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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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The red dress...NOT for the faint of heart!

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Do you not just want a dress that will knock everyone's socks off? Of course! However, must we buy something that will only satisfy us 'once' a year? A dress which we pull out of the closet and proclaim...'ah, this won't do, I need something new'! Plum has an incredible, show stopping array of dresses. But what I'm seeing is very well designed and constructed dresses that sashay very easily from day to night. Some lovely frocks worn in the daytime with a crisp jean jacket and simple necklace translate very well with accessories to an evening affair. Don't be timid. Experiment. Plum staff can help you create some great looks! Because we want to look great but want to save some of our budget for gifts!

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What to say about this dress...it's jaw droppingly stunning! The perfect shade of red, an unparalleled cut and design and super comfortable fabric. What else could you want! Gorgeous date? I'm sure that will work out!

Simone dress with sheer top (black or red) $159

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Jacquard is very big this season and adding a necklace is not out of the question. Patterns do not automatically mean, accessories will not work. This dress is A-MAZING. Despite it's uptown look, work it with a jean jacket, funky boots and tights as well. There is no reason why you can't go creative and fun. Thus making this a very worthwhile addition! And as with all Simone dresses, you will walk away looking pretty smart as the back has a very graceful, gathered feature.

Simone raglan sleeve with elastic back (gold or silver) $139

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This is a grown up version of the high waisted skirt/crop top trend. And before you let the little voice inside your head dismiss this saying "no way". I say 'yes way! However, if you're feeling just too shy, why not a lace cami beneath showing through. Such a sultry look!

Plum short sleeve dress with keyhole (red/charcoal or royal/charcoal) $139

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Maybe you're in search of something that shows off your creative side. A wild and unexpected view of things. This dress has a great fabric mix that makes it easy to wear but head turning at the same time!

Wink Wink scoop neck tunic dress (black, Kale or port) $98

Poor Cinderella had to invent a Fairy Godmother....you on the other hand, have Plum. There is no midnight deadline (you can shop online), you can keep the dress and who needs a prince charming! You're already charming!

Yours in Fashion passion...

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BIG SISTERS CAMPAIGN NOW ON. You could win a gift certificate worth $350. 

What's the best thing about shopping locally? Oh to narrow it down to one thing! Goods are made by people who work here, goods don't go into shipping containers and use fewer shipping companies (if any), employs your neighbour, no import fees...need I go on? I bet you knew all that. But did you know that most of what non profits receive are from local retailers. We can't control a lot of our surroundings but it's one of the few things we can have a say in. We can play a big part in the success of our local business'.

One other important fact: local businesses (like Plum) often carry goods exclusive to them, not found at multiple chain retailers. Like they're designing just for you.

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A simply stunning little dress with great details such as, bold colour, rayon blend (which means it hangs so nicely),flattering shape, lined and with a delightful little cut out in the back...so fresh, it's like it grew in your garden. I can think of 15 different ways to work this dress. With a bold statement necklace (or a simple locket), pumps or funky heels, a scarf, a jacket or a shawl, or the 'jean jacket'...a multitude of different looks possible!

Simone shift dress with back cutout (fuchsia and scuba blue) $129

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This is another fresh easy look. The graphic patterns, are like accessories on their own. So many great colours to incorporate into your wardrobe. I love also how the designer never forgets the back details. Because when you walk away, you want to be remembered! ;)

Plum sleeveless blouse with faux collar (black, black/orange, green, orange and royal prints) $59

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Here's a trend you may want to jump in on. The jogger, done so well here by Plum. A great poly/spandex mix; a fabric mix that flows so nicely together (not to mention travels well). This textured fabric is still light enough for the season. And note how they're worn with pumps, which gives them a decidedly edgier look or don't resist your compulsion to wear them with your flats or flip flops. Just depends on the look you want to create.

Plum jogger with drawstring waistband (olive or black) $79

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Yet another very efficient wardrobe addition. Long enough to possibly serve as a dress with capri tights one day, crop pants another day, add a double wrap belt or take it to a pool party and use as a light coverup. Many very cool options.

Plum sleeveless tunic shirt (black, black/off white, royal) $85

So many great reasons to shop locally, one of which is, so you can save your money for your travels, not your goods to travel.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne

PLUM has been a long time supporter of Big Sisters. With their annual fundraising campaign, you have a chance to win a $350 gift certificate simply by making a donation to Big Sisters.  Plum will match your donation up to $25. Make a donation, help Plum match a big sister with a little sister and possibly win a gift certifate. Check in store for details.   ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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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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