Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

 alternative plus size blogger Margot Meanie dressed as Beetlejuice // margotmeanie.com

This week  the lovely Anna Lienhop asked Kobi and I to do a questionnaire about #alternativecurves.  She had also asked if we could do some sort of photo collaboration.  Kobi and I batted ideas around until the idea of Beetlejuice and Lydia came up!

I happily answered her questions, though I may have rambled on and on a wee bit. And now the photos are sitting on my computer and I’m DYING to share them with you!

 alternative plus size blogger Margot Meanie dressed as Beetlejuice // margotmeanie.com

 alternative plus size blogger Margot Meanie dressed as Beetlejuice // margotmeanie.com

 alternative plus size blogger Margot Meanie dressed as Beetlejuice // margotmeanie.com

alternative plus size blogger Margot Meanie dressed as Beetlejuice

alternative plus size blogger Margot Meanie dressed as Beetlejuice

My striped skinnies and sheer black & white blouse are both from Forever21+, the vest is from Reitmans plus aaaages ago, and the shoes are thrifted.

I kind of wish I had thought of Beetlejuice before I dyed my hair black, as I think it would have been more effective. The dark hair looks more like a Beetlejuice/Lydia hybrid, but I’m okay with that!

Who’s getting excited for Hallowe’en?? what are you gonna be?

I’m keeping my costume a secret for now, or at least it\s a secret from social media.  I’ve convinced my friend to come over on Thursday to take professional shots of my costume! EEEEEPS!

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// black rose //

margot meanie // alternative plus size fashion blogger Margot Meanie is wearing the Dark rose dress by indie design brand Zelie for She

margot meanie // alternative plus size fashion blogger Margot Meanie is wearing the Dark rose dress by indie design brand Zelie for She

margot meanie // alternative plus size fashion blogger Margot Meanie is wearing the Dark rose dress by indie design brand Zelie for She

margot meanie // alternative plus size fashion blogger Margot Meanie is wearing the Dark rose dress by indie design brand Zelie for She

dress & under skirt c/o Zelie for She //DIY’d Deathy Hallows necklace // leather skinny belt ASOS

ooh, don’t I just feel like a fairy tale princess in this fabulous dress….albeit a gothy looking one.  Especially with my new black hair and my choice in the darkest of purple lipsticks.

Late in the summer I was fortunate enough to win some items from the indie design label Zelie for She through an instagram contest.  I received them in September and kept meaning to get photos but I was struggling with light in my apartment.  So I finally took to the outdoors to get some witchy photos.

This here is the “Dark Rose” dress that was part of her summer line.  I’m ecstatic that this is one of the items I received as it was my hands down favourite piece! Underneath is an orange pencil skirt also by her.  I figured the orange and black were a perfect pairing for this time of year!

I think my favourite part of this dress is not just the edgy design or the fabulous sheer fabric, but the voluminous skirt!  This skirt makes you want to TWIRL.  I get excited when there’s a gust of wind because this dress looks FIERCE all puffed up with wind! And I really like having to grab handfuls of the fabric to walk up stairs, that is probably the most princess-y feeling ever!

Zelie for She now has a new line out called Dark Romance and it’s just perfect for fall! I love the colours and the textures!

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What’s the rule on Wednesday’s?

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// plus size alternative fashion blogger Margot Meanie //

// plus size alternative fashion blogger Margot Meanie //

 

Oh, right, we wear black!

So, I obviously did something with my hair!  I went the polar opposite of the light tresses I’ve rocked all spring and summer long in favour of the darkest shade you can go!

I have often gone back to black, but less and less as I get older as it is such a  freakin pain to get out once I’m tired of it!  My number one piece of advice for anyone going darker at home, NEVER use permanent black dye.  It is a death mark for hair, especially if you change your hair somewhat regularly.

I elect to only use the shampoo out variety! But even the semi permanent options can be a bugger to get out.  I usually end up going some shade of red or pink when I’m changing from black as it just goes copper orange once bleach touches it.

We’ll see how long this time lasts! It’s always nice to give the hair a break from bleaching every once in a while.

What I wore:

I’m wearing my geometric sakura print shift dress from Dress911, which you’ve seen before in {hard pastel} where I styled it for spring and summer.  My staple faux leather waterfall jacket from New Look Inspire {similarsimilar}, some black leggings from Forever21+ {they have a bunch online now and they’re always so cheap!} and my weekender bag with over sized houndstooth print in teal, which I bought from Torrid ages and ages ago!

miss meanie // on wednesday we wear black // by Alex of Not Afraid to Wear Heels

This week I was also honoured by my fellow Canadian bloggin babe,  Alex from Not Afraid to Wear Heels {sadly she lives on the other side of the country and I am yet to meet her in person}.  She has been doing up some darling doodles of fashion bloggers and graced me with this totally rad design, I’m completely smitten by it!

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I have been a bloggy blog slacker lately!! yeeesh!

Last week over a week ago, the lovely and wonderfully geeky Mariko from Gamerwife nominated me for two blog awards, as she, herself was nominated for both!  I appreciate that she combined them into one and made it an option to either choose to answer 5 questions or reveal 7 facts about ourselves.

I’ve not been nominated for this style of blog award before.  Up until now I had only been aware of the Liebster award. I know they’re more like blogger chain letters than actual awards, but they are cute, fun and sent with the positive intention of highlighting blogs you like. Which I am totally on board for!

I have chosen to do “The 7 deadly facts about Margot Meanie”:

1Margot Meanie is not my real name *gasp*, but I know that’s probably hardly a surprise.  It is an alias I came up with 13 or 14 years ago now.  I was designing a character somewhat similar to Emily the Strange, she was a red haired goth brat wearing a skull bow on top of her head with a stoic stuffed bat friend named Mortimer. I didn’t do much to flesh her out, but somehow the name stuck. I won’t be divulging my IRL name, but, I do answer to Margot! I  have even  given genuine thought to actually changing it.

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2- I am a crafty bugger!  I LOVE to craft things.  My current crafty obsession is cross stitching.  I’ve done some fun ambitious pieces in the past year or two that were full of colour and tons of stitches, but recently I started doing slightly macabre and very minimalist designs.

My big crafty aspiration is to learn how to work with resin and how to create my own molds to make blasphemous nerdy jewelry!

3- I can make a triple loop with my tongue!

4- I am a kitchen wizard!  I have even thought about starting a cooking blog, but I want a better camera first.  Food blogs are all about the pretty, mouth watering  pictures, right?!  I cook almost everything from scratch and I like to challenge myself with new things.  I seldom use a recipe, unless it has to do with baking.  I’m not the best baker because I like to free form way too much and sticking to the rules can be such a drag, but if you don’t it ruins your baking!

5- I like to open all the tabs whilst internet browsing and close them as I go.  I feel productive that way, like I’m ticking stuff of my list.  I know it drives some people batty.

6- I have 13 tattoos, one is a cover up.  I always meant to write a tattoo post about cover ups and how they work.  Hopefully I will get around to that at some  point.  I also had a request to talk about white ink tattoos that I’d like to write up as well.  Some of my most popular posts on my blog have to do with tattoos and tattoo etiquette, and  I really haven’t written about them much as of late.

7- I am a a fan of unlucky, spooky & devilish things! Black cats, the number 13, Ouija boards, anything to do with Hallowe’en?  I’m generally on board.  I used to be über gothy but as I “grew up” I tamed it down a bit.  I would never say I’m a” recovering goth” as there is nothing to recover from,  I allow my gothy undertones to shine whenever they may! And as I have said many times before I have always been a style chameleon, so even at my gothiest, I would still wear items not deemed “goth”.   I truly do and wear what I want, I kind of hate subscribing to labels.

Which brings me to an a couple of outfit photos from this past week   I wore this to go Hallowe’en shopping with my bestie.  If you follow me on instagram you’ve probably seen one of these already!

Hallowe'en shopping // margot meanie

Hallowe'en shopping // margot meanie

 

I’m wearing a striped dress I purchased from Forever21 last year {similar, similar}, with a button up sleeveless chiffon blouse underneath, also from Forever21 {this item might just be my #1 staple!!} I’m also wearing a New Look Inspire waterfall faux leather jacket also from last year {similarsimilar} which is pretty much my favourite jacket I’ve ever owned!!

I over accessorized with extra chunky resin bangles, some skeletons earrings & a handful of candy corn.

Blogger Awards

Now it’s my turn to nominate 5 bloggers to choose to either reveal 7 deadly facts about themselves or to answer me these questions three!  {it was supposed to be five questions, but Monty Python}

1. What is your favourite book or book series?  {this includes comics or graphic novels}

2.What is you favourite meal to make?  Can you share the recipe?!

3.What is your favourite Autumn outfit? Let see some photos!

I choose to nominate Raissa from The Leather Fanny Pack, Nikki from Natty Nikki,  Alex from Not Afraid To Wear Heels,  Kate from How Kate Does Fashion & Aarti from Curves Become Her

I would like to thank Mariko again!  sorry this was so late, I’ll stop being lazy now!

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#alternativecurves // snow white

My beloved #alternativecurves is finally a blog hop thanks to the work and tenacity of the lovely Kobi Jae!

She believed in this little movement/community and wanted to push it past just being a hashtag. I thank her for the push as it had motivated me to start the instagram group, @alternativecurves, where I get to showcase and the feature fierce style of a myriad of altcurve babes in all their edgy, spooky, quirky, sassy glory!

Kobi wanted to expand the idea into the blogosphere. So we divided and are now concurring!! She runs the blog hop, I run the instagram, it’s perfectly ideal!

Which brings us to the blog hop. We announced on various social medias this was finally happening and after inviting an initial few to the group to feel out ideas on themes etc, we opened it up for new members to join and join they did!!  We got a CRAZY response and our little group turned into over 30 rad gals almost overnight!!

We will be posting sometime during the first week of every month our interpretation of that months theme. Our very first theme for the month of October is “alternative fairytale”

So far the first few postings have knocked it out of the park!! Mine is not as impressive, but here is my alternative take on Snow White….

 

snow white // margot meanie

snow white // margot meanie

snow white // margot meanie

snow white // margot meanie

 

I’m wearing a fantastic blue lace overlay, button up frock I bought from ASOS about a year and half ago {similar, similar}.  My bright red belt is from Forever21+, as are the yellow socks, which were once tights {I turned them into tall socks for this shoot for Love This Sunday},  my lips are Red Velvet by LimeCrime and the shoes are actually costume shoes!!

I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the hoppers!

 

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// 365 //

Today is my blogiversary!!

I started my blogging journey 365 days ago with my very first post being about a Harry Potter party I hosted!

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{my original blog name was a bit of a mouthful }

It’s been a crazy journey so far and it’s only been one year!  So much has happened, I’ve learned so much and made so many new friends!

Why did I start blogging in the first place?  What were my goals?  My aspirations and hopes for this place to become?

I wanted to start a lifestyle blog and become an alternative Martha Stewart mixed with fashion, or something to that measure.  I wanted to share ideas on hosting parties, craft beer, mixed drinks,  food, restaurants, local events, tattoos, make up, traveling, the whole lot.

Eventually it became far too overwhelming for me and I felt scattered, so I began to focus on a few topics instead.

beerfest at home

{from an early entry “how to host a beerfest at home” really, it’s just a clever party idea to drink lots of beer & eat fondue!}

I wanted something that I could grow in to a business.

I’ve always worked for other people, helping their businesses grow when all I’ve ever wanted was to work for myself and a blog seemed like a perfect starting point.

I  also stuck in a rut.

I had been working in a tattoo shop for years and was constantly surrounded by amazing and talented artists, but I let it get into my head that I wasn’t as talented and I stopped creating.  This space gave me a new creative outlet that I was desperately in need of and the confidence to get back to being creative!

I will always be grateful for all I learned there.   I met some important people in my life {seriously go check out my bestie, Amanda Meowzen she’s crazy talented} It was a sad day when the shop closed and we all headed in our own directions.

I must also sheepishly, admit to some narcissistic motives as well.  I wanted to be one of those stylish girls I saw everyday on pinterest! But I also wanted to share any and all knowledge I had about obtaining fashionable, plus size clothing in Canada.  I wanted to make other women feel beautiful & empowered and to encourage them to play with fashion on their own terms.

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When I began, I read so many blogs about blogging it made my head spin.  But, as I went along, I started learning the ropes and finding my voice.  I eventually found my focus, and realised I didn’t need a million blogs telling me how run my to blog.

When I go back and read my first entries now I’m jarred by how I would write, like I’m trying to write a catalogue or something.  It wasn’t me, I was pretending to be a fake version of myself in order to make my blog look professional or to sell myself as someone you would want to follow.  What a silly thing, and it wasn’t making me happy.

Slowly, I let this place become me.  I feel comfortable here and I find that I’ve gotten the most rewards for being just me, which is reward in itself.

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This year has been what I would call a success.

I have made new friends around the globe {I can’t wait to travel and meet them all in person some day!!}.

I work with two blogging groups to keep our creative juices flowing for monthly challenges. We also support each other when we’re feeling down or if we need advice.

I’ve won contests and been gifted clothing items.  I’ve been featured by amazing, successful and supportive bloggers on very respected blogs {zaftig times, my curves & curls, extra large as life & Haute Macabre}, and I’ve made it into two digital magazines {Dare & Bustle}.

I’ve been interviewed by the lovely Lindsay, shop owner of Bad Luxe Boutique, for her shop blog.

And I started a hashtag, #alternativecurves, which has blossomed into both an amazingly supportive community of alternative plus size babes on instagram , and also a blog hop for alternative and quirky style bloggers!  {keep your eyes peeled next week, it’s out first challenge!}

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These are the lessons I’ve learned through my first year of blogging:

  • bloggers are amazingly supportive!
  • be yourself, there is no good reason not to be.  People want to get to know you!
  • keep writing, your voice will come through eventually.  I find it easy to just think I’m talking to one person.
  • read other blogs!!  And comment on them!  Don’t be shy, I was painfully shy when I started, but no one will know you’re there reading if you don’t chime into the conversation! After a while, they’ll be curious who you are and look into your blog.
  • it may seem lonely at first, but you’ll find friends…fast!! Just remember to comment!
  • try keeping to a schedule if you can, but if you’re just not feeling it, it’s ok not to post.
  • don’t apologize for not posting! It’s your blog, you post when you want to.  Your readers are not waiting with bated breath to hear from you, but they will be happy when they do get something up!
  • it’s also ok to change your blog!!  Whether it be the look, theme, focus.  This is who you are, you’re figuring it out, you have time to play around and find your comfort zone.
  • block out the haters, if you get any, delete their comments and go about your day.  But if you do receive negative feedback, keep this in mind; it means people are taking notice of you!!
  • You will always get way more love through blogging than hate, don’t let that hold you back!

This community has been a beautiful thing to be a part of! It’s been such a rad ride so far and I can’t wait to see where the next year will take me!

Thank you all so much for following me!  

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// navy //

navy // margot meanie

navy // margot meanie

navy // margot meanie

navy // margot meanie

navy // margot meanie

navy // margot meanie

 

It seems the rainy season is taking it’s grasp here in Vancouver.  I’ve lost my light, which sounds so dramatic, but really it’s just that I’ve had no luck taking indoor photos as I really rely on the afternoon light that fills half my home.

Luckily it was a clear, sunny and gorgeous day to take a ferry across to visit some friends on Vancouver Island.  With the sun out and a beautiful nautical backdrop I wrangled my husband into taking photos of me {which really isn’t much of a wrangle, he’s pretty keen on helping me out for photos}.

So this is what I wore for my ferry ride!  I’ve been meaning to get a photo of this dress from ASOS for over 2 weeks now.  Damn you grey skies!  Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain, I’m just annoyed that it’s getting in the way of me being able to grab my own shots at home which can prove to be even more problematic during the very dreary Vancouver winter I’m looking ahead to.  But it worked out for the best as this is a lovely location and is a refreshing change to have some outdoor photos!

Back to this dress, ASOS CURVE Cami Dress With Lace Trim  it’s still available online and it’s on a crazy clearance deal, only $34 cdn!!  I ordered this in a UK 24, I was about to get a 22 but last minute changed my mind and I’m happy I did.

I adore how this fits.  

You know how sometimes you put an item on and you just feel right?? That happened immediately in this! I felt so sexy and stylish.  It’s just enough of a flapper feel for me, but remaining completely in the modern era.

I will get a TON of wear out of this dress!

I paired this with my New Look Inspire waterfall faux leather jacket that I got last year, {similar} to keep it edgy and to keep any fall chill at bay!

In other news, tomorrow is my 1 year blogaversary!!  I’ll have a little write up of my feelings on the last year I’ve spent blogging!

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