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.

The Laverne | READY TO STARE | summer lookbookREADY TO STARE | summer lookbookThe Simone ladder body chain| READY TO STARE | summer lookbookThe "I Met God She's Black" Silver Thigh Chain | READY TO STARE | summer lookbookREADY TO STARE | summer lookbookThe Nicki Caged Body Chain | READY TO STARE | summer lookbookREADY TO STARE | summer lookbook      The Angela| READY TO STARE | summer lookbookThe Laverne | READY TO STARE | summer lookbook

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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outfit | thick thighs, no lies

My, oh my, where has the time gone??

As I made it abundantly known, it was my birthday on the 16th { I can’t help it, i love celebrating my birthday!! }.  My husbands birthday happens to follow just 8 days later on the 24th so we decided to have a Meanie staycation. We both meant for it to be a relaxing stretch of sleeping in, getting some Spring cleaning done, enjoying each others company, day time adventures and getting work done.

Welp!  We ended up being reeeally successful at the sleeping in, relaxing and enjoying each others company part, moderately successful at the Spring cleaning & day time adventures and a complete flop on getting work done.

He had hoped to get some writing in, meanwhile I had plans for him to take spades of outfit photos so I would be stocked up with lots of content.

In the end, we stayed in our pj’s about 99% of the time binge watching Gilmore Girls, Daredevil, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Star Wars: Clone Wars & Star Trek { as well as watching the new Star Wars trailer more than I care to admit } We sound like TV junkies and I guess for last week, we really were!!

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 tartan jacket & shoes  – missguided | bandage mini skirt – torrid { old, but similar here & here } | blouse – f21+ { old but similar here & here } | tights – penningtons

Anyhoo, we really had a great time and regret nothing.  But today I was bummed I didn’t have anything to post on the blog so I went through my ipad and realised I had this outfit shoot from a couple weeks back just sitting there.  You may recognize the images as my new profile photos were taken from this set, but I still wanted to share the outfit with you. as soon it will be too warm for anyone to want to wear opaque tights.

Now I don’t know about you, but I looooooooove over the knee socks, BUT they never fit my thighs without pinching & rolling down.  I ended up cheating a bit and took an old pair of lacy knit stocking and cut them off, with their texture and pairing them with an opaque tight the fibers of both kind of work together like a kind of velcro and kept these in place almost all day with only have to readjust a couple times.

I think they look super cute, kinda sexy and totally badass on thick thighs with a mini skirt  { short shorts would be really cute too, I’ve been hunting for a couple pairs for the summer so far I like these & these }.

How do you feel about knee socks or over the knee socks? Have you had luck with any brands that work well on plus size thighs??

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gift guide | birthday

Tomorrow is my birthdaaaaay!!

I don’t know about you, but I have always loved my birthday.  I know a lot of people fear aging, but I think of it as a day to celebrate myself, my accomplishments I’ve gained in the past year and to look forward to the next set of hurdles I am going to tackle and hopefully conquer!

But, let’s be honest… it’s a lot of fun to receive presents!  Today I am sharing my ultimate birthday wishlist for my 33rd b-day! Some of these you’ve seen on previous gift guides or covet lists, but they where placed there to begin with because I do covet & lust after them so much!

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I first found these on Nasty Gal, but they were sold out.  So, I was extra stoked to find them on a Canadian site UnionJackBoots, though they didn’t photograph the same and I was worried if they are actually the same boot, then I found them on sale on 6pm.com WIN!!

The Meanies are currently revamping our office space in hopes of encouraging us to better use the space.  Part of my dream concept is adding these shelves from Ikea spray painted gold and the area being littered with plants! I’d love to order a set of three of these and plant adorable succulents in them.

I have been dreaming about this jacket ever since I first blogged about it.  I want to DIY it up with studs for just the right amount of punk and glamour!  Sadly the website is out of my size { 2x } but I have been thinking of getting in touch with them to see if any stores still have it in stock! 

Can you say “eyecatching”? This necklace is SO rad, I can imagine it adding some flare to an all black outfit or hell, go for a full on pastel goth look with this and the pink moto!

This item is actually out of stock and  the artist has shut down her shop while she works on restocking all her items.  I really hope this one makes a come back.  It is über dreamy and would be such a perfect piece for my collection!

These earrings have been in my Modcloth wishlist for longer then I care to admit.  It just seems whenever I’m ready to buy them, they’re out of stock!  I would have to modify them with new hooks to fit in my tunnels, but that’s an easy fix which I do often! 

I have long lusted over almost every single thing bloodmilk has ever created!  Really, I could dedicate a full covet list to just her work! Her work is gorgeous, mysterious, ominous, intriguing and hauntingly beautiful. 

This one is actually sold out :( but, I really want a collection of crystals for my new office to decorate the shelves with.  I am fascinated by the beauty of crystals.  Not to mention I am completely enamored by fortune tellers and magical items.  I also just really want to support this seller, we’ve become insta-friends  { @_theopaque_ } and her photos are truly beautiful! 

I desperately want to get organised!!  I am a very textile person and I always seem to do better when I can write things down and have everything right in front of me.  I just want to get my paws on this black kikki-k planner.  I like the larger format so it’s easier to write in and it can hold on to everything I want in one easy to modify book.  Also, I got caught up in the videos of people customizing theirs and I was left swooning! 

I have been looking for just the right wide brimmed fedora for quite a long time now.  I would say it was probably prompted by binge watching the Rachel Zoe Project a few years back.  She always looked so perfect in hers. 

I have always been a drugstore make up girl…that was until instagram came around.  Before I was blogging, my instagram feed was full of Drag Queens, tattooers, artists and indie make up brands!! I quickly fell in love with some indie brands and have been slowly trying out different products.  LASplash is next on my list.  I desperately want the Liptint mouse in Bellatrix, Ravenclaw, Sirius & Nigani { having them named after Harry Potter characters is definitely a selling point! }

Well, there you have it!  My birthday wishlist.  I know I left some items out, that I have really been wanting, but I guess I didn’t want to come off as overly greedy ;) But most of all, I’m looking forward to my party and Mister Meanie having the next week and a half off { his b-day is next Friday! }

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