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Fashion Flunkie!

In my house, my beautiful black lab is often referred to as a ‘flunkie’, because we obtained my favourite-coloured-fur-coated friend from the BC GUIDE Dogs Association (he failed the program—SHHH!!) So what do I have in common with him other than loving the colour black?  My dog is laser focused on balls, food and cats; for me, the colour black, jackets and accessories (shoes are accessories-right?). BUT he and I are not in bad company…Let’s not forget Maya Angelou, who dropped out of school as a teen or Steven Spielberg who was reportedly rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theatre, Film and TV three times…We just have to remember that in life, even rejection or failure, will leads to something brighter, someplace else! Ok maybe I'm not so much a flunkie, but certainly not a GURU, maybe more of a fashion companion/guide…So, Let’s continue to explore the Plum fashion landscape together.

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I think every one of us needs to have a grab and go summer dress. This is so fresh and light...does it not remind you of marguerites' on a patio or a beach BBQ?

Millibon rushed back sundress (mustard) now $75

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While photography is not one of my best talents, I was too excited not to share my rainbow cuff bracelet. Maybe not an exact match with the kimono to the left, but not everything has to match perfectly... imperfection adds interest. Both the kimono and bracelet are found in stores only. Kimono in select stores only.

 

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I never thought paperbag waist pants would see the light of day again....but here we have them, and oddly enough, I think they look better than before. And while these pants are not black, I think it's a great transeasonal autumnal shade.

Cream culotte pants (bronze) $119

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So, perhaps somewhat predictably, I purchased this dress. AND,I was so not disappointed. I love tank dresses for their ability to position themselves so comfortably in anyone's wardrobe. Above they've adorned the model with Converse...but I wore mine with a skinny gold belt, a denim vest and vintage gold shoes. I was surprised how well it worked with gold accents. Note that this dress comes in other colours as well.

Bazzollo sheath dress (black, olive, grey, red or wine) $49

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I realize, with the summer heat, that most of us would rather wear nothing but a smile, but unless you're hanging out on Wreck beach, it's unlikely to go over well. This kaftan is so fresh and light; I love how it's been matched with white pants, but try it also with my fabulous tank dress (I mean...you get one!) or Bermuda shorts.

In store only - varies by location

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These are perfect for weekend parties, drinks with the girls or date night! Keeping you cool, while looking super hot!

Sage bustier style dress (black) now $79

Mio Meli gathered neck dress (red or navy) $119

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Our absolutely fabulous Manager at our Granville store, showed this to me, on my last 5 minute speed shopping trip. If only I had 5 more minutes or was more adventurous...Don't you just love the pockets, throw in your credit card and cell phone and you're totally hands free for errands! Brilliant when design meets function!

Mio Meli mesh 2 pocket top (6 colours) $95

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Every time I spot this shirt dress I think LEONTODON TAXACUM....you know dandelions...the dandelion puffs...that you blow and make wishes on? I can think of worse things than to wear something that looks like one giant wish! Regardless of what it resembles to you, again, another very trans-seasonal item. Wear it with tights or of course, belt it.

Mio Meli button front dress (olive, taupe or white) $110

Really not necessary to excel or be the top of any specific thing, just do it (as Nike has been hammering home to us for an eternity). I love fashion, the varied looks of how one can pull together a feeling, even wearing the same thing as someone else. It's not about being the best it's about manifesting a YOU-NESS that no one else can do!

Yours in Fashion passion...

"When I was 7 years old, I wanted to be a jockey. My father told me women weren't allowed. I couldn't believe it, I was perfectly willing to fail on my own merits, but to be flunked at birth?" ~ Mavis Leno  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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The bold and the beautiful

Don't miss out on the great deals...

  • select styles of Kimono's are 50% off the regular price
  • select dresses are $45 and $55 (styles vary by location)
  • more markdown...

Some people are compelled by all things bold; does that make the rest of us just plain old beautiful? :)  In fashion bold doesn't necessarily mean gaudy, loud or extravagant. It can mean bright, different or stand out style. I'm ok with fitting into either category, thank you very much! So, which is it, are you bold...or beautiful...or maybe you're AMBI? ...BOLD-IFUL!

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This beautiful little dress from the front of the email, really...everyone should have in their summer wardrobe. The shirring on the bodice makes it super comfortable for nearly any size chest, a flowey skirt just below knee level and a pleasant floral pattern. And when August moves into September, a bit cooler, adding a jean jacket makes it a lovely combo.
 
 
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I think I'd file these two tops in beautiful file! Well, no, you'd not want to file them anywhere, you'd want to wear them, maybe to a garden party.
 
 
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While this might not be red patent leather or rose gold embossed embroidery....it's certainly a fearless, unique design. An artistic deconstructed look that boldly says...HERE I AM! The top, a linen composition, so needed, so now! It's partner, the bottom, which invites free, lively movements, is also linen.
 
 
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This is a gorgeous little mixed pattern transitional piece. Lighthearted enough for now with some great warm autumn shades for the pallet of the fall.
 
 
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The hue of this dress (think...shades of a mirrored lake)is far from bold,but, it's design is certainly conspicuous, however, also practical. Note the oversized pocket and adjustable shoulder ties. All the while being it's breezy, linen self! Because you know, we are so not finished with summer, not even close.
 
 
It's clearly ok to be both bold and beautiful but they're not like Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen...they're not twins, not always together! We all have that one bold friend who wears what's most garish (gosh, maybe that's me) or that stunning friend who can stop traffic in the middle of Swindon's roundabout. I've thought about this as I put on the boldest, darkest eyeliner...(gee, if I put this on for me, curious that I can't even see it unless I look in a mirror). Maybe just maybe it's ok to be bold in ones head or memory. Bold is in the 'mind' of the be-bolder!
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
"Be bold and beautiful they say, because confidence is the best beauty you can be!"~ Anmol
 
 
 
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Dress Rehearsal

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Pssss!!! Plum has new linens in store...head into a location near you to check them out...pictures to come.

I’ve never been in a play, acted or given a performance (unless you count, being out in ones PJ's after dark, yelling for ones dog that wandered off...that sure felt like a very bad one...that I hope to not have a repeat performance of), then no, I’ve never done one. So, to me, every day is ‘go time’. We can plan our day, map out where and when we go, and then boom…life happens. You know, other people’s plans collide with ours! There really is no ‘run-through’. So, we should just dress like we mean it! Like we’re the main act! Because, we are!

And because Spencer+Shaw dresses are 50% off the regular price, of course, you'll want to buy 2! All dresses noted in this blog are in store only...styles and selection vary by store.

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Wherever you go, there you are! I know that was pretty far away from deep! In any case, if you're feeling like it's a dress day for you, go for it. On occasion I've had people say to me, 'oh you're dressed up!'....no, not really, I just dress to amuse myself! Because, why not! You know the quote, life is short, buy the dress! (or wear the dress)! What are we saving the good china (earrings, shoes...wine) for?

Spencer+Shaw wrap style flutter sleeve dress - NOW $55

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I think this would be perfect for the Vancouver Folk fest upcoming. An easy, unstructured cut, suited to dancing the day and night away!

Spencer+Shaw novelty trim dress NOW $68

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Consider this a dress, consider it a wrap, or a Kimono or a kimo-wrap-dress......Regardless, it's super convertible and a big time multi tasker, like you! Worn above with tights, but could be worn without the tights, a belt and some spiked heels or platform wedges are big now.

Spencer+Shaw Asian print Kimono dress NOW $53

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Go ahead, strike a pose Madonna, you are totally all that and a bag o' chips! Suddenly I have a craving for chips! Another great, all occasion type dress...to the beach, to a performance, to a dinner party or just to your back deck for coffee, with your dog! The great ubiquity of the tank style, with some added style (ruching) on the side, spandex and the sexy deep plunging back for some added drama!

Spencer+Shaw tank dress ruched side NOW $55

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Another wrap dress, this time a faux wrap. In other words, it looks like you could whip it off in a dramatic fit of passion or it could blow open with a gust of wind......but no! It just looks that way. It consists of a very feminine, semi-retro styling with side tie and a bit of elastic at the back for ease of movement!

Spencer+Shaw midi length faux wrap dress NOW $59

Life is pretty much a 'live' performance...our very own reality show, if you will! However, it's our own script, no matter how you look at it, we each have our own. While there may not be a rehearsal for most of our life events....there can be part 2...3...etc. Make sure you remember to include intermission...you know, to grab some popcorn!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"I don't dress up for boys. I dress up to stare at my reflection in store windows as I walk by." ~ Someecards

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One is all you need!

A lot has been said about 'only' children...they're difficult, self centered and spoiled? Heavens NO! Those are old stereotypes. There are definitely great qualities they embody, such as (of course I'm generalizing), independence, confidence, ability to entertain ones-self, flexibility and creativity. Yes, I said flexible. I now realize why the jumpsuit has become so popular in recent times. Because we are so strapped for time, we don't have time for more...or more children!? Ok let's just stick to clothing. Current trends are towards wonderful fabrics and enticing prints, it's hard to resist them. And frankly it takes very little creativity to make them super fashionable. A very flexible garment for travel and every day!

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I don't know if anyone else has noticed the recent emergence of yellow. I think it used to be relegated to prim and proper dresses for Sunday or a vase full of tulips....but I think we're all realizing we need more cheer! Here's your cheer, in one piece. Isn't this the cutest? Really easy to wear shirring. On overcast days, add a jean jacket or fashion a shrug out of a scarf! OR wear them with a t shirt. And this just cries out for a sun hat as a companion!

She+Sky polka dot jumpsuit (black or mustard polka dot) $79

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Easy to co-ordinate with others. If you don't feel comfortable with too much exposure, add a tank or cami. This looks amazing with a Kimono. The super, unstructured shape makes it a must for weekends and casual dates, but simply add a belt if you need more of a defining shape.

Final Touch cotton v neck jumpsuit (denim or mustard)

Soya Concept printed long kimono (in store only where available)

 

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Note the vibrant but tropical print. This one comes with a self belt, but if you'd rather, grab a scarf with a co-ordinating colour and twist it, which adds a bit more interest. Or a bold chunky necklace. Above they've paired it with slides but these will elevate to a less casual event with a few changes, such as heels, hair up and a clutch! Or great for packing for a trip!

Sage vneck jumpsuit (tropical print) $79

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Jumpsuits will never completely replace dresses as the 'one' garment to grab and go, but they do offer more function, when it comes to movement. This just as easily can be worn on a date as on a weekend running errands. This clay colour can be co-ordinated with many other contrasting shades such as black, navy, green or chocolate brown...just experiment! Also how can you resist this back view!

Doe+Rae cross back, linen blend jumpsuit (brick) $98

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Some very creative types, I've seen wear the strapless dress or jumpsuit with a shirt underneath. Buttoned up, with a very bold clip! OR try it with a shawl or shrug OR here's another idea. Try it with an off the shoulder top, thus enabling you to conceal the bra beneath. You really have to just be creative and see what works for you. Two newish trends that really seem to be made for each other, jumpsuits and kimonos.

RD jumpsuit (black/beige print or red floral dot) $58

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There is no loss of sophistication with this one piece. One could certainly add a simple necklace or earrings or both, add a clutch and with the strappy sandals as above, it makes superb choice for a night out for dinner and a concert.

Final Touch, rouched waist crinkle, rayon jumpsuit (grey or mustard print) limited sizes remain

One is definitely not a lonely number. After all, we have one fantastic planet, one sun...one nose (important things)! But years ago, one piece garments were not regarded as...you know...sexy... because we would only see them on auto repairmen, airport flaggers or city workers. But, wait, what about fire fighters?

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

If you are an only child, it means your parents got it right the first time and stopped at you! ~ Someecards!

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Bahamian Rhapsody!

One of the most iconic figures of our time, Farrokh Bulsara...better known as FREDDIE MERCURY, wore white pants with great regularity in his performances, partly to do with his following of Zoroastrianism, partly it just looks great! Other famous people known for wearing white pants...Diane Keaton, Steve McQueen, Colonel Sanders...oh and Mr. Clean of course! Needless to say it's the completely unbiased colour (or non-colour) that matches everything, plus, it's perfect for summer heat because of it's reflect ability. So if you're staying put, waiting on the impending heat of the season, or heading to the Bahamas...white is an obvious choice! White...it's a kind of magic!

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As you can see, it looks great with this sweet, summery, boho, semi-retro looking top. Just a swingy, easy breezy presentation. White is also another great alternative to dresses for more upscale occasions. Add some bling or silver for maximum impact!

Yoga highrise skinny ankle jean (white) now $40 off

worn with

Millibon shoulder pleat blouse (2 colours) $75

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Also great with linen. The unstructured top above makes a great companion for these pants for casual outings. However in the event you find yourself invited out for dinner, if need be, change shoes and toss on a long pendant. Voila, instant chic!

Mio Meli back button linen tunic (olive, taupe or white) $109

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Other super cute options in white, the above short/overalls. Again, decide if you need to layer based on the weather, either a bold tank top or a super light weight jacket, or both! A great alternative to just shorts.

Doe+Rae 3 pocket overall (white) $35

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Mio Meli hooded linen jacket (black, pink or white) $125

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So, if 'all' white is just too bold for you, try this! The window pane pattern is just enough of another injection of print, but bright enough to expel too much sun...ok maybe that's a stretch, make sure to wear a wide brim hat. But for me, this just cries out for bold, pink or red lipstick, the hat and brunch! Enjoy!

Verty tie front check dress (mustard or white) $95

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OF COURSE you're a fashionista...was there ever a question? Try your white pants with this fun t shirt, and don't forget the bold gold sandals. Because, you know...gold goes with everything..gardening, cake frosting, Netflix and a huge bowl of popcorn (popcorn is white-hmm)!

B Young t shirt $29

Nina Rossi cropped pants (black or khaki) $ 34 (sold in store only)

So what's the big deal about white? In so many cultures and religions it represents, hope, peace, new beginnings and, as in Zoroastrianism, purity. And did you know, in dreams white supposedly represents happiness at home; in the late 19th century, white 'lab coats' were introduced as a way to inject hope into the medical profession and white appears as the title in many songs, White Wedding by Billy Idol, Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues and even White Queen by Queen. Amazing how such a supposed non colour can be so impactful!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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I found MYSELF!

LINEN

LOTS of great selection,check them out instore and online!

Until July 1, 20% off the regular price linens

(try the search field-find a linen style that's you)

I am now in the upper section of the human age range, more specifically (I'm past the Wednesday of our human lifespan if you will...like...I'm at Wednesday evening!)! I truly applaud those of you who found your fashion vibe at 40, 30 or heck...12! You over achiever you! Because I finally found mine! It seems the fashion era and society's wider acceptance of all, has certainly helped it come together for me. I finally have an up to date hair style and enough shoes for an auditorium full of people (the parentheses of a 'look')...mind you, they'd all have to wear size 8! And I now love jeans, as apposed to back in the day when I dreamed of a great fitting pair (perhaps I should have dreamed bigger)! But what about you? Have you found your look/style/vibe...UNIFORM!? A very simple way to get a great look that says 'I got this fashion thing worked out'...one word-LINEN!

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I find this so angelic looking with the fresh, light, clean tones with a bit of pattern and open work in the kimono/sweater! I couldn't look angelic if I sprouted wings and a halo! But that's ok!

M Linen pant (blue, olive or sand) for 5 days to July 1 $52

Millibon crochet and woven kimono (black, white or taupe) $75

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Here's a unique marriage of a skirt and wide leg crops...complete with pockets and a comfy, stretch waist. With the flowey drape of linen, it really gives you the look of a graceful dancer....for sure you...not me!

Mio Meli Gaucho linen skirt/pant (black, denim or pink) until July 1 $88

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Linen has a look of 'I'm so well to do, I'm only passing through your neighborhood on my way to the airport to fly to Lake Como to have lunch with George Clooney'...or something like that! I'm imagining that's all he and Amal wear all summer, especially during this scorching European heat wave!

Cream drapey pant (black) until July 1 $75

Millibon large floral print shell top (lavender or yellow print) $49

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Perhaps you're the creative type. All they've done here is knotted them in the front for something different, or maybe a stroll on the beach.

Mio Meli rolled sleeve linen top (pink, silver or white) until July 1 $88

Mio Meli pull on linen pant (6 colours) until July 1 $76

 

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And if you belong to the ONE-AND-DONE crowd, this big trend is you! Made of linen/cotton with side ties for a more cinched in silhouette and a gorgeous back design. Did you forget your top? Heaven's no, it's fine like this BUT if you'd feel more comfortable definitely layer away!

HYFVE linen/cotton jumpsuit (oatmeal or rust) until July 1 $71.20

While finding your look will not change the course of evolution, it can be as easy as tapping into your emotional and fashion comfort zone...as in... 'I only wear jeans and t shirts' to 'I need a new look and hair colour monthly' to my personal morning... 'old bathrobe, disheveled hair, on the sidewalk yelling at the kids, on their way to school' look....and YES THAT'S A LOOK (unfortunately)!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Remember: Every time you get dressed...If you die, that's your ghost outfit forever!! ~ unknown

 

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