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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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Noticed...but not for your speech!

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Weddings, the place where two wonderful souls come together to promise things no sane CEO would willingly put their signature on! Really not your worry though. However, what if you've been asked to give a speech? Think about what to say, or...perhaps more challenging, things not to say! Such as: talking about the parade of boyfriends leading up to the groom, how no one was fond of the groom until now or how inebriated you are, remember, there's probably a microphone in front of you! So, do yourself a favor, find 'the' dress and be as unforgettable as the bride (and yes, that's ok):

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As with the bridesmaid's dress...one hates the idea of a 'one of' occasion dress. This is not such a dress. It's incredibly sweet and flirty looking, fresh and easy to dress it down for the days and regular occasions to come.

Simone open shoulder floral dress (blue or red) $129

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Bouquet tossing is a hundreds of years old tradition, that stemmed originally from female attendee's attempting to obtain pieces of the bride's dress and flowers in the hopes of receiving some of her luck. In which case, you may want to be able to jump and stretch when the bouquet is tossed...or dance! I have seen this sweet dress on my co-worker and it's just breathtakingly beautiful.

Simone floral empire waist dress (ivory/pink or silver/multi) $175

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Here's a delightful dress that would be wonderful if you're needing to travel for the wedding. Packs up so easily and being a dotted print, can co-ordinate with multiple different types of accessories. Try it with a string of pearls, a locket or something bright red.

Simone sleeveless dress with back sheering (black/white or blue) $129

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Unforgettable comes in all shapes and sizes. Maybe you'd prefer something a little more uptown and edgy. Give this one a go and put your own spin on it. Try some absolutely to die for shoes, especially if you plan on displaying some fancy footwork on the dance floor...and a knock out bold statement necklace.

Simone shift dress with back pleat (black or salmon) $139

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Another sweet fresh spring option. Pockets for those of us nervous types, just above the knee and perfect neckline.

Simone sleeveless A-line dress (black or white print) $135

Weddings can make some of us very anxious, from the traditional church ceremonies with the unfamiliar reverent actions required, finding the appropriate gift to making small talk with people we barely know....But, don't forget, if all else fails, there may be vodka...looks like water but much more fun!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Chromophobia party!

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GREAT NEWS: Plum is excited to announce it's new 'POP UP 'PIECES' STORE' at UBC...just in time for back to school, for a limited time only, check it out at the UBC BOOKSTORE!
 
A stark departure from the wonderful Pride events (colours and all), a newly emerged trend is Le Dîner en Blanc. Pride is an 'anything goes' and 'all welcome' type public social party! Dîner (began in France thirty years ago) is a refined, distinguished, elegant affair, by invitation only. Both are wonderful, however, one is a bit more of a stain magnet, as the requirement is 'white only' (everything)! This lovely, community building affair, affords you the opportunity to dress elegantly, bring a guest, and meet new people as you sit and converse, surrounded by a stunning white decor. Sounds great (I mean divine!)...So... let's get dressed!
 
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Go ahead and flirt. You know you can't help it in this dress. It's fresh, stunning and sexy! White eyelet is perfect for such an event and so form fitting.
 
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Another excellent choice is anything with lace or embroidery. This gorgeous top matches well with white pants or a maxi skirt.
 
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Show a little shoulder. Very much an 'in' trend this season. Great length if you wish to add a belt or use as a scarf instead. Perhaps add pearls and a white clutch!Image
 
A must have for the evening. Worn above as a scarf, doubles as a shawl...because the venue's are unknown ahead of time, you could be near the water. Don't let the evening breezes catch you off guard. Be prepared.
 
 
I love white...some of my favourite things are white...wine, sugar, Betty, liquid paper (throw back Thursday)....and of course a dress!! Nice to know one need not be a stressed out bride to wear one! If you're fortunate enough to be attending or invited, have a wonderful time, (and just in case, don't forget your umbrella...the white one!).
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
For more information on Le Dîner en Blanc...follow this link.  check availability in a Plum store near you. As well, new fall arrivals in store now!
 
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Holiday stress...holiday dress!

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It's that magical time of year for communications with loved ones from afar, gift buying, Christmas music and many festive events. We would love to enjoy all of it, but sometimes feel run ragged. Therefore, the last thing we want to do is fuss over the outfits. I take that back, I'd LOVE to spend time creating a fun, interesting ensemble that wow's all, however, more often than not, it's a scramble. Plum can't help with things like, deciding who's inlaws to spend Christmas day with, but can help with the outfit.

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This is one of THE most divine pieces of fabric made into a dress that I've ever had. Despite it's rather unstructured form it's very appealing for probably 'all' shapes.  I find it's not only great for this season, it's great for many occasions, suits different footwear and is so easy to care for because it seems to need little or none! Dress it up, dress it down, accessorize or not! Any combination will work.

Simone raglan sleeve with back elastic (silver rosette or gold floral) now $98

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This is no plain Jane dress. Have a look at that naughty, tempting, full length zipper at the back. Totally easy to wear, gorgeous form fit but easy to add a statement necklace, pendant or shawl to.

Simone cowl neck dress (black or teal) now $ 95

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Just call this a just-show-up dress. This dress does it all for you except drive you there! Honestly, as you can see from the above shot, the black pumps are fantastic with this. Gorgeous brocade pattern and wonderful fit and flare cut create an extremely tasteful look.  And never ever fear what to do with your hands you fidgety ones...there are pockets!

Simone low vneck aline dress (grey/black or royal/black) $149

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And for those of you who just 'cannot do' a dress, you've not been forgotten. There is always a place for lace in this season. Picture it with something like this amazing silver dangly heart, paired with a matching bracelet. Visit a Plum store for accessories to suit your outfit needs.

Loveriche blouse with lace edge (black, burgundy, ivory) $79

Amid the hustle and bustle, carve out some space for some fun, join some Christmas carolers, go ice skating, kiss someone under the mistletoe or make snow angels (or air angels)...but don't forget to head into a Plum store and let the experienced staff help you find your sparkle.

Happy Holiday Season to all...

Yours in Fashion Passion...

Suzanne M.

ps...if you're one of those lucky ones escaping to warmer climates...do not forget Plum has a large selection of resort wear!

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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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