outfit{s} | the Margot Meanie collection for Cool Gal Blue

It’s finally here, the launch day of my first collection with retailer Cool Gal Blue!

I am so excited to finally be sharing a few of the pieces with you today! Check out the shop to see the rest of the items! I am so proud to be working hand in hand with these visionary ladies.  The rebel in me wholeheartedly approves of the shake up they are giving the plus size industry. They are showing the clothing on everyday ladies, with NO photoshop!

I’m not going to ramble on too much, here are some photos, you can shop the collection on CoolGalBlue.com

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This trapeze tee dress will most likely become my summer uniform, especially paired with these lace shorts! The fabric and weight of the tunic is so soft and hangs really nicely, but it moves well and I think it will be breezy and cool.  I’ll probably be wearing these shorts under ever short dress I own, I love the peekaboo lace hemline! I am wearing a 2X in the top and a 3X in the shorts.

I accessorized this look with the white round arrow sunnies for contrast, I adore how over sized they are, I can’t wait to people watch poolside or on patios behind these shades! I think we all know I’m a sucker for cat ears, These are a more 3D with the beading, so they stand up pert and purrrfectly!

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This longline slit top is a dream! It’s so breezy and soft, I adore how it catches the wind! This is perfect for pairing with short shorts { perhaps my lace shorts? } or even worn as a beach cover up! It’s semi sheer, but not too sheer, so a cute bikini or swimsuit will look ultra posh underneath! I’m sporting a 3X, it’s roomy, just how I like it, I wore a black lace bandeau underneath for these photos.

The faux leather track pants are rad as hell! I’m wearing a 3X and the fit is really nice and comfortable, there is a bit of stretch as well. The design is really cool and THEY HAVE POCKETS! and not teeny tiny pockets either, but REAL pockets! They can easily go from day to night and add the perfect amount of edge!

I accessorized this look with the tortoise shell round sunnies, metallic tattoos on my fingers and a double strand arrow necklace! Oh and the most beautiful blazer ever. This floral blazer is embossed and the texture is divine! I adore the little gold zips on each side and there is a good amount of stretch! They sent me a 2x, but I think my bewbs require a 3x to sit properly, but my arms fit nicely. It is flippin’ gorgeous!

I just want to thank any and all of you in advance for purchasing any of these pieces! If this collection is a success, I will get to pick more collections with even more items!

My heart is so full of love, gratitude and excitement, it could just burst!

<3 <3 <3

 

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outfit | a storm brewing

My lovely friend gifted me this fabulous hi lo skirt she picked up from h&m last summer. And though I’m bummed it didn’t work out for her, am I ever glad she gave it to me!! I received so many compliments and I felt both ethereal and powerful with the way it caught the wind.

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skirt – h&m | crop – f21+ | sandals & bag – thrifted | earrings – peachtreats

I totally heard the Imperial march from Star Wars in my head as walked about thrift shopping and then eventually down to Storm Brewing where we took these photos.

Let me just tell you real quick about Storm Brewing, they are Vancouver longest running craft brewery, they started waaaay way way before the craft brew boom hit Vancouver.  But not only are they fantastic and grungy and they stick rats on things { I’m standing in from of the rat mural that was a recent edition on the outside of the brewery } but the brew master is a little something of a mad scientist! If you get the chance, check out their facebook page to get a gander of some of the “brain storms” they create. We were headed down for the pineapple paradise pilsner, which is easily the tastiest beer I have ever tasted, but they also rock flavours like whiskey vanilla stout, mojito pils, and cinnamon bun ale. They sometimes have misses, but its worth it for the wins.

ok, enough about beer!!  Here are some of my scores from thrifting on Saturday! I couldn’t get them all, sadly the booties and kitties didn’t come home { the kitties broke my heart, as I’ve mentioned them on the blog before, but they were just a smidge too tight and life is too short for wearing shoes that will make your life hell } but I’m super happy with the three that did come home!

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In other news, my Cool Gal Blue collection launches THIS FRIDAY!!! So be ready with your wallets come 5pm Eastern time! I am so very excited, the pieces are all so lovely!

Now, if you had signed up for my newsletter, { hint hint, wink wink } you would have been in the know already, but I forgive you! There is always the chance to sign up right meow! I promise not to litter your inbox, there will only be a few mailouts per month, but they will include some exclusive content or will be the first place I announce any big news! ;-)

 

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lookbook | Ready to Stare

One of my FAVOURITE things about blogging is getting to sneak peek at lookbooks by your favourite brands and designers.  So when Alysse of Ready to Stare posted how excited she was about the lookbook and the launch, I HAD to get in touch to see if I could take a look!

My jaw hit the floor when I saw the sample of images she sent and I had to ask for more details on a few of my favourite pieces!

I’m gonna let you experience that feeling right meow! Details on the launch below.

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Did your jaw just hit the floor?!  Not only are the photos stunning, but the pieces shine right though!

My personal favs would include the “Simone Ladder Body Chain” which is the black chest harness, the “Nicki Caged Body Chain” which has a slightly more dainty and intricate front detail and I’m just dying over the “Laverne back chain” so much so that I included 2 striking photos to open and close my lookbook choices.  Not only are the two photos stunning, but the mix of chain weights has me swooning!

a little something from the designer:

The collection is inspired by powerful women living their daily lives confidently and authentically. The collection features 12 different body chains, belts, head chains, anklets and introduces leg chains for the first time to the Ready to Stare family of everyday statement pieces. Every piece in the collection is named after a famous feminist of today or the past such as Lucy Stone and Laverne Cox. Pieces range from $35-$99 and are available in sizes S-5X.

The lookbook was shot by Cleveland photographer Linda Ford across two days and features nine different models varying from a size 2 to a size 26. The lookbook shows models both in basic black swimwear paired with the body chains and 90s vintage garments to show you that body chains are for every body and every occasion. The vintage garments will also be on sale. Hair and make-up was done by Mary-Morgan Byrd.

I think my favourite name is for the silver thigh chain { which can come with a garter strap if you so chose! } which is the “I Met God She’s Black”. LOVE IT!

The collection is available TODAY on etsy and you can also check out more images from this lookbook on readytostare.com.

Thank you Alysse for letting me share this today! I adore supporting indie designers and brands, especially those who value inclusivity! I cannot wait to get my paws on a couple of these chains!

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outfit | to the maxi

I just have to take a moment and praise the wonderfulness that is the maxi dress!!

Maxi dresses are truly a blessing, especially as the summertime heat starts rolling in. Not only are they fashionable and chic, but they are comfortable as all hell and versatile to boot! You can go from beach day to wedding night with the right maxi dress and feel like you’re cheating the whole time because you will be so damn comfortable!

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maxi – Ross {old} | flip flops – superstore for $2 last summer | denim vest – old navy

This is not a new maxi for me, this one has been in my arsenal for a few years now. I picked it up in a Ross when I was down in Portland { ..or maybe Seattle?? } and have loved it to pieces since. It’s been worn braless to just kick around the house, it’s been worn to picnics and backyard BBQ’s and yes, it has been worn to a wedding!

I adore the print, it’s one of the few items I own with a print, it has some amazingly placed pleats under the bust that make this dress drape uber flatteringly over wide hips and tummy’s alike and IT. HAS. POCKETS!! Every dress and every pair of pants, should have pockets! I mean, look how excited we get every time….and not fake teeny tiny pockets, real ones, that we can put stuff into!!

Back to the dress though….It all has to do with how you style it up. Flip flops and a denim vest says, super casual afternoon walk about. A pashmina, some bangles and a nice sandal can say summer time wedding! BOOM!

I do admit, I am a bit modest with my chest. It’s honestly my biggest insecurity. I hate how out there & in your face the girls always are, so I elect to wear a bandeau or tube top underneath anything with a plunging neckline purely for my own comfort. This dress really does look stellar without the bandeau as well and I think this neckline looks fab on everyone, as I said, just my own damn insecurities getting in the way.

So since I can’t link to this dress, I decided I would do a round up of some of my current fav maxis out on the market, ranked from most affordable to most expensive { hey, we can dream, right?! }

shopping guide | to the maxi

I know I’m going to start sounding like a broken record, but I’d just die of excitement if you signed up for my newsletter! { okay, I won’t die, but every time one of you signs up, I do a lil happy dance and squee!! } It will be a monthly round up of what I’ve been up to all around the interwebs as well as items I find fascinating and if special promotions, announcements or collaborations are in the works, you will be the FIRST to know!

PS…here’s some bonus selfies of my husband and I while out and about for Victoria Day, we had screamers and sat in the park listening to music! Here;s hoping my American friends have a stellar Memorial Day long weekend coming up!

The Meanies

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covet | summer statement

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel like Spring and Summer give a you a bit more artistic license to play with fun accessories. I guess you get to play with scarves, mitts & hats in the Winter, but It seems like in Summer you get to be more creative!

I love throwing something quirky into an outfit to show that you pay attention to fashion, but that you also have fun with it and you don’t take it all too seriously.

I’ve been lustily doing some online window shopping and just drooling over some fun pieces I’d just love to have in my wardrobe.  Holographics, bold print and fun fur are currently ranking high on my covet list!

Prepare for some fun accessories and statement pieces!!

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I just loooove making these shopping guides!! I usually try to find lots of plus items specifically, but accessories are one arena we can all play in!

The countdown is getting closer and closer to the launch of my collaboration with Cool Gal Blue, we don’t have an exact date yet, but it should be the end of May! It would mean the world to me if you signed up for my newsletter! I’ll be sending out a monthly round up of the blog, various things on social media and my favourite things around the internet with the occasional contest or special announcement.  And you will be the FIRST to know when my cool Gal collab goes live!

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announcement | #coolgalMargot

SQUEEEEEE!!

Ok, if you follow me on facebook or instagram, then the cat is already out of the bag, but if you’re not following me elsewhere

  1. You totes are missing out ;-)
  2. You have no idea that I am working with Cool Gal Blue to bring you a mini collection, curated by me!

SQUEEEEEE!!

Seriously, I am through the roof, over the moon and possibly past Saturn with my excitement on this!

I have worked with Cool Gal before to showcase their Valentines Day lookbook and as a thank you, they sent me this amazing tutu which I did a mini feature on, because It. Is. Glorious!

When I heard they were looking to work with bloggers to curate collections, you better believe I was all over that.

I’m pretty sure I went ultrasonic and only dogs down the block could hear my “Squee” when I opened my email that said they wanted to work with me!

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As soon as I came down from cloud 9 I got werk!

I have since been working to build a mini collection that is cohesive, edgy, fun, dramatic and easy to mix & match. I cannot wait to share these items with you! I really tried to stick to my personal aesthetic and chose pieces that I desperately wanted in my own wardrobe and I hope you will too!

I cannot wait to introduce you to my first mini collection with them. So, please, keep an eye out and feel free to sign up for my brand spankin’ new newsletter. { I’m still trying to figure it out, but I thought this is a great opportunity to set one up, so you can be the first to know when my collection drops. }

I am so honoured that Cool Gal Blue wants to work with me and believes in who I am and who I want to represent.

They truly are trying to change the game and make #fashionforthemajority accessible, fun, inclusive and stylish. They want to show you what their clothes look like on real bodies. They are actually listening to what we have all been asking for and working to implement it in practical ways and not just giving us the same old tired answer of “but this is how it’s always been done”

If you haven’t checked out Cool Gal Blue before, I urge you to see what’s cookin’ right meow!

Though I have already picked the items for the first collection I would really like to know what you want to see in future collabs and collections or what you’re hoping to see in this first collection in the comments. And while you’re at it, let me know what you would like to see in a newsletter, how often you would want to hear from me { I’ve been thinking sending a monthly round up and bonus mail outs when I have special announcements like giveaways, special discount codes and collaborations? }

 

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alternativecurves | black lips sink ships

In keeping with my tradition when I participate in the #alternativecurves blog hop, I’m squeaking this in the nick of time!

This months theme is “black lipstick” now we had this planned months ago and I truly honestly thought I would have purchased myself several black lipsticks to feature for this post, but alas, it has not come to fruition….so I winged it!

I ended up using my black gel eyeliner, which in truth looks like a really awesome matte black lippie.  I’m so happy, it looks great on.  I had hoped to share my thoughts on a few brands, but you know, best laid plans!

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dress { old } – dress911 | knee socks – cut off opaque tights from f21+ { the weave is thick, so they dont run! } | harness – DIY  | shoes – thrifted

I decided to just have fun with this post and dressed like a modern, alternative flapper…because I will never not want to be a modern alternative flapper! Haha!

I do love participating in these challenges as they as just a great opportunity to play around and just have fun with the whole thing.  In the end, I’ve come up with a look that I would not mind flaunting while out at a burlesque show or some other fun weekend party night!

I think I may be the last person to be entering the hop for this month, but there is still 12 hours left to join!  Please check out what the rest of the babes participating in this months #alternativecurves blog hop or check us out on instagram and always feel free to use the hashtag for a chance to be featured!!

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