events that will occur out of the blue this season. Why be caught off guard. Inevitably something crops up and we're scrambling to find 'the' right outfit. Be grateful you're not the bride having to organize, flowers, music, food and the dress..OH the dress...well, Plum has exquisite choices for every level of affair and attendee; these are a few of my favourite things:

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Pristine white eyelet, this is such a wonderful garden party dress. OR perhaps this is not your first trip down the aisle and you'd rather something less 'princess bride' and more understated. The fit on this dress is just so perfect! Classic shift dress but with a modern twist with the exposed back zip. And it's also breathtaking in black!

Simone eyelet sheath dress (black or white) $159

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This is yet another dress choice that is destined to be favourite for years to come. The blossoming botanical print is the perfect option for afternoon events. Sprinting to catch the bouquet will not be a problem with this dress, as there is ample stretch.

Simone printed knit dress (black multi or mint) $125

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Another sweet, fresh summertime dress saturated in colour and lovely scalloped bottom edge. Very easy to work this into a casual dress for your every day life, as well as one for an event. Very versatile.

Simone eyelet button front dress (teal or white) $159 $119

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At first glance perhaps this dress looks like it lacks...well, inspiration. However, it's quite the opposite. I'd compare it to a fresh canvas...yours to create! Add a statement necklace or simple yet stunning earrings, pull your hair up and add classic nude pumps, maybe a shawl and you're good to go. And yet another dress that can translate into a day to day easy work option.

Simone crew neck dress with pockets (black, blush or chai) $129

If you're attending a wedding here's some advice:

  • If you're bringing children make sure you tell them not to put their fingers in the wedding cake
  • An open bar does not mean your wine glass should 'never' be empty
  • giving a gift certificate to a cleaning service; might be too bold of a hint but lastly and most importantly
  • have fun!

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 you dress yourself? Really! Personally, I rarely seek opinions from others or ask 'does this look good?' And I'm laughing as I type, I'm sure those who know me are thinking....'perhaps you should rethink that'. Recently, I was ready for Easter; had an outfit put together, (my usual black components)...when suddenly my husband upon seeing me uttered "You should wear something brighter!"  My normal response would be to indignantly go into a Vesuvius, 'how dare you' style rant. However, I realized, it was a lovely day, not a cloud for miles...he was right! So I changed. I had a fashion epiphany (and I didn't yell)...I felt like a new person....dresses have a similar effect, a beautifully fitting dress can make you feel like there is nothing you can't do Mary Tyler Moore! Have a look at some of Simone's great new styles:

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I realize I keep harping on the style elements of Claudia's (Plum's designer) dresses and this one is no different. Features an adorable peek a boo front and tie, a slight sweetheart neckline and a great, flowey skirt. Never to ignore the back, this has a shirred back. Such a gorgeous retro print.

Simone keyhole dress $ 129

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I am in love! Who needs a significant other when you have a dress like this ;)  At first glance it looks like a typical shift dress, thus why I had to show you the back. Apart from this it has an ever so slightly tucking below the neckline and the fabric has such a divine stretch...the only jiggles will be in your bowl of Jello!

Simone printed knit dress with back detail (black print or mint print) $ 125

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Perhaps a less fitted dress is something you find more 'you'. Another great Simone design. Light, easy, yet includes a tie back.

Simone sleeveless flared sundress (aqua, blue/pink, and red) $129

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This dress is reminiscent of a Grace Kelly look but with a modern kick featuring an exposed zipper back. So pretty, so well cut and just exquisite fabric. A real classic, perfect for so many of the spring and summer events to come.

Simone eyelet dress (black or white) COMING SOON~

And just for future reference, other than Plum staff, who are fashion-know-it-all's (and they truly do!)...DON'T let anyone tell you what to wear, how to wear it or when to wear it....unless they are willing to pay for it (then they can have an opinion-maybe)!

Yours in Fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

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