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NEWS FLASH: I found summer... hidden inside a box in my attic! Some hats, a few pairs of flip flops and some expired suntan lotion. However, no need to climb up to the attic or go into storage; step out of your door and be blasted by oven temperature heat! Being someone who loves jackets, scarves and boots, it's taken this long for me to realize...layering has to wait. But those autumnal lovers of us, can still find some fun with, hats and colourful summer shoes (and a few frosty summer drinks). And of course, at this point, lots of sales are in full swing. Thus a time to venture into a possibly new colour or style that is usually just too far over our fashion comfort zone:

 

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Salt in the air...sand in my hair

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I find life generally so complicated, some days combing my hair is a luxury. Thankfully we have hats and hair bands!! Summer to the rescue... simple blouse, easy sandals or flats and in this case a great hat...easy peasy light and breezy!

Plum button down blouse (aqua, coral or white) now $42

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If this doesn't resemble a whisper in the wind....In any case, this summer, I was coerced into purchasing something in 'turquoise'. Which is as far away as Ontario is, outside my colour comfort zone (pink being like Newfoundland). While I can't say I want to visit Ontario (turquoise) every weekend, I don't mind going there at all. So, learning to venture into other, complimentary colours.

M capsleeve aline silk blouse (turquoise) now $37

 

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This is so sweet I've made a dental appointment! Actually I truly adore the lace edging and insert detailing. Reminds me of picnics in the park. And while it looks great with the rolled up cut offs, I would also pair this with a basic pencil skirt and a long antique locket.

On Twelfth lace edged shell top (white) now $34

 

Have no fear...summer is here!

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This is one of the best representations of summer...a simple dress, in a floral print. Comprised mostly of cotton save the small amount of very welcome spandex...just as great for the office with a cardigan or blazer as with Keds and a jean jacket for the weekends.

Simone sheath dress with pockets (aqua/chocolate, blue or pink) now $55

Summer is full of cold cocktails, suntans, vacations and coffee on the balcony...I might sound like I'm full of baloney when I say that's great.  I'm not a grown up version of Wednesday from the Addams Family, but I do like my blacks and whites although I do still realize, summer is a time to venture into some lighter, more happy shades. I just don't need to move to Ontario to prove it!

Yours in Fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

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No sleeves...pet peeves!!

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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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As you know, all spring and summer stock is up to 60% off...head into a location near you to check out the great deals already in progress.

Do you stare longingly out of your office window (if you have one) at the beaming summer heat and those that wander by in flip flops? No, me neither, I really enjoy the air conditioning...But I must say, I envy the casual wardrobe. This morning sadly, I rode off on my bike so quickly I forgot my work shoes. Thus I must hide my feet all day like they were infectious! In most workplaces, it's just not that cool to wear flip flops to work.  However, there are ways to bring the summer into the workplace without creating two distinct wardrobes.

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Blouses are often thought of as something best kept for the office, school or an interview. However, the one above is so pretty, light and offers a wingspan that makes movement (maybe some fun dance moves?)...pretty enticing.

 

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Pencil skirts are such a consistently great option for an office setting. They're easy to pair up and this one specifically fits divinely with abundant stretch. The botanical print is so fresh and summery! And no reason this cannot be part of your weekend wardrobe worn with espadrilles and wide brim hat. (Also has a wonderful matching top)

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Graphic t's have become mainstream enough that they appear more and more often in the office. However, choose wisely... the 'NAP QUEEN' or 'FREE HUGS' won't help promote your credibility. Or, maybe date night; change into distressed jeans and heels and (as above) a funky clutch. Still chic but with a sprinkle of fun.

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Wanting to keep things simple, comfortable, yet stylish, feminine and professional...this dress crosses over the boundary from workplace to weekend so seamlessly (super stretchy fabrication, shirred back and comfortable length). Seen above with sandals; worn with sling backs or Mary Janes and a lightweight blazer or short cardigan, this will get lots of time outside of the closet!

Summer is here, maybe time off is limited. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the levity of the seasonal wardrobe... light, pretty and often colourful. If in doubt about what is appropriate in your office place, observe what your Supervisor wears...unless he's male, in which case, speak to HR!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

NEW ARRIVALS: Some insider info...no photos available yet but I was able to peruse some of the 'new' stock already in the stores and very soon to come...

  • Tencel shirt dresses (one of my fav. fabrics, excellent for this time of year as well)
  • Bomber jackets are hot right now...to come, a wonderful knit fabrication...which looks great with...
  • gorgeous pencil skirts (not the usual plaid print)...print! ;)
  • and a recut of one of the seasons best selling front pleat dresses..new prints!                                                

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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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Make a trend...fake a trend

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Who doesn't love matchy matchy? Plum's annual campaign to support BIG SISTERS is now in full swing and when you donate $3.50 to Big Sisters Plum will match every donation (up to $35)...Because matching is important! The goal is to help BIG SISTERS match two big and little sisters! Plus....be entered to win a $1000 wardrobe from Plum...yes A $1000 wardrobe! In honour of Plum's 35th year...Happy Birthday Plum! What a great way to celebrate! Note: only donations made in one of our Plum locations will be entered into the draw.

A recent fashion news story stated the day of 'trends' is all but gone, that we create our own individual trends, thus no longer requiring fashion hierarchy dictating what we must wear. However I then discovered yet another story about an ecommerce retailer who's latest trend set the web on fire by stating they are now selling 'puppies' alongside accessories. After I picked my jaw up off the keyboard, the article later stated it was a fake ploy to draw attention to animal welfare issues. I love puppies, but prefer mine on the end of a leash, not delivered in a Fedex box! So,if you're of the 'trend' camp and like to see new, exciting, fresh ideas on the fashion front OR you see things more in a classic way...linen is a great seasonal choice, It exudes class without being pretentious but provides a great canvas for your trendy additions. Here's what some of Plum's very own staff (the experts) have to say about it:

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Graciela said: "It's elegant, sexy and versatile". I agree Graciela, this jacket is all these things. Hard to abandon the blazer for the summer but the breathable nature of this fabric makes it possible to extend the wear into the warmer months.

Tobias linen jacket with welt pocket (caramel, khaki or natural) $185

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Allison said: "I tried on the top and pants together to get an idea of the fit, without the intent to wear them together, but they actually made a great outfit. I added a long necklace and it was fantastic!"

The function of these summer neutral colours are indeed wonderful together and yet the benefit of blending them with your existing wardrobe pieces, also makes them a must for the season. The washed fabrication of many of the co-ordinates, makes them softer to the touch. Worn simply or adding (as noted) some bold trendy jewelry punctuates your look!

Plum relaxed washed linen pant (black,grey or oatmeal) $82

Plum washed linen tank top (black, grey, oatmeal or white) $59

 

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Kayo said: "it's a 'chic' hippy look" 

Of course we soon head into the nearly unbearably hot season where shorts are almost the only option. What's great about linen shorts is they offer a bit more of a 'grown up' style. Great for festival season, however, a trendy way to wear them is with heels or strappy sandals and a long, light weight vest or kimono.

Plum washed linen shorts (black,grey or oatmeal) $65

worn with:

CM shell top, button back, lace bottom (cupcake) $55 (100% rayon)

 

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Naomi said: "it wrinkles but, like me, they earned it by living and loving life". Linen is definitely livable, breathable, loveable!

And let's not forget the skirt because while summer suddenly descends upon us, we are still on the job. A great co-ordinate for the office, school or the weekend wardrobe. Yes it wrinkles but, this is part of it's easy going, aesthetic.

Plum washed linen drawstring skirt (black, grey or oatmeal) $69

The earth inspired colours of the 'exclusive to Plum' linen collection, blends so seamlessly into the season at hand. Whether you decide to dial up the daring and add bold accessories or choose the minimal route, linen is an essential for the season.

Remember; being yourself is a trend that never goes out of style!

Yours in Fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

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