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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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Do not forget about Plum's spring coupon offer and perhaps try the new WINK WINK...Until March 13 $20 off a regular priced clothing or accessories purchase of $95. Get it here!

A wink....generally means, a privately shared secret...or maybe a bit of flirting? In a nearly 20 year old study of what a 'wink' meant to the average person, actors were used to briefly walk by participants giving a wink...While I doubt Dr. Oz will be reporting on this ground breaking study any time soon, these are the results: Thanks was the choice 67% of the time, a friendly gesture 26%, sexual attraction only 11% and other 22%. Other, well that's rather ambiguous...To Plum it's not ambiguous. It's a new, fresh, easy, unique to Plum, line of clothing. Have a look ;) ;)

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Hands down, this dress will be one of (if not the) top seller this season. Another great design that takes into account that we're not lamp posts. We move, we dance, we sit, we run. This dress moves with you and it looks amazing on! Features an easy v neckline which helps elongate (and who doesn't want to look taller), pockets and a really comfortable fabrication.

Wink Wink v-neck sleeveless dress (comes in black/white, blue spot and red floral) $98

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Wink wink is light hearted, fun and easy to co-ordinate and the above column skirt is a great example. Note the other patterns available. Great for the many daily activities that require you get it on and go! Wear with cut out wedges, gladiators or simply ballet flats...smashing!

Wink Wink long skirt with elastic waist band (blue stripe, black/blue/green, black/mocha/grey, black purple pink) $55

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If you're looking for a super fun way to shake things up, maybe mixing complimentary patterns, for the above skirt, this batwing top works really well with it. If that's a touch too busy, think about breaking it up with a wide belt.

Wink Wink batwing top (black/hunter/teal, black/red/pink) $55

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Never having been accused of being 'too graceful' myself, I somehow have found, some clothing can help create the illusion for me...like the above Wink Wink loose fitting t shirt. Throw on an eclectic mix of pendants, opt for a scarf and a blazer...match with a pencil skirt, the column skirt or shorts.

Wink Wink short sleeve top (melon, turquoise or white) $48

Wink wink was created as an extension of Plum's other great clothing lines, co-ordinates and integrates into your current wardrobe and is uncomplicated yet still right on with the colour and style trends of the seasons.  And MADE IN CANADA ;)...ok enough of the winking, you'll think I'm flirting!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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A coupon to kick start your spring shopping. Get your coupon here!

$20 off a regular priced clothing or accessories purchase of $95 (jewellry excluded).

Unless you're new to the planet, you can already tell spring is right around the corner, at least in Vancouver. With it brings a compulsion to clean out the garage, start gardening or resuscitate one's wardrobe. If procrastination is one of your favourite pass times, the latter is probably the preferable choice. Plum is fully ready with some gorgeous and reliable, yet distinct design features, you won't find anywhere else.

Welcome back spring! We missed you.

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The front email dress is destined to be a huge hit this season. I think it captures the freshness of the season perfectly. Very flowey, drapey fabric and a delicate print. But it's also what cannot be seen that's also so great.  Very well structured, fully lined and barely visible pockets. A great, unexpected feature.

Simone sleeveless dress with front pockets (navy or pink) $129

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When spring starts to peak out at us, one of the first things we notice is, the days are starting to get longer...brighter. Plum's Acapella has a uniquely special way of interpreting the spring blouse. This is such a delightful pattern set against an easy fitting, yet sheer fabric. Way to bring back the brightness Acapella!

Acapella dolman sleeve blouse (lemon, white and black) $89

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Tank tops are a great wardrobe staple. They work so well with suits, or as above with jeans etc. And yet, this Acapella blouse has been re-inspired featuring a retro neckline and another touch of the feminine with the small back button fastening...Some small, yet special design features puts this just a step ahead of a basic.

Acapella sleeveless cowl neck blouse (navy, pink) $69

 

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The cut of this dress was such a hit last season, it's been redone with a very fresh, seasonal pattern. Just the right length, cap sleeve and a great mid section design feature that looks just like that, like a design feature but can cleverly disguise the middle (if need be)!

Simone cross over dress (royal, jade, orange or blue/red prints) $125

So you can put away your boots, heavy coats and unpack the sling backs...Spring has sprung and with it comes the great, much anticipated spring wardrobe options. THIS is just the tip of the iceberg...sorry icebergs are so last season....I meant to say 'blossom'!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Don't forget your coupon here!

$20 off a regular priced clothing or accessories purchase of $95

(jewellry excluded).

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