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CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of Plum's CANADA 150 DRAW...KRISTY from Vancouver!

NO, I am not dying or quitting, simply referring to literally packing for a trip. Having been on an epic vacation of a lifetime recently (think: planes, trains and automobiles), literally! The only thing not included in my extraordinarily memorable trip across Canada was horseback! This made me think two things 1) note to self: Never travel again (at least not with children) and 2) when I break that rule, be better prepared with proper luggage and clothing. What and how to pack for a trip? One would think I'd have learned from this monumental adventure and have a concrete answer. Well, I have at least a few thoughts and shopping suggestions.

 

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Dresses are a really great travel garment, they're one item and they're usually comfortable. The one above, however, can also easily be worn either as a dress or a tunic. Add tights for more ease of movement. The elbow sleeves are such that if you're in a fickle climate, you don't need to worry about extra cover.

Wink wink ribbed dress (4 colours) now $39

 

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TOPS...Keep them basic. The solid colour offers the ability to mix and match with more bottoms, which means less to lug around...for a bit more interest, pack a small bag with accessories (favourite necklaces, earrings) to change things up a bit. The asymmetric hem, means you don't need to leave your style at home! TRAVEL TIP: If you're unable to find a laundromat, hand washing is always an option. Hang to dry, wring the garment out well and use the hair dryer to quick dry. For me, this worked surprisingly well for small garments.

Double asymmetric hem tank top (4 colours) $39

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Here's a wonderful option for warm climates. It's light, it's airy, it's also pretty and can be paired with (as seen above) jeans, shorts, skirts or even a tank dress. How to pack it without arriving with more wrinkles than grandpa? TRAVEL TIP: Best method? Using tissue and a plastic bag

Catwalk embroidered blouse (light pink) now $55

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And who can resist the sweet little tiered skirt for beach vacations, or even staycations! Like olives are to a martini, the flirty short skirt goes well with sandals, or even Keds for walking. All they need is a little tank top and that's the outfit for the day. TRAVEL TIP: bring an extra canvas or reusable bag for either purchasing souvenirs or storing dirty laundry.

Soya Concept lined tiered skirt (dark earth) $65

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And if you're not much into dresses or skirts, these are the best bottoms of choice. The just-below-the-knee tights are made of bamboo, which is typically softer than cotton and has better absorbency...and linen pants have proven to be a very easy, light fiber; and because wrinkles are a natural presentation of the fabric itself, it's perfect for the job of travel.

Orange capri legging (5 colours) $34

Plum drawstring linen pant (concrete, natural or olive) now $65

Give yourself a break when you're preparing to travel, think...comfort and less complicated. I wish I'd taken my own advice, I'd have brought less footwear and used better luggage. After all, it's really all about the journey, not the wrinkles.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations" ~ Oliver Goldsmith

 
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Planning to 'get out of here', leave, go south or to a resort? If so, that's fantastic and aren't you the lucky one! Unless you live in Calgary or have experience with driving snow plows, these conditions for us here in the far west are a challenge and who wouldn't want to escape?  So shop and pack here before you depart because when you arrive there, you'll never be sure of what the options are, what you'll find or prices and exchange rates can be a hassle.  But you'll find Plum has plenty that will also suit you for your escape and when you return for spring.

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Isn't this the absolute sweetest dress since the invention of cotton candy? If you had to pack one thing, this would be it, it's femininity is only surpassed by it's comfort. Comprised of a butter soft knit stretch fabric...going about your day with ease will be no problem, whatever your adventures.

Simone sleeveless dress with back shirring (blue or light blue) $129

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Regardless of what you choose to wear beneath, coverups will be an essential of your wardrobe. From evening strolls to beach side, over a bathing suit, there's no doubt you'll occasionally need something. These are wonderful because they slide over an outfit which can still be seen.

Kerisma Eden sheer poncho (aqua, black, coral, navy, royal blue or white) $59

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Perhaps you're a t shirt and shorts type person. Plum carries a great variety of Bear Dance t shirts. And the Bermuda shorts are a great departure from short shorts.

Bear Dance skull with roses (ivory) $35

Point Zero rolled cuff Bermuda short stretch twill (Bayberry, beige, grey or white) $55

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Two more wonderful dress options to choose from. The one on the left is an effortless tank style, with abundant colour options in it's print. The one on the right is a sweet, mini dot print with romantic slit skirt and top shirring. You'll want to go dancing!

Emery shirred top dress (black or red) $85

Wink Wink tank dress with curved hem (3 prints) $79

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Another great, breezy, fresh style in this bohemian loose fitting top. Anything that packs lightly and is airy will be excellent options.

KW Embroidered poncho (coral or mint) $55

So if you're one of the fortunate's that head to a resort or south for the winter here are a few interesting facts about Snow Birds. The term was first used in 1923, referring to seasonal workers, according to one study, 63% of Snow Birds reported having 'better health' and in Texas they are referred to as 'Winter Texans' But really, it just means a VERY lucky person who gets to escape the winter elements! Enjoy your trip and get packing!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Welcome to 2015. Hoping the holiday's were fun and joy filled with lots of get-to-gethers and great food. But that's all so 2014. Some of you fortunate ones have plans to escape the boredom and cold of January and possibly February. According to National Geographic, some of the top 10 beaches in the world, are directly south of us in the United States. And with the recent introduction of Airbnb's, this only opens up the possibilities of reasonable accomodations or last minute trips to these wonderful, relaxing, exotic locations. Thus leaving some funds for new outfits.

Below I've selected a few great picks from Plum's resort collection to get you drooling (and dreaming).

 

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Dresses are always a go to favorite for their sheer simplicity. This lovely, flowing maxi, fits all the requirements for a beach vacation. Long, feminine, easy and stylish. And who can resist the lace back detail?

Signature 8 100% rayon maxi $85

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This should be a staple for summer or any vacation. Who doesn't recall these from decades ago. So retro, yet never really goes out of style for the warm climates. Such an easy, light breezy piece with pretty embroidery work. Very functional, with a maxi skirt or shorts.

Lumiere spanish harlem blouse (White) $ 59

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I happen to know this looks fantastic on. Not just on the model above. Don't let the twist front and tie dye pattern fool you. This can really extend your wardrobe and can certainly transcend many seasons. Wear (as above) with tights or as a bathing suit coverup. (or right now with knee high boots). So many options for this one.

Audrey Veradero twist front tunic (black/white) $69

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Another beautiful, yet breezy piece that takes two forms. Tunic or dress. You pick.

Lumiere snake print tunic blouse $59

Wherever you go this winter, make a detour to Plum first. Undoubtedly the staff will assist you with your packing needs. And if packing light is a must, this requirement will not be a problem with all the lovely lightweight, fluid fabrications in store.

Don't forget to send a postcard.

Yours in fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Start counting down the days! Spring break is nearly here. Whether you’re flying to exciting Disneyland or escaping to tropical Hawaii, here are three smart buys for your suitcase:  

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The Simone printed maxi dress is perfect for when you’re lounging at the beach--just toss it on over your bathing suit. (The shirred top makes it easy.) Then, dress it up for dinner by swapping your flip-flops for a sandal and adding a bohemian necklace and ring.

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Tour the theme park in this Plum polka dot tunic. Worn over the white Mavi boyfriend jeans, the colour combo is nautical and fresh. The tunic also doubles as a sheer cover-up when you’re relaxing poolside at the hotel.

Even though you’re headed south, don’t forget about the evening breeze (or the air-conditioning). Kersh cardigans come in a bright spring palette and can be easily slung over the shoulder for when it gets chilly on the patio.

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If you're not heading for warmer climates this month, start preparing for spring now that we have a limited-time coupon (and before these items sell out)! 

Shop between March 6 and 23rd with your coupon and save $20 dollars off a purchase of $95 dollars or more (excluding jewellery). Plus, if you spend more than $150 dollars, we'll send you a $10 dollar coupon in April!

Get some ideas by checking out the early spring arrivals here.

What is the one piece of clothing that you won’t travel without?

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Going south this winter? Get ready to bare your skin for the warmer weather with some early spring arrivals--Plum’s new Going South collection is now in stores.

For your mid-winter escape, the styles make packing a breeze. Designed to mix and match, this new collection is tightly edited so that it's easy to put outfits together. Wear the blue printed tunic over the navy skinny cropped pants to tour seaside villages or artisan markets. Then, while poolside, throw the tunic over your bathing suit and wear it as a cover up. The designs can be dressed to suit whatever is on your itinerary.

Even without booking a tropical vacation, these early spring arrivals are full of pieces that you can aspire to wear during the sunnier months. The striped tees and tanks are great transitional items that you can start to incorporate now. Later, a printed maxi dress will give you tons of wear right through to summer. Plus, if you swap your flip-flops to metallic sandals, and add some glitzy bangles, it can suit a variety of spring and summer events.

Get inspired for the coming spring with Plum’s new Going South collection.

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Satiate your wanderlust with prints inspired by Japanese Ikat.

The Simone Column Dresses with Shirred Busts are available in Blue, Green and Turquoise. $95

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Breezy tunics can have a dual purpose: a stylish top and a cover up.

The Plum Tunic with Sleeve Tabs is also available in Pink. $85

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The Curved Hem Bandeau Dress in Black is the perfect backdrop for all your jewellery finds. $98

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With the flattering design of this wrap dress, all you need is some flip-flops and a sun hat.

This Wrap Dress is available in White/Black, Coral/Green and Green/Purple (as shown). $95

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The Solid Fold Over Skirt can also be worn as a dress so packing it is essential!

Shown in Fuchsia but also available in Black and Turquoise. $85

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This is the perfect dress for days spent poolside.

The Simone Front Tie Wrap Dress is available in Coral/Fuchsia or Aqua/Turquoise (as shown). $98

 

Plus, there is more in store!

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