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For 5 days only: find a beautiful Simone or Wink Wink dress at 25% off (to Feb.12).

Be it a wedding dress, a night dress, an LBD...or anything in between, when we find 'the' dress, it's tantamount to finding the love of our lives. After all, nothing gives you that gush of soul melting warmth, like the perfect dress. According to National Geographic, a five thousand year old dress called the 'Tarkhan Dress' is potentially the oldest constructed dress found to date, not wrapped or draped. That certainly is the penultimate of vintage and needless to say a 'keeper'.  But perhaps easier than an acheaological dig would be a trip to Plum. Known for stocking a variety of dress designs to suit multiple body types.

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Mimicking the blue daisy this sweet water colour like print is a great introduction to spring. Super easy to wear and extremely comfortable comprised of a supple stretch material and a delicate tie back for slightly more definition. Great for work wear or weekends away.
 
Wink wink cross front dress with cap sleeves (3 print choices) for 4 days only $73.50
 
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The knotted hem (or rather knotted anything); while not a brand new trend, is a trend not showing signs of slowing down. Creates a fun, unique feature to an otherwise basic cut.

Wink Wink knot hem tank dress (coral or grey print) for 4 days only $66.75

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One of Plum's all time favourite dress cuts. Sought after for it's universally appealing, to most body types, design.

Simone sleeveless dress with back shirring (2 prints) for 4 days only $96.75

 

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This is not part of the sale, but it's definitely worth a look. Explore your inner Egyptian princess in this gorgeous maxi dress. With several ways to wear this, and add  to that, multiple ways to accessorize, you have an excellent travel garment for the warmer climates.

Mustard Seed maxi dress (black, coral or heather grey) $89

 

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This is also not part of the sale, but it's super fun and easy. The elegant drape of rayon, off the shoulder flirty design and beautiful botanical floral print make this a perfect choice for spring or travels to warmer climates. Feel too timid to do the off the shoulder look? Wear a lace tank under or simply don't wear it off the shoulder! Belt it, wear it as a mini, or even wear it as a beach cover up.

Misia rayon print mini dress (coral) $79

The designer Balenciaga said 'A woman has no need to be perfect or even beautiful to wear one of my dresses, the dress will do that for her'. Coco Chanel said 'Look for the woman in the dress, if there is no woman, there is no dress'. I say, it's just a dress, it has no lofty purpose, but it can put a smile on your face, which is something you can share with others!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of Plum's Big Sisters draw...Claudia from Calgary. Thank you for supporting Big Sisters and we hope you enjoy your shopping trip!

I'm sure we all had a favourite dress from childhood, forever burned into our memories or on a wrinkled old, dog eared photo. I had a few but one of my most adored came from an Aunt who lived in New York.  It was quite typically 70's, with big, bold primary coloured stripes and featuring a large plastic belt. Great, right? Well, I was only around 7. Hardly would compete with little Princess Charlotte's fashions today. But I loved it. I bet you also had a favourite! BUT let's face it, it's never to late to find a new favourite.

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Despite this somewhat formal looking presentation, punctuated by the shoe choice, this dress can translate well to work attire, casual afternoon outings and Sunday afternoons, just lazing around on your sundeck! An easy fabric, a pleasing print and a really nice design...make it a great dress for multiple different type functions.

Simone dress with waist pleats (coral or royal) $119

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This (above) is a great choice, because of it's delightfully, happy, patchwork look print and uncomplicated cut. Shoes are left to your imagination. However, I can suggest what's popular this season; thicker wedge soles, great for good long strolls or a style preferred by many, the espadrille!

Wink wink tank dress with curved hem (multi) $95

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This is a terrific little day dress, with a bright blue print, super flattering neckline and a feature loved by all, pockets.

Wink wink vneck dress with pockets (black or royal) $110

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A sweet, very feminine dress, complimented by the lavish lace insert, and with a few accessory switch ups, easily goes from day to night. A great colour, apparently, for the likes of Angelina Jolie (according to Instyle Magazine), therefore it will not likely be in my closet...we don't get mistaken for one another.

Cream lace insert dress (blush) $99

So, what's in a great dress? YOU! After all...in a closet, on a hanger, or in a heap next to your bed, it's just a pile of fabric. It's you that gives it personality and style. I have no photo of that dress of mine from so long ago, however, like boyfriends, there have been many more since and will continue to be into the future (dresses of course, not boyfriends), that was just one of my first ;)

Yours in fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

Know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly ~J.D.Salinger~  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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Did someone just flip a switch?  As much as I love the spring, and try to embrace the wardrobe change, I cling to my blacks and darks. As soon as the weather brightens, I feel a bit like an evil spirit coming surreptitiously out during the daylight hours.  Suddenly I feel compelled to bury my blacks in the back yard, however, still clinging to them like a lifeline! It is possible to liven up your wardrobe (I tell myself), while still being ones self! Here are a few ideas.

 

 

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This supremely beautiful jacket is simple, comprised of clean lines, with pucker pleated sleeves and 100% linen. You know...the fabric that wrinkles when you look at it, but that just adds to it's character (that's what I tell myself about my wrinkles)! Great for those who like to dive right into the season!

Tobias linen jacket with pleated sleeves (grey, natural or rose) $179

Mavi Adrianna glam white rinse (white) $118

Plum ribbed tank top (12 colours) $18

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If you're like me, you're not ready to drown yourself in a vat of happy colours. Not ready for the white, or even light...well what about bright? This jewel shade top is just the thing to pump up the colour in your wardrobe. Stick with the dark or denim bottoms but light next to the face...people will think you started a new relationship! Just a wonderful marriage of eyelet in a knit fabrication.

Wink wink cap sleeve eyelet t shirt (jade, pink or white) $49

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And another idea...a throw/shawl. So many fresh, lively colours, yet still merging nicely from the dark season. A great ethnic feel, with wonderful ribbons of bold colours woven through the edges. Complete with tassels.

KW stripe yarn die Ruana shawl $49

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Another true sign of spring is flowers. Whether it be planting them or wearing them. This is such a delightful botanical print with an undeniably feminine shape and adorable back bow tie.

Creme Rosemary tie back t shirt $69

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Maybe it's just as simple as adding a cheerful scarf. The one above is nicely paired with a stripe shirt, which acts as a neutral against the complexities of the faux patchwork scarf.

KW multi print scarf (blue or mustard) $35

So if you're like me and drench yourself in dark, somber shades through most of the year, maybe you feel slightly compelled to climb out of the darkness for a few months....sometimes, begrudgingly!  There are subtle ways though, without turning into the wardrobe equivalent of a sheet of unlined paper.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Give light and the darkness will disappear of itself~ Desiderius Erasmus  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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Don't forget your MINIMUM PURCHASE coupon (until March 26,2017)

Weight...yes, I went there! No one wants to talk about it. The only thing worth 'more weight' it seems, is growing a new human! In fact, even those who are 'thin' do not want to hear about it. So, I guess it's best generally to avoid it. However, what if your weight tends to fluctuate because of illness or your weight has changed because of this new little person in your life? And how to dress for this! Just remember though, beauty is not measured in pounds!

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The front cover Wink Wink dress is great for weight that's other than steady. After all it neither defines your figure nor conceals it fully. It's just so pretty, that's all people will see! Also great if you are growing a new little person, I'm sure it would be great for a good few months as it's been designed with many gathers, front and back.

Wink Wink pleat dress (2 floral patterns) $98

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Yet another great example of fabulous vibrant hue's. The cold shoulder design shows no signs of disappearing any time soon. If definition is what you're after, try belting it, or, maybe you have a favourite chain necklace....have you tried using it as a belt? This works well as an alternative to the usual leather, given that it's a strong enough chain link with adjustable links.

Wink Wink v neck dress (royal, fuchsia or black) $98

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This is one of Plum's favourite dress bodies. Season after season this has been reproduced with a variety of beautiful patterns, also suits a wide variety of body types, which is what has made it a very popular style.

Simone front pleat dress (3 prints) $98

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Here's another fabulous, swinging fun dress; great for a good night of dancing (think...festival). Love the asymmetric hemline...edgy and totally now and fresh. Try it with a long pendant or variety of your favourite chains.

Double Zero ribbed tank dress (black, brick or slate) $69

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STILL CRAVING COLOUR? There is no shortage of it for the season in this bold print top. It's basic shape lends itself to a variety of co-ordinates and the lively pattern can also help distract.

Wink wink cap sleeve t shirt (4 print patterns) $39

Carlton University recently was in the news for removing all the weigh scales in it's workout spaces. One way to look at scales is, they can be viewed as a tool, choose to use them or not. Certainly less intrusive than one's Mother who's first question when phoning from 6 provinces away was 'how's your weight?'....*big sigh*! 'Great Mom, I don't weigh what I did when I was born, but it's still good'!

Yours in Fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

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As we say good bye to a potentially abominable year (no I'm not just talking about the snow), we think back. Some of us would rather not, after all, a veritable playlist of musicians left us, questionable leadership voted in, earthquakes in Italy, Haiti getting hit again and newsworthy closer to home, Fort Mac fires happening.  Seemed to be more forgettable news than memorable. Either you 'Let it Go' or....get away and forget it all! If you belong to the 'LET'S GO' camp....here's a bit of packing inspiration.

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Looking like angel wings preparing for winged flight, this beautiful, light cover is just what is needed to ward off a little chill.

Kerisma Eden sheer poncho (6 colours) $59

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Look on the bright side....seriously! Look at this lovely, bright top. If this lively pattern doesn't brighten your mood, your destination surely will. A buffet of colours and patterns which will be simple to co-ordinate.

Wink Wink cap sleeve t shirt (3 colour patterns) $39

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Another bright, lively piece that mimics 2 pieces and looks like a field of flowers. The less you have to pack the better.

Wink Wink tank dress draped top (blue or white/blue) $110

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No question about it, when you think of warmer climates and just hanging out....linen comes to mind. Inevitably, if you're a 'pant' person, this is the best fabrication. Loose, light and casual.

M drawstring linen pants (navy and stripe) $90

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Plum ribbed tank top (13 yummy colours) $18

Bear Dance pugs doing yoga $35

Wink Wink tank top with curved hem (blue or light blue)$55

And then there's a fantastic assortment of tank tops, graphic t's and tops. The possibilities are endless especially if you pack just right, with only a few key pieces.

Pretending 2016 did not happen is no more possible than cake being used as a weight loss method. Since neither is bound to happen any time soon, and you have a great escape planned to plot a successful 2017, make a trip to Plum first and get some good packing karma!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

We must look forward to the future, as that is where most of us will be spending the rest of our lives! ~Charles Kettering~  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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