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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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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.

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{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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// my wedding was a circus //

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If you follow me on instagram, then you know I was celebrating ten years together with my partner this past Thursday!!  It’s crazy to think a whole blissful decade has passed since we first got together!!  We have shared in so many adventures, triumphs, hardships and joys.

I also gave the heads up that our wedding anniversary was not even a week later. Four years ago today, on a very hot afternoon on Friday the 13th in East Vancouver, I married my favourite person on the planet.

We had a blast of a wedding, as we had a full out rock n roll, carnival wedding!  We were decked out in vintage carnival games, hand painted photo cutouts and a home built photo booth!

The day was a huge success due to weeks & weeks of DIY work by both ourselves, family and close friends, which we will eternally be grateful for! Everything from the massive props and signs, to the candy apple bouquet, to my dress & dessert table was the result of hard work from amazing people I’m honoured to know & love.

It was a wonderful day, surrounded by so many of our favourite people, partying it up and celebrating love.

I hope you enjoy these photos, most were taken by a photographer friend, Fatal Pixels.

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I’ll be taking the rest of this week off from blogging, but I’ll be updating instagram for sure and we’ll probably both be on pinterest our fair share, you can check me out on pinterest here, and Mister Meanie here! { isn’t it great he took my last name ;-)  }

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Thank you // 10 Alternative Plus Size Bloggers You Should Be Following

 

 

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I just want to give a HUGE Thank You to Michelle over at Zaftig Times, she shared a post titled “10 Alternative Plus Size Bloggers You Should Be Following” and kindly included me in the list!  She featured some amazingly fierce ladies,  I recommend you go and check out the list and see if there is anyone you haven’t been following yet!

It’s really an honour being mentioned amongst these names, as I’m relatively new to blogging but falling deeper in love with it everyday!

I also want to thank all of the wonderful new followers that have sought me out!  I really am overwhelmed by the love this community gives!

You all inspire me so much.  I’m feeling a lot of gratitude right meow.

Much love!

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April 16th // My Birthday

Today is my 32nd birthday!!!

I love celebrating my birthday and I’m not ashamed to have a me me me day!

Not only is it my birthday, but as of this week, I am also embarking on a new chapter in my life!

This blog has become very dear to me and I find myself wanting to focus on it more and more.  I also have a huge project in the works that I’m also so very excited for it to come to it’s fruition!

Anyway, back the birthdayness, here’s a little taste of what my birthday has been all about so far!

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Presents from my main squeeze // April 16th // My Birthday

Presents from my main squeeze

I just want to thank you all for following me!  This blog has brought me a lot of joy and I love the focus and direction it is heading.  I get really excited about new posts and interacting with so many inspiring bloggers!

Cheers!

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Fan Girl Finds from ECCC

Last weekend was Emerald City Comicon, so my friends and I packed up and headed down to Seattle for the weekend.

Our weekend was full of fun stuff, like watching cosplayers, checking out Alan Tudyk’s panel & playing tabletop games.  But mostly, it’s shopping.

SO MUCH SHOPPING!

It’s basically a huge shopping mall for nerds of any and all sorts, which is awesome!!

Though we did acquire a Firefly board game expansion & I finally purchased my first two sets of dice my biggest finds this year where actually all clothing.

I really tried to rein myself in and only purchase things that I knew I could incorporate into outfits that I would wear on a somewhat regular basis.  I think I was fairly successful too!

So here are my top finds from this years ECCC.

BMO Sweater // We Love fine // margotmeanie.com

// BMO sweater // We Love Fine //

I Am Vader Tank //  We Love Fine // margotmeanie.com

// I Am Vader Tank // We Love Fine //

I totally scored at the We Love Fine booth!!

I absolutely HAD to get the BMO sweater (ps, they have a pretty sweet Lumpy Space Princess sweater too!).  I scoped it out on Friday and went back early Saturday to purchase it! I didn’t even see the Vader tank until Sunday, it was a total impulse purchase, but one I am not feeling any regret from.  I already own the X-Wing dress by her universe, so it’s nice to have both the Rebels and the Empire covered in my closet now.

Deathly Hallows Crop Tank // Android Sheep // margotmeanie.com

// Deathly Hallows Crop Tank // Android Sheep //

I had also spotted this Deathly Hallows crop tank on the Friday and figured if I was still into it on Saturday I’d nab it too! I was a little apprehensive of purchasing at first, as it is a one size only.  But the girl working the booth was a similar body shape to me and said she wears it all the time.  So I figured, whateva’ whateva’, and if it doesn’t fit how I’d like, I can easily alter it with some lace side panels or replace the back with chiffon.Nerd Nail Wraps by Espionage Cosmetics // margotmeanie

I literally SQUEED when I saw these nail wraps by Espionage Cosmetics!  I had originally saw them featured on Gamerwife and I totally wanted them then, so soon as I saw them in person I knew they had to be mine.  I ended up with the “Time Lord” and “Make It So” sets!

I plan on putting them onto fake nails so I can wear them whenever.  Though, they did say if they are applied correctly, they can last up to 3 weeks!  That is some pretty impressive wear, so I may change my mind on the fake nail thing.

Last item I splurged on was on was a total temporary, none clothing, none accessory, complete indulgence.  I purchased Serenity, Tardis & Dalek gourmet chocolates from The Truffle Cottage.  Man, they were sooooo good!! I’m seriously considering joining the Novelty Truffle of the Month Club!

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So, expect some nerdy type outfit posts to come in the near future!!

 

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On Wednesdays We Wear Black // Patricio Oliver

I am madly in love with these illustrations by Patricio Oliver.  They are based on characters from my favourite spooky show, American horror Story: COVEN.  I think he really captured the essence of each girl so well and I think the style is divine!

Fiona Good // Patricio Oliver

Cordelia Foxx // Patricio Oliver
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Zoe Benson // Patricio Oliver

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Myrtle Snow // Patricio Oliver

Myrtle

Madison Montgomery // Patricio Oliver

Madison

Delphine LaLaurie // Patricio Oliver

Delphine

Marie Laveau // Patricio Oliver

Marie Laveau

Misty Day // Patricio Oliver

Misty Day

The White Witch // Patricio Oliver

The White Witch

Nan // Patricio Oliver

Nan

Queenie // Patricio Oliver

Queenie

Balenciaga // Patricio Oliver

Balenciaga

Even though this season is done, I still can’t get over how much I enjoyed this years story.  But more than anything, I loved all of the styling that went into this year.  The fashion was on point, the set was immaculate and the camera shots made it so beautiful to watch.

I just might need to run another feature on Patricio.  Not only does he have a really great style (which makes me reminiscent of one of my favourite artists, Shag), but he also has great taste in nerd culture that he uses for many of his pieces!

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