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Suddenly a good friend has tickets to a music festival. They're wonderful but they can be long days outdoors. Be it Cavendish Music Festival in beautiful P.E.I. or Edmonton or Vancouver's Jazz Festival's, you could encounter wall to wall sunshine....or possibly a buffet of unexpected weather. Let's assume it will be fabulous weather. Why not! However, what should or could you wear?

Let's see what Plum has to suggest:

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Dresses are as synonymous with festivals as Neil Young. Be it a festival or beach BBQ you'll be attending, think bright and comfortable, this dress has both these qualities. Vibrant, feather print, long back dip hem and braided skinny straps, keep it simple yet fun and bright to match your personality. Be prepared with appropriate footwear, festival grounds can be rather unpredictable.

Simone mid length dress with braided strap detail (royal or purple print) $110

 

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Maybe dresses are not your thing....not a problem, shorts are another 'go to' co-ordinate for the summer months. Pair them (of course) with t shirts or sleeveless blouses, whatever they're married with, they are sure to be a good wardrobe investment (don't forget the bug spray).

Dish chino short (evergreen) $79

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This has summer written all over it. (Yes I realize they're flowers). Light weight, skinny straps and free flowing create a really wonderful seasonal feeling. Shawls or large scarves (tied in different ways) are great for a bit of extra coverage. As you can see, looks great with jeans, but can easily look great with a pencil skirt and cardigan.

Plum tank with shirring detail (navy, orange or turquoise prints) $49

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And on that note, if converting a scarf does not suit you, how about a lovely, light, ethereal piece that looks like it was dreamt up by angels. So incredibly flowey and light, won't add bulk to your wardrobe, just a light bit of coverage and funk! A very pretty and versatile trend.

Cecico kimono georgette top (blush or mint) $69

So, where ever you're headed this summer...Jazz Festival, Folk Festival or just your folk's place for a BBQ, be ready with a wardrobe that reflects the summer we expect. Fun and beautiful.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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REMINDER:

Raise your hand if you have a big sister. I don't have enough hands, because I'm blessed with 3 big sisters. Yes you can count your best friend who you feel is like a big sister. But maybe you don't have a big sister and always wished you had one. Someone to always confide in, bounce things off of and look up to. Someone who will support but not criticize you, no matter how silly you feel your ideas might be.

Some young girls are less fortunate, their parents (or parent), are stretched to the limit. Not enough time or resources to provide all of this. Here's your opportunity to help a little sister get her big sister. During the month of May Plum collects donations by asking our customers to contribute $2 to help match 2 little Sisters with their big sisters. From now until May 31, 2015, Plum will be matching donations up to $25, and, you get a chance to win a $350 Plum Gift Certificate! 

These big sisters play such an important role in the lives of these growing young girls. By providing much needed support and encouragement, which in turn can boost a young girls growing self esteem. With healthy self esteem, we know so much can be accomplished. 

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Party Perfect

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Planning early for the perfect outfit for a garden party or wedding? You may not be the center of attention, but you probably want to be noticed. As a guest at one of these lovely affairs, it still requires a bit of thought into what is appropriate. Will this be a rather formal, large affair, or an intimate, subdued event? Be grateful you're not the bride, with all the planning involved. Plum can't likely assist the bride with the dress for her 'main event' but can definitely help you. Plum is abundant with options, below are just a few tantalizing ideas:

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This email featured dress is such beautiful quality, comprised of stretch, cotton jacquard and fully lined. Defined by the stunning details, front and back, it leaves you wanting nothing more than a seat next to a handsome bachelor.

Simone open back dress with pleated skirt and pockets (coral, royal) $139

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A pencil skirt is a perfectly acceptable choice of attire for a wedding; simply draw in one of the colours and match your shoes to it. Add either a simple necklace or something  more dramatic that might make the bride miss a step walking down the aisle. Add or subtract a cardigan or shawl, a clutch (as above) and perhaps a selection of bracelets. Comfortable, yet still elegant and versatile.

Plum pencil skirt with hidden elastic (coral, navy, royal) $69

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Orange is a powerful colour. Some believe it gives off a sense of optimism and social interaction. And how perfect for a social event. Beautiful a-line, stretch, lined lace.

Simone cap sleeve dress with back gathers (coral, jade) $110

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Lace and weddings go together like brides and tantrums. The above Simone dress is possibly the most ubiquitous dress for a wedding guest. Maybe even the Mother of the Bride? Gorgeous lace covers a cream coloured lining. Beautiful v-neck front and back.

Simone lace v-neck flared dress (black, off-white) $139

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This beautiful blouse is it's own garden party...with lush detailed images of efflorescence. Pair this with a light shawl, a knee length skirt and simple pumps or peep toe shoes or booties and maybe top it off with a pair of 'exclusive to Plum' Midnight Cactus, hand made earrings (in store only).

Yumi botanical floral top (off white) $99

Plum has so many options available for the impending seasonal events, you can save your lamenting for the brides choice of everlasting love.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Remember Simone is designed and produced locally.

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What do you know about Simone?

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Smart, bright, fun....in this case, I'm talking about the Plum label Simone. Have you tried a Simone dress? Attention to detail is key with a great dress, something Plum takes very seriously. And the most important detail of all, is how it makes you feel. The Simone brand is designed and manufactured right in Vancouver with all types of women in mind.  So, not only will you find a fit for you, knowing you're cutting down on the carbon footprint, completes the good feeling. Let's have a look at some new creations:

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This is so fresh and fun. The graphic print has so many colours, there would be no problem matching shoes, cardigans, shawls or accessories. Or pick out one of the colours for nail polish! The cut is loose and easy and features a v-neck and a very accommodating, stretchy back panel.

Simone racer back dress (2 prints) $110

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If you're looking to explore your feminine side, this dress can help. A great dress for a wedding event, or just because (Who needs a reason to feel pretty). Comprised of 97% cotton and a hint of spandex. Exquisite floral print over jacquard texture, with back zip and pockets. Just beautifully fitted to compliment the curves.

Simone flared v-neck dress with pockets (white/grey or white/navy) $129

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This is a darling little number. I love how the addition of the sky high red heels helps diffuse the cute factor. OR go all the way with the cuteness....kitten heels and cropped cardi. It's all in the feeling.

Simone cap sleeve dress with flared hem $129

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There is nothing like jersey to accommodate the comfort needs. However, no compromise has been made with regards to fit, fabric choice or design features. A dress for many types of requirements. Gorgeous blossom print, button front keyhole, neckline and pockets complete this design.

Simone sleeveless dress with pockets (black or navy) $110

Plum's designer, incorporates some clever little touches that make the designs unique while never compromising on fit or quality. This is just the tip of the dressburg; so many more choices in store.

Come into a Plum store and try a Simone dress.  Find something to fit your body and your mood.

Yours in Fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

 

 

 

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What's new in dresses for spring?

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Dresses are at the top of what I instinctively look for whenever I go shopping for a new season. Plum is my first stop. Not only do they start with a fit model that generally has the most common proportions but the many years of experience of the pattern makers means different designs must be made to fit exactly right before anything goes into production.  After the dresses are produced and out to the stores everyone in the company has tried them on to see exactly how they fit the huge variety of bodies working for Plum so they know how they will fit the customers.

So let’s take a look at some of the styles for Spring 2015!

The dress featured on the email will satisfy all dress requirements. Beautiful, sexy, comfortable and requires no ironing, thus travels well. You should try this on.

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If you're searching for something to kick off spring with a bang, this is where to start. Going to a cocktail party, this dress is a perfect choice, a casual date, this dress fits the bill. Speaking of fit, this dress feels so good on. I can say this because I've tried it myself.

Simone knit dress with criss cross back (black or navy dot) $110

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Feeling a bit like Julie from 'Mod Squad' circa 1970 (TBT) then this is the dress. Beautifully lined, v-neck front, sleeveless dress with zippered pockets. Comprised of 97% cotton with a hint of stretch for ease of movement.

Simone colour blocked shift dress with drop waist (blue or beige) $139

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Perhaps you lean more towards something less fitted, allowing for more movement, maybe you like to dance. Such a sweet, retro feel dress. I love it with the T strap heels, but, for fun would pair it with my Doc Martens, for a casual funky, ecclectic look. Why not!

Simone button front shirt dress (beige or black print) $139

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There are times when your image needs to be polished, neat and professional looking. What I like about this sheath dress is, the finishing details. The exposed zipper just brings it up a notch, giving it that unique edge. Fully lined, back zip, back slit, sleeveless dress. Looks simply stunning in ivory.

Simone sheath dress with zipper detail (black, ivory and royal) $139

Plum does not disappoint, kicking off the spring season with a gorgeous selection of dresses. So great to know you're wearing something that is unique, exclusive to Plum, and designed and made right here in Vancouver. 

Dress to impress yourself...because if you're impressed, so will everyone else be.

Yours in Fashion passion...

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Final Boarding Call

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Plum has put together everything you need to make your escape. We hear that February is the biggest going south month of the year for Canadians so here you go find your summer bliss during this long cold Canadian winter. Leave it all behind with all the most important get away pieces in stores and on line now. Go on... say hello sunshine, hello beach.
 
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The "to and from" sweater does double duty on the plane ride there as well as warding off the chill of the night when temperatures dip. The nautical look is the perfect piece to pack for it's versatility... after all you can't wear a tank top to the airport. The sweater also looks great over Point Zero rolled cuffed cargo shorts in light weight cotton poplin.
 
 
 
 
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Everyone needs at least a few tank tops - perennial resort favourites. Ours come in a light weight ribbed cotton spandex in 8 delicious colours. Don't leave home without one or 4 for that matter. Seen here over Mavi knee length Denim shorts.
 
 
 
 
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At Plum we are famous for our Simone dresses and these new tank dresses for resort are no exception. Get your beach party on.
 
These two easy care dresses are throw on an go. No muss no fuss and that just means more time at the beach. 
 
 
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